January 13, 2007

Thought of the week.

I wish I knew another word for thesaurus.

Gee this sounds sooooooo familiar

From the Cap Times...

Bloodless coup at Dem Party meeting?


As Dane County Democratic Party chairman Wayne Bigelow sees it, Ald. Austin King packed the Dane County Democratic Party membership meeting Wednesday night with Progressive Dane members and engineered a coup that overturned many of the Dem's Executive Board endorsements for Madison City Council candidates. That included a current and former member of the party's board - Chris Schmidt and Ald. Zach Brandon.

But as King sees it, "The leadership has always been much more conservative than the membership. Leadership is a knee-jerk, anti-progressive force." King acknowledges turning out people to join the party that night, but adds, "It was no coup."

The Executive Board recommends endorsements, which then need to be ratified by members at a monthly meeting. The board had endorsed Alds. Lauren Cnare, Troy Thiel and Michael Basford, in addition to Brandon and Schmidt. All five were blocked. (Seven other council endorsements passed.)

Bigelow took exception to what he calls King's "vicious, bitter diatribe" against candidates King deemed too conservative. King responds that he's working to "end the silly rancor between Progressive Dane and the Dems." But judging from Ald. Brandon's reply to King, that's not happening: "This was fringe elements attempting to neuter the Democratic Party ... The irony is my Democratic credentials were challenged by a guy who worked for Ralph Nader and is a member of three different political parties."

Here we have it again, activist radical leftists seizing power from honest hard-working Democrats, and this even over something like endorsements!

January 12, 2007

Nifonged II

A new meaning to the earlier Nifonged verb post.
  • To quit when your absolute inept performance becomes too much to bear.


Jack's back.

This from Yahoo TV....

Oh no they di-in't.

That's what you'll be saying when you see the first four episodes of the new season of 24, which begin this very Sunday night on Fox.

I've just finished watching them, and I can tell you that not only should Kiefer win an Emmy for his first five minutes on screen alone, but also that this damn show has done it again. Just when you thought you knew the formula, knew the players, could possibly predict what might happen next, the storyline bitch-slaps you into an entirely different hemisphere. And oh, it is good.

I will be turning off the phone, locking the doors, drawing the drapes, making the popcorn in advance and planted firmly next to Mrs RDW for this....

Is it Sunday night yet?????

The most hypocritical congress in history....

Speaker Pelosi has NIMBY Syndrome...

GOP hits Pelosi's 'hypocrisy' on wage bill

By Charles Hurt
January 12, 2007

House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.

"I am shocked," said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party's chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. "Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats."

On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.

The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island's work force. StarKist's parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi. The other plant belongs to California-based Chicken of the Sea.

"There's something fishy going on here," said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina Republican.

During the House debate yesterday on stem-cell research, Mr. McHenry raised a parliamentary inquiry as to whether an amendment could be offered that would exempt American Samoa from stem-cell research, "just as it was for the minimum-wage bill."

A clearly perturbed Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was presiding, cut off Mr. McHenry and shouted, "No, it would not be."

"So, the chair is saying I may not offer an amendment exempting American Samoa?" Mr. McHenry pressed.

"The gentleman is making a speech and will sustain," Mr. Frank shouted as he slammed his large wooden gavel against the rostrum.

Some Republicans who voted in favor of the minimum-wage bill were particularly irritated to learn yesterday -- after their vote -- that the legislation did not include American Samoa. "I was troubled to learn of this exemption," said Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, Illinois Republican. "My intention was to raise the minimum wage for everyone. We shouldn't permit any special favors or exemptions that are not widely discussed in Congress. This is the problem with rushing legislation through without full debate."

A spokeswoman for Mrs. Pelosi said Wednesday that the speaker has not been lobbied in any way by StarKist or Del Monte.

Right, I believe that last line..... Rep Patrick McHenry is my new hero!

A new addition to the RDW lexicon: "nifonged"

H/T Peter.

Officially, “nifonged” is now a verb:

  • To be unjustly prosecuted by a politically motivated District Attorney.
  • The railroading or harming of a person with no justifiable cause, except for one’s own gain. It is someone being taken advantage of unfairly by someone without scruples or morals.

Ann Coulter chimes in on the subject with an interesting column as well.

Nope, no crisis there...

City's violent crime jumps 20%

Police chief outlines plans, programs to address issue

By JOHN DIEDRICHjdiedrich@journalsentinel.com

Posted: Jan. 11, 2007

Violent crime in Milwaukee rose 20% in the first nine months of 2006 compared with the same period the year before, while arrests and gun seizure were essentially flat over the whole year, Police Chief Nannette Hegerty said in her annual address to members of the Common Council Thursday.

Hegerty also told aldermen it took longer for police to get to every kind of call last year.
The chief said police aren't the only answer to crime but added it doesn't help that she has about 200 officer vacancies and another 250 people who are either recruits or on limited duty, meaning they aren't on the street.

She said those shortfalls hang over the department as calls for police service climbed, up 5% in 2006 to 609,779.

Wow, that is almost one per person! Hello... Mr. Mayor... Some leadership please?!?

Yet these same people re-elected Ray Nagin....

Big Easy Residents Protest Killings

Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Residents young and old, black and white, marched in the thousands on City Hall - unified in their anger and demanding action be taken to stem violent crime that has claimed nine lives this year and left many contemplating their future in this hurricane-ravaged city.

Mayor Ray Nagin's response Thursday: "I heard you loud and clear."

Nagin pledged to intensify his focus on fighting violent crime during a news conference after the march. "We will not recover unless our citizens feel safe," he said.

January 10, 2007

Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments II - The Domino Effect

The Top Ten Things People Believe About Canadian Health Care, But Shouldn't

Canadian Healthcare has become an issue of late, I found this on the Heritage Foundation's website. I'll post the header and the first paragraph of each point. There is mouch more at the main article. Click the title to go there.

Warning, I gave Scott a three hour heads up about this post!

Number One: Canada Has the Best Health Care System in the World

Not even close. According to the World Health Organization, Canada ranks 30th in the world, with the U.S. ranking 38th.1 The ranking criteria were: bang for the buck, preventive measures, and access for vulnerable populations

Number Two: The Canadian Public Loves Medicare

We have to be careful here. The public loves some features of the system. In particular, there is huge support for the principle that no one should be denied access to needed medical care on the basis of ability to pay. Ideologues in the health care system have tried to stretch the public's support for that basic principle in all kinds of distorted directions

Number Three: Canadian Medicare Is Sustainable

On the contrary, Medicare is not sustainable on its present course. A modest slowdown in the rate-spending increases has been bought chiefly through reductions in services, closure of facilities, fewer health professionals, dissatisfaction among those who remain, increased waiting times, and forgoing innovative (but expensive) new technologies.

Number Four: Single-payer, Canadian-style Keeps Costs Under Control

A mythology has grown up about the superiority of our system to control costs. Indeed, Mr. Romanow in his report repeats the argument that, until the introduction of Canadian Medicare, our health care costs tracked those of the U.S. After the introduction of Medicare, however, our growth in costs, and especially physician costs, dropped significantly after the predictable short-term rise.

Number Five: More Cash Is the Solution to Medicare's Problems

I might point out that Canada in 2002 spent about $75 billion on publicly funded health care (and another $30 billion or so on private health care). Mr. Romanow's solution to our problems is a cash infusion of up to $6.5 billion per year, a recommendation that now has largely been accepted by Ottawa and the provinces in a recent First Ministers Conference. But the federal-provincial deputy ministers of health, in their last report, made a convincing case that health care costs are rising within the system at 5 percent to 6 percent a year, just under the current cost pressures, and that there are a number of new pressures that are likely to accelerate that trend. So you do the math. Add an annual tax-financed contribution of $6.5 billion to a health care budget of $75 billion rising at 5 percent per year, and within two years the ordinary and totally foreseeable costs of the existing system will have eaten up every penny of that new funding.

Number Six: Under Medicare, People Get the Health Care Services That They Need

A whole host of things needs to be said here, and I do not have time for them all. Let me start by saying that while the language of Medicare is that Canadians get "medically necessary services" paid for by the state, this is not at all so. Among the services that are not covered are pharmaceuticals (increasingly important, as many forms of surgery, etc. are now being supplanted by drugs regulating the body's functions), dentistry, home care, chiropractic (in most provinces), and a number of other services. And there is a wide range of new diagnostic and other services that it is not yet clear that Medicare will cover, such as gene therapy. In fact, one of the "brilliant" research papers for the Romanow Commission argued that, in fact, technology need not be a cost driver for the health care system because it was only a cost driver if we actually used these technologies.

Access to Doctors and Medical Technology

Aggregate numbers of doctors per 1000 population do not give a good picture of access to physicians in, say, cities versus rural areas within countries, nor of proportions between scarce specialists and plentiful general practitioners, nor of the quality of medical training. On the other hand, it is a crude measure of the overall state of access to qualified practitioners.
On this measure, Canada performs badly.

Number Seven: "Free" Health Care Empowers the Poor

Everything I want to say about this is summed up in a story that happened to my partner Shelley. Shelley and I are partners in a restaurant, and she actually runs it. She was given an appointment at the hospital for a procedure, and she duly showed up at the appointed time. Two hours later she was still sitting there waiting to be called. Now she was only able to get a two-hour parking meter, and so she approached the desk and asked if she could go and put money in the meter. She was curtly told that she was free to go and put the money in, but that if her name were called while she was away, that her name would fall back to the bottom of the queue. So she just decided that she would take the parking ticket as part of the price of getting the medical service she needed. Another two hours passed, and still she was not called, so she again approached the counter, and very patiently and politely explained (as only Shelley can, because she is the soul of graciousness) that she actually had a small business to run; that she was there at the appointed time for her appointment; that she had waited four hours, which is far longer than she had been led to expect the whole thing would take; that she had other commitments because of the business; and could they possibly at least give her some idea of how much longer she might have to wait? `Well, the woman behind the counter got on her dignity, drew herself up to her full height, glared at Shelley and said, "You're talking as if you're some kind of customer!"

Number Eight: Canadian Medicare Is Fairer Because No One Gets Better Care Than Anyone Else

Roy Romanow has made it clear that he wants to ensure that "two-tier" health care continues to be forbidden in Canada and this was a major theme of the 2004 federal election. Too late. If you are on worker's compensation; are in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the military; if your company has its own salaried physicians; if you use a private hospital like Shouldice (which specializes in hernia surgery) in Toronto or one of the country's private abortion clinics; if you are a member of the medical professions or know someone who is; or are just articulate and determined or famous and connected; if you travel to the U.S. or any one of a number of other places, you can get better, faster, or more satisfactory care than someone who just lets the wheels of Medicare grind on.

Number Nine: Medicare-type Spending Is the Best Way to Improve Health

Again, a lot of people seem to believe this, but it just is not so. In fact, there are many forms of spending that are far more likely to improve health outcomes than health care spending. Consider, for example, that there is a very close link between health and wealth. The wealthier you are, the more likely your health is to be good. This implies that spending that is likely to improve the wealth-creating capacity of society is also an investment in health. That means things like education, economic infrastructure, and a reasonable tax burden are all key determinants of health. So too are public health measures like sanitation, water quality, environmental protection, and preventive measures such as pap smears, etc.

Number Ten: Medicare Is an Economic Competitive Advantage for Business

In the United States, in the ordinary course of things, as the price of health care increases, so, too, do insurance premiums since, ultimately, all insurance payments come from the pool of premiums collected from the insured. Since people usually obtain this type of insurance through their place of employment, it is often thought that the rising cost of insurance constitutes an increased cost to employers. This view is especially widespread with regard to health insurance in the United States, where it is often said that health insurance premiums make up a larger part of the cost of building a car than steel does. Canadian politicians are prone to argue that since, under Medicare, Canadian companies do not have to bear this extra cost, they have a competitive advantage in world markets. As with so many statements concerning Medicare, this, too, is wrong.

Say What?!?!?!?

Check this out....

Pelosi bans smoking near House floor
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Smokers may be one minority in Congress with even fewer rights than newly demoted Republicans. Now they're losing one of their last, cherished prerogatives — a smoke break in the ornate Speaker's Lobby just off the House floor.

... "The days of smoke-filled rooms in the United States Capitol are over," Pelosi said. "Medical science has unquestionably established the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke, including an increased risk of cancer and respiratory diseases. I am a firm believer that Congress should lead by example."

Lawmakers will still be free to light up in their own offices. ...

Say what? After smoking has been banned in just about every work place across the country, we now have communities banning smoking in people's own cars and apartments they can still smoke in their offices in Congress?

Look, I don't smoke, I used too, but give me a freakin' break!

Comments are back!

Earlier this week I made an announcement that all comments had been lost in my switch to haloscan as a comment management tool.

This even prompted a low-brow political attack on the Journal Times by an attack dog actually trying to spread the theory I had intentionally erased comments in order to hide something from voters of the 7th Aldermanic district. (What is with these people who will make anything up to attack someone, if it has a factual basis or not? Actually, in my estimation their own over-zealous attacks help me in the long run)

Well, I discovered the comments are all still there! I am overjoyed that all the opinions people have shared can still be accessed.

There is a link at the bottom of each post that says links to this post. If you click that link, comments entered prior to my switch to haloscan will appear.

I am thrilled those comments can still be accessed. It literally made me sick when I thought that all the work by all the people who have contributed here had been lost...


This is a long but brilliant editorial from the Wall Street Journal today. I have written about deregulation and burdensome mandated coverages before. This is the brainchild of Congressman John Shadegg of Arizona. These reforms would work to lower the cost of health insurance and they could be applied nation-wide.

Gov. Schwarzenegger writes a prescription for disaster.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST

MONTEREY, Calif.--On Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger presented his proposal for reducing the number of Californians who lack health insurance. His proposal is almost indistinguishable--except in details--from that of the Democrats who dominate the California Assembly and Senate.

The Democrats tend to favor solutions involving regulations, government spending and taxes, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's proposal--the main contending Democrat plan--hits the trifecta. It would require employers to provide health insurance; give them the option of paying a tax instead of providing health insurance; and increase spending by expanding both the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs, which provide care to low-income children--including children of illegal immigrants and the disabled.

Mr. Schwarzenegger's solution hits the trifecta also. He would require employers with 10 or more workers to provide health insurance or pay a 4% tax on all wages covered by Social Security: Look for employers with 10 to 12 employees to get creative about outsourcing. And look as well, as Harvard economist Jonathan Gruber has documented, for wages to fall in firms that offer health insurance because of the mandate. Gov. Schwarzenegger would throw in a 2% tax on doctors and a 4% tax on hospitals to help fund Medi-Cal, California's name for Medicaid. And he would expand Medi-Cal to adults earning as much as 100% above the poverty line and to children, even those here illegally, in poor and middle-income families. He hopes, by doing this, to shift $5 billion of Medi-Cal's annual cost to the federal government.

There are two problems with such solutions. First, they infringe on economic freedom, preventing, in Robert Nozick's phrase, "capitalist acts between consenting adults." Second, government solutions rarely work.

Why doesn't increased government power tend to solve the problem of the uninsured? There are two main reasons. First, when government provides health insurance, many people who take advantage of it drop their own privately provided health insurance. In a 1996 article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Harvard economists David M. Cutler and Jonathan Gruber found a 50% "crowding-out effect." As the federal Medicaid program expanded, for every two people who gained insurance through Medicaid, one dropped private health insurance. Although this is a net addition of one, the costs to taxpayers are much higher than expected because now half of the newly covered, instead of paying their own way as they previously did, become wards of the state.

Second, of the 46 million or so people without health insurance at any given time, about 45% will have health insurance within four months. This is one of the main findings of a 2003 study by the Congressional Budget Office, "How Many People Lack Health Insurance and for How Long?" That shouldn't be surprising in a country where most private health insurance is employer-provided and most unemployment spells last 11 weeks or less. Solutions that involve government mandates on employers or employees will, therefore, miss connecting with about half of the people who are uninsured at a given point in time.

But what if the governor could solve some of the problem by making health insurance cheaper? He can--not by regulating more, but by deregulating.

Let me explain. In the last few decades, state governments, the main regulators of health insurance in the individual and small-group markets, have mandated coverages for many kinds of health care. According to the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), a pro-market association of insurance carriers, there were 1,843 state mandates in 2006. Among the most common, and most expensive, mandates are chiropractic care, treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse, and mental health benefits. California's government mandates coverage for all of the above, as well as for many other benefits, including, for example, infertility treatment--a very expensive benefit.

Abolishing these mandates would allow people who don't want to be covered for these things to buy cheaper insurance, while still allowing those who want them to buy and pay for them. Would such an approach work? That's like asking whether, if the government currently required new cars to have CD players, eliminating that requirement would lower the price of a car. Of course it would work.

It is important, though, not to overstate its benefits. The gain to Californians from abolishing these mandates would not be huge. CAHI compiled data from America's Health Insurance plan and eHealthInsurance for the individual market and from the federal government for the small-group market and found that in 2003, although California had more mandated coverages than all but six other states, it had among the lowest insurance rates for individual health insurance policies ($1,885 versus a top rate of $6,048 for New Jersey.)

The reason, explains CAHI, is that in other ways California is much less regulatory than many other states. It does not, for example, require guaranteed issue on individual policies--which drives up premiums by forcing insurance companies to supply policies to all comers, regardless of health status. Yet the governor's proposal would reverse this somewhat and prevent insurance companies from saying no because of age and health.

California should not, contra Gov. Schwarzenegger, do new regulatory harm; rather it should repeal existing regulations that cause harm--so as to make health insurance even more affordable.

There is one other way to deregulate: The California government could allow any Californian to buy health insurance from any willing insurer in any state and be subject to the regulations of that state. That way, people could shop for the degree of paternalism they want. If they want insurance from a state that requires many coverages, they could do so and pay the high premiums that result. If they want bare-bones coverage, they could do so also. The result would surely be that some of the current uninsured would buy insurance. Were I in the market for individual insurance and given the choice, I would not bother paying for coverage for alcohol or drug abuse.

If a version of Gov. Schwarzenegger's plan passes, the only thing certain is that there will be more regulation, more government spending and more taxes. A better path would be to deregulate, and thus achieve some increase in the number of insured--without new spending or taxes or regulation.

Mr. Henderson, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, was the senior economist for health policy with President Reagan's Council of Economics Advisers (1982-84). He is co-author of "Making Great Decisions in Business and Life" (Chicago Park Press, 2006).

January 9, 2007

This may be the coolest looking car I have ever seen.

Ladies & Gentlemen the Mazda Ryuga.

If it was block you would think Batman would be getting out of it....

Looks like it is getting ready to take flight.

That bad-boy looks like it is goin' fast sittin' still.

Gimme gimme gimme.

108-inch TV unveiled at electronics show

AP Business Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Sharp Electronics Corp. took the crown for introducing the world's largest, a behemoth 108-inch liquid-crystal display that most people probably couldn't fit through their front door.

Sharp and its rivals also announced technological improvements to how LCDs render high-speed movement, cutting down on the staccato image trails that have so far made LCDs less smooth than plasma models.

The other hot gizmo appears to be fashion conscience taser guns! A pink taser to go with Mrs Real Debate's Pink Razr!

January 8, 2007

Texas-based pizza chain accepts Mexican pesos

DALLAS (Reuters) - Mexican pesos won't buy you much north of the border. But from Monday they'll buy you a pizza.

A Dallas-based pizza chain which caters to the Hispanic community is accepting the Mexican currency at all of its 59 U.S. stores starting on Monday, giving the greenback some unusual competition at the cash register.

"Unlike many other businesses for us it makes sense. Our stores are located in predominately Hispanic communities and so the majority of our customers are Hispanic," said Andrew Gamm, director of brand development for Pizza Patron.

This becoming a big story. Frankly I do not see why. Mrs Real Debate and I spent 3 days in Cancun in Sep of '05 on a work trip, we could spend American green-backs there, if someone wants to take Pesos here, so what?

Speaking of green-backs, check out http://www.wheresgeorge.com/ I had a bill that had this stamped on it today. Neat concept.

This one is for Wiggy

Live coverage

The federal government has shown up to help in Colorado.

H/T Cyber Dad

Political Civility

What are we coming to?

Over the weekend I was apparently spotted politely conversing with a couple of prominent Democrats.

This prompted a call to their home and people yelling at them for apparently supporting my candidacy for Alderman.

These are hard core office-holding type Democrats who do not even live in my district. They have not volunteered and though I have not checked my PayPal account yet today they have not donated anything as of this writing. I would advise them to send me a buck so they show up on my campaign donor report just to drive their "friends" nuts!

What have we come to when adults can not even carry on a polite conversation with someone of an opposite political persuasion without soliciting angry phone calls? They were not even asked if they supported me, they were just attacked.

Lighten up people, partisan opposites can get along civilly, they can even like each other...

I'll clue you in on something else too, those partisan issues that separate us at the core, rarely come up in local politics. I have heard from several people that they prefer liberals in state & national offices but fiscal conservatives watching the pennies at the local level.

Apologies one and all.

I had a recommendation to install Haloscan on RDW to manage comments.

I took that recommendation and something happened that had I have known I would not have done this.

All poster comments have been erased.

I'm sick about this, really I am. So many of you have labored so hard here to share your opinions, you have no idea how much I appreciate that.

I am sooooo sorry about this.

Ok you car geeks.

Why are concept cars usually silver?

I like this one....

Finally a non-dorky electric car that will do 120 mph.

Not your typical boxie Audi.

Survey says...

...69% percent of respondents would prefer Unified return to neighborhood schools.

The school board's reaction is to delay redistricting plans. This begs the question as to why the decision need be postponed...here's my thought. This was not the news the administration wanted. They need to find a new way to ask the question or hire more consultants to get the answer they need. Then the school board can implement the changes needed to artificially reach their self-imposed quotas. Thus giving the taxpayers a sense of euphoria because balance have been achieved. (at great expense)

MRQ - Phelony in Phrance Edition.

Won't she be surprised when she gets my card informing her she just made a $50 contribution to Wisconsin Right to Life? York.

Not a particularly authoritative source. The Professor.

...Get lessons on dating from Michael (Jackson) McGee Jr. Wiggy.

soon all of out waterways will smell like snickerdoodles. Aaron.

Remember what we call that, boys and girls? Jenna.

I was busy getting drunk while Saddam was busy dying. And I think that's appropriate. Steve.

Saddam Hussein, the new Elvis. Jib.

Why is it that we have enough camera phones floating around to capture Britney Spears not wearing underwear, but no one managed to grab a shot of a UFO flying above one of the busiest airports in the world? Elliot.

But you’re naked! Kate.

C'mon Barbie, let's go party! Phel.

...what's in her pants... Jenna.

And now for the big one... Clint.

Pelosington D.C. SilentE.

You could have helped me try to slit my wrists with the edge of the tape dispenser. Sliver.

Stop the Insanity! Pete.

What happened to the other nogs? Grumps.

I'm moving to St. Louis today. Josh.

I find this to be a very positive development. Navritil.

I think it was Apu from Seinfeld. Still Unreal.

RDW Public Appearance report.

See you at Papa's tomorrow!

January 7, 2007


I recently turned on the anonymous comments feature.

It was a mistake.

Every time I allow anonymous comments I attract rude accusatory jerks who hide behind that anonymous tag slinging insults and making up accusations.

I have not asked much of anonymous posters. They have ignored my simple requests and seem to relish in trying to tick me off.

I'm not going to play their game.

If you would like to comment, register like everyone else.

Saddam hanged in "deplorable" way: UK's Brown

Is there a non-deplorable way to hang someone?

I'm confused...

Big Easy Mulls Curfew After 8 Slayings

Jan 7, 3:42 AM (ET)By BECKY BOHRER

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With at least eight slayings in the city in the first week of the new year, officials are considering a curfew to help stem the violence, the police superintendent said Saturday.

"It's something we're just sort of talking about, to see if that will make a difference," police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

Mayor Ray Nagin, meanwhile, urged residents not to leave the city, still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, because of the recent killings. He said the slayings could be a tipping point that "galvanizes our community" to find solutions.

Some residents have called for a march on City Hall on Thursday to demand action to curb the violence.

I swear I saw about a week ago a story on how "things are better" down in New Orleans, and an opposite story about the Mayor of Houston complaining that New Orleans refugees were causing Houston's murder rate to rise.

So what is it? Is New Orleans safe, are transplants ruining Houston.

I blame Bush.

Thought of the week.

Always remember that you are unique; just like everyone else.