January 19, 2007

Selective Pledges

So the Common Council in Madistan came out and said it would be just spiffy if elected officials somehow refused to pledge to honor all parts of the state constitution if they disagreed with parts of it…

This of course is all about the marriage amendment.

Look, for me this is a no-brainer. If you are elected to uphold our laws, then had darn well better pledge to do so and mean it.

If you do not like a particular law work to change it, come out in public and campaign for it and jump through the necessary legislative hoops to get it done. As an elected official you should not get to pick and choose which laws you respect, you are elected to uphold them all.

What next?

This is an exceedingly bad precedent.

Just Great Coaches...

I've seen several stories pointing out the fact that an African American NFL head coach has never won a Super Bowl...

There is an African American head coach in each league that has their team to the NFL championship game; the Bear's Lovie Smith and the Colt's Tony Dungee.

I never considered either of these coaches a great black coach myself, I just considered them great coaches. Isn't that the way we are supposed to see them? Isn't that the way that they would like to be seen?

What is it about the race baiters that somehow they always write these stories pointing out the race aspect of this when my guess is most people would have never even considered it? Again, isn't that the way we should see Smith & Dungee as great coaches, not great black coaches?

The whole first black coach thing may be an interesting trivia question in 25 years but pointing that out now seems to be nothing more than fueling the race industry for those who just refuse to give it up.

Who died and left Rosie in charge?


Rosie Takes on 'American Idol' Judges

On Thursday morning’s “The View,” Rosie O’Donnell dropped a bomb on “American Idol” and attacked America’s three favorite judges.

“If you keep serving people crap, they’re eventually going to think it’s a meal,” Rosie touted. “Three millionaires… one probably intoxicated. So sad.”

Rosie’s new war came the morning after an incredible 32 million people tuned in as Simon, Randy and Paula struggled in Seattle, taking aim at wannabes like Kenneth Briggs.

“You look like one of those creatures in the jungle with those massive eyes, what are they called? Bush baby,” Simon told the “Idol” hopeful.

“To make fun of someone’s physical appearance, is this what America thinks is entertainment?” Rosie challenged.


Gee why wouldn't Rosie want people making fun of other people because of their appearance?

I wonder.

Seriously, who died and left Rosie the arbitor of right & wrong in our society? Who really cares what she thinks about anything?

January 18, 2007

On Diversity

Welcome to the local blogosphere Kat, she poses an interesting question for the NAACP as it tries to bully Unified into continued bussing to meet racial quotas.

While I'm thinking about the neighborhood schools vs. busing debate I can't help but to wonder: "If it is wrong to forbid a child from attending a school because of his/her skin color; then why is it right to force a child to attend a school because of his/her skin color?"

Blogsitting

Unkie Fred has let Phelony and I run the show while he's out of town. Please put in a good word for us.

Now I am going to check the RDW liquor cabinet and watch and read an 'R' rated post or two.

Scandal in the PTA

The PTA at an RUSD school is under investigation by the state PTA for some improprieties in their financial procedures. At first glance you might that someone pilfered some bake sale funds. Not in this case. An audit showed that approximately $15,000 is missing from over the last 18 months. Keep in mind that this is just at one school. What triggered the audit was deposit slips showing the same individual signing off as the Treasurer and President. That violates PTA policy, as two people are needed to count monies from a fundraiser and sign off on the slip before a deposit is made. It is too early to lay blame as an investigation is in its early stages. This is going to be yet another black mark for RUSD.

Note: The school name is being withheld at the request of my sources, besides the JT can do their own leg work.

Football Glorious Football


I am really looking forward to both conference championship games this weekend. Even though my beloved Packers aren't playing, this is the time of year where the NFL shines.

Here are my predictions:

Saints 27 Bears 17

Pats 35 Colts 24

Take a stand and post your predictions here!

Smart Children Count Too

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has been ordered to establish rules for identifying gifted students. Rules already existed according to state law, but were not as specific as they are for students with special needs.

My first reaction to this story is why a court needed to order this? In our overly PC society, it seems that government agencies are being bullied into catering to every small group that appears to have a disadvantage. Students with special needs are given numerous rights and extra funding so the schools can meet their needs. The same should be true for students who excel in school.

I am not one for creating more programs, but I have to wonder why the focus needs frequently be placed on the low performing students. Both RUSD and MPS deserve credit for establishing schools and programming for gifted students long ago. The DPI should have set these rules in motion at the same time other special education policies.

January 17, 2007

Not yet, not yet.


Tune in tomorrow folks for a rather interesting breaking news event here at RDW.

This time though it isn't me with the breaking news but one of the other RDW contributors.

So what do we have?

Some news de la Francais drug across the pond by Phelony?

Perhaps Randy picked up some edu-news as yet unheard?

Maybe Aaron will sneek in with a guest break?

Nah...

Tune in folks, it is a very interesting story!

Apple Reports Record 1Q Profit

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Apple Inc. on Wednesday posted a record profit in (AP) -- its fiscal first quarter, beating Wall estimates as earnings rose 78 percent amid strong holiday sales of its iPod music players and Macintosh computers.

During the final three months of 2006, the Cupertino-based company Apple said it earned $1 billion, or $1.14 per share, compared to $565 million, or 65 cents a share, in the year-ago period.
Revenue for the quarter hit a record, reaching $7.1 billion, up 24 percent from $5.7 billion the previous year.




Should Apple be hit with the old proposed windfall profits tax?????

Caledonia Schools

Tonight I attended a meeting of the Caledonia Development Authority. One of the agenda items was whether or not to recommend an advisory referendum be added to the April 3rd ballot. The CDA unanimously passed a recommendation to the Village Board to put a question on the ballot. The board will have to approve putting the item on the ballot and which question to ask the voters.

The probable choices are:

1. Should Caledonia secede from RUSD and form its own district?

2. Should Caledonia explore a feasibility study to establish its own district?

Either question would result in the board determining how to proceed with such a study. Question number one is much more blunt and I would think send a message to RUSD. The second question, which they are more likely to use on the ballot, keeps emotions in check. Regardless of which is used, the citizens of Caledonia will overwhelmingly approve moving ahead with the study.

How do I know this? Check out this damning statistic...60% of school aged children in Caledonia do not attend Racine Unified Schools. This means that the parents of those children do not want their children in Unified. They send them to private schools or other districts (Oak Creek, Raymond, etc.) through Open Enrollment Laws. I feel this number speaks volumes to the notion of needing a separate district.

Iran shoots down U.S. spy drone amid growing military pressure

Via China View News.

TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iranian troops have shot down a U.S. pilotless spy plane recently, an Iranian lawmaker announced on Tuesday as the Islamic Republic was facing increasing military pressure from its arch rival -- the United States.

The aircraft was brought down when it was trying to cross the borders "during the last few days," Seyed Nezam Mola Hoveizeh, a member of the parliament, was quoted by the local Fars News Agency as saying.

The lawmaker gave no exact date of the shooting-down or any other details about the incident, but he said that "the United States sent such spy drones to the region every now and then."

SECOND U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER

The announcement came amid reports that the United States is increasingly flexing its muscles to counter Iran's growing regional assertiveness and put more pressure on Tehran over its controversial nuclear programs.

It was reported Tuesday that a second U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, will arrive in the Middle East in about one month, the first time since the U.S.-led Iraq war in 2003 that the United States will have two carrier battle groups in the region.

The USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier that has a capacity for 5,000 sailors, is scheduled to sail Tuesday from its home port of Bremerton, Washington, said Commander Kevin Aandahl of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain.

In about one month, the USS John C. Stennis, including an air wing of more than 80 tactical aircraft, will join Fifth Fleet forces that includes aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"This demonstrates our resolve to do what we can to bring security and stability to the region ... (and) dissuade others from acting counter to our national interest," Aandahl said.

U.S. President George W. Bush announced earlier this month that the United States was taking other steps to beef up security of Iraq and protect U.S. interests in the Middle East, such as sending an additional aircraft carrier to the Gulf and deploying Patriot air defense systems to the region.

HARSH REMARKS AGAINST IRAN

The latest move comes just one day after new U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made harsh remarks against Iran, indicating that Iran's perception of U.S. vulnerability in the region was part of the reason the Pentagon sent the aircraft carrier and the Patriot missiles.

"The Iranians are acting in a very negative way in many respects," Gates told reporters on Monday after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels.

"The Iranians clearly believe that we are tied down in Iraq, that they have the initiative, that they are in a position to press us in many ways," Gates said.

Gates also said that the deployment of Patriot air defense systems and the second aircraft carrier in the Gulf region indicated the Bush administration's "reaffirmation" of the importance of the region, adding that stability in the region is in "long-term, strategic, vital interests" of the United States.

The United States accuses Iran of using its influence to meddle in the region, especially in Lebanon and Shiite-majority Iraq, besides seeking a nuclear weapon, which has been rejected by Iran.

In an interview with Fox News earlier the month, Vice President Dick Cheney said that Iran was "fishing in troubled waters" in Iraq, adding "we think it's very important that they keep their folks at home."

Meanwhile, U.S. forces are still holding five Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week, who the United States says have been connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that arms insurgents but Tehran says are merely consular staff.

In a show of defiance, an Iranian government spokesman said on Monday that the country was pushing ahead with its plan to install at least 3,000 centrifuges for nuclear fuel production.

January 16, 2007

This from Tom McMahon...


A Note To Senator Barbara Boxer: Your Colleague Senator Herb Kohl Has Never Married And Has No Kids

Do you really want to go there? (Nudge nudge. Snap snap. Grin grin, wink wink, say no more?) Hey, you brought it up.

And a note to my readers: If you think I'm gonna leave Comments open on this post, you're nuts. :-)

Tom, we will have comments here. I think it is a fair point.

Redneck Grill

Obama to explore 2008 White House race

Well Duh

Ill. Democratic senator says he'll announce final decision on Feb. 10

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he is taking the initial step in a presidential bid that could make him the nation's first black to occupy the White House.

Obama announced on his Web site, www.barackobama.com, that he was filing a presidential exploratory committee. In a video on his exploratory committee web site, Obama said, "On February 10th, at the end of these discussions, in my home state of Illinois, I'll share my plans with my friends, neighbors and fellow Americans."

"I certainly didn't expect to find myself in this position a year ago," Obama said in a video posting. "I've been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics. So I've spent some time thinking about how I could best advance the cause of change and progress that we so desperately need."

Obama, a little more than two years into his Senate term, is the most inexperienced candidate considering a run for the Democratic nomination, but nonetheless ranks as a top contender. His appeal on the stump, his unique background, his opposition to the Iraq war and the fact that he is a fresh face set him apart in a competitive race that also is expected to include front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Ok, no one I know takes Obama seriously as a Presidential candidate. His candidacy is really for the Veep job if we are honest about this. Seriously though, what qualifies a junior senator just entering his third year to think he is qualified for the top job?!? He certainly has the ego for the job!

Have we moved beyond qualifications that far? Is this all just about slick marketing and who can come off as the most popular or least objectionable?

The Journal Times put up a piece on their blog yesterday asking if the man being a smoker made a difference. I didn't even know he was a smoker. Why put that out there in the first place?

Jay Leno answers the question...

How cold is it?

It was so cold today I was shaking like Donald Trump watching "The View”.

It was so cold today Tony Romo fumbled a snowball.

It was so cold out that even celebrities stopped talking about global warming.

It was so cold here in L.A. that we actually had ice on the ground. Ice! People were slipping more than George Bush poll numbers.

Philbin named new offensive coordinator


Ok, when I saw this I thought, Regis?

Admit it, you did too.

Possible Caledonia School District Sees Light Again


Long ago, I advocated for the Village of Caledonia to secede from RUSD and create its own school district. It looks like the citizens of Caledonia are taking one step closer to that reality. Village President Jonathan Delagrave says there could be an advisory referendum on the April ballots this spring. The question put to the citizenry is whether or not we want to try to create our own district. From their the Village will conduct the necessary research to determine the feasibility of such a venture. While the actuality of a new school district is far off, this is a huge step for the people of Caledonia. It means the government of Caledonia is willing to take a step to breaking away from the outdated RUSD model and its failings.

I have little doubt this referendum will pass. Of course the rhetoric will be fun during the process. The race baiters from the inner city will speak out at the thought of this new district. For those who can look passed the whiners, a new school district seems like a logical step for Caledonia. It along with Mt. Pleasant have grown more than 400% since RUSD's inception. They have become decent sized municipalities unto themselves and can logically break away.

I, for one, am crossing all of my fingers.
We Love Brett Favre

Now this is a real Packer fan!

January 15, 2007

24...


Woah, they just went Nuk-u-lar. This is going to be good.

Redneck Kittens

RDW Poll results

I'm moving on with a new poll, but I found the reults of our last one interesting...

So who is the most powerful woman in American anyway?

Oprah & Mrs Real Debate tied at 27% of the vote each! (I wish Mrs Real Debate had Oprah's cash)

Condi Rice came in next at 18%, then Laura Bush 9%, Nancy Pelosi & Hillary each got 3%, followed by Britney Spears 4% and Associate Justice Ginsberg 2%.

Rosie & Katie Couric got shut out.

Isn't it ironic?

From the Racine Unified School District, who wants to bus your children 45 minutes across town to appease our need for forced diversity, have a reflective Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day...at school.

MRQ - When is Phelony Phlying Home?

Talk about egos careening into the stratosphere of their own testosterone soaked ids. Kay.

I totally want one. Casper

24, 24, 24, 24, 24! Jib.

Congress responds, “I don’t know”. Kathy.

Gimme gimme gimme. Me.

Greek for “That’s a Doctor?” Kevin.

“Shift Happens.” Owen.

Mr. and Mrs. Real Debate. Nick.

No, no, no! Jenna.

I have absolutely no idea what my angle is going to be. Aaron.

similar to neoprene, but gamier... Tom.

The answer is 11,152… Patrick.

I appreciate my honorable brother from California, scumbag that he is, for supporting these rules that were the same rules as adopted by the previous Congress, which he would know if he could read. Dean.

wish you called more... Scott.

Cher Pays De Mon Enfance..... Phelony (huh?)

I want to stop being known as the guy who defended Jeffrey Dahmer to maybe being the guy who gave Tommy Thompson his first check... Gerry Boyle.

Vote TEE BEE... Chris.

People always loved me in drag.... Casper @ Drinking Right

Dude, are you wearing pink? Aaron @ Drinking Right

January 14, 2007

Redneck Hotdog Cooker.

License, what license?

FDA tells congressman his allergy product shipments violate law

WASHINGTON (AP) --

Federal health officials have warned freshman Rep. Steve Kagen that his Wisconsin allergy practice is in apparent violation of federal law for manufacturing and selling allergy shots without a valid license.

According to a letter sent to Kagen by the Food and Drug Administration, Kagen manufactured a variety of ragweed and grass allergen vaccines from commercially distributed pollen and sold the shots to patients at his clinic and in at least 24 other states.

The FDA letter, which was dated Dec. 18 but wasn't posted online until Thursday, said that Kagen, D-Wis., did not have a valid license required for introducing a biological product into interstate commerce.

At issue are products marketed by Kagen's clinic such as Poly RW, Super Ragweed, Poly Grass and Super Grass. Kagen is a medical doctor. In a statement issued to The Associated Press, Kagen said: "Like other allergy clinics, the Kagen Allergy Clinic compounds allergen injections for patients who suffer from allergy and asthma symptoms. The FDA and I are discussing this important compounding process, and how best to treat affected patients safely and effectively, as we have been for the past 25 years."

A spokesman for Kagen declined to elaborate.

Compounding generally involves preparing a customized medication for an individual patient with a doctor's prescription, according to the FDA. While that is legal, compounding operations run afoul of the FDA and federal law when they produce drugs on a scale more consistent with that of drug manufacturers than, say, that of retail pharmacies.

h/t Jessica.