February 3, 2007

Star Wars Meets Deliverance

Icky Bad

Dutch gym to introduce 'Naked Sunday'

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press Writer Fri Feb 2, 5:33 PM ET

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Self-conscious about what you wear while working out? A Dutch gym plans to introduce "Naked Sunday" for people who like to huff and puff in the buff.

Patrick de Man, owner of Fitworld gym in the town of Heteren, said he got the idea in part from two of his customers who are avid nudists.

"I heard that some other gyms are offering courses on 'pole-dancing' as a sport, so I thought: Why not bring something new to the market?" de Man said.

He said the response had been overwhelming — positive and negative.

The 70,000-member Dutch Federation of Naturists was curious to see if Fitworld's plan would work, spokesman Bernd Huiser said.

"We recently conducted a large survey among our members, and most prefer to exercise with their clothes on," he said. "The most popular activities (for nudists) are things you do outdoors, like walking on the beach, or swimming in a lake, or maybe gardening."

De Man said the first question Fitworld customers were asking was whether it would be sanitary.

Nude exercisers would be required to put towels down on weight machines and to use disposable seat covers while riding bikes. All machines would be cleaned and disinfected afterward. "We clean them every day anyway," he said.

The first "Naked Sunday" is scheduled for March 4.

February 1, 2007

Live from the Dooley for Alderman Kick-Off.

There is a spiffy idea.

Bill McReynolds has been raiding Bill Cosby's sweater collection.

Good friends Tom and Sue...
(don't tell on them, they are Democrats)

Good conversation all the way around.

Kelly looks so happy...

The blogosphere was well represented, shown here, Aaron, Nick and Tom McMahon. Also skulking about were Still Unreal, Peter, Kathy and Bill.

Robin Vos telling Mrs RDW about doors or something.

Mystery Blogger....
You figure it out.

Truly a great turn out, we appreciate everyone's support more than you could ever know.

The REA weighs in...kinda

The Racine Education Association (local teachers' union) weighs in on the neighborhood schools debate. They usually do not take a pubic stance on issues and referenda because there's would not bode well in the PR department. However, in this case they have come out in support of continued bussing and forced integration practices.

What is concerning about their position is that is was not one that was advised by the membership. No survey was held or poll taken by the building Reps. Some secret subgroup met and decided that this is the way to go. So, the group representing most RUSD teachers did not ask for input from them.

What makes their stance even more laughable is the reason for it.

I am paraphrasing The NAACP has done work for many years so it is in our interest to aid them in their cause.

Translated: One of the liberal brethern is fighting a battle, we better side with them or face the rath.

They do not represent my opinion, nor that of many an RUSD teacher.

Dolphin's toy mistaken for bomb causes panic at marine park. Security officials trying to determine if dolphins have sinister porpoise. Snorky sought

Fark get's credit for the headline.... It was too good not to use.

WINDLEY KEY, Fla. (AP) - A dolphin's toy that resembled a bomb scared spectators Wednesday and prompted officials at a marine park to call 911. A dolphin playing in a tank at Theater of the Sea surfaced with several items, including one that looked like a homemade bomb.

The toy in question was a softball-sized glass jar containing a black substance and covered by a white substance, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said about 15 people, mostly employees, evacuated the facility around 11 a.m. while the sheriff's bomb squad investigated, The Key West Citizen reported.

January 31, 2007

Biden bites...

Joe Biden on his opponents.....

“Are they going to turn to Hillary Clinton?” Biden asked, lowering his voice to a hush to explain why Mrs. Clinton won’t win the election.

“Everyone in the world knows her,” he said. “Her husband has used every single legitimate tool in his behalf to lock people in, shut people down. Legitimate. And she can’t break out of 30 percent for a choice for Democrats? Where do you want to be? Do you want to be in a place where 100 percent of the Democrats know you? They’ve looked at you for the last three years. And four out of 10 is the max you can get?”

Mr. Biden is equally skeptical—albeit in a slightly more backhanded way—about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

But—and the “but” was clearly inevitable—he doubts whether American voters are going to elect “a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,” and added: “I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic.”

And this man wants to be President?

I'm sure the following individuals were thrilled with his comments.

January 30, 2007

January 29, 2007

MRQ. The Something's Amiss in The Blogosphere Edition

Now, is it just me, or is there a topic within the blogosphere this week that is kind of, you know, glaring back at us? See what you can see....

Is It Just Me, Or Is It a Bit Nipply Outside? Nick

Do they have rehab for stupidity? Kate

I'll be spending the weekend on my knees. Casper

Originalists are immune to the harmful effects of artificial, non-carbohydrate sweeteners. Steve.

I think it works. Jay

Alert level has been raised to severe. Fraley

You do not need to stare at these breasts.
These are not the breasts you are looking for.
Move along. Triticale.

And now for something completely unimportant. Elliot

If you need a dream catcher to filter out the nightmares while you are driving, you might want to also get yourself right with the Lord and buy one of those dashboard Jesuses, too, because you'll be meeting him sooner rather than later. Jib

I would like to propose that all future weapons be tested on al-Reuters and Al-AP journalists. Clint

Sounds like a booby prize. Phel

I'm so broken up it isn't funny. No really. Seriously. Pete

What if one stage is dirty you can use the other one? Staging Cats & Phantom at the same time? Fred

You sent a message, loud and clear, “we want our mommies!” Aaron. Uh, I mean, the POTUS!

When they make glue out of him, will it dry faster than regular glue? Dan

"Today was a good day I didn't have to even use my AK" Chris

I know there were more out there. Hindsight is 20/20. The sight of the inside of my eyelids, is well.... welcome :)
24: Jack Bauer - DAMN IT!

I never noticed this.

24 Barry style.

Dave Barry is making a habit out of live blogging 24...

It really is good stuff.

Check out last weeks stuff here.

For those of you who have a hard time making it the 167 hours between epsidoes, this may help take the edge off.

Update: This week's Barry recap.

January 28, 2007

Dooley for Alderman Campaign Kick-off

Consider this your public invitation folks, we love our RDW readers, please join us next Thursday for the kick-off!

Please join us to celebrate the entry of Fred Dooley into the
race for Alderman in Racine’s 7th District.
Pizza and soft drinks will be served. (cash bar available)

Thursday, February 1, 2007
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Suggested donation: $25.00

Please RSVP to Dooleyforalderman@yahoo.com
or 262-681-9372 by 1-30-07

Location: DeRango’s Pizza Palace
3840 Douglas Avenue
Racine, WI 53402
(Douglas Avenue, just south of 3 Mile Rd.)

So, what happens when the blogger
becomes the candidate?
Come and find out!

Authorized and paid for by: Dooley for Alderman,
Fred Dooley, Treasurer

Cross posted at Dooley for Alderman Blog.

Who's making all the money on Iraq?



Would you believe Diane Feinstein (D) California?

Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict

As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee,
Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms

By Peter Byrne

In the November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics
reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee,
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical
behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her
own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.

As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction
Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005,
Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for
specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests
were largely controlled by her husband, financier Richard C. Blum, benefited
from decisions made by Feinstein as leader of this powerful subcommittee.

Each year, MILCON's members decide which military construction projects
will be funded from a roster proposed by the Department of Defense. Contracts to
build these specific projects are subsequently awarded to such major defense
contractors as Halliburton, Fluor, Parsons, Louis Berger, URS Corporation and
Perini Corporation. From 1997 through the end of 2005, with Feinstein's
knowledge, Blum was a majority owner of both URS Corp. and Perini Corp.

While setting MILCON agendas for many years, Feinstein, 73, supervised her
own staff of military construction experts as they carefully examined the
details of each proposal. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to
support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were or
subsequently became URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792
million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved
by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such MILCON projects.

In her annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports, Feinstein records a
sizeable family income from large investments in Perini, which is based in
Framingham, Mass., and in URS, headquartered in San Francisco. But she has not
publicly acknowledged the conflict of interest between her job as a
congressional appropriator and her husband's longtime control of Perini and
URS--and that omission has called her ethical standards into question, say the

RUSD School Board Member Brian Dey's Neighborhood Schools Plan

January 28, 2007

RE: Brian Dey's Neighborhood/School Choice Plan
Contact: Brian Dey

Over fifty years ago, Linda Brown was an eight year old black child that had to cross Topeka, Kansas to attend a school that was designated as an all-black public school, while her white friends were free to attend the neighborhood school, just a few blocks away. The decision of the Supreme Court, in their ruling regarding Brown v. Board of Education, made it unlawful to separate children by the color of their skin, and striking down the courts previous decision, Plessy v. Ferguson, which allowed separate but equal schools. Over fifty years later, there is a fear that a neighborhood school plan would return us to the injustices of the past.

I am offering a plan that assures that neighborhood schools won't take us back to those injustices. The plan calls for all children, district wide, to be assigned to the school closest to their home. The District would maintain district wide school choice with bussing provided for students who receive free or reduced lunch. The plan also calls for all schools to be considered in the neighborhood school concept including our magnet schools. Magnet programs will be kept intact but may have to be moved to different locations. To attract talented teachers to inner city schools, the District will provide specific training and pay incentives. Additional resources should be provided to inner city schools for counseling and social services. Multiculturalism will be included in the curriculum district wide. Lastly, capture as much diversity as possible, while maintaining sensible contiguous boundaries. The School Board will monitor annually that all buildings are equitable and that resources are expended based on need.

Many communities, including Milwaukee Public Schools, have returned to neighborhood schools, realizing the benefits to students, parents, neighborhoods and taxpayers. The benefits to students include little or no time spent on buses, the opportunity to be more involved in after school activities and the ability to receive help with school work after school. The benefit to parents includes the ability to be more involved in their child's education. The neighborhood benefits by increasing pride and concern for their community, and will hopefully lead to citizens and community leaders becoming more involved. For the taxpayers, savings should be seen by reduced transportation costs and/or more money going directly to the classroom.

Segregation, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is the policy or practice of separating people of different races, classes or ethnic groups, as in schools, housing and public and commercial facilities, as a form of discrimination. Drawing boundaries by neighborhoods and allowing the freedom of choice is color-blind. Whether you are Black, White, Hispanic or any minority, all would have the ability to attend their neighborhood school and the ability to choose any school in the district.

This plan is similar to the Milwaukee Neighborhood Schools Initiative outlined in the 1999 Wisconsin Act 9. We might be able to petition the state to grant us the same provisions Milwaukee has, which include provisions for facility bonding and additional aid.
In the thirty plus years of RUSD's self-imposed desegregation policy, the achievement gap has not narrowed significantly. It's time we rethink how we educate children. It's time to believe that all children have the ability to learn and succeed. It's time once again to have the school be the center of the community, and that all schools will be great schools.

Another shady land deal for the unethical Senate majority leader

Seriously, how much are you screaming Democrats willing to excuse when presented time and time again with evidence of unethical behavior by your leaders? It becomes more and more true every day you only care about ethics on one side of the aisle.

A deal in the desert for Sen. Reid?
A bill he wrote could have affected the friend who sold the land.

By Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger,
Times Staff WritersJanuary 28, 2007

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. — It's hard to buy undeveloped land in booming northern Arizona for $166 an acre. But now-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid effectively did just that when a longtime friend decided to sell property owned by the employee pension fund that he controlled.

In 2002, Reid (D-Nev.) paid $10,000 to a pension fund controlled by Clair Haycock, a Las Vegas lubricants distributor and his friend for 50 years. The payment gave the senator full control of a 160-acre parcel in Bullhead City that Reid and the pension fund had jointly owned. Reid's price for the equivalent of 60 acres of undeveloped desert was less than one-tenth of the value the assessor placed on it at the time.

Six months after the deal closed, Reid introduced legislation to address the plight of lubricants dealers who had their supplies disrupted by the decisions of big oil companies. It was an issue the Haycock family had brought to Reid's attention in 1994, according to a source familiar with the events.

If Reid were to sell the property for any of the various estimates of its value, his gain on the $10,000 investment could range from $50,000 to $290,000.

It is a potential violation of congressional ethics standards for a member to accept anything of value — including a real estate discount — from a person with interests before Congress.

In a statement, Reid's spokesman Jon Summers said that the transaction was not a gift and that the price was due to the property's history and the fact that only a partial interest was sold.

Reid's action on the lubricants issue was unrelated to the sale and reflected the senator's interest in fairness for small businesses, Summers said.

Reid "has never taken any official action to provide personal financial benefit to me, and I would never have asked him to," Clair Haycock has told The Times. Haycock's son, John, who runs the petroleum-products distribution company with him, said in a recent e-mail that it was "absolutely wrong" to connect the land sale and Reid's lubricants legislation, which did not pass.

Oh yeah sounds purely unrelated to me....

Ah that perfect Canadian health care system again, strippers to the rescue!

Exotic dancers step up for fundraiser

This strip show is strictly for the kids.

Exotic dancers from across Alberta will be doffing their G-strings to raise money for three young Edmonton boys suffering from a rare disorder.

As the Sun reported last week, Nikki Miranda's three boys - Tyler, 7, Jordan, 4, and Riley, 2 - need $1-million-a-year in therapy that isn't covered by the government because it has yet to be approved in Canada.

"I saw their picture in the paper and I started crying. They're so cute and so little," said Rylee, a 24-year-old Edmonton stripper.

Rylee, who didn't want her real name published, said she and her boyfriend were discussing the ailing brothers' plight when they came up with the idea for a stripathon.

After contacting the Sun, Rylee OK'd her idea with Miranda and then approached Showgirls promotions manager Paul Ballach. He didn't hesitate.

"It's not fair for children to go through life like that," he said.

Ballach is scheduling a massive fundraising stripathon at Edmonton's Showgirls for either March 25 or April 1. A second stripathon is also tentatively set for the next day at the new Showgirls location in Grande Prairie.

Ballach said he's also planning a silent auction and estimates both stripathons could raise in excess of $20,000.

Between 30 and 50 strippers are expected to lend their help. Each dancer will donate all of their earnings and tips to the worthy cause, Rylee said.

"Every girl that I've talked to, they're like, 'Yeah, we want to be a part of it,' " she added.
Customers will also be encouraged to donate.

Miranda said she has no hang-ups about the looming stripathons.

"I don't care who they are, they're people. I don't care who helps," she said. "I just want to be a mom. I don't want to be a 24-hour nurse."

Miranda's boys suffer from a rare enzyme deficiency called Hunter syndrome, or mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II), a progressive disorder that primarily affects males. Most sufferers don't live past 15.

A new enzyme therapy, idursulfase, is available to treat the genetic disorder, but it has yet to be approved.

A spokesman for Alberta Health and Wellness said idursulfase can be made available to patients on a case-by-case basis on their doctor's recommendation.

"Our government should be paying for this," the frustrated mom said. "I'm a taxpayer, too."

Yeah those progressive orders can be real doosies...