March 10, 2007
What do these numbers represent....
(you'll never get this one)
2 - The number of people who got off the Coach bus, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha line Thursday afternoon at the Racine depot.
0 - The number of people who got on the Coach bus, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha line Thursday afternoon at the Racine depot.
3 - The number of people who were left on the Coach bus, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha line Thursday afternoon traveling on to Kenosha.
In related news, Nick found this little nugget.
A detailed financial analysis of RTD's FasTracks plan shows that the six new train lines and other transit improvements could cost $2.5 billion more than originally forecast.
The draft analysis obtained by The Denver Post shows FasTracks trains and other improvements could cost $6.5 billion, almost 65 percent higher than the price sold to metro Denver voters in 2004.
The above-budget items identified in the analysis include almost $1 billion in design and engineering, $345 million in construction materials, $56 million in the price of rail cars and nearly $600 million in unexplained "contingency" costs, among other elements.
The altercation was videotaped and posted on http://www.youtube.com/ . “We’re trying to use the supplemental to end the war,” Obey said. “You can’t end the war if you’re going against the supplemental. It’s time these idiot liberals understood that.”
David Swanson, a liberal blogger with AfterDowningStreet.org, posted a YouTube video of the encounter on http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/obey-dialogue and sent the link to reporters Thursday night.
March 9, 2007
The president of Houston's largest teachers' union is telling members not to return the overpayments, which range from $62.50 to $2,790.
A total of almost $75,000 was overpaid because a computer program mistakenly calculated the bonuses of part-time personnel as if they were full-time employees, according to the Houston Independent School District. Less than 1 percent of teachers were affected, the district said.
Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said the district can't force the 99 teachers to sign forms authorizing it to deduct the money from their paychecks, and promised legal action if it attempts to do so.
"If it's the district's error, then the district should bear the loss," she said.
District spokesman Terry Abbott, however, said the money must be repaid.
The union opposes the merit system unanimously approved by the school board last year. The district doled out $14 million to almost 8,000 teachers two months ago, but distributed another $1 million after officials realized several hundred teachers had been overlooked.
Salaries for full-time teachers in the district range from about $40,000 to nearly $68,000.
Unreal how easily this teacher union rectifies defrauding the taxpayers.
Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162
Governor Doyle Names Tim Mahone as
Southeast Office Director
Governor Jim Doyle today announced the appointment of Tim Mahone as Director of the Governor's Southeast Office located in Milwaukee.
"I am pleased to appoint Tim Mahone as our Southeast Office Director," Governor Doyle said. "Tim brings a unique set of skills from both public and private enterprises to the
Administration. His dedication to the community, knowledge of the region and the opportunities it holds for all of Wisconsin make this an ideal position for him."
The Governor's Southeast Office brings the Administration's resources directly to the state's largest metropolitan area, maximizing efforts to strengthen communities and schools, and grow the economy of Southeast Wisconsin.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to utilize my leadership skills and previous work experiences to manage and promote Governor Doyle's very important initiatives in Southeastern Wisconsin," Mahone said. "Joining the Doyle Administration allows me to fulfill my life's mission to work diligently on those issues that improve and sustain the employment, economic and educational opportunities for our citizens."Tim Mahone most recently served as political director for Governor Doyle's 2006 re-election campaign. Tim is chairman of the Mary Lou Mahone Foundation, and also serves as board member for a number of organizations, including the United Way of Kenosha County, Aurora Health Care Community Relations, the Kenosha County Workforce Development Board, the City of Kenosha Planning Commission, the Carthage College School of Professional Studies and Career Services Advisory Committee, as well as the Marquette University Ethnic Alumni Association. Tim is a native of Kenosha and a graduate of Marquette University.
The Troha connections are everywhere, check this out:
The 5th Annual Mary Lou Mahone Celebrity Golf Classic
Tuesday, Spet 12, 2006
For more information Contact:
Matt Troha 262-564-5296
S.R. MillS 262-694-2327
By BEN EVANS, Associated Press Writer Thu Mar 8, 8:37 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."
Gingrich argued in the interview, however, that he should not be viewed as a hypocrite for pursuing Clinton's infidelity.
Then Newt you are also an idiot. Yes the Clinton thing was about lying under oath, but you played up morality, and to deny it now ir ridiculous.
Congrats Newt, any Presidential hopes you had just got flushed down the toilet.
Edwards' campaign said the involvement of Fox News, which is often accused by liberals of having a conservative bias, was part of the decision to pass on the Aug. 14 debate in Reno.
Smartest move so far in the Presidential campaign. Edwards will get more attention for not being there than he would have from being there.
I'd love to see how a conservative would be treated by skipping a debate moderated by the very liberal Jim Lehrer or Bob Schieffer.
March 8, 2007
The Illinois Senator shelled out $375 in January — two weeks before he officially launched his presidential campaign — to finally pay for 15 outstanding parking tickets and their associated late fees.
The story was first reported Wednesday by The Somerville News.
Obama received 17 parking tickets in Cambridge between 1988 and 1991, mostly for parking in a bus stop, parking without a resident permit and failing to pay the meter, records from the Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation office show.
He incurred $140 in fines and $260 in late fees in Cambridge in all, but he paid $25 for two of the tickets in February 1990.
Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, dismissed the tickets as not relevant.
"He didn't owe that much and what he did owe, he paid," Psaki said on Wednesday. "Many people have parking tickets and late fees. All the parking tickets and late fees were paid in full."
Ok folks, is this an issue or not? Doe Obama's obvious willingness to ignore the law bother anyone? Is the press bringing this out an actual news story?
If you think this is a non issue, fine say why. If you think it is a serious issue also say why.
I think this shows an obvious willingness to ignore the law. He obviously knew they were there or he would not have gone out of his way to pay them before his run for President.
March 7, 2007
Robert Jambois, the department's chief counsel, said staff attorney Paul Nilsen
was sent to Illinois and Pennsylvania so he could have a better understanding of
the issues at hand.But in a Sept. 14, 2004, e-mail, then-chief counsel Jim Thiel
said Nilsen went there because Busalacchi promised Troha's attorney, Bill
Jennaro, he would do so. Jennaro was hired by Doyle in 2003 to help negotiate
casino compacts with Indian tribes, some of which opposed Troha's efforts to
open a mega-casino in Kenosha.
So why is this little nugget so important.
Let's go back to a Spivak and Bice column Oct 29, 2004.
Let's see, veteran Kenosha County District Attorney Bob Jambois has come out
strongly in favor of turning Dairyland Greyhound Park into a giant casino. Pretty interesting, considering so many law officers oppose the introduction of one-armed bandits into their communities.
Even more interesting is that Jambois' wife, Bev, is being paid $1,695 a week - or the equivalent of 88 grand annually - to run the campaign promoting a vote for the casino on Tuesday. So far, she's pulled down nearly $12,000 for 11/2 months of work.
Also on the pro-casino payroll is the couple's 30-year-old daughter, Stacey Jambois, who has collected $2,200 since September. We're certainly not professional detectives, but it sure looks like, in this case, two plus two equals four - as in, sure, I'm for your casino, and would you like to hire my wife?
We called the Kenosha County DA to double-check the facts. In a Wednesday interview, Jambois said he rang up Dennis Troha, the driving force behind the latest casino effort, in late August to urge the big-time Kenosha wheeler-dealer to cough up a few bucks for a charity event. Troha obliged and then told Jambois how he was
having a tough time finding somebody to run the campaign for the county-wide
The prosecutor's response: "The only person I knew who had done grass-roots organizing work like that was my wife."
Within days, she was on Troha's payroll. "He was very pleased to get her," Jambois said. "It's not because she's my wife. It's because she's a very experienced
Troha is in cahoots with a couple of Indian tribes in hopes of
opening a casino to tap the area's tremendous appetite for gambling - a hunger
evidenced last year by the $380 million lost by bettors at an Elgin, Ill.,
casino and the nearly $260 million left behind by bettors at the Potawatomi
To reach this goal, Troha's company has already spent $850,000 on the
campaign. The Forest County Potawatomi - which is trying to protect its
southeastern Wisconsin gambling monopoly - has poured out more than $500,000 to try to defeat the plan.
Not only has Bev Jambois led the pro-casino crusade, but Bob Jambois has been front and center with her.
So hear we have Bob Jamois as now chief counsel and spokesgeek defending Troha who his daughter, wife worked for and he advocated for!
I guess Cary Spivak forgot about that little bit of coincidence....
This story will continue to unfold, but it is clear that Bob Jambois should be the last one who should be front and center on this issue, in fact his little cozy connection should have been disclosed and he should have recused himself from any decisions dealing with this this case.
By CARY SPIVAK and PATRICK MARLEYcspivak@journalsentinel.com
Posted: March 6, 2007
Madison - Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi met with a now-indicted contributor to Gov. Jim Doyle in 2004 and directed two state employees to lend a hand in settling nearly $1 million in out-of-state tax bills to the donor's trucking companies.
The move by Busalacchi, who serves at Doyle's pleasure, provided Dennis Troha's companies with virtually unprecedented state help in Troha's bid to whittle down the tax bill. The five-year-old case is still pending before the state Tax Appeals Commission.
Busalacchi met with Troha in April 2004 and later dispatched an attorney and auditor to Illinois as Troha tried to lessen his companies' fuel tax liabilities, according to about 100 pages of e-mails obtained by the Journal Sentinel this week. The meeting occurred about 1 1/2 years after the DOT lawyer concluded that there was no reason to dismiss the tax assessed against the Troha firms.
In addition, Busalacchi sent the lawyer to Harrisburg, Pa., even though the attorney's superior complained that there was no funding in the budget for the trip.
The unusual effort has caught the interest of the FBI, which talked to a department auditor Tuesday about the matter and arranged a more thorough interview for today.
Top DOT officials and a Doyle spokesman vigorously defended the efforts as proper.
"It is completely appropriate for the Department of Transportation to help settle disputes on behalf of other states, and that's what happened here," said Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic governor.
Robert Jambois, the department's chief counsel, said staff attorney Paul Nilsen was sent to Illinois and Pennsylvania so he could have a better understanding of the issues at hand.
But in a Sept. 14, 2004, e-mail, then-chief counsel Jim Thiel said Nilsen went there because Busalacchi promised Troha's attorney, Bill Jennaro, he would do so. Jennaro was hired by Doyle in 2003 to help negotiate casino compacts with Indian tribes, some of which opposed Troha's efforts to open a mega-casino in Kenosha.
In saying the handling of the case was not unusual, Jambois noted that DOT employees went to Georgia in 2001 when Schneider National, a giant Green Bay trucking firm, was involved in a dispute with that state. He did not know whether then-Republican Transportation Secretary Terry Mulcahy met with Schneider executives.
Two retired Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday they could not remember officials giving similar treatment to other firms that challenged their tax bills.
Troha and family members have given $200,000 to Doyle's campaigns since 2002. And connections between the Doyle administration and Troha have long been controversial in some political circles.
The spotlight fell on those connections last week when Troha was indicted by a federal grand jury. He is accused of exceeding state contribution limits in funneling money through relatives to Doyle and lying to the FBI about it. Troha gave the money at the same time he was trying to win approval of a proposed Menominee tribal casino at Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, the indictment charges.
Troha abruptly pulled out of the casino deal a week before he was indicted.
He sold all his trucking company interests last year so he could focus his time and money on the $808 million casino project.
In 2002, the Department of Transportation determined that three firms then owned by Troha - John Houston Corp. & Transport Venture, Auto Truck Transport Corp. and Unimark Services Inc. - owed close to $1 million in fuel taxes to other states. Under an international agreement, each of the 48 contiguous states collects fuel taxes for each other for trucking companies headquartered in their home states.
Reached on his cell phone Tuesday, Troha declined to discuss the matter.
"It's inappropriate for me to comment," Troha said before hanging up on reporters.
Thom Rabaglia, a DOT auditor for fuel taxes, said the companies were trying to exploit loopholes in other states' laws to get out of paying all their taxes.
Rabaglia, the chief auditor who accompanied Nilsen to Springfield, Ill., said he was briefly interviewed Tuesday by the FBI and was set for a more in-depth interview today.
Records obtained this week detail for the first time the efforts of Transportation Department staffers to assist Troha's companies, even though a department attorney initially said there was "no legal basis for dismissing the tax."
The e-mails show:
¦ Busalacchi met with Troha and Jennaro at the Amtrak station in Milwaukee in April 2004. The secretary demanded that his chief counsel, not just a lower-ranking attorney, attend the meeting.
¦ Busalacchi insisted that Nilsen go to Harrisburg even though Thiel said there was no money to do so.
"I think this is Frank's call - he made the commitment to Bill Jennaro," Thiel wrote in one e-mail.
The next day, the e-mails show, Busalacchi approved the trip for Nilsen and an auditor, though only Nilsen went to Harrisburg. Officials estimated the cost at less than $500.
DOT officials said Busalacchi was in budget meetings and unavailable Tuesday. Thiel declined comment. Nilsen did not return calls.
• Nilsen's role in Pennsylvania was to "facilitate a settlement" between the state and Troha's companies, Nilsen wrote.
Thomas Cantwell, who oversaw Wisconsin's fuel tax auditors until he retired in 2003, said few cases were appealed to the secretary's office during his 15-year tenure.
Alice Morehouse, the DOT's retired finance director, concurred, saying she could think of "no contest that elevated itself to this level."
Morehouse said Busalacchi, a former Teamsters leader, knew Troha well. She said Nilsen felt uncomfortable about the case but never said why.
"I would say Paul Nilsen is one of the straightest arrows on God's green earth, and I think he just felt uncomfortable," she said.
March 6, 2007
March 5, 2007
More than looking forward to MRQ, I hope everyone is looking forward to the arrival of Blogger, Jr. Aaron and Kelly, we all wish you the very best of luck in labor, in parenting, and everything in the rolled up nutella crepe we call the life of a parent. While it might not take a village, it does take a civilized society and we hope you've found that here in the humble ched-o-sphere.
That said, I'm sure next week's edition will contain numerous comments about the events of this here week.
That is all. Casper
This little piggy flew in a jet to the Oscars... Wendy
If you think this blown up candid shot atop this blog is bad, you should check out the pic the DMV just shot of me this morning. Fraley
By the way, your blog is having a really bad hair day. Wigs
Gosh, another Dave Casper blog?
I didn’t see that one coming! Aaron
Hopefully when commercialized, it'll have a catchier name than "Negligible-residue Non-tacky Tack Cloth." Jib
Imagine Hostess telling us to stop eating Twinkies because they’re bad for you. Lance
A study has come to the absolutely ground-breaking conclusion that college kids are self-centered and narcissistic. I'll give you all a moment to pick up your jaws off the ground. Jenna.
Fred, I told you - you're next Saturday! Scott
Don’t be fooled. Knowledge is power. Gender confusion is trouble. James
Bush Derangement Syndrome. Karen
Very Honorable Mention: Aaron's Martian Melting, Explained
What is the world coming to when even my spam is feeling apathetic? Ally
(Ally, your spam might have a case of SAD!)
Yesterday I agreed with Jay Bullock, and now I'm about to agree with Jessica McBride. God only knows who I'll agree with tomorrow. Nick
We all know that Halliburton is responsible for the Sun warming up... Keith
Cue the crickets. Patrick
Note: there may be some additions tomorrow. Fred sent some to me and somehow, I misplaced 'em. Stay tuned for Tuesday night extras!
(thanks, Unkie Fred!)
The Alderthug Peter
Not just anyone will coiff the coif of Ms. Jones! Jones
Oconomowoc sword porn Aaron.
Perhaps they can send the bookmobile around for another lap to hand out Brewers tickets. Kathy.
Swiss invade Lichtenstein! Jib.
HE LOOKS FABULOUS IN DRAG Kay.
Are you busy on Saturday? Scott.
Just when you thought political correctness could not get any wackier, along comes officials of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sykes.
I have known this creep since I was in 8th grade. He was weird then. Lisa.
if I carpool, with whom do I ride in? Wigs
It Ain’t McGee Babe: Spinners.
You have to stretch it to read it. Tom McMahon.
Uber-liberal anti-war Bush hater George Soros buys stock in the eeeevil Halliburton. Sister Toldjah.
Fool me incessantly, and I get what I deserve? Still Unreal.
it's easier to be blonde, but no matter how light my hair gets, I still believe I'm a redhead Althouse.
Scientists have come out with a report that says you do not need to drink eight glasses of water a day. After three years and hundreds of thousands of dollars scientists have concluded that…
You only need to drink...............
Wait for it……..
When you're thirsty. Tony.
All flash, no substance.
LAWRENCE SOLOMON, Financial PostPublished: Friday, March 02, 2007
Claude Allegre, one of France's leading socialists and among her most celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the dangers of global warming.
"By burning fossil fuels, man increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which, for example, has raised the global mean temperature by half a degree in the last century," Dr. Allegre, a renowned geochemist, wrote 20 years ago in Cles pour la geologie.." Fifteen years ago, Dr. Allegre was among the 1500 prominent scientists who signed "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity," a highly publicized letter stressing that global warming's "potential risks are very great" and demanding a new caring ethic that recognizes the globe's fragility in order to stave off "spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic and environmental collapse."
In the 1980s and early 1990s, when concern about global warming was in its infancy, little was known about the mechanics of how it could occur, or the consequences that could befall us. Since then, governments throughout the western world and bodies such as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have commissioned billions of dollars worth of research by thousands of scientists. With a wealth of data now in, Dr. Allegre has recanted his views. To his surprise, the many climate models and studies failed dismally in establishing a man-made cause of catastrophic global warming. Meanwhile, increasing evidence indicates that most of the warming comes of natural phenomena. Dr. Allegre now sees global warming as over-hyped and an environmental concern of second rank.
His break with what he now sees as environmental cant on climate change came in September, in an article entitled "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" in l' Express, the French weekly. His article cited evidence that Antarctica is gaining ice and that Kilimanjaro's retreating snow caps, among other global-warming concerns, come from natural causes. "The cause of this climate change is unknown," he states matter of factly. There is no basis for saying, as most do, that the "science is settled."
March 4, 2007
The programme, to be screened on Channel 4 on Thursday March 8, will see a series of respected scientists attack the "propaganda" that they claim is killing the world’s poor. Even the co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is shown, claiming African countries should be encouraged to burn more CO2.
Nobody in the documentary defends the greenhouse effect theory, as it claims that climate change is natural, has been occurring for years, and ice falling from glaciers is just the spring break-up and as normal as leaves falling in autumn.
A source at Channel 4 said: "It is essentially a polemic and we are expecting it to cause trouble, but this is the controversial programming that Channel 4 is renowned for." Controversial director Martin Durkin said: "You can see the problems with the science of global warming, but people just don’t believe you – it’s taken ten years to get this commissioned. "I think it will go down in history as the first chapter in a new era of the relationship between scientists and society.
Legitimate scientists – people with qualifications – are the bad guys. "It is a big story that is going to cause controversy. "It’s very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bollocks. "
Al Gore might have won an Oscar for ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, but the film is very misleading and he has got the relationship between CO2 and climate change the wrong way round."
One major piece of evidence of CO2 causing global warming are ice core samples from Antarctica, which show that for hundreds of years, global warming has been accompanied by higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
In ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ Al Gore is shown claiming this proves the theory, but palaeontologist Professor Ian Clark claims in the documentary that it actually shows the opposite. He has evidence showing that warmer spells in the Earth’s history actually came an average of 800 years before the rise in CO2 levels.
Prof Clark believes increased levels of CO2 are because the Earth is heating up and not the cause. He says most CO2 in the atmosphere comes from the oceans, which dissolve the gas. When the temperature increases, more gas is released into the atmosphere and when global temperatures cool, more CO2 is taken in. Because of the immense size of the oceans, he said they take time to catch up with climate trends, and this ‘memory effect’ is responsible for the lag.
Scientists in the programme also raise another discrepancy with the official line, showing that most of the recent global warming occurred before 1940, when global temperatures then fell for four decades. It was only in the late 1970s that the current trend of rising temperatures began. This, claim the sceptics, is a flaw in the CO2 theory, because the post-war economic boom produced more CO2 and should, according to the consensus, have meant a rise in global temperatures.