April 28, 2007

MRQ: Special Blog Summit Saturday Edition.

All of the newspapers in Wisconsin are right wing, except for the Shepard Express. Ed Garvey. (he was not kidding folks)

The dead tree media… Charlie Sykes

I don’t come at this as a blogger, I don’t blog. John Kraus. (Then what exactly are you doing as a panelist at a blog summit?)

I think the right wing blogosphere tries to create stories. John Kraus.

I’d like to thank Al Gore for inventing the internet. Brian Fraley.

If you are on an editorial board I hate to tell you but you are not important. Brian Fraley.

The media resists giving credit to anyone but themselves. Ed Garvey. (He is right about that one)

The paranoia is interesting. Charlie Sykes. (look out behind you Ed!)

Non-stop right wing blather. Ed Garvey (Ed has no issues with constant left wing blather, in fact Ed is constant left wing blather.)

High school bloggers who never had a date and lost their bottle of Ritalin. Charlie Sykes.

I know that was long winded… Jessica McBride.

I really don’t care what the Journal Sentinel writes any more. Andy Tarnoff.

The wikification of media. Andy Tarnoff.

Different blogs are different things. Jessica McBride.

You are a bunch of citizen pamphleteers. Tim Cuprisin.

The lamestream media. Tim Cuprisin.

Blogs are whatever blogs are. Tim Cuprisin.

If someone does not think my blog is a blog, I don’t care. Jessica McBride.

The funniest stuff is the stuff you never see. Andy Tarnoff. (Yo Momma)

You are always responsible for everything that you say. Jennifer L Peterson.

(Side note - Nick types really fast)

When do you edit so heavily that you become the author? Jennifer L Peterson (The next frontier)

I’m Aaron Kreel, no one of consequence. Aaron.

Fred you rock my world. - ?? (This was a sneak MRQ when I went out for a cup of coffee)

I’m stunned there is another person out there who gives a rip about what I say. Dasha Kelly (welcome to the club Dasha)

I’m holding down the gay-latina-school board member side of the blogosphere by myself. Jennifer Morales.

I was already the most hated black person in the main stream media, I thought I might as well be the most hated person in the blogosphere too. Eugene Kane.

I don’t care what you ate yesterday; really I don’t. Dasha Kelly.

Politics is a painful exercise in idiocy. Dasha Kelly.

Catholic guilt. Jennifer Morales.

I don’t Google myself too often. Jennifer Morales.

Jay you ignorant slut. Owen Robinson.

We want to be heard, they do not have to listen to us. Nick Schweitzer.

I have no idea when the Journal Sentinel will win a Pulitzer prize but if they do it will be on the front page. Jay.

Like we don’t really, ya’ know, they don’t matter to us. Amy Kant.

April 27, 2007

HamNation: I Do Not Like To Hear Good News

Mary Katharine Ham nails another one.

Petition on RUSD Supernintendo Tom Hicks.

The Racine School Board is planning on moving forward with a vote to extend the contract of Tom Hicks as the head of Racine Schools this Monday the 30th of April.

Yesterday there was a story in the Journal Times about this, Hicks wants his contract extended for four years, with a spiffy little clause making it verboten for anyone to say anything critical of the man.

There is an online poll at the Journal Times on the question of Hicks' contract, currently the no votes are in the 90 percentile range. Take in mind that poll is in a paper that has had nothing but praise for the man over the years.

Why the bums rush? WKCE test results are due in May. This is a test given to most students in Wisconsin and a measure of NCLB. These tests were administered in November and the results for RUSD are said to be atrocious (that means really, really bad for the RUSD graduates out there). It is thought that after these results become public knowledge as yet another measure of no improvement in Hicks' tenure the school board will no chance of getting him a new contract.

So in typical fashion the school board is plunging forward to guarantee their failure for years to come rather than actually discussing their failures taking accountability and figuring out how to change things.

Tell your neighbors, call the school board, write the paper and if you can go to the meeting Monday night and tell them to stop the insanity!
In a cowardly move, the School Board will now be taking this up in closed session on Tuesday, May 1st. They apparently have no interest in hearing public feedback on the extension of Hicks' contract.
However, you are still free to call the School Board office to voice your dissent and I strongly urge you to do so. The number is (262) 635-5600.

Wis Politics Blog Summit.

Tomorrow is the Wis Politics Blog Summit version 2.0.

I missed version 1.0 as Mrs RDW and I were out of town that weekend. I'm almost looking forward to this, but then again I have a sense of dread about it as well.

To me blogging at its very core is about the average citizen sharing thoughts and commentary, citizens who do not make their living in media.

If you do that well enough, often enough or make it interesting enough people will gravitate to that message.

Blogging at its best is about that. There are media people who run very good blogs and this is mostly a forum of those people. Those people are also the clients of Wis Politics and hey they are footing the bill so they can do whatever they want.

Blogging can also be a closely knit social community. I've developed some really great friendships from blogging. I cherish those friendships, and to foster those and create new friendships are the primary reason I will be attending this.

That being said I hope to see you there.

April 26, 2007

Packers making a play for Larry Johnson?

This just came in the email...

Scout.com is reporting that the Packers have offered a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Chiefs for running back Larry Johnson.

If true, the report is a stunner. Packers G.M. Ted Thompson doesn't like to pay big money to strangers to the team, and it's going to take really big money to keep Johnson beyond 2007, the last year of his rookie deal.

And if an offer that big has been made to the Chiefs for Johnson's rights, the Packers surely have reached a tentative agreement with Johnson's agent on a long-term deal. Otherwise, the Packers would be picking up Johnson for only one season before having to either use the franchise tag or let him walk away.

Rice to Congress

Hey, take your witch hunt somewhere else, I'm trying to do my job.

For all the posturing done by this congress all they seem to want to do is hold investigations. Why didn't they campaign on holding witch hunt trials instead of actually leading?

This group has done the opposite of what they promised they would do.

3rd Grade Math. Arrogance = Hicks

The arrogance of Dr. Thomas Hicks, RUSD Superintendent, knows no bounds. He is asking for a contract extension of 4 years and no less than $154,000 salary per year. Yet, I have not seen any positive impact within the district to warrant such a demand on Hicks' part. What's worse is that he is also asking that his job be less stressful by asking that no one criticize his performance. If you want the prestige and compensation for the position, you should be able to accept criticism. This is especially true when the criticism is professional and accurate.

This is a slippery slope the taxpayers of eastern Racine County are riding. It may be too late to save the district considering Hicks has the votes to get his demands. The majority of the school board, teacher's union and largest corporation in the community are all banging Hicks' drum.

Give me a contract through retirement that guarantees you only say nice things about me.

It is no secret I am no fan of Racine schools Supernintendo Tom Hicks.

For those who wonder why...

Hicks wants a new contract to run him through retirement age and he wants a guarantee written into it that people can not criticize him.

Carbon Credit Fraud...

People making stuff up, making big cash while doing little to nothing?

Say it isn't so.

People scamming and profiteering from global warming?

Someone alert Pope Gore.

Who 'dat?

Take two, Shana got our first one waaaaaaaaaay too easily.
Time is up. 'Dat is mega TV Producer of the various Law & Order shows Dick Wolf. He kind of has a little Jack Nicholson thing going on.

April 25, 2007

Best turn off the phone ditty ever!

A perfect summation

The Journal Time's Mike Moore gives an outstanding perspective on the RUSD board's recent attempt at censoring it's own members. The only way it would be more appropriate is if it were also a survey given to RAMAC members and/or Johnson employees.

Blog Summit.

I admit it, I'm an NFL draft geek.

It just occured to me that this weekends blog summit is at the same time as the first day of the NFL draft....

Whatever is a draft/blog geek to do?!?

Worst First

Yahoo Sports has a list of the worst first round NFL Draft picks ever up.

Terrible list.

Nowhere in sight is Tony Mandarich.

Who 'dat?

A new game, because we care for the amusement of the RDW readers.

The Who 'Dat person will be someone many of you may know of but my guess is few of you will know what they look like.

Only in Wisconsin...

After an "upgrade" it now takes the state an average of 39 to as high as 81 days to mail a vehicle title.

Before the upgrade, 21 days.

Amazingly a DMV official actually says they are now more productive.

Are these people on crack?

April 24, 2007

Prius Schmius, the 800 hp 1965 Chevy Impala.

Behold the 800 hp Chevy Impala that runs on Canola Oil. This critter does 0 to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds and gets about 24 miles to the gallon.

MTV Pimped this ride.

Now this is my idea of an environmentally friendly car.

H/T Bil


Does going to Wal-Mart make you sick?

Does people sniping about Wal-Mart make you sick?

Well the good news is when you get sick you can go to Wal-Mart.


I got my annual housing assessment in the mail on Saturday.

The City of Racine has determined my home increased in value $10,000 in the last year.

Nice of them to think so.

The only problem with that is if you have not noticed over the last year the market has softened.

If assessments were tied to actual value this year's assessment would have been down a few percent or flat at best.

That of course would not allow the city to increase taxes every year for the rest of eternity.

It is time to play our favorite game show....

What is 47?


This guess the number game was inspired by Hillary Clinton's announcement over the weekend that she would appoint her Husband as Ambassador to the world.

47 is the number of persons who have died mysteriously who either had connections to the Clintons or were testifying against the Clintons in various investigations.

April 23, 2007

MRQ - This is a Test. It's Only A Test

Of the johnny-on-the-spot Drinking Right Quotes system:

We don't come together. Casper

I apologize profusely. Nick

When is Belle coming back? Cantankerous.

This now concludes our test. If this had been an actual Drinking Right and not a quoted Drinking Right, things would be louder, stinkier, and a lot more hammered.

Ahem. As I was saying. Where was I. Oh, it's Monday...but at least it's over. It seems the Cheddarsphere is slowly waking up and my job of finding quotes is becoming much easier. Three cheers for serotonin....

Kind of like a Jedi-Master. Level 10 nerdlinger. Fred

It’s not cheap, but neither is therapy, which is where I’d be going if I had to keep fighting this battle. Kate

Hopefully, this experience won't end up sucking. Mr. Noodle

You don't mean this Crow, who ought to be eating crow, do you? Tee Bee

Good Luck in the Swamp, Kevin Jib

What sense is there in asking “is this for here or to go?” when all the customer is getting is a milkshake? Elliot

It's time to unleash your inner six-year old. Fuzz

As Dr. Evil would say....Riiiigggghhhttttt..... Pete

If you think the world has a negative view of now, could you just imagine how the world would view us when Bill circumnavigates the world with his pants around his ankles......... Scary Silent E.

Axis of Embarrassment. Aaron

My Soda Has Zero Calories ... Nyah Nyah Nyah. Tim

Odds are I will trip or something of that nature so really, tune in! Nicole

"Money Quote" Patrick

That’s a lot of blow. Owen
(Oops, thought he said Crow. Crow, blow, not too much difference...)

Alas, even gay men aren't safe anymore from the masterful, panty-disintegrating stare of Bill Clinton. Phel

Annnnd.... without further ado, Kevin I know you're out there, and I just want to say good luck in all of your endeavors in DC. And to echo the terminology in many of your well-wishes, I leave y'all with a funky little tune called... The Swamp Walk!

An email from a soldier.

This language here is a bit rough but I think we need to seriously hear what this soldier thinks.

From Patdollard.com via Drudge, H/T Peter.

From Cpl Tyler Rock, Ramadi, Iraq. (the first sentence is in response to a previous email)

yeah i know how you feel. its going to be very weird leaving this place and going back to america. we've been here for almost an entire year and have lived in the center of it the whole time. its crazy that when we got here it was so hectic and now its calmed down so much. so it was awesome to be able to see that turn out.

yeah news worth reporting…. well ramadi was once dubbed by everyone as the worst city in the world. but we have done such a great job here that all the families in the area have worked with us on driving out the insurgency and that we work directly with the IA and the IP’s. the city has been cleaned up so well that the IP’s do most of the patrols now and we go out with them to hand out candy and toys to the children. you can tell that the people want us here to protect them from the thugs and gangs (insurgents). granted they would rather have peace and quit but they know that if we aren't here they will be thrown around by the insurgents. a good example is this one mission we did. long story short we got blown up in multiple buildings and had to run into a families house. i spent my christmas holidays covered in ash from the mortar fire and the IED’s, sleeping under a dirty rug i found in the house. everyone was sleeping way to close for comfort just to stay warm. anyways. a family was there and they obviously didn't want us there. at least at first. the daughters were very sick so our corpsman treated them. they didn't have electricity so we got them a generator for power, they were cold so we got them gas heaters, we got them food and water and then we gave them $500. by the end of the week long visit with them we were drinking tea with them. when we left we cleaned their house better than it was when we got there. i even have pictures with the family. they told us that they liked marines and they would help us as much as they could and they gave us some information on the insurgents in the area. we ended up catching a HUGE target down the road from there house because of it.

yeah and i got a qoute for that douche harry reid. these families need us here. obviously he has never been in iraq. or at least the area worth seeing. the parts where insurgency is rampant and the buildings are blown to pieces. we need to stay here and help rebuild. if iraq didn't want us here then why do we have IP’s volunteering everyday to rebuild their cities. and working directly with us too. same with the IA’s. it sucks that iraqi’s have more patriotism for a country that has turned to complete shit more than the people in america who drink starbucks everyday. we could leave this place and say we are sorry to the terrorists. and then we could wait for 3,000 more american civilians to die before we say “hey that's not nice” again. and the sad thing is after we WIN this war. people like him will say he was there for us the whole time.

and for messages back home. i have a wife back home who is going through a tough time. i just cant wait to be back home and see everyone. haha and i cant wait to go back home and get some starbucks. i love it when those people serve me. hahaha

Remember all the talk from Ramadi of how it was the worst place on earth? It would seem things have changed. I'll I ever wanted from there is the American people to be told the truth, the whole truth. Nary a word of a an American or an Iraqi Police success gets out.

The only was we lose over there is if we quit trying. These insurgents have not come close to defeating our military. To listen to the Murtha, Reid, Pelosi, NBC, CNN segment of our society you would think everything that happens there is a defeat.

Apparently crime does pay.

Crook wins damages for injury during theft

Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:21AM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A Canadian man who admitted shoplifting C$106 in razor blades has been awarded C$12,000 ($10,645) for injuries he suffered when he was tackled by store security guards.

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge said that just because Daniel Baines admitted the store had a right to arrest him in the 2004 incident, it did not mean he lacked credibility as a witness about being beaten while being apprehended.

"Listening to Mr Baines testify, I found him to be remarkably forthright. He did not minimize or deny circumstances that might seem embarrassing or harmful to his case," Justice William Ehrcke said in a ruling published this week.

Baines, who represented himself, said employees of the supermarket in a Vancouver suburb used unreasonable force when he struggled during his capture. Baines lost a tooth in the incident, and said he now has trouble speaking.

He represented himself and won... This idiot should have been a lawyer instead of a robber.

Insert lawyer joke here.

Carlos Lee: Booooooooo

Mrs Real Debate and I attended the Brewers games on Saturday and Sunday (they won both!)

I found it odd that Carlos Lee was routinely booed every single time he did anything.
Carlos Lee played well in his time with Milwaukee. Not spectacular, but well. From all reports he was well liked on the team.
The Brewer acquired Laynce Nix, Kevin Mench and Francisco Cordero in the trade. Nix is currently on the disabled list, however in limited play Mench is batting .360 and Francisco Cordero has been spectacular in his time with the Brewers. (This season 7 saves with a 0.00 ERA).

In short, why boo Lee? (By the way the picture of Lee is of him lining out to third base to end Saturday nights game)

April 22, 2007

Stop snitching movement comes to Racine...

UPDATE: A 12 year old child was killed

From the JT online today.

Man shot in abdomen

Journal Times

RACINE — Within about two hours Sunday afternoon, shots were fired three times in the city and the third shooting put a bullet into a male’s midsection.

Racine Police Sgt. Richard Rivers said the unnamed male was shot about 2 p.m. at the corner of Schiller and 12th streets — the second of two cases of gunshots there. The victim was struck in the abdomen. The injury was not considered life-threatening and the man was headed for surgery Sunday to have the bullet removed.

The earlier report from that location, sometime around 12:30 p.m., was that multiple shots were fired at a vehicle by someone in a group of people standing at that corner. For that reason, Rivers said, it appeared the second shooting was in retaliation for the earlier one.

No witnesses other than the victim stayed around to give their account of what happened to police, Rivers said, and police had no leads as of late afternoon.

Earlier, about noon Sunday, there was another report of a gunshot near 17th Street and West Boulevard. Rivers said it was unknown who or what was being fired at; the gunman reportedly got into a vehicle and left the scene.

This is going to be a very long summer in Racine and Milwaukee.

4-21-07 Sausage Race

Live from Miller Park last night.... The Brewers won 6 to 4 and the racing sausages got more applause than just about anything else!

Hey look a national columnist actually acknowledged Tommy Thompson's existance.

George Will....

WASHINGTON -- In the last 24 elections, since 1912, winners of the presidency won a plurality of the states along the Mississippi. Today the Republican presidential candidate with perhaps the most impressive resume says:

Republicans should assume that in 2008 they will lose Ohio (20 electoral votes), where the state party's corruption and incompetence cost it the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and a House seat in 2006. So the GOP candidate must carry Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota (27 electoral votes). In 2004, George W. Bush narrowly carried Iowa and narrowly lost Wisconsin and Minnesota, the only state that has voted Democratic in eight consecutive elections.

The man with the impressive resume is Tommy Thompson, who says he can carry those three Midwestern states. He served four terms as Wisconsin's governor, and four years (2001-2005) as secretary of health and human services, where he presided over a $580 billion budget, larger than the combined budgets of the eight largest states.

The rest.