May 18, 2007
She expressed outrage over the death of a four year old girl. She made fun of Eugene Kane for not being adult enough to talk to her about it.
And for this WTMJ fires her.
Let us be clear about this, she expressed outrage over this tragic death.
She didn't attack the family, she invited the city's prominent race columnist on her program to talk but he refused, saying he would NEVER come on her program. So much for the big Journal Company family.
Heck - for the outrage of making fun of Milwaukee's very own 'race baiting liberal McGee apologizing sympathizer', she got the axe. The leftosphere has been looking for a right wing talking head to put on their mantle, they got one.
If making fun of the absolutely ridiculous Eugene Kane in any context is enough to get you fired, I would advise anyone reading this to never seek a job in radio.
Eugene Kane has made apologies for the worst in our society, the McGee crime family, for years. The Journal Company never holds him to account for the hate spewed from his column.
Eugene Kane is a grown man, he can defend himself. Jessica McBride intended no harm to this victim or her family.
She certainly was not given an opportunity to explain herself, she was not given the opportunity to apologize to the family if they were offended. The attack left, aided by Cuprisin, went to work to attack a right winger and as usual management folded without any serious consideration.
This is the new thought police.
Watch what you say, they are coming to get you too.
Jessica McBride did not deserve this fate. Peter put it well; On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being inconsequential and 10 being the worst, the Kane/chicken skit is a 1, Imus a 4 and Senior McGee a 12. (I would have given Imus an 8)
I know this much about my friend Jessica, she is a fighter and she will bounce back from this setback. We have not heard the last of Jessica McBride.
And I, for one, am happy about that.
This is the golden fleece that was supposed to turn our schools around in a five year period (going on 7 Doc, still waiting).
- $42,207.70 to Lake Lawn Resort.
- $80,426.37 to Racine Marriot (across the street from Case High School folks)
- $100,366.89 for consultant Dr Jack Champlain.
- $125,518.40 for consultant Dr. Frank Alessi (add another $19,536.40 for his daughter Elizabeth)
- $80, 426.40 for Rhoda Massanari, you guessed it a consultant.
- $16,900 for Panasonic.
- $93,555 "Other and Miscellaneous" (just trust him like we are supposed to on his dining expense.)
There were some $200,000 in booked contributions that the district had to write off in July of '05 as the payments were never made.
H/T Sykes Writes
Ray's in the City. (Cocktails must have been pricy here...)
I wish my taxes were not so high so I could afford to take Mrs RDW to places this nice to eat.
I am absolutely furious over the new proposed immigration bill.
Can we root out and deport 12 million illegals, no.
But there is no excuse for not deporting illegals who we put in jail, when their time is up, ship them out.
No excuses, no hearings, out, and you forfiet your right to come back.
Officials are confident new procedures will purge them from the rolls
By Jim Forsyth
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Hundreds of illegal immigrants have registered to vote in Bexar County in recent years and dozens of them have actually cast ballots, canceling out the votes of U.S. citizens, 1200 WOAI news will report Thursday morning.
Figures obtained by 1200 WOAI news shows 303 illegals successfully registered to vote, and at least 41 cast ballots in various elections.
Bexar County Elections Administrator Jackie Callanan confirmed the figures, but she says a new form of voter registration card, which requires people to swear they are citizens when they register, should help cut the problem, because people who vote illegally can be charged with perjury.
And the county has some sly ways to catch them.
"Maybe they have received a jury summons, the jury wheel relies on registered voters. They send a statement to the jury room that says they are not U.S. citizens and then we get that report immediately," Callanan says.
It's a hot issue in the Texas Legislature, where republicans are pushing a bill that would require voters to show some form of identification before voting.
"Considering that a photo ID is required to buy Sudafed, I can't understand why anyone would argue that the same standard, if not a higher standard, should apply to voting," Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said. "Why would any Texan oppose legislation that ensures only U.S. citizens vote in elections?"
While not taking a position on the legislation, Callanan warned that any law that required that people present ID at the polling place might actually discourage people from voting.
"It will be cumbersome to have them presented at the polls," she said. "The lines will be longer. It will require an additional check."
Some Democrats in the Legislature have fought the proposal, saying it would keep the poor and minorities, who generally vote Democratic, away from the polls. A key Democratic Senator and Dewhurst got into an argument on the floor of the Senate over the emotional issue.
If there was a study that showed this bill would get the Dems votes they would be in favor of it.
May 17, 2007
Reimbursement will be made upon completion of a "Travel and Expense Reimbursement Voucher" form by the staff employee with all paid bills attached. Meal reimbursements are not to exceed $4.00 for Breakfast, $6.00 for Lunch and $12.00 for Dinner. This form can be obtained from the Business Office Purchasing Department.
Tom Hicks' contract does have the following clause in it: The District shall reimburse the Superintendent for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred during the performance of his duties as Superintendent.
Any of you who have ever turned in expenses know you had better document your expenses if you do not wish to have the question at some point in the future. Tom Hicks, is apparently immune from that practice.
I am in possession of page after page of receipts chronicling the dining habits of Supernintendo Tom Hicks, many of them have no documentation as to what or who those meals were for.
One thing is certain, Tom Hicks does not skimp at the taxpayers expense in exercising his duties as Superintendent.
In no particular order:
- Greystone San Diego - $130.14 ($75 for the Mrs)
- Commander's Palace - $160.65 ($81.00 for the Mrs)
- The Waves - $133.56.
- Figs Cucina - San Diego - $100.25
- Ray's in the City - Atlanta - $276.79
- Mia Bella Bistro - Lake Geneva - $155.31
- The Red Snapper - Atlanta - $196.45
- Houlihan's - $62.44
- Bentley's - $98.76
These are just a few of the example I have. One thing is certain, Dr. Tom Hicks eats very well on the taxpayer dime, and he clearly does not feel he needs to follow district policy.
Should Mr. 'The District is short on money' be eating this well at taxpayer expense?
I guess that is up to the taxpayers to decide. The question you have to ask is, Are these types of high end meals "reasonable and necessary" in the performance of the duties of Superintendent of Racine schools? Is eating at 4 & 5 star restaurants really a necessary job function?
The man makes well over a hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year in salary and benefits. If he wants to eat first class, he can certainly afford to open his own wallet instead of sticking the taxpayers.
Tomorrow: Why excactly did the district write off $200,000?
Update: Tom Hicks' half of the lunch bill at the San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park with his wife on 2-23-06 paid for by Racine taxpayers.
At least he did not stick us with her tab.
How was the zoo Tom?
Hey, you'll lose, better cancel that. $8,000 please.
According to School Board Member Randy Bangs, "The community’s trust in us, as a district and as a board, is low.”
Amazing how the district plays with the vote. When the voters say no, they scare the children, ignore the voters and turn right around and put another referendum to the public. Now, when they know that the voters have had enough they want to cancel the referendum a month in advance.
It boggles my mind how they think they can turn off a planned vote.
Why are they afraid to hear from the district?
I have news for the district, this referendum was likely going to fail before all this PBCG stuff started coming out. The reason, "we need time to come up with an educational and financial plan". The same old line we hear on every referendum, more money, same results and we have done precisely nothing in the way of figuring out how to improve things.
I love this line in the story, "The ballot information is at the Racine County clerk’s office. The district pays roughly $40,000 to conduct the special referendum election."
Of course if the district would hold the referendum at the same time as the Spring election it would cost no where near that much.
But then they have a better chance of shoving this down our throats on a day when nothing else is on the ballot.
These people are as crooked as the day is long.
Tonight in our continuing series on RUSD we will delve into CEO/Superintendent Tom Hicks' dining habits.
May 16, 2007
May 15, 2007
You do not deserve the hate coming from the left upon your death.
Those who take these types of opportunities to attack needed your help most of all.
You were not perfect, none of us are. There was only one perfect man who walked upon this earth. I hope you are with him now.
May 14, 2007
I'm under the weather as you can probably guess. So here's yer danged quotes! It was all we had, and we liked it!
Now relax. Pimping a library cart won't lead to the vandals sacking Rome any time soon. Nick.
Fred, the bike theory is possible. Although my gut tells me the Smart cars saw the rioters coming, and they surrendered. Phel
Hey, I’m married and old - NOT dead! Kate
I thought you meant XXX pictures of you, not XXX pictures in general. Cantankerous
Don't Bike to Work. You will stink and offend coworkers. Fraley
On the bright side, this might just be the only tax increase that doesn’t get passed this year. Owen
One man’s grandma is another man’s special interest. Elliot
Fuzz, are you wearing a shirt that says “I’m Huggable”? Claude
Thinking of having kids? Thinking of having another kid? Why? Do you hate the Earth that much? Lance
One more benefit of a full beard. I don't need any of that dangerous shaving cream. Triticale
Sorry for the morons running our paper. Still unreal
if (finalExam == completed)… Scott
Type A personalities make me sneeze. Huck Dumbell
Can we now start calling them the Screamin' Tommies instead of Screamin' Mimis? Condiforprez
I don't think you want to put Fannie Mae on too high a pedestal. Dad29
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. Fred's Drinking Right Dispatches!
God you are a sick man. Fraley
Oh s**t that was good. Cantakerous
Are you completely blown? Nick
I only get 1/2 the jokes. Fraley
I have to leave by 8. Aaron. (He said this @ 8:30)
Am I in prison? Nick.
That is a good rule. Joe.
Inconsistency is my middle name. Steve.
Thanks for asking me. Still Unreal.
This is most outrageous. Transfer of Services Revenues. Savings: $1,868,450. Status: Approved by the DPI and in current budget.
This is but the first of many outrages we will publish here in the days to come highlighting the ridiculous actions of the Racine Unified School District and their CEO Tom Hicks.
I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in the Racine Public Library for sponsoring a contest with the ill-considered theme of "Pimp My Library Cart."
I understand your desire to encourage interest in the library among younger readers, but, popular culture notwithstanding, the word "pimp" and the concept behind it are offensive, and not appropriate for a contest focused on children.
Libraries ought to serve as bastions of culture and knowledge, not to embrace their decline.
The response from MacPhail:
Thank you for taking the time to express your opinion on our program.
I'm glad you feel so strongly about the library. The word "pimp" has come to mean "decorate" to teens. I apologize if the use of that term is offensive to you. Many libraries are using this word in the sense of decorating. It may sound silly, but it shows teens that we recognize their place in the world and aren't afraid to invite them to the table. The library's goal is to bring resources, services and programs to the community, to add value to the community as a whole.
Teens are a big part of the community and we'd like to recognize their unique contributions in a positive way. As with any new program, we will evaluate its usefulness afterwards.
Again, thank you for sharing your concern with me. I appreciate your willingness to tell me your opinion.
Racine Public Library
75 Seventh Street
Racine, WI 53403
In short MacPhail says we firmly embrace "Pimp" Culture, thanks for your concern, now go away.
Any wonder our society is in free-fall?
"Pimp" culture has no place in our tax payer funded institutions. We should not be embracing this. What's next, The Racine Public Library stop snitchin' campaign?
If ya don't get yo book bak in the prop digits, I'll put a cap in yo ass?
D'Abbraccio nailed this, our libraries should serve as bastions of knowledge and culture, they should not embrace the decline of it.
On the WEAC website, delegates are reminded to bring their photo ID’s to the 2007 WEAC Representative Assembly. For the first time, WEAC delegates will have to show a photo ID to register and vote in WEAC elections.
“While legislative Democrats work feverishly to kill the photo ID bill, their largest political bankroller, the state teachers union, has told members they must present valid photo ID to vote at the WEAC membership meeting,” said Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Jefferson said if Democrats think WEAC elections are important enough to require photo identification to vote, elections for public office certainly should be too.
“So teachers, when you go to your WEAC meeting don't forget your photo ID,” said Jefferson. “Because in Wisconsin, WEAC wants less accountability for our educators and higher taxes, but they won't take your word that you're a member.”
H/T: RDW FSA: Angie.
The Milwaukee paper has done a sterling job covering this story though we first broke the detail on this last June.
As usual the Racine paper is playing follow the leader.
This evening look for the first in a series of reports here highlighting this and other issues concerning this district.
This is all new stuff folks, never reported before.
We are going to wear out the breaking news sign.
Is there some kind of giant contest I am not aware of to make up bad stuff global warming WILL perhaps cause at some vague point in the future?
This is "science" through fear.
May 13, 2007