June 9, 2007

Just what every good teacher's break room needs.


Al Sharpton.

On Paris Hilton's release... ^$@&*(&)~^*^&!@_~^&#!~&!~^&!~&^*~_!&*~!&

On her being sent back to jail...






Come on Al, this kind of inconsistency is why you are such a joke.

The dumbest thing I have ever heard.

From The Smoking Gun...

JUNE 8--Facing trial in a bizarre tax avoidance scheme, actor Wesley Snipes claims that prosecutors used race as a factor in deciding to charge him with failure to file six years worth of IRS returns.

Wesley... If you are a rich person, black or white and you fail to file a return for six years and the IRS thinks you are keeping their money from them, they are going to come after you regardless of your: race, sex, age, religion, sexual preference, height, eye color, shoe size, hat size, profession or the gross of your last Blade movie.

Lookie what I found.

The Paris Hilton photo nobody wants you to see...

Mach 5



Dude, it's the Mach 5, and for all we know Chim-Chim is in the trunk.

Come on Sean, what's next. You going to tell us GI Joe's Kung Fu grip was wimpy?

Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager (episode 2)

Claim your refund...

June 8, 2007

Racine's Racists Running Wild.

There was a press conference on the steps of Racine's City Hall today.

The meeting was called by none other than Craig Oliver, the head of the Racine NAACP. For those of you not familiar with Oliver's rhetoric, picture Al Sharpton then make it 10 times more annoying, with precisely nothing to back up his racist rantings. Oliver is the kind of guy who sees racism first and always, a real Eugene Kane kind of savant.

Gathered with Oliver were Beverly Hicks (remind me to tell you about her and elections some time), Keith Fair, Ken Lumpkin reporting for the Insider News (a local African American paper that tows the liberal line) and a reporter and photographer from the Journal Times.

Ah the Journal Times count on them to show up without fail when 3 lefties show up to protest anything and ignore events with 100's of people when veteran heroes speak... But I digress.

Fair was there to accuse Mayor Becker of participating in a great conspiracy with County Executive Bill McReynolds and State Assemblyman Robin Vos of "plotting the demise of blacks in Racine". Come on Keith, just accusing the Mayor of associating with any Republicans could end his political future with the Democratic Party of Racine. Seriously though, before you tackle the Mayor shouldn't you have an ounce of evidence?

Here is the actual press release:

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RACINE BRANCH NAACP TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE
OPPOSSING MAYOR BECKERS RECENT ACTIONS

On Friday June 8, 2007 at 1:00 PM on the steps of City Hall the Racine Branch NAACP will hold a press conference in response to Mayor Gary Becker’s recently revealed position on funding to the Bray Center.

The Racine Branch NAACP, according to its First Vice President Craig Oliver Sr., stated; “It is, and has been our belief for his entire time in Office that Mayor Becker has, and continues too use whatever means at his disposal to deny funding to not just the Central City but to African-American and other Minority organizations that he disagrees with politically. “ “ It is tantamount to Racism when a Mayor of a City the size of Racine seeks to deny funding to organizations operated by African-Americans and Minorities simply because you are disliked by the Mayor” “ Facts, and the organizational record should be the only deciding factors in funding decisions, not race or political likes or dislikes “. “ In this case, more than a simple apology is necessary “.
The Press Conference is open to the Public, and the Public is invited to attend. For more information, call, 262-632-1151


Of course the racist Oliver has nothing to back this up. If he has any proof that the Mayor is cutting funding to the Bray Center for race reasons he should bring them forward. Having a press conference strictly to throw out the race card does nothing but fuel the fire. Really low class, just Oliver's style actually.

For those unaware, the Bray center has been at the center of some controversy. It has various programs to supposedly help keep kids out of gangs, curb neighborhood violence, etc. In short, things are getting continually worse down here and Mayor Becker has apparently decided to recommend stopping funding this from the state to the tune of $150,000. A bold move for a Democratic Mayor to ask the state to stop finding something that is not working. Visionary actually, kudos Mayor Becker!

State Rep Vos agreed with the Mayor, but State Senator Lehman clung to his vast history of never meeting a government dollar he did not want to spend. (can we have a re-vote on that one? Come on, Racine Unified gets away with it.)

Well with racist crap like this coming out this early, and the budget committee still fighting things out, this is going to be a very interesting summer. You can always count on people like Craig Oliver to throw the race card when something happens they don't like

Craig, maybe you should play the personal responsibility card for once.

Jeesh.

Frankovis out of the running.

Glenn Frankovis was notified today that he was no longer being considered for the position of Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department. He was given no reason.

This is exactly the kind of person we should have in charge; tough, smart, involved in and caring about our community with a willingness to call a thug a thug.

I offer for your considersation the cover letter he submitted with his resume, it really gives a flavor for what the man has done:

Glenn D. Frankovis
Tues., March 27, 2007
Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission
c/o Cassandra K. Scherer
Department of Employee Relations
Room 706 City Hall
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Re: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chief of Police application

The purpose of this letter and attached resume is to announce my candidacy for the position of Milwaukee Police Chief and to introduce the reader to my qualifications for the position.

I retired in February 2004 from the Milwaukee Police Department with the rank of Captain of Police after having served almost 29 years. All but two years of my service were in District or field operations which laid the foundation for my successful accomplishments as Commanding Officer of Police Districts #5 and #3.

While at District #5, I built upon the lines of communication with Neighborhood Groups already established by my predecessor, Captain Dennis Drazkowski, and worked closely with Assistant District Attorneys Derek Mosely (now Municipal Court Judge) and Shannon Carrick who were part of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Community Prosecutor Pilot Project assigned to District #5. Together we developed a policing strategy called Operation Street Sweeper utilizing intelligence gathered from various neighborhood contacts and flexible scheduling of the District #5 Area Saturation Patrol (ASP) Officers under the supervision of Police Sergeant William Potterton. Street Sweeper saturated District “Hot Spots” addressing the concerns of the good people in the various neighborhoods of District #5 and resulting in a better quality of life for them. When available, Street Sweeper was augmented by other entities within the Police Department as well as members of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Services Division and Community Partners. The feedback I received from concerned citizens of the District was: “You need to do more of this (Street Sweeper).” In 2002, Operation Street Sweeper was nominated for and received one of only five national Law Enforcement Coordination Honor Awards presented by the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Weed and Seed which I was honored to accept at their Awards Ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nine months after my assignment to District #5, I was transferred by Chief Arthur Jones to Command District #3. His words to me were, “I need you to do what you did at #5.” After establishing an ASP unit at District #3, I set about to build networks with the many diverse Neighborhood Groups within District #3. I explained my no-nonsense policing philosophy and my desire to build lines of communication so that we could address every concern of every neighborhood regardless of magnitude. I made it clear to every Neighborhood Group I met with by telling them, “If it’s significant to you, then it’s significant to me.” I built hope, trust and confidence with those groups by delivering the service they had every right to expect of us. I also brought members of my ASP teams to meetings so that the officers could meet the good people they were protecting as well as that the good people could get familiar with the officers. This greatly facilitated our crime fighting ability by allowing us to keep neighbors up to date on our progress as well as enhancing the exchange of intelligence necessary to focus our efforts. From Avenues West to Metcalfe Park; Washington Heights to Valley Park and Merrill Park; the good people knew that if they called us with information, it would be acted upon in real time.

The results exceeded my expectations. In 2002 we reduced overall major crime by 8.1% which was best of all Police Districts. In 2003 we reduced major crime 6.5%. Milwaukee Police Department statistics provided to all District Captains indicated that violent crime for District #3 was down 15.5% in 2003 which was best for all Police Districts. Some measure success by clearance rates. It is my opinion that reduction of crime is the best measure of a successful policing strategy.

I believe that I have demonstrated the leadership capabilities and strength of leadership to implement changes in the Milwaukee Police Department necessary to mirror the crime reduction results I obtained as Commanding Officer of District #3. I also believe that I can do it with the resources currently available. Proper deployment of resources and policing strategy are the key elements for success in the war on crime. Having already worked successfully with the Community Prosecutor pilot program while at District #5, I am very excited about the chance to work with our new District Attorney John Chisholm whose innovative ideas fit like a hand in glove with the policing strategy which resulted in dramatic decreases in major crime and the increase in public satisfaction and quality of life in the Districts I commanded.
I look forward to the opportunity to interview for the position of Milwaukee Police Chief so that I can explain my policing strategies and philosophy which I am convinced will empower the good people in every neighborhood and be the answer to a much safer Milwaukee.

Respectfully submitted,

Glenn D. Frankovis

Justice?

Paris Hilton gets released....

Al Sharpton cries...

Paris Hilton silent...

Paris Hilton gets sent back to jail...

Paris Hilton cries...

Al Sharpton silent...

End of story?

Not on your life.

William Jefferson Campaign Ad

Send me back to Congress I'll get more money for you. (and a whole lot more for me)

Storm Watch...


Is everyone OK out there?

Immigration bill.

It would appear the immigration bill has died a not nearly enough brutal death in the US Senate.

Hip Hip Hooray.

Did anyone honestly think this was good legislation?

New Blog Alert

Taking a Sharp Right...

Rebecca has hung out her own shingle. (It is about time)

June 6, 2007

Where's The Fence?(tm) National TV Ad

State benefits to illegal aliens.

Thanks Senator Lehman....

It becomes clearer every day that the democrats who claim to be different are just rubber stamping every idiotic idea out of Jim Doyle's office.

Democrats Vote to Give State Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

MADISON – Once again, Governor Doyle and the Democrats are looking out for illegal immigrants instead of Wisconsin taxpayers by providing them with in-state tuition at Wisconsin colleges and universities, according to Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

“We have immigrants waiting for years to become citizens and immigration officials risking their lives to protect our borders, and now we are going to give illegal immigrants taxpayer-subsidized tuition at our colleges. The idea is absurd,” Jefferson said.

Rejecting a Republican motion to remove Governor Doyle’s plan from the state budget, Democratic members of the Joint Committee on Finance voted Tuesday to provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

Jefferson said the state is struggling to pay for education and services for Wisconsin residents, much less for people here illegally.

“ Wisconsin state benefits are for Wisconsin residents. The fact of the matter is taxpayers should not be forced to pay college tuition for someone who broke the law and is in our country illegally,” Jefferson said. “At a time when Wisconsinites are already paying some of the highest taxes in the country, you would think the Democrats’ priority would be reducing that burden, not protecting criminals by giving them state benefits they haven’t earned.”

Question of the day?

Should public schools use teaching material full of exaggerations and theory and present them as fact?

Not seen at the Hot Rod Power Tour...


For Wiggy.

June 5, 2007

What are the odds...

What are the odds of Tony Graffanino and Corey Hart going yard in the same inning?

Breaking News: RUSD And Tom Hicks ignore concerns on facilities study.

For those of you who thought I was done in my writing on Racine Unified Schools, no I still have more. (Hey I've been busy)

When we left the district soap opera, we were going over the numbers. If you recall the facilities study project was given to the Paulin group for $1.2 million even though they had no services from architects, engineers or building design pros.

Tonight we have for your review a letter from Frank L Johnson, Executive Director/Counsel, Employee relations to the districts attorney Gilbert Berthelsen. (for those of you who are graduates of RUSD that means he is the schools lawyer)

It is a common and good practice to have legal counsel review large deals, Johnson had two areas of concern on the decision to give the bid to Paulin.

The following paragraphs are verbatim from that letter:

The first was section 5.11 which seems to say that the services of professionals such as architects, engineers or building design professionals are outside the scope of the agreement. In other words if utilized they would be at our cost... It was my belief that the Board intended the 1.2 million dollar project to be inclusive of all costs so you may want to give a good look at that provision.

Gary Bishop pointed out a second concern and that is related to reimbursable expenses. These could be considered as presently worded and it was also my belief that the Board meant the 1.2 million amount to cover everything. Gary Bishop or the Superintendent may wish to add some light to this concern. Perhaps some type of cap or some other limit would be appropriate. For example, the way its written presently, members of the Paulin Group could fly from Michigan to Racine first class on a weekly basis and such would have to be paid...

So the district clearly understood that actual professionals like architects and engineers were excluded from the Paulin group yet chose the Paulin Group over the other finalist, Eppstein Uhen, even though the Epstein Uhen bid came in $255,000 less and contained those professional services.

Remember folks, all through this process Racine schools Superintendent Tom Hicks made it very clear that Paulin was his vendor of choice, even though the district where Hicks came from was so disgusted with the work done by the Paulin Group they took them to court.

As for the concern about cost over-runs, the bid did balloon and the Paulin group submitted and was paid for $1.6 million worth of interviews from teachers asking what their ideal classroom would look like.

This comment from a reader who attended a meeting about the study: The meeting was an hour long and mandatory for teachers to attend, the district supplied subs. Paulin was in charge of the meeting I attended; he listed a bunch of things that each room was in line to receive including televisions bolted the wall, Dvd players, Internet connection, and computers; then he asked us to list all the things that our room's needed. This was in the middle of contract and referendum talks leaving us all dumbfounded. I immediately asked where this money was going to come from; he casually said a bond issue and then continued for forty-five more minutes discussing his lavish plans. The other teachers I spoke with were as frustrated as I was with the gigantic waste of time and money. See the rest here.

In the long-run the district paid 41% more for an inferior product to a company the Superintendent had a prior relationship with that had absolutely nothing to do with the actual buildings, just how many toys they could try and cram in them.

I have to ask a question.

Why would you fight to award a bid for $255,000 more to a company with inferior qualifications over one you had suspect references from? All things being equal you would not. It was no secret to anyone in this process that Bob Paulin and Tom Hicks were friends.
Are you starting to understand what happened here?
(we are not done yet)

Hot Rod Power Tour










Yesterday the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour invaded Racine, enjoy.
















Nice flame job.











Looks fast doesn't it?










At least is stopped raining.









I love the classics...








1968 Firebird Convertable. Honey, this is my all time favorite car. When is my birthday again?

Guess the number game

$6.48

Freezer Burn

Scooter Libby Sentenced to 19.8 months...

What, you heard 30 months?

Seriously, do you really think Bush will not pardon him?

FIRE EUGENE KANE NOW!!!!!!!

Kane's latest complaining about McGee.

Most savvy folks know McGee has been charged with serious crimes, including bribery and political extortion. But this is Milwaukee, where three aldermen were charged with political shenanigans that included financial irregularities and public corruption. It's also Wisconsin, where a caucus scandal in Madison involving some of the state's most powerful leaders - including a Senate majority leader, Assembly speaker and others - yielded a slew of felony charges. As I recall, none of them had to sit in jail more than a few hours.

No Eugene they did not, their crimes were political. McGee is accused of political crimes and CONSPIRING TO KILL OR DO GREAT BODILY HARM TO SOMEONE.

CAN YOU NOT SEE THE @#&*(#!&_*!@ DIFFERENCE??????????????

He continues making excuses but it is clear that Eugene Kane cares nothing about justice or the safety of the citizens in Milwaukee.

This racist columnist has enabled, defended and made excuses for the most thuggish racists in this town for years, it is time for the major paper in this area to cease paying him.

There you have it folks, the man is completely ignoring the FACT that this man, an elected official, was conspiring to do harm to a citizen and was charged for it. He is savvy enough to leave that out of his column asking why McGee is still in jail. Can you imagine the hissy fit our racist columnist would be having if this was a white politician, or God forbid a conservative radio host?????????

FIRE EUGENE KANE NOW!

Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager (episode 1)

In case you missed Chad Vader.

June 4, 2007

RUSD Website

Racine Unified Schools have a new website up.

When I looked at it I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. It was neat, organized, pleasant to look at, featured new RSS Feeds and a new clean logo.

Immediately my alarms went off and I wondered who did the site and how much they spent on the redesign. After a little bit of research and I learned it was all done in house by district employees.

I spend enough time beating on RUSD, I need to praise them when they do something right.

A big year for the Racine Zoo

My class and fellow third graders took a trip to Racine Zoo recently. While there we enjoyed the new alligator exhibit and the other animals. Our students had seen all the zoo in about an hour. It is a nice zoo, for free.

This year the zoo has moved to charging $4 for adults and $2 for kids aged 2 and up. It is free on Mondays to Racine County residents. While it is not a huge amount, I cannot imagine having to pay for this type of zoo. There are not enough exhibits, activities, etc. for the average family to spend $12. If they make money this year, the zoo board had better turn that into new and better exhibits for the patrons. There is a lot of empty space that could be filled with more animals. 2007 will be a make or break year for this zoo.

Is there an attorney in the house?

So Paris Hilton turned herself in at 10:30 Sunday evening for her 23 day jail stay.

Does Sunday the 3rd count as day one of that stay, or does Monday the 4th?

MRQ

Phelony has the week off from MRQ duty.

Casper on this week's MRQ.... This one is good.

Thank God It’s Friday! No Patrick it is Monday....

Owen on guns, "Would it be wrong of me to host a “Gun Buy Back” event where I just keep all the guns for my own collection?" (I'll have to think about that Owen)

Jib knows Jake. (some think he knows Jake a little too well...)

Miller Park Secret Stadium sauce. Puggy J.

Wow- this is huge!!!! Kathy (it may not be what you think)

Oooh, what’s the jumbo hot dog? T.M.B.

Michael is extremely homophobic. Aaron

this one is still warm and fresh. SCC.

...were screwed again. Tracy.

it is better to have a Spotted Cow. Scott.

'Can I get your number and go out sometime' Kevin.

I'm a little concerned. Phelony.

It's a porn case. Gretchen.

Jobs Americans won't do. Producer Keith.

a rather arrogant position... Bill.

“I’ve got bigger balls than you, Johnny boy.” Steve.

Kakistocracy. How appropriate. Sykes.

I’m still laughing! Sister Toldjah.

I'm ready to share. Kat.

a small sampling of the sweet letters I get. Ala.

Chim Chim will be played by a real chimpanzee. James.

Does he have a stand up act... Marcus.

Somebody please remind me why people go to Starbucks. Wiggy. (I don't know)

...now she can be on your breakfast table every day! Tom McMahon.

"Poison, Poison, tasty fish" Chris.

We're going to be on The Ocho! Nick.

...it is easier to claim a disability when you suffer from derangement. Still Unreal.

the "Danica" move... Displaced Ched Head.

Rudy McFRomey. Jessica.

...a sandwich topped with french fries and then covered in cheese sauce. Ben. (Mmmmmmmm a sandwich topped with french fries and then covered in cheese sauce)

Finally, the children are safe. Rebecca.

Health care reforms that would actually work.

This is from a post in August of '05 on mandated coverages and interstate competition.

One of the major costs in Health Care Insurance is something called mandatory coverage. Each State has its own Insurance Commissioner, these Commissioners have great power in determining how insurance companies that do business in each state must operate. The number of mandates has grown increasingly over the years with such things as hair replacements, aromatherapy, acupuncture, etc adding extensively to the cost of coverage. In some States as many as 1,800 mandatory coverage items are listed.

The effect of this mandatory coverage is to force consumers in certain markets to get nothing less than Cadillac coverage in the States in which they live. Many people and many businesses can not afford to offer this type of coverage.

Another point, some States mandate Guaranteed Issue Insurance. What this lets people do is have no insurance, and then get it at any time. This is like buying flood insurance after your house is under four feet of water and getting damages covered. People do not get insurance until they need it. Let us say you are diagnosed with, whatever, a brain tumor. The insurance companies in your state would be forced to pay for your treatment immediately even though you had no coverage when the diagnosis was given. Think of how much that drives up cost!

So how do you fix it? Congressman Shadegg is putting through legislation to allow insurance products licensed in one State to be sold in another.

Here is how it works. Let us say Idaho has 300 mandates and can offer a family policy at $400 a month. New Jersey has 1,500 mandates and insurance coverage is a minimum of $2,400 a month. An insurance company licensed in Idaho could apply with the Insurance Commissioner in New Jersey to sell the Idaho product.

Think about this.

Now the private business owner can afford basic coverage because it costs 84% less than the previously mandated cost in New Jersey. They can now buy coverage for themselves, and offer it up for employees now that it is more affordable..

I thought it a good time to bring this proposal back up for debate. If people are serious about health care reform and getting more people covered in this country this would be a more than logical reform. You see a great deal of the reason why insurance costs as much as it does is that government mandates it!

Imagine how much less your insurance would cost if it covered the big stuff and you managed the little stuff? It boggles my mind.

Take government controls out of this, open this up across state lines and stand back and watch prices plummet.

Felons right to vote.

So the Milwaukee Journal came out yesterday in favor of letting felons still on parole vote...

What an idiotic stance, how typical for the editorial board that waited until last week to call for Mini McGee's resignation and just today called a 650% tax increase reasonable.

We knew this was coming, hence the RDW poll on this issue (91% say no).

A contrarian view from the paper's was there from state GOP Chair Reince Priebus, he cut through the nonsense, "In America, voting is a right, but even rights have some limitations."

I will give the Journal an ounce of credit for at least seeking an opposing view.

3 shot at Racine bar overnight

JS Online Story....

Three people were shot early today in a Racine bar, where police suspect an argument between two of the victims led to gunfire.

Racine police reported this morning that officers responded about 2:12 a.m. to Rosie's Bar, 1333 Douglas Ave., where they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

A female bartender had a gunshot wound to the left hand while a male bar patron was had a gunshot wound to the chest. Both were transported to All Saints emergency room.

At 2:20 a.m., police were notified that another man with gunshot wounds had just arrived at All Saints emergency room. Police said he, too, had been wounded at Rosie's Bar.


Journal Times Story..














Yawn.

June 3, 2007

I just love it when liberals make up statistics...

They call this a consensus?

Lawrence Solomon, Financial PostPublished: Saturday, June 02, 2007

"Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled."

So said Al Gore ... in 1992. Amazingly, he made his claims despite much evidence of their falsity. A Gallup poll at the time reported that 53% of scientists actively involved in global climate research did not believe global warming had occurred; 30% weren't sure; and only 17% believed global warming had begun. Even a Greenpeace poll showed 47% of climatologists didn't think a runaway greenhouse effect was imminent; only 36% thought it possible and a mere 13% thought it probable.

Today, Al Gore is making the same claims of a scientific consensus, as do the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of government agencies and environmental groups around the world. But the claims of a scientific consensus remain unsubstantiated. They have only become louder and more frequent.

The rest...

You want us to cut the grass?

You have to be kidding me we are union members, we don't cut the stinking grass.

Top 10 Worst provisions of the immigration bill

Heritage Foundation #10 Reason.


Amnesty Before Enforcement Triggers. Proponents of the Senate approach have consistently claimed that it would allow delayed amnesty only after certain law enforcement goals are met. The text of the bill, however, tells a different story. Section 1(a) allows probationary Z visas to be issued immediately after enactment, and Section 601(f)(2) prohibits the federal government from waiting more than 180 days after enactment to begin issuing probationary Z visas.

These probationary Z visas could be valid for years, depending on when the government begins issuing non-probationary Z visas, according to Section 601(h)(4). Moreover, the "probationary" designation means little. These visas are nearly as good as non-probationary Z visas, giving the alien immediate lawful status, protection from deportation, authorization to work, and the ability to exit and reenter the country (with advance permission). These privileges are listed in Section 601(h)(1).

Dave Obey folks, the liar from Wisconsin.

Let's hear it for Dave Obey people, the poster child for lies and wasteful government spending.