June 30, 2007

David Obey on energy, I miss Carter...

Wisconsin's very own David Obey seems to miss the good old Carter days of energy policy. Our younger readers may not remember rationing and huge lines for gas, I do.

This on the floor of the house this week:

My great friend and mentor was Senator Gaylord Nelson, the father of Earth Day. And if he were here he would tell you that the reason that this country is in hostage to the oil companies and to Mideast oil is because since the day that Jimmy Carter left the White House and Gaylord Nelson left the Senate, we have allowed our energy research for renewables to drop by 80 percent in real terms since that time, and we have allowed our conservation efforts to drop to 50 percent in real terms since that time.

One of the great things that has come out of this Congress is David Obey being boosted to Chariman of Appropriations. Maybe now that this idiot feels he can run off at the mouth so much, Wisconsin will finally force his retirement.

June 29, 2007

RDW Public Service Post.

Feel good about yourself. Click this image, print it, cut it out and wrap it around your phone.

Feel the status!

RDW in print.

Mike Moore of the Racine Journal Times explores the concept of blogs and the new media.

His subject, myself and Kay of Blue Racine.

Question of the day.

What is the highest amount on a percentage basis that government should tax from the people?

Can you run a stolen vehicle check on an

June 28, 2007

Wisconsin's massive tax increase in perspective.

Please go read this to gain a little perspective in Wisconsin's massive tax increase.

A preview: Whenever a politician wants to make a tax hike appear small, he compares it to the state's entire economy, which is measured by the gross state product. No state has ever enacted a tax hike so large that it equaled even one-half of one percent of gross state product. But even by this measure, the Wisconsin Senate budget is a phenomenon. The tax increase would be six percent of gross state product. That's more than 13 times larger than the previous high of .446 percent set by Indiana in 2003.

This is an historical increase people, this can not be allowed to go forward, call your State Senator and Assemblyman NOW!

Racine's weather station...

I surveyed the Racine temperature station today. Take in mind these stations are supposed to be at least 100 feet away from buildings and not close to any concrete or surfaces that reflect heat.

The station is at the Racine Waste Water Treatment Plant (a lovely aroma there). This is one of the worst places to put these stations due to artificially raised temperatures there from chemical treatments of water, etc.

I'll be uploading my survery to www.surfacestations.org later.

Animal Farm.

If the State Dems think we should all be under the same health care plan, why are teachers unions plans exempted?

If we are to be on the same plan I demand that we ALL be on the same plan. Teachers, government workers, etc.


Government Auto Insurance for all!!!!!!

I am making this a public plea for government provided auto insurance.

After all, driving is a right.

Some people make the choice to drive without insurance coverage, that is dangerous and unfair to society if they make a bad choice. If those people get into an accident or do harm to someone else's property we all pay more for uninsured motorist claims and those people have an affect on the rest of society.

That is not fair. I demand that the government protect me from those who choose not to protect themselves!

According to a January 6, 2005 article as many as 25% of South Carolina drivers do not have auto insurance!

If you extend that across the country some 75,550,000 people do not have auto insurance. This scourge can not be allowed to continue, I demand that the government provide auto insurance for all, free of charge for the good of society as a whole.

I wonder if my neighbor's home owners policy is paid up?

It looks like this Immigration bill is finally dead...

Can i make a suggestion?

Protect the border and enforce the laws we already have!

The ACLU hates this, good reason to love it.

Fla. sheriff targets illegals

By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 27, 2:27 PM ET

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - The sheriff's department has developed a remarkably effective — and controversial — way of catching illegal immigrants: Deputies in patrol cars pull up to a construction site in force, and watch and see who runs.

Those who take off are chased down and arrested on charges such as trespassing, for cutting through someone else's property, or loitering, for hiding out in someone's yard, or reckless driving, for speeding off in a car.

U.S. immigration authorities are then given the names of those believed to be in this country illegally.

"It's not wrong for them to run, but it's not wrong for us to chase them either," said Sheriff Frank McKeithen, who created his Illegal Alien Task Force in April to target construction sites in this Florida Panhandle county.

Immigrant advocates say the technique is repugnant, and the ACLU says its constitutionality is questionable.

The Rest.

How not to measure temperature again.

Watts Up With That continues the study of temperature stations across the country. Today's entry comes to us from Hopkinsville, KY.

I guess they missed the whole 100 feet from any building memo, also the not above the BBQ grill, or next to the chimney....

What ever to do....

What should you do when your approval rating is 14%?

Ask for a raise of course, $4,400 should do.

Why are our taxes too high....

Stupid government programs and studies are one reason.

$20 million to study greenhouse gas effect from dairy farms....

June 27, 2007

Brewer Brooms.

A few notes from Canadas own healthcare website.

Surgical Wait Times

In British Columbia, more than 400,000 hospital-based surgeries and treatments are performed each year. If you need surgery or treatment that is not an emergency, you will be placed on a wait list. An individual who needs emergency surgery does not go on a waitlist; they receive treatment without delay.

Waitlist charts for Cardiac surgery in Alberta.

Patients waiting for hip replacement surgery BC 2205

Patients waiting for eye surgery BC 14151

Patients waiting for gynecological surgery 5233

Patients waiting for general surgery, 13111, and that is only in one province folks.


I'm a PC

& I'm a Mac.

I need to rant for a moment.

To the State Senate Democrats:

Before you do anything so drastic as putting in Universal Health Care in Wisconsin do you not think the people of this state deserve more than one day to respond?

This is not about the issue, this about your not providing adequate time for the people to respond or offer input. We have been debating the budget for months and you wait until the last second to slide this in? $15.2 billion?!? Is that not worthy of debate?

If I was relocating or opening a business; Wisconsin is the last place I would do it.

Democrats answer to everything in Wisconsin appears to be raising taxes.

Democrats complain about fuel prices being too high, solution raise taxes.
Democrats complain about health care costing too much, solution raise taxes on hospital beds.
Democrats complain about health care costing too much, solution raise taxes on nursing home beds.
Democrats complain about health care costing too much, solution raise taxes to take over the entire system.
Democrats complain about health care costing too much, solution raise taxes on cigarettes.
Democrats complain about the housing market, double taxes on real estate transfer fees.
Democrats complain about job creation, raise payroll taxes.
Democrats complain about crime, raise taxes.
Democrats complain about roads, solution increase user fees and ignore the money they raided.

Democrats ran acting like Republicans promising they would not increase taxes, I know my Senator John Lehman did.

They lied, Doyle lied, John Lehman lied.

But this health care thing... cramming something this big down the Senate in a day is beyond ridiculous, that is one of the most egregious abuses of power I have ever seen.

No doubt the rabid left thinks it is great to stick it to the right, they miss the point.

Anyone, regardless of party should not throttle something of this importance down the throats of the taxpayers without giving them an opportunity for input.

That activity is beyond irresponsible.

Of course they are doing this solely for political reasons. The Democrats know this plan has not a snowballs chance in hell of making it through the Assembly.

The Democrats also know that the liberal media will blame the Republicans for being obstructionists even though they have every right to pass their own version of the budget.

Republicans must stand strong and take their case to the people.

This is much more than any pledge, this is put up or shut up time.

The Democrats have drawn their line in the sand and let the people of Wisconsin know where they stand, more government intrusion into our lives, boondoggle projects like the KRM rail line and massive, unprecedented tax increases.

This is the Republicans chance to differentiate themselves from the tax, spend and control crowd and show the people of Wisconsin what real conservatism looks like.

I hope beyond hope they do not screw this up.

June 26, 2007

Brewin' up a storm

The Brewers just loaded the bases twice and scored 9 runs in the same inning.

Rickie Weeks plated 3, and Johnny Estrada stroked the Brewers 5th grand slam of the year!

There is something unusual about this team... Something we have not seen in 25 years...

These guys are Brewin' up a storm...

(Maybe I'll just make RDW a sports blog)

Caption This.

Lehman Pork.

Pork slid into the budget by John Lehman.

Senate District 21 – Lehman Dept of Administration --- Office of Justice Assistance • Provide a three-year grant totaling $112,500 FED to the Cops-n-Kids Reading program in the City of Racine. Dept of Transportation • Provide the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority with the responsibility to sponsor, develop, construct and operate a commuter rail transit system connecting the cities of Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee (KRM) and grant authority to levy a vehicle rental fee up to $15 per transaction in the three-county area; expend funds to develop and construct the KRM commuter rail link; and to issue up to $50 million in bonds for anticipated local funding share required for initiating the KRM service. • Require a grant of $400,000 to the City of Racine for a streetscaping project on 6th Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue, if the department determines the project is eligible for federal aid. Dept of Health and Family Services – Medical Assistance – Long-Term Care • Increases nursing home rates; bed assessment increase. Reflects a re-estimate of the Governor’s proposal to fund nursing home rate increases by increasing the nursing home bed assessment and delays effective date of the increase to January 1, 2008. Increases funding for Wisconsin Veterans Home at King and the Veterans Home at Union Grove.

H/T Boots and Sanders.

Did you know...

Google speaks Klingon?

Guess the number game

Here we go again.


Extreme Ironing.

The next Olympic sport?

MEMBERS of the Clitheroe Explorer Scouts decided to take their badge work to a new level.
Three members of the unit tried their hands at "Extreme Ironing". With some careful paddling work and a great sense of balance, the Explorer Scouts were able to paddle 200m along the River Ribble from Edisford Bridge while ironing.Extreme ironing combines the danger of an extreme sport with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt. Explorer Scout Nathan Littley said: "The hardest part was getting a straight crease on the sleeves and – oh yes - not falling in." The Scout Association is celebrating its centenary this year with the Explorer Scout section catering for 14-18-year-olds.

June 25, 2007

Human powered forklifts...

The next eco fix...

For Sale....

Nick is pulling a Baldwin.

Indoctrinate U Trailer

A worthy documentary.

Conan - iPhone Commercial

Media Bias

So in today's Milwaukee Journal we have one of the most balatant examples of media bias I have ever seen.

Page 1B, the State Senate Democrats plan to double the size of State government by putting through a $15 billion plan for universal health care. The Senate is allowing ONE day for debate before calling this for a vote. Yes, one day to discuss and solicit public feedback on a plan that will DOUBLE our already to high tax burden and take all choice out of our health care makes page 1B.

On the same day the lead editorial derides Republicans for throwing a monkey wrench into Doyle's $1.75 billion increase in the budget process for demanding to hold the line on taxes.

The Assembly and the Senate each get to submit their own budget, but it is the Republicans that are mucking things up according to the Journal. You can make exactly the same point on the Democrats who to date have agreed with every single dollar of Doyle's $1.75 billion cash grab.

And there you have it folks, one of the most ridiculous actions ever taken by a governmental body makes page 1B and holding the line on taxes gets you taken to the woodshed on the editorial page.

That is your Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

FYI, the Racine paper is all freaked out over loud music.... Woo Hoo, all other problems must be solved!


You have been warned. Chris.

I don't know what [it does] but I want it! James.

She's ugly, and she's stupid. Phelony.

You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution. Nick.

Size does matter. Triticale.

just mere inches away... Anthony.

I almost fell asleep. Jessica.

From the “No, duh” department. Sean.

I friggin' love the Muppets.... Still Unreal.

my penchant for buying upscale leather. Phoenix.

I’m Apple’s bitch. Scott.

The Gizmo is a great thing that people love. Amy.

Maybe...I think so. Jenna.

Beersicles! LMS.

I DEMAND that the Fairness Doctrine be immediately reinstated and applied to… …documentary films. Elliot.

Somewhere on the Internet, somebody hates you. Plebian.

The mullet has reached Egypt. Owen.

I guess there's beauty in all of us, right? Bob.

Voting in Milwaukee has become much like voting for baseball’s All Star Game. Patrick.

Still think these guys are knuckleheads? Cantankerous.

I just neutered the cat, now he's a liberal. Kate.

Woman registers her dog to vote


By Keith Ervin
Seattle Times staff reporter

Jane Balogh had a pretty good idea who was calling when the phone rang and the caller asked for Duncan M. MacDonald.

Duncan is the dog Balogh registered as a voter seven months before the November 2006 election.

Duncan's absentee-ballot envelope was signed with a picture of a paw print.

"You can't sign with a paw print," the election worker told Balogh on Nov. 9.
"I said, 'he can if he's a dog,' " answered Balogh, a 66-year-old grandmother and Army veteran who lives in Federal Way.

The election worker told her a supervisor would call, but she never heard from anyone.
After making her point — how easy it is for a voter to register illegally — Balogh will be arraigned in King County Superior Court on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement to a public official.

If she declines to plead guilty, prosecutors told her in a letter this week, they will file a felony charge of providing false information on a voter-registration application. She doesn't plan to contest the misdemeanor: "I'm not going to claim to be innocent when I know I'm guilty."
Balogh's crime was signing Duncan's name on a registration card under a declaration that he meets all the requirements to vote. She submitted ballots in his name in the September and November 2006 and May 2007 elections. She wrote "VOID" on the ballots, and didn't cast any votes.

Balogh, who lives with Duncan, an Australian shepherd-terrier mix, and four other dogs and four cats, registered her dog as a protest of a 2005 state voter-registration statute that she says makes it too easy for noncitizens to vote. She put her phone bill in Duncan's name, then used the phone bill as identification to register him as a voter.

"I wasn't trying to do anything fraudulent. I was trying to prove that our system is flawed. So I got myself in trouble," she says.

If she accepts the plea deal offered by prosecutors, they won't ask for jail time but will recommend she be sentenced to 10 hours of community service, pay a $250 fine and commit no other crimes for a year.

Acting Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg says his office "can't simply look the other way. They say you should let sleeping dogs lie, but you can't let voting dogs vote."