July 21, 2007
This comment is from JS Online's spiffy new comments section:
Uggh. You got my hopes up when you mentioned McKenna -- I was hoping that would mean we wouldn't have to listen to her incessant, uninformed whining anymore here in Dane County. Then you went and ruined it by speculating she'd do both. Seriously, take her for good Milwaukee, we don't want her. Maybe SE Wisconsin will better enjoy her ignorant gun-slinging, uber-conservative radio character (read: she used to be an alternative music jock who now plays a conservative talk show role for money).
Liberalism reigns supreme in every single aspect of life in Madistan. Do not the conservatives there deserve even a small prescence in the market? Apparently not according to this liberal elitist. It sounds like we need the fairness doctrine in Madison!
July 20, 2007
To date, his Hummer lives. When asked, a spokesman said Will was going to have it crushed and recycled.
No big loss, really when you have one of these babies ordered.
Really - it is so nice to be a friend of the environment when you can afford a $100,000 electric Ferarri Tesla Roadster that does 0 to 60 in 4 seconds...Such a sacrifice Will, such a sacrifice. (how about a Prius?)
I guess you will getting around to crushing the old Hummer after your Tesla is delivered.
The league is welcome to all.
Use this link to go the signup page.
The league ID is 208321.
The password is beer.
Live online draft is set for the morning of 9-1. Be ready, I will.
Harry Potter flies in on his broom thinking he sees a Quiddich game and is killed by a line drive hit by the steroid laden Barry Bonds at Miller Park in Milwaukee stopping Bonds from breaking the home run record. (Bud Selig rejoices)
Bonds is later taken to the lock-up where his room mate is none other than Michael McGee Jr.
Jr. threatens to kill Bonds as Barry has tilted his big screen so McGee Jr can not see it.
Meanwhile, Eugene Kane has a heart attack figuring out who to blame for Jr McGee being caught on tape threatening to kill Bonds for not letting him watch his TV. McGee also denies taking a pipe to Bonds' knee (on video) and retiring him forever sealing Hank Aaron's record for Ken Griffey Jr., who everyone likes but will not be traded to Milwaukee. (this is reported nowhere by Ken Hurrera). Bonds is represented by Nancy Kerrigan but ignored by Al Sharpton.
Meanwhile the evil Lord Valdermort (or whoever he is) turns out to be none other than Dick Cheney under a puppet spell issued by Karl Rove who is having a secret affair with Valerie Plame. This reveals the Rove mastermind in getting the Plame case tossed out on technical issues.
Meanwhile, Jeff Supan throws a no-hitter and is ignored by the media as the Cubs beat the D-Backs 7 to 5.
Harry Potters school chums start a bad celebrity reality show on VH-1.
There that should be get for a few search hits.
You know if somehow Nancy Pelosi could make Cheney have a heart attack or something then she could be in charge for an hour or two and finally end the war!
Regents, aware of potential suit, stay quiet about hearing
By Brittany Anas, Daily Camera July 20, 2007
University of Colorado regents will decide whether to fire professor Ward Churchill after a special meeting and hearing Tuesday. Here's how the day is scheduled:
8 a.m.: The Board of Regents will meet in public in the University Memorial Center to announce it will go into executive session, behind closed doors.
8:15 a.m. until at least 4 p.m.: In private, regents will be briefed by the board's attorneys before holding a hearing.
The hearing will include arguments from Churchill and his attorney; university counsel; and the counsel representing CU's Privilege and Tenure Committee. Each party will have a set amount of time to present its case to the board. Regents can ask questions, but no new evidence can be presented.
The regents will then deliberate.
4 p.m. or later: Regents will meet again in public session in the UMC's Glenn Miller Ballroom to vote on CU President Hank Brown's recommendation that Churchill be fired.
Video of the meeting will be streamed online at www.cu.edu.
After the meeting: Brown and Regent Pat Hayes, chairwoman of the board, will hold a news conference in UMC Room 235. Media credentials are required, but the conference will also be streamed online.
CU said Thursday that an open microphone will be available at the end of the day for anybody who wants to express "their personal opinions on topics related to the events of the day."
University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill said he expects to be fired Tuesday.
The university's regents — the week before a decision viewed as a defining mark in the university's 131-year history — are poring over more than 1,000 pages of documents pertaining to Churchill's academic-misconduct case. They will hold a closed-door hearing preceding their pivotal public vote Tuesday on whether Churchill should be fired.
Some sources close to the case say regents — acutely aware that the university will be sued by Churchill — are not even telling one another how they plan to vote for fear such discussion could resurface as evidence that they didn't give the professor due process. But some of the sources indicated that the likely outcome of the vote — by sixRepublicans and three Democrats — should be obvious.
Read the whole thing here including an attempt by, you guessed it, the ACLU to stop this.
"The folks who are in the business of selling health insurance will be out of business"
I can not believe people voted this idiot into office.
Go check out Ravings From a Right Wing Wacko.
by Michael R. Fox,
Ph.D. July 18, 2007
Studiously hidden from public view are some extraordinary findings in physics which are providing new understanding of our planetary history, as well as providing a much more plausible scientific understanding of global warming. Regrettably, the current hysteria about global warming is based much more on fear, political agendas, and computer models that don’t agree with each other or the climate, rather than hard-nosed evidence and science.
The climate forces which have led to the estimated 0.6C degree temperature increase over the past 100 years or more (according to the International Panel on Climate Change) have been assumed to be man-made CO2 emissions from advanced nations including the U.S. We know this can’t be true for several reasons.
The first is that water vapor provides 95 percent of the total of the greenhouse gases, not CO2. The total of the CO2 represents less than 3 percent of the total. The second is that of the total atmospheric CO2 inventory, the manmade fraction is less than 3 percent of the CO2 total and therefore far less than 1 percent of the total greenhouse gas inventories. Third, studies of the recent climate variations are finding, for example, (See article by J. Oestermans, Science, p. 375, April 29, 2005) that glaciers have been receding since 1750 or so, well before any significant man-made CO2 emissions occurred.
Read the rest, it is worth your time....
July 19, 2007
What’s really extraordinary here is, of course, Ramadi was the real heartland of al Qaeda, if you will, just a few months ago. So many U.S. troops lost their lives on these streets and the battle for this city. Now, today, the streets are quiet. Rebuilding is underway. Perhaps one of the most extraordinary things is they have not have an IED attack on the streets of this city since February.
It’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of problems around. Lots of security challenges to overcome, but I don’t think anyone really expected even six months ago that a chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff would spend the afternoon walking around the streets of the city. It’s a pretty extraordinary event…
See the video here. Yes, all is lost and there is not one positive thing to say about the war effort.
How high should our taxes go?
How much is too much?
At what level do taxes become prohibitive to people looking to locate businesses in Wisconsin? (Or have they already?)
If Wisconsin is so great and WEAC thinks our taxes should be higher, why does WEAC tell their teachers to retire somewhere other than Wisconsin?
Speaking of WEAC, if the health care plan is so good for us, why is WEAC exempted?
Why does the KRM rail plan ignore the airport?
METRA saw a market and extended to Kenosha, why are they not interested in Racine and Milwaukee?
Some people are proposing a 20,000% tax increase on cigars, what must Castro think?
How come Racine leadership gets a complete pass when the unemployment rate in Racine is twice that of the nation and the highest in the state?
Considering that why did Gary Becker run for Mayor unopposed?
Why isn't anyone ticked that Tom Barrett wants to spend the entire SE Wisconsin $91 million in federal transit money in his city and not share with the rest of the region?
Speaking of regional cooperation... Considering the goals of the Milwaukee 7, why are the Potowatomis complaining about jobs being created in Kenosha?
The Cub faithful sure are getting excited... I wonder how the Cubs will blow it this year?
By ELLEN GABLERmailto:GABLERegabler@journalsentinel.com
Posted: July 18, 2007
For the past year and half, Betty Ives has watched her Social Security checks shrink as the government deducts premiums for prescription drug coverage she is not receiving. Ives estimates she is out more than $1,000, and has been unable to get anyone to solve her problem.
"I don't understand how they can keep taking this money from me," said Ives, who lives in Oshkosh. "I'm going to be 82 in October and to go through this is terrible."
Ives is one of about 138,000 seniors nationwide who are stuck in bureaucratic gridlock as Medicare Part D premiums are erroneously deducted from their Social Security checks. An additional 141,000 owe money, and can't get the money to be deducted from their checks.
The problem stems from a longstanding computer glitch between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Social Security Administration. A majority of Wisconsin members of Congress said they have received complaints from constituents trapped in similar situations - where Medicare Part D premiums are incorrectly deducted from Social Security checks. Some offices have fielded more than 100 calls.
And liberals want these people in charge of everything???? I don't think so.
July 18, 2007
Wed Jul 18, 7:51 PM ET
WASHINGTON - When Gareth Groves brought home his massive new Hummer, he knew his environmentally friendly neighbors disapproved. But he didn't expect what happened next. The sport utility vehicle was parked for five days on the street before two masked men smashed the windows, slashed the tires and scratched into the body: "FOR THE ENVIRON."
The sponsor of the pork of course in the King of Pork, John Murtha.
July 17, 2007
This from his report today:
The signatures on the cover pages of the inspectors’ reports are obvious forgeries. Both the names are bogus (e.g. Joe Doe) and are clearly written in the same hand. The hand which "signed" the inspectors’ reports does not match any of the signatures I redacted from the poll book list. Moreover, the person who signed the two inspectors' report did so twice; once for City copy and once for the County Copy. Creating false canvass reports is a felony under WI Stats 12.13(2)(b)4The numbers do not match. The Optech IIIP Eagle claims it scanned 1219 ballots. On the poll book certification page, the poll workers claim 1071 ballots were handed to electors. On the Inspectors’ reports with the forged signatures, it is claimed 981 ballots were handed to electors. If I believe the machine and the poll book, then the ballot box in Ward One was stuffed with 148 extra ballots. If I believe the machine and the forged inspectors’ report, the ballot box is stuffed with 238 extra ballots.
Read the whole thing.
Boo Hoo I could not afford health insurance, but I could afford to put 9 grand into my race for the Senate.
So now we should all pay for her bill, I'm guessing we should also pay for her next Senate campaign. Oooo could we pay her mortgage too?!?
I know it's a quizzical title, and all, but as I sat here thinking about the characters in the state Senate and their recent budget package, Davy Jones, Jack Sparrow (Captain Jack Sparrow, that is), Will Turner and the rest leapt to the front of my mind as potentially delightful players in the theater of my mind. (I could have so much fun with this--tying specific senators to specific characters, but the Capitol dome tends to dampen people's senses of humor, so I'll stay on a higher level here......)
After just coming off a week's marathon with my family of watching all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on DVD and the last one at the theater, it's fresh in my mind. I mean, for the other Pirates junkies who may be out there, how do you not see all the hammer-head-shark-guys, and barnacle-covered-head-dudes as substitutes for the poor senate staffers shackled in chains being forced to churn out witty one liners and pithy press releases for their bosses? You didn't really think that clever quips like "This GOP budget's like Edward Scissorhands on meth!" came right from the depths of the elected officials' repertoire, did you? (And they're all repeating that one in every media outlet--hello? Don't they know that the COOL Johnny Depp movie to compare to now is Pirates?!)
I guess I equate the state budget to the heart of Davy Jones--regularly beating, and none of us regular guys on shore really pay attention to it. Ahh, but there's a great deal of interest in it from those crewmen on the Flying Dutchman, or the "other" pirates conspiring against each other to get control over it. Some want to stab it and kill it, others want to protect it and use it to wield more power.
So, it's interesting to me that the "emotion buzz words" that the Dem's are sending out among their shipmates are words like, "heartless," "uncaring," and "downright cruel." I mean, who's more heartless than Davy Jones? (Literally AND figuratively.)
Really, isn't it heartless for the democrats to keep pirating money from hardworking taxpayers who are honestly trying to provide a good home for their families, have a decent car and get to go on vacation once per year? The democrats think we all need a Captain to make the decisions on how to live our lives and that "he'll" decide how much of our hard-earned money we get to keep.
And if we balk, wimper, or (shiver-me-timbers) complain out loud about it, we're lashed with names like "mean," "heartless," and "without love for community." So what, we should all just let them come aboard our ships without resistance and hand over our money so they can hand it out to their favorite pirate friends and they can all have a rum-guzzling-esque hoopla at our expense?
So get someone to stop them? The Pirates movies remind us, even Captain Jack Sparrow couldn't sail his ship without a crew.
So, as the Assembly Republicans head off to the negotiation tables, I'd like to remind them that negotiating with Davy Jones only got Jack Sparrow swallowed up by the Krakken.
It was the courageous and idealistic Will Turner who stabbed the heart and released the prisoners from their eternal bondage. He became the New Captain of the Flying Dutchman; ushering in a new era of responsibility, integrity, and compassion.
So, I'm keeping a steady, seaward eye on the horizon for Our Will Turner. Someone unafraid of the "lashes" of the editorial boards. A New Captain who wants to release the taxpayers from their servitude to the Flying Dutchman of State Government.
Will he arrive in time?
A few excerpts:
- When Speaker Huebsch announced a few months ago that the Assembly Republicans would pass a no-tax-increase budget, there were a lot of people, including Governor Doyle, who smirked and said it couldn’t be done. But last Tuesday, we kept our promise to Wisconsin families and proved Doyle and the Democrats wrong. In fact, not only did we deliver on our no-tax increase promise, we surpassed it to cut existing taxes, while still funding our highest priorities.
- Since Democrats control the Senate and the Governor’s office, Republicans have an uphill battle in defending the budget we have just passed.
- We said no to a $418 million tax increase on hospitals, a $247 million gas tax increase, no to a $130 million tax increase on businesses, a $3.2 million ipod download tax increase, a $546 million tobacco tax increase, and no to a $33.6 million tax increase on nursing home beds, just to name a few.
Go ahead and read the whole thing, but this gives you a good idea of the tone of the piece.
Now, I'd like you to compare and contrast that well reasoned thoughtful piece with this editorial in the Journal Times from Senator John Lehman.
A few excerpts:
- Despite the “happy face spin” State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, offered recently in the Journal Times (July 12, “Assembly Republicans pass no-tax-increase budget”), in reality the GOP state budget is a heartless, irresponsible disaster for the people of Wisconsin and a blatant attack on Racine.
- Heartless politics. No love of Racine.
- As one representative put it this is a budget by Edward Scissorhands gone mad, cut after thoughtless cut. They can’t be serious.
- As we sit down at the conference committee it’s time for Vos and his colleagues to cut the obfuscation and hollow political messages so we can pass a real budget.
You can say whatever you want to about these two but something is clear to me. Vos is a serious thoughtful balanced statesman. Lehman is a loud mouthed hack who vlaues attack over honest debate.
Lehman should give some serious thoughts to who is putting out the "hollow political messages" from my seat he should be looking in the mirror.
July 16, 2007
...the libraries will be burned to the ground to fuel the barrels to keep the homeless warm while intelligent apes ransack the police department to steal weapons in advance of the coming Global Warming while mutants start moving to the sewers to worship a planet destroying nuclear missile. Wiggy.
"We don't need no stinking homogeneity!" Anthony.
I hope you get unlucky tonight. Phoenix.
The farmer in the Dell. Tom.
Hurray Cheese Chris.
Just when I finished wiping the latte off my screen... Nick.
“It’s a Black Thang, you wouldn’t understand,” James T.
Word of the day: paraskavedekatriaphobia. Croc.
...making sure geckos get plenty of live crickets. Sean.
bloodsuckers that rise from the dead repeatedly... Peter.
I would either scare the ladies or, if I did not, wind up in a shallow grave. Less than fully intact. Rick.
“It was really a dog’s breakfast,” Scott.
I'm the queen of run-on sentences. Cathy.
Mrs RDW has the cool car! Fred.
Consensus is not science. Bill.
Crying River Flood Warning. Steve.
It's not about twinkies, sweetheart... LMS.
“He’ll either be Harrison Ford…or Mark Hamill.” Elliot.
"Loving Kindness Is My Religion". Denis.
I was quite gobsmacked. Jay.
Mike likes choo-choos. dad29.
I just hope that's not on your ass. Jed.
Unfortunately (ahem!) I forgot them. Fuzz.
Keep one leg up, and your head tucked under your wing. Casper.
First, it was the peacocks, then, the *^#% goats. Kate.
Getting beaten by the NHL is dead-cat-bounce awful. Charlie.
July 15, 2007
Let's get a couple of things outta the way. You'll notice I'm the queen of run-on sentences. I love to hyphenate and I use a lot of parentheses. I used to make my staff insane while in the Senate. They were incredible wordsmiths and proofreaders who saved me many times from embarassing myself with my abuse of the written English language. So, before "Scott" and some of the other regular lefties criticize my soon-to-be-called "illiterate sentences", (there go the hypens again), I'm already admitting my guilt.
So, my first official blog entry has to do with a recent effort by some to form a recall group against my successor, John Lehman. I've been asked what I think of it.
Running the risk of alienating some of my biggest fans, I must honestly say I'm not sure I'm really comfortable with it. Now don't get me wrong. John and I have had many, many heated disagreements over the years. (Did I say "many?") However, I've long thought that recalls should be for elected officals who violate ethical standards and expectations that come with those of us privileged to represent you. You know, things like: bribery, extortion, (Does the name Chuck Chvala ring a bell?), lying under oath, criminal convictions, (ala Michael McGee), etc...
I know there is a great deal of righteous indignation over his recent votes in the Senate. His blatant disregard for pro-jobs initiatives, his stalwart support for the broken machine of RUSD and REA, and his staunch support for the largest state tax increase in US history are certainly reasons for heartburn.
But none of these positions were unknown prior to his election in November. While I disagree with John on almost everything in the world, I knew of his beliefs before the election and I voted accordingly. That's why we have elections. When we disagree vehemently with a candidate, it's our obligation to either run ourselves, or actively support those who agree with our values and ideas.
Do I begrudge any of you who feel passionately about recalling him? No, I don't. The recall laws are currently written in a way that's conducive to your goal. But I didn't think George Petak should have been recalled due to his vote on the stadium tax. (Although, I remember being mad as a hornet over his actions!) But did that mean I wanted him run out of office? Absolutely not.
I think we should start focusing on someone who could run for the seat in 3 years. To the loyal readers of RealDebate: look inwardly first.
Do you have what it takes? If not, remember the passion you feel today and call it to action when we have someone else running for the 21st district. We're gonna need it.
..."I'd remind them that the mike is always on," Dodd told reporters on Saturday after addressing a state convention of Utah Democrats.
"Celebrity and money are not going to decide this race," he said. "People take some offense at it in these early primary and caucus states."
Gee I guess this means Dodd is wrong too.