July 28, 2007

Mr. Hypocrite

Mr. hey let's get all those also-rans out of the debates is complaining about people trying to shut him up....

This guy is nuts....

July 27, 2007

Hmmm


$250 million....

And somehow still the Yankees could not score one run off the Royals...

Ya' know money just does not go as far as it used to.

Happy birthday

Happy Birthday Phelony!!!

Quick Change.

Patrick makes a brilliant point.

Do you want to see a quick change in opinion? Many of the people that are cheering the prosecution by U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic and Federal Judge Charles Clevert for their actions on the Frank Jude Jr. trial. We will see how fast the perception of many changes when these two men tackle their next high profile case, the Michael McGee Jr. trial. That’s right, Judge Clevert will be the judge in the McGee trial as well, and of course the U.S. Attorney that is being praised, and rightfully so, will soon become public enemy #1.

It is almost fair time...

So what is your favorite food on a stick?

Thought of the week.

I have my faults but being wrong ain’t won of them.

July 26, 2007

Jude Jury is in...

JsOnline.

Three former Milwaukee police officers were found guilty today in the beating of Frank Jude Jr.Jon Bartlett, Andrew Spengler and Daniel Masarik were all found guilty of two counts: conpiring to violate civil rights and assualt under color of law.

Suspended officer Ryan Packard was found not guilty on each count.

Bartlett, Spengler and Masarik face up to 20 years in prison when they are sentenced Nov. 29. They were led out of the courtroom in handcuffs this afternoon.

Deion Sanders on Michael Vick.

Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that.

And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way.

You can still choose to condemn him, but I’m trying to take you inside his mind so you can understand where he might be coming from.

(read the whole sick twisted thing)

Deion, no amount of justification can take us into the mind of this sick and twisted activity. No matter how much you want to justify and help us understand, dog fighting is a barbaric practice and has no place in our society.

Regardless of how his legal situation turns out, Michael Vick is a multi millionaire and if he was involved personally or not this DID take place on his property, he should know better. He did sign a contract with morality clause, what about proving your dog is the biggest and the baddest is moral? This is not something you, or anyone else should attempt to defend or make us understand. This is barbaric and cruel.

Deion, just shut up and go away, you are NOT ready for prime-time.

Sanders continues...

Why are we indicting him? Was he the ringleader? Is he the big fish? Or is there someone else? The fights allegedly occurred at a property that he purchased for a family member. They apparently found carcasses on the property, but I must ask you again, is he the ringleader?This situation reminds me of a scene in the movie “New Jack City,” when drug dealer Nino Brown is on the witness stand and eloquently says, “This thing is bigger than me.”Are we using Vick to get to the ringleader? Are we using him to bring an end to dogfighting in the United States? The only thing I can gather from this situation is that we’re using Vick.Was he wrong? Absolutely. Was he stupid? Can’t argue with that. Was he immature? No doubt. But is he the ringleader? I just can’t see it.

I don't care if you can't see it. If he was ringleader or not, who cares? Go after the ringleader. The question is, was he involved? It certainly appears so.

Sometimes Deion it is smart to just shut your mouth and wait to see how things come out, this would be one of those times.

It becomes apparent Deion Sanders went to the Eugene Kane school of journalism. Protect your guy no matter what.

Disgusting.

I want a Class Three....

This story ROCKS

Police lose scooter OAP in 8mph chase
Jul 25 2007
by Sam Beattie, Evening Gazette

THIS plucky pensioner led police on a low-speed chase around Middlesbrough - and then gave officers the slip.

The lukewarm pursuit started after he caused traffic chaos by crawling down the fast lane of a busy dual carriageway.
Police asked the stubborn senior citizen to pull over. But he defiantly cranked his battery-powered mobility scooter up to its top speed - 8mph - and somehow managed to escape their attention.

Engineer, Ian Hardy, from Darlington said he couldn’t believe his eyes as he watched the chase unfold on the A1032 Newport Bridge Approach Road on Monday afternoon.
“It was just incredible,” said Ian, of Darlington, who captured the action on camera. “It was so bizarre. He came along in the outside lane with a queue of traffic behind him and a panda car to his left.
“Most motorists were having a bit of a laugh. It was so strange. You don’t expect something like that on a busy road. It was like a bit of a circus.
“The police tried to pull him up but he issued them with a lot of profanities.”
Then the determined OAP veered onto the Cannon Park roundabout where he gave red-faced officers the slip.

“They asked us, ‘scuse me - have you seen a bloke on an electric scooter?’,” added Ian, who was on a walk at the time.

“The two in the police car looked a bit sheepish to have lost a battery-powered scooter. I bet they’ll be the toast of the nick.”

A police van joined the pursuit and when cops eventually caught up with the pensioner, he was escorted to safety.

“Where they went from there, I can’t imagine,” said Ian.

Cleveland Police confirmed that the man eventually pulled over and officers spoke to him and helped him get out of harm’s way.

Traffic cop, PC Steve Garner, who was not involved in the chase, said the scooter was road legal, although some are not.

“There are two types - class two and class three. Class two is limited to 4mph and generally stays on footpaths. Class three is limited to 8mph and can go on roads or footpaths.”

July 25, 2007

The Simpsons: Best of Ralph Wiggum

I love Ralph...

After listening to Elizabeth Edwards can I make a recommendation?

Tangerine Margarita Recipe

2 ounces tequila
6 tangerines
2 tablespoons , rice syrup, or other sweetener
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 cups ice cubes
1/8 teaspoon mild chili powder
1 pinch salt

Lime wedges dipped in chili powder for garnish
Directions:

Juice tangerines. You should have about 1 3/4 cups juice. Place in blender with sweetener, tequila, lime juice, ice, chili powder, and salt. Blend on highest speed till smooth, about 30 seconds. Serve margaritas in goblets garnished with pineapple wedges.

Now, sit on your porch, sip your tangerine margarita and comtemplate your carbon footprint.















Murtha noise.

So John Murtha is at it again.

This time he has a plan to draw our troops out starting in two months. Seeing as the surge is showing success it is no surprise Mr Quit is proposing this.

Frankly, until we start getting an apology from John Murtha over his completely ridiculous proclamations of guilt of our soldiers in the Haditha mess, I don't think anyone should listen to one thing this blowhard says.

Isn't his primary job pushing pork anyway?

Racine GOP Night.


Saturday August 4th is Racine GOP Night @ Miller Stadium.


Racine Dems I am sure you are welcome as well! Remember though, there is no crying in baseball.

cnn/youtube debate remix - question from an infant

H/T Caledonia Unplugged

Is it me...

Or did the Early Spin Blog just vanish?

Caption This.


AFP Tailgate.


Hey any excuse to get to the ballpark.... Mrs RDW & I will be there.

The Rocket Science of Prison Population Numbers

Those of you who pay attention to the diversionary tactics of politicians aren't at all surprised by Gov. Doyle's "Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in the State Justice System."

It's a timeless move--I'm sure used by both sides of the aisle--when you are confronted by a vocal group of people who want you to actually solve a problem, without actually doing a thing. Usually they're called "blue-ribbon committees," or "special task forces" to make them sound very intense and serious.

Today's Wisconsin State Journal article, http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/index.php?ntid=202690&ntpid=5, gives a bit of a summary on some of the "findings" of this Governor's latest attempt to look like he really cares about our African-American jail population numbers. This so-called commission has been charged with "reducing the disproportionate number of minorities in state prison."

Some of their brilliant and all too reactionary ideas are: take away discretion from arresting officers and district attorneys, raise the age that we can try kids as adults, (usually reserved for extreme violent offenses), and to give more money to "community programs."

The Madison police chief who co-chairs this "commission" says that taking away discretion from the officers and the d.a.'s who charge offenders is at the "core of the issue of racial disparity." Some other intellectual member thinks that trying 17 year old violent offenders as adults "has a disproportionate affect on people of color."

Some of their other brilliant suggestions include such specifics like "creating options for kids already in the criminal justice system from pursuing lives of crime."

O'k, I could go on and on with the vague generalities and unrealistic, non-specific statements included in the article, but I'll stop there. What's glaringly obvious to me is the failure of our public education system to even be mentioned anywhere in the article--and I'll bet in their "findings."

Where is the outrage over the willingness of the education "sytem" to allow 50% of minority kids to fail or drop out?! Is it any coincidence that the dropouts of today become tomorrow's inmates? Certainly not. A legitimate commission would focus on the education levels of the kids and adults currently incarcerated and then implement real education reforms.

Have the cops or d.a.'s forced people into prison based on their color, or has the inaction of the so-called compassionate democratic party sold them out to the highest bidder: the Teachers' Union?

It figures that a commission established by a governor who has been bought and paid for by WEAC wouldn't dare mention how our broken education system has failed us-- all of us--those incarcerated and the rest of us paying the bills. Well, it was mentioned, I guess, when someone suggested advocating for "early childhood education." Hey, how about any childhood education?

Nowhere has this been more evident to me than here in Racine. According to our democrat representatives, our kids are not entitled to a good public education. Now they'll say they care--but shouldn't we judge their actions (votes) with more scrutiny than just taking them at their word? Apparently, according to their votes, Milwaukee's kids can have a shot at choosing their future, but not here in Racine. We sentence 50% of our minority kids to failure. And we're gonna keep doing it this way as long as our campaigns are funded by WEAC.

I've never understood the phenomenon of the African American community's allegiance to the democrat party. Democrats consistently and fervently vote against any fundamental changes to the education system, and instead vote to release violent people back into neighborhoods.

My question to the commissioners is a spin-off on Bill Cosby's infamous accountability speech: "Where were you when half of them were failing? Where were you when half of them dropped out? And how come it took you so long to figure out that without an education they'd resort to crime?"




Hurricane Outlook lowered...

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The 2007 hurricane season may be less severe than forecast due to cooler-than-expected water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic, private forecaster WSI Corp said on Tuesday.

The season will bring 14 named storms, of which six will become hurricanes and three will become major hurricanes, WSI said in its revised outlook. WSI had previously expected 15 named storms of which eight would become hurricanes and four would become major hurricanes.

"Because the ocean temperatures have not yet rebounded from the significant drop in late spring, we have decided to reduce our forecast numbers slightly," said Todd Crawford, a WSI seasonal forecaster.



Temperature drop....

Fired.


July 24, 2007

Limbaugh on campaign finance...

"How about this money? Democrats lead by $100 million in the money race in terms of donations. Where are all the stories in the Drive-By Media about fat cat liberals and fat cat Democrats? Have you noticed, by the way, that since the Democrats are leading in the money race, why, there's nothing wrong with the campaign finance system. Oh, no, it's perfect. It's working exactly as planned now, but when the Republicans lead in fundraising, "Well, we need campaign finance reform. It's not right. It's not fair. There are more Democrats than Republicans. We ought to be leading." Now they are, and there's nothing wrong. Everything is just fine."


He has a point...

H/T Bob Parks.

John Edwards...


The Sexiest Woman Alive!

Run Cindy Run

I thought she retired? Oh well, this will be GREAT Theatre.


Sheehan: I will beat Speaker Pelosi

By Jeremy Jacobs

July 24, 2007

If Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refuses to bring articles of impeachment against President Bush to the floor of the House, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan said Monday, Sheehan not only will challenge the Speaker in the next election but also will defeat her.Discussing President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Sheehan said, “We put them there. We can fire them. If Nancy Pelosi doesn't do her constitutionally mandated job by midnight tonight, tomorrow I will announce that I'm going to run against her.

“And not only am I going to run against her, but I will beat her,” Sheehan added.

The New Republic may have some esplainin to do....

July 24, 2007

Doubts Raised on Magazine’s ‘Baghdad Diarist’

By LOUISE STORY

Just who is the “Baghdad Diarist”?

It is a question that many people are asking The New Republic, the Washington political magazine that has been running articles attributed to an American soldier in Baghdad.

The author, who used the pen name Scott Thomas, has written three articles for the magazine since February, describing gruesome incidents in Iraq. Last week, The Weekly Standard questioned the veracity of the New Republic articles and invited readers with knowledge about the military or Baghdad to comment.

Since then, several readers and a spokesman for the base where the soldier is supposedly based have written in, raising more questions.

“Absolutely every piece of information that’s come out since we put that call up has cast further doubt on that story,” said Michael Goldfarb, the online editor of The Weekly Standard. “There’s not a single person that has come forward and said, ‘It sounds plausible.’ ”

Franklin Foer, the editor of The New Republic, will not reveal the author’s identity but says the magazine is investigating the accuracy of his articles. In the late 1990s, under different editors, the magazine fired an associate editor, Stephen Glass, for fabrications.

“Now that these questions have been raised, we’ve launched an inquiry. We’re putting the full resources of the magazine to look into the story,” Mr. Foer said. “It’s taking me a little bit longer than I wish it did. The author, not to mention some of the participants in the anecdotes he described, are active duty soldiers and they’re on 20-hour active combat missions sometimes, and it’s very difficult for me to get them all on the phone to ask them the questions that I’d like to ask.”

The diaries have described some shocking incidents of military life, including soldiers openly mocking a disfigured woman on their base and a private wearing a found piece of a child’s skull under his helmet.

The magazine granted anonymity to the writer to keep him from being punished by his military superiors and to allow him to write candidly, Mr. Foer said. He said that he had met the writer and that he knows with “near certainty” that he is, in fact, a soldier.



From every thing I have heard about this it sounds like they are just making this up...

Fantasy Football II

Our league filled up fast but Kathy @ Stepping Right Up has her league going...

Room will fill fast, so go on, get it.

July 23, 2007

A Midsummer's MRQ.....

(Big ups to unkie Fred for the help this week!)

Right in the steroids. Wiggy

I refuse to "move along" John

Call me a prude. Phoenix.

The new defense against the dark arts teacher? Bill O'Reilly. Grumps.

I'm a complete moron. Sean.

Here’s Mr. BALCO’s bat collection. Peter

I almost bought ultrapremium to celebrate. Aaron.

How do you get around censors to show porn on free TV? Still Unreal.

Con-Vick. Stu.

Paging Mr. Biskupic. Steve.

Yeah, I'd like fries with that! LMS

So I didn’t exert myself too much. Geoff Jenkins

Smoking ganj and carrying guns! Fuzz.

I wish you a magical life Fraley.

Nah, at my age I’d rather have a talking frog. Kate.

Hey, room service can you please send up an Bald Eagle sammich, thanks. Fred
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Cartoon you will not see in the Journal Sentinel


Nothing like a top 10 list to lighten things up.

Things have been too serious around here...

In an attempt to lighten the mood I present my all time top-10 TV show theme songs.

Beat it up, proclaim my genius or give your own suggestions.

10. Battlestar Galactica - (The Original)
9. Law & Order
8. All In the Family.
7. Hawaii Five-O
6. The Practice
5. The Twilight Zone
4. Sanford & Son
3. Star Trek (The Original)
2. Mission Impossible
1. The Rockford Files

Thuggery, no municipal charges.

It looks like the vandal thug band of vegans that attacked a military recruitment will get away without facing municipal fines. The State and Federal investigations continue.

Kudos to Rebecca.

I'll play too...

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When principle met science.

This is the registration letter from Christopher Landsea from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Landsea is one of the world's foremost experts on climate change. Read the entire letter.

Dear colleagues,

After some prolonged deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from participating in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I am withdrawing because I have come to view the part of the IPCC to which my expertise is relevant as having become politicized. In addition, when I have raised my concerns to the IPCC leadership, their response was simply to dismiss my concerns.

With this open letter to the community, I wish to explain the basis for my decision and bring awareness to what I view as a problem in the IPCC process. The IPCC is a group of climate researchers from around the world that every few years summarize how climate is changing and how it may be altered in the future due to manmade global warming. I had served both as an author for the Observations chapter and a Reviewer for the 2nd Assessment Report in 1995 and the 3rd Assessment Report in 2001, primarily on the topic of tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons). My work on hurricanes, and tropical cyclones more generally, has been widely cited by the IPCC. For the upcoming AR4, I was asked several weeks ago by the Observations chapter Lead Author - Dr. Kevin Trenberth - to provide the writeup for Atlantic hurricanes. As I had in the past, I agreed to assist the IPCC in what I thought was to be an important, and politically-neutral determination of what is happening with our climate.

Shortly after Dr. Trenberth requested that I draft the Atlantic hurricane section for the AR4's Observations chapter, Dr. Trenberth participated in a press conference organized by scientists at Harvard on the topic "Experts to warn global warming likely to continue spurring more outbreaks of intense hurricane activity" along with other media interviews on the topic. The result of this media interaction was widespread coverage that directly connected the very busy 2004 Atlantic hurricane season as being caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas warming occurring today. Listening to and reading transcripts of this press conference and media interviews, it is apparent that Dr. Trenberth was being accurately quoted and summarized in such statements and was not being misrepresented in the media. These media sessions have potential to result in a widespread perception that global warming has made recent hurricane activity much more severe.

I found it a bit perplexing that the participants in the Harvard press conference had come to the conclusion that global warming was impacting hurricane activity today. To my knowledge, none of the participants in that press conference had performed any research on hurricane variability, nor were they reporting on any new work in the field. All previous and current research in the area of hurricane variability has shown no reliable, long-term trend up in the frequency or intensity of tropical cyclones, either in the Atlantic or any other basin. The IPCC assessments in 1995 and 2001 also concluded that there was no global warming signal found in the hurricane record.

Moreover, the evidence is quite strong and supported by the most recent credible studies that any impact in the future from global warming upon hurricane will likely be quite small. The latest results from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Knutson and Tuleya, Journal of Climate, 2004) suggest that by around 2080, hurricanes may have winds and rainfall about 5% more intense than today. It has been proposed that even this tiny change may be an exaggeration as to what may happen by the end of the 21st Century (Michaels, Knappenberger, and Landsea, Journal of Climate, 2005, submitted).

It is beyond me why my colleagues would utilize the media to push an unsupported agenda that recent hurricane activity has been due to global warming. Given Dr. Trenberth’s role as the IPCC’s Lead Author responsible for preparing the text on hurricanes, his public statements so far outside of current scientific understanding led me to concern that it would be very difficult for the IPCC process to proceed objectively with regards to the assessment on hurricane activity. My view is that when people identify themselves as being associated with the IPCC and then make pronouncements far outside current scientific understandings that this will harm the credibility of climate change science and will in the longer term diminish our role in public policy.
My concerns go beyond the actions of Dr. Trenberth and his colleagues to how he and other IPCC officials responded to my concerns. I did caution Dr. Trenberth before the media event and provided him a summary of the current understanding within the hurricane research community. I was disappointed when the IPCC leadership dismissed my concerns when I brought up the misrepresentation of climate science while invoking the authority of the IPCC. Specifically, the IPCC leadership said that Dr. Trenberth was speaking as an individual even though he was introduced in the press conference as an IPCC lead author; I was told that that the media was exaggerating or misrepresenting his words, even though the audio from the press conference and interview tells a different story (available on the web directly); and that Dr. Trenberth was accurately reflecting conclusions from the TAR, even though it is quite clear that the TAR stated that there was no connection between global warming and hurricane activity.

The IPCC leadership saw nothing to be concerned with in Dr. Trenberth's unfounded pronouncements to the media, despite his supposedly impartial important role that he must undertake as a Lead Author on the upcoming AR4.

It is certainly true that "individual scientists can do what they wish in their own rights", as one of the folks in the IPCC leadership suggested. Differing conclusions and robust debates are certainly crucial to progress in climate science. However, this case is not an honest scientific discussion conducted at a meeting of climate researchers. Instead, a scientist with an important role in the IPCC represented himself as a Lead Author for the IPCC has used that position to promulgate to the media and general public his own opinion that the busy 2004 hurricane season was caused by global warming, which is in direct opposition to research written in the field and is counter to conclusions in the TAR. This becomes problematic when I am then asked to provide the draft about observed hurricane activity variations for the AR4 with, ironically, Dr. Trenberth as the Lead Author for this chapter. Because of Dr. Trenberth's pronouncements, the IPCC process on our assessment of these crucial extreme events in our climate system has been subverted and compromised, its neutrality lost. While no one can "tell" scientists what to say or not say (nor am I suggesting that), the IPCC did select Dr. Trenberth as a Lead Author and entrusted to him to carry out this duty in a non-biased, neutral point of view. When scientists hold press conferences and speak with the media, much care is needed not to reflect poorly upon the IPCC. It is of more than passing interest to note that Dr. Trenberth, while eager to share his views on global warming and hurricanes with the media, declined to do so at the Climate Variability and Change Conference in January where he made several presentations. Perhaps he was concerned that such speculation - though worthy in his mind of public pronouncements – would not stand up to the scrutiny of fellow climate scientists.

I personally cannot in good faith continue to contribute to a process that I view as both being motivated by pre-conceived agendas and being scientifically unsound. As the IPCC leadership has seen no wrong in Dr. Trenberth's actions and have retained him as a Lead Author for the AR4, I have decided to no longer participate in the IPCC AR4.

Sincerely, Chris Landsea

Attached are the correspondence between myself and key members of the IPCC FAR,

Download file.

The email exchange in the file is also worthy of your time to read. A fascinating representation of the interplay of the science and the politics of the global warming "consensus". The FACT is this is not settled science in any way, but to some persons they wish to cling to that myth rather than discuss this subject honestly.

Dresscode.

This morning when I saw this headline, Iran to launch new dress code crackdown , the first thought that popped into my head....

Gee, will they require their leaders to wear ties?

I doubt it.

Debate...

So, Keith Olbermann will be moderating a Democratic Presidential candidate debate for the AFL-CIO on August 7th.

Isn't it amazing how the Democratic candidates are too scared to debate in front of a real newsman like Britt Hume but they are willing to go in front of a flaming ultra-partisan like Olbermann?

This group wants us to think they can battle terrorism but they are afraid of Britt Hume.

Classic.