August 18, 2007

Hurricane Dean video.

From the space station no less...

Caption This.

Baseball Tennis

Crazy mad skills. Someone get these guys Brewer uniforms.

Are we done with this hypocrite yet?

"We know these people. We know their game plan. They're going to attack us personally," Edwards said. "They attacked Elizabeth personally, because she stood up to that she-devil Ann Coulter. … I should not have name-called. But the truth is -- forget the names -- people like Ann Coulter, they engage in hateful language."

And what type of language is it exactly to call someone a she-devil?

Add this from the Wall Street Journal yesterday...

“As a presidential candidate, Democrat John Edwards has regularly attacked subprime lenders, particularly those that have filed foreclosure suits against victims of Hurricane Katrina. But as an investor, Mr. Edwards has ties to lenders foreclosing on Katrina victims.
The Wall Street Journal has identified 34 New Orleans homes whose owners have faced foreclosure suits from subprime-lending units of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Edwards has about $16 million invested in Fortress funds, according to a campaign aide who confirmed a more general Federal Election Commission report. Mr. Edwards worked for Fortress, a publicly held private-equity fund, from late 2005 through 2006.

Seriously people, a lawyer who made a fortune on dubious lawsuits who's claim to fame is the whole two Americas class warfare schtick. This guy is nothing but a pretty empty suit.

This question is geared primarily at the left. Do all of these gaffs, examples of double-speak and obvious hypocrisy bother you? (can we avoid a discussion about Ann Coulter please, she is NOT running for President)

August 17, 2007

DRQ - Drinking Right Quotes

I made the Huffpo. Leah.

I've become lactose intolerant. Nick

What ever happened to Casper? Nick.

If anyone would know, Nick would know. Mrs RDW.

Next time I'll do my Tom Reynolds impression. Leah.

Isn't he dead? Fred

Google scares me. Fred.

Hot Thai girls. Steve

I got this iggly feeling. Nick

Entering through the island of lesbos. Triticale

A Good Foundation

While my students are too young to read them, I think James T. Harris' Ten Commandments of Economic Justice in Milwaukee should be posted in every High School in Racine.

If you follow the link in his post, and compare the MICAH website's commandments, you will also see a clear delineation between liberal and conservative thought.

Board up everything!

Hurricane Dean is coming!

I demand an investigation

Drunk driving crackdown starts today
Law enforcement agencies across the state will mobilize for a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving starting today through Labor Day.The "Drunk Driving - Over the Limit. Under Arrest" crackdown will combine an intensified law enforcement presence with a federally funded media campaign to combat drunken driving, according to West Allis police, who released information on the efforts this week.

As an Irish American I take offense to this initiative beginning on the Friday of Irish Fest. It is obvious that law enforcement is unjustly putting this effort forth in an effort to target the Irish-American community. By the way, how long has it been since the Celtics won an NBA title, oh and Notre Dame being kept out of the BCS, don't get me started.

The obvious persecution of the Irish must no longer be tolerated.

Even witches are making fun of Wiggy's neighbor Brenna Raven Moonfire.

Check this out...

So...... what's so special about this?

Besides the fact that it is an exceptionally cool picture.
UPDATE: Still Unreal sort of figured this out guessing this tank as being eco-friendly. This is the world's first hybrid tank, part of the Army's Future Combat Systems program.
They are also developing a hybrid Hummer. Won't that send the minds of the eco-nuts into a tizzy? Hybrid good - Hummer bad ack, what do I do?
For the army this is about improved fuel efficiency so they have to re-supply less often which keeps troops safer in the field.

Penn Jilette on Americans w/ Disabilities Act (highlights)

August 16, 2007

58% of new Wisconsin jobs are government jobs.

This from AFP today.

MILWAUKEE – Even as some lawmakers advocate the largest tax hike in Wisconsin history to pay for expanded government-run health care, an analysis of economic indicators from Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) shows Wisconsin’s economy is performing poorly. The “Wisconsin Prosperity Report” analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that from June 2006 to June 2007 Wisconsin experienced an anemic 0.28 percent job growth and 58 percent of jobs created were government jobs.

The analysis also showed that government payrolls are growing more than eight times faster than private-sector payrolls. “Just in case our Governor and policymakers don’t get it by now, hopefully this data makes it crystal clear that our economy is struggling,” said AFPF Wisconsin Director Mark Block. “In order to address lackluster private-sector job growth, we have to recognize that Wisconsin has a problem, and huge tax hikes aren’t the solution. Policymakers should reflect on the well-known slogan: ‘Last business to leave Wisconsin, please turn off the lights.’”

...Wisconsin’s real inflation-adjusted economic growth from 2004 to 2006 was just 2.2 percent, while the national economy expanded 5.9 percent, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 2006 data released last month. All of Wisconsin’s neighbors, with the exception of recession-plagued Michigan, grew far more rapidly: Minnesota at 2.9 percent, Illinois at 3.4 percent, Iowa at 4.1 percent, and South and North Dakota at 6.8 and 8.8 percent respectively.

As of 2006, Wisconsin has fallen to 25th in per-capita GDP and can no longer be considered a rich state, but simply middle-of-the-pack, and falling. Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Wisconsin is in a downward spiral as government continually grows unchecked. We simply can not affor to continue to grow government at current levels.

There is an economic principle called a J Curve. In short, you can only sustain growth for so long until the weight of the economic model collapses on itself and things trend downward quickly. The trick is to keep things on the apex of that curve as long as possible. I believe we are on the apex of that curve and starting a collapse. Piling on more regulations and taxes are the worst thing to do at this economic time. You can NOT tax your self to prosperity. We need an environment promoting private-sector growth, not government growth. Through creating a climate favorable to growth, increased tax revenues will follow.

Wisconsin is on a path to economic ruin. Back to the article: Wisconsin lags behind the region and national average in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a measure of everything produced in the state. Wisconsin’s real inflation-adjusted economic growth from 2004 to 2006 was just 2.2 percent, while the national economy expanded 5.9 percent

How many articles have we seen where this company or that made the choice to locate somewhere other than Wisconsin? We need to give people reason to do business here. Increased taxes and larger government are not the way to do that.

Fantasy Football

There are a few roster spots to fill out Stepping Right Up's fantasy football league.

The RDW League filled up quickly, if you want a shot at me you will have to do it over there!

League ID is 237466

Password is kenosha
1 MORE..... Yo, Kontowicz!

Open Thread.

So what's floatin' your boat?

New member of the RDW family.

I have wanted a more left leaning contributor here since I started RDW. We were blessed to have the ever feathered Belle filling that role for a time.

Frequent OC posters Folkbum & Scott have been asked to become contributors at one time or another. Both denied my invitations for their own reasons.

A number of months ago I had a more left leaning contributor lined up but their spouse became ill and they decided to decline... (that invitation is still open if you are reading this)

Recently I extended an invitation to frequent reader and commenter Sandra and she has finally agreed to come on board a contributor here. We are thrilled to have her! Those of you actively involved in Racine politics know her well. Those of you who do not, you will!

As with all other posters here she can post what she wants, whenever she wants, without edit from me.

Welcome aboard Sandra!

What every serious blogger needs

Another role of teachers

As a teacher I am very much aware that I am mandated to report any signs, or suspected signs, of abuse of a student. This story out of Michigan brings several questions to mind.
Charge of failure to report suspected abuse
A middle school teacher has been charged with failure to report suspected child abuse involving a student at Hart Middle School. James Richard Cromie was charged last week in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court with a misdemeanor related to an incident in May when a student's complaint about abuse at home went unreported for several days for unknown reasons. Under state law, education, health care professionals and others are required to promptly report suspected child abuse. Cromie, who is free on bond, pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 19.
The article obviously needs more facts, like how many days did the abuse go unreported and what exactly is considered prompt reporting. That said, this teacher received a report of abuse directly from a student, there is no reason he shouldn't have at least spoken with an administrator or social worker that same day. It's not as if he saw a bruise and wondered how it got there.

The story does explain that the teacher is being charged with a misdemeanor, but fails to mention if abuse charges are pending in the case of the student. Did his report, late or not, result in an arrest? That is more newsworthy than the teacher being charged.

Raw Interview Of Blogger Who Got 300-Page iPhone Bill

30,000 to 35,000 text messages a month... This woman needs help.

August 15, 2007

New Immigration Proposal

The immigration reform movement is not dead, here are a new set of proposed regulations:

Sound harsh?

This is not a proposed immigration bill here, this is the existing immigration law in...


Remember this the next time you hear President Fox, or any other advocate, complaining about our immigration laws.

Caption This.

How dumb do they think we are?

The caption under this photo reads: An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.
Am I the only one who has an issue with this? If you have no idea what I am referring to, look again or hit up the comments. Someone is bound to get this.
Yo, Owen!

US Mint to release Jefferson dollar coin

AP Economics Writer Wed Aug 15, 5:57 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Most folks can correctly name George Washington as the nation's first president. After that, things get tricky.

The U.S. Mint is hoping its new dollar coin series will help refresh some hazy memories of Adams, Jefferson and all the rest.

Ok, I get the new paper money thing due to the vast improvement in copier technology. But is it really the US Mint's responsibility to teach us history? How much do we spend on schools anyway? Isn't that their job?

This dollar coin thing never seems to catch on but the Mint will not let it go. Susan B. Anthony, Sacajawea, Ike Dollars, Peace Dollars and now a full set of $1 coins for each President. They'll be releasing about four a year.

Collectible? Perhaps.

Is this overkill?

If the shoe fits...

August 14, 2007

Wiggy's neighbor, Brenna Raven Moonfire?

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2007, 2:13 p.m.
By Jacqueline Seibel

Woman arrested after witch chants

A Waukesha woman was arrested just after midnight this morning after she was accused of disturbing neighbors by yelling witch chants around a bonfire she built 10 feet from her home, Capt. Mike Babe said.

Brenna K. Barney, 42, told police that they were infringing on her religious beliefs since she is a Wiccan and she was performing a ritual because of a new moon, Babe said. She said her name is Brenna Raven Moonfire.

Criminal charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct were filed against Barney today in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Police may also give Barney a ticket alleging negligent handling of burning materials, Babe said. Neighbors in the 2300 block of Madison St. called police at 12:11 a.m., Babe said.

When an officer arrived, he heard the woman yelling in the backyard and found her wearing headphones, a T-shirt and underwear, Babe said. The officer tried to get her attention by shining a flashlight on her but she continued yelling her chants.

At one point she poured lighter fluid on the fire, which was 10-feet from her residence, he said. She was burning rubber car mats and a cooler, Babe said.

When the officer was able to get the woman's attention she refused to cooperate telling the officer she was performing a religious ritual. She continued to be belligerent and the officer could smell alcohol on the woman's breath, Babe said. Four officers responded to the scene and were able to take the woman into custody. She was first taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where she continued to yell and swear at officers and hospital staff, Babe said.

After she was medically cleared, she was taken to jail.

This guy needs some new friends.

TALLINN (Reuters) - An Estonian man who was caught driving a car even though he is blind has been at it again, police said on Monday, and this time he faces jail.

Police first arrested the man, 20, a week ago.

"We arrested the same blind man driving his car again on Saturday in the town of Torvandi, near Tartu (in southern Estonia)," said Marge Kohtla, a spokeswoman for Tartu police district.

"He was drunk. There were three people in the car with him giving him instructions."

She said police wanted the court to jail the man for 30 days and confiscate his car.


August 13, 2007

Darwin Award Nominee

ROCHELLE, Ga. - A woman was arrested after she called police to help "get her money back" after she was unhappy with the crack cocaine she purchased.

Juanita Marie Jones, 53, called Rochelle Police late Thursday night after she purchased what she thought was a $20 piece of crack cocaine, according to police reports.

She told officers she broke the rock into three pieces and smoked one, only to discover the drugs were "fake."

She took Officer Joel Quinn and Deputy John Shedd of the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office into her kitchen and showed them the drugs, police said.

She was promptly arrested on charges of possession of cocaine.

(Her lawyer will get it kicked, after all there was no "real" cocaine)

Drinking Right Alert.

And all of a sudden it was almost the second Tuesday of the month.

In case you had forgotten, that means it is time for Drinking Right. I dub this Drinking Right the Sean Hackbarth has gone to Washington party. Come by and share a toast in Sean's honor!

See ya'll Tuesday night at Papa's!

Heeeeerrre's..... MRQ!

That’s haiku? I thought it was a headline. Kate

That gun did not wake up that day and say hmmm going to get me some today. Chris

Mpeterson, I don’t like you right now. k2aggie07

Who the hell are you? And what have you done with Aaron? Patrick

I’m not bald, heavy thinking burned my hair off.

He got a bigger one than she did. Jessica.

For those of you who missed it, well, you missed it. Wiggy.

Who are the asshats comprising the 9% who don't? Tom.

Space Aliens rock almost as much as Zombies Chris.

There was beer... There were cream puffs... There were bunnies... Nick.

I have turned into The Guy Who Drives The Tan Buick. Grumps.

Out-flipping-standing. Phelony.

Why did I choose Fred? Sean. (Because Fred is good)

Here’s some cheese for you! Peter.

I’m highly ticklish. Scott.

he's easy on the eyes, which always helps. Amy.

If only I knew some Spanish profanity... LMS.

Can one prefer non-judgementalism without making a judgement? Denis.

The best care in the air lives on. KRS.

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Jessica Alba is overrated. Jed.

Karl Rove has been cast for the upcoming season of 24 Jack Bauer.

Hillary's decisions about dropping "Rodham" into the cleavage between Hillary and Clinton -- that means something. Ann.

Could it work here?

Last month, this post/story hit the JS Online education blog regarding breaking up the gigantic MPS school district into more manageable entities. This got me to thinking about our very own RUSD, could that be a partial solution the greater Racine area's educational problems.

With the talk of Caledonia breaking off into it's own district at some point in the future. Perhaps RUSD could take the initiative on its own to facilitate a division. Under the current administration, they have already divided the district up internally into three clusters. The clusters are based on geography with one of the three normal high schools as the cluster's anchor and namesake (i.e. all north side schools are part of the Horlick cluster). Each of the three clusters has an assistant superintendent running it with several underlings which support the clustermeister's bidding. So essentially, each cluster has it's own administration in place. The things that the clusters share are the Superintendent (who does what now?), School Board (again, what do they do?), and support departments such as grounds and maintenance.

The district could somewhat easily be divided almost by municipalities. The Horlick District cover the north part of the City of Racine, Caledonia and Wind Point. The Park cluster can cover the remaining portions of the City of Racine. The Case cluster can include Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant. The simple geographic convenience would reduce bussing needs and still may appease the race baiters around town.

The legitimate negative aspect to dividing up the district is the lack of consolidation of the aforementioned support services. There could be a significant increase in cost with each district needing its own maintenance and support staffing. Although this could be washed out by the savings in bussing reduction.

With all of the redundancies in the current administration, it's worth a look. (Tongue firmly in cheek) Perhaps a consultant could help decide.

Guess the number game


Vote for Kathy...

One of our favorite people, Kathy Carpenter of Stepping Right Up has announced that she is running for Alderman in Kenosha.

Best of luck Kathy, we'll step right up and do whatever we can to help!

Hopefully she'll have a better outcome than I did!

No Runny Fred.

I'm helping fill in for Steve @ No Runny Eggs while he is up north somewhere pretending to fish...

The Washington Post, having nothing better to do, picked on the name Fred.

So of course I had to come to the defense of Freds everywhere.

Go check it out.

Prayer for a friend.

I got this picture in the email this morning from my friend Edward. His wife was in the car with him as well as his two small children when they were struck from behind and pushed forward into traffic while on the way to the State Fair yesterday.

Edward's wife Tami and his daughter Anastacia were pretty banged up, Anastacia is currently at Children's Hospital recovering from her injuries. Edward is banged up and sore but relieved he escaped this with his family alive. His son Anargyros appear to be fine.

Looking at this photo it is amazing that any of this family walked away yet it appears that given time they will all recover.

If you would not mind, please pray for this family at this difficult time.

Karl Rove is resigning.

And there was much rejoicing over the leftosphere!

Gee, I really feel bad for Dick Cheney, not he gets to wear the Satan banner all by himself.

August 12, 2007

Gee does this mean carbon credits are not all they are cracked up to be?

Trees Won't Fix Global Warming

Andrea Thompson
LiveScience Staff Writer

The plan to use trees as a way to suck up and store the extra carbon dioxide emitted into Earth's atmosphere to combat global warming isn't such a hot idea, new research indicates.

Scientists at Duke University bathed plots of North Carolina pine trees in extra carbon dioxide every day for 10 years and found that while the trees grew more tissue, only the trees that received the most water and nutrients stored enough carbon dioxide to offset the effects of global warming.

The rest.

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to this weeks MRQ winner, Deb! There were five MRQs submitted and Deb's line outpolled the other four entries combined! A monumental accomplishment!

I'll take the rapists for $500 Alex. Deb.

Bonds' Rookie Card

This isn't much of an exaggeration....