August 25, 2007

Thought of the week.

National sarcasm society, like we need your support.

Pure Speculation


The Racine Unified School Board received a report this past Monday detailing an audit they requested. The audit probed into the contracting of yet another consulting firm by Supernintendo Hicks. The deal gave an appearance of less than scrupulous tactics upon hiring and payment to the firm. As of this post, the board has yet to comment on the findings. I have received an internal email stating that they wish to act quickly upon the results, but need to deliberate on a way to go forward in a united front.

I am guessing that something was found which indicates illegal, or at least very unethical, treatment of said contract. If there were no problems found, the school board would have said so right away and put this matter to rest. With all fingers and toes crossed, I am hoping they are discussing a severance package for our spending machine Superintendent.

August 24, 2007

Size does matter.


103" HD Plasma... On this can we agree?

Nicole Richie gets 82 minutes in jail...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicole Richie was released from jail Thursday after serving 82 minutes of a four-day sentence for driving under the influence of drugs.

The reality show star, who checked into a women's jail at 3:15 p.m., was released at 4:37 p.m. "based on her sentence and federal guidelines," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maribel Rizo said without elaborating.

I could give a rats rip about Nicole Richie. But 82 minutes on a four day sentence?!? That is precisely 1.4% of that sentence. If these are the guidelines, they need to be adjusted.

Richie did not even have time to reach her cell, she got fingerprinted, processed and released.

It is apparently more of a sentence to send someone to the DMV to have their drivers license renewed than it is to have jail time for drunk driving.

Consider that.

That's gotta' sting...

"The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale. The Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent"

"Those wed to the policies of the '70s, '80s or the '90s are wedded to the past, ideas and policies that are tired, shopworn and obsolete. We will find no answers there"

"Either move forward boldly into the future for our children ... or the alternative, which is to stay in the same stale direction, which we've been traveling in the recent past."

All of these quotes are from Presidential hopeful John Edwards stumping in New Hampshire.

This is what I believe to be Hillary's response...

^&$@( stupid &*!(#@!@( Johnnie &$*@#(! haircut ^&$&*@(^!@)

August 23, 2007

A review on Shooting Michael Moore.

The American Thinker has an interesting review of Shooting Michael Moore. This is the documentary shot in Moore's style on Moore himself by a former classmate.

Some highlights:
  • Echoing the format of Moore's first documentary, Roger and Me, Mr. Leffler, a former schoolmate and friend of Michael Moore, seeks out the elusive Moore. It is quickly evident that Moore (not unlike Al Gore) does not appreciate confrontation or having the truth or the effects of his body of work challenged. Moore wants applause and royalties, not debate. It is amusing to see the champion of the ambush interview himself waddling away from Mr. Leffler's ambush interviews.
  • He disdains the people of Flint as he feigns deep sympathy. Like Rosie O'Donnell he disparages American gun ownership while, like her, he has armed security. He hates the rich while living as lavishly as any Kennedy. He has contempt for the American people as he profits handsomely, to paraphrase Lenin, trying to sell us rope with which to hang ourselves.
  • According to former cameraman, Bruce Schermer, Moore regularly instructed his cameramen to lie to their subjects. They were told to pretend that they were from the local news station, or PBS, or the Discovery Channel. They lied to Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar, Jr. claiming they were from the Discovery Channel.
  • What becomes clear as one watches Mr. Leffler's film is that Michael Moore really believes that his behavior, his sense of ethics, the means by which he amasses and retains his huge personal fortune are subject to no standards, scrutiny, or judgment beyond those of Michael Moore himself. Propagandists masquerading as "artists" evidently get a free pass in the universe of Michael Moore.

There's more, read it all here. If you would like purchase the documentary, here is the website.

You can watch the trailer here....

Why is this a bad idea?


In less than two weeks, a new school year will begin in the Racine Unified School District. Yet more cuts in educational programming come in as we await the results of the audit on Dr. Hicks' shady dealings with consultants. Instead of cutting and consulting for ideas, why is the district not seeking alternate forms of revenue? Perhaps shifting funds away from the athletic budget and filling the new gap with sponsorships. This is not a new concept.

I know this idea is out there in the district somewhere, who or what is stopping it? How awful would it be to see a Coca-Cola logo on the sleeve of a Case baseball player, or a SC Johnson product emblazoned on the back of a Horlick helmet? I would have to think that exploring these avenues could be done with little effort and in house.

Someone please explain why this is a bad idea and what's holding it up?

How about a different thought?

From Jsonline today.

By Tom Kertscher
MATC's Cole calls for board applications
Milwaukee Area Technical College President Darnell Cole today called on school officials in Ozaukee and Washington counties to apply to fill a vacancy on MATC's board.As of midday today, no candidates have applied and the deadline is Monday, he said."The only way to address their concerns is to engage, not by throwing stones. It's clearly an opportunity to begin to address (the concerns)," Cole said.Local government officials in Germantown, Cedarburg and Mequon have raised concerns about increases in MATC's property tax levy and are exploring the possibility of leaving the MATC district and affiliating with a lower-taxing technical college district.Cole said he hopes a school superintendent from Ozaukee or Washington counties will apply for a vacancy on MATC's board that a 24-member appointment committee will fill Sept. 13. Currently there are no Ozaukee or Washington county representatives on the nine-member MATC board. The vacant position is reserved for a local school official.



The concern of citizens in Ozaukee and Washington Counties is not just that they no representation, it is that spending is out of control at MATC. How is putting another rubber stamp we need more money school official going to ease those concerns?

Put some business people used to fiscal control and financial management that have to answer to the bottom line on this board to represent the best interests of taxpayers.

I know, I know, what a ridiculous radical I am.

So........

Is anyone else's grass 7 feet tall?

Friday vs. Monday

August 22, 2007

A Flag With a Hole


I'll start my first post on Real Debate with something tame (sorry Fred!)
Can anyone tell me why there is a hole in the center of this flag?

Well Wishes.

The Journal Times today reported that Ray DeHahn, the person I ran against for Alderman, had a heart attack.

I wish him well in his recovery.

How dumb do they think we are?

If the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is as non-partisan as they claim to be...

Why are they so excited about Fighting Bob Fest?

The schedule for the 6th annual Fighting Bob Fest is pretty much set. For more on the speakers, go here. To pre-register, go here. See you there on September 8!

Helping to promote registration, multiple posts on the subject, and exclamation points to boot...

Yeah, that's really a way to promote your non-partisan status. What a flippin' phony.

Rain.

Had enough?

Stossel on Health Care (with a bit of RDW thrown in)

John Stossel has a brilliant column in Town Hall today on WHO and their much ballyhooed report about how the US Lags behind other countries in the quality of our health care (supposedly 37th in terms of over-all care). It seems WHO's analytical skills lacked a serious dose of reality. Is it any wonder socialists like Michael Moore latch onto bad stats like this to forward their cause?

Some high points:

The WHO judged a country's quality of health on life expectancy. But that's a lousy measure of a health-care system. Many things that cause premature death have nothing do with medical care. We have far more fatal transportation accidents than other countries. That's not a health-care problem. Similarly, our homicide rate is 10 times higher than in the U.K., eight times higher than in France, and five times greater than in Canada.

When you adjust for these "fatal injury" rates, U.S. life expectancy is actually higher than in nearly every other industrialized nation.

So according to WHO gang bangers offing each other is a sign of inferior health care... Nice.

Another reason the U.S. didn't score high in the WHO rankings is that we are less socialistic than other nations. What has that got to do with the quality of health care? For the authors of the study, it's crucial. The WHO judged countries not on the absolute quality of health care, but on how "fairly" health care of any quality is "distributed."

How fairly... No wonder libs love to tout these statistics.

The U.S. ranking is influenced heavily by the number of people -- 45 million -- without medical insurance. As I reported in previous columns, our government aggravates that problem by making insurance artificially expensive with, for example, mandates for coverage that many people would not choose and forbidding us to buy policies from companies in another state.

Did you know that even if you go without insurance for one day out of the year you are included in this number? Yep, people changing from a job with insurance to another job with insurance are counted as uninsured in this country. The reason why is simple, the larger the number they can tout the larger the perceived issue.

Stossel also is dead on correct in terms of mandated coverages. Government mandated coverages add huge dollars to premiums. Government prices people out of the market then complains that the same people are not covered. This is insanity.

And about that 45 million, Stossel throws some statistics on the fire.

...the 45 million figure is misleading. Thirty-seven percent of that group live in households making more than $50,000 a year, says the U.S. Census Bureau. Nineteen percent are in households making more than $75,000 a year; 20 percent are not citizens, and 33 percent are eligible for existing government programs but are not enrolled.

You mean that people who choose to go without health insurance but could afford to mean that our over-all quality of health care is lower? Why now it all makes perfect sense to me. (9.0 on the sarcastometer)

So we should mandate coverage for people who make the choice not to be covered who could afford it? Shall we give health care to people who are not in this country legally?

I don't think so.

Add up those Census numbers and that accounts for 90% of the uninsured. And the remaining 10%, none of them can be turned down for health care regardless of ability to pay.

Does our system have issue? Sure. Is it in crisis? No.

Nick put up this chart yesterday, where would you like to get your health care?

Remember the woman in Canada in the news last week for delivering identical quads?

She had to drive 325 miles to a hospital because there were no beds available in her home of Calgary.

Sure, bring on some of that Canadian style health care!

Here is my take on the WHO study, Michael Moore, Healthy Wisconsin and every other one of these studies or pundits you can think of.

The United States has the finest health care system in the world. It can best be improved by getting government out of it, not putting government in charge of it.

Let me repeat that.

The United States has the finest health care system in the world. It can best be improved by getting government out of it, not putting government in charge of it.

If you need help, this is where you want to be. We lead in research, new medicines and in practically every concept or manner I can consider.

The last thing I want to do to the finest health care system in the world is turn it over to a government that pays a million bucks for a couple of 19 cent washers.

Better buy all the gas you can & quick.

Dean batters Mexico's oil industry.

TECOLUTLA, Mexico - Hurricane Dean closed in on the Mexican mainland Wednesday, battering evacuated oil platforms on the Bay of Campeche while regaining some of the force it unleashed on the Yucatan Peninsula. Veracruz state Gov. Fidel Herrera said more than 10,000 people had been evacuated from coastal cities such as Tuxpan ahead of the storm's expected strike in the early afternoon and schools were closed statewide.

Sneaky Fire Fighters....

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) - Male drivers who paid $5 for a topless car wash ended up getting hosed. Young women held up signs along a parkway advertising the car wash on Sunday and telling the drivers where to go. But hidden behind a big blue tarp, it was shirtless male firefighters who were washing the cars.

"A little bit of a bait-and-switch," Assistant Chief Donald Prince admitted. "All the guys back there are all topless."

Female drivers didn't seem to mind the shirtless firefighters. Male drivers, though, felt they were getting burned.

Mike Matias was hugely disappointed when a man soaped up and rinsed his car. But he said at least his $5 went to a good cause: All the money raised will benefit school booster clubs and charities, the Brookhaven fire department said.

August 21, 2007

Open Thread.


What we do without science....

New study out shows girls prefer pink, boys like blue...

No kidding.

Time Travel Machine Outlined

Charles Q. Choi
Special to LiveScience
LiveScience.com
Mon Aug 20, 11:55 AM ET

A new concept for a time machine could possibly enable distant future generations to travel into the past, research now suggests.

Unlike past ideas for time machines, this new concept does not require exotic, theoretical forms of matter. Still, this new idea requires technology far more advanced than anything existing today, and major questions remain as to whether any time machine would ever prove stable enough to enable actual travel back in time.

Time machine researchers often investigate gravity, which essentially arises when matter bends space and time. Time travel research is based on bending space-time so far that time lines actually turn back on themselves to form a loop, technically known as a "closed time-like curve."
"We know that bending does happen all the time, but we want the bending to be strong enough and to take a special form where the lines of time make closed loops," said theoretical physicist Amos Ori at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. "We are trying to find out if it is possible to manipulate space-time to develop in such a way."

Many scientists are skeptical as to whether or not time travel is possible. For instance, time machines often are thought to need an exotic form of matter with so-called "negative energy density." Such exotic matter has bizarre properties, including moving in the opposite direction of normal matter when pushed. Such matter could theoretically exist, but if it did, it might be present only in quantities too small for the construction of a time machine.

The rest.

Science.... always believe it.

August 20, 2007

MRQ ...Singin' in the Rain Edition...

"That's 25% more dollars they can spend on giving away condoms to aborted babies." Nick

Maybe it's legal under the Estonians with disabilities act. Libocrat

Dude!....thats the biggest woody I Have EVER seen! Michael J. Cheaney

Stop hatin' on my sexy phone. Scott.

Insane drunk wiccan girls are HAWT! djheru

Ah yes, the old rubber-car-mats-and-a-cooler-bonfire-under-a-new-moon-in-your-underwear ritual. It's used to attract a police officer. 53rdspirit.

This week I'll have to whore myself to Phel and MRQ. Jib.

Mmmm Big Gun porn TomInWestBend

All hail the Wackos! RWWackoStu

McLovin? Sounds like a sexy hambuger... Keith

You slut. Fuzz

If it took seven shots for a Camry, it sounds like someone needs a bigger gun… BobG

What can we blame on global warming today? Coop

Blowing your ass to the great goat roast in the sky, priceless. Chris

Pfft! 8 track tapes were the big thing ya young whipper snappers!! Kate

You're impossible. Fred

ur salvatshin. I has it. Phel

My generation irritates me

I am 32 years old, but this rant will probably make me sound 80. I had the unfortunate experience of attending a visitation and subsequent funeral for a member of my wife's family over the past few days. I was asked to be a pall bearer. As such, I donned a dark suit with tie as I would expect from many men at a funeral service. Instead just about every other person my age, or younger, wore what I would consider picnic attire at best. Ladies in capri pants and flip-flops and guys in cargo pants or shorts, golf shirts, and some with athletic shoes.

Apart from my griping about the fashion faux pas, during the procession from the church to the cemetery, another great a-hole from my generation made herself known. The procession of vehicles was proceeding down a 4-lane road, and this woman around 30 just had to nudge her way into the middle so she could turn left. It would have been too easy to wait for the cars to pass apparently. I guess not many of my fellow teachers, are teaching respect and decency for common societal situations.

Guys, do yourself a favor and buy yourself one dress shirt and pair of slacks for these occasions. Ladies, flip flops are not in the least way dressy.

Is this just me having too high of expectations or is society just accepting more slovenly appearance?

Michael Vick to enter guilty plea.



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Michael Vick's lawyer said Monday the NFL star will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a possible prison term.


The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, although federal sentencing guidelines most likely would call for less.

"After consulting with his family over the weekend, Michael Vick asked that I announce today that he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him," lead defense attorney Billy Martin said in a statement.

"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

I thought he was innocent of these charges? That's what he told us.

H/T Stu on the photo.

Georgia Math.

The Macon Daily Got 1,142,694 Hits In July!

By: Steve Turner
Wed Aug 1, 2007 5:12 AM ET

MACON,GA.- The Macon Daily Got 1,142,694 Hits in June even with our official url change from Macon Area Online to The Macon Daily!Call us at 478-474-3482 or e-mail us for great advertising opportunities!

Ok, you have all that... Now on the ad banner under this story touting their own web hits.

Our website gets almost 2 million hits every month! Call 478-474-3482 or e-mail us today for great advertising opportunities!Click here to post a 30 day classified ad with no line or word limits for only $20!

I hate to clue in the Macon Daily but 1,142,694 is not "almost 2 million"

And somehow these newspapers wonder why they are losing circulation.

Caption This.


MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to Grumps who once again wins MRQ of the week! This was a tight race between Grumps and Jessica McBride with one vote deciding the victor.

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

Tune in later for today's MRQ with an extended selection of quotes from this weeks RDW comments.

Well that's that.

Hillary grabs the selling women for sex endorsement.

Anyone have on of these?


August 19, 2007

Marine video.

Kudos on the Marine video post under this one to Black Five.

Uncle Jimbo of Black Five (A Packer fan I might add), interviewed the Staff Sergeant, Lawrence E. Dean, here. The Sergeant also has a My Space page here.

Good Rhymes.


Free

and She called...
Blacks, Whites...wait
African Americans and Caucasians, Asians, excuse me.
Vietnamese, Philippines, Koreans and Jamaicans or
Haitians, waitin', Hispanics, y'all.

Please be patient
Mexican, Puerto Ricans, Venezuelan, Cuban, v Dominican, Panamanian, Democrats
I beg your pardon, you partied with the late, great Reagan?
Republican, Independent, Christian, Catholic,
Methodist, Baptist, 7th Day Adventist, 5 Percenters,
Hindu, Sunni Muslim, Brothers and Sisters who never seen the New York city
skyline when the twin towers still existed.
But still She called.

From the bowels of Ground Zero she sent this 911 distress signal.
Because She was in desperate need of a hero,
and didn't have time to decipher what to call 'em,
so she called 'em all Her children.
The children of the stars and bars who needed to know nothing more than the fact that she called.
The fact that someone attempted to harm us
this daughter who covered us all with her loving arms.
And now these arms are sprawled across New York City streets.
A smoke filled lung, a silt covered faced,
and a solitary tear poured out of her cheek.
Her singed garments carpets Pennsylvania Avenue and the Pentagon was under her feet.
As she began to talk, she began to cough up small particles of debris
and said, "I am America, and I'm calling on the land of the free."
So they answered.

All personal differences set to the side
because right now there was no time to decide which state building the Confederate flag should fly over,
and which trimester the embryo is considered alive,
or on our monetary units, and which God we should confide.
You see, someone attempted to choke the voice
of the one who gave us the right for choice,
and now she was callin'.
And somebody had to answer.
Who was going to answer?

So they did.
Stern faces and chiseled chins.
Devoted women and disciplined men,
who rose from the ashes like a Phoenix
and said "don't worry, we'll stand in your defense."
They tightened up their bootlaces
and said goodbye to loved ones, family and friends.
They tried to bombard them with the "hold on", "wait-a-minute's", and "what-ifs".
And "Daddy, where you goin'?".
And, "Mommy, why you leavin'?".
And they merely kissed them on their foreheads and said "Don't worry, I have my reasons.
You see, to this country I pledged my allegiance
to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic.
So as long as I'm breathin', I'll run though hell-fire,
meet the enemy on the front lines,
look him directly in his face,
stare directly in his eyes and scream,
"I AM AMERICA! WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED!
WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED!
I REFUSE TO BE AFRAID!
I'LL FIGHT YOU ANY COUNTRY, ANY CONTINENT, ANY TERRAIN.
I'LL FIGHT TO MY LAST BREATH!"

And if by chance death is my fate,
pin my medals upon my chest,
and throw Old Glory on my grave.
But, don't y'all cry for me.
You see, my Father's prepared a place.
I'll be a part of his Holy army standing a watch at the Pearly Gates.
Because freedom was never free.
POW's, and fallen soldiers
all paid the ultimate sacrifice
along side veterans who put themselves in harms way.
Risking their lives and limbs just to hold up democracy's weight,
but still standing on them broken appendages anytime the National Anthem was played.
You see, these were the brave warriors that gave me the right
to say that I'm Black. Or white.

Or

African American or Caucasian,
I'm Asian, excuse me.
I'm Vietnamese, Philippine, Korean, or Jamaican.
I'm Haitian, Hispanic

Y'all, Please be patient.
I'm Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Cuban,
Dominican, Panamanian, Democrat
I beg your pardon, you see I partied with the late, great Reagan.
I'm Republican, Independent, Christian, Catholic,
Methodist, Baptist, 7th Day Adventist, 5 Percenters,
Hindu, Sunni Muslim,

Brothers and Sisters We're just Americans.
So with that I say
"Thank You" to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines,
for preserving my rights
to live and die for this life
and paying the ultimate price for me to be...FREE!