September 15, 2007

A Moment of Truth from Keith Olbermann

Shady Brady and Bill Belicheat

Why Hillary will win the Democratic nomination.

She can get away with anything.

Sandy Berger... Yes, that Sandy Berger, the one who should be in jail but got a slap on the wrist for stealing sensitive documents has been added to team Hillary as an advisor.

What if she wins? Is she going to install him into his old job as National Security Advisor? I wouldn't put it past her, and I bet Dems on the hill would confirm him unanimously as well.

How brazen, how ridiculous, how completely lacking in ethics. (how Hillary)

Sandy Berger is a disgrace and Hillary takes him into her inner sanctum with open arms.

And for many of you I bet this is the first you have read about this. How can this not be a huge story?!?

Second, Norman Hsu. Hillary claims she does not know the man.

Sorry, I don't buy it.

If someone is funneling to Dems as much cash as he has been Hillary is going to make it her business to know everything she can about the man so she can get even more cash from him. The best way to raise political cash folks is to hit up the people who have given before. The more you give, the more they want.

Hillary is a shrewd operator to believe the I don't know the man is to suggest she is selectively stupid.

In short she's lying about Norman Hsu, I know it, you know it, the press knows it. Yet somehow the press does not push the issue.

Speaking of the recently scandled, can you imaging the out roar if Scooter Libby was brought on as an advisor to Rudy Giulliani? The collective shriek from the liberal media would be deafening. On Hillary hiring Sandy Burgler, barely a whisper.

How Hillary can get away with hiring Sandy Berger and her lies about Norman Hsu should scare you. (It does me)

Proposal to Racine City Council: Accept Donations to Help Offset Air Travel Pollution

The following article is from the Racine Journal Times. I realize there are those of you who will argue the validity of carbon offset since it's been such a hot topic here recently, but if a person wants to donate money to the cause, soon Racinians will have an option to keep their money right here in Racine if the proposal is approved by City Council next week.

(I should disclose the fact I know this ex-alderman pretty well.)

Plant trees to offset pollution from air travel, ex-alderman says
Journal Times
RACINE — Frank Tingle’s work often puts him on an airplane.

"It’s an unavoidable thing in my job — I have to fly," said Tingle, a systems engineer for the international software firm Redwood.

At the same time, he’s very conscious of the environmental impact of his trips – all the greenhouse gases produced as a result of the travel.

So he’s brought forward an idea to help offset that impact and it involves trees.

A single tree, costing about $50, would help offset the carbon dioxide emissions from a flight from Milwaukee to the West Coast, he said.

Tingle, a former Racine alderman, has asked the city to create a fund that would allow people to donate money for the purchase of trees for along the streets and boulevards. The money would augment the city’s existing forestry program.

His idea got unanimous endorsement from the Finance and Personnel Committee on Sept. 10 and the Board of Park, Recreation and Cultural Services on Sept. 12.

The City Council will consider the proposal — which carries minimal staff costs — at the Sept. 18 meeting.

Similar tree funds exist elsewhere in the world, but usually for the benefit of far-flung places, Tingle said.

Tingle would rather donate locally and he thinks other business people would take advantage of that option as well.

September 14, 2007

On the Belichick Thing.

By now everyone that has heard of the penalty in the Patriots cheating scandal.

$500,000 fine plus either a first round or a second and thrid round draft pick pending upon the Patriots making the playoffs (they will).

This is not enough.

The NFL has a standard of sitting players down for 1 or more games for breaking league rules. Issues relating to the integrity of the game draw longer suspensions.

Any penalty NOT including suspensions on the coach in charge of this fiasco is not severe enough. In my opinion anything less than 4 games does not fit with previous penalties handed down by the league office. As in this case with an issue dealing with the integrity of the game, something in the 8 game to a whole season range would seem more appropriate.

A half a million bucks is a lot of money, but to Bill Belichick it is a drop in the bucket.

Sit him down and bar him from the facilities. Anything less is a joke.

Caption This.

Helps International Medical Team-Guatemala

Medical mission To Guatemala video from Frank Tingle devoted hubby of our very own Sandra. If you'd like to help in any way, please let us know.

Gee Mark Green's money was clean.

Who knew?


Biggest Brewers Series of the Year.

I am of course making reference to the Cardinals Cubs series over the weekend.

This weekend the Cardinal host the Cubs for a four game series (double header on Saturday).

The Cardinals have pretty well taken themselves out of the division title picture by going 0 for 7 n their latest road trip. This is their chance to suck it up and show they have some talent. This is the Cardinals playoff series against their biggest rival.

The Brewers come home and dace the Reds fresh off their drubbing of the already mentioned Cardinals.

Will the Cards suck it up and take a few from the Cubs?

Will the Brewers take care of business at home before heading out on the road to face Houston and Atlanta?

I don't have the answers, but this is fun!

Here we go again, cute baby animals.

San Diego's new baby panda.

I still like Knut.

September 13, 2007

This Judge needs to be removed from office. Now.

'Stunned': Judge overrules guilty verdict in sex offender case

By Eric Litke Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

A Sheboygan County judge on Wednesday overruled a jury’s guilty verdict, acquitting a previously convicted sex offender accused of trying to lure a 9-year-old Sheboygan girl into a park shelter, officials said this morning.

Judge Timothy Van Akkeren overturned the verdict after a daylong jury trial, saying the shelter was not a “secluded place” as required by state statute, said Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco. Mitchell D. Pask, 44, had been charged with felony child enticement, a charge that requires prosecutors to prove he attempted to cause the girl to enter a secluded place with intent to have sexual contact. Pask, of 1014-C Erie Ave., faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

DeCecco, promising an appeal this morning, said he was “stunned, just absolutely stunned” by the ruling.

“You get that lift when (the jury) comes back with guilty, and you say, ‘Good, we’ve got another sex offender off the streets,’ and then minutes later you’re told the case is being dismissed,” he said. “I’ve done this for 18 years now. Not only has it never happened to me personally — a judge dismissing after a guilty verdict — I’ve never heard of it being done.”

According to a criminal complaint, Pask approached the 9-year-old while she was with friends at Worker's Park on June 8, saying, “Look at those sexy little salty girls.” He repeatedly offered the girl candy while gesturing she should follow him toward the area of the shelter and the shelter’s bathroom, but she refused.

The jury, which earlier traveled to the park, found Pask guilty after about 30 minutes of deliberations. But Van Akkeren then overturned the verdict, saying the jury could not have determined the shelter was a secluded place as required by statute.

DeCecco vehemently disagreed, adding that such a ruling is typically made far earlier in the trial process or left to the jury, which was instructed that to find Pask guilty they had to determine that the shelter was a secluded place.

“In our opinion, any area can be ‘secluded,’ including a park shelter, trees and large bushes — any area where a child may be sexually assaulted out of the view of other persons,” DeCecco said. “The jury, having visited the site of the incident, obviously concluded we had met that burden beyond a reasonable doubt.”

DeCecco said prosecutors were prepared late Wednesday to seek an emergency order from the District II Court of Appeals to block Pask’s release, but didn’t pursue that after realizing he would remain in custody on a $5,000 cash bond from another pending case.

In that case, Pask is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for allegedly touching a woman’s breast and telling her “you are my sweetie” while both were at Bethesda Thrift Store, 1019 North 8th St., according to a criminal complaint.Lt. Jeff Johnston of the Sheboygan Police Department said this morning that he was “certainly disappointed by the ruling.” “I feel our officers did a thorough investigation, which is supported by the fact that no reasonable doubt of guilt existed in the mind’s of the jury,” he said. “I’m in agreement with the DA’s appealing this decision, and this will not affect our diligence in investigating these crimes in the future.”

If Van Akkeren’s ruling were overturned on appeal, the guilty verdict would stand, and Pask would stand convicted of the felony charge.

Pask was previously convicted of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl in March 1991 and has spent 11 of the last 20 years in prison on a variety of charges, officials said.

Let the defendent appeal the verdict if they want to, for the judge to overturn this jury was inexcusable. If this monster goes after another child this judge should shoulder the burden.

Excuse of the day

This will be a new feature, the global warming excuse of the day. What will they come up with next?

Less meat, less heat -- fewer steaks may save planet

Thu Sep 13, 3:16 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Eating too much red meat is not only bad for your health -- it is also bad for the planet, according to scientists

Worldwide, agricultural activity accounts for about a fifth of total greenhouse-gas emissions and livestock production has a particularly big impact because of the large amount of methane emitted from belching cattle.

Tony McMichael of the Australian National University in Canberra and John Powles of the University of Cambridge, writing in the Lancet journal, said worldwide average meat consumption could be realistically reduced by 10 percent.

This would help in the battle against global warming and also reduce health risks associated with excessive consumption of red meat, they said.

Global average meat consumption is currently 100 grams per person a day but there is a tenfold variation between high-consuming and low-consuming populations.

I'd like my steak Medium Rare please.

How many carbon credits do you have to buy....

How many carbon credits do you have to buy to offest driving your Prius around at 107 mph?

Teen hits 107 mph in Route 101 chase

By TOBY HENRYNew Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent

CANDIA – Police say a 17-year-old Manchester girl in a Toyota Prius hybrid hit 107 mph during a police chase that ended on Route 101.

Officer Rick Langlois was eastbound on Old Candia Road shortly before midnight Tuesday when an oncoming car swerved into his lane. He pulled into the breakdown lane to avoid a crash and then turned to pursue the car, which accelerated toward westbound Route 101.

"If I hadn't swerved, there definitely would have been a collision," Langlois said yesterday

Police said the vehicle hit 85 mph as it approached the Chester Turnpike bridge and clocked in at a maximum of 107 mph. Auburn police officer Chip Chabot deployed spike strips near Exit 2. Even with three blown tires, the driver continued on, finally halting near Exit 1.

Police said Amanda Wilson had a blood-alcohol level of .08, four times the amount necessary for a minor to be classified as a drunk driver. She was charged with aggravated drunk driving, reckless driving, driving without a license, disobeying police and transportation of tobacco and alcohol by a minor.

She was arraigned in Auburn District Court yesterday. Judge David LeFrancois ordered her held on $10,000 cash bail. She remains behind bars at the Rockingham County Jail.

There is no such thing as TOO MUCH free lunch...

..or in this case breakfast. For many years now some children in RUSD have been able to go to their school about 45 minutes before the start of the day to eat breakfast. Like the lunch program some students pay, some receive free breakfast. I have long been an opponent of this program as it is absolutely unnecessary. Parents have the obligation and responsibility to feed their children. Even those who cannot afford to buy breakfast foods, can receive government assistance. Therefore, the school breakfast program is duplicitous spending.

This school year, I have noticed a disturbing trend. The breakfast line is much longer than in previous years. Part of its greater length is due to more patrons. What also adds to the line is the moms standing in line with their children. The moms are not waiting to eat, but they are there with their children as a way of sending them off to start the day. Have these moms no sense of pride? Standing in that line with their child sends the message, "I am too lazy/stupid/cheap to feed my child breakfast."

September 12, 2007

The Drinking Right Straw Poll

We held a Presidential straw poll at last nights Drinking Right. I may or may not have gotten a vote.

Steve has the results up...

I'll have DRQ later.

Free Health Care in Wisconsin

H/T Charlie.

Budweiser 9-11 tribute.

They only aired it once so you may have missed it.

A fabulous commentary on Global Warming from the Washington Times.

Global warming insanity

Paul Driessen
September 12, 2007

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority," Marcus Aurelius opined, "but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." An even worse fate would be to end up in minority status and an asylum. Recent developments suggest this might become the destiny of climate change alarmists.

Now that NASA has corrected its U.S. temperature records, the hottest year on record is no longer 1998, but 1934. Five of the 10 hottest years since 1880 were between 1920 and 1940 — and the 15 hottest years since 1880 are spread across seven decades. This suggests natural variation, not a warming trend.

Plant and insect remains found at the base of Greenland's ice sheet indicate just 400,000 years ago the island was blanketed in forests and basking in temperatures perhaps 27 degrees F warmer than today. Land area temperatures in South America, Africa and Australia have declined slightly over the last few years. Since 1998, sea surface temperatures over much of the world have decreased slightly, while globally averaged atmospheric temperatures have shown no change. Many U.S. temperature gauges are near air-conditioning exhausts, hot asphalt and other heat sources. Their readings are thus too high and must be revised downward — along with claims about rising temperatures.

Over the last 650,000 years, global temperatures almost always rose or fell first — followed centuries later by changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

More scientists are citing solar energy levels, cosmic rays and clouds as determinants of climate — and saying CO2 plays only a minor role. Over the last year, dozens have publicly switched from believers to skeptics about climate Armageddon theories.

Eight eastern European countries are threatening legal action against European Union decisions to restrict their emissions, as they work to grow their economies after decades of impoverishment under communism. China and India refuse to sacrifice their economic growth to climate chaos concerns.

China has surpassed the United States as the world's leading CO2 emitter. And EU carbon dioxide emissions have increased faster since 2002 than those in the United States, where both population and economic growth have been substantially higher than in Western Europe.
The response of climate alarmists is fodder for psychological textbooks. Greenpeace says cataclysm skeptics are "climate criminals." Grist magazine wants "Nuremberg-style war crimes trials." Robert Kennedy Jr. says we should be treated like "traitors." And Rep. Jim Costa walked out on a witness who noted that proposed legislation would raise energy and food prices, cost millions of jobs, and severely hurt poor families — while doing nothing to stabilize global temperatures.

Newsweek said climate holocaust "deniers" had received $19 million from industry, to subvert the "consensus" it claims exists about global warming. It made no mention of the $50 billion that alarmists and other beneficiaries have received since 1990 from governments, foundations and corporations. Newsweek contributing editor Robert Samuelson called the article "highly contrived" and based on "discredited" accusations about industry funding.

Alarmists have blamed global warming for hurricanes, tornadoes, malaria and even the Minneapolis bridge collapse, teenage drinking, terrorism, suicides and "irritability" in mice. By combining far-fetched speculation with various computer-generated temperature projections and worst-case scenarios, they concoct even more ominous auguries, like this amazing tale from London's Benfield UCL Hazard Research Center:

If CO2 levels keep rising, global temperatures could soar, ice caps melt, oceans could rise dozens of feet — and all that extra water pressure could destabilize Earth's crust, squeeze out magma and cause volcanoes to erupt. The volcanic gases and dust could then cool the Earth, and cause a new ice age.

A 1993 blockbuster movie used a similar what-if pyramid scheme to generate terrifying encounters with raptors and tyrannosaurs. But when the lights came up, people knew it was just a movie.

When it comes to climate change, however, many seem unable to separate science from science fiction — or even distinguish between headline-grabbing pronouncements, preposterous disaster flicks like "The Day After Tomorrow," and pseudo-documentaries like "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The 11th Hour." Instead of fostering rational discourse and responsible action, alarmists insist we "do something" immediately to prevent climate cataclysm.

Al Gore is buying carbon offset indulgences. Leonardo DiCaprio is replacing his incandescent light bulbs. Cheryl Crow promotes one square per trip to the ladies' room. Cate Blanchett will wash her hair less often in her new $10-million Australian mansion. Cameron Diaz promotes "indigenous" lifestyles in Third World countries. But they all support laws mandating greatly reduced energy use and economic growth — outside of Hollywood and Nashville's Belle Meade area.

In response, Congress has introduced a half-dozen "climate stabilization" bills — and state legislatures are reviewing 375 more. These bills would cost American consumers many billions of dollars a year. But they would reduce average global temperatures by a tiny fraction of the 0.2 degrees F that scientists say the Kyoto Protocol would accomplish by 2050 (assuming CO2 is a primary cause of climate change).

It's time to ask: At what point do symbolic gestures and political grandstanding become actually "doing something" about climate change? At what point do they amount to insanity?

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Congress of Racial Equality and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise and author of "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death" (

Tangerine peel could help fight cancer

Tue Sep 11, 7:12 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Tangerine peel could help in the fight against certain cancers, researchers said on Wednesday.

Human cancer cells, which contain an enzyme called P450 CYP1B1, were destroyed by a compound contained in tangerine peel, Salvestrol Q40, scientists at Leicester School of Pharmacy found.

The findings may offer a new approach to uncovering a treatment for cancers such as breast, lung, prostrate and ovarian cancer, the scientists said.

Rut Roh... I wonder if Elizabeth Edwards will now alter her tangerine boycott?

September 11, 2007

Your tolerant and inclusive Congress...

Chocolate Addiction

Can't quit chocolate? Don't fret, it's no addiction

By Michael Kahn 33 minutes ago

YORK (Reuters) - Resistance is futile. The more we try to fight off a craving for chocolate, the more our desire for it grows, a British researcher said on Tuesday.

But chocoholics can take heart that such sweets are not addictive despite the fact many people consider themselves as having no control over their urges to eat the sweets, said Peter Rogers, a psychologist at the University of Bristol.

"Food behavior can look like addictive behavior in extreme situations but chocolate does not fit these criteria," Rogers told a meeting sponsored by the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

I'll take the liberty of speaking for Mrs RDW and many of other ladies out there when I say chocolate is very much an addiction, one many people have zero plans of ever giving up.


If you had an opportunity to interview 3 or 4 Presidential Candidates...

What one question would you ask them?

Vlog 54 Dems Fear Petraeus More Than Bin Laden

Bin Laden Wants 'Caravan' of Martyrs

I suggest he start with himself.

September 10, 2007

It's MRQ Baby!

There are two things you can never trust in this world, besides the government: The UN and anonymous sources. Jib

Holy Crap! Everybody Look Busy! Sharon

The Cubs are feasting on the Dodgers' bullpen like Michael Moore at an All U Can Eat buffet. Peter.

These are post-apocalyptic, super-turbo-charged, radioactive, Sam's-club-volume mosquitoes. Phelony
(via V'ron)

Bitchy Mom will probably race to get a bumper sticker. Bitter.

I just really hate the Geico caveman. Plebian.

Week 1 - vs Eagles - loss Steve.

Cram it with walnuts. Amy.

it’s all a racist plot… blah blah blah. Patrick.

As long as she remembers her panties. Harvey.

a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker. Dan.

She sucks so bad it hurts!!! Fuzz

I don’t need karma to bite me in the ass. Fraley.

I’ll tell ya what to make of him…..dust! Kate.

Festering nipples, eh? Althouse

So, what did I miss? Nick

Sanctuary City Questions

Sanctuary cities seem to be popping up across the nation recently. A "sanctuary city" by definition is a safe haven for illegal aliens.

My question is, would a sanctuary city apply only towards aliens arriving from Mexico, or would it apply to all aliens from all countries? Could we discriminate by only allowing one country on a sanctuary list?

These questions have come to mind recently because I have a Hungarian friend who may be interested in moving to the USA, but she cannot even visit without extensive and expensive paperwork, tourist visa, etc. Why should it be so difficult for one and not another? I can understand if a particular country is a threat to our national security, but a college girl from a country that is part of the EU is hardly a treat to anyone. I seriously have to question if sanctuary is opened up for one country wouldn't we need to do it for all?

I am curious what others feel about this.

(Whether a local resolution stating a city can be a sanctuary city has any validity to begin with is another question - but let's save that for another blog.)

The following is a list of current sanctuary cities in the USA - Madison, Wisconsin is listed!:

Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska
Chandler, Arizona
Fresno, California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Sonoma County, California
Evanston, Illinois
Cicero, Illinois
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Orleans, Massachusetts
Portland, Maine
Baltimore, Maryland
Takoma Park, Maryland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Durham, North Carolina
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aztec, New Mexico
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Sante Fe, New Mexico
New York, New York
Ashland, Oregon
Gaston, Oregon
Marion County, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Katy, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

Drinking Right Alert

And the 2nd Tuesday of the month has come again.

Drinking Right will be held Tuesday evening from 7ish to wheneverish.

Topics for the night:

  • Fraley's wedding.
  • General Patraeus, hero or hero?
  • Brewers, Brewers, Brewers, Packers.
  • Beer
  • Nick's tan.
  • Jib. The man, the myth, the legend.
  • How lucky Steve Egg really is in Fantasy Football.
  • Wiggy and his Cowboys obssession.
  • How mainstream is Owen anyway?
  • DRQ's
  • Has anyone seen Casper?
  • Aaron was much funnier before he was a Dad.
  • Fred's trip to DC... (more on this later)
  • Worst Kevin Kostner movie (Waterworld excluded)
  • Simpsons vs Family Guy
  • Spin the bartab with Dickie.
  • Nickies Tech Tip Corner.

And so much more.

See you at Papa's tomorrow night!

McConnell on the Senate floor.

This from Senator Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor today:

“We needed a new and realistic strategy to succeed, and we got one. The president proposed, and a Democratic-led Senate unanimously confirmed, General David Petraeus on January 26 to carry out a new plan aimed at protecting the population in and around Baghdad, beating back Al Qaeda, and training Iraqi forces to defend Iraq on their own. The new plan would take time and patience. We had no guarantees it would work. But General Petraeus assured us of one thing. In testimony delivered just before his Senate confirmation, he said this:

I will provide Multinational Force Iraq the best leadership and direction I can muster; I will work to ensure unity of effort with the ambassador and our Iraqi and coalition partners; and I will provide my bosses and you with forthright, professional military advice with respect to the missions given to Multinational Force Iraq and the situation on the ground.

“‘And if he should determine that this new strategy cannot succeed,’ he said, ‘he would provide such an assessment.’...

"...General Petraeus has compiled an astounding record of service. He has spent four of them deployed away from home and away from his family, with nearly three years service in Iraq. Let me say that again: three years of service in Iraq....

“The Democratic Majority sent him into battle by a unanimous vote, funded his mission, and asked him to report back on progress. And when he returns, is he greeted with the respect and appreciation his service deserves? No. He’s attacked again, at home, by some of the very Democratic senators who confirmed him.

“They’re following the lead of the left-wing groups that placed a full-page ad in today’s New York Times, questioning the character of a four-star general who has the respect and admiration of the more than 150,000 brave men and women serving under his command. These childish tactics are an insult to everyone fighting for our freedom in Iraq, and they should be condemned.

For those of you liberals pretending to be outraged by being called traitors by some people this is why.

There is no reason to personally attack General Petraeus, none. If his assessment does not agree with the opinion so be it. If Senate Dems did not want his honest opinion then they should have sent a lackey instead of a principled leader. The democrats problem is they believed in the Harry Ried, John Murtha all is lost assessment so deeply they never conceived that actual progress could be made.

When you attack an American hero personally just because you disagree with his assessment, some people are going to see that as being anti-country.

Open Thread Monday.

There is a lot going on in the world today.

Chat it up folks.

September 9, 2007

Thought of the week!

Talk is cheap until you hire a lawyer.

MRQ of the week winner!

Congratulations to this weeks MRQ of the week winner, Peter. This is the second consecutive win for Peter!

Imagine the Packers with green pants at home. They’d look like cucumbers. Peter.

Tune in tomorrow for a fresh bunch of quotes from blog-land!

Hey you pundits...

To all of you who predicted the Packers had no chance today, just watch this over and over.

Brewer Mania.

Mrs RDW & I were up in Milwaukee last night at AMF Bowlero on Burliegh.

There was quite a crowd and quite the buzz around a small TV over the service bar tuned to the Brewers game. As the Crew mounted their comeback and Cordero shut the door the crowd around the bar grew ever more vocal as they were focused in on every single pitch.

People would go throw their ball then come back to watch the game (myself included)

How cool is it that on September the 8th, the Brewers are still in it and the community is focused on every pitch.

One word I did not hear all night was Packers. How odd on the night before the Packers season opens all the buzz would be Brewers.

GO BREWERS!!!!!!!!!!!