September 22, 2007

Is George Bush Scared of Horses?


Well at least that's what they claim in the British Telegraph News. I always like to read what the rest of the world is saying about us, but I just had to share this one. It's amazing what makes headlines in other countries!

Family Guy - Steve Bartman

Budwieser Yah Hey There Der Packer Ad

September 21, 2007

Guess the number game

23 million

17 million

10 million

UPDATE: Townhall column from Linda Chavez today.

Most people, upon hearing that so many Americans lack health insurance, automatically assume it is because they can't afford it, but the Census study tells a different story. More than 17 million of those counted as uninsured earn more than $50,000 a year, including almost 9 million who make over $75,000 a year. Some of these people are, no doubt, self-employed, healthy and young, which is why they choose not to buy health insurance for themselves. Since there are few options out there for catastrophic coverage -- the kind that will take care of your bills if you're injured in a car crash or suddenly get cancer -- many of these Americans opt not to spend the money on expensive comprehensive health insurance, just as many people choose not to buy life insurance. Does it make sense to force them to do so?
What's more, nearly half of the 46 million uninsured remain so for only a brief time, on average four months. (that would be 23 million folks) Many of these persons are between jobs and choose not to pay the premiums for continued coverage available to most persons covered by an employer-provided health plan if they lose or quit their jobs. (that means they could have it but choose not to)

Finally, of the remaining uninsured, about 10 million are non-citizens, including an unknown number of illegal aliens.

Remember this the next time you hear a crying liberal bemoaning the 46 million without health insurance. That's somewhere in the area of 40 million folks who could afford it, went without it for just a short time or are illegals. But then our liberals never mention who actually makes up that number. That's the last thing they want you to know.

The Simpsons Game Super Sneak

Strangest Bob Uecker story you will see today.

Seriously....

Fill in the blank.

Dan Rather ______________________________.

September 20, 2007

Gee, I wonder how Media Matters will handle this?

ABC Regrets Not Taking Bush News Conference.

ABC News chose not to take President Bush's news conference this morning, a decision ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider says the network regrets. Schneider tells TVNewser the network learned around 9:00amET that the president would be having a news conference, but the guidance was that it would be a "six minute statement followed by a question or two." As it turns out, the president spent about 35 minutes with the press corps. "We regret not taking it...if we could go back an hour we would have done it differently," says Schneider. ABC's digital channel, ABC News Now, did take the news conference.

Chill Pill

Great article in the Opinion Journal today.

Some excerpts:
  • The Earth's temperature oscillates up and down, ebbs and flows, over decades and centuries. Sometimes the earth warms, as it did in the Roman Warming period (200 B.C. to A.D. 600), the Medieval Warming period (900 to 1300) and in modern times from 1910 to 1940. And sometimes it cools, as it did in the Dark Ages (600 to 900); the Little Ice Age (1300 to 1850) and from 1940 to the late 1970s.
  • ...it shows that the Kyoto approach of spending some $180 billion each year to end global warming would reduce CO2 by such a small amount that few lives would be saved or improved, even if the United States had signed on and even if every signatory nation met its CO2 targets (which few have). If instead the resources were used for combating malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and dirty drinking water, the world would be a far better place for humans.
  • Global warming is supposedly killing people. The 35,000 deaths from the August 2003 European heat wave were, in Al Gore's view, an example of what "will become much more common if global warming is not addressed." But the actual data put things in perspective. Whereas 2,000 people died in the United Kingdom in that heat wave, last year the BBC reported that deaths caused by cold weather in England and Wales were about 25,000 each winter, and 47,000 a year, in the winters of 1998 to 2000. Similarly, in Helsinki, Finland, 55 people die each year from heat and 1,655 from cold. In Athens, Greece, a much warmer place, the deaths from excess heat are 1,376 each year and the deaths from cold 7,852. All told, Mr. Lomborg calculates that about 200,000 people die in Europe each year from excessive heat, and 1.5 million from excessive cold. So global warming will save human lives. "While cutting CO2 will save some people from dying from heat," Mr. Lomborg concludes, "it will simultaneously cause more people to die from cold."

September 19, 2007

Who is the MVB?

Out side of Prince Fielder, who is the Most Valuable Brewer?

Vote in the poll and chat it up!

Edwards' Wife Bashes Clinton Health Plan

Sep 19 08:33 PM US/Eastern
By JIM DAVENPORT
Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards accused Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton of copying the health care plan outlined more than seven months ago by her husband, John.

The New York senator has failed to lead on an issue in which she has extensive experience, Edwards said.

"Does Mrs. Clinton's plan seem very familiar to you?" Edwards said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Mrs. Clinton has—seven and a half months after John unveiled his health care plan—unveiled a health care plan that is in every material respect just like John's."



I'm curious, who is running for President, John or Elizabeth?

Rep. Jack Murtha cuts and runs when asked about Haditha

he accused them before the trail was over....

Just because you served before does not give you a free pass to treating our current troops badly.

What a slimeball.

WOO HOO, I'M RICH!

Trusting to Hear From You,

I am the head of Accounts and Audit Department of Bank of Africa, Ouagadougou .

I decided to contact you after a careful thought that you may be capable of handling this business transaction which i explained below; In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $10.5m US dollars (Ten million, five hundred thousand US dollars). In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in 1998 in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that his supposed next of kin(his son and wife) died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim .

It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin(We want to present you as his business associate )to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained Unclaimed after nine years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner .We agree that 30% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me and my colleagues.

There after I and my colleagues will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to your account as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as next of kin of the deceased customer. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. I would want you to respond to my email immediately you read it for more details. Trusting to Hear From You

I Remain Respectfully Yours,

Mr.Paul Soba.
Accounts & Audit Department,
Bank of Africa. Nb.

also give me your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication with you.

Almost a moment of clarity.

Jay Bullock in a near moment of clarity is calling for an end to Healthy Wisconsin.

In his usual way though he still sticks to the far left line with this complete lie.

In the process of getting to the pieces, though, the Republicans have
abandoned some of the more significant abominations of their unserious show
budget, particularly in the area of K-12 education.


Bullock completely forgets that the Republicans "abomination, unserious" budget proposed more spending for k-12 education that the Governor's budget did.

Jay is a teacher and he knows better, he is just much more comfortable bashing Republicans for being anti-education so he has issues with the truth in these circumstances.

One more thing Jay, I hate to clue you in this, but the Republicans are not going to go for all of the other tax increases if Healthy Wisconsin gets thrown out.

The Republicans are drawing a line in the sand and saying our taxes are high enough. If Democrats want to be the party of tax increases that's fine.

We'll take that to the people.

September 18, 2007

Robin Vos release.

ASSEMBLY REACHES BIPARTISAN EDUCATION AGREEMENT

Senate Democrats Not Interested in Plan to Stop $600 Million Property Tax Increase

Madison…Racine County legislators Robin Vos (R-Caledonia), Cory Mason (D-Racine), Bob Turner (D-Racine), Samantha Kerkman (R- Genoa City), and Scott Gunderson
(R-Waterford) joined together today in a rare, but truly bipartisan, effort to fully fund education and to save Wisconsin taxpayers $600 million in extra property taxes. As a result, Rep. Robin Vos called on Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) to urge the leadership in the Senate to pass the same provision (letter attached). The bill passed the Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 70-27 despite the fact that Senate leadership has indicated they doubt they will take a vote on this proposal.

“The vote taken today by the members of the Assembly shows leadership and progress,” said Vos “It is an important step in moving the budget process forward, protecting the property taxpayers of this state, and funding our highest priority – K-12 education.”

Currently the budget is being debated in the conference committee because of drastic differences in the Senate and the Assembly versions. The current stalemate causes difficulty for schools and local units of governments as they work on their upcoming budgets. In the absence of state aid determinations by upcoming September deadlines, school districts and local units of government will fund their budgets by going to the property taxpayers to levy as much as $600 million, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

The bill passed today contains the Democrat’s funding levels for general education aid increases, special education aid increases, school breakfast increases, and SAGE reestimate increases. In addition, cuts were restored to shared revenue to keep it funded at current levels. The property tax cap, previously signed into law by Governor Doyle, was also passed on a narrower, party-line vote.

“I am calling on the Senate to stop stalling and join us in our efforts to protect the taxpayers from this massive tax increase,” continued Vos. “I am optimistic that Senator Lehman will do what is right and join Reps. Turner, Mason, Kerkman, Gunderson and I in this truly bipartisan effort by urging his colleagues to also vote yes on this provision.”

Mets vs Braves - Magical Bat 9/12/2007

Gee what a shock.

Eugene thinks bringing the Guardian Angels to town is a bad idea.

Idiot.

Hey, Eugene. Do you know what we should try to help inner city crime?

EVERYTHING.

September 17, 2007

RDW in DC.

We'll be taking the blog on the road in early October.

I'll be attending the Defending the American Dream Summit October the 4th & 5th in Washington DC sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

The speakers list is quite impressive:
Fred Thompson, Presidential Candidate
Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate
John Stossel, ABC 20/20
Dinesh D’Souza, Author of Ronald Reagan
Sam Brownback, Presidential Candidate
Congressman Ron Paul , Presidential Candidate
Lt. Governor Michael Steele, GOPAC Chairman
Senator Tom Coburn (OK-R)
Robert Cochran, Producer of FOX hit show, “24”
Congressman Jeff Flake (AZ-R)
John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Herman Cain, Author and Frequent Media Commentator
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Dr. Arthur Laffer, Economic Policy Advisory Board for President Reagan
Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal
Nick Grillo, Producer – Gods & Generals
Dr. James C. Miller III, Budget Director for President Reagan
Congressman Mike Pence (IN-R)
Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-R)
Dr. Barry Poulson, AFP Distinguished Scholar

Among other activities I'll be participating in are a White House briefing, and a seat on bloggers row (sponsored by Townhall.com) where hopefully I'll have the opportunity to interview some of these distinguished speakers and make some new blogger contacts.

There are several dozen people from Wisconsin going including fellow bloggers Steve from No Runny Eggs and Leslie from Open Records.

There is still room for more, I don't think DC is full yet. (well it might be full of it, but I digress) If you would like more information please visit the Defending the American Dream website.

Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to see Sean and Kevin while we are out there and hold an inaugural Drinking Right, DC edition.
We'll be taking lots of pictures and blogging live from the event.

Geoff Jenkins on the final two weeks.

Go over the Jenk's Joint for an insider perspective on the final two weeks on the Brewers season.

The MRQification of Amurica

that’s right, suckas… I’m not turning on the heat till 10/31. Fuzz

I think the Spartan method is more a form of shrinkage than a tax. Jib

Is that a lightsaber in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Elliot

Let’s keep Aaron and his pink helmet away from her, just in case. Grumps

Has Fanning seen this yet??? Silent e

You know too much. Xoff

Like the name, however I'd like to call it simply...The Cheese Log. Fred

Not exactly free, but he is both cheap and easy. Big Hairy Bubba

It Ain’t Coffee Unless It Can Grow Fur. Aaron

New rule... always answer the 3AM calls. Nick

Feingold attends party with grown ups. Owen

He will be playing the race card in 3…2…1…. Sean


L
adies, show 'em if you got 'em. Wiggy.

I don't watch football games with girl announcers. Not only that, I bad mouth the products advertised and short-sell the stock of the advertisers. Tom.

The Giants have gone to their T.J. Rubely Memorial Quaterback. Jib.

Now back to our regularly scheduled political sniping. Rag.

Sorry… Ho. If you look the part, you’ll get the job. James.

"You look like an idiot". Phelony.

“It’s the second stall from the right.” Sean.

P.U. El Stinko. Peter.

Your booger latte will come with a coupon for therapy. Aaron.

In the name of all things holy, STOP USING TURNBOW!! Dan.

Linux: by nerds, for nerds. Scott.

Where of where has this wisdom gone? Still Unreal.

Butte blast blamed on leaking gas Clint.

I’m blogging about speaking about blogging. Elliot.

"Leave Bush Alone!" Josh.

Dink. Dunk. Dink. Dunk. Lance.


MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to Harvey for this week's MRQ of the week award!

As long as she remembers her panties. Harvey.

Tune in later tonight for another exciting thrill packed episode of Monday Random Quotes.

Wisconsin Math.

Hillary care II - $110 billion.

Wisconsin Senate Dems care, $15.2 billion.

Both low estimates in my opinion. However, Hillary sure is proposing we do more with less.

Hillary remembers how her proposed takeover of healthcare went last time. Big socialism scared the country and helped sweep Republicans into power. Wisconsin Senate Democrats seemingly are forgetting the lessons of history.

Maybe this will finally be the week where they give up on their socialist utopia.

(I doubt it)

Seeing as Wal-Mart was the hot topic here over the weekend...


Report: Wal-Mart Saves Families $2,500 a Year


By Randy Hall
CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor
September 13, 2007
(CNSNews.com) -

A study released by Wal-Mart on Wednesday indicates the world's largest retailer now saves American families an average of $2,500 a year, up 7.3 percent from 2004. In addition, the corporation announced it is changing its tagline for the first time in 19 years, from "Always Low Prices" to "Save Money. Live Better."

"From the family vacation to a daughter's wedding, the savings American families realize at Wal-Mart bring the good things in life a good deal closer," said Stephen Quinn, Wal-Mart's chief marketing officer, in a news release on Wednesday...

...The statistics unveiled by the corporation came from new research conducted by Global Insight, a firm that specializes in economic and financial analysis, examining Wal-Mart's national and local impacts on jobs, wages, prices, consumer buying power and the nation's gross domestic product.

According to the report, consumers saved a total of $287 billion during 2006, which translates into an average of $957 per person or $2,500 per household.

Wal-Mart, in my estimation, especially helps low and middle income families. It never ceases to amaze me how Democrats will attack an entity that hels the very people they purport to care so much about.
(by the way you lefties do know that Hillary used to be on the board at Wal-Mart don't you?)

September 16, 2007

DRQ (Drinking Right Quotes)

Yeah well, I've got nothing better to do. Keith.

I hear Keith just left. Pete.

I'm not burned. Nick.

Hey, I'm a professional. Dickie.

Here comes the inning of doom. Steve

I voted 3 times. Fraley.

This is the wife's vote. Wiggy.

I drink won is so much better than a drink bought. Fred.

It's fictional but it really happened. Steve.

He needs a job. Fraley.

Where's my kringle? Fred.

There are two of us with head injuries. Nick.

Sean will eventually blog about it. Fraley.

Straw poll! Steve.

Tune in tomorrow for another exciting posting of MRQ (Monday Random Quotes)

Elizabeth Edwards criticizes Moveon.

So much for the nutroots support for the Edwards campaign...

Elizabeth Edwards criticizes MoveOn.org ad
by TONY LEYS REGISTER STAFF WRITER
September 14, 2007

MoveOn.org should not have labeled Gen. David Petraeus “General Betray Us” in a controversial newspaper ad, Elizabeth Edwards said in Des Moines Friday.“Someone who’s spent their life in the military doesn’t deserve ‘General Betray Us,’” said Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

Read the whole article.

Here we go again.


O.J. Simpson arrested in Vegas robbery

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 8 minutes ago

LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson was arrested Sunday and faces multiple felony charges in an alleged armed robbery of collectors involving the former football great's sports memorabilia, authorities said.

Simpson was arrested shortly after 11 a.m., Capt. James Dillon said.

Prosecutors were planning to charge Simpson with two counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and coercion, said Clark County District Attorney David Roger.

A conviction on the most serious charge, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, could bring a sentence of three to 35 years for each count, he said.

"He is facing a lot of time," Roger said.

How will OJ ever find Ron and Nicole's killers with all the time this is going to take up?

Some good for the schools

Despite what my union and many others around the nation claim, Wal-Mart isn't that bad. In part of the gigantic corporation that is Wal-Mart, exists the Wal-Mart Foundation. This foundation donates money to the teachers and schools across the nation. The money is dispursed through its Teacher of the Year program. In that, parents can nominate their child's teacher for the award by writing a nomination letter and filling out an application. The winning teacher wins a gift card for herself, but more important her school receives a $1,000 grant to spend on whatever the school may need. Moreover those selected teachers can then enter a statewide contest where the winning school in each state, plus Puerto Rico, will receive a $10,000 grant. This finally goes to the national level where the winning school receives $25,000 grant.

Let's do a little quick math on the grants out there every year.

Individual Store awards (Wal-Mart & Sam's Club)
approx. 4,100 stores x $1,000 = $4.1 Million

State level winners (plus PR)
51 x $10,000 = $510,000

National winner = $25,000
In total, the Wal-Mart Foundation doles out around $4,635,000 to U.S. schools every year.