December 29, 2007


And so it passes and the time comes when everyone who ever wrote anything over the course of 2007 names their story of the year.

I'm not going to list any particular ideas or reminders, but I offer you a challenge.

When you think 2007 story of the year what is the very first thing that comes to your mind?

Blogger Holiday Party.


It will be held this Sunday the 30th of December beginning at noon at Papa's social club , 7718 W. Burleigh in Milwaukee.

We are still trying to get a handle on how many people will be coming, so if you have not yet, would you please RSVP in the comments section so we can give the bar a heads up as to how much space we will need. I would appreciate it. (if you would rather not leave anything in comments, email me, fkd1015 at yahoo dot com)

This is an open blog party. If you write a blog, read a blog or can spell blog you are invited. (The Kilngon spelling, blaughh, will also be acceptable).

The bar will provide pizzas at halftime of the Packer game. For drinks you are on your own.

Also be prepared to write down a prediction for 2008. These predictions will be gathered and published after the party.

We are expecting a rather prominent guest, candidate for Supreme Court Judge Michael Gableman is scheduled to appear.

A number of your favorite blogs will be represented including: Boots and Sanders, Badger Blogger (Patrick, Bruce & Glenn!), Wigderson Library & Pub, Reality Check, Texas Hold 'Em, The Confidentials, Pete Republic, Caledonia Unplugged, Subject 2 Change, Silent E Speaks, Stepping Right Up, Fox Politics, The Asian Badger, No Runny Eggs, yours truly and many more!

If you miss the party and blame the impending white death expect the coming year to be filled with people making fun of you!

We'll see you on Sunday!

December 28, 2007

D'Abbraccio running for County Board

My pal, Lou D'Abbraccio, has announced that he is running for a seat on the Racine County Board in District 3.

Lou forwarded the following information to me:

I believe it is time for me to step up, as a citizen legislator, and serve this community. My professional and educational background have left me well prepared for the challenges of leadership. Currently, I work for Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, where I serve as an internal consultant to senior management on major strategic issues. I have 15 years experience in strategic planning, marketing, and business development positions for a number of companies ranging from Fortune 500 to startups. Prior to joining the private sector, I served my country for nearly 10 years, in both military and civilian roles. I hold a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Management Science from Northeastern University in Boston. (And, oh yeah, I kicked Fred's ass in fantasy football!)

I am a fiscal conservative, and I approach public policy an analytical, data driven perspective.

I believe that this community holds huge promise, but if we are to realize our potential, we need to stand up and face several challenges:

We need to control both spending and taxes.

We must provide a safe and secure environment for all of our citizens, and that means eradicating the intertwined scourges of drugs and violent crime which have recently emerged as major issues within my district.

We need to recognize that before we can spend money, we must earn it - and I don't mean taking more from the already drastically overburdened taxpayers of this community. That means positioning Racine for future residential growth, and improving access to regional jobs. It means doing whatever we can to improve the competitiveness of our local companies.

There will me more to follow in the weeks and months to come, but this is what I stand for, and why I believe that the hard working people of the North Side are not being represented by the incumbent County Supervisor.

All of that information seems accurate except for the part about Lou kicking my butt in fantasy football. (he got lucky)

Good luck in your campaign Lou!

For those who don't follow Racine politics; things are getting ineteresting here.

Last year in the middle of my run for Alderman I was hanging out in the hallway at City Hall waiting for a debate to start when County Supervisor Ken Lumpkin introduced himself.

I reminded him we had met before and exchanged a couple of emails. He quickly told me that he would be running against Alderman Jim Kaplan in 2008.

Besides his elected seat as County Supervisor Lumpkin is the publisher of The Insider News, a local Racine newspaper.

One person, Q.A. Shakoor, currently holds a seat on both the Racine Common Council and the county board. It has been a subject of mild discussion around town if it was ethical to hold both offices. Can you really look out for the best interests of the City and the County at the same time? I find it an interesting question.

Well Lumpkin did pull papers to run against Alderman Kaplan.

But then in a quirk of fate I didn't see coming Kaplan decided to run for Lumpkin's County Board seat as well as for re-election to his Aldermanic seat.

So now we have the same two people running for the same two seats. Fasten your seat belts, this should be fun.

In terms of full disclosure Jim Kaplan & I are friends. We worship at the same church and occasionally enjoy brunch after church with our lovely brides.

This should be a fun race to watch.

Caption This.

The popcorn and ticket tax.

Mrs RDW & I don't go out to the movies much.

I will immediately be calling for a new tax added onto movie tickets and concessions.

I find this behavior to be adding to the sedentary lifestyle and adding to the epidemic of childhood obesity.

We should add punitive taxes to discourage this dangerous, perhaps deadly problem. Plus, the noxious fumes coming from that popcorn can not be healthy. What about second hand popcorn fumes? Can we really wait for the research on this pressing issue to all come in? I say we need to act now. All revenues raised can be used to offset children's medical cost or maybe to help Madison get some salt for their streets. Heck our schools are only spending around 13K per kid, that is an insult. With this added revenue we could help teach our children better by paying our teachers more.

I call on the people to join me in pressuring the state legislature in this important effort to save us from ourselves and our children from a lifetime of 64 oz Dr Peppers and giant tubs of artery clogging fat laden popcorn with dangerously high levels of sodium and of course, Jujy Fruits.

I call on Governor Jim Doyle & the Wisconsin Legislature to immediately pass a $10 per ticket increase on movies and a 650% increase in concession taxes (the popcorn tax) to stem the tide of childhood obesity, early onset diabetes and heart disease.

Act now Wisconsin, it is for the children after all.

Hey smokers...

The new buck a pack addition to cigarette taxes takes effect on Tuesday.

Will the new tax alter how or where you buy your smokes?

Will you cut back?

Will you quit?

Same story different day.

Two years late, double the cost.

This is the typical tech project undertaken by the state of Wisconsin.

And these people expected us to believe they could run their multi-billion dollar healthcare plan on budget.


December 27, 2007

The hate left (again)

I saw this article earlier today.

Frankly I was so angry when I read this I decided to wait to respond.

After reflection, this idiot is not worthy of my anger. His hate has so fueled his thought process pity is the more appropriate emotion.

This misguided fool has found his silver lining in the global warming issue. He's happy that in his mind the coming flood from melting icecaps will primarily hit conservative states.

As he puts it, "what we see is that huge swaths of conservative America are set to face a biblical deluge in a few more presidential cycles."

This idiot is so lost in his hate he actually believes liberal states will be left behind in his "biblical deluge".

This apocalyptic fool apparently thinks conservatives would be too dumb to find higher ground while all liberals would move to blue states to further their majority.

The thing is the left listens to idiots like this, heck they give them Nobel peace prizes. Frankly we should get them mental help. It is the tolerant compassionate thing to do.

Boy is it blurry.

I just had my yearly eye exam.

Boy is it blurry out there.

Aome things look better, some worse, and I just love the designer shades they give you to go under your specs to help with the glare.

Here it comes.

Here comes the white death again.

Hold onto your shovels.

December 26, 2007

What you may not know about ethanol....

As farmers grow more and more corn to produce ethanol other crops are in shorter and shorter supply.

Among the crops in short supply are barley and hops which will lead to a rather large increase in the price of....................


Somebody hold Jib back.

The AWNAA Act.

WASHINGTON , DC 11/30/07- Congress is considering sweeping legislation which will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA) is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

"Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Senator Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers simply because they have some idea of what they are doing."

In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U. S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of postal employees lack any job skills, making this agency the single largest U. S. employer of Persons of Inability.

Private-sector industries with good records of nondiscrimination against the Inept include retail sales (72%), the fast food industry (68%), and home improvement "warehouse" stores (65%). At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has a great record of hiring Persons of Inability (63%).

Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million "middle man" positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance based raises and promotions will be given, to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability into middle management positions, and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the AWNA Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the Nonabled -- banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as "Do you have any skills or experience which relate to this job?"

"As a Nonabled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them," said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lugnut twister at a GM plant in Flint, Michigan , due to her lack of any discernible job skills. "This new law should really help people like me." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Said Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy: "As a Senator With No Abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with No Abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation."


The Journal Sentinel has out their top ten CDs of the year.

While I have heard of most of the artists, I don't have a single one of them.

I must be tragically unhip.

Funny, I still have no urge to run out and get any of these.

December 25, 2007

Carol of the bells

Do yourself a favor, listen to this...

Now that is a fan.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)-AP, 10-29-07

Australian Wayne Scullino, 30, quit his telecom job in Sydney in early 2007, and, after convincing his wife, they sold their house and moved to Wisconsin for the sole purpose of rooting for the Green Bay Packers, about which he had enjoyed an almost inexplicable fascination since age 15. Said Scullino, "At some point, you've got to stop living the life you've fallen into, and start living the life you want to," and he feared waiting even one more year, since quarterback Brett Favre might retire after this season. He told the Associated Press in October that the family would probably move back to Australia after the Super Bowl and start all over with a new house and new job.

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations go out to Still Unreal who has won MRQ of the week for the second time in a row.

Vegan my ass...Bring on the ribeye!!!

We'll have a new poll up shortly.

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government shall be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NIV

Some seven centuries later:

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:10-13 NIV

Or, as another disciple so lovingly noted:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV

May you and yours enjoy a most blessed Christmas.

Caption This.

The MRQs were hung by the chimney with care.

this all started with chocolate shrimp. Kelly.

there might be enough Jagermeister around to convince me. Aaron.

send the Anti-Christian Liars Union grinches a Christmas card. Kate.

Snow offers serious dating potential. Ally.

A skinny Santa is unimaginable. Kevin.

Go Elf Yourself. Fuzz.

Unwashed sterilized lesbian vegan commune living in a cave. Plebian.

please proceed to the nearest medical examiner. Steve Egg.

Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer. Grumps.

I’m “open” to having a picnic in the park with Scarlett Johansson on a breezy summer afternoon, but I don’t think it’s likely to happen. Bruce.

That's one bride you really, really hope is wearing a white dress. Jib.

Women like to hide things in cupboards. Tom.

the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked. The Analog Kid.

Hopefully she won't be asking her big sis to babysit. Sandra

Fraley did it. Aaron.

Isn't this like when you get presents from family members and you know they charged it on your credit card? Althouse.

Freedom of Speech is not the same as license to be a putz. Grumps.

I have the desire, but I don't have the time. Joey.

I think the ultimate problem with Die Hard 3 and 4 was that they forgot it was all about Christmas. Aaron. (We should have called this ARQ)

I’m Twittering too. Sean.

Christmas with the Spears family. Peter.

Damn that global warming. Dan.

The number of accidents per day at Racine County's first roundabout? Steve E.

UPDATE: I only have bonfires on ozone action days. Patrick.

Is there anything she can't do?

Hillary is on the stump predicting that oil prices will drop the minute she becomes President.

And no, I am not joking.

I know, I know if only we had elected John Kerry, Christopher Reeve would be winning triathlons.

This guys picture should be next to word hero in the dictionary.

GI saves Iraqi boy in long-shot adoption

Associated Press Writer Sun Dec 23, 1:14 PM ET

MAUSTON, Wis. - Capt. Scott Southworth knew he'd face violence, political strife and blistering heat when he was deployed to one of Baghdad's most dangerous areas. But he didn't expect Ala'a Eddeen.

Ala'a was 9 years old, strong of will but weak of body — he suffered from cerebral palsy and weighed just 55 pounds. He lived among about 20 kids with physical or mental disabilities at the Mother Teresa orphanage, under the care of nuns who preserved this small oasis in a dangerous place.

On Sept. 6, 2003, halfway through his 13-month deployment, Southworth and his military police unit paid a visit to the orphanage. They played and chatted with the children; Southworth was talking with one little girl when Ala'a dragged his body to the soldier's side.

Black haired and brown eyed, Ala'a spoke to the 31-year-old American in the limited English he had learned from the sisters. He recalled the bombs that struck government buildings across the Tigris River.

"Bomb-Bing! Bomb-Bing!" Ala'a said, raising and lowering his fist.

"I'm here now. You're fine," the captain said.

Over the next 10 months, the unit returned to the orphanage again and again. The soldiers would race kids in their wheelchairs, sit them in Humvees and help the sisters feed them.

To Southworth, Ala'a was like a little brother. But Ala'a — who had longed for a soldier to rescue him — secretly began referring to Southworth as "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."

Then, around Christmas, a sister told Southworth that Ala'a was getting too big. He would have to move to a government-run facility within a year.

"Best case scenario was that he would stare at a blank wall for the rest of his life," Southworth said.

To this day, he recalls the moment when he resolved that that would not happen.

"I'll adopt him," he said.

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