January 5, 2008

2007 MRQ of the year.

Congratulations to our final entry into the MRQ of the year contest, Still Unreal.

History doesn't repeat itself, stupid people repeat history.

S.U. is entered into the MRQ of the year poll listed on the sidebar.

Vote early, vote often, invite your friends, lobby for votes, no photo ID required!

Good luck to all the entrants.

Thought of the week.

I like cats........

I just can't eat a whole one by myself.

January 4, 2008

Words I thought I would never hear together.

NFC defensive player of the month, Atari Bigby.

This is the coolest car thing ever.

The Disappearing car door.

Recent Iowa History.

Does Iowa matter? You tell me.

Democrats.

2008, Obama, Edwards, Clinton (H).
2004, Kerry, Edwards, Dean (18%). (Remember folks, Dean was the presumptive nominee)
2000, Gore, Bradley
1996, Clinton (B) (unopposed)
1992, Harkin, Uncommitted, Tsongas, Clinton. (Bill Clinton only got 3%, uncommitted had 12%)
1988, Gephardt, Simon, Dukakis.
1984, Mondale, Hart, McGovern.
1980, Carter, Kennedy.
1976, Uncommitted, Carter, Bayh. (Yes, none of the above beat Carter)

Republicans.

2008, Huckabee, Romney, Thompson, McCain, Paul.
2004, Bush (unopposed)
2000, Bush, Forbes, Keyes, Bauer, McCain. (I guess straight talk does not play to corn farmers)
1996, Dole, Buchannan, Alexander, Forbes.
1992, Bush 41 (unopposed)
1988, Dole, Robertson, Bush.
1984, Reagan (unopposed)
1980, Bush, Reagan, Baker
1976, Ford, Reagan (Gerry Ford over Ronald Reagan, what were they thinking?)

Remember this history and put it in perspective when the experts sound off.

First primary is Tuesday folks.

I remind you again, four years ago Howard Dean was the presumptive nominee of the Democrats.

Integrity? Hardly.

Charlie Sykes provided this rundown on the new Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee from the Club for Growth. A supposedly impartial body. Read this report and tell me how much "integrity" we are likely to get from this body.

The newly created, Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee (WJCIC) trumpets itself as a citizen committee "protecting fair and impartial courts." The committee is neither fair, nor impartial. Committee Chairman and State Bar President Thomas Basting, a trial lawyer who has done criminal defense work, also calls the group non-partisan, yet nearly all of its members have ties to Governor Jim Doyle and the Democratic Party - including Basting. Doyle appointed Louis Butler to the Supreme Court in 2004 and recently hosted a high dollar fundraiser for Butler's campaign.

7 of the 8 members are former Democratic political leaders or appointees and/or donors of Governor Jim Doyle. Five members have made a total of 45 donations to Doyle's campaigns, including a dozen from Basting.

Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tim Cullen made 18 contributions, former Democratic Governor Tony Earl made 3, former Martin Schreiber cabinet member Carol Toussaint made 8 and UW-Madison professor Dennis Dresang made 4.

Three of the group's members or their spouses have ties to Louis Butler's campaign, and one member, Tony Earl has contributed money to Justice Butler. At least 5 of the committee members or their spouses have ties to liberal attorney Linda Clifford's unsuccessful 2007 campaign. None of the members has ties to Butler's opponent Judge Michael Gableman.

The only member of the WJCIC without a direct tie to Jim Doyle is Bill Kraus, a self-described "disaffiliated" Republican who advocates taxpayer funded campaigns and allowing the governor to appoint state Supreme Court justices. Kraus serves as Co-Chair of Wisconsin's Common Cause and is a frequent critic of Republican candidates and policies, once calling President Bush "ignorant" and questioning Ronald Reagan's intelligence. In addition, Kraus' wife Toni Sikes contributed $200 to Louis Butler's campaign in June of 2007, and he's hosted and attended fundraisers for liberal politicians and judges.

The only other Republican representative on the WJCIC is Appeal Court Judge Dave Deininger, a former legislator who was recently appointed by Doyle to serve on the Government Accountability Board.

5 of the 8 WJCIC members live in Madison, two are University of Wisconsin Professors, three are former legislators and only 1 member is a woman. The WJCIC has no minority representation. According to its working guidelines, the committee will meet in secret on an as needed basis, all deliberations will be kept confidential and Chairman Basting is the only committee member permitted to address the media.

Jim Doyle is so corrupt, and our media is so inept that they literally will let the man get away with anything. This is about the least impartial group I have ever seen.

You may as well call this group "The Committee to Ignore Louis Butler While Finding Something to Smear Michael Gableman With While the Media Willingly Helps Us."

January 3, 2008

Iowa results.

Dems... Obama, Edwards, Clinton.

The following qoutes could be heard from camp Clinton, ^$@!&* $^@!&*()@! !(@&^!^!_@ !@&^!()^!@$@!^@)$!^%!*()@.

Reps... Huckabee, Romney, Thompson/McCain, Paul.

You have to give it to the Pauples for pulling 10%.

Thompson and The Politico.

The Politico reported this morning that Fred Thompson could pull out of the race if he did not finish in the top 3 tonight.

I checked with my inside sources in the Thompson campaign and I believe this report to be 100% poppycock.

First, why on earth would anyone make those kind of ramblings the day of the caucus? It makes no sense. All this does is help to take away support from Thompson. Well if he is going to pull out and endorse McCain I should vote for someone else....

This is nothing but a cheap trick. The question is, who is pulling off this cheap trick? Rumors say perhaps it was the McCainiacs.

Thompson himself has denied this report.

Pulling the 'ole unnamed source on the day of the election is dirty pool.

Iowa.

Everyone is predicting turnout and finishing orders in Iowa.

I'd rather have a discussion on how happy we will all be to not hear about Iowa for another 4 years.

January 2, 2008

The Revolution


The Ron Paul people are throwing the word revolution around a lot.

rev·o·lu·tion - an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.

I also view the word revolution in this context to mean a significant portion of the population, the Pauliacs do not honestly represent that.

To me this seems to be the wrong word for a few people on the far side of reality.

I humbly submit the following suggestions that may be more appropriate to the reality of the Paul campaign.

fringe - an outer edge; margin; periphery.

pim·ple - a small, usually inflammatory swelling.

flock - a number of animals of one kind, esp. sheep, goats, or birds, that keep or feed together or are herded together.
mob - a disorderly crowd of people.

par·ty - a group of persons with common purposes or opinions who support one side of a dispute, question, debate, etc.

blip - anything small, as in amount or number.

What suggestion might you add to the list?

Personally I really like the Ron Paul Pimple. We could shorten it to "The Pauple".
H/T Sword At The Ready for the picture

Polling.

The MRQ of the week poll is up.

This is the first entry for 2008 so vote it up!

Voting is also underway for MRQ of the month, December.

Once that is decided upon we will commence with the prestigious MRQ of the year.

Guess the number game

$200

5%

Finally, a candidate to unite the country,

From TV Squad.

Wiggum for President in 2008

Posted Dec 31st 2007 3:18PM by Richard Keller

We are just days away from the presidential primary season (Thank God!) and there seems to be a late entry into the race for the White House. No, it's not Michael Bloomberg (although they say he wants to), Al Gore (although they really want him to) or Rosie O'Donnell (they really say nothing about her). It's actually nose-picking, glue-eating, bed-wetting, slightly mis-educated Ralph Wiggum.

Gosh, he'll fit right in, won't he?

Ralph will announce his candidacy on the January 6th episode of The Simpsons. Actually, he isn't the one who announces it; rather, the voters of Springfield, who reject all of the other candidates in their first primary, write the young Wiggum in as a candidate. He quickly becomes an independent presidential front-runner that party leaders for both the Republicans and the Democrats want to have in their court.

As usual, The Simpsons will air this Sunday at 8:00 pm. Guest voices include Jon Stewart (hopefully utilized a bit better than pal Stephen Colbert) and Dan Rather, who descend upon Springfield to cover the primary debates. More information on Ralph's candidacy, including his political platforms, can be found at this Simpsons website.


January 1, 2008

Guess the number game.

90

UPDATE: 90 = The total number of blog postings put up by Kevin Fischer on December 31st.

Dude, put down the keyboard.

Hmm

Smoking is illegal in Illinois effective today.

Does this mean Barack "Barry" Obama isn't welcome home any more?

Predictions from the blog party.

The following predictions were gathered from the attendees at the Blog Holiday party.

See the rest at the Badger Blog Alliance.

Lisa Bell, Caledonia Unplugged. The Packers win the Superbowl. After which Jim Doyle is recalled and Brett Favre is elected Governor.

Kathy Carpenter, Stepping Right Up. Owen will only have 2 posters arrested in 2008.

Owen Robinson, Boots & Sabers. A prominent Wisconsin political blogger will retire into private life.

Jo Egelhoff, FoxPolitics.net. GAAP deficit for 2007-2008 fiscal year will be $3 billion.

Mark Block, Afpwi.org. The Republican Presidential race will not be decided until the convention in Minneapolis.

Dad29. More snow.

Pete Fanning, Pete Republic. Republicans will regain a slim majority in the House but fail to gain a majority in the Senate.

Dean Mundy, Musings of a Thoughtful Conservative. Republicans win the White House but not the House or Senate.

Steve Eggleston, No Runny Eggs. The Milwaukee Brewers will win the NL Pennant.

Leslie Graves, State Sunshine and Open Records. Ron Paul will become the Washington Post's "alternative" columnist.

The Asian Badger, Iran will have a "people's" revolution in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2008. Led by students, it will be bloody and long.

Nick Schweitzer, The World According to Nick. Fox News will continue to ignore Ron Paul & not invite him to debates they sponsor.

Peter DiGaudio, Texas Hold 'Em Blogger. The Brewers will win 87 games & make the NL playoffs.

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year


2008 Predictions.

Sports.

  • The Green Bay Packers will win the NFC Championship and lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the Superbowl.
  • Brett Favre will return to the Packers for the 2008/2009 season.
  • Prince Fielder wins the NL MVP award.
  • Ricky Weeks leads the league in OBP.
  • Your Milwaukee Brewers win the Central Division with a 92 win season.

November Elections.

  • Mitt Romney defeats Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.
  • Democrats increase their lead in the Senate but lose control of the house back to the Republicans (barely).
  • Despite outrageous local liberal optimism, Paul Ryan wins re-election with 60% of the vote to Dr. Jeff Thomas (the 8th time is not a charm).
  • Steve Kagen is a one-term wonder.


Local Politics.

  • The KRM rail plan will continue to be pushed forward. Multiple November referendums seeking approval for the plan fail. Despite public opinion John Lehman continues to push for this plan.
  • Jim Kaplan wins in his Aldermanic and County Board race.
  • Racine Mayor Gary Becker is not the Racine Mayor at the end of 2008.
  • Ken Hall loses his seat on the Racine County Board to Brian Dey.
  • Kathy Carpenter wins her Aldermanic race in Kenosha.
  • The Denis Troha story explodes around the first week of March.
  • Judge Michael Gabelman wins in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
  • Racine continues to have the highest unemployment in the state.

Science.

  • Global Warming will be completely disproven in 2008, Al Gore will refuse to come off of his "settled science" line.
  • Embryonic Stem Cells will still have cured nothing. Regular stem cells will continue to make advancements. Scientists will still clamour for more funding preaching about the "promise" of ESSR.

MRQ, be careful on amateur night.

Because Rosie O’Donnell needed a job. Peter.

I find that kitchen knives are especially fascinating to small children. Aaron.

Who is Dr. Phil supporting? Josh.

Pole tax. Owen.

He’s doing chin-ups to bulk up his lats. Steve.

Blogging is doing something to our minds.... Althouse.

And just like that, it's all over. Jim.

I am 100%, certifiably, insane! Kate.

I think the reason people believe in global warming is that no one ever measures the snow fall at my house. Elliot.

I’ve always wondered if Kucinich and Mr. Spock were separated at birth: Sister Toldja.

64 oz Dr Peppers and giant tubs of artery clogging fat laden popcorn. Fred

"How Does a swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated, dictator with delusions of godhood Get All Those Chicks?" Tom.

This one is my favorite… the Gingerbread Prison Yard.. Tracy.

we either have some weathermen out there that who have surprised and satisfied wives or some weatherwomen who are REALLY hard to please. Silent E.

I'm very comfortable with my feminine side. Jimi.

Truly fine sparkling wines never have screw tops and a straw for you to "Bubble it yourself." Grumps.

who is more bats**t crazy; Ron Paul or Russ Feingold? Steve Egg.

I gave him the money and sent him to the store to buy a Bible. Nick.

"Brady goes down in the arms of Wilkerson!" Eeeeeeew. That's just wrong. Heather.

Sorry, you'll have to get your own boners. Dustbury.

Congressman Obey is as full of lame excuses as a dieter who continues to order pizza because pizza includes all four food groups. Kathy.

Why, oh why, is it never the hot guys at Packer games who stand shirtless in the stands when it is 25ยบ? Wendy.

Britney Spears who at one point shaved her head, but still has higher approval ratings than Nancy Pelosi. Charlie.

I'm waaaay more advanced than the Blackberry. Owen.

Truly a monumental display of prognostitory mediocrity! Fred.

I almost sprayed Dr. Pepper all over my laptop. Keith.

dan fogelberg - same auld lang syne

Is it just me?


Isn't it odd that a Presidential candidate is not willing to answer any questions? Isn't it even odder to bring along your kid and not even let them talk to children?

2008 Predictions.

Yesterday at the blog party we collected predictions for the coming year.

I'll be posting some of those here and some at the Badger Blog Alliance later today or tomorrow.

I'll also have my official RDW Predictions soon.

This is your chance.

Offer up a prediction or two for 2008. It could be sports related, political, environmental, sociological, really make it whatever you'd like.

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to our MRQ of the week winner Grumps.

Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.

Grumps is going right into the MRQ of the month vote for December.

Stay tuned for the coveted MRQ of the year award.

I almost missed it.


This month the Prius celebrates birthday #10.


Happy birthday Prius.