February 2, 2008

Murder! Mayhem! Political Gladiators!

Toby Harnden is my new favorite journalist.

Clinton aide: I only talk to Americans

In the hubbub of the spin room after last night’s Democratic debate in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, I introduced myself to Mandy Grunwald, Hillary Clinton’s media strategist, and prepared to ask a question. “Hi – you’re going to violate my I-only-speak-to-American-journalists…”, she said as I shook her hand.

I laughed. But it wasn’t a joke. “I just have this, like, you know, it’s my job to talk to people who print papers in states where we have voters - don’t take it personally but I’m going to answer his question first,” she said, pointing to Newsday’s Glen Thrush, standing behind me. I spluttered something about people clicking on internet stories. “Mmm, not so much – I’ll take his first,” Ms Grunwald responded.

When I continued to act dumbfounded, she grudgingly relented. “I knew you were going to take it personally and think it terribly rude,” she said. “Ask your question.” So I did.

Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy platform states that “cooperative relationships have to be deepened and strengthened” across the globe while our “increasingly interconnected world demands an interconnected strategy”. I guess that doesn’t include the media.

Brilliant Toby, simply brilliant.

Groundhogs Day...

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - Brace yourself for more wintry weather. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Saturday, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of winter.

Thought of the week.

My brother has the best brother in the world.

February 1, 2008

Another plea deal in the Troha case.

One of those individuals we named in our recent report on the other players in the Troha campaign finance case, Achille Kelly Infusino, has reached an agreement to plead guilty for making illegal campaign contributions.

This from Wis Politics today:

-- Kenosha businessman Achille "Kelly" Infusino has reached a deal with federal prosecutors for making illegal campaign contributions, the third person to reach a deal in the conspiracy that involved Dennis Troha.

According to prosecutors, Infusino helped conceal that corporate funds were being used for campaign contributions. He accepted $7,500 in auto lease payments in exchange for making the donations to various campaigns, according to prosecutors.

He agreed to plead guilty to one count of participating in a conspiracy to commit campaign finance violations.

See more in the news column of http://www.wispolitics.com later this afternoon.

According to the press release from The Department of Justice, Infusino faces a penalty of up to one-year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Additionally, the press release does indicate that this investigation is continuing.

I'm sure a number of other people wish this investigation was over.

If you did not get the opportunity before go read our report from last week going over all the "coincidences" relating to campaign cash in the Troha case.

I have a feeling this thing is still far from over.

SNOW

I've had about as much global warming as I can stand this winter.

Fill in the blank

Tom Brady _____________________________.

January 31, 2008

He just can not shut up can he?

Having made headlines for going two whole days without opening his mouth Bill is at it again...

This time he says we need to slow down the economy in order to curb the spread of global warming. I wonder if Al helped him out with that one?

In the mean time Hillary is running around saying we need to remind people of the economy when she and Bill were in the White House. Oh, and she also says she can control Bill. (Sure she can)

Uh Hillary, you & Bill left us in a recession. A real one, not the make believe one everyone is currently freaked out about. The feel good times under Clinton were driven by the technology revolution not any Clinton economic policy. Of course the Clintons want to ignore all the bad stuff and only remember the good stuff. Typical.

I have found it extremely funny that all the same Democrats who have been defending Bill's rhetoric over the last 16 years are now criticizing him as he has turned his attention to their new favored son Barack Obama.

It is all fine and good when directed at an evil Republican...

Oh well people have short memories.

Remember folks vote Clinton for a forced recession to fight global warming.

I blame Scott Walker.

Prank Call from

A really big check.

The rumors of Mitt Romney rolling over and playing dead appear to be a bit over-stated.

He is writing a big check and doing a major ad buy in the Super Tuesday states.

Here we go folks...

(I wish Wisconsin counted)

January 30, 2008

Reason 7,542,378 why NPR is just strange.


Stimulus...

We have not discussed the pending economic stimulus package yet.

For the record, I'm not in favor of it.

Last summer I was in Peoria visiting Cyber Dad and the hot story was how Caterpillar stock had plummeted. You see they fell just short of their projected quarterly profit figure and the stock took a dive for the crime of missing a projection. It might surprise you to find out that their quarterly profits were a near record.

Near record profit, stock price plunges. Go figure.

I believe this is where our economy is now. We have had 53 straight months of job growth and while things have slowed due to a downturn in the housing market we are NOT in a recession.

A recession defined is an extended decline in general business activity, typically two consecutive quarters of falling real gross national product. We are not anywhere close to that.

A bunch of companies wrote shaky debt on shaky debtors. They took a risk and suffered a loss. That is what can happen when you take a bad risk. They’ll get over it.

What President Bush has proposed and Congress is trying to make worse is nothing but adding debt to try and shake us out of our fear. In short I find this to be bad fiscal policy.

The more Harry Reid's Senate plays the class warfare card the worse this idea gets.

Did you see where Reid is so disgusted at paying people back who actually pay the tax burden he wants to gag? For the record Harry Reid makes me want to gag. How exactly do you get a rebate when you pay nothing in anyway?

Don't get me wrong, Mrs. RDW and I would love to have $1,600, $1,200, $1,000 of our hard earned tax money back. I'm not sure why my dollar figure has to go so much smaller to pay a bunch of people who don't pay anything into the system.

In the end I don't see how my getting that money back would help the economy. We just plan on throwing it in the bank to help pay our ever-growing tax burden. I'm sure it will help some people take vacations or fix the car or buy a new iPhone, but I don't think this will provide any great economic boom.

Using your refund to pay your taxes, that is some heavy-duty stimulus.

The Hummer H2 Scooter.


Now THAT is cool.

In a collision between the Hummer H2 Scooter and the Smart, I'll take the Hummer.


Presidential Election Open Thread.

Looks like John Edwards and Rudy Giulliani are pulling out of the race today.

Things they are a changing.

What's on your mind?

January 29, 2008

MRQ of the week.

Congratulations to Jack for MRQ of the week honors!

It's so cold that lawyers have their hands in their own pockets.

Way to go neighbor!

Kudos to Racine Unified.

Last night the Racine Unified School board passed their annual referendum to exceed spending limits.

This time, $16.5 million over five years for building maintenance.

For the record, this thing does not stand a snowballs chance in hell of passing.

However, I give the school board credit for putting this issue on the April 1st ballot. In the past they have purposely placed these issues on a summer day with nothing else going on at the polls to ensure the lowest turnout possible.

The main issue on the April ballot will be a Supreme Court race as well as Aldermen in the even districts plus county board seats so this will not be a big turnout day. However, it still beats trying for June.

I give the school board credit for changing their usual tactic over the previous referendum attempts.

This is a nice first step towards regaining any public trust.

Republicans stand for tax relief

Don't crash your Tesla...


So they are making this Super Duper sleek looking electric rocket ship called a Tesla.


Environmentally guilty feeling rich people are fighting over the right to plunk down a hundred grand to own these things and increase our smug emissions exponentially.


So far the Tesla has been high on promise and low on delivery, their latest problem has been getting those darned air bags to work.


No problem, when you are a hot enviro company you can get things like safety regulations waived by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

0 to 60 in 4 seconds, no air bags, this is going to end well.

Guess the number game

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January 28, 2008

MRQ, State of the blog edition.

Who would name their kid Plaxico? Sounds like a drug company. Kate.

Layered like lasagna???? Jessica.

Bring on Spring Training! Steve E.

If I don’t blog about it… it didn’t happen. Dan.

Ahhh…. The future secretary of defense. Tony.

Way to go, guys. You jinxed the team! Aaron.

I’m a dork……… Silent E.

Doesn’t all the time Monica spent under the desk in the oval office make her the perfect running mate? Aaron.

So please, for the next debate, bar stools. Jay.

CNN did a story focusing on wheelchair-bound rabbis who had to choose between their legs and their circumcisions. Nick.

I wonder if they’ll make him a “Red Shirt” Pete.

Joanie may love Chachi, but I don’t. Jeff.

We better order more beer. Chris.

Do you mind if we take our clothes off? Jen via Jimi.

Five sailors drowned trying to dig the grave. Peter.

The ant has disappeared in the snow. Clint.

this is what the neighbors saw: Drew.

they could turn the Fonz into the Six Million Dollar Man. Bitter Ed.

Public art in Milwaukee, it's all so... thought provoking. Patrick.

My disruptor is trained on you. PCD. (he'll hit a red shirt)

Drinking Right Question.

This is an announcement of the Drinking Right Preferential Tuesday Alert System.

It has been suggested that we move the traditional second Tuesday of the month Drinking Right date to the first Tuesday of the month in February to take advantage of Papa's fabulous Fat Tuesday party.

Are there any objections?

January 27, 2008

Alert.

Thousands of votes from Florida Democrats will be disenfranchised on Tuesday.

That is all.

Newfoundland Frozen Waves

Waves freezing as they hit the beach... How about that Global Warming?