February 29, 2008
Does she remind you of the Bride of Frankenstein?
How did she not get booted off the island anyway?
February 28, 2008
By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer Thu Feb 28, 3:06 AM ET
WASHINGTON - The House approved $18 billion in new taxes on the largest oil companies Wednesday as Democrats cited record oil prices and rising gasoline costs in a time of economic troubles.
What are the odds that these new taxes will be passed onto consumers raising fuel prices at a time when high fuel prices are already dragging down the economy?
I'll start the bidding at 100%...
Democrats, their answer to EVERYTHING is raising taxes.
Why is this not an equally big story?
February 27, 2008
What we hear from them is the same stale excuses.... Voter ID would not solve anything, DISENFRANCHISEMENT, not enough prosecutions.
Fact: Our laws are so loose that they make prosecutions exceedingly difficult.
I LOVE the idea of ending same day registrations. I am all for more training and stricter control over poll workers and election officials, and more than anything we need voter ID.
What voter ID does is add a step of integrity into the process. Liberals don't want ID because they favor the current system where illegal activity is hard to catch and integrity of the vote is a myth. The current system favors the left, and they know it.
Every legal vote cast and counted once.
That is my standard. It always has been it always will be. Go after cheaters with the full force of the law, do whatever has to be done on the local level to ensure fair elections.
Every legal vote cast and counted once.
Help those who need help to get to the polls and those that need ID and count each legal vote once.
Every legal vote cast and counted once.
I reject the nonsense that the left puts out that there is an attempt to stop certain segments of society from voting. That is grandstanding, nothing more. They don't have a single name of anyone who has been disenfranchised, not one.
Every legal vote cast and counted once.
If that is not your standard, why?
February 26, 2008
An investigative report is out today from the Milwaukee Police Department Special Investigations Unit. You can, and you should, read the entire report here. Wisconsin has been full of voter problems for years. Democrats have turned a blind eye to those problems and have blocked every attempt to ensure fair elections in Wisconsin.
The system as it is now makes it nearly impossible to prosecute vote fraud. And Democrats have used the lack of prosecutions as their reasoning that our system does not need reform. Right now Senate Democrats are blocking a measure to allow the people of Wisconsin to have a say as to having the common sense measure of photo ID at the polls. What do the Senate Democrats fear in letting the people have their say?
My standard on voting has never wavered. EVERY LEGAL VOTE CAST AND COUNTED ONCE. If that is not your standard, why?
Among the findings of this report:
- 1305 registration cards without enough information to be entered into the voter database. The people who voted on those cards did not have their votes counted. (page 9)
- Evidence of double voting and double voter entries. (pages 7&8)
- "The Milwaukee Election Commission employees allowed obviously ineligible voters to cast ballot in races that were contested" (pg 17)
- Homeless votes cast from a non legal voting address. (pg. 21) (A favored Racine tactic by the way)
- Irregularities in student voting (pg 24)
- Recommendations on page 26, "The one thing that could eliminate a large percentage of fraudulent voting in any given election is the elimination of on-site or same-day voter registration systems."... "As an alternative, if On-Site registration is to continue in its present form, then the presentation of a government issued identification card that includes that includes the voters name, address (including city) and date of birth should be presented before that person is allowed to register and vote."
- Dead people are rising from the grave and voting in Milwaukee (pg 31)
- Double voting (page 34)
- Absentee votes allowed that were not eligible to vote in Wisconsin. (pg 41)
- Absentee Ballots not counted (pg 42)
- A New Jersey school teacher who has not lived in Milwaukee since for years voting absentee here, add to that a New York Attorney, a school director who has been in Hamburg, Germany since 1974 and a man who has lived in Canada since 1971. (pg 47)
- 16 examples of "staffers from a major political party" from out of state registering and voting here. (pgs 49-51) The report did not name the party, but they were all involved with the New Voter's Project.... Remember them? (D) From the conclusion of this section, "The belief of the investigator is that each of these persons had to commit multiple criminal acts in an effort to reach their ultimate goal of voting, showing that the act was a conscious, internal effort to commit a crime."
- Conclusion, After nearly 18 months of investigation the Task Force believes that there was fraud committed in the 2004 election, but as one investigator stated, "I know I voted in the election, but I can not be sure it was counted."
The left loves to tell us how a common sense measure like photo ID will disenfranchise voters. You simply can not function in this society without an ID, it is a phony argument. I'll point you to another study, this one from American University that clearly shows Photo ID does not suppress the vote.
The simple fact is, it is the left in Wisconsin that likes an environment that invites vote fraud and makes it nearly impossible to prove. I'm not quite sure how this study forgot to mention the tire slashing incident carried out by Kerry staffers who were also the sons of local Democratic party leaders. Yes Congresswoman Moore you little angel is innocent...
One more thing to remember, this report only covered the City of Milwaukee. If expanded to other municipalities the examples would undoubtedly continue to increase.
I for one do not honestly believe that Wisconsin is a blue state. Or, if Wisconsin is a blue state the margin is much smaller that the vote has shown in the last two Presidential election cycles. Fraud is the best friend Democrats have in Wisconsin.
You have to ask yourself why are they afraid of a fair election?
My standard stays the same, EVERY LEGAL VOTE CAST AND COUNTED ONCE.I commend the Milwaukee Police Department Special Investigations Unit for a job very well done in this investigation. It shows a pattern of fraud and also the complete incompetence of Tom Barret's department. Remember folks, Barret put political cronies in charge of this crucial department charged with running fair elections. He should shoulder a large deal of the scorn for these problems.
Make sure to call your State Senator today and demand that the photo ID bill be allowed to the floor for a vote.
Lorne Gunter, National Post Published:
Monday, February 25, 2008
Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.
The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."
China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.
There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses.
In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.
And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.
The ice is back.
Read the rest....
February 25, 2008
Mrs. RDW recalled with great ease that they served the same dessert last year as they did this year… Taking a pass on the refined sugar items, I missed that completely. However the coffee was hot, the chicken was not too rubbery and the conversation was lively.
We sat at a table with blog pal Kathy Carpenter and her campaign Treasurer Erin Decker who we had not met before. Erin had a nice introduction winning a very nice gift basket as a door prize.
As you have probably heard, Kathy just got through a tough primary in Kenosha and could use your support. She is in a sprint to the finish line of the general election on April 1st. Kathy is a great local candidate, and she could use our support. If you could send a couple of bucks her way, please do. The contribution limit in her race is $250 per individual, $200 per PAC; make checks out to Friends of Kathy Carpenter, 706 School St., Silver Lake, WI 53170. You can find Kathy’s campaign website here.
Also at our table was Racine Alderman Greg Helding and Racine County Treasurer Betty Majesky. It is always good to see Greg, if you have not had a chance to, you can hear the recording of Greg and I on the radio recently discussing the Presidential Election, click this.
Another blog pal, Lisa Bell of Caledonia Unplugged introduced us to The Town Clerk of Caledonia, Wendy Christensen. Wendy has apparently decided to step up and run for the Racine County Clerk job in November. We wish her well and will do everything we can do to support that effort. (That is a BREAKING NEWS story folks) Wendy, when you need help circulating papers, let me know please.
J.B. Van Hollen sent his right hand man, Deputy Attorney General Raymond Taffora. He gave the standard here is how we are trying to restore integrity speech. I was surprised by the lack of professional standards when they assumed office. He related the story of one staffer who came to work in cut off shorts and a sleeveless Slayer t-shirt. A lawyer, at the Department of Justice folks. They are putting standards into place.
Candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge Michael Gableman was one of the speakers. I’m thinking of having a restraining order placed on Judge Gableman as it seems that everywhere I go, there he is. Seriously though, the more I hear Judge Gableman, the more I like him. He is a great candidate and will be facing the full force of the leftist blog slime machine over the next five weeks. If the last week is any indication they will stoop to any level to try and destroy the reputation of a very good man. I strongly encourage you to support Judge Gableman, get out and vote for him on April 1.
Vicky McKenna was one of the keynotes. Did you know she used to be a beret wearing, Bree eating liberal socialist? Of course you did. Seriously she provided some key insights as to why the coming election will be so important based on the stark differences between Barack Obama and John McCain. I don’t think Vicky, nor anyone else, was too worried about Hillary. Vicky did ask if I was they keynote. No chance kid, I like to stay in the back and take notes.
Paul Ryan proved to be the rock star in the room as usual and was slated as the penultimate speaker (I love that word). It seemed everyone wanted to ask him about the possibility that he could gain the VP nod from Senator McCain. He seemed genuinely flattered but focused on the budget instead of any rumors of higher office. He knows he is only 38 and his time will come. Ryan too spoke about the importance of this election and encouraged the base to get out and support the GOP this November. (I’ll add we need to do so in April as well!) Congressman Ryan also made the same point that he did at the recent AFP Conference. If we allow growth to continue as it stands now, by the time his kids are his age, the federal portion of GDP will grow from the current level of 18.3% to 40% or more. That is the flat amount taken by the feds before the state and local people come around wit their hands out folks. How can our economy sustain that kind of drain by government spending? It simply can not.
Reince Priebus the State GOP Chair was the evenings final speaker, he said much the same thing as Paul Ryan did. Get out and support your candidates. In an odd coincidence I was chatting with Reince’s lovely bride Sally at church early yesterday morning. I asked her how she was coping with Reince’s hectic schedule. She said they were doing fine and they actually had time to go to dinner the night before. She suggested they go to Illinois where Reince would not be recognized! Good call Sally! Reince, keep up the good work.
Earlier today Tim Rock suggested I was name dropping at a post over at Wiggies joint… Pay attention Tim, this is name dropping.
It was also great to see and spend a few minutes talking to Racine County Exec Bill McReynolds, Assemblypersons Kerkman, Gunderson and Vos, School Board Member and County Supervisor candidate Brian Dey, County Supervisor Candidate Lou D’Abraccio, and many good friends.
All in all it was a nice time, I look forward to next years Lincoln Day Dinner where we will celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
So I thought what the heck, let's give baseball a try.
We have room for 9 more teams, click this to register.
League ID is: 130021
Password is: cubsstink
I want to find out if Steve Egg stinks at this as bad as he does Fantasy Football....
Patrons have to decide whether to tuck a dollar in a garter or a gas tank. Plebian
We’re not deaf, senator, just stupid. Joey.
Congratulations to Joey and Plebian!
We'll have a new MRQ of the week poll up eventually.
Then I came home. Chris.
The Coming Earth Inferno Elliot.
Variations on the words could include shoegasmic, textacular (not to be confused with testicular) or even textastic. Ms Ally.
My brain has been malfunctioning again Silent E.
Blah now I need a Guinness to wash the damn raisin taste out of my mouth. Chris.
Avoid clicking on his homepage, as you'll probably end up with the e-quivalent of scabies. Plebain.
Write on the snow with blue or red paint. No yellow! Althouse.
Does this hat make me more qualified? The Asian Badger.
not nearly enough space for bumper stickers. Geek49203
OSAMA..... OBAMA...... and..... YOUR MOMMA!!!! Bryan.
For the record, corn ethanol still sucks. Jib.
Fondling my blackberry Jones.
I think I just heard a pop… Ryan.
That’s scumbag conservative to you, thanks. Ryan.
I’m proud of that shot! Mrs. Obama? Patrick.
My gosh… Chris Matthews is right. Joey.
His body rejected the implants! Jimi.
Change you can Xerox. Hillary Clinton. (That's quite good)
Life isn’t Law & Order. Or CSI. Or Walker: Texas Ranger. Peter.
Tonight I went to the Texas Roadhouse in Columbus, wearing a pink shirt. Aaron.
Let’s drunk-blog. Steve Egg.
Ah. Au gratin potatoes. That's a quality side. Mayor Quimby via Chris. (vote Quimby)
The Goracle STILL hasn’t returned my call…. Ric.
BFF's were about to get their party on. Jimi.
behold the power of makeup James.
Damn straight I bought it. Jones.
Go ahead and look out for No. 1. Just be careful not to step in No. 2. Peter.
I can’t remember, is she running for President or kindergarten teacher? Elliot.
Please, just try to avoid puking on the carpet. Owen.
Behold, the next enemy of the left...BIG SALT!! Grossmouth.
What do lawyers use for contraception? A. Their personalities! Foust.
he looks fabulous in this hat. Fred.
Yes, I know....I'm RUDE! Kate.
Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.
"You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected," he said. "You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts."
"In that context, I have decided to run for president," Nader told NBC's "Meet the Press."
Nader also criticized Republican candidate John McCain and Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for failing to support full Medicare for all or cracking down on Pentagon waste and a "bloated military budget. He blamed that on corporate lobbyists and special interests, which he said dominate Washington, D.C., and pledged in his third-party campaign to accept donations only from individuals.
"The issue is do they have the moral courage, do they have the fortitude to stand up to corporate powers and get things done for the American people," Nader said. "We have to shift the power from the few to the many."
Did he really just say Barack Obama is not liberal enough? Frightening.
February 24, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Pakistan's government has banned access to the video-sharing Web site YouTube because of anti-Islamic movies that users have posted on the site, an official said Sunday.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority told the country's 70 Internet service providers Friday that the popular Web site would be blocked until further notice.
The authority did not specify what the offensive material was, but a PTA official said the ban concerned a movie trailer for an upcoming film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who has said he plans to release an anti-Koran movie portraying the religion as fascist and prone to inciting violence against women and homosexuals.
The PTA official, who asked not to be identified because he was not an official spokesman, said the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority also blocks Web sites that show controversial drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. The drawings were originally printed in European newspapers in 2006 and were reprinted by some papers last week.
The PTA urged Web users to write to YouTube and request the removal of the objectionable movies, saying authorities would stop blocking the site once that happened.
Pakistan is not the only country to have blocked access to YouTube.
In January, a court in Turkey blocked the site because some video clips allegedly insulted the country's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It is illegal to insult Ataturk in Turkey.
Last spring the Thai government banned the site for about four months because of clips seen as offensive to Thailand's revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Moroccans last year were unable to access YouTube after users posted videos critical of Morocco's treatment of the people of Western Sahara, a territory Morocco took control of in 1975.
I love You Tube, I hope nobody puts anything up to get it shut down in this country. You know like talking about earmark reform or being critical of the Obamesiah.