April 12, 2008

Saturday Funny

1500% tax increase...

SACRAMENTO - Joe Six-pack will have to pay a lot more to get his buzz on if Assemblyman Jim Beall has his way.

The San Jose Democrat on Thursday proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That's an increase of about 1,500 percent.

Beall said the tax would generate $2 billion a year to fund health care services, crime prevention and programs to prevent underage drinking and addiction.

"The people who use alcohol should pay for part of the cost to society, just like we've accepted that concept with tobacco," Beall said.

I have a question. Is this all the Democrats do all day, sit around and figure out new ways to increase taxes and spending?

Seriously, if the Democrats put as much energy and effort into rooting out government waste they might be stunned at how much money they already have.

Another Global Warming Expert Changes His Mind.

Whoops he's going to be knocked out of the best conferences now.

Bad Teacher

I have previously pointed out the blog Bad Bad Teacher. I really don't think people understand how wide-spread this trend of teachers preying on students is. I'm going to start a weekly recap to bring attention to this issue.

The following items were reported in the last week:
  • (04/11/08 - Initial BBT Report) Melissa Williams, 41, a teacher at Huntington Pride School in Huntington, Texas has turned herself in today after being accused of having sexual contact with a 17 year old student.
  • (04/11/08 - Initial BBT Report) Daryl Jude Pribik, 46, a special education teacher at Hamtramck High School in Hamtramck, Michigan has been charged with distributing child sexually abusive material, using a computer to commit a crime, communication with another via computer to commit a crime and possession of child sexually abusive material.
  • (04/11/08 - Initial BBT Report) Tracy Meadows, a former band teacher at Piggott High School in Piggott, Arkansas has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.
  • (04/11/08 - Initial BBT Report) Scott Thomas Strandberg Jr., 24, a drumline coach at Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland has been arrested and charged on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student.
  • (04/11/08 - Initial BBT Report) Jason Garant Perkins, 38, a former social studies teacher at Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has been charged with 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • (04/10/08 - Initial BBT Report) John Calvin Brasfield, 55, a vocational teacher at South Stokes High School in Walnut Cove, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with a female student.
  • (04/10/08 - Initial BBT Report) Mark James Mason, 48, a former teacher at Santa Fe High School has pleaded no contest in a Bartow, Florida courtroom to 50 counts of possession of child pornography.
  • (04/10/08 - Initial BBT Report) Ivan Carcelen, 56, a special-education teacher at David W. Griffith Middle School in Los Angeles, California has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
  • (04/10/08 - Initial BBT Report) Carlos D. Araiza, a Spanish teacher at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, California has been arraigned in federal court on child pornography charges. On April 2, Araiza was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
  • (04/09/08 - Initial BBT Report) Charles Russell Young, 63, a former teacher and school technology support person at Pierce Middle School in Tampa, Florida has been arrested on 60 counts of possession of child pornography.
  • (04/09/09 - Initial BBT Report) William Tinsley IV, 28, a math and physical education teacher at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida has been arrested and charged with sexual battery on a 17-year-old female student.
  • (04/09/08 - Initial BBT Report) Philip Cardwell, 55, a former English teacher at Simsboro High School in Simsboro, Louisiana and “teacher of the year” has been sentenced to 18 months in jail. In January of 2008 Cardwell pleaded guilty to six felony charges stemming from two camping trips between August of 2006 and January of 2007
  • (04/08/08 - Initial BBT Report) Daniel Scott Markofski, 47, the principal of Spring Grove Elementary School in Spring Grove, Illinois has been arrested and charged with two counts of exposing a child to harmful material and sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older.
  • (4/08/08 - Initial BBT Report) David Layman, 35, a teacher at the Imagine Charter School in Weston, Florida and the Arts Academy of Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida has been has been arrested for the alleged molestation of a 7-year-old boy.
  • (04/08/08 - Initial BBT Report) Ryan C. Wilborn, 22, a volunteer band coach at Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Florida has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with two 15-year-old female students.
  • (04/08/08 - Initial BBT Report) Ranulfo “Randy” Arias, 26, a Spanish teacher and cross-country coach at Akins High School in Austin, Texas has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student on allegations that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a female student and sought to marry her.
  • (04/08/08 - Initial BBT Report) Robert E. Richards, 33, the band director at Columbia Junior/Senior High School in Columbia, Pennsylvania has been arrested on allegations of an ongoing sexual relationship with a female student who was 16-years-old when the alleged relationship began
  • (04/07/08 - Initial BBT Report) Regina McKay, 33, a former computer teacher at Geronimo High School, in Geronimo, Oklahoma has pleaded “no contest” to the second degree rape of a 17-year-old male student in 2006.
  • (4/05/08 - Initial BBT Report) Ronald Malcus James, 57, a former literature teacher at the Walton County Alternative School in Monroe, Georgia has been indicted by a grand jury on 26 counts of sexually exploiting children.
  • (04/05/08 - Initial BBT Report) Brenda Shellene “Shelly” Fant, 31, a teacher at Arkansas High School in Texarkana has been arrested on allegations that she had sex with a 17-year-old male student.
As you can see these occurrences are hardly isolated.

April 11, 2008

Guess the number game.


UPDATE: Caledonia unplugged got it! This is from Rasmussen.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% oppose such a government-led initiative while 31% are not sure.

The survey also found that 46% believe the quality of care would decrease under a national health insurance program while 16% believe that quality would increase. Twenty percent (20%) say the quality of care would remain about the same while 18% are not sure.

At the same time, 42% believe the cost of health care would increase while 25% would expect prices to go down.

While opposing a national program overseen by the federal government, Americans support requiring companies to provide health insurance for their employees. Sixty-three percent (63%) favor such a requirement while 24% are opposed.

An earlier survey found that just 31% rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.

At the same time, people give much higher reviews to their own health care coverage.
Another survey found that half of all Americans say they support providing free health care for all citizens. However, support for free coverage drops dramatically if it would require changing to a new insurance program.

The current survey found strong partisan differences on all questions.

Republicans strongly oppose national health insurance by a 59% to 25% margin. Democrats are more evenly divided—35% of Democrats favor, 26% oppose, and 39% are not sure. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 25% favor national health insurance overseen by the federal government. Thirty-five percent (35%) of unaffiliateds oppose such a program while 38% are undecided.

I'm not from Wisconsin, so...

Okay, I screwed this up. I had these two lists, see, and I got them confused. So yesterday I posted from List A, and I meant to post from list B. So here is the proper numbers 22-28. I apologize for the mistake, but this is a free service, so what are you gonna do?

Never trust a non-Wisconsinite to sing the praises of Wisconsin. Other inferior non-Wisconsinites include:

22) North Carolina is the home of John Edwards. If that doesn’t disqualify it from the running, then nothing else will.

23) Famous Wisconsin architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. Famous Maryland Architect: none.

24) South Dakota has a mountain on which was carved the face of two slaveowners, a warmonger, and the lesser Roosevelt. Wisconsin has…well, nothing so garish as that, I’m sure.

25) The famous Wisconsin law blogger (Ann Althouse) is much better looking than the famous Tennessee law blogger (Glenn Reynolds).

26) Way to pick an original name, Washington. What’s next, you name your cities after Indian tribes that used to live in the area or something?

27) It’s rumored that a bizarre religious sect has its worldwide headquarters in Utah. At least, that was rumored during the Republican primaries, but I haven’t heard that much about it since then.

28) Wisconsin’s most infamous politician: Joseph McCarthy. Arkansas’ most infamous politician: Bill Clinton. McCarthy gave us the red scare and the Hollywood blacklist. Clinton gave us the Starr hearings and a splotched dress. Advantage: Wisconsin.

On Monday, I'll try to pull of the correct list and actually give you 29 through 35. But if you recognize some of them, I apologize.

This is "hope"?

The Obama website has a section open where people can write their own blog postings.

However this feature is under the editorial control of the Obama campaign. In short, if the campaign does not approve off the posting then the campaign can remove it. The campaign has removed postings from the Black Panthers and Anti-Semitic posts until they became known around the Internet and were removed.

This is part of a post currently up from Ejike of Canton Georgia.

It is unbecoming of an old man who is a part of the problem America has today to tell us not to hope. What a deaf man? If McCain has given up on hope and life, the rest of America has not. He should pay a deserved visit to the undertaker. So, someone should please remind McCain there is a place called a zoo where the likes of him should take abode while the rest of America moves on.

This post has been up more than six weeks and is still being allowed to stand.

So this is "Hope". Hoping Senator McCain visits the undertaker.

If you are an Obama supporter this is representing you. If you don't like it contact the campaign yourself and ask for this and other examples of these kinds of hate to be removed.

If this is Senator Obama's different kind of campaign, I can see why he is losing ground to Senator McCain in the polls.

UPDATE: Since we reported on this today, suddenly the web page his vanished. Steve Egg did grab a screen capture of the page you can see it here.

In the same post the author also attacked Senator McCain for his time as a POW, "Moreover, he has not told us what exactly he told the Viet Con when he was under their care."

Seriously, the left had a fit when anyone questioned anything about Senator Kerry getting a splinter while in his service and now this idiot dares question Senator McCain who was a POW for 5 years?

One more interesting tid-bit. While camp Obama removed the piece we reported on, they left up all the rest of Ejike Ofomezie's writings. I guess they were only concerned with that one piece that I brought to their attention this morning. (Yes, I did report it to the campaign)

Some of his other musings:
  • Hillary reminds me of of a psychiatric patient who has no insight to her situation by insisting that she is not "mental" when all the signs of "madness" is written all over her.
  • Bill Clinton DESECRATED THE WHITE HOUSE by having SEX with Monica Lewinsky in th OVAL OFFICE- the sacred alter of the American democracy. Yet, again, America forgave Bill Cilnton. Bill Clinton HAS NO SHAME!!! (well he is right about that one)
  • All the anchors at Fox "New" are behaving like mutant ninjas without exception.
    Wake up Americans and take this country back from these paid agents and their masters!!!! (a little racist lingo anyone?)
  • There is nothing wrong in stating the facts that Hillary and Bill are in this race for an ego-trip. She has suddenly realized that if she misses this "opportunity", she will be rather too old to run for office in 12 years time.
  • White men will make SURE she loses.
  • I have resolved to use the technology embedded in my TV remote control to check this nuisance named Ralph Nader. I SWITCH THE CHANNEL WHENEVER THAT POKY FACE SHOWS UP ON ANY CHANNEL!!
  • Mr Smiley should direct his fire to the White House and Republicans who have criminally neglected New Orleans rather than looking for new scape goats to improve his ratings. (someone tell this idiot Lousiana was run by Democrats)
  • Why are we allowing BILLARY to drag the party down this road by employing all kinds of ploy and statements, including the new lexicon, DELEGATE POACHING.
  • Now that Hillary and her evil empire has decided to throw the sink with the kitchen at Barack.
  • If this country should go down with the Republican war mongers, those lunch bucket Democrats who think that Bill and Hillary will take care of their family dog for them would have failed this nation by not decisively dealing the final blow to Bill and Hillary's naked political ambitions by NOT VOTING FOR THEM IN THE PRIMARIES

There are many more examples but I am sure you get the idea. After my pointing out the hate being spewed by this person they deleted the one post put did care enough to look and see what else might be out there from this author.

Right Data, Wrong Conclusion.

McCain Erases Obama Lead Breitbart.com

"Republican Sen. John McCain has erased Sen. Barack Obama's 10-point advantage in a head-to-head matchup, leaving him essentially tied with both Democratic candidates in an Associated Press-Ipsos national poll released Thursday.The survey showed the extended Democratic primary campaign creating divisions among supporters of Obama and rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and suggests a tight race for the presidency in November no matter which Democrat becomes the nominee.McCain is benefiting from a bounce since he clinched the GOP nomination a month ago. The four-term Arizona senator has moved up in matchups with each of the Democratic candidates, particularly Obama."

I don't believe McCain has caught up to anything. This is not so much a measure of McCain gaining ground as it is Obama losing ground.

The more people learn about Obama, the less they like him. He is a brilliant orator, but how is the most liberal senator we have a unifying force? He is not. He has lied and spun away from controversy in much the same way as the Clintons have and the people are starting to recognize him for what he truly is.

Just another liberal.

I hear postage is going up again....

From Orlando Sentinel

Postal officials defend $13,500 steak dinner

Internal funds cover the $13,500 tab for filets and drinks, they say. Auditors call it 'abusive.'

Mark K. Matthews Washington Bureau
April 10, 2008

WASHINGTON - When the U.S. Postal Service rang up a $13,500 tab at an Orlando steakhouse, it spared no expense during a five-hour meal that government investigators are calling "abusive" in its extravagance.

The order -- charged to government credit cards -- included more than $3,000 for drinks, more than $500 for shrimp cocktails and almost $900 for mini crab cakes, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigate arm of Congress.

And then there's the steak."The better question is probably what they didn't order," GAO investigator Gregory Kutz said Wednesday. He counted 81 entrees -- including just about every kind of steak -- from the 2006 feast at Ruth's Chris Steak House on Sand Lake Road.

The GAO cited the Orlando meal as part of an overarching audit into abuse of government credit cards. The report, released this week, found 41 percent of purchases reviewed by the GAO from 2005 to 2006 failed "basic internal control standards."

These include safety measures such as getting proper authorization or having someone other than the cardholder review the expense. A lack of oversight led to abuses such as embezzling or odd expenses such as lingerie, electronic equipment and, in one case, $77,700 worth of expensive suits bought by the Pentagon.

But U.S. Postal Service officials said it was unfair to compare the dinner with other abuses cited in the GAO report. "This is not taxpayer money. What we spend is what we make. The Postal Service is funded solely by our products and services," said Gerry McKiernan, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

That is $166 per person folks... No wonder postage is going up AGAIN on May first.

Where else would a disgraced left wing radio talker go?

By Mike Stern

According to John Scott, PD of Clear Channel talk KKGN/San Francisco, suspended talker Randi Rhodes (pictured) and Air America network have parted company as of Wednesday (April 9). In a posting on the station Web site Scott says that on Monday (April 14), "it will be our pleasure to announce the return of Randi Rhodes to the Green 960 family."

Rhodes was suspended indefinitely last week by Air America following remarks she made at an appearance for KKGN where she called both Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro "f---cking bitches." An official announcement is expected from Air America about Rhodes' departure on Thursday (April 10).

April 10, 2008

Tell you what Elton...


Elton John, playing a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in New York on Wednesday, said he was amazed at the misogyny of some in America and he hoped that wouldn't stop her being president.

At the fund-raiser which Clinton's campaign manager said raised $2.5 million (1.26 million pounds), John said there was no one more qualified to lead the United States into the next era.

"Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at the misogynistic attitude of some people in this country. And I say to hell with them," he said, drawing cheers from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.

Tell you what Elton, to hell with you... Believe it or not some people don't like Hillary Clinton because she is an unethical liar willing to say or do absolutely anything to further her chief cause, herself. That does not mean we have a misogynistic attitude. We like women just fine, it is just Hillary Clinton we have an issue with.

What I don't like is pretentious Brits known to wear duck suits trying to act intellectually superior. Why don't you keep your nose in UK politics and keep it out of ours.

Its lucky for Harley they are not bringing back this idiot for the 105th.

Wisconsin: Not Just for Breakfast


I apolgize, but want everyone to remember that I am a member of the Ace of Spades Army of Morons for good reason.

Olympic double-speak

Does anyone else find it odd that the very people who make the claim that our status around the world is diminshed now suggest that our President should "dis" the Olympics?

Say what you will about the Olympics and the committee's decision to give the Olympics to Communist China, but the Olympis are supposed to be the time when we set our differences aside to promote global harmony through sport.

Dreams really do come true.

April 9, 2008

Guess the number game


UPDATE: This is from an ABC News piece.

Angry protesters, riot police, mass demonstrations, arrests for disorderly conduct -- it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the Olympic-torch relay. If people are looking for another reason to be pissed at China, how about this: By the time this pyro parade is over, it will have produced about 11 million pounds of carbon emissions.

Yes people your Olympic Torch is generating 11 million pounds of carbon emissions. This proves once and for all that bringing people together for sporting competition in the name of brotherhood and world-wide peace causes global warming.

Odder still, ABC editors allowing "another reason to be pissed at China" to be published.

Wisconsin: Stay for the Cheese

Another reason that Wisconsin is the state that all the others want to be is because it has some seriously awesome slogans, mottos, and etcetera. Just consider:

15) Wisconsin’s motto, Stay just a little bit longer, is so much more welcoming than Maine’s, Full of grumpy cranks.

16) Wisconsin’s state dance is the Polka. Virginia’s is the Virginia Reel, so named because it’s really unlikely that anyone dances it any more. By contrast, Polka is cool again, because “Weird” Al Yankovich still plays it.

17) An anagram of Wisconsin is “Cows in Sin.” I don’t know what that means, but it’s better than any anagrams you’ll come up with for Iowa.

18) Wisconsin’s state slogan is Forward, which is just one word and all in English, unlike Oregon, whose slogan is Alis volat propriis, which is Latin for “We’re probably violent.”

19) Wisconsin has a rectangular flag, unlike Ohio, which has this really queerly-shaped flag. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

20) That state flag is also totally original, with a miner and a dude with a lasso and everything. This is superior to Texas, which ripped off North Carolina but couldn’t afford the gold banners so just went with “plain” in their blue field.

21) Wisconsin’s flag is non-threatening, as opposed to Mississippi’s savage use of racist imagery to oppress its minorities under the white man’s bootheel.

Tomorrow: You might think I've hit bottom with 15-21, but for 22-28 I really start digging!

Kehl to Jail

Running the risk of re-hashing a well-told and documented story of corruption, I thought it important that everyone see County Exec Allan Kehl pled guilty and looks to be facing 2 years in prison. What do other inmates think about rooming with a former Sheriff for cripes' sakes?! (He was Kenosha County's longest serving Sheriff, at that.)

I've watched this story with interest, as I've worked with Allan while I was in the senate. He came across as a non-ambitious, laid back, wrinkled shirt kinda guy. The thing I liked most about him was his willingness to buck his Democrat Party affiliations at times. He really seemed to have the best interests of Kenosha county at heart. He also appeared to be a guy who was equally frustrated by government machinery getting in the way of progress.

But inmate-to-be-Allan finds himself standing alone in the face of this scandal for the time being. No doubt it comes across as scurrilous and shady. I mean really, accepting money in a bag in someone's garage?! Even drug dealers are more sophisticated than that today.

So, while I'm disappointed in someone I thought actually had integrity (and was even a Democrat!), I guess I'm not surprised. The casino deal in Kenosha was a high-stakes game. Certainly not for the politically faint of heart.

It appears that the Troha web has caught many of the "who's who" in Kenosha politics. There are more charges to come, according to reports. Speaking of......hey, why hasn't anyone loudly demanded Senator Bob Wirch return the Troha contributions he received? And wouldn't you think that'd be the first thing Bob would do seeing what's happening around him? Or does he think that he, too, is made of Teflon like his esteemed Governor Doyle?

My teflon pans only last so long, though. For a while I'm cocky with them--using metal spatulas as if the pan is indestructible. It's not until the first sticky omelette that I realize you can't abuse teflon.

Senator Wirch, I hope for your sake you've been using plastic spatulas.....

Why did you vote the way you did in the Wisconsin race for Supreme Court?

There is a poll up on the side bar asking what made you vote for one candidate over another in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Race.

A. Judicial Philosophy.
B. Race.
C. Special Interest Advertising.

Please vote.

MRQ of the week winner.

Congratulations to Mr. Pelican Pants for winning MRQ of the week honors.

It all depends on what your definition of "sniper fire" is.

A new poll is up, please go vote!

I almost agree with the democrats.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats plan to push legislation this spring that would force the Iraqi government to spend its own surplus in oil revenues to rebuild the country, sparing U.S. dollars.

The legislation follows a recommendation by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, that the Bush administration halt troop withdrawals in July. Petraeus on Wednesday was wrapping up two days of congressional testimony in which he has said security gains in the war zone are too fragile to promise further drawdowns.

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said pausing troop reductions would signal to the Iraqis that the United States was committed to the war indefinitely.

"Rather, we need to put continuous and increasing pressure on the Iraqis to settle their political differences, to pay for their own reconstruction with their oil windfalls, and to take the lead in conducting military operations," said Levin, D-Mich.

I agree Iraq should use their oil revenue for costs in their own country. However, the administration has laid off of this concept due to the constant harping of the left that we are just their after their oil. Let it be known that it is the Democrats who came up with this measure, I agree with it, but once and for all the in Iraq for oil argument is dead.

DRQ, Drinking Right Quotes

You never quote me. Jimi.

When Kelly lets her hair down & Has a drink or two, look out. Nick.

We're all screwed up? Steve H

I owe you a beer. Fraley

I loved the bowling. Mrs RDW.

I have a small one. Nick.

Deibert is coming. Fraley.

Is he wearing a black turle neck? Fred

I'm not on DRQ am I? Steve E.

When was the last time I had 3 beers? Fred

Nothing like good sex on 1,000 thread count sheets. Steve H.

Who told him? Fraley.

April 8, 2008

On the fence....

Rumor has it Dan Deibert is on the fence about attending Drinking Right tonight... He has to live blog American Idol.


I admit to liking Idol this year, there are 5 or 6 really good singers on there, but I'll be at Drinking right.

Does anyone else see the resemblance by the way?

Wisconsin Forever, Others Never!

Yesterday I focused on the people of Wisconsin, which is one of the many things that makes it great. Another thing that sets Wisconsin apart in greatness is that many of the other states are fundamentally flawed:

8) Wisconsin’s got a nice, normal, state shape. Oklahoma looks weird, like a meat cleaver.

9) You could fit six Hawaiis inside one Wisconsin. And Wisconsin’s got two and a half as much coastline, to boot! So get those beach towels and go soak up some sun already!

10) Wisconsin is inside the central time zone and accepted Daylight Savings Time without complaint, because they are loyal, forward-thinking citizens. Indiana resisted DST until 2006, because it is a state full of evil crackpot Luddites.

11) Wisconsin has been part of the USA since its inception and does not need to declare its newness to disassociate itself from previous loyalties to another country, like some states have to. For example, those traitorous pigs in New Mexico.

12) Same goes for those crown-loving Tories in New Jersey.

13) Hollywood tells me that West Virginia is full of inbred, gap-toothed hicks. Why would Hollywood lie to me?

14) There is no false advertising in the name Wisconsin, unlike Rhode Island, which has neither Rhodes nor Islands. Although it might have Randi Rhodes, but she's a foul-mouthed harpy, which hardly seems like a plus.

Tomorrow: Wisconsin easily wins the battle of mottos, flags, and slogans.

Hillary's lies go back further than you think.

Read this report of Hillary's activities in the Watergate scandal.

Frankly none of this surprises me.


A great column from Erick Erickson....

Barack Obama seeks to portray himself as a new type of politician. He wants to lead us, he says, with hope for the future, change in the present and repudiation of the past eight years so that America can exchange the failed policies of the last eight years for those of the past one hundred years, He seeks, if you will, to transcend politics. But if you were to take an objective look at Obama, you could reasonably conclude that Obama transcends politics by making the typical politician appear more honest. With each passing day, a new lie springs forth from Obama’s mouth causing university professors and ivy league graduates to faint at the non-truth that affirms their world view.

Read the rest.

You had to know this was coming.

Los Angeles considers global warming tax

April 7, 2008 - 9:58AM

The Orange County Register

To fight global warming, a bill in Sacramento would enable Los Angeles County transit officials to increase taxes on motorists. It's a bad idea that may foreshadow even worse to come.

Billed as a "climate change mitigation and adaptation fee," the measure would cost motorists either an additional 3 percent motor fuel tax, or up to a $90 annual flat fee, based on vehicle emissions. The new charges would be on top of taxes already paid at the pump. Either option requires a majority approval by a vote of the people.

"At this point the people of the Los Angeles region have just had it when it comes to traffic and air quality," claimed Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a Los Angeles Democrat and author of Assembly Bill 2558.

We concur about the traffic mess, but with little else Mr. Feuer claims in seeking to overtax motorists. The assemblyman's sleight of hand conflates two issues, the real problem of congested traffic and the contrived emergency of so-called global warming.

...Los Angeles County motorists should ask Mr. Feuer what global temperature would persuade him that a new tax is unneeded. Global warming, now conveniently rechristened "climate change," is perfect for demagoguery. Those advancing the cause won't explain how they will know we have won the global warming fight, let alone what the ideal temperature is supposed to be.

Climate has changed as long as the Earth has spun on its axis. It's been considerably warmer in recent centuries than today, and during those periods humanity simply adapted, indeed, flourished with fewer cold-weather deaths and more abundant crops.

Read the whole thing.

Drinking Right Alert

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes....

Wait, that's those other guys who could not keep it together.

Our monthly installment of Drinking Right will be tonight at Papa's. Contrary to rumor this is not some insiders vast right wing conspiracy meeting, this is a loose gathering of bloggers and blog readers who have a drink and share some pizza and ideas.

Papa's Social Club, 7ish to wheneverish.

See you there.

April 7, 2008


Welcome aboard Plebian.

I have invited Plebian to join the RDW team and thankfully he said yes.

Plebian has a gift of looking at serious issues in a satirical manner that I really appreciate.

Plebian will keep posting as usual at Daily Dollop but seeing as so many of his readers come from Wisconsin (I wonder why?) he has decided to post his Wisconcentric material here.

We are fortunate to have him. His first post is right beneath this one!

Welcome aboard!

Let's hear it for Wisconsin!

With Fred’s post below sending Wisconsinites out to their garages to asphyxiate themselves in despair, I thought it might be worthwhile to inject some positvity into this anti-Wisconsin screed blog.

So without further ado, here are 49 reasons why Wisconsin is better than the other states. Bear in mind, I’m not a Wisconsinite, but still I can appreciate a good state when I see one:

First: The great people of Wisconsin itself:

1) Wisconsin is full of hard-working, decent folk. Nevada is full of gambling casinos, busty strippers, and wanton harlots. Okay, we’ll say that Nevada is a close second, but family values have got to count for something.

2) Milwaukee has more bars and breweries per capita than Colorado does. Bunch of faux drunks down there, I tell you what.

3) Wisconsin’s people named their capital after a popular girl’s name. Alabama’s people named their capital after some Civil War General or something.

4) Nebraska men are so inept with women that they spend most nights at home alone husking more than corn, if you know what I mean. And I think that you do.

5) Wisconsinites have exquisite tastes in blogs, unlike the people in Delaware, who probably read Huffington Post or some such garbage.

6) Kentucky is full of liars, because I can assure you that their grass is not, in fact, blue. It’s green, like everybody else’s, despite what climate change alarmists might tell you.

7) Wisconsin’s not having delusions of grandeur trying to arrest the president. Vermont is.

Tomorrow: Reasons 8 through 14.

Wisconsin fever: catch it!

MRQ, the Governor should select the MRQs

Another neighborhood pool and no expense to the taxpayer. Clint.

because the Goracle is cereal. Stix.

Ahh, the smell of conservatism in the morning :) Phel.

Bye-bye, Mike! James.

partying like a rock star in Columbus. Aaron.

If the hookers were smart they'd start booking their rooms for the DNC Convention in Denver today. Gateway Pundit.

The French have a word for win? Jib.

Is he an Amway salesman gone wild? Flasputnik

Set 2 egg timers. Althouse.

Tap, tap, tap, is this being recorded? Miss Behavin.

Post conception fertility control? Dean.

Four out of five trousers. Chris.

a convoy of dump trucks filled with loot. Bruce.

my windshield managed to massacre plenty of bugs. Owen.

spam, spam, spam, and spam. Dustbury.

the one where Rocky got his ass handed to him by a black guy? Elliot.

Satan's Little Helper Heather.

there's stuff to argue over, Lance.

I walked into the doorpost. Grumps.

Today I am celebrating the Global Warming in the front yard. Urban Pioneer.

Number of posts by Wigdy today? Fraley.

Thanks Farley. Fred.

my middle name is "gullible". Leslie.

Who's bringing the E85? Aaron.

And they wonder why people question their patriotism?

This is taken from a report on a caucus of Democrats in Seattle's 43rd district.

Further proof of this: There was some time to kill as multiple tallies of the delegates and alternates were done, and when the time-killer of taking audience questions had run its course and the idea of teling jokes had been nixed, someone suggested doing the Pledge of Allegiance to pass the time. (Are you listening, right-wing bloggers? This is going to get good.)

At the mere mention of doing the pledge there were groans and boos. Then, when the district chair put the idea of doing the Pledge of Allegiance up to a vote, it was overwhelmingly voted down. One might more accurately say the idea of pledging allegiance to the flag (of which there was only one in the room, by the way, on some delegate’s hat) was shouted down.

H/T Skip.

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Ben Sheets ____________________________________.

Olympic flame extinguished.

AP - PARIS - Security officials have extinguished the Olympic torch for a second time amid heavy protests during the torch relay in Paris.

Police have escorted the flame onto a bus, apparently to move it away from protesters.
The flame was being carried out of a Paris traffic tunnel by an athlete in a wheelchair when it was stopped because protesters booed and began chanting "Tibet."

It was the second time Monday that officials extinguished the torch amid protests. The procession was apparently being continued on board a bus.

The voices across the globe grow in protest against China.

What say you?

April 6, 2008

Ok you bow hunters, try this.

Condi for VP?

The hot rumor of the day is that Condi Rice would be interested in serving as John McCain's VP. Your thoughts?