November 22, 2008

What's this?

UPDATE: I asked what this picture is, GOPFolk knew I thought I would fill in the rest of you.

This is the official NOAA USHCN climate station of record in Fairbury, Nebraska.
See that white cylinder on top of the green pole? A thermometer is in there that takes official readings that go into determining among other things atmospheric models to predict global warming.

I'm sure they get really unbiased readings that close to a house and a gas grill...
Garbage in.........

MRQ Results

MRQ Winners.

3rd Quarter MRQ Semi-Final winner.

I swear, blogging is like crack. Lance.

Lance will be entered into the prestigious MRQ of the year contest.

MRQ of the week winner, week of 11-3

I’m voting against Barack Obama’s white half. Aaron.

MRQ of the week winner, week of 10-28

Under my plan, 95% of trick-or-treaters will get more candy. Josh.

MRQ of the week winner, week of 10-20

I’d compare them to animals in the zoo, but that’s an insult to the animals. Peter.

New polls will be up shortly.

Thought of the week.

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

Weekend Music

From one of my favorite bands, FFH, "One of These Days"


November 21, 2008

This is not the recession you're looking for...

But you may well find droids here.
My company finally sold something to the UAE (apparently, they use building names and not zip codes for delivery....but I'm sure that's bound to change soon).
I now have a reason to make a business trip there, eh?
Or Brasil. Or Malaysia.... but definately Dubai.

RDW, saving you money and boosting the economy.

Check out this link for a listing of next week's Black Friday ad scans.

And courtesy of our commenter Liberalsavestheworld comes this link to check for the best Milwaukee area fuel prices.

And then there is always Drinking Right.... Dickie buys the first round and feeds us. Can't beat that.

Wigdy is 40.

Stop by and offer him a brithday greeting.

November 20, 2008

My new years resolution.

Shorter blog posts.

I'm a big fan of Elliot over at From Where I Sit.

The man gets to the point, I admire that.

All Advisers Must Go!

Are you in the market for experienced advisers for your transitional or permanent office? If so, then come on down to Crazy Bill's Cabinet Emprorium, where we've got former officials on the cheap, cheap, cheap!

Make sure to ask about our "buy one secretary, get one secretary free" deal! Great offers still available on former State, Defense, and HHS secretaries! And don't forget: with every five secretaries, you get a free intern for all your polishing needs!

Act now and we'll also throw in one former first lady, with experience both in national and international affairs, slightly used, minor glass ceiling damage, but absolutely free with every large secretary order you make! (some placation may be required, ask dealer for details)!

Remember that for every discredited, late-70's era secretary you buy, you get a free pack of Billy Beer and an authentic pale-green "malaise" sweater absolutely free! And don't worry: we guarantee our showroom to be 100% rabbit-free!

If you're hoping for a better deal, you'd better change your mind and call now!

Now we know why MPS needed to raise taxes 34% over the last three years.

$200 a night hotel rooms, millions on consultants....

The key here folks is ZERO fiscal restraint.


LONDON (AFP) – Oil prices sank under 50 dollars a barrel in London on Thursday, reaching the lowest levels for three and a half years, as the market was plagued by weak energy demand.

I thought high oil prices were Bush's fault?!? Now low energy prices are due to weak energy demand? Should not Bush get credit for lowered fuel prices if the higher ones were his fault?

I'm so confused.

November 19, 2008

Caption This

Stolen from Elliot.

Tom Daschle?

Who knew? Change is Tom Daschle?

Recycling the same old Demmie power brokers...

Change, hang on to it, that may be all that you have left.

Lowered Expectations.

Democrats seek lower expectations for auto bailout

Lowered expectations.... Boy are we going to be hearing that a lot.

November 18, 2008

How Obama Got Elected... Interviews With Obama Voters

I'm waiting.

I'm waiting for all those prices that went up due to gas prices to come back down....

I'm waiting for all those governmental departments that had to increase their budgets due to fuel cost increases to lower them again...

I'm waiting....

A brief message to State Government.

You can not tax us into prosperity. We have a $5 billion gap because you grew too much, because you behaved irresponsibly.


Taking money out of people's pockets in this economy is the WORST think you could do.

November 17, 2008

MRQ just add vodka.

how long has existing existed? Alexander.

my way of sticking it to the man. Elliot.

Dear Obama Claus, I've been very sincere this year. Gimme! Heather.

tax and spendtax and spendchoo choo on the brainoh what fun it is to ridethis empty little train Stu.

How am supposed to know where the hot sexy singles are in my area now? LSTW.

Eat the dots. Alexander

might I suggest a Black Santa? Ho, ho, ho Wigdy.

I've had fresher fish. Tom.

No need to bow. Jimi.

Remember back in the day when ‘queer’ meant odd, or unusual, and ‘gay’ meant happy? Kate.

“impaled” and “groin.” Owen.

Harpy: (n) See Entertainment Dictionary entry on The View Plebian.

I was hoping for change. Denis.

I burnt my nipple. Tony.

Well, duh! Hope & Change. D'oh! Steve.

a license to kill the automotive bailout. Josh.

I’ll be going to hell!! Bill.

Only 801 more feet to go until I’m on the beach. Ric

I voted twice and all I got was this lousy president. Aaron.

the GOP is still bowl-eligible. Tom.


Mmmmm... pumpkin spice coffee... Ally.

people are idiots Amy.

Snowpocalypse now! Egg.

One bourbon, one shot, one beer... Jayme.

Can't you just file for a quickie divorce over the internet these days? Pete.

One of the advantages of not having any money is that I have none to lose. Wigdy.

I'll explain later. Nick.

why do I live here?!?!? Bill.

If that wind blows those leaves back into my yard, I'm gonna... Gonna... Well, I'm gonna do something! Patrick.

What a putz. TAB

I just found 8 more votes for Al Franken in my DVD cabinet. Dan.

Five. Five Dollar. Five Dollar Foot-lonnnnnng! Jones.

Just add vodka? Widgy.

Three way... Chris.

Flying robot bugs. Scoff.

On the way home from work.

Snow, and gas for $1.99


Predictions revisited.

The following is a list of predictions gathered at last year's blog Christmas party.

Let's see how we did...

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, GAAP deficit for 2007-2008 fiscal year will be $3 billion.

Mark Block, 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.

Mark Block, AFPWI.ORG. Republicans pick up Assembly seats and one seat in the State Senate. Gabelman wins the Supreme Court Race.

Jim Bell, Caledonia Unplugged. Obama wins the elections. Obama goes to see Osama Bin Laden and converts him to Christianity with the Muslim World. Mideast troubles are over.

Jo Egelhoff, Fox 20 water utilities will apply for "conservation rates" where higher residential rates will be charged as usage gets higher.

Glenn Frankovis, Badger Blogger. Ed Flynn will reduce crime across the board by 25%.

John Connors, AFPWI.ORG. Hillary doesn't win, Romney does..

Kevin Binversie, Lakeshore Laments. In an effort to pander more and more, Steve Kagen will issue Congressional Resolutions for the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. No one will care but his over-worked Press Secretary.

Ric Larson, Silent E Speaks. Hillary won't get the D nomination. She'll leave Bill, shack up with Mother Sheehan and open a brothel with Barney Frank.

Kathy Carpenter, Stepping Right Up. Huckabee goes down in flames in Iowa.

Mrs RDW, Real Debate Wisconsin. Al Sharpton will finally accept Barack Obama after Obama loses the Democratic nomination. As it turns out, they finally have something in common.

Aaron Kreel, Subject to Change. The Ron Paul blimp is auctioned off on E-Bay. (Nick Schweitzer buys it)

Patrick Dorwin, Badger Blogger. Fred Gordon will be the Alderman for Milwaukee's 6th District.

James Wigderson, Wigderson Library and Pub. Owen Robinson will have to explain to the Government Accountability Board what is a "blog".

Don "Boots" Jensen. Perception is Reality. Home interest rates will rise over 8%. I will continue enjoying retirement with my lovely bride.

Fred Dooley, Real Debate Wisconsin. After organizing and promoting a successful blog party in 2007 I predict I'll do it again in 2008. (unless Dave Casper wants to come out of retirement to do it)


Things that SHOULD worry you.

The Obama presidency?
While it may me a rough time for conservatives, “scary” may be a bit strong. No he’s not so scary, but these things within the impending Obama reign should be:

Joe Biden, VP – I heard people say that “Sarah Palin was and idiot." Then what the hell is Joe Roosevelt-went-on-tv-after-the-stock-market-crashed Biden?
Bonus thought: “One heartbeat away” from being your beloved leader – yes, the man that received less votes in the democratic primary than Dennis Kucinich.

Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State – talking heads have been describing her as “experienced.” Really?? C’mon, that’s like saying you can go from community orga……..nevermind.
Bonus thought: Our “in with the new” president will also keep another Washington insider in the news: William Jefferson Clinton.

Robert Kennedy, Jr., Sec. EPA – you think Obama, Pelosi and Reid are environmental Nazis? Read up on this guy.
Bonus thought: having a Kennedy and a black man in the white house at the same time? It’s a guilty liberals dream!

Jimbo Doyle, AG – good news, he’s out of here!
Bonus thought: bad news, he’s not only leaving us with his warped version of a balanced budget, but he will leave us with Barbara Lawton…..YEAH!!

So there you have it. What your votes may very well bring you.
Thing is, votes don’t really mean anything, do they? Ask the Prop8 folks in Kalifornia.
Sleep well, folks!

Guess the number game.


November 16, 2008

I doubt you'll see this in a local paper....


The world has never seen such freezing heat
By Christopher Booker

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 16/11/2008

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

The error was so glaring that when it was reported on the two blogs - run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre, the Canadian computer analyst who won fame for his expert debunking of the notorious "hockey stick" graph - GISS began hastily revising its figures. This only made the confusion worse because, to compensate for the lowered temperatures in Russia, GISS claimed to have discovered a new "hotspot" in the Arctic - in a month when satellite images were showing Arctic sea-ice recovering so fast from its summer melt that three weeks ago it was 30 per cent more extensive than at the same time last year.

A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen's institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others. (garbage in, garbage out)

If there is one scientist more responsible than any other for the alarm over global warming it is Dr Hansen, who set the whole scare in train back in 1988 with his testimony to a US Senate committee chaired by Al Gore. Again and again, Dr Hansen has been to the fore in making extreme claims over the dangers of climate change. (He was recently in the news here for supporting the Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminally damaging a coal-fired power station in Kent, on the grounds that the harm done to the planet by a new power station would far outweigh any damage they had done themselves.)

Yet last week's latest episode is far from the first time Dr Hansen's methodology has been called in question. In 2007 he was forced by Mr Watts and Mr McIntyre to revise his published figures for US surface temperatures, to show that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s, as he had claimed, but the 1930s.

Another of his close allies is Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, who recently startled a university audience in Australia by claiming that global temperatures have recently been rising "very much faster" than ever, in front of a graph showing them rising sharply in the past decade. In fact, as many of his audience were aware, they have not been rising in recent years and since 2007 have dropped.

Dr Pachauri, a former railway engineer with no qualifications in climate science, may believe what Dr Hansen tells him. But whether, on the basis of such evidence, it is wise for the world's governments to embark on some of the most costly economic measures ever proposed, to remedy a problem which may actually not exist, is a question which should give us all pause for thought.

Why are these some fools continually listened to when they are proven wrong time and time and time again?


Da Bears still suck.