July 25, 2009

Attention Fantasy Football Participants...


I have reactivated The Cheddarsphere League, if you participated last year check your email for your invite.

If there are spots that go open, I will open it up to new participants.

If there is enough interest I'd be happy to open up a second league. Can you imagine what Mr. Pelican Pants could come up with for a Fantasy Football team name? I, for one, want to find out.

By the way, Owen, Mr Favre has not commited to play yet so I would not take him with your first draft pick...

Let the trash talking commence. Egg, you still will not defeat me this year. Still Unreal, futbol sucks.

Calling all husbands!

Glorious day!!
We have all just been granted the magic words to speak to our wives whenever we need absolution!
The next time she catches you saying something so galactically stupid that its almost (if not entirely) indefensible, take a page out of our Lord and Savior's play book.
Just say:
[ "I could've calibrated those words differently" ]
Let me know how that works out for you.

July 24, 2009

I keep hearing the wrong question.

Time and time again over the last couple of days I hear the following question.

Should Cambridge Police review their policies?

The question should be.

Should Harvard review their hiring policies?

Falling Star of the Democrat Party


Should come as no surprise to us that this "rising star of the New Jersey Democrat Party" is refusing to resign his post as Mayor in a New Jersey city.


Gee, accused of accepting 10's of thousands of dollars in bribes and he's only been in office for 30 days?


No wonder the dem's consider him a Rising Star.

Gucci, Kidneys, and Rabbis


Oh, yeah...don't forget the politicians! (Just would have been too long of a title!) I knew I'd snag you with that headline, though!


So this is what goes on in New Jersey these days? Well, say what you will about Jim Doyle here in Wisconsin. At least he's not selling kidneys on the black market.


Please note the line in the story about the local politicans who were also busted: ".....all but one were democrats."


What fine standard bearers they are! (Anyone know where we can get a good deal on a fake Gucci bag now?)

This Czar is Far Out!


With so many radical ideas firing out of the Obama Cannon, it's hard to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. We've all heard bits about all of the "czars" he's appointing....side note: Isn't this America? I've never understood the whole Czar title...Why would we coin something from ancient Russia for cripes sake?




For all of you hunters/fishermen/and general lovers-of-filet-mignon, this oughtta get your feathers ruffled.


Enjoy.

I can see this column being written here in a few years.

From Michael Medved regarding light rail in Seattle.

A MUCH- BALLYHOOED BOONDOGGLE

In a triumph of bureaucratic innovation, Seattle officials tried to encourage the public to make use of a hugely expensive new transit system by banning all parking near the stations. In so doing, they provided a perfect example of government's contemptuous, reckless and ubiquitous disregard for the people it's supposed to serve and represent.

The residents of the city tried to make sense of the puzzling and novel policy in July, 2009, after the long delayed completion of the most expensive light rail project in US history. The heralded debut of "Central Link," following fourteen years of controversy, cost-overruns, false starts, embarrassing federal audits and back-to-the-drawing-board reconsiderations, left many locals deeply disturbed, even outraged, by the system's bizarre attempt to prevent people from using their cars to connect with the trains. The much-ballyhooed boondoggle (just the first stage of a vast future system scheduled for construction over the next thirty years) cost $2.4 billion for a meager 14 mile line-an unprecedented public investment of $179 million per mile (or an astonishing $100,000 per yard). The thirteen gleaming new stations feature millions of dollars worth of eye-catching public art but not a single parking place, except for a few coveted slots at the Tukwila station currently marking the end of the line.

What's more, the imperious executives at Sound Transit decreed strict limitations even for on-street parking anywhere within a quarter mile of the lavish new stations. Anyone who attempts to park a few blocks away from the light rail line and then to board a train to get to work downtown will face a fine of $44 and potential towing-- with additional charges, of course.

"Light rail was meant to be fed by people taking the bus, walking or biking," sniffed Rick Sheridan, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation. "It was not meant to be fed by cars." He insisted that "Seattle planners" looked to light rail "with a long term eye." Garages with hundreds of parking stalls "didn't fit into the vision", Sheridan told the Seattle Times. The grand-opening brochure for the system, festively titled "TRAVEL LIGHT!", featured the following arrogant explanation under the heading "Getting to the Stations": "There is no parking. Our best advice is take a bus, walk or ride your bike to the station… Riding your bike is a great way to get to the stations…We encourage you to bring a lock and park your bicycle at the staffed bicycle corrals at each station prior to boarding."

Meanwhile, potential riders stewed over their inability to use the new system, despite a total cost for construction which amounted to more than $10,000 per city household. Jammie Hunter, a resident of south Seattle's gentrifying Columbia City neighborhood, lives "about a mile away" from the nearest station, which she considers "a little more than walking distance." She originally planned to drive to the nearby terminal, park on a neighborhood street, and then enjoy a breezy, high tech commute to downtown. But the parking restrictions (the city declared open war on "hide-and-riders") made her plan impossible and left her clueless about getting to work, especially since the transit system cut back on existing bus service to try to force citizens to use the new light rail. "Why would you invest so much taxpayer money into public transit and take away parking?" Ms. Hunter asked the Seattle Times. "If they want to maximize ridership, that's not the way to do it."

Jerri White, another victim of the ill-conceived edicts of visionary planners, complained that her condition (arthritis and fibromyalgia) made it impossible for her to walk or bike the half mile to Rainier Beach station as Sound Transit suggested. As director of the popular social work agency Southeast Youth and Family Services, Ms. White, 53, said she'd probably begin taking her car to work since the new bus schedule left her old, convenient route suspended.

Apologists for the huge governmental investment (local, state and federal) in light rail, insisted that the inconvenience imposed on the likes of Ms. White mattered far less than the triumphal thrill of operating a spiffy new made-in-Japan train all the way from downtown to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC), a route comprising the full 14 miles of the new line. By car, the trip from the airport to downtown was never a particular problem, demanding no more than half an hour even in moderately heavy traffic. The light rail system, on the other hand, will almost certainly take longer for most commuters: until its final segment is finished (with completion date optimistically projected for December, 2009), the line will stop well short of the airport terminal and travelers will need to trundle onto shuttle buses for the last climactic leg of their adventure. In other words, a passenger hoping to get on a plane to New York or Chicago will need to take his or her luggage from home on his bicycle (or a bus), unload and board a Central Link train, ride the train for a few miles, then gather up the bags and board yet another bus, then unload again at curbside before schlepping your stuff up to the ticket counter to arrive in glorious discomfort.

No wonder the projections of ridership for this gold-plated new system remain distinctly modest: officials hope that within a year of the grand opening, they will welcome 26,000 passengers each day ---an insignificant blip in a Metropolitan Area of more than three million. Before the construction of light rail, only 3% of all Seattle-area commuters used buses or existing trains, and the other 97% traveled the congested freeways in cars. At best, planners claim that the new train system will raise the percentage of mass transit commuters to 4.5% -- and freely acknowledge that new light rail riders will include a large proportion of passengers who merely shift over from buses, providing no real reduction in the number of cars on the road. A major study by the Washington Policy Center in 2007 suggested that Sound Transit's grand plans, featuring at least 40 miles of new track, would shift at most 0.4% of the cars off the highways by 2030. By that time, traffic delays in the region would more than double in any event, as population growth easily outpaced the very minor additional carrying capacity by the ambitious government program.

To adjust to these stark realities, the transit planners now regularly intone that they see the Central Link system and the its already planned successors as "an alternative to congestion, not a solution to congestion." In other words, for the subsidized riders who hop aboard the shiny new trains, the system may save a few minutes a day but for the poor slobs stuck in gridlocked traffic (who aren't willing or able to bike or walk to those gaudily decorated Central Link stations) the huge public investment does absolutely nothing.

Read the rest at this link.

Why does our President

Attack an absolute hero?

Obama is standing by his remarks, I bet he still has not read the police report.

July 23, 2009

Not So Sure - Health Care Reform - Part 1

Insult or Compliment?

Wouldn't most people in public office take this as an insult instead of a compliment? It could have been a headline in The Onion, if you ask me....

One of the things I said over and over again while I was in the Senate, was "I'm not a politician. I'm a representative."

There is a difference.

Fact Check.

Obama lied through his perfect teeth last night.

Guess the number game

7,300,000

Update: Fox's decision to go with "So You Think You Can Dance" instead of Obama's prime-time presser on Wednesday paid off for the network, with the dance competition winning the time slot with 7.3 million viewers, according Nielsen overnight numbers. (via Broadcasting & Cable). Across the three broadcast networks that carried it -- ABC, NBC, and CBS -- 16.5 million viewers tuned in. However, this was the least watched of Obama's prime-time pressers so far.

Thanks to Golfing Grandpa for suggesting this guess the number.

Reality Check

Remember that “You might be a redneck if…” comedian?
Yeah, I never thought he was all that funny. I, as some might know, am far more direct.
So I’ve come up with my own list:

IF you voted for BO thinking your taxes would go down, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking he wouldn’t raise your taxes, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking he wasn’t going to RAISE your taxes, you are stupid (get it yet??).
IF you voted for BO thinking that the world was going to automatically love us again, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking he was going to usher in an era of bi-partisanship in the government, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking he was going to usher in an era of “openness” in legislation, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking Iran, NoKo and Venezuela would fall in line and not be thugs to their neighbors and the rest of the world, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking his extensive experience in community organizing made him qualified enough to handle the job of POTUS, you are stupid.
IF you voted for BO thinking he was a wonderful orator, you are stupid – he’s a reader.
IF you voted for BO thinking he was The Chosen One to help you and your family during tough economic times, you are stupid.

IF you voted for BO thinking you were going to be better off, you are stupid.

Oh and by the way?
Your kids are completely screwed too.
Thanks for that.

In Obama's America you are guilty if he says so.

Seriously you liberals, defend this. He passed judgment without even reading the reeport. Nothing new there he is pushing a health care bill that he did not read either.

How can anyone defend this man? He is completely out of control.

on Lemmings...

So last nite I’m watching this really off-the wall documentary about BO (the idiot, not the dog). It was all about how his supporters tend to follow him blindly.

They believe in his promise of hope…….and change.
They believe that a Utopia is attainable through socialist policies.
They yearn to create a world where everyone is equal and all the spoils are shared evenly.
Even Senators who might disagree with his vision of the future are sometimes sacrificed.
In the end, his followers are put to the ultimate test by being asked to blindly follow his direction, no matter how bizarre or cataclysmic it might seem.
They are told to trust The One.

Waitwaitwaitwait……Sorry, I guess it wasn’t about BO after all.

Boy, the story sure sounded familiar.

Guess the number game

58

Update: July 21, Nashville, TN set a new record low teperature, 58. This was the third consecutive record low. Nashville is the home of Al Gore.

50's in Tennessee in July... What does August hold?

July 22, 2009

RIP Gidget

Best Pool Shot Ever

Fair is fair.

I'll go for Obama care if, and only if, every federal, state, county and local government employee is also put on it. Teachers and retirees too.

This Can't Be Right...

Lower taxes improve entrepeneurship? I thought government expansion was supposed to do that.

The Connection Between High Taxes and Low Rates of Entrepreneurship

If you were to ask an entrepreneur what factors are most important to the success of his or her business, you?re most likely to hear - finding and keeping the right employees, affordable health insurance, protecting intellectual property and cutting through typical government red tape.

Entrepreneurs who are not earning a profit may not be concerned yet about corporate income taxes. Those who do not own their own building may not be worrying about property taxes, although they are paying them indirectly through rent or lease payment.

In order to create a healthy environment for the entrepreneurs, it is important to keep local and state taxes down.

There are some legislatures who might panic at the thought of a $1.6 billion deficit and wonder if anyone would notice an increase in taxes in certain areas, which mind you, would help the economy.

Companies with a vested interest, small businesses and entrepreneurs will definitely notice the increase even if taxes aren?t necessarily an issue for them.

Statistics shows that if state and local taxes were lower in certain states, namely Wisconsin, those states would attract more entrepreneurs.

In a study commissioned by the Small Business Administration, Donald Bruce (University of Tennessee) and John Deskins (Creighton University), found that higher top tax rates on individual income, higher sales tax rates and the existence of state-level inheritance or gift taxes all seemed to reduce a state?s share of the national entrepreneurial stock. In their study, from 1989 to 2001, Wisconsin appeared to have had above taxes and below average entrepreneurial scores.

Even though state and local taxes are minor issues for Bruce and Deskins, they are quick to point out that states with larger state governments, as measured by state taxes per capita, seems to have lower entrepreneurial shares.

Read the rest here.

Do As I Say Not As I Do

This editorial letter is from Jay Radmeer of Brookfield, published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Leaders live like warming is a hoax

So, Pope Benedict vacations in the Alps, taken there via private jet and helicopter.

Prince Charles, future king of England, pronounces that consumerism is dead as he is ferried off to one of his several castles staffed by hundreds for his pleasure.

President Barack Obama jets off to New York for a weekend with his wife, runs up trillion-dollar deficits that can only be repaid with future economic activity requiring massive energy use and is surrounded by a sea of black SUVs wherever he goes.

Al Gore makes millions drafting speeches from an office in his 10,000-square-foot home in Tennessee and delivers them via private jet.

Anyone see a pattern here? What these people have in common is that they are all believers in the hoax that is global warming. And they all conduct their private lives in complete opposition to their stated beliefs.

When are ordinary people going to wake up and realize that climate hysteria is not about protecting the Earth but about returning all of us commoners to a form of serfdom, in which our lifestyles and choices can be dictated by an elite few who won't live by the same rules? In their view, prosperity has gotten completely out of hand and must be restricted to the privileged few, just as in medieval times.

One final question for the "chicken little" crowd: Please, just tell me, if the current temperature of the Earth is the wrong one, what is the correct temperature? If you can't tell me that, then how do you know our current temperature is the wrong one?

Jay Radmer
Brookfield

Apparently Senator John Lehman Should Be Introducing Concealed Carry Legislation.

Racine Senator John Lehman pushed for legislation in the budget which would require all Wisconsin Drivers to carry automotive insurance.

Amazingly, Senator Lehman also voted to approve higher mandated auto insurance coverages which will increase the cost of insurance and make it harder for low income people to afford the very insurance the Senator wanted mandated.

Senator Lehman shared his rationale with the Journal Sentinel.

But 48 other states already have mandatory auto insurance - New Hampshire is the last holdout - and the public wants it here, too, said state Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine).

As you may or may not know, 48 other states have concealed carry laws, only Wisconsin and Illinois do not have them.

Given Senator Lehman's obvious concern with the laws that other states have and using that as a rationale Senator Lehman must be concerned about the lack of a concealed carry law in Wisconsin.

Socialism = Guaranteed Failure.

This story was sent to me this morning. I can not speak to the authenticity of this. I have no idea if this actually happened or if it is a fictional account. It does speak a mighty truth though. (Thanks for sending me this Terri)


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked; that no one would be poor, and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged, and everyone would receive the same grade; so no one would fail, and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged, and everyone got a B..

The students who studied hard were upset, and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less, and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too, so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings, and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Can it be any simpler than that?

July 21, 2009

ATTENTION ALL BLOGGERS, READERS & COMMENTERS

This is a MUST read.

Absolutely the most frightening thing I have read in some time. Dear Leader is going to regulate your free speech rights.

We really are on a downhill spiral toward socialism/marxism.

Preach it Rose.

This was in comments from RoseIndigo, it deserves a post of its own.

If the government runs our health care we will get the empathy of the IRS, the efficiency of the post office, and the fiscal responsibility of the Pentagon.

Aren't liberals precious?

From an editorial in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Phil Nero of Shorewood (figures) makes his case for massively expanding transit in Milwaukee.

His rationale:

Compare that to the experience my wife and I had as we spent 25 minutes looking for street parking near Bastille Days recently. We were part of the circling throng on four wheels, burning fuel and emitting exhaust fumes. Beyond downtown, mass transit to Miller Park, the airport, Harley Museum, the Domes and the zoo is not especially effective, convenient or family-oriented.

Phil, buddy. You drove to a popular downtown festival and complain because it took you 25 minutes to find street parking? You are too cheap to park in a structure and you think we should pay billions of dollars to put a train between your front porch and everywhere you might want to go at some point in the future?

Tell you what, next time drive your exhaust spewing car to Oakland Avenue and hop on the #15 bus to downtown. From there you can take the two block walk to Bastille Days. Just because the bus is not yuppy enough for you does not mean we don't have effective transit. (By the way Phil, you can ride Milwaukee County Transit to all of those other places you listed too)

Ostrich Power?

July 20, 2009

MRQ truly gone crazy

MRQ

Truly gone crazy. Chris from Racine.

Never in my life have I so fervently hoped that a cake was chocolate Jen

irony in its future. Althouse.

male bovine excrement Kate.

I loved this book! Patrick.

I almost shed a tear. Owen.

I can't add anything. Lisa.

I am not all that keen on private meetings with public officials Denis.

A big wiener. Elliot.

Poo Canoe KKdither.

I nearly cried when he said . .. . . . .. .. .. .. . . .... .... SER

What do the Health Care Reform Act, the world’s oldest profession and this picture have in common? Shoebox

How do the Gorebal Whiners explain the coldest temperatures we seen in 109 years? Silent E

Prepare for a maelstrom of babes Jimi.

a dapper, well-groomed older man wearing a pale pink shirt and an earring… Trog.

TRQ

What's TRQ? Jessica (Twitter Random Quotes)

I'm just too white to be funky. Jones

If you call this "Hope," then it's time for a Change Fuzz.

Hoist my girls. Samdham

addicted to Twitter. Emily.

she's NOT wearing pants. Amy.

Can I take a nap? Theandyman

Fink is a gentile yet pointed word. Sceptress

CAN I PLEASE HAVE A HORNY GOAT???? Sarandipity

Bloody's at The Hop TAB.

Crackberries are better Chris from Racine.

Screw the Pirates. heather

wondering if you ever slept. Kathy.

Topless beaches, yes Jimi.

Wish the score looked a little better. Conrad (I don't mind)

WE HAVE CAKE Hohner. (Let them eat it)

I feel naked Hohner.

the Apollo Landings were faked. Nick.

I find your inability to overlook my typos... disturbing. Darth Vader

Call Racine's New Mayor, get ignored.

This was published by a Racine Busniess owner Denis Navratil on his blog.

I called Mayor Dickert a month or so ago, shortly after he took office. I had hoped to speak with the mayor about a range of issues, mostly relating to economic development. The mayor was out of town, I was told, attending conferences etc... and he would get back to me. Fine, I thought, we have a new mayor, everyone wants his ear, he is busy. A few weeks later I left a message asking if I might be able to set up an appointment with the mayor. A week or so passed when I received a call from a gentleman from the mayors office who apologized and chalked up the mistake to inexperience. The mayor was out of town with family and he would get back to me soon. A few more weeks have now passed and I have yet to hear from the mayor or his office. I could call again but then I would feel like a stalker.

Read the rest at Denis' joint.

I think I'm going to request a copy of our new Mayor's travel expenses.

Brevity

AP Report.

Asked if Obama's health care plan represented socialism, Steele responded: "Yes. Next question."

Very good Mr. Steele.

The 10 Commandments

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