August 28, 2009

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SURPRISE!

Via Kelolan.com

The Cash For Clunkers program is adding to the activity at treasurers' offices all around South Dakota. First, people were asking for proof of ownership, so they could show they owned their vehicle for a full year, allowing them to cash it in. Now, they'll be returning to register their new vehicle. And when they do, new owners need to bring every bit of paperwork provided to them by their dealer.

"That means they need their title, their damage disclosure, their bill of sale and the dealers have 30 days to get that to them," Minnehaha County Treasurer Pam Nelson said.

But many of those cashing in on the clunkers program are surprised when they get to the treasurer's office windows. That's because the government's rebate of up to $4500 dollars for every clunker is taxable.

"They didn't realize that would be taxable. A lot of people don't realize that. So they're not happy and kind of surprised when they find that out," Nelson said.

For now, the biggest impact of the program hasn't hit this office yet, as most of the paperwork is still in the hands of the dealers. But Nelson expects to see move activity in her office in the next month.

"I'm anxious to see what it's going to be like. I have no idea how many people we're going to see. Hopefully the dealers can process their paperwork in 30 days," Nelson said. And that's when the line at this office will give some indication of how many cars the government program moved off of local lots.

Nelson adds that if you did recently purchase a vehicle, ensure your dealer gets you the paperwork in time because if they don't you could pay extra interest and penalties.

White House Being Sued Over Flag@whitehouse Scam.

Via Healthcare Horserace

The White House has “unlawfully collected information on political speech,” thereby illegally using the power of the White House to chill opposition to its plans for health care reform, according to the complaint filed in District Court <http://www.aaps-eop-complaint.pdf/> for the District of Columbia, by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) <http://www.urbancure.org/>

The lawsuit was prompted by the White House solicitation for the public to report any “fishy” comments to ‘flag@whitehouse.gov.’ Although the White House slightly revised its data collection procedure last week, the email address still exists, the illegal activity continues, and is part of an “unlawful pattern and practice to collect and maintain information” on the exercise of free speech, which “continues in violation of the Privacy Act and First Amendment even if the Defendants terminate a particular information-collection component due to negative publicity.”

The lawsuit outlines how the White House has employed a form of “bait-and-switch” tactic of accusing the Plaintiffs and other opponents of spreading misinformation about the Administration’s goals for health care reform, and thereby refusing to ‘come clean’ about its real agenda.

Guess the number game, sU... edition

2 out of 10

***UPDATE:
Number of people surveyed (all of them in that office) that had ever heard of Chappaquiddik, Mary Jo, or that Teddy was a killer that allowed an "indescretion" to drown. Lest we forget, the autopsy showed she drown.
As Mrs. sU... works in a "medical" office in the MKE area, I erroniously assumed that there would be some post-graduates elites - like the effing doctors and clinicians - that would have heard something. Even the uber-lefty of the bunch was sickened by the media displays - but then again, she was there at the time the original story broke.
Thank you M.S.M & Public schools.

Roll Up The Windows and Shut Up Back There!


As the dem's try to get some controversy going over accusations that CIA operatives blew second-hand cigar smoke into the faces of terror detainees, I find myself looking back fondly on my own family outings back in the late 60's and 70's. (As you read these next words, make sure you have your favorite Peter, Paul and Mary song running through your head.........)


My dad smoked non-filtered Old Golds in quantities of around 3 packs per day. Mom, a bit more tempered in her smoking habits, smoked filtered Old Golds at the rate of around 2 packs per day--probably able to attribute at least 1 pack per day to the daily stress Dad inflicted on the family for several assorted reasons, but I won't get into those here!


So whenever our family went anywhere in the car together, my sister and I had the pleasure of uninterrupted and abundant second-hand smoke. (Hey, it was the 60's and EVERYBODY smoked.....) Remember the cars back then--big ol' two door Buicks/Oldsmobiles--two doors being important, since that meant we didn't have control over the windows. Tina and I would gasp and gag, (depending on the mood of our parents and testing how much they'd tolerate of it), all the way to whatever our destination was.


Another great thing about those big ol' cars was the large floor of the backseat area, which allowed us to "stop, drop, and roll" (o'k, we couldn't "roll") in order to get a fresh breath of air occasionally. We'd take turns laying on the floor of the backseat--I am not exaggerating this!


I bet we smelled extra-appetizing to all the other Sunday Smorgasbord-goers as the four of us waltzed in with our nicotine-stained skin and bar-room aroma. I especially remember how we'd beg our parents to roll the windows down so we could get some fresh air, only to regret the request after having lit cigs come flying back in the car after Dad tried to "flick" his nearly spent butt out the window! (Hey, it was the 60's! EVERYBODY's kids had cigarette burns!)


Of course, today my family laughs about all this--I'm sure my Mom feels badly about it now, but we sure didn't know of all the "perils" of secondhand smoke back then--or firsthand smoke for that matter.


My point in sharing all of this with you? We lived. We weren't "tortured."


And anyone who thinks that blowing smoke in a terror suspect's face is "torture" clearly didn't grow up in the 60's! (You may now end the Peter Paul and Mary song.)

Fire Sale at Miller Park?

Available: Hoffman, Counsell, Cameron, Kendal, Looper.

Who said that?

[ "The problems of our economy have occurred not as an outgrowth of laisse-faire, unbridled competition. They have occurred under the guidance of federal agencies, and under the umbrella of federal regulations." ]

Totally stolen from LJQotD.

Try guessing before you look.

August 27, 2009

As if this was not already over-hyped...

Avian Swine Flu.

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Cry Me a River......


I mean, really.......am I supposed to feel shock, horror, disappointment and alarm that our CIA operatives kept some terror suspects awake for 6 days straight?

Are you kidding me?

Nobody cared that I was awake for 4 days straight after giving birth to my daughter! Moms worldwide have been sleep-deprived since the dawn of mankind!

If only it were made "against the law" to do that to moms like it is to terrorists.....now the terrorists are "guaranteed 4 hours of sleep for every 24 hour period."

Oh, yeah, and if you read all the way down the article, you'll see that the detainees were even "slapped and their dietary plans were manipulated!"

OH THE HORROR! That's at least on par with the beheadings, beatings, and acid-boils of Saddam Hussein's ministry! At least, that's how our media and the democrats are trying to paint it.

Thank God for the men and women who sacrifice their safety and lives in performing the distasteful and thankless jobs of protecting our country. May God forgive those who are using the service of these heroes for their own political and personal gains.

Wag that Dog, Dem's.

A Different Take on Teddy Kennedy's Legacy


With all the glowing air-brushed memories of a long, long, long serving dinosaur in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy, I received this link from someone today. Interesting how different he was from his brother, John F., although just because they were brothers doesn't mean one should expect them to think and act the same.


While I paused for a moment to reflect on Teddy's death, I sympathize with his family who has lost a loved one to cancer. To his family, he was a father, grandfather, uncle, brother and son. To the rest of us he was either our nemesis or hero.


For what it's worth, I respect people who have run for and served in public office. While I think 40 years is waaaaaaaaay too long for anyone of any party to hold that office, that he gave so much of his personal and family time to the public for so long is something we should pause and reflect upon.


At the end of that reflection, you'll probably find further arguments in favor of term limits.

Another Union Criminal.

Go figure.

Seriously Keith?

Uber-Lib Keith Schmitz keeps prattling on about what a great success the Cash for Clunkers program was.

This provides a great deal of insight into what a liberal calls a success.

This was my response to Keith...

Cash for Clunkers ran 300% over budget.

Hiring hundreds to clear up the paperwork backlog.

Rules changed mid stream.

The program stopped and started because basic projections were horrible.

Dealers were supposed to be paid within 10 days, they have massive cashflow problems because of government not being able to do what they said they would.

Did you miss today's news? Toyota is cutting production. http://www.cnn.com/2009/BUSINESS/08/26/toyota.production.ft/index.html?section=cnn_latest

This didn't put people to work, it cleared out excess inventory. Now dealerships will be so slow you could fire off a cannon and not hit anyone.

It was not about stimulus it was about pushing a radical environmental agenda to get gas guzzlers off the road. In fact, instead of doing something truly progressive like helping people who needed affordable transportation it mandated perfectly good vehicles be destroyed.

In the end some people got a good deal, production will not go up for auto makers, the dealers are left holding the bag and the junk dealers don't even want these things.

And you actually think this to be a success....

$3 billion bucks so auto dealers could have one good month. That's not a jumpstart Keith, that's a blip. But given your understanding of economics that really does not surprise.

This is what scares the hell out of people about health care. If you think a train wreck like this was a success just imagine how bad health reform with idiots like you in charge would be.

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August 25, 2009

Bill O"Reilly: Obamacare Is Unconstitutional

The latest cause of global warming???

Trees.

You can not make this stuff up.


Everything you need to know about being against Obamacare.

Chuck Norris said so.

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Paul Ryan Kenosha Listening Session

Peter live blogged the Kenosha Paul Ryan event.

Nicely done Sir.

Paul Ryan Listening Session Update.

The Paul Ryan Listening Session in Racine tomorrow will be held at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St., Thursday Aug 27th, 1:30 to 2:30.

Five Books Obama Should Be Reading On His Summer Vacation.

1. CAN I REALLY AFFORD IT? A Guide on How to Budget & "Live Within Your Means"

2. The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation

3. Vacation on a Budget (Kindle Edition)

4. The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About--Because They Helped Cause Them (Hardcover)

5. Who Killed Health Care?: America's $2 Trillion Medical Problem - and the Consumer-Driven Cure (Hardcover)

Put Your Big Boy Pants On.....


I've been reading the coverage local dem party activist Kelly Gallagher has been receiving with some mild amusement. I'm not so amused at her attempts to bring in people to different town hall meetings around our district--"leap-frogging them" (her term, not mine) to the next scheduled event to appear as though there's more support of the Obama Healthcare Plan than there really is.

Are you freakin' kidding me?!
The headline at the Racine Post was a pure laugh-out-loud moment for me. I coudn't imagine receiving such an empathetic headline!

Kelly, here's a bit of advice from one political woman to another. When you choose to get in the game, expect to leave some skin there.

During my time as a candidate and as senator, having "mean" things said about me was just a regularly scheduled part of my day. Especially, being a conservative, republican woman in a 53% democrat district and having a socialist-leaning local newspaper not printing any of my good works, and haranguing me regularly. From firefighter bullies yelling obscenities during the Racine parade (while I was walking with my children), SEIU union thugs threatening my husband at debates, to the violence and death threats I received during the Definition of Marriage debates, to the rebel-rousing Voces de la Fronteras group ganging up on my front porch in the dark----that's unfortunately the state of politics today. Nothing even CLOSE to this stuff happened to you!

So some people said some "mean" things about you? Gimme a break, man. If you show up to play with the big boys, you better put your big boy pants on, sister. Cause this ain't no game.

Where's your oil money going?

Gold plated Ferrari's

It really is a shame we don't keep more of that money at home.

Oh well, let's send billions to George Soro's owned oil companies instead.

This should be fun.

MILWAUKEE, WI - August 20, 2009. The Milwaukee Press Club's next Newsmaker Luncheon will feature a discussion about health care reform, featuring U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) and Paul Ryan (R-Janesville).

The event will take place on Friday, Aug. 28, from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub in downtown Milwaukee at 137 E. Wells St.Moore and Ryan will answer questions about the issue from a panel of professional journalists, including Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Guy Boulton, WITI Fox-6 news anchor Ted Perry and WUWM FM 89.7 reporter LaToya Dennis.

Seating will be limited and pre-registration is required.

The Milwaukee Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon Series is sponsored by Journal Communications and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Press Club presents the Newsmaker Luncheons to shed light on issues of the day. The public is invited to attend the luncheons. The cost to attend is $15 for MPC members, $20 for non-members, $10 for students. Lunch is included. Pre-registration and advance payment is required and may be done online at http://www.milwaukeepressclub.org/. Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI 53153-0176. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at http://us.mc565.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=milwaukeepressclub@gmail.com with any questions; or to pay by credit card, call 262-894-2224.

August 24, 2009

Gerry's Babies




For those of you who read the post about Gerry and the man-code, he sent me some pictures of his scooters....

MRQ it goes bang!

MRQ

Will shag for beer. Althouse.

Trying to teach my cat theoretical physics. Ryan.

I love Prince. Wendy.

like garlic to a conservative vampire Lance.

Sand in my balls. Johnny

Health care by bureaucrats. What could go wrong? Steve.

She just died and left me everything. Tom.

A Raji Sandwich. E.

it goes bang! Trog.

naughty webcam fun. Trog.

TRQ

I’d rather have Michael Vick watch my dog than the government handle my health care. Katy

Tweeting CAN be productive ChrisfromRacine

Sounded like a doufus. Erin.

Too dumb to steal, to ugly to prostitute myself Nick.

Homeland Security color just went up Corky.

crapped in my kayak. Theteditorial.

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment. Peter

Messing up my Twitter brain. Bizymare

Editorial Conference or Exciting Crap Candid Carrie

she doesn't tweet Lisa.

toot toot Sarandipity

what heaven would be like if all the angels wore cups and tight pants. Samdham

Mulletfest!! Jimi.

my wit & wizdum Patrick.

Have a beer. TAB.

I have veto power over your life The Holly

need to go out drinking Caughill

60 To Carter in 6 Months… Silent E

fluffy snuggly Jones.

Michael Jackson is still dead. Wigdy

no Vikings on that cruise Egg.

Does somebody make a "Daddy's Little Skank" clothing line? Deibert

Paul Ryan Listening Sessions.

In a completely astroturf effort the left is trying to overwhelm the upcoming Paul Ryan listening sessions. I can't wait to see the local leftist media and blogs decry those efforts as being organized...

If you can, please get out and support Congressman Ryan, especially for the Kenosha, Racine and Janesville events. That is where the organized left wing protest will be the strongest.

Send a real message about where the people are on the takeover of our healthcare.

Congresman Ryan's upcoming event schedule:

August 25th - Tuesday

9:00 - 10:00 - Sharon - Community Center, 125 Plain Street
10:30 - 11:30 - Genoa City - Village Hall, 715 Walworth Street
12:00 - 1:00 - Paddock Lake - Village Hall, 6969 236th Avenue
2:15 - 3:45 - Kenosha - Gateway Tech College - Madrigrano Auditorium

August 26th - Wednesday

9:15 - 10:15 - Williams Bay - Village Hall, 250 Williams Street
10:30 - 11:30 - Fontana - Village Hall, 175 Valley View Drive
11:45 - 12:45 - Walworth - Village Hall, 227 N Main Street
1:45 - 2:45 - Darien - Village Hall, 24 N Wisconsin Street
3:30 - 5:00 - Janesville - City Hall Council Chambers, #417 18 N Jackson St

August 27 - Thursday

9:45 - 10:30 - Rochester - Municipal Hall - 203 W Main Street
11:15 - 12:15 - Sturtevant - Village Hall 2801 89th Street
1:30 - 2:30 - Racine - Gateway Tech College Great Lakes Rm#114 (parking lot D)

August 31 - Monday

12:45 - 1:30 - Big Bend - Village Hall W230 S9185 Nevins
2:00 - 3:00 - New Berlin - Citizens Bank of Mukwonago 5450 S Moorland
3:30 - 4:30 - Greendale - Safety Building 5911 West Grange Ave

Wag the Dog?

How do you know when the dem's are desperate to take attention away from an issue that's hurting them?

Bomb an aspirin factory, or try to make our country's CIA operatives look worse than terrorists.

Nothing like trying to change the subject. Do the democrats really think that there will be a lot of empathy for terrorist operatives?

If there is, it'll only be from their hardcore base of America-Haters. Hmmm, could it be that they're even losing support from their base on this healthcare shake-up? Interesting....

Attention Men: I need a ruling.

First a little background. My buddy Gerry is just a shade beyond obsessive about his two scooters. He bought his first one when gas prices were through the roof, now he has two and shows no sign of slowing down.

Gerry is a great guy but lately a conversation with him goes something like this. Blah blah scooter blah blah scooter blah blah rally blah blah scooter blah blah scooter blah blah scooter blah blah scooter.

As a matter of fact I think I'm just going to start calling him Scooter.

He's had trouble with both of his scooters lately and has spent roughly 4 million hours trying to diagnose the issue. (Gerry, while diagnosing your problem your three children graduated high school)

After untold hours trying to fix his issue Gerry went online and purchased the operation manual for his Ruckus. (Take in mind he has modified this scooter with a flame job and a trailer hitch - I AM NOT KIDDING)

Here is where we need a ruling. I told Gerry that buying the manual was very much like reading the instructions.

Reading the instruction is very much a violation of the man code, section 7; paragraph 3.

He seemed to think he was not in violation because he was trying to avoid paying a mechanic $80 an hour by doing the repairs himself.

We agreed to disagree but thought that putting this serious issue up on the blog for a ruling from the men out there might be in order.

So, what say you men? Is Gerry threatening his league status by reading the manual? If he buys it and never reads it, I think he is OK.

Stealth Politics

"Community for Change is one of hundreds of Obama Presidential Campaign organizations across the country that formed their own groups outside of traditional partisan or political organizations. After the inauguration, Organizing for America (OFA) began to take shape in Washington and worked to keep the connection between individual groups through an OFA website and eventually hiring a state director in Wisconsin. At the national level, OFA is a special project of the Democratic National Committee and OFA accepts no PAC or lobbyist money." Does she want a medal for not accepting PAC or lobbyist money? It's just another pot for the dem's to pour some "individual" contributions into, meant to cloak themselves as "independents."

From the horse's (or should I say donkey's?) mouth. Kelly Gallagher's group, Community for Change has put it quite succinctly. They are a special project of the DNC.

A conservative candidate or elected official who would attend one of their "healthcare forums" would be as crazy as someone sticking their head in an angry lion's mouth! Or as crazy as me accepting an invitation to a Planned Parenthood fundraising event!

So, when will our local media stop inferring that they are non-partisan?

The Quotable Socialist Co-worker

So the QS frequently receives phone calls from his German friend who apparently only calls to piss and moan about the American economy.
This is the end of the conversation I heard:
[Oh, I really think the recession is turning around in a big way...Just this morning I heard GM is hiring back about 1,300 workers, so it's starting to pick up....its just that nobody talks about that]
Yeah, that should make a HUGE dent.

Oh, by the way….

A) The QS only listens to NPR - what he considers the only real news.
B) Did I also mention that his German friend lives in NC, drives an SLK and a 911 GT3 plus frequently flies across the country to golf at exclusive clubs?

Yeah, that’s a good socialist - spreadin' that wealth around.

Good, news, Fond du lac.

First you want attention

Now you don't?

He must be afraid they'll take picturesof Michelle's legs again.