August 28, 2010

W O W


That must be 57 people.

Gallardo Robbed at gunpoint.

My first thought, what was he doing out at 2:30 in morning?

My second thought, we should be able to be out at 2:30 in the morning.

August 27, 2010

Your stimulus money

Hard at work.

Obama to terrorists...

No trials for you in any court.

Disgusting.

If you recall, the Wisconsin Government "Accountability" Board just decided they would ignore this law and then say they could not get in compliance.

After all the last thing the "Accountability" Board wants is to count the ballots of our military.

It is easy to not comply when you never make an attempt to get into compliance.

For the record...

This is completely wrong...

H/T Kranky

Wow, mark this date.

I agree with Jack Lohman on something.

The summer of recovery.

Revised...

This must be so.... unexpected.

Packers Question.

What were the three most important plays in last nights Packer/Colt game?

UPDATE

The three most important plays were:
  1. The recovery of a missed punt by the Packers for a touchdown.
  2. The kick off return for a touchdown.
  3. The recovery of a surprise on-side kick.

Excellent special teams play turned this game from a convincing win to the blowout of last year's AFC champs.

August 25, 2010

I could not agree more.

This editorial letter is from the Racine Journal Times....

Several years ago, state Sen. John Lehman sent out a questionnaire. One of the questions was: "Do you favor voter I.D.?" A short time later he stopped at my house on one of his door-to-door trips I asked him why, when the results of that poll showed

78 percent were for voter I.D., that he voted against it? I got the standard party line rhetoric, which really just boils down to because we know better than the 78 percent of you. Is this how constituents want to be served? I don't think so, do you?

John Winter

Racine

The Summer of Recovery

Unexpected....






Neumann's property tax scam.

Mark Neumann is trying to sell a cost shifting plan on property taxes that he claims is the largest proposed tax cut in Wisconsin history. I thought it would be a public service to explain this in easy to understand terms.

Right now if you have a utility circuit it is paid one month in advance. (Cable TV for example) You actually pay for your August service in July.

Property taxes work in the same way, you pay a year in advance instead of by the month.

Now let us say the cable TV company changes their payment policy and asks you to pay for your service in the month it is delivered instead of a month in advance. You would now pay for your August service in the month of August instead of July as it is now. However since you have already paid your August service that new policy would not kick in until September.

In essence you "skip" a payment since you are already paying in advance.

However, you do not save a dime as you still wind up paying for each month of service. What you are doing is altering when you pay for those services.

Neumann's tax proposal is just like that, he wants to take people from paying a year in advance to the current month of service. There would be a calendar lag involved but you don't get to skip to save any taxes at all. That plan would also make you pay that month instead of the yearly payment and could screw up deductions for some people that itemize their tax deductions based on what year they pay their property taxes in.

Selling this as a tax cut is a lie.

August 24, 2010

Democrat Push Poll.

We got another poll call tonight, this one from Forward Strategies out of Madison.

Will you be voting in the upcoming primary? Yes.

Will you be voting in the Democratic primary? No.

This ends our survey.

Mark Neumann Kenosha Town Hall.

I along with 29 others sat in at Mark Neumann's Town Hall meeting in Kenosha today.

In his introduction Neumann made it clear his priority would be to bring jobs back to Wisconsin. He plans to do this by making Wisconsin the best place to do business & educate kids. Neumann preached tax cuts and promised to limit government growth to 1% under the rate of inflation.

His education plan calls for more accountability, more choice schools, more parental involvement and rewarding excellence. Nice talking points but the teachers union will fight him all the way.

To improve the business climate Neumann promises to eliminate layers of bureaucracy, eliminate red tape and shorten approval times for permits. Neumann also laid out an example of how North Carolina added 110,000 jobs by matching various business with expertise in the local university system. According to Neumann he wants to create 10 of these triangle zones across Wisconsin and then promote those zones and convince companies to move to Wisconsin.

At that point The Wisconsin Gubernatorial candidate turned things over to the audience for questioning.

The first two questions dealt with the proposed Milwaukee to Madison train route. One person was in favor, one was opposed. Mr. Neumann promised he would stop the Milwaukee to Madison train and return that money to Wisconsin residents in the form of a tax cut. How he can promise to give back these federal funds as a tax cut is beyond my ability to comprehend. Mr. Neumann did point out that Scott Walker wanted to use that money for needed infrastructure projects.

The next question asked how exactly Mr. Neumann would control spending if elected. He said he would make every department head re-apply for their position and would require private sector experience as a condition to be hired. He then indicated strict spending limits would be enforced. I'm sure that will gain him the union vote!

The next question was a good one, how do you say no to the federal government? Mr. Neumann pointed out the 10th amendment and mentioned powers that were enumerated to the states and the people. Mr. Neumann said the first issue he would fight would be Obamacare and he did indicate he believed the bill was unconstitutional. In a later question on the matter Neumann said he would seek a federal waiver for Wisconsin to exempt itself from Obamacare.

An insightful woman asked about the power of unelected unaccountable boards and mentioned the Government Accountability Board and the DNR. Neumann's answer here was cute, "If you don't like the boards fire the Governor." He did not actually answer the question about unelected boards with taxing authority. Neumann did indicate he wanted the DNR head to be a hunter and a fisherman.

The next question dealt with Arizona's immigration law and the attempts to boycott Arizona for that action. Neumann indicated he agreed with Arizona's right to pass that law and said if something similar passed his desk as Governor he would sign it. He obviously did not support the boycott attempts.

I asked a question about Governor Doyle's cap and tax plan. A previous Journal Sentinel story indicated Neumann said the bill did not go far enough. After a snarky comment about Milwaukee talk radio, and a correction from me that the Journal Sentinel was not a radio show Neumann said he would never sign a 25/25 limit or any other mandated limit. Neumann did say he thought the free market would pass environmental breakthroughs and that he would not support any subsidies or government mandates on climate change legislation.

A question I wish I would have asked came up next, if you do not win the Republican nomination will you try to run as an independent? Neumann said absolutely not, this is it if he does not win the Republican primary he is done.

The penultimate question dealt with underfunded union pensions and how Neumann would deal with that problem. Mr. Neumann said he would have to develop a business solution as that was a business problem. What that meant I have no idea.

Finally Neumann got down to his plan to shift property taxes from a yearly to a monthly payment. Neumann presents this is a tax cut, when in actuality you are merely shifting from a yearly payment to an escrow to a monthly payment to the government. You do not get to skip a years worth of payments. Most of the room fell for this but there was one very sharp woman in the front row who called him out on this. Neumann stuck with his claim that this is a massive tax cut though. The reporter in the room (I am guessing from the Kenosha News was all over her when the meeting broke up)

I've been harsh on Mark Neumann because of the negative tone of his campaign. He should be congratulated by realizing his mistake and changing his tone. He only mentioned his primary opponent once and that was just to point out the difference in how they wanted to handle funds currently dedicated to the Milwaukee to Madison train. Neumann never mentioned Tom Barrett, I thought that was a mistake as there were several opportunities to point out how close Barrett's views are to Jim Doyle's.

Neumann was clear, respectful to the crowd and for the most part I agreed with his positions. If you have the opportunity to attend one of his town hall meetings you should try to attend. Find the full schedule here.

Free Speech Right Get's Trampled -- AGAIN!!

Another Job ELIMINATED by the Emperor's regime!!

Defenders of free speech - what do you have to say about this one?

Oh - I forgot -- under our current regime Free Speech is redefined as - "any and all speech that shows the Emperor in a good light is allowed - but anything else will be dealt with and dealt with decisively!"

Say what?

Bloggers feeding on partisan campaign cash?

Where's mine?

August 23, 2010

MRQ I might play nice

MRQ

The middle finger. Elliot.

Crazy Train. Wigdy

live at KMart Dipity

I'll take the soup. Bussorah

I've slipped on those. Trog.

I might play nice. Aaron. (He's baaaaaaaack)

a second stab Owen

President Obama was on vacation on the day that Iran went nuclear. Jaeson

not really very Mavericky Me


TRQ

HUGE smooches CFR

not always easy. Patrick via Rawson

I don't mind a little tube meat Corey

studied really hard Spammy

are you happy to see me Shoebox

my bucket list is complete. Theteditorial

whooping my behind Dipity

what you want. Tom

bee-yoo-tee-full Scoff

I had a model. Pete


eat at Burger King Jones

suspected the raisin thievery Egg.

Caption This


Photo Credit, Jim.

Feingold Ad full of fakes.

Earlier today Wigdy told us about the new Feingold ad with an AFLCIO lobbyist.

Well Joanne Ricca wasn't the only one.

The first person heard from in the Feingold ad also works for the Wisconsin AFLCIO for the office of the President, Linda Sadowski.

Hot Air broke that nugget

How come Senator Feingold can't seem to make an advertisement without using lobbyists and special interests? That's not really very Mavericky is it?

FYI Folkbum, this is not an attack on the character of Linda Sadowski, this is an attack on the character of Russ Feingold and the shams he is trying to pull on the people of Wisconsin.

Hello, I represent a left wing special interest that gives Russ Feingold lots of money to do our bidding. It would be really really swell if you would allow our bought and paid for totie to be re-elected.

They are of course entitled to their opinion, but Senator Feingold should be disclosing who these people are.

Paging Mr. Bice, paging Mr. Dan Bice.

Guess the number game

2

Elmer nailed it. Answer in comments.

Feingold on his mud slinging word twisting ads...

They are fine.

Is it November yet?

Racine TEA Party survey results.

The Racine TEA party recently did a survey of election preferences in the upcoming races. They had 1,462 out of roughly 3,000 people respond.

Granted, this is far from scientific but there were a couple of responses I found very interesting.

As you might expect TEA party activists favored Ron Johnson for the Senate in huge numbers. In the race for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got 1,257 votes to only 126 for Mark Neumann. For the record, 30 people answered Tom Barrett. This crowd obviously slants conservative but for Neumann to show so poorly does not speak well for his candidacy.

The tightest vote was in the race for Lieutenant Governor. Out of 1,280 who responded on that race, Assemblyman Brett Davis got 555 votes while Rebecca Kleefisch was right on his heels with 537. Mayor Dave Ross was way behind with only 106 votes .

The TEA partiers LOVE Pastor David King for Secretary of State, he garnered 96.2% of those responding.

Good catch Wigdy.

Mr. Wigderson has caught Senator Feingold using a left wing lobbyist in his latest advertisement.

Folkbum? Note, this is not trashing her, it is simply pointing out a fact.

A nice piece on the Racine TEA party...

In of all places The Racine Journal Times.