July 28, 2011

Guess The Number


Hsgbdmama  nailed it, Percentage of MTEA teachers who oppose additional concessions.  #butitsforthechildren

In short the teachers in Milwaukee have decided they care more about their own benefits than saving colleagues jobs, decreasing class sizes, etc. 

Gee Global Warming Models Were Wrong?

Who could have possibly predicted that?

Oh yeah, we first talked about the models being wrong in 2008.

Fon du Lac schools fix $4.4 million shortfall.

No jobs lost.  I blame Scott Walker.

Beaurocrat of the Day

Arleen Ocasio

Run to the hills!

In case you missed it, hurricane season (June 1 to November 30 ) is under way.
I'm sure once the MSM's focus stops being on the debt ceiling talks, this will be the next shiny object to focus on. Or shark attacks.
The prediction for this year:
[ "The conditions expected this year have historically produced some active Atlantic hurricane seasons. Therefore, the 2011 season could see activity comparable to a number of active seasons since 1995. We estimate a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity during 2011:
  • 12-18 Named Storms,
  • 6-10 Hurricanes
  • 3-6 Major Hurricanes
  • An ACE range of 105%-200% of the 1981-2010 median." ]
"Could see?"
Hmm...12-18 NAMED storms. Wow, that sounds so....technical. This scientific process was started during the height if satellite tracking - 1950, so you know its based on constant,blaket-like surveillance of the oceans. As comic book store guy on the Simpsons would say: "Worst. Stat. Ever." I bet it makes algore feel vindicated, tho.

The "ACE range.” Now THIS sounds technical! Percentages and everything!
Anyone? Anyone?
To make a long story short, it stands for Accumulated Cyclonic Activity; basically the power of all the storms for any particular season. The activity is then listed at above or below “normal.”
Stay with me, this is going to be a fun scientific stat…
In the years 1950-1994 – BFA (Before AlGore) there were a grand total of 13 seasons listed as “above normal.”
In the years 1995-2010 – AAG (After AlGore) there were a total of 11 seasons listed as “above normal.”
Now the true believer may look at that stat and say “See! It’s getting worse!”
Yeah, those people are crazy lemmings. And the "scientists" that push this on us as "science" rather than a short-sighted statistical variation, should turn in their Scientific Community membership cards.
The only thing they fully understand seems to be that there are liars, damn liars and statistics.
Since my scientific career is currently in a lull, I'll be keeping count.

July 27, 2011

The Green Thing.

Swiped from JTI

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Beaurocrat of the day.

Luis Gutierrez

Runner up, Jay Carney

Worst call ever.

Terrible way to end a 19 inning game.

H/T Mary

July 26, 2011

Beaurocrat of the day.

Joseph Morra.

Terrorist gets Life without parole

My family finally has the beginnings of closure on the terrorist attack and murder of my nephew - Pvt. William Andrew Long and the severe wounding of Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in front of the Little Rock Arkansas Army recruiting Center in June 2009 a little over two years ago. Arkansas has the death penalty for murderers but a plea bargain was reached (with the consent of our family) for the murderer to plead guilty and get life without parole instead of the death penalty.

Thank you to all of those who have supported our family through this long process and for the kind wishes expressed over the past two years.

This chapter has begun to close - now the next chapter can begin. Grieving is not completely over yet. Only time can heal that wound.

We miss you Andy.

July 25, 2011


MRQ things to deep fry.


it’s a BIG thing Kate

They seemed insane Althouse

never made it to the beach Patrick

mastered by the elite Steve

I am (almost) thankful Egg

knocking my socks off Cindy

acting like spoiled children CFR

she’s got me doing it Wigdy

Knock Knock Dipity


My wife made me promise Fritch

things to deep fry Vicki

busy, yet BORED CFR

When you came Holly

everyone leave me alone Patrick

Whyyyyyyyy? Dipity

*seriously* unhip and out of the loop Frank (We know, we know)

I wanna do bad things The Chad

I'm always in bed when all the sweet things r said Sandy

be thankful @Realdebate doesn't do TRQs anymore Egg (He says that like it is a bad thing?)

delicious meat. Nate

You can exempt yourself. Shoebox

Done dead and burried. Jazz

Left Wing Tolerance On Display....

Once again the left shows their lack of tolerance in diversity of thought.

For the record, I can not imagine one of my conservative friends being that mean based on something I was reading.

Is the KRM rail line dead?

So says JSOnline.

They're wrong of course.  I've lost count of how many times this thing has been declared dead but yet rose from the grave to haunt the region.

You see the left never gives up.  At some point in the future they'll gain power again and then KRM will be risen from the dead once again. 

Here are a couple of reminders about KRM.  It was projected to run at an 87% loss with ridership of about 1.7 million per year.

Based on those projections and the planned daily trips this line would have had to maintain an average ridership of 321 people per train to meet those projections.  Assuming the ridership projection was a bit optimistic then revenue figures (projected losses) would have also been too low.

Can you imagine?  Something projected to run at an 87% loss doomed to lose even more money than that?

That is of course the point with these things.  Once they get started they can never be stopped. 

And to those who point to mass transit needs in the region, there is an existing Coach line that runs this route.  In short, you aren't trying to provide any new service, just a different and more expensive way to do it.

I remember once being in a debate with local green party guy Pete Karas.  The question about KRM came up and Pete stated he was absolutely in favor of it.  He provided the following as his rationale, mass transit is good for the environment so I am in favor of it. 

I don't write that to trash Pete, I like Pete.  But this is about as far as the usual leftie gets on these huge money projects.  They talk about the environment and economic development but there is just example after example out there that they are just wrong.  These projects always cost more than they say and we see less development than is promised.

As a reminder check out the video I made of economic development by the new Amtrak station in Sturtevant.  This is along the popular Hiawatha line.  Still waiting on that Starbucks.  To be fair a Dental practice opened in that close Saturn dealership.  But I don't really think they were looking for the Hiawatha dental monopoly, I think it had more to do with frontage on the major road into Racine.

As for KRM, I'm glad it is dead for the moment.  But it will be back.

Where's Wirch?

It appears Bob Wirch may be hiding in Illinois again.

If you think our laws are tough....

China Mobile Boss Sentenced to Death for Bribery

July 24, 2011