September 23, 2011

The man has a flare for the dramatic....

Free speech?

Nope, not anymore.

The new civility attacks Bristol Palin

What makes a 47 year old man lash out with so much hatred?  Liberalism, that's what. 

Frankly I'm shocked that Bristol Palin found the restrain to not slap this idiot.  It seems like every day the left gets less civilized.

Wisconsin Public Utility Institute Meeting - and associated PROTEST - cancelled

The California Public Utilities Commission just responded to the request of a customer (finally!) by saying he could keep his analog utility meter, rather than getting a new wireless "smart meter" installed. The human rights issue is blowing into Wisconsin. Stay tuned.

September 22, 2011

Caption This.

Drop the 0s...

From the email today....

U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000

Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000

New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000

National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000

Now, remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget.

Annual family income: $21,700

Money the family spent: $38,200

New debt on the credit card: $16,500

Outstanding balance on credit card: $142,710

Total budget cuts: $385

Sorta brings the issue "home" doesn't it?

September 21, 2011

First Friday is so crowded nobody goes there anymore?

As the downtown merchants, vendors, taverns etc. reflect upon another year of First Fridays there is a small group of folks who want to kill the very  reason for it's success.  Every year a few outspoken members complain about all the people who come downtown to drink rather than to shop. 
When First Friday was created the primary focus was on "Shopping", we had more merchants then and more art galleries, etc. but the reality of the Obama economy is obvious and some of those "hobby" stores have closed. The one sector of our downtown economy that is growing and expanding is the entertainment sector.  (Ironically FF expanded and grew by ADDING entertainment to the event to draw more customers downtown, we have gone from a few thousand attendees, to estimates of over 12 thousand people coming to enjoy a Friday night in Downtown Racine), (Imagine 20 years ago having to worry about 12 thousand people being ANYWHERE in Racine except on the 4th of July!!).  The cure to this "problem" for these big govt. "Nannies" is to inhibit the freedom &  liberty that people are exercising by grabbing a cocktail and wandering around from store to store.  This is NOT a "problem"!!! No merchant in any part of town is REQUIRED to allow cocktails into their stores, nor are they forced to give them away. It's entirely voluntary.  The fact is the Police were asked to look the other way on First Fridays seven years ago and it's not been a problem.  They look the other way on St. Patricks Day, Trollaween, Mardi Crawl, and a few other days.  Additional observations are found @ Free Racine.

I will be working with the downtown tavern and club owners to engage their support in making EVERY Friday and Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day be a "Traveler" night! This just not a real problem,  with outdoor smoking now the norm, why not let people enjoy our city as THE party place on the lake!  The Shops of Downtown and DRC have spent millions of dollars to get people from far and near to come downtown Racine to enjoy themselves and spend some money.   First Friday is a huge success!

As a downtown merchant it is true I seldom actually make a "sale" on FF. but I get probably 30-40% of my sales from exposure on FF.  My product is not usually an impulse purchase for most people. While I sympathize with the merchants who created FF as a "shopping" event..they can't ignore the fact it's become a party night from May to Sept. whether they like it or not. So adjust your life to capture this customer or just don't open up if you can't control the rest of us who are having fun, spending money and supporting our downtown!  Quit whining and start Winning!  Thanks to all of the folks who support downtown every chance you can.  I will continue to try bring Liberty and smaller govt. to Downtown, even if I have to fight the "Nannies"! Some people just don't want to let anyone else have fun.

Patrick asks a good question...

The answer is yes.

September 19, 2011

Buy Wisconsin's most famous pink slip!

The pink slip hurled at Robin Vos at the Racine Lincoln Day Dinner is now for sale on E-Bay.

All proceeds from this sale will be donated to Robin Vos' and Scott Walker's re-election campaigns. 

Check out the E-Bay Auction here.  The Pink Slip is being modeled by none other than my Facebook Buddy GailAnn Chicks!

MRQ everybody loves a Weiner Roast

had a one night stand with Santa Claus Kate
Holy crap! Owen
Hoarding Doug
Funny is in Mary
didn't go far eough RDW
resort to begging Ric
one bad night Kevin
what’s worse than doomed? Trog
drunks, cops and whores Dan
really, really, really, really, really, really, really, cross-your-heart-hope-to-die, really Wigdy
whipped into a frenzy Scoff
On a stick... Gravelle
don't harsh my mellow CFR
makin' new friends Frank
Scrambled puppies Ric
can't buy rocket launchers Aaron
some kind of strange Bookface parallel universe Me
just one more thing Wigdy
everybody loves a Weiner Roast Tom
sore from bowling. Dipity

So what does MRQ stand for?

Now and again I get asked what the heck is with this MRQ thing?

MRQ stands for Monday Random Quotes.  This is a feature created long ago by the brilliant Amy Kant or as she used to be known Belle.  When Belle hung up her blogging spurs she graciously passed on the MRQs to me.

I expanded it to include TRQ, Twitter Random Quotes, FBRQ, Facebook Random Quotes and DRQs, Drinking Right Quotes.  Frankly since Twitter changed their setup it made gathering TRQs too difficult so I've passed on them.  I haven't been doing Drinnking Right quotes because people were too afraid to speak out when I was within ear-shot.  (Mostly just Steve Egg who thinks he is unquotable anyway)

MRQs are snippets of things posted on the web taken purposely out of context always with a link back to the person who said that quote.  It is designed to expose my readers to others spots around the web.  You can get quoted by saying something quotable that I stumble across.

Some people just open themselves up to MRQs (I'm looking at you Sara Conrad), others are too serious all the time (Egg).  Some bloggers don't actually write enough to grab a whole quote (I'm looking at you Owen, Bleh).  Some bloggers launch huge new blogs out of MRQs (Troglopundit)   Still others get testy if you don't mention them (Has anyone seen Chris from Racine?)

Each week I pick one of the most outrageous quotes and use it to title the post.  (An honored position)

Of course I do take suggestions.  If you see or have written a random quote you'd like to submit just email me at fkd1015 at yahooooooooooooo dot com.  Remember we're looking for a snipet out of context not the entire quote.

I'll be posting this week's MRQs later today.

Solar bottle lights, anyone?

This is for anyone who dreams about going off-grid for whatever reason.

Could these lights be adjusted to work in Wisconsin winters?

For night time power try this innovative idea of storing solar power (if it hasn't been a cloudy day)...

The new civility, arsonist edition.

What did Chicago do when they elected this egomaniac?