A flagrant act of journalism
Owen posted a picture of a Milwaukee County owned van in Illinois on Easter Sunday. The County Exec. and the media jumped on the bandwagon, go read all about it.
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Way back in February when I started this little blog, One of my first political posts was how modern politics was like a never ending version of trench warfare.
Well I think I have reached a point in my life where for the first time I don't feel like going over the top and duking it out with the other side. Don't get me wrong I still cannot stand 98% of the things the left stands for. But I am slowly losing faith in the GOP on both the state and federal levels. I have been a political animal for as long as I can remember. The first election that I was politically "aware" was Ford vs Carter(two great choices there lol). My degree was a double major History/Politcal Science. I really used to love this stuff it was the last real blood sport left. But now after 29 years of being one of those people who thought it all mattered I have now reached a point where I am ready to just say F-ck it. The next time the party blows the whistle and tells me to "go over the top" I think I might just start heading towards the rear.
I believe it is the state GutlessOP that has brought me to this point. I can no longer stomach the election year promises of,"just one more big push and then we will really change how things are done in Wisconsin".
I'm tired of being a member of the same party as Mary(I really voted for that )Lazich, Mike(I am really a democrat)Ellis and Dale(Aint no Talk radio in these parts)Schultz.
You would have thought after the party grunts "Fragged" Mary Panzer the rest of the leadership would have learned a lesson. But like the British generals at the Somme they keep reinforcing failure.
So this is one trooper who had has enough of being lied to and stabbed in the back. So until I see some real results from the State GutlessOP I am done no money, none of my time as a Vol.
I will still give time and money to individual "Conservatives" like Scott Walker and Rep Sensenbrener.
So I guess this is one lonely voice calling from a bottom of an endless trench
MUNITY MUNITY MUNITY
always remember when dealing with the State GutlessOP the immortal words of rapper Chuck D "Don't Believe the Hype"
A very politically tired GBfan
Over the past year the city has sold more than $75,000 in surplus equipment on the Internet trading site eBay, with some items selling for nearly triple the money received in the citys annual auction.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin says it will saturate the airwaves in eight major markets with a radio ad campaign starting Monday. The ads will urge residents to contact their local senator or Gov. Jim Doyle to support the Assembly-backed Voter ID bill and are timed to coincide with the Senate vote on the issue.
State GOP Executive Director Rick Wiley said the ads will run in Green Bay, Wausau, Rhinelander and Stevens Point, targeting Dem Sens. Dave Hansen, Russ Decker, Roger Breske and Julie Lassa. In the Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire and Racine markets, the ads will target Doyle.
"Gov. Doyle has put up roadblock after roadblock on Voter ID, and I think it's time he realizes how this important this issue is. And if he doesn't, it will play out not only this year (but) in next year's election," Wiley said.
Feingold also chimed in on the Terry Schiavo case, saying he didn't understand why the federal government should "micromanage" such a personal matter. End-of-life decisions should be handled through state law, he said.
Time is running out! Terri Schiavo continues to be slowly executed by starvation and dehydration. The courts proceed in their barbaric and senseless disregard for Terris basic right to life. U.S. District Judge James Whittemore this morning callously refused to order the reinsertion of Terris feeding tube thus prompting her parents to appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. They are desperate and know that Terri can die at any minute.Cross-posted at Stand in the Trenches.
Take Action Now!
Pro-Life Wisconsin is calling upon you, our members, to humble yourselves in prayer for Terri. If you are in the Dane county area, please consider attending an urgent prayer vigil this evening, March 22nd being organized by Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County. The Terri Schiavo Prayer Vigil will take place in Madison on the west Capitol steps facing State Street from 8 p.m. 10 pooh For further details please call Pro-Life Wisconsin at 262-796-1111 or in Madison call Jeanne at 608-831-3139. For the good number of you who are who may not be able to attend, please pray for terra in solidarity with our Dane county affiliate from 8-10 tonight.
Thank You & God Bless You.
Lastly, NOSD/K12 argue that WIVA’s responsible adults do nothing more than what many parents have done for years in helping their students with homework. DPI publishes a “Checklist for Helping Your Child With Homework.” DPI Exhibit 112 (available online at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dltcl/bbfcsp/fcspchck.html). These hints include common sense advice such as making sure the child has a well-lighted place to work, a regular time for homework and adequate supplies. Parents are encouraged to inquire about the child’s assignment. Other assistance suggested includes reviewing the homework, reviewing teacher comments on homework, trying to understand the child’s learning style and contacting the teacher if a homework problem cannot be resolved. Id.
Nowhere, however, is the parent directed to deliver the lesson in the first instance, review concepts, oversee testing, evaluate test answers and make judgments about their sufficiency, incorporate additional curricular materials or any of the myriad other tasks that WIVA’s responsible adults perform daily.
The House opened debate on the bill at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday and debated the measure past midnight.This is exactly the kind of representative we need if we have any hope of returning to a culture that protects and values the lives of all, from conception to natural death.
"As millions of Americans observe the beginning of Holy Week this Palm Sunday we are reminded that every life has purpose and none is without meaning," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., a leader in crafting the bill.
The legislation says the federal court, after determining the merits of the suit, "shall issue such declaratory and injunctive relief as may be necessary to protect the rights" of the woman. Injunctive relief in this case could mean reinserting the feeding tubes.Check in with Blogs for Terri and Pro-Life Blogs throughout the day for updates on Terri's situation.
"The bill guarantees a process to help Terri but does not guarantee a particular outcome. Once a new case is filed, a federal judge can issue a stay at any time," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. "The judge has discretion of that particular decision; however, I would expect that a federal judge would grant a stay under these circumstances because Terri would need to live in order for the court to consider the case."
Colorado voters will be asked to make an historic decision in November: whether to retain the lower-cost state government that has helped their economy boom, or bust the caps that the state's pioneering spending limit has imposed on the growth of government.My gut tells me that anti-TABOR forces in Wisconsin will latch onto this news quick. Already the talking point is TABOR lost the GOP the Colorado legislature (There's no proof of this.) so any blow to the Colorado version could be crucial for any version here in the Badger State.
Colorado Governor Bill Owens announced a deal with leaders of the Democratic state legislature yesterday that would ask voters to approve a five-year suspension of taxpayer refunds that are required by the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Tabor). In 1992, voters approved TABOR, which requires any tax increase to be approved by popular vote and limits state spending in line with inflation and population growth. Any tax revenues collected in excess of the spending limit must be returned to taxpayers as a tax refund unless the public specifically votes to allow the state to keep the extra money.
By limiting spending, Colorado avoided the budget problems that befell other states during the last recession, and the state enjoyed the fastest economic growth in the country, as well as the second-highest personal income growth. But Governor Owens insists he is keeping TABOR intact: He's merely asking voters for needed money to build essential roads, preserve government services and avoid painful cuts in higher education spending. Others disagree. Senator Jim Dyer, a fellow Republican, notes that the compromise does nothing to alter Amendment 23, approved by voters in 2000, which requires automatic education spending increases even at the expense of other programs.
Jon Caldera, the president of the conservative Independence Institute, says the vote in Colorado will be watched closely nationwide. "Florida, Wisconsin, California and other states are debating whether or not to have TABORs of their own right now," he says. "The outcome here will play a big role in whether or not other states adopt this model."
Wisconsin State Journal: Sly says he'll give on-air apology
A Madison radio talk-show host says he will apologize on the air this morning for remarks that some felt suggested that Ald. Robbie Webber should be raped.
The exact comments made by Sly Sylvester during his Friday morning radio show on WTDY-AM 1670 are unknown, and Sylvester refused to provide the Wisconsin State Journal with a tape of the show.
But in an apology Sylvester e-mailed to Webber, who represents District 5, he said he joked that Webber was uptight and "needed to get laid by someone like Kobe Bryant over a chair." Bryant is the NBA basketball player who was accused of sexual assault in 2003.
The comments came after Webber declined an invitation to discuss proposed changes to the city's taxi-driver licensing policy on his show.
Sylvester said he was not insinuating rape, and noted that Bryant was not convicted of a crime. The criminal case against Bryant was dismissed last fall, and a civil suit filed by his accuser was settled out of court.
Webber said she believes Sylvester's comments clearly implied either coerced sex or violence, but even if they didn't, the underlying sentiment is still offensive.
"It's that tired old idea that if you don't like something a woman does or says or the way she treated you, then she's not getting any, or she needs to get some," Webber said.
This bill creates a program for the issuance of revenue obligations to fund MA costs. The amount of expenditures for the program that may be paid from these revenue obligations may not exceed $130,000,000. The bill provides that the principal and interest costs on the revenue obligations are to be paid from excise taxes that are currently imposed on the sale of liquor, fermented malt beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco products.
The administration's "proposal to sell off future payments at fire-sale prices, and then to spend a good share of it to cover its past debts, is shortsighted, selfish and harmful to the fiscal and physical health of the people of the state," Doyle told the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.
Doyle noted McCallum has said the state must budget like a family.
"I agree. No parents would choose to deliberately sell off their children's college fund, or their retirement annuity, to pay a Visa bill. That is precisely what the administration wants you to approve," said Doyle.
The issue is pretty simple. Will we be reckless and selfishly spend this money to get the administration out of its short-term problems? Or will we be visionary and disciplined and act as a prudent steward of this money for future generations?" Doyle said.
I just wanted to point out a comment Mark Belling made today on the Mike McGee Jr. story. He reminded us that when he used a single derogatory word, the Milwaukee Common Council voted almost unanimously to condemn Belling, even after apologizing, but McGee repeatedly uses racial and derogatory terms toward gays, he refuses to apologize and even flaunts it as a badge of honor, and all the Common Council can do is get 6 Alderman to ask him to apologize…No official condemnation, no sanctions…Nothing!
The University of Wisconsin College Republicans (CRs) has vowed to counter the Associated Students of Madison’s hypocritical hunger strike to lower tuition because of the student government group’s misappropriation and inflation of segregated student fees.
“As these students are fasting for lower tuition, they are raising student fees for the overall student population at UW Madison,” said Nicole Marklein, CR Chair. “It is hypocritical for them to say tuition is pricing them out of an education and then turn around to raise the only part of tuition students have control over.”
Segregated fees make up over $600 of every full time student’s tuition and the amount has risen steadily in recent years. The money goes to fund questionable organizations like Sex Out Loud, which distributes free condoms by utilizing nearly $50,000 of student fee money. Over $443,000 dollars go to the Multicultural Student Center for programs like trips to Miami and over $360,000 dollars for the so-called Diversity Education Specialists, and $94,000 dollars goes to the left wing organization WISPIRG. For a complete list of funded groups, please visit http://www.asm.wisc.edu/financial/gssf_groups.html.
If a college education is a right, not a privilege, aren’t we morally obligated to make sure everybody can get in?
Just think of it. Free college education. The students will all benefit individually, and our community will benefit, too.
Of course, there’s one more major difference between K-12 and college education: the former is mandatory. It’s the law: all children aged 5 through 17 must attend school, whether it’s public, private, or home.
It has to be that way, you understand, because otherwise some parents would pull their kids out after the 10th, or 8th, or 6th grades. That drags society down.
By the same token, some people won’t want to attend higher education, regardless of the benefits to humanity. So perhaps, in addition to making college free, we should make it mandatory. It’s for the good of society, and for your own good, too.
. . . non-accountants may conclude that fraud is being perpetrated, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Consider that most publicly traded companies keep what would be considered several sets of books that include Financial Accounting Books, Tax Accounting Books and Statutory Books for foreign countries, if the company operates internationally. These different sets of books are nothing more than different views of the same information, developed for different legitimate reporting purposes. Similarly, the Annual Fiscal Report and the Comprehensive Annual Fiscal Report are legitimate different views of the same information.
Tommy Thompson named president of Logistics Health. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who recently completed four years as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, has been named president of Logistics Health Inc. in La Crosse.Thompson will be in La Crosse today to meet with LHI officials, company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Don Weber said Tuesday. Thompson also is expected to speak to news reporters about his new job.
"The government, if they so choose, can find out anything they want about you. Accept it as fact and don't do anything stupid to become a target of their investigation."
A photo ID requirement for voting - which the Assembly has approved and the Senate is weighing - is premature. Lawmakers should learn first whether identification fraud is a real problem at the polls - an issue investigations now under way promise to clarify.
Under the bill in the Legislature, lack of a prescribed ID card would bar you from voting. In contrast, under the library rule, lack of a photo ID card doesn't bar you from checking out books or compact discs or movies. A library attendant simply snaps your picture, which will pop up with your information on a computer screen each time you use your library card.
Gov. Jim Doyle wants you to pay Wisconsin's 5% sales tax whenever you pay to download a song, book, movie or piece of art.
A little-noticed provision of the Democratic governor's proposed state budget would extend the sales tax to those Internet transactions, officials said Monday. There would be no Internet sales tax police, however, because compliance would be on the honor system.
It's a matter of equity, said state Revenue Secretary Mike Morgan, defending Doyle's goal of having consumers voluntarily pay the sales tax on "intangible" items they buy and download from the Internet. Buyers would have to pay the 5% sales tax if they purchased those items at any Wisconsin store.
Some University of Wisconsin-Madison students, staging a hunger strike in the Capitol to protest tuition increases, said they should not be asked to pay the sales tax on any music, movie or other materials they download from the Internet. They noted that Doyle's budget would increase in-state undergraduate tuition next year by 5% to 7%.
You even had the nerve to tax my MP3.
I've got to tell you, Doyle, I really don't agree.
"You may fill out a hearing slip and speak at the public hearings or you may fill out a slip registering in favor but not wishing to speak. ... I encourage you and others to stop by [the nearest hearing location] that day and testify or register in favor without speaking. I hope the committee record will reflect a large number of supporters. I encourage you and others to also contact the Governor and ask that he sign the bill, rather than veto the bill."Here's a list of the hearings as scheduled:
Here's the Governor's contact info:
Thursday, March 3, 2005, 1:00 PM: Altoona Emergency Services Building, Training Room, 1904 Spooner Avenue, Altoona, WI Monday, March 7, 2005, 1:00 PM: Brown County Public Library Meeting Room, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI Monday, March 21, 2005, 5:30 PM: Racine Case High School Auditorium, 7345 Washington Avenue, Racine, WI Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 12:00 PM: Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center, Ballroom Two, State Fair Park, West Allis, WI
Office of the GovernorI hope to get to the hearing at State Fair (which is scheduled to run till 6:00 p.m.)
115 East State Capitol
Madison, WI 53702
608-266-1212; 608-267-8983 (FAX)
Or email him here.