Friday, September 29, 2006
Death Penalty in the Cheese State?
This is part of what first responders have to deal with, as well as being the first on the scene when someone is dying. Emergency service people talk about these things a lot (without names or specifice - the Wisconsin case I chose above is random, not from class conversation).
I pointed out that Wisconsin doesn't have the death penalty.
Two of my classmates said in unison, "We need to get one."
They're not the only ones who think so, according to this Madison poll: "New poll: Majority favor reinstating death penalty in Wisconsin."
Thursday, September 28, 2006
RE: Green for Governor
See Mark Green for Governor? Part II (dealing with the fat drunk).
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Re: '08 Convention in the Twin Cities
Watch for falling cows
A 50-year-old woman was injured when the car she was driving was rear-ended as she tried to avoid hitting a cow in the heart of America’s Dairyland, police said.
Vicki Pfahning of Stratford was headed to work Tuesday morning when a cow apparently fell out of a trailer Tuesday morning on Interstate 39/U.S. 51 in this small community south of Wausau, Kronenwetter Police Chief Dan Joling said.
The cow appeared dazed but was not seriously injured by the fall from the trailer, the police chief said.
'08 Convention in the Twin Cities
Republicans have chosen the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul for the 2008 presidential convention, GOP officials said Wednesday.
The selection was expected to be announced later today, said the Republican sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The OTBL crew will have to show some of us around in far Western Wisconsin in '08.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Re: Setting the sights a little low
I think we're setting our sights a little low.
Green for Governor
The new Mark Green Ad
I hope this is just the beginning, since there are so many Doyle shady deals to make commercials about.
See the ad here
The nice thing is unlike Xoff and his merry band of slimers at GWC we don't have to create or make up scandal's do we?
Get into the fight! What have you done today, to make sure Jim Doyle is not our Governor after this term is up?
Monday, September 25, 2006
Michael McGee Jr. wants to carry a gun
Don't look for the story in the Milwaukee media, they haven't covered it. The story was broken by Mark Belling, and I have the audio report posted at BadgerBlogger.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
A question for Falk
“What has Kathleen Falk had to say about the rigging of the State Elections Board?”
Since Attorney General candidate Kathleen Falk has been silent on this issue so far, I put on my reporters hat and asked her myself. You can see the results of my interview below.
If you do not see the video above, then YouTube.com is down. Please check back a little later. (It is down Sunday evening)
X-posted at BadgerBlogger.com
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Dr. Jose Dalisay To Speak In Green Bay.
Dr. Jose Dalisay English professor from the Philippine is the visiting exchange professor at St. Norberts College in DePere (and its shallow over there).
Dr. Jose Dalisay Jr. will speak on Wednesday September 27, 2006 at 7:00pm at St. Norbert's College in DePere WI. Dr. Dalisay is professor of English from the Philippines. The title of his talk is: In Your Image: English in the Philippines The exact location of the talk is at the Fort Howard Theater, in Bemis International CenterSource: NEW Bayanihan - Philippino Professor to Speak.
In addition to his professorial duties Dr. Dalisay writes for the Philippine Star & Pilipinas Magazine.
If you are in the Green Bay area and are free this Wednesday go and see him. Tell him Marcus Auerlius sent you!
In The Dock in Kenosha.
US SECRETARY of State Condoleezza Rice and other high-ranking American officials have maintained that the detention of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-joc" Bolante in the US is legal and asked a Wisconsin court to junk his petition for habeas corpus.Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer - Rice defends Bolante detention by Philip Tubeza
In a 12-page memorandum, Rice and her fellow respondents asked the US district court to dismiss Bolante's petition for "lack of jurisdiction." They questioned their inclusion in the suit and said Bolante should have impleaded only his immediate custodians -- like the warden of Kenosha county jail, where Bolante is currently detained. [emphasis added]
Bolante was arrested on July 7 upon his arrival in Los Angeles. He was told that his visa had been canceled by the US Embassy in Manila due to an arrest warrant issued by the Philippine Senate for his failure to appear at hearings on the P728-million [$14.5 million US Dollars] fertilizer fund scam.
The money was allegedly used to fund President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's election campaign in 2004.
Why does this remind of a scene from Night Court?
Anyway. This is a serious matter. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is tough cookie and a very astute politician. However, sooner or later her opposition is going to hit their target. Still, one key word in the story is allegedly and the Philippine press is no fan of PGMA's something we are familiar with.
Update 9/23/2006 11:04 am CDT:
Do any of our Kenosha area readers or bloggers know why he was arrested or doing in Kenosha?
Update II 9/23/2006 11:09 am CDT:
DJB Rizalist used to be a resident of Pewaukee, however he is now back in the Philippines.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Bucher to Open Investigation
Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher said he had received a letter from Sen. Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) requesting an investigation into Maistelman's lobbying of Elections Board members, and Bucher said he would open one. The board voted in Brookfield to sanction Green's campaign.He's right. The investigation may not go anywhere, but it's sure worth a shot.
But Bucher said he had limited information and didn't know whether his inquiry would lead anywhere.
"I'll at least open an investigation and begin to gather some of the documents that I think are necessary," said Bucher, who lost last week's Republican attorney general primary to J.B. Van Hollen.
Hezbollah rallies, declares victory
In his first public appearance since the start of his group's 34-day war with Israel, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah thanked God for what he called "a divine, historic and strategic victory" over the Jewish state.
The black-turbaned cleric told a crowd of hundreds of thousands of flag-waving
supporters in Beirut's bombed-out suburbs that his guerrillas will give up their weapons only when Israel's "threats" end and the Lebanese government is strong enough to protect the country.
"Today we celebrate a great divine, historic and strategic victory," Nasrallah said.
See, Russ, this is what happens when countries stand down to terrorists. They become emboldened, declare victory, and start making demands.
I am not going to let Charlie steal my thunder this head is mine
Steve Freese, the longtime Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore, made the comment at the Richland County Lincoln Day Dinner in April.
Thank you Joey for letting us know who the Chicken Rep was.
Here is the coward's state page with all the address and the phone numbers
tell the Jerk to be man enough to take credit for comments like that.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
You may think that you've heard it all before. You haven't. There just isn't any way to describe the way these people operate, but we tried.
I asked Nikki to reflect on a case where she busted a guy who lived in a tent. She also describes to you just how quickly sick individuals can find your childen and what you should be doing about it. There are plenty of warnings and tips available in this podcast and on the US Cyberwatch web site.
Pardon me for borrowing the BBA's podium, but I feel that this is important information.
Letter to the Editor
Here's the link.
And here's the upshot:
Previously, members of Congress could stick new spending amendments onto bills without putting their names on the amendments. They could do it anonymously. We weren't allowed to know who had asked for the new spending.I can't wait to get a rebuttal letter.
This was a ridiculous, shameful and dishonest practice. It allowed members of Congress to spend our money on anything they wanted, with no accountability. They never had to answer questions or explain why the taxpayers should be funding their pet projects.
Tammy Baldwin voted to keep this system the way it was. She voted to allow anonymous spending of taxpayer money. Thankfully, she didn't get her way.
Doyle's manipulation of Elections Board
No one is surprised by this are they
"Even if this ends up in Court it is a PR victory for us since it makes Green spend money and have to defend the use of his Washington DC dirty money,"
Hmmm seems to me that Doyle was sending "marching orders" to the Rat members of the Election board. Can the Doyle campaign do anything without it looking shady?
I am sure they will scream and wail like a mashed cat that this coaching of the board was totally above the board but that second quote by Attorney Michael S. Maistelman shows what this whole event was really about. Who cares if we lose in court we are the Doyle camp we ignore the law all the time its all about giving Green bad PR law and pass precedent be damned.
How did we ever let this gang of slime merchants get into power(oh yeah the whole crazy ass Ed Thompson for governor thing)
It time for end this reign of terror and lawlessness, we need to get Mark Green voted in and we need to get JB Van Hollen elected AG. Can you imagine the fun JB will have with the Doyle Crime Syndicate?
Get into the Fight, lets take our state back from Jim Doyle.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Jim Doyle on Negative Campaigning
Question: Anna and I would like to hear how Mr. Doyle and Governor McCallum defend their advertising campaigns.
Doyle: Let’s stop the negative ads.
What Jim Doyle did: Jim Doyle began running attack ads against Mark Green in July of this year. He has already run three untrue attack ads. Mark Green has yet to run any such ad. Doyle also refused to sign a clean campaign pledge which included a spending limit of $5.5 million – or about $1 for every man, woman and child in Wisconsin.
No Anti-War Vote in Sauk County
The vote was 15-14 with two members absent. Supporters of the referendum wondered what the Board was afraid of.
There are still several communities holding these referendums in November, and at least two asking voters whether President Bush and Vice President Cheney should be impeached.
Ed Garvey is bribing political candidates
A trip to Minnesota garnered several opportunities to give money to candidates I've never met and, one, Mark Ritchie, whom I have met.Hey, I'm just using his own logic:
At the Milwaukee People's Legislature on Saturday (April 30, 2005), the group enthusiastically argued that "contributions" or "gifts" to candidates or incumbents should be labeled as "bribes."
Jim Doyle on Education
Doyle: As governor of the state of Wisconsin, I’m going to make sure the university is affordable for every single student.
Question: Attorney General Doyle, a follow-up. So, “affordable,” does that mean you would support a 10 percent cap in the next budget?
Doyle: Well, yes. And frankly, 10 percent seems pretty high to me.
What Jim Doyle did: Tuition for Wisconsin students has increased by over 50 percent – at the same time, tuition on out-of-state students was lowered.
Nichols' History Lesson Has no Lesson
RE: Feingold on Economics
I saw that one earlier this week, it had me rolling over the floor when I saw the initial proposal.
It makes me wonder if Wisconsin's junior Senator took an Economics course when he was at UW. At least the Economics Department there is quite good; or so I've heard.
P.S. Sorry for the silence on my part. I'm too busy laughing at John Nichols' columns about my cousin.
Investor's Business Daily schools Feingold on economics
The key difference, of course, is that Flat-Earthers are harmless cranks who continue with their delusions with no discernible effect on public policy. Sadly, the same can't be said for some Democrats.
We refer to a proposal by Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to "balance" the trade deficit not by market forces, but by government fiat.
Their plan would require any company wanting to import goods into America to first get a government certificate. The certificate would, in essence, have an "exchange rate" that would change each year to make it more and more expensive for importers to bring goods in. Over time, by reducing import demand, it would "balance" our trade, according to the two senators.
This idea, if presented as an Economics 101 paper in any reputable U.S. university, would be given an "F" and the dullards who wrote it placed on academic probation.
Free trade is one of the few things economists of all stripes agree on. We do ourselves and the world a favor by running our current account deficit. Yes, we buy lots of stuff overseas, but we're also investing huge amounts in our own economy — which will make us all richer in the future.
With the Dorgan-Feingold plan, we're getting a whiff of what the Democrats might do if they take back Congress in November. When it comes to the economy, they style themselves as Phi Beta Kappas. On trade, they deserve dunce caps.
Read the entire article, because the IBD gives a good economics lesson on free trade.
First, second, third, and fourth posts...of the week
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Do you plan to boycott Miller over their sponsorship of an illegal immigration rally?
Yes, but I don't drink Miller anyway..........25%
Yes, and I use to enjoy Miller products.....42%
There were 77 total votes.
If you have a poll you'd like to see here at the BBA, let us know in the comments.
What do John Gard, Lakeshore Laments, and Bangkok have in common?
Monday, September 18, 2006
Badger state native arrives in Hollywood
Sunday, September 17, 2006
A Slime Avalanche
Here is my question Why is Washington Special Interest money any worse then money from Wisconsin Special Interest groups. Can you think of any Wisconsin special interest groups, that may have given Diamond Jim a few dump trucks full of evil special interest money?
Ok Everyone together now on Three. One Two Three
And that is just the special interest money we are not even touching all the donations for state contract money.
Oh I love the line of BS in the Doyle commercial about the Election board being bipartisan. They don't mention the fact it was the 4 Dolyies and idiot libertarian(Man Ed Thompson sucks)who did Doyles dirty work. How do these people look at themselves in the mirror. If you were forced to shake hands with Doyle or Xoff the first thing you should do is check and make sure you still have your watch.
I can't really believe these slime filled full of bullshat ads will get any traction I don't believe they resonate with the average voter they don't care about PAC Money. We all understand that Doyle is a crook and he has to paint Green as a crook to level the playing field. But unlike selling state contracts taking PAC money isn't illegal.
I wonder do you think the Doyle people and the Shadow puppets had their ads pretty much done and written even before the idiots at the election board even made their ruling.
I am actually looking forward to the next round of polls so we can tease Xoff about all that money spent and the race being a dead heat. ;)
What I want to know is where are the Green ads pointing out Doyles little problems with selling state contracts.
I think its time for the Green Team to become the Mean Team.
Bush Pol #'s
Yeah, I get it, that ain't where you want it.
But where are all the stories about the rise in the polls? Are they not at least as interesting in the fall of the polls?
Not when you are a liberal press invested in electing Democrats.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
To help you determine whether you've got a problem or not, they offer the "CAGE" assessment. No, they don't lock you up in a basement in plain sight of a case of Leinie's.
It's easier than that:
1. Have you ever felt you ought to Cut down on your drinking?
2. Have people A nnoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
3. Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning (Eye opener) to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?
If you answered yes to any question, you may want to talk with your primary care physician or behavioral health provider.
We are blessed.
Congressman Paul Ryan has done something no one else in Washington could do in getting rid of anonymous earmarks, essentially flipping the bird to an obstructionist Senate.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has finally said what needed to be said about the little murder problem in Milwaukee, essentially flipping the bird to Mayor Barrett who still has his head in the sand.
So my burning little question is which of these Congressmen is better?
I would like to thank Reps Moore, Baldwin, and Obey for showing where they truly are on spending, in favor of spending without end without any accountability.
Remember these examples my friends the next time someone tells you there is no difference between the parties.
Remember, Milwaukee has been run by Democrats for YEARS. They have no one to blame but themselves for the mess Milwaukee is in.
Way to dump the gang squad Art, way to rip off poverty programs Carl, how are you enjoying the cash from a building you never sold Mr Chairman, thanks for all that tough sentencing and throwing out all those gun charges for easy pleas Mr McCann.
All of you Democratic hypocrites need to look squarely in the mirror and take some of the blame yourselves instead of hyperventilating over Congressman Sensenbrenner speaking the truth.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Hold them accountable! Right, Ed?
But not Tammy Baldwin. She gets a pass.
Kevin at Lakeshore Laments reports that Tammy voted NO on the earmark reform bill - the bill that would have required members of congress to put their names on spending amendments - pork earmarks - they stick onto other bills.
Tammy doesn't want that. She doesn't want to be accountable for how she spends our tax dollars.
Is that what you mean by accountability, Ed? Is that what you meant when you praised her at Fighting Bob Fest?
Wisconsin as Tax and Regulatory Hell
John Jazwiec, top executive with Waukesha-based RedPrairie Corp., renewed his call Friday for major tax cuts and an end to "the welfare system" as part of an effort to attract creative people to the Milwaukee area and build a knowledge-based economy.No kidding.
Jazwiec, who is considering moving RedPrairie's headquarters out of the area because of difficulties finding or attracting strong executive talent here, spoke at the Wisconsin Club to a breakfast meeting of the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin.
"You're supporting a city and a state that is going downhill, not uphill," Jazwiec said.
The chief problems, in his view: high taxes, a welfare mentality, a parochial attitude and a state government that focuses too much on Madison and not enough on Milwaukee.
He decried what he sees as a lack of vision among political leaders in developing ways to encourage growth of a creative class here.
I guarantee four more years of Diamond Jim won't make this place any friendlier to business — that means job creation. For those of you who graduated from Racine Unified, that means more chances to work.
Amazingly, Milwaukee officials think RedPrairie should relocate its HQ to Milwaukee. For what possible benefit?
To deal with the same myopic morons who drove BuySeasons to cancel its decision to move from New Berlin into Milwaukee? To deal with the rampant crime, mob beatings, gang rapes, drive-bys, murders and the gangsta thug culture?
If anything, these — plus the tax and litigation climate in Wisconsin — are reasons for business to impersonate King Arthur and the not-so-brave Knights of the Round Table in Monty Python & The Holy Grail .... "Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away!"
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Ed Garvey: Purist or Hack?
Ed Garvey on campaign finance:
Paul Bucher finally said something I agree with. In commenting on Van Hollen's decision to mortgage his house to put cash into the AG race, Bucher said, "I won't mortgage my life for this job."He just hates money in politics, Ed does.
Bucher, without thinking about it, was condemning money in politics.
Now, Ed Garvey on Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin:
John Matthews of Madison Teachers Inc. introduced Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and her remarks were right on target with the theme of "Hold Them Accountable."But he doesn't hold her to the same standards. Here's me, writing about Tammy just a few days ago:
...she wins elections by out-spending her opponents. By a lot. She outspent her opponent 3:1 in 2000. In 2002, it was 7:1. In 2004, 3:1 again.Ed again, summing up (emphasis added):
It’s wrong when Mark Green and John Gard do it. That’s what Garvey said.
And Baldwin’s money isn’t coming from around here. In 2000, nearly 60% of her contributions came from out of state. In 2002, it was 46%. In 2004, 48%.
People in Boston and LA give her money because…they care deeply about south central Wisconsin?
Someone asked why we do this and Tony* comes to mind along with the words of two people: Martin Luther King Jr., who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." And Eli Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, who said, "The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference to evil."Indifferent? Silent? Cynical?
None of those at the Sauk County Fairgrounds are indifferent to evil. Or cynical. All are hopeful that we will take back our government and return to the quest for social and economic justice.
When it comes to his allies, Garvey is all three.
*Tony Karls, a Fighting Bob Fest organizer and Meagan Yost's husband, who passed away the same Saturday as this year's Fest. Condolences to his family and friends.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
WI Assembly District #6.
I am informed there is going to be a general election and a teacher from Cecil will be the Democrats candidate. I think with Gary winning 50% in a four way race (especially in that area) he will sail onto Madison this November.
So, if you live up in AD-6 (Portions of Outagamie, Shawano, and Oconto counties) vote for Gary Tauchen!
You Have To Be Kidding Me!
Kinda like Peg's open records request on Vince Biskupic. I hope Green and Van Hollen will at least swing back.
However back to Doyle's ad. It states politicians don't act like that in Wisconsin. The ad is right of course, instead the preferred way is to reward your contributors with fat state contracts.
Campaign finance reform: 100% Government Approved Candidates.
Speaking of the AG race. I wonder who Ms. Falk is plotting against? I think the cranberry growers are safe. If I were a leading manufacturer of soy sauce (or other ag based product made in WI) I might be worried, though.
Milwaukee County takes a small step back from that abyss
How about Clarke beating the hand picked candidate of the Milwaukee Democratic Establishment.
Good for Milwaukee County
Oh look a tussle
Think of the Wisconsin we will be living in if Doyle and Falk are in power.
It is time to close ranks and remember who the real enemies are. Be prepared for more sucker punches from Xoff and his slime merchants.
Talk to your friends and Neighbors explain to them how Doyle is selling state contracts. Explain to them what kind of Moonbat Falk is. We will never out spend Doyle and his Masters from WEAC and the Indian Casinos, but we can out work them.
The bar fight is about to start, are you ready?
Get in the fight we have two months to set Wisconsin back on the right course.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Also if your a Liberal remember you are only allowed to vote once even if you believe your cause is just.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Something to chew on for election day.
Two congressmen face well-known opponents whose bids are aided by GOP redistricting.
By Richard Fausset, Times Staff WriterSeptember 10, 2006
ATLANTA — Riding a wave of discontent over the economy, Iraq and gas prices, Democrats are hoping to win enough seats to retake the House of Representatives this November. But their success could also hinge on their ability to keep the seats they already have — and doing so could prove difficult in two key races in Georgia.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Jim Marshall of Macon and John Barrow of Savannah are facing hearty challenges from a pair of former Republican congressmen with name recognition and the ability to raise big money. Bolstering their chances are new district boundaries drawn up by the first GOP-dominated Georgia Legislature since Reconstruction.
The outcome of the races could have broad national implications. The Democratic Party needs a net gain of 15 seats to obtain a majority in the House. Its candidates are posing serious threats to Republican incumbents in states such as Indiana, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
But Republicans have also identified a handful of vulnerable Democratic incumbents, and are hoping to pick off a few of them to thwart a Democratic return to power.
"Everyone's focused right now on where Democrats can gain seats, and properly so — it's a Democratic year," said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "But if Republicans can steal even a few seats from Democrats, it will probably eliminate the chances of a Democratic takeover.
It looks like the 2996 site is down
If you are a Wisconsin blogger who has done one of these tribute post please leave a comment with the link to your post.
That was we can help get as many people to them today as we can. Its not a great system but it is better than doing nothing.
I will try and list as many of them here as I can but if I miss you leave a comment.
Me aka Chris
That is all the Wisconsin ones I can find at the moment I will add more as I find them or as I said leave your link in the comments.
Some Ground Zero Pictures that you haven't seen
Her husband Sean also has some posts about that day and the people he lost including his first wife. He was and is a member of the Cantor Fitzgerald Firm
RTG had become a friend of mine and I would hope you would keep people like her and Sean in your thoughts and prayers today.
What Once Was
Today the BBA Remembers Sept 11th 2001,
Many of our members have Project 2996 posts at their personal sites plus I know many of our readers have 2996 posts too. If you have the chance take a moment and meet some of the unknown people who were lost on that day.
Today let us remember those who were lost not those who caused their deaths.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Our host, Blogs about Hosting out of West Bend, will likely help us out on Monday. Which sucks, because I wanted to do predictions for a bunch of statewide and Lakeshore races.
Funny part is I can access the editing portion of the blog, I haven't figured out why the blog will not appear out on cyberspace.
The Path To 9/11 Edits
Saturday, September 09, 2006
And by the way...
And they didn't get in.
Iowa won that game on the road, with their backup quarterback, with a negative four turnover ratio. They're gonna be tough this year.
What exactly are the standards for graduating from "probie" status?
Furri? LANCE FURRI?
Is that some kind of a shot or something? Making fun of me not being able to grow a decent beard, are you?
Drop and give me twenty, probie. DROP AND GIVE ME TWENTY!
Friday, September 08, 2006
TAM is Down
Yes Milwaukee is a great place by a great lake
I can not help myself, I just like reading what the Milwaukee Apologists have to say when I call their fair city names. Or point out its on way to being Little Detroit or as Tee Bee put it Oakland on a great lake.
Remember Milwaukee has not had a Conservative Mayor in over 100 years. So this mess that is Milwaukee is a shining example of what years of Liberal and at times corrupt leadership will get you.
Ok all you MA's start howling lol
The Path to 9/11
After all the cries of Bush failure for not nabbing Bin Laden, it prompts the question: if Clinton botched the capture (on more than one occassion, it appears) why is Bush being held accountable for someone else's cleaning bill?
Good stuff. I may have to watch The Path to 9/11, if it ever makes it out of the can.
CP @ NGC.
Since I'm Down
Basically, the gist is that Dr. Steven Kagen's Campaign Manager, Eric Hogensen, has been accused of conducting his own campaign -- Kagen's -- while on state time as an Employee of State Sen. Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee).
-- The State Ethics Board received an anonymous complaint this morning alleging that Eric Hogensen, campaign manager for 8th CD Dem hopeful Steve Kagen, did campaign work for Kagen while working in Sen. Jeff Plale’s state office. The e-mail complaint accuses Hogensen of working for Kagen without taking advance vacation time from Plale’s office on September 22 and 23, 2005. “At best, his actions show callous disregard for important rules put into place in the wake of the caucus scandal,” according to the complaint. “At worst, this violation suggests that his conduct could be the tip of the iceberg.” State Ethics Board Director Roth Judd has begun investigating the complaint, and said he spoke to Hogensen, who told him the accusations were “absolutely false.” He told Judd that he was on vacation during the times in question in September 2005, and on one occasion the event the complainant cited was for an after-hours function."(Hogensen) said he was keenly aware of the rules and extremely sensitive about them," Judd said. Hogensen did not return a call for comment. The complaint argues that Hogensen received an inappropriate amount of $18,000 from Kagen during a five-month time period when the 8th CD race was Hogensen’s second job. The e-mail also takes shots at both Plale and Kagen.
[ I've been informed by WisPolitics.com that I can not post the above information since it is deemed 'subscriber only content.' (The information was sent to me from a subscriber.)
An aside: WisPolitics can get bent. They stole the story from me that the Gards sold their Sun Prairie house that I broke earlier this May and never once gave me credit for it. Xoff posted the exact thing about the Gard's house sale from a WisPolitics PM Update informing Wisconsin politicos that I'm now getting emailed about.
Hense the need to only strike-through the information. I'm sensing a double standard here.]
The Journal Sentinel has something on this as well at its "Politics Watch" blog.
If this is true, it just made things very interesting up in Green Bay.
The director of the state Ethics Board today said he'd review an anonymous complaint accusing a congressional candidate's aide of campaigning while on the state payroll.
But Ethics Board Executive Director R. Roth Judd noted that the campaign event Eric Hogenson was accused of attending occurred after normal work hours last Sept. 22. That wouldn't violate ethics rules, Judd said.
Hogenson was on the staff of state Sen. Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) at the time and working part time for Democrat Steve Kagen, an Appleton doctor who is running for the 8th Congressional District seat. He did attend a Sept. 22 evening fundraiser for Kagen in Howard, Wis., Hogenson said in an interview. That was after work hours and on a vacation day, he said.
Hogenson called the accusations politically motivated, "completely false" and timed to hurt Kagen, one of three Democrats on the ballot in Tuesday's 8th District primary.
Hogenson acknowledged he didn't ask to have Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 tallied as vacation days until two months later. Rules adopted in 2002 say state workers wishing to use vacation time to campaign must make the request in advance.
Addendum: RPW has filed a Federal Elections Complaint against Kagen for using the website of his Allergy Clinics to promote his Congressional Campaign.
Followed the instructions to a "T" that RPW list in this Press Release and they work right on.
Lakeshore Laments Down
The plan is to do this on Saturday at a sports bar.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
In the five years since the 9/11 attacks, Americans have been told that terrorists and their sympathizers in the Arab and Muslim world are enemies of freedom whose intense hatred of America must be answered with force.Excuse me, but...what? Don't I recall news clips of Muslim crowds cheering the 9/11 attacks?
My extensive polling shows something quite different: The vast majority of the Muslim world was fond of us prior to the war in Iraq.
Within a few months of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, my firm undertook a poll of 5,345 Muslims in five Arab countries (Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) and three non-Arab countries (Pakistan, Iran and Indonesia).Huh. What were the numbers like a year before 9/11? Were they that high then, too? Is this poll indicative of prior opinion in the Muslim world, or are they simply part of the post-9/11 sympathy bounce we got from all over the world?
The results, for the most part, were heartening: 81% held a favorable view of American science and technology; 64% had a favorable impression of American movies and television, and 68% had a favorable view of American-made products.
Adults under 30 years of age - a huge element of each country's total population - were particularly favorable toward the United States, an encouraging sign.
Dunno. Zogby doesn't tell us.
He does make a point of telling us that, because of the Iraq war, Muslims no longer like us as much.
By May 2004, American prestige had plummeted.Does anybody remember any large amounts of goodwill emanating from the Middle East toward the US...ever? I don't. Middle Eastern countries have never liked us. Even when they're our kinda-sorta allies, their leaders badmouth us. Their people demonstrate against us. Well before 9/11, this was the case. Well before the war.
Our polling in the region in late 2005 produced similar results.
What had changed minds? Three words: war in Iraq.
So what the heck is Zogby talking about?
A very one-sided debate.
But it's okay, according to the school district. It didn't break any rules.
People Acting in Support of Students — a pro-referendum group — said members set up informational booths to hand out pamphlets about their position on the referendum at all the Baraboo schools' open houses last week and were at Tuesday's orientation session since the school did not have an open house. She said members checked with district officials several times to make sure their actions were in compliance with district rules.Yes, students and families were all expected to attend, and teachers were paid to be there. Required attendance does not a school day make, I know. Still - the district knew they'd have a captive audience.
Baraboo School District Administrator Lance Alwin said the group obtained permission to be on site and was acting in accordance with district policies, since the day was set aside for orientation and registration and was not considered an official school day.
He (Alwin) said the district has no specific policy regarding allowing political groups on school property — it is up to the discretion of the School Board.I'm sure they're right, in a very legalistic sense. But anybody involved in politics and/or government knows - using government property - public property - to advocate one side of a political debate is a no-no.
At the very least, when one side was allowed to put their tables up, the other side should have been invited. Didn't happen.
And get this part:
Alwin said the group received permission from the School Board before going to any schools. He said the appearances are a way to continue a "community discourse" on subjects of interest to parents.A community discourse, but with only one side represented.
Would it not be nice if........
Can anyone name the last time Milwaukee was in the National News spot lite for something positive?
The really sad part is when Tom "Empty Suit" Barrett is up for reelection he will most likely win.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Miller & the Chicago march
Miller Brewing Company has never supported illegal immigration and we have always supported the full enforcement of current U.S. laws.
Miller did not sponsor the Labor Day immigration march held in Chicago.
Going forward, Miller will closely review all requests for support from community and charitable organizations to ensure that we are not indirectly funding or associating our name with advocacy efforts on the immigration issue.
We plan to stick to the business of brewing, marketing and selling great beer.
September 2nd Journal Sentinel article with Miller's side of the story.
Monday, September 04, 2006
We told you so
There is an anti-ethanol rebellion brewing, however, but it is not happening on America's highways. The rumbles of protest are being heard instead on rivers, lakes and along its shores, as boat owners discover that ethanol can sometimes be ruinous to their beloved yachts and cruisers.
As more marinas follow the national trend by offering only fuels with the 10 per cent ethanol blend, boat owners find they have no choice but to buy it, even as evidence accumulates that ethanol, benign though it is to the atmosphere, can leave boats dead in the water.
The problems were detailed in a report published by the Boat Owners Association of the United States, or Boat US. They are particularly worrisome for people with older boats fitted with fibreglass fuel tanks. Introduce ethanol to them, and a chemical reaction produces a black muck. The muck and marine engines do not mix well.
Now that wouldn't have been a problem here in Wisconsin, now would it have been? Especially with those two big lakes to our north and east, and a handful of inland lakes. (\sarcasm)
RE: Re: Red Alert!!!
Asked him if the company was facing any backlash for being part of the PM family, and he said no.
Then I asked him if he's told how to run the company from the 'mother company,' as in Miller Brewing.
Again, he told me no. What Miller does, Miller does, they just wanted Leinie's to keep doing what they're doing (remain profittable) and they'd be left alone.
So it should work the other way around. What Miller does, Miller does.
And Leinie's should be left alone.
Marriage amendment poll results
How do you plan to vote on Wisconsin's marriage amendment?
122 total votes were counted.
Re: Red Alert!!!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
MKE Blog of the Week Contest
Peter at Texas Hold 'Em Blogger won last week's contest for blogger of the week.
Read all about it here.
Just to keep the proud BBA tradition going, I have been nominated this week for MKE's blog of the week. Very humbling.
Go here to vote for Stepping Right Up!
To whomever nominated me, thank you very much.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Re: Does UW Baraboo/Sauk County need a dorm?
- Ahmad Carroll to stop playing such smart football;
- More holes in our heads;
- At least two more "Rocky" sequels;
- Four more years of Governor Jim Doyle;
- A national debate on Kirk vs. Picard; and
- A beer that's low-cal, low-carb, and loaded with calcium.
Should race be a determining factor in charging drug dealers?
“let all (assistant district attorneys) know that they will issue no charges, particularly against people of color, for non-violent alleged possession with intent to deliver of any kind of drug
She has more interesting things to say about how the D.A.'s office will no longer trust police testimony and more. I have the details posted at BadgerBlogger.com
Baraboo's Budget Hawks
They're leading the charge against our local spend-more school referendum.
Does UW Baraboo/Sauk County need a dorm?
There may be a new captain at the helm, but the course will remain the same. That was University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County interim Dean Dr. Thomas Pleger's message Wednesday as a committee discussed plans for the school's proposed dorm, which could be up by fall 2011.
Members of the Living and Learning Center Development and Building Committee gathered to get their ducks in a row before a Sept. 7 meeting with the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Campus Commission — the group that halted plans for the dorm last month. Commission members questioned school administrators' ability to raise funds for the estimated $5.5 million project after its main proponent, former Dean Michael Brophy, left Aug. 1 to take another job.
My first instinct is to say that none of the 2 year UW campuses need dormitories. After all, unlike the UW 4 year campuses, these are not regional schools. They are 2 year schools for local students that may want to continue on to get their bachelors degree at one of the state universities. There would seem to be a demonstrable lack of need given the local student base. If you can explain to me why a UW 2 year campus needs a drom, please do so in the comments.