Re: Wisconsin man named worst writer
How's that? Better?
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Is anyone wondering why we’re winning? Why wasn’t it news when November of last year was the least deadliest month of the Iraq war? Hmmm… Maybe the surge was just that successful.
I doubt it.
I think there’s an easy answer. The democrats need Iraq to be off the table by November 2008. They’ve backed themselves into a corner over Iraq policy, because they misread the results of the 2006 midterms. Instead of interpreting the results as simply frustration with the course of the war, they decided that the American people supported a complete withdrawal. They’ve been hammering that point so hard that they have no credibility on seeing the war through to a successful conclusion.
What they are discovering now is that only a minority of Americans want to pack up our toys and go home. The rest of us want to see freedom succeed in Iraq. It would appear that the 2006 election was a call for action, rather than a call for surrender. The battle lines have been drawn and the democrat mainstream is clearly on the wrong side. They need Iraq to go away. The failure of the withdrawal movement means that they’ll have to resort to Plan B.
I expect the outlook in Iraq to begin looking rosier and rosier over the next few months. By next November you’ll have forgotten all about Iraq because the war will be going swimmingly. American soldiers may even be rising from the grave by then. Iraq will be a shining pillar of democracy, and wouldn’t it be great if a Democrat president(ette) could usher in the new era of peace in the Middle East?
Cross posted: Subject to Change
Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe. The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of his poem "Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning" four of his audience died of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos was reported to have been "disappointed" by the poem's reception, and was about to embark on a reading of his 12-book epic entitled "My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles" when his own major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save humanity, leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain. The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge, in the destruction of the planet Earth. Vogon poetry is mild by comparison.We aren't blessed with such word smiths anymore.
A 108-year-old woman has been told she must wait at least 18 months before she receives a new hearing aid.
Olive Beal, who has failing eyesight and uses a wheelchair, finds it difficult to hear with her five-year-old analogue aid and needs a digital version that cuts out background noise and makes conversation easier.
Mrs Beal, a former piano teacher who was involved in the suffragette movement, would be 110 by the time she gets her new hearing aid. "I could be dead by then," she said yesterday.
Mrs. Beal is actually one of the lucky ones. According to Britain's Royal Institute for the Deaf, the average time on the waiting list is two years.
An ATM at a northwest Louisiana truck stop gave out $20 bills instead of $5s, but authorities say they know who took the extra $7,000 the machine spit out and plan to track them down.If this happened with the government, it'd probably take months for them to track you down, then a good lawyer would allow them to make you keep it.
DeSoto Parish sheriff's Lt. Toni Morris said the automated teller machine has records showing 26 people who received the extra cash during five days in late June and early July.
Annette Parker, a supervisor at Eagle's Truck Stop, said she unplugged the machine after overhearing conversations about the excess payments.
"The next morning when we had come back in, someone had plugged it back up," she said.
Morris said someone who did not work at the truck stop may have rigged the machine, which keeps records of when the money was taken and by whom.
Morris said charges could be brought against the people who got more money than they were debited for.
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Madison -- A Door County man filed a lawsuit today in Dane County Circuit Court challenging the state constitutional amendment passed last fall to ban same-sex marriage.
Bill McConkey said in a statement that he was angry about the amendment and its effects, saying that it violates such constitutional protections as equal protection and free speech, among others.
"It just cannot be that any group can be singled out for an elimination of rights and protections just because of who they are as opposed to what they may have done," McConkey said in a statement. "I will fight for what I think is right and against what I think is wrong."
In the lawsuit, filed against Gov. Jim Doyle and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, McConkey asked the court to issue an injunction to block Doyle and Van Hollen from enforcing the amendment until a court has decided the constitutional questions.
The ban passed on a vote of 59% of Wisconsin voters in support compared with 41% who opposed it.
McConkey, of Bailey's Harbor, described himself in a statement as being "Christian, straight, married." He is not an attorney and prepared the lawsuit himself.
Dr. McConkey is an instructor for the Organizational Administration courses for the Center for New Learning; he serves as the Chair for the Organizational Administration Advisory Committee. He is also Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Continuous Learning Programs.Or this Bill McConkey? Political Strategist and Consultant from...Bailey's Harbor, WI.
Dr. Bill McConkey has over 150 campaigns and 30 years of political campaign work in addition to his education and experience as a teacher and mentor. From campaigns for U.S. Senate and Governor to the State Assembly to City Hall, he has researched, advised, written, created, and consulted. Dr. McConkey has served as an advisor to public officials in many capacities and at many levels. If you are in public life and want to move up or are not and want to be, Bill McConkey can really help you.Actually, they're one and the same.
A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the country.
U.S. District Judge James Munley said the city of Hazleton, 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was not allowed to implement a law that would fine businesses that hire illegal immigrants and penalize landlords who rent rooms to them.
"Federal law prohibits Hazleton from enforcing any of the provisions of its ordinances," Munley wrote in a 206-page opinion following a federal trial in which Hazleton's law was challenged by civil rights groups.
The city of 30,000 blames a recent rise in illegal immigration for boosting crime and overburdening social services. The law was passed in July 2006 but was not implemented because of a court injunction won by opponents.
About a third of the city's residents are immigrants from Central America and around a quarter of the immigrant population is believed to be undocumented, according to civil rights campaigners.
Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta said the city would likely appeal the decision.
"I believe both sides realized this wasn't going to be the last day. This small city isn't ready to stop fighting yet," Barletta told CNN.
Dozens of towns and cities have modeled their own immigration laws on Hazleton in a bid to deal with an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
One of them, was Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Oh, and those wanting to play "Who appointed him to the Federal Bench?" The answer's Clinton.
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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District likely will run out...And my first thought was: the MMSD? Run out?
A distinction should be made between reports and allegations offered by citizens concerned about their community and law enforcement informants. Often times informants may provide information to law enforcement officials in exchange for consideration, such as reduced criminal charges or a reduction in punishment, due to their own illegal activity. Or because they simply have a personal dislike or disregard for the person or business against whom such allegations are made.
Deep Focus, an entertainment marketing and promotions firm, has launched a contest, in which a "lucky" Republican winner can have Michael Moore come to their home and personally wash their laundry...if they go see 'SiCKO."SiCKO's value at the box office has pretty much tanked. Harvey Weinstein's reportly about to pull the plug since the film's finally broke even for what it cost to produce and market the film.
The "Take a Republican to See 'SiCKO" contest states: "Can you imagine someone from the government coming to your home to help you with the laundry? Well, they do it in France and if you enter the contest this weekend you will have the chance to win the same treatment for a Republican friend of yours from Michael Moore himself!"
Democrats who run the Wisconsin Senate have dropped the Washington pretense of incremental health-care reform and moved directly to passing a plan to insure every resident under the age of 65 in the state. And, wow, is “free” health care expensive. The plan would cost an estimated $15.2 billion, or $3 billion more than the state currently collects in all income, sales and corporate income taxes. It represents an average of $510 a month in higher taxes for every Wisconsin worker.
Employees and businesses would pay for the plan by sharing the cost of a new 14.5% employment tax on wages. Wisconsin businesses would have to compete with out-of-state businesses and foreign rivals while shouldering a 29.8% combined federal-state payroll tax, nearly double the 15.3% payroll tax paid by non-Wisconsin firms for Social Security and Medicare combined.
This employment tax is on top of the $1 billion grab bag of other levies that Democratic Governor Jim Doyle proposed and the tax-happy Senate has also approved, including a $1.25 a pack increase in the cigarette tax, a 10% hike in the corporate tax, and new fees on cars, trucks, hospitals, real estate transactions, oil companies and dry cleaners. In all, the tax burden in the Badger State could rise to 20% of family income, which is slightly more than the average federal tax burden.
[T]he health plan includes a tax escalator clause allowing an additional 1.5 percentage point payroll tax to finance higher outlays in the future. This could bring the payroll tax to 16%. One reason to expect costs to soar is that the state may become a mecca for the unemployed, uninsured and sick from all over North America. The legislation doesn’t require that you have a job in Wisconsin to qualify, merely that you live in the state for at least 12 months. Cheesehead nation could expect to attract health-care free-riders while losing productive workers who leave for less-taxing climes.That’s right. Every Freddy the Freeloader from around the country will be finding his or her way here and using the very liberal qualifications in order to mooch off the overburdened taxpayers — at least the ones that haven’t had the good sense to leave. That includes illegal aliens as well.
This is Michael Moore’s medical dream state.
He and his lifelong friend Vilmos Zsigmond made the daring decision to document the event for its historic significance. To do this, they borrowed film and a camera from their school, hid the camera in a paper bag with a hole for the lens and recorded the conflict.He went on to a long and successful Hollywood career. He worked on some of Hollywood's classics: The Last Waltz, Paper Moon, New York New York, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Easy Rider. He also worked on such films as Two Weeks Notice, Return to Me, Miss Congeniality, My Best Friend's Wedding, Ghostbusters, and one of my personal favorites, Say Anything.
The pair then embarked on a dangerous journey during which they carried 30,000 feet of documentary film across the border into Austria. They entered the U.S. as political refugees in 1957.
Their historic film was featured in a CBS documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite.
At one point during a speech last night by first-term U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Appleton), in which Kagen lamented the "lies and deception" of the Bush administration, someone shouted "Impeach them."Rather interesting article by a Democratic Strategist on what the coming Pelosi vs. Sheehan fight (Cindy's deadline expires tomorrow.) could mean for Democrats at the Politico today. It showcases that DC-centric Democrats might be walking into a circular firing squad with its own base over the lack of any serious movement towards impeaching the President.
"Impeachment takes a long time," Kagen said.
"Start it," came the response."
WASHINGTON - Liberal Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold said Sunday he wants Congress to censure President Bush for his management of the Iraq war and his "assault" against the Constitution.And if that doesn't work, he'll hold his breath and stamp his feet!
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Aaron hit career home run 715 in the 4th inning off Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing. Although Dodgers outfielder Bill Buckner nearly went over the outfield wall trying to catch it, the ball landed in the Braves bullpen where reliever Tom House caught it.Recognize that name? Bill Buckner?
On October 25, 1986, the Boston Red Sox faced the New York Mets in game 6 of the World Series...Yep, that Bill Buckner. Good ballplayer, remembered mostly for the ones he didn't catch.
Mookie Wilson fouled off several pitches before hitting a ground ball to Buckner at first base. The ball bounced on the dirt and rolled under Buckner's glove, through his legs, and into right field, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run from second base, forcing a seventh game, which the Mets won two nights later.
Here's what really gets me about the 9/11 conspiracy theory. How can anyone believe it now? Of course, it was always completely crazy, but some people believed it anyway because they imagined a hyper-organized, hyper-competent, hyper-secret Executive Branch. Now, you've watched all these years of struggling through the Iraq war. How can you cling to the premise that the Executive Branch is hyper-organized, hyper-competent, hyper-secret? Do they think Bush and Cheney deliberately conducted the war to give it the appearance of a big screw up in order to throw us off the track?If 9/11 really had been an inside job, we'd have found great big piles of ready-to-use WMD and a nearly-ready nuclear weapons program six months into the war.
Indeed, there are many Republicans joining the growing chorus that wants to impeach Bush and Dick Cheney and get rid of these two guys now before they do even more damage to this great country of ours."Many" Republicans, Dave?
Or Marcus, weren't you aware the world-wide HQ of the John Birch Society is now located in Appleton, Wisconsin?The Empress and I drive by the place frequently.
”To express the sense of the Senate that it is in the national security interest of the United States that Iraq not become a failed state and a safe haven for terrorists.”The amendment passed 94-3. Voting no: Byrd, Harkin, and our own Russ Feingold.
On July 18, 1969, 38 years ago today, Senator Kennedy drove his car off a wooden bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. Mary Jo Kopechne, a young campaign worker, died in the accident. Kennedy immediately fled the scene and didn't report the accident for seven hours. Later tests would determine that Mary Jo had survived the collision; she died about an hour after the crash. Kennedy left that poor women in his car to die, he only cared about saving his considerably sized ass.He was only convicted of leaving the scene of an accident; his family stepped in and used their considerable influence to get the murder charges dropped.
For that he received a suspended two-month jail term and one-year driving suspension. After surfacing from the vehicle, he made no attempt to save Mary Jo and actually returned to party he was at earlier. After trying to sober up, he recruited the help of two of the people at the party. Why didn't Kennedy seek the help of Pierre Malm, who only lived 125 yards from the bridge in plain site? At the inquest Kennedy was unable to answer this question. Also surrounding the incident are claims that Mary Jo may not have died by drowning. John Farrar, the diver who removed Mary Jo from the car, claimed she was "too buoyant to be full of water". Additionally, Gene Frieh, the undertaker, told reporters that death "was due to suffocation rather than drowning".
Sounds like a classic case of a cover-up through the Kennedy influence that was widely known at the time in the Chappaquiddick area. Now we have Kennedy touting for justice in the nations senate and decrying justice for the 'victims' of the vast right wing conspiracy.
What a hypocrite. What does this say about the people who support him and his party?
Labels: Wisconsin History
What is it with the whack-jobs from Appleton?
Ever think about how we could easily obliterate any country in the Middle East and they could do absolutely nothing to stop it? If it were the other way around, and America's existence rested on the goodwill of Islamic governments, what chance do you think we'd have?
Soon after the 2006 election, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) announced that Democrats in the committee’s Frontline program would aim to raise between $600,000 and $1 million by June 30.Kagen is showcasing the two things many observers from the sidelines saw was going on last cycle, he never developed any sort of in-district (in-state, or hell ANY!) fund raising network, and his millions are still a deterrent for people to give.
According to Federal Election Commission reports that were due Sunday, 10 of the 24 Frontline freshmen did not hit the fundraising objective, and some missed the mark by more than $100,000.
Frontline is a program designed to help vulnerable incumbents raise money, and it is dominated by freshmen following the Democratic takeover in 2006.
One source close to a Frontline member was critical of the DCCC for setting such an ambitious goal and making it public. The source said members were frustrated with the goal.
“To publicize your goals, especially in some of these smaller districts that have a smaller donor base or, frankly, are poorer — it’s just harder to raise money,” the source said, adding that it is difficult for members in rural districts to approach small donors so soon after the 2006 election and ask them to give again.
Freshman Frontline Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Ron Klein (Fla.) led the pack, each exceeding the goal with more than $1 million. Rep. Steve Kagen (Wis.) had the lowest fundraising total, at $420,000, and Reps. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.) and Ciro Rodriguez (Texas) also raised less than $500,000.
Most Democrats fell just short of the fundraising goals. In addition to Ellsworth and Walz, Reps. Heath Shuler (N.C.), Zack Space (Ohio), Nick Lampson (Texas), Paul Hodes (N.H.) and Chris Carney (Pa.) raised more than $500,000.
Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.) raised $600,000.
Mark Green's nomination as ambassador to Tanzania appeared in jeopardy Friday because of opposition from Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
The senator has placed a "hold" on the nomination because Green is a political appointee, not a career Foreign Service officer, a Kerry aide said.
"There is no further action expected on this nomination," the aide said.
President Bush nominated Green for the post in early June.
It's within Bush's power to bypass the Senate and advance Green's nomination as a recess appointment, which he could do as early as August.
Green, 47, a Republican from Green Bay, served eight years in the House of Representatives, ending in January.
Last year, he made an unsuccessful bid for Wisconsin governor against incumbent Democrat Jim Doyle.
While in Congress, Green paid visits to Africa, and 20 years ago, he and his wife were volunteer teachers in Kenya.
As of April, there were 156 U.S. ambassadors, 65% of them career Foreign Service officers and 35% of them political appointees, the State Department said.
If approved, Green would replace the current ambassador, Michael Retzer, also a political appointee. Retzer took his oath of office in August 2005.
Yes Senator Kerry, and we're sure to know that every single one of your ambassadors wouldn't have been political appointments had you been elected President.
The reality is Kerry's been doing this to multiple Bush appointees since America rejected him. Most of them were either connected to groups that donated to Republicans (THE HORROR!!!), donated to the Swift Boat Vets, or served in some capacity during President Bush's re-election.
Mark Green was Wisconsin State Co-Chair of Bush-Cheney '04 with Scott Walker.
Ah well, the Recess swearing-in ceremony should still be a blast to attend.
Madison - State Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said his granddaughter died after she ran behind his car as he was backing out of his Green Bay home about 8:40 a.m. today.
Hansen said the accident killed Elliana Zaidel, who would have been 2 on Wednesday.
Hansen said neither he nor his wife, Jane, knew the child had left the home before the accident.
"Ellie adored her grandfather and she was the apple of his eye," said a statement issued by Hansen's office. "Sen. Hansen is in deep shock and currently attending to the needs of his family. The family requests understanding and respect for their privacy at this time of deep loss and family tragedy and asks people to keep them in their prayers."
Ex-GOP official backs Dems' health planA great start? The largest tax increase in U.S. history and a complete government takeover of the health care industry is a great start?
Madison - Joe Leean, a former Republican state senator and secretary of the state Department of Health and Family Services, today endorsed the universal health care plan of state Senate Democrats.
Leean called the Democrats' proposal a "great start" on solving the worsening health care crisis.
"I believe this animal appeared following a raid to the region by the British forces," said Ali Mohsen, a farmer in his 40s from Karmat Ali, near the air base used by the multinational force.
"As we are close to the airport, they probably released this animal into the area," he reasoned.
Amid such tales, there is little experts like Dr Ghazi Yaqub Azzam, deputy dean of the veterinary college, can do to reassure his neighbours.
"Its nature is to eat small animals like hens and rats. It has powerful senses of hearing and smell. It gets aggressive if senses danger, but it doesn't attack man unless threatened," he said.
Azzam speculated that the badgers were being driven towards the city because Iraq is trying to re-flood marshland north of Basra that was drained by Saddam in order to persecute local Marsh Arab tribes.
For all that, the British army thinks Basrawis have little to fear.
"If you cornered it and poked it with a stick, then the smart money would be on the badger," warned Gell, who has faced many rumours like this one in his tour in Iraq.
"We have not released giant badgers in Basra," he said, "and nor have we been collecting eggs and releasing serpents [emphasis added] into the Shatt al-Arab river."
The stars peer down upon the tiny blue spitball called Earth and shake their heads with a tut-tut here and a tsk-tsk there. Its ignorant unwashed masses are scurrying hither and yon in an apparent neurotic affect, charging like lemmings towards eternity's cliff.Grandpa Steve's posting is slowing down some (age, you know), but he's still got some spark in the 'ol noggin.
There is hope, however. The mighty Albert Gore, Jr. has stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. The packed celestial crowd goes silent with deeply held breath. A few of the more puckish entities try to start a 'wave' but that's so yestereternity that no one's buying it.
With a count of two strikes... here comes the pitch... Albert swings mightily at the destructive sphere with his Adirondack, his homemade bat that he carved when lightning struck and split his cranium while counting his zinc mine royalties, and connects. It's a Live Earth Concert drive!
Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, offered this analogy of the Assembly Republican budget plan as it relates to the UW System.Edward Scissorhands? Geez, if we want to quote films of the 80s and 90s not starring a surprisingly bulky Anthony Michael Hall, how about "Little Shop of Horrors?"
"It's like Edward Scissorhands on meth. It's cut, cut, cut," she said.
I have the perfect solution for those who complain about Wisconsin's high tax rates: Move to Wyoming, South Dakota or Alaska.Geez, what have "those who complain about Wisconsin's high tax rates" been saying is going to happen?
Another option for lawmakers to truly demonstrate their commitment to K-12 education is to seize control of the state's health care system. Health care and public schools should both be fully funded.We're unable to cover the expenses, so government should take over. And...who does she think is going to "cover these expenses" then? Fairies?
It is apparent that employers and citizens are unable to cover these expenses now.
Sykes has something in common with much of his audience. Those who hang on his every word want to be lied to. They don't want to believe in evolution. They want to believe the earth is really 6,000 years old, despite the preponderance of scientific evidence showing they are a few billion years off.Um...did Charlie say that?
After hearing McGee's public defender Calvin Malone offer a variety of scenarios for release, Gorence agreed that he could be set free as long as his contact with others is severely limited. For instance, McGee would not be allowed to have contact with anyone other than family and staff and he could only leave his house for City Hall votes, to meet with his attorney, or to go to doctor's appointments or church.Federal prosecutors claim McGee/Jackson, Jr. was being the thug he is and telling people to "lay low" and getting hush money to his co-conspirator Dimetrius Jackson.
"By the by, this moment is so great that I would cheat on that other moment with it, marry it, and raise a family of tiny little moments."Here's what I mean.
Six weeks after announcing her departure from the peace movement, Cindy Sheehan said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.What's interesting is reading the comments on that post from CNN, they range from the "You Go Girl!" - GOP-leaning, to "You Go Girl" - Death to BusHitler types, to near vulgarity and nastiness from what appear to be left-leaning types.
Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek by July 23 to impeach Bush. That’s when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting next week from the group’s war protest site near Bush’s Crawford ranch.
“Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership,” Sheehan told The Associated Press. “We hired them to bring an end to the war. I’m not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn’t be too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money.”
Sheehan announced in May that she was leaving the anti-war movement and selling her 5-acre Crawford lot. She said that she felt her efforts had been in vain and that she had endured smear tactics and hatred from the left, as well as the right.
The Crew won 6-2 .
If ever there was a chance for the Washington Nationals to revive themselves against a playoff-contending opponent, it was last night. After all, the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers had lost five of their past seven games. They even had lost their starting center fielder to an ankle injury.
So forget for a moment that the Nationals also were slumping, having lost eight of their past 10 games. They had a chance.And then the game started.
Today at starting at noon, in honor of good ole 'Octane', OnTheBorderLine will be holding it's own concert celebrating carbon. Fire up your lawn mowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, and get your yard work done early this morning. After that fire up your SUV and go get some beer or other adult beverages. Then enjoy this great weekend remembering that the cost of gas adjusted for inflation is as cheap as it was 30 years ago! Today it's even cheaper than bottled water. So instead of listening to the propaganda concerts today, enjoy some music right here starting at noon. You have all weekend to view it.
So as flash pointed out:
There is a substance which is typically not discussed in government schools as a benefit to people, but rather as a bane to all and the root of all evil. It is a substance which remains liquid over normally encountered temperatures, it is as cheap as milk (actually cheaper at times), and it is ubiquitous. It takes advantage of nanotechnology by exploiting a carbon mono-filament of fixed length with hydrogen atoms attached along its length, providing not only a high hydrogen storage density, but additional stored energy in the bonds between adjacent carbon atoms that form the mono-filament. It is a storehouse of energy, readily and widely available and we should all be pushing to fully use and develop any and all sources of this substance.
It is known as octane.
Enjoy the concert!
"It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan."Contemplate that for a while folks.
MADISON, Wis. -- Employees of a beverage wholesaler made campaign donations to members of the Democratic-controlled Senate before that chamber approved a budget amendment that will help its business in Wisconsin.In a "it's a small world" moment for Wisconsin bloggers, Decker's press flack is none other than Carrie Lynch, who was once the writer of "What's Left?" at WisPolitics.
Two employees of Madison-based General Beverage Sales Co. gave at least $12,495 to the campaigns of eight Senate Democrats and the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, campaign finance records show.
That includes $350 to Sen. Russ Decker, D-Weston, who backed the amendment to stop wineries from selling products directly to retailers and require them to hire distributors such as General Beverage instead.
The company officials -- Frances Weinstein and Joel Minkoff -- also donated to Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson and four freshmen whose victories flipped Senate control back to Democrats last year, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which tracks campaign donations.
The amendment approved last week would protect General Beverage's market in Wisconsin. The company is one of the few wine distributors with statewide reach with operations in Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Little Chute, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls and Barron.
Critics have argued the amendment, which was introduced just hours before Senate Democrats approved it in the $66 billion two-year state budget, was a favor for politically connected distributors.
"I don't see that there's a public policy reason for this other than rewarding your friends," said Bill Nelson, president of WineAmerica, a trade association representing U.S. wineries opposed to the plan.
Not just presidents, but also other famous figures in U.S. history.
Idiot, PC leftists are firmly in control of naming new elementary schools, middle schools, junior high skrewls and high skrewls. That means they will be named after objects in nature or locations, rather than, say, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson or Martin Luther King.
Wisconsin public schools are apparently more likely to be named after objects in nature or locations these days than presidents, founding fathers or other people, according to a report released Monday that laments the trend as contrary to schools’ civic mission.
From 1980 to 1999, only 3.1% of new schools in Wisconsin were named after presidents, compared with 16.7% constructed before 1950, according to the report by the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute, which analyzed data from a January 2000 facilities survey conducted by the state. Overall, naming schools after people dropped to 25.4% in the 1980s and ’90s from 52.9% in Wisconsin prior to the 1950s.
The political bias was never more evident that in New Berlin, as demonstrated in the battle to name a new school for the late former President Ronald Reagan.
Oconomowoc businessman Steve Ziegler certainly thought that was the case after his $60,000 offer to three school districts in 2004 to rename schools after former President Ronald Reagan was at one point referred to as “tainted money.”
“It actually turned into something I had no idea I was getting into, which was a political fight,” said Ziegler, who as president and CEO of InPro Corp. has made contributions to several schools in return for naming rights to their facilities. “People thought I was doing it to get a Republican name on a school, and it wasn’t that at all. I just thought he was a great man and a great president.”
Think about that. A bunch of lefties still so filled with hatred for a truly great American president simply over their hatred and intolerance for his political beliefs and policies.
The dogma of political correctness has so overtaken academie in America that even truly great Americans cannot achieve consensus on having their names placed on schools. The demonization of our nation’s Founding Fathers as being a bunch of evil, white men who owned slaves and were racists, sexists, bigots and homophobes, were responsible for the spread of disease, the rape and destruction of the environment and genocide against peace-loving Native Americans — by the way, I am a Native American, I was born in America, that makes me a Native American — has continued unabated, to the point that a bunch of pinhead pseudo-intellectuals don’t want their names on schools and in some cases have actively campaigned to have their names removed from existing schools.
In Milwaukee the names of city founders Solomon Juneau and George Walker, baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison no longer are on schools, those schools having been closed. While President Reagan’s name is on an MPS college preparatory school, it wasn’t without a fight over his politics. MPS once had a high school named after Abraham Lincoln, but that school was closed almost 30 years ago, and currently the Great Emancipator’s name is not on any MPS school.
In Racine, two of the three high schools were named after city fathers William Horlick and Jerome I. Case, and the third was named because of its proximity to a nearby park. The only middle school named after a president is named after the late President William McKinley. Others are named after local figures, including city founder Gilbert Knapp. You can see a list of Racine Unified schools here.
Both of Kenosha’s large public high schools were named after local educators, Mary D. Bradford and George Nelson Tremper. Kenosha Unified has schools named after Lincoln and McKinley, Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as local historical figures. You can see their list of schools here.