Election Day in Iraq
That first picture was of a girl who came with her parents. She didn't actually vote herself. They're not in Milwaukee, after all.
Here's where I got the pictures.
Sic Semper Tyrannis
That first picture was of a girl who came with her parents. She didn't actually vote herself. They're not in Milwaukee, after all.
Here's where I got the pictures.
For a small Baraboo company, the Terrible Towel count is 450,000 and rising.I'm still cheering for the Cardinals.
McArthur Towel and Sports LLC, towel-maker to the Pittsburgh Steelers, is riding high on this Super Bowl weekend, and will be riding higher still if Pittsburgh wins.
Since the Steelers won the AFC championship two weeks ago, the firm has produced nearly half a million Terrible Towels, the 15-by-24-inch pieces of terry cloth that fans have been waving wildly above their heads since 1975 to spur the team on.
If the Steelers become Super Bowl champions, McArthur has orders for another half million or so towels, President and CEO Gregg McArthur said.
The benefits extend beyond the company, which employs 32 people in Baraboo. McArthur contracts with a nonprofit workshop in Chippewa Falls, which employs people with disabilities, to do the dyeing and printing.
On the other end, sales of Terrible Towels benefit a Pennsylvania school that cares for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Since 1996, the school has received more than $2.5 million from Terrible Towel sales.
Only ten per cent of the “stimulus” to be spent on 2009.Yeah. Voting no was a travesty.
Close to half goes to entities that sponsor or employ or both members of the Service Employees International Union, federal, state, and municipal employee unions, or other Democrat-controlled unions.
This bill is sent to Congress after Obama has been in office for seven days. It is 680 pages long. According to my calculations, not one member of Congress read the entire bill before this vote. Obviously, it would have been impossible, given his schedule, for President Obama to have read the entire bill.
For the amount spent we could have given every unemployed person in the United States roughly $75,000.
We could give every person who had lost a job and is now passing through long-term unemployment of six months or longer roughly $300,000.
For individuals, this year's state tax changes include:None of which would have happened without Assembly Republicans.
-- Exempting Social Security payments from state income taxes.
-- Raising the post-high school education tuition deduction to $5,114, from $4,843.
-- Expanding the deduction for at least part of the cost of health insurance premiums. For example, people who are self-employed or retired can deduct two-thirds of the cost of their premiums, up from one-third of the cost last year, and that will rise to 100 percent on next year's returns.
Eliminating the estate tax is another big change, said Julie Bogle, tax manager for Smith & Gesteland, Madison...Incentives matter.
While the cost of living here may be lower than in some other states, "when you added in the estate tax, that was a significant problem for people," she said. "They had $30,000, $40,000, (or even) $50,000 that would be due, that wouldn't be due if they moved across the border to Iowa."
The familiar flock of ducks beneath the Main Street bridge in Fort Atkinson has been virtually wiped out, the apparent victim of inconsiderate snowmobilers.
A total of approximately 62 ducks were killed in two massacres over the weekend on the Rock River, near PremierBank, where they were congregating in the open water beneath the Main Street bridge.
A well worn path of snowmobile tracks indicate the snowmobilers were traveling at high speeds, possibly to skim over the open water, a stunt referred to as "shooting the hole" or "water skipping."
Fort Atkinson police were initially alerted to the ducks' slaughter at 12:19 a.m. Saturday.
A man told authorities that he and his wife had walked over the bridge around 7:30 p.m. Friday and observed the ducks on the water, alive.
However, just prior to coming to the police station, crossing the Main Street bridge, he saw the line of approximately 30 dead mallards around midnight.
[...]The slaughter continued Sunday evening, as a Fort Atkinson police officer observed another 32 dead ducks strewn across the ice in the next trussel to the north from the last group that was run over, bringing the total to approximately 62.
An additional $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts "to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn."Shoulda listened to my mother and been an artist.
According to figures released today from the House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Wisconsin could receive more than $3.2 billion from the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act under the proposal before the U.S. House of Representatives.The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act - AERRA. Sounds like one of the Kennedy boys saying "error."
The CIA's bombing campaign against al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan continued with two more attacks today, an indication, senior officials say, that President Barack Obama has approved the U.S. strategy that has killed at least eight of al Qaeda's top 20 leaders since July 2008.The London Times:
…Pakistani officials and villagers told ABCNews.com that 17 people were killed in two successive strikes against compounds in North and South Waziristan.
Security officials said the strikes, which saw up to five missiles slam into houses in separate villages, killed seven "foreigners" - a term that usually means al-Qaeda - but locals also said that three children lost their lives.During the Bush administration, war-supporting conservatives met this kind of news with the hope (and faith) that our military knows what it's doing; that the strikes really were necessary and successful; that reports of civilian casualties were exaggerated in order to score public relations points. And if not, then we accepted our share of the responsibility, and hoped that more good would come of the action than bad.
Chief Justice’s Campaign Using Public Website to Obtain Campaign StaffThat press release is from Thursday. Fred and Steveegg have both blogged it, and the Cap Times did a story about it (although that was more about a liberal group's extremely weak attempts to deflect the issue).
State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Ranking Republican on the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee, is challenging Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s use of the UW-Madison Law School to obtain campaign workers by calling it an “internship.” The Abrahamson campaign positions are being treated as “career opportunities” in the eyes of officials at the UW-Madison Law School. Use of public resources for campaign purposes is prohibited under Wisconsin law.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said this afternoon that he hoped to get a chance to tell his side of the story during next week's Illinois Senate impeachment trial.Well of course they have no connection. Blago tried to sell his official decisionmaking and got in trouble for it. Doyle never got in trouble.
But Blagojevich, a Democrat, suggested that Gov. Jim Doyle, among others, would be a good witness in his defense.
Blagojevich made the statement this afternoon during a news conference in advance of the impeachment trial scheduled for Monday in the Illinois Senate in Springfield.
The Illinois governor specifically mentioned Doyle and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Blagojevich said that he and the two governors worked together to ease the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to the Midwest.
In response, Lee Sensenbrenner, a Doyle spokesman, said: "Obviously, the governor has no connection to what's happening in Illinois. We don't have a reaction to his remarks."
Movie star Susan Sarandon compared President Obama to Jesus. Broadway and film actor Alan Cumming thought of him more like Mahatma Gandhi.
“He is a community organizer like Jesus was,” Sarandon said Tuesday night on the bright blue carpet leading into the Creative Coalition’s 2009 Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts in Chinatown. “And now, we’re a community and he can organize us.”
Labels: Messiah Watch
House Minority Leader John Boehner was among a group of GOP lawmakers who quickly introduced legislation seeking to bar federal courts from ordering Guantanamo detainees to be released into the United States.I wasn't even aware that was a possibility. Sent to prisons in the U.S., sure, but released into the U.S.?
There is an unhealthy tendency on the part of politicians and journalists to see discussions about economic recovery and health care reform as separate debates.Right, because we never, ever had a strong healthy economy before we enacted single-payer health care.
In fact, one of the most important steps on the road to economic recovery -- or, more precisely, toward a new, responsible and sustainable prosperity -- involves the fundamental reform of this country's broken health care system.
DON’T pretend you’re being brave when you criticize your government. Not while people in other countries actually, y’know, DIE, when they do that
Vote On Ashcroft Is Delayed A Week; Democrats Cite Need for More Review
Republicans Obstruct Holder's Path to Justice Department
Dan Casstevens, formerly of the Dallas Morning News, tells a story about Frank Szymanski, A Notre Dame center in the 1940s, who had been called in as a witness in a civil suit in South Bend, Indiana.Hey, we've all been there. Well, I have.
'Are you on the Notre Dame football team this year?' the judge asked.
'Yes, your honor.'
'Center, your honor.'
'How good a center?'
Szymanski squirmed in his seat, but said firmly: 'Sir, "I'm the best center Notre Dame ever had.'
Coach Frank Leahy, who was in the courtroom, was surprised. Szymanski had always been modest and unassuming. So when the proceedings were over, he took Szymanski aside and asked why he had made such a statement.
'I hated to do it, Coach,' he said, 'But, after all, I was under oath.'
When FDR took office, he was enormously successful in averting a total collapse of the banking system and the economy. But his New Deal measures only succeeded in lowering the unemployment rate from 23 percent in 1933 when he took office to 13 percent in the summer of 1937. It never went lower…Unemployment rose to 17 percent in 1938 and, in 1940, on the verge of the war-driven recovery, stood at 15 percent.One wonders whether there’s still room for such monumental changes. One fears that there is.
…But in the name of a largely unsuccessful effort to end the depression, Roosevelt passed crucial and permanent reforms that have dominated our lives ever since, including Social Security, the creation of the SEC, unionization under the Wagner Act, the federal minimum wage and a host of other fundamental changes.
Obama's record will be similar, although less wise and more destructive.
1. The House Democrats' bill will cost each and every household $6,700 additional debt, paid for by our children and grandchildren.Not to be too grabby, but I’ve got six men, women, and children in my family. That’s $16,200. Now: some of that money we’ll put away for the kids. College, probably. The rest…and, by “the rest,” I mean half-ish…we’ll spend. I swear. No savings, no paying down existing debts. Spend.
2. The total cost of this one piece of legislation is almost as much as the annual discretionary budget for the entire federal government.
3. President-elect Obama has said that his proposed stimulus legislation will create or save three million jobs. This means that this legislation will spend about $275,000 per job. The average household income in the U.S. is $50,000 a year.
4. The House Democrats' bill provides enough spending - $825 billion - to give every man, woman, and child in America $2,700.
"President Bush today declared Sunday a national pro-life day to foster respect for human life and his declaration may be the last one with pro-abortion incoming president Barack Obama taking over the White House next week. Bush has declared an annual pro-life day every year during his tenure.Closer to home, much of Wisconsin was in an uproar about a handful of idiots that ran over some deer and duckswith their snowmobiles...
In one of his final actions as president, Bush declared January 18 to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.”
“All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection," the presidential proclamation read." Source: President Bush Declares Sunday National Pro-Life Day, Last Before Obama
"Authorities announced breaks Thursday in two recent cases in which snowmobiles were used to slaughter five deer in Waupaca County and 57 ducks in Fond du Lac.Don't get me wrong -- there's no excuse for this stuff, however, let's put it in perspective for a moment. Vicki McKenna nails it here; "I want people to be outraged about the deer, don't get me wrong, I do, I just want the to be JUST AS OUTRAGED about children being ripped apart limb by limb using my tax money". The "Reported Induced Terminations of Pregnancy in Wisconsin, 2007" [most current - 2008 not yet available] reports that "the number of induced terminations of pregnancy reported for Wisconsin residents in 2007 was 8,099". That's a little over 22 babies per day or roughly one per hour. So, on average an innocent, defenseless child is murdered in Wisconsin every hour -- day in, day out -- 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. As Vicki so succinctly put it "your horror is misplaced here"...
In Waupaca County, Nicholas D. Hermes, 22, of Weyauwega was charged with five counts of being party to the crime of mistreatment of animals. A criminal complaint accused him of running down the deer with two other men on snowmobiles Jan. 8 in the Town of Lind.
The other men, brothers Robby D. Kuenzi, 23, and Rory A. Kuenzi, 24, also of Weyauwega, were in custody Thursday but had not been charged.
In the Fond du Lac case, a Department of Natural Resources official said a man has admitted his involvement in the duck deaths, discovered Tuesday in an area of open water and ice on the Fond du Lac River near Lake Winnebago." Source: Breaks reported in cases involving wildlife killings - JSOnline
...as long as people judge him as a black man, and not on his character, this nation will not have reached the day that my dream is fulfilled.Hat tip Grandpa Steve
Most blacks say MLK's vision fulfilled, poll finds
PITTSBURGH -- In a stunning development that no one in the NFL expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden late Friday afternoon. And in what could be even more of shock, the Bucs plan to replace Gruden with Raheem Morris, who has never been anything more than a position coach in any of his six seasons in the league, SI.com learned Friday night.
I am still less amazed by a black man being President than the Arizona Cardinals reaching the Super Bowl.Word.
In his Pulitzer-prize winning book "Profiles in Courage," John F. Kennedy wrote about eight American politicians who, in the words of this description: "crossed party lines and/or defied the public opinion of their constituents to do what they felt was right and suffered severe criticism and losses in popularity because of their actions."Well, he does. Read the whole thing.
Somebody tell me how President George W. Bush doesn't fit that description.
Milwaukee County Exec. Scott Walker recognizes that free dollars are NOT free. “’Free money’ sounds nice until you read the fine print and realize Milwaukee County taxpayers may be required to provide a local match that they cannot afford.”See, Walker isn't refusing the money: he's making sure taking the money doesn't hurt his county – or commit his county – in the longer term. He's refusing to run slobberingly all over the place begging for cash and thanking the oh-so-generous Feds for Saving Us All!
Walker would take bail-out dollars only on a case-by-case basis, i.e., only if they meet these specific criteria:
- No local match is required by the federal government
- No long-term commitments are mandated by the federal government
- No future operating or maintenance expenses will result
The American lady who called to see if I would appear on her radio programme was specific. "We're setting up a debate," she said sweetly, "and we want to know from your perspective as a historian whether George W Bush was the worst president of the 20th century, or might he be the worst president in American history?"He has specific examples, which he believes will vindicate Bush from his critics – including those still trying to discredit him, as if that will do them any good – once history is written from an objective point of view.
"I think he's a good president," I told her, which seemed to dumbfound her, and wreck my chances of appearing on her show.
Similarly, the cold light of history will absolve Bush of the worst conspiracy-theory accusation: that he knew there were no WMDs in Iraq. History will show that, in common with the rest of his administration, the British Government, Saddam's own generals, the French, Chinese, Israeli and Russian intelligence agencies, and of course SIS and the CIA, everyone assumed that a murderous dictator does not voluntarily destroy the WMD arsenal he has used against his own people. And if he does, he does not then expel the UN weapons inspectorate looking for proof of it, as he did in 1998 and again in 2001.I would only add that, as late as March of 2003 – only weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq – the United Nations released this report from their inspection teams, detailing enormous quantities of biological and chemical weapons and delivery systems, which they either suspected Saddam to have, or which they had destroyed already.
The IFL is quick to note that it’s not criticizing the travel or commerce involved — those can be good things that keep America moving and prosperous.Barack Obama – good for the economy!
What would the Obama folks say about a $300 fine for violating Wisconsin’s ethics laws by accepting Packer tickets? Pay ‘n play or just a friendly game of football?Okay, so I forgot about the questionnaire. And who knows - Governor Lawton might be an extremely effective governor. Still. Can't a guy dream?
Or what would they say about the trumped-up Green campaign allegations by Doyle buddy/lawyer Michael Maistelman?
Or what would they have said when Doyle wouldn’t give his $10,000 donation back after Governor Blagojevich’s buddy and top campaign fundraiser Christopher Kelly was indicted and ultimately convicted of federal corruption charges?
And then there’s Travelgate and those close associations with Tony Rezko and Dennis Troha and Nick Hurtgen. And Marc Marotta wasn’t one that escaped pay-to-play allegations either. Now ….. who am I forgetting?
No Lance. Governor Doyle might even be more hot to handle than Governor Richardson. Neither guv gets past that 7-page scandal-avoidance triple-check.
Imagine a country where the government regularly checks the waistlines of citizens over age 40. Anyone deemed too fat would be required to undergo diet counseling. Those who fail to lose sufficient weight could face further "reeducation" and their communities subject to stiff fines.I'm holding out hope that this isn't true, but it sure sounds possible. Why do we have helmet laws, seatbelt laws? Why are communities outlawing trans-fats, or restricting new fast-food restaurants? Because when people make bad health decisions, it impacts us all through our taxpayer-funded health care programs.
Is this some nightmarish dystopia?
No, this is contemporary Japan.
The Japanese government argues that it must regulate citizens' lifestyles because it is paying their health costs.
Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans, both because of troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration and because of the sensitivity of the post overseeing the Justice Department.It's highly unlikely that this'll mean anything, but given the problems the Obama transition has had so far...well, maybe. And then maybe he picks Governor Doyle, instead, which makes Barbara Lawton our new Governor.
…"The attorney general nominee, Mr. Holder, has got serious questions to respond to with regard to his role in the . . . pardons at the end of the Clinton administration and some other matters," McConnell said yesterday. "Beyond that, I don't anticipate trouble for the new president's nominees."
NORFOLK, Va. – It's the perfect gift for an old Navy flier: 1,092 feet of flattop.Cool. If only you didn't have to be President to get something like that. Seems like a lot of trouble to go to.
"What do you give a guy who has been blessed and has just about everything he has ever needed?" asked President George W. Bush from aboard the Navy's newest ship. "Well, an aircraft carrier."
The USS George H.W. Bush, a steel-gray vessel longer than three football fields and built at a cost of $6.2 billion, was commissioned Saturday with its namesake, the 41st president, and other members of the Bush family on hand for the ceremonies at Naval Station Norfolk.
Somehow along the way, so many of you forgot one simple, undeniable tenet: We’re the good guys. We’re not imperialists, or else we would’ve nuked the oil countries into radioactive dust, then moved in and taken the oil. We don’t ‘torture’ prisoners, or lawyers for the Gitmo ‘detainees’ would have CNN photographing the horrid scars and missing limbs. We don’t bully smaller, less developed nations. On the contrary, we expend our more precious asset: the blood of our brave, bright and courageous young men and women – all in committed effort to free them from despotic, brutal dictators. We are not brash. In 1991 we amassed a coalition of 34 nations before we acted to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, and this after months and months of negotiations and U.N. resolutions. Twelve years later after waiting six months and seeing fourteen U.N. resolutions ignored by Hussein, George W. Bush had accrued a multi-national coalition and a majority vote in Congress before sending troops into Iraq. We are the big dog on the block. And yet we ask no penance from lesser countries. Instead we offer aid in the form of cash, medicine, and humanitarian help. When we go after bad guys in war, we don’t carpet bomb, or blow up civilian-filled buses. We have smart bombs that pinpoint targets to limit collateral civilian casualites. We’re the good guys. Only an entrenched self-loathing hatred of America will prevent you from seeing that.Read the whole thing.