Sunday, December 25, 2011

Food Pantry Football

Okay y'all - Wendy Robinson and I are going to play food pantry football again this year. She will be donating a food item to a local food pantry for every point the Packers score this evening, and I will be doing the same for every point the Bears score. Pick your team and join the fun!! And let's hope for a high scoring game - for BOTH teams! :)

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Protect the Vote!

Okay, by now I'm sure y'all have seen stories about the Wisconsin Recall efforts - and the fraud that is sure to be involved. If you haven't, allow me to present this little tidbit from WISN:
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A man told 12 News that he has signed as many as 80 petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

The man had the following exchange with 12 News' Kent Wainscott on Thursday:

Man: "I think I signed about 80 times."

Wainscott: "You've signed 80 petitions, you think?"

Man: "I signed a lot of them for the past two weeks. I've been seeing them at the Grand Avenue Mall. Out here by Pick 'n Save and stuff like that."

Wainscott: "Well, you know they're only going to count one of your signatures?"

Man: "Oh well. Whatever it takes to get Scott Walker out of here, I'm happy."

Wainscott: "That means signing repeatedly?"

Man: "Yeah. They cheated for Bush, so hey, I'm going to cheat to get Scott Walker out of here."
You can see the video here.

Wow! Good thing we have the Government Accountability Board to protect us from duplicate and fraudulent signatures, right? Wait...what?
The signatures of Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler will be counted on recall petitions targeting Gov. Scott Walker as long as they are properly dated and include a Wisconsin address, the board charged with reviewing the petitions was told Tuesday.

Suspicious signatures will be noted when the Government Accountability Board reviews the petitions, but reviewers will look to see that signatures are accompanied by a Wisconsin address and are dated as having been signed during the circulation period, board elections specialist David Buerger said.

"We will flag them, but we will not strike them without challenge," Buerger said after being asked whether Mickey Mouse's signature would be counted. He noted that in previous recall petitions, Adolf Hitler's name was struck because the address given was in Germany, not because of the name itself.
Soooo, the agency that is supposed to protect the integrity of the democratic process will allow Mickey Mouse, Hitler, Donald Duck, or anyone else to sign a petition as long as it has a Wisconsin address and is dated correctly???? Are you KIDDING me? And don't think it's not happening my friends. Wisconsin conservative radio talk show host Vicki McKenna's name has already shown up on at least one petition.

Sooooo, what's a person to do? VOLUNTEER!!! There are two sites out there and admittedly, I'm not sure which one is the real deal so I signed up for both. One of the sites is http://www.verifytherecall.com/ and the other is http://www.scottwalker.org/verify.

In any event, if you know how to use a computer...and who doesn't these days...and you want to do whatever you can to keep this ridiculous recall effort as honest as possible (I know - quit laughing - that's why they need us), PLEASE sign up to help with data input. Since the Government Accountability Board is too busy (with what I have NO idea)to actually CHECK for multiple signatures, etc., it's up to us to help out. From what I understand, they simply need volunteers to input data and their software will tag duplicate names and the like. More details will be forthcoming as the time for volunteering nears.

I ask you my friends - if you value the democratic process at all, think about signing up to help. Thanks!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas - American Style

I saw this on facebook last night and just HAD to share it. While the quality isn't the best, I think the message comes through pretty clearly, don't you?



Oscar. Foxtrot. Sierra.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving. I have a LOT to be thankful for...friends, family, freedom. A special shout out to our troops AND their families who are unable to spend this holiday together. God bless you all.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I do NOT stand with Governor Scott Walker

I don't often post something without adding commentary, but this post by Dr. Tim Nerenz needs none.
Bring It

They are at it again in Wisconsin. The perpetual hissy fit that is the Union Democrat Party in this state has launched its campaign to recall Governor Scott Walker. The rallying cry of Walker's Republican supporters is "I stand with Scott Walker".

Well, not me. I don’t stand with Scott Walker.

Nope. I stand for the right to work. I stand against compulsory unionization. I stand for the right of every employee to join a union, and for the equal right of every employee to work free of union impairment. I stand for the right of every union to collect its own dues directly from its members. I stand for the right of every business owner to deal directly with his/her employees or to work through an intermediary as he or she sees fit. I stand for the right of any business to refrain from political activity altogether without being targeted for boycotts by extortionists.

I don't stand with Scott Walker. Scott Walker stands with me.

I stand for fiscal responsibility. I stand for balancing the state budget. I stand for making government services both accessible and affordable. I stand for repaying our old debts and not taking on any new ones. I stand against raiding trust funds set up for one purpose to pay for another. I stand against increasing taxes on the overtaxed to fund lavish new benefits for the over-lavished.

I don't stand with Scott Walker. Scott Walker stands with me.

I stand for choice and competition that will improve the quality and reduce the cost of our schools. I stand for letting local school boards, teachers, parents, and taxpayers decide how best to educate their kids. I stand for rewarding the great teachers and I stand against letting the bad ones waste one more hour of our children’s precious learning time. I stand against spineless administrators, conniving pension-grubbers, placeholders counting down their days to retirement and serial indoctrinators who see 4th graders as political props.
Read the rest here.

Well said sir, well said.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Corporal Joshua Busch

On this Veterans Day, I bring you the story of Joshua Busch.

Flying in to a valley in Afghanistan's dangerous Kunar province, Busch, a 21-year-old corporal, was the first to hop off the Chinook in the November darkness. On the mission were Busch's platoon of 22 guys plus six Afghan soldiers; another U.S. Army platoon landed a few miles away.

Their task? Find the enemy.

When what was left of his unit flew out of the valley six days later, Busch had assumed command of his platoon, watched his medic and all the Afghan soldiers die, called in airstrikes near his position and helped save the lives of his wounded comrades.
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As soldiers began dropping around him, Busch transitioned from being a team leader in charge of three soldiers to platoon leader. Busch immediately began triaging the wounded and calling on the radio for close air support to drop rockets within 150 feet of his platoon's position.

"Josh, all of a sudden he went from in charge of his (team) to in charge of the whole platoon," said Spc. Robert Yates, a member of Busch's platoon.

As he was on the radio, bursts of small-arms fire missed Busch by inches.
The rest is a must read.

Compare this hero to the whining, entitlement-minded, lazy children who are a part of the "occupy" movements across the country. They are basically the same age, yet they are a WORLD apart in mind set. That this soldier has shown such bravery and leadership is is awe inspiring.

Thank you Corporal Busch. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your story. Thank you for your bravery and leadership. God Bless You.

Veteran's Day


Thank you

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes - An Essay by Paul Driftmier, Jr.

This was shared on facebook, and I'm publishing it verbatim and in its entirety since I'm not sure if y'all will be able to follow the link. This was written by Paul Driftmier, Jr., who in my opinion, is not only well spoken, but quite brave as well. For you see my friends, young Paul attends public school in DANE COUNTY!!!!
The following is a paper that my 14 year old son, Paul, Jr. asked me to read over for him before he turns it in tomorrow to his "Language Arts" teacher. I did not help him with this and I didn't even know he was writing it until minutes ago when he handed it to me. I thought it very well done and deserving of a high grade. I asked him if I could post it to my facebook page in hopes that others among my friends would read and comment upon it. I'm curious to know what you all think and what you predict his grade will-, or should-, be based soelely upon the merits of the piece.

Government Control

The laws in this country are too strict. The government is creating far too many laws that are turning America into a communist country. Whether or not you think the government is helping America in any way by increasing the number of laws it has, or the number of things it is providing to the American People, it is actually hindering its population’s ability to be independent.

For Example, a man by the name of Mr. Norris was imprisoned several times because he accidentally messed up a few papers in his small orchid selling business. He was just a 65-year-old man trying to make a living off of selling orchids to flower enthusiasts. Since the flowers he was selling were foreign and endangered, he had to get permits for every single one of them. His Latin American suppliers usually had sloppy handwriting and often messed up his papers. “It was rare for each permit to match each order perfectly.” Mr. Norris was getting repeatedly imprisoned for someone else’s’ mistakes.

Now, ask yourself this question; do you want to have your life controlled by the government? If you want to stay living in a free country, you have to stay independent. You cannot allow the government to take control over your life by relying on it for everything. In March of 2011, 60.8 million members of the American population were reportedly dependent on the government for their daily housing, food and health care. Since 2001, the dependency of the American people on the government skyrocketed 31%. At this rate, America will be almost completely dependent on the government for nearly everything.

Still, many people think that if the government does not make things required by law, then the people will not do those things on their own. Well, if “the people” let the government take control by making all sorts of things required by law, then they will do exactly that and more. The state will see that as an opportunity. It will take over all of the other aspects of the people’s lives, such as their food, clothing, housing, employment, and more. “Justice is harsher in America than in any other country.”

For Instance, 2.3 – 2.4 million people in the U.S. are imprisoned as of July of 2010. In comparison, America has 12 times more imprisoned people than Japan. The only country that compares is Russia, with 600 out of every 100,000 people imprisoned. The U.S. has over 750 out of every 100,000 people sentenced to jail.

In conclusion, the government should not the people’s into our lives by creating all kinds of laws. Many of these laws are overly strict and can get you imprisoned for simple errors in your life, like writing some permit papers incorrectly.
Kudos to you Paul...you do indeed restore my faith in the future.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Excuse Me? How DARE You!

I have had just about all I can take of this president...the one who is SUPPOSED to represent we the people...dissing anyone who doesn't agree with him. Not just dissing, but insinuating that those who don't agree with him are daft. I'm starting to SERIOUSLY get pissed. This is just the latest in a LONG history of Mr. Obama (you know, the "uniter") taking a stab at those who disagree.
Against a backdrop of angry protesters and tension in the streets, President Obama embarked on a three-day bus tour Monday to scold Republicans for blocking his proposed jobs bill last week and pledge to get the legislation passed even if it's done in pieces.

"We're going to break up my jobs bill," Obama told supporters assembled at Asheville Regional Airport, where he landed to begin the tour of North Carolina and Virginia, both swing states the president won in 2008 but which could turn in 2012.

"Maybe they just couldn't understand the whole thing all at once so we're going to break it up into bite-sized pieces so they can take a thoughtful approach to this legislation."
Excuse the FUCK out of me??? Scold Republicans? Couldn't understand?? Bite-sized pieces? How DARE you, you incompetent patronizing fool! Have you forgotten that some DEMOCRATS were against this bill as a single piece of legislation?? Perhaps THEY didn't "understand the whole thing" either??

Did it ever occur to you, Mr. President, that those who oppose your so-called "jobs bill" do so because they see it for what it is? Stimulus Take 2. It is doomed to fail, just as the original stimulus failed. Perhaps, oh arrogant one, we believe that a free market economy will create jobs. Employers will not hire nor invest in their companies unless and until they know what to expect in the future. When they're unsure of the costs of doing business, what with Obamacare, regulations that are costing our economy BILLIONS of dollars, and no end in sight to governmental spending, do you really expect employers to expand and invest?? Have you learned nothing - not a single solitary thing - about what does and does not work with respect to creating jobs and kick starting this economy?

I can only hope and pray that your utter failure as a leader of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (just in case you've forgotten for whom you work) will cost you your job. It would be poetic justice if you had as much difficulty getting another job as the millions who are currently unemployed. Unfortunately, that is unlikely.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In My Happy Place

You may have noticed I've not been posting a whole heckuva lot lately. Well, on second thought, you probably HAVEN'T noticed. In any event, I recently had a major health scare which took precedent over the goings on locally, nationally and over this blog. The health scare is over, but I'm still finding the news to be depressing if not downright infuriating. And what does CFR do when she gets to that point? Why - I go to my happy place of course!!
Wiggleworm and the Elder
Isn't he just the cutest? (not that I'm biased)
TSC and Wiggleworm
The Boy getting ready for his first Homecoming. I decided not to post a pic of the Boy with his girlfriend unless/until I get permission from her first, but take my word for it friends - she's a hottie!
There now. I feel better. Hope y'all got a smile or two out if it! :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Illegal Immigrant Escapes Punishment

Imagine you were an illegal immigrant. Imagine you were caught driving drunk going the wrong way on I-43. Imagine you were charged with the following (spoken through an interpreter, because you don't speak English...at least not well enough for a valid court proceeding)

1. Operating without a valid license
2. Operating a motor vehicle without insurance
3. Reckless driving - endangering safety
4. Driving wrong way on a divided highway
5. Operating w/ PAC >=0.15
6. OWI
7. 2nd Degree recklessly endangering safety

One would think you'd be screwed, right? WRONG!!!

On July 21, Armando Rodriguez-Benitez, 35, was pulled over by authorities for driving with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit while headed in the wrong direction on the I-43, the paper reported. An oncoming car was forced to intentionally crash into the median wall to avoid a head-on collision with the intoxicated man's car, according to the report.

The paper, citing online court records, reported that a county judge sentenced him to 11 months at a county jail with so-called Huber work release privileges, under a statute that allows some inmates to leave jail to maintain their employment while serving out their sentence.
Sheriff David Clarke (yes, I'm a HUGE fan of his) reacts:
"Why would we let an illegal immigrant out on work release to look for a job he's not supposed to have? He's in the country illegally," Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said, according to a report by The Journal Sentinel.
I'm sorry, but what the HELL? An ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT has 7 charges filed against him, and the PROSECUTOR dismissed charges 1-5? And of course, this being Wisconsin, the "punishment" for the OWI, to which he pled guilty, is merely a fine. As for charge number 7, the sentence is as follows:
The Court sentenced the defendant to serve a term of IMPRISONMENT of 54 MONTHS in the Wisconsin State Prisons, with credit for 77 days time served. CONFINEMENT of 30 MONTHS and EXTENDED SUPERVISION of 24 MONTHS. The Court STAYED the sentence and placed the defendant on probation to the State Department of Corrections for a period of 3 YEARS. Conditions of probation include: -Serve 11 MONTHS in the House of Correction with work release privilege (emphasis in the original)
The man is here ILLEGALLY, has no valid license, is drunk and driving the wrong way on a highway causing an innocent party to crash, and he gets 11 MONTHS IN JAIL WITH WORK RELEASE PRIVILEGES?? Are you KIDDING me??? What are the chances you or I would receive the same sentence? What the hell was going through the minds of the prosecutor and judge?? Why in the world was the sentence suspended? How likely is it that he will in fact be deported after serving the so-called sentence? And what, for the love of GOD, don't people understand about the word ILLEGAL. Dude's not even supposed to be here, yet he gets the privilege of working while serving this pissant sentence?

Friends, it's no wonder we have such an ILLEGAL immigration problem. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Get to Have???

I was reading this article in the paper and a quote jumped off the page, hit me between the eyes and made my head explode. This was said by Khalil Coleman, Community Organizer and spokesman for Occupy Milwaukee.

"We're fighting for the 99% of people against the wealthiest 1% who get to have everything while everybody else suffers," he said. "It's about educating people and making them aware of what's going on"

Get to have? GET to have?? And how, Mr. Coleman, do you think they "get to have" the wealth? Perhaps by working their ASSES off for it? While all you professional protesters are busy organizing, sitting in, tuning out, protesting, or whatever the hell you do all day every day, MOST of us are busting our humps working and trying to live within our means with what money is left after the various municipalities and governmental agencies take whatever they can get. And we attempt, with whatever is left, to plan for our future, our retirement, our children's higher education. For we, you see, are NOT counting on handouts from the government. We believe that our lives and our futures are up to US - not some feel good agency.

I find it rather ironic that y'all sit there and tweet, facebook, youtube about the loss of Steve Jobs on your Iphones, Ipads and the like while wanting to take down wall street, stop corporate greed, redistribute wealth, or whatever the hell you're trying to do. Mr. Jobs was the ultimate capitalist. What do you think would have happened in the 70's and 80's if society was the way you wish it to be? Do you seriously think Steve Jobs and Apple would be where they are today if the government tried to get their sticky little paws on his "wealth"? What motivation would there be for creating new technology, for employing key people? Apple employs approximately 50,000 people worldwide. Do you seriously think that the company would be where it is today if the government thought it better to take the wealth rather than let Steve Jobs continue to use his brilliance and foresight to advance the world of technology?

Get a freakin' grip. How DARE you suggest, you little twits, that it is good and right to take from people who have EARNED, and give it to people who are too damned lazy, or too busy PROTESTING, to earn an honest living. And how badly are you REALLY "suffering"...with your latest and greatest of technoligical advances.

Get to have. Kiss my hard working ASS.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Simply Beautiful

I saw this on facebook (Seal of Honor) today, and just had to share it. It most certainly brought a tear or two to my eyes.
Please meet Landon.. his dad Marine LCPL Carpenter made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the 3/8 in Afghanistan earlier this year.. a month before his son was born. Never forget the price of freedom.

Amen. May God bless Landon, his mother, and all of our armed forces and their families.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Caption This!

James T. Harris at the Drinking Right going away party in his honor. Photo courtesy of yours truly. And yes - I DID ask his permission before I posted this. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sonofabitch!!

A great read by Doug Giles...
Apparently, I need to get a new dictionary. Yep, according to Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa the definition of a “son of a bitch” has changed.

Originally, “son of a bitch” (n), was a term chiefly used in the United States to describe an odious scallywag whom everyone disliked or something that was very difficult or unpleasant, such as, “that lug nut on that wheel was one tight son of a bitch.”

Additionally, “son of a bitch” was used to express surprise, disappointment or anger. For instance, I hear that’s what Ted Nugent shouted last year when he bumped into Rosie O’Donnell before she had her hair and makeup done for O’Reilly’s show.

Well, little children, according to SeƱor Hoffa, we may now call a huge percentage of Americans “sons of bitches” if such individuals …

1. Want to reduce government spending,

2. Believe that they’re taxed enough already,

3. Would like to see a reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit,

4. Adhere to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution,

5. Want to see a reduction in the size and intrusiveness of government,

6. And no likey government-run healthcare—better known as Obamacare.

Yep, all you freaks, according to the well-modulated Hoffa, are one and all a bunch of “son of a bitches” [sic] who must be “taken out.”
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Well, in all honesty I’d rather be called a “son of a bitch” than give up on the American dream for a socialistic nightmare.

Matter of fact, I’ll go a step farther and say that all who feel as I do should embrace our sonsabitchesness and revel in the fact that the esprit de corps is still alive and well in the U.S. of A. and forewarn these freaks that we intend to take this nation back to its original roots.
Go on - read the rest!

You know, whenever a conservative says anything slightly inflammatory, whether it is taken in context or out of context, the left starts screaming about hateful rhetoric, civil discourse, and on and on. Yet when Hoffa makes statements such as "son of a bitch" and "take them out" which were most definitely NOT taken out of context, I hear crickets chirping.

The double standard is simply breathtaking.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

Warning: Graphic content

There are many blogs, news sites and news channels that are remembering 9/11 on her 10th anniversary. I am not going to post the pictures or videos that so many are...not because they're not poignant, but because that would be more of the same. We'll see the planes crashing into the towers and/or the towers crashing down. And I, for one, will watch each and every one of them.

I'm not saying I'm the only one to post this, but this particular video simply broke my heart. And strengthened it. I'd like to think I've never forgotten, but the events of 09/11/01 tend to fade into the background...life goes on, right? WRONG!

I have a son who is fighting on the ground overseas - against the sadistic BASTARDS who planned this attack. I am posting this video to remind everyone of what those innocent victims had to live...and DIE...through...and why we must rid the world of this evil.



God Bless this great country, and God Bless each and every one of those who are fighting or made the ultimate sacrifice in the war to keep our country safe from this evil twisted vermin.

I will NEVER forget.

Friday, September 9, 2011

An Innocent Life Shattered

I'm beginning to think that it would be beneficial to my health to break my news addiction. You see, I take medication for high blood pressure, and when I see stories like this one, I can literally FEEL it shooting through the roof...
DALLAS (AP) -- A 22-year-old mother was facing child abuse charges Friday after police say she glued her toddler daughter's hands to a wall, kicked her in the stomach and beat her over a potty training issue.

Joselyn Cedillo, 2, was on life support with multiple internal injuries at a Dallas hospital Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported ( http://dallasne.ws/pKJtEb ).

The newspaper, citing police records, said glue and paint were stuck to Joselyn's palms, and that skin had torn away in places.

One of the girl's brothers said their mother kicked the child in the stomach and beat her with a belt and shoe, according to police records.

Another sibling said she couldn't sleep during the night because she heard her mother yelling and the girl crying. She said Joselyn had been having difficulty with potty training. She said Escalona dragged Joselyn by her feet from the kitchen to another part of the apartment, put glue on her hands and stuck them to the wall.

"This is beyond abuse," said Dallas police Sgt. Brenda Nichols. "This is torture."
The story goes on to say that this animal is facing a felony injury to a child charge (gee, ya THINK?) which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

I ran into a former co-worker the other day and we were discussing the judicial system and the fact that the victims are often "victimized" by the system. You see, her ex-husband has been convicted of horrible acts, the nature of which I will not discuss. He has yet to be sentenced, however the sentencing hearing is coming up soon and it appears that he might get all of 10 years in prison - maybe. This man's victims have had their innocence stripped away and their childhood became their nightmare. They have been scarred forever. Nothing - not any amount of counseling, therapy or remuneration will ever, EVER remove those scars.

This little 2 year old will also be scarred - physically and emotionally...IF she lives. What the HELL kind of world do we live in when a mother - the one person who is supposed to guard and protect the little ones - can commit such atrocities on a baby?? And what of her other children? Have they been abused as well? From the way the story reads, it almost sounds like such an occurrence was commonplace in that household. Is it any wonder the child had issues with potty training? And what about a father? Is he in the picture?

Friends, this story makes me physically ill. Part of me wants to cry, and the larger part wants to get that so-called "mother" in a room for 5 minutes alone. I cannot begin to imagine what this poor little child was thinking and feeling when the person who is supposed to love and cherish her was beating the shit out of her.

It is my fervent hope and prayer that the justice system does not fail this little one...that this cretin gets the maximum sentence. And I can't help but also hope that while in prison, she gets a little taste of her own medicine.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

An Open Letter to National Conservative Groups from Wisconsin’s Conservative Bloggers

This morning, Patrick (and likely a few others)posted the following open letter to conservative groups. I am adding my name to this list, as I agree with them 100%.

To: Chris Chocola, Club for Growth
The Honorable Jim DeMint, junior Senator from the Great State of South Carolina

It is with great disappointment that we have learned of the efforts of some conservatives on the national level to try to dictate to Wisconsin conservatives their choice for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Herb Kohl. This is a tremendous opportunity for Wisconsinites to elect a second conservative senator worthy of holding the office, and one that Wisconsin conservatives will take very seriously. This is not only a choice of ideology but of character, and it is our responsibility to bring Mark Neumann’s lack of character to your attention.

While we do not question Neumann’s past contributions to conservatism while he was a Congressman, his actions during last year’s campaign are completely unbecoming of a conservative candidate.

We respectfully request the national conservative groups and individuals to take a second look at their endorsement of Neumann. We ask that since many of them missed the opportunity to come to Wisconsin during the recent battles over collective bargaining for state employees and the recall elections, they come to Wisconsin now to talk to true Wisconsin conservatives to find out what they think of Neumann before attempting to foist their choice upon Wisconsin.

We do not write this under direction or duress from any candidate, potential candidate, or candidate’s campaign. We write this under the knowledge that as the primary for United State Senate commences in earnest, we will likely go our separate ways and support any number of candidates. That is our right as Americans.

If the past election in Wisconsin has shown national conservatives anything, it is to trust in the faith of Badger State conservative activists. We had the foresight to supply the movement with current leaders and rock stars like Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan, Ashland Congressman Sean Duffy, Green Bay Congressman Reid Ribble, Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, and even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

That is just in the past two years, and we assure you, there are plenty more where they came from.

Thank you,
(The Undersigned)

Owen Robinson
Blogger, Boots and Sabers, since 2003
West Bend, WI

Kevin Binversie
Blogger, Lakeshore Laments, since 2003
St. Francis, WI

James Wigderson,
Blogger, Wigderson Library & Pub, since 2005
Waukesha, WI

Steve Eggleston
Blogger, No Runny Eggs, since 2005
Oak Creek, WI

Patrick Dorwin
Blogger, BadgerBlogger.com, since 2004
Milwaukee, WI

Tim Gray
Blogger, UseYourGrayMatter.com, since 2010
La Crosse, WI

Ben Froland
Blogger, BenFroland.com, since 2009
Neenah, WI

Chris Krumenacher
Blogger, Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot., since 2009
Racine, WI

Grammar Optional

This is getting completely out of control.
It's not how you speak English – it's about whether you know it at all.

That was the final word out of Arizona, where the state and two federal agencies reached a settlement over an allegation that the state was discriminating against teachers who may have thick accents or use bad grammar when teaching English-immersion classes.
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The agencies alleged that application of a state law requiring English teachers to possess a good knowledge of the English language discriminated against Hispanic teachers and students.
I don't even know where to begin. Have we really come to a place and time in this country when ENGLISH teachers needn't know how to speak ENGLISH properly? How in the WORLD can a person who doesn't use proper grammar teach children the language?

Full disclosure: I freely admit that I'm a bit of a grammar nazi. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. I take pride in my son's ability to speak the language properly - much to the surprise and delight of many adults in his life. I also on occasion help a friend grade papers written by her high school students and can't tell you how dismayed I am when I ATTEMPT to decipher what it is they're trying to say.

It's bad enough that our younger generation is mangling the language to one that's nearly unrecognizable. How in the WORLD do we expect this to change if those who are supposed to be TEACHING the language to children are equally as ignorant as to proper grammar and/or pronunciation? What will become of those youngsters as they get older and try to make their way in the world?

Perhaps the proper use of the language is going by the wayside. I suppose these youngsters can hope that those in charge of hiring in the future are the same children whose papers I've been grading for years.

Sigh.

H/T Ol' Broad

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DRQ - Lakefront Edition

whore in church - Kate

lick my face - Frank

white stuff in my hair - dipity

got poked twice - Jimi

bad karma for my shit - CFR

eye candy - Jamie

Do her thingy - Ric

gettin in my pants - Kate

little one is me - Phel

no poking - CFR

shoot your d**k - Jimi

Chris got poked - Ric

adjusting something you don't have - Kate

make shit up later - Frank

pee on yourself - Ric

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dr. Seuss - Conservative Style

I saw this on facebook and it led me to a new blog. Give a warm welcome to Mr. Conservative!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blog Comments

Until now, I've allowed people to comment anonymously on this blog. Unfortunately I will no longer allow anonymous comments as a result of one or more ignorant commenters. As I've always said, I welcome debate and differing views, however I draw the line at flat out nastiness and ugliness.

I wish I didn't have to do this, but as sometimes happens, one or two can ruin things for everyone.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Judge Dennis Barry - Suicide

Well my friends, the rumors floating around are true.
Tom Terry, Racine County Medical Examiner, said the apparent cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and that so far, authorities have "no reason to believe it was not a suicide."

Terry said Barry's wife reported him missing about 6:30 a.m., and that police on patrol noticed a car in Lincoln Park around 9:00 a.m., and that Barry's body was found nearby, partially in the water.
It's sad to think that a man so admired by so many felt that this was the only way out.

I sincerely hope that Judge Barry finds the peace he clearly couldn't find here.

Breaking: No Foul Play Suspected in the Death of Judge Dennis Barry

In an update...
In a short news release, the Racine Police Department said foul play is not suspected at this time. Police said they responded to a missing-person report at about 7 a.m., responded to Lincoln Park and found the body at about 8:45 a.m.

Police said no more information will be released at this time.
Again - prayers going out to Judge Barry's family and loved ones. He was one of the good guys.

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Dennis Barry Found Dead

I can't believe this!!!
RACINE - Racine County Circuit Judge Dennis Barry has been found dead in Lincoln Park just north of Spring Street.

Barry was the deputy chief district Judge for our judicial district. He was reportedly found dead in his vehicle.

Racine County Circuit Judge Judge Allan "Pat" Torhorst says he was notified by county officials at 9:30 a.m. today.

"I was notified as soon as they could by the county executive and the sheriff," Torhorst said.

Torhorst called the apparent death "a real loss to not only the community but the county."

There are 10 judges in Racine County Circuit Court, and every two years the rotate among assignments. Barry's most recent assignment was to civil court.

Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig said he learned of Barry's death at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday but declined to provide more details.
There are rumors floating around the courthouse regarding his cause and manner of death, but I will NOT repeat rumors until they are confirmed. Suffice it to say I am SHOCKED! Prayers to family and friends.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Normalizing Pedophilia???

Just when I thought that NOTHING could surprise/disgust me, we have this...
If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia.
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B4U-ACT has been active attacking the APA’s definition of pedophilia in the run up to the conference, denouncing its description of “minor-attracted persons” as “inaccurate” and “misleading” because the current DSM links pedophilia with criminality.
Hmmm - could that be because it IS CRIMINAL????
Child advocate Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting professor at Liberty University’s School of Law, said the conference is part of a strategy to condition people into accepting pedophiles.

“The first thing they do is to get the public to divest from thinking of what the offender does criminally, to thinking of the offender’s emotional state, to think of him as thinking of his emotional state, [and] to empathize and sympathize,” Reisman said. “You don’t change the nation in one fell swoop; you have to change it by conditioning. The aim is to get them [pedophiles] out of prison.”
I'll say it again - IT IS CRIMINAL. Their emotional state? Who gives a good Goddamn about their emotional state - what about the children they're molesting - any thoughts about THEIR emotional state???
What purpose does calling someone a ‘pervert’ or ‘predator’ serve anyway, other than to express contempt and hatred?” Kramer wrote in a March 14, 2009 blog entry on the website ReformSexOffenderLaws.org. “How is this productive? It certainly doesn’t protect children. I would urge all SO [sex offender] activists to listen to their own message: Stop buying into and promoting false stereotypes. Stop demonizing a whole class of people, and start learning the facts.”
Okay - note to Kramer - we express contempt and hatred because these perverts are contemptable and hated.

There is just SO much wrong with this. How is it "normal" for an adult to lust after a child? How can we decriminalize pedophilia when the children who are the potential victims are in no way, shape or form able to understand, let alone consent, to what these animals want.

I have one question for all these so-called experts. Would YOU leave these pieces of male bovine excrement alone with YOUR children? Would that "relationship" be fine and dandy with you? If so, you belong in prison. If not, you're a hypocrite.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tragic

Heartfelt prayers going out to all those affected by the tragedy in Indiana. The pictures and video are horrific.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Police say a fifth person has died after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair Saturday, sending steel scaffolding into the terrified crowd below among fans awaiting a performance by the country band Sugarland.

Indiana State Police 1st Sgt David Bursten said Sunday that four people died when the collapse happened and the fifth person died overnight at a hospital.
The onlookers were heroic in their efforts to help those in need. I pray for strength and healing for the doctors, the victims and their loved ones.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Unemployment Benefits Create Jobs

Isn't this awesome news!?
"I understand why extending unemployment insurance provides relief to people who need it, but how does that create jobs," Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler asked Jay Carney at Wednesday's WH briefing.

Carney responded: "Oh, uh, it is by, uh, I would expect a reporter from the Wall Street Journal would know this as part of the entrance exam."

"There are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance," Carney said.

Carney answers the question: "It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money directly into the economy because people who are unemployed and obviously aren't running a paycheck are going to spend the money that they get. They're not going to save it, they're going to spend it. And with unemployment insurance, that way, the money goes directly back into the economy, dollar for dollar virtually."

"Every place that, that money is spent has added business and that creates growth and income for businesses that leads them to decisions about jobs, more hiring. So, there are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance, Carney said.
Are you EFFING kidding me? This dunce makes it sound like everyone who is collecting an unemployment check (and I myself know far too many people in this situation) are out hootin' & hollerin' and having a good ol' time with that money.

Get serious!!! MOST people on unemployment have a home (or did), families, bills to pay. Their unemployment check is a fraction
of what they were making while employed. I'd venture to guess that most of the people collecting unemployment are trying to figure out which bills to pay this month and which they can put off until next month. I know folks who are trying to figure out how they're going to pay their mortgage and whether or not they can cut down on certain insurance coverage. Does this jackass REALLY believe that the money they receive is creating jobs?

Ya know - this sounds curiously like something Nancy Pelosi said about a year ago. Tell me again how many jobs have been created?

Un-freakin-believable.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wisconsin Has Spoken

Note to the “other” side:

In the months leading up to the 2010 elections, it became very apparent that Wisconsinites were not happy with the status quo. We were disgusted with the current administration. We were tired of taxing, spending, raiding funds, the unions playing puppet master to Doyle’s puppet. We no longer wanted to be a state which was known as a business owner's nightmare and a trial lawyer’s dream. In essence, we were looking for (to borrow a phrase) change we could believe in.

I assumed, foolishly perhaps, that by November 3, 2010, the message was sent loud and clear. Not only did a virtual unknown beat 3 term senator Russ Feingold, but Republicans took the house, senate and Governor's mansion. It couldn't be much clearer than that, could it?

Since that time, we the people have had to deal with all manner of temper tantrums from the left. They simply DO NOT know how to lose gracefully. We've had to deal with special interest groups sending thousands of people to trash our capitol. Then there were the Senate Democrats who, in a gross dereliction of duty, ran away to another state in order to avoid voting on a bill to which they were opposed. Not to mention lawsuits and recall elections. And during all that, the current administration managed to do its job, and quite well I might add.

In an historic recall campaign, tens of MILLIONS of dollars flooded into Wisconsin from special interest groups to support the democratic candidates. The ads were played ad nauseum, yet not one ad had any substance. They could no longer play the collective bargaining card, as story after story will demonstrate how that is WORKING for school districts and municipalities. Quite frankly, the ads on both sides of the aisle got incredibly annoying.

Well folks, you tried, and you lost. The Republicans retained control of the senate. Y'all gave it your best shot, but it's OVER. FINISHED. Nothing to see here - move along.

So please. I'm begging you. The people have spoken time and time again. We are quite pleased with the current administration. ENOUGH with the lawsuits. Enough with the "recall Walker" garbage. If you care even the tiniest bit about democracy, the electoral process, and a government that is supposed to be of the people, by the people and FOR the people, LEAVE IT ALONE.

Wisconsin has spoken. Please hear her message.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fair Share?

As most of us are aware, as the stock market tanked, the President made yet another appearance on TV which was supposed to put our mind at ease. Essentially, we're supposed to forget that for the first time in history, our country's credit rating was downgraded. And don't worry your little head about the fact that the Dow closed down 634 points. It's okay - the Prez has our back!! Now doesn't that make you feel better?

One thing Obama said yesterday really stuck with me...
“Our challenge is the need to tackle our deficits over the long term. Last week, we agreed to [across-the-board cuts to domestic and defense spending.] There’s not much further we can cut in either of those categories. We need to couple those spending cuts with two additional steps — tax reform that will ask those who can afford it to pay their fair share and modest adjustments to health programs like Medicare." (Emphasis added)

I'd like to ask Mr. Obama a few questions - who, pray tell, will decide "who can afford it"? This wonderful super committee? And on what criteria will "they" decide who can and cannot afford it? What about the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes? Can't they afford their fair share?

Secondly, since when is a tax voluntary? Seems to me that if we don't pay our taxes, we can get into some pretty serious trouble. Mr. President, are you really going to "ask", or are you going to demand?

Why don't you say what you really mean sir. You're not going to "ask those who can afford it to pay their fair share"...you're going to demand that the people YOU deem "rich" pay more in taxes.

By the way, in case you haven't noticed, it's policies, or even talk of policies, like this that are keeping the unemployment up and the job creation down. Are you not seeing the pattern?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Flagrant Act of Patriotism

Head on over to Patrick's place to read the story behind this...
Thanks for putting this out there Patrick!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thank You Charlie Sykes

As many of you know by now, Charlie Sykes let it slip that Milwaukee's own James T. Harris is leaving the great state of Wisconsin and heading to Tucson, Arizona. What y'all don't know is that he inadvertently screwed up several months of planning.

See, back when there were just whispers of this happening, James contacted me and said if this goes down, I'd get the first interview. He's kept me abreast of the goings on since that time. Now obviously, we didn't want to conduct an interview before the deal was done. Once it was, we set a date to sit down together next week. The plan was for me to put the interview up when JAMES announced the move.

Now JTH, bless his heart, called me within minutes of that airing. The Beautiful Man told me he was going out of town, but in order to keep his promise he'd give me an interview via phone tonight if need be.

I gotta tell you, that made my day. For someone to honor their word like that is refreshing. For someone I consider a friend to prove that he is the man I thought is rewarding.

So James - here's the deal. If you want to wait until next week when we can sit down, no problem. And for the ins and outs of The Beautiful Man's move, the new show and other dirt - stay tuned for James T. - RAW.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I HAD to do it!

This comes from one of my favorite humor sites, Parents Shouldn't Text...I feel it's quite appropriate given what's been going on lately...
Heh.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Life Cut Short

Yesterday I had the unpleasant task of attending a wake of a friend's 26 year old son who was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. It turned out to be a reunion of sorts as there were people there who I haven't seen in 10 and 20 years. There were tears, but there was much laughter too. It was interesting to me because the woman whose son tragically passed away was at one time GREAT friends with my little sister Val, whose life was also cut short 26 years ago. We talked, reminisced, cried and laughed. We sat outside in the blistering heat smoking a cigarette and downing a cold beer. Though the circumstances couldn't have been worse, I think a lot of good came from it.

I'd like to ask you to keep Kara, her daughter Sarah and son Anthony, and all friends and family in your hearts and prayers. They will most certainly need them in the coming weeks and months.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stop The Madness!

When will this end?
Today marks the first of nine summer recall elections related to the passage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial bill to limit collective bargaining and to require public employees to pay more into their health and pension plans. Three Democrat senators and six Republican senators face a Wisconsin voting public that wants a second say about them. Nor will the efforts to recall Wisconsin legislators end with state senators. Democrats have vowed to recall Walker, as well.

But the attempt to oust the steadfast Badger State executive demands high Democratic turnout and low GOP participation in the special election — and Democrats are already worried that, if they start collecting signatures for Walker’s recall in the fall, the recall election itself will fall on the same day as the GOP presidential primary next spring when GOP turnout would be especially high. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explains...
Read the rest here.

You know, I'm getting damned sick and tired of this. The radio and TV are littered with political ads. It's in the news at every turn. ENOUGH ALREADY. You democrats are acting like spoiled children. You, who opposed voter ID because it would "disenfranchise" voters, are seeking to disenfranchise every single person who voted Republican in the 2010 election cycle. Can you not see that you are trampling on the will of the majority of voters?? Between protests, senators running away from home, lawsuits, and now the recall elections, we taxpayers are paying quite a price for your hissy fits.

I know you miss the days of Diamond Jim Doyle. You miss the halcyon days of taxing, spending, unions running the show. I get that. But Wisconsin decided that we'd had about enough of that. We decided to FINALLY become fiscally responsible...to balance our budget. To put our house in order. Scott Walker's campaign focused on these ideas, and guess what? Seems as if the majority of us LIKED that idea. And now that he's putting that plan into action, y'all are attempting every trick in the book to try to negate the will of the people.

Someone once said elections have consequences. It's beyond time you realize it.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mike Tate - Are You Serious?

Is this guy for real?
Madison -- State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate called on Republicans to pay back taxpayers for the cost of running fake Democrats who lost primaries Tuesday.

But a GOP official countered that Democrats ought to bear the costs of the recall elections overall.

Republicans ran fake Democrats, calling them protest candidates, to delay the recall elections that were organized against six GOP senators for their support of Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation ending most collective bargaining by public employees. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has reported that those elections -- which were won Tuesday by the real Democrats -- cost an estimated more than $475,000.

“It is time to officially call for Scott Walker and the Republican party to reimburse the taxpayers for the extra cost they were forced to bear yesterday for these fake candidates,” Tate said.

But John Hogan, who is managing Senate Republicans’ recall efforts, said that Democrats and unions promoted the idea of recalls and should be paying the costs.

“This is all Mike Tate’s doing, so he should pay for the whole thing,” Hogan said.
I have two words for Mr. Tate: Joanne Kloppenburg. Those very same unions who are behind these recalls were also behind Kloppenburg's RIDICULOUS call for a recount in the Supreme Court race, at a cost to the taxpayers which far exceeds the cost of the recall primaries.

I'd also like Mr. Tate to explain why the democrats aren't paying the taxpayers' bill for the protests in Madison. It was THEIR protest - it was the unions shipping people in from other states. It was because of them that extra security had to be present at the Capitol. It was they who vandalized the building and the grounds around it. So why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill?

Mr. Tate - do you not SEE the hypocrisy??? Yes - that was a rhetorical question.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

R&R with The Elder

Many of you know that The Elder has been deployed since February. While I'm not at liberty to talk about the deployment, I thought I'd share some pics from R&R for those of you who have been keeping up with the family. He's back on the ground now, but he, TSC and Wiggleworm had an AMAZING time together. Here's just a glimpse...
Godspeed babe - we're all SO proud of you. Come home safe again, y'hear?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ol' Broad Update Part...Whatever

Well, our good friend is on her way home from the hospital - actually, by now she's probably tucked in with all the felines in her life. She is in pain, and DOPED up to the high heavens! And if she pays me enough, I won't publish her texts to me. Heh. Oh stop - you KNOW you'd do the same thing.

Anyway, I'm assuming we'll be hearing from her soon...thanks y'all for caring enough about Kate to visit this little corner of the blogosphere for updates. I'll keep updating until she can do it herself.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another Ol' Broad Update

Seems like Kate's surgery went well. In her words, she's "dopey, sneezy and sleezy"...would we expect anything less? In all seriousness, she's in a LOT of pain and expects to be in the hospital for about four more days. Let's keep her in our thoughts and prayers...I have a feeling she's gonna be needing them.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Good Wishes for a Good Friend: Updated

Just a shout out sending prayers and good wishes to one of the most irritating, stubborn, smart-assed, patriotic and awesome people I know. Yep - I'm talkin' about Kate. She is in surgery as we speak (or at least she's supposed to be) having a total knee replacement. I know she's nervous about this, but it's a good thing. Seriously y'all - walking with Kate is like walking with a one legged duck. Trust me, I know.

ANYWAY if you're of a mind to, send some prayers, good wishes, good thoughts, whatever it is you do her way. And ya might want to include Mr. Ol' Broad in those prayers - I have a feeling Kate's gonna be a HUGE pain in the hinder for awhile. :)

Update: Well, our favorite Ol' Broad made it through surgery. She was at the hospital at 6:00 a.m...and didn't go into surgery until a little after 3:00. Now, anyone who knows Kate will appreciate this sentiment: For the sake of everyone within a 50 mile radius, I hope they had her really, REALLY tranquilized. That woman can get ORNERY...even more so than I. Of course, she has had a LOT more time to practice. Heh.

Anyway, she should be moving up to her room soon and is expected to be in the hospital for a few days. I'll let y'all know when I learn anything new.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Just for a Giggle

Got this in an email.
Thanks Dad!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Morons!!

I'm getting a little tired of this crap...
A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because they say the sign violates the separation of church and state.
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“And it’s a totally religious statement. It’s a question of separation of church and state.” He was nonplussed over how his opposition to the street sign might be perceived – especially since the sign is honoring fallen heroes. “It’s irrelevant who it’s for,” Bronstein said. “We think this is a very bad thing,”
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“The patriotic and right thing to do is to obey our own law and to realize that we are a diverse nation, a melting pot full of different views,” Silverman added. The local and national atheist organizations said they’ve offered alternative names that would still honor the firefighters, but without any religious affiliation
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But the city has no intention of removing the sign. If that’s the case, Bronstein said he may consider a lawsuit.
Read the whole thing. I'm not even going to get into how SICK and TIRED I am of this country bowing down to anyone who gets their nose out of joint when it comes to Christianity. What I DO want to provide is a little history lesson...not the garbage they are now teaching in academia, but REAL American History.

Nowhere in the Constitution does the phrase "Separation of Church and State" appear!

The Constitution CLEARLY states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...
Seems to me that these litigious groups suing left and right over Christianity are inhibiting MY free exercise of religion. But I digress.

The "separation of church and state" phrase was penned by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. In it he writes:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
So to all those idiots out there who THINK they are pointing to the Constitution when referring to "separation of church and state"...why don't you actually READ the document to which you refer?? Sheesh!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day


To my dad, my husband, my son, my brother, and ALL you awesome dads out there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Collective Bargaining is NOT a Right

My friend Fred just sent me a link to an article that really burns my britches.
Madison, WI - The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO joins a broad coalition of worker right’s organizations today in filing a legal challenge to Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill. The organizations include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 24, AFSCME Council 40, AFSCME Council 48, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the Wisconsin State Employees Union, The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union – Health Care Wisconsin (SEIU).
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The lawsuit charges that the Budget Repair Bill violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by stripping away basic rights to bargain, organize and associate for the purpose of engaging in union activity, which have been in place for the last half century.
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The lawsuit charges that the Budget Repair Bill violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by stripping away basic rights to bargain, organize and associate for the purpose of engaging in union activity, which have been in place for the last half century.
See, the unions are PISSED because one fundemental part of this bill is what they CLAIM Governor Walker is stripping from them...freedom. With this bill, people actually have a CHOICE as to whether or not they want to join the unions, and the powers that be don't like that very much. They much prefer that membership...and DUES...be mandatory.

Okay - so let's see what the Constitution has to say about that, shall we? Lemme get out my handy dandy pocket constitution - yes - I DO carry one. Okay - here we go...
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment XIV
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Now where, pray tell, does it mention "basic rights to bargain, organize and associate for the purpose of engaging in union activity?"

Anyone? Bueller?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Drinking Right - June Edition


Okay y'all - it's the second Tuesday of the month and you know what that means! Come join some of the best bloggers the Cheddarsphere has to offer (and me too!) for good times. Relax with your favorite beverage and enjoy some free pizza and GREAT conversation.

As always, it's at Papa's Social Club, 7718 W. Burleigh. The fun starts around 7:00. Hope to see you there!

Fight Club

This disgusts me...
Milwaukee police busted a dogfighting operation on the city's north side, rescuing six sick and injured pit bulls and arresting one man, police said Monday.
When police entered a house Friday in the 4900 block of N. 27th St., they found six pit bulls, weight equipment, drugs - most likely antibiotics - and a treadmill used to train the dogs, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said.

Police also found a string pull, a thick piece of leather shaped like a hook with a chain, hanging from the ceiling.

Dogs are hung from the hook by their jaws to strengthen the jaws for clamping on to other animals during a fight, said Caroline Knitter, a sergeant with Police Department's sensitive crimes unit who specializes in animal abuse. The dogs' back legs also are strengthened, she said.

"That's what they use to pitch their force during the fight," she explained. "Because often in a fight, the front legs will be broken, so they need to use their back legs to be able to get up to continue to fight."

Police photos show at least one dog, a brown pit bull, was missing an eye and was badly scarred with fresh sores on its snout. Scarring is a typical sign of dogfighting, as are heavy chains, thick locks and weights, Knitter said.
Read the rest of the disgusting details here.

What the HELL is wrong with people? Hung by their JAWS??? My GOD - these are living breathing animals - who could do this?? How can any human being treat a living creature this way??

I have an idea. How about if we hang these pieces of pond scum (my apologies to pond scum) by THEIR jaws and let those poor dogs have at it. I think that's a reasonable reaction, no?

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Right Direction

Heh.
Executives surveyed by Wisconsin's largest business lobbying group overwhelmingly say the state is "going in the right direction," a near-complete reversal of sentiment from a year ago that comes against a backdrop of exceptional political animosity.
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A year ago, 10% of the survey respondents said they believed Wisconsin was going in the right direction. This year, that number jumped to 88%.
Hmmm - from 10% to 88%. Not bad - not bad at all.

Hate to say I told ya so but...aww hell...no I dont. TOLD YA SO!!

Thank you Governor Walker. Wisconsin is indeed open for business.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Honor

Shamelessly swiped from Ol' Broad

Friday, June 3, 2011

Excellent!

I kinda went off in this post. Seems a few things have changed since this morning.

Federal Court Lifts Ban on Public Prayer at Texas High School Graduation After Uproar
A federal appeals court has lifted the order banning public prayer at a Texas high school graduation Saturday.

The reversal comes on the heels of increasing criticism of a federal judge's earlier ruling that agreed with the parents of one graduating student that religious expression during the ceremony at Medina Valley Independent School District would cause "irreparable harm" to their son.
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"This is a complete victory for religious freedom and for Angela," said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute, which had represented class valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand in the appeal. "We are thrilled that she will be able to give her prayer without censorship in her valedictorian speech tomorrow night. No citizen has the right to ask the government to bind and gag the free speech of another citizen."
It's wonderful to see that there is still SOME common sense out there. It's not surprising that it's Texas that will not let ONE ruin the traditions and beliefs of MANY.

The War on Christianity

Warning: I am in a FOUL mood today, and this just kinda set me off.
A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at the ceremony.
Excuse me?? Irreparable harm? Are you f*cking KIDDING me? What kind of "irreparable" harm can a simple prayer cause? And this from a JUDGE???
“It’s just a big surprise that one kid can come in and change what’s been a tradition since Medina Valley started,” student Abigail Russell told KABB-TV.

Fellow student Alicia Jade Geurin agreed.

“At graduation, I would love to be able to speak from my heart,” she told the TV station. “But in this situation I feel my freedom of speech and my First Amendment is being infringed upon if I can’t say what I feel.”
Ya know - I agree with Ms. Russell. Why is it that in so many cases like this, one kid and/or one parent can take away traditions that have been around for years?? It is utterly absurd that the desires of ONE person can ruin things for so many!! What about the rights of those who wish to pray?? Why is their free speech being trampled on?

We are on a clear path in this country to wipe away any and all forms of Christianity. Christmas trees have been replaced with holiday trees. And if you want to pray, better watch where you do it...it might be against the law. I am SICK and TIRED of having the principles and beliefs that formed this great country being hacked away, bit by bit. We are becoming an amoral society...one which condones all manner of bad behavior and punishes those who are trying to be good, God-fearing Christians.

And some wonder why this country is going to hell in a handbasket? Just look around.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Joplin

This little corner of the blogosphere sends heartfelt prayers to those in Joplin, MO after the horrendous destruction from the tornado. Prayers for the dead, the wounded, and ALL affected by this tragedy. I have a feeling they're gonna need all they can get as the devastation mounts. If you can spare a dollar or two, you can donate to help those in Missouri try to piece their lives back together here. If you don't, prayers sure can't hurt.

Sigh.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What a Guy

This makes me smile...
One Ohio little leaguer got a big league surprise during his game.

Cincinnati Reds All-Star Brandon Phillips showed up to a little league baseball game Thursday night after 14-year-old Connor Echols tweeted him, asking him to come.
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Phillips said he wouldn't mind going to another little league game.

"It was just something that was real nice. I can see myself doing it again," he told the Enquirer.
Go read the whole thing.

In this day and age, when most news of athletes is about how they are behaving badly, I tip my hat to Mr. Phillips. Class act.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's About Damned Time!

Voter ID Passes
Madison - Senate Republicans approved requiring people to show photo ID at the polls amid a cacophonous vote Thursday, with eight Democrats not even voting on the measure in protest and because of confusion over how the proceedings were conducted.

Immediately afterward, the crowd in the Senate gallery thundered with chants of "Shame!" as Republicans exited the chamber. Later, they chanted, "Recall!" and sang, "We Shall Overcome."
We Shall Overcome? Are you SERIOUS?? I actually find that quite offensive.
"Requiring photo identification to vote will go a long way to eliminate the threat of voter fraud," Walker said in a statement. "If you need an ID to buy cold medicine, it's reasonable to require it to vote."

But Democrats decried the measure, saying it would do little to prevent voter fraud while disenfranchising thousands of minority, elderly and rural voters.

"This is voter suppression," said Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). "This is voter disenfranchisement. This is voter confusion. This is voter restriction. This is a voter discouragement bill."
Oh PULEEZ. How many of those who are said to be "disenfranchised" do NOT have an ID? We need an ID for nearly EVERYTHING these days. You wanna buy benadryl? ID please. Write a check? ID please. Rent a movie? ID please.

So why do the Democrats have such a problem with having to actually prove you are who you say you are in order to vote?? Fraud. MASSIVE fraud. There is no other reason why this bill has been brought up so many times, and has been vetoed by the former governor "Diamond Jim Doyle" just as many times. It's the ONLY reason that the thought of having to prove that you have the right to vote in a particular polling location makes their heads explode.

Thank you Governor Walker. It's nice to know that I will no longer be "disenfranchised" when my LEGAL vote is voided by a fraudulent vote.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Mother's Day Poem

This is a poem written by a friend I knew decades ago and with whom I've recently re-connected. Back in the day, Daryl was an aspiring singer/songwriter. I'm pleased to see he's realized that dream. Please go check out his stuff here.

Here's wishing all of you a very Happy Mother's Day!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Brennan Daigle - The Littlest Soldier - Update

In this post I talked about Brennan Daigle and what an inspiration he was. Just now I got a comment on that post with an update.
Community members remember 10 year-old Brennan Daigle who lost his battle to brain cancer early Thursday morning.

The Ward 6 Fire Department lined American flags along Brennan's pink army truck in honor of his strength through the battle.

Classmates, friends, and community members left heartwarming messages on Brennan's pink army truck at his home.

"We're always going to miss him," said Kaleb Mouton, Brennan's friend. "He was a very good friend to all of us."

Mouton said Brennan taught him how to be strong through any situation.

"He didn't let the cancer stop him from doing anything," said Mouton. "And he used God to give him strength."

"He was such an inspiration to all of the kids at school," said Amanda Dickerson, Brennan's teacher.

Brennan's strength went much farther than the Westlake Community, however.

"He inspired people around the world on his Facebook page," said Abbie Miller, a sophomore at Westlake High School. "He was very strong, stronger than what any of us could ever think of being."

"Everybody was just so proud of him for the little soldier that he is, a little soldier of God," said Dickerson.
Thank you Bonnie for the update. And God Bless little Brennan - he was an inspiration to many. Heartfelt prayers are going out to the friends and family of Brennan - God's littlest soldier.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Death Photo

Debates are raging all over the internet as to whether or not the White House should release "the death photo" of bin Laden. I've foolishly gotten sucked into a few of these debates, and I must say some of the ghoulishly voyeuristic comments I've seen disgust me. Sure, there have been some valid points made, but the name calling and the bloodlust is quite disconcerting.

I am against releasing these photos for one simple reason. The safety of our troops. Remember when that jackass of a "pastor" burned the Qu'ran? There were deadly consequences to our troops, many of which were not reported by the MSM. I am very well aware that the killing of bin Laden will likely result in retaliatory strikes. Releasing the photograph(s) will almost certainly result in an even more dangerous situation.

But Chris - the photos will eventually get leaked, right?

I can say with near certainty that they will. HOWEVER, in my humble opinion, that is much different than our administration publishing them. If we release those photos we are knowingly putting our men and women of the military even greater danger. That is the downside of releasing the photos. So what would be the downside to NOT publishing them? And why are people so rabid to see them? To "prove" he's dead? Oh please - get real. Those who doubt will likely always doubt. They'll question the authenticity of any pictures that are released.

I believe that the powers that be weighed the risks against the rewards, and in this case made the correct decision. So I'll say something I never thought I'd say - Kudos to you Mr. President. You made the right choice.

Note: I'm doing something I've never done before - I'm turning off the comments. I will NOT get sucked into any more debates on this issue. I'm just stating my opinion in this post - not asking for any others.

Monday, May 2, 2011

There IS a difference

There's been a lot of chatter going around the internet that celebrating bin Laden's death makes us no different from those who celebrated after 9/11. I found this over at Just a Few Facts:
I understand why people went to the streets to celebrate Bin Laden's death, I truly do, but do any of you recall the supporters of Bin Laden going to the streets to celebrate the deaths of 9-11? What is the difference between us now? I am glad the evil of Bin Laden is off this earth, but as a country, we scream to anyone that listens that we are a civilized, christian type people, what I saw last night, not so much.
In this post I mention that I'm conflicted in my feelings about this. But I must point out a distinct difference in the two scenarios. Those who celebrated in the streets after 9/11 were celebrating the slaughter of thousands of innocent lives. We are "celebrating" the death of the one responsible for that slaughter and is in no way, shape or form innocent.

I honestly can't say that I'm "celebrating" the fact that this monster has assumed room temperature. I was thinking about it and I think what I feel is relief. Relief that there is finally justice for the thousands of victims of 9/11. Relief that this cretin will no longer be plotting and planning to do as much harm as possible to anyone and everyone whose beliefs differ from his.

Make no mistake here my friends - this is NOT over because he's dead. The threat continues and there may be serious backlash as a result. But knowing that the mastermind of such pure unadulterated evil makes me sleep just a little better at night.

JUSTICE at Last

When I first learned the bin Laden was killed, my reaction was joy. Then for a moment I chastised myself - how can a Christian rejoice in the death of another human being? And then I remembered this:
and I figured God would give me a pass this time.

My prayers continue for our men and women serving this country and I pray that there will be no serious retaliation as a result of the death of this tyrant.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Prayer for Ryan

This from a dear friend on facebook yesterday...
Prayer Request: for my student Ryan who has major issues at home which, I believe, are at least partially responsible for his behavior at school. It hurts my heart to see a child with eyes that are just . . . dead . . . and frightens me a bit too. I believe in the power of prayer so ask for yours
I met with that friend yesterday after work, and during our conversation she spoke of Ryan. This young man - well CHILD, actually - has had more than his share of pain in his life. I'm not sure why his story touched me so much...perhaps because he's not much older than the Boy...but I couldn't stop thinking about him. So I'm asking all who are inclined to pray for Ryan - that he gets the guidance he needs, the help he needs, and the love he deserves. It not only hurts my heart, but it makes me angry that there are so many children out there who are in so much pain. These are innocents - yet the actions and inactions of the adults in their lives have had dire consequences. I'm praying that it's not too late for Ryan.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Screwed Again

Bend over folks - RUSD is at it again. I'm going to try to watch my language, but can't promise anything. I'm PISSED.
The School Board decided this week to extend the school year by another day, to June 13, to make up education hours missed during a sick-out Feb. 17. Many school staff members, including 25 percent of the district's approximately 1,600 teachers, called in sick amid protests over changes Gov. Scott Walker suggested to collective bargaining and retirement and health care contributions. The changes later became law, but a judge's ruling has put the law on hold.
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Adding the school day could cost the district as much as $478,000. The cost comes from paying staff members for an extra day after they were already paid for work Feb. 17, either because they came into work as suggested or took a paid sick or personal day. Staff members are not paid on snow days, Tapp said.
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This is all bad enough, but what tipped me over the edge was the final paragraph...
"(The school year extension) is necessary because we had one extra snow day and school was closed on February 17, 2011," the release stated. "There is very little we can do to affect the weather. Lately, there has been very little we can do to counter the reckless and unnecessary cuts to RUSD as proposed by the Governor in his Budget Bill. It is truly unfortunate that the Governor's actions continue to penalize the District, parents, students, teachers and educational assistants."
The Governor's actions? Are you f*cking kidding me? Did the governor stage an illegal sick-out? Was it the governor's illegal sick-out that forced so many unified parents to scramble for daycare so the teachers could go have their hissy fit? Was it the governor who decided it was more important to go to Madison than teach the children for whom they claim to care about, and for which we will be paying an additional $478,000??? How can you possibly blame this on the governor? Is there NO personal responsibility left anymore??

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Goodbye My Friend

You touched my heart. You touched my soul. I'll admit I was a bit intimidated by you in the beginning, but we had a kinship. You had a huge hand in saving my life, and touched the lives of so very many others. I love you more than words can express, and I will miss you more than you'd ever know.
Rest in peace my friend. You've most certainly earned it.