Saturday, April 29, 2006

Day One Done

After a strenuous day moving building a new garden, moving dirt and mulch, and eating right, I have lost 2 1/2 pounds. Down to 230 1/2. I know the poundage will not be shed this quickly ... it was probably water ... but it's a good start.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Too Bad

I will not comment further about Rush (addict) Limbaugh's (denial) drug problems. I'll let him (hypocrite) speak.

“Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. ... And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.” -- Rush Limbaugh

The Puppeteers

Up In Smoke

"The FDA says there's no -- zilch, zero, nada -- shred of medicinal value to the evil weed marijuana. This is going to be a setback to the long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking crowd."-- Rush Limbaugh

And I thought the debate was about glaucoma patients and those with cancer. So much anger, so little brains.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Opining About Apparently Nothing

Jessica McBride has a new favorite word. "Apparently" has apparently used up its usefulness. Her new word is "opine."

Opine I love thee, ooak not so much, though owalnut is stouter than obeech ever would.

Ouch. Just thought it was funny.

Weight Loss Statement

It has now been 17 months and change since I quit smoking. I had a pack a day habit for nearly 30 years. With the help of Zyban and having met a new person who was a non-smoker (later to become my wife) I finally kicked the habit.

In the absence of smoking, I did something I never thought I would do ... gained weight. I was formerly a long distance runner ... I once ran the mile in under 4:30. Heck, I weighed 127 pounds my senior year in high school and didn't break the 150 barrier until my twenties.

I now weigh 233 pounds. There was a time I would have rejoiced at that. Trust me, nobody pushes around anyone who weighs 233 pounds, unless of course they weigh more and are belligerent. In any case, the ache on my knees and feet has become intolerable. My body is simply not used to carrying this much weight.

James, at Wigderson Library and Pub, might not recognize me now. He probably remembers the relatively svelte guy he regularly harassed (kidding) at UWM. Of course the hair is gone now as well. Used to have it fairly long.

Anyway, that aside, the time has come to seriously take some action. I will be blogging regularly about losing this weight, in addiiton to my other rants. My goal is to get to 175 pounds. My mission statement is:
I am in the weight loss business. I intend to lose all the weight I gained
after I quit smoking and to lose an additional 15 pounds to reach my ultimate
goal of 175 pounds.

Wish me luck.

Life is Good

The mulch pile in the driveway is getting smaller. I must say that the yard and gardens around the house look good. I also just got done removing a bush from near the front door. It's twin will be removed as soon as I'm done here. Then my wife and I will work at planting some annuals and applying mulch.

It's good to get out and work in the yard. Muscles that I haven't stretched out over the winter were sore last night and will be more so tonight. But it's a good feeling nevertheless. And tomorrow the soreness will be less.

Anyway, anonymous comments are no longer allowed at this blog. The people who come here and comment, even if they use fake names, are okay. At least I can track back and find out something about them ... though I won't go so far as some conservative buffoons have and "call them out." That's just silly. I am considering setting up a list of disallowed commenters from bloggers who don't identify themselves. Maybe not ... maybe on a case by case basis.

I just have more respect from someone who makes comments out in the open, so to speak.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

They're Just Plain Lazy

I love conservative thought. Whenever I put up a post they disagree with, they tell me to go do this, go do that, find information for them to refute what I posted.

Guys, it's not my job. Do the legwork yourself.

Besides, I got other things to do. Now, if you want to have a discussion and provide your own refutations, great, I'll go along. I might even agree with you if I think your point is made. But don't expect me to do the work for you.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Vote Your Wallet

This was too good by Greg Saunders over at "This Modern World."

Gas Prices

Oil Company Stock Prices

Big Oil's campaign contributions

Greg Saunders says: You're paying at the pump. Get payback at the polls.

More of the Same

And now, from those fun-loving guys who brought you Iraq and thousands of senseless deaths and oodles of destruction, here's more of the same ... can you say "Texas Nuke 'em?"

Click on image to view.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why Should Money Have Anything To Do With It

James Wigderson has another Thursday Waukesha Freeman column. As usual it’s persuading. It’s persuaded me to think of another way we can ensure fairness in elections, which is what I believe James is in favor. He says this in his column:
Jay Heck of Common Cause estimates the cost of the governor’s race will be
between $35 million and $40 million, a nice-sized Powerball jackpot. But that
only translates to approximately $9.75 per eligible voter in Wisconsin, less
than what you spend on a pizza. What is your vote worth to you?
My vote is worth quite a lot to me. But its effectiveness has been diminished by lobbyists, special interest organizations and industry. What happened to one person one vote?

I say disallow all contributions, including those from candidates themselves (it seems only the wealthy are able to run for office these days). Instead, have all campaigns financed by money from the peoples' coffers, supplied by equal dollar amount taxation of each individual, not based on worth or lack thereof. My proposal includes no contributions from lobbies, organizations or industry.

Television time could be arranged for candidates and their teams to put together televised arguments to attempt to sway voters. No other attempts to do so on television or radio would be allowed.

Oh hell, I know it would prove nearly impossible to insert effective controls into our elective process. But maybe we could gain a little more control than we have now. But busting loose the contribution levels is not the way to go.

Carrick's Bend, Part Two

My new friend has a new post (and an update on an old one). First the old one. My friend has such a potty mouth. Here's his update to an old post (italics, mine).
UPDATE#2: Man this guy actually is dummer (I think he means dumber.) than a
rock. My point in the title you dumb ass (See, he can spell the word dumb.)
is that with idiots like you (you little Brookfield rich boy trying to be a good
little terrorist loving lefty prick) on the left the Republicans should have 90%
or more of the Senate and House.
Besides channeling Ann Coulter and her bad behavior, it seems to me the point my friend was trying to make is now even more ambiguous. Oh, sorry a big word. The point is hard to discern. Oh, another big word. How’s this…it’s even more difficult to make any sense of the point trying to be made.

And, the reason, me thinks, the Republicans do not have 90% of the Senate or House is because of supporters like you, my friend.

Now on to the most recent post.

My new friend posits that teachers are at fault for children not making it in eighth grade. Here is part of his comment …
… several posts on several blogs by teachers whining about “losing” students who
are reading at a 3rd grade level in the 8th grade got me thinking (Oh, oh.).

It just proves a point I've made several times before. You have to want to learn.

The Sky is Falling

The latest wacky tale from my children, this time from my little five-year old, Abby.

Each spring, the sky turns red. Giant drops of detergent fall from the sky. All this detergent helps the grass and the dolls to grow, but it can make things really large too.

Some places get so much detergent, that rivers drown into the streets. Driving can be tricky when this happens, so some people put special dogs on their cars.

And when the detergent is falling, don't forget your can. Otherwise, your feet might get small if you walk in puddles!

After all the detergent has fallen, the skies begin to swim. If you are lucky, you might see a huge speaker stretched across the sky.

Success Story

To all the righties who take pleasure in knocking down MPS teachers, here is a story of one remembered by a student as having been a positive influence.

I can hear the cacophony already … ha ha ha, just one. Well, in response, that’s shortsighted and crude. Please note in the article (if you are able to read) that the student acknowledges that a positive home environment played a role in her success. That without it, her teacher’s efforts would likely have been for naught.

Teachers can only do so much. There has to be help on the home front.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

No Room for Threatening Behavior

All right, someone is getting too carried away. It's one thing to shout at each other and call each other names, and even to suggest someone put a gun in their mouth and pull the trigger. It's quite another to send mean-spirited and threatening e-mails.

Peter DiGaudio, at Texas Holdem Blogger, says that this is exactly what has been happening to him. I don't really like Peter or his politics. Apparently someone else does not like him either. But that is no reason to threaten. It should stop immediately.

As I posed at his site and I will repeat here ... there is no room for that kind of behavior.

We're So Mean

Patrick McIlheran is at it again. He's back claiming the left is so mean. In his most recent blog, he opines about the trouble a Ohio State University librarian got in for suggesting a book for a reading list. Here’s what he wrote:
A day late, though it’s still fresh, I’m led by Rick Esenberg’s blog
to Dad29, who unfolds the trouble a librarian at Ohio State U got in for suggesting a
book, “The Marketing of Evil,” for the reading list for incoming freshmen. The
book suggests that the sexualization of culture is a deliberate marketing tactic
to sell stuff to youths. It has similar derogatory things to say about the
cultivation of campaigns for legalized abortion and gay rights. It's been
praised by culturally traditionalist commentators.

Well, duh. I happen to agree that sex is used as a marketing tactic. This is news? The other stuff is made up. As is typical of McIlheran, he’s afraid to expose who he roots with, so he applies ambiguous names such as “culturally traditionalist commentators.” So who are these shadowy commentators?

I did a little research and found that “The Marketing of Evil” was written by David Kupelian. It seems that David Kupelian is a managing editor of WorldNet Daily. You know, the outfit run by Joseph Farah who has advocated the murder of adulterers and praised the blacklisting of suspected communists in Hollywood in the 1950s.
"It was a good thing. It was the right thing to do at the right time in history.
And, as America finds itself beleaguered in the world against – literally
surrounded by – enemies who seek to destroy it, we cannot allow traitors
privileged status in the entertainment industry."

Also included in the illustrious group of shadowy commentators is Donald Wildmon, leader of the evangelical activist group, American Family Association, which has linked Judaism to criminality and hostility toward Christianity. Wildmon has been denounced by Jewish organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress.

Then there is Rabbi Daniel Lapin, whom NY Times columnist, Frank Rich, has called a “show rabbi” for the Christian right. Lapin actually introduced Jack Abramoff to Tom Delay.

Can't forget D. James Kennedy, a former Arthur Murray dance instructor, and founder of Coral Ridge Ministries. Kennedy has said this: "Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."

Kennedy's a big fan of Roy Moore, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice, who once penned an opinion calling for the state to execute "practicing homosexuals."

Hmmm. Another dark commentator is David Limbaugh, brother of Rush Limbaugh. ‘Nuff said.

And of course, who can forget Dr. Laura Schlesinger, radio talk shrink, who's opinion it is that homosexuals are a "mistake of nature."

And finally, Michele Malkin. Can you say shrill, with no substance?

Seems to me there is nothing traditional about murder, execution and advocating for internment camps.

Shame on the Milwaukee Jornal Sentinel for continuing to carry this clown. To have balanced opinions is one thing. Then bring a conservative voice like George Will to the pages. McIlheran is nothing but a shill for far right conservative blather.

Oh, that's right. I'm so mean. At least I don't support anyone who advocates murder.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Charlie Sykes ... Standing Up for Expediency

Charlie Sykes has a post ridiculing the Doyle administration for saying that tourism will suffer if the anti-gay marriage amendment is passed, when in fact tourism has not really been affected because gay marriage is already illegal.

It does sound kind of dumb.

About as dumb as Charlie Sykes saying he doesn’t know which way he will vote on the amendment, when in fact, gay marriage is already illegal. Which means ... why are we voting at all. A little overkill maybe. This from the guy who likes to say he stands up for what is right.

Uh huh. More like he stands up for what is best for him.

New Neil Young Album Coming Soon

This from Tom Tomorrow....
With Neil Young’s new anti-war album coming out soon, it looks like we’re
about to go through another round of dipshit right wing bloggers explaining why
artists and musicians aren’t qualified to express political opinions.

Unlike, you know, the dipshit right wing bloggers themselves.

That was so naughty.

Charlie Sykes Makes Appearance in "This Modern World"

Really. Minus glasses, the guy on the right looks just like Charlie Sykes. He certainly sounds like him. The person on the left? Nah, James Wigderson has more hair.

Click on image to expand (not yourself, the image).

Twelve White Jurors Not Angry Enough

I am going to give the twelve white jurors in the Frank Jude case the benefit of the doubt. It was a complex case, with seemingly contradictory evidence and, of course, the silence of the cops did not help.

What is perplexing, though, are the comments from so many that it shouldn't matter that the jury was all white.

They're right of course, it shouldn't. But, try telling that to the face of an African-American. Try telling that to the faces of African-Americans who have been witness to lynchings caused by all white mobs. Try telling that to the faces of African-Americans who have been witness to all white juries in the past that ensured guilty verdicts for the innocent.

Just saying that maybe a little sensitivity to what has happened in the past might assuage some of the anger over this verdict.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Just Around the Carricks Bend

Oh goody. Another conservative blogger in need of a timeout. This person's blog is titled "Carrick Bend Thoughts," and there is a post concerning a couple that I wrote. This post shows so little in the way of neat argument that I just have to provide a link for my dear readers ... for a laugh.

First off, the post is titled: "this-is-what-amazes-me-most-about-republicans." Hmmm, no I'm not. Such a silly person.

Anyway, the first post my new friend comments on was written in response to the many "communist Waukesha" posts that some of my conservative blogger brethren put up regarding the election of Dem. Larry Nelson as mayor of Waukesha. My new friend chastises me for using a picture of an entrance to Terezin that has the words "Arbeit Macht Frei" on the archway. This picture was used, my new friend postulates, in complete disregard of the people who suffered there.

Well no. My knowledge of WWII is likely far superior to my new friend's. Additionally, my new friend ignores the fact that communism was (has been?) responsible for just a few million deaths, in similar fashion to the German Reich, so I've been told. In fact, gulags were fashioned in a manner similar to Nazi concentration camps. But I saw the humor intended in the posts of my conservative brethren regarding the disheartening election of Nelson (for them), and James W. and others saw the humor I intended. My new friend is unable to consider that. It's so sad.

And then my new friend thinks I mock Bush's (fake?) concern for children blown up by IEDs. That my new friend is unable to discern the idiocy of Bush's comment is plainly sad (the comment itself was taken from Garry Trudeau's site). That I mock Bush is true. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands, his crocodile tears impress me not one whit.

So, my new friend, post away, and have a good day. You've made mine.

It Was Just a Little Caucasian Lie

In Rush Limbaugh’s world, a little plagiarism here and there is no big deal. Nor is lying, for which Limbaugh is an expert. On his April 12th radio show, Limbaugh basically said that the Washington Post caved in and that the allegations of plagiarism against Ben Domenech were concocted. Of course, Limbaugh conveniently forgot to mention that Domenech has admitted to having done so.

Oh well. Lying is second nature to these guys anyway. So, I guess, what's a little lie amongst friends?

Reminds me of the blowhard conservative bloggers who stated, without any proof whatsoever, that liberals did not want the movie "United 93" to be shown. Tssk, tssk.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Think Outside the Box

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."
-- Bob Marley

A wish that those who follow and believe so blindly would listen.

William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

William Sloane Coffin, Jr. died Wednesday, April 12th. Sloane was a former chaplain at Yale who practiced what he preached in the 60s, and marched and protested against the quagmire called “The Vietnam War.”

I remember him vaguely, growing up in the late 60s, early 70s. He proved to the right that protesting the policies of our beloved country was the patriotic thing to do, not to just sit back and blindly follow. He was not afraid of their wrath … he was a true hero.

Rummy in More Hot Water

Donald Rumsfeld came under fire from six more top ex-military officials who challenged his strategy and his abusive manner.
Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in
Iraq until last November, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to reiterate
criticisms he leveled earlier this week.

Batiste said Rumsfeld had “failed to build the peace” in Iraq, and
criticized “a leadership style which is intimidating, abusive. There was not a
two-way street of respect.”

The question remains whether the famous Bush loyalty will continue. George Jr. finds it difficult to let go. I can see George's dilemma ... you can't really fire grandpa, can you?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Conservatives Are Such Christian Folk

Click on cartoon to view.

Too Much Time On His Hands...Get a Real Job

Who cares. I made breakfast, did the dishes, cleaned up the computer, helped move the treadmill downstairs and took the dogs for a walk.

No time to complain about anything nor rant about hate and anger.

Got better things to do.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Conservatives Are So Funny

"And then I prayed. And I said, 'Lord, what's wrong with her?' I just prayed silently. And the Lord said, 'Ask about her sex life.'"

-- Pat Robertson, explaining how he cured a woman suffering from asthma

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Channeling Dr. Seuss

A follow up to the post below. Read some of Peter's responses to comments made on the subject of his post on United 93. I think the little ditty below covers his thoughts.

I’m always right,
I’m always right it’s true.
I especially don't like the color blue.
And if you disagree about that particular hue,
I’ll shout you down with all my might,
Because, you know, I’m always right.

An example of the level of argument capable for some of those on the right.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Lies to The Right of Us

Jay at folkbum's rambles and rants provides the impetus for this piece and responds to the lies they propogate. I'm not as nice.

Wing nuts commentators and bloggers are again proving adept at being disingenuous. With their party leader’s poll numbers dropping precipitously, and having found it unsavory to ask his Saudi buddies to round up more disaffected youth and convince them to fly into tall buildings for the sake of Republican sustenance of power, these pompous pundits have latched onto the movie “United 93” as the savior of their party’s hopes in November.

This from radio shill, Charlie Sykes:

Is this movie too soon? Hardly. It’s overdue. It's a reality check; an antidote
to the fantasy world of the Charlie Sheens/Russ Feingolds who seem to have
forgotten what happened to this country and how we responded (Well, no…that’s a
lie. We as a nation responded fine. It was their fearless leader who was so baffled upon hearing the news that he delayed reacting by reading a book upside down
Peter at Texas Hold ‘em Blogger echoes Sykes:

See this trailer. It is so powerful liberals are demanding it be withdrawn from
theaters because of the shock value (Well, no…that’s a lie.). Every time I see
Sept. 11, 2001 footage, which isn't often, I am left shaking with anger. This
was no different.The terrorist appeasers (Well, no…another lie by Peter.) are
claiming it is too soon for this movie. That is a bunch of "Barbra Streisand
(B.S.)." It isn't soon enough. The national media has removed these powerful
images from our TV screens in hopes America will forget what happened that
terrible day in September 2001 (Well, no…a really big whopper.).

Badger Blogger unoriginally continues:

Charlie Sykes has been talking about the trailer for the movie Flight 93, about
9/11, I just watched the trailer. It is stunningly powerful. There are a lot of
people that say this movie should not be shown, but I feel it is the duty of all
Americans to see this movie, we must remember what evil we are fighting in the
War On Terror. To many Americans have such a short memory, and that is sad
(Well, no…another lie. I had a friend die in the fall of the Twin Towers. I
remember him. His name was Ramzi Doany. Don’t preach to me.)

And last, but certainly least, Chris at spottedhorse2 adds his two cents:

America needs this movie we need to be slapped in the face and reminded of the
real reasons why we fight and who we fight (Well, no…you guys need this more
than us…we acknowledge the dead rather than ignore the carnage brought on by
Bush the Minor.)
You can see the Trailer for United 93 here. This movie has the
chance to be like the World War 2 Series of films that Frank Capra made for the
United States Government. It was shown to GI's to explain that that war was more
than avenging Pearl Harbor but a fight for the survival of Western Civilization.

Hopefully U93 will help remind the cowards and appeasers of places like White Fish Bay and Shorewood what the real evil in the world is. It is a shame we have to call the gutless cowards who voted to cut and run, Americans in the same breath as the Brave people of that flight.

The Coward AntiAmerican left in this country, the Party of Russ Feingold doesn't want the people to see movies like this or footage from that day. Russ Feingold and his ilk want to pretend 9/11 never happen while setting us up for the next 9/11
(Well, no…that’s a really big lie.).

The true Americans in this country are the ones concerned about the safety of its troops, its citizens and maintaining the rights that both enjoy. This in sharp contrast to the LIARS on the right, like the three bloggers mentioned, who would have been comfortable living in Germany in the 30s when democracy was overwhelmed by gross lust for power.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Voting Democratic Will Set You Free

My friend, James, over at Wigderson Library & Pub is a funny man. I mean that sincerely. His posts intended to be humorous never go flat, and the one liners are the best.

He recently posted a comment about a lefty blogger who, I guess, did not find some of the wingnut comments regarding Larry Nelson's surprise victory in the Waukesha mayoral race humorous. For the most part, the comments all have to do with running for your lives, a communist government will soon be installed.

James is at his best with this photo of a new city of Waukesha logo. What James and all the other righties fail to mention was the destruction the other day of the entrance to Waukesha, torn down by the freed inmates and the liberating armies. They're just a little embarrassed. See below.

He's So Emotional

"One of the great things about America, one of the beauties of our country, is that when we see a young, innocent child blown up by an IED, we cry." -- George W. Bush

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

J-J-J-Jeff Wagner a Ch-ch-ch-cherry Picker

I couldn't help but notice as Jeff Wagner stu-stu-stu-stuttered through a piece on the anti-war referendums, that he used the term "cherry-picked" in reference to the communities that hosted the referendums. It's at least the fifth time I've read or heard that term today. Good to see the talking points memo system is still functioning.

Apparently it's his and the wingnut belief these communites were cherry-picked for the referendums to succeed. Of course, there were 12 communities that did not vote in favor, so I guess that kinda blows that theory.

Flag Waving Flip-Flop

by Greg Saunders

Has anyone bothered to point out that the righteous rage on the right over the flying of the Mexican flag by some attendees at the pro-immigration protests is coming from the same people who defended the confederate flag as a source of “southern pride” (as opposed to the rallying symbol for slave-owners and their defenders)? They were for taking pride in regional/ethnic differences before they were against it. Seems like a racist double-standard to me, but pretty consistent if you stop taking conservatives at their word.

Jessica McBucher Joins This Modern World

It was announced today by Faux News that Jessica McBucher was joining Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World" as a mindless automaton, a role she fulfills regularly at her blogsite. Click on image to enlarge.

Poor Baby

Perennially complaining conservative whiner, Peter DiGaudio of Texas Hold 'em Blogger, can dish it out, but can't take it. He complains in comments on Xoff's site that he can't catch a break, and the mean old establishment is against him getting a job. Heck, he even applied for THREE jobs in the 80s, and didn't get hired for any of them, and he's sure that it was because of his skin color.

Now he works at a $7,000 a year job trying to teach inner city kids who don't want to learn (his words). While I could go on and on about a person claiming to be an educator putting down his/her own students as deplorable, I'm more interested in someone working for $7,000 a year in this day and age. Peter, you could make more money delivering papers.

If you take a look at Peter's blogsite, I'm thinking you will notice what I noticed...a lot of anger and it's not very well written. Not well written in the sense he cannot maintain an argument that makes sense. I've posted twice about this here and here.

Anyway, in response to a comment I made that perhaps the reason he is not hired for better jobs is because of his attitude, Peter advises me to get a 9mm, stick it in my mouth and blow my worthless ass away. Peter’s such a meany.

I hear conservatives go on and on about the anger from the left. Pat McIlheran claims it's because lefties are childish and immature, while conservatives are thoughtful and well-mannered, and would never resort to name calling or threats. Ha ha ha.

Pat, meet Peter, a poster child for anger management and the need for timeouts.

Jessica McWhiner

Jessica McBucher is already whipping out the blog posts stating that the Dems had an unfair advantage because they violated the anti-partisan aspect of the mayoral race in Waukesha. How did they do this? The Waukesha County Democratic Party sent out a memo advising members to do visibility demonstrations the day of the election.

Oh my gosh, Jessica. The horror.

Of course, the irony is that Jessica completely neglects to mention that Ann Nischke proudly proclaimed her Republicanhood and support of Bride of Tabor (a Republican-backed initiative), and that Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson and Republican F(at). James Sensenbrenner campaigned for Dan Vrakas for Waukesha County board exec.

She saves the funniest for last. She has protested long-windedly and hard against the anti-war referendums in the state. She even resorted to Joe McCarthy tactics and claimed they were set up by communist front groups, notwithstanding there are numerous stories of people who felt so strongly that they pushed for these referendums on their own, without any outside help, and succeeded in getting them on ballots. Anyway, Jessica claims victory by pointing out that if you remove the votes from Shorewood, Madison and La Crosse, voters by a solid majority voted against the referendums.

Uh, I see. Is that the new McBucher and Republican strategy? In this November’s elections, the defeat of Republican-backed candidates will be nullified because the votes of liberals don’t count?

Jessica McBucher, defender of tyranny and a (look up the word Rush Limbaugh used to describe the women allegedly raped by a lacrosse team) for the Republican establishment.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Speaker for Mayor

Going to vote for Jeff Speaker today, for mayor of Brookfield. I like the truck he drives and that he won't toss shoes in my direction if we disagree.

Not terribly in-depth reasons for voting, but at least I vote.

We The People Defend This Nation

I get tired of responding to these clowns. But this was so blatantly sophomoric that I couldn’t pass it up. This from "Alicia" commenting on an anti-referendum post at Wigderson Library & Pub.
It's an emotional issue, and fear has a way of clouding sound judgment.If it
weren't for our history of troops defending our liberties,and our ideals,we may
not have had the luxury of holding a public referendum/elections/ and have
freedom of speech. Are these people who are anti-war also pro-Saddam Hussein
(and the likes of him? Our country has chosen to take a brave stand. The easier
path is to stand for nothing/do nothing then criticize the leadership who is
actually trying to achieve goals.

Alicia, which tyranny do you come from? Last time I looked, “we the people” were the protectors of our liberties and ideals. When did we give up that right and allow tyranny to triumph.

I am insulted that you seem to think that holding public referendums, elections and practicing freedom of speech is a luxury.



It is insulting for you to denigrate those who are doing their duty and are taking a stand for what they believe is the right course for this country, while you complacently enjoy the fruits of luxury.

I do not agree with you that our country took a brave stand in Iraq. I believe we are in the wrong in Iraq. I believe that we are the aggressor in Iraq. No one participating in these referendums is pro-Hussein…we should have took him out in the first gulf war, but George’s daddy’s Saudi friends advised against it then. Who is really looking out for our best interests, Alicia, certainly you don’t believe that the Saudis are?

No, Alicia, the easiest path is to do nothing, which is the path you have chosen. You have chosen to turn your back on civic duty and you have turned your back on the troops, our fellow citizens. That's right, Alicia, the troops are the same as me and those citizens standing up with the anti-war referendums: citizens.

Monday, April 3, 2006

They Need Serious Help

Tree hugging – it is somehow bad to hug a tree now and then. I’ve climbed trees when I was a kid and when I got too high, I hugged that tree for dear life. I felt sad when we had to cut the apple tree in the backyard down. It had provided apples for many years and contributed to numerous apple dishes. It provided shade. It provided food for animals who would visit our backyard. Hugging a tree is not such a bad thing, but Patrick McIlheran and conservatives would have you think so.

Anti-war – it is somehow bad to be against war. No one I know likes war. The military only fights war as a last resort. War causes death. Lots of it. The opposite of anti-war is, I guess to be for war. Is this really what Patrick McIlheran and conservatives want? That says something about their morals or lack thereof.

Peacenik – it is somehow bad to be for peace. See above.

More as they come up. Conservatives are such sad people.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Baseball and Being White

A busy weekend spent with friends talking baseball primarlily, but also some politics, lots of music, what's going on with families, who's died...all done with beer and mohitos. Sadly, an acquaintance of ours from high school days passed away. Al LaLeike was a good-hearted guy. It was always a joy to see him again.

I think I improved my chances to contend for the Little Nine title again this year. The first order of business was a trade to J. I traded Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera, Felipe Lopez and my second round pick for Todd Helton, Grady Sizemore and the top pick in the draft.

Not satisfied, I turned around and traded the top pick in the draft and Grady Sizemore for Ricky Weeks and Vernon Wells.

It remains to be seen whether any of these moves will help.

One thing on "white advantage" a topic of interest in the right wing of the Cheddarsphere. My gosh you people are twisted. It's been a little over 40 years since the Civil Rights Act and already you're complaining. Oh my, your "white disadvantage" has been whittled away a bit (I know you're saying there isn't one, but it's what you sound like).

Got news for you blockheads, we as a nation have a long way to go before centuries of advantage are evened or wiped out. If you think living the black experience as it is for many today is a choice, much the same as the choice all of you get to make in life, then you are more narrow-minded than I ever thought.