Saturday, December 29, 2007
ARE you ready for this,
Press ReleaseMedia Contact: Curtis Ellis 202.225.5665
KAGEN DELIVERS FOR NORTHEAST WISCONSIN
DECEMBER 19, 2007
Washington, DC -- The House of Representatives completed action on the omnibus spending bill that provides funding for the federal government operations and projects for the rest of Fiscal Year 2008.
O K, it is still the Christmas time of year and I am trying to be nice but I can't believe what this guy supposedly got passed.
The measure includes a number of projects in Northeast Wisconsin critical to the health, safety and economic well-being of the people of Wisconsin. What economic well-being?
Before completing action, the House approved the amendment that provides $70 billion dollars in funding for continued military operations in Iraq. The amendment was opposed by Congressman Steve Kagen. “I’m working hard to bring our tax dollars back to Wisconsin where they belong – to Green Bay, to Marinette, to Peshtigo, to Clintonville, to Sturgeon Bay and to Appleton to name a few – but not to Baghdad. What planet is he from? Can we say national security? Where was this guy on September 11, was he pulling teeth at the time? I have always supported our brave troops serving in harms way. No, you are not if you voted "NO" on troop funding!! President Bush has enough money to protect our troops and move them away from Iraq and back after our real enemies, Osama bin Laden and his followers.”Is this guy assuming room temperature? Has there not been Al Qaeda in Iraq? Congressman Kagen looks forward to opportunities in January to meet with local officials, community leaders and residents who will benefit from the federal assistance Congressman Kagen helped secure. Oh, are these people on the dole supposed to kiss his ring? Will he ask for campaign contributions? “Congressman Steve Kagen has been very aggressive in trying to promote the needs of his district and the results show,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (WI-07). Look who's talking, Dave Ope? I'm not going there, we have enough trouble with Dr, K.!
CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED FUNDING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 IN WISCONSIN’S 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (Note: These projects are contained in the Omnibus Spending measure.) Yea, it sure is OMNIBUS!!!!!!!
OK, here's the rest of the story;
1. Peshtigo Wastewater Improvement ( with Kohl) - $492,200
2. City of Green Bay Storm Water Facilities (with Kohl) - $393,760
3. Green Bay Police Department Marksmanship Equipment - $249,100
4. Green Bay Police Squad Video System (with Kohl) - $371,300
5. Green Bay Public Safety Surveillance System - $94,000
6. City of Green Bay Police Department – in-car video (with Kohl) - $89,300
7. FoxComm, Green Bay – implement inoperable communications (with Kohl) - $446,500
8. Green Bay Harbor (with Kohl) - $4,722,000
9. Kewaunee Harbor (with Kohl) - $208,608
10. Restoration of Cat Islands Chain, Green Bay (with Kohl) - $196,800
11. Fox River (from Kohl & Petri) - $4,239,072
12. Sturgeon Bay Harbor & Lake Michigan Ship Canal - $608,112
13. Austin Straubel International Airport Runway 6/24 Pavement Reconstruction - $1,470,000
14. Outagamie County Regional Airport Improvements - $490,000
15. College Avenue Bridge Project (in conjunction with Kohl) - $490,000
16. Highway 41 Construction Project from Oconto to Peshtigo (with Kohl) - $980,000
17. Green Bay Riverfront Project - $392,000
18. State Highway 57 Expansion from Dyckesville to Sturgeon Bay (with Kohl) - $490,000
19. Menominee Indian Tribe Wellness Center - $383,370
20. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Mobile Dental Center - $167,110
21. Shawano County Rural Health Initiative - $ 71,759
22. Bay Area Medical Clinic - $191,685
23. Brown County Oral Health Partnership, Green Bay (with Kohl) - $243,667
24. Free Clinic of Greater Menominee Area, Inc. (with Kohl) - $ 80,606
25. Ice Age National Scenic Trail $1,378,160
Now granted some of these 25 might be needed but are some of these necessary?
Maybe Todd on The Right Side can tell me how many miles of the Ice Age trail is in the 8th district and is spending 1.378 million needed for this trail right now?
THIS IS NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I must be on the wrong side of DR K.
Link to article
Posted December 29, 2007
Let it snow: December snowfall nears all-time record for city
BY DOUG ZELLMER of The Northwestern
Another round of snow blanketed Oshkosh with about four inches of the white stuff fell Friday adding to a near record snowfall for the month.
Where are all you environmental wak jobs on global warming?
So far, an estimated 24½ inches of snow has fallen in Oshkosh this December, which is believed to be the fourth most since at least 1948, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, Champaign, Ill. The agency reported the record snowfall for December, 25.7 inches, fell in Oshkosh is in 2000. Oshkosh’s average snowfall in December is about 11 inches and the normal seasonal snowfall during winter in the city is 41.3 inches.The heaviest snow on Friday fell between noon and 4 p.m. About an inch of snow fell Friday evening with accumulating snow ending by 8 p.m. Light snow is also forecast for Sunday and Monday. Oshkosh received measurable snowfall on eight days so far this month.December has been a snowy month throughout the state. Wisconsin Rapids received a state-high 18.2 inches of snow last weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
These evil capitalist!!!!!
The snow is good news for businesses.Geri Cauley, a floor manager for Kitz & Pfeil Hardware on North Main Street in Oshkosh, said Friday afternoon that snow-melting products are going out the door quite fast.“We still have an ample supply of snow shovels,” she said.Todd Messerschmidt, manager of the Kitz & Pfeil Power Center in Oshkosh, said it’s been “an awesome” month for sales of snowblowers, parts and service. Probably some evil money grabbing republican.
“We haven’t had snow like this in a number of years,” he said. Messerschmidt said their power center in Oshkosh sold 113 snowblowers in about one week after the first storm of the month, when eight inches of snow fell on Dec. 1. These evil guys should of given 113 snowblowers away for free, they can afford it,( again probobly republicans)!!!!
Rural Omro dairy farmer Jeff Bradley said the abundance of snow helps insulate crops already in the ground, such as alfalfa, and prevents the crops from being damaged by ice.“There’s also extra moisture for the fields in the spring,” he said. Officials from the NWS in Green Bay said the 90-day forecast for January through March calls for below normal precipitation and a 30 percent chance for below normal temperatures.It’s just a forecast and the weather could change, said Dan Clark, a meteorological technician for the NWS in Green Bay.“There are so many variables that go into this and it covers a big area,” Clark said.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
You lefty idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A good read about the sub-prime mortgage problems.
This one part caught my eye.
And as Gary Becker has pointed out:
Some have proposed that families should not be allowed to get mortgages if they do not meet minimum standards of income and assets, even if lenders would be willing to provide mortgages, and would-be borrowers still want a mortgage after being informed of the risks. This proposal is a dangerous form of paternalism that denies the rights of both borrowers and lenders to make their own decisions. Moreover, it is ironic that only a few years ago, banks were being investigated for "redlining"; that is, for avoiding lending to blacks and other residents of poor neighborhoods. And that, of course, was evidence of the evil of American capitalism.
This reminds me of old man Potter in "It's a wonderful life".
George gave the cab driver a loan for a house,
to Mr Martini the restaurant owner for a new house in Baily Park,
and what would Potter do, leave them in his run down rental places.
Who are the Potters of today?
Was Potter the evil guy or should George Baily have gone to work for Potter,
what would of happened!
We and they would be in Potters ville and not Beadford Falls.
Let the free market take care of it self and get the politicians and the lefties out of bank financing.
The market will correct.
To those who got a loan and cannot afford it, let the chips fall.
We don't need to punish everyone just for the few!
Let the borrowers and lenders make their own decisions.
Thank God there are George Baily's out there.
Some people may have the chance to get their own house.
If they cannot afford it , don't give them the loan, if they can make it on their own , go for it.
Remember the American dream!
I know times are tough, but I'd rather live in Baily Park (Berry Lake)
and not Potters ville!
Here's an article that sums up what I was trying to say.
From AlterNet the full article.
It's a Wonderful Life and Sub-Prime 2007
By Vivian Norris de Montaigu . Posted December 25, 2007.
George Bailey's Savings and Mortgage Company was never bought out by by bloated oil producers for 50 cents on the dollar.
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You don't have to be an expert at analyzing films or the economy to figure out that the holiday season favorite, It's a Wonderful Life, has never been so right on. George Bailey does indeed represent the American mortgage company which supplied the money for those who wanted to build and buy their own (modest) homes. Mr. Potter is the greedy banker who laughs and offers 50 cents on the dollar to the citizens of Bedford Falls when there is a run on the bank, and on Bailey's own equivalent of the small town mortgage company.
Heck, I know as well as anyone tough times can come any one's way.
I hate paying taxes of any kind, but if you owe taxes, you pay the taxes!
New year brings reminder from past
More delinquent taxpayers will be on Web list in 2008
By STEVEN WALTERSswalters@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Dec. 28, 2007
Madison - About 14,000 more Wisconsin residents and businesses will start 2008 with an Internet hangover, when their names and addresses are added to state government's list of tax delinquents Friday.
A provision of the state budget that passed in October dramatically lowered - from $25,000 to $5,000 - the threshold of unpaid taxes, penalties, interest and costs to have a taxpayer's name on the Revenue Department's online list of delinquent taxpayers.
As a result, the 5,500 names now on the list is expected to grow to more than 19,000.
Bottom line, if you don't want to pay your taxes, let the people that do pay on time see who you are.
Link to whole story.
At least someone is sticking up for the honest taxpayers!
Thanks Rep. Frank Lasee (R-Bellevue)
Link to State list of lazy payers.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
All having a good time, adult beverages flowing at full strength.
Three Olive Chocolate vodka tastes just like chocolate covered cherries.
You know the ones with the white gooey stuff inside the chocolate.
Learned a collage game with a quarter and two empty ice cube trays.
Well, let me tell you, I always wonder about the education of our future leaders.
Politics came up and I asked a 18 year old freshman going to UWM who she would vote for president.
"Hillary Clinton of course"!
I then asked what important thing Hillary has done for you to vote for her?
Dead serious, " Because she has a vagina"
Right out of the NAG's handbook! I am not kidding and yes she was serious about her answer.
Our future leaders in progress! Females must have real emotional problems if they can only vote for a women to just get a women in office!
I have already had discussions about politics with this young lady.
From those discussions she is already indoctrinated from the left.
Not sure where she gets all her information, but it can't be good.
Obviously she doesn't pay taxes or doesn't know , doesn't care about taxes or goverment in general.
You take uneducated young uninformed youths, indoctrinate them daily at high school and collage and you get our future leaders. The teachers union must be very proud of these kids.
I only pray that my two son's have more brains than most that go to post high school education.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Here is link to 2007 spending for the state of Wisconsin.
Here's one from Madison, "Hyperion" , still not sure what $454,981 would be used for?
Here's one from David obeys district "LAUGH YOUR WAY AMERICA" for
$194,968. not sure what that was for?
Another from Madison - "GreenLeaf Market" for $99,859
Makes you kind of wonder how these earmarks get into the budget!
Spending by Wisconsin officials, the top five!
Wisconsin 2 (Tammy Baldwin) - $4,198,122,856
Wisconsin 5 (F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.) - $124,456,159
Wisconsin 4 (Gwen Moore) - $74,958,583
Wisconsin 7 (David R. Obey) - $49,976,671
Wisconsin 8 (Mark Green / Steve Kagen) - $31,734,996
Interesting to look at as I hold my 8% increase in our 2008 property tax bill.
$4600.00 doesn't go very far these days for property taxes.
Bend over , grab your ankles and kiss your hard earned money good bye!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
What happens if you put the word
dem's in a sentence while writing your blog.
You then go to the "check spelling" button and guess what happens.
It tells you it should be capitalized,
Must be an error in the system!
Sorry, if I am writing about dem's , I will not capitalize it or them.
The head nut in the Clinton camp. Interesting she started young, not sure if she ever finished college,(oh, it said she never did) the secret weapon from Wisconsin. By the way, I read that the Clinton camp was handing out Caucaus cards with the wrong date on them. Jan. 17th not Jan 3rd? Wow, was Ms Valmain in charge of that?
I like this comment;
In Wisconsin, Vilmain has helped elect Sen. Herb Kohl and Gov. Jim Doyle, to name just two. She ran the state for former President Clinton's 1996 campaign and Al Gore's 2000 campaign, and she lent a late hand in 2004 for John Kerry. All three were Democratic victories, the last two by less than a percentage point. Wisconsin was the closest state in America in 2004.
I sometimes wonder who was or is in charge for the dem's with all the illegal voting, double voting, triple and quadruple voting in the state of Wisconsin for the past forty years. Doesn't it make you wonder???????????????????????????????????
Back to Ms. Vilmain, working to re elect Diamond Jim would sure not be a part of my resume. Gee, keeping everything organized must be a tough job. How do you keep track of how many times and where each dem votes? I feel for her , she must keep everyone organized! Must have a good data base set up to keep everyone straight.
Well you can read the article from JS online
By CRAIG GILBERTmailto:GILBERTcgilbert@journalsentinel.com.
Must be a slow news day,
(oh ya, it's Christmas day) to have this liberal political campaign worker on the front page.
Let us all remember Ms Vilmain when we get hot and heavy in Wisconsin politics this spring and fall.
I wonder if we will see any dirty tricks out of any of the dem candidates?
I'm sorry, it's Christmas,
To Ms Vilmain and all you dem's and lib's,
Monday, December 24, 2007
two thousand and forty years ago,
a child was born in Bethlehem.
From the church service we attended we are told to think about the wonderful things in life we are thankful for. We are also told to think about the the people who may be going through rough times. For the less fortunate. For we all are God's children.
At church, Father spoke of the atheist people in the world . They must have an emptiness of meaning, an empty purpose in life, an empty reason to not believe in one's own existent. What feelings do they have today. We pray that their life has meaning and they may someday have the love and joy that our God has given us.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
For the first people to visit baby Jesus were the shepherds, the poor of the time. For they watched their flocks and were told in heavenly glory that they would find a child wrapped in swaddling cloths and lay in a manger.The next group to visit our Lord were the three wise men. They followed a star to Bethlehem. For they were of wealth and still came to see the wonder of God through the eyes of his son.
Whether it is the rich or poor, all have room in God's world. All are God's children. God loves us , no matter what sins we have committed. His forgiveness is the many wonders of His world.
With all the gifts we open , with all the holiday cheer we make drink, we reflect on our faith, we reflect on our values , we reflect on our beliefs and all the good in this world. We reflect on what God has given us. And yes we also think and pray for the less fortunate , even for the non believers.
From our family to yours ,
Time will tell us, probably has relation in Green Bay!
No, we Packer Fans are not like you bear fans.
You Bear fans may have won on Sunday but you still aren't in the playoffs!!!!
A Chicago driver faces two citations after a minivan crashed into ABC7's State Street studio Sunday night.
About two minutes into ABC7's 10 p.m. newscast Sunday night when a minivan slammed into the southeast corner of the building at 190 North State. A crowd was gathered outside the studio watching the live broadcast.
"I saw a minivan do about four or five U-turns and then he pulled off to the side of the road and we didn't think much of it but then we were watching the news and we heard a big crash and he was in the window," said Tyler Cloutier, witness.
Police arrived on the scene a few minutes later and arrested the driver who has been identified as Gerald Richardson.
You people from (sorry it's Christmas), you Bear fans, good game on Sunday and Merry Christmas from the Berry Laker .
Link to AV from ABC 7
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Sorry, I do not dislike Mike Huckabee as a person. Like I did not dislike Bill Clinton as our president back in the 90's.
Mr Huckabee is not a huckster but his campaign people are hucksters. I am not happy that his people are spinning things or cannot answer straight forward questions! When fast Eddie Rowlands cannot answer a straight forward question , I have a problem.
I thought the Christmas commercial was nice but don't say the cross in the background was not set up or it was just a book case (which it was)! Admit you did it and move on!
I'm am sick and tired of politicians telling me one thing and doing another. Stand up for your convictions and be proud of your beliefs!
My dislikes are the following.
Mr Huckabee, I dislike your beliefs ( no Mr. Huckabee, not your religion) , I dislike your beliefs on taxes, I dislike your beliefs on school choice, I dislike your beliefs on foreign policy , etc. etc , etc..
Just like Mr Clinton, I disliked his conduct in the oval office, I disliked his beliefs on taxes, ( he said he was not going to raise taxes and then he did), I disagreed with Elian Gonzales and WACO, etc, etc, etc..
When will we get candidates that stand for up for their beliefs and do what they say?
When will we send people to Washington that will not slide ear marks into bills that our children will have to pay for!
I am a strong conservative and will not put up with fly by night candidate's!
"Oh, we can't afford to have Hillary and the dem's take over"!
Whats the difference, we get people who sell us at campaign time and are just as bad or worse than the libs and dems after we get them into office! Need I bring up our RINO'S.
Look who I have in congress, Mr liberal , a democrat Dr K, who is just a mouthoiece for the left. He must of made too much money and forgot what the people in his district need, sorry he being paid off by special interest, unions, and lets not forget the teachers. He needs to go! I only hope we have a strong canidate that can get him out. The big problem is the MSM won't call it the way it is.
I voted for Mr Bush twice, but where was he in his first term? It's nice he is using his veto power, again where was he in his first term? I know we need an energy plan, but we do not to pay cooperate farms with ethanol! We do not need florescent light bulbs mandated to us! Let the people make their own decisions!
No Mr Huckabee, you will not get my vote!
If I have to write in my vote , I will or worst , I do not need to vote. I get the same from most in both parties!
No matter what, Renaldus Magnus taught me that my family will be fine no matter what happens!
Oh by the way, Fred , you got my vote!
This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men; Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb, went to see the baby Jesus and, according to the Book of Matthew, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
"These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often overlooked, theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper.
If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so:"
And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper.
And the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the Snowman.
And Joseph was going to throweth it away, but Mary saideth unto him, she saideth, 'Holdeth it! That is nice paper! Saveth it for next year!'
And Joseph did rolleth his eyeballs.
And the baby Jesus was more interested in the paper than the frankincense.
"But these words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped.
This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics:
1. They were wise.
2. They were men.
Helmets for sledding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you just picture this; little Johnny is racing out the door with
his new sled Santa (oops- there is no Santa) his parents got for
him on Dec 25 ( Someones birthday) "Johnny, do you have your helmet"?
Oh Mom, nobody else wears them"!
"Now you get in here right now and get that helmet or you won't get to
listen to Air America this afternoon with your Father"!
Snidely, wimpy, left wing candy @sses.
Well here's the article from JS Online
Fast, fun and dangerous
With the average speed of a sled reaching 19 mph, some health officials push for wearing helmets
By ERIN RICHARDSerichards@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Dec. 21, 2007
Although she can't remember, Emily Ziebell was probably having fun four years ago while night sledding in Waukesha.
It was close to midnight at Lowell Park, which has one of the best sledding hills in the county, and Ziebell, who had just turned 20, jumped on a snow tube with a friend. The friend fell off while they were zooming down the hill, but Ziebell continued and slammed into a tree trunk, splitting open her skull and crushing her left arm.
Ziebell, now 24, still has speech and coordination issues but has recovered remarkably, said her mother, Mary.
Snow, gravity and speed have long been an exhilarating wintertime combination, but it's also one that produces a small but inevitable number of injuries. Area trauma centers are reporting the usual snowboarding wrist fractures, sledding concussions and ankle injuries, but Children's Hospital of Wisconsin already has admitted three children since Nov. 1 for sledding injuries. That's more in-patient sledding accident victims than in the five-month season last year.
How much to push?
Those figures, coupled with a new study that reports sleds reach average speeds of 19 miles per hour, have some health officials wondering how far to push the helmet issue.
"The challenge that we face is that it's not the norm - nor is it likely to ever be the norm - for kids to wear helmets while sledding," said Bridget Clementi, injury and prevention manager at Children's Hospital and Health System. Clementi said the Injury Free Coalition for Kids recently compared the average speed of a sled at 19 mph with the average speed of a kid on a bike, which is 10 to 15 mph.
Many parents have made it a habit to make kids wear helmets on their bikes, Clementi said.
"We don't want to kill the fun, but we are starting to look at reaching out to parents on sledding safety," Clementi said.
Clementi said parents should be aware of where their children are sledding and be around to supervise if necessary. She said children should slide feet first and parents who ride with small children probably should practice bailing out so the child knows what to do in case of an emergency.
Sledding helmets for sale
Health industry professionals aren't the only ones who have become more attuned to the helmet issue. For the first time this year, Blain's Farm & Fleet stocked sledding helmets beside its sleds.
Blain's supply spokeswoman Renee Tarnutzer couldn't say whether the helmets, which cost about $18 and cover the ears, were selling well, but Thursday at the Farm and Fleet in Waukesha, every sled, toboggan, disc and snow tube was sold out.
Helmets were plentiful.
"I push (helmets) with bicycling; it's an automatic. But we haven't gotten to the point of wearing them while sledding," parent Amy James said Friday at Lowell Park. Around her, children on all sorts of plastic sleds reached the bottom of the hill, hooting and laughing.
James added her family's safe sledding regimen includes choosing hills that are less steep and that have no fixed obstacles in the way.
"I think it's part of how you were raised. I didn't wear a helmet sledding growing up," James said. "But then again, I didn't wear a seat belt either. Who knows? Maybe in a couple years we'll all wear helmets out here."
At the request of Children's Hospital, Waukesha police Officer Jake Trussoni used his radar gun on Lowell Park's sledders Friday. The slowest speed on the wet and sticky snow was 10 mph, the fastest speed, recorded by adult/child teams on sleds and a pair of adolescent snowboarders, was 17 mph.
Sporting a pair of camouflaged snow pants and a new snowboard, Jordan Schimel,12, also wore a black, vented helmet while coming down the hill.
"I don't wear a helmet while riding a bike," Jordan said. "But this is my third time snowboarding, and when I tried it for the first time in Colorado this year, I broke my wrist. I haven't been out in a few days so I thought I'd wear it."
Schimel's friend 12-year-old Chaz Perry said he had a helmet but forgot to bring it with him Friday. It's not that helmets are uncool or anything, Chaz said, but he added he wouldn't want to wear one while sledding.
Mary Ziebell said her family advocates using bike helmets but isn't sure about sledding helmets.
"Could (a helmet) have helped Emily? Maybe," she said. "But it doesn't provide help for everything, and her brain still would have been knocked around. I think it's more important to be extraordinarily careful about where you sled."
Friday, December 21, 2007
You lefties in Madison,
God bless you and have a Merry Christmas !
From the Appleton Post Cresent
Posted December 21, 2007
Christmas makes a comeback nationwide
Green Bay not alone in church-v.-state debate
By Wendy Koch USA Today
Christmas fervor is prompting more communities this year to buck secular efforts to take down Christmas trees or nativity scenes.
Some removed the symbols from public property because of complaints about legality but later put them back. Missouri State University in Springfield re-erected a Christmas tree after a public outcry about its removal, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland ordered two state parks to restore nativity scenes.
"More and more people are feeling empowered" to protest the absence of Christian symbols, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League. He says more than 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas.
Among the flash points:
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt cast a tie-breaking vote in the City Council on Wednesday to keep a nativity scene along with a Santa Claus, reindeer and two Christmas trees on the roof of City Hall. The council put on hold requests for other symbols, including a pole for Festivus, a holiday popularized by TV's "Seinfeld."
The Wisconsin Assembly voted to rename the Capitol's balsam fir a "Christmas" tree. It became a "holiday" tree in 1985. The state Senate has not voted.
In Fort Collins, Colo., the City Council rejected a task force's suggestion that decorations be secular only.
In Columbiana, Ala., Mayor Allan Lowe countered a complaint about the city's nativity scene with a policy allowing seasonal displays on public property.
In Hyde Park, N.Y., a Jewish group rescinded its request to remove a nativity scene after residents complained, says Pompey Delafield, a city supervisor.
"The state shouldn't have a Christmas anything," says Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison. "It's not supposed to observe religious holidays."
The Supreme Court has ruled that a nativity scene cannot stand by itself on public property.
Gaylor says she's gotten e-mails calling her "horrible" names. She adds: "'Grinch' would be mild."
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It's time we show Jessica what real football players look and play like.
When Tony is laying on the cold frozen tundra, he will appreciate the good warm hearted people that we as Packers fans mean to the unfortunate in the world.
I'm sure she will be on the sidelines during the game on the east side of the field in her # 9 jersey.
I know a bank who could help us start up an account to start the donations rolling. I'm trying to get a hold of the banker at this time. When I get more information on setting up an account at the bank, I will pass it on ASAP.
Do I hear $25.00
Do I hear $30.00
If each Packer fan would just donate one dollar, I'm sure Jessica would be able to get to Green Bay and still have plenty left over to give to good charities!
Who will step up to the plate and help get this going!
Pass this on to everyone you know.
Let's get the FOOTBALL Rolling!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a pledge or other ideas or information.
T O must have a chip on his shoulder!
I'm not saying anything but in January , you are welcome in Green Bay Jessica.
T.O. to Jessica Simpson: Back Off Romo
Dec 19 04:53 PM US/Eastern
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Terrell Owens has a message for Jessica Simpson:
Stay away. The 27- year-old singer-actress has become Public Enemy No. 1 among Dallas Cowboys fans because of a link being made between her appearance at Sunday's game and the poor performance of her new boyfriend, quarterback Tony Romo.
"Right now, Jessica Simpson is not a fan favorite—in this locker room or in Texas Stadium," Owens said Wednesday.
The Cowboys lost 10-6 to the Philadelphia Eagles and Romo had what was statistically the worst game of his career, all while Simpson sat in a luxury box wearing a pink No. 9 jersey she proudly showed off for television cameras.
The problem for her is, Romo's previous worst game came last December at home to the Eagles when then-girlfriend Carrie Underwood was in attendance.
"With everything that has happened, obviously with the way Tony played and the comparison between her and Carrie Underwood, I think a lot of people feel she has taken his focus away," Owens said, echoing the chatter on sports-talk radio and blogs. "Other than that, she was high on my list until last week.
"Oh, I got a message for her when we make the playoffs. Just stay tuned."
Monday, December 17, 2007
LM Otero / Associated Press
Cowboys QB Tony Romo finished with a career-low 22.2 passer rating on Sunday. » Romo highlights» 2007 QB leaders
He gladly took the victory.
Westbrook's maneuver with a little more than two minutes left seemed bizarre, but was brilliant strategy. With Dallas out of timeouts, all Donovan McNabb had to do was take a knee three straight times to give the Eagles a 10-6 victory Sunday.
Westbrook gained 24 yards, then stopped inside the 1. He wasn't rubbing it in, just running out the clock.
"It was brilliant," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "He used that Villanova education and transferred it to the football field."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
There are so many of you on the blog that know more than I.
Only conservatives , that have common sense.
For you libs , I'm not sure you would give your children any good advice anyway.
Lib's comments not welcome!
Please pass them along.
Here is the list I started.
Work hard and good things will come to you!
When you make a mistake , try again and don't repeat the same mistake again!
You can get more with honey than you can with vinegar!
Inspect what you Expect!
The glass is always half full!
If you hang out with winners you will become a winner, if you hang out with losers you will become a loser
The three most important things in life and always in this order, # 1 your God, # 2 your family and # 3 your job!
If you believe nothing , you believe everything! (from Rush)
To son number one who sometimes frustrates the heck out of me!
To son number one who you tell him to do something and doesn't do it!
To son number one who is very intellectually smart but sometimes has no common sense!
To son number one who is highly thought of and respected by all who know him! Yes his dad respects him also.
To son number one who I hope has set some goals in life ( I do not know what they are)!
To son number one who his father thinks it is not a good idea that he goes to UWM next fall!
To son number one who his father wished he was like him when he was his age!
To son number one who drives his father up the wall ninety percent of the time.
To son number one who needs to know his father has made a lot of mistakes in life and does not want him to go through the same mistakes!
To son number one, your dad is not the worst father in the world, he is just hard on you for the right reasons!
To son number one who should read these quotes from Ryan Grant since no matter what his father says ,it doesn't matter! You have to work hard to get anywhere in life! Nothing gets handed to you!
Grant overcomes obstacles
Man with a plan had a few detours on road to success
By LORI NICKELlnickel@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Dec. 15, 2007
New Yorker Ryan Grant played for one of the biggest high school football powerhouses out East, Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, N.J., just minutes away from the Meadowlands.
Being the New Jersey player of the year, in addition to a being a bright and ambitious young man, Grant had a plan.
Notre Dame. Draft. The National Football League, maybe even on the roster of the New York Giants.
Funny how those plans get trashed for no better reason than just to test a man's resolve.
Academic probation was not in the plan. Getting bypassed by a friend was not in the plan. Slashing an artery, nerve and tendon and nearly bleeding out was most definitely not in the plan.
Yet here Grant is after all of that, a 25-year-old rookie basically blooming in the middle of the once dormant running game of the Green Bay Packers.
This buy had nothing but time the last two years but he's a whirling dervish right now. One day this week after practice, reporters had 45 minutes of access to players. Well, Grant was lifting weights for 30 of them. Then when he was done, he plopped down to a table with a sandwich stuffed with turkey and lettuce because he hadn't eaten
For 17 minutes, between gulps, Grant considered the various obstacles he's overcome before he was whisked away for an important team meeting for the 11-2 Packers.
"My motto is, it might not happen the way you want it, but if you keep working, hard work really does pay off," said Grant. "It may not pay off right away. Or, how you think it's going to pay off. But in the end it does pay off. I'm not the only guy that was told he was going to get drafted that didn't get drafted. You know?"
Oh yeah, that too. With Grant there are so many little twists to his story. Where to begin?
Well, the academic probation is a good place because it is so shocking. Not just in that it happened, but how Grant responded.
Grant played for Notre Dame as a true freshman in 2000 but he had to sit out the next season because his grade point average fell just below a 2.0, 'C' average, he said.
"I was working my ass off, too," said Grant. "I was playing as a freshman, so I was trying to focus on ball. Well, we weren't winning, I was frustrated, I wasn't playing as much as I would have liked to have played. And school was tough. I learned if I don't get enough sleep I can't do anything well. So it was a lot."
Grant changed direction his sophomore year. He sought individual help from professors and learned what time management really means. He didn't get straight 'A's but he graduated with two degrees - in sociology and computer science - from one of the best academic institutions in the country.
And he became good friends with Julius Jones, another running back at Notre Dame. On the field his second year of football, in 2002, Grant starred at Notre Dame with nine touchdowns and 1,085 yards, just the seventh time Notre Dame had a 1,000-yard rusher. Jones was always there to advise. But then in 2003, Jones returned from his own academic probation and, with
Grant not playing as well as before, Jones took over the bulk of the carries. Grant's total yardage dropped to 510.
In Grant's final year, 2004, he started all nine games but was also had an injured hamstring. He had just 515 yards.
So even though Grant left as the 11th ranked running back in Notre Dame history with 2,220 rushing yards with a 3.9 average per carry and 18 touchdowns, it was like he finished with polite applause rather than a thunderous ovation.
The NFL general managers took a pass draft weekend, including Green Bay's Ted Thompson, who was set with Ahman Green.
Grant landed on the Giants' practice squad as a free agent in 2005. He had taken a few detours, sure, but was still somewhat on plan.
Tiki Barber was the man in New York then and the Giants had other up and coming running backs as well. Still, Grant expected to challenge them all in 2006.
But in March of that year, Grant was in Manhattan nightclub when he said he lost his footing after being bumped in the crowd. Grant said he wasn't inebriated when he reached out to catch himself. Unfortunately, his hand came crashing down on glassware on a table.
A deep gash stretched from the middle of the fleshy part of inside forearm and snaked all the way up to his wrist six inches later. He'd cut a tendon, the ulnar nerve and an artery. Losing a lot of blood rapidly, Grant was rushed by ambulance to the hospital and then rushed right in to surgery.
"At first they were testing me, like, 'Can you move the hand?'" said Grant. "I was like, nope. I had to have my arm repaired. I had major, major amounts of stitches."
Grant's close friend, New York defensive end Justin Tuck, who came in with Grant in the same recruiting class at Notre Dame, said there was, initially, grave concern for Grant over the blood loss.
"Did he tell you I told him not to go out that night?" said Tuck. "It was my birthday and I wasn't even going out. But I kind of wish I would have I would have been there. It was definitely scary. At first, people thought he wouldn't even survive surgery because he lost a lot of blood. It wasn't a good couple of days for either one of us."
Pulling through, the concern then turned toward Grant's football future.
"I asked the surgeon, all right, shoot me straight, what's up? Am I going to be able to play again?" said Grant. "He told me, 'You should be fine.' He said if everything went alright, I might be able to come back that year but the Giants put me on IR. It was a long year, every day, twice a day sometimes, all different types of rehab."
After a year off, Grant returned in 2007 to find a Giants team loaded at running back with Derrick Ward, Reuben Droughns, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
A thousand miles away, however, the Green Bay Packers had one of top three quarterbacks in the game, a crazy five-receiver formation brewing, a threat at tight end and almost no one to run the ball. The Packers didn't even wait to see if Grant would make New York's final roster cuts. Green Bay gave up a sixth-round draft pick for Grant.
"I didn't think he would get a shot as quick as he did, but I knew what kind of back Ryan was," said Tuck. "And I knew he was a smart football player, he could definitely pick up things a lot quicker."
When Grant arrived in Green Bay on Sept. 1, his head was swimming. This was a whole new playbook, peer group and environment. He had loose ends all over the place back at home in New York. But Grant had the one thing that kept him grounded from the day he got here: appreciation.
After everything he'd been through at Notre Dame and New York, he was willing to do whatever it took to make this work in Green Bay. Within in a week he was comfortable with the Packers offense.
"I think it matters to him, and that shows up. That's obvious," said Packers running backs coach Edgar Bennett. "Most guys say, 'Well, Ok, I want to make the most of the opportunity.' Well, when the opportunity comes, are you ready? He fully understood what it took when the opportunity came. From the moment he got here, he prepared like he was the guy, so there's no surprise to anyone in here that he's having this success."
Grant took over for DeShawn Wynn at Denver on Oct. 29 in the second quarter and got the first 100-yard rushing game for the Packers. Six weeks later he posted a personal best 156 yards on 29 carries (5.4 average) and a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers' 38-7 rout of Oakland on his 25th birthday.
"He was always driven but he's at another level now," said Tuck. "In college he was always the earliest to workouts. Or if we had six days off he would take two. He would show up weeks before anybody had to be there.
"It worked out the best for him and I think everybody is happy about that."
Good luck Son number one.
Work hard and good things will come to you!
When you make a mistake , try again and don't repeat the same mistake again!
You can get more with honey than you can with vinegar!
Inspect what you Expect!
The glass is always half full!
If you hang out with winners you will become a winner, if you hang out with losers you will become a loser!
The three most important things in life and always in this order,
# 1 your God, # 2 your family and # 3 your job!
If you believe nothing , you believe everything! (from Rush)
There's a big world out there, the sky's the limit!
You'll do just fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your Dad, who is proud of you.
We pay taxes upon taxes and what services are we getting for it.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
From the Wausau Daily Herald.
Posted December 14, 2007EDITORIAL:
Senate to tear up school tax formula
Senate Democrats are making a revolutionary revision of school taxes in Wisconsin one of their top priorities for the coming session.
In a meeting Thursday with the Daily Herald's Editorial Board, Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker said he and his colleagues will introduce a measure exempting the first $60,000 of a home's value from local school taxes.
That would ease the burden on low- and middle-income folks but bring less money to school districts. To make up for the loss, tax rates on home values above $60,000 would be raised -- a rate that also would apply to commercial and industrial properties.
For example, the owner of a $150,000 home would pay no taxes on the first $60,000 of the home's value, but a higher rate on the remaining $90,000 of value.
Decker, a Weston Democrat, said details of the plan still are being worked out. But it's an intriguing idea.
Not too long ago, homeowners paid for about half of all local school costs. The other half was paid for by businesses, either directly through property taxes or indirectly through taxes on equipment and other property that was funneled through the state and then to districts.
Not anymore. Business lobbyists, arguing that the tax burden on them drives jobs out of Wisconsin, got many of those taxes repealed or reduced.
"The result is that today, homeowners pay about 70 percent of all school costs," Decker said. "We're just trying to restore some of the balance."
How much balance? Decker can't say.
The proposal hasn't been fleshed out enough for him to attach any sort of dollar amount to it -- he can't tell the owner of an $80,000 home how much he might save, or the owner of a $5 million business how much more she might pay.
But he said Democrats in the Senate are serious about the measure. When asked to name his top priorities for the coming term as majority leader, it was the first thing Decker mentioned.
It's worth noting that the measure doesn't address overall school spending. If a district collects $50 million in local property taxes today, it still would collect $50 million -- if all else remained the same -- if the proposal were enacted.
We'll withhold judgment until the Senate offers a final draft and we're all able to see what it means to individual property owners.
But homeowners feel, with more than a little justification, that they're getting hammered while big business is getting a cheaper and cheaper ride. If legislators can find a way to restore some balance without costing jobs or placing more of a burden on small businesses, they'll have achieved something.
Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker also told the Daily Herald's Editorial Board that he and his colleagues soon will advance a measure calling for public financing of state Supreme Court elections.
That can't happen a moment too soon.
Annette Ziegler, the most recent justice to assume a seat on the high court, is a poster candidate for public finance. Already she has admitted to violating ethical standards by ruling on cases in which she had a personal financial interest.
And on Wednesday, the Supreme Court deadlocked on a decision after Ziegler was forced to step aside because she had taken campaign money from lobbyists involved in the case at hand.
Again, Decker wasn't versed in the specifics of the plan. But it's insane to allow special interests to essentially buy seats on the state's final arbiter of disputes.
We look forward to hearing more on this topic from the Senate.
Wow, what a great idea!
How many tax payers in Wisconsin have a home for $60,000.00 or less?
So property owners would save on the first $60,000.00 and businesses would pick up the difference in their taxes.
Business taxes go up,
employers cut back on help,
employee's make less money
or worse yet get laid off,
employee's now out of work and collect unemployment,
Employers taxes go up again to pay for more unemployment benefits,
Employers go out of business or
move out of the state?
Where, when or how will it stop?
You people keep electing these tax and spend liberals and rino's.
You get what you vote for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(just like Pepsi Max) - WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
with all the money being sucked out of the taxpayers in
the Milwaukee area , how can this happen. Even Germantown
wonders why they got them.
Timing of gift questioned
MATC gives computers to Germantown library
By TOM KERTSCHERtkertscher@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Dec. 14, 2007
Five years ago, after the Germantown village administrator complained about services being provided by Milwaukee Area Technical College, MATC responded by donating wireless laptop computers and related equipment worth $65,000 to the Germantown public library.
The computers weren't for use in any MATC courses, but rather for use by Germantown library patrons.
This week, without any request from Germantown, MATC gave the library 20 new laptops worth $30,000.
The new computers have some Germantown officials questioning the timing of the donation, given that Germantown is trying to secede from MATC because of rising property taxes.
Some also are asking how MATC can afford to give away nearly $100,000 in computer equipment that is not used for MATC instruction.
"Does MATC just have computers laying around?" Germantown School Board Vice President Michael Schultz said.
In the Waukesha County Technical College District, which Germantown is seeking to join instead of MATC, no new computers are donated to the community, and used ones are put up for bid.
"All of our equipment would be related to WCTC classrooms," said Ann Moore, a WCTC spokeswoman.
MATC's first donation of computers to the Germantown Community Library was made in 2002. It included 20 wireless laptops, two spare laptops, related equipment and $6,000 for tables and chairs, according to MATC records.
MATC President Darnell Cole asked the MATC board to approve the donation, saying Germantown's village administrator had "raised concerns about the type and quantity of services" the school was providing village residents.
The board approved the donation, which was to establish a learning center, although no promise of future computer donations was made, the records show.
Jim Gribble, MATC's marketing director, said the first donation was "viewed as a long-term commitment, and we are continuing to fulfill that" with the second donation.
"They were given to the library with the goal of generally enhancing learning opportunities for library patrons," he said.
According to Gribble, no approval from the MATC board was needed for this week's donation of HP Compaq business notebooks since it was a planned replacement of the first computers.
Germantown Village Trustee Mel Ewert said he recalls hearing talk of the second donation of computers before Germantown officials began considering a possible secession from MATC.
But other Germantown officials questioned the second donation.
"Interesting timing, I would say," Schultz said. "Were a donation offered to me at a time when we are thinking of severing our relationship, it would be hard to accept it."
Said School Board member Bruce Warnimont: "The timing speaks for itself."
At the urging of the Village Board, the Germantown School Board voted unanimously in September to seek to move Germantown from MATC to the Waukesha County Technical College District, which has a property tax rate that is about 60% of MATC's.
Germantown Village President Tom Kempinski said the computer donation would not discourage Germantown officials from proceeding with the secession petition.
He said, however, that MATC should pay more attention to Germantown, particularly if the secession petition fails.
"Efforts such as this would go a long way," he said of the computers. "Germantown has got to get something for all the dollars it contributes to MATC."
Gribble said that while MATC has not made similar donations of computers to other communities, it has established learning centers in other communities.
Michael Townsend, the new regional vice president of MATC's Mequon campus, said his campus is looking at offering workshops at the Germantown library.
I wonder if our local library should go to NWTC for new or even used Laptops or computers.
Hey what about the Gillett school board? Hey "wake up people" ( I like Pepsi Max) and ask NWTC for new or used computer equipment. Even if it is used, you still might get some use out of it.
It sure seems that when the jacked up our school taxes they could try to get something for free, Were paying taxes to the tech schools anyway.