Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SpongeBob Going Dark

From Yahoo Finance.

Isn't Time Warner in the Milwaukee area?
'Colbert,' 'SpongeBob' may go dark on Time Warner
Wednesday December 31, 6:52 am ET
By Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer
'Colbert,' 'SpongeBob' may be dropped from Time Warner Cable in fee dispute with Viacom

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "SpongeBob SquarePants" may be getting squeezed off of Time Warner Cable.

Media giant Viacom Inc. said its Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 16 other channels will go dark on Time Warner Cable Inc. at 12:01 a.m. Thursday if a new carriage fee deal is not agreed upon by then."
 'Colbert,' 'SpongeBob' may go dark on Time Warner: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Hardee's Closes Four Local Restaurants

From the Wausau Daily Herald.

"Hardee's closes four local restaurants

December 31, 2008

Hardee's fast-food restaurants have closed abruptly in four north and central Wisconsin communities." Hardee's closes four local restaurants | | Wausau Daily Herald

Workers took down promotional material at the Hardee's in Rothschild on Monday and replaced it with signs that said the restaurant was closed for good. Likewise, the Hardee's in Antigo and Wisconsin Rapids locked their doors. The restaurant in Minocqua also has closed.

The restaurants' owner, Doro Inc. of Eau Claire, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kelly Lake Wisconsin, Oconto County

Here is another view of Oconto County. This time it is Kelly Lake.

How artistic the people of Kelly Lake are. They look almost like snow castles at Berry Lake or Madison or Minneapolis. Darn, did I use the wrong photo again?

Thanks Bruce at Badger Blogger for the photo and thank you the state of Wisconsin for spending our tax dollars foolishly. You can read his post at the link.

Is this a picture where you live? Give me a comment and link to your site to show everyone your great town or residence. Bruce doesn't mind so please use his picture.

P S , Kelly Lake is a beautiful place in our county and has great people living there.

Here is a link to their Web Site.

Beautiful Berry Lake Wisconsin

Picture from Bruce At Badger Blogger

Since state government can make million dollar mistakes. Can't everyone?

This is a view of Berry Lake looking north. Notice the snow castles the kids built over the Christmas week.

Dog gone it! Did I put the wrong picture on this post? Sure looks like Berry Lake to me.

You can read Bruce's post at above link.

Thanks Bruce for the help.

Ps, we here on Berry Lake have our own web site . Give it a look.

Local Unemployment

From the Peshtigo Times.

"Unemployment Up In 4 Area Counties
Unemployment was up for November in the four county area of Marinette, Oconto, Florence and Forest according to a report by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released Tuesday, Dec. 23.

In Marinette County the rate was 7.1%, up from 5.7% in October and up from 5.7% in November 2007.

Oconto County totals for November was 7.5%, up from 6.0% in October and up from 5.8% one year ago.

Florence County reported unemployment for November at 7.9%, up from 5.9% in October and up from the 5.8% recorded in November 2007.

Forest County figures were 6.0% for November compared to 5.0% in October and 5.7% in November 2007.

The unemployment rates for Marinette, Oconto and Florence were above the national unemployment rate of 6.5% for November.

“The latest unemployment rates underscore the challenges we face in a prolonged national economic crisis affecting all states,” Secretary Roberta Gassman said. “In this period of uncertainty, we will do all that we can to strengthen our workforce so that our high value employers have workers with the right skills and ensure that Wisconsin is at the forefront of a national economic recovery.”

Unemployment rates increased in all 72 Wisconsin counties during the month of November. Iron County, up 3.5 percentage points, recorded the greatest increase in rate. The lowest rate for the month was Lafayette County at 3.5 percent, followed by Dane and Buffalo counties at 3.6 and 3.7 percent respectively. Menominee and Iron counties had the highest rates at 9.4 and 9.2 percent respectively. " Peshtigo Times Wisconsin Community Newspaper

On an annual basis, Menomonie, which dropped 0.2 percentage points, was the lone county to show a decrease in rate. The greatest increase occurred in Green Lake County, up 2.5 percentage points, followed by Taylor and Rock counties, which both increased 2.4 percentage points. Twenty-seven counties recorded rates less than five percent in November. Fourteen Wisconsin counties recorded rates higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.5 percent in November.

Unemployment rates increased in each of the state’s 12 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in November compared to October. All 12 MSAs recorded higher rates in November 2008 than November 2007. The Madison MSA had the lowest rate in November at 3.9 percent. The Janesville MSA recorded the highest rate at 7.4 percent.

Preliminary nonfarm wage and salary jobs decreased in eight of the 11 reporting metro areas over the month. The Madison and Oshkosh-Neenah MSAs recorded job increases, while the Janesville MSA recorded no change. When November preliminary job numbers are compared to the November 2007 totals, the results show decreases in job accounts in 10 of 11 metro areas, with one (Oshkosh- Neenah) unchanged.

Satellite Jail In Gillett

From the Peshtigo Times.

"Oconto Co. Board Okays Jail Survey; Debates Raises
After a lengthy discussion at their Thursday, Dec. 18 meeting, the Oconto County Board of Supervisors voted 26-4 in favor of a contract with Kimme & Associates Inc. of Champaign, IL. for a feasibility study consisting of a preliminary description of jail, juvenile, and sheriff’s needs, options and costs, including an assessment of bed rental opportunities and alternatives per the K&A proposal dated July 25, 2008. The cost is $46,690. Only Bill Popp, Gerald Gehling, Eugene Winter and Rose Stellmacher voted in opposition.

Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann said a request for proposal was solicited earlier this year, to look at the jail population, juvenile population, and whether the jail can be updated, expanded, or remodeled. Three proposals were received, and Kimme and Associates was the preferred firm. Asked why the low bid was not picked, Hamann said Kimme gave the best presentation. Gerald Beekman, Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee agreed, saying, “Kimme impressed me the most. They will also do public relations outreach.”

Gehling, a former Oconto County Sheriff, said, “The system is going backward. It is impossible to build in these economic conditions. I don’t agree with going out of town. As for juveniles, I have personal experience - forget it! A waste of money.”

Sheriff Mike Jansen responded, “We’re not asking for bricks and mortar. It costs $250,000 a year to farm out our prisoners. Twenty-one are out now at $40 per day. I can keep on doing that. Is it feasible to build a new facility or continue farming out? Sooner or later we won’t be able to farm out. We ended up putting six in Shawano recently. Forest County was full.”"

Wisconsin Community Newspaper

My problem so far is why spend $46,690 to do a study. Put the money towards more jail space or another officer. Again, why do a study?

Here is something interesting.

Popp urged , “Build a jail near Gillett - centralized. Use electronics. Lots of places don’t have jails right by the courthouse. You can transport.”

“Yes, it can be done by videoconferencing, but various kinds of hearings cannot be held via videoconferencing,” Sheriff Jansen said. Claire Trepanier suggested that a courtroom can be in a new jail.

More jobs in Gillett.

Wonder what people in Gillett think? If it saves tax payers money and helps the jail overcrowding, it could be an option.

News From Shawano, Wisconsin

From the Shawano Leader.
"Man found asleep in salon chair arrested

A 20-year-old Seymour man was arrested Friday morning after being found asleep in a chair in a beauty salon, where he told police he had broken in to go skateboarding.

The owner of another South Main Street business was out shoveling snow shortly after 11 a.m. Friday when he spotted a broken window and blood at Jacky’s Beauty Salon, 619 S. Main St.

Police responding discovered the sleeping man, who had sustained several cuts presumably from the broken window. He also appeared to have been drinking and was in possession of a bag of marijuana, according to police.

The man told police he thought he was at another area business where the owner allows skateboarding in the basement.

He was arrested for criminal trespass, possession of marijuana, underage drinking and bail jumping." Shawano Leader

This is getting really scary in the area.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gov. Waste

With all the tax dollors spent on new construction in Fond du Lac the past how many years, how can this happen. How many times has this happened already, even in summer!

Who is going to pay to fix the problem?

The tax payers agian. Talk about a waste of money!
"Flooding closes U.S. 41 in Fond du Lac County

Posted: Dec. 27, 2008

Milwaukee streets aren't the only ones experiencing problems due to flooding from rain and melting snow.

Flooding also has closed all lanes of U.S. 41 at Hickory Rd. in Fond du Lac County this afternoon. The road remained closed at 5:30 p.m., according to a local dispatcher.

Warmer temperatures and rain caused officials in Brown, Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties to close their snowmobile trails Saturday." Flooding closes U.S. 41 in Fond du Lac County - JSOnline

Free Health Care Everyone Wants

From Patrick McIlheran " Right On - JSOnline . From the Times Online

Is this what everyone wants? I don't think so!

"December 26, 2008
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary apologises after baby was born on floor" Edinburgh Royal Infirmary apologises after baby was born on floor - Times Online

Melanie Reid

A pregnant woman was left unattended for hours and had to give birth on a hospital floor despite her desperate appeals for a bed.

Health board officials have apologised to Lynne Neilson, 36, whose baby started to arrive as she stood, still clothed, in a cold assessment room after hours of waiting to be admitted to the labour ward. As the head appeared, a midwife ran in just in time to put a paper mat on the floor and catch the baby, who had the umbilical cord around her neck.

Mrs Neilson and her husband, Gavin, made an official complaint to the hospital and to Nicola Sturgeon, the Health Minister, after the incident at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. NHS Lothian announced on Christmas Eve that it had begun an investigation and had apologised.

The couple had arrived at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion early on December 5, but went home when the labour slowed. They returned at 7pm and were told to sit in the waiting room. Contractions quickened and Mr Neilson asked repeatedly for help until his wife, in pain and barely able to walk, was finally moved to an assessment room and examined by a midwife.

Mrs Neilson said: “She said she’d come back in 20 minutes and that’s when it all really went wrong, because she didn’t come back. She was seeing other patients.”

Two and a half hours after they had arrived, their baby, Orla, was born. Mrs Neilson said: “The room we were in was cold. There was a narrow trolley – not a bed – which I couldn’t get up on to. I was shouting out – it was so undignified, because everybody in the waiting room would have been able to hear us. I felt a huge pressure and at that point I knew that the baby was going to be born.”

A midwife arrived just in time to find Orla’s head emerging. Mrs Neilson said: “She took control and put down a disposable mat on the floor. She caught the baby – I was standing up and she was born on to the floor. I was very relieved that the midwife had come, because we were panicking.”

After the birth, Mrs Neilson was helped on to the trolley, but the family waited another hour before being transferred upstairs to a labour ward. They said they were told that the room they were placed in had been vacant throughout Mrs Neilson’s labour.

The couple have three older children, who were born in Glasgow, Hong Kong and at Edinburgh Royal, but said that this was the worst experience they have had in a maternity unit.

David Farquharson, clinical director of women’s services in NHS Lothian, said: “This is not the experience we would want any mother or family to have.”

You voters for left, you will not like what you get.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Come On, Your Pulling My Leg

From Real Debate Wisconsin

Rezko attorney 'owns' Obama mansion
Lawyer at firm where Democrat worked receives tax bill
Posted: December 25, 2008
11:40 pm Eastern"
Rezko attorney 'owns' Obama mansion

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

An attorney for convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko is listed as the owner and taxpayer for Barack Obama's Chicago mansion, according to records obtained by WND.

William Miceli is a lawyer at the Chicago law firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland, which also formerly employed Obama.

The controversy began when a website called News and Commentary for Thinking People published a 48-page document that lists Miceli as the owner of the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood.

Miner, Barnhill & Galland was Obama's employer when he did extensive legal work for Rezko, who awaits sentencing after he was convicted in June of fraud, money laundering and bribery-related counts.

Miceli, as a senior attorney at the firm, supervised Obama when the future president wrote letters on behalf of Rezko urging public authorities to award him new public properties to rehabilitate, notes the "Barack Book" website maintained by

WND asked for comment from Obama's transition team and the Democratic National Committee but did not receive a response.

So don't say! This cannot be true, your pulling my leg!

No big deal!

Record Cold For Barack Obama's Inauguration Party


As Rush has said, "God will write this sitcom".

Record cold temps. at O's party.

That's my prediction.

"Stars of Hollywood, high-tech open wallets for Obama party" Stars of Hollywood, high-tech open wallets for Obama party

Stars of Hollywood including Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg and bosses of high-tech giants like Google and Microsoft are opening their wallets to help fund Barack Obama's inauguration party.

Obama, in keeping with his vow to purge US politics of influence peddling, has ordered that the names of all inauguration donors, withheld by previous presidents, be published on the Internet.

Lists of those stumping up for the inauguration on January 20 show that Spielberg and his wife, Kate, each gave the maximum 50,000 dollar donation.

Actress Halle Berry, listed as working for her Bumper Inc. production company, also gave 50,000 dollars, as did comedian and actor Jamie Foxx.

A Sharon Stone, of California is also on the list with a 50,000 donation.

Obama's inauguration fund is also attracting big contributions from titans of the US Internet and software industry.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who served on Obama's campaign economic advisory board, gave 25,000 dollars, as did Google co-founder Larry Page and Google vice president Marissa Mayer.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft gave 50,000 dollars, as did his wife, Connie.

Former basketball star and businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson also gave 25,000 dollars and five members of the family of billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros racked up 250,000 dollars between them.

The fund is required to pay for the long list of balls and other commemorative events on and around inauguration day. Big money donors can expect special ticket privileges and VIP access to events.

The list of fundraisers is detailed on the Presidential Inaugural Committee website at

Obama's committee, in contrast with previous inaugural committees, has already said it will not accept contributions from corporations, political action committees, labor unions, registered lobbyists or non-US citizens.

Good for them.

We shall see, global warming?

Not to speak of all the money that will be thrown around with the rest of America getting by with next to nothing!

The waters will recede, and all that is wrong with America will be good!

O K, we shall see!

Tax Payers Pay For Bailout And The Union Golfs

From Fox News.

With all the sacrifice all tax payers are doing, what gives?

"Autoworkers Union Keeps $6 Million Golf Course for Members at $33 Million Lakeside Retreat

Friday, December 26, 2008
" - Autoworkers Union Keeps $6 Million Golf Course for Members at $33 Million Lakeside Retreat - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

 The United Auto Workers may be out of the hole now that President Bush has approved a $17 billion bailout of the U.S. auto industry, but the union isn't out of the bunker just yet.

Even as the industry struggles with massive losses, the UAW brass continue to own and operate a $33 million lakeside retreat in Michigan, complete with a $6.4 million designer golf course. And it's costing them millions each year.

The UAW, known more for its strikes than its slices, hosts seminars and junkets at the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center in Onaway, Mich., which is nestled on "1,000 heavily forested acres" on Michigan's Black Lake, according to its Web site.

But the Black Lake club and retreat, which are among the union's biggest fixed assets, have lost $23 million in the past five years alone, a heavy albatross around the union's neck as it tries to manage a multibillion-dollar pension plan crisis.

Critics call it a resort for union leaders that wastes money from union dues.

"It's their members' money that they're spending on this thing," said Justin Wilson, managing director of the Center for Union Facts, a union watchdog group. "The union has bigger issues at hand than managing a golf course."

Managing the course may become a burden for the union. The UAW covers costs for the Reuther Center from the interest it earns on its strike fund, according to tax documents, but massive losses in the past five years have forced the union to make heavy loans to keep the center afloat. Critics call it a poor investment for a group with over $1.25 billion in assets.

"Unions certainly have had real estate investments in the past, but investments are supposed to make money, not bleed money," said Wilson.

The UAW did not return calls from, and a spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The Reuther Center is open 11 months of the year to offer courses on leadership, political action, civil rights and other topics; it hosts nearly 10,000 visitors annually. The UAW says it sends workers there to "learn, experience unionism (and) commit to labor's cause," according to their Web site.

The center was purchased in 1967 and underwent massive renovations in the '90s under the careful watch of former UAW president Steve Yokich. "Today's Black Lake might not exist if not for Steve Yokich," said union member Bob Reidt, whom Yokich appointed as Black Lake's director. "Yokich is responsible for rebuilding Black Lake."

The UAW erected a monument to its longtime president Walter Reuther — the center's namesake — which bears an inscription of his words: "There is no greater calling than to serve your brother. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well."

But Reuther, who died in a plane crash en route to the center in 1970, never knew the satisfaction of Black Lake's "well-groomed fairways," a course that Michigan Golf Magazine called a "stunning visual marvel."

Union members can play golf at discounted rates on one of the country's top 100 courses, designed in 2000 by famed course architect Rees Jones at a cost of $6 million.

The center has a storied history. Reuther had his ashes scattered at the site, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz honeymooned there in 1940, well before it was bought by the UAW.

"It's funny that they call it an education center — it's a resort," said Wilson. "If I was a union member, I would prefer that they rented out a room at the Ramada Inn."

Last sentence, what is wrong with a Ramada Inn?

Why doesn't the union sell it to put towards the pension of their members? Heck, they could get 40 mil for it! What is wrong with that?


Friday, December 26, 2008

Black Bear Killed In Wisconsin

From Michigan Hunting Today.

Heard about this and wanted to see how big this bear really was.
"« American Walks To South Pole!
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Wisconsin Black Bear Killed By Combine

Posted by MikeAdams on December 22, 2008" Wisconsin Black Bear Killed By Combine - Hooks & Bullets - Follow us through the woods and waters of Michigan

Posted by MikeAdams on December 22, 2008
What does a combine and a black bear have in common? Nothing usually, but apparently on November 26 they had a corn field in common.

When Neil Schlough took his combine to harvest a cornfield 20 miles north of Menomonie Wisconsin he bumped into what he thought was a dead cow. Instead he found what was a hibernating black bear and a big one at that! Apparently the bear had dug a pit about 18 inches deep to sleep the winter away, that is where Schlough’s combine hit the bear and killed it.

When he hit it the combine pushed the bear about 6 feet before he got the equipment stopped. That is when he found out it was a bear not a cow like he first thought. Now you have to imagine just how big this thing is to look like a cow! It measured 7 feet long and after being field dressed it weighed 618 lbs! It is estimated that it would have weighed between 700 - 720 pounds live! He was definitly corn fed, this one is sure to make the Wisconsin record books!

“He’s going to keep the bear because he’s never had the opportunity, being so busy farming, to do much fishing and hunting,” His wife said, “He said, ‘I guess I’m better hunting with a combine than with a gun.’” This according to the report from the Leader-Telegram article.

The Schloughs plan on having a life size mount made of the bear, the only problem is the taxidermist will have to use a grizzly bear form to mount the animal. The largest black bear mount available isn’t big enough for this Wisconsin bruin!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The 12 Pains of Christmas

It's finally over for today.

We have one more gathering at Berry Laker daughter's house. Weather will dictate Friday.


Update, MERRY CHRISTMAS, doesn't all families go through this?

The Sermon From 'The Bishop's Wife'

From Brian at Space For Commerce.

I always liked that movie but don't see it as often as I would like. yes, something to think about.

"The sermon from 'The Bishop's Wife'

Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.

But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. Its his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.

Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.


Space For Commerce, by Brian Dunbar

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Birth Of Our Lord And Savior

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Merry Christmas

From the Berry Laker family to you and yours,

Merry Christmas

P.S., that's son # 2 on the 12 ft ladder with our Christmas tree.

Theme this year, ( I didn't pick it) Denver Bronco tree.

No, I won't tell you what's on the star.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Packers Bring In Reserve Players

GM Ted Thompson is hoping to find some players to finish up the season against Detroit.

"Lambeau Field shovelers sought

December 23, 2008 " Lambeau Field shovelers sought | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Shovelers are needed to clear Lambeau Field today in preparation for Sunday's Green Bay Packers' game against the Detroit Lions.

Recent snowfall has left the stadium under a blanket of white — enough to warrant removal. If there's more snow during the week, there could be another round of shoveling before Sunday's game.

The Packers need about 350 people and will provide shovels to all those who come. Shovelers must be at least 15 years old and will receive $8 per hour with payment immediately after the work.

Those interested need to report to the Mills Fleet Farm Gate on Lambeau Field's west side, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

Better players and low pay, hey they could win with these new players.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Steve Kagen, Ear Marks For The 8th District

Came across earmarks for Steve Kagen!

Interesting reading!

"Fiscal Year: 2008 Number Cost
Solo Earmarks 13 $6,739,100
With Other Members 13 $18,794,600
All Sponsored Earmarks 26 $25,533,700" Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisconsin) Earmarks Requested - LegiStorm
Green Bay Harbor
(Energy & Water) $4,722,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Wisconsin
Fox River
(Energy & Water) $4,308,000 Rep. Thomas Petri (-WI)
Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Wisconsin
Wisconsin Statewide Bus and Bus Facilities
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $3,283,000 Rep. Paul Ryan (-WI)
Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Wisconsin
Flame & Thermal Protection for Individual Soldier
(Defense) $1,600,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Appleton, Wisconsin Appleton Papers, Inc
High Performance Aluminum Structures and Components
(Defense) $1,600,000 No additional sponsors indicated Clintonville, Wisconsin Utility Tool & Trailers
Austin Straubel International Airport, runway 6/24 pavement reconstruction
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $1,470,000 No additional sponsors indicated Wisconsin
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
(Interior) $1,378,000 Rep. Tammy Baldwin (-WI)
Rep. David Obey (-WI)
Rep. Thomas Petri (-WI)
...more Wisconsin
U.S. Highway 41 Construction Project from Oconto to Peshtigo
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $980,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Wisconsin
High Performance Aluminum Military Trailers
(Defense) $800,000 No additional sponsors indicated Clintonville, Wisconsin Utility Tool & Trailers
 Sturgeon Bay
(Energy & Water) $618,000 No additional sponsors indicated Wisconsin"

The City of Peshtigo for Water System Improvements
(Interior) $492,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Peshtigo, Wisconsin
 College Avenue Bridge Project
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $490,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Appleton, Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Highway 57 Expansion from Dyckesvill to Sturgeon Bay
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $490,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Wisconsin
Outagamie County Regional Airport, improvements
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $490,000 No additional sponsors indicated Outgamie, Wisconsin
The City of Green Bay for Storm water facilities improvements
(Interior) $394,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Green Bay, Wisconsin
City of Green Bay for construction of the Riverfront Boardwalk, as part of the redevelopment plan
(Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) $392,000 No additional sponsors indicated Green Bay, Wisconsin
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, for facilities and equipment for the Family Wellness Center
(Labor-HHS-Education) $383,000 No additional sponsors indicated Keshena, Wisconsin
Green Bay Police Squad Video System
(Commerce, Justice & Science) $371,300 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay Police Department Marksmanship Range Equipment
(Commerce, Justice & Science) $249,100 No additional sponsors indicated Green Bay, Wisconsin
Kewaunee Harbor
(Energy & Water) $212,000 No additional sponsors indicated Wisconsin" 
Restoration of the Cat Islands Chain
(Energy & Water) $197,000 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Green Bay, Wisconsin
 Bay Area Medical Clinic, for facilities and equipment
(Labor-HHS-Education) $192,000 No additional sponsors indicated Marinette, Wisconsin
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, for a mobile health clinic
(Labor-HHS-Education) $167,000 No additional sponsors indicated Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay Public Safety Video Surveillance
(Commerce, Justice & Science) $94,000 No additional sponsors indicated Green Bay, Wisconsin
City of Green Bay Police Department, to install in-car cameras
(Commerce, Justice & Science) $89,300 Sen. Herbert Kohl (-WI) Green Bay, Wisconsin
Shawano County Rural Health Initiative, for rural health care
(Labor-HHS-Education) $72,000 No additional sponsors indicated"

Bailouts and earmarks, Bailouts and earmarks, Bailouts and earmarks, Bailouts and earmarks and we keep electing big spenders in government. Someone will have to pay for these and more!

Please E mail me when your federal, state and local taxes go sky high to pay for all these and a lot, lot more!

I am happy that Obama, Kagen and all the democrats won the 2008 election.


New Year Prediction For The Future

While listening to 1130 WISN had a discussion with my ANGEL

Mike Holgrem

goes to Dallas

or Green Bay

in 09

or 2010.

Yes, pretty vague ,but so are most that have blogs.

Mrs Berry Laker wanted me to put it in writing.

MBL, there you go!

Not saying coach or G M or both. That's as far as I go!

We Are In Trouble

E mail from a friend from Colorado.

We are in trouble...

The population of this country is 300 million.

160 million are retired.

That leaves 140 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school.

Which leaves 55 million to do the work.

Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.

Leaving 15 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama

Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.

Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city
Governments. And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And there you are,

Sitting on your ass,

At your computer, reading jokes

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Joke Of The day

From Email.

The Wongs

Su Wong marries Lee Wong. The next year, the Wongs have a new baby.
The nurse brings over a lovely, healthy, bouncy, but definitely a Caucasian, WHITE baby boy.
'Congratulations,' says the nurse to the new parents. 'Well Mr. Wong, what will you and Mrs. Wong name the baby?'
The puzzled father looks at his new baby boy and says, 'Well, two Wong's don't make a white, so I think we will name him...

Are you ready for this?
.Sum Ting Wong


From an e mail.

This is getting scary!

Green Bay Packers football practice was delayed nearly two hours yesterday after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach, Mike McCarthy, immediately suspended practice while police and federal agents were called to investigate.

After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line.

Practice was resumed today after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Berry Lake Ginger Bread Competition

Berry Lake Friday night ginger bread competition.

First Place - Berry Laker grandson.

Most originality - Berry Laker son # 2

Best Christmas theme - Berry Laker Penelope.

Bailout theme, didn't finish for lack of funding - Berry Laker daughter

Berry Laker son# 1 and Berry Laker son in law - disqualified for using alcoholic ornaments on houses.

Berry Laker friend of son # 2- also disqualified for putting pepperoni on house.

Berry Lake Family Christmas Weekend

It's 11:30 and it's SNOWING

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2008

Socha Christmas Weekend 2008

It's 10:15 pm and we are kicking off the Socha Family Christmas.

This is our last Christmas at Berry Lake.

We first want to thank all our friends and neighbors here on Berry Lake.

Comments before the festivities kick off.

Mr. Berry Laker. I thank God for my family. How blessed I am.

Mrs Berry Laker, "Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f**** Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white a** down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse." (Christmas Vacation)

First Berry Laker daughter, Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.
George Bailey: That's right, that's right.
George Bailey: Attaboy, Clarence.

First Berry Laker son, "Hans and Frans ready to conquer."

Second Berry Laker Son, "Wow, did you guys hear that one?!" and "Look what I can do?!"

First Berry Laker Son in Law, from Wrightstown finest, heck we might as well pull up a chair and have a beer.

First Berry Laker Grandson, "Happy New Year."

Penelope Berry Laker, "How come there isn't any pink on the Christmas tree!!!"

Ray,Berry Laker, friend of son # 2 , I'm never coming to the Socha's again!

The weekend starts tonight to decorate ginger bread houses.

9:00 am (it could be 10:00 a m Saturday we put up the 15 ft Christmas tree and house decorations followed by fun, naps and a camp fire by the lake.

Sunday morning after Christmas is gift opening. Mrs. Berry Laker and I are truly blessed.

I will try to blog of any exciting moments of our family weekend if time permits. Stay tuned.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas 2008

One of my deep down thoughts on life is I wished I could have played a violin. Alas, I am too old to ever learn but thank God for You tube.

It would make most tear up listening to this great Christmas cannon.

Enjoy! The Christmas Canon, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Merry Christams.

Spam Alert

From Lance at Badger Blog Alliance
"Sorry about the spam, folks
Somebody named "Alyysa" apparently got a $12,000 federal grant (you know how well those bailouts are overseen), and she's so excited she's posted comments offering to tell us how she did it on several posts here at BBA.

Please ignore her. Jib will, I'm sure, unleash some sort of computer-fu in the near future to get rid of her. In the meantime, we strongly suggest that you not click on the link she has so helpfully supplied.

UPDATE: Jib says "Hiiii-ya!"" Badger Blog Alliance

Beware of any emails or comments from this spammer.

WDNR Underestimated Again

From WBAY.

What a surprise!
"DNR Underestimated Black Bear Population

Updated: Dec 18, 2008 06:57 PM " WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News: DNR Underestimated Black Bear Population

By Jeff Alexander

Wisconsin wildlife officials now believe they have severely underestimated the state's black bear population. They say the proof of that is no further than the outskirts of Green Bay.

It was last fall Suamico resident Ted Gaura discovered he had a new neighbor living in his woods.

His deer trail camera captured the evidence.

"Obviously we knew that we have evidence right there that there's a bear in the area, and we've heard for quite some time -- there's been different sightings and such -- and then this year again we had one show up on the deer cam as well," Gaura said.

Jeff Pritzl is a wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources. "Right here in Brown County, it's not that uncommon any more to hear about or even see black bears," he said.

Pritzl said the bear population is booming all over the state.

"Based on some of the newer information, we're thinking there could be as many as 30,000 animals, black bears in Wisconsin, whereas we've typically been considering it to be more in the 15,000 neighborhood."

DNR wildlife managers say they've underestimated the bear population in Wisconsin, and they say many of the bears are heading south.

"More people are dealing with bear issues. Where they thought 'I don't live in bear country,' well, more of Wisconsin is becoming bear country."

Pritzl says calls flooded his office throughout the summer and fall.

"Suamico, Sobieski, all the way down into the Hobart area, of people regularly seeing black bears moving through the neighborhood."

For the past ten years the State has paid Lion Crevier to pick up dead deer along Brown county roads. He's not just picking up deer any more.

"All of a sudden, this year, two calls and two bear. Quite surprising to get two in one year, so they're migrating south, I'd say," said Crevier.

The bears were hit by cars in Suamico, not far from Gaura's home.

It's estimated there are now up to ten, living and reproducing in Brown County, including at the Reforestation Camp where signs now warn visitors they may come across a bear.

And Pritzl says for those living in outlying areas, some habits have to change. Bird feeders and garbage cans might not be safe outside at night.

"What that means to people south of Highway 29 is that they're going to have to live like people do in the northern part of Wisconsin and just take into consideration that anything a bear could perceive as food they're going to, and that's going to bring them into an area looking for food," Pritzl said.

Despite plans to increase bear permits by 50 percent, the DNR expects bears to continue moving closer to cities.

"It's different, it's different when you're walking out in the dark whether it's the morning or night and you're hunting for deer and knowing that there's bears out there also," Gaura said.

Appleton Paper Closes Mill

From Wausau Daly Herald.
"Wausau Paper to close Appleton mill by end of 2009; will cut 90 jobs

By Mark Multer • Wausau Daily Herald • December 18, 2008

MOSINEE -- Wausau Paper will close its Appleton facility by the end of 2009 as it consolidates and streamlines operations." Wausau Paper to close Appleton mill by end of 2009; will cut 90 jobs | | Wausau Daily Herald

The closure will eliminate 90 jobs in Appleton and is part of a $6.6 million capital project that will relocate the company's converting equipment to its facilities in Brokaw and Brainerd, Minn.

In addition, Wausau Paper will relocate its Appleton and Brokaw distribution activities to a centralized location that will be determined early next year, according to a company statement issued Wednesday.

The closure of the Appleton facility will take place in phases, beginning in mid-2009, said Perry Grueber, a spokesman for the Mosinee-based paper manufacturer. Employees at the Appleton facility were notified Wednesday.

So where is Steve Kagen on these people that are losing their jobs in the valley? Maybe they didn't contribute to his campaign. Wonder how many people that are losing their job voted for Kagen!

Another mill in the valley closes, can anyone tell me how anyone would want to buy the Kimberly mill?

Maybe Wausau Paper should ask for a bailout!

Comment Section

To some that gave me comments on some of my posts ,

sorry, I had a spammer spam me and deleted some by mistake.

Please accept my apology if your comment didn't make it to the article.

Berry Laker

Buy Ford First


We need to stand up for Ford Motor Company. They are trying to get through this without the handout from government.

No government money, no government intervention, no government takeover.

"Ford says does it not need short-term loans from bailout" Ford says does it not need short-term loans from bailout

Dec 19 11:06 AM US/Eastern

     Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would not need a short-term loan from the government, but lauded the Bush administration's decision to extend aid to its cash-strapped competitors and renewed a request for a nine billion dollar line of credit.

"We do not face a near-term liquidity issue, and we are not seeking short-term financial assistance from the government," Ford president and chief executive officer Alan Mulally said in a statement.

Ford said it hoped to restructure its business without government assistance but requested the nine billion dollar line of credit as a "critical backstop or safeguard against worsening conditions."

The US government announced earlier Friday it would provide ailing automakers with 13.4 billion dollars in short-term financing in support of their restructuring, setting strict conditions to prove their viability.

"All of us at Ford appreciate the prudent step the administration has taken to address the near-term liquidity issues of GM and Chrysler," Mulally said.

"The US auto industry is highly interdependent, and a failure of one of our competitors would have a ripple effect that could jeopardize millions of jobs and further damage the already weakened US economy."

Ford said that while it is working to aggressively reduce costs it will continue to invest heavily in product development, including approximately 14 billion dollars over the next seven years to improve the fuel economy of its vehicles.

Ford said the comprehensive restructuring plan it presented to Congress will allow it to return to profitability by 2011

"While we clearly still have much more work to do, I am more convinced than ever that we have the right plan that will create a viable Ford going forward and position us for profitable growth," Mulally said.

Need a new car or truck,

Buy Ford first.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Custody Case Of Seven Year Old

Received this by e mail from a friend for news out of Green Bay.

I didn't see any coverage from the local T V radio or print media!

It's just disgraceful what some parents and their own relatives do to their children and how the courts take it upon themselves for placement of innocent children.

Green Bay, WI 11/25/08 (AP) - A seven-year-old boy was at the center of a Green Bay courtroom drama today when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

.Read on,

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Green Bay Packers, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wisconsin, We're Next.

"Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts

DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU " Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts

Updated Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 7:10 PM

Albany Gov. Paterson released a $121 billion slash-and-burn budget Tuesday morning that slams New Yorkers with 88 new fees and taxes - even on their iPods.

But it's the $4 billion in new fees and taxes that are sure to aggravate everyday New Yorkers, who would be paying more for a host of services:

      An "iPod tax" that charges state and local sales tax for "digitally delivered entertainment services" - in other words, that new Beyonce song you download.
      State sales tax at movie theaters, sporting events, taxis, buses, limousines and cable and satellite TV and radio.
      Costlier driving with the repeal of the 8-cents-per-gallon sales tax cap on motor and diesel motor fuel, plus and increase in the auto rental tax.
      Tuition increases at SUNY and CUNY, $620 and $600 a year respectively.
      A 50 cent tax on cigars. The current tax is equal to 37% of the wholesale price, or 34 cents a cigar.
      No more sales tax break on clothes and shoes worth $110 or less, except during two weeks a year.
      Higher taxes on wine, beer and flavored malt beverages. He would also impose an 18% tax on non-nutritional drinks like soda.
      The rich would pay more for luxury items through an additional 5% tax imposed on cars costing more than $60,000, aircraft costing more than $500,000, yachts costing at least $200,000 and jewelry and furs costing in excess of $20,000.
      In addition, a host of a fees, including those related to motor vehicle licensing and registration, parks and auto insurance, would go up, as would various state-imposed fines.

Even with the cuts, the 2009-10 budget would increase a little more than 1%, the smallest hike since 1996-97.

For those who voted for the left and the RINO's you soon will get what you wished for!

HIGHER TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that will be only state taxes, wait for federal and local to skyrocket!

Public Service Announcement For Honey

From the Green Bay Press.

You city folks ever look inside a holding tank? It's honey for the honey wagon, SWEET! Some tips for those that don't know about septic systems

"Tips for maintaining your septic systems

December 16, 2008 " Tips for maintaining your septic systems | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

The state recommends these seasonal maintenance tips for people with private wastewater treatments systems:

# If you live in an area without a natural windbreak, you may want to consider installing a snow fence. If you added a layer of mulch over the area, the snow fence will help keep the mulch in place and will trap snow.

# Spread out your laundry schedule to one warm/hot load per day. Use normal amounts of water — the warmer the better.

# Don't leave water running all the time to prevent freezing. A slow trickle could freeze, while a steady stream could overload the system with water.

# Don't add antifreeze to the system.

# If you will be gone for more than a day or two, have someone visit and use water regularly. If you will be gone for an extended period (weeks or months), pumping the tank before leaving may be a good option, but always consult with a professional before deciding to have a tank pumped.

# Fix any leaky plumbing.

# Keep all vehicles (including ATVs and snowmobiles) and high-traffic people or animal activities off the system, all year.

# Make sure all risers, inspection pipes and manholes have tight covers. Adding insulation is a good idea. Unsecured covers represent a grave danger to children.

# If any seeping or ponding occurs, contact an onsite professional.

— Press-Gazette

Lets see, third DWI, 4.9 grams of marijuana and a 4-inch marijuana pipe

Picture and article from the Green Bay Press.

"Police report: State lawmaker urinated along road before arrest

The Associated Press • December 16, 2008 " Police report: State lawmaker urinated along road before arrest | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Rep. Jeffrey Wood admitted urinating but denied he had smashed his vehicle into a highway sign and a snowbank several miles away, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol arrest report. Asked what had damaged to his vehicle, which was missing a front license plate, Wood “suggested it happened during parking,” the report said.

A trooper found two small baggies containing a total of 4.9 grams of marijuana worth about $35 stored in the center arm rest and a 4-inch marijuana pipe, the report said.

The arrest report contains driving records that show Wood was convicted of drunken driving on Aug. 27, 1990, and his license was suspended for eight months.

Months after he got his license back, Wood refused to submit to a blood alcohol test on Oct. 26, 1991, in connection with another traffic stop. His license was revoked for 18 months.

What will his constituents do with him.

Throw the bum out!

Another Great Blog

Another GREAT blog I missed along the way.

The Asian Badger

A Red State Guy Who Moved to Asia.

Bitter experience has taught me that everytime you think no one can be that stupid, you’re proven wrong.

Keep up the GREAT work.

Please give em a read.

2009 Pro Bowl Selection

From A C
"On the NFC Pro Bowl team, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner was selected to start on offense, with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning slated to come off the bench. The other main offensive selections were Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, Arizona wide-receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and Tight End Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. The NFC Defensive selections were led by Defensive Ends Justin Tuck (New York) and Julius Peppers (Carolina), as well as linebackers DeMarcus Ware (Dallas) and Lance Briggs (Chicago).

The AFC Pro Bowl team is led by quarterback Peyton Manning of Indianapolis, with his back-ups being Brett Favre (New York) and Jay Cutler (Denver). The starting running back for the AFC is Thomas Jones (New York) with the wide-receivers being Andre Johnson (Houston) and Brandon Marshall (Denver). On the other side of the ball (defense) defensive end Mario Williams (Houston) leads the way, and he is joined by Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, as well as Baltimore Ravens Ed Reed and Ray Lewis." 2009 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters, Teams Selected - Associated Content

From the Green Bay Press

Two Green Bay Packers defensive backs -- safety Nick Collins and cornerback Charles Woodson -- were named today as starters for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

Congrat Nick and Charles.

Ok, I will read it again. Maybe I missed something, I will read it one more time! No not there!

Where is A Rod?

Come on ! What is going on?

I see Warner, Brees, Manning, Manning, Favre, and Cutler. No A Rod!

For gosh sakes did that Favre guy from Green Bay get in again? Sorry!

That Favre guy from the Jets get in again?

Congrats to all the Pro Bowl picks.

What's that saying "what dish is best served cold"?

Why Not Chelsea?

From Yahoo News.
"Former US President Bill Clinton (L) and his daughter Chelsea Clinton listen to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 2008 in New York. Bill Clinton said he would back his wife Hillary if she became secretary of state but has even bigger political hopes for their daughter Chelsea, in an interview released Wednesday.
(AFP/File/Stan Honda)" Former US President Bill Clinton (L) and his daughter Chelsea ... - Yahoo! News Photos

Where is the outrage?

Another Clinton female dissed by Obama?

Where is the outrage?

A good question for my lefty family at Christmas dinner.

Caroline Kennedy or Chelsea Clinton for New York senate.

I can't wait.

Mountain Ambulance Service Receives Grant Money

From the Capitol Times

"9 Wisconsin fire departments receive federal grants

The Capital Times — 12/16/2008 5:22 am

Nine rural and small town fire departments in Wisconsin will receive grants from the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold has announced.

Feingold set a letter to the ODP last April strongly urging the office to grant applications for Firefighter Grants to communities across Wisconsin.

The nine grants total $650,000 and will be used for training and fitness as well as the purchase of personal protective equipment, purchase of firefighting vehicles and modifications to fire stations.

Communities receiving the grants include the Athens Area Fire Department in Marathon County, Balsam Lake Fire and Rescue Department on Polk County, Hiles Volunteer Fire Department in Forest County, Lancaster Fire Department in Grant County, Lyndon Station Fire and Rescue in Juneau County, Mount Horeb Area Joint Fire Department in Dane County, Mountain Ambulance Service in Oconto County, South Wayne Fire Department in Lafayette County, and the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department in Manitowoc County. " news: 9 Wisconsin fire departments receive federal grants

That's about $72,000.0 per Fire Departments.

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Blog

A new day is dawning for

The New Republican

A good read from good conservative Americans from Wisconsin.

Give them a read.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Packers, Lack Of Leadership

From the Green Bay Press.

Obviously Rogers is not a leader yet if he is barking at players when he couldn't pull it out in the clutch!

"And the frustrations of a rapidly descending season blew open for all to see, with Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy barking at rookie tight end Jermichael Finley for his alignment error on a key third down," Jaguars 20, Packers 16: Out of the playoffs | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

He and Rodgers barked at Finley for lining up on the wrong side of the field on a third-and-goal from Jacksonville’s 5 — after a timeout no less.

Green Bay is lacking leadership! Maybe in 2009 Rogers can become a leader. Not in 08!

Up Date

Green Bay is 5 & 9


From the Green Bay Press.
"Jaguars 20, Packers 16: Out of the playoffs

Press-Gazette • December 14, 2008 " Jaguars 20, Packers 16: Out of the playoffs | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Any comments?

Oh by the way, Jets 31 - Bills 27.

Side note, glad Mrs Berry Laker didn't buy the playoff tickets!

Side note, Roger's passer Rating 87.8.

It's 7:26 p m, it's kind of quiet in Packer country!

Advent - Gaudete Sunday, Rejoice

Gaudete Week

Our week begins with "Gaudete Sunday." Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin. It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, "The Lord is near." This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colored, and the rose colored vestments often used at the Eucharist.

The second part of Advent begins on December 17th each year - this year, in 2008, it is Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent. For the last eight days before Christmas, the plan of the readings changes. The first readings are still from the prophesies, but now the gospels are from the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation. We enter into the story of how Jesus' life began. These stories are filled with hints of what his life will mean for us. Faith and generosity overcome impossibility. Poverty and persecution reveal glory.

Preparing our Hearts and asking for Grace

We prepare this week by feeling the joy. We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand. And so we consciously ask:

Prepare our hearts
and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling
the joy and hope
which his presence
will bestow.

Each morning this week, in that brief moment we are becoming accustomed to, we want to light a third inner candle. Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy. They represent our inner preparation, or inner perspective. In this world of "conflict and division," "greed and lust for power," we begin each day this week with a sense of liberating joy. Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my savior."

Each day this week, we will continue to go through our everyday life, but we will experience the difference our faith can bring to it. We are confident that the grace we ask for will be given us. We will encounter sin - in our own hearts and in our experience of the sin of the world. We can pause in those moments, and feel the joy of the words,

"You are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people
from their sins." Mt 1:21

We may experience the Light shining into dark places of our lives and showing us patterns of sinfulness, and inviting us to experience God's mercy and healing. Perhaps we wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconcilation this week. We may want to make gestures of reconcilation with a loved one, relative, friend or associate. With more light and joy, it is easier to say, "I'm sorry; let's begin again."

Each night this week we want to pause in gratitude. Whatever the day has brought, no matter how busy it has been, we can stop, before we fall asleep, to give thanks for a little more light, a little more freedom to walk by that light, in joy.

Our celebration of the coming of our Savior in history, is opening us up to experience his coming to us this year, and preparing us to await his coming in Glory.

Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hatred By The Left, Palin's Church Burns

"Saturday, December 13, 2008
Fire at Sarah Palin's church
Sarah Palin's home church has sustained over a million dollars damage in a suspicious fire. The fire is being investigated as a crime (Fox). " The Recliner Commentaries: Fire at Sarah Palin's church

Link To Fox Story.

I thought the left is compassionate and kind.

Some tin hat wearing lefty must of done this.

Where is the outrage?

Pro Wrestling In Pulasli Wis.

From Pro Wrestling Digest.

Pro Wrestling in Pulaski, Wi. , Wow, my home town.

Who would of thought!

"NWA Wisconsin @ Zielinski’s Ballroom in Pulaski, Wisconsin, USA" Pro Wrestling Digest » Blog Archive » Wrestling Events List - 12/13/2008

2008 Driver Of The Year


Cousin Carl


Joke Of The Day

E mail from a friend.
Subject: Go Packers - all in jest!


The Green Bay Police are cracking down on speeders heading into Green Bay.
 For the first offense, they give you two Packers tickets.
 If you get stopped a second time, they make you use them.


 Q. What do you call 47 millionaires sitting around a TV watching the Super Bowl?
 A. The Green Bay Packers.

Q. What do the Green Bay Packers and Billy Graham have in common?
 A. They both can make 70,000 people stand up and yell 'Jesus Christ'.

Q. How do you keep the Green Bay Packers out of your yard?
 A. Put up a goal post.

Q. Where do you go in Green Bay in case of a tornado?
 A. To the Lambeau Stadium - they never have a touchdown there!

Q. What do you call a Packer with a Super Bowl ring?
 A. A thief.

Q. What's the difference between the Green Bay Packers and a dollar bill?
 A. You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

 Q. How many Green Bay Packers does it take to win a Super Bowl?
 A. Nobody knows and we may never find out.

Q. What do the Green Bay Packers and a possums have in common?
 A. Both play dead at home and get killed on the road.



Deer Crashes Down, Bad For Business

From the Wausau Daily Herald.
"Fewer crashes bad for business

By Megan Loiselle • Wausau Daily Herald • December 13, 2008 " Fewer crashes bad for business | | Wausau Daily Herald

"Sometimes, I think there are more deer than people," Peggy Olson said, but she estimates this year the business only received 15 calls for crashes involving deer. That's down from about 50 calls last year, though she said the trend is good for everybody.

Someone please call the WDNR, this may help them estimate the deer herd.

For That Special Hunter

From Field and Stream.

Biathlon Babes 12-Dec-2008
Like many of the more exotic Olympic sports, Biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing with precision rifle shooting, is savagely underfunded. And so to raise money for training, the five members of the Canadian Womens' Biathlon Team recently put out a (tasteful) nude calendar. Is this the perfect gift for a Gun Nut or what?" Field & Stream

You Canadians are pretty Lucky.

Hey honey, did you get this for me for Christmas?

Update from Mrs. Berry Laker,"Those darn Canadians".

Wisconsin Summer In 2088

From the Green Bay Press
"Climate change addressed at summit
Public, private leaders share ideas, sign proactive resolution" Climate change addressed at summit | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

From what a Wisconsin summer could feel like in 80 years to what kind of subsidies are available to install renewable energy systems, there were many useful ideas.

What summer could feel like in 80 years.

What a bunch of nuts! And we paid people to attend this!

Diamond Jim, Schools

From Mid Coast Views.

I thought Diamond Jim already made cuts to the budget. Now threatening schools universities and Tech colleges.

""...state budgets ...allow kids to get a good education, and a chance at a good university or technical college education that their families can afford..." Doyle said." So that's what is threatened: our schools, our universities, our technical colleges...These are the areas that determine our budgets...And these cuts could undermine years of careful progress.""
mid coast views

Bailout Wisconsin Style and Diamond Jim Doyle.

Christmas Story

I don't know if this is true or not but I believe in Santa, I believe in angels, I believe in miracles and I believe in God. Received this from a friend by e mail.

Santa and Sarah

Three years ago, a little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa
At the Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin . The child climbed up on his lap,
holding a picture of a little girl. 'Who is this?' asked Santa,
smiling. 'Your friend? Your sister?'' 'Yes, Santa,' he replied. 'My
sister, Sarah, who is very sick,' he said sadly.

Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and
saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue. 'She wanted to come with me to
see you, oh, so very much, Santa!' the child exclaimed.
'She misses you,' he added softly.

Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy's face,
asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas.
When they finished their visit, the Grandmother came over to help
the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but

'What is it?' Santa asked warmly.

'Well, I know it's really too much to ask you, Santa, but ..' the
old woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa's elves to
collect the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors.
'The girl in the photograph... my granddaughter well, you see ..
she has leukemia and isn't expected to make it even through the
holidays,' she said through tear-filled eyes. 'Is there any way,
Santa any possible way that you could come see Sarah? That's all
she's asked for, for Christmas, is to see Santa.'

Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave
information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see
what he could do. Santa thought of little else the rest of that
afternoon. He knew what he had to do.
'What if it were MY child lying in that hospital bed, dying,' he
thought with a sinking heart, 'T
his is the least I can do.'

When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that
evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where
Sarah was staying. He asked the assistant location manager how to get
to Children's Hospital.

'Why?' Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face.

Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah's grandmother
earlier that day. 'C'mon.....I'll take you there.' Rick said softly.
Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa.
They found out which room Sarah was in. A pale Rick said he would
wait out in the hall.

Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and
saw little Sarah on the bed.

The room was full of what appeared to be her family; there was the
Grandmother and the girl's brother he had met earlier that day.
A woman whom he guessed was Sarah's mother stood by the bed, gently
pushing Sarah's thin hair off her forehead.

And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah's aunt, sat in a
chair near the bed with a weary, sad look on her face. They were
talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the
family, and their love and concern for Sarah.

Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered
the room, bellowing a hearty, 'Ho, ho, ho!' 'Santa!' shrieked little
Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her bed to run to him, IV
tubes intact.
Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug.
A child the tender age of his own son -- 9 years old -- gazed up at
him with wonder and excitement.

Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches
from the effects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at
her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to
force himself to choke back tears.

Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah's face, he could hear the
gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room.

As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the
bedside one by one, squeezing Santa's shoulder or his hand gratefully,
whispering 'Thank you' as they gazed sincerely at him with shining
eyes. Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly
the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she'd been a very good
girl that year.

As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray
Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl's mother. She nodded
in agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah's bed, holding
hands. Santa looked intensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed
angels. 'Oh, yes, Santa... I do!' she exclaimed.

'Well, I'm going to ask that angels watch over you.' he said. Laying
one hand on the child's head, Santa closed his eyes and prayed. He
asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her
body from this disease.

He asked that angels minister to her, watch and keep her. And when
he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing, softly,
'Silent Night, Holy Night.... all is calm, all is bright...'

'The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and
crying tears of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed
at them all.

When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held
Sarah's frail, small hands in his own. 'Now, Sarah,' he said
authoritatively, 'you have a job to do, and that is to concentrate on
getting well. I want you to have fun playing with your friends this
summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time
next year!'

He knew it was risky proclaiming that to this little girl who had
terminal cancer, but he 'had' to. He had to give her the greatest
gift he could -- not dolls or games or toys -- but the gift of HOPE.

'Yes, Santa!' Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright. He leaned down and
kissed her on the forehead and left the room.

Out in the hall, the minute Santa's eyes met Rick's, a look passed
between them and they wept unashamed.

Sarah's mother and grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and
rushed to Santa's side to thank him.

'My only child is the same age as Sarah,' he explained quietly.
'This is the least I could do.' They nodded with understanding and20
hugged him.

One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee
for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks
went by and then one day a child came up to sit on his lap.

'Hi, Santa! Remember me?!' 'Of course, I do,' Santa proclaimed (as
he always does), smiling down at her. After all, the secret to being
a 'good' Santa is to always make each child feel as if they are the
'only' child in the world at that moment.

'You came to see me in the hospital last year!' Santa's jaw dropped.
Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little
miracle and held her to his chest. 'Sarah!' he exclaimed. He scarcely
recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were
rosy -- much different from the little girl he had visited just a year
before. He looked over and saw Sarah's mother and grandmother in the
sidelines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.

That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus.

He had witnessed --and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing
about -- this miracle of hope. This precious little child was healed.
Cancer-free. Alive and well. He silently looked up to Heaven and
humbly whispered, 'Thank you, Father. 'Tis a very, Merry Christmas!'

Friday, December 12, 2008

Angel On Top Of The Christmas Tree

Smile, it's the Christmas time of year.

From An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings from Chris from Racine.
"A Christmas Story for people having a bad day.

When four of Santa’s elves went sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her mother was coming to visit which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then, when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang and irritated, Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree." An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

You can go to her site for the picture.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Beach Boys

Little St. Nick

Holy Cow, Bobby Labante

"Petty releases Labonte, now in talks with GEM
By David Caraviello, NASCAR.COM
December 11, 2008
12:08 PM EST" NASCAR.COM - Petty releases Labonte, now in talks with GEM - Dec 11, 2008

Six months ago, the future could not have been more promising for Petty Enterprises and Bobby Labonte. The historic race team had just agreed to a partnership with Boston Ventures, an investment firm that would provide needed capital to an organization with 268 race wins, but none since 1999. The driver had just agreed to a four-year extension, with the promise that there would be a place for him within the franchise once his days behind the wheel were done.

Oh Boy, A Special Prosecuter

An email that was sent to a friend of mine.
From unity

Obama House Parties: Special Prosecutor for Bush

This weekend, Barack Obama's campaign is organizing "Change is Coming" house meetings to transfer the amazing energy and enthusiasm of the campaign over to the hard work of governing. You can search for a meeting near you:

We support all of Obama's top priorities, starting with economic growth based on green jobs, and universal health care. But we do not want him to give in to pressure from Republicans and the corrupt Washington Establishment to sweep the heinous crimes of the Bush Administration under the rug.

This week we asked President-elect Obama to appoint a Special Prosecutor - ideally Patrick Fitzgerald - to independently investigate the gravest crimes of the Bush Administration, including torture and warrantless wiretapping. Our question came in 6th for all questions submitted to Obama:

If you want to help promote a Special Prosecutor, please attend a "Change is Coming" meeting near you:

Share your experiences in the comments here:

Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

Where do we order the tin hats?

Washington D. C. Goes To Pot

From the Wausau Daily Herald

"Wausau Tile secures National Mall in time for inauguration

By Mark Multer • Wausau Daily Herald • December 12, 2008 " Wausau Tile secures National Mall in time for inauguration | | Wausau Daily Herald
ROTHSCHILD -- Call it planter power -- hundreds of concrete flower pots that will bring a touch of greenery to the streets of Washington, D.C., but built tough enough to stop a truck threatening harm to a government agency.

The U.S. State Department this fall hired Wausau Tile to design, manufacture and deliver 228 of the planters to provide perimeter security for its offices. There was only one catch: Everything has to be in place prior to Jan. 20, when Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

My question, how much did each of the 228 flower pots cost?

$1000 each = $228.000.00

$3000 each = $684,000.00

$5000 each = $1.140,000.00

$10,000.00 each = $2.280,000.00

Nobody asked or it would of been printed. Was the price jacked up because taxpayers flipped the bill? My guess 10,000 each.

It's only your tax dollars folks!