Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Cup Series Qualifying 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 10
Gatorade Duel 2 p.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 14
Daytona 500 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 17
By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COMJanuary 7, 200808:33 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark Martin, who came within a half-car-length of winning the 2007 Daytona 500, announced a 26-race Sprint Cup schedule Monday, including a Daytona 500 rematch, 23 other point races and two special events.
Martin will kick off his 2008 season and debut in the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet with his record-extending 20th consecutive Budweiser Shootout. Following the 50th Daytona 500, Martin will run the next three events, at Las Vegas, California and Atlanta, before giving way to youngster Aric Almirola, who will run at Bristol and the 11 remaining Sprint Cup point events.
"Gillett Time" Dated January 30,2008
The article talks about the "Revitalize Gillett Mission Statement."
To those that want to know about the program. From its web site it reads;
Revitalize Gillett – A short history
In June of 2002, the
city of Gillett was accepted into the Wisconsin Main Street program in which
downtown revitalization is based on historic preservation. A non-profit
501(c)(3) corporation was formed called “Revitalize Gillett, Inc.” It is
governed by a fifteen-member board of directors with Wayne Strei as its
Oh boy, it was one of those 501 (c) 3 groups, whatever that means. It was a good idea for the town of Gillett to do a main street make over to get more excitement , and in the end, increase more businesses for the city of Gillett. We even had Governor Barbara Lawton (oops, Diamond Jim hasn't been pulled from office yet), I seem to recall present us with thousands of dollars of grant money (our tax dollars) from the state. The town even planned and started ATV Adventure Weekend? It puts Gillett on the map with vast numbers of ATV's all over town.
Well as Kurt Darrow discusses in his article, they are questioning whether they should keep the Main Street Program going forward. Guess what, all that grant money is gone. The endles bag of cash is running low!Between a paid manager and running of the office, the money is drying up. Should they focus on fundrasising? Should they let the program die on the vine, what to do, what to do.
I commend the people involved with Gillett's Main Street Program. They meant well but it seems it just didn't pan out. Back around 02 they had a survey. One of the questions as I recall was to the graduates and some of the children from Gillett High School. What will you be doing after you graduate? The answer - Move out of Gillett! Wow, I was just blown away! Gillett needed to grow business to grow the population of this quant little town in Northeastern Wisconsin.
I discussed the wild idea that Gillett should work on increasing businesses and more people would move to the town. "Hey, what about a smaller Wal Mart". Wow, I could of been shot after that comment. Well at the time, maybe not a Wal Mart, how about a Menards, how about a UPS hub, how about, I don't know, anything. Build a large hotel like Suring was going to do. You want to bring people to town but there's no place for them to stay. How about a hotel Water Park. You think I'm crazy, maybe Revitalize should give it some more thought. Concentrate on bringing business to town and things can start to grow. Too many people have their minds set! They don't look beyond the tree's. If they would open their minds they may see the bigger picture.
Here's my problem ! Free Money!
Well, from the begining the thousands of dollars in grant money was in my opinion thrown around like slop at the pigs feed trough. I heard about limo rides , fancy dinners, etc, etc,. payrole just ate up a lot of funding. Whether its Washington D C , Madison or Gillett Wisconsin, it all the same. Hands are in the taxpayers pockets looking for free money! Grants, subsidies, welfare, earmarks by Steve Kagen, what's the diffrence. Everybody wants free money, and when they get it, it's like a kid in a candy store.
Gillett is a fine town. I am proud to call it my home. It will take someone who can take control and direct the people of Gillett to expand the life of this small town. Downtown lights, tree's or flower pots will not make people move to Gillett. If Gillett cannot grow the population than do what it does best. Expand the county fair, expand the ATV weekend. Open a atv trail south. Why will ATV drivers drive all the way to Gillett and you offer them no place to stay. Hey group, let think about it. No idea is stupid! A dumb question is a question that is not asked!
To the Gillett Main Street Program. The bottom line, if you get grant money or raise money from fundraising, spend it wisely.If your going to get federal or state funding , don't peeeee it away. You know it's our ( Tax payers) money! Good luck to the city of Gillett. A lot of people are depending on you to do the right thing. Remember what charactor means - doing something good when no one is watching.
Posted: Jan. 18, 2007
Washington - For new members of Congress, it's normally good to be noticed.
But doctor-turned-congressman Steve Kagen can't relish the kind of publicity he's getting lately.
We all need to remember what Mr. Kagen had done in the past and can do at anytime.
You make the descion! Let's send Dr. Kagen back to private practice
Reporter: "Yes or no? Did you tell (Rove) you kicked his ass?"
Kagen: "I'll stick with my statement."
Reporter: "That you kicked his ass?"
Kagen: "Any other questions?"
And this one:
Reporter: "Yes or no? Did you say it?"
Kagen: "I've answered your question."
Reporter: "You didn't answer the question, yes or no, 'Yes, it's true,' or 'No, I didn't say it,' or, 'I was just kidding around. . . . ' Why can't we get a yes or no?"
After the news conference, editorials appeared in the Appleton, Green Bay and Milwaukee newspapers chastising Kagen.
Saying the Democrat showed signs of being a "loose cannon" during the campaign, the Appleton Post-Crescent declared, "Boom goes Dr. Millionaire."
This is my own personel post! You hucksters,ronald paul's and johnny mac people, please go away!!!!!!!
From My Way News
In Wednesday's debate, McCain suggested he opposed tax cuts because they were not accompanied by cuts in spending.
Challenged on his changing story, McCain said he does think lower and middle income people need help. But then he said he opposed tax cuts that were not accompanied by spending restraints. He meant the Bush tax cuts.
"I made it very clear when I ran in 2000 that I had a package of tax cuts which were very important and very impactful, but I also had restraints in spending," he said.
"And I disagreed when spending got out of control. And I disagreed when we had tax cuts without spending restraint," McCain said.
He added: "And guess what? Spending got out of control. Republicans lost the 2006 election not over the war in Iraq, (but) over spending. Our base became disenchanted.
"If we had done what I wanted to do, we would not only have had the spending restraint, but we'd be talking about additional tax cuts today."
Spending was not why McCain said he opposed President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.
In 2001, McCain said the $1.35 trillion tax cut benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
"I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief," McCain said then.
McCain tried but failed to amend the bill to reduce income tax cuts for the wealthiest and give greater benefits to those earning less. He and Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island were the only Republicans to oppose the 2001 tax cuts.
At the time, McCain was still at odds with Bush, who had dealt McCain a stinging defeat in the race for the GOP presidential nomination just one year before.
In 2003, McCain opposed a $350 billion tax cut sought by Bush, this time arguing there should be no tax relief while the cost of the Iraq war and its aftermath were still unknown.
"The tax cut is not appropriate until we find out the cost of the war and the cost of reconstruction," McCain said then.
One more Republican senator, Olympia Snowe of Maine, teamed with McCain and Chafee to oppose the 2003 tax cuts. They and Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio teamed to limit the size of the tax cut to $350 billion, half the size of what Bush originally wanted.
Incidentally, public opinion surveys do not back up McCain's claim that Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006 over the issue of spending.
Associated Press-Ipsos polling that tracks what people consider the most important issues facing the country picked up hardly anyone citing government spending or the federal deficit as an important problem in 2006. Rather, polling said the economy, Iraq, terrorism and scandals and corruption in government rated highly in 2006.
By Libby Quaid
Need We Say More!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Airport found legitimate in troop treatment
By Audrey Hudson
January 31, 2008
The Oakland International Airport did not break any laws or regulations when it denied 200 Marines and soldiers access to the passenger terminal during a layover last year from Iraq to the troops' home base in Hawaii, the Transportation Department says.
The Sept. 27 layover was the last stop for fuel and food, but the troops, who were returning from a tour in Iraq, were denied access to food and bathroom facilities.
What a bunch of CRAP!!!!!!!!
From the Washington Times.
I'm sure Johnny Mac had no problems with this! How about the Huckster? Calling Ron Paul?
From October 1, 2007-December 31, 2007,
John raised $201,651 for his potential run for the 8th Congressional District.
From WisPolitics J G press release
Steve Kagen raised $192,002.
So far in the campaign, 62% of John's contributions have come from individual contributors.
On the other hand, Steve Kagen has received 62% of his contributions from Political Action Committees.
66% of John's contributors are from the 8th Congressional District and 89% are from Wisconsin.
62% of John's contributors gave less than $100 - the surest sign of a strong
Hummmmmmm, Steve, 62% came from PAC's?
Hope no one thinks I might have a certain slant on my posts?
Naw, oh shucks, not little old me!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Appleton lawmaker to introduce smoking legislation
Proposal to be modeled after city's law
By Ben Jones Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
MADISON — An Appleton lawmaker said Wednesday he is introducing legislation to enact a statewide workplace smoking ban even as similar legislation stalled in the state Senate. "It will take Appleton as a role model and apply Appleton's smoking ban statewide, without exceptions," said state Rep. Steve Wieckert, R-Appleton.
I'm not from the Fox Valley but would like to know if Mr Wieckert is a _ _ _ _ ? I'm not sure what to say. Is Mr. Wieckert a Republican? Does he care for the people of Appleton and the State of Wisconsin? If he really cares about a smoking ban, why not just submit a bill to ban all forms of tobacco.
JUST BAN IT!
Take it away like prohibition, how long did that last!
I quit using tobbaco 5 weeks ago and it is a tough habit to break. I will tell you if tobacco is legal than it is up to each individual to make their own choices! Businesses have the right to have smoke or smoke free establishments. People have the choice to go to smoking or non smoking establishments. Smokers have the right to smoke or not smoke!
Wieckert's bill would force a statewide ban Jan. 1, and would apply to restaurants and taverns.z
Mr. Wieckert, where will it end? People's cars, houses, garages, how far will the no smoking radicals take this. Why not put smokers in a leper colony? Hey, again I quit but that was my choice. This country was built on freedom.
I guess we're back to square one," Breske said. Taverns need more time to deal with a ban so owners can decide whether to remain in business, he said. If there is a ban, many bars, particularly in northern Wisconsin, will be forced to close, Breske said.
You darn right bars will close! and what will happen? Oh this is great, let another business close down.
Do they realize what will happen.
First the bars close. Then the state gets, lost state tax income, lost alcohol tax income ( beer and booze), lost property tax income, lost wages to emplyee's, now add unemployment benifits, lost jobs from food sales like Tombstone, Jack's, Frito Lay, Mrs Karls bread, Reinhart wholesale foods, meat distributors with chicken wings, patties and BBQ, soda companies like Pepsi, Coke, Sun Drop. Oh and what will towns and cities do when they lose money from a tavern licence. Some licences run 10,000 to 20,000 dollors. Where will these guys come up with the lost state income? Oh thats right Diamond Jim told us the state has a surplus! Yea right!
Oh, by the way, will these laws apply to reservation casino's? Diamond Jim, what's the answer?
Breske also said the main argument made by supporters of the ban — secondhand smoke was harmful to employees and patrons in bars and restaurants who have to breathe it — is "hogwash."
I like this guy, Where's he from again.
The point is if it's legal , let it go, If you don't like it then BAN it. But if you do then where are you going to find the lost tax revenue. Who's going to pay for the children?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I will first say I am no scientist. Mark Belling once said that he doesn't believe in wind chill factors. The temp. is what it is . Throw out the idea of wind chill. ten below is colder than 10 above, 25 below is colder than 5 above. Cold is cold! Dress for it!
Here's my question.
I'm traveling in my car on my way to Green Bay.
The temperature gauge shows the outside temp at 15 below 0.
I'm traveling 60 MPH.
What is the wind chill? From weather.gov
The Wind chill from there chart shows the wind chill at 55 below 0.
If the wind chill is 55 below, how come my gauge doesn't change to -55?
Why does it stay at 15 below?
Shouldn't my car feel like 55 below .
Is my car conservative or liberal?
Should I ask my car if it feels cold and give it some compassion or maybe government subsidies to help it!
Hillary, if it feels -55 than it should be - 55? What will you do for my car?
No, I do not talk to my car unless I'm low on gas and a station is not in site.
Until proven different , I'll pass on wind chill.
Also, when I was a kid 40 years ago, I don't remember so many school closings. The teachers just had a vacation. Hey, let's give em another raise. WEAC sure has it made!
Dress for the conditions!
Conservatives are down to two serious candidates for the nomination. One
candidate, Mitt Romney, has tried hard to convince us his recent conversion to
the cause is legitimate. (And he
succeeded with Florida conservatives.) The front runner, Sen. McCain, has a
history of thumbing
his nose at us. If he’s going to be the nominee I want to give McCain ample
opportunity for him to convince us he’s one of us.
I give Sean credit for keeping an open mind. Sorry it is hard to believe someone after McCain/Fiengold, the gang of 14, amnesty for illegal aliens, voted against tax cuts, etc., etc., etc..
Utter disgust, flip flopping RINO's are not my cup of tea.
Dick Morris on the Election last night on H & C (paraphrasing). The conservatives are moving to the left. What in God's name are people doing? I think the libs in Florida didn't have anything to vote for so they just voted for McCain to stir up the pot.
I can't believe I'm saying this- maybe let it go , even with Hillary in office , my family will be O K.
As Rush or Mark B said yesterday (not sure), we had to have Jimmy Carter to get Ronald Reagan .
What a sad commentary.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
McCain Beats Romney in Florida GOP Race
Jan 29 09:33 PM US/Eastern
By DAVID ESPO and LIZ SIDOTIAssociated Press Writers
MIAMI (AP) - Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida Republican primary Tuesday night, edging past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and seizing precious campaign momentum for next week's string of contests across 21 states.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was running third, and headed for the exits. Officials familiar with events said his aides were in discussions with McCain's advisers on a possible endorsement later in the week.
"It shows one thing. I'm the conservative leader who can unite the party," McCain said in a brief interview with The Associated Press.
Mr McCain, You will not unite this Conservitive!
It will be a cold day in HELL before I give up my beliefs for this guy.
He can go talk to Russ and sell us out some more!!!!!!!!!!!
January 28th Appleton Post Cresent
I have some questions for Mr. Kagen about his Guest Column.
Congress, president need to work on economy
Posted January 27, 2008
By Rep. Steve Kagen
Falling down is painful for everyone. All across
America, and right here at home, families are struggling to keep their heads
above water. Home values are tumbling. If home values are tumbling, can you explain this headline from the
Appleton Post Cresent dated Jan. 25, 2008.
From Ed Lowe Post-Crescent staff writer , . Outagamie's home sales resist slump Valley's housing market nearly holding its own APPLETON All real estate markets are local, the adage goes. Link to article
Again you said "Home values are tumbling".
It mentions existing home sales were off 12.8 percent nationally in 2007 .
Than how can Outagamie County home existing sales reported in Northeastern Wisconsin declined only 1.3 percent for the year. Looks like Northeastern Wisconsin is doing well. Can you tell me what district you represent? Mr Kagen, which is it, 12.8 nationally or 1.3 in Northeastern Wisconsin. It also says "Meanwhile, average sale prices rose in Winnebago and Calumet counties during 2007". Come on, home prices up in Wisconsin? Mr Kagen, can you tell me where are you getting your information or are you deceiving the people of the 8th district again? If average home prices are down, do you ever think there are young people that might want to buy their first home. Did you ever look at all the couples that get married every week and are looking for a home? It's a buyers market! Are you forgetting about your younger constituents of the 8th district?
Unemployment rates are increasing, and costs for health care, gasoline, heating
oil, energy, groceries and education are rising rapidly.
Adjusted Unemployment Rate - 5.0% in Dec 2007. Mr Kagen , can you tell me what bills you passed in congress to help increase jobs? What will you tell the people of the 8th district.
Health care cost rising - Mr. Kagen , why didn't you pass the SCHIP bill the president asked for. Did you tell the people of the 8th district that you tried to have all adults up to age 25 receive government health care? Is your kind of health care working in Canada and England?
Gasoline and heating oil costs rising- Mr Kagen where are you getting your information? This from MSNBC "Price of gas falls 9 cents in last two weeks" National average for gallon of regular was $2.98 Friday, survey says. From MSNBC . Mr Kagen, if you would not prop up the ethanol lobby and drill in ANWR and maybe authorizes some refinery plants , gasoline prices would come down even more.
We must begin to think differently in America. It is time for Congress and the
president to work together and take immediate actions to ease the burden on
those most affected by this emerging economic recession — our middle- and
What Recession? Mr Kagen, From the Wall Street Journal. The U.S. has not experienced a quarter of negative consumption growth since a modest 0.3% drop in the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in the fourth quarter of 1991 and two consecutive negative consumption growth quarters of -2.7% and -1.7% during the fourth quarter of 1990 and the first quarter of 1991 -- the two quarters that marked the last serious American recession. If we have not had a recession since 1991 when will we be in the next recession. Again, as of now, we are not in a RECESSION! Your doom and gloom is scaring the people of the 8th district!
Everywhere I go, people are telling me they feel uneasy: retirees in
Clintonville surviving on fixed incomes, working families in Green Bay,
students in De Pere, homeowners across the 8th district, and even public
school teachers who once thought they would never be laid off.
Mr. Kagen, when will you help all of us and spend less with ear marks and stop
taking away so much of our tax money. IT'S OUR
MONEY, NOT YOURS!
Last week in Niagara, for example, 319 papermaking jobs disappeared along with another 125 paper jobs in Kimberly. These were higher wage jobs that put food on the table and helped pay the mortgages for hard-working Wisconsin families. In my view, the good people of Niagara and Kimberly are paying the price for our nation's unfair and unbalanced trade agreements. NAFTA and CAFTA-like trade policies failed to deliver the prosperity promised by professional politicians, as we are compelled to compete against slave-like labor in foreign lands. If we allow these unfair policies to continue, they may soon bankrupt all of us. Congress and the president must take steps immediately to do what is best for American workers and American jobs.
Todd Lohenry said it best from his January 24th post on DR. K's. dribble, "For the better part of President George W. Bush’s second term, Democrats have led repeated assaults on the performance of the U.S. economy. However, the talking points given to House Democrats are hardly new. Blame any job losses immediately on free trade agreements and unfair trade practices by China. And deny an economic recovery ever took place under the Bush administration."Democrats in general and Steve Kagen in particular, need to stop blaming President Bush for the sad state of affairs in Wisconsin and point the finger where it belongs -- firmly in the direction of Governor Doyle. Read on -- this gets good... Right on Todd!
We must begin to secure our very way of life. For hard-working people in Niagara, in Kimberly and for all our nation's children, I urge the president to design an economic stimulus package that is targeted at middle and lower income citizens, and measured so as to prevent inflationary pressures later this year. What about the people who pay taxes? , I agree some kind of stimulus package should be done but , geeez, Dr. K. you sure are pandering!
Everything should be on the table for discussion including extending unemployment benefits for affected workers, providing targeted tax rebates and increasing earned income tax credits, as well as temporary tax cuts for small businesses. O K, temporary tax cuts, Oh thank you kind sir. How about permanent tax cuts.
While your at it, will you pay every ones car and truck payments for six months? How about paying peoples rent for six months? How about pay every ones grocery bills for six months? How about paying every ones home owners insurance? Could you also pay for my gasoline for the next six months? I'd like to get a snowmobile, can you pay for one of those too? Where is all this money coming from Mr Kagen?
I also call upon the president to immediately convene a Fair Competition Committee, as England did a generation ago, to determine if we can afford to sell any more of our nation's assets to foreign entities. WAIT I'M LOST, WHERE DID HE GET THIS FROM? Another committee to do what? Holy cow, the mother ship is about to land, this is getting scary! He must be talking to Ron and Dennis.
When foreign nations and foreign kingdoms own all our manufacturing plants, all our farms, all our roads and our railroads, we will have lost everything without firing a single shot. Simply put, if we don't make anything, we won't have anything. Comrade Kagen, you are correct, you want this to happen and it is called socialism. Remember the Soviet Union or did you not take World History in school.
Let's invest our tax dollars right here at home rebuilding our highways and bridges, our infrastructure and school buildings. Lets see, road builders lobby, home builders lobby, bridge builders lobby. These long-term investments will immediately generate higher wage jobs and boost small businesses and families alike. What small businesses? We must not keep falling deeper into debt, for the simple fact is we cannot spend our way into prosperity. Why do you libs keep adding earmarks if you say we cannot spend our way into prosperity! I am hopeful that by working together across party lines, we will begin to resolve this economic recession and bring an end to the borrow-and-spend government policy that caused this mess. Hey, how many times do we have to tell you "we are not in a recession and your one of those in Washington that is borrowing -and-spending. Building a more secure future begins next week in Congress as we find ways to agree on a stimulus package that is fiscally responsible and paid for over a reasonable time frame. Paid for is code word for raising taxes! Falling down is painful, but that is apparently how we learn. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, represents the 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Web site: http://kagen.house.gov/.
Mr Kagen, please be honest with the people of the 8th district. Some of us are having difficult times but please do not bend the truth. You were sent to Washington to serve the people of the 8th district. Not grow government, but to reduce government. Not raise taxes but to reduce taxes. You cannot even be honest with the people of Niagara, Kimberly, Appleton,all the people of the 8th district! You cannot even be honest with the retirees in Clintonville surviving on fixed incomes, not honest with working families in Green Bay, not honest with students in De Pere, not honest with homeowners across the 8th district, and you can't even be honest with public school teachers. What a shame.
The people of the 8th district deserve better. We need to get you back to your practice.