Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
A Touching Story of Love and Marriage
A very old man lay dying in his bed at death's doorway. He suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs.
He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands..
With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen.
Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. There, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?
Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table.
The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly.....................
smacked with a spatula by his wife.
"Stay out of those," she said, "they're for the funeral!"
FW: Federal Mint announcement (Very interesting)
The Federal Mint, in an extraordinary and unprecedented move, has announced that they are going to recall the recently minted Wisconsin quarter.
The current Wisconsin quarter has the head of a cow, a circle of cheeseand a corn stalk on the back.
The Federal Mint has decided to redesigned the Wisconsin quarter and it will now feature an image of Brett Favre on the back.
Brett will be the first football player to ever be put on any money.
This is huge!
The Federal Mint is expecting the new quarter to be very popular and very collectible.
You can order your quarters at the Federal Mint website.
All of this is happening because of the overwhelming number of Wisconsinites that want................
I can put up with some name calling but the profanity got a little over the top. Anyway, it was difficult to have people comment on my post. I would get someone on the left making things up that I didn't even say. I guess I know when I hit a nerve.
Well I thought I would use the same kind of blog rules.
Who sang that song, "What a difference a day make"?
I now get comments on the blog or through my e mail that I may not agree with but at least I can agree to disagree.
The Truth is Out There,
Steve Kagen staff,
you all know you are all welcome here.
You on the left are like family. Talking to you is like talking to my mother and sister. Sometimes it's best to be quiet and get out the way. Other times I will give my opinion whether you like it or not.
Get over it!
Thank You in advance for any disagreements we may have.
Quiet, isn't it!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I was told to never assume (you know the first three letters in assume is), so will Mr. Kagen and the MSM do damage control on two different articles with all sorts of different numbers and different comments that are from one news conference call? This pertains to an article I wrote on the WTH blog site.
How can two newspapers have so much disparity? I thought I would copy the two different articles in case Mr. Kagen has them delete one of the two press releases. I will think the Green Bay Press-Gazette will be the article of choice since it has no comment of illegal immigration. It will be interesting to see what the Appleton Post Crescent will print on this. Again my guess is the Press-Gazette article will stay since it looks like they are towing the line for Mr. Kagen. Good job to GUY BOULTON from JS for good journalism.
250 state deaths yearly blamed on insurance gap
Backers of universal care offer estimate
By GUY BOULTONgboulton@journalsentinel.com
Posted: March 25, 2008
Nearly five people die each week in Wisconsin because they don't have health insurance, according to an estimate released Tuesday by a national group that supports universal coverage. That figure - roughly 250 people a year - is based on an update of an estimate released in 2002 by the Institute of Medicine, an affiliate of the National Academy of Sciences.
Families USA, a national health care consumer group, is releasing state figures based on the estimate in part to draw attention to the issue in the coming presidential election.
"This makes this hidden tragedy much more visible and quantifies the human toll of the health insurance crisis," said Robert Kraig, program director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a grass-roots political group that works on health care and other issues.
Nationally, an estimated 22,000 people die each year because they lack health insurance, according to a report released last year by the Urban Institute, a policy research group. That report updated the earlier estimate by the Institute of Medicine that 18,000 people died in 2000 because they lacked coverage.
Those figures are estimates and open to argument.
Len Nichols, a health care economist at the New America Foundation, described the Institute of Medicine estimate as a "statistical guess" at a conference on insurance coverage in December.
But Nichols also said, "I don't think there's anybody who actually treats the uninsured in real life who would argue with the fact that people in our country are dying because they don't have access to health care."
Many if not most doctors also can cite first-hand examples of patients who put off seeking needed care because they lack health insurance.
In the teleconference on the Families USA report, Barbara Horner-Ibler, medical director for the Bread of Healing Clinic, a free clinic in Milwaukee, cited the example of a 48-year-old man without insurance who died of colon cancer because he did not get the needed screenings despite a family history.
Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of insurance coverage in the country and accounts for only a small fraction of the estimated 22,000 people estimated to die each year nationally because of lack of insurance.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated an average of 514,000 people, or 9.4% of Wisconsin's population, were without coverage over a three-year period.
Surveys by the state consistently put the figure lower. The most recent estimated that 5% of the population in 2006 was uninsured for the full year and 8% was uninsured at a point in time.
Estimates on the number of people without health insurance vary, and no one really knows how many people are without coverage. The uninsured also are far from a homogenous group.
For example, the estimates include children and adults who would be eligible for existing state programs. They also include people who are without coverage for brief periods of time, illegal immigrants and young adults who may be able to afford a high-deductible plan.
But U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Green Bay), who participated in the teleconference, said there are 59,000 to 89,000 people in his district who have no insurance coverage.
Kagen, a physician, did not answer a question on whether he thought Congress would be willing to raise taxes to expand insurance coverage. But he said that expanding coverage could be done without raising taxes, in part by spending money more wisely.
Few question that the health care system can be made more efficient. But economists question the contention that coverage could be expanded to low-wage workers and people with pre-existing conditions - the two groups that make up the bulk of the long-term uninsured - without increasing costs.
One of them is Shoshanna Sofaer, a professor of health care policy at Baruch College in New York and a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that produced the initial estimate on the number of people who die because they lack coverage.
Expanding coverage or achieving universal coverage, she said in an e-mail, will cost additional money, at least initially.
"People who run away from that are actually not doing the cause of coverage expansion or universal coverage real favors," Sofaer wrote, "because it makes us look either ignorant or untrustworthy."
Thomas R. Oliver, a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, agreed.
"We haven't found a formula that can instantly expand coverage without increasing costs for somebody's bottom line," Oliver said.
Reports such at the one released by Families USA on Tuesday draw attention to the problem.
"But that's a very different question than who will pay," Oliver said. "And as soon as you get into who will pay, the political terrain gets very unstable and threatening to all parties."
Link from the Green Bay Press-Gazette
Posted March 26, 2008
Thousands uninsured, face increased risks
Brown County, state figures lower than nation's
By ELLYN FERGUSON Press-Gazette Washington bureau firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON — More than 200 uninsured Wisconsinites a year die prematurely because they don't have access to preventive care or consistent treatment, a health advocacy group said Tuesday.
An estimated 1,600 early deaths occurred among uninsured Wisconsin adults between 2000 and 2006, nearly enough people to double the populations of Iola in central Wisconsin or towns of Rockland and Rushford in Northeastern Wisconsin, according to the Families USA report.
"Being uninsured has significant adverse consequences," Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said in a conference call with reporters. "The uninsured are less likely to have a usual source of care outside of the emergency room. The uninsured often delay or forgo medical care."
Nearly 9 percent of all state residents — an estimated 500,000 people — were uninsured at some point during 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sixteen percent of the nation was without health insurance that year.
About 9 percent of Brown County residents went without either public or private insurance for some part of the year in 2005. Statewide, about 10 percent of people either reported they went the entire year without insurance or part of the year, according to the state's Department of Health and Family Services.
The N.E.W. Community Clinic, which has a downtown Green Bay site and a satellite clinic at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, is a primary care provider for the uninsured and low-income residents.
The downtown clinic generally serves between 6,000 and 8,000 people a year. Since it opened in the summer of 2006, the NWTC clinic has seen about 3,900 visits from mostly uninsured patients, clinic coordinator Mary Rahr said.
Wisconsin's low uninsured population was a result of state officials using public health insurance programs such as BadgerCare Plus to cover the poor and working poor, Pollack said.
Health insurance representatives in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., said groups like Families USA should look not only at insurance costs as a barrier to health-care access.
"Make health care more affordable and health insurance will be more affordable," said Phil Dougherty, senior executive officer of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans. "Universal access to health-care coverage with rising health-care costs is not sustainable."
Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, said, "Health insurance premiums track directly to health-care costs. We need to address the health-care cost drivers."
He noted that health insurance premiums grew at their lowest rate in a decade in 2006.
"There's still more work to be done," Zirkelbach added.
Pollack was joined on Tuesday's teleconference by U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, Dr. Barbara Horner-Ibler, medical director of Milwaukee's Bread of Healing Clinic, and Robert Kraig, program director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Families USA used research by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine and the Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Urban Institute to estimate Wisconsin deaths. The group, which advocates federal health-care reform, plans to release reports for 21 states that link premature deaths among working-aged adults to a lack of health insurance.
Nationally, the Institute of Medicine estimated that 18,000 people between the ages of 25 and 64 died in 2000 because they were uninsured. The Urban Institute put the uninsured national death tally at approximately 22,000 in 2006.
Both studies said people without health insurance tend to be sicker than the insured because they skip checkups, screenings and other procedures that might diagnose serious illnesses earlier.
Families USA used the prior studies to provide state-level estimates on premature deaths.
"The conclusions are sadly clear. A lack of health coverage is a matter of life and death for many people in Wisconsin," Pollack said.
Kagen, a freshman lawmaker with about 30 years' experience as an allergist, said there are 59,000 to 80,000 uninsured people in his 8th Congressional District, which spans most of Northeastern Wisconsin.
In his practice, Kagen said, he has had patients without insurance struggle to afford treatment.
"We took care of patients regardless of their insurance. We worked with them to help them afford their medication and gave them (pharmaceutical) samples as long as possible," he said.
You don't say
The National Black Republican Association
(NBRA) has erected the group's first "Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican" billboard off an exit of Interstate 26 in South Carolina, which is sure to spark controversy.
"The billboard is located at a busy intersection [between]
Columbia and Charleston," says NBRA Chairman Frances Rice. "It is attracting a lot of attention. We welcome the opportunity to explain why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican."
Ms. Rice, who like King is from Atlanta, has insisted for
years that the late civil rights leader was "absolutely" a Republican, adding that most black Americans were in those days, when Democrats trained fire hoses and sicced dogs on them.
"Five years on, few Iraq myths are as
persistent as the notion that the Bush administration invented a connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. Yet a new Pentagon report suggests that
Iraq's links to worldwide terror networks, including al Qaeda, were far more extensive than previously understood," the Wall Street Journal says in an editorial.
"Naturally, it's getting little or no attention. Press
accounts have been misleading or outright distortions, while the Bush administration seems indifferent. Even John McCain has let the study's revelations float by. But that doesn't make the facts any less notable or true,"
the newspaper said.
"The redacted version of 'Saddam and Terrorism' is the
most definitive public assessment to date from the Harmony program, the trove of 'exploitable' documents, audio and video records and computer files captured in
Iraq. On the basis of about 600,000 items, the report lays out Saddam's willingness to use terrorism against American and other international targets, as well as his larger state sponsorship of terror, which included harboring, training and equipping jihadis throughout the Middle East."
So, Iraq and Saddam was not a haven for terrorist.
Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, documents, audio and video records and computer files captured in Iraq.
You lefties crack me up, still in denial. What really cracks me up is this information just sits there. Has no legs. Funny thing, RINO's don't have the guts to touch it either. Oh, sorry, progressive politicians will not touch it either.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I didn't think they would send one because..........I don't need one! I have Dish! This is crazy?
What is 2.6 million?
Number of households that requested converter box coupons.
What is 5 million ?
Number of converter box coupons requested.
What is 200,000,000
Amount of tax dollars for T V Converter box coupons. Remember that is 200 million dollars!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe someone else is picking up the tab on these.
What is 9,700?
Number of retailer locations who will be selling the converter boxes. Someone is making a buck!
Information taken from Link to United States of America Department of Commerce
Who really needs these?
Who is paying for these?
Kagen gives hope to health care crisis
by Harry Waisbren
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
As of yet, you may not have heard much about Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis. But you soon will.
Oh boy, we have not heard of Steve Kagen? You got to be kidding!
The freshman congressman has only been in office since 2006, yet through strong acts of leadership he is already confirming that he embodies our state’s progressive tradition.Oh boy , only since 2006, excuse me isn't it 2008?
Oh boy Harry, can you name me his strong acts of leadership?
Learning about his career, as well as having the opportunity
to meet and interview him, has made me even more confident of Wisconsin’s ability to lead the burgeoning progressive movement and even more proud of Wisconsin values.
Oh boy, what does burgeoning mean? Let us go to
A)To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.
B)To begin to grow or blossom.
C)To grow or develop rapidly.
Oh boy, isn't the 8th district burgeoning today. I can see the green grass beneath my feet (standing in the snow, mud an ice). I feel so alive today , don't you feel the same. Oh, I feel so alive. I'm burgeoning. Sorry, I got carried away. It won't happen again! Back to the article.
Mr. Kagen’s work on health care reform is the most
indicative sign of his potential to be a historic progressive leader.
Oh boy, a historic progressive leader? Am I smoking something, OHHHHHHH BOOOYYYYYYYYYY! I quit tobbaco! We in northeastern Wisconsin must of missed something since 2006.
It would be a travesty for both Wisconsin and the rest of the
nation if we were to lose a progressive champion with such promising potential to impact the health care debate. It is essential for Mr. Kagen to weather such rank propaganda and be re-elected this fall. With any luck, he will be successful in continuing his work in the vein of Wisconsin’s progressive legacy by playing an integral role in achieving universal health care.
Back to dictionary .com
travesty - Pronunciation noun, plural -ties, verb, -tied, -ty·ing.
A).a literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter.
B).a literary or artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model.
C).any grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice.
Oh Boy, that's right, Mr Kagen is sure a travesty in the 8th district.
Sorry, Mr. Kagen hasn't done anything to be any kind of champion. Can we all just get along and agree Mr. Kagen is Mr. Kagen because of the hard work of his staff and not Mr. Kagen himself. Also propaganda can be told to you even when some one sits across from you in an interview.
Stop, I can't take it! You can read the rest yourself. This young man is working up to land a job in Washington as a speech writer or something more! Harry, cut the colorful metaphors, sorry I mean you should rephrase some on your words . Mr. Kagen is not who you think he is. Move to the 8th district and you will find out the hard way.
Link to this young man's opinion piece.
To Harry, work hard in school and the world is before you, You will do GREAT in what ever you do.
Just one more "Oh Boy", you will see in the comments the following,
"Please refer to Dr. Kagen as Dr. Kagen and not Mr. Kagen. He didn't spend seven years in Evil Medical School to be called Mr. Kagen."
Well, I don't think he spent enough time in Washington to be called congressman!
Help us send Mr. Kagen back to private practice.
To all that have not prepared themselves for the final days.
New Living Will Form
I, __________________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it or lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply running up the bills.
If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:
______ a Scotch and soda
______a Gin and Tonic
_______a Glass of Chardonnay
______Lobster or crab legs
______The remote control
______a bowl of ice cream
______The sports page
It should be presumed that I won't ever get any better. When such a determination is reached, I here by instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day. At this point, it is time to call the New Orleans Jazz Funeral Band to come do their thing at my funeral, and ask all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had.
NOTE: I also hear that in Ireland they have a Nursing Home with a Pub. The patients are happier and they have a lot more visitors. Some of them don't even need embalming when their time comes. If any one knows the name of this happy place PLEASE pass the information to my spouse or oldest child!
Monday, March 24, 2008
World's Tallest Man Struggles to Fit In
PODOLYANTSI, Ukraine (AP) - Leonid Stadnik's phenomenal height has forced him to quit a job he loved and to stoop as he moves around his house.
But Stadnik, who Guinness World Records says is the world's tallest human, says his condition has also taught him that there are many kindhearted strangers.
In 2006, Stadnik was officially measured at 8 feet 5 inches
tall, surpassing a 7-foot-9-inch Chinese man to claim the title of the world's tallest person.
Thanks to the "Right Side of Wisconsin" Blog to open my eyes to trying to work with comments on MY blog site- "Berry Laker"
In the future, I'll happily publish any thoughtful comments from anyone who has the courage to use their own name and to not use any filthy dirty gutter talk for any comments on this blog.
I may have been hard on some people that I blog about but I have learned and will try to be more civil. We conservatives will not stoop to the radical left.
You (only radical) lefties asked for it and now you can live with it.
To all level headed people from the left, middle or right, lets talk. Glad your here!
Posted March 24, 2008
Niagara's NewPage mill gets reprieve
By Ellyn Ferguson
Post-Crescent Washington bureau
WASHINGTON — The NewPage Corp. mill in
Niagara, slated to close in April, will stay open until the fall thanks to “an unusually high demand” for some types for coated paper.
Mark A. Suwyn, NewPage board chairman and
chief executive, made the announcement Monday. The 319 plant workers — 179 from Michigan and 140 from Wisconsin — had been told the mill would close by the end of April.
Great News for the people of Wisconsin and Michigan. At least for now it is good news. Thank you to all the people working on this project. Interesting thoughts about the end of the article.
Since then, Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who has constituents
working at the mill, and Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen, whose district includes the Niagara mill, have been trying to find ways to keep the mill open.
Stupak welcomed the latest news about the mill, saying
"NewPage’s decision gives us more time. Over the next six months ... local, state and federal officials will continue working with NewPage to find a buyer who will keep the mill in use.”
He praised NewPage for its efforts to find a buyer who would
keep the mill operating.
O K , I will be critical. It names Stupak and Kagen as working to find a buyer for the mill. Mr. Stupak from Michigan makes the only good news comment about the plant. Where is Wisconsin's 8th district congressman for a comment?
By Steve Kagens track record he likes to be in front of the camera, or stand on any corner for a vote. To congressman Kagens hard working staff and supporters, I'm just saying if he had anything to do with this, the newspaper should of called him for a comment. I certainly thank Mr Stupak from Michigan for following through on helping the people from that area.
Again, someone else doing the work (Mr. Stupak ) and Wisconsin's 8th District Congressman takes a bow. Could it be other people including his own staff doing great work and Mr. Kagen takes the credit.
Who ever was behind the scenes, ( Kagen Congressional staff) THANK YOU for helping the employee's at New Page.
From the New York Times
Published: March 22, 2008
The original Donner Party made history for one reason: by
eating their dead. Cannibalism — it was all they could do to stay alive.
Then at the end it makes the point.
These modern Dems press on, tearing into each other, crawling to get to the summit, still five months away, in the mile-high city. They are now ravenous with hunger, and it is starting to show.
Hey, where did I see this kind of article about the dem's and the Donner Party. Hummmmmm, I know I read that somewhere? Hummmmmmmmmmm?
Oh yes, now I know where, it was back on March 14th.
AP Link from Yahoo Finance
Home Sales Rose, Prices Fell in February
Monday March 24, 2:58 pm ET By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer
Home Sales Rise Unexpectedly in February As Prices Keep Tumbling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After falling for six straight months, sales of existing homes posted an unexpected increase in February which may have reflected more aggressive price cutting by sellers in some parts of the country, a real estate
"Gee, golly uncle Steve, dis haz two bee da darn est racession I evo ceen." says Jethro
Sure is good to see some Hollywood doing something positive. I am not a Will Ferrell fan but I give him credit for doing good. Torture would be sitting and watching "Elf" for a couple of hours. This is still good to see, Thanks Will and Adam.
Help for Crandon shooting survivor
PICKEREL, Wis. (AP) - Comic actor Will Ferrell and his writing partner, director Adam McKay, have made a big impact on a Wisconsin mass shooting survivor by sending him a DVD-filled package, along with their well
McKay learned from a newspaper interview that 21-year-old Charlie Neitzel was using movies - including his favorite, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" - to aid his recovery from the severe wounds and trauma he suffered last Oct. 7.Neitzel feigned his own death after being shot in the elbow, leg and shoulder as an off-duty sheriff's deputy killed six others at a post-Homecoming party in Crandon.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
" Politicians over estimated revenues and under estimated
expenses". "This is truly an amazing blunder on the part of the state but guess who will pay !"
Riddle- how many democrats does it take to thank the troops for their service to our country.
Answer -none. Russ, Ron Dave and Steve can't stomach a "THANK YOU"!
You would think as long as they are stabbing at the President , they could at least say thank you to the troops! All four losers from Wisconsin complain about what it cost, crying wolf, blah,blah,blah!
Then you have congressman Kagen again looking for votes.
"I am working hard to make sure veterans and their families receive the services and support they deserve."
He's working hard? Why is he in Washington, for a picnic? Steve you need to check your job description! Why is he telling us he is working hard? Has someone told him he hasn't? Good job WTH members.
You on the left cry of injustice but have nothing good to say about those who protect your freedom! O K, where are all you lefties who are going to swear and stoop to name calling?
Come out, come out where ever you are. Please, where are those two Kagen hacks on calling me names? Oh well.
At least someone from Wisconsin knows what they are doing.
Rep-. Paul Ryan of Janesville, the only Republican member of the delegation to comment, said: "I offer my most sincere gratitude to those who have made tremendous personal sacrifices in defense of freedom and liberty. It is imperative that our troops are given the tools they need so that they canThank You Mr Ryan.
achieve their missions safely and effectively, and return to their families as soon as possible."
And after it was over, UW coach Bo Ryan gathered his team
together in the locker room, told them he was proud of them and that he looked forward to another week together.
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
And on the third day Jesus Christ arose from the dead, and He was transformed and clothed with awesome glory. Hallelujah!!