Saturday, October 18, 2008


Now the Packers are politically correct?

Give me a break.

From the Green Bay Press
Packers looking for holiday tree from anyone in Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula"

The Green Bay Packers are looking for a holiday tree. Anyone from Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who has a 35- to 45-foot evergreen tree and wants to donate it to the team's third-annual Festival of Lights is asked to submit a proposal, in 100 words or less, on why his or her tree should be used for the event and displayed at Lambeau Field through the holiday season." Packers looking for holiday tree from anyone in Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

It's a Christmas tree, dang it.

True Patriot

............................................................Living in the USSR...........................
"Obama: 'You cannot let up'

Union Leader Correspondent
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

LONDONDERRY – The Barack Obama train pulled into town yesterday at Mack's Apples.

Several thousand turned out for the rally, which featured an Obama fresh from Wednesday's debate with Republican opponent Sen. John McCain." - New Hampshire news, business and sports - Obama: 'You cannot let up' - Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

You have to read 10 more paragraphs to find this.
Not present, or at least not singing the National Anthem at the rally was Londonderry senior Zach Bencal.

Bencal, who sings the anthem for a number of school events and is actively involved in local community theatre, had been contacted by the Obama campaign to sing the anthem. He agreed to do so, then was told later in the evening the anthem had been scratched from the program. Bencal said he was told by the campaign the decision was a simple programming change to make room for another speaker.

"I guess it just wasn't meant to be," Bencal said.

Lapel flag pin or no lapel flag pin.

National Anthem or no National Anthem.

Programming also means indoctrination to socialism. Make room for another speaker? A whole three minutes or so.

Comrades, we didn't like that anthem anyway, First the anthem and then we change back to our old flag.

Comrades we will!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Nope, Didn't Work

From Boots And Sabers

"Hawaii Drops Universal Healthcare After Seven Months

The fact that people responded to this in the way they did was utterly predictable.

HONOLULU – Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.

Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

“People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free,” said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. “I don’t believe that was the intent of the program.”

Hawaii lawmakers approved the health plan in 2007 as a way to ensure every child can get basic medical help. The Keiki (child) Care program aimed to cover every child from birth to 18 years old who didn’t already have health insurance — mostly immigrants and members of lower-income families." Boots and Sabers - The blogging will continue until morale improves...

I guess this is what we don't want Steve Kagen and Barack Obama

Gilett Homecoming 7:00 p m Tonight

Mrs Berry Laker , Penplope, Son # 1, C J, # 1 daughter , 1st grandson. and favorite son in law, oh and Berry Laker to see # 62 play Colman.

Picture from last year. # 87 is # 62 this year. Last year tight end and this year # 62 is offensive and defensive line. Lack of big boys in Gillett for offensive and defensive line.

# 62 is son # 2 and dam proud of him.

It will be cold and hope the boys from gillett can pull out a win.

McCain In Prime Form

As in other blogs , it's about time. John, may I call you John, where were you 8 months ago.

What a classy night. Makes you proud of John McCain and proud of America.

Don't change tomorrow. Go get em!

Common Dinner For Common People

Tip from Rush

From the New York Post Page Six

"October 17, 2008 --

THOUGH he's battling GOP accusations that he's an Ivy League elitist, Barack Obama has a lifestyle of the rich and famous, like TV show host Robin Leach, who always signed off, "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams!" While he was at a meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Michelle Obama called room service and ordered lobster hors d'oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and champagne, a tipster told Page Six. " BARACK OBAMA ORDERS EXPENSIVE ROOM SERVICE DURING WALDORF-ASTORIA MEETING- New York Post

While Obama will spread your wealth to others he and his wife will be eating common folk food. Doesn't everyone have 10 or 12 whole lobster in the house?

Kagen Cross Post

A post that I did over at Kagen Watch

Kagen, "Together We Will" Sell You A Wreck

From the Shawano Leader dated October 16,2008 online edition.

"Economy main focus of questions for Rep. Kagen
By Tim Ryan, Leader Reporter

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) visited with constituents in Shawano Wednesday for a Q&A and perhaps not surprisingly the economy dominated the conversation." Shawano Leader
“The days of borrow and spend have come to an end,” Kagen said. “Unfortunately, it’s ended with a car crash.”

Kagen said the Democratic Party, under the leadership of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, would be best suited to pull the economy out of the ditch.

Can you picture Steve Kagen with a cigar hanging out of his mouth, whiskers and drives the wrecker? As soon as he pulls you out he's going to say he owns it! Like your home's mortgage some day. Kagen and Obama selling you your own car, even won't help you They will sell you a wreck that you will pay a lot more for! No matter what, you lose! And the wreck they are selling you is a worse economy.

How much more can Steve Kagen try to sell you? He's in congress and he is part of the problem.
“The big lift will come when we have a president who is on our side, who thinks things through and listens to your problems,” Kagen said.

O K Steve, things will change when Obama listens to us!
With a President Obama, Kagen said, “you can count on an administration that cares more about those in need.”

Code word, "those in need" and "cares more" means he knows how to spend your money and will give it to someone that gave him campaign money. Payback to all his special interest groups!
Kagen, who voted against the recent $700 billion Wall Street bail out, said the economic crisis is also a crisis of confidence.

“We have to gain our confidence again,” he said. “That may not happen until we get a new administration.”

That is correct, when the people take back government with McCain, Palin and Gard. Your right Mr. Kagen!

Kagen blasted the Bush Administration for threatening “every social safety net,” and criticized White House opposition to the S-CHIP children’s health car bill.

We can't afford to cover every person up to age 25 like Steve Kagen wants in his version of the S-CHIP bill. Where was Steve Kagen for two years? I thought Congress makes and passes laws and spending bills and the president signs them. Again I ask, where has Steve Kagen been for the last two years? There he goes again blaming everyone else but Steve Kagen! "It's not my fault!" "I didn't do it!"

“What kind of a nation are we if we can’t guarantee the health of our children?” Kagen said.

What kind of politician is Steve Kagen, saying he will guarantee health care? There are no guarantees in this world.

Kagen, who was elected two years ago, once again faces a challenge from Republican John Gard.

Gard, in an e-mail response to Kagen’s remarks, said Kagen’s “votes to spend Social Security dollars on other government programs threatens the retirement security of everyone who is counting on Social Security. That's the biggest safety net I'm worried about right now.”

John Gard is right. All the money will have to come from somewhere. From your retirement 401 K and money that should be going to Social Security!

Kagen was asked about the tone of Gard’s television ads.

“John has a dangerous disregard for the truth,” Kagen said. “You can’t believe anything a career politician says.”

Steve Kagen was really talking about himself here. And two years in congress is not a career? Shall we bring up Kagen meeting Rove in Washington!

Gard was a state representative from 1987 until his unsuccessful run for the U.S. Congress two years ago. He became Speaker of the Assembly in 2003.

“I’ve only run ads where I talk about my disagreement with Con- gressman Kagen’s votes against American oil drilling, his votes to raise taxes and his votes to raid Social Security,” Gard said. “ I would have voted differently in each of those cases and I think most folks in Shawano would have too.”
Kagen called his run for re-election “a movement” rather than a campaign.

Who is giving him his talking points? What kool aid is he drinking? Yea right, a movement to higher taxes and socialism. Maybe Steve was talking about moving back home in January.

“It’s a movement toward getting good government back,” he said.

Again correct, with McCain, Palin and Gard.

Gard said Kagen has become very good at “the blame game” in his first term in Washington.

“Congress has the lowest approval rating its ever had because they’ve done nothing while gas prices skyrocketed and good people lost their job,” Gard said. “Two years from now I won’t look to blame someone else if I can’t point to what I’ve done to help people.”

Steve Kagen thinks he is doing a good job when congress has a 10% approval rating.

About two dozen people turned out for the meeting, held at Angie’s Main Cafe in downtown Shawano.

What, only two dozen people showed up? I bet half the people there was from his staff to make it look good! Twenty four people?

Leader editor Kent Tempus contributed to this story.

Together Steve Kagen will sell you a wreck! It's time to send Steve Kagen back to private practice!

Cross posted to B L

T Zone Deer Hunt

"Oct. 16-19 antlerless deer hunt

The October four-day antlerless deer gun hunt will be Oct. 16-19 in most Herd Control and all EAB deer management units. There are 56 units designated as herd control units (five of which are state parks), 35 designated as earn-a-buck units (six of which are state parks), and 22 regular units (one state park). Units in the Central Forest Deer Management Region are exempted from antlerless gun hunt. The 2008 Deer Management Unit map indicating which deer management units are regular, herd control, earn-a-buck or CWD management, is available on the DNR Web site. " WDNR - Weekly News - April 29, 2008

Moose Watch

From the Shawano Leader online.
"Moose spotted in area, hunters being asked to protect it

Conservation wardens and DNA wildlife managers are confirming a moose has been spotted in southwestern Shawano County.

A young bull moose was photographed as it enjoyed eating cattails in the pond of a landowner near Wittenberg.

Moose generally are not seen south of Highway 8, so a confirmed sighting south of Highway 29 near Wittenberg has folks talking and scratching their heads.

Moose are a protected animal in Wisconsin. Unlawfully hunting or shooting a moose carries a costly forfeiture of not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,0-00 and a mandatory revocation of all hunting privileges for up to five years.

“If we have a moose in the area, we want to make sure that hunters know about him and do our best to protect him during this fall hunting season,” said Jean Romback-Bartels, land leader for the DNA’s Northeast Region." Shawano Leader

Cross Post From Kagen Watch

This is a post I wrote for Kagen Watch. Thought I would cross post it here.

Kagen, Together Bart Stupak Will Help Wisconsin

From the Appleton Post Crescent.
"NewPage open to offers on mill
Kimberly union chief skeptical of letter from company CEO

By Larry Avila • Post-Crescent business editor • October 17, 2008 " NewPage open to offers on mill | | Appleton Post-Crescent</a>
KIMBERLY — NewPage officials may have changed their minds about either leasing or selling its mill in Kimberly, which employed as many as 600 people this year until it was closed on Sept. 8.

Andy Nirchl, president of the United Steel Workers Local 2-9, said Thursday he received a letter from NewPage chief executive officer Mark Suwyn, which says the company is open to either option so long as the interested party made a viable offer.

It's good to see some progress at the Kimberly plant.
U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, was among a group of Wisconsin officials that met with Suwyn at the company's Miamisburg, Ohio, headquarters last month.

Talk about hot air. He was not aware of any letters shared between the union and NewPage, but noted, "ink on paper beats hot air in the hallways."

He was not aware? Maybe the paper should call Bart Stupak from Michigan. Mr. Stupak was involved in the New Page problem from the beginning. From his own web site.
"In the fall of 2007, I was the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to personally testify before the ITC to urge that it uphold the U.S. Department of Commerce’s findings and keep the duties for illegal dumping of coated paper in place. " :: Bart Stupak for Congress :: - Issues - Jobs and Trade

Wasn't Steve Kagen in congress back in 2007? I thought he was. Why didn't he testify with Mr. Stupak? This just shows Kagen always gets in at the last minute to get the publicity! Grandstanding for only votes and not what is important to the people of Wisconsin.

At least the Congressman from Michigan is looking after the workers from Wisconsin.

A question to the workers at New Page in Niagara and Kimberly. Why wasn't Steve Kagen helping you from the beginning? Where was he in 2007? Better late then never doesn't help someone being told they lost their job.

Time to send Steve Kagen back to private practice.

P O T A T O Moment

From Mark Belling .com

Joe Biden had a Dan Quayle moment and will get a pass from the press.

Three letter word - J O B S

Does Joe play scramble?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spread The News

From Sheboygan Shenanigans.

Fond du Lac Fights Back on Smoking Ban

Posted on October 16, 2008
Filed Under This 'n That | 1 Comment

Live Free Fond du Lac is having a rally this coming Friday (October 17th) at 6pm. People will be meeting at Jodi’s Pit Stop and walking to Veteran’s Park. Go, Fondy, go!!" Sheboygan Shenanigans

Need to go to above link for all information from Sheboygan Shenanigans

People need to get involved. What is going to happen if O & B get in office. Smoking bans will be child's play compared to this,


it is a start on getting our freedom back.

Way to go Fond du Lac.

Crude Gasolinr Wholesale Prices

"PETROLEUM ($/bbl)
Nymex Crude Future 69.85 -4.69 -6.29 10/16

Dated Brent Spot 67.94 -1.64 -2.36 10/16

WTI Cushing Spot 69.85 -4.69 -6.29 10/16

PRICE*... CHANGE....... %...... CHANGE TIME
Nymex Heating Oil Future 208.73 -10.32 -4.71 10/16

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future 162.20 -16.02 -8.99 10/16" Energy Prices

Gasoline should go down to $2.30 gal now!

Lowest Gas in Wisconsin
Holiday .Amery Thu 12:11 PM $3.73 gal

Keller Ave (Hwy 46) & Riverplace "
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Twenty Years Ago Today

I was 31 , married for five months and on October 15th, 1988 became a Dodger fan.

From You Tube

From You Tube and MLB 2004.

You would think MLB would release the Vince Scully call to everyone of Kurts great hit in 1988. I would think they want more young boys to live the Major League baseball dream. Apparently not.

Wholesale Crude and Gasoline

"PETROLEUM ($/bbl)
PRICE*......... CHANGE..... % CHANGE..... TIME
Nymex Crude Future 74.54 -4.09 -5.20 17:14

Dated Brent Spot 69.58 -5.22 -6.98 17:50

WTI Cushing Spot 74.54 -4.09 -5.20 15:50

.........PRICE* .......CHANGE ......% CHANGE TIME
Nymex Heating Oil Future 219.05 -6.92 -3.06 17:14

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future 178.22 -10.26 -5.44 17:14" Energy Prices

Gasoline should go down to $2.50 in a couple weeks.

"Lowest in Wisconsin
BP Amery, Wis. $2.75 gal

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Support Wal Mart

Shop and support Wal Mart just like our next V P
By Kevin Kelly
Monday, October 13, 2008 3:04 AM EDT
GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis Wal-Mart shoppers were at first surprised and then excited on Sunday to find a national political figure in their midst who was, just as they were, picking up a few things she needed.

Accompanied by her youngest son Trig, security, staffers and a small pool of news media, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stepped off the “Straight Talk Express” bus to enter the store around 1:30 p.m., where she purchased a bag of Parents’ Choice brand disposable diapers and a toy.

Link to article.

from the Daily Sentinel

Update, look at the two secret service guys in the picture, "She's buying diapers?"

Yes Sir, May I have Another

From JSOnline. With a paddle in Diamond Jim's hands, bend over and ask for more.

"WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2008, 3:37 p.m.
By Steven Walters
Doyle warns of possible $3 billion deficit

Madison - Gov. Jim Doyle warned today of a potential gap of $3 billion or more between tax collections and state spending in the two-year budget cycle that begins July 1." JS Online: NewsWatch

The deep slump in the nation's economy has translated into a looming major budget crisis for state government, the Democrat said, so he has ordered state agencies to submit 2009-'11 budgets with 10% cuts in spending over that period.

That contingency plan could include layoffs and will force "deep cuts" in some state spending programs, he said. It is also too soon to know whether the current budget will have to be fixed when the next Legislature returns to the Capitol in January, Doyle said.

"We don't know what the scope of this will be," Doyle said. "There's no doubt it's going to be very, very severe here in this state... This will be very difficult for everybody."

Doyle said he plans to submit a 2009-'11 budget that does not raise income or sales taxes but, he added, "You can't say anything is off-limits."

I like the "You can't say anything is off-limits.", way to go Diamond Jim, leave your self an out.

The actual deficit figure could reach $3 billion but won't be known until Nov. 20, when budget aides to the governor must prepare formal estimates of future tax collections.

Since when do use actual numbers? Because it wasn't important before!

Doyle said that it is a bad sign that sales tax collections in August fell 10%, since the sales tax is expected to bring in $4.29 billion this year - or about one-third of all general-fund tax collections.

Taxes and fees were raised by about $750 million in the budget the governor signed in October 2007, and the budget-repair bill passed this spring, according to the nonprofit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

Jim, you raise taxes and expect revenues to increase?

Doyle's comments about the 2009-'11 budget he is scheduled to propose early next year raised these two questions:

# How will state government afford any new programs and new employees to run them - for example, 103 more workers the state Department of Corrections says it needs to manage sex offenders, including those being tracked by GPS units? Hiring those 103 workers would cost $10.2 million over the next two years, the agency says in budget documents.

How will the state get the money? Bend over, raise taxes!

# Can state government continue to be a generous partner in paying for public schools and local government programs and subsidizing property taxes on homes? If state government lowers its support for those programs, property taxes on homes would go up.

Generous partner with who, the teachers union?
In a report released today, state Administration Secretary Michael Morgan said 55.8% of all general-fund tax collections went directly back to public schools and local governments last year.

Overall, Morgan's report says 80% of all general-fund taxes were spent on just six programs: subsidizing public schools, 39.5%; health care, 12.7%; prisons and other correctional programs, 8%; University of Wisconsin System subsidy, 7.9%; shared-revenue payments to local governments, 7%; and credits that lower property tax bills, 4.4%.

Ok, first they will raid the transportation fund, two, get rid of the property tax credit, raise gasoline taxes, raise tobacco taxes, raise vehicle registration fees again, on and on and on and on.

The democrats have been the majority party and look what it has given us. I will say blame has to go to some RINO'S also. Keep voting for the liberal left and don't worry, when they have all your money, they will take more!.

Thank you Diamond Jim, the lefty democrats and the RINO's in Madison!

Bend over and give yourself another one!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hey Culligan Man, Take Away Your Soft Water

From Sheboygan Shenanigans

"Coming after water-softeners?

Posted on October 14, 2008
Filed Under Shady Shenanigans

Reading news this morning, an article regarding wasterwater discharge peaked my curiosity. Could never have imagined Sheboygan County would have a minor ”dishonorable” mention but there is was:

Using Lake Michigan water can reduce salt in waterways
Salt is used to soften hard water from wells"
Sheboygan Shenanigans

Go ahead and call me paranoid - it’s true. The nanny state made me that way.

What next?

Milwaukee School Choice, Repeat Of 2004

From one of the top newspapers in Wisconsin, The Lakeland - Times and one of their top reporters Richard Moore.

Seems the lib's keep using the same old playbook. Milwaukee taking all the money for school choice. We're paying for Milwaukee School choice! Can't they come up with something new?
"10/14/2008 9:03:00 AM
Political ad stirs controversy in Senate campaign Tiffany calls school-choice claims a “flat-out lie”
Richard Moore
Investigative Reporter
Political ad stirs controversy in Senate campaign

A TV ad about Milwaukee's school choice program and its fiscal impact on public schools across Wisconsin is at the center of a political storm this week, both statewide and in the campaign between Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Jim Holperin for the12th District state Senate seat.

Locally, the ad, sponsored by a group calling itself Building a Stronger Wisconsin, targets Tiffany, claiming the GOP candidate's support for the Milwaukee school choice program is taking taxpayer dollars away from area schools to give it to private schools downstate.
The contention is based upon the state's responsibility for 55 percent of the Milwaukee choice program, which reduces state aids by that dollar amount.

But Tiffany says the ad is malicious and dishonest, and, he counters, Milwaukee's choice program actually benefits public schools in northern Wisconsin and statewide.

"They ran the same ads in 2004, and they were effective," Tiffany said. "Well, they are flat-out lies. They are totally untrue. The choice schools save the 12th Senate District more than $1 million dollars as a result of them educating kids for half the amount of the public school system in Milwaukee. So they are spreading garbage."

Susan Mitchell, president of School Choice Wisconsin, agrees. She says that 350 school districts statewide receive nearly $86 million in additional state aids as a consequence of the school choice program.
The facts of the matter

So who is telling the truth?

How many times have we seen those words in a newspaper article?

"So who is telling the truth?" Wow, a real reporter in Wisconsin!

Well, on the whole, an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau supports Mitchell's and Tiffany's arguments that the ad is probably not factual.

I wonder if anyone would ask Steve Kagen his opinion of school choice in Wisconsin? Would he say he is for school choice as he winks to teachers union?

Ah, the liberal playbook.

Read the whole article, a lot of good information.

Obama 14 Point Lead

"Poll: Obama Opens 14-Point Lead On McCain
CBS News/New York Times Survey Shows Major Swing Among Independents, Suggests McCain's Strategy May Be Hurting Him

Oct. 14, 2008
" Poll: Obama Opens 14-Point Lead On McCain, CBS News/New York Times Survey Shows Major Swing Among Independents, Suggests McCain's Strategy May Be Hurting Him - CBS News
CBS) Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is entering the third and final presidential debate Wednesday with a wide lead over Republican rival John McCain nationally, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows.

The Obama-Biden ticket now leads the McCain-Palin ticket 53 percent to 39 percent among likely voters, a 14-point margin. One week ago, prior to the Town Hall debate that uncommitted voters saw as a win for Obama, that margin was just three points.

Geez, I sure hope people aren't telling the pollsters a candidate that they will not vote for in the voting booth!

Project Vote Smart,

From Project Vote Smart
The following are some of Steve Kagens voting percents and or grades when it comes to certain groups or political direction from our 8th district congressman. You read and you can decide!

Abortion Issues
2007 In 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Representative Kagen a grade of 100%

Steve is all for abortion here.

Budget, Spending and Taxes

2007 In 2007 Americans for Tax Reform gave Representative Kagen a grade of 0.

I guess Steve Kagen is against tax reform!

2007 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to FreedomWorks's position, Representative Kagen received a rating of 5.

2007 In 2007 National Taxpayers Union gave Representative Kagen a grade of F..

Wow, Steve is sure against taxpayers all together.

Business and Consumers

2007-2008 In 2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business gave Representative Kagen a rating of 56 in its 110th (2007-2008) Pre-Election Congressional Report.

Well, I guess he is for some independent businesses. The rest he wants government to take over!

2007 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee 7 percent in 2007.

Still not keen on business.

2007 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 50 percent in 2007.

Well, only half for business again.

2007-2008 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the Concerned Women for America 19 percent in 2007-2008.

Only 19 % for women? The NAGS must be telling him how to vote!

2007 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the American Conservative Union 4 percent in 2007.

Steve, all liberal 96% of the time!

2007 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 9 percent in 2007.

Anti American I guess!

2007 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the The Club for Growth 0 percent in 2007.

Steve is for more government and higher taxes

2007 In 2007 Traditional Values Coalition gave Representative Kagen a grade of 0.

Who needs values anyway!


2007 In 2007 National Education Association gave Representative Kagen a grade of A.

In tight with the teachers union!

Environmental Issues

2008 Representative Kagen supported the interests of the Environment America 100 percent in 2008.

Nice that Steve is in the pocket of the environmental wacko's!

2007 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to American Land Rights Association's position, Representative Kagen received a rating of 8.

Seems Steve wouldn't care if he took your land away here.

Need to send Steve Kagen back to private practice!

If you want to look further into Congressman Steve Kagen and his or other politicians records go ahead to the link

Doctor Shortage

From Wausau Daily Herald via The Pine River World News.

"Doctor shortage grows in Wisconsin
500 jobs posted online; patients could feel effects

By Amy Olson • Wausau Daily Herald • October 14, 2008 " Doctor shortage grows in Wisconsin | | Wausau Daily Herald

Wisconsin residents can expect to wait longer or travel farther to see a doctor as a long-anticipated shortage of physicians appears to be taking hold.

More than 500 job openings have been posted on a new physician recruiting Web site maintained by the Wisconsin Council for Medical Education and Workforce.

Aspirus has openings for doctors at 23 sites, said Dawn Decker, manager of physician recruitment for Aspirus Clinics. Many of those openings are in primary care, a relatively new concern for the system.

"We hope our phones start ringing," Decker said.

By 2020, the country could face a shortage of 180,000 to 200,000 doctors, said David Nyman, manager of physician recruiting for Marshfield Clinic.

Marshfield Clinic is recruiting for 115 openings. For specialties such as orthopedics, the Clinic might hire doctors in their fourth year of residency, knowing they won't be able to start for two to three years, after their fellowship training is over.

By 2016 -- the year older baby boomers turn 70 years old -- the national ratio of physicians to the population is expected to peak, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Older doctors will be retiring as an aging population is demanding more health care.

"A lot of providers are age 50 and older," Nyman said.

Those shortages could mean longer waits for patients to get in to see their doctors, or that they might have to travel out of the area for specialty care.

Wisconsin retains 38 percent of the doctors who graduate from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin, said Dr. Carl Getto, chairman of the Wisconsin Council for Medical Education and Workforce. That isn't enough, however, to stay ahead of the growing demand for care.

Many medical school graduates choose to practice in the state where they attended medical school, completed their residency training or grew up, said Dr. Robert Fishman, a California native and UW graduate who now is a second-year resident at the Family Medicine Residency program in Wausau.

Younger doctors look for jobs via the Internet, Fishman said. Seeing a big need could help them know they're likely to have numerous patients to treat.

Could the doctor shortage also be the high cost of malpractice insurance?

Looks like one step closer to Canadian and European health care! Is that what the people of Wisconsin really want. With the liberals in charge, that's what their going to get!

Kagen Mailer From California

In the mail today.

Why is this special interest mailer for Steve Kagen sent from California?

Presorted Standard U S Postage PAID Rancho Cordova,CA. Permit #275

How much special interest money is Steve Kagen getting for his election.

What promises is Steve Kagen making to to Americas Agenda?

Oh that's right, maybe this was supposed to be sent to the 8th district from California (Nancy Pelosi's district) or maybe Nancy Pelosi had it sent from California for Steve Kagen to Wisconsin.

Keep California politics out of Wisconsin.

Send Steve Kagen back to private practice.

Also the ad makes the comment, "If kids (hate the word "kids" their children) had a voice", Maybe Steve Kagen wants school children grades K4 - 12 to vote!

Oconto County Times Herald Sold

Shellman Publishing sold. Another part of Oconto county to change forever.
"Wolf River Media buys Oconto County papers

The Associated Press • October 14, 2008 " Wolf River Media buys Oconto County papers | | Appleton Post-Crescent

SHAWANO — Wolf River Media LLC announced Monday it has acquired a weekly newspaper and shopper in Oconto County.

The company, which publishes the Shawano Leader among other products, purchased The Oconto County Times-Herald and The Bonus Paper from Shellman Publishing Co. Inc. of Oconto Falls.

Wonder if the Shawano Leader and Oconto County Times Herald will consolidate?Will they call it the

Leader Times Herald?

Shawano Leader Times?

or just expand the Shawano Leader, maybe say good bye to the OC Times Herald.

I wonder if my letter to the editor will still get in. We shall see.

Oh by the way, those who ran the OCTH, thank you for all your good work. You like all other newspapers sometimes showed your bias but still did a pretty good job.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Reminds Me Of My Daughter

From Patrick McIlheran
"It's the thought that counts, not the flavor
By Patrick McIlheran
Monday, Oct 13 2008, 05:34 PM
Neenah, as have some other school districts, has banned children from bringing sweets on their birthdays.

Not healthy, you know.

"In a classroom, it must be healthy," Steve Dreger, director of curriculum and instructional technology, told the press. "We are prohibiting anything that does not meet the wellness policy's nutritional standards."

Which at least one parent thinks is so nuts, it's worth calling out the district publicly: Banning cupcakes or cookies or little candies "does not teach our children how to balance their diet or eat in moderation," said Vicki Denzin, a Neenah mother. "Dietitians don't teach morbidly obese patients or severe diabetic people to completely ban sweets. Rather, they teach moderation, portion control and calorie count."

Besides, isn't the point of birthday treats to be, well, a treat? The district apparently prefers fruit or vegetables or yogurt or, maybe, string cheese as birthday treats -- just the sort of things to make the day special, even though, of course, the kids have exactly those things in their lunchboxes daily.

"It's not the act of bringing in a sugary cupcake (that is important)," principal Diane Galow of Tullar Elementary School said. "It's the ability to share that treat and be recognized that it's their birthday or special day."

Mm-hm. Let's look:

First-grader No. 1: "It's my birthday."

First-grader No. 2: "Happy birthday."

First-grader No. 1: "My mom said I couldn't bring cookies. Here's a carrot stick."

First-grader No. 2: "I appreciate your concern for my health. I'm repulsed by the bitter aftertaste that supersedes the initial sweetness and, just last night, my parents made me sit at the table until 8:17 before they relented and let me go to bed without touching the carrots, but, still, I appreciate the thought. Let's feed it to the classroom's pet guinea pig."

First-grader No. 1: "OK."" Patrick McIlheran: Right On

I remember 23 years ago, I sat at the table from 5:00 pm till 9:30PM. I told my daughter the two of us would not leave the table till she ate her supper.

I broke down at 9:30 and sent her to bed. Children don't like carrots!
She's still daddies little girl.

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NRA Election Grading

National Rifle Association grading for politicians for some area election races.
District 8

District 57

District 89

District 6

"District 30

National Rifle Association | Political Victory Fund

It's just a grade and doesn't mean a thing.

Kagen is running scared for office and is pandering to anyone he can. I do not understand his endorsement by the NRA. I don't think the NRA did their homework on Kagen. I think they should rethink their endorsement policy.


should show NRA members they would take your arms away in a flash.

Will The MSM Report This

"Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress
Tim Mahoney Elected to Remove 'Ethical Cloud' of His Disgraced Predecessor, Mark Foley" ABC News: Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress

Oct. 13, 2008

West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him, according to current and former members of his staff who have been briefed on the settlement, which involved Mahoney and his campaign committee.

Mahoney, who is married, also promised the woman, Patricia Allen, a $50,000 a year job for two years at the agency that handles his campaign advertising, the staffers said.

Will we see anything in the Green Bay Press or Appleton Post Crescent? WLUK,WBAY or WFRV?

Bet we will see something at the Lakeland - Time? Was their any cover up here? Will anyone resign? The difference is republicans get caught and screwed and democrats get a pass!

Dodger Blue

Kuroda sends a message in Dodgers' win
By Bill Plaschke
When the pitcher threw one over Shane Victorino's head, the ball missed the player but made a mark in this series.
• Dodgers pound Phillies 7-2, trail series 2-1" Los Angeles Times - News from Los Angeles, California and the World

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lord , Please Show Me The Right Way

From Dad 29,

Dear Lord! Tell us this is not true!
"Seems that the USCC's "Catholic Charities" guys don't get it.

The 2007 grantees include ACORN (search "Association" for the disappointing reality.)

Boston, $25,000.00
Hawaii, $30,000.00
San Francisco, $30,000.00
San Mateo, $35,000.00
San Bernardino, $30,000.00
Oakland, $30,000.00
Fresno, $30,000.00
Houston, $25,000.00
Fort Worth, $25,000.00
El Paso, $25,000.00
Irving, $25,000.00
New Mexico, $25,000.00
Little Rock, $25,000.00
Tucson, $20,000.00
Phoenix $30,000.00
Phoenix $30,000.00 (yes, there were two different ACORN organizations, each getting a grant.)
Indianapolis, $35,000.00
Raleigh, $25,000.00
Mississippi, $30,000.00
New Orleans, $30,000.00
**Baton Rouge** Louisiana IAF (!!!) $30,000.00
Atlanta, $25,000.00
Orlando, $30,000.00
Miami, $25,000.00
Miami, $25,000.00 (yes, there were two different ACORN organizations, each getting a grant.)
Birmingham, $25,000.00
Pittsburgh, $25,000.00
Harrisburg, $25,000.00
Allentown, $25,000.00
Columbus, $25,000.00
Cleveland, $30,000.00
Cincinnatti, $25,000.00
Metuchen, $25,000.00
Grand Rapids, $25,000.00
Wilmington (DE) $25,000.00
Providence $25,000.00

All told, $945,000.00 (including the Marxist/Alinsky IAF)

" Dad29

Drink And Be Happy

E mailed from a friend in Ohio.

"If you purchased $1,000 in stock in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today.

If you purchased $1,000 in stock in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.

If you purchased $1,000 in stock in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.

But, if you purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans in for a recycling refund, you would have $214.00 today. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles per year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol per year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon! Makes you proud to be an American!"

Really,You Don't Say

"Many convicted felons remain on voter rolls, according to Sun Sentinel investigation
Thousands who should be ineligible are registered to vote

Reported by Peter Franceschina, Sally Kestin, John Maines, Megan O'Matz and Dana Williams Written by Sally Kestin
October 12, 2008" Many convicted felons remain on voter rolls, according to Sun Sentinel investigation -- South Florida

More than 30,000 Florida felons who by law should have been stripped of their right to vote remain registered to cast ballots in this presidential battleground state, a Sun Sentinel investigation has found.

Many are faithful voters, with at least 4,900 turning out in past elections.

Another 5,600 are not likely to vote Nov. 4 — they're still in prison.

Of the felons who registered with a party, Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one.

Taxpayers On The Hook Again

From The NYT.

How much did, will the Wisconsin taxpayers shell out and will they keep shelling out our money for someone else gain? Why should we subsidize the hollywood left!

"October 12, 2008
States’ Film Production Incentives Cause Jitters

LOS ANGELES — Already on the hook for billions to bail out Wall Street, taxpayers are also finding themselves stuck with a growing tab for state programs intended to increase local film production.

One of the most shocking bills has come due in Louisiana, where residents are financing a hefty share of Brad Pitt’s next movie — $27,117,737, to be exact, which the producers will receive by cashing or selling off valuable tax credits." States’ Film Production Incentives Cause Jitters -

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