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Clint Bowyer 4977 Leader
Carl Edwards 4921 -56
My take, Carl wins title by 10 pts.
"Should U.S. bail out General Motors?
NEW YORK -- What's good for General Motors, so the saying goes, is good for the country.
Whether or not one agreed with this bit of conventional wisdom as a guide for formulating policy, there's no doubt that there was an era when the health of GM was perhaps the best barometer one could find for the overall state of the United States economy -- an era that reached its apex in the post-World War II years." Should U.S. bail out General Motors?
"Handgun purchases in Wisconsin skyrocketed 82% in the days before and after Barack Obama's election as president compared with the same 13 days in November last year, figures on state background checks show.
Most of the early November background checks took place after the Nov. 4 presidential election, a sign that gun owners anticipate new restrictions with Democrats taking control of the federal government.
Calls for background checks that are required for the purchase of handguns have flooded the state agency. In the first 13 days of the month, 2,642 background checks were requested. During the same 13 days last November, the number was 1,453, state Justice Department spokesman Bill Cosh said.
Tom Smith of Eagle said Friday that he purchased two handguns, a .22-caliber snub nose and a .45-caliber semiautomatic, in the days before the election when it became clear Obama would win.
"I bought them because I was afraid they were going to be outlawed . . . ," said Smith, who was at the McMiller Sports Center shooting range near Eagle in western Waukesha County."
Obama election triggers run on gun sales in state - JSOnline
"11/14/2008 2:20:00 PM
Parents address fourth grade class issues with MHLT board
Concerns raised over behavioral, academic issues
Twenty parents came before the board at Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Lake Tomahawk Elementary School to express their concern regarding the behavioral issues and academic progress of the fourth grade class." Parents address fourth grade class issues with MHLT board
"The lower kids are being left behind as well as the other ones. I don't want to use this term, but I'm going to use it. We are 'dumbing down' our curriculum, and all the kids are losing. I don't think it's fair to any of them," Abby Smith said.
"Gov. Jim Doyle contacted by Barack Obama's transition team
The Associated Press • November 14, 2008 " Gov. Jim Doyle contacted by Barack Obama's transition team | fdlreporter.com | Fond du Lac Reporter
MADISON — Gov. Jim Doyle, an early supporter of Barack Obama, has been contacted by the president-elect’s transition team, Doyle’s spokesman said today.
Doyle’s spokesman Lee Sensenbrenner said the contact was recent, but he didn’t have any details about it. Stephanie Cutter, spokeswoman for Obama’s transition team, said the team is not confirming or denying any contacts that have been made.
"The Conservative's Handbook - Part I"
The Right View Wisconsin
You can read this article here. While reading this, it occured to me that we haven’t heard much about this from anyone other than Ald. Bohren - so thanks to him for the heads-up on this. I think it will be interesting to see where this whole issue leads us and how much it will cost us. But why is the DNR doing this now? Anyone have any clues? Of course, usually you just follow the money and you can usually find your answers…
"The DNR’s requirements spurred more than 40 communities to approve storm water user charges since 2002. Fees are charged on the surface area of a property, so a large retailer or operator of a municipal parking lot pays more than the owner of a typical single-family dwelling."
"EPA Coal Decision Levels Playing Field for Wind, Solar"
EPA Coal Decision Levels Playing Field for Wind, Solar | Wired Science from Wired.com
"The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.
I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts. " PETER HITCHENS: The night we waved goodbye to America...our last best hope on Earth | Mail Online
And it was interesting how the President-elect failed to lift his admiring audience by repeated – but rather hesitant – invocations of the brainless slogan he was forced by his minders to adopt against his will – ‘Yes, we can’. They were supposed to thunder ‘Yes, we can!’ back at him, but they just wouldn’t join in. No wonder. Yes we can what exactly? Go home and keep a close eye on the tax rate, is my advice. He’d have been better off bursting into ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony’ which contains roughly the same message and might have attracted some valuable commercial sponsorship.
"As the Post reported Thursday, the Yanks skipped the appetizers and moved straight to the main course with Sabathia and offered the largest pitching package in history as an opening strike to land their No. 1 target." YANKS TRY TO BLOW AWAY CC WITH DEAL TOPPING SANTANA'S - New York Post
"Ames, IA -- (Sports Network) - Tone Boyle scored 20 points to lead the Wisconsin- Milwaukee Panthers to a convincing, 75-51 victory over the Loyola-Marymount Lions in the opening round of the World Vision Classic at the Hilton Coliseum." NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin-Milwaukee Vs. Loyola-Marymount - BIG 12 Sports News Story - WISN Milwaukee
Congratulations on the fabulous and historic election of President Barack Obama!!!
As we celebrate our new President-elect and all the changes he will bring to our nation, we must not turn a blind eye to the final actions of George Bush.
Incredibly, Washington is already buzzing with Bush's plans to block all investigations of his crimes and even to pardon everyone involved - including Cheney and himself. Chris Matthews is even counting down the days .
Does Bush have the power to pardon everyone in his administration? Yes.
Will he abuse that power to stay out of jail? Only if we let him.
We must create a groundswell of opposition to any pardons by George Bush, so he understands that he will be impeached and prosecuted for issuing corrupt pardons.
Please help us launch a massive movement against pardons by signing our petition to Congress and telling your friends:
We will announce additional plans to stop Bush's pardons in the coming days. Read more about our efforts and join our discussion here:
Thanks for all you do!
"In a statement to broadcast media Thursday, Isaacson denied SIST had made any threats and accused the city of creating the “hit list” to stoke public sentiment against the group. She said the group had been the victim of a scam perpetrated by the city and a man she claims was hired by the city to rob the group.
“He was a hired gun from the city to rob us of $175,000, and when the city found out we were going to Washington D.C. to higher-up officials to complain about the scam, then they quickly hurried up and created a hit list to terrorize and rouse and inflame the public in this community,” she said." Shawano Leader
" The Divorce Letter:
>> Dear Wife:
>> I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you forever.
>> I've been a good man to you for seven years and I have nothing to show
>> for it.
>> These last two weeks have been hell.
>> Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today and that was the
>> last straw.
>> Last week, you came home and didn't even notice that I had a new
>> cooked your favorite meal and even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers.
>> You ate in two minutes, and went straight to sleep after watching all of
>> your soaps.
>> You don't tell me you love me anymore; you don't want sex or anything
>> connects us as husband and wife.
>> Either you're cheating on me or you don't love me anymore; whatever the
>> case, I'm gone.
>> Your EX-Husband
>> P.S. Don't try to find me. Your SISTER and I are moving away to West
>> Virginia together! Have a great life!
>> Dear Ex-Husband -
>> Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter.
>> It's true that you and I have been married for seven years, although a
>> man is a far cry from what you've been.
>> I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining and
>> Too bad that doesn't work.
>> I DID notice when you got a hair cut last week, but the first thing that
>> came to mind was 'You look just like a girl!'
>> Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can't say something
>> nice, I didn't comment.
>> And when you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused
>> with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork seven years ago.
>> About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99
>> tag was still on them, and I prayed that it was a coincidence that my
>> had just borrowed fifty dollars from me that morning.
>> After all of this, I still loved you and felt that we could work it out.
>> So when I hit the lotto for ten million dollars, I quit my job and bought
>> two tickets to Jamaica.
>> But when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason, I
>> I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted.
>> My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won't get a dime
>> from me.
>> So take care.
>> Your Ex-Wife, Rich As Hell and Free!
>> P.S. I don't know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born
>> Carl. I hope that's not a problem.
"I believe that we need to put a line in the sand and say, “Here, right here in Peshtigo,,, it stops here! We are going to honor our Lord with an American cultural typical “Christmas” not a “holiday” party.” "
The Liberty Tree Lantern
Winnebago, Sheboygan and Outagamie counties have the highest number of known gangs in northeast Wisconsin, according to a state Department of Justice study.
1. Winnebago with 56
2. Sheboygan with 50
3. Outagamie with 43
In Brown County (about 33 gangs), the Green Bay Police Department reported significant problems with Asian, Hispanic, motorcycle and street gangs.
Gangs are migrating from larger cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul. There is also “homegrown” gang activity.
"GANGS ACTIVE IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (minus the motorcycle gangs):
Known Asian Gangs:
* Asian Bloods
* Asian Cobras
* Asian Crips (Asian Criminals, AC)
* Asian Empirez
* Asian King Posse
* Asian Netural Boys (ANB)
* Crazy Hmong Boys
* Hmong Nation Society (HNS)
* Imperial gangsters (Almighty Imperial Gangsters, IG)
* Laotian Posse
* Menace of Destruction (Men of Destruction, Masters of Destruction, MOD)
* Orange Boy Kilt
* Oriental Ruthless Boys (ORB)
* Sheboygan Boy Gangsters (Sheboygan Boyz, Sheboygan Boys Gang, SBG) Tiny Man Crew (Too Man Chinks, True Mafia Crips, TMC)
* Young N Dangerous (Y&D, YND, AYD)
Hispanic Latino Gangs
* 2-6 Gang
* Brown Town
* Insane Vice Lords
* La Nuestra Familia
* La Raza
* Latin Kings (LK, ALmighty Latin King Nation, ALKN)
* Latin Souls
* Latin Thugs
* Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)
* Mexican Mafia (MM,La Eme)
* Mexican Posse (MP-13)
* Spanish Cobras
* Texas Syndicate (TS)
* Tres Puntos (3 P’s)
* 21st Street Boys
* Black Gangster Disciples (BGD)
* Black P-Stone Nation (P-Stone Nation)
* Brothers of the Struggle
* C14 Street
* Crips (Black Crisps)
* Four Corner Hustlers (4 Corner Hustlers)
* Gangster Disciples (GD)
* Ghost Gangster Disciples
* Juggalos (Big Money Hustlas)
* Omro Gang
* Sin City Royals (Simon City Royals)
* Sovereign Nation Warrior (SNW, S&W’s)
* Vice Lords
* Albanian 96 Mafia
* Immortal Lost Souls (ILS)
* Unity Gang
* White Supremacists (Aryan Brotherhood, Aryan Circle, Ayran nation, Ku Klux Klan, Skinheads)" Sheboygan Shenanigans
"UPDATE 1-U.S. automakers bailout outlook in doubt-senator
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:18pm ES"
UPDATE 1-U.S. automakers bailout outlook in doubt-senator | Markets | Markets News | Reuters
"Doyle approved 56 grants statewide totaling $6,769,633 in state and federal money that will help purchase specialized transit service vehicles." Wausau organization that serves elderly, disabled persons receives $566,000 grant to purchase buses | wausaudailyherald.com | Wausau Daily Herald
"'Implied threat' to 60 residents being probed
By Leader Staff
Federal authorities last week warned dozens of Shawano area residents they may be targeted for potential violence or harassment.
Authorities have not disclosed how the list of names was obtained or why they believe there was a threat to the persons it named.
The FBI acknowledged the possible threat and the investigation in a brief statement made available to news media Wednesday.
“The FBI made a public announcement to 60 potential victims in Shawano, Wis. on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The FBI advised these individuals that they were potential victims of an implied threat that was discovered as part of an ongoing investigation,” said the statement, read by spokesman Leonard Peace. “Pursuant to FBI policy, the potential victims were notified of the implied threat.”
The statement added: “This is an ongoing investigation and specific details of this case will not be released at this time.”
More in today's Leader" Shawano Leader
"Want Some Government Money? Apply Now!
November 12, 2008 1:02 PM" The World Newser
This morning Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson addressed a skeptical press about the latest plans for those 700 billion dollars that were appropriated for the "TARP" -- or Troubled Asset Recovery Program. Now Paulson says Treasury won't buy those "Trouble Assets" -- one of the many metamorphoses this program has had in its young life.
NASCAR 2011 season. NASCAR announced the 2011 schedule with 15 races after NASCAR failed to find enough female, African American, Hispanic, Hmong, Cuban, Venezuelan, German, Chinese, Korean and Bisexual drivers. Races were canceled at all tracks in states that voted for President Obama in 2008. Only r,, neck red states were able to hold races. Liberal blue states kept their distance trying to stay away from race fans.
Cities left on the race schedule included Atlanta , Talladega, Texas, Kansas, Phoenix, which gives each city holding three races each through the season. Daytona was hoping to keep the 500 but election results and the voters of Florida did not want to upset the President for running the race in Florida. The finale championchip race will be held at the Kentucky Speedway. The furthest northern red state of the 2008 election. The NASCAR president had no choice after President Obama threatened to withhold the switch grass fuel that the cars now run on!
COT Car Testing. The new NASCAR Car of Today was tested this week at Kentucky Speedway to get ready for the shortened Nascar season. Pat Jane lead race weeks with a top speed of 89.75 mph. He / She said the GM / Dodge (not sure) Smart car felt real good around turn five but was constrained in turn seven. Crew chief Yang Ho See said they will adjust the car by next year.
Car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking forward to his new ownership with Honda / Toyota.
Switch Grass Fuel Problems. NASCAR teams are frustated at the switch grass fuel clogging up the smaller carburetors. Teams were hoping to use the 87 octane ethanol fuel they were promised last year to start the season. The shortage of ethanol because of the 95 % bankruptcy rate of corn farmers across the country forced NASCAR to change fuels. The Obama government refused to bail out U S Farmers after corn prices fell from heavy corn imports from China, Russia and Venezuela.
Protesters at Texas. Protesters walked outside Texas speedway after the speedway was forced to the non smoking ban at the track. Fans were also upset that all beer and Mikes Hard Lemonade was banned and now are forced to drink Merlo and Blackcurrant/Cassis wine at the track.
Race Weeks Schedule. Race weeks starts with qualifying on Nickelodeon Tuesday at 8:00 am. The race will be carried on C Span-2 at 7:00 am eastern three weeks from Tuesday on January 17th 2011.
"Jimmie Johnson's dominance may have taken some of the sizzle out of the Sprint Cup Chase for the championship, but that doesn't mean NASCAR chairman Brian France thinks Johnson's last major steps toward a third consecutive points title had to be relegated to cable TV.
France said Tuesday he wasn't pleased with ABC's decision to bump the final laps of last weekend's race in Phoenix to ABC-owned ESPN2 so the network could air an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos." NASCAR.COM - France rues ABC move, says TV partners "in line" - Nov 11, 2008
""I saw it was for $95 and I knew there was an increase in fees so I didn't think too much of it," he recalled. "But then I went to renew [the plates] online, saw the itemized list, and saw there was a $20 wheel tax."
"I was pretty sure there was no wheel tax in Greenfield, so I looked it up and it was the City of Milwaukee [tax] they wanted to charge me."
The Milwaukee Common Council passed the so-called "wheel tax," a $20-per-car registration fee, for City of Milwaukee residents in July.
So how did Krueger, a Greenfield resident, get stuck with it?"
Badger Blog Alliance
"Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Motor City Blues: An Analysis on Bailouts and the Big Three"
Reicon: The Motor City Blues: An Analysis on Bailouts and the Big Three
On May 9, 1939, in front of the powerful, Democrat controlled House Ways and Means Committee, Henry Morgenthau Jr,. the 52nd United States Secretary of the Treasury said the following statement on his assessment of the state of the economy in the heart of the Great Depression.
"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong...somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises....I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started....And an enormous debt to boot!"
"November 11, 2008, 3:23 pm
$12 Million for Transition to Obama Administration
Susan Davis reports on the presidential transition.
The effort under way to smooth the transition from a Bush administration to an Obama administration will cost $12 million and employ about 450 staffers, Obama-Biden transition team co-chair John Podesta told reporters today. " Washington Wire - WSJ.com : $12 Million for Transition to Obama Administration
Seeking to keep good on a campaign pledge, Podesta said
the Obama team will enforce strict ethics and gift rules on
who can help with the transition effort.
Podesta said they are the “strictest ethics rules ever applied” to a transition, which will ban federal lobbyists from donating to the transition fund, similar to the rules Obama used for his campaign.
As is customary, Congress has appropriated $5.2 million in transition funds, and the rest will come from small donors, he said. The maximum individual donation is $5,000 and all donors will be disclosed on a monthly basis.
"Wineke is second Dem official to urge income tax surtax
By Steven Walters of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 10, 2008 | Madison -- State Democratic Party Chairman Joe Wineke said today that Democrats who control the Capitol should consider a temporary increase in the income tax to fix the state budget, as long as they also cut some spending programs.
"Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet," Wineke said in an interview with a Journal Sentinel reporter on the WisconsinEye public affairs network. He said he thought voters would understand a one-time surcharge to finally fix the state's budget, which he said has been running a deficit since the 1990s.
Wineke was the second Democratic official to call for a temporary increase in the income tax to fix the 2009-'10 budget, which Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle has said faces a budget deficit of more than $3 billion. Former Gov. Tony Earl made a similar suggestion in an interview last week.
In 1983, Earl signed into law a 10% temporary income tax surcharge to pay for state services in the face of another national recession."
Wineke is second Dem official to urge income tax surtax - JSOnline
"Obama likely to escape campaign audit
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 11/11/08 11:14 AM EST
" Obama likely to escape campaign audit - Kenneth P. Vogel - Politico.com
The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign’s record-shattering windfall, despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting that had the McCain campaign crying foul.
Adding insult to injury for Republicans: The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCain’s campaign coffers, which will take months, if not years, and cost McCain millions of dollars to defend.
Obama is expected to escape that level of scrutiny mostly because he declined an $84 million public grant for his campaign that automatically triggers an audit and because the sheer volume of cash he raised and spent minimizes the significance of his errors. Another factor: The FEC, which would have to vote to launch an audit, is prone to deadlocking on issues that inordinately impact one party or the other – like approving a messy and high-profile probe of a sitting president.
McCain, on the other hand, accepted the $84 million in taxpayer money, which not only barred him from raising or spending more – allowing Obama to fund many times more ads and ground operations – but also will keep his lawyers busy for a couple years explaining how every penny was spent.
"Wisconsin regulators say no to new power plant
The Associated Press • November 11, 2008 "
Wisconsin regulators say no to new power plant | fdlreporter.com | Fond du Lac Reporter
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators have rejected a plan to build a new coal-fired power plant in southwestern Wisconsin.
Alliant Energy subsidiary Wisconsin Power & Light has been working for months to win permission for the $1.3 billion plant in Cassville on the Mississippi River. The company says the plant could produce enough energy to power 150,000 homes.
Environmentalists have opposed the project. But Alliant says it would use renewable fuel for 20 percent of the plant’s output and shut down an aging coal-fired boiler in Sheboygan.
Public Service Commission Chairman Eric Callisto says the project looks too expensive and the emissions control proposals won’t offset the plant’s pollution.
He suggested Alliant buy power from elsewhere or consider natural gas-fired plants.
"State to clerks: Check IDs of all new voters since 2006
By Ryan J. Foley • The Associated Press • November 11, 2008
" State to clerks: Check IDs of all new voters since 2006 | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette
MADISON — The Government Accountability Board decided today it will require clerks to perform identity checks on all voters who registered since 2006, a move it resisted before last week’s election.
The checks in which voters’ personal information is compared against other government databases are required under a federal law designed to ensure clean elections.
Two county clerks urged the board not to require the checks until their work slows down after next April’s spring election — a request the board did not act on one way or the other today.
"Milwaukee woman who voted twice won't be charged
The Associated Press • November 11, 2008 "
Milwaukee woman who voted twice won't be charged | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette
MADISON — A prosecutor who pursues voter fraud issues says he won’t file charges against a woman who voted twice in last week’s election.
The Milwaukee woman said she voted absentee and in person at her neighborhood polling place on Nov. 4. Edna Byrd said she thought poll workers would turn her away or the machine wouldn’t accept her ballot because she had voted absentee.
But after her ballot was accepted, Byrd panicked and turned herself in to the Government Accountability Board.
Assistant Milwaukee County District Attorney Bruce Landgraf confirmed today that he spoke with Byrd and will not pursue charges. Because Byrd turned herself in immediately, Landgraf said he did not see any evidence of criminal intent.
"Immigration-Reduction Report Card"
Immigration Voting Report Card for Rep. Steven Kagen, M.D.
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"Doyle says state deficit to exceed $5 billion
By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
" Doyle says state deficit to exceed $5 billion - JSOnline
Madison - Gov. Jim Doyle gave a grim assessment of the state budget Tuesday, saying the deficit would top $5 billion through mid-2011, making it by far the biggest budget gap in state history.
The Democratic governor also endorsed plans to impose taxes on oil companies and hospitals - ideas he has pushed for two years but that Republicans who controlled the state Assembly blocked. Doyle's tax proposals have a much better chance after last week's election because Democrats will now run both houses of the Legislature and the governor's office.
Doyle said he hoped to avoid increases in the sales tax and income tax, but could not rule them out.
"How is Central Wisconsin faring economically?
Central Wisconsin shares nation's worries, but things here relatively good
By Mark Multer • Wausau Daily Herald • November 9, 2008 " How is Central Wisconsin faring economically? | wausaudailyherald.com | Wausau Daily Herald
By all accounts, concerns about the economy weighed heavily on the minds of voters as Barack Obama surged to victory in Tuesday's presidential election.
Central Wisconsin seemed to share those concerns, with 54 percent of Marathon County's voters backing Obama. Workers here are worried about whether they will have jobs tomorrow. Families wonder how they will save for their children's education as they limit their spending in light of higher food and energy costs. And investors are holding their breath.
Yet central Wisconsin seems to have some things going for it. Our inflation rate remains low. The housing market hasn't taken the same hit as in most places. Gasoline prices are down.