Saturday, December 27, 2008

Come On, Your Pulling My Leg

From Real Debate Wisconsin

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

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No big deal!

Record Cold For Barack Obama's Inauguration Party


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

Record cold temps. at O's party.

That's my prediction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good for them.

We shall see, global warming?

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

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

O K, we shall see!

Tax Payers Pay For Bailout And The Union Golfs

From Fox News.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last sentence, what is wrong with a Ramada Inn?

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


Friday, December 26, 2008

Black Bear Killed In Wisconsin

From Michigan Hunting Today.

Heard about this and wanted to see how big this bear really was.
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Posted by MikeAdams on December 22, 2008" Wisconsin Black Bear Killed By Combine - Hooks & Bullets - Follow us through the woods and waters of Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The 12 Pains of Christmas

It's finally over for today.

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


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

The Sermon From 'The Bishop's Wife'

From Brian at Space For Commerce.

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

"The sermon from 'The Bishop's Wife'

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

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

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

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


Space For Commerce, by Brian Dunbar

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Birth Of Our Lord And Savior

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas

From the Berry Laker family to you and yours,

Merry Christmas

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Packers Bring In Reserve Players

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

"Lambeau Field shovelers sought

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 22, 2008

Steve Kagen, Ear Marks For The 8th District

Came across earmarks for Steve Kagen!

Interesting reading!

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

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

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

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

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


New Year Prediction For The Future

While listening to 1130 WISN had a discussion with my ANGEL

Mike Holgrem

goes to Dallas

or Green Bay

in 09

or 2010.

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

Mrs Berry Laker wanted me to put it in writing.

MBL, there you go!

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

We Are In Trouble

E mail from a friend from Colorado.

We are in trouble...

The population of this country is 300 million.

160 million are retired.

That leaves 140 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school.

Which leaves 55 million to do the work.

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

Leaving 15 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama

Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.

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

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

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

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

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And there you are,

Sitting on your ass,

At your computer, reading jokes

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Joke Of The day

From Email.

The Wongs

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

Are you ready for this?
.Sum Ting Wong


From an e mail.

This is getting scary!

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

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

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