Saturday, January 31, 2009

Deranged Dems

From the New York Post and Michelle Malkin

Drudge Breaking News

From Drudge.


It's 3:40 p m , wonder what the news is?

Drudge will tell us.

Sunday Morning update ; From Notw

14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe

THIS is the astonishing picture which could destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history.

In our exclusive photo Michael Phelps, who won a record EIGHT gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, draws from a bong.

The glass pipes are generally used to smoke cannabis.


Warning from Goooooooogle

From the Telegraph.

This happened to me while I was doing a search this morning for Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation looking if the Lakeland-Times won an award.

I thought the MSM was spreading a virus against conservative blogs. Guess not.
"An apparent system error left millions of visitors to the site puzzled when links to all search results were flagged with the warning 'This site may harm your computer'.

It is thought the site had erroneously identified all other websites - and some of its own pages - as containing malicious software or 'malware'. " Millions hit by Google 'breakdown' - Telegraph

The glitch, which prevented internet users from directly clicking through to search results, was fixed within 30 minutes although users of Google's email service Gmail have since reported finding genuine messages sent mistakenly to spam folders.

Uncommon by Tony Dungy

Highly recommend this book by Tony Dungy


Purchased two for the younger Berry Lakers.

Link to Amazon

Look Out, Here Comes Another

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama promised on Saturday to help lower Americans' mortgage costs with a new plan, coming soon, that would revive the financial system and "get credit flowing again."" Obama pledges mortgage help with new financial plan | Reuters

Oh boy, grab your wallets!

What's The Big Deal

From the Appleton Post Crescent
"Nearly 30,000 people and businesses are delinquent on Wisconsin taxes." Story, database: Thousands owe Wisconsin back taxes; search the 'Website of Shame' | | Appleton Post-Crescent

What about

Charlie Rangel

Timothy Geithner

Tom Daschle

Need A Leader

From the Award Winning(or should be award winning) Lakeland-Times
"1/30/2009 9:08:00 AM
The American people need a leader"
The American people need a leader

Gregg Walker Publisher

President Barack Obama has been in office only a little more than a week, and he has already disgraced himself and proven he is not responsible enough to have his job.

Case in point: The president and his team spent close to $160 million on his inauguration at a time when this nation is teetering on the brink of a depression.

No matter how you cut it, that's over the top, and the president would have known so if he had ever bothered to look into the faces of the crowds around him and seen the pain in their eyes.

Yes, Mr. President, people are hurting. Livelihoods and savings are disappearing. This past Monday alone, 62,000 jobs vanished, including 20,000 at Caterpillar. Since December 2007, 2.59 million jobs have gone by the boards.

Golf Jokes

From my brother, I promice last joke today.
Golf Stories

A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack!
"Help me dear," she groans to her husband.

The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter,
and lines up his putt.
His wife raises her
head off the green and stares at him. "I'm dying here and you're putting?"
"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, " they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you."

"Well, how long will it take for him to get here," she asks feebly?

"No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."

A gushy reporter told Phil Michelson, "You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way
around the course. What's your secret?"

Michelson replied, "The holes are numbered"

A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole my son? "

The young man says, "An 8-iron, father. How about you?"

The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray. "

The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards. The young man says, "I don't know about you father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down."

----------- ------- ------------
Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 5-iron standing over a lifeless man. The detective asks, "Ma'am, is
that your husband?"

"Yes " says the woman.

"Did you hit him with that golf club?"
Yes, yes, I did.." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her, hands on her face.

"How many times did you hit him?"

"I don't know, five, six, maybe seven times.....just put me down for a five."


A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through.
Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.

As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"
The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?"


The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side.
She said: "What are your golf clubs doing here?"

He looked her right in the eye and said, "This isn't going to take all day, is it?"


From my brother.









Pretty Much Says It All

From Mr Ol Broad
"A Russian arrives in New York City as a new immigrant to the United States . He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, “Thank you Mr. American for letting me into this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and a free education!”

The passerby says, “You are mistaken, I am a Mexican.”

The man goes on and encounters another passerby. “Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America.”

The person says, “I not American, I Vietnamese.”

The new arrival walks farther, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand, and says, “Thank you for wonderful America!”

That person puts up his hand and says, “I am from Middle East. I am not American.”

He finally sees a nice lady and asks, “Are you an American?”

She says, “No, I am from Africa.”

Puzzled, he asks her, “Where are all the Americans?”

The African lady checks her watch and says, “Probably at work.”

Courtesy of Mr Ol Broad." An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

Another Obama Tax Cheat

From ABC News.

How many more will we hear about. This is a broken record.
ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama's secretary of health and human services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.

"During the vetting process to become HHS secretary, Daschle corrected the tax violation, voluntarily paying $101,943 in back taxes plus interest, working with his accountant to amend his tax returns for 2005 through 2007. " Political Punch: Bumps in the Road: Obama's HHS Secretary Nominee Faces Tax Questions Over Car and Driver

How many more will there be?

The most honest administration in history. Open transparency, yada,yada,yada.

Sure sure.

Run For 8th District

Wisconsin 8th District residents.


Looks like Marc Savard is running for the 8th district seat for Wisconsin agaist Steve Kagen.

"This site is where I will be communicating with the residents of the 8th district, in the most efficient and direct way possible. I am concerned about our environment, and e-communication is a very green method of creating real connections in real time. You will be communicating with me, not with a staffer who will get back to you at their convenience, with a very perfunctory response. I want to hear what you have to say, and I want you to know not only what I think but what I’m all about and why I want to represent you in our nation’s capital." Savard for Congress

Don't know much about Mr. Savard except what he has on his web site. He certainly is starting early.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Seas Will Calm

From the WSJ.

I thought all was to be good after the messiah's election?

Stocks wrapped up their worst January on record with a final plunge on Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished January down 8.84% on the month. Perviously, the worst January for the Dow had been that of 1916, when it fell 8.64%. Friday, the Dow dropped 148.15 points to 8000.86 after briefly dipping below the 8000 mark. The Dow has fallen five straight months and in 12 of the last 15."
Dow Closes at 8000 -

Trunk Monkey

From Real Debate

Michael Steele Elected

From Drudge and Breitbart.

" WASHINGTON (AP) - Michael Steele was elected Republican National Committee chairman on Friday, defeating the incumbent party chief and three other challengers over six rounds of voting to become the first black to lead the GOP."
GOP elects first black national party chairman

I do not know Mr. Steele that well but the following gave me concern.
Steele was the most moderate candidate in the field and was considered an outsider because he's not an RNC member.

"Moderate", WHAT! Not sure if that is a comment from the Rockefeller wing of the party.

I am sick and tired of mavericks, moderates and RINO's!

I will hold my opinion until I hear more of what direction he takes and who does he feel the leaders of the party should be. No high fives yet.What is is his opinion on the Reagan republicans? Pssst, Palin, Jindal.

If the republican party does not get back to it's conservative roots, well, who knows.
Update, Fred over at Real Debate said. "
For all of you not drunk on GOP politics, Steele is a Conservative's Conservative!"

Hope you are right Fred. I am a little tired of people who move to the right to get elected and then move to the center and left after they get elected.

Michael Steele

Typical Liberal

Yea yea, I changed some of the names but it's a joke and I think it fits. Got it from an e mail.

As a trucker stops for a red light, a liberal catches up. They jump out
of their car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door.

The trucker lowers the window, and they says "Hi, my name is Pat
and you are losing some of your load."

The trucker ignores them and proceeds down the street.

When the truck stops for another red light, the liberal catches up again.
They jump out of their car, runs up and knocks on the door.

Again, the trucker lowers the window. As if they've never spoken, the
liberal then says brightly, "Hi my name is Pat, and you are losing some
of your load!"

Shaking his head, the trucker ignores them again and continues down the

At the third red light, the same thing happens again.

All out of breath, the liberal gets out of their car, runs up, knocks on
the truck door. The trucker rolls down the window. Again they say
"Hi, my name is Pat, and you are losing some of your load!"

When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next

When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs
back to the liberal's car.

He knocks on their window, and after they lower it, he says:
"Hi, my name is Tom, it's winter in Wisconsin and I'm driving

Obama, Rhetoric

From Drudge, Breitbart and AP.
" WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the economic slump is a "continuing disaster" for America's families and says the country's leaders can't "drag our feet" on finding solutions for the ailing economy.

Obama then announced series of orders aimed at "leveling the playing field" for America's workers. "
Obama calls economic slump 'continuing disaster'

Who is holding up the Obama stimulus bill? Republicans, don't need them.

The U S senate is run by the democrat party. Why isn't my president making them work through the weekend so he can sign it next week?

I was told the senate will have their bill by mid February.
Mr. President, who is holding this up.

Where is your party on this.

Mr. President, show us some leadership.

Give them a stimulus or give me liberty.

O Canada

From Pine River World News and CBC News.

Sorry neighbors, can't buy Canadian.
"'Buy American' rule in U.S. stimulus bill could cost Canada jobs
Harper, Clement point to U.S. obligations under international treaties
Last Updated: Thursday, January 29, 2009 | 3:20 PM ET " '
Buy American' rule in U.S. stimulus bill could cost Canada jobs

I didn't vote for this administration.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Steve Kagen Voted Against Reducing Tax Rates

From NBC26 in Green Bay
"Kagen Opposed Real Tax Relief for Struggling Wisconsin Families

Posted: Jan 29, 2009 09:44 PM "
WGBA -Kagen Opposed Real Tax Relief for Struggling Wisconsin Families

Yesterday, Rep. Steve Kagan (D-WI) did not live up to his campaign promises for fiscal responsibility when he voted against tax breaks for working families and small businesses (House Roll Call 44).  Instead, he supported the Democrats' so-called "stimulus" plan, which will cost the constituents in Kagen's district $1,921,617,346. 
The details.
Kagen voted against reducing tax rates for 490,214 of his constituents in Wisconsin

Kagen voted against a 20% tax cut for 439,190 small employers in Wisconsin

The Wall Street Journal editorial board put Kagen's choice for the Democrat "stimulus" bill into perspective:

"This is supposed to be a new era of bipartisanship, but this bill was written based on the wish list of every living -- or dead -- Democratic interest group." (Wall Street Journal Editorial, 1/28/09)

Governor Lawton

From Lakeshore Laments.

Maybe a new Wisconsin Gov before we know it.
"Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich invoked his Wisconsin counterpart, Jim Doyle, again today in defending himself against impeachment charges at his Illinois Senate trial.

Among the articles of impeachment is Blagojevich’s program to allow state employees and retirees to import prescription drugs from foreign countries, a program Doyle and other governors also took part in. The impeachment report says that program violated federal law.

Blagojevich said if he is being impeached for that program, Doyle and other governors should be impeached, too. (See the Chicago Tribune’s coverage here.)

Last week, Blagojevich said he would have called Doyle and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, among other witnesses, to testify in his defense but that Illinois Senate rules prevented it." Lakeshore Laments

I bet there will be some who might just bring this up in Wisconsin.

Madam Governor.

Word Of The Day

Vocabulary word for the day:

LIQUIDITY: When you look at your investments and wet your pants.

Gary Tauchen, Wisconsin Budget Problems.

From the Shawano Leader. Comments about the states economy from our areas state rep. As you might not know, I am not fond of Representative Tauchen.

"State Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) agreed with the governor on the need to create jobs in the state.

“The situation with jobs is really critical and I think he hit that spot on, and we need to work in a bipartisan way to try to get our state going again,” Tauchen said, adding he has talked with economists who have said state unemployment could reach 9 percent by the end of the year.

“We need to try to do things differently. We need to restructure. Hopefully this challenge will give us the opportunity to do that. Over the long haul, it will hopefully bring a lot of positives,” he said.

But Tauchen cited at least one budgetary issue that remains a point of concern — the so-called “raiding” of segregated funds.

“Over the last three sessions, and both parties have been responsible for this, the governors have used segregated funds as a tool to balance the budget. It’s become standard practice; they call them raids,” Tauchen said.

Tauchen has a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to prevent raiding of segregated funds.

“The only way we can stop that practice is to have a constitutional amendment to stop that practice from happening,” he said.
" Shawano Leader

Can someone on Gary Tauchen's staff give him some positive talking points before he talks to the press.

First what does restructure mean?

What is this bipartisan dribble? What, is Mr. Tauchen partying with Jim Doyle? Your not there to get along. You were elected to serve your voters and not join the left!

"I agree with the governor." What did he say? Jim Doyle is chasing jobs and businesses from Wisconsin. If Gary is or was a farmer he ran a business, did he forget his roots? Sorry, I forgot most of us don't get big tax breaks, subsidies and price supports.

Take the burden off businesses and let the economy sky rocket.

"Hopefully bring a lot of positives." What does that mean?

O K, good idea about raiding the funds but, will the dems let Tauchen bring his bill for a vote? Gary, your in the minority. Will never happen. That will sound good for your reelection.

Where is talk of overspending in this state? What about tax cuts? How about tax breaks for businesses! No don't bring up ethanol!

Will Mr Tauchen bring positives to our state by raising taxes and user fee's for the sake of bipartisanship?

I question if Mr Tauchen is really a republican. First, he worked in the Clinton administration. Second he probably ran in this area as a republican because of the strong republican base. Third, why bring up this bipartisanship crap. This is our state and we want less government, less taxes, less user fees, less of Madison. Fourth, if Gary Tauchen fights for the ethanol industry, he is no friend for the people of his district. If Gary Tauchen is for what is right, take the ethanol mandates out. Let ethanol sell on it's own merits! Prove that ethanol is worth it. What is Mr. Tauchen getting from the ethanol industry? Take off the mandates!

The dems own both houses and Diamond Jim. If they want to pass tax increases or user fees they can do it without republican help. If Gary Tauchen votes for any tax increases for the sake of getting along or there is nothing else we can do comment, well then, I proved my point.

No one in this district see's what Gary Tauchen really is. If he sells his soul to the left or for the ethanol industry he might as well switch parties and quite fooling his constituents.

With the budget deficits this year, how will Gary Tauchen vote. Will he be conservative, be a RINO or show his true colors as a democrat. He will have a voting record for all to see. Which way will he vote?

Oh Yea

From JSOnline
"Schlitz again being brewed, bottled in Milwaukee

By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Jan. 29, 2009 10:36 a.m.

Once again, Schlitz is being brewed and bottled in Milwaukee - at the MillerCoors brewery."
 Schlitz again being brewed, bottled in Milwaukee - JSOnline

Wausau Daily Herald, Craig Obey

From Lakeshore Laments about Wausau's Congressman Dave Obey's son Craig.


Where is the Wausau Daily Herald on this?

How about the Lakeland-Times?
Investigation Requested on Obey’s Son I always forget the fact Dave Obey’s son Craig is a lobbyist.

A top House Republican is demanding an investigation into whether the more than $2 billion for national parks in the House economic recovery package is proper in light of the fact that the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association is the son of House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey.

NPCA is a major player in advocating for national parks funding, and its senior vice president for government affairs is Craig Obey, son of Mr. Obey of Wisconsin, the long-time top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee. The money included in Mr. Obey’s recovery bill $2.25 billion was about equal to the National Park Service’s total yearly budget, and marks a staggering increase.

“I’m calling for an investigation — it really does beg the question of, is this an earmark, is this a family connection and should it have been disclosed at least in the spirit of what the Democrats said they wanted, and the answer is it should have been disclosed,” said Rep. Darrell E. Issa of California, top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The NPCA didn’t return calls for comment but a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee said the money had nothing to do with Mr. Obey’s relationship with his son. Kirstin Brost said the funding was included at the request of the subcommittee chairman Norman D. Dicks, Washington Democrat, and that it was a popular request."
Lakeshore Laments

Nothing to do with Mr. Obey's son, sure, O K, yea right.

Where is the Wausau Daily Herald?

Doyle Deficit 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014...............

From the Green Bay Press. Charlie this morning mentioned the left would warn us not to use the term Doyle deficit but what the heck.
"Wisconsin budget shortfall reaches $593M, up 70%

By Scott Bauer • The Associated Press • January 29, 2009 " Wisconsin budget shortfall reaches $593M, up 70% | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

MADISON — Wisconsin’s budget problem got worse today.

The shortfall for the current fiscal year has increased by more than 70 percent from $346 million to $593 million, the Legislative Fiscal Office reported.

Lawmakers must come up with a way to plug that gap between now and June 30.

Here it comes. Any guess's on what and how much? I could see them trying some of these and you know it will be the republicans fault. Doyle trying to get out of the Doyle deficit.

1% sales tax on all soda products.

5% tax increase on beer and all alcoholic beverages.

3% vehicle sales tax increase.

3% sales tax increase on all recreational vehicles, ATV, boats etc..

10% increase on all recreational vehicle registration fees.

$25.00 increase on every vehicle registration.

$6.00 ($30.00)increase on deer hunting license fees for 09

5% tax increase on any gun ammunition purchased in Wisconsin.

.50 gal increase on Wisconsin gasoline tax.

$1.00 a pack tax increase on cigarettes.

2% tax on all wholesale inventory held by any business as of Dec 31, 2008.

You think I'm crazy? Wait and see, we are talking about Diamond Jim and the left. Anything could happen. I know the left is very creative for raising taxes so I'll ask, what else will they think of?

All people of Wisconsin especially those that voted democrat, grab your wallets, here they come. By the way, I didn't vote democrat, aren't you glad you did?

Steve Kagen, Come Bossy, Come Bossy

From the Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
"Kagen to Sit on Livestock & Dairy House Subcommittee
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2009

Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, which includes Wisconsin Congressman Steve Kagen, met this week to organize their rules and subcommittees for the 111th Congress.
" Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin

This year, the Appleton Democrat will sit on the Subcommittee for Livestock, Dairy and Poultry--which has jurisdiction over issues concerning livestock, dairy, poultry, meat, seafood and seafood products, inspection, marketing, and promotion of such commodities, aquaculture, animal welfare and grazing.

Kagen named to Ag Committee.
Can Steve Kagen the Wisconsin 8th District Congressman call the cows home? My grandmother used to say by the fence, come bossy, come bossy and there they came. My grandmother may not of been a well educated women but she knew farming. She also knew people that didn't know a thing about farming when she meet them. Glad she never meet Kagen.

Here's my questions.

Would you want a beautician make your daughters wedding cake?
Would you want a stock analyst to build your home?
Would you want a construction worker give you ladies a perm?
Would you want a baker to build a bridge?
Would you want a computer technician to handle your 401K?
Would you want a car technician to run a day care center.
Would you want a veterinarian to fill your cavities?

Don't get me wrong, all these people are experts in their own field. They could do any of these other jobs but not as well as the field they are an expert in.

Yes Steve Kagen is from the dairy state but his expertise is being a medical professional. He calls himself a doctor. Why is he on the Livestock and Dairy House Subcommittee? Steve Kagen would probably try to milk a bull. Steve Kagen would probably feed chickens straw. Do the agriculture people of Wisconsin really think Steve Kagen can help them on an AG committee?

Ron Kind from Wisconsin is on the House Subcommittee on Health. Why isn't Steve Kagen?

Because Nancy Pelosi knows it would be better to keep him far from any health care committee in congress. In Steve Kagens own words, "Plainly put, I will not accept health insurance coverage until everyone I represent in Wisconsin and across America is given the same opportunity." How will he accomplish this if he is inspecting bull semen or tries to evaluate the spreading of liquid cow manure? Come to think of it, he does spread the BS pretty good (first White House visit).

I feel for the farmers in Wisconsin and all that work in agriculture.

Come bossy, come bossy to Congressman Steve Kagen's office.

OOPS, Niagara New Page Mill

From the Peshtigo Times.
"MCIDC Asked To Fund Forest Resource Study
A national wire service article published on Tuesday, Jan. 27 incorrectly reported that Niagara has obtained a federal grant to study the possibility of turning the former paper mill into a wood fiber-based ethanol plant, Marinette County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC) Administrator Don Clewley commented informally during an MCIDC Board of Directors meeting at 4 p.m. that afternoon.

Clewley said as soon as the article came out he was contacted by “four television stations, three radio stations and several newspapers” for more information. “There’s no truth to it,” he declared. He felt the report appeared to be a follow-up to local news articles that someone misinterpreted.
" Peshtigo Times Wisconsin Community Newspaper

Now who in the MSM would jump the gun and assume something that was not true. It is good to see Marinette County looking at ways to do something for the people of the Niagara and Iron Mountain area workers that lost their jobs.

Side note.

Did Steve Kagen get money (from the 819 billion stimulus) for the mill? For the laid off workers? For the area in general to create jobs? As Kagen said, he is spending money to rebuild schools in the Fox Valley. What happen to the people of Northern Wisconsin. For those that voted for Kagen, he forgot you already.

Doc's Harley, Bird Returns.

A good happy ending from the Shawano Leader.
"Rainbow returns to Doc's
By Nathan Falk, Leader Reporter

The bird is back!

Doc’s Harley-Davidson of Shawano County says their rare plum-headed parakeet named Rainbow was returned Wednes-day morning, after it was reportedly stolen on Saturday.

“We received a couple tips from people that said they had seen the bird, and now we have him back,” said store manager Kersten Heling. “This morning I was just starting to think that enough time had passed that we wouldn’t get him back, but then we got the phone call.”

Store owner Steve “Doc” Hopkins said that a man named Henry Salazar, a volunteer at the American Indian Center in Appleton, saw another man come into the center Tuesday afternoon with the bird on his shoulder. Shortly afterward, Salazar saw a media report that said the bird was missing.

“He knew the man who came into the center. Henry called him, and said he had to get the bird back. Henry offered to bring the bird back to us,” Hopkins said.

Salazar received a reward of $250 for the return of the bird.

Hopkins said Salazar didn’t know if the man who returned the bird was connected in any way to its disappearance.

“Henry was overjoyed that he received the money for bringing the bird back. I’m sure neither one had anything to do with this,” Hopkins said.

Although Hopkins said he doesn’t plan to pursue charges against the suspect, the incident is under review by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

“They know who this (suspect) is. She’s on probation,” he said. “I’m not pursuing anything on my end. We don’t have concrete proof, but they were the only two people in the store.”

Hopkins said he’s very happy the bird is back.

“All the girls here were happy to have him back too. He came in and saw all of us. You couldn’t shut him up — he was overjoyed

to be back,” said Hopkins. “It’s like harmony was returned.”"
 Shawano Leader

Thoughts by Steve Kagen, "They Will Believe Anything"

From the Appleton Post Crescent and Ol' Broad

Steve Kagen on his vote for the 825 billion dollar stimulus bill
"Rep. Steve Kagen pitches pluses of federal economic stimulus package

By J.E. Espino • Post-Crescent staff writer • January 29, 2009 " Rep. Steve Kagen pitches pluses of federal economic stimulus package | | Appleton Post-Crescent

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, said he cast his vote in favor of an expansive economic stimulus package because it was the "right medicine" for the times.

"It's an investment we need to make to stimulate our economy," Kagen said Wednesday in a phone interview from Washington, D.C., minutes before the U.S. House of Representatives put the $825 billion bill up for a vote.

Kagen said the plan has many benefits for Wisconsin and especially the northeastern part of the state, where distressed constituents have been flooding him with calls in telephone town hall meetings.

If there are many benefits, what are they? Here is his response to the many benefits
# Pump $50 million in tax revenue into northeast Wisconsin school programs and construction.

# Provide Appleton schools with an additional $7 million and Green Bay schools $17 million.

That's all he could mention! 50 mil for school programs and construction, 7 mil for Appleton schools and 17 for Green Bay. Schools and construction jobs and when will those jobs come on line?

What about the clerk stocking shelves at the grocery store, what about the guy taking my money at the gas station. What about the mill worker putting in 12 hour days, what about that fireman that just stood out in the below zero temp to put out someone house fire? What jobs will the laid off New Page workers in Niagara and Kimberly find or get with this stimulus bill?

What about the people making bread, cheese, milking cows, those's that "Serve and protect", What will it do for the people that work hard everyday for their families.

Good medicine is first taking care of the people and groups that gave to Steve Kagen campaign donations. The rest will get crumbs. You will get your $500.00 and think Steve Kagen saved your life. What will you do when that is gone and you have no job? How will you feed your family. What specific jobs will this 825 billion do for the common person?

It's a shame, Mr. Kagen forgot to mention money for,

• $8 billion on “renewable energy” projects, which have a low or negative return
• $7 billion for “modernizing federal buildings and facilities”
• $6 billion on urban transit systems, dominated by unions and which, almost universally, lose money
• $2.4 billion for “carbon-capture demonstration projects
• $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that’s run in the red for 40 years
• $600 million on new cars for government (added to the $3 billion already spent each year)
• $400 million for “global-warming research”
• $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oh he must of forgot, or did he not want to tell you about the billions of dollars that will not create jobs in northeastern Wisconsin.

The common people of the 8th district will see in six months, maybe a year from now how they all got taken by the flimflam man from Appleton. He thinks you believe anything.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yea, We Screwed Em Good

Could the caption be,

"Nancy, we just screwed the taxpayers.

Doesn't it feel good, 819 Billion Dollars."

'Sure does Steny, it feels really good."

Harley Bird Stolen

From the Shawano Leader.

"Rare bird stolen from Harley dealership
By Nathan Falk, Leader Reporter

A local business is asking for help in returning a rare bird stolen from their store last weekend.

Doc’s Harley-Davidson of Shawano County says a customer walked off with their rare plum-headed parakeet named Rainbow on Saturday, just before the end of the day.

Employees of Doc’s watched a surveillance video, and say they believe one of the women stuck the bird in a bag and walked out of the store with it.

Store owner Steve “Doc” Hopkins said he doesn’t understand why someone would try to steal one of their pets. He’s offered a reward for the bird’s return.

Hopkins said one of their other birds has a homing device so if gets lost, they can track it.

“Maybe we should put those in all our birds. I never though anybody would steal the bird,” he said. “If she knows we will not prosecute, that may help in getting the bird back.”

For information, contact Heling at Doc’s Harley-Davidson at 715-758-9080." Shawano Leader

It's All The Democrats

From Michelle Malkin
"Own it. Embrace it. Swallow it. The House version of the $1.1 trillion Generational Theft Act of 2009 is all the Democrats’ doing now.

Not one Republican voted for it. (1 Republican had to leave early).

177 Republicans and 11 Democrats opposed.

No bending over today." Michelle Malkin » GOP holds the line: 244-188. This crap sandwich is all yours, Dems

Where Is The RNC

From Drudge and CNS News
"Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
By Melanie Hunter-Omar

( – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an online petition for readers to express their outrage at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for saying last week that he wanted President Barack Obama to fail. " - Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh

The RNC should do their own petition for Rush Limbaugh. Where are they on something like this?

See, you wonder why the conservative base is upset. They are sitting on there hands again. You think maybe for once all those "people who know all" and "smarter then the base" can be a little proactive.

Just another nail in the coffin for the RNC. Looks like conservatives have to do all the heavy lifting.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Talk The Talk, You've Got To Walk The Walk

From the Politico.
Boehner to GOP: Vote against stimulus
By PATRICK O'CONNOR & JONATHAN MARTIN | 1/27/09 10:08 AM EST Updated: 1/27/09 9:24 PM EST

"Likewise, Republicans left the meeting with kind words for the president — but still resolved to oppose him on the floor Wednesday when Democrats bring his massive economic stimulus plan up for a vote. " Boehner to GOP: Vote against stimulus - Patrick O'Connor and Jonathan Martin -

The vote is set for Wednesday.

Will and how many republicans will buckle to the left?

Talk the talk and walk the walk.

We shall see.

Niagara Mill, Iteresting Question

From the Green Bay Press.
"Niagara to study mill conversion

The Associated Press • January 27, 2009 " Niagara to study mill conversion | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

NIAGARA — A small northeastern Wisconsin community has a federal grant to study the possibility of turning a former paper mill into wood fiber-based ethanol plant.

he city of Niagara lost 300 jobs when the New Page paper mill closed last August.

But, the $15,000 planning grant could result in a decision to retool the mill to make ethanol.

City administrator Don Novak says research on converting wood fiber to ethanol is still developing.

But, Novak says city leaders think the prospect is worth pursuing, especially since two-thirds of the mill workers who lost their jobs are still unemployed.

If it's possible to turn it into a wood fiber-based ethanol plant I just have some questions.

Does wood fiber to ethanol really work?
Is it proven to work?
How long will it take to convert the mill?
Two years, three years?
How many jobs will it create? Twenty five, fifty, seventy five, will it generate Two hundred jobs?
Who will pay for the plant to be built? Government?
Will the union invest in the plan?
Why doesn't the union just go ahead and build the ethanol plant?
What if no one buys it?
Will Wisconsin and Michigan mandate it like corn ethanol?
If nobody buys it and they can't get rid of it will the ethanol plant close down?
Do the people of Niagara , Wisconsin and Michigan want to take a chance again and maybe lose their jobs twice in five years?
Is there another industry to go into the mill?
Is anyone asking any questions or is government getting people's hopes up and will let them down again?

Interesting questions.

GOP, The Line Is Drawn

From Politico
"House GOP member to Rush: Back off
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 1/27/09 4:13 PM EST Updated: 1/27/09 5:46 PM EST
" House GOP member to Rush: Back off - Jonathan Martin -
Rush Limbaugh may command a large following, but his caustic comments Monday about the GOP’s congressional leadership have at least one Republican House member defending his colleagues and offering an unusually candid critique of the talk radio powerhouse and his fellow commentators.

Responding to President Obama’s recommendation to Republican congressional leaders last week that they not follow Limbaugh’s lead, the conservative talkmeister said on his show that Obama is “obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He's more frightened of me, than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn't say much about our party."

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., did not take kindly to this assessment in an interview with Politico Tuesday.

Somebody in Georgia better straighten out Mr Gingrey.

Those who say they are in the GOP better stand up right now for the Conservative base or stick their tail between their legs and change their party affiliation to the democratic party. We do not want you!

"RINO's", "moderate republican", "maverick republicans", from Mark Belling "empty suit AG's" better wake up! We don't want spineless wienies, we got enough dem's! If you can't grow some balls, get out of the party. I will not get along with the dems for the sake that Obama won! I do not want socialism, I am sick and tired of fraud, corruption, power, payoffs, scandals, voter fraud and "can't we just get along" in Washington DC. I want my country back!

This is getting to be over the top. Why do people who call themselves republicans elected to Washington DC completely lose their minds and turn moderate and kiss up the the left.

I say it again, just like Ronald Reagan said at the time fits my world today, I didn't leave the republican party, the republican party left me.

Rush is right, the GOP that votes for this stimulus bill will get the blamed for it. Stand up for our beliefs and stop Obama and what the democratic party is doing to this country.

It's time the conservatives draw the line in the sand when it comes to GOP Democrats.

Kagen, Deaf Ear On The Wisconsin 8th

From Marketplace Magazine.
Kagen to hold tele-town meetings starting tonight
"U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, M.D. (D–Appleton) will hold three Tele-Town Hall meetings — interactive conference calls with constituents — in the next week.

Participants in the Tele-Town Hall will have the opportunity to ask questions and listen to Kagen discuss the proposed economic recovery package and other issues of importance to residents of Northeast Wisconsin.

The tele-town hall meetings will be held for Eighth Congressional District residents of Outagamie, Waupaca and Calumet counties today at 7 p.m.; residents of Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.; and residents of Shawano, Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m." Marketplace Today Blog - Kagen to hold tele-town meetings starting tonight

I will try to listen to our congressman on the third.

Couple of questions. How many questions will he answer and will he answer only selective questions? And, will he vote what his constituents want or will he vote with queen Nancy? My bet Kagen will play it both ways but vote against the best interests of this district, (deaf ear). Might be interesting to hear what he really says.

Then again he will drop my call when I try to listen in.

School Closings Wednesday

From the Green Bay Press.

Schools should close Wednesday not from snow, not from cold but from soot.

"Air quality watch for Wisconsin on Wednesday

Press-Gazette • January 27, 2009 " Air quality watch for Wisconsin on Wednesday | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

All of Wisconsin will be under an air quality watch on Wednesday, the state Department of Natural Resources announced today.

The watch goes into effect at midnight and expires at midnight Thursday.

The DNR expects elevated levels of fine particle pollution. That is microscopic dust, soot, liquid droplets and smoke particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller. It comes primarily from power plants, factories and other industrial sources, vehicle exhaust, and outdoor fires.

See, those evil power plants and factories. Doyle and Obama will shut them down.
Wisconsin's Air Quality Index is expected to reach the orange level, which is considered unhealthy for people with heart or lung disease or asthma, and for older adults and children. They are advised to reschedule or cut back on strenuous activities.

Close the schools, for the sake of the children.

I hate to be redundant, but Doyle ,Obama and the EPA will close the coal power plant and the paper mills in the valley. High electric bills then the power plant will be shut down, shut down Georgia-Pacific and P & G, and lost jobs. 

Too bad people won't see it coming.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Berry Laker Insanity

If you asked Mrs Berry Laker and the Berry Laker offspring, they would probably say I am on the edge of insanity for sometimes blogging so much.

This is my 1500 post on Berry Laker.

A sincere thank you to my family, to my two maybe three readers and to all the great people that I consider friends, mentors and hero's from the blog world. Also a big thank you to Todd Lohenry for giving me a chance, Todd, you know I could never get the hang of spell check.

I'm not a professional, just a guy that puts anything I feel out into the world. I really started doing this for the offspring to get a little insight into their old man but it has grown into something more.

Thank You Everyone.

Have a GREAT day and a GREAT week.

Paul - Berry Laker

Algore, You Can't Make This Up

From Drudge.
Mon Jan 26 2009 17:59:26 ET

Al Gore is scheduled before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning to once again testify on the 'urgent need' to combat global warming.

But Mother Nature seems ready to freeze the proceedings.

A 'Winter Storm Watch' has been posted for the nation's capitol and there is a potential for significant snow... sleet... or ice accumulations.

"I can't imagine the Democrats would want to showcase Mr. Gore and his new findings on global warming as a winter storm rages outside," a Republican lawmaker emailed the DRUDGE REPORT. "And if the ice really piles up, it will not be safe to travel."

A spokesman for Sen. John Kerry, who chairs the committee, was not immediately available to comment on contingency plans.

Global warming advocates have suggested this year's wild winter spells are proof of climate change.


Jim Doyle Fond Memories

From JSOnline. An oldie but goodie about the Jim Doyle administration from
December 30th, 2006.

"The state's financial books show that Wisconsin ended the last fiscal year with a $2.15 billion deficit, under accounting principles that are standard for private companies, according to a report that the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance released Friday." Study sees big deficit - JSOnline

What's it today? 5.4 billion?

After two years most people from Wisconsin are still asleep. Fond memories for the left and the rest of us have to pay.

Where are you Scott Walker.

Brown County, Jim Doyle Will Fool You Again

This is from my post from Jan 5th on air quality in Brown County.
" •
January 5, 2009 "
Brown Co. graded below soot standards | | Green Bay Press-Gazette" Berry Laker: WDNR

Well, here is a follow up from the Green Bay Press.
"DNR: Brown County air clean enough in '08
Doyle likely to ask for removal from EPA's violators list

By Tony Walter • • January 26, 2009 " DNR: Brown County air clean enough in '08 | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Brown County could be close to regaining its air quality compliance status from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 2008 data on air quality has shown a significant improvement, which should lead to a recommendation by Gov. Jim Doyle that the county be removed from a negative designation on the federal government's grading on soot standards, a Department of Natural Resources official said.

"We just finished our quality assurance process for 2008, and Brown County did not violate the standards," said Al Shea, the DNR's air and waste management division administrator. "I'm very confident we will continue to see improved air quality in Brown County and the whole state."

Does anyone think Diamond Jim Doyle will ask for a removal from the EPA violation for Brown County? Doyle will say he will look into it but then the Obama administration will delay it long enough to keep restrictions on Brown County.

How else can they shut down the coal burning power plant and shut down the paper mills in Green Bay because of pollution! They have to keep the restrictions on and squeeze the life out of power and jobs.

Will never happen and the people of the area will pay dearly in electric price increases and job loses.

Wait and see! Obama and Doyle need to teach businesses and power companies a lesson. They want windmills on the Bay of Green Bay.

Hope you Doyle and Obama voters will be happy.

Can't We Blame Bush Yet

From the Shawano Leader from Rhinelander Daily News.

Can the left please get over Bush, he's gone. your guy won! You need to go the the end of the article to see a moonbat comment. You farmers, ranchers and land owners, 53% of you voted for Obama, he's your guy! Those Obama voters must be happy.

"Wolves still protected, at least in the near future
By Giles Morris, Rhinelander Daily News

Wisconsin’s wolves were on their way off of the list of Federal endangered species and now it looks like they’ll be staying on it, at least in the near future.

Last week the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they had addressed concerns expressed by a federal judge and expected a ruling to de-list wolves on Jan. 27 that would take effect in late February. President Obama’s announcement to hold any Federal rulings issued by the Bush administration in its final 120 days has halted, once again, the Wisconsin DNR’s 11-year struggle to gain control over the management of its wolf population.

The on-again off-again wolf de-list saga has pitted wolf advocacy groups against DNR wildlife ecologists on the battleground of the Federal court system.

In October U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman sided with environmental groups that accused the government of misreading the law last year when it lifted protections for about 4,000 wolves.

While the decision is likely to have a minimal impact on Oneida County’s wolves, it has put an abrupt stop to the DNR’s carefully developed management program.

At the time Dr. Adrian Wydeven, head of the DNR’s wolf program, said the sate was disappointed at Judge Freedman’s decision.

“We think it’s an unfortunate action,” Wydeven said. “We felt like we had a good management system in place. We had a much more flexible system and we felt that having a flexible system would prevent people from becoming frustrated with the wolf population.”

The lawsuit challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2007 decision to de-list the wolves in the Upper Great Lakes, The Humane Society and several other groups claimed the government had acted illegally by designating Great Lakes wolves as a “distinct population segment” that could be bumped from the endangered list without regard to the species’ nationwide standing.

Friedman ruled that it was not clear whether the 1973 Endangered Species Act permitted such a move. He ordered the agency to provide a better explanation of its interpretation and respond to concerns that its policy could undermine the goal of protecting the wolf. In the meantime, he returned the wolf to the federal endangered list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service addressed Freedman’s concerns and announced last week that it expected a ruling on Jan. 27 that would have paved the way for wolves to be de-listed again in late February. Wydeven also said while the Humane Society pursued the suit, a number of other environmental groups, including the Defenders of Wild Life, the Sierra Club, and the National Wildlife Federation, had not opposed de-listing of wolves in the Upper Great Lakes. He said the Humane Society may have used the appeal to make a pre-emptive strike against the DNR opening a wolf season in the future.

“As an organization the Humane Society has been opposed to lethal controls and to hunting seasons,” Wydeven said. “That could have been part of their motive in pursuing the case, trying to stop a hunting season.”

The estimated population of wolves in Wisconsin last winter was 537 to 564 wolves, according to the DNR. The agency’s goal for recovery had been 350. In 2000, Wisconsin had fewer than 250 wolves.

With the wolf population sufficiently recovered, the DNR supported the lifting of protections so that landowners who complained that wolves were harming or killing livestock or pets could obtain a permit to kill wolves. In 2008, around 45 wolves were shot or euthanized by personnel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the request of the DNR. The DNR has also begun allowing landowners to kill wolves without a permit if they found wolves attacking their livestock. In 2008, that has only happened twice.

Wydeven said the newest twist in the wolf de-list saga was disappointing.

“We were fearful that it might happen. It’s a frustrating process we’ve been working at this for 11 years and it’s just another delay in the process,” Wydeven said.

But Wydeven said he did not expect the halt of federal rulings to de-rail the DNR’s efforts, explaining that the issue’s history was non-partisan. The proposal to de-list wolves in the Upper Great Lakes was first submitted under the direction of Bruce Babbitt, Clinton’s EPA boss, in 1998.

“It’s not like this was just a Bush move,” Wydeven said. “It’s had broad support from both parties.”

Wydeven said the de-listing is in the best interest of wolves. “I think the biggest problem wolves face is their reputation. Being carnivores that kill large mammals there are places where they benefit the local system and places where their presence can run contrary to human interests,” Wydeven said. “If we don’t manage problem wolves that cause livestock depredation, it damages the reputation of wolves more broadly.”" Shawano Leader

Who is this guy Wydeven who said, “It’s not like this was just a Bush move" Bush is gone and he feels bad he can't blame Bush?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bad News Bears.

It's Sunday afternoon and nothing to do. No NASCAR no NFL and Mrs Berry Laker is shopping in Shawano with the young adults.

What to do, what to do? One of the great sports films of all times.

The Bad News Bears 1976. The original,I refuse to see the remake.

When I played my one year of little league baseball I looked and ate like Engelberg.

The YouTube shows where most of them are today. No matter what you libs might say, it's still a classic movie.

Enjoy the trailer and go rent the movie.

Shawano Suspect In Hand

From the Shawano Leader.

Good work by all services that were involved. Suspect in custody. Caroline has to be happy today.
"Gillett woman charged in early morning attempted burglary
By Tim Ryan, Leader Reporter

A Gillett woman accused of brandishing a hatchet during an attempted burglary before being disarmed by the 81-year-old homeowner Friday morning was on probation for another burglary incident in Oconto County when the alleged crime was committed, according to court records.

Rebecca M. Mason, 39, was charged in Shawano County Circuit Court Friday with three felony counts, including burglary to a dwelling, burglary armed with a dangerous weapon and first degree reckless endangerment.

Because of her previous conviction, Mason could face enhanced penalties for each of the alleged crimes if found guilty. She faces a maximum possible penalty of 21 years imprisonment for each for the two burglary counts and 18 and a half years imprisonment for reckless endangerment. The charges also carry $125,000 in fines.

Mason allegedly broke into the Shawano home of Caroline Rohde around 2 a.m. Friday. Rohde initially called police with a noise complaint, but after Rhode hung up the phone with the police, she heard glass breaking. She then confronted a woman brandishing an object in the kitchen, according to the police narrative in the criminal complaint.

Rhode told police she got the intruder in a bear hug and disarmed the woman of what she had been brandishing. It was only then, as the intruder fled, that Rhode realized the object was a hatchet, according to the criminal complaint.

The Shawano Police K-9 Unit searched the area and other officers collected evidence at the home to send to the state crime lab in Madison. The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, along with several off-duty Shawano Police officers, assisted in the investigation, noted Capt. Jeff Heffernon.

Rohde believed the woman was the same person she helped on Nov. 1. Rohde said a woman came to the door at 5:45 a.m. that day and asked to use the phone. The woman called a taxi and left without incident.

Menominee Tribal Police have Mason in custody on an outstanding warrant. She will be extradited to Shawano County for her initial appearance on these charges, authorities said." Shawano Leader

USS Green Bay

From the Green Bay Press. You have to be proud if you are from Green Bay of even if you are from Wisconsin.

Go USS Green Bay.
"USS Green Bay commissioned
Ceremony unites city, ship

BY KELLY MCBRIDE • • January 25, 2009 " USS Green Bay commissioned | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

LONG BEACH, Calif. — At long last, the two Green Bays heard the triumphant call they'd been waiting for.

"Will the officers and crew of USS Green Bay man our ship and bring her to life!"

Ship sponsor Rose Magnus' rally cry — met with an enthusiastic "aye, aye!" — cemented forever the relationship between Green Bay and its namesake ship as the vessel was commissioned Saturday in Long Beach.

Represented were two Green Bay communities — one from Wisconsin that includes students, dignitaries and parents of the fallen — and another, newer community built around common ideals and love of country."Ship names provide a legacy to the sailors and Marines who sail on those ships," said deputy secretary of defense Gordon England, the ceremony's keynote speaker. "USS Green Bay represents the proud people of a vibrant city that upholds American values, and a tradition that has made its name synonymous with winning — traits it shares with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps."

The ship is the fourth in the new San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships. It is designed to transport Marines and equipment into the war zone.

Green Bay was well-represented at the commissioning, a 90-minute ceremony held in the shadow of the USS Green Bay, LPD-20. The immense gray ship was decked with flags and red, white and blue bunting for the ceremony, which drew about 5,000 people.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt sat on the raised platform facing the crowd, joining Magnus and Cmdr. Joe Olson among others.

"It's very exciting for the people on the ship," Schmitt said, "but this is a big deal for Green Bay, too. I think we take our sports seriously but boy, we take our military seriously as well.

"The people that are here wanted to be part of this and show the support from the city of Green Bay, the pride the city of Green Bay has and how honored we are to have the USS Green Bay carry our name."

Attention Brown County Taxpayers

From the Green Bay Press.
"Brown Co. property tax bill payments due Saturday

January 25, 2009 " Brown Co. property tax bill payments due Saturday | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

The Brown County treasurer's office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for county residents to pay property tax bills.

Partial payment of the taxes is due by the end of the month and any payments mailed to the treasurer's office must be postmarked no later than Saturday to avoid an interest penalty.

Treasurer Kerry Blaney said the office on the first floor of the Northern Building, 305 E. Walnut St., Green Bay, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. He said payments can also be made at the bank locations on the tax bill.