Saturday, July 11, 2009

NASCAR Saturday

From From Friday night.
"Joey Logano stayed out on old tires while Kyle Busch pitted, and the young driver shocked his teammate by driving away to win Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.
" NASCAR.COM - News, Schedule, Drivers, Tracks, Fantasy & Video from NASCAR

And Tonight The LifeLock 400.

"1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 184.162 29.322 Leader
2 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull 182.958 29.515 -0.193
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 182.217 29.635 -0.313
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 182.162 29.644 -0.322
5 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios 182.100 29.654 -0.332
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 181.873 29.691 -0.369
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Patriot Academy / DuPont 181.653 29.727 -0.405
8 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 181.476 29.756 -0.434
9 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 181.385 29.771 -0.449
10 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Bush's Beans 181.378 29.772 -0.450
11 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's McCafe 181.275 29.789 -0.467
12 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 181.220 29.798 -0.476
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 181.220 29.798 -0.476
14 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg's 181.050 29.826 -0.504
15 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 181.020 29.831 -0.509
16 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy 180.977 29.838 -0.516
17 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 180.959 29.841 -0.519
18 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 180.723 29.880 -0.558
19 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 180.687 29.886 -0.564
20 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 180.566 29.906 -0.584
21 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.548 29.909 -0.587
22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 180.433 29.928 -0.606
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 180.367 29.939 -0.617
24 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot 180.343 29.943 -0.621
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 180.312 29.948 -0.626
26 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 180.132 29.978 -0.656
27 98 Paul Menard Ford Sylvania / Menards 179.856 30.024 -0.702
28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 179.790 30.035 -0.713
29 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 179.635 30.061 -0.739
30 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 179.629 30.062 -0.740
31 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota New York City Bagel Deli 179.473 30.088 -0.766
32 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot "Back to School" 179.348 30.109 -0.787
33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 179.348 30.109 -0.787
34 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Insignia 179.253 30.125 -0.803
35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 179.217 30.131 -0.809
36 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 179.098 30.151 -0.829
37 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 179.033 30.162 -0.840
38 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 179.027 30.163 -0.841
39 36 Mike Skinner Toyota Palermo's Pizza 178.838 30.195 -0.873
40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Long John Silver's Baja Fish Tacos 178.731 30.213 -0.891
41 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Red Stag by Jim Beam / Kid Rock 178.341 30.279 -0.957
42 96 Bobby Labonte+ Ford DLP HDTV 177.276 30.461 -1.139" NASCAR.COM

From The Onion

I could of sworn this is from the Onion.
From Drudge and Newswwek.

"Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does."
"In truth, though, Obama's pragmatic approach to divisive policy (his notion that we should acknowledge the good faith underlying opposing viewpoints) and his social-justice agenda reflect the views of American Catholic laity much more closely than those vocal bishops and pro-life activists. When Obama meets the pope tomorrow, they'll politely disagree about reproductive freedoms and homosexuality, but Catholics back home won't care, because they know Obama's on their side. In fact, Obama's agenda is closer to their views than even the pope's."
 Is Obama More Catholic Than the Pope? | Newsweek Religion |

Is Newsweek kidding? Doesn't attend church regularly, (if at all), is for world wide abortion, says our country is  "no longer a Christian nation"

This has got to be a fiction!

Typical Left

From Drudge and McClatchy.

The loony left on parade again.
"Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter

By Michael Doyle and David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who's at the center of Sotomayor's most controversial ruling.

On the eve of Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the "troubled and litigious work history" of firefighter Frank Ricci. "
 Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter | McClatchy

You knew this was coming.

First Lady's Fashion

From Susan Estrich.

Susan here give the "it's O K Michelle" about her wardrobe choices and what she spends. Being a male I have no opinion on what to buy and how much.
"Michelle is middle-aged, too. You can be powerful and beautiful. You can be passionate about politics and clutch bags; you can do your best for your country and look your best while you do. You deserve the sneakers — if not the Lanvin ones, then ones that make you feel just as good. And we should all ditch black for yellow. Especially in a recession. Go Michelle."
Michelle's Purse by Susan Estrich on - A Syndicate Of Talent

I will ask the question, did anyone say,

"Go Laura" about her wardrobe and spending habits? Not likely.

Oh I forgot, she was married to Bush.

Mrs Bush is and shall always be a grand and special first lady.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Baby Face Nelson Selling Out His Voters

Tip from Mark Belling WISN 1130 Radio Milwaukee.

Mark calls him "BABY FACE NELSON", I think it fits!
"Last Update: 7/09 11:45 pm

A provision in the new state budget allows the Oneida Indian Tribe to seek liquor licenses directly from the state, completely bypassing local municipalities."
Budget provision favors Oneida Tribe, irks Hobart - WFRV Green Bay: Northeast Wisconsin News, Weather and Sports

You need to go to the above link and click the video on the right and hit play to see Nelson squirm!

Thank you WFRV 5 for doing their job! It's about time!

Where is the rest of the MSM?

Let's not forget Dave Hansen is involved in this also!

Scott Walker / Milwaukee Mile

Mark Belling talked about the travesty of the Milwaukee Mile.

Mark brought up the non commitment of Jim Doyle , Scott Walker and others concerning the life of the Milwaukee Mile.

Is Scott Walker afraid of NASCAR Nation?

Between today and next years election, how many tracks in Wisconsin will Scott Walker attend?

He has a Harley, he took a tour of Wisconsin, is he embarrassed for race fans

There are a whole lot of votes to get!

Mr. Walker. save the Mile and take your Harley to the race tracks in Wisconsin.

Here are 22 besides the "mile".

Where are you Scott Walker.

How Could He

From Drudge and Rueters.
  /blæsˈfim, ˈblæsfim/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [blas-feem, blas-feem] Show IPA verb, -phemed, -phem⋅ing.

1. to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things).
2. to speak evil of; slander; abuse."
blaspheme definition |

How could he say this?
"Obama tells pope he wants to reduce abortions in U.S.
Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:44pm EDT
By Philip Pullella and Jeff Mason

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama promised Pope Benedict on Friday that he would do everything possible to reduce the number of abortions in the United States, the Vatican said."
Obama tells pope he wants to reduce abortions in U.S. | Reuters

Good Lord, he's talking to the Pope!
"NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.' "
10 Commandments

I don't know what to think! "Everything possible to reduce the number of abortions in the United State."

God help us.

Steve Kagen's Dump On The Northwoods

From the Appleton Post Crescent.

Review forest resource management in northern Wisconsin.

"Appleton hearing set for Congressional panel Kagen requests group to review forest resources in Wisconsin

July 10, 2009

APPLETON — The House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. July 20 in Appleton.

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, requested the hearing to review forest resource management in northern Wisconsin.

The hearing will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333, W. College Ave.

Subcommittee chair Joe Baca, D- San Bernardino, Calif., will preside over the hearing." Appleton hearing set for Congressional panel | | Appleton Post-Crescent

This should make the people of Northern Wis feel really good. Couple of questions for Congressman Kagen.

Why Appleton, what about Rhinelander, Eagle River, Crandon, Leona, Maybe Antigo. Isn't that the heart of the forest industry? You have to have a hearing in the city and the farthest point from the north woods in the 8th district? Why Mr. Kagen?

Is Steve Kagen embarrassed to take his pal from California to meet the people of the north woods?

Would Mr Baca only stay at a posh hotel in Appleton? Aren't the hotels in northern Wisconsin good enough?

Do people working in the forest industry have to drive to Appleton to be heard? Is Congressman Kagen making it inconvenient for the people to get to the public hearing?

Does Congressman Kagen really care about the voters of the north woods or is this just a dog and pony show for him to use for his re election spots in 2010?

Congressman Kagen, this is a disgrace to the people of northern Wisconsin. You obviously show no respect for the hard working people of the 8th district.

Nothing like dumping on the people of his district and taking them for fools!

Where's the MSM? I bet the Lakeland-Times will ask Steve Kagen about this.

File this under Kagen 2010.

Update note.

Let's see what they think about this.

Where are the

"Republican Women of The North"

on this?

Here's their link

Ladies, "what say you on Congressman Kagen?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Caption This

From Yahoo.
Just like from Real Debate I thought I would try "Caption This".

"U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009." G-8 Summit - Yahoo! News Photos
Update from The National Conversation

According to the media, a 16-year-old Brazilian was the object of his admiration, a junior delegate at the summit an the Brazilian presidents daughter.... Ouch!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Stimulus Bill, $3508 For A Family Of Four

From the Peshtigo Times.
"City Of Marinette Awarded $9,437,500 Stimulus Grant
The City of Marinette has been awarded a $9,437,500 stimulus grant for the construction of its new Water Plant/Raw Water Line project. Marinette has also been awarded a low interest Safe Drinking Water Loan to cover the remaining cost of the project. Announcement was made in a news conference on Wednesday morning, July 8 at the Marinette Waterworks Plant.

This stimulus grant was awarded by the Wisconsin DNR and Department of Administration which administered the stimulus grant pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The low interest loan (2.67%) was awarded through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

A total of $37,750,000 of stimulus grants for water projects was awarded in Wisconsin, with Marinette receiving the largest single stimulus grant for a water project. The next closest was the Village of Sherwood which got $2,169,150.

Mayor Robert Harbick, Water Utility Commissioner Paul Gustafson and Water Utility Commissioner Tim Peterson express their appreciation to the DNR for their efforts in awarding the large grant. The money will help make the project more affordable for the rate payers of the City of Marinette. Peterson said it will create 20 federal jobs over a two year period.

Construction is expected to start in September, Mayor Harbick added. The land has already been purchased.

This grant award would not have been possible without the efforts of Dean Freeberg of Mead & Hunt, the engineering firm hired by the Marinette Water Utility to design the new water plant and raw water line. Freeberg, working in conjunction with Peterson and other city officials, submitted this and other grant requests related to the project.

Mayor Harbick, since his election is 2006, has made the replacement of the City’s water plants, parts of which are over 100 years old, his number one priority. He said he is thrilled that the award of this stimulus grant and low interest loan will help make the project a reality.
" Peshtigo Times Wisconsin Community Newspaper

Ppoulation of Marinette.
"Population in July 2007: 10,759. Population change since 2000: -7.7%"
 Marinette, Wisconsin (WI 54143) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, move, moving, houses news, sex offenders

What could the avg family of four in Marinette do with $3508 ( $877 per every man, women and child) that they are spending from the stimulus bill from this past February? O K, maybe they need a Water Plant/Raw Water Line project, what ever that is, but do they need it now?

I would say if a family could spend $3500 they would do more for the local economy and eventually the city could build a new Water Plant/Raw Water Line.

I hope the people of Marinette thank Steve Kagen for all the jobs that will be created in the Marinette area. Maybe a lot of jobs come from Michigan across the river? Then the people of Wisconsin can thank Bart Stupak for jobs in Michigan.

Speaking of Michigan, the companies that get the contracts to build this, will they be from Wisconsin or Michigan.

It would be nice for the MSM to look into this or is the city of Marinette in it to fill their pockets first?

Anything can happen.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Anyone Notice

Picture from Drudge

Letter From The Boss

From Fairly Conservative which is said to be going around the net. Makes sense to me
"As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%. But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who would have to go.

So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lot and found six ‘Obama’ bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for change, I gave it to them.

I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.
Fairly Conservative — To a sufficient degree; in an evenhanded manner.

I would like to make a couple of changes for the people of northeastern Wisconsin .

As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President, Steve Kagen is our Congressman, Dave Hansen, Penny Schaber and Tom Nelson represents a lot of us in Madison and Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold are our U S Senators and because of them you know our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way in our future. To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%. But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off several of our employees instead. This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who would have to go.

So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lot and found all Obama, Kagen, Hansen, Schaber, Nelson, Kohl and Feingold bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for democrat change and, I gave it to them.

I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic, beer, brats and fireworks are on me."

Might even be a good TV spot in 2010.

72 Hours To Read The Bills HR 554

A note from one of my readers on

Read the "Read The Bill" Bill at OpenCongress.


Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72 hours before consideration by the House, and for other purposes.

* Introduced: June 16, 2009
* Status: Introduced
* Next step: Voted on by House"
Read The Bill: Improve the legislative process by posting bills online for 72 hours before debate!

You can go to the link to sign the petition.

Not sure it will go anywhere with Pelosi in charge. Will have to wait till 2010 for a chance.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Democrat Dave Hansen's Gets A Pay Raise, But Not You

From WBAY.

Here Dave Hansen tells prosecutors to give up pay. Did he tell them and you the rest of the story.
State Furloughs Could Mean Fewer County Prosecutors

"Democratic lawmakers furloughs are a burden all parts of the state must absorb.

"We are all going to have to bite the bullet," Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said. "We're doing it, and they are just going to have to work a little bit harder. I'm sympathetic, obviously, but times are tough and we're all doing what we have to do to make this budget work."

Hansen said he and his staff are taking 16 days off without pay. He feels furloughs are necessary to relieve the budget deficit."
State Furloughs Could Mean Fewer County Prosecutors - WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News:

Dave, what is this? What is the $2530 raise you received?

From the Wisconsin State Journal.
But not Wisconsin lawmakers. Our fearless leaders -- fearless, apparently, of public outrage at their arrogance -- are mostly accepting higher full-time pay for what most of them acknowledge is a part-time job.

"According to the chief clerks of the Senate and Assembly, 122 of the state's 132 lawmakers started receiving a $2,530 annual raise in their monthly paychecks from taxpayers last week. That boosts each member's annual pay to $49,943. On top of that, each lawmaker receives an average of $11,500 in daily allowances for expenses each year. They also are reimbursed for mileage to and from the Capitol if they live outside Dane County."

That's an extra $2530, $11,500 in daily allowances and mileage. Does your company give you allowances and pay mileage to and from work?

Also if Dave and his staff do not work everyday of the year, it sounds like extra days off. How sweet. Do you get that. Wisconsin politicians even admit they're working only part time to boot? Sweet. Did anyone ever ask Dave Hansen how many days a year he really works. MSM, do your job here.

So to all the people who lost jobs, out of work and are struggling, Dave Hansen is saying one thing and getting something else.

Where is the MSM on calling Dave Hansen and his hypocrisy. And he said " he and his staff are taking 16 days off without pay." YEA RIGHT!

Oh I forgot, it's only your money!

It Is Their Right, It Is Their Duty

Watching National Treasure from 2004.
Yes it's a movie but "The Declaration of Independence" is real living document. In a scene from the movie this is said.

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. "
The Declaration of Independence

What did our framers know?

PSA Mosquitoes

From the Shawano Leader.

I did not know that.
"Those pesky mosquitoes... will they go away?
By Nathan Falk, Leader Reporter

If it’s summer in Wisconsin, it just wouldn’t be the same without those pesky mosquitoes.

The Wolf River Region hasn’t yet been inundated due to the lack of rainfall, but it doesn’t take much to turn that around, according to Phil Pellitteri, University of Wisconsin Extension entomologist.

Although there are 55 mosquito species in Wisconsin, it's the Aedes Vexans variety that can really wreak havoc, Pellitteri said. If Aedes Vexans eggs get two weeks of standing water, 100 mosquitoes or more have the ability to hatch from one square foot of surface water.

“If it rains, they’re here,” said Pellitteri.

Also known as summer floodwater mosquitoes, the eggs of the mosquito can sit for three to four years, waiting for flood conditions to hatch.

“They can sit on the edge of a drainage ditch. Heavy rains with fluctuating water get us into trouble,” he said. “It takes about 10 days from when the eggs get flooded to when we’ll get a push of mosquitoes. That’s what makes this group problematic, as they can travel 15 to 20 miles from where they are breeding.”

With the past few summers being relatively dry, past mosquito populations have lagged a bit.

“I always blame it on the weather man,” Pellitteri joked. “If we get a three-inch downpour, something as innocent as a highway drainage ditch or culvert, those summer floodwater mosquitoes take advantage of the water, and there are no fish or other predators to mess with them, and they’re out of there before anyone eats them.”

And those pesky critters don’t stop there.

“Their eggs that can remain dormant, it doesn’t matter if it’s dry for a couple years either,” he said. “The eggs are not susceptible to winters, and those mosquitoes are capable of going 3 to 4 generations a year.”

To lessen the mosquito nuisance in your own yard, Pellitteri suggests cutting tall grass and trimming bushes to increase air flow and eliminate damp spots where the bugs like to hang out. A fan blowing near a patio or deck can also diminish the threat, because mosquitoes are not strong fliers.

“Deet has been a standby for repellents, it’s still a good product, but in addition there are a number of European products, including lemon oil, eucalyptus, and soybean oils of which I’ve seen a couple good tests,” Pellitteri said.

The entomology department at UW-Madison has a page with tips at

“What you’ll find looking at products is protection anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 or 4 hours, depending on the formula, and how active you are,” he said. “With those, mosquitoes get confused or repelled, but don’t bite you.”

Mosquitoes are also known carriers of the West Nile virus, which is spread by the bite of a mosquito. The first human infections of West Nile virus in Wisconsin were documented in 2002. Approximately 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not become ill. Most of the remaining 20 percent of infected people may experience a mild illness that can present with fever, headache, eye pain, muscle aches, joint pain, a rash on the trunk, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and vomiting. Less than 1 percent of people infected will become severely ill.

“The less bites you get, the less risk you take,” he said. “When mosquitoes get bad, it’s good to use protection. I carry a mesh suit in my car, my hobbies and interests include being in swamps in summer, and I’ll use that rather than slather stuff on. For people who garden, it’s a definite alternative to consider.”"

Cudahy Update

From JSOnline.
"Evacuation order lifted in Cudahy

By Ryan Haggerty of the Journal Sentinel

Updated: July 6, 2009 7:06 p.m.

The large visible smoke plume from the Patrick Cudahy Plant fire in southeast Milwaukee County can also be detected by the National Weather Service's Doppler Radar. Typically only very large fires produce enough smoke to be seen from radar.

Cudahy residents forced to leave their homes today while firefighters battled a huge fire at the Patrick Cudahy meatpacking plant can sleep in their own beds tonight.

Mayor Ryan McCue announced the evacuation order had been lifted as of 7 p.m., after extensive testing showed no dangerous anhydrous ammonia in the smoke and fumes wafting from outside the plant.

But the fire is not completely out." Evacuation order lifted in Cudahy - JSOnline

You have to give credit to the brave hard working men and women fighting the blaze and all others helping in the disaster.

God Bless you all.

Patrick Cudahy Update

Update from Yahoo Finance
"Smithfield meatpacking plant
Smithfield says burning plant's business can be shifted, minimal disruption for customers

* On Monday July 6, 2009, 4:57 pm EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Smithfield Foods Inc. says its customers should not expect much of a disruption due to a fire at its Patrick Cudahy Inc. plant in the Milwaukee area.

The nation's largest hog producer and pork processor says in a statement Monday its other facilities have extra capacity to help with production.

The plant makes packaged meat products, like bacon, salami and ham, for retail and foodservice customers, such as restaurants and other commercial establishments.

Smithfield, Va.-based Smithfield has been restructuring its operations and shuttering some plants to focus on its packaged meat business, which is more profitable than its hog business.

The plant has about 1,800 employees and ranks as one of Smithfield's larger plants.

" Smithfield meatpacking plant - Yahoo! Finance

Upcoming House Business, Huh

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009:

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Unlimited One Minutes per side. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (8 Bills)

1) H.R. 1275 - Utah Recreational Land Exchange Act of 2009 (Rep. Matheson - Natural Resources)

2) H.R. 1129 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide an annual grant to facilitate an iron working training program for Native Americans (Rep. Lynch - Natural Resources)

3) H.R. 1945 - Tule River Tribe Water Development Act (Rep. Nunes - Natural Resources)

4) H.Con.Res. 142 - Supporting National Men's Health Week (Rep. Cummings - Oversight and Government Reform)

5) H.Con.Res. 127 - Recognizing the significance of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (Rep. Lee (CA) - Oversight and Government Reform)

6) H.Con.Res. 135 - Directing the Architect of the Capitol to place a marker in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center which acknowledges the role that slave labor played in the construction of the United States Capitol (Rep. Lewis (GA) - House Administration)

7) H.Con.Res. 131 - Directing the Architect of the Capitol to engrave the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the National Motto of "In God We Trust" in the Capitol Visitor Center (Rep. Lungren - House Administration)

8) H.R. __ - To authorize the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to use funds made available under the Trademark Act of 1946 for patent operations in order to avoid furloughs and reductions-in-force (Rep. Conyers - Judiciary)


On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 2965 - Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009 (Rep. Altmire – Small Business) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 2701 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Rep. Reyes – Intelligence) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 2997 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3081 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Consideration of H.R. 3082 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Edwards (TX) – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

Hitler And The 0 and 16 Lions

I never seen this before and thought would throw it out there for a laugh.

Training Camp is just around the corner.

From YouTube.

Adult language, you were warned.

Huh, Brown County Wisconsin

From the Green Bay Press from Sunday.
"Brown County juries routinely seeing higher rates of white jurors
Rate of disparity becomes greater every step in selection process

By Keegan Kyle • • July 5, 2009

Racial minorities serve on Brown County juries to a lesser degree than they exist in the population.

In the past eight years, juries have routinely contained a higher ratio of white people and a lower ratio of minorities compared with demographic estimates for the county.

An analysis of annual jury management reports by the Green Bay Press-Gazette shows the jury selection process becomes less representative of the overall population as it nears the courtroom.

The first pool of residents generated in the process almost perfectly reflects demographic estimates each year from the U.S. Census Bureau, but the concentration of white people increases at several steps toward a pool of sworn jurors.

Brown County staff members who manage juror selection said they weren't concerned about the level of racial disparity and said computer programs randomly select participants." Brown County juries routinely seeing higher rates of white jurors | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Any comments?

Steve Kagen Making News In North Carolina

From the NinerOnline from Charlotte. Steve Kagen is getting press coverage from all over this country. Seems all sorts of people are taking notice of Wisconsin's 8th district congressman.
"Historic energy bill faces a tough road ahead

Rob McCormick, Jr.
Staff Writer

Published: Monday, July 6, 2009

Updated: Monday, July 6, 2009.

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a historic energy bill on June 26 and the bill makes its way to the Senate later this month.

The comprehensive 1,400 page Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 marks the most aggressive energy bill ever passed by the U.S. House and faces a great deal of controversy and criticism. The Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 require the United States to reduce green house gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by the end of the century. Measures are established in order to assist those industries impacted by a low carbon economy.

The reduction in green house gas emissions through the Clean Energy and Security Act will exceed President Obama’s goals of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

However, the environmental benefits are not the only gains taken into consideration with the passage of this bill. Through the creation of new energy sources an estimated 1.6 million domestic jobs may be created.

Congressman Steve Kagen says, “It provides $190 billion of investment in developing new sources of energy that are less carbon dioxide producing.""
Niner Online - Historic energy bill faces a tough road ahead
Congressman Kagen, wasn't the 787 billion to a trillion dollars you passed in the stimulus bill supposed to create jobs? Now you want to blow another $190 billion.
While the benefit to the environment and creation of new jobs sounds promising enough, critics argue that there are some serious costs not being properly considered. The EPA estimates that the average household will see an $80 - $110 per year increase to their energy bills. Businesses will also face an increase in operating costs, not only through an increase in energy costs but also in the newly required building codes that the bill requires.

Many critics fear that the increased expenses for businesses to operate may very well lead to staff layoffs.

The entire process of completing the Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 may be finished by the end of this year if the Senate approves the bill.

However, with such narrow margins in the House, passing this bill in the Senate could prove to be much more challenging.

Berry Laker July 4th Weekend.

Hope everyone had a GREAT Holiday weekend.

Hope everyone didn't forget what our independence means.

Friday, spent the day with Mrs Berry Laker, what an angel God has blessed me with. We did a twelve mile bike trip.

Friday night, Nation wide race.

Saturday, another bike ride. Went to Suring to see if they held a Tea Party. I didn't see a time but took the camera anyway. No Party but I know there was a lot of GREAT Americans protesting across this country. Read about Wausau, Eagle River and more. Son # 2 in Gillett parade. He's the tall one.

Darn proud father.

Afternoon with Berry Laker mother and relatives. Played sheepshead and watched the cup race. Dog gone it, did Mark Martin have to go out on lap 14? What a finish, You got to feel for Kyle.

Sunday off to St. Casimir. Thanks Father Jim, good sermon and happy birthday. Watched a bad Brewer game and Tiger on his game. What a GRRRREAT golfer. Berry Laker son # 2 blows a rear tire on HWY 29. Thank God he kept the car under controll. That's one of my two GREAT boys.

Monday, woke up to hear about Patrick Cudahy. Thoughts and prayers are with everybody in Cudahy.

To you and yours, hope you had a GREAT weekend, I sure did.

Well, except for the # 5 at Daytona.

Patrick Cudahy Fire

Just want to make a couple comments on the fire at the Patrick Cudahy plant in Cudahy.

Our prayers go out to the company and all the people who work for Patrick Cudahy. For 120 years they have produced Wisconsin's great tasting products that made you proud to be from Wisconsin.

From JSOnline
"Cudahy - Mayor Ryan McCue said a state of emergency has been declared as fire officials continue to battle a blaze at the Patrick Cudahy meatpacking plant.

Fire Chief Dan Mayer said ammonia in the plant that has caused concern throughout the day appears to be contained.

"We believe that's safe now inside," Mayer said. "From the ammonia standpoint, I'm cautiously optimistic that we have crossed the dangerous period.""
Cudahy officials declare state of emergency - JSOnline

Our prayers also go out to the fire fighters and all the people battling the blaze and hope no one will be injured from this disaster.

I speak from being a former employee and look forward to the company getting through this hardship. Everyone involved with Patrick Cudahy were all professional and made everyone feel like family. What a group of GREAT people and GREAT products. This is only a set back and hope the future will be once again bright for all the people at Patrick Cudahy.