Saturday, October 10, 2009

No Wise Men Washington DC

From our ANGEL in Sheboygan. God knows she does the good Lords work in all places,her  Sheboygan Wisconsin. Bless her soul .
"Posted by Jeni | D.C. Debauchery | Saturday 10 October 2009 5:42 pm

No Nativity Scene in Washington DC this year…

The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in the United States Capital this Christmas season.

This isn’t for any religious reason. They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in the Nation’s Capitol.

There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.

(Yes, this is a parody duh)" Sheboygan Spirit » DC Nativity Scene

Any bets there will be no Nativity Scenes in DC this Christmas.


YEA BABY. Box score from MLBaseball

" LAD (3-0) 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 12 0
STL (0-3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
" Live Major League Baseball Scores | Scoreboard

The Man. Picture from the LA Times

Poor Denny Hamlin

From Concerning Denny Hamlin getting tagged, bumped, crashed, nailed, pick your choice, in the race.
"Taking over for Busch after 39 laps -- because Busch had a case of the flu that wouldn't let up -- Hamlin collided with Greg Biffle off Turn 4 while fighting for the lead on Lap 141 and exited the race with an irreparable car." NASCAR.COM - Logano takes advantage of late crash, wins at Fontana - Oct 10, 2009

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, Hamlin's just a ........., now I have to go to church for saying that. I was planning on going anyway for 9 o clock mass.

Green Bay Fans Getting Restless

From the Green Bay Press
"Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson: I thought we'd be better

By Rob Demovsky • • October 9, 2009

Ted Thompson never has been one to ride the emotional roller coaster of an NFL season. He didn’t do so during the 4-12 debacle of his first year as the Green Bay Packers’ general manger or in the 13-3 season of 2007." Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson: I thought we'd be better | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

From the comment section of the online article. I just copied the first three. It's worth going to see more.

cluciano99 wrote:
Gee ted I thought you and your fat buddy for coach would've been fired long before now!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10/10/2009 7:21:14 PM

mwentworth...YES and a very poor commentator at that..

He may turnout to be the worst GM in Packer history if Murphy doesn't pull the trigger.

Murphy, is he still alive?


10/10/2009 7:20:35 PM

greenngoldblood wrote:

Replying to paradox7:

If someone asked me at the beginning of the season where the Pack would be at this time--I would have said 3 and 1 or 2 and 2. Figured the Vikes would win round one and the Bears might nip the Pack. The Bengals: Surprise. Porous Offensive Line: Surprise...

If no major injury runs debilitate the Pack, I am yet hoping for at least a 10-6 regular season record. They have the personnel to do better. They must go from jello-like play to gelling. Sturdy contributions from Tauscher and Clifton would be just the right additive. In fact, if these two outstanding athletes of the past can regain their former form, a 11-5 record would be within our grasp. Yes, if, if, if...yet, here is to two major "ifs" --reasonable health and the return of T & C.

If, if, if. You are dreaming. Winners make it happen (like BF the last two weeks) - losers make excuses.
10/10/2009 6:50:24 PM

Replying to paradox7:

If someone asked me at the beginning of the season where the Pack would be at this time--I would have said 3 and 1 or 2 and 2. Figured the Vikes would win round one and the Bears might nip the Pack. The Bengals: Surprise. Porous Offensive Line: Surprise...

If no major injury runs debilitate the Pack, I am yet hoping for at least a 10-6 regular season record. They have the personnel to do better. They must go from jello-like play to gelling. Sturdy contributions from Tauscher and Clifton would be just the right additive. In fact, if these two outstanding athletes of the past can regain their former form, a 11-5 record would be within our grasp. Yes, if, if, if...yet, here is to two major "ifs" --reasonable health and the return of T & C.

If, if, if. You are dreaming. Winners make it happen (like BF the last two weeks) - losers make excuses. greenngoldblood
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Does anyone think Ted is talking like a sportscaster commenting on someone else's team? He seems so disconnected from the team and the results. My gosh, he sounds just like a politician!! His job isn't to manage a team, his job is to WIN!!! Or maybe that's just too much to ask. I guess trying hard is good enough.
10/10/2009 6:41:57 PM
Does anyone think Ted is talking like a sportscaster commenting on someone else's team? He seems so disconnected from the team and the results. My gosh, he sounds just like a politician!! His job isn't to manage a team, his job is to WIN!!! Or maybe that's just too much to ask. I guess trying hard is good enough. Mwentworth
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I feel bad For Aaron Rodgers. Im sure he can be a good quarterback, but he is getting killed. How can he grow in to a great player when he is running for his life? The defense blows plays and the offense cant block or run. Remember an 8-8 record got Ray Rhodes Fired back in '99, How many losing seasons before Herman Munster and mr piggly wiggly get fired? Life would suck if i couldnt watch the packers when they are winning, but they arent so i am not missing anything. With a losing season again we could get a good draft pick, but who would ted thompson draft justin IR herrible? Or maybe he can trade for another one hit wonder running back like grant.
10/10/2009 6:35:17 PM " Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson: I thought we'd be better | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Flag Football Green Bay Style

It was cold, windy and well worth seeing my grandson play flag football.

That's grandpas boy.

The next Far, sorry, Rogers in the NFL

The players gather for flags.

Hey, that guy looks like Brad Childress.

Hut, hut, hut!

Heavy concentration.

I guess they give the offense a little space in flag football.

Get ready buddy!

That's my grandson.


Sportsmanship is always important after the game.

Dam proud of that boy. Man, I'm getting old.

Could You Do At 82

Could you do all this when your 82? From the Iron Mountain Press.
"Pembine man builds monumental waterfall
By LISA M. HOFFMANN, Staff Writer
POSTED: October 10, 2009

PEMBINE, Wis. - Making crafts with wood is a hobby for Alvin Perry. He's pretty handy with stone and cement, too." Pembine man builds monumental waterfall - | news, sports, business, jobs - The Daily News

The 82-year-old former logger always wanted to build something on his property, located at the end of a dead end street in Pembine, Wis.

Perry began the project in 2007 and completed it this year. He said he spent all his spare time the past two years completing the project.

"About three-quarter ton of mortar and cement I mixed by hand,
20 tons of flat stone hauled from Marinette, Wis.
and 60 yards of top soil."

Rocks were hauled in one-by-one, and cement was hauled to the site in five-gallon buckets.

The landscaped area is 150 yards from his home and 100 feet wide.

The water wheel is four feet in diameter, and the falls are more than 50 feet long and 30 feet high. An American flag at the top of the waterfall is 60 feet from ground level.

Green Rain, Blue Snow

Looks like those lucky dogs down south are getting SNOW!

Enough News, Time For Play Schedule

Flag football this morning. Grandson playing in Green Bay. Pictures to follow.
Badger football at 2:30
Nation Wide race, 3:30 green flag. Hope I don't overheat the remote during the race and football game.
Sunday Cup race 2:30 green flag

Gun Toting Tea Party

From JSOnline
"Hudson picnic to feature speeches and guns
By Associated Press

Oct. 9, 2009 | Hudson — A TEA Party set for Hudson later this month will feature hot drinks and political speeches - and guns.

TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already, and the Hudson Open Carry TEA Party is scheduled for Oct. 17 in Lakefront Park. Organizers tout it as a picnic to celebrate their rights to demonstrate and to carry arms.

Events aimed at exercising the First and Second amendments have sprung up across Wisconsin since Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in April that citizens have a constitutional right to openly carry firearms.

Organizers in Hudson said all of the other events have been peaceful. But at least one store owner plans to put up a sign banning the guns inside her shop.

Police Chief Marty Jensen said he does not plan to increase police patrols for the event." NewsWatch - JSOnline

The one store owner had to vote for Obama. Hope she doesn't have less customers because of her flaky attitude, you know boycott, ouch, did I say that? At least the police chief has some common sense. Well good for the organizers in Hudson. Anyone have time, try to go.

Is This A Dumb Question

From JSOnline.
Green Bay man accused of supplying drug that led to death of fellow inmate
By Associated Press

Oct. 9, 2009 | Green Bay — A Brown County Jail inmate is accused of supplying the crack cocaine that led to the death of a fellow inmate.

Dominic Sangraw, 19, of Green Bay, was charged Friday with reckless homicide. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

Sangraw was jailed Sept. 18 for outstanding warrants. Prosecutors said he gave 21-year-old James L. Brown an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine a few days later.

The criminal complaint states that Brown swallowed the drug as correctional officers searched his cell. He had a seizure and was taken to a hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and died.

Brown was in jail for marijuana possession. »Read Full Article"
NewsWatch - JSOnline

Am I dumb for asking, "how did Sangraw get the drugs in the first place"?

Is this the next shoe to drop in the correctional problems in Wisconsin?
Where's the Wisconsin AG?

Sheboygan Again

From JSOnline.
Sheboygan woman strips to avoid arrest for shoplifting

Oct. 9, 2009 | Sheboygan — Police say a Wisconsin woman stripped in front of her children in an attempt to avoid arrest for shoplifting, then scuffled with officers and exposed herself through a squad car window.

Julia E. Laack, 36, of Sheboygan was charged Friday with felony battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer, shoplifting and two counts of disorderly conduct, the Sheboygan Press reported.

The criminal complaint alleges Laack stole a bag of beef jerky and a lighter at a convenience store Thursday afternoon. Police went to her home. The complaint said she refused to come to the door and began screaming and swearing at three children in her house, telling one that the incident was all his fault.

Police entered and tried to calm her down. With her children present, the complaint said, she stripped to her underwear and told the officers they couldn't arrest her because she would be naked.

Laack struggled with the officers as they tried to arrest her, the complaint alleged, kicking one in the groin and spitting in the mouth of another. »Read Full Article" NewsWatch - JSOnline

Is there something in the water or (I can't resist) is she related to the mayor? batta bing, batta boom.

Money Is Not Racist, It's Capitalism

A column in the Green Bay Press online about racism and the American Indian. I will not argue that there is racism in this country no matter what the skin color. I just have to laugh when I think about all the money the tribes take in at all the Wisconsin casino's. There's seems to be no racism when it comes to green backs.
"Tim Giago column: Of course there is racism against Indians in this country
By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) • October 10, 2009

A column by Raina Kelley, a black lady, in Newsweek caught my eye this week. She wrote about the code words used to hide the unvarnished racism that seems to be permeating the American scene.

Less known in most of America, but well known to American Indians, is the covert racism that afflicts those Americans with “red skin” as opposed to black."
Tim Giago column: Of course there is racism against Indians in this country | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Native Americans were shafted in many ways in the past but they sure know how to get even today. They just buy their land back with all the money that white people throw at them at the casinos. If we and I include myself want to go to casinos, good for me for having fun and good for the tribes for making money. I may argue they should pay the state more but that's for another day. Bottom line

Capitalism, it's the American way.

Corn, Who Would Of Thought

Come on, your pulling my leg.
From the Press Gazette

"Record corn crop expected in state
October 10, 2009

Wisconsin farmers are expected to harvest 417.6 million bushels of corn this fall, part of a record crop in the United States.

A federal crop report issued Friday forecasts corn production in the United States at 13 billion bushels, up 8 percent from 2008.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says Wisconsin's corn crop is expected to yield nearly 6 percent more than a year ago even though 20,000 fewer acres were planted.

The most recent state report lists only 11 percent of the corn crop in poor or very poor condition." Record corn crop expected in state | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

I thought we had a late spring, cold summer ,no rain for the crops and early cold fall that would kill all crops.

I guess you can't believe everything you see, read and hear from the media today.

Pulaski Band Members In Spotlight

From the Green Bay Press
"3 Pulaski band members receive national honor
They were selected for Army All-American Marching Band

By Malavika Jagannathan • • October 10, 2009

PULASKI — Three Pulaski High School band members will represent their school and their state on the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, which performs during an all-star high school football game next year.

Seniors Blake Smith, Colin Duke and Kevin Ripley are three of the 97-member band chosen from across the country, and the only students in the state who will head to San Antonio in January. At a school assembly Friday morning, their peers, their teachers and representatives of the Army recognized the three for their selection.

"Most states have one or two representatives," said Jon Gilliland, president of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. "It's amazing to have three guys from the same high school accepted into this organization."

All three students credited the district and community's commitment to music education as part of the reason they were chosen. More than 1,300 applicants vied for the 97 spots.

"It says a lot about what kind of music program we have," said Duke, 17, who has been in the music program since sixth grade. "I think it shows that we have a great program, one of the top in the state."

Ripley, 18, and Smith, 17, said the music program has boosted their confidence and given them leadership skills and, for Smith, even a possible future career in music.

After band director Tom Busch nominated the three students, they had to submit an application that included a memorized piece of music, a videotape of their marching skills and an explanation of why they wanted to be a part of this marching band.

"There was no question that these guys were the ones I wanted to nominate," Busch said.

"Pulaski has been very fortunate in that our music program has always had commitment from students and the district. And that goes way before I got here.""
 3 Pulaski band members receive national honor | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Way to go guys!

Friday, October 09, 2009

QUALIFYING Starting at Fontana Californa

Pepsi 500 | Auto Club Speedway
October 11, 2009| Race 30 of 36"

All non NASCAR fans, move along. Time for # 5.

Cup Qualifying 5:30 central

From Pepsi 500 Fontana California.
"00 David Reutimann Zephyrhills, FL Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip
1 Martin Truex Jr. Mayetta, NJ Chevrolet Guitar Hero 5 Teresa Earnhardt
2 Kurt Busch Las Vegas, NV Dodge Miller Lite Walter Czarnecki
5 Mark Martin Batesville, AR Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest Mary Hendrick
6 David Ragan Unadilla, GA Ford UPS John Henry
7 Robby Gordon Orange, CA Toyota Jim Beam Robby Gordon
07 Casey Mears Bakersfield, CA Chevrolet Jack Daniel's Richard Childress
9 Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA Dodge Budweiser George Gillett, Jr
09 Mike Bliss Milwaukie, OR Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming James Finch
11 Denny Hamlin Chesterfield, VA Toyota FedEx Ground J D Gibbs
12 David Stremme South Bend, IN Dodge Penske Racing Roger Penske
14 Tony Stewart Rushville, IN Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice Margaret Haas
16 Greg Biffle Vancouver, WA Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape Jack Roush
17 Matt Kenseth Cambridge, WI Ford R+L Carriers John Henry
18 Kyle Busch Las Vegas, NV Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs
19 Elliott Sadler Emporia, VA Dodge Stanley George Gillett, Jr
20 Joey Logano* Middletown, CT Toyota The Home Depot Joe Gibbs
24 Jeff Gordon Pittsboro, IN Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont Rick Hendrick
26 Jamie McMurray Joplin, MO Ford Crown Royal Geoff Smith
29 Kevin Harvick Bakersfield, CA Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil Richard Childress
31 Jeff Burton South Boston, VA Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress
33 Clint Bowyer Emporia, KS Chevrolet Prilosec OTC / Wal-Mart Bobby Ginn III
34 John Andretti Indianapolis, IN Chevrolet Taco Bell Teresa Earnhardt
36 Michael McDowell Phoenix, AZ Toyota Wave Energy Drink Tommy Baldwin
37 Tony Raines La Porte, IN Dodge Long John Silver's Brad Jenkins
39 Ryan Newman South Bend, IN Chevrolet Haas Automation Tony Stewart
42 Juan Montoya Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet Target Teresa Earnhardt
43 Reed Sorenson Peachtree City, GA Dodge Rosie's Organic Chicken Richard Petty
44 A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA Dodge Dassault Systemes George Gillett, Jr
47 Marcos Ambrose Launceston, Tasmania Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox Rob Kauffman
48 Jimmie Johnson El Cajon, CA Chevrolet Lowe's / Jimmie Johnson Foundation Jeff Gordon
55 Michael Waltrip Owensboro, KY Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip
64 Mike Wallace St. Louis, MO Toyota Gunselman Motorsports Larry Gunselman
66 Dave Blaney Hartford, OH Toyota Prism Motorsports Phil Parsons
77 Sam Hornish Jr. Bryan, OH Dodge Mobil 1 Bill Davis
78 Regan Smith Cato, NY Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies Barney Visser
82 Scott Speed* Manteca, CA Toyota Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz
83 Brian Vickers Thomasville, NC Toyota Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kannapolis, NC Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard Rick Hendrick
96 Bobby Labonte Corpus Christi, TX Ford DLP Jeffrey Moorad
98 Paul Menard Eau Claire, WI Ford Energizer / Menards Max Jones
99 Carl Edwards Columbia, MO Ford Aflac Jack Roush
113 Max Papis* Como, Italy Toyota GEICO Bob Germain
171 David Gilliland Riverside, CA Chevrolet TRG Motorsports Kevin Buckler
187 Joe Nemechek Lakeland, FL Toyota NEMCO Motorsports Andrea Nemechek " NASCAR.COM

Miss Sprint Cup,NASCAR

I always wondered about these two every week when I see one of the two in victory lane.

From Vidio at NASCAR link.

"Miss Sprint Cup Videos: Sprint Headquarters
Anne-Marie and Monica hang out with drivers at the Sprint Headquarters in Kansas City." NASCAR.COM Video - Miss Sprint Cup Videos: Sprint Headquarters

Pulaski Community School District, Who Got Fooled

I couldn't make the Pulaski School Board Meeting Wednesday night and haven't seen any news on it. I have to laugh when I see stories like this below.
From MacIver Institute dated Oct 8th.

"The Pulaski Community School District proposed a 12 percent property tax increase to make up for its loss, but voters turned it down. Now the district will have to figure out what to cut out of its budget.
" MacIver Institute

Back on Sept 16, the school board brought up they have a cash flow problem in the district. Till they get money in January 2010 they need a bridge loan to get by. The district said by law they needed to fill out forms to get a bridge loan and needed to know what the levy increase would be. By a voice vote they voted for a 10 % levy increase until they work through the budget. Did the tax payers get fooled with a 10% levy increase, will it be 2,4,6,8 or 12% increase for the people of the district? The Pulaski News dated Oct. 8th had no information on any cash flow problem or voice vote on a temporary levy increase. What the heck, the Pulaski News is a school newspaper, so I am not SHOCKED!

I would say the people of the school district are being played for fools and will keep paying year after year with no common sense from the people who represent them.
Like I said I couldn't make Wednesday's meeting and so far have not seen any news on it. Maybe all parties will educate the children of this district with a responsible budget during these tough times in the economy.

If anyone want's to pass on any information, please do. Maybe someone in the press will look into it. Next Meeting October 21, 6:00 pm.

Update 8:26 am from the Shawano Leader online. I guess I have to go buy a Shawano leader for the rest of the story.

Pulaski board mulls ways to cut budget

By Joan Koehne, Northwoods Media

PULASKI — The Pulaski School Board at its meeting Wednesday considered more than 30 ways to reduce the tax levy for residents of the district.

Refinancing long-term debt and reducing the community service fund tax levy were two major proposals presented, as the board seeks to reduce its budget after voters at the district’s annual meeting defeated the proposed tax levy with a 77-30 vote. About 90 people attended the meeting.

“We had heard loud and clear that the 12.2 percent levy increase was not acceptable to many people, and for good reason,” said District Administrator Mel Lightner.

The board needs to trim the proposed tax levy of $14,482,134, and is scheduled to set the final tax levy at its Oct. 21 school board meeting.

The first proposal presented was refinancing the long-term debt, which would bring significant tax relief now to the taxpayers, but increases the total debt costs over time. Under this proposal, the higher interest rate bonds (at 4.5 or 5.5 percent) would be refinanced at a 3.34 percent interest rate, and a restructured repayment schedule would be implemented. Under the new schedule, less debt would be paid back between 2010 and 2012 and more from 2013 to 2015.

The change would result in an increase of the total debt cost by $169,142, but would lighten the debt burden over the next few years. If the board approves the refinancing option, the tax levy increase would be 6.6 percent over last year instead of 12.1 percent. Any additional changes the board made could reduce the tax levy even more.

Lightner also proposed the board could transfer a significant portion of the community service fund to the general fund.

Other proposals involved reducing staff positions, including not filling a vacant clerical aide position at the middle school and eliminating the high school attendance secretary’s two-hour a day position.

“Because 80 percent of the cost for our school district is personnel, salary and benefits, it’s hard to reduce the budget without cutting personnel,” Lightner said.

More in today's Leader.

At least they are working on it. Time will tell. It looks like Mr. Lightner is working on this and you have to give him credit for his hard work.

Steve Kagen, Shocked, Shocked, Well Not Really

From Lakeshore Laments.

"Why am I not shocked to see Kagen with the worst lifetime rating in the entire delegation after only two years in Congress? Man like he's Santa Claus in his press releases about the pork he brings home." Lakeshore Laments » A political weblog specializing in Wisconsin politics and culture

Go to Kevin's site for the 2008 ratings from Citizens Against Government Waste.

Gov Takeover Of Family Farms

Do farmers really want price controls set by the U S Government? What else is Tom Vilsack really trying to do? From The Green Bay Press.
"Farmers may soon get reprieve from market swings
Union leaders say plan would keep market steady
By Nathan Phelps • • October 8, 2009

State and national farm union leaders say they agree with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to restructure the dairy industry to take some of the sting out of cyclical markets that have buffeted farmers over the last decade." Farmers may soon get reprieve from market swings | | Green Bay Press-Gazette
"The volatility has become so dramatic, and that's really, really challenging for everyone engaged in the industry," said Doug Caruso, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. "Hopefully what Secretary (Tom) Vilsack is alluding to is finding some mechanism to narrow (those swings)."

Milk prices paid to farmers are hanging around $12.50 per hundredweight, down from a peak of around $20 in summer 2008. Those high prices last year were offset in part by increased costs for farm products like fuel and fertilizer, which also spiked last year.
So in 2008 milk peaked at $20 per hundred weight and gasoline was over $4 gal. In 2009 milk is at $12.50 and gasoline today in my area $2.44 gal. So fertilizer was high in 2008. Is fertilizer today at 2008 prices or did it come down in 2009? I'm just asking. Do farmers want 2008 pricing or 2009 prices? Do they want higher or lower fuel and fertilizer costs? Do they want 2008 milk prices and 2009 fuel and fertilizer costs. I would want the latter if that's what the markets dictate but to be honest, it is not.

"We're never going to have a perfect steady line where the price is exactly right to compensate farmers for their costs and give them a reasonable return every day," Caruso said. "But we've got to find a way to get rid of the volatility because it's killing everybody in every part of the industry."

There it is, "got to find a way to get rid of the volatility", What does that really mean?
Vilsack said Monday the dairy industry needs to be restructured to avoid the cyclical ups and downs that have accelerated in the last decade. His comments came less than a week after Congress announced a $350 million dairy bailout.

When government mentions "restructured" and "dairy bailout" it can only equal government take over of the family farm.
National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson, a North Dakota farmer, said low prices offer an opportunity to look at restructure to the system.

"You can't realistically do anything with the low prices unless you're willing to acknowledge the high prices have to come down a bit as well," he said. "You don't get folks willing to sit down and talk about long-term structural changes when you are looking at $20 milk.

"When you're looking at $10 or $12 milk you have a whole different attitude."

Mr Johnson speaks some common sense but does he really want to go down the road to more government regulation, price fixing and oversight?
Johnson, in Wisconsin this week talking to farmers, met with the Green Bay Press-Gazette Editorial Board on Wednesday.

Wisconsin farmers received $6 less for their milk in August than one year ago, according to monthly figures from the Wisconsin field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The September price is expected to increase 90 cents to $13.40 per hundredweight in Wisconsin and 70 cents to $12.70 nationally.

The break-even point for farmers is generally around $15 per hundredweight.

Someone help me here. Farmers received $6.00 less then the $20.00 high in 2008 and break even is $15, What exactly does everyone want. You can't have 2008 milk pricing with 2009 supply costs. So from the article, milk prices are only a $1.00 off on break even pricing?

Diminished prices have dogged dairy producers since late last year, and a number of area farmers have said they are doing what they can to weather the storm from cutting unnecessary costs and expenses to dipping into savings or seeking additional loans from banks.

Johnson said reform and aid to dairy farmers will be both short- and long-term.

So the rest of us are not cutting unnecessary expenses and dipping into our savings accounts? There he says it, "reform and aid to dairy farmers", gov will give farmers aid (money) and reform tells them how much they will be paid and tell farmers how to run their farms. Sounds like price fixing to me.
"Right now we're in a spot where we need some emergency assistance," he said. "Longer term it is (Vilsack) observing we need some significant restructuring in the industry … and that's going to take some additional time."

I agree some farmers need help (emergency assistance) but with the money will come "significant restructuring in the industry". What does that really mean.
Vilsack said he would like to get federal aid into farmers' hands as soon as possible. Under the deal announced last week, his department is responsible for distributing $290 million in direct support for dairy farmers. The other $60 million will cover purchases of surplus cheese and other dairy products to help raise prices. Food banks and other nutrition programs will get the goods.

"Food banks and other nutrition programs" is code for more government waste. Give the $60 mil to the farmers!

The secretary also said he expects the Agriculture Department to look at its price support and marketing programs to see if changes can be made to help stabilize prices.

— The Associated Press

"Help stabilize prices" means price fixing and gov take over. Vilsack and big brother will tell farmers how much they will be paid for milk. Be told how to run their farms, be told how much profit they can make, be told what they say and do or they take away the family farm. They want government owned dairy farms and this is the only way to get it, one small step at a time.

I am all for helping the farmers that are in need. I am not for government take over as is the way I see this. Hog wash you say! Didn't government dictate and take over GM and Chrysler? Is government trying to tell CEO's and people on wall street how much they can make? What profit they can have? Look how Cap and Tax will effect dairy farms if it gets passed. What will happen with doctors in socialized medicine? How much regulation does the family farm have from federal, state and local government now? If you take the money you will be told what to do and in the end will take over or shut down the family farm.

Do farmers really see what is happening? Fixing prices and regulation may be a short term fix but in the end government is simply looking for a way to take over a business that they think, "they know better". Let the free market run it's course. It may be difficult but eventually it will fix it self?

Again, let's help the farmers who need help today and let the markets take care of the rest.

Side note, for all those that voted for this administration and the politicians that run government, you are getting what you didn't ask for. Need to fix this starting in 2010!

This Stinks To High Heaven

From the Green Bay Press
"Manure hoarding discouraged across state
October 9, 2009

MADISON — Wisconsin officials want farmers to stop hoarding manure and empty their storage units.

University of Wisconsin-Extension agents say spreading manure on farm fields can cost thousands of dollars a year.

State agriculture, environmental and academic experts say they're getting reports from manure haulers and county agriculture agents that suggest financially stressed farmers may be delaying emptying their storage structures to save money.

They're worried that creates a greater threat of manure spills and runoff." Manure hoarding discouraged across state | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

I Did Not Know

I didn't know anyone was running against Russ. Where's Tommy Thompson?

From the Green Bay Press

"Senate candidate wearing orange
October 9, 2009

MADISON — Dave Westlake wants to stand out.

The Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold plans to wear blaze orange at every campaign appearance between now and the 2010 election.

It helps that the Watertown business owner and political newcomer is an avid hunter.

Westlake bought a blaze orange shirt on Saturday and wore it to two Republican rallies that day.

The response was so positive, Westlake says he decided to wear the same shirt again at a Sunday rally. He intends to wear blaze orange at all future campaign events.

Says Westlake, "We want people to be able to find me."" Senate candidate wearing orange | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Obama gets Peace Prize

Is this from the Onion? Come on, your pulling my leg. Can his ego take this? WOW!

From the New York Post
"Prez gets Peace Prize
Last Updated: 5:33 AM, October 9, 2009

Posted: 5:21 AM, October 9, 2009
OSLO — President Barack Obama on Friday won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

Obama’s name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

The committee said it attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

“Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.”
Prez gets Peace Prize

Thursday, October 08, 2009

It Would Be A Hoot To See

From Instapundit.
"October 7, 2009

OKAY, MAYBE IT WOULD BE TOO MEAN TO ACTUALLY DO, but reading this report of the “stimulus” debacle in Detroit gave me an idea:

There was some confusion at the sites after word spread that checks for $3,000 were being given away. That was not the case. Only applications were handed out. In fact, because of the heavy demand, the city halls had to stop handing out applications.

If you really were a Merry Prankster type, it would be funny to spread rumors that the local member of Congress was handing out stimulus checks, then watch the ensuing confusion. . . .

But that would be wrong — though it’s fun to imagine.

UPDATE: No, no, I’m not raining on the idea of pranks in general. Just pranks that might produce a riot . . . ." Instapundit » Blog Archive » OKAY, MAYBE IT WOULD BE TOO MEAN TO ACTUALLY DO, but reading this report of the “stimulus” debacle i…

No you shouldn't try it but think of the chaos it would generate.

Not Funny

"Dead Deer Dropped on Sioux City Porch

Posted: Oct 7, 2009 09:03 PM

(SIOUX CITY, IA) - Animal Control Officers spent Wednesday morning cleaning up an unfortunate and inappropriate prank at a Sioux City home. Someone dressed an already dead deer in a clown outfit and wig, and dropped it for a family to see. Officers held it at the Animal Control Center Wednesday afternoon.

Someone found the deer on their porch in the 2500 block of McFaul Street in Sioux City. Officers suspect a prank, considering the season, but say it's not funny, safe, or acceptable. "Don't do it. It's immature, it's illegal. It's a dead animal it doesn't need to be sitting on someone's porch. It needs to be disposed of by the right people," explained Animal Control Officer Jake Appel.

Officers will dispose of the animal appropriately. Sioux City Police have not opened an investigation." Dead Deer Dropped on Sioux City Porch - KMEG 14 - News, Weather, Sports for Sioux City and Siouxland |

Dodger Blue

From the L A Times
"BOTTOM OF THE NINTH (Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2)

Can the Dodgers do it? The Cardinals bring in lefty Trever Miller to face Ethier, who hit less than .200 against lefties during the season. Ethier pops to second. Manny is up, and LaRussa is taking Miller out for his closer, Ryan Franklin. Franklin has a really disturbing looking beard. Ramirez flies to center. For a moment, just for a moment, you could hear the crowd exult as if it was going to be a homer. As Vin Scully says best, they were looking at it with their hearts and not their eyes. James Loney hits a liner to second, but Matt Holliday misplays it and Loney reaches second on a two-base error. Blake walks. That leaves it up to Ronnie Belliard, who singles to center to tie the score! The fans go crazy! But it's only tied. Can Russell Martin win it? On a 2-0 pitch, the ball gets away from Molina, the runners advancing to second and third. And Martin walks. Mark Loretta pinch-hits for Sherrill. Can Loretta win it? He does, singling to center. Dodgers win, 3-2 to take a 2-0 series lead!." Dodgers vs. Cardinals live inning-by-inning updates from Game 2 | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times

2 and 0, going to St Louis. What a GREAT MGR.