Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Fools

2010 Census

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dem's Lied, So What Else Is New

Seems the Green Bay Press reports Diamond Jim Doyle lied to parents and children who signed up for free college grants. Must of been a campaign promise. I am SHOCKED, just SHOCKED! Democrats lie to voters? Maybe students should talk to their WEAC teachers about this.

"Some parents expected 'free ride' from Wisconsin Covenant program
By RYAN J. FOLEY • The Associated Press • March 30, 2010

MADISON — The director of the Wisconsin Covenant program acknowledged Monday she's heard from "a lot of parents" who believed it would give their children a free ride to college, but insisted that was never the intent."
Some parents expected 'free ride' from Wisconsin Covenant program | | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Gov. Jim Doyle proposed the Covenant in 2006 to motivate students to attend college and help them afford it. He promised "the neediest families will receive grants to pay the costs of education" and others would receive a mix of loans, grants and work study opportunities.

"As long as the student holds up his or her end of the bargain, every family that qualifies for financial aid will get a package that fully covers their tuition," he said at the time.

While more than 50,000 students signed the Covenant in the last three years, the governor did not release details of the financial aid component until earlier this month.

He has proposed giving grants worth $2,500 to students with family incomes of roughly $25,000 or less; $1,500 grants to those from families earning roughly $40,000; and $1,000 to those from families that make up to $80,000. All others would receive $250 grants for completing the program.

Students would be guaranteed grants for their first two years of college. Doyle has said they will be eligible for additional grants in their final two years, but their size will depend on the availability of funding.

Republicans have accused Doyle, a Democrat, of letting down students and their families who were expecting more while acknowledging the state's budget doesn't leave room for more generous benefits.

Sharon Billings, who runs a service with her husband that helps parents plan for their children's higher education, testified Monday that she's heard from parents upset about the size of the state grants.

The "word on the street" was that students would get a full ride for fulfilling the Covenant requirements, Billings said. She called the size of the grants insulting., and "not even enough to buy a few books."

"I think it's a travesty of justice for students who have done their part," she said. "I don't think it's fair to them ... If we promise students we are going to do something, then we should follow through."

Covenant Director Shannon Loredo responded that she had heard from a lot of parents with similar comments, but the Covenant "was never intended to be the only piece." She said Covenant scholars will receive other forms of state and federal aid.

Indeed, Doyle's office estimates that Covenant scholars from families with annual incomes of less than $25,000 will receive financial aid packages of $11,000, including the federal Pell Grant and the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant. That is more than the cost of tuition for one year in the UW System, Doyle noted earlier this month.

UW System spokesman David Giroux said Billings' comments reflected the confusion about the program's potential benefits that had lingered since its inception. But he said regardless of what students were expecting, the focus should now be on whether the grants help change behavior during high school so they better prepare for college.

"I've got to believe that it will," he said, calling a potential $2,500 grant "a very significant motivating factor."

After Monday's hearing, Doyle's administration is expected to submit a final proposal to the Legislature in coming weeks with minor changes in wording. Legislative committees will have time to review the plan, and if they don't object, it will become final.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Shame On Steve Kagen

From the Green Bay Press and a concerned constituent of the area. 
"Shame on us all
March 29, 2010

GREEN BAY — I could not help but notice that Steve Kagen's facial expressions said it all. He looked like a child when a parent catches them in a lie. He will have to look at himself in the mirror every day knowing he voted against the very people who sent him to office, spit on the Constitution and made his oath worthless.

Ultimately we have the power at the polls to remove him from office, but once he is removed he will take to his grave the knowledge that he voted to destroy the last true country where freedom exists. Shame on him and shame on us for electing him to represent us in this great representative republic. It is too bad that he and fellow Democrats don't walk what they talk and they will continue to get re-elected. I hope and pray that we as a community will remember what he did this November and throw him out of office.

Jerry Gitlewski"
Shame on us all | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

When will the rest of you wake up and see what the left, Kagen and Pelosi are doing to this country?

This is the real Steve Kagen.

A puppet for Nancy Pelosi!

Pat Sajak And A Berry Laker Moment

It was the beginning of October in 1985. I was taking the future Mrs B out for dinner and was to meet her parents and her two brothers and their wives for the first time. JFYI, I was a single dad at the time. The reason I bring this up is we went to the "Pipe Bar" in Pipe Wis, the bar Mrs B's parents owned at the time.

On that night we set up a sitter for my daughter.
The two things I will never forget about that night is as we came in to drop off my daughter, Pat Sajak and Vanna were on Wheel of fortune and the other unforgettable moment, my mother in law, "Jacks" God bless her soul ( miss you mom) told me I must be someone special. I had the record for dating their daughter the longest. It turned out to be a night I will never forget.

To my daughter and two sons. If Pat Sajak has been a part of your mother and I since 1985 then listen to him today. He has wise words to give you. As you sit up at night and watch Wheel of Fortune, Mr Sajak is more then just a game show host, he is a great American.

Thank You Mr Sajak. You will always be # 1 in my book.

A good read from Drudge, Human Events and Pat Sajak. .

"Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be a Racist
by Pat Sajak

Frank Rich spent many years as the theater critic for the New York Times, where, at worst, his venom could cause a Broadway production or two to close down.

Now, however, Mr. Rich opines on political and social issues for the Times, and, while the results are usually mildly amusing (even if unintentionally so), his reach has grown a bit, so the damage he causes can travel beyond the footlights. I’m not sure why anyone turns to Rich for political analysis—heck, you might as well read the rantings of a TV game show host—but the Gray Lady continues to pay him for his weekly column, and, at the rate she’s bleeding money, that’s no small sacrifice.

Anyway, Mr. Rich has apparently been able to get to the bottom of the vocal opposition to the “healthcare reform” bill that was recently gently shepherded through Congress." Conservative News: Sajak - Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be A Racist - HUMAN EVENTS

It turns out, according to his well-crafted analysis, that it’s not the bill that’s got people in an uproar; rather, what we’re facing is the death rattle of a dwindling cadre of white, racist, sexist, homophobic males terrified by the ascent of people of color, women and gays.

As the ever-tolerant Rich reasons: “The conjunction of a black President and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.”

So that’s it. It’s just a bunch of scared, white males who would yelp about anything this gang came up with. As Rich makes clear, this is merely a replay of the opposition to the Voting Rights Act of 1964. You get it? If you express opposition to the bill, you’re a racist, sexist homophobe.

Mr. Rich is shocked by the level of anger in the land, and he fears for the safety of our elected officials, much as I’m sure he did during the George W. Bush administration. He calls on Republican leaders to distance themselves from the more radical voices among them, echoing the demands I’m sure he made of the Democrats during the last campaign.

Welcome to post-racial America, where those who oppose a piece of legislation must defend themselves against the scurrilous charges of a man who seems much better suited to reviewing “Cats”. (He liked it, by the way.) This was a particularly shameful column, and the millions of Americans who oppose this legislation are owed an apology. Are they right? Are they wrong? Let’s discuss it. Let’s debate it. Let’s yell and scream if we want to. But would it be too much to ask that we approach the matter based on its merits and leave the psychobabble to Dr. Phil?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Great Doc Hopkins, Doc's Harley Davidson's

From the Shawano Leader
You need to go to the Shawano Leader to get the whole story on Doc. You have to compare him to Barnum and Baily and Apple for promoting their business.

Rhonda and Doc Hopkins and Jody and Doug DeNamur stand outside the latest addition to Doc’s Harley Davidson, a bar and restaurant, ice cream shop, gift shop and mini mall. Leader photo by Carol Wagner
"Doc’s addition revving interest on Hwy. 29
By Carol Wagner, of the Leader staff

Allison Schumacher had no trouble getting the motorcycle to an upright position at the Ladies Garage Party at Doc’s Harley Davidson east of Bonduel.

“It really gives those girls confidence,” said Steve “Doc” Hopkins, owner of Doc’s Harley Davidson and sponsor of the Wolf River HOG chapter.

The garage party, which attracted several women for snacks and fun, is just one of the many activities Hopkins has used to grow from a small building on Richmond Street in Shawano to a now sprawling complex of buildings just east of Bonduel.

Hopkins moved the business in April 1998, because Harley-Davidson wants its dealers to be located on a major highway. The move has been successful.

“It was a good one,” he said of the location."

If you head west on HWY 29 out of Green Bay, you need to stop and say hello. I never owned a Harley, let alone a bike, never was to Doc's Harley Davidson's or ever meet Doc himself but from what I hear in those parts, it's well worth the stop to
Doc's Harley Davidson's.

Palm Sunday

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

"Luke 19:28-44

[28] After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. [29] As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, [30] "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. [31] If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "

[32] Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. [33] As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

[34] They replied, "The Lord needs it."

[35] They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. [36] As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

[37] When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

[38] "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

[39] Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

[40] "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." "
#85. The Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-40) -- JesusWalk