Saturday, December 11, 2010

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Friday, December 10, 2010

Just Kill The Tax Bill, Republicans Already Forgot Nov. 2nd

Unemployment extended
death tax increased,
ear marks for wind and solar manufactures
and now

From Reuters

The tax-cut package under debate in the Senate on Friday would extend through 2011 the 45 cent a gallon ethanol tax credit and a 54 cent tariff on imported ethanol -- the two major supports for the biofuels industry.

Without congressional action, they will expire on Dec 31. A test vote was scheduled for Monday for the bill. The House and Senate must agree on terms for a bill to become law.

Ethanol gets an extension just for the corn WHORES! This needs to stop and stop now!

Just like John McCain in 08, maybe we need to teach republicans again in congress that we mean business. We don't want RINO's!

Republicans need to block and stop all this spending, no matter what! Let the Bush tax rates expire.Cut off unemployment extensions, Cut the out of control spending. There is no way this can be fixed until the next congress. What was the November election all about? 

We will suffer like we have the last two years and we need to start over. 

Let it all fall and clean it up in January! Stop and block everything! 




Teaching An Old Dog, New.......

I downloaded Google Chrome and finnally am back into scribe Fire for my blog. 

This is like learning to walk and talk all over again. Kind of makes you want to drink before 7:00 am 

Don't worry, I haven't had a drink yet!

Wisconsin Bear Application Due Today

Applications for a Class A bear license can be made at any license sales agentDNR Service Centeron-line, or by calling 1-877-945-4236. Please note paper applications are no longer available. The deadline for bear season applications is always December 10th.

Today In History

From The Soo Evening News

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Today is the 344th day of 2010. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 10, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

On this date:
1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.
1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state.
1884, Mark Twain's novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was first published, in Canada as well as England (however, the book was not released in the United States until Feb. 1885).
1910, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the population of the United States stood at 91,972,266. The opera "La fanciulla del West" (The Girl of the Golden West), by Giacomo Puccini, had its world premiere at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

One year ago: President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a humble acknowledgment of his scant accomplishments and a robust defense of the U.S. at war. James Cameron's 3-D film epic "Avatar" had its world premiere in London.

More at the papers web site.

Food Safety Act, Good, Bad?

From the Escanaba Daily Press

Will the Food Modernization Safety Act make food safer?
Bill heads back to Senate for approval; industry official weighs in on impact

December 9, 2010 - By Ashley Hoholik

ESCANABA - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday aimed at making food safer in the midst of massive E. coli and salmonella outbreaks in peanuts, eggs and produce.

The bill - now headed back to the Senate for approval - was overwhelmingly passed by Senate last week. The House is sending the bill back to the Senate as part of a giant year-end budget bill. Under the act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will gain increased power over the tracking, inspection and recalls of food - causing some concern for those in the food industry. Others in the industry believe the bill is right on track, raising the level of security for higher-risk crops.

Like the person in the comment part of this post said (paraphrasing) the same people that oversaw the BP oil spill will protect us from food poison

From the Green Bay Press

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is urging taxpayers to sign up to receive an important tax form online instead of in the mail.

Wonder how this will help tax payers?

5 From Wis. Accused of Poaching

From the Green Bay Press.

5 area hunters accused of poaching deer in Kansad
DECEMBER 10, 2010

OBERLIN, Kan. — Four men from De Pere and one from Green Bay could lose their hunting privileges in Kansas after being accused of poaching deer.

He's Not Even Gov Yet

He promised to kill the train and it's now dead! When he says he will do something , chances are it probably will happen.

From The Appleton Post Crescent.

Wisconsin high-speed rail money to go elsewhere


MADISON — Travelers will have to keep making the 80-mile trip between Madison and Milwaukee by road for the foreseeable future. And Democrats are livid about it.

President Barack Obama's administration announced Thursday it will shift $810 million in federal stimulus dollars meant for a high-speed rail line between Wisconsin's capital and largest city to other states, officially ending months of debate. The administration also pulled $385 million from Ohio that would have gone to create passenger rail in that state.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a statement saying the administration stripped the two states of the money because incoming Republican governors opposed the projects.

Let's see if the state unions will now come to the negotiation table?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Original "Grown Up Christmas Gift

This is the original from David Foster and Ms. Natilie Cole.
From You Tube

Today In History

From The Soo Evening News.
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. —

Today in History, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
Today is the 342nd day of 2010. There are 23 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On this date:
1776, during the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania.

1940, the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins, 73-0, in the NFL Championship Game, which was carried on network radio for the first time by the Mutual Broadcasting System (the announcer was Red Barber).

Ten years ago: A divided Florida Supreme Court ordered, 4-3, an immediate hand count of about 45,000 disputed ballots and put Democrat Al Gore within 154 votes of Republican George W. Bush.

There more if you go to the link.

M Marine Contract Goes to Senate, Where's Feingold

The first hurdle to get the contract at Marinette Marine.
From WTAQ.
MARINETTE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A victory for Marinette Marine, but the battle's not over just yet.

Wednesday night, the U.S. House narrowly passed a bill that calls for 10 of the company's Littoral Combat Ships to be built for the Navy.

"It'll mean an infusion of nearly $5 billion into our local economy and thousands and thousands of jobs," Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Appleton) said. "Now we need the Senate to follow through what we did in the House and I'm counting on (Sen.) Herb Kohl to get the job done."

Kagen is keeping his fingers crossed that the Senate can vote by the end of next week. Then the President needs to sign it, and the Navy would take it from there.

So why is Steve Kagen crossing his fingers? There are 59 democratic senators. They don't need any republicans.

Second, why did Kagen single out Kohl to help pass the bill? Only "Kohl can get the job done?" Where is Russs Feingolds name to help pass this. Is Feingold voting no on this bill? Why only Kohl?


Local, State, Budget Deficit, The Future Norm

A story that will play out all over this country.
From the Escanaba Daily Press.
Debate erupts over county layoffs
December 8, 2010 - By Dionna Harris

ESCANABA - Debate erupted Tuesday between members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners concerning potential layoff of county employees to combat an estimated $500,000 budget deficit.

An anticipated shortfall in revenue sharing funds the county receives from the state added fuel to the debate.

Michigan, Wisconsin, state, local, we have to live with in our means and stop the madness. State or local workers will have to realize the cash cow is gone. The party is over.

High Speed Rail in Ashland Wis.

From the Ashland Daily Press

Regional transit authority hearing draws supporters and detractors
Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:49 AM CST
A proposal to establish a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) that would have the power to levy a one-tenth of one percent sales tax drew a capacity crowd to the large meeting room at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center to hear about the project, ask questions and offer comments about the proposal.

The RTA would allow the Bay Area Rural Transit (BART) system to end its dependence on property taxes for local contributions to operate the two-county bus system that has operated in the bay area communities from Red Cliff to Odanah since 1981, deriving the local share from the new property tax.

Step one, two buses in transit system.
Step two, create RTA, Regional Transit Authority.
Step three, force a sales tax to pay for transit.

Skip to step 12, high speed rail or if your from Wisconsin a half fast rail system.

You got to love those liberals, they certainly start at the grass roots level.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Peshtigo Brook Wolf Pack Dog Kill Totals

Well, it's the 8th of December and hope we are done with dogs killed by wolves in the Peshtigo Brook area of the Oconto County area of the state.

Total of 5 dogs killed and one injured since the beginning of the year.

If you want to see the updated report from the WDNR you can go here.

Get Out There And Campaign For Mike Tate.

From the desk of the honorably Mike Tate

Mike Tate officially announced today his campaign for re-election as the State Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW).

“While we sustained significant losses in November, our party is emerging strong and ready – not merely to hold the Republicans’ feet to the fire this coming year, but to build for victory in 2012,” Tate said. “I understand the challenges ahead and the fortitude and commitment for which the battle now calls. I look forward to this campaign and look forward to continuing to serve Democrats in every corner of this great state as their chair.”

I will tell my mother sister and I think my brother to call and fight for the re-election of Mike Tate. We ask all state democrats to get out there and back Mr Tate.

Go Mike go!

Bacon Wrapped Corn

From Cowgirl's Country.

Bacon Wrapped Corn, Smoked Crab Legs, Shrimp, Crawdads, Sausage and Beer...

M m m m m m m m m m m m m m m. Did you catch that square of Spam on the grill.

What an idea for the upcoming Super Bowl.

Time To Can The Venison

From Cowgirl via Fr Z
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Canning Venison
It's that time of the year! Time to process the deer meat harvested this season.

This is a portion of the two deer...

Cow girl takes you through the whole process.

I need to show this to Mrs B. Now if I only would of got a deer I could can the meat. Maybe next year.

Kwik (Baby) Trip

From the Wausau Daily Herald.
Baby born in Wisconsin Rapids Kwik Trip parking lot

By Deb Cleworth • For the Wausau Daily Herald • December 8, 2010

WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- Grant Peterson was supposed to be born at Riverview Hospital on Tuesday morning during his scheduled induced labor.

Instead, the third child of Rome residents Michelle and Bryan Peterson entered the world in the front seat of his parents' car under a parking lot light outside a Wisconsin Rapids convenience store.

"No, I never delivered a baby before, especially not my own," said Bryan, who received instruction in child delivery as part of his first-responder training.

Early Monday evening, while Bryan, a town of Rome police officer, was working, Michelle left the couple's two children, Anna, 4, and Mason, 19 months, at her parents' home. Despite some contractions, "(they) weren't that bad, so I didn't think I needed to get in right away," she said with a laugh Tuesday.

Relaying the news to Bryan's in-laws added to the excitement."It took about the whole ride from Kwik Trip to the hospital to let them know it was real, that it had actually happened," Bryan said.

Granpa Busts Drug Text

This makes all Grandfathers proud.

From the Superior Telegram.

If you're a drug dealer using a text message to ply your goods, it might be a good idea to double-check the phone number before hitting the "send" button.

A 19-year-old Muskego man was arrested Sunday night after a 10-year-old boy got a wrong-number text message asking, "You want to buy some hash?"

Turns out that the boy's grandfather is a Wisconsin state trooper and the youth was at granddad's home when the 6 p.m. text message arrived.

The boy didn't know what the strange message meant. But when his grandfather saw it, he called colleague Sgt. Nate Clarke, who set in motion a plan to bust the sender. Clarke and other on-duty troopers then sent a message back to the alleged dealer saying, "Yes we would" and then arranged through other text messages the amount of hash and where to meet the man to make the deal, Clarke said.

Trail Opens Friday

From the main page of the Lakeland Times

The state-funded snowmobile trail system in Vilas County will officially open at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. The use of caution is strongly recommended. Trails are in early season condition and riders may encounter rough areas and icy patches. More snow is needed to enable area snowmobile clubs to provide the well-groomed world class trails for which Vilas County is noted. It is not recommended to cross area lakes until the route across the lake is clearly marked. For more information about trail conditions, contact the area chambers of commerce and local snowmobile clubs in the area you plan to ride.

Workforce Development Piggy Bank

Seems Workforce Development is getting a half of million bucks.

From The Green Bay Press

State gives $500,000 for Marinette Marine training
Contract to build 10 more littoral combat ships is pending

By Nathan Phelps • • December 8, 2010

So the state is handing out free money and right in the headline it says, contract pending. What happens if the contract falls through?
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced Tuesday it will give $500,000 to the Bay Area Workforce Development Board to train new and existing Marinette Marine Corp. workers ahead of a pending contract to build 10 additional littoral combat ships at the shipyard.

James Golembeski, executive director of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, said the funding will help the agency train workers on new technologies and processes aimed at making the production process efficient.

Congress has yet to approve a wording change that allows the Navy to buy ships from both contractors, and the service has left open the possibility only one design — and subsequently, one prime contractor — will be selected.

Hey, my good buddy Jim is throwing out money again. Remember how well he and Workforce Developement did with the workers in Niagara. I bet that was a successful ending to the people of the area.If M M is building the ships, shouldn't they be paying for the training? I smell a rat here somewhere.
The Navy, industry and local politicians say they are continuing to work for approval in Washington, D.C.

Notice they say local politicians and forgot to mention Steve Kagen or Bart Stupak by name.
Golembeski said he won't be able to use the funding announced Tuesday until there's a signed contract with the Navy.

So the money will just sit there until the contracts are signed? How convenient. I have had discussions before with my buddy Jim. I still see a lot of waste in the bureaucratic layers of job training agencies and what good do they really do?

Why not give the money directly to MM and let them train the people. No, people who think they are in charge of supposed training have to get their take and try to substantiate their pay and positions.

Talk about fraud and waste.

I sure hope Scott Walker cleans up this part of wasteful spending by the state. Time for some people to find another piggy bank to raid, leave the taxpayers money alone.

Roundabout Near O Falls / Gillett Needs To Be Stopped

From the Green Bay Press.

Meeting in Oconto County will discuss Wisconsin 22 project
December 8, 2010

OCONTO COUNTY — A public meeting will be held today to discuss the Wisconsin 22 improvement project between Gillett and Oconto falls in Oconto County.

The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Oconto Falls Town Hall, 8680 Wisconsin 22.

The proposed project includes new pavement and other improvements at the intersection of Wisconsin 22 and Wisconsin 32, and construction of a single-lane roundabout at the east junction of the highways.

HWY 22 / 32 is a main artery for transportation in that area of Oconto County. The main objective by the state is to force roundabouts from O Falls to Gillett. The liberals at the DOT have gone mad with roundabouts.

Spread the word and be there or we all will regret it. Upgrading the road is one thing, roundabouts is a different story.

Seems To Be A Trend Here

Hope this keeps spreading or will other area demand it?

From the Ashland Daily Press

Published: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 11:07 PM CST
More than 60 people filled the seats and lined the back of the Ashland City Hall council chambers Tuesday evening as the council addressed the city’s 2011 budget. In the end, the council voted 6 to 5 in favor of adopting the proposed 2011 budget with no additional reductions or adjustments. The 2011 budget reflects a zero percent increase in the city’s mill rate.

Several residents approached the council and shared their thoughts regarding the budget process. Ashland resident Charles Ortman commended the council for a zero percent increase in the budget. He advocated that the city refrain from holding a public hearing on the budget and adopting it during the same council session in the future.

Good for the people of Ashland.

Bessmer, Bishop Blesses ST Vinny

From the Daily Globe

12/8/2010 1:28:00 AM

Bishop blesses St. Vinny's addition

Bishop Alexander Sample offered a blessing, complete with a sprinkling of holy water, to the recently opened addition to the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Bessemer on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

One More Mitch, This Used To Be Our I Pod

Mitch Miller,here's to our friends from Texas.

Oh No, It's Mitch Miller Night

Over eight minutes of Mitch Miller

You young ones weren't even a drop in your dadies eyes when this was made.

Brought to you by Libby's Frozen Orange Juice, Scripto and Libby's Sloppy Joe in the can.

Oh man, I'm dating myself, how about you?

Who Remembers Mitch Miller

This one is for those of you waiting for snow.

Even Alaska Dems Joining RINO's,

Another good read from Way Up North

I'm so impressed by the Democratic senator fighting for the Republican senator, in such a, ahem, display of bi-partisanship. And assuming that the judge says she won. She probably did .. but then, why the full-court press to discourage the Republican nominee from pursuing his goal?

You probably already know the answer to that question.

ANWR Under Assault Again

From a new blogger Way Up North

ANWR (& Alaska) Under Attack Again
From the Anchorage Daily News:

WASHINGTON -- If there were any doubts about the President Barack Obama's opinion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the White House dispelled them Monday, on the 50th anniversary of one of the country's most powerful symbols of wilderness.

The reality is that this uninhabited, frozen marsh & swampland, north of the Arctic Circle, may be declared a national monument - the same tactic that the Federal government has used so often in the recent past to gobble up huge swaths of state-owned land all over the western United States.

The environmentalists would have you believe that there is a crying need to protect "the wildlife" in that area, and the truth be damned. But the fact is that ANWR is a region through which caribou herds migrate ... and the drilling which has been proposed for those lands occupy an area -well, let's tell the truth, shall we? (I know that's a foreign concept to the tree-huggers, but let's keep it real. There are few trees in ANWR, anyway. It's almost entirely tundra grasses.)

If ANWR were a basketball court, then the proposed drilling site bears the relative size of a postage stamp on that court. And direct observation, for the record, has shown that the caribou herds which migrate across lands where the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is above ground, have increased in numbers since TAPS was built.

Will Wisconsin Unions Play Ball Or


–verb (used with object), -fied, -fy·ing.
to withdraw certification from.

Scott Walker from JSOnline. playing HARD BALL My money is on Walker to follow through on saving the state of Wisconsin. The union rank and file have to know more people are with Walker on this then with them. What will they do or what will their leaders tell them to do?

My offer is still out their to work if anyone goes out on strike. There has to be a lot of people out of work who would work for a lot less to at least work and earn some money!

Elizabeth Edwards Lost Battle With Cancer

From WTVD via Drudge.
CHAPEL HILL (WTVD) -- Elizabeth Edwards has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The 61-year-old wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards died at home Tuesday afternoon with her family around her.

It's Getting Cold Out There

From The Marquette Mining Journal.

Great Lakes ice-breaking begins
December 7, 2010

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it has started ice-breaking operations in the western Great Lakes area in response to colder temperatures.

The Coast Guard's office in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., said the effort started Monday afternoon.

It said ice breaking now is under way in Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac and northern Lake Huron.

Courthouse Closes

From The LaCrosse

Bomb threat closes La Crosse courthouse
Tribune staff |
Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:05 am

Much of the La Crosse County Law Enforcement Center closed early for the day Monday after someone phoned in a bomb threat to the clerk of court's office about 2 p.m., officials said.

Olve Garden Opens In Rib Mountain

From the Wausau Daily Herald.

Olive Garden opening worth the wait for many

By Kathleen Foody • Wausau Daily Herald • December 7, 2010

RIB MOUNTAIN -- Early birds got the pasta Monday as the long-awaited Olive Garden opened on Rib Mountain Drive.

Dozens of people packed the parking lots surrounding the new restaurant, gathering in small groups in the lobby.

Joan Stencil and her granddaughter Morgan Rachu, 12, of Marathon arrived at the restaurant at 3:45 p.m., hoping to be among the first guests. They left Olive Garden 90 minutes later, happy with their selections of fettucine alfredo and steak with Gorgonzola cheese.

"We walked right in, sat right down," Stencil said. "(Morgan) just had to come on the first day, and everything was delicious."

More Craft Beers, Prost

From the Stevens Point Journal

Expansion on tap for Stevens Point Brewery
By B.C. Kowalski • Journal staff • December 7, 2010

The Stevens Point Brewery is about to expand again.

The Stevens Point Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit Monday for the brewery to add a 6,600-square-foot warehouse at 2617 Water St.

"We've seen an increased interest in craft beers," said Art Oksuita, the brewery's director of operations. "We couldn't meet the demand last summer."

The brewery added 2,700 square feet last summer and then another full-time employee in October.

The expansion approved Monday probably will allow the brewery to add two or three full-time employees to its current staff of 35.

For Oksuita, that's good news in tough times.

Sorry, I'm not into craft beers but for those of you who do,


Another County Board Attempts Reduction

From the Eau Claire Leader Tribune

County Board weighs 21-member proposal
Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 11:54 pm | Updated: 12:05 am, Tue Dec 7, 2010.
County Board weighs 21-member proposal By Christena T. O'Brien Leader-Telegram staff Leader-Telegram

Supervisor Howard Ludwigson has seen several unsuccessful attempts to reduce the size of the 29-member Eau Claire County Board over the years.

The former board chairman is hoping for a different outcome tonight.


From the NYDaily News

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese surprise attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dubbed the attack as 'a date which will live in infamy,' and he couldn't have predicted it better. 69 years later, Americans vividly remember what happened on that fateful day ...

Just Got The News

Seems Berry Laker son # 1 was sledding Saturday PM / Sunday A M somewhere along the lake on the upper east side and broke his arm. Above photo is from Google.

I asked him if was worth it, did he have fun sledding, he just laughed and said yes.

That's my boy.

Help For Some Elderly

This is a good thing.

From the Iron Mtn Daily News

Project Lifesaver set to begin in Florence County
December 6, 2010 - By THERESA PETERSON, Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. - Members of the Florence County Sheriff's Office have been trained for an international program now available in this area.

As members of Project Lifesaver International, they will provide a program dedicated to safeguarding and locating individuals who may wander and become lost due to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, autism, down syndrome and related conditions.

As a result of the efforts of volunteers and contributions from the Helen Bader Foundation and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Florence County Human Services Department and Florence County Aging Department, the Florence County Sheriff's Office is now able to make this program available to vulnerable citizens.

Project Lifesaver is designed to provide security and comfort for the family while safe guarding the memory-impaired and those who are least able to help themselves.

"We have an elderly population in Florence County and there has been success with this program nationwide," said Chief Deputy David Gribble.

State-of-the-art personalized radio transmitters are assigned to people who are at risk of wandering away from their homes and becoming lost.

This radio transmitter is the size of a wristwatch and provides a constant radio signal.

It is lightweight, water proof and the batteries are changed with the assistance of trained Project Lifesaver personnel on a monthly basis.

The radio wrist transmitter emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. Each transmitter has a unique radio frequency.

In the event a client wanders and becomes lost, the caregiver will call 911 and the trained personnel will be dispatched to the last known location.

Wis 8th, Money Didn't Buy Votes

From The Green Bay Press

Steve Kagen added $300K near end of campaign
Addition of own money 40 times $7,500 Ribble added

By LARRY BIVINS • Press-Gazette Washington Bureau • December 7, 2010

WASHINGTON — In the final two weeks before the midterm elections, Rep. Steve Kagen injected $300,000 of his own money into his campaign in a last-ditch effort to keep his seat in the House of Representatives.

n all, Kagen raised more than $1.7 million for his 2010 re-election campaign and spent more than $2 million. Kagen began the two-year 2010 fundraising cycle with $4,972 in the bank and ended with $34,652.

Maybe voters just wanted jobs, and less wasteful government. What's the old saying, you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.

Wis Should Follow Mich DNR

Wisconsin Governor elect Scott Walker could look to Michigan in how to fix the WDNR.
From the Escanaba Daily Press
New DNR chief aims to boost hunting
December 6, 2010

LANSING (AP) - The incoming director of Michigan's reorganized natural resources agency said he wants to reverse a steady decline in the number of people who hunt and fish in the state.

Gov.-elect Rick Snyder has named Rodney Stokes as director of the Department of Natural Resources. The incoming Republican governor is dividing the old Department of Natural Resources and Environment into two agencies. Dan Wyant will head the new Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality.

Stokes told The Detroit News he wants to do something about the slow but continuing drop in the number of people buying fishing and hunting licenses in Michigan.

He said he wants to expand the focus of the department's recruitment efforts beyond young people and encourage adults to take their neighbors hunting or fishing.

Stokes also said he has no plan to increase license fees, set in 1996.

Splitting up the WDNR could be a first step.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mom, It's Time To Stop Driving

From an E mail.

How do you know when it is time to "hang up the car keys"?


How To Load The Truck For Hunting

From an E Mail.

This is how they do it in the Northwest.

Wish I had a pick up to do this.

Why Cut Social Security, Where Are The Senior's

From The Wall Street Journal via Drudge.

White House Proposes Payroll-Tax Holiday


WASHINGTON—Aides to President Barack Obama are proposing a one-year reduction in the payroll tax as part of negotiations with Congress on a broader package to stave off income-tax increases due to take effect next year.

Under the White House plan, the Social Security tax paid by workers would drop temporarily by 2 percentage points, to 4.2% from 6.2%, a person familiar with the proposal said. For a worker earning $40,000, the tax savings would be $800.

Why cut S S taxes, I thought It's


Who the Heck thought of this?

Update, 5:45 pm.

Why not cut Federal income taxes?

Why not cut Business taxes?

Why S.S. Taxes only?

How Many Calories In This Photo

Customers at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano selected from huge array of Christmas cookies and candy on Saturday. The annual cookie walk also had chicken soup for sale. Leader photo by Carol Wagner
From the Shawano Leader web site.

Hope the cookie walk was a success. I'm just drooling looking at all those Christmas cookies.

When will Obama ban cookie sales like this? Time will tell.

Split The WDNR, Cut Off It's Head

From one of the few Wisconsin papers of record , The Lakeland Times.

Written by Richard Moore

Please, Mr. Walker, among all the busy tasks you will undertake upon your inauguration, please - once and for all - take action to split the DNR into as many pieces as you possibly can. Two will do, if that's all we can get.

Yes, yes, I understand the budget deficit is nothing less than an emergency and that job creation must be Mr. Walker's other top priority. But that doesn't mean every other issue must be tossed on the back burner. After all, he's taking time to visit attorney general J.B. Van Hollen to give him the authority to challenge the constitutionality of ObamaCare on Wisconsin's behalf.

A worthy undertaking, but then so is splitting the DNR.

It's worth reading the whole article. Let's hope Scott Walker with fix the WDNR.

How To Make Ginger Bread House.

Link to TV 6 Milwaukee.

And you can eat the whole thing.

Image from Google

WDNR Climate Change Tip of the Week Update

Tip for the week of 12/5/2010

Replace conventional holiday string lights with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. LEDs use up to 95% less electricity, last up to 10 times longer, and are safer because they produce very little heat. [exit DNR]
Gosh, i bet mi relatves donut bout dis. Immmagonna tel dem rite now.

HOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Hey ma, lets go two town an sea if the feed mill has sum!

Hay ma, i taht ther cawed Christmas lites, dem in Madson cawl dem holiday string lights. Do wea halve two by xtra balr twiin?

Hey Guy's, Motorcycles And Thin Ice Don't Mix

From the Appleton PC

Motorcyclists plunge through thin ice on Lake Winnebago near Fond du Lac
December 6, 2010

FOND DU LAC — Two men escaped serious injury Saturday when they went into the frigid water of Lake Winnebago while operating motorcycles on thin ice.

Read more:

Luckily no one was hurt.

Pontifical Low Mass Held In Marquette Mi.

From Father Z who I found via Dad 29

From Fr John Boyle's blog

Today, Bishop Sample celebrated a Solemn Low Mass, the first time the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite has been celebrated publicly in the Cathedral since the introduction of the Novus Ordo. He hopes to celebrate the Extraordinary Form Mass approximately once a month on Sundays. I (and hopefully other priests) will be celebrating it on the other Sundays.

Still trying to grasp some of the older ways of the church. Not sure where God is taking me but I will take the ride anyway.

The Bells Of St Mary's

Info From IMDB

Released on this date back in 1945

The Bells of St. Mary's

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.
Leo McCarey
Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Leo McCarey (story)
Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman and Henry Travers

Green Bay Press Gazette Bias

When I opened the news tab at the Green Bay Press Gazette online and see,
Washington insider named Johnson's chief of staff

I go wow, say what, Johnson hiring an insider, wonder who that is.

Then I click on the article and see this headline,

Wisconsin Sen.-elect Ron Johnson chief of staff will be Don Kent

Never heard of Don Kent, is he an insider?

Then I say to my self, they changed the headline.
Let me read more.

From The Green Bay Press.
Wisconsin Sen.-elect Ron Johnson chief of staff will be Don Kent
December 6, 2010

U.S. Sen.-elect Ron Johnson has chosen an experienced Washington employee as his chief of staff.

Don Kent worked for five years in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His responsibilities included helping department officials prepare for Senate confirmations. He also served as the principal legislative adviser to then-Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Johnson says Kent's experience will be valuable in helping him establish his office.

Johnson, a Republican, defeated three-term incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold last month.

— The Associated Press

An insider, he worked at Homeland Security and he's an insider? An insider would be someone working for Ted Kennedy for 30 years to be an insider. Hummm, showing bias?

Is the Green Bay Press still upset that Russ Feingold lost.

What a bunch of Cry babies!

Another reason the Green Bay Press Gazette shows their left leaning bias.

Rose Bowl Bound

From JSOnline

The news that UW (11-1, No. 5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings) will face TCU (12-0, No. 3 BCS) in the Rose Bowl (4 p.m., ESPN) was somewhat anticlimactic.

Congratulations to the players and coaches. Now let's see a win.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Mrs B L on T V Again, That's My Girl

This from an E mail at MATC in Milwaukee.
This coming Monday, December 6 MATC Baking and Pastry Arts Instructor Mrs Berry Laker and students will appear on the Fox 6 Wake Up News at 7:45 a.m. Mrs B L and the students will be demonstrating how to make a Gingerbread House and encourage viewers to attend the MATC Gingerbread House Display at the Milwaukee Public Market December 3rd thru December 9th.

Congratulation Mrs B L and the Students of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program.
No the E mail didn't say Mrs B L, that was my change.

For those of you in southeastern Wisconsin, it would be great for you to go see the times of the season at the Milwaukee Public Market. I don't know where that is, but you in the metro area probably do.

THAT'S MY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas.

Lambeau Leap, Now Just A Part Of History

Watching the Packers clean up on the niners, I notice two touchdowns, I could be wrong, but Driver and Jennings both didn't Lambeau Leap.

As the years move on and new and different players play for Green Bay, so will go to the history books of the Green Bay Packers the Lambeau Leep, it now seems to be athing of the past.

Gone with the old and in with the new.

Lambeau Leap, a thing of the past.

2nd Week Of Advent


Preparing our Hearts and asking for the Grace

We prepare this week by stepping up the longing. We move through this week by naming deeper and more specific desires.

Each morning this week, if even for that brief moment at the side of our beds, we want to light a second inner candle. We want to let it represent "a bit more hope." Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,

"Lord, I place my trust in you."

Each day this week, as we encounter times that are rushed, even crazy, we can take that deep breath, and make that profound prayer. Each time we face some darkness, some experience of "parched land" or desert, some place where we feel "defeated" or "trapped," we hear the words, "Our God will come to save us!"

The grace we desire for this week is to be able to hear the promise and to invite our God to come into those real places of our lives that dearly need God's coming. We want to be able to say:

"Lord, I place my trust in your promise. Please, Lord, rouse your power and come into this place in my life, this relationship, into this deep self-defeating pattern.

Please come here and save me."

Wis 2010 Bear Kill, Another Big Whoop

From JSOnline. and Paul A Smith

Hunters killed a record 5,040 black bears in the 2010 Wisconsin hunting season, according to preliminary results from the Department of Natural Resources.

The previous high was 4,009 bears registered in 2009.

"From all signs, the bear population in Wisconsin is doing very well," said Linda Olver, assistant deer and bear biologist for the DNR.

The harvest record was not a surprise - the DNR issued a record 8,910 bear permits and set a harvest quota of 5,235 this year. Through last week, hunters had achieved 96% of the quota, Olver said.

The department expects the final kill number to be slightly higher as registration receipts trickle in over the coming weeks. The 2010 Wisconsin bear hunting season ended Oct. 12.

The department expects the final kill number to be slightly higher as registration receipts trickle in over the coming weeks. The 2010 Wisconsin bear hunting season ended Oct. 12.

First I have to say , "BIG WHOOP" for the second time this month."

Can I ask a stupid question? The bear season ended on Oct 12, Paul A Smith's article appeared in JSOnline 12/4 and they say "final kill number to be slightly higher as registration receipts trickle in over the coming weeks."

Do we still have pony express? Sorry, that's a slam at the pony express. They actually moved the mail pretty fast. With it being now winter even dog sleds would be faster.

So if some bear were killed in October , some people didn't register it yet?
What's the hold up? Am I missing something here? Are Bear hunters from Tipler making there way down to Green Bay by foot?

Second point, can we trust the WDNR with estimates, counts and projected kills for 2011 with how they handle deer management?
Based on the most recent study, the DNR estimates Wisconsin has a population of between 26,000 and 40,000 bears.
Population has a 14,000 count spread in the estimated numbers? So what is it, 26, 30, 35 or 40,000? If private companies were run like this, they would be out of business. Since moving to the Nicolet Forest this past February, I seen one 4 to 500 lb bear in May and one cub back in June. A second Big Whoop from me! Scott Walker has his work cut out for him.

Well if you are interested in the 2011 bear hunt,

Friday is the deadline for 2011 bear season application.

Why Is Herb Kohl Suddenly Stirring The Pot

From JSOnline
Kohl blocks DEA nomination over drug policy

By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel

Dec. 3, 2010

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) normally doesn't throw around his political weight.

But this week, Kohl has taken on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, announcing that he will place a hold on the nomination of Michele Leonhart to be administrator of the agency, effectively blocking a vote when the issue reaches the Senate floor. Leonhart has been the acting administrator since 2007.

Why is Kohl suddenly playing hardball with the DEA? He said last Wednesday that he wants nursing home residents to "get timely access to the prescription drug care they need."

Why is Herb Kohl suddenly throwing around his political weight?

Because someone woke him up from his nap.