Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Soon 2010 will be a part of history and the rest of our day is planned with neighbors here in the Nicolet Forest. We are truly Blessed with our lives, our friends, yes my special few readers, GREAT blog friends, my children and everything else God has Blessed us with.

From Mrs. Berry Laker and I, to you and yours,

Happy New Year.

What The Heck, Martin Gets Who

I know since 48 won the championship I fell out of touch with but when did this happen?
"Hendrick Motorsports stable

Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Hendrick Motorsports' three drivers behind five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, are united under the same magnifying glass in 2011 after owner Rick Hendrick aligned his three veteran pilots with new crew chief/race team combinations after last season. How well Gordon does with Alan Gustafson, Earnhardt with Steve Letarteand most importantly, considering 2011 might be his last full-time Sprint Cup season, Martin with Lance McGrew will be riveting viewing."
Top 5: Drivers to watch in 2011 - Dec 31, 2010 - NASCAR.COM
Put your money on Gorden in 2011. Put Martin in 35th in 2011. This SUCKS!!!!!!! God, I hope I'm wrong!

Pitch Forks and Torches In Pulaski ?Wis.??????

A follow up on my last post about a new village hall in Pulaski Wis..
"Under the current plan, the village would borrow money to finance the project but would pay interest out of the village's reserve funds for the first five years.

Taxes would increase, Chambers said, but in increments over the first five years on a 20-year payment plan.

He expects the board to vote on the full construction in mid-January."
Pulaski OKs first step for new Village Hall | | Green Bay Press Gazette
Just this year each Pulaski home owner received a $60,00 increase in their taxes for water and sewer. They want more from tax payers?

The tax payers of Pulaski need to rise up and find someone with common sense. With the election last November and all the out of control spending , the Pulaski Village board has lost their mind!

Chambers sure tells it like it is, and I quote, "Taxes would increase!" He sure likes spending other peoples money.

I doubt there will be three people against this at the January meeting.

Pulaski Wis. Village Hall, Buy The Karcz Ford Building

Seems Pulaski Wisconsin thinks like the Pulaski Community School District. It's someone else's money so let's spend more.
"Pulaski OKs first step for new Village Hall
Press-Gazette • December 31, 2010

PULASKI — The Village Board has given preliminary approval to part of a contract to construct a new Village Hall."

Board President Keith Chambers said the village has been presented a contract by architecture firm Martenson and Eisele for the full construction of the new hall, but the board on Tuesday agreed to go forward with only the preliminary design and planning portion of the contract.

The full contract for the hall would cost $87,043, but the board has the ability to approve it in stages, opting to initially approve the $13,927 design phase while deliberating on the rest of the project and listening to public opinion.
Pulaski OKs first step for new Village Hall | | Green Bay Press Gazette

Question 1) Why does it cost $13,927 for a design?

Question 2) With all the empty buildings in and around Pulaski, why build a new one?

Answer, It's not their money!

How about buying the Karcz Ford building,
move the city hall, police dept and Fire dept
into one building , sell some of the land
around it and maybe get a new village hall
for for a lower cost to the
taxpayers of Pulaski?

Can't do that, they want a brand new building they can call their own or Chambers wants to name the new village Hall after himself!

WDNR To Get Stepp d On

Looks like we finally have someone to straighten out and clean up the WDNR. From Wisconsin Outdoor Fun .com via the GBP.
"The other highest profile appointee is new Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, a former Republican state senator from Sturtevant. Stepp served on the DNR's board from 1998 until 2001, and co-chaired the Senate's natural resources committee.

She has a deep business background as well. She and her husband have run a construction company and they currently operate a trucking equipment firm.

She inherits an agency struggling with a serious image problem. Businesses have long complained about the DNR's permit process and environmental regulations, and hunters have griped for years about the agency's rules. Deer hunters have been particularly incensed: They believe the DNR's herd management policies have grown so draconian that the agency has devastated the herd, leading to anemic hunts."
Governor Walker appoints new DNR Secretary | | Wisconsin Outdoor Fun Wisconsin Hunting, Fishing, Camping| Wisconsin Hiking, Biking, ATV
With all the BS in the DNR, it will not be an easy job. Kathy Step will get a lot of crap and a lot of people ignoring her direction. Good for them, Stepp and Walker will tell them,


Go Kathy Stepp!

Dems Somehow Always Screw Things Up

Seems the dems who were in charge of Michigan this past year have a hard time chewing gum and walking at the same time.
"Mistake takes teeth out of new drug ban
December 30, 2010 - AP
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LANSING (AP) — Possessing drugs such as synthetic marijuana and an Ecstasy-like substance called BZP won’t result in jail time or fines, at least temporarily, because of a recent mistake in Michigan law.

Possession and use of the drugs was made illegal with a state law that took effect in October. But the criminal penalties for offenders were inadvertently stripped from state law this month when the Legislature passed and Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a separate bill related to drug sentences."
Mistake takes teeth out of new drug ban - | News, Sports, Jobs, Escanaba Information | The Daily Press
How could they screw this up? How does this happen?

Answer, only dems know how to change a law and screw it up, talk about incompetence! Then the republicans have to come in and clean this up. Same in Wisconsin.

Those Lost In 2010

From the AP via the Escanaba Daily Press.
"The final goodbye
A roll call of some who died in 2010
December 31, 2010 - By the Associated Press"
The final goodbye - | News, Sports, Jobs, Escanaba Information | The Daily Press
One they missed in July was Mitch Miller.

Iron Mine Wis., The Sky Is Falling

"Pondering environmental impacts of potential mine
Part 3 of a three-part series
Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:40 PM CST
A potential iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin has given rise to concerns regarding the impacts such a project may pose to the environment, wildlife and surrounding water bodies.

Tom Fitz, associate professor of geoscience at Northland College, said the project would have a physical impact on the landscape, as well as affect the region’s water table."
The Daily Press - Ashland, WI > News > Pondering environmental impacts of potential mine

2010, Tough Year For Ontonagon

From the Daily Globe.
"12/30/2010 8:07:00 PM
Railroad cars sit on track in Ontonagon in late September. After Smurfit Stone Container closed its paper mill in Ontonagon, the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad abandoned its tracks between Ontonagon and Sidnaw. Ontonagon residents tried in vain to have the track preserved for future use by a new mill owner. (Jan Tucker/Daily Globe)
Smurfit closure dominates Ontonagon year
ONTONAGON -- Nearly every major story in Ontonagon County in 2010 was an offshoot of the Dec. 31, 2009, announcement of the closing of Smurfit Stone Container.

More than 200 union and non-union employees, loggers and other related workers were without jobs as of Jan. 1.

Partly as a result of the mill closing, the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad sought and received permission to abandon its tracks between Ontonagon and Sidnaw."
Smurfit closure dominates Ontonagon year

Ironwood, Copper Going Forward

From the Daily Globe.
"12/30/2010 8:08:00 PM
Copperwood project tops year in review
IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP -- It appears that the Copperwood mining project in Ironwood Township will be good for investors and job production without harming the environment.

If everything goes well, copper production at the site could begin by the end of 2013.

Orvana Minerals, based in Toronto, first leased mineral rights for 1,759 acres on the border of Ironwood and Wakefield townships from Keweenaw Land Association of Ironwood and Sage Minerals Inc., of Delaware.

The company more recently leased the mineral rights on an additional 566 acres adjacent to and near the Copperwood site. The company has an option to ease mineral rights in areas covering 3,852 acres near Copperwood, according to Orvana president Bill Williams.

Copperwood contains a total copper inventory of 900 million pounds and the surrounding areas contain 2.1 billion pounds, Williams said."
Copperwood project tops year in review

Sasquatch Wins

Seems those Sasquatch commercials for Jack Links jerky hits home. The Sasquatch a;ways wins in the end.

"Posted: Dec 30, 2010 12:11 PM CST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- The South Dakota Supreme Court says a subsidiary of one of the world's largest beef jerky companies must pay a son of the company's founder $16.5 million for his shares of the South Dakota subsidiary.

The dispute involves the family that owns Link Snacks Inc., which is based in Wisconsin.

Jay Link, a son of Link Snacks founder Jack Link, contends he was unfairly cut out of the business by his father and brother Troy Link. A Wisconsin case set the amount that Jay Link will get for his share of the main company.

The South Dakota decision upholds a circuit judge's ruling on how much Jay Link will get for his share of LSI Inc., which is based in Alpena. He had argued he should be paid more."
South Dakota Supreme Court upholds buyout in Wisconsin beef jerk - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports
Seems one son is getting some cash.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back To The People, Here We Go Wisconsin

JSOnline reports Gov Walkers Cabinet. Look out state employee's.

"Walker names full cabinet
By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel

Dec. 30, 2010 12:24 p.m.

Madison — Governor-elect Scott Walker named Rep. Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) as his top aide Thursday and gave the public its first look at his full cabinet.

"This diverse group will join me in public service to help reshape government so that our state can efficiently provide the basic level of core government services taxpayers expect and deserve," Walker said in a statement.

Here's a look at the cabinet:"
Walker names full cabinet - JSOnline

Favre Fight In Jail

From the Rhinelander Daily News
"Last Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Favre sparks jailhouse fight

By River News Staff

Divided football loyalties led to fisticuffs at the Oneida County jail last week.

According to a complaint filed Dec. 22, a pair of inmates got into a disagreement during the Dec. 20 Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game that devolved into a physical fight."

The complaint states Donald Lucas-Jones, 24, a Chicago Bears fan, and Juan Anthony Servantez, 38, a Brett Favre fan, were “joking and horsing around” while watching the pregame show before the Dec. 20 Vikings-Bears game when the banter allegedly became less than good-natured.

The Rhinelander Daily News - Online news and information for the Rhinelander, Wisconsin region

2011 Milk Carton, Missing Person For Marinette County

The Pesgtigo Times reports on a meeting held for the Marinette County Unit of Wisconsin Towns Association.

"Nygren Says Nothing Safe In State Budget
“I wouldn’t say at this point that there’s anything that’s safe,” State Rep. John Nygren of Marinette told local officials at the quarterly meeting of the Marinette County Unit of Wisconsin Towns Association Thursday, Dec. 16 at Wausaukee Town Hall. They were discussing pending budget woes in view of a $3.5 billion state deficit, and possible effects on town finances. Nygren, who has been named to the Joint Finance and Budget Writing Committees, was referring to all categories of state aids, including school aids, shared revenues, highway transportation aids, and more."
Peshtigo Times Wisconsin Community Newspaper
Since Diamond Jim and democrats in the past few years blew the wad on state government, it's the towns and cities that will feel the pinch from the bloated state budget. I thought this was telling.
Nygren was the only state official at the meeting. King assured the group he had specifically invited Senator Dave Hansen as requested by Peshtigo Town Chair Herman Pottratz. “He (Sen. Hansen) has never been to one of our meetings and he gets a card for every one,”

Where is Dave Hansen? What is Hansen afraid of? I guess Mr Hansen is now the poster boy on the 2011 milk cartons for missing politicians.

So Far, Blue Ox Running Good

The Florence Mining News is reporting pretty good trails in Florence County.
" Norb Sojka, the Blue Ox Trail Riders trail coordinator for the Florence area, said all trails are open. “Right now they’re open and they’re good,” he said. He did not rate them “very good” or “excellent.” Trails in the Spread Eagle Barrens area are lacking snow in places because the wind left too little on the ground in some areas, according to Sojka. Nevertheless, all the trails can be ridden.

The Blue Ox Trail System, which was established in the late 1960s by Tony DeMuri, Paul McCraw, Elmer Washburn and Chucky Kinnear, features 140 miles of funded trails and 180 total miles, according to the Blue Ox Trail Riders. Over the years, it has played host to thousands of local and out-of-county riders who make a significant impact on the local economy."
Things could change tonight and tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Liberals Get What They Voted For In Mayor Bloomberg

"NEW YORK (CBS New York/AP) — On the day after the day after, New Yorkers were left wondering what happened. There are still many streets that haven’t seen a plow yet.

“I’m curious as to why none of this has been plowed yet,” one person told CBS 2′s Lou Young. “All the streets around here, very few have been plowed. One was half-plowed.”

“I think they get an F-minus,” one annoyed woman said. “I think they really screwed up because, you know, this is ridiculous. You still have ambulances that have to get out. You still have police and firefighters that have to get through and none of the side streets are plowed.”"
Bloomberg: It Could Be Another 24 Hours Before All Streets Are Plowed CBS New York – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of NY

Keep voting for progressive, liberal politicians and you get what you deserve!!!!!!

What Doyle Didn't Do

A walk (er) down memory lane.

From back on July of 2006.

Doyle lied, move along, nothing to see here. See ya Jim.

The Real Deal, Scott Walker

Charlie Sykes received an e mail from the next governor of Wisconsin. A real guy that will forever change Wisconsin.
By Charlie Sykes
Story Created: Dec 28, 2010
Story Updated: Dec 28, 2010

Email from Governor-elect Scott Walker....


Hard to believe that it has been nearly nine years since I called up your show and said I'd run against Tom Ament. It was just after he said he'd file a lawsuit against the citizens who collected the recall signatures.

Many pundits saw anger in the recall. I saw hope. Hope that standing up - neighbor by neighbor - we could take our government back. And take it back we did."
2002-2010 | Newsradio 620 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Talk, Sports, Weather | Charlie Sykes
Go read the rest to see the real deal.

Diamond Jim Doyle's Legacy, He Lied, Move Along, Nothing We Didn't Know

From James Wigderson, special guest perspective for the MacIver Institute.
"Doyle said, “Going forward, my mind will be open to every solution except one. We should not, we must not, and I will not raise taxes.”

Shortly after that speech, Doyle proposed to raise the nursing home bed tax from $32 per month per licensed bed to $116 per month per licensed bed to generate $13.8 million for the state’s general fund. More importantly, he vetoed the legislature’s attempt to freeze local property taxes, despite estimates taxes would go up 5.9%.

Since that inauspicious start, Doyle has increased taxes just about everywhere and on everything. From taxes on iPod downloads to the taxes on garbage, it would be difficult to find a tax that Doyle did not want to increase."
Debating Doyle’s Legacy | MacIver Institute
To read all the lies Diamond Jim gave us, please read, just a GREAT read.

County, City Workers, Teachers In The Same Sinking Boat

Marketplace has another fine write up on the future of Wisconsin in six days. Translation Scott Walker, the budget and unions.
Isthmus’ David Blaska — that rarest of things, a Dane County conservative — makes a statewide prediction using a Madison example:

Scott Walker is the new CEO of the largest employer in this company town. With the support of a like-minded board of directors, the new governor will have direct control of 30,000 workers in Dane County — and major influence over another 28,000 local government employees.

Those employees will decrease in number and earn significantly less money through cuts in wages and increased contributions to their pensions and health insurance plans. That much is certain.

Not just state workers. County and city government workers are in the same sinking boat. Much of the $4 billion shared revenues collected by the state and distributed to counties and municipalities will be swallowed up by a $3.3 billion deficit. The $12 billion in school aids will take a hit. (Figures are biennial.) The federal bailout of state governments (AKA “the stimulus”), is done and over. Madison, meet Detroit!

"Isthmus writer Marc Eisen explains why the us-vs.-them union mentality is blowing back at unions:

“Public employee unions are suffering from self-inflicted wounds,” says Steve Baas, the government affairs director for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce. “They’ve resisted the sort of wage and benefit cuts that have become commonplace in the recession-battered private sector.”

And the steep price for this, Baas argues, is political isolation. Taxpayers who’ve endured punishing cuts in their own wages and benefits are beginning to see public employees as “the collective them” and not “the collective us,” he says.

The public’s anger has been fueled by well-publicized excesses: the Madison bus driver earning almost $160,000 in 2009; the state corrections workers milking overtime to double their pay; and the more than 3,000 Milwaukee County employees collecting lucrative lump-sum pension “backdrops,” rising to $1 million apiece for a lucky few.

Nationally, the number of federal employees earning $150,000 or more a year has increased tenfold in the last five years, according to USA Today.

Donald Downs, a UW–Madison political scientist, notes that taxpayers are being asked to support public employees like himself with better benefits, richer retirement plans and sometimes higher salaries than they have.

“The public sector has to be more consonant with what’s going on in the country,” he says. “We’re beginning to look more and more like a privileged caste.”

Mordecai Lee, a UW–Milwaukee political scientist and a former Democratic lawmaker, argues that public employees unions manipulate elected officials through political endorsements and financial contributions. He describes their recent contract concessions as “minor givebacks that are nothing like what the private sector has experienced.”

Government officials are in “a position of total weakness,” says Lee. “I don’t see what leverage management has over public labor unions.”" Marketplace of Ideas Blog
County to city workers, teachers and even school union workers, beware, your in with the rest of em

Door County Liberal Can't Get it Right

Steve over at Marketplace talks about a local lib who also owns businesses in Door County.
"Former state Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler apparently will not get a confirmation vote to become a U.S. district judge.

Which offends the sense of fairness of the Door County Daily News’ Roger Utnehmer, who believes Butler should run for the state Supreme Court again:"
Marketplace of Ideas Blog
You need to read the whole article. One would hope Mr Utnehmer does not have alzheimer's concerning how voters in Wisconsin voted twice in not wanting Butler.

Second, I would hope Mr Utnehmer would learn how to run a business. I went to his web site and found the home page but was unable to go to any other links. I keep getting, "Unable to connect".Was it all the traffic Marketplace was giving him or does he not know how to run a business like his choice for Wisconsin Supreme court?

Come on man, at least fix your web site.

Walker, Wrong Again

The Stevens Point Journal and almost every other newspaper in Wisconsin are printing this story about Scott Walker.
"Governor-elect Scott Walker stands by 250,000 jobs pledge
The Associated Press • December 28, 2010

MADISON -- Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker knew people would take note when he guaranteed he would create 250,000 jobs in his four years in office."
Governor-elect Scott Walker stands by 250,000 jobs pledge | | Stevens Point Journal
As in the past Walker will be proved wrong again. Let's see, trains, contracts and now jobs. Poor guy seems to do better then he promises.

Gov Walker will get 250,000 jobs or more jobs in less then four years. I will say three.

You liberals on the left will be screaming even more when it happens sooner then his promise.

Go Scott Walker.

Hunting, Starts with "D" and "N"'s with "R"

Hunting, Who's Really At Fault Here.
The Mining Journal has a good read out of Madison.

"Hunting traditions fade Land, desire disappear around country
December 27, 2010 - By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Classroom desks and office cubicles stand empty. Hunters in blaze orange stand out like drops of bright paint against brown fields. Pub parking lots are crowded with pickup trucks draped with deer carcasses.

This is Wisconsin's gun deer season, a tradition as ingrained in this rugged state's identity as beer, brats and cheese. But as the years slide by, fewer people seem to care.

Hunting's popularity has waned across much of the country as housing tracts replace forests, aging hunters hang up their guns and kids plop down in front of Facebook rather than venture outside.

The falloff could have far-reaching consequences, hunting enthusiasts say. Fewer hunters mean less revenue for a multi-billion dollar industry and government conservation efforts. It also signals what could be the beginning of the end of an American tradition."
Hunting traditions fade - | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal

You can read the whole thing but no where in the article do you see evidence of who should shoulder most of the blame for the problem.

Any guesses?

It's three letters and starts with "D" and "N"'s with "R"?

Candy and More Candy, Stop, I can't Eat Any More

Seems if you go to Calumet in the U P you have to stop here. From the Daily mining Gazette.
"CALUMET - A visit to Calumet Mercantile and General Store is truly a magical experience from the moment you step inside.

The upscale candy store and gift shop, located at 107 Fifth St., brings a fun, old-fashioned feel to downtown Calumet with its barrels of colorful candies, aroma of freshly made fudge and friendly smiles. It's the kind of wholesome atmosphere owners Mike and Donna Bausano hope will leave a lasting impression with customers."
Calumet Mercantile and General Store offers barrels of fun, goodies & gifts - | News, Sports, Jobs, Michigan - The Daily Mining Gazette
Yea, I know it's a paid ad but the candy in the picture sure looks good.

Leader Change

Seems one of the only two Wisconsin paper of records, the Shawano Leader is changing it's publication days and web day's.
"Shawano Leader publication changes
December 28, 2010

The Shawano Leader moved to a four-day publication schedule this week, with newspapers publishing Wednesday though Friday and Wolf River Weekend on Saturday, according to the paper's note to readers"
Shawano Leader publication changes | | Green Bay Press Gazette
I call them the Wisconsin paper of records because the Shawano Leader and Lakeland Times are the only two papers in Wisconsin to report real news. They ask the hard questions to politicians and cover news the way it should and not report liberal bias like all the others in the state.

Update, P R from Shawano Leader.

Letter to our readers

Dear readers:

The holiday season is a time of hope and renewal, so it seems appropriate that we make this announcement as we all prepare for a new year.

Beginning next week, you will see changes in The Shawano Leader that are being made to get the news to you as you want to see it. First, we will begin publishing three weekday editions (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and our popular Wolf River Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Each edition will focus more on local news and less on stories provided by The Associated Press. We will be announcing new features and columns over the next few weeks.

To ensure that you continue to receive local news coverage every day, we are launching a new page — Leader Express — in Tuesday’s Shawano Shopper, and we are beginning an overhaul of our website,, where you will see dramatic changes over the next few months.

We’re making these changes, as are other newspapers across the nation, to better align our products with the changing needs of advertisers and readers. We are confident that with the changes we are making, the 129-year-old Shawano Leader will be positioned to bring you the local news you need for many more years to come.

As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions and story ideas.

Roger Bartel, Editorial Director

Local Inventor

If You Don't Like It, Invent A New One
"Kingsford man successful RV accessory inventor
December 27, 2010 - By NIKKI YOUNK, Staff Writer
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KINGSFORD - If it doesn't work, fix it.

That's the philosophy of Kingsford resident Ralph Pelletier, a recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiast and RV accessory inventor. Although he has ceased RVing due to age, Pelletier continues to tinker with RV accessories in hopes of improving them.

Pelletier got his start as an inventor during his days traveling the country in his RV. He and his wife spent the summers in Hardwood, but would drive to Florida or Arizona for the winters.

It's a lifestyle he looks back on fondly."
Kingsford man successful RV accessory inventor - | news, sports, business, jobs - The Daily News

It's Pallin Not Palin In X Games

Local boy to X Games. From Daily Globe.
"12/28/2010 1:32:00 AM
Pallin meets and greets supporters

HURLEY -- A number of neighbors, friends, relatives and snowmobile enthusiasts gathered at Northwoods Rental for a meet and greet with Kyle Pallin on Monday afternoon.

The 19-year-old Pallin is an up-and-coming snocross racer from Ironwood who recently qualified for the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., on Jan. 27-30.

With ESPN and ABC televising the X Games each year, its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds and has become a favorite event for winter sports fans."
Pallin meets and greets supporters

Let's not get any liberals upset and they shoot out their T V's again! His name is PALLIN

Economy Getting Worse, Now Auto Parts Stores Being Robbed

Things are getting worse, from the Daily Globe

"12/28/2010 1:31:00 AM
O'Reilly's held up at gun point

IRONWOOD -- A suspect in an armed robbery at O'Reilly Auto Parts store remained at large Monday evening, according to a joint press release from the Ironwood Public Safety Department and the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department.

Issued around 8 p.m. Monday, the release said that officers responded around 5:30 p.m. to an alarm and 911 call from the store on Cloverland Drive in Ironwood."
O'Reilly's held up at gun point

Monday, December 27, 2010

And How Many People Are Out Of Work???????

"The power of unions: Average stagehand at Lincoln Center in NYC makes $290K a year"
The power of unions: Average stagehand at Lincoln Center in NYC makes $290K a year | Washington Examiner

And what do you tell people who are out of work today?

Trail Conditions Wis. Northwoods

"Trail Condition Update Submitted: 12/27/2010
NORTHWOODS - After the busy holiday weekend, local counties say their snowmobile trails are still in good condition, but they do have a warning for you.

Both Vilas and Oneida Counties are warning drivers to be careful of low-lying, wet trail areas where the snow is slushy.

In Vilas County, most lake trails are not even open due to safety concerns.

The farther north you get, the better the conditions are.

In Forest County and Oneida County, trails are in good condition.

In Vilas County, trails are in good to very good condition.

In Langlade County conditions range from fair to excellent."
WJFW TV-12, WJFWDT 12.1 and Newswatch 12 - Stories

Train Derailment

" train derailment in Neenah. Several train cars are off the tracks, laying on their side... but the wheels remain on the tracks."
Train derailment in Neenah | WFRV Green Bay: Northeast Wisconsin News, Weather and Sports YouNews™

Like Wow Man,

From WSAU 7
"A 28-year-old Madison man is facing drug charges in Lincoln County after he requested a deputy assist him in retrieving his keys from his locked vehicle.

According to a news release, a deputy went to South Gate Drive in Tomahawk around 1:00 a.m. early Friday morning to assist the man.

As the deputy was working to open the vehicle he noticed marijuana sitting on the man's passenger seat.

The man admitted to possessing the drug and additional marijuana found in the trunk, along with a grinder used to cut marijuana."
 Man Locks Keys in Car, Later Booked on Drug Charges

Today In History

From AP and the Soo Evening News
"Eastern Upper Peninsula —

Monday, Dec. 27, 2010
Today is the 361st day of 2010. There are four days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 27, 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

On this date:
1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
1904, James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York's Theater in London.
1927, the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.
1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
1945, 28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank.
1949, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands signed an act recognizing Indonesia's sovereignty after more than three centuries of Dutch rule.
1970, "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.
1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin (hah-FEE'-zoo-lah ah-MEEN'), who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal."
Today in History, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

There's more, plus birthdays at the link.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

What's A Ka-Bar

Dad29 got a Ka-Bar for Christmas and I didn't know what is was.

I thought he was on a diet and it was a Special K Bar.

"One item given to me was a fine USMC Ka-Bar,"
Dad29: Christmas Gift Fun

Now I know.

Apple To Next Level, Where Then

From the U K Telegraph.
"A recently granted patent reveals that Apple, the company behind the iPod and iPhone, has been working on a new type of display screen that produces three dimensional and even holographic images without the need for glasses.

The technology could be used to produce a new generation of televisions, computer monitors and cinema screens that would provide viewers with a more realistic experience. "
Apple patent reveals plans for holographic display - Telegraph

What or how will we see 25 years from now? How far will or can it go?

Scott Walker, Move Out Of Madison

Why do we have to put up with left leaning democrats from Madison or from Madison in general?

You mean the peasants wouldn't have to knee-walk their way to Madison?
By Patrick McIlheran of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 26, 2010 11:00 a.m.

"Which is why the reaction from state Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) was priceless. As the Journal Sentinel paraphrased it, “Allowing people to sue in any county could rack up costs because lawyers for the state will have to increasingly travel to defend the rules, Hebl said.”

Golly, how inconvenient. There is expense, to be sure, but perhaps if the state wouldn’t pass regulations requiring such defending from the peasants, we wouldn’t be in this fix. And the opposite applies now -- only it’s the powerless, who are seeking shelter from the regulatory state, who must incur the cost of travel.

One other thing: State Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona, which like Sun Prairie is also suburban Madison and don’t you think that’s a funny coincidence?) says the home-county court idea simply lets “special interests . . . scour the state to find a sympathetic venue.” As opposed to the regulators finding a sympathetic venue? "
Right On - JSOnline

Why do we put up with the CRAP in Madison? Why do we have to do what Madison dictates?

Why not Scott Walker move Wisconsin state gov out of Madison? With all the bureaucratic stench we call liberal left leaning, the Kremlin of the west Madison Wisconsin, why not move his office back home to Wauwatosa, West Bend or even Portage Wisconsin, just get away from the problems that created the mess this state is in?

Need A Politofact Done Here

From JSOnline.
"Barrett, meanwhile, wants Walker's help to change another law that gives Milwaukee police unions extra bargaining leverage. "
Walker, Barrett seek checks on unions - JSOnline

Barrett wants Walkers Help?

Is HELL freezing over.

Are we in an alternative universe?

Is that really true or pants on fire?

Taking Back Wisconsin

Dad comments on big state gov in Wisconsin . He comments from Patrick McIheran. at JSOnline.
"That's the nut of it. The involvement of the (generic) State has grown so much that it is possible for the State to grind down or simply halt almost anything. Don't believe it? Think for a moment of how many ways you can be stopped on the road for an offense--right down to 'failure to use headlights in a rainstorm.'

And P-Mac also understands that the administrative-rules game is played, very well indeed, by the "special interests." Makes no difference if they are 'union' or 'management' special interests--ask any honest MPS teacher about how many rules and regs they have to comport with, and how they change from year to year.

Indeed, the Revolution is at hand. Long live the Governor! " Dad29

Strong And Conservative, Maybe A Canidate In 2012

Beloit - If anyone thought Diane Hendricks would fade into the shadows of a widow's sorrow, they thought wrong.

Of course she grieves for her late husband, Ken.

"I can count on my hand the number of nights I wasn't with him in those 40 years," she said recently as she sat at the small oval conference table in her office.

"But she's also a businesswoman - the richest in Wisconsin, the employer of thousands and, by her account, "probably one of the most responsible people you'll ever meet."

So when a competitor circled in on her company, ABC Supply, with a buyout proposal that Hendricks believes was driven partly by an assumption that Ken's death would soften her as a target, she turned the tables.

She bought the competitor."
Widow a power in Beloit, beyond - JSOnline
You can read just how conservative she is. Maybe a candidate for Herb Kohls job in 2012? Yea , I like the idea.

Why Not Every Day Congress Begins

From the Washington Times.

"We the people' to open next Congress
House to read Constitution
By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
8:23 p.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Constitution frequently gets lip service in Congress, but House Republicans next year will make sure it gets a lot more than that - the new rules the incoming majority party proposed this week call for a full reading of the country's founding document on the floor of the House on Jan. 6.

The goal, backers said, is to underscore the limited-government rules the Founders imposed on Congress - and to try to bring some of those principles back into everyday legislating.
'We the people' to open next Congress - Washington Times

So what's wrong with reading it before every session? Maybe for the next two years?