Friday, January 07, 2011

Rubben Elbos with Flat Landers

It was Mrs Berry Lakers 50th birthday and she wanted to go to the Dells.

So I'm siten hear at Kalahari while the Berry Laker clan go to daH2O park. I have to give Kudos to the management. Holy wa!

Dis sur beets the compound. A room with a stove, where do we put da firewood? Deers no wood outside eider.Holy wa, dis iz somthen perty nete. Day even hav runnenwartr n da outhous and vittle hall.

Ani one wana giv a guy from da compoun some ad vise on wat 2 do wa down sout heaqr.

Mrs B eveendbrougt som whit lighten.

Hofulli I wil get baqck 2 da compond nex weak.

ani halp wood halp.

averyone hava grate weaken.

Snow Coming to North

From the Daily Globe.
"1/7/2011 12:11:00 AM
Snow set to hammer area
The three inches of snow that fell on Ironwood Thursday was merely a dusting, if National Weather Service predictions are correct.

Up to a foot and a half of snow is forecast for the Ironwood area through Sunday. Forecasters listed the chance of precipitation at 100 percent for both today and Saturday. A lake effect snow warning was in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Wind-chill readings as low as minus 20 are forecast throughout the storm, as north winds are predicted to push the snow from Lake Superior inland. "
Snow set to hammer area

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Time to Find Conservative Pulaski School Board Candidate

"Pulaski School Board member Cindy Hendricks resigns; successor sought
January 6, 2011

PULASKI -- The Pulaski School District is accepting applications for a replacement for School Board member Cindy Hendricks, who resigned to spend more time with her family."

The term runs through April 2012.

Potential candidates must be
United States citizens, at least 18 years old and residents of the
School District in Zone 5, which includes the town of Pittsfield and the
village of Suamico.
 Pulaski School Board member Cindy Hendricks resigns; successor sought | | Green Bay Press Gazette
Hooooooya , move a liberal school board member out and who will step up to be a conservative candidate on the Pulaski School Board.

Will Someone in Pittsfield or Village of Suamico please stand up and get on the school board. Your children s education and tax rates are counting on you.

Constitution Reading, I Want Names

Congress opened today's session with the reading of the entire Constitution.
"They were followed, more or less alternating between parties, with lawmakers repeating momentous clauses on the rights and responsibilities of the three branches of governments and more prosaic sections regarding the oversight of forts and dockyards and the ban on office holders receiving gifts from foreign princes.

The entire reading of the seven articles and 27 amendments of the Constitution took about an hour and a half. Members volunteered on a first-come-first-serve with the reading of the Second Amendment clause on the right to bear arms going to freshman Republican Frank Guinta of New Hampshire.

For the first hour of the recital the Republican side of the chamber was full, while far fewer Democrats occupied the other side. After an hour, the number of Republican listeners also declined."
Constitution reading provokes political tussling - Yahoo! News
I want to know which dems didn't show up and which republicans left early. Time to look for replacements already after two days in Congress.

I want names, stay tuned.

Michigan Separates DNR

From the Iron Mountain Daily News.
"LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has issued an executive order putting oversight of the state’s natural resources and environmental quality into two departments instead of one.

The executive order is Snyder’s first since he took office Saturday. It will take effect March 13.

Gov. John Engler separated the natural resources and environmental quality functions into different agencies in 1995, but Gov. Jennifer Granholm rejoined them in 2009 in a cost-saving move.

Snyder now says the job would best be handled by two agencies."
Snyder order separates DEQ, DNR - | news, sports, business, jobs - The Daily News

My Platform, Every Student should Get A Car/Truck, Every Student Should Get A I Phone

Wonder where Mr Woznicki got this idea? Hummmmmmmmm?
"Woznicki wants a computer for every Florence school kid
Hank Murphy

As the state pushes school districts to be more specific in categorizing the money in their fund balances, school Administrator Tom Woznicki recommends assigning enough cash to place a laptop or notebook computer in the hands of every Florence student.

Woznicki on Monday night made a pitch to earmark $230,000 for education technology, specifically portable computers for all students."
From what I read Florence is in good financial shape. You have to give the school board credit for doing one great job if that is the case. Second they have show on paper where they will direct funds, some kind of state mandate. O K, but why a computer for every student? If Florence is that frugal with it's money, why throw it to the wind. Why not an I phone for every child? Why not buy every student a new car or truck. Look at the bus money they could save. I bet Scott Walker will work with Florence so they can save their money and not throw it away.

I can see up grades on the school internet system, but every student a computer, Come on! Just seems to be a left leaning democrat, liberal idea. He even used the word "EARMARK", Wow! Did he get this from his wife's Ann's platform when she ran for the Wisconsin 36th Assembly district.

Mercer Needs $1.3 Million

From the Daily globe. Mercer Wis. is getting a face lift but I wonder where the money will come from? I understand there is a lot of tourism in Mercer but I still see it as a poor area of Wisconsin. O K, maybe poor is a bad choice of words, but they are not Green Bay, Appleton or Stevens Point.
"In a social hour held Wednesday at the Mercer Community Center, Wisconsin's 25th district senator, Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, met with Mercer officials and residents to announce that a Wisconsin Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant worth $435,000 had been awarded to Mercer.

According to a press release from Jauch's office, this grant is the "final piece" in a series of seven grants aimed at overhauling Mercer's infrastructure and improving its downtown. The release said the total value of these projects, with varying percentages in local matches, is $7.7 million, with state and federal aid covering $6.4 million."
$7.7 Million for Mercer makeover
Who or where does the $1.3 million come from that democrat Bob Jauch stated, "varying percentages in local matches"come from. How can $6.4 million come from the state and federal gov.? Was it from the 2009 stimulus? The state of Wisconsin will be 3.3 Billion in the hole for the next budget. Interesting where all this money comes from.

I still ask, where will Mercer find $ 1.3 mil? Look out tax payers. Sounds like another choo choo debacle. Dems promise free money and tax payers holding the bag. 

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Boehner Stands Up For All Americans

We have been waiting a long time for this from republicans.
""We urge you to consider the unintended consequences that the law’s repeal would have on a number of popular consumer protections that help middle class Americans,” the senators wrote. “The ‘donut hole’ fix is just one measure that would be threatened by a repeal effort. Taking this benefit away from seniors would be irresponsible and reckless at a time when it is becoming harder and harder for seniors to afford a healthy retirement.”

The senators added: “If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the health care law that threatens consumer benefits like the “donut hole” fix, we will block it in the Senate. This proposal deserves a chance to work. It is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care.

To his credit and our amusement, Boehner reciprocated with his own letter to them.

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

- Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office"
Pondering Penguin: Boehner Responds to Senate Democrats' Letter on HCR Repeal
And it better not stop after today.


Mursau Named NR Committe

"Rep. Fitzgerald: Mursau named Assembly Natural Resources chair

Contact: Representative Jeff Fitzgerald
(608) 266-2540

Madison – Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) has named Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) as chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

Mursau replaces Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) who is leaving the assembly to serve as executive assistant in the Department of Natural Resources.

“Representative Mursau’s experience in the legislature with issues like forestry gives him a great foothold in tackling the issues facing the Natural Resources Committee,” Speaker Fitzgerald said. “We wish Representative Gunderson the best but the committee will be in good hands with Jeff as chair” " Rep. Fitzgerald: Mursau named Assembly Natural Resources chair
Like all others elected this past November, we will hold Mr Mursau to his elected office to create jobs. cut back on state gov spending and to fix the Department of Natural Resources. No need for RINO's

Investment Banker Might Run Against Duffy

From the Ashland Daily Press.
Duffy may already have a challenger for Congressional seat
Wisconsin Public Radio
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 12:01 AM CST"Even before newly-elected 7th
District Congressman Sean Duffy is sworn in, one Democrat says he is
seriously considering running for the seat held for 41 years by Dave
Obey. But even he thinks Duffy may be hard to beat.

Shibilski is a former Democratic state senator from Stevens Point, a
candidate for lieutenant governor, and Secretary of the Department of
Tourism. After leaving politics, Shibilski became a successful
investment banker, and now owns two resorts in the Northwoods. Shibilski
almost ran for Congress this past year when Dave Obey announced his
retirement. He says he is seriously considering running in 2012 against
freshman Republican Sean Duffy."
Let's see, first a democrat,
second, an evil investment banker ( you know those guys that take all
your money), people hate bankers. , Also was Secretary of the Department
of Tourism and so happens now owns two resorts in the northwoods.

I see no coincidental questions to ask if Shibilski runs.

Grim in Western U P

From the Daily Globe.
"1/5/2011 1:12:00 AM
Jobless rates remain grim in west U.P.

ONTONAGON -- Unemployment rates in the six western Upper Peninsula counties continued to be bad news in November, although Gogebic and Ontonagon counties did not see increases in joblessness.

Gogebic County was the only one of the six to see a decrease in unemployment, while unemployment in Ontonagon and Houghton counties remained unchanged.

The Gogebic County rate, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, stood at 12.9 percent, down from the 13.2 percent one month ago. Unemployment fell by 50, but the labor force was down by 125 and total employment down by 50. Total unemployment was down by 50."
Jobless rates remain grim in west U.P.

Gravy Train Has Stopped

From the Daily Globe. Seems this is and will happen more in the future to others in Michigan and Wisconsin..
"1/5/2011 1:18:00 AM
Bessemer rejects raises in retiree benefits

BESSEMER -- The Bessemer City Council on Tuesday reluctantly denied giving city retirees cost-of-living increases this year, after confirming that its recession-battered investments alone couldn't bolster city pensions.

A 2 percent increase in benefits to 15 retirees would cost the city $23,000 up front." Bessemer rejects raises in retiree benefits
Will the unions and retires in Wisconsin accept freezes or something more when the state, county, town or village say's, we can't afford it. The gravy train has stopped.

Bloody Bloke, We Don't Serve Pints Here

How do you type in an English accent? Poor bloke's in her majesty's Kingdom have to drink less.
"(Reuters) - British pubgoers could soon ditch their traditional pint in favor of a "schooner," a smaller measure of beer used in Australia, under government changes announced on Tuesday.

At the moment, pubs and restaurants are limited to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures, but the government wants to introduce a new range in response to changing trade practices and consumer tastes.

Instead of choosing between halves or pints, drinkers would also have the option of a schooner, the equivalent of two-thirds of a pint. Wine glasses would also see a change." Could the days of the British pint be numbered? | Reuters
How long before HHS changes drink sizes here?

Winners Split $355 Mil

From Breitbart and the AP
"PHOENIX (AP) - At least two people are waking up to find themselves millions of dollars richer.

The holders of a ticket sold in Idaho and another in Washington state will be sharing Mega Million's $355 million jackpot from Tuesday night's drawing, lottery officials said Wednesday. "
1 in Idaho, another in Wash. win $355M jackpot

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Hope This Works For Webb

I couldn't pass this up. Seems people in DC go from one to another.
"U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has named Allison Jaslow as his press secretary.

Jaslow is an Army veteran who formerly served as Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen's press secretary."
Webb names Allison Jaslow as press secretary | Washington Examiner
I wonder if Allison learned anything from Steve Kagen.

Good luck Allison Jaslow.

Private Vs Public, Which Would You Choose

Two headlines from Yahoo Finance.
"Ford says sales rise 15 percent in 2010
Ford says sales rise 15 percent in 2010 on strong sales of pickups, midsize sedans " Ford says sales rise 15 percent in 2010 - Yahoo! Finance
"GM 2010 sales rise 6.3 percent on strong lineup
GM says sales rose 6.3 percent in 2010 as company and industry revive after tough 2009 "
GM 2010 sales rise 6.3 percent on strong lineup - Yahoo! Finance
Wow, 6.3 % over last year. I'll take Ford over Government Motors.

St Point Mall To Be Torn Down

I lived in the Stevens Point area twice, in the seventies and late 80's. Wow, didn't know Point is looking to tear half of the CenterPoint Mall down.

I know most business moved east of I 39 but I thought all those liberals in Pointsky had things under control? Looks like the common council needs large amounts of cash to tear half of it down. Ah heck, it's only tax payers money.

Iraq Had WMD's?

I thought Bush Lied, Iraq Had WMD's?
From Inteltrends.

Huh, thousands of birds dead, poison gas, dead body?

Breaking News, Wis Dems New Strategy

The Superior Telegram has breaking news from the leader of the democratic party of Wisconsin.
"The Democratic Party says it will unveil what it calls an aggressive Internet and social media strategy on Tuesday to target freshmen Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says the heart of the Republican agenda is an assault on Wisconsin's modern economy and an attempt to lower the state's standards."
Democrats say GOP trying to extinguish way of life | Superior Telegram | Superior, Wisconsin
The strategy is to go the social network direction.

Will you be my friend to stop those evil republicans? Wednesday we need someone to follow republicans into the bathroom to see what crap you can find or smell. Tweet me when you see any republican eating a burger at Burger King. Endless possibilities on digging up dirt on those wascwally wepubwicans.

Wemeber, weelewct Mikwall Twate

Wis Dems Take The Bait

Seems democrats in Wisconsin have lost all sense of sanity or can we say they got snookered.
Wisconsin Republicans introduce slew of social bills
Democrats cry foul, say GOP promised to focus on jobs
By TODD RICHMOND • The Associated Press • January 4, 2011

MADISON — Wisconsin Republicans promised the next two years would be all about jobs, jobs and more jobs. But they kicked off their first day in complete control of state government Monday by circulating bills on voter registration, all-terrain vehicles, stem cells and self-defense.
Democrats looking to draw attention from GOP Gov. Scott Walker's mid-day inauguration pounced on the legislation, accusing Republicans of reneging on campaign promises to create jobs and triggering a made-for-the media game of one-upmanship in the process.
So in the morning before anyone in Madison are even sworn in some in the GOP circulate a bunch of odd bills for the upcoming legislative session.

"We are seeing a blatant bait-and-switch that ignores job creation and focuses on right-wing social issues," state Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said in a statement.
See, see, the sky is falling. Those evil evil republicans are introducing social bills. We got em now. See, see!
But shortly after Walker and Republican majorities in the Assembly and Senate took their oaths of office, the new governor fulfilled a campaign promise by calling for a special legislative session on the economy. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, then circulated a handful of special session bills for co-sponsorship that would create tax credits for businesses, health saving account contributors and out-of-state businesses that relocate to Wisconsin.

"The jobs agenda is taking priority," said Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, one of two GOP lawmakers who released the bills that sparked the clash. "Mark Pocan is a blowhard."" Wisconsin Republicans introduce slew of social bills | | Green Bay Press Gazette
Oop's, seems after everyone is sworn in and the special session is called, bills to get Wisconsin's economy going to create jobs comes out. Seems the dems took the bait and switch, hook line and sinker.  This is going be fun to watch the liberals implode. Let's all help dems keep Mike Tate their leader for the democrat party of Wisconsin.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Bay Area Workforce Development, Gov Walker, Stop The Waste

Fox 11 News out of Green Bay had a different view on Scott Walkers plan to bring 250,000 jobs to Wisconsin. On T V they interviewed father Jim from the Bay Area workforce development board. My old buddy. We go way back. Well, seems Jim thinks he knows what he is doing.
"“You can create all the jobs you want. But they require some skills,” said Jim Golembeski with the Bay Area workforce development board.

Golembeski says a majority of unemployed people in our area lack education and technical skills that many good paying jobs require. And sometimes the only work job hopefuls will qualify for can't support them.

“If you're making eight dollars an hour, so you're taking home 17 thousand a year, that's not a very good life,” said Golembeski.

Golembeski says before the new jobs can come to Wisconsin, those seeking work need to upgrade their skills. But some say that's just not possible."
250,000 jobs coming to Wisconsin?
I'm just a blogger but I will make the following comment. How many years have Golembeski been promising jobs to the people of Wisconsin? At least three to four that I know of. If Golembeski has any hand in tax payers money to get people trained for jobs,

Governor Walker, please replace Jim with someone who can help people and not waste tax payer money on useless funding and useless job training.

What has Jim and his people done for the people of New Page in Niagara? How long do we spend money on useless programs that only fund peoples salaries and expenses. What track record does he and his people have on getting people jobs. If people need help in getting jobs, the Bay Area workforce development is a waste of any state funding! I only hear a giant sucking sound in people taking money from the state and businesses in Wisconsin.

There are better ways to train people for future jobs! Will Gov. Walker look into this waste ? I sure hope so!

For All Of History

"Text of Scott Walker's inauguration speech

Jan. 3, 2011 12:57 p.m.
“Wisconsin is Open for Business”

Madison – Today, among family, friends, and fellow citizens, Governor Scott Walker was sworn-in as the 45th Governor of the State of Wisconsin.

“I am your servant,” Walker said. “Today, I stand before you - not as the governor of one party or another; or the governor of one part of the state or another. Today, I stand before you as the Governor for all of the people in this State of Wisconsin.”

In his Inaugural Address, Governor Walker established a set of priorities as Wisconsin’s chief executive and proudly declared: “Wisconsin is Open for Business.”

Walker outlined his plan to transform the state’s economy by lowering taxes, creating, a stable regulatory environment, and reining in the size of government. He also praised the state’s workforce and encouraged business to come to Wisconsin.

“As your Governor, I make this pledge,” Governor Walker said. “I will work tirelessly to restore economic growth and vibrancy to our state. My top three priorities are jobs, jobs, and jobs,” Walker declared.

The following is a transcript of Governor Walker’s Inaugural Address as prepared for delivery:

Chief Justice Abrahamson, members of the Supreme Court, Governor Doyle (and Governor I want to commend both you and the First Lady for your phenomenal help during this transition and for your service to our state), Governor Schreiber, Governor Thompson, Governor McCallum, Senator Kohl, Senator-elect Johnson, Representatives Sensenbrenner, Petri, Kind, Ryan, Moore, Representative-elect Duffy, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, Attorney General Van Hollen, Treasurer Schuller, Superintendent Evers, members of the state Legislature, tribal leaders, General Dunbar and all other members of the Armed Forces, those serving today and those who served in the past, reverend clergy, state employees, family and friends; and most importantly, fellow citizens of Wisconsin.

It is with great honor that I stand before you today. I am your servant.

I want to thank God for the privilege of living in such a remarkable country and for growing up in the greatest state in the nation.

I also want to thank my family: Tonette - who is my rock and who is going to be an amazing First Lady; our sons Matt and Alex - I marvel at the remarkable young men you have become; my parents Llew and Pat Walker - who always set a powerful example of how to serve others; my brother David, sister-in-law Maria and their girls for your support; my father-in-law Tony and all of my other family – Thank you for all of your amazing love and devotion.

Thanks go out to all who are participants in our ceremony today. I’m particularly grateful to the members of the 132nd Army Band and all other members of the Wisconsin National Guard - not only for their services today, but for the ongoing support of our many brave men and women who are deployed even as we speak. Our prayers go out to all of you.

Most importantly, I want to thank the people of Wisconsin. So many of you have offered your support and prayers. Tonette and I thank you.

Today, I stand before you - not as the governor of one party or another; or the governor of one part of the state or another. Today, I stand before you as the Governor for all of the people in this State of Wisconsin.

And as your Governor, I make this pledge:

· Wisconsin is open for business. We will work tirelessly to restore economic growth and vibrancy to our state. My top three priorities are jobs, jobs, and jobs.

· We will right-size state government by ensuring government is providing only the essential services our citizens need and taxpayers can afford. My fellow state workers, I invite you to partner with me in this necessary work.

· We will also remain focused on the long term, creatively improving our education system so that our children can be competitive in a global marketplace.

· We will protect our vital natural resources.

· And we will honor and respect the foundational role of the family in our society.

My fellow citizens that is my pledge to you. A pledge for a new and better Wisconsin that we build together.

Just moments ago, I took a solemn oath to defend our Constitution, which rests right here. Our constitution is a document of, by and for the people. It is bigger than any government, any Legislature, or any Governor.

When the citizens of the Wisconsin Territory approved our Constitution in 1848, they envisioned a brighter future for themselves and their children.

It was a Constitution born of conflict and controversy. First rejected, then approved as the people came together to forge a pioneering vision to drive our state Forward.

It begins simply and speaks to the source of our liberties: "We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare, do establish this constitution." Powerful words.

Our rights as free people are given by our creator, not the government. Among these rights is the right to nurture our freedom and vitality through limited government.

These rights were articulated in our original constitution. They were never amended nor revised. And these rights are evident and expressed in our cherished freedoms. Among them... freedom of press, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Article I, Section 22 of the state constitution reads so eloquently: "The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."

Today, in this inauguration, we affirm these values and fundamental principles. It is through frugality and moderation in government that we will see freedom and prosperity for our people.

More than 162 years after the writing of this constitution, we stand ready to chart a new course for our great state. We look to the past not to lay blame, but for inspiration. And we look forward to the solutions that will help us reach new levels of economic prosperity.

Our first step is to rebuild Wisconsin's economy.

And how will we do that? We open Wisconsin for business.

Nearly two years ago, I met a couple in Vilas County who ran a metal fabricating company. Times were tough and they had to lay off all of their other employees, sell their building and work out of their own garage. Still, like the spirit that fills so many others in this great state, they wanted to get the business going again - and hire back those workers - and maybe even employ more in the future. They had a dream of renewal.

The dream born in Vilas County gives me hope for the future of our great state. It is upon their dream – and the dreams of millions of our fellow citizens – that we build a plan for renewal.

And it starts today. To begin our transformation, we will work with our legislative partners - in both political parties - to pass a series of bold reforms that will send a clear message: "Wisconsin is open for business."

We have an ambitious goal: 250,000 new jobs by 2015. I know we can do it because we did it a generation ago.

In January of 1987, Governor Tommy Thompson declared in this rotunda that "our highest priority will be jobs: more jobs, better jobs, and most importantly secure jobs for Wisconsin workers." By the end of his first term, the people of our state had created 258,000 jobs.

To kick start our plan to create a quarter of a million new jobs, I will call a special session of the State Legislature starting today. Here is the official call that I will present to the new leaders of the Assembly and Senate. We will present a bold set of reforms aimed at helping businesses create jobs.

We have worked with lawmakers and leaders from across the state to develop a blueprint to improve our business climate and spur job-creating economic growth.

Today, I ask my friends in the Legislature to unite and pass these reforms into law to unleash the power of economic freedom. To create jobs for our citizens.

Our message is simple. Act swiftly. Act decisively. And pass our jobs plan by the end of February. Let us get Wisconsin working again!

Our jobs plan provides relief from taxation, regulation and litigation costs for employers. And it makes it easier for workers and farmers to afford health care.

We will transform the Department of Commerce into a public/private partnership that will effectively promote commerce throughout Wisconsin. We need more commerce.

Our citizens are hurting. Let us come together and work for passage of these needed reforms.

We have businesses in this state that are in a position to hire new workers.

Yet, time and time again, employers who could hire people tell me they are uneasy about the future. And most are concerned about what the government might do to them next.

The changes we promote as part of our special session on jobs will send a clear message to Wisconsin job creators: now is the time for investment.

To the business owners of our state, I say stay here, grow here, invest here. To businesses around the world, I say bring your jobs here. We have the most talents workforce in the world; men and women who work tirelessly and deliver the highest quality.

Creating a more vibrant economy; however, will not happen without a return to frugality in government--returning to our fundamental constitutional principles.

Soon, we will lay out our plans for the next state budget and we will successfully tackle the three billion dollar deficit. We will do it without raids on segregated funds, or excessive borrowing

Let me be clear on one thing: Increasing taxes is off the table—as it will counter our efforts to provide economic growth. Instead, we will make tough, but compassionate decisions to balance the next state budget in a way that will get Wisconsin working again. Under our administration, state government will do only what is necessary – no more, no less.

We will fight any action that keeps our employers from creating more jobs. But we will not abandon our fundamental responsibilities to protect our families and our property, provide for a high-quality education for our children, ensure care for the most vulnerable among us, and enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

A high quality of life; however, is not the result of a bigger, ever-expanding government.

As President Ronald Reagan said in his farewell address: "There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."

In Wisconsin, we will define our quality of life as the expansion of liberty, freedom, and economic prosperity in neighborhoods all across the state. Our government will not only be smaller. It will be better. More responsive, more efficient, more effective.

In January of 1971, Governor Patrick Lucey said in this rotunda that "public officials and civil servants must expect to do more with fewer resources than in the past." His words ring true today as well.

In Wisconsin and all across America, state government is facing the toughest challenges of our generation. But with great challenges bring great opportunities. We are up to the task. This is Wisconsin. We can do better. We will do better. We will lead the way.

Tonette and I often say that traveling across the state has allowed us to fall in love with Wisconsin all over again. From Superior to Kenosha; Sturgeon Bay over to Platteville; Delavan (where I grew up) all the way to Hudson; Wausau down to Wauwatosa; Sheboygan over to La Crosse and everywhere in between - this is a remarkable state.

We have multi-generational employers who treat their employees like family.

Our workers embody a world-renowned work ethic.

We are a state blessed with abundant natural resources. No other state in the union is surrounded by two Great Lakes and the greatest river in America. We are filled with fifteen thousand inland lakes.

I love this state. I love the scenery and the attractions, the citizens who live here, and the employers who chose to do business here.

What is failing us is not our people or our places. What is failing us is the expanse of government. But we can do something about that starting today.

We, the people of Wisconsin, have every right to reclaim our rightful place in history. We will make this a Wisconsin we can believe in.

More than 162 years ago, our ancestors believed in the power of hard work and determination. They envisioned a new state with limitless potential.

Now, it is our time to once again seize that potential. We will do so at this turning point in our history by restoring limited government that fosters prosperity for today and for future generations.

Justice… Moderation… Temperance… Frugality… Virtue. These are the values upon which our state was formed and the values that will drive us forward.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless our great state.
" Text of Scott Walker's inauguration speech - JSOnline

Never Too Old

Never too old to sue for extra money in case SS doesn't cover your expenses.

Sure wish I can do that in 31 years.

Wisconsin, Waaaaaa,Waaaaaaa,Waaaaa

From WisPolitics

Sen. Erpenbach: Statement on Governor Walker’s decision to allow AG Van Hollen to join lawsuit against landmark health care reform bill

Contact: Senator Jon Erpenbach

“On his first day in office Governor Walker has chosen to allow our Attorney General to spend taxpayer dollars on a politically-motivated lawsuit. I don’t know why the Governor would want to make a political statement at the expense of Wisconsin citizens. He is simply saying that he favors rolling back some very popular, very important gains in health insurance reform—the elimination of pre-existing conditions for kids, removing lifetime caps on benefits, and covering adult children until the age of 26. The fact of the matter is that the AGs who have joined this lawsuit are looking to the courts to win a battle they lost in Congress.”

“Governor Walker has have enjoyed ‘government-run’ health care benefits for the duration of his time in office as a State Legislator, and as a County Executive. The high cost of health insurance has been holding back businesses in Wisconsin-large and small. On the very day he declared Wisconsin open for business, in joining this lawsuit he showed that he also supported preventing those very same businesses from getting the help they need to provide health care benefits to their employees.”" Sen. Erpenbach: Statement on Governor Walker’s decision to allow AG Van Hollen to join lawsuit against landmark health care reform bill

Northwoods On Board With Walker

"WJFW News

Walker's job begins to help his state and the Northwoods
Submitted: 01/03/2011

RHINELANDER - While Governor Walker's plan is to improve things in the entire state, he also recognizes the importance of three topics in particular to us in the North.

They are tourism, logging and water resource protection."
WJFW TV-12, WJFWDT 12.1 and Newswatch 12 - Stories

Root River Fishing Update

From The WDNR
"Root River Fishing Report for January 3, 2011
Water and flow conditions

Fishing on the Root River this past Wednesday was pretty fair for some anglers. The sunny skies and warmer air temperatures increased the fishing effort compared to past weekdays. Water temperature was steady around 32-33 degrees Fahrenheit. Many anglers were out near the Horlick dam and downstream through Quarry Lake Park." Root River Report- WDNR

The Fix Is In

Hoooooyaaaaaa, Start Treaty Maybe Dead

From Dad.
"There, it will die a well-deserved death."
Dad29: Russkis Change START Treaty Terms. We Lose, or Maybe Win

Left Already Tipping Their Hand

The Green Bay Press reports on Scott Walker, Wisconsin's 45th Governor.
"Liz Sauer, 26, a former UW-Milwaukee graduate student who now works for the Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association, held a sign that read "Forward Not Backward," a play on Wisconsin’s "Forward" motto. She said she showed up to send a message to Walker that she’s watching how many jobs he creates. Walker has promised to create 250,000 jobs over four years but hasn’t detailed exactly how he will do it.

"We’re promised good jobs by Mr. Walker and we expect good jobs," she said. "We’re going to hold him accountable.""
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker begins economic work | | Green Bay Press Gazette
So what is a good job? How much will a good job pay? $50,000, $75,000, $150,000? So the left is now saying what a good job will be or not be?

You left wing nut jobs are just showing us how loony you are. So if it's not a good job to the left, Walker failed? Huh! I would take any job right now! Liz must have a pretty good job if she could take off from work to protest in Madison during the day on a Monday.

Maybe I can work for the state or county when they go on strike and will be replaced by people already out of work. Hey lefties, remember PATCO? In case you forgot, go here.

Free At Last

Free at last ,
free at last,
thank God we are free at last from
Diamond Jim Doyle

Today In History

"Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
Posted Jan 03, 2011 @ 06:44 AM

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. —

Monday, Jan. 3, 2010
Today is the third day of 2011. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba, citing a move by the Cuban government to limit the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Havana to 11 persons.

On this date:
1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.
1777, Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J."
Today in History, Monday, Jan. 3, 2010 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
There's more.

A New Beginning for Wisconsin

Our next Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker.
"Official Inaugural Ceremony

12:00 P.M.
Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda, Madison.
Ticketed event with additional public viewing on a first-come basis." Walker inaugural save the date

Nice To See You Go

A crabby old big spending democrat leaves office.

So nice to see him go.

$1.4 Mil For A One Meter Pipe

The latest in the global warming kook research over at Michigan Tech at a cost of 1.4 Mil bucks..

"a cylinder, two meters in diameter and one meter high"

I got a stone barn to sell you if your interested.

First Roundabouts, Now Complete Streets, Where Will This End

Seems the insanity just keeps rolling along. Another regulation to raise taxes.
"Houghton adopts Complete Streets ordinance
December 30, 2010 - By KURT HAUGLIE, DMG Writer

HOUGHTON - Giving people an option of transportation methods, including those which rely on human power, is the goal of the Complete Streets planning concept, and the city of Houghton is the first Upper Peninsula community to officially adopt it."
Houghton adopts Complete Streets ordinance - | News, Sports, Jobs, Michigan - The Daily Mining Gazette
"It's a new approach to transportation planning," he said.

Sharp, who is also a member of the Houghton Bike Task Force, said communities which adopt Complete Streets agree when planning street and other infrastructure changes to consider including features which make non-motorized transportation, such as bicycling and walking, part of the plan when economically feasible. There are five other communities in the state, which have adopted the concept.

Let's see, right now if I want to ride a bike, I can. No one stopping me from doing that.

If I want to take a walk, I take a walk. No one stopping me from doing that.

So why the new planning, expanded roads, side walks and bike paths. Who's paying for this. Give this a couple more years and they will try to pass this crap in Wisconsin. You know, if people on bikes and those who walk would just follow the law we wouldn't need to waste money on someones pipe dream.

Don't Spend The Robbery Money At A Nite Club

From the Daily Globe. Seems a robber takes the loot to a nite club in Hurley. Wonder if it was a strip club or gentlemen s club. Come on, it's in Hurley.

Well it doesn't say that but can we assume he was at one.

Well, if it's your last big night out before jail, why not.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

2.7 mil Slot Win

Lucky guy in Milwaukee

I Blame Scott Walker

Evil Scott Walker.s
"In a new twist, however, it's China where Master Lock's costs are rising disruptively. The company has responded by pulling production back to Milwaukee, where the manufacturer of iconic padlocks was founded in 1921.

Master Lock and other companies have begun to reassess China:"
Master Lock reassessing China - JSOnline
Jobs coming back? That mean, evil, dirty, awful Scott Walker isn't even governor yet and he brings jobs back to Wisconsin?

You liberals, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!!!!!

Go SCOTT WALKER!!!!!!!!!!

Does He Even Mean Ethanol

JSOnline has the scoop on their crappy Walk O Meter. I thought the following quote was surprising coming from Luther Olson.
""If we don"t make cuts we'll be out on our ear,” said state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). "The voters divorced the Democrats, but they didn't marry us. I'm not sure when they get the medicine they are going to enjoy swallowing it, but the gimmicks are over.”" PolitiFact | A look at Scott Walker's campaign promises
Luther Olson, the king of Wisconsin corn a hole. One of the main architects of the corn whores of Wisconsin? It will be interesting to see how Olson votes.

Badgers Fall Short

It was a good game to watch.
"They'll remember that a failed two-point conversion pass with 2 minutes remaining turned out to be the final of many failures that felled UW."
Mistakes, missed chances doom Badgers in Rose Bowl - JSOnline

They're Just Christians, Move Along

From the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.
"Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 11:00 pm

Christians, police clash after church bombing in Egypt

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) - Christians clashed with Egyptian police in the northern port city of Alexandria on Saturday, furious over an apparent suicide bombing against worshippers leaving a New Year's Mass at a church that killed at least 21 people. It was the worst violence against the country's Christian minority in a decade."
Christians, police clash after church bombing in Egypt - Leader-Telegram: Daily Updates
There doesn't seem to be as big of an outrage when Christians are killed. You know, you first have to be politically correct in your thoughts and comments. Don't worry about them, they're just Christian.

Extended Benefits Now For The Birds

A couple of birds were sighted in Winona Minn this past December and they are saying the reason the birds didn't fly south for the winter is because of global warming.

Here's the link.

Maybe they are just dumb birds with dumb people who keep feeding them and they figured they could just stay for the winter and be taken care of. Or maybe they think the government will give them birdie welfare to sustain them till spring?

Another 26 weeks of unemployment for a yellow-rumped warbler and the yellow-bellied sapsucker. How stupid can people be. GLOBAL WARMING?????

Union Intimidation

A great read by Gregg Walker at the Lakeland-Times about a local union issue and the overall rethinking of public employee unions.
12/31/2010 3:47:00 PM
Union should quit intimidating the public ... or pay the price
Gregg Walker

"Here's what's lost in all the union's hyperbole: Public employee union members are simply not the same as private-sector union members.

The truth is, there is nothing intrinsically good about a union. All unions represent private interests - the interests of their members. In the private sector, that means the private interests of a company's workers are set against the private interests of the company's owners and managers."
Union should quit intimidating the public ... or pay the price
Gregg's headline pretty much sums up the sediment in Wisconsin. Will the unions take heed "or pay the price."

We'll Take The Credit For Jobs

So the Gannett newspapers are doing a 12 week run to promote jobs and job growth. Here's the link.

So when Scott Walker and the new Wisconsin legislature's new policies start to bring back jobs to Wisconsin, the Gannett staff can take credit.

I hate being cynical but you can't trust the MSM!

Mooch To Coach Again

"Mariucci back on sidelines
Coaching high school football stars
December 31, 2010 - By BURT ANGELI, Sports Editor

Iron Mountain's Steve Mariucci returns to the sidelines Wednesday.

Mariucci, NFL Network analyst and former NFL head coach, will guide Team Click Clack in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game from St. Petersburg, Fla. Kick-off is 6 p.m. (Central time) on ESPN.

Deion Sanders will assist Mariucci. Bears great Mike Ditka and Keyshawn Johnson will be on the other side with Team Micro G."
Mariucci back on sidelines - | news, sports, business, jobs - The Daily News

New Buyer, New Page Niagara

"IRON MOUNTAIN - NewPage Corp. has apparently found a buyer for the Niagara paper mill.

Shannon Semmerling of NewPage media relations confirmed Thursday that NewPage and a buyer have already signed an asset purchase agreement.

"We anticipate a transaction in the first quarter of 2011," she said.

Semmerling declined to reveal the name of the buyer. She also could not comment on whether all or only part of the mill property will be part of the transaction.

However, the website of Missouri-based E.J. Spirtas Group, LLC has listed the mill property as its Niagara development project.

A spokesman for E.J. Spirtas Group said that he would not comment on the development project until he could make a joint announcement with NewPage, possibly next week.

According to the website, E.J. Spirtas Group is a firm that specializes in full scale property development, construction, demolition, consulting, and environmental remediation."
Buyer found for Niagara mill - | news, sports, business, jobs - The Daily News