Friday, September 30, 2011

Why Didn't Tommy Barrett Bet A Choo Choo

From WSAW7. 

Mayors of Milwaukee, Phoenix Place Wager on Playoff Series

Font Size: MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee and Phoenix mayors are betting on the outcome of the playoff series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is betting a gift basket from the Milwaukee Public Market and Phoenix Mayor Mayor Phil Gordon is putting up a Phoenix Public Market gift basket.

Milwaukee won its first division title this season since capturing the AL East in 1982, the year the franchise made its only World Series appearance.

The Diamondbacks were one of the surprises of baseball, earning their first NL West title since 2007 on their way to winning 94 games.

The first two games are in Milwaukee Saturday and Sunday.

In a statement, Barrett says he looks forward to the specialty products from Phoenix when the Brewers win the series.

I don't live in Milwaukee But the boys do attend UWM. Can someone tell me what a  Milwaukee Public Market is?

For God's sake, what is Tommy thinking about? 

Why didn't Tommy bet a choo choo?

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Email from Colorado 


Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty
of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend
your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as
you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit
longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then
try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can
lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for
more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)
.wait, here comes the punch line
 After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

Reinke's Renegades or Reinke's Rebels For 2011 Brewer Name

Charlie at 620 WTMJ was asking listeners for what name they could call this years Brewers. 

You know like Harvey's Wallbanger's

Here is my two cents

Reinke's Renegades


Reinke's Rebels

Yes, some of the listeners had the renegade and rebel, I just added Reinke.

Ron Roenicke and Zack Greinke = Reinke

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GM, UAW, Free Legal Help, Free Divorces


Huh! I wish my old employers paid for this. Dog gone it, I feel sorry for the union that they lost this.

What GM/UAW workers lose: Free divorces and legal help

Both General Motors and the United Auto Workers have had to make concessions in the most recent round of talks that led to the tentative labor agreement that's currently awaiting ratification. But what exactly did workers give up in the process? For starters, GM employees will cease to enjoy free legal counsel starting in 2014. For decades, the UAW Legal Services Plan provided attorney services to unionized autoworkers on their employer's dime. Workers can use the plan for anything, including divorce, with the exception of suing their employer, legal woes attached to rental properties or any criminal offense that could lead to jail time.

According to The Detroit Free Press, the Legal Services Plan came into being in the late '70s with the purpose of providing low and middle-income workers access to top-rate legal service. At the time, General Motors and other domestic manufacturers could afford to provide the aid, but with 65 offices in 20 states fielding over 160,000 cases per year, it's easy to see the cost benefit of shedding the service. GM may not be the only automaker looking to bow out, either. There's some indication that Ford will do the same in its negotiations with the union.

Can you believe this?


Good! Ford Playing Hard Ball


In UAW negotiations, more U.S. jobs is key | Detroit Free Press |

Ford will close or sell certain plants if the UAW is unable to win additional product commitments.

Looks like Ford is playing hard ball with the UAW. Good for them.

Headline Just Shows Sour Grapes

Seems the APC is trying to diminish words. The headline, "likely". Huh!
Investigators say Waukesha County Clerk likely violated law in Wisconsin Supreme Court election between David Prosser, JoAnne Kloppenburg | Appleton Post Crescent |
MADISON — Investigators say a county clerk likely violated the law when she failed to report thousands of votes in this past spring’s state Supreme Court election, but her conduct wasn’t criminal.
The April 5 election pitted Justice David Prosser against challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.
Initial results showed Kloppenburg had upset Prosser.
"Likely" is not "is" a violation of the law. Seems the Post Crescent has to eat sour grapes.

Are The Packers Over Reacting

This was on the Drudge Report most of today. How many other NFL clubs are following suit? You can go to article to see police showing how security will work.

Green Bay Packers' security personnel to use hand-held wands in effort to ratchet up safety measures at Lambeau Field | Appleton Post Crescent |

GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers fans should arrive early and expect some delays for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos as the team implements heightened security measures for the games at Lambeau Field this season.

The National Football League is pushing for enhanced security, and starting with Sunday's game at Lambeau, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted.

The procedure would be similar to wand inspections at the airport, but this process would be less invasive than the full-body exam, said Doug Collins, Packers director of security.

Are the Green Bay Packers over reacting? Is Green Bay that high of a security risk? I forgot, we have the Zippin Pippin now in Green Bay. That's it! Did you also know cheese can kill you? That's it, someone is going to try to sneek cheese curds into the game. My God, no not cheese curds. 

You fans that will attend the game Sunday are high risk security threats. I wonder how many terrorists they will catch? 

My take, the Packers head office are trying to make Big Sis and the adminastration happy. You know, they did get to visit the White House. And A rod wasn't close to the podium. Your O K A Rod.

Reid, I'll Carry Your Water

Seems some people like to carry water for Reid Ribble. OUCH!

Here's the podcast for your pleasure from WHBL 1330. 

$3 Kobe Beef Dinner

Dinner with Barack.

Michelle Obama: 'Just relax' with my husband - Maggie Haberman -


Subject: These dinners

XXXX — Not everyone knows how to prepare for a dinner like this. As someone who's eaten countless meals with my husband, I want to tell you the one thing to do if you're selected to join him.

.. Just relax. Barack wants this dinner to be fun, and he really loves getting to know supporters like you.

I hope you'll take him up on it before Friday's deadline.

Will you donate $3 or more today and be entered to have dinner with Barack?

Geez, I only have $2 in change. I'm SOL.

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Weapon With Light and Laser, Holy Wah

Picatinny Love: Viridian X5L Gen2 and Surefire X400 Laser/Light Combos - Guns News and Guns Reviews at
If you're shopping for a combat-class combination weapon laser and light, two names are going to rise to the top of a fairly long list, most of which aren't really that rugged.  Those two are Surefire X400 and Viridian X5L (warning: autoplay video and annoying sound effect after that jump).  Both are going to set you back a tidy sum, and both have some advantages over the other.  Choosing between the two isn't our decision to make, and we're pretty alright with that; it's hard to go wrong either way.

Thanks for the info Max.

Strip Club On Wheels During Lion Games

I don't know what to say about this.

Is the 'Booty Lounge' legal? Detroit police investigate mobile strip club | Detroit Free Press |

The city of Detroit is determining whether a mobile strip club called the Booty Lounge can legally park and operate downtown during Detroit Lions games.

The city's law department is reviewing the situation, which Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee believes is illegal, Detroit Police spokeswoman Eren Stephens said today.

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Expanded ATV Trail Langlade, Oconto Counties

More trails in the northwoods. 

Antigo Daily Journal News Stories
ATV clubs inaugurate new loop through Mountain,
Lakewood area Sept. 24, 2011
Just in time for fall colorama, a new all-terrain vehicle trail meandering through eastern Langlade and northern Oconto counties has opened for riders.
The 40-mile trail was inaugurated one week ago today by members of the Woodland Trails ATV Club, Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club and the Red Arrow Snowmobile/ATV Club. The group started at the Lakewood ATV Trailhead on the Nicolet State Trail, went north to Townsend and turned onto the new loop. The riders had lunch at Animal's Bear Trail Inn and ended up back on the Nicolet State Trail 40 miles later.
Link to Hidden Bear ATV Club

If you haven't tried ATVing and the trails in Wisconsin, you don't know what your missing.

Will Wis Property Tax Payers Really See A Decrease

Great news for tax payers. Here from Elmbrook. All sorts of stories are coming out around Wisconsin because of ACT 10 and what Scott Walker and what republicans did this past spring. 

Elmbrook likely to see 7.6 percent tax levy drop - BrookfieldNOW

Residents of the Elmbrook School District can expect to pay less for the school portion of their 2011 property tax bills, following preliminary approval of the district's proposed 2011-12 budget.

Residents voted at the district's annual meeting Monday to set a tax levy of about $72 million, a 7.6 percent decrease from the 2010-11 tax levy.

That puts the 2011 tax rate at $9.75 per $1,000 of property value, down 8.8 percent from last year.

Based on equalized values, the owner of a $300,000 home can expect to pay $2,925 this year in school taxes - down from $3,207 in 2010. However, property taxes will vary depending on actual assessed values.

Let's be honest here. If your school board renewed contracts with teachers unions for one to two more years, you can go look at your morning weather. You are S O L. Those with good school boards who used Scott Walkers tools, alleluia. Wait, don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

What will tax payers really see a decrease? Will some local counties, cities and townships really let property owners see their tax bills go down? 

I just wonder if some will try to raise local taxes because of the decrease of school tax levies. With less funding municipalities received from the changes in the state budget, liberals in government will always be liberals first and friends of tax payers last. They will fight tooth and nail to keep as much money as they can. Will they say they neeed more money for pot holes and police cars, for libraries to sewer caps. Wil they cry out, school taxes are going down but we are short on local taxes, we will keep a part of your money. I am no expert on local government but you can never be sure how local politicians think, say and do.

The proof is in the pudding and we the property owners in Wisconsin will not see our tax bills till December. 


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Holperin and Jauch Named To Mining Committee

Senate GOP leader rejects 2 Democratic picks for new committee on Wisconsin mining regulation | The Republic

MADISON, Wis. — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has rejected two Democrats recommended for a new committee on Wisconsin mining regulations.

Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, said Tuesday he is naming Democratic Sens. Bob Jauch of Poplar and Jim Holperin of Eagle River to the committee.

Jauch was one of three Democrats recommended for the panel by Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, a Monona Democrat. The Senate GOP leader rejected two of Miller's recommendations, Democratic Sens. Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee and Jon Erpenbach of Middleton.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) that Miller's spokesman accuses Republicans of partisanship — a claim the GOP leader's spokesman rejects.

Gogebic Taconite has proposed an iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties, but wants assurances of an end point in the state permitting process before it moves forward.

So my state senator Jimma Holperin, is on the mining committee. A couple of questions.

Why is Miller, a dem, complaining of the picks? Does he not like Holperin and Jauch? How could someone from Milwaukee and Middleton know about mining when Holperin and Jauch live with mines in their districts? 

Will Holperin and Jauch go out of their way to stop jobs in Northern Wisconsin or bow to the leftie fringe and the Northern tribes who contribute to their campaigns? 

Hey Jim, remember you have an election next year.

Ford Bows To Obama and GM

Columnists | Howes: Ford pulls its ad on bailouts | The Detroit News
As part of a campaign featuring "real people" explaining their decision to buy the Blue Oval, a guy named "Chris" says he "wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government," according the text of the ad, launched in early September.
"I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That's what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta' pick yourself up and go back to work
." That's what some of America is about, evidently. Because Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House questioned whether the copy was publicly denigrating the controversial bailout policy CEO Alan Mulally repeatedly supported in the dark days of late 2008, in early '09 and again when the ad flap arose. And more.
With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can't have that.
I don't think Ford knew how good the ad they pulled was.
I am disappointed.

The Detroit News has the ad back up at their article. 

Reid Ribble Should Switch Parties

The Green Bay Press has this article about Reid Ribble the Congressman from the Wis. 8th District. You really need to read the whole article to get the full arrogance of Reid Ribble.

Ribble, who represents the 8th Congressional District, has not voted since the 2010 midterms, when he ousted incumbent Democrat Steve Kagen of Appleton. 

 He was the only member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to skip the April 5 spring election, which featured a high-profile race for the state Supreme Court. And of the five members of Congress who are registered to vote in state Senate districts that held a recall election this summer, Ribble is the only one who didn’t vote. 

 On Monday, Ribble called his failure to vote in the April 5 election “an unfortunate and unforced error,” and disclosed for the first time that he hasn’t lived in the 8th Congressional District since March, which explains why he didn’t vote in an Aug. 9 recall election targeting state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Allouez.

Let me get this straight. 

1) This wasn't in the article but it kind of goes with the actions of Reid Ribble. Ribble votes like Obama in voting "Present" on H.J. Res 77. So he can't vote yes or no? Do you know how many times Obama voted present? 129 times.

Back to the article.

2) Ribble didn't vote in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race with Prosser? Why not? 

3) Ribble didn't vote in Wisconsin state senate race with Cowles? Why not? 

4) Ribble moved out of the 8th district last March and told everyone he moved out this summer. Oh, looks like he lied. 

5) Ribble promised not to miss another vote again. How can we believe him? 

I do not trust Reid Ribble on anything he says or does. I am conservative and did not vote for and will not vote for Ribble in the future. Remember, Ribble replaced Pelosi puppet Steve Kagen.

 I worked to get Steve Kagen replaced but there are a couple things I know about Steve Kagen. You could hate Kagen for his votes, dislike Kagen for what he stood for, Not understand what Kagen would say, yes Kagen would make things up (men's bathroom with Cheney) Kagen would hide things from the voters. Kagen didn't pretend to be someone one he wasn't. Kagen was just a typical Democrat. Everyone knew that. 

So now were stuck with Ribble, a so called republican who acts just like a democrat. You Ribble voters must be really proud. It will be interesting to see all the die hard Ribble supporters explain this one. Come on man, explain this one.

If Ribble is going to act like a democrat, talk like a democrat, vote like a democrat, why doesn't he just switch parties? I'm sure the democrats will take him in a heart beat. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

$40 K Cell Phone Bill

From the Wausau Daily Herald.

The city of Wausau spends thousands of dollars each month on more than 100 cellphones for its employees, with different departments using several different plans and types of phones.

 The city spent at least $40,000 on cellular service last year and provided at least 126 phones to employees and elected officials, according to a Wausau Daily Herald analysis of data obtained under Wisconsin open records law. The City/County Information Technology Commission did not respond to the Daily Herald's open-records request, so its cellular bill remains unknown.

The biggest individual bill -- $14,500 in 2010 -- went to an account that covers the Wausau Water Works, Engineering, Public Works, Finance and other departments, with monthly charges paid by each department. The Police Department spent $11,715 in 2010 for 39 phones. Mayor Jim Tipple's cellphone cost $214 in 2010, an average of about $18 per month. The majority of the phones are assigned to individual employees, but others are shared by multiple employees, including 14 assigned to Police Department squad cars driven by different officers.

 So what did city employee's do before cell phones? 

Why can't the mayor use his own cell phone? 

If they need phones, why not buy them a Tracfone?

The real question is, who's paying for all this? 

Bend over and pay your taxes.