Wednesday, August 31

Big Business Strikes Again

Once again we are swindled by big business as they...donate to Katrina victims???

Abortion Yes, Marriage No.

Lifesitenews reports that Scalia...

denounced on Monday the use of “unelected judges” to decide morally-charged issues like abortion and same-sex “marriage.”

Speaking after a Chapman University law school re-enactment of a 100-year-old law case, Scalia said, as reported by AP, “I am questioning the propriety - indeed, the sanity - of having a value-laden decision such as this made for the entire society ... by unelected judges.”

I can't agree. Abortion as it relates to the Constitutions guarantee of life IS a Supreme Court issue. If elected representatives denied someone including the preborn life, it IS the place of the Supreme Court to strike down the law as unconstitutional.

I can agree that marriage, since it has been left to the states as an issue, is not to be fuddled with by the Supreme Court.

Scalia also voiced his consternation with a judicial appointment process that focuses on a potential candidate’s political leanings rather than their ability and qualifications. “Now the Senate is looking for moderate judges, mainstream judges,” he said. “What in the world is a moderate interpretation of a constitutional text? Halfway between what it says and what we’d like it to say?”

“Each year the conflict over judicial appointments has grown more intense,” he added. “One is tempted to shield his eyes from the upcoming spectacle.”

Of course he is right. The because of the broad sweeping powers these judges have given themselves over the years, they are reaping the consequences in extra political nominations. He should expect it. He should blame his colleagues.

Tuesday, August 30

Homeschooled? Don't Ask Don't Tell!

I'm disgusted to report that the military discriminates against homeschool graduates. My brother has recently graduated from high school and has been in contact with the military only to find out that they won't accept his homeschool diploma. Thus, if a homeschooler wants to enlist they must enlist as a tier II; the same status drop-outs enlist under. As I googled the subject I found that this has been a large issue over the years. Five years ago a pilot program was launched to end this discrimination. Even up until 6 months ago homeschooler diplomas had been accepted. Not now.

This is not only a homeschooler issue. During a time when the military is very actively looking for recruits why should homeschoolers be denied? The military is shooting themselves in the foot. Homeschoolers have consistently proven themselves to be well educated, taking many of the national spelling and geography trophies. Why doesn't the military want them? Can't homeschoolers show their patriotism too? Even our first President and one of our nations best commanders George Washington was homeschooled. So were Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln. If Washington, Robert E. Lee, or Abraham Lincoln were to apply for military service today they would get the cold shoulder. Plain disgusting.

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AIM v Snail Mail

This one thing I can't figure out: Why many people condemn instant messaging as being impersonal while at the same time people lament the demise of the art of regular letter writing. It's crazy. Both are forms of written communication. It's just a different way to do it.

Monday, August 29

Caffine High and Long Living

A few more reasons to continue to drink coffee. I just got a bunch of really great stuff when some in my family went down to the Dominican Republic and picked some up.

Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health benefits...Coffee came out on top, on the combined basis of both antioxidants per serving size and frequency of consumption, Vinson says. Java easily outranked such popular antioxidant sources as tea, milk, chocolate and cranberries, he says. Of all the foods and beverages studied, dates actually have the most antioxidants of all based solely on serving size, according to Vinson. But since dates are not consumed at anywhere near the level of coffee, the blue ribbon goes to our favorite morning pick-me-up as the number one source of antioxidants, he says.

Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease, according to some recently published studies. But there's also a downside: Java can make you jittery and cause stomach pains, while some studies have tied it to elevated blood pressure and heart rates. More research is needed, particularly human studies, to firmly establish its health benefits, Vinson says.

Saturday, August 27

Full Time Red Problems

The brutality of China and their persecution of Christians and savage enforcement of the one child policy has increasingly been coming to lite.

World mag reports on...

Church persecution:

"Just two days before our arrest, I spoke with one of the South China Church's evangelists, a young girl who had been learning English in order to become a translator for future foreign teachers. She had not seen her family in 5 years because she had earlier been arrested at age 16 and served 7 months in prison for 'illegal evangelism', and she told me how her parents demanded that she stop preaching the Gospel because she would get arrested again, and how they disowned her because she refused to obey them rather than God. During our conversation, I asked her how she and the other evangelists had such a passion for the Gospel and were willing to give up everything to follow Christ, even risking their own lives in order to faithfully proclaim it. She said simply that God had called her to this task, and that she would follow His calling wherever it led her; she had a supreme confidence in the everlasting faithfulness of God because of the person and work of Christ. These Chinese evangelists were ready and willing to endure tremendous suffering for the sake of the Gospel, realizing the cost of following Christ was high, especially in such a hostile environment.

Two days later, during the raid, she was arrested and found with some papers that had English words on them which she kept in order to practice her English. Sadly, because of these papers, she was treated with greater severity by the Hubei police, and she endured a horrendous series of humiliating beatings with a sharp bamboo stick. The police suspected that she had more information to offer because of her English studies, and she was therefore singled out as a target of the more brutal torture. She has since been released by the Hubei police and is undergoing treatment for her injuries."

In the one-child arena, the Washington Times demonstrates an inner opposition by a blind man.

Lifesite has a special report on a Stanford prof. who is now considered a spy by China because of his exposure of their pitiless treatment of pregnant women and the children they carry.

Stephen Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), is one of the few North American academics that can legitimately boast the label of international spy. The one-time Stanford university doctorate candidate and internationally acclaimed population researcher has for years been on a blacklist of international spies by the Chinese government. His crime is his vocal criticism of China's murderous, anti-human rights forced-abortion, forced-sterilization policy.

In a talk this past Wednesday, aptly held at Chinese Martyrs Parish in Markham, Ontario, the soft-spoken anthropologist and sociologist related his experiences as the sole North American social scientist permitted to conduct research in China in 1979-1980. He was one of the first fifty U.S. academics allowed into the country under China's communist government.

"I have a confession to make," he told the audience of about fifty. "When I went to China I was not pro-life. I was pro-abortion. I thought it was a woman's right to choose…I also thought when I went to China that China was overpopulated. China had too many people."

"And then I went and listened to the Chinese people."

Mosher, who is fluent in a common Chinese dialect, related how while living in a Chinese village he had witnessed women, some his personal friends, who became pregnant with an "illegal" second child and who were subsequently forced to have an abortion. Those mothers who refused were arrested and jailed and underwent daily propaganda, or brain-washing sessions, until they agreed to abort their child. Those who remained in prison until they went into labour "were taken to the abortion clinic crying, by force, and they were given a poison shot."

"You cannot witness the abortion of a woman who is seven months pregnant, and not know exactly what it is that's happening," said Mosher, who was able to intimately observe and interview the arrested women, even so far as accompanying them to the abortion clinics. "What is happening is the wounding of a mother and the death of a child."

"I began to realize that China's problems, China's backwardness at that point in time, hadn't been caused by the fact that there was so many Chinese people, or that the Chinese people were having too many problems, but was caused because there was a corrupt government in power, a government that instead of letting the Chinese people develop China, had stood in the way."

Wednesday, August 24

Biblical Morality Phobia

Another try at explaining the influence of Christians in politics and since it is from the L.A. Times you can expect a bit of what bias they bring into the article (PHC is in there too).
<blockquote>Through seminars taught by conservative college professors and devout members of Congress, the students learn that serving country means first and always serving Christ.
They learn to view every vote as a religious duty, and to consider compromise a sin.
That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God.
"We help them understand God's purpose for society," said Bouma, who coordinates the program, known as the Statesmanship Institute, for the Rev. D. James Kennedy.
At least 3.5 million Americans tune in to Kennedy's sermons, broadcast from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Since 1995, the unabashedly political televangelist has also reached out to the Beltway elite with his Center for Christian Statesmanship in Washington.
The center sponsors Bible studies, prayer meetings and free "Politics and Principle" lunches for members of Congress and their staffs, often drawing crowds in the hundreds.
The Statesmanship Institute, founded two years ago, offers more in-depth training for $345.
It's one of half a dozen evangelical leadership programs making steady inroads into Washington.
The most prominent is Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., an hour's drive from the capital. The college was founded five years ago with the goal of turning out "Christian men and women who will lead our nation with timeless biblical values." Nearly every graduate works in government or with a conservative advocacy group. </blockquote>

As World blog noted, any involvement by Christians on the right side of politics is liberally sprinkled with (not too subtle) insinuations of a coming American theocracy. But they’re drastically misinformed. As world blog also notes from the writings of Mary Ann Glendon "[W]hen people advance their moral viewpoints in the public square, they are not imposing anything on anyone. They are proposing. That's what citizens do in a democracy—we propose, we give reasons, we vote. It's a very strange doctrine that would silence only religiously grounded moral viewpoints."

Monday, August 22

Binge Class

What “great” Wisconsin news.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison topped a list of the nation's best party schools released Monday, despite a decade-long effort by the school to reduce its reputation for heavy drinking.
Meanwhile, Brigham Young University led "stone cold sober" schools for the eighth straight year.
The rankings are based on survey responses regarding alcohol and drug use, hours of study each day, and the number of students in fraternities and sororities.

II Question for a (Christian) liberal: Should Gov't Care for the Poor?

Second in a series. First question to a liberal: Is war ever the proper answer?

Question: How can a liberal Christian support the gov’t taking over the responsibility of the church to care for the poor?

The Bible is quite clear about the church and family’s responsibility to care for the poor and the disadvantaged—especially those who are fellow members of the church. When the gov’t is asked or does take care of the poor the church is unable or not forced to do so (See Acts 5:1-5; Gal. 6:10; and I Tim. 5:3-11 also see Jesus’ instructions to INDIVIDUALS never the gov’t to care for the poor). Do liberals who consider themselves Christians believe this to be correct? Do they think that the gov’t is a proper substitute for church and family financial assistance when the Bible specifically gives the command to the families and churches to fulfill that responsibility? A part of the question is if churches can cop out by just supporting a gov’t that takes over its responsibilities. We don’t like it when the church tries to take over the responsibilities of the gov’t and protect a country (Crusaders anyone??) how can we support a system that asks the gov’t to take over the churches responsibility to care for the poor?

One Issue Litmus

What a litmus test. I thought it was the dems that always complained about the litmus tests.

Boxer told a group of abortion activists earlier this month that she will "use all the parliamentary tools I've been given as a U.S. senator'' to delay or stop Roberts' nomination if he refuses to support legal abortion during his confirmation hearings, which begin September 6.

Admin: Comments

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Convenient Capital Security

I was appalled and grateful at the same time for the security at the Wisconsin Capital. I was grateful for the convenience of it all. No metal detectors to go thru. No restriction on access to the building: all the doors were open during most business hours. It was absolutely no problem to bring a small jackknife with me in my pocket. In fact, I think I could have brought my whole Leatherman in on my belt and I know I could have brought in without a search my backpack. There would have been no objections. All very nice for convenience.

I was appalled at the lack of security tho when you think about the possibility of it being a target for a foreign or domestic terrorist. I will not go into specifics, but from all appearances it would be child’s play to blow the place up. Could it be a target? If buses are enough to blow up in England, why not a Capital with all three branches of gov’t?

I was informed that security was tighter just after 9/11. Then there were complaints. It’s time to accept a little inconvenience to keep our Wisconsin gov’t and Capital safe.  

Thursday, August 18

Around the Web: A Word About Blog Tools

Blogger has a new tool that lets you blog from Microsoft Word. I’m trying it out with this post but it looks totally sweet. Just about what I always wanted. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that you need XP to run it. Bother.

Catch the Cut and Run Russ

From Best of the Web

Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is calling for a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of next year. From a Feingold press release:

. . . It's almost as if talking about completing the mission in Iraq has become 'taboo,' said Feingold. It's time for senators and Members of Congress, especially those from my own party, to be less timid while this Administration neglects urgent national security priorities in favor of staying a flawed policy course in Iraq. We need to refocus on fighting and defeating the terrorist network that attacked this country on September 11, 2001, and that means placing our Iraq policy in the context of a global effort, rather than letting it dominate our security strategy and drain vital security resources for an unlimited amount of time.

But here's what Feingold had to say just last week, according to a report in the Daily Globe of Ironwood, Mich.:

Post 911, the administration published a list of countries where al Qaeda was operating. Iraq wasn't even on it.

Now, it's the number one training ground for terrorists from around the world. Our nation's security is at stake and it's time for Congress and the administration to level with the American people, and develop a policy worthy of our brave men and women in uniform.

Has Feingold changed his mind since last week? Or does he believe the U.S. military should not be fighting terrorists in their No. 1 training ground?

A real flip flopper. Now we know that he might be able to run for Prez. on the Demo ticket. Yes, burnishing those credentials its hard not to think he going to make a run. Let's see, next we will have Russ voting strongly for the Patriot Act as he maneuvers for his Prez. run. Well, its really scary how close all the "voting for before voting against" shot Kerry within a Ohio of the White House.

Wednesday, August 17

Crude is immature. Keep Blogs Clean.

Soxblog hits my feelings exactly.: Unfortunately it isn't only left blogs that need a little soap and water applied to their language. It is one of the last big hurdles that blogs have to overcome to really become respected. Obscenities only make you look immature; you can't think about genuine argument why so you add in some gutter word. It proves who you are not your point.

LEFT WING BLOGGERS LIKE BRIGHAM are often guilty of confusing and conflating “straight talk” with vulgar talk. Look, I’m no prude, especially when it comes to coarse language. Those who personally know me, and especially those who have played golf with me, view me as a uniquely unlikely champion for obscenity-free communication.

But politics is different from one’s rec-room or the golf course. There are a bunch of people who find obscenities offensive. In politics (and bloggers like Brigham are in politics), there is no need to gratuitously offend a segment of the voting society with coarse language. And yet Brigham and many of his cohorts insist on writing like they’re politically obsessed Quentin Tarantino characters.

I started this essay by talking about shoring up one’s perceived weaknesses. For left wing bloggers, the doubts they have to overcome is whether they are mature enough and sophisticated enough to take their act public. Some of them seem to know this. Chris Bowers at MyDD is doubtlessly one of the brightest liberal bloggers around, and he eschews a constant stream of obscenities in favor of well thought through and maturely expressed postings."

Via Hugh

1 Question for a Liberal: Is War Ever a Proper Answer

Since I have some people who tend to have a left slanted view of things who read and comment on this blog, I thought this might be the place to get some answers to questions I have about liberal positions that I have never really gotten a clear answer about. This post is the first in what may become a series.

Question: If "war is not the answer" what happens when you are attacked like the US was at Pearl Harbor in WWII?

As a reaction to the Iraq war I have seen many posters and yard signs that boldly proclaim this message: "War is not the answer." I want to look past the Iraq war tho. Is there any situation when war could be an answer? I mean what happens if China decided to land troops in California as apart of its Communistic goals to take over the world? Should the US really just stand passively by and not declare war? What happened to the protection from all enemies foreign or domestic? Do some out there really think that diplomacy will solve every world crisis? If criminals who lead countries can be brought under control enough to avoid wars, can we also stop all domestic crime? All evil period? Or is this message just about the war in Iraq?

Just Asking.

(Why not) Here and (why) There

My computer crashed. Hence the slow blogging. It's hard to blog when you don't have your own computer and regular system for blogging.

To the top. During my final days at the Capital it was wonderful to experience a tour to the very top of the dome--inside and out. Hope to get some pictures up.

Sweet corn in full swing. Wild Wisconsin promotion still in effect.

School ended last week starts next. I get one week break. Yeah! ;)

Power from the Guv to the People

Reynolds has a new idea to let the people override a guvs veto. "The amendment would give the Legislature the authority to put a vetoed bill up for a statewide vote to override the governor's veto."

This is a better option than always having to pass a Constitutional amendment for important legislation like Voter ID that none the less do are not material for a Constitutional amendment. Think: this is a legislative issue that should be fixed by legislation rather than a fundamental right that needs to be enshrined in the Constitution.

This is a democratic (small "d") concept, which can be good or bad. In a state that gives its guv more power than almost any other state, this is one valid way to balance executive power.

104 Ecuadorians Dead

Sad. Even sadder since for me this is my country of birth.

"AN Ecuadoran boat packed with illegal immigrants sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia, with 104 of its 113 passengers feared drowned.

The boat was headed for Central America, carrying 113 people hoping to enter the United States, when it sank on Friday, according to Armando Elizalde, captain of the Ecuadoran port of Manta.

A fishing boat rescued nine people, seven men and two women, found clinging to a crate and buoys in waters off Colombia, on Sunday, he said. They were expected to arrive at Manta late on Wednesday.

"We are waiting for the survivors to find out what happened," he said.

From Bogota, the Colombian navy described the boat as a motorboat with a capacity to carry 15. "AN Ecuadoran boat packed with illegal immigrants sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia, with 104 of its 113 passengers feared drowned.

The boat was headed for Central America, carrying 113 people hoping to enter the United States, when it sank on Friday, according to Armando Elizalde, captain of the Ecuadoran port of Manta.

A fishing boat rescued nine people, seven men and two women, found clinging to a crate and buoys in waters off Colombia, on Sunday, he said. They were expected to arrive at Manta late on Wednesday.

'We are waiting for the survivors to find out what happened,' he said.

From Bogota, the Colombian navy described the boat as a motorboat with a capacity to carry 15."

Wednesday, August 10

Power Line News

Power Line has got an aggregated system for news called Power Line News with a mixture of MSM news and bloggers for the news junkie.

NARAL's Falsehoods

Factcheck (a non-partisan political fact checking group) has denounced the NARAL ads against Roberts. Oh yes according to Drudge, CNN is now supposedly going to be running this ad that has already run by several FOX affiliates. Does the MSM care anything for their credibility anymore? Any they try and accuse bloggers for not getting things straight. Granted this is an ad, but such a false ad that I'm surprised they are trying to run it.

HT: Captain's Quarters

Tuesday, August 9

Pink Cross Tolerates no Others

Demonstrating just how intolerant liberal organizations like the Red Cross are, they have fired a Christian employee because he shared his views that homosexuality is wrong.

The American Red Cross fired an employee, Michael Hartman, for expressing
his disagreement with homosexuality. Hartman had been a volunteer and donor
for the Red Cross for over 30 years when he became an employee at the San Diego,
California, center. He had been there for about eight months when, in the latter
part of May 2005, a mass e-mail was sent to employees reminding everyone that
June was Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and employees were encouraged to "observe" the celebration.

The e-mail, distributed by Chief Diversity Officer David
Wilkins, stated, "It is my pleasure to announce that June will be recognized as
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month at national headquartersÂ…It is only fitting that we
reinforce our organization's commitment to inclusionÂ…by recognizing this
important group and celebrating the many accomplishments they have made to our
organizationÂ…I'd like to take this opportunity during the month of June to
encourage field units to extend their reach into gay and lesbian communities."

The Red Cross: Not one penny or one drop of blood from me. Why would I ever support an organization that call on their employees to condone immoral behavior on threat of being fired.

Update I: Link included. Check out the comment for more conversation. Some good (and not so good) questions.

UpdateII: This is not the first time this has happened. Lifesite reports:

An employee of the Allstate insurance company has been fired from his job for comments that appeared in a men’s journal denouncing same-sex “marriage,” even though the statement was penned in the employee’s own spare time and from home.

“I explained to Allstate that the article was a reflection of my personal Christian beliefs, and that I had every right to both write it and to have it published,” J. Matt Barber told WorldNetDaily news. “I further explained that I had written the article while at home on my own time, that I never mentioned Allstate's name and that I neither directly nor indirectly suggested that Allstate shared my Christian beliefs or my views on same-sex marriage.”

Allstate made no attempt to hide its bigotry. According to its report, “The claimant was discharged from Allstate Insurance Company because an outside organization had complained about an article he had written while on his own time.” The company even tried to have Barber denied unemployment insurance, which can be withheld if a person was fired for a violation of company policy or rules.

You can just be thankful we're in the US were there is still at least a protection of public free speech. In Canada you can't even print some Bible verses. Now that is persecution. It's almost to the point of making it a banned least in print and on the airwaves.
As we're seeing in Canada, we now have situations where Christians who share biblical verses on homosexual behavior are now facing criminal penalties. In Sweden, you can receive up to two years in prison (for saying) anything negative against homosexual behavior. That's where we'll be headed in America if the gay agenda advances.

Christians will be forced to violate their conscience. There has been a bill in the California Legislature that would affect Christian businesses, for example, and fine them up to $250,000 if they don't hire transgendered persons. So, we're fast approaching a situation where, as a Christian man, you cannot make a moral decision without facing the wrath of the state.

HT: Anno Domini

Moon Money

Sure it puffs up American heads with pride every time we advance further into space. Is the American space program really worth it tho? The space shuttle Discover has successfully landed on earth and has proven once again that we can blast off beyond earth's atmosphere and perform interesting experiments millions of miles from home. But all this you have to pay for. NASA costs the American taxpayer about 6.8 billion dollars each year. All for what? I'll be the first person to admit that I'm captivated by soaring planes and shooting rockets, space races and the reaches of the universe, yet I'm skeptical that it all worth it or what our nation really wants to be spending hard earned American tax dollars on.

Back in the era of the space races, it could be argued that America needed to advance into space in order to protect our national security. And sure enough, satellites and other inventions from the space age are critical to our security. Only Russian flags in space would have been a disaster.
But that does not seem to be NASA's focus today. Either NASA is a gigantic entertainment industry run by the government for all the space loving Americans, or it is a publicly funded scientific experiment lab. Neither purpose suits the goals that our founders laid out for our nation. We have Hollywood for more entertainment then is good for us, and enough inquiring private minds and universities to answer unsolved questions. If find it particularly troubling when much of the research done by NASA is done with an evolutionary mind set. (E.g.I don't wonder how the universe came about, I know, and find it an insult when my tax dollars are spent in the pursuit of questions I know the answer to.)

NASA needs a serious refocus job. 40% of space loving Americans even think so. If its going to stay around it needs to prove that it supplies this nation with more than just a lab for research scientists or an entertaining news story.

Veto the Budget; Spend More

Governor Doyle's vetoes resulted in 300 million more dollars in spending. Now wasn't that a nice trick? Every taxpayer has gotta be jumping for joy that Doyle managed to spend more of their money by vetoing the budget. For some reason "veto" and "spend" seem opposites...unless you are Doyle living in a state that lets you play word games with legislation.

HT: The Green Sheet

Monday, August 8

Take the Word Games from the Governor

As I've said here before, the governor of Wisconsin has too much power when it comes to vetoes. It's like playing how many words (tax dollars?) can you make from the word "WEAC"? Harsdorf has purposed a constitutional amendment that would keep governors from combining two sentences. It's at least a good place to start. Of course there will still be veto games but at least I hope both the party with the guv's mansion and those outside it can come together on this one. Just so long as the majority party does not control the governors mansion as well as the legislature I think this amendment will pass. If not, don't count on it.

The Textbook for Deception

Planned Barrenhood has released their first shaft toward John Roberts. In case you wondered they are predictably below the belt. Guilt by association with a case that in its self is only guilty if you buy into the belief that all people who oppose abortion (including abortion bombers) are all connected. As Powerline sez:

As a close observer of the political scene, I suppose I should be shock-proof. But what NARAL did today shocked me. It began running an anti-John Roberts television ad featuring Emily Lyons, victim of a 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic in Alabama that was carried out by Eric Rudolph. The ad goes as follows:

Announcer: "Seven years ago a bomb destroyed a woman's health clinic In Birmingham, Alabama."
Lyons: ""The bomb ripped my clinic. I almost lost my life. I will never be the same."

Announcer: ""Supreme Court nominee John Roberts filed court briefs supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber."

Lyons: "I am determined to stop this violence, so I'm speaking out."

It is not easy to fit so many lies and distortions into a 30-second commercial.

Saturday, August 6

Sweet Corn Ready!

The sugar sweet melt in your mouth type. Stop by and just like last year, if you mention "Wild Wisconsin" you get 50 cents off each dozen. That means that you get your sweet corn for $2.50 instead of $3.00 for reading about it on this blog.

Oh, yes, and make sure you drive up to my house to pick it up. The sweet corn at the bottom of the driveway is actually not my sweet corn.

And with all the warm weather my squash and pumpkins are also doing well. Swing around come fall for some more produce.

Email (lpillman*@* me if you need directions to my house.

Thursday, August 4

(Almost 10,000 Hits!)

Oh the infatuation that bloggers have with their site meters!

Why the Need for Speed

The biggest reason that we need a 75 mph speed limit here in Wisconsin is because of all the time it will save. I will easily venture to say millions of hours of time will be saved in the state each year by putting up the speed limit. This saved time represents millions and probably even billions of dollars. You can even think of the savings to the state thru the time saved by state employees on the highway.

Even tho there have been studies that show the main contributing factor to accidents on they hwy is change and variance of speed rather than increased speeds, let say for the sake of argument that there are 40 more accident per year because of the higher speed limits. Now it is hard to place an economic or time value on the human cost of such accidents yet we must also no live our lives in a sense of paranoia about the big "if". Smaller cars or different sized vehicles contribute to human fatalities. Does that mean we are not going to let small cars out on the road? There are a fair number of deaths each year because we let people view and appreciate the Grand Cannon without a 16 foot fence. Some are stupid enough to get to close and get themselves killed. Does that mean we should close the park? No. How about if we found out that it would decrease accident dramatically if we slowed down the speed limit to 35 MPH. Would that be a good idea?

Proper precautions and sensibilities are involved in the 75 MPH speed limit increase. We all need to travel by car and we all know that we experience certain risks by doing so. That doesn't keep us from driving nor should some risk keep us from raising the speed limit. We need 75 on the speedometer.

More on Wisconsin Vote Fraud

Wisconsin must come to the top of the list of states that had the most problems with voter fraud and intimidation this last election cycle. In the report by the non-partisan American Center for Voting Rights Democrats were in the thick of the troubles yet I hope that cleaning up the mess can be seen as a bipartisan necessity: both Republican and Democratic voters have been at fault for both fraud and intimidation; both need to work on the problem.

Some examples from VC4VR:

# More than 100 instances of double-voting, including people voting twice, voting under fictitious names and addresses and voting in names of dead people.

# More than 200 felons casting illegal ballots.

# Approximately 65 fake names registered to vote by paid voter registration workers.

# The number of votes cast in Milwaukee “far exceeds the total number of recorded voters.” At least 4,609 more votes were cast than people identified as voting and “multiple wards had discrepancies in excess of 100 votes,” a phenomenon the task force continues to investigate.

Voter Intimidation:

Republicans: Take a look for yourself. Hardly a one.


# On Monday, January 24, 2005, five Democrat operatives were charged with felony counts of “criminal damage to property” for slashing the tires of 25 get-out-the-vote vans rented by Republicans early on the morning of Election Day. The vans had been rented by Republicans to help transport observers and voters to the polls on Election Day. The five individuals charged in the case were all paid Democrat operatives. Two defendants in the case are the sons of prominent Milwaukee Democrats: U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt, Chairman of the Kerry-Edwards campaign in Milwaukee.

# Union members staged an “invasion” of the Republican campaign office in West Allis, Wisconsin, where police were called after 50 activists “marched right in” and “took over the place for about 30 minutes” with bullhorns and chanting.

# A swastika was burned into the front yard of a Bush-Cheney supporter in Madison, Wisconsin.

# September 2, 2004: Gun Shot Fired Into Huntington, WV, Republican Headquarters. (95)

# September 3, 2004: Windows Broken, Anti-Bush Messages Scrawled At Gallatin County, MT, Republican Headquarters. (96)

# September 6, 2004: Huntington, WV, Republican Headquarters Egged. (97)

# September 13, 2004: Swastika Drawn On Duluth, MN, Resident’s Lawn, Signs Also Defaced With Words “Nazi” And “Liar.” (98)

# September 16, 2004: Community College Professor In Florida Punched Republican County Chairman In Face. (99)

# September 22, 2004: West Elmira, NY, Resident Found Swastika Drawn On Bush Campaign Sign In His Yard. (100)

# September 23, 2004: Office Ransacked During Break-In At Vilas County, WI, Republican Headquarters, Obscene Words And Graphic Pictures Sprayed On Campaign Signs. (101)

# September 26, 2004: Windows Smashed And Signs Stolen At Oxford, MS, Bush-Cheney ‘04 Headquarters. (102)

# October 1, 2004: Laptops Of Executive And Field Director Stolen From Bush-Cheney ‘04 Headquarters In Seattle, WA. (103)

# October 1, 2004: Swastika Burned Into Front Yard Of Bush-Cheney ‘04 Supporter In Madison, WI. (104)

# October 2, 2004: Collinsville, OH, Resident Chains Down Bush-Cheney ‘04 Signs After Several Signs Stolen And One Was Replaced With Kerry Sign. (105)

# October 3, 2004: Burglary At Thousand Oaks, CA, Victory 2004 Headquarters Where Bush-Cheney ‘04 Banner Was Stolen From Outside Premises. (106)

# October 5, 2004: Gun Shots Fired Into Knoxville, TN, Bush-Cheney ‘04 Office, Shattering Office’s Glass Front Doors. (107)

# October 8, 2004: Two Men Were Caught On A Hidden Camera Tearing Down And Urinating On Bush-Cheney ‘04 Sign In Akron, OH. (108)

Tuesday, August 2

So You're Fat, Blame the Thin President.

When President Bush's health report showed him to be extremely fit, the DNC made a joke of itself by taking this very personal good news and spinning it into a blame game with a big government solution.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a fact sheet released today by the Democratic National Committee:

The White House this weekend announced that
President Bush received good news during his annual physical. Doctors pronounced the President to be in "superior" physical condition, which media reports attributed to his rigorous, six day a week exercise routine. While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes and his Administration's efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women's college sports programs.

"President Bush's has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women's athletic programs at the college level," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Josh Earnest. "His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don't our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs."

As Ed from CQ says:

Or maybe ... just maybe ... George Bush isn't everyone's daddy, nor Laura the national mommy. Perhaps the parents of these children should take some responsibility for their health -- as the Bushes have for themselves and their healthy daughters.

So if you want to lose a few pounds and be in good shape like the president is, don't point fingers from your computer chair. You don't really want the government police to come and strap shoes to your feet and slap fines on your back if you don't run. It's not their fault. Just get up and do some movin'

Monday, August 1

Clearly Art?

"It was very, very clear what it was—a work of art."

Artist Wayne Hill after his exhibit, a clear plastic bottle full of melted ice from the Antarctic, went missing from an arts festival in Devon, England. The artwork was called "Weapon of Mass Destruction" and was meant to raise awareness of global warming.

From World Magazine Quatables.