Wednesday, May 24

My brother's dog had pups this Spring. It's hard not to say cute when you see this pair. He's selling them too so shoot me an email if you are interested. Firestone on the left Goodyear on the right. They come from two great tempered dogs.

Click to enlarge

Around the Web: Skype is free

Phone from your computer to any regular phone for free. You gotta love Skype.

Between a Women, the government and her Doctor.

The range of the contradiction is so powerfully potent that it is hard to imagine.

On one side, Planned ParentBarrenhood screeches about keeping government out of medical decision. You know, Don't let extreme politicians make your health care decisions.

At the same time they can't get enough of the government pie. And since when did gov't money come with no strings attached? And what about the liberal babies of universal health care, the FDA, and run-away medical malpractice lawsuits? There can hardly be any more heavy-handed way for politicians to mess with doctors decisions.

Pure contradictions.

Conservatives, on the other hand, simply recognize that there are two individuals when a mother is with child and therefore simply believe that government interference is merited when delusional doctors plot to take the child's life. Otherwise they want politicians to keep their dirty hands and money out of practicing medicine.

Wisconsin women should not have to answer to politicians about their personal, private health care decisions.


I agree. That's why I don't want universal heath care...and why I don't want some women's doc killin' some small person--they should be apart of that decision too.

Monday, May 22

From KohlvTommy

From weau:

Let the speculation about former Governor Tommy Thompson's future continue.

Thompson refused to say today whether he would challenge US Senator Herb Kohl in November during his appearance at the state GOP convention. Political insiders consider that possibility unlikely, but Thompson has refused to rule it out.


So the blog continues...at least for now.

(w)Ron(g) Kind of Donations

Here is a cool little google map that shows where money is coming into the 3rd District Congressional race between Kind and Nelson. Revealing.

Tuesday, May 16

Fix Menomonie's Drinking Problem: Add a Brewery?

Menomonie (my hometown) appears to be spreading gasoline on the fire on one end while wondering why the firemen on the other end are having troubles stamping out the perennial problems created by drunkenness.

They want a new bar/brewery in a downtown area that already has eleven bars while at the same time scratching their head over drinking problems. Let's get things straight. First get the drunkenness problem fixed, and then we can evaluate the merits of the new business.

It is well know that Menomonie has some of the worst problems with drinking in a drunk state. A new billboard on the way into town even attempt to warn high school students about the dangers of drinking. In 2001 Stout also published some of the statistics on the drinking problem on campus.

Alcohol consumption

Average number drinks consumed per week UW-Stout 12.51drinks National 05.94 drinks
Five or more, 3 or more times in last two weeks 42.4% of students National 21.5% of students


Percent experiencing the following due to "your" AOD use, during the last year.

Trouble with police, campus authorities UW-Stout17.9% National13.6%
Damaged property, pulled fire alarm UW-Stout12.3 National 07.5
Got into an argument or fight UW-Stout46.0 National 29.7
Driven a car while under the influence UW-Stout53.5 National34.4


What about the drinking problems in our high school? This report has this conclusion:

The 2002 Menomonie High School student AOD use survey indicates that community youth engage in high levels of AOD abuse. Survey results suggest that almost half the students 44.7 % (482 of 1,079) have consumed alcohol over the last year and that their mean consumption rate for an average week is 5.88 drinks. Additionally, it’s estimated that the mean peak BAC (“when you party”) for all four high school grades is at or above the Wisconsin drunk driving limit of 0.10 % BAC.

While it’s difficult to make direct comparisons with other high schools, due to a lack of survey continuity, it is possible to compare MHS student drinking and drug use to a national average of 93,679 college students who were administered the CORE Survey over the last several years. The average number of drinks consumed by this large body of college students is 5.2 drinks per week, which is less than the MHS level.


And our first solution to the problem is to add another bar. Perfect. I don't doubt the market but I do doubt the cities sanity.

Monday, May 15

Immigration for Families

The Washington Times is reporting on the new immigration bill that goes before the Senate.

I have to say that I like much of it. It doubles the number of immigrants that can come into the country. Many conservatives have a trouble with how many unskilled workers it lets in, but the bill also has a heavy focus on family which I consider to be more important than skills.

Interestingly, Robert Rector from the Heritage Foundation finds that, "recent [illegal] immigrants have high levels of out-of-wedlock childbearing, which increases welfare costs and poverty." Yeah, you know why? We want them to be guest workers with their families stranded back in their home country.

And this bill tackles part of that problem: "Mr. Rector estimates that the Senate bill would grant citizenship to between 9 million and 10 million illegal aliens. If allowed to become citizens, those immigrants would be permitted to bring their entire extended family, including any elderly parents."

H/T Powerline

Saturday, May 13

New Blogs on the Block

Some of my friends have started up blogs while I was gone. They are worth a check.


Wide White
has quick witted commentary on political and cultural events. Got a Reagan quote sequence going.

Example: Reagan quote #5:

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

And I still can't believe that his license plate is real.

Aletheia Liberty is a self-admittedly trying to break a habit of rambling. But seeing that rambling is a distinctive inalienable right of bloggers it would be sad if she gave it up completely. Personal, contemplative, and edifying.

Example: Love Particles

...God created love. Love is like God. God is love.

One can never love too much. The time for love to end will never come. Love was our beginning, and it continues, and continues, and continues and never ends. That is indeed the nature and essence of love.

The greatest form of love was demonstrated on the cross. Jesus, the Son of God, loved so much that He gave all He had. He loved that we might love. In His love He brought light to our darkness, warmth to our cold, stony hearts, strength to our weakness, beauty to our ragged souls, hope for the future, fulfillment to our emptiness. When all else let go, His love remained and held us.


Paths of Mercy is hot off the template. But you just gotta love her new baby alpaca.

For the 29th Assembly

Wide White is reporting that Isaac Weix is the candidate for the 29th Assembly district (my district). This is an incredibly important race in the state since it will be an open seat in a swing area.

I have heard Weix only once at a "Remember 9-11" event where he spoke about his time in Iraq. He has a record to be proud of from his time in Iraq that is for sure. I expect I will be able to enthusiastically support this man when I find out his whole story, but I want to always take care who I support. For now it is wait and talk.

From Wide White:


He is also a staff sergeant with the Marine Reserves. After leaving the Marines, he was called back to go to Iraq. He served in the Triangle of Death south of Baghdad.

....

The story that I really thought was neat was the one about how they went on a number of their missions. They had a route they'd patrol every night in the area in which they were stationed. They were often out for the purpose of detaining insurgents.

Someone was bright enough to recognize that every soldier who died was killed by IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) while in a Humvee. They decided to try walking.


Read some more about his time in Iraq.

New Blogs on the Block

Some of my friends have started up blogs while I was gone. They are worth a check.


Wide White
has quick witted commentary on political and cultural events. Got a Reagan quote sequence going.

Example: Reagan quote #5:

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

And I still can't believe that his license plate is real.

Aletheia Liberty is a self-admittedly trying to break a habit of rambling. But seeing that rambling is a distinctive inalienable right of bloggers it would be sad if she gave it up completely. Personal, contemplative, and edifying.

Example: Love Particles

...God created love. Love is like God. God is love.

One can never love too much. The time for love to end will never come. Love was our beginning, and it continues, and continues, and continues and never ends. That is indeed the nature and essence of love.

The greatest form of love was demonstrated on the cross. Jesus, the Son of God, loved so much that He gave all He had. He loved that we might love. In His love He brought light to our darkness, warmth to our cold, stony hearts, strength to our weakness, beauty to our ragged souls, hope for the future, fulfillment to our emptiness. When all else let go, His love remained and held us.


Paths of Mercy is hot of the template. But you just gotta love her new baby alpaca.

Friday, May 12

KohlvTommy

Ok, I reserved kohlvtommy.blogspot.com back over a year ago when I knew that this would be one hot match up if it ever happened. Now it seems like a possibility. I will officially be blogging over there as this develops. Stop by.

Update: The links are fixed.

Cat Adoption

Got kitty? We do. Mention Wild Wisconsin promotion and get your own kitty for free! (For that matter don't mention WW and you'll get him free as well.)

Perhaps more of an incentive: save your kitty from becoming lunch! (see below).

Yum, kitty on a stick. Just kidding, just kidding...I'm not that cruel. It's not a cat at all but a guinea pig. Oops, perhaps that's not much better than a cat for some of ya. But honestly it taste great and you know what they say..."When in Rome do what the Romans do" and in Ecuador guinea pigs are tasty food.

Click to enlarge

Immigration: Guest Worker Disaster

I can't stand a guest worker program. It destroys the family. All sides of it. It destroys a country. All sides of it.

For those not familiar with the system here is how the White House describes it:

Promoting Compassion: The program should grant currently working undocumented aliens a temporary worker status to prevent exploitation. Participants would be issued a temporary worker card that will allow them to travel back and forth between their home and the U.S. without fear of being denied re-entry into America.
Providing Incentives for Return to Home Country: The program will require the return of temporary workers to their home country after their period of work has concluded. The legal status granted by this program would last three years, be renewable, and would have an end. During the temporary work period, it should allow movement across the U.S. borders so the worker can maintain roots in their home country.


This may sound nice to the uninformed American: Import work when we need it and ship it home when we're done. But the reality of the fact is that it creates a parent deprived family back in the home country of the immigrant, and a morally destructive situation for the immigrant.

I can't say how many children I encountered who lacked a father and or mother and how it messed up their lives. I also heard the most heart breaking stories about deserting husbands and the strain it puts on a marriage. It's a fact as well that immigrants that come without their families are more likely to get into immoral and criminal activity here in the US if they come by themselves and not with their families.

Finally, their is the economic problem of all the money going out of the country with the immigrant instead of being spent here, as well as divided country loyalties. Some of those immigrants had some dandy houses made with American cash.

Support immigration, but support permanent family immigration not divided families and divided loyalties.

Immigration: A two step plan

I see two things that I think most people can agree on with the immigration problem.

1. Secure our Southern boarder

Living post-9/11 I don't think we have much of a choice.

2. Open up and facilitate present immigration

Getting into this country legally is a complete nightmare and almost impossible. This shouldn't be the case and must be changed. This includes the people who are here illegally as well. Yes they committed a crime and should be given the usual punishment for their misdemeanor--a fine. But after that letting them follow the same procedures as others wanting entry to this country seems reasonable.

Immigration: A bit of History

Trying to get back into some more traditional blogging...

I think it is important as we take up the immigration debate to do a bit of history learning. "Yeah," we might all say, "I know my classic American mix of ancestors came from Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Austria, just to name a few. But they came legally." And just what did legal mean back then? As many are bringing out it meant being a healthy individual showing up on American shores.

And did they come in hordes? Yup about 22 million between 1892 and 1924 just thru Ellis Island.

And did everyone like it? Nope.

Security issues? Sure.

But I think most of us have to agree that looking back now we can see it as a good thing.

Friday, May 5

Ultimo chao. Final good-bye.

Click to enlarge

Octovo A. y la rica comida. Seventh grade and some of the great food.

Click to enlarge

Todo sexto A...con algunos con cachos. Fifth grade with a few with bunny ears.

Click to enlarge

Sexto A. Con los tres imitadores en la drama.

Click to enlarge

Patas de pollo! Que caldo! :)

Click to enlarge

quinto A. Yeeeha!

Click to enlarge

Hora civica. Todos listo para cantar "I am a C"

Click to enlarge

Thursday, May 4

American Encouters Number 8

Dear Family and Friends,

I'm back safely home yesterday. However hard the parting might have been on the other end there is something special about being able to be home. God is good. As many of you know there was a small slip of paper that blocked my entry into the country on Tues. After securing the paper and changing my flight, I made an uneventful journey back home. The malfunction and emergency landing of a similar plane flying the same route from Huston to Minneapolis (see story here http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/14483977.htm )  provides a good reminder that safety is nothing that can ever be taken for granted.

I would like to take this final letter to thank you all for your prayers and support of my trip down to Ecuador. It was an incredible time. I never expected all the open doors and unique opportunities that I was able to experience. The memories and friends will last a life time, but my prayer is that in some way the effect of this trip will last for eternity. In fact I know it will, because I was eternally blessed, and many of you were apart of that blessing.

Once again, thanks.


God's Servant,

Lucas Pillman