Friday, December 12

Kansas Democrats Switches to Republican After attempted "Politcal Assassination"

Abortion on demand governor Kathleen Salebius and the Senate Minority Leader supported a challenger in the primary against Sen. Mark Gilstrap.

"I
am leaving the Democratic Party of Kansas today, a party that I have
served my entire life, because the Democratic Party no longer tolerates
dissenting points of view,"
Gilstrap said in a statement to lifenews.com. "For doing so, Sebelius and her allies targeted me
for political assassination."

What a tolerant party.

Thursday, December 11

Interview with Author of God on the Quad

The questions were posed by NPR so you can imagine their slant. For example: "Q: Is there much diversity of opinions in these schools?"
That gave me a laugh for the evening. No diversity at PHC? People had so many different ideas and desire to express them debates started around just about anything. We almost started to avoid "hot topics" just so that we could function.

To her credit, Naomi Scheafer visited the campuses with an open mind and was willing to test the product rather than develop a caricature.

Her answer in part to the question:
...anyone who has ever conducted an argument with someone who has a completely different set of assumptions will be able to recognize it. When there is no common ground in a conversation to begin with, the conversation tends to go nowhere. At Ave Maria, for instance, most of the students agree with the idea that a fetus is a human life, but many disagree about how the law should address abortion. As more than one student pointed out, it would be impossible for them to ever get beyond the former idea with many of their classmates at secular schools. The conversation at Ave Maria is more productive for them because it can move beyond first principles.

Tuesday, December 9

Social Conservatives Involving Faith In Politics

Great point many secularists forget.

The simple fact is that politics concerns itself with the realm of
value as well as the realm of fact. There are both religious and
philosophical approaches to questions of value. Is there any compelling
reason to commit epistemological segregation, Ms. Parker? Must the
religious contestants sit at the back of the bus to satisfy you?

Find the Biggest Hypocrite

Car manufactures flying in private jets to D.C. for a bailout, or Gore flying in a private jet to talk to Obama about global warming?

More On Bad Fannie and Freddie Loans

When the market is politics rather than failure or success of both lender and borrower:

Andrukonis and others expressed concern about another type of mortgage Freddie was buying, where neither income nor assets were stated on the loan application. Andrukonis said these were popular with Hispanic borrowers, but the delinquency rates of 8 to 13 percent were much higher than on conventional loans. People familiar with the matter said Freddie was being pushed by advocacy groups to come up with new loan products to offer to low-income and minority borrowers.

Andrukonis acknowledged that getting out of this business could cost $50 million annually and draw criticism. "On the other hand, what better way to highlight our sense of mission than to walk away from profitable business because it hurts the borrowers we are trying to serve," he wrote.

Monday, December 8

US Must Support Pakistan

Pakistan is in a balancing act right now with internal radical Islamics getting hot around the collar over the increased action against terrorists within the country, both in the northern area near the boarder with Afghanistan and the south eastern boarder with India near Kashmir.

No peace loving country would absolve Pakistan from its responsibility to root out and bring to justice terrorists and sponsors of terrorists within the country, but the interests of the present government also are to root out these threats to national and international peace. Pakistan has already lost over 1,000 men battling insurgents in the north in the face of growing local pressure. We must accept and encourage this nuclear armed state to continue and that a prosperous and peaceful Pakistan comes only through the democratic rule of natural law and a resistance to any theocratic Islamic rule.

We can't allow Pakistan to be ruled by a Taliban.

Friday, December 5

How to Talk to Girls

Saturday, November 29

Is this NEWSWORTHY these days?

No kiss or sex before the wedding. At least they portrayed them in a positive light. But to think that his is somehow different these days. Sad.

Parents need to learn the word No

Tuesday, November 25

3.5 Trillion and counting

To date the government has dumped 3.5 trillion into every bad businesses stretching out a hand. Trillion is a big number for any of us to try and comprehend, but divided out it would be over $45,000 for every American household or over $11,000 for every man woman and child in the country. If I had my choice between $11,000 vs. bailout of big failed business I would sure take the cash.

Please, stop the bailouts!

Sunday, November 23

Toward USSR End

This is from an op-ed in the Washington post. Now to the point of printing money and central planning?
Calling upon the Fed to print money is radical. But desperate times demand creative remedies. Fortunately, Obama has chosen to surround himself with experienced technocrats -- pragmatists who excel at imaginative improvisation.

Obama=FDR and Dirty Thirties all over again.

More deficit spending.
“It will be a two-year, nationwide effort to jumpstart job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy,” Obama said. “We’ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels; fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.”

Saturday, November 22

10 Just Government Economic Principles

In the wake of the abandonment of basic conservative economic principles, I am working on establishing 10 just government economic principles that all conservatives can hold to and point to when deciding economic policies. As you can see they are still a work in progress and I hope to get your comments and suggestions.
  1. Government has the power and right to tax its citizens.
  2. Taxes must not be punitive; fines may be used as punishment.
  3. Tariffs and trade barriers should only be used as a diplomatic and national security solution with the knowledge that all trade barriers hurt both countries involved.
  4. All government ownership of property must be related to the securing inalienable including and never economic organization.
  5. Government can pay to use the services of individuals and business related to securing inalienable rights, but never make direct payments to individuals or companies to redistribute property.
  6. Government sets and enforces standards such as measurements money, etc.
  7. Government enforces contracts made between two individuals.
  8. Property includes intellectual property and the rights to inventions. Government can issue patents for limited time to protect these rights and promote innovation.
  9. ?
  10. ?

Cali Court and Tea Parties

It's never good to trust a judges' restraint but we will be asked again to do so when the California Supreme Court takes up the marriage amendment (Prop. 8) this spring. If they overturn the amendment it will be the most blatant act of judicial Constitutional rewrite I have ever witnessed and will need Federal intervention to preserve a republican form of government.

They will try to say that the amendment was a revision rather than a Constitutional amendment both of which are provided for under the California state constitution. However, a deeper and historical look again demonstrates the near dictatorial powers the Courts would have to employ. If you look at the California Constitution the revision aspect is designed for major changes and can only be decided by a convention. In the past, the Supreme Court has declared some constitutional amendments to be invalid if they have been large and massive in changes. In this situation, Prop. 8 was as specific and small as any amendment has been or almost could be.

If the Cali Court strikes this down, it would be a Constitutional crisis. Indeed, so much that the federal constitutional guarantee of a "republican form of government" in Article IV would be in jeopardy. According to Randolph at the constitutional convention the purpose of this section was that"...no state in it ought to have it in their power to change its government into a monarchy." If the judges in California overturn this constitutional amendment it would would be an oligarchy--a distinction without a difference from a monarchy and NOT a republican form of government.

The courts overrode the legislative will of the people. The people responded not by impeaching the judges but by the proper means: constitutional amendment. For the Courts to overturn the amendment for being in violation of "fundamental liberties" as they are being asked would upset their responsibility to uphold that very constitution. If clear legislation cannot check a judicial decision, if a constitutional amendment cannot check a judicial decision, then the only law left is the opinion of the judges. Unless the federal government steps in (which it should) California could be left with seven new King Georges. And then, let the San Fransisco Bay Tea Party begin.

Tuesday, November 18

How Obama Got Elected

Monday, November 17

Conservatives Revive

Good to finally see conservatives come back to economic conservative principles and oppose the car bailout.

Saturday, November 15

Free Hunting: Feral Pigs

I told my brothers to keep this in mind. I hate how expensive hunting can be. Maybe this is what I could take up.

Feral pigs are considered unprotected wild animals and may be hunted year-round, according to DNR officials.

The only day they cannot be hunted with a gun is the Friday before the nine-day gun deer hunting season. Also, hunting hours are the same as deer during the nine-day season. During the rest of the year, there are no hunting hour restrictions.

There is no bag limit on feral pigs. Landowners may shoot feral pigs on their own property without a hunting license. Anyone else can shoot a feral pig as long as they possess a valid small game license, sport license, or patron license and have landowner permission if they are on private land.

Paulson is a Banking Pawn

So AIG and Goldman Sachs get a free bailout while Paulson is skeptical about the auto industry. That's because Paulson comes from the financial world. We should have seen this a long time ago.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Wednesday called the auto makers critical to the U.S. economy. But he said any financial aid for GM, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC must be used for an aggressive restructuring of the money-losing, unionized manufacturers. "Any solution has got to be leading to long-term viability" for those companies, he said.

Mr. Paulson ruled out using money from the $700 billion Wall Street rescue fund to help the auto makers, saying the intent of that measure, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is to deal with financial institutions.

Wednesday, November 12

Now Auto Companies Too Big to Fail

Tuesday, November 11

AIG $150 B Scam

More gov't welfare for big business. Not. With. My. Tax. Dollars.

So when car and insurance companies make millions while effectively providing quality and inexpensive product liberals holler higher corporate taxes. When they fail they hand business a welfare check. Punishment for success and reward for failure.

Please!?

Saturday, November 8

Five Great Depression Myths

Quick, readable, and defended. Read it all.

Myth 1: Herbert Hoover, elected president in 1928, was a doctrinaire,
laissez-faire, look-the-other way Republican who clung to the idea that
markets were basically self-correcting
.

Myth 2:The stock market crash in October 1929 precipitated the Great Depression.


Myth 3: Where the market had failed, the government stepped in to protect ordinary people.

Myth 4: Greed caused the stock market to overshoot and then crash.

Myth 5:
Enlightened government pulled the nation out of the worst
downturn in its history and came to the rescue of capitalism through
rigorous regulation and government oversight.

How we are about to repeat the Great Depression

I am shocked at how quickly and completely the circumstances have led us to repeat the same problems that kept the American economy in a depression for most of the 1930s.

First there is the similarities in personality and party. In 1930 FDR was swept into power as a Democrat on a campaign of personal hope in difficult economic times. He told us that all we had to fear was fear itself. Obama tells us "Yes we can." FDR also took over from the unpopular and big government Republican Hoover who had already unsuccessfully tried to revert the economic disaster by government meddling in the private market and dramatic governmental spending. I'm sad to say it, but Bush looked very much like Hoover in his final months in office with his $700 billion bailout.

Second, and more specifically America talked and built trade barriers. As one of Hoovers parting floundering moves to try and stabilize farm prices, he signed the Smoot-Hawley tariffs. Economists still disagree on all the reasons that caused the depression but almost universally these tariffs are condemned as contributing to the depression. And Obama now? One of the things he has promised is to renegotiate NAFT which stripped of the poli-speak means he will increase trade restrictions in some way. If there is anything that economists can agree on it is that restricting free trade will only hurt the economy.

Third, we are soaking the rich and the corporations. FDR passed the Revenue Act of 1935 that increased the top rate of tax for those earning more than $50,000, and increased the corporate tax. Today Obama wants to tax the Joe Plumbers and windfall profits from the oil companies and anyone else who has succeeded. If we are concerned about the lack of capital in the market, why would offer as a solution to tax that capital more and decrease the supply? It makes no sense at all.

Some might look at the Revenue Act of 1935 and believe that it was part of the solution to the problem since the worst really happened in 1929 and everything after that was smooth upward sailing. Not so. In 1937 we had the Roosevelt Depression which drove the economy down and unemployment up significantly in a manner that perplexed Roosevelt. Additionally, one of the biggest points missed about the Depression is not that we had a crash or panic in 1929. All through American history the relentless drive upward has experienced panics, recessions or drops. Most of the time these panics have been short-lived and limited to those who speculated. The depression was unique not only in how deep it went but in how long it lasted. It was more than a decade until we recovered. Not surprisingly, it was unique in that amount of government intervention.

So our outlook for the future? I want to be on record to say that if Obama repeats these problems of the Great Depression, we are not likely to see an economic turn around very soon. I don't say this lightly. I believe the American economy has an incredible resiliency, yet it is not above being strangled. Welcome to the european/socialist invention of the extended and expanded recession.

Update: Below is a graph of unemployment during the 1930s. (Stanley Lebergott, Manpower in Economic Growth: The American Record since 1800 (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964), table A-3.)

Notice two things. First, unemployment peaked about three years after Roosevelt took office. Second, it continued for years and shot up again in 1938. It will take lots of government intervention to destroy American industry, but if anyone could it is Obama right now. Fasten your seat belts and cinch in the belts.


Gun Sales Thru the Roof

Smart market responds.

Franklin Gun Shop outside Nashville, Tenn., sold more than 70 guns on Tuesday, making it the biggest sales day since the shop opened eight years ago. Guns & Gear in Cheyenne, Wyo., also set a one-day sales record on Tuesday, only to break that mark on Wednesday.


HT: Instapundit

Republican Reform

DeMint on future of conservatives:

Republicans have a history of moving right after defeats, embracing Ronald Reagan after Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford had failed, and Newt Gingrich after George H. W. Bush had. Each time the party thrived as conservative independents and Democrats joined it. Many conservatives think that the party will succeed again just as soon as it ditches the big-spending, soft-on-immigration George W. Bush. But Republicans succeeded on those previous occasions because they addressed the concerns of the day for the vast middle class; moving right alone was insufficient.

As it will be in today’s very different political landscape. Based on the exit polls from 2004 and Tuesday, Republicans have lost more ground among self-described moderates than among conservatives. Even if Senator McCain had won the same percentage of conservatives that President Bush did in 2004, he would not have won. Moving right will work only if moderates are given a reason to move right too.

New Republican Leadership Needed

I am a believer in graceful exits. The present Republican leadership in the Congress and Senate as well as McCain as a former Presidential candidate did a fine job on many things. On the moral issues they stood firm, and have the respect of the American people on those issues.

However, we still drastically lack good strong conservative leadership on the national stage. My biggest problem with the present leadership is the lack of a conservative economic plan. Big business must be allowed to fail. No more $700 billion bailouts and the multiplying problems. (There is nothing sacrosanct about a company like GM. If they can't make it, they should be allowed to go bankrupt so that new (maybe electric?) car companies can turn a profit.) Even more so, where is the plan for social security, education, and a host of other issues. I don't need a new program, but I need a conservative response to the liberal mudslinging.

So Boehner and McConnell must go.

Paul Ryan would have been a great choice but I respect his desire to stay home with his family.

We need leadership that believes in small government and limited spending and can stand up to the corporate welfare lobby.

Justice in Jakart for Bali bombers

Justice

Three men convicted of killing 202 people in a 2002 bombing at two nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali were executed by firing squad early Sunday, attorneys said.

Presidentail Elections and Wisconsin

Seriously. Of the bleak Wisconsin is the bleakest. Take a look at this map from USAToday.

It is easy to see that Wisconsin has the highest number of counties that switched from Rep in '04 to Dem in '08. These are scattered all across the state but heaviest in the north eastern part of the state. Also look at the closest contested counties. A huge percentage are located along Wisconsin's western half and spilling over into eastern Minnesota a Iowa.

Several reasons why I think this happened. Wisconsin politics is about being different and innovative even maverick. Now that might seem like a perfect Wisconsin fit for McCain but the element he was missing was the community rather than individual political tilt. Wisconsin is different in that it shuns many libertarian individualistic ideals for community and religious ideals. Taking party out of the mix, Obama fit that mold much better than a McCain or Hillary. As a Republican candidate, Huckabee would have run much better in the state even if he probably would have done worse across the nation.

The solution? When Tommy Thompson won the state and Bush almost took the state twice they emphasized their comitment to both conservative ideals as well as social concerns like education, inner-city poor, and welfare. They had distinctly conservative approaches (welfare to work, vouchers) but their empathy was real and felt. McCain was just too cold.

Myth of More Green More Jobs

It is the old broken window fallacy:

As appealing as the repackaging seems on the surface (lots of high–paid, high–tech workers in lab coats), the support for these claims collapses once it is examined. A little thought experiment helps give perspective.

Fuzzy Math

Suppose Jones used 1,000 kilowatt–hours (kW–h) when the price of electricity was $0.10 per kW–h. He spent $100 on electricity (1,000 kW–h x $0.10 = $100). Now suppose the price rises to $0.15 per kW–h. Responding to the higher price, Jones cuts his electricity consumption to 700 kW–h. How much better off is Jones with the higher price? Most would say, since he is now spending $105 for less electricity (700 kW–h x $0.15 = $105), he is worse off.

However, those promoting restrictions on CO2 turn economics, logic, and math upside down. In their world, the answer is: Jones consumes 300 kW–h less and, at $0.15 per kW–h, he saves $45 (300 kW–h x $0.15 = $45). Then he spends this "extra" money and creates jobs.

Everybody else correctly thinks that since Jones now spends $105 for 30 percent less electricity, he is $5 poorer and has to get by with less energy. He has less to spend, not more. Thus there will be less employment, not more. This is especially true since one of the ways Jones cuts energy consumption is to use more expensive energy–conserving products, making his loss greater than $5
.

Time to clean the 'ol Rifle

Hunters and wildlife watchers interested in should plan to be in their favorite easy chair in front of the television at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 to catch “Deer Hunt 08” with host Dan Small of the Wisconsin Public Television show Outdoor Wisconsin.

Emanuel tied to Freddie and Fannie

Anyone caught up with that organization should be hanging their head in disgrace.

President-elect Barack Obama’s newly appointed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac at a time when scandal was brewing at the troubled agency and the board failed to spot “red flags,” according to government reports reviewed by ABCNews.com.

How we are about to repeat the Great Depression

I am shocked at how quickly and completely the circumstances have led us to repeat the same problems that kept the American economy in a depression for most of the 1930s.

First there is the similarities in personality and party. In 1930 FDR was swept into power as a Democrat on a campaign of personal hope in difficult economic times. He told us that all we had to fear was fear itself. Obama tells us "Yes we can." FDR also took over from the unpopular and big government Republican Hoover who had already unsuccessfully tried to revert the economic disaster by government meddling in the private market and dramatic governmental spending. I'm sad to say it, but Bush looked very much like Hoover in his final months in office with his $700 billion bailout.

Second, and more specifically America talked and built trade barriers. As one of Hoovers parting floundering moves to try and stabilize farm prices, he signed the Smoot-Hawley tariffs. Economists still disagree on all the reasons that caused the depression but almost universally these tariffs are condemned as contributing to the depression. And Obama now? One of the things he has promised is to renegotiate NAFT which stripped of the poli-speak means he will increase trade restrictions in some way. If there is anything that economists can agree on it is that restricting free trade will only hurt the economy.

Third, we are soaking the rich and the corporations. FDR passed the Revenue Act of 1935 that increased the top rate of tax for those earning more than $50,000, and increased the corporate tax. Today Obama wants to tax the Joe Plumbers and windfall profits from the oil companies and anyone else who has succeeded. If we are concerned about the lack of capital in the market, why would offer as a solution to tax that capital more and decrease the supply? It makes no sense at all.

Some might look at the Revenue Act of 1935 and believe that it was part of the solution to the problem since the worst really happened in 1929 and everything after that was smooth upward sailing. Not so. In 1937 we had the Roosevelt Depression which drove the economy down and unemployment up significantly in a manner that perplexed Roosevelt. Additionally, one of the biggest points missed about the Depression is not that we had a crash or panic in 1929. All through American history the relentless drive upward has experienced panics, recessions or drops. Most of the time these panics have been short-lived and limited to those who speculated. The depression was unique not only in how deep it went but in how long it lasted. It was more than a decade until we recovered. Not surprisingly, it was unique in that amount of government intervention.

So our outlook for the future? I want to be on record to say that if Obama repeats these problems of the Great Depression, we are not likely to see an economic turn around very soon. I don't say this lightly. I believe the American economy has an incredible resiliency, yet it is not above being strangled. Welcome to the european/socialist invention of the extended and expanded recession.

Friday, November 7

WSJ Says Paul Ryan for Republicans

Thursday, November 6

I support Ron Paul

At least on this one:

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister. It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect. It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder. Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China! "This is welfare for the rich," he said. "This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters."

Evangelical Electoral Map

Tuesday, November 4

Prop 8 Hate Crime?

Where is this guys tolerance?

CARLSBAD, Calif.—An elderly Carlsbad couple was punched by a neighbor during an angry confrontation over Proposition 8 yard signs.

Lt. Neil Galluci says 53-year-old Lawrence Pizzicara was arrested Monday night and booked for investigation of elder abuse and battery causing great bodily injury.

Investigators say the couple—a 76-year-old man and his 77 year-old wife—had placed a "Yes on Prop. 8" sign in their yard. Tuesday's ballot proposition would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The lieutenant says the couple's neighbor then allegedly placed a "No on Prop. 8" sign on the couple's property and a fight broke out.

Paramedics treated the couple.

Saturday, November 1

Europe and Obama Like this

Just another reason to vote McCain. Unless you want the moral and economic collapse of Europe.

If John McCain becomes the next U.S. president, it will send europe into a fit of despair not seen on the old continent in decades. After all, Barack Obama is Europe's candidate,

Thursday, October 30

Needed: Job

Yeah, I'm one of those who will be out of work come Nov. 4th. So if you know of non-profit or political type jobs please let me know. lpillman*at*gmail.com

Plannd Barrenhood Admits to Infanticide

Saturday, October 25

How a Private Forest Can Protect the Enviornment

Wow. What a great template for private stewardship.

Family forests—both large and small—are common in the Northeast. Most are owned for recreation and relaxation, with other uses incidental to these purposes. When Benjamin Brandreth purchased 24,038 acres of Adirondack timberland in 1851, he was searching for a pristine lake to start a brewing business.

The brewery never came to be, but many generations later his family still owns and enjoys the land. Perpetuating a family forest is difficult. The Brandreths can look back on a string of ancestors who were ahead of their time and credit them with extending the family’s stewardship to the present day.

Great Place for Real Enviornmental News

Friday, October 24

Tammy Baldwin: Inside Scoop on Marriage Destruction by Feds

If we have Democratic majorities we can expect the following:

1. Federal tax code support for homosexual marriage.
2. Hate crimes or two tier justice system: You get off easier if your crime isn't against a homosexual.
3. ENDA: Christian businesses must hire people even if it violates their conscience.
4. Courts will and should legislate from the bench.

You still have a chance. Vote for McCain and vote for your Republican Congressional candidate!

Thursday, October 23

In Talk with a Global Warming Nerd

So, I had this pleasant conversation with a global warming nerd this evening. It was productive as far as we could really talk about the issue, but it left me seriously troubled. Global warming nerds identify their problem (emissions), and take a pot shot at the problem (cap and trade, conservation) and avoid the costs and feebleness of their attempts. I asked since emissions free electricity is only about 2-4% of our energy how do they intend to increase that to say 50%? They rejected nuclear. When I pointed out that to replace nuclear power we would need a wind farm the size of West Virginia their only answer was that we need to start somewhere. An argument at one level, but taking the big leap of faith to accept global warming we need to then determine if and what it actually costs us. Finally we must determine if that cost is more than building wind farms across huge swaths of America at an expense greatly more than nuclear or fossil fuel use.

I haven't seen it yet.

UN: Speak loudly but don't carry a stick

Wednesday, October 15

Sp Court Novel Writing by Roberts

Not bad.

"North Philly, May 4, 2001. Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a three-dollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He'd made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood.

"Devlin spotted him: a lone man in the corner. Another approached. Quick exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each man then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn't buying bus tokens. He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up the buyer. Sure enough: three bags of crack [cocaine] in the guy's pocket. Head downtown and book him. Just another day at the office."

Friday, October 3

China Launches First Willing Manned Mission

Monday, September 29

Bailout Fails

When was the last time, that the leaders of BOTH parties, the president and both presidential candidates voted in favor and supported and Congress votes NO.

It was the people speaking.

Oppose the $700 billion bailout

Freedomworks is the best place for information on opposition.

Friday, September 19

Factcheck Upholds NRTL and Calls Obama a Lier

And factcheck isn't what one would consider to be conservative. For that matter, I consider them one of the reemerging non-partisan truth seekers.

Monday, September 15

How Wisconsin Law adds $.30/gal to Your Bill

Saturday, September 13

Obama and the Economy

Wow.



Mr. McCain will lower taxes. Mr. Obama will raise them, especially on small businesses. To understand why, you need to know something about the "infamous" top 1% of income tax filers: In order to avoid high corporate tax rates and the double taxation of dividends, small business owners have increasingly filed as individuals rather than corporations. When Democrats talk about soaking the rich, it isn't the Rockefellers they're talking about; it's the companies where most Americans work. Three out of four individual income tax filers in the top 1% are, in fact, small businesses.

In the name of taxing the rich, Mr. Obama would raise the marginal tax rates to over 50% on millions of small businesses that provide 75% of all new jobs in America. Investors and corporations will also pay higher taxes under the Obama program, but, as the Michigan-Ohio-Illinois experience painfully demonstrates, workers ultimately pay for higher taxes in lower wages and fewer jobs.

Gerson on Trig

When the left advocates aborting babies with Downs, they are again practicing eugenics.

This difference clarifies the most basic question of medical ethics: How do we improve humanity? By eliminating the "imperfect" from among us? Or by showing our humanity, especially toward the "imperfect"?

Thursday, September 11

NRO gets the McCain ad

More repeats of Obama's Talking Points

Howard Kurtz repeats the falsehoods:

"This 'sex ed' ad the McCain campaign just launched is waaaay over the line. After a parade of out-of-context quotes, it shows Obama smirking naughtily as the voiceover talks about him wanting to provide 'comprehensive' sex education to kindergarteners. The voiceover by itself is hard-hitting, but together with the visuals, the ad basically paints Obama as a pedophile. (In reality, the legislation provides for educating younger children about the difference between good touches and bad touches to help protect them against pedophiles.)


Isn't it a real issue to talk about if schools should be teaching very young children about "good touch bad touch." Oh yeah, and some birds and the bees and that some touch is fun. Parents have a right to be mad about this sort of things being taught to their kids.

Tuesday, September 9

Response From MSM and McCain Ad

I got two responses back already on the false Kansas City piece. One from their editor just said "OK."

Margaret replied with the following:
"Mr. Pillman,
Thanks for your note. If you are aware of any public schools in Illinois teaching kindergartners comprehensive sex ed as a result of this legislation, I will stand corrected."

And I replied:

Margaret:
First of all, thank you for not only responding to my question but by responding promptly.

But second you are shifting the point of the argument: McCain said the legislation supported comprehensive sex ed. You said the legislation did not. I still want to see how Illinois Senate bill 99 (the one in the McCain ad) never supported comprehensive sex education for kindergarteners. Neither your article nor my comments about it ever discussed if Illinois schools actually taught sex ed to kindergarteners because of Senate Bill 99.

Third, although it is shifting the point of my question, please take a look at this information for the PTA of Fair View South School in Skokie IL. Link: http://www.fairview.k12.il.us/SchOff/PTA%20HandbookCalendar20062007.pdf

HEALTH AND SEX EDUCATION
Fairview has developed a comprehensive health education curriculum for all students beginning in kindergarten and continuing through eighth grade. Some mandated areas of instruction that receive special attention are:
….
Fairview offers instructional programs in family life and sex education as a means for the District's students to acquire knowledge about human sexuality and to help them make responsible decisions about their lives.”

I believe this proves the point you are wanting. So not only did Obama support comprehensive sex education for kindergarteners, but by this Illinois PTA handbook we know it is happening.

I think this information would make for a great follow up piece on exactly what Obama supported and where things stand today.

Kansascity.com: If you want me to write one, I would be happy to.

Awaiting your reply,
Lucas Pillman

You know, this all made me think: We all can make mistakes once in awhile. This might have been an honest mistake of not really digging into the facts. When that happens though, the person responsible should try and make it right by coming clean on what the facts are. Voters deserve it.

Another MSM McCain Slam. McCain right. MSM wrong.

This Kansas City highlight of McCain's new ad is horrible. It accuses McCain of lying when he is really telling the truth. They will have to learn sometime that simply repeating Obama press releases is dangerous.

Here is the case:

Kansas City:

What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach " 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners." The announcer then says, "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."

Why that's wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain's votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.

But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach
"age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to
kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children
about inappropriate touching and sexual predators.

The Illinois Law:

Here. Read for Yourself.
90% of this law is just about adding K-6 to existing Illinois law about comprehensive (yes, it says comprehensive) sex education for all of Illinois students. Comprehensive sex education is mentioned six times in the legislation and never is Kindergarten or any other grade singled out as being exempted from the comprehensive part. Yes it mentions "age-appropriate" but never in contrast to comprehensive. For example see this part of the law:

Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K 6 through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread
of HIV AIDS. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

Obama Specifically:

When asked about this vote by David Brody in June of 2008 the Obama campaign pointed to "Oregon Department of Education guidelines which they said would give people a good idea of where Obama is at on the issue." Again, those guidelines say that K-12 sex education "shall...be comprehensive." Yes, it mentions "age appropriate" but still McCain is right and the MSM and Kansas City Star are wrong.

You can write to Margaret Talvel here mtalev@mcclatchydc.com and politely tell her of her error. You can also email Kansas City at readerrep@kcstar.com.

Here is the letter I wrote to both of them:

Margaret Talev:

Your article http://www.kansascity.com/445/story/789668.html about McCain's Sex-ed ad is blatantly wrong. In it you said that


"But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate"
sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators."

In reading the actual legislation I found McCain to be precisely right. If you read the legislation you will find that for the most part it simply added K-6 to the current law that included comprehensive sex education.
Here is the legislation:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=3&GA=93&DocT
ypeId=SB&DocNum=99&GAID=3&LegID=734&SpecSess=&Session.


It specifically says:


Each class or course in comprehensive sex

14 education offered in any of grades K 6 through 12 shall
15 include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted
16 infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread

17 of HIV AIDS. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in
18 sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

Obama has also said he supports Oregon's Sex-ed.See here:
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/391467.aspx It too mentions K-12 comprehensive sex-ed. See here:
http://web1.ode.state.or.us/opportunities/grants/hklb/hiv-aids/sexedguidelin
es.pdf


I wait to hear your correction. And please provide me with links to original source documents.

In pursuit of truth,

Lucas Pillman
lpillman@gmail.com
wildwisconsin.blogspot.com

Sigh. I dug deeper on this one on a simple hunch. How many more slip through without anyone noticing?

Sunday, September 7

Biden: Constitutional rights not to be protected, they are only personal belief

After feeling the heat over answering when life begins as "above his pay grade," Obama/Biden and Co. take a new tack on the constitutionally protected right to life. Obama further muddles:

"Probably.
...What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of
humility about understanding when does the soul enter into ... It's a
pretty tough question.
"

Nice. I'm not electing a pastor. I don't need you as president to tell me when it gets a soul as much as when the Constitution protects life. When? Are the constitutional rights of a nine-month-old a "tough question?"

Biden also responds:

"I'm
prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment
of conception. But that is my judgment," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the
Press.""For me to impose that judgment on everyone else who is equally
and maybe even more devout than I am seems to me is inappropriate in a
pluralistic society."


So let me translate. Life, a constitutionally protected right begins at conception according to Biden but in a pluralistc society it isn't the government's responsibility to impose that judgemetn on everyone else...or in other words make laws.

Or let's pick another constituitonal right: trial by jury perhaps or unreasonable search and seizure? Should I be able to say that as a matter of faith, I accept that the right to a trial by jury begins at the moment of conception but for me to impose that judgement on everyone else....is inappropriate???

And why only for nine months is it imporper? What about teenagers and the freedom of speech? If I thought that radicals in the 1960s HAVE a right to free speech but many others "maybe even more devout than I am" in a pluralistic society" did not, does that mean they could be put in prison for a constitutional voicing of their opinion?

Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama there is this small document called the Declaration of Independence. It says: "All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with...Life....That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." One if not THE primary reason government exists is to protect the right of life. When someone attempts to shoot me, you guys as the government must protect that right regardless of what others might think or if we live in a pluralistic society.

These guys need to go back to grade school government class.

Friday, September 5

Is Coburn's Pork Deliverying Poor Babies

Palin is a Homeschooler

Thursday, September 4

Palin: Life [Trig] from Conception. Obama: "Life [even of babies outside the womb] is above my paygrade."

Let the debate begin.


I say, let Trig meet abandoned living aborted babies and America will respond with compassion for both and disbelief at Obama.

Palin and Women

Exactly! And even written by a liberal...

But according to the official feminist sisterhood (which was taken over by the totalitarian Marxist tendency long ago) you can represent the views of Women only if you accept the tenets of their ideology. Ergo, Mrs Palin is not a Woman Candidate.


The rest is also well worth reading. To understand the reaction of Americans to Palin is to understand the difference between Madison and Menomonie, Middle America and the coastal elite.

She is a renegade, the gender equivalent of an Uncle
Tom. In the US, her position is particularly incendiary because it is
part of the culture war between metropolitan liberals and provincial
America: that vast fly-over country where people (or "folks", as they
call themselves) still live by the standards the Palin family embodies.
Life is about hard work and hard play.

They hunt
with guns from childhood. They talk about sin (and redemption) in ways
that embarrass the urban elite, and they regard patriotism as a
fundamental part of their moral code. (It is the liberals' ambivalence
about patriotism that they detest most.)

Like
Margaret Thatcher before her, Mrs Palin is coming in for both barrels
of Left-wing contempt: misogyny and snobbery. Where Lady Thatcher was
dismissed as a "grocer's daughter" by people who called themselves
egalitarian, Mrs Palin is regarded as a small-town nobody by those who
claim to represent "ordinary people".

What
the metropolitan sophisticates failed to understand in the 1980s when
Thatcher won election after election is even more the case in the US:
most (and I do mean most) ordinary people actually believe in the basic
decencies, the "small-town values", of family, marital fidelity, and
personal responsibility. They believe in and honour them - even if they
do not manage to uphold them.

Middle America - of
which Alaska is spiritually, if not geographically, a part - builds its
life around those ideals and regards commonplace moral lapses as part
of the eternal struggle to be good.

The life of
small-town USA is based on the principles of those Protestant colonial
settlers who founded the nation: hard work, self-improvement, personal
faith and family devotion. Mrs Palin speaks to and for them in a way
that patronising "liberal" elitists find infuriating.

NYT falls for Palin's critique

She knew and predicted the outcome before it even happened: the NYT is no fan of Palin.

Wednesday, August 27

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

9:44 X million Americans will not be given tax cut...yeah...Obama also leaves out lots of Americans.

10:05 Commentary: Tonight was the night of Hubert Humphrey couldn't agree more. Pray Dems will die in the same way.

Done. Convention is so lame. No drama. Nothing new. It's as bad as high school Model UN where nobody knows anything, yet they are required to get up and speak nutrasweet fake sweetness and wonder, matched only by the insincerity and boredom of the listeners.

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

9:44 X million Americans will not be given tax cut...yeah...Obama also leaves out lots of Americans.

10:05 Commentary: Tonight was the night of Hubert Humphrey couldn't agree more. Pray Dems will die in the same way.

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

9:44 X million Americans will not be given tax cut...yeah...Obama also leaves out lots of Americans.

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

More on Obama and Roe

Monday, August 18

Obama: When young life is in question kick it.

I'm still trying to get my mind around two incredible developments on Obama's position on the right to life of young babies. On one hand he says: "It is above my pay grade to decide [when life begins.]" On the other side, he votes for letting babies die on the table if they were intended for abortion.

It finally dawned on me that his position was not unique and that others have faced this difficult question. Before the advance of the medical science we know today, it would have been difficult to know when life began. So Obama's back in the Dark Ages when it comes to life. He should really take high school biology again. Even though it insults your intelligence, stay with me on his level for just a bit. Here is where we are at:

1. Obama is ignorant of when the our Constitutional right to life begins. States absolutely no time even when it for SURE is a life. Today he allows the killing of babies 10 minutes old. Tomorrow one year-olds? We need to in the least find out when we are safe and finally get our Constitutional rights. A few days?

2. If in doubt about life, kick it to Planned Parenthood, and we all know how they will deal with it. When Ronald Reagan was asked about his position on life, he brought up level of perfect uncertainty of when life began (he was talking about EARLY fetal life just to be clear). His response however was "Well, if you come across a paper bag in the
gutter and it seems something's in it and you don't know if it's alive,
you don't kick it, do you?" Not unless your names is Obama. When it comes to the youngest of lives, the most vulernable, his position seems to be: deprive of right to life; ask questions later.

What Warren Should have Asked

I agree. Warren did well in bringing up the what are normally considered "the moral questions." That is abortion and marriage. He failed in his questions to illuminate why they were Christian positions. He also has a very poor and shallow understanding of a Christian worldview on economic and educational issues. The remarks below highlight some of the exact same concerns I had.

In his opening remarks, Rev. Rick Warren,
Saddleback's pastor and forum moderator acknowledged that "faith is
just a worldview and everybody has some kind of worldview and it's
important to know what they are." Intentionally or not, understandably
or not, Warren's questions were grounded in the priorities and
worldview of American cultural conservatives.

But as pastor of a church in a worldwide Christian community, Warren
had an opportunity to go beyond conservative political talking points
and ask questions grounded in the church's alternative and
countercultural worldview.

Some examples:










1.
Warren asked: "Does evil exist, and if it does, do we ignore it, do we
negotiate with it, do we contain it or do we defeat it.?"

This is a first-grade multiple-choice question. No candidate in his
right (or left) mind would say anything other than "Yes, and we defeat
it." For the church, the question isn't whether we confront or defeat
evil but how.

A better question: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a
Christian pastor, said 'The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is
a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.' Do you agree? As
Christians, how should we confront violent evil such as terrorism?"

2. Warren asked: "The Civil Rights Act of '64 says that faith-based
organizations have the right to hire people that believe like they do.
Would you insist that faith-based organizations forfeit that right to
access federal funds?"

Like the abortion and gay marriage questions Warren asked, this is a
litmus-test question for conservative evangelicals who want the right
to hire people whose beliefs fit their missions and worldviews.

A better question: "As Christians, we are called to
help orphans, widows, the sick, the poor and others in need. Should we
ask or expect the government to pay us to do what God calls us to do?"

3. Warren asked: "America right now ranks 19th in high school
graduation. We're first in incarcertaions. Eighty percent of Americans
recently polled said they believe in merit pay for teachers. . . Do you
think better teachers should be paid better?"

Another no-brainer. Who believes better teachers should be paid
less? Or less than other teachers? This was another litmus-test
question that plays to the church-supported home-school and
church-school crowd, and ignores the complex realities of inner-city
public schools, the shortcomings of voucher plan and so on.

A better question: As Christians, we are called to
help those in need and children in particular. How can we ensure that
each and every child attends an excellent schools, regardless of their
geographic location, test scores or family incomes?

A followup: As Christians, how can we create a redemptive rather than a punitive criminal justice system?

4. Warren asked: Define rich. I mean, give me a number. Is it
$50,000, $100,000, $200,000? Everybody keeps talking about, 'Well,
we're going to tax the rich.' How do you define that?"

Give me a number? An odd question for anyone other than a tax
attorney to ask. Are we talking $50,000 in Southern California or
Southern Sudan? Rich for people who spend hundreds of millions running
for public office or rich for people who work three jobs and can't
afford health insurance?

A better question: Jesus never said anything about
abortion or homosexuality, but he said plenty about wealth and poverty.
As a Christian, define the difference between need and greed. How much
is enough?

I still think a church is no place for a campaign event, and a
clergy person has no business posing as political moderator. But if the
church is going to insert itself into the electoral process, it should
do so as the church and not as a political action committee.





























Saturday, August 16

Your right of life is "above [Obama's] pay grade"

Well if a constitutional issue is "above your pay grade" then I suggest you don't try running for public office. Period. I can respect Obama for answering the question about abortion and I think he answered it truthfully at least as far as his qualifications on the subject. The best transcript I can find had him with the following exchange with Warren:
Forty million abortions since Roe v. Wade,” noted Warren. “At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?”
Obama said that “whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."
That said, he should bow from the waist, go home, struggle some more, and educate himself a bit more until he can know your constitutional right, my constitutional right to life must be protected. We don't elect politicians to waffle about theological and the scientific and then come away with a "I don't know".

But Obama does know. He has voted for a child to be killed even after it has been born. Eight months. Born. Kicking on the table. He has already given his verdict: Not a person. Not a life. Can kill.

Warren failed in bringing up these votes. Obama fails on the constitutional right of life. 'nough said.

P.S. Meanwhile McCain said it begins at conception.

Monday, August 11

Mikhail Gorbechev Works on Tearing Down Georgian Walls

Gorby brings a a much saner opinion than Putin to the table

What happened on the night of Aug. 7 is beyond comprehension. The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas. Russia had to respond. To accuse it of aggression against "small, defenseless Georgia" is not just hypocritical but shows a lack of humanity.

Mounting a military assault against innocents was a reckless decision whose tragic consequences, for thousands of people of different nationalities, are now clear. The Georgian leadership could do this only with the perceived support and encouragement of a much more powerful force. Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of U.S. instructors, and its sophisticated military equipment was bought in a number of countries. This, coupled with the promise of NATO membership, emboldened Georgian leaders into thinking that they could get away with a "blitzkrieg" in South Ossetia.

Saturday, August 2

Good Work from a Thoughtful Liberal

There are times when I can appreciate the research of thoughtful liberals. Bjorn Lomborg and "How to Get the Biggest Band for 10 Billion Bucks" is one of these. His focus on hunger and poverty over a warming earth (especially I would add with a question mark for the human part) points to the greatest problems facing the world.

However, the best tool is another question. Government has done an especially poor job at helping poverty in the United States creating welfare dependency with little soul solutions. Christians should be motivated to turn their efforts to a more encompassing possibilities using the church as the vehicle for love and help around the world in Jesus' name.

Friday, August 1

South D. Challenges the Foundation of Roe

Life News Reports:


"that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being;"

"that the pregnant woman has an existing relationship with that unborn human being and that the relationship enjoys protection under the United States Constitution and under the laws of South Dakota;"

"that by having an abortion, her existing relationship and her existing constitutional rights with regards to that relationship will be terminated."(1)

The Constitutional Issue

As will be discussed below, these three statements are unlikely to help many women avoid abortion. But this language may be very important to the next round of Supreme Court rulings on abortion.

In fact, these provisions in the law are carefully designed claims of fact intended to force the federal courts to finally address unanswered legal issues. Pro-life lawyers hope that by litigating the three points raised in this statement, the Supreme Court can be led to affirm that the constitutional right of relationship between a woman and her unborn child (already defined in regard to adoption law) extends to abortion law. In addition, while previous courts have avoided the question of when human life begins, this statute would ask the Court to affirm the fact that an unborn child is a "unique, living human being." Such a finding would almost certainly require a reversal of Roe v. Wade.

So, the South Dakota law is poised to raise important constitutional questions.

The more truth, we will be that much closer to an America where all are loved.

Sunday, July 27

Disclaimer

I thought it would be good again to remind readers that all things found on this blog are my opinion only and should be read as such. They in no way represent my employer, any other person, or an organization.

Monday, July 21

McCain and Obama first joint apperance...at a church

The more focus on Obama and Christianity can't be a bad thing...so long as people are willing to step up to the truth on the matter.



Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, respective presumed Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, will end the primary season by making their first joint appearance of the 2008 campaign at Saddleback Church on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. Dr. Rick Warren, founding pastor of the 22,000-member Orange County, Calif. mega church and moderator for the event, made the announcement today upon confirmation by both campaigns.

Wednesday, July 16

The Deformer and Chief

You know our Sen. Russ Feingold. The one who claims to keep dirty money out of politics. Well...he has his own organization that funnels money to train individuals to be part of campaigns. So we just trade his money for people loaned to campaigns. Do you think that will help out the corrupting influence?

Saturday, July 12

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Friday, July 11

"News From You" Policy

Along the side you will see a new feature allowing users to post any relevant news in the box. If you see some important news, especially Wisconsin news, please submit a simple headline with a link to the source. Please do not use this area for comments, ads, or commercial website promotion. Links to a personal blog are welcome. As has always been the policy, no profanity and as administrator I reserve the right to delete any news link without any given reason.

Saturday, July 5

If Firework Ignorance is Bliss...

...you might not want to read the actual statute.

On a side note, at least it leaves much of the control to the local area.

Thursday, July 3

Blog Overhaul

As anyone who comes here would realize, I am overhauling my blog not only in the way it looks but also as to its purpose and emphasis.

I appreciate your patience as I work on many things.

First, I am planning on three columns.

Second, I am refining the direction of my blog. The far right column will be devoted to outside content. That is, content pulled automatically from outside sources devoted to following Wisconsin news and opinion with a specific emphasis on politics. The second column will be devoted less to Wisconsin news specifically, but be more general in scope but with more of a news, opinion, Wisconsin, political bend. The third column will be devoted to my personal blog. It will be about anything related to me and what is happening in my life, as well as normal items such "Around the Web" personal pictures etc.

Of course I appreciate your comments as I work toward this new design and purpose and hope that Wild Wisconsin can become your one-stop source for Wisconsin news and opinion and not simply my own little personal soap-box.

Around the Web: Foxit for PDFs

Admit it. You hate Adobe Acrobat. Sure it opens the PDFs but for the simple process of reading a document it takes an eternity to open and hogs RAM like IE.

Foxit is your ticket to freedom from the curse. Not only is foxit fast and fully functional as a PDF reader, but it supports tabbed document reading and commenting unlike Adobe's product. It also doesn't connect to the internet without asking...unlike the product you will now dump. Dump it, for Foxit.

And did I mention it was free?

Tuesday, July 1

1970s and 1980s oil shortage here we come again

Congress just voted 402 to 19 (yes those were all Republicans who voted against it) to regulate the futures trading on oil somehow thinking that anticipating a price hike will contribute to a shortage of supply.

This article from the Washington Post says is well:


So it's time for a quick refresher: Richard Nixon's price controls in the early 1970s were a disaster. Administering the controls on energy alone took an estimated 5 million man-hours per year and punished motorists with gas lines. Repeating this experiment by clamping down on oil trading is like burning your hand on a gas stove and then sitting on a barbecue....

Most fundamentally, Nixon's heirs forget that the "speculators" they attack are often trying to reduce risk, not embrace it. Pension funds have piled into oil because they are trying to protect themselves from inflation. Small investors who load up on retail oil funds are mostly doing the same. I know my family will consume several thousand dollars' worth of oil this year, so I logged on to Fidelity's website and locked in my price. Does Congress think I'm irresponsible?


What completes the ironic circle of the economic lunacy is that one of the primary reasons why the Democrats won't open up off-shore drilling is that it won't come into production for up to ten years.

Conclusion? Democrats believe that speculators could put prices up but don't believe that opening up markets in the future could bring those prices down. Even more deadly is the myth that regulating speculation will keep prices down and not just create a shortage.

Thursday, June 26

A sample of one of my summer projects

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Heller: Constitution 1 Evolving Public Sentiment 0

In D.C. v. Heller the Supreme Court strongly defended the individual right of a citizen to hold and bear an
unlocked and loaded weapon in their home.

ScotusBlog has an amazing round up here.

The affirmation of such an obvious constitutional and necessary right is heartening. But even more is the plane to which this decision pulls the Supreme Court as a body and as a branch to its proper role and function.

For example, the decision did not base itself upon "society’s standards of decency" however noble they might be, but upon a "normal and ordinary" meaning of the Constitution as understood by ordinary citizens in the founding generation.

As Scalia says:

In interpreting this text, we are
guided by the principle that “[t]he Constitution was written to be
understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their
normal and ordinary as distinguished from technical meaning.” United
States v. Sprague, 282 U. S. 716, 731 (1931); see also Gibbons v.
Ogden, 9 Wheat. 1, 188 (1824). Normal meaning may of course include an
idiomatic meaning, but it excludes secret or technical meanings that
would not have been known to ordinary citizens in the founding
generation.

As importantly Scalia rejects the temptation of the judicial branch to establish some sort of legislative test that Supreme Court judges love to invent. Instead, Scalia says that judges should leave that to the legislature and simply give some examples to guide future cases as to what is Constitutional and what is not.

Finally, Scalia does not incorporate the 2nd Amendment into the 14th Amendment to apply to the states. He doesn't say that it can't but simply says that this case does not bring up the issue so the issue does not need to be addressed. Again, refeashing understanding of the proper role of the court.

Friday, June 20

The Storm that saved Ecuador

I would say it was divine.

In 1999, abortion advocates devised
a new strategy to bring abortion to nations that protect women and
unborn children. After upsetting residents of Ireland, Poland and
Portugal, the Dutch-based abortion boat recently arrived in the South
American nation of Ecuador, where abortions are illegal.

The
pro-abortion group Women on Waves is behind the abortion boat and
the group said it received an invitation from local abortion advocates
to head across the Atlantic.

The
organization recently traded in its converted tugboat, or trawler,
for a high-end sailing vessel, but the group may be regretting its
decision.

On
its way to Ecuador, the Women on Waves ship, Harmony, ran aground
in a tropical storm.

The
incident occurred two week ago and WOW said it is "almost sure
it will not be able to arrive in Ecuador for the planned campaign."

The
group tried to put a good face on the predicament in a press release
and said its officials would spend their time in Ecuador promoting
the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.







Thursday, June 19

New Punctuation: The ~ invention for sarcasm

You know what it feels like when you wish to express something and there just isn't a word that will fit the need. Like trying to use a pliers on a screw you have the wrong tool for the job. Punctuation also has a similar problem. We have punctuation to express a question and an exclamation, but often are confused when sarcasm is intended. Numbers can't count the number of times people have been offended or needed an explanation when sarcasm was intended and instead taken seriously. Some try and do thinks like "::sarcasm on::" and then "::sarcasm off::almost as if they are embedding their feelings in their writing. It's as clumsy as it looks.

Here are a few punctuations that could be used for sarcasm: "~" or "::" As in, Obama, the best thing since sliced bread!~ Tacky? To begin with yes, but incredible longterm benefits in keystrokes and understanding I would think.

Ad Watch. Moveon.org and Anti-Americanism



First off, remember if we have it Obama's way for every two "Alexes" one other died in an abortion.

Second, nothing substantive about the war. Basic premise is that no Mom should ever have to or be proud that their son serves their country. "Hitler, I don't care what you do in the next 100 years, because I won't serve or let my children serve." What is this saying to all the Moms who's kids are over in Iraq right now?

Al-Qaeda could hardly have produced an ad so suited to the terrorist agenda.

Saturday, June 14

Hillary Delegate Supports McCain instead of Obama

Democratic delegate Debra Baroshevich will support McCain instead of Obama this fall. She was a delegate to the Denver convention where she would have placed her vote for Hillary. Persuaded according to accounts from the Chicago Tribune and the Journal Sentinel by his sister who has served in Iraq she will only support McCain now in the general election.

Democratic pundits have been hoping that the divisive primary would not split the party. Seems like their worst nightmares might just come true.

As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat. She’s not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama. And she’s not entirely alone in saying she’ll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead. But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

Friday, June 13

Cute Hillary

The Hillary acting is amazing.



Follow good Obomination vibes right over the cliff

This Madison Wisconsin YouTube of young Obama supporters demonstrates why he and his supporters are so dangerous. Three girls are asked the simple question of why they support him and we find out the following:

1. He is inspirational.
2. His good "vibes" fix all the old bad political "vibes"
3. People are uniting behind him.

I think if you listen closely I heard something swallowed about the war or good leadership, but I think the truth shines the loudest when they talk the clearest.

Candidates should be strong and inspirational leaders but again this shows the lack of substance especially in Obama's supporters. They are like lemmings following a clowning leader...right over a cliff.



New Look, Same Content

I'm on a major mission to revamp Wild Wisconsin here with a new template as well as other minor updates. And yes, one of those updates will be increased activity. I appreciate your patience as the kinks get worked out.

Saturday, April 12

Think Spring

It is spring time here in Virginia!

Thursday, March 13

Obomination, Abortion and the Vote

Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate ever to seriously have a shot at the Whitehouse. This was amply demonstrated by Terence Jeffery at CNS News and Obama's vote on partial-birth abortion as well as the born-alive infant protection action act. The act passed the US Senate 98-0. Obama voted against it. He also voted against notifying partnes of minor who get out of state abortions. These are extreme positions. Politically, the American public disagrees with these positions by margins as high as 70 and 80%.

What affect will this have in the general election? Depends. Most of the news and chatter have given him a pass on the issue. Obama can talk about hope and change, but that promise has limits. You must be a certain age before his speech goals apply.

I hate to say it, but I doubt the knowledge will have much impact on the black vote: they seem settled to vote for Obama regardless of what he does or what he says which is really sad. However, in the general election, Obama's record could push many Hispanic and rural votes away from his candidancy. Right now Obama rides a black and upper crust wave. Primaries work with a relatively small lefty block. When he tries to hit the mainstream will he have swung too far to the left to ever return? If we want hope and change, let's hope that he has and move to change our America to a more welcoming place.

Banning Saline Abortions: Next Step Toward a Loving Humanity



A Minnesota
pro-life group is supporting a new bill to ban saline abortions in what could
become the next targeted method of abortion now that partial-birth abortions
have been banned nationwide. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says the
abortion procedure kills unborn children but is also dangerous for women.



Lawmakers introduced House and Senate versions of the bill,
S.F. 3575 and H.F. 3947, this week.



“Saline abortions are one of the most brutal and inhumane
medical procedures performed today,” MCCL legislative associate Jordan Bauer
told LifeNews.com

Let the protection of life proceed.



Abortion: Next Step Toward a Loving Humanity



A Minnesota
pro-life group is supporting a new bill to ban saline abortions in what could
become the next targeted method of abortion now that partial-birth abortions
have been banned nationwide. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says the
abortion procedure kills unborn children but is also dangerous for women.



Lawmakers introduced House and Senate versions of the bill,
S.F. 3575 and H.F. 3947, this week.



“Saline abortions are one of the most brutal and inhumane
medical procedures performed today,” MCCL legislative associate Jordan Bauer
told LifeNews.com

Let the protection of life proceed.



Saturday, February 16

Capitol Myths

If you have ever taken the United States Capitol tour you have probably heard about the whispering room where John Q. Adams heard all the strategy of his senate opposition across the room because of the unique shape of the building. Well, John Q.'s scoop just never happened.

The Hill explains some more:
Many interns who give tours say they make up stories all the time when
they don’t know answers to questions. Staff have admitted to feeding
outright lies to interns coming in, just to make them look like fools.
Many professional guides in the Capitol Guide Service are appalled,
viewing staff guides as abusers of American history. The Guide Service offers training to staffers and interns, but myths about the Capitol persist. One
of the red-shirted tour guides of the Guide Service who spoke
anonymously recounted in red-hot fury the myths he has heard in his
decade-plus as a tour guide. Guides are not permitted to go on record
to the press. He described another of Trumbull’s paintings
hanging in the rotunda, depicting George Washington’s resignation as
commander of the U.S. Army. He recalled one aide explaining that
Washington apologized to Congress for losing the Revolutionary War. In
Statuary Hall, a likeness of Hawaiian king Kamehameha is striking with
its gold draping. The story goes that the statue of the king arrived at
the Capitol naked, and that the piece was sent back to Hawaii to be
clothed — which is false. The Hawaiian delegation was furious when they
found out about the propagated myth in 2003, calling it “highly
insulting” that Kamehameha was portrayed with so little dignity.
Unfortunately, the story is still told, as interns repeat it day after
day in full historical confidence.Perhaps because Hawaii is so
far from the continent, it’s easy for staffers to mangle its history.
Another subject of myth is a statue of a Hawaiian, Father Damien,
standing on the main hall on the House side. Damien lived and worked in
a leper colony and died of leprosy. As one staffer led her
tour by the statue, she explained, “He had to wear a box under his
clothes so they wouldn’t rub his skin off.” Many others passed by and
said the same thing to nodding listeners. The statue is, yes, boxy due
to the artist’s style, but Damien never wore a box under his clothes. Back
in the Rotunda, a staffer insisted that the rotunda is 340 feet high
(it’s 180). Many say that the Statue of Liberty can fit inside, which
is only technically true if you discount the 150-foot base that the
statue stands on in New York, which makes it 305 feet tall,
significantly larger than the size of the rotunda.


Monday, January 28

Live Blogging State of the Union

"Families have to balance their budgets so does the government."

Nice talk about earmarks...I hope he follows thru on the cuts.

"Expand consumer choice not government control." Obama was caught thinking about that one. priceless.

On education: NCLB. yawn. eye rolls. And Kennedy didn't clap. The bill he helped write. Wow.

Faith-based
more funding for public schools: more money down the drain.

Free-trade: too bad that Ecuador wasn't on the list.

Nuclear power: go boy!

Clean Power: whatever. At least he hasn't tried to say we need to start saving the polar bears from global warming. The plants might not like less CO2 tho. Poor things. Not that great for my sweet corn crop.

Adult Stem-Cell Research: Come on Democrats! Are you crazy! Not supporting funding just because you want to kill young human life.


Judicial Appointments: "Fair up or down vote" Why not fair?

Immigration: "Laws and our highest ideals" Sure need some leadership on this. Need some people to really step up on this one in that building.

Terrorism: Cheney pops up out of his chair so fast....could it have been a point he was making? You can tell how that issue really weighs upon the man. For all the hate, this nation owes that man much more than we will ever know.

Iraq: "Serving with courage and distinction" Pelosi couldn't even look up while Bush was saying that. Sad. Makes you wonder if she deep down wishes she had that same sort of courage.

"De-baathification" wouldn't you call that mud puddle?

"Vital interests in the Persian Gulf" I wonder if he was thinking about oil. "Why not?" I say.

Thursday, January 24

Inspiration to the Young

The 26-year-old speech writer for Barack Obama:

Mr. Favreau, or Favs, as everyone calls him, looks every bit his age,
with a baby face and closely shorn stubble. And he leads a team of two
other young speechwriters: 26-year-old Adam Frankel, who worked with John F. Kennedy’s adviser and speechwriter Theodore C. Sorensen
on his memoirs, and Ben Rhodes, who, at 30, calls himself the “elder
statesman” of the group and who helped write the Iraq Study Group
report as an assistant to Lee H. Hamilton.


I have to say that I was impressed by his Iowa speech for its rhetorical height.

Animals Ethics ahead of Human Ethics

You may be able to thank those lab rats not only for your next drug but also for humane treatment. That is, if the logic is carried through.

EU ethics experts have called for a banning of cloning animals because of the heavy risks involved to the animals according to a London paper.

The ethics group wants safety and welfare conditions on any
decision to accept clone farm food. But they are so strict they could
make it too difficult to farm clones commercially. The report
was triggered after the Daily Mail revealed last January that a clone
farm calf called Dundee Paradise had been born on a Shropshire farm. Cloning breeding stock could create monster pigs and supersize cows.
But the technology means many cloned offspring die just before or soon
after birth. Some have malformed lungs, hearts and kidneys.


If the logic is not carried through it appears that it will soon be advantageous to think of ourselves as animals rather than humans since at least baby animals are protected and cared about an humans are not. Let's at least equalize the field, should we not? Otherwise the logical step would be to test dangerous procedures and drugs on humans before we tried them on animals. You know, your de-wormer for cats, will soon carry this label it seems as required by the FDA: Not tested on cats. Tested on humans and found kitty safe.

Update: Perhaps I shouldn't laugh at the idea. After a search, Europe is already doing just this with human embryonic stem cell research: developing ways to used killed humans to avoid using animals. Sick.