One week and counting…

Here are my predictions for next weeks elections:


  • We will lose Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Rhode Island.
  • Close races that will still have Republican wins I believe will be Montana, Missouri, and Ohio.
  • There is a possibility of picking up Nebraska, New Jersey, and/or North Dakota. I predict we will pick up one of these seats.

NET: -2 seats in the Senate. Republicans retain control.


NET: -8 seats in the House. Republicans retain control.


  • Green by 2 points (51 - 49)
  • Gain 2 governorships currently held by Democrats; lose 4 governorships currently held by Republicans.

NET: -2 governorships. Republicans retain control of state governorships by 1 state.

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Name that Country

Great Job angel-m-t! Last week's country was Thailand!

This weeks is a bit harder I’m going to put it at a 7 out of 10 on the difficulty scale.

I want to see some thoughts people!!!

Good luck!

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Those who made calls on a mobile phone for more than four hours a day had the worst sperm counts and the poorest quality sperm, according to results released yesterday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in New Orleans.

Doctors believe the damage could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by handsets or the heat they generate.


Are we sure that these guys are using it properly?

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I’m confused…

While that is not an unusual statement for me I am very perplexed when I see headlines like the following:

SC Johnson given award by PETA for pulling ad featuring cartoon crows hitting windows.

What is worse is the content of the press release from PETA that states:

“replacing an ad showing animated crows crashing into window panes with a truly funny ad, in which the conniving crows get the last laugh as they watch while a human walks into a glass door.”

Readers digest version:

ANIMATED crows hitting window: sad, horrible, not funny.

REAL humans hitting window: happy, terrific, very FUNNY

Why aren’t these nut jobs talking about cruelty to animals in the new commercial, I mean while the guy might be an actor or a stunt man he does do a convincing job of running into the window!

Do these PETA people actually think that crows are watching the commercials and are feeling slighted? If so, do they not think that humans are doing the same?

Do they really think that an ANIMATED crow that is ANIMATED to fly into a window will really make people try to force real crows to fly into windows? That is just nuts.

I thought that both commercials were funny. If SC Johnson changed the commercial due to any pressure from people about cruelty to animals then I want the current ad pulled due to cruelty to humans.

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Name that Country

Last weeks country was of course India.

I’m surprised that the rest of you didn’t get it…I thought it was pretty easy.

This weeks country I would rate a 3 out of 10 (10 being the hardest.)

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AP: Vegas Tycoon Pokes Hole In A Picasso

Now that is a costly mistake…Do you think he’s going to get the $139 million that was offered for it? I don’t think so!

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AP: U.S. population hits 3 million milestone

AP: U.S. population hits 3 million milestone

I’m sure they will correct this before anyone can view it but this was the headline I was greeted to this morning.

3 million?!?! I thought we were approaching 300 million?

The articles first sentence is “The nation's population officially hit 300 million at 7:46 a.m. EDT Tuesday, when the Census Bureau's population clock rolled over to the big number.”

So I guess someone just got lazy typing in the extra zeros!

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More Junk...

Reuters: Climate change inaction will cost trillions: study

Really? Hmm…I’ve read this article a few times and the only thing I see that would cost anything financial would be action not inaction.

This is just one more scare tactic from the environmental terrorist groups.

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The Dilemma

I do not believe the media when they talk about how hate we are throughout the world but I do think that many people, primarily uneducated people, abroad think we wield too much power.

Take for instance the following headline:

US Hopes for Vote on NKorea Sanctions

This headline illustrates to the world that we in the US hope that the people of North Korea like not having the things they need the most, like food and other necessary supplies. While this is not what we are really trying to achieve it is what is perceived.

I’ve talked before on sanctions…they hurt the people we are trying to help. Do you think for one minute that Kim Jong Il is going to stop what he is doing to prevent harm coming to his people?

When dealing with lunatics that govern over people we can not hope that the lunatic will act sane enough to protect his/her people.

So here is the dilemma: How do we respond to the treat North Korea poses while not adversely impacting the people of North Korea?

The Left likes to talk a lot but in the end it is just hot air. The Right is usually too afraid to do too much because they will be considered tyrannical. The Left is screaming that North Korea did not develop nuclear weapons during the Clinton Administration. The Right is yelling that Clinton placated the Koreans and looked the other way while they continued the research.

So who’s right and who’s wrong? It does not matter. What matters is how we handle the current situation.

Personally, I think the Administration is moving down the wrong track by looking at sanctions…we will only “breed more hatred” by allowing the people of Korea to think that we do not care for their welfare. It is time for decisive action, it is time for critical thinking, and it is time to formally announce that North Korea has nothing to offer the US and walk away.

Yes you read that right I am proposing that the US just simply walk away. There is no reason for us to get bogged down into this mess. The Administration did a good thing by walking away from unilateral talks with North Korea. Let the people of that region deal with this issue.

We should only state the following. “Any attack on our allies, of which Japan and South Korea both are, is an attack upon the US. If they are attacked we will respond with the full force of the US military.” Then let the 6 party talks continue.

The dilemma we have is to look like bad guys for pushing sanctions or pissing of a dictator who might have nuclear weapons. It worked for Reagan in Reykjavik, we should try it again.

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OH, DARN!!!!

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Name that Country

Last weeks country was a little hard but not real bad!

I’d rate it a 7 out of 10 on the difficulty scale.

If you didn’t get it (and didn’t look at the comments) it was: South Africa

Here is this weeks country…I’d rate it a 2 difficulty.

Please post what country you think this is...not a researched answer. Thank you.

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They now have a timeline…will Democrats finally shut up?!?!

Army: Troops to stay in Iraq until 2010

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School safety

State Rep. Spencer Black is going to once again try to introduce legislation that he claims will help schools become “a safe place to teach.”

His bill would allow school districts to disregard the state imposed spending cap if the upgrades are deemed by the school district to be necessary for school security.

While this seems like a noble cause let us be realistic, in all of the school shootings that have taken place there was no cause for an increased level of security until the day of the incident!

If there is one thing that we can take from all of the acts of violence in schools is that it will occur in schools you would least like to expect it.

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Political Comics

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Do you think…

Do you think there could be any connection between the timing of these two events?

North Korea conducts first nuclear test

U.N. taps South Korean as next leader

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Nobel Prize in Economics to…

Congratulations, another Nobel Prize to an American!!

Economics: Edmund S. Phelps for his analysis of intertemporal tradeoffs in macroeconomic policy.

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Friday Funnies

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JT: “Police bust 21 underage drinkers at City Haul Tavern early Thursday”

In an interesting news story from the Journal Times this afternoon, “Police responded an estimated 650 feet to the City Haul Lounge, 835 Washington Ave. at 12:27 a.m. Thursday to perform an alcohol compliance check upon receiving the complaint.”

What I found most fascinating about this article was the following:

“In addition to issuing citations and making arrests, authorities also recovered one handgun in the bar’s bathroom and two other handguns that had been abandoned in the bar area.”

I’ll be curious to see if there is any follow up on this part of the story.

The Journal Times has been very vocal in there opposition to conceal carry in Wisconsin but when people have guns illegally or simply abandon them when the police arive, it becomes nothing more than a footnote in their story.

Where is their cry that there are too many guns out there? Where is the explanation for the guns? Did the reporter just decide that this was ok?

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Death Penalty…

“Should the death penalty be enacted in the state of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?”

This wording will be on the November 7th ballot throughout Wisconsin and is NOT a binding referendum. What this means is that even if 100% of the people support or reject the referendum it will NOT change the current law of the State. The purpose of this is to determine if there is any support for this penalty…if there is the legislature MAY try to reinstate the death penalty in Wisconsin.

I broached this topic a week ago and said that I would weigh in on the debate. In light of the recent press release from No Death Penalty Wisconsin I thought it might be time to state my opinion on the subject.

I’ll start by saying I will be voting ‘Yes’ for this referendum.

Here is why:

  • The death penalty is an effective deterrent is used and promoted.
  • First-degree intentional homicide is meant for people that meant to kill someone and therefore the most heinous.
  • (The Left hates this one…) If it is legal to kill an innocent child before he/she has a chance at a life…why isn’t it legal to kill a guilty person who has intentionally taken the life of another?
  • DNA evidence is conclusive.
There are many people who like to say that the death penalty dose not deter crime…I disagree. What doesn’t deter crime is allowing the dregs of society to live in lavish conditions. If we actually treated these ‘people’ like criminals not like people at a resort then the level of recidivism and desire to go to prison would be decreased.

If this does move forward I would like to see the wording changed to “first-degree intentional homicide” since under the current wording reckless homicide would be included. I’m not as comfortable having people put to death for acts that unintentionally caused a death whether reckless or not.

The pro-abortion crowd always tries to turn this on its ear and say that if we are pro-life then we can’t be pro-death penalty. I say BS! The taking of an innocent life is far different from taking a guilty one. I have no moral reservations or consider my opinion hypocritical if you do that is your moral dilemma, not mine.

Lastly the “No Penalty” group is currently going around the state with at least on person who has been exonerated due to the DNA evidence that proved he did not commit murder! So DNA works…both ways!! If we can set people free based on DNA why can we not punish them for the same evidence?

Vote “Yes.”

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Name that Country

Well it looks like everyone got last weeks country right…it was…Germany!

Great job everyone!

This weeks should be a little harder…but not much harder!

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US has 50%

Nobel Prizes are awarded this time of year and here are the current outcomes:

Physiology & Medicine: ANDREW Z. FIRE, and CRAIG C. MELLO for their discovery of RNA interference - gene silencing by double-stranded RNA.

: JOHN C. MATHER and GEORGE C. SMOOT for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Chemistry: ROGER D. KORNBERG for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription.

Literature: TBA

Economics: October 9th

Peace: October 13th

Congratulations to all!

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What is says vs. What is should say

Once again we have a Democratic Press Release that politicizes a terrible event, ignores the facts (Congressman resigned & Republicans call for investigation of illegal acts), and ignores their own track record!

You can read their release here.

Here is what I believe it should say.

Will Congressman Obey, Moore, Baldwin, & Petri Call on Minority Leader Pelosi to Resign?

Democratic Leaders (and the public) Have Known For Months About Jefferson’s Scandal, Yet Chose to ignore it

Racine Wisconsin – Revelations continue to surface that Democratic leaders, including Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi, have known for months about the Jefferson scandal, yet chose to ignore it.

Today, while the FBI continue to search records relating to an investigation which alleges that Congressman Jefferson (D-LA) took money to help a firm called iGate win contracts with an Africa, Pelosi and other Democratic Leaders opt to turn a blind eye to illegal activities of “one of their own” and instead charge the Republican Leadership of failing to investigate a Congressman who has in recent days resigned in disgrace for activities that are abhorrent to most of America.

“Congressman Foley acted disgracefully and I am glad to see that the Republican Leadership is pursuing an investigation into his acts but I am troubled that Democrats are casting stones all the while protecting and endorsing Congressman Jefferson who according to an FBI investigation accepted bribes,” said Gopfolk, a blogger in Wisconsin.

The People of Wisconsin today called on Congressman Obey, Moore, Baldwin, and Petri to join the voices around the country who have demanded that Pelosi resign her leadership post.

“Nancy Pelosi chose to protect Democrats because of their minority role in the House instead of protecting the values of Congress and the Government of the United States,” said Gopfolk. “It is appalling that Pelosi and other House minority leaders would choose to ignore this scandal to protect their own. Congressman Obey, Moore, Baldwin, and Petri should buck party leaders for once and call for Nancy Pelosi’s immediate resignation.”

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Finally beat the old record set January 14th 2000!

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Nuts and Bolts of two press releases

Congressman Mark Green, Candidate for Governor, put out a press release today, Higher Education Day, touting his “Wisconsin First” plan for the UW system.

On Higher Education Day, Green Again Calls for “Wisconsin First” Plan at UW

Here is a portion of the release:

(In) a recent analysis of UW-Madison’s admissions process that found that the percentage of UW-Madison freshmen from Wisconsin has dropped from 65 percent to 59 percent, while the percentage of non-resident freshmen has risen from 21.5 percent to 25.9 percent. The analysis goes on to point out that UW-Madison freshmen from Wisconsin had an average high school rank at the 91st percentile and an average GPA of 3.8, while non-resident UW-Madison freshmen had an average high school rank at the 87th percentile and an average GPA of 3.5.

“UW administrators are picking out-of-state students with lower grades than Wisconsin kids to attend the UW. That should never happen,” said Green. “As I travel our state, I have heard from far too many parents that their son or daughter is not getting into the UW school of their choice, even though their grades and ACT scores are very good. I’ll put Wisconsin’s young people at the front of the line.”

Not to be out done Governor Jim Doyle also put out a press release on Higher Education Day and he chose to attack Congressman Green’s plan.

On Higher Education Day, Congressman Green Again Calls for $100 Million Cut to UW System

Here is a portion of the release:

Today, on what Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed “Higher Education Day” in the state of Wisconsin, Congressman Mark Green again called for a higher education plan that would cut the University of Wisconsin System by at least $100 million and continue to put college education out of reach for thousands of Wisconsin families.

So lets just get to the heart of the issue here…under the current Governor there are fewer qualified Wisconsin students getting into the UW system. Governor Doyle thinks that is OK because to allow these students in versus out of state students would be a difference of $100 million.

I guess that the almighty dollar is more important to “Diamond” Jim Doyle than educating the children of this state.

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AP: Clown is running for mayor of Alameda

How many of us have said that our elected officials are nothing but a bunch of clowns?

Doubt that he’ll win but who knows.

Clown is Running for Mayor of Alameda

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"This year's extreme loss of ozone can be explained by the temperatures above Antarctica reaching the lowest recorded in the area since 1979," European Space Agency Atmospheric Engineer Claus Zehner said.

I thought that Algore said we were experiencing the highest temperatures ever and that the ice caps are melting?

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