Name that Country

Very good!!! I knew it would be easy but I thought there would me more people that were unsure.

The country was Myanmar (also known as Burma).

This week is very easy as well so I’ll give it a 2 out of 10.

PLEASE DO NOT POST THE info or a hint that proves you know it...there are others playing!!!

THANK YOU – gopfolk

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To all my cigarette smoking friends…

…I know there are a few of you still out there.

If you live near one of our neighboring states (with the exception of Michigan) I would recommend that if you want to buy your smokes you consider crossing the border to get them!!!

Once again Wisconsin has a higher tax rate than surrounding states…I thought we were raising the cigarette tax so that we would get more income not chase people out of the state?!?!

From the Tax Foundation:

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Name that Place

Congrats to mkfolks for getting the Quarry last week.

Name this Place:

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Today in History

I haven’t done this in a while.

Today is January 26, 2009

- it is the 26th day of the year and there are 339 days remaining
- Liberation Day in Uganda
- Australia Day in Australia, of course!
- Republic Day in India

Birthdays include

- 1880 Douglas MacArthur
- 1905 Maria von Trapp
- 1925 Paul Newman
- 1935 Bob Uecker

Events include

- 1837 Michigan admitted as the 26th state
- 1961 Janet G. Travell is appointed to be the 1st female physician to the President of the US
- 1979 The Dukes of Hazard premiers
- 1998 “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” President Clinton

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Name that Country

Now some of you are probably wondering why I did not delete David B’s guess from last week, especially when I have my disclaimer asking people to put a hint. Well I have to give David B kudos for the hint.

Did any of you look up Illyria? Well this “country” existed back around 400 BC and comprised most of the western Balkan Peninsula. In today’s terms Illyria makes up 8-9 different countries.

Last weeks county was Albania which would have been at the southern tip of Illyria.

This week I think is pretty easy so I’ll only give it a 4 out of 10 rating.

Good Luck

PLEASE DO NOT POST THE info or a hint that proves you know it...there are others playing!!!

THANK YOU – gopfolk

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Turner & Mason running for Mayor?!?!

It looks like the Racine Mayor job is attracting some attention by Democrats...Both Assemblymen Turner and Mason have made indications that they are interested in the position.

Funny though...Still have not heard a word from the Racine or State Democrat Party denouncing the former Mayor. I think we will be able to make hay out of that!

Glad to see Helding has thrown his hat in...this will be a fun few weeks!!!

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Timing is everything…

It looks like Mayor Becker was just timing his departure so that it would get buried in the news.

During the President’s inauguration speech Becker’s letter of resignation is delivered to City Hall.

JT: Breaking News – Becker Resigns

Good bye.

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Name that Place

angelMT came up with this one really quick last week…it was Case High School!!

Name this Place:

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Friday's Funnies

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Global warming

As the Midwest is bombarded with super cold temps (see: here; here; here; here; here) Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced today that “Our committee will be acting quickly and decisively to reduce global warming and end our dependence on foreign oil” and that “Comprehensive global warming legislation will be sent to the House floor by Memorial Day.

WOW! I thought it was getting warmer out there…I thing the thermometer went from -10 to -5 in the last hour!!! OH NO!!!!

From The Hill

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Reason #3,532 for moving to Arizona

I have found that driving in Wisconsin during the winter months has become insufferable! You’d think that the people out on the road had never seen snow in their life and that they are going to die at the slightest tap on the gas pedal.

I found myself cursing out loud in my car yesterday morning because the people in front of me only felt save driving 20 mph on a relatively clear road. Now if that wasn’t bad enough when I got out of work the roads had been cleared (well as cleared as they are going to get when the salt doesn’t melt the ice because of the temperature) but because it was so cold they were still driving 20 mph…what are they afraid of…do they think that the car might slip a little and they would end up on their tail ends? They are driving like people walk when on ice?!?!

If you live in Wisconsin and you do not feel safe driving in the weather then do all of us a favor and just stay home! Some of us leave early so that we can get places safe when conditions are not ideal. We have trouble enough dealing with the weather we do not have the time or patience to deal with those that do not know how to drive under these conditions.

If I just moved to sunny Arizona where there is no snow I wouldn’t have to deal with this!

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Name that Country

Now see that wasn’t that hard…especially with a country in the news as much as Iran!!!

This week’s is a bit harder, on my 1-10 scale it is a 9.

PLEASE DO NOT POST THE info or a hint that proves you know it...there are others playing!!!
THANK YOU – gopfolk

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Breaking News

This goes into the “What the hell was he thinking?” file…According to multiple sources Racine Mayor Gary Becker was arrested yesterday for solicitation of a minor. This alleged incident took place outside of a Milwaukee mall and the Mayor is currently being held in Kenosha County Jail on a $165,000 cash bond.

According to the Racine Post the mayor’s office had no comment as of 8:04 this morning.

So this begs a lot of questions that I’m sure will not be answered to anyone’s satisfaction.

I feel bad for the Becker family at this time and hope that this will not harm them in any way.

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Name that Place

Well I thought that it was easy and from the comments by CU it was.

It was, in fact, the Racine County Fair Grounds.

Name this place:

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Random “Photo” in Racine County

By now you should know that I just love Google Maps and Google Earth and with the Street View on you can really find your way around nearly any city in the county!

Well the other night while playing with that feature I came across the following image posted below and simply did not know where I was.

Can you tell me where or what the name of this place is? I think you might be surprised too!

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Name that Country

Now I know that the last time I had a country posted was in mid December but I still didn't have anyone guess it and I thought it was pretty easy. So here it is again with a hint...

HINT: This country boasts urban settlements dating back to 4000 BC

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Kudos to Representative Robin Vos

In today’s Journal Times Rep. Vos does what he does best: he states things the way they are!

JT: Inauguration signals time to outline principles

Rep. Vos states “Last week, the governor requested a $1 trillion dollar bailout package. Transferring this amount of money from the feds to our state makes no sense. We will drive the federal budget further into the red with the hope that Wisconsin’s budget might run a little less in the red. Many elected officials will have you believe that it’s “free money,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Our grandchildren will be paying for that bill.”

Not only is Rep. Vos correct he shows just how out of sync the Democrats are on this issue.

“In late November, state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, proposed a 5 percent sales tax increase because “everybody has to share the pain,” according to one Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. In the same article, Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, said he would be in favor of removing sales tax exemptions, claiming about the increase: “I can explain that to my constituents.” Just this week,
Gov. Doyle proposed to reinstate the annual automatic gas tax increase.”

Did you get that?!?! All of you that voted for “Change” are going to get just that…change in your pocket nothing more. The State (and Federal) Governments are going to tax us nearly to death (and then they will tax you again – remember Obama wants the “death tax” reinstated completely!) There will be no place to hide. They see these deficits and in stead of thinking about cutting the budget all they look at is how to increase their revenue to keep the spending there.

I don’t know about you but when my family is facing huge debts we cut our spending to afford just the necessities in life. Why is it that the Government thinks that they are more important than us? Why do they hurt those that fund them and then attempt to fix it by giving back only a portion of what they took?

Kudos to Rep. Vos for doing a terrific job as our elected representative for the 63rd Assembly District and for this:

“Wisconsin must not take the easy route by raising taxes to pay for the overspending of past budgets, we must now summon the political courage to do what’s right and bring our government back to a size we can afford.”

What more can be said.

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If you were a corporation…

Would you prefer to set up your business in Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota or across the border in Canada (I’d say Mexico but lets just keep things here in the North!)?


The Tax Foundation took a look at the top corporate tax rates here in the US and abroad and found that Wisconsin’s top corporate tax rate is 40.1% (when combined with the top Federal Rate: 35% + 7.9%), Illinois’s rate is 39.7% (35% + 7.3%), South Dakota has no State corporate tax so the rate there is the Federal rate of 35%, and Canada (assuming you place your company in the province with the highest local rate) is 33.5% (Federal rate of 19.5% + 14%)!! (detail)

So while both Dems and Reps bitch and moan about jobs going over seas isn’t it amazing that they are doing nothing to lower the top Federal tax rate on corporations!!!

For more information on this check out the Tax Foundations CompeteUSA Project, there you will find useful information on the tax rates around the world and how they are impacting the consumer. For instance, did you know that in 2005 the average household paid nearly $2,757 more for goods due to corporate taxes? Want to see how well you understand the Corporate Taxes? Take their quiz here.

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AP: Burris denied seat in US Senate to succeed Obama

I do not have any ill will toward Mr. Burris but the facts are he was appointed by a corrupt Governor and the appointment was not co-signed by the IL Secretary of State. Therefore he has no standing as a Senator from the State of IL.

Think MN could do that for that other schmuck?

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Name that Place

I thought the last one was pretty simple but with the holiday's maybe you didn't see it so here it is again with a clue: Nearly the center of the county.

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Happy New Year!

Before I forget…I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

Keep reading and I’ll keep posting.

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