Thursday, December 29, 2011

WordPress Loves Hamas and CAIR

Boycott Wordpress.  If you have a Wordpress site, I'm afraid I will not be going there.  Here's why.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Of Income Inequality

The Beer:  Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA

The Bicycle:  Now that Christmas is over and I am back in town, it is time.

The VRWC:  Much press is given to "income inequality" these days.  There is a school of thought that believes we should all have just about the same income, apparently.  This school of thought focuses on the idea that too few people control too much wealth.  Not everyone has a piece of the pie.  A more progressive taxation system is needed.  More money (property) needs to be taken from those who "have" and given to those who "have not".  This is an extraordinary dangerous belief.  Who decides?  Who determines what an "equitable distribution of wealth" is?  An all-knowing federal government?  The ("This is what Democracy looks like") voters?  This is what the Founders wanted to avoid when they came up with the idea of a Constitution for a Representative Republic, rather than a direct Democracy.

Retired Librarian George Wagner writes in the (soon-to-be-pay-for-play) Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that most people want income equality.  Somehow he links income equality in Wisconsin to Scott Walker (apparently we were all equal under former Governor Doyle - equally miserable, I suppose).  Further, he makes a comparison of education systems in Finland and in the United States and finds the US wanting, not because of the education system itself, but rather because of "income inequality".  He shows neither proof nor evidence that "the plans of Gov. Scott Walker and national Republicans propel us toward more inequality than we have now".  The only thing he gives evidence of is how poorly informed voters are in the United States.

There is no time or place in history where Socialism/Marxism/Progressivism has worked.  The Soviet Union collapsed under its weight.  China is moving rapidly to capitalism and the EU is foundering under the Social Democracy model.  

The problem of income inequality in the United States is not a problem of capitalism, but rather a problem of Big Government Socialism and "Crony Capitalism".  Success is punished, innovation is stifled.  It is nearly impossible to start a small business without "knowing someone".  Navigating Federal, State and local regulations is nearly impossible with out an attorney.  Welfare has enslaved generation upon generation to the government plantation.  It violates the fundamental human right of self-determination.

This dabbling in Big Government, socialism, crony capitalism and cradle-to-grave care must end before we are truly able to eradicate poverty, but income inequality will never leave us.  Whether capitalism or socialism, some are more equal  than others.  In Capitalism, it is because of your own effort.  In socialism, it is because of who you know.

Words and Meanings

We all know words have meanings.  So what do the words, "underprivileged", "underserved", "unfortunate", when used in a political sense actually "mean".

Underprivileged - This a political term get the population to believe that someone is poor because they did not have certain advantages that (by extension) those who are not poor - and therefore "privileged" - have.  But the truth here is that everyone has the same K-12 public education opportunity.  For most of us, our "privileges" stop  there.  The rest is a result of hard work and a break here and there.  Why do some not succeed from there?  You know the litany of reasons and excuses: family breakdown, lousy schools, not all that smart, lazy, "different learning styles (they exist, trust me)".....  But the fact is, none of these things extend from "privilege" or lack thereof.  (See "unfortunate")

Underserved - As in "underserved communities".  Politically, it means some type of government largesse and infers that others are "served" and "overserved".  By why is government serving much of anything in any community?  Fire and police, schools (I suppose), trash pickup, for those who do not engage their own contractor, maybe water and sewer should be about the extent of it (yes there may be more, I don't feel like listing every one).  But "underserved" generally does not mean that type  of service.  It more often refers to government programs like "midnight basketball", not essential services.

These are the types of  terms we Conservatives have to stop using.  Let's call it what it is.  Terms like "underprivileged" imply a lie that cannot be allowed to continue.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Luke Chapter 2.  The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Energy and Liberty

So, I covered the "Geek Stuff" here.  That's the easy part.  The hard part comes here.

"The Grid" carries all the energy from electric generating utilities.  It carries all the electricity demanded plus makes up for "line losses" (think of line losses as "electrical friction").  No more, no less.  Energy demand follows a sinusoidal curve where it is lowest at  night and highest during the day.  Peak load comes somewhere between about 3 and 7 pm most places.

Generally speaking, the energy is generated by three types of plants:

  • Base Load - these are plants that are very large and inexpensive to run.  Large coal and nuclear plants fall in this category as well as much of the natural gas and some of the oil-fired plants.
  • Rolling (or "Ready", or"Spinning") Reserve - these plants are generally smaller and more expensive to operate. They operate at low loads connected to the grid and are available to make up for peak load.
  • Hot Standby - Also known as "Replacement Reserve" or some other moniker, depending on the utility. These in a hot condition, but require longer to bring onto the grid.  
There must be adequate reserve to cover peak and the loss of the largest single unit in the system.  This isn't necessarily a "rule", but it's good practice.  The greater total reserve available, the less likely it is that the loss of a single unit will have catastrophic cascading consequences (alliteration not intended) to the grid.  It also means that there is adequate reserve for those days of extraordinary peaks that is, very hot days or very cold days, days when very large units are off line for maintenance or other similar situations.  In order to maintain the necessary load on the grid, the generators are frequency responsive.  As load changes, the units will change frequency to adapt until adequate energy is returned to the grid and frequency is returned to the customary 60 hertz.  It is also possible to reduce voltage on the grid to maintain frequency and power output ("brownout").  If conditions become such that there is inadequate energy to meet demand, some areas may be "blacked out".

This brings us to the whole "Liberty" part of this post.  I believe in the modern age, Liberty is nearly impossible without an abundant supply of cheap, reliable energy.  Liberty requires communication between government and individuals and between individuals themselves.  Liberty also requires the ability of citizens to travel where they wish, when they wish without needing to tell anyone or ask anyone's permission.  Not everyone has a horse these days.

The far Left is, according to this argument, opposed to the conditions required for Liberty.  The continuing delays of drilling permits, the stopping of pipelines, the blocking through inaction of combined operating licenses for new nuclear construction and new EPA regulations, effectively killing the coal industry have all placed us in a precarious situation regarding our individual liberty.  The Left sees "snail darters", mountain tops and tundra as more important than Liberty and more important than the lives of citizens.  It is ironic that EPA seeks to remove all risk from electric power generation, while at the same time, placing the citizens of the United States, especially the children they claim to care so much about by limiting their access to cheap energy.  

Until politicians quit worrying about small loud constituencies and use sound technological and scientific advice to make  their decisions, we will be at risk.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Freezing in the Dark

The Beer:  Saint Arnold Christmas Ale.

The Bicycle: If I don't get going, I won't be able to ride at all next year.

The VRWC:  Back in "the day", when I worked in the nuclear power biz, we would look at the anti-(insert energy technology here) folks and say, "Let 'em freeze in the dark".  Unfortunately, because they and their fellow travelers have taken over education, government and the bureaucracy, it appears the rest of us will be the ones freezing.  By implementing "Boiler MACT", EPA has signed a death warrant for many of the nation's coal-fired power plants.

Ok.  Here is the geek stuff.

"Boiler MACT" is shorthand for "Maximum Achievable Control Technology".  This means that the users of certain boilers (i.e. the boilers used at coal-fired power plants) will need to use whatever technology is necessary to reduce 84 chemicals that EPA deems as toxic and are found in stack emissions to a level no greater than what EPA deems to be emitted from the 12% of cleanest plants.

Here is some background (H/T: Maeve and Red):

05/18/11-The EPA published a notice today delaying the effective date of the boiler major source rule (The Boiler MACT) until the completion of the recently announced reconsideration or the completion of litigation on the rule, whichever is earlier. The effective date of the boiler area source rule was not delayed

10/24/11 - The EPA is committed to proposing the Boiler MACT reconsideration and intends to issue the proposal for public comment by the end of November. The standards, which are currently going through interagency review, are meant to protect Americans from mercury, soot, lead and other harmful pollutants released by boilers and incinerators that can lead to developmental disabilities in children, as well as cancer, heart disease, aggravated asthma and premature death. To develop this proposed reconsideration, EPA has benefited from information provided by industry, labor, States and environmental organizations. We will consider all the information in the review process to develop smart, cost-effective and protective standards.

12/2/11 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed amendments to the rule “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers,” also called subpart JJJJJJ. The EPA will accept comment on these proposed amendments for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. Synopsis of the proposed changes. 

12/2/11 - The EPA issued the Boiler MACT reconsideration proposal (40 CFR 63, subpart DDDDD, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters). The EPA will accept comment on the reconsideration proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

By most estimate, this rule will result in the shutdown of up to 60 coal-fired power plants, which currently produce between 13 and 28 GW of energy.  11 GW is believed to be in Texas where "dirt-burners" consume cheap, but relatively dirty lignite coal.

The United States currently has generation capacity of 1,039,137 MW 1039 GW) of which about 317,000 MW (317 GW) is from coal.  This is 30% of capacity, but on any given day, over half of net generation is from coal.  This because coal is cheap and plentiful.  The margin between what is generated and what is consumed is about 180 GW or just under 20%.  Removing 13-28 GW from is what?  7-15% of the 20% margin, reducing it to around 16-17% margin.  

I'm going to leave this here and let the reader digest the information.  I will post more on the consequences of this policy later.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

More "Failed Policies Of The Past"

The "Peace Movement":  Since the beginning of time, humans have warred against each other.  Like playground bullies, aggressors have always preyed on the weak, never on the strong.  In the more modern era, "The Peace Movement" has arisen which believes that there is no evil in the world  and if we can only "talk" to the other side, they will like us and come to our way of thinking.  That's all fine except, this  movement wants to disarm first.  The very idea that if we show weakness, no one will bother us is absurd.  It goes directly against human nature.  Never has a nation been attacked because it was too strong.  The argument is akin to walking through a bad neighborhood with no protection, or telling the invader of your home, "do what you want to the women and children, but leave me alone".

Historically,one only has to look at the evidence.  Nazi Germany was able to start WWII because the Allies showed themselves to be weak and cowardly.  Japan was able to move in the Pacific at the same time because they believed the United States was weak.  Saddam invaded Kuwait at a time he believed no one would counter him.  The Soviet Union took all of Eastern Europe following WWII because the Allies were war-weary and weak.

Unemployment Insurance:  Humans need to work.  It is in our DNA.  Without work, humans are no longer human.  It gives us pride and dignity, it adds to the social fabric of civilization and puts us all on a more level playing field.  Unemployment insurance, provided by the government at a cost to business destroys that part of humanity.  It becomes too easy to not work.  Extending the length of time someone receives unemployment insurance, the longer one is likely to be unemployed.  Anecdotally, how many times have you heard people say, "I'll start looking for a job when  my unemployment runs out"?  And those who refuse to take a job which is available because it is beneath them and they can still receive unemployment?  This is anathema to most of us, but there are enough out there to create a true problem.  An empty stomach is the best incentive to find a job.

Government-Run Healthcare:  This has not and cannot work.  Where it has been tried, it has resulted in rationing and stifled innovation (except for creating a "Black Market" for healthcare).  It is beyond absurd to think that a government bureaucrat is going to be more sympathetic to your claim than a private insurer.  You are paying a private insurer to buy into a contract.  Both parties are bound by the contract.  With government, as we see almost constantly, the contract changes at the whim of the government.

The idea that costs can be controlled by putting mandatory cost controls in place is also patently absurd.  Nixon's wage and price freeze policy was one of several causes of rampant inflation in the last half of the 1970's.  Government would do well to not meddle in healthcare.  Administrative burdens due to government regulations already account for as much as $340 billion annually, according to The Cato Institute.  With an annual cost of $2 trillion, $340 billion ain't chump change.  17%, if my arithmetic is right.

While none of  this "proves" small government is better, it certainly provides adequate evidence.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Sails

The Beer:  The Winter Ale is bottled and I won't brew before New Year's (maybe)

The Bicycle:  I believe I'll just take my tools along with the bikes.  I won't get them done here.

The VRWC:  There is much hand-wringing in the press and the World Wide Interweb over the sailing of the Varyag, China's first aircraft carrier.  This is a very good paper by Ronald O'Rourke for the Congressional Research Service.

According to O'Rourke, the Chinese plan to use this modernization as an "access denial force", preventing US intervention in a China-Taiwan confrontation.  The Chinese have a wide array of anti-ship missile capabilities fired from both surface and submarine assets, but they also lack the ability to carry out coordinated operations far from Chinese waters.

The Chinese have also believed they have a right to a 200-mile-territorial-waters boundary which O'Rourke indicates they would plan to enforce using this seaborne capability.  Further, the Chinese believe they need this capability to be taken seriously as a "world power" and to displace US influence in the Western Pacific.

What is troubling is the reports of development of an Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse weapon for use against a US carrier force.  I suggest use of such a weapon would quickly result in nuclear escalation.  It is possible this weapon is something of a deterrent, rather than something actually to be used, similar to the US/Soviet nuclear weapons stockpiles of the Cold War.  Actual use was anathema to both sides, but the threat was adequate to keep the peace.

Air capability appears to be limited and outdated, but capable of carrying anti-ship missiles as well.  No match for US aircraft head-to-head, but adequate for access denial.  Stealth-type aircraft appear to be in development.  A US drone in the hands of Iran will definitely help that cause.  It will also help the development of UAV's.

Chinese submarine capability varies as well from former Soviet Kilo-Class to Chinese built Shang-class boats.  They have both diesel-electric and nuclear propulsion, the diesel-electric being the more quiet of the two.  This also includes nuclear ICBM submarines (SSBN).  Currently, the Chinese are having developmental difficulties with their SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) program.  Read that as they can't hit the broad side of a barn.  But if perfected, their range can hit targets up to the west coast of the US.

Chinese aircraft carriers look good, but lack the ability for coordinated air operations.  It is not something a navy develops overnight.  It is unlikely they will be effective on the open ocean for decades, but if the goal really is access denial, they will suffice.  Opposition to US forces in the near term would have results similar to the Russian-Japanese conflict at Tsushima Strait.

Bottom line:  The Chinese do not currently have the capability to project real power in the open ocean, but within the next generation, they will.  Consequently, US naval power must be continually modernized if it is to be the force that ensures open sea lanes.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Failed Policies Of The Past

The current #Occupier of the White House loves to tell us about the "failed policies of the past..."  But let's have a look at what the real failed policies of the past are:

The War on Poverty.  According to the Census Bureau, in 1966 the poverty rate was 11.8%.  It has remained in a range between 8.7% and 12.3% for the last 46 years.  Fail.  Giving money to people with no strings attached does not eliminate poverty.  Helping those who cannot help themselves is a moral obligation, but the able-bodied need to work and pay their bills and taxes like the rest of us.  We are told, "We just need more money and we can eliminate poverty and hunger."  No, you can't.  When "the dole" pays for cars, computers and cell phones, when food assistance is abused to pay for booze and cigarettes, it is clear the system is an abject failure.

The Federalized, Unionized Public School System.  According to (further links at the page), public schools lag non-elite private schools in nearly every performance indicator while non-elite private schools perform at a lower cost.  According to the PISA Report, the US public education system fails vs. the world as well.  According to the report, the US falls at or below average in 5 of 7 categories, including below average in Math and Science.  But students are really good at "Reflect and Evaluate" and "Non-Continuous Texts" (I don't think that is much cause for celebration).  But again, we are told by the education establishment and the Federal Government that all they need is more money and the problem will be fixed.  I suggest they show me results with the money they have first.  40+ years of sub-par education by unionized teachers tells me this is also a fail, perhaps and "epic fail".  As we have seen in Wisconsin, public school teachers are all about themselves, not "the children".

"Alternative Energy".  What a disaster this one has been.  Ethanol, solar, wind.  All epic failures with no indication they will every be more than a niche.

It is very difficult to find sources of information on ethanol energy balance that are neither government nor ethanol lobby related.  In 2003, Pimental and Patzak concluded the energy balance for most biofuels was negative.  But even if they are not negative, how good an idea is it to take corn and soybeans out of the world food supply to make a fuel?  Especially when there remains plenty of alternatives in petroleum, natural gas, coal and nuclear.

Solar and wind have been highly subsidized for years, yet fail to make any inroads at all worldwide.  They are both expensive, unreliable and require energy-intensive materials.  The subsidies are rife with corruption and crony capitalism as we have seen with Solyndra.  (Interestingly, if one Googles on the subject of Solyndra, one will find the usual suspects defending continued subsidies and the usual suspects deriding the whole system.)

This is getting a bit long-winded.  There is plenty more to discuss in the real failed policies of the past.  I'll get back to it later.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Climate Extreme Index"?

This doesn't pass any common sense test..  And it is reported by the government-run, sock-puppet media with no critical analysis at all.

NOAA, apparently in conjunction with IPCC has decided, based on 40 years of data that cases of "extreme weather" have increased by using the dollar value of damage.  But as far as I can tell, they have failed to normalize for two things:  the rate of inflation and population density (except in passing).  The rate of inflation goes without saying.  According to the Census Bureau, population density in the US has increased from 57.5 to 87.4 people per square mile.  That's about a 60% increase (if I did my math correctly).  So one would expect an increase in the cost of weather-related damage to approximate the increase in population density, right?  The NOAA report also fails to mention that the number and intensity of hurricanes have not increased.  Further, there is peer-reviewed research indicating "extreme weather" has little to do with (alleged) Climate Change.

I again challenge the warmistas to tell me what the optimum climate looks like and explain how current conditions vary from natural variability.


The Beer:  Subjected friends to Bad Santa and Wee Heavy last night.  The claimed to love both.

The Bicycle:  Thanks to donations and yard sales, I have bicycles to take to BFG and family at Christmas.  Far better bicycles than the one I took BFG a few years ago.

The VRWC:  Neo was linked up at PJ today regarding The #Occupier's Kansas speech.  It's a great post deserving of your reading, but what really caught my eye was a comment from jd:

The problem with the Obama Speech in Kansas was the same problem with every speech he’s given since he came on the scene in 2004. It was essentially the same ideas in the same format with different words.
Some time ago I put together my own synthisis of his Teleprompter Fare in what I call;
The Barak Obama Do It Yourself Speech Kit:
Preamble: this must consist of varying portions or iterations of the following; [Place in any order you choose]
“Folks are hurtin’.” [This must be said with feeling, to show caring.]
“We have to invest in the future.” [Translation; Spend Spend Spend!]
“We need a balanced approach.” [Remember, this means Tax Increases so make it sound reasonalbe.]
“My hope and expectation is that we can put country before party and get something done for the American people.”
[This is the crux of the speech, this is where it is emphasized that any disagreement is tantamount to Treason.]
[At this point it is important to have an agenda list that will consist of proposals. Use the following skeleton to introduce each of the agenda items.]
— Obama Introduce a Subject on the Agenda —
“Some would say…” [Insert here a quotation of something No One ever says.]
“let me be perfectly clear…” [This is the place for obfuscation about the subject and any position regarding the subject.]
“We cannot simply just…” [This is where you mention something that would inspire the American People if mentioned by a Republican politician, i.e. "we cannot simply just drill for all the oil we need."]
“make no mistake about…” [Here is where the Exact Opposite of any of the things which are to take place are stated.]
“I reject the false choice that some would…” [Again, reiterate quotations that No One has ever said followed by Him vs. an idiotic extrapolation of any Republican position.]
“I have ordered my team to…” [Doesn't matter what actions you fill in here, they aren't going to do it.]
— Repeat as needed for new subjects —
Then, in closing you must include a reference to the Bush Administration and “The Failed Policies of the Past.” that we cannot go back to.

It has always been stupefying to me that so many fail to see that he is neither a "great speaker" nor is he genuine.    He reads platitudes from a teleprompter.  Hell, Deekawife 3.0 can do that and she HATES speaking in front of a crowd.  (Just sayin', Honey)  But it has dawned on me today that this the same condition that made many (especially ESPN) believe Donovan McNabb was anything other than a serviceable quarterback in the NFL.  McNabb had talent, no doubt.  One does not reach the NFL without it.  Be he wasn't the second coming of Johnny Unitas, either.  

It is nearly impossible for some to evaluate a person of color with the same set of criteria with which they would evaluate a White person.  For that matter, these same people have the same problem evaluating women.  It really shouldn't matter.  McNabb was probably on a par with Don Majkowski.  Given the right team and right circumstances, a Super Bowl ring was possible.  But neither was going to carry a team on his shoulders and win through force of will.  And keep in mind that Majkowski played for horrific Packer teams and finished his career with Detroit.  McNabb played for a contender nearly every year.  As a speaker, Obama is no different.  He is completely untalented and becomes easily flustered without a teleprompter.  His knowledge of facts is non-existent.  Unscripted, he will say what he really believes in the words that remove the mask and reveal his true intentions.

Those who cannot objectively evaluate all people are racist and sexist by definition.  Those who think The #Occupier is a great speaker or even a serviceable President are the worst.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Manufacturing Policy

There is none, but at least someone is talking about it.  Manufacturing is near and dear to me.  I work in it now as a supervisor and have been around manufacturing the bulk of my adult life.  Environmental, Health and Safety, Engineering and now, Supervision.  Graphite, Spring-making and Machining.  Based on what I've seen, here is what I think:

What the manufacturing policy should be:

1. Encourage modernization through tax policy (i.e., keep the cost of capital low and make the tax ramifications of new equipment low. I realize the 99% won't like that, but tough)

2. Instead of indoctrinating children in the public schools, actually teach them something useful. Get out of the "social justice", "green" and "peace" business in the schools and there will be money for classes like "shop"

3. Common sense workplace and environmental regulation. Stuff like "Greenhouse Gas Reporting" is strangling business.

4. Make nice with those who choose to make nice with us. Places like China need us more than we need them when it comes to trade. We are still their biggest market.

5. Get out of the way

A consumption-based economy is not a bad thing. What is the alternative? If people don't buy and consume goods, there is no market. The debt part is where we get hurt. Both consumer and I think more importantly, government debt. Government debt is killing Europe and enslaving the US to places like China. Stop it now.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Good Read On The President

The Conservative Girl writes a really great piece.

They Are Right About One Thing Here

The title of the op-ed.  That's where it ends.  Climate Change is not going away.  It has been going on for billions of years and isn't about to stop now.  JS Editorial Board has either been duped or is a willing accomplice in the greatest hoax ever perpetrated.

Here is some common sense about the whole thing.  There was never any debate.  The science was settled without so much as a, "Hey, does this look right to you?"

It's Kathleen Falk Who Is Being Dishonest

The Beer:  The Pumpkin Ale is kegged and the Winter Ale is in the secondary fermenter awaiting my attention for bottling.  I have those plus my Arrogant Bastard clone, Cherry Wheat, Mead, Hard Apple Cider, Winter Saison, Scottish Wee Heavy and Bad Santa at my disposal.  Come on over.  There is plenty to share.

The Bicycle:  Once I get past a few physical maladies (none serious) I plan to get re-fit to the Madone and get it up on the trainer.  Spring isn't that far away.

The VRWC:  The liar here is Kathleen Falk, though that should not surprise anyone.  She's a Democrat and she seems to be planning a run against Governor Walker in the recall.  The recall is not yet a foregone conclusion, but I suppose they can get enough signatures to overwhelm the system and make it happen.

Falk claims Walker was not honest in his campaign.  Here, Politifact makes very clear Walker's plan to revive QEO.  In addition, this flier from WEAC again makes clear what he had planned for teachers and public employees.

Falk makes claims regarding healthcare and children that are completely unsubstantiated.  While Politifact rates Walker's statement as false here, it also makes clear that Falk's statement is equally and perhaps more diabolically false.

It is the Democrats who have pit neighbor against neighbor and family member against family member by by raping the taxpayer through collusion with local governments and lying about while trying to recall the governor so they can do it again.  They can't help themselves.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Herman Cain Suspends His Campaign

I am terribly disappointed.  While many of us disagree on Cain's stands and whether or not he would be a good President, I don't think anyone can doubt his courage.  He went up against the political class.  They tried to destroy him and while he suspended, he continues to inspire and will continue to fight.

I've heard Herman Cain speak 3 times, met and spoke to him twice.  I was able to speak with him at length in Sheboygan, Wisconsin at a TEA Party rally, when many of us called out to him to run for President.  He was, and is my choice.  Is he perfect?  No.  But he believes in what is great about the United States of America.

I wish him success and long life.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Too Bad....

That I only get to write to the Editor of the News-Graphic here in Wisconsin only once every 30 days.  But first:

The Beer:  I am sipping on a "Scottish Wee Heavy" that is both beautiful and delicious.

The Bicycle:  I am cleaning up and making space for the trainer so I can get back up and start training on the bike again for Spring (it's not THAT far away).

The VRWC:  Tim Schilke has a column (which is currently only in the dead-tree edition) in the News-Graphic in which he decries the idea of merit pay.  He seems to think that crony-ism will reign and we will be left with not the best teachers, but those who maintain the best relationship with their evaluator.  Notwithstanding that it will be the exception rather than the rule, I guess he thinks that would be worse than the current system of colluding to rape the taxpayer.

As examples of why merit pay won't work, he brings out the well-worn Leftist saga of the financial industry and morgage-backed securities, while failing to point out that it is collusion with government that brought about those failures, not "merit pay"  There is no logical linkage.  None.

How does he think automatic pay increases incentivize teachers?  He doesn't say.  But experience shows that automatic pay increases (along with bigger and prettier schools, more computers and technology and fewer students in the classroom) have done nothing to improve education.  What's the old saw about insanity?

Try something different.  If merit pay doesn't work, try something else.  Public schools are a failure and Tim Schilke's education in it is evidence thereof.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

They Become More Hostile Every Day

I don't know who James Marshall Crotty is, but he seems to think he's pretty smart and we are pretty stupid.  Because you are God-Fearing, run a business, spell potato with an "e" at the end, talk funny or are just a Conservative, you are a dunce.  Now, stating one has been to "57 states", giving the Russians a "reset button", and making an ass of yourself before the Queen of England, well, apparently those are forgivable gaffes.  Spending trillions of dollars in "stimulus" with no discernible benefit (except to cronies like Solyndra) is not "stupid" in the Liberal sense.  He is happy to state that Michelle Bachmann has little understanding of countries outside the US border, but fails to see that the current "Occupier" of the White House, his "Chosen One" has shown a complete inability and unwillingness to deal with foreign policy.

He speaks as though he knows all and anyone who sees anything differently must do so because they are stupid.  He claims Iraq came about as a lie, but it did not.  Even if it did, Democrats, including the Occupier were complicit.  Further, he claims the cost in the trillions, but he is lying.

Crotty doesn't feel the Republican nominees debate well, but apparently The Occupier's use of a teleprompter for nearly everything is no matter of importance.

Crotty's slander, name-calling, lying and disinformation speak to his hatred.  He's one of the "Smart People" not a smart (or nice) person.  He shows his fear and insecurity in his own intelligence by trying to bring down those of us on the Right.

His die-hard Republican mother should have kicked his ass.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

More Class Warfare

This time, it's former Congressman Steve Kagen, Democrat,living in Appleton, WI.  His hateful rhetoric is breathtaking as is the scope of his misinformation.  While the national debt did increase from $5 trillion to $10 trillion between 2000 and 2008, it was a bi-partisan effort.  The debt has increased in the ensuing 2+ years by another $5 trillion.  During the vast bulk of that time, the Democrats held sway in both houses of Congress and Democrats also held the White House.  I call that a Democrat problem.  

Further, for Kagen to make this claim is just lying:

Currently, our debt is $15 trillion - $12 trillion coming from Republicans and $3 trillion from Democrats.

How he can possibly put this in print is positively mind-boggling.  As is clear from the chart, the debt exceeded $1 trillion in about 1992 and ballooned to over $5.5 trillion by 2000.  Those are the Clinton years.  You remember them....when "Clinton left a surplus".  The only reason he ever left a surplus was because he had a Republican Congress.  Clinton QUINTUPLED the debt.  I stipulate the next $4.5 trillion came via 8 years of Bush 43.  But the next $5 trillion is all Democrat.

Here is another Kagen lie:

The last administration nearly destroyed America by deregulating our housing markets and Wall Street financial firms, giving two tax cuts to the rich, bailing out fraudulent big banks, handing over $400 billion to big drug companies for Medicare Part D and sending our children overseas to fight two wars at the same time - without paying a penny for any of it. Outrageous.

Kagen vote in favor of the $700 billion TARP bailout.  THAT is what is outrageous.  Additionally, for him to bash Bush over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is just disingenuous.  First, by most independent accounts, the wars, combined cost less than $1 trillion under Bush.  Making the claim they were "unpaid for" is like saying the United States has spent  trillions of dollars on welfare and social programs ALL UNPAID FOR.  And since he and his friends in the Democrat party have failed to come up with a budget for over 900 days and block anything the Republicans submit, I can make the argument that NOTHING has been paid for in nearly 3 years.

Kagen comes off like an angry loser, full of sour grapes.  But then,so does the rest of the Democrat Party.

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Remember what you are thankful for and from Whom it came.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Here We Go Again

The name of this blog is Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC, but I've been rather delinquent in the beer and bicycles part.  I think I need to fix that.

The Beer:  A Scottish Wee Heavy awaits me for bottling.  A Winter Saison and a clone of Arrogant Bastard Ale have turned out nicely (the latter being a fitting beer for me).  Saturday, I intend to brew up a Pumpkin Ale.    I have also bottled the mead and brewed up a nice apple cider.  Next week is time for opening the Bad Santa I brewed in January.

The Bicycle:  Is hanging up after Race the Lake.  I finished in under 4 hours and did very well in my age group and overall (search under bib #554).


I hear a lot of how wonderful teachers are.  I hear a lot about how hard they work and how dedicated they are.  I hear a lot about how they are the experts and we are just a bunch of schlubs who don't know from edumaction.  But apparently, Caryl Davis of the Milwaukee Public Schools doesn't want the hard part.

Look, I get that a good bit of the problem in big city education is the lack of a good parenting.  I get that drugs, violence and poverty permeate the lives of those children left in MPS.  I get that it is nearly impossible to teach kids under those conditions.

What I don't get is why Caryl Davis NOW wants help from the community.  Every time I offer and opinion at a school board meeting that I think is helpful, I get sneers, jeers and looks down the nose.  If you want help,you want help.  If help is offered, at least be polite in turning it down.  You are likely to get a better response when the next time you ask.

But,since teachers are more caring, nurturing, smarter, better, harder working, more dedicated and more underpaid than anyone .....wait for it....EVAH!  They are welcome to kiss my fat ass.

Never complain about free beer, free food or free help.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lies, Damn Lies and The Left

It's a shame Rose Locander spent 33 years indoctrinating educating Wisconsin children.  She is much better at propaganda.

In her November 15, 2011 column, Rosie the Recaller tries to convince us that the years public employees spent raping the taxpayer for no benefit other than their own was no big deal.  It was 50 years of "Blood, Sweat and Tears".

Sorry, Rose (not really - it's just a figure of speech).  It was more like ,"We're going to get ours and screw you, taxpayer."  Teachers in particular have received more and more for less and less.  There has been no measurable improvement in Wisconsin education in those 50 years.  In fact, it has gotten worse.  Just about a year ago, I was placed in charge of a manufacturing operation.  If the performance of that operation had been worse after I was placed in charge, I guarantee you I would not get a raise and would be lucky to keep my job.  But not if you're a teacher.  Keep your job and clamor for more money which your friends on the school board (former teachers, generally) are more than happy to give you.

Locander claims "If this was on his mind so early into his governorship, it seems logical this would have been something for him to talk about during the campaign."  Maybe so, but I am pretty sure you didn't tell anyone thirty three years ago that the performance of your "profession" (I use the term loosely - you are not a professional.  You belong to a labor union and are, therefore, labor) that your performance would not improve with time and money.  She further makes claims regarding "workers rights".  You did not have a "right" here.  You had a privilege which you abused.  It was revoked.  You are lucky that's all you get.  You should have been fired.  The lot of you.  You collude with government to rape the taxpayer, then buy the politician with the dirty money you have stolen.  You claim to hate the corporations that "buy" government, but fail to recognize that unions deliver more money to politicians than the "evil" corporations ever thought of.  Unions are no more "persons" than corporations are.

Shame on you, Rose Locander.  You are a propagandist, liar and hypocrite.  I should come and protest on your front lawn.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


This line caught my eye pretty quickly:

And President Obama's push for a nuclear-weapons-free world is moving at a frustrating, glacial pace.

I was unaware of any such undertaking by this administration, but apparently, The Lookout on Yahoo knows differently.  Or maybe wants to believe differently.  This is opinion disguised as news.

The administration may claim it wants a nuclear-free world, but in reality, it only wants a nuclear-free United States.  This includes the use of nuclear energy.

In spite of what The Atlantic might say, Obama's words regarding a nuclear-weapons-free world (like nearly all his words) are strictly rhetoric.  Nothing has been done or will be done.  That is, there was never any intention, in spite of the wishful thinking of the Leftist Sock-Puppet Media. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

From Penn State to State Pen

Damn shame that Paterno let his legacy become this.  But he allowed it to happen.  On his watch.

Updated:  Gone.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


You have all seen the videos of #Occupy and I'm sure you are all well aware of the TEA Parties throughout the US these past years.  You know the difference between the two.  So the question is why does the establishment consider the TEA Party movement a threat and not the #Occupy movement?

Simple:  We threaten their hold on power.  #Occupy helps cement it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Voter ID Actually "Attacks" Democracy

Notwithstanding that we do not live in a "Democracy",but rather a Representative Democratic Republic, this argument is absurd.

I have no problem with taxpayers footing the bill for ID.  I assume, since the authors are against this heinous attempt to bilk taxpayers, they are in favor of Act 10?  No, probably not.

The fact is,without voter ID anyone can go to the poll before you arrive,vote in your name and no one is the wiser.  It happens.  No one is prosecuted because there is no evidence and no ability to locate the perp.  To say that since no one is prosecuted, the crime never happens is more absurdity.  I admit it is possible some will not be able to vote under the new voter ID requirements.  The authors pull an extreme example and make it appear to be the norm.  It's not.  Without voter ID,we are all potentially disenfranchised.  Every...single...voter.

In Wisconsin, the numbers are even starker. A study from the University of Wisconsin found that 23% of Wisconsin voters ages 65 and older lack a state ID, that fully half of Wisconsin's African-American and Latino voters lack ID and among young voters in Wisconsin, a whopping 78% of African-American men ages 18 to 24 lack a state ID.

And?  These are all people who have chosen to live without valid ID for whatever reason.  It is available and affordable.

Interesting, isn't it that Democrats often claim Republicans are behind voter fraud,yet are against voter identification.  

Another Reason To Not Live In Milwaukee

Apparently, Milwaukee believes Act 10 doesn't apply.

Hey,business:  Ozaukee County is open.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oh....THAT "Rule 5"

So, I've been following Woodsterman for a while and he often posts a "Rule 5".  I like, but what do I know from Rule 5?  So today, I make my usual stop at Legal Insurrection and end up at Reaganite Republican.  What do I find there, but a link to McCain regarding "Rule 5" and ta-daaaaaa!

Expect to see some "Rule 5" blogging here.  Especially when my mind is otherwise blank.

Hey, Odie, Dr. Jacobson, RR and a brother some love.

The Fuzzy Goddess of Conservative Blogs

When she shoots at a target, she doesn't miss.  Here she clobbers #OWS.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wild Bill

If you have not been introduced to "Wild Bill", I think you will find him very perceptive and full of common sense....unless you are a greedy lib.

I believe that, even if we beat the Left at the ballot box, it will go to violence in the streets.  These people will not go down without a very violent fight.  History and experience bear this out.  Whether the National Socialists of Europe in the 30's, the violent American Labor movement of the 20's through the 60's or the communists or Soviet Russia, China or Southeast Asia, or the communist "democracies" of Central and South America, it has always come to violence.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

OWS Shows Up In Milwaukee - A Photo Gallery

The usual suspects doing the usual stuff, Courtesy MJS.

So, let's start with the first photo:  $1 trillion in student loan debt.  Carried by none other than the oddly named "One Wisconsin Now" (OWN).  See, they only want One Wisconsin if it is in their image that is, a highly "Progressive"-to-Socialist state, run by those sympathetic to public sector unions and having no private-sector employment to speak of.  Obviously, they do not want any financial institutions and their support for onerous government regulation indicates they have no interest in manufacturing, either.  Public utilities?  Yeah, no.  Evil coal and all that.  "Wind!"  "Solar!"  Of course, if they knew what went into the manufacture of those technologies, they wouldn't like them.  But I digress.  $1 trillion in student loans, eh?  Why is this the fault of the banks?  First, no  one put a gun to anyone's head, forcing them to take loans for college.  A couple years of people who can't afford college not going to college will drive costs down significantly.  Dry up the funding.  I worked my way through college.  Saved up the money, then went.

"People Over Profits".  Just WTF does that mean?  It means the person who believes that sign has not even a basic understanding of modern economics and how business expands and employs more people.

UWM Student Taylor Bour clearly has not read Robin Hood.  In fact, she hasn't even seen the Errol Flynn/Olivia DeHavilland version of the movie (which, BTW is easily the best of the genre).  Robin Hood took excessive taxes back from the government and returned it to those from whom it was taken at the point of....well....I guess an arrow.  But, in college these days one seems to parrot what the prof says and that's about it.  No ability to think critically.

Oh...Hey,Taylor....that "corporate greed"-thingy?  Yeah, well that's where that sweet SLR camera came from.

"Social Justice"  "Make the Rich Pay Their Fair Share".  WTF is a "Fair Share"?  Is the 40-or-so percent of federal income taxes paid by the top 10% of wage earners not adequate?  Is it "fair" that some (47%) pay nothing at all?  What we are seeing here is a tipping point where those who "take" have targeted those who pay and it is open season.

The photo with the two people holding the signs regarding Walker's budget is absurd.  What was cut?  What essential services are no longer available?  No one is dying in the streets.  No one is being denied medical care.  Schools are still opening and functioning as well as ever.  (BTW, these are also OWN signs - saw similar in Madison in February.)

The absurdity of people who routinely use technology, drive cars, turn lights on and expect jobs attacking the very people who provide those things is stunning.  But this is the last gasp of the Left.  Not just here in the US, but world-wide.  They know if they can create enough chaos and use their "friends" in the press to make it look otherwise, they can still win.  We are on the cusp of either losing the Liberty of Capitalism or banishing "collectivist" thought from the United States (and the world) forever.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do Not Underestimate Them

It has been predicted any number of times that the Left will become more desperate and take stronger action the more they see power slipping away. The facts (at least as I see them):

  • The Obama Presidency is a disaster and has done more to harm the cause of Socialism-Progressivism than anyone thought possible.
  • The strength of the Union movement is falling faster than anyone expected it could.  With the loss of blue-collar manufacturing jobs, unions turned to the service sector, then teachers and government workers.  Now those, too are in danger of falling apart.
  • The TEA Party rose from the disaffected Conservatives who work and live their daily lives, pay their bills and watch as those who are "connected" and those who choose to not work scam the system and rip off the taxpayer.  The irresponsible and even the nefarious are bailed out while the rest of us get to "suck it".  The corruption in government and the collusion between the government and favored industries has made the electorate decidedly unhappy.
  • Social Programs have proven to be a bust.  Unsustainable and bankrupt.  The taxpayer is unwilling to continue to foot the bill.
  • Regulatory agencies, accountable to no one have far exceeded their authority and the public knows it.  They are in a particularly foul mood over agencies like EPA.
The Left is in full retreat and began their last stand in Madison, Wisconsin in February of 2011.  The full force of those on the Left who feel entitled to take was on display on Capitol Square.  Their mission was to intimidate a duly elected state government into doing something other than that for which they were elected.  They failed.

They tried to prevent the re-election of a good and honest man.  They threw all their resources toward the Wisconsin Supreme Court election and behind a candidate wholly unqualified for the job.  Why?  They thought she would overturn the legal legislation signed by Gov. Walker.  They went to a county judge for an injunction on that same legislation.  One with ties to the Unions.  They got their injunction, but ultimately failed.

The Left then took to the "recall" election.  They took two seats back in the Wisconsin Senate, but overall, they failed again.  The two seats the Left was able to reclaim had little to do with the Budget Repair Bill.

They talk a good "Recall Walker" game, but it is unlikely they will get any traction.

The paid protesters of the Left have disrupted schools,  the Wisconsin State Fair and various events to attempt to smear the Governor.  They have been disrespectful to and have literally soiled the Wisconsin State Capitol.

All this has been to no avail.  The country continues to see the failure of the Progressives and their programs.

Now the Left believes they can attack the rich.  "Tax them more". "Patriotic Millionaires."  "Evil Corporations."  "Wall Street Robber Barons."  They have occupied Wall Street and threaten to disrupt our lives to an extent we have not see.  All orchestrated.  

The "Day of Rage" seems to have been organized via social networking and had little in the way of support.  I recall the news reports indicating a "few hundred" in New York and "a few dozen" at locations elsewhere.  Now the Unions and professional organizers and assorted Leftists have become involved.  Remember that these are now people who have a certain amount of power and are willing to use it.  They will resort to any type of behavior that furthers their aims.  The original protesters may be nothing more than "useful idiots".

I believe this is their last stand and ours as well.  This will be remembered as the point that the adults asserted themselves to restore sanity to the country or where we allowed the children to take over.  This may die off when the weather gets crappy.  But it may not.  The closer the 2012 election gets, the more you will see and the more violent it will become.  Any Conservative politician or candidate will be a target.  anyone who has "more" and is not on "their" side will be a target.

Count on it.

Steve Jobs Has Died

I don't have any further details, but I can tell you that the man was a visionary. From the Apple to the IIE to Mac, GUI, iPod, iPhone, iPad. Amazing devices. His vision. His politics I did not agree with, but the man was a genius in many ways.

For Some Reason,....

My last post shifted all the stuff in my sidebar down to the bottom..... I wonder if it will come back? Huh...Removed the previous post and the sidebar is back in place. Odd.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gurda Misses The Boat

Not surprising, considering it's the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  But I would expect better from an "historian".  Of course, it is only Milwaukee history he seems to have concerned himself with, thus having the tunnel vision of nearly 100 years of Leftist-Socialist governance of the city.

Gurda blames the TEA party folks for the current ills of the nation.  Really, John?  After a diatribe about how bad it is, how young people can't find a good paying job and how his children will do fine, he proceeds to take a number of facts and somehow tie them to the TEA Party movement.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though.  That seems to be the media talking point these days.  Interesting how the Democrats have the same talking points.  But there's no collusion there, I am certain.

Here Gurda grossly oversimplifies the problem, solution and TEA Party stand:

The season would seem ripe for a reassessment of American capitalism, but this time it's not the voices of the left that are being heard above the din. It's the zealots of the tea party. As the rest of us struggle for purchase in these uncertain times, the far right has already named a culprit. It's not Wall Street avarice, not systemic market shifts and not Chinese monetary policy. The problem with America, the acolytes of the tea party piously intone, is American government, pure and simple.
In fact, the movement fully understands the China problem.  Wall Street avarice?  Systemic market shifts?  All these are brought about in large part by US Government policy.

I might have missed something here, but I don't recall Obama packaging subprime mortgages for sale to trusting investors, exporting jobs to China or building condos without customers in the Arizona desert. You can blame the president for many things, but blowing up the economy isn't one of them.

No, John.   You can't blame Obama directly, but you can blame government and the Party of the Ass in particular.  The very idea that everyone "should" be able to own a home is absurd, but was a brainchild of social engineers in government.  If banks didn't provide the "correct" number of loans to minorities so they could live in whatever community they wanted regardless of income, well it must be "redlining".  Carter started it, Clinton escalated it.  And the Elephants were no better.  They allowed it and even supported it.  With Fannie and Freddie buying up every mortgage in sight, there was no risk to the lender.  The taxpayer got the tab.  

I can, indeed blame Obama, in part for sending jobs to China.  The policies of his administration from EPA to Labor and NLRB are driving jobs from this country at a pretty good clip.  His brand of crony capitalism with companies like GE and Solyndra picks winners and losers based on campaign contributions rather than merit.

 The tea party has steered an entire political party hard to the right. We now have the faintly absurd situation of billionaire Warren Buffett saying, "Tax me - please," and Republicans responding, "No, no, that wouldn't be right." The super-rich, long an object of both envy and suspicion in American life, have been re-branded as "essential job-creators." It may be worth noting that, by the end of the 1950s - a decade of robust job creation under Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican - the nation's top tax rate was 91%, compared with just 35% today.
Nothing is stopping Warren Buffett or any of the other "Patriotic Millionaires" from writing a check to the government if they feel they need to contribute more.  But the rich have ways of moving money and changing behaviors that the rest of us do not have.  And as the beast of the federal government becomes hungrier, that burden will fall on those of us in the middle (again).  Further, it is of interest to note that the "Patriotic Millionaires" have a place on their website where YOU can donate to their cause.  (You wouldn't think that would be necessary, but know.)  That the top tax rate in the 1950's was 91% did not mean people  paid 91%.  The effective tax rate was much, much less.
Gurda is trying to make the point that the problem is "greed".  That there are "social obligations" involved.  He is right.  But he's wrong about who is greedy.  Is it the person who earns the wage and wants to keep the fruit of his labor?  Or is it the person who does not work, but demands to be supported by that same wage earner?  
Last, the Constitution of the United States only gives the Federal Government certain enumerated powers.  If John Gurda wants the government to provide a lifetime of social services to all, he just needs to have it amended.  That's why there's a process.  But I'm sure he knows that.  After all, he's an historian.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Clarity. Courtesy of RealDebate

RealDebate posted an excerpt from Folkbum today that gave me considerable clarity.

It's a neat little package.  You have those who define "intellectual" making their intellectual lives quite easy.  By defining those with different beliefs and opinions as "stupid", there is no need for any mental gymnastics, no need for critical thought.  It's all wrapped up in a nice, neat little package called, "stupid".

After all, why go to the work of coming to a logical conclusion if you don't have to.  After all, you're "intellectual".

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Herman Cain

Althouse wanted to talk about Herman Cain after his straw poll win in Florida.  My comments (typos and all):

I have met Herman Cain, shook his hand, looked him in the eye and was able to ask pointed questions at a TEA Party rally in Sheboygan last year.  He's the Real Deal.  absolutely, positively the one we are looking for on the Right.  He is inspirational, smart, street smart and capable of filling his cabinet and "kitchen cabinet" with the right people.  Remember that Reagan's success was his Big Ideas and hiss ability to communicate.  But Reagan also surrounded himself with the right people for the policies he wanted to implement.

I care not that Cain is Black.  I care not that he has held no elective office (neither did George Washington).  I care that he has the right values and principles and policies to make the United States of America great again.

Further, I agree with commenter " Pogo": "I see little evidence that experience in public office offers much more than training in featherbedding and corruption."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

College and Debt

Sarah Jaffe at Alternet laments the gigantic debt incurred by college students.  Where she fails is in placing blame.  Never getting to the heart of the matter (which I will get to later), she blames the collection agency after the student defaults.

Now, I have some personal experience with college and with student loans.  I went to college later in life (I started at 31) and was able to  pay via GI Bennies.  They ran out, thanks to the transition from Vietnam-era benefits and the current system (thanks, Democrat-controlled Congress - I still had 36 months of eligibility left).  But I had the ability to go back for a year to the high-paying job I left to go to college (another story for another time).  Not everyone has that ability.  I get that.

But here's the deal:  we subsidize both public and private colleges and universities through both scholarships and the federal student loan program.  There is no incentive for these institutions to contain costs.  From a cultural standpoint, there is a belief in this country that everyone should go  to college.  Consequently, many are admitted who are unprepared.  But no matter, the Feds will provide a loan, either way.    And since those loans are generally means-tested, the loans go to those least able to pay them back.  Is it any wonder the massive student loans go into default?

To blame the collection agency and claim that students should just not bother to repay is absurd.  Let's work on the root of the problem.

Monday, September 19, 2011

At What Point.... Obama responsible as President of the United States?  Does the Buck ever stop with Him?  Apparently, never according to Bill Keller in the Obama mouthpiece formerly known as The New York Times.

I can't fathom the intellectual dishonesty required to come up with this stuff.  The Democrats still own two-of-three branches of the government.  For two full years, Republicans had no ability to stop anything.  Obama has been president for nearly three years.  And the current economy is the fault of Bush and the Republicans?

Obama has done exactly nothing.  Her has led no legislative agenda, made no attempt at any kind of bipartisan compromise ("I won".)  He has never considered any program or legislation set forth by the GOP.  He has demagogued Republican efforts at budgetary sanity.  He has fomented Class Warfare and taken the fight to his political enemies using the power of government.  His use of OFA and worse, DOJ in Wisconsin is an abuse of power not seen in my lifetime....and I lived through Nixon.

Keller completely misreads the rise of the TEA Party.  It is not a "toxic legacy" of  George Bush, but rather "the adults in the room".  We are the only ones who understand that government spending will never bring prosperity....ever.  We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren.  Madison would have been a TEA Party activist.  Clearly Keller has never read Madison.

The sycophants on the Left still read NYT and are in lockstep with Keller.  I guess they are not part of the 18%-plus who are unemployed/underemployed.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Butt The F**k Out

Hey, Michelle:  Butt the f**k out of our lives.  who the f**k do you think you are?  You're as big a thug as your husband.  Strong-arming private business to meet your agenda.  STFU.  Witch with a capital "B".

Great Job Lena!

Run more jobs out of the state.

F-you.  You are hurting your own people.  Are you happy with that?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I went to AttackWatch, joined and posted that my blog is loaded with anti-Obama stuff.  I expect Secret Service within 24 hours or maybe just an IRS audit.  (Of course, an FBI raid is never out of the question).  We need to hammer these jokers just like we did with

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This Day of Remembrance

On this Day of Remembrance, many in this country invoke God that He might save this country.  I am reminded of a story my mom told me many years ago about a Christian couple who were trapped in their home during a major flood.  The Sheriff came by in a boat to take them to safety, but they said they were trusting in God to save them.  As the waters rose, a boat came by carrying National Guard rescuers to take them to safety, but again, they refused.  "We trust in God to save us".  The flooding continued and as the waters rose further, they found themselves sitting on the peak of the roof of their home, when a helicopter came by.  "Come with us!  We'll take you to safety!"  "No, no....God will save us.  Of that, we are certain".  The waters rose even more, swept them away and they drowned.  As they came to heaven, they were met by God and said, "We trusted in you.  Why did you not save us as you promised?"  God replied, "What do you want from me?  I sent two boats and a helicopter."

The moral of the story is that only we can save this country and return it to the greatness it once was.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

An Open Letter To National Conservative Groups From Wisconsin Conservative Bloggers

This letter is part of a chain to which I add my own signature.  I am in complete agreement with the contents.

To: Chris Chocola, Club for Growth
The Honorable Jim DeMint, junior Senator from the Great State of South Carolina

It is with great disappointment that we have learned of the efforts of some conservatives on the national level to try to dictate to Wisconsin conservatives their choice for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Herb Kohl. This is a tremendous opportunity for Wisconsinites to elect a second conservative senator worthy of holding the office, and one that Wisconsin conservatives will take very seriously. This is not only a choice of ideology but of character, and it is our responsibility to bring Mark Neumann’s lack of character to your attention.

While we do not question Neumann’s past contributions to conservatism while he was a Congressman, his actions during last year’s campaign are completely unbecoming of a conservative candidate.

We respectfully request the national conservative groups and individuals to take a second look at their endorsement of Neumann. We ask that since many of them missed the opportunity to come to Wisconsin during the recent battles over collective bargaining for state employees and the recall elections, they come to Wisconsin now to talk to true Wisconsin conservatives to find out what they think of Neumann before attempting to foist their choice upon Wisconsin.

We do not write this under direction or duress from any candidate, potential candidate, or candidate’s campaign. We write this under the knowledge that as the primary for United State Senate commences in earnest, we will likely go our separate ways and support any number of candidates. That is our right as Americans.

If the past election in Wisconsin has shown national conservatives anything, it is to trust in the faith of Badger State conservative activists. We had the foresight to supply the movement with current leaders and rock stars like Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan, Ashland Congressman Sean Duffy, Green Bay Congressman Reid Ribble, Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, and even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

That is just in the past two years, and we assure you, there are plenty more where they came from.

Thank you,
(The Undersigned)

Owen Robinson
Blogger, Boots and Sabers, since 2003
West Bend, WI

Kevin Binversie
Blogger, Lakeshore Laments, since 2003
St. Francis, WI

James Wigderson,
Blogger, Wigderson Library & Pub, since 2005
Waukesha, WI

Steve Eggleston
Blogger, No Runny Eggs, since 2005
Oak Creek, WI

Patrick Dorwin
Blogger,, since 2004
Milwaukee, WI

Tim Gray
Blogger,, since 2010
La Crosse, WI

Ben Froland
Blogger,, since 2009
Neenah, WI

Chris Krumenacher
Blogger, Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot., since 2009
Racine, WI

Steve Oliver
Blogger, Beer Bicycles and the VRWC, (, Since 2008
Mequon, WI