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The repository of one hard-boiled egg from the south suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and the occassional guest-blogger). The ramblings within may or may not offend, shock and awe you, but they are what I (or my guest-bloggers) think.

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Archive for September, 2006

September 30, 2006

Gas prices – beyond the pump part 2

by @ 17:56. Filed under Corn-a-hole.

I’m not the only one that noticed that gas prices are suddenly much more expensive out-state. Aaron checks in with a review of gas prices between here and Iron Mountain, Michigan. Seems that, once he left the Algore/Whitman Memorial Corn-A-Hole RFG behind, he ran into an average price of $2.50/gallon; until he crossed the Menomonee River into the UP. There, he found multiple stations at $2.14/gallon.

Meanwhile, I mentioned that I filled up in East Troy at the Road Ranger on Hwy 20 and I-43 with some non-Corn-A-Hole non-RFG (otherwise known as good old regular unleaded gas). I paid $2.30 a gallon (rounded up to the nearest penny). Meanwhile, around my neck of the woods (just sothwest of Mitchell Field), it’s $2.19/gallon. Can’t blame the lack of competition; there’s also a Shell and a BP on that corner (the latter, IIRC, laces their gas with corn-a-hole but not the RFG), while there’s a multitude of gas stations in my neck of the woods. Can’t blame the lack of freshness; cash diesel was $2.54/gallon there, and $2.53-$2.58 here.

1st Quarterly (or so) Spotted Horse Shootout wrap

by @ 17:17. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Or at least a very quick, disjointed one sans pics (I left mine at home):

  • I got to McMiller’s Sport Center just after 10, met up with Chris. We waited until 10:30, then went and got our all-day passes and proceeded to the 25-yard range. Dad29 was sick, so we missed his arsenal, triticale had to work, and a few others who said they wanted to make it didn’t (and a couple were late; more on them in a bit).
  • First gun out; Chris’ .44 Magnum, with the scope attached but not yet zeroed. The scope threw me off, as I wasn’t used to the focal point. We were both predictably all over the place early, with Chris zeroing in relatively quickly. Damn, but that has a kick, especially with the hunting rounds.
  • Next out; the .40 S&W. Nice action, and I actually got a few decent shots off.
  • Just after the long guns came out, Phel finally made it in. First up was the 7.62 AK-47-ChiCom-clone assault rifle. That there is a sweet rifle, and I picked up my rifle marksmanship pretty quick. Same with Phel.
  • Next out was the Tsar’s .22 bolt-action. Perfect kid’s gun; no recoil.
  • Mr. Tastic rolled in with a trio of pistols; a ported .45 with what he said was non-zeroed sights, a 9 mm, and a .22 with a laser scope. We took over another 2 lanes, and started having loads of fun.
  • At the same time, Chris brought out his Black Death .30-06 with a big ole’ scope and a bipod. Phel squeezed off a LOT of shots with it, I picked the bottom-right of the target just so my holes wouldn’t be confused with anybody else’s, and they weren’t as I left the McMiller logo down there ragged (was just a tick high-and-left, though if I would’ve aimed for the bulls-eye, it would have still been in the inner-white; after all, it was only 25 yards).

We pounded out so many rounds that we didn’t care that Chris left his 200 shotgun shells back home. Instead, we retired to the range office for some quick small-talk and some sodas.

I’m torn between picking up a .40 S&W and picking up a .45. I managed to get some good hits with both, nailing the 6th of the target I wanted to with both.

Ah, I see that Phel beat me to the post. I did stop for some good gas and some Subway, and then took the long way home.

Gone shooting

by @ 7:08. Filed under Miscellaneous.

If you’re looking for me today, I’ll be at the Spotted Horse shooting extravaganza.

September 29, 2006

Team Craps looking to fix the State Supreme Court as well

Just when you think Team Craps can’t get any slimier and lower, Charlie and Jeff report as their Friday Internet Exclusive Podcast that Team Craps has commenced a whispering campaign to get the two State Supreme Court justices perceived as most likely to vote against Grand Theft Courts, Jon Wilcox and David Prosser, to recuse themselves from the case. If they do so, that would leave the Doylies with, at a minimum, a 3-2 lieberal majority on the SCOW (Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, whose representative on the State Doylie Elections Board was “conveniently” absent when the original highway robbery happened, Ann Walsh Bradley, and Loophole Louis Butler, who owes his seat to Jim “Craps” Doyle).

Just as a reminder, the Doylies had absolutely no problem when Doyle’s (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale) personal representative on the Doylie Elections Board, Sherwin Hughes, who owes both his current and future position there solely to Doyle, ignored his conflict of interest to participate in the highway robbery.

Carnival of the Badger, boot camp edition

by @ 12:41. Filed under Carnival of the Badger, The Blog.

The lovely Ally, the hostess of From Metro-Belle to Marine, has this week’s Carnival up. In case you haven’t gone there yet, do so.

I have no clue how I rated #1, but even if I would have been buried at the end of the pile, it would be time to correct yet another oversight in the roll.

September 28, 2006

Pubbie member of SEB resigns, Doylie ‘Rats apoplectic

According to JSOnline’s DayWatch, Republican member of the State Elections Board Patrick Hodan, who abstained from the Team Craps’ highway robbery of the Green campaign’s treasury because a member of his law firm is representing Green’s campaign, resigned from the SEB today. Predictably, Team Craps, who gleefully accepted the vote of Doyle appointee Sherwin Hughes, despite the fact that Hughes owes both his current and future position on the board solely to Jim “Craps” Doyle’s (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale) occupation of the governor’s mansion and the whim of said occupant, loudly objected, claiming that this is being done just so Green can get another vote on the board.

Let’s see; they still hold a 4-3 partisan advantage over the Pubbies, assuming that John Gard fills the position before October 4, not counting either the Losertarian or SCOW chief justice appointees. They already got the Losertarian to vote with them once. What are they afraid of? Not being able to do that again? Not being able to do the same with the SCOW rep? Hughes growing a conscience, realizing that his continued participation in Grand Theft Courts is a conflict of interest, and abstaining?

September 27, 2006

Cheddarsphere League wrapup Week 3

by @ 18:31. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Spiraling Colby 107.02 (3-0, 322.65), Highway Runners 105.99 (0-3, 211.04) – The Colby, thanks to the efforts of Willie Parker (26.60) and Donovan McNabb (22.52), along with what head coach steveegg termed “Jedi Mind Tricks”, managed to fend off an upset attempt from the Runners. The Runners, who were playing without an active kicker, and suffered the game-time deactivation of Chad Jackson, had 4 players top 10 points, led by Clinton Portis’ 28.40, to double their year-to-date point total.

Caledonia Bloggers 79.31 (1-2, 209.17), Right Wing Wackos 75.07 (1-2, 288.16) – The Bloggers finally got some love from David Carr (17.21) and Ahman Green (17.10) to get their first win of the season. The Whackos were led by Darrell Jackson’s 17.70.

TheDebateTeam 127.28 (3-0, 331.15), No Bid Contracts 59.43 (1-2, 255.22) – The Debaters rode the shoulders of top-performer Brian Westbrook (34.40) to shred the depleted Contracts. Marc Bulger’s 15.33 was not enough to overcome the scratching of D’onte Stallworth.

Killer Boars 96.03 (1-2, 267.17), teach3 85.26 (1-2, 270.09) – John Kasay (20.00) led the charge for the Killer Boars, as they overcame John Gilmore’s shutout to get off the schneid. The Bengal players came to play for teach 3 (Carson Palmer – 26.86, defense – 16.00), but few others made a serious effort.

Warriors 98.73 (2-1, 273.80), Vast Conspirator 79.11 (240.10) – The tag-team of Javon Walker (25.00) and Ladell Betts (21.10) was too much for the balanced approach of the Conspirators. Chad Pennington led 4 Conspirators who reached 10 points with 15.21.

Sanders’ Sabers 82.10 (3-0, 285.98), City Workers 78.64 (1-2, 266.88) – Inspired by a promise of free Frebirds’ burritos with a win, Keshawn Johnson (22.10) and Eli Manning (23.50) did just enough to overcome a workman-like performance from Willis McGahee (15.30) and John Carney (13.00).

Preview of the premier matchup of Week 4, TheDebateTeam @ Spiraling Colby – Many in the Cheddarsphere League consider this a preview of the championship game. The Debaters bring the #1 running back, Brian Westbrook and #1 scoring team into the Colby Bowl. The Colby counter with the #1 quarterback, Donovan McNabb, and the #2 scoring team.

The trash talk started early, with Debate coach Fred D. hunting for a cheese shredder and Colby coach steveegg promising a cheese-curd-induced choke for the Debaters. Head referee Mills Lane, when reached for comment, simply said, “Let’s get it on!”

Did the Doylies really want to take Grand Theft Courts federal?

JSOnline’s DayWatch is reporting that Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan group conglomerate of lieberal special interests whose individual members, almost to a group, support Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale), filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that Mark Green violated the McShame-Slimeroad Lieberal Protection Act by converting his federal Congressional campaign to a state gubernatorial one. Unlike the State Doylie Elections Board, a majority-owned subsidiary of Team Craps, the FEC is controlled by neither party. In its complaint, WDC, like the state Department of “Justice” and Doylie Judge Niess, specifically ignores that ElBd 1.39, as it existed on January 25, 2005, specifically allowed the conversion of Green’s federal campaign to a state campaign.

Hey Doylies, thanks for taking your best arguments to an entity you don’t control. Here’s hoping you have the same lack-of-success you did in 2000 and 2001.

Gas prices – beyond the pump

by @ 7:56. Filed under Corn-a-hole, Politics - Wisconsin.

Unless you’ve been in a cave the last month or are buying diesel, you’ve noticed that the bottom has fallen out of gas prices. For you out-staters, I’ve got some bad news for you; the Milwaukee area is now boasting the lowest average price in the state. According to MilwaukeeGasPrices.com, the average price of regular unleaded in Milwaukee is at $2.276 per gallon, while its sister sites are reporting average prices at $2.345/gallon in the Madison area and $2.330/gallon in Wisconsin outside of the Milwaukee and Madison areas. ‘Tis very interesting, since I’ve noted time and again that prices in Milwaukee have historically been and, as recently as last month, were higher than the rest of the state.

So, what’s changed in the last month? Could the price of ethanol, mandated at a 10% level in Milwaukee-area gas but not in most other areas of the state, have fallen below that of gasoline? Nope. While the Chicago Board of Trade no longer updates the futures price for ethanol on a real-time basis, their most-recent chartbook showed October 2006 ethanol futures settled at $1.87/gallon on 9/13. Meanwhile, October 2006 regular unleaded gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange settled at approximately $1.56/gallon on that date (the approximation is because I had to take that off of a less-than-precise graph rather than the chart provided by CBOT). Nope, it’s not the corn-a-hole.

If it’s not the corn-a-hole prices, could it be that the reformulated gas, also mandated in the Milwaukee area but not in other areas of the state, suddenly became cheaper than regular gas? While the trading price of the special blend used in Milwaukee (and Chicago) is not available publicly, NYMEX does have a futures market for the version of reformulated gas used in New York and New Jersey (I do note that this does not include the costs of either acquiring or mixing in the corn-a-hole). With the October 2006 reformulated gasoline settling at approximately $1.61/gallon on 9/13, we can also rule that out.

Why, then, is gasoline $0.05 to $0.07 per gallon cheaper in Milwaukee, if our special blend of gas and the ethanol we’re forced to burn are both more expensive than the gasoline available to the rest of the state? The answer is that Jim Doyle issued an executive order in early August that those stations and only those stations that sold ethanol-blended gasoline be exempted from Wisconsin’s minimum markup law, which mandates a hefty markup in the price of gasoline at both the terminal and retail levels. This would be the same person who, when the issue of repealing the minimum markup law came up in the Legislature (killed by outstate RINOs and ‘Rats), claimed that its repeal wouldn’t have any impact. Really? By my math, it’s had at least a $0.10/gallon impact here in Milwaukee, where it is no longer enforced.

You out-staters, don’t forget to “thank” Doyle on November 7 for artificially inflating your gas prices so he could try to buy a few extra votes in Milwaukee – vote Mark Green.

September 26, 2006

The Craps Tax Anti-Freeze Year 2 – city of Milwaukee edition

by @ 17:01. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin, Taxes.

Jim "Craps" Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale), as quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in July 2005 – ""˜The result of the freeze that I will sign will be that the average property tax on the average home will not go up at all next year, and will actually go down $5′ in December 2006."

Proposed city of Milwaukee 2007 budget tax levy increase – 3.3%

You suckers in the city of Milwaukee better hope that the County Board doesn’t listen to the Journtinel editorial board, and then adopts the 5th-consecutive no-levy-increase Walker budget proposal, due Thursday. MATC has a 5% levy increase, MPS has a 3% levy increase, and MMSD has a 3% levy increase (with much more promised in 2008 and subsequent years) already lined up for you.

Unconstitutional Highway Robbery endorsed by Doylie judge – part 2

Revising and extending my comments from yesterday

Why did the State Doylie Elections Board feel compelled to create emergency rule ElBd 1.935, in an ex-post-facto attempt to strip the Green campaign of $468,000? It is because, back in July 2001, when then-Attorney General and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jim Doyle complained about then-Congressman and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett including out-of-state PAC money in his federal-to-state campaign conversion, they issued Opinion and Order 01-07 that specifically allowed said conversion. The text of the order is exceedingly hard to find, and is only found in two places, including the 1/26/2005 Dunst memo linked earlier (pages 18 and following). I draw your attention to item #6 in the “Conclusions of Law” section (page 23 of the linked PDF file):

6. The conversion of funds received for federal purposes by a federal candidate committee from committees registered with the FEC at the time such contributions are made is not prohibited. The non-resident committee contributors to the Barrett federal campaign committee were not subject to a Wisconsin registration requirement when they made their contribution to the Barrett Committee and are not now subject to a Wisconsin registration requirement because of the conversion of that committee to a Wisconsin personal campaign committee.

This was not successfully challenged by Team Craps. Thus, that opinion, despite what the Doylies wish to believe, was the status of the body of state law on January 25, 2005, when Mark Green converted his federal campaign to a state campaign. Your Doylie Elections Board was a day late and a dollar short.

Just in case the first attempt at Grand Theft Courts fails…

(H/T – Kathy)

…the Journal Sentinel is reporting that, at the next State Doylie Elections Board meeting on October 4, bought-and-paid-for ‘Rat board member hack Robert Kasieta will seek to go aftter the $775,000 of the Green campaign’s money the state Justice Just Us Department is going after in Doylie Judge Robert Niess’ courtroom. Again, you heard the prediction here first on September 6

Here’s a bold prediction; whether the Craps strategy of trying to smear Green while starving his campaign of some funds works or not in the public arena, Craps will try to get his Doylie Elections Board to declare the other $800,000 Green transfered from his federal campaign "illegal" by early October, using the "justification" that federal law prohibits the transfer of state campaign funds.

September 25, 2006

Paging Mr. Belling, paging Mark Belling

by @ 18:47. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin.

(H/Ts – Patrick and Brian)

I hope that this commercial from the Green Team whacking back at Team Craps’ attempts to buy the election meets with your approval. It does meet with mine.

Consolidating the Grand Theft Courts posts

by @ 18:16. Filed under The Blog.

I created a new category called Grand Theft Courts to consolidate my various posts on the attempts by Team Craps to rob the Green campaign of between $468,000 and $1.24 million (the amount depends on how successful their multi-part effort is).

Unconstitutional Highway Robbery endorsed by Doylie judge

The last sentence of the order from Dane County District Court Richard Neiss (appointed by Jim Doyle to the bench in 2004) that denies the Green campaign’s request for a temporary injunction (both links from JSOnline) against the State Doylie Election Board’s ruling retroactively declaring $467,884 of the $1.3 million the Green campaign says it all regarding the approach of Team Craps –

The bottom line is that the Elections Board reached the correct result, regardless of the infirmities, if any, in its process.

Allow me to translate – it doesn’t matter whether the state Constitution (specifically, Article 1, Section 12) is violated, just as long as Team Craps and the State Doylie Elections Board gets to commit highway robbery. Morever, the Doylie judge has set up the rationale to complete the full-monty Grand Theft Courts of the $1.24 million the state “Justice” Department now wants to pull off.

Just how is the state Constitituional prohibition against ex post facto laws violated by Team Craps, which now includes a hand-picked judge? First, let’s take a look at the section itself (the annotated version of the state Constitution is linked above):

No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, nor any law impairing the obligation
of contracts, shall ever be passed, and no conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate.

Just what is an ex post facto law? The annotated version of the state Constitution defines it as such:

An ex post facto law is one that punishes as a crime an act previously committed, that: 1) was innocent when done; 2) makes more burdensome the punishment for a crime, after its commission; or 3) deprives one charged with a crime of any defense available at the time the act was committed. State v. Thiel, 188 Wis. 2d 695, 524 N.W.2d 641 (1994).

The annotated verison further goes on to note that this provision applies to judicial pronouncements:

The ex post facto prohibition applies to judicial pronouncements as well as legislative acts. The question to be addressed is whether the new law criminalizes conduct that was innocent when committed. State v. Kurzawa, 180 Wis. 2d 502, 509 N.W.2d 712 (1993).

So, what was the status of state law regarding the conversion of a federal campaign to a state campaign as of January 25, 2005, the date that Mark Green’s campaign made said conversion? Since the State Doylie Elections Board subsequently changed the applicable administrative rule (ElBd 1.39), we have to head to pages 9 and 10 SEB legal counsel George Dunst’s memo of January 26, 2005, where Dunst describes how the administrative rule that applied to a conversion of a federal campaign to a state campaign could be amended to prohibit same. Stripping out the language underlined and restoring the language struck through reveals the status of ElBd 1.39 as of the date Mark Green converted his campaign from a federal one to a state one:

ElBd 1.39 Conversion of federal campaign committee to state committee.

(1) As used in this rule,
(a) “Federal campaign committee” means the campaign committee of a candidate for federal office, which is not registered with a state or local filing officer, and
(b) “State campaign committee” means the personal campaign committee of a candidate for state or local office.

(2) A federal campaign committee may convert to a state campaign committee and use funds collected for federal purposes in a state or local campaign filing a campaign finance registration statement, pursuant to s. 11.05, Stats., with the appropriate filing officer and simultaneously filing a campaign finance disclosure report showing the sources of all funds on hand at the time of the report, pursuant to the requirements of s. 11.06 (1) (a), (b), (c), (d) and (f), Stats. In determining the sources of funds on hand and allocating those funds among the sources, the funds shall be treated on a last-in, last-out basis, so that they will be attributed in the report to the most recent sources, in the full amount received from each source.

Indeed, Judge Neiss acknowleges, as part of the “Undisputed Facts” of his order, that the emergency rule (ElBd 1.395) that the Green campaign seeks relief from did not apply at the time of the conversion (emphasis in the original):

17. On January 25, 2005, Congressman Mark Green converted his federal campaign committee to a state campaign committee by filing a campaign finance registration statement and a campaign finance disclosure report….

19. On January 26, 2005, the Board met for the purpose of, among other matters, discussing the issue of the conversion of federal campaign committees to personal state campaign committees….

20. The Board voted to promulgate an emergency rule (ElBd 1.395). The Emergency Rule was published on or about February 3, 2005….

21. The Emergency Rule states:

ElBd 1.395 Use of funds transferred by a federal campaign committee to a state committee restricted.

Funds which have been converted by a federal campaign committee to a Wisconsin state campaign committee may not be used for political purposes in Wisconsin if the contribution of those funds to the federal campaign committee would not have complied with Wisconsin law if the contribution had been made directly to a Wisconsin campaign committee. The state campaign committee shall divest itself of such money in compliance with s.11.26(11), Stats.

22. Wis. Stat. § 227.24(c) states with respect to emergency rules:

A rule promulgated under par. (a) takes effect upon publication in the official state newspaper or on any later date specified in the rule and, except as provided under sub (2), remains in effect only for 150 days.

The ruling then goes on to justify the denial of the injunction by essentially denying that the version of ElBd 1.39 that existed on January 25, 2005 ever existed. I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t profess to play one on the Web, but that sure looks like a violation of the state Constitution to me. Of course, we all know what the state Constitution means to Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale) and his Craps-packed State Supreme Court.

Cheddarsphere league wrapup Week 2

by @ 7:35. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Once again, a week late and a dollar short…

– Spiraling Colby 101.55 (2-0, 214.83), Right Wing Wackos 96.42 (1-1, 213.09) – In the matchup of the top 2 scoring teams in Week 1, the Colby used the two-pronged attack of Donovan McNabb (28.85) and LaDanian Tomlinson (24.20) to overcome a spirited performance by the Wackos and the OldBrowns (27.00).

– No Bid Contracts 109.25 (1-1, 195.79), Highway Runners 44.10 (0-2, 105.05) – The Contracts used Brett Favre (30.55) to pave over the depleted Runners. Trent Green and Clinton Portis were scratched from the lineup, and Terrell Owens suffered a broken finger early in his game. Joey Galloway led the Runners with 16.10.

– TheDebateTeam 102.50 (2-0, 203.87), Warriors 99.01 (1-1, 175.07) – The Debaters needed just about every point from top-scorer Peyton Manning (32.70) to overcome the Warriors. Rudi Johnson showed up to play, scoring 26.80.

– teach3 93.34 (1-1, 184.83), Caledonia Bloggers 68.35 (0-2, 129.86) – Carson Palmer (21.14) returned to form in time to lead teach3 to an easy victory over the Bloggers. Larry Johnson (14.70), Corey Dillon (14.00) and Matt Stover (14.00) also joined in the balanced attack for the Teach, while Dallas was the Bloggers’ top scorer at 12.00.

– Vast Conspirator 105.55 (1-1, 160.99), City Workers 90.47 (1-1, 188.24) – The Conspirators used 6 double-digit players, led by Antonio Bryant (19.10) to beat the Workers at the consistency game. Buffalo (18.00) led 5 Workers who topped 10 points.

Sanders’ Sabers 121.14 (2-0, 203.88), Killer Boars 74.82 (0-2, 171.14) – On the strength of some trickery and 7 of 9 players going into double digits, the Sabers simply outgunned the Boars. Eli Manning (31.17) almost outpointed his big brother to lead the cavalry charge, while Chicago’s defensive mastery (16.00) was once again not enough for the Boars.

Cheddarsphere league wrapup Week 1

by @ 6:53. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Yeah, it’s a couple weeks late, so sue me, just leave my team (Spiraling Colby) alone :-)

– Spiraling Colby 113.28, teach3 91.49 – Behind game-breaking performances by Donovan McNabb (20.98), LaDanian Tomlinson (20.90 in an unnecesary pile-on), and Frank Gore (27.00), the Colby rolled over preseason favorite teach3. Carson Palmer, teach3’s starting quarterback, treated Week 1 like a preseason game, and despite the Bengals mauling the Chiefs 23-10, he only scored 3.69 points.

– Right Wing Wackos 116.67, No Bid Contracts 86.54 – Behind the strengths of top-scoring Kurt Warner (27.77) and the OldBrowns shutout of Tampa (25.00), the Wackos steamrolled the No Bid Contracts. D’onte Stallworth shined in his debuts for the No Bidders and the Eagles, getting 20.10 points. Chris Cooley piled up the only negative score of the week, costing the Contracts 0.30 points.

– TheDebateTeam 101.37, Vast Conspirator 55.44 – It was no contest as two of the Conspirators (Stevfe Smith, Mike Vanderjagt) sat out Week 1 with injuries. Jeff Wilkins whacked 6 field goals for 21.00 points for the Debaters, while Ronnie Brown gamely put up 18.20 for the Conspirators.

Sanders’ Sabers 82.74, Caledonia Bloggers 61.51 – The transplanted Texan used a balanced attack of Eli Manning (17.94), Steven Jackson (14.00) and Pittsburgh (14.00) to overwhelm the Caledonian in this one. Tom Brady ignored a bum shoulder to put up 14.31 for the Bloggers.

Warriors 76.06, Highway Runners 60.95 – The Warriors came out to play, with the Johnson Boys (Rudi-16.30 and Brad-14.36) leading the way in this mild upset. Terrell Owens’ 14.00 lead the Runners.

City Workers 97.77, Killer Boars 96.32 – The City Workers used a 5-player double-digit attack (Marvin Harrison-11.30, Tiki Barber-17.10, Heath Miller-16.10, Chester Taylor-19.10 and Buffalo-14.00) to score a comeback squeaker victory. Chicago’s 19.00 and Fred Taylor’s 17.50 helped the Boars to a Sunday night lead, but it wasn’t quite enough.

September 24, 2006

NFL Week 3

by @ 8:34. Filed under Sports.

The byes are starting this weekend, and the man can’t be happier because there’s 2 less games for him to give up money on. Let’s strive for a 14-0 blowout special to put the “d” in his depression. As always, the lines are fresh from bodog.com, and if you’re betting illegally, I never heard of you.

Green Bay (+7) @ Detroit – I know what I just said, but since everybody is taking last week’s advice, you need to switch it up to make money this week.
Chicago (-4.5) @ Minnesota – Grossman’s good for a few more weeks, then the Bears become a 1-dimensional team.
NY Jets @ Buffalo (-6) – And the New York Media goes apoplectic.
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh (pick’em) – Damn, but this is a tough one. The coin said, “Stillers”.
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis (-7) – The Jags are real, but this is the very definition of a letdown game.
Tennessee @ Miami (-11) – The chant in Tennessee – “We want Vince Young”. Bad news for them; the coach doesn’t think he’s ready.
Washington (-4.5) @ Houston – Texans fans are wishing they had Vince Yooung (or Reggie Bush or Matt Leinart, or anybody that can help out on offense).
Carolina (-3.5) @ Tampa Bay – Who saw this being a Toilet Bowl-quality game at the beginning of the month? You liar! Take the under-34 for some extra teeth-smashing.
Baltimore (-7.5) @ Cleveland – Once again, the OldBrowns will get their revenge on the NFL.
St. Louis @ Arizona (-4.5) – Anyone think that Kurt Warner isn’t up for this game?
NY Giants (+3.5) @ Seattle – The Seahags finally run into a real team. Take the over-42.5.
Philadelphia (-6.5) @ San Francisco – The fairy tale is over.
Denver @ New England (-7) – The real Snake has slithered up, and it ain’t pretty in the mountains.
Atlanta @ New Orleans (+4) – The Dirty Birds are a 1-dimensional team, and the Saints are built to flatten that dimension. Throw in the emotion factor, and this dog’s bite will be worse than its loud bark.

NFL Week 2 Redemption Recap

by @ 8:11. Filed under Sports.

I wanted to get this done earlier than today considering I went 10-6 to get above .500 for the year (17-15), but one thing obviously led to another. Oh well, it’s time to recap the redemption:

New Orleans 34 (-3) @ Green Bay 27 – Time to ReWriteâ„¢ what I said last week; until Duh Pack gets Duh Lions outside in December, give the points.
Detroit 7 (+8.5) @ Chicago 34 – Over/under on Grossman’s season-ending injury – Week 8. Until then, don’t take the under.
Oakland 6 @ Baltimore 20 (-13) – The OldBrowns were feeling generous.
Houston 24 @ Indianapolis 43 (-14) – I don’t remember what the over/under was, but if you also took the over, you had enough lumber left for a deck.
Cleveland 17 @ Cincinnati 34 (-11) – The scary thing is Palmer isn’t playing that well.
Buffalo 16 (+6.5) @ Miami 6 – I should’ve specifically told you to take the under too. I thought the “tale of no offenses” was enough.
Carolina 13 (+1.5) @ Minnesota 16 – Paging Wile E. Thompson (mud spelled backwards), are you sticking by the “kickers are overrated too” line?
New York Giants 30 @ Philadelphia 24 (-3) – Too bad the Iggles’ D folded like a cheap card table in the 4th and OT. Damn that OT.
Tampa Bay 3 @ Atlanta 14 (-6) – And there’s no Jim Lovell to save the command module.
St Louis 13 (-3) @ San Francisco 20 – Where did the defenses come from?
Arizona 10 (+7) @ Seattle 21 – Somebody forgot to tell Green it’s not December.
New England 24 (-6.5) @ NY Jets 17 – J-E-T-S S*CK! SU*K! SUC*! Too bad they don’t play Duh Pack.
Tennessee 7 @ San Diego 40 (-12) – Joan Rivers went 25-35 in the blowout.
Kansas City 6 (+11-WIN) @ Denver 9 – Did I say I hate OT? Er, never mind.
Washington 10 @ Dallas 27 (-7) – Time to see if TO can heal fast again.
Pittsburgh 0 (-3) @ Jacksonville 9 – Big Ben was back, but the Stillers ran into trouble.

September 23, 2006

He’s baaaack!

by @ 6:37. Filed under The Blog.

The Asian Badger got most of the things that caused him to put a ground stop on his blogging taken care of much quicker than the 4 months he predicted. He’ll even have a special guest blogger from time to time (no, not me; you’ll have to read the post to find out who). In my best ’70s bad sitcom singing voice – Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaack!

September 22, 2006

Who’s running Team Craps and DEB, Riley Coyote? – part 2

(H/Ts – Aaron and Kathy)

Paul Bucher is proving himself to be every bit the bulldog, even to the last, as he announced that his office is launching an investigation into the coordination between Team Craps and the ‘Rat members of the State Doylie Elections Board that do not directly owe their continued state employment to Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale> in the latter’s highway robbery of Green’s election fund. Guess the DEB shouldn’t have done that meeting in Brookfield. As long-time Cheeseheads, they’re supposed to be smarter than Donovan “Vote twice like a ‘Rat” Riley; after all, Riley had the excuse of being a FIB at the time.

Equally not surprising, the other DA that Mike Ellis (RINO-useful in this case though) asked to look at this, Dane County DA Brian Blanchard, took a pass. I knew he would; he only persecutes enemies of the Madistan branch of the DPW.

Reaction from the Green Team:

GREEN BAY – Today Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher announced that he would open an investigation into the collaboration between Governor Jim Doyle’s campaign and the state Elections Board prior to its decision to retroactively change campaign finance rules to bolster the governor’s campaign. In response to the news, Mark Graul, campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Mark Green, issued the following statement:

"Yesterday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported what all of us have long suspected – that Jim Doyle manipulated the state Elections Board to try and strengthen his floundering re-election campaign. This desperate and outrageous display of corrupting a state agency for political gain showed that the governor will ignore the rules to keep a grasp on power.

"The good news is that we have an opportunity to turn things around in Madison. We can reject Jim Doyle’s brand of politics, and embrace Mark Green’s hopeful vision for the future of our state – a vision of lower taxes, good paying jobs, educational opportunities and honest government."

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Damn, but I wish I had thought of this

by @ 8:40. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin.

(H/T – The Blogfather)

The Coalition for America’s Families has launched a new web site documenting just how sleazy Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale) is –

DoyleForSale.com

And yet another seam bursts on the USS Jim Doyle…

Almost lost in the shuffle… – SENTENCING UPDATE

by @ 7:49. Filed under Law and order, Politics - Wisconsin.

Former state procurement official Georgia Thompson, convicted of rigging a state travel contract to award it to a travel agency who gave Jim Doyle’s campaign donations, is to be sentenced this morning. JSOnline’s DayWatch reports that the feds are seeking 27 months in Club Fed, while Thompson’s lawyers (wishing they had Lynn Adelman, brother of the head of the company who was at the center of Wisconsin’s Travelgate) want only probation.

Hang ‘er high, Judge Rudolph Randa.

Revisions/extensions (11:28 am and 11:36 am 9/22/2006) – WTMJ has just reported that Georgia Thompson received 18 months in prison. Further updates from JSOnline’s DayWatch includes a $4,000 fine and an unspecified length of supervised release. Thompson remains free for at least 2 weeks while Randa considers her request to remain out while she appeals her conviction.

The Team Craps fix continues

(H/T – Elliot)

Somehow I don’t think that a “random” assignment of cases brought the Green challenge to the State Doylie Elections Board to Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess. After all, there’s this little tidbit in today’s Journal Sentinel story

Doyle named Niess a judge in 2004.

No wonder why Team Craps is now going for the full-monty Grand Theft Courts.

On November 7, remember to say, “And all of Craps’ horseshit, and all of Craps’ men, couldn’t put the USS Jim Doyle back together again” as you vote for Mark Green, JB Van Hollen, and your local Legislative Pubbie.

Joke of the day

by @ 6:58. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin.

I won’t spoil silent E’s presentation, so go there, read it, and then add him to your blogrolls and feed readers if you haven’t already done so.

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