If the blizzard warning that goes into effect this evening isn’t enough, we’ve got one of The Weather Channel’s disaster-speakers in town. Please give a warm welcome to Mike Seidel.
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.
If the blizzard warning that goes into effect this evening isn’t enough, we’ve got one of The Weather Channel’s disaster-speakers in town. Please give a warm welcome to Mike Seidel.
Sorry about not following the races as much as I should. I should know better than to trust the presstitutes to do so. Anyway, let’s get rolling:
– There is one statewide race that, despite the silence, is a doozy. It is a 3-way battle for an open seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, one that will decide whether the Lawgivers-In-Black will still have to depend on turncoat Patrick Crooks or gain an absolute majority. In the right corner (at least by default), we have Washington County Circuit Judge Annette Ziegler. In the far-left corner, we have the Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale) candidate, Linda Clifford. Out of left field, we have a defense lawyer trying to get a vote on the pending suspension of his law license (and endorsed by Cousin Ed Thompson), Joseph Sommers.
Fortunately, GOP3 has been doing my homework for me. Like Brandon, I am endorsing Annette Ziegler in the primary tomorrow, and will be repeating this in the general election should she survive.
One more thing; while I can’t quite agree with Brandon and the letter-chucking Brad V that there is a “reverse” gender gap, the fact that the unknown Nick Voegeli got as close as he did against the relatively-well-known Jean Hundertmark is strong circumstantial evidence. Of course, outside of the Pubbie insiders, very few people knew that Hundertmark was running either, and there were a lot of non-insiders in the primary.
– The third aldermanic district in Oak Creek (my new district) also has a primary. I’m endorsing Mark Verhalen as he is the only person who is talking tax cuts.
I’m not very creative on the weekends, so we’ll just go with everybody else that is:
More if I can think of anything.
H/T – CNBC
Shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported in today’s editions that GM and the Chrysler Automotive division of DaimlerChrysler were in discussions to jointly develop a replacement for the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL, the trade magazine Automotive News extrapolated that and earlier reports that DaimlerChrysler was looking to sell Chrysler into claiming that GM was in discussions to buy Chrysler.
Most analysts, including CNBC’s, are discounting the larger buyout. Personally, I think about the only benefit to GM would be that it would hold off Toyota’s bid for being the world’s largest automotive producer for a few more years.
Revised/extended 5:01 pm 2/16/2007 – The reasons just keep on growing.
Just in case you missed the reasons for my final break with Hen¢AR at TheWisconsinSportsBar, I’ll repeat it here:
Let’s review the tape, shall we…with some additional information found after reading Larry McReynolds (revised and updated 4:58 pm 2/16/2007)
- 2002 Coca-Cola 600 post-race inspection – The Roush Racing #6 Ford is caught 1/8th inch too low after Mark Martin won the race. Penalty – $50,000 fine to crew chief Ben Leslie. Also, then-NASCAR President Bill France announced a plan to start taking championship points away for future violations of NASCAR’s rulebook (in limited circumstances, involving the “big 3” violations of fuel/engine size and horsepower/tires found post-race, NASCAR had disqualified the team and taken away the points earned).
- 2002 Pepsi 400 (unknown when in the weekend this was discovered)- The Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevrolet is the first team to have points taken away in the modern penalty era, losing 25 driver’s/owner’s points for being caught with offset mounts for the truck arms (part of the rear suspension). Crew chief Chad Knaus also lost $25,000 in a fine.
- 2002 New England 300 post-race inspection – The Robert Yates Racing #88 Ford is caught 1/8th inch too low after Dale Jarrett finished 3rd in the race. Penalty – 25 driver’s/owner’s points and $20,000 fine to crew chief Todd Parrott.
- 2005 UAW-Ford 500 (fall Talledega race) post-qualifying inspection – The Richard Childress Racing #29 Chevrolet is caught with several unapproved changes relating to airflow in and around the trunk area. Penalty – disallowal of the qualifying time, $10,000 fine to crew chief Todd Berrier, 2-race suspension for Berrier, zero driver’s/owner’s points taken away.
- 2006 Daytona 500 post-qualifying inspection – The Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevrolet is caught with a trick rear window designed to give an aerodynamic advantage. Penalty – disallowal of the qualifying time, $25,000 fine to Knaus, 4-race suspension for Knaus, zero driver’s/owner’s points taken away from either Jimmie Johnson or owner Jeff Gordon.
- 2006 Daytona 500 post-qualifying inspection – The Hall of Fame Racing #96 Chevrolet is caught with an illegal manifold. Penalty – disallowal of the qualifying time, $25,000 fine to crew chief Phillipe Lopez, 4-race suspension for Lopez, and 25 driver’s/owner’s points taken away (important because it was a new-for-2006 team). Note; discussions of an alliance between HOF Racing and Hendrick Motorsports had fallen through, and HOF Racing just signed an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing.
- 2007 Daytona 500 post-qualifying inspection – The Roush Racing #17 Ford and all three Evernham Racing Dodges are caught with insufficiently-covered holes in the rear wheel wells normally used for the oil cooler. The #17 and #9 suffer the biggest penalties – qualifying times disallowed, $50,000 fines and 4-race suspensions for the crew chiefs, and the loss of 50 driver’s/owner’s points for each driver/team. The #10 and #19 crew chiefs were each suspended 2 races and fined $25,000, with the drivers and owner losing 25 points on each team. As a side note, Ray Evernham, the owner of Evernham Racing, used to be the crew chief on the Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevrolet before he left to be one of the founding teams for Dodge.
- 2007 Daytona 500 pre- and post-qualifying inspection – The Michael Waltrip Racing #55 Toyota is caught with what turns out to be jet fuel in the intake manifolds. After the removal of the first intake manifold, Mikey was allowed to qualify, but the same substance appeared after qualifying. Perhaps because Toyota is pumping a LOT of money into Hen ¢AR, the penalty isn’t as severe as it could be; the disallowal of the qualifying time (important because the team was not in the top 35 in owners’ points at the end of 2005), the loss of 100 driver’s/owner’s points, a $100,000 fine for the crew chief, the indefinite suspension of the crew chief and team director, and the seizure of the car. Mikey did ultimately race his way into the Daytona 500.
- 2007 Gatorade Duel 2 post-race inspection – The Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevrolet is found to be 1 inch too low after Jeff Gordon won the 2nd Duel. The only penalty – move the #24 from 4th in the grid for the Daytona 500 to 42nd. Jeffy still gets to keep the win, and there will be no points deduction or fines assessed.
See you at the few short tracks remaining in Wisconsin. To hell with Hen ¢AR!
Good luck to Matt; he’ll need it now that the official Hen¢AR team for 2007 has been annointed. I wonder what Hen¢AR will do if he manages to take the 2007 title from poor little Jeffy, Jimmie, and the almost-official Stewie (Jr’s too outspoken to ever be fully-embraced by Brainless France).
With a lot more details and updates over at Hot Air…
Iraqi police got into a firefight with a bunch of Al Qaeda in Iraq members on the road between Fallujah and Samarrah, killed a top aide in that organization and, depending on who you believe, wounded and/or captured one Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, the successor to the very deceased Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
‘Tis nice to know that the ‘Rats in the House still have the Algore sense of timing, with their retreat-and-defeat proposal (“unencumbered” by those “pesky” Republicans who wanted to put a support-the-troops amendment in) coming up for a vote tomorrow.
It may seem I’m a bit late with this, but with the various policies from all of the “state of the…” speeches starting to play themselves out, it’s the perfect time to do my own.
First up, the state of the blog. It’s good, as I’ve successfully moved this thing to its own domain and figured out how to drive most of those stuck in the dark ages here. I might not post as much as I want partly because I am running out of steam and partly because I prefer not to use profanity every other word, but that’s a quibble for my 2 readers.
The state of the city of Oak Creek – Not as good. The suckers known as 54% of the voters in November decided to build a Taj Mahal East Middle School at a cost of $28.5 million (which is more than what they paid to “renovate” and vastly expand the suddenly-inadequate high school, then the bombshells started coming out. First, that 36-acre/$1.4 million site that the school district wanted turned out to be a third swamp, so they couldn’t also build the coming replacement for Meadowview there. Then, the NIMBYs struck successfully. I would be cheering, but I realize two things; the costs will go up even more, and their most-successful argument is complete Barbara Streissand. My answer to that argument; where better than a neighborhood for a school? There’s far fewer overprotective parents driving little Biffy and Buffy to middle school than to elementary school, there’s no high-schoolers making the roads unsafe, and Oakwood Road is supposedly a main road, so the “increased traffic” excuse is a canard.
Taxes went up across the board (again), and unless things change drastically, I either need to learn to love grabbing my ankles or bail. Fortunately, all isn’t yet lost, as Mark Verhalen wants to be my new alderman. Just as a reminder, the primary is next Tuesday.
The state of Milwaukee County – Once again, there are just too many tax-and-spend-and-tax-and-spend-and-tax-and-spend-and-tax-and-spenders. I would call for a revolt, but considering not even half of the people in Oak Creek, once the home of the tax revolt, feel taxes are too high, it’s not worth it. I wish Scott Walker the best of luck, and I hope he decides to run for President because it would give us at least one conservative in the race (more below).
The state of Wisconsin – What do $1.7 billion (and counting) and 600 represent? Another two broken campaign promises by Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale). If I could avoid swearing, I would comment more on the tax increase represented by the first number, and I’m not at all surprised that instead of cutting another 7,000 state jobs (which is what Craps would need to do by 2010 to actually live up to a campaign promise), he’s adding state jobs. Have to have an excuse to raise taxes, after all.
Meanwhile, JB Van Hollen is proving a big disappointment. I wonder if the ‘Rats in this state knew that he would continue his “see no evil” approach he perfected as US Attorney for western Wisconsin, and decided to give the “Pubbies” a token victory.
The state of the Union – We’re, frankly, falling apart. The conversion of the union to North Mexico continues unabated under Jefe Jorge. The ‘Rats, unsatisfied with the 80% they have been getting, and wishing to live in the slavery of dhimmitude and die under Sharia rather than “suffer” under one more day of liberal RepubicRATism (much less conservatism, which we haven’t really had since 1988), are racing each other to see who can cave to the Islamokazis the fastest. The RepubicRATs, almost to a man, are racing hard to the left while giving less than lip service to conservatism.
Damn, I’m depressed.
(H/T – Drudge)
Quoting the Drudge scoop:
The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled "Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?"….
DC WEATHER REPORT:
Wednesday: Freezing rain in the morning…then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 18. Northwest winds around 20 mph.
Considering the normal high/low for DC is 44/24, and there currently is a winter storm warning for the DC area, I guess we have our answer.
I really didn’t want to do this, but it’s time to introduce a formal comments and trackbacks/pingbacks policy. For those of you that missed it on the left side of the page, I’ve reposted it here:
I almost always welcome comments, trackbacks and pingbacks here (the times I don’t allow comments here tend to be when I am “promoting” a better conversation elsewhere). That having been said, the massive increase of spam has led me to create a policy.
First off, what somebody says in the comments section, whether through an actual comment, a trackback or a pingback, is his or her responsibility. If you do choose to comment, keep that in mind.
I do log IP addresses of every comment/trackback/pingback, and e-mail addresses of every comment, but since it would take a court order (or an illegal hacking of the server) for that information to leave my server, please don’t falsify them. Your website URI, which is a voluntary disclosure, will be made available for everyone to see.
While I do not, as a matter of policy, edit or remove comments, I do reserve the right to do so at any time and for any reason. I am not the government, and specifically for those that don’t know the first word of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, I am not Congress, so don’t go whining about your free speech rights being violated if I do so. I may or may not tell you why, but spam will be one of he reasons why I remove a comment.
Those that use the trackback/pingback feature of WordPress can expect closer scrutiny as something more than 90% of trackbacks and pingbacks are spam.
I use several tools to help me filter out the copious amounts of spam. They may or may not be 100% accurate and effective. If you do have a legitimate, on-topic comment/trackback/pingback that did get caught as spam, be patient. I don’t monitor this blog 24/7.
Remember, this is my sandbox, and while I generally am a nice guy, I can be very mercurial. If you have a problem with that, you are always free to start your own blog (at least if your government lets you). There are a multitude of blogging solutions out there. Heck, I might even put you on my blogroll, though that is at my sole discretion.
(H/T – Sister Toldjah)
The North Koreans appear to have folded on the nuclear issue, tentatively agreeing to initial steps to nuclear disarmament, including what Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill termed specific committments for the North Koreans and a working group to begin meeting in a month.
For those of you that thought that unilateral engagement was the way to go, this was reached through the 6-party talks you poo-poohed.
Of course, the devil, as always with Krazy Kim and company, is not only in the unreleased details, but in the verification. We thought we had a deal with the Kims back in 1994, but a lack of verification and proper details let North Korea continue their parallel nuclear program before the ink was even dry, and ultimately let them reintegrate the supposedly-shut-down program into it.
Revisions/extensions (3:15 pm 2/12/2007) – A further update from the AP gives a rough timeline (North Korea demanded 2 gigawatts of electricity or 2 million barrels of heavy fuel oil; the sources of that energy, South Korea and Russia, balked; the US told North Korea to compromise or the talks were over; and after 16 marathon hours, the North Koreans cracked). Meanwhile, AFP said that it was the Red Chinese that offered that breakthrough and has circulated a “final draft” (unavailable on the wires when I started the update).
Revisions/extensions part 2 (5:04 pm 2/12/2007) – The Japanese Kyodo News Agency says that the NK demand was for both the electricity and oil, Fox News is reporting that the Communists at State bargained away the $25 million sanction slapped on North Korea for counterfeiting American currency, and the latest version of the AP story has both Russia and Japan throwing cold water on the whole works.
On top of massive increases in the cigarette tax, car registration tax and driver’s licenses taxes, his push to end the QEO, and plans to essentially end the “limits” of the Craps Tax Anti-Freeze by allowing municipalities to raise taxes 4% annually, Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/Potawatomi-For Sale) now wants to pay for his $1.1 billion raid on the transportation fund to pay off WEAC by slapping a 2.5% tax on each barrel of oil used in Wisconsin (with corn-a-hole and “junk” diesel, of course, exempt because ADM has bought Craps) and forcing them to
not pass the increased taxes on to Wisconsin residents pass it on to the rest of the country.
Economics 101 – Corporations ultimately do not pay taxes. Each and every penny eventually gets paid by the consumer. Even if Craps can con his packed State Supreme Court into saying he can “force” the oil companies to not pass it along to the Wisconsin consumers, they will pass it along to the rest of the country.
I wonder if KY Jelly is also exempt; as the Asian Badger has been saying, we’re going to need it.
Go there and thank him (while you can).
I hope he doesn’t blow up his blog like by blogfather did. I also hope he comes back to the Cheddarsphere. I’ve already called dibs on using him as a fill-in.
Revisions/extensions (3:21 pm 2/9/2007) – Corrected the committee John “Mr. Redeploy To a Country We’ve ‘Occupied’ for 61 Years” Murtha chairs)
The Washington Times reported that Queen SanFranNan, the Speaker of the House, wanted to permanently tie up one of the 4 C-32s in the Air Force inventory (that would be a custom-built Boeing 757-200) for her exclusive use. She (or more-correctly, the House Sergeant-at-Arms at her insistence) claimed she needed that particular aircraft because she couldn’t be inconvenienced with a refueling stop.
Some quick background before I continue: In the aftermath of 9/11, the Speaker of the House, as 2nd in line to the Presidency, became entitled to military transport. The Air Force routinely supplied the previous Speaker, J. Dennis Hastert, with a C-21 (the military version of the Learjet 35) or C-20 (if it was the -B, it was the military version of the Gulfstream III, if it was the -H, it was the military version of the Gulfstream IV) for travel between DC and his suburban Chicago district.
I call bullshat on SanFranNan’s specific request. First, let’s review the tale of the tape. The C-21 indeed would not have the range to fly coast-to-coast, as it is a tick over 2,300 miles. Morever, they’re currently based (as of 1997) in Illinois. Either of the C-20s, as well as the follow-on C-37A (the military version of the Gulfstream V) would have the range. The -20B can go 4,250 miles, the -20H can go 4,750 miles, the -32 can go 5,500 miles, and the -37 can go 6,300 miles. Yep, you heard me right; they all can go coast-to-coast without stopping for gas. As a bonus, she’d get there faster on the Gulfstreams.
Morever, the refuelling-is-unsafe line is a canard. Refuellings would be done at Air Force bases, not at commercial airports, and would be accomplished at speeds that even Fed-Ex would only hope to approach.
As for passengers, the Gulfstreams can carry 12 plus its crew of 5, and the Boeing can carry 45 plus its crew of up to 16. The Pentagon limits the entourage to 10 (with no room for the grandkids or hubby’s lobbyists), which is another point of contention between Queen Plastic and the Pentagon.
Communications on the Gulfstreams are a step down from those on the Boeing, but they still offer secure voice and data transmissions. The fact that Hastert lived with them renders that point moot.
So, if it’s not range, not passengers (at least as long as SanFranNan can keep the entourage under the limits) and not communications, what’s driving her to demand the C-32, using the House Sergeant-at-Arms and the chair of the
House Armed Services Committee Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to threaten the Pentagon? It’s primary use is as Air Force Two, the Vice Presidential transport. Indeed, it is fitted out so similarily to the VC-25 (known by all as Air Force One), complete with a conference room and a private section for the VIP including a separate entertainment center and fold-out bed, that it is used by the President when the airport cannot accomodate the VC-25.
Guess Algore picked the wrong day to say that Red China should not have to reduce its emissions of “greenhouse gases” until the US does.
(H/T – Michelle)
I wonder if it’s because no American choppers have been shot down today, or because some surgically-enhanced golddigger died today, but you won’t hear or read this bit of news in the LeftStream Media. Fortunately, we have the Jawa Report to fill in the gaps:
Coalition forces in Iraq have delivered a series of stunning blows to al Qaeda in Iraq in the last 48 hours.
A key aide to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the man who replaced Abu Musab al Zarqawi as the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, has been captured south of Baghdad. As A.J. Strata notes, the trail to the al Qaeda leader is fresh: the captured aide admitted to meeting with al Masri yesterday.
Since Taji is north of Baghdad, these two al Qaeda IED cell leaders captured by the U.S. in West Taji are not the same as those above. That’s four al Qaeda leaders captured.
But four is such a lonely number. A facilitator of foreign fighters was captured by the Iarqi Army on the Syrian border. And foreign fighters tend to mean al Qaeda.
Not to be outdone by the IA, the U.S. struck two houses where foreign fighters had gathered—13 jihadis dead. An “individual” associated with foreign fighter facilitation was in the targeted area.
But wait, that’s not all. Coalition Forces conducted an air strike Wednesday targeting an al-Qaida in Iraq-related vehicle-borne improvised explosives devices network near Arab Jabour. Intelligence reports indicated that this network is responsible for a large and devastating number of VBIED attacks in the Baghdad area. They are also responsible for IED and sniper attacks conducted against the Iraqi people and Iraqi and Coalition Forces. Building destroyed, everyone inside presumably dead.
And another terrorist was captured in Taji. In addition to leading a bombing cell, he is also believed to be involved in taking Iraqis hostage and murdering them. Which would mean that he is either al Qaeda or one of the related organizations under the umbrella of the “Islamic State of Iraq”.
So, we have 6 al Qaeda leaders captured, and possibly dozens more killed. All in the last 48 hours.
Bravo Zulo, guys. Keep them running and dying tired.
I wonder if Hiliary still wants to stop the war, or is she good with Al Qaeda finding another home she might occassionally lob a few cruise missiles at?
The reason I ask is the presumptive Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has shown neither leadership nor conviction on Iraq. Today’s OpinionJournal featured article outlines her move from her husband’s position that Hussein needed to be ousted to Retreat and Defeat. To answer their question, that is precisely the stalwart drift she would bring to the Oval Orifice.
The Wall Street Journal has a story on how ultralow-sulfur diesel fuel has left school buses throughout the country unable to run during the ongoing bout of “global warming”. A couple of observations:
Pic swiped from Allahpundit on the Hot Air Sierra Bravo thread…
When cheerleading anchorettes go bad,….
I’ve been frozen by Global Warming (or is it the natural state of the High Priestess of Global Warming?).
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