No Runny Eggs

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.

Archive for September 27th, 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, 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.

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