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Friday, May 06, 2005

Senator Reid, Reality On Line One

According to Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) winning (ie, defeating a Democrat) makes you a "loser" BUT losing to a Democrat makes you a "wonderful human being" or something like that.

This parallel reality is dangerous not only to his party, but his party's and his own mental health! Worse then witnessing the Democrat Party decline into a drooling mass of insanity is the danger statements like this pose to our democracy. Remember, "logic dictates that some on the extreme left will take this as fact (and, some go much further into more complicated paranoid delusions) and take the step into violence." (Yesterday from Dangerous portents).

Actually this insane pathology does explain the Democratic behavior since the election, beyond simple denial, and their failure to believe that their message was defeated in the elections has dominated their agenda since.

Here is the story from the Las Vegas Review Journal:

In the course of a discussion on filibusters and Senate rules, Washington's top Democrat gave the 60 juniors a lesson in partisan politics, particularly about the commander in chief. "The man's father is a wonderful human being," Reid said in response to a question about President Bush's policies. "I think this guy is a loser. "I think President Bush is doing a bad job," he added to a handful of chuckles. "He's driving this country into bankruptcy," Reid said, referring to the deficit. "He's got us in this intractable war in Iraq where we now have about 1,600 American soldiers dead and another 15,000 injured." Republican National Communications Director Brian Jones issued a statement calling the senator's comments "a sad development but not surprising from the leader of a party devoid of optimism, ideas or solutions to the issues people care about most." After the statement was released, Reid phoned the Review-Journal to acknowledge he thought he crossed the line. "You know the president is in Europe, probably sleeping," Reid said in an interview this afternoon. "But I called (Karl) Rove and apologized for what I said."

But seriously Senator Reid, what part of Winner don't you understand? Oh yea, that part where you actually win elections!

What, We've Got Oil

You do realize that we have no idea how much oil we have, and our wacky unwillingness to find and extract it is:

  • Severe Cognitive Dissonance -- with gas prices so high we'll bitch about it, but we'll allow the wacko's to keep us from drilling or building new refineries
  • Unknown to most Americans, we just think we are out -- we don't realize we are so restricted by enviro wacko's

MAY. 4 5:32 P.M. ET
A tiny oil company has snapped up leasing rights to a half-million acres in central Utah that it says could yield a billion barrels or more of oil.

Geologists are calling it a spectacular find -- the largest onshore discovery in at least 30 years, located in a region of complex geology long abandoned for exploration by major oil companies. It's turning out to contain high-quality oil already commanding a premium at refineries.

There's Gold In Them Thar Hills! Now if we could just stuff a wacko's own dirty socks in the biggest wacko's mouths perhaps we could get some of it!

Lets face it, our economy runs on oil and when it becomes financially advantageous for someone to develop an alternative then someone will develop a reasonable alternative - not a day before and not a day after (From my post Past The Peak--We Will Run Out). Until then it's all hands to the drills!

The Left Beyond The Touch Of Reason

Once again, we seem to be treading into dangerous territory. Just as back in the 60's, the MSM, Walter Cronkite, the New York Times, various pundits, gave intellectual cover to the worst excesses of rhetoric and ultimately to violence, the rhetoric is ratcheting upwards into dangerous territory. Central figures in the MSM, and in the Democratic party, are making charges that legitimize violence. If Bush lied (a meme that seems to never be far from the surface of the NY Times), if the Republicans "stole" a second consecutive election, if our soldiers, just as charged n Vietnam, are committing atrocities sanctioned by their superiors, logic dictates that some on the extreme left will take this as fact (and, some go much further into more complicated paranoid delusions) and take the step into violence. Thus far we have been treated to various conservatives being pelted with food when they have appeared on campuses. It will almost certainly escalate from here.

So says ShrinkWrapped in an excellent, well written analysis by an psycoanalyst! Read the whole thing -- Dangerous Portents.

In the past I have said that I feared this mindset. How will it end, no one knows butl:

When your enemies are evil, dangerous fascists who are dedicated to destroying your country, your civil rights, and enslaving and/or killing various innocents, it becomes incumbent on right minded people to act to prevent further horrors. This is the logic of the left, aided and abetted by large parts of the MSM, Academia, and the Democratic Party. While they will accuse the Republicans and Bush of doing exactly what I just described, their logic fails when it can not encompass 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq elections, 3/11, the Cedar revolution, and so much more, but much of the left is beyond the touch of reason; will violence follow?


Rockford Area Bloggers

Update -- I have updated and posted Rockford Bloggers my Right Of The Star Blog, here is a link to the category.

Some time back I noticed that Power and Control was from Rockford, as am I. I decided to start looking around for other bloggers in the Rockford Area as a local resource.

This is what I have found so far, I will add more as I find them.

Power and Control
Ryan Packer - 18y/o
Phil's Observations
Purple Medical Blog
The Speed Shop - The Bodyshop Blog
T1Rex - Telecom Tech
Brainspinning - far left Roscoe, IL - appears inactive 2/16/2005

If your a Rockford Area Blogger let me know about your blog in the comments.

The Killers - Music Trek

I love the band The Killers, I mentioned them here - Entertainment Trek - Dizzy Day - where I wrote:
To the point, The Killers are great like a compelling mix of the original (not the newer "hipper" new stuff) U2, Duran Duran, The Cure, and Erasure. I love them!
Well a week or so I came across this review by this woman in Junk Magazine that spins an entire tale of a gay murder story played out in the album. I have sat on this for a few days and I have to agree with what she says. First, I agree that their music just makes me happy. Second, I think her interpretation may be on the mark.

Read the review: (Scroll down)

Are The Killers Gayer Than Fitness Fridays!?

I admit that while I have been listening to their album basically non-stop since early August, I had accepted the lyrics as typical, catchy, love-ish songs. Then again, I am the girl who had been singing along to Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet” for something along the lines of twelve years before figuring out that it was about Elvis. So maybe I’m just kind of dense. It took the knowledge that there was a hidden plotline to the album to get me to listen the songs more closely. Then, like a bolt of lightening, a ridiculously complex and tenuously cogent theory hit me during one of the Killers’ Irving Plaza shows in October (which was, by the way, one of the best shows I have seen in a long time).

On the Mats with the Boys:

An Examination of the Homosexual Subtext of the Killers’ Hot Fuss


Oh, maybe this picture will help:

GPA Award

On a personal note -- Jason received an award at his college's honors ceremony for having the highest GPA in the art department.


My Famous Link Box

Hey, I had my first day of links from FAMOUS bloggers yesderday!

As a way of saying thanks and so I never forget who and where I am starting this post to place my famous link.....................um.............'s.

April 26 2005

Ace of Spades HQ
re: Moby is a Selfish, disgusting Idiot.
re: Moby is a Selfish, Disgusting Idiot.

Thanks to them,

Am I fawning or bragging - well, yes!

Still fawning and bragging -

New Links:

May 5, 2005

Ace Of Spades HQ Re: Still on the subject of Insanity (Bill Maher)
Say Anything Re: Still on the subject of Insanity (Bill Maher)
Physics Geek Re: Still on the subject of Insanity (Bill Maher)
Gay Orbit Re: Still on the subject of Insanity (Bill Maher)

May 10, 2005
Bentblog re: The Smell of Sex

Thanks to all!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

NCLB Follies!

ROCKFORD Register Star April 5, 2005 -- Rockford is one of only two Illinois school districts to lose federal money earmarked for improving reading. The reason: Superintendent Dennis Thompson turned away monitors who came in February to see whether the money was being spent correctly.

The cost: At least $681,000. The grants are the federal government's way of paying for the No Child Left Behind Act, the sweeping law that forces districts to improve or face sanctions.

Thompson told monitors to come back after making an appointment in advance. The state, which runs the Reading First grant for the federal Department of Education, says rescheduling an investigative visit is not acceptable. The state has been under increasing pressure from the federal government to improve how it monitors the grants.

Thompson, who got word of the grant loss last week, said Monday that the incident was an unfortunate miscommunication that doesn’t matter.

“The issue with the grant is that it is so restrictive that you can only use it in so many ways,” Thompson said.

Those ways did not jibe with his plans for the district’s reading program, so he didn’t plan to pursue more Reading First money for 2005-06, he said.

Still, Thompson said he has talked with the state to improve communication. He didn’t like being told about the visit with one day’s notice.

“Could I have done things better? Certainly,” Thompson said.
Districts around the country have opted not to take the federal money because Reading First endorses and pays for just a handful of reading programs. In Wisconsin, the Madison district declined $2 million last year because the district had its own reading program and wanted to stick with it.

The loss will hit 10 schools in the 2005-06 school year: Lewis Lemon, Ellis, Beyer, Jackson, Spring Creek, Summerdale, Westview, McIntosh, Nashold and Swan Hillman.

The schools will lose literacy coaches, training for teachers and money to buy reading materials. Thompson said the money was paying for programs that are out of step with the reading approach he wants used, called “balanced literacy.”

That approach relies on training teachers to discover where students are struggling and beefing up lessons.

Thompson’s chief academic officer, Martha Hayes, introduced testing three times a year to identify elementary students’ strengths and weaknesses.

The 10 Reading First schools had to give the district-endorsed tests and another round of grant-endorsed tests. Thompson said that was too much.

In addition, all teacher training and materials went to programs that differed from the balanced literacy approach.

The shift to balanced literacy has not been without controversy. Former Lewis Lemon Principal Tiffany Parker resisted the move away from “direct instruction,” a scripted phonics program that Parker said led her school’s third-grade students to some of the district’s top test scores in 2003.

Parker was demoted to an assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School in January. Shortly after, Thompson hired private attorneys to probe the Lewis Lemon scores. Parker, in turn, filed a civil suit against Thompson.

In earlier interviews with the Rockford Register Star, Parker said she told the state that the new wave of reading was hurting her ability to run the program supported by Reading First. She won’t comment now because of her lawsuit.

After years of minority litigation and millions in settlement costs the taxpayers of Rockford can't afford this incompetence - gee, wonder why the left says the NCLB isn't working and is not funded. I don't want to hear another word about NCLB being underfunded, ever!


And another thing - Silly Superintendent, for nearly $700,000 he couldn't find it in his heart to make direct instruction work? WTF, the district's budget is $226,700,000 for 2005. Every penny is important to taxpayers, but not to the administrators!

Hour Minute Second Month Day Year

Following Wizbang's lead this post is 05:05:05 on 05/05/05.

Update - some stats from Drudge

Today at 5:05:05 am & pm the time will be 05:05:05 05/05/005....

05.05.005 comes only once in 1000 years and coinciding with Thursday (5th Day of the week) comes only once in 7000 yrs...


While We're On The Subject - Insanity and Elections

First Moby now Bill Maher and the Governor of Wisconsin........ who cares about the gay gene!! I want to know if these people were really raised that way! Is this insanity nature or nuture?

Who knows, but in a previous post - If you can't throw an election throw a fit - I compared the Democratic Underground (DU) to the insane:
...a day at DU is like walking into a shrill and painful sounding psycho ward. The one where the constant painful cries of, "I AM Napoleon and my empire HAS been stolen," echo off of the bare cement walls until your ears hurt and you are forced to turn away in sorry disgust.

Here is a challenge - come up with other commonly known insane rants from folklore, movies, books that would apply to the current rants at DU. (election stolen, war is illegal, Bush undermined the UN.....hahahah that one made me laugh.....)

BTW, I would like to apologize to the insane for the painful comparison!

This is a repeat of a previous post, hoping for much more input.

Random Name Trek - Veronica Lake

lick title for the rest of this IMDB bio
'Constance Keane' (her stepfather's surname), beauty pageant winner, came to Hollywood with her star-struck mother in 1938. Enrolled in the Bliss Hayden School of Acting, she began playing extra and bit parts, eventually in about 6 films. An abortive screen test at MGM led to a better one at Paramount, a contract, and a breakout role in I Wanted Wings (1941), as a torch-singing vamp. Producer Arthur Hornblow Jr. renamed her Veronica Lake for this film; she was 17. Her best films include two comedies, _Sullivan's Travels (1942)_ and I Married a Witch (1942), and her three film-noirs with Alan Ladd (1942-46). Her screen image was cool yet sultry, tough yet vulnerable. Her comedy talent was recognized by 'Rene Clair' and Preston Sturges but not by Paramount, which then cast her in cameos and routine supporting roles until 1948 when her contract was dropped. Mismanagement by director-husband André De Toth and intermittent heavy drinking ended her film career by 1952. She had steady TV and stage work until 1959 when a severe ankle break sidelined her; she resumed work as a Baltimore TV hostess in 1962, returned to the stage 1963 and appeared in plays (and two low-budget films) through 1970. She was 53 when she died of hepatitis in 1973. The great films and performances for which she is and will be remembered date from 1941-1946 when she was 21-26 years old.

My Mom, who passed away in an auto accident at age 54 (in 92), just one year older then Veronica, would always call our dog Veronica Lake when her hair fell in front of her eyes..............this is why.

(BTW, our dog NEVER looked this good!)

UPDATE: This is Martha Stewart not Veronica - as is pointed out in the comments - thanks for the correction.

Arnie points out:

That's not Veronica Lake. That's a picture from Kevyn Aucoin's makeup book of Martha Stewart done up to look like Veronica Lake.

Here is a shot of Veronica Lake:

Christians - Bad, Wickens - Good...WTF

Stop the ACLU BlogBurst.....

ACLU Opposes Tax Exemption of All Churches

...But They Support It For Satanic Witches

Curious? Find out the whole story at Stop The ACLU!

Look, like most Unions the ACLU is out to destroy what made America great, our rugged individualism. We need to stay aware and stop the attacks by the ACLU. That is the reason for this BlogBurst. These sites are already onboard, Email here to join.


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Doing WHAT?

Okay someone Googled Drinking Urine!

Strange as it may seem they found it on my blog (ranked #2 even)! MY BLOG - who could have guessed.

I know I have always talked about things others only think about, but even I wonder why the strangest things seem to come up only in MY conversations.

I am not sure which is worse, that someone is actually googled it or that I had actually blogged about it.

Still On The Subject Of Insanity

Bill Maher, who I personally never thought was funny, edgy, or even timely (just arrogant!) proves again why he should just shut up!

And Craig Ferguson won my admiration for shutting him up!

Via The Corner:


Late Late Show

May 3, 2005


Bill Maher: "I think that there is no perspective. People have no perspective, especially about crime. You know, zero tolerance. You know, of course, nobody ever wants to see a child, you know, diddled. That’s just plain wrong. But even the people who are testifying against him, they’re saying that he serviced them. They didn’t service him."

Craig Ferguson: "You don’t have kids, do you, Bill?"

Maher: "No."

Ferguson: "No. I have a son. It makes me crazy, this thing, this Michael Jackson thing. It drives me, the idea of someone touching my kid, I would go, I nearly swore there. I’d go crazy."

Maher: "Very wrong. But, you know, I remember when I was a kid. I was savagely beaten once by bullies in the schoolyard. Savagely beaten. If I had a choice between being savagely beaten and being gently masturbated by a pop star. It’s just me."

Ferguson: "The always controversial Bill Maher, everybody."

Maher: "What? That’s it?"

Ferguson: "Bill Maher. We’ll be right back with Rain Pryor."

I think that beating did serious brain damage to this man! I am so glad he is only on HBO that way I never have to risk catching his show while surfing!

HBO is a pay service and as such they don't have to wait for the ratings to feel pressure from customers. Here's hoping they do!

Elections Matter, But Not To The D's

About that voter reform in my Neighbor to the North, Wisconsin, From DANE and Redstate:

Wisconsin rivaled WA in fraud-u-votes, upon which the (D)'s rely... so this is no surprise:
Gov. Jim Doyle(D) Friday vetoed the voter photo ID. Today, the State Assembly failed to override his veto.
Although the photo ID bill was one of the most hotly debated issues during Tuesday's session, the outcome wasn't a surprise. Republicans had expected to fall short of having a two-thirds majority - 66 votes - to override Doyle's veto of the bill.

The final vote was 61 to 34. Four Assembly Democrats - Reps. Peggy Krusick of Milwaukee, Tom Nelson of Kaukauna, Tony Staskunas of West Allis and Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc - joined Republicans in supporting it. Two Republicans - Reps. Terri McCormick of Appleton and Suzanne Jeskewitz of Menomonee Falls - weren't present for the vote.
While Doyle gets to maintain an election status quo Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Rep. Mark Green both get a popular issue to hammer the incumbant with. 80+% of likely voters back a photo ID requirement before voting. 70% of municiple clerks, the people who run local polls, also back the measure. Yet Doyle is too politically tone deaf or too beholden to Democrats who don't mind shenanigans at the polls.
You have to show ID to vote in Mexico... you have to be registered with a work permit to have a job in Mexico...

Oh... and Wisconsin went for Kerry(D) by 11,384 votes out of almost 3 million cast. Funny all we heard about was Ohio where the gap was over 118,599...

Amazing how the will of the people doesn't matter to the Dem's at the state level or in the Senate isn't it! Elections matter and as long as they fail to realize that they will continue to be a minority party!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

That 70's Ball

Sonny and Cher, Farah, Dirty Harry, and John Travolta. These are the sights that greeted you Saturday Night, April 30, 2005, at the 17th Annual Berry Ball for Rockford's Janet Wattles Mental Health Center, held at Giovanni's Restaurant.

This years ball was titled, "That 70's Ball," and as you can imagine it was based on the 70's. Yep, the era of Disco, Nixon, McGovern, the end of the Vietnam war, John Kerry's high point, gas lines, the bicentennial, and Carter. Despite all of these memories the ball was quite a blast, including the period costumes worn by attendees.

Giovanni's did an outstanding job on the food which included BOTH Giovanni's Special Filet and Chicken De Jonge. I loved the chicken and redskined mashed potatoes and the filet was tender and looked great but it had a bit of a herb taste that I didn't enjoy. Desert was a wonderful Triple Chocolate Truffle that had a perfect raspberry on every plate - I mean perfect - attention to detail does make all the difference doesn't it!

The MC for the evening was WREX-TV 13 News Anchor Dani Maxwell who did a wonderful job - she really is cute and tiny you know.

Music was provided by the 2004 Classic Rock RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry) Award Winners Clutch Cargo. The music was outstanding and the dance floor was full the entire evening.

Marta Jones of Outhouse Inc. was this years Berry Ball Chair.

In attendance were popular Rockford favorites including Mr. Mustache (Bruce Lewis) former Mayors Box and Scott along with local business leaders. I didn't see our new Mayor Larry Morrissey (I - historically votes D) which seemed odd as I think I have seen Rockford's current Mayor at every ball I have attended. Perhaps this will foretell the new independent administrations direction, time will tell if this is a good strategy in a City where leaders are noticed by their absence.

If you have never been to a Berry Ball it is definitely a good time and the money goes toward supporting Janet Wattles the largest provider of Mental Health Services in Northern Illinois. From their website:
Janet Wattles Center is a not-for-profit community behavioral health center serving individuals and families in Northern Illinois. The center is supported by grants, fees, foundations, and corporate and individual donations.

Janet Wattles Center provides an array of assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for adults, children and adolescents. The professional staff at Janet Wattles Center treats a variety of mental illnesses…from anxiety disorders and depression…to schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder…to A.D.D. and emotionally disturbed children. Janet Wattles Center offers board certified psychiatrists and a board certified child psychiatrist. The clinic provides group and individual therapy, financial assistance, living assistance and vocational help.

The qualities of mental health are essential to leading a healthy life. Whether you're poor, rich, male, female, young, or old…from the west side or east side, suburb or city, Janet Wattles Center wants you to know you have a friend to turn to…someone who cares and wants to help. Need to contact someone at Janet Wattles Center? Click here.

The Berry Ball runs unusually smooth, has the best music of any balls I have attended in Rockford, and has some of the best silent auction and regular auction items out there.

There was also a unique raffle, for $30 you could purchase one of 100 numbered bags containing a Stirling Silver Cubic Zirconia fashion necklace provided by Clodius and Company with a random bag containing a half carat brilliant cut diamond solitaire pendant set in white gold that was also provided by Clodius (value over $1000 I think). A great deal!

The regular auction items this year were:
  • Gail Sayers autographed football donated by LaMonica Beverages and Mary Gubbe Lee
  • A trip on Hooters Air including $500 at Mariott Hotels donated by Northwest Chicagoland International Airport at Rockford and Area Mechanical
  • Trane Central Air donated by Area Mechanical and the Genore Family
  • A giant (43" I think) flat screen TV donated by Merchant Police
  • An Italian Dinner for 10, including a seven course dinner - each course having it's own wine all prepared and provided by Mike and Mary Ann Abate, Mark and Theresa Hiser, Bill and Martha Hutt, and Jack and Mary Teela. This is an annual favorite.
Decoration assistance was provided by Rockford College's SOAP (Society of Artsy People).

Disclosure - My sister, Denise Noe, is the marketing and development director for Janet Wattles and Jason is a member of SOAP - but this didn't influence my opinion, the ball was a blast!

More Yellow Shirt Bloggin

Okay, I know from the sitemeter that your interested in the Capital One Bright Yellow Shirt "NO" commercial that I briefly reviewed here (Screaming Like A Little Girl) when they first ran.

Here is the link to the AdLand - Capital One Bright Yellow Shirt ad (Search Yellow Shirt in the search box. Sorry, can't link directly) which is still the only copy I can find online. It will cost you 2 pounds UK (just under $4 US) to see their ads for a month but they have an extensive inventory so it should be worth it.

Now for a bit more background on the ads. The, "NO" Ads were the concept of McCann-Erickson Agency, New York. After creating the ads, it was given the boot by Capital One, which shifted the business to DDB Chicago. Which is probably when they improved form the tired old "NO" ads to the intern series which includes the "Air Horn" and the infamous "Bright Yellow Shirt" Ads.

The business was more then likely transferred because the series of ads, including the "what's in Your Wallets" ads had low ratings, but based on the searches for this commercial this new commercial has turned the corner on those ratings. (USA Today 3/13/2005)
Of those familiar with the ads, 30% "dislike" them, well above Ad Track's average of 13%. That 30% score is higher than the most-disliked ads of 2004: Miller ads with a political candidate challenging Anheuser-Busch's role as the "King of Beers" were disliked by 26% of consumers in Ad Track last year.

Only 12% of consumers like the Capital One ads "a lot," below the Ad Track survey average of 21%.


UPDATE: I saw this ad again this AM and laughed my ass off - this is soooo well done no wonder people love it!
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Kerry's 180

93 days ago, John Kerry promised, on national TV, to sign form SF-180 and release his military records. He has yet to do so.

Meet The Press Transcript (01/30/2005). Key excerpt:

MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–I’m going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn’t in the record and we’ll put it out. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will.

Why the 180 Mr. Kerry?

Send this PDF form 180 to his Senate email.

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