Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

Wis. Flags At Half-Staff Friday For Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey

Date: March 22, 2012

Flags at Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other facilities across the state will fly at half-staff Friday (Mar 23) in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse J. Grindey of Hazel Green, Wis., who lost his life while serving his country in Afghanistan. The Guard will render these honors in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Scott Walker.

EXECUTIVE ORDER # 64 reads:

Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin be Flown at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey of the United States Army Who Lost His Life While Serving His Country During Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2012, Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey, a member of the 287th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas, United States Army, died while serving his country in Afghanistan; and

WHEREAS, Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey provided faithful and honorable service to the people of the State of Wisconsin and the people of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the people of Wisconsin mourn the death of Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey; and

WHEREAS, a memorial service will be held for Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Grindey on March 23, 2012;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SCOTT WALKER, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me by federal and state law, do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin equipped with such flags beginning at sunrise on Friday, March 23, 2012, and ending at sunset on that date.

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US flag flying at half-staff at sunset
US flag flying at half-staff at sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Clintonville Wis. Earthquake Details From USGS

Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude
1.5
Date-Time
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 05:15:57 UTC
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:15:57 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
44.627°N, 88.757°W
Depth
5 km (3.1 miles)
Region
WISCONSIN
Distances
49 km (30 miles) NW of Appleton, Wisconsin
60 km (37 miles) WNW of Green Bay, Wisconsin
65 km (40 miles) E of Stevens Point, Wisconsin
181 km (112 miles) NNE of MADISON, Wisconsin
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles); depth +/- 5 km (3.1 miles)
Parameters
NST= 8, Nph= 9, Dmin=22.3 km, Rmss=0.34 sec, Gp= 79°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=4
Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usc0008n7t

FromUSGS

Official United States Geological Survey Logo
Official United States Geological Survey Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Michigan: Gov. Snyder, Only Adult In The Room For Detroit

The City of Detroit spent like there was no tomorrow and pretty much is bankrupt. So three house members are not happy when an adult (Gov Snyder) has to make tough decisions to fix Detroit’s problems.

MARCH 22, 2012 AT 2:32 PM
Three U.S. House members ask Snyder to delay emergency manager for Detroit
BY DAVID SHEPARDSON DETROIT NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Washington— Three Michigan members of Congress asked Gov. Rick Snyder not to appoint an emergency manager for Detroit until he answers questions about the law and alternative approaches.

Reps. John Conyers, D-Detroit; Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit, said in a letter the emergency manager law “is leading us into a legal quagmire that may irreparably harm our citizens, our cities and our state.”

The three urged Snyder to consider granting Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council more power than outlined in his proposed consent agreement to solve the city’s financial crisis. Detroit could run out of money as early as next month.

“While we are willing to support developing a fair and balanced agreement between the state and city to help resolve the city’s financial problems, we strongly believe such agreement must be fair, balanced, financially realistic and consistent with our laws and our values,” they wrote.

Read more at Detroit News

If Detroit had a republican mayor and the governor was a democrat, the governor would have the mayor and city officials yanked out of office and replaced with marshal law. Democrats are not used to making tough decisions when it comes to spending other peoples money ( tax payers money) . More welfare, more gov handouts and raise taxes on businesses and the so called rich.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama Fast-Tracks Golden Gate Bridge

Seems the president is announcing he is fast-tracking the Keystone pipeline. The pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas has been under construction since 2011 and now he is taking  credit for it’s construction. The Keystone Pipeline is not being built from Canada to the U. S. because President Obama will not O K that construction! Here are two news stories with the false headlines.

Obama to fast-track portion of Keystone pipeline

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – President Barack Obama plans to direct federal agencies to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, backing a segment of the larger Keystone XL project that he rejected earlier this year.

The 485-mile line from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on Texas’ Gulf coast would remove a critical bottleneck in the country’s oil transportation system.

Read more at CBS News.

Obama Fast-Tracks Keystone Pipeline Segment

Facing heat over his engery policies, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies on Thursday to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, backing a segment of the larger Keystone XL project that he rejected earlier this year.

The 485-mile line from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on Texas’ Gulf coast will remove a critical bottleneck in the country’s oil transportation system, as rising oil production has outgrown pipelines’ capacity to deliver oil to refineries.

Read more at CNBC

So if  President Obama can take credit for the oil pipe line from  Oklahoma to Texas, then can he also take credit for;

The Golden Gate Bridge?

The Empire State Building?

The Washington Monument?

Mount Rushmore?

The Egyptian pyramid?

If you believe the president today, you have to believe he also built the above wonders of the world.

How can the press believe that the people of this country are that stupid to believe what President Obama said today? The American people do not believe the President of the United States.

keystone pipeline
keystone pipeline (Photo credit: shannonpatrick17)

For those that voted for Mr. Obama in 2008, it’s O K, you made a maistake.

Wis. Teachers Union Organizing Student Unions, We Are Not Kidding, (poll)

Wisconsin students want collective bargaining.

Following is a Student Bill of Rights written by student members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), a youth organization associated with Voces de la Frontera. Over one thousand students, mostly in Milwaukee and Racine, have reviewed the document and given input to its content. YES has also received input from a number of youth organizations and education activists.

The resolution supporting the Student Bill of Rights will be discussed at a board committee meeting and public hearing this Thursday at 5:30 at central office. Please try to attend and support YES.

Student Bill of Rights
Written by the students of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)

Protesters from the AFSCME march around the Wi...
Protesters from the AFSCME march around the Wisconsin State Capitol, demonstrating against Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining restriction on unions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Student Power and Voice
I. Students have the right to organize and have a voice in their school.
II. Student representatives should be included in any decision-making that significantly affects
the student body.
III. Students have the right to full disclosure by administration, as do parents, teachers, staff, and
the community.
IV. Students have the right to organize across schools. The students of a district have the right to
establish an inter-school organization in which the issues of different schools are shared and
the entire student community can provide support to ensure that no school is isolated.
V. Students and parents/guardians are to be informed of the students’ rights. Students shall
present the Student Bill of Rights peer-to-peer annually and have access to a copy.
VI. Students have a right to a school environment where all teachers and staff have the right to
collectively bargain.
VII. Students have the right to a desegregated public education system that is not undermined by
privatization.

Read the rest at Larry Miller Blog

How many parents will let their children organize unions?

Wisconsin: All But 2 Legislation Districts Good For Elections

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
9:17 AM
Court finds lawmakers failed to create majority-minority Assembly district for Latinos, but leaves maps intact otherwise
A federal court this morning ruled Republicans failed to create a majority-minority Assembly seat for Milwaukee’s Latino community and offered lawmakers the chance to tweak those lines.

But the court otherwise left intact the maps the GOP created last summer, ruling that while more than a million Wisconsinites were moved needlessly, “the resulting population deviations are not large enough to permit judicial intervention under the Supreme Court’s precedents.”

The court stressed in the ruling that its ruling on Assembly districts 8 and 9 are not intended to affect any other seats. It added that re-drawing those lines must occur within the combined outer boundaries of those two seats to avoid impacting other districts.

Read more at WisPolitics.com

An enlargeable map of the 72 counties of the s...
An enlargeable map of the 72 counties of the state of Wisconsin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Teacher Farms Out Political Work Against Republicans To Students

Here in Wisconsin we are told teachers work so hard.

Va. middle-schoolers assigned opposition research on GOP candidates
Published: 1:16 AM 03/22/2012

A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign by conducting opposition research in class against the Republican presidential candidates.

The 8th grade students, who attend Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County, were required to seek out the vulnerabilities of Republican presidential hopefuls and forward them to the Obama campaign.

“This assignment was just creepy beyond belief — like something out of East Germany during the Cold War,” one frustrated father, who asked for his family to remain anonymous, told The Daily Caller.

Read more at The Daily Caller.

When you have students doing your political work, heck, look how much money the democratic party is saving. I wonder if this is happening in Wisconsin against the recall of Gov Scott Walker?

Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008
Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U. S. Property Owners Win One Over EPA

A win for all property owners over the Environmental Protection Agency at the U. S. Supreme Court.

Victory against the EPA at the Supreme Court
A big win for property rights.by John Hayward03/21/2012
Mike and Chantell Sackett have prevailed in their Supreme Court case against the Environmental Protection Agency, winning the “right to a direct, meaningful judicial review” of the EPA’s effective seizure of their property under “wetlands” regulations.

The Pacific Legal Foundation, whose principal attorney Damien M. Schiff represented the Sacketts before the Supreme Court, delivered the happy news in a press release:

“EPA is not above the law,” said Schiff. “That’s the bottom line with today’s ruling. This is a great day for Mike and Chantell Sackett, because it confirms that EPA can’t deny them access to justice. EPA can’t repeal the Sacketts’ fundamental right to their day in court. And for that reason, it is a great day for all Americans, for all property owners, and for the rule of law. The justices have made it clear that EPA bureaucrats are answerable to the law and the courts just like the rest of us. EPA can’t try to micromanage people and their property — it can’t order property owners to dance like marionettes — while denying them any meaningful right to appeal to the courts. It can’t threaten property owners with financial ruin and not have to justify its threats to a judge. And it can’t issue lazy, drive-by ‘wetlands’ edicts about private property. It will have to put in some honest work and use credible science, because the regulators must be able to justify their wetlands orders in a court of law.

Read more at Human Events

Don’t celebrate to fast. The EPA still can take you to court, but they cannot threaten you anymore with fines and other threats before court cases are brought up.

Environmental Protection Agency Seal
Environmental Protection Agency Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

How Deep Will Public Unions Dig In Their Pockets

Since most public union dues are still deducted off their members pay checks, they still have vast bags of campaign money.

Report: Public-sector unions using dues to fight political assaults
March 21st, 2012
By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON — While organized labor’s strength may be waning overall, public-sector unions are retaining their numbers and pumping up their power to push public policy at the taxpayers’ expense, according to a new report by a conservative, free-market think tank.

The Manhattan Institute’s pointed report, “Dues and Deep Pockets: Public-Sector Unions’ Money Machine,” released Wednesday, doesn’t mince words.

Public-sector unions, unlike other advocacy organizations in the political process, have used mandatory revenue and membership streams through “dues checkoff” rules and “agency shop” laws to build their political base and push policies that sustain themselves and government benefits at ballooning public costs, the report asserts.

“As a result, public-sector unions bring vast resources to their political activities at the federal, state, and local levels,” the analysis states. “They make direct donations to candidates and parties, fund issue ads in parallel campaigns, provide get-out-the-vote ground operations, run campaigns for and against ballot measures, and engage in extensive lobbying efforts.”

And their members overwhelmingly vote Democrat.

Read more at Wisconsin Reporter.

With Act 10 in Wisconsin, it is a matter of time before the income of union dues starts to drop. With less money in the future, how will that affect the contributions to the democratic party?

Marquette: County Board, Sheriff Both Seeing Red

Seems to be differences between the sheriff  and the county board.

County board unhappy with sheriff letter
March 21, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN – Journal Staff Writer ([email protected]) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Board reacted strongly Tuesday, blasting back at Sheriff Michael Lovelace, who accused the board in a scathing letter of political grandstanding and overstepping its bounds in its investigation of claims of angler harassment by deputized guards of the Huron Mountain Club on the Salmon Trout River.

“That letter was one of the most inappropriate things I’ve ever seen,” said Commissioner Bill Nordeen.

Read more at The Marquette Mining Journal.

Second Story on County Board;

Marquette County Road Commission to pay Huron Mountain Club $141,000 in damages. Read at Marquette Mining Journal.

Map of Marquette County, Michigan.
Map of Marquette County, Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Clintonville Booms, Thursday Updates

Overnight update from Clintonville
Updated: Thursday, 22 Mar 2012, 5:34 AM CDT
Published : Thursday, 22 Mar 2012, 5:31 AM CDT

It has now been more than three days since the mysterious booms started in Clintonville, and the cause remains unknown.

As of 5:15 a.m. Thursday, there have been no booming reports in Clintonville according to city administrator, Lisa Kuss, However, Clintonville police reported hearing some sounds around 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Doug Higgins arrived in Clintonville around 4:45 a.m. Thursday and he also heard a sound around 5 a.m.

From Fox 11 WLUK.

Clintonville Leaders Face Public Over Unexplained Noises, Shaking: Updated. Read at WBAY 2

Clintonville residents meet to discuss booms. Read at We Are Green Bay

Clintonville bringing in seismometers to study mysterious booms. Read at Green Bay Press Gazette.

Two Nights of Mysterious Rattling Booms in Clintonville, WI. Read at Earth Files

Looking north at the DOT sign for Clintonville...
Looking north at the DOT sign for Clintonville, Wisconsin, USA on U.S. Route 45/Wisconsin Highway 22. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

75 Cars Doing Doughnut Record, (You Tube)

75 cars break doughnut record in Calif.

Ruby's cruz nite Redondo Beach, Calif.
Ruby's cruz nite Redondo Beach, Calif. (Photo credit: ATOMIC Hot Links)

Published: March. 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

SONOMA, Calif., March 21 (UPI) — A California raceway said 75 cars gathered on the tarmac and performed simultaneous doughnuts to set a Guinness World Record.

The Infineon Raceway in Sonoma said the participants Tuesday beat the 2010 record of 57 cars performing simultaneous doughnuts in Queensland, Australia, and evidence has been submitted to Guinness to make the new record official.

The cars spun in small circles for more than 15 seconds in front of more than 200 spectators.

Read at UPI.

Wisconsin: Father Of Hodag Born Today.

From Wisconsin History.
1854 – Eugene Shepard, Father of the Hodag
On this date Eugene Shepard was born near Green Bay. Although he made his career in the lumbering business near Rhinelander, he was best known for his story-telling and practical jokes. He told many tales of Paul Bunyan, the mythical lumberjack, and drew pictures of the giant at work that became famous. Shepard also started a new legend about a prehistoric monster that roamed the woods of Wisconsin – the hodag. Shepard built the mythical monster out of wood and bull’s horns. He fooled everyone into believing it was alive, allowing it to be viewed only inside a dark tent. The beast was displayed at the Wausau and Antigo county fairs before Shepard admitted it was all a hoax. [Source: Badger saints and sinners, by Fred L. Holmes, p.459-474]

Taken from Wisconsin Historical Society.

Statue of a hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, U...
Statue of a hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States Português: Estátua de um hodag em Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Estados Unidos Español: Estatua de un hodag en Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Estados Unidos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day In History For March 22, Hummer, Hodag and More

1765: British pass Stamp Act

Hoping to raise sufficient funds to defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War, the British government passes the notorious Stamp Acton this day in 1765. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, including everything from broadsides and insurance policies to playing cards and dice. Read More at History.com

1820: Naval hero killed in duel. Read at History.com

1983: The origins of the Hummer. Read at History.com

TODAY IN MICHIGAN HISTORY

1954
The country’s first regional shopping mall opens in Southfield. As Detroit’s population spread north and west out of the city, the J. L. Hudson Company built the huge Northland Shopping Center at Eight Mile Road, the boundary between Wayne and Oakland counties. The mall’s central store, a multi-storied J. L. Hudson’s, was flanked by one hundred smaller shops. The mall also had acres of parking lots. The success at Northland was soon adopted by developers all across the country.
Source: Michigan History

This Day in Wisconsin History

1854 – Eugene Shepard, Father of the Hodag

On this date Eugene Shepard was born near Green Bay. Although he made his career in the lumbering business near Rhinelander, he was best known for his story-telling and practical jokes. He told many tales of Paul Bunyan, the mythical lumberjack, and drew pictures of the giant at work that became famous. Shepard also started a new legend about a prehistoric monster that roamed the woods of Wisconsin – the hodag. Shepard built the mythical monster out of wood and bull’s horns. He fooled everyone into believing it was alive, allowing it to be viewed only inside a dark tent. The beast was displayed at the Wausau and Antigo county fairs before Shepard admitted it was all a hoax. [Source: Badger saints and sinners, by Fred L. Holmes, p.459-474]

1865 – (Civil War) Wilson’s Raid Begins

1877 – Lavinia Goodell Opens the Door for Women Lawyers

Statue of a hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, U...
Statue of a hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States Português: Estátua de um hodag em Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Estados Unidos Español: Estatua de un hodag en Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Estados Unidos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)