Daily Archives: March 27, 2012

Michigan: Militia Members Acquitted

In order as shown: Tina Mae Stone, Joshua Matt...
In order as shown: Tina Mae Stone, Joshua Matthew Stone, David Brian Stone Sr., David Brian Stone Jr., Thomas William Piatek, Michael David Meeks, Kristopher T. Sickles, Joshua Clough, Jacob J. Ward (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judge acquits 7 Hutaree militia members accused of terrorist overthrow plot
4:31 PM, March 27, 2012

In a sharp rebuke, a federal judge today acquitted seven members of a Lenawee County militia group of plotting to overthrow the U.S. government with weapons of mass destruction.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said federal prosecutors failed in five weeks of trial to prove that the Hutaree had a specific plan to kill a police officer and attack law enforcement personnel.

While the testimony showed that Hutaree leader David Stone Jr. “may have wanted to engage in a war with the federal government … it is totally devoid of any agreement to do so between Stone and the other defendants,” Roberts said in a 28-page decision.

“This plan is utterly short on specifics,” Robert said, adding that, “it is a stretch to infer that other members of the Hutaree knew of this plan, and agreed to further it.”

Read more at Detroit Free Press.

Don’t think Eric Holder at DOJ is very happy today.

Day 2 Obamacare At Supreme Court, Listen To Discussion

LISTEN: Highlights From The Heated Discussion Over Obamacare At The Supreme Court
Robert Libetti

The Supreme Court had some tough questions for Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in Day 2 of the arguments on Obamacare – the most important case the court is hearing since Roe vs. Wade.

Read more and listen at The Business Insider

Go to above link to listen to some of the discussion.

The Supreme Court of the United States. Washin...
The Supreme Court of the United States. Washington, D.C. Français : La Cour suprême des États-Unis. Washington D.C., États-Unis. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Høyesterett i USA. Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ontonagon: School Overspending $117K, 90 Less Students, No Layoffs

Ontonagon schools turns down layoffs
March 27, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN The Daily Mining Gazette
ONTONAGON – The Ontonagon Area School District Board of Education opted not to lay off five teachers after a lengthy debate during the meeting Monday evening.

The educators – Ken Raisanen, Dennis Simi, Dana Brookins, Jim Waters and Jon Uotila – were candidates to be laid off in what Superintendent Gray Webber called a regretful but necessary move. One teacher had been with the district as long as 35 years.

In the last year and a half, there has been a drop in enrollment by 90 students, he said, at $7,000 per student.

“We are overspending this year by $117,000,” Webber said. “In the averaging, it’s $292,000 we are going to lose in student aid.”

Read more at The Houghton Mining Gazette.

Di the teachers union offer to take a pay cut for all teachers or maybe pay more for health and benefits for all teachers? The people of Ontonagon will have to face facts. Less students, less teachers or pay a lot more in taxes. A lot more!

Map of Michigan highlighting Ontonagon County.svg
Map of Michigan highlighting Ontonagon County.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Niagara: Former New Page Buildings Removed

Niagara mill buildings razed
March 27, 2012
By LISA M. HOFFMANN – Staff Writer , The Daily News

NIAGARA, Wis. – Niagara Development is preparing the former NewPage Paper Mill property in Niagara for large scale industrial users.

The 1,300-acre property on the Menominee River in Dickinson and Marinette counties was purchased by Niagara Development on Feb. 11, 2011. The development company has since been looking for potential suitors for the property.

Eric Spirtas, president of Niagara Development said up until this point, the buildings on the site were examined by developers and a question raised was, “Where can we put a new building?”

He said everybody wants a new custom-built facility and in order to do that, old buildings have to removed.

Read more at The Iron Mountain Daily News.

Menominee River in Niagara
Menominee River in Niagara (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin: Will Tom Barrett Spoil The Kathleen Falk Party

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk waves to t...
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk waves to the crowd during the 2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 15, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marquette Law school has it’s election poll out. We have some questions after you read the article.

Marquette Law School Poll shows Romney leading Santorum in GOP primary; Walker slightly ahead in close recall race

03.27.2012 · Posted in Analysis
Barrett leads in Democratic primary if he enters race for governor

Gubernatorial candidates
The potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates have gained some visibility since January, when 56 percent said that they didn’t know enough about Falk to say if they had a favorable or unfavorable view of her. In February, that edged down to 50 percent. But after a substantial recent advertising campaign, in March only 34 percent were unable to rate her. For Barrett, who has yet to announce whether he will enter the race, the trend was from 39 percent unable to rate him in January to 43 percent in February and 38 percent in March. Seventy-seven percent were unable to rate Vinehout in March, unchanged from 76 percent in February. La Follette was not rated by 69 percent in March, his first survey since entering the race.

Among Democratic primary voters, Barrett’s favorable to unfavorable ratings were 47 percent to 19 percent, while Falk’s were 39 percent to 29 percent. Vinehout’s ratings were 12 percent favorable to 10 percent unfavorable, while La Follette’s were 20 percent to 13 percent.

Walker’s favorable to unfavorable rating in March was 50 percent to 45 percent, up from 46 percent to 48 percent in February and matching his January standing. Walker’s job approval rating also improved in March, to 50 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove, from 47 percent to 47 percent tie in February.

The poll interviewed 707 registered Wisconsin voters by both landline and cell phone March 22-25, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points for the full sample. For the 349 respondents who said they would vote in the GOP presidential primary, the margin of error is +/- 5.4 percentage points. For the 370 respondents who said they would vote in the Democratic primary in the gubernatorial recall election, the margin of error is +/- 5.2 percentage points. The entire questionnaire, full results and breakdowns by demographic groups are available at http://law.marquette.edu/poll.

More information from Marquette Law School.

We notice first that if you add up 349 republican voters and 370 democrat voters , that would add up to 719 likely voters. They said they interviewed 707 people. Second, they talked to more democrats than republicans?  If the race between Walker and the democrats is getting tighter, how is his favorable ratings get better?

“favorable to unfavorable rating in March was 50 percent to 45 percent, up from 46 percent to 48 percent in February”

Can we believe the numbers that the race with Walker is tightening up? Can we believe the presidential numbers?

If Barrett is beating Falk, why is Falk getting all the money? Why isn’t Barrett in the race? Will Barrett run after all? If he does, it should be a really big show to see the two fight it out. Democrats will have to make a big, a really big decision.

 

Madison: Socialist Students Protest Gun Crimes

So why did other groups of students in Madison not want to protest with the socialists at their protest today?

UW students to rally against recent shootings
Posted: Mar 27, 2012 12:28 PM CDT
By Jennifer Kliese

MADISON (WKOW) — University of Wisconsin-Madison students will rally Tuesday afternoon, to call attention to the recent shooting deaths of two African American teens.

The UW-Madison chapter of the International Socialist Organization will gather on Library Mall at 1 p.m. Tuesday. They’re honoring 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot while walking home in Sanford, Florida in February.

The group also will draw attention to a similar incident which happened in Slinger, Wisconsin. Twenty-year-old Bo Morrison, of West Bend, was at a party earlier this month, when that party was busted for underage drinking.

Read more at WKOW 27.

MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 16:  Protesters filled ...
MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 16: Protesters filled the steps and grounds surrounding the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

 

Just to let you understand what a socialist is.

From Dictionary.com

so·cial·ist

[soh-shuh-list]  Show IPA

noun

1. an advocate or supporter of socialism.
2. ( initial capital letter ) a member of the U.S. Socialist party.

 

Chocolate Diet Can Keep You Thin

Finally a diet most of us can do.

Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds

By Ryan Jaslow

(CBS News) What’s the best way to stay thin? A new study finds it’s exercising and eating a healthy diet full of – chocolate?

Mindless eating: 8 food goofs that pack on pounds

The study found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who didn’t.

Is it time to ditch fat-free for fudge?

For the study, published in the March 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers examined more than 1,000 healthy men and women who were free of heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol problems. They were all enrolled in another study that measured the effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, but for this study researchers assigned them questionnaires that gauged how often participants chowed down on chocolate.

Read more at CBS News.

Here comes Hershey Chocolate and Ghirardelli. I can feel the weight coming off just thinking about it.

Chocolate tasting selection
Chocolate tasting selection (Photo credit: waldopepper)

Congressman Fined $23K, Was It Another Republican

$23,000 in fines handed out.

FEC fines Charlie Rangel $23K for apartment misuse

Rep. Charlie Rangel has agreed to pay a $23,000 civil fine for effectively taking campaign contributions in the form of a rent-regulated apartment turned campaign office, according to Federal Election Commission documents.

An FEC letter dated Friday says that Rangel, a 21-term New York Democrat, accepted “excessive in-kind contributions” in the form of leasing a rent-stabilized Harlem apartment at a price below market rate from the property owner.

Four years ago, Rangel faced scrutiny over living in three neighboring rent-stabilized apartments on the 16th floor of a luxury building in Harlem. But the new FEC findings were instead related to a one-bedroom apartment on the 10th floor of the same building that he used as a campaign office for two of his political committees without reporting the discounted rent as a contribution.

Read more at Politico

If this was a republican, it would be 24 / 7 including local print and T V media. Play the crickets, the sound of silence in the media.

Rangel
Rangel (Photo credit: Georgetown Voice)

Wis.Teachers Union, Occupy Need To Hire Better Protesters, You Tube

Protester were outside Americans For Prosperity event in Milwaukee this past Saturday. You have to watch and ask yourself, do the protesters really know what they are talking about? Maybe they should get educated students from some other state to do their protests. From EAG TV.

Occupy Milwaukee
Occupy Milwaukee (Photo credit: jennaddenda)

Teachers Union Ally Occupy Milwaukee Protests Scott Walker, AFP and Rick Santorum

The Recall Scott Walker crowd showed up to a recent Americans for Prosperity event to protest Israel, Rick Santorum and just abut anything else resembling capitalism and free markets. The teachers unions are showing their true colors by continuing to embrace #Occupy and the radical fringe of society. Look no further than the examples contained herein.

Wisconsin Unions (Children) Still Acting Up

Story from Jerry Bader at WTAQ from Green Bay. Seems his listeners and their families have to put up with child like tactics from the unions. Wouldn’t doubt that some of this was perpetrated by some teachers.

“Color Yourself Lucky” UPDATED WITH ANOTHER LISTENER’S STORY

Saturday March 24, 2012 Posted 2 days, 16 hours ago by Jerry Bader
A listener who catches my show on WSAU, Wausau, said his son, who lives in Madison, found this on the windshield of his pickup truck. I include the note left on the windshield, as well a note from my Wausau listener:

 

Greetings Jerry,
I’m a dairy farmer from the Granton area and listen to 550-AM Wausau. My son & daughter in-law live in Madison and consider themselves as strong conservatives. My son has a pro Walker sticker on the back window of his truck. On Monday morning of last week he was leaving for work, when he found this note on his truck. This is a prized tactic of union thugs to instill fear and shut down the voice of their opposition. There are times, that if within earshot, my son will hear disparaging remarks towards Governor Walker or himself. Disapproving shake of the head and the ever popular one finger salute are also common.

Go to following link to read the rest and see the note.  “Color Yourself Lucky” UPDATED WITH ANOTHER LISTENER’S STORY – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM.

 

Will the children (unions) grow up?

Members of the Service Employees International...
Members of the Service Employees International Union march towards the Wisconsin State Capitol in protest of Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining restriction on unions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin: Custodian Fired for Pro-Walker Bumper Sticker

Breitbart reports a story from southern Wisconsin where union thuggery is alive and well in Wisconsin.

School Contractor Fired for Pro-Walker Bumper Sticker

An open records request filed by Milwaukee conservative radio personality Mark Belling has revealed that freedom of speech in some public schools is reserved for those who agree with the unions.
According to information obtained by Belling, a custodian working for a private contractor at Whitewater (Wisconsin) High School was recently fired by her employer after two school employees, including the supervisor of custodians, demanded that she remove a pro-Scott Walker sign from her car and she refused.

ll, Big Labor is attempting to recall Gov. Walker over his new law that curtails collective bargaining privileges for public employee unions.
Mary Taylor, an employee with Diversified Building Maintenance, was allegedly sent home after school employees complained to her supervisor about the pro-Walker sign in her car, which was parked in the school parking lot.
Belling said district administrator Eric Runez initially claimed that no one from the school directed Taylor’s employer to have her remove the sign, but Belling’s public information request turned up a conflicting account of how the situation played out.

“… [M]y public records search indicates the custodian supervisor at the school,Cindy Wiedenhoeft, wrote in a memo she acknowledged discussing the sign with a Diversified supervisor and the two agreed to order Mary to remove it,” Belling wrote in an email to EAG.

Read more here from Breitbart: School Contractor Fired for Pro-Walker Bumper Sticker.

Why is it wrong to have a pro Walker sticker and O K to have a anti Walker sticker on a car?

Will the people of Wisconsin finally put the unions in their place with a Walker election and this fall have large republican majorities in state government this coming November? We would say so.

Members of the Service Employees International...
Members of the Service Employees International Union march towards the Wisconsin State Capitol in protest of Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining restriction on unions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Northern Wisconsin School Grades, Are You Getting What Your Paying For

MacIver passed out report cards for Wisconsin schools. Interesting how 7 of 11 at the bottom of the largest schools are from Northern Wisconsin. Maybe we need to pay teachers more? Not with these grades!

Pulaski Community C -,
41 Chippewa Falls Area Unified Chippewa C –
42 Wisconsin Rapids Wood  C –
43 De Pere Brown  C –
44 Oregon Dane D +
45 Manitowoc Manitowoc  D +
46 Kaukauna Area Outagamie 3 D
47 Superior Douglas  D

Press Release: MacIver Issues Grades to 50 Largest Wisc. School Districts

[Madison, Wisc…] The state’s 50-largest school districts received report cards today from the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. The Madison-based think tank ranked the district on a variety of areas, taking into account student performance, graduation rates, minority student achievement, advanced placement offerings and more.

“We believe in standards and benchmarks and if letter grades can be given to students, the school districts themselves should also face a rigorous examination,” said Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute. “Obviously some districts are going to react negatively to the grades we’ve assigned, which is nothing unusual when it comes to report cards.”

The goal behind these rankings was to create a basic, but wide-ranging, program to gauge the performance of Wisconsin’s public school districts. The hope is that by creating a level playing field in district-to-district comparisons across the state, parents and policymakers will be able to use these rankings to demand more of their school districts. Several metrics were used to create an aggregate rating system. This includes:

Global Report Card performance (math and reading)
WSAS (WKCE) performance – 4th grade reading
WSAS (WKCE) performance – 8th grade mathematics
ACT scores and participation
AP scores and participation
Four-year graduation rate
District attendance
Concentration of students from economically disadvantaged families
Concentration of students with limited English proficiency (LEP)

A chart of the districts and their grades is below. The full report can be found online here. A map of all the districts and their rankings can be found here.

Go here for more information. Press Release: MacIver Issues Grades to 50 Largest Wisc. School Districts | MacIver Institute.

Rank District County Students Score Grade Funding/ Student
1 Elmbrook Waukesha 7,212 8.0355 A $14,409
2 Marshfield Unified Wood 4,038 7.8272 A – $11,719
3 New Berlin Waukesha 4,687 7.8196 A – $12,706
4 Verona Area Dane 4,889 7.8061 A – $13,790
5 Middleton-Cross Plains Area Dane 6,104 7.5971 B + $13,145
6 West Bend Washington 6,963 7.3506 B $11,005
7 Kimberly Area Outagamie 4,641 7.3136 B $11,516
8 Germantown Washington 4,034 7.2758 B $12,351
9 Hamilton Waukesha 4,600 7.2475 B – $11,940
10 D C Everest Area Marathon 5,646 7.2016 B – $11,917
11 Kettle Moraine Waukesha 4,367 7.1764 B – $12,231
12 Hudson Saint Croix 5,530 7.1609 B – $10,646
13 Sheboygan Area Sheboygan 10,124 7.0679 B – $13,254
14 Green Bay Area Public Brown 20,376 7.0528 B – $12,710
15 Madison Metropolitan Dane 24,806 7.0500 B – $14,104
16 Wausau Marathon 8,546 7.0064 C + $13,201
17 Sun Prairie Area Dane 6,975 7.0003 C + $12,623
18 West Allis-West Milwaukee Milwaukee 8,976 6.9340 C + $12,427
19 Oak Creek-Franklin Joint Milwaukee 6,146 6.9038 C + $11,144
20 Wauwatosa Milwaukee 7,208 6.8926 C + $11,463
21 Howard-Suamico Brown 5,745 6.8636 C + $11,024
22 Eau Claire Area Eau Claire 10,914 6.8635 C + $12,496
23 Holmen La Crosse 3,767 6.8476 C + $12,946
24 La Crosse La Crosse 6,932 6.8375 C + $14,620
25 Stevens Point Area Public Portage 7,401 6.8326 C + $12,595
26 Appleton Area Outagamie 15,194 6.8148 C $12,221
27 Neenah Joint Winnebago 6,345 6.8016 C $11,639
28 Franklin Public Milwaukee 4,300 6.7874 C $13,183
29 Muskego-Norway Waukesha 5,068 6.7846 C $12,375
30 Beloit Rock 6,891 6.7795 C $12,342
31 Fond du Lac Fond du Lac 7,365 6.7743 C $12,540
32 Oshkosh Area Winnebago 10,111 6.7717 C $11,533
33 Janesville Rock 10,339 6.7708 C $12,017
34 Mukwonago Waukesha 4,955 6.7434 C $11,682
35 Greenfield Milwaukee 3,723 6.7385 C $13,081
36 Waukesha Waukesha 13,796 6.7335 C $11,880
37 Oconomowoc Area Waukesha 5,044 6.7274 C $12,143
38 Kenosha Kenosha 22,986 6.6995 C $12,452
39 Menomonee Falls Waukesha 4,411 6.6788 C $13,843
40 Pulaski Community Brown 3,792 6.6472 C – $11,654
41 Chippewa Falls Area Unified Chippewa 5,028 6.6038 C – $11,014
42 Wisconsin Rapids Wood 5,533 6.5599 C – $12,541
43 De Pere Brown 3,976 6.5275 C – $12,141
44 Oregon Dane 3,725 6.4482 D + $13,449
45 Manitowoc Manitowoc 5,452 6.2882 D + $11,599
46 Kaukauna Area Outagamie 3,959 6.1574 D $11,250
47 Superior Douglas 4,858 6.1465 D $12,495
48 Watertown Unified Jefferson 3,951 6.0568 D – $11,600
49 Racine Unified Racine 21,100 5.6641 F $12,221
50 Milwaukee Milwaukee 80,934 5.5429 F $14,863

School desk monument
School desk monument (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michigan: Lake Gogebic Limits And Other Fishing Changes Begin April 1

March 26, 2012

To ensure that Michigan’s fisheries resources are managed properly and are providing the best benefits to anglers and the public, the Department of Natural Resources annually fine-tunes fishing regulations. For the coming 2012-2013 angling year, which begins April 1, the DNR would like anglers to be aware of the following new fishing regulations:

  • Simplified statewide bow and spear fishing regulations resulting in several new and expanded opportunities. The season has been expanded on some waters and three new species have been added to the list of species allowed (gizzard shad, goldfish and grass carp). The spearing season on designated trout streams open to spring spearing has been changed to April 1 through May 31 with additional species allowed (gizzard shad, goldfish and grass carp).
  • Johnson Creek (Wayne County) has been reclassified as a Type 1 trout stream.
  • The daily possession limit for lake whitefish and cisco (lake herring) on Michigan/Wisconsin boundary waters is now 10 in combination for these fish.
  • The Little Bay de Noc walleye size limit has been reinstated. No more than one (1) walleye over 23 inches may be possessed in the daily possession limit. This affects the area north of a line drawn from Peninsula Point Lighthouse to the mouth of the Ford River.
  • The yellow perch daily possession limit has been changed on Lake Gogebic (Gogebic and Ontonagon counties) to 25 with no more than five (5) fish at 12 inches or greater.
  • Cisco (lake herring) has been added to the Susceptible Species List for viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv), which means there are restrictions on using them for bait. Koi herpes virus has been detected in common carp from Kent Lake (Livingston and Oakland counties) and Silver Lake (Oceana County) resulting in minnow harvest restrictions for both systems.

These regulation changes are detailed further in the 2012 Michigan Fishing Guide, now available at all major retailers and on the DNR website atwww.michigan.gov/fishing.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Clark Lake (Gogebic County, Michigan)
Clark Lake (Gogebic County, Michigan) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monona: Librarian Union Back To Back Contracts Hits A Snag

Since Act 10 has been in effect, most branches of state and local government are saving tax payers money who utilized ACT 10 changes. . Seems some unions across the state might have some future problems.

A public employee union has filed a lawsuit accusing the Monona Library Board of wrongly using the state’s controversial new collective bargaining law to invalidate a signed contract.

At least three similar disputes are pending before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission and the contract arrangement that led to the Monona lawsuit is also in place for employees of Dane County, McFarland, Fitchburg and an unknown number of other communities across the state.

All have consecutive, back-to-back contracts that were signed before Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-dominated Legislature enacted Act 10 last year, removing most legal union rights from almost all public employees.

Read more at Wisconsin State Journal. Information via Boots and Sabers

How did back to back contracts ever get authorized to begin with? If it’s a contract, it’s a contract. If officials were dumb enough to let back to back contracts get extended, then they should pay dearly for their lack of common sense. And who ends up paying for these mistakes? Tax payers of course.

Scott Walker on February 18, 2011
Scott Walker on February 18, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those Lying Eyes

Computer watches eyes to spot liars

BUFFALO, N.Y., March 26 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a computer system that can analyze eye movements correctly identified people tel

Eye movements abductors
Eye movements abductors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ling lies more than 80 percent of the time.

Computer scientists at the University of Buffalo in New York exploring whether machines can read visual cues indicating deceit said the automated system used to analyze 40 videotaped conversations had an 82.5 accuracy rate, better than expert human interrogators typically achieve in lie-detection judgment experiments.

Experienced human interrogators average just 65 percent, researcher Ifeoma Nwogu said.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Technology_News/2012/03/26/Computer-watches-eyes-to-spot-liars/UPI-55451332795348/#ixzz1qJWs9tyc

Parents don’t need a computer when this happens.