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.”
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.”
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
An FEC letter dated Friday says that Rangel, a 21-term New YorkDemocrat, 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
Concentration of students from economically disadvantaged families
Concentration of students with limited English proficiency (LEP)
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
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.
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.
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.
BUFFALO, N.Y., March 26 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a computer system that can analyze eye movements correctly identified people tel
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.