Daily Archives: March 31, 2012

NASCAR, Martinsville: Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Line Up

RACE LINEUP
Goody’s Fast Relief 500 | Martinsville Speedway
April 1, 2012 | Race 6 of 36

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 97.128 19.496 Leader
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser is Back 97.048 19.512 -0.016
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 97.003 19.521 -0.025
4 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 97.003 19.521 -0.025
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Outback Steak House 96.988 19.524 -0.028
6 55 Brian Vickers Toyota RK Motors 96.765 19.569 -0.073
7 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 96.751 19.572 -0.076
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 96.745 19.573 -0.077
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 96.731 19.576 -0.080
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 96.706 19.581 -0.085

The Martinsville during the 2011 Goody's Fast ...
The Martinsville during the 2011 Goody's Fast Relief 500, held on April 3, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See the rest of the field at NASCAR.com

 

Presidents ‘hot mic’ Hall Of Fame

President Barack Obama walking with Vice Presi...
President Barack Obama walking with Vice President Joe Biden in The White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I didn’t even know there was a ‘hot mic’ hall of fame. USA Today put a list of, can we say bloopers with the microphone?

Obama now in In ‘hot mic’ hall of fame

We love to listen to presidents talk in unscripted moments, and President Obama’s recent sidebar with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev certainly fits the bill.

Obama’s comments about missile defense — “after my election, I have more flexibility,” he told Medvedev — may well rank with the classics, though it’s not the first time a world leader has been caught talking out of school.

Nor is it the first time for Obama or his administration.

Remember what Vice President Joe Biden said after the signing of the health care law?

This Week has compiled nine classic “hot mic” moments, starting with the latest addition:

One of our favorites was;

— During a microphone check for a radio address on public schools in 1984, President Ronald Reagan decided to have a little fun. ‘My fellow Americans,’ he said, ‘I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.’ The audio leaked and, this being the tail end of the Cold War, his Soviet counterparts were not amused.

George W Bush also had a couple of good ones.

Hermansville: Guitars, Nashville and Beyond

Hagström II
Hagström II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Music and hard work go hand and hand for some brothers in Upper Michigan. The Iron Mountain Daily News brings you the guitars guys from Hermansville.

U.P. guitar maker sells work to country music superstars
March 31, 2012
By TERRI CASTELAZ – Staff Writer , The Daily News
HERMANSVILLE – The sweet sounds of success can be heard at Neville Guitars of Hermansville.

Owners, Jeff and Danielle Neville are now experiencing the rewards of their hard work and recent trip to the 4 Amigos Guitar Show in Nashville.

“This was a huge boost for the business,” says Jeff Neville. “Right now it has sky-rocketed to a level we never dreamed of.”

The event brought in hundreds of talented musicians in the industry. Some of the big name artists that stopped by to check out Neville Guitars included Vince Gill; Wade Hayes; Jason Jordan of Love & Theft Band and Academy of Country Music Duo of the Year nominee; Brady Seals of Little Texas; and Robert Arthur, songwriter and band member of Brad Paisley; and Jeff Bates.

Read more and learn the talents of the guys from Hermansville.

Op-Ed: Katy, The Union Toady Falk vs Tommy, The Choo Choo Barrett.

The battle begins for the person to run against Scott Walker for the job of Wisconsin Governor. The Fix reports Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will run against Kathleen Falk in the upcoming May 8th primary.

Tom Barrett running in Wisconsin recall election
Posted by Rachel Weiner at 05:57 PM ET, 03/30/2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) has made it official — he’s running against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in this summer’s recall election.

The recall, triggered by Walker’s collective barganing policies, was certified today. A new NBC/Marist Poll found the race between Walker and a generic Democrat would be too close to call.

“We need to bring our state back,” Barrett wrote in an email to supporters. “Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds, not pitting people against each other and catering to the special interests.”

Barrett lost to Walker in the 2010 election, 52 percent to 47 percent.

We see a heavy weight fight that will go only one round between Falk and Barrett.

Ladies and gentleman, in this corner from the city of Milwaukee, the man who saved $25 Million on his budget from the fixes Scott Walker gave him. From dumping millions of gallons of poop into Lake Michigan (MMSD), to trying to build a two mile choo choo in downtown Milwaukee, we introduce the one, the only, the king of 50% unemployment in the inner city, TOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM BARRRRRRREEEEETTTTTTTT!

And in this corner, from the great city of Madison, who in fourteen years as County Executive raised taxes every single year she was there, who is the favorite daughter of WEAC, SEIU and every other public union group, who already lost two races for Wisconsin governor and state attorney general, three times a charm,who advocates big government, higher taxes, ultimate power to the public unions,  the one, the great, the only, KKKKKKKKKKaaatttttthhhhhhllllllllleeeeeeeennnnnnn FFFFFFFFFaaaaaallllllkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Shake hands, no low blows, no biting, no spitting, no illegal campaign money, no fraudulent votes, choose your campaign and let’s try to have a clean election fight.

Katy The Union Toady Falk vs Tommy The Choo Choo Barrett. Sit back and enjoy the fight.

The Legendary Blue Horizon. A boxing venue in ...
The Legendary Blue Horizon. A boxing venue in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wausau School District, A or C+

You can read at the Wausau Daily Herald how the school board is out of touch and the teachers union has the control in the Wausau School district.

Kathleen Williams gets an ‘A’ from the Wausau School Board

Kathleen Williams has been “outstanding” and “innovative” in her first 15 months as superintendent of the Wausau School District.

At least that’s the conclusion the Wausau School Board came to in a job evaluation of Williams for the 2011-12 school year. The Wausau School Board uses a four-level scale in the evaluation process, with 1 being unsatisfactory and 4 being distinguished. Overall, the nine-member board ranked her performance as a 3.64 in the seven-page evaluation.

Williams took over a fractured Wausau School District when she was hired Nov. 1, 2010, with an annual salary of $156,126 and more than $60,000 in benefits. The Wausau Education Association, the teachers’ union, had called for the resignation of Williams’ predecessor, Steve Murley, who resigned to take a similar position in Iowa. Her leadership also has been buffeted by unprecedented political and economic forces that led to a sick-out protest of the state budget by teachers that closed district schools just over a year ago.

First we think the board needs to find a new grading system. Second, the union didn’t like the last super and pushed him out to get Ms. Williams. Shocking isn’t it that the teachers also had a sick out last year. Who’s running the school district?

We question the grade the school board handed out. How did Williams get an “A”? If you go to MacIver, they will show you a diffrent story. Here is some information they gave on rating the 50 largest school districts in the state. Lets look at Wausau.

Rank..District….County… Students …Score ..Grade …Funding/ Student
16…Wausau….Marathon.. 8,546….. 7.0064….. C + ……..$13,201

So the board gives an “A” and a real school rankings gives Wausau a “C+”, really. You can read more of the MacIver report to get an unbiased report on the Wausau school district. The bottom line is the union runs the Wausau school district. It looks like the district needs to care more for the students and less on accolades for the superintendent and bowing to the teachers union.

Whats your opinion?

Wausau School District emblem
Wausau School District emblem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Obama, WPS To Raise Electric, Gas Rates

So WPS wants to raise rates in 2013. The Wausau Daiuly Herald gives you most of the story but not all of the story.

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. seeks rate hike

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. wants to raise electricity rates 9.2 percent and natural gas rates 3.7 percent for 2013, the company announced Friday.

The Green Bay-based power company will ask the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, which governs utilities in the state, to approve increases of those levels, though the company said it hopes to keep increases smaller.

If approved at the maximum level, the average household electric bill would go up about $7 a month and average gas bills would go up about $2.50 a month, the company said.

Will anyone ask WPS if the new EPA regulations have  anything to do with the rate hikes?  Have you seen the news from this past week from Yahoo; We will highlight in red the important but not asked point of the new law.

New EPA Rule Effectively Kills New Coal Plant Construction

Proposed on Tuesday, President Obama’s contentious new EPA rule seeks to abate carbon dioxide emissions by prescribing stringent standards on new coal-fired power plants, subsuming a draconian cap on emissions to not more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of energy produced.

 Steve Miller, CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, foresees an apocalyptic industrial scenario where new coal development soon becomes ancient history, asserting that the EPA’s regulatory overhaul “will make it impossible to build any new coal-fueled power plants and could cause the premature closure of many more coal-fueled power plants operating today.” In effect, the overly restrictive limit effectively scourges all plans to construct new coal-fired plants, in what industry groups and Republican lawmakers say will spike electric bills and purportedly kill off coal altogether.

Essentially, it’s President Obama’s regulatory regime coursing full speed ahead.

That’s just fine. Rates will keep going through the roof. How much more of these regulations by this president are people going to take? We need to a new president in 2013.

Official photographic portrait of US President...
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)