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I Got Your Questions Right Here

The Berry Laker is kind enough to pass this on to his readers.  I shall also pass it on to mine, but offer suggestions as well.

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, will hold a public listening session on Monday in Green Bay to discuss the latest news about health-care reform.

The 8th District congressman will meet with constituents at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St.

Kagen said he wants to discuss the latest health-care bill and hear input from the community.

Now, if you are going to this event, know the following:

  1. Kagen (and his press staff) will try to stack the deck with a large number of his supporters.  These will include: Unions like the SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and the like; the AARP, and others.  They will likely be in some sort of colored T-shirt.
  2. The TV Press from Green Bay will only be there if Kagen expects to control the evening with his talking points.  The one thing he hates is looking bad on TV.
  3. Finally, what Kagen tells you in that room will not be how he will act in DC.

So knowing all this, here are some quick questions — again if there are questions — you might want to ask Rep. Kagen.

Question 1:  Congressman Kagen, you’ve made it more than publicly-known that you do not have the same health insurance as Congress does until ‘all Americans have the same health insurance their elected Representatives do.’  Dr. Kagen, does that mean either 1) You’ll be joining the efforts to make sure Members of Congress, their families, and staffs are also subject to what is passed in this bill, or 2) You’ll be signing up separately if it were to become law.

Question 2:  Congressman Kagen, where do you stand on the effort by Congressman Bart Stupak up there in the U.P. on trying to make sure my tax dollars aren’t spent paying for abortions?  Say what you want about a woman’s right to choose, but are we really going to have taxpayer-funding for it?

Question 3:  Congressman Kagen, you’ve said previously the Stimulus was a ‘jobs bill,’ that the “Cap and Trade” Bill was a ‘jobs bill, and now you say the health care reform bill is also a ‘jobs bill.’  Given the track record of little to no jobs from the previous two, why should we believe you this time?

Question 4:  Congressman, you just had to re-appropriate an additional $2 Billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” program, is it at all possible that no one on Capitol Hill has the price tag on this correct, and we’re looking at debt as far as the eye can see for our kids and grand-kids?

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The Most Ethical Congress EVAH! Update

The AP reports House Democrats will not be launching an investigation into the so-called “VIP mortgages”  and the “Friends of Angelo” program from Countrywide Home Loans.

After all, why would they want to investigate themselves?

House Democrats have declined to subpoena available records that might reveal whether other members of Congress got discounted VIP mortgages from subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. similar to the sweetheart deals given Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad.Republicans say they are willing to risk that the records now held by Bank of America may show that GOP lawmakers were also “friends of Angelo” who got preferential terms on personal mortgages at the behest of then-Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo.

Countrywide, after losing billions of dollars on defaulted subprime loans that triggered last year’s financial crisis and the consequent recession, was taken over by Bank of America a year ago.

Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he has other work to do on the causes of and fixes for the financial crisis and will not interfere with other investigations of the VIP loans.

Towns’ committee in recent months has focused on how much pressure the Federal Reserve and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson put on Bank of America to take over brokerage giant Merrill Lynch, another financial company with losses in the billions of dollars.

The senior Republican on Towns’ committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, has been trying for months to get Towns to subpoena Bank of America for Countrywide’s records. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that he asked Towns again this week to issue the subpoena.

Any subpoena must be issued by the committee’s chairman. But because Democrats control Congress, there are no Republican committee chairmen. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said through a spokesman Thursday that neither she nor her staff discussed the subpoena with Towns.

Daniel Frahm, a Bank of America spokesman, said the bank is ready to turn over the Countrywide VIP documents if it receives a subpoena. The bank’s lawyer sent Issa the same message in a June letter.

“They have it packed and ready to go,” Issa said in the interview.

People got tired of the GOP in 2006 because of “corruption,” or so the exit polls said.

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Today’s Sign the End is Nigh

“Jon & Kate + 8” will continue says TLC, known exploiter of pets, children, midgets, and fat people.

Jon and Kate Gosselin are over, but “Jon & Kate Plus 8” continues. TLC president Eileen O’Neill says the popular reality show, which has been on hiatus since the Gosselins announced their split in June, returns Monday with new episodes that document the Gosselins “separately parenting” their eight children.

O’Neill says the iconic sofa from which the couple addressed the camera is gone and replaced by “separate interview chairs.” TLC will “continue to capture this family’s journey in a respective and sensitive way,” she says.

O’Neill made her comments at a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

My guess, it’s a combination of both Jon and Kate needing the cash the TV had given them and TLC telling the Gosselins they were still under contract.

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“Cash for Clunkers” Suspended One Week In

And these guys want to take on Health Care…

WASHINGTON — The government suspended its $1 billion ‘cash for clunkers’ program Thursday night amid worries about slow processing of sales deals, dealer confusion — or even fears it may run out of cash months before it was due to expire.

Dealers loved the extra sales, but some were already getting cold feet about the deals because of the difficulty in processing them.

One dealer was going to suspend anyway. Another says he’s having to haul clunkers back to his lot that he already shipped to the junkyard just to disable them. Others say deals are being held up by red tape.

Cash for clunkers is the best-known name for the big government program that began this week to offer $3,500 or $4,500 incentives to owners of old gas guzzling vehicles who trade them in on more fuel-efficient ones. It is intended to spur moribund auto sales, helping both dealers and manufacturers.

But rules governing the program totaled 135 pages. They required dealers to register and many started off the week just trying to get answers on a government-jammed website. The rules are “very confusing,” says Pete Greiner, who has a Ford dealership that bears his name in Casper, Wyo. “The administration of the program is extremely tough.”

As of 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, the government said it had paid out $221 million of the $1 billion set aside for the program. The 22,000 participating dealers may have had trouble at the start of the week, but problems were being resolved, said Rae Tyson, spokesman for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration only hours before the suspension was announced. The system was processing 12,000 transactions simultaneously Thursday.

But some dealers say demand has been so brisk, they fear the program could go broke in days or weeks, long before its Nov. 1 expiration.

One Honda and General Motors dealer in Fort Worth says he has 50 clunker deals that are being held up by paperwork. “We’re going back to our second and third round with customers to have things signed,” says Will Churchill, owner of Frank Kent Motor. “They keep coming up with new forms to sign,” Churchill says.

While good intended (aren’t all liberal programs), it’s clear the program is a “Lemon.”

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Organic Food No Healthier Says Study

Yet, the scam continues.

Especially at Whole Foods.

Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007.

A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference.

“A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance,” said Alan Dangour, one of the report’s authors.

“Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority.”

Yet, even with nearly now 50 years of data, studies, and so on, this will someday get out of the House Agriculture Committee.

House Resolution 458 — Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Federal Government should encourage organic farming, gardening, local food production, and farmers’ markets.

The resolution’s chief author is Nebraska Republican Jeff Fortenberry, who wrote it on May 19th of this year.  Here are the 8 co-sponosors, in alphabetical order.

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 6/26/2009
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 6/18/2009
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 6/18/2009
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] – 7/14/2009
Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] – 6/26/2009
Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] – 5/19/2009
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 7/14/2009
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] – 7/14/2009

GU is the delegate from Guam.

Wisconsin’s own Cong. Steve Kagen didn’t just sign on to the resolution, he signed on to it the day it was authored.

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Why Paul Ryan Rules

Any day I watch the complete and utter schooling of The Nation’s Katrina Vanden Heuvel is a good day.

(Video via Sykes)

No wonder the Left both nationally and in Wisconsin wants to destroy Paul Ryan so badly (and are making themselves look like utter fools while they do it).  He isn’t just a rising star who they feel must be smothered in his crib; he makes their ‘intellectual leaders’ look so small and insignificant.

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Lefty Blogs Go After Walker Pastor, ID Wrong Church

I love it when a good piece of opposition research blows up in someone’s face.

Like say, this one:

Since Scott Walker can’t seem to tell us enough on his twitter page that he is off again to church and how deeply involved he is with their preachings, let’s apply the same standard to him and his pastor at Underwood Baptist Church in Wauwatosa.

Unlike Walker, his pastor and church opposed the 2006 ban on gay marriage. Walker’s pastor and church also opposed the Iraq War. And, while Walker opposes a women’s right to choose her own health care decisions, even in cases of rape, incest, and when the life or health of the mother is in danger, Walker’s pastor is an Honorary Committee member of the Wisconsin Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

We applaud his Pastor’s work for these progressive causes but we have one question for Scott Walker.

Why don’t you practice what your church is preaching?

We think Walker is guided more by politics than his faith, so maybe it’s time that he come clean on that fact and stop using his religion as some sort of political pander.

Scott, you look like a phony.

Harris Kane goes on to get the thumbs up from old Doyle-hack and Democratic smear merchant Bill “Xoff” Christofferson.

Small problem boys.  Walker doesn’t go to Underwood Baptist Church, he goes to Meadowbrook, which is also in Wauwautosa.

Says so himself on Twitter, since likely someone said something about the Harris Kane or Xoff posts to him later on in the day.

See for yourself.

Walker Twitter1Walker Twitter2God I love the liberal blogs of Wisconsin.  Nothing like a bunch of total bull for facts to build an attack meme on.  I mean, they are such stubborn things after all.

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Today’s Sign the End is Nigh!

The return of a classic feature of the blog which I hope to keep going strong with all of the zaniness that is American Pop Culture.

Today — Buffalo Gave Terrell Owens his own breakfast cereal.

Following his new reality show, Terrell Owens now has his own breakfast cereal. “T.O.’s” will be available soon at local Tops stores.

The cereal comes from the same company that produced Flutie Flakes, PLB Sports.

Like Flutie Flakes, T.O.’s will come in a collector’s edition box featuring a photo of the football star. The maker’s website describes the cereal as “Low Fat Honey Nut Toasted Oats”.

Fans and collectors not from this area can buy the cerearl from the PLB website.

No word if, like Flutie Flakes, some proceeds will go to charity.

Here’s the box cover.


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