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Somewhere, George Carlin is Smiling

The late, great George Carlin in one of his HBO Specials during the 90s…

Buffalo Bill (2-9) Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson on Twitter (since removed or deleted) sometime after the game.


(H/T Allah @ Hot Air)

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‘And Don’t Call Me Shirley’

Rest in Peace Mr. Nielsen.

Comedic actor Leslie Nielsen, best known as the star of such comedies as “Airplane” and the “Naked Gun” franchise, has died. The Canadian native was 84. His death was confirmed by his nephew Doug Nielsen, who told the Canadian radio station CJOB he passed away in a Ft. Lauderdale hospital on Sunday from complications of pneumonia.

Nielsen is perhaps best known for his role as the bumbling police officer Lt. Frank Drebin in the “Naked Gun” series, a part that came to Nielsen after 35 years as an actor and roughly 1,500 appearances in various films and television shows.

Nielsen made his film debut in 1956’s “The Vagabond King,” before graduating to lead roles in films such as “Forbidden Planet,” a sci-fi film co-starring Walter Pidgeon, and “Tammy and the Bachelor,” a romantic comedy with Debbie Reynolds. Though Nielsen continued to act in films and television, he never truly connected with audiences until the 1980 comedy “Airplane!” A parody of disaster films such as “Airport,” the film featured Nielsen as a doctor aboard a flight who now infamously says, “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

Later, Nielsen found further fame for playing the loopy Frank Drebin, a character he originated in the television series “Police Squad!” and reprised in three feature films.

Nielsen’s last major work were the various “Scary Movie” sequels from “Airplane!” writer and Wisconsin native David Zucker.  Here’s my favorite scene from “Airplane!” which still stands the test of time some thirty years later.

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Lee Holloway, Still a Slumlord (Part…Oh, I’ve Lost Count)

Honestly don’t know what’s more depressing:  That Holloway still hasn’t fixed this crap, or that certain liberal bloggers because of their blind hatred of out-going Milwaukee County Executive / Governor-Elect Scott Walker *cough* capper *cough* take this man seriously.

City of Milwaukee building inspectors are taking Milwaukee County Board President Lee Holloway to court to try to get him to clean up five properties he and his wife, Lynda, own on W. Atkinson Ave.

The apartment buildings are home to many people with chronic mental illness who are enrolled in the county’s community mental health program.

“He’s had plenty of time to fix these,” Todd Weiler, public information officer for the city’s Department of Neighborhood Services, told the Journal Sentinel.

The violations were first issued in October 2009. The buildings have been reinspected every month since then. In cases where a problem has not been fixed, the complaint is held open.

City inspectors sent Holloway a letter this week telling him that he is due in Municipal Court on Jan. 27 to face penalties for building code violations at five properties.

Holloway has been cited for 116 violations ranging from rodent and roach infestation to loose window trim and moldy walls, according to city officials and inspection records.

Some of the violations have been fixed, Weiler said. But dozens have not.

“We are interested in compliance, not prosecution,” Weiler said. “But, we’re done now. We’ve heard enough excuses.”

Holloway did not respond to requests by the Journal Sentinel for comment. The properties are listed as owned by Webb Investments, a business owned by a trust set up by the Holloways.

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Crazy Madisonians With Guns, Part 2

And this is just another reason why I don’t do Black Friday Door-Busters…

Madison — Madison police arrested a 21-year-old woman after she was accused of threatening shoppers while trying to cut in line at a toy store.

Police say several hundred shoppers were at a Toys “R” Us just after 10 p.m. Thursday, when the woman attempted to move to the front of the line. The store opened for Black Friday shopping at 10 p.m.

Police say other shoppers confronted the Middleton woman and she threatened to retrieve a gun and shoot them.

No gun was found but police arrested the woman on a tentative charge of disorderly conduct.

Sgt. Erik Fuhremann tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the woman is now spending her shopping money to post bond.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Have a good one with your families folks.

I’d post the “WKRP Turkey Drop” episode, but I see Wigderson beat me too it.

I guess given the past six months, I should be thankful Wisconsin voter were “pretty damn stupid” or so Charles Franklin said. But since I like Professor Franklin and he’s always been cordial to my inquires and the like, I’ll believe him when he says Bill Lueders took him out of context.

Instead, I’ll be thankful Russ Feingold or whoever it was in his press and policy shop read that idiotic piece in The Progressive by Ruth Conniff where she called Feingold “The Real Tea Party candidate” in Wisconsin. And so I am thankful then they believed and internalized it.

We who had to do the Johnson campaign’s rapid response during the first debate had a good laugh during that exchange.

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Briggs Employees Petitioning Union for Dues Back


In what has become an increasingly difficult environment for organized labor, some union workers at Briggs & Stratton Corp. are circulating petitions asking for the right to avoid paying union dues.

The petition to remove the union security clause from the contract would not do away with the union, United Steelworkers Local 2-232, but would do away with the requirement that all union-covered workers pay dues.

The unusual action was triggered by a pending dues increase that would link the size of the monthly dues payment to an employee’s wages – in some cases more than doubling the dues of the highest-paid workers.

The move comes as unions at Briggs and several other marquee Wisconsin companies – including Mercury Marine Inc., Kohler Co. and Harley-Davidson Inc. – have had to accept contract concessions such as two-tier wage systems that pay new workers less, increased use of temporary workers, layoffs, wage freezes or increased health care costs.

“Union members generally like their unions,” said John Heywood, a business professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who teaches classes in human resources and labor relations. “But they have had to give up a lot. It’s not a good environment.”

First of all, this highlights what a horrible job local union leaders have been doing in recent years marketing the “Hows” and “Whys” of union membership.  If you have rank and file pushing for their own form of “paycheck protection,” you have a few problems.

Secondly, I don’t see this getting much steam inside the Briggs shop — especially in this economy.  Union shops are designed to reward seniority, in both pay and in who is the last to go when the layoffs come.  So, the only guys looking at this petition are the union diehards, the real lifers who have been employed for decades and the most loyal to the union.

While I agree on merit with what some at Briggs are doing.  They are after all feeling those who they’ve entrusted with representing them have failed them, but the realities on the ground are stacked against them and in fair of the union status quo.

That only changes if Wisconsin somehow becomes a “Right to Work” state; which the state AFL-CIO will do everything in its power to stop from happening.

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Former Feingold Staffer Busted Seeking Kiddie Sex

Wow…wonder if Kraus and Lounsbury knew this prize-winner?

Fox News has learned that Bob Decheine, longtime chief of staff to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) has been arrested by police in Gaithersburg, M.D. for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor and has been fired.

Decheine is 48 and has been Rothman’s Chief of Staff since 2003. He’s also a former aide to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.).

The arrest was made last Friday, and was apparently part of a sting by Gaithersburg police. According to a press release from police, the offense carries a sentence of no more than 10 years in prison, a $25,000 fine or both.

Rothman’s office released a statement, reading in part:

“On Friday, November 19, 2010, at 3:30 pm, the House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms contacted Congressman Steve Rothman personally and informed him that the Gaithersburg Police Department had arrested Mr. Robert Decheine, who was then serving as his Chief of Staff, on a charge of sexual solicitation of a minor. Congressman Rothman immediately consulted appropriate House Counsel and terminated Mr. Decheine’s employment, effective November 19, 2010, due to the very serious nature of this charge. Congressman Rothman considers this alleged criminal act to be shocking, appalling and indefensible.”

According to the JWF crew, Decheine was an advisor to the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign as well.

Decheine was with Feingold prior to 2000.  I can only trace that fact since he is not listed on the LegiStorm listing of Feingold staffers, and their database only goes back to 2000.

This has the textbook markings of the classic “Internet Rendezvous,” where the only thing this dirt-bag had been communicating with was a cop posing with what he thought was a teenage girl (or boy).  Expect to hear that his office PC  from his Congressional office was taken by authorities as well as any kept in his personal property.

(Liberals to dredge up Child Victim Act to save face for “Rusty” in 3…2…1…)

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Typical Kagen

(H/T Fox Politics)

I’ve so gotten past the man and his timely political demise, I had actually turned off my Google Alert on him.  So thanks to Jo Egelhoff for pointing out the even if the man is leaving Congress, the arrogance will always be there.

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) broke House chamber rules during the first floor vote last week, but it’s safe to say he will avoid punishment.

Hodes, who lost his bid for the Senate, used his iPhone camera to snap a shot of outgoing Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) posing in the center aisle with the Speaker’s rostrum in the background.

When it became apparent that the legislators were merely documenting their last few weeks in office, the security member opted not to pursue the matter.

True story.  During this May’s State GOP Convention in Milwaukee, I talked for a few minutes with former Bush Administration advisor Karl Rove who was the keynote speaker during Saturday’s Chairman’s Dinner.

Most of the conversation was about who I was, the fact that he knew my boss at HUD (They knew each other from Texas.), and what I hoped to be doing in the future.  (If memory serves, I had just put my resume in with both RPW and the Johnson Campaign to do research for them…)

Still kicking myself for not saying the following anytime during the conversation: “So let’s hear it.  You, Steve Kagen, a White House bathroom.  Did it happen?!?”

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Hope and Change Meets Reality

Saw this early this morning watching the news.  My heart goes out to this lady.

Here’s hoping she lands on her feet.

Nobody is safe.

Velma Hart, who burst onto the media scene after telling President Obama she was scared about her financial future, has been laid off. Hart was let go as the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a nonprofit Maryland-based veteran services organization.

Hart has become another casualty of the tough economy in which so many people have lost their jobs.

“It’s not anything she did,” said Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets. “She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line. Most not-for-profits are seeing their money pinched.”

King would not say whether the organization had had other layoffs.

“Velma was a good employee,” he said. “It was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive.”

King hadn’t seen the irony in Hart being fired just two months after she emotionally told Obama about her fears for her own financial well-being during a town hall meeting in Washington.

“I hadn’t thought about this in connection to the town hall meeting. She was at the town hall as a private citizen. Whatever she had to say were her own thoughts,” he said.

Hart’s comments to Obama became political fodder as proof that the president was losing his die-hard supporters – African American voters. Hart told me at the time that she still supported Obama but that she had expected more changes by now.

She said what really disappointed her is that the change and better economic conditions Obama promised haven’t come fast enough.

“My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot-dogs-and-beans era of our lives,” she said during the CNBC town hall broadcast. “But quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again. And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly: Is this my new reality?”

Well, unemployment has not just knocked on the door of the former Army reservist. It has busted through the door.

Non-profits are not doing well in this economy.  Probably worse than most companies, since much of their budgets is based on either a combinations of grants or donations – both private and corporate.  With

I know this second-hand since one of my siblings runs a non-profit organization and notes that juggling the budget in recent years hasn’t been a lot of fun.

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Congratulations Joe and Heather…Again!

From my personal email account.

Sheboygan, WI – State Senator Joe and Heather Leibham are excited to announce the birth of their third child, a daughter.  Lucy Marie Leibham arrived on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 7:43 a.m.  Lucy weighed in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 21 inches long.

“We again have been blessed with a healthy baby.  Mom is doing great and big brothers Andrew and William are thrilled with a new baby sister,” Senator Leibham said.  “Our family appreciates the prayers and friendship offered as we experience the wonders and excitement of a new baby.”

Lucy’s grandparents are Cliff and Joan Hanson of Cascade and Ken and Sue Leibham of Sheboygan.  Great Grandma Marie Hanson resides in Sheboygan Falls.

Blessings to the entire Leibham family.

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