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All House Arrests Are Not Equal

Lord knows if I was as bad a boy as Dominque Strauss-Kahn is being accused of being, I (or you) will not have the same sort of accommodations.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn moved into a $14 million Tribeca pad on Wednesday night – the kind of place that could make an accused sex predator forget he’s under house arrest.

It’s a three-story, 6,800-square-foot palace with a movie theater, antique French oak floors, a gym and a terrace – and $50,000-a-month rent.

The new digs are at 153 Franklin St. on a cobblestone road in the heart of Robert De Niro territory.

Strauss-Kahn’s arrival sparked outrage among his new neighbors.

“He must really be suffering in there with the spa and private theater,” said Annette Goodman, rolling her eyes. “It’s the height of hypocrisy. House arrest does not mean a luxury townhouse.”

“Please, God, no,” said Linda Buongermino. “They should have found a place for him in jail. This will disrupt all our lives.”

Strauss-Kahn’s new luxe digs – Nobu Next Door is just around the corner – are a far cry from his Rikers Island cell and the prison’s notoriously humdrum fare, including plates of ground turkey and battered fish and cabbage.

The Daily News goes on to report “DSK” and his wife celebrated the move with a $242.70 dinner of steak and salad catered from a posh New York City restaurant.  Since his accounts have been frozen, they put the bill on their daughter’s credit card.

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Lena & Larson Lost Their Free TV Ride

Oh, it’s only for a week, so I doubt the two will sweat it much.

Of course, if this were say the show that theoretically Glenn Grothman appeared on nearly nightly, the other side would be going nuts!

Here’s what Ed Schultz — once voted the 2nd most hated man in North Dakota (after then-Packers QB Brett Favre by those Vikings’ crazy North Dakotans) — said.

ED SCHULTZ (02:52): And what do the Republicans thinking about? They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.

Ah yes, embrace the left-wing misogyny!

By the end of the day, the pressure to put out the fire either got to Schultz, who pulled himself off the air, and NBC, which suspended the cretin for a week without pay.

STATEMENT FROM MSNBC REGARDING ED SCHULTZ:

MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

The best response, naturally comes from Laura Ingraham herself, who had this to say on Facebook.

Re. the crude comments made about me by Ed Schultz on his radio program: First, I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show. Is it only available online? Second, I have to get back to recording the audio edition of my new book “Of Thee I Zing.” Now I’m tempted to insert one additional zing–about men who preach civility but practice misogyny.

I hear there’s another Joint Finance Committee hearing today in Madison, and we all know what a show that tends to be for Lena Taylor.  Perhaps, during one of the recesses or in-between rants, one of those “enterprising, young reporters” could ask the state senator her thoughts on the matter.

Or Chris Larson?

Or any of the other “Fab 14” since they too were frequent guests of Schultz’s?

Or am I going to have to take things into my own hands on this matter soon?

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Wednesday Quick Hits

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I think I said it best last night when I told my friend and former eCampaign Communications Director at the RNC during the 2008 cycle, Liz Mair, that I’d rather slit my own throat than work a New York State Special election.

She agreed.

The New York State GOP is run by idiots, there’s no primary, and they never pick (Yes, they literally pick the candidates) a consensus candidate which creates more 3rd party candidates who can jump on the ballot if they have the means to do so, plus the lack of the traditional “Come to Jesus” moment after the primary isn’t around to build party cohesion.

As for takes, I think both Dave Weigel and Jim Geraghty have solid takes.

There’s no doubt Medicare — or rather MediScare — had an effect on the race as well, but I don’t blame Paul Ryan for this loss.  Paul and his staff on the Budget Committee are doing the yeoman’s work on explaining their plan and videos like this are a godsend.

How much of a godsend?  Well, both my parents are on Medicare, both are near or over 70, one of which is set to celebrate his 5th Anniversary of a heart transplant which was paid for by Medicare.  If there are any people who would have reason to worry about the Ryan Plan, it’d be them.  More or less, they’re not, in large part of Ryan’s videos which I’ve played for, or sent to them via email.

Finally, I realize there’s a sudden push by liberals for Ryan to jump in the 2012 race after last night; especially in the Kos Crowd to use the issue fully and help the Obama re-elect.

How soon they forget…

 

 

“Fehr” WEAC

Not sure I’ve ever seen a move like this in the realm of public education unions.  Members of union agrees to go one way only to see its local turn down what’s been agreed upon to benefit the “Mother Union” and one of its sacred cows — in this case, WEA Trust.

In fact, the only example I can find that’s even close to it is the failed 2003 trade by the Texas Rangers of Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sex.  A-Rod had agreed on paper to the trade to Boston, and in order to avoid further hits to Boston’s  team salary, had agreed to renegotiate his mammoth salary to a lower amount.

Instead, the Major League Baseball Players Association, then under the leadership of Don Fehr, vetoed the trade between the two teams if A-Rod took a penny less than his originally negotiated contract.  As a result, the trade between Texas and Boston imploded.  The only team able to pay it, and willing to take Rodriguez and his salary away from the Texas Rangers — The New York Yankees.

Faced with the possibility that the Alex Rodriguez trade will not take place because the Major League Players Association rejected the restructuring of Rodriguez’s landmark contract by the Red Sox, Major League Baseball’s top labor lawyer said last night that commissioner Bud Selig may legally challenge the union’s right to do so.

If Selig approves the reworking of the contract of sports’ highest-paid player over the objections expressed by union lawyer Gene Orza, the matter could wind up before an independent arbitrator, a legal process that could take weeks and cause chaos for the teams and players involved.

“The basic agreement contains a rule that requires any special covenant to be an actual or potential benefit to the player,” Rob Manfred, executive vice president of labor relations & human resources for MLB told the Associated Press. “In a situation like the current situation, where there was a restructuring, where the player was getting something and the club was getting something, Gene Orza is not the final arbitrator on whether the restructuring provides an actual or potential benefit to the player. The commissioner currently is considering his legal options in consultation with the two teams.”

As a result, A-Rod’s now a Yankee until , still with his bloated salary, and theories a plenty have sprung up that this was the needed catalyst to break the “Curse of the Bambino” since the Red Sox finally won their first World Series since 1918 a season or two later.

(And yes, I am very much aware the owner who agreed to the initial contract demands of A-Rod’s agent Scott Boras — who’s also Prince Fielder’s so kiss him goodbye fellow Brewers fans — was George W. Bush.)

This Didn’t Need to Happen

Two teens in Kimberly are charged with leaving their newborn infant behind a dumpster after the father reportedly panic instead of leaving the infant at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton.  The child was found two hours later, and is now living with child protective services and said to be in good health.

Wisconsin has a law, which allows for those like this young couple to drop off the child they didn’t feel they could raise on their own at a hospital, a church, or other public place and avoid any legal repercussions.  If the pair hadn’t panicked, whoever received the child would have understood and not said anything about it.

Instead, these teens now face a possible sentence six to ten years for an abandonment charge.

The “Oprah” is No More

Sorry, I got nothing here.  Was never a fan.

 

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John Edwards to Face Justice Department Prosecution

The lesson of this story is simple: If you’re going to pay off you pregnant mistress to go away, stay quiet, and never return, use your own cash.  Don’t use your campaign funds; the Federal Government tends to frown upon such things.

(Your wife will already hate you with all the cheating going on — let alone on her while she’s dying of cancer — like a secondary checking account to pay off the mistress would make her any less angry with you?)

The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws while he tried to cover up an extra-marital affair, ABC News has learned.

A source close to the case said Edwards is aware that the government intends to seek an indictment and that the former senator from North Carolina is now considering his limited options. He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.

Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters. The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

Hunter was a campaign videographer with whom Edwards had a lengthy affair that resulted in a daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, now three years old.

If the case were to proceed to trial, legal experts said, the government would have to prove that the intent of the donations was to cover-up the affair so that Edwards could continue his pursuit of the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

The government’s case against Edwards is expected to rely heavily on Andrew Young, a former close aide to Edwards who falsely claimed paternity of Hunter’s child three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

Young testified before a grand jury for nine hours in 2009, and also wrote a tell-all book that alleged Edwards was the mastermind of a well-funded, well-orchestrated plan to keep the affair from becoming public.

I haven’t read Young’s book; but I have read Game Change; which is set to be made into a movie on HBO.  If half of what the authors there said is true, Edwards isn’t just guilty, he’s going to fry.

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Holperin Signs On as Sponsor of “Constitutional Carry”

Fascinating…

State Senator Jim Holperin (D-Eagle River) said today he will support the least restrictive or “constitutional carry” version of legislation which would allow Wisconsin citizens to carry a concealed handgun without training or a permit.

“I favor the ‘constitutional carry’ or ‘shall issue’ version of concealed carry, but I’ve co-sponsored all three of the handgun bills that have been offered this session because this issue needs to advance and finally get signed into law,” he said.

Holperin said the ‘constitutional carry’ legislation, Senate Bill 93, was making good progress after receiving strong support in public hearings. “SB 93 will be modified to include an optional permit for use in other states, but will still allow handgun owners to carry concealed without a permit or other regulation if they choose,” he said.

Another bill, Senate Bill 90, creates a licensing system for those who want to carry concealed and is similar to measures introduced in past sessions. “SB 90 has become a fallback position this session, and will likely not be advanced,” Holperin said.

A third measure, still in drafting, would allow concealed carry after gun owners complete a short two hour training session.

“I’ve always believed that responsible and qualified citizens deserve the right to carry and use firearms as guaranteed by both our state and federal constitutions with the fewest possible restrictions, and my voting record reflects that,” Holperin added.

“I’m looking forward to voting for the constitutional carry legislation with an optional permit for those who might want one, and I’m hopeful the bill can be on the Governor’s desk before the end of June,” he concluded.

Yes, liberals of Wisconsin and their blogging brethren, a Democrat –ARGUABLY THE MOST VULNERABLE IN HIS RECALL ELECTION — is to the right of Charlie Sykes, the state’s top “Gun-Blogger” Owen Robinson, and most of the conservative bloggers [For the record, I just want the old Zien bill re-introduced.  Mission Accomplished according to my contacts at the NRA.] in the state when it comes to this version of concealed carry.

(Pardon me while I wait for everyone’s head to stop exploding.)

What does this mean?  Well, for starters, I think this largely confirms the theory I’ve been throwing around in my head and with a few friends that the concealed carry debate this legislative session has been hijacked by factions “Up North” who frankly know they both have the numbers to get it through, and don’t care what the more urban, populace parts of the state think about it.  The lead authors; one is from outside Wausau, the other is from Crivitz, are both from northern Wisconsin.

Which leads us to Holperin.  It’s no secret that part of the Democratic playbook is to try to make Holperin’s Republican challenger, Kim Simec, into some sort of right-wing kook.  Central to this, is apparently some of her children’s books — one of which is on guns and the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

If Holperin’s all of a sudden joined “the land of the crazy people” (I’m paraphrasing any number of Bill Christofferson posts on the concealed carry legislation for the past six or seven years) it does make one begin to wonder why, and if his polling numbers are showing something we haven’t been noticing.  Maybe even liberals are missing something here with their focus on the GOP recalls and believing the ones on Kapanke and Hopper are already ‘in the bank and earning interest.’

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Leftist Doomsday Soothsayers Don’t Get Mocked

Great column from Dennis Prager which appeared in yesterday’s National Review Online (H/T Jerry Bader)

Here’s the bulk of liberal “prophecies” which have yet to come to be, either expired, or keep getting extensions every two to five years by the United Nations.

Discuss.

But the Left should not laugh too loudly. The religious world has far fewer doomsday predictions than the Left does. At least every few years, the secular Left frightens itself — and tries to frighten everyone else — about another doomsday scenario.

The most obvious current example is, of course, global warming. For years now we have been told by the world’s left-wing media that scientists are united in predicting that there will be worldwide catastrophe as a result of global warming caused by manmade carbon-dioxide emissions. Oceans will rise so high that they will drown many of the world’s great coastal cities; entire island-countries will disappear; vast areas of the world will dry up; and countries will fight one another for the little remaining fresh water.

Compared with the global-warming scenario, I’ll face the Rapture — and I’m not even Christian.

Of course, none of these global-warming predictions have materialized. For example, last month Der Spiegel reported: “Six years ago, the United Nations issued a dramatic warning that the world would have to cope with 50 million climate refugees by 2010. But now that those migration flows have failed to materialize, the U.N. has distanced itself from the forecasts. On the contrary, populations are growing in the regions that had been identified as environmental danger zones.”

As a result of so many such false alarms, and because so many places have experienced record cold temperatures, global warming has been renamed “climate change.”

But global warming is only the most recent doomsday scenario offered by the Left. Here is a small sample of some others:

Recall the Time and Newsweek cover stories about how heterosexual AIDS would become a national plague — since “AIDS doesn’t discriminate.” Skeptics who said at the time that heterosexual AIDS in America was largely a scare story were called “anti-science.” But Michael Fumento, the science writer who wrote “The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS,” first in Commentary magazine and then as a book, turned out to be right. In America it was a myth.

At the Democratic National Convention in 2000, five children ages about five to eleven were featured; they recited lyrics about the doomsdays they could look forward to as they grew up in America. The first child, for example, said this: “When I grow up . . . Will I be able to see a rainbow in a smog-filled sky? Will there be any trees alive?”

In his 1968 book, The Population Bomb, Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich wrote: “In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”

Another doomsday prophecy from the Left: Two prominent feminist writers, Gloria Steinem and Naomi Wolf, wrote in their bestselling books, Revolution from Within and The Beauty Myth — and the news media reported — that 150,000 girls and women a year die of anorexia nervosa. The number is actually fewer than 100.

There is one major difference between leftist and religious doomsday scenarios. The religious readily acknowledge that their doomsday scenario is built entirely on faith. The Left, on the other hand, claims that its doomsday scenarios are entirely built on science.

Built on science mind you, that’s solely meant to keep a constant flow of federal grant money coming so the scientist can keep working.   Yeah, that doesn’t seem unethical or a violation of the scientific method at all.

Thus is the joy of modern liberal academia and intelligentsia.  Instead of being mocked or discredited for a bad or outright incorrect scientific theory or prediction, they just get more grant money.  Is it any wonder most liberal academics loathe the free market?  There failure isn’t just “Not Rewarded,” it often will see its project funding terminated.

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Rafalski to Reportedly Retire

One of the very best to ever lace up his skates for the Wisconsin Badgers (45 goals in 43 games as a senior alone), Brian Rafalski is set to announce his retirement from the National Hockey League this week.  Rafalski, who has a home in Wisconsin, played for eleven total seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings.

He won three total Stanley Cups, was a three-time Olympian for Team USA, and reported played this last playoff season without an ACL on one of his knees. (Now that’s a hockey player.)

It’s that toughness which made him such an impressive force on the ice, and it is those injuries which no doubt sped up his retirement at just 37.  He will be missed.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported late Monday afternoon that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski(notes) is set to announce his retirement from the NHL as early as this week. According to Kypreos, injuries are why Rafalski will move on, and he played in the playoffs without an ACL in his knee.

USA Today’s Kevin Allen reports that an announcement will be made on Wednesday.

Rafalski has played 11 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and Red Wings after five years in Europe coming out of the University of Wisconsin. He’s a three-time Stanley Cup champion and represented Team USA in the last three Winter Olympics.

If Rafalski is planning to hang up the skates, it’s news to Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who told the Detroit Free Press that he’s yet to be informed of any decision.

Rafalski is also a political conservative.  His degree at UW was in Economics, and gave to Sean Duffy and Ron Johnson last cycle.

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And the Supreme Court Recount is Done

7,004 votes.

That’s the final tally of the victory of David Prosser to his re-election to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

Now…the expectant wait until next Tuesday morning to see if JoAnne Kloppenburg is crazy enough to file a legal challenge which will go no where.  Is it any wonder the statewide left has been ignoring this recount for the better part of the last month?

She’s lost.

TWICE!!

(Where’s my “Sore Loserman” jpeg when I need it?)

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s victory over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has been certified by the state board that oversees elections.

The Government Accountability Board on Monday certified results of a statewide recount that showed the incumbent Prosser defeated Kloppenburg by 7,004 votes. The election was widely seen as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers.

Conservative Walker backers largely backed Prosser while opponents of the collective bargaining bill lined up behind Kloppenburg in the officially nonpartisan race.

Kloppenburg now has until May 31 to challenge the results in court. Her campaign has not said whether it will file a challenge or not.

Prosser’s campaign says there is no basis for a challenge and it’s time to move on.

Normally, Kloppenburg has 5 business days to decide on a legal challenge after the final certification.  They have a bit of a longer window because of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend; hence the May 31st deadline.

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Apple is a Cult

A number of my friends and co-workers who swear by Apple products won’t see the humor in this.

The cult of Apple is real, according to neuroscientists.

They compared MRIs of Apple fans’ brains to those of people who call themselves “very religious” and found that Apple and religion light up the same part of the brain. This means that Apple triggers the same feelings and reactions in people as religion.

BBC highlights the finding in an upcoming documentary, Secrets of Superbrands.

The documentary also likens Apple Stores to cathedrals. “Apple stores often feature stone or other types of austere, simple flooring like a church with products mounted on pedestals like individual altars,” writes Inc’s Renee Oricchio.

Apple store launches are like religious experiences too. “The scenes I witnessed at the opening of the new Apple store in London’s Covent Garden were more like an evangelical prayer meeting than a chance to buy a

phone or a laptop,” writes Alex Riley and Adam Boome of BBC.

“Inside the store, glassy-eyed staff were whipped up into a frenzy of excitement, jumping up and down, clapping and shouting. When the doors finally opened, they hysterically “high-fived” and cheered hundreds of delirious customers flooding in through the doors for hours on end.”

It seems Steve Jobs really is a God to some people.

No word if similar findings showed up on hard-core believers of man-made global warming.

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Daniels Decides Against Presidential Run

Sorry for the absence, it’s my brother’s bachelor party weekend.  Didn’t feel it was a time to blog much for a multitude of reasons.  (We’ve all seen the first “Hangover,” right?)

Must admit, was shocked by this one.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels won’t seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a decision that could well throw the field open to other late entrants.

“In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all,” Daniels said in a statement emailed to supporters early Sunday morning. “If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”

Daniels’ decision not to run ends months of public speculation about his interest in the race in which he went from entirely uninterested to a man on the verge of a national bid.

And, it almost certainly means that an already wide-open race for the GOP nomination in 2012 will become even more so in the coming weeks.

In the last week, we’ve seen a possible front-runner (Huckabee), a joke of a candidate (Trump), and now Daniels all announce they will not seek the GOP’s party nomination for President of the United States.  I don’t fault any of these guys for their decisions.  Running for President frankly should come with a “Sanity Test” for all who seek the office.  One must simply give up their life (and their families) for the better part of two years for a what can best be called a “Media Anal Probe.”

Add in that the “Mainstream Media” is so invested in an Obama Presidency and that probe will be one-million times worse than anything any Presidential challenger has seen before.   That’s why reports are Daniels wife and four adult daughters vetoed his run; no body’s perfect and they likely didn’t want their family’s deepest secrets — largely Mrs. Daniels’ divorce of Mitch, move to California, and subsequent return to Indiana and the unification of the family — was something no one who lived through it once wanted to live through again.

We’re in a new era of politics, where only saints can run…or just those the liberal media don’t want to portray as sinners.

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