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La Russa Retires

One of the most cerebral men to ever manage the game, but a total tool as well.  (But then again, as a Brewers fans, I’m biased against the man and wouldn’t mind to see someone pitch a heater at his coconut.)

He’s earned it, and I wish him the best of luck in whatever TV studio gig he eventually lands at.

On the plus side, no La Russa might increase the chances Pujols bails on St. Louis for greener pastures because the two were tight.  On the negative side, they might then pursue Prince Fielder.

Speaking of Baseball Free Agency…

God I hate the Yankees.

Occupy “The Trademark”

A funny thing happened on the way to patent office.

(No word if the proceeds will be communal.)

Wasn’t This a Movie Plot?

This has “Stoner Comedy” written all of it.  That, or the next movie Seth Rogan can butcher…

Two employees of a Dominoes burned down the rival Papa Johns located across the street.  Both have been charged with arson.

Both of them are store managers.

The Cain News

Honestly, I think they completely botched the defense of the sexual harassment story.  (Who the hell goes on with Geraldo these days?)  But Politico’s got a lot of explaining to do on why they’re still holding details to their vest and their lack of an explanation shows it’s beyond pathetic that they’re hiding behind anonymous sources to justify their scoop.

Frankly, the Cain folks are in hotter water with the story Bice broke this morning than the sexual harassment story from almost 20 years ago.   For starters, it’s much more relevant to how he’s running his campaign, what sort of people are in his employ now, and how they manage money.

And if they don’t get their ass in gear on it, the Federal Elections Commission and Internal Revenue Service will eat them alive.

The Lazich Bills

Think the redistricting one is stupid and makes the Senate GOP look like its practicing “Panic Politics” (which they are) and frankly, it’s time someone in that caucus realizes the GAB is run by a bunch of Doyle leftovers and never going to give them a victory.  They should have written the first re-districting bill to apply to “Calendar Year 2012” from Day One and not assume GAB was going to give the same leeway the old State Elections Board did.

Now it looks like they’re doing a botched do-over, which they are.  Think of it as a learning experience.

As for the “Notary Public” bill, I am all for it.  It’s just a hoot.

Your NFL Line for Week 9

The Packers are 5.5 point favorites over the Chargers even before they played their game on Monday Night.  The Charges are currently losing to the Chiefs.  Expect that to increase by tomorrow when the rest of the casinos create their lines.

Finally…Wisconsin Liberal Disappoint Me

Concealed Carry officially begins tomorrow — November 1 — and not one of you were able to tie it into the Mexican Holiday of “Día de los Muertos,” more commonly known as “The Day of the Dead” which is also celebrated that day in Hispanic households and various public schools trying to spread cultural diversity.

The universe lobbed you a softball, and none of you connected.  Pathetic.

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Ex-Democratic Senator / Governor Bankrupts Billions, Walks Away with Millions

Good thing those #OccupyWallStreet folks are a bunch of hypocritical partisans and left-wing cranks.  Completely ignoring this news would just make them look like they don’t have a clue.

Jon S. Corzine, whose political ambitions came to a halt nearly two years ago when he was defeated for re-election as governor of New Jersey, is running out of time to prevent his revived Wall Street career from collapsing in failure.

His firm, MF Global — a powerhouse in the world of commodities and derivatives trading but little known outside Wall Street — was working frantically toward a potential sale late on Sunday.

Those discussions, which narrowed to one bidder, Interactive Brokers, came after investors — worried that MF Global was too vulnerable to the fallout from Europe’s debt crisis — deserted the firm, making it the first American financial institution to fall victim to those sovereign debt woes.

If the firm is unable to sell itself, other options, including bankruptcy, await. MF Global has hired restructuring and bankruptcy law firms including Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, said people briefed on the matter but unauthorized to speak publicly. One option is for MF Global to follow a precedent set by Lehman Brothers in 2008 by seeking bankruptcy protection for the parent company while selling some assets to Interactive Brokers.

Other Wall Street firms have not been spared damage from the European debt crisis. Shares at firms as large as Morgan Stanley fell this month over concerns that they were exposed to Europe’s troubles. And investment banks and brokerage firms are still licking their wounds from market volatility that has hurt trading operations.

MF Global began buying the debt of European countries like Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ireland last year, in a bet that the discounted prices of those bonds would soon recover. The gamble, though, went sour, and MF Global was hard hit as Greece’s troubled economy spread woes across the Continent. Although European leaders appeared to make progress last week toward resolving those problems, and other firms rebounded, MF Global continued to suffer.

The last-ditch rescue effort is a major blow to the reputation of Mr. Corzine, 64, who formerly co-led Goldman Sachs and was also a United States senator. With a sale of MF Global, Mr. Corzine’s role at the firm will almost certainly end, though he is expected to receive a severance payment of nearly $12.1 million.

My, that’s some golden parachute.  I’m sure Chuck Schumer and the rest of those wanting to demagogue Wall Street will jump all over this one.


Also, federal regulators have no idea where the money went.  Roughly $700 million is reportedly “missing.”

What began as nearly $1 billion missing had dropped to less than $700 million by late Monday. It is unclear where the money went, and some money is expected to trickle in over the coming days as the firm sorts through the bankruptcy process, the people said.

But regulators are examining whether MF Global diverted some customer money to support its own trades as the firm teetered on the brink of collapse. If that was the case, it could violate a fundamental tenet of Wall Street regulation: Customers’ money must be kept separate from company money.

Such a finding would move the discussion from sloppy internal controls at MF Global to something more troubling. While the investigation is in its early days, it raises the specter that regulators could sanction the firm or the employees responsible.

MF Global and Mr. Corzine have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

So far.

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Sheboygan Mayor Recall Group Says It Has Signatures

Bit surprised they pulled it off.

A week ago, they were down by 600 signatures and a month ago they publicly said they didn’t think they were going to make it happen.

SHEBOYGAN – Organizers of a recall effort against Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan say they have enough signatures to bring about a recall election against him.

“We have over 4,500 signatures, and we’re still collecting,” said Mary Jo Stoelb, one of the recall organizers.

To force a recall election against Mayor Ryan, organizers needed about 4,100 valid signatures by Tuesday.

She told Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s “Wisconsin’s Morning News” they’ll drop off those signatures tomorrow, hoping to get a recall election to happen in the spring.

“We’re trying to time it with the spring elections so that it would be the least amount of cost to the City of Sheboygan.”

Ryan has admitted to several incidents of public drunken behavior in the last few years.

Here’s hoping they had one heck of a final push, because of the options to remove Ryan out of office for his drunken behavior, recall seemed like it was the cheapest without the mayor of Sheboygan resigning of his own accord.

UPDATE: The Sheboygan Press is reporting that Kevin MatiChek, the Sheboygan alderman who helped launch the Ryan recall is likely to run in the recall.


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Happy Halloween folks.

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From Don Surber, op-ed columnist and blogger of the Charleston Daily Mail in West Virginia.

Remember what life was like before lefties politicized weather?

You got an early snow, you enjoyed it.

You got an Indian summer, you enjoyed it.

Everybody talked about the weather, but nobody did anything about it.

Then climatology came along.

Now snow is our punishment for global warming which raises the humidity and causes Gaia to dump snow on us in the winter.


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Deer Crashes into Motel Room

I’ve been told there are cheaper ways to spend a couple of hours in a motel room.

Police had to help remove a 170-pound white-tailed deer that crashed into a Janesville motel.

Officers were called Thursday morning after people saw a male deer running around a parking lot and ramming into cars at a Target store. The deer then ran across a highway, vaulted through a closed, ground-level window and entered a room at a Super 8 Motel.

The manager says the room was empty. The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/rOGB2E) reports police guarded the door to keep the deer inside while veterinarians and DNR biologists tranquilized the animal.

Authorities removed the deer shortly before noon. The deer had minor injuries to its snout from crashing through the window. Damage to the room was minor.

The DNR planned to release the deer at Storrs Lake Wildlife Area near Milton.

I’m trying to imagine what the insurance investigation report would read for something like that.

Here’s my best attempt at it: “After the animal wrecked havoc in a nearby parking lot, it made a “B-line” for the window, shattering it as it jumped into the room.  Upon hearing the damage, an employee of the front desk of the hotel called authorities to help deal with the animal.  The animal was shot with a large sedative from a high-powered rifle and carried out in a sheet onto a waiting Ford pick-up truck.”

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Ralph Fiennes: Twitter is Killing the English Language

Foolish actor, it wasn’t Twitter.

It was cell phone text messaging, and it happened a long, long time ago.

Speaking at the BFI London Film Festival awards in Old Street, London, the actor said that modern language “is being eroded” and blamed “a world of truncated sentences, soundbites and Twitter.”

“Our expressiveness and our ease with some words is being diluted so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us, and the word of more than two syllables is a problem for us,” he said.

Fiennes, full name Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, said that students at drama schools were especially suffering thanks to social networking sites.

“I hear it, too, from people at drama schools, who say the younger intake find the density of a Shakespeare text a challenge in a way that, perhaps, (students) a few generations ago maybe wouldn’t have.”

The actor’s directorial debut, Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, premiered at the London Film Festival this week. Fiennes questioned whether the playwright was even relevant in a time of dumbed-down English language.

He said: “I think we’re living in a time when our ears are attuned to a flattened and truncated sense of our English langyuage, so this always begs the question, is Shakespeare relevant? But I love this language we have and what it can do, and aside from that I think the themese in his plays are always relevant.”

Fiennes, who does not use Twitter, is not alone in his theory. JP Davidson, the author of Planet Word and a linguistic expert, talked this week about longer words dying out in favour of shortened text message-style terms.

He said: “You only have to look on Twitter to see evidence of the fact that a lot of English words that are used say in Shakespeare’s plays or PG Wodehouse novels — both of them avid inventors of new words — are so little used that people don’t even know what they mean now.


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