Posted by Owen at 1850 hrs
A strip club?s adults-only outings at a local golf course featured partially dressed dancers entertaining on the links - and golfers sometimes undoing their clothes while interacting with the women, a television station reports.
WITI-TV of Milwaukee said Monday its undercover investigation over two summers used cameras set on roadsides next to the South Hills course to capture videotape that included shots of strippers being fondled by some of the golfers.
I’m having a fascinating exchange with an old friend via email. Perhaps he’ll agree to let me post it later.Posted by Owen at 1431 hrs
Governor Doyle (of Wisconsin) is steadily reverting to his liberal roots.
Doyle is a career politician and the scion of a legendary Democratic family in Wisconsin. He has always considered it his birthright to be the governor. When he ran for governor last year, he was faced with a predicament. The state had a huge budget shortfall and the taxpayers of Wisconsin were expressing outrage at the prospect of tax increases. Doyle answered this challenge by running to the right and vowing “no tax increases.”
Up until this point, Doyle has kept up his “no new taxes” stance. But now it’s time to make decisions.
The Republican led legislature has put a budget on his desk and Doyle can’t maintain the spending cuts that will keep taxes from being raised. He has vetoed Republican efforts to: cut state revenue distributed to local governments and cut state funding of 4-year-old kindergarten (glorified day care).
Doyle did say earlier that he would cut $100 million in spending out of the budget, but he didn’t say what he would cut (except for an item totaling about $3 million).
Doyle just can’t bring himself to cut the bloat in the State budget. All rhetoric aside, it just goes against his grain.Posted by Owen at 1338 hrs
Peter I (the Great) of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava in 1709. Although the war would drag on for another 12 years, this battle marked the true defeat of the Swedes. The Swedes were never again a formidable military power after this battle.Posted by Owen at 1210 hrs
I’m reading the CNN story about the 3 teens that were arrested in the process of a murder spree. Normal stuff… description of arrest… description of suspects… then… at the very end… this:
“I’m a little surprised, but you can only push a kid so far, you know? I mean, people [have been] making fun of him for the longest time,” Phillip said.
There it is! You see? These kids are the real victims. They were picked on in school and the father owned (wait for it) guns!
I’m so sick and tired of criminals being treated as victims.
The Edge of England’s Sword has a bunch of updates. Go check ‘em out.Posted by Owen at 2040 hrs
One of Milwaukee’s Aldermen, Paul Henningston, votes on the council, collects a salary, and will collect full pension benefits, despite being convicted of four felonies.
The first stupidity in the law is that convicted felons can serve in office as long as they haven’t been sentenced yet. Henningston was convicted in June, but won’t be sentenced until late September.
The second stupidity in the law is that Henningston’s removal from office due to being a felon is classified as an “involuntary separation” which means that he can immediately begin to receive benefits and that the earnings limit is removed. So he can receive his full pension regardless of his earnings in “retirement.” Here’s what he will receive:
Because he is older than 55 and has worked for the city for more than 15 years, Henningsen could take an early retirement allowance - a reduced monthly amount of about $2,500, or $30,000 a year. In that case, his lump sum would be about $11,700.
Henningston has refused to resign so that he can get pension under the best possible circumstances.
What an unscrupulous jerk.
Stuff like this is why I don’t think elected officials should be eligible for pensions. Elected positions should not be considered a career - they should be a duty that members of the community fulfill for a short term and then go on with their lives. At the very least, decisions regarding the pension should not be in the hands of those who would benefit. That?s just plain common sense.Posted by Owen at 1950 hrs
Here’s an excellent article about a confessed spammer.
I have eight e-mail addresses.
I get a lot of spam.
I hate spam.
Well, the Texas Senate’s public hearings on redistricting are coming to town this Wed. It ought to be interesting, to say the least. The hearing is being held in our law school, so I should be able to catch at least the first hour before I have to go to Constitutional Law. If it goes as I expect, I’ll probably be pissed off for the rest of the afternoon.
This would be so much easier (though not nearly as entertaining) if the people of this state would remember that it’s just politics as usual, and acting as if it’s something new is showing poor situational awareness and unbelievable gullibility. What goes around comes around. The Democrats will show up and whine about how wrong this is and act as if they would NEVER pull something this heinous! The Republicans will sit there and try to come up with reasons for their moves without having to tell the blunt, honest truth—it’s politics, and the Republicans have almost all the cards at this point.
UPDATE: Here’s an article on redistricting from the Austin American Statesman
“My ancestors and my forefathers and my foremothers worked the fields,” Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, recently told colleagues on the House Redistricting Committee before pausing to compose herself as she recounted a story about the ongoing battle against racism.
No shit? Mine did to. What does that have to do with redistricting?
A word of advice to black Americans who insist of constantly using slavery as a point of argument. Any racism you have experienced in recent history is not a result of slavery which ended 138 years ago. This country has made great strides in race relations in the past 40 years, and every time you use slavery as a crutch, the average American starts to tune you out and not pay attention to your point.Posted by Jed at 1830 hrs
One “mother” threw herself and her twin boys into a river. One boy died. The other abandoned her 6-year-old daughter in the woods after telling her they were going to play hide-and-seek.
Absolute animals. Mark my words, in two months’ time these “moms” will be characterized as victims. We’ll hear things like, “she’s a single mom struggling to make ends meet and she snapped under the pressure of it all” and “she was trying to raise her children right but her abusive ex-boyfriend didn’t support her” and “the government doesn’t provide a place for women like this to go get help.”
When you start hearing this crap, just remember a scared little girl in the woods, screaming and crying and wondering what she did wrong, as her mother drives away. Also remember the 14-month-old boy frantically flailing his chubby little arms and legs trying to stay afloat while looking up through the water at an ever-darkening sky as the bubbles of his last breath rise above him.
These animals should rot in prison before they rot in hell.Posted by Owen at 1619 hrs
Hope, over at her blog, has a sweet post about sleeping children.
I know how she feels. Those are the moments that make everything else shrink to insignificance.Posted by Owen at 0850 hrs
Kobe Bryant has been arrested for felony sexual assault.
After a series of interviews and a review of the physical evidence, investigators met with representatives for District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and concluded they had enough evidence for the felony sexual assault (search) count, the statement said.
I’m not suprised. A thug mentality is epidemic in the NBA. Nothing will get better until the league holds these malcontents to task, but that won’t happen until the fans demand a higher quality player.Posted by Owen at 2043 hrs
THE BIZARRE EVENT, in which a man carries a woman over a 250-yard obstacle course, is rooted in a local legend about a wife-stealing gang. Revived as a contest 11 years ago, it now draws contestants from all around the world.
The winners, Margo Uusorg, 23, and Egle Soll, 21, romped home in just over one minute. Soll was also carrying 10 pounds of sand to bring her up to the regulation minimum weight.
My wife and I are working on the dreaded “Estonian Carry” for next year’s competition.
Posted by Owen at 1126 hrs
Their prize winning tactic is the highly effective ?Estonian Carry? ? where the woman squeezes her thighs on the sides of the man?s face while hanging upside down on his back.
The Battle of Fornovo was fought in 1495. Charles VIII, the French King, defeated the Italian League (how sad that the best online description of this battle is on a war gamer site).
Sir Thomas More was beheaded by Henry VIII (not personally) in 1535.
In 1777, General Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from the Americans.Posted by Owen at 0953 hrs