Chip and Dale's Eyes on Wisconsin

Chip, Dale and Private Pluto are three average guys in Milwaukee who are sick and tired of pols who ride the waves of reform only to land on the island of status quo. For that reason, we have created this forum to talk about politics and the politicians that make corruption interesting. We hate paying taxes, love causing trouble, and will never back down. While we are only three average guys, we have perfect eyesight, and we will have our eyes on you Wisconsin!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Diamond Jim's Casino Compacts Expand Gambling

Ho-Chunk close to announcing location of 1 of 6 new casinos.

That’s right… the sweetheart deal that Diamond Jim gave the tribe in 2003 is starting to move forward. According to this article in the Baraboo News Republic the tribe is close to announcing the location of their fourth of 9 casinos authorized in the 2003 amendment with Governor Jim Doyle to their original gaming compact.

In their original compact with the state of Wisconsin, the Ho-Chunk were allowed to have three casinos; one in Jackson, Sauk and Wood counties. A fourth casino was agreed to in concept but the state and the tribe could not come to terms.The Compact was amended in 1998 to allow for a process for the fourth casino to be approved, namely a resolution by the county or city where the casino would be located and agreement to terms with the state on suitability of the site, the fees paid to the state and the number of machines at the site.In 2003 the amendment Diamond Jim approved the biggest expansion of gaming in the state since the compacts were first signed by giving the Ho-Chunk five new sites and outlining the process for the approval for the Dane County casino, including a “loop hole” process for how to get the casino even if a referendum in Dane County fails, which it did. The only limitation these five new sites have is that 50% of the lot has to be used for purposes other than gaming. There are no limits on size or number of games allowed. And there is absolutely no approval process or local input required.

So is this new casino the new location for the Dane County casino? Since the compact requires it to be in Dane which community is getting it? If not Dane, is this one of the five other casinos approved for Sauk, Jackson (two there), Wood or Shawano? When will the plans for those other five be announced?

More to come…

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Citizenship comes with responsibilities

Citizenship comes with responsibilities. That, at a minimum should be something those in favor of, and in opposition to recent immigration reform should agree on.

Which is why this is so frustrating.

Employees that left work to participate in a rally to limit reform were fired by their employers, people that presumably expected that their employees would be at work that day.

In the case of Applebees, the two individuals told their employer they were leaving during the middle of a shift. It doesn't specify but it has been implied in other media accounts that there was no notice in advance of that day/shift.

I don't blame Applebees. You hire servers and cooks to be there when your customers are there. This was not the case of a family or medical emergency so the employees leaving the restaurant with little to no notice in the middle of a shift not only violates the company's policy but defies common sense. Not to mention, while they may not have liked what they heard, the employees were told when they made their intentions clear that they would be in violation of their work rules.

The politically correct folks have tried to demonize the use of common sense to the point where people can get away with just about anything. I hope these people don't get away with this.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Jude trial fallout

This is a little late so I'll keep it short. The Jude trial verdicts are puzzling, to be sure. It appeared to the casual observer that at least one conviction was to be handed down. The US Attorney (Steve Biskupic) announced today that he will conduct an investigation into the whole sorrid affair.

Good.

I was afraid he would merely look at the three officers for federal charges. What is clearer than anything else is that our lose District Attorney Edward Mike McCann wasn't up to the task. He

don't touch that dial.....

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus. Wonders of busy work lives had suddenly put us all on the ice. But we're coming back, hopefully better than ever.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Bush was right

Thanks to Pat at Badger Blogger here is a link to the Bush Was Right video. Fun stuff. You can see more on the band at their web site.

There MUST be something in the water in Hollywood

Busy week, so thanks to the many bloggers that have been my source of news and my limited posts. Thankfully Pluto has been picking up the slack.

Jessica McBride has a great post on the never-ending foolishness coming out of Hollywood. Move over Jane Fonda, you couldn't be half as nuts as Charlie Sheen and now, Ed Asner.

Ed Asner is "suspect" of 9/11. Interesting. Apparently he doesn't think it happened?!?!?! Was it all one big war game with actors? For crying out loud, how does this jackass get any ink whatsoever for his ignorant blovation.

Man this just sends my blood pressure through the roof.

The arrogance and ignorance of these morons is astounding. Honestly, it is bad enough a yocal like myself can spew whatever I'm thinking on this blog, but these people have the mainstream media at their feet waiting for their next pontification.

We've made mistakes, Secretary Rice is right. But one thing that was not a mistake was to liberate a country and prevent terrorists sects from congregating there to plot their next attack on us.

Lou Grant - YOU SUCK.

Another RINO bites the dust

Another RINO bites the dust, this time in the State Assembly. Curt Gielow, a RINO from Mequon, announced today that he is not going to run again this fall. Finally, we can get a real conservative in that seat.

Gielow, for those of you that may have forgotten, thinks Hillary-style health care is the way to go in Wisconsin.

Support the troops? Well here is your chance

Dan from the Morning Spin on WISN blogs about a Milwaukee based unit that needs some help. Here is a perfect opportunity for all of you that support our troops but oppose the war to help our troops.

So? What are you waiting for?????

Welcome to.....

...The Blame Game, with your host: Judy "Who needs facts when you can skate by with ignorance" Robson.

Today, State Senate Democratic leader Judy Robson called for the evil big oil companies to stop taking advantage of Wisconsin Residents.

"While Exxon Mobil rose to the top of the Fortune 500 list, household budgets were squeezed by high gas prices," Robson said today. "Families and businesses are paying eye-popping prices for gas while oil executives are rolling in record profits."

Robson did not comment on why her concern for Wisconsin residents did not include protecting them from the automatic gas tax increase. She was one of 11 of the 14 Democrats that voting against the repeal.

It's nice to see that she's worried about the affect of rising gas prices. I wonder if she realizes that she passed up a real opportunity to make a difference. According to the United States Department of Energy, 20% of the pump price is from federal, state, and local taxes.

Look, no one likes high gas prices. In fact, I was bitching about having to pay $2.70 per gallon at lunch today. The truth though is that the oil industry's profit margin is about average, if not a little below average. According to Business Week Magazine, oil and natural gas companies made a profit of 5.8 cents for every dollar of sales over the last two years.

Check out the graphic below to see how they stack up with other industries:



I somehow doubt Senator Robson will be taking on pharmaceuticals, banks, software and telecommunication firms, and the food and beverage industry in the coming days…

Monday, April 03, 2006

It continues...

This is from the "You've gotta be shitting me" pile...

The Cynthia "The Fist" McKinney story took another hop and skip into the realm of bullshit today.

Here are some snippets from various articles and my response.

  • McKinney said she would be exonerated and that "this whole incident was instigated by the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female, black congresswoman."

Response: Actually, Ms. McKinney, the whole thing was instigated by you, a female, black congresswoman when you did not show an ID, wear your congressional pin, or stop when the officer repeatedly asked you to. (AP Story: Several police sources said the officer, who was not identified, asked her three times to stop. When she kept going, he placed a hand somewhere on her and she hit him, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.)

  • civil rights attorney James Myart said his client was "assaulted" by a Capitol Police officer

Response: As I'm sure Mr. Myart knows, the legal definition of assault is the threat or attempt to strike another. I'm sorry Mr. Myart, your client was the one doing the assaulting, NOT the one being assaulted.

  • "Because she was assaulted and placed in impending fear of her safety, she responded," he said. "This case has just begun and we're going to fight, and we're going to use the U.S. Constitution."

Response: A few things here: 1.) She was not the victim, the cop was. 2.) "we're going to fight"...isn't this what got her in this mess in the first place? 3.) Where in the constitution does it allow people to hit cops and face no consequences? I checked and didn't find a Minority privileges clause in there anywhere.

  • Myart said McKinney would seek a criminal investigation against the officer, and a civil lawsuit against both the officer and the Capitol Police is being explored.

Response: Well, here's a good idea...I mean it's not like you're wasting enough taxpayer dollars by using office supply funds to purchase a plane ticket and hotel room for Isaac Hayes.

  • Myart further called the incident racial profiling and said there was "no excuse" for Capitol Police not recognizing his client, and Raffauf said she was stopped solely because of her race, gender and politics.

Response: First of all, there are 535 members of congress. Perhaps she was stopped because she just changed her hair style (from cornrows to an afro) and wasn't doing anything or wearing anything that would identify her as a member of congress.

Also, with respect to racial profiling...I'm not sure a 51 year old woman, dressed professionally would pop up if you were doing profiling. It doesn't quite fit with the 18-35 year old Arab men. I know Democrats are harmful to our national security, but I can't believe she would have been stopped solely for that either...not to mention she was stopped repeatedly when Clinton was president as well.

  • Representatives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and National Organization for Women also spoke on McKinney's behalf.

Response: Wow. The NAACP got involved. I am SHOCKED...are you?

At first I just thought this whole thing was kind of being blown out of proportion (and it probably still is), but after reading some of the comments of hers (she still has not apologized) and her "play the race card" lawyers, I have to admit that I'm hoping she gets charged with something...ANYTHING. Of course, now that the NAACP is involved anyone who says anything about Rep. McKinney will be branded a racist, so this will probably not go anywhere. It will actually probably help her raise money...it has certainly raised her national profile. Who before this incident even knew she existed?

If she was smart she'd do the Sunday talk show circuit and she'd utilize her 15mins for more than just this topic. Talk about something that means something and hope that if/when the Dems take back the house that you'll get a chairmanship or some other perk.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Hmm...







I took a different way in to work yesterday, and at one of the stop lights I happened to look up and see a billboard for "Sailor Jerry: Spiced Navy Rum."

What exactly makes a rum "Spiced Navy"? Is it full of Seamen?

Friday, March 31, 2006

When Congresswomen Strike Back...

Want another reason to despise lawyers and/or democrats? Apparently Congresswoman McKinney (Dem from Georgia) is the victim in the whole ordeal (Check Drudge for story developments), even though she punched a police officer, and stormed past security without showing her badge or wearing her pin.

Do I think this whole thing is being blown way out of proportion? YES. Should she get arrested? NO. Should there be some sort of penalty for hitting a cop? OH YES.

Her lawyer, though took it to a whole new level...because when in doubt, place the race card. Does this piss anyone else off?

A lawyer for Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia congresswoman who had an altercation with a Capitol Police officer, says she was "just a victim of being in Congress while black."

and this:

Her lawyer, James W. Myart Jr., said, "Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, like thousands of average Americans across this country, is, too, a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin."

"Ms. McKinney is just a victim of being in Congress while black," Myart said. "Congresswoman McKinney will be exonerated."

Excessive force??? HE GRABBED HER ARM. Exonerated??? THEY HAVE HER ON TAPE, PUNCHING A POLICE OFFICER.

Oh, and this:

"Congresswoman McKinney, in a hurry, was essentially chased and grabbed by the officer," Myart said. "She reacted instinctively in an effort to defend herself."

Why would Rep. McKinney need to worry about defending herself...I mean, how often are congressmen or congresswomen (sorry to be PC) attacked in the Capitol? It would probably be a lot more often if it weren't for Capitol Police.