Friday, July 31, 2009

The Circus Comes to Town- Wal-Mart Style

On August 1st, just like any first of the month, the circus comes to Wal-Mart and other grocery stores.
The first of every month is the time when many government social services make their payments to welfare, social security, food stamps VA and whoever else.
Having worked many 1st of the months, it really is quite shocking to see the people shop. It is a mad house, to say the least. Long lines, rude people, people take an item off the shelf and if they decide they don't want it, put it where ever they want. On the first of the month, we usually have 15 grocery carts full of go-backs (items not paid for, items put where ever, items not approved for purchase by the government etc..) in an 8 hour shift. We also lose a several hundred dollars of merchandise due to theft, spoilage or breakage or other reasons.
Now, of course, Wal-Mart is grateful for their business and it is interesting watching the hordes of different types of people trying to shop.
However, if you don't need to shop on the 1st, you may want to wait a couple of days. Otherwise, bring along some popcorn and watch the spectacle.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

This is So Cool- Baseball Edition

From ESPN: The real treat Wednesday night was watching his 2 1/2-year-old son throw out the first pitch.
Mackail McGehee has cerebral palsy, but that didn't stop him from performing the ceremonial duties.

Papa is Casey McGehee is a Milwaukee Brewer who happened to hit a go ahead home run in the same game that his young son throws out the first pitch.
I'm glad I wasn't there or watched the game on TV as I would have been bawling like a baby. Yeah, I am sensitive.

Friday, July 24, 2009

White Sox Hurler Throws Perfect Game

Chicago White Sox pitcher, Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays last night.
This is Buehrle's third no hitter in his career. This was first perfect game since Randy Johnson did it in 2004.
Buehrle received a 30 second phone call from Obama, who said the pitcher was acting stupidly since he caused so many hitters to fail, especially minorities. (just kidding)

Wedding Alert: Blogging will be Slower

This Sunday, July 26th, I will be getting married to a wonderful girl, Cathy. I have been very lucky to have met Cathy. She has brightened up my life and my kids and I could not be any happier. This is the 2nd marriage for both of us.
We will be doing this in a typical Vegas fashion Married at a wedding chapel and reception at a casino buffet. No Elvis's, though. The honeymoon will come later.
So, blogging will be a little light this week, starting Saturday.

Obama Out of Ideas So He Plays The Race Card

President Obama, one half of Dumb and Dumber, said the Hispanic Cambridge police officer who arrested a supposedly famous Harvard professor of disorderly conduct and the brillant professor broke into his own house after losing keys, was "acting stupidly".,2933,534687,00.html
Let's see. He was having a press conference about health care during prime time. Why was this question even asked? When was the last time a president was asked about an arrest of a private citizen who is not in government or not a very close personal friend during a prime time news conference? I suspect the question was a planted question.
Obama is losing the health care issue. He wanted the congress to vote on health care reform before congress went on vacation. The next day, Congress, in a rare instance where they got things right, at least for now, declined to do so. In addition, polls are showing that Obama is losing the issue on health care. Throw in the fact that Obama's economy still sucks and more military deaths are being reported in Afghanistan, Obama losing support.
So, he throws out the race card, a typical liberal distraction. He admits he didn't read the police officer's report and is just going on what he has heard, though the police report was available for all to see.
Was the arrest warranted? It is an arrest that could have gone either way. I have lost my keys to my house in years past and had to break in to my own home. Probably has happened to me 10 times. On one occasion, I broke in just as a Milwaukee cop was driving by, so they pulled me over and asked me for some identification. I would not expect anything less from the cops. I showed them my ID and they left.
Instead, the professor started yelling and accusing the officer of being a racist. After several moments of listening to this professor, the professor was arrested for disorderly conduct.
In addition, Fox News is reporting that the professor's house was previously broken into, so there was reason for the cops to look even more closely at the situation.
Obama then defends his comment on ABC news on Thursday and will not apologize for acting stupid. Fair enough because if Obama has to apologize for everything stupid Obama has said, we would have to have reality television series for the apologies. Maybe the "Deadliest Lies", "Ice Road Liar", "The Liar", Dancing with the Liar", "American Liar" etc. Maybe we can get a bunch of politicians together and have the worst liar voted off show.
Obama took a local issue, didn't know all the facts of the case and in this case, Obama was the one who "acted stupidly"

CCSD Fails to Make No Child Left Behind

The Clark County School District failed to meet the NCLB for the fourth time in 7th years. While most urban areas in the country would like to make NCLB at least once, like Milwaukee, this is a disappointment.
As a teacher in CCSD, I am not too surprised. I have seen the huge classrooms in my school I teach at. I seen what cuts have done as well. I also seen what not having properly trained teachers can do and cannot do. I see what happens when there is a good teacher in the classroom vs a bad teacher in the classroom. I also see what happens when a teacher is overburdened and should not be in the classroom.
Things will not get better as well. Even if a school district continues to improve it's test scores, the standards are also getting stronger as well. By the 2013-14 school year, they want 100% of students to pass proficiency tests. That is impossible at any school district, unless a school district does not have special education students.
In addition, with budget cuts, real budget cuts, not like the fake ones in Wisconsin, it will make things more difficult in the CCSD to make NCLB in the following years.
I have mixed feelings about NCLB. I think NCLB has improved the public schools, especially in the basics or reading, writing, math and science. However, with impossible standards in the upcoming years, school districts will just say "screw it" and totally disregard NCLB, thus making the law irrelevant.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Math for Today: Obama = Fidel + Hugo

Will Obama ever shut up. He schedules another prime time news conference and finally, and it is surprising that it is NBC, says no, it won't cover it live.
Obama seems like a little dictator, constantly holding news conferences, briefings, sound bites etc. When was the president who demanded as much attention?

Health Care and Questions

I challenge anyone who wants government run health care to answer these questions:
1. What do you do with people who do not want health care insurance. My first case in point is the Amish. There about 231,000 Amish living in the U.S. They do not have health insurance because it is against their religious beliefs. They still go to the doctor and hospitals and they pay the health costs of the doctor and hospital. Should the U.S. government force them to carry health insurance?
2. Why would we want to trust the government to run most or all health care and health insurance? The U.S. government that is still fighting a war on poverty since the Depression and especially since LBJ's presidency. Why should we trust the government that has just screwed up the economy.
3. Do liberals trust the GOP to run health care when they again regain power. Just as the Democrats lost power in the early 2000's, they will lose power again. It is the cyclical nature of politics.
4. How will you pay for it? If you say the rich will pay for it or savings will come from more government efficiency, your drinking the Kool Aide.
5. Would you be willing to tweak the system or do you want to kill the current system? I think there is room to tweak the system. For instance, if a company changes health insurance and go with another company, the new company cannot deny health insurance for pre-exisitng conditions if they were being treated by the previous health insurance company.
6. Can you gurantee that health care will not be rationed and that health care will stay the same or improve?
If the liberals can answer these questions, I can be open to the idea of government run health insurance. But until them, call me a huge skeptic.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pawn Stars Review

A new TV show on the History Channel debuted today, Pawn Stars. It is a reality show based on a pawn shop in downtown Las Vegas. The show revolves around 3 generations of a family in the pawn business.
The show is more about the pawn industry and really doesn't include the Las Vegas angle, other than a guy selling a Roman suit of armor. It does show some sites around Vegas, including the alley in a ghetto area of Vegas.
We have hundreds of pawn shops in Vegas- you can't swing a dead cat without hitting one, it seems. The show shows promise and it is interesting to see how the pawn shop industry works, especially in this economy.
Las Vegas has been hit hard by the recession/depression and the pawn shops play an important role. They are providing a service by loaning money to people who no longer have credit but have things to sell. They are not like payday loan companies, who charge outlandish fees and interest and keep charging it until they bleed you dry. It is not like banks and credit unions where you have to prove you don't need a loan before they give you a loan.
So, I hope the show works out for the family. I look forward to going there one day and maybe even buying something. Hopefully, they will have more of a Las Vegas angle.

Gays K (p)iss Off Mormons Again

Well, gays in Salt Lake City are throwing a hissy fit because some guys kissed on LDS property, were asked to leave, threw a hissy fit and eventually were arrested.
Now, several more gays and straight had a "kiss in" on some more LDS property in Salt Lake City to protest the actions of the Mormons. And of course, the media is eating this up.,2933,533900,00.html?test=latestnews
Here is where the gays are wrong. No one who is not married is not allowed to kiss on LDS property, gay or straight. That is their beliefs, plain and simple. The two gays who kissed on the first occasion were wrong and when they protested, they should have been arrested for trespassing. You don't go another person's or organization's private property and do whatever you want. And if they ask you to stop or leave, you do it. You don't have the right to be there.
The gays are still pissed off because of the minimal participation of the Mormons in the California election concerning gay marriage. One word of advice to gays, get over it, stay off of LDS property and don't kiss, if you do. Or in other words, grow up, you sound like a bunch of cry babies.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Record Cold in Wisconsin, Extreme Heat in Las Vegas

Madison's high on Friday will be 63. Las Vegas's high will be 114. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Patrick Cudahy Fire Started by Military Flare

The Patrick Cudahy fire last week was started by a couple of child like adults who fired a military flare and it landed on the roof of the factory. The resulting fire caused $50 million in damages plus countless others out of work.
They are going to be paying for this the rest of their lives, even if they don't go to jail.
It's easy to condemn the idiots for their carelessness. They did act reckless and probably stole the military flare. They destroyed a good business, put people out of work. Total idiots.
But, how many of you have used illegal fireworks? The reason I bring this up is that we set off some quasi-legal fireworks and damned near set the desert on fire (yes, you can do that). If it weren't for sand and water, we could have been in the same boat. We were lucky, these idiots were not. We're free to set off more fireworks, those idiots are going to have their wages garnished for the rest of their life and won't be able to set foot in Cudahy without wearing masks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another Thing Liberals Don't Get

Mike Smith, the very liberal cartoonist from the Las Vegas Sun, a very liberal newspaper, just doesn't get it.
Conservatives and probably most people don't want an empathetic judge on a case. They want someone who is fair and impartial. If you are empathetic to one side or another, you cannot be impartial.
Now, there jobs where you can be empathetic- social worker, teacher, firefighter, cop(to a certain degree), but not a Supreme Court justice. If she wants to show empathy, show it in her private life, not on the bench.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign Tagged

The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign was tagged over night. Based on my my experience, this was done by a gang. The LAA sign is a common tag around Vegas and it has gang connotations. The three other tags are called the Mickey Mouse Club tag- you know, roll call.
So, now, the thugs are getting a lot publicity, with me help me helping, and they will try for more.

Prince (King) Fielder Wins Home Run Contest

Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby just now, hitting 6 home runs in the final round. He beat Nelson Cruz 6-5.

Another Reason to Keep Drinking Beer

From the Jsonline: "One of the longest and largest studies looking at alcohol consumption in older people found that moderate drinking was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing dementia.
The research, which is the latest development in the perplexing issue of alcohol and health, is being presented Monday at an Alzheimer's Association conference in Vienna, Austria.
The study confirms earlier research, mainly in middle-aged people, showing that moderate drinking can reduce the risk of dementia, said Piero Antuono, a professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa."

So, while I am drinking my beer tonight, I can take heart am reducing my chances of getting dementia. Of course, liver problems may be another problem.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Springs Reserve- a Rip Off

Channel 8 of Las Vegas, did an investigative report on the continuing rip off of the Springs Preserve. Wolfgang Puck opened up a restaurant in the Spring Preserve and it was a complete waste of taxpayer money. "About $4 million in public dollars has poured into Puck's place, so far. The chef didn't have to pay for a single pot or pan. The public pays for the kitchen equipment, the electric bill, cleaning expenses, and money for the chef totaled $613,000 last year. If Wolfgang breaks a plate, the public pays to replace it. " It would be nice that they have the number of visitors to support the restaurant the the Preserve, but "But the bigger picture is even more bleak. Springs preserve is an ambitious enclave designed to educate locals and tourists about Las Vegas history and the realities of living in a desert. It cost more than $250 million dollars to build. Water officials predicted it would draw 600,000 people though less than 200,000 visitors came last year, and less than half of those were paying customers. " Further, they want you to experience life in the desert, but they put the darn thing in the middle of an urban area. If they had the Preserve on the outside of town, maybe it would be more realistic.
The Preserve is a boondoogle that is in worthy competition of the Las Vegas Monorail. However, the difference is that the Monorail is privately owned while the Preserve is run by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and run by a group of unelected officials. The Preserve is being subsidized by water users in the Valley to the tune of $21 million dollars.
The Preserve is a place that is really for the elitists of the Valley to play and pretend they are environmentalists. The reason people are not coming to the Preserve, in a large part is the price. For a 1 day visit, it costs $30 for a family of 4. An annual pass is $75. For a tourist, it is much more expensive. As far as entertainment expenses in Vegas, that is expensive.
But as long a quasi-government keeps feeding the pig (Preserve), nothing is going to change. Those of us who use water will continue to pay for a money losing operation that benefits very few people.

Friday, July 10, 2009

I'd Rather Having a President Doing This Than Having a Larry Craig Moment

Democrat DNA?

Billy Mays vs Wacko Jacko

I watched the Billy Mays and Wacko Jacko tributes and the hands down winner is Billy Mays. Jacko's tribute was on all the major TV networks plus Spanish speaking channels, MTV and cable news networks. Billy Mays tribute was on the Discovery Network.
It is clear that Billy Mays was a real human being and people who knew him really loved him.
Wacko Jacko's tribute was a farce and there was probably a stunt casket involved.
More people probably saw Billy Mays on TV than Jackson and he was a real person, not some drugged up weirdo who slept with little kids.
So, of all the deaths of celebrities lately, Billy Mays was the true winner.
So, in my little tribute: "BILLY MAYS HERE"!!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Obama Withdraws troops from Iraq and Civillians Die

From Fox News: "A homicide bomber on Thursday killed at least 41 people and injured 70 near a judge's house in northern Iraq, and two roadside bombs in Baghdad killed seven people, authorities said. The attacks came one day after car bombs in two Shiite villages near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed 16 civilians and injured more than two dozen, signaling the challenges that face Iraq despite big improvements in security in the past two years."
This is now Obama's policy. It is his war in Iraq. Almost 50 civilians are killed in the past few days. What is he going to do other than to to say duhhhhh.

Liberal Hypocrites part 11232

Well, I thought it was not nice to use the Obama girls for publicity. Well, I guess, if it is for liberal cause, it is ok. So, now, is it ok to rip them if they are wrong, like on this picture? Just wondering.

Patrick Cudahy Fire Update- Union Greed

Now that the Patrick Cudahy fire has been pretty much been put out, now the unions are asking for donations.
Now, I feel sorry for the workers who are out of work and will have to go on unemployment. They need support, but where is the union support to the workers?
From the UFCW web site: they are asking for donations- but what about the union donating money? Nothing mentioned. The SEIU, which is in the back pocket of the UFCW has nothing mentioned on their website. AFC-CIO- nothing. Teamsters? Nothing
Typical of unions and for the the most part- liberals- ask other people to help out but not if it effects them. Unions are rolling in money from it's members, so why don't they use that money? Why don't union executives cut their salaries to help their union brethren? Because unions don't really care about their workers- all they are interested in is power and greed.
If and when unions pitch in and help their union brethren in Cudahy, then I will help. But if unions choose not to help out, then why should I?

Afghanistan- Obama's War and the Critics are silent

While the United States is occupied with Michael Jackson's death, this has been a very bad week for coalition soldiers in Afghanistan. 10 soldiers were killed on Monday, from the U.S. and the the U.K.
Remember, this is Obama's war. When things like this happened during the Bush administration, there was marching in the streets.
But now, because it is Obama's war, the left and anti-war crowd are silent. Can we say hypocrites?
That is not to say, Obama's strategy is bad, I am leaving that up to the Generals, not Obama. But I just find it hypocritical of the left to stay silent. Lap dogs.

Canidate for Mayor is a Loon(not to insult Loons)

"A candidate for Coeur d’Alene mayor says he doesn’t have to abide by the United States Constitution.
Joshua Arnold, the 30-year-old who announced his candidacy on Monday, was held in contempt of Kootenai County court back in March after refusing to cooperate with Judge Robert Caldwell and physically fighting with several bailiffs during an arraignment hearing, according to court records"

My guess is that he won't win.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Very Sick Liberals

From Kay's Blue Racine (WI)
Kay is a lefty and she uses her blog to use Hitler and Sarah Palin in the same sick You Tube video.
You stay classy, liberals.

Red Flag Warning for Southern Nevada

On Tuesday, there is a Red Flag warning for southern Nevada. Conditions are ripe for wild land fires.
Normally, this would be no big news. But on a day trip to Caliente, NV, we brought along some fireworks. We set one off and it landed in a bush, causing the bush to start on fire. After throwing dirt and water on the bush, we decided it wasn't a good idea to continue and we learned a good lesson.
So, be careful out there, with the winds whipping up, the high temperatures and the very low humidity, you can have a recipe for disaster.
BTW, if you are ever in Caliente. the Kershaw-Ryan State Park is a nice one day trip- especially if you have little kids. It is scenic, a nice 1.5 mile hiking trail, a clean wading pool, a beautiful picnic/cookout area and it is about 20 degrees cooler than Las Vegas. It's a nice day trip.

Patrick Cudahy Fire and the Economic Diaster Still to Come

Today, the Patrick Cudahy meatpacking company in Cudahy, WI, burned today. The fire continues to rage out of control and the place has been on fire since Sunday, at about 7:45PM PST. The fire department hopes to put the fire out in another 24-36 hours with the help of up to 30 fire area departments. "About 5 p.m. Monday, more than 20 hours into the effort, officials projected it would take another 24 to 36 hours of firefighting to douse the flames in a sprawling complex of 1.4 million square feet, built over more than a century. Officials suspect the fire started in an unused area in the plant and may have been fueled by cardboard and plastic packaging materials in a nearby storage space.
"This fire happened to get into a couple of void spaces and traveled very quickly and was very difficult to put out with all the different construction methods that were used over the years to add on to this building," said Gary Posda, a Cudahy Fire Department battalion chief. "We are gaining ground, but we still have a ways to go."
Workers smelled smoke in the plant and called 911 about 9:25 p.m. Sunday. They and about a dozen other workers in a skeleton overnight crew escaped without injuries"
This will have a devastating impact in the Milwaukee County area- now and in the future.
First, the cost of putting out the fire will deplete the emergency services budgets in the surrounding areas. Overtime for the fire departments involved will be tremendous. Overtime for the police department will also deplete the budgets of the local communities. Then you include DPW workers and other city employees, school district costs and other costs such as fuel, water, supplies, reimbursing other responding fire departments for their expenses and other things will be overwhelming.
Businesses around the plant have been shut down until things clear out, so those companies and businesses have lost at least a day or 2 of production and lost business, including a couple of bars I used to go to.
Then you have about 1400 union workers who now find themselves unemployed and will be collecting unemployment compensation. Hopefully, they will be called back to work soon, but there is no guarantee that will happen any time soon, if ever. This will impact the state in income tax collections and unemployment compensation payments.
I am sure Patrick Cudahy pays a huge property tax to the city and school district. If they cut back or leave, Cudahy will suffer more monetary losses.
Another bad sign for the factory in Cudahy, is that the owner of Patrick Cudahy, Smithfield Foods, says plants around the country can handle the production loss. If this is true, then what incentive would Smithfield Foods have to rebuild?
Having driven by the plant to go some of my watering holes, I was impressed by the size of the plant. Having toured other meat packing plants, I know the workers are very hard workers in dangerous and physically hard work. I hope the plant comes back stronger than ever, however, considering the economic and tax climate, along with the unnecessary regulation of businesses in the State of Wisconsin, I don't hold out too much hope.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Palin Resigns As Gov. President Run Next?

Sarah Palin announced today she is resigning her governorship at the end of the month and she fuels speculation that she will run for president in 2012.
"Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shocked the political word Friday by announcing that she will step down at the end of the month and transfer power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.
Palin made the announcement from her home in Wasilla, flanked by her husband, Todd, and family and state commissioners."

I am a fan of Palins and I would support her, but she has an uphill battle. First, the establishment of the GOP hate her because she defeated a sitting GOP governor and then by upstaging the old coot, John McCain in the 2008 campaign.
Palin is correct on the issues, is youthful, energetic and is a common person, unlike the current bunch of elitists that currently are in office.
But she will be demonized by the left and right. It already has started with David Lettermen and the Vanity Fair article, which was a sell out by the old GOP hanger's on.
So, let the demonizing begin and if anyone can beat them at their own game, it will be Sarah Palin.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Good By WI. QEO Hello Higher Taxes

With very little fanfare from the Wisconsin press and Wisconsin bloggers, the QEO bit the dust thanks to Diamond Jim Doyle and the legislative Democrats when Doyle signed the budget.
"The 2009-11 state budget abolishes school districts' ability to cap salary and benefits package costs. Signed Monday by Gov. Jim Doyle, the budget repealed the Qualified Economic Offer, known as the QEO, which has been in place since the 1993 state-mandated revenue limits. It was a way for schools to control costs by limiting increases in employee packages to 3.8 percent annually. They could offer more than 3.8 percent but weren't required to do so."
When I was a teacher in Wisconsin, I had mixed feelings about the QEO. It helped hold down school costs and hold down taxes. On the other hand, it just singled teachers. What will happen now, is that taxes will either go up to pay for the increased salaries of teachers or teachers will be laid off and there will be more kids in each classroom.
So, Wisconsin, you get what you vote for. Higher taxes and lowering of the quality of education.
For Nevadans, a QEO for all government employees would be a good thing to hold down expenses in this time of recession and lower tax revenues.

Goodby to NASCAR and IRL at the Milwaukee Mile?

According to ESPN, the promoters at the Milwaukee Mile at the State Fair park are in danger of losing their races because they have not paid fees to the racing leagues.
"Promoters have paid prize money to teams but they have not fully paid sanctioning fees owed to NASCAR and the IRL, according to reports in the Charlotte Observer and Indianapolis Star. Both leagues confirmed those reports to The Associated Press on Tuesday."
"IRL spokesman John Griffin acknowledged the league's issue with the Milwaukee promoter, and said league officials are trying to set up a meeting to work things out. Until they do, the track's date on next year's schedule is in limbo.
"We've really got to clear up these outstanding issues from 2009 before we look at 2010," Griffin said"

It's a shame. I've been to several races at the Milwaukee Mile, in West Allis. If they lose those races, not only will Milwaukee area race fans lose out, so will local businesses who provided services to the race teams and the fans. Of course, they can still collect parking fees from the track during the State Fair.

McDonalds Angus Burger

McDonalds is rolling out their new Angus burger. It has shown up in Las Vegas last week and is going strong this week. Apparently, it will not go nationwide until next month.
I've had two. Both had bacon, cheese, mustard, ketchup, pickles and onions. My opinion is this: It's not that great. The beef patty is not as compact and with all the condiments, you can't tell the difference between a regular bacon cheese burger from Burger King, Carl's Jr or Culvers. In fact, the condiments kind of kill the taste of the burger.
So, when it comes to your town, try it, but don't be surprised if you go back to what you regularly eat. It's not that memorable.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another Celebrity Dies

CNN is reporting the death of Karl Malden today at the age 97.
I really enjoyed watching him in Steets of San Fransico.
It continues to be a bad time for show business people.