Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
GOP tries to cut state tax credit program
For Wilma Mitchell of Waupun, $700 is a lot of money.
That 's the amount the 63-year-old retired factory worker usually receives each year through a state tax credit on the property taxes on her three-bedroom home. That 's also the amount Mitchell stands to lose under cuts to a tax credit program for low-income homeowners and renters contained in the Assembly Republican budget.
The changes to the Homestead Tax Credit would strip single residents under 65 like Mitchell out of the program -- $80 million in net cuts to the program over two years that would affect more than 81,000 state residents, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The regular meeting of the Public Works Committee for the City of Evansville will be held on the date and time stated below at Public Works Garage, 535 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance.
Click the title for the full agenda at the Observer's Agenda Blog
Monday, August 27, 2007
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Here is a link to the Residential Damage Reporting Form and one to the form for reporting damage to your Business.
I'll make this a sticky to stay at the top until the Monday deadline.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/23/07
Possible Federal Preliminary Damage Assessments for Rock County
Residents asked to Report Flood Damage
Wisconsin Emergency Management is requesting Rock County gather information to determine whether the recent flash flood events warrant a Preliminary Damage Assessment by FEMA inspectors. FEMA will conduct assessments in Crawford, Richland, Vernon, Sauk and La Crosse Counties due to significant flood damage in that region. Depending on reports gathered from other southern Wisconsin counties, including Rock County, the Governor may request the FEMA teams extend visits to those counties next week.
Significant flash flooding occurred in parts of Rock County during the period of August 18-20. Reports of in excess of 6 inches of rain fell in northern Rock County over that weekend. Rock County Emergency Management has contacted local municipalities to request their assistance in gather flood damage reports from private homeowners and businesses. The Cities of Evansville, Edgerton, Janesville and Milton as well as the Villages of Clinton, Footville and Orfordville have agreed to assist with gathering information from local residents and businesses. Residents of the rural towns in Rock County should contact Rock County Emergency Management at 758-8440.
It is very important that homeowners, renters or businesses that incurred damage as a result of the heavy rainfall that began Saturday, August 18th report damages. Forms to report damage can be obtained through the local municipality or the Rock County Website at http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ . Completed forms should be returned to the local municipality by Monday morning. Information submitted will be compiled in a summary report and sent to the State of Wisconsin. Individual assistance in the form of either grants or loans for private residents and business may be available according to Wisconsin Emergency Management depending on the extent of damages.
Wisconsin Emergency Management is requesting preliminary damage information from the heavy rainfalls August 18-20. If you have had damage due to the recent rains, please complete the appropriate form and return to the city. Forms need to be returned as soon as possible; the deadline is Monday, August 27.
Rock County Press Release
Residential Damage Form
Business Damage Form
Completed forms can be submitted in person at City Hall (31 South Madison Street), deposited in the after-hours dropbox at City Hall, faxed to 608-882-2282, or emailed to email@example.com. Our rural neighbors should contact Rock County at 608-758-8440.
Please note that this does not mean that damages sustained in Evansville or Rock County will be eligible for FEMA relief. It is simply a preliminary step to help state and federal officials determine if damages were severe or wide spread enough to warrant declaring an emergency for Rock County.
If you have had damage, it may be helpful to take photos of the damage. But please do not submit photos with your completed form; if needed, they will be requested later.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
As to creek maintenence, it's less often and less obvious but no less important. I can remember pulling rocks and clearing debris in the Spring on Narrows Creek.
You can ask any beautiful woman. It takes a lot of work to maintain a Natural look.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
A guy who has had troubles with his own legacy says that History will judge Barry.
Asked on Fox News if he recognized Bonds as the legitimate home run
champion, Bush said, "There is a lot of speculation about Barry Bonds, and my
only advice for people is to just let history be the judge. Let's find out the
facts, and then everybody's opinion, one way or the other, will be verified or
"In the meantime, however, I think it's appropriate to recognize this man can hit the baseball," Bush added.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Fred Thompson Relaunches Web Site, No Word On Candidacy
Fred Thompson's undeclared campaign today relaunched the Web site of his
testing-the-waters committee. The revamped design of www.imwithfred.com looks very similar to declared candidates, including features such as a "Volunteer HQ,"
downloadable widgets, and rudimentary social networking. The content may be
still be under construction however as the menu "Principles" only has one item, (emphasis mine, g) labeled "Federalism." Then again, maybe he hasn't declared other issues yet.
There'll be plenty of time to borrow somebody else's priciples later, I'm sure.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Thing 00: The Lovely Mrs Circumstance and I have 5 grown children between us, including three 26 year old men.
Thing 01: I have driven more than 2.5 million miles but never lived more than 150 miles from where I was born.
Thing 02: I once debated, and won a trophy, as part of a team from Mother Guerin, an all-girls Catholic High School in Chicago. The topic was "Should Public Schools be paid for using property taxes?" I'm glad we settled all that 30 years ago.
Thing 03: I'm a SF snob. Books. Not media, thank you ever-so-much. But I did like the Tom Baker Doctor Who.
Thing 04: Somehow, I have turned into The Guy Who Drives The Tan Buick.
Thing 05: I was the drum major in High School. I can twirl a baton. Not well, but I can do it.
Thing 06: Every magazine that has published one of my articles has gone belly-up. Probably no relation.
Thing 07: I have helped to build two airplanes. Both of them are still flying twenty five years later.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Do you want to start rebuilding your party? Do you want to reach out and bring back the fiscally and socially conservative voters who abandoned your party in the last 6 years? Are you more interested in that than you are in holding tight to the Lasee/Reynolds crowd?
Then you should listen to this guy:
He began benignly enough, using an anecdote about going to Disney World
with his grandchildren to explain an epiphany he'd had about the value of not
"thinking like a Republican." From there Gingrich moved into waters the students
surely did not expect. He cited the Detroit school system, where a black male is more likely to go to prison than graduate from high school.
"How can we tolerate systems more likely to send young Americans to
prison than college?" asked Gingrich. "Republicans have this maniacally dumb
idea of red versus blue. They say Detroit is a blue place, so we're not going to
And he was just getting started.
"Republican political doctrine has been a failure," Gingrich said.
"Look at New Orleans. How can you say that was a success? Look at Baghdad ...
We've been in charge for six years and I don't think you can look around and say
that was a great success.
"We have got to get beyond this political bologna. I'm not allowed to
say anything positive about Hillary Clinton because
then I'm not a loyal Republican, and she's not allowed to say anything positive
about me because then she's not a loyal Democrat. What a stupid way to run a
country." This last line he nearly spat out, expressing what seemed like genuine
outrage. But the response was muted. Tepid applause bubbled up and then died
Inhofe had recommended the students read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" to learn about the global warming hoax, but
Gingrich suggested they pick up newly elected French Prime Minister Nicolas
And finally, when it seemed he'd been as blasphemous as he could
possibly be, Gingrich pulled out a whopper: "None of you should believe we are
winning this war," he said, referring to the so-called war on terror. "We are in
a phony war ... we have not been taking this seriously."
I have no idea if he's had an epiphany or if he's simply trying to stir the pot. Either way it's a message that will ring true with people you're not reaching now, Mr Priebus.
I know that many of us feel that the government gets too involved in the way we design and drive our cars but, damn if that ain't something.
Can one of my techie readers help me? I was flabbergasted when Paula Zahn asked the good people of Minneapolis to stay off their cell phones to keep the lines open. I though that one of the benefits of cellular technology was the ability, in areas where enough towers were available, to switch cells and automatically reroute calls. Is that not the case?
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Every truck driver thinks about something like this happening and wonders what they would do. None of them know.
This bridge was barely 40 years old. Parts of our Interstate Highway System are 10 years older than that. Parts of our freeway system are nearly 15 years older than that. Most were not built to carry the loads at the speeds that are being carried today. None of the projections that I see are calling for fewer trucks and cars on the roads in 10 or 20 or 30 years in the future.
Aging infrastructure costs more to rebuild than to maintain.
Update: From Lileks at Strib: This doesn't happen in America.