Saturday, March 31, 2007

Don't Set The Bar TOO High

In advance of Opening Day the Gazette sums it up for the realists among Brewer fans.

Brewers Take Another Shot At Meeting
There's absolutely none of that "Dare to be great" stuff in a headline like that. Just go out and win 82, Ned. Next year we can set some loftier goals. Just keep the kids healthy and the geezers happy and we'll be glad to invite you back for 08.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


If you are going to whine about "those people" not becoming legal citizens then you can't use the term "immigration lawyer" as a perjorative.

You can't really equate admitted transgressions with hypothetical situations. If you know that one person has violated, but only fear that another maybe might, you need to look at which you fear most.

Spending this much money for a Court race is unseemly at best and makes me sad for our society.

"Tort Reform" is code for "keeping injured people out of the courts."

"Malpractice Limits" is code for "keeping injured people out of the courts."

The Supreme Court doesn't put a single person in jail. If someone wants to be "tough on crime" they should stay in the Circuit Court system.

Whichever candidate you support you need to be honest with yourself about which cases you want them to be activist about. There are no "non-activist" judges. Ever.

There aren't really any werewolves running for the Court...this time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Life Is A Series Of Choices

Are you prepared to vote on Tuesday?
Choose wisely

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Forgive my asking, but if the President had no input into the firings of the USAs how in the devil can he be claiming Executive Privilege for strategy sessions with his advisors?

Either he was involved or he wasn't but one will preclude the other.

Who Said That?

Tony Snow on executive Privelege in his column in the Chicago Tribune from 1998 talking about a different Prez

"Most of us want no part of a president who is cynical enough to use the majesty of his office to evade the one thing he is sworn to uphold the rule of law.''

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Accomplishing The Unimaginable

Alberto Gonzales has done something that many people had thought impossible.

He's made people think of John Ashcroft fondly.

Friday, March 16, 2007

One Quick Question

How do your brackets look?

Even Jess Sort Of Gets It

It's come to this. Even Jess McBride thinks that the White House owes Steve Biskupic an apology. She can see that the actions of the CEO Administration have cast a pall over the actions of every US Attorney over the last 6 years.

Say what you want about Attorney General Goodhair, at least no one suspects that he was dancing to the tune of Washington when he was USA in Wisconsin.

It would be comforting to think that Alberto Gonzalez would be vacating his office soon. I'm less confident of that all the time now. This administration won't rest while a shred of the Constitution is intact.

Happy Holidays

Wishing a Happy St Urho's day to all my Finnish friends

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Jody Gets All Of The Credit

The Side Street Photoshops the Photoshopper.

Must be seen to be believed.

Riding The Paranoia Train

I had this post set to go for tomorrow but Bruce Murphy makes the same point from a different direction.

What we know.

At least 8 US Attorneys have been let go under dubious circumstances.

Several of them have been let go because they either were investigating Republican politician's corruption or would not file charges against Democrats before the election.

Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales are going to dislocate something in all of the finger pointing going on.

At least three Congressmen admit to having called those fired attorneys with their concerns about cases with political ramifications.

Today's headlines say that the DOJ and the White House worked together to decide which attorneys to throw under the bus.

It's at this point that the paranoid asks...

How many US Attorneys got "The Call" and gave in to the pressure rather than fight the good fight and be fired?

What drives Steve Biskupic's interest in campaign finance and Wisconsin Democrats? Why go after a low level bureaucrat like Georgia Thompson when youj admit you have no real case?

Maybe there's no connection at all. Maybe it's just odd timing. What is certain is that the actions of The Executive Branch have made it thinkable to ask the questions. There's the shame.

Looking Back Fondly

Remember the good old days?

When the right side of the Cheddarsphere still thought Gov Doyle spent too much on education instead of whinging about a percentage point or two in a Budget proposal.

And remember when folks were praising Mark Green for saying that in his administration business would only have one phone number to call if they wanted the help of the state? Now, if the DOT turns out to have helped a Wisconsin business those same Green supporters want to make a Federal case out of it.

Remember those lazy hazy days back when Scott Jensen was found by a jury of his peers to be a felon? Whatever happened to Scooter, anyway? It seems like just a year ago he said he was going to file an appeal and clear his name.

Does anybody remember that giddy summer when JB van Hollen said that, if only we'd elect him, then we'd be free of terrorists in Wisconsin? Are those terrorists still training in the Northwoods or have they all gone to work at the Leinie Lodge, having seen the error in trying to stare down AG Goodhair?

It must be true what they say. "Nostalgia ain't what it used to be."