Friday, April 29, 2005
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
I first read about the abiotic theory about a year ago. It makes sense-in fact, to my mind, it makes more sense than the above.
First, this may perk some ears up in Western Europe, but it is going to have very little short term impact. Europe, despite hosting the Second World War, has been largely pacifist since 1919. A chill will go down Western Europe's spine, and then they'll roll over and try to appease Putin. Right now, they know they have very little to fear. Russia's military is too weak to be much of a threat to them, they have a half continent buffer, and they have the United States in case of an emergency.
In Eastern Europe, this is going to set of air raid sirens in the ears of national leaders, though. They've felt just how "benevolent" Russian rule is. With one sentence, Putin has driven his Eastern European neighbors even closer to the United States. Do not be surprised in nations like Ukraine become urgent in their desirte for NATO membership. Also do not be surprised if the United States begins to marginalize the uncooperative Western European members of NATO and lifts the status of Eastern European members. This east-west divide will make the EU an even more contentious body than it already is, and in the short term, I'd expect more anti-Americanism in Western Europe to rise.
Putin will continue to consolidate his power-we can probably take that as a given. If he can find a way to strengthen his military, or if he can use a relationship with China to tie the U.S. up in Asia, then expect to see Western Europe get very nervous and very friendly again toward the U.S. Hopefully, if events start to play out like this, Europe sees the writing on the wall sooner rather than later. My concern for the next twenty years is not terrorism. My concern for the next 20 years is Russia, China, and the relationship that begins to develop between the two of them. We should be doing everything in our power to disrupt that relationship now.
The great thing about making prognostications like these is that you are usually wrong. It only takes one bump in the road to take the whole world in another direction. In this case I hope I'm wrong, but the writing on the wall is flashing in neon.
First, researchers go into these studies with a theory. In this case, the theory is "fat is bad." It's funny, but when you go into a study looking to prove it, you usually do. Yes, there is peer review, but when most of your peers are of the same mindset, it isn't that hard to slip some weaknesses by them.
Second, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is nice as a general stat, but its weakness is its inflexibility. People are built on variety of frames. Some are also more muscular than others. This means a person with a larger frame and/or extra muscle are going to show up as overweight, even if they are not. It is the garbage in garbage out theory. Many of these weight studies are working with cookie cutter definitions of "over weight" when in fact people are built very different from one another. The data is therefore weak from the start.
Finally, there may or may not be extra factors that play into this, but which are very difficult to calculate. For instance, are in shape, thin people bigger risk takers than slightly overweight people? If so, overweight people may still be more susceptible to diseases like diabetes or heart disease, but have slightly longer life spans than thinner people who take unnecessary risks. I don't know that the previous is true, but the problem is that the authors' of these studies don't know either.
Studies have to be taken with a grain of salt. They make nice guide lines for your health, but at the same time, you can't live by them.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
If you include include Mrs. Jib and her family in your prayers, it would be much appreciated by this little blogger.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
If anyone is concerned that some people may have difficulty getting ID's, I have a suggestion for you. Volunteer in your community. Maybe even organize a group that helps the disadvantaged get their ID's. Or is the huge heart just the face you liberals put towards the public?
If I decide to start "The Red Foreman Award," McNally gets the inaugural one. Comes with a foot in the ass.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Except I was thinking the state could use my blog as the official site, maybe for about 10% of what it now pays the State Journal. That would be $9-million in annual savings. And a million a year would not affect my objectivity one bit.Ahem. Sorry Xoff. Jiblog scratched out that little piece of turf way back on April 13th, and I'm protecting it like Ted Kennedy protects his bottle of Glenfiddich, baby-ferociously and to the death.
6. More native birds!!!Do you know what this means? It means our runaway feral cat population is in place to thin the migratory bird population, allowing them to thrive without the threat of overpopulation! It is gloroius nature seeking a balance in all things! And according to a Charlotte cabby, we can always send our extra feral cats off to faraway lands to solve hunger issues.“Greater resident bird populations, however, could increase competition for food and resources available for migratory songbirds and making it difficult for them to survive.”
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Okay, at least on my machine, when I try to access BBA or Jiblog with Netscape, I'm redirecting to the Blogger homepage. Firefox and IE seem to work fine. If anyone out there knows what the issue might be, let me know. Thanks.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Since I became a homeowner about 7 months ago, I've discovered that things go wrong at inopportune times. Putting in a sink? Better do it during the day, otherwise you'll need something that you can only get at one local store, which is already closed. So then you blow an hour and a half going to the "big town" to find a store that's still open. Need specialized parts for a project? Better buy 'em as soon as you see them. Otherwise, when you go to buy them at the hardware store 5 minutes before you want to start the project, you're liable to find out that the hardware store has closed for the day to move to a new location. The project is suddenly that deadly hour and a half behind. And don't even think twice about going out to eat after 9 pm, unless you are in the mood for bar nuts.
So if you live in the big city, and you are thinking of moving out to a peaceful small town, remember this: It ain't all that peaceful when you are swearing under your breath as you drive back and forth to the big city 5 evenings a week for the dumbest things.
I wonder if the same people so ready to kill any Feingold-for-president hopes are the same ones rooting for twice-divorced (the last a very messy one, at that) and three-times-married former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.She was referring, of course, to Feingold's pending second divorce. My problem with this paragraph is that she's making a very poor comparison. Most of us at the Badger Blog Alliance have been sympathetic to Feingold over his divorce, even though most of us oppose him politically and would be part of that nefarious "ready to kill any Feingold-for-president hopes" group. I think most of us would agree that Giuliani is going to have similar political problems on the divorce issue. If Laurel is so curious, maybe she should ask. There are a lot of us at the BBA that would make a nice test sample for her. I think she'd find that the divorce is not a left wing-right wing issue, but rather an anti-divorce/divorce ambivilant issue. Her slap at the right was gratuitous, misleading, and wholly uncreative as a political time bomb.
It won't happen, though. Here's my prediction-NBC or some other network gets a start in blogging. The blogs of the talking heads will either be ghost written, very close to the vest and uninteresting, or both. Bloggers put their butts on the line every day. One opinion resulting from poor analysis and your credibility can take a big hit. Does anyone think the networks are really going to take the risk of letting their on air personalities actually voice real opinions and risk jeopardizing the network's reputation?
Government spending is like a drug addiction. Unless we start electing leaders with extreme amounts of common sense, eventually we are going to have to go cold turkey to beat the habit of wasteful spending. I'd much rather see us wean ourselves of it. Start with "food pyramids."
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
All kidding aside, congratulations, Catholics, on whomever the new Pope is. I'll admit that I don't get the suspense and excitement, but it is a big thing for all of you. May he lead the Catholic Church down the path God has set before him.
Of course, Coulter has nothing on the lovely Mrs. Jib (**Jib ducks**)
What analogies can we come up with to equate people who legally and responsibly drink beer paying a user fee to subsidize the treatment of alcohol abusers? Here are a few:Don, I'd buy you a Walter's if I could.
n Have people who legally hunt and fish pay a small surcharge to subsidize counseling for poachers.
n Ask people who obey traffic laws to pay an additional “user fee” on their car registration to subsidize speeders strapped for cash.
n Impose a slight fee on doughnuts and other goodies at the grocery store to help pay for overeaters to get treatment.
Sure, there are reasons we want to help alcoholics clean up their act. Mainly, because they drain society if we don’t. They end up in prison. They leave dependents impoverished. They cause accidents, commit crimes and otherwise cause havoc in many other ways that end up increasing corrections and human services budgets.
But there’s something aggravating about a politician telling law-abiding people who like to have a beer or two now and then to bear responsibility for alcohol abusers. The same goes for blaming breweries, unless it can be proved brewery officials grab unsuspecting victims, hold them down and pour beer down their throats.
We at the Leader-Telegram sometimes are accused of making poor news judgments in our zeal to “sell papers.”Bravo, Don. I hope I never get under your skin.
Sure we want to sell papers. That’s obvious. But we killed a lot of trees in recent weeks to preview the various local, area and statewide elections. History tells us the turnout will be paltry, but we keep writing these stories because it’s our obligation as a business given First Amendment protection. That protection carries a responsibility to give people the information they need to govern themselves intelligently.
But to be honest, when we see numbers like those of last Tuesday, it’s hard not to wonder why we even bother.
Maybe we should try running the election preview stories alongside photos of Paris Hilton or Britney Spears to try to drum up more interest. Well … do you have any better ideas?
Monday, April 18, 2005
"The sword itself tells us that Wallace was a giant of a man, most likely standing more than 6ft 6in tall."Which made this exchange from Braveheart pop into my mind:
"Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace!"Damn movies and their catchy lines.
"Wallace is seven feet tall!"
"Yes, I've heard! Kills men by the hundreds! And if he were here, he'd consume the English with balls of fire from his eyes....and bolts of lightning from his arse!"
Yes, most of us guys are dumb enough for it to work, although I'm kidding about Ann's intentions. I still think pictures of the beers I've enjoyed is the ultimate traffic grabber. :-)
I was not too fond of the High Life Man when the ads first started running. Back in 1998 I was still in college and still a haughty little snot (and a faltering liberal) who thought he had the world by the tail. I'd forgotten my roots, and the blue collar message grated on me. But as I aged, got out into the real world, and rediscovered my values (and realized that my beliefs were best represented on the other side of the political spectrum), I began to appreciate the commercials, and even admire them. The High Life man was the everyday man. And he was damn proud of it, knowing that it was he who lived the High Life.
Today I'm a little more sophisticated of a beer drinker-I actually taste the beverages instead of seeing them as mearly a means to an end. Back then I couldn't have told you the difference between a High Life, a Miller Lite, and an MGD, though. But as these commercials started to work on me, I became more willing to try this non-premium Miller High Life stuff (I was kind of a snotty beer drink, too. Why somebody just didn't kick my...). And I discovered that I liked it-it actually did taste good. And the bonus was, Miller wasn't charging me premium price for it. Goodness knows they could have.
So, after this long ramble, what's my point? (Who am I? Why am I here?) Oh, yes-I agree with this columnist. The High Life man did help save Miller High Life. And I illustrate it through my experience. I'm sure others have come to rediscover High Life over the past 7 years, an I'm sure he played a part in it. As for me, I'm going to miss the actors soothing, pride filled voice during commercial breaks on miserable Brewer broadcasts. And I'm going to enjoy the High Life in your honor, High Life man.
The Cardinals began their conclave today, and in a major surprise, white smoke was seen billowing towards the heavens by day’s end.
Reports filtering out are that the Cardinals have elected compromise candidate David Eckstein as the next Pope.
Late in the afternoon, with the conclave deadlocked over favorites Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols, momentum began to build for compromise candidate Eckstein. By dusk, white smoke was seen pouring out of the Cardinals dugout, and Eckstein was Pope.
Word out of the
(The above was satire. If you aren’t a baseball fan, you probably don’t get it.)
I wish Tidwell luck, as he stands to make a tidy profit on this project from the Japanese government. I don't think the letter on board that ship is going to yield what he is hoping for, though. If the Japanese were serious about peace negotitations in 1944, they'd have gotten it done. That one letter did not make the difference between peace and more war.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Anyway, the Col. was in a major east coast city last week on business. On his cab ride back to the airport, the driver asked Ollie where he was from. Ollie said, "Wisconsin." The cab driver's eyes immediately lit up. He had heard of Wisconsin's feral cat problem, and it just so happened that he had a solution. Trap the cats. Then export them. And it just so happens that he knew some people that could help facilitate this. But export them where, you ask? Well, to certain regions of the world where cats are a delicacy. This cab driver thought he had our cat problem licked, and he wanted a cut of the action. He left Ollie with his business card and strict orders to get this message to Governor Doyle: Governor, a cab driver out East says that you can kill two birds with one stone; you can solve Wisconsin's feral cat problem and find an alternative revenue source with which to lower taxes.
Col. Ollie told me this story, and my first thought was that this plan was impossible. I mean, Governor Doyle, lower taxes?
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Man, we can certainly romanticize crap extremely well in this country, can't we?
I can't say that I've taken a side on this issue. In fact, I've waffled a hell of a lot. Are there a lot of feral cats out there? Without question. They do have natural predators, though. I'm more for the status quo, namely, what hunters do on some farmer's private land in regards to wild cats is the business of the farmer and the hunter. As Sean alluded to at the BBA, most prosecutors are probably not going to waste their time on small time cat hunting. Making it legal in this PC age only serves to make the entire state of Wisconsin look like a bunch of hicks.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Jib and the AWOL Col. Ollie reserve the right to insert critical editorial comment on any piece of state business listed at Jiblog. This may be a deal breaker, but hell, not that many of our legislative/administration leaders read the fine print anyway, so we should be golden.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
I'm going to cut to the chase here. Just because our beer tax is low does not mean it needs to be higher. This state is already a tax hell. And I've been to plenty of other states, and I don't think the quality of our lives is any better because of those high taxes. This is about more than just a low tax on beer. This is about the over all tax burden in this state. The responsible action for the state is to find a way to spend funds more efficiently. Simply raising taxes does not do that. I'll tell you why many state lawmakers are walking away from this issue-it is in fact the same reason that I hope the tax's supporters keep pushing it: There is a high level of dissatisfaction with the tax level in this state, and this is just an emotional enough tax to spark a tax revolt. Lawmakers don't want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, so they stay as far away from the beer tax as possible. The beer tax is a line in the sand they don't want to draw because Wisconsin voters might actually cross it.
(cross posted at the Badger Blog Alliance)
Minnesota defines a wild, or feral, cat as one with no collar that does not show friendly behavior, said Kevin Kyle with that state's Department of Natural Resources.Delilah reminds me that she is a natural snob, and she shows friendly behavior to no one but the lovely Mrs. Jib and I. She also reminds me that she can shed her collar faster than a 35 year old Jersey girl can shed her clothes at a Bon Jovi concert.
I, on the other hand, became a supporter of cat hunting after Delilah felt the need to share her thoughts with me via incessant meowing at 4 am today.
Nah. It's the Journal Sentinel, for crying out loud.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Here's a newspaper report on this issue.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
These two have to be bound together as one and the same by Hall of Fame voters. Hunt's logic is that McGwire was entire career was a product of steroids, but Bonds' was a future HOF'er early in his career and only jumped on the steroids band wagon late in his career. My first question for Hunt is what proof do you have for this assertion? Bonds was clearly a thicker man in 1993 when he broke 40 home runs for the first time, 7 years into his career. Not as thick as today, but much thicker than the scrawny kid that broke into the majors in 1986. Meanwhile, McGwire, who also came up as scrawny kid, hit 49 in his very first season. Hunt has no proof that Bonds' steroid use began very late in his career, and I think a study of Bonds body would indicate that he started much earlier. On top of that, late in a career is the most crucial time to be on steroids. Normally, a body starts to slow down after 35. Bonds didn't. In fact, he accelerated. He has hit over well over 260 home runs since his 35th birthday, and that's more than any other 5 year period of his career.
I suspect a little subconscious reverse racism in the pro-Barry anti-McGwire trend of late, but I have no proof, so I'll leave it at that, a suspicion. If not reverse racism, them maybe a misguided sense of 'make good' for the way the country treated Hank Aaron as he chased down Ruth. But irregardless of that, these guys have had pretty parallel careers, minus the MVPs. If you vote for one, you've got to vote for the other. If you vote against one, vote against them both.
I don't, but others do. And I've begun to learn what I think is an important lesson, and that is that it doesn't take very much effort to support your favorite bloggers by clicking on the ads at their site. Also, you never know what you might find at the sponsor sites. For instance, I know that John Hawkins at Right Wing News was recently downsized and is now going to try to make blogging a full time gig. I like his site and respect the hard work that he puts into it, so I clicked an ad to support him. As it turns out, through that ad I found the Replay Radio Internet Radio Recorder, and I am probably going to purchase it. I cannot get my favorite radio station in my office, and internet radio is heavily frowned upon. I'll now be able to record the likes of Charlie Sykes, Jeff Wagner, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity, and then listen to them at my leisure. It took almost zero effort on my part, I found a solution to a problem that I have, and I supported a blogger I enjoy. So I am asking all of you to click on the ads of your favorite bloggers. They'll appreciate it, and you may too. And the best part is, I don't have to feel guilty because I don't have any ads myself.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Do yourself a favor. Get outside and enjoy the weather before it rains and cools off. Maybe get an ice cream cone. Along the way, stop and vote. In these races with light turnout, your voice is all the louder, and the process is so simple and quick that you aren't out any more than 5 minutes of your day.
And of course, vote Underheim.
The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior.Ann Althouse takes the issue up here, and at the end of the post, she says this:
And for a public figure even to hint at violence as a solution is completely unacceptable.I was out of the news loop last week when Delay said this, but I did read about it briefly. I personally did not take it as a threat of violence as Althouse does. I took it to mean that the judges will have to answer for their actions before their creator on judgement day. Perhaps this is naive of me, and maybe the Hammer was making a more earthly threat than I had thought. If anyone has a link to the full context of Delay's quote, I'd certainly like to see it.
I think that this is politically smart as well, but that is a topic that is a bit more emotional, and I choose not to get into that in this post. Perhaps another day.
Heh, my first trackback. Thanks, Sandi.
Monday, April 04, 2005
My joy at doing such boring, mundane tasks has led me to one conclusion: I'm well on my way to becoming a boring old coot. In a couple of months, I'll be mowing lawn in shorts that are just a little too tight and black socks that are hiked up to my knees. And sandles. By fall I'll be weeding my garden in jeans with 6 inches of plumber crack hanging out. By next spring, I'll be jacked about doing spring lawn work again-in polyester pants that come up past my belly button, all the while cussing those damn neighbor kids.
I'm going to go do a kegstand now and run through the neighborhood naked. If you see a drunk 29 year old streaker sprint past your house, please avert your eyes.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Let's start first with this, found at the very end of the article:
But Obey said end-of-life issues have been politicized by House Republican leaders so that thoughtful consideration won’t occur.Fair enough. That's a pretty standard Democratic talking point. Now, let's go to the top of the article, where Obey is quoted as saying the following:
“The problem is that we are not going to get that kind of debate because this issue has been almost sacrilegiously polarized and politicized,” he said.
“We need a healthy non-ideological discussion of all of the questions surrounding this issue,” Obey, D-Wausau, said Friday. “And I would welcome a debate that broadens the question and takes into account the fact that the largest moral question we face in health care is the fact that 40-million-plus people have no health insurance.”Whoa, hold up Congressman. The Republicans are politicizing this? And you aren't by wanting to tie this to socialized health care? Feel free to lie to me, just don't smirk while you do it.
Well, based on the first quote above, at least we know that Obey believes that this is a legitimate federal issue. Right?
The Wausau congressman, who had returned to Wisconsin on March 21 to conduct community forums on Social Security, said he urged colleagues not to vote on the bill because he considered it an intrusion.Dave Obey, a politician's politician, fluent from both the left and right sides of his mouth. In this article, he tells you that he was opposed to Congress intruding into Terri Schaivo's case. But it should intrude on your end of life decision. Additionally, he lets us know that Republicans should be blamed for politicizing all of this. But he's willing to tack the most political issue of all onto it-socialized health.
“When I am at death’s door or heaven’s gate or however you put it, I want those decisions to be made by me and my family and not my friendly local politician,” he said.
Ah, the memories of living in Obey's district just come flooding back.
New York has its charms. Namely, it is the biggest, richest, baddest city in America. I found that impressive for all of about 2 minutes. As large cities go, I found it to be largely a pain in the ass beyond that. Before I dozed off on Saturday night, I read this article from last weekend's Sunday Washington Post, which is highly complimentary of Milwaukee. I began to think on the topic of big cities. While New York is where the country's power brokers congregate, the city itself is a dump. Milwaukee is not exactly one of the country's power centers, but the city is slowly but surely seeing a resurgence. With good leadership, always an iffy proposition in Milwaukee, the city really could quiety become a little gem of the upper Midwest. And that's the bottom line, because Jiblog said so.
(For those of you with a passing knowledge of wrestling will notice that I ripped off a couple of WWE taglines in honor of tonight's Wrestlemania, which I am not watching.)
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Friday, April 01, 2005
Now, as for my weather jinx. It is still alive, but I think that it only applies on the coasts. They are talking about 3-5 inces of rain in the next 36 hours. At least I shouldn't have to be concerned about mudslides this time.
Today would be a good day to contact your representatives and let them know that you are opposed to this automatic annual tax increase. We need current state representatives to go on the record with their own position on all tax increases.