Fraley's Dailytakes

This Blog will..I repeat WILL Officially Launch in January 2006.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Here's the Plan. Russ, where's yours?

Executive Summary

Helping the Iraqi People Defeat the Terrorists and Build an Inclusive Democratic State
Victory in Iraq is Defined in Stages

Short term, Iraq is making steady progress in fighting terrorists, meeting political milestones, building democratic institutions, and standing up security forces.
Medium term, Iraq is in the lead defeating terrorists and providing its own security, with a fully constitutional government in place, and on its way to achieving its economic potential.
Longer term, Iraq is peaceful, united, stable, and secure, well integrated into the international community, and a full partner in the global war on terrorism.

No war has ever been won on a timetable and neither will this one. But lack of a timetable does not mean our posture in Iraq (both military and civilian) will remain static over time. As conditions change, our posture will change. We expect, but cannot guarantee, that our force posture will change over the next year, as the political process advances and Iraqi security forces grow and gain experience. While our military presence may become less visible, it will remain lethal and decisive, able to confront the enemy wherever it may organize. Our mission in Iraq is to win the war. Our troops will return home when that mission is complete.

The full text here

Monday, November 28, 2005

Answering some emails

Several readers have asked how my deer hunting trip went. Well, our hunting party came home with four does and a buck, although I was shut out, again. I think my technique may be off.

Gearing Up

As I mentioned, I'll be officially launching this pig next year. In the interim, please don't hesitate to send me your insights, topic ideas, press releases, juicy leads and dirty limericks.

Charlie had a great show on Sunday, which highlighted the power of the blogosphere. Check it out.

And check out Owen's take from the other side of the screen as well.

Monday, November 14, 2005

This Blog--JANUARY 2006

I will be posting only periodically here until Christmastime. Check out my links to the right for your dailytakes until then. Look for a full-blown Blog to debut no later than January 1.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Badger Predicition

Let's see how damning these blogs can end up being...

My prediction for today's game.

Badgers come from behind and win by six.

UW 29, Iowa 23.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Quick Hits

The famed French Work Ethic...

and for something completely different...

Bringing new meaning to the question: "May it please the Court?"


On Halloween, freelance photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared. The next day, the "Avery Bill" unanimously passed both houses of the Wisconsin legislature. The bill was named after Steven Avery who was freed from prison after DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crime for which he had served 18 years.

Today it was announced Avery will be charged with Halbach's murder, based in large part on DNA evidence.

While to call the timing of the bill's passage and its moniker unfortunate would be a tremendous understatement, we should not lose site of the merits of that legislation.

The bill, which now undoubtedly will be quietly signed by Governor Doyle, provided for:

  • Electronic recording of both juvenile and adult felony suspect interrogations
  • Written police policies governing the eyewitness identification procedures
  • Priority of DNA testing in post-conviction cases
  • New provisions for retention of evidence that contains DNA

Still, the irony makes one cringe.

Curtains for Tax Cuts?

Madisonian and former state legislative staffer Michael T. Darda has an excellent piece on National Review Online today...

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Senate Finance Committee chairman Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) has stepped back from pushing a two-year extension on tax cuts for dividends and capital gains. Instead, Grassley is pushing a one-year extension in hopes of capturing support from Republican moderates who are deterred by “demanding cuts in Medicaid and food-stamp benefits for the working poor” and the prospect of “voting to cut taxes for better-off households.”

While there is no shortage of waste in Washington, I’m not sure why the Senate majority would hold tax cuts on dividends and capital gains (which have brought in more, not less, revenue) hostage to Medicaid spending. This approach is all stick and no carrot. It is akin to placing a loaded gun in the hands of the minority who will have no problem telling the electorate that the choice is between widows and orphans or “tax cuts for the rich.” If the debate is framed this way, it likely will be curtains for the tax cuts, and potentially the Republican majority in November 2006 as well. more...

Nice hit, Mango.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Should I have a Blog?

Well if she can, then there is obviously no standard by which the blogoshpere determines worthiness, so I will continue...

I think this is damn funny

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings' marketing staff made their team and fans look like royal snobs before Tuesday night's game. As the Pistons were introduced, pictures of burned-out cars, abandoned buildings and empty streets were flashed on ARCO Arena's big screen.

Some bloggers are calling these fans jerks. While they may be right, I still think it's damn funny. And, after's only sports.

The Other Iraq

The United States has never wavered in its quest to help Iraqis build a democracy that rewards compromise and consensus. The ever generous American people have paid a tragic price, the lives of their finest men and women, to advance the banner of freedom and democracy, a sacrifice for which we are profoundly grateful.
--H.E. Masoud Barzabi, President, Kurdistan Region in Iraq

Nothing I could write could enhance the signifcance and impact of this.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Settle Down

Relax, people. Yesterday, the Dems 'won' two governorships they already had. Perspective and balance are the watchwords of the day.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Perilous Times

Dane County Executive Kathy Falk says these perilous times are what prompted her to run for Attorney General. Perilous, indeed, for Goernor Doyle. That's why he encouraged and his supporters are assisting with Falk's run.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Deer Hunt 2005

In less than two weeks, nearly a hundred-thousand Milwaukee-area men and women will engage in an annual rite involving firearms and family -- forgetting, if they even cared, about government, politics and the '06 election year. I will be proud to again be among them and pledge to be part of no press release issued during this hallowed time.

The entire column is available on