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About t corcoran bauer

Originally from New Jersey (Exit 161) now making Madison, WI my domicile. Sometime Luddite acquiescing to scribbling this blog about politics, literature, poetry, pop culture, and other matters as time allows. I'd rather be kayaking or cross-country skiing. Or living in the 19th Century.

Mined Over Matter

Mined Over Matter

Since my recent mining redux has generated more comments than any scribble in the nearly two-year-long tenure of this blog — even more than the name-calling, rotten produce throw, shit show that the “Unplanned Parenthood” piece inspired (feel free to seek it out if you’re feeling frisky for a cat fight) — what better idea could there be than continue yet anew with it.  Here’s the gist: Part 1 is about the money behind the mine.  Part 2 makes an argument to support Democratic state Senator Tim Cullen’s alternative mining bill.

Ready, set, Gogebic!

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Ron Johnson from Wisconsin

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Undermining Credibility

Undermining Credibility

With only three weeks to go til Valentine’s Day, the Republicans in the State Legislature of Wisconsin are doing what no men ever do: shopping for their beloved before the last minute.  Indeed, in what can only be called a sweetheart deal to both Gogebic Taconite and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – the former an out-of-state mining company, the latter a much-flawed private entity (that used to be a public one before Scott Walker took over) – the Republican juggernaut essentially promises what any sugarcoated candy on February 14th does: “be mine.”  Only in this sense it’s not just a command in the possessive sense; it’s also the Republican diktat that the Gogebic mine be.  Corporate profit and bought-off lawmakers, true love if there ever was.
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A Case for Cold Season Paddling

A Case for Cold Season Paddling

Yes, it’s chilly.  And yes the ground is brown, the leaves long gone.  You might say it’s desolate, even depressing.  Death it seems is all-surrounding and conspiring against you.  It’s taken over the air, the ground, the sun and the trees.  The birds have flown off somewhere sensible, and the hunting season dictates that just about anything on four legs flee for dear life away from the awful crack of a rifle – deer especially.  This is the entrance to the outdoor world, a kingdom that basically looks like the ruins of something since abandoned.
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Environment, Pretty Damn Random

 

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Borrow Me Some Equality, Yah Hey?

Borrow Me Some Equality, Yah Hey?

In a statewide referendum in 2006 Wisconsin overwhelmingly voted “I do” to the following:

Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.  A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”

71 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties approved this wording, effectively enshrining discrimination in the state constitution.  (The lone holdout was Dane County, where Madison is.)

Six years later Wisconsin once again waxed cognitive dissonance by voting Tammy Baldwin to be the next U.S. Senator — Tammy, the liberal lesbian from Madison — over four-time governor and basic poster child for all things Badger State, Brandy Old Fashioned and all, Tommy Thompson.  (Yes, Tammy versus Tommy.  Tommy Thompson.  In Wisconsin.  Where our other senator is Ron Johnson.  Ron Johnson from Wisconsin.  Who ousted Russ Feingold.  More specifically, Ron Johnson’s from Oshkosh B’gosh pert near da Bay you betcha go you Packers go, oh sure then don’t you know.  Ya wanna come with?  Aw Jeez, for Cripes sakes, W’scansin!  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Ryan + Romney = Irony

Ryan + Romney = Irony

Just last year the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report licentiously entitled “Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.”  Now, the CBO is the very entity to which Congress itself appointed all economic analysis and budget score keeping, and which is generally regarded as nonpartisan and above-the-board objective.  The report revealed some rather damning “trends,” not least of which is that the 1 percent of the population with the highest income saw their after-tax household income grow by 275 percent, while the 20 percent of the population with the lowest income saw theirs spittle at 18 percent.  Indeed, while 99 percent of the American households saw their total market income decrease – cash wages, salaries, capital gains, etc. – the rich 1 percent actually saw theirs doubleRead the rest of this entry »

 

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Incidental Poetry, part Six

“Trick or Treat”

The knavish aches are not lost on him
on this his last ploy to play an impish artifice.
He hides in plain view, though few can see
how love’s grit and gusts bluster so indiscreetly.
This tryst is no less a rite of passage,
each freak equinox reenacted in the last shafts of scattered days
by a hollow-headed man in tatters shambling the hallowed halls of long autumn
as though in high school again, his scraping feet lost to the false nostalgia
of fallen leaves.
Grumbling and discombobulated – bald, wan-skinned, dire grin –
wearing a ratty-toothed raincoat much too big for him, there he’ll lie down
in the middle toward the end,
and wait,
remembering everything,
as he has done for an eternity
for her to return
like an altar lit with ofrenda.

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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Incidental Poetry

 

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Incidental Poetry, pt. v

In honor of Domestic Abuse Prevention month, (and with a nod/wink to the change in seasons), I humbly submit the following poem:

Diamonds & Dogs

Some say a best friend lies in diamonds,
Some say in dogs.
From what I’ve gleaned of violence
I hold with those who bias diamonds.
But if I gave pensive pause
To choose between mates or hate,
This bachelorette in love with dogs
Men’s fetched balls won’t chase
But shares instead her bed with paws.

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(Forgive me Old Man Frost)

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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Incidental Poetry

 

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Bleakonomics 101 for 2012

Bleakonomics 101 for 2012

Spoiler alert: this evening, during the first presidential debate between Obama and Romney, we’re going to hear a lot about jobs and numbers.  It might look something like this:

1 part BS + 1 part PR = 2night

Unlike the rogues gallery of incompetent candidates out of which Mitt Romney ascended to receive the nomination to run on the Republican ticket for the presidency of the United States, the man is at least qualified.  He governed a very Democratic state and did something or other to save the Olympics in the chosen land of his religion’s people, Salt Lake City.  But those are incidental bona fides.  Ask most people why they’ll vote for Mitt, and the response most probable is some wishy-washy allusion to his background in business, Herr Exekutive of Bain Capital; that, in other words, he knows how to create jobs.  Leaving aside this particularly spurious ascription, let’s take a look at what — not even who — does and doesn’t improve the unemployment rate, shall we?
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Waiting for Goodell

Waiting for Goodell

Never before would I have thought that “boo hoo” and “hue and cry” would come together so seamlessly, much less over something in one sentence combining sea hawks, meat packers, and prayers interceding the virgin Mary that reads in perfect syntax to any American.  Or that two such otherwise diametrically opposed figures as Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin state Senator Jon Erpenbach — who almost ran against Walker in the recall election — would be on the same page about something that pertains to unions, workers, and contracts.  Then again, it’s not much like me to opine my two cents amongst the inflated currency of the vox populi over a topic in which none other than my own ignorance can rival my actual interest: football.  But the occasion is much too infrequent for when I can scribble about Samuel Beckett and the Green Bay Packers in one shot, so here goes…
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