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The ABCs of Asymmetry (ICYMI)

The ABCs of Asymmetry (ICYMI)

Today marks the last day of the (ir)regular session of the Wisconsin State Legislature; good riddance to bad rubbish indeed!  While halfway through lent, this lapse Catholic is glad the state is giving up Republican mandates for a short while at least.  Plus spring has sprung, and with it that irrepressibly burning eternal.  Keeping with the lenten theme, the days are longer (lengthened, you might even say), the sun brighter and warmer.  With recalls soon to be set, there is light for sure at the end of this tunnel that has been the yearlong winter of our discontent, and hope outshining the audacity of dopes.
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This Bud’s Not For You

This Bud’s Not For You

Don’t get me wrong – the basic wheel, essential plumbing, the hammer and its step-brother the nail, the alphabet and printing press, irrigation, eyeglasses, penicillin, the spinning Jenny, the washing machine, the refrigerator (and, um, a reluctant acquiescence to the internet), all are fine inventions in their own rights, but distant seconds to beer.  Even the electric guitar plays second fiddle to a good beer.  And nowhere else is beer better appreciated than here in Wisconsin (in this country at least).  Sure, we haven’t gone “coastal” like Dogfish or Sam Adams, Redhook or Sierra Nevada, but you know you’re in good company when your biggest city’s professional sports franchise is named “Brewers.”  Furthermore,* as long as getting “Schlitz’d” still means something – and lord knows it does – you can thank Wisconsin for that too.  And while no true hipster would ever admit to being a hipster, if you’re sipping PBR, then you’d best give a quick nod and wink to Wisconsin – even if that cramps the tragically too cool façade evinced.

So it is with due confusion and frustrated “wtf” that the most recent proposed legislation in the Joint Finance Committee– slipped in all but literally at the eleventh hour – that negatively impacts microbreweries in Wisconsin makes me want to throw up my hands in the air, fearing to wonder, “Good God! what’s next?  Banning apple pie?  The Packers?  Cribbage?  Naptime?”  Indeed, it’s enough to drive one to drink.  So crack one open as we plod through this crappy batch. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Republican Campaign Finance Reform

Republican Campaign Finance Reform

In the brave new world of Ameri© a, where oodles of moolah donated by the rich to political candidates is as much a right of free speech as these very words you are presently reading (penned by an impecunious scrivener, such that I am), thanks to the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court last year – wherein corporations are rendered the equal of actual people – it’s perfectly consistent, and all too legal, that the effective for-profit privatization of electoral campaigns is seen as a freedom of expression, unlike that socialist gulag of public financing where candidates are forced to limit their hungry bellies to the trough of thoughtful spending, heavens forfend. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Unplanned Parenthood: the Hit or Misogynists of Wisconsin Politics

Unplanned Parenthood: the Hit or Misogynists of Wisconsin Politics

If you listen just long enough you can hear Margaret Sanger crying in her grave.  As has been par for the “coarse” since the first second Governor Scott Walker came into office swinging and slinging, and Republicans toed the line striding and stentorian on their high hoarse hearse of this legislative session, the next step in making Wisconsin gallop backward is defunding Planned Parenthood.  She who wrote in a pamphlet nearly a century ago, “No one can doubt that there are times where an abortion is justifiable but they will become unnecessary when care is taken to prevent conception.  This is the only cure for abortions.”  She would be wailing, were she alive today.  And then fighting like hell. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Voter IDeation

Voter IDeation

Whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?  In a country founded in no small part on the philosophy of democracy by way of self-governance, why in the world would we discourage its citizens from participating in the process?  Moreover, given how proudly we boast of this form of government being the sine qua non of enlightened nations and even ask our troops to sacrifice their own lives so that peoples around the world can delight in so-called Jeffersonian democracy, why are we inhibiting our fellow neighbors and family members back home from voting?

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I think I cant, I think I cant, I think I cant…

Good news for people who like bad news about Walker!

(No, this is not about Modest Mouse.)

Earlier this morning, a major campaign donor to Gov. Walker was charged with not one but two felony counts for violating campaign finance laws.  See, I just thought that little Scottie as a kid never got that train set he wanted for Christmas, and ever since he’s harbored a grudge against locomotives; and that’s why he turned down nearly a billion dollars in stimulus money for light rail between Madison and Milwaukee.  Turns out, he just has a motive that’s loco.  The president and CEO of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Co., William Gardner, last year shook his employees down to donate directly to then candidate Walker’s campaign, a sum resulting in $43,800 — eerily enough, only $800 more than what the Koch Bros’ donated to Walker.  The thing is, in Wisconsin it’s illegal to direct company cash to campaign coffers.  (At least until conservatives figure a way around this one, too, by way of the newly popular filthy lucre = free speech equation.)

Again, this all happened nearly a year ago, in May of 2010.  It’s only today that Gardner was officially charged.

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