A few days ago I wrote a post about Dick’s and guns, and some readers seemed to lose their ever-loving minds over it, on both sides. I tried to run interference and ask commenters to be civil, with some level of success. But it pissed me off, because there is absolutely no excuse for Wisconsinites and Americans to treat each other like crap just because we disagree politically. It’s bullshit, and we ALL need to knock it the fuck off. NOW.

Have I got your attention? GOOD. I rarely swear,  use all caps, or fail to speak politely because that is not who I am as a blogger. So when I do, you know I mean business. (You have no idea how hard it was not to add “please” after “now” in the first paragraph, seriously.)

Look, I’m the “nice” blogger, the one who tries to be fair, the one who doesn’t like to fight just for the sake of fighting. The one who doesn’t need to be right. The one who over-uses smiley-face emoticons.

But it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to sit back and watch us eat each other alive. There is simply NO reason for it.

We’re not animals.

We’re all adults.

I don’t give a rat’s ass that politicians on both sides of the aisle benefit from us being divided and that they encourage it. We have a CHOICE of whether or not to treat each other with respect. We have free will. We are NOT victims.


So I’d like to call a truce. Blogging Blue bloggers and readers of all political stripes: Can we at least try to disagree AND treat each other respectfully, like we did back in the olden days, like , say, the 90’s?

What do you say, guys? You in?

(Okay, I have to go take a nap now. The usage of all caps, swearing, and not a single “please” has done me in.)

Intermittent Blogging Outages

Amy and I are prepping our house for sale.   So we’re both busy, busy, busy with cleaning, spackling, painting, grouting, cutting, mowing, scrubbing and other fun tasks.  My blogging will therefore be intermittent for the next few weeks.

So if you or anyone you know is looking for a house that was built in the Progressive Era (or a little before) in downtown Waukesha, let me know!

Ann Romney Didn’t Really Say This

Of course she didn’t.  She’s just not stupid. 

Here’s the quote, supposedly spoken by Ann Romney at a “Moms for Mitt” group outside Philadelphia.  It is satire from this Free Wood place, but someone at DailyKos got fooled.  

“Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”

I guess the bottom line here is that the silly season is here, and it’s going to be harder and harder to tell the satire from the real Republican opinions, so be careful out there that you don’t get caught. 



Holy new dashboard, Batman!

I don’t know how many of you use WordPress as your blogging software, but I just upgraded to WP 2.7, and the change is dramatic! This is definitely going to take some serious getting used to…