Walker, in book and possible run for presidency, perfectly embodies modern GOP ethos

I have never said that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is stupid.  I have often complained that he makes bad decisions that have tremendous negative effects on the people he is supposed to represent (we’re number 42!), but he is doing it the smart way.  That is, he has become the…

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Wisconsin’s most folktastic music tradition

The venerable Cafe Carpe in Ft. Atkinson hosts Milwaukeean Peter Mulvey and a folking ton of his friends every December for what they call “Lamplighter Sessions.”  Mulvey and gang take over the joint and offer, in the case of 2012, twelve nights of music over three weeks at the Carpe, with…

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A post-election reflection from a bruise-colored Wisconsin

Hello, America. Remember me? Yes, I still have something to say. When I call Wisconsin bruise-colored, I exaggerate a little bit. After the last couple of years, it certainly feels like Wisconsin has been bruised electorally: I have lost count of the number of times we have just voted, let alone…

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Thursday Music

Tomorrow night at Shank Hall, right here in Tha M-K-E, the irreplaceable Greg Brown: For a variety of reasons, I can’t be there.  But I want you to be there, because Greg Brown is a freaking legend.  Plus he’s got Bo Ramsey with him, and Bo Ramsey is one of…

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In Honor Of

I always like to link to this song on this day, because, dammit, we need optimism and hope with our remembrance. Further, this speech, by far the best George W Bush ever gave, needs to be read aloud, twice, by every Republican everywhere (and a lot of Democrats, too, including…

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South Side Milwaukee County Parks “Unconference” Sept. 22

Milwaukee County Supervisor, park lover, and friend of the blog Jason Haas is taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the, um, how do you say it, unexpected departure of Sue Black as Milwaukee County Parks Director to host an “unconference” about the Milwaukee County Parks in and around his district….

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Simple Answers to Simple Questions, Ryan Edition

Paul Ryan represents a significant swath of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s readership, so it’s kind of ridonkulous that they are just now getting around to asking questions about Ryan like, “Ideologue or problem solver? Reasonable or radical?” It is equally ridonkulous that Craig Gilbert has to pretend that there are two equally…

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QOTD: Non-Paul Ryan Edition

This belief in an epidemic of black-on-white crime that the press and law enforcement conspire to keep secret is an old one, and crazies have been sending newspapers mimeographed manifestos on the subject for years. It’s a common topic of discussion at white supremacist message boards and in the comments…

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Paul Ryan, professional moocher

As we get closer and closer to the moment when Paul Ryan may be named veep–mere hours from now we’ll know!–this is just a reminder to everyone, especially the half of everyone who has been Pavlov-trained to worship at the feet of Randian titans of business-slash-“job creators”:  Paul Ryan has…

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More Thursday Music

I’m very much looking forward to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the Pabst on Monday: There are still reasonably good seats available.

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