That Day in Lattimer

By Steve Carlson and Lynn Sutherland Jaskowiak One of the bloodiest days in American labor history occurred on the outskirts of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 10th, 1897. Roughly 400 anthracite coal miners ( the vast majority of them foreign born eastern Europeans) had had enough of the darkened servitude…

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A Message from UW System President Tommy Thompson (released before Sen Nass got stupid ideas in his head)

This video was sent out to students of UW Milwaukee on Wednesday July 28, 2021. It runs all of 34 seconds and talks about the scholarship incentives for students when their campus reaches a 70% vaccination rate. Not part of the video, but as published in other media, UW System…

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Americans Need To Sue The Senate And Have The Filibuster Declared Unconstitutional!

Yes, I realize that on the face of it the basic filibuster isn’t unconstitutional…but I am using it in its generic sense just as the media and politicians do. It should be changed a bit…if the pompous buffoons like Sen. Lindsay Graham or Sen. Ted Cruz want to bloviate on…

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Thursday Music: Biko – Peter Gabriel – Playing For Change

Stephen Biko was a anti-apartheid activist and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa during the late 1960’s-1970’s. In September 1977 he was beaten by police during a 22 hour interrogation and died days later from his injuries while in detention. His death sparked an international outcry and…

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Channeling Clarence Darrow

Rush Limbaugh is dead. Long live Clarence Darrow. Darrow was one of the most prominent civil libertarians of the 20th century who once said: ” I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure”. RIP Rush. Long live Clarence Darrow.

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Employer Provided Health Insurance Isn’t A Viable Model.

Most of my life I have had employer provided health insurance except for the period when I was self-employed and bought my own on the open market. But that was over 40 years ago and it was actually rather affordable. But as we watched the pandemic ravage our country and…

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Book Report: Economix by Michael Goodwin

Looking for a primer on economics that’s not all addled economics gobbledy-gook that reads like Milton Friedman and puts you to sleep? Well, this graphic text book might be what you want if you want to understand socialism and capitalism and communism and any of the other ism trends. Mr….

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Time To End Catch All Omnibus Bills? Sen. Mike Lee Is Seeing The Light.

I haven’t gone back to look for it, but I think I published an article a few years back suggesting that Congress and the various state legislatures pull back a bit and keep bills clean and lean. A spending bill should be a spending bill…a defense bill should be a…

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And The Lucky Recount Winners Are? Milwaukee And Dane Counties!

This makes little to no sense…yes the biggest number of Biden votes came from Milwaukee and Dane counties…but yes…they are Democratic strong holds and always go Democratic. The Trump campaign needs to flip 11,000 votes to possibly negate Biden’s lead of nearly 21,000 votes. I don’t think that’s likely to…

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Systemic Sexism Invisible In Plain Sight

Today, the New York Times has two very readable and defining articles about women journalists who have moved to the forefront in political reporting and writing. They are Abby Phillip at CNN and Savannah Guthrie at NBC. They are well worth reading and I will link them here: Savannah Guthrie…

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