I joined The Capital Times’ John Nichols this week on “UpFront with Mike Gousha.” We talked primarily about Gov. Scott Walker’s almost-presidential campaign. It’s in two parts – you can watch Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
On March 5, I appeared on the live half hour “JS on Politics” show. We talked primarily about Gov. Walker’s presumptive presidential race – check it out here:
Well look at that – it’s album of the year time again already. My full discussion of these picks will soon be up at our podcast website, but here’s a quick look at my list. 10. Grouper – Ruins 9. Beck – Morning Phase 8. Ex Hex – Rips 7. Jeremy Messersmith – Heart Murmurs […]
As part of a potential work project, I’ve been going through some old newspapers from 1916. Of course, there are plenty of odd anachronisms that catch one’s eye while reading papers from a century ago. But this story, which is absolutely true, really caught my eye. It’s from the February 11, 1916 Milwaukee Sentinel. According […]
Naturally, our favorite podcast of every year is the one where we reveal our “Top 10″ albums of the year. Here’s my list for this year: 1. The Men – Open Your Heart 2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleluljah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! 3. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE 4. Best Coast – The Only […]
I was looking at restaurant reviews on Google and ran across this one, in which a frequent diner at the “Crab Trap” in Amelia Island, Florida, calmly lays out his case for for the restaurant’s superiority: OK YOU KNOW WHAT!!!!! ALL YOU RICH SNOBBY PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE HATING ON THE CRAB TRAP NEED […]
As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, the Wisconsin State Historical Society is one of my favorite places to hang out. If I had the time, I could spend full days just combing through microfilm, plucking oddities from hundred year old newspapers. In fact, when I need to scroll through old papers to do work […]
From today’s inbox, a comment by someone at Ohio State University: Saw your article “It’s Working in Walker’s Wisconsin”. History does seem to repeat itself and go in cycles. I guess the public will just have to relearn why their grandparent’s generation fought the robber barons and those extremely exploitative jobs. I wish someone would […]
My Year in Review column for the Isthmus is up. It discusses, naturally, the goings-on in Wisconsin politics over the past year. Here’s a snippet: It was a year that granted the definition of the word “democracy” a previously unimaginable elasticity. While bullhorns around the Capitol blared “this is what democracy looks like,” 14 Democratic […]
In the past few month, there have been dozens of videos cropping up offering Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker the opportunity to have intercourse with himself. Here’s a choice selection: It must have taken days for this guy to learn this song. How did he even have time to go to work? Oh, wait… You need […]
If you’re a sports fan, your weekends are likely wallpapered with television advertisements that purport to explain what being a “man” is all about. One’s masculinity, according to ad writers, is currently derived from your choice of satellite television company, what kind of body wash you use, and most of all, what kind of beer […]
On this week’s podcast, there’s a lot of random talk about online music programs, iPhones, and collapsing stages, while I cackle in the background. We also discuss some concerts Will went to and review the new album by Wisconsin’s own Midwest Beat. Listen here: Or download directly here.
Tuesday night’s utterly predictable recall election win by Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay followed the usual protocol: At about 9 p.m., Hansen strode to the podium at his victory party and predicted Democrats would take back the state senate when other recall elections are conducted in August. But Hansen’s speech was followed […]
People always have the impression of Wisconsin farms as being family-owned, where mom and pop toil away for decades to make ends meet. It’s not very often that you hear farms thrown into the illegal immigrant debate – yet without migrant labor, Wisconsin farms could be facing tough times. Thus, agriculture groups are lining up […]
You know, I almost forgot I actually had my own blog. Given everything that’s been happening in Wisconsin over the past few months, I’ve been writing for just about everyone else but my own website. If “Giraffe Harmonica Aficionado Magazine” asked me to write a Wisconsin article for them, I would have. Mostly, I’ve been […]