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  • Capt. Cooper & US Coast Guard Radio Transmissions on Nov. 10th, 1975. (The Edmund Fitzgerald)

    11/10/2015 7:31:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/17/12 | IntoWisOutdoors
    Forty years ago, on Nov. 10, 1975, the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a ferocious storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 men aboard. Rather than linking to the famous Gordon Lightfoot song (and according to SiriusXM radio, Gordon personally attended todays annual memorial service held by the families), this is a 32 minute recording of actual US Coast Guard marine radio traffic from that tragic day.
  • Kraft Heinz to move Oscar Mayer HQ to Chicago (out of Madistan)

    11/05/2015 3:42:07 PM PST · by bigbob · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-4-15 | Greg Trotter, Samantha Bomkamp and Corilyn Shropshir
    Kraft Heinz announced Wednesday that it will move Oscar Mayer and the company's U.S. meats business from Madison, Wis., to Chicago — a move that will add 250 jobs to Chicago's Aon Center. The company also announced plans to consolidate its production facilities during the next two years, which will result in the shutdown of seven North American manufacturing facilities: Fullerton, Calif.; San Leandro, Calif.; Federalsburg, Md.; St. Mary's, Canada; Campbell, N.Y.; Lehigh Valley, Pa., and the one in Madison. The closings will result in the loss of about 2,600 manufacturing jobs at the company, including 700 in Madison. About...
  • Brooklyn woman recalls origins of Lesley Gore’s ‘It’s My Party’ from teen outburst

    10/22/2015 8:48:12 AM PDT · by bigbob · 10 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/18/15 | Ellen Tumposky
    A Brooklyn teenager planning her Sweet 16 celebration unwittingly gave her songwriter dad the line that became singer Lesley Gore's musical catchphrase.
  • TV Ratings: Megyn Kelly Bests Bill O'Reilly in August, Topping Cable News in Key Demo

    09/01/2015 5:46:25 PM PDT · by bigbob · 37 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9-1-15 | Michael O'Connell
    Buoyed by the GOP debate, Fox News' 'The Kelly File' enjoyed its third month ever at No. 1 among adults 25-54. Donald Trump might have issues with Megyn Kelly, but viewers evidently don't. If August is any indication, her Kelly File is shaping up to be the cable news destination for coverage of the 2016 election. Kelly had the highest-rated cable news show for the month, even with her weeklong vacation. Buoyed by the record-breaking showcase of Fox News Channel's GOP debate and her 11 p.m. telecast that night, she outpaced typical victor Bill O'Reilly for only the third full...
  • Fox News’ Latest Ratings Show Just How Effective is the Campaign to Kick O’Reilly Off the Air

    06/10/2015 12:59:32 PM PDT · by bigbob · 44 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 6-10-15 | Kyle Becker
    No matter how many times it’s attacked by its detractors, Fox News proves time and time again the Nietzchean dictum, “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” Unfortunately for its competition, that means yet another month for the “O’Reilly Factor” on top of its prime-time cable news slot, and as Newser points out – that makes 174 consecutive months and running. O’Reilly has been so “wounded” by a widespread, concerted campaign to portray him as Brian Williams’ doppelganger and to get him kicked off the air that he is up 41 percent from the same month of May last...
  • Acuity Flagpole Project (US Tallest!)

    03/17/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    Mortensen website ^ | 1/1/2015 | Mortensen Construction
    Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America (#tallestUSflag). Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag. Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.
  • Report: Amazon Interested in Radio Shack Stores

    02/03/2015 8:41:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 52 replies
    Wireless Week ^ | 2-3-15 | Andrew Berg
    Sprint may not be the only company intersted in Radio Shack's soon to be vacant retail stores. According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon has expressed intersted in the brick-and-mortar locations. Amazon is reportedly intersted in using the stores as a showroom for its hardware, as well as place for customers pick up and drop off merchandise. Amazon currently sells a line of tablets, its Fire smartphone, as well as its new Echo bluetooh speaker and personal assistant. Radio Shack has about 4,000 retail locations in the United States. Reports have surfaced that the company is looking to sell some...
  • God Bless America, First Radio performance, Armistice Day November 10, 1938, Kate Smith

    11/10/2014 8:52:23 AM PST · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5-16-11 | Andy Brattain via Youtube
    "This is the original FIRST broadcast radio performance of God Bless America by Irving Berlin as introduced by Kate Smith on November 10, 1938. She later recreated it for the Warner Bros. film but this is the actual debut.
  • ‘I’ll hold your hair’: An open letter to the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice (WI GOV RACE)

    11/06/2014 12:16:19 PM PST · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-5-14 | Matt Swaim
    Dear Dan: Go ahead, man. Lean over the toilet and let it out. It must have been hard to include Wisconsin Reporter – even backhanded – among the winners in your post-election “Winners and Losers” column. Don’t fight it, Dan. I’ll hold your hair. In crediting Michael Grebe with Gov. Scott Walker’s Election Day win over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, you note that Grebe – Walker’s campaign chairman and head of (what you call) “the conservative Bradley Foundation” – “has poured money into online outlets that dig up dirt on Democrats and liberals.” One of those groups, you say,...
  • MSNBC: IL Gov Race ‘Real Blow to President Obama’

    11/05/2014 7:28:20 AM PST · by bigbob · 29 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11-4-14 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC’s political panel on Election Night was shocked by the Republican Party’s victory in the Illinois Governor race on Tuesday, with Andrea Mitchell declaring it “a real blow” to the president. Chris Matthews described GOP candidate Bruce Rauner’s victory as “unbelievable” and “amazing.” And host Andrea Mitchell added “it's also a real blow to president obama. There’s no way you can’t call it a blow to the president. Because he campaigned for him [Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn]. That was one race that the president really did want to win.” Al Sharpton added that Republicans did a better job turning out...
  • Democrat Billionaire Tom Steyer May Have Blown $74 Million on Elections

    11/05/2014 6:58:31 AM PST · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-4-14 | Wynton Hall
    Democrat hedge fund billionaire and global warming activist Tom Steyer spent $74 million on Tuesday's midterm elections, making him this election season's single-largest donor. Almost $67 million of Steyer's campaign war chest was spent on his super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, reports Forbes. However, as The Hill points out, Steyer's big money spending spree may garner him one of the hedge fund titan's most middling returns to date. In Colorado, Steyer's super PAC has spent $7 million against GOP Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner and $421,202 for Democrat Sen. Mark Udall. The RealClearPolitics average of polls has Gardner up 2.5%....
  • Agent: Postal worker who dumped GOP mailers not politically motivated, just lazy

    11/03/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-3-14 | M.D. Kittle
    The Neenah mail carrier who dumped hundreds of GOP political mailers in an apartment complex Dumpster wasn’t politically motivated; the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering the stacks of campaign advertisements, according to preliminary findings from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. “Based upon our investigation, this was nothing done toward a specific candidate or party. It looks like it was a decision made by the carrier, and it was not a good decision,” to not deliver the campaign advertisements, Robert Rukes, special agent with the inspector general’s office in Chicago, told Wisconsin Reporter Monday. “A...
  • Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence

    10/29/2014 8:28:05 AM PDT · by bigbob · 20 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 10-28-14 | M.D. Kittle
    In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has said she was just burned out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family’s Waterloo-based global manufacturer. In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter. The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as...
  • Andrew Kay, inventor who developed the Kaypro II compact computer, dies at 95

    09/15/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by bigbob · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9-14-14 | Steve Chawkins
    Andrew Kay, an inventor who pioneered the use of compact computers in the 1980s with Kaypro II, died Aug. 28 at an assisted living home in Vista, Calif. He was 95. His son, David Kay, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed. The Kaypro II weighed in at a mere 26 pounds, which is elephantine by today’s standards but was a technological breakthrough at the time. It was a favorite of early computer aficionados and briefly made Mr. Kay a high-tech titan. By 1990, he had filed for bankruptcy protection. Mr. Kay was a charismatic inventor who scoffed at...
  • Ebola (Kinks Parody)

    08/05/2014 8:29:51 AM PDT · by bigbob · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-4-14 | Todd Chappelle
    A parody of The Kinks song "Lola".
  • Scorched Earth: Eric Cantor’s Staff, Supporters Drain Cash From Virginia GOP, Dave Brat

    06/27/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-27-14 | David Steinberg
    After the skin-crawling exploitation of black voters in Mississippi, the GOP’s current leadership wing gives a second demonstration, this time in Virginia, of just how committed they are to “a big tent,” or to the GOP’s vitality in general. The Senate majority matters, the House majority matters. But this party’s leadership is infested with the same disregard for Washington’s intended purpose as any Clintonian. Third parties fail. But what cost does remaining aligned with this generation of GOP leadership take from the cause of liberty and transparency? Recall, last week Eric Cantor said: “Of course I’ll vote for David Brat...
  • Kelly Rindfleisch tells conservatives, ‘Don’t back down’

    06/26/2014 11:40:15 AM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    WIsconsin reporter ^ | 6-26-14 | M.D. Kittle
    She thought about it — a lot. In the depths of her depression, Kelly Rindfleisch, the former county government official marked by the left with a political scarlet letter, considered killing herself. She just wanted it all to stop — the browbeating prosecutors, the mainstream media feeding frenzy, the crushing legal bills, the shadow of a jail sentence hanging over her. The betrayal. “There were times I felt like I wasn’t going to make it through. They drove me to the absolute depths of depression,” Rindfleisch told Wisconsin Reporter during a recent interview at a diner in downtown Sun Prairie,...
  • Statement from Friends of Scott Walker Campaign Regarding Statement Issued By Special Prosecutor

    06/26/2014 11:17:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Friends of Scott Walker ^ | 6-26-14 | Tom Evenson
    Friends of Scott Walker campaign Communications Director Tom Evenson issued the following statement today after a statement was released by the special prosecutor in the John Doe: After the media's slanderous reporting last week, today’s statement by prosecutors should serve as an opportunity for the media to correct the record and report the real facts of this story. Two judges have ruled there is no case. Now prosecutors have stated clearly that not only was Governor Walker not a target of the investigation but that: "It is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument...
  • Chicago wins George Lucas museum

    06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-25-14 | Melissa Harris
    “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. The museum's board Wednesday is expected to vote on a name change — from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and destination. Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in...
  • Statewide Offices Results (IL Primary)

    03/18/2014 8:24:33 PM PDT · by bigbob · 79 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 3-17-14 | ABC7
    Bruce Rauner declared winner of IL Gubernatorial Primary (Graphic with vote totals at link)
  • Rocky's Printer - Eye of the tiger on a dot matrix printer [HD]

    02/20/2014 9:30:18 PM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-15-14 | Midi Desaster
    How would Rocky's printer be? Like this! Hear "Eye of the Tiger" from Survivor on a dot matrix printer!
  • Anti-Establishment Ben Sasse Surges to Virtual Tie in Nebraska GOP Senate Primary

    02/06/2014 7:19:45 AM PST · by bigbob · 4 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 2-5-14 | Tony Lee
    After his YouTube video in which he blasted Obamacare and the Republican establishment in Washington for not combating it fiercely enough went viral late last year, conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has rocketed from obscurity to holding a virtual tie for the party's Senate nomination. A Harper Polling poll released Wednesday found that Sasse, the former Bush administration official who is the country's youngest president of a university (Midland), trails former Nebraska state Treasurer Shane Osborn by only one percentage point in the race to replace retiring Sen. Mike Johanns. Osborn is at 30 percent while Sasse is at...
  • Woman gives 3 Ill. waitresses $5,000 each

    02/04/2014 12:51:45 PM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2-4-14 | AP
    <p>Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman handed them each a $5,000 check over the weekend.</p> <p>The owner of the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Matt Nebiu, said business was slow Saturday when the customer handed checks to 25-year-old Amy Sabani, 23-year-old Sarah Seckinger and 28-year-old Amber Kariolich.</p>
  • Gathering Strength For U.S. Manufacturing: Whirlpool Moves Production Of Washers To Ohio From Mexico

    01/09/2014 7:31:06 AM PST · by bigbob · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12-23-13 | Dan Bigman
    A bit more good news for American manufacturing as Whirlpool announced it would move its commercial washing-machine production from Mexico to the United States. According to a press release, Whirlpool will shift production of its commercial front-load machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, Ohio. At 2.4 million square feet, the Clyde plant is the largest washing-machine factory in the world. Operations are due to begin in April, 2014. The Wall Street Journal first reported the story. Whirlpool said the relocation will make the company more efficient, since 90% of the commercial machines are sold in the U.S. (the rest are...
  • Senate candidate suggests moving federal capital from Washington

    01/06/2014 7:08:14 AM PST · by bigbob · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-6-14 | Stephen Dinan
    One of the men seeking the GOP nomination for Nebraska’s open Senate seat is proposing moving the capital from Washington to his home state, saying it would be an effective way to cut out the lobbyists and special interests that have turned Capitol Hill into an ATM dispensing taxpayers’ money. “That’s it, the way to cure the incredible ineffectiveness and dysfunction of both parties in Washington — we move the Capitol to Nebraska,” Ben Sasse, a university president and former Bush administration official, said in 30-second campaign ad that ran in Nebraska over the weekend during the NFL playoff games....
  • Doing the Green Thing (vanity)

    01/03/2014 7:52:20 AM PST · by bigbob · 8 replies
    email | 1-3-14 | Unknown
    BEING GREEN! Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations. She was right - our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent...
  • Fact Check: Paul Ryan Twisted Truth to Sell Budget Deal to House

    12/15/2013 12:41:44 PM PST · by bigbob · 33 replies ^ | 12-14-13 | Matthew Boyle
    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled his colleagues in the House of Representatives about several major areas of the budget deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Breitbart News has learned. Misrepresentations include serious budget details ranging from how much deficit reduction is actually in the plan to how spending in this plan compares to spending if the current law, the Budget Control Act (BCA), remains the law of the land. The budget deal passed the House 332-94 on Thursday evening, with 169 Republicans voting for it and 62 Republicans voting against...
  • Controversy After Viral Video Shows What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum Down Ant Hill

    12/13/2013 9:43:47 AM PST · by bigbob · 65 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12-12-13 | Oliver Darcy
    A viral video showing an individual “casting a fire ant colony with molten aluminum” stirred controversy on the Internet this week. The video, originally uploaded in November, but only gained widespread attention on Dec. 9, shows an individual pour molten aluminum down an ant hill. The result? An aluminum casting of the ant colony weighing nearly 18 pounds. But, the artist seems to have come under fire from critics who argue the process is barbaric. “I disabled comments because I’m sick of your bickering,” the individual wrote in the video’s YouTube description. “Also, I couldn’t get YouTube to stop sending...
  • Short Video: Time Lapse Map Of Every Nuclear Explosion Ever On Earth

    12/09/2013 3:42:32 PM PST · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 11-18-13 | Ed Thinking
    Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998. Beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear). Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the...
  • Ammo Price Surge Expected as EPA Regulations Close Lead Smelter

    12/02/2013 8:38:22 AM PST · by bigbob · 63 replies ^ | 12-1-2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Because of heightened EPA regulations, Doe Run Company's Herculaneum lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri—the last U.S. smelter of its kind—is closing its doors on December 31, 2013. Once this happens, the lead for traditional ammunition will have to be imported, thus driving up the price for bullets, shotgun shells, etc. The Herculaneum smelter has been operating in the same location since 1892. And according to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), "it is the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore," so once it closes, the only lead smelters left in...
  • Liberal Editor Apologizes For ‘Insensitive & Inappropriate’ Joke (Walker)

    12/01/2013 5:34:44 PM PST · by bigbob · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12-1-13 | Oliver Darcy
    After news of actor Paul Walker’s death, an editor of a feminist website turned to Twitter to ask why Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker couldn’t have perished instead. “Why couldn’t it be Scott Walker?” Jezebel news editor Erin Gloria Ryan tweeted Saturday night.
  • Union elections display how Act 10 weakened Wisconsin's public unions

    11/27/2013 10:16:26 AM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Cap Times ^ | 11-27-13 | Jack Craver
    The day after Thanksgiving, teachers and other school employees across the state will begin voting on whether or not to recertify the unions that have represented them for decades. The voting is done by phone over 20 days, concluding on Dec. 19 and is tallied by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. The elections are taking place despite a ruling by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas that ordered WERC to not go ahead with the elections, which were mandated by Gov. Scott Walker's signature legislation curbing public employee union bargaining rights, Act 10. Colas ruled that WERC was in...
  • The EX¹ - rapid 3D printing of circuit boards

    11/12/2013 4:16:19 PM PST · by bigbob · 14 replies
    Kickstarter ^ | 11-11-13 | Cartesian Co.
    The Cartesian Co. printer EX¹ transforms electronics and prototyping in the same way that 3D printing has made things possible that were inconceivable even 5 years ago. The EX¹ printer is not designed to create any 3D object like normal 3D printers. It’s been crafted and designed for one key purpose, to allow you to 3D print circuit boards, layering silver nano particles onto paper or any suitable surface to rapidly create a circuit board. In 2011, an article in Wired said that within two years 3D printers could print electronic circuits. Two years to the day, we’re announcing the...
  • Wag the dog: When left vs. right matters

    11/05/2013 10:43:28 AM PST · by bigbob · 4 replies
    Science News ^ | 11-1-13 | Bethany Brookshire
    Most of us see a wagging dog’s tail and think it’s got to be a good sign. Wagging = welcome, right? Especially if it’s the kind of wag that’s knocking over small items. But it turns out that not all wags are equal, and some are a lot more welcoming than others. When I walked into my college biology course freshman year, we started out with a discussion of symmetry. Most animal are built with some symmetry, either radial or bilateral — radial like a starfish, bilateral like a human. Symmetry means things, like health or attractiveness. But it turns...
  • Obama's Tsunami of Lies

    11/04/2013 9:25:08 AM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | 11-3-13 | Alan Caruba
    If you Google “Obama + Liar” it will cite 33,000,000 times in which someone has written or posted that Obama a liar and, after a slow start, thanks to an adoring media, it took well into his first term for the accusation to become frequent. Inaugurated in 2009, early on his lies were being cataloged in order to keep up with them. There is even a website devoted to his lies, They are constant. One of the most famous stories about George Washington was penned by Mason Lock Weems, more generally known as Parson Weems, an American author who...
  • It's National Cat Day, and these cats have something important to say

    10/29/2013 7:58:11 AM PDT · by bigbob · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | 10-29-13 | The Cats
    Dear humans, We can't help noticing that you left for work this morning without leaving a heaping pile of presents next to our food dishes. It also appears you forgot there are no dogs allowed today, and we had to lock them in the bathroom ourselves. We know you're busy with human things, like removing all the hair we painstakingly left on your pants. (Yeah. We know you do that.) But since today is the most important day of the year, we don't think it's too much to ask you to cancel everything and come home immediately. In case you've...
  • We Are Raising a Generation of Wimps

    10/26/2013 8:35:29 AM PDT · by bigbob · 57 replies
    Acculturated ^ | 10-24-13 | Mark Tapson
    Last weekend I was on a soft foam playground with my little girl, and I reflected on how different things were when I was a kid, shortly after dinosaurs roamed the earth. Playgrounds then were asphalt-covered, jagged-edged death traps for kids, but we didn’t know any differently and our parents weren’t freaked out about it. I vividly remember once hanging upside down from monkey bars and dropping onto concrete directly on my head (now that I think about it, that hit probably explains quite a bit about me). It’s a wonder that my generation survived childhood. What concerns me today...
  • Remembering Don Wade (1941-2013) (Audio)

    09/18/2013 10:53:02 AM PDT · by bigbob · 3 replies
    890 WLS ^ | 9-15-13 | WLS Staff
    89 WLS celebrated the life, the career and the memory of Don Wade in a special broadcast last Sunday. You can listen to the podcast of this show, hosted by WLS Newsman John Dempsey. When WLSam changed from a music format to Talk Radio in 1989, Don Wade and Roma were the only air talent asked to remain and try their skill at becoming morning talk show hosts. Suddenly Don's rapier wit, piercing analysis and passionate oratory roared to the surface. He was a natural. Agree or disagree, listeners were riveted to his thought-provoking, persuasive, even maddening dissections of the...
  • What price Common Core in Wisconsin? School districts will be stuck with the cost

    09/13/2013 8:04:39 AM PDT · by bigbob · 2 replies
    The Isthmus dot com ^ | 9-13-13 | Ruth Conniff
    Two weeks ago, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau finally released its assessment (PDF) of the costs of Common Core, the new set of educational standards going into effect in school districts around the state this year. Here's the good news: For the state of Wisconsin, Common Core will be virtually free! "There is no direct fiscal effect on the state to update district curriculum and teacher practice to align with the common core standards," the Fiscal Bureau reports. Here's the bad news: Instead of the state shelling out for Common Core, individual school districts will have to pick up the tab....
  • UPDATE: Wisconsin's Third Largest Teachers Union Decertified on August 31st

    09/12/2013 6:17:01 PM PDT · by bigbob · 21 replies
    MacIver Institute | 9-12-13 | MacIver News Service
    The Kenosha Education Association (KEA), the state's third largest teachers union, was officially decertified on August 31, 2013 according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Mark Belling, who broke this story on Thursday, said that the decertification came after a recent vote by members in which only 37 percent voted to reauthorize the union. KEA is the largest teachers union to disband since Act 10 was signed into law in 2011. The union had 2,400 members according to their website. Act 10 limited collective bargaining rights for public employees and required public unions to have an annual vote to recertify....
  • Federal Court Dismisses Second Act 10 Challenge (WI win!)

    09/11/2013 4:56:39 PM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    In a long-awaited opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin today rejected yet another attack on Act 10 brought by public sector labor unions. The case, Laborers Local 236, AFL-CIO v. Walker, was filed shortly after WEAC v. Walker was filed in the same court, raising some claims not brought in the WEAC case. In the WEAC case, the court held Act 10 unconstitutional in March of 2012, but was reversed the following January by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Act 10 against all of the unions’ challenges. We have been awaiting a...
  • “Ghetto Tracker” was an app that helped you avoid dangerous slums. Now it’s gone.

    09/05/2013 11:56:14 AM PDT · by bigbob · 38 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 9-4-13 | Not Specified
    Ghetto Tracker” was the name of an application that exploded with controversy on its launch. So much controversy in fact that it’s already changed the name to “Good Part of Town” and apparently been taken down. The application was proposed for savvy consumers to avoid dangerous parts of town by showing which ones are ghetto, or unsafe. As a response to the public backlash the site has been removed with a picture stating that “It’s not worth the trouble.” The app reportedly didn’t even work properly. Critics had pointed out that the site listed areas such as Greenwich Village in...
  • If It Fits, I Sits The Supercut Video (pet lovers must see)

    09/02/2013 1:58:29 PM PDT · by bigbob · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-24-13 | some incomprehensible symbol
    cats and dogs and the weird places they fit themselves in
  • Juan Williams: Songs of the Summer of 1963 . . . and 2013

    08/27/2013 8:04:25 AM PDT · by bigbob · 54 replies
    WSJ online ^ | 8-26-13 | Juan Williams
    Fifty years after the March on Washington, mystical memories of that seminal moment in the civil-rights era are less likely to focus on movement politics than on the great poetry and great music. The emotional uplift of the monumental march is a universe of time away from today's degrading rap music—filled with the n-word, bitches and "hoes"—that confuses and depresses race relations in America now. The poetry of Aug. 28, 1963, is best on view when Martin Luther King Jr. went off his speech script and started using a musical, chanting reprise—"I have a dream." The transforming insight born of...
  • An apology letter to Mr. Obama

    08/15/2013 9:35:19 AM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | 8-15-13 | Matt Walsh
    Dear President Obama, I’m reaching out to you as a friend. I know you must be deeply hurting after what happened at the Missouri State Fair. Sure, you probably try to avoid watching the news while you’re on vacation, but I’m sure the pilot who airlifted your dog to your rental mansion in Martha’s Vineyard probably caught you up to speed (that guy is such a chatterbox). Your jaw must have hit the floor when you heard the news: A rodeo clown in Missouri poked fun at you. Yeah, I know, almost impossible to believe. The gall! The gumption! The...
  • China Zoo Under Fire for Disguising Dog as Lion

    08/15/2013 7:35:31 AM PDT · by bigbob · 32 replies ^ | 8-15-13 | AFP
    A Chinese zoo's supposed "African lion" was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking. The zoo in the People's Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made -- but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled "African lion" was barking. The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff -- a large and long-haired breed of dog. "The zoo is absolutely...
  • Grace: Kentuckian's last wish - for kin to give $500 tip - ripples all the way to Omaha

    08/07/2013 7:55:17 AM PDT · by bigbob · 20 replies ^ | 8-7-13 | Erin Grace
    Sara Petersen was not even halfway into her 14-hour double shift... The two men were in their 30s. They were fairly low-key. Their order - some beers and a sandwich and the raspberry chicken - was simple. The 22-year-old gave brisk, good service but otherwise hardly gave it a thought until the men got up to leave. What happened then made her smile, then cry, then smile again. Later, Sara would tell me she wished she would have said thank you. A few more times. Because in a long tradition of wait staff, she makes the exact same paltry $2.13...
  • ICYMI: Democrats Dysfunction: More Dispute Over Mary Burke

    08/06/2013 1:21:02 PM PDT · by bigbob · 4 replies
    Wisconsin GOP ^ | 8-6-13 | Wisconson GIP
    As the Democratic Party of Wisconsin continues to provide staff support to Madison millionaire Mary Burke and hold meetings behind closed doors to clear the field for her, Party leaders continue to cry foul over the out-of-touch candidate’s viability. Here’s what Democrats have said so far this week about the would-be candidate for Governor: “I was at an event with Mary Burke the other day…She’s got the charisma of a turnip.” [1] -Democrat Rep. Brett Hulsey, on Burke’s candidacy. “But I have been talking with people, listening to what they have to say, and I keep hearing over and over...
  • Top US states for new manufacturing jobs

    07/16/2013 1:02:01 PM PDT · by bigbob · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6-25-13 | Mark Koba
    Manufacturing jobs in the U.S. appear to be coming back—if ever so slightly. Several American firms, including Caterpillar, GE and Ford, have announced they're shifting some manufacturing operations back to the United States, mainly because of increasing production and energy costs overseas. And since January of 2010, the United States has added 520,000 manufacturing jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are currently 12 million manufacturing jobs on record in the United States. But the U.S. is clearly in catch-up mode.
  • Injudicious Criminal Justice in Florida

    07/15/2013 7:53:57 AM PDT · by bigbob · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7-14-13 | John Fund
    The Florida Bar’s rules state that the government’s attorneys shall “refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause . . . [and] make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense.” Angela Corey flagrantly violated those standards. Her prosecutors waited months before giving the defense photos showing the extent of George Zimmerman’s injuries the night of the shooting. Ben Kruidbos, the information-technology director for the state attorney’s office, was shocked when he learned that...