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  • Puppy Bowl XI: Meet The Starting Line-Up Before Game Day

    01/29/2015 2:36:07 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    Today.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Mish Whalen
    While everyone is gearing up to see the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the real highlight of this Sunday will be watching puppies play in Puppy Bowl XI, airing Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet. For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, there will be two distinct teams. That is, instead of puppies simply running rampant, jumping and nipping at each other. Team Ruff and Team Fluff will go snout-to-snout to battle for the "Lumbarki" trophy, according to Animal Planet's website, while one or more dogs will be crowned...
  • Milwaukee (WI) makes it hard to buy its many empty school buildings

    01/28/2015 3:26:12 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | January 26, 2015 | Paul Brennan
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The words “bizarre” and “hilariously tragic” aren’t normally associated with real estate transactions. But there’s very little normal about the problems private schools and charter schools face when they try to buy one of Milwaukee Public Schools vacant school buildings. “The whole thing was very, very bizarre,” Henry Tyson said, reflecting on his experience dealing with city and MPS officials. Tyson, superintendent of St. Marcus Lutheran School, spent more than a year trying to buy one of the city’s vacant school building. In 2013, St. Marcus, a highly regarded school that accepts voucher students through the Milwaukee...
  • The Rise of Men Who Don't Work

    01/27/2015 6:48:16 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 65 replies
    The New Yawk Times ^ | 12/11/14 | Amanda Cox
    At every age, the chances of not working have changed in the last 15 years. Teenagers are far more likely not to work. Older people are retiring later and working more. In the ages in between — the periods of life when most people work — the changes have been smaller, but they are still substantial. In the late 1960s, almost all men between the ages of 25 and 54 went to work. Only about 5 out of every 100 did not have a job in any given week. By 2000, this figure had more than doubled, to 11 out...
  • Anti-mine extremist ‘Krow’ goes off on judge who sentenced her

    01/27/2015 4:35:20 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | January 26, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Following her sentencing last week on felony theft and misdemeanor damages to property convictions, environmental extremist Katie “Krow” Kloth has apparently written a bitter screed against the judge who sentenced her and the proposed northern Wisconsin mine project she despises. In her online “post-sentence statement,” Kloth, 27, characterizes Gogebic Taconite, the developer and supporters of the proposed iron mine south of Lake Superior, as “extreme” racists, while decrying Price County Judge Douglas Fox’s order that she find full-time employment following her nine-month jail term. “… (I) maintain that G-TAC and their pro-mine affiliates are waging extreme racist...
  • Utah Proposes Winter Wood Burning Ban to Improve Air Quality

    01/24/2015 7:09:05 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 50 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 1-24-15 | Jillian MacMath
    In an effort to improve air quality across Utah during the winter season, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a seasonal wood burn ban, much to the chagrin of many locals. The ban would eliminate solid fuel burning in fireplaces and wood/coal stoves from Nov. 1 to March 15, except for homeowners whose homes are heated solely by wood. The proposal comes after Gov. Gary Herbert requested the the Air Quality Board explore options for improving wintertime air quality along Utah's Wasatch Front and Cache Valley. The region suffers from winter temperature inversions, which occur when a...
  • Scott Walker Just Pulled Off a Supreme Court Coup in Wisconsin

    01/22/2015 6:04:22 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1-21-2015 | Jack Holmes
    The Wisconsin state Senate has just paved the way for the state Supreme Court to elect its own chief justice—and the conservatives’ pick might shake up the governor’s own case. Eighty-one-year-old Shirley Abrahamson has been chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 18 years, but that tenure looks like it’s about to come to an abrupt end. A state constitutional amendment, passed Tuesday in the state Senate 17-14 along strict party lines, will allow the court’s seven justices to vote on a chief justice, undoing a 126-year-old tradition that grants the post to the longest-serving justice on the bench....
  • Young Sisters Charged in Brother's Fatal Shooting

    01/07/2015 11:33:11 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 7, 2015 | AP
    <p>WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. – With help from her younger sister, a 15-year-old girl fatally shot her older brother with a gun that their parents had locked up while they were away, authorities in Florida said Wednesday.</p> <p>Law enforcement officials said they discovered the teen's body late Monday night at the family home in rural White Springs in north Florida.</p>
  • Protesters stop traffic, hold 'die-in' at food court in West Towne Mall (WI)

    12/21/2014 6:14:35 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 54 replies
    Das Kapitol Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | Laurel White
    “No justice, no peace, no racist police.” That was one of the chants the crowd of about 50 protesters shouted Saturday outside Madison Memorial High School and in the food court of West Towne Mall. The protesters gathered around 3:30 p.m. and marched from the high school to the mall, shutting down one direction of traffic on Mineral Point Road, and held a “die-in” in the mall food court. “We are here because there are many injustices in our system,” said Brandi Grayson, one of the organizers of the protest, in the mall food court, over a megaphone. Grayson is...
  • 'Wis. Jobs Now' Boss Voted in Milwaukee, Lived in Waukesha

    12/16/2014 5:28:46 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    Despite a 2007 court record claiming she lived in the same Waukesha County home she currently lives in, voting records for the executive director of the union front group Wisconsin Jobs Now shows Jennifer Epps-Addison voted in the City of Milwaukee a dozen times between 2007 and 2012. Wisconsin election records show Epps-Addison is currently registered to vote at her $369,000 Waukesha County home. While changing her voting address from the City of Milwaukee to Waukesha County’s Village of Menomonee Falls in 2012 may not seem unusual, a signed Waukesha County court document indicates Epps-Addison lived in her Waukesha County...
  • Australians Just Showed the World Exactly How to Respond to Terrorism With # I'll Ride With You

    12/15/2014 3:35:37 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies
    World.Mic ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jordan Valinsky
    In the aftermath of the hostage crisis in downtown Sydney, Australians are showing the world they're not caving to racism or Islamophobia. On Monday, an armed gunman stormed a cafe in Martin Place, entering a tense standoff with police. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag in the cafe's window, many of Australia's Muslims are understandably anxious about facing retribution. But instead, Australians have banded together on Twitter with #IllRideWithYou, a hashtag showing their solidarity with fellow countrymen scared of being attacked on public transportation. Why it matters. This hashtag movement is powerful sign that Australians won't get worked up...
  • Is This a War Zone? Nope. Ferguson, MO

    11/28/2014 8:00:56 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    IJ Review ^ | Novemver 25, 2014 | Kevin Boyd
    The riots in Ferguson, Missouri, have shocked and dismayed the nation as we’ve heard about numerous shops and businesses being destroyed and the livelihoods of many people being ruined. But it doesn’t truly hit home until you’ve actually seen the devastation of the rioting:
  • President 0bama Gets Schoolhouse Rocked on SNL (Illegal Immigration)

    11/23/2014 6:53:52 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    IJReview ^ | November 22. 2014 | SNL
    "I'm just a Bill on Capitol Hill..." Cute Schoolhouse Rock Parody. Ya gotta laugh, or you'll cry! Video at Link.
  • Hitler Learns About The 2014 Mid-Term Election

    11/22/2014 4:50:40 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 8, 2014 | steve6hay
    How did I miss this one? I never tire of this parody, which probably tells you a LOT more about me than you wanted to know! *SMIRK* Video at link. Hits most of the high points. :)
  • Deer Hunting 2014: A Message from Governor Scott Walker

    11/22/2014 4:41:37 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | This Week | Wisconsin DNR
    A wonderful welcome to the 2014 Deer Hunting Season and information for newbie hunters from Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker and our DNR Secretary, Cathy Stepp. Video at link.
  • Tiny Homes for the Homeless: An Occupy Madison Project (WI)

    11/17/2014 4:08:23 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 108 replies
    Revolution News! ^ | November 13, 2014 | Occupy Madison
    Madison Wisconsin: In a city with a homeless population that has risen by 7 percent over the last four years to about 3,370, Occupy Madison organizers decided to tell their local leaders to “put up or shut up” and developed a non profit organization Occupy Madison Inc. In June 2013 OM Build was born and Tiny Homes was decided on as a solution. To achieve their goals of a Tiny Village complete with 9 tiny homes, permanent comprehensive day resource center, safer places to sleep at night, as well as access to restrooms, showers, laundry, community gardening space, and other...
  • Letter Threatens Boycott for Displaying GOP Signs (Wisconsin)

    11/13/2014 9:46:04 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | November 10, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A business owner who helped promote a Republican state senator says a nursing instructor with union ties wrote a letter threatening her company with financial harm. In the letter, the signatory, Allison Nicol, says she has stopped advising prospective students to receive training through Quality Healthcare Options Inc. Nichol, who works at the Mequon campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College, doesn’t agree with company owner Sally Sprenger backing state Sen. Leah Vukmir [2], R-Wauwatosa, the letter says. Nicol signed the petition to recall [3] Republican Gov. Scott Walker [4] in 2011, and that signature appears to match...
  • Walker Win Should Offer Blueprint for GOP

    11/06/2014 6:27:34 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    Red State ^ | November 5, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Mounting the stage last night at his victory rally in a large pavilion at Wisconsin’s State Fair Park, Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech unlike any other he’s given in a moment of victory. References to Wisconsin were replaced by references to America, comments about state political foes were replaced by references to special interests in Washington, D.C. and aside from a couple of mentions of Wisconsin unity, much was said about the American dream and the national future. If there was any doubt that Walker is looking for national prime time, it was wiped away last night. His resume...
  • Facebook Co-founder's Husband Crushed

    11/04/2014 8:24:20 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | November 4, 2014 | Kevin Roubillard
    GOP Rep. Chris Gibson cruised to reelection Tuesday, derailing the political dreams of wealthy Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge. Eldridge, the 28-year-old husband of Facebook billionaire and New Republic publisher Chris Hughes, spent nearly $3 million on his quest to win New York’s Hudson Valley-based 19th District. Eldridge conceded with Gibson holding a 65 percent to 35 percent lead. Twenty-eight percent of precincts were reporting. Gibson, a decorated Army veteran, has held the seat since 2011 and managed to win over many Democrats, building a solid lead over Eldridge, who moved to the district only a few years ago. Eldridge tried...
  • Wisconsin Election Results by County

    11/04/2014 6:34:30 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | November 4, 2014 | Politico
    Bar graph for each COUNTY in our state for Governor Scott Walker (R) and opponent Mary Burke (D, Trust Fund Baby). It's looking good, already. Milwaukee County to Burke right now, but not by much! http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/governor/wisconsin/#.VFmMH8nw9kg
  • [Governor] Walker (R, WI) Ahead in Last Poll Before Election

    10/29/2014 3:24:06 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    FOX 11 ^ | October 29, 2014 | AP Staff
    MADISON, WI (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker is leading Democrat Mary Burke in the last Marquette University Law School poll released before Tuesday’s election. The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 50 percent support, compared with 43 percent for Burke. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Walker and Burke were tied with 47 percent support in the previous poll released two weeks ago. The one before that, on Oct. 1, showed Walker with a narrow 5-point lead. The latest poll of 1,164 likely voters was done between Oct. 23 and Sunday. Walker was campaigning...
  • Trek Sources: Mary Burke's FAMILY Fired Her for Incompetence

    10/29/2014 4:59:50 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 38 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 29, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic candidate for governor 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...
  • 0bama goes to Wisconsin in bid to oust Gov. Walker

    10/27/2014 5:40:21 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 51 replies
    AP ^ | October 27, 2014 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail just one week before Election Day in an effort to help a Democratic challenger oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office. Walker is a top target of Democrats in the midterm elections after he angered organized labor by enacting a measure in 2011 that reduced the power of public sector unions in the state. Obama was scheduled to campaign Tuesday evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary, who is running close against Walker, a potential 2016 presidential...
  • No surprise: [WI State Journal] buries the lead, Walker follows the law

    10/22/2014 4:56:42 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 22, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – It was supposed to be a Democratic October Surprise. But the grand revelation following a massive document dump Tuesday was unsurprising: Gov. Scott Walker followed the law. “If (Darlene Wink) was posting comments from her office computer, she has to be suspended pending an official review,” Walker, who at the time was Milwaukee County executive, wrote to his staffers in May 2010 email, referring to his constituent services coordinator. That nugget of information was buried at the bottom of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column in which the newspaper breathlessly claimed to have reviewed 16,000 emails dumped two...
  • Wisconsin's Latest Jobs Upswing Good News (For Gov. Walker)

    10/22/2014 4:49:18 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 22, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — If next month’s gubernatorial election really is all about jobs, then the latest employment figures — released less than three weeks before election day — allow Gov. Scott Walker to answer the criticisms of his opponent and the left at large with a definitive statement: I got your jobs right here. Wisconsin’s private sector added 8,400 jobs last month, according to data from the state Department of Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was a big day for Republican Walker, who has been hit hard by his Democratic opponent Mary Burke for recent...
  • What Women Want

    10/20/2014 2:36:23 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’ – Sigmund Freud Though the mystery of feminine wants has stumped poets, philosophers, and the father of psychoanalysis, today’s Democratic politicians think they’ve found the key — at least to the political desires of most women: a single-minded focus on the gynecological. Republicans, whipsawed by the results of 2012 races that featured large gender gaps, particularly among single women, and aware that women have trended Democrat...
  • Wisconsin's Actual Financial Numbers

    10/16/2014 1:31:01 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies
    News/Talk 1130AM WISN ^ | October 16, 2014 | Dale Kooyenga
    The Annual Fiscal Report, which reports Wisconsin actual, not forecasted financial performance, reflects continued good stewardship of Wisconsin’s finances. Don’t be confused by Mary Burke, and the media’s previous sky is falling headlines. Wisconsin is in better shape than during the Burke/Doyle years by every metric. Wisconsin ended the fiscal year with over a half billion cash on hand. That is the second largest cash balance Wisconsin has had in the 21st century, second only to last year’s fiscal year. The rainy day fund, since Doyle’s last day in office, has increased 16,500%. Even with our tax cuts, we have...
  • How Awesome Would the U.S. Economy Be If...

    10/11/2014 4:57:12 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    IJ Review ^ | October 8, 2014 | Michael Hausman
    Full Title: How Awesome Would the U.S. Economy Be If It Were Set Free from Massive Government Regulations? Imagine if the U.S.’s economy had grown an extra 1% every year since 1949 as a result from less strangulating federal regulation. This is the thesis for a recent Forbes article by Rich Karlgaard, the magazine’s publisher and head writer. Using the concept of compound interest, along with an assertion that runaway federal tinkering and silly regulations have had a massive impact on the country’s economic growth over the decades, he gives a handful of answers to the question: “Where would the...
  • [Rhode Island] Health Director urges Liberian Enclave to Help Stop Epidemic Back Home

    10/05/2014 4:45:31 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | October 5, 2014 | Tom Mooney
    PROVIDENCE , R.I. – The state health director appealed to a congregation of Liberian Americans Sunday to set aside their anger and mistrust of their home country’s faltering response to the Ebola outbreak to help stop an epidemic that has surely killed far more people than official estimates show. “Ebola in Liberia isn’t a problem of a virus,” Dr. Michael Fine told about 150 members of the congregation of Christ Center of Praise. “It is a problem of poverty and mistrust.” If members of Liberian enclaves around the United States, such as those in Rhode Island, Minneapolis and Dallas, call...
  • People's Climate March Leaves Trail of Trash

    09/24/2014 3:59:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 42 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | September 21, 2014 | The Gothamist
    Around 400,000 people marched through Manhattan yesterday to send a message to world leaders regarding the dire consequences of climate change, and the urgent, desperate necessity of enacting sweeping reforms to stop it. It appears at least 150,000 of those people tossed away their paper Starbucks cups... From the looks of it, much of what was heaved onto the ground by activists caught up in the fervor wasn't trash at all—a healthy amount of the detritus piled in the gutters was recyclable, indicating that attendees couldn't even be bothered to stuff their spent Gatorade bottles into their bags until they...
  • Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)

    08/24/2014 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | Today | Friends of Scott Walker
    Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)
  • Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

    08/11/2014 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Gardening Know-How ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bonnie L. Grant
    Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists...
  • Humanity May Face Choice by 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water

    08/07/2014 7:01:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 29 replies
    Business Cheat Sheet ^ | August 3, 2014 | Andy Tully
    A set of studies based on three years of research concludes that by 2040, the need for drinking water and water for use in energy production will create dire shortages. Conventional electricity generation is the largest source of water use in most countries. Water is used to cool power plants to keep them functional. Most power utilities don’t even record the amount of water they use. “It’s a huge problem that the electricity sector do not even realize how much water they actually consume,” says Professor Benjamin Sovacool of Denmark’s Aarhus University, one of the institutions involved in the research....
  • Politicians Can’t Make it on Minimum Wage, But We Did

    07/31/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | Maggie Thurber
    LIVE THE WAGE: Politicians can’t seem to figure out how to live on $77 a week – could you? In an effort to gain sympathy for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, numerous politicians accepted a challenge to “Live the Wage.” To no one’s surprise, they couldn’t do it. They were going to live for a week on $77 because that’s all that the challenge sponsors say a full-time worker earning minimum wage makes, after average taxes and housing expenses are deducted, of course. But then, they weren’t supposed to be able to get by on that...
  • Homeowner who triumphed over [Donald] Trump is moving on

    07/31/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Samantha Henry, AP
    She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person." The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 91 and, at last, ready to sell. But it remains to be seen if anybody still wants to buy. Vera Coking has moved to California to be near her family. And the 29-room property she and her husband bought for $20,000 in 1961 and fought to hold onto is on the auction block Thursday for...
  • The Rot From Within (Part 1)

    07/23/2014 1:24:30 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 3 replies
    Of Two Minds Dot Com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Charles Hugh Smith
    All the conventional policy fixes proposed by Demopublican politicos, technocrats and the vast army of academic/think-tank apparatchiks are the equivalent of slapping a coat of paint on a fragile facade riddled with dryrot. All these fake-fixes share a few key characteristics: 1. They focus on effects and symptoms rather than address the underlying causes, i.e. the dry rot at the heart of our government, society and economy. 2. They maintain and protect the Status Quo Powers That Be- no vested interests, protected fiefdoms or Financial Elites ever lose power as a result of these policy tweaks. 3. They are politically...
  • Eight Primary Contests Worth Watching (Wisconsin)

    07/22/2014 4:53:55 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    WisPolitics.com ^ | July 20. 2014 | Election Blog
    Voters and insiders alike are still getting used to August primaries after years of post-Labor Day elections. So while voter turnout is expected to be low on Aug. 12, some top races are getting the attention of insiders because of their political implications and the personalities involved. In total, voters around the state have 40 partisan primary contests to choose from. Because many of them are in very Democratic or Republican-leaning districts, the primaries likely will decide who will next hold the office. Here's a look at some of the top primary contests less than a month out from primary...
  • Obama Celebrates Independence Day by Murdering Bald Eagles

    07/03/2014 12:42:01 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 4, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    President Obama will celebrate the 4th of July weekend in part by ritually sacrificing majestic bald eagles on the altar of “green energy.” Liberals might call that progress. Real Americans would rightly call it what it is: bird murder. Last week, the Obama administration gave a California wind farm permission to kill bald eagles with impunity for up to 30 years. The birds are supposed to be protected under federal law; without a waiver from the president, killing them would result in six-figure fines and up to 18 months in prison per eagle. The move is just the latest escalation...
  • Low-Wage Workweek Sliding Ahead Of ObamaCare Fines

    07/03/2014 12:10:05 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jed Graham
    Low-wage workers clocked the shortest workweek on record in May, excluding a few stormy months of the past winter when weather-related absences spiked. In industries where pay averages up to $14.50 an hour, nonsupervisors clocked 27.4 hours, on average, less even than at the depths of the recession in mid-2009, an IBD analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds. For the rest of the private sector (managers and higher paying industries), by contrast, the workweek has fully recovered from the recession and tacked on an extra 15 minutes or so. Amid a strengthening job market, the BLS hours worked...
  • 8 Graphs: Why Young America is Turning on 0bama

    07/02/2014 5:55:17 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    IJ Review ^ | July 2, 2014 | Caroline Schaeffer
    Remember the President’s repeated assurances that his bailouts and Obamacare would revive the economy? Those claims probably sound pretty hollow to the President’s one-time supporters, young adults. These eight graphs, which examine adults under the age of 25 who have moved out of their parents’ home, via PolicyMic, show that this group is suffering the worst from dwindling incomes and long-term unemployment.
  • The 0bamacare Impact [On Your Insurance Rates]

    06/19/2014 7:17:13 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    The Manhattan Institute ^ | Recently | The Manhattan Institute
    Excellent interactive chart that shows, by County/Zip Code, how much your insurance costs have risen/will rise under the Un-Affordable Care Act.
  • How Inflation Picks Your Pocket

    06/03/2014 7:52:11 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | May 15, 2014 | Dan Sanchez
    In the denouement of the film There Will Be Blood, the antihero Daniel Planview dramatically reveals to his nemesis that he has secretly siphoned away all of the latter's underground oil. "Drainage!" he bellows, as only Daniel Day-Lewis can, "Drained dry. I'm so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that's a straw, you see? You watching? And my straw reaches across the room, and starts to drink your milkshake. I... drink... your... milkshake! [sucking sound]" Through inflation (expanding the money supply), as I will show, the...
  • WI Appeals Court Finds in Favor of the MacIver Institute (Erpenbach, D, WI Smackdown!)

    04/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Novak
    "Today is a win for transparency in government and the taxpayers of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the MacIver Institute that Sen. Erpenbach cannot carve out a special exemption to the open records law for whomever he chooses or try to hide public information when he works for Wisconsin taxpayers," Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute said. "Government employees and their unions should not be given a cloak of anonymity to hide their attempts to influence the legislative process. Today's decision requires them to play by the same rules as everyone else." The Court of Appeals...
  • How Wisconsin Made It To The FINAL FOUR

    04/03/2014 2:24:35 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies
    Big TenNetwork ^ | April 2, 2014 | Tom Dienhart
    When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others. Wisconsin? The Badgers were supposed to be good—they always are under Bo Ryan, never finishing lower than fourth place. But Ryan’s club has taken things to another level this season during an unexpected march to the Final Four as a No. 2 seed after going 12-6 in the Big Ten. At one point this season, Wisconsin was 4-5 in Big Ten play. Look at the Badgers now....
  • Make Your Own Dehydrated Meal Packs

    02/19/2014 5:29:11 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 43 replies
    The DIY World ^ | April 6, 2011 | Techman2015
    For the survivalist, outdoor enthusiast, hiker or end of world planner, this is the perfect long life vacuum packed one day supply of food. Set up like the military MRE Meal-Ready-To-Eat, this is a vacuum packed daily ration of food. And it all weighs under a pound. The total cost of this DIY full day supply of food is just a fraction of the cost of commercial freeze dried food packs. Anyone who has gone on an extended hike knows that every ounce of weight you carry adds up fast. It is important to get all of your gear down...
  • Cheap Emergency Foods We Often Overlook

    02/06/2014 1:14:52 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 151 replies
    The Dollar Stretcher ^ | February, 2014 | Eric Nirschel
    The rise of the modern "prepper" is no accident, with shows like National Geographic Channel's, 'Doomsday Preppers' heralding a larger shift in social awareness. In the wake of storms like Katrina, Irene, and Sandy, even stubborn New Yorkers are realizing that Mother Nature packs a punch, and that most people aren't ready to roll with it. This, combined with rising concerns about economic troubles ans a bumbling government, has caused a flood of newbie preppers to take to the stores, eagerly looking for the security of stored food, water, and medicines. The prospect can be daunting, especially if you're trying...
  • Wisconsin Roads Being Thawed with Cheese Brine

    12/22/2013 12:06:20 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    KARE TV11 ^ | December 17, 2013 | KARE TV11
    DRESSER, WI - Wisconsinites embrace winter almost as much as they love their cheese. It was only a matter of time until someone combined the two. "Only in Wisconsin," laughs Polk County plow driver Kevin Jensen. A flip of a switch and his truck starts dispensing a mix of salt and cheese brine, straight from a local dairy plant. "I've gotten ribbing from other counties," admits Moe Norby, the Polk County Highway Department technical support manager who came up with the idea. Norby contacted F & A Dairy Products in Dresser which bathes its mozzarella and provolone cheeses in tanks...
  • Congo unrest: Rwanda condemns 'bombing'

    08/29/2013 7:52:57 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies
    It's the BBC ^ | 8-29-2013 | BBC Staff
    Ten bombs fell on Rwandan territory on Thursday and the "provocation can no longer be tolerated", said Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. A Congolese army spokesman denied the allegations. UN and Congolese forces have been pounding M23 rebel positions on its side of the border since last week. DR Congo and the UN accuse Rwanda of backing the M23, a charge it denies. BBC Great Lakes service editor Ally Yusuf Mugenzi says that even when Rwanda twice invaded Congolese territory during the 1990s, it never made such strong accusations against the Congolese army.
  • Study: More Children Injured by Falling TVs

    07/22/2013 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    2NEWS CBS ^ | July 22, 2013 | CBS Wire
    Tyler Rodgers lost his little boy Brayden to a terrible accident. "I ran back to the bedroom as quick as I could and the TV was laying on top of him. From there I started screaming call 911." The TV was on a dresser and both had toppled onto the three-year-old, causing a fatal head injury. And a new study in the journal Pediatrics finds accidents like Brayden's are becoming more common. "Each year in this country, more than 17,000 children are rushed to hospital emergency departments for TV-related injuries," says Gary Smith.
  • Study Finds More Women are Families' Primary Breadwinners

    05/29/2013 7:17:02 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    DallasNews ABC ^ | May 29, 2013 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON — A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds. Mothers now keep finances afloat in 40 percent of households with children, up from just 11 percent in 1960. While most of these families are headed by single mothers, a growing number are married mothers who bring in more income than their husbands, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. As the numbers have shifted, however, public attitudes have remained mixed about the impact of...
  • Employee Benefits Fall As Firms Brace For ObamaCare

    05/02/2013 9:46:14 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | May 1, 2013 | Jed Graham
    Employer spending on benefits rose at the slowest pace on record in the first quarter, as companies began bracing for higher health costs with next year's launch of ObamaCare. Total benefits, such as insurance and pension contributions, rose just 0.1% vs. the end of last year, the smallest gain in Labor Department data going back to 2001. By comparison, payroll employment grew by a half-million, or 0.4%, in Q1. So benefits-per-worker declined. Total employee benefits provided outside of government jobs declined outright. *SNIP* Given that service-sector benefit costs rose throughout the past decade, even in much-weaker economic conditions than now,...