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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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,...
  • Does Inflation Matter? The Real Cost of Living.

    04/14/2013 10:39:12 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    My Budget 360 ^ | April 12, 2013 | My Budget 360
    Does inflation matter? If you ask this question to the Fed, it appears like it doesn’t. The Fed is doing everything it can to stoke the fires of inflation. Instead, what it is doing is causing further asset bubbles and misallocation of capital in markets. For most people the cost of living is becoming more expensive. Tuition costs are soaring, healthcare is extremely expensive, energy costs have reached a new level, and incomes are stalled. It is hard to see how inflation is a good thing when incomes get stuck but it is also part of the plan. The psychology...
  • “When People Realize Where All This Gold Is Going—There Will Be A Scramble To Buy It Back”

    04/14/2013 10:21:02 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 55 replies
    Bull Market Thinking ^ | 4-12-2013 | Tekoa Da Silva
    I had the opportunity this afternoon to connect with Peter Schiff, CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. It was a fascinating conversation, which took place while gold was absolutely collapsing. During the interview, Peter explained that today’s sell-off, triggered by a Goldman Sachs sell recommendation was based on the “false idea” of European Central Bank gold sales hitting the market. Instead he explained, gold is preparing its move “from weak hands to strong hands”, before heading to new all-time highs. When asked his thoughts on the complete panic in the market this afternoon, Peter commented that, ”Gold...
  • Why Is The World Economy Doomed? The Global Financial Pyramid Scheme By The Numbers

    03/22/2013 6:03:13 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | March 20, 2013 | Michael @ TEC
    *SNIP* The following is the global financial pyramid scheme by the numbers... -$9,283,000,000,000 - The total amount of all bank deposits in the United States. The FDIC has just 25 billion dollars in the deposit insurance fund that is supposed to "guarantee" those deposits. In other words, the ratio of total bank deposits to insurance fund money is more than 371 to 1. -$10,012,800,000,000 - The total amount of mortgage debt in the United States. As you can see, you could take every penny out of every bank account in America and it still would not cover it. -$10,409,500,000,000 -...
  • Americans Increasingly Stressed Over Retirement

    03/21/2013 11:30:59 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 30 replies
    Advisor One ^ | March 14, 2013 | John Sullivan
    Isn’t retirement supposed to be a time of reduced stress? A new survey from Franklin Templeton finds that nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans report thinking about retirement saving and investing to be a source of stress and anxiety. The survey, “2013 Franklin Templeton Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations,” also finds more than a third (37%) of respondents indicated they were more concerned about outliving their assets or having to make major sacrifices to their retirement plans today than 12 months ago. In response to this, two-thirds (67%) of pre-retirees indicated they were willing to make financial sacrifices now in order...
  • 50 Signs That the US Health Care System Is [About To Collapse]

    02/28/2013 7:43:14 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 2-24-13 | Michael @ TEC
    The U.S. health care system is a giant money making scam that is designed to drain as much money as possible out of all of us before we die. In the United States today, the health care industry is completely dominated by government bureaucrats, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations. The pharmaceutical corporations spend billions of dollars to convince all of us to become dependent on their legal drugs, the health insurance companies make billions of dollars by providing as little health care as possible, and they both spend millions of dollars to make sure that our politicians in Washington...
  • Obama Demagoguery Supplemented by a Touch of Cruelty

    02/28/2013 5:54:27 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2-27-13 | Peter Whener
    In the Great Sequestration Debate, here’s what we know: (a) The president has paternity of an idea he now characterizes as a brutal and senseless assault on America. (b) The president and his then-chief of staff, Jack Lew, misled the public about their role in giving birth to the sequester idea. (c) House Republicans have twice passed legislation to avoid the sequester cuts with carefully targeted ones, but Senate Democrats refused to act. (d) Mr. 0bama has brushed off a Republican plan to give him flexibility to allocate the $85 billion in spending cuts, which makes no sense if the...
  • Central Banks Buy Most Gold in 50 Years

    02/16/2013 4:52:14 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    ETF Report ^ | February 16, 2013 | Sumit Roy
    It was a year of many records for the gold market. No, gold prices didn’t reach an absolute record high in 2012 as some had forecasted, but it was still a year of many records for the gold market, according to the World Gold Council’s latest Demand Trends report. In fact, gold prices averaged $1722 during the last three months of the year, the WGC said. That’s a record quarterly price. Unfortunately for bulls, gold demand on a volume basis didn’t reach a record. Indeed, it fell by 4 percent to 4,406 metric tons. However, on a value basis, annual...
  • On The Numbers (Government Spending = Aircraft Carriers)

    02/10/2013 2:32:44 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    Bruce ^ | February 6, 2013 | Bruce Kasting
    We got a big reminder of the importance of government spending in the Q4 GDP report. The damn military delayed some expenditures for a few months, and it knocked 1.3% of the quarter’s growth rate. If it weren’t for the pikers at the Pentagon, we would have been in the black. GDP = Jobs, and everyone wants jobs, so it would be “patriotic” if the Generals and Admirals got off of their asses and and got back to spending. Right? As it turns out, the Top Brass can’t move the economy’s needle, at least not compared to other parts of...
  • 15 Signs That You Better Get Prepared For The Obama Recession Of 2013

    02/01/2013 5:03:51 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | Januray 31, 2013 | Michael @ TEC
    #1 The mainstream media was absolutely shocked when it was announced that U.S. GDP actually contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012. This was the first contraction that the official numbers have shown in more than three years. But of course the truth is that the official numbers always make things appear better than they really are. According to John Williams of, U.S. GDP growth has actually been continuously negative all the way back to 2005 once you account "for distortions in government inflation usage and methodological changes that have resulted in...
  • Everybody in the Industry Knows the US Doesn't Have the Gold

    02/01/2013 4:59:47 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 24 replies
    Dollar Colapse ^ | Janurary 31, 2013 | John Rubino
    In this week’s talk with National Numismatics’ Tom Cloud, he explains why Germany’s gold repatriation is just the beginning, the US Mint’s silver shortage will continue, and the big money is right about precious metals. DollarCollapse: Hi Tom. It’s been an eventful few weeks in precious metals, though you wouldn’t know from the price action alone. Hit the high points for us. Tom Cloud: Germany’s gold repatriation is obviously a game changer. They got all their gold back from France right away. But the US government put them off for 7 years, probably by offering them some kind of premium...
  • Cheese By-Product Keeps WI. County Roads Clear Of Ice

    12/13/2012 1:25:42 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    See BS Minnesota Yah ^ | December 12, 2012 | WCCO
    POLK COUNTY, WI (WCCO) – Melting ice and snow off the roads has created an unlikely partnership in one Wisconsin County. A local cheese plant is teaming up with the Polk County highway department to produce a brine they say works like a charm. In Moe Norby’s office, you might think you’re in the chemistry lab. Plastic bottles and jugs containing various liquids are spread out on top of his filing cabinets. Lifting a bottle of liquid, Norby said, “the cheese whey itself froze at a lower point than regular salt brine.” Four years ago, the Polk County highway manager...
  • Holy Cow! First Cheesemakers Date Back 7,500 Years

    12/13/2012 1:20:19 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | December 12, 2012 | Charles Choi
    The first direct signs of cheesemaking now seen in potsherds from Poland may help reveal how animal milk dramatically shaped the genetics of Europe, scientists reported today (Dec. 12). Although cheese may just seem to be a topping on pizza or a companion to wine, it may have shaped the evolution of Europeans, researchers say.
  • We Need a BINGO Card for Election Night!

    11/05/2012 6:28:53 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Me | November 5, 2012 | Diana in Wisconsin
    So...which phrases will The Talking Heads in the MSM use tomorrow night? Let's make a BINGO Car for Election Night!
  • 0bama: Beware of the Silent Majority

    10/06/2012 5:02:59 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 6, 2012 | J.D. Longstreet
    Silent, they may be—but silent they shall not remain. They are ready to set things aright. This is the unseen, uncounted, power the pollsters miss. It is the power of deep conviction that things are terribly wrong in America and they, the so-called Silent Majority, have a responsibility to the constitution, to the country, to their fellow Americans, and yes, to their families and themselves, to step up, to lean in, and to reclaim their birthright—before it is lost forever. These quiet Americans have the fortitude and the determination of the all the ancient defenders of freedom. They know—and they...
  • Why Is Putin Stockpiling Gold?

    09/09/2012 11:54:44 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    Market Watch ^ | September 5, 2012 | Brett Arends
    I can’t imagine it means anything cheerful that Vladimir Putin, the Russian czar, is stockpiling gold as fast as he can get his hands on it. According to the World Gold Council, Russia has more than doubled its gold reserves in the past five years. Putin has taken advantage of the financial crisis to build the world’s fifth-biggest gold pile in a handful of years, and is buying about half a billion dollars’ worth every month.
  • 5 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Will Lose Wisconsin (Projecting Lefty Alert!)

    06/26/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    In Business Magazine ^ | June 26, 2012 | Tom Breuer
    I don’t see it happening, though, and here’s why: 1. History: Until the trend is broken, Wisconsin is still a blue state when it comes to presidential politics. Our state has not gone to a Republican since 1984, when Ronald Reagan rolled to an easy victory over Walter Mondale, who consistently came off as a slightly less ebullient Droopy Dog. Despite winning the presidency twice, George W. Bush never took Wisconsin, and even Michael Dukakis eked out a win in ’88 while getting thumped nationally by George H.W. Bush. In fact, in the 1988 election, Wisconsin accounted for nearly 10%...
  • Dr. Tim's Moment of Clarity: Epic Fail (It's Good News in Wisconsin!)

    06/07/2012 8:44:51 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    Moment of Clarity ^ | June 6, 2012 | Dr. Tim Nerenz
    June 06, 2012 Epic Fail To paraphrase: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was a waste of time. Well, perhaps not a total waste of time; we did get to learn what democracy looks like with your eyes closed. The effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ended with a dull thud tonight, putting the exclamation point on 18 months of angry futility and needless public expense inflicted on the Badger state by a self-absorbed liberal old guard too steeped in their socialist ideology to notice it had petrified. Lies, intimidation, libel, fraud, vandalism,...
  • Such a Load of Festive Rubbish! (What was Your 'Christmas Waste' this Year?)

    12/31/2011 9:53:00 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | December 31, 2011 | Charlette Kemp
    From where I’m sitting, I’d say we’ve had a pretty rubbish Christmas this year — literally speaking. I’m surrounded by the debris and detritus generated by a family of five during the festive season and believe me, it’s not a pretty sight. There are four black sacks and two huge shopping bags brimming over with wrapping paper and bubble wrap, a cardboard city of boxes in all shapes and sizes, not to mention cardboard tubes, a ribbon spool, empty drink cartons and a heap of twisty wire that secured various toys in place. It's estimated that the amount of Christmas...
  • ECB Expected to Unleash QE after Launching of Euro-Bonds

    11/30/2011 6:02:29 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies ^ | November 30, 2011 | Gary Dorsh
    Hardly a week goes by, without a major summit between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, trying to devise another clever scheme to save the Euro. Yet after 1-½ years of trying to contain the wildfire, - the Euro-zone’s debt crisis is more dangerous than ever. The collapse of Greece’s €360-billion bond market, now trading at 26% of face value, has triggered contagion sales from periphery of the Euro-zone - Greece, Ireland and Portugal, and into the next upper tier of the Euro-zone, namely, the bond markets of Spain and Italy, which together owe €3-trillion of debt....
  • $93 White Stilton Gold Cheese

    11/25/2011 4:23:04 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 66 replies
    EXEC Digital ^ | Today-ish | Meaghan Clark
    As we prep to overindulge this Thanksgiving holiday, there are certain signs of excess we can’t deny – an extra helping of buttery mashed potatoes, a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and perhaps late-night second helpings are all inevitable. But a slice of $93 gold cheese isn’t something you’d typically see on an American Thanksgiving spread. Americans love to double their calorie intake on Thanksgiving, but doubling their price for cheese is a bit much. Of course, the steep price of Long Clawson’s White Stilton Gold might have something to do with the real gold flakes in it....
  • In Praise of Credit Checks

    10/26/2011 6:03:03 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | October 26, 2011 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
    "The credit report is the best friend of the responsible in the same way that it is the worst enemy of the irresponsible." It was maybe third grade when the schoolyard was abuzz with a terrible thing. It was called the "permanent record." If you did something bad enough, it would go on the permanent record. And then a one-day slip up would turn into a deep scar, a mortal sin that would last forever and permanently reduce your chances to make it in life. We imagined some suited committee reaching deep into the file and discovering that we had...
  • Dear Occupy Wall Street...(Dave Ramsey)

    10/19/2011 6:29:15 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 49 replies ^ | October 19, 2011 | Dave Ramsey
    “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Yeah, that’s great. But what do you want? What are your goals? What are your demands? What result are you looking for? The beauty of being vague is that anyone who has any emotion can get caught up in the excitement and join your crusade. They’ll just get mad at something and assume that you’re both mad about the same thing. Put a few hundred of these people together, and boom. You’ve got a crowd, a headline and a lot of attention … but no message. A lot...
  • Occupy Milwaukee: Smaller group trying to determine next move (Numbers in the DOZENS!)

    10/17/2011 6:32:05 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    Fox6 ^ | October 16, 2011 | Jenna Sachs
    MILWAUKEE — On Saturday, it was a show of solidarity with Wall Street protesters, as upwards of 1,000 people rallied in downtown Milwaukee. So, what is next for the movement? A few dozen protesters met in Zeidler Park Sunday, to figure out their next move. If it weren't for likely arrest, protesters would like to stay in Zeidler Park overnight, and occupy it 24 hours a day. However, since one of their goals is to remain peaceful, they are trying to come up with other ways to keep the movement going. "People here are actually feeling really empowered by this...
  • We Are the 53%

    10/12/2011 11:41:01 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    We Are The 53% ^ | Today | Various Americans
    A creative response to the 99% dopes. Add your own!
  • 'Walmart Moms' May Be Pivotal

    10/10/2011 6:44:47 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    Urbandale Patch ^ | October 10, 2011 | Kathie Obradovich
    Iowa’s economy continues to be stronger and healthier than most of the rest of the country, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to women identified as part of a key group of swing voters. Ten Iowa women, all mothers, all between the ages of 25 and 44, participated in a focus group last week in Des Moines. Half of them supported President Obama in 2008; half voted for John McCain. None of them had anything positive to say about the direction of the country. They chose words like confused, worried, scary, discouraged, frustrated. Most of their concerns center on...
  • Occupy Wall Street Embraces Environmentalists

    10/09/2011 2:18:32 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | October 6, 2011 | Russell McLendon, Eco-Journalist
    Occupy Wall Street may be "leaderless," but it's far from directionless. Less than three weeks after the protest movement began on Sept. 17, its "We Are the 99 Percent" message has exploded into a national rallying cry, inspiring not only a bustling mini-city in New York's financial district, but also an overnight network of sympathizers from Seattle to Miami. According to the unofficial umbrella group Occupy Together, some 500 cities worldwide will see "Occupy" events this week. And while the nebulous campaign is focused mainly on economic issues, it has also strived for inclusiveness, winning the support of diverse groups...
  • Many Citations Against Capitol Protesters Dismissed (Madison, WI Union Thugs)

    10/09/2011 7:44:33 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies
    JS Online ^ | October 9, 2011 | Jason Stein
    Madison, WI - So far this year, the handful of protesters getting multiple citations or arrests at the state Capitol have had 20 cases dismissed by prosecutors. Online court records show nearly 40 cases filed against a half-dozen frequent demonstrators on allegations of disrupting lawmakers' work, with 20 dismissed so far by the Dane County district attorney's office. Of the remaining cases listed in the online courts system, five have resulted in fines or convictions, and 13 are still pending. The demonstrators themselves said some additional citations were also dismissed before they could be entered into the state courts database....
  • Wall Street protests inspire ‘Occupy Madison’ (All 200 of Them...)

    10/08/2011 11:02:23 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies ^ | October 8, 2011 | Gayle Worland
    As more than 200 people gathered Friday evening at Reynolds Park for the first in a series of “general assemblies” — inspired by a similar movement in New York that has generated protests on Wall Street — the primary plan was to come up with one.Calling itself “Occupy Madison,” the loosely organized group vowed to maintain a presence at the park until 7 p.m. Sunday, allowing for committees to form and to decide whether to join protests across the U.S. planned for Oct. 15. Participants got city permission to camp in the park on the Near East Side, but tents,...
  • Roundabouts Draw Mixed Reviews

    10/07/2011 7:29:44 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | October 7, 2011 | Bob Hague
    Like them or hate them — and few motorists have no opinion — it appears traffic roundabouts are part of Wisconsin’s transportation future. A pair of Wisconsin Department of Transportation engineers received an earful on the topic during an informational hearing by the state Senate’s transportation committee at the Capitol on Thursday. “It feels like the DOT is in love with roundabouts,” said DePere Republican Frank Lasee. “It feels like you guys want to put them everywhere. I’ve seen perfectly good intersections that are turned into roundabouts, and these suckers are expensive.” “That’s why we did this study,” said Jerry...