Monthly Archives: November 2011

Murphy’s Law

I got a call from Gary mid-afternoon asking if I could come over to the railroad and help retrieve the diesel and a train from Western Springs. We were operating Thanksgiving trains this weekend — or were going to, anyway … Continue reading

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600

As of last night, we’ve garnered 600 signatures from our card table on the corner near Zincke’s. That’s a lot for one card table on one corner of a small town in six days. Similar efforts are going on in … Continue reading

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Can I marry this table or this, you know, clock?

Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin’s Republican Lieutenant Governor, argued for repeal of Wisconsin’s Domestic Partnership law during the 2010 campaign by saying, among other things: “This is a slippery slope. In addition to that, at what point are we going to be … Continue reading

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In the 1960’s …

  … it was fire hoses and tear gas. Progress, not perfection, I guess. Non-violent civil disobedience will always be a threat to men and women who hold power without moral authority.

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Mitt Romney was responsible for a historic breakthrough today — his campaign aired the first television ad in which a Presidential candidate (“I’m Mitt Romney, and I approve this message …“) outright lied about an opponent. The lie is documented … Continue reading

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Measure Twice, Cut Once, Brian

The politics of the City of Wisconsin Dells has had a lot of local press in the last six months, largely due to the city’s new and energetic mayor, Brian Landers. Brian was elected in the wake of a number … Continue reading

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Post-book …

I did my annual book clean out a couple weeks ago, and Michael and I took 5o or so over to the library this morning for the Spring book sale. I still read books. Michael and Debbie have gone post-book … Continue reading

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All that glitters …

Deer season opened at dawn, and I heard the first shot of the morning at 6:37 am. My guess is that the shot was Jerry or Hannah’s, given the direction and sound of the shot. Nothing so far from my … Continue reading

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Just plain nuts …

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law went into effect on November 1. The state’s Department of Justice, which is charged with issuing permits, reported that it has received about 30,000 permit requests, and that “tens of thousands” additional permit applications were downloaded … Continue reading

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The Great American Etch-a-Sketch Demolition Derby

I take a look at two national political websites — Politico and Real Clear Politics — most days, keeping up with what’s going on in the Republican presidential primary race. It is almost enough to make me feel sorry for … Continue reading

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