apoplecticskeptic:

think-progress:

It’s a coordinated misinformation campaign for poll watchers to intentionally mislead voters. Check out the documents for yourself.

Oh crap.

I’m telling you, Wisconsin is in play for Romney big time… whether they’re playing fair or not.

Yikes

shortformblog:

At least four people were shot just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, and a police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.

Victims were being taken out of the temple.

Among those who were shot was the president of the temple.

People were in the temple as early as 6:30 a.m. Sunday and many more were arriving for a service that was to begin about 11:30 a.m.

There were reports that children were taken to the building’s basement after shots were fired.

In an early report, the head priest, locked in a restroom with a cell phone, claimed that that there were as many as 20-30 victims. Other early reports claimed that there might be a hostage situation with multiple shooters. As for motive, committee member Ven Boba Ri told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that while things were not clear as of yet, ”it’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”

We’re watching this live on TV right now.  There are SWAT in the building right now, there is one shooter down, not sure if there’s another in the building.  Police radio told hospitals to be ready for as many as 20 injured.

thekelsmith:

See Scott…..

You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning

thekelsmith:

See Scott…..

You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning

l3fan-o-rama:

As anyone who frequents my little corner of the web knows I love to hike and Indian Lake Park is probably my favorite spot within 20 miles of home.  It is my happy place for both warm weather wandering & snowshoeing during the winter.
American Transmission Company is working to build a series of high tension lines that will cut through Dane County, spoiling the treeline just to the East of Indian Lake and towering over the forest ridge.  
A group of local activists have formed StopATC.org to prevent plan implementation.  They also have a petition page where the public can make their voices heard.
I try not to ask for much, but if you guys could take 2 minutes to go here and sign I would be greatly appreciative.  Reblogs would also be appreciated.
Here is what I wrote in the comments section if you are interested in personalizing:

Indian Lake is one of Dane County’s many gems and I would hate to see its views spoiled by these transmission lines.  Please reconsider your position and save this land for future generations to enjoy unencumbered by modernity.

SAVE INDIAN LAKE PARK ONLINE PETITION

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l3fan-o-rama:

As anyone who frequents my little corner of the web knows I love to hike and Indian Lake Park is probably my favorite spot within 20 miles of home.  It is my happy place for both warm weather wandering & snowshoeing during the winter.

American Transmission Company is working to build a series of high tension lines that will cut through Dane County, spoiling the treeline just to the East of Indian Lake and towering over the forest ridge.  

A group of local activists have formed StopATC.org to prevent plan implementation.  They also have a petition page where the public can make their voices heard.

I try not to ask for much, but if you guys could take 2 minutes to go here and sign I would be greatly appreciative.  Reblogs would also be appreciated.

Here is what I wrote in the comments section if you are interested in personalizing:

Indian Lake is one of Dane County’s many gems and I would hate to see its views spoiled by these transmission lines.  Please reconsider your position and save this land for future generations to enjoy unencumbered by modernity.

SAVE INDIAN LAKE PARK ONLINE PETITION

Signal boost

theatlantic:

Why Are Democrats Losing the Wisconsin Recall?

The battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, raging for the last 15 months, finally comes to a head next week with the recall election that could oust him from the statehouse. But Republicans seem very, very sure that won’t happen.
In the final days before Tuesday’s vote on whether to retain Walker or replace him with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Republicans are crowing as if they’ve already won, while Democrats strain to insist they’re still in it. […]
The gelling conventional wisdom that Walker is set to triumph was bolstered by a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday afternoon that showed Walker ahead by 7 percentage points. The independent poll, conducted May 23-26, put Walker at 52 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 45 percent, outside the 4.1-point margin of error. And you couldn’t really argue that the poll was slanted toward the GOP: It also showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney, 51 percent to 43 percent.
So is the Walker race really over? And if so, what happened?
Read more. [Image: Reuters]


Walker is going to win because of 6 things:
 Job numbers are up, which he may or may not have anything to do with (I have a hard time believing that elected officials, whether state or federal, have that much to do with job creation, especially when their only tool is tax incentives to the wealthy)
Tom Barrett is milquetoast at best, charisma-wise, and his campaign reflects that.  There’s no flash, no inspiration, no proposed solutions, just the same old attack and defend.
I really believe that getting the rest of the state to believe in a politician from Milwaukee is next to impossible. The rest of the state resents Milwaukee (probably justifiably so) because we represent such a large portion of the state’s problems and receive the largets amount of negative attention, nationally.   Walker was able to overcome that because of the timing of the last election and the upswell of the Tea Party movement, but Barrett is not receiving a similar push because of his personality and-
The state (and the nation, I think) are feeling weary of protest movements with no tangible results and this election just took SO LONG to happen.  We’re living in an immediate gratification age, and some people have either forgotten their anger, or just moved on from it.  
The Journal-Sentinel endorsing Walker was the final nail in the coffin, in my opinion.  If there were ANY undecided or waffling voters left, Barrett’s inability to garner support from his own city must certainly make their decision for them.
There’s too much at stake, and as romantic as bringing down the Koch Brothers and the SuperPACs through a grassroots movement sounds, it’s just depressingly unrealistic.
I believe Scott Walker is a liar and I know I’m going to have to look at that self-important shit-eating grin for years, and it makes me kind of sad right now.

theatlantic:

Why Are Democrats Losing the Wisconsin Recall?

The battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, raging for the last 15 months, finally comes to a head next week with the recall election that could oust him from the statehouse. But Republicans seem very, very sure that won’t happen.

In the final days before Tuesday’s vote on whether to retain Walker or replace him with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Republicans are crowing as if they’ve already won, while Democrats strain to insist they’re still in it. […]

The gelling conventional wisdom that Walker is set to triumph was bolstered by a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday afternoon that showed Walker ahead by 7 percentage points. The independent poll, conducted May 23-26, put Walker at 52 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 45 percent, outside the 4.1-point margin of error. And you couldn’t really argue that the poll was slanted toward the GOP: It also showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney, 51 percent to 43 percent.

So is the Walker race really over? And if so, what happened?

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Walker is going to win because of 6 things:

  1.  Job numbers are up, which he may or may not have anything to do with (I have a hard time believing that elected officials, whether state or federal, have that much to do with job creation, especially when their only tool is tax incentives to the wealthy)
  2. Tom Barrett is milquetoast at best, charisma-wise, and his campaign reflects that.  There’s no flash, no inspiration, no proposed solutions, just the same old attack and defend.
  3. I really believe that getting the rest of the state to believe in a politician from Milwaukee is next to impossible. The rest of the state resents Milwaukee (probably justifiably so) because we represent such a large portion of the state’s problems and receive the largets amount of negative attention, nationally.   Walker was able to overcome that because of the timing of the last election and the upswell of the Tea Party movement, but Barrett is not receiving a similar push because of his personality and-
  4. The state (and the nation, I think) are feeling weary of protest movements with no tangible results and this election just took SO LONG to happen.  We’re living in an immediate gratification age, and some people have either forgotten their anger, or just moved on from it.  
  5. The Journal-Sentinel endorsing Walker was the final nail in the coffin, in my opinion.  If there were ANY undecided or waffling voters left, Barrett’s inability to garner support from his own city must certainly make their decision for them.
  6. There’s too much at stake, and as romantic as bringing down the Koch Brothers and the SuperPACs through a grassroots movement sounds, it’s just depressingly unrealistic.

I believe Scott Walker is a liar and I know I’m going to have to look at that self-important shit-eating grin for years, and it makes me kind of sad right now.

barleybunny:

LAKEFRONT’S WISCONSINITE: FIRST 100 PERCENT LOCALLY GROWN AND BREWED BEER IN U.S.
New Weiss beer features First North American yeast strain; release parties tonight
MILWAUKEE (May 10, 2012) – Lakefront Brewery, Inc. will today introduce Wisconsinite, a new unfiltered Weiss-style beer made entirely of local, Wisconsin-grown ingredients. It is believed to be the first 100 percent “all local” beer made in the U.S.Wisconsinite will debut at several release parties tonight, including at Hooligan’s on Milwaukee’s East Side, Burnheart’s in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, and The Village Pub in Shorewood. Product will begin appearing at retail outlets in the coming weeks.The beer was created around a new native Wisconsin yeast strain envisioned by Lakefront President Russ Klisch and developed by Jeremy King of home brewing supplies distributor Northern Brewer. Their new strain is believed be to the only North American-grown yeast in commercial use today as well as the first native brewing yeast from Wisconsin. Yeast is just the tip of the local-sourcing iceberg, however. All products used in Wisconsinite hail from the state, including its water (Lake Michigan), malted barley (from Milwaukee’s Malteoup), wheat (Chilton) and hops (Mazomanie).Wisconsinite is intended for summer drinking, with a light, cloudy body and a relatively low ABV of 4.2 percent. “The craft beer market is trending towards session beers with full flavors but lower alcohol content,” said Klisch. “Wisconsinite fits this category, given its (low) ABV and hints of banana and clove.”Wisconsinite’s style and ingredients were chosen to complement the local yeast’s natural flavor. Its flavor is so distinct, in fact, that Klisch plans to forgo compensation to make it available to other brewers, hoping to create a new category of beer called Wisconsin Weiss.“Yeast is the final frontier for craft brewers,” said Klisch. “It’s certainly what gives this beer such a distinct taste.” The Lakefront Strain yeast is available for purchase by commercial brewers through Wyeast, and by homebrewers through Northern Brewer. Lakefront will not receive any compensation for the sale of the yeast.Lakefront Brewery, Inc. was started in 1987 and is one of the oldest microbreweries in Wisconsin. Today, the brewery distributes its products to 35 states, Israel and Canada. Lakefront Brewery, Inc. was the first brewery to brew a government-approved, gluten-free beer, New Grist, and brews the oldest USDA-certified organic beer, Organic ESB. For more information, visit http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com or call (414) 372-8800.

That is fucking killer, can’t wait to try it.

barleybunny:

LAKEFRONT’S WISCONSINITE: FIRST 100 PERCENT LOCALLY GROWN AND BREWED BEER IN U.S.
New Weiss beer features First North American yeast strain; release parties tonight


MILWAUKEE (May 10, 2012) – Lakefront Brewery, Inc. will today introduce Wisconsinite, a new unfiltered Weiss-style beer made entirely of local, Wisconsin-grown ingredients. It is believed to be the first 100 percent “all local” beer made in the U.S.

Wisconsinite will debut at several release parties tonight, including at Hooligan’s on Milwaukee’s East Side, Burnheart’s in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, and The Village Pub in Shorewood. Product will begin appearing at retail outlets in the coming weeks.

The beer was created around a new native Wisconsin yeast strain envisioned by Lakefront President Russ Klisch and developed by Jeremy King of home brewing supplies distributor Northern Brewer. Their new strain is believed be to the only North American-grown yeast in commercial use today as well as the first native brewing yeast from Wisconsin. Yeast is just the tip of the local-sourcing iceberg, however. All products used in Wisconsinite hail from the state, including its water (Lake Michigan), malted barley (from Milwaukee’s Malteoup), wheat (Chilton) and hops (Mazomanie).

Wisconsinite is intended for summer drinking, with a light, cloudy body and a relatively low ABV of 4.2 percent. “The craft beer market is trending towards session beers with full flavors but lower alcohol content,” said Klisch. “Wisconsinite fits this category, given its (low) ABV and hints of banana and clove.”

Wisconsinite’s style and ingredients were chosen to complement the local yeast’s natural flavor. Its flavor is so distinct, in fact, that Klisch plans to forgo compensation to make it available to other brewers, hoping to create a new category of beer called Wisconsin Weiss.

“Yeast is the final frontier for craft brewers,” said Klisch. “It’s certainly what gives this beer such a distinct taste.” The Lakefront Strain yeast is available for purchase by commercial brewers through Wyeast, and by homebrewers through Northern Brewer. Lakefront will not receive any compensation for the sale of the yeast.

Lakefront Brewery, Inc. was started in 1987 and is one of the oldest microbreweries in Wisconsin. Today, the brewery distributes its products to 35 states, Israel and Canada. Lakefront Brewery, Inc. was the first brewery to brew a government-approved, gluten-free beer, New Grist, and brews the oldest USDA-certified organic beer, Organic ESB. For more information, visit http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com or call (414) 372-8800.

That is fucking killer, can’t wait to try it.

nesbittslimesoda:

staghunt:

According to governor Scott Walker:

  • You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
  • “today almost anybody is a protected class.” As a result, he says, many companies are forced to pay fired employees to go away.

My counter-point is a bunch of barfing sounds, preferably into Scott Walker’s car on a hot day. 

For the sake of accuracy, those quotes are from state senator Glenn Grothman, who spearheaded the repeal, not Scott Walker.  Grothman is a notorious asshat who has called the MLK Day paid holiday “an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state”, has said we should “treat Kwanzaa with the contempt it deserves before it becomes a permanent part of our culture”, and opposes even mentioning homosexuality in school sex ed classes based on “the belief that instructors who lead these talks would have what he called an ‘agenda’ to persuade students to become gay”.

And those are just highlights.

shortformblog:

Mitt Romney’s victory speech in focused entirely on the President tonight: ”In Barack Obama’s government-centered society, tax increases become a desired tool for social justice. …there’s always somebody entitled to something more.”

"THERE"S ALWAYS SOMEBODY ENTITLED TO SOMETHING MORE"!?
Right, because the Republicans are all about equality all of sorts.
"ENTITLED"!?

shortformblog:

Mitt Romney’s victory speech in focused entirely on the President tonight: ”In Barack Obama’s government-centered society, tax increases become a desired tool for social justice. …there’s always somebody entitled to something more.”

"THERE"S ALWAYS SOMEBODY ENTITLED TO SOMETHING MORE"!?

Right, because the Republicans are all about equality all of sorts.

"ENTITLED"!?

olivertwisted:

thedailyfeed:

One in six American adults is a binge drinker, consuming alcohol in excess about four times a month, according to a sobering CDC report. In the infographic above, you’ll find the percentage of population classified as binge drinkers.

The study — which defines binge drinking as five or more drinks in a short period of time for men and four or more for women — breaks down the nation’s 38 million binge drinkers by a variety of measures, including geography, age and income level. Wisconsin is the state with the most binge drinkers at 25 percent of the population, while Utah, home to the teetotaling Mormon church, comes in last at less than 11 percent.


Interesting notes from this infographic
- Do people in South Dakota not drink, or do people not care about them?
- South Carolina holds its own in the southeast, trailing only Florida and Louisiana (and Texas if you want to count them as a southeastern state)
- State with a surprisingly low number? West BAH GAWD Virginia
- Area with a not so surprisingly high number? New England and the Midwest. It’s cold. All you can do is drink and screw. Which honestly, isn’t such a bad thing.

WISCONSIN:  WHERE BEER DON’T COUNT

olivertwisted:

thedailyfeed:

One in six American adults is a binge drinker, consuming alcohol in excess about four times a month, according to a sobering CDC report. In the infographic above, you’ll find the percentage of population classified as binge drinkers.

The study — which defines binge drinking as five or more drinks in a short period of time for men and four or more for women — breaks down the nation’s 38 million binge drinkers by a variety of measures, including geography, age and income level. Wisconsin is the state with the most binge drinkers at 25 percent of the population, while Utah, home to the teetotaling Mormon church, comes in last at less than 11 percent.

Interesting notes from this infographic

- Do people in South Dakota not drink, or do people not care about them?

- South Carolina holds its own in the southeast, trailing only Florida and Louisiana (and Texas if you want to count them as a southeastern state)

- State with a surprisingly low number? West BAH GAWD Virginia

- Area with a not so surprisingly high number? New England and the Midwest. It’s cold. All you can do is drink and screw. Which honestly, isn’t such a bad thing.

WISCONSIN:  WHERE BEER DON’T COUNT

scottfriday:

oh, wisconsin.

more concisely- oh, madison

l3fan-o-rama:

the smoke from the wildfire that matt posted about earlier has made it to south-central wisconsin.  i’m about 40 miles due north of madison and the sky is gray and the hvac is pulling putrid air into the building.  i just went out for lunch and if you have allergies, i recommend staying indoors if possible.
from the milwaukee journal sentinal about an hour ago:

“Air quality will likely remain unhealthy at times in parts of the north central and northeast regions over the next few days,” the weather service said.
The Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health Services said they were fielding numerous calls about smoky air in eastern Wisconsin, but they said air quality measured in the Milwaukee area remains at healthy levels for the general population.
The agencies said in a statement that air is monitored on a 24-hour basis, and using that measure, air quality has not become unhealthy for most people.
But they said that temporary peaks in pollutants - in this case, of particulates known as PM 2.5, can cause problems for people with respiratory and heart problems. For these people, it might be helpful to stay indoors, close windows and use an air conditioner with a high efficiency air filter.
Particulates are microscopic bits of dust and ash that become lodged in the lungs.
For healthy people, the departments said reactions could include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, or breathing discomfort. In some severe cases, symptoms could include chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.


It’s hazy at ground level in Milwaukee.  Crazy.  You can smell it THICK in the air.

l3fan-o-rama:

the smoke from the wildfire that matt posted about earlier has made it to south-central wisconsin.  i’m about 40 miles due north of madison and the sky is gray and the hvac is pulling putrid air into the building.  i just went out for lunch and if you have allergies, i recommend staying indoors if possible.

from the milwaukee journal sentinal about an hour ago:

“Air quality will likely remain unhealthy at times in parts of the north central and northeast regions over the next few days,” the weather service said.

The Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health Services said they were fielding numerous calls about smoky air in eastern Wisconsin, but they said air quality measured in the Milwaukee area remains at healthy levels for the general population.

The agencies said in a statement that air is monitored on a 24-hour basis, and using that measure, air quality has not become unhealthy for most people.

But they said that temporary peaks in pollutants - in this case, of particulates known as PM 2.5, can cause problems for people with respiratory and heart problems. For these people, it might be helpful to stay indoors, close windows and use an air conditioner with a high efficiency air filter.

Particulates are microscopic bits of dust and ash that become lodged in the lungs.

For healthy people, the departments said reactions could include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, or breathing discomfort. In some severe cases, symptoms could include chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.

It’s hazy at ground level in Milwaukee.  Crazy.  You can smell it THICK in the air.

l3fan-o-rama:

this is good advice to all progressives.  fuck often.  bring your offspring up in the ways of acceptance and caring for all humanity.  when you are older and have money, remember your younger self.

emphasis mine

l3fan-o-rama:

this is good advice to all progressives.  fuck often.  bring your offspring up in the ways of acceptance and caring for all humanity.  when you are older and have money, remember your younger self.

emphasis mine

shortformblog:

A second Democrat wins in Wisconsin. They need three for a majority. The third race currently favors the Democrat.

Go figure it comes down to Pasch/Darling.  This is gonna be tight.

shortformblog:

A second Democrat wins in Wisconsin. They need three for a majority. The third race currently favors the Democrat.

Go figure it comes down to Pasch/Darling.  This is gonna be tight.

shortformblog:

Don’t forget about Wisconsin today, guys: Today is a pivotal day in the state’s history, with six Republican state senators facing recall elections today. Two Democrats face a recall election a week from now. As a result, tons of money has flowed into the state in recent weeks — far more than one usually sees for elections of this nature. Depending on how things go, this could set the stage for the state’s future. As you might remember, Scott Walker kinda pissed off a lot of people earlier this year for his thus-far successful attacks on unions. We’ll keep an eye on the votes tonight.

Senate districts 2, 8, 10, 14, 18, and 32, GET OUT AND VOTE
Here’s a district map

shortformblog:

Don’t forget about Wisconsin today, guys: Today is a pivotal day in the state’s history, with six Republican state senators facing recall elections today. Two Democrats face a recall election a week from now. As a result, tons of money has flowed into the state in recent weeks — far more than one usually sees for elections of this nature. Depending on how things go, this could set the stage for the state’s future. As you might remember, Scott Walker kinda pissed off a lot of people earlier this year for his thus-far successful attacks on unions. We’ll keep an eye on the votes tonight.

Senate districts 2, 8, 10, 14, 18, and 32, GET OUT AND VOTE

Here’s a district map

motherjones:

 Need we say more?