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|Dear Anonymous Benefactor... Thank You!
I have been cheerful all day in the wake of receiving the following e-mail message this morning: Dear AnnieJo, Congratulations! An anonymous benefactor has purchased you a one year gift ...
|Rumsfeld: Looting Is Transition To Freedom
Story by Pamela Hess, UPI Pentagon Correspondent [not The Onion ] Rumsfeld: Looting is transition to freedom [F]reedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do ...
|Autistic Child Wanders Off, Mom Calls 911, Is Accused of Neglect (A Tale of Race & Privilege)
One week into Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, this story hit my news feed yesterday: Autistic Child Wanders Off, Mom Calls 911, Is Accused of Neglect Here's the selection from the news report:
|GOP Congresswoman, Deluged in ACA Success Stories, Responds: Repeal Obamacare (Now w/ Video!)
A most excellent front-page diary is viral-crawling its way across social media today: GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories Rep. Cathy ...
|"Regular and adequate income"? Repeal it, says Wisconsin GOP
The ALEC-sourced "Wage Theft" bill (aka "right to work") that's being rammed through in Wisconsin is worse than you think it is... and only the wonkiest of policy wonks know it. The Center for ...
|The Fierce, Selective Urgency of Wisconsin Budget Repair, 2011 vs. 2015
Flashback to February 2011 when Governor Walker "dropped the bomb" of his so-called "budget repair bill." It was absolutely essential, Wisconsin was told, to kneecap the public employee unions (and ...
|VIDEO: Profitship Charters and God's Li'l Voucher School
Little Timmy, a kindergartener in the animated video below, is a lot like most of us here in America: we LIKE our public schools! But the profitmakers look at our children, and what they see are ...
|Ebola screening, at a podiatry clinic near you?
Yesterday I discovered first-hand that all of the clinics in our local Midwestern university-based clinic system are having their receptionists ask everybody at check-in: -- Have you traveled ...
|Wisconsin: They Don't Want Us to Know What They Stand For
I saw it again today in a front page article in the Wisconsin State Journal: State paid $139 million to schools terminated from voucher program since 2004 The galloping privatization of K-12 ...
|Wisconsin "Militia" Promises Armed Intimidation of Recall Signers at the Voting Booth (Updated)
THIS is how things are in Wisconsin. A Facebook group calling themselves the " Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia " (update: page has since disappeared and now it's back!) is threatening armed ...
|Follow-Up: Heartland Institute Backpedals on George Carlin Bastardized Quote-Meme!
Daily Kos is a powerful forum. Through the magic of this site, even an occasional diarist can initiate something that leads to an actual change: in this example, the Heartland Institute, a ...
|George Carlin Quote Bastardized on Facebook by Heartland Institute (Updated)
April 28 update: Heartland Institute APOLOGIZED, and took down the offending meme! Details here: Heartland Institute Backpedals on George Carlin Bastardized Quote-Meme ! = = = = = = = = = = = =
|Milwaukee "New Hustler Academy" Voucher School Closes in the Dead of Night (Updated)
On Jan. 9, Gail Hicks testified before the Urban Education Committee of the Wisconsin Assembly and called out Milwaukee's " New Hustler Academies " -- the nickname she and her colleagues have ...
|Scott Walker Loves Recalls! (2010 Video Evidence)
This isn't new. But it still makes my blood boil and I figured I'd share it once more, apropos of nothing but flagrant Republican hypocrisy (that the Democrats utterly FAILED to use in the 2012 ...
|WI Ultrasound Bill "Author": Abortions Were THE Thing to Do in the '60s (VIDEO)
By now you've probably seen Wisconsin state senator Mike Ellis totally lose it and break the gavel-stand while bellowing from behind his sungalsses at Democratic senators to sit down -- so the ...
|Flagrant Hypocrisy: Down the Memory Hole with Scott Walker
Why, oh why, can Wisconsin not hold Scott Walker to account for flagrant, outrageous hypocrisy between his pre-governor press statements and his actions as governor? I'm going to source these three ...
|WPRI Surveys Private Schools, Concludes "Wisconsin is Failing to Help Students with Disabilities"
The conservative think-tank Wisconsin Public Research Institute (WPRI) has issued a report on the failings of education in Wisconsin, just days before Governor Walker is slated to release his 2013/...
|Autism & Empathy: I Hope Folks Didn't Think It Was Snark
In his rec-listed diary Callous and Despicable on Monday, Horace Boothroyd III made us aware of the appalling "Second Amendment!" heckling when Neil Heslin, father of one of the Sandy Hook murder ...
|Stop Special Needs Vouchers in Wisconsin!
If there's one thing we've learned in Wisconsin since February 2011, and in Michigan just this month, it's that what gets passed in the statehouse after the election can be devastatingly different ...
|Medicaid, Wisconsin & the Ryan Plan: "Scared Spitless"
The candidates are making their closing argument as Election Day comes upon us. My own closing argument starts with Paul Krugman, and culminates in a video. In his Oct. 28 NY Times column, ...
|Medicaid in WI: "Disability Is Not Going Away" (Video)
The candidates are making their closing argument as Election Day comes upon us. My own closing argument starts with Paul Krugman, and culminates in a video. In his Oct. 28 NY Times column, ...
|PPP Polls Voter Fraud Expectations in OH, FL, NC: Lousy Question, Troubling Results
This afternoon PPP released some troubling results of weekend polling in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania on the subject of voter fraud. The question was: Do you think Democrats will engage in ...
|Obama Rally in Madison: Forward! (Photo Diary)
It's been several years since A FIB in Cheddarland and I grabbed a day to spend together just the two of us, no kids. What better date than an outing to see President Barack Obama speak in Madison, ...
|WI-Sen Tommy Thompson's Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Week o' Video
There have been two videos already this week that should be devastating to the struggling Senate campaign of former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson. And it's only Tuesday! Did everyone see the ...
|Tommy Thompson (WI-Sen) and PolitiFact's 2011 Lie of the Year: "Do Away w/ Medicare"
Does anyone remember PolitiFact's 2011 Lie of the Year ? Back last December when they ignored the input from their readers and chose instead to christen the following as the Lie of the Year: 2011 ...
|Ed Show analysis: HOW the Thompson/Ryan/GOP plan would "do away with Medicaid & Medicare"
Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson is having his very own "47%" moment these past few days. Much like the April video of Mitt Romney that surfaced just recently, the May video of ...
|The Plan to Do Away w/ Medicaid and Medicare: Tommy Thompson (WI-Sen) Admitted It, Paul Ryan Lies
First off, great big tip o' the hat to JamieG from MD , who diaried Thompson's jaw-dropping speechifying earlier today. I'm re-diarying because this needs more attention! Here's Wisconsin Senate ...
|VIDEO: Handcuffing & Collapse of Disabled Veteran in Wisconsin Capitol
Giles Goat Boy shared the news yesterday of the latest shameful chapter in the crackdown on dissent in Wisconsin's Capitol: Wisconsin Capitol Police Ambush Disabled Vet, Send Her to Hospital with ...
|WI Solidarity Sing Along: I'm a Constituent, not a Terrorist
To the tune of My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean : They're trying to stifle our voices They're trying to keep us derailed They'll find it's not easy to do, though... McCarthy once tried it and failed! ...
|Why They Think Lies & Propaganda Can Win: The Wisconsin Example
The collective jaw of what's left of responsible journalism is agape at the unfettered, unprecedented mendacity of the Romney/Ryan campaign. middlegirl did a great job yesterday of collecting links ...
|Madison, WI Capitol Police Chief: "You Could Try to Hit Them"
My plan for today: take my children to the Solidarity Sing Along at the Capitol. I want to bear witness, in our physical presence, to that which the Sing Along professes on a daily basis: We are a ...
|WI State Legislature: School Profitizers Fail to Buy Dem Primaries
The American Federation for Children tried to buy five Democratic primaries for the Wisconsin state legislature in Milwaukee. This past Tuesday, Milwaukee Democrats spoke at the ballot box -- and ...
|Tanya Lohr vs. Glenn Grothman for WI State Senate: His Words, Her Words
On Monday, Huffington Post ran a piece on the Wisconsin State Senate race in District 20, where ALEC member Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) is facing a challenge from high school teacher Tanya Lohr. ...
|"I'm Just A Bill" in the Age of ALEC: Mark Fiore's Devastating Update to Schoolhouse Rock
Like many of you, I grew up with Schoolhouse Rock, catchy little animated nuggets of learning that were interspersed among kids' shows to teach us little darlings something without feeling like we ...
|Feds Order Wisconsin to Reimburse for Failed Family Care Freeze
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have renewed Wisconsin's Family Care program, which provides support for elders and people with disabilities to live in their communities ...
|Voter ID in Wisconsin: Requirement Will NOT Be in Place for Fall Elections
Glorious late-in-the-day news, on the very day that the Democrats take the reins in the Wisconsin State Senate ! Yet another judge has issued a permanent injunction against the Walker/ALEC Voter ID ...
|Wisconsin Assembly 2012: More and Better Democrats!
I was pleased to see Puddytat's Tuesday diary about former State Senator Van Waangaard finally conceding his voter-fraud disinformation media blitz loss to John Lehman in the Wisconsin State Senate ...
|Surge in Private Contracting by WI State Agencies; Walker Admin Hopes Nobody Notices
The Walker administration didn't want us to know about this one. Private contracting by Wisconsin state agencies surged by 26% in FY2011, reversing a six-year trend in declining privatization. ( ...
|Wisconsin Solidarity Singalong #382: Vote! Vote! Vote!
I've never had it happen before that I've attended an event at noon, and then just a few hours later heard clips from that same event being broadcast on NPR's Marketplace while driving around town ...
|RecallTomBarrett.com Is Already Registered
One of the myriad throw-it-all-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks arguments that has come from the Walker camp regarding the recall is that some enterprising citizen registered the domain ...
|SignOn Petition to DNC: Help Wisconsin with the Walker Recall!
I got an e-mail this afternoon, May 15, with a time-stamp of 2:44pm. It was from Mary Magnuson of Brookfield, WI, who had started a SignOn petition: Democratic National Committee: Invest In The ...
|House GOP Votes to Kill Census' American Community Survey
Last Wednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives took the budget axe to the American Community Survey (ACS) , the Census Bureau's up-to-date annual counterpart to the decennial population ...
|Mother's Day Misogyny: WI State Senator Scott Fitzgerald (Update: Compas Reponds)
Happy Mother's Day from Wisconsin! You have to read to the end of the front-page article in the Wisconsin State Journal to find it, but for this Mother's Day article, State Senator Scott Fitzgerald (
|Four Wisconsin Disability Victories, incl. the Demise of ALEC's AB110!
Wisconsin disability-advocates had a lot to celebrate this weekend! I had the privilege of raising a glass on Friday with a couple dozen such advocates -- a non-partisan gathering of self-advocates ...
|Wisconsin's Scott Walker: "Indictable Boy"
You may have heard by now that there was a startling Friday-afternoon news dump in Wisconsin yesterday. The story can be found both in Puddytat's RecList diary ( Wis State Senate Recalls Likely to ...
|WI Rep. Mark Pocan Rips Into ALEC on Assembly Floor (re Special Needs Vouchers)
Wisconsin state Assembly Representative Mark Pocan has long been a hero in the effort to expose ALEC. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive but immensely powerful right-...
|Piratizing Special Education in Wisconsin: AB110 Plunder Revisited
They're trying to loot public education in Wisconsin. And they're trying to take advantage of families like mine, with kids like my daughter, to do it. I wrote those words last May in my first ...
|Watching Scotty Go
Next week marks the first anniversary of the day Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" on Wisconsin -- it was February 11 when he sprung his secretive, explosive, mendaciously-named "budget repair ...
|Wisconsin Action Alert: Bill to Lift Long-Term Care Caps Stalled in Committee
I received the following urgent Wisconsin message via e-mail: URGENT – LIFT THE CAPS BILL STALLED! – ACT NOW! Tell Your Legislator: “Move to Lift the Caps on ...
|Exclusive Interview w/ Pulaski (WI) Band Director: Union Maid, a Conspiracy-Theory, and a Correction
Media entities have been trying to contact Tom Busch, director of the Pulaski (WI) Red Raiders Marching Band, since last Tuesday, when my ...
|The Red Wing Polka and the Union Maid
I learned a lot about the various flavors of a particular piece of music yesterday. My diary from yesterday,
|Pulaski WI Marching Band 'Sticking to the Union' in Rose Bowl Parade (Update)
NOTE: Please also read my Jan. 11 diary,
|Feds Order Lifting of Long-Term Care Caps in WI; Walker Tries to Take Credit
The news today felt like a belated Christmas present at first -- Governor Walker held a press event this morning in Madison announcing a proposal to lift the cap on long-term care enrollment that ...
|Wisconsin: I Went to the Capitol to Join the Sing Along...
To the tune of "Three Little Fishies," from the (non-holiday) Solidarity Sing Along songbook : I went ...
|WI: How the Senator Saved Christmas and Other Holiday Tales
I visited the Capitol Rotunda today for a spontaneous gathering around the brightly-decorated evergreen, where a group of people just happened to show up to sing (as has just happened to happen ...
|The Wreck of the Brothers Fitzgerald
"Superior," they said, "never gives up her dead when the gales of November come early!" So ends the famous Wisconsin-connected 1976 folk ballad by Gordon Lightfoot, ...
|Recall Walker: ALEC, Medicaid Cuts, and the 11/19 Rally
This diary is a re-post from my personal blog Elvis Sightings . I wasn't going to diary, seeing as how ...
|Now Playing in Madison: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker
As the dramatic events in Wisconsin escalate toward Tuesday's recalls, a new theatrical production is playing to sold-out houses and enthusiastic acclaim in Madison:
|"ALEC, Republicans Beat Up On Kids in Special Ed"
The trickle of stories relating to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has grown to a steady flow, thanks to the recently-released (and formerly secret) database of corporatist cookie-...
|WI State Senators Use Taxpayer Dollars for ALEC Memberships
As if it weren't enough that the Republican legislators in Wisconsin are using ALEC as the vehicle to propagate corporatist legislation that funnels public dollars into private pockets. They're ...
|Wisconsin & ALEC: Don't Lie To Us!
Many of you know what ALEC is by now: the powerful, secretive organization where Republican state legislators sit down with corporations (who have paid big bucks to be at the table) and write ...
|FL Special Needs Vouchers: "Using Disabled School Kids as Lab Rats"
Here is how a recent article in the Miami New Times ...
|Wisconsin Singers Meet a Counter-Protest
The story that happened today wasn't the story that the counter-protesters were expecting! Today's events began like this -- a conservative Madison blogger took it upon himself to organize a counter-
|Wisconsin Singers in the Wake of Gun-Activist Violence: An Update
I'd like to provide a follow-up to my diary earlier this week, Tea Partier ...
|Tea Partier Punches WI Solidarity Singer in the Face (Updated)
We made it through a long winter and spring of peaceful Wisconsin protest. Our protests were sometimes massive, sometimes small and consistent, but always (ALWAYS!) non-violent. Even when we were ...
|WI Special Olympians to Gov. Walker: Lift Caps on Family Care!
The right-wing noise machine has continued to crank the outrage for those poor Wisconsin Special Olympics athletes, whose ceremony with Governor Walker on the Capitol Square was visited by some ...
|Gov. Walker and the Special-Olympics-Athlete Set-Up
It's been an intense week so far on the Capitol Square in Madison. We're in the final weeks of the budget season, as Gov. Walker's ALEC-sourced, slash-and-burn budgetary assault on the poor and ...
|WI Rep. Litjens Co-Sponsors ALEC Bill, Denies It's ALEC
Here's an eyewitness account from a May 23 listening session held by Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Michelle Litjens (R - Oshkosh), from blogger Appleton Wonk reporting on Blue Cheddar (emphasis mine): ...
|WI Solidarity Singalong: Voter Suppression Edition
The singing voices and stomping feet rang out in the Capitol Rotunda, after Thursday morning's shameful Wisconsin state Senate vote to pass the most restrictive voter-ID bill in the nation:
|"Pouty" Scott Walker Loses Election: 1988
A couple of months ago I got an e-mail from an acquaintance who had studied at Marquette University at the same time as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He and Walker ran in different circles -- ...
|Milwaukee Vouchers: Compare Apples-to-Apples, See What's Rotten
Those who would loot Wisconsin tax dollars from the public education system and move them into private/corporate school coffers are hard at work in this state. On Mother's Day I diaried my outrage ...
|Piratizing Special Education in Wisconsin: AB110
They're trying to loot public education in Wisconsin. And they're trying to take advantage of families like mine, with kids like my daughter, to do it. At issue is AB110, ...
|WI Solidarity Singalong: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round
Ongoing witness is a powerful thing. If you win your way through the designated doors and the metal detectors at the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, and enter the beautiful marble Rotunda, ...
|Phonebanking for Kloppenburg: "I'm not a robot."
Seneca Doane wrote a magnificent live-bloggy diary yesterday, reporting on the experience of phonebanking for JoAnne Kloppenburg in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race coming up April 5 (TOMORROW!) ...
|WI: ALEC is Hazardous to our Health Care
I carried a new sign to the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin yesterday: It ...
|Wisconsin: Things We'd Never Done Before
Wisconsin State Assembly Representative Mark Pocan said it in one word: "FitzWalkerStan." It feels as if Wisconsin isn't the state we know and love anymore, but rather a newly-formed totalitarian ...
|Underworked Overpaid Teachers & Anne of Green Gables
Though my past month here in Wisconsin has been consumed with the struggle against the corporatist take-over of our states budget process (and everything else), life does go on. I still have a half-...
|Wisconsin: March for Medicaid and Autism Awareness TODAY!
It's been so uplifting to read the diaries and see the photos from ...
|Medicaid and What's Passing in Wisconsin
My 9-year-old and I went to the Capitol for an hour last night. We stood with our signs as the crowd demanded to be let in and speak ...
|Wisconsin: Now They're Coming For Her Autism Insurance
My beautiful, energetic six-year-old daughter has autism, epilepsy, and a rare neurocutaneous disorder. The Republican administration in Wisconsin, led by Governor Scott Walker, is out to get her.
|WI: Facebook Friends and a Powerful Letter
When Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker introduced his so-called "Budget Repair" bill on February 11, full of devastating sweeping policy changes for public employee unions and Medicaid and more, ...
|Walker (WI): Pass My Budget, or Grandma Gets It
I thought that my opinion of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was scraping the bottom of the barrel already. Was it not enough that, on top of trying to break the unions, he also tried to sneak ...
|Attack on WI Medicaid = Attack on Healthcare Reform?
I've been blogging about the stealth attack on Wisconsin Medicaid for just about a week now. Deep in Gov. Scott Walker's so-called "budget repair ...
|Medicaid in Wisconsin: What's at Stake? How Can I Help?
First off: thank you, Barbara Morrill, for front-paging this ...
|Wisconsin Attack on Medical Assistance (and Democracy)
For years, advocates in Wisconsin have been working to make life better -- in some cases, make life possible -- for people with disabilities. The process has been slow. It has taken years to ...
|Praise for WI State Workers: Pay Cuts and Eviscerated Unions
The message from Governor Scott Walker (R) to Wisconsin state employees begins like this: ...
|Some publicly-funded jobs are more equal than others
I got an e-mail message yesterday from Herb Kohl, Wisconsin's lone remaining Democratic Senator, with the subject line "A Major Win for Wisconsin." He was celebrating the announcement that the U.S.
|Fitness Monday: A Beginner Runs Two 5K Races (Updated)
If it's Monday (which it is), it must be time for another helping of Fitness Monday, a community series for health and fitness support. Future Fitness Monday hosts needed. Yes, I'm looking at ...
|Fitness Monday - Cosmic Convergence
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|Saving for Disability Expenses: ABLE Accounts Act of 2009
"You're in a bad place." That's how the lawyer summarized our situation, with regards to saving for future needs of our four-year-old daughter, who has diagnoses of autism and linear nevus ...
|Frugal Fridays: Holiday Gifts, Lean Times Edition
These are lean times. Some of us are fortunate enough to still be doing OK financially, even if it's paycheck to paycheck. Others of us... are not doing OK, or we can see "not-doing-OK" ...
|WI State Govt - Dems have the trifecta!
I was so very proud of my state, Wisconsin, last night as the polls closed and the talking heads called it bright blue for Obama within a minute! Oh yes, we went blue in 2000 and 2004 as well. ...
|A Christian e-mail forward
Mennonites have a substantial tradition of working quietly, humbly, eschewing pride. Perhaps, though, it's not too non-Mennonite of me to feel just a little bit proud that, in this season of ...
|OBAMA! re: WI State Journal endorsement
Wonderful Morning Reaction by Kula2316 today. I love reading those things! One of the stories mentioned is a Sunday ...
|Hauled off: 4-year old political protestor
The little fellow's chant started softly, almost as if he were talking to himself: " Ba-rack O-ba-ma! Ba-rack O-ba-ma! " ... His Mami leaned over to whisper to him. We're at ...
|Frugal Fridays: Frugal Maintenance
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|Talk to your superdelegates!
Yes, you may well have Democratic superdelegates. Such as, your Congresspeople and Senators (if you're represented by Democrats!) Did your superdelegates endorse early, only to find that their ...
|Frugal Fridays: Frugal Gifts Holiday Edition
The gift catalogs are filling the mailbox en masse, the piped-in Christmas music fills the stores, and the desperate holiday advertising clamor grows louder by the day. And Halloween is only a week ...
|Eco-Greensburg - The Reality Show?
Three months ago, on the night of May 4, a massive tornado leveled the small town of Greensburg, Kansas. "Leveled" is not too strong a word. Almost nothing was left standing and ten people were ...
|A Little Bit Special: What Is Happening In Her Head?
Echoing through my mind lately has been a line from the rock opera Tommy by The Who, a story in which the main character spends most of his childhood and youth unable to hear or speak or see.
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