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A rally P.T. Barnum would have been proud of... provided he was into god and politics and crazy peop
It's been called a lot of things... Beckapalooza. Glenn Beck's "I Have a Scheme" rally. The Fear and Loathing March on Washington. And, of course, Restoring Honor. FOX News dressed it up with a ...
newfie53523 08/29/2010 17 8 - 95
Sitting with Shadow, watching the world change
I first wrote this in 2007 for my own blog. I decided that it was worth a repeat if that's OK with you guys.
newfie53523 09/11/2009 12 15 - 6
This whole health care debate is making me sick:  an over-caffienated rant
It's an easy pun for a complicated situation. What at face value, health care for everyone, seems like such a noble and moral thing has become the political cage match we all knew it would. (ever ...
newfie53523 08/25/2009 9 3 1 85
Smile and say "Cheese"! Sargento Foods also pulls Glenn Beck ads
As one who spent 25 years in the media planning and placement business, I understand that advertisers don't really buy specific programs for the most part. They package ad buys across several ...
newfie53523 08/13/2009 11 13 - 123
The hypocrisy of Conservatives' disdain of "socialism"
To listen to the way Republicans and conservatives throw around the word "socialism," you would think that anyone with a social consciences (e.g. Democrats) all steeped in Marxism and want to take ...
newfie53523 02/27/2009 36 11 - 62
Making a difference in the life of a child one birthday cake at a time
As the economy continues to falter, more people are turning to food pantries to be able to keep meals on the table for their families and themselves. Today'...
newfie53523 01/05/2009 25 36 1 272
This math test sponsored by (your name here)
Financially and economically speaking, things suck all over. For a lot of government entities, cutting the fat out of budgets no longer is enough. Now, cuts are seemingly draconian. Such is the ...
newfie53523 12/02/2008 12 5 1 27
Recounts: a different take on the low-interest voter
Most balloting seems pretty straight-forward. The voter is asked to blacken a circle or draw a line through a box with a special felt tip pen. Maybe it's a butterfly ballot, and the voter is to ...
newfie53523 11/23/2008 15 3 - 48
Conservative-leaning Wisconsin State Journal gets it, endorses Obama
Even though it is Madison's only remaining daily paper, the Wisconsin State Journal is much more conservative that it's mailing address would suggest. Indeed, it is not nearly as conservative as ...
newfie53523 10/12/2008 26 16 - 9
If it's not lying, then what is it?
In a recent post , I pointedly accused the McCain campaign, and generally Republicans, ...
newfie53523 09/14/2008 21 5 1 29
Hoping for change isn't such a bad idea.  Ask my pal Sam.
There's a lot of trash talk going on this week in St. Paul. Some of it is directed, still, at people who hope. People who hope for change. Take a break from the political effluvia emanating from ...
newfie53523 09/03/2008 11 4 - 65
Why does Ralph Nader hate America?
The answer is, of course, that he doesn't. While he has not told this to me personally, of course, I have no doubt that he loves America. Perhaps he loves America too much. More from Wisconsin ...
newfie53523 08/20/2008 38 2 - 11
Illinois Tollway:  Take my money, please!
The issues of bloated government and painfully inept bureaucracies are, of course, both chronic and ongoing. So, too, are the budget woes of federal, state and local government. So why is the ...
newfie53523 07/22/2008 22 8 - 250
Texroots.org:  admiration from an outsider
"Yearly Kos" changed its name to "Netroots Nation" to, as I understand it, reflect that the many gains made for Progressives and Democrats in recent years have been greatly assisted by internet-...
newfie53523 07/17/2008 6 11 - 71
Crying in my Beer
I never thought it would happen. Sure, other companies would fall into foreign hands. It seems like that's the way of the world these days. There are all kinds of explanations, rationalizations, ...
newfie53523 07/15/2008 40 4 - 3
WYFP: itchy and scratchy edition
If you live in certain parts of the country, you know that sound. It's a high-pitched whine that you can barely make out. You stop what you are doing and concentrate. As you try to hold still and ...
newfie53523 07/05/2008 333 70 1 31
GM shuts down their Janesville plant. Surprised?
You shouldn't be if you have any sense of what's going on in the auto industry and the economy. General Motors will phase out the Janesville operation over the next year or so, eliminating about ...
newfie53523 06/03/2008 57 23 2 33
The Summer of our Travel Discontent
Long, long ago -- the 60s -- when I was but a tyke, I looked forward to summer for one reason: the big vacation. For our family, it was almost always the same thing: we'd fly to Southern ...
newfie53523 05/21/2008 8 2 - 12
WYFP: Lowered Standards Edition
I was reading the other day about how the Army and Marines seem to be approving more and more waivers so convicted felons can enlist . Not ...
newfie53523 04/26/2008 254 57 - 30
A media folly of another kind:  Sun-Times punk'd By Tribune
With all the candidate diaries, I feel like we can use a little time-out from those. So, in other news... I love newspapers, especially when there is a legitimate rivalry. One of the best, from ...
newfie53523 03/20/2008 16 3 - 39
The Madison Capital Times Bytes the Dust
oCapital Newspapers, Inc. announced today that its Capital Times, Madison's afternoon and very progressive newspaper will cease its ...
newfie53523 02/07/2008 37 22 - 231
John Edwards is out but the working poor are still here.  One of them is my hero.
Just saying it was cold out last night in south central Wisconsin is quite the understatement. It was beyond really f***ing cold; it was deadly f***ing cold. The base temperature was below zero, ...
newfie53523 01/30/2008 16 40 1 167
Taking Christianity back from the hypocrites, one hypocrite at a time
I had dinner with my niece a few nights ago. (Well, actually, she's my partner's niece since there's no gay marriage. But I'm still Uncle Dave to her, thankfully.) Her parents, married 20+ years, ...
newfie53523 11/03/2007 39 19 2 4
When a "good" economy isn't: paychecks running out faster
A few months ago, you may remember the CEO of Wal-Mart offering ...
newfie53523 10/20/2007 51 31 - 36
Sitting with Shadow, watching the world change
Those who know me know that I’m not a morning person. Getting up early is something I’ve avoided most of my life, dating back to when had to get up at 5AM to deliver the Chicago Tribune. ...
newfie53523 09/11/2007 11 20 2 229
BREAKING:  Comment Pages run Amok!
In an apparent move to destroy morale and create havoc, people from Fox news have moved from scrubbing Wikipedia to changing the format on Daily Kos user comment pages. Not surprisingly, Kossacks ...
newfie53523 08/17/2007 113 19 - 6
WYFP? Yearly Kos 2007 Edition
Friends and neighbors, have you got f***ing problems? Well, you've come to the right place. Being here in Chicago for YK2007, I am happy to say mostly what I have seen and heard are people ...
newfie53523 08/04/2007 217 44 1 49
YK.07 Day One from Newfie's view
Note... I tried to post this last night. But, alas, I had already used my one and only diary post for the day. Sooo, I am tossing it up now (thus using today's post as well). But I'm leavng ...
newfie53523 08/03/2007 9 23 - 16
The Power of One Iraqi's Story in Film
Can a documentary film inspire a person to run for Congress? Indeed, it can. If it is the right film. I just finished attending the screening of "...
newfie53523 08/02/2007 3 2 - 56
Seeing a Reversal in the Family Political Tide
Like so many people, my initial political beliefs, if you could even call them that, were a direct reflection of what I perceived to be the beliefs of my parents and of my surroundings. It seemed ...
newfie53523 07/21/2007 17 10 - 163
Wisconsin Repubs say laws, lawyers, and law school only for certain people
It’s no secret, of course, that many on the right feel that lawyers are the root of all evil. And perhaps on some days that thought may cross the minds of others. But for the most part, all ...
newfie53523 07/13/2007 47 8 - 19
Centuries-old Wisdom from Tom Paine
"The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind." It's amazing, sobering, and most certainly impressive to read some of our founding fathers' writings. ...
newfie53523 07/04/2007 10 9 1 15
Oh, right.  It's Pride Week.
From AP via pageoneq.com SAN FRANCISCO – Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, ...
newfie53523 06/24/2007 118 91 2 20
News Overload, then Redemption
My politics began to change in the early 90s. I moved from a very moderate Republican into the Democratic space with the election of Bill Clinton. By the end of his presidency, I was solidly ...
newfie53523 06/12/2007 5 2 - 9
Learning from Cheech, Dolly and Mr. Whipple
I'm not the first person to say this, nor will I be the last: You can learn a lot from a dog. Last week, I started volunteering at the Dane County Humane ...
newfie53523 05/21/2007 10 7 - 1
Waiting for The Open Whine
I spent a day with my in-laws, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Not my first choice for a beautiful Saturday, but I like them and they like me and a good time was had by most. After the ...
newfie53523 05/12/2007 7 - - 8
Suspected Terrorist? Guns OK says the NRA.
Here's one more thing that proves the National Rifle ...
newfie53523 05/04/2007 20 13 - 68
31 People killed here is terrible news; sadly not so in Iraq
I was absolutely horrified when I heard of the Virginia Tech shootings. Working just up the street from the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, my first thought was how this could just as ...
newfie53523 04/16/2007 13 6 - 29
John McCain:  Master of the Obvious
The hits just keep on coming for this guy: From Raw Story... Speaking to a freindly audience at VMI...
newfie53523 04/11/2007 7 2 - 10
What of the US Attorneys that showed Rove the Love?
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who represents the Madison area, has asked Congress to look into the potential that Rove Inc. brought undue influence in a case last fall in an attempt to ...
newfie53523 04/10/2007 5 6 - 1
The "Little Elections" matter
"All politics is local." Tip O'Neill knew what he was talking about. The local races shape debate as much if not more than the national and global ones. And, often, many ...
newfie53523 04/02/2007 16 15 - 154
Condescension as Strategy
That condescension is unseemly in a President isn’t exactly a forehead-slapper. President Bush has been mocked and criticized as inarticulate since he was Governor of Texas. He even uses the ...
newfie53523 03/28/2007 7 5 - 1
DOJ actually goes after a DOD contractor
Nice to see that not every defense contractor can f*** the troops and get away with it.. Nicer to see that this US Attorney didn't have to "resign" before he got the conviction. Headline ...
newfie53523 03/27/2007 11 5 - 97
Homeland Security misplaces 600,000 fugitives
The current occupant's administration has trouble holding onto things. Billions in cash in Iraq. Secret identities of CIA operatives. The budget surplus. Now ...
newfie53523 03/26/2007 7 7 - 1
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
Never underestimate the power of a single comment in an open thread. I was reminded of this by Pico a few nights ago, when he replied to one of ...
newfie53523 03/23/2007 2 5 - 1
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