The all-star break cannot get here soon enough for the Brewers.
The question is: Will they still be in first place when it arrives?
The Brewers’ July swoon continued Wednesday night with a lifeless 4-1 loss to Philadelphia at Miller Park. It was the third consecutive loss to the last-place Phillies and the eighth loss in nine games for the fading NL Central leaders.
Via Brewers reeling as all-star break nears @ JS Brewers Blog.
This morning I read Robyn Dixon’s powerful dispatch from Nigeria for the Los Angeles Times and realized for the first time that the government there has ceded control of large portions of the country to the terrorist group.
Via Terror Group Gains Ground, An Unfolding Crisis in Nigeria @ JS A Word with You Blog.
Twenty-three private colleges and universities in Wisconsin are offering a deal for prospective students who visit their campuses next week: The schools will waive their application fee for admission.
Marquette and Lawrence universities otherwise charge a $40 application fee, while Ripon College charges $30, and Beloit and St. Norbert colleges each charge $25 just to apply, for example.
Via Prospective students who visit in-state private colleges next week will get application fee waived @ JS School Zone Blog.
A public outcry has caused Walmart, Amazon and Sears to remove from sale posters depicting the main gate at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
Relatives of Holocaust survivors, in particular, were offended and outraged to see the posters. They depict the Nazi-beloved saying “Arbeit macht frei” “work makes you free” and were sold as home decor on the companies websites over the Fourth of July weekend.
Walmarts website said the poster “would make a great addition to your home or office,” according to Digiday.
Via JS Public Investigator Blog.
Waukesha — A Milwaukee businessman uttered a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama during a news conference Wednesday in Waukesha City Hall that was organized by Wisconsin business leaders as part of a national call for immigration reform.”Im not seeing anybody doing anything,” said Dagoberto Ibarra, who ran for alderman in Milwaukees 8th District in 2004. “This is the most useless Congress in the last eight years, because a N-word is in charge.”
Via Milwaukee-area developer utters racial slur against Barack Obama @ JSOnline.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at state dollars spent per student. Wisconsin students receive $1,038 less per pupil in the 2013-14 school year than when the recession hit in 2008. North Dakota, which topped the list in new dollars per child, posted a $1,116 increase since 2008. Changes in spending were adjusted for inflation.
Via Wisconsin Leading the Way in State Cuts to Schools? @ Uppity Wisconsin.
The former West Allis police officer who police say killed two women and hid their bodies in suitcases was accused of stalking and harassment by at least half a dozen women while he was on the force from 1993 to 2001, according to personnel records released Wednesday.
Via Ex-officer in suitcases bodies case stalked women for years @ JSOnline.
Court records show foreclosure filings in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties totaled 2,857 in the first six months of 2014, the lowest level for a half-year span since 2,820 were recorded in 2006. Filings peaked in the seven-county region at 6,292 during 2009.
Via Foreclosures recede to pre-crisis level for first time @ JS Watchdog Report.
Milton’s Plan Commission and the DOT – government entities – approved a plan about businesses the identities of which are a secret from the very public that these government bodies are by law required to serve
Via Shhh….Milton’s City Planning is a Big Secret @ FREE WHITEWATER.
The deal, touted in 2006 as sure to attract at least 2,400 new jobs with the pharmaceutical giant, has yielded no jobs with the company, which has not developed a site the grant helped assemble.
Via HUD: State must repay $12.3 million Burke helped award @ JSOnline.
Huebsch has never answered why he believes he can get around the state law requiring him to provide the property values. Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis had no immediate comment on Wednesday.
Via Dems seek values of property state is considering selling @ JS All Politics Blog.
When it comes to the governor, however, what’s disturbing is Walker’s history of walking on the edge of campaign laws and ethics throughout his career. This history goes way back to his run for student body president at Marquette University — he and his campaign workers were accused of shady campaigning even then.
Going back to his days as Milwaukee County executive, another John Doe probe found that his office illegally campaigned for him on taxpayer time. Not only that, a secret email system had been set up to avoid open records scrutiny. Six of Walker’s staff members or associates were charged and convicted of breaking laws.
Via If Scott Walker’s innocent, why the razzle dazzle? @ CT Plain Talk Blog.
The fact that the John Doe investigation is being kept in the news – along with Walker’s dismal record on job creation and high level of corruption and cronyism – must be playing hell with his poll numbers, judging by the fact that he is launching attack ads this early into the campaign. That is not the behavior of an incumbent that is expecting to win reelection.
Via Walkergate: More Documents To Be Released @ Cognitive Dissidence.
….Phil Robertson who compared homosexuality to bestiality when he said, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” Pretty awful stuff, and despite the furor his comments created Phil Robertson has stood by his remarks.
Via First lady Tonette Walker to attend fundraiser with anti-gay bigot Phil Richardson @ Blogging Blue.
“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign?” Schimel’s email continued. “Isn’t that the essence of representative government?”
One Wisconsin Now called Schimel’s response, which it received in January and made public in June (after the race for AG was in full swing), “shocking and disappointing.” Schimel’s remarks were also blasted by the three Democrats vying in the Aug. 12 primary for the right to be his opponent this fall….
But beyond the spin, it isn’t clear that Schimel and his Democratic rivals are all that far apart.
Via More heat than light in AG race flap @ WisconsinWatch.org.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be eliminated under a bill in the works from U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).
Citing ATF’s recent operational failures and its overlap with other federal law enforcement, Sensenbrenner is preparing a bill to dissolve the agency and have existing agencies in the U.S. Justice Department take on its duties.
“By absorbing the ATF into existing law enforcement entities, we can preserve the areas where the ATF adds value for substantially less taxpayer money,” Sensenbrenner said. “While searching for its mission, the ATF has been plagued by decades of high-profile blunders….We cannot afford to ignore clear changes that will greatly enhance the government’s efficiency.”
A new General Accountability Office report on the ATF released Wednesday found an agency trying to redefine itself while struggling with high personnel turnover and problems tracking its own criminal investigations.
Via Bill by Jim Sensenbrenner would dissolve federal ATF agency @ JS Watchdog Update.
According to records from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, thousands of items ranging from armored vehicles and fast boats to sophisticated imaging systems and fully automatic weapons have been transferred from the military to local police and sheriff’s departments.
Because of Wisconsin’s open records law, Media Trackers reviewed a DMA spreadsheet that listed all so-called 1033 transfers from the U.S. Department of Defense to state and local law enforcement. Over 160 individual agencies and departments obtained free equipment or weapons through the program between July 2004 and May 2014.
Via War Machines, Weapons Flood WI Law Enforcement @ MediaTrackers.
In the current four-person race for Attorney General of Wisconsin there have been some disturbing suggestions that candidates for that office may opt in or out of cases based on what they consider the virtue of the laws on which the cases are based.
Via The third estate @ Fighting Bob.
It is hard to believe that three civil rights workers — Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner — were killed five decades ago. In Mississippi to help register black voters as part of Freedom Summer, they were stopped outside Philadelphia and killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Their bodies were later found covered with Mississippi mud.
Via Freedom slumber @ GarveyBlog.