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Forty years on


Caffeinated Politics will be posting on a number of factors and components in the coming weeks as this nation observes the 40th anniversary of the  resignation of President Richard Nixon.  As readers might know I have had a life-long interest in the life and times of Nixon.   While I have long stated President Lincoln was our most important leader to occupy the White House I have long felt Nixon was our most intriguing.  Nixon’s life was a Shakespeare play acted out for the whole nation to watch….

Via President Nixon: 40 Years Later @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Responding poorly

The filing of the lawsuit got me to watch the much-watched video clip, which I hadn’t bothered with before. I’m surprised how gentle the ESPN announcers are. There’s no conceivable basis for a lawsuit here.

By the way, the man, Andrew Rector, is a used car salesman. You’d think he’d have better skills at taking what seems to be bad and flipping it into the good. He’s recognizable. He’s famous now. Be the fat, sleeping baseball guy. It’s branding. Now, you’re the petulant, humorless, litigious guy….

Via Publicly mocked obese, sleeping Yankee fan sues over the public mockery… @ Althouse.


Via Survey finds 39% of millennials like Hillary Clinton; 79% question cost of college @ JS School Zone.


Father David Bergner, the director of Catholic Charities here, said that its parent organization, Catholic Charities USA, has been asked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to look for sites that might be able to handle the influx of unaccompanied children immigrants.

Via Milwaukee could shelter 100 border children @ JS Latino Connection Blog.

Who’s killing these birds?


Via Wardens seek tips on tern killings on Lake Butte des Morts @ JS On the Trail Blog.

Doesn’t home-field advantage for the World Series grab you?

Via TV audience for baseball’s All-Star Game is trending downward @ JS SportsDay Blog

Brewers Crushed

Via Game blog: Brewers’ skid continues with 9-1 loss @ JS Brewers Blog.

Third Starter

Via Jonathan Lucroy expected to start in All-Star Game @ JS Brewers Blog.

Big Retail Sues Janesville

Via Big retailers suing Janesville over tax bills @ JS Online



Let’s recap the sheer number of goats who have gone viral in recent months. There was Frostie, the sickly Australian snow goat who learned to walk with the help of a wheelchair. Then there was Gary, the GoPro-wearing muse/sidekick of comedian Jimbo Bazoobi, who somehow has nearly 730,000 fans on Facebook. (His schtick, not to oversimplify it, is basically just the goat.) Then there were the many fascinations of /r/goatparkour, a Reddit forum devoted to kids cavorting like deranged freerunners and the alleged “best thing online” — only rivaled, in truth, by “goat remixes,” a phenomenon that must be seen to be believed.

Via Friday Catblogging: Online, Are Goats Replacing Cats? @ Daily Adams.

Not Just Wisconsin

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C., has just published an article on alleged coordination between political campaigns and outside groups that cites Wisconsin as a prime example. The article, “How cozy can candidates be with political groups?,” also looks at alleged coordination in Michigan, Connecticut, Minnesota and Florida.“Laws vary widely when it comes to how tight candidates can be with political backers,” Consider the Source reporter Rachel Baye writes. “What’s OK in one state may not be OK in another.”

Via Wisconsin among several states with dust-ups over campaign coordination with outside groups @ WisconsinWatch.org.


Via Iron Mining Company Files Fast-Tracked License Requests @ The Political Environment.

No other state

I really think we have turned a corner here in Wisconsin, despite our picture-postcard outdoorsy promotions, where an appeals court has just ruled that hunters may loose their hounds on wolves during pre-hunting training.

Via Hunters Can Loose Dogs On WI Wolves During Pre-Hunt Training @ The Political Environment.

Millions in WEDC money leads to layoffs and outsourcing

At least two companies that received financial awards from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) later outsourced jobs to foreign countries, with one of those companies receiving a second WEDC award after the fact.

A 27 News investigation has uncovered that both the Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies’ foreign facilities.

Via Scott Walker’s WEDC doles out millions of dollars to companies that outsourced WI jobs to foreign countries @ Blogging Blue.

Ron Johnson’s ObamaCare Lawsuit

But whatever comes of the standing argument (something that we knew would be raised), the outcome of the case should not turn on whether it is “good” for Members and staff to get federal health benefits. Congress decided that they should not. If that decision was wrong, Congress itself controls the remedy. It can repeal the mandate of equal status that it adopted.

But so far it hasn’t. In a nation of laws, it is not for the Executive Branch or the judiciary to do it for them. To say that Senator Johnson, for insisting on fidelity to the law, is engaged in a “political stunt” is quite disappointing. I would have not have thought we’d come to the point where convenience trumps the rule of law.

Via Why Sen. Johnson is right @ Shark and Shepherd.

Fear of a Voters’ League

Via Wisconsin 6th CD GOP Candidates Scared Of League Of Women Voters @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Who’s up for a movie about Rathergate?

Well, now… think about it. Mapes is going to be played by a great actress, Cate Blanchette. Conceivably, the Shakespearean complexities of the role will emerge. I’m picturing a grand, slow, torturous descent. Tragedy!

A typewriter! a typewriter! my network for a typewriter!

Via It’s hard to fathom why a movie about Rathergate — with Robert Redford as Dan Rather — is being made @ Althouse.


Via “Two Important Lessons From Crumbled Crumbs Bake Shop” @ Althouse.

Activists Seek Prison Reform

The New Bucks

Via Grant Hill says Jason Kidd coaching Jabari Parker and the Bucks is ‘a great opportunity’ @  JS SportsDay Blog.


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.

Tepid offense

Via Game Blog: Offense struggles again as Brewers lose to Phillies, 4-1 @ JS Brewers Blog.

Nigerian Terrorists Advance

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.

Fee Waiver Week

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.

Not even worthy of a remainder bin

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.

Utter loser in Waukesha calls Pres. Obama a n—-r

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.

Only Alabama’s cut more per pupil

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 Mother of All Garage Sales’

Via WI DNR To Sell 10,000 Acres – - Nice Round Number – - Of Our Land @ The Political Environment.

Cleveland was a bad GOP pick

Via PR Blunder: GOP Guarantees 2016 Attention To Ohio Vote Suppression Schemes @ The Political Environment

2-1 raised, 3-1 cash on hand

Via Scott Walker far outraises Mary Burke in governor’s race @ SJ On Politics Blog

Accused killer stalked women while he was a West Allis police officer


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.

Almost normal again

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