BP gas stations in Milwaukee-area counties sold bad gas

Via TMJ4.

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“If the Wisconsin Legislature says witches are a problem, shall Wisconsin courts be permitted to conduct witch trials?”

Via War on Witches: Reagan Judge Denounces Myth of Voter Fraud @ PR Watch.

Walker 50.2, Burke 49.8

Via 10.13.14 Cap Times Poll-Averaging Model.

Hand over fist

…WisDOT’s wild spending on huge projects that serve the state-roadbuilder complex but are not supported by good data, accurate traffic projections and credible budgeting, as the organization 1000 Friends of Wisconsin has recently documented.

Regrettably, the road-builders have bought their way onto the state ballot to guarantee themselves continuing and guaranteed profits at taxpayer expense for more such huge highway projects….

Via Speak out Tuesday against latest WisDOT billion-dollar boondoggle @ The Political Environment.



Via Windbag Big Fitz, double-dipper pa Fitz and idle lobbyist little Fitz thrive on public largesse @ POLITICAL CAPITAL.


…the Annual Financial Report is due out on Wednesday. Here’s a look at the FY2013 AFR, which lists pretty much all expenses and revenues for the state in the July 1-June 30 fiscal year. With a budget crisis looming and the second and final Walker vs Burke debate on Friday night, the numbers in this report will be sure to get a lot of attention, and I wanted to give you a quick review of what to look for when the numbers come out….

Via Budget numbers out on Wednesday – what to look for @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse

Living Wage Calculator from MIT

Living Wage Calculator, City of Madison
2 adults, no kids- $7.72
1 adult, no kids- $9.54
2 adults, 1 kid- $9.27
2 adults, 2 kids- $9.99
1 adult, 1 kids- $21.17
1 adult, 2 kids- $27.87

Via What IS a living wage in Wisconsin? @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse.

See, Living Wage Calculator.

Lawyer Regulators Exonerate Happ in Ethics Flap


Via STATEMENT BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUSAN HAPP @ www.susanhappforwisconsin.com.

ISIS rationalizes crime

“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday.

Via Justifying Kidnapping and Enslaving Women @ Boots & Sabers

Leadership @ UW-Whitewater

I’d guess, thinking about these last few years on our campus, that this is an administration that should have turned over sooner.  It would have been able to claim credit for a construction boom, before observers had time to see whether the expense was justified, and before problems far greater than building-space came to the fore.

Via ‘No One Left to Lie To’ @ FREE WHITEWATER

Pot, kettle

One of the funnier moments came when Schimel put his hand up with his fingers crossed saying, when you take an oath to uphold the constitution, you don’t say “except for these ones I don’t like or I don’t agree with.” So Schimel won’t even think about a law’s constitutionality? Yes.

Via Republican AG Candidate Brad Schimel forgets to uphold the Constitution. Promises to fight EPA, then blames Democratic candidate DA Susan Happ of activism. Doh! @ Democurmudgeon

WEDC sets benchmark for GOP business donor below current performance

this was another deal in a long line of “job creation” deals in Janesville where the number of workers employed by the business is either well above the minimum number expected to be retained or matches the number of new jobs to be created – before the deal is struck.

Via WEDC Piles On “Help” For Local Business Donor To Walker @ Rock Netroots

Sounds the same

The atmosphere is unlikely to get better if Burke is elected.  It’s not as if Burke is going to walk into the Capitol and the “Capitol singers” will suddenly dissipate instead of continuing their harassment of Republican legislators. Segway Boy Jeremy Ryan will not suddenly become a decent human being.

Via Mary Burke’s New Tone @ Right Wisconsin

Left lambasts Obama

Via Elizabeth Warren: Obama sided with Wall Street over people losing their homes @ Blogging Blue.


Via What Are The Chances The GOP Takes The U.S. Senate? @  CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Killer murders again hours after release

Via For the annals of premeditated murder @ Althouse.

It hurts his feelings

That’s the message that Belarus’s government sent on Friday when the local KGB fined and arrested soccer fans at a qualifying match between Ukraine and Belarus for the 2016 European Championship after they a sang a song comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to a very sensitive part of the male anatomy.

Via Don’t Call President Putin A “Dickhead” @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS

Burke’s Trek began in Red Barn

Via Burke campaign ad highlights Trek experience @ WisPolitics Election Blog.


So he called out Happ – – the Jefferson County DA – – but then waffled on whether he might do the very same sort of thing – – and, not coincidentally, picked a campaign finance law he might not enforce that threatens Gov. Walker.

How situational and partisan are those ethical apples?

In other words – – Schimel lacks Happ’s candor – – but goes ahead and condemns hers.

Via AG GOP candidate Schimel might not enforce campaign collusion law @ The Political Environment.

Name only

It does seem odd that 5 years after the recession officially ended, we are still talking about “the recovery.” The reason is because we have never really recovered. Frankly, we should have fully recovered by now and be nearing the natural economic cycle of another recession pretty soon.

Via Labor Participation Rate at Historic Low @ Boots & Sabers.



None of the previous four teams that led their division for at least 150 days yet failed to make the playoffs dismissed their manager after the season, either.

Via A historical context to Brewers keeping Ron Roenicke @ JS Brewers Blog.

Week 6

Via Around the NFL: Lions top Vikings; Seahawks tumble against Cowboys;  Bears get past Falcons @ JS Packers Blog

Six seconds FTW


Via Packers’ Aaron Rodgers caps a 27-24 thriller in Miami @ JS Packers Blog

Monday Music: Istanbul (not Constantinople)

Via Daily Adams.

Badgers 38, Illini 28


Via Game blog: Wisconsin vs. Illinois @ JS Badgers Blog.


WisDems say Burke:

Zepecki said Burke knew there were “a lot of people counting on her. It was important for her to do well tonight and she did.”

WISGOP says Walker:

Tom Evenson, a spokesman for Walker, said the debate “was a clear win for Gov. Walker.”

“This is a clear choice for voters,” he said. “Do you want to go forward or do you want to go backward.”

Via Walker-Burke the spin @ JS All Politics Blog.

Very few

The numbers are abysmal: Barely 800 of the nearly 180,000 University of Wisconsin System undergraduates identify themselves as American Indian, 0.4% of the total enrollment.

Via More American Indian students needed in the UW System @ JS Across the Board Blog.

Walker says workers aren’t good enough for work

“Many employers tell us they have work but they can’t get people who know how to work and can pass a drug test,” Walker said.

Via Burke campaign focuses on Walker debate claim that state doesn't have "jobs problem" @ JS NO Quarter Blog.


Walker’s job rating is positive among frequent churchgoers, higher-income voters, men, married people, older voters and those without bachelor’s degrees.

His job rating is negative among union members, public employee households, people who that don’t go to church, non-whites, people who aren’t married, women, younger voters and those with four-year college degrees.

His standing among all registered voters is dead-even: 48% approve, 48% disapprove.

Via A state polarized over Gov. Walker has become even more so since 2012 @ JS Wisconsin Voter Blog..

Full Debate, Walker v. Burke (10.10.14)

Sunday Animation: Brain Divided

Brain Divided from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.

Via Daily Adams.


How many “traditional marriages” do you know that have broken down since same-sex marriage became legal in Wisconsin?

Via A question for all you conservatives out there @ Blogging Blue.

How much aerosol does one shop need?

So it strikes me as odd that so many seem to praise and encourage the use of aerosol paint being used over and over again for the sake of–lets be honest–forgettable art that is not destined to last but just a sight until the next spray cans are bought for another–well, (lets be honest again) forgettable image.

Via Does Mother Fool’s Coffee Shop In Madison Care About The Environment? @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.