upcoming tests for democracy in september

It turns out that this month of September will have several critical tests for democracy coming up. The U.S. Senate will be voting on a constitutional amendment to overturning Citizens United most likely sometime this week.  For the first time, every U.S. Senator will have to go on record as to whether they believe money … Continue reading upcoming tests for democracy in september

madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

  During the month of August, and particularly August 14-16, U-Haul and other trucking rental companies unleash thousands of trucks on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin--driven by people without licenses to be truck drivers.  Yes, it's Madison Moving Day. Does chaos result?  Yes and no. In many ways its an annual rite of passage, and … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

mid 1960s cheese pop. admit it…you love it

Somewhere between the TV themes to "Leave It To Beaver" and "S.W.A.T.," pop music evolved in interesting directions but a lot of this interesting pop history has been widely forgotten.  When people think of the 1960s, they think of beach and surf music, the Beatles, flower power, and acid rock.  But there's another aspect of … Continue reading mid 1960s cheese pop. admit it…you love it

joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

The image of Americans protesting against busloads of refugee children represents a new low in American hatred of the "other."  To them, it matters little that these children are refugees and desperately fleeing for their lives.  They are "illegals" that don't belong here--regardless of their needs, regardless of what U.S. federal law saws, and regardless … Continue reading joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

your boss’s religious exemption and you

The US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates for supposedly secular companies to claim a "religious exemption" from rights that employees and potential employees would otherwise enjoy. Suddenly, a new reality is emerging that when a company owner's religious beliefs conflict with that of their employees, the company owner … Continue reading your boss’s religious exemption and you

stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

The repetitive nature of the storms stills sweeping southern Wisconsin just beg for alliteration.  This has been a freaky summer.  Ever since the EF2 and EF3 tornadoes came through a couple weeks ago, wild wet, windy weather has repeatedly barrelled through the bottom of the Badger State. Two nights ago around midnight, we and our … Continue reading stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather