Thursday, May 28, 2009

vs Sotomayer

What they're saying:
Her initial nomination to the federal judiciary by a Republican president and bipartisan support on Capitol Hill through two separate hearings should put to shame those on the Right now shouting that old “liberal activist judge” mantra they haul out whenever they disagree with a ruling.

What she's saying:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

*Dear Mom,

Dear Mom,

Perfect as usual: It was sunny and 75 degrees without a cloud in the sky. Don't forget tomorrow too, okay?




Monday, May 18, 2009

Letters home

Dear Mom,

Yes, the weather here still sucks. Please send some sunshine and ten degrees or so.



Which means the Rock Aqua Jays won't be doing their traditonal performances Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Retail Therapy

Would you Buy Black?

What else would you buy? How about for-profit BOGO shoe donor Tom's?

How about the Guatamalan-made Spring Into Change Cosmetic Bag , or a Nepali Basket of Kindness, both through

There are a bevy of ideas at Greater Good, from breast cancer research charities to literacy, rainforest and hunger charities.
A good friend reminded me that a commitment to what happens with our money after we spend it is as important as what we buy.

Friday, May 8, 2009

From the Oprah:

"Why right-brainers will rule this century."

Ahhhhh... dreams from the Ivory Tower.

Don't know if you're right- or left-brained, huh? Better find out before you find yourself outsourced. Don't say Oprah didn't warn you!

Doesn't look like I'm safe:

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.

Left Brain Dominance: 10(10)
Right Brain Dominance: 8(8)

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

Thursday, May 7, 2009

'Let your light so shine before men

that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt. 5:16.

Be a do-gooder!

The John Doe Movement plans to next meet at noon May 15 at Atlanta Bread, 2747 Milwaukee Road, Beloit.

Contact [Michael] Rorabeck by e-mailing to for more information.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

'Let them take taxis'

I've been poking fun at the swine flu rubbernecking over at the BBA here and here, including a more serious piece I'll have out later today, but one more shot before I keel over and begin barfing my insides out:

From Rob the Llama

Gratuitous Politically Correct Pandemic Panic Observation

Good Lord - even the Llama-ettes are calling it H1N1 flu instead of swine flu.

I'm sorry, but every time I see "H1N1", I'm inclined to pronounce it "heinie".

There's got to be some material for a joke in there somewhere.

UPDATE: Some mailbag Yippers suggest that there's room for a Joe "Let Them Take Taxis" Biden joke. I think that probably would be more appropriate if the new name were ass flu.

Seriously, thank heavens for Joe Biden. If he did step in for Obama after a virulent swine flu attack, all he would do for the next four years is wander around making hilariously vapid and out-of-touch comments. We'd be safe from government for the first time in two decades!

Chick chat

Hmmmmm: "Ten questions to ask your mother now."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ahh, youth takes over at the Gazette

I've really been enjoying the new blood that's been flowing into the Janesville Gazette over the past two years, much of it young and female.

Today's sample:

I have had a long-standing rivalry with pigs themselves, and I tend to think that this whole swine flu situation is a result of pigs getting together in their piggy war room and evilly plotting the world's destruction.

They are very smart, after all. I found this picture as evidence of an early standoff between myself and a regiment of the porkers. (Clearly I am "helping feed" them by "throwing rocks at their heads" while my parents encouraged this behavior by taking a picture.)

As usual, the comments are a riot of inanities and cross talk, and if it were possible to edit them together, they'd be their own story.

Who said it was typically the well-educated and liberal who access the internet?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Some law enforcement officers do it for honor

Others do it for fame.

There might even be those who do it for money.

Sgt. Howard Sawyers does it for doughnuts.

The sergeant, who trains correctional officers at the Walworth County Jail, is the world's cop doughnut eating champion for the third time.

The 17 doughnuts he downed in three minutes to win this year's championship April 22 also set a cop doughnut-eating record. Sawyers has won the championship more times than anybody—three out of the six annual contests.

Go Wisconsin!

Friday, May 1, 2009

How I'm feelin' today

I'm standing in the middle of life with my pains behind me
I've got a smile for everyone I meet
As long as you don't try dragging my bay
Or dropping a bomb on my street

Now come on, baby! Get in the road, yeah!


Unite in fun with the masses around the May Pole to enjoy our collective power! If not freedom, that is.

Or you can celebrate by falling down the amusing rabbit hole that is the Wisconsin State Journal's Interactive page.

C'mom! Madison College Jeopardy! Or check out the Madison Crime Maps! See the actual forensic video of the Peterson/Crandon shooting investigation!

Or my favorite - a game I can't win due to my disadvantageous early years as a Californian - the Wisconsin Beer Quiz! Match the label with the brewer.

Update: I got nine out of sixteen labels, but to my shame I mismatched the Berghoff's label.