Archive for February, 2011

Open thread

By Jacob | Related entries in News

Continuing the cooking theme … The above picture is not meat – it’s seitan and it’s probably pretty delicious. Jenn (my wife) was vegetarian for 12 years (since age 18). She’d never in her life had Buffalo wings. About 4 years ago she got pregnant and decided to try them. We ate wings 2 times […]

February 26th, 2011 | Permalink| 6 Comments »


By Jacob | Related entries in News

Molasses, in fact, isn’t very slow. At least not compared to my preconceived ideas about it, having heard the idiom “slow as molasses” all my life. I first had occasion to cook with molasses about a year ago. I was making my first from-scratch BBQ sauce, a delicious Memphis-sweet concoction with liquid smoke, brown sugar […]

February 26th, 2011 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Taiwan explains Wisconsin

By mw | Related entries in Democrats, Fiscal Responsibility, Media, Partisan Nonsense, Republicans, Wisconsin

Taiwanese animations are the future of all mainstream news. The folks at NextMedia have distilled US TV news, newspaper commentary, blogs, and twitter feeds on the Wisconsin standoff into an easily digestible two minute animation. As far as the legislative standoff is concerned, this is a foregone conclusion. Polls do not support the AWOL Wisconsin Senators. The Wisconsin State Assembly passed the Walker Budget Repair Bill after beating back a filibuster and the Senators will have to return sometime or be recalled. The protesters in Madison will have to go back to work or be fired. The Republicans have the votes and Walker has the will. Done deal. I think it is all Kabuki Theater in Wisconsin from this point.

February 25th, 2011 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

The Left is Not Amused

By mw | Related entries in Comedy, Liberalism, Wisconsin

Digby at Hullabaloo who expends almost 800 words to explain why Jon Stewart is not funny and a traitor to the cause

February 23rd, 2011 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Elections Have Consequences – Wisconsin Edition

By mw | Related entries in Budget, Democrats, Republicans, Unions, Wisconsin

In Madison, Wiscosnsin – the public sector unions have organized protests at the steps of the capitol to exercise their Democratic right to shut down the Democratic legislative process and subvert the Democratically expressed wishes of the Wisconsin electorate, in order to be sure that the union money flow to the Democratic Party is not interrupted.

February 22nd, 2011 | Permalink| 22 Comments »

Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Propose Union Compromise, But…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Education, Republicans, Unions, Wisconsin

First, let’s understand what we’re talking about here. Wisconsin is running a budget deficit because of the fiscal crisis and Republicans are looking to public sector employees to make up the difference. From WSJ: Mr. Walker’s bill would close a projected $3.6 billion shortfall by forcing public employees to pay 5.8% of their salary toward […]

February 21st, 2011 | Permalink| 14 Comments »


By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Mexico

I’m going there for the week starting tomorrow. So I won’t be posting. Behave yourselves. Tweet

February 20th, 2011 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Guest Post: A Response To “Elections Have Consequences” & Unnecessary Snark

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Crush Your Head

Since mw invited me to guest post on my own blog, because he apparently found a news item about the Tea Party I hadn’t, I thought I’d take him up on his thoughtful offer. I guess I’ll finally find out what it feels like to be him. First, about the Tea Party stuff, great news. […]

February 19th, 2011 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Elections have consequences – #1 in a series – The F-35 alternate engine

By mw | Related entries in Bipartisan, Budget, Fiscal Responsibility, Good Decisions, I Told You So, tea party

Last week, in the Republican controlled House of Representatives, with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner supporting the continued funding of the unneeded engine, it was finally defeated. Credit to President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates for reaching out to Republican legislators and the new crop of Tea Party supported freshman Republican representatives who stood up to their own leadership.

February 18th, 2011 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Budget Bolero

By mw | Related entries in Barack, Budget, Deficit, Fiscal Responsibility, health care reform, Obama

President Obama is not going to get re-elected if he continues to treat American voters like they are complete idiots. He cannot tell us that a spending increase is really a spending cut, and that a massive new entitlement program will save money when it will actually cost money and expect to maintain any credibility.

He needs to outflank the Republicans on fiscal responsibility by supporting the bipartisan recommendations of the deficit commission he sponsored. If he puts the full weight of the Presidency behind the Simpson-Bowles Plan and pushes it to a floor debate, the American people would put their electoral weight behind him.

February 17th, 2011 | Permalink| 11 Comments »