Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Public Enemies

After months of anticipation, the new Johnny Depp Film, "Public Enemies" will be opening in theaters across the country. Much of the movie was filmed in Wisconsin, and every single person got to be a part of the productions. That's because the movie studio spent a measly $5 million dollars in Wisconsin during production, but received $4.6 million from Wisconsin tax payers in the form of tax credits.

I was hoping to see the movie in the theater this summer, but that might be difficult with an infant at home. I guess I'll just have to wait to rent it on DVD so I can see my tax dollars at work.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Republicans and Iran

I just read another column by a conservative condemning Obama for not adamantly supporting the protesters in Iran. I've now come to the conclusion that conservatives advocating U.S. involvement in Iran are either monumentally stupid or want this revolution for liberty and reform to fail.

I'm certain that Amadinejad is praying to allah that he can spin this revolution as the evil American empire trying to overthrow his just and pious Islamic Democracy. The last thing Obama needs to do is give him that opportunity.

Sometimes doing the right thing is doing nothing at all.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

GM Bankruptcy

I was excited to learn that this cartoons was posted on CBC's website. You can see it here at http://www.cbc.ca/photogallery/diversions/2285/0/

Windpower vs. Coal

There is a growing group of people who are opposed to wind power in Wisconsin. They often live near the wind turbines and complain that the wind turbines cause all sorts of medical maladies, like migraines from shadow flicker, and that the noise keeps them awake at night. Other complain that wind turbines are dangerous for migratory birds and others just thing they are ugly and mar the landscape. I think it's important to remind them of the alternative. I also think it's fair to say that most of the people who complain of medical problems, don't have turbines on their property, but live on adjoining property. From what I've heard, not too many people who are being paid to live with turbines on their property have complained about shadow flicker.

Mallards Opening Day

Beer and baseball go together like summer and baseball, but especially at the Duck Pond, home of the Madison Mallards. There $30 will get you access to the Duck Blind, a special section of the stadium with all you can eat brats, and all you can drink beer.

Sonia Sotomayor and the Wisconsin Supreme Court

While electing supreme court justices like we do here in Wisconsin might seem more democratic, recent elections have been plagued by big money and nasty ads, that have landed the winning justices in trouble with the state's ethics board.