In Defense of Joe Lieberman

Update: Hartford Courant: Secret Ballot To Decide Lieberman's Fate - "Joe Lieberman votes with me a lot more than a lot of my senators. He didn't support us on military stuff, and he didn't support us on Iraq stuff. But you look at his record, it's pretty good."
- Sen. Harry Reid

I don’t care for Joe Lieberman as a U.S. Senator.

Lieberman went right along with the obscenity of the Iraq Invasion and the Patriot Act, among other imbecilities.

I don’t care for Joe Lieberman as a public man.

Even among elected officials in Congress, Lieberman stands out as a lying propagandist.

All I know is what I read in the papers...

Bo Black’s daughter has big breasts.

How do we know? The Journal Sentinel’s Jim Stingl wrote a whole column about her, just so the paper could run her photo with them hanging out.  Bo, who people used to call Milwaukee’s only celebrity, is still trying to maintain the title long-distance from Arizona. Stingl, interviewed on WTMJ-TV news (!) about it, said the story was pitched to him (and a lot of others) via email by Bo herself. Get a life, everybody.

So much for the secret ballot.

A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

"Hey, do you think Fred skipped Communion because he's committing adultery with his secretary, or because he voted for Obama?"

NRA misfired -- again -- Nov. 4; Will the legislature learn?

As we finish listing the winners and losers on Nov. 4, let's not forget the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Put them down as losers. Big-time losers. Again.

In 2006, you may recall, the NRA's Number 1 target in the country was Gov. Jim Doyle, long a supporter of sensible firearms regulation. That "Dump Doyle" campaign didn't turn out so well as he cruised to a solid reelection victory.

Undeterred, the NRA was back at full strength this year, endorsing candidates up and down the ballot, starting with the McCain-Palin ticket.

That didn't go so well, either.

And in Wisconsin, the NRA took a whipping in legislative races, too.

As Democrats took control of the Assembly, there were five seats that switched from Republican to Democrat. In every case, the NRA backed the loser.

Two NRA-supported incumbents, J. A. "Doc" Hines and Frank Lasee, went down to defeat. Hines had an A+ rating from the NRA, and Lasee was the guy who thought the way to make schools safer was to arm classroom teachers.

Three other open seats, formerly held by Republicans who retired, all went Democratic, too – and the NRA again was on the losing side in each.

Madison City Council to bus riders: GET A CAR!

Are you kidding me? Madison couldn't come up with $680,000 to help fund the Metro Bus System, so they're raising fares by 50 cents?

What's wrong with you people? As reported in the WSJ, there seems to be all kinds of ways the City Council could've scrapped together this money.

The roads transportation budget was increased 60%! You couldn't take a little money from that? Really, State St. and Gillman need to be paved again? 

What a farce, and will someone with a modicum of credibility PULEEEZE run against this Mayor Dave guy in the next election?

UPDATE: Madison Mayor defends fare increase. I love the reader comments!

Dem Begich Now "Overwhelming Favorite" to win Alaska Senate

Democrats still have a shot at taking 60 seats in the Senate. reports that Democrat Mark Begich has taken the lead over Republican Ted Stevens, and that many "remaining votes come from Begich-friendly districts. Mark Begich is now an overwhelming favorite to win the Alaska Senate seat."

Brennan Center: Help People Vote

For those Americans who do not want to see voting end up like navigating a DMV phone-answering tree, the Brennan Center this fall put forth the idea of universal voter registration.

Worth a read; here's a summary:

In a universal voter registration system, it would be the government's obligation to ensure that every eligible citizen was registered to vote. Individual citizens could opt out if they wished, but the registration process itself would no longer serve as a barrier to the right to vote.

Here are some of the important ways that federal policy can and should encourage the states to improve on the current voter registration system:

- Mandate that the states put systems in place that would phase in universal voter registration, while preserving the states' ability to experiment with different systems.

- Require states to immediately implement permanent registration, so that voters wouldn't have to re-register if they moved within a state.

Cassville Coal Power Plant Voted Down

[img_assist|nid=3428|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=231]The proposed Alliant Energy coal power plant in Cassville was turned down yesterday by the Citizen Utility Board - Following is the press release:

Coal Plant Proposal Rejected for First Time in
Wisconsin History
Historic Decision will Save Ratepayers Money
and Reduce Pollution
Madison, Wis -  Wisconsin regulators rejected a proposal
to build a conventional coal plant for the first time in state history
today when the Public Service Commission voted unanimously to reject
Alliant Energy's highly controversial $1.26 billion coal plant on
the shores of the Mississippi River in Cassville, Wisconsin.

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