House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin did some major speaking out yesterday, saying he wants to offer "a complete alternative to the left's agenda." Exactly which "left" agenda he was referring to he didn't say, but his initial remarks on this subject suggest that Ryan's alternative would look pretty much like the political vision of … Continue reading House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

Since the building of really big walls for the good of the nation is now a popular idea among some Americans, especially Republican presidential candidates and a former Republican presidential candidate,  Wisconsin Republicans now governing the state should consider building a wall around the state's borders. Such a wall would keep the wrong people out and … Continue reading Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

Debate in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about Patriotgate

One question not heard at last night's Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee was anything about what we might call "Patriotgate." This has nothing to do with deflated footballs but does include the New England Patriots, as well as the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the UW-Madison Badgers. A report released last week by Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and … Continue reading Debate in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about Patriotgate

“VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

We at the Wisconsin Institute for Insisting that Issue Ads are Not About Electing Anybody (WIII . . .) have teamed up with the Wisconsin Club for Circumventing Justice and the Wisconsin Supremely Conservative Court to bring you the following nonpartisan advertisement on the issue of campaign finance reform.                                                       VOT_  for Republicans! Narrator: Are … Continue reading “VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

Rumple Oxbridge: “A Controversial Poem”

(Photo copyright: Public Domain--U.S.) By Rumple Oxbridge, a man of few and controversial words, a few of which rhyme "Controversial" is a dodge that journalists use to avoid the having to choose a better, truer word like "kooky." To wit: "The law put forth by Sen. Crooky that requires everyone to vote for him is controversial. … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “A Controversial Poem”

Forget the “Center.” We Need Conviction & Truth

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. W.B. Yeats, from "The Second Coming" By John Kaufman In his "Editor's Note" of May … Continue reading Forget the “Center.” We Need Conviction & Truth

T.S. Swanky: “Motherhood and Monopoly” [Satire]

(Mother's Day card, 1916 by Northern Pacific Railway (eBay item card front card back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) (Editor's Note: Former imaginary conservative columnist T.S. Swanky, aka "the voice of reason," asked to return for he fictionally failed to find suitable employment elsewhere. In southeastern Wisconsin these days conservative commentators are a dime a … Continue reading T.S. Swanky: “Motherhood and Monopoly” [Satire]

Let Them Eat Lobster

(Photo by schooner guest [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons) By John Kaufman Wisconsin's GOP-controlled Assembly is assembling two bills aimed at achieving less freedom for the unemployed and people on food stamps. Thus the party of "freedom" and "faith" is displaying neither democratic generosity nor religious charity, though we should all be grateful they haven't tried … Continue reading Let Them Eat Lobster

The War On Hillary’s Ovaries

(Photo by U.S Government [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010. Photo taken at the State Department, in Washington, D.C.) By John Kaufman Though famed for its politically progressive tradition, Wisconsin does produce some notorious conservatives, colorful figures who draw the attention of the nation. Gov. Walker is a rather bland … Continue reading The War On Hillary’s Ovaries