• noblejoanie commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Sinclair Lewis by dakine01.

    2014-08-23 18:12:38View | Delete

    Sinclair Lewis lived in our house years ago so when it was our turn to host book group of course we picked It Can’t Happen Here

  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Charles Barsotti by Ruth Calvo.

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  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close by Tom Weis.

    2013-08-12 19:41:01View | Delete

    Frankly, one really should be wondering why the big environmental groups are rolling over on this. They’re not naive.

  • The tell happened a couple weeks ago. Tom Friedman wrote a column directing the enviros to prepare a wish list of “other” demands in the event of an unfavorable Keystone decision.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if that was “leaked” to him by “highly placed” administration officials.

  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post Everything is necessary . . . like California’s lone wolf. by hotflashcarol.

    2012-08-26 20:59:22View | Delete

    I’m lucky to spend part of the year in the north woods of WI in the territory of a wolf pack. Sightings are rare but their music is not. Sadly, one more thing Scott Walker has done is to institute a hunting season beginning this fall, the “harvest” expected to be over 200 wolves out [...]

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post WI-Gov: Signs of a Tightening Recall Race

    2012-05-30 13:33:56View | Delete

    There are plenty of reasons to distrust the polling coming out of Marquette Law School.
    http://fightingbob.com/weblog.cfm?PostID=4356

    Scroll down to Marquette
    http://www.fightingbob.com/weblog.cfm?PostID=4387

    And btw, from the Marquette poll site itself, this:
    From the Marquette poll website expalining the poll:

    “That lead falls slightly short of statistical significance [my emphasis]. The poll was taken May 23-26, with most interviews completed before last Friday’s first gubernatorial debate, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.”

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_58ded18c-aa82-11e1-8293-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1wO4A2QJ2

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Late Night: Storybook Fail

    2011-10-17 20:13:55View | Delete

    David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Just couldn’t get past the first hundred pages. I tried, I gave it a chance, but there are so many books to read and so little time.

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Oh, The Places I Will Go…

    2011-10-01 12:35:28View | Delete

    Tartine Bakery
    http://www.tartinebakery.com/

    You’re welcome!

  • Thousand Points of Light, people. Bush the Elder peddled that one, if you recall.

  • How about protest t-shirts? Remember those women tossed from a Bush rally for wearing protest tees? They won their case, IIRC.

  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post Wisconsin – Democrats Come Up Short, but Don’t Score it as a Flat Loss by Bill Egnor.

    2011-08-10 06:55:37View | Delete

    Let’s just say I have a better understanding of the rise of fascism in the thirties in Germany.

  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post Wisconsin – Democrats Come Up Short, but Don’t Score it as a Flat Loss by Bill Egnor.

    2011-08-10 06:47:05View | Delete

    I’m trying to be honest with myself as well as with all of you. My family has been in WI since 1848. What I see is very real division, a breach that’s widening. The other side is at least as motivated as ours. That’s why we see presidential election turnout. They got out their voters, [...]

  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post Wisconsin – Democrats Come Up Short, but Don’t Score it as a Flat Loss by Bill Egnor.

    2011-08-10 06:37:27View | Delete

    Don’t underestimate the impact of the State Fair “riot” last week, either. Racism is alive and well in WI, especially in the near suburbs where Roberta Darling dwells. The timing of that couldn’t have been less helpful, although I’m becoming more convinced the deep divide is real, not just due to inept Democratic politicians failing [...]

  • noblejoanie commented on the diary post Wisconsin – Democrats Come Up Short, but Don’t Score it as a Flat Loss by Bill Egnor.

    2011-08-10 06:30:01View | Delete

    We’re likely to lose one of the two Dem seats next week. The statewide recall of Walker still has legs, but they’re wobbly, and if nothing is done about Waukesha county’s clerk in the meanwhile, the result is foregone. Sorry to be so gloomy, but it’s not a victory. Walker and his crew are doing [...]

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post The Soft Revolution

    2011-07-12 17:07:07View | Delete

    Can I see a show of hands how many use these boy drugs? You’d think the entire male population in this country needs a boost to have sex.

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Legal “Scholar”

    2011-06-28 13:57:30View | Delete

    Are you paid by the word?

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Legal “Scholar”

    2011-06-28 11:52:39View | Delete

    It amuses me greatly that one of the key words for this post is Boxed Wine

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Legal “Scholar”

    2011-06-28 07:57:55View | Delete

    As I understand the appointment process, the new justice has to stand for election in the first year in which there is no other supreme court election occurring.

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Legal “Scholar”

    2011-06-28 07:05:59View | Delete

    Here’s the problem—six of the seven justices were present. Two of them are liberals, Bradley and Abrahamson. (The missing justice, Crooks, is in their camp more often than not.) The remaining justices are conservative and it would not surprise me to see them close ranks, they’ve already been shown to have little in the way of ethics.

    If you have a moment, this comment at the local rag was written by an old political insider and is worth the read as he gets right to the heart of what was transpiring when Prosser crossed the big bright line that should lead to a conviction and removal from office:

    What we are seeing here is the breakdown of the separation of powers.
    The leadership of the House and Senate ‘directed’ the Supreme Court to
    present its opinion on Walker’s budget no later than the following
    Tuesday. From the Friday when the directive was made public through
    that Tuesday, sources say, Prosser caucused with Executive and
    Legislative leaders and together they wrote the opinion. This enraged
    Chief Justice Abrahamson. Supreme Court decisions are written by the
    Supreme Court, not the Legislature and not the Governor.
    It was at a meeting of six of the seven Justices to discuss this broaching
    of the separation of powers in the guise of an ‘independent’ opinion of
    the Supreme Court that Prosser claims he defended himself from an
    attack by the sixty two year old female Justice Bradley. The contretemps
    are interesting. The scandal, however, is frightening, and so far
    unreported:
    the Executive and Legislative branches of government effectively
    bypassed the Judiciary and stripped the rights and privileges from
    hundreds of thousands of citizens without independent Judicial review.
    That is the scandal. The disgrace is that the leadership of the Executive
    and Legislative branches went along with it, and the Chief Justice did not
    immediately notify the public of it.
    What is left is a fall back position, envisioned by the Founders and the
    only business protected by the constitution: the press. Think of it as the
    Fourth Branch. When the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches fail
    us as they have, we can count on our independent press.
    Well, can’t we?

  • noblejoanie commented on the blog post Republican Calvinball in Wisconsin, Ohio

    2011-06-27 14:23:16View | Delete

    A bit more background on the WI Prosser assault. Six of the seven state supreme court justices were in Bradley’s chambers when this happened. This means there were four observing. Three of them are conservatives, the fourth Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the other target of Prosser’s hate.

    I’m expecting the conservatives will close ranks around him. Ends justify the means, after all.

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