My story (I am sticking to it) began on a farm outside of Sun Prairie, WI as as the oldest of 6 children born within 7½ years. Attended a one-room country school (Oak Lawn) my first two years, complete with biffies in the back and a water bubbler inside. At age 12, the Old Man plunked me onto a Farmall tractor before heading off to serve in the state legislature. Got into newspapering at age 16 for a summer job at the Stoughton Courier-Hub. Met Lisa at UW-Oshkosh where I edited the school paper and rocked to the music, weed and protest of the late 1960s. Kept my shiny hiney out of ‘Nam with decent grades and and impossibly high draft number. Worked daily newspapers in DeKalb, Ill., and Waukesha, WI before landing at The Capital Times in Madison. Arrived there a standard-issue liberal; left as a Reagan conservative. Went to work for Tommy G. Thompson in various state agencies and in his press office. Served on Dane County Board of Supervisors from 1994-2006, winning six of seven elections in a City of Madison district. Served as an alternate delegate to the 2016 Republican national convention in Cleveland. Devoted Harley-D motorcycle rider. (I’m on my third). Catch me from time to time on my good friend Vicki McKenna’s weekly afternoon program (1310 AM on the dial) and from time to time on Joy Cardin’s WHA radio Wisconsin Week in Review Friday mornings and occasionally on Sunday morning TV news shows.
May is Mental Health Month
Attention loyal platinum subscribers: Number #1 son Max is Go-Funding a project to raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dane County. He will change his hair do based on how much gets donated.
The funds raised will go to NAMI’s End the Silence program to fight stigma in Dane County high schools. His top goal is $2,600 and if he reaches it he will change his hair to look like Keith Flint from Prodigy — minus the jewelry.
Please help with this noble cause and open your checkbooks.
Please help with this noble cause. Watch Max’s video for more info.
The Crazy Lady is Back!
Rickert writes about "cop haters" and Madame Brenda raises her hand.
Getting in on the Identity Politics gig
"True Climate Justice Puts Communities of Color First. Black and brown communities have long borne the brunt of our addiction to fossil fuels — and now they are leading the fight for a post-carbon economy."
Arrogant and condescending? Not the Left!
"Because N.Y. Times readers are — let’s be honest — smarter and more sophisticated than the rubes who believe what they read in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal." — Eric Alterman in ... oh, where else?!
What we’re reading at the Manor
Top Five total wastes of time at UW system classrooms — from the folks at MacIver
George Orwell predicted our campus intolerance
"The average college campus with its speech codes, thought policing, violent protests and kangaroo courts has no resemblance to anything else in the United States of America.
"Colleges are totalitarian states. And they are the blueprints of the left’s plan for the entire country.
"Individuals have no rights on campus. Intersectional tribes do. The way that these tribes negotiate conflicting rights is a mix of Kafka and Orwell."
~ Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage.