Author Archives: Frank Paynter

Olbermann on Osama and Obama

Here’s Keith Olbermann pounding out a piece on the death of Osama Bin Laden. Keith… good job man. Your hectoring tone and stentorian delivery were made for this.

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Let’s move

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with DC-area children, plant the White House Kitchen Garden. The garden includes spinach, peas, lettuce, broccoli, blueberries, raspberries and other vegetables and herbs. I wish I had nice raised beds and as fine a crew of helpers as Michelle Obama.

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Too hip

They were talking about dirt on public radio. The guest, some kind of eco-dude engaged for Earth Day infotainment, suggested there should be a contest. Offer some kind of prize, he suggested, for the first caller who can name the state soil. I’m fumbling in my shirt pocket for my phone, left hand on the [...]

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Urge JoAnne Kloppenburg to request a manual recount

JoAnne Kloppenburg lost the election for Supreme Court Justice by over 7,000 votes, less than half a percent of the total votes cast. This entitles her to a machine recount on the State’s dime. A machine recount will involve bundling up all the machine readable ballots and running them through the machines again. Seems like [...]

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Going down the road

It was a great day filled with lots of “what-does-it-take” chores. A “what-does-it-take” chore is just what it sounds like, something that needs doing, that can be done in a short time and with little effort, something that’s so obvious and likely so easy that it gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list [...]

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Jumbotron envy

Giant screens used for political speeches generally have an Orwellian quality. Not always, of course. Newt Gingrich? Orwellian. Steven Colbert? Not so much. Saturday in Madison the best seat for the Sarah Palin/Americans for Prosperity/Koch Brothers/Andrew Breitbart speechifying was at home following the Channel3000 livestream. The Channel3000 camera was fixed on a high platform and [...]

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Today is the opening day of the farmers market on the square and the day that ill-informed whiners have called “tax day.” Supposedly, if you had to pay all your taxes before you could keep any of your take home pay, today would be the day you would finally be free of the 2011 tax [...]

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Walker’s testimony before Issa’s committee embarrasses Wisconsin

Wisconsin recently saw the passage of a controversial funding bill that addresses the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit. [On April 14, 2011], a House Committee called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to discuss his approach to crafting the budget bill. Along with Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT), Committee members and Walker studied what difficult choices individual [...]

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