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Cartoon of the Day

Happy Easter everyone.

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Programming Note

I’ll be on the “Week in Review” seg­ment this morn­ing on WPR’s “Joy Cardin Show” from 8 to 9 AM.

My spar­ing part­ner “on the Left” will once again be for­mer Attor­ney Gen­eral Peg Lautenschlager.

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Broken Bulb Leads to Evacuation of State Capitol

Well this doesn’t hap­pen too often, now does it?

 Police briefly evac­u­ated the Wis­con­sin state Capi­tol build­ing after a state senator’s light bulb began to smoke.

Fire alarms began ring­ing through­out the build­ing around 10:45 a.m. on Wednes­day. Police ordered every­one out.

A spokes­woman for the state Depart­ment of Admin­is­tra­tion said a light bulb in state Sen. Dale Schultz’s office popped and began to smoke. She says it didn’t catch fire, though, and author­i­ties re-opened the Capi­tol shortly before 11 a.m.

 

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So, 35 Huh?

This is the age you start wor­ry­ing about your fiber intake, right?

In all seri­ous­ness, let me take a moment to wish my fel­low birthday-mates, Rick Esen­berg and Brian Fra­ley a Happy Birth­day as well.

As usual, we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing with a somber cer­e­mony at our mat­u­ra­tion pods in the sub-basement of the Bradley Foundation.

(If you believe the above line, you are an idiot and fail to under­stand nuance.)

Highly doubt I’ll do much for my birth­day.  Today is also Ash Wednes­day, the start of Lent, so that pretty much kills the thought of going out and treat­ing myself to a nice steak.

Could look for a fish fry though…

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Quote of the Day

I’m a big fan of the “I’m Leav­ing Con­gress” Party. 

For starters, it’s bipar­ti­san.  It’s also when those leav­ing Con­gress are their most hon­est.  They don’t have to care about re-election, they don’t have to care about buck­ing party lead­er­ship (Get ready for this from Dale Schultz folks), and they tend to tell the truth.

Jim Moran is a Demo­c­ra­tic Con­gress­man from Vir­ginia, par­tic­u­larly the Arling­ton and Alexan­dria area, and he’s pretty much admit­ting that Oba­maCare is busted, that gov­ern­ment pro­grams rob the young all to pla­cate the elderly polit­i­cally, and that he (and likely most Democ­rats) has no idea how to fix the health care law.

I’m afraid that the mil­len­ni­als, if you will, are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more inde­pen­dent, I think they feel a lit­tle more invul­ner­a­ble than prior gen­er­a­tions, But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young peo­ple sign­ing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially.”

And, frankly, there’s some legit­i­macy to their con­cern because the gov­ern­ment spends about $7 for the elderly for every $1 it spends on the young.”

I just don’t know how we’re going to do it frankly, If we had a solu­tion I’d be telling the pres­i­dent right now.”

The U.S. Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, screw­ing over the young for the sake of the old since 1935.

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SF-Area Charity to Cover Taxpayer Costs of “Bat-Kid”

The story of “Bat-Kid” con­tin­ues to bring about smiles and good­will for all involved.

The city of San Fran­cisco is being res­cued from pay­ing the cost of stag­ing the “Batkid” fan­tasy that cap­tured the nation’s imagination.

Phil­an­thropists John and Mar­cia Gold­man are pick­ing up the city’s $105,000 tab for allow­ing Miles Scott, a 5-year-old North­ern Cal­i­for­nia boy with leukemia, to fight vil­lains and res­cue a damsel in dis­tress as a caped cru­sader on Nov. 15.

Maria Kong of the John and Mar­cia Gold­man Foun­da­tion con­firmed a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle report Sun­day about the couple’s gift.

City offi­cials say most of the $105,000 in pub­lic funds went toward rent­ing a sound sys­tem, video screens and other equip­ment to accom­mo­date the sur­pris­ingly large crowds that turned out to see “Batkid,” who became a social media darling.

The elab­o­rate fan­tasy was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Among the items donated for the day were not one, but two black Lam­bourgi­nis which served as Bat-Kid’s “Bat­mo­bile” dur­ing his adven­ture in the city by the bay.

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Cartoon of the Day

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SNL’s “Alternate Ending to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’”">SNL’s “Alternate Ending to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’”

Merry Christ­mas every­one.  A lit­tle treat that I’m still upset Hulu does not put out annually.

Found this on YouTube, very well could get taken down soon for copy­right vio­la­tions by the time you click “Play,” but I remem­ber this as teenager and it always stuck with me.

The clip is pretty self-explanatory, it’s an alter­nate end­ing of the Frank Capra Christ­mas clas­sic, “It’s a Won­der­ful Life,” as per­formed by the SNL cast circa 1986 with Dana Car­vey doing his Jimmy Stew­art, and Phil Hart­man (gone, but not for­got­ten) play­ing the role of “Uncle Billy.”

Enjoy.


The truth is, there actu­ally is a scripted alter­nate end­ing to “It’s a Won­der­ful Life” out there. It just was never filmed.

The story goes that it involves a scene where Angel 2nd Class Clarance makes an appear­ance before Mr. Pot­ter, and it is sup­posed to take place just before the friends and fam­ily start arriv­ing at the Bai­ley house­hold.  Clarance tells Pot­ter that the life he has lead has been one of offer­ing noth­ing but mis­ery and suf­fer­ing for oth­ers and then shows him his final des­ti­na­tion — Hell.  Pot­ter, hor­ri­fied and ter­ri­fied at all this, has a heart attack and it is left to the audi­ence to decide if he dies then and there.

The scene then shifts back to the Bai­ley house­hold, likely just as all the money comes pour­ing in from George’s fam­ily and friends.

Report­edly Capra felt the movie could sur­vive just fine with­out a “the vil­lain gets what’s com­ing to him” scene and cut it out.  That, and it was ruled as way too macabre.

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Cartoon of the Day

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Programming Update

I’ve been asked to be on Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio again from 8 to 9 AM as part of the Joy Cardin Show’s “Week in Review.”  (Check local radio list­ings for a sta­tion near you.)

At the moment, I have no idea who will be “From the Left” rep­re­sen­ta­tive will be, they were still try­ing to get one whose sched­ule would allow them to appear.

 

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