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Milwaukee’s Loss is Manitowoc’s Gain

There’s always the SS Badger…

(Use it now, before the EPA shuts it down!)

The Lake Express high-speed ferry will be out of service for up to ten days while it replaces a failed engine.

The operators hope to have the ferry back in daily service to Michigan by August 4.

The ship has four engines and can run with just three, but the decision was made over the weekend to take care of the problem now, the firm said in a press release.

The engine replacement will take place in Milwaukee and is already under way. Lake Express is contacting people who have tickets for the coming days and are offering either a full refund or to reschedule.


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Obama, A-Rodg, Twitter, and a White House Visit

(H/T Freedom Eden)

He’s kidding here folks, but given the response he says he got later, many of his followers lack his sense of humor.

He followed it up with a pondering of whether California-based In and Out Burger delivers or not.

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A Bond Car on a Budget

From the original (and best) British version of “Top Gear” circa 2008.

What if you had £300 and wanted to make your own Bond car?  (“Q” or similar techie not included.)

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I Blame Mary Spicuzza

After countless tweets, a feature and even a follow-up feature in the Wisconsin State Journal about these damn balloons; the hero-worshipping of “99 Red Balloons” has drawn blood.


Congratulations to everyone’s favorite liberal hack reporter in Madison, who doesn’t work for the Cap Times!

A state employee was apparently injured after an argument involving a balloon Monday.

The incident involved a dispute between a citizen and a state employee over the removal of a balloon from the Capitol around 1 p.m., according to Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs.

Drops of blood were scattered on the floor outside the state Supreme Court chambers. Tubbs said he arrived at the scene and offered medical care to the citizen, but the citizen said she was not injured and the blood on the floor was not hers.

It wasn’t clear how the injury occurred or if it was accidentally self-inflicted, but Tubbs said the state employee was not seriously injured and is receiving medical treatment.

Police would not immediately give further details about the nature of the injury, saying the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re treating this as a crime scene,” Tubbs said, adding that no one has been arrested in relation to the incident.

Reportedly, the citizen was someone from the “Solidarity Singers” trying to throw a balloon back up the rotunda.  The state employee was a member of the janitorial staff trying to pop it so he wouldn’t have to waste time and resources going after the blasted things again.

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Wait a Minute, Fred Clark Hit a Guy With His SUV?

Yeah, while clearly running a red light too.

It’s at the 40 second mark of this video.

And to read “PolitiFACT” try to spin it to the eventual “TRUE” rating they have to give out is pretty nuts.

(Disclaimer – I actually had to track all this down in January 2010 when I was doing opposition research for state legislative races for RPW.  The police report is really something when you go through it.

Clark would barely win his 2010 Assembly re-election by just 288 votes.

That’s why I laugh at all those who think Clark has a chance beyond Luther Olsen being completely lazy on the campaign trail.  Sadly, that is possible for those who know Luther.)

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Is He Baaaaaaaaack?

Is he Philly’s problem now?

Unlikely, but I guess this means we’re near the end of the Lockout.

Before Eagles fans start taping over their No. 4 Kevin Kolb Eagles jerseys with the letters “F-A-V-R-E,” they should know the report that the Birds could possibly sign the swashbuckling, serially unretiring quarterback appears to have little legs.

Despite the improbability that Brett Favre would come out of retirement to back up Michael Vick, the scenario caused quite a stir late Saturday night and into Sunday after Howard Eskin of WIP-AM reported on NBC10 that the Eagles were interested in the 41-year-old.

Where Favre goes, drama usually follows.

But there is little chance he will end up here, according to team and NFL sources. An Eagles source characterized the likelihood of the Favre circus coming to town as the longest of long shots. Another team source said that a “lot of things would need to fall into place” for it happen.

One potential obstacle was cleared when Vick tweeted the following Sunday morning: “I would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career.”

The post was removed from Vick’s Twitter account. Comcast SportsNet caught up with Vick later in the day and asked him about the tweet, but he said with a smile that someone else must have written that on his account.

Perhaps Vick simply realized that endorsing Favre to Philadelphia was imprudent. Kolb is still an Eagle, even though a likely trade to Arizona once the lockout is over and free agency opens has become one of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL.

The Eagles will need a backup, of course, if Kolb is dealt. And Favre would be as good an option as most of the candidates on the market. Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck and St. Louis’ Marc Bulger are probably the best fits among the free-agent field, but both likely will want to start.

The same probably applies to Favre, who would have to deflate his ego considerably to take a backup role. He may not even want to play football again after last season in Minnesota, when his consecutive-games-started streak came to an end.

John Clayton of ESPN said it best on SportsCenter last night; “Take this seriously only when we have to send either Rachel Nichols or Ed Werner down to Hattiesburg, MS.  Anything else, is pure speculation.”

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Weekend Quick Hits

I Have Seen “Captain America” and I Loved It

All in all, a solid B, but that’s just for some parts of the execution.  They nailed the origin story, set up the story for “The Avengers” nicely, and gave you what you wanted — Cap kicking some Nazi / Hydra ass.

Hell, they even killed Bucky.

Almost had to back-hand a high school buddy who turned to me during the transformation scene and said, “Vita-Rays? Did they make that up for this?”

My reply: “Yeah, back in the 40s, idiot.”

(He used to read only X-Men comics. I’m the Avengers fan of my old high school nerd herd.)

Finally, Hayley Atwell needs to be exposed to the American audience much more.  (That is all.)

Amy Winehouse is Dead

Few AP obituaries sum it up like this one has:

Few artists summed up their own career in a single song – a single line – as well as Amy Winehouse.

“They tried to make me go to rehab,” she sang on her world-conquering 2006 single, “Rehab.” “I said ‘No, no no.'”

Winehouse was a personal mess.  And could someone please tell those drugged up, liberal elites at “Rolling Stone” to stop invoking the “Dead at 27 Club.”

Being dead at 27 isn’t something to be honored for. If anything, it should be a lesson for those of us left behind to not repeat what they did to end up at room temperature at suck a young age.

“Live recklessly and leave a beautiful corpse” lost its charms a long time ago.

Democrats Losing the “Poor, White Guy” Vote

Interesting finds from Pew.

New analysis by Pew Foundation on voter identification finds that, not surprisingly, “the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Obama won office nearly three years ago.”

One of the most notable shifts is the GOP gain among white voters, most specifically “the young and poor.”

“A seven-point Democratic advantage among whites under age 30 three years ago has turned into an 11-point GOP advantage today. And a 15-point Democratic advantage among whites earning less than $30,000 annually has swung to a slim four-point Republican edge today.”

The last time that Republicans had this level of support among young white voters was 2002-2004, which was, of course, the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

This reminds me of something I heard from an ex-Democrat in 2005.  If I remember it right it went something like this:

They say the Republican Party is “The Party of the Rich Man,” and the Democrats are “The Party of the Poor Man.”  If you ask me, reality, rhetoric, and policy have shown us that if anything, the Democrats are “The Party Intent on Keeping the Poor Man Poor.”

That ex-Democrat – former Mayor of St. Paul and Senator from Minnesota Norm Coleman.

“The Polish and the Turd”

So says  Tom Foley.

I don’t doubt that Team Walker is spinning the June jobs numbers in the state — Who doesn’t and who hasn’t in the past? — and the reaction from Democrats highlights Team Walker has indeed won round one of it.

But if “the polish” is Walker’s spin on the job numbers; doesn’t that make “the turd” the Obama Economy?

Logic would dictate it as so given the failed stimulus Obama pushed through in 2009 AND recent statements by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying Democrats “own the economy.”

Any ‘sensible’ lawyer would see it as so, right?

To say otherwise would just mean one’s just a complete and utter partisan hack…

Comic-Con Panel Quote of the Weekend

Robert Kirkman, writer and creator both the comic book series and AMC television series, “The Walking Dead” on what he’d do during a zombie apocalypse:

“I would kill myself. I don’t have any urge to do that, but I’ve been writing about this for so long … I’d jump off a bridge. People come up to me and say, ‘I’d hole up in a school’ … no you wouldn’t. You’d be somebody’s pet, because the whole world would turn into prison.”

I’ve been forced to watch more zombie movies than I’d like, take part in my zombie discussions than I’d like (Some of these actually led by employers), and I think Kirkman’s onto something.  Civilization will be beyond the breaking point by then and your options become fighting a non-stopping army of hordes of the dead, becoming their meal and joining their ranks, and somehow trying to find shelter, food, and the rest of one’s basic survival needs in your non-zombie fighting moments.

Yeah, maybe jumping off a bridge isn’t so bad if the other option is becoming zombie chow…

Rep. Daniel Wu (D-Oregon) is Crazy

And not just with the tiger picture.

(What Tiger picture?  Oh, yeah, this one.)

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Secretariat at the Belmont

Of all the great photographs in sports, none has even mesmerized me as this one.

Yeah, it looks like the jockey is gloating a bit, but if you’ve ever seen the footage of the 1973 Belmont, it’s just incredible.  The camera filming the race has to zoom out completely just to get a glimpse of the horse in 2nd place.

Just an amazing animal.

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