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Jim Graves Drops Out of MN-06 Race

Just think, a week ago, this guy and the DCCC thought he had a shot at being a Congressman.

Welcome to the post-Bachman reality of politics, both in neighboring Minnesota and in Democratic hopes of taking back the House of Representatives in 2014.

Minnesota businessman Jim Graves, a top Democratic recruit who had been planning a rematch against Rep. Michele Bachmann next year, abruptly suspended his campaign Friday morning — two days after Bachmann announced she wouldn’t be seeking reelection.

Graves, who nearly knocked off Bachmann in November, launched his campaign last month and was in Washington last week to meet with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He released a poll showing him with a slight lead over Bachmann in a 2014 rematch.

But with the controversial Bachmann out of the race, Graves faced an even tougher path in a conservative suburban Twin Cities district broke for Mitt Romney by nearly 15 percent.

Graves broke the news in an interview with MinnPost Friday, saying Bachmann’s exit clinched his decision to forgo another run to focus on his business and family.

If you believe that last paragraph, I have bridge in Brooklyn I’d love to sell you.   To be completely frank here, the DCCC clearly had contacts with Graves campaign and told them that without Bachman’s presence in the race, they were pulling out their support faster than a teenager on prom night.

As cheesy as it sounds, public service is a calling and most seek it no matter who they are up against…if they have a chance to win.  Graves clearly cared more about winning than public service; if he felt the other way, he’d still be in the race and offering himself up as a choice no matter who was his opponent.

Now, he’s just being a wimp.

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Why Gun Control Won’t Matter in 2014…

(This might be the start of a series, until then, this is Exhibit A.)

He listens to Arkansas.

Pryor was one of the four Democrats who voted to kill what is often called “The Machin-Toomey Amendment,” if he really were in electoral trouble with the left; he’d have a primary opponent by now.

This ad?  That’s a big giant middle-finger to every liberal commentator and blogger in Washington, D.C. and the rest of this nation who honestly think they know more than the residents of the state of Arkansas.

During the Friday after the Senate vote I was on Wisconsin Public Radio for their “Week in Review” and was asked by host Joy Cardin if this vote would come back and haunt the “No” votes.  I told her and my debating partner that I didn’t see that happening at all.  Constantly in the polls, gun control is down on the list of average people’s priorities.  That issues like “Jobs and the Economy” would help decide things; and that if anything, the way the Left was pushing this, you’d see brush back by gun rights groups and sometime voters who might not normally show up at the polls to vote against pro-gun control politicians.

Pryor’s ad is beginning to prove me right.

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Illinois Cream Puffs, A Feingold Legacy

A couple of the usual suspects on the Port side of the Cheddarsphere are doing there best to make this news sound like it’s all the work of Scott Walker to build a hopeless case for 2014.  It isn’t.

Illinois-based Prairie Farms is the new official cream supplier of the Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs.

The fair needed a new supplier after Golden Guernsey went out of business in January.

It’s Russ Feingold’s.

Just to prove I’m not going to go to something like Media Trackers or MacIver, I’ll go to the Hoard’s Dairyman with the story.  They’ve only been in the business of Agricultural journalist since 1885.  They’re located in Fort Akinson, hardly an echo chamber of right-wing thought last time I was there.

Golden Guernsey had a long and storied past. It was founded in 1930 as a farmer-owned cooperative. By 1935, it had grown from a single service route with 85 customers to an organization with 20,000 customers. In 1955, the co-op began construction of the current plant which was still located in Waukesha. At one time, the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm’s milk was processed at the plant.

Over the years, Golden Guernsey changed hands through co-op consolidation and mergers. The last cooperative to own the plant was Foremost Farms USA based out of Baraboo, Wis. In 2008, the Foremost Farms Consumer Products Division had net sales of $233.7 million according to a Wisconsin Department of Justice press release. In 2009, Dean Foods acquired Foremost’s Consumer Products Division which included plants in Waukesha and DePere, Wis., for a reported $35 million.

After a very public hearing process in 2010 where the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated competition in agriculture, it became quite clear that the consolidation of fluid or beverage markets within Wisconsin were among the areas that DOJ was honing in on. One such hearing held in Madison, Wis., was headed up by then Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and called into question the 2009 Dean Foods buyout.

Following the investigation, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ordered that Dean Foods divest of the Waukesha plant due to antitrust concerns that could adversely affect the price of milk for retailers, school districts and other purchasers throughout Wisconsin, stated Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. In the court agreement, Dean Foods was able to retain its DePere plant which it acquired from Foremost Farms. The final judgment also required Dean Foods to notify the U.S. Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Attorney General 30 days before Dean Foods acquires any plant within 150 miles of Wisconsin’s border if it is valued at more than $3 million.

Thanks Rusty.

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Today’s Sign the End is Nigh

“Grumpy Cat: The Movie!”

The Arizona sourpuss who has become a major Web celeb will soon be hitting the big screen.

Grumpy Cat’s reps (manager Ben Lashes and rep Al Hassas) are teaming with Broken Road production company’s Todd Garner and Sean Robins “to produce and assemble a package for a Garfield-like feature film,” reports Deadline.com.

Grumpy Cat, who will star, will speak in the movie. Will Ferrell and Jack Black are attached to appear in the film, too.

“We think we can build a big family comedy around this character,” Garner told Deadline.

The cat is set to spend the rest of the week in New York helping to push its book, “Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book: Disgruntled Tips and Activities Designed to Put a Frown on Your Face.

(I wish I were kidding on that one…)

Not a fan of Internet memes.  Even more not a fan of Internet memes which becomes television shows or movies.  Remember “$#!+ My Dad Says?”

Bill Shatner sure wishes he didn’t.

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Now You Can Share a Coke

(H/T Mashable)

Introducing what is possibly one of the most innovating (and long overdue) can designs in the history of aluminum.


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This Explains Later Parts of the New “Arrested Development” Season…

In the just released season of “Arrested Development” on NetFlix, there’s a part where two characters end up dressed as superheroes and park themselves on Hollywood Boulevard to earn cash.  The point being, apparently it is now the new vague to try to get tourists to pay these “superheroes” to have their pictures taken with their young children while they’re walking the streets of L.A.

(One can assume they were once all Cher impersonators, or those guys are the night shift.)

Naturally, violence may ensue if more than one of a certain character shows up, since it could take away potential business.  Or in the case below, some of these characters are just getting to strong-arm tactics with any tourist who walks by.

Costumed superhero characters were involved in a brawl Wednesday afternoon on the streets of Hollywood.

Witnesses said two Captain Americas and a Spider-Man threw punches at each other in front of the Madame Tussauds kiosk, feet away from the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

“All of a sudden, two Captain Americas and Spider-Man started circling around me. Captain America just hit one of them and Spider-Man started bleeding,” said Vernardo Stroud.

Stroud said he was forced to step in.

“I was stunned at the moment. Then all of a sudden, it just got to me…I got to get them out of the way. The tourists just looked around like they were enjoying the moment,” he said.

Juan Diego, a native of Spain, told KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel that he was one of the men involved in the fight.

He said the group was arguing over allegations of tourist harassment and issues of sidewalk territory.

“I tell them the truth. I tell them, ‘You’re a thief!’” said the Captain America impersonator. “That is not good for the image, the perception, the spirit of Hollywood. We are all ambassadors.”

AC Simmons, who dresses up like Batman on a daily basis, said tensions continue to grow among many of the superheroes who work for tips near TCL Chinese Theatre.

I hear that by next week, the Hulk plans to take out both Thor and Dr. Doom.

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State Appeals Court Rules Voter ID Constitutional

What is the most ironic part of this ruling is where it is from.  This is the District IV Court of Appeals — i.e. Madison and most of Western Wisconsin — not District II which is mostly Waukesha and the ring counties.

Liberals can’t even charge that our side went “judge shopping” for this decision.

A state appeals court says a law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls is constitutional.

Republicans passed a law in 2011 requiring voters to show photo identification, saying the mandate would help fight election fraud.

The League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court in October 2011 challenging the law.

Judge Richard Niess ruled the law was unconstitutional in March 2012, saying it would abridge the right to vote.

The 4th District Court of Appeals reversed Niess on Thursday, saying the league failed to prove that the law is unconstitutional.

The league’s attorney, Lester Pines, had no immediate comment.

Man, that also has to hurt, seeing Lester Pines go down in defeat.  Nimrods like James Rowen thought the Left had a winner in him or something.

Me?  I just saw a long-time liberal hack and Jim Doyle’s personal attorney.

This is not the end of the legal fight.  There’s still the NAACP / Voces lawsuit, which frankly is unlikely to be upheld too from what I’m hearing and the one in federal court which has to overcome the legal precedent set by Crawford v. Marion County.

(Good luck with that last one…)

ADDENDUM:  Just to twist the knife, here are the following known-liberals on the 4th District Court of Appeals: Former Caucus Scandal Prosecutor / Former Dane Co. D.A. Brian Blanchard, Former state Rep. Gary Sherman (D-74th District) and some lady named Kloppenburg.

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This Might Just Be The Ultimate DWI

Honestly, after reading it, I was shocked no one was killed.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/111Kb8Y ) 25-year-old Luis Briones was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night after he wrecked his Ford Explorer in Albuquerque.

Police say Briones’ female passenger was found naked outside the SUV after being ejected. She had deep cuts to her face and head.

Authorities allege Briones tried to drive away after the crash and leave his passenger behind, but a witness grabbed his keys from the ignition. He also allegedly tried to hide from responding officers behind a cactus.

Briones is charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving and evading police.


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