Many times I will lit­ter my posts with nick­names or code words that I will find funny on a per­sonal or polit­i­cal level.  It maybe a pun, a phrase, or Lord knows what I was think­ing when I wrote it at the time — it just stuck.

Below is a list of some com­monly used instances I’ve used in the past and will con­tinue to use.

  • “Cousin Bob” — A ref­er­ence made to Man­i­towoc State Assem­bly­man and Man­i­towc Co. Exec­u­tive Robert F. Ziegel­bauer.  He is often seen in Wis­con­sin polit­i­cal cir­cles as the state’s last, true Con­ser­v­a­tive Demo­c­rat.  He is also my first cousin and I call his par­ents Aunt [Name] and Uncle [Name].
  • WTF Nom­i­nee” — A award I started in 2005 to GOP leg­is­la­tors for not act­ing like Repub­li­cans on mat­ters of prin­ci­ple.  I have often give exemp­tions to GOP leg­is­la­tors act­ing in accor­dance to their local con­sti­tu­ant needs.
  • “Don Char­lie” — A nick­name the Bad­ger Blog Alliance came up for, but made in jest­ful respect of, 620WTMJ’s Char­lie Sykes.
  • “a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of WEAC, financed in part by tribal gam­ing” — A nick­name which appears in any post where I’ve typed the words “Gov­er­nor Jim Doyle.”  It is a ref­er­ence to the 2002 elec­tion of Doyle where the Wis­con­sin Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion Coun­cil, the NEA’s arm in Wis­con­sin, paid for mil­lions of TV ads on Doyle’s behalf and a last-minute infu­sion of $750,000 from three of Wisconsin’s Native Amer­i­can tribes to the Demo­c­ra­tic Gov­er­nors Asso­ci­a­tion for Doyle-friendly ads bypass­ing both state and fed­eral cam­paign finance laws.
  • “The Doyle Pro­tec­tion Ward” — The Demo­c­ra­tic Party of Wisconsin.
  • “My trained bitch Sadie” — A ref­er­ence to former-UAW hack, and for­mer She­boy­gan, WI area blog­ger Bill Stephan who I often got the bet­ter of in debates.  Bill once wrote a blog called “Sadie Says,” in which he wrote under the pseu­do­nym of “Sadie.”  This also hap­pened to be the name of his then girl­friend, now wife’s Golden Retriever.  Stephan would often write his posts in the third per­son akin to the WWE’s “The Rock.”
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