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I write in spurts, mostly at random.

‘The Beatles Christmas Album’

Among all the John Lennon tributes yesterday, a friend of mine -- Stripwax creator Jeff Moody -- posted a link to a YouTube video featuring one of the Beatles' wackier departures, "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)". This, in turn,...

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The Krampus and St. Nicholas in Austria (December 5)

The excitement is palpable in the video above as a child greets visitors arriving in Dienten am Hochkönig, a little mountain village in Austria. Many Americans probably recognize St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6. A legendary...

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RockMelt browser: Facebook privacy issues?

There's a new Web browser being released today. The RockMelt browser is being financed by Marc Andreessen's venture capital firm. Andreessen, you may recall, co-founded Netscape. Here's today's New York Times story: "Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn." [include...

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Obama a Keynesian? And Ron Johnson says ‘start digging’

Above is an outrageous Second City Network video from the site of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Washington D.C.'s National Mall this past weekend. Andy Cobb of The Partisans asks attendees, "Is Obama a Keynesian?" You have to...

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Find your polling place

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2010 in the USA, and the nonpartisan League of Women Voters has a very helpful website that can show you where to vote, how to register to vote, polling station details, voting eligibility requirements, ID requirements, and much...

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Time travel: Cell phone used in Charlie Chaplin film?

Okay, I just saw this on the WGN News and it's pretty freaky. It's a very short segment associated with Charlie Chaplin's 1928 silent film The Circus in which a peculiar old woman is caught on film -- apparently talking on a cell phone as she walks by. The sequence...

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Eric Holder and Second Amendment, Eric Holder and firearms

The video clip above, regarding Eric Holder's record on guns, from last night's installment of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, is a fantastic thumbnail of this midterm election. Rachel Maddow took her show to Anchorage, Alaska. The demonstrators shown here are...

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Al Franken speech: Obama’s car-in-the-ditch metaphor

Sen. Al Franken is not only one of the best guys ever -- he is also one of the funniest comedians and writers of our lifetime because he appreciates absurdity and the hard nugget of truth sometimes concealed inside it. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell is a pretty sharp...

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Alejandro Escovedo’s songs of love at Turner Hall

My favorite radio station in the world is Milwaukee Public Radio WUWM, and liking WUWM on Facebook paid off nicely when I won one of their concert ticket contests to see Alejandro Escovedo at Milwaukee's Turner Hall Ballroom this past Thursday night. On the way up, my...

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Ron Johnson for Senate with no jobs plan?

Ron Johnson, Senate candidate from Wisconsin, is seen in the clip above, from Countdown with Keith Olbermann, addressing the central issue in this year's election: Jobs, jobs, jobs. What is Ron Johnson's jobs plan? His jobs plan is spending cuts. Which is to say that...

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Suryia the Orangutan’s Robitussin commercial

So I'm watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann the other night when I see a commercial which shows an orangutan in a pharmacy aisle using a Droid X smartphone and buying Robitussin® cough medicine. This was a lot to process. My first reaction was concern that the...

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J.K. Rowling: Harvard Commencement speech

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey recemtly, and during the hour, Oprah showed brief clips of the Harvard Commencement speech Ms. Rowling gave on June 5, 2008. Those excerpts were intriguing enough to make me want to hear the whole...

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Leaf collection? Mulch leaves into lawn, garden beds

Fall leaf collection is very peculiar here in Racine, Wisconsin. People rake or blow their leaves into rough piles in the street which sit there for days or weeks. At some point, a front-end loader may or may not come by to scoop the leaves into a garbage truck....

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Republican tax cuts cost jobs, hurt grandchildren

After failing for 2 years to put forth any serious alternatives to the ambitious Democratic agenda they obstruct, Republicans today unveiled "A Pledge to America," aimed at repairing their image as the Party of "No." In their Pledge, Republicans say they plan to cut...

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Louis C.K.’s hilarious FX sitcom ‘Louie’

If you're not already watching Louie, the hilarious new FX sitcom from stand-up comic Louis C.K., you've got a double opportunity tonight -- at 10:13 (guest starring Ricky Gervais) and 10:44 p.m. Central time, bizarrely enough. Besides...

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GERD (acid reflux) symptoms relief from yogurt?

It seems bizarre to me the way that acid reflux disease (a.k.a. gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) has seemingly come out of nowhere to afflict so many people -- and that its sufferers so readily gulp the array of remedies concocted by the pharmaceutical...

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Hang On Little Tomato

Today's photo -- after astonishing rains, with more on the way -- is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of deep confusion...

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Sarah Palin is a Tic-Tac-Toe playing chicken

For a maverick politician who's constantly trying to portray herself as tough and unafraid, Sarah Palin has spent an awful lot of time hiding behind her Facebook and Twitter accounts, keeping herself as unaccountable as possible while simultaneously hoping to somehow...

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Antique farm equipment: 1915 Belle City threshing machine

When we attended the annual Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast back on June 19, I was fascinated by this piece of antique farm equipment -- a 1915 Belle City threshing machine. I uploaded a couple of still photos of the overall threshing machine (seen above) and its...

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Memorial Hall in Racine: Barack Obama Town Hall Meeting

When news broke last weekend that President Barack Obama would be holding a town hall meeting here in Racine on June 30,  the area media struggled to understand its purpose. On a national level, there is currently no sharper political analyst than MSNBC's Rachel...

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