Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

2012-70: The Lobsterpot Goes to Hollywood, or Actually, A Little Piece of Me Did Die There

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Those of you who have been around me long enough knows I am a fucking egotist willing to pull dick out for no particular reason spent a a couple years in the Americorps program. If you really want to hear about it, all you have to know that it was the shittiest, most stressful, amazingly awesome, time in my life which I would trade for nothing.  It’s where the lobsterpot idea first started. It where I meet some of the greatest friends I have, and actually learned how to be somewhat normal.

Anyone who has been on an Acorps team can tell you, that you end up in some crazed places. Planting trees in North Carolina and living in an old farm house that was 50 minutes from anything. Honestly. ‘Merica gets desolate and scary at times. So I was super stoked to see that this is finally getting a proper release:

 

It seems that the dude behind it, Bradley Sullivan, is based in Wisconsin. I gotta meet him. If only to swap Acorps stories. But I definitely want to talk to him about this flick. C’mon, horror flicks and national service together. I’m gonna watch the crap out of this.

For real, Bradley Sullivan, talk to me.

Awards Season

Monday, March 14th, 2011

First Period: International Affairs

Alright Readership, here we go. I was informed by 1/5 of youthat I need to get back to writing about snowboards or bikes or at least something funny, or I am going to lose my readers. The other four of them.

The fact of the matter is this has been a pretty crapchunk season for snowboarding. I’ve been bizzed, not getting out as much as I want and the weather has been garbage barge. Luckily I will be sneaking out to Whistler to catch “The Show” portion of the Telus Festival. And since I’m going solo, if anyone wants to meet up and toss down a couple turns or beers let me know. I need friends.

Second Period: History

Incase you missed that, I’m taking this show international. And yet I still get no high fives on the local. Is cool though. This thing never set out to be a Milwaukee blog. The origins of this entire rag was to blast shit about a core group of guys who all lived on the same wing in our dorm.

Somehow it got out of hand, people decided to read it and it’s given me an excuse to have more fun.  It also gave me an excuse to have some stickers made. In fact it’s almost like I’ve got a street team. Check out this action from the Socal track racer man.

Shit gets raced. I’m like the USofA with the army racecar, except I’m still backing women’s reproductive rights. HUZZAH!

3rd Period: Social Studies

As I was saying, I’m not really looking to be some Milwaukee blogger. But this is some serious hackory: Check out the Shepard Express (print publication, old media) Best of Milwaukee Web Awards.

Scroll through the list and take note of the serious lack of Rumorator nods. I’m like Marty Scorsese, before The Departed, over here. I guess if I was going to knock off something Japanese for the cred at home, now would be the time.

And dig on this one:

Really I shouldn’t be so offended. Because if you look at the options for best art blog The first option is Art City, which is pretty much in direct competition to the Shepard Express. For real, the Shep Ex is suppose to be our alterative weekly, loaded with stuff to put you in the know. And who do they nominate for best Art Blog in the city? Not themselves. This would be like el rumorator just talking about how rad Shayboarder is. Fucking genius work.

4th Period: Government

At the risk of losing all my readers, you gotta see this:

It’s from Mr. PhilGarlic’s FlickrStream

It’s also worth checking out this one, from Dane 101.

That’s a lot of pissed off people, Scotty. Beware.



The NewSSR #4

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The NewSSR #3:

Friday, March 4th, 2011

It seems even Democratic members of the House of Representatives  are falling victim to the police state that is coming down from the Walker Regime.

Channel 12 caught some sweet video of  Nick Milroy getting tackled by officers at the capitol.

I’m shocked it took as long as it did for the police to move the cameraman away.

I’ll be back in action this weekend, It sounds like it’s going to be the biggest one yet.

Scotty, you have crossed the wrong state.

Part 2

I just picked this up off  my homey J Finkle’s facebook page:

So for all those who forgot why you can not call obama a fascist.

“We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike.”
Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

That shit sounds familiar.

Two Weeks in Madison

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Thanks to Wisconsin Resistance Radio for making this piece and my friend Huggins for drawing my attention to it.

Forward 3-2-11

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Everyday I become prouder and prouder of the people of Wisconsin. Everyday they they push on. They push on without the president who promised he would be here with his comfy shoes. They push on without true media attention. They push on even though so many people are oblivious to the fight that they are waging. And everyday they fight this fight peacefully and with dignity.

I say “they” because I spend my days in an office. But everyday my heart is out there, circling our statehouse. Chants run through my head. And no matter how many times I hear “this is what democracy looks like,” I’m afraid it doesn’t reach enough of those state house offices.

I also know that I have never been a patriot, I have never embraced government, and I have wished I was somewhere other than America a million times. The irony of it all is there is nowhere that represents me as much as Wisconsin. I’ve left before and I’ll probably leave again but this is the place and these are the people that taught me how to be a part of society and that society was to always be moving forward.

So when I saw a sign like the one above it connects with me.  I love this place and I love the people of this state.  We are proud of who we are. We will not take the actions of our government without a struggle. Never stop fighting, Wisconsin.

WISCONSIN from @pawlmadethis on Vimeo.

The NewSSR #2

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

A few things

  • We still don’t have a train. But we are about to blow a few hundred million on the roads. Please take note that the people who will be building the roads will be the folks from the Operating Engineers. In Wisconsin that is local 139. They are a union, they didn’t seem to have much of a presence at the rallies as of late. It’s also important to note that the Local 139 PAC donated money to Walker’s campaign. I wonder if they regret it, being that their union will be screwed out existence with the rest of them.Let me give it to you this way. The Operating Engineers Local 139 PAC donated money to bring about their own elimination.  Seems ridiculous doesn’t it?  Well, that’s because union busting was not what Walker was elected on.
  • Walker’s budget includes a measure that removes the requirements that insurance providers have to cover birth control. You hear that ladies? Now your birth control, may or may not be covered, it’s going to be a crap shoot. But don’t worry Badger care still covers it. Right?Q:Can someone tell me how more unwanted children are going to reduce the deficit.
    A: You see unwanted children are more likely to go to horribly underfunded schools, which can’t really teach anything
    because the class sizes are huge and the resources are faded. In turn we can hope that this unwanted child will end up in a prison (Scotty gave the prison system a nice bump) in turn the private companies brought in to run the prisons will continue to fund Scott Walker. Walker then moves on and the deficit isn’t his problem anymore, so fuck it.
  • Scotty locked us out of our own state house. Probably illegally. The courts have yet to pass judgement on that. But the interesting thing is The sheriff of Dane County, where the capital is located, had his men stand down because they are not to fill the roll of “Palace Guards.” I think it’s crazy that I am going to be giving daps to  a cop next time I see one.
  • It was just a few days ago I was complaining about how Wisconsin was awesome, even though we don’t have mountains or oceans we are a good place to be. But thanks to Fox News we have palm trees now:

I just want to get back to snowboarding.

The New.S.S.R.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

It’s starting to seem that this way.  The people are not able to get their governor on the phone. Certain websites are being blocked inside the capitol. Instead of soup lines we’ve got pizza lines. And even though the coldwar Russians couldn’t make the trains run on time, at least they had trains.

And now we get this:

This is a recent broadcast from Russia Today. The land of oligarchs and vodka. And they are looking at Wisconsin and thinking “Why no news reporters report the truth of Weescoonsin. Heeeey! Go Badgers. Aaron Roodger. Green Bay cheese Packers.”

Where is the liberal media when we need them?

Full Disclosure: I lifted this from Edcetera’s twitter trough.

On Wisconsin!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Sorry if you’ve been trying to watch this, it seems it got pulled for some reason.

Luckily someone has reposted it. Renegade Style!

Where is my Wisconsin

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This is pretty much my favorite image in a while.

You gotta swing over to this dude’s blog and check it out. He’s got a ton of great pictures.

This kind of showing makes me feel better about my state. You see the progressive movement in Wisco was dealt a pretty serious blow in the last election. We ended up with a governor who ran Milwaukee County so poorly that when he left, it was recommended that his position of county executive be dissolved.

Now he’s moved on to Madison, where thinks he can to do whatever he wants. Sadly, because of the political swing in the last election he may be able to pull it off. He’s basically said that the labor unions are not allowed to negotiate. But it’s cool Wisconsin isn’t that only place that is telling their labor unions to fuck off and go back to work.

This is not the Wisconsin I was raised in. This is not the great state that I spent fourth-grade history studying. I didn’t really grow up in that Wisconsin either. I grew up under an Republican governor. But what I learned was that this state was built on Unions and the shoulders of people like Bob LaFollette, Frank Zeidler, Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Golda Meir and Russ Feingold (and pipebombs in university buildings). These people knew the value of people, land and progress. They made Wisconsin the amazing place that it is. Sure it doesn’t snow enough here, and we don’t have any mountains or oceans, but we’ve got a really great place to grow up and keep moving forward.

I’ve spent a lot of time around this country and things I took for granted growing up here—decent schools, being able to go to the doctor and dentist and even the eye doctor—these weren’t as common in places like South Carolina and Mississippi and Tennessee. People were appalled that I could go to state university and not come out a burger flipper. But what those places did have were businesses moving in. Toyota, BMW, and Kia build in those kind of places because they don’t have to give their employees much of anything. In turn, people there can’t be bothered by things like health care and clean parks and decent schools. Forget about these people ever having a disposable income or retirement plans. And these are the states that our crapchunk governor is idolizing.

If the unions don’t buckle, which those muthafuckers had better not, he wants the national guard to be ready to work in prisons and such. Because we need to make it more of a police state while we’re at it. But who is going to run the schools, who is going to keep the Universities going, who going to clean up the trail of slime behind Scotty Walker. The labor unions are there for a reason. They’re there to give a collective voice to workers. Politicians don’t need a collective voice because they have millions of dollars coming at them from the Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers and heaps of other sources. This lets them buy volume. In a way it’s like they have a little union of their own, they just don’t have to stand by each other when one of them falls.