Now THAT'S What I Call An Unfavorable Rating

Much speculation has already been lofted in political circles regarding the upcoming drive by Wisconsin voters to recall Scott Walker and the eight Republican state Senators who are eligible to be recalled. Wisconsin law provides a one-year buffer between election and initial eligibility for recall, so the effort for now has concentrated on the Senators rather than Walker, simply because they can...

Koch Math

AKA: Fun with numbers.There’s a fairly recent piece of folk wisdom that goes something like this: “What’s the difference between a million and a billion? A million seconds ago, it was just under twelve days ago. A billion seconds ago, it was 1979.That's a startling statistic all on its own, but the reason such an admittedly nerd-tastic fact has become enough of a minor viral phenomenon to...

Can't Tell If That's The Fairness I'm Smelling, Or The Balance

***UPDATED, 3/1/11 2:33pm EST*** (see bottom of post) For the second time in a week, Media Matters for America has caught FAUX 'News' blatantly interviewing a Wisconsin GOP operative posing as a "concerned parent," without ever identifying the person's partisan ties (video at link): This morning, Fox & Friends hosted an "upset Wisconsin parent" to discuss her objection to Wisconsin public...

Wisconsin Thuggery – Wingnut Style

If you go to “Right Network” or (especially) to any of propagandist Andrew Breitbart’s “Big _” sites, you’ll hear the phrase “union thugs” tossed around a great deal. No links, because I’m not interested in giving those guys any traffic, but if you remember the ‘09 health care reform fight, you’ll be familiar with this phrase. Breitbart seems to like such phrases a...

WI Governor Scott Walker Gets Punk'd By Blogger Pretending To Be David Koch

BWAHAHAHA!Normally, I wouldn't bother re-posting this, if it were merely a (decidedly delicious) case of "gotcha." By pretending to be billionaire conservative puppet-master Koch, however, and by succeeding in having a 20-minute conversation with Walker in which Walker was convinced he was actually speaking to Koch, a great deal of interesting information about Walker's mindset and intentions and...

Wisconsin – Rachel Maddow Explains What's REALLY At Stake

If you watch all but a very small slice of mainstream media's TV coverage of this week's events in Wisconsin, or you read virtually any newspaper or newsmagazine or online forum, you'll see this week's events in Wisconsin framed as a battle between entrenched public-sector unions and a new governor over "budget woes." What's far less frequently mentioned, however, is that there really are no...