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Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Deer Camp 2014 - The Politics of Deer Management

Deer Camp, Deer Management, Politics, Scott Walker

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Deer Camp 2014 - Reminiscing

Deer Camp, Deer Management, Governor Walker, Politics, Walk Down Memory Lane

Wednesday - 11/26/14

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The Politics of Ebola

Politics, Scary People, Infectious Diseases

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary

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A Disturbance In The Force

Birthers, Oath of Allegiance, Politics, Posturing, Silly People, Snark, Statistics, Tea Party

If any of my readers are political junkies like me the past week and a half has been like a Jesse Pinkman binge out of Breaking Bad.  It's like hitting the Mother lode.

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Princes and Potentates

Birthers, Oath of Allegiance, Politics, Tea Party, Ted Cruz, Silly People

That's what I remember of it.  It's been rattling around in my brain for the better part of four and a half decades.  Princes and Potentates.  As a wise guy teenager I got a real charge out of that. 

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Nurturing the Cult of Victimhood

Politics, Silly People, Playing the Victim Card

In an earlier life I was reliably Republican.   I even contributed to the reelection of President Ronald Reagan. I admired Reagan.  He practiced the fine art of cutting a deal - which is good governance.  And he fashioned a big tent for the GOP.

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The Grand Bargain

Paul Ryan, Politics, The Grand Bargain

Two legislators - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) strike a bipartisan budget deal and groups such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity freak-out because Paul Ryan has bucked the 'purity test' and actually compromised.  Gasp!

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Deer Camp 2013

Deer Camp, Hunting, Cowboy Junkies, Superstition, Friends, Deer Hunting, Congressman Sensenbrenner, Butchering, Deer Management, Politics, Scott Walker Deer Manager, Thanksgiving, Friday Morning Music, Stairway To Heaven

Thursday, November 21 - Get Ready...

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Shut 'er Down!

Shooting Yourself In The Foot, Silly People, Politics

Just a bit more than twenty-four hours to go.  I've stocked-up on microwave popcorn and am looking forward to settling-in and enjoying the theatrics.

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TIF - What to Know About Tax Incremental Financing

Local Government, Politics, Development, TIFs

Keep your damn gubmint hands off my healthcare! 

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Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Elections, Politics, President Obama, Governor Romney, Shooting Yourself In The Foot

Most every election I make it a point to vote early.  It’s certainly convenient and besides – I usually have my mind made-up long before the polls open. 

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Politics, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

What I'd find interesting is if Mr. Gas Pains, who I believe to be an old school Republican without a party these days, is planning to vote for Romney and support the party as it has evolved ?

Or, will he stay at home....or will he actually cast a vote for the Democrat !

I'd imagine you'll dodge this question and like a seasoned politician answer it without answering it....but, sometimes people can be surprising.

If you actually answer it I think that would be very telling as to where this election will go.

I'm still on the record as saying Obama will win, and he will even get the quiet support of quite a few people who would never tell you they voted for him.

Business owners are doing well these days, look at the stock market and business profit levels. Big business is making a killing. Hardly a big reason for a change.

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Divided We Stand

Bad Legislation, Misguided Priorities, Parenting, Politics, Public Policy, Senator Grothman

I had a chat with my state senator recently and among other things she asked me to share my opinion about the mining bill.  I offered that mining has been part of the economy and culture of the iron range for as long as it’s been settled.  If a mining bill could be passed that adequately addressed environmental and tribal concerns I had no problem with it.  We could use the jobs.

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Making a List and Checking it Twice

Governor Walker, Politics, Public Information, Recall Petition, Retaliation

By now most of you are aware that lists of those who have signed the petition to recall Governor Scott Walker can be easily accessed on the web. As clunky as they are you can at least sort by ZIP code. Being the naturally curious guy that I am I downloaded several ZIP codes into an excel file for ease of sorting and scrutiny. And I saved them - so I can check them twice. The 53213 file has 4188 lines of data representing neighbors of mine that have signed the petition. A good number of them I am personally acquainted with.

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