Mining the bottom of the political pits

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:46

The latest court documents released from the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s political activities provide an unsurprising but depressing look at how low American politics has sunk.

Michael Brown and the politics of racism

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:15

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, progressives were overcome with optimism. Finally it seemed as if America was entering a post-racial era. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of an America where people are not judged by the color of their skin felt within reach. 

Liberal Jews wrestle with faith in Israel

Written by JANE EISNER Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:44

Last Shabbat, as my husband and I were walking home from a long, lovely lunch with friends, I noticed scribbling on the sidewalk. Since the letters were written in white chalk and were upside-down from where I stood, it took a moment to decipher their meaning, and another moment to get over the shock.

This was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the epicenter of the liberal American shtetl, a place so ubiquitously Jewish that even the smallest grocery store posts Friday night candle-lighting times each week. So to see even this mildly anti-Israel graffiti was a surprise. For the first time since we moved to the neighborhood a couple of years ago, we felt uncomfortable, targeted, as people who care about Israel and as Jews.

Merger would hog up the meat market

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:29

In late July, a coalition of farm, consumer, rural and faith-based groups wrote the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the proposed merger of Tyson Foods, Inc., and The Hillshire Brands Co., which originated in Wisconsin. The coalition wants the department to oppose the early termination of the antitrust examination and take a second review of the merger, which the groups argue creates a monopoly, threatening small farms, reducing consumer choice, allowing for higher prices and possibly degrading the food quality.

On the record: So so and so said …

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:44

“I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.”

To be or not to be: pondering suicide

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:06

An early report of Virginia Woolf's death.

Suicide freaks us out.

Some favorite pictorials from cyberspace, Aug. 7

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:36

Stirring the alphabet soup

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:19

“LGBTQIAP+” and “GLBTQIZX.” What do they mean?

I ran across the acronyms “LGBTQIAP+” and “GLBTQIZX” recently and had to look up what the heck they mean. This crazy alphabet soup of sexual minorities is getting out of hand.

A romp through local gay history

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:39

40 years ago: In 1974, the Gay People’s Union worked with the Milwaukee Health Department to set up a free VD screening clinic for gay men on East St. Paul Avenue. The clinic moved to Farwell Avenue when GPU opened a center there in 1975. The clinic continues to serve people today as the BESTD Clinic on Brady Street.

Lesbians who had graduated from the “freespace” coming-out groups and were looking for ways to get involved in lesbian issues created Grapevine: A Lesbian Feminist Action Core in 1974. In its first years, Grapevine had a political focus. It evolved into a social group that sponsored potlucks and camping trips. It was revered for providing a non-bar atmosphere in which newly out lesbians could meet women and learn about the LGBT community in Milwaukee. 

For the record: Who said what?

Written by Compiled by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:52

Little League star Mo'ne Davis. — PHOTO: Courtesy Sports Illustrated

“Last week, this week, maybe next week, (Mo’ne Davis) owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”

Raise the minimum wage now

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:34

The minimum wage reached its peak value in 1968 and has been falling ever since. If it had kept pace with inflation, the minimum wage would now stand at $10.74 per hour instead of $7.25.

On the record: So Paul Ryan said…

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:15

“Friends and colleagues often ask my wife how she balances her job and motherhood. Somehow, the same people don’t ask me. A few months ago, I decided the only way to balance was by stepping back from my job.”