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Wisconsin tops nation in black joblessness, study finds


Unemployment among African-Americans in Wisconsin last year was the highest of any of the 50 states, according to a study released Thursday by the center-left Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

At 19.9% — or 1 in 5 working-age people — the black unemployment rate in Wisconsin is nearly three times higher than the highest state white unemployment rate (7% in Nevada) and significantly higher than the national black unemployment rate of 11%, the think tank found.

Wisconsin's black unemployment rate is twice the overall national unemployment rate at the peak of the recession — 9.9% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The findings are consistent with more than a decade of statistics and studies that show that African-Americans in Wisconsin and its largest city, Milwaukee, often find themselves at the economic and social extremes compared with the rest of the nation. That has been the case with a broad range of social distress indicators, from infant mortality and poverty to high school dropouts and incarceration.

Squatty must be so proud!

Hilarious Video: Florida Administrator Refuses to Say the Words Climate Change


The saga of Florida’s ban of the “C-words” climate change is just getting ridiculous. “Even as Florida Governor Rick Scott denies reports of an unwritten policy banning administration officials from using the term ‘climate change,’ an employee of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says he was suspended for expressing his views on climate change,” reports MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. The Florida official, Bart Bibler, joins Hayes on his show All In With Chris Hayes to tell his story.

Also included in the segment, Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of emergency management, Bryan Koon, testified before the state legislature and refused to say the “C-words” during a state Senate hearing last week. State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D) asked Koon about FEMA requirements, which mandate that states have a “climate change plan” in order to receive preparedness dollars—a totally reasonable thing to talk about with the state’s chief of emergency management given the expected impacts on Florida from climate change. The interaction at the Senate hearing is a bit like watching the older kid trying to get the younger kid to say a bad word. Watch as lawmakers and the audience actually laugh out loud at the Scott administration official who just refuses to say that naughty term:

I couldn't get the video to embed, but it's worth the click.

Watch Lobbyist Eat His Words After Saying Drinking Roundup Is ‘Not Dangerous to Humans’

Sorry, I could not get the video to embed. It's at the link.


Here’s a lesson for lobbyists: eating your words is a lot safer than drinking the poison you sell. Today’s lesson is brought to you by Dr. Patrick Moore, who has worked for pesticide manufacturers like Monsanto, refusing to drink Monsanto’s product just seconds after claiming it’s safe to do so:

Once upon a time, Dr. Patrick Moore was an early Greenpeace member. Now he is a public relations consultant for the polluting companies that Greenpeace works to change: Big Oil, pesticides and GMO agribusiness, forestry, nuclear power … anyone who puts up the money for truth-benders who appear to carry scientific and environmental authority.

This is the best gotcha-moment I’ve seen on camera since tobacco lobbyist Joe Bast, CEO of The Heartland Institute, was forced to acknowledge and re-affirm his denial that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, courtesy of Lee Fang for Republic Report.

Google this and you won't be surprised.

"horrible blonde conservative lady"

Post-game answer by Badger hoopster includes words "onomatopoeia" and "antidisestablishmentarianism"


News conferences at the NCAA tournament are generally the definition of bland. The cliches are flying, every opponent is touted as the '96 Chicago Bulls, the term "student-athlete" is used at least twice a minute.

But every once in awhile, there are genuine flashes of human emotion and non-robotic answers. Case in point: the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend.

It all started when Wisconsin teammates Nigel Hayes, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker discovered the until-now-anonymous NCAA stenographer after Friday night's postgame presser. They were genuinely fascinated by the process.

Sweet 16, babeeeeeeeee!

The Progressive Change Campaign Cmte wants your opinion on whether Hillary should face a primary


THE FACELESS FEW: In campaigning gov's absence, inner circle runs Wisconsin...badly

This, from a highly respected, conservative business leader ....


It’s reality that our governor is giving our state part time attention as he tackles a run for the White House, which means that the executive affairs of state devolve to his staff and to his cabinet. But, in Wisconsin in recent months, all indications point to the Walker cabinet being relatively inconsequential... .

The root cause of the budget crisis is the inability or refusal of the governor’s team to deal with health cost inflation. Medicaid increases and bloated costs for covering state employees are wiping out much of the positive revenue surges from a much-improved economy. Under-managing these programs almost guarantees a budget “crisis” every two years.

And it is the semi-annual crisis that gives the governor’s team and legislative leaders the platform to make drastic moves, like whacking the university, trimming K-12, jacking public park fees and cutting their state support, and killing Stewardship .

So, adding it all up, if the cabinet is not at the center of policy in the capitol, and the governor is dancing a presidential tango, who is running the government?

Rick Santorum calls President Obama a "nig"

"Blah people." Nah, Icky Ricky doesn't just refer to "blah" people.

Meanwhile Tony Scalia and John Roberts will tell you that racism is over in America.

If Books Had Internet Comments


More at the link.

Mitt Romney takes it on the chin

From the late night TV shows ...


Mitt Romney has a fund-raiser. He’s going to get in the ring and fight Evander Holyfield. This is the dumbest thing Republicans have done since they wrote that open letter to Iran.


Mitt Romney announced he will fight former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in a charity boxing match. You can tell that Romney is serious about it. Today, his butler gave him a piggyback ride up the steps of the Philadelphia art museum.

It turns out they're already trying a bunch of nicknames to try to hype up the match. First they considered “Vanilla in Manila.” Next up, they tried “Lean and Mean versus L.L. Bean.” Finally, “Mitt Romney Loses to Another Black Guy.”
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