State Dog: American Water Spaniel
Forons were buzzing with local happenings this week, from budding sports leagues to waste removal services and motorcycle routes. What was once a fracas appears to be, at least for now, a space to enjoy our city.
Funny and absurd
We need a state cat
Post by freia1 Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:55 pm
Did you know that the state of Wisconsin has a state bug, state cow, state badger, state fish, state bird, and even a state dog, but no state cat. See the link there - http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/wisconsin_state_symbols.html
I mean I totally understand the badger and cow, but come on a dog?? So if there is a state dog, why not a state cat. To that effect, Doyle's office got this letter from me:
Dear Governor Doyle:
I would like to bring to your attention the lack of feline representation in the State Symbols. If we have a state insect, a state dog, a state bird, a state cow, why not a state cat. The cat has helped Wisconsin farmers in battling the rodent overpopulation and has protected our crops, as well as prevented the spread of various rodent-borne diseases. I propose that the state cat be a working cat, not a pure-bred. Perhaps, we can have a contest for the best cat and a $20 entry fee can fill the state coffers with money that can then be used to offset the furlough I have to take as a State Worker. I am submitting a picture of Buddy (http://jeffinnakari.weebly.com/cat-pictures.html) an orange tabby, who in my opinion would be a great state cat.
Any other cat freaks out there who think we need a state cat?
Post by white_rabbit Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:21 pm
Dear God, I just flicked my lighter to smoke up my bong and I ignited a fireball that peeled the paint off my walls. I need some soap and an intervention.
Re: Pro Hockey returning to Madison?
Post by nevermore Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:46 pm
Pluses: Short distance for me to go. Reason to go to Slices before/afterward. Hartmeyer has a beer license if I'm not mistaken. Jerseys look cool.
Cons: A Chicago cop is the day-to-day operations manager and team president. There are no other teams in the league yet and the season starts in November.
Re: Ever been in a fight?
Post by narcoleptish Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:59 pm
Yes, the hook is actually my best punch. I've just seen a lot of fights end with the right.
In practice, a well thrown punch to someone's head in a street fight is a good way to break your hand. Plus, a lot of guys just have really hard heads and can shrug it off. So I always recommend going to the body, specifically the ribs. Lombardi or Patton said "fatigue makes cowards of us all", and the inability to take a breath feels about the same.
Amsterdam: O'Reilly Factor vs. Reality
Post by Jazznews Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:24 pm
Bill O'Reilly had some guests on his show who attacked Amsterdam for its lax pot laws, which they say have made the city a "mess" and a "cesspool of corruption."
So a citizen of Amsterdam responded with a video which compares the real statistics of drug use in his city compared with drug use in the US.
A Cesspool Of Corruption, Crime (Andrew Sullivan)
Smart and sharp
Mallards 7/24/09 - Kinda feel cheated
Post by talagaster Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:37 pm
I went to a Mallards game two weeks ago where they promised a Duck Blind voucher to everyone if the game got called for rain. That seemed like a great deal, so I went to the game anyway and had a fun time.
Now this week, I went with my Duck Blind ticket. At the top of the game, I had to deal with a 30 minute rain delay as my friends and I got pelted with rain. Then the game starts for the grand total of one and 1/3 innings before another rain delay is called. The announcer tells us the game will start in 20 minutes. 15 minutes later, they tell us it will be another 30 minutes. Then 20 more minutes. No, now they tell us it will be 30 minutes... starting now.
Soon, it is 9:30 and we've only seen an inning of baseball. Finally, at 9:45, they call the game and offer to give everyone vouchers for new tickets... except for the Duck Blind tickets. They only give those of us with Duck Blind tickets vouchers for bleacher tickets, less than 1/3 of the value of our purchased tickets.
Then to add insult to injury, they start kicking everyone out of the stands 10 minutes after the announcement, not even giving us time to finish the food and drink that were supposedly worth the full ticket price. If they weren't going to refund tickets, they could have at least given people enough time to clear out comfortably.
I have loved and supported the Mallards for years in this town but I can't help but feel a little cheated after this night. I feel like the Dude right now and my rug just got peed on.
Re: My Health Care Rant
Post by Huckleby Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:00 pm
OK, lets talk about it in real terms. Lets say the plan is to expand medicare to cover every American. How could you get this through politically? Right now, I would say that proposal might garner the support of 25% of American public. I'm with you, but you have a lot of work to do.
Re: Gates: it all started when neighbor..
Post by white_rabbit Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:45 am
Someone can act stupidly without actually being stupid. President Obama did not call the police officer stupid. But there definitely is a whole lot of stupidity swirling around this whole affair. I hope, for the sake of the important issues that face, that this will finally be put to rest once Gates, Crowley and Obama have their beer.
Re: The decline of Madison
Post by Like_Stink Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:47 am
There are plenty of little irritating things about Madison….it's not very dog-friendly, sometimes the guys picking up the trash leave some garbage around the can, the city piles up snow at the end of my driveway, there's a Starbucks on State St., living on the near-east side requires that I ride all the way across town and out to get to the really good motorcycle roads, people try to make left turns out of the coop during rush hour…..I don't know why I stay here.
I know all my neighbors. I'm building a new garage and a guy five blocks away that I've never met dropped by with his neighbor, ladder and nailer and spent a couple hours helping me put up the trusses. I owe him good beer (fortunately we have good beer). My neighbors with snowblowers usually get my sidewalks before I get to them. I can walk five or six blocks to a great grocery store and a few good restaurants. I ride my motorcycle to work most of the year, but in winter it takes all of fifteen minutes by bus. I have a beautiful tree in my front yard……….
In a few years, I'll probably move. Unlike Vinnie's scenario, education narrows options for some. My wife will be finishing her PhD and the likelihood that she'll be hired here (as is always the case) is low. So I'll retire and do whatever's next wherever we go. Could be Ithaca or Burlington that would be nice or it could be Buffalo or Pittsburgh. That would be okay too. I'm old enough that my imagination is well-developed I don't require a lot of external stimulation to alleviate boredom.
My mom lives by Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks. Few places are more beautiful to me, but she loves Madison and tells me what she misses about it and I suspect I'll miss it too. My niece lives in the east village and couldn't imagine living anywhere but NYC, but recently she's been dreaming of building a house and I think the rural area in the Finger Lakes where she grew up looks pretty nice.
Anyway, Madison is what it is. Probably not the greatest place in the world, but it's pretty nice. I suspect Road King's (and Vinnie's) problems with Madison are primarily just problems with themselves and they may grow out of it.
Re: UW Hospital Warns Patients About CJD Exposure
Post by pjbogart Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:37 am
Thanks for posting. I too had brain surgery at the UW hospital in the last few months, so you have done a great service by warning me about the possibility that I have contracted this horrible disease.
Even though, as the article clearly states, there hasn't been a case of transmission from surgical instruments since 1976, it's a good thing that the folks at the Daily Page Forum have been made aware of this situation so that we can protect our loved ones and ourselves from this disease terrorizing the Madison area.
Vigilance, Jazz! Keep up the good work!