Woman arrested for sending death threats to Wisconsin Republicans


A 26 year-old woman from Cross Plains, WI has been charged with two felonies for allegedly sending death-threat emails to Republican state Senators at the height of the dispute over Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) collective bargaining law.

According to reports from the Dane County, WI district attorney’s office, Katherine Windels of Cross Plains admitted to investigators she was behind the March 9 emails, which were sent to 15 Republican senators on the night the Senate passed the controversial collective bargaining restrictions for state workers favored by Walker.

Windels allegedly wrote that opponents of the collective bargaining law were planning “to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head” and said “we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.”


According to the investigating documents, Windels acted alone out of frustration with Walker’s law.

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Bring back the left-handed Whopper!

Bring back the left-handed Whopper!

Man, remember these?


Burger King UK today announced the launch of its latest salvo in the battle of the Burger Wars – the new left-handed Whopper – which will become available nation-wide tomorrow April 1.

The UK’s most preferred hamburger will still consist of lettuce, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup and four-ounce flame-grilled hamburger patty, but the sandwich has been re-designed to fit more comfortably in the left hand. This will result in fewer condiment ‘spills’ for left-handed hamburger lovers.

The new Left-Handed Whopper will have all the condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of them skew to the left.…

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Michigan Republicans introduce bill to ban offshore wind turbines in Michigan

I know you think this is an April Fool’s Day joke.

It’s not.

Michigan Republican Ray Franz has introduced House Bill No. 4499 which literally prohibits off-shore wind development in Michigan.

The department shall not enter into a lease or deed that allows the use of unpatented lands for the siting, placement, construction, operation, or maintenance of any structure to research wind energy development, any wind turbine, or any equipment or structure related to a wind turbine, including, but not limited, to a transmission line.


The department shall not grant a permit under this part for the siting, placement, construction, operation, or maintenance of any structure to research wind energy development, any wind turbine, or any equipment or structure related to a wind turbine, including, but not limited to, a transmission line.

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Big Three sales up big time — double digits — over last year

Good news for the Rustbelt states like mine (Michigan): Ford sales up 19% over last year. GM up 11%. Chrysler up a whopping 31%. Ford actually sold more vehicles than GM for only the second time since 1998.

Ford reported March sales of 212,777, up 19 percent from the same month a year ago. That compares with GM’s 206,621 sales for the month, an 11 percent increase from a year ago. GM sales dipped slightly from February.

But GM remains the dominant seller for the quarter with 592,545 vehicles sold compared with Ford’s 496,720 sales.

Crosstown rival Chrysler Group LLC posted another strong month with sales of 121,730 vehicles in March, up 28 percent from February, and a 31 percent increase from a year ago.

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This is how bad it’s gotten: Snyder taking advice from Ted Nugent

How on earth does an idiot like Ted Nugent get face time with the Governor of Michigan?

“Michigan has so many opportunities that are not being utilized because of so many silly, illogical, antiscience regulations that represent a blockade to sportsmen,” Nugent said at the Capitol before meeting Snyder.

He said Michigan should allow more bear-hunting licenses and stop trying to outlaw private preserves — like the one he owns in Jackson County — that host wild boar hunts. He said the state exaggerates the threat of escaped wild pigs.

“I hunt with hundreds of hunters every year and share intimate campfires where they open up and express stuff,” Nugent said.

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Rick Scott: Hypocrite of the Week

Florida tea party Governor Rick Scott wins the coveted Hypocrite of the Week Award for passing an emergency order gutting funding for programs helping people with severe mental and physical disabilities on the very same day he appeared at a Special Olympics photo-op and fundraiser.

The state Thursday slashed payments for group homes and case workers who help people with severe mental and physical disabilities to address a ballooning agency deficit, a move advocates said will be devastating for care.

The announcement came the same day Gov. Rick Scott ran with Special Olympians and law-enforcement officers in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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Unemployment at 2-year low

You know, if this keeps up, Barack Obama is going to end up getting reelected in 2012.

The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March and companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began.

The Labor Department says the economy added 216,000 new jobs last month, offsetting layoffs of local governments. Factories, retailers, education, health care and an array of professional and financial services expanded payrolls.

Private employers, the backbone of the economy, drove nearly all of the gains. They added 230,000 jobs last month, on top of 240,000 in February.

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Michigan Dems release powerful video – “Governor Snyder’s 1st 3 Months on the Job”

I frequently criticize the Michigan Dems for their approach and tactics but they scored a home run with this new ad/video called “Governor Snyder’s First Three Months on the Job”.

I apologize to those with crappy innernetz connections or video-blocking firewalls. The video is essentially a montage of news reports about Snyder signing the Emergency Financial Manager bill into law, gutting funding to education, closing over 20 state police posts including the ones in Detroit and Ypsilanti!, reducing state unemployment insurance benefits by six weeks (the shortest in the country) and planning to tax public and private pensions. It comes back repeatedly to his statement that he’s “Reinventing Michigan”.…

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Hey, look who got quoted in the Detroit Free Press


“Intimidation of college professors by conservatives appears to be the latest tactic in their arsenal to destroy unions,” wrote the liberal Blogging for Michigan Web site.”

That was from a blog I cross-posted over at Blogging for Michigan earlier this week.


Full quote:

Intimidation of college professors by conservatives appears to be the latest tactic in their arsenal to destroy unions in existence today and roll back all gains made through collective bargaining in the past. Ensuring that future workers and managers are not sympathetic toward labor unions is the final step in ensuring their demise.

I’m just sayin’……

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Louie Gohmert: Biggest idiot in Congress???

It’s hard for me to actually blame idiots for being idiots. Part of being an idiot is that don’t actually realize you are an idiot so you just keep on being an idiot.

The people I DO blame are the ones that vote for this idiot.

Last night on the House floor, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered a bizarre new theory about President Obama’s decision to intervene in the Libyan crisis. In the midst of a rant about health care reform, Gohmert nonsensically suggested that Obama might be trying to “deplete the military” in Libya, so he can call up the Commission Corps established in the Affordable Care Act:
GOHMERT: It’s a bad bill.
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Chris Savage

The Savage Feast — A new blogging project

EclectaLadies and EclectaGentlemen! Announcing our latest project: THE SAVAGE FEAST!

As most of you probably know from reading Eclectablog, I am married to one of the most talented photographers in the country, Anne Savage. You also probably know that the two of us have a passion for food. Gardening. Local foods. Organic foods. Cooking. Food preservation. It’s all a major part of our lives and what I refer to as our “suburban homesteading” lifestyle.

Anne recently made a decision to focus her attention on food photography and, together, we decided to start a new blog that showcases her wonderful photos and allows us to share our lifestyle with others.…

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Truthout.org hacked? Or not?

Truthout.org hacked? Or not?

Yesterday, people around the internets received an email claiming to be from Truthout.org. The email said their site had been hacked and their “content over the past ten days was deleted”.

Dear Readers,

Late last night, Truthout.org was attacked and our content over the past ten days was deleted. We’re working to capture the cache versions of those stories that are no longer available and republish them on our website.

You may find that some links will take you to “Page Not Found.” Right now we’re working to restore the vandalized stories.

We will update you as soon as we have more information, and hope to be back in full force very soon.

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