Giles Goat Boy

I have over half a century of unconnected experiences, including military brat; graduate of Watertown (Wisconsin) High School; attendance at various colleges culminating in a degree in computer science; husband; father; manual laborer; computer programmer; amateur singer; backyard gardener; and as of February 2011, a hard-core political activist fighting back peacefully and sarcastically against attacks on Wisconsin's working families and the middle class.

Real Wisconsin Job Numbers Show Another Loss

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There is “Real Wisconsin Cheese” and there is cheese in a can. In the same way, there are real labor statistics and there are fake labor statistics. On Wednesday, Reggie Newsen, the Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), created a smokescreen with a set of job numbers that showed modest job growth in more »

Mahlon Mitchell announces run for Lieutenant Governor


(cross-posted from Daily Kos) The President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin (PFFW), Mahlon Mitchell, announced this morning that he will run for the office of Lieutenant Governor in the upcoming recall election. Mitchell is running to replace the current Lieutenent Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, the former television reporter best known politically for equating same more »

So, what exactly is a populist?


The subtitle on a recent Mother Jones on-line article about Kathleen Falk described her as a “progressive populist”, right under the major headline that labeled her a “labor-backed liberal.” Kathleen Falk is a former Dane County Executive running to be the Democratic candidate against Scott Walker in the upcoming recall election. She’s a good person, more »

Pro-Falk Group Buying Ads in Wisconsin


Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that a newly-formed political group has purchased air time in 5 Wisconsin markets to run TV ads promoting Kathleen Falk. Falk is campaigning to become the Democratic nominee against Governor Scott Walker in an almost certain upcoming recall election. The group calling itself “Wisconsin for Falk” more »

Scott Walker fer Governer?


The blogosphere is having a little fun and expressing some real outrage at Governor Scott Walker over his latest propaganda email update. From Even before a recall election prompted by some 1 million Wisconsin residents has been scheduled, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has given himself a new job. In an email to constituents on more »

Rep. Zamarripa Rips GOP Attorneys in Redistricting Case

gerrymander gerrymandering map maps

Closing arguments delivered by an attorney defending redistricting maps in a federal court last Friday implied that State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa was not opposed to the maps. The new, disputed boundaries for Rep. Zamarripa’s district are at the center of the lawsuit seeking to have the maps thrown out. The attorney for the state of more »

Censored “Art in Protest” Exhibit Rescheduled


It was reported last week that an art exhibit planned for Madison at the end of March had been indefinitely postponed. The exhibit, entitled “Art in Protest”, was to have been organized with assistance from the Wisconsin School for Workers, which is part of the University of Wisconsin Extension. The school dropped the project after more »

Let’s Sway Responsibly


This past year, I have been a frequent participant in the Solidarity Sing Along protests held every weekday in or just outside the Wisconsin Capitol. One of the songs we sing is “Bring Back Wisconsin to Me”, sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”, with new lyrics by Lou and Peter more »

4 of 5 new appointees to Small Business Regulatory Review Board donated to Walker campaign

Wisconsin is Open for Business Sign

Last week, Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of 5 members to his new Small Business Regulatory Review Board. Walker said this about the board: “The Small Business Regulatory Review Board has the authority to review every rule in all of our state agencies. They will work to remove antiquated and unnecessary regulations that pose more »

Are You Kidding Me? Another Month of Job Losses?


I have mixed feelings about the ease of my self-assigned task of reporting Wisconsin’s employment data in the worst light possible. Obviously it hurts to see so many Wisconsinites still looking for full-time, decent-paying jobs that just aren’t there, but it’s no surprise that Walker’s economic strategy has resulted in a 6th straight month of more »

GAB Installs Webcam for Viewing Of Petition Processing

recall poster

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) announced on their homepage that they have installed a webcam to allow online viewing of recall petition processing. Recall organizers in Wisconsin turned in close to 2 million signatures on Tuesday. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and 4 state senators will likely face recall elections as a result. Over a more »

Walker Administration Finds New Excuse For Job Losses

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary national employment numbers today for the month of November. Once again, Wisconsin leads the way in job losses – 14,600 jobs lost after adjusting for seasonal factors. From the BLS report: The largest over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-14,600) and Minnesota (-13,700). more »

Walker, Fitzgerald Attempt Smokescreens While Recall Succeeds and Job Creation Fails

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Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Governor Scott Walker each yelled “squirrel” today, attempting to distract the hounds that are getting close to recalling Walker. Fitzgerald spewed some nonsense about restructuring the non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB), the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin. He also introduced a bill to make signing a recall petition more more »

Translating WEDC Into Cynic

Free Cash by FatMandy on Flickr

The CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), or as I like to refer to it, The Scott Walker Campaign Donation Reimbursement Center and Corporate Welfare Department, posted a column today explaining his desire to hand out taxpayer money to unproven start-up companies that are so ill-conceived they can’t get money from private sector more »