About the original blue cheddar blogger


I’ve lived in Wisconsin all my life and was raised in dairy country. Been poor, middle class, urban and rural at various times in the last 40 years.

I think you’d call me an atheist because I don’t believe in god, but please amuse me and call me a “godless humanist”. That sounds more fun.


  17 comments for “About the original blue cheddar blogger

  1. Joe
    April 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The walkergate won’t load in firefox. Didn’t see anywhere else to report this to you.

    • April 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      OK. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll do some testing in Firefox tonight, then.

  2. Chuck
    March 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    After viewing your “Blue Cheese” mission statement, I think your basic premise is either misguided or you fail to see we now live in a truly global economy. We now compete with people who are willing to work all day for what some here in the U.S. make hourly. Authoritarian??? Really? I would submit that you need to do a little more reading/research to see what that word really means. For the people who want to recall Gov. Walker, I would use the old cliche’ “Don’t shoot the messenger”. (See: “Greece” and “Spain”) We no longer live in the days where unions (I belong) could dictate wages. I lost my retirement because of two things: Corporate greed and unsustainable wages. CEO’s make too much money when the company loses money, I agree. But that is a fault due to the lack of accountability for the boards of directors. On the other hand when people won’t/can’t pay the cost of your product, and someone else is willing to do your job cheaper, you gotta face the facts. No amount of hand-wringing is gonna change that. There is an old, farmer’s saying that says it all….”Root hog…or die”. I choose to “root”.

  3. April 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I am not really a blogger but believe strongly in the need for a news source in which content is not selected by the Corporate press. If you need to get a message out and the press is ignoring you please send me a tweet with the hashtag #wiunion or #P2 and I well RT. Thanks.

  4. Kathleen Wilkes
    April 22, 2011 at 4:15 am

    The link you have to the pdf of mulliken’s complaint isn’t working; the document has been removed.

    I found pdf of that and related docs as part of this story here: http://www.waow.com/story/14490348/local-county-clerks-emails-included

    see pdf links to right of the story; there are 3.

  5. cami
    April 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I just think these conspiracy theories over the votes have been proven to be more of a moron running the show with inadequate computer programs. She tesitified against republicans in the past – just doing a poor job with clerical work under pressure.

    • April 13, 2011 at 12:13 am

      I’d like to write a thoughtful reply. I won’t only because At this very moment, I’m just terribly tired of this Waukesha scenario. *sigh* OK. I’ll say what makes it lean into suspicious territory – the involvement w. the 2002 caucus that was under a John Doe investigation, that Prosser was her boss under that caucus, that she’s been incredibly secretive and controlling of those 5 computers she has to the point that she refused to allow Waukesha County staff to touch them, that Kitzinger got that little “surprise” moment-discovering that there were some 14,000 votes she wasn’t informed of until right there at the press conference. It’s stinky. I can’t know exactly what’s up. But given the stakes, given that we want people to have faith in this democratic process – I contacted U.S. A.G. Holder. I hope others do too.

  6. Sandraw
    April 12, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Hey you guys,
    I think I know how Kathy Nickolaus is doing it in Wisconsin. She has figured out a way to swing elections and not get caught. This whole thing about her “not saving” voter’s names and then “finding” them is a setup to her bigger plan. Her job includes getting lists of names from other districts or wards and then she enters them onto her computer and then adds them all up so that she knows how many voted for each candidate. She already has a master list of each district in the state with all Republican voters names on it. (a coworker already said that she has this) She waits until she knows how many votes they need to swing the election without triggering an automatic recount and then she just adds names of voters that have not voted in the election. That is why she has to wait until after the election is over. She doesn’t want to add a name of someone and then they actually vote in person making them vote twice. She had done this same exact thing in another close race once already like in 2004 but she has also been involved in election irregularities in 2004,2005,2006,2007 and now again in 2011. Each time she claims that it was “human error”. no one else has this problem but she does it twice? This scheme is why she cannot have her computer hooked up to their network. She doesn’t want to risk anyone else knowing what she has been doing with Prosser’s and the Republican’s blessing.

  7. KPod
    April 1, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Hey – I have an item I wonder if you would like to re-post…it’s a pledge I am going to send to all my elected representatives. You can see it here: http://kjbpod.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/to-my-elected-representatives-please-read-sign-and-return-to-me-thanks/

  8. Sharon Bachmnan
    March 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Hi from California — wanted to bring this to ur attention. Have you watched the short court hearing yesterday with Judge Sumi re the two other lawsuits being combined? It is standard until the end when she basically reprimands the doj (generally speaking) for comments by others about the Tuesday proceedings. Basically a reminder the respect the court and judges opinions. Good stuff no one reporting on it. Good luck in ur struggle — keeping up here and hoping for the best there. Sharon

  9. March 14, 2011 at 7:37 am


    Time to make those responsible for this world wide economic meltdown crisis pay for what they have created.

    A 1% Transfer Tax on all paper transactions over $1 million per year, excluding US Treasuries, is the way to make the speculators on Wall Street and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; the Zombie Banks, Hedge Funds and Insurance operations ratcheting up the cost of fuel and food and funding the “Austerity Mongers” of both Republican/Democratic Parties-They must pay!

    This would solve Wisconsin’s budget short falls immediately, creating a surplus in revenues.

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  10. Lane Hall
    March 8, 2011 at 4:52 am

    we wrote up a detailed account of the very strange Town Hall meeting in Tosa tonight. You can read it on Kos, at:


    If you would like to repost it on your blog, please let me know.

  11. January 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm


    My name is Rachel Grischke, and I am part of a team trying to raise awareness about the harmful “tort reform” legislation being pushed forward in Wisconsin. Tomorrow on our Facebook page we will be releasing our new informational video including exclusive testimonies from those with family members who have been victims of irresponsible manufacturers and nursing homes.

    Please visit our Facebook site, and consider posting our video to your blog to help inform the citizens of Wisconsin about the harmful legislation that is about to be passed.

    Our Facebook page is called: Stand Up For Your Rights Wisconsin:


    Our video will be available starting at 9 am tomorrow morning (January 21, 2011)

    Thank You!

  12. December 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t know how to post anything anywhere, so I’m trying it here…this is from an email sent to me by Rick Whaley, former Green Party candidate for Wis Governor and Co-author of “Walleye Warriors” with Walt Bresette…

    The Second Shays’ Rebellion (a manifesto)

    As the old year 2010 ends, hard winter begins with the silencing of earth-sustaining politics—Wisconsin’s Governor-elect killing rail jobs and sustainable transportation choices and Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator-elect denying global warming/climate change. Outside right-wing groups poured $6.2 million into Wisconsin’s November election, misinforming voters on how tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent would help the middle class. Democrats lost particularly with the constituency of older white male voters, angry about the economy, the debt and taxes. But shouldn’t we be affirming the real legacy of the Boston Tea Party and calling instead for a second Shays’ Rebellion, based upon Equality rooted in diversity and in the belt-tightening needed to save America ’s water, air and soil?

    We reclaim the real legacy of the Boston Tea Party (1773): a protest against war taxes and the debt of empire. We give honor to veterans who serve when called and give blessing to those who always choose peaceful ways. Bring the troops home to defend America here.

    We reclaim the first American Revolution’s break with financial elites. Financial bailouts of Wall St. , banks, Enron, and the auto giants, are the entitlements which must end. The blessings of prosperity are for people, not for banks and too-big-to-fail institutions. We are neither Left nor Right. Communism failed; global capitalism is a bad design.

    We reclaim the legacy of the first Shays’ Rebellion (1786-87), begun by farmers protesting debt collection imposed by financial elites. We affirm a broad class- and broader cultural- alliance, begun by petition, that will hold the wealthy accountable to their fair share of taxes and limited natural resources.

    As opposed to a tea party of predominantly one race dressed as Indians or populists, this Shays’ Rebellion is inclusive, honoring all those who defend their place in creation and respecting all those committed to family and marriage.

    Debt is caused by war. No-bid military contractors should pay the cost of war. Debt is caused by malfeasance of corporate elites. Pull the public charters of Wall St. speculators, predatory lenders, and all mega-corporations who rob future generations of clean air and water. Debt is caused by unsustainable infrastructure: hard energy, corporate agriculture; built-in unemployment; lack of transportation choices; spending more on entertainment and prisons than on youth and schools; and spending more on “illth” than on prevention and health.

    The first solution to Health Care is planetary healthy. Forty percent of cancers are caused by toxins and therefore preventable. Tens of thousands each year are killed by airborne terrorism (particulate pollution). Seventy six million Americans a year are sickened by food-borne illnesses. And NASA scientists now say that 350 parts per million of CO2 means an end to quality of life for humans on the planet. We are now over 350, with the plunder of the planet continuing through our energy and hard chemistry choices. Stewardship of creation is the only basis of health and survival, and therefore the first criterion of economics.

    Look at the old photographs. Gatherings of men in America once meant habitat restoration projects and wilderness preservation; it meant struggles to raise the working class into the middle class; and it meant communities protecting women and children from all forms of bullying. Shays’ Rebellion (1786/2010) extends the promise of the Constitution in the direction of the Bill of Rights and the rights (not entitlements) now won by America’s great causes—labor, civil rights, women’s rights, and seniors’ rights.

    We support public schools and all the sincere alternatives to failing schools—cultural community schools, home-schooling, and de-schooling.

    Build Locally– urban agriculture; watershed councils; local currencies and neighborhood renewal; craft manufacturing and retooling for a just transition to a renewables economy.

    Fight corporate-controlled principalities and powers.

    “Rick Shay” (descendent of the Shay family farmers – Michigan , 1800s)

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