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Hero of the Week: You

Nov. 5, 2008
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Hero of the Week: You

The heroes of the week are all of you who volunteered in the elections, whether it was making phone calls, going door to door, putting up yard signs or any of the other numerous ways that contributed to an active involvement in our democratic process. Whether you worked for a winning or losing candidate does not matter—the fact that you cared enough about your community or country to spend your spare time working for a greater good is what makes our country great. It’s what makes you the heroes of the week.

Jerk of the Week: Desperate Wisconsin Republicans

Apparently having difficulty finding presentable, articulate people to willingly identify themselves as McCain supporters, the Republican Party of Wisconsin was forced to have a consulting firm hire temporary workers to act as pretend volunteers for the McCain campaign, according to the Associated Press. Hoping to generate interest in the Arizona senator’s candidacy, the workers were paid $10 an hour to falsely claim they were volunteering for the Republicans, and forced to sign a hush-hush document agreeing not to spill the beans. Things turned sour after the bogus volunteers got stiffed when it came time to be paid for the subterfuge. Coming forward in disgust, some of the volunteers revealed that they were planning on voting for Obama.


“I want, of course, peace, grace and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it. … In a democratic society, you’re supposed to be an activist; that is, you participate. It could be a letter written to an editor.” —legendary author and broadcast journalist Studs Terkel (May 16, 1912 – Oct. 31, 2008)

Blog of the Week: GarveyBlog, by Ed Garvey


Our Turn! J.B. Van Hollen, our ersatz sheriff-in-residence, will not appeal his loss in the GAB decision until after the election. One can’t help but wonder what the GOP and Van Hollen will argue now. Ah, almost forgot. The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce will attempt to purchase another seat on the Supreme Court in April! If Van Hollen could disenfranchise thousands of legitimate voters in Milwaukee, he could save lots of money for WMC. (As Jim Hightower says, it is hard to keep up with the cynicism.)


Wild Flour Bakery Mural, by Erick Hoffmann

"This picture was taken Saturday afternoon, Nov.1, 2008, at the intersection of East Lincoln Avenue and South Allis Street in Bay View."

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