TWW is The Warped Woodturner who is a local artist living in a suburb of Springbrook, WI (pop 87). His mission is to use a wood lathe to make interesting but mostly useless objects from locally-sequestered carbon for tourists to bring back to the city to give to people they had to buy something for but don't like that well. His target market is the senior citizens since their vision is not as good as it used to be so cannot see the defects as well.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Violence against the media in the 3rd world country of Madison


Bernard Madoff comments on Social Security?

Bernard Madoff said to a reporter  the "whole government is a Ponzi scheme." The story continues
"A Ponzi, or pyramid, scheme is a scam in which people are persuaded to invest through promises of unusually high returns, with early investors paid their returns out of money put in by later investors."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

More double-speak of civility

Some local people are trying to start a recall petition drive to recall Democrat state senator Bob Jauch from up nort for fleeing the state.  Don't they know there was an election last fall and the will of the people was to elect Jauch?  TWW thinks people should live with the results and not get all upset. We live in a democracy you know. 

Some people in the state are refusing to do their jobs and show up for work to cast votes against legislation they oppose to represent their districts. Don't they know there was an election last fall and the will of the people was to elect Pharaoh Walker and Republican majorities in the legislature? TWW thinks people should live with the results and not get all upset. We live in a democracy you know. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Where's Mr. BANANA?


Mrs. TWW invites some imaginary friends to a Scrabble game

TWW installed a Scrabble Game on Mrs. TWW's laptop so for life enrichment she invited some imaginary friends up to play. (Halffast Eddie, Steady Eddie and  Eddie's Steady). 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Why Pharaoh Walker is not leaving even though riots are spreading across Wisconsin

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It's winter in WISCONSIN
And the gentle breezes blow, 
40 miles per hour at 32 below!
Oh, how I love WISCONSIN
When the snow's up to your butt; 
You take a breath of winter air 
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful, 
You may think I'm a fool. 
I could never leave WISCONSIN
'cause I'm frozen to the stool!

A glimmer of hope in gray February

Moon or sun? We cannot tell. 

Topic #2 blah blah blah for today (topic #1 is AGW)

"Wis. Assembly passes bill taking away union rights

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Feb 25, 7:42 AM (ET)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening."

The truth of the matter from TWW:

  • The bill does not strip all collective bargaining rights from the public unions.  They can still bargain on salaries but cannot go over the cost of living unless voters  approve the raises in a referendum.  Based on the public outcry statewide over the bill,  the voters are sure to flock to the polls to support raises for the workers beyond the cost of living so they will get their just raises making the bill moot.
  • There is an election in two years and the Democrats will win enough seats in the Senate and Assembly  to override Pharaoh Walker's veto of a bill to restore union rights in the state so the lost rights will come back in two years anyway again making the bill moot. 
  • The new majorities will raise taxes on the wealthy people who supported this union busting led by the Koch brothers making more Wisconsin rich people take up residence in Florida
  • Protesters like to moan and cry and be seen on TV.      

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Don't let cold weather make you feel less of a man

Introducing the new Polar Jock. TWW plans on getting one soon.  (The ad says it protects guys of any size).

Front view
Inside view

See this for more details:

Get yours before freezing yours off at the New Moon Ski shop in Hayward before the big race. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Madtown Almost-March Madness

Do you think the camels were unionized?

More boring bowls in progress or awaiting burial

Rough bowls kept in plastic until they can be wrapped in newspaper and dried slowly.

Bowl 'blanks' waiting to be turned round and reamed out.

Unfinished (rough) bowls from previous years waiting to be finished. 

An oh S--t bowl (14" rough pine bowl that split while drying)

In the winter in the country you try to get life enrichment any way you can.

How's the weather up nort?

More Democrat civility talk

"I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” he continued."


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Did FDR really say this?

Even President Franklin Roosevelt, a friend of private-sector unionism, drew a line when it came to government workers: "Meticulous attention," the president insisted in 1937, "should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government....The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service." The reason? F.D.R. believed that "[a] strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable." 


Bad Timing Award Nomination

The latest nomination for a bad timing award goes to Pharoah Walker (formerly known as Governor Scott Walter not the TV guy) and the Wipublicans.  They had everything going for their evil desires for the public unions since they had created class envy  against public workers (a tactic straight from the Democrat's play book when the Dems made people jealous of successful people who supposedly did not deserve their successes).  Then the fools  in WI did not know the public unions would disguise themselves as street protesters from the Middle East and get public sympathy so they could steal victim status away from the taxpayers who thought they were being victimized by the public sector unions. Bad timing. 

Amazing: there actually are two sides to the story

It took a week but there actually are two sides to the story about Pharoah Walker suppressing the people of Wisconsin.

"But away from Madison, many people said that public workers needed to share in the sacrifice that their own families have been forced to make."

see the newspaper of record at:

The people locally have spoken. (whether they were right or not  is a matter of opinion but such is democracy).   The referendum vote was taken after the Spooner paper ran some stories on how much teachers were paid. 

"Referendum fails 1,778 to 744

$2.35 million, four-year, non-reoccurring operational referendum for Spooner Area School District fails by over 1,000 votes

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:26 AM CST
The proposed $2.35 million four-year, non-reoccurring operational referendum for the Spooner Area School District failed to pass in the Tuesday, Feb. 15 primary election by (unofficial count) 744 voting "Yes" to 1,778 voting "No".

The proposed $2.35 million referendum would have been initiated in the 2011-12 school year and would have raised property taxes over current property taxes by $43 per $100,000 of property value in 2012. As it had in the last four years, the district also planned on cutting at least $150,000 yearly from the budget in each of the next four years."

Source: Spooner Advocate

Monday, February 21, 2011

You know you are getting old when

you can remember when winter snow was caused by weather rather than oil.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bad timing for TWW's writing career?

Right in the middle of all of the pushback against government handouts and benefits in Wisconsin a magazine in Wisconsin published an article by TWW on how to survive in the country by means of government handouts. (link to a copy of the manuscript).  

One interesting part of the published article was one word change. The original article was attempting a clever ending by saying "Finally, another good source of leads is the next generation . See if your local high school has a Future Freeloaders of America (FFA) chapter." 

The printed article said 'Farmers' instead of 'Freeloaders'.  TWW could not tell if the editor thought 'Farmers' was correcting a putdown on FFA or if farmers are freeloaders too with all of their government programs.    

Friday, February 18, 2011

Local demonstration against Pharoah Walker & a thought by TWW on child rearing

TWW thinks parent should not get upset if their kids are protesting and demanding more money for the teachers. But parents should find out how much this will make their taxes go up and subtract that from their kids allowances to teach responsibility.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New hunting season needed?

Whoops,  can't say that in the new age of civility but then the liberal protesters in Madison are talking about killing a Bill. 

Witches cause global warming

Remember we cannot pass judgement on other cultures.


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Study links extreme weather, poverty and witch killings
 – It's the "hungry season" in rural Tanzania, and heavy rain earlier in the year badly damaged the crops. That's why, a University of California, Berkeley, economist says, authorities can expect witch killings to double.
Yes, witch killings, the brutal slayings of elderly women being hacked to death with machetes by relatives who have declared them witches.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Latest benefactor premium

After TWW knocked the heirloom olive oil flask off the counter and made a mess,  a generous benefactor came to the rescue with a new olive oil dispenser.  GM policy is to always give cheap premiums to benefactors so the benefactors continue to give. 

Note to current benefactor:  please stop by and pick up your premium the next time you are in town. We are too cheap to send them in the mail. 

AGW quote for the day

Upton Sinclair supposedly said it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. (as in how does one keep the research grant money coming in). 

Blogger's note: when in doubt show a thermometer; when looking for something to do for country life enrichment watch the thermometer for changes.  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Relatives up to celebrate Val's Day

Main dish made by chefs Gariano and Tylerini

The kid's table

Note: this last picture shows that you can pay half-price for a couch and it still can be big enough to sleep on.

Anthropogenic Global Warming

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mentally-challenged Blondes (MCBs) and black women Unite !

Pepsi got a double hit. They got the blonds and the black women all at once. If these two groups get together men are in real trouble. Did Coke have a role in this?

This is the closest TWW could come to finding a spokesperson for the MCBs:

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Remember spy vs. spy in MAD Magazine?

This was forwarded to TWW. Is it real or an attempt to have people stop forwarding things to the guy who wrote it?

E-Mail Tracker Programs -- very interesting and a must read! 

The man that sent this information is a computer tech.  He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed.  All forwards are not bad, just some.  Be sure you read the very last paragraph. 
He wrote: 
By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.comand/or  for determining whether information received via email is just that:  true/false or fact/fiction.  Both are excellent sites. 
Advice from   VERY IMPORTANT!! 
1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever --- it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to.  The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other spammers.  Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus --- that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience.  These people don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them.  Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" --- email tracking.  Ignore them and don't participate! 
2) Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.  All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers -- to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes. 
You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them.  You will be providing a service to your friends.  And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future! 
Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more. 
You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! 
Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached!  Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich!  Let's not make it easy for them! 
ALSO:  Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization - i.e. social security, etc.  To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers. 

Tips for Handling Telemarketers  

  Three Little Words That Work!! 
 (1)The three little words are: 
'Hold On, Please...'  

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.  
  Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. 
These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting..  
 (2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?  

 This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.  
  This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' sales person to call back and get someone at home.  
What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call, and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!!!  
 (3) Junk Mail Help:
When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.  
When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.  
  Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right?
 It costs them more than the regular 44 cents postage, 'IF' and when they receive them back.  
It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.  

 One of Andy Rooney 's (60 minutes) ideas.  

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back! 
If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them. 
 You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 44 cents. 
 The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!  
  Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea! 
 If enough people follow these tips, it will work I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.  


Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sunny and cold

no pictures since you already know what everything up here looks like:)

Monday, February 07, 2011

Gray Monday replaces green and gold Sunday

Excitement for the winter is over. Now just blah.........

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Even if the Packers lose there is still justice in the world


Police sex files on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are leaked online

Last updated at 2:05 PM on 5th February 2011

Swedish police documents on the Julian Assange sex cases have been leaked online. 

More than one hundred pages of interview transcripts, photographs and other evidence relating to sexual assault claims made by two Swedish women appeared on the internet this week."

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Life enrichment opportunties for liberal arts grads

It used to be all a liberal arts degree qualified one for was working in the food services industry or becoming a teacher. Times changed.  Now you can work at home.  Starting wages is $.02 per 'hit' (nothing to do with drugs) but you can work hard and get rich if you live in a country with a low standard of living.


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