Brunch Links

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Trying the getting up early thing. Does anybody know if the SERF has a steam room or a sauna? I’ve taken quite a liking to the one at my parents’ gym –– I believe it should be a part of everybody’s daily routine. Did you know that there is an average of one sauna per household in Finland? Any discussion of sauna’s in the health care bill?

High of 17 and low of 3 in Madison. Walnut Baclava from Plaka Taverna.

Concerns about the future of the IMAX at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Like I commented at Milwaukee County First, as long as they show Avatar they’ll have no problems selling tickets –– for twice the normal price.

“True” early voting unlikely to surface in the Badger State.

Sexy new design at the Wheeler Report. All the way up to around circa 1999! Barely a decade behind anymore.

Despite federal law requiring health insurers provide mental health parity, Woodman’s has decided to stop offering mental health coverage to its employees. The Cap Times ed board is not pleased.

Dave Zweifel (who may very well have written the above article too) sheds light on the accomplishments of Obama’s first year in office. Yes, there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. The little stuff counts.

Similarly, Mayor Dave tells “grumpy Wisconsin hunters” to lighten up about this year’s dismal hunt. There are good sides to those numbers as well.

Video of Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina lunatic (does SC really produce anything but?) who wants to “purify” the Republican Party, and who is holding up the confirmation of TSA secretary because of concerns that he might unionize the workers in that department.

Illusory Tenant highlights some great reporting in the Journal-Sentinel about two stores that provide the majority of guns used in crimes in Milwaukee. The police department there has openly voiced support for a repeal of concealed carry in exchange for tighter restrictions on straw purchases. That such trades have to be worked out with the gun lobby is a sad, sad commentary on state politics to begin.

Nevertheless, there is still quite a bit of crack-smoking on the opinion pages of the Journal-Sentinel. Brad Vogel led me to this gem, in which a Silicon Valley executive, without a trace of irony, advocates establishing an interesting new way to select Wisconsin governors.

Madison Children’s Museum closed until August, at which point it will open at a new venue and appeal to a wider range of children, hopefully including the thousands of 18-22 year old children looking for some hands-on activity.

Is Wisconsin lagging in the competition for race to the top funds?

Debate over whether to count prisoners in the districts they are imprisoned in rages on. Rep. Dick Spanbauer (R-Oshkosh) defends the money and representation that his area derives from its guests, most of whom come from the Milwaukee area.

Dog racing. It never caught on in Wisconsin.

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2 Responses to “Brunch Links”

  1. Paul A. Says:

    Nope, no saunas or steam baths in any of the UW rec centers as far as I can recall. Too bad, too.

    Saunas are good, but I don’t think they’ll make an appearance in health care reform. While they might be popular in the northern states where winter exists, south of the Mason-Dixon, rooms devoted to heat probably aren’t that…hot. So anything included in a bill would result in accusations of pork.

    Speaking of pork, even if steam baths/saunas were included in health care reform, it’s entirely likely that southerners would build them and convert them to smokers for delicious, delicious meats.

  2. Ordinary Jill Says:

    There are a lot of saunas in older houses in the Upper Peninsula, owing to the large Finnish-American population there. Some of those houses had saunas before they had showers. Some still haven’t installed a shower, but they have a sauna.

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