cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Have you ever been confronted by that question from a parent or a teacher or a boss or a spouse or a friend? It usually suggests that you have done something utterly stupid, or indefensible, or in terribly bad taste, or all of the above.
There was an overnight massacre in Madison last evening. The Joint Finance Committee met behind closed doors discussing, and passing, the majority of items that hadn't yet been discussed by the committee.
Part of the budget bill is a requirement that police departments maintain a database of information concerning the race of drivers who are stopped for violations. That information would apparently be maintained at the state level. It is obvious that this is aimed at the issue of "racial profiling" by law enforcement agencies.
Governor Doyle is trying to pay the trial lawyers back for their nearly $250,000 of donations. The best way to do that is to open up the liability laws, and he has proposed just that in the state budget.
The Joint Finance Committee didn't do much to help over the week-end when it met in Madison. Having had the benefit of the week-end to hide its moves, the committee, on the party line vote of 12 Democrats to 4 Republicans in nearly every instance, still insists on costing you and me more.