Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Because of Senator Ron Johnson’s abhorrent “NO” vote to a simple background check bill for those purchasing guns at a gun show or from private residents, Johnson once again proved to be one of the most radical and predictable senators in the history of Wisconsin.
The law as it stands now, requires all Americans to pass a background check through the National Instant Background Check (NICS) to prevent felons and those with severe mental illness to own a firearm. However, currently there are loopholes for gun shows and private sales. The last known data shows that 40 percent of the guns purchased in this country are done in these ways.
According to a Marquette poll in March, 81 percent of Wisconsinites supported “background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows or from private residents in Wisconsin.” Also, 54 percent of Wisconsinites favor banning assault-style weapons.
Knowing this, Senator Ron Johnson heartlessly decided to ignore this data, to ignore his constituents, and worse, to ignore Wisconsin families that lost loved ones due to gun violence, like Wisconsin’s own Amardeep Kaleka, whose father, Satwant, was murdered in the mass shooting in Oak Creek on August 5, 2012, in the Sikh temple he helped found.
Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka’s videos demanding for a plan.
Disgusted by Senator Ron Johnson’s vote, I was determined to join a protest scheduled at his Milwaukee office on Saturday.
At the event, I had a chance to talk to one of the organizers, Paul Geenen from Organizing for Action.
While discussing Obama’s press conference right after the measure was struck down, Geenan stated, “Yes, he was very upset. We’re all upset. That’s why we are here today, because we want to tell Senator Ron Johnson ‘shame on you’ for voting against the universal background checks that over 90 percent of Americans support”.
Geenen stated that he believes Ron Johnson voted this way because of the “incredible power of the NRA”.
“We’re here to prove that we’re not going away and that we too have power.” Geenen stated. “We may not have the same financial reserves as the NRA, but we can make up with it in other ways.”
Now that this bill was defeated, Geenen explains that the next step is looking towards the 2014 upcoming elections for the State and the Senate.
But what can we do now? Well, it sounds cliché, but it truly is contacting your representatives about the issue of gun violence. If you have the time to complain and argue on Facebook, than you have the time to call your representative or email them or at the very least, post a comment on their Facebook page.
Because as Paul Geenen stated, “We’ve got moment. We’ve got motivation. This issue is not dead. We’re going to keep pounding away at it.”
That we will.
Below is Senator Ron Johnson's contact information.
Washington, DC 20510
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Fax: (414) 276-7284
Listen to my full interview with Organizing for Action's Paul Geenen.>
Photos of the event.
Video of President Obama's press conference, which includes an introduction by the father of a Sandy Hook victim.
Read the bill for yourself here: Universal Background Check Bill
Monday, April 1, 2013
The episode features an interview with Executive Director of We Are Wisconsin Kristen Crowell discussing the April 2nd election and the radical Tea Party movement in Wisconsin.
Other segments include “Drunk Dialing Ron Johnson”, “A Report from Up Nort (with Michael)”, “My Conservative Friend BJ”, “Movie of the Week with Rob Matsushita” and the Fly Up/Fly down segment.
- Discussing the deficit
- Meg Hamel being pushed aside from the Wisconsin Film Festival
- Republican Representative Dale Schultz being awesome
- Charlie Sykes being a wimp
- State Rep Evan Goyke’s mining hole comment
- The Board of Directors for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund delaying a decision Starbuck CEO Howard Schultz pro-gay marriage comment
- RNC Chair Reince Preibus’ weird comment
- DNC holding convention in Waukesha County.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This video also includes my brother Jeremy Schabow, Madison Alder Bridget Maniaci, Roller Derby bad ass Victoria Echevaria , former WTDY Reporter Dylan Brogan, former CBS reporter Dustin Weis, former Communications Director of the ACLU Stacy Harbaugh, Postal Worker Perry Frank, founder and editor of of Dane101 Jesse Russell, my conservative friend BJ, editor of Dane101 and Our Lives magazine Emily Mills, my non-ideological friend from up north Michael Bartnik and my dog Boo. THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR BEING ON THE SHOW!!!
AND THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR WATCHING...BUT REMEMBER TO COME BACK ON APRIL 1ST FOR MY NEW ADVENTURE!!!
00:00 - 10:29 Intro/Interview with founder of www.bloggingblue.com and candidate for Alder of Cudahy (District 3), Zach Wisniewski.
10:29 - 16:51 A look back at some of my favorite episodes.
16:51 - 18:38 A few "Thank Yous"
18:38 - 19:50 What's next....
19:50 - End A goodbye video with the help of Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love".
Thursday, February 21, 2013
This week on “Rants without Pants”, you are all trapped in the passenger seat of my car while I listen to the stereo and rant about James Cromwell protesting (“It Aint Me Babe” by Bob Dylan), Brian Murphy being mentioned in the SOU (“Hero” by Foo Fighters), Governor Walker turning down the Medicaid Expansion money (“Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys), Liberals making fun of Marco Rubio (“High Water Blues” by The Jayhawks), Scott Fitzgerald for supporting a forced transvaginal probe bill (“Rape Me” by Nirvana) and much more.
I also interview postal worker Perry Frank (National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 507-Capitol City Merged-Trustee ) where he discusses the Carrier Alert Program, collective begging before the Wildcats Strike, how email is not as damaging as everyone thinks, 2006 Postal Enhancement Act, Retirement Prefund is the reason for the fiscal trouble, Post Office is self-sufficient, cuts and eliminating Saturday delivery, possible privatization of the post office and the effects it would have and much more.
Interview taped live from the best coffee shop in Madison, “Mother Fools”.
Other songs played – “Car Stereo” by The Shabelles, “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar and “Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes
00:00 - 1:02 Intro – Roadtrip
1:02 – 11:59 – Interview with postal worker Perry Frank (National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 507-Capitol City Merged-Trustee)
11:59 – End – Fly Up/Fly Down Segment where I rant about the subjects stated above.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I really hope you watch this one...especially if you disagree!
This week on Rants without Pants, it's our Special Valentine's Day Episode where we discuss one topic: Gay Marriage
I interview Madison rocker, Mad Rollin Doll and Battlesta...r Galactica nerd (I am too, so I can call her that) Victoria Echeverria on her recent engagement to her fiancé Natalie. We discuss the gay rights, gay marriage and love.
I then rant (with the help of Tom Petty and The Beach Boys) to those who oppose gay marriage.
This one is special. It's about true love and the fight for equality.
00:00 -- 13:32 Interview with Victoria Echeverria includes -
Vic's Dog running in circles
How Vic and Natalie met and how she proposed to her
Vic's response to Senator Ron Johnson and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleifisch's ridiculous comments Where the future is going
Wisconsin Domestic Partnership registry being challenged and much, much more.
13:32 -- End Adam's Rant includes Kirk Cameron's silly comments, redefining gay marriage, christian denomination internal debates about homosexuality, Gomer Pyle's marriage and the coolest kid in the world kicking Gov. Michelle Bachman's ass.
Next Week: An interview with postal worker Perry Frank about many of the changes arising with the post office, including cutting down to 5 days delivery.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This week on Rants without Pants, an interview with Madison City Council Alder, Bridget Maniaci. I also take a look at the shady workings of the Republican law firm Michael Best & Friedrich.
Beginning - 17:19– Interview with Madison City Council Bridget Maniaci
Maniaci discusses the diversity of her district, how her age relates to her constituents, how great government can be, comparing Waukesha and Dane County, cheap shots, why local races matter, the process of an Alder, how age and gender has inserted themselves in politics, the future of Bridget Maniaci and much more.
17:19 – End A Look into Michael Best & Friedrich
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This week on Rants Without Pants, Part 2 of our "Farewell Interview with Co-founder and Publisher of Dane101 Jesse Russell".
As I stated in the video, Jesse Russell has been an inspiration to me. I am in awe of his commitment to Madison, of the endless amount of creative ideas that is banging around in his head as well as his willingness to give a guy like me the opportunities that he has. I will always be in Jesse Russell's debt.
Jesse Russell's departure will leave a hole in Madison that simply can not be filled. He will leave a legacy all his own.
Anyway, to me, Part 2 of this interview is facinating as he says his goodbyes and discusses so many interesting topics.
After the interview, there is a new segment called "Five Rants in a Minute". (I cheated and only put in four...shhhhh...don't tell anyone)
00:00 - 00:38 Intro/Whoring Shabelles Show with The German Art Students
00:38 - 17:39 Interview with Jesse Russell -
Jesse discusses, covering the Capitol protests, homelessness and mining
Jesse's Tea Party picture that went viral
The Wisconsin Film Festival Coverage
The Fireball (which is taking place this weekend...THE TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!!)
The Forward Music Festival
Dane101's relationship with Mark Pocan, Herb Kohl, Tammy Baldwin and how Jesse met Russ Feingold
The future of Dane101 and the future of Jesse Russell
Jesse says goodbye to Madison
17:39 - End Five Rants in a Minute
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
This week on Rants without Pants, Co-founder and Editor of Dane101 Jesse Russell gives his Frewell Interview as he will be moving to San Fransisco at the end of the month with his lovely wife Maddie.
In Part 1, he discusses the inception and history of Dane101, blogging in general and answers questions from the internets.
Part 2 will be up next week.
00:00 - 14:48 Interview with Jesse Russell 14:48 - 15:45 And That's the Truth and I THINK You Know It Jingle 15:45 - 19:20 And That's the Truth and I THINK You Know It - Canada and Israel's Approach to Gun Control/Health Care. 19:20 - 20:41 And That's the Truth and I THINK You Know It - Wisconsin Job Numbers (TOONCES...NO!!!!)
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Only once in a few years do you get a movie like Cabin in the Woods: A movie that perfectly satirizes genres while still being a true entry into those genres.
Man against nature. Liam Neeson against wolves. You will not find a more heart pounding suspenseful film this year. Liam Neeson was born to play this role. It requires intensity while at the same time a bit of stillness. He is the master at juggling the two.
Yes. A movie about filthy-talking teddy bear named Ted made my top ten list of the year. The movie is funny. Funny as hell. What makes the movie work is the twisted relationship between Ted and Mark Wahlberg, which is unique and oddly sweet.
Spielberg went a different way with this film then he could have…and I can’t tell you how happy I am that he did. Lincoln tells the straight-forward story about what it took for our 16th President, played masterfully by Daniel Day Lewis, to pass the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery.
8. Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson is back, and almost in full form. Almost. It’s his best film since The Royal Tenenbaums and has a similar tone to Rushmore.
As for the adults, Edward Norton's Scout Master Ward is a blast to watch. It's also nice to see Bruce Willis going back to doing these smaller movies. After all, he is the one who took a chance on Pulp Fiction, Nobody's Fool and The Sixth Sense just to name a few.
I knew nothing about this movie or it’s existence until we randomly stumbled upon it while searching for a movie to order on-line.
A spooky animated feature directed towards kids about zombies and the supernatural? How could we NOT check it out?
It's about a kid named Norman that sees dead people and is determined to save the town from witches and zombies. The story is exciting, funny, scary and ultimately has a good message for kids while at the same time respecting their intelligence to understand the message.
It's the first stop-animation film to use a color 3D printer. So I guess, that's cool too.
You will not find a better looking film than Skyfall this year. The cinematography is simply dazzling and deserves the Oscar. GIVE IT TO THEM NOW!!!
Dark Shadows - "Tim Burton and Johnny Depp need to get a divorce, or at the very least a separation."
Looper - "While it's not at all the film I thought it would be, it stuck with me after watching it. I need to watch it again as I suspect I will enjoy it much more the second time around."