Comments are due Sunday, April 14, 2019 (11:59!):

Here’s the DEIS in full:

Note the “need” section beginning on p. 49. It’s dependent on MISO — yes, that MISO, the one that blessed the so dramatically overstated “need” for the CapX 2020 build-out… the MISO that claims “need” when its LMP Coutour map is nearly always a bright or dark blue! The MISO that is all about “market” which has nothing to do with “need.” This section takes it back to “Upper Midwest Transmission Development Initiative” (hard to tell their mission, eh? But we know it was all about coal). If they’re going to go back to the history of this big transmission build-out, methinks that, particularly in Wisconsin, they should go back to the Wisconsin Reliability Assessment Organization (WRAO) Report that laid out the wish list of the transmission build-out.

Now, head to p. 80, Section 3.9, entitled “Applicants’ Alternatives to the Proposed Project.” This section presents ONLY the APPLICANTS’ alternatives, they get to determine what is or is not an alternatives, the parameters. Show me where it says in the WI statutes or rules that it only the APPLICANTS’ choice of alternatives to be considered?

Folks, we’ve got a lot of work to do…


So did tRump get Russia or Blackwater to crash Facebook?

Another friend has died…

March 7th, 2019

A year ago, we were dogsitting Jackie, and we got quite worried about her.  She was an OLD dog, and we had a hard time getting her to eat. Alan spent a lot of time “reading with the dog” and feeding her. Only way was by hand feeding to prime her, and it took a lot, and then she would only eat a few bites out of her bowl.  And then she wouldn’t poop, for days and days, and we were in a panic, and never so glad to see an old grrrrrrrl poop after what, FOUR DAYS?!?!

While Lisa was on vacation, we’d post daily photos of her grrrrrrrrl, which got more likes than any other photos there!  She had a big group of fans.

Jackie has been in declining health, refusing to eat, having a very hard time walking, and was fading away. Today, Lisa said goodbye to her Jackie.

It’s a sad day in Red Wing.

“I want to live in a fairytale…”

I remember a magical and dark eerie moment decades ago, it was at a Blues Fest that Charlie Lawson put together for KFAI.  Willie Murphy was on, at the piano, doing a Louisiana Red number, ash tray on the piano with smoke drifting up, filling the spotlight, and the slow dirge of a left hand minor key, “I have a hard time missing you baby, with my pistol in your mouth… You may be thinking ’bout going north, but your brains are staying south.”  Chills up and down, was it captured live that day?  (it’s on Piano Hits Willie Murphy/Willie Hits Piano)

Dave Ray, Eddie Berger, Prince, and now Willie… we’re at that age… sigh…  It does feel like the end of an era.

Later today:

Sunday, February 17th
Fairytales: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Willie Murphy
The Cabooze
Doors: 3:30 pm, Music: 4 pm – 10 pm

Featuring performances by The Bumblebees, The Willie Murphy Band and the Angel Headed Hipsters
Very Special Guests: Spider John Koerner, Ipso Facto, Paul Metsa, Phil Heywood, Detroit Don King and many more!
MC: Bobby Vandell
$10 at the door
100% of the proceeds will go to the Willie Murphy Fund

Here we go again…  On January 24th, Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission denied the Petition for Rulemaking filed by Jewell Jinkins Intervenors, where we’re trying to get them off the dime and promulgate some solar siting rules.

Petition for Rulemaking_JJI_Solar_FINAL

Here’s their written order, just out today, with some bizarre statements:

PSC Order_2-6-2019- Denial of Rulemaking Petition

Bizarre statements?  Yup, here’s one, the grand finale:


As Bob Cupit would say that I say, “GIVE ME A BREAK….”