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May 21, 2018

Feingold Praises Murkowski

You see the tips of my fingers creep over the edge of the desk. Slowly you begin to see the top of my head, and soon you can see my eyes, and my nose resting on the surface – kind of like Kilroy in the days of yore, only looking from side to side, and a little freaked out.


Something strange is going on.  Very, very strange.

Earlier this week, we gave kudos to one Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s Republican Senator. We’re not used to doing that, but let it not be said that we do not give credit where credit is due.  But it’s a little unnerving when we have to do that twice in one week. However, in the interest of sticking to our guns (as it were) on this point, we are prepared to toss another garland at Senator Murkowski.

At least we are in good company. It’s hard to go wrong with your garland tossing when you’re standing next to Russ Feingold.

Or as Rachel Maddow might say:  Russ Feingold… Former Senator Russ Feingold… Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold… Russ Feingold, the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act… Russel D. Feingold of the Badger State… Russ Feingold of McCain-Feingold.  That Russ Feingold. When that Russ Feingold, the Russ Feingold of campaign finance reform, when THAT Russ Feingold throws a garland at someone over campaign finance reform, that’s a pretty big deal.


Murkowski deserves kudos for sponsoring legislation that would require any campaign organization that laid out more than $500 for federal political activity to disclose who its donors are, and to do that “in real time.”



When Senate Majority Leader and Turtle-in-Chief Mitch McConnell threw Lisa under the bus to support Joe Miller, Murkowski ran a historic write-in campaign and won re-election without them, assisted by the deep pockets of Alaska Native corporations. She claimed that the win would un-shackle her, and Independents and Democrats have been waiting for the “unshackling.” Hopefully this is the direction of things to come.






6 Responses to “Feingold Praises Murkowski”
  1. blue_in_AK says:

    I love the Rachel impersonation.

  2. hedgewytch says:

    Well, Lisa put your money, or in this case, your disclosures, where you mouth is. Show us how money those insurance and oil companies have given you.

    This legislation sounds fine, but if it even passed, it would immediately be challenged as it is in opposition to the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision.

    BTW, many of your readers may not be aware of where the “Kilroy Was Here” originated from. The drawing and the saying actually have separate origins.

    “During World War II, the saying “Kilroy Was Here!” began to appear as graffiti at home and wherever
    the American military traveled abroad. Eventually the saying, and the cartoon character that often
    accompanied it, came to represent America’s presence throughout the world. Today, it remains
    a whimsical symbol of the momentous achievements of an entire generation of Americans during the
    20th century’s darkest hour.”

    “Alternate accounts exist, but the most widely accepted origin of “KILROY WAS HERE” trace to James J. Kilroy of Halifax, Massachusetts, USA. On 24 December 1946, the New York Times wrote:
    During the war [Kilroy] was employed at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s Quincy shipyard, inspecting tanks, double bottoms and other parts of warships under construction. To satisfy superiors that he was performing his duties, Mr. Kilroy scribbled in yellow crayon “Kilroy was here” on inspected work. Soon the phrase began to appear in various unrelated places, and Mr. Kilroy believes the 14,000 shipyard workers who entered the armed services were responsible for its subsequent world-wide use.

    Some versions say JJ Kilroy’s chalk markings started in order to end cheating by some riveters, but the earliest accounts from Kilroy himself have no mention of this.

    The ships JJ Kilroy was inspecting were being sent out before they were painted, so when sealed areas were opened for maintenance, sailors found the unexplained name scrawled. Thousands of servicemen may have potentially seen his slogan on the outgoing ships and Kilroy’s omnipresence and inscrutability sparked the legend.

    The cartoon figure of a little man looking over a wall came from British popular culture and was known as “Mr. Chad.” Mr. Chad was usually drawn with the words, “Wot? No _____?” with the blank filled in with an item in short supply, such as “Wot? No Petrol?” or “Wot? No Bread?” (Mr. Chad appeared on the side of a Horsa glider used in Operation Market Garden by the British 1st Airborne Division with the tag, “Wot, No Engines?”) From :

  3. slipstream says:

    Um . . . is McConnell the one on the right or the one on the left?

    Sorry, dumb question. Of course he’s on the right. The smart one is on the left.

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