“Cows look calm, but really they are gay nymphomaniacs,” he said.The best part is, I didn't make that sentence up. In Sunday Times of London, there is an article claiming that animals are just as complex as humans. The above sentence appeared halfway through the article. I giggled, then I ate a hamburger.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Posts have been light since the sink installation because regular life has been busy. Mrs. Jib shows incredible patience with my blogging, though, so I'm glad to give back to her as best I can. Tomorrow is WC-Day. I'll be at UWW for the events surrounding Ward Churchill's speech. After I get back, I'll hopefully have ample posts on everything, with pictures.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
A Madison school nurse is suing national brewers and distillers, claiming they have engaged in a "long-running, sophisticated and deceptive scheme" to sell alcohol to underage drinkers and reap billions a year in unlawful revenue.Leinenkugel's!?! Why doesn't she just toss Walter's and Grain Belt in there for good measure!
Jacquelyn Tomberlin's suit was filed Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court and lists more than 100 defendants, including Milwaukee-based Miller and its subsidiary, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., as well as mega-brewers Anheuser-Busch and Coors and imports Heineken and Guinness. Among the spirit-makers in the lawsuit were Bacardi, Jim Beam and Hiram Walker.
In all seriousness, though, this is ridiculous. Even more so than the tobacco lawsuit. If you want to look to the source of kids developing a brand awareness and preference for alcohol as a minor, look to the home, not advertising. It all starts with the parents. My father quit smoking and drinking when I was six, and that did more to keep me from trying any of those vices as a minor than anything. In fact, and I'm loath to admit this, I was very anti-Leinies as a kid because I heard my dad tell horror stories of the stuff. It wasn't until I left home and started growing up a bit that I developed my attachment to Leinie's, or beer for that matter. And as for those 18-20 year old underage drinkers, they are adults responsible for their own actions. In fact, just legalize it for them. If they can vote and die for their country, they sure as hell should be able to drink legally. But that's another post for another time.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
-That in the real world, there are consequences for misrepresenting who you are and your qualifications to an employer.I doubt that Konopacki will be discussing these topics with his son. By the time you get to the end of his piece, it becomes apparent that he fully supports Churchill's views, and his glowing support of UWW and Churchill would indicate that the issues above are not pertinent to him.
-That academic standards to apply to students, and if you are caught making up facts in a paper that your citations do not support, that there are consequences for this as well.
-That taking someone else's work, whether it be written or artistic work, and passing it off as your own, is a copyright violation and could lead to serious legal consequences.
I'll give Whitewater this, they are doing a great job of showcasing a person their students shouldn't try to emulate. If they do, they'll probably face expulsion.
Without reading too much into it, it is interesting to see that Whitewater's biggest student housing owner has all of their properties lined with "In Memory of 911 Victims" signs. This property owner has also been a very generous donor to UW Whitewater in the past.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Interesting. It seems that AP's original headline and story was the incorrect one. Disturbing is this from the judge in the updated AP story:
The judge wrote that he was no longer comfortable granting delays in the long-running family feud, which has been going on for nearly seven years and has been waged in every level of Florida's court system. He said the case must end.Interesting. I didn't think that being a judge was about making decisions for your own comfort. Also interesting that he finds starving a woman to death on his order is more comfortable than working this case. I half expect the judge to stand up and try to wash his hands of the matter.
My apologies to Mary Eileen for my spelling her name Mary Ellen. I work with a Mary Ellen, and I just naturally write it.
UW-Whitewater, why are you still putting this man on a pedestal before your students?
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Churchill on getting revenge for speeding tickets: …And I’m not really comfortable with, since I’m presenting no public hazard ever when I’m ticketed, can attest to that, we can take that further at some point tonight if you’d like to, if you’d like to challenge it, but I’m presenting no public hazard, I’m simply being asked to ante up to pay for my own repression.
Not being comfortable with that, I have a rule of thumb: I smile very politely to the cop, take the ticket, look to see how much the fine is going to be, and before I leave that state, I make sure I cause at least that much property damage in state material before I go, so it’s a wash, boys and girls (laughter and applause).
I'm glad I'm not a police officer part of Churchill's security at Whitewater. And if the University finds property damage come March 2, they should probably check to see how many speeding tickets he got before he came to campus.
The second update is from Michelle Malkin. She has audio and transcripts of Churchill advocating terrorism. Go to her site to access both.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
For up to date information on this Amber Alert, go to Fox 6 News. This is the current text of the alert:
The Milwaukee Police need your help find a six week old baby girl that was taken by her father at 2pm Wednesday. Kenyatta Coats was taken by her Father from her home in the 700 block of North 29th Street. Police say the father, 40 year old Kendale Coats, has threatened to kill himself and the child. The child does not have warm clothes and the father is not carrying any of the child's food. The child was wearing a little pink jump suit at the time of the incident. Police believe Kendale Coats is driving a 1991 burgandy 4 door Ford Taurus. The car has grill damage and may not have any headlights due to a previous accident.If you have any information about the abduction, Milwaukee Police urge you to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Churchill did address the issue of his ethnicity, admitting that he is not Native American.
"Is he an Indian? Do we really care?" he said, quoting those he called his "white Republican" critics.
"Let's cut to the chase; I am not," he said.
His pedigree is "not important," Churchill said: "The issue is the substance of what is said."
Frankly, I'm surprised he admitted it. I'd actually like to see the fuller context of that statement. The only reason I can imagine he'd admit to it is if UC had told him that lying about his ethnicity would not be held against him.
And as for his assertion that pedigree is not important, the substance is, the initial trouble comes from the fact that he's lied about the pedigree all these years. Whether anyone likes it or not, a scholar on American Indian issues who is an American Indian has a built in credibility and authority. Non-American Indians have to work a little harder to earn that authority because they did not grow up experiencing life the way the American Indian did. Churchill lied and traded on that false credibility. All of his work has to be called into question. While pedigree is not important per se, it becomes so once you've lied about it, because it calls into question any "substance" that is said.
Instapundit is covering the potential misquote of Churchill.
I personally do not want to see state politicians getting involved in this issue. There are plenty of reasons for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater to decide against having Churchill on campus outside of the stupidity of his "little Eichmans" essay.Today, the State Assembly passed a resolution that condemned Churchill and which called on UW Whitewater to call off the March 1st speech. This non-binding resolution is a responsible action on the part of the State Assembly. Those in the State Legislature have every right to express their displeasure at UWW holding this speech, and using their leadership to try to convince the university to cancel the speech. Ultimately this is the University's mess to deal with, though, and I applaud them for not putting the clamps to UWW. When I said the quote above, I was not referring to that type of action, but rather this type, found in Colorado:
Furious lawmakers threatened to take state funding away from the university over an essay by Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, who wrote that some "technocrats" killed in the World Trade Center were like Adolf Eichmann, who orchestrated the Nazi holocaust.These Universities have been creating their own messes. They have to deal with them now. It's the only way they can be made to face reality. If lawmakers in Colorado were to cut funding, not only would they possibly create a huge legal mess, they'd also give the University of Colorado a scapegoat for firing Churchill, allowing them to get away with not fully addressing their own culpability in this. The best way to clean up a University is to let it dig itself a huge hole, and then let it get itself out of it. Stay out of their way. Steve Nass and the Wisconsin State Assembly displayed leadership today while still leaving UW Whitewater to find its own way out of an uncomfortable position.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Animal rights activists were kicked off the DeLong Middle School campus this morning after encouraging students to become vegans.Credit the school principle for keeping the activists from turning her school into a circus. To wit, the chicken-human:
A PETA activist wore a chicken suit with a sign that read, “I Am Not a Nugget.” A woman held a TV screen that showed singing chickens.The activist is right. We gots to plump that chicken up a lot more before we make it into a chicken nugget. Especially dem der singin' chickens. Yum!
The university carefully addressed issues of funding support and security for the event.
Absolutely no state general purpose revenue will be used to subsidize the lecture. All direct and indirect costs beyond $1,400 in student fees will be covered by private donations. The safety of the campus community is of the highest priority and we are working to develop and implement a security plan that is appropriate for the circumstances. A suggestion by some that the event be moved off university grounds would not only undermine security, it would pass the security costs of this lecture directly to taxpayers.This lead me to a question. Does this mean they are reimbursing the city for security expenses? The statement is so vague that it is easy to infer so, but impossible to say definitively. So I burned off a quick email to the address they have designated for this information. This is the automated reply I received:
Due to the extremely high volume of comments regarding the WardInteresting. So they set up an email account to collect the messages on this topic, and they may or may not even be reading the messages. I'm really glad I took the 5 minutes to ask for clarification of my question. It's too bad, really. The University looks like it is ducking the repercussions of free speech much like Mr. Churchill would like to. Somebody has a question about what you say, or is maybe critical of what you have to say? Just ignore them, maybe their critical or questioning voice won't be heard that way, only yours will.
Churchill controversy, university officials are unable to personally
respond to the electronic mail we are receiving. Please understand that
we are trying to be as open as possible regarding the news and issues
surrounding this controversial visit by posting updates, as they happen,
http://www.uww.edu/ (Under "In the News")
Thank you for your input on this difficult controversy.
Ugh. Somebody in the business school please teach these guys about customer service/public relations, please.
(Cross posted at the Badger Blog Alliance)
I'd also like to thank Dummocrats for the link today. They've been very supportive of Jiblog by linking here several times now, and I don't have the words for how much I appreciate it.
Monday, February 21, 2005
No leads on tickets yet, so I'll be periodically bumping this to the top of the page.
Typically, they are overly clean, and smell of laundry detergent, deodorant, cologne, perfume, lipstick, soap, hair dye, Rogaine, Viagra, blush and aftershave. Their hair is always neatly trimmed, and the men's faces are always scraped clean with razors on a daily basis, while the women's are painted unnatural Revlon hues.Wow, where to start? Well, let's start with the hatred for cleanliness. Breezy, you can mate in college as a dirty, smelly neo-hippy because there are members of the opposite sex (or same sex, if ya swing that way) who are also dirty, smelly neo-hippies. (As an aside, I'm convinced that one pre-requisite to hippydom or neo-hippydom is actually a lack of olfactory senses). Once they graduate, most be people are slapped in the face by reality. Believe it or not, once you graduate, the act of paying your bills and feeding yourself actually becomes more difficult, even if you were a poverty ridden student. Filth tends to obstruct your ability to get a job that pays enough to meet those basic monetary needs. Cleanliness helps you attain basic monetary needs, and it also attracts sexual attention from potential post-college mates. So what I am saying is, if you want to ever eat or "get any" ever again once you leave college, you too will probably dip into such consumer sins as washing your clothes, shaving, slapping on some pit stick, and (gasp) even tossing on some cheap cologne!
The one curiosity I am left with is: Viagra has a smell? Is it a smell like garlic is a smell, or does it smell more like fear? Somebody help me out here.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Off the record comments are about self interest, not freedom of speech. To drag free speech into the debate over off the record comments is to cave to cliche. The reason a reporter will grant a source an off the record venue is so they have a starting point to a story they otherwise may not have gotten. You protect your initial source, and do your research based off of that starting point. A reporter may also offer someone off the record conversations in order to built trust and rapport with a source that would be useful down the road. The reason off the record comments are seemingly dying is because everyone wants to break a story, because that's how you get noticed. There is a certain impatience with confirming a story through other sources. There are also individuals who mistakenly think that if they say "this is off the record" that the request will be automatically granted. That's all fine and good, but there are enterprising individuals out there that will still honor off the record comments. They'll build trust with people, and eventually they'll start getting the stories that no one else does because they've earned the trust of well connected people.
Off the record isn't dead, folks. It's not even on life support. And it certainly is not impacting free speech noticeably one way or another.
"Lubbers resigns as UN refugee Chief" (Reuters)
When resigning as a result of charges of sexual harassment, feign righteous indignation.
I'm certainly happy that I didn't go with Bobby Labonte's Gibbs car, now that he's blown an engine and all. Hopefully Stewart has a stouter engine under the hood.
Heh. I looked like a genius for 195 laps or so.
Because we've cancelled on my in-laws, today is about NASCAR, blogging, and sink installation (in addition to baseball and football, I passionately follow NASCAR racing).
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
My grandmother is 87 and doesn't drive anymore. She moved a few years ago to be closer to family. She reads the newspaper daily, discusses current events with her friends, and counts the days to Election Day when she exercises her civic duty. This law would directly impact her. She does not have a current ID and getting one would be an extreme hardship. Similarly, why should a disabled veteran without the ability to get an ID be denied the right to vote?By the tone of that article, I'd say Tate loves his grandmother, as does the family if she moved to be closer to them. Taking that as a given, why would it be such a hardship? Is everyone in the family unwilling to help take Tate's grandmother to get an ID? I'm not one who is sympathetic to this argument. My grandmother was legally blind and had diabetes. My father took her to town every Saturday so she could get out, do a little shopping, and feel like a normal person. Every Sunday we took her on a ride and out to dinner. Even late in her life, when diabetes had taken her legs, we still took my grandmother out every weekend. The elderly are not incapable people who have to be locked away from society. If Tate is concerned about their ability to get out to get an ID, maybe he and his family should volunteer to work with the elderly, and help lower the burden that those elderly who are short on family and friends do face.
As for college students, almost every one I knew in my college days had an ID. If that ID is a driver's license that has an address that is in another city besides where they go to school, absentee ballot in their home district is an option. If I remember correctly, absentee ballot is an acceptable way to vote for Democrats. After all, Kerry's campaign managed to get a Madison office to stay open late for his Madison/Springsteen rally last year so all of his Springsteen fan supporters could vote. Surely it is good enough for college students as well.
Long before he called the people in the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns," Ward Churchill had written that there was "no difference.... between a Deborah Lipstadt and an Adolf Eichmann." His comments were prompted by the fact that I do not equate the treatment of the Native Americans with the Holocaust.Churchill is no scholar. He is a 'wannabe' Indian who has over played his hand. He found acceptance amongst a radical group of American Indians by spewing hate filled bile, he fraudulently earned a tenure, and now his paper on September 11th is truly a chicken that has come home to roost. The Janesville Gazette still thinks that this is about free speech, though:
"I may not agree with what you say, but to your death I will defend your right to say it." -VoltaireThe free speech argument is a lazy one on the part of Gazette. If UW Whitewater were to rescind the invitation, Churchill would have no less free speech than myself, you, or even the Janesville Gazette. Free speech does not compel any one to provide you a venue for free speech, especially if you would be paid for it. The Gazette also latches on to another canard in this story:
The above quote from Voltaire, the 1700s French writer and philosopher, eloquently sums up our view of UW-Whitewater's plans to let Ward Churchill speak March 1.
You might object to your tax dollars paying for such offensive commentary.Well, that's true in so far as the University is not using its state funding to pay for Churchill's visit. Given the history of security threats surrounding Churchill, though, one would have to safely assume that campus and city police are going to have to devote extra resources to security for this event. Last time I checked, police departments are paid for with tax dollars.
The fact is, no taxpayer money will be used. Chancellor Jack Miller made that one of his six conditions when he tentatively agreed last week to let Churchill speak during Native Pride Week. All funding will come from private gifts or student fees allocated by the Student University Fee Allocation Committee.
The fact is Ward Churchill is not a good example of a scholar and minority rights expert to put before undergrad students. He lied to get his position with CU. His scholarship is questionable. He's a divisive figure even in Indian Country. It is irresponsible for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater to put him before students as one.
Heh. Drew reports that not only is Churchill an honorary American Indian, he's an honorary Raelian. Does that mean the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire is going to be obligated to hear Churchill's thoughts on extraterrestials?
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Gay activists, while recognising the responsibility of their own community to promote safe sex, argue that the federal government has hampered progress by favouring a message of abstinence over condom use.These people are adults. They don't need the government to stand over their shoulder and tell them to use a condom. Adults know that you don't send your soldier to war without his flak jacket on. Adults make the conscious decisions not to wear one. Trying to claim that a government message of abstinence is partly responsible for this is to do a disservice to the gay community. Community leaders should instead be chastising those in their community who are practicing hazardous and irresponsible sex lives.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
There are two morales to this story. First, another large casino in Eastern Minnesota is going to apply pressure to Wisconsin tribes to improve their own casinos or lose business out of state, which means we haven't seen the last of Governor Doyle's expansion of gaming. The second is no politician (outside of maybe Scott McCallum) is ever going to seriously try to halt casino expansion as long as they can cut their state in on a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. Politicians love the additional money too much.
As the headline above says, I'm beginning to wonder if the election Iraq is something of a tipping point for the media. I've perceived a decrease in Iraq coverage since our election in November, but it has seemed to be most noticeable of late. We are seeing other regions-Iran, Syria, North Korea, China-and other topics like social security getting a larger and larger share of news coverage. Perhaps tipping point is the wrong terminology, as it implies a rapid change, but is it possible that we've turned a corner on Iraq coverage? Has the media finally grown bored of bashing the Bush administration over the head with Iraq? I'm asking a lot of questions here, and I'm interested in seeing others' toughts on this.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
In America, we cant even get off our duffs and register ahead of time to help keep the process clean. Oh well, whats that line about getting the kind of government we deserve? Think about it.Head on over to the Leader Telegram and read the rest.
(Cross posted at Badger Blog Alliance)
Monday, February 14, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
If I'm right on this, I'm not going to chock it up to intuition this time. Living in the area, I'm piecing together pieces of information from different places. Once I've verified some of it, I'll be hopefully citing some specifics as the week goes on.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
First, this invitation was extended 6 months ago. At that time, Churchill's essay was little known. Had it been a high profile piece prior to the invitation, it is likely the invitation would not have been extended. A university is to a certain extent a business. Most do not want to be associated with perverse thought such as this, and they have every right not to extend a venue for it. It would be one thing if this horrible opinion came from high quality scholarship. The case can and should be made that Churchill's essay is of such low quality that it is not deserving of the title of scholarship. Just the same, the University can make the case that it does not want to associate itself and its good name with Mr. Churchill.
More importantly than this are the questions about Churchill's convenient relationship with facts and the truth. Academia, especially the social sciences, is about the quest for knowledge and truth. Churchill is a poor example of this. I can tell you from experience, lineage plays a role in Native American studies. A Native American scholar has something of a built in 'street cred', for lack of a better term. The non-Native American scholar has higher barriers to credibility. Churchill plainly lied about his lineage, and this likely opened up roads to him as a scholar that may have never been opened to him. Next, it appears that Churchill fabricated a story about an 1837 small pox outbreak. This violates all codes of ethics in academia, and opens the remainder of his work to serious questioning. To put such an individual in front of students as an honored speaker is irresponsible.
Finally, and this point is open to academic debate, Churchill's work may be just plain harmful to Native American communities. Much of it is a caustic celebration of victimhood. It looks back with anger and blame without answering many unresolved questions. It does not offer Native Americans options for moving forward in the future-if anything, it keeps them rooted in a miserable past. It does not take a lot of work to scream 'damn you white man' with everything you write. It does not break new intellectual ground in people's minds to assert over and over that the appearance of Europeans on the continent proved catastrophic to Native American communities. Given that, what purpose does his speech to students serve? If he is a mediocre scholar, why is he there? Because he's published and mildly famous?
This is a topic (and I'm sure you can tell), that strikes a raw nerve in me. During my time at the University, I followed a dual track of study. I covered my need to provide my future family with a comfortable life by studying in the business school. I satisfied my personal needs by studying history in the school of letters and sciences, with a self emphasis on Native issues. Up until the day I graduated, I had not decided if I was going to join the business world or continue my studies on Native American history. I came to learn that Native American history is a tough nut to crack. Native American politics is a winding maze that is tough to follow, with political boundaries that seem to shift below your feet. Unless you toe certain lines of thought, your work does not seem to get anywhere. It offends me that this man lies and distorts the way he does and gets a false credibility for it. Come to think of it, in a way, he may be the prototypical white man of his own work, using Native Americans for his own gain.
For a great piece on the history of the media coverage of Ward Churchill prior to 2004, check out this column from Dave Kopel at the Rocky Mountain News. It also outlines various charges of academic fraud leveled at Churchill over the years.
In the original, the year 1837 was transposed to read 1873. The correct year is 1837.
Then Eason resigned. I'd write in detail my thoughts after the resignation, but Drew pretty much covers my thoughts on the issue. Sufficeth to say, even I, a member of the blogosphere, underestimated the collective power of this medium. The pack mentality is extremely effective in justifiable cases, like Rathergate. After all, Rather broadcast a fraudulent story and stonewalled efforts to get at the truth. This Eason story was a little bit more on the borderline. I know the intellectual argument that can be made against me on this, and I'm not saying that I disagree with it. Yes, it is important to know that the head of a major news organization holds such crazy, paranoid views about the military. But the pleasure with which some blogs went after Eason, and the fact they could bring him down without the help of the MSM opens the door to the possibility of using this influence unjustly in the future. I think we all need to respect the power we collectively hold with these little blogs.
Then again, maybe this really is a complete revolution of the news media, and I'm just stuck with some old fashioned values.
James D. Miller checks in at Tech Central Station with a few words of caution.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Dear Chancellor Miller:
Attached, please find an uncorrected copy of my essay, “The Ghosts of 9-1-1.” This is the final refinement and fully annotated iteration of my 2001 response piece, “Some People Push Back.” It may interest you to know that the attached text serves as the lead essay in my 2003 book, ON THE JUSTICE OF ROOSTING CHICKENS, which was named as a runner-up for the Gustavus Myers Award for best writing on human rights, 2004.
In any event, this is the final clarification I am prepared to make with regard to the meaning of my work in this regard. I am entirely unprepared to undergo a personal interrogation at this late date in order to facilitate your deliberations as to my “worthiness” to deliver a public lecture on an entirely different topic at Whitewater.
The lecture, after all, has been contracted for approximately 6 months and I am fully prepared to deliver it as contracted.
While you do, one assumes, hold the prerogative to cancel the event on bona fide security grounds, your right to do so because of disagreements 'your own or others’ -- with certain political conclusions I’ve drawn is dubious at best.
Please be advised that should you opt to cancel the contracted event for any reason whatsoever, your institution will be obliged to pay me the full amount of my honorarium at the appointed time (i.e., the date scheduled for my lecture).
Please be further advised that these monies will be used, at least in part, to underwrite my coming to Whitewater at the earliest opportunity for purposes of meeting at some appropriate location, either off campus or on, with the students who originally desired to hear what I have to say with regard to Indian Affairs.
If you review Miller's letter, it was very fair to Churchill. Had I received this response and I were in Miller's shoes, the invitation would have been rescinded. I'm a little baffled as to why Miller didn't rescind the invitation.
Miller lists 6 stipulations for the event to continue on. In short, Miller, who states that he finds Churchill's essay repugnant, gives the University 6 outs for this event at a later date should the heat over this event get a little too high.
If you have feedback on this decision, you can direct them to Brian Mattmiller:
Contact: Brian Mattmiller
Hunch blogging is fun when you are right.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
"Nowhere in there did I justify the killing of innocent people," he told Reuters. "Those words are not there."Technically, Churchill's right. Instead he grossly perverted the meaning of innocent:
Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.By Churchill's own definitions, about 300 or so innocent people died on 9-11 (firefighters, service workers). Everyone else was fair game. If this is what UW-Whitewater wants to be associated with, so be it. In that case, as a UWW Alumnus, my money will never be associated with the university again.
Borowski and Kertscher take great care to look at duplicate names in this report. I would caution against only using duplicate names as the threshold for a vote being questionable. I'd be curious to see how many, if any, dead voted in this election, as well as people who do not reside in Milwaukee.
I should step back at this point. Rowen was not so perceptive as to actually write an article that would cause the Democratic party to look within and address its ample problems. Instead, it was his own arrogant attitude which allowed those of us on the outside of the Democratic machinations to see how party opinion makers truly think:
Want to know how and why erroneous information could get entered on registration cards? There are people in our less-than-wealthy city -- and this is a fact that may have escaped suburban politicians like GOP state Rep. Jeff Stone as he lectures Milwaukee about how to conduct a proper election -- who don't write or spell well.And
When I was in a long line of people at City Hall waiting to vote absentee, the couple behind me could not read the small print on the forms. I loaned them my cheap, drugstore magnifying reading glasses, and they passed the glasses down the line where a half-dozen more people were grateful to use them.
The couple was elderly. They did not speak the Queen's English with perfection. They appeared to be low-income. They did not know that non-prescription glasses are available at the local Walgreen's, though at $10 or $12, the glasses might have been out of their reach. Without them, I can guarantee you that their forms would have been a mess, and perhaps, would have shown up as someone's Voter Fraud Exhibit A.
Let's break this statement down a little bit. Rowen wants to play class warfare here, and he continues to use it throughout the article, claiming also that it is just too much trouble for the poor to get identification. The only reason the Democratic party isn't a completely broken and irrelevant organization is because they fear monger on the basis of age, wealth and race. So Rowen, instead of making the simple point that some people just aren't good readers and writers, links wealth to one's ability to read or write well. That is one of the most condescending statements I've ever seen. Instead of honestly and intellectually looking at the problems in Wisconsin's current election law, Rowen decides to blame it on poor, Democrat constituents being too ignorant to fill things out correctly. This is the kind of tripe that, along with basic moral issues, that drove me away from the Democratic party in college, and which helped me learn that Conservatives were not the evil monsters I'd been hearing from all corners.
The GOP-er's dream scenario is that investigators can connect election-eve tire slashings, incomplete or erroneous voter documentation and sloppy decision-making by overwhelmed poll workers to a hidden Democratic Party bunker behind a secret door in City Hall.where Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett oversaw Fraud Central like a crazed Wizard of Oz.What? I understand that Rowen rhetorically wants to make Republicans look like bogeymen here, but come on. It does not take a lot of effort to see that Republicans do not see the tire slashing incident and voting problems in Milwaukee as some sort of single conspiracy directed by some evil genius Democratic mastermind. In fact, I've not seen the two connected in any way other than as examples of the overall disregard Democrats seem to have for fair elections these days. Next, let's watch Rowen cover for a prank:
The tire-slashings damaged a parking lot filled with vans rented by Republican election workers. It was stupid and criminal behavior, but let's also remember that it was a prank that got out of hand.Rowen goes on to compare it to an earlier case in Milwaukee when E. Michael McCann went easy on some Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees who got out of control. There is no comparison here. This was much more than a prank. It was a deliberate attempt at disenfranchisement, and to back that up, let me quote Lavell Muhammad from the criminal complaint: "We got em, we got em. Theyre not going anywhere now." If you or I were to pull a prank that resulted in the death of someone, make no mistake, we'd face felony charges. These 5 deliberately set out to disable the vehicles Republicans were going to use to transport poll workers and voters. Felony charges sound just about right.
I initially disregarded Rowen's piece because what he writes is so transparently partisan. In this piece, he's just not on the right side of history, and the way he sells out to the Democratic Party and condescends to a Democratic constituency is just one more example of why more and more of the country is turning away from the Democratic party
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Churchill is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. March 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Hamilton Hall. In the past few days, UW-Whitewater Chancellor Jack Miller has received e-mails asking him to cancel the talk as administrators at Hamilton College in upstate New York did last week, said Brian Mattmiller, university spokesman. Churchill was invited to Whitewater by the Native American Cultural Awareness Association as part of the group's Native Pride Week and by the college of Letters and Sciences. Mattmiller said the chancellor is weighing whether Churchill's speech would pose a threat to the safety of the campus. Miller has ordered that no state funds be used to sponsor Churchill's talk.This does not mean that a cancellation is a sure thing, and even if the University cancels, Churchill may still find himself in Whitewater:
Howard Ross, dean of UW-Whitewater's college of letters and sciences, said Monday that he and members of the Native American Student Association have had three meetings with Jack Miller, the UW-Whitewater chancellor, in hopes of being able to bring Churchill to campus.The standard line for cancellations of Churchill speeches thus far has been on safety concerns. The vice president of the student group bringing Churchill to campus has no such concerns:
Ross said he has read a number of Churchill's writings, and he supports Churchill's visit. If the university cancels the talk, Ross said, he will be working with others to bring Churchill to an off-campus spot.
Doug Kiel, president of the university's Native American Support Service, said several other professors, including professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have contacted them to say they are in support of Churchill's visit.
Angela Miller, the Native American student group vice president, said she did not think Churchill's talk would pose any threat to security.
"Our campus is pretty tame," she said. "What he had to say about the World Trade Center victims is much more upsetting in New York than it would be in Wisconsin. Just because someone doesn't like what is being said doesn't mean that that person doesn't have the right to be heard."
I wonder if Ms. Miller's opinion is echoed by the Whitewater Police Department. This is a campus, after all, that rioted in 1996 after a Packer game. While the Whitewater Police Department does not have jurisdiction over campus, it will certainly need to increase staff and possibly contribute to security that day. If Ross were to succeed and get this moved off campus, the the city will need to shoulder the full cost of security.
UW Whitewater is typically a pretty conservative campus, so it would not surprise me if this talk does get cancelled. If it does not, though, the University should have to reimburse the city for any and all additional security costs, even if the costs are for an event fully off campus.
Yahoo searchers, please see the main page for updates to this story as they are available.
To the Party of Seven (actually, the party of three-haven't seen four of you around much lately): Has the site been suffering since I went to work on the Badger Blog Alliance? Is my work just not good? Am I a little too sassy? Am I fat? (see Boots & Sabers for a reference point on that last one).
Monday, February 07, 2005
Here's why I ask. According to Ad Age, the general feel is that this ad created buzz, but in the long run is not going to work well for GoDaddy. Well, is my case unusual, then? I'm an individual who may be in the market for a domain soon. Prior to this commercial, I had no idea who GoDaddy was or what they did. Now they have carved a place in my brain and they actually have a chance to sell me on their service, which is what they are buying with that ad-the chance to sell me. They didn't have that chance before this commercial.
Tasteless? Perhaps. Effective? Maybe.
Sources for this post:
Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado professor whose remarks comparing the victims of the World Trade Center attacks to a World War II Nazi war criminal, is scheduled to speak at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 1, a university spokesman said. Churchill, chairman of Colorado's ethnic studies department, was invited to Whitewater by a group of Native American students.If this is an open event, I plan to be there with bells on. I do not plan to make problems. I wish no harm on Mr. Churchill. I must take part in this event, though. I've read some of Mr. Churchill's stuff, and I was not impressed with it. Some of the revelations of this past week did not surprise me in the least, and now that I have the opportunity to see the horse's ass in person, I simply must go.
Oh, but this is a tough call. UWW will also have a showing of the Vagina Monologues that night. UWW's College Republicans have a meeting that night. I wonder which event they will attend before their meeting?
Howard Kurtz: Yeah, but it would have ruined some of the best scenes in the movie if he was just Throat327@yahoo.com.Goodness, gracious. What if that had been some poor fool's real email address.
Thanks for the chat, folks.
Women are third rate citizens in certain parts of the Muslim world. Those women face miseries that American women of all generations have never faced. There should be rage on the part of feminists. Instead, there is silence. There is silence because Islamic fundamentalists are George W. Bush's enemies, and apparently even if your political enemy's physical enemy isn't your friend, you still don't wage your own just war against them.
I'm sure that my opinion on this is wide open to criticism from the feminist view point, but I don't really care. Out of political concerns, the feminist movement is selling its own ideals down the river. Once they find back the spines of the women who preceded them, they'll have proven me wrong. Until then, we'll watch as the legal domination of females by males seeps first into Canada, and then on into the United States, all because of politics.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Feingold and McCain. McCain and Feingold. Both have ambitions to become President. Both seem to enjoy working together. Both have a built in mechanism to keep their name out in the press. As Owen at Boots and Sabers points out, they are working on new campaign finance bill. They may believe in this bill, but it also serves to keep McCain-Feingold on everybody's lips for another couple of election cycles. This helps Feingold maintain his national identity and overcome that little junior Senator from Wisconsin problem. As for his homespun, grass roots style, I think that is the root of why Republicans underestimate him, but it is effective. I consider Ann Althouse to be a pretty reliable representative of the "middle", or those voters who aren't straight ticketers. She's already on Feingold's band wagon. (Read why here). As for Feingold's liberalism, he's not a Kerry liberal. He's more of a classic liberal who breaks party lines on "principle", and that is something the average voter respects. And as for the nature of the Democratic party, the war for the heart of that party has only just begun. Howard Dean looks to become the DNC chair, but don't think that means the party is going to hell in a hand basket. Hillary is tracking hard right, Feingold's playing classic liberalism, and Dean, with everything he represents, is about to be put in a position where everything he represents can be repudiated from within the Democratic Party and with Republican help from the outside. The Democratic party is going to look very different in four years.
Now don't take this as me being a Feingold supporter. What I am saying is that if you are conservative and/or a Republican, put your first impressions of Feingold away and re-examine him. Otherwise we may have an unpleasant surprise on our hands come 2008.
Friday, February 04, 2005
I'm trying to be one of God knows how many Democrats who are going to get out there and try to help turn this thing around...If at some point people say, 'Hey, we think you ought to run for president' (and) it's a serious thing, I'm going to listen. I would only run if I honestly believed that I was the guy that really could win, that I was the person who was the best candidate to run.There isn't a politician worth his/her salt alive that doesn't think they are the best person for a higher political office, especially the Presidency. Wisconsin, you have one and a half senators for the next 3 years, because Russ Feingold has road bed to lay for a Presidential run.
It is possible that "making Wisconsin a red state in '08" could be a little more difficult than originally thought.
(Cross posted at the Badger Blog Alliance)
Thursday, February 03, 2005
In the final days of last year's presidential election, Nick Hauer still hadn't registered to vote. But on Election Day the 19-year-old Roseville resident cast his first-ever ballot.
"It was really quick," he said, adding that he probably wouldn't have voted if not for Minnesota's same-day voter registration.
If Minnesota did not have same day registration, who would really be disenfranchising who here? The government certainly wouldn't be disenfrachising anyone. Hauer would have had the same opportunity to register that everyone else in the state had. The only person that would have kept Hauer from voting would have been Hauer and his own laziness.
<>What is this lesson? The right to vote is not a right to be taken lightly. Millions upon millions of our very own relatives and ancestors have died to protect this right for us. We are not to treat the act of casting our ballot in anything less than a serious manner. If, after all that our veterans, living and deceased, have done to preserve this right for us, we cannot take the time to correctly fill out a ballot, whether it be punch-card, computer-scanned or absentee, then our vote does not deserve to be counted.>
It does not deserve to be counted because we have not lived up to what those who came before us sacrificed to give us the right to choose our own leaders.
Change the words so I'm talking about voter registration, and I still stand by what I said then. Too many people in this country take for granted rights that others in the world yearn for but may never get.
(HT: The American Mind)
For those of you who don't click links, let me introduce the story and give you a little flavor. It is the story of a Palestinian woman who got pregnant before she was married. Think that was tough on a woman in the 1950's Bible Belt? Try the Middle East. Their they kill the woman for the honor of her family.
Twenty-five years later I see these images again as if time has stopped. I was sitting on a rock, barefoot in a grey dress. I had lowered my head, unable to look at him; my forehead was on my knees. Then suddenly I was running and on fire and screaming. There were women, I remember, two of them, so I must have climbed over the garden wall and into the street. They beat at me, I suppose with their scarves. They dragged me to the village fountain; I felt the cold water running on me and I cried out with pain because it burnt me too. I heard women wailing over me. "The poor thing . . . The poor thing . . ." I was lying in a car. I felt the jolts of the road. I heard myself moan.The author is alive because her brother in law botched the killing. The woman was then placed in a hospital where she was given no medical care. She was expected to die. If not for an aide worker who was able to smuggle this woman to Europe, she would have.
The above story is more than a little bit dated, but I just happened upon it today and was revolted by it. My father raised me to have great respect for women, and he instilled a strong defense of women mechanism deep inside me. This story is just one in a long line of stories about the atrocities Muslim men commit against Muslim women. Feminists should be falling over one another in defense of their Middle Eastern sisters, urging the liberalization of that region at all costs. I suspect if a Democrat were President right now, even a womanizing one, they would be. Sadly, their silence is deafening.
AP-Sad news came out of Iraq today as the world learned of the failed mission of US soldier John Adam. Adam, captured Tuesday by shoplifting 11 year olds, had an objective of freeing three blonde women, all named Barbie, from their captors in Sadr City. Once Adam was captured, the Barbies' captors took out their anger on them, beheading them with a dull 9 year old girl.
Army medics recovered the three Barbies' late in the day Wednesday. They are hopeful they can reattach the Barbies' heads with a little known Apoxie treatment, allowing them to live normal lives until their arms and legs fall off. Sadly, the doctors do not believe they can do anything to alleviate digestive problems created by the Barbies' abnormally narrow waists.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
I think he was trying to wait until the draft, and I think coach Sherman wanted to know right before free agency because there are a couple of quarterback free agents that they want to look at if Brett decided not to come back. I think they forced him to make a decision. When you force one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL to make a decision, he's pretty much going to let you know that he maybe is just hanging 'em up.Uh-oh. I think the Packers were fair to ask Brett for a decision by the draft. They have a job to keep this team as competitive as possible, and if they go along assuming Brett will be back and then he retires in June, they are already a year behind. Just the same, if the story becomes "Sherman's pressure on Favre led to retirement," Sherman may as well resign now because he'll be crucified until the end of the 2005 season, at which point he will be fired.
This thought started to bubble in my head during my many hours on I-94 this weekend. With rumors floating that TABOR doesn't have enough support to pass right now, I started thinking about this at a basic marketing level (I studied marketing in college in addition to history). Tax Payer Bill of Rights is a very powerful statement. When you are trying to pass a very solid piece of legislation that your political opponents want to kill through scare tactics, you have fend off those scare tactics with the facts and with words that garner support amongst the masses. The words "Tax Payers' Bill of Rights" are those strong words. They send a strong and clear message to people who feel crushed by the tax burden in this state. When you shorten those words to an acronym like TABOR, you lose that emotional attachment that a potential supporter may develop with your legislation. I'd be willing to bet my house that most Wisconsinites have no clue what TABOR is, but that most would automatically support a "Tax Payers' Bill of Rights" (Mrs. Jib would not let me make that bet, by the way). It is just basic marketing. I don't believe TABOR ever generated the general interest needed to pressure legislators to get it done, and I think part of the reason is it was never marketed or sold to Wisconsinites effectively.
Query One: Why no interest in Doyle's handling of school choice in the blogosphere?
Answer: Personally it hasn't been a lack of interest. Until a couple of months ago, my blogging was much more national in nature. This site was started in June, and much of my blogging from June through November dealt with the election, terrorism, and the war, which are three areas I'm very comfortable with. Wisconsin politics, sadly, were not as high up on my radar screen. As I try to bring myself very quickly up to speed on local topics, I've chosen to bypass topics that I didn't think I had given enough thought to yet. This was one of them, unfortunately.
Query Two: What's the next step in promoting the new -- very active -- WI Blogosphere? I'm open to suggestion. The MSM will ignore this development as long as they can, but that shouldn't deter us.
Answer: This is a difficult question for me because, at the urging of a few others, I set up the frame work of the Badger Blog Alliance (everyone else's participation made it into something unique), and I feel like I should have a big vision for it that I can share with everyone. Instead my policy has been to pretty much leave it alone and let the other great Wisconsin bloggers, who so enthusiastically came on board, help set the tone for the site. To be honest, I was caught off guard by how quickly it all came together a couple of weeks ago. It is a very small part of the vibrance of the Wisconsin blogosphere, but it is a place where we can join our voices together and make a little bit more noise than we can individually (hopefully).
So, having said all of that, I do have a couple thoughts on promoting the Wisconsin blogosphere. The first is the easiest for me to work on. The Badger Blog Alliance needs to be refined more by me so that it really becomes a portal for anyone who wants research and opinion on Wisconsin news and politics. The links need to be more robust and defined, and I need to do some footwork to get the site more exposure than it already has. If we can get the site acting like a portal, then it becomes a central clearing house which will make it easier for people to access all of our sites, making the Wisconsin blogosphere that much more difficult to ignore. Eventually that will mean moving the site off of Blogger and making its graphics much more crisp and professional, but that's another story for another time.
Secondly, we need to reach people who normally may not visit blogs. The only way to do that is through traditional media, and most outlets would just as soon pretend we don't exist. NBC 15 out of Madison had a story about blogs on their 10 o'clock news on Sunday night, and they managed to make the Wisconsin blogosphere look like the driest, most boring piece of fluff you can imagine. They also went out of their way not to bring up any of the vibrant Wisconsin blogs (read conservative) that people really would want to read. Perhaps it would be a nice segment for your show if once a week or once a month you had a small panel with a couple of Wisconsin's biggest and best bloggers. Choose a topic which those couple of bloggers could prepare for ahead of time, and maybe do a 20 minute Wisconsin blog panel. I'm not going to be so presumptuous as to recommend any more than that, because radio is not my career and there may be very good reasons that this isn't a good idea, but I think that there are several very eloquent bloggers who would do a great job for your show, and they would do a great job in making the Wisconsin blogosphere even more legitimate in the eyes of those who would ignore us. I'm thankful for everything you've done for us, so just take this one as a brainstorm type thought.
These are just a couple of thoughts. In addition to these, we all need to make sure we keep the momentum we've had the past couple of weeks rolling. If we don't, we become easy for the mainstream media to ignore, and our collective and individual influence wanes.