The current state of the law protects them because right now, the less editing you do, the less liable you are.I had red this one eraleir tdoay and had dimissesd it as starihgt fourward, but I am gontah taake it too hart. Frum now on, knot only will I not edit much, I will be az slopy az I kin to avoid a lbel case. That shud make this hole bloging tihng ezier, aneway. :-)
Sunday, July 31, 2005
-It is going to try too hard to be cool. We already know that it is going to be calling segments "pods." Ripping off terminology from Apple's iPod craze is a sign that we'll see plenty of this.
-This network is going to underestimate the capacity young people have for hard news, and the result may be a lot of dumbed down junk.
-No political leanings, Al? The news updates will be based off of Google News, which has a leftward tilt.
-Has anyone heard that their cable provider is picking this up, or will this be the exclusive domain of satellite subscribers?
Saturday, July 30, 2005
In the crummy picture above, please note the rectangular notebook in the foreground. It is a Moleskine Cahier. I already own two Moleskine notebooks that are the same size as this but have more pages. For some reason, I find them inconvenient to carry around, so both are barely used. The smaller Cahier only has 32 (64 front & back) pages, though, making it much easier to slip into a pocket. Today was the first time I've seen the Cahiers, and I was hooked. So I spent $5.95 for 3 of them. That's $5.95 for 96 (192 f&b) sheets of very small notepaper. It does serve a purpose. I've forgotten as many post ideas in the last 13 months as actual posts I've made. I also have tons of free floating sheets of paper with post ideas on them-if I could just find them back. But I spent six dollars on what is really $.99 in notepads. My name is Jib, and I have a problem.
Welcome, my fellow Moleskine users. I didn't realize that there was such and avid following out there. I'm already about a quarter of the way through my first Cahier, and I'm loving it. I hope you enjoy the post. Make yourselves at home and take a look around. Let me know what your think of the place!
So men, I have a challenge for you. Just once this year, give your over priced hairstylist a haircut off, and check out one of your local barbershops. You'll learn deep background on town politics, intricacies of the farm, and even a good joke. You'll meet some great people. If you go to the right place, you may even be able to enjoy a brew while you wait. Just once a year, give this fading piece of Americana your $9.
In the article, one barber says this:
"You can't be a Democrat, you can't be a Republican. You have to bite your tongue - it's the financial advantage," he said. "Sadly, this barber has not learned an important lesson. It is the customer who must hold their tounge. My old hometown barber had a cartoon on his wall directly across from the chair. That newspaper must have been 25 years old. In the strip, the customer argues politics with the barber. The customer then leaves with a bald spot in the back of his head. It was his subtle, friendly warning to customers of their place in his shop. In the barbershop, the customer is the one to bite the tounge.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
NASA head Michael Griffin was on the Today Show this morning, and here are the words that concern me:
"We are trying to get it down to the level that cannot damage the orbiter," NASA administrator Michael Griffin told NBC's "Today."
"We will never be able to get the amount of debris shed by the tank down to zero," he said.
Never? The agency that figured out how to put a man on the moon in the pre-computer age can't figure out a way to stop foam from falling off of a fuel tank? I want to challenge this agency to put men on Mars and bring them back home to earth, and they can't solve the vexing problem of foam falling off of a fuel tank. Well shame on me for thinking the agency was still compotent. I'm not a rocket scientist, but I've already brainstormed a half dozen ways the keep the foam in place. I'm sure all of them would have some sort of problem with them, but I figure a good engineer could figure out a way to make at least one of them work. But here we have the head of the agency saying they can never get to zero.
I've been a big NASA a supporter over the years, but this disgusts me. With all the money it receives and all the supposed brain power it employs, one would think NASA could figure something out. Hell, wrap the damn tank in a highly durable chicken wire, spray a coating on it, and you're done! Maybe the NASA budget cutters were right. The challenge NASA needs is to figure out how to operate with less money.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Gov. John Lynch said yesterday he has serious concerns about the lack of detail that Vermont Yankee nuclear plant managers provided when the plant shut down suddenly on Monday.
The outage was described Monday as an electrical problem, followed by shutdown and use of emergency stabilization systems.
The event is the latest in a series of events at the plant. Last year, staff lost track of segments of two spent fuel rods, had a fire inside the plant, mistakenly disconnected part of its emergency notification system and discovered cracks in a component that connects to the turbine.
Vermont Yankee makes Aruba look like a nice alternative to a vacation in New Hampshire.
(The above was good natured joshing. Because I'm scared of you Germans, too. Particularly the one I married.)
Upon further review...
I've determined that the researchers in question are depraved. I think it is a pestle. Actually, I hope it wasn't a mutli-purpose device...
"I consider myself a recovering politician. I'm on step nine,"I've never been on a 12 step program, so I looked one up to see what step nine was. This is step nine:
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.So, when is Al going to apologize to all of us for that politician-in-depression beard?
CHIPPEWA FALLS Â A hunting instructor in Chippewa Falls accidentally shot himself in the leg Sunday while practicing his quick-draw technique.Sanna Central points out that this guy is a real man. After laying down for a half hour after shooting himself, the hunting instructor went to the hospital, but not before he stopped to clean up his own blood. I guaranteee this is a house where the toilet lid stays down.
On top of that, The Jiblog Anthologies (Vols I-?) would feed my ravenous ego, even if I only sold one copy. :-)
First, where will historians go to find these blogs? Right now, historians access libraries, historical scoieties, and archives all over the country and the world to find the written sources that they are looking for. Right now there is no public resource of these types for electronic resources because there is no reason for them. Why spend public dollars on repositories of electronic media when they are all available to us online? Right now, Google is our massive public library of electronic media. Google's storage capabilities allow them to store virtually everything that's on line. Having one single source control the archives of the internet is asking for those sources to be lost to history, though. What happens as Google ages as a corporation in an aging market, and they decide that instead of investing in new servers, new storage, they are going to start purging older files in their 'cache' to save money? Blogs that have long since ceased operation, their hosts out of business, will be lost to posterity. And what happens as we move out of the digital age and into the next technological big thing? Will our digital blogs go the way of the 8 track, with files available to view, but scant little equipment to view them with? I don't have the answer. As I mentioned above, public monies for archiving electronic media is very difficult to justify, as it is all available to us right now. But there is almost no profit incentive for private money to archive electric media, either. Could historians one day look back on this era and lament all of the knowledge lost because we never had the foresight to save and archive our material on the web?
Second, would future historians have difficulty deciphering blogs? After all, blogs run on the assumption that the reader has some background knowledge on the topics discussed. Where deeper background is necessary, links are provided. Historians would surely have a good knowledge of the topic at hand, but what of the deeper background. Many links in what will then be old blogs will be dead by then. Will that make some posts useless to historians? This is problem is less significant than the first, but it will lead to a little greater need for interpretation by historians, and trust me, the less interpretation a historian has to do, the better the scholarship will be ;-).
I'd be curious if anyone out there has a good knowledge of electronic storage and would be willing to speak to this post in the comments.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Willisms has a simple graph illustrating the extent to which Democrats have jumped off the free trade boat.
I am going to offer a free piece of advise to the Democratic party because I am a fair and open minded type of guy. Claiming the other guy's ground can be a very effective policy, but only when you can back up your claim with evidence. Therefore, your strategy is not going to work for a very, very long time. Right now your claims sound ridiculous, and they make you look ridiculous. Especially when liberally mixed with the shrill accusations that only the nuts in your party and the conspiracy theorists believe. So stop with this strategy for now, build up some sort of positive legislative track record, and then give it another try down the road.
And I have one request for the Democratic party. Give it up with the Progressive label. You're still Liberals.
I just saw a preview for The Great Raid. That is a movie that might get my hard earned dollar this summer.
The lovely Mrs. Jib and I (sans brew for Mrs. Jib) enjoyed this succulent meal while watching truly intellectual fare-South Park.
Monster mice" are eating three-foot-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony. Conservation groups say the avian massacre is occurring on Gough Island in the South Atlantic, a British territory about 1,000 miles southwest of Cape Town and home to more than 10 million birds.Delilah Cat (see pic below) has her bag packed and wants me to buy her a first class plane ticket to Gough Island.
K. Sounds like something landed on my roof as I was writing that last paragraph. Hopefully I will be back later.
No holes in the roof. All is good here for now.
Interesting side note. Channel 12 in Milwaukee recently did a segment on Wisconsin's tornado alley, which extends through Fond du Lac, Dodge, Columbia, and Dane Counties.
Uninteresting Jiblog trivia. In the segment linked to above, meteorologist Mark Baden mentions that there is a lesser tornado alley north and west of Eau Claire. That means the two places I've lived in my life have each been just to the east of prominant tornado areas in Wisconsin. And I've still never seen one, which is probably for the best.
Monday, July 25, 2005
In related news, a new study by the Jiblog Institute for Cat Scratches has found this kitty is missing the gene for a sweet disposition-unless she wants something.
Perhaps the biggest difference between what's happening in Chicago and what happened in Atlantic City (in 1935) is in the workers themselves. In the mid thirties, the CIO could not hand out union cards fast enough. Workers were hungry for representation, voice, and a route out of economic misery. Armed with the new tool of the sit-down strike, the unions marched through major industry facing down goons, street battles, plant occupations, and court fights until they triumphed in nearly all of basic industry. Today's battles are clearly in the service sector, the hope is that similar upheavals might follow a breakthrough at the top of the labor hierarchy. Such a victory would, however, have to be a social movement of unimaginably gargantuan proportions that would have to overcome tremendous odds and work in close harmony with other social movements. The unions would have to enroll more than a million members a year in order to see a single percent up tick in union density. That would have to be achieved among workers who, however demonstrably unhappy they may be with the terms of their employment, seem only to have a modest interest in the vision put forth by the labor movement.The rest of the article is interesting, if labor sympathetic.
"What would happen if all these neutral nations...were with one spontaneous impulse to do their duty...and were to stand together...against aggression and wrong? At present their plight is lamentable; and it will become much worse. They bow humbly and in fear to...threats of violence. ... Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear...the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar, ever more loudly, ever more widely. It will spread to the South; it will spread to the North. There is no chance of a speedy end except through united action." --Sir Winston Churchill
-Sykes made a quick, good faith effort to remove the offending post.
-Sykes was not personally responsible for any link that remained alive after the post was removed. Companies like Journal Communications have webmasters, IT people, or producers who are responsible for that.
-Standard for libel would seem to extend beyond that for newspapers, which frequently make factual errors, but which are allowed to print little noticed corrections, and TV news, which also makes errors but rarely issues a retraction or correction.
-It does seem that Charlie Sykes and 620 WTMJ were slow to react to the situation after removing the post, but legal advice likely had a lot to do with that. The slow reaction would also play no part in the libel charge.
-While I personally find it a very weak libel charge, it is a good reminder for all bloggers to review and confirm our leads, even if given to us from a reliable source.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
An 82-year-old man who went clamming in the Long Island Sound says he made the ultimate catch: the wedding ring he lost two years ago.One story like this can cancel out a week's worth of the negative stories.
After his wife, Mary, scrubbed it with jewelry cleaner, they were able to read the inscription: "MPS to SJP 9-10-67." Her husband's eyes began to tear, she said.
Not to long ago, in the comments to one of his posts, I told Owen at Boots & Sabers that I would not be surprised if the United States faced some sort of second Revolution late in my lifetime, or during the lifetime of my as of yet unborn kids or grandchildren. I'm not the type who lives in a bunker and arms myself to the teeth; I can just see our general discourse in society taking us down that path. I think that there is a greater likelihood that we will find ourselves in a painful, difficult global war during that same time period, though, and if so, I think that our general tendency to draw together when attack from the outside would eliminate the possibility or need for revolution.
My true concern is that we are in a pre-global conflict stage similar to the one the major powers found themselves in during the late 19th century and early 20th. A time where military powers began to head towards something of an equilibrium, when small skirmishes and new technologies where the general rule, and nobody was really able to put it all together to see where the world was headed. That's what I see now. The information age means that we can only maintain technological superiority as long as we are constantly developing awesome new weapons systems. It doesn't take long for everyone to figure out current weapons systems and develope their own, and it doesn't even take much money to buy the last generation of weapons systems anymore. As the Chinas of the world, or the North Koreas, or the Irans, think that they can challenge us to at least a draw, they will use those weapons systems. And the second they do, there will be a huge chain reaction of sides being taken. If we do head in that direction, Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific nations will be where the action is at, with Russia being a huge wild card for Europe.
I think I've discussed this before, and I'll say again, I sincerely hope that I'm very wrong on this. I like my nice, comfortable, peaceful life (and that's why I support the war on terror). I don't want it upended by total war. Just the same, as an amateur history buff (and I stress amateur), I don't really like the signs I'm seeing. We could be in for a bumpy 50 years.
Oops. Looks like I was beaten to the punch on this one.
Subjects of official investigations are not the only ones to blame. We have not been in total war since World War II, and society has forgotten that times of war require a different decorum than peace times. Every loud mouth politician or opponent of our current wars, people who plan their rhetoric around the sad deaths of soldiers, may end up through their very words costing more soldiers lives, or even the lives of hundreds or thousands of citizens on the homefront. I don't know if it is because we are that ignorant, or if because of political correctness the government refuses to give us reminders that things like "Loose Lips Sink Ships," or if we are just that arrogant. All I do know is that after 60 plus years of small wars, we seem to have forgotten that wartime is a very different thing from peace time.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
WEAU TV-13 was the only major television station in the area at that time. To a certain extent, the Chippewa Valley was a bit of a media oasis. 1 major TV station, one small station, and 2 newspapers. An afterthought to the nearby Twin Cities market, and not even on the radar of down state media markets. 25 years later, they have put together a special looking back on their coverage of the July 15, 1980 storm. It is a great little special to watch if you are from the area, if you enjoy weather disaster shows, or if you just enjoy looking back on the inhabitants of an area cursed with terrible clothing.
I ended up seeing much more of the storm than I had anticipated. I had watched the storms on radar since about noon, as they had pummeled my old stomping grounds, the Chippewa Valley in Western Wisconsin, with strong winds and half dollar sized hail. When I went out to take a few pics, I figured I would get no closer to the storms than 5 or 10 miles. The storms had other ideas. I took this picture looking northwest. I understood what I was seeing, but I thought it was going to slide north of my location. Instead, those clouds were over me within 10 minutes. All in all, the storms were strong but not devestating here. Just some downed branches and power outages.
As everyone who experienced these storms knows, they were very fast moving. When I left my house, I didn't even think we were going to see these storms. My goal was to take a few pics from a safe distance. After 10 minutes of driving north, things were getting dark. After 10 minutes of taking pictures with my Canon EOS Rebel, it became apparent that I was going to be part of the storm. Within a minute of this picture (with a cheap digital Vivitar), it was as dark as it will be at around 8:30-9:00 tonight.
Friday, July 22, 2005
In an early post, I describe my growing squishyness on John Roberts. There is one thing in his judicial record that is keeping me from jumping off the boat, and that is the french fry case. To the uninitiated, my support of his decision to uphold the arrest of a girl who ate a french fry on a train in Washington D.C. makes me look like an ogre, but if one understands the role of lawmakers, police, and judges, then it becomes hard to say he made the wrong decision.
If you are unfamiliar with the case, here’s a brief synopsis. It is illegal to eat food on the Metro in
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Actually, there is a number 3-that I'm way off base with this analysis. But I heartily doubt that could be the case. :-)
Jessica McBride gives me more reason to get squishy on Roberts.
Judicial activism is changing the nature of our Constitutional amendments. There was a time when the people approved new amendments in order to protect rights or to confer upon the Federal Government unenumerated rights of governance previously reserved to the states. As the Federal Judiciary has found more and more meaning in the Constitution, meaning not clearly reflected in the text but divined from it, our proposed constitutional amendments have become more about reigning in the Judiciary than protecting rights or conferring powers from the states to the Feds. Take the idea of a Flag burning amendment-it is a reaction to the courts deciding that flag burning is constitutionally protected free speech. Take the marriage amendment. In this case, it is a reaction to the expectation that the courts will somehow find in the Constitution the right to same sex marriage.
May the link be a little tenuous right now? Perhaps, but I expect it will become much more common. And the reason is because the creation of law has slowly moved from Congress to the Supreme Court, and the Constitutional amendment is one of the few ways to check the power of the Court.
8.0 needs work. There were a lot of bugs that Netscape should have worked out before they released it. In addition to the crashes and the frames problem on Bloglines, I found the RSS reader built into the browser less than user friendly, which is too bad because that was one of the main advantages I thought 8.0 had over the 7.X browsers.
I'm still not a Firefox convert, though, and probably never will be as long as I have a stable Netscape to use. When I open up my browser, I don't want to spend time customizing it. I want it to have a bevy of features that I like, and those I don't need I just won't use. Firefox is fine in it's bare bones version, but I just don't feel like adding the additional features I want. When I open up the browser, I go to town surfing. Fiddling and customizing is not and will not be part of the equation.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
And sadly, I'm going to watch the rebroadcast on CNBC at 12:30.
Ugh, now I remember why I don't watch Donnie Deutsch. I'm also reminded of why, although I was thrilled he mentioned one of my posts on MSNBC, Jeff Jarvis irritated me so on that particular day. You'd need a diamond tipped blade to cut through his smugness.
...a regulation against activities which degrade men and women through sexual stereotypes or exploit their bodies to attract attention.I guess that's why the Toronto Blue Jays suck it up every year. If they actually made the playoffs, they'd be "exploiting their bodies to attract attention."
Coulter continues: It means nothing that Roberts wrote briefs arguing for the repeal of Roe v. Wade when he worked for Republican administrations. He was arguing on behalf of his client, the United States of America. Roberts has specifically disassociated himself from those cases, dropping a footnote to a 1994 law review article that said:Maybe Roberts won't have the wiggle room on the right that I thought he would.
“In the interest of full disclosure, the author would like to point out that as Deputy Solicitor General for a portion of the 1992-93 Term, he was involved in many of the cases discussed below. In the interest of even fuller disclosure, he would also like to point out that his views as a commentator on those cases do not necessarily reflect his views as an advocate for his former client, the United States.”
This would have been the legal equivalent, after O.J.'s acquittal, of Johnnie Cochran saying, "hey, I never said the guy was innocent. I was just doing my job."
I can't speak for the ladies out there, as I make it a habit to avoid your restrooms, but in the men's room, it seems the use of cell phones is an epidemic. It is a habit that seems to be exacerbated by alcohol, but common even at the local mall. I'll be standing there at a urinal, and in will walk a guy and stand next to me. His cell phone will ring or worse yet, he'll dial it, and hold a conversation right there with all of the attendant bathroom noises. And 9 times out of 10, the guy is talking to a woman. Why!? Can someone please tell me why?! Do you think it will impress her to think of what you're doing at that moment? The handy thing about cell phones today is they have two handy features-caller ID and voice mail. Call them back when you're done! I do not like to have you peeing next to me with your phone cradled between ear and shoulder, one hand free and gesturing wildly, and the other trying to control the business at hand. Makes me a touch nervous. And what does the person on the other end of the line think? They must be able to hear toilets flushing and all of the other disgusting sounds which I will not catalog here. Damn, guys. The call can wait.
If I had ever done this to the lovely Mrs. Jib, she would never have agreed to become the lovely Mrs. Jib. If I did it today, irreconcilable differences would be the talking point around our dinner table.
(Apologies to Jeff Wagner and Mike Adams for my having lumped them into this horrifying post)
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
1990Prediction: He passes.
"The court's conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion ... finds no support in the text, structure or history of the Constitution," the brief said.
"Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ... There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."
HT NY Times
I think a small clarification is in order on my part after reading Beldar's comment and Sean's post. Based off of the two quotes above, I personally have no idea where Roberts' will fall on Roe, and I wouldn't expect him to tell the Senate how he'd rule on a hypothetical case. And that's the beauty of those two quotes-it gives him wiggle room on Roe. Could the 2001 comment mean that he'd follow precedent in his role as an apellate judge but have no bearing on his decision as a Supreme Court justice? Perhaps. Could it also mean that he wouldn't touch Roe as a justice? Again, perhaps. Personally, I think that, as a Supreme Court Justice, he would probably be closer to the 1990 statement, which is why I welcome the seeming contradiction-with it he has the ability to assuage potential enemies on both sides of the aisle.
America, shudder in private, but put on a brave face for your staunchest ally to see.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Joe Wilson has hardly been discrete about his wife's super dooper, double ultra secret identity, so I was thinking about making about turning this into a t-shirt. Problem is, I'm pretty sure only about a dozen or so people would actually get it.
Thanks to Nathan's Community Lunch for the photo.
-Graying hair is a pretty appealing prospect when you grow up expecting to be bald by 29. Having a full head of gray hair becomes a worthy goal.
-Skinny 16 year olds are not immune to weight gain later in life. 40 pounds in 14 years is not terrible for a former pencil neck geek, but it definitely takes a couple extra fractions of a second to get down to first base. My goal? Split the difference between then and now at about 20 pounds. Heh. At least I still have my sense of humor.
-As an aside to the above, be careful what you wish for. At 16, I wanted to weigh 195 pounds. 195 pounds of muscle, not 195 pounds of beer by-product.
-Even though there is more around the middle than I would like, 195 does not look all that bad on a 5’11” frame. A dressed 5’11” frame.
-I’m looking forward to that day when my body naturally wakes me up at dawn. Currently, my body wants to naturally wake me up somewhere around, well, never.
-I may be saying goodbye to my twenties, but I’m still in that “all important 18-35 age range.” Boo yeah!
-Twenty year olds look younger every day. At this rate, I’ll want to put diapers on them by the time I’m 40.
-Aches. Where the hell do these mystery aches come from? I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING YESTERDAY!
-You start to find yourself squeamish about hanging out with a bunch of 20 year olds. Not that there is anything wrong with it per se, you just feel like the old dude who doesn’t belong because he’s been there before. A decade ago.
-The idea of going out and having home run derbies all day long still seems appealing. Problem is, gathering up all of those baseballs doesn’t seem appealing at all anymore, so you just end up sitting down and watching a game instead (hence, 40 pounds).
-You begin to develop the patience for things that you didn’t have the patience for before, like fishing or golf.
-You begin to lose patience for things you used to have all the patience in the world for, like standing in line at a bar, or being crammed shoulder to shoulder in a crowd of drunk, underdressed college students.
-You begin to take a perverse pleasure in mowing the lawn (pretty much guys only).
-Yeah, my clothes don’t match today. I ain’t here to impress you anyway.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
"I was driving past the Pentagon when that plane hit" on Sept. 11, 2001. "I had friends on that plane; this is deadly serious to me," Begala said.Ummm, yeah. If you read the entire thing, it is clear Begalla is trying to change the perception that Democrats are weak on national defense, anti-American, and devoid of new ideas. Unfortunately, if you look like a duck, and more importantly, quack like a duck...
"They want to kill me and my children if they can. But if they just kill me and not my children, they want my children to be comforted -- that while they didn't protect me because they cut my taxes, my children won't have to pay any money on the money they inherit," Begala said. "That is bulls*** national defense, and we should say that."
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was arrested by real police who allegedly found a gun and drugs in his convertible.Wouldn't this qualify more as "dog bites man"? Or is it news because that's the only thing he was arrested for?
The first item is the ban on tall buildings downtown. City progressives want to preserve the view of the state capitol building. Therefore, new developments which could bring big businesses, residential space, and retail downtown are stymied, because often their building needs exceed the height limit. Instead they build a facility out on the west side of town on the belt line, or they build east of Interstate 90/94/39 near Highway 51. What this accomplished is both spreading the city out over long distances, and also spreading the distance between people's homes and their jobs. This results in more traffic as people travel greater distances between work and home.
The second item is to supposedly remedy the first: Public transportation. In their very simplistic view of things, Madison progressives think that if they offer more public transportation, then they can deal with the greater traffic congestion on Madison roads. There is a huge flaw in this logic, though. Public transit is more successful the greater the population density of an area. In highly dense areas, you need less track and less energy to transport the same number of people as in less dense areas, and this is what makes public transportation economically feasible. People in highly dense areas are also more likely to use that public transportation, because it is more convenient for them to ride 10 blocks in an elevated train or a trolley than it is for them to drive. But in areas of lower density, it is more convenient for someone to drive 2 miles than it is for them to ride in public transit, because they may need to travel 7 blocks just to get to a stop. So in less dense areas, you get fewer customers for the public transit because it is less of a convenience.
So here's Madison's paradox. If city progressives continue in their refusal to allow the downtown to be developed upward, then they are going to see continued growth outward. If they allowed skyward growth downtown, then they would have a lot of residents, a lot of retail and entertainment, and a lot of business offices in a smaller area, and people are going to prefer to use public transit over using their cars. But as long as they refuse to allow this skyward growth, the city will continue to grow outward, and it will be less and less economically viable to maintain public transit, as it will be less convenient for riders (which means fewer riders) and it will be more expensive to transport each individual rider, because the distance they'll need to travel will be further.
Madisonians, you can have your beautiful view and clogged roads or you can obscure your view and have fewer cars on the road, but you are a big city now, and you can't have both.
(Cross posted at the BBA)
After it was all over, Cooper had lost a few teeth and had flesh and muscle torn from a front leg and chunks of skin missing from both haunches. The gator suffered bites to its snout.I think it would be fair to say Cooper kicked the Gator's ass, as the gator now resides in the freezer of Cooper's owner, even if Cooper did not deliver to fatal blow himself.
Just thought I'd give all of you celebrity gossip lovers a little morsel.
After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who’d tried to kill him just minutes before.I can't say that I would have been able to do the same if I were in his shoes.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I say this because I was reading the Janesville Gazette today, and they had the story of a fire here in my hometown. On the homepage, they had a picture of the aftermath, and beneath it this request:
Do you have photos of the fire?Below that was a link to a gallery of the pics they had received. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but here is my concern. As people become aware that the media is willing to use their amateur pics, more and more people are going to rush to the scene of these events to try to get "the" picture. Emergency services personnel do not need that. In emergency situations, they have their hands full enough without having to worry about idiots trying to get money shots of the event. Unfortunately, I see a future where every fool with a camera rushes to a scene where they aren't needed, making the situation worse for everyone.
Send your digital images to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll post them online.
11. Children's pajamas that weren't flame retardent
10. Measles, mumps...and ruebella.
9. He planted Donna Rice on "Monkey Business" and Monica Lewinski in the Oval Office
8. All hurricanes since 1993. (All hurricanes from 1952 to 1992 were that damn Nixon's doing).
7. The unholy union of Cruise and Holmes.
6. David Hasselhof's death like grip on the imagination of the German people.
5. Whitesnake's pyrotechnics. And that human ball of rage, Tawny Kitaen.
4. The Corvair.
3. Can you say, "The Spanish Flu"?
2. Two words: Cop Rock!
1. Two more words: Monkey Pox!
7. That lion that bit Roy...or was it Sigfried?
6. Ted Nugent. Admit it, you've never seen them together in the same room.
4. Colmes, too.
3. The devil on Bill Clinton's shoulder.
2. Howard Dean's speech writer. Yeeah!
1. The firefighter at your local Chippendale's.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
#1 Wisconsin is a regional state.
What does that mean, you ask. Well, Wisconsin is not a rural area dominated by one or two major urban area like many other states are. Wisconsin actually has 15 urban areas. Because of this large number of urban areas, Milwaukee does not have the statewide influence and draw that Chicago does in Illinois or the Twin Cities do in Minnesota. For any professional sport team to be successful, they must draw from a large portion of their home state. A professional soccer team in Milwaukee will not be able to do that. A Major League Soccer team in Milwaukee will need to rely on Milwaukee alone, as it will not draw people from even Jefferson or Dodge counties to downtown, let alone far flung counties such as La Crosse, Eau Claire, or Brown Counties. The Packers draw statewide. The Brewers are starting to. The Bucks do when they are winning. A soccer team will not be able to draw enough people from the Marathon counties of the state to fill a 20,000 seat stadium 15 or 16 times a year.
#2 Soccer is not a party sport
I'm going to dip into stereotype on this, but Wisconsinites like to party with their sports. Soccer is not a party sport. The reason you drink during a soccer game is because for 58 of the 60 minutes of the game, there is nothing else to do. That's part of the reason soccer hooligans are such a problem in Europe. Drinking from boredom is not a party, it is an anesthesia.
#3 A stadium in the city is a huge error
As proposed, the stadium would be in the city of Milwaukee, at the site of the Pabst facility. Soccer is not a city sport in this country. It is a suburban sport. Many suburbanites will go into the city, but just as many live in the suburbs because they hate the city. How are you going to draw those people all the way to downtown to watch the fifth most popular sport in this country?
#4 Participatory Popularity versus fanaticism
This is my final point, but likely my most divisive. For any professional sports team to survive, it needs a large, fanatical base. Its profit is then made off of the casual fan. This would be problematic for soccer in Wisconsin. Soccer is a very popular sport for kids to play in Wisconsin. I have a large number of relatives who a younger than me, so I am familiar with the participatory popularity of this sport. Here's the problem for soccer, though. The best athletes are fanatical about football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, and they play those sports. While Wisconsin soccer has the occasional top tier soccer athlete, most kids who play soccer in Wisconsin do so not because of an all abiding love for the sport, but because they can make a go of it in that sport. They would not be a star in the big four sports, but in soccer they can get a good amount of playing time. So, while soccer is a very popular participatory sport, there are comparatively few soccer fanatics. Therefore, there is no strong base. There is just a strong casual interest, and that is not enough to make a team profitable, especially a team that wants to build a stadium that is going to cost $300 to $500 million-as much as an MLB or NFL stadium.
Unrelated side note
The Brewers future financial success depends on them drawing the statewide fans, and I think they are making strong motions in that direction. Miller Park has made that possible in ways I didn't think possible. I know of people who previous to Miller Park would have made the trip to Wrigley rather than County Stadium, and today they are planning trips to Milwaukee to see a ball game instead. I know some people have soured on the Brewers because they feel Selig lied to them about the stadium. I cannot defend Selig the owner, but this new stadium is making a huge difference in finally making the Brewers Wisconsin's team and not just Southeastern Wisconsin's team.
You paid a dollar for this post, and I just gave you a bonus two cents.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Don't get me wrong, if you can make money as a traditional blogger, do so! But what I am saying is be prepared for some uncomfortable decisions between principle and money. And be prepared for the fact that established media will almost always chose money over principle, and that will reflect poorly on all of us.
Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out. At a recent show here with Bob Dylan, Nelson performed a long list of hits, but not a single song from his new long-awaited reggae album.Pot for my men, acid for my horses.
"I keep forgetting," Nelson said a few days later by telephone from the road, which he's called home for most of the last 30 years. "The set is so short."
While the music on "Countryman" might raise the eyebrows of country purists, so will the cover. With green marijuana leaves on a red and yellow background, the cover art makes the CD look like an oversized pack of rolling papers.
*Jeff Jenkins is going to be the key to the second half. Jenks is spanking the ball going into the All Star break. If he can continue this in the second half, he makes Carlos Lee an even more potent clean up hitter and Jenks will be the linch pin in a offensive juggernaut, along with Brady Clark, Ricky Weeks, Lyle Overbay, and Bill Hall.
*Prediction: Ben Sheets wins 12 games in the second half.
*Prediction: The Brewers finish the year at 80-82.
*If Jenkins does start to pick up the pace in the second half, it is going to be very interesting to see if Bob Melvin sticks with him or tries to trade him. Jenkins is a helluva a defensive outfielder. He is also a guy I consider to have a winner's attitude. That's tough to get rid of when you have a young club you are trying to infuse with a winning attitude.
*Overbay could end up being the bigger trade bait in the second half. The problem is, who is going to be looking for an Overbay type guy?
*Ned Yost is going to be a successful big league manager. I just hope it will be here and not somewhere else.
*Bill Hall will not be in the long term future of this club. He is a very solid utility big leaguer, an asset to any team. With the infield talent this team has growing at all levels, though, I don't think he'll ever have the offensive consistency necessary to beat down the competition.
*Prediction: J.J. Hardy will struggle through this entire year offensively. Hardy has hit a lot of balls very hard this year right at people, though. Next year, Hardy will be a .280 hitter with 15-20 homers.
*A note from today's game-the Braves' Sunday jersey's are hideous.
God help us if and when Rehnquist does retire. In the current environment, Thomas seems almost a non-starter for Chief Justice (although my personal favorite), and who knows if Scalia would be a possibility, either. I can just see John Paul Stevens or Ruth Bader Ginsburg being a compromise choice for Chief Justice. The only good thing about either of those choices would is they would certainly be short termers.
If I were President Bush, and Rehnquist does retire, Janice Rogers Brown becomes a must nominee for the Supreme Court and Clarence Thomas the nominee for Chief Justice. They are both constructionists and highly qualified minorities. I'm extremely pessimistic about this fight, though, because Bush is much, much more like his father than he is like Ronald Reagan. I see expediency being chosen over principle.