This, that, and the other thing.
How do I offend thee? Let me count the ways
Students and faculty have denounced The Pioneer as, in the words on one students, “a monument to violence and white supremacy.”
History doctoral candidate Marc Carpenter told the Daily Emerald that there a statue celebrating European settlers is like a confederate monument in honoring “violence and white supremacy, and I don’t think those are values that we want to have as a community.”
That’s nothing, Madison yanked out the first permanent grave marker, erected in 1906, that listed 140 names of Confederate soldiers who died as POWs here in Madison in 1862. Somehow, the stone, which replaced the second generation of weathered-out wooden boards, represented a celebration of slavery. (The individual markers that remain came after the stone.)
We sense a GoFundMe campaign coming up
Or a telethon. From WBAY-TV: The Milwaukee treasurer’s office says Wisconsin’s newly elected Democrat(ic) lieutenant governor, Mandela Barnes, has failed to pay $2,225 in property taxes, interest and penalties on his condominium. This, on top of unpaid parking fines! Madame Brenda Konkel of Madison’s Progressive Dane asked why the latter was news? Y’think maybe unpaid taxes is news?
In your face!
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu dedicates the newest Israeli town, located on the Golan Heights (formerly greater Syria). Wonder what the taxes are on condos there?
Only the best schools
US News & World Report likes to rank things. Here are the best public high schools in the greater Madison WI area:
- Middleton-Cross Plains
- Madison Memorial
- Mt. Horeb
- Monona Grove
- Madison West
- Sun Prairie
- Wisconsin Heights
- New Glarus
- Madison East
33. Madison La Follette
Great! But how does one define it?
Wisconsin Rapids anti-bullying measure would fine parents. Greg Humphrey writes:
On Tuesday, June 18th, it is very possible the nation will learn about the resolve of the Wisconsin Rapids Common Council to act against bullying. … The ordinance would prohibit bullying, harassment, and retaliation against anyone who reports such incidents. The measure would also hold parents and guardians responsible for such behavior of children younger than 18 years old. Penalties for a first fineable offense would be $50, with additional costs bringing the total to $313.
I’m votin’ for diss guy!
Maybe if Blaska had taken this approach, he would have gotten 30.2% of the vote (instead of 30.1%).
This Democrat makes some sense
Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii’s Second District, also doesn’t belabor her sex, her ethnic background (Samoan) or her religion (Hindu). “I think identity politics, again, is one of those things that is unfortunately being used to divide us. . . . [it’s] a dangerous road to walk down,” Ms. Gabbard told me in a podcast interview, lamenting fellow Democrats and the media for often treating Americans “as though we are the sum of the color of our skin.”
Since she launched her campaign for President in January, liberal media outlets have scorned her. NBC News published an article alleging that she had the backing of “Russia’s propaganda machine.” The Daily Beast charged that she was being “boosted by Putin apologists.” — from the Wall Street Journal.
Making America great again — WMTV NBC-15 is bringing back an old tradition. It will play the national anthem as it switches to the next broadcast day which, in these days of 24/7 broadcasting, appears to be 3:58 in the morning. Seem to remember one of the Green Bay stations playing the Lord’s Prayer with a waving flag on the screen as it ended its broadcast day at something like 1 a.m. That would be in the late 1960s while I attended (occasionally) UW-Oshkosh.
Correlation or causation? — The Babylon Bee finds a strong correlation between watching soccer and being bored out of one’s mind.