My story (I am sticking to it) began on a farm outside of Sun Prairie, WI as as the oldest of 6 children born within 7½ years. Attended a one-room country school (Oak Lawn) my first two years, complete with biffies in the back and a water bubbler inside. At age 12, the Old Man plunked me onto a Farmall tractor before heading off to serve in the state legislature. Got into newspapering at age 16 for a summer job at the Stoughton Courier-Hub. Met Lisa at UW-Oshkosh where I edited the school paper and rocked to the music, weed and protest of the late 1960s. Kept my shiny hiney out of ‘Nam with decent grades and and impossibly high draft number. Worked daily newspapers in DeKalb, Ill., and Waukesha, WI before landing at The Capital Times in Madison. Arrived there a standard-issue liberal; left as a Reagan conservative. Went to work for Tommy G. Thompson in various state agencies and in his press office. Served on Dane County Board of Supervisors from 1994-2006, winning six of seven elections in a City of Madison district. Served as an alternate delegate to the 2016 Republican national convention in Cleveland. Devoted Harley-D motorcycle rider. (I’m on my third). Catch me from time to time on my good friend Vicki McKenna’s weekly afternoon program (1310 AM on the dial) and from time to time on Joy Cardin’s WHA radio Wisconsin Week in Review Friday mornings and occasionally on Sunday morning TV news shows.
Today’s Mean-Spirited Chuckle
What we’re reading
Mocking the torture victim
The essential David French comments for National Review that the Left’s mocking of the death of North Korea torture victim Otto Warmbier “is symbolic of the Left’s hate problem.”
Citing the black woman who wrote that the “daily reality” of life in the United States is like a North Korean labor camp is “mindless moral relativism on a staggering scale. How can anyone read that statement with a straight face? If that’s true, why aren’t people streaming by the millions into Canada?”
Of his days at law school,
“… Harvard embraced these hateful radicals. It gave them a home. It gave them a hearing. It gave them tenure. The most prestigious educational institution in the world was wrapping both its arms around some of the most vicious people I’d ever met. It was at Harvard that I came to understand the dynamic so powerfully described by Tom Wolfe in his legendary essay Radical Chic. All too many liberals admire radicals. They envy their commitment to the cause. They’re fascinated by their arguments, by their style, and by their very presence.
“The liberal response to Black Lives Matter is one of the best examples of this sad phenomenon. Millions of well-meaning Americans — justifiably eager for racial reconciliation and often deceived by misleading statistics and sometimes outright lies — have elevated an organization that has dedicated itself to the disruption of the “western-prescribed” nuclear family, celebrates cop-killers, and keeps mounting protests that turn violent (and sometimes even deadly).”
The Left embraces political violence
“The relevant question here is not violent rhetoric but violence itself. The violence at Berkeley and Middlebury did not lead to the shooting in Alexandria — they are part of the same phenomenon: The American Left has embraced political violence.” — Kevin Williamson in National Review.
‘Liberalism is baked into the journalism cake.’
A former New York Times reporter in Imprimis.
“The evidence was on the front page, the back page, the culture pages, even the sports pages. It was at the top of the broadcast and at the bottom of the broadcast. Day in, day out, in every media market in America, Trump was savaged like no other candidate in memory. We were watching the total collapse of standards, with fairness and balance tossed overboard. Every story was an opinion masquerading as news, and every opinion ran in the same direction—toward Clinton and away from Trump.
“The Times media reporter began a story this way:
If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalist tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?
“… the election was, in part, a referendum on the media, gave some voters an extra incentive to vote for Trump. A vote for him was a vote against the media and against Washington.”
Speech is not violence and violence is not self-expression
“Hodgkinson’s rampage has illuminated the growing belief that speech can be violence, while literal violence can be speech. After Brandeis University abandoned its plan to award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a scholar and FGM (female genital mutilation) survivor, the school’s Muslim Student Association claimed that she “incites and supports insensitivity and irresponsibility.”
“Yet when Antifa starts destructive riots and beats up Trump supporters, literal violence is excused as expression or resistance.” — National Review