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December 31, 2005

2005 TAM Music Awards

Nothing really floored me this year. Plenty of good music was made just nothing that made my jaw drop. Coldplay tried but wasn't consistent. My fave King's X got harder and almost made it. There's always next year.

  1. In the Clear by Ivy

    Ivy gave us cool pop, smooth singing, and icy sexiness. This album has lots of hooks and emotion behind the breathy vocals.

  2. Body of Song by Bob Mould

    Mould returns to his power-pop sound his fans adore. Crunchy guitars combine with pop hooks. This is how we like our rock and roll.

  3. Buzzin' Fly Volume 2 by Ben Watt

    This is the first mix album to get a TAM award. Watt tried to create a concept album around the feelings of New York City after the Sep. 11 attacks. There's haunting poetry, funky beats, and plenty of New York style. Watt succeeds in his task.

  4. Confession on a Dance Floor by Madonna

    Yes, she's getting old, but she made a great dance album. It's full of energy and life even though it has some stupid lyrics. Just ignore them and her Flashdance-inspired videos.

  5. Speak for Yourself by Imogen Heap

    This woman touches your soul with her voice. That's talent. This electronica has layers of sound but you can still feel Heap through it all. Electronic gizmos or not, this woman is going places.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 11:42 PM | Comments (2)

2005 TAM Weblog Awards

As the weblogs become more known weblogger's numbers increase. That makes for tough choices for the coveted (I would like to believe) TAM Weblog Awards. My criteria is simple: 1) it must be on my blogroll; 2) I have to think it's good for whatever reason I choose. It's the most subjective weblog awards in the blogosphere. Here we go:

  1. Captain's Quarters

    For the first time in TAM Weblog Awards history we have a repeat. Captain Ed sealed the deal by being the conduit to get news about a Canadian political scandal around a judicial gag order. That news led to new elections for our neighbor due north. Ed has also been on the forefront of the Able Danger story. Still, that's not all. He consistently puts out lengthy posts filled with insight and solid argument. All the while he values the community that has grown around his weblog.

  2. Boots & Sabers

    When Wisconsin politicians want a glimpse of the thoughts and feelings of passionate local conservatives they turn to B&S. Owen Robinson comments on the latest news with a consistent conservative viewpoint. Party means squat to him. It's ideas that matter. His good writing and thinking has made him a great spokesman for the conservative blogosphere in the Badger State.

  3. JustOneMinute

    Tom Maguire followed the Valarie Plame case like he had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He parsed stories line by line. Such detail drove me batty at times. Still, he kept you informed of all possible angles.

  4. RedState.org

    Sure, it's a giganto-mega-weblog made up of lots of diaries. But they were the center of the blogospheric dissent to Harriet Miers' nomination. Add to that so many good writers take on issues to philosophy to political strategy. You can be sure some future strategist will come from this group.

  5. Charlie Sykes

    The radio yapper fully embraced the blogosphere using them/me for ideas and a gauge of opinion. Without him the Wisconsin conservative blogosphere would not have become the growing force it is today.


Congratulations to the winners.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:15 PM | Comments (0)

Mob Beating was Crack Deal Gone Bad

So we were lied to the past few days. Monday night's brutal beating of shocked Milwaukee. Many wondered what was happening to parts of the city. Was she being taken over by barbarians? We now know McClain, father of 12, tried to get crack cocaine then claimed he was being ripped off. Then the beating took place. The victim is hardly innocent. Still, no one deserves the punishment McClain took. Those thugs who kicked and stomped on his head should be locked away for a very long time.

This shows the harm drugs can do to a community. Or does it? Maybe drugs being illegal is the problem If cocaine were legalized gangs wouldn't be selling it on the street. You'd go to your local convenience store or bar to get your fix. Legal cocaine might have prevented the invention of crack. We know for sure its illicit status keeps it in the realm of nasty, brutal people.

I'm not totally on the "legalize drugs" bandwagon, but I'm getting closer. It's like the decades-long approach to Fidel Castro's Cuba: the status quo isn't working. It's time to try something new. The first place we can start is by legalizing marijuana and give it the same status as alcohol. If someone wants to used it to relieve pain, fine. If they just want to get high, that's fine too. The McClain beating demonstrates the need to get drugs off the black market.

"Quarrel Over Drug Deal Led to " [via Badger Blogger]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 06:35 PM | Comments (1)

Starting the Party Early

No big night out on the town for me this New Year's Eve. Instead my family made a turkey and I've opened up a 2001 . That grape hasn't been my favorite but this bottle burst with blueberry and cherry aromas immediately after I uncorked it. In my mouth it's velvety smooth with a bit of lemon acidity. It's the best cabernet I've ever drank. Kudos go to my mother for finding me a great Christmas present.

Tonight, the plan is to post the 2005 TAM Awards in all three catagories (books, music, and weblogs--I'm accepting bribes via my tip jar) then to pop open a bottle of bubbly to ring in the New Year. If you want to keep me company IM me on MSN at shackbar--at--hotmail.com or on Google Talk at sean.hackbarth--at--gmail.com.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 05:39 PM | Comments (0)

New Year's Party in the Big Easy

They're partying in New Orleans. The place is a party town so a celebration is fitting after the horror its citizens have gone through. A moment of celebration lifts the soul from the torment surrounding it. One resident said, "New Orleans is back open, so come on down and start visiting. That's the word to get out." Unfortunately visitors may be the only ones returning for quite some time. The Big Easy was dying before Hurricane Katrina hit. The city's further dependence on tourism won't bring its people back.

"Rollicking Sendoff for 2005 in "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Katrina at 05:17 PM | Comments (0)

Roger Scruton Interviewed

Before you get all wild and crazy this New Year's Eve here's an interview with conservative philospher Roger Scruton from last month on the 25th anniversary of his book The Meaning of Conservatism.

"The Joy of Conservatism: An Interview with "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 05:48 AM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2005

Snow Shovel Alert

The snow is falling in Green Bay so watch the team's website or call their new "snow shovel hotline" 920-569-7100 if you want to help shovel out Lambeau Field.

" Issue 'Snow Shovel Advisory'"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 06:20 PM | Comments (0)

Worst Americans Ever

Alexandra von Maltzan at All Things Beautiful came up with a question perfect for the least productive week of the year: name the ten worst Americans ever. This is sure to stir up discussion. Let me take a stab at it in no particular order:

  • Benedict Arnold--The man betrayed the revolution. 'Nuff said.

  • Margaret Sanger--She was a racist and eugenitcs advocate. She also founded Planned Parenthood. Bad, bad, bad.

  • Aaron Burr--The freak almost became President. Later he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel and tried to create a nation in the West.

  • John Wilkes Booth--Killed Abraham Lincoln for a lost cause.

  • Beardsley Ruml--"Father of the modern American state" because he's the father of the withholding tax. [see Amity Shlaes' The Greedy Hand]

  • Jefferson Davis--Led the Confederacy in the name of "States' Rights" which meant legalized slavery.

  • Stephen Douglas--His "popular sovereignty" led to "Bleeding Kansas" and didn't ease the pressures that led to the Civil War.

  • Ed Gein--It's too easy to put a murderer on the list, but Gein wasn't just your "ordinary" serial killer. The loon made furniture out of his victims.

  • Timothy McVeigh--He may have thought he was being patriotic, but his hatred of the federal government was so intense he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and killed 168 people.

  • Roger Taney--He authored the awful Dred Scott case that fueled the fire of civil war.

I really wanted to add Franklin Roosevelt. We're stuck with his expansion of government in the name of fighting the Great Depression. He failed, and we're paying the price for his welfare state. But he did lead the Allies in World War II. U.S. Grant could also make this list if you only looked at his corrupt Presidency. But Grant is a war hero. That saves him.

Who would you put on your list?

[via Captain Ed]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 03:49 PM | Comments (8)

What Was He Thinking?

Sixteen-year-old Farris Hassan wanted to really research what is going on in Iraq before writing editorials for a class assignment. So he hopped on a plane and went alone to Iraq via Kuwait and Lebanon. Mom was scared to death while dad says Farris has "a new appreciation for all the blessings" he has in the U.S. The 101st Airborne found him, and the U.S. embassy is getting him back to the States. Irresponsible? Yes, but you know he's going to get a book deal out of his adventure.

"U.S. Teen Runs Off to by Himself"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 12:44 AM | Comments (5)

Majority Approve NSA Eavesdropping

64% of respondents in a Rassmussen poll approve of the government being "allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States."

So what? Something being right and wrong, constitutionality or unconstitutionality doesn't depend on public opinion. It only means President Bush's opponents won't be able to turn the NSA story into a damaging political attack.

The right-leaning Orin Kerr brings up plenty of questions about the NSA's activities by combing through a Robert Turner op-ed.

"64% Approve Of Intercepts"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 12:09 AM | Comments (2)

December 29, 2005

103-Year-Old to See First Packers Game

Margaret McKenney has been living in Green Bay since 1947. Only now, at the age of 103 will she finally watch a game in Lambeau Field. What took her so long? The problem was her husband wasn't "too keen about football." He must have felt like an outsider in football-crazy Green Bay. At least he wasn't a Chicago Bears fan.

McKenny, healing from a recent hip injury, said she "would be thrilled to death" if the Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. I hope she didn't mean that literally.

"103-Year-Old Great-Great Grandmother to Attend First Packers Game"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 10:09 PM | Comments (0)

Presidential Power in Wartime

Steven Taylor links to a NSA-inspired Huffington Post entry where he writes,

If, as news accounts suggest, the action was part of Vice President Cheney’s campaign to strengthen the executive against the legislature, it is not a warranted adjustment in the balancing of liberty and security, but an act arrogance that the administrationcan ill afford when it needs the support of moderates in perilous times.

I wonder how Cheney could make his case that the President's powers have been unconstitutionally limited unless he had a tangible example at hand. Think tanks and scholars have argued about the constitutionality of such laws as the War Powers Act and how much Congress can limit a President (beyond funding) for years, but it's all remained theoretical. Presidents ignore it, and Congress hasn't gone to court to enforce it. If Cheney and the rest of the administration pre-Sep. 11 had argued Presidential power during wartime was as broad as they claim it would have been only a small story, and debate would have been minimal.

From my plain reading of the constitution (something very old fashioned) I think Cheney and John Yoo make a reasonable case. Congress shouldn't be able to run roughshod over the President, and the courts have their limited place as well. However, to get things done with Congress the administration needs to explain itself and retain the "support of moderates in perilous times," the most important part of Nye's post. From recent history, we know Dick Cheney is not best generator of goodwill on Capitol Hill.

UPDATE: If you don't know if you should buy Yoo's book download his 2004 paper "War, Responsibility, and the Age of Terrorism." I'm about a third through it and it's fascinating reading.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 04:46 PM | Comments (0)

Breaking News in the Valarie Plame Case

Valarie Plame's and Joe Wilson's 5-year-old son spilled the beans and told reporters, "My daddy's famous, my mommy's a secret spy." No word if Peter Fitzgerald will ask a grand jury to indict him.

"CIA Couple Outed by 5-Year-Old Son"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 03:13 PM | Comments (3)

December 28, 2005

"Time to Make the Donuts"--in Heaven

The actor famous for his Dunkin' Donuts commercials died at age 83. The nearest DD isn't that far away from my store. I'll have to stop in sometime soon in Michael Vale's honor.

"Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Dies" [via Lone Star Times]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 01:21 PM | Comments (2)

December 27, 2005

Not So Hip

It's bad enough to not watch Battlestar Galactica, the best show of 2005 (good choice), but Glenn Reynolds doesn't even own a TiVo. His geek cred has dropped significantly.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 07:53 PM | Comments (3)

A Fiesty One

Not only is Eva Longoria hot (I'm very jealous of Tony Parker), but she has a mouth. When Parker was confronted by a San Antonio cop it's claimed she said, "He's just a Mexican bike cop. He only wants your autograph."

"The Spurs Hate (Or Something Like That)"

"Spurs' Parker Cited for Impeding Traffic in Car with "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 06:51 PM | Comments (0)

Retired Pitcher Robs Jewelry Store

The odd story of the day is ex-pitcher Jeff Reardon arrested in Florida for robbing a jewelry store:

The 50-year-old Reardon, retired since 1994 and sixth in career saves, walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the Gardens Mall on Monday and handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and the store was being robbed, police said Tuesday.

Reardon, who starred with the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police found him at a nearby restaurant, recovered the stolen money and charged him with armed robbery.

Lt. David O'Neill said Reardon did not have a gun and offered no resistance when handcuffed.

"He said it was the medication that made him do it and that he was sorry," O'Neill said.

He said Reardon has lived in the city for more than 20 years and has never caused any problems.


I don't like his "the pills made me do it" excuse. But he's been dealing with the death of his son and heart problems. I wonder if he was contemplating "suicide by cop" but then changed his mind when the police actually arrived.

James Joyner and comment.

"Former Pitcher Arrested on Robbery Charge"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 06:37 PM | Comments (1)

A Pointless Game

Pete Dougherty of PackersNews.com writes:

For the long term, there’s no doubt the Green Bay Packers are better off losing their regular-season finale Sunday against Seattle than winning it.

A loss means a higher draft pick — with a 3-13 record, they’d have an outside shot at the first pick and at worst would choose No. 5 overall. But with Seattle likely to limit key starters such as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and halfback Shaun Alexander to a quarter or so of playing time because they’ve locked up the top playoff seeding in the NFC, the Packers have a good shot at winning the game, even in their terribly short-handed state.

Coach Mike Sherman and his staff have said and done nothing to suggest they’ll hold back anything or anyone Sunday. They’re looking to avoid becoming the first Packers team to lose 13 games in a season.


I know the NFL would frown on a team tanking a game, but a win for either team is meaningless. The Packers only benefit from a loss along with lots of help from other teams to have a shot at drafting Reggie Bush. I don't think most Packers fans would be upset since the season is already a total disaster. What I'd like to see is Brett Favre go for a couple of series then get pulled for Aaron Rogers. Give the kid some playing time. There's nothing to lose, except the game.

Digging in the TAM archives I remember the last time the Seattle Seahawks came into . They got their feathers plucked.

" Likely to See Seahawks’ Backups"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 06:02 PM | Comments (1)

TAM's Quiet Time

The week in between Christmas and New Years is the least productive of the year. I'm going with this flow with a relatively quiet week at TAM HQ. If some big story happens, say another terrorist attack or natural disaster, I'll be on top of it. But for the next few days expect posts on the not-so-serious and odd.

That's not to say I'm relaxing all week. In retail things don't slow down now. There are gift returns and people wanting to use gift cards burning holes in their pocket. I won't be able to catch my breath until the kids go back to school after Christmas break.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

December 26, 2005

Christmas in Iraq

The Blog General has a short Christmas story from Iraq that reminds us about the blessings of freedom.

"Merry , Infidels!"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 01:39 PM | Comments (2)

December 25, 2005

The Season of Giving

Judging from my Site Meter stats I know few people are using their computers to read TAM's latest. Good, because there's nothing happening here. I'm just casually cooking for the family (waffles and omelets done with a ham in the oven) and relaxing until the Packers-Bears game. With your computer on and not doing anything how about donating some of your cpu time to Folding@Home. It will help with research into "Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes." If you're a gadget geek hook up with the Team Engadget, or if you're a political geek there's the RedState.org team.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 12:18 PM | Comments (1)

December 24, 2005

Christmas in TAM Land

This Christmas Eve is a change for me. Due to scheduling conflicts my family is celebrating tomorrow. We've always done the dinner and gift giving on Christmas Eve. We're turning it into brunch and and all-day feed--we've got enough food for that, yeesh. So tonight has been cleaning up the house and being lazy watching NORAD's Santa Tracker. (It's just so cute!) Oh, and I made my first gin gimlet. That is a slow-sippin' cocktail. Whoa, and potent too.

Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you enjoy your time spent with family and friends.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 09:55 PM | Comments (2)

Mao Book Hoax Confirmed

The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed Homeland Security agents (which don't exist) talked to him about checking out Mao's "Little Read Book" admits he made the story up. Professor Brian Glyn Williams confronted the student about the huge holes in his story only to be told it was a hoax. Williams said, "'I feel as if I was lied to, and I have no idea why." The rest of us would like to know why the student lied too. It looks like the student is suffering from a mental illness. His story became more elaborate with the inclusion of a second visit from DHS agents dressed "just like the guys in Men in Black." We also would like to know why Williams bought the story at face value. The professor appears to be a knee-jerk Bush basher who saw an opportunity to attack the President and took it. I do not buy Professor Williams' claim that he "wasn't involved in some partisan struggle to embarrass the Bush administration, [he] just wanted the truth." Someone interested in the truth would look into the story before passing on the unsubstantiated claim to a reporter.

Let's not forget the New Bedford Standard-Times who first published the story. Reporter Aaron Nicodemus and his editors were irresponsible, plain and simple. They weren't critical of the student's far-fetched claims. Readers deserve an apology and an explanation for how such bad journalism occured.

"Federal Agents' Visit was a "

"Student's Tall Tale Revealed" [via Viking Pundit]

UPDATE: Tim Blair chides Molly Ivins and James Carville and has lots of links.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 09:19 PM | Comments (5)

Everywhere You Turn There's a Football Stadium

How many stadiums does Texas have that are big enough to host bowl games? I ask that because I had no idea where they were playing the Fort Worth Bowl last night. It's played in Texas Christian University's Amon Carter Stadium. So, just in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex I count four big-time football stadiums: Amon Carter, Texas Stadium, Gerald Ford Stadium, and the Cotton Bowl. Then there are two in Houston, one in San Antonio, one in Austin, and one in Waco (I'd go to the "Wacko Bowl" in Waco). Those are just off the top of my head. I know I'm missing Texas Tech, North Texas, and Texas A&M.

In Texas they're crazy about football. Even some high school fields have facilities that would impress colleges. There's even an online database of Texas high school stadiums. Everything is bigger in Texas, including their passion for football.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 12:24 AM | Comments (4)

December 23, 2005

Slow to the Mao Hoax

If certain webloggers (who will remain nameless) read TAM more often then they'd already know the Mao book story was a hoax.

Kudos go to Boing Boing for getting the ball rolling.

UPDATE: I hold my head in shame. Eric Lindholm of Viking Pundit didn't buy the story a week ago. Obviously I need to read Eric's weblog more often.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 10:35 PM | Comments (4)

Daschle's Originalism

President Bush's argument that Congress gave him the authority for expansive eavesdropping was countered by ex-Senator Tom Daschle in an Washington Post op-ed:

On the evening of Sept. 12, 2001, the White House proposed that Congress authorize the use of military force to "deter and pre-empt any future acts of terrorism or aggression against the United States." Believing the scope of this language was too broad and ill defined, Congress chose instead, on Sept. 14, to authorize "all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons [the president] determines planned, authorized, committed or aided" the attacks of Sept. 11. With this language, Congress denied the president the more expansive authority he sought and insisted that his authority be used specifically against Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Daschle goes on:
If the stories in the media over the past week are accurate, the president has exercised authority that I do not believe is granted to him in the Constitution, and that I know is not granted to him in the law that I helped negotiate with his counsel and that Congress approved in the days after Sept. 11. For that reason, the president should explain the specific legal justification for his authorization of these actions, Congress should fully investigate these actions and the president's justification for them, and the administration should cooperate fully with that investigation.

In the meantime, if the president believes the current legal architecture of our country is insufficient for the fight against terrorism, he should propose changes to our laws in the light of day.


To support his argument Daschle went back into (recent) history to gleen the sense of the Senate. He was trying to determine their original intent. Is this Tom Daschle or Antonin Scalia?

It's interesting we can determine the intent of Senators from four years ago, but we can't determine the Founding Fathers' original intent (or the very words they used) to support a more literal reading of the constitution (no mention of abortion, Miranda rights, creation of the modern welfare state, etc.).

Then we have Captain Ed blasting Daschle:

Nowhere in that resolution does it restrict the Bush administration from conducting its war operations within the US, and contrary to what Russ Feingold and Tom Daschle would have Americans think, laws do not enable government power but restrict them. That which is not explicitly forbidden is therefore assumed to be legal, and not the other way around, as a moment's thought will clearly show.

As a conservative I'm not comfortable stating it like that. What Ed is talking about is "negative liberty." While I agree the concept should be applied to individuals I'm not so sure it should be applied to governments. Government must be limited to secure liberty. But liberty is meaningless without adequate security. Creating institutions and writing words on paper can only limit actions so much. Lawyers, because of their years of training, analyze what can and can't be done under the law. They find loopholes and seams to squeeze their clients through--be it a petty thief, a corporation eyeing a tax break, or the government using new methods to find terrorists.

Also on the right, John Hindraker analyzes the NSA's activities starting with the President's constitutional powers as commander-in-chief:

The starting point, of course, is the Constitution. Article II of the Constitution sets out the powers and duties of the President. Some people do not seem to realize that the executive branch is coequal with the legislative and judicial branches. The President has certain powers under the Constitution, and they cannot be taken away or limited by Congressional legislation any more than the President can limit the powers of Congress by executive order.

Article II makes the President Commander in Chief of the armed forces. As such he is preeminent in foreign policy, and especially in military affairs.

A limiting factor is the Fourth Amendment. Hindraker points out it "does not apply to terrorists overseas." There is also that important word "reasonable" before "searches and seizures." Is it unreasonable for the President of the United States to listen in to conversations of people in the U.S. are having with terrorist suspects overseas? Hindraker agrees:

The only constitutional limitation on the President’s power to intercept communications by Americans for national security purposes is that such intercepts be “reasonable.” Is it reasonable for the administration to do all it can to identify the people who are communicating with known terrorists overseas, via the terrorists’ cell phones and computers, and to learn what terrorist plots are being hatched by those persons? Is it reasonable to do so even when—rather, especially when--some portion of those communications come from people inside the United States? I don’t find it difficult to answer those questions; nor, if called upon to do so, would the Supreme Court.

Politically the President wins this argument. The intent of President Bush is to stop terrorist attacks. The public will accept that argument if the White House does a good job arguing that. If it's found the NSA was used to spy on political enemies then get ready for impeachment hearings. But there hasn't been any hint of this. After Congress holds its hearings next year this issue will pass. Some new legislation might be passed to limit the President's intelligence capability but that will receive Bush's (first!?!) veto. Another effect will be increased paranoia and rage from Bush bashers.

Daschle's originalism versus Hindraker's textualism, which one wins? Hindraker does because he goes straight to the heart of powers of the American government, the constitution. Daschle only tries to pop a balloon in one of the Bush administration's arguments.

"Power We Didn't Grant"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 04:57 PM | Comments (1)

Creative Commons Fund Drive

Our digital age means evolving law. Part of that are more flexible rules on how intellectual property can and can't be used. That's where comes in. As they say on their website:

We use private rights to create public goods: creative works set free for certain uses. Like the free software and open-source movements, our ends are cooperative and community-minded, but our means are voluntary and libertarian. We work to offer creators a best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain uses of them — to declare "some rights reserved."

Thus, a single goal unites Creative Commons' current and future projects: to build a layer of reasonable, flexible copyright in the face of increasingly restrictive default rules.


I don't use any of their licenses--too damn lazy. But I know I've used content on TAM that is under CC licenses. They're having a year-end fundraising drive. I gave them a few bucks, you should too.

[via digg]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Law at 12:51 AM | Comments (0)

December 22, 2005

Crying Victim

Cindy Sheehan thinks she was so "scrutinized," and that the MSM didn't do the same to President Bush. Yeah, right! Then why does Cindy get big pics in Time and Vanity Fair?

"Poor "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Cindy Sheehan at 09:02 AM | Comments (1)

Last-Minute Ann

Ann Althouse has "yet to do any Christmas shopping!" Judging from her weblog she won't take it out on weary retail workers.

"Running out of Time"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 08:56 AM | Comments (0)

Christmas Shoppers are Miserable Humans

The more Christmas seasons I work in retail the more I become a Scrooge. I offered plenty of complaints last year that are still applicable today. Let me add some more:


  • When a heavy security gate is coming down that doesn't mean you should run under it. If you are that stupid don't be surprised when a manager pushes you out of the way so you don't get crushed.

  • When the store closes that means you're supposed to leave. Hearing the announcement that the store is closed doesn't mean you get to run to the restroom because you were too stupid to do it 15 minutes before. Being closed also means we can't look up a book for you. You'd be surprised at how many unreasonable requests we get when we're trying to get people to leave. Store employees actually like to get home at a reasonable time. Long shopping hours are a convenience to customers not an entitlement.

Maybe I'm just getting more and more cynical but while the good customers are still around the bad customers are getting worse. I encounter too many people who have no respect for other's property and treat stores worse than their own homes. Then they complain the store is trashed and they can't find anything. Retail workers toil hard and get paid squat. While there are some who could really give a damn about customers there are plenty who do the best they can but get discouraged by people who treat them like dirt. My concluding remark from last Christmas still applies:
You may notice and like that smiling face helping you compensate for your inability to be organized, mildly helpful, and considerate. But behind the facade is contempt for how much of an idiot you are. To you morons we wonder how America will continue to be the world's sole superpower. We wonder if the nation's collective I.Q. goes down with each new child you bring into the world. Stupid people shouldn't breed, and we could certainly like to have easy access to enough x-rays to fix the problem.

Is it a coincidence that Satan and Santa are anagrams? Isn't it also interesting that they both wear red? December 25 can't get here soon enough.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 02:02 AM | Comments (3)

Going to CPAC

TCS wants me to run around CPAC again next February. So I'm going to Washington, D.C., hang out in Bloggers Alley, and see if I can get insulted by Wonkette again.

Karol from Alarming News is invited back too. I wonder who else.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in CPAC 2005 at 01:17 AM | Comments (2)

December 21, 2005

Laughing at Wikipedia

On science subjects may be as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica. However, when it comes to preening egos it's turning into a joke:

Sleuthing into the accuracy of the open-source web encyclopedia known as Wikipedia has led to the door of its founder, Jimmy Wales.

Public edit logs reveal that Wales has changed his own Wikipedia bio 18 times, deleting phrases describing former Wikipedia employee Larry Sanger as a co-founder of the site.

Wales has also repeatedly revised the description of a search site he founded called Bomis, which included a section with adult photos called "Bomis Babes."


" Founder Edits Own Bio"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 01:45 PM | Comments (0)

Punching More Holes in Mao Story

First, on the Association of College and Research Libraries weblog they state:

Today, the University issued a statement. Though they aren’t contesting the student’s claim, and they are protecting his identity at his request, they offer some reassurance that their library, at least, didn’t participate in violating the student’s rights. The student says he made the request through another library, unnamed.

The library has changed. Did the professors who gave the story to Aaron Nicodemus, The Standard-Times reporter, mistate the library, or did the still-unnamed student change his story?

Professor John McAdams talked to a spokesman for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They have no book "watch list." Also, until they know the name of the student they can't determine if one of their agents investigated him.

I was leaning hoax. Now, I'm convinced the student made the story up to his professors who then passed it on to a reporter. It was a lie created for some unknown reason that ended up in a newspaper then spread across the internet. Who really should have egg on their faces are Professors Brian Glyn Williams and Robert Pontbriand who irresponsibly passed on a bogus story. With Williams there's a tinge of Bush bashing since he passed on the story when asked about NSA domestic spying. Then there is Aaron Nicodemus and The Standard-Times who got lazy and barely investigated the story.

TN Grrl has the entire UMass Dartmouth library press release. GalleyCat is happy to have waited on posting about this. Little Lies is declaring this story an "urban myth." Time to call Snopes.com.

"Apparently Bogus: Homeland Security Visited Student Who Ordered Mao’s ''"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 12:04 AM | Comments (1)

December 20, 2005

Witness Mental and Physical Competition

Want to see what happens at a chessboxing match? Yes, I know you're all shouting, "YES! YES! YES!" Here you go, a match from Berlin. Sorry, I think the captions are in French.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

Possible Abuse of Patriot Act

Despite movements in Nepal and India Maoism is an ocean of blood on 20th Century history rather than a serious threat to U.S. security. A Massachusetts newspaper reported a student received an unexpected meeting from Department of Homeland Security agents after requesting Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung AKA Mao's "Little Red Book." Interestingly, no agency is mentioned. Looking at DHS's website I'm not sure what agency would have visited him. Maybe it was the Secret Service. But this sounds like something the FBI would do, not someone from DHS. The student wishes to remain anonymous so we have no details from him. No word also from DHS. Only two professors conveyed the story, one, of which, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams stands by the story he was told. In fact, he only mentioned the story to the reporter as a comment on the NSA spying story. In an e-mail he wrote, "I cited this incident as an example of the White
House policies' very real applications and how they trickle down to the university level." This incident supposedly happened in October, and only now did the professor tell someone.

Two glaring factual errors in the original story include the university has no record of the book coming into their library, and the library doesn't require a student's Social Security for an inter-library loan request.

Something is fishy, and Bush bashers are eating it up. Is this the best they can do to show the Patriot Act has trampled civil liberties? After four years of the Patriot Act all the "abuse" they have is a story full of gaping holes.

"DHS Agents Visit Student over Little Red Book - HOAX DEBATE"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 09:41 AM | Comments (11)

December 19, 2005

Bush Fights Back

In today's press conference President Bush defended NSA spying on terrorists that was revealed last week in the NY Times. For someone defending his actions he wasn't defensive. In fact, he was angry the program was revealed. He told reporters, "My personal opinion is it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this program in a time of war. . . . The fact that we're discussing this program is helping the enemy." He also countered a reporter's claim that he had "unchecked power" by referring to Congressional briefings by his administration. "There is oversight. We're talking to Congress all the time. . . . To say 'unchecked power' is to ascribe dictatorial power to the president, to which I object." Robert Byers liked that Bush "boldly and unapologetically stat[ed] his case."

Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said the President had constitutional and statutory authority for the eavesdropping. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) strongly disagreed:

Nobody, nobody, thought when we passed a resolution to invade Afghanistan and to fight the war on terror, including myself who voted for it, thought that this was an authorization to allow a wiretapping against the law of the United States.

Of course from Feingold's preening it seems he doesn't want the government to have any ability to investigate terrorists like they can drug dealers and organized crime. Thus, his opposition to the Patriot Act.

Going off the deep end and showing off the dark side of weblogging, John Aravosis thinks the NSA was/is spying on reporters. He has no proof but still wants "some enterprising journalist" to ask the White House about it.

Ace sees this as a losing issue:

When Democrats are apparently incapable of selective outrage and critique -- when they do not choose their fights, but simply climb aboard every anti-American and terrorist-coddling bandwagon -- it can't help be concluded that the San Fransisco Democrats are back, baby, and this time out and proud.

(As if they ever really went away, of course.)

"Bush Defends Program"

" Had 'Constitutional' and 'Statutory' Authority, Some Say"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 01:28 PM | Comments (4)

Money Making Opportunity

People in the U.S. really, really want an Xbox 360. Some want it so much they are shelling out $600 on eBay for these machines. Yet they're plentiful in Japan and running for a little over $300 (35,000 yen). I smell an abitrage play. If only I could read Japanese to see how much Amazon.co.jp would gouge me for overnight shipping.

"Need to find an Xbox 360? Buy a ticket to Tokyo"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

Congressional Idiots

Somehow the House of Representitives thinks Americans have a God-given right to television. Thus, they want to spend $1.5 billion for converter boxes when TV goes all digital in 2009. I didn't know this was such a pressing issue. Heck, in four years most people's TV will be broken and replaced anyway. The Heritage Foundation's writes,

For most of the millions of Americans with analog sets, this switchover will mean “absolutely nothing”—85 percent of households have cable or satellite service and won’t even notice.

You'd almost think we weren't in the middle of a war.

"House Moves for All- by 2009"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 12:42 PM | Comments (0)

Domestic Spying

Since this is ultimately a political issue Bush bashers will have a problem. They can't argue the government has no right to ever secretly intercept communications without a warrant because any reasonable person could imagine a (non-24) scenerio. A few days into the story and already Bush critics are digging into line-by-line analysis of FISA law. I can already see people's eyes glazing over.

At worst the President can be accused of overzealous prosecution against terrorists. Now, if it comes out that the NSA, FBI, or the Defense Department is found to be spying on political enemies (and I don't consider the recent DoD revelation to be such) then it becomes Nixonian. The public will tolerate, to an extent, actions done with good intentions. They will not tolerate using government power for personal or political gain.

Steven Taylor makes a good point:

In terms of reaching understanding, the sad part is that it seems to me that too many on the left are prepared to assume evil and too many on the right are automatically predisposed to assume good. It is rather difficult to have a cogent policy debate in such a context, is it not?

Also, we don't have a full understanding of how the spying program operates and what the thinking of all the participants is. The program may be constitutionally "reasonable" but as James Joyner asks why wasn't a FISA court warrant gotten after the fact. Ann Althouse hopes upcoming Congressional hearings will shed more light on this including "the question of who blew the secret and why." RedState.org's Leon H. writes that the case of President Bush violating the law "is anything but the slam dunk the media and the Democrats (sorry for being redundant) are making it out to be."

One more thing: if is see someone slap a "-gate" onto this story I'll puke. Think of something original.

"Purposely Misquoting FISA to Defend the Bush Administration"

"Much Ado About Nothing"

"Update on Question"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 11:45 AM | Comments (1)

Sponsored by ACME

Not TAM, but this week's Carnival of the Capitalists hosted by Coyote Blog.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

Patriot Act Abuse

Earlier this week, I was chastised for making the point that no one has come forward with any claims of abuse of the . DJ said that's because people are legally prevented from talking about it. But when has that ever stopped the ACLU or the NY Times? You'd think the former would have listed examples of abuse in its talking points. The latter went to the Supreme Court to defend their right to publish the Pentagon Papers. Also, something being "classified" didn't stop the Times from telling the world (and terrorists) about the NSA monitoring their conversations with people inside the U.S.

But don't take my word for it. Here's FBI Agent Timothy Fuhrman from the Salt Lake City office:

The record is clear - since the inception of the Patriot Act there has not been one finding that the FBI has ever misused the authority granted to it by the Patriot Act.

"FBI Has Never Misused Authority Granted in the Patriot Act"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 04:12 AM | Comments (18)

December 18, 2005

Study Finds Liberal Media Bias

A UCLA-led study has concluded that much of the media leans to the left.

While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.
...
The most centrist outlet proved to be the "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer." CNN's "NewsNight With Aaron Brown" and ABC's "Good Morning America" were a close second and third.

The mention of Jim Lehrer's show is interesting. I know a few conservatives who watch it nightly. I figured it was to get more in depth news. It might be for its balance.

The study's methodology is complex. It links media mentions of ideological think tanks to Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) voting scores of lawmakers. There's holes here. Those who don't see Leftist media bias will attack this part of the study. A good critic would have to think of a better way to determine bias. I'll be expecting something from Media Matters in 3...2...1...

What we do know is this will be the most popular article ever from the arcane Quarterly Journal of Economics.

" Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist" [via Charlie Sykes]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Media at 11:34 PM | Comments (5)

Why I Can't Rip on Instapundit

Not only is a weblogging superstar, but he's also a nice guy:

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY ADVICE to blog readers: Don't do this here, as I don't need it, but go to one of your favorite blogs and make a donation or send an appreciative email. Especially one of the smaller blogs, where the attention is especially likely to be noticed and appreciated. There are a lot of blogs out there, and the bloggers with low traffic often work just as hard as the ones with big numbers. Let 'em know if you like their work.

I've met Glenn a couple times. What you read on his weblog is what you get in person: curious, thought-provoking, and generous to others.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 06:24 PM | Comments (3)

Colder than Ice Cream

As cold as it was outside the Milwaukee Bucks were even colder inside the Bradley Center Saturday night. I witnessed live inside the arena a team out of gas from a hard-fought victory the night before in Boston. When their three-pointers didn't go in their layups clanged off the iron. The Bucks got down early to the Utah Jazz and had to fight their way back. Every time something good came to them, a three-point play or a steal for an easy bucket, they lost momentum immediately by allowing a Jazz fast break. The Bucks did end up with the lead briefly at the end of the third period, but the referees decided to replay the final ten seconds because they didn't let a fouled Jazz play shoot his free throws. In the fourth quarter the ice cold shooting returned, the Buck went down ten points, and the end result was an 88-80 loss.

"Utah 88, 80"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 12:07 AM | Comments (0)

December 17, 2005

State Senator Harassed by Hispanic Group

The Hispanic advocacy group Voces de la Frontera went beyond their free speech rights and harassed State Senator Cathy Stepp outside her home last night. Stepp described the obnoxious tactics:

On the evening of Friday, December 16th, a group of people advocating the issuing of drivers’ licenses to non-citizens appeared outside my windows yelling and attempting to intimidate me to vote against Assembly Bill 69. Law enforcement was notified and the group disbanded. This group justifies their actions by claiming they have not had their phone call returned when in reality all constituent calls are returned until callers become belligerent or profane.

"Advocacy Group Harasses Senator Stepp at HOME"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 04:53 PM | Comments (3)

Christmas Craziness

With this being the weekend before Christmas the bookstore was packed with shoppers. They're not desparate yet, but they're close. No longer can we order books into the store by Christmas. So, if you really want something in particular nab the book's ISBN from an online bookstore then get on the phone. This will save you the stress of jumping from one bookstore to another. If that fails think of alternatives. The best way is to go to your nearest bookstore and find the section where the book you wanted is. Asking a bookseller is also an idea, but to be honest at this busy time we're trying to help as many customers as we can. I don't think it's fair to suck up that person's time while other people are waiting just because you don't know what Uncle Joe wants. Most importantly, please be polite to the employees. We're trying our best. Both customers and employees are stressed out. Kindness can go a long way. Of course, if you're treated badly ask for the manager. No one deserves that.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 04:49 PM | Comments (0)

S'Mores Nativity

Is this sacrilegious? Will Bill O'Reilly be screaming about this anytime soon?

[via Slashfood]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 12:28 AM | Comments (2)

Free Porn

Thanks to this guy's inspiration I'm doing my own little experiment to see if mentioning free porn will boost traffic.

[via digg]

UPDATE: The experiment is working. TAM is #1 on Google's weblog search for "porn."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 12:08 AM | Comments (3)

December 16, 2005

Suburpia

People are waiting 90 minutes for sub sandwiches at the newly opened Suburpia in Wauwatosa. Those must be damn good subs.

For my sub cravings I like Jimmy Johns. Their bread has a better crust and the meats have more flavor than Subway's (which aren't bad). Cousins used to have a great warm chicken breast sub. I haven't eaten there in a long time. So I don't know if they still have it. Where do you go for really good subs and sandwiches?

"Customers Come Back for a They Remember"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 06:38 PM | Comments (11)

Let's Question the Timing

The NY Times must tell its readers why to chose today to run the NSA domestic spying story. In the story the Times tells its readers it waited a year to run it because of government conerns. Did the newspaper time the story to affect the Patriot Act vote? Well, it affected Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY):

I went to bed last night unsure of how to vote on this legislation...but today's revelation that the government listened in on thousands of phone conversations without getting a warrant is shocking and has greatly influenced my vote. If this government will discard a law that has worked well for over 30 years without a wit of discussion or notice, then for sure we better be certain that we have safeguards on that government....Today's revelation makes it crystal clear that we have to be very careful.

Just asking this question should let you know what I think. The NY Times engaged in advocacy journalism. That's fine. More power to them. But they should take the "All the news that's fit to print" mantra off their front page. Or they should change it to "All the news that's fit to print to advance our agenda." That would be truth in advertising.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Media at 03:56 PM | Comments (4)

Howard Stern Leaves FM

Today was Howard Stern's last day on over-the-air radio. Being the publicity whore he is Stern had to turn it into huge NYC event. Yahoo webcast it all. In a speech to the crowd he called the Religious Right the "American Taliban." Moron.

Stern moves to Sirius Satellite Radio next month. The big question is how many of Stern's fans will follow.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Media at 03:01 PM | Comments (2)

Patriot Act Filibustered

The Senate couldn't defeat a filibuster by Sens. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) that would extend provisions of the Patriot Act.

Two concerns:


  1. The act passed quickly in 2001. Few legislators read the law.
  2. Sen. Feingold stated [via Hit & Run] that "most warrants are issued for drug investigations." That's creeping government immediately moving beyond the original intent of the act.

In a related note one of the elements of the House-Senate compromise includes tightening "restrictions on cold medications that can be cooked into methamphetamine and increases penalties on methamphetamine production and trafficking." Give me a break. Al Qaeda is too busy building bombs to care about cold medication. More creeping government.

"Senate Rejects Extension of "

UPDATE: JunkYardBlog makes an important point:

PATRIOT hasn’t resulted in any—not one—of the legions of abuses many people feared with varying degrees of reasonableness.

UPDATE II: Sen. Feingold posted at TPMCafe just after the cloture vote failed.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 01:49 PM | Comments (14)

Hooray!

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TAM didn't win, but she wasn't last. (Sorry Gary at Ex-Donkey Blog.) Thanks for all who voted. Next year, I hope TAM gets creamed by some Top 250 weblogs.*

*That's a subtle hint to tell other weblogs to link to TAM.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:55 PM | Comments (0)

Investigate this Leak

Will Patrick Fitzgerald start investigating who told the NY Times about classfied NSA spying of international communications made from people inside the U.S.? This now-public knowledge is far more damaging to the nation (and helpful to al Qaeda) than whatever Karl Rove and Scooter Libby are accused of doing.

To my Bush bashing readers: Before go off on how this evil administration is riding roughshod over civil liberties put yourself in the President's shoes. On Sep. 11, 2001 you witnessed horrific attacks on your country. For almost 60 years the national security mindset was about great power war when the focus in the past 10 years should have been terrorism. New information is found that has to be quickly used, or it's wasted. What do you do? Decisions have to be made quickly because the window of opporunity is closing to seriously hurt the enemy and protect the nation. You do what you think is right and live with the consequences. Imagine the outcry if after another attack we learned the NSA had information that could have stopped it but they didn't have a warrant? The President would be cruicified. To paraphrase Justice Robert Jackson, the Bill of Rights isn't a . If you want an apology from the President, Scott Ott wrote one for him.

Notice in the Times story the Justice Department audited the program. This is not just a case of an administration drunk with power gleefully wading through Americans' e-mails and telephone conversations. They are concerned about balancing security with civil liberties. These are tough decisions for tough times. You may not agree with the decisions, but at least respect the difficulties they are facing.

Now this is out in the open. Fine. Let's have a discussion. Why did the administration feel the need to bypass getting FISA warrants? Let's look and see if this program has been abused or if mistakes have been made. I'll be shocked if everything went perfectly. This is the government, remember? Let's see how serious people are about protecting the nation from terrorists. Let's see how many have already forgotten the burning Twin Towers and the gaping hole in the Pentagon.

"Red Alert: on the Loose"

"Much Ado About Surveillance …"

UPDATE: Mark Levin thinks he knows why President Bush signed the order:

The reason the President probably had to sign an executive order is that the Justice Department office that processes FISA requests, the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), can take over 6 months to get a standard FISA request approved. It can become extremely bureaucratic, depending on who is handling the request. His executive order is not contrary to FISA if he believed, as he clearly did, that he needed to act quickly. The president has constitutional powers, too.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 12:21 PM | Comments (7)

Rand Opening

Absolutism, cultishness, bad fictional sex scenes, and right-wing utopianism pretty much sum up Ayn Rand's life. Jenny Turner profiles the woman.

"As Astonishing as Elvis" [via The American Scene]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Books at 10:47 AM | Comments (3)

December 15, 2005

Great Progress on Iraqi Election Day

How can you not cheer when an old man in a wheelchair was the first in line at his polling center then said, "I'm here at this early hour to challenge the terrorists who want to kill the democratic process in Iraq and I want to encourage the healthy people to vote"? From Jeff Goldstein's survey it's easy for the Bush bashers.

UPDATE: Captain Ed delivers a solid smackdown on the anti-warriors:

The only losers in this election will be those who have told us over and over again that democracy could not be imposed at gunpoint. That the cut-and-run Coalition of the Gutless could still today stand and make that argument is a testament to the enduring power of freedom: stupidity and cravenness is no crime. The Iraqis didn't get democracy imposed on them at gunpoint at all. They had their oppressors removed at gunpoint -- and then the Anglo-Aussie-Italo-Polish-etc-American coalition kept them from falling prey to even more oppressors by gunpoint while they slowly took charge of their own destiny. No one who has watched the three free elections in Iraq this year could possibly describe the march to the polls as being "at gunpoint". These people rose up as a nation -- perhaps in this election especially for the first time -- in defiance of the guns and bombs of their erstwhile oppressors to take their nation back from them.

In doing so, they made fools of the people around the world who sold them short, who criticized George Bush and Tony Blair and John Howard for having the guts to stick by the Iraqis to make sure they got their chance at freedom. Those purple fingers point in accusation to those who doubt the power and desire of freedom, who claim that all forms of government have legitimacy depending on the kinds of people over which they rule. The purple fingers pull the mask off a global media effort to cast the situation in Iraq in the worst possible light to belittle the effort made by the West to rescue millions from hopeless tyranny and in so doing, keep their own people safer.

"Have We Gotten The Message Now?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:07 PM | Comments (4)

Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine

This is the time of year when life interferes with this weblog. After 8+ hours of managing Christmas shoppers my brain is fried. Few synapses are firing to put together a decent post. I just keep telling myself that in nine days the worst will be over.

Have any Christmas shopping stories--past, present, or hell, future--you want to share? If not then go over to the Weblog Awards and help TAM stay out of last place.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 09:47 PM | Comments (2)

Iraqi Election Coverage

is covering the Iraqi election. Correspondents across the country will be reporting in.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 01:55 AM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #17

Here are some stories Charlie Sykes should talk about on today's show:

  • President Bush admits he was wrong about . So were Germany, Russia, China, France, the U.N., and a former administration. The "I was wrong" strategy surely won't quell his critics who are beyond hope.

  • President Bush gave the State Department the lead on rebuilding failed states. This doesn't solve the bureaucratic infighting since State will have to ask the Pentagon for the muscle (military police, counter-insurgency soldiers) in that mission. Plus, the Pentagon has now put "stability operations" on par with war waging. One, the other, or some new department has to be the sole destroyer and rebuilder of failed states. [I think I've completely drunk 's kool-aid.]

  • The state investment board wants to pour $50 million into two firms for local companies.

  • Quanta, a Taiwanese manufactuer, won the contract to make the . They're doing it for charity but also to be in position for a commercial version.

UPDATE: It would have been nice of Charlie to let me know he was done for the year. I'm done too. No show prep for Jeff Wagner. Not until he stops doing his impression everytime he gives out telephone numbers. ;-)

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 01:16 AM | Comments (1)

CotB Christmas Edition

RealDebateWisconsin put some effort into hosting the Carnival of the Badger. He wrote poetry, and it rhymes!

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:09 AM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2005

More Blegging

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My goal of catching Meryl Yourish is fading. I'm again worrying about falling into last place. Give this poor weblogger a hand and vote today, then tomorrow, then the next day. I won't cry if you don't support me, but I will be very disappointed.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:29 PM | Comments (2)

A Tight Web They Weave

Here's some quick inside baseball weblogs stuff: Only Pajamas Media weblogs are linking to the PJM site. Without Glenn Reynolds they'd hardly have any links. PJM might be bringing in readers (no Sitemeter so who knows) but they certainly aren't winning over webloggers.

" - Building A Better Echo Chamber"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:20 PM | Comments (0)

Coke + Coffee = ???

Coca-Cola Blak is a new "cola-coffee beverage" coming soon to a store near you. In the words of the company's press release:

Coca-Cola Blak is not just a flavor extension. It is a blend of unique Coke refreshment with the true essence of coffee and has a rich smooth texture and has a coffee-like froth when poured.

When I think of soda I dread anything having to do with "texture" in it. Water plus flavoring should not have texture. Still, I'll try it. Maybe it will be a winner with me like Coke Zero is.

"Coke to Launch Coffee-Infused "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in New Stuff at 01:04 PM | Comments (3)

Charlie's Show Prep #16

Here's what Charlie Sykes should talk about on his show today:

  • When it comes to the network news negative stories about Iraq are the name of the game.

  • The Army met its recruiting goal for the first two months of their fiscal year. This despite the negative media coverage of Iraq. (See above.)

  • The fire is out at . Now, comes the job of figuring out what happened. A driver thinks he cause the explosion. The blame game as also begun.

  • Iran's president again called the a myth.

  • Sheboygan better get moving with its spaceport plans. New Mexico has agreed to build billionaire a $225 million facility.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 02:10 AM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2005

AlGore Might Be Onto Something

Ripping on AlGore's Current has been a minor hobby of mine. The jury is still out if it can make a go of it broadcasting short videos, many made by amateurs. Current has some big advertisers but their problem is they're only available to 20 million homes. The DIY nature is what's in and hip. Mix, remix, cut, paste, code. That's what youngins are doing with their media today. I'm in the top end of the 18-34 demographic the network is targeting so I'm not sure I can fully relate.

Current's real problem may be that it's a network. I wrote last spring, "[T]he network will always be behind the curve." There's greater variety of weblogs, podcasts, and homemade videos on the net. To these people if you can't download it to something portable to take with you and share with friends what's the point. AlGore might be onto something. It's just he might be using old means for a new idea.

"Made-by-Viewers "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Media at 10:27 PM | Comments (1)

New Orleans' Elections Postponed

If President Bush did this the Bush haters would be going crazy.

"Blanco Postpones New Orleans Elections"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Katrina at 10:10 AM | Comments (1)

Following the Iraqi Election

Blog General serving in Iraq recommends some weblogs to follow the Iraqi elections. That will contrast a media "breathlessly await[ing] the next bombing, the next soldier killed."

"A Couple Sites to Keep Up With!"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 10:03 AM | Comments (0)

Xbox Insanity Soon to Return to Best Buy

If this information is accurate Best Buy will be selling more s on 12.18. Christmas shoppers plus gameboy nuts equals craziness. Best Buy employees have my pity.

[via ]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 03:11 AM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #15

My continuous saga of helping Charlie Sykes prepare for his show continues:

  • Wisconsin ranks #9 is . Yet that pile of capital isn't being poured into new, growing businesses.

  • A U.N. investigation is accusing Syria of interfering with an investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister . It says something when France and the U.S. agree that Syria is not cooperating. Of course, why would they? They did it.

  • Race riots in continued for a second night. As The Belmont Club's Wretchard put it, "Lebanese gangs have struck back."

  • There was a mistrial in a case in Houston. One juror sided against Merck. One reason being "plaintiffs attorneys 'have a hard time getting a fair trial' in Houston." Merck will have trouble being accused of withholding test data.

  • With the Packers' win they dropped to #5 in next year's draft with three games to go. Anyone who thinks the team will be better off with Sam Gado over hasn't watched any USC football this season.

  • New York City is either in another world or some financial bubble is about to burst. $100,000 are not uncommon. Think ice sculptures, professionaly edited video entrances, even music superstars that perform.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 02:38 AM | Comments (5)

The Carnage at Hemel

Firefighters are down to battling three blazing fuel tanks at Buncefield. They hope to have fires out by mid-day today. The BBC not only covers the fire but let's us know how it's being fought.

Now, the main concern is what will happen to all the junk in the smoke cloud that has reached France.

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[via Sky News]

The oil depot near Hemel Hempstead looks like an Iraqi military installation after an Operation: Iraqi Freedom airstrike. But you can't blame President Bush or evil neocons. We still don't know who or what to blame. The fire is still raging and no terrorists have claimed the explosion as their work.

"Fire Crews Hoping to Douse Blaze"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 02:02 AM | Comments (0)

Iraqi Ballot: Tool of the Devil

How horrible can the Iraqi government be? Saddam Hussein is eligible to vote. I wonder if he thinks the vote is "Satanic?"

"Islamic Extremists: 'Satanic'"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 01:46 AM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2005

It's That Time Again

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I'm asking for your votes again. I'm not getting any closer to Meryl Yourish, but TAM also isn't getting closer to last place. Your vote would be just lovely.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:59 PM | Comments (0)

PJM Isn't Fast

When you think of weblogs you think of ordinary people who can quickly comment on a breaking story. That's what I did when I heard about the Hemel Hempstead fuel depot fire. I quickly put together weblog, Flickr, and Technorati links. I kept that up with further updates. I did this without any funding. Pajamas Media with its $3.5 million in venture capital didn't have anything up until later Sunday morning. If I were operating a weblogging company I'd have someone awake at all hours of the day waiting to pounce on breaking news. Let's face it, they got scooped by the MSM. That shouldn't happen to a company that wants to outdo them.

"Sleepwalking In Pajamas"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:39 PM | Comments (1)

Hemel Hempstead Fire Update

Schools and some roads remain closed today because of the fire still burning Buncefield fuel depot north of London. The smoke cloud is moving to the southeast and southwest due to light winds. As of yesterday morning the cloud covered most of London. The BBC reports "large parts of southern England" will have the cloud overhead by Monday morning.

Firefighters are now attacking the blaze with foam gathered from around the UK this past day. The local fire chief doesn't even know if it will work. "We are not even sure how the thermal currents will affect the foam; it may just vaporise it."

Thankfully, no one died. One man who survived the blast from a building next to the depot called it a "."

"Massive Blaze Rages at "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 05:03 AM | Comments (0)

Beirut Bombing

This bombing is sure to incite anti-Syrian feelings even more:

A car bomb explosion killed Gebran Tueni, a staunchly anti-Syrian member of parliament and Lebanese newspaper magnate, in Beirut on Monday, police said.

...

Tueni, 48, a fierce critic of Syria's policies in Lebanon who was elected to parliament this year, said in August he believed he was on a hit-list for assassination.


If the Syrian government was behind this their timing is awful:
The U.N. Security Council was due to receive a report later on Monday by chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis on who was behind Hariri's assassination.

"Car Bomb Kills Anti-Syrian MP in Beirut"

"Beirut Bomb Kills Anti-Syria MP"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 03:52 AM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #14

After he does his part of WTMJ's "extreme" Packers coverage (what was it before?) here is what Charlie Sykes should talk about on today's show:

  • No surprise that the Journal Sentinel editoral board doesn't trust law-abiding citizens to have a license. They think it's a shame that they would be "presumed to be worthy of carrying a concealed weapon, until they prove they are unworthy."

  • Mention has to made of the race riots in Syndey. A full understanding of them includes knowing about "yobbo beach tribes, and the Lebanese gangsta tribes."

  • The Buncefield fire in still burns.

  • The person who wrote in Wikipedia that , Sr. had something to do with Robert Kennedy's murder confessed to the former publisher. He says it was a joke."

  • People in Cobb County, GA are arguing over a sticker on science books.

  • Shop on mornings to avoid the crowds. I can vouch for that. Monday and Tuesday mornings are when I could get a lot of non-customer service work done at the store.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 03:25 AM | Comments (2)

Ho-Hum

Michael Crowley's NY Times Magazine weblogs article is out. That tiny thing garnered too much attention. All Crowley says is the conservative blogospheres uses uses weblogs for "eliciting strong emotional responses from their supporters" while the Left supposedly "air[s] ideas and vent[s] grievances with one another" and is too busy "examining every side of every issue." Crowley offers nothing to support that statement. If he's comparing Free Republic, which isn't a weblog, to Crooked Timber that would be unfair. Looking at the big boy of the liberal blogosphere, Daily Kos, we have this "interesting" post: pictures of four Republicans with them labled "bad guys." is that "examining every side of every issue" or "eliciting strong emotional responses from their supporters?" How about calling Iraqi elections as "The Myth of the Purple Finger?"

Then there's the assertion that conservative webloggers are part of the right wing media conspiracy. Well, I'm still waiting for Karl Rove's orders.

Crowley's piece has no point and no evidence. He's just using the pages of a major American newspaper to smear conservative webloggers.

Here's Michelle Malkin's response as well as Captain Ed's and Glenn Reynolds'.

" are More Effective"

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When Winning is Losing

I have a confession to make: I'm a Green Bay Packers fan who wanted them to lose to the Lions. Hell, I want them to lose all the games they have left this season. Watching Brett Favre complete a pass in overtime to secure a win is always great, but this season is done, over, ka-put. I'm thinking about next year, specifially the draft in April. The one man I want to see in a Packers' uniform is Reggie Bush.

The Pack are now two games behind the truly woeful Houston Texans who are 1-12. In Week 17 the Texans play the 2-11 San Francisco the loser will probably be assured of the #1 pick.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 12:12 AM | Comments (11)

December 11, 2005

Sydney Race Riots

Rioters don't come from one race, religion, or ethnicity. Australian white mobs running around Sydney seeking revenge for an alleged attack on life guards by Lebanese youth. Arab Australians countered by smashing car windows. France and now Sydney prove the veneer of civilization is very thin.

"Beach Trash Duke it Out"

"Racial Violence Shocks Australian City"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 11:21 PM | Comments (0)

Breaking News: Explosions North of London

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Something went boom north of London:

A series of massive explosions were reported north of London by witnesses ringing into British media early on Sunday.

One, identified only as Heather, said she heard a loud blast near the commuter town of Hemel Hempstead and could see sheets of flame soaring into the sky.

"There is a fuel depot nearby," she told BBC Television. "There are lots of houses damaged."


It's way too early to know if it's terrorist-related, but I wouldn't be surprised. I would be impressed if al-Qaeda pulled off such a large attack. Since Sep. 11, 2001 their attacks have gotten smaller and smaller.

"Large Explosions Reported North of -Witnesses"

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The BBC reports, "Three large explosions have taken place at an oil depot near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire." The first happened at 0603 GMT with two others occuring about 20 minutes later. If the three happened very close to each other I'd assume it was a terrorist attack. But it's possible the first explosion was man-made. A witnesses say a plane flew into the depot.

"Oil Depot Blasts Cause Casualties"

UPDATE: gunves space is monitoring Sky News and has a small map of where the depot is in relation to London.

UPDATE II: CNN reports that police are calling the explosions an accident. Also no plane from nearby Luton Airport crashed into the depot.

"Explosions Near UK Fuel Depot"

Other resources:


[via Stephanie Booth]

UPDATE III: The Little Green Footballers are jumping all over the possible angle. No evidence so far. None.

UPDATE IV: The BBC has some pictures near the depot.

And this looks like a better flickr tag. Black smoke is the theme. This is good too. But the fire lit up the night sky.

The BBC reports officials are urging locals to keep their windows closed. There's nothing good in that black plume.

UPDATE V: Gary Turner is "impressed with the speed at which the backstage web communications light up."

UPDATE VI: Reports of injuries have come in:

Police say there are 36 casualties, with four people seriously hurt.

Authorities are waiting for the fire to burn out. That could be a while:
In total, 20 petrol tanks are involved in the fire, each said to hold three million gallons of fuel.

tag london explosion london hemel hempstead hemel

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 01:53 AM | Comments (1)

December 10, 2005

Carnival of the Badger #17

Subject to Change hosted this week's Carnival of the Badger. Since I forgot to submit something Aaron punished me by raising this dreadful post from the dead.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 10:01 PM | Comments (0)

Watching a Real Life Video Game

Check out this Russian kid jumping around and bouncing off walls like Super Mario. Hollywood, give this kid a stunt man tryout.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 09:39 PM | Comments (0)

Richard Pryor, R.I.P.

Richard Pryor died today. As with many cultural icons who have passed away I can't appreciate Pryor because I was too young to watch him perform. What I remember are his corny roles in Brewster's Millions and as unbelievable computer hacker in Superman 3. That's a shame because he was so influential. Lucky for me, Reihl World View has some audio of Pryor doing stand up. It takes tremendous talent to make so many laugh so hard while living a hard life. Godspeed, Richard.

"Goodbye to "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 09:26 PM | Comments (1)

"Grown in S**t"

GBfan wants you to always remember the truth about organic food.

"My Take on "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 07:26 PM | Comments (6)

The Blegging Continues

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TAM is solidly not in last place. I thank you all for that. The next weblog infront of me is Meryl Yourish's. The unemployed Jewish writer (help her out) is a great writer with a distinct Israel angle to many of her posts. She's good. That's why I want to beat her. Help me out, ok?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 03:15 AM | Comments (0)

Conservative Weblogs Rock

Michael Crowley will be arguing in the NY Times Magazine that conservative weblogs are more politically effective than liberal weblogs. That's quite debatable. What may be making conservative weblogs politically effective is how other conservative media, especially talk radio, use weblogs for ideas and to comprehend future political currents.

"NY Times Sunday Preview: Conservative Blogs Rock!" [via JustOneMinute]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

December 09, 2005

Cut Off from the Rest of the World

Madison police claim they found two sisters who haven't left their house in 20 years:

Madison police found the sisters when they called an ambulance for their 90-year-old mother.

Officers said they found the 53- and 54-year-old women suffering from developmental disabilities in un-livable conditions.

Trash, rotted food, dirt and feces littered the floor.

They had no working waterheater or a working refrigerator.

Police learned the sisters used Social Security money to pay bills and have groceries delivered.


That's one cruel mother.

"Madison Police Find 2 Women Inside Home For 20 Years"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 10:30 PM | Comments (0)

Ouch

"The Twelve Days of Things that Make Baby Jesus Cry (#2)"

[via Hog on Ice]

UPDATE: Earlier this week Moxie put PJM into perspective.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 10:17 PM | Comments (0)

Video Killed Dean's Star

The Political Teen has the GOP video starring Howard Dean, M.D. and his gang of cut-and-runners.

As a bonus, an ordinary Democrat and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-SD) both want Dr. Dean to shut up.

UPDATE: looks like a total fool for wanting Dr. Dean to be "hung for treason." The Vermont Lefty is a moron not a traitor.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 08:18 PM | Comments (0)

Spivak & Bice Read TAM

Or at least I can tell myself they do. In their latest column they refer to Charlie Sykes and Mark Belling as "radio yappers." If you've read TAM long enough you know they're all "yappers" to me.

"UWM Goof-Up Turns Gift into Gaffe" [via Charlie Sykes]

P.S. Cary, Dan, if you do read TAM leave a comment. Don't be shy.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 07:02 PM | Comments (1)

Classless Clinton

Does anyone remember President H.W. Bush speaking before international leaders (or the general public for that matter) and bashing his successor? When I was working in the Twin Cities in 1998 President H.W. Bush was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Minnesota Family Council. In preparation for the event we were told he wouldn't criticize President Clinton. He didn't think such public acts were appropriate for an ex-President. That's class, something the most recent ex-Prez doesn't have.

"Clinton Says Bush Is 'Flat Wrong' on Kyoto"

UPDATE: Amy Ridenour's husband reports from Montreal.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 06:08 PM | Comments (5)

I Might Have to Stoop This Low

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Lucky me. I don't have to compete with Jane Galt in the Weblog Awards. She's threatening to cry if you don't vote for her. And it's working.

Remember for vote for TAM. You can vote once every 24 hours.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 03:33 AM | Comments (1)

Charlie's Show Prep #13

It's time again to help Charlie Sykes with this morning's show:

  • The GOP will start waving the at Democrats. This is good, hard-hitting politics that hits the Democrats where it hurts. What makes it really good is the chance of public backlash is minimal. No one can claim the GOP is using pictures of soldiers or Sep. 11 victims as political fodder. This attack shows President Bush and the GOP are confident and in a fighting mood. Political junkies, sit back with some popcorn and enjoy the show. Austin Bay says it's "long-overdue."

  • is rumored to be leaving the Pentagon next year with Sen. Joe Lieberman replacing him. Joe's great on the Iraq War, but I don't know how he is on transformation or even Thomas Barnett's "SysAdmin" idea.

  • There's a deal on reauthorizing the . Sen. Russ Feingold will try to block it.

  • The Journal Sentinel editorial board want the weblogging Marquette dental student's suspension lifted. Every once in a while they make some sense.

  • Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) need to go to Iraq or back to his district. Wasting time on a hearing about the shows his priorities are screwed up.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:26 AM | Comments (0)

December 08, 2005

Sowell's Book Picks

Thomas Sowell's Christmas book selections include Bernard Lewis' fine What Went Wrong? It's a slim tome, but it puts the reader on a good path to understanding the troubles of the Muslim world.

It's interesting that about his latest book Black Rednecks and White Liberals he writes, "[It] is apparently one which many liberal and conservative publications alike have found too hot to handle."

" Books"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Books at 11:45 PM | Comments (2)

Rumor Squashed

If Microsoft faked Xbox 360 shortages now would be a good time flood them onto the market. Nobody has them. That rumor's dead.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Helping Out Scooter

The NY Sun editorial board is urging readers to donate to Scooter Libby's legal defense fund. I won't be. While I think it's ridiculous for Patrick Fitzgerald to prosecute Libby for lying about a crime he can't prove (a la Martha Stewart) I won't condone Libby's lying to investigators and a grand jury.

Tom Maguire almost endorses it.

"A Season for Giving"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 09:55 PM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #12

Here are some stories Charlie Sykes should yap about on his show today:


  • Eugene Volokh takes on the "loyalty" arguement for severely punishing the Marquette weblogging student.

  • Three tax cuts passed the House of Representatives. If only spending cuts would move as easily.

  • Virginia Governor , a sensible Democrat on Iraq, raised $2.5 million in one night. That even impressed Daily Kos.

  • The now stands along side the red cross and red crescent as symbols for emergency services. Arab states caused trouble because it will now allow Israel's version of the Red Cross to join the international body.

  • Doug Melvin was busy. gets traded and Dan Kolb returns. We'll see if Prince Fielder is as good as we all hope he is. What bums me is I heard a semi-good rumor that Jarrod Washburn would sign with Milwaukee, but A.J. Burnett’s big contract probably nixed that.

  • The Narnia hype begins today in the Journal Sentinel.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 02:28 AM | Comments (0)

December 07, 2005

Pearl Harbor Day

Dean Esmay remembers.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 01:28 PM | Comments (2)

Vote Begging

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Voters can vote once every 24 hours in the 2005 Weblog Awards. I'd love your vote. TAM is not dead last just second-to-last. It's progress. Thanks for all your support and tell your friends about TAM.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:41 AM | Comments (7)

Charlie's Show Prep #11

Here are some stories for Charlie Sykes' show today:

  • Fellow Democrats jumped on , M.D. One Congressman said, "Dean's take on Iraq makes even less sense than the scream in Iowa."

  • Law & Order, Jay Leno, even Dragnet can now be purchased by the episode and played on your computer or iPod. We're seeing the end of free TV. The future will bring pay-per-view, highly portable, and time-mobile television.

  • The will become a publicly traded company.

  • gets kids to want junk food. Shocking, I know. That doesn't mean government should ban such advertising. There are still people called, "parents." Then there's that document called the constitution.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:26 AM | Comments (7)

December 06, 2005

Students, Be Careful About Your Weblogs

Students at Marquette University better be very careful about what they write about campus life, fellow students, and professors. Post the wrong stuff on your weblog and you could be suspended like one dentistry student:

One day, the 22-year-old reported being “full and buzzin’ a little bit from the booze” — one of several blog entries involving his experiences with alcohol.

A few months later, he labeled an anonymous professor a “cockmaster of a teacher” because he didn’t like his teaching style. “I don’t even gratify him by calling him a professor,” said the student. “He is one who teaches, as in should teach infants and children.”

And in one entry, the dentistry student wrote about his classmates, “I don’t know how I am gonna manage [being with] the same 80 people for the next 3 years, especially when 20 of them have the intellect/maturity of a 3 year old, or are just a plain pain in the ass.”

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On Friday, the [Student-Faculty Review] committee found the student guilty of professional misconduct in violation of the dental school’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Section IV, Subsection E of the code in the school’s handbook states: “Each member of the MUSoD community is obligated to conduct interactions with each other, with patients and with others in a manner that promotes understanding and trust. Actions, which in any way discriminate against or favor any group or are harassing in nature, are condemned. Respect for the diverse members of the MUSoD student body, administrators, faculty, staff and patient base is expected.”

The committee’s decision states, in part: “You are suspended from the School of Dentistry, effective immediately. You will remain suspended from the School of Dentistry until the 2006 Fall Semester. At that time, [you] will be allowed to resume your matriculation and will be required to repeat the second year of the predoctoral program in its entirety.”

It also requires that the student remain on probation until graduation, get counseling for “behavioral issues,” and make a public apology to his class by the end of the fall semester. “That apology must explicitly state your contrition for the crude, demeaning and unprofessional remarks posted by you on your blog site and an admission that you violated the School of Dentistry’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct,” according to the committee’s decision. In addition, the punishment indicates that the student must repay the university a scholarship he received of $5,000.

MU professor first wrote about the story on Sunday. Just about all his posts on Marquette Warrior since then have been about the university's ridiculous decision.

"Dental Pain at "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 11:19 PM | Comments (1)

Keeping Haleigh "Alive"

There is a point in where a person has no life left in their body. From what I've read about poor that's what state she's in. Reuters reports her "brain was found partly sheared when she was hospitalized on September 11." The husband of her legal guardian/aunt is accused of beating her. Jason Strickland wants Haleigh kept alive so he doesn't have to deal with a murder charge. How cynical. This is a far cry from Terri Schiavo's parents who wanted to care for her. To me Haleigh looks like she was killed a while ago. Now all that's left is a shell. It's time for justice to be served.

Amanda Marcotte at Pandragon writes,

This entire case is a nightmare, of course, but I think it's well worth watching to see how the "pro-lifers" are going to handle this. It seems like a fun house mirror version of the paranoid theories on the right that Michael Schiavo was trying to off his wife. Now that there's a genuine case with genuine evidence for murder, though, the alleged murderer is claiming to be on the side of "life".

"Court Hears "Right to Die" Case of Battered Girl"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture of Death at 09:31 PM | Comments (1)

Polarization

What did I learn from Pajamas Medias Blogjam on partisan polarization? Debating it causes a lot of it.

"Are Left-Right Politics Becoming too Polarized?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 09:11 PM | Comments (0)

Vote for TAM

It's Weblog Awards time. TAM is in the running for "Best of the Top 251-500 Blogs." As of this moment my little hunk of cyberspace is running dead last! I guess that makes me the 500th best weblog. At least I know of one reader who loves me. I'd like to say be like someone in Chicago and vote early and often, but I think Kevin Aylward got that bug fixed. I'm happy to be a finalist. With the likes of Austin Bay, a real journalist, and Betsy Newmark, one-time TAM Award winner, competing with me I'd be shocked if TAM won. Still, I'd love your vote.

While you're at it give Nick Schweitzer (The World According to Nick) some love too

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 10:12 AM | Comments (2)

"Intellectual Lap Dancer"

Arianna Huffington, always the attention-grabber, gets profiled in Vanity Fair. My favorite line is when someone refers to her as an "intellectual lap dancer."

"Arianna Calling!" [via A&LD]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #10

Here's what Charlie Sykes should talk about on today's show:

  • We've found a life case as ugly as Teri Schiavo's. A Massachusetts woman wants to end the life of her brain damaged daughter that she no longer has legal custody over. The stepfather is accused of beating her, and if the girl dies he'll be charged with murder.

  • Google's stock has been shining bright. Are investors being fooling into seeing the sunshine of another internet bubble? Comparing the search company to Microsoft at the same age reveals some interesting details.

  • Less than half of users are happy with their service. And here's a piece of advice from Consumers Union: don't nix the land line.

  • Javon Walker dumped the moron sports agent . Good for Javon. Rosenhaus is still busy wiping the egg off his face for his blunders with representing Terrell Owens.

  • There's something wrong about hiring someone to decorate your house for Christmas. Little did I know there's a franchise covering 48 states and Canada. People are spending up to $10,000 for the service.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 01:39 AM | Comments (4)

Message from the Afterlife

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Eerie.

Make your own Einstein picture.

[via the Commissar]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 01:24 AM | Comments (0)

December 05, 2005

Observing Saddam's Trial

Mohammed at Iraq the Model covers a wild day at Saddam's trial. Here's just a portion:

The testimony in general was very touching that it forced the butchers to shut up for a long time and even when Saddam tried to act as if he were still in power he looked so stupid and foolishly arrogant in front of the suffering of the witness who finished his statement by saying “at age 15 I went to prison for 4 years with the rest of my family, seven of my brothers were executed and none of us got the chance to see a judge or get a fair trial’.

"The Trial of Our Time…"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 12:48 PM | Comments (1)

Google's Growth

Google is a joy for stock owners as well as employees. The perks of working there are lavish:

Meals of all kinds, painstakingly prepared by company chefs, are free at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., a modern corporate campus known as the Googleplex. Other amenities there include children's day care, doctors, dry cleaning, laundry, a gym, and basketball and volleyball courts. Maternity or paternity leave is 12 weeks at 75 percent of full pay. There is also up to $500 available for takeout meals for the entire family after a newborn arrives, courtesy of Google. Shuttle buses (with wireless Internet access for working while commuting) ferry employees to the Googleplex from throughout the Bay area.

It's easy to offer such great benefits when the company is growing and the money is rolling in. But what happens when times get tough, and they will? Shona L. Brown, vice president of operations said, "We will not pull back on our commitments to employees. The last thing we would do is take it out of the hide of our employees. That is a path to a downward spiral." I'm sure that's what GM thought when they doled out lavish retirment and health benefits that today are crushing the company.

CEO is a little more realistic though vague:

Another issue that we will face in the coming years is the maturation of the company, the industry and our work force. We, along with other firms in this industry, are in a rapid growth stage now, but that won't go on forever. Some of our new workers are fresh out of college; others have families and extensive job experience. Their interests and needs are different. We need to provide benefits and a work environment that will be attractive to all ages.

"At , Cube Culture Has New Rules" [via digg]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 12:39 PM | Comments (0)

Kerry: Troops "Terrorizing Kids"

Serving in the armed forces never made Sen. John Kerry sympathize toward them (at least when it didn't serve his personal political gain). On Face the Nation Kerry told Bob Schieffer, "And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs.
From Kerry's words you'd think American soldiers were running willy-nilly into Iraqi homes to rape and pillage. No, they are going into Iraqi homes in search of insurgents and Islamist terrorists who are killing American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Could things be done better? Probably. But I'm not about to claim soldiers are terrorizing Iraqis. I'll leave that to the demogogues like Kerry.

Captain Ed writes Kerry deserves no benefit of the doubt:

Had Kerry not shown a long track record of this kind of rhetoric in the past -- and had to answer for it repeatedly during last year's presidential election -- one could possibly believe it came out as a slip of the tongue. However, he obviously has never stopped believing that the American fighting man and woman represents the same relative evil as the Viet Cong, the Khmer Rouge, and al-Qaeda.

Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 Kerry said he heard stories of American soldiers in Vietnam acting "in [a] fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan." Those stories were from the Winter Soldier Investigation. That "investigation" turned out nothing but lies.

": American Soldiers Are Terrorists"

UPDATE: Oxford at InkDog writes in a lengthy post, "I would have worded it differently, but all Senator Kerry said was that women and children have felt terrorized by the troops entering their homes." I'd give Kerry the benefit of the doubt, but he has a track record or ripping on U.S. soldiers for political gain.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 11:22 AM | Comments (8)

You Can Say "Merry Christmas" at Sears

Despite Bill O'Reilly's yapping saying, "Merry Christmas" is still kosher at Sears. Just ask Greg Ransom.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 10:53 AM | Comments (2)

End the Indexing

Towns in Wisconsin pride themselves on their democratic town meetings. It's there where average citizens gather together to speak out on issues and vote on town priorities. But when it comes to the gas tax the Wisconsin Town Association, the representative of town governments, doesn't believe in taxation with representation. They oppose ending the annual automatic in the state gas tax. Their big gripe is

the distribution of a declining pot of state dollars in the transportation fund will result in who can muster the political power in the legislature to have their transportation project or program funded.

Are these people naive? Government whether in Washington, Madison, or the local town meeting, has always been about people mustering political power.

Here's their real complaint:

[T]he strong potential exists that future budgets will fund
these southeast Wisconsin projects to the exclusion of out-state projects and
local road programs.

The WTA is turning this into a Milwaukee v. the rest of the state battle. For those of us fighting the automatic gas tax increase it's never been about what region of the state gets road building pork. Our complaint has been about a tax increase that evades all political responsiblity. Every year when the gas tax goes up all the politicians can say, "Don't blame me. I didn't vote for it." We're tired of Wisconsin taxes always going up. We're tired of politicans shrugging their shoulders.

In this fight we're not even calling for a tax cut. All we're asking is that politicians stand accountable if they want the gas tax increased. They must come to the public and make their case for coercing people to pay more at the pump.

Tomorrow, there's an important vote in the State Senate. Then we will know who is accountable government and opposed to taxation without representation, and those who don't mind continuing to kick taxpayers in the posteiors.

[via Wigderson Library & Pub]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 10:30 AM | Comments (1)

Hyperbole Time

Greatest ever.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

Leftists Would Say Bartlett is "Growing"

Bruce Bartlett isn't a fan of President Bush. Next year, he'll be coming out with a book titled Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. The book got him fired from a conservative think tank. During the Harriet Miers brouhaha he wrote in a column:

The truth that is now dawning on many movement conservatives is that George W. Bush is not one of them and never has been. They were allies for a long time, to be sure, and conservatives used Bush just as he used them. But it now appears that they are headed for divorce. And as with all divorces, the ultimate cause was not the final incident, but the buildup of grievances over a long period that one day could no longer be overlooked, contained or smoothed over.
...
I could go on, but the point is that George W. Bush has never demonstrated any interest in shrinking the size of government. And on many occasions, he has increased government significantly. Yet if there is anything that defines conservatism in America, it is hostility to government expansion. The idea of big government conservatism, a term often used to describe Bush's philosophy, is a contradiction in terms.

The case can be made. However Bartlett will lose mucho credibility in conservative circles because he doesn't reject a value-added tax (VAT). NY Times reporter writes,
Bruce Bartlett, who worked as an economic aide to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, recommends the introduction of a value-added tax - a kind of sales tax used in Europe and most other advanced industrial nations - to bring in the large amounts of new revenue he deems necessary to close the enormous budget gap.

I read this and scratched my head. A man who says he's a Reagan conservative wants the federal government to have more taxing power? You be the judge. In a 03.08.05 column he praised the VAT saying it's a "highly efficient tax." He countered VAT critics like the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board who think the VAT is a silent way to squeeze more money out of taxpayers:
Serious academic studies have concluded that the VAT cannot be blamed for raising the overall burden of taxation even in countries where it was a new tax and not a replacement for some existing tax. Writing in the prestigious National Tax Journal in December 1985, economist J.A. Stockfisch found no support for the view that VATs raise either the tax level or government spending.

Bartlett concludes:
[The VAT] may turn out to be the least bad way of financing needed tax reforms and the massive growth of federal health care spending that neither the White House nor Congress shows any interest in restraining.

When a conservative begins to advocate ideas that increase the size of government Leftists claim they are "growing" intellectually. They're are starting to realize government's growth is the only way to solve our nation's problems. After reading a 10.30.02 National Review Online column we see Bartlett has indeed grown:
On Saturday (October 26), the Washington Post reported that the Treasury Department is studying plans to impose a value-added tax (VAT) to replace the corporate income tax and finance other tax reforms. This is a dangerous road for the Bush administration to travel, both politically and economically.
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In 1984, the Treasury Department published a comprehensive study of the VAT that recommended against its adoption. The reasons laid out in that report are still valid today. Adopting a VAT, however it is termed, would put the U.S. on a slippery slope toward European levels of taxation and government. The Bush administration will be making a terrible mistake if it starts down that road.

The conservative movement doesn't need a "growing" conservative who won't reject a new tax.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 04:00 AM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #9

Here's more fodder for Charlie Sykes' show:

  • The movie will be huge--HUGE. Think about the passion church-goers had for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ then add the fantasy geeks who love the Lord of the Rings.

  • 's allies are claiming victory in Venezuelan legistlative elections. But only 25% of voters went to the polls.

  • Governor suffers a political defeat so he hires a Democrat to run his office.

  • Today is the last day to get in on Wisconsin Right to Life's bus to the 01.23.05 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 03:17 AM | Comments (0)

December 03, 2005

A BBA Christmas

I just returned from the undisclosed location of the first Badger Blog Alliance Christmas party. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove were both there to personally brief us on how best to conquer Canada.

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Patrick and Kevin attentively listened to Cheney's and Rove's diabolical plan.

After the briefing Cheney and Rove were wisked away to continue working on their ultimate plan: to Pave France. (And you thought those rioters were just ticked off Muslims. Ha!) BBA members got into a heated argument over whether Canada was enough of a challenge. Some want another crack at The Corner.

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Serious thought was needed on the subject. BBA members took turns in the ultimate "thinking" room.


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The question got tabled for another time when participants were more sober and not so full.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 11:42 PM | Comments (5)

O'Reilly Factor "Holiday" Ornaments

: pompous ass.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Media at 11:18 PM | Comments (2)

Bozell v. Mapes

Mary Mapes, the ex-CBS reporter who still thinks Dan Rather's fake memos are real, will be on C-SPAN this weekend to talk about her book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power. Interviewing her will be the Media Research Center's Brent Bozell. This must-see-tv should be lively.

"MRC's Brent Bozell Interviews "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Media at 04:06 AM | Comments (0)

Wisconsinite of the Year

There's the beginnings of a discussion going on at the BBA. Who's your pick?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:59 AM | Comments (0)

The Gas Tax Beyond Milwaukee

Conservative talk radio yappers get voters riled up about the annual non-vote increase in the state gas tax in Southeast Wisconsin. This alternative media is rare to non-existent in the rest of the state. Republicans at the state capitol may think the calls they're getting are from radio-listening sheep. Still, the issue plays well with voters beyond the range of Mark Belling's or Charlie Sykes' voices. The Tomah Journal supports Scott Walker's plan to kill the automatic increase and makes a "progressive" (fancy word for liberal) case for it. When you have Lefties glomming onto this you know it's a winning issue. Speaker Gard, Senate Majority Leader Schultz stop running away from this. You're base loves it, and the public loves it.

"Editorial: Candidate is Right - Time to Repeal Automatic "

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:20 AM | Comments (0)

December 02, 2005

Comic Books Coming to Life

Coming soon to real life: Iron Man!

The battle suit has been invented. Now, all we need is a billionaire with drinking problem to make it fly and paint it red and gold. None of this Tron-glow.

"The Ready to Battle"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 07:39 PM | Comments (3)

Is Trouble Brewing in the White House?

According to Insight President Bush and Vice President Cheney have a strained relationship, and it all has to to with Iraq:

The sources said the indictment and resignation of Lewis "Scooter" Libby marked the final straw in the deterioration of relations between President Bush and Mr. Cheney. They said Bush aides expect that any trial of Mr. Libby, Mr. Cheney's long-time chief of staff, would open a closet of skeletons regarding such issues as Iraq, the CIA and the conduct of White House aides.

"There's a lack of trust that the president has in Cheney and it's connected with Iraq," a source said.

The sources said Mr. Bush has privately blamed Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for the U.S.-led war in Iraq. They said the president has told his senior aides that the vice president and defense secretary provided misleading assessments on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, as well as the capabilities of the regime of Saddam Hussein.


This story is one annonymous on top of another. So I'm taking it with a grain of salt.

Add this to Steve Clemons [via MEJ] pushing the rumor that wants changes in the White House. "Watch for a lot to change right after the State of the Union address, I've been told," Clemons writes.

"Bush Takes Out of the Loop on National Security"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 06:59 PM | Comments (0)

Al-Qaeda Quiet in U.S.

The U.S. hasn't suffered a terrorist attack in some time. Some of it has to do with law enforcement working on to catch internal cells using tools like (some parts of) the Patriot Act which is up for renewal. Some of it can also be explained by military action overseas. That is Congressman Peter Hoekstra's (R-MI) opinion.

Hoekstra said the terrorists are focusing on Iraq instead of the U.S. The "flypaper" argument of the Iraq War is working. That's nice for Americans but I'd be peeved if I were an Iraqi listening to him.

Kevin Brock also sees a shift toward Iraq. "That is where most of the people willing to commit suicide are going," the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center told reporters.

No one should become complacent. It was a clear, blue day Sep 11, 2001. No one expected death to rain down from the sky. Constant vigilance is required until the clash of ideologies is over.

"No Major Ability Seen in U.S."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 06:46 PM | Comments (1)

Hitchens on a Bad Day

Christopher Hitchens is great...usually. He was on Joe Scarborough's show (does anyone watch it?) to talk about Christmas trees. When Hitchens made his points he was eloquent and learned. He's an atheist and can defend that belief well. But Hitchens also showed off his bad side like when he wanted to turn the conversation into a Jerry Fallwell bitchfest. Sure, Hitchens' opposite guest works for him but tossing Fallwell's name in was just an ad hominem attack. Along with tossing in a rip on Intelligent Design, Fallwell's name didn't have anything to do with the topic at hand. Hitchens knows better.

"Scarborough v. Hitchens: Christmas (VIDEO)"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 06:07 PM | Comments (4)

We Never Win with these Guys

The damn French. The U.S. was supposed to get their permission to invade Iraq. Now, the U.S. needs French permission to leave. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said,

I think that the timetable should be a global timetable.... The real timetable is the Iraqi situation.

For once de Villepin is right, but he lost the debate and should just keep his trap shut.

"France Warns Against Hasty U.S. Pullout from Iraq" [via Carol Platt Liebau]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 05:35 PM | Comments (1)

Wondering about eBay

What's the point of hunting for deals on eBay when sellers slap on a big shipping charge? You may still end up getting a bargain, but something gets lost in the experience.

And I still don't understand the Skype purchase.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 01:52 AM | Comments (2)

Charlie's Show Prep #8

Here's my continuing saga of helping Charlie Sykes have a great radio show:


  • The Brewers' Sunday home uniforms bring back the always-cool pinstripes, but also bring back the bloated sausage-looking ball-and-glove logo.
  • There's another basketball comedy team using the name "Harlem." The have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission accusing the Harlem Globetrotters of using "its market position to initiate a conspiracy of contracts which unreasonably restrain the business activities of the Harlem Ambassadors."
  • President Bush is suppose to report for on Monday. It will be rescheduled.
  • CrackBerry addicts in D.C. are getting emotionally (as well as technicially) prepared for a possible service shutdown.
  • A majority of Americans think is bad, but a whole lot of people still shop there.
  • BellSouth wants to force web sites to pay for faster downloads. Dumb!


Damn, I'm generous.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 01:26 AM | Comments (3)

December 01, 2005

Chessboxing

Chess and boxing: two great tastes that taste great together?

is a jerk. This sport could be his comeback.

"By Hook or by Rook"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:48 PM | Comments (2)

At PJM's Expense

"Flannels Media" is the new competitor to Pajamas Media. Their had their first "Flogjam" a few days ago.

": Flogjam #1" [via Jiblog]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:13 PM | Comments (0)

Most Fascinating

Bryan Preston and John Hawkins do their best Barbara Wa-Wa by offering their "Most Fascinating People" lists. Bryan picks some great ones:

Mary Mapes. Yes, Mary Mapes. The woman is a living, breathing lie, and as such is a good stand-in for most of her MSM colleagues. She is Gollum in a dress, and Captain Ahab with a microphone, and she absolutely hates George W. Bush and everyone who even thinks about supporting him. A tough, knowledgeable interviewer would be able to draw some truly fascinating thoughts out of Mapes’ twisted mind.

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Tom Barnett. You’ve probably never heard of him, yet his ideas are a major force shaping the US war strategy. Agree with him or not, his book The Pentagon’s New Map is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what’s going on in the White House, the Pentagon and the Middle East.


If you haven't heard of Barnett go out and get now! (It's only $4.99 new on Amazon right now!) When you've caught up you can dig into his most recent , my current read.

John goes down the blogosphere road:

Jason Calacanis: Calacanis reportedly managed to sell Weblogs Inc, which consisted of roughly 85 blogs, to AOL for somewhere around $25 million dollars which gave hope to bloggers all across the world that one day, some clueless corporation would pay grossly inflated prices for their blogs as well. Grossly inflated, paid way too much, got taken for a ride, however you want to phrase it, Calacanis will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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Charles Johnson and Roger Simon: When they created Pajamas Media, they drew supporters and detractors out of the woodwork and set off a firestorm of chatter, criticism, and speculation about the future of the blogosphere. Whatever ultimately happens with Pajamas Media, it has certainly made a big splash.


Here are some of my picks:

  • Adam Curry: Will podcasts be money makers and how much will the ex-MTV VJ make? Will it be enough to buy the *burp* Senseo company?
  • Sen. Bill Frist: From solid 2008 Presidential hopeful to weakling butt of the conservative blogosphere.
  • President Bush: He may be down but still do not "misunderestimate" him.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts: We all know he's very, very smart. Yet we all wonder how conservative the man will be on the bench.

Who do you think were some of the most fascinating people of 2005? Why?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 09:45 PM | Comments (0)

New Carnival of the Badger

Leaning Blue has put together a great, rockin' Carnival of the Badger. The only thing missing was some Billy Squier.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 08:29 PM | Comments (0)

Consuming Confessions

I'm liking the new Madonna album more than I thought. She's jumped to #2 most-played-artist on my last.fm page.

Confessions on a Dance Floor is Madonna back on the dance floor. It has it's share of pop house tunes and good hooks. Just ignore the lame Flashdance look she graces on the album cover.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 03:32 AM | Comments (0)

Charlie's Show Prep #7

Here are some stories Charlie Sykes should talk about on today's show (no need to mention Speaker John Gard):


  • State Assembly Republicans need to explain themselves for killing a bill that would have allowed Milwaukee to stop paying police officer's salaries after they were fired but waiting for an appeal hearing. It would have saved money for the cash-strapped city.
  • House Minority Leader calls for the quick withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. A few weeks ago, she had chance to vote that way but didn't.
  • Some Boston thugs stole a Christmas kettle. Pathetic. That's a group that has gone all-out in hurricane relief. They could use all the help you could give them.
  • U.S. troops have planted stories in . Some are appalled. It's a war over there! One side indiscriminately bombs civillians while the other publishes positive stories. Who are the real bad guys?
  • Europe could undergo a . Yet scientists blame global warming. I'm sure they don't get their unintentional irony.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 02:46 AM | Comments (12)

Charlie Should Be Jealous

has a Wikipedia entry, but Charlie Sykes doesn't.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 01:50 AM | Comments (2)