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July 31, 2006

Snag that Portable Music Player

Today's Woot is one sweet deal. It's a SanDisk digital audio player with 256 MB of memory. It's nice to pop in a few songs or podcasts to take with you on the go. But the real value is its built-in microphone. For webloggers you can take it with you to interview people, make on-the-go podcasts, or just to make audio notes for yourself. That it's $20 with shipping makes it a steal. I have a similar iRiver device that only has 125 MB of memory--more than enough for a recorder--and it cost me $60 six months ago.

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Charlie's Show Prep #145

  • After the Qana bombing suspended air strikes. I doubt Hezbollah will be suspending their rocket attacks.

  • The are finally making money.

  • The NY Times editorial crowd has joined the Kossites and endorsed over Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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July 30, 2006

Blame Hezbollah for Civilan Deaths

It's Hezbollah's uncivilized tactics like fighting among civilians that caused the deaths of 34 children.

Will the world community hold Hezbollah to account?

"Photos that Damn Hezbollah"

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Landis Dump

Here are some stories on Floyd Landis' doping charges with commentary later tonight:


  • LeMond: Landis Could Be 'Symbol of Change'"

    "Landis Turned the Race on its Head. But Don’t Ask Me to Cheer for Him"

    "Landis May be Last Straw for German Network"

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Wandering the Wisconsin Blogosphere

Brian Fraley is a youngin' when it comes to weblogging, but his "Weekly Takes" reminds me of old school weblogs back in 1999-2000 when it was more about linking than pontificating. He wanders the Wisconsin blogosphere and offers up some goodies.

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July 29, 2006

Floyd Landis Defends Himself

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis says he will work with doctors to show he has an abnormal level of testosterone in his body. Anti-doping officials determined there was an unusual ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone in the urine sample Landis gave after winning stage 17 in the Alps.

Landis was a guest on Larry King Live Friday night. Not the most eloquent speaker he told the audience he has never used any banned performance-enhancing substances, but saved many medical questions for his doctor who was also a guest.

Seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong was a guest via telephone. He supported Landis and mentioned the same lab that tested Landis sample was the one that supposedly found an old sample of Armstrong's that showed he cheated. Neither Armstrong nor Landis would come out and claim an anti-American conspiracy among French anti-doping officials.

C.W. Nevius writes that Landis' and his doctors' work "will not be easy:"

"What he is going to have to do,'' says Testa, who is working with Heiden to start up the new Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray, Utah, "is get into an excellent hospital that has no connection to the Tour with a good department of endocrinology that has a name. Then they need to study him as a subject to prove that something physiologically changed under the stress.''

The problem is, that could take a long time, long enough that even if Landis proves his point, it may be long after the average fan has already given up on him as yet another drug cheater in sports.

"Floyd Landis Proclaims His Innocence"

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July 28, 2006

Tommy Thompson Endorses Van Hollen, Bucher's Chances Severely Hurt

J.B. Van Hollen has been slowly and steadily getting endorsements from Republicans all over the state. Today, he got the biggest endorsement of them all: ex-governor Tommy Thompson:

“I am impressed with J.B. Van Hollen's track record and I'm not alone. Based on a record of excellence as a local prosecutor, the President appointed him U.S. Attorney,” said Thompson, the longest serving Governor in Wisconsin history. “We're lucky to have him running for attorney general and I'm confident J.B. will help get Wisconsin back in the right direction. I'm happy to endorse and support him.”

Getting the public backing of the biggest name in Wisconsin GOP politics is great, but even better for Van Hollen is Thompson "will hold a fundraiser within weeks for Van Hollen." Many Republicans wanted Tommy to run against Sen. Herb Kohl because they knew he could raise enough money to be competitive. Tommy directing campaign bucks at Van Hollen will really help the former U.S. Attorney and increase the financial disparity between him and his opponent Paul Bucher.

Van Hollen has tremendous momentum. From my perspective it's starting to look like an avalanche is about to bury Bucher. Thompson on Van Hollen's side will discourage GOP donors from giving to Bucher out of loyalty, trust, and a little bit of a herd mentality. With Bucher at a serious money disadvantage that will get worse he'll have to strongly confront Van Hollen on all sorts of issues and hope Van Hollen says something goofy like terrorists are running around Wisconsin.

"Van Hollen Campaign: Thompson Endorses Van Hollen for AG"

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Charlie's Show Prep #144

  • A jury found Milwaukee's deep tunnel responsible for damaging a downtown Milwaukee building.

  • The army discharged a gay Arabic lingust even though he says he followed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. This at a time when Arabic speakers are very useful.

  • Cindy Sheehan's obsession with President Bush will be long-term now that she's bought property in Crawford, TX.

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July 27, 2006

Floyd Landis' Positive Test Taints Tour de France Victory

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis is in sports purgatory. One of his tests found too much testosterone in his system. Landis denies cheating, but has been suspended by his Phonak team while a second sample is being tested. But with the poor reputation surrounding the sport--the Tour started with many big names bounced from doping charges it will be hard for Landis to shake cheating charges even if future tests don't prove he blood doped or used performance-enhancing drugs. Landis' legendary turn-round in the Alps that took him from wearing the yellow jersey to being eight minutes behind the leader to only 30 seconds will have cycling skeptics wondering what he injected.

Landis understands this:

"Unfortunately, I don't think it's ever going to go away no matter what happens next," Landis said during a teleconference Thursday, hours after his Tour de France victory was thrown into question by a positive test for high testosterone following his gritty performance in stage 17 of the race.

"My immediate reaction was to look for the alcohol bottle," joked Landis, who's known to enjoy a beer while on the Tour and said he drank some whiskey with teammates the night before he staked his stunning comeback in the Alps.

The Phonak team suspended Landis, pending results from a backup sample. If found guilty, Landis could be stripped of the Tour title and fired from the team.

"At the exact moment I was told, every single scenario went through my head about what was going to happen," he said. "There was no way for me to tell myself that this wasn't going to be a disaster."

...

"I think there's a good possibility I'll clear my name," Landis said. "Regardless of whether this happens or not, I don't know if this will ever go away."


A member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Dr. Gary Wadler said if Landis was cheating with testosterone it would take weeks of use to have an effect. Earlier tests would show signs of such use.

We're at the early stage of the investigation. Tests will be done, and people will talk. What once was a special Tour de France could have a disasterous ending.

"Landis Denies Cheating After Positive Test"

[Added to OTB's Beltway Traffic Jam.]

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Charlie's Show Prep #143

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Conservative Weblogger Discloses a Little Late

Patrick Hynes of Ankle Biting Pundits when he isn't posting is a political consultant. One of his clients is Sen. John McCain, and he's been Hynes' client for a few months. All this time Hynes didn't tell his weblog readers who was paying him. Jim Geraghty exposed him, and got Hynes to come clean.

Hynes made a mistake in not being as open about his political consulting dealings. His blogospheric reputation took a big hit, especially after remembering how he bashed Markos Moulitsas for being paid to plug Howard Dean, M.D. on his weblog. His consulting career may be in good shape, but he'll need to put in some effort to fix his blogosphere standing.

"Straight Talk, Unmarked Bills"

"McCain Hires Hymes of Anke-Biting Pundits, but Disclosure is Delayed" [via OTB]

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"AirTap!"

Here's another musical interlude courtesy of Erik Mongrain.



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July 26, 2006

Berlin's Spirit Questions Bush Doctrine

James Pinkerton gets a little too cute with his "talk" with Isaiah Berlin's ghost in an attempt to paint President Bush as a French-style revolutionary (don't tell the French) with little understanding of current world realities. To sum it up Pinkerton/Berlin criticize the President for promoting human freedom as the cure to Man's political problems. For Pinkerton/Berlin that's too single-minded.

However, the idea of liberty is a large, wide-ranging concept. It covers the ability to trade freely with one's fellow man, to speak and protest one's government, to create art free of government sanction, the ability to worship as one pleases, and so on and so on. Freedom is an all-encompassing concept. It's an abstraction of a host of related ideas. With Berlin's words Pinkerton reduces human liberty into "one totalistic thing" something Berlin warns against.

Maybe Pinkerton/Berlin would approve of Thomas Barnett's idea of the pursuit of connectedness, economically, culturally, and politically. Then, that might be playing word games like Pinkerton/Berlin did with freedom.

When President Bush talks about spreading freedom across the globe he doesn't mean there's the one American form or that nations with little history of freedom to instantly become as free as the U.S. No proponents of freedom's expansion believe Iraq, Lebanon, or the rest of the Middle East will become Switzerland anytime soon. Pinkerton/Berlin doesn't offer any words from President Bush to suggest otherwise.

"Grave Wisdom from a Grave Oxford Don"

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Charlie's Show Prep #142

  • The Doyle drip, drip, drip continues with prosecutors looking into a UWM building contract and Marc Marotta's role.

  • A federal judge in Chicago tossed out an ACLU lawsuit dealing with terrorist surveillance. A Kossite declared, "facism has risen." [via Stop the ACLU]

  • Cuba with China's help is exploring for oil off Florida's coast. This is giving drilling proponents political ammunition.

  • An 18-year-old chose an ice cream franchise over a scholarship in a business plan contest.

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She Isn't Much of a Reader But I'm Sure She Likes the Pretty Pictures

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Michelle Persaud maybe the the most beautiful person on Capitol Hill but the staff counsel to the House Judiciary Committee Democrats isn't much of a book reader unless you consider glossy mags like InStyle, Vogue, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Us Weekly as books. But I can understand her work must be exhausting trying to keep Ranking Democrat John Conyers from looking more like an ass than he all ready is. After a long, hard day I'm sure Michelle doesn't want to look at anything other than beautiful people in really expensive clothes.

"50 on Capitol Hill" [via Wizbang]

UPDATE: No more fun with Michelle's MySpace page. She made it private, and I don't care enough to sign up and try to be her "friend."

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Brewers' New Racing Sausage

Chorizo will be the newest addition to the Milwaukee Brewers' racing sausages. Both Jessica McBride and Peter DiGaudio think it's the result of political correctness.

You can't call it "pandering" unless trying to get more paying customers to come to the ballpark is pandering. The Brewers have a simple equation: more fans at the ballpark means bigger budgets to spend on better players who will hopefully bring more wins and championships. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is a very rich man, but he won't bankroll a team unless it makes good business sense. Hispanic American money does just as good a job paying Ben Sheets' salary as German American money.

Adding another ethnic sausage accepts the reality of Milwaukee's growing Latin American community. With Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker heavily pitching this weekend's Germanfest the team certainly isn't sacrificing one ethnic group for another. Once upon a time Italians and Poles were Milwaukee newcomers. Klements is smart to make chorizo, the Brewers are smart to tap an untapped market, and I'm hoping they sell chorizo at Miller Park so I can down one or two in between brats.

"¡Hola, !"

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July 25, 2006

Jennings' Jeopardy! Joke

Last week trivia king Ken Jennings wrote a humorous weblog post offering suggestions on how to improve Jeopardy!. The show should have catagories like "PlayStation," The Arby’s 5-for-$5.95 Value Menu," and Skanks from Reality TV Who Got Naked in Men’s Magazines." "Electric blue" should be replaced with "bright fire-engine red behind all the clues." And Jennings suggests the Alex Trebek cyborg should promoted legaized pot at the end of every show.

New York Post reporter Michael Starr took Jennings' bait hook, line, and sinker.

"Gift Horse, Meet Ken Jennings"

"Sense of Humor, Meet Michael Starr"

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Charlie's Show Prep #141

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July 24, 2006

"We are all Hizbullah"

It's nice that terrorist sympathizers come out to protest. That way authorities can know who to keep an eye on.


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"Anti-Israel Protest in London"

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Kos' Israel Silence

On the latest war Israel is involved in (The Lebanon War? The Hezbollah War? The 2006 War? We need a name.) I'll give Kos a little slack for only writing one front-page post on it.

I too am flumoxed at Israel and the Arabs. Much of it has to do with the honor-shame calculations involved when dealing with the Arab tribe cultures and have been incorporated into Israeli security thinking. David Pryce-Jones' The Closed Circle helped, but I'm far from understanding this pre-rational thinking. The Arab-Israeli conflicts are far different than the cool calculations of the Cold War. If one doesn't have anything valuable to say it's sometimes best to keep silent.

What Dean Barnett's Weekly Standard article shows is those Kossites not as politically astute as Markos Moulitsas see Israel, the strongest democratic republic in the region, as a "spreading plague."

Kos can't control completely what webloggers and commenters write. That's just the nature of the weblog beast. Kossites can be seen as early adopter when it comes to technology and politics. What we're seeing is the slow, steady trend of the GOP gaining American Jewish support because of its strong support for Israel.

"Kos, Hezbollah, and Israel" [via Althouse]

[Added to OTB's Beltway Traffic Jam.]

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Charlie's Show Prep #140

  • The week long Queens, NY blackout is finally starting to end.

  • The American Bar Association is loudly criticizing President Bush's bill-signing statements.

  • America still is king of cycling. Floyd Landis won the Tour de France.

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A Face of Globalization

It's rare that Hilbert, Wisconsin, my hometown, gets a dateline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There's no way I can ignore the story of Todd Thiel's global investment firm McKinley Reserve managing $1 billion in assets from in such an out-of-the-way place. Cheap communications technology and inexpensive airfares allow Thiel to run his investment firm from little Hilbert.

McKinley Reserve is garnering plenty of attention for its $1 billion RiverWalk real estate investment in Dubai. McKinley is the first American company to actually own the land. That's something Donald Trump can't even lay claim to.

Technology like the internet and mobile phones means Thiel's company can communicate with clients and dealmakers all over the world. Airlines flying almost anywhere mean Thiel can go anywhere to get on-the-ground information and to seal deals personally. With a website like McKinley's you'd never know the company is run in a rural town of 1000.

With the ability to do business anywhere from anywhere something had to bring Thiel back to rural Wisconsin. He comes from a large family with relatives all over the Hilbert area. Hilbert is comfortable. "There's a lot of people who leave to go find things, but everything you need is right here. I don't fight traffic. I don't fight people. The cost of living is obnoxiously low," Thiel told John Schmid. It indeed is a comfortable place.

But access to global communications and travel is a double-edged sword. Thiel could just as easily move his company out of Wisconsin if state economic policies deteriorated. RedPrairie's CEO has trouble recruiting talent because of Wisconsin's high taxes and Milwaukee's high crime. Policy makers have to make sure the state is a pleasant place to live and make money or people like Thiel won't establish billion dollar companies here.

"Global Village"

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July 23, 2006

Page & Plant Go to the "Crossroads"

I give you this musical interlude courtesy of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.


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Americans Conquer Europe

Tiger Woods wins the British Open, and Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France.

"Another Claret Jug for Woods"

"Landis Continues American Dominance at Tour"

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Taxing Times

Malcolm Gladwell notes a reason not to long for the "good old days:"

[I]n 1949, the highest paid CEO in America was Charlie Wilson of General Motors, who earned $586,100 in salary, bonus and stock. That's roughly equivalent to what some of the better-compensated CEO's are making today.

But what did Wilson pay in taxes? $430,350.

[via Club for Growth]

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July 22, 2006

With Time Trial, Landis Claims Yellow Jersey

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No one has asked Floyd Landis what beer he drinks. Someone should because we all want to know his secret from collapsing at one stage of the Tour de France only to destroy his competition the next day. And Landis being the presumptive Tour winner could have a fat endorsement check coming his way.

It would have been a shame for Landis to have had his now legendary stage 17 comeback wasted had he not won the Tour. Instead of becoming merely a bit of cycling trivia Landis' performance amounts to one of the most amazing moments in American sports history. That's regardless of the lack of public attention now that Lance Armstrong is racing no longer.

With Landis' upcoming victory--the final stage into Paris is ceremonial--he can go into hip replacement surgery with a huge grin knowing he answered Daniel Coyle's question, "Is is possible for someone with a ruined hip to win the Tour de France?"

"Landis Claims Yellow Jersey, all but Assuring Tour Victory"

"C'est Impossible?"

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July 21, 2006

Battlestar Galactica Trailer

Here's Battlestar Galactica trailer for season 3. Wow! It's going to be good.

[via Ace of Spades]

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Media Used to Keep a Secret

Once upon a time the media could be trusted to keep a secret when lives were on the line. Former reporter Michael Berlin tells us the story of Americans hidden in the Canadian embassy in Tehran when Iranian militants stormed the U.S. embassy in 1979.

On Nov. 4 of that year, Islamic militants stormed and occupied the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran and took hostage the more than 70 Americans there.

But six American officials happened to be outside the compound, elsewhere in the Iranian capital, at the time of the takeover. The militants never realized that some Americans were missing; they were being sheltered by Canadian diplomats in Tehran, who were risking their own safety to protect them.

At that time, I was a reporter covering the United Nations for the New York Post and The Washington Post. On the second day after the takeover, I got hold of a published diplomatic list of Americans attached to the embassy in Iran, just to try to put names to the hostages. So did journalists all over Washington, and in newsrooms across America.

I noticed a discrepancy in the numbers: People on the list outnumbered hostages announced by the militants. That day, in the U.N. lunchroom used by resident reporters, press officers and the occasional lost tourist, I asked an American press officer about the discrepancy. He brushed me off but suggested that I might ask the Canadians about it, immediately making me suspicious.

I asked the Canadians, who said they would get back to me. By then I had pieced together a pretty good idea of the basics of the story.

I soon got a call from a high-ranking member of the American U.N. delegation, a good source before and after, who formally asked me to hold back the story. Publication, he said, could put the lives of the fugitive Americans and their Canadian hosts in danger.

I called my editor at the New York Post and put the request before him. His only question was whether I could rely on my American source to cue me the moment the story was about to leak or could be released. I called the ambassador back, and he promised to put me on the Washington list of those who would receive simultaneous green-light calls. The New York Post accepted the deal, and my editors at The Washington Post told me their State Department writers were on the same green-light list.


Media could keep a secret back then. Bravo for those journalists who cared more about the possible ill effects of their reporting than their careers. Back then it was still in the media's cultural DNA to be careful with certain secrets. Life and death were in the balance.

That's a far cry from today when Bill Keller and his NY Times decided it was in the public's interest to tell the world and America's enemies about the Swift financial surveillance program. I can imagine Keller's attitude in 1979. He would have wanted to report on the hidden Americans and their Canadian friends. He would have argued the public had a right to know that all the embassy workers were accounted for and where the missing were.

With his op-ed Berlin tries to demonstrate the media can keep a life-threatening secret. The MSM can be trusted while he worries "that some blogger or counterculture ideologue using journalism as a political tool rather than as a mechanism for dispensing straight information, would make the wrong call." All Berlin really proves is reporters had more prudence and a better sense of cause and effect than today's gaggle, or as Tom Maguire writes, "About all this incident proves is that the press could make the easy calls almost thirty years ago."

"A Secret the Media Kept" [via digg]

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Landis' Legendary Leap

American cyclist Floyd Landis did something yesterday that is not suppose to happen. Wednesday, Landis cracked on the final climb of stage 16 giving up his yellow jersey and falling over eight minutes behind the leader. That looked to be the end of his Tour de France title chances. No one thought after his body gave out that Landis could overcome such a lead not even Landis. He told reporters, "I don't expect to win the Tour at this point. It's not easy to get back 8 minutes." All he was thinking about after Wednesday's ride was to "drink some beer."

I want to know what beer he drank because, on stage 17 "Lazarus" Landis conquered the final climbs in the Alps, destroyed the competition, and put himself into position to win the Tour de France. From the first climb Landis launched himself ahead of Tour contenders Oscar Pereiro and Carlos Sastre and never looked back. Riders in the peloton asked Landis to take things easy in the heat. He replied, "Go drink some Coke because we're leaving on the first climb if you want to come along."

Here's what William Fotheringham wrote for the Guardian:

On the Saisies his team-mates had set the early pace, one of them - Miguel Angel Martín Perdiguero - with such gusto that he was unable to complete the stage. Landis disappeared as if the finish was around the corner, sprinting up the gutter alongside the lead riders in the string. Ahead was a group of 10; by the ski lifts at the summit he had halved their six-minute lead. On the day's second major mountain, the Colombiere, he was alone, pouring vast amounts of water into his helmet every few minutes to counter the 30C heat, and on the descent his advantage reached nine minutes - enough to make him the race leader on the road.

Eurosport called it "one of the greatest [performances] in the history of the Tour de France." Injured American cyclist Bobby Julich called it "a miracle in cycling."

When stage 17 was through Landis beat Sastre by over five minutes putting him in third place only 30 seconds behind Pereiro. Saturday's time trial, Landis' specialty, will decide the winner of the Tour and if the yellow jersey stays on the body of an American cyclist.

"How Landis Delivered a Ride for the Ages"

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Charlie's Show Prep #139

  • In a sign of political strength Rep. Mark Green outraised Gov. Jim Doyle.

  • Al Harris won't hold out and will show up on time for Packers training camp.

  • Slum lord Lee Holloway won't be housing mentally ill people anymore.

  • Travelers are ticked at TSA's inconsistent application of rules and having to take off their shoes in security lines.

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July 20, 2006

Minutemen Financial Questions

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has given members little in funds to support border monitoring operations and given reporters little information about its finances. A few minutemen aren't too pleased:

A growing number of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps leaders and volunteers are questioning the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars in donations collected in the past 15 months, challenging the organization's leadership over financial accountability.
Many of the group's most active members say they have no idea how much money has been collected as part of its effort to stop illegal entry -- primarily along the U.S.-Mexico border, what it has been spent on or why it has been funneled through a Virginia-based charity headed by conservative Alan Keyes.
Several of the group's top lieutenants have either quit or are threatening to do so, saying requests to Minuteman President Chris Simcox for a financial accounting have been ignored.
Other Minuteman members said money promised for food, fuel, radios, computers, tents, night-vision scopes, binoculars, porta-potties and other necessary equipment and supplies never reached volunteers who have manned observation posts to spot and report illegal border crossers.

I suppose questioning what the minutemen do with their donations means I'm a traitor to the nation and love illegal immigrants. Too bad since I've always thought they were kooky, vigilante types anyway.

"Minutemen Not Watching over Funds"

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Allen-Edmonds Sold to Private Equity Firm

High-end shoe maker Allen-Edmonds was sold to a Minneapolis private equity firm for more than $100 million. No jobs are expected to be cut from the Port Washington, WI plant, nor will manufacturing move overseas. The firm, Goldner Hawn, wants to turn their purchase into a "$500 million brand."

"Allen-Edmonds Fits Private Equity"

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Charlie's Show Prep #138

  • President Bush vetoed the embryonic stem cell bill and the House couldn't override it. Surrounded by "snowflake babies" he said, "boys and girls are not spare parts."

  • Israel dropped 23 tons of bombs on a bunker hoping to kill Hezbollah leaders.

  • A federal court knocked down a Maryland law that forced Wal-Mart to spend 8% of its payroll on health insurance.

  • After a collapse in the Alps Floyd Landis, bad hip and all, won't win the Tour de France.

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July 19, 2006

Calacanis Will Pay You to Post

It could be a sign of a new net bubble, but Jason Calacanis wants to hire top users from social networking sites like diggs and Flickr to post stories on Netscape. That's a job less intensive and time consuming than weblogging.

"Paying the Top DIGG/REDDIT/Flickr/Newsvine Users (or "$1,000 a Month for Doing what You're Already Doing.")" [via Netscape]

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Charlie's Show Prep #137

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July 18, 2006

Lorge Accused of Molestation

I have another reason to write in Casper for U.S. Senate.

"Civil Suit Accuses U.S. Senate Hopeful Lorge of Molesting Relative in 1986" [via Right off the Shore]

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A.N.S.W.E.R. Rally in August

Neo-Stallinists A.N.S.W.E.R. don't just hate America, they hate Israel too. They're rallying as many West haters has they can for an 08.12.06 protest in Washington, D.C. Jeff Harrell got the e-mail and replies:

I can’t help noticing that International ANSWER didn’t call for a “national emergency march” every time a Hezbollah rocket exploded in an Israeli neighborhood. They didn’t call for a “national emergency march” when Hezbollah militants kidnapped Israelis. It was only when Israel started to take steps to get their soldiers back and to force the newborn Lebanese govenment to disarm or expel the terrorists within her borders that International ANSWER thinks the time has come to act.

In A.N.S.W.E.R.'s North Korea-loving mind they think Israel asked to be attacked. Just like some rape victims "ask" to be attacked for wearing a short skirt to a bar.

A.N.S.W.E.R. may be planning ahead, but they're not very smart. In August D.C. empties like a bottle of gin in the hands of Ted Kennedy. The only ones covering the kooks will be cable newsers who want non-Middle East war stories and webloggers.

"They’re So Cute When They Plan Ahead" [via LMA]

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Charlie's Show Prep #136

  • Michael McGee/Jackson got his drivers license revoked because he's two licenses under both names and had one revoked in 2000. Michael Jackson still owes Farmers Insurance $650. Can you say possible insurance fraud?

  • USA Today looks at 10 years of welfare reform. Welfare rolls have decreased 57.6%. Some have done better than others. Culture and behavioral issues appear to be the main obstacles left to reduce rolls further.

  • The Senate will debate embryonic stem cell funding. Majority Leader Bill Frist supports allowing scientists "as many stem cell lines as they can produce." Frist means well, but he supports turning the unborn into stem cell factories.

  • A New York City Councilman wants to treat fast food restaurants like porn shops by restricting them with zoning laws.

  • Money Magazine lists Waukesha as the 37th best place to live.

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July 17, 2006

Inklings of a Resolution

Israel sent some ground troops into Lebanon and sent the beginnings to a possible cease-fire:

On Sunday, Lebanese officials said Israel had sent the terms of a possible cease-fire through Italian mediators. The terms were the release of two captured Israeli soldiers, and a Hezbollah pullback to roughly 20 miles from the Israeli-Lebanese border.

This situation might not have escalated had Hezbollah released the soldiers sooner.

"Israel Hammers at Lebanese Infrastructure"

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Charlie's Show Prep #135

  • There's something about this Israeli-Arab conflict. Arab nations like Saudi Arabia chastised Hezbollah, and the G8 said in a statement, "These extremist elements and those that support them cannot be allowed to plunge the Middle East into chaos."

  • Iran said it sees a proposal to stop their nuclear program as a place to being talks.

  • Besides MySpace Facebook is a place where unthinking people could post material they might later regret.

  • "Back to School" sales have started. Payless Shoes began on 07.06!

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July 16, 2006

Gingrich Declares World War III

Newt Gingrich told a Seattle reporter that President Bush should be bolder and tell the nation we're fighting World War III.

He lists wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, this week's bomb attacks in India, North Korean nuclear threats, terrorist arrests and investigations in Florida, Canada and Britain, and violence in Israel and Lebanon as evidence of World War III. He said Bush needs to deliver a speech to Congress and "connect all the dots" for Americans.

He said the reluctance to put those pieces together and see one global conflict is hurting America's interests. He said people, including some in the Bush Administration, who urge a restrained response from Israel are wrong "because they haven't crossed the bridge of realizing this is a war."

"Gingrich Says it's World War III" [via digg]

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Marx as Literary Genius

Karl Marx biographer Francis Wheen sees Das Capital as more than a political economic treatise. It's a literary achievement of the first order. The number of literary references in the first volume--the only one completed before Marx's death--is astounding:

In 1976 SS Prawer wrote a 450-page book devoted to Marx's literary references. The first volume of Das Kapital yielded quotations from the Bible, Shakespeare, Goethe, Milton, Voltaire, Homer, Balzac, Dante, Schiller, Sophocles, Plato, Thucydides, Xenophon, Defoe, Cervantes, Dryden, Heine, Virgil, Juvenal, Horace, Thomas More, Samuel Butler - as well as allusions to horror tales, English romantic novels, popular ballads, songs and jingles, melodrama and farce, myths and proverbs.

Wheen writes,
The book can be read as a vast Gothic novel whose heroes are enslaved and consumed by the monster they created ("Capital which comes into the world soiled with gore from top to toe and oozing blood from every pore"); or as a Victorian melodrama; or as a black farce (in debunking the "phantom-like objectivity" of the commodity to expose the difference between heroic appearance and inglorious reality, Marx is using one of the classic methods of comedy, stripping off the gallant knight's armour to reveal a tubby little man in his underpants); or as a Greek tragedy ("Like Oedipus, the actors in Marx's recounting of human history are in the grip of an inexorable necessity which unfolds itself no matter what they do," C. Frankel writes in Marx and Contemporary Scientific Thought). Or perhaps it is a satirical utopia like the land of the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels, where every prospect pleases and only man is vile: in Marx's version of capitalist society, as in Jonathan Swift's equine pseudo-paradise, the false Eden is created by reducing ordinary humans to the status of impotent, alienated Yahoos.

To look at Marx's thought--as opposed to Marxism with all its strains--simply as a theory of exploitation and alienation is to look at Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nation without his Theory of Moral Sentiments. Doing such ignores the richness of thought contained in both men's works. It takes economics far from simply being about money.

"The Poet of Dialectics" [via Arts & Letters Daily]

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July 15, 2006

Weblog History Lesson: Robot Wisdom

Ever heard of Robot Wisdom? Well it's back on the TAM blogroll. I'm guessing over 90% of webloggers and their readers have never read or heard of the weblog. It wasn't mentioned in Hugh Hewitt's book Blog so it's understandable if unfortunate. Robot Wisdom is published by Jorn Barger and according to Wikipedia will be nine years old in December making it two years older than TAM though with interruptions. Wikipedia also gives Barger credit for coining the word "weblog." That's a good and bad thing. What's good is "weblog" sounds better than "online journal." What's bad is from "weblog" came "blog," an ugly word that caught on and is forever attacted to this medium.

Barger can be described as eccentric with refusing employment that violates his "gigantic psychological block against Mammon-in-general." He's also been strongly critical of Judaism.

Robot Wisdom is one of the original weblogs. From this we've arrived at Instapundit, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Wonkette, and millions of others. Know your history. Respect your (weblogging) elders.

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July 14, 2006

Fasting the Cindy Sheehan Way

Jamba Juice and ice cream are allowed for certain wacko's hunger strikes.


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White Powder Found in NY Times Letter

Someone who is no fan of the NY Times sent a letter to the New York office containing a unknown white powder and a recent editorial defending the newspaper's publishing of classified terrorist surveillance programs:

"At about 12:30 p.m. (1630 GMT) this afternoon ... an employee opened an envelope that contained a white powdery substance. The envelope was handwritten and addressed to the New York Times, not to any individual. The postmark was from Philadelphia with no return address," said Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis.

Emergency vehicles and an ambulance responded to the newspaper's offices on 43rd Street and Mathis said the man who opened the envelope was taken to hospital for precautionary tests and treatment.

Thanks to Reuters the campaign to indict conservatives in general in the courtroom of public opinion:

Conservatives have criticized the Times in recent weeks for writing about the Bush administration's covert anti-terrorism programs. This week protesters rallied outside the newspaper to object to its decision to publish details about terrorism financing and secret government programs to monitor phone conversations of U.S. citizens.

It would actually be news had Reuters found an example of a prominent conservative who called for the assassination of NY Times staff. The harshest words I've seen call for Bill Keller et al. to be tried for treason. And that's a legal proceeding not vigilanteism.

To the unhinged (and probably Free Repubic-reading) criminal who sent the letter: you're disgusting and evil. If the white powder is anthrax you tried to kill someone for no good reason. If the victims inhaled the powder they would endure "severe breathing problems and shock." The CDC gravely writes on its website, "[I]nhalation anthrax is usually fatal." If the white powder isn't the virus you inflicted a tremendous amount of psychological trauma on someone for no good reason. I hope you're hunted down and brought to justice.

"Letter to NY Times had White Powder, Own Editorial"

UPDATE: The powder wasn't anthrax but corn starch.

"Powder Sent to The Times Not Anthrax" [via Wizbang]

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Charter Crimps My Style

Charter is a mediocre ISP. It was down again last night, thus no Charlie's Show Prep. Since I'm out in the hinterlands with no DSL available my broadband options are limited.

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July 13, 2006

Source of DeLay Image in Democrats Ad

Human Events thinks they found who made the Tom DeLay mug shot for a Democratic fundraising ad:

HUMAN EVENTS has discovered the ad came from Chickenhead Productions, a questionable website that also runs websites such as SexIsForFags.com, IronHymen.com, NRA-KKK.org, FratBeat.com and WHITEHOUSE.org.

Now the question is whether the DCCC has permission to use it or not.


"Doctored DeLay Mug Came From Chickenhead"

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UK Banning Sex-Selection Abortions

Sex-selection abortions will soon be banned in Britain:


Health Minister Caroline Flint told MPs she was minded to introduce a "clear and specific ban" on the use of new techniques to choose one gender of baby.

Allowing parents to pick sex for reasons such as "balancing" the make-up of their family could be the start of a "slippery slope" to designer babies, she warned.

At least there's some limit to when an abortion can occur. Too bad James Joyner's tongue-in-cheek scenerio is all too realistic.

"Choosing Baby's Sex to be Outlawed"

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Israel Blockading Lebanon

Israel has now implemented an air and sea blockade on Lebanon:

Israel is imposing an air and sea blockade on Lebanon as part of a major offensive over two soldiers captured by the militant group Hezbollah.
Israeli ships have entered Lebanese water to block ports, and the country's only international airport is closed after Israeli air strikes on Thursday.

The military operation in Lebanon could be long:
A high-ranking IDF source said that the current operation, dubbed Operation Just Reward, would be "long" and could last up to several months, or "as long as it takes to destroy the Hizbullah's ability to launch attacks against Israel."

"Israel Imposes Lebanon Blockade"

"Israeli Warplanes Attack Beirut Airport"

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Charlie's Show Prep #134

  • Hezbollah kidnaps two Israeli soldiers so Israel bombs the Beirut airport intensifying the Middle East situation. The Lebanese government didn't condemn Hezbollah's kidnapping.

  • How will Congress and the Bush administration figure out how to deal with Islamist detainees in the wake of Hamdan? Defense Department lawyer Daniel Dell'Orto had some great words before a Senate committee:
    "I don't want a soldier when he kicks down a door in a hut in Afghanistan searching for Osama bin Laden to have to worry about . . . whether he's got to advise them of some rights before he takes a statement," Dell'Orto said. "I don't want him to have to worry about filling out some form that is going to support the chain of custody when he picks up a laptop computer that has the contact information for all manner of cells around the world, while he's still looking over his shoulder to see whether there's not an enemy coming in after him."

  • The Russ Feingold for President campaign kisses up to Hurricane Katrina victims at The Huffington Post.

  • Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Christian Hill's quick thinking saved a woman from completing a suicide attempt.

  • Chicago's Olympic bid proposal has most of the events located in downtown Chicago. There goes the idea of a Midwest Olympics with Milwaukee having a role.

  • wants "forgiveness from all the children who watched" his World Cup head butt.

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Campaign Oddities

Dennis York found an odd reference to Hannibal in Dan Aude's press release announcing his run for the 88th Assembly District seat:

When asked about the campaign he said, “ like Hannibal in the second Punic war with the Roman Empire, he too was out numbered in resources, but set a standard in battle tactics and strategy at Cannae” Aude was out spent by his incumbent opponent in 2004 by a ratio of 3 to 1.

“ This will be our battle cry for leadership in the 88th Assembly District in 2006, AUDE FOR 88 CANNAE!”

Aude will be wasting all his time telling his supporters how to pronounce "Cannae."

Next, we have Robert Gerald Lorge, the Republican the state party doesn't want to admit is running against Sen. Herb Kohl. Jessica McBride is the only one who's giving him any credence:

And he's at least in the ring. Conervatives have had a lot of Don Quijote pretenders, but he's the real thing. Tilting at windmills, yes, but he makes more sense on the issues than Herb Kohl does.

A candidate is strange when they put their entire resume on their campaign website. I mean the whole thing including:
Class President, St. Mary's Catholic Grade School 1973

I'm sure he has an edge on Kohl there.

Then there's the Lorge RV or the "Lorgemobile" in these parts.


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I checked out the Libertarian Party candidate Dave Redick, and discovered he's almost as wacked out as Kevin Barrett. From his website I "learned:"
Bush’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was primarily to get access to build an oil pipeline from Uzbekistan to a warm water port near Karachi, Pakistan (the same reason the Russians invaded in the 1980’s). This project had been delayed for many years but was suddenly approved in Dec-01.

And to think I had been fooled into thinking it had something to do with the Taliban in kahoots with Osama bin Laden.

It looks like I'll be writing in Fred.

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July 12, 2006

Democratic Ad Uses Dead Soldier Images

There's steam rising from the right blogosphere over a new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising ad.



Patrick Hynes calls it "the most appalling wed video since MoveOn.org’s “Bush is Hitler” ads." RedState commenters are furious as are some veterans.

It's a dismal ad. The first half of depressing images of the real world didn't make up for the idyllic, hopeful images in the second half. When I see Rep. Nancy Pelosi I don't get a warm feeling in my heart.

As for the picture of flag-draped caskets that's reality. People are dying, and Democratic supporters want it to stop even if it means abandoning Iraq. The picture doesn't show anything graphic. I don't see that picture anymore exploitative than Republicans using pictures from the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sep. 11, 2001.

What's interesting is the Tom Delay "mug shot." That's fake since this is the actual picture:


Tom Delay mug shot

At the bottom of the fake mug shot there's a prisoner number: "91108GOP." I'd like to know the "clever" story behind choosing that.

Allahpundit won't "throw stones when it comes to using images of fallen soldiers to make a political point." Still, he doesn't like either party using the images of soldiers in coffins:

But I wouldn’t support Republicans putting it in a campaign ad, for the same reason I think it’s cheap and crass of the DCCC to have added coffins to the mix here. I think it boils down to good ol’ fashioned suspicion of politicians: the priority for most of them is getting (re-)elected and I don’t want anyone’s remains being exploited for that sort of personal profit.

The ad is not great since it's devoid of any ideas, but I wouldn't give myself a heart attack over it.

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Charlie's Show Prep #133

  • Robert Novak talks about Valarie Plame and Karl Rove.

  • John Dean talks about a "largely unknown 50 year academic study" claiming are "more likely to follow authoritarian leaders."

  • Patrick McIlheran points out what Venezuela is sacrificing for giving Milwaukee cheap oil and free eye surgeries.

  • The U.S. and Russia are close to a deal to bring Russia into the WTO.

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Drinking Right

I missed the All-Star Game just so I could drink right with some fellow webloggers. Elliot, Casper, Cantakerous, Phelony, Josh, Nick, and Aaron (and others who I didn't yap with) were there. If you weren't too bad. Your loss. You missed out on synchonized phone cam picture taking and nail pounding (it's German so it's cool). You can make up for you shame by marking your calendar for the second Tuesday of August for the next episode of Drinking Right.

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July 11, 2006

Robert Novak Talks

Robert Novak, the man who first mentioned Valarie Plame as working for the CIA finally speaks. Jay Tea at Wizbang sums it up well. Two interesting notes: Novak got Plame's name out of Who's Who in America. An unnamed source told him that Joe Wilson's wife sent him to Niger.

"Novak Finally Spills His Guts on Plame"

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Grothman Not Running Against Kohl

Sen. Herb Kohl will be running virtually unopposed--Robert Gerald Lorge and the Green Party candidate don't count. State Senator Glenn Grothman had enough signatures but didn't have the heart to throw in his hat at the very last moment:

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) gathered enough signatures to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl but opted not to file them today, meaning Kohl will have no significant opposition in November.

About 3,000 people signed nomination papers for Grothman, well over the 2,000 needed to get on the ballot. But Grothman said he did not believe he had a strong enough organization in place to mount a challenged against the millionaire owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Republicans had hoped to get a serious contender to take on Kohl, and turned to Grothman in recent weeks after former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson said he would not jump in the race.

Nomination papers for fall races are due today.


Grothman gets little blame. Deciding to run was a last-minute decision. He probably got an initial rush of excitement from people asking him to run. Then when it all sank in he figured he could do better things instead of the up-hill effort of an underfunded, underdog race.

No, blame goes to the state GOP and Tommy Thompson. The state party failed to get anyone to run so they waited and hoped Tommy would want to stroke his ego one more time in a state-wide race. I give the party a great, big "F." I'm hoping party chairman Rich Graber gets his Bush administration job soon. He's not useful to Wisconsin Republicans.

To those who thought no one should run against Kohl, you better hope Rep. Mark Green beats Gov. Doyle--that's the big reason you didn't want Grothman to run. Because if Doyle wins I'll be rubbing your silly political strategy in your faces.

"Grothman Won't Run Against Kohl"

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Google to Build Michigan Office

Google announced they will open an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan that will create 1000 jobs within five years. The internet giant is already looking to fill positions.

In its search for a headquarters for his revenue-producing AdWords service Google the company looked at university cities like Boston, Boulder CO, Phoenix, and the winner Ann Arbor. Missing from that list was a Wisconsin city, specifically Madison. That's a city with a reputable university and a highly-educated workforce. AdWords manager David Fischer told the Detroit Free Press, "We see Michigan as an ideal location to recruit the best and brightest workers." Could it be Wisconsin isn't an "ideal location" like Michigan? And could it be one of the reasons it would be difficult for a company to "recruit the best and brightest workers" is the Badger State's tax and business climate? RedPrairie CEO John Jazwiec is considering moving his software company out of Wisconsin because it has trouble recruiting talent. Wisconsin's economic environment might have kept her out of Google's sights which would mean another opportunity lost.

"Google coming to Ann Arbor" [via digg]

UPDATE: Peter Cohan at Blogging Stocks sees this project as another example of "Google's underlying cheapness gene."

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Prisoners to Get Geneva Protections

The U.S. will extend Geneva Convention protections to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other locations:

The policy, described in a memo by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, appears to reverse the administration's earlier insistence that the detainees are not prisoners of war and thus not subject to the Geneva protections. But the administration has insisted that it has always treated the detainees humanely.

QandO's McQ writes,

It also paves the way for designation of detainees as POWs which allows the administration to keep them almost indefinitely (or until the "war" is over). In the big scheme of things, that seems the most important point.

In World War II I know of German prisoners of war camps in Wisconsin where prisoners helped harvest crops, can foods, and cut down trees. Don't expect the same treatment for our Islamist opponents.

Extending Geneva protections won't please the anti-war/Bush bashing crowd who wants Gitmo shut down and the prisoners released. They just don't seem to care if they'll end up continuing their jihad.

Captured Islamist enemies will receive Geneva protections even though they don't fall under the Geneva convention because they dress as civilians and wear nothing to distinguish themselves as combatants, nor do they abide by the provisions themselves as the pictures and video [WARNING: Very graphic.] of killed U.S. soldiers attests.

With this decision the government has answered the question of what to do with Islamist War prisoners. Despite Ralph Peters' good point [via Riehl World View] that "an imprisoned terrorist is a strategic liability" we're going to play nicer. Captain Ed doesn't think so. Instead, he sees "more casualties for our enemies, as we will not put our soldiers at unnecessary risk for the minimal gain of capturing these terrorists if they give us no opportunity for giving us intel on ongoing operations." I hope being nicer doesn't get more innocents killed.

"U.S. Will Give Detainees Geneva Rights"

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Bombings in Mumbai, India

CNN reports 70 dead and a railway spokesman said 100 people were killed in a string of bombings at Mumbai commuter trains and stations:

The blasts hit trains or platforms at the Khar, Mahim, Matunga, Jogeshwari, Borivili and Bhayander stations, in that order. Another hit a train between the Khar and Santa Cruz stations, a police official told CNN-IBN.

One CNN-IBN correspondent who was on a train hit by an explosion said the train was just leaving the station when the blast occurred. Several people jumped from the train and were killed when they were hit by the train.

"Limbs (are) lying everywhere, bodies (were) cleared from the tracks by local business owners who rushed from their shops," the correspondent said.


No one has yet claimed responsibility.

"70 Killed in Mumbai Train Blasts"

UPDATE: It's no surprise that emotions are strong:

I say they are cowards, those who do these kind of acts. I say they are mentally unstable personals who cannot think on their own. I say they are someone who gave up, because they couldn’t win something. I say they are just savage to do such a barbaric act. I say they are a hindrance to the development of mankind, whoever they are. I say, such people must not be forgiven for they prevent the civilization to advance. Blood doesn’t put an end to Blood. I strongly condemn this act.

UPDATE II: The death toll has risen to 163. Also, the bombing took place withing 10 minutes of each other.

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Charlie's Show Prep #132

  • We will finally see a Presidental veto when the Senate passes a bill to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

  • Eugene Kane can't come out and say Kevin Barrett is a wacko. As he puts it, "I support the right of any teacher to conduct his class as he feels fit, within university standards." I wonder if Kane would think teaching eugenics as something good would be "within university standards."

  • With WPS buying Peoples Energy Wisconsin will lose another corporate headquarters.

  • The House of Representatives will vote on a bill to outlaw internet gambling--except for horse racing. Barbaro should be happy.

  • Tobacco use is "predicted to kill a billion people this century." This will embolden those in favor of an ever-bigger Nanny State.

  • French soccer player Zinedine Zidane was called a "son of a terrorist whore" before he headbutted an Italian player in the World Cup final.

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July 10, 2006

Grothman Now Undecided; Wait for the Signatures

State Senator Glenn Grothman is not looking like the most decisive person in Wisconsin. This weekend running against Sen. Herb Kohl was a "go." Now, he's not so sure. I'm going with Owen Robinson's theory about needing enough signatures. He writes,

After all, it would be pretty humiliating to announce a run for Senate on Saturday just to have to drop out on Tuesday for lack of nomination signatures.

If that's the case then Grothman's campaign manager shouldn't have blabbed about him running. Word should be spread when one's ducks are in order. with a tight deadline its better to make sure you have enough signatures to get on the ballot then get the media buzz going. Right now, Grothman is looking a little foolish. It's not a strong way to start a campaign.

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Charlie's Show Prep #131

  • A terrorist plotter who had "had maps and bomb plans on his computer when he was arrested" studied in Canada and may have been recruited into al Qaeda while there.

  • The growing economy is bringing in surprisingly higher revenues which is lowering the budget deficit. Of course if President Bush wouldn't have signed large spending increases from a Republican Congress the deficit would be even lower.

  • India test-fired a missile of its own. Like North Korea it did do much.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has been enduring more surgeries and infections. With all the efforts made for him his owners must expect him to make a boatload of cash as a stud.

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July 09, 2006

Grothman Needs Signatures

This evening I got an e-mail with a Glenn Grothman nomination paper attached. It seems Glenn doesn't have the 2000 signatures needed to get on the ballot, and he's got until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday 07.11 to get them. So there's still a possibility Sen. Kohl will run unopposed. When I hear word he's running I assume he's running and not still trying to get on the ballot. It would have been nice if Grothman would have decided to run before Independence Day when volunteers could have swarmed local parades and picnics. Here's keeping my fingers crossed he can get the signatures in time. If anyone wants the form to help collect signatures e-mail me or leave me a comment and I send it off to you.

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Summerfest Day 11

All good things must come to an end, even Milwaukee's Summerfest. But it won't go out with a whimper.

  • The Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows play a double bill at the Marcus Amphitheater starting at 7:30.

  • Wisconsin native and former Genesis and Phil Collins touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard at 5:00.

  • 80s all-girl band The Bangles walk like an Egyptian at the M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage at 8:30.

  • Jackyl will probably have a chainsaw accompany their rock and roll on the Mountain Dew Rock Stage at 10:00.

  • Feel your inner New Orleans soul with Buckwheat Zydeco at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage at 10:00.

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Grothman to Challenge Kohl

My state senator Glenn Grothman will take on Sen. Herb Kohl for the U.S. Senate.

I'm glad Grothman is running. I just hope he's realistic in his chances of winning. I also hope he squeezed something out of the state GOP for being their sacrificial lamb.

Grothman in the race will do nothing to affect the GOP's chances of re-taking the governor's office or Attorney General's office. If having too many GOP candidates is a detriment we should be demanding Bucher or Van Hollen step aside and end the intra-party battle to focus completely on beating Peg Lautenschlager. A few lawn signs and bumper stickers and maybe even a television ad or two won't hurt Mark Green, J.B. Van Hollen, or Paul Bucher. It won't help either. It's a wash. No GOP candidate will win or lose because of Glenn Grothman.

This will be the fun campaign. With little chance of winning Grothman can say and do things that a more competitive candidate wouldn't for fear of losing. You can get pretty creative when you have nothing to lose. While Grothman will have to publically say he thinks he can win his real goal better be just to punch a few holes in Sen. Kohl's reputation and show his fellow Republicans they shouldn't be afraid of him.

[Cross-posted at the BBA.]

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July 08, 2006

Summerfest Day 10

We're into the last weekend of Milwaukee's 11-day music festival. Two more days of food, drink, music, and fun.

  • Alan Jackson will perform at the Marcus Amphitheater at 8:00 with American Idol Carrie Underwood opening.

  • I found tribute bands: Perple Rain plays the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard at 6:30; and Think Floyd-USA plays the M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage at 8:00.

  • Wisconsin folk rocker Willy Porter performs at the Miller Lite Oasis at 8:00.

  • Pink does her thing at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard at 10:00.

  • Pop-punkers Panic! At The Disco will keep the kids up late at the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage starting at 10:00.

  • Toto will give fans their 80s fix with songs like "Rosanna" and "I'll Be Over You." They'll play the M&I Bank Classic Rock at 10:00.

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #9

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The pickings got slim because U.S. Cellular can't take decent Summerfest pictures.
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The Gufs on YouTube

Some Gufs fan recorded their performance of "Smile" at this year's Summerfest. It's like you're there--there being you've dropped some LSD and the San Andreas Fault moved underneath Milwaukee.



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July 07, 2006

TAM is Sick

Posting on TAM has been frustrating lately. I've been running into server troubles when trying to publish. I'm not sure if it's due to spammers or the increased traffic load the weblog has been having. Behind the scenes at TAM HQ I've been planning some changes. I may have to make some drastic software changes soon if my problems continue.

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Mainstream Totalitarian Chic

Michelle Malkin informs us that The North Face has taken totalitarian chic mainstream. For $65 your son, grandson, or nephew can have a CCCP (USSR in Cyrillic Russian) jacket complete with hammer and sickle. Just remember, communist fashion is chic (even progressive?) while Nazi gear makes you look as stupid as this man.

"Commie Chic"

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #8

Summerfest Babe of the Day July 6, 2006
Another lovely lady from Milwaukee's Summerfest.
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Summerfest Day 9

  • Steely Dan and Michael McDonald make Baby Boomers happy at the Marcus Ampitheater starting at 8:00.

  • U2 Zoo covers the Irish greats on the M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage at 5:30.

  • Rock Kills Kid plays the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 6:45.

  • P.O.D. plays its rap-rock on the Mountain Dew Rock Stage at 10:00.

  • To hear a violin with your pop-punk check out Yellowcard on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 10:00.

  • Cheap Trick will want you to want them at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard at 10:00.

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Charlie's Show Prep #130

  • Gov. Doyle isn't dumb enough to allow his government to ban ducky derby fundraisers. While technically illegal they'll be allowed to continue.

  • With North Korea's missile launches there's pressure on Boeing to deliver an effective missile defense system.

  • President Bill Clinton was asked about Robert Kennedy's theory that the 2004 Presidential election was stolen and said there was a "a compelling case." [via digg]

  • In the aftermath of the "cancellation call heard round the world," an AOL executive sent out some rah-rah memos to the Member Service peons--I mean employees. Notice they've been "experiencing more challenges" from customers promising to record the phone conversations. With a possible move away from subscribers and the people needed to retain them AOL may never have such an embarassment again.

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July 06, 2006

Summerfest Babe of the Day #7

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Summerfest Day 8

Don't tell Eugene Kane but there's hip-hop and R&B at Summerfest: Digital Underground, Floetry, Mix Master Mike, and Anthony Hamilton all on one night.

  • It's jam band fest at the Marcus Amphitheater with String Cheese Incident, Bob Weir & RatDog, and Keller Williams. The show starts at 5:00.

  • Colette and DJ Heather, two female masters of the wheels of steel will be spinning dance music at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at 5:00.

  • Digital Underground will show us how to the "Humpty Dance" at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse starting at 8:00.

  • Floetry will offer some neo-soul at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage at 9:00.

  • At 10:00 on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage The Fray play some piano pop rock that doesn't sound like Coldplay.

  • Mix Master Mike shows off his skills at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at 10:00.

  • Also at 10:00 Anthony Hamilton performs at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard.

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Business Secrets Protected Better than National Security

Devulging business trade secrets such as "confidential Coca-Cola documents and a sample of a product the company was developing" are treated with more intensity than the methods the government used to hunt down and stop Islamist terrorists. Pepsi has more moral integrity than the NY Times and LA Times. Pepsi helped Coke and the FBI catch the leakers. In the newspapers' case they plastered secret information about terrorist tracking methods all over their front pages. This despite being told by government officials that the Swift program was currently being used for three investigations. It also doesn't say much for the Bush administration who hasn't prosecuted any government leakers nor taken any retaliatory actions against the newspapers such as rescinding their White House credentials.

[via Charlie Sykes]

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Charlie's Show Prep #129

  • The American Specator reports government officials told NY Times and LA Times reporters their Swift stories "presented risks for three ongoing terrorism financing investigations."

  • Rick Esenberg has a great op-ed on who's to blame for Milwaukee County's financial troubles and who's playing the "role of grown-up."

  • Pepsi tipped the FBI and their biggest competitor that Coca-Cola employee's were trying to sell trade secrets.

  • "Skull and crossbones are really hot." But does anyone want a "Ralph Lauren skull and crossbones belt," a $19,385 Dior diamond-encrusted skull pendant, or "skull-decorated dinner plates?"

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July 05, 2006

Flag Waving is "Epidemic"

If this story from AFP, France's wire service, is any indication we know just doesn't "get" the United States. Chantal Valery declares our flag-flying "a true epidemic." Patriotism and love of country is something some people don't understand. It's usually those, like NY Times editors who see themselves as post-nationalist and above red state things like that.

"US 'Flag Epidemic' Reaches Peak on Fourth of July" [via OTB]

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Ken Lay Dead at 64

Convicted felon and ex-Enron CEO Ken Lay died of a heart attack:

"Apparently, his heart simply gave out," said Pastor Steve Wende of Houston's First United Methodist Church. Lay, who lived in Houston, frequently vacationed in Colorado.

I think it was more of the stress of a prison sentence and the "$100 million in personal debt."

I found some Democratic Underground wacko looking for the Dick Cheney conspiracy angle:

I have to wonder if Cheney had him killed. Lay knew where a lot of bodies are buried.

Yes, I heard rumors Cheney went hunting with Lay earlier today.

"Enron Founder Kenneth Lay Dies at 64"

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Summerfest Day 7

  • Nickelback with Hoobastank, Three Days Grace, and Hinder will rock the Marcus Amphitheater starting at 7:30.

  • There will be some Deadhead sightings at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage. Mickey Hart and Friends will play there at 8:30.

  • Jam band fans will enjoy Medeski Martin & Wood playing the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at 8:30.

  • Foreigner will satisfy the classic rockers at 8:30 on the M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage.

  • Alt-country act Wilco takes to the Miller Lite Oasis at 9:30.

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Viagra was Rush Limbaugh's

The mess surrounding Rush Limbaugh's Viagra has been sorted out. The pills were under his psychiatrist's name to protect the talk radio host's privacy--not that it matters now.

The state attorney's office said that Dr. Steve Strumwasser's name was on the Viagra bottle, not Limbaugh's. Strumwasser, who is Limbaugh's psychiatrist, told authorities he "agreed to have his name on the label in an effort to avoid potentially embarrassing publicity for the suspect," according to the state attorney's office filing. "Thus, the medication contained in the subject pill bottle was legitimately prescribed to the suspect by his physician."

It is generally not illegal under Florida law for a physician to prescribe medication in a third party's name if all parties are aware and the doctor documents it correctly, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County state attorney.

However, since the doctor wrote the prescription in Miami-Dade County, the case has been forwarded to prosecutors there for review.

Limbaugh's lawyer, Roy Black, has said the prescription was written in Limbaugh's doctor's name "for privacy purposes." The conservative radio host was released without being charged and investigators confiscated the Viagra, which treats erectile dysfunction.

"Based on the sworn facts presented by the investigating officer as well as the suspect, the elements of the offense cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Paul Zacks wrote in a filing Wednesday.


" Will Not be Charged over Viagra"

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #6

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Charlie's Show Prep #128

  • is missile happy, launching seven yesterday.

  • Some California (where else?) bozos celebrated July 4 with the "2nd Annual Old Time American Flag Burn."

  • Parades and politics go hand in hand except in .

  • Not only does the deep tunnel not stop the dumping into Lake Michigan but a lawsuit claims it's sinking downtown buildings.

  • government is still shut down despite a July 4 special legislative session. It's Democrat versus Democrat over a tax increase.

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July 04, 2006

Discovery Launches

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That's one hell of a firecracker.

"Shuttle Discovery Reaches Orbit"

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America's Unilateral Gift

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230 years ago our Founding Fathers declared the 13 colonies to be free and independent states. That was the greatest unilateral action in world history. The Founders didn't ask Great Britain to be independent. The colonists had grievances and tried to address them within the confines of the British Empire. She failed to heed their cries over taxation, representative government, and the rule of law. As Thomas Jefferson wrote,

Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

The Founders' answer to tyranny was the breaking of bonds:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

There was no request to France, Spain, Russia, or any other nation mediation. The Founders knew what was right and just and acted. They declared independence then wondered if they could get international help--eventually from France. That unilateral act created the United States. In the 230 years that have passed she has become a shining beacon of liberty, opportunity, and prosperity.

When someone complains about American unilateralism tell them they'd still be British subjects without it. Unilateralism: America's gift that keeps on giving.

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Summerfest Day 6

If you don't have a picnic or fireworks show to go to head to Milwaukee's lakefront for some great music. Here are some featured acts:


  • Kenny Chesney headlines the Marcus Amphitheater at 7:30.

  • Beatles tribute band The Britins play at the M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage at 5:30.

  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited perform at the M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage at 8:30.

  • The Psychedelic Furs offer up some retro of their own at the Miller Lite Oasis at 9:30.

  • Ryan Cabrera will make the teen girls swoon at U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 10:00.

  • At the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Bowling for Soup will satisfy the pop-punk fans at 10:00.

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #5

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July 03, 2006

Deep Fried Bacon Quarter Pounder

Make yourself a deep fried bacon double quarter pounder, eat it, then call 911 in preparation for the heart attack.

Kids (and most adults), don't try this at home. Save it for state fairs where every food is supposed to be deep fried.

[via Slashfood]

UPDATE: The Headless Blogger offers up something better/worse: the Luther Burger.

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Milwaukee Fireworks On...for Now

With possible thunderstorms tonight U.S. Bank will wait until the last possible moment to decide whether to cancel the fireworks display along Milwaukee's lakeshore. The National Weather Service forcast reads, "A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4am." They've also issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of Southeastern Wisconsin. I'm betting on a rain out.

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Australian Prime Minister Wants Big Brother Canceled

Australian Prime Minister John Howard wants Big Brother off the air after two men held a woman down and gave her a "turkey slap."

YouTube doesn't let me down and has the video:




I wouldn't call it a sex attack. It looks like baudy horsing around. The fact that many derive entertainment from shows like this is discouraging enough.

"Australian PM Demands Big Brother Axe after 'Sex Attack' on Live TV" [via Drudge]

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Celebrating July 2

Owen Robinson mentions the Declaration of Independence's introduction to the Continental Congress on 07.02.1776. With it passing two days later. Probably due to some parlimentary procedure John Adams thought 07.02 should be the day of celebration:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Adams got the spirit right if the date wrong.

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Stuff the Ballot for Capuano

Milwaukee Brewers' pitcher Chris Capuano is in the running for one of the final spots on the All-Star Game roster. Fans vote for the final spots so I'm telling all my readers who are Milwaukee Brewers fans to vote early and often.

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Summerfest Day 5

Today, 07.03 is the one day I least recommend going to Summerfest. Tonight, is when U.S. Bank will be sponsoring Milwaukee's Independence Day fireworks display. (They let the suburbs shoot theirs off tomorrow night.) Upwards of 500,000 people will be along the lakeshore to catch the brilliant explosions; many of them will be at Summerfest. I don't mean to scare you off. If you can tolerate the crowds there are some good acts hitting the stages:


  • Mary J. Blige with opening act Ne-Yo will grace the Marcus Amphitheater at 8:00. Expect her to do her version of U2's "One."

  • Beatallica plays at the Mountain Dew Rock Stage at 6:30. They're a twisted, yet very cool mash-up of the Beatles and Metallica.

  • If you want to laugh instead of groove to the music Lewis Black will be performing at 9:00 and 11:00 on the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage.

  • Jam band fans should enjoy Rusted Root at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at 10:00.

  • Alice Cooper takes the stage at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard at 10:00.

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #4

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I dig the redheads.
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Expert Charges Coulter with Plagiarism

Ann Coulter has more plagiarism problems. Questions about material in Godless has extended to her columns:

John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls "textbook plagiarism" in the leggy blond pundit's "Godless: the Church of Liberalism" after he ran the book's text through the company's digital iThenticate program.

He also says he discovered verbatim lifts in Coulter's weekly column, which is syndicated to more than 100 newspapers, including the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel and Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.

Barrie also told the NY Post her footnotes are "very misleading." "They're used purely to try and give the book a higher level of credibility - as if it's an academic work. But her sloppiness in failing to properly attribute many other passages strips it of nearly all its academic merits."

"Copycatty Coulter Pilfers Prose: Pro"

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July 02, 2006

How Fast Can You Type?

Find out how fast you can type. I can do 60-70 words per minute.

[via digg]

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #3

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Summerfest Day 4

MKE has found a great food deal. Go to The Venice Club and get yourself half of a 12-inch pizza for only $5. Pizza goes great with beer and with the cash you're saving you can drink more of it. Now, let's see who's playing the Big Gig tonight.

  • Get all dark and moody. Trent Reznor leads Nine Inch Nails into the Marcus Amphitheater tonight with 80s Gothers Bauhaus opening at 7:30.

  • Soul Asylum plays on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 8:00.

  • Dierks Bentley performs not only for the Summerfest crowds but for the Country Music Television audience at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at 10:00.

  • Canada's The Tragically Hip play at the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 10:00.

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July 01, 2006

Ford Traded for Villanueva

The Milwaukee Bucks traded point guard T.J. Ford to the Toronto Raptors for all-rookie team power forward Charlie Villanueva.

Villanueva can score, as shown with his 48-point game against the Bucks in March. I saw it live. He was hot, hot, hot. But I don't know how well the power forward plays defense. A jump shooting team needs good defense for the times when they get cold.

The Bucks must feel Mo Williams is capable physically to go an entire season at point guard. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, "Villanueva is expected to move right into the starting lineup at power forward, which will allow Bogut to slide over to center." That means center Jamal Magloire will probably be traded. To whom and for what is to be determined. Maybe a back-up point guard.

"Forward Progress"

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Summerfest Babe of the Day #2

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Believe me, this is tough work. But someone has to do it.

Wait! There's more!

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The Summerfest Baby of the Day.
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Summerfest Day 3

A weekend with nice, hot weather should mean big crowds and lots of beer sales at the lakefront. Don't be surprised to hear 100,000+ get into Summerfest today. I don't want to scare off those of you who worry about crowds. Even with that many people there are still places to move around and hear some great music. Here are some highlighted performers:


  • Paul Simon takes to the Marcus Amphitheater at 7:30. If the reports from other shows are any indication Simon has added some surprises to his portfolio.

  • At the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard The Go-Go's turn the clock back to the 80s at 10:00.

  • The All-American Rejects will capture the teen alt-rock audience at 10:00 on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage.

  • Hank Williams, Jr. at a beer-soaked place like Summerfest sounds like trouble. See what he does at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at 10:00.

  • David Lee Roth has time on his hands since he was fired from his morning radio show earlier this year. He might play a few bluegrass versions of Van Halen songs from the new tribute album Strumin' with the Devil. He'll be at the Miller Lite Oasis at 10:00.

  • Milwaukee favorites The Gufs are reunited at their long-time haunt Summerfest. They play the Mountain Dew Rock at 10:00.

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