Fighting in the Heart of Liberal Madison for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This blog will focus on liberal hypocrisy and the small, but significant victories of the right at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

23 December 2006

The last Freedom Fighter Posting

This is the end of the road...Politics has no place where I am going.

-Bob

22 May 2006

RPW Convention Recap

Last weekend, I attended the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Appleton. I was impressed that bloggers were actually welcomed at the convention. Boots and Sabers, Right off the Shore, and Lakeshore Laments among other conservative bloggers attended the convention.

Overall, the conventioneers were upbeat and optimistic. Many looked forward to the November elections, especially "dumping Doyle." Tommy Tompson's speech on Saturday summed up the conventioneers complaints about Doyle with a focus on his lack of leadership and failure to lead on a strong Voter ID bill. No matter what other pundits suggest, Tommy Tompson's speech does exhibit strong support for Mark Green. This was readily apparent in his speech and his humorous claim that the Green Bay Packers would climb out of their slump under Doyle and win the super bowl under Mark Green as Governor.

Mark Green's speech had stern criticisms of Doyle's record, such as failing to lowering property taxes and regressive position on expanding education opportunities:


...
Jim Doyle had his chance to help our taxpayers, and he failed.

He failed by vetoing a property tax freeze three times in just three years and now those taxes have risen another $600 million....

Jim Doyle is standing in the schoolhouse door, blocking thousands of families from their dreams. But you and I are going to kick the door in.

We'’ll support charters, we'll support choice and we'’ll support home schooling and we'’ll never settle for second best when it comes to our kids' education....


It seemed to me though that overall character of Green's speech focused on positive remarks on the character of Wisconin's citizens and ideas for reform.

You are going to hear a lot from me in the coming months about what I think is wrong about the Doyle administration, but it comes directly from a deep-seated belief in what is right about Wisconsin.


Green discussed his beliefs in the importance of family values, Wisconsin's love of the outdoors, strong enforcement of the law, and belief in a Voter ID requirement. Interestingly, Green touched on the fact that is parents are immigrants and his belief that we should honor legal immigrants by "stemming the tide of illegal immigrants."

The Attorney General's race also looks promising for Republicans with two strong candidates in J.B. Van Hollen and Paul Bucher. It is interesting to note that even though both candidates asked for a no-endorsement at the convention J.B. still edged out Paul Bucher in the endorsement process and the straw poll.

You can check out the results and other info about the convention at the Wispolitics Convention Blog.

On the flip side, there were a minor number of protestors outside of the Convention on Saturday. I only noticed one with a sign; they didn't have much of a presence.

This is going to be an exciting election year in Wisconsin.

05 April 2006

What happened to Patriotism?

Drudge links to an article from NBC San Diego where schools are starting to ban patriotic clothing--even the U.S. flag.

Beginning Monday, the Oceanside Unified School District is banning all flags and patriotic clothing. According to school officials, some students are using the garments and flags to taunt classmates.

Some critics of the move are calling it a violation of free speech protections guaranteed by the Constitution.

The American Civil Liberties Union points to the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines. In that case, school officials attempted to stop students who were protesting the Viet Nam War from wearing black armbands.

"The school has to be able to show a strong likelihood that there is going to material and substantial disruption of school, and if they don’t meet that standard, then they can't censor student speech," said Kevin Neenan of the ACLU.


I understand that school officials want to calm tensions to put learning first and politics second. That is their job.

However, they it may be helpful to sponser open forums where students would be able to make their feelings known on the issues.

Brentlinger said he was shocked on Tuesday when marching immigration-reform protesters tore down the flag outside his business.

"Some of them just grabbed the flag, and pulled it off its aluminum pole, and it got ripped," said Brentlinger.


Last time I checked San Diego was in America. I'm sure that Americans in Saudi Arabia or China don't expect to be able to wave around the Old Glory and not have any emotional backlash. The officals and citizens from those countries would expect that their respective country's flag would have preference at their establishments.

These repeated U.S. flag desecrations show absolute disrespect for America's history and the soldiers that have fought under it.

I thought these reform protestors were for American citizenship? Apparently, by their actions they aren't for America at all.

04 April 2006

Not Impressed

The anti-war referendum passed, yes, but the numbers are not all that impressive. With only 22,000 voting yes and a population of over 208,000, they barely got over 10 percent. In a referendum where it is change vs. a status quo, this shows that people, by in large, just don't care here in Madison. With voting the easiest way to express oneself, the anti-war folks really came up short.

Read more at LIB for results.

Vote Today!

Exercise your civil duty and vote today.

Information is found here for the Spring Elections.

Students make sure you vote NO on both referendums here.

03 April 2006

New Student Government Moving Forward

The Student Government Blog has just opened pressing forward with taking a cleaner and transparent approach to governance on campus.

Today the ASM referendum portion of the elections have restarted . But many students that have already voted may not be willing to vote again in the candidate portion.

The new Student Government, if it succeeds, may be beneficial for all students.

Brad V. notes:

Even if the Student Government, with its minimalist approach, did nothing while holding the reins of power, students would win. It’s far better to have a student government that does nothing for free than one that does a great deal poorly and expensively. ASM’s classic “breaking the chains” icon seems now to have been an eerie harbinger of its own demise all along. It is the weakest link.


Indeed, if anything this Student Government at least offers an alternative to ASM's multiple failure to hold proper elections.

The Badger Herald's editoral today adds that transparency in a clean government is best reached through simplicity.

The cause of transparency is also aided by simplicity. And as the only necessary objective of a UW student government — once the question of segregated fees is left to the student body itself — is the question of promoting and facilitating shared governance, we believe a minimalist structure would serve this student body best. There is no need for a complex web of committees and campaigns hell-bent on passing meaningless resolutions and bullying the chancellor into black-and-white statements on issues painted in shades of grey. Rather, a basic governmental council meant to facilitate shared governance and a small judicial board to present a much-needed check on power ought to constitute the entirety of the new Student Government.


Sol G, a current Freshman Representative, speaks of ASM's inadequacies first hand here and explain his vision and their comming plans for the future of the Student Government.

Over the coming weeks, the Student Government will be holding listening sessions for you, the students, to air your grievances against ASM. We also welcome ASM members. If you can prove there is something worth salvaging, we invite you to try. We will use your suggestions to craft a constitution that reflects a streamlined, efficient and clean vision of government.


As one of their first steps, it seems that Student Government has asked for a full disclosure of the voting procedures to the campus including how the voting program was used to conduct last week's failed elections. An article from the Daily Cardinal notes:

A group of students constituting a government that seeks to replace Associated Students of Madison demanded a full disclosure of the coding used to run ASM’s faulty elections last week.


I'm sure that many students are looking forward to the result of Student Government's listening sessions and the resulting constitution. This will be the first step to Student Government's legitimacy and promise for transparency.

31 March 2006

"Student Government" Manifesto

Update: The Student Government has its own blog. Check it out!

Steve S. over at LIB and I have not agreed on some issues, but he has come through with one hell of a piece today in the Herald. Let’s break it apart:

The era of the Associated Students of Madison is over. ASM was a vain, bloated, corrupt and inefficient body that served no one but the resume-padding careerist hacks who profited from the corruption in which they wallowed.

Yes it was. ASM is full of students who have nothing better to do than take money from students and give it to themselves and their friends.

ASM’s bureaucracy was a corpulent mess of groups with no checks and balances in the system whatsoever. ASM holds all power — there is no appeal beyond it. The Student Judiciary can punish ASM members who break the rules, but consequences are minimal at best and can be overturned by ASM.

(snip)

The current student-fee system is also out of control. There is no mechanism to even allow ASM to reject or reduce any budget. Countless money is wasted on organizations that provide no service to students. ASM’s twisted view of viewpoint-neutrality forced representatives into a position in which they could not say “no” to even the worst student organizations.


So true. Not only are they buddy-buddy with the Administration, but they are full of corrupt, power-hungry folks who try to enforce an impossible standard: viewpoint neutrality.

Candidates and groups have attempted reform for decades. Matt Modell fought vehemently for students’ rights against ASM oppression. Numerous candidates were elected last year on a reformist platform. However, these leaders have been blocked in their efforts for reform by the careerist resume-padders.This can no longer stand.

I was their during the Modell days as a Freshman Representitive. When SSFC actually cut some budgets, the corrupt SJ kicked representatives off of SSFC and reinstated the amounts. This is sickening. There is no room to cut in ASM, only add.


We will be writing a constitution that represents you. We will institute a streamlined government that strips away bureaucracy and petty infighting. We will enact major student fee reform, ensuring transparency and integrity in funding. We will guarantee clean, honest government that is competent and honest. And, at all times, we will take your feedback, opinions and input.

Some suggestions: No salaries for ANY interns or student government leaders. No full time or LTE positions paid for by ASM. And find a way to have a REAL appeals process, not one where everyone is friends with everyone else. This is a golden opportunity that must be seized. I want the Student Government to have control over my seg-fees. Talking about seg-fees, the Student Government should keep event grants, but axe travel grants! Also, a seg-fee cap would be a nice addition.


We have only one request. In your deck of cards, there is a joker card. If you are fed up with ASM’s garbage, if you don’t care about what ASM does, if you want a fresh organization that will work for your interests — pin the joker on your bag or your clothes.ASM has forfeited its right to be taken seriously. Atlas has shrugged — Student Government.


First, an Atlas Shrugged reference…that is awesome. Second, I, for one, will be wearing the joker.

This is not a right-left issue, it is a student issue. The 85 percent of students who do not vote in ASM elections have lost all hope in their government (or never found out what it is). That is how ASM has survived for so long. They hid in the shadows and they make backroom deals. They are driven by money…MY MONEY. So begins a revolution. Overall, the article was a good one. Not just because of what it said, but because of what it did not say. There were no promises that could not be kept, like ASM has done since I have been here. They promise to keep tuition down and they raise Seg-Fees. They promise keep Seg-Fees down, and they back a referendum that will increase fees 200 dollars a year! They lie and they lie to get re-elected. And so it begins…

ASM IS DEAD.

A new "Student Government" is born

It was quite a scene earlier this evening as about 30 students met in the Rathskeller to mark their departure from the Associated Students of Madison once and for all. This comes a day after ASM once again screwed up an election.

The group of people at the front of the room where from all corners of the political spectrum, but most where in the middle. They had enough with the incompetence of ASM and demanded reform. Their plan is to form their own government (cleverly named "The Student Government").

Some quotes from the meeting:

“We are going to bring students in and involve them in the process.”

“There is no binding agreement that makes them the student government.”

“A Group that is not to the left and not to the right…some were involved in ASM, some were not”

Steve S.:
“ASM is massively inefficient, its an staggeringly unworkable system, its bloated, and reform efforts over the past 20 years have failed. Things must proceed in a new direction. The new direction is Student Government capital S and capital G.”


This is going to be one of the most interesting student government stories in many years. Here we have a group of young students setting up their own government and claiming that they deserve the same rights as ASM. When it comes to a city as crazy as Madison, is it really so hard to accept two student governments at the same campus? It is very true that ASM has become beholden to special interests and their entire purpose now is to fund certain groups and propagate certain beliefs. For many years, many have tried to improve student government and to make it more transparent to all, but, even when in the majority, the structure of the government has made it almost impossible to represent STUDENTS, not just a few ORGANIZATIONS.

That has to change and the Student Government (the new organization) has a great chance to do that. If the old system is broken and it is impossible to fix it, you just have to throw it out and start over. Here at Madison, one of the most progressive places in the country, we should want to experiment and create a NEW government. One that represents STUDENTS and their interests and protects their tuition and pocketbooks, not one that is concerned about a few ORGANIZATIONS and paying stipends. The same campus that created the “Wisconsin Idea” to government currently has one that is by in far inept.

This should be a good one to follow for everyone. I will be sure to update this blog whenever some thing new comes down the pipe.

Tomorrow they are meeting with Laurie Berquam (a representative of the Chancellors office) to discuss the new government. This should be interesting.

For audio from one of the leaders of the separatist movement, visit The Slanty Shanty.

Tomorrow expect:
An objective piece in the Daily Cardinal and the Badger Herald and an Opinion piece in the Herald. As well as a follow-up concerning the Laurie Berquam meeting.

As the "Madison Freedom Fighter" I live for stuff like this. So check back here FIRST for any late breaking news concerning this story. (LIB may be a bit faster in breaking the news as Steve is a leader in the Student Government)

30 March 2006

ASM is Chaos - NEW GOVERNMENT FORMING

There is a coup at UW Madison and it could not be more apparent. I am not a conspiracy theorist and I may begin to sound like Bill A., but it is apparent that something is happening behind the scenes and it is not pretty.

I am not going as far as the SLAC folks, but one of their statements in the Herald was interesting.

“It looks awfully shady,” SLAC member Ashok Kumar said. “The election that is asking the most money out of students — the most important election [is cancelled] … by the power invested in Tim Leonard.”

It does indeed look shady. It is time that students stop just taking this abuse from the government. The power of government needs the consent of the governed and I no longer consent any power to this so called “government.”

I am by no means an anarchist, but I am a realist. This “student” government has become far too powerful and as finally broken the preverbal camel’s back. Instead of looking after all students, they protect an elite few. Instead of collecting seg-fees for the many, they collect it for the few. They are willing to do whatever it takes to pass this Union Referendum including destroying the democracy here at UW Madison. Don’t give ASM your consent any longer. Their vote is invalid and their leaders are inept (Eric Varney excluded). The day of ASM is beginning to set and in the twilight students will find a new voice.

Update: New Student Government is rising to power. The Daily Cardinal has a story that some students are getting together to form an alternative to ASM.

Citing “evident corruption and general incompetence” among other grievances against ASM, the group of students, including UW-Madison freshman and Dane County Board candidate David Lapidus­, said they plan to meet tonight at the Rathskellar to formulate the new government.


Nice!

ASM chair and UW-Madison senior Eric Varney said the movement would need signatures from 10 percent of the student body to get a new student government proposal put on the ballot. If the new government wins by a two-thirds majority, ASM will be forced to disband, but only if 10 percent of the student body votes.


Here, Eric Varney is wrong. The vote only has to happen if Lapidus and the rest of the separatists hold the ASM constitution as valid. My inclination is that they don’t and therefore, they don’t have to follow ASM’s rules. Nowhere in state-statues does it say that ASM is the official Student Government of UW Madison, therefore, their rise to power is based largely on the consent of students and the lack of real competition has made them the default power in Madison. If the separatists do not recognize the ASM constitution, the “poison pill” option does not exist.

29 March 2006

The last helicopter: why the US must stay in Iraq

The Last Helicopter…

The Wall Street Journal had an excellent editorial today about the foreign perceptions of US Foreign policy. AMIR TAHERI, the article’s author, used the imagery of “the last helicopter” to set the scene.

(note: the link to the article doesn't work because it is for "subscribers only.")

To hear Mr. Abbasi tell it the entire recent history of the U.S. could be narrated with the help of the image of "the last helicopter." It was that image in Saigon that concluded the Vietnam War under Gerald Ford. Jimmy Carter had five helicopters fleeing from the Iranian desert, leaving behind the charred corpses of eight American soldiers. Under Ronald Reagan the helicopters carried the bodies of 241 Marines murdered in their sleep in a Hezbollah suicide attack. Under the first President Bush, the helicopter flew from Safwan, in southern Iraq, with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf aboard, leaving behind Saddam Hussein's generals, who could not believe why they had been allowed (to) live to fight their domestic foes, and America, another day. Bill Clinton's helicopter was a Black Hawk, downed in Mogadishu and delivering 16 American soldiers into the hands of a murderous crowd.


I could not agree with this passage more. Every President since Ford has his “last helicopter” which pushed us out of a conflict. Bill Richardson, of the “Say No to Cut and Run”, a group opposed to the April 4th Referendum, said something similar at a panel last night. Each time we left a war zone in such a way, it has emboldened our enemies. It is time to end this cycle of running when the going gets tough.

The most interesting aspect of the piece was the fact that no foreign leader believes that the last helicopter will or could happen under Bush. But everyone in the middle east is preparing for 2008. Both allies and enemies are looking to the future and they see a President, be it Republican or a Democrat, who will leave the middle east. The new power broker is Iran in this world.

Mr. Ahmadinejad's (Iran’s President) defiant rhetoric is based on a strategy known in Middle Eastern capitals as "waiting Bush out." "We are sure the U.S. will return to saner policies," says Manuchehr Motakki, Iran's new Foreign Minister.

Mr. Ahmadinejad believes that the world is heading for a clash of civilizations with the Middle East as the main battlefield. In that clash Iran will lead the Muslim world against the "Crusader-Zionist camp" led by America. Mr. Bush might have led the U.S. into "a brief moment of triumph." But the U.S. is a "sunset" (ofuli) power while Iran is a sunrise (tolu'ee) one and, once Mr. Bush is gone, a future president would admit defeat and order a retreat as all of Mr. Bush's predecessors have done since Jimmy Carter.

Mr. Ahmadinejad also notes that Iran has just "reached the Mediterranean" thanks to its strong presence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. He used that message to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to adopt a defiant position vis-à-vis the U.N. investigation of the murder of Rafiq Hariri, a former prime minister of Lebanon. His argument was that once Mr. Bush is gone, the U.N., too, will revert to its traditional lethargy. "They can pass resolutions until they are blue in the face," Mr. Ahmadinejad told a gathering of Hezbollah, Hamas and other radical Arab leaders in Tehran last month.


(Emphasis added)
It is a sad state of affairs when Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, the same fellow who called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”, is waiting for Bush to leave office. He knows that Bush won’t bend to his tyranny, but he hopes that the next President will. This should be a lesson to every anti-war protestor out there. The truth is, and the dictators and tyrants of the middle east know it, is that George W. Bush is no match for them. Ahmadinejad even called the transformation in the middle east a “brief moment of triumph” for Bush. When his presidency is up, they expect that America will continue on its course of not caring about the rest of the world and retreat to our comfort zone.
This is why the anti-war movement in America is killing American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of our enemies are just “waiting Bush out.” They believe with every fiber of their essence that if they can wait just 2 more years, they will win. We as a nation must send the unequivocal message that we are in it for the long run, no matter who is President. Be them Democrat, Republican, or other, we, as a nation will not leave. This would kill the insurgency in a week, because all hope would be lost. The “last helicopter” would disappear from their dreams. But, instead, Madison is set to vote to pull out the troops, yet again, emboldening the insurgency.
We live in a dangerous world and our enemies, the ones that want to destroy America and kill Americans, are hoping that Bush leaves. It is disturbing when liberals and terrorists are on the same side of an issue: their hatred of Bush and his ideology. Well, this isn’t the first time liberals and terrorists have agreed on an issue, they both did want the patriot act defeated.

Voting...America's National Pastime

I was going to post this piece this morning, but didn't publish it b/c I had class:


As we all go off and vote in the ASM elections and soon city elections concerns of election irregularities reign supreme.

ASM in the past has had problems even keeping track of the votes. My concern is with the pastime of voting socially. People used to go into the polls and vote together.

I guess I am a bit old fashioned, but I like paper ballots.




After class, I tried to get some of my friends to vote and found out that ASM messed up again.

As of Wednesday morning, an unprecedented 15% of the UW student body had already cast votes in the Spring 2006 ASM elections. Wednesday’s numbers far exceeded voter turnout projections when compared to previous elections.

While ASM is pleased to see such a rise in participatory democracy, it has created an unpredicted technical concern in the voting system. As a result ASM has announced that it will postpone elections in order to review the system and ensure that every student has opportunity to cast an equal vote and have their voices heard.


This is absolute irresponsible on the part of the ASM elections committee. They should always hope for the best and plan for the worst.

The best of course that all eligible students will vote in the election. And perhaps all of them would vote for themselves.

This failure again within a couple of years shows the repetitive incompetence of the student government here.

There should not have to be a postponement of elections. The results should NOT have had to be erased. This is not how elections are to be conducted in America and is not a good example for the future

It seems that ASM may not have been so forth comming as to the problems with the electronic election system and a full report should be made immediately as to why the problem was caused and why the system was not able to handle such a 'high' turnout.

I am frustrated by this happening again, as I was a poll worker in the fall of 2003 when the elections had to be rescheduled.

Elizabeth Conklin, manager of DoIT’s Internal Applications group, which maintains the election software said DoIT is responsible for the incident.

“DoIT accepts full and complete responsibility for this unfortunate incident,” she said. “The ballots were lost due to a failure on our part to completely reset the election system after it was successfully tested ahead of the election. We’ve taken steps to ensure that this will not happen again.”


Well it happened again...

Herald misses the point...

I was mad last night after the socialists barged into the College Republican meeting and called everyone cowards, but after reading the Badger Herald this morning, I am furious.

The article, written by Drew Hamm, is all at once poorly written, extremely biased, and not based in reality.

Let’s break it down:

First the title: “Anti-war activist interrupts College Republicans”

Yeah, that did indeed happen. But that is not what the meeting was about and even though the anti-war folks were amusing and all, most of the speaking and attention was on the three Iraqi War veterans speaking to the audience. I blame this more on the news editor than the writer though. A better title: UW College Republicans hear from Veterans.

3rd and 4th paragraph:

Members of the UW Stop the War! movement attended the meeting to voice their support of the referendum. However, when Stop the War! member Chris Dols became too “disruptive,” two UW police officers asked him to leave.“It is a little hypocritical for them to publicly denounce Stop the War! when they won’t even debate us,” Dols said.


The first quote in the article is from Mr. Dols. Why is this? The event was about the anti-troop referendum they quote Mr. Dols after he is asked to leave the meeting. The writer also uses the infamous “editorial quotation” to describe him as disruptive. Well, as a witness to the event, Mr. Dols was extremely disruptive. He was physically unable to keep still when the veterans were talking and would not stop adding his two cents. It was only AFTER he called the panel and crowd cowards, after he pointed out that a veteran killed a child, after he was taken to the curb with FACTs, was he asked to leave after one of his 2 minute soliloquies. It is obvious he was never taught how to be quiet when others are talking. But the reporter found it so newsworthy to talk about it that he went on with dribble.

The overall opinion of the panelists was that they love the people of Iraq, and that the response from Americans has been overwhelmingly positive since returning home.

Don’t forget, Hamm, that they also preached time and time again that the Iraqi people WANTED THEM THERE. And that every one of the veterans said that those pushing this referendum are in fact AGAINST the troops.

The dialogue went back and forth for a majority of the meeting on whether or not the troops should leave.
No, it was more like:
Veterans: No, we should stay, we want to stay until the job is done.
Anti-war folks: No, all troops want to leave no.
Veterans: No, we want to stay and help the Iraqi people build a democracy.
Anti-war folks: You kill children and you want to come home.

The Anti-war folks must have found it disheartening and horribly ironic that the same folks that they want to bring home are willing to go back. The same folks that they want to save from this “evil war”, want to fight for the rights of the Iraqi people. Ha.
“We are all for getting these soldiers out of harm’s way,” Dols said. “I want you and all your friends home.”


Okay Chris, what if the soldiers WANT to stay in Iraq? Then what? The Reporter forgot about the quote from Mike Hahn which said that there are record re-enlistment numbers in the Army and impressive numbers in the Marine Corp. It seems that the reporter was more interested in Chris Dols than in the veterans at the front of the room.
This was one of the only topics that the two sides agreed on during the meeting.


No, they didn’t agree. Although they want everyone to come home, the veterans and all of their fighting friends still over there want to stay until the JOB IS DONE! Again, the reporter must have been outside the room at that point interviewing Chris Dols.
The College Republicans set up the “Vote No” panel to educate students on their views on the issue. Dols requested to be on the panel but was denied because he had views opposing the College Republicans’ stance.

Of course he was denied. He came to the meeting and just asked to be on the panel. Even though he was NOT on the panel, he still spoke out of turn and acted like a 5 year who no one wants to play with. He whined the entire meeting…obviously into the author’s year. This was a vote NO panel, it was designed to let the campus know the other side of the issue without the threat of rudeness and disrespect. The last time the College Republicans participated in a panel with the left, it was 1 on 5 and the conservative was hissed any time he spoke. That is not a debate, that is disrespect towards the first amendment. What right do the anti-war folks have to coming to our meeting and taking over? What right does Chris Dols have in coming into our meeting and being disrespectful. They have every right to come and listen and to ask short pointed questions, but after that, they are infringing on our first amendment rights. They by no means have or deserved the right to have a “heckler’s veto” at UW Madison. They are in the majority and they have decided to continue to oppress conservative thought. Only now, they have come to the one place that we can say something without the sighs or the hisses or the disrespect that we get in every class and in every other group on campus.
Dols and his constituents came into the meeting and called the College Republicans “cowards” for not debating him, which set off a yelling match between the panelists and Dols.

Yep, more talking about Dols. Again, the BH should be ashamed for running this piece.
Despite the differing opinions, Smith said she thought the meeting went well.

It did go well. It would have gone better if the anti-war folks would shut up and listen instead of assuming they are always right. There were 3 Iraq War veterans and instead of learning from their first person experiences, the anti-war kids “know” that their propaganda is right and the soldiers are wrong. For shame.“It is good for debate and discourse,” she said.She said she decided ahead of time that debate between the two sides would not be productive, however, as she said a “token conservative” at a Stop the War! meeting would just be “shouted down” and “attacked.”
Indeed.

This story was horrible and for the first time in a long time, the Daily Cardinal’s coverage was so much better that I cannot even compare the two. Drew Hamm should be fired…or sent to the Madison Observer, because with this kid of reporting, that is where he belongs.

From a paper who formed in opposition to the anti-war movement of the '60s, the Herald should be ashamed.

28 March 2006

CRs Overrun by Hippies

Tonight, the UW College Republicans were overrun by hippies. The CRs organized a "Vote No Panel" to get the facts out there about the anti-troop referendum that the City of Madison is holding next week. The panel was moderated by Madison's favorite radio personality, Vicki McKenna and included three Iraqi War Veterans.

As the meeting got underway, about a half dozen "Stop War Now" folks came into the room. Their leader, Chris Dols, lead the way. Of course, the anti-war folks are attracted to any form of media available and with reporters from the Herald and the Cardinal on hand, they could not resist in making a scene.

Be it calling the panel and the CRs "cowards" or talking so much out of turn that the UW Police had to escort him out of the room, Chris Dols was his normal self. Yes Chris, we get it, your parents did not pay attention to you as a kid and now you need everyone to pay attention to everything you say. Well, guess what, NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION. There were Iraq war veterans talking about what is happening over there and you could not keep you mouth shut for more than a minute. Shame on you!

Other than Dols, the rest of the hippies were pretty well behaved. The Vote NO panel did a great job in defending the Iraqi war and setting the record strait. The truth just hurts the anti-war folks so much that they don't want to listen.

They invited several of the veterans to a "public forum" to be held next week. As normal, any liberal forum includes 10 liberals, 1 conservative and a yelling crowd of folks who all agree with each other. It is to be held at library mall (sounds like a rally) and two of the veterans are going to participate. Odds are, they will be called baby killers and murderers.

The truth of the situation is simple: those that support this referendum are against the troops and don't understand what is happening over there. As the veterans said over and over again, if we pull out, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis will die in a horrible blood bath and the ba'athist regime will kill all of those that helped us thus far. Shame on you all!

Listen to my opinion on this and other issues at The Slanty Shanty

Saddam does not care about Iraq

I'm not surprised that Saddam does not care about his own people, but for him to say it straight out is a different story.

Interviewer: This reminds me that in one of your speeches, you said that you would leave Iraq a country without a people.

Saddam Hussein: What is the people worth without Saddam Hussein?! What is it worth? Iraq is entirely Saddam Hussein. "Long live Iraq" means "long live Saddam Hussein." What is Iraq worth without Saddam Hussein?

Interviewer: You keep on with those slogans? You still cling to them...

Saddam Hussein: I was brought up on it. How do you want me to go back on this? Iraqis hear these things about me as soon as they come out of their mothers' wombs. [...] I repeat: Iraq without Saddam Hussein isn't worth two bits. Therefore, it will make me happy if Iraq turns into ashes.

I call to punish 'Izzat Al-Duri, because he burned my heart.

Interviewer: Why, because he published a statement without your permission?

Saddam Hussein: He gave a speech without me knowing it. The punishment that I want for him is to cut off his tongue and ears.

Interviewer: Why cutting off his tongue and ears?

Saddam Hussein: To make him the same as all the renegades whose tongues and ears I cut off. And if 'Izzat Al-Duri continues giving speeches in sign language, like the deaf do, I demand that his hands be cut off. And so on and so forth, until 'Izzat Al-Duri is finished, and we get rid of this degenerate.


Lock him up and throw away the key.

I'm Back...

Although all is well over at madison.com, I have decided to resurrect the original freedom fighter blog for two reasons. First, I am going to cross link to the madison.com site which should be good all around and second, because the layout is just so bad over there. I enjoy having a side bar!!!

So...I was just at a CR meeting and the anti-war folks called marines "cowards." More to come before this evening is over.

27 March 2006

Where's Bob?

So Madison's favorite "Red-head" conservative is AWOL from blogging. In an attempt to guilt him into blogging feel free to leave comments. To hold people off until then, check the Slanty Shanty show for some political commentary from Bob (supposedly from Freedom Fighter) and Brad from Letters in Bottles.

There is a ton of issues Bob should be speaking out against such as the Iraq referendum, securing the border debate, and the Governor's race.

Start your engines.

Vote No on Both ASM Referendums

Today March 28 at 8 am voting opens online for UW-Madison students at http://vote.asm.wisc.edu until March 30 at 8 pm.

All students should vote and take into consideration extremely important issues such as tuition fees, textbook programs, and referendums among others when voting for candidates. But most importantly, two major referendums on the ballot may have drastic effects on cost of attending the University. The first is an increase of segregated fees of $96 a semester to pay for renovations at Memorial Union and a new building for Union South. The second is the "Living Wage" referendum to mandate a pay hike of $10.23 an hour for LTE workers.

The Badger Herald editoral board has come out against both referendums on the Union referendum here and the wage hike here. Mike from the Mendota Beacon has an excellent article here. Voting no is one option for students to help keep down the cost of tuition as any extra costs of attending the University.

Many students who are trying to pay their way through college work many hours a week and full-time during summers, without the help of their family, to attend Madison. They do not need the burden of working an additional month part-time to pay for higher segfees. Check out my previous blog on the Union referndum here.

This leads to the second referendum, which would artificially inflate the wages of workers.

The Badger Herald sums up the idiocy of this referendum by asking these questions: "While the imposition of a living wage seems noble in the abstract, its implications need to be considered. Do students scooping Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union need a living wage? Does the student swiping IDs at the SERF deserve a wage hike?"

We attend college to learn more skills and obtain higher paying jobs. Certain jobs are higher paid, because they require higher education and skills that the average high school graduate does not have.

We want a system where people are paid for the quailty and difficulty of work they do. This is a reason why college professors deserve more pay than a trash collector. Being a college professor requires more education and skills to specialize in their field to fully teach students that specialization.

People should earn their higher wages through more education or raises for hard work. We all have to start somewhere near the bottom, either mowing lawns, delivering papers, or working at a grocery store--like I did. But all those jobs gave me an incentive to push forward, earn an education, and earn raises for hard work.

This is a society we live in and should live in. Not a fantasy world where we are all paid equally to do any type of work--no matter how much education or skills we have. That stinks of Socialism and Communism. We want our doctors, teachers, and scientists to be paid more for knowing more, because they earned it.

How do we know how much workers should be paid for the skills and education a person has?

We don't know and neither does SLAC. But employers do and they should be allowed to determine how much to pay their workers and not by a faulty mandate.

Vote NO on both referendums.

02 February 2006

The Freedom Fighter has moved!

The Madison Freedom Fighter has moved to bigger better location at madison.com. I'm the same ol' red headed conservative, only now I have a server where I can upload podcasts and stream video!

Check it out!! (link)

http://www.madison.com/post/blogs/freedomfighters/index.php

30 January 2006

MFF Update and Retooling

MFF Readers,

The Madison Freedom Fighter is undergoing a major overhaul. Over the next week, we will be moving to a new location (at madison.com) as well as increasing our content and capabilities. MFF will have podcasts, a/v content, as well as a couple new contributors in addition to yours truly.

Because of this, the number of posts and response to comments will be low over the next few days. But fear not, for the Madison Freedom Fighters will be up and running by weeks end. Please continue to check back from time to time over the next couple of days, but don't you even think about touching that blogroll, because Madison's best blog is just going to be getting better!

Thanks,

Bob T.

P.S. To curve any comments on any statements I made (i.e Madison's best blog), I have turned off the comments for this post. Advantage Bob.

28 January 2006

I've crossed over to the dark side

Well, after years of mocking them, I have joined the legions of Mac supporters across the US. Yesterday I bought the brand new IMac. As a life long PC user and Mac hater, it took me a while to get used to the idea of a Mac in my house hold. But I have to admit, it is AWESOME. I have a 20 inch screen and the entire unit is a thing of beauty.

Who says conservatives cannot change?

Update: I just created my first podcast. I will start uploading them next week.

27 January 2006

Follow up: Herald gets the story wrong

One major line in the story is just wrong:

Healy, whom Davis described as “extremely apologetic” during Thursday’s meeting, said the Beacon believed and continues to believe its decision was well within its legal rights.

After talking to Jeff Healy, he said that he did not appologize about a thing and after the meeting Mr. Davis was upset with him. To apologize is to think you did something wrong and Jeff and the rest of the Beacon's leadership don't think they did anything wrong.

What the hopla is about: From the Beacon story.
They allegedly wrote insulting remarks on the whiteboard attached to Brian Roberts’ door in Ogg Hall. Roberts is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender liaison, which gives him free housing in Ogg.

The four allegedly tore down pictures of two men without shirts kissing and other pictures from the liaison’s public bulletin board. One or more of the men also allegedly spit on the door of the liaison. Altogether, the four face 17 felony charges.

Roberts wrote those who live near him after the incident, “I hope that events like last nights will not happen in our community ever again, but if they should, I will continue to confront them and hope that my fellow housemates will be there to back me up.”


Roberts e-mailed his floor about the incident and he is protrayed in a positive light. He did his job as an LGBT liaison and he put himself in harms way by comfronting the 4 individuals. The Beacon reported as such. The first amendment is a powerful ally and just because one doesn't like the Beacon doesn't mean they don't have a right to publish what they did. I don't like the Madison Observer (so much so that I won't even link to their website), but I have never said that anything they wrote was outside of their freedom of speech. There was no malicious intent and without such there is no need to bash the Beacon for reporting the facts.

The Beacon Stands up for the Truth - Herald beats up on the little guy

The Badger Herald has resorted yet again to attacking the Mendota Beacon in a negative light. The Beacon published a photo and the name of the alleged victim in the "hate crime" committed in December. Even though this individual sent out an e-mail to his floor IDing him as such, some believe his identity should be protected.

From the Herald story:

Perhaps most troubling to UW, Davis said, is what he called the questionable motives Anderson had for exposing the liaison's identity.


I can say without a doubt that Grant as no biases against this individual and the only reason he wanted to publish it is because it is the truth. That is the goal of journalism, isn't it.

But there is no law that stops an independent newspaper from publishing a photo. The story the Beacon ran was positive as well. In my opinion (for disclosure, I used to be the Managing Editor of the Beacon) the story the Beacon ran was fair and objective. It portrayed the "victim" almost as a hero. Running after these bigots even in the face of a personal threat.

From my time working with the Beacon and with the Jeff and Jenna, I can tell you that it is totally unafraid. Do your worst Main Stream Media, because Madison's finest citizen journalism is going to continue to spread the truth.

By the way, perhaps the Herald should write a positive piece about the Beacon for once. I doubt that will ever happen though, because when you see the Beacon, they see themselves 35 years ago. I know two members of the inagural Herald staff, one is my landlord, the other works up at the Capitol, they both worked for the paper in 1969. Both of them have supported the Beacon, just shaking their head when they read the Herald. What a shame.

Update: With such disrespect towards the Beacon, it is interesting that three opinion columnists currently employed by the Herald are alumni of the "openly conservative" newspaper. They hire Beaconites but won't speak favorably about the Beacon.

Update 2: Now Beacons are disappearing from across the campus. I love free speech in Madison! The Herald will probably write a story about how the Beacons take up too much space on the newsracks and how the liberals are justified in destroying the paper. HT: Jenna I am, of course, not accusing the Herald of stealing the papers.

Update 3: I am indeed towing the Beacon line.

26 January 2006

Update: Isthmus readers chime in

As many of you know, I was profiled for a cover story in the Isthmus last month. Well, Madison has responded...here's what they had to say and my response to each:

"I'm surprised this angry, contentious young man has such a bleeding heart for the Iraqi people." - Nicole Gruter, Menona

First, I'm not an angry person. The question that you should be asking is how can Ms. Vogeler turn her back on the Iraqi people. The "progressives" want to work with the UN and want America to be more active in world problems. If we sent troops into the Darfur region of Sudan, would you be okay with American foreign policy? I am proud to support a President that has given 25 million people the right to vote for the first time in their lives.

"...one look at Robert Thelen's pinched, angry-looking face should be enough to alert anyone that he is a rabid right-winger. Think about it: From Bill O'Reilly to Ann Coulter to Rush Limbaugh to Dick Cheney...there is a meanness in their persona..." - Keith Stephens, Monroe

Thanks Keith, I take it as a complement to be compared to Dick Cheney and Bill O'Reilly. We are not mean, we are passionate.

"Robert Thelen III maintains that Bush won 'a landslide victory' in 2004. I think he needs to bone up on his math." - Charles Tranberg

Bush had the largest vote total ever and was the first President since Reagan (correction: Since the 1988 election of GB Sr.) to get a true majority of the vote in one of the most competitive elections ever. So, it was an impressive, message sending victory.

"I was disappointed to see how slanted your story was. It's a shame that Thelen had to play the "limited-life experience" foil to Vogeler's hard-luck, blue-collar activist. Fortunately, Thelen doesn't seem the type to be driven from his cause so easily" - Zachary Wyatt
Thanks Zachary. I agree that the story was slanted, but I expected such from the Isthmus. The truth is, most of the anti-war folks in Madison are left-overs from the Vietnam era and the average pro-victory advocate is in college. BTW: this is one of two positive comments.

In one comment I was even compared to Hitler, another one called me bully. Yet another said my interview was full of "know-it-all, know-nothing, inane and erroneous, red-headed yes-man full of third-rate, two bit, first grade prattle?"

I find it interesting that most of the readers who responded used some sort of personal attack in their statement. This is how the anti-war left argues. First an attack, then some talking points they were fed by a Captimes article or a blog and because they don't understand the significance of the talking points, they end with another personal attack. Insecurity is rampant in the anti-war left.

The National Review is coming to Madison....kind of

Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of National Review Online will be visiting Madison next week Wednesday. He will be discussing the lies spun by the MSM concerning Hurricane Katrina and other interesting topics.

He will be in 1100 Grainger Hall at 7:00pm on Wednesday Feb 1, 2006.

So read up on his blog. This event is open to everyone. So I hope liberals show up to get an education.

From his last post:
A wave of pious indignation and table-thumping has spread across the nation's editorial pages over the freedom to search for Internet porn. Don't get me wrong: I think you do have the right to search for porn. But it is interesting to see what gets people's First Amendment gag reflex going. The Baltimore Sun, for example, warns that a "witch-hunt" for search-engine abusers might be around the corner if Google cooperates with the government.

25 January 2006

Iraqis, Afghans, optimistic about Future....France not so much

In a new poll conducted by BBC, Iraqis and afghans are among the most optimistic about the future in the world.

Joining the Afghans and Iraqis in the optimistic category are Canadians who are bullish not only about their own finances (64 percent), but also about their country (63 percent).

In Afghanistan, 70 percent of respondents said their own circumstances are improving, and 57 percent said the country overall is on the way up. In Iraq, 65 percent believe their personal life is getting better, and 56 percent are upbeat about the country's economy, the BBC reported
I guess the ability to vote and the new freedoms that America made possible in Iraq and Afganistan has given those people hope for the future. Interestingly, according to the poll, France and Italy are some of the most pessimistic countries. Perhaps socialism doesn't make people feel all that optimistic. I am sure the MSM will bury these results in the coming days. For them, any news is good news...but good news doesn't exist.

20,000 Page Views

My page views just crossed the 20,000 mark. Thank you all for your support and your readership.

To the next 20,000!

Update: Also, my roomate got accepted into EOD Special Ops Training. Congrats Ryan!

Props to Doyle

You are not going to hear it often from me, but I will give Democratic Governor Jim Doyle some props today. As you may have heard, he went to Iraq to visited the troops there . I know that some bloggers around the state may view this as a political stunt, but I believe it is well-intended. He really does care about the troops in Iraq and I believe he supports the mission and the war.

Wisconsin National Guard troops serving in the Middle East have "high morale, a very clear sense of mission, and a very clear belief that it can be accomplished," Gov. Jim Doyle said in a teleconference from Baghdad today.

Doyle, who arrived in Iraq this morning, said he was visiting the country
primarily to see Wisconsin National Guard troops and "to make sure they know
that we are supporting them.
"
(snip)
"There's no doubt the military feels they are on the right track," he said,
adding, "I'm not ready to declare what the foreign policy of the United States
should be."

(emphasis added)

The governor has been a true supporter of the troops through out his administration. He seldom misses a send off and this visit and his words underlines that fact. This comes a day after an LA Times reporter called for anti-war advocates to stop supporting the troops. Politics and indictments aside, Governor Doyle did something good today.

Updates: No Runny Eggs has commentary as well.

"Peace Mom" turns "Peace Pawn"

America's favorite anti-war mother, Cindy Sheehan just cannot seem to keep her mouth shut these days. Between speaking for up to 11,000 dollars an hour and endless TV interviews, she has found time to take a foriegn government sponsored trip to Venezuela.

We must stop the Iraq war, we must not let it happen again, said Sheehan, who has been arrested at least twice while demonstrating outside the White House.
Tuesday's march ended outside the armed forces headquarters, on an avenue usually reserved for military parades. "It's a peace route now," Sheehan said.

It is ironic that Sheehan would call that avenue a "peace route" as the Venezuelan military is suspected of countless murders and unthinkable corruption.

The story of the murder of three of the six young people, who had left after their nighttime exam at the Universidad Santa María to head home, seems to be taken straight out of post-Allende Chile, where the Office of National Intelligence (DINA) murdered defenseless citizens on the streets

Amnesty International has more:
Amnesty International has documented police intimidation of relatives of the victims of human rights violations committed by police and the failure to grant them protection or implement effective protection as well as the failure to investigate complaints of threats. Venezuelan human rights organizations have documented over 100 police killings in Guárico State in recent years. Many Venezuelan states have a similar history of police abuse.

The truth of the matter is, Cindy Sheehan is willing to align herself with a murderous dictator and be used as a pawn in Chavez's goal of turning South America to the left. Ms. Sheehan: Your eldest son would be outraged. You are not doing him a service.

24 January 2006

Google becoming Chinese Puppet?

Google, the world's most prolific search-engine and the creators of blogger.com (where this blog is located) and gmail has signed a deal with the Chinese government to provide searching in China.

I googled "google and china" at news.google.com and found a number of sources about the new deal. The sad news is when a Chinese citizen does the same thing they will not get linked to news stories like this:

Timeonline:

GOOGLE will today cave in to pressure from the Chinese Government by launching a local website that strips out information not approved by the Communist authorities.

The company, whose motto is "Don't be evil", is launching a version of its site that restricts Chinese people from searching for information about Tibetan independence or the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
(snip)
Google is already subject to Chinese government censorship, which blocks search results returning undesired information. The country maintains a sophisticated system of internet monitoring known as "The Great Firewall of China" that restricts access to a range of Western sites.

The company estimates that about 1,000 categoriesagories are blocked by this filtering. No published list of barred terms exists, although the authorities are quick to complain if offending information becomes available.

The average Chinese citizen will never know that there searches are being blocked. Websites will not be loaded, certain words will come back with no results. World events, like the massacre at Tiananmen Square and the brutal oppression of Tibet will never be known.

I wonder what will come up when someone googles "freedom", democracy, " "china human rights".

Google is going to mislead hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens with false information. What is even more disturbing is that they are going against their own mission statement. The FIRST thing Google mentions on their "company overview" is
"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. "
I guess the meaning of "universally accessible" is lost in translation from english to mandarin.

War opponent is AGAINST Troops

After months of blogging on how the anti-war left is against the troops, the truth has come out.

Joel Stein, of the LA Times, wrote as much in his piece "Warriors and wusses" in which he says that soldiers don't deserve to be supported because they knew what was coming when they signed the dotted line.

When you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse. Sometimes you get lucky and get to fight ethnic genocide in Kosovo, but other times it's Vietnam.
So, our brave fighting men and women oversees are signing up as tools. Interesting.

I'm sure I'd like the troops. They seem gutsy, young and up for anything. If you're wandering into a recruiter's office and signing up for eight years of unknown danger, I want to hang with you in Vegas.
(snip)
Blindly lending support to our soldiers, I fear, will keep them overseas longer by giving soft acquiescence to the hawks who sent them there and who might one day want to send them somewhere else. Trust me, a guy who thought 50.7% was a mandate isn't going to pick up on the subtleties of a parade for just service in an unjust war. He's going to be looking for funnel cake.

This kind ofmentalityy is apparent in the anti-war movement. Instead of being against the war and respecting the troops (ie not protesting ROTC on campus, Recruiting stations off of campus, etc), the anti-war left is now attacking soldiers to make political gain. Notice that Mr. Stein is against a "parade" because it will send the wrong message to politicians. Well, how about the soldiers? They are fighting, they are bleeding, for the American people.

But blaming the president is a little too easy. The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. An army of people ignoring their morality, by the way, is also Jack Abramoff's pet name for the House of Representatives.

This nation must begratefull for the soldiers who are protecting our boarders and are willing to fight for it. I am sickened by Mr. Stein's comments and hope he understands what he is saying. He has called the armed forces an immoral entity. Then, almost as if this is all a big joke, he throws in a punch line about Abramoff.

I'm not advocating that we spit on returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea. All I'm asking is that we give our returning soldiers what they need: hospitals, pensions, mental health and a safe, immediate return. But, please, no parades.


First, you are advocating that the collective US turn its back on our soldiers. It is our duty as a grateful nation, whether you believe in the war effort or not, to respect and thank our fighting men and women. Mr. Stein, I have friends in Iraq, I have a neighbor in Iraq, and as long as they fight for the USA, I, for one, am going to support them. And to the people who agree with Mr. Stein. I pray that you know that your freedom is protected by those people "who pull the trigger".

What the anti-war left doesn't get and Mr. Stein hates is that overall moral for the US Military in Iraq is high. The soldiers, riflemen, airmen, and seamen in Iraq understand their mission and can see the progress being achieved in that country. If you have not PERSONALLY talked to soldiers coming back from Iraq, if you have not personally talked to soldiers injured in Iraq (many of whom wants to return), then you truly don't understand the war that is being fought. Oh, there will be parades when this war is over, and hopefully Mr. Stein is stuck in traffic as one goes by, so he can see who he didn't support when they needed it the most.

Update: Uncle Jimbo must have been reading my mind. He wrote about this earlier today.
Favorite line: "I wonder if the possibility that he is not omniscient ever crossed the fevered mind of this delusionally self-important weasel. "

Are you a South Park Republican?


Update: Bill from Madison, the anti-government comment king, has his South Park character here.

Okay, I will be honest. I found this link to create your own South Park character and I had to come up with a post to have an excuse to have a picture of me as a South Park character (that's me above). So, here it goes:

The talking heads have been throwing around the term "South Park Republican" for a couple of years now. What is a South Park Republican?

Wikipedia:
The term "South Park Republican" has thus become popular among a handful of pundits to describe young Americans who interpret the show's values as being parallel to their cause. They see themselves as being more populist and far less puritanical than many other conservative groups (e.g. the religious right). Trey and Matt say they are extremely grateful for the 15 half-hours of airtime that Comedy Central annually affords them because it gives them a "bullhorn to yell at America."

The phrase, "You know? I've learned something today..." is the trademark line, used in nearly every episode, to outline the South Park solution to the current moral crisis. South Park Republicans empathize with the characters' consideration of moral guidelines in their attempts to explain their surroundings and are extremely likely to support the "children's" decisions.


Basically, it is a moderate Republican. Another article goes on to say that a South Park conservative is an average American.

Half of the voting public is Republican. They watch R rated movies, enjoy a few drinks at happy hour, and even go to the occasional Wrestlemania. Hopefully, the South Park Republicans will shatter the unfair stereotype and set the record straight. As Cartman would say, That would be pretty sweet.

This is a hard one for me. I do enjoy R rated movies, a few drinks at happy hour, and I love South Park. But I would not consider myself a moderate. So I'm up in the air. Are you a South Park Conservative? More importantly, what would you look like if you were a South Park Conservative character?

New Mendota Beacon on the News Stand

The Beacon is back and better than ever. The next generation of Beacon leadership did a great job in putting together this edition. Jenna is the new Managing Editor and Jeff Healy is the new Editor in Chief. Check it out.

23 January 2006

Conservatives win big in Canada

Well, as I said yesterday, Michael Moore's influence is not as big as his head. Canada has gone to the right. They elected a pro-life, pro-business, pro-privatization, capitalist, with a foriegn policy more in-lined with Dubya than Chirac.

Canadian Television has more:

Canadians awarded Conservative Leader Stephen Harper with a minority government Monday, putting an end to more than 12 years of Liberal rule.
(snip)
With 94 per cent of the vote counted nationally, the Conservatives were at 36 per cent support, compared with 30 for the Liberals, 17 for the NDP, 11 for the Bloc, and four for the Green party.

It's not all good news for conservatives though. Because the conservatives won a minority, they will have to form a collition to hold on to power. With a broad long-lasting collition unlikely, a new election may be called within a couple of years.

This is a small victory for our conservative friends to the north. What is more important is that Moore backed the wrong horse again.

PETA is Hypocritical - Slow News Day at Cardinal

Today, the Daily Cardinal, UW Madison's other daily newspaper, had two stories above the fold that really shouldn't be there.

First, they have yet another story on the alleged "hate crimes" that occurred in Ogg Hall. Once again the media is making a mountain out of an ant hill. I would be mad at the Cardinal, but I have come to expect it from this newspaper.

What I didn't expect was a photo and story about a naked PETA protestor to adorn the front page.

In an attempt to raise awareness about animal cruelty, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals representatives held a public demonstration on State Street Friday, promoting vegetarianism through a nude activist painted in a butcher's diagram.

Among a meat eating and leather clad audience, Michelle Cho, a PETA volunteer, said she wanted to use her body to demonstrate and make an important political statement. She posed on the sidewalk under a banner that read, All Animals Have the Same Parts-Have a Heart, Go Vegetarian.
Yes, animals have the same parts, but we are different. Animals eat each other. It is a fact of life. All of these evolutionists that believe that we are all animals should realize that fact.

She also urged for ethical farm treatment and said the animals subjected to farming are being deprived of feelings, friendship and animal bonding.
Because they are food. I have lived around farmers my entire life and I think cows and other animals have it pretty well. They never starve and they are respected more than PETA understands. These farmers respect animals more than PETA does.

According to an article at Petakillsanimals.com:

From July 1998 through the end of 2004, PETA killed over 12,400 dogs, cats, and other "companion animals" -- at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. That's more than five defenseless animals every day. Not counting the dogs and cats PETA spayed and neutered, the group put to death over 85 percent of the animals it took in during 2003 alone.
Well, PETA kills thousands of animals and also take away their reproductive rights. Where is the justice? Where is the animal equality? Like the PETA Protestor in the Cardinal said: "All Animals Have the Same Parts"!

BTW: Jenna posted on this stunt a couple of days ago. I guess it takes the Cardinal some time to catch up the the blogosphere!

The Ship is Sinking

Brad V. over at LIB wrote a great editorial for the Herald. Yes, the same newspaper I slammed last night does have SOME good opinion writers. In his piece, Brad likens the Seg Fee system to a sinking boat.
Change is essential to keeping this rickety ASM rowboat of state afloat. Fixing the hull we have is essential, since obtaining a new ship altogether — a different fee system — seems unlikely in the near future. Posting all budgetary information related to segregated fee budgets — itemized group requests, finalized allocations and past budgets — is a good first step towards a keel-haul of our student government, one that will get the leaks above the waterline so that they might be fixed.

I disagree with Mr. Vogel on one main point. I say we just let the ship sink, go treasure diving for the left over seg fees, and start over with a more sturdy ship where students have a choice of where their student taxes go. These rowboats have been for far too long the vessel of choice for only a small number of students, while the rest of the masses have been land locked with no means of excape. These students, mostly members of liberal organizations, are like Pirates, they steal from the average student for the betterment of their own life. This system has to be corrected.

China to build sun...
















The Drudge Report linked to a story about China attempting to create the world's first "artificial sun." The People's Daily Online, a state run Chinese website claims that the project could create an infinite amount of energy.

Experiments with the advanced new device will start in July or August. If the experiments prove successful, China will become the first country in the world to build a full superconducting experimental Tokamak fusion device, nicknamed "artificial sun", experts here said.
The project, dubbed EAST (experimental advanced superconducting Tokamak), is
being undertaken by the Hefei-based Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It will require a total investment of nearly 300 million yuan (37 million U.S. dollars), only one fifteenth to one twentieth the cost of similar devices being developed in the other parts of the world.
What is interesting is that there have been other Tokamak fusion devices created. The US Department of Energy has been funding one at Princeton for almost two decades.


The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) operated at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) from 1982 to 1997. TFTR set a number of world records, including a plasma temperature of 510 million degrees centigrade -- the highest ever produced in a laboratory, and well beyond the 100 million degrees required for commercial fusion. In addition to meeting its physics objectives, TFTR achieved all of its hardware design goals, thus making substantial contributions in many areas of fusion technology development.

Of course, with China, it begs to question how much of this "break through" of theirs is actually theirs? It can be summised that a large proportion of China's project is based on American technology. All that I can say is that when one plays with fire, they can get burned. I hope China takes more precautions when they are playing with the sun than they did when they play with chemicals.

BTW, the two pictures at the top of this post are from two different Tokamak Fusion Reactors. The one on the left is the American one, the one on the right is the Chinese one. As you can see, the basic structure is very similar. The American one has been around since the middle '80s and the Chinese one is "the world's first". I am not a nuclear scientist, so if any read this site, please explain the difference between the Princeton reactor and the Chinese one.

Michael Moore pleads with Canadians to vote Liberal

Michael Moore, the super-liberal man who showed the ignorence of the left and helped George W. Bush win his second term, is trying to influence the Canadians against a probable conservative take over in the elections in the elections today. From his website:

Oh, Canada -- you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of humor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny.

(snip)
Do you want to help George Bush by turning Canada into his latest conquest? Is that how you want millions of us down here to see you from now on? The next notch in the cowboy belt?

I am starting to understand the Michael Moore liberals of the world. Democracy=Conquest. A fair democratic election for one side = conquest, for another it equals a rightous victory. I guess if one uses that logic then indeed, Iraq is a conquest. All I want to know is when the conservatives win in Canada, will Canadians start to promise to move to America? Perhaps Vermont?

A Boston Globe story explains that the Canadians thurst for change...

An appetite for change has swept Canada this winter, bringing a surge in support for the country's Conservative Party. Heading into the final weekend of campaigning, the Conservative candidate for prime minister, Stephen Harper, was leading in some polls by 10 percentage points over the incumbent Liberal leader, Paul Martin. The Conservatives appeared poised to end 13 years of Liberal Party rule, a tenure marked by increasing economic prosperity but marred by a government kickback scandal and deteriorating relations with the United States.


It took them 10 years, but the conservative revolution that started with the 1994 Republican victory in congress has finally spread to Canada.

Back to the subject at hand, it is ironic that Michael Moore is trying to influence the elections in other countries after being so unsuccessful in this one.

I think after the results come in tomorrow and the conservatives take back Canada after over a decade of liberal control, I am going to personally invite Mr. Moore to Wisconsin to "help" Democrats Jim Doyle and Herb Kohl.

Badger Herald's News Coverage Needs More Scrutiny

This post is a long time coming and I have contemplated the professionalism of commenting on a previous employer and current competitor on this campus. With the Mendota Beacon under the direction of the next generation of "Beaconites", I feel that I can now comment on the news coverage of the Badger Herald.

Let's look at the last couple of issues:

Alleged hate crime not surprising to UW by Andriy Pazuniak:

First, this issue was as slanted as a story can be. This article might as well be a press release from the LGBT Campus Center, if they had the time to send one out. Half the content of the article is concerning a phone conversation.

While many students were shocked to hear of the felony hate crime charges brought against two University of Wisconsin students, representatives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Campus Center said they were not. I'm not real surprised, quite honestly, LGBTCC Director Eric Trekell said in a phone interview a day after two UW freshmen were charged with felony hate crimes for vandalizing the door of an LGBT liaison in Ogg Hall.


The Herald's second day of coverage did little reporting outside of adding talking-points from the LGBT Campus Center. This story would only be more left if they found a way to make the US Military look bad. Wait...

Chamberlain, the fourth student involved, is a member of the U.S. Marine ROTC, and had been a student in good standing, according to ROTC officials.

This was news the FIRST time the Herald printed the story, now it is becoming a dominent feature. Nothing only has the MSM made the military look homophobic but now the Herald is leading the way in making the Military look down right dangerous to students on this campus.

Talking about the first issue, it was interesting to see to what lengths the Herald went to paint the offenders as conservatives.

Chamberlain from Crystal Lake, Ill., later confessed to writing this, the complaint states.
"I tore down a picture, I was showing off and saw a picture of two guys kissing, Chamberlain was quoted in the complaint. I am conservative and had a problem with it. Why does the photo have to be displayed in public? Keep it to yourself. I tore it down.
(snip)
"I hate f*cking liberals"



Almost as if the story was shooting for a "shock effect" it repeated the phrase "I hate f*cking f*ggots" three times in the story. The news editor of the Herald, Megan Costello, who co-wrote the first "hate crime" story considers herself "very liberal" according to her facebook profile.

Not only is she very liberal, but she is a member of the "College Democrats" and the "how the hell was he re-elected" facebook groups.

Being so biased, it is a wonder that she was assigned to write this story, but I guess when the editor of the "news" section of the paper is "very liberal" the paper is doomed to be hopelessly slanted to the "very left".

Megan Costello is a case book example of bias and I am putting her and the other writers for the Herald on notice (Steven Colbert Style). When your paper has a circulation of 16,000 and only survived with the aid of William Buckley, you stand on the shoulders of the giants before you. Let's see what the new week brings to blog about...

Update: After publishing this post, I thought I would add that the Herald's Editor in Chief did write a very thought-provoking article questioning the very concept of a hate crime. It is interesting that the Herald is run by a reasonable moderate-conservative but it's news is controlled by self-described "very liberal" editors.

Update 2: I left out the NROTC commander's statement against the alleged hate crime.

“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable,” UW ROTC Commanding Officer Scott Mobley said. “The values we emphasize include respect for all people, no matter what their background is.”


Just because it is in the article (and Mobley is the NAVY Commander not the entire UW ROTC Commanding Officer) does not answer the question as to why the Herald found it important to print this information in the first article. Twice they found a way to link ROTC to this hate crime. "A Student in Good Standing" commits a hate crime. That is just what the anti-war left and LGBT radicals on this campus are looking for to continue their war to get ROTC kicked off of campus.

Update 3: The Herald has yet ANOTHER story about the hate crime today. Now they added a statement from UW. It must be a VERY VERY slow news week or the Herald has an axe to grind.

22 January 2006

The Gun that Won the West is Going out of Business?



The end of the Winchester rifle, yes, the gun that won the west, is near. Winchester's New Haven, CT plant will be closing March 31st unless a buyer comes forward. According to an article:

The announcement touched off a lobbying effort by city officials and union leaders who hoped to find a buyer for the plant before it closes March 31. If no buyer comes forward, it could spell the end for nearly all commercially produced Winchesters, said Everett Corey, a representative of the International Association of Machinists District 26.

(snip)

Since the plant opened in 1866, tens of millions of Winchester rifles have been produced, the bulk of which came between the late 1800s and the end of World War II, said firearms historian R.L. Wilson, who has written books about Winchester. More than six million copies of the Winchester Model 94, the company's most popular rifle, have been produced.

It is going to be an end of an era. The gun that Teddy Roosevelt made famous in his African Safari may never be built again.

20 January 2006

Misdemeanors for the four tire slashers

Wow, justice has no place in Milwaukee where the four Democratic tire slashers got off without pleading guilty! From JS Online:
The plea agreements came in the middle of jury deliberations after an eight-day
trial on felony property damage charges that carried potential 3 1/2 year prison terms upon conviction. The fifth defendant in the case was acquitted by the jury later in the afternoon.

Michael Pratt, 33, Sowande Omokunde, 26, Lewis G. Caldwell, 29, and Lavelle Mohammad, 36, have all pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property. Omokunde is Moore's son. Prosecutors will recommend probation sentences as part of the deal, and that the four together pay $5,317 in restitution for the damaged tires.

The surprise resolution was offered by prosecutors at 2 p.m., nearly 7 hours into deliberations and an hour after a jury note complained of an impasse.

First, this plea bargain is a joke. They get probation and only have to pay for damages. THESE MEN PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM VOTING.

Second, the only argument that the tireslashers high-paid lawyers came up with is that this was a Democratic Conspiracy to disrupt Bush Election Operations across the US and that out-of-state political professionals were responsible.

Defense attorneys contend that the out-of-state political professionals might be responsible for damaging the vehicles on several possible fronts, including: whipping up the state's political fervor beyond normal levels, possibly carrying out the tire-slashings themselves and concocting circumstantial evidence to cast suspicion on the local men.

If this is the case, that out-of-state political professonals were behind the election tampering, then the defense should have been forced to show evidence of this, not just bold conjecture.

Third, the Milwaukee DAs office must have done a horrible job in presenting the case and evidence to not get a felony conviction. These men did not even plead guilty in the end and it will become presidence for simular actions in 10 months.

As I stated before, if a REPUBLICAN would have done this to a DEMOCRAT, they would be in jail and if they weren't, there would be protests right now in Milwaukee.

Today is a sad day for Justice.

19 January 2006

We Shall Overcome

Charlie Sykes is a genius. Here is his latest work of audio mastery (transcript)

In the audio piece, Doyle is compared to racist governors Orval Faubus and George Wallace for his WEAC influenced vetoes of school choice in Milwaukee.

The audio is great, check it out!

Find the Bin Laden Quote: A Freedom Fighter Exclusive Game

It's time for a Freedom Fighter exclusive game: Find the Bin Laden Quote. I put three anti-war quotes from anti-war websites and speakers (Ms. Sheehan), and an excerpt from Bin Laden's latest video tape. It is interesting how the one that started this war on terror is starting to sound like the ones that want to stop the war. But enough opining, lets start the game...

1:

For just as they botched the most important story of our time -- the Bush administration's transparently deceptive campaign to launch a war of aggression against Iraq -- the clubby mavens are now missing the crowning achievement of this vast crime: the mother of all backroom deals, a cynical pact sealed by murder, unfolding before our eyes. The Administration's true objective in Iraq is brutally simple: U.S. domination of Middle East oil.

2:

The only people who will benefit from the war on Iraq are the elite wealthy oil men who finance Bush's election campaigns, and people like Bush who have huge personal investments in the oil industry. Oil company profits have already increased by fifty percent this year because of the war
3:
[America] has been overtaken by murderous thugs... gangsters who lust after fortunes and power; never caring that their addictions are at the expense of our loved ones, and the blood of innocent people near and far... The US government is now ruled by murderous hypocrites... criminals who should be arrested, charged appropriately, confined behind bars... In their secret hiding places, while celebrating newly won fortunes with their fellow brass, these men must surely congratulate themselves with orgies of carnal pleasure as they mock the dwindling multitudes who are yet so blind as to mistake them for God's devoted servants.
4.
There is no problem in this solution, but it will prevent hundreds of billions from going to influential people and war lords in America - those who supported Bush's electoral campaign - and from this, we can understand Bush and his gang's insistence on continuing the war.
Now, what's your Answer? 1, 2, 3, or 4?

Check the links below:

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17 January 2006

Flag Stolen from Bowen Ct!

My American Flag was stolen this past weekend and I am offering a 100 dollar reward for its safe return or for information leading to a safe recovery of the flag. The flag, which was featured on the cover of the Isthmus and is pictured left, has lead many a pro-troop rally and holds a special place in Conservative History in Madison.

As a side note, I am amazed at the extent of "free speech" in Madison. You can have "free speech", as long as it is anti-war, anti-American, or liberal.

Picture from Brad V. at LIB.

Where is the outrage?

What if: November 2, 2004. Election Day. 5 GOP activists, including the son of Mark Green, go out and slash the tires of twenty-some Democrat vans that were to be used to transport poor inner city elderly to the polling sites to vote for Kerry/Edwards. What would the consequences be?

My prediction is Jesse Jackson and his crew would be up here in hours protesting the GOPs racist roots. AARP would send out a statement condemning the attack on the elderly. The "progressives" would protest outside GOP headquarters across the state. If GW Bush won Wisconsin, every paper in the state would question the results. Reporters would ask Mark Green about his connection to the incident. A crime was committed, hundreds, maybe thousands of voters without transportation couldn't vote, thanks to the attacks.

It happened slightly differently: The Democrats attacked Republican vans. Over 25 vans to be used by Republicans to transport poor and elderly voters to the polls couldn't do their job on election day. What were the consequences? No protests, few editorials, it was forgotten in a couple of days. Only Charlie Sykes and some other radio personalities brought it up, but to most, it disappeared.
The picture above is Democrat Representative Gwen Moore and her son Sowande Omokunde, who is charged with cutting dozens of Republican vehicles on election day. If that was a Republican Congressman, the MSM would be asking her to step down from her position of trust and honor, wondering how far the apple falls for the tree. But because it is a Democrat, no one asks questions, few care.

A weak editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal say that the Democratic Culprits should have "the book" thrown at them. If they were Republicans, the SJ would be asking for their head.

Where is the outrage?

Radical Referendum Retracted

Mac over at the Right Side of the Road reports that the radical anti-war referendum will not be on the ballots in Monona. It seems as though the anti-war folks didn't do their homework and forgot to include some important verbiage in the language of the referendum.

Mac asks a valid question:

Do the radical activists of Monona really think that the Oval Office and Pentagon are looking to them for advice on how to handle the war in Iraq? Well, the wise people of Monona think that our expertise is misplaced. Let's call the French, borrow a white flag and give Cindy Sheehan the Congressional Medal of Honor!


I will give them this, the radical left is sly. No matter what happens on these referendums, they can claim victory. Even if they lose every single referendum, they will say that the fact of having their referendum on the ballot is making it appear that the radical left is in the mainstream, even though they could not be farther from moderate.

My question is what message are these referendums sending to our soldiers that are fighting in Iraq? This proves once again how the anti-war left is noblatantly anti-troop as well. As my old neighbor Adam May leaves for duty in Iraq, I am disgusted in these referendums. What purpose do these referendums have except in telling our soldiers, telling my friends fighting in Iraq, that the folks at home don't approve of their mission and therefore don't appreciate their sacrifice in time, blood, and sweat.

HT: MV