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Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
After people’s lives—and their basements—have been deluged with floodwaters, nothing makes them madder than not having someone to be mad at. Kris Kristofferson wrote: “Everybody’s gotta have somebody to look down on … Someone doin’ somethin’ dirty decent folks can frown on. If you can’t find nobody else, then help yourself to me...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
On paper, it should not be a successful election strategy for a political party to intentionally create more misery for Americans during one of the worst economic periods in our history. Yet, if media analysts are to be believed—always a dubious proposition—that conscious Republican strategy is improving the party’s prospects of winning in the November midterm elections. Last week we witnessed the...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Even in the midst of a disappointing, inconsistent season, Milwaukee Brewers fans could take pride in the selection of three legitimate All-Stars—Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Yovani Gallardo—to the 2010 All-Star Game. Long-suffering Brewers fans well remember all those years when the Brewers received a single selection—let’s face it—primarily because each...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
People who don’t know anything about corrections think boot camp programs for the incarcerated are really terrific. The only thing more satisfying to some people than sanctimoniously sermonizing about miscreants who haven’t led proper lives is screaming it right in their faces, calling them maggots and vermin. We’ve seen the model in films like Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket where boot...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
For years, conservatives denounced the idea of criminals avoiding punishment for their heinous misdeeds by “finding a loophole” and “getting off on a technicality.” The right wing always made it sound as if our legal system had been intentionally set up to free criminals so they could go back to raping and pillaging our communities with abandon. In fact, those so-called...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
If we aren’t going to talk about the dangerous consequences of deteriorating infrastructure when there is a fatal accident, when are we going to talk about it? The least important fact about the tragic accident that killed a 15-year-old boy on his way to Summerfest is that it comes at a politically inconvenient time for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, who is running for governor...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Honor among politicians, like honor among thieves, is relative. Early in his professional life, the great investigative reporter Seymour Hersh served as a campaign aide to the late Sen. Eugene McCarthy, the anti-war presidential candidate who forced Democratic President Lyndon Johnson to abandon a bid for a second term. McCarthy was a bemused, intellectual...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
For some bizarre reason, one of the most seismic shifts in Republican political strategy in Wisconsin history—no, the history of the world—has been totally overlooked in the media. I am referring to the startling public declaration by Jim Klauser—Republican Party heavyweight and former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s hatchet man—that henceforth establishment Republicans like himself will embrace only positive...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Only in Wisconsin would it be controversial for the state department charged with protecting wildlife to collaborate with a private organization that cares about animals. As we watch in horror as birds and reptiles get slimed with toxic gunk as a result of man’s blundering about in our fragile environment, our state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) should never demonize people who care about...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Most of the media hype about the Tea Party influence on Republican politics in Wisconsin and across the country paints it as some kind of exciting, new phenomenon. Actually, many of the Tea Party candidates, including businessman Ron Johnson, the newly anointed Republican unknown running against Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, are strongly libertarian...