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Taking Liberties
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
On my morning talk radio show, I am regularly bedeviled by a black conservative who detests President Barack Obama and parrots extreme arguments he’s heard on right-wing radio. The caller identifies himself as H.S., which tells you everything you need to know. He says it stands for House Slave. Recently, H.S. was insisting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would have to scale back his opposition to concealed carry and support...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
For many adults, the only thing more troubling than thinking about their children having sex should be not thinking about it. Health officials and other brave leaders within Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) have done a public service by proposing free condoms be made available to high-school students to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Many Milwaukeeans are justifiably paranoid whenever they hear talk about regional economic development. That comes from years of watching corporate leaders move jobs out of the city into surrounding counties. Now the co-chairman of the Milwaukee 7, an organization allegedly formed to promote...
Taking Liberties
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
In a daring experiment in elementary education, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has joined with Wisconsin deer hunters to teach 10-year-old children to blow away animals with guns. Hunting enthusiasts don’t describe it quite so bluntly, of course. They make it sound like joining the Sierra Club...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Opportunities to make history in politics rarely adhere to any candidate’s plans. They open up unexpectedly for those who seize the moment. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was an ambitious, young politician who almost certainly envisioned he would run for president...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
Every year at this time when budgets are being passed, conservative groups succeed in convincing a great many citizens that the primary purpose of government is to cut our taxes by doing less. These groups have been so successful in recent years that few people even bother to examine their simple-minded economic theories any more. It is accepted as fact that everyone benefits from paying less in taxes because all that...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Corruption on the Wisconsin Supreme Court took a brazen leap forward last week when a majority of the justices officially went on record in favor of accepting millions of dollars in bribes. That is a slight oversimplification of the court’s action—but very slight. Consider this: Four of the seven justices approved a rule allowing them to accept millions in campaign contributions from special interests without being required to remove themselves from cases before...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Humorist Will Rogers summed it up a long time ago when he said: “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” It was just last November that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama scored a resounding victory in Wisconsin, winning 59 of 72 counties. That rout helped Democrats win control of the state Assembly, giving them control...
Taking Liberties
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009
Milwaukee officials united behind a major new effort to reduce the devastation caused by handguns in Wisconsin until, inexplicably, some of those same officials began negotiating against themselves. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm put together an impressively coordinated campaign against handgun violence after tracing the last six shootings of Milwaukee...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
The president of the United States wins one of the most prestigious honors in the world and Republicans, rather than exhibit national pride, bitterly attack their country’s leader as unaccomplished and undeserving. The same Republicans cheered when the United States lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games sought by Obama despite the economic bonanza the world...