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Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
When a bozo Republican congressman shouts “You lie!” at the president of the United States speaking to a joint session of Congress, he is trashing age-old rules of decorum requiring politicians who hate each other’s guts to politely address one another on the floor of Congress as...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009
The organized objections against the presidential school address on right-wing talk radio have been nothing less than a hate campaign. “The thing that concerned me most about it was it seemed like a direct channel from the president of the United States into the classroom, to my child,”...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
When a Wisconsin newspaper is looking for a sleazy, tabloid headline, it’s hard to top “Girl, 13, Accused of Killing Man After Fight Over Milk.” Talk about a media bonanza. You have a 13-year-old “Bad Seed,” the same sort of evil, subhuman child who recently terrified audiences and appalled adoption...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett deservedly is receiving an outpouring of good will from all over the country, including from President Barack Obama, for an act of good citizenship that resulted in the mayor being brutally attacked. After being beaten with a tire iron as he attempted to summon assistance for...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
Even before Gov. Jim Doyle announced he would not seek re-election, it was starting to become obvious he was ready for a career change. As I reported a month and a half ago, Doyle’s gratuitously anti-Milwaukee budget vetoes intentionally alienating African-American...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
To understand just how twisted our nation’s gun laws are, all you have to do is look at an Internet gun sales operation in Green Bay, Wis., providing deadly weapons and accessories to mass murderers throughout the nation. Mass Murders R Us isn’t really the name of the online gun...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009
I’ll never forget the night in October 1998, when my wife Kit and other community organizers successfully opened a county Day Reporting Center (DRC) to try to reduce recidivism among criminal offenders by providing a holistic program of drug treatment, education, job training...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Ever since Scott Walker became Milwaukee County executive in 2002, he has been systematically working to destroy county government. That is not a political attack. It is a description of Walker’s actual political objective that, for some reason, most of the media failed to notice. For years...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Apparently, Milwaukee city officials want to assure the majority of citizens that they have little reason to worry about becoming victims of homicide. But by putting out biased or misleading statistics, they are callously suggesting to families who have lost loved ones that victims of homicide are...
Taking Liberties
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Public Enemies, the Johnny Depp movie filmed in Wisconsin, has so many interesting things to say about what’s going on in America today, it’s too bad almost all of its messages are subliminal. The film is basically a grown-up cartoon. Depp and his fellow actors skulk around in hats and...