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  • White Guilt 101

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Awhile back when I was accused of telling a racist joke I pointed out that the joke is, in fact, a jab , at white privilege. Yes, I recognize that historically life has been easier in America if you were white. But I also believe that white privilege in America today is, at most, a marginal issue. I believe the educational establishment and black leadership have a lot more to do with limiting the advancement of blacks in society thatn white privilege does today.

    It's pretty clear the education establishment doesn't share that belief. EAG has a story of a recent gathering in Green Bay where teaching students to recognize their own white privilege was clearly a priority. I would argue that hese are really lessons in white guilt and why you should carry it with you wherever you go. And EAG makes a great point; how does this radical drivel help close the achievement gap between blacks and whites which, in the host city of Green Bay, is substantial? 

    A 4th grade quiz recently surfaced on the internet that is purportedly from a Christiain school. It's teaching were creationist in nature; creation as taught in the Bible. Several listeners made the point that curriculum is sause for the goose; that public schools have been indoctrinating children into liberalism for decades. Hard to read this stuff and argue with that point.

  • Is Paul Ryan Accepting Gay Adoption a Big Deal

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    This piece rates it at least a medium-sized deal and so do I. Ryan says the position isn't a new one for him, he's just never said it publicly before. I'm wondering how Ryan reconciles, in his own mind, his contradictory gay marriage no, gay adoption yes belief system. It's okay for a child to call a gay person mom or dad, but not for another gay person to call them husband or wife.

    I don't know why Ryan is doing this now, but I firmly believe this piece has his motive wrong:

    After all, 61 percent of respondents to a December 2012 Gallup poll said they were in favor of gay couples having adoption rights. And the trend line is moving in a more tolerant direction: In another 2012 Gallup survey, 36 percent of Americans said they've become more accepting of same-sex marriage over the course of their lifetimes.This is something any politician with national ambitions will have to take into account. And Ryan is widely thought to harbor at least thoughts about a 2016 race for the Oval Office.

    I don't believe Paul Ryan harbors any thoughts about the 2016 presidential race. He wanted nothing to do with presidential politics but felt duty bound to say yes to running mate. The presidential state was everything Ryan thought it would be and I mean that in the worst way possible. His first, best destiny is House Speaker and I think the chances of him vying for that are much better than him ever taking even another whiff at presidential politics.

  • Thought Police

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Former Packers safety Leroy Butler is in the news today for being univited to speak at a church after he tweeted support for gay NBA player Jason Collins. I'm sure the left will be quick to pile on the church for being intolerant, homophobic, blah, blah, blah. But where are the high priests of tolerance when the shoe is on the other foot, as it was Monday when sports analyst Chris Broussard invoked his Christianity in saying this:

    “Personally I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex [lifestyle] between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin,” Broussard said on ESPN. “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be. I think that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.


    ESPN quickly disavowed Broussard's comments:

    “We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.” 


    Which meant Broussard had to take his beating and walk back:

    “Today on [ESPN], as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.”

    How many liberals will rip the church that changed it's mind on Butler while applauding Broussard's woodshedding?

  • Women Learns One of the Feet in Gosnell's Jars Belong to Her Baby

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    And I find it interesting that some media outlets consider the feet "a mystery."  No mystery to me, they're the trophies of a serial killer. But the real gist of Powers' piece is that we don't know how many Kermit Gosnells there are out there. A secretly taped video from inside an abortion clinic this week suggests there could be a lot more. The woman from pro-life group is told that nothing will be done to save her baby, if should survive the abortion attempt.

    Were this any other industry the MSM would be hollowing for increased inspections. Instead, they have turned their backs on this story. Yes they were shamed into reluctantly covering it. Gosnell puts the lie to "rare safe and legal." The reality is a lot of clinics may be unsafe for the women who go to them seeking abortions.

    Powers chronicles the recent clinic closings. They illustrate that this is not a "one off." But the real story here is how often babies were born alive and murdered. That's not safe, legal or rare. And the media and the rest of the pro-abortion left are simply running from it rather than confronting it. And the reality that the diffference between an abortion and infanticide can be as little as a matter of inches is making it very difficult for them to keep up their "out of sight out of mind" charade.

  • Parents Re-united with Child Taken From Them After Seeking a Second Opinion

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    This is one of those stories where you have to take the one side's version of events because the other side isn't talking. But there story seems pretty believable. Yes, they should have gone through the proper discharge process, but authorities took the child claiming "severe neglect." It's hard to believe the judge would have ruled this way if there had been even the slightest merit to the claim.

    This story shouldn't be over. If the hospital did what the parents claim, this is big and should be dealt with.

  • UWGB Player Goes Public with Allegations Against Coach

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    The Green Bay Press Gazette has the story. The PG has been the most aggressive in advancing this story, which has led me to believe they knew a lot more off the record than they were reporting. This story tends to make me believe I was right about that. I'm guessing Bross had told them much of this off the record and they finally convinced him to go public.

    If the allegations are true, I would argue this is physical abuse. It also seems Bross had health issues that probably should have precluded him from taking part in this. But as I said, these allegations are quite serious. Wardle is denying them.

  • Occupy Pizza

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Actually, more like Occupy The Chancellor's office:

    WHAT: Rally outside the ongoing occupation of UW Chancellor David Ward’s office

    WHO: UWMad@Palermo’s, a coalition of student groups; labor and community supporters

    WHEN: Monday, April 29th at 4:30pm

    WHERE: Outside Chancellor Ward’s office, 161 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

     

    At 2:15pm today, 12 students entered Chancellor Ward’s office to protest his refusal to uphold UW-Madison’s code of conduct for companies that produce goods using UW logos. The students are demanding that the university cut ties with Milwaukee-based frozen pizza manufacturer Palermo Villa Inc over the company’s labor practices.

     

    The sit in comes after a 200-day campaign by a coalition of students, workers, and concerned Wisconsinites. The Labor Licensing Policy Committee, the campus shared governance body designated to make recommendations on these issues, determined in November that Palermo’s was in violation of the university’s code of conduct, and recommended cutting ties with the company.

     

    “We’re occupying the office until Chancellor Ward agrees to cut ties with Palermo’s,” said Claire Hintz, one of the students occupying the office. “It’s outrageous that the Chancellor still refuses to enforce our code of conduct by cutting ties with this lawbreaking company.”

     

    In January, the Dane County Board of Supervisors joined the chorus of groups calling for a contract cut, passing a resolution of support. Then in February, the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent worker rights monitoring organization the university is affiliated with, reported that “Palermo has committed serious violations of worker rights and that these violations remain ongoing,” and therefore was in violation of the university’s code of conduct.

     

    “Chancellor Ward has abandoned the Palermo’s workers and callously ignored the moral standards that UW claims to uphold,” said Cornell Zbikowski, another of the occupying students. “The Palermo’s workers have been on strike for 11 months as David Ward hides and counts the days until retirement. I’m ashamed to call David Ward my Chancellor.”

     

    At 4:30pm, supporters will rally outside of Bascom Hall. At 6:00pm, the Solidarity Singers will lead songs and a candlelight vigil.

     

    UWMad@Palermo’s is a coalition of student groups dedicated to ending UW-Madison’s contract with Palermo’s Pizza, including the Student Labor Action Coalition, Working Class Student Union, United Council, ISO, and TAA.

    This New York Times piece sums up the issue pretty well. A number of businesses have faced boycotts for continue to use Palermo's products. Meanwhile, city officials in Milwaukee have basically abandoned one of their city's major employers. 

  • "We Would Not Help It..."

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    I will admit that the Gosnell trial has me engaged in the late term abortion debate. The story that goes along with this video was posted at Drudge. I find it interesting how the doctor nearly slips and calls the "fetus" a person. The story he tells of a patient who went to Virginia where the employ life saving techniques on a baby born alive during an abortioin is absolutely chilling. This is why the media stayed away from the Gosnell trial until they were shamed into it. There is a disconnect here they cannot face; the difference between abortion an infanticide can be inches.

     

  • LSU Not Wild About Lambeau Game...

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    But its fans seem to like the idea. I'd be curious to hear what the AD's issue with Lambeau Field is as a venue to play the Badgers. It's as though college football is oblivious to the allure of the NFL's most hallowed stadium. That Lambeau didn't land the first  Big Ten Championship game to me will always be one of my great disappointments. And then for the game to end the way it did.

    I asked Packer CEO Mark Murphy about that and he said it's tough because of the relationshp the NCAA has with Indy. But a big time conference championshp in Lambeau in November? As for LSU and a regular season game I can understand the Texas preference. But this is Lambeau Field we're talking about! Yes, I'm a homer, but how many other NFL stadia are a common bucket list item?

  • Kermit Gosnell's Accomplice

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    That would be the Mainstream Media. I was amazed when Kirsten Powers' USA Today piece actually shamed some of the major outlets into paying attention to this case. That they changed course and started covering it was an admission of guilt. If it's not newsworthy, they shouldn't start covering it just because they're getting pressure to cover it. If their initial decision was right, they'll stick by it. And frankly I'm surprised they gave a damn what anybody thought about them; that is a dramatic departure from the norm.

    And when they did start covering it, the coverage dealt with why they didn't cover it in the first place. The Gosnell case isn't about abortion. It's about infanticide. The problem is those infants were taken to Gosnell to die. This is where the MSM got queasy, in my opinion. That these "clumps of tissue" could be born alive shatters the out of sight out of mind belief system that allows them to sleep at night. The only difference between an abortion and infanticide was now a matter of inches and they couldn't reconcile that with the fantasy world they have built. So, they ignored it. 

    What I haven't figured out is how the shame got to them this time. They just ignored itin the past. Perhaps because some pretty high profile names in network news were tweeting on this while their networks were ignoring it was more than they could bear.

  • Why Now?

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Friday's display of support for abortion by President Obama was very interestring for a number of reasons. First, he made an impassioned support of abortion without ever saying the word during a speech to planned parenthood.  Secondly, he seemed to try to single-handedly reignite the abortion deate as a front burner issue, brining back the "back alley" image of the 1950's.  And he misrepresented PP's primary mission, focusing on ancially services they provide when he knows full well that first and foremost they are an abortion provider.

    But the most interesting aspect of this speech is why now? He becomes the first sitting President to address PP. Why now? Two words. Kermit Gosnell. The Philadelphia butcher's verdict will come soon. Gosnell is the 8 million pound gorilla for the pro-abortion camp that won't go away. He puts the lie to so much of what they believe.

    They believe late term, partial birth abortions are rare. They're not. They believe live births during abortions virtually never happen. They do. But most importantly, they do not want to believe that an unborn child is a human being. Gosnell committing murrder and nothing less of living human beings pops that little fantasy bubble that lets them sleep at night. And further, the so-called "reputable" abortion industry knew what he was and made referrals to him.

    Most importantly, a woman(just one that we know of) died at his hands and there's the big one; "women's health," shattered. The abortion industry is like most industries; it's about making money and lots of it.

    And quite frankly, Obama sees a political opportunity here. After years of moving toward pro-life, recent polls show Americans again identify more as pro-choice. But for President Obama to refuse to comment on the Gosnell case in any way and then put on his cheerleader act for PP, is disgraceful

  • Payday

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    There is not doubt Aaron Rodgers deserves to be the highest pay QB, and player for that matter, in the NFL. But this piece points out the potential perils of this agreement were Rodgers to slip from the upper crust. Of course, we don't know how the Packers have loaded this agreement. However it's structured Rodgers salary is going to be a big chunk of the Packers payroll for sometime to come.

    Whether this was worth it will be answered in the next few years and that answer is determined by how many Super Bowls the Packers win with Rodgers at QB. Setting aside how he left Green Bay, many feel Brett Favre's career here is a bit of a disappointment because the Packers have only one Lombardi trophy to show for it. After Super Bowl XXXI the consensus was anything fewer than three or four total championships with Favre would be an underperformance. There would be one losing Super Bowl appearance and no more rings.

    The reality is the window for Rodgers to win one or two more is probably smaller than the length of this contract. There is no question adding to the display case at 1265 Lombardi is the point of this signing. And it's by that measure that it ultimately will be judged.