_wtaq-blogs-jerrybader The Bader Blog

  • Don Draper Would Never Do This...

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Actually, nobody in their right mind would. I make the reference to Mad Men in the title of the post because there is a connection. Last season the critically acclaimed series had a partner at the agency attempt suicide in a Jaguar. It failed when he couldn't get the car started and later hanged himself in his office. Jaguar didn't appreciate the exposure, as you might imagine.

    So it's hard to imagine a company doing this to itself, on purpose. I'll be the first to admit I've made dumb judgement calls. But do you realize how many eyes had to see this before it was posted online. NOBODY at some point said, uh, we probably don't want to be connected with suicide or that we shouldn't make light of it? An ad agency had to concevie this, Hyundai had to sign off on it. It then had to be written in full and produced. Nobody???

    And given how this thing has vanished, Hyundai now realizes how stupid this was. And dont' give me that, "yeah but you're talking and writing about it, so it worked." No, the old saying isn't true; not ALL publicity is good publicity. Actually, the problem with that adage is most people forget the end of that quote: "all publicity is good publicity...except your own obituary."

  • Choice Expansion Gets a Shot in the Arm

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Courtesy of a statement by three State Senators. What's key here is that they're saying absence of choice in the budget is a deal breaker for them:

     

    Choice Expansion Gets a Shot in the Arm

     

    Waukesha – Senators Leah Vukmir (R- Wauwatosa), Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), and Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) used an appearance by Governor Scott Walker to voice their strong support for aspects of the School Choice expansion plan, and went as far to say that their votes on the pending state budget depends solely on the inclusion of a provision expanding the Parental School Choice Program.

     

    The Governor met a crowd of parents and students at La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha to rally in support of his plan to expand Wisconsin’s Parental School Choice Program. 

     

    “We have an opportunity to provide Wisconsin’s parents and students an option in their educational choices,” said Farrow.  “Parents deserve the necessary tools to provide the best educational options for their children, and that is exactly what School Choice provides.  It should be everyone’s goal to give every Wisconsin student regardless of their gender, race, or economic standing an opportunity to obtain a quality and effective education.” 

     

    “I have and will continue to support educational initiatives that create better options for parents and their children,” said Vukmir. “If schools are failing to meet expectations, it’s realistic for parents in those districts to be given a viable alternative for their kids.”

     

    “I support the Parental School Choice Program because I believe that parents should have the right to select the best educational path to serve their child. Students should be allowed all the best resources they need to become productive and responsible leaders, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Gudex.

     

    Vukmir, Farrow, and Gudex feel that there is a majority of support to make amendments to the provision and strengthen the expansion plan statewide. 

     

    “Contrary to media reports, there is momentum to expand school choice,” said Vukmir. “The time has come to put the power back in the hands of those who know the best…the parents.”

     

    “Much like the majority of the budget bill, the choice provision will have adjustments made to it,” said Farrow.  “My ultimate goal is to see choice as an integral part of our education system that provides families the right to determine their child’s education that will prepare them for academic and personal success.” 

     

    The Legislature, through the work of the Joint Finance Committee, has recently completed the Public Hearing process of the 2013-2015 State Biennial Budget.  The committee has just begun taking action on specific state agency requests and recommendations.  The budget is expected to be passed and signed into law by late June.  

      

  • Democrats go Wobbly on FAA Furloughs

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    This was on the same day the FAA chief was grilled by members of Congress on the furlough. Democrats who realize this isn't working out for them still face a fight from their own leadership. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

     

    While some Democrats on Wednesday moved to aid air passengers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has renewed his effort to repeal the sequester, urging Democrats this week to coalesce around a plan to replace the cuts with money saved from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Reid said his plan would give Democrats and Republicans time to work out a longer-term fiscal deal.

    Evidence is mounting that this effort to harm Americans to force Republicans to raise taxes is backfiring. But Democrats seem to be damned the torpedoes, full steam ahead. Republicans should capitalize on that fatalistic bent.

     

  • FAA Chief Grilled on Furloughs

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    I applaud this effort by Republicans, but I still believe it's not enough. And here's the money line(no pun intended):

    He declined to answer Rogers’ repeated questions about whether he and other administration officials have discussed transferring money, including funds from within the larger Transportation Department


    So what's to decline? You discussed it or you didn't? If not, why not?

  • The Rand Paul Faux Flip Flop

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    I think Paul's getting a bad rap here. His filibuster was about due process, not the weapon used to violate due process. This was my argument about fugitive cop killer Christopher Dorner that a lot of people misunderstood. I said I'd be okay with using a drone to kill him if it was clear he wouldn't be taken alive; better a drone than the life of a police officer.

    And I said that before Dorner killed again before going up in flames in that cabin. It's exactly the scenario I was talking about. If it's become a him or us scenario, I'm fine with it. Targeting people with drones without due process when they are not an imminent threat is another story. Many listeners misunderstood what I was saying. If we've decided that it's kill or be killed, I don't care what weapon we use to kill.

    To me, Paul is saying essentially the same thing here.

  • Gosnell Defense Rests, Calls No Wittnesses

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    And the accused didn't take the stand in his own defense. One theory for the strategy:

    While McMahon's choice not to bring forth any witnesses may surprise some,  Philadelphia jury consultant Melissa Gomez says she has seen this strategy before.

    “I have seen this happen before in criminal trials in which the defense decides that it has done enough in the prosecution’s case through cross examinations to cause a reasonable doubt and either does not need or decides it is not worth the risk to call its own witnesses considering that the prosecution would also be able to cross examine,” Gomez said.

    On the other hand, what defense would he offer? Some peole thought the defense would be fool hardy enough to put Gosnell on the stand. I would have been shocked by that. Other than mind-numbing expert wittnesses who would try to argue that the babies weren't babies, or didn't feel pain, or whatever, I don't know who would testify for this monster.

    Two things two watch: how long does it take for a verdict to come and how much coverage will it get from the MSM?

  • Brown County Library Patrons Feel Harassed by Homeless

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    My position on this is pretty simple: if they're using the library and they don't bother other users fine. Anybody who causes a disruption should be removed, repeat offenders banned. What stuns me in this video is the library director's proposed solution; create a special room to accomodate the homeless? Seriously? Create a de factor homeless shelter in the library?

     

     

  • Lawmakers Demand Answers on Slush Fund

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    From the MacIver Institute. This is a great montage of the questions lawmakers asked and Reilly's inability to answer them. Pay particular attention to how both enrollment increase and decrease are the problem...

  • Bad Water, No Problem

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    I have often spoken on the air of the "conferred authroity" Native Americans seems to enjoy when it comes to being stewards of the envrionment. This is, of course, a stereotype just like any other. Some Native Americans are great stewards of the envrionment, some are lousy ones, just as is the case with any other population. But this stereotype is so widely accepted it's almost impossible for some people to believe Native Americans can be polluters.

    The EPA apparently falls into that category. Media Trackers has been on the cutting edge of this story of rank hypocrisy; the Bad River Band calling a proposed mine "genocide" because of the harm it will do to the river, allegedly, while ignoring their own pollution issues with the same river. 

  • Stock Markets Briefly Tanked on Bogus AP Tweet

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    AP's Twitter account was hacked and somebody tweeted that the White House had been attacked. The markets responded quickly and bounced back just as quickly when it was learned the tweet was a hoax. Here's more on the hacking. The good news here is most in the media found the tweet suspicious and didn't go with it. Perhaps a lesson was learned from last week when AP erroneously reported a suspect was in custody in the Boston bombings.

    The bad news for AP? Their name next to a breaking story apparently means nothing anymore.