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FOX News Debate: No “Rigorous Attempt To Make Sure All Ten Candidates Get Equal Time To Speak”

August 2, 2015

Excitement mounts as the week gets underway for the first GOP presidential debate.   The clown car is coming nearer–its doors about to open.

What about the rules for the debate?

“According to two people familiar with the network’s plans, candidates will get one minute to answer each question addressed to them by moderators Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier during the program, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time on August 6.”

“Candidates who are called upon will be given only 30 seconds for rebuttals. If a candidate’s name is invoked during someone else’s answer to a question, that candidate will get a chance to respond for a length of time at the moderator’s discretion. The campaign of one leading candidate believes after communications with Fox executives that there will not be a rigorous attempt to make sure all ten candidates get equal time to speak.”

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Reasons Joe Biden Might Still Run For President

August 2, 2015
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I would welcome Joe Biden into the presidential race.  I supported him during a previous race in 1988.   I have always liked and admired him.

Here are some reasons as to why he might run.

 So what happened to change Biden’s mind? Based on several sources close to him … here are the reasons: 1. Friends’ encouragement … 2. The Clintons … [P]rivately, he looks down on what he regards as a political/money-making machine. He sees the Clintons as far more interested in cash and clout than in doing good. … 3. Polls … [T]he polls in early August show that he has at least a plausible path to relevance, if not victory. …

“4. Media dynamics … Clinton has terrible press relations; Joe Biden has held a genial, family-style summer picnic for reporters and their families for years. … 5. Schedule Both parties agreed to push back the start of the caucus and primary season this cycle … 6. The Irish: It’s been a long time since the descendants of the Kennedys ran American politics, and Biden, in a way, is the last of the old breed. … 7. Can’t Let Go.”

(Updated) HEART-BREAKING NEWS

August 1, 2015

UPDATE

Jericho, a lion ally of Zimbabwe’s beloved poaching victim Cecil, is alive and well, the Zimbabwe wildlife authority and researchers said Sunday.

The killing of Cecil by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer during an allegedly illegal hunt sparked a global outcry in recent days. On Saturday, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force reported that Jericho, who was seen taking care of Cecil’s cubs, had also been poached.

Brent Stapelkamp, who is following Jericho’s movements in the Hwange National Park with the help of a satellite collar on the lion, posted Sunday on Facebook that the big cat is alive.

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The brother of slain Cecil the lion, named Jericho, was killed today in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.  Jericho was gunned down by a hunter operating illegally.  Cecil was also killed illegally, and Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition of American dentist Walter Palmer on accusations that he and others illegally hunted the lion.

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UW-Madison Football Players Must Meet Academic Criteria, Coaches Need To Stay Quiet

August 1, 2015

Once again we are witnessing a story where the tail is attempting to wag the dog.

This time it is taking place at the UW-Madison where University of Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst and UW athletic director Barry Alvarez are seeking to change the process concerning appeals on behalf of prospective student-athletes who do not meet the required academic standards.

The strange story of the coaches not knowing who is the final decision-maker for admissions came to a head this week over Jordan Stevenson.  He is a running back from Texas who was denied admission into UW by the admissions board based on academic concerns.  The player found a school that would take him. But it was rival Nebraska and the UW football coaches started to fume and plot.

About five years ago a policy change took place at the UW where coaches could no longer make appeals on behalf of prospective student-athletes to individual schools and colleges within the university.   The reason for the change is clear on its face.

But now the coaches want to change that policy.

The UW-Madison is a quality school of higher education and if one does not meet the academic standards or is proven to be unable to master the rigors of the classroom they need to seek another college.  Nothing more should be required to be heard on the matter.

That common sense thinking runs counter to what the football program cares about. For the coaches it is all about racking up a winning score on Saturday afternoon.

Many believe that only the best recruits for the classroom should be the ones selected to attend the UW. Some semi-illiterate player who will spend much of his time lifting weights or pondering the deeper world of a film major do not fit in with the values that most place on higher education.

When I talk to my friends around the country I am always proud to discuss the UW, a place recognized far and wide as a top-ranked global research university.

But what people like Chryst and Alvarez desire is to continually promote and enlarge the image of the UW as a NCAA powerhouse. Cut corners over who is allowed to be a student and work overtime to blunt the negative stories that arise from young people being tossed into the cash-ridden NCAA.

Many families across this state scrimp and save so they can hopefully send an academically-worthy child to the UW-Madison to mine the books.  It is therefore a slap to those families if a person who can only throw a football, but has high priced coaches working on his behalf, can also attend the school.

There is a sign on a building going up the hill towards Bascom Hall that speaks to the desire that real students had for attending this university in its formative days. Those students needed to make sure they obtained wood to keep the stove supplied for fire. It was not easy to be a student in those days, but they fully understood the value of an education and so did what was needed to attain it.

It is those same values that must lead the UW today. We can not allow the football coaches to water down the process of admissions.

George McGovern Revealed To Historian He Had A Secret Child

July 31, 2015

An academic with a forthcoming biography of 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and former senator George McGovern has confirmed that the South Dakotan fathered a child before he was married.

He said McGovern, as an 18-year-old freshman at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., lost his virginity to the girlfriend of a friend during a trip to Lake Mitchell in December of 1940 or January of 1941, and immediately got her pregnant.

Rand Paul Makes Correct Point About 2016 Election

July 31, 2015

(Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.)

Sen. Rand Paul is attributing GOP presidential rival Donald Trump’s rise in the polls to a momentary “loss of sanity,” The Hill reports.

Said Paul: “I think this is a temporary sort of loss of sanity, but we’re going to come back to our senses and look for someone serious to lead the country at some point.”

I guess we now know who the next person Trump will spew pea soup at in the campaign.

Mayor Soglin Needs Public Support To Stem Homeless Problem Downtown

July 30, 2015

The fight for the future of downtown Madison is not solely about the design or funding for Judge Doyle Square. While that is a vital component to a vibrant and ever-more financially strengthened isthmus there is another battle that has been waged way too long that needs attention.

It is a battle that Mayor Paul Soglin has been fighting, but too few of his fellow citizens have actively joined alongside him up to this point. The issue surrounds the homeless and the manner in which they have started to change the face of the downtown area.

We can all say with sincerity that we want to help those who need to find a path forward.   We all can empathize with those who have lost everything and seek a helping hand. It should be noted that many taxpayers are willing to do their part. But there also comes a time when we need some blunt talk about those who are homeless and not inclined to help themselves.

More and more problems have developed from the actions of the homeless.  Now due to their increased numbers, and the lack of support from elected officials and committees  who have the power to make changes Mayor Soglin has proposed some of his own changes for the downtown area.  They are not radical or mean-spirited in any way. They are simply common-sense.

He wants to see an ordinance passed that would limit use of public benches downtown to one hour and prohibit people from lying on benches, public sidewalks or right-of-ways for most of the day and night.

Personally I am tired of the smell of uirine in public places and knowing that public employees feel concerned for their safety at the city-country building.

There is no doubt the city council will dither over and at some point fail to pass Soglin’s proposal. Too many council members, such as my Alder Marsha Rummel, only listen to the loud voices from the homeless advocates who demand so much from the city and county and yet hold those who need taxpayer help to so few benchmarks of responsibility.

For many long months Soglin has been saying what this city needed to hear. But the more strident set of voices, the ones that never effectively resolve the simmering problem, were the ones most heard.

Therefore it is time for the rank and file in Madison to say enough is enough when it comes to this matter and stand alongside the mayor.

There is enough crap (literally) to be found in places it does not belong, enough empty beds the homeless refuse to use, and programs that the homeless refuse to participate in to make a sane person wonder what in heck is wrong in this city.

People cannot complain about being homeless and then not avail themselves of every opportunity to change their situation.

Our city is a grand place. We have the resources and spirit to assist those who need our help. But those who seek our helping hand also have a responsibility to not make matters worse.

Soglin needs our support to make sure the downtown is not turned into a stink pot. If the city council can not find their way to act perhaps the citizenry can call and write to alert them that those who pay the bills demand some changes.

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