Waunafest Parade Wows Young And Old Under Sunny Skies

Waunafest started out on the slow side this year due to storms putting a wet ending to the events on Thursday.  But by the time of the parade on Sunday morning the skies were blue, a gentle breeze wafted over the city, and plenty of sunshine was to be found for the throngs who sat on street curbs and neighbors’  lawns.  This was not just another parade, but instead a truly high energy two-hour production that left young and old alike smiling and remarking how fun it all was.   The children were utterly delighted with the  music and motion of the parade, and of course were eager to collect the candy that was tossed all around them.  There was no doubt that the planners of the parade, and all the participants put time and effort into what turned out to be a spectacular day.  Hats off to Waunakee!  Often the folks behind the scenes for such events are not aware of the appreciation that we feel for their efforts.  That is not case here.  Many thanks to all those who made Waunafest a success.


Kids and parades were made for each other.  There was one constant scene today that was played out over and over…..and over.  More candy, please.(Below)

Robert Dunn And The Price Of A Very Bad Edgewater Plan

Robert Dunn should know better.  He went public over being upset that some people are challenging the Edgewater plan in court.  Does it surprise him that this is the route Americans take when they get screwed without even a kiss?  Robert Dunn’s reaction of wawww, wawww to the Wisconsin State Journal smacks of being childlike.  Dunn seems to forget that he is not popular and his idea for the Edgewater has no real fan base.  (Other than Major Dave.)   There are a lot of peeved people through-out the city over the whole tortured process that played out to a most dreadful conclusion.  Many support the folks who live in the Mansion Hill area who are seeking a legal remedy to the process that allowed a monster of a building in their backyard.  The cozy deal struck with Dunn and the City Of Madison may make the powers in city hall happy.  It certainly makes Dunn and the bankers happy.  But take notice of the tax-payers and voters in the coffee shops and political chats around town and it becomes clear that his whole issue stinks.

So, yes there are many in agreement with the lawsuit seeking to overturn the City Council’s approval of this plan.  Many stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the folks on Mansion Hill, and agree with the words of  Ald. Mike Verveer, who represents the area next to the site.  He correctly voted against the project.

“I’m not going to criticize my constituents’ right to have a court review the council’s actions. I think a lot of my Downtown constituents and folks throughout the city would be disappointed if this opportunity is not taken.”

Damn straight!

Most Important Read in Sunday Newspaper: Roberts’ Court Most Conservative In Decades

This is not a shocker of a story.  Still, to read the whole article is like sticking the coffee beans directly into the bloodstream this morning.  This is an important story to read, and think about. This also underscores why I knew courts, and not the economy, to be the most important domestic priority in the 2008 election.  Jobs come and go, and economic cycles hit highs and lows, but the judical health of a nation and all that spirals from it can last a lifetime.

Analyses of databases coding Supreme Court decisions and justices’ votes along these lines, one going back to 1953 and another to 1937, show that the Roberts court has staked out territory to the right of the two conservative courts that immediately preceded it by four distinct measures:

¶In its first five years, the Roberts court issued conservative decisions 58 percent of the time. And in the term ending a year ago, the rate rose to 65 percent, the highest number in any year since at least 1953.

The courts led by Chief Justices Warren E. Burger, from 1969 to 1986, and William H. Rehnquist, from 1986 to 2005, issued conservative decisions at an almost indistinguishable rate — 55 percent of the time.

That was a sharp break from the court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, from 1953 to 1969, in what liberals consider the Supreme Court’s golden age and conservatives portray as the height of inappropriate judicial meddling. That court issued conservative decisions 34 percent of the time.

¶Four of the six most conservative justices of the 44 who have sat on the court since 1937 are serving now: Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Antonin Scalia and, most conservative of all, Clarence Thomas. (The other two were Chief Justices Burger and Rehnquist.) Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the swing justice on the current court, is in the top 10.

¶The Roberts court is finding laws unconstitutional and reversing precedent — two measures of activism — no more often than earlier courts. But the ideological direction of the court’s activism has undergone a marked change toward conservative results.

¶Until she retired in 2006, Justice O’Connor was very often the court’s swing vote, and in her later years she had drifted to the center-left. These days, Justice Kennedy has assumed that crucial role at the court’s center, moving the court to the right.

Ted Haggard Back In Pulpit, Able To Cuss

How many lives does an alley cat have?

Mr. Haggard plays up his new regular-guy image. At the picnic, he asked a friend whether anyone noticed he had said “hell” in the sermon—and not in a Biblical context.

“I cuss now,” he said proudly.

Mr. Haggard said he believes people trust him more as a pastor since his spectacularly public fall. Strangers, he said, keep pulling him aside, asking advice about their personal struggles.

“It’s amazing. People tell me everything,” Mr. Haggard said. “That never happened when we were respectable.”

Sunday Echoes: Joan Crawford

BP Chief Tony Hayward To Be Ousted

When lists are made of the most inept, gaffe prone, tin-eared executives of mayor companies one name will doubtless be at the top.  No one better exemplifies all that is wrong in the corporate culture than BP Chief Tony Hayward.  No one will ever forget his bumbling attitude, and arrogant demeanor during the time he was head of BP, while the most disastrous environmental event was killing the Gulf Of Mexico.  So it comes as no surprise BP has decided it is time for him to get the heck out of Dodge.  One can only hope he gets a golden parachute for all the fine work he has done.

BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward has been negotiating the terms of his exit from the company, the BBC has learnt.

A formal announcement is likely within the next 24 hours.