Madison Residents Concerned About Noise Following Week-Night Badger Football Game

Earlier today I posted my thoughts about the week-night football game to be played by the UW-Madison Badgers.  While it gives the football team a national night of’  ‘fame by beating UNLV’ on ESPN and will bring in money for the sports department the real lives of taxpayers in the city will suffer.

Tonight I read from Channel 3 that area citizens are concerned about the loud unruly noise that will linger long after the final score has been made.

Our biggest concern, particularly about this game, was that it’s on a school night,” said John Schlaefer, president of the Regent Neighborhood Association. 

He said that while most neighbors are diehard Badger fans, they’re also big fans of getting a good night’s sleep. 

“The big (concern) is an hour, two hours, three hours after the game, people that are drunk, going through the neighborhood making noise,” Schlaefer said.

School Construction Funds Need To Be Central To Jobs Bill, President Obama Needs To Press Congress Into Box On Issue

When the stimulus bill was fashioned in 2009 I was hoping for something bolder and far more broad reaching than the one that passed.  I supported the final product that Congress passed as it was the only ship leaving port.  But we could have done better.  The economy today weighs in and reminds us daily we should have done better.

One of the areas that I wanted to have addressed in 2009 is perhaps one that will get plenty of attention now.  That is the need for school construction projects to be undertaken all over the nation as part of the way to stimulate the economy, and get a whole variety of workers back into the full-time work world.

President Obama needs to go to the mat and press hard for the results he wishes to achieve.  Half-way and half-empty will not cut it this time in any respect, either economically speaking or politically. 

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A plan to boost construction jobs nationwide by providing federal money to repair public schools is picking up support among unions, economists and liberal advocates with direct ties to the White House.

President Obama himself promoted the plan during his 2008 campaign, and some money was made available for school repairs in the $825 billion economic stimulus law passed in 2009. Now supporters are urging Obama to invest tens of billions of dollars as a major component of the jobs plan he delivers to Congress next week.

The proposal would funnel federal money to school districts where repair work has been delayed for years. One option to pay for it: wiping out nearly $50billion in tax breaks for oil and gas companies, proposed by Obama but nixed by Republicans who control the House.

President Obama To Play Hardball With Congress Over Jobs Program

This is a great starting idea for President Obama as he prepares the nation for ideas about moving the economy forward.

Go to the lion’s den and make all aware who the nation needs to hold responsible for inaction.

President Barack Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the opportunity to lay out his jobs plan before a joint session of Congress at 8 p.m. ET on September 7. 

“It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order,” the president wrote. “It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that.”

UW-Madison Football Not Thinking Of Others When Planning Midweek Game…On A School Night

It did seem unique to many, strange to others, that UW-Madison would schedule a football game on Thursday night.  A midweek game is rare, and the fact that the Wisconsin Badgers are playing UNLV makes this all the more a topic for city-wide discussion.  That the Badgers will make money on this ESPN game is great for them, but what about the residents of Madison?

Justin Doherty, UW associate athletic director said it response to questions that the midweek game was a great way to feature the Badgers and that “night games here have always been fun for our fans and for the student athletes.”

Probably so.

But this night game is not like other night games.

First, and foremost it is the night before school starts in the City of Madison, and parents have plenty of  reasons to want their little charges all rested up for the first morning.  To have loud and too often unruly drunk college students making noises late into the night is not the way to start off the school year.  80,000 fans whooping it up at the staduim at 10:00 P.M.  on a weekday night is not best for the city.

In addition, it might be noted that college classes also start on Friday and I suspect that parents who stored money into education accounts for many years did not think the first morning of classes for their kid at the UW would be a blurry headache.

If there is anything to laugh at over the midweek game is the report from some drinking establishments may not have enough bartenders as many of those that pour alcohol for weekend games have weekday jobs.  What will happen when thirsty beer drinkers converge on a bar with both a Packers’ game and Badgers’ game on television and not have an instant refill?  Oh the horror!

But seriously, I think the UW-Madison football program thinks far more about money than the needs of education or the city they get to live in.  While the nation gets to watch the Badgers manhandle UNLV the parents of school age kids must be wondering what is wrong with the sports department at the UW.

But at least the sports department made some cash.

Bill O’Reilly Tried To Get His Wife’s Boyfriend Investigated By Cops

Family value Republicans strike again.  ( I would link this story if WordPress allowed me to do so.)  From Gawker.

Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man. Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home. So O’Reilly did what any concerned husband would do: He pulled strings to get the police department’s internal affairs unit to investigate one of their own for messing with the wrong man’s lady.

We reported in June that Bill O’Reilly and his wife of 15 years Maureen McPhilmy O’Reilly seem to be on the outs. Last summer she purchased a separate home under her own name, and transferred her voter registration to the new address, while O’Reilly kept his registration current at their old address. As per usual, Fox News did not comment on the situation at the time. Since then we’ve learned what happened, and it’s like Bridges of Madison County meets Copland. When confronted with a potentially disloyal spouse, O’Reilly reacted by—not unlike his boss Roger Ailes—treating his local police department like a private security force and trying to damage one cop’s career for the sin of crossing Bill O’Reilly.

Letter From Home: Almost Time To Use The Coupon 8/31/11

For weeks there has been a coupon clipped from a recent Sunday newspaper on my desk.  With colorful pictures of seafood the promise of $3.oo off any two lunch entrees from the Red Lobster made me aware of the end game that awaits when a series of dental appointments concludes. 

At the age of 49 one of those dental emergencies happened that some may have just accepted, but I could not abide.

So Houston, we are just six days from launching a new smile.  And having some crab cakes!

I told James when I saw the coupon, knowing the general time frame for the completion of the dental work, that this outing was going to be our reward.  There had to be something special at the end of this dental process, as going to the dentist is not my favorite activity.  No one likes going, but I have had so many trips to a dental chair since a boy that I have a right to clip a coupon and plan an outing for compensation. 

I was not blessed at birth with a dimple in my chin or  upper body strength.  But I did come with plenty of teeth.  My first dentist, Doctor Garrow in Princeton, told my parents when I was a young teenager that I had 10 pounds of teeth in a 5-pound sack of a mouth.  My jaw was small, and yet all the teeth wanted to come in.   Lord, they came in everywhere!   As a boy I even had two teeth that came in behind my front teeth, in the roof of my mouth!

I am not joking when talking about dental chairs and the drama that unfolds in them for me.  

With a gag reflex second to none I have made more than one dentist mighty nervous.  None more so than Garrow who found out I was serious about the limits of his antics in my mouth when as a boy I vomited on him.  Since that day I always boycott food prior to seeing anyone wearing a white frock.

Doctor Garrow was a strange man in that he always wanted to plant his far-right-wing politics into my head.  Even as a young boy I knew there was something unsettling about his pleas for the last white man to bring the American flag with him when leaving Miami.  That wasn’t why I threw up on the poor man, but in later years there was a certain humor to it when reflecting on his politics.

My dad would drive me to Princeton and I still recall my deep dread as we neared the outskirts of that town.  I can still see the landscape in my head with the barns and cows grazing so peaceful, and hearing my dad tell me that everything would be fine and in an hour we would be headed home for lunch. 

I recall one of those homeward trips and the news of Howard Hughes’ death  being reported on the car radio.  The reporter announced the strange ending to Hughes’ life, including his notoriously long fingernails.  I remember my dad asking how he drove a car that way, and how  we laughed over what that might have looked like.   It has always been comforting to me that I had many ‘radio moments’ in the car with dad.  As I get older those stand out more and more.

The most horrible experience with Garrow was the pulling of one of the ‘roof-top’ teeth.  That night back home the bleeding would not stop, and it was so bad that very early the next morning a call was placed to the dentist and he greeted us as we entered his office.  Whatever Garrow shoved into the hole to stop the flow was perhaps the most pain I have ever felt in my entire life.

Is it any wonder I now pop a Lorazepam before seeing a dentist?

After exiting the dentist office yesterday I thought about the light-hearted skip in my walk.  It was akin to the way I felt as a kid once I got out of Garrow’s office and went down the little incline of a hill to where my dad had the car parked.  All was right with the world.

Just as lunch awaited for Dad and me back home in Hancock those many years ago, James and I went home and ate lunch around our table.

There is comfort in continuity.

The Alzheimer’s Journey

Since meeting Albert, our friend who has Alzheimer’s, I have often written about this journey on Caffeinated Politics that we all have taken together. I would like to link my writings in a neat fashion, but since WordPress is having some ‘issues’ at the present time I will add the links in a less than elegant manner. I ask that you might take the time to read them and better understand what this journey has been like.

What James and I have learned along the way we intend to provide to others, and in some small way continue to make a difference for those who need a helping hand with this disease.  We were heartened to read the kind words written by social service staff and others concerning the way we aided Albert when it came time to place him into our guardianship. 

At the foundation to all of this is the belief that we are all in this game of life together.  As such there are times when a lifting hand can aid in countless ways if we only make the effort. 

Our friend Henry aided James and myself with his generosity when we inherited his home, and we made a pledge that when the time came to return the kindness to others we would take it.  We just had no idea that the journey of repayment would be down the road with a man who had Alzheimer’s disease.

But here we are knowing this was the correct thing to have started, and one that we are committed to following through with.

It has been an emotional and educational journey, and one that Albert never had to feel like he was taking all by himself, in spite of the issues he faced.  There was a time when he called James and myself “Albert’s Mafia” as we made sure things were handled appropriately. And swiftly.  Now that the disease is more in charge of his mind he knows that we are the ones “in charge” who will handle problems.  In time that will be forgotten too.  Our names have already been removed from his memory.

It is a most damnable disease, and one that as a nation we must appropriate more funds to in order to seek a remedy.

With all that said here are my musings…

On Saturday, September 17 the Alzheimer’s Walk will take place in Dane County. (Details below.) The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of this disease, and also raise funds to help those afflicted with this most dreadful medical mystery.

Saturday, September 17
Runners: 7 a.m. Registration;, 8 a.m. Open 5K Run
Walkers: 8 a.m. Registration; 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Walk
Warner Park Shelter (Bright Tubular Structure)
1511 Northport Drive, Madison

Is Michele Bachmann ‘Jewish’? African-American?

Anything for a campaign donation.

The New York Post is reporting that Michele Bachann may not be stopping rumors of her ‘jewishness’ as it is allowing for more money to be collected by her campaign.

All Mitt Romney can do is look and cry “OY!” at what is happening since he thought all the rich Jewish donors were in his camp.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He’s having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish.

Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they’d rather open their wallets for the “Jewish candidate,” who they don’t realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned.

Now, with this latest hiccup among Jewish donors, some in Romney’s camp have been wondering whether Bachmann and her allies are pushing the “Jewish” rumor to help their own fund-raising, sources said.

She has enjoyed strong popularity among Jewish voters and often talks about her stay on a kibbutz during the summer of 1974, when she was a teenager.

Latest word is that Michele Bachmann may also be black as she owns a Sammy Davis, Jr. album.