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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Back from a long vacation

I know it's been a while since we've posted... but not to worry! We are still alive, just a bit occupied with our studies and other activities...

Van Hollen the media's new Joe McCarthy?

Check out the Journal Sentinel's story on Attorney General candidate JB Van Hollen's latest public appearance:

Terrorists in state, candidate says

Madison - There are terrorists training and raising money in Wisconsin, Republican attorney general candidate J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday in a Capitol news conference.
But Van Hollen declined to provide any specifics about what kind of terrorist activity law enforcement was tracking in Wisconsin...

The first thing I thought when I read the headline and lede of this story was, "wow, it looks like Van Hollen is the JS' new Joe McCarthy." If you'll recall, McCarthy hails from Appleton, WI and is a Marquette grad as well. His claim to fame was stating there were Communists within the State Department at a speaking engagement. Looks like the JS story is trying to draw a parallel.

Think we'll see any new renditions of The Crucible soon?

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Conservative views are "very interesting," according to Marquette Libune & other Thursday Trib musings

First, a front page promo praise piece for Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett:
Critics have generally praised the mayor's lofty goals for the city
...but then no "critics" are quoted
According to Louis Fortis, publisher of the Shepherd Express and former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Barrett has had a positive impact on the city.
hmm... I wonder which way, politically, the Shepherd Express leans...
Crime in the city is another concern of Barrett's.
I certainly hope so!

This story is random. Barrett didn't give a speech recently (and the story doesn't say he did) and it's three months after his state of the city speech (when it would have been appropriate to cite city goals and achievements/failures... "failures," may be wishful thinking for the Tribune).

Then, the Tribune/Libune informs the public that conservativism is "interesting" in
what should be an event promotional for Jonah Goldberg's appearance on campus tonight:
"Not only does (Goldberg) bring knowledge that's imperative to this generation, he's a very young, conservative journalist...
and three paragraphs later:
Goldberg's political views are very interesting, Radich said.

So Jonah Goldberg of National Review gets billed as a "conservative journalist" with "interesting perspectives" but New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald is reported as speaking objectively.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Warrior Special Coverage

As Brandon Henak of GOP3 pointed out, The Warrior has provided a plethora of information on the only two tickets for MUSG president and executive vice president. In the neat little "Voters' Guide," Brian Collar has a couple of profound insights to the workings of MUSG. As a former Senator, Collar noticed that Senators in MUSG were split not on Republican-Democrat lines but along the lines of students' v. administrators' interests. For the most part, MUSG has become a puppet of the administration by openly siding with the administration on actions that the student body as a whole does not support (Collar used the nickname brouhaha as an example). Collar's advice to the prospective prez and vp? to fulfill their role on campus by speaking to the administration on behalf of the students, not the other way around.

The Warrior also did a great thing by printing responses written by the candidates. Hopefully it will help people like my roommate who are just this evening finding out about the election (sadly, she's not the only one).

One thing I think The Warrior should have discussed more was the utter lack of accomplishments of the entire MUSG organization. As of May 2005, the current MUSG administration has passed a paltry ten pieces of legislation. In the words of a wise friend: PA-THE-TIC!!! What has the organization been doing this entire year? From what I gather, those weekly meetings can last up to three hours and what does it get us? A couple of resolutions, amendments to the MUSG constitution, and a bill or two.

What I find even more appalling is that no one really pays any attention to it. Neither the Trib nor The Warrior have done much to hold MUSG accountable to the students. Sure they each do a piece or two per issue about some bigger things MUSG is doing, but I'd like to see one or both publications at each MUSG meeting in order to get them in gear to serve the student body of Marquette. We need to get some people to wake up when it comes to MUSG because they control a good portion of the student activities fee, which each student pays, and wouldn't you like to know how MUSG is using your own money??? I know I would. So, here is my challenge to The Warrior (because we know the Trib can't handle this): get some one (or maybe two some ones) to keep eagle eyes (no pun intended) on the workings of MUSG next year and every year following. That way every intelligent student who cares about their university will know when, how, and where their student activity fee is being used. It would definitely allow me to sleep better at night, and I know I'm not alone in this. So, good luck Warriors, and congrats on a fine (however incomplete) issue.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Vote for us for "Blog of the Week!"

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Gov. Round took away women's "abortion rights" - the fight is on!

Today is a day for pro-lifers to celebrate: Today, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a piece of legislation that would ban almost all abortions in South Dakota.

In the Wall Street Journal article Rounds said:

"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them."

Amen to that. This is where change will happen - in the states. Let's hope that other governors will follow Gov. Rounds' example.

It will be interesting (not to mention amusing) to see how batty the Left goes in the next few weeks. But more importantly, Round's action has helped further set the stage for the bitter fight over abortion that will continue to dominate the political arena. My hope is that the bitter fight will end with the overturn of the sloppy, unconstitutional "precedent" Roe v. Wade.

Yea sure, all pregnant teenage girls would tell their parents they are going to have an abortion! Silly me!

The New York Times has got it wrong - again. Drawing evidence from "statistical analysis" the Times claims that parent-notification laws regarding abortion have not shown an impact on the number of teenages who get pregnant. Getting many of their their facts from NARAL (a completely non-biased/distorted "advocacy group"), the NYT article stated that:

For all the passions they generate, laws that require minors to notify their parents or get permission to have an abortion do not appear to have produced the sharp drop in teenage abortion rates that some advocates hoped for, an analysis by The New York Times shows.

The article stated that the study of six states could not show that these laws had a "significant impact" on the teenagers who got pregnant. However, the article failed to provide any of the statistics from the study they mentioned to back up the assertion. Though I am not mathematician, from my experience, statistical analysis involved hard numerical data to back up a claim based on those numbers. Instead they used arbitrary 'facts' from other sources that have nothing to do with the study they used to justify their claim.

But the New York Times also justifies that parent-notifications do nothing because all pregnant teenagers would tell their parents anyway:

But some workers and doctors at abortion clinics said that the laws had little connection with the real lives of most teenagers, and that they more often saw parents pressing their daughters to have abortions than trying to stop them. And many teenagers say they never considered hiding their pregnancies or abortion plans from their mothers.

"I would have told my mother anyway," said a 16-year-old named Nicole, who waited recently at a clinic in Allentown, Pa., a state that requires minors to get the permission of just one parent. Nicole's mother and father are divorced, and it was her mother she went to for permission to have an abortion.

"She was the first person I called," Nicole said. "She's like a best friend to me."

If she would have told her mother anyway, it wouldn't matter? She'd be both an honest teenager AND a law-abider!

But then again, a parent-notification law would make it so hard for someone like Nicole to break it to her "estranged" father, but, Nicole said:

"It was my choice to tell him," she said. "It hurt him, but he understands and is there for me. So in a way it brought us closer together."

Awww, how sweet. Teen pregnancy is a source of father-daughter bonding. Blasted parent-notification laws would destroy that!

Thankfully The Heritage Foundation in their policy blog rebuttal were able to provide real and relevant data, citing specific statistics and citing them. Not only do they have hard data, they completely refute the false claims the Times tries to pass as fact.

Keep your eye on France

Today the Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy article regarding the increasing animosity between the French and their Muslim counterparts. In a little French alpine town, a group of Muslims fervently protested against and demanded the cancellation of the town's reading of "Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet," because it "constitutes an insult to the entire Muslim community." Their demands comprised of of a "small" riot and a burned car and garbage can.

It isn't the magnitude of the riot that matters, but the fact the riot took place. The chaos in Paris last October and the Danish cartoons are huge indicators of the dire situation in France, and what happened in this small town should be another. For years, there has been mutual antagonism and growing paranoia between the native French people and the Muslim immigrants, mostly in Paris. Muslims live in the outskirts of urban areas with staggering poverty and unemployment rates. Not only do the French don't care, they contribute to the situation. The French don't want Muslims there, but at the same time, the Muslims want nothing to do with the French.

I think the root of the problem is that France has a system of government that fuels these antagonisms. France, along with the rest of Western Europe, is becoming increasingly secularized due to the concentration of power to the national government. France has a terrible trading policy and a high fiscal burden. Their socialist policies are the reason for the high poverty and unemployment rates among the Muslim population. Though these policies are mainly economic, their foundational principles have transferred to the political climate and social outlook of the country.

Look at America. While American is not free of racism or religious discrimination, we are a heck of a lot better off than France. The American system allows for pluralism, gives opportunity for growth regardless of religion, race, etc., and celebrates the diversity of its peoples. America is not completely secular (yet), has a satisfactory trade policy, and a relatively low fiscal burden.

The more concentrated government power is, the more discrimination and intolerance amongst the people.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Tribune defending itself against The Warrior?

::drumroll, please::

Today's award for stating in print something the entire campus already knew goes to Marquette Tribune Managing Editor Jackie Palank:
The Tribune is not independent.

...from today's Marquette Tribune "Newsroom Insider"

Friday, February 24, 2006

IL's Gov. Blagojevich didn't do his research

....before making an appearance on The Daily Show.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gov. Rod Blagojevich wasn't in on the joke. Blagojevich says he didn't realize "The Daily Show" was a comedy spoof of the news when he sat down for an interview that ended up poking fun at the sometimes-puzzled Democratic governor.

Read the story here...