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Programming Update

I’ve been asked to be on Wisconsin Public Radio again from 8 to 9 AM as part of the Joy Cardin Show’s “Week in Review.”  (Check local radio listings for a station near you.)

At the moment, I have no idea who will be “From the Left” representative will be, they were still trying to get one whose schedule would allow them to appear.


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Someone Needs to Grow Up

Since I’m mentioned as being a sexist at a liberal blog and said liberal blog won’t let me comment there (real mature zach), here are some things I find rather hilarious and/or ironic about Blogging Blue’s attack on me.

1) Yes, “Blue Cheddar” is a bitch.  And in my world view, she has earned the title.  Especially when the woman is notorious for blocking those who challenge her facts, figures, opinions and version of reality over the past two and a half years on her blog, her blog’s Facebook page and on Twitter.

If you block someone on any of those for being a troll, I get that.  I do that myself.  She openly engages in debate and gets rid of those who can argue points counter to what she wants to hear.  Talk about a viewpoint echo chamber.

2) The fact that Blogging Blue allows a noted misogynist (and drunk driver / tax cheat) Graeme Zielinski to post on the site isn’t lost on me.

3) The fact that Blogging Blue links to a noted misogynist like Sly isn’t lost on me.

4) The fact that Blogging Blue links to a retired “legal” blogger who has dropped more “C-words” to describe more women then I ever have on Twitter or my life isn’t lost on me.

5) If you want to troll my Twitter feed for something, be my guest.  It tells a lot about my TV watching habits.  Apparently a picture I took of “The Beast,” a sandwich available at Miller Park for $10 is getting a lot of laughs from people who need lives more than I do.

Gee…and I thought I had a sad life, then I ran into “FDLFVR,” “Dougie Cyanide” and “The Trombone” on Twitter.  Talk about depressing existences…

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Programming Update

We’re still without a laptop. The boys at Geek Squad tell me it’s not an issue with my computer, it’s just that they have a backlog of computers to fix before mine in the queue.

At the moment, I’m hoping for tomorrow but honestly am expecting it back either Sunday or Monday.

In the meantime, I’ll be on the Joy Cardin Show tomorrow as part of “The Week in Review” segment. My counterpart on the left will be Matt Rothschild of Progressive magazine. His explanation of how Egypt isn’t a total failure of Obama’s foreign policy ought to be entertaining.

Tune in on any Wisconsin Public Radio station between 8-9 AM tomorrow.

– The Management.

UPDATE: Well this ought to be fun. Apparently I get to ask Matt tomorrow if there’s something in the by-laws of Progressive’s journalistic ethics where the old adage of “observe and report, don’t become the story” in journalism doesn’t apply to them.

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Technical Difficulties

I’m without a laptop for the next few days to a week as the fine folks at Best Buy’s Geek Squad tinker with the nearly three year Toshiba Satellite I use gets looked at. Posting will come off my iPhone for the time being, which will mean it will be more sporadic than it currently is.

The Management.

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Weiner Paid $45,000 to Hacker to Investigate Himself

How committed to a lie does one have to be in order to do something like this? 

How big of an ego?

How narcissistic?

Serial sexter Anthony Weiner paid a private eye nearly $45,000 in campaign cash to investigate his lie that a hacker posted a crotch shot on his Twitter feed, campaign spending records show.

Weiner’s brazen attempt to cover his tracks occurred shortly after Memorial Day weekend in 2011, when his first sexting scandal erupted and he went into furious spin control trying to save his career in Congress.

He maintained that he had been victimized — and promised an investigation to get to the bottom of how it happened.

“They’ll be looking into whether someone had my password,” he told CNN.

Weiner ultimately paid a private investigations firm, T&M Protection services, $43,100 from his campaign fund — knowing nobody hacked anything and that he’d sent the image himself.

T&M officials declined to answer questions about what work they did and what they discovered.

It is possible that even more money was spent on the fool’s errand.

At the time, Weiner said he had asked a law firm, BakerHostetler, to look into the matter. Records show his campaign paid BakerHostetler $93,350 for “legal services” between January 2010 and December 2012.

It’s not clear how much of that was for the hacker “investigation” because the firm was doing work for Weiner before and long after the scandal.

“The Weiner campaign hired lawyers and other professionals as part of responding to the many official and media inquiries before and after his resignation,” said Barbara Morgan, a spokeswoman for Weiner’s mayoral campaign.

This isn’t exactly “new” news, back in early 2012 it was reported that the campaign had spent $13,000 initially.  Now, it appears there are $32,000 more we didn’t know about.

People like to say that Tony Weiner is a creation of the Clintons.  In actuality, that’s half right.  Huma is, her time as Hillary’s “Gal Friday” since her days working as a meek Senate staffer following her in to 2008 Presidential race to her making $355K on the side in addition to her salary as a State Department employee, she sat at the seat next to a master.

So did Weiner, but his master was New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  Prior to running for Congress himself, Weiner was Schumer’s press secretary and protegee.   If this is “New York’s Finest” when it comes to liberal politicians, or even what the future of the Democratic Party is, then get set for years and years of ego-driven politicians, not problem solvers.

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Rest in Peace, Chuck

Well, this news sucks.

Expected, but it still sucks.

Dr. Chuck Tomkovick, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing, passed away early this morning. He died in the comfort of his own home with his family by his side. We will share funeral arrangements with you as soon as we know them.

“Chuck’s enthusiasm lit up the hallways. He could put a smile on your face just by walking by, and was great at re-energizing all of his colleagues around him as he always had a positive outlook on life.

Chuck was an amazing instructor with an incredible dedication to his students. He always poured his heart and soul into working with the students and guiding them not only in their academic studies, but also on the great adventure of learning about life. Chuck’s long-term impact on the students that he has influenced is immeasurable, and each of these students in turn has been able to go out and touch the world.

We cannot thank Chuck enough for his care, enthusiasm, and dedication in touching the lives of his students, his colleagues, our University, and the world.”

Dr. Kristy Lauver, chair, Department of Management and Marketing

Prof. Chuck Tomkovick was the second professor I was a teaching assistant for while at UW-Eau Claire.  After Prof. Gunderson retired after my junior year (and I took a semester off for a paid internship in Grafton), Chuck — who was also the faculty adviser for the UW-Eau Claire’s American Marketing Association — asked if I would come work for him and help grade papers as well as organize his office and research.

I only stayed there a semester because the financial aid office removed “Work-Study” from my aid package my final year at UWEC.  (Something about less dependents at home or some such B.S. that didn’t reflect reality at all…)  When that ended, Chuck had to let me go, we stayed in touch occasionally over the years.

He retired in 2012 to focus on trying to treat an unexpected diagnosis of cancer, something which still seems surreal over a year after I learned about it.

To me, Chuck will be remembered for two things.  He, along with another former UW-Eau Claire professor, were one of the first academics to look at the long-term effect of Super Bowl marketing, particularly the trends, the way things were targeted and so on.  That might seem like common place today, but back in the late 90s, it was something no one ever considered doing — especially when it came to seeing how a Super Bowl ad effected the box office of the studios brave enough to spend the cash for ad time.  Every year since, they focused on a different aspect within the ads.

In 2012, they focused on the ads’ sex appeal and whether they worked or not.

Secondly, Chuck was just a fun guy.  I don’t ever once think I saw him without a smile on his face.  He loved his jobs, he loved his students, he loved the topics he taught, and most of all he loved his wife and kids.  If working for Prof. Gunderson taught me to think logically, working for Chuck taught me to try to have fun in life.

Sadly, I have a lot to work on that last one; or I’ve been too busy letting the little things bug me lately.

Rest in Peace Chuck, you were taken from us far too soon.

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The heat wave may be over, but there’s still one threat out there this summer.


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One Decade Later…and Somehow Still Counting

I’ve said to myself that I’ll quit this blog full-time if it becomes more of a chore than a delight.

We’re not there yet, but there sure are a lot of days where the latter feeling does have the upper hand.

Thanks for being here over the past decade, and especially for coming back after the three times I suspended the site do to work-related activities with the Green and Johnson campaigns, as well as my 21 months in the Bush Administration.

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Google Can Actually Get Its Doodle Right Once in a While

Well…if Cesar Chavez isn’t involved I suppose.

There’s a Wisconsin tie to this one, so extra points as well.

GOOGLE spotlights a new artist today, and it’s worth noting a few things:

She renders from real life to depict a poignant moment.

She deftly blends human images and iconic letters.

She gains an audience of millions Thursday.

Oh, and she’s still an art student.

In high school.

On its home page, the tech titan is featuring an image by Wisconsin teenager Sabrina Brady, who on Wednesday was announced as the national champ of the Doodle 4 Google contest.

The competition’s theme this year was “My Best Day Ever … ,” and the Sparta, Wisc., senior’s winning work — titled “Coming Home” — shows Sabrina running toward her father upon his return from an 18-month deployment in Iraq.

Except for the American flag she clutches, Sabrina draws herself and her dad in tones of black, white and gray — until the moment of reunion, which is dramatically heightened by the sudden switch to full color. One “O” in the world “Google” becomes the golden sun, and her warrior-father stands in as the “L.”

Here’s the image at Google today:

Sabrina Brady - WI

For winning the contest, Ms. Brady received $30,000 for college, a new computer and Sparta High School will receive a $50,000 grant to aid its technology programs.

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