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Yeah, I feel the same every time I go to Cabella’s too.


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Rex Ryan’s Days Look to Be Numbered

Typically, an NFL head coach has a say in who his team’s starting quarterback is going to be.  Not for the New York Jets, where nothing appears to come easily these day.

There, that decision is be “a collective one.”

(Didn’t decisions like that doom the Soviet Union?)

Over the next few weeks, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will make one of the biggest decisions of his career: Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith?

Except it won’t be entirely his call, according to general manager John Idzik, who said Ryan will have plenty of help when choosing a starting quarterback.

Idzik, speaking to reporters Saturday for the first time in his inaugural training camp, said he will have “a pretty big role” in the decision-making process. Idzik said it will be based on a “collective opinion,” with input from assistant coaches and scouts.

It’s only natural that a GM would have a voice, but Idzik refused to acknowledge that Ryan has the final say. Head coaches almost always have the power to decide who plays and who sits.

“When you look at who’s going to play, Rex and I will talk about that freely,” Idzik said. “When you put in the time and effort, and when you make that decision, you feel like it’s a ‘we’ decision, not an individual decision. It’s not like someone will drop the gavel and do something counter to what the Jets want to do.”

While normally no big deal, Ryan is in the final year of his contract as head coach (he has an option for another) and Idzik was just hired this spring as the Jets new general manager.  In fact, it was Idzik who made the decision to pick Geno Smith in the 2nd Round of this spring’s rookie draft.

These guys aren’t just going to butt heads, they’re on a collision course of a train wreck worse than that Spanish high-speed rail from this past week.

To try to alleviate some of the pressure coming down on him, Ryan joked to the press that he was certain that if things went poorly, he was fairly sure he wouldn’t be around to draft presumed No. 1 draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive end playing for the University of Southern California.

(Clowney is in the midst of a scandal himself, particularly if he took “inappropriate gifts” from rapper / budding agent Jay Z.)

When the NY press informed Idzik of Ryan’s line about Clowney, he replied by saying, “That’s pretty funny.”

The New York Jets, if it weren’t for the Oakland Raiders, they’d be the most dysfunctional front office in the NFL.


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From the American Spectator…

It’s all about the code words, isn’t it?


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“Change” is Dead

(H/T Politico)

Remember Change.gov?

You don’t?  Relax, the guys who set it up don’t either.

Change.gov was set up by the Obama Campaign to serve two purposes.  The first was to gather resumes for those wanting to work for the administration during and after transition.

The second — which clearly has come back to bite them in the butt according to the Sunlight Foundation — was to serve as a statement of ideals of the Obama Administration as it tried to change Washington, D.C.  Well, five years later, and the only thing that has changed in D.C. was the way the Obama Administration is perceived to do business.

Change.gov, the website created by the Obama transition team in 2008, has effectively disappeared sometime over the last month.

While the front splash page for Change.gov has linked to the main White House website for years, until recently, you could still continue on to see the materials and agenda laid out by the administration. This was a particularly helpful resource for those looking to compare Obama’s performance in office against his vision for reform, laid out in detail on Change.gov.

According to the Internet Archive, the last time that content (beyond the splash page) was available was June 8th — last month.

Why the change?

Here’s one possibility, from the administration’s ethics agenda:

Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.It may be that Obama’s description of the importance of whistleblowers went from being an artifact of his campaign to a political liability. It wouldn’t be the first time administration positions disappear from the internet when they become inconvenient descriptions of their assurances.

Obama’s vision for lobbying transparency has similarly been discarded along the way, but the timing here suggests that the heat on Obama’s whistleblower prosecutions has led the administration to unceremoniously remove their previous positions.

Recall that at one-time it was Obama Administration policy not to hire lobbyists to any position inside the administration.

That lasted for about 10 seconds as it soon became common practice to see “waivers” being granted to numerous senior White House staff hires.  One study has placed over 100 former lobbyists now  in senior positions throughout the bureaucracy. According to Politico, the White House refused comment for their story on why they pulled the plug on the site.

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Vandals Strike Lincoln Memorial

Forget Snowden for a while, Washington, D.C. has a new Public Enemy #1.

Of all the monuments in our nation’s capital, nothing unites the city like the Lincoln Memorial.  It stands for something different for everyone and usually whatever that something is, it is universally understood you respect it.

Why some ass-clown thought throwing green paint at “The Linc” is going to a topic at many water coolers today?

The Lincoln Memorial was shut down Friday morning after unknown vandals splashed the statue of the nation’s 16th president and the marble floor around it with green paint, U.S. Park Police said.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the popular tourist attraction on the west end of the Mall, but so far have released no information about who may have been responsible.

Authorities believe the vandalism happened around 1:30 a.m. The National Park Service will work to clean up the paint, police said, and the memorial will be closed to the public until cleanup is complete.

Police said no damage was reported at the Mall’s other memorials and monuments Friday morning.

The neo-classical memorial to the president who emancipated the slaves was designed by Henry Bacon and modeled after an ancient Greek temple. A 19-foot tall statue depicts Lincoln sitting in a throne-like chair, gazing toward the Washington Monument and, further east, the U.S. Capitol.

Inscribed in the walls around the statue are excerpts of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address. The memorial is surrounded by 36 fluted Doric columns, which represent the 36 states in the union at the time of Lincoln’s assassination.

May the Park’s Service throw the book at him (or her).

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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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Braun: My Silence is to NARC on Others

This is expected news and was believed to be part of his “plea deal” with MLB to only get 65 games instead of the rumored 100 game-suspension, but apparently the main reason Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has gone underground since Monday’s shocking announcement.  (Shocking, if you’re a Brewers fan who didn’t want to believe he was on PED’s to begin with, or believed MLB was engaged in a witch hunt after the slugger got off on a technicality in February 2012.)

Suspended slugger Ryan Braun released a statement Thursday through the Milwaukee Brewers‘ public relations department stating that he will speak to the media once he’s allowed.

It was the first comment made by Braun since being suspended Monday for the remainder of the 2013 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

“See Mark [Attanasio’s] comments or reference what he said,” the statement read. “When I am able to, I will speak.

“I know it was difficult for everybody, but I was not, and still am not, legally allowed to say anything yet.”

Braun’s statement was in reference to the comments made by the Brewers’ principal owner to reporters during Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

“I think [Braun] has to get to the point where he can actually speak about this,” Attanasio said. “Major League Baseball is in the midst of an ongoing investigation. He is obviously now cooperating with baseball. He is cooperating in such a way that he is going to let them conclude or get further into the investigation before he talks.”

Other shoes attached to other players are expected to drop soon in those who are said to be named in the Miami-based Biogenesis probe.  Some sports reporters believe that Yankees’ 3rd baseman (and former Appleton Fox) Alex Rodriquez will get a lifetime suspension.

Honestly, I’m not buying such heavy a penalty; though the Yankees do appear to be willing to do anything to keep A-Rod off the field this season.

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