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Bielema Leav­ing UW for Arkansas

Shocked, and it sounds like the school is too.  Since it is being reported he won’t coach the Rose Bowl either.

A few things here.  Most of them, things Bad­gers fans don’t want to hear or admit.  First off, Bielema’s prob­a­bly tak­ing his coor­di­na­tors and staff with him.  That means the Bad­gers are at square one when it comes to a coach­ing search unless they quickly offer one of them the big job.

Expect to see some play­ers jump to Arkansas — they will then have to sit out a year of eli­gi­bil­ity as per NCAA rules.  (Never liked that one, thought it’s stu­pid and detri­men­tal to stu­dents and more about pro­tect­ing the schools.)

Also, either Bielema never could recruit, or feared the new era about to hit the Big Ten with Urban Meyer at Ohio State “steal­ing” recruits who’ve made ver­bal com­mit­ments, but then would sign with the Buck­eyes on “National Sign­ing Day.”

Finally, it shows Wis­con­sin isn’t anyone’s des­ti­na­tion loca­tion for being a foot­ball coach.  It’s a step­ping stone to other schools or in this case other conferences…such as the SEC which Arkansas is a member.

Michael Moore Got Nearly a $1 Mil­lion in Tax Breaks for his “Anti-Corporate Wel­fare” Documentary

Inter­est­ing find from the Wash­ing­ton Examiner.

Louise Story of the New York Times writes an excel­lent piece on state sub­si­dies for Hol­ly­wood films and stu­dios – a fre­quent prac­tice that often reaps very lit­tle in tax rev­enue or long-term jobs.

Her report explores the huge amount of film cred­its in the state of Michi­gan boosted by for­mer Gov. Jen­nifer Granholm.

Accord­ing to the report, lib­eral Michael Moore received $841,145 in incen­tives to film his doc­u­men­tary “Cap­i­tal­ism: A Love Story” in Michigan.

Egypt Upris­ing Against Newest President

Memo to despots, they over­threw the pharohs, what odds to you have?

Egypt­ian police bat­tled thou­sands of pro­test­ers out­side Pres­i­dent Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Tues­day, prompt­ing the Islamist leader to leave the build­ing, pres­i­dency sources said.

Offi­cers fired tear­gas at up to 10,000 demon­stra­tors angered by Mursi’s drive to hold a ref­er­en­dum on a new con­sti­tu­tion on Decem­ber 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perime­ter wall.

The crowds had gath­ered nearby in what orga­niz­ers had dubbed “last warn­ing” protests against Mursi, who infu­ri­ated oppo­nents with a Novem­ber 22 decree that expanded his pow­ers. “The peo­ple want the down­fall of the regime,” the demon­stra­tors chanted.

The pres­i­dent left the palace,” a pres­i­den­tial source, who declined to be named, told Reuters. A secu­rity source at the pres­i­dency also said the pres­i­dent had departed.

The protests in Egypt are still on-going.

Image of the Day

Nuff said.

Supreme Court Sides with Prop­erty Owners

8–0, now if we can only get Kelo over­turned…

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tues­day that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment may be required to pay dam­ages when it releases water from a dam that causes tem­po­rary flood­ing for a prop­erty owner downstream.

The case addressed the polit­i­cally charged issue of when gov­ern­ment activ­ity that affects pri­vate prop­erty con­sti­tutes a “tak­ing” that requires pay­ment to a landowner. Under the 5th Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, the gov­ern­ment must pay own­ers of pri­vate prop­erty that it takes for pub­lic purposes.

Writ­ing for a unan­i­mous court, Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg said tem­po­rary flood­ing of pri­vate land by the gov­ern­ment is “not cat­e­gor­i­cally exempt” from lia­bil­ity under the 5th Amendment’s Tak­ings Clause.

There is “no solid ground­ing in prece­dent for set­ting flood­ing apart from all other gov­ern­ment intru­sions on prop­erty,” Gins­burg wrote.

She also said the deci­sion was not meant to “credit all, or even many” claims over tem­po­rary flood­ing, and that a judge must weigh fac­tors includ­ing whether dam­age was intended, fore­see­able, recur­ring or severe.

Elana Kagan recused her­self, most spec­u­late because she worked on the case when she was pre­vi­ously Solic­i­tor General.

The Most Over-Payed Actors in Hollywood

As accord­ing to Forbes…

1. Eddie Mur­phy – Returns $2.30 for every $1 paid.
2. Kather­ine Heigl – Returns $3.40 for every $1 paid.
3. Reese With­er­spoon – Returns $3.90 for every $1 paid.
4. San­dra Bul­lock – Returns $5 for every $1 paid.
5. Jack Black – Returns $5.20 for every $1 paid.
6. Nico­las Cage – Returns $6 for every $1 paid
7. Adam San­dler – Returns $6.30 for every $1 paid.
8. Den­zel Wash­ing­ton – Returns $6.30 for every $1 paid.
9. Ben Stiller – Returns $6.50 for every $1 paid.
10. Sarah Jes­sica Parker – Returns $7 for every $1 paid.

Given his recent record of bombs, I’m shocked Adam San­dler isn’t higher.

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