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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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