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I get that Sendik's Fine Foods wants to keep its customers happy and sell lots of groceries, but did it really need to block a tame Milwaukee Magazine cover showing two brides getting married? One shopper thinks so. And it took just that one complaint to cause the Brookfield store owners to put a black board over the magazine in racks near its checkout lanes. Only part of the magazine name was left showing.
Call it censorship or call it customer service, but the word got out in the news and on social media this week and pretty soon the store's phones and email lit up. And it was not people wanting to know if corned beef brisket is on sale. "It exploded," said store manager Rick. "I prefer not to give you my last name because I don't want all that hate mail coming to me."
In TV news interviews I've seen, Milwaukee Magazine staff look like they're enjoying this free advertising, and I realize I'm giving them more here today. If they're smart, editors will be putting a large marijuana leaf on next month's cover.
The store told the magazine that several customers complained, though manager Rick told me it was just one. Chandler said he, too, has received phone calls for and against the cover.
As always with the Urinal/Sentinel website, it's the reader comments where the real fun, er, hate, begins.
I don't care if gays get married or conduct their lives like straight people do, behind closed doors. Do we need to promote the lifestyle as "normal"? Maybe not. Should Gays be allowed to adopt children? I don't think so. The Bible is pretty clear about Homosexuality. But with all the atheist's out there now, this is OK. The new flavor of the week cause. Another example of the breakdown of morality in this country being embraced by the liberal left. We are going down fast!
I (and many others) totally agree with the convictions of the original customer complaint. And if I were the manager of Sendik's, I would have dropped carrying Milwaukee Magazine altogether!
The perverts are taking over the world. oops...I meant the liberals!
But that last one did have a great reply posted ...
Google "wide stance."
Posted by Scuba | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 09:59 AM (9 replies)
Unless it’s commodified, laid out over a beat, and marketed to suburban white teens getting their ghetto fix, there is no freedom to be angry in black America. From Jim Crow to the New Jim Crow to Fox News fulminations about the New Black Panthers, there lurks an existential fear to, in the words of Ronald Reagan, “hold back the jungle.” Nowhere on the cultural landscape is black anger policed more vigorously than in the world of sports. Ask Roddy White and Victor Cruz.
After George Zimmerman was found innocent of profiling, stalking, and gunning down seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, the two responses that garnered the most attention were from Cruz, a New York Giants wide receiver, and Atlanta Falcons wideout Roddy White. Cruz tweeted, “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year til the hood catches up to him.” White’s response was, “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”
Both were pilloried by the press, piled-on by their twitter “followers,” and hectored into apologizing. Cruz had to go on The Dan Patrick Show, where he said, “In the moment, when it happened—I’m not going to lie, I was a little angry. As a father, you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid.” It’s tempting to make this a story about social media and impulse control, but the roots of this run far deeper.
This story of controlling the black voice in sports is as old as sports itself. In the 1930s, Joe Louis wasn’t told to “be loud and larger than life like Babe Ruth.” He was told, “Don’t open your mouth like Jack Johnson.” Jackie Robinson was told by management to turn the other cheek. The white media told every boxer from Sonny Liston to Joe Frazier that their “job” was to shut up “the Louisville Lip.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, despite his All-Time Status and Doogie Howser IQ, never got a coaching job. Craig Hodges and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf were drummed out of the NBA for expressing quiet, dignified disdain for nationalism and war.
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 03:49 PM (5 replies)
Can't believe. Cannot believe. Gotta wonder if we have stuff like that being transported on our highways with so little protection.
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 01:22 PM (6 replies)
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10:30 AM (8 replies)
A progressive wave has been sweeping Latin America for over a decade, but right-wing forces in some countries have been refusing to accept the results at the voting booth. All over the region, the left has come to power through elections, as voters have repudiated neoliberal policies and free trade ideology. In Brazil, now one of the world’s top 10 economies, the leftist Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) has won the last three presidential elections and will likely win the next. In Uruguay, the progressive Frente Amplio has won the last two presidential elections. The country’s current president, the former guerrilla Pepe Mujica, is one of the world’s most popular heads of state. In Bolivia, the people elected Evo Morales, of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), to the presidency in 2006, where he has served two terms. Morales, a campesino organizer, is the first indigenous head of state in modern Latin American history.
But some right-wingers in Latin America have not been accepting the will of the people. There have been coups against democratically elected progressive Latin American governments in recent years. Some were foiled — in Venezuela and Ecuador. And some succeeded — in Honduras and Paraguay. Today, in Venezuela, the right-wing opposition is fomenting protests to destabilize the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party. Opposition leaders are even refusing to meet with Maduro to try to end the civil strife there. Meanwhile, Washington has been funding some Venezuelan opposition groups.
To many people in Latin America, what’s happening in Venezuela is all too reminiscent of what happened in Chile four decades ago. Back then, the CIA was plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. The agency had funded the opposition and the violent street protests in Chile and had a hand in the 1973 coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. We seem to be seeing the same script being played over again in Venezuela.
And in El Salvador, the far-right ARENA party, long associated with murderous death squads, has threatened violence rather than accept defeat in the recent tight presidential election there. If left-wing groups were opposing these democratic victories, Washington would be up in arms. But when right-wing groups destabilize democracy, too often Washington turns a blind eye — or, even worse, assists them. This pattern has got to change, or the United States will continue to lose favor throughout Latin America.
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 09:55 AM (0 replies)
If they can do it, why can't we?
As the economy recovers from what is being called the worst recession since the great depression, rural economies are still feeling the effects. The greater economy is rebounding, but a large amount of the jobs that were lost due to the housing bubble and subsequent global financial debacle are just not returning.
Budgets were tightened across the country in the public sector as a result of the recession, and one of the results was that wages have been stagnating as well. In an effort to alleviate some of the pains and penalties that come with lower wages, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has stepped up and offered its employees one of the greatest wage increases in the country.
Effective March 9, 2014, the Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee has approved and adopted an increase in the minimum wage for all employees of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and its entities and businesses. The new minimum wage will be $10.25 per hour.
“This issue has been being debated at the federal level for a very long time. We raised our minimum wage to $9.00 per hour a few years ago, With this new increase, I think it’s safe to say that we are out in front of this issue, taking the lead,” said Chairwoman Carri Jones.
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 08:33 AM (0 replies)
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 07:26 AM (0 replies)
Yesterday, MannyGoldstein posted regarding Dianne Feinstein's "Statement on Intel Committee's CIA Detention, Interrogation Report". That post is here.
Here's DiFi's statement.
After reading DiFi's statement, I posted some questions on Manny's thread and got multiple requests to post them as an OP, so here they are ...
1. Who was the member of the Senate Intelligence Committe who voted "no" in the 14-1 vote on March 5, 2009, when the Committee voted to initiate a comprehensive review of the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program? Just curious.
2. Do you find it troubling that when the Senate Intelligence Committee asks the CIA to produce documents, the CIA proposes an alternative arrangement?
3. Do you find it troubling that the Senate Intelligence Committee doesn't smack their knuckles with a ruler when they propose an alternative?
4. Are you flabbergasted that when the CIA determined they would not allow Congress to see certain documents, they outsourced their document selection process to "outside contractors"?
5. Do these "outside contractors" have higher security clearances than members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?
6. Do you think the CIA's forwarding of over six million documents "without any index, without organizational structure" was an attempt to obsfucate the content of some sensitive documents? (Or am I just an overly-suspicious person?)
7. Do you find it troubling that the IT personnel at the secure facility that the CIA originally blamed for removing documents were "almost all contractors"?
8. What do you make of the CIA claiming the White House ordered the documents removed and the White House denying this?
9. Do you find it curious that there have been claims in the press that the Senate Intelligence Committee gained access to documents to which they had no right? (Debunked by DiFi.)
10. To repeat DiFi's own question: How can the CIA’s official response to the Committee's study stand factually in conflict with its own "Internal Panetta Review")? Does this alone not constitute an attempt to deceive the Committee?
11. Are you astonished that the CIA denied the Senate Intelligence Committee access to the final Panetta Review?
12. Do you find it troubling that the CIA refuses to answer the 12 questions that DiFi sent to Brennan on January 23rd? Or more to the point, that the CIA seems to be blowing off requests from the Committee responsible for their oversight?
13. Do you agree that the CIA spying on their bosses is a bigger scandal than the CIA Detention and Interrogation program they appear to be trying to cover up? Are you experiencing any sense of deja vu?
14. Will our Republic survive this crisis?
Posted by Scuba | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 06:39 AM (65 replies)
His body appeared inky black, with an irridescent sheen. Beautiful bird.
The Melanistic form of the Common Pheasant was first obeserved in Norfolk in 1880 and was not bred as a mutation until the 1920-30s when a few dark colored hen was located in Cambridge(Delacour, 1977). The bird was first thought to be a hybrid between colchicus & versicolor, as dark versicolor had been found in wild birds in Japan, however, experimental breeding in the early years of the mutation found this not the the case (Hachisuka, 1927).
This is a pure mutation, in which when bred to normal colored birds, the chicks are either mutant or normal, with the normal coloration dominate. When two mutants are bred together, they breed true. It is uncertain which specific subspecies was known to have produced the mutation as the majority of birds on Great Britian are a mixture of the different races released for sport. The year it first appeared in American aviaries is uncertain.
As we enter the 21st Century, there are still a good number of this mutation available in aviculture that breed true. There are perhaps more of this mutation in existence than some the pure races of colchicus! This mutant has been observed in wild populations in both the UK & the US. It is sometimes confused with Phasianus versicolor, but should be noted that this is a much darker bird.
Posted by Scuba | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 07:49 PM (19 replies)
What just happened in the state Senate?!
Republicans realize their ideas won’t win votes, so they’ve decided to rig the game, change the rules and disenfranchise tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters ahead of the next election. On March 12, Republicans used their Senate majority to ram through attacks on our fundamental rights to vote as citizens. By restricting ballot access and implementing new hurdles for citizens to register to vote, Republicans are blatantly trying to limit the electorate and rig elections in a politically-motivated, power-grabbing move.
Anti-voter legislation passed with a 17-16 with Rep. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) joining Senate Democrats in the State Senate in opposition include:
• SB 267: Adds new obstacles to voter registration.
• SB 324: Shortens the hours and days of in-person absentee voting. This bill ends weekend early voting and limits weekday early voting to between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
• SB 655: Expands the power of lobbyists to funnel campaign contributions to candidates by moving up the date lobbyists may begin making contributions from June 1 to April 15. This amounts to legalized bribery.
• AB 396: Places complicated barriers for individuals in residential facilities such as nursing homes and adult-care facilities to vote absentee.
These votes come on the heels of a new announcement that Gov. Walker is plotting a special session to pass the voter-suppressing Voter ID law if the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules the current provision unconstitutional.
Gov. Walker hopes to have Voter ID in place for his re-election in November 2014. Voter ID severely impacts young people, people of color, the elderly and the disabled by placing what amounts to a poll tax on voters. People have marched and died for the right to vote. It is a tragedy that power-hungry Republicans are systematically dismantling the voting rights of Wisconsin citizens in order to reduce the number of people who could vote against them in the next election. They’re rigging the game and hoping you don’t notice.
Republicans also voted down an opportunity to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for all Wisconsin workers (SB 505). This was done in a minimum wage pulling motion, which was defeated 18-15 along party lines.
Hold your legislators accountable now and tell them how you feel about their actions on these important votes to working families. Remember in November the attacks on voting rights, worker rights, women’s rights and democracy.
Phil Neuenfeldt, President
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer
P.S. Check out Scott Walker’s Blurred Lines parody by Alex Runner. You’re gonna love it!
Posted by Scuba | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 05:36 PM (2 replies)