Short Takes: Beer, Guns, Trump and UWM

I should be writing about a lot of other things tonight but I am lazy and watching returns and can’t even motivate to go to one of the five campaign parties I’ve been invited to.

The Boulder Junction Shooting Range, a non profit organization that runs one of the DNR gun ranges in northern Wisconsin blasts the state for changing the rules and starting a ban on alcohol at state owned ranges. I mean beer and guns…what could possibly go wrong! (yes I know they only sell alcohol after a shooter is done on the range per NRA suggested rules but…).

And although the big news about Donald Trump’s appearance at UWM yesterday surrounds the fact Milwaukee Police officers covered their names while patrolling the protests…to me the bigger issue was the UWM faculty attitudes. Several professors complained to the Chancellor in an open letter that the university should not have rented a theater facility to the candidate. That’s utter nonsense. The letter is correct when it states the fact that Mr. Trump is a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, fascist…but he is still a candidate for president and he should be heard on campus…AND the campus should come out in protest just like they did.

OTOH: why didn’t the actual protest get any press??

Quick Hit: Financing The Bucks Arena

While driving home on Friday, a message on one of the electronic billboards in town caught my eye. It said (this is as paraphrase), thanks to our elected officials for approving the Bucks arena deal. Then it switched to another ad and I didn’t catch the sponsor.

Now those ads can’t be inexpensive…and if whoever paid for that ad…had instead opened their wallet for the actual arena deal…well maybe we’d all be better off (except for the billboard company perhaps).

As I’ve posted before, if local business people actually thought the Bucks arena was a good deal for local business, they would have put their money where their mouth is.

Quick Question to Wisconsin Dems on Bernie Sanders

Why was it such a big issue that recently elected DPW Chair Martha Laning had only recently been a dues paying member of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin…but nobody bats an eye when Senator Bernie Sanders, long time professed independent and/or socialist, runs for president as a Democrat…and actually runs to support him? I mean WTF?

Mitt Romney announces he will not seek 2016 republican presidential nomination

Looks like 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not be running for president in 2016 after all.

Mitt Romney will not run a third time for president, he will announce Friday on a conference call with donors, sources familiar with his plans told POLITICO.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney will say on the call.

Top GOP sources said that Romney flinched at Jeb Bush’s strength in fundraising and early polling. Just Thursday, the former Florida governor poached a close Romney adviser who had run his 2012 Iowa campaign.

The Solidarity Sing Along’s First Amendment Protection Fund

Just a quick note…

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the participants in the Solidarity Sing Along have set up the First Amendment Protection Fund to help to help defray the direct legal costs associated with defending these citations and criminal charges.

If you’d like to help offset the legal costs for those individuals who’ve been issued citations for exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and free assembly, then consider making a donation.

One Quick Question about Innovation Park and the Eschweiler Buildings?

I am an architecture nut and love the work of Alexander Eschweiler. And it’s a sin that the county allowed the buildings on the county grounds to deteriorate to the point that it is economically unfeasible to restore them to contemporary use.

But that’s not where I am going with this. If Innovation Park is supposedly UWM’s premier research and engineering center why the flock is Mandel trying to build housing there?

Husband And Wife Republicans Represent Family Values?

This isn’t a serious political point today…just a quick hit on something from the party of family values that struck my funny bone. The quote is from Yahoo (emphasis added):

Husband-and-wife team Reps. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., got some bad news on November 6. Both lost their elections and are now leaving Congress at the same time.

So the party of family values has a married couple in the US House of Representatives who represent congressional districts thousands of miles apart? Really?!? I knew Florida has lax residency requirements for its representatives…but WOW!