Planning That Excludes Large Groups Creates More Problems

At another site on which I write more frequently about issues in the greater Milwaukee area, I have posted a long and annotated essay about what is wrong with the way the government carries out regional planning.

I won't take up UppityWis's space with the essay in its entirety, but rather can direct you to it, here.

 Like the committee that is meeting in Madison to craft legislation about water preservation in the Great Lakes region - - another issue I reference in the essay - - these efforts are too much in the hands of insiders with narrow agendas and constituencies, so the common good and broad impacts are minimized.

Filtered news 3/29

Married women can’t be raped by their husbands. “By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape,” said right-wing activist Phyllis Schlafly yesterday at Bates College. She also noted that women have an “inherent physical inferiority” and should not be firefighters, soldiers, or construction workers: “Women in combat are a hazard to other people around them.” Let's have Phyllis fitted for her new jacket:
Cause for outrage “Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 — receiving their largest share of national income since 1928. … The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.”

Hating the troops or the war?

Joel McNally in the Shepherd Express, on last week's protest that damaged a recruiting office and set off a debate about tactics:

Many of the conservative talk shows tried to twist the attack on the Army recruiting center into an attack on U.S. soldiers.

Aha! Finally, they had proof that opponents of the war really hated our brave men and women in the military. Hardly.

Anything that even temporarily interrupts the business of an Army recruiting center has the potential to save the lives of soldiers.

Filtered news 3/28

Maher Strikes Again. Stand back:

Valerie Plame was the CIA's operational officer in charge of counter-proliferation. Which means she tracked loose nukes. So when Bush said---as he once did---that his absolute, number-one priority was preventing terrorists from getting loose nukes, okay, that's what she worked on. That's what she devoted her life to, staying undercover for 20 years, maintaining two identities every goddamn day. This is extraordinary service to your country.

Valerie Plame was the kind of real-life secret agent George Bush dreams of being when he's not too busy pretending to be a cowboy or a fighter pilot. ... George Bush likes to claim that he doesn't question his critics' patriotism, just their judgment. Well, let me be the first of your critics, Mr. President, to question your judgment and your patriotism. Because let's not forget why they did it to her. Because Valerie Plame was married to this guy---Joe Wilson---who the Bush people hated because he busted them on one of their bullshit reasons for invading Iraq. ...

Mark Twain said, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." And I say Valerie Plame is a patriot because she spent her life serving her country. ... Valerie Plame kept her secrets. The Bush Administration leaked like the plumbing at Walter Reed.

Read the whole thing here. Better yet, watch the whole thing here.

Every Little Drop Hurts

The next time you hear someone pooh-poohing a minor change in the environment - - an increase of one degree in temperature here, the loss of a few acres there, a little dip in level of one of the Great Lakes somewhere - - consider this:

Even the drop of one inch in the depth of the Great Lakes  - - and the level of Lake Michigan is down more than four feet in recent years - - wreaks havoc with Great Lakes cargo shipping and its profitability, according to a recent report.

Nuke Watch Update: It was 28 Years Ago Today...

Happy Anniversary, Three Mile Island - - Will There Be More?

Today, March 28, is the anniversary of the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.

Twenty-eight years later, the nuclear industry is no closer to solving the problem of what to do with deadly nuclear waste than it was in 1979 - - but that hasn't stopped Dick Cheney's Energy 'Policy' group and others from pushing nukes back into the debate.

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"To those on the other side of the aisle who are opposed, I ask you the same questions that my gunner
asked me when I was leading a convoy up and down Ambush Alley one day. He said, ‘Sir, what are we
doing over here? What’s our mission? When are these Iraqis going to come off the sidelines and fight
for their own country?’ So to my colleagues across the aisle - your taunts about supporting our troops
ring hollow if you are still unable to answer those questions now four years later."

Yesterday's warmed-over news today

Some news, like fine wine, gets better with age -- at least at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The top story on today's Metro section, with a big headline: Trohas gave $50,000 for inaugural

That report should have had a familiar ring to the two reporters who wrote it, Steve Walters and Stacy Forster. Why? Because the same reporters contributed to a story about the inaugural plans way back on Dec. 14 that said:

Troha and his wife, Natalie, plan to give $50,000 to help underwrite the governor's inaugural...

Race And Milwaukee: Here's Another Take

Equity at SEWRPC? Key Committees Are 98% White

You read and hear alot about race and Milwaukee, and it's often not good news.

But consider the under-reported, institutional side of things, such as...

For years, (examples from 2002 here and here, too) I've written and argued that policy-making at SEWRPC is unrepresentative of the racial composition of its seven-county region, and especially for City of Milwaukee residents, where minorities make up a majority of the city's population of roughly 600,000

(And I blog at another site often on these matters, fyi).


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