Today’s highly interesting read (02/21/19): Fake Hate Crimes, False Narratives

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Jussie Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m on Jan. 29. The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled “This is MAGA country” — a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” — before fleeing.

A judge set Smollet’s bond at $100,000 today after he was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Today’s read is from Rich Manieri, a professor of journalism at Asbury University in Kentucky.

What’s wrong with this guy?

I’m no psychologist but I don’t think anything is wrong with him. Nor do I necessarily think there’s anything emotionally imbalanced with others who make up similar stories.

We love to medicalize bad behavior.

The Daily Signal, the news website of the conservative Heritage Foundation, chronicled 19 hate crime hoaxes since Donald Trump was elected president.

Among the phony stories:

Read the entire column here.

Provocative comments by Wynton Marsalis

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“You’ve always been outspoken, musically.”
“It’s created a lot of bad reviews during my life.”
Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis replying in a 2008 interview

I was working on background for my Goodnight music blog to be posted this Friday night when I came across some quotes from Marsalis. They were made during an interview last May for a podcast in the Washington Post where Marsalis discussed hip-hop.

“My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about niggers and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee.

“You can’t have a pipeline of filth be your default position and not have it take a toll on society. It’s just like the toll the minstrel show took on black folks and on white folks. Now, all this ‘nigger this,’ ‘bitch that,’ ‘ho that,’ that’s just a fact at this point. For me, it was not a default position in the ’80s. Now that it is the default position, how you like me now? You like what it’s yielding? Something is wrong with you; you need your head examined if you like this.”


Today’s highly interesting read (02/20/19): Green Book

A co-worker of mine is involved in an Academy Award controversy.

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The Oscars will be handed out this Sunday.

“Green Book” is based on Donald Shirley, a pianist and composer who wove classical music with jazz. A musical prodigy, Shirley played concert material by the age of 10 and made his professional debut with the Boston Pops at 18 where he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor.

The website of the Oscars gives this synopsis of “Green Book”:

Dr. Donald Shirley, an accomplished concert pianist, hires Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip to drive him during his 1962 tour of the South as protection against the racism that he, as an African American, is certain to encounter. Despite their differences, Dr. Shirley and Tony discover that they enjoy spending time together and have much to learn from each other.

Not so fast.

The Daily Mail is reporting in an extensive article that “Oscar-nominated Green Book is a ‘symphony of lies’ and ‘culturally tone deaf’ portrayal of friendship that never existed between black pianist and his racist driver, claims musician’s brother.”

According to the Shirley family, the Daily Mail writes the movie  is a “‘shameful travesty’, inaccurate to the point of fiction that diminishes an exquisitely talented man and casts him as supporting actor in the story of his own life. And for the movie to win an Oscar would be ‘a slap in the face for communities of color.'”

Shirley’s niece, Karole Kimble, my friend and colleague, was interviewed for the Daily Mail story.  Another example of why so many people have such a disdain for Hollywood.



Once again, there is ANOTHER side in the “Dark Store Loophole” debate

One of the best examples of overwhelming one-sided news coverage of a Wisconsin issue has been the so-called “Dark Store Loophole.”

There’s another side you never hear about.  My own mayor has done nothing to put forth a fair presentation.

I’m sure the latest effort by the WMC to set the record straight won’t get picked up by the media.

Please read so you get a clearer understanding.



Today’s highly interesting read (02/17/19): What kind of woman has a late-term abortion?

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
President Trump in his State of the Union address


I had a later abortion because I couldn’t give my baby girl both life and peace

When I saw that headline in the USA TODAY I was hooked. Just had to go there to read for myself the woman’s justification.

“No one loves my baby more than I do. Her death was a gift of mercy. Now, women like me will always be a scapegoat for policies limiting women’s rights.”

Kate Carson in Paris, France, in May, 2016.

That’s Kate Carson, a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

I would say to Carson that no one hates you. No one misunderstands you. It’s your choice so many of us oppose and can’t understand.

Read her column here.

Oh, and ask yourself, why doesn’t the mainstream media ever discuss what truly happens in a late-term abortion?


In Franklin, what if Le Roy could pull it off?

There’s only one primary election in the south suburban area Tuesday and it’s here in Franklin.

In the 2ND Aldermanic District the incumbent Dan Mayer is running as well as two challengers, Michelle Eichmann and Le Roy Lewandowski.

I know absolutely nothing about Eichmann so I cannot comment about her. But I know a lot about Lewandowski.

Look, let’s be honest. Mayer as the incumbent has a huge advantage. That’s unfortunate. He’s a bad alderman and needs to be sent packing.

Mayer is anti-Mayor Olson, anti-growth, anti-economic development, was anti-Kayla’s Playground, is anti-Ballpark Commons. He lacks any foresight, insight, or vision for the city. Some constituents have told me has been late to respond to their inquiries.

There are many reasons Mayer needs to go. One of the most serious was his behavior back in July of 2015, unbecoming of even an alderman in a city of 35,000.

Mayer’s conduct was outrageous, and even though he apologized much later the damage was done. A veteran parks commissioner’s renewal was rejected, not because of his performance, but because his comments bruised some fragile egos on Franklin’s Common Council.

There’s more to Mayer’s dismal record.

A June 2018  mysouthnow article about a Franklin Common Council meeting noted there were several items on the agenda dealing with approvals of various components of the Ballpark Commons project. Ballpark Commons is in Mayer’s district.

Many of the votes to approve were 4-1 in favor. Mayer was the lone ‘no’ vote every single time.

Obviously Mayer is no friend or supporter of Ballpark Commons. Hell, if I represented that district I’d personally be doing cartwheels and rolling out the red carpet.

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On June 7, 2018,  the groundbreaking ceremony for Ballpark Commons was held.

Every Franklin Common Council member was there, except Mayer.

It’s apparent to me that Mayer has sold out to the vocal minority (on his Facebook page Alderman Steve Taylor calls them “crazies”) that are desperately using every effort to badmouth what is a done deal that will be great for Franklin.

Mayer was also a major obstructionist on Kayla’s Playground.

Plus, he’s been a thorn in the side of Mayor Olson and his efforts at enhancing economic development in our city.

Look, I wouldn’t know Mayer if our carts bumped into each other at Sendik’s. He may be just like me, the absolute salt of the earth.

But my goodness, on the two biggest projects in the history of the city of Franklin he has firmly planted himself in the doorway of advancement, growth, and progress.  As a result I ask, what good is he to his district and the city? What are his goals and vision? If he exists on the council just to thwart the mayor and any attempt to better our city, again, what good is he?

Yet, to repeat, he has a huge advantage in Tuesday’s election.

But what if somehow, someway, Le Roy Lewandowski pulls it off. Survives the primary. Then wins the general.

Lewandowski is 91 years old who has a computer and a car. He’s a curmudgeon with a capital “C.”

He persistently hammers city officials with e-mails. He attends many, many, public meetings and speaks at most, and quite frankly, is annoying. Everything being done by Franklin, and he will say on the record, is a “disaster.”

An Alderman Lewandowksi will ask 1,000 questions at every Council meeting, 500 more than my Alderman/woman/person/alder whatever Kristen Wilhelm.

Lewandowski will make the guy who said “There is no such thing as a stupid question”  look like a fool.

Every time he speaks every eye in the place will roll.

Lewandowksi will ramble more than any member of the Allman Brothers Band (Le Roy, if you’re reading, just trust me. It’s a great line).

Meetings will go on an on and on and on.

Mayor Olson, if he had any hair, will be pulling it out.

Lewandowski will drive the mayor, the entire Council, the city staff, the audience, even people in the parking lot, totally out of their minds.

I would love and actually pay to see it.

For Lewandowski who has a reputation of saying stuff that makes most folks grimace, when I ran into him this past weekend he spoke realistically.

“I don’t think I’m gonna win,” he told me with that constant grin on his face.

And if you do, I asked.

“I’m gonna try to straighten out the place.”

You’ll never ever get that to happen, I respectfully responded.

An Alderman Lewandowski couldn’t do that.

But my goodness it would be entertaining to watch. The current ineffective administration deserves an Alderman Lewandowski, if nothing else, to keep them on their toes.


Franklin Alderperson Dist. 2  100% reporting
Daniel Mayer – i 70% 248
Michelle Eichmann 20% 72
Le Roy Lewandowski 10% 36

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Today’s highly interesting read (02/18/19): Despite national gloom, we’re actually pretty happy with our lives and neighbors

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Today’s read is from Ryan Streeter.

Commentators on the left and right in America share a fascination with gloominess. Both sides have argued our communities are crumbling amidst economic despair, the American dream is dead, identity politics fuels an ugly populism on the other side, and loneliness is an epidemic because of all these things.

Actual Americans are not so gloomy. According to a nationally representative survey that my American Enterprise Institute colleagues and I have conducted, America is doing better than it thinks it is.

Read the entire optimistic piece here.