Today’s highly interesting read (12/14/17): The Warlock Hunt

Today’s read is authored by a woman who was victimized by a stalker. Her take on the recent sexual harassment epidemic may surprise, even stun you.

Claire Berlinski sees the anti-pervert movement as a moral panic, one that’s reached hysteria. Here’s an excerpt:

If you are reading this, it means I have found an outlet that has not just fired an editor for sexual harassment. This article circulated from publication to publication,  and was rejected repeatedly with a sotto voce, “Don’t tell anyone. I agree with you. But no.” Friends have urged me not to publish it under my own name, vividly describing the mob that will tear me from limb to limb and leave the dingoes to pick over my flesh.

But speak I must. It now takes only one accusation to destroy a man’s life. Just one for him to be tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion, overnight costing him his livelihood and social respectability. We are on a frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity. The punishment for sexual harassment is so grave that clearly this crime—like any other serious crime—requires an unambiguous definition. We have nothing of the sort.

In recent weeks, one after another prominent voice, many of them political voices, have been silenced by sexual harassment charges. Not one of these cases has yet been adjudicated in a court of law.

Read the entire column here.

The Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame”- Inductee #29

For new readers:

I am always on the lookout for sharp, young, talented writers. As I have blogged in the past, these young folk must meet certain standards.

They must have a strong ability to write well.

Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.

They should have strong opinions and beliefs that are fact-based.

Their work should be grammatically correct, and they must not regularly and repeatedly flunk spell-check. Doing so would demonstrate a lack of pride and self-respect, not to mention a clear ineptness.

And there must be a consistency of excellence to their product. They wouldn’t dream of posting anything slightly embarrassing that would ruin their credibility in a heartbeat.

I have instituted recognizing special young writers who will be members of the Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame.” By the strictest definition, “whippersnapper” may not be the most positive term. However, I can assure you that in this context, “whippersnapper” should be considered in the most complimentary, respectful sense. These young individuals are refreshing.

My goal is to showcase these young writers who, by their true ability give us superb confidence that the future of our great country is in very capable hands.

These young stars are the real deal, bona fide talents. In reality, they are in a category far beyond “whippersnapper.” I salute and congratulate them for putting their talents to such constructive use.

I have updated the Hall of Fame when new talent comes to my attention. Readers are invited to nominate inductees by e-mailing me their suggestions.

I have also expanded my Hall of Fame beyond young writers to include young folks who have performed exceptional public service, accomplished outstanding feats, or demonstrated exemplary behavior.

The latest inductee is Lyla Black at #29 below.

THE KEVIN FISCHER “WHIPPERSNAPPER HALL OF FAME”

1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

9) Jackie Seal

10) Jill Metzler

11) Jake Shafer

12) Bree McMahon

13) Keli Carender

14) Jessica Watson

15, 16, and 17) Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman

18) Vanessa Jean Louis

19) Zack Goodman

20) Lila Rose

21) Drew Anderson and Toni Alten-Crowe

22) Christine Rousselle

23) Carlos Turner

24) Jhaqueil Reagan

25) Matt Walsh

26) Kwasi Enin

27) Anthony Casalena

28) Dylan Puccetti

29) Lyla Black

 

Today’s highly interesting read (12/13/17): Political Journalists Have Themselves To Blame For Sinking Credibility

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From columnist David Harsanyi:

This week alone, four big scoops were run by major news organizations — written by top reporters and presumably churned through layers of scrupulous editing — that turned out to be completely wrong: Reuters, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and others reported that the special counsel’s office had subpoenaed Donald Trump’s records from Deutsche Bank. They weren’t. ABC reported that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. He didn’t (as far as we know). The New York Times ran a story that showed K.T. McFarland had acknowledged collusion. She didn’t. Then CNN topped off the week by falsely reporting that the Trump campaign had been offered access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails before they were published.

This brings three lines of questioning to mind.

Read the entire column here.

A lot of what Franklin is not

And maybe other suburbs, too.

Fascinating piece in Governing.com.

Here’s an excerpt:

The old suburban model of subdivisions as residential worlds unto themselves, often in a cul-de-sac format, has lost at least some of its luster. An increasing number of developers want to appeal to people who prefer to live and work in places where they don’t have to drive for everything they want. “The suburbs that have gotten that are going to be the winners in the future,” says Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow with the Urban Land Institute. “The way people work, shop and move around is changing. Those that have figured that out are going to prosper, and others are going to decline.”

Read the entire piece here.

 

Why were those Milwaukee-hired subcontractors carrying? Because they can!

First some  background.

Back in March, Greg Zyszkiewicz, a  home inspector for the city of Milwaukee was on duty when he shot and killed during an attempted carjacking. Zyszkiewicz was found inside his vehicle in the area of N. 23rd and W. Cherry streets about 2 p.m. on March 22nd. He had been conducting a routine inspection of the exterior of a building with code violations.  Police were called about a man slumped over his steering wheel.

“At the scene, which was horrifying in its own right, I stood there and I wondered how in God’s name are we were going to catch the person or persons who committed this crime,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “The car was sitting there by itself at the curb, and there was no one around. It’s still a personal nightmare for the city family, and for all people in this community who want this to be a better city.”

Five people, including the suspected shooter, were soon arrested. All of them, ages 16 to 21, had criminal records.

“The individuals were together. They were all known to each other. They were looking to commit more crimes. They were driving around on the lookout for other victims,” said Police Chief Ed Flynn.

In August city officials dedicated a memorial for Zyszkiewicz, a boulder featuring  a plaque with his name that sits across from a bench in the front of the Department of Neighborhood Services’ Lake Tower at 4001 S. 6th Street.

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A photo from the Milwaukee Common Council showing three white, city-hired subcontractors brandishing guns while on a work site near N. 19th and W. Meinecke Ave. was shared on Facebook last week. The photo showed two of the workers had holstered weapons on their belts, while a third had a gun in his hand. The photo angered people in the African-American community and three Milwaukee aldermen issued a news release Monday, calling the photo “appalling.”

Following what happened to Zyszkiewicz it’s understandable that some who worked outside in  certain parts of the city were concerned to say the least. I know it had people who had jobs like Zyszkiewicz talking about their personal safety.

Earl Ingram Jr., of Resistance Radio 1510-AM (WRRD), said on his talk show, “The way I see it, if they are so afraid to work in our community that they need to have a gun out like in the picture, then they don’t need to work in our community.”

Wrong reaction by Ingram and the Milwaukee aldermen.

Here’s a much better one.

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It comes from Greenfield Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky in a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that was publsihed Sunday. It’s not online, but Lubotsky was kind enough to forward to me:

Get over it

Regarding the article, “Photo shows subcontractors had guns on work site,” they
have a right to carry. Period. More good citizens should be carrying.

They have constitutional rights. Get over it!

Don’t members of Milwaukee’s Common Council have anything better to do? How
about doing something about stolen cars, shootings or the opiate crisis? Or how
about focusing on how with six fire stations closing, response times for the
Milwaukee Fire Department will mean longer wait times for residents, which could
mean the loss of life?

Do your job and don’t dictate to law-abiding citizens what to do. They have
constitutional rights, too.

Linda Lubotsky

Alderwoman

Greenfield

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Bravo!

BTW, I’ll have more on Lubotsky in my Week-ends blog this Saturday night.

Today’s highly interesting read (12/12/17): Trump’s courage and cunning confound his opponents

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Today’s read is from the Asia Times: