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This showed up on the Facebook feed of my oldest friend. We grew up across the street from one another since the time I moved to the neighborhood at the age of 4. I stood up for his wedding and... Continue reading
Posted 14 minutes ago at FIRST DRAFT
It’s been about a month since media outlets from coast to coast started eviscerating the Fond du Lac school system for its treatment of the student press at the high school. Tanvi Kumar’s piece on “The Rape Joke” highlighted the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Man up. That seems to be the underlying theme of the day when it comes to discussing Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy and his decision to miss TWO WHOLE GAMES to witness the birth of his child. The collective bargaining... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
(One of the biggest things I tell student journalists is that they have to write for the audience, not for themselves. Unfortunately, when you get into a story after a while, you start wondering if you’re writing for yourself and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
In part one of a two-part broadcast report from Fond du Lac High School, the "officially approved" video story here outlines the main concerns associated with Cardinal Columns "Rape Joke" story. The principal, Jon Wiltzius, talks briefly about his thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
The English faculty members at Fond du Lac High School are getting into the act when it comes to the recent decision to censor the school’s newspaper, Cardinal Columns. Download Fond du Lac High School English Department Statement, the faculty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Administrators in the Fond du Lac, Wis. school district this week implemented a policy that guarantees them the right to review all content of school media prior to publication. Any article that the administrators deem “poorly written, inadequately researched, false,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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Occasionally, I’ll read a story like this one, where a woman was removed from a flight for singing “I Will Always Love You” at the top of her lungs for three hours. Or one like this, where a guy was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Hey, where did I put my jobs plan? Oh, here it is under all these racist jokes and emails bitching about cats… In April 2010, Michael Best & Friedrich paralegal Kelly Teelin sent Rindfleisch a joke about someone whose dogs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
This month, the semi-biopic “42” is in heavy rotation on HBO, giving people a chance to see the tempest surrounding Jackie Robinson’s integration of major league baseball. A number of things have been “storified” in order to keep the drama... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
If you ever ask my wife to come up with one moment where she was sure that our wedding would never take place, it will take all of two seconds for her to come up with the answer: “When he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
It seems as though we’re constantly writing about kids are getting bullied, battered and otherwise belittled at school. When it’s kid-on-kid crap, it’s not excusable, but it is more understandable, as the students try to press through the Darwinian hellhole... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
One of the biggest complaints my mother has these days about her eighth-graders is that they don’t know how to look stuff up. “They put two words into Google and figure if it doesn’t tell them something, the thing can’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Most people who deal in finance make good cost-benefit analyses as part of their everyday job. In other words, how much do I spend and how much do I get out of spending it? In the case of Wisconsin businessman... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Welcome to the "compare/contrast" portion of the program. Here's a video in which a child is cursing at adults and being egged on by said adults: And here's another one... The first one had people howling with laughter about Will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
The word “improper” always scares me as part of a policy and the new proposal issued by the University of Kansas Board of Regents is no exception to that rule. A few weeks back, the board decided to pass a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
When I was 4 years old, we moved into the house my parents still occupy, a two-story brick home in a small off-shoot of Milwaukee’s South Side. That winter, heavy snow pounded the area from about late October through the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
For the past couple weeks, I’ve been more introspective about posts and each time I think, “Man, I should have covered X.” Fortunately for me, Adrastos and A have been on the dime the next day about “affluenza,” the “Duck... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
With graduation coming up this weekend, students in our department are flipping back and forth between sheer panic of trying to complete projects and wandering around, waiting for things to happen to them. It’s that typical “hurry up and wait”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
(Every week I critique our paper, offering the good, the bad and the ugly. It's the usual mix of "Stop running stupid headlines" and "Hey, we nailed that lead!" This week, instead, I sent what's below. If you ever wonder... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
(I’m filing this missive from the North Woods, where we’re recovering from a day of turkey, sleeping and listening to “Is mommy up yet? Can we wake her up so we can have pie?” Even more, I somehow managed to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
I had a meeting with our dean last week to talk about various facets of life at the U. We had recently undergone salary equity issues and I found that apparently our administration felt I, unlike 92 percent of my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
(I sat out last week so that I didn’t push the Riot story lower on the blog. I feel for A and Mr. A. I hope the Chicken Rat is able to run and jump and have fun now. –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
"Let me see if I got this: The third story on the news tonight was that someone I didn’t know 13 years ago when I wasn’t president participated in a demonstration where now laws were being broken in protest of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT
We spent the majority of the day getting ready for The Midget’s school Halloween event. The Missus baked cookie bars, I bought earplugs… General stuff that has to happen when you get a K through 5 group of children together... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at FIRST DRAFT