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Stephen A. Smith isn’t saying he supports assholes who beat up women. He’s just saying that there’s probably another side to this whole issue. Like, y’know, the bitch burned the roast… Of course when people came out against his idiocy,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Dear LeBron, It took a while, but I finally get it. Four years ago, I wrote about the epic betrayal of your leaving. A year later, I took delight in your loss in the NBA finals. Each win you earned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Isaiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons took part in a recent “30 for 30” film on his 1980s “Bad Boys” championship teams. To the detractors who said the team was thuggish or that they got lucky in spots, Thomas responded... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
My dad has spent the majority of his retirement golfing or talking about golf, so it came as no surprise when he told me this analogy. Dad was listening to the Clark Howard show, when a guy called up to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Ever since I was about 11 or 12, I had a job at the close of school each year: Fill the closet in Mom’s classroom. The district had a rule about loose books and various other items sitting about during... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
I opened “The Bar of the Blamed” this week, in hopes of creating a world safe for all people. My co-owner, Jodie Foster, will be there until the end offering suggestions on how best to impress her. We’ve got all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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More updates from the front lines of Fond du Lac and the censorship machine that is the high school administration… ONLY MOSTLY DEAD: The update from the kids today has them trying to punch down the changes requested/demanded/suggested/whatever by the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
To avoid burying the lead: The final issue of Cardinal Columns for the year has been killed by censorship. An administrator “suggested” several changes, refused to say if the suggestions could be ignored and then pushed it off onto another... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Of all the things we do in life, nothing makes me less comfortable than attending funerals. For a Catholic who has been promised an afterlife of epic proportions, I always have trouble squaring my distaste for death with my faith.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
"No matter how old you are, you’re always your mom’s kid." Every year, a student will walk into my office and talk to me about something family-related and how things aren’t going well or whatever. They then some how come... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
As in, "We had 400 copies, and we sold out in about 30 minutes." The "April" edition, which was delayed to May, thanks to a ham-handed job of censorship, came out today and sources have told me that the kids... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
As expected, the Fond du Lac School District announced the resignation of Principal Jon Wiltzius on Friday. As I expected, a lot of “bullshit bingo buzzwords” were in the release, noting his “future endeavors” and how he was “grateful for... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
The soap opera that has been the censorship of Cardinal Columns at Fond du Lac high school took about three weird bootlegger turns Thursday, leading to even more concerns about what the school will see in terms of free press.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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In a move that surprised no one involved in this idiocy, the Cardinal Columns student newspaper at Fond du Lac High School was officially censored Wednesday. The students had been waiting more than two weeks to hear back from Principal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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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 Apr 18, 2014 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 Apr 11, 2014 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