Thursday, September 20, 2007

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, some biography.

Hi folks,

In the interest of full disclosure and in honor of Talk like a Pirate Day yesterday, a few personal piratical details.

1) I subscribe to the Not enough Pirates theory of global warming, as clearly demonstrated by the data:

-- and, more personally,

2) my pirate name is Iron Jack Bonney. True, it only applies once a year -- or when racing in Perdido Bay, Florida -- but now you know.

I merely mention it in passing.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Alan Greenspan: speaking truth to power.

Hi folks,

The Wall Street Journal broke the story:
In "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," published by Penguin Press, Mr. Greenspan criticizes both congressional Republicans and President George W. Bush for abandoning fiscal discipline.
Hard to know how the so-called conservatives in Congress missed something this obvious. Mr. Greenspan noticed this too:
Republicans in Congress, he writes, "swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose."

We're seeing the same thing happen in Madison, I'd venture to add.


Northwest Passage Opens: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches New Low

Hi folks,

"Ah for just one time, I would take a Northwest Passage,
to find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea."

Sigh. It was better when Stan sang about it.

For those neanderthals delirious with the dream of gold from trans-arctic shipping, your day is here.

ScienceDaily: Northwest Passage Opens: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches New Low:

"Northwest Passage Opens: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches New Low Science Daily

The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has now (September 14, 2007) shrunk to its lowest level since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable."


The Polar Regions are very sensitive indicators of climate change. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed these regions are highly vulnerable to rising temperatures and predicted the Arctic would be virtually ice free by the summer of 2070. Still other scientists predict it could become ice free as early as 2040 due to rising temperatures and sea ice decline.

and so it goes.


Saturday, September 08, 2007

Justice Ziegler guilty.

Hi folks,

From The Badger Herald:

Commission calls for Ziegler to be reprimanded

by Jessi Polsky
Friday, September 7, 2007
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission filed a complaint Thursday formally reprimanding state Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler for misconduct involving a conflict of interest when she presided over cases involving her husband’s employer.


“I apologize for the unintentional error I made hearing cases where West Bend Savings Bank was a party in the matter,” Ziegler said in a statement released Thursday. “I have taken steps to make sure a similar mistake does not happen in the future, [and] I look forward to doing the work the people of Wisconsin elected me to do.”

What next now that her wrist has been ...?

I was going to say slapped, but this is more of a light tap than a slap...

From the Wisconsin State Journal

The Judicial Commission's complaint now goes to a three-judge panel to be appointed by Judge Richard S. Brown, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals. That panel will report its findings and recommend any discipline to the Supreme Court, which then will sit in judgment of its newest member.


In May, Ziegler also acknowledged violating Wisconsin's conflict-of-interest law by presiding over cases involving West Bend Savings. She agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and an estimated $12,000 in costs to the Wisconsin Ethics Board.

I wonder now whether Ms. Ziegler would have won this election had she been honest about her ethical failure in these cases. Probably not.

I wonder whether she would have run those howling-at-the-moon commercials portraying her as the victim of a mudslinging and ghoulish Linda Clifford who -- it now turns out -- was merely citing the ethical lapses for which Judge Ziegler was found guilty for which she was fined $20,000. Probably not.

I also wonder whether anyone will trust her when she checks her gut while sitting on our highest court? We'll see.

Maybe I've taken this whole thing too seriously. After all, ethical lapses in our elected officials aren't impeachable offenses or anything -- well, not any more.

And so it goes.

West Bend emu incident now news in Canada.

Hi folks,

It's nice to know that Forbes magazine rated the Gehl Corporation's decision to move it's R&D division to West Bend ahead of the Wal-Mart emu incident, but in Canada, no.

The Canadian Press: Escaped emu corralled in Wisconsin Wal-Mart parking lot with shopping carts

You know the rest.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

A rogue's gallery?

Hi folks,

Every once in a while I wonder why we can't do this too.

From the BBC: China's rogues gallery of graft
At a new exhibition in Beijing, there are some handy hints for officials wanting to stay on the straight and narrow.