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"I’m not surprised that without any of that background information or context that voters would not support these changes."

Said Eileen Harrington, "former chairperson of the now-dissolved Task Force on Government Structure," quoted in "Madison voters widely support City Council term limits; reject full-time body, longer term lengths" (Wisconsin State Journal). [Harrington's] work prompted the advisory questions.... In a report to the council in early 2020, the task force concluded the current system is “fundamentally unfair,” particularly for people of color and low-income residents, and one that favors people with ...
Tags: Law, City Council, Madison, White Supremacy, Harrington, Wisconsin State Journal, CRT, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Mayor Dave, Critical Race Theory, Eileen Harrington, Dave Cieslewicz


Speaking of brutalism... when the concrete falls off and crashes onto the walkway, you do not want to be there.

I'm reading "Concrete slab falls from third-floor patio of Van Hise Hall on UW-Madison campus" (Wisconsin State Journal).I've always hated this ugly and very prominent building on campus, and now the ugly thing is expressing hate back at us. Wikipedia says it's the second tallest building in Madison, the tallest being the state Capitol, but because it's on a hill, it's the highest building in the city. I see it's "slated to be demolished in 2025." Maybe take it down as soon as possible. It's...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Architecture, Madison, Thomas, Capitol, UW Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Mark Beyer, Times of Thomas House, Van Hise Hall


"The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled Gov. Tony Evers acted unlawfully when he issued multiple pandemic emergency orders — including face mask requirements..."

"The order means the governor will be barred from extending the state's current COVID-19 emergency order and mask mandate, which was set to expire on April 5, unless the Republican-controlled Legislature votes to extend it. Otherwise, it will continue to be up to local governments, such as cities and counties, to impose their own virus restrictions. Dane County's mask mandate remains in place. The court's 4-3 ruling on Wednesday, with conservative swing Justice Brian Hagedorn joining the cons...
Tags: Law, Masks, Wisconsin, Legislature, Dane County, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin State Journal, Brian Hagedorn, Hagedorn, Tony Evers, Ben Wikler, Ann Althouse


Have you been following the Madison, Wisconsin story about a city council meeting where somebody muttered "c*nt"?

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:An independent analysis has failed to identify the person who called a local activist a vulgarity toward the end of a marathon online meeting in September that exposed deep divisions on the Madison City Council. At the same time, the report released Thursday by Phoenix-based USA Forensic identifies four men who might have said the word. And while the four include the man long accused in the incident, Ald. Paul Skidmore, it also suggests the culprit was, unlik...
Tags: Law, Madison, Phoenix, Mike, Haas, Madison Police Department, Madison Wisconsin, Hass, Wisconsin State Journal, Michael Tierney, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Skidmore, Madison City Council, Neumeister


Have you been following the Madison, Wisconsin story about a city counsel meeting where somebody muttered "c*nt"?

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:An independent analysis has failed to identify the person who called a local activist a vulgarity toward the end of a marathon online meeting in September that exposed deep divisions on the Madison City Council. At the same time, the report released Thursday by Phoenix-based USA Forensic identifies four men who might have said the word. And while the four include the man long accused in the incident, Ald. Paul Skidmore, it also suggests the culprit was, unlik...
Tags: Law, Madison, Phoenix, Mike, Haas, Madison Police Department, Madison Wisconsin, Hass, Wisconsin State Journal, Michael Tierney, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Skidmore, Madison City Council, Neumeister


Word of the week: Pandemicide

In a February 18 opinion piece for Foreign Policy, the Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Laurie Garrett accuses former President Trump of pandemicide, a word she does not define but which in context clearly means “causing death by means of the COVID-19 pandemic.”    Garrett writes: Had I been a member of the House of Representatives during the body’s impeachment deliberations, I would have added to Trump’s indictment the crime of pandemicide, naming him as responsible for most ...
Tags: Boston, Joe Biden, United States, House Of Representatives, Linguistics, Reddit, French, Trademark, Neologisms, Latin, Social Sciences, Trump, Garrett, University of Nebraska, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Wisconsin State Journal


Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal. February 7, 2021.
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"Each of the 119 counts is punishable by a $200 fine... Most of the counts pertain to children dressed for parts in the ballet and are described by what part they’re playing, such as 'Mouse #3'..."

From "Dane County health department files 119-count complaint against studio over 'Nutcracker' performance" (Wisconsin State Journal)(typo — "ballot" for "ballet" — corrected). [ADDED: The alleged violations have to do with coronavirus restrictions. There seems to have been confusion about whether a dance studio fell in the category of “gyms, fitness centers and similar facilities.”] You know what's sad? Other than forbidding children to dance? I did an image search for "Mouse #3" — I thought ...
Tags: Children, Law, Dancing, South Carolina, Solitude, Dane County, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


"But for the armored vehicles, extra barricades and rooftop surveillance teams, Sunday was just another dreary winter day on Madison’s Capitol Square."

"Dog walkers and joggers passed through the area. A man in black workout clothes did squats. Three men sought to share the 'good news' of Jesus Christ with passersby, one of the men’s voices echoing throughout the quiet square. 'Jesus died for all your sins,' he shouted. 'If you’re a sinner, you’re lost.' Adding to the sense of normalcy: the absence of an armed insurrection." The Wisconsin State Journal reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Jesus, Madison, Jesus Christ, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Capitol Square, the Trump resistance


Bring us the head of Hans Christian Heg!

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:  A criminal complaint charged Rodney A. Clendening, 34, of Beloit, with felony theft after police said they identified him as the driver of a car into which the head of the abolitionist statue was placed on June 23, after a group of people, using another vehicle to assist them, pulled down the statue of Heg during a destructive night Downtown.  According to the complaint against Clendening.... He walked toward the Heg plinth, just out of the camera’s view, a...
Tags: Crime, Law, Ford, Nissan, Wilson, Blair, Beloit, Clendening, Wisconsin State Journal, John Nolen, Ann Althouse, Wisconsin protests, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg, Heg, Rodney A Clendening


"UW-Madison chancellor signs off on removing rock seen by some as symbol of racism."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports.  The university’s Campus Planning Committee in November unanimously approved recommending the boulder be relocated off university property to a location on or near the National Park Service’s Ice Age Scenic Trail. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank accepted the committee’s recommendation on Monday.... The rock’s removal is not yet a done deal. Because the boulder is located on or near a Native American burial site, the Wisconsin Historical Society needs to s...
Tags: Law, Geology, Wisconsin, Landscapes, National Park Service, University Of Wisconsin, UW Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Historical Society, Rebecca Blank, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Campus Planning Committee


Government gives the go-ahead for a super-spreader Christmas.

Here in Madison, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Journal reports:  Less than two weeks before Christmas and with the number of new daily COVID-19 cases declining and local health providers getting the first shots of vaccine, the Madison and Dane County public health department issued a new order on Tuesday allowing indoor gatherings of up to 10 people.... Outdoor gatherings, previously limited to 10 people, will be allowed with up to 25 people....  The new order will be in effect for 28 days...
Tags: Law, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Madison, Georgia Tech, Butterfield, Dane County, Electoral College, Madison Wisconsin, James Taranto, Wisconsin State Journal, Paradox, Ann Althouse, Fox Butterfield, Coronavirus, COVID


"Two statues that were torn down by protesters in June — one that has come to represent women’s rights and the other honoring an abolitionist — are expected to be reinstalled this coming summer."

"Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that the state Department of Administration has been awarded $60,000 in federal grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts to help restore the 'Forward' and Col. Hans Christian Heg statues. Restoration of the two statues has begun and both are anticipated to be reinstalled by mid-2021. Evers also has asked the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board to consider a new statue on the Capitol grounds of the late...
Tags: Law, Sculpture, Protests, Madison, Capitol, Phillips, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin State Journal, Evers, state Department of Administration, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Vel Phillips, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg


"It’s going to be the same old crap, frankly. It’s going to be people coming in without direct knowledge... giving some kind of hare-brained charge that can’t be validated."

"And we’re going to continue to do this. And every time we do it, every time we do something like this, as a country, as a state, as individuals, we’re taking more people out of the system. They’re going to say, 'This is crazy, I’m not going to vote anymore.' So yeah, there’s a hell of a lot of damage going on." Said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, referring to the hearing about the 2020 voting irregularities scheduled for today in the Wisconsin legislature. He's quoted in The Wisconsin State J...
Tags: Voting, Law, Metaphor, Wisconsin, Johnson, Madison, Ron Johnson, Downtown, Sen Ron Johnson, Wisconsin State Journal, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump 2020, Francesca Hong, Said Wisconsin


Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

By GRANT SCHULTE and AMY FORLITI | Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages. With the virus surging from coast to coast, the number of patients in the hospital with the virus has more than doubled over the past month to a record high of nearly 100,000, ...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Kentucky, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Indianapolis, Soccer, Idaho, Iowa, San Diego, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Disneyland, St Louis


"How is Face Recognition Surveillance Technology Racist?... How is face surveillance an anti-Black technology?"

Question answered at the ACLU website.  First, the technology itself can be racially biased.... Buolamwini and Gebru’s 2018 research concluded that some facial analysis algorithms misclassified Black women nearly 35 percent of the time, while nearly always getting it right for white men.... These error-prone, racially biased algorithms can have devastating impacts for people of color....  Second, police in many jurisdictions in the U.S. use mugshot databases to identify people with face recogni...
Tags: Technology, Law, Police, Surveillance, Fbi, Aclu, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Madison City Council, Buolamwini, Face Recognition Surveillance Technology Racist, Gebru, Across the U S Black, Surveillance of Black


The 12-foot-tall Chamberlin Rock — in the news these days as racist — is featured as a climbing destination at Mountain Project.

It's one of the "the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area" — "UW Madison Campus Bouldering" (click to enlarge and clarify): The route is marked:   There's "Chamberlin Rock East Arete": Sit start and work your way up the arete using holds on both sides of the corner. Top out. In my opinion this is the best problem on this rock.In the comments there: Found some more routes on this little boulder. Hang below the plaque and climb and top out at top left corner. If...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sports, University, Conversation, Canada, Language, Geology, Wisconsin, Native Americans, Landscapes, WSJ, Cemeteries, University Of Wisconsin, Don, Abraham Lincoln


Madison newspaper article tells us about a "group" that blocked the main highway "for hours" last night, but never says who they were or what they were protesting.

The "who" and the "why" seem to have dropped out of journalism.  "Update: Group shuts down eastbound Beltline for hours Thursday night, police say" — Wisconsin State Journal.  A group of about 20 people in cars shut down the eastbound Beltline in Monona and Madison for about four hours on Thursday night, authorities reported.... So... "people." This story has a front-page headline, and that says it went up 2 hours ago. If this happened last night, why is there no information about who these pe...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Driving, Madison, Louisville, Wisconsin State Journal, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Monona, Beltline, Breonna Taylor


"We had a good business, and it was a lot of fun working and being down there and meeting all the students and faculty and staff. We had regular customers that I saw five times a week and it's sad that it was all sort of taken away."

From "Sunroom Café closes for good; 'It's sad that it was all sort of taken away,' owner said" (Wisconsin State Journal).  [Mark] Paradise said being on the second floor made doing business during the pandemic difficult, since he couldn't offer outdoor dining. Before the pandemic, Sunroom — which served breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch — could seat about 65 people inside. Complying with COVID restrictions would be impossible because the tables were squeezed too close together to make...
Tags: Law, Restaurants, Madison, Paradise, State Street, UW Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Sunprint


Wisconsinites Scramble To Get Votes In Early Following Supreme Court Ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had wanted. “This is an all-hands-on-deck final push,” said Ben Wikler, who chairs the Wisconsin Democratic Party, which has been advocating absentee voting more aggressively than Republicans. But th...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Milwaukee, Joe Biden, Ap, Democrats, Wisconsin, Biden, Donald Trump, Madison, U S Supreme Court, Madison Wis, Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, City County Building, Hitt


We've kept quiet and waited patiently, and now what we expected to hear is announced.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:Madison police announced Friday morning that they were not able to corroborate allegations made by a Madison woman that she was burned by four white men in Downtown Madison in June in what was initially reported as a hate crime.Althea Bernstein, 18, of Monona, told police she had a lighter fluid sprayed on her and was set on fire on June 24 by four white men after one of them yelled a racial epithet.But in a statement Friday morning, Madison police said it is ...
Tags: Crime, Law, America, Surveillance, Prince Harry, Department Of Justice, Madison, Fake, Justice Department, State Street, Madison Police Department, Stephanopoulos, U S Attorney 's Office, Wisconsin State Journal, MEGHAN MARKLE, Ann Althouse


The partner of a protester who was shot and killed in Kenosha is suing Facebook alleging it enabled paramilitary violence against protesters

A man speaks at a site where a demonstrator was killed on August 26, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Brandon Bell/Getty Images A federal lawsuit alleges Facebook was negligent when it failed to remove an event page encouraging armed vigilantes to attend protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The 39-page complaint notes that the page was full of threats of violence. "I fully plan to kill looters and rioters tonight," one person wrote. "Use hollow bullets," posted another. "[T]hey expand on contact." T...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Lawsuit, News, White House, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Charles Davis, Kenosha, Rittenhouse, Wisconsin State Journal, Kenosha Wisconsin, Tech Insider


If Madison throws away money on this, we taxpayers should revolt.

I'm reading — and fuming over — "Attorney: Madison City Council could investigate, censure council member for vulgarity" (Wisconsin State Journal).At one point during a marathon, sometimes tense, online council meeting that stretched from a Tuesday evening to early Wednesday, a man’s voice was heard uttering an expletive right after a Madison resident’s name was read so she could speak during public comment at about 2:45 a.m. Video of the person who said the profanity did not pop up in the Zoom ...
Tags: Law, Office, Council, Free Speech, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Madison City Council, Michael Haas


"During a more than nine-hour meeting that stretched from Tuesday into the early-morning hours Wednesday, the Madison City Council approved years-in-the-making police oversight measures..."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports.On a near-unanimous vote, the council passed an ordinance that creates a Civilian Oversight Board and Independent Police Monitor position, envisioned to work in tandem to oversee the police department. Only Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney, 1st District, did not vote in support; she abstained. Also approved were a final report that selects nine local organizations to nominate members for the civilian board and a budget resolution that outlines costs for the bo...
Tags: Law, Police, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Findley, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Freedom Inc, Madison City Council, Keith Findley, Civilian Oversight Board, Ald Barbara Harrington McKinney, Keith -RSB- Findley


"Now virtually every window on Capitol Square, State Street and part of University Avenue is boarded just as UW-Madison students return to campus."

"Tiffany Kenney, executive director of the Central Business Improvement District, said it could be months before business owners feel comfortable without protection over their windows. 'This is a giant setback for us,' Kenney said. 'They are fearful. There has been damage, there’s been violence and we’re back, way, way back.' Kenney said many are worried about the November elections and may leave their boards in place through the end of the year, which 'could be devastating for our Downtown.' Se...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Madison, Trump, University Of Wisconsin, Kenney, UW Madison, University Avenue, Wisconsin State Journal, Central Business Improvement District, Murals, Ann Althouse, Capitol Square State Street, Tiffany Kenney


What I said as I surveyed the damage to the places on Capitol Square here in Madison this morning.

As we drove around the square, I made a recording of myself so I'd have a list: "Home Savings Bank, 2 broken windows, broken door. The toy store has 2 broken windows. Fromagination [the cheese store] has 2 broken windows and a broken door. Park Hotel... The Post, the restaurant there, has 2 broken windows.... Starbucks looks completely intact, it's open, it looks completely inviting, looks nice. Credit Union House is unbroken. Walgreen's windows are unbroken, but I see a guy sweeping up at the d...
Tags: Photography, Crime, Law, Post Office, Walgreens, Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, Madison, Warby Parker, Walgreen, Kenosha, Arch, State Farm Insurance, Wisconsin State Journal, US Bank Plaza, Park Bank


"Seven weeks after a biracial woman told police she had been sprayed with lighter fluid by a group of white men and then set on fire..."

"... police and the woman’s family say the investigation into the incident continues. But little information about the June 24 incident has been released as the Madison police and the FBI continue to investigate. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said... 'There is nothing new to release at this time'...  Althea Bernstein, 18, of Monona, told police she was stopped at a stoplight, possibly on West Gorham Street at State Street, around 1 a.m. on June 24 when four white men approached her vehic...
Tags: Crime, Law, Surveillance, Fbi, Madison, Bernstein, State Street, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Monona, Joel DeSpain, Althea Bernstein, West Gorham Street


"Madison police union approves vote of no confidence in Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports.Saying they were "misled" before endorsing Satya Rhodes-Conway in last year's election, the Madison police union on Monday announced members had approved a vote of no confidence in the progressive first-term mayor just as the city is roiled by the fallout from the death of George Floyd and COVID-19, as well as a sharp uptick in gun violence....Her "unhealthy portrayal" of police creates an "us versus them" dichotomy, the union said in a statement... "We would ...
Tags: Law, Police, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Wisconsin recall, Satya Rhodes-Conway, George Floyd


"Organizers of an effort to recall Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway began today with the filing of required paperwork with the city clerk."

David Blaska reports, linking to the petition that's now on a 60-day deadline to get 36,203 signatures.Here's an article in the Wisconsin State Journal about the recall effort:[Recall petitioner Jon] Rygiewicz said Rhodes-Conway did not keep the city safe when groups of demonstrators tore down statues, beat up state Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, and another man, and threw a Molotov cocktail into the City-County Building on June 23.“The sheriff said it was unsafe because of rioting and looting...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin State Journal, City County Building, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, Wisconsin recall, Satya Rhodes-Conway, Rhodes Conway, Jon -RSB- Rygiewicz, Sen Tim Carpenter D Milwaukee, Rygiewicz


This morning at 5:55, I paid my respects to the empty plinth of the Hans Christian Heg statue.

I didn't insert the flags — only took the photograph. Notice the bent up portion of the bronze in back. That damage occurred when the statue was attacked last week:The memorial statue was beheaded and thrown in Lake Monona by rioters, incensed by the arrest of a member of Black Lives Matter as demonstrations in Madison turned violent in June 2020,[5][6] despite it being of a Union soldier and abolitionist.... On the morning of 24 June, someone painted "Fire Matt Kenny" on the base of the Heg s...
Tags: Photography, Law, Wisconsin, Union, Civil War, Black Lives Matter, Madison, Flags, Monuments, Wisconsin State Journal, Matt Kenny, Lake Monona, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art, Micah Le, Hans Christian Heg