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  • October 31, 2006

    Breeders Cup Coverage

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    It's Breeders Cup week! Be sure to check out the coverage on my horse racing blog, The Filly Pundit. After the post position draw, I'll analyze the fields and choose some winners. In the meantime, I'm going down memory lane and reviewing some of the best moments in the Breeders Cup. Enjoy!

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    October 29, 2006

    Amazing Race Recap - Episode 7 - A Sixpack of Stupid

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    Tonight in Mauritius not only were Dave & Mary saved in a non-elimination leg, the rest of their "sixpack" alliance were saved from their own stupidity. The whole concept of an alliance in the Amazing Race is just so silly. It's a race. You don't vote people off, you beat them. It's one thing to work with other teams to gather information, it's another thing to wait for teams to finish a task and let other teams get ahead of you. That's what the Cho Bros did tonight. For that reason, I'm now rooting for the Beauty Queens to win. They're independent women who just happen to be kicking ass. Way to go!

    Other highlights & lowlights:

    • Mauritius was absolutely beautiful
    • Dave & Mary seem like nice people (well, at least Dave does), but they made some huge mistakes tonight. 5 of the 6 remaining teams initially took the needle-in-a-haystack salt detour. Then, they all aborted it. Dave & Mary were the last team still searching the salt stacks (looking for their last shaker of salt-no really, they were). Why in the world did they abort? By aborting they knew they were in last place. If they stayed they had a chance to get lucky and move up. That was a bad move and they were damn lucky to be saved by a non-elimination again
    • I know a lot of people don't like them, but I'm endlessly amused by Rob & Kimberly's bickering. I get the feeling that they're together somewhere watching these episodes and laughing at themselves
    • No Peter!

    Next week - an "intersection". I can't wait to find out what that is! In the meantime, be sure to check out Viking Pundit's recap.

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    October 26, 2006

    College Football Picks - Week Nine

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    The stage is set for an epic battle of #1 vs. #2 when Michigan and Ohio State meet on November 18th. Oh sure, one or even both of these great teams could lose between now and then. But they won't. But that doesn't mean we won't have another great football weekend!

    Illinois at #17 Wisconsin: If Illinois beats Wisconsin at home, on Halloween weekend, it'll be the biggest upset in the top 25 of the season. I have faith that the Badgers will be on the upset watch. The pick: Wisconsin.

    #19 Oklahoma at #23 Missouri: I think my personal dislike of Mizzou has colored my perception of their quality (or lack thereof). That said, they did lose to Texas A&M and Oklahoma, even without Adrian Peterson, is much better than A&M. The pick: Oklahoma.

    #3 USC at Oregon State: So, I'm probably crazy, but here's the thing, USC has won its last three games by 6, 6 & 7 points respectively. The last two games were against unranked teams at home. Oregon State has had two nice wins at Washington and at Arizona. Now they get USC at home. USC has been playing with fire all season long. This is the week they get burned. The pick: Oregon State.

    Miami at #21 Georgia Tech: Sometimes when an entire nation rips on a football team all it does is bind that team together and make them play harder. I think that's what is going to happen to Miami. And, as I've stated here before, the only reason Georgia Tech is ranked is because it makes Notre Dame look good. The pick: Miami.

    #8 Tennessee at South Carolina: Who's the best one loss team in the country? Notre Dame? Texas? Florida? I think Tennessee deserves strong consideration. This, however, is a tough test that may drop them into the 2-loss column. South Carolina has only lost to Georgia & Auburn. They're a good team and they're at home. I think this will be a nailbiter, and since this is the SEC your guess is as good as mine. The pick: Tennessee.

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    October 22, 2006

    Amazing Race Recap - Episode Six - Wooooooo!!!!

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    Tonight, Kuwait City didn't stink. Instead, it bloomed with the sweet smell of a man getting exactly what he deserved. Not only were Peter & Sarah Philiminated, but Sarah effectively cockblocked Peter by declaring that she would not seek a relationship with him because she wants someone kind, caring & nurturing - three traits that the despicable Peter doesn't posess. What an awesome ending. I might need a cigarette!

    Other lowlights/highlights:

    • The Cho brothers pretended to go after the Fast Forward in order to clear the way for Mary & David to really go for it. The Cho Bros are nice guys, but it's a race. Are they in it to win it or to make friends?
    • The remote controlled camel jockeys used in the Detour were pretty cool. I know a lot of horseplayers out there that would certainly support their use on the ponies. They can't do any worse than Pat Day did aboard Easy Goer in the 1989 Breeders Cup Classic
    • The Addicts/Models continued their zen-like approach to the Race. They never lose their cool or get upset with each other. I've never seen a team like them. They're not the best team ever, but they're certainly the most patient team.
    • Peter's gone!

    Next week: The Moms & the Beauty Queens throw down! The BQs wreck their car! No Peter!

    Want more? Get Viking Pundit's review.

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    October 20, 2006

    College Football Picks - Week Eight

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    Last week was upset central in the top 25. Let's hope this week is a repeat (with one cardinal & red exception).

    #19 Rutgers at Pittsburgh: Do you think Bill Cowher & Dave Wannstedt get mistaken for each other all the time? So anyway, I was wrong about Rutgers going down last week. Clearly, they're going down this week. Pittsburgh is 6-1 with their only loss coming to Big Ten powerhouse Michigan State (heh). Clearly the Panthers are poised to take down mighty Rutgers. It's gonna happen. The pick: Pittsburgh.

    #5 Texas at #17 Nebraska: I thought Texas wasn't that good, but recent weeks have proven me wrong. I think the Longhorns, like the Badgers, are getting better and better as the season rolls on. Ohio State was lucky to get them at the start of the year. The pick: Texas.

    #21 Wisconsin at Purdue: Wisconsin/Purdue games are the stuff of legends: Drew Brees throwing for 8 million yards under the lights at Camp Randall, Wisconsin's miraculous comeback in Lafayette a couple of years ago. Good times, good times. Wisconsin is turning into a powerhouse. P.J. Hill is a stud running back (fifth in the nation), the young receivers are learning how to catch (Cup it. Hug it. CATCH it.) and John Stocco makes all the right decisions. I wish we played Ohio State this year. As it is, we have to settle for beating the Boilermakers. The pick: Wisconsin.

    Iowa at #2 Michigan: I'm torn. As a Badger fan, I want Michigan to lose now and then beat Ohio State. As a Big Ten fan, I get a little thrill out of seeing our teams ranked 1-2. As I said weeks ago, I think Michigan is the best team in the country and I think Iowa is overrated. This will be an easy victory for Big Blue. The pick: Michigan.

    #13 Clemson at #12 Georgia Tech: Why is Georgia Tech ranked so high? Is it just because they lost to Notre Dame? I think so. Since then they have victories over Samford & Troy, who sound more like 70s sitcom characters than major colleges. Sure, they beat Virginia Tech, but I don't think much of them either. Clemson, on the other hand, has been a revelation. Last year every game was a nailbiter. This year, they're winning big. They already took care of one pretender in Wake Forest. They'll take care of Yellow Jackets next. The pick: Clemson.

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    October 15, 2006

    Amazing Race Recap - Episode 5 - An Intriguing Non-Elimination

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    Tonight in India, Mary & David's non-Philimination didn't result in the pointless taking of their money and clothing. Instead, the producers came up with a much more intriguing punishment. Instead, next week Mary & David must finish first or they will incur a 30 minute penalty. Interesting. I have to say, that so far I'm loving all the rule changes.

    Other highlights and lowlights:

    • Peter is still an ass, but he doesn't want to change. Like most assholes, he likes the way he is. I don't. I hate the way he won't even look at Sarah. I think he really despises her which makes me question his motives for their relationship and participation in the Race
    • The Cho bros were sporting some cute Phil t-shirts that claimed the host was lost and offered a reward of a "bushel of kiwis" for his safe return. Oh please, Phil is worth so much more than that
    • I love the Roadblock, which required a team member to pass an Indian driving test. The instructor was adorable and I think it's hilarious that the participating Racers now actually have Indian licenses. They could, in theory, go back to India and be devious taxi drivers in the next Race (hey producers, now there's an idea!
    • I'm finding the model/addicts more and more interesting. They are surprisingly thoughtful and patient men. Those are not, unfortunately, the best traits for the Race. If Mary & David hadn't had bad airport luck they would have finished last tonight.

    Next week: Camels! In the meantime, Viking Pundit's recap.

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    October 14, 2006

    College Football Picks - Week Seven

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    We're over the hump and on our way to the land of milk and honey. Where's that? I'm not sure, but I hope it's Pasadena! Or maybe San Antonio or Orlando. Anyway, here's hoping for another wacky college football weekend. Let's go!

    Minnesota at #25 Wisconsin: I only have a bad feeling about this game because I really don't want to lose to the Gophers. Logically, Minnesota shouldn't be able to handle Wisconsin's powerful running game and won't be able to score on the tough defense. It's Homecoming in Madison and so hopefully nothing will spoil the party. The pick: Wisconsin.

    #24 Rutgers at Navy: Does anyone seriously think Rutgers could beat Wisconsin? Anyone? Please explain to me why they are ranked ahead of us. I think Rutgers is a sham and they'll be exposed by the Midshipmen as such. The pick: Navy.

    #2 Florida at #11 Auburn: The wiseguys' take on this game is that Auburn will come out all fired up and mad after getting their butts kicked around by Arkansas last week. They're the trendy pick to take it out on the Gators. I think Auburn lost because they're just not that good. Florida, on the other hand, does seem to be that good. The pick: Florida.

    UCLA at #18 Oregon: What a tricky game. Every year it seems like UCLA starts off the season with a bang and then limps home once they start playing good teams. The question is whether Oregon is really a good team. They should have lost to Oklahoma and they got stomped by Cal. UCLA's only loss was to Washington. I guess that means I'm going with UCLA. But, not so fast! It's the Pac 10, so therefore I'll do the opposite of what I think. The pick: Oregon.

    #4 Michigan at Penn State: Some of you may scoff at me, but I think Michigan is the best team in the country. They'll be without Mario Manningham for this game, but even then they're still among the best teams in the country. Penn State is...not. The pick: Michigan.

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    October 10, 2006

    Muslim Cabbies and Christian Pharmacists

    [Posted by Laura]

    Where do we draw the line when one's religious convictions affect job performance? Many people are up in arms about Muslim cabbies' refusal to transport dogs or alcohol. Not too long ago, people were outraged that some Christian pharmacists refused to dispense what they considered abortifacients. I have declined to build websites that included gratuitous nudity and for religions whose doctrines conflict with my faith, and I will continue to select the clients I will deal with based on my personal religious, moral and political convictions. As a society, where do we draw the line?

    The answer is easy. We don't. Any line that we draw will take away someone's freedom. A cab company or pharmacy is free to write job descriptions that include carrying dogs or dispensing anything a doctor describes, and to only hire people that will meet the job description. Cabbies and pharmacists with restrictions on what they will do can seek employment elsewhere or start their own company and compete in the marketplace.

    The current plan to add lights to identify Muslim cabs is an excellent one. As for me, whether or not I am carrying alcohol or have a dog with me, I'll just refrain from using those cabs, just as some potential clients have undoubtedly not dialed my number because my business is overtly Christian - the name even references a bible verse, and if someone asks about it, I'm happy to explain. We should not attempt to force someone to violate their religious convictions, no matter how foolish we may find those convictions. To do so is not just abhorrent, it's unAmerican.

    Update: Daniel Pipes thinks it's a bad idea:

    But on a societal level, the proposed solution has massive and worrisome implications. Namely, the two-light plan intrudes the Shari‘a, or Islamic law, with state sanction, into a mundane commercial transaction in Minnesota. A government authority thus sanctions a signal as to who does or does not follow Islamic law.

    What of taxi drivers beyond those at MSP? Other Muslims in Minneapolis-St. Paul and across the country could well demand the same privilege. Bus conductors might follow suit. The whole transport system could be divided between those Islamically observant and those not so.

    Why stop with alcohol? Muslim taxi drivers in several countries already balk at allowing seeing-eye dogs in their cars. Future demands could include not transporting women with exposed arms or hair, homosexuals, and unmarried couples. For that matter, they could ban men wearing kippas, as well as Hindus, atheists, bartenders, croupiers, astrologers, bankers, and quarterbacks.

    He's certainly right in that this could escalate, and it seems clear that this will result in bad service. But I still don't see a better solution - how can we force someone to violate their religious beliefs?

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    October 08, 2006

    Amazing Race Recap-Episode 4-Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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    The Amazing Race requires teams to master a variety of skills: driving a stick shift car, working the airport and toppling the language barrier. After tonight, I'm going to add rowing a boat to the list. Tom & Terry couldn't master that skill in the ocean off Vietnam and they were Philiminated. It's about time. They seemed like nice guys but they were a handful to watch and listen to.

    Highlights & lowlights:

    • The producers threw teams for another loop tonight by forcing them to listen for directions to their next clue. I thought this was especially fiendish considering teams couldn't fall back on phonetic spelling in Vietnam
    • Because of this, teams fell apart trying to communicate with their cabbies. Rob & Kimberly were especially frantic
    • I didn't like some parts of this leg. Luck played too big of a role. Teams with the fastest boat from Hydrofoil Harbor to the Roadblock got a huge lead because only three teams at a time could attempt to complete it.
    • Speaking of that Roadblock, rappelling again? This is The Amazing Rock Climbing Race, is it?
    • So guess who took the Roadblock for Peter & Sarah? That's right. While Sarah toiled away her complete asshole of a partner lounged around, shouted "encouragement" and leisurely sipped a Coke. Hate him.
    • I thought the deciding Detour was great. Some teams (Tom & Terry, for instance) completely fell apart from the physical demands of rowing their little boats through a windy ocean. Other teams bickered (Rob & Kimberly, Peter & Sarah) but actually pushed through it and were rewarded with high placements. Some teams reinforced stereotypes that pageant queens are dumb by failing to read the damn clue!
    • Most of the teams acted like ugly Americans tonight. I don't think they're jerks (except for Peter). Rather, I think they were all suffering from Killer Fatigue. It's been a long race already

    Want more? Check out Viking Pundit's recap - coming soon.

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    October 06, 2006

    College Football Picks - Week Six

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    This week already had a top 25 upset when N.C. State beat Florida State last night. Let's hope it's one of those fun, wild & wacky weeks in college football. Here we go!

    #15 Clemson at Wake Forest: Wake Forest is one of the nation's 13 remaining unbeaten teams. They've defeated the likes of Duke, Connecticut & Liberty. Clemson is a big step up from that and even at home I don't think they stand a chance. The pick: Clemson.

    Northwestern at Wisconsin: This game is only available on ESPN 360. That's an internet service that's free if your ISP subscribes. If you're ISP doesn't subscribe, you're out of luck. The whole thing seems pretty screwy to me. Shouldn't ESPN at least let you pay to watch the game? Anyway, back to football. Northwestern stinks as usual, but they always play Wisconsin tough. Wisconsin's offense, however, came alive last week against Indiana. They're not going into hibernation again. The pick: Wisconsin.

    Purdue at #19 Iowa: Big Ten bonus pick! I'm not at all impressed with Iowa. They barely beat teams they should have clobbered and they got their ass kicked around by Ohio State last week. Purdue has played well against everyone but Notre Dame. I know people don't like to hear this, but Notre Dame is a really good team. The pick: Purdue.

    Washington at #3 USC: Everyone always thinks that Washington or Oregon or Arizona State or UCLA is going to upset USC and it never, ever happens. USC rules the Pac 10 and they're not giving up the throne. At least not this week. The pick: USC.

    #9 LSU at #5 Florida: SEC game alert! The only week LSU played a good team, they put up a whopping 3 points on Auburn. Florida, on the other hand, already has a win at Tennessee on their belt. Florida is supposed to have the toughest schedule in the nation. It's supposed to be impossible for them to make it through that gauntlet alive. I say let's not bury the Gators until they've actually lost. The pick: Florida.

    #7 Texas vs. #14 Oklahoma: I think this is another upset. Texas hasn't played a decent team since getting stomped by Ohio State. Oklahoma, on the other hand, beat Washington at home and had the heartbreaker against Oregon. If Adrian Peterson can run against the Longhorns, I think the Sooners could run away with the game. That's a big if. I just don't know what to make of Texas since you don't learn much in games against Sam Houston State. So, the pick: Oklahoma.

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    October 04, 2006

    The Problem with Nonprofits: Too Many White People

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    Ladies and gentlemen, Madison's nonprofit agencies have a severe problem: too many white people work for them:

    When Barbara Golden looks around at the nonprofit agencies that assist Madison area people in need, she doesn't like what she sees.

    So few of their workers are people of color; so many of those they work with are.

    And so Ms. Golden, along with fellow misguided crusaders, has "begun confronting some local nonprofit organizations on the dearth of people of color on their staff rosters."

    Lovely. Imagine yourself as a young social work graduate. You've earned a Master's Degree and you go out into the workforce determined to make the world a better place. You accept a low-paying job at a nonprofit agency because you truly believe in the work they do. You work your ass off and can still barely afford to pay off your student loans. Then, some jackass like Ms. Golden comes along and questions your employment simply because of the color of your skin. It's enough to make you want an MBA.

    Where is it written that only "people of color" can adequately serve minorities? And shouldn't someone evaluating the racial makeup of Madison's nonprofits want to keep in mind that the vast majority of people who live here are white. Wisconsin is full of white people. Lily white whiteys. Are white people so horrible and lacking in empathy that we can't even help other people? God, we're awful.

    I'm shocked and amazed how many people think that. All of these Madison organizations are absolutely dedicated to hiring minorities just for the sake of hiring minorities. And, because the push is so strong, they're making dumb decisions like this:

    Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center on Madison's west side works to develop staff from the community it serves - primarily low-income people of color, said executive director Paul Terranova. Of the nine staff members, seven are people of color, he said.

    Finding staff among the ranks of the served may mean reconsidering what's of value to the organization.

    "If people are too in awe of a college degree, they will tend to overlook very valuable skills," Terranova said. "My own graduate studies may have helped me be a better grant writer, but did very little to help me as a community worker."

    So let me get this straight. The Wexford Neighborhood Center, which I know for a fact does a ton of work with kids, wants to help lower-income folks get a leg up. To do so, they're showing these kids that an education isn't that important and that what's really important is to be able to use your minority status to get jobs you otherwise wouldn't be qualified for. And that's exactly what it is. Don't tell me for one second that a white person would be hired for this job because of their other "very valuable skills".

    Argh. I'm sick to death of this attitude that demographic similarity equals some kind of mystic understanding. At least I'm used to that attitude. I can't imagine what these young, liberal, white nonprofit workers feel like. My guess is that they're starting to not feel so liberal anymore. Score another one for the Evil Right Wing Conspiracy.

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    October 01, 2006

    Amazing Race Recap - Episode 3 - Brought To You By John McCain for President

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    The verdict on season ten? So far, so good. This season has featured logical bunching points, likeable teams and topsy-turvy legs where teams went from first to last and back again. And, the Amazing producers are even giving us something new. In tonight's leg from Mongolia to Vietnam teams were given no money. While that ultimately wasn't why the father/daughter team of Duke & Lauren were Philiminated, it could have doomed them, and it's the kind of thing that should. If teams can't count on money each leg they're going to have to start weighing the pros and cons of fast transportation vs. cheap transportation. That adds a whole new authentic element to the Race. Nice job!

    Unfortunately, tonight was the third episode in a row that a team I liked was Philiminated. At first I thought Duke was a little creepy, but I think he's just a touchy feely guy who really does love his gay daughter. Left with no money midway through the leg, they recovered nicely and caught up to most of the other teams but then couldn't find the better detour and that was that.

    Highlights & lowlights from tonight's episode:

    • Team Ergo not only won the leg, they won it with class. Asked to find John McCain's flight suit (really!) in the Hanoi Hilton, the brothers, even though they were in last place at the time, took a moment of silence out of respect for our troops past and present
    • I really like David, but Mary is rivaling Peter for my least favorite Racer. Tonight, David tried to tell us about how much this trip to Vietnam means to him because his Dad fought there, but Mary interupted him to bitch at him for driving too slow. That's just rude. When someone you love is expressing himself from the heart like that, you shut up and listen. Mary is all sugar and spice to the other Teams, but she's a world class bitch to her husband. Maybe she doesn't realize it and hopefully she does now
    • This is the second time the Race has been to Vietnam and both times I've been struck by how stunningly beautiful the country is. I like to be able to associate something beautiful with the name "Vietnam" instead of just thinking of a divisive war
    • Finally, Peter continues to be an ass. Tonight he hassled Sarah about walking or running too slow. Shove it, jerk. You, of all people, know what's going on with her leg. Sarah, as a triathlete, strikes me as someone who is certainly going to give it her all without being nagged.

    Next week: Peter wants to quit! Sarah wants to shove that artificial leg up his you-know-what! Rob & Kimberly argue!

    Stay tuned for the Viking Pundit recap.

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    Violence in Wisconsin

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    The Capital Times has done it again. In the face of recent school violence here in Wisconsin, they've printed an unbelievable piece of satire by resident looney lefty Joel McNally.

    This piece is so outrageous that I think there's a good chance it'll be removed from their site, so click for the whole thing in the extended entry. Here are few excerpts:

    Now that three Wisconsin high school students have been charged with planning to bomb the school and shoot their classmates at Green Bay East High School, it's time someone asked the question: How much longer are white people going to fail to take responsibility for the violence and total disregard for human life in the white community?

    From Columbine to Green Bay, we are raising a generation of young, white predators who are totally devoid of conscience. Where is the outrage of white politicians against white-on-white crime?

    Is McNally implying that there was no outrage about Columbine? Really? Yeah, I don't remember anyone getting upset about that. If you want to lie about something, you're really much better off doing so about something people don't remember anymore. Let's move on.

    It's not easy being raised with all of the privileges and advantages white people enjoy in our society, but that does not justify resorting to deadly violence.

    Many of us had to struggle through all the same benefits and entitlements, and we grew up to become outwardly well-adjusted adults with maybe a few dark secrets.

    The Cap Times nicely notes that this column was written before the Weston School shooting on Friday, so perhaps this asshat would like to revise his statement in light of what that "privileged" white kid's life was like:

    n September 2001, five years ago, Shawn Hainstock, Eric's 35-year-old father, was charged with felony child abuse in Sauk County Circuit Court for an incident involving the boy, court records show.

    The elder Hainstock kicked the boy several times in the hip area because he was angry that the boy, who was identified in the records by his initials and date of birth, had not watered some pets, the records indicate.

    Shawn Hainstock also poured hot sauce and hot peppers in the boy's mouth for lying and using foul language, and threatened the boy with juvenile court and foster care, according to court records.

    As part of a deferred prosecution agreement, the elder Hainstock agreed to plead no contest to a lesser charge of battery. Under the agreement, the boy's father was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with Eric, an arrangement that lasted for at least a year and a half.

    And that was the good parent. But oh, I forgot, white people have it so good. Well, according to McNally we only have it good if we have minorities to pick on:

    In recent years, repeatedly in predominantly white communities, alienated students have been caught planning to slaughter the student bodies of their high schools.

    Clearly, one of the problems in these communities is a severe shortage of minorities against whom they can discriminate. If white people don't have any other races to look down upon, they have no choice but to turn on each other.

    I'm not making this up. He really did write this. It gets more outrageous:

    But there's a problem with making firearms and other forms of ordnance freely available in hopes that young blacks will use them to kill each other. Now those weapons are starting to threaten white children as well.

    That's because many white communities are absolutely vehement about filling their homes with racks of deadly weapons and teaching young children how to use them at a very early age.

    The only real difference between young children learning to kill small animals in the woods during hunting season and young serial killers doing the same thing to their pets is that the first one is carried out under adult supervision.

    Wow. I just have no words for this. I realize this is supposed to be satirical, but even satire has to have some basis in reality. Even if I ignore the claim about Whitey wanting black kids to kill each other, I'm still left with his comparison of hunting and animal torture. I think McNally's point is that somehow Wisconsin's hunting culture leads to other kinds of violence. Of course, there's no actual evidence of this. But that doesn't stop people like McNally. Why be thoughtful when you have publishers that will let you be an ass?

    Joel McNally: What's with the violence that attracts white folks?

    By Joel McNally

    Editors note: Joel McNally's column was written before the Weston School principal was shot and killed Friday.

    Now that three Wisconsin high school students have been charged with planning to bomb the school and shoot their classmates at Green Bay East High School, it's time someone asked the question: How much longer are white people going to fail to take responsibility for the violence and total disregard for human life in the white community?

    From Columbine to Green Bay, we are raising a generation of young, white predators who are totally devoid of conscience. Where is the outrage of white politicians against white-on-white crime?

    It's time we quit making excuses for young whites who stockpile homemade bombs, napalm, gas masks, walkie-talkies, semiautomatic weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

    We have to say to whites, in no uncertain terms, massacring your classmates is not OK.

    It's not easy being raised with all of the privileges and advantages white people enjoy in our society, but that does not justify resorting to deadly violence.

    Many of us had to struggle through all the same benefits and entitlements, and we grew up to become outwardly well-adjusted adults with maybe a few dark secrets.

    In recent years, repeatedly in predominantly white communities, alienated students have been caught planning to slaughter the student bodies of their high schools.

    Clearly, one of the problems in these communities is a severe shortage of minorities against whom they can discriminate. If white people don't have any other races to look down upon, they have no choice but to turn on each other.

    Bullies have always existed. Our first encounter is usually on the playground, but as we go through life we see them abusing many other positions of authority as well. Some bullies are attracted to occupations where they are permitted to wear uniforms and use guns and clubs. We may not notice others until they move into high government positions and begin promoting torture and abandoning the Geneva Conventions.

    In school, if bullies have no color-coded students to abuse, they look for other likely victims. Overweight classmates have always been easy targets to spot.

    The growing epidemic of obesity among young people may one day blur this distinction between the in-crowd and the out-crowd, but for now the wide-load young should expect their lives to be a living hell.

    But young whites who find themselves in this unfortunate situation need to realize that committing mass murder will not make them any more popular.

    The trouble with young people is they haven't been around long enough to become old and jaded. As a result, they actually believe everything is important.

    Further complicating the misery many young people feel are all those hormones raging through their bodies. It's a physiological condition that makes their highs so much higher and their lows so much lower.

    Add a little napalm and you have a deadly combination.

    The news that Green Bay high school students were able to stockpile napalm, homemade bombs, and an arsenal of 10 guns will be jumped on immediately by the anti-gun, anti-bomb, anti-napalm crowd. The next thing you know they'll be trying to pass laws to prevent law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional right to arm themselves with guns, bombs and incendiary jelly.

    Napalm doesn't defoliate people. People defoliate people.

    Concealed carry advocates have long argued that the problem in our society isn't that there are too many deadly weapons on our streets, but that there aren't enough.

    If criminals thought senior citizens might be packing homemade bombs and canisters of napalm, they'd think twice about snatching those seniors' purses.

    Some African-American leaders actually believe guns and drugs are being intentionally shipped into our inner cities to debilitate and exterminate black people.

    But, across the country, we are now seeing white high school students also falling victim to these tools of social control.

    Whites have usually succeeded in maintaining separate systems to deal with drugs for whites and blacks. Drugs are treated as a health problem in the white community and as a criminal problem in the black community.

    Whites addicted to drugs receive drug treatment, often in expensive, private residential facilities. Blacks addicted to drugs are incarcerated in our state prisons, usually for decades.

    But there's a problem with making firearms and other forms of ordnance freely available in hopes that young blacks will use them to kill each other. Now those weapons are starting to threaten white children as well.

    That's because many white communities are absolutely vehement about filling their homes with racks of deadly weapons and teaching young children how to use them at a very early age.

    The only real difference between young children learning to kill small animals in the woods during hunting season and young serial killers doing the same thing to their pets is that the first one is carried out under adult supervision.

    Joel McNally of Milwaukee writes a weekly column for The Capital Times. E-mail: jmcnally@wi.rr.com
    Published: September 30, 2006

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