Thursday, February 11, 2016

The view from Hudson Street

Lorrie Moore's review of "Making a Murderer" in The New York Review of Books includes that
"a feeling of overlookedness and isolation can be said to persist in America’s dairyland, and the idea that no one is watching can create a sense of invisibility that leads to the secrets and labors that the unseen are prone to: deviance and corruption as well as utopian projects, untested idealism, daydreaming, provincial grandiosity, meekness, flight, far-fetched yard decor, and sexting."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right:

'And, my dear fellow Republicans, he's all your fault.' says Tucker Carlson at Politico. This in particular caught my eye.
"Consider the conservative nonprofit establishment, which seems to employ most right-of-center adults in Washington. Over the past 40 years, how much donated money have all those think tanks and foundations consumed? Billions, certainly. (Someone better at math and less prone to melancholy should probably figure out the precise number.) Has America become more conservative over that same period? Come on. Most of that cash went to self-perpetuation: Salaries, bonuses, retirement funds, medical, dental, lunches, car services, leases on high-end office space, retreats in Mexico, more fundraising. Unless you were the direct beneficiary of any of that, you’d have to consider it wasted.

"Pretty embarrassing. And yet they’re not embarrassed. Many of those same overpaid, underperforming tax-exempt sinecure-holders are now demanding that Trump be stopped. Why? Because, as his critics have noted in a rising chorus of hysteria, Trump represents 'an existential threat to conservatism.'"

It's not like they buy rather than rent because smaller government is just around the corner.

(via David Frum)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Getting Your Estate Organized: Thirty (or so) Documents You Should Have For Your Spouse, Your Power of Attorney, or Your Executor

Among uses of a blog is posting a link for future reference, in this case to this checklist by John T. Bannen of Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Panned or pander

Monday, January 11, 2016

A new new sensitivity

At Althouse,
"And times have changed. We have 'a new sensitivity toward victims of unwanted sexual contact.' Interesting. I remember when we had 'a new sensitivity' in the early 1990s, when male Senators, chided with 'You just don't get it,' stepped up and took it very seriously. That new sensitivity got lost to a politically opportune insensitivity when Democrats decided it was more important to protect their President. They subordinated feminism to Democratic Party power, and it required a long struggle to get back to a second new sensitivity. And so, once again, the question is whether sensitivity or insensitivity better serves the interests of the Democratic Party."

Friday, January 1, 2016

Pundit of the year: Dilbert creator, Scott Adams

The case made by Don Surber,
"The only pundit of any renown to figure The Donald out was Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. Since August, he has blogged about how The Donald is winning and spinning heads on TV.
[...]
"Trump thinks in three dimensions, according to Adams. As does Adams. Trump's critics are stuck in two dimensions. Every situation is either/or. The pundits on TV talk among themselves and when something happens outside the little box they've placed themselves in, they freak.
[...]
"What applies in science applies in politics.
'It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. --- Richard P. Feynman.'
Scott Adams gets what is going on and is having a lot of fun with this."

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Advice to the Archbishop of Canterbury

"If I were the Archbishop of Canterbury, which has not yet been proposed, I would certainly say that the ritual of the church must adapt to people’s expectations, but one of the strongest expectations people have is that ritual doesn’t adapt."
-Roger Scruton, at The Guardian

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pinocchio dies in pants fire

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

'She always was lucky in her opponents.'

David Runciman reviews Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography Vol. II: Everything She Wants, by Charles Moore, at the London Review of Books.
"he does devote a chapter to recounting the failure of her enemies to understand her properly. By the mid-1980s hatred for Thatcher herself as well as what she stood for had become something comfortable and familiar to those on the other side of the political divide. As Ian McEwan wrote after her death in 2013: 'It was never enough to dislike her. We liked disliking her.'

"Moore is surely right when he says this led many on the left to mistake the nature of the challenge they faced. 'Since they thought Mrs Thatcher and her cronies were wicked, they tended to think they only had to point this out loudly enough and voters would desert the Conservatives. Never ... did they coldly analyse why she was winning, in order to ensure she would lose.' "

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lesson is more

Monday, October 26, 2015

Milwaukee's moon shot

The City has committed itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of putting a man on a streetcar to the Intermodal Station and returning him safely to the lower east side.

The Environmental Assessment (2.1 Project Background, p. 7) said,

"The Milwaukee Streetcar project originated from the Milwaukee Connector Study that was initiated to carry out transit recommendations from previous transportation planning efforts during the 1990’s."
Mary Spicuzza reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"Initially, it was anticipated that the city would break ground on the project by late 2015, but the groundbreaking now is expected to occur sometime in spring 2016."

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The dish on Tammy Baldwin

From an interview by Ana Marie Cox at The New York Times Magazine,
Do you have a favorite casserole, or 'hot dish,' as we would call it in Minnesota? Well, that’s where I kind of digress from the typical Midwestern tradition.

You mean you eat food that’s good? Yes. I cook food that’s good. I like to experiment with a lot of things: Indian dishes, some Thai dishes, some Chinese dishes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Inc.-strained wretches

"Famed editor Harry Grant, who created the Milwaukee Journal’s unique employee-owned structure in the 1930s to protect its stature and seriousness forever, must be rolling over in his grave." says Bruce Murphy, concluding his Murphy's Law column on How Gannett Will Shrink the Journal Sentinel: New owners will drastically diminish the size and scope of state’s largest newspaper.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

It's all politics

"'politically charged' is a great phrase, one I'm going to watch. It lets you call things political without taking responsibility for charging anyone with responsibility for the politically charge." -Ann Althouse

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Libraries at the Crossroads

John B. Horrigan reports on a recent survey at the Pew Research Center.
"even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend."

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Francis effect

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Speedrail wreck of September 2, 1950

Jack Butterworth's son posted his father's home movies about the accident that spelled the end of rail rapid transit in Milwaukee, the head-on collision of two special trains of attendees at the 15th annual National Model Railroad Association convention.

Joe Russ posted his article on the wreck, with links to other website's photos of the wreck and of Speedrail, and to the video.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Raising the Wrecktory

"And, we should remember, Milwaukee is at odds with the vast majority of dioceses around the globe. In almost all places in the world, priests still live in rectories. The twenty year period of priests moving out of rectories in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is more likely an historical aberration than a trend for the future."
Our now-Pastor Fr. Aaron Esch so wrote in his column in last Sunday's bulletin (page 2) to answer another of the 'Rectory/Outreach Building—Frequently Asked Questions'.

Seems reasonable, considering this from the Code of Canon Law.

"Can. 533 §1. A pastor is obliged to reside in a rectory near the church. Nevertheless, in particular cases and if there is a just cause, the local ordinary can permit him to reside elsewhere, especially in a house shared by several presbyters, provided that the performance of parochial functions is properly and suitably provided for."
That was not how closing the Rectory came about at St. Alphonsus, see The once and future Rectory?

So how has the proposal to return to the Rectory as priests' residence been received?

The 'Rectory/Outreach Building Survey Results' in the July 19, 2015 parish bulletin(page 2) say that out of 410 respondents given five options, 343 (83.66%) favored "renovate existing building".

The 'Rectory/Outreach Building Survey Results' in the July 26, 2015 parish bulletin (page 2) say respondents supported "a capital campaign for debt reduction and renovation of the rectory" 406 to 42.