Monday, February 23, 2009

Vote YES on the ASM Constitution

Believe it or not, there is an election today. A student election. About everyone's "favorite" topic: ASM. I know, I know. They did a terrible job (once again) of letting the student body know that there was even an issue, let alone an election. But that is neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is: you have to vote today and you have to vote YES for the new ASM constitution. Here's why:

Voting YES for the new ASM constitution does the following:
Gives conservatives a better chance of holding prominent positions in the student government through a student body presidency

Makes it harder for liberals to raise segregates fees beyond fiscally responsible levels

Allows student government to better focus its resources on campaigns and issues that are actually relevant to students

There is a group at the UW who would have you believe that the New ASM Constitution is bad for the university. What do they mean? They mean that the new constitution allows room for a president and they're afraid that someone more moderate or conservative than they are would be elected to the position. This group is a band of far-left organizations and students, ranging from the Campus Anti-War Network to the International Socialist Organization. The group is headed by the typical leftist front kids Kyle Szarzynski and Chynna Haas. Everyone else supports it (Badger Herald and Daily Cardinal included), and YOU SHOULD TOO!

Need to know how to vote? It's really not that hard. Here's how:

3) punch in your STUDENT ID
4) pat yourself on the back because you just voted!

That's all--happy voting! Remember the online voting through ASM is up from this morning until tomorrow night but please, please, please vote early so you don't forget! And remind your friends to do the same!

For a nitty-gritty look at the new constitution, what it does, and who supports it and doesn't check out the latest post on the Critical Badger.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I hate to do this to you again, BH...

Okay. For the most part, this was a great article was really good. Non-partisan. Got to the point. Think it could have been placed better than the 3rd page, but I'm not complaining. What I am complaining about is this:
Reps. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, Rich Zipperer, R-Pewaukee, Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, and Brett David, R-Oregon, introduced the proposals at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Brett David? Who is that? I know a Brett Davis, R-Oregon...

I told the EIC around noon today about the mistake and it still hasn't been fixed online. Way to go, Badger Herald. Maybe the copy edit team should learn the names of prominent state representatives. And the news reporters, too, for that matter.

best city for bikers just got better!

Madison has already been named the best city in America for those who ride a bike. We've got more bike trails than we know what to do with, for goodness sake! Now, in an effort to keep bikers safe from evil motorists, we have this. I like the first two comments on the article. Is this seriously necessary? This is common sense. If you open your car door without looking and hurt some innocent biker, you're an idiot. If you open your car door without looking and some guy comes and clips it off as he drives past you, you're an idiot. It's as simple as that. This is right on par with wanting to ban drive-thrus and plastic bags, as appeared on Drudge this summer.

Madison, Wisconsin... what can I say?

What I Learned In Class Today

Today in my comm arts 262 class we were talking about how visuals are used rhetorically to provide for arguments. We discussed, among other things, two of these such visuals. One, we were told stands for "eternal American optimism and hope" and gives a sense of happiness to all who see it; "everyone knows that's what it means" we were told. Here's what that visual looks like:

The next visual we were lectured on we were told "alone stands for nothing" and that's it only holds any meaning because it mimics a posed photograph from WWII. That visual looks like this:

Please tell me I'm not the only one who senses something wrong with that.

To be told that the Obama "O" signifies the hope and eternal optimism of the American people but that seeing firefighters raising our nation's pride and glory unharmed out of the rubble that resulted from the worst attack on our country's soil is meaningless is, in my humble opinion, a boldfaced lie.

To me, the Obama "O" symbolizes a narcissist who is really good at saying what you want to hear but not following through on his promises to "reach across the aisle". The second photograph symbolizes hope and eternal optimism. Thoughts?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Press One for English

I came across this video and could relate with most of the video. Good lyrics, but I personally didn't feel for the musical talent and the video was a little cheesy.