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In a rush today…High of 27 and a low of 1 today in Madison. I highly recommend this article on religion in America by Ross Douthat.

Wisconsin’s chance for Race-to-the-Top funds is threatened by lack of school reforms. Doyle is pressuring all parties, including Milwaukee Public Schools, to act.

Brewers exploring new ways to prosecute “increasingly aggressive” ticket scalpers.

At least one Assembly Democrat is a climate change denier.

Minnesota and Wisconsin working together to pinch pennies. Like Taco Bell-style.

Sen. Michael Ellis writes about Doyle tying the hands of local governments.

This is not the first time Rep. Marlin Schneider has criticized Wisconsin technical colleges. Earlier he told me that alcohol-abuse classes run by them “are a joke.” Now he levels new charges against “bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo about how wonderful the technical colleges are.”

Is it not ironic that people who are considered too young to drink are old enough to have their names published in a paper after they’re arrested for drinking?

James Rowen wonders aloud: Will anyone criticize the annual $1000 (a plate?) dinner paid for by taxpayers for Milwaukee County commissioners.

Blue Dogs, neoliberals or tea baggers? Who will define politics in 2010?

How will the city decide how to spend $5 million on land banking?

Paul Soglin discusses the Harlem Children’s Zone. I was actually just in Harlem yesterday. Anyone interested in education policy should look into it (either the place or the program).

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2 Responses to “Brunch Links”

  1. pjmad Says:

    Not sure why you recommended the Douthat column. His deep insight seems to be getting confused about the fact that, while the first-amendment principle barring the establishment of a state religion and protecting the free exercise thereof does guarantee Brit Hume’s right to try to proselytize Tiger Woods on the Sunday Morning talk shows, it was still a pretty tacky thing to do.

    I seriously doubt that encouraging more completely unsupported statements of religious conviction on national television will do anything to improve the national dialog. Sectarian arguments over which religion has the bigger “forgiveness” seldom come to any meaningful conclusion, let alone on Fox News.

  2. Jack Says:

    I enjoyed Douthat’s column because it made clear that religion should not be exempt from criticism in American public life. It bothers me that so much dialogue about different religions is stifled in the name of tolerance. Just turn on the 700 Club and you’ll see a whole channel of crooks who will never be called so by a public figure because they have a “religion” behind them.

    I was also happy to see him cite the movement in some European countries (France especially) to enact “anti-blasphemy” laws. The groups at the helm are often left-leaning “anti-racist” groups who would like to stamp out any criticism of different religions, specifically Islam.

    Yes, I obviously reacted the same way you did to Brit Hume. And I hope to see a response from secular Americans that is equally vigorous.

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