Saturday, December 18, 2010
On page one you read about the ethics complaint filed against Dave Weigand and Tim Stephanski for their stance on the proposed charter school. Then flip back to the opinion page and we are treated to a crazy letter from Dave's wife, Mary, rambling on about how fossilized butter is proof the earth was created 73 years ago. I think I'm gonna clip the articles along with the masthead and have it framed! Beautiful!
Today's paper also taught me that it doesn't take a year and a half to file an ethics complaint. Ginny, where all the "numerous" ethics complaints you had planned for everyone on the library board who disagreed with you?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Anyone think maybe her whole blog was hacked in an attempt to make her look like a 9/11 Truther? Dan, can you please ask her? I know she doesn't come here too often ;)
And shame on you Tim Stephanski, Dave Weignad and Randy Marquardt for trying to slide this by the taxpayers of West Bend. How dumb do you think we are?
Well done, West Bend! You got'r done!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I also think we don’t need another organization that uses public money but has no accountability to the taxpayers. The governance of this school could not be recalled, unelected, or subjected to open records.
Any chance this can be put to the voters in some sort of referendum?"
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
At the risk of Dan Kelineman calling the act of posting Ginny's own words on this blog as "harassment", I will anyway. Ginny actually allowed a few comments on her recent paranoid post about the library. Read them here. Ginny in her own words:
"This display by the West Bend Library lends credence to one thing only, and that is that the only support a gay person could possibly want is affirmative. Do you see books or materials that assist homosexuals who want to leave this lifestyle? How about books about the ramifications/dangers of homosexual activity? "
Ginny also seems to address a comment left by Maria Hanrahan, but she didn't actually post Maria's comment. Stay classy, Ginny!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Another school year is under way. I’d like to share some thoughts to help parents.
I host a booth at fairs throughout Wisconsin. We educate folks in interpretation of scientific data. Parents come to my booth for help. I hear comments like: “Help! My son is losing his faith because of evolution being taught in school.” and “I’m sick and tired of evolution and millions of years being shoved down my daughter’s throat.”
After my son took biology at East, I began this outreach. He told me kids are confused about creation/ evolution and don’t know where to get answers.
Space allows only a few points:
Don’t confuse small observable changes in plants and animals to mean they change into other organisms. Perhaps we can say, “Microevolution does not mean macroevolution.”
Evolutionists highlight one organism, i.e. daisies or finches. Small variations are shown, but never a new organism. There’s tremendous variation in plants and animals, color, beak size, length of petal, etc. The fairy tale begins when those small changes are extrapolated to mean more than that. A new organism arising from small changes has never been observed and is therefore not scientific.
When “millions of years” language is heard/read, our kids should ask, “Were you (or anyone) there?” After all, science is supposed to be testable, observable, repeatable. One can claim that, “given enough time anything can happen.” But, really? A great deal of faith is needed to believe that. Children in our schools shouldn’t be subject to such unsubstantiated ideas.
Dinosaurs aren’t really a mystery. Evidence of man with dinosaurs includes:
Drawings, clay dinosaur figures, architectural designs, legends, Chinese calendar, and surprisingly to evolutionists, unfossilized T-rex bones uncovered, having soft tissue and red blood cells. Do students learn these facts?
Good resources are: icr.org or answersingenesis.org.
Mary Weigand, town of Trenton
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tea Party attackers need to examine Dems
If U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel ethics violator can pull off a primary with party praise while covered in flaunting corruption, then O’Connell should be Christopher Dodd’s and Barney Frank’s foreclosure poster child. Rangel didn’t win wearing a Black Panthers costume outside a polling station; it was simply malfeasant exemption by a bootlicking constituency.
If you’re a Tea Partier or now disapprove of Obama’s whacky policies, you’re racist, but you can actually violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a Black Panther and unbelievably have the backing of the Department of Justice and Eric Holder. House Financial Services Rep. Frank commended Obama’s recent SEC protection by incapacitating FOIA, but Democrats were quick to welcome Wiki-leaks liberal Julian Assanges’s leftwing, information release as if they uncovered a couple of unpaid GOP parking tickets.
Besides Washington’s dirty deals, Obama’s cabinet corruptors includes Kathleen Sebelius who didn’t report accurate contribution figures from murdered abortion doctor George Tiller. Ron Kirk owed $10,000 in back taxes. The EPA’s Lisa Jackson was connected in the New Jersey DEP kickback scheme. It goes on and on.
The November countdown nears, and the donkey incumbents are running aimlessly.
Bob Glodowski, West Bend
Thursday, September 23, 2010
From the latest advice column by Dan Savage at Savage Love:
I just read about a gay teenager in Indiana—Billy Lucas—who killed himself after being taunted by his classmates. Now his Facebook memorial page is being defaced by people posting homophobic comments. It's just heartbreaking and sickening. What the hell can we do?
Gay Bullying Victim Who Survived
Another gay teenager in another small town has killed himself—hope you're pleased with yourselves, Tony Perkins and all the other "Christians" out there who oppose anti-bullying programs (and give actual Christians a bad name).
Billy Lucas was just 15 when he hanged himself in a barn on his grandmother's property. He reportedly endured intense bullying at the hands of his classmates—classmates who called him a fag and told him to kill himself. His mother found his body.
Nine out of 10 gay teenagers experience bullying and harassment at school, and gay teens are four times likelier to attempt suicide. Many LGBT kids who do kill themselves live in rural areas, exurbs, and suburban areas, places with no gay organizations or services for queer kids.
"My heart breaks for the pain and torment you went through, Billy Lucas," a reader wrote after I posted about Billy Lucas to my blog. "I wish I could have told you that things get better."
I had the same reaction: I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.
But gay adults aren't allowed to talk to these kids. Schools and churches don't bring us in to talk to teenagers who are being bullied. Many of these kids have homophobic parents who believe that they can prevent their gay children from growing up to be gay—or from ever coming out—by depriving them of information, resources, and positive role models.
Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don't have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids.
So here's what you can do, GBVWS: Make a video. Tell them it gets better.
I've launched a channel on YouTube—www .youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject—to host these videos. My normally camera-shy husband and I already posted one. We both went to Christian schools and we were both bullied—he had it a lot worse than I did—and we are living proof that it gets better. We don't dwell too much on the past. Instead, we talk mostly about all the meaningful things in our lives now—our families, our friends (gay and straight), the places we've gone and things we've experienced—that we would've missed out on if we'd killed ourselves then.
"You gotta give 'em hope," Harvey Milk said.
Today we have the power to give these kids hope. We have the tools to reach out to them and tell our stories and let them know that it does get better. Online support groups are great, GLSEN does amazing work, the Trevor Project is invaluable. But many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.
The video my husband and I made is up now—all by itself. I'd like to add submissions from other gay and lesbian adults—singles and couples, with kids or without, established in careers or just starting out, urban and rural, of all races and religious backgrounds. (Go to www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject to find instructions for submitting your video.) If you're gay or lesbian or bi or trans and you've ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, "Fuck, I wish I could've told him that it gets better," this is your chance. We can't help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future—and we can help them.
They need to know that it gets better. Submit a video. Give them hope.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
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Friday, August 20, 2010
In 2009, a controversy arose after a local couple, Jim and Ginny Maziarka, sent a letter to the West Bend Community Library complaining about books on a list entitled "Out of the Closet: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Fiction and Non-Fiction" that was published on the Young Adult section of the library's website.  The couple then amended their complaint to include objections to the presence of books depicting sex and homosexuality in the young adult section of the West Bend Community Memorial Library. The Maziarkas circulated an online petition  that called for the books to be labeled as explicit and moved to the adult section, as well as for the library to install Internet content filters and purchase books that represented "a balance of materials related to heterosexuality and homosexuality," complaining that the library had only gay-affirming books about homosexuality.
In the midst of the controversy, the West Bend Common Council, on a 5-3 vote, refused to reappoint four trustees whose terms were ending. One councilman complained that the board was stonewalling the complaint, while another councilman stated his belief that the board members were not serving the interests of the community “with their ideology.” The council's actions were widely criticized, and local citizens unsuccessfully sought to have the vote rescinded.
On June 2, 2009, the library board held a public hearing to take comment on the Maziarkas' petition. Following the hearing, the library board voted to uphold its policies and reject any restrictions on young adults' access to books in the library.
The Christian Civil Liberties Union also filed a claim against the West Bend library, asking that Francesca Lia Block's book Baby Be-Bop be "burned or destroyed", drawing further media attention to the local library dispute.
On July 30, 2009, the Pew Research Center reported that the library controversy was the third most blogged about topic from July 20–24, behind news about President Barack Obama's first six months in office and gossip about the TV show Doctor Who, but drawing more attention in the blogosphere than the controversial arrest of Henry Louis Gates.