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And From the files of “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me…”

Monday, October 13th, 2008

In other law firm news, Paul found a current press release from a local law firm (with offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota), that reads as follows.  No, I’m not making it up:

Wessles & Pautsch, P.C. Proudly Changes Name to Wessels Sherman Bailey Joerg Liszka Laverty Risch P.C.!

All I can think is ‘poor, poor, miserable receptionist…’

It appears from their website that they’ll be going by ‘Wessels Sherman’ for short, but still, man.  That’s a toungue twister even up here in Wisconsin where we’re used to pronouncing funny names.

Spinach Adventure

Monday, September 18th, 2006
bagged spinach

bagged spinach,
originally uploaded by jeffturner.

I attended a firm recruiting lunch today. The three female diners at the lunch were a bright Summer Associate candidate from Beijing (who attended University in Hangzhou), another attorney, and myself.

The other attorney ordered a “honey pecan salad,” and we were all surprised, when the salad arrived, to see that it contained spinach leaves (!), among other things.

I thought that the media has been doing its best to scare us all off of spinach for a while. And the caution seems especially justified given that the recent spinach-linked e. coli outbreak claimed a life last week in Manitowac, Wisconsin, just an hour north of here.

I can’t believe the restaurant served spinach!

The attorney bravely ate around the threatening leaves.

I suggested to her that if she takes ill, she may be able to make a worker’s compensation claim.

The Journal Sentinel Reports on Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Kind of interesting.

Two Milwaukee-based Lake Michigan passenger/ferry boat services are in the middle of a trade war. . . on Wikipedia.

Somebody, stop the madness!

Web Wars Ensnarl Ferries

Since March, a Wikipedia article about the Milwaukee-based ferry has been altered repeatedly to emphasize the vessel’s cancellations, delays, mechanical problems and passengers’ seasickness – and to link to a Web site that compared the Lake Express unfavorably to the competing S.S. Badger.

Meanwhile, the Badger has the opposite issue: Wikipedia recently flagged a glowing article about the 53-year-old ferry for possible copyright violations, because some of its wording appeared identical to that of the Badger’s own Web site. That article has since been revised to eliminate the suspect passages.

Wikipedia lake ferry entry has lots of back-and-forth  

Wiki wackiness continued Monday, after the Journal Sentinel reported that a Wikipedia article on the Lake Express high-speed ferry had been changed to emphasize negative information.

In the hours after the Journal Sentinel article first appeared on the JSOnline Web site, the online encyclopedia’s Lake Express entry was changed another 21 times before a Wikipedia administrator erected electronic shields around articles on both the high-speed ferry and its older rival, the S.S. Badger.

One anonymous user even boosted the top speed of the Lake Express from 40 mph to 140 mph and shortened the length of its trips between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich., from 2 1/2 hours to half an hour. The same person undid those changes a minute later.

By late Monday afternoon, almost all negative information had been removed from the article and Wikipedia had blocked anonymous users from making any more changes to the entry. Regular users still have access.

More Milwaukee “Honors”

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Well, I’ve got to hand to to Milwaukeeans.¬† They know how to do what they like, and lots of it.¬†

And in a study in the headlines today, Milwaukeeans are the hardest drinkers in the nation. 

Milwaukee, not Vegas, America’s drunkest city¬†

It will come as no surprise that the residents of a city known as “The Nation’s Watering Hole” like to have a beer or two.

But Milwaukee isn’t just your average brewing town. It’s the hardest-drinking city in America, according to’s ranking of America’s Drunkest Cities.

Honestly, before I clicked on the link, I was expecting to see a Minnesota town take top booze billing. (Everybody knows about those thirsty Scandinavians). 

But it’s us.¬†

So I guess the rest of you can think of us sitting up here all safe from natural disaster, but also keeping warm and laughing it up. 

I suppose there’s a good reason that our¬†baseball team is called the¬†Brewers.¬† We do have a formidable beer brewing history, after all.¬†¬†

. . . and I suppose all the beer goggles everyone must be wearing explains why, despite my observation that the Brewers team never seems to win a game, no one else really seems to mind. 

Milwaukee Rated Safest From Natural Disaster

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Safe Milwaukee

uploaded by Koog Family.

More evidence in support of my personal and strongly held theory that Milwaukee offers one of the best places to reside in the country; that despite (or perhaps, in part because of) being a well-kept secret.

Todays’s Journal Sentinal Online has the full story.

Mother Nature might wave her finger and offer an occasional scolding, but it’s unlikely she’ll unleash her full fury on Milwaukee, according to a study released Tuesday that ranks the city No. 1 in the country in terms of safety from a catastrophic natural disaster.

From Sheboygan to the World

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Well, alright. 

The largest front-page story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today related to the announcement that ESPN will be airing the 2006 Johnsonville Bratwurst-Eating Contest on August 5, 3:00 p.m. CDT. 

The event will be part of the Sheboygan Brat Days 2006.¬† And just in case you were wondering what they’re up to these days, the native Milwaukee group,¬†the Violent Femmes will be performing at the Brat Days.¬†

Even better is the news that Japanese native, Takeru Kobayashi, will be participating in the chow-down. 

Paul and I happened to see him win a hot-dog eating contest that was broadcast on the 4th of July.  That Kobayashi can eat. 

(I even had to call my mom to tell her that we had been amazed, and a little horrified, to see the guy eat 54 hot dogs AND, as required, 54 buns.¬† Apparently, these pros know that it’s easier to eat so much if they soak the buns in water as they go).¬†

When you think about it, a brat-eating contest is just a glorified hot-dog eating contest.¬† So my money’s on Kobayashi.¬† I’m sure he’ll do Wisconsin proud.¬†(To say nothing of what he’ll do for Johnsonville’s¬†market share in Japan).¬†

Takeru Kobayashi

Takeru Kobayashi,
originally uploaded by Koog Family.

More odd Wisconsin news…

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Paul and I know this theory isn’t true.¬† The most-vacation-ing-est president in the country’s history wouldn’t have purposefully set up this much extra work for himself.¬†

UW Instructor Defends Plan to
Teach 9/11 Conspiracy
Theory in Class

“Why would our government do this? To trigger a War that will not end in our lifetime.”¬† Says Kevin Barrett, a lecturer for UW-Madison who will teach a course on Islam this Fall.
Barrett is the founder of a group called the Muslim Jewish Christian Alliance for 9/11 truth, that has about 1,000 members worldwide.  He says after three years of studying the evidence, he came to the conclusion 9/11 did not happen the way the government says it did.  He believes the Bush Administration planned and executed the attacks on the World Trade Center.
”The physics of those collapses clearly could not have resulted from plane crashes and jet fuel fires with office materials.”¬†Barrett says jet fuel does not burn¬†hot enough to melt steel, and says recent tests on melted steel from the building prove his theory that it was wired to collapse, by the Government.¬†
¬† Barrett says the Bush Administration is fooling the American public with the Adolf Hitler ‘Big Lie Technique’… ”Tell them a little lie and they’ll wonder about it – weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was a relatively little lie – and people are getting called on it.” Barrett says.¬† ”Tell em a big lie like 9/11 and they have a huge resistance to questioning it.”
Barrett quotes from Hitler’s book ”Mein Kampf” in which he writes ”In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily.¬† It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths and they would not believe that others would have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”
That theory is now part of the curriculum for an Introduction to Islam class Barrett will teach this Fall at the UW.¬† He says 14 of the 16 weeks will have nothing to do with politics, but in the remaining two weeks, he will cover what he calls the ”so-called war on terror”.
”And I will present different interpretations of the war on terror, In¬†I think a pretty detached way and encourage students to debate those interpretations and to support whichever one they personally find most persuasive and let them make up their own minds.” Barrett says.
Governor Jim Doyle questioned whether someone with ‘this total irrational idea” should be teaching students at UW, and Rep. Steve Nass called for Barrett to be fired, but Barrett says his students don’t have to agree with his theory about 9/11.
”Of course not!” Barrett says, ”I certainly wouldn’t expect them to… At least not all of them. On the other hand I would expect some of them would once they look at the evidence because the evidence is overwhelming.”
Barrett said he is not surprised, or concerned about the UW’s request to discuss the curriculum of his class.
”These people (his critics) are welcome to their opinions, but we have a tradition of academic freedom here in Wisconsin of sifting fearlessly in pursuit of truth because our motto has it- The truth will set you free. ”¬† Barrett says.
Barrett says a meeting with Provost Patrick Farrell and two others from the UW went well.¬†He says the¬†University officials said they were not interested in his opinions outside of the classroom, just what he planned to teach in it.¬†¬†Farrell will release the UW’s decision about the class in about a week.

Remembering Frank Zeidler

Monday, July 10th, 2006
Frank Zeidler

So long to a true gentleman who is being much remembered in the local and national news today – Frank Zeidler. He was the last of his kind – Milwaukee’s last “sewer socialist” mayor (the first was in 1910), and the last socialist mayor of a major American city. (He served from 1948 – 1960), and ran for president in 1976.

I’ve heard him interviewed on the radio and found him to be¬†a lovely, thoughtful fellow.¬† I’ve also seen him at local¬†German-American gatherings.

Under his watch, the parks system in our city, including the park that surrounds our neighborhood, flourished.  He also oversaw the annexation of land to be used for industrial development, which gave Milwaukee the tax and business base it needed to prosper.

We could use more politicians like him today. He focused on basic city services and infrastructure Рnot partisanship or currying lobbyist favor. 

Sadly, things aren’t run with as much integrity and cooperation these¬†days.¬†

And we were disappointed to learn recently that the public swimming pool in the park near our house is one of 43 [out of 47] park pools slated to permanently close next summer as part of the city’s solution to its pension-scandal-fuled budget woes.

I’m pretty sure that¬†Frank Zeidler would have been ticked-off about that.

Now HERE’S some good Wisconsin News!

Monday, June 26th, 2006

A pair of whooping cranes has hatched two chicks in central Wisconsin, marking the first young of the species to be hatched in the wild in the eastern United States in more than 100 years.

Operation Migration, the group coordinating the effort to establish a second migratory flock of the endangered birds in North America, posted photos on its Web site documenting the success.

Photos of the nest show two brown chicks being tended by their adult parents among thick marsh grass of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Joe Duff, who heads Operation Migration, says the successful nesting is just the start, because the birds still face the challenge of keeping the young alive until they can fly.

Wacky Wisconsin News

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Seems like every time Wisconsin makes the national or international news, it’s for something, well, bad.¬† Or¬†odd, at least.¬†

I’m going to start posting more of our strange news stories and trying to keep tabs on if some of them are about more upbeat subjects.

This one’s about der Fuerher, and I’m not spelling the real name in English because I don’t need Google traffic from people searching that particular fellow.

Turns out that der Fuerher’s monument won’t be public, after all.¬†¬†