When information is outlawed,
Reporters Without Borders
The most basic test of democracy
Tone down the hatefulness in politics,
The Washington Post
Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere... I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture.
-- George W. Bush, June 2003
|My Fashion Epiphany
I have always benefited from my wife's fashion review/corrections. (Well, not always... when she sees me before I can get out of the house!) However, when I saw this posting by Princess Sparkle Pony, I had an epiphany: I'm not a victim of fashion; fashion is a victim of me!
This changes everything! No longer am I prisoner to mysterious and arbitrary rules of color and patterns, not to mention even more arcane orthodoxy such as lapel and tie widths.
Ha, ha! Free at last; free at last!
Anything that is too big to fail is too big to exist.
-- IMF economist Simon Johnson
Dodging bullets on a daily basis is the price of being free.
[Harvey Milk's story] gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married.
I think he'd want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than, by their churches, by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures who have value.
-- Dustin Lance Black
It is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way.
We've got to have equal rights for everyone.
-- Sean Penn
nation when Sean Penn claims the moral high ground.)
You remember Rick Warren, him being selected to deliver
the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration was the little
black cloud that crawled inside the silver lining that day
for a lot Americans who support gay rights.
-- Rachel Maddow, November 30, 2009
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.
We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America.
We will lay a new foundation for growth. We will build roads and bridges, electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We'll restore science to its rightful place. We will raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds. We will transform our schools. All this we can do. All this we will do.
We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.
America is a friend of each nation, and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity.
Our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please.
Our security emanates from the justness of our cause.
Old hatreds shall someday pass.
People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.
Those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent are on the wrong side of history, but we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect.
Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we carried forth the great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
-- Excerpted and paraphrased from the Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009.
Barack Obama Inauguration
"Hate and Hope"
These guys made a cake that reads in icing, "Happy Birthday Adolph Hitler" ... while censoring the lyrics of the CDs they will sell in their audio department. Because Adolph Hitler is not profane, but Dixie Chicks lyrics, now, whoo, yeah! The depths of WalMart's big thinking on political issues is a constant source of fascination to me.
-- Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, on Walmart's rationalization for making the cake after ShopRite refused to make it.
-- Stephen Herrington, The Huffington Post
America believes that all people are entitled to hope and human rights, to the non-negotiable demands of human dignity.
-- President George Bush,
You know something is wrong when the New England Patriots face stiffer penalties for spying on innocent Americans than Dick Cheney and George Bush.
-- Bill Richardson, www.richardsonforpresident.com
We are entitled to ask - we are required to ask - how many more men, how many more lives, how much more destruction will be asked, to provide the military victory that is always just around the corner, to pour into this bottomless pit of our dreams?
-- Bobby Kennedy, March 18, 1968
Given the United States' behavior in the world, it would be difficult for Americans to claim that they are still a biblical people who hold liberation and covenantal justice as core values and commitments. Indeed, many Americans cannot avoid the awkward feeling that they are more analogous to imperial Rome than they are to the ancient Middle Eastern people who celebrated their origins in God's liberation.
-- Richard Horsley
Q Thank you, Mr. President. It's an honor to have you here. I'm a first-year student in South Asia studies. My question is in regards to private military contractors. Uniform Code of Military Justice does not apply to these contractors in Iraq. I asked your Secretary of Defense a couple months ago what law governs their actions.
THE PRESIDENT: I was going to ask him. Go ahead. (Laughter.) Help. (Laughter.)
Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against -- over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn't kidding -- (laughter.) I was going to -- I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I've got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation -- I don't mean to be dodging the question, although it's kind of convenient in this case, but never -- (laughter.) I really will -- I'm going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That's how I work. I'm -- thanks. (Laughter.)
I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both.
-- Prof. Steve Almond, in his letter resigning from Boston College over Commencement speaker Condoleezza Rice
We didn't enact martial law on September 11th.
-- Senator Russ Feingold, D-WI, calling for censure
School Administrator Cost Comparison
WOMT March School Talk with Ron Kossik on Budget Cuts: Listen Here (9 MB, 26 min.)
WOMT Be My Guest: County Exec Bob Ziegelbauer, Apr. 22, 2007 Listen Here (12 MB, 26 min.)
WOMT April School Talk with Superintendent Mark Swanson: Listen Here (12 MB, 27 min.)
HTR: Aulik wins county clerk seat , Sieracki, Able will join council
Breakfast Club: Mayor Crawford comments on Ron Kossik
Listen Here (1.5 MB, 5 min.)
WCUB Breakfast Club: Mayor Crawford comments on Negative Blogs Listen Here (0.5 MB, 1 min.)
HTR: Group explores grade-level configuration
WFRV Terrific Teachers - Timothy Smith, Wilson Junior High - View Video
WOMT October School Talk with Mark Christenson: Listen Here (9MB, 27 min.)
WOMT September School Talk with Superintendent Mark Swanson: Listen Here (9MB, 26 min.)
WOMT May School Talk with Superintendent Mark Swanson: Listen Here (9MB, 27 min.)
WOMT April School Talk with Superintendent Mark Swanson: Listen Here (8MB, 24 min.)
Media Bias: The Crucial 1 Percent
Son of TABOR! Proposed Constitutional Amendment: html, pdf
HTR: Petri gets earful from Lakeshore residents
Comparison of Household Debt - US Government vs. Manitowoc Public School District
WOMT "Open Mike" Audio: Jan. 6, 2006 (4.5 Min, 2 MB), Jan. 9, 2006 (4 Min, 2 MB)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel School Breakfast Editorial
The Guardian: Stagger on, weary Titan
Kossiks Win Coveted "Yard of the Month" Award (Photo, Larger)
School Size Information Kindergarten Size Data Statewide Data (542K)
Gannett Purges Manitowoc's History
MPSD School Lunch 2005 Participation Data (Feb. Actual): HTML, Printable (pdf), Data (xls)
HTR: Manitowoc school incumbents return LWV: Vote Breakdown
School Board/Teacher Union sign joint resolution (PDF, HTML)
Resolution Opposing Racism
HTR: TABOR discussed at LWV forum [Broken link] Kossik Remarks (Text)
$$$ 2004 MPSD Tax/Budget Info $$$
Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer Summer Survey Results
Milwaukee Journal: Council to show live, archived meetings online
HTR: Election adds 2 new faces to school board [Broken link] LWV: Vote Breakdown
DPI: Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Soft Drinks in Schools, American Academy of Pediatrics (pdf)
School Lunch Passes!!
HTR: "School lunches: YES" (Graphic of Front Page 1.4 MB)
LWV: Vote Breakdown Editorial [Broken link]
Kossik speaks out on school lunch program [Broken link]
( Graphic of Front Page 1.2 MB) ( Orchid )
Legal Opinion Limiting Referendum Leadership by School Board Members
School board votes on legal fees, attorneys
Steve Gibson, "School Talk" WOMT Radio Interview, 11/17/2003
Mischler/Kossik, "School Talk" WOMT Radio Interview, 10/20/2003
Response to Mayor Crawford, Oct. 20, 2003 (3.3 Min., 800KB mp3) (Text)
Steve Gibson, "School Talk" WOMT Radio Interview, 09/15/2003
Open Government Proposal (Submitted to Policy Committee)
Ron Kossik Letter - Culture of secrecy must be overcome
HTR: 2001 Editorial - Board Secrecy During Superintendent Hiring
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel v. Shorewood School District (Wis. Court of Appeals)
Ron Kossik and Mike Herrity defeated both incumbent school board candidates in the April 1st general election. Our victories could not have happened without the hard work of our supporters. I am grateful for everyone's help and I will work to fulfill my campaign commitment to inclusive and ethical leadership while serving on the board.
HTR: Challengers beat out incumbents [Broken link]
WOMT Herrity/Kossik Interview, April 2, 2003 (2.25 Min., 528KB mp3)
MPSD April 1, 2003 Spring Election Results
January 14 Legal Actions For Open Government
Questions and Answers
Milwaukee Journal: School Board's closed meetings disputed
Wisconsin DPI Data: Manitowoc Student/Teacher Ratio Comparison
WCUB Interview, February 14, 2003 (10 Minute, 1.2MB mp3)
HTR: Challengers Top Incumbents in School Board Primary! [Broken link]
MPSD February 11, 2003 Primary Election Results
Issue Ad (Hmong Translation) (Cov Lug Moob)
Kossik comments to board re: avoiding another meeting violation (7 Minute, 880K mp3)
Discussion and vote convening Mar. 11 closed session (3.5 Minutes, 416K mp3)