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Today's Entry - A News Round Up.
Posted Jan 26, 2006 - 10:05:48

Holy CushmanToday we're talking about a long list of things that interest me, you know - besides the unfortunate cancellation of the West Wing and the fortunate event of the new Doctor Who series coming to the US finally.

But we'll start with a little vanity, as the first article mentions me.

The Spectator is running an article on people in the UW Eau Claire community running for local office. It covers my run for the District 22 Eau Claire County Board seat very briefly, but it is in there none the less. It also covers Brandon's second attempt to get on City Council, Ray Hughes's (a professor) run for reelection to City Council, and Elise Hallock's run for the District 18 County Board seat. It's worth looking at, even though it is a fairly brief piece.

In other parts of the country, Utah and Iowa are putting together anti-violent video game legislation right now. Utah's bill is unique in its ridiculousness, as it classifies violent video games as pornography. I know Utah has a reputation for overexageratted sense of morals, but if they can't tell the difference between a gun and a penis, I think they've got some larger problems. To sum up my opinion on ANY legislation like this, games have ratings already and parents should read them before buying games for their kids. Don't buy a nine year old a game rated "M for Mature," because it's labeled as inappropriate. You wouldn't let him see an R rated movie and we don't need a law for that.

On the "RIAA Going Too Far AGAIN" front, they now has announced that just by putting a file in a shared drive (regardless of the files legality) you are violating copyright. Yeah - uh, not really guys. That's like saying that leaving a Garden Gnome in my front yard is inviting someone to steal it just because they could potentially walk up to it and pick it up. (*bangs head against wall for fifteen minutes*)

Back to Wisconsin, apparently a Federal Grand Jury indicted a Doyle administration Employee on Tuesday. Georgia Thompson (a holdover from the Republicans actually) is the Department of Administration's Chief, and was supposedly attempting to protect her job security by "awarding a travel contract to a company whose executives donated $20,000 to the governor." Yeah... This is... interesting.

In any case, that's it for today.
- Traegorn

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