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Defining Deviancy Down PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Dirkse   

“Defining deviancy down” is a commonly known phrase coined by the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  In 1993, Moynihan wrote a report entitled, "How We've Become Accustomed to Alarming Levels of Crime and Destructive Behavior," in response to the sharp increase of violent deaths apart of the so-called “culture of crime” in the early 1990s.

The report’s subtitle stated above explains the result of the concept of “defining deviancy down.”  Moynihan argues that American culture and politics, with an increase in deviant behavior, redefines deviance and lowers the “normal” level of deviancy warranted by the increase in such behavior.  In layman’s terms, with an increase in violent behavior, some crimes become normal and only extraordinary crimes are of interest to us.


Michael Joyce: Changed Lives, Shaped the Future and Will Never Be Forgotten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Weigel   

Michael Joyce, former president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, died recently. As its first president, the board hired Michael Joyce, a savvy administrator skilled at lubricating the levers of power from the conservative John M. Olin Foundation.

To celebrate his life, I feel the need to let everyone know how substantial his contribution was to conservatives everywhere and what an amazing man he was. I find it difficult to look at a conservative idea, whether school vouchers or faith-based initiatives, without seeing the fingerprints of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

“His move to the political big time came in 1978," wrote Barbara Miner in the Spring 1994 issue of the Milwaukee-based education newspaper Rethinking Schools, "when he went to New York to work for the Institute for Educational Affairs, a neoconservative organization started by right-wing trailblazer Irving Kristol and William Simon, secretary of the treasury for Presidents Nixon and Ford. The following year Simon asked Joyce to head the Olin Foundation.”
Alderman Michael McGee, Jr PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Dirkse   

Alderman Michael McGee Jr. is at it again.  And I still beg the question: why do people elect lunatics to public office?

The Alderman is urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would add 10 years to a prison sentencing for those convicted of murder…if the victim is black.

“Black men are an endangered species,” McGee Jr. said.  “You have to protect endangered species.  There is no other ethnic group or person in the world than the black man in America who is losing their life at the rate we’re losing our lives.”


Milwaukee: A city of promise or a city slowly falling? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Keeley   
To most native Milwaukeeans, Milwaukee is indeed a great city.
Milwaukee has many features that are truly Milwaukee, including the great festival scene in the summer, the great restaurants we have citywide and finally, many would have a hard time arguing that the people in Milwaukee, are unlike the people anywhere else.

While Milwaukee might look like a great city on a postcard and may be a hot spot for 10 days during the summer, the reality is that the other 355 days of the year, Milwaukee is falling deeper and deeper into a potentially irreversible abyss.

Historically, Milwaukee has been a city that was quite familiar with the term growth and development. From the early 1900’s to the mid 1950’s, Milwaukee was one of the fastest growing cities with one of the fasting growing business markets.