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Tragedy in the Big City

December 6, 2007 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

What can you say about the shooting in Omaha? There isn’t much I can add to what everybody else has already said. Still, I feel like I should say something. You can’t just ignore an event like this 50 miles up the road.

First, I was a little surprised it took OPD 6 minutes to respond. Maybe that’s actually not very long, but it feels like a long time. Not that it mattered in this case; it doesn’t take very long to shoot 14 people in a mall. I just would have thought that at least a couple officers would have been closer than 6 minutes. Not that they’re just going to go barging in the instant they get there…

Second, several people being interviewed on TV yesterday said things like “I thought Omaha was a fairly safe place, but now I know it’s terribly dangerous”. That’s naive in two respects. For one thing, Omaha is a big, growing city, with all of the problems that come with that. Anybody who was surprised that people die from violence in Omaha needs to pull his head out of the sand. It’s also naive because mass shootings can and do happen anywhere. Big cities, small towns, malls, schools, parks ... This event wasn’t really indicative of Omaha’s overall safety any more than it would be indicative of McCook’s overall safety had it happened there.

Last, did any of you catch the racial faux pas that muddied early reports of the incident? Look for Omaha to have a discussion about that in the coming days.

I Learned Something New

December 5, 2007 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Did you know that the Brown Baggers on 70th and Van Dorn is not the same as the Brown Baggers in the Haymarket? I learned that yesterday.

Miss Negativity

December 5, 2007 at 2:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Robin Eschliman is getting a lot of buzz these days, but it’s all the wrong kind. In the last couple days she has been called ignorant and told it’s time to go to bed. She is quickly becoming known as “the negative one”. Nobody likes a downer.

Actually, that’s not true. Lots of Lincolnites are down on Lincoln; lots of Americans are down on the U.S.; and so on. Maybe Ms. Eschliman is just catering to that segment of the population. It may not be a great way to sell the city, but it’s a good way to get people riled up.

But then she went and took it one step too far. Note to public figures: don’t insult folks’ charitable giving habits, and especially don’t direct your insults at one vocal and powerful chunk of the population. And definitely don’t imply that future contract negotiations will take charitable giving into account.

Anyway, it’s clear that Ms. Eschliman needs a hug. I can go one better. I’m going to give her a puppy.

I Remember Those Days

December 5, 2007 at 2:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Ahh yes, the satirical school newspaper. Hasn’t everybody at least thought about starting one up? I did. Back in high school. We never made it to press with the first issue, though. Turns out, it’s much more fun planning and thinking about those things than it is actually doing it.

Does anybody know if any of the high schools or other colleges has a satirical newspaper these days? I love reading those things. Usually they’re really, really bad, but occasionally you discover a writer who really has a knack for comedy.

Yellowed

December 4, 2007 at 3:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

To continue the comment experiments going on around here, now comments you haven’t seen before will have a yellow (or yellowish) background. Yeah, it’s kind of ugly. But these experiments are all just temporary. If I decide to keep the new comment system, I’ll come up with some more attractive permanent styling.

The Giant Roadblocks and Gaping Hole Aren’t Enough of a Warning?

December 4, 2007 at 2:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time coming up with much sympathy for a guy who gets plastered, ignores road blocks, walks off a cliff, and falls to the ground below. I don’t wish anybody harm, but I’m not going to waste much energy feeling sorry for a drunk who does something stupid. That applies to all drunks, by the way, not just the homeless variety. I’m very unsympathetic toward those who can’t handle the crap they put in their body.

Nevertheless, now is as good a time as any to reevaluate the safety concerns surrounding the problem of two sides of the city being separated by uncrossable territory. Drunks aren’t the only people who are walking from one side to the other, after all. Should there be more shuttles between the two sides? Should the city subsidize taxi service to get across the tracks? Should we set up a zipline from the top of the Capitol to West O? (I don’t know how they’ll get back.)

The Big Cheese is Coming

December 4, 2007 at 2:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

No, not Santa Claus. President Bush will be in Omaha tomorrow to campaign for soon-to-be-Senator Mike Johanns. I love the irony of the man Chuck Hagel considers to be among the worst presidents in history campaigning on behalf of the man who would replace Hagel in the Senate.

Everybody Loves a Delayed Parade

December 4, 2007 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

All you Star City Holiday Parade fans can rejoice: the parade is on for this weekend. Let’s hope most of the participants are able to show up, and that the weather cooperates this time.

Waiting for The Peacock

December 4, 2007 at 1:22am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

For all you south side Lincoln fans of Indian food - seems like The Peacock has yet to open, but is coming soon. The hoped for opening date is December 15, but it may be later. In the meantime, the neon light with The Peacock’s name is still on, and the place looks almost ready for business.

Good Morning, My Little Guinea Pigs

December 3, 2007 at 3:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Y’all are guinea pigs. I hope you don’t mind.

You might have already noticed a new “Reply to this comment” link accompanying each of the comments on this site. I went ahead and enabled threaded commenting (as I hinted I might). I don’t know if I’ll keep it around or not. If I do keep it around, you can count on some formatting and usability changes.

What I would like from you, if you’re so inclined, is to give it a test drive. If you happen to notice any glitches or see any error messages, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you can grab a screenshot of the glitch, even better. Happy commenting!

Is Racquet Club Slipping?

December 3, 2007 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln Racquet Club has been a Lincoln institution for a couple decades, but I’m beginning to wonder if it will be able to make it much longer. Old ideas pushed by an aging owner aren’t helping the club keep in step with the rest of Lincoln’s competitive fitness market.

Most people will point to the fact that LRC isn’t open on Saturdays (more specifically, the Seventh Day Adventist sabbath) as the most obvious reason for LRC’s troubles. I think that’s only part of the story. After all, Racquet Club survived this long being open only 6 days a week. The problem is more likely not compensating for that shortcoming with sufficient excellence and innovation in other areas.

What is your impression of Lincoln Racquet Club? Are there any Racquet Club members out there? What’s your sense of LRC’s present and future?

Eat Eat Eat: Super Taco

December 1, 2007 at 1:35am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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