QB O’Brien transfers to Wisconsin Junior has two years of eligibilty left
Updated: Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012, 12:37 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012, 12:37 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. – For the second straight year, a high-profile quarterback is transferring to the University of Wisconsin.
In a statement, the university wrote that head football coach Bret Bielema announced former Maryland starter Danny O’Brien has joined the program. O’Brien started 17 games over the last two seasons for the Terrapins and was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010. He also earned FWAA All American honors that year after throwing for 2.438 yards and 22 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.
In the announcement, Bielema said “We’re excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin. “The first thing we did when we were aware of Danny’s interest was to try and find out what type of person he was and if he would fit into our program. From our dealings with him and all the things I have heard from those who have been around him, he is a tremendous person and has great character. He had a fantastic visit and our current players who met him came away impressed. Having graduated from Maryland in just three years, you know right away that he is a smart kid,” Bielema said.
We have had some people commenting that we should take down this article since most information across the internet has been pulled. I was told there are no police reports, so the story must be false and must come down.
After looking into the story further I can say we have a real person who owned a real dog (16 moths old). We also know a person was taking pictures of someone’s conservative grass roots yards signs. We also know words were spoken between the person taking the pictures who made comments about the dog and the owner of the dog itself. We also know a few weeks later the dog was found dead at the end of the driveway. It is sad that all this happened and we feel for victims involved. It is sad that many victims in this world live in fear of what could happen next.
There is more information but we will not expand, will not name our sources and will not pull the information below unless the authors so ask. Just because the main stream media does not cover a story, that does not make it false. Just because some target people because of their political beliefs and take advantage of them through their fear does not make a story not worthy of reporting.
If more suggestions are made to stifle, choke, clam up, cover up, crack down, curb, extinguish, gag, hush, muffle, muzzle, repress, shut up, silence, smother, spike, squash, squelch, strangle or stop our freedom of speech, freedom of opinion, freedom to stand up for our political beliefs, we will not waver. We may have differences in opinions and differences in political parties but we are all free as given to us by our forefathers.
We stand with the people of Wisconsin and this Country who stand for what is right and just in this world. We stand for what we believe in. We will not be bullied or intimidated.
We are not unique children of God to them; we are anonymous members of the herds they assign us to – cattle, hogs, sheep, geese, goats, chickens, according to our demographic voting patterns. We are livestock to be managed, tended, and lorded over; they have chosen themselves to do the lording.
Here is your new low. This weekend in Wisconsin, a supporter of Governor Scott Walker had her child threatened, her home cased, and her dog killed. She posted the picture on Facebook but I won’t name her for fear of further recrimination. The people who did this to her family are the same people who want us to return them to power in this state – the Government Workers’ Party of Dane County, a.k.a. the Democrats.
This young mother refused to be a farm animal so the Government Workers’ Party of Dane County killed her dog. That is all you need to know about what is at stake here in Wisconsin’s upcoming recall election of the Governor; we will choose between the Party that saved the state from bankruptcy and the Party that kills puppies.
How far will unions go to get their way? Will they go further to decide if a human life should not live over collective bargaining. Will the unions stop at nothing to get their way. We will pass more information if and when it comes out. Bring on the Walker and senate recall elections and elections in November. Republican majority coming.
Will anyone else in the main stream media report this story? not likely
UPDATE – There is a lot of speculation out there about the validity of this story. Not only does the person that wrote the story, Dr. Tim Nerenz, stand behind what he wrote but Wisconsin radio talk show host Vicki McKenna knows the lady this happened to and confirmed the story herself, which can be read on her facebook page. Both Dr. Nerenz and Vicki write that the victim wishes to remain anonymous and they are respecting her wishes. While I was very skeptical of this story, Dr. Nerenz is an honorable person that is above spreading baseless stories and Vick McKenna is a professional with a lot on the line when it comes to the stories she shares. I originally saw this on Justin Earl’s Common Sense Central page on Milwaukee radio 1130 WISN’s site and Justin, a 15 year veteran in the business, confirmed the story with Vicki personally. If Dr. Nerenz retracts his story, which he said he would do IF specific information is brought to him that disproves the event happened, or Vicki retracts hers, I will post the retraction(s) on this site.
The real shame in all this is the doubt that will linger because a police report has not been filed nor will the victim make herself public out of fear. When people have awful things happen to them, at the hands of others, simply because they hold a different opinion and are afraid to do what is necessary to bring legal justice because of the fear of retaliation, the thugs win and everyone else loses. I refuse to turn a blind eye to this because maybe, just maybe, if enough people show support to this victim she will feel safe enough to come forward and let justice be done. And if she chooses not to, at least she will know there are a lot of people who are here to support her regardless. Plus, now that everyone knows what happened, the people that did this will have to wake up every morning wondering if someone that knows what they did will turn them in.
Update March 30, 6:20 am
We are looking into information but as of right now the post “Farm Animals” at Moments of Clarity has been pulled. From correspondence I have seen and heard there is a police investigation but the victims might not want to press formal charges. I will not use the word intimidation but browbeating, coercion, cowing, daunting, demoralizing, frightening, scare tactics, terrorizing, threatening may or may not fit the situation. When more information comes in, we will update.
By Steve Pretegard. The consequences of your signature
In media, Wisconsin politics on March 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Whoever came up with the idea to put the Scott Walker recall petitions at IVerifytheRecall.com might be in line for some kind of journalism award.
If the website accomplished nothing else, it helped demonstrate the lack of knowledge within the state’s news media — or at least those caught signing the petition to recall Walker or one of the Republican state senators — about the state Open Records Law. (Which during my entire professional lifetime and at least a decade before that has been the sword journalists use to strike against those in state and local government who don’t want the public to know what they’re doing. The irony level is off the charts.)
It also may have demonstrated that either many people who work for media organizations haven’t read their employer’s code of ethics, or those media organizations haven’t explained their codes of ethics to their employees very well. (Journalism codes of ethics were devised out of the belief that journalism is a public endeavor, and out of the reality that journalism is the only line of work specifically protected by the First Amendment.)
Read more at the Preteblog on how someones signature really does mean something.
Steve Prestegard blogs over at the the Presteblog and writes for IBWisconsin.com
Coca-Cola buys into Michigan tourism campaign
GRAND RAPIDS — Giant bottles of Coke in front of Tahquamenon Falls and on Mackinac Island? Red Coke logos superimposed over Lake Superior and Michigan International Speedway?
That’s the look for new advertising unveiled Monday at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2012 in Grand Rapids.
The celebrated Pure Michigan campaign — its fresh, iconic scenes and simple music, invented in 2006 — is so hot that corporations want to link up with it.
Starting next month, Coca-Cola will spend $171,000 on billboards and radio buys, plus more on ad creation and ads plastered on its trucks, vending machines and in-store displays, said Travel Michigan spokesman Dave Lorenz. “This could be the start of a beautiful relationship,” said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan. “From our perspective we have been asked to dance with one of the most iconic brands in the world. It is a sign for the recognition for the brand, even outside the tourism category.”
Five of the six signed a petition on Nov. 15, 2011, the first day the documents were circulated, and just before an internal memo from State Journal editor John Smalley reminded staff members of the newspaper’s policy against such activity, based on a long-standing code of ethics.
“We were surprised and disappointed,” Smalley said of finding the staff members’ names by searching a database of signatures at iverifytherecall.com. “We apologize to our readers for the lapse in judgment by several staff members.”
Only one of the employees who signed a petition, chief photographer Steve Apps, is involved in news coverage. Three are imaging technicians who handle photo toning and graphics processing, and two are part-time sports clerks/writers.
UPDATED to reflect comments issued by WISC-TV after this report was first released.
By: Brian Sikma
A growing media flap is developing in Wisconsin as more members of the press and employees of news organizations are found to have signed recall petitions. The latest incident involves Rob Starbuck, a morning news anchor for WISC-TV, a CBS affiliate, in Madison. Starbuck and fellow WISC-TV employee Nan Roach appear to have signed petitions to force a recall of Governor Scott Walker.
Woman: Lotto giveaway was an accident
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 27 (UPI) — A million-dollar lottery winner in California who handed $100 to a stranger at a convenience store said she accidentally also gave him a $260,000 lotto ticket.
Emily Leech, who won a $1 million jackpot with a ticket she bought from the Liquor & Tobacco store in Mountain View in January, said she was aiming for an act of kindness when she handed $100 to a stranger in line behind her at the store prior to Friday’s Mega Millions drawing and she later realized she had also handed him her ticket, which later won $260,000, the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday.
Leach said the clerk at the store told her the man returned Saturday and said she had purchased the ticket for him.