• Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)

    [Cover Photo: mzv.cz ] In February 1990 Vaclav Havel , the Czech playwright, essayist, poet, philosopher, dissident, statesman and recently elected president of Czechoslovakia, addressed the United States Congress. Havel called upon the American leadership body to rise to a higher level. The brilliance of his words was that he did so in a way that spared(…)

  • Open Letter to (Interim) Michigan AD Jim Hackett

    [Photo Credit: Amanda Allen/Michigan Daily] Dear Mr. Hackett: If I ever get fired again I want a boss like you. Your press conference yesterday was exemplary. You were true to your word being fully respectful of Brady Hoke and his family. You were professional, eloquent, wise, kind, sincere and dignified. The University of Michigan is in(…)

  • Real Freedom

    [Photo Credit: Bengt Nyman] Freedom is the cornerstone of all that supposedly makes our country great. Yet freedom, as extolled by most, is an illusion. Real freedom only exists if one forfeits their G-d given unalienable rights and complies with government’s rules.

  • Do you want real change?

    [Photo Credit: voteharris.org] Do not vote for a Democrat or Republican in the 2016 election. Instead, listen to all of the candidates. Listen to the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the American Independent Party, the American Third Position Party, the Constitution Party, the Justice Party, the Reform Party USA. Listen to the(…)

  • Russell Brand on Democracy Now!

    For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken at Occupy Wall Street protests and marched with the hacker collective Anonymous. A recovering addict himself, Brand(…)

  • When Schlissel sounds like Harbaugh

    [Photo Credit: Malcolm Emmons, USA TODAY Sports] Coincidence? Jim Harbaugh, Stanford Coach, 2007: “…but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications.” Mark Schlissel, UMichigan President, 2014: “We admit students who aren’t as qualified, and it’s probably the kids that we admit(…)

  • The problem with Republicans

    [Photo Credit: nomadicpolitics.com] There’s a big difference between the two major political parties in the United States: Democrats don’t respect Republican policies; Republicans don’t respect—and even hate—anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Our country will never be great again so long as there is devision amongst us. Thinking Mitch McConnell, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are(…)

Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)

Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)
[Cover Photo: mzv.cz ]

In February 1990 Vaclav Havel , the Czech playwright, essayist, poet, philosopher, dissident, statesman and recently elected president of Czechoslovakia, addressed the United States Congress.

Havel called upon the American leadership body to rise to a higher level. The brilliance of his words was that he did so in a way that spared his audience criticism.

“Responsibility to something higher than my family, my country, my company, my success–responsibility to the order of being where all our actions are indelibly recorded and where and only where they will be properly judged. The interpreter or mediator between us and this higher authority is what is traditionally referred to as human conscience. If I subordinate my political behavior to this imperative, mediated to me by my conscience, I can’t go far wrong.”


Open Letter to (Interim) Michigan AD Jim Hackett

Open Letter to (Interim) Michigan AD Jim Hackett
[Photo Credit: Amanda Allen/Michigan Daily]

Dear Mr. Hackett:

If I ever get fired again I want a boss like you.

Your press conference yesterday was exemplary. You were true to your word being fully respectful of Brady Hoke and his family. You were professional, eloquent, wise, kind, sincere and dignified.

The University of Michigan is in good hands. I hope you stick around a while and see the school through this transition … and beyond.

Respectfully and Go Blue,

Robert M. Hamburger


Real Freedom

Real Freedom
[Photo Credit: Bengt Nyman]

Freedom is the cornerstone of all that supposedly makes our country great. Yet freedom, as extolled by most, is an illusion. Real freedom only exists if one forfeits their G-d given unalienable rights and complies with government’s rules.


Do you want real change?

Do you want real change?
[Photo Credit: voteharris.org]

Do not vote for a Democrat or Republican in the 2016 election. Instead, listen to all of the candidates. Listen to the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the American Independent Party, the American Third Position Party, the Constitution Party, the Justice Party, the Reform Party USA. Listen to the un-railroaded dialogue and then make a different choice.


Russell Brand on Democracy Now!

Russell Brand on Democracy Now!

For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken at Occupy Wall Street protests and marched with the hacker collective Anonymous. A recovering addict himself, Brand has also become a leading critic of Britain’s drug laws. He has just come out with a new book expanding on his critique of the political system. It is simply titled “Revolution.” CLICK HERE to watch the interview.


When Schlissel sounds like Harbaugh

When Schlissel sounds like Harbaugh
[Photo Credit: Malcolm Emmons, USA TODAY Sports]

Coincidence?

Jim Harbaugh, Stanford Coach, 2007: “…but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications.”

Mark Schlissel, UMichigan President, 2014: “We admit students who aren’t as qualified, and it’s probably the kids that we admit that can’t honestly, even with lots of help, do the amount of work and the quality of work it takes to make progression from year to year.”

 


The problem with Republicans

The problem with Republicans
[Photo Credit: nomadicpolitics.com]

There’s a big difference between the two major political parties in the United States: Democrats don’t respect Republican policies; Republicans don’t respect—and even hate—anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

Our country will never be great again so long as there is devision amongst us. Thinking Mitch McConnell, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are heroic men who are going to rescue America is delusional thinking.




Open Letter to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel

Open Letter to University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel
[Photo Credit: Wikipedia]

Dear Dr. Schlissel,

I have been a Michigan football fan from the time when I first walked into Michigan Stadium at the age of five. When attending UofM in the late seventies I never missed a game, and I’ve missed less than three dozen televised games in the last 30 years. As a well-informed fan I know the team and I know the program and I know that both are in trouble.

If I were in your shoes here’s what I would do:

1. Without delay fire Dave Brandon. The Michigan Athletic Department has become a Grand Central Station for public relations gaffes and both Brandon and his department have become an embarrassment to the university. Fire Brandon with cause and hire a top-notch law firm to renegotiate/void his $3 million buyout – a buyout he does not deserve.

2. Fire Brady Hoke, also without delay. Coach Hoke is in way over his head and has no business coaching a major college football program. Evidence is everywhere. Stop the bleeding! I used to say that Hoke was instilling mediocrity. No longer – the program is in complete disarray.

3. With a new athletic director in place and after a proper search, hire the best available coach in the nation. In the words of Greg Garno of the The Michigan Daily, “[Michigan] needs someone who can coach better than the guy across the field. They need someone who can bring a fresh idea and a new idea to a program so attached to its past.”

Though I am critical of both Brandon’s and Hoke’s job performances such is not the reason behind my suggesting their immediate firings. Neither is the latest debacle in East Lansing, or Coca-Cola/ticket-gate, or Shane-gate, or Stake-gate, or a 5-11 record in their last 16 games.

It is a matter of honor.

At the Monday press conference after the Minnesota loss Brady Hoke said Shane Morris hadn’t suffered a concussion and that he hadn’t spoken to his boss. At 1 a.m. on Tuesday Brandon sent out a press release and contradicted his coach, stating that Morris had suffered a “probable mild concussion” and that Brandon had been in constant communication with his head coach and everyone else involved.

One, if not both, “Michigan Men” have publicly lied.

The University of Michigan is the kind of institution that should demand better. I call on you restore order and dignity in Ann Arbor.

Sincerely,

Robert Hamburger