There are several histories floating around on the origins of “Herky,” but it appears that the current version of the Herky was based on a design that incorporated a famous Iowa wrestler and the cartoon character Mighty Mouse. (Yes, really!) There were technical issues with the costumed Herky including a fiberglass head that weighed 30 pounds and cracked all the time, so the University decided to “update” Herky with a carbon fiber head and an little more aggressive look. (seen above.)
Incredibly, that look now has upset a professor at the university.
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at UI, wrote recently in an email to UI athletic department officials. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community.”
The email was included in a message Oral sent Tuesday morning to other members of the UI Faculty Senate, where she is one of the representatives from the UI Carver College of Medicine.
Last week, we wrote a post called “Cocoa Beach: Dear Tim, We Can Help You With Your Confusion,” in which we talked about the many issues and the lack of understanding of the law by Mayor Tumulty. We also talked a little about Tumulty’s lack of logic and his willingness to ignore the laws and procedures that were broken in the Ocean Dunes Condo variance issue.
Amongst the comments was a comment from Cocoa Beach resident and Tim Tumulty supporter Bill Geiger Jr. We took the time to respond to Mr. Geiger and hopefully addressed the issues he raised even though most were rather non-nonsensical and based on “perceptions” and not facts.
We missed a couple of things and are going to respond to them in a moment, but first, Geiger has been busy in his support of Tumulty. Geiger wrote a letter to the editor of the Florida Today newspaper in which he extolled the “virtues” of Tumulty and attacked Tumulty’s opponent, Tom Goodson.
I want to offer a response to Bill Geiger’s letter in the Aug. 23 edition of FLORIDA TODAY. I’m sorry I haven’t had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Geiger in person at the hob nobs and forums during this campaign. We must have just missed each other, as I have attended all but one, and that, unfortunately, was due to medical reasons.
I grew up in Brevard County, attended Brevard public schools, graduated from Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College), then graduated from FSU. Thirty years ago I started my business, Goodson Paving, in District 51. We now own two other successful businesses in the district and employ over 50 people. My wife just retired from Brevard Public Schools after teaching for 30 years. The term “carpetbagger” is clearly a false characterization.
I was proud to support the appropriation of $86 million for cleanup of the Indian River Lagoon. Until several weeks ago, the federal government was holding this project up due to permitting issues. Congressman Bill Posey has worked diligently to move the process along, and we owe him our thanks for that, but, due to the protection of the manatees, we can only de-muck for four months out of the year. I am wholeheartedly committed to working toward the comprehensive, long-term funding mechanism that includes all counties along the river that we need. (more…)
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handles cases from the Eastern District of Kentucky, the Western District of Kentucky, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan, the Northern District of Ohio, the Southern District of Ohio, the Eastern District of Tennessee, the Middle District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. Those districts matter because of a case the Court recently decided called “Does, et al. v. Snyder, et al.”
(Snyder is the Governor of Michigan.)
Like many states, Michigan has a sex offender registration law that requires people convicted of sexual crimes to register in a public access database and observe certain restrictions to their lives.
Like many states, Michigan has amended its Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) on a number of occasions in recent years for the professed purpose of making Michigan communities safer and aiding law enforcement in the task of bringing recidivists to justice. Thus, what began in 1994 as a non-public registry maintained solely for law enforcement use, has grown into a byzantine code governing in minute detail the lives of the state’s sex offenders. Over the first decade or so of SORA’s existence, most of the changes centered on the role played by the registry itself. In 1999, for example, the legislature added the requirement that sex offenders register in person (either quarterly or annually, depending on the offense) and made the registry available online, providing the public with a list of all registered sex offenders’ names, addresses, biometric data, and, since 2004, photographs.
Michigan began taking a more aggressive tack in 2006, however, when it amended SORA to prohibit registrants (with a few exceptions,) from living, working, or “loitering”1 within 1,000 feet of a school. In 2011, the legislature added the requirement that registrants be divided into three tiers, which ostensibly correlate to current dangerousness, but which are based, not on individual assessments, but solely on the crime of conviction. The 2011 amendments also require all registrants to appear in person “immediately” to update information such as new vehicles or “internet identifiers” (e.g., a new email account). Amendments apply retroactively to all who were required to register under SORA. Violations carry heavy criminal penalties. (internal citations omitted by us)
Michigan divides its compliance regulations based upon the severity of the crime committed: (more…)
Since we cover mostly Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach here on Raised on Hoecakes, we thought it might be interesting to post who has qualified and is running for local (Commission and Council) positions in those two cities.
Yesterday we were sitting here at the worldwide headquarters of Raised on Hoecakes when we received an email from Kim Cone of the AVET Project asking us to remove their link from our blogroll on the right side of the blog’s pages.
Cone had received “messages and emails” that we had linked the AVET Project on the blogroll. Cone’s concern is that they don’t want the AVET Project to be “political.”
We don’t want that either. Veterans’ issues are something that should cross political lines. They are something that no matter where you stand in the political spectrum, you should support military veterans.
That is why whenever we wrote about the AVET Project, we wrote about them holding a fundraiser or another such event. When there was a controversy with the Wounded Warrior Project “charity,” we wrote and said:
The problem with doing stories like this and posting them on Raised on Hoecakes is that it can paint all charities – especially all military charities – in a negative light. It almost makes you think that there are no military charities out there who talk the talk and walk the walk.
Here in our back yard of Brevard County, Florida there is such a military charity that does things right. It can even be said they do things “more than right.”