Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our March Forward

By Chris Taylor 

The thrill of marching down Pennsylvania Avenue last Saturday with 500,000 other people for basic human rights for women spurred my memory of the first march for women’s lives I ever attended. In 1989, I was a 21 year old college student marching at a time when protestors were physically blockading women’s health care clinics. Then, as now, I felt that we could change the world with the energy of the crowd. 

What I now realize decades later is that change doesn’t just come with marching, but with acting.  And the need to act is urgent.  Though individuals no longer blockade health center doors (but women seeking access to reproductive health services often face harassment), politicians here in Wisconsin, at the national level and in state legislatures around the country pass law after law that has the same effect—to deny women access to life-saving health care.  In the next several weeks, Paul Ryan will attempt to push through his bill to deny Medicaid patients the ability to seek birth control, cervical and breast cancer screenings and testing and treatment for STDs from Planned Parenthood.  No abortion services are provided with public funds.  Ryan’s measure will not only deny 6,000 individuals from his own district access to Planned Parenthood, but 50,000 patients throughout our state.

The Republican talking point is that other providers will step in.  But we need look no further than our own state to know that this is a lie.  When Governor Scott Walker in his first budget denied all state funds to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), five rural health care clinics in Shawano, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls, Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam closed, impacting thousands of Wisconsin women and men.  No other provider stepped in to provide the critical health services no longer available in these communities.  A recent Guardian article entitled “Healthcare without Planned Parenthood:  Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future,” details the devastating consequences, including spikes in sexually transmitted diseases, increased pregnancy rates, and a void in the availability of these health care services.  The only option now for these counties is to refer women to Planned Parenthoods in other counties. The question is how long these Planned Parenthood providers will be around if Paul Ryan and Scott Walker have their way.  

The reality is that PPWI is one of the few charity health care providers to underserved people. Over 54% of PPWI’s health centers are in health professional shortage areas, which are rural or medically underserved areas.   In 73% of the counties that PPWI serves, there is no provider who has the capacity to absorb PPWI’s patients.  And PPWI loses money on every single Medicaid patient they serve, a result few providers can, or are willing to, absorb. PPWI’s mission is not profit, but to serve patients.

This week, my Democratic colleagues and I sent letters to both Paul Ryan and Scott Walker calling on them to cease their efforts to deny public funds to Planned Parenthood.  These politicians shouldn’t be jeopardizing the life and health of Wisconsin men and women to score political points.  Without a massive public backlash against their efforts, that will be the result.  And women and families will suffer. 

Please take time this week to call Paul Ryan’s office at (202) 255-3031 and Scott Walker’s office at (608) 266-1212 to urge them to fund the life-saving patient care provided to thousands of Wisconsinites and patients throughout the country at Planned Parenthood.  Women’s health and lives depend upon it. 

Office of Representative Chris Taylor
PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 266-5342

Wisconsin's Feckless Weasels

In December 2015, Donald Trump first floated his idea of a Muslim immigration ban. Both Scott Walker, the recently failed presidential candidate, and Paul Ryan, came out sharply against it:
Walker, who abandoned his own presidential campaign in September, was in Chippewa Falls Tuesday, December 8th where he told WQOW-TV that the country’s founding principles are based on protecting religious liberties, so he disagrees with Trump’s proposal.

“I think we need to remember that our founding principles were based in part on protecting religious liberties, and so I disagree with him on that. I think we shouldn’t be distinguishing people based on their religious beliefs,” Walker said.


Trump’s rival Republican presidential candidates, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other leaders in the GOP, described Trump’s remarks as out of line, un-American and dangerous. Legal experts say the idea is both unconstitutional and unworkable.

Ryan kept up his criticism of the ban throughout the rest of the election:
"I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest. I don't think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country," the Wisconsin Republican said at a House GOP press conference. "I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test."
Unsurprisingly, Wisconsin's two leading feckless weasels are now squeaking another tune.

Walker broke a few days of silence to support that which he once opposed:
Walker had been silent on the ban issued Friday until his spokesman released a statement Monday afternoon. Walker says, "This is a safety issue. A resettlement program to help refugees is compassionate and one that I support, but we should ensure we are doing everything possible to put the safety of our citizens first."
Likewise, Ryan turned himself into a pretzel as only an invertebrate like him could:
But on Friday, Ryan voiced support for Trump's order announced this week, praising the president for taking the issue of immigration seriously.

“President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country,” the Speaker said.
Just so the gentle reader doesn't get whiplash trying to keep up with their morphing positions, don't be surprised if they flip flop once again, when their masters, the Koch Boyz, swat them on their snouts with a rolled up campaign donation.

The one thing that neither Walker or Ryan are feckless about is obeying the ones with the most money.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Why You Should Delete Uber

On Saturday night, in response to Trump's Nazi-esque ban on Muslim immigrants, the New York cabbies did a one hour work stoppage at the JFK airport. While it was just one hour, it was enough to cause a certain amount of pandemonium.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick decided to not honor the strike and sent in his drivers. When they experienced an immediate backlash for not respecting the basic human and civil rights being violated by the ban, he also angered the unions by not respecting the strike.

Uber tried to explain it all away by pointing out they didn't engage their price gouging practice due to the higher level of demand. Gee, how bigly of them.

Still feeling the heat, Uber came out with even more bigly moves to try to control the self-inflicted damage:
So it’s important that as a community that we do everything we can to help these drivers. Here’s what Uber will do:

- Provide 24/7 legal support for drivers who are trying to get back into the country. Our lawyers and immigration experts will be on call 24/7 to help.
- Compensate drivers for their lost earnings. This will help them support their families and put food on the table while they are banned from the US;
- Urge the government to reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel - whatever their country of origin - immediately;
- Create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services.
Now, being the union thug that I am, my first suggestion would be to honor the strike and cool your heels. Failing that, I would have suggested using the public transit system, but they would probably be honoring the strike, which goes back to cooling your heels. It's only an hour, for crying out loud.

Now, I know some people might be thinking, "So what if they violated the strike, it was only an hour. And so what if they don't have any respect for human rights, civil rights or even the Constitution, I still have to get to the club/gym/mall/whatever. Why should I stop using Uber? They did try to make things right."

Well, if the gentle reader just so happens to be one of those people, let me make it easier for you.

Kalanick is a big Trump guy and has even joined Trump's administration as an economic advisor. If you're going to spend your hard earned money for a ride, do you really want it going to supporting Trump's fascist agenda?

Being the union thug that I am, my first suggestion would be to use the public transit system. Bus drivers are unionized and it will help the community because increased ridership means increased funding.

If for some reason, one just can't use public transit, might I point out that the founders of Lyft took an entirely different approach to Trump's Naziism? They not only issued a strongly worded condemnation of Trump's actions but also pledged $1 million to the ACLU who is fighting it in court and winning.
If I had to spend money on a ride, I'd rather it going to the people fighting fascism and not those supporting it.

Whatever your reasoning is, please, just do the right thing and delete uber off your phone and do it now.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

WISGOP Adds Honesty To Website

Once in a while, accidents do happen, such as when the Wisconsin GOP updated their website, adding a little bit of honesty to it and accurately reflecting the environment they are trying to create in the state and nationwide. But since I don't see it lasting long, here is an actual, unedited screencap of it:

They missed on the shirt color but otherwise they got it spot on.

The Disappearance of Paul Ryan

By Jeff Simpson

The 2016 version of Paul Ryan (R-Jellyfish) in responding to The Donalds perpetual attacking of the Khans a Gold Star family who lost their son fighting for America(emphasis mine)!

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement:
“America's greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it. As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it. Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice—and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan—should always be honored. Period.”

The 2017 version of Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.), when The Donald instituted an Anti-American, Unconstitutional, partial Muslim ban via executive order:

 By the way today is Paul's Birthday and this tweet summed up exactly how I feel about Mr. Ryan!

If you would like to let Mr. Ryan know about how you feel about him and his radio silence on the Unconstitutional activities of The Donald:

 Janesville office
20 South Main Street, Suite 10 
Janesville, WI 53545
Toll-Free: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)
Phone: (608) 752-4050 
Fax: (608) 752-4711 -  


Scott Walker - Captain Chaos

By Jeff Simpson

In yet another stop in the "Wisconsin Taxpayers pay for Scott Walker to do anything but actually govern" tour, Scott Walker spent the day at the White House!

On the day of the incredibly UnAmerican partial Muslim ban, Scott Walker spent the day in the White House Celebrating with The Donald and the other guy who is Vice President and I can never seem to remember his name!

When you spend your day posing a religious test on certain people in this world, what else is there to do but celebrate and take pictures marking this momentous day!

The stupidity of the "ban" and its complex far-reaching dire consequences are for another post another day.  I just want to point out that wherever Scott Walker seems to turn up, chaos follows!

As Scott Walker was sitting in the White House discussing how poorly Muslim Countries treat women with family values "Christians" Newt Gingrich and the other guy:

This was happening just down the road at Dulles Airport:

Your not a leader if all you do is create chaos!

By the way- Winner for best sign at the Protests!

Caption This - White House Edition

By Jeff Simpson

This picture shows what we all know, no matter what chair he sits in, Scott Walker is such an empty shell that he needs someone to constantly be telling him what to do.   I wonder if Tonette has to order for him in a restaurant?

Your turn - Caption this!  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Paul Ryan - Human Jellyfish

By Jeff Simpson

Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.) was Captain Constitution every time President Obama signed an executive order:

Top House Republicans slammed President Obama’s embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president’s freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult.
“We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told ABC. “Executive orders are one thing, but executive orders that actually change the statute, that's totally different.”
Now that The Donald has somehow been elected to the Presidency, he is in a fever pitch to sign as many executive orders as he can.  Captain Constitution Paul Ryan's response:

Opps, sorry that was supposed to be off the record.

 Here is his official response:

No wonder Paul Ryan made an appearance on Wikipedia (under invertebrates):

Which is why Charley Pierce, blogger extraordinaire calls Paul The Biggest Fake Ever!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lock Her Up!!


By Jeff Simpson

No! I do not mean KellyAnne Conway, for using a private RNC email system while in the White House.  Unsecured private emails being hacked was a worry of 2016, in 2017, we no longer have to worry about Russian hackers(they have too good of friends in the White House to hack their emails).

No!  I do not mean Deborah Jordahl.   That poor lady has suffered enough.  All she wanted to do was cash in for her clients with our Government and not be held accountable for anything or transparent about anything.   Then the crazy Dems had to go ahead and ruin it by actually thinking that our public servants needed to operate out in the open.  Ms. Jordahl does not need to be prosecuted she is already sentenced to living in a half million dollar house in Middleton.   The horrors.  

No I don't mean Kelly Rindfleisch, she is already locked up!

I am talking about any woman who has an abortion(no matter what) and any healthcare provider who helps perform the procedure!

A Republican lawmaker in Texas who proposed a bill that would criminalize abortion said the policy would force women to be “more personally responsible” for their sexual behavior.
“Right now, it’s real easy,” State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) told the Texas Observer. “Right now, they don’t make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of ‘oh, I can just go get an abortion.’ Now, we both know that consenting adults don’t always think smartly sometimes. But consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that they’re gonna have, which is a child.”
Tinderholt’s bill, the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, would ban abortion at every stage of pregnancy and amend the state’s penal code to allow women and providers to be charged with murder for the procedure. The bill has no exceptions for rape or incest, because Tinderhold said he doesn’t think “there should be any exceptions to murder, no matter what.” 

Yes this is Texas, but we all know that there are organizations that drive GOP controlled State Legislatures and when one state gets going on a bill like this, there are others that try and out crazy their peers (see Bill, Bathroom).  How long until Jesse Kremer tries to one up him?

Elections have consequences!   When people put Republicans in charge because Democrats "need a safe space" or numerous other ridiculous reasons, then we must be prepared to live under the rule of the people we put in office.  

My best suggestion at this point, is try and move close to a prison so you can visit the people you know who have had an abortion or might need one in the future.  

I also look forward to our society in a few years when children of incest, who were not allowed to be aborted, start growing into adulthood!  

Here is a clip from that future!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Betsy DeVos & Ron Johnson

By Jeff Simpson 

While The DOnalds Cabinet picks are starting to get confirmed, his pick for Education Secretary, Billionaire wife Betsy DeVos's confirmation vote has been delayed.   She put on an incredibly embarrassing performance in her original confirmation hearing and The GOP who are going to push her through need some more time between this performance:

and the vote hoping the short attention span the American public has allows them to forget how supremely unqualified Mrs. DeVos is.    Apparently marrying into the pyramid scheme(Amway) family, does not necessarily make one qualified.  Saying "I do" to the son of a con man does not add to your education.  

Ms. Devos, knowing her approval was hanging by a thread, decided to double down.   As Secretary of the Department of Education, she will not rule out defunding public education!!  

DeVos refused to promise that she would not privatize or strip funding from the public schools she would oversee if confirmed.
Asked bluntly by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington whether she would commit to keeping funding for public schools intact, DeVos dodged the question.
"I look forward, if confirmed, to working with you to talk about how we address the needs of all parents and all students," she said. "We acknowledge today that not all schools are working for the students that are assigned to them, and I'm hopeful that we can work together to find common ground and ways that we can solve those issues and empower parents to make choices on behalf of their children that are right for them."
"I take that as not be willing to commit to not privatizing public schools or cutting money from education," Murray replied.
"I guess I wouldn't characterize it in that way," DeVos said.

This being said, and being a public education advocate, I called my two Senators asking them to vote no on Mrs. D.    

Tammy Baldwin  
30 West Mifflin Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 264-5338    

Senator Baldwin has vowed to represent the people of WIsconsin and vote no on Betsy!   

Senator Ron Johnson
517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 408
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 276-7282
Fax: (414) 276-7284

I emailed and called Senator Johnson and this is the response I received:

Dear Mr. Simpson,
Thank you for contacting me about your concerns with the president-elect’s choices for his staff and cabinet.
The Constitution gives the president the power to appoint principal officers “by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.” The Constitution also allows Congress to let the president fill lesser offices without needing to obtain the Senate’s advice and consent.
I take the Senate's advice-and-consent duty very seriously because appointed individuals are entrusted with a great deal of power in their respective roles.   The right of the Senate to confirm high level executive nominations and judicial appointments is one of the most important checks the legislative branch has on the executive branch. At the same time, a president should be given latitude in making his appointments.
I think we should give the president-elect and his administration the chance to start governing. Then we, the people, can pass judgment on what the administration actually is doing rather than having to speculate on possible actions or policies. I am fully aware of the importance of filling positions within the judicial and executive branches and will work cooperatively with any administration in its efforts to appoint high-quality individuals. 
Thank you again for contacting my office. It is very helpful to hear the views of the constituents I serve. To date, my office has received more than 2,000,000 letters, emails and phone calls. My mission is to provide information to as many people as possible concerning the enormous financial and cultural challenges facing America. 

Please see my website at www.ronjohnson.senate.gov for additional information. It is an honor representing you and all the people of Wisconsin.

Ron Johnson
United States Senator

I can promise you, if you vote for Ms. DeVos as Education Secretary, you are in no way representing me or my family.  

My question for the rest of the people in Wisconsin, please just try and picture your local community without the local schools.    Picture it objectively and deeply/.  Where would the kids go to school?  Where would the local civic pride come from?   How much would the value of your house be without a local school?     

Wisconsin, you sent RoJo back to the Senate. It is time to make him represent the people of WI and not the special interest and bitter party politics he has gotten so comfortable with!  

Please call him today and tell him no on DeVos!  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Donalds Massive Ego & Alternate Reality

By Jeff Simpson

We are going on Day 5 of the Donald's Presidency.  Technically, it is day three because after his swearing in ceremony, he took the next two days off.  Completely ignoring your wife is tiring.

I will say though, The Donald did take time away from his Saturday off day, to let us know that the crowd at his inauguration was YUGE!

The speech that he interrupted his Saturday morning cartoon watching to give, he delivered at CIA Headquarters.  During his speech, he was cheered roundly, and while people were wondering why the CIA, who has linked the Donald to Russia,and Vlad Putin, would cheer the President during a speech, it turns out that now that he has unlimited taxpayer money, The Donald travels with his own cheering section.  Seriously!

Who needs to validation so badly that they need to travel with their own cheering section?

Wait!  There is more.

The incredibly important topic that The Donald needed to spend his first morning off discussing, was the incredibly important topic of ISIS, jobs, the storms battering the US, The official title of Star Wars Episode VIII, his Cabinet Appointments ?  No to none of those minor issues.  There was a much more important issue on The Donald's mind - the size of his inauguration crowd.

We know from experience that The Donald likes to exaggerate the size of things, now he has to make sure that everyone knows that his inauguration was the biglyest inauguration ever.  The Donald always has the best things believe me.

Of course in order to believe that we have to suspend reality!

Maybe the answer to surviving the next 4 years is to suspend reality.   The Donald seems to have done so already! In all aspects of his life. 

Forget the popcorn, I am collecting Spam and bottled water.

shauna ‏@goldengateblond  Jan 20
when camera angles matter

Despite all of the bluster of holding press conferences to yell at reporters and let them know what a big man you are, the one thing that went virtually unnoticed might have been the scariest of all.

One of the Donald's first acts as President of the United States, was to declare the day a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion". I wish I was making this up, but this stuff is straight out of a Dinesh D'Souza movie.

Where have we heard of an overbearing of national power being a problem before?


Monday, January 23, 2017

Wisconsin Watchdog Is On The Case

By Jeff Simpson

The Bradley Funded Wisconsin Reporter I mean Wisconsin Watchdog (Ruff Ruff), did some hard hitting journalism this weekend.   In order to try and minimize the impact of the Women's march on Saturday(which is probably the largest march in history), they had "reporters" (term used loosely) all over and this Tweet was the hardest hitting thing they could find.


You can not make this stuff up!   Our friends on the right even get upset when we clean up our messes.  

Let's hope that someday they clean up the mess of this state and the country that they are leaving us!

PS:  Matt let me help you with that one:

  1. 1:  forming or consisting of a large mass:a :  bulky <massive furniture>b :  weightyheavy <massive walls> <a massive volume>c :  impressively large or ponderous <stars more massive than the sun>d :  having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure <massivesandstone>
  2. 2a :  large, solid, or heavy in structure <massive jaw>b :  large in scope or degree <the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive — David Halberstam>c (1) :  large in comparison to what is typical <a massive dose of penicillin> (2) :  being extensive and severe <massive hemorrhage> (3) :  imposing in excellence or grandeur <massive simplicity> <the most massive American dramatist of his time — Newsweek>
  3. 3.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

School Visit to the "ARCTIC Zone" Prompts Thinking Anew about Education

By Kathleen Vinehout

Two six-graders recently showed me around their classrooms. Desks were not in straight rows. Students were not waiting their turn with raised hands. I looked around the room. There actually were no desks at all, but tables and different types of chairs.

One student was actually writing on a table with a red marker. I must have looked aghast. The table was designed to be written on, teacher Ali McMahon told me. “We use the table as a way to think out complex ideas,” she said. With a white board tabletop everyone sees the ideas and adds to them.

I recently visited Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire. 

My first contact with students and teacher at the school was in the hallway. They were sitting on the floor with a globe and a basketball. 

“Our basketball is an awfully small sun,” the teacher told me.

The lesson was about the solar system. The students in a darkened classroom were a-buzz with activity, learning by doing with lights, with balls and with IPads. 

The excitement in the room was palpable. Students were eager to share what they learned. How they saw the full moon the night before and, using a light and a Styrofoam ball, showed me the phases of the moon. “Imagine me as the earth,” one youngster joked.

The Northstar students are known as the Polars – their mascot is the polar bear. Therefore, it was only fitting the teacher and the students are part of the ARCTIC Zone. 

ARCTIC (Authentic Real-world Curriculum & Technology-Infused Classroom) is part of an inventive approach to education in the Eau Claire School District. 

The approach, Principal Timothy Skutley explained to me, is an innovative way to teach sixth graders. Originating with the school board’s Learning Environments and Partnerships Committee (LEAP) and begun this fall, the ARCTIC Zone breaks down barriers for learning. Math, science and reading comprehension might all be learned in the same lesson. 

The “soft” skills – collaboration, self-motivation, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication – are learned in an environment where students set goals, learn at their own pace, and work with others to achieve. 

Students stay on track with many different methods of assessment built into their school day. For example, “must-dos” are tasks that must be accomplished. Short assessments follow on-line “lessons”. Each student keeps track of his or her progress in an on-line system.

“We seek to balance innovation and accountability,” Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck, Eau Claire’s Superintendent, explained. 

Innovation is happening in more than just the ARCTIC zone. I visited the Career and Technical Education Lab. What was called “shop” in my school days has evolved into a laboratory of discovery. Students were learning physics, applied mathematics, materials science and engineering all at the same time. Best yet, they were working with their hands to create something new. I had heard about a 3-D printer. Now I saw two in action. 

Students and teachers, school leaders and community members are reimagining public education. And they are bringing legislators along to see what a reimagined, reengineered learning environment looks like.

Lawmakers were invited by Mike Haynes of CESA 10 to view Most Likely to Succeed a documentary encouraging innovation in education.

Our education system is a product of history. Much of what us “oldsters” learned came about in an effort to train 20th-century workers for 20th-century jobs.

However, the world has changed. “Just Google it” has become part of our vernacular when we need to search for answers to questions. Technology dominates much of our activities.

What a 21st century world needs is people who can think critically, evaluate and communicate, who can work together to create something new. We need outside-the-box doers to tackle increasingly complex problems and to be intrinsically motivated to persist in problem solving. And we need life-long learners who view education as fun and worthwhile.

I’m enthusiastic about reimagining education. Rep. Kathy Bernier and I are planning to bring Most Likely to Succeed to the Capitol to view with our legislative colleagues. 

Wisconsin needs a vision of what a reimagined education system might look like and how we might take steps to achieve it. Let’s begin such a discussion.

David Clarke - Coward Of Milwaukee County

By Jeff Simpson

On a recent flight, from Dallas to Milwaukee, Riverwest resident, and 24 year old videographer Dan Black, saw Sheriff David Clarke on his flight from Dallas back to Milwaukee.  As Mr. Black posted on Facebook:

Dan BlackJanuary 15 at 3:29pmJust got off a flight from Dallas, our wonderful Sheriff Clarke was on the flight. I couldn't tell if it was him because he was decked out in all Cowboys gear, so I asked. When he responded yes, I shook my head at him and moved on. From behind me he asked if I "had a problem" and I shook my head no again. When we landed at Mitchell International I had a welcoming party of about six cops and drug/bomb dogs who questioned me for about fifteen minutes before escorting me out. Just posting to let y'all know be careful around our Sheriff, he needs to be in a safe space at all times.
Mr. Black was returning from a wedding he attended in Dallas and Sheriff Clarke was returning, to repack his bags and head to DC because the idea of actually working is foreign to the Sheriff.   However, the one thing Sheriff Dave does well is use county resources for his own gain.

A constituent asks a public official his name and then shakes his head,  This pisses off the public official so badly that he phones ahead (on his public paid for cell phone), and has six deputies and two police dogs meet Mr, Black on landing and escort him out of the airport,

While Sheriff Cowboy Hat has yet to respond to the fact that four people(including a newborn all you pro lifers), he responded almost immediately to Mr. Black, who filed an harassment complaint with the county:

Sheriff Clarke commented on complaint sent to the media:Next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out. The Sheriff said he does not have to wait for some goof to assault him. He reserves the reasonable right to pre-empt a possible assault.
The complaint can be found here!

The elected Sheriff of the biggest county in Wisconsin, has publicly stated that he lives life by the Bush Doctrine(attack before you get attacked).   We are awaiting with baited breath if the Fox News Sheriff thinks that same standard should apply to everyone in our society or just him?   If we all are allowed to "knock-out" some "goof" before he attacks us?  If so, Scott Walker better not go out in public!

As our faithful readers know, there's more , there is always more!

Sheriff blow hard, did not just stop at using Milwaukee County Resources to harass a constituent, then use more resources to verbally attack him for filing a complaint, but had to use even more resources to continually taunt him.

The perpetually absent Sheriff's office(you know one in which everyone is paid by taxpayer money) posted this on their Facebook page:

Sheriff Clarke regrets that he cannot attend this juvenile, leftist, anti-cop tantrum. He is pleased that he has their attention however.
The Sheriff is in Washigton to witness the swearing in of our next President Donald J. Trump as we embark on a mission to MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

FOX6 continues to be snookered into fake news. Milwaukee deserves better.

Sheriff Snowflake basically not only threatens someone's life (if someone posted this exact same thing about a public official they would rightly expect a visit from the police or the secret service,

If a high school student posted this about their principal or a teacher, they would be suspended(rightly so).

Not only that, with the divide in this country, and the rabidness of the far right, this is basically sending a hint to his supporters who this guy is and if I were Mr. Black I would fear for my safety.

But wait there is even more!

On the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Office Facebook page has this as their description:

Government Organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
They also have this as their profile picture:

Yes that is the Gadsden Flag Trumping the flag of the United States of America!  How UnAmerican.

 The last time I heard about the Gadsden flag, some far right lunatics were throwing it on the bodies of the cops they had just shot in the back. Nice graphics.

Milwaukee County, this is your Sheriff who is immature, childish and downright dangerous and expensive for the people in Wisconsin.  Dave has one priority, to make anyone who pay who criticizes him and proves time and time again he is incredibly unfit for office.

The question is what are you going to do about it?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Walker Finally Pays Off Presidential Campaign Debt*

Good news!*

Scott Walker has finally, at long last, paid off his presidential campaign debt*. And it only took him sixteen months since he ended his short-lived, Quixotic bid.

Walker tried everything he could think of to raise that money. He begged for it. He sold his unwanted t-shirts and other campaign gear at bargain basement prices. He used every con he could think of. He even had other failed politicians, like Ted Cruz, begging for him.

But none of that worked. So what did Walker do to end his debt?*

He sold out his donors to the highest bidders:
In 2016, Walker brought in more than $823,000 by selling his donor list to other GOP candidates such as U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Ben Carson, the nominee to serve as U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, Federal Elections Commission records show. His massive list of contributors was marketed aggressively for him by Granite Lists of Dublin, N.H.

The firm trumpeted the massive Walker list on its website as a "great test for conservative candidates, organizations, and anti-union causes" — a reference to the governor's signature law repealing most collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin.

"One of the hottest donor lists to hit the market in years, the Walker for President list is made up of current Republican donors who are not content to sit on the sidelines. They are committed, generous, and sick and tired of the status quo. Actively engaged, they are motivated by the Republican principles of limited government and reform. This highly coveted list is as current as it gets," the website says.

In October alone, Walker pulled in more than $220,000 from Granite Lists' sales of his donor database. An employee of Granite Lists said the firm's founder, Stephen Meyers, was traveling and unavailable for comment.

Walker's campaign had no comment on the sales of the donor list or whether the governor had sold his list to President-elect Donald Trump. But the website Politico reported a year ago that some of these list sales were deals in which candidates using Walker's list to raise money were splitting the cash with him.
For the poor saps that gave him money, finding themselves bombarded with fundraising emails by right politicians at all levels and from all corners of the country must've been a rude awakening. No one wants an inbox full of spam.

Ah, but as the gentle reader knows, with all things Walker, there's more. There's always more.

Not only did Walker sell out his donors, he took a page from his buddy, Donald Trump, and shorted a lot of the vendors that were waiting for him to pay his bills:
In all, the 10 vendors were owed $374,100, but accepted payment of $333,500:

* Tusk Productions accepted a $3,800 cut.

* Superior Strategies accepted a $5,100 cut.

* Shirley and Banister Public Affairs accepted a $1,600 cut.

* Sharp Politics accepted a $6,000 cut.

* Prospect Strategic Communications accepted a $3,200 cut.

* Maverick Finance accepted a $1,000 cut.

* Maseng Communications accepted a $2,500 cut.

* Just Win Strategies accepted a $5,000 cut.

* Ground Game Strategies accepted a $2,500 cut.

* Drucker Lawhon accepted a $10,000 cut.
But guess what, there'e even more!

Walker also sold his endorsement for the highly unqualified Betsy DeVos to privatize the nation's schools:
Federal Election Commission records show that last year nine members of the DeVos family gave the maximum $2,700 donation apiece — more than $24,000 in all — to help pay down the campaign debt left over after Walker ended his GOP primary bid for president in September 2015.
For the DeVos family to spend that much money for an endorsement from somebody like Walker really shows how unqualified she is.

Now all Walker has to do his pay off his tens of thousands of dollars of personal debt and resolve the millions the state owes to creditors he's been stiffing.

*No, not really