Friday, October 27, 2017

David DeGroot's Deceit

By Jeff Simpson 

We have posted before about the happenings in Mount (UN)Pleasant.  A local resident showed up to talk at a local Board meeting, Dave DeGroot spent a few minutes degrading her and dressing her down like a child, to let her know he was in charge.  

It was so ridiculous that Mr, DeGroot was censured by his own board.  DeGroot, proved that he can not open his mouth without inserting his foot.  

DeGroot attempted to vote against his own censure, forcing a 3 to 3 tie. But he was stopped by Feest and a village attorney who said the trustee being voted on can’t participate in the vote on their own censure.

Yes you read that right!  The Village President, tried to vote against his own censure(not the onion).   How can someone run a city who is that clueless about simple standard procedures?  

Its like Matt Groenig was basing this scene on David DeGroot himself:

Maybe Mr. DeGroot should take a lesson from Stan Lee and talk like his distant cousin:

Village President Dave DeGroot tried to bully a fellow citizen and wass thoroughly shamed for doing so.  

What do southeastern WI Republicans do when they get exposed and shamed?    

Why make an anonymous hate website of course.  We dealt with it with the Gnatsies(knot my wisconsin) cowards and now Kelly Gallaher is the subject of one.  

Here is one of the typical lines from this ridiculous site: 

I am so sorry I missed the meeting but I did listen to it. Did I hear correctly that Kelly used public comment to talk about her personal issues and not Village issues? Does a Village have the power to control free speech?
Must be a strict Constitutionalist.   

Whats even funnier, one of the Village Trustees is promoting this hate website on her facebook page as:

Trustee Anna Marie Clausen shared their post.May 20Trustee Anna Marie Clausen
May 20
To keep up-to-date on what's happening in Mount Pleasant, check out the new blog -

Say whaaaaaaaaa?  Keep up to date on what's happening in Mount Pleasant?  Let me help you with some more highlights from that "new" blog -  

Maybe it is about time Kelly G makes a Career Change as a Community Activist/Public Figure and finds something better to do with her time.
Here are some ideas of how she could become more productive than being a Community Activist/Public Figure.
8. Organize a Holiday Parade and invite the local Republican Politicians to Participate. It would be an opportunity to see they really are nice people and care about the community
9. Work on Governor Walkers Reelection Campaign – Less Stressful since he will Win Big!
10. Work on President Trumps Reelection Campaign – Less Stressful especially if Hillary Runs Again!  

Thanks Anna, who would want to miss that happening in Mount Pleasant? 

Its a coward that runs it but even Anna lets the cat out of the bag -  

Trustee Anna Marie Clausen I don't know who specifically does this but it is someone in DeGroot's camp.

So David DeGroot is a coward, who is not only incredibly dumb, but also very immature.   

You may ask yourself, why would I/We care what is going on in Mount Podunk? 

There are $3 Billion answers to that!  

See the clusterf^%*k that is Foxconn has chosen Mount (UN)Pleasant to build their super duper big factory (suicide nets optional), and this blockhead will have an effect on our $3 billion dollars.   

Then it dawns on me that Terry Gau has fleeced worked with a crew that includes the four half-wit horsemen - The Donald, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan and I realize now why he picked Mount Pleasant and dimwit DeGroot.    

Deal with Mome's and you can make more (taxpayer) money!   

PS:  Have something to say to Mr. DeGroot?

Village Board of Trustees
Title: Village President
Phone: 262-822-4349

WEDC's History Raises Concerns About State's Ability to Oversee Foxconn Deal

By Kathleen Vinehout 

"Can you find out the nuclear flaw in the Foxconn deal?” a woman asked me. She was referring to words leaked out of secret negotiations between the state and a Taiwanese billionaire.

Lawmakers, who recently voted in favor of the Foxconn deal, did so without seeing any contract. They put faith in a state operation known as Wisconsin Economic Development (WEDC).

Despite being paid for entirely with public funds, the $3 billion contract with Foxconn is not public. Nor do lawmakers who approved the plan know what problems exist in the draft contract. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. Lawmakers and the public cannot see the details and are asked to trust WEDC negotiating the deal and later overseeing the Foxconn’s compliance.

But is WEDC worthy of our trust?

For years, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) reported concerns about WEDC’s administration and oversight of economic development programs.

In 2013, nearly two years after WEDC was created, auditors could not report on state dollars spent by WEDC because their financial and accounting systems were not adequate. Members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee learned spending was tracked largely by credit card statements. To remedy this serious problem, legislators passed a new law that included an independent audit of all WEDC financial statements. Financial statement preparation should be basic for any state agency.

At an October 2013 Audit Committee public hearing, WEDC leaders promised they had complied with all the LAB recommendations. However, a year later, auditors reported many problems related to basic operations and the tracking of money. For example, auditors found some spending not recorded in the accounting system and found past due loans that were missing.
By 2015, auditors discovered a larger than necessary cash balance at WEDC. By the end of June 2015, WEDC had accumulated in excess of $85 million as reported in a 2017 audit.

Losing loans and not properly accounting for internal expenses are problems associated with the operation of a troubled agency. But the problems WEDC could encounter in overseeing a large project like Foxconn are related to the independent evaluation of the company’s promises compared to their actual records.

Four years after WEDC was established auditors finally could report that WEDC made ANY effort to obtain information about jobs were actually created. However, further review by auditors showed the attempts made by WEDC only compared a company’s own promises to report and the reports a company itself filed. WEDC made no effort to verify the information submitted.

In its most recent audit, the LAB reported WEDC paid an outside consultant $24,900 to do the work they were required to do since their existence in 2011. Auditors found concerns including that the contractor’s work was limited and did not include grants.

In the LAB’s own evaluation of completed economic development projects, auditors’ findings included: companies gave money for job creation without any contract requiring such, companies quitting before the end of their contract period without delivering promised jobs, contracts to create jobs were written with no specific number of jobs to be created, WEDC forgave loans even though the company created or retained a lower number of jobs than required, and WEDC counting twice the number of jobs created by a company.

If Wisconsin taxpayers cannot be confident after seven years and the investment of hundreds of millions of state dollars that promised jobs were created, how can we possibly be confident WEDC can negotiate and oversee a $3 billion contract?

No local government would ever agree to spend money without seeing a contract. No banker would agree to loan funds without a contract. No businessperson would ever commit funds without a contract.

Lawmakers bought a pig in a poke – an unknown deal.

WEDC has not earned lawmakers trust, nor that of the public. Lawmakers can and should do more to oversee this project. 

Scott Walker Fails The Children At Lincoln Hills

By Tony Evers

MADISON – Yesterday, while visiting Rhinelander, Governor Scott Walker was asked about Lincoln Hills, the state’s juvenile prison that has been under federal investigation for nearly three years, and claimed that Administration was doing “everything in our power” to ensure staff and juveniles are safe. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Schools and Democratic candidate for Governor, released the following statement in response to the Governor’s comments.

“The chaos at Lincoln Hills is a direct result of the Walker Administration’s mismanagement and refusal to take responsibility for conditions there. For nearly three years, Lincoln Hills has been under federal investigation because kids were being beaten and abused. Instead of fixing the problem and creating a safe environment for both kids and staff, Walker appointed administrators that a federal judge said, ‘don’t have the experience to turn around a facility that is failing like Lincoln Hills.’ The worsening conditions are a direct result of Walker’s failure to lead,” Evers said.

Walker has not yet visited Lincoln Hills since the scandal erupted nearly three years ago – even though he was just 30 minutes away yesterday. “You can’t manage an agency, let alone address the catastrophe that now is Lincoln Hills, without even talking with the kids and staff that so desperately need help,” Evers said. “When a building is burning, does the fire chief watch from afar as it burns down? No -- a good chief takes charge, gets in there and puts the fire out. As Governor, that’s what I would do.”

“We must remember that Lincoln Hills is a Department of Correction (DOC) rehabilitative facility to help our most troubled kids. Even DOC acknowledges that the majority of these kids have endured significant physical and sexual trauma prior to committing their crimes. Kids and staff both need an adult in the room, a leader who will step up and do the necessary work. Instead, we have a governor who points fingers, casts blame, and has let this problem fester for years. Enough is enough. I can promise I would do things differently and that starts with taking some responsibility,” Evers said.

Lyin' Ryan: Who Cares About Dissenting Republican Senators?

Earlier this week, Republican US Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake delivering powerful blows to Trump while announcing their retirements.

Lyin' Paul Ryan responded by delivering another major blow (job) to Trump by dismissing the dissension amongst the ranks:
Remember the extraordinary public clash this week between two Republican senators and President Donald Trump? House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that people aren’t interested.

Ryan waded into — and quickly out of — that dispute on Thursday, when a reporter asked whether he shares Sen. Jeff Flake’s criticisms of Trump.

“I don’t think the American people care about that,” the Wisconsin Republican responded.


Ryan said people want lawmakers to “solve their problems. I don’t think the American people want to see us up here yelling at each other.”
What Ryan means is that he is facing the toughest election in his career against the juggernaut Randy "IronStache" Bryce and he doesn't have a thing to hang his Republican hat on, failing to keep one promise, such as repealing Obamacare, much less showing any kind of leadership as Speaker of the House. He desperately needs to keep an unhealthy obsession with passing his huge tax breaks for the rich and staying in Trump's good graces to stay in office.

Lord knows that Ryan is terrified of having to do any real work and wants to keep his cushy, lucrative position. Even if it means having permanently orange-stained hands and lips.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday Right Wing Round-up

By Jeff Simpson 

This week's right wing roundup! 

1.  Ron Kind has a new opponent - Steve Toft.  While I am not a huge fan of Kind, the guy the Republicans found to turn the 3rd Congressional District, flip flopped more times in his original story than Mitt Romney.    

Steve Toft, 59, said the nation is facing “challenges of epic proportions” because of “top-heavy agencies” and skyrocketing debt.
“No one party is fully to blame,” Toft said. “But Ron Kind and career politicians like him are part of the problem.
No one party is to blame, despite the fact that only one party is in control.  The best way to fix that is to get rid of the opposition party and keep the same party in control.  The logic hurts my head.   I do agree with him that career politicians are a problem, well I believe they are - Toft not so much.  Here is what he had to say about a Congressman that has a total of two years less in Congress than Kind.  

Toft said he supports the president though he doesn’t agree “with everything that President Trump stands for” and “won’t just line up behind him.” He said he is also confident in the leadership of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
“He’s been a great American statesman from the state of Wisconsin,” he said of Ryan, who has been in office since 1999. “He’s been in Congress quite a while himself, but he’s a leader.”   
PS:  Speaking of career politicians -  Mitch McConnell was elected to the Senate in 1984.   

Maybe that WISGOP bench is not so strong after all.  

2. Speaking of Northern, WI.  One way that many small towns in Wisconsin are dealing with the WISGOP and Scott Walker public service starvation plan, is to allow paved roads to go back to gravel.   

In the town of Lakeside in Douglas County, Town Chairman Tom Johnson said he talked to a contractor six years ago about resurfacing his community's paved roads.
"They said we can’t resurface," Johnson said. "It would have to be reconstructed."
Lakeside didn’t have the money to rebuild. Since then, Johnson said his town has turned 4 miles of old blacktop into gravel.
"We won’t have any blacktop roads in the Town of Lakeside in a couple years," Johnson said.
Conditions on state highways have also been getting worse in just the past five years, according to the audit, and the proportion of Wisconsin highways in good condition is considerably lower than in other Midwestern states.
When it comes to rebuilding damaged roads, gravel is cheaper than pavement up front, but a gravel road’s maintenance costs are much higher.
3.  Lane Davis (33) Huge Trumper, former Milo Intern and conspiracy theorist and hater of all things liberal, snapped and killed his dad for being a "leftist".   Since he was actually living in his parents basement now he needs to find new digs.  

Lane had spent that Friday morning as he did most mornings, on the internet. This day, like the others, Lane read and retweeted posts celebrating the Second Amendment, bemoaning diversity, and spreading conspiracy theories that alleged Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was involved in a child sex ring and DNC staffer Seth Rich had been murdered. It was the end of a busy week during which he contributed to the Donald Trump subreddit, and over on The Ralph Retort, a fringe blog where he worked as apolitical editor, (unpaid, according to the site’s owner), he had celebrated the idea of a Kid Rock Senate run, claimed America was under threat of Sharia law, and wondered whether CNN was “literally ISIS.”“We’re trying to but he’s chasing us around the house,” she replied. “He’s mad about something on the internet about leftist pedophiles and he thinks we’re leftist and he’s calling us pedophiles. And I don’t know what all.”
How much blood do the right wing hate mongers of talk radio have on their hands?  

4.  Its not like The Donalds administration has not left our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico stranded.  They gave a $300 Million  contract to rebuild, to two guys from Montana who are good friends with interior secretary Ryan Zinke.

For the sprawling effort to restore Puerto Rico’s crippled electrical grid, the territory’s state-owned utility has turned to a two-year-old company from Montana that had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall.
The company, Whitefish Energy, said last week that it had signed a $300 million contractwith the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to repair and reconstruct large portions of the island’s electrical infrastructure. The contract is the biggest yet issued in the troubled relief effort.

5.   At the Republican Convention,  all of that faux populism was too much for the politicians like Paul Ryan.  They needed a nice plush space to get away from the riff raff.   

Seems that the insiders needed a spot to get away from the white out!   Some of our favorite corporations rushed to their aide!    

Donald Trump declared last year in his populist presidential nominationacceptance speech that he is “not able to look the other way” when the nation’s political system “has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash.”
But behind the scenes, several major corporations and trade groups secretly bankrolled a plush hideaway for lawmakers at the same Republican National Convention in Cleveland where Trump gave the speech, records obtained by the Center for Public Integrity show.
Comcast Corp., Microsoft, Koch Companies Public Sector, the National Retail Federation, Health Care Service Corp., the American Petroleum Institute, Chevron and AT&T are among the companies, associations and lobbying powerhouses that funded a limited liability company called Friends of the House 2016 LLC, according to bank records.
That company in turn paid for the design and outfitting of the cloakroom, an exclusive office, lounge and gathering space for Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

It is hard to look away when you are getting wined and dined for free in a massive room like this:  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Wisconsin Radical Right Wing Rogue Republicans!

By Jeff Simpson

By now, anyone who follows Wisconsin politics at all knows that Assembly Leader(term used loosely), Robin Vos (R-Adulterer) called three of his fellow Republicans(Steve nASS, Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga) - terrorists:

State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is still angry with last month's rocky resolution to the state budget debate, calling three Republican senators who struck a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to support the budget "terrorists."
"That's what they are," Vos said in a WISN-TV interview that aired Sunday morning. "You don't hold somebody hostage for your own personal needs."
Vos also said the budget might not have passed had the last-minute deal, which called for Walker to use his line-item veto authority to strip out parts of the budget, been public before lawmakers voted on it.
"Only three people made a backroom deal to be able to have something that could not be announced before the budget was enacted," Vos said. "Maybe the budget would've failed if we'd known some of those aspects were going to be vetoed, but we never had the chance to know."
Vos was addressing Sens. Chris Kapenga, Steve Nass and Duey Stroebel, three hard-line conservative GOP senators who withheld support for the budget until hours before the state Senate passed it last month. The two-year state budget was passed more than 10 weeks after the deadline, the longest such delay in a decade.
It is nice that all of the time Robin has been in Government, he finally speaks the truth but what he really meant to say was  - he was against illegal, secretive backroom deals that he was not involved in.   Vos complaining about transparency in government is like The Donald complaining about the poor treatment of women! 

As expected, the GOP turned into precious snowflakes who could not handle any criticism.  First Wiggy, in a cowardly unsigned post at Right Wisconsin really let Vos have it. 

It appeared to be premeditated slander. Vos repeated the charge of terrorism when challenged and had a ready (if outrageous) defense of it.
These three senators, Chris Kapenga of Delafield, Duey Stroebel of Saukville and Steve Nass of Whitewater, are all former members of the state Assembly, all former colleagues of Vos. Far from being a “terrorist,” Nass served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard for 33 years. Kapenga and Stroebel are businessmen and leaders in their communities. All three deserve more respect from Vos than being called terrorists.
 Premeditated slander is some serious stuff, no wonder Jimmy did not sign his name!   The problem of course is it is not slander when its a public official.    But I digress.... 

Apparently, WIggy thinks if you serve in the military you can not be a terrorist!  He never was one for research.

But Wait there is more:

Duey is hopping mad:

Brave men and women in uniform combat terrorists everyday. Terrorists use violence in an effort to destroy our American way-of-life.  To imply fellow Republican legislators are terrorists is the type of hyperbolic rhetoric Wisconsinites are tired of hearing. Wisconsinites expect more of their leaders than to make these kind of personal attacks.
Steve nASS was also upset, and wanted to let everyone know he was in the National Guard:

The senators didn't take kindly to the comments. One of them — Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) — noted that he had served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard.
"It is beyond outrageous for anyone, especially a person serving as speaker of the Wisconsin state Assembly, to label as a ‘terrorist’ another person for simple public policy disagreements," Nass said in a statement. "Worse yet, when given the opportunity in the interview to retract or recalibrate such a reprehensible statement, Speaker Vos firmly reiterated it."

Then the kicker came out....sit down for this one.  Scott Walker (well one of his spokesmen, he was too busy letting African American Athletes know how they should protest to be bothered with Vos) had to weigh in.

I have not heard this kind of outrage from the WISGOP since the last time someone compared a bunch of teachers, police, firemen, public servants, men woman and children Wisconsinites to ISIS: 

 O wait.....nevermind there was no outrage (or apology) then.   Hmmmmm curious!   

PS:  After The Koch Bros Org - AFP demanded an apology, and Scott Fitzgerald put his "leadership" counter part over his knee and spanked him - Robin Vos finally apologized (NO, not for breaking up his marriage, or breaking up Michelle Litjens marriage, or helping shield predator Bill Kramer from punishment, or for illegally and unethically spending millions to gerrymander our state or the attacks on education in Wisconsin, or the attacks on free speech, or... you get the idea) for calling the far right loons in the state terrorists.   

MADISON - The leader of the state Assembly apologized Monday for calling fellow Republican senators "terrorists" after they held up the state budget with veto demands. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) issued the apology after a chorus of criticism from other GOP leaders, but his statement continued to refer to the conservative senators as "rogue holdouts."

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Clarke: All Hat, No Cattle, And An Abundance Of Manure

When he was Milwaukee County Sheriff, David Clarke wasn't very good at his job. There were at least six deaths at his jail in just over a year. He pulled almost all of his deputies off of highway patrol. Instead of doing his job, Clarke spent most of his time traveling the country - and to Russia - to give paid speeches and to stump for Trump.

Having an approval rating in the 30s and facing almost certain defeat in next year's election, Clarke suddenly resigned to take a job in Trump's cabinet. But this quickly got shut down by General John Kelly, Trump's chief of staff. So Clarke ended up being a special consultant to Trump's PAC. There's no knowing if he's actually doing any consultation work, since he is still extremely busy making an ass out of himself on Twitter.

For example, when Congress woman Fredrica Wilson started calling out Trump for disrespecting the grieving family of a fallen soldier, Clarke jumped into action:
Hmm, that doesn't explain all the other people calling Trump out. Unless Clarke thinks that Senator John McCain and former President George Bush are black congresswomen.

Clarke's defense of his master turns into comic relief a few days later when Clarke killed irony with one tweet:
Yes, this is coming from a guy who wears an ill-fitting cowboy hat himself and a chestful of fake medals. At least Rep. Wilson has a reason to wear her hats. Clarke's only reason is that he's trying to be more like a white conservative.

If you thought that was the ultimate faux pas, you would be wrong. There's more. There's always more.

Clarke topped off the week with this doozy of a tweet, which I decided to screencap before he deletes and/or changes it:

Surely, the gentle reader will recognize that the picture of a crying Obama was from when Obama was discussing the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six teachers were gunned down in cold blood.

To make things worse, this isn't the first time Clarke has used that picture and exploited these deaths for a cheap political shot. In 2016, Clarke used the same picture to claim that black voters were rejecting Obama to vote for Trump:

That is definitely the signs of a sick, twisted mind.

This shameless exploitation of such a tragedy makes his typo seem trivial, when he says that Trump has the "metal" instead of mettle.

On second thought, maybe Clarke is just a graduate of the Trump University School of Tweeting.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mike McCabe: I'm Common

Blue jeans dude Mike McCabe really, really, really wants the job of Blue Jeans Governor. He wants it so badly that anything is game when it comes to showing how deep his farming roots are. Why, just today, he sent out an e-mail blast that showed how much more filled with passion he is for government and the economy than the rest of the 145 people running for governor BECAUSE OF HIS NEIGHBOR'S DAD'S SUICIDE. 

Yes, that's right. In making a case for how super in-touch he was with his agricultural roots, he talked about how related a neighbor's dad's suicide is to everything from barn raising to the common good. 

Nearly every single American has agricultural roots. There's nothing that makes a person better-- or worse-- if they have rural or agricultural roots.  But you know what really can separate you from the rest of the herd? Not making a bizarre, out-of-place reference to a neighbor's father's suicide as some formative experience for you. (I highly recommend that if your family has been touched by suicide-- and that's too many of us-- you stop reading right now.)

Here is the text of his e-mail:

I am farm raised and have deep rural roots going back generations. I got my start in life milking cows and working the land with my family. This is where I got my values. This is what shaped my politics.

Having a neighbor come to our aid during a difficult harvest season only weeks after his father hung himself in the shed because the bank was foreclosing made a lifelong impression on me. It taught me all I ever needed to know about concern for the common good. Taking part in two barn raisings — replacing one lost to a tornado and another that burned down — reinforced the importance of being there for each other when times are tough.

This is where I got my passion for a government and economy that work for all of us and not just the wealthy and well-connected, and things like living wages for every worker, health care for all, debt-free education and bringing high-speed Internet to every household. And it’s where I got the work ethic and common sense that will be needed to bring these changes about.

We’re all in this together. I learned that lesson on the farm.

His e-mail mentioned that it was "paid for by commoners for Mike McCabe." Those "commoners" might want to acquaint themselves with the lesser-used meaning of "common" when it comes to the decision to use someone's family's suicide tragedy to make a point: of mediocre or inferior quality; mean; low.

Find a better way to make your point, McCabe. Surely, respecting a family's privacy and grief would also be a value you were raised with. Maybe even pretty common where you came from. 

Right Wing Round Up

By Jeff Simpson 

In the new era of Reich right wing rule in our country, the insane stories are flowing more than anyone can keep up. 

Here is a quick update of a few you may have missed. 

1.  Now that we know how cool these things are, its time to build a campaign around them! 

WASHINGTON — A Republican candidate for governor in Georgia is giving away a "bump stock," the rapid-fire gun modification linked to the Las Vegas shooting, in a campaign contest to highlight his opposition to new regulation on the devices.
State Sen. Michael Williams, who is positioning himself as the most pro-Donald Trump candidate in a crowded GOP field to succeed term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal, said the contest is a celebration of the Second Amendment.
2.  I know your deathly ill, but I would like to save a few bucks!  

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.

 3.   Your baby is NOT medically necessary,  now check out my pro-life stance!

A 9-month-old boy with an aggressive brain tumor received a letter from his family’s insurance company explaining that treating the cancer would be too expensive and therefore “not medically necessary.”
‘Dear Connor Richardson,” the letter said, according to The Daily Beast, “As HIP Health Plan of New York, we try hard to provide you with access to quality health care services that meet your needs. When we decide to deny coverage for treatment or service, we want to make sure you know why.”
4.  It was nice of the people on the military base to play "Retreat" to honor Sean Hannitys ratings! 

 As “Retreat” is played, the Army website explains, “Once the bugle sounds, all personnel driving on the installation should stop. Service members and government civilian personnel are encouraged to turn off their vehicles, and, if safe to do so, exit to render the appropriate honors.”Trump is by virtue of his position, the highest-ranking official in the U.S. military and is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces.

5.  The Donald called a grieving father and said your check is in the mail. 

  President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.

6.  Oh, I think that I've found myself a cheerleader.  He is always right there when I need him.  

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised President Trump's decision to cut off key subsidies to health insurance companies, saying the move ultimately upheld Congress's constitutional "power of the purse."
"Today’s decision by the Trump administration to end the appeal of that ruling preserves a monumental affirmation of Congress’s authority and the separation of powers," Ryan said in a statement late Thursday.

7.  WMC wants to rule the world.   Kurt Bauer, has controlled the state of WI for the last seven years.  While Scott Walker tells everyone he fights the "big money special interests", he is like a puppet on a string for the people at WMC.   The fact that when Bauer says jump, Scott Walker says how high, has gone to Kurt Bauer's head.  Now he wants to change everything about WI, starting with our license plates.   

 The head of the state’s influential business lobby says Wisconsin should consider scrapping the slogan that has adorned its vehicle license plates since World War II: “America’s Dairyland.”There’s no indication the idea has traction at the state Capitol, and the state’s dairy lobby is opposed. The suggestion by Kurt Bauer, executive director of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, prods the state and its residents — who affectionately refer to themselves as “Cheeseheads” — to reimagine their identities in the 21st century.

“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated” Thomas Paine! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Scott Walker Skips Parenting & Writes A Letter

By Jeff Simpson

With a national debate started by the NFL Players, and the President weighing in,  Scott Walker, ever the one for media attention, felt the need to weigh in. 

Scott Walker took time out of his busy schedule as head of the Republican Governors Association to write a letter to the NFLPA(because he has such a good relationship with unions) to tell them they should stop their protesting during the national anthem.   He let the African American Players know that their protests against police brutality against their community was not worth the time and they should focus on domestic violence. 

It is nice that Scott Walker is finally speaking out against La Crosse County Republican Party Leader Bill Feehan, but it is sad that a child of privilege, who has full security, and billionaires shoveling him money, feels that the African American community has no grounds to protest and it is time to move on. 

A lot has been made about National Football League (NFL) players protesting by kneeling, remaining in the locker room, or other means during the national anthem. Speaking up for what you believe in is a profoundly American idea, but disrespecting our flag, and the men and women who have fought to protect and defend our country, is not American in the slightest.

It is time for players in the NFL to stop their protests during the anthem and move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow. Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence. With the NFL Fall League Meeting occurring tomorrow, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, now would be an especially opportune time to strongly condemn domestic violence and lead the charge in supporting safe families across America.

Where to begin? 

Speaking up for what you believe in is profoundly American.....Unless of course you speak up against him

When Scott Walker was Milwaukee County executive, his office obstructed a criminal probe into thousands of dollars missing from a veterans charity, two investigators said Friday in a federal court filing.
Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel reported in 2012 that records showed the John Doe investigation was opened in 2010 after investigators said they had been stonewalled by Walker's county executive office. At the time, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf wrote that Walker's office had been "unwilling or unable" to turn over records.
A former top aide to Walker, Tim Russell, was sentenced to two years in prison in January 2013 for stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit chosen to administer Walker's annual Operation Freedom veterans picnic at the zoo. Walker had named Russell to lead the group.
Ex-Walker appointee Kevin Kavanaugh was convicted of stealing more than $51,000 from money donated to help veterans and their families. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but served just over half that.
move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow. 

In related news, and speaking of disrespecting our flag and the men and women of our armed forces, The Donald held a press conference to let everyone know:

Trump said, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

The problem being, The Donald was blatantly lying.

I am guessing that Scott Walker will let this disrespect stand unchallenged.

Luckily, San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, decided he needed to speak up! 

“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
 “This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
While I agree with coach Pop, I think soulless coward extends beyond Donald Trump. 

PS:  The one issue that Scott Walker has not offered up his opinion on?  Why his son stealing a State van of course!  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Green Bay Packers Need To Sign Colin Kaepernick

Most people who follow football and/or live in Wisconsin know that Green Bay Packers star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, went out in the first half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings with a broken right collar bone.  Rodgers will be most likely out for the rest of the season due to the injury being to his throwing arm.

His backup, Brett Hundley, quickly proved himself to be more like Jay Cutler than Brett Favre.  Without doubt, Hundley will only get better with a better game plan and more practice during the week.  The question is whether the Packers can wait for Hundley to improve without forfeiting the season.  

The only alternative to taking this high risk gamble is to sign a new quarterback. The best choice of available players would be former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The reasons to sign Kaepernick are plentiful.

Kaepernick is a Wisconsin native, being born in Milwaukee, then living in Fond du Lac until he was for when his family moved to California.  Local players are always a big hit with the fans.

Kaepernick has the experience that the Packers need right now. Oh sure, his last couple of years with San Fran were less than stellar, but Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers had off years too. Kaepernick has been to to the Superbowl, which they lost by a mere field goal.

Kaepernick would also be a good fit for the overall philosophy and the state. (Sorry, wingnuts, but just because the dark money groups bought some elections doesn't mean that the state suddenly turned red.)

The only possible downside to signing Kaepernick would be the controversy about Kaepernick being uppity and protesting against the racism inherent in today's society, especially with the epidemic of police brutality and killing of young black men.  That's an affront to the delicate sensitivities of white supremacists across the country.  

But so what?  Let the relative handful of these wannabe Nazis clutch their pearls and swoon backwards upon their fainting couches.  Despite what the King of Fake News, Donald Trump, has to say, NFL rankings aren't down all that much, if at all.  And the decline, what there is of it, started a long time before Kaepernick even played his first NFL game.

Sidenote: Did you ever notice that white supremacists are the definition of why they are not superior to anything, including slug slime?

Oh, and one more reason to sign Kaepernick - we already know he looks good in the green and gold:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Alex Walker - Baby Driver

By Jeff Simpson 

Alex Walker, 22 year old, college graduate son of Scott Walker was recently stopped for stealing a state owned van

Alex Walkersoon to be a campaign aide to Sen. Leah Vukmir and the younger son of the governor, was caught earlier this year using a state van to move a friend in Madison.
An officer for the Maple Bluff Police Department pulled over the vehicle on the afternoon of Aug. 18on Sherman Ave., about a mile from the Executive Residence.

Alex, soon to be campaign aide for Leah Vukmir, who still lives with his parents on his taxpayer funded Mansion, and enjoys taxpayer funded healthcare (Thanks Obamacare), decided his last name gave him unlimited access to everything that the Wisconsin Taxpayers own. 

ALex, and a couple friends, decided to take the WI taxpayer owned van to help someone move without permission.

In case you were wondering(emphasis mine):

 Grand theft is the crime of unlawful taking of another's property or money over a statutorily defined value, as distinguished from petty (or petit) theft, in which the value is below the grand theft limit. Some states divide theft into the categories of felony and misdemeanor, rather than grand and petit.It is usually distinguished from embezzlement and false pretenses in that the actual taking of the property is accomplished unlawfully and without the victim's consent, and along with the taking there must be a carrying-off. It is also distinguished from burglary in that the theft does not necessarily involve unlawful breaking and entering.
 Alex Walker was pulled over a mile from the Governors Mansion( meeting the carrying-off standard), and it turns out he was not even driving. 

Thanks to his last name, and party affiliation(IOIYAR) no ticket was issued.   In even more surprising news:

The police chief said there was video of the stop, but it was not immediately available.

Apparently the WISGOP are all vampires and unable to be seen on film. 

Once this got out, the DOA was then forced to lay the hammer down.   They charged Alex a whopping $25.08 and told  him he probably should not do that again.

The same DOA that estimated the damage to the Capitol, during the protests at more than $8,000,000, charged Alex Walker a whopping $25 for stealing a van. 

Alex Walker had no comment and no one in the WI Press corps had the guts to ask Scott Walker how he felt about Alex doing that or doing any research into how he ended up with the keys. 

Alex better say his prayers tonight, that he is not African American! 

DOA rules for fleet vehicles!