Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cold Day Catch Up

By Jeff Simpson

Time to catch up on some fun reading.....

1.  You can tell things are boring in Bright Red Oklahoma, because they get to debate on their legislative floor, how much God loves rape and incest.

“Is rape the will of God?” asked Rep. Cory Williams.
Mr Faught replied: “If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened and the Lord uses all circumstances.
“I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality, unfortunately.”

2.  $93,000,000 was spent on the 2018 Gubernatorial race from start to finish.  The WISGOP spent $58/93 Million, WisDems spent 32/93(17 candidates) and Third party candidates spent $32,550. 

While the massive amount of spending by Walker, underscores how immensely unpopular he truly is, the bigger question is, when will we stop allowing this.  While many people are giving their money to make sure kids eat or that the thousands of homeless get meals, the rich amongst us are spending millions buying and trying to buy elections.  Which means the rich set policy and the rest of us keep working to help our neighbors.   It is a never ending cycle that we need to break. 

3.  In Pennsylvania, GOP Rep. Brian Ellis, is being investigated for his own version of constituent services. 

According to the report, Ellis and the woman were at the same bar when she fell down, hard, suffering injuries.
“We want to make it very clear that she was not voluntarily intoxicated. This woman was incapacitated,” the state’s Victim Advocate said on her behalf. “She does believe that she was drugged and that she did seek medical attention the following day because she was in pain and she did indeed have a concussion and other injuries.”
Ellis reportedly knew the woman as a “workplace acquaintance at the Capitol” and “offered to help her get home” but the woman says he instead took her to his residence and raped her.

4.  If you are not reading Jake's Wisconsin Funhouse, you should be.  Here he asks the question not a single reporter in Wisconsin asked while listening to the WISGOP strain their arms patting themselves on the back - When does our State's prosperity start

"Our prosperity to continue?" Doesn't something need to start for it to "continue"? The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, released their final report for 2018 on average hourly wages in all 50 states this week. And Wisconsin ended up 43rd in the US for wage growth last year, badly trailing most of its Midwestern neighbors. 

5.  One of The Donalds staffers, who had unlimited access to the Donald, wrote a book.  While the book depicts a White House that is out of control(to the surprise of no one) what else this book shows, is how ineffective and disrespected The Donald was towards Paul Ryan.   

At times, Trump evinced less rage than a lack of interest. Sims recounts one time when Ryan was in the Oval Office explaining the ins and outs of the Republican health-care bill to the president. As Ryan droned on for 15 minutes, Trump sipped on a glass of Diet Coke, peered out at the Rose Garden, stared aimlessly at the walls and, finally, walked out.
Ryan kept talking as the president wandered down the hall to his private dining room, where he flicked on his giant flat-screen TV. Apparently, he had had enough of Ryan’s talk. It fell to Vice President Pence to retrieve Trump and convince him to return to the Oval Office so they could continue their strategy session.

6.  Maria Butina, Scott Walkers good friend, who he learned Russian to impress, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty in federal court today to one conspiracy charge, and has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

Butina, appearing in court in a green jumpsuit, admitted to one count of conspiracy. As part of the plea agreement with the government, prosecutors dropped the other count in the indictment originally brought against her, and agreed not to prosecute her for any other crimes they were made aware of during their plea discussions.

 7.  26 ways Scott Walker ruined(or embarrassed) Wisconsin.   My favorite:

15. Claimed his bald spot resulted from hitting his head on a sink
Doctors had a laugh with this one.

Bonus read:  crusty old backbencher GOP Rep. Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, finally did something in his career.  Show us he is a racist.   

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