June 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm (culture, entertainment, ethics, history, humor, life, politics, random)
Tags: Barrett, ethics, fraud, guest, history, humor, Koch, Madison, money, news, opinion, politics, random, rant, Recall, vice president, voter intimidation, Walker, Wisconsin, Writing
Well I could rant on about whatever the hell happened in Wisconsin yesterday regading the Recall Gov. Scott Walker effort. But I won’t. I think it’s much more appropriate to guest post the thoughts of a friend who resides in the state and worked hard for the effort. Without further ado:
A Madison Resident steams in Mad-City:
Short answer: Walker held on by outspending Barrett on tv ads by a margin of between seven and ten to one. The ads were either a) the indisputable fact–and not campaign hyperbole–is that we saved Wisconsin by balancing the budget or b) Tom Barrett has turned Milwaukee into a hell on earth, as evidenced by this photo of a dead baby that Barrett is responsible for in some vague, non-actionable way. Walker also got some cushioning from people who don’t personally like him but who are offended by the concept of the recall. And finally, I think, despite the demonstrably crappy job he’s done as governor, Walker is still powered by an undercurrent of up-state envy, people who hate Madison liberals for being more affluent and educated and therefore more smug than they are.
Honestly, I don’t know who the hell Walker’s supporters are. I really can’t fathom this. He is as close to a mustache twirling villain as I’ve ever seen in Wisconsin politics, a demagogic bully who is willing to do anything to further his political aspirations, and who doesn’t care who he stomps on to do it. As near as I can figure, I guess, is that his supporters are people, suburbanists especially, who are afraid of losing their stuff and who are willing to let budget cuts fall on everyone else in order for them to maintain the subsidized lifestyle they somehow deserve. And Walker understands that, and promises he’s the only one standing between them and the special interests, the bogeyman union bosses, who want to make them pay for incompetent, indoctrinating teachers they can’t fire and make them sit next to other people on crowded non-high speed trains, trolleys really, because they want to put the earth’s needs above people’s.
So, shorter answer: Walker won because we live in uncertain times and he shows no uncertainty.
The worst part now is how smug Walker is going to be as he rolls out his next legislative session using the failed recall as a cudgel. Of course, before that, we will be treated to Walker lapping up national attention as the new-flavor-of-the-month frontrunner in the VP sweepstakes, coyly declining consideration, finally, in the interests of running the state. Which is to say that VP consideration for Walker will continue up to the point the Romney team does its background check and discovers just how dirty Walker is. Walker’s lawyers spent the past six weeks before the election trying to get letters from both the Feds and the Milwaukee County DA’s office declaring that Walker wasn’t the target of an investigation–either when he was Milwaukee County Exec or sitting as governor–and they couldn’t get them. Thirteen people around Walker have now been given immunity, so something’s coming down the pike.
Which points to what I hate most about Walker: this may sound quaint but what I really can’t stomach is that he has no sense of fair play. The whole John Doe investigation centers around his using his office for campaigning, for using the levers of power to help himself. Ever since he got elected he has been working tirelessly to tilt the playing field for his own benefit. He’s called special sessions to get around legislative rules and when that wasn’t enough he broke laws to muscle his bill through. His legislators on redistricting met in secret and then passed a bill so gerrymandered that the courts struck parts of it down. he passed a voter ID law to disenfranchise as many Democrats as possible. And, of course, his whole emergency budget bill was less about a budget crisis and more about cutting off political opponents at the knees. And all the while he crows hypocritically and piously (I can’t count the number of times he’s mentioned that he’s the son of a minister) about how hard he is working for Wisconsin, again, standing up against the special interests. Every time he parrots that line I want to throw something at him, because how much more special an interest can you get than the Koch Brothers.
In other words, this one really hurt. I put in a lot of get out the vote work, and I started letting myself get hopeful. And now I don’t know anything anymore.
But thanks for letting me vent. That actually made me feel better.
A Mad-City Parent
March 15, 2011 at 5:53 am (art, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Concerned Madison Parent", art, Boycott, business, capital, Channel 3000, class war, economics, Facebook, family, food, funders, gas, journalism, labor rights, life, Madison, media, money, news, opinion, people, photograph, photography, politics, protest, purchase, random, sign, thoughts, toilet paper, Walker, Wisconsin
The time has come to wage war with our wallets as weapons. Yes folks, the only thing that any political entity in the USA has any respect for is money. The profit margin is the battleground for the unfolding economic-social-political class war. Since money is what has been making the world go round according to the agendas of the corporate elite, then money can stop their greedy worlds from going round. We are going to have to become very well-informed about who owns, manufactures, and sells everything we purchase so that we gain some control of how our money is used. The growing efforts in Wisconsin for waging this sort of wallet warfare may provide everyone with a beginning playbook for what needs to be done in order for us to have a say in how we live and work. This goes beyond voting whenever there is an election. This involves how we live and work and play every day of our lives. Every choice we make with our wallets becomes a vote, a political action. Here in lies a form of great collective power based upon informed choices every day. It will require mindfulness, will power and unity to be effective. Take note, there are more of “us” than there are of “them” aka the rich corporate elite. We have the strength of numbers. Now, the question is, do we have the strength of conviction to act for the long-term? Our actions will impact our children’s lives, the environment, and the state of the rest of the world.
Check out Boycott Scott Walker’s Contributors, complete with lists, on Facebook.
Consider what gasoline you pump into your car, which toilet paper you purchase 52 weeks a year, and where your breakfast, lunch and dinner comes from. Think about all the money you earn and spend–and who gains from it. Yes, America–it’s Wallet War Time.
Channel 3000′s Wisconsin news coverage of the unfolding Wisconsin Waller War –>
Money Talk @ "Concerned Madison Parent" 2011
March 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm (art, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, photography, play, politics, random, satire, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Concerned Madison Parent", 14, 2011, art, cheese, culture, democracy, Democratic, education, ethics, family, free speech, heroes, history, journalism, labor movement, labor rights, law, life, Madison, March, media, news, parade, people, photographs, photography, photos, politics, posters, rants, right to assembly, rights, Senators, slogans, tractors, visual essay, Wisconsin, Wisonsin, working class
I do believe the working people of Wisconsin are giving brand new meaning to the old slogan–”Workers of the World Unite!”
Clearly this is not the end but the beginning of a new worker movement as is evident from Facebook pages where Wisconsinites and their growing ranks of supporters organize boycotts of banks and Koch products to recalls of right-wing Republican backstabbing politicians.
Beware the enemy inside the city capital gates.
Our times, “they are a changin’” big time.
14 Democractic State Senators with guts? Who knew!?! Super Glue!
Puppets for truth in funding.
One more for just for truth telling fun.
Love cheese? Milk a dairy farmer. Cheese = Wisconsin gold.
Cows outting big pictures.
Koch whore? Who? Walker? Say it ain’t so, Scotty! We dare you.
Dumb drug money.
Who needs a little red wagon when ya got a big red tractor?
Roots digging deeper day by day.
All photographs @ “Concerned Madison Parent” 2011
Much thanks to intrepid “Concerned Madison Parent” for this ground zero visual record of the united ranks of Wisconsin’s working class people.
March 11, 2011 at 5:21 am (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: business, class warfare, corporations, culture, dark humor, Economy, education, ethics, Facebook, government, history, hostile take-over, humor, ideas, Koch, labor, labor movement, Lansing, life, Madison, media, Michigan, news, opinion, people, photograh, photography, politics, random, Republicans, right-wing, rights, sarcasm, Self Determination, serfs, Snyder, state sign, teachers, thoughts, Walker, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Resistance Radio, working class
It’s official folks. The corporate take-over of America is well underway around the USA. Oh yeah. No doubts about it. Just survey what every Republican Governor is up to in every state and it’s absolutely clear that this is an organized attack on the working classes en masse. The goal is absolute control, dominance and power over the population. Does that sound paranoid? Yeah, well it’s reality, fellow serfs. You think Wisconsin has ISSUES? Well, while we’ve all been watching the antics of Republican Dictator Walker and his hench-people, especially the extremely adorably arrogant Senator Fitzgerald, a very nasty power grab has been conducted in Lansing, Michigan. Oh yeah, what’s worse than snidely cutting the feet out from the working class by stripping them of collective bargaining rights? Float this in your boiling brainpan:
In an extreme move to take away power of local governments, the Michigan Senate voted yesterday to allow the appointment of so-called emergency financial managers to take control of cities and school districts that the newly elected Republican governor in the state unilaterally declares to be “financial emergencies.”
The new bill was passed 26-12 by the Republican-controlled Senate in Lansing and allows newly-appointed financial managers a broad range of powers over local governments. Newly elected Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget bill slashes aid to local governments and many towns are expected to fall into the financial emergency zone as a result. Governor Snyder will then appoint financial managers to oversee these towns.
The bill was passed first in Michigan’s Congress and will now await some changes in wording before being sent to Snyder’s desk for his signature. After the bill is put in effect, the financial managers will be allowed to “reject, modify or terminate the terms of an existing contract…or a collective bargaining agreement.”
They will also be able to “suspend or dismiss local officials, “disincorporate of dissolve entire city governments” and “recommend…that a school district be reorganized with one or more contiguous districts.” Jennifer Page, “Corporate Politicians at Helm”, The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRwatch
Michigan’s Governor is a Republican and by now we all know what that means—right wing Koch Brothers and Cohorts MONEY puppet. Now that Snyder has established his right to slash and burn cities and school districts all by himself –and then to appoint “new managers”–the door is open for Koch and like-minded right-wing Corporate Cohorts for more “hostile take-overs” of cities and schools. Why bother with purchasing individual energy works when you can bleed an entire city and its population to suit your own agenda?
What are we Serfs going to do?
Whatever happened to self-determination in America?
Is this still “America”–land of the FREE? Is it?
The rules have changed folks. In case you haven’t noticed, these Republicans don’t adhere to laws, fair play or honesty. They don’t give a damn about working class people of any ilk. In Wisconsin they have abandoned all pretense of integrity. They’re not elected officials anymore. They’re arrogant, power hungry, control monsters bent on imposing their way–as the only way in much the same vein as the most repulsive manipulative television evangelists. The right-wing corporate Republican way is The Only Way. I sense that “loving kindness” will not get us Serfs anywhere with these people because such is out of their ken. They’re proving it with every move they make. If the Republicans in Wisconsin are so proud of their handiwork, why do they run away from the capital escorted by police, through tunnels and unto dark buses to avoid the wrath of the people they’re supposed to REPRESENT? Do they fear a modern form of being tarred and feathered? Why do they keep trying to keep their handiwork from public view? Because they know it’s “wrong” yet they intend to do as their corporate funders demand any way they can.
Posted on Wisconsin Resistance Radio, Facebook
Note: For those of you who don’t understand what unions and collective bargaining rights mean for working classes–do some homework–start with the Ludlow Massacre and learn about those and other people who died in order for there to be a 40 hour work week, no child labor, and decent living wages. Yes, people fought and died in order to end ruthless exploitation by the rich elite who took everything and gave nothing for the labor of others. Corporate created textbooks don’t present much information on the dark side of the labor movement. Explore America’s dark labor history before you decide unions don’t matter.
March 4, 2011 at 5:17 am (Uncategorized, history, journalism, Writing, politics, culture, life, humor, creative writing, random, ethics, drama, entertainment, education)
Tags: culture, politics, news, PBS, people, humor, life, journalism, random, media, education, entertainment, Democracy Now, ethics, video, rant, opinion, reporters, vent, Wisconsin, Madison, Senators, state, Koch, Fox News, Reuters, Judy Woodruff, Richard Trumka, Mary Bell, Travis Smily, Arrest, Milwaukee County, PRwatch, Center for Media and Democracy, Police siren, legality, capital gains tax exclusion, public workers pay taxes, lies, misinformation, Journal, AlJazeera English
It’s been another bi-polar fair weather day in Missouri. Cold front on the way to shove the springy warm sunnyshine on its way. Logged online this evening just in time to catch the breaking news that Republican Senators had ordered the arrest of the 14 Democratic Senators who have tossed a monkey wrench large enough and long enough into their nefarious Koch created ”Budge Repair” agenda to raise the alarm among the Serfs of Wisconsin. I actually sat staring at my monitor in disbelief. Wow! What a hell of a story! I turned on my idiot box to see what PBS New Hour had to say on this latest development in the State of Cheese–and lo and behold there was Diane Woodruff repeatedly mouthing Scott Walker’s misinformation regarding the collective bargaining rights of unions being responsible for the state’s budget problems as if it was gospel truth. Woodruff kept slinging the same bs at Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO without getting whatever bs she wanted out of him. Trumka knows the score and kept providing Woodruff with informed intelligent answers containing information the flustered Woodruff clearly was not prepared to hear or reply to as any investigative journalist worth a grain of salt would have. Or perhaps she just really did not want to hear what Trumka had to say? I don’t know which it is–but I was seriously put out by Woodruff’s “insensibility” to the accuracy issues Trumka raised with his answers about public workers being paid less than their counterparts in the private sector. Oh and Richard Trumka made a point that ALL reporters seem to have forgotten–Public Employees PAY TAXES! Who’d have thunk that based on the news coverage of the ilk of FOX News. (Just gotta love FOX’s palm trees in Madison video.) Yes, indeed, unionized public workers PAY TAXES. They pay a higher tax rate than the KOCH Brothers do. Maybe Woodruff just hadn’t bothered to do any background digging on her own of the ilk done by Travis Smily in his recent interview of Mary Bell who laid it all on the hard line. Ten big points for Travis! Major Kudos to Mary Bell who responded to questions with clear, intelligent, well-informed, articulate answers. No wonder Dictator Scotty Walker hates the teachers in Wisconsin. When Mary Bell talks she makes sense. I’m sure Bell has all the goods on Walker’s fun and games in Milwaukee County that have resulted in LOTS of legal issues and LOTS of legal restitution to workers wrongly fired in that locale. Nothing to be proud of Mr. Walker–no siree. Oh, but you know what–NO mainstream news station has squeaked about Walker’s record in Milwaukee County. They’ve let him tout it –LOL–another GREAT story not being covered. LOL. OH but the downside would be all the sh*t that fan blows all over Rep. Gov. Walker–and we can’t have that, can we in the illusion creating world of corporate dictated media? Way too smelly for the nose of Judy Woodruff–and god forbid ABC’s Diane Swayer should get a whiff of it.
Well–yes, Walker wants those 14 civilly disobedient Democratic Senators hauled back inside the capital building so that he can get his KOCH agenda underway. Koch Industries is losing all sorts of capital gains tax exclusions every day that they haven’t possession of the state’s energy works via their uncontested bids approved by Walker.
Now apparently there is some legal question about the right to actually arrest the 14 Dems. This could work for Walker along the lines of his antics in Milwaukee County–which turned out to be illegal. Who knew?
Straight from Madison, news of the Republican Senate Order for the arrest of the Democratic State Senators foiling Dictator Walker’s Koch Agenda:
PRwatch, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy serves just “What Else Is In Walker’s Bill?”
And, simply because I could not resist–>
I sure hope those AWOL Senators have news media on speed dial for news coverage of WI Police hauling them back to Mad-City. Best bets would be Reuters, AlJazeera English and Democracy Now! because other options have conflicts of interests it seems when it comes to mainstream journalism in America.
March 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm (culture, drama, education, ethics, humor, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 14, abuse, capital building, copy machines, court order, culture, Democratic, Democrats, entertainment, ethics, fine, GOP, humor, law, life, Madison, musings, news, opinion, people, politics, psychology, random, Republicans, Senators, thoughts, Walker, Wisconsin
The Grand Old Party in Wisconsin is probably sending a dear old dead WI Republican friend of mine screaming in disbelief in his grave. Even before his death he said he couldn’t recognize the current ideology of the GOP. He didn’t know for sure where his own political thinking placed him any longer. He’d been something beyond what would be currently considered a progessive Republican–a mentality that no longer exists within the Republican party from what I can tell. How far beyond? He was a Republican who wanted to work for the ACLU. Wisconsin Republicans have sunk soooo low as to deny Democratic staff access to the copy machines in the capital building. Furthermore, they’ve voted to fine the 14 Democratic Senators taking a stand against their callous efforts to utterly destroy the working class and the educational system throughout the entire state. Yes, it’s going to cost the absent Democrats $100 a day for every day they’re absent without leave. And they’re to pay the “cost” of whatever it takes to bring them “back.” No word on if this applies to any Republicans who don’t show up for “work.” Furthermore, the oh so law minded Republican Gov. Scott “Koch Tool” Walker continues to DEFY a court order to OPEN the capital building to the public–as is the LAW.
No wonder Walker approved the recent appointment of Stephen Fitzgerald to the head of State Police. apparently he senses a need for protection of his ass-ets.
Why do right winging Republicans so hate the working class and so love corporate billionaires? Is doing the bidding of their corporate masters a way to vicariously live the life of the elite rich by association? Professional articles have been written about the psychology of the far right, tea party folks and extreme conservatives. They desire complete authority, control and domination of their peers. They lack empathy. They adhere to “right father” mentality. They have no regard for the consequences of their actions–especially if they do not suffer the consequences. WI Republicans seem to be fitting the profile so far. I think I will peruse those articles further. Never know what else might be discovered. A tool or two perhaps?
Btw, if you’ve been considering placing your bids for Wisconsins energy-works, better do it in writing because the phone is not being answered at the Gov.’s office.
UPDATE: Want to know who had easy access to the capital building? PR Watch says they’re very well heeled –>
March 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm (culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, history, humor, life, politics, random, satire, Uncategorized)
Tags: addrss, Bill, budget, business, contact, corporate influence, culture, Economy, education, electric, email, Energy, gas, history, humor, Issues, Koch, life, lobbyists, Madison, media, new, Oil, opinion, people, phone, poltics, protest, random, repair, satire, Uncontested Bids, Walker, Wisconsin
Consider this a public service announcement. According to the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s website “Wisconsin is Open for Business.” Now it’s not clear exactly whose business or what sort of business, but judging from the information in Walker’s Budget Bill there will be an opportunity to purchase Wisconsin Energy operations via Uncontested Bids. Now if you’re interested in getting your hands on some gas and electric providers in Wisconsin you’re going to have to run fast to beat the Koch Lobbyists to this governor’s sale.
Walker’s site proclaims–>
“Feel free to contact us at any time.”
address: Office of Gov. Scott Walker, 115 East Capitol, Madison, WI 53702
Ready to place your “bid” for energy in Wisconsin?
March 1, 2011 at 12:23 am (culture, education, ethics, history, humor, journalism, life, politics, random)
Tags: budget, business, Democracy Now, Economy, education, entertainment, ethics, family, family planning, Fitzgerald, humor, Issues, Jeff, journalism, life, Madison, media, money, news, pension, people, politics, protests, random, repair, Republican, Reuters, Scott, State Police, Stephan, tea party, teachers, Walker, Wisconsin
Stephen Fitzgerald has been appointed head of Wisconsin’s State Police to the salary tune of $105,000 complete with a pension of $90,000. Stephen Fitzgerald is no spring chicken. He is near retirement age so he will be drawing that pension SOON. Take note that Stephen Fitzgerald has two sons in the state capital: Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald AND Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Looks like good old pop Fitzgerald will be well off in his golden years thanks to his political connections. One Fitzgerald, two Fitzgerald, three Fitzgeralds all telling public workers to bite the dust regarding their pensions. Are there more Fitzgeralds soon to grace Wisconsin’s power players? Hmm? Any more Fitzgeralds catching golden rising stars soon?
One Fitz, two Fitz, three Fitz..more?! Is this an example of Republican family planning? Oh my, now there’s a dirty phrase for such guys–”family planning”–perish the thought!!! This is more like family values, right?
I have more to say on the scenario involving the situation in WI involving the Koch puppet Republican Gov. Walker, but I think I’ll let this political money bag play sink into your busy brainpans first. Got it? Walker has no money for public workers but pension funds aplenty for Fitzgerald Senior. Perhaps this just shows how much Walker wants the protestors to go away and be SILENT. He’s not going to budge, but they damn well ought to and he wants the WI State Police to “MAKE IT SO” for Scotty, Jeff and Scott.
More DN! coverage of WI Saturday protests at www.democracynow.org I thought I was just having a tough “Google” day on Saturday, but no, it wasn’t me. There was NO mainstream media coverage of over 100,000 people protesting in Madison. Reuters had coverage. But that doesn’t count because they’re not AMERICAN media. Btw, NO TEA PARTY counter protestors put in an appearance on Saturday. Actually, according to my sources, the Tea Party seems to have evaporated since answering Walker’s first kettle whistle.
Oh IF it was me having a bad “Google” day, please do leave links to the news coverage of Saturday’s good times in Mad-City. Thank you!
February 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm (art, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, history, humor, journalism, life, photography, politics, random, street art, Uncategorized)
Tags: 26 February 2011, art, business, capital, corporations, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, family, history, humor, industries, inspiration, journalism, Koch, labor, LaFollette, Madison, marching, media, news, parents, people, photograph, photography, photos, politics, protests, Saturday, serfs, Walker, Wisconsin
Now that Wisconsin Rep. Gov. Scott Walker has publicly stated that he will not take any “calls” from Wisconsin residents, ONLY from David Koch–and impersonators thereof–it is clear what he represents and that is The Corporate Big Brotherhood–and its energy investment interests. In case you’ve missed it in the mainstream news–the Budget Repair Bill would allow UNCONSTESTED bids for selling off public energy works. What do the Koch Brothers invest in? Oh yeah, ENERGY–for example, oil. Yeah, I don’t think FOX News is going to be chatting about those connecting dots any time soon–unless that falls under FOX’s idea of a “communist plot”.
All these photographs were shot Saturday 26 February 2011 by that “Concerned Madison Parent” whose vent I recently posted.
The Serfs are Marching!
and they’re tripod armed!
Don't Rush Home
and it’s hard-working out-of-state but 14 Democratic Senators are doing just that.
Wild Rumpus & GOP SALE
and KOCH sales anyone?
and this ain’t local anymore.
Orwell's New Animal Farm
and what happened to George’s “piggies”?
and how the DEAD outshine the living. Hey, folks in Wisconsin know their state’s political history! Who taught them that?
and jests–or not–and very seriously too!
Just say NO to KOCH
and –yeah, follow Walker’s lead?
and what else can we say?
Democracy is not a spectator sport.
and despite what Dictator Walker believes.
and but not today.
and Wisconsin knows snow and cold and now Walker’s true colors.
Standing Room Only
and ain’t not tea at this party. Huh? Yep, no sightings reported.
Much thanks to “Concerned Madison Parent” for sharing your Cheesehead views!
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