Friday, May 6, 2016

The End of Progressive Media

By Jeff Simpson

When I was just getting into politics, some things really helped shape my views -  Fighting Bob Fest(which has since been taken over and hijacked), Molly Ivins, The Nation Magazine, The Progressive Magazine, Mother Jones and Time.

With no due respect to Christian Schneider, when Molly Ivins passed I took that hard.  She was one of two celebrities whose passing really affected me(Walter Payton being the other).   Yes, I was sad to see Prince pass but he did not quite effect me that way.   I still remember vividly, sitting with Molly Ivins after a speech she gave at the UW-Madison campus, where she told me that she has seen lawmakers shaking in their boots because of a dozen handwritten letters.

Unfortunately this Primary election season has also shown us the end of Progressive Journalism via Mother Jones and The Nation Magazine.  Both have not only jumped full throttle onto the Hillary Clinton bandwagon(I know The Nation endorsed Bernie, but we will get to that) they have proven how incredibly out of touch they are.

First off Mother Jones.

Kevin Drum, their "liberal" blogger from California was all in for Hillary.

With the Democratic primary basically over, I want to step back a bit and explain the big-picture reason that I never warmed up to Bernie Sanders. It's not so much that he's all that far to my left, nor that he's been pretty skimpy on details about all the programs he proposes. That's hardly uncommon in presidential campaigns. Rather, it's the fact that I think he's basically running a con, and one with the potential to cause distinct damage to the progressive cause.
I mean this as a provocation—but I also mean it. So if you're provoked, mission accomplished! 

Interesting concept but here is his reasoning.

Like it or not, you don't build a revolution on top of an economy like this. Period. If you want to get anything done, you're going to have to do it the old-fashioned way: through the slow boring of hard wood.
Why do I care about this? Because if you want to make a difference in this country, you need to be prepared for a very long, very frustrating slog. 

Economy like ours, where poverty and income inequality increases every single year?  It was just a few short years ago where we had the Great Recession and were on the precipice of another depression.

As for the long slog, we know how long it takes because Scott Walker won his election in November 2010 and it was not until February of 2011 that our state will be forever changed.  Four whole months to end collective bargaining and make public employees rights to assemble a page in the history books.

They must have been exhausted by the way they would pass things through with minimal debate then run out of the chambers.   It is hard to comprehend what is happening in the flyover states, but pretty much everything they say cant be done is being done.

It is just being done by the Republicans.

Secondly is The Nation Magazine.

While I realize that the Nation as a publication, has endorsed Bernie Sanders, digging a little deeper and we see the problem. One of their excellent writers, Katha Pollitt recently penned an essay stating why she did not vote for Bernie.

Why didn’t Bernie get me? Well, there’s electability: I just don’t believe Americans are ready for a 74-year-old self-described socialist with a long far-left CV who would raise their taxes by quite a lot. By the time the Republicans got finished with him, he’d be the love child of Rosa Luxemburg and the Ayatollah Khomeini, and then it’s hello, President Trump. There’s the question, too, of how much Bernie could actually accomplish. Would he make an effective president, as I think Hillary will—all the more so now that she’s been forced to see that a significant part of the Democratic electorate is to her left?
Here is a well known, well respected writer, who starts a story about a Presidential candidate with absolutely zero evidence and actually like global climate change, all of the information available says the exact opposite.

I know from reading Pollitt, off and on through the years, that she usually puts a premium on facts, it is unfortunate the blindness for Hillary, trumps(pun intended) all in this case.

It seems that it is hard for the establishment pundits to fathom that Middle America likes what Bernie Sanders is selling. The reality is, it is even more than that, Middle Class America has been asking, begging for someone to speak to them in these populist terms(and actually mean it).

President Obama campaigned like that, which helped lead to his popularity.  Unfortunately, with the multi millions he took from Wall St., he littered his cabinet with people like Larry Summers and Rahm Emmanuel., which was like a huge governor on his plans to move the country forward. President Obama's unequaled ability to speak with a wink and nod, let us know that he felt our pain, and was doing what he could under the constraints of the system as it is set up.

All the while, those of us who were paying attention, were listening to the rare politician that is Bernie Sanders, We would sit and listen to Bernie talk WITH us.  Bernie let us know, that he knew we were struggling, because he was also actually struggling along with us.  He understood that working hard guarantees nothing in America but scorn from the Wall St. class and that no amount of words will fix that.  We need action and being part of the people that need to take action, he was as frustrated as we were with the lack of such.    Many progressives would hear Bernie at Fighting Bob Fest or his weekly Town Hall meeting on the Thom Hartmann show, where he would take on all callers and all questions, with a legit answer and kindness.

If only someone like Bernie could be our President.

Then it turned out that Bernie read the tea leaves, and decided to throw his hat into the ring.  He knew from speaking to people all over the country, that the one thing people want more than anything else is to be heard.  As his message was resonating with huge crowds of people, in state after state. the establishment ignored at first then started attacking.

People who spend their time in New York, Washington DC. and the Ivy League schools, could not fathom what was happening throughout the Heartland.  They knew it was Hillary's turn, she was destined to be the first woman President.  

The silliness of the socialist from the tiny state was cute for bit but wore thin quickly with people whose sole goal in life is politics.  The people that are for hire in campaign after campaign, the ones who are elected and the first thing they think when elected is how can I get my next position(yes Democrats do that too), the writers/pundits who think that taking a quick subway ride in New York City to their high rise office, is all of the America they need to see to understand it.

Has Pollitt or any of her peers, ever stepped foot on a farm?  eaten at a supper club?  had a beer at a local watering hole with Pabst on tap?  been to a labor fest in a small town?  attended a school concert where there is k-12 in one building?   had a Saturday night Prime Rib special for $14.95?

Has Hillary, outside of a campaign event?

Bernie has.

The problem though is they all were all in on Hillary.

While Bernie was traveling and talking with large crowds of kids, independents, progressives, etc... Hillary was traveling around speaking AT people and holding private events where the establishment could get cute pictures for their facebook profile.   While Bernie was speaking in LaCrosse, Hillary was holding $3000/plate fundraisers in places like Mexico, Japan and China.  While Bernie was explaining how Wall St. has rigged our economy Hillary was using Wall St. lobbyist after Wall St. Lobbyist to hold fund raisers for her.   We even noticed that every time Bernie had a stance that resonated with the public, Hillary ran to the mics with a "me too" stance on that issue.  While we were remembering all of the times that Bernie Sanders came to Fighting Bob Fest to speak to us, Hillary was giving speeches on Wall St. and making $250,000 for twenty minutes(and refuses to release the transcripts).

We know that Bernie is not perfect, he has had some legitimate missteps, but not that many.   Bernie also would address his missteps immediately.   Unfortunately, the Hillary camp, not content with the few he has had, tried to gin up some that were not.

While we all cringed when Hillary told us that the war criminal Henry Kissinger was her good friend and mentor the Hillary camp was telling us how horrible it as that one of Bernie Sanders staffers looked at Hillary's VAN(which he actually didn't).   While Hillary was running around making racist statements, her supporters were being called "sexist" as often as possible as a way to quash any dissent.

For those to young to remember Henry Kissinger here are some lowlights:

Wonderful ideas and commentary, by Henry Kissinger, "Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”; "Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."; “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”; “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”; “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” Ahhh, exactly what one would look for in a mentor. If you were trying to become a super-villan.
Despite all of this,the people that we thought were progressives, the people who were given the responsibility of being the voice of the people, have disappeared in order to blindly support Hillary.

We here in the heartland, and progressives all over the country, have to realize that we are on an island with no reinforcements.  Luckily for us, there is strength in numbers if we use it correctly.

Do not give your business, votes or support to people who do not give it back to us.  I have unsubscribed to both magazines and unsubscribed from every email list where the person is a Hillary supporter.   Any support or dollars from now on coming from me, will go to those who support us.

For me, this is a bigger fight than the November election.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Rep. Taylor Responds to Latest GOP Divide and Conquer Tactics

Rep. Taylor Responds to Latest GOP Divide and Conquer Tactics
GOP Returns to attacking UW Faculty & Staff, again

MADISON - In light of new attacks on UW faculty and staff from various state legislators, responsible for cutting GPR to the UW system over the last five years by almost $600 million, Rep. Chris Taylor issued the following statement:

“Republican legislators who again criticize UW faculty and staff are responsible for creating a mess of our world renown UW system, including gutting shared governance, damaging tenure protections that are more necessary than ever to protect academic freedom from political assault, and passing the largest cut to any public university system in the country.

“Instead of investing in the future of our state and our students, who we are already losing to more desirable out-of-state job opportunities, they chose billions in tax breaks for their wealthy friends and big corporations who already don’t pay their fair share like the rest of us.  Meanwhile, our kids are saddled with more debt, less programming, larger classes and less opportunities. 

“Governor Walker and legislative Republicans know what they did was wrong and they are deflecting blame by issuing more insults and threats - intentionally pitting allies of our UW System against each other.  Do not let their games fool you.  They are once again dividing and conquering which is the only way they know how to govern.”

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Scott Walker - Do As I Say, Not As I Do

By Jeff Simpson

Career politician, Scott Walker, who spent 71 days this summer partying on the taxpayer dime, has now signed into law mandatory drug testing for anyone to receive unemployment benefits in WI.

Not only will people who lose their job thanks to incredible mismanagement by the Walker administration but also because of horrible policies of his biggest supporters like WMC now get an added bonus of humiliation.

On Wisconsin!

A quick recap:

Career politician spent 71 days, while on the state payroll, doing this all over the country:

Has now decided this:

This new rule brings us one step closer to moving Wisconsinites from government dependence to true independence,” Governor Walker said in a statement issued to FOX6 News. 

Is there anyone in Wisconsin more dependent on Government than Scott Walker?

In case you were wonderingm, drug testing for unemployment is costly and ineffective!

Come to think of it, that explains the Walker record in WI!  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jesse Kremer's Kin

By Jeff Simpson 

We have covered the Transgender bathroom bill that Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve nASS want to make law in WI.   No matter that the same law has caused North Carolina to lose millions in business, that it is based on lies and the true threat to people in restrooms is Republican officials.  

None of that matters to Big Government Jesse Kremer, he has seen the attention North Carolina has received and he wants that same national attention on him and our once great state.  Regardless of the human and economic costs.  

"I`m proud of North Carolina," Kremer said. "They actually took a stand for what they believe in and what they felt should be done.
Big Government Kremer also says he is willing to bend a little:

 Kremer said he is willing to allow transgender people to use unisex restrooms if there are floor-to-ceiling partitions and no gaps between the door and side walls of the stall. School could also allow students to use a faculty restroom, he said
It is nice of Jesse Kremer to be the bathroom police and tell everyone in WI where and when they can go to the bathroom.  

Until this bill becomes law, and people in WI are obviously unable to make such decisions, I recommend calling up Rep. Kremer to ask him any questions you have on where and when you should use the bathroom.  

Room 17 West
State Capitol
P.O. Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708
Telephone:(608) 266-9175
(888) 534-0059
Fax:(608) 282-3659Voting Address:119 Hillcrest Rd.
Kewaskum, WI 53040     @repjessekremer 

Notice I recommended contacting Mr. Kremer when you need to use the restroom, not using his yard as the restroom.   

As sad as Mr. Kremer is, just know that regressive pitiful politicians are not unique to Wisconsin.   
In Horry County, South Carolina, a school tried to change their policy to allow transgender children(of which there is one), to use the restroom of the gender they identify with.   

The parents would not take treating all children equally  sitting down, so 500 of them attended a recent school board meeting to voice their opposition to this bill.    These 500 people did not seem to show up when South Carolina was competing with Wisconsin in making drastic cuts to public education.    

6. South Carolina
> Pct. chg. per pupil spending (FY'08-FY'14): -16%
> FY '14 per-pupil spending: $2,573 (3rd least)
> Decline in per-pupil spending (FY'08-FY'14): $479 (14th biggest decline)
> Adults with bachelor's degree: 25.1% (12th lowest)
Even in 2008, before the dramatic budget cuts the state has enacted in the past few years, South Carolina spent the fourth-lowest amount on education. As fiscal year 2014, South Carolina primary and secondary students will each be educated with about $500 less than before the recession. The lack of education funding is, in part, due to the political ideals of Governor Nikki Haley. In 2011, she vetoed the state's budget and included $56 million in cuts to education. In addition, Haley refused to accept money from the Education Jobs Fund — a federal program intended to mitigate budget constraints in schools across the country. South Carolina was the only state that did not seek money from this program.
However the good "Christians" of South Carolina did clear their schedule to make sure and bully one child out of 42,500 students in the district.   

Amazingly, in this crowd of 500 , there was one lone voice speaking up for the children - Superhero Melanie Moore.   

When interviewed after the meeting, Moore responded, “Everybody is concerned about their children. The transgender parents are concerned about their children too, so I thought it was important that somebody stand up for them.”
While Ms. Moore was making her points based in facts and science, the other 499 used their best argument against her.   They drowned her out in song of "Jesus Loves Me".  

You can not make this stuff up.   However, as far as I can tell, this crowd is basing their opinion on a made up Jesus.

The Jesus who is in the Bible I read, had this to say:

Matthew 25:31-46New International Version (NIV)The Sheep and the Goats31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

47  I needed to pee and you would not let me use the bathroom!   

What is happening to America in 2016?  Why have we regressed to the 1600s.  Next thing we will take a page from Salem and start burning people at the stake who are not like us.   In a nod to the current entertainment industry, maybe we can have a reality show where a team of libertarian and small government Republicans can guide the actions of a houseful of people and if anyone steps out of line they get treated Running Man style.    We can all be glued to our Television sets and cheer loudly as Captain Freedom fillets the latest victim of Republican Faux outrage!  

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Ted Cruz Republicans

By Jeff Simpson

Scott Walker, Robin Vos, Charlie Sykes et al, took a good hard look at the Republican Primary for President and decided that the best person for the job was Ted Cruz.

Shortly after Walker and Sykes endorsed Ted Cruz, he took their imortant endorsement and shortly thereafter dropped out of the race.  

Thanks guys you helped us dodge a bullet.

Want to know what appealed to the WI republicans about Ted Cruz?  This would be it:

I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific, I think he’s brash, I think he speaks the truth." -- Ted Cruz, June 2015

"For those of y'all who have traveled with me all across the country, I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar. He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everybody else of lying." -- Ted Cruz, May 2016

Here is a nice video memorial for the Ted Cruz campaign showing us exacty what the WISGOP thinks would make one qualified to be President.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rachel Duffy -Reality TV WIll Save Us

By Jeff Simpson

Milwaukee righty hate talker Charlie Sykes recently had world famous dancer Sean Duffy's wife, Rachel Duffy, on for an interview.  

As most elementary teachers will testify, when two children have a conversation, kids say the darndest things.   These two crazy kids did not disappoint!

Campos-Duffy: There is something that is limiting the indoctrination... reality tv shows kids like competition.

For those that do not speak right wing moonbat, and need an interpreter, Ms. Duffy is saying that we have reality TV, to counter indoctrination in our schools by Marxist Professors.
It’s worth noting that young people who don’t go to college have a more favorable view of capitalism than those who do. However, the indoctrination begins long before they meet their Marxist professors. In fact, children begin hearing messages that denigrate the notion of “competition” in the preschool years. It starts with kids shows that equate a desire to win with insensitivity to others. From Barbie to Dragon Tales, healthy competition is too often portrayed as a sign of anti-social behavior which needs to be addressed and rectified. These shows are the primer for the sports programs they’ll later join that de-emphasize competition, awarding medals just for participation.
She then gets on a roll of gobbeldygook

 The good news is that the left-wing indoctrination machine that seems to envelop our children from crib to grad school has its limits. No matter what the social engineers plan or do, or how much taxpayer funding they get, they can’t reverse the fact that my son will run faster to the mailbox if he runs with his sister than if he runs alone. They can’t take away the transcendent feeling of accomplishment my child feels when she gets an A, wins a scholarship, or takes first place in an art competition.
Now for the BIG finish:

 That’s why I am so encouraged by the popularity and growing number of television shows featuring young people, like NBC’s “The Voice”, the Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” or “Kids’ Baking Championship” – or even shows that you might not think are targeted to kids such as “Shark Tank”, “Cupcake Wars,” “Strong”, and “The Apprentice.”My kids and millions of others are drawn to these competition-driven reality shows. They cheer for their favorite competitors, and learn valuable lessons about character, dedication, hard work, and the sometimes unfair distribution of natural talent.
Sometimes they learn that having parents who can channel and nurture a child’s talent or interests makes all the difference. Other times they learn how hard work and passion can overcome everything, including poverty. Watch an episode of Bravo’s “Project Runway Junior,” “American Idol,” or any of the kids’ cooking competitions and you will walk away hopeful for the future of American genius and capitalism. You just know one day soon you’ll be downloading their hit song, purchasing one of their designer gowns, or waiting three months to get a reservation at their restaurant.
Umm Rach not sure if anyone has told you or not but Reality TV is NOT REAL.  As someone whose claim to fame is being on a "reality" show, I would think she would understand that.  I am not sure if she is now aware that there are not cameras all over her house anymore or not.   I mean no one really thought that her relationship with Puck was something that was not staged.    
A look at the shows she is touting reveal that yes, it does resemble America.  For instance, the Voice has not churned out a superstar yet but has helped make the judges bigger stars, In 15 seasons of American Idol and thousands of contestants, there have been 69 people who have released albums and most of those never even charted.   Take away Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson and how many past contestants can you name?  The reality is these are designed for the winner they want to win
Like Republican economic policy, family values and world view, Reality TV is divorced from reality.  
Thanks to Mrs. Campos Duffy for pointing that out to us! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Kevin Binversie Wants You Off His Lawn

By Jeff Simpson

Well not his lawn exactly, those crazy college kids in Madison.  The annual Mifflin Street Block Party has been a tradition in Madison since 1969 and now Binversie, the far right Republican Blogger whose resume includes calling women "Bitches" and wishing for Congressman Mark Pocans death, is now calling for an end to the annual college party.

Binversie, who lives in Sheboygan and attended UW-Eau Claire, has decided he knows whats best for Madison.  Madison is known as a liberal city after all and the right wing elected officials have a long history of trying to control Dane County.

Binversie, using his wingnut welfare position as (insert title here) for the Charlie Sykes loony website Right Wisconsin, complains about college kids having fun.    

Paging Dr. Frankenstein. Your monster is out of control again.
Having never gone to UW-Madison I have no real opinion on the annual riot – I’m sorry, kegger – known as the “Mifflin Street Block Party.” There’s no affinity or hatred for the event; all I have to go on are the stories of friends who attended it while at Madison and recent headlines.

The irony of an opinion piece, that starts out with "I have no real opinion" is completely lost on Mr. Binversie, so is the fact that he has formed his non-opinion on hearsay(like we didnt know that anyway).   Anyone who has read Binversies posts know that facts, evidence and real world experience is not a major factor in his writings.

While there have been some problems at the Mifflin Street Block Party, throughout the years, the reality is it is a safer place to be than a GOP event with Republican Majority Leader Bill Kramer in attendance.  

For the record, the Mifflin Street Block Party was held this weekend and with the thousands of people there, no significant issues occurred at the party.   Turns out it is safer to attend the party now than a GOP frontrunner Donald Trump campaign event.

With only one person being arrested over the weekend at theMifflin Street Block party, it pales in comparison to the amount of people from Scott Walker's inner circle who have been arrested and convicted.

Maybe if the Republicans in Wisconsin spent more time taking care of their own house, instead of telling everyone else how they should live, we could have nice things(like schools and roads and jobs).  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wild, Wild West Allis

My wife and I moved at the end of last year and moved back to the same neighborhood that I grew up in as a kid.

Back then, West Allis used to be a moderately liberal, working class, blue collar type of city.  Block parties were not unusual. When one of the neighborhood kids had a birthday, all the neighbors came over to have some cake and enjoy socializing with each other.

Oh sure, there were problems, like kids fighting, some drug use and Hwy 100 was clogged every night with cruisers.  But overall, it wasn't a bad place to live, work and raise a family.

But that's all changed.  It's become notably much more conservative.  Instead of a liberal mayor, we have a corporate Democrat.  Instead of family supporting jobs, we have check cashing places and fast food joints, including - oh, joy! - a Chick Fil A soon coming to the area.  We also have the damage done by the conservatives, like Scott Walker and Chris Abele, such as their reckless gutting of any gun laws and dismantling mental health services.

In the four short months that we have lived here, there have been three shootings within a three block line, with two of them less than a block away from each other.

At the beginning of the year, there was a shooting at Heartbreakers, a strip joint on 95th St and National Ave.

At the beginning of April, there was a shooting at a gas station just a block away.

Now, early this morning, there was another shooting just three blocks from the first ones.  Sadly, this one involves a fatality:
One person is reported to have been killed in a shooting that has sparked a manhunt Sunday in West Allis.

Police responded just before 7 a.m. to reports of a burglary and shots fired at an apartment building in the 2300 block of S. 92nd St., according to police news releases.

Officers found an injured man in the building and moved him to safety, but he died from his injuries — presumably from the gunshots, though the most recent news release didn't specify.
At the time of this writing, the shooter is still on the loose.

Remember when the gun nuts said that more guns would make us all safer?

Instead of West Allis, it's become the Wild, Wild West Allis.

Yet, despite all of this, I still feel no need to start carrying a gun, a switchblade or any other weapon.  Maybe I'll invest in some Kevlar to protect myself from these gun-loving idiots, but that's about it.

GOP Speaker of The House Is Child Predator

By Jeff Simpson

Recently, former GOP Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who actually served as the third in line from the Presidency longer than anyone in our history, is a child predator.  

Mr. Hastert is not only a child predator, but he will never be punished for his actions.   He was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison but it was because Hastert pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges of structuring financial transactions to conceal payments($3.5 Million) to an individual whom he had sexually abused decades earlier, when Hastert worked as a high school wrestling coach.  The Statute of Limitations has expired on his sexual preying on children(assuming he no longer does it).

Being in a 24 hour news cycle, let's take a quick refresher course on Denny Hastert and his career. Mr. Hastert was Speaker of the House from 1999-2007, when he resigned and cashed in for a few years as a lobbyist.   The former ALEC member, was rewarded for his years of service to them by a sweet lobbying job for a few years after he left office.   Has anyone asked if he was alone with any children at the lobbying office?   

Without getting too deep into his horrible political record, lets just take a look at the clues of his sexual preying.  The start of his downfall, was when he covered up the fact that fellow Republican Mark Foley was preying on interns in DC.   The GOP leadership knew what Foley was doing but as always, put party before people and allowed children to continue being prey.   

The interesting thing there, surprise surprise, was as Speaker, Hastert took a serious stand against child predators:

The longtime Republican lawmaker supported the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000 and called for stiffer penalties for sex offenders before his own pattern of abuse was revealed, reported the Chicago Tribune.
“It is important to have a national notification system to help safely recover children kidnapped by child predators,” Hastert said in 2003, after Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was recovered after a nine-month ordeal of kidnapping and abuse.
“But it is equally important to stop those predators before they strike, to put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of their lives and to help law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done,” Hastert said at the time.
The former GOP lawmaker also spoke out against President Bill Clinton’s private conduct during the impeachment proceedings, saying he had abused and violated the public trust.
Yes irony and shame are long gone from our Government these days.   This is why it made it so interesting when Hastert begged for leniency from the judge.  Hastert even had over 60 people write letters of support for him ( although 20 cowards withdrew their letters when the judge said they would be made public).    

Hastert even trumped his own hypocrisy(who knew that was possible) by asking one of his victims brothers to write a letter in support for him.   

A good but really tough read is the judge's remarks in sentencing Dennis Hastert.   

NY Times correspondent @juliebosman tweeted the sentencing and here are some low lights:
 Apr 27Judge, on Hastert: "The defendant is a serial child molester."

 Apr 27Judge to Hastert: Any sentence I give you today would "pale" to what you would have received in state court for committing sexual abuse.

 Apr 27Judge, on Hastert: "If there’s a public shaming of the defendant because of the conduct he’s engaged in, so be it."
Finally this one:

 Apr 27Judge's final words before exiting: "This is a horrible case.. horrible for our country. I hope I never have to see a case like this again."

One last thought:

Friday, April 29, 2016

RoJo Wants To Reform Something

By Jeff Simpson

Our Dumb Senator wants to "reform" something:

Ron introduces reform package aimed at wasteful govermnet spending

Posted by Staff
Apr 28, 2016 5:48:25 PM
Federal News Radio
By: Meredith Somers
April 27, 2016
Oil paintings, presidential allowances and administrative leave — the legislative package Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) plans to introduce covers a variety of federal programs and payments, with the singular goal of government reform.

Maybe that is why Mr. Johnson has done absolutely nothing in his six years of non work for the people of Wisconsin.    He does not know he works for the people of Wisconsin in the US Government.  

Vote for Russ Feingold in November!   Let's get intelligent adults back in our Government.

Paul Ryan Wants To Kill Me


By Jeff Simpson

Janesvilles own Paul Ryan (R - Wall St.), recently took over the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives, promised a new tone of civility within his party.

Imagine my surprise, when I read this story today:

U.S.  House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called on Wednesday for an end to Obamacare’s financial protections for people with serious medical conditions, saying these consumers should be placed in state high-risk pools.
In election-year remarks that could shed light on an expected Republican health care alternative, Ryan said existing federal policy that prevents insurers from charging sick people higher rates for health coverage has raised costs for healthy consumers while undermining choice and competition.
The rule, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, has been praised by patient advocates for providing access to medical care for people who previously could not afford private health insurance. The Affordable Care Act also bars insurers from excluding coverage for pre-existing conditions.
“Less than 10 percent of people under 65 are what we call people with pre-existing conditions, who are really kind of uninsurable,” Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told a student audience at Georgetown University.

I have never been shy about sharing my journey fighting Cancer publicly.   It is a club I would rather not be in but, as Mr. Ryan speaks so much about choice, it is a choice I(and millions of others) did not have.

While Mr. Ryan speaks of "ONLY 10 percent", which is approximately 27,481,309 million Americans that he is referring to.    A mass shooting is defined by four or more people being shot or killed, I hate to think what the needless death of 27.5 million Americans would be called.

Before I get accused of histrionics and hyperbole, I understand that allowing insurance companies to drop us "who are really kind of uninsurable," will not immediately kill all of us.   It will immediately kill some of us, and eventually kill a vast majority of us.   

I know personally, without the quality health insurance I have, I would have died a horrible painful death by now.   There isn't a health savings account south of Janna Ryan's family Oklahoma oil money,that could even come close to putting a dent in the bills my medical issues have racked up.  

Now Mr. Ryan, who is third in line from the Presidency of the United States, has decided it would be best if insurance companies would not have to cover me for a reasonable rate.   

Let's take cancer for instance :  
Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and its incidence continues to rise. Each year 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease. However, evidence shows that 30 - 40 percent of these deaths can be prevented, and one-third can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment.     That translates to 340,000 cases of cancer a year in the US alone that can be stopped or cured with early diagnosis and treatment.   
The only possible way to get early diagnosis and treatment is to have affordable health care and see your doctor regularly.    Without health insurance or with a ridiculously high deductible, people will not go to the doctor and get treated.  Nikolas Kristof of the New York Times gave us an incredible inside look of just this very instance that happened to a good friend of his.  It is a tough but very important read.

But wait there is more!    If an insurance company is allowed to drop you after a diagnosis, then you are stuck during the hardest time in your life(trust me it takes quite some time for the (you have cancer) news to truly sink in) calling around and pricing private insurance plans for the uninsurable.  
One thing for me, and I am sure most others, is consistency in care.   When you change or price insurance companies, you have to keep your doctors in mind.   My case is so incredibly complicated, I have at one time or another, spent time with 8 different groups of surgical specialists.  Can you imagine half way through treatment/diagnosis having to switch to another hospital and finding a whole new group of 8 different teams and get them up to speed while hoping that the insurance company I picked was not also planning on dropping me.

The stress on not just me, but my family, and wife and children was unbearable to begin with.   When a family member gets an illness the whole family and friends get it also.   Does Mr. Ryan also plan on allowing the insurance companies to drop my wife and kids also because I am expensive?   If that is the case, the 27.5 million Americans starts to increase exponentially.    

We know from experience and hindsight that many patients can not wait for treatment because of no insurance, shopping insurance companies or denial of services by the insurance company you have.

People have literally died because of this 

Many people on both sides of the aisle, realize that Obamacare is not perfect.   They realize that there are many different tweaks that need to be done to help insure all Americans.   Almost all people realize that the one good thing we can agree on is that insurance companies can no longer drop people who get sick and actually have to use their insurance.

That is all but the most extreme of us.  Paul Ryan is one of those people who are too extreme.  

Are we a nation that wants people who are unfortunate enough to get a debilitating disease to die off quickly to cull the herd?  Or are we a people that understands that "All (wo)Men Are Created Equal" and no diagnosis should be a death penalty?

I have been told many times that we have the government we deserve.   Let us come to common ground and understand that I do not deserve to die because I happened to have cancer.   I do not deserve to die a painful death early because I can no longer afford high risk insurance.

No one in Wisconsin deserves to have Paul Ryan represent them

It is time we retire Paul Ryan from Congress, for the sake of 27.5 million of your friends and neighbors and family members!