Monday, June 27, 2016

From My Cold Dead Hands

By Jeff Simpson 

The old Charlton Heston Quote, that everyone who is a tool of the NRA loves to quote:



Now the new saying should read " From my cold dead hands, as I stand over the dead bodies of my two daughters I just murdered."


Police say a Houston-area woman fatally shot her two adult daughters before officers shot and killed her.
The incident happened about 5 p.m. Friday in front of a home on the fringe of the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls says a motive was still under investigation, but it appeared the shooting was the climax to a family argument.
Nehls says the daughters had already been shot when a Fulshear police officer arrived and saw the mother with a gun in her hand, apparently preparing to shoot one of her daughters again. The officer shot and killed the woman.
Officials identified the mother as Christy Sheats, 42, and her daughters as Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, CBS affiliate KHOU reported.

What makes this different, than your average daily shooting?  The answer is not much but there is a disturbing trend of crazy shooters.

As Christy let it be known, the damm liberals are out to take her guns and keep her from "protecting" her family.

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Her daughter Taylor, on April 28, wrote this post:

Casual reminder that I do support the Second Amendment but this is just some food for thought 💭



Perhaps some foreshadowing of knowing her mother did not need to have so many guns?

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New details of the story come out that Ms. Sheats has had some history of mental illness, so maybe some liberal should have come and taken her guns!

The Texas woman who killed her two daughters on Friday, before being shot and killed by police herself, allegedly had a history of mental illness, officials say. And she had posted multiple times on social media about her support of firearms. 
The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office had been to Christy Sheats' home "for previous altercations" involving Sheats' "mental crisis," sheriff's spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa tells PEOPLE. 

Since the NRA likes to take advantage of such tragedies to sell more guns, I am curious which kind they are going to be selling now?  the gun that Ms Sheats used to murder her daughters, or the one the police officer used to make her stop shooting her dead daughters?

At least when Ms. Sheats says "Out of my cold dead hands" she means it!

Next time you hear a pundit, politician,three letter terrorist organization, or random person telling you that "Obama is coming for your guns", I highly recommend walkings lowly away and taking cover - FAST!

Friday, June 24, 2016

That Time Scott Walker Politically Retaliated Against Me


For over a hundred years, Wisconsin had a civil service code which was the yardstick to which other states and governments measured themselves by. It was created in response to the heavy cronyism, nepotism and corporate corruption in the state at the time. It was meant to ensure good government and that "Only the best shall serve."

Last year, Scott Walker and his Republican cohorts gutted these civil service protections. However, it wasn't until this week that state workers got a clearer picture of what they were going to face.

To say that the new system is rife with problems would be a gross understatement.

Instead of a civil service exam and objective evaluation, hiring will be subjective, meaning it's not what you know but who you know (or what your know about who you know). This will open the door to cronyism, nepotism and corruption to a degree not seen in decades.

This gutting of civil service protection also greatly accelerates the disciplinary process. Not only is discipline more subjective - a worker could get in trouble just if the manager doesn't like how they look - but it makes it easier to quickly terminate the worker without just cause.

What caught my eye was a point made by Rick Badger, Executive Director of AFSCME District Council 32:
Badger objected to that characterization, saying the new rules will “ironically” make it harder to retain current employees.

“Existing employees will now find it harder to do their jobs without fear of political retribution, and it now will be harder for state employees who leave their jobs to ever return,” Badger said.
That really struck a nerve with me.

It struck a nerve because Walker did that very thing to me when he was Milwaukee County Executive and I worked for the county.

In 2010, when Walker was running to be governor, his campaign revealed the corruption that he would become so well known for. Two of his top aides were caught doing illegal politicking.

Darlene Wink was caught making political comments at various websites, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, during the times she was at work. Likewise, Tim Russell was caught doing campaign work on county time. Wink and Russell were two of the six people arrested and convicted during the first John Doe investigation.

About a month after Russell got caught, a right wing front group closely allied with Walker, the misnamed Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG), filed a bogus criminal complaint against me, accusing me of doing the same things Walker's people were doing. They said that I was blogging while on county time. The problem with their complaint was that they accused me of blogging on major holidays, vacation days and on furlough days.

How dare I practice that Free Speech thingy on my own time!

What I was doing was looking at some blogs and the local news sites. But as my attorney, Michael Maistelman (the best damn political attorney in the state), had said:
If looking at websites that have political content, such as WisPolitics, Milwaukee Magazine, JSONLINE.COM, etc was a criminal act, most public employees would be in a heap of trouble. Chris was exonerated as expected.

Long story shorter, when the criminal charges failed, Walker tried to get me fired. Over ten months, they repeatedly brought charges against me. Finally, in April 2011, they found me guilty of wasting time and using the county computer for personal use and gave me a fifteen day suspension.

Fortunately, the union had my back. They were able to negotiate it down to a ten day suspension which got me out of the PRB's grasp. It was still unfair, but it was better than it might have been in that corrupt system.

Now, everyone knew that this was all about political retaliation by Walker, but there was no proof, no smoking gun.

That was until the emails from the John Doe investigation were released. Buried in those emails was this little beauty:



The sender was Cindy Archer, Walker's right hand woman and then head of Walker's Department of Administration. While she got some of her facts wrong, it was clear that she was referring to yours truly and saying that I needed to be fired because of what happened to Wink and Russell.

And the rest, as they say, his history.

But Wisconsin state workers should pay close heed to this story, because they could find themselves in similar situations if they are not very careful. Even worse, after Walker's attempts to bust the public sector union's, they might not have the same level of defense and recourse that I had back then.

The state workers - well, all of us really - need to be very mindful that fascism has indeed returned to Wisconsin with a vengeance.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Lapdogs Of The NRA

After the horror of Sandy Hook, where twenty people, mostly children, were gunned down in cold blood, the Republicans refused to do the right thing by banning assault rifles.

After the massacre in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in this country's history, the Republicans again ignored the will of the people and refused to ban terrorists from having free access to guns.

Congressional Democrats from both houses decided to draw the line and stand up for our rights and our lives by conducting a sit in on the floor of the House of Representatives until there was a vote on passing even the most reasonable of gun laws.

Republicans, led by Lyin' Paul Ryan, toed the line for their masters at the NRA by trying to shut down the sit in.  First, the fascist Ryan tried to shut down the live feeds to the House so that the American people would be left in the dark about what was happening.

Then, again led by Ryan, these lapdogs and bootlickers of the NRA tried to stop the sit in by holding a vote to override a veto by President Barack Obama on a bill that would have made it even easier for capital vultures to exploit people.  The Democrats held firm and the override failed.  Ryan then scurried off with his tail between his legs in shame.

Wisconsin Republicans are no more respectable than their national counterparts.

Republican Representative Bob Gannon, (R-(Gun)Slinger, wants to introduce a bill that would make a private business that banned guns from their premises if a lawbreaker brings in a gun and shoots someone in their store.  His rationale for this bill is even more unbelievable:
A state lawmaker wants businesses that ban guns to be held strictly liable for any gun-related injury that might occur in their premises, and to pay triple damages.

The "Disarmed Citizen Compensation Act" is the brainchild of Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger).

"This bill will give the citizens of Wisconsin a better chance of defending themselves and their loved ones against this scourge of terrorist activity," Gannon said in a news release.
Yeah, because terrorists typically target the local grocery store or convenience store.

Gawd, these people are so enthralled with their checks from the NRA and their phallic symbols that they have thrown all common sense out the window to be able to live with themselves.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Political Negative Zone

By Jeff Simpson

In the Marvel Comic's world, the Negative Zone is a place where all matter is negatively charged, compared to positively charged here on earth.  This area of sub space was discovered by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Little did we know that it is not just a fictional place, used to expand the Marvel Universe, but also describes the upcoming Presidential election we are heading for.

The 2016 election, which culminates in November, is shaping up to be one of the worst in our history.

The two presumptive nominees , Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are heading into an election year  where they could hardly be more unliked.

But both candidates face striking divisions inside their parties and both are widely disliked by independents.
About two-thirds of Wisconsin independents (68%) say they’re uncomfortable with Clinton as president. About three-fourths (74%) say they’re uncomfortable with Trump as president.
That helps explain why 25% of independents in the survey answered “neither” and 10% said “don’t know” when asked which of the two candidates they planned to vote for in November. Those two groups combined (35%) are large/r than the number of independents who picked Clinton (33%) or Trump (32%).    
The numbers are even worse in WI for both candidates.

He is viewed unfavorably by 71% of women, 73% of college grads, 65% of suburban voters and 66% of moderates in the poll of 800 registered voters, taken last Thursday through Sunday.
Seven in 10 voters overall say they are uncomfortable with him as president.
It is hard to imagine a nominee with these kinds of numbers being remotely competitive, but the new poll isn’t that much kinder to Clinton, who is viewed unfavorably by 66% of men, 65% of independents and 62% of rural voters.
Her public standing is not as negative as Trump’s, but it has been stuck in negative territory all year, with no positive movement. The share of Wisconsin voters who view her unfavorably was 55% in January, 55% in February, 59% in March and 58% in the new poll.
Clinton gets higher ratings than Trump for being able to handle a crisis, for caring about people and for her qualifications to be president.
But she gets slightly lower ratings for trustworthiness: 32% of voters called Trump honest, while 28% called Clinton honest.
How can the most powerful position in the free world come down to a contest between two people who no one likes?   Is our political system that broken?   They have both been fighting for their own party's nomination, in fairly safe and semi-positive campaigns.

Soon the two candidates will start focusing on each other, in what could be the biggest slime/smear fest we have ever seen( and that would be saying something), which will successfully drive all of these negative numbers up.  

I believe we will soon have groups of people coming up with creative ways to spend Election Day which does NOT include people voting.   This lack of enthusiasm on both sides, spells trouble for the down ticket races.

In WI  where this is the best chance the Deemocratic Party has to turn their fortunes around from the Mike Tate bleak years(Presidential election years typically favor Democratic candidates and turn out),  the WISDEMS have decided that they must support Ms. Clinton no matter the cost.

Her opponent, Bernie Sanders, won easily the WI primary and still holds huge nationwide poll advantages over Ms. Clinton and the Donald.
Clinton lost Wisconsin by double digits to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the April primary, and Sanders continues to enjoy far better ratings here. His positive rating with registered voters is 16 points higher than Clinton’s.            
 The enthusiasm factor of bringing independents to vote on your ticket would in a normal election year be one that a party in the minority would seem to embrace.   In the negative zone election though, the Democratic Party seems content to go down with the ship and instead of at least embracing the fact that there is a large swath of voters in Wisconsin who feel politically homeless and un represented, the WISDEMS have felt the best way to reach them is to mock them and dismiss their feelings and opinions.

Even the Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party promised her (poorly named) super delegate vote for the winner of the WI primary to represent the Democrats of Wisconsin's choice.   Then after Senator Sanders won, Martha Laning quickly reversed her position and now has pledged her vote to the candidate with record negatives who was roundly rejected by WIsconsin voters.  

Even if the Democratic Party wants to cling to the Titanic that is Hillary Clinton, Ms. Laning keeping her vow to vote for who the people of WI overwhelmingly prefer, it would not affect the outcome but would show that she listens to the people she needs out knocking doors, sending money and registering voters in November.

Unfortunately listening to the people of WI is not on her list of priorities.  I am not sure how many times we have to let the same party insiders and highly paid consultants lead us to election losses in WI but it appears to be limitless.

I guess it's back to boots on the ground, working to get local progressives elected, and passing referendums to keep the doors open in our schools and communities.  

At least the fine folks of inside the political parties, consultants and lobbyists that are setting our losing agenda now, will be able to vacation together on the beach in January and discuss what went wrong over Pina Coladas.

Let's hope that for those of us stuck here, feeling the devastating effects of their incompetence, that our local communities will have enough money to clear the roads of snow and ice so we can make it to our two part time jobs safely!    










Friday, June 17, 2016

Quote Of The Day - RoJo Edition

If you hadn't heard yet, the Republicans are desperate to try to salvage this election season after having had Hell Toupee.  They are so desperate that they have not only stopped running away from George W. Bush, they are pulling him out of the brush to help their vulnerable senators, including RoJo.

Which leads us to the quote of the day:
“All the Bushes are people of integrity,” Johnson told the newspaper.
Yeah, the same Bush that lied to us to start an unjust war, not paying for either of the wars he started and leading the country into the Great Recession.

Now you know why we call him Our Dumb Senator.

US Rep Gwen Moore: Drug Test The 1%

Lyin' Paul Ryan used a drug treatment facility as a backdrop when he rolled out part of his "Better Way" gimmick, which included shaming the poor by making anyone receiving government benefits take a drug test.

Fellow Wisconsin US Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) took him up on that and said that we should drug test the real takers - the 1% who claim more than $150,000 in tax deductions:
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) has had enough of the growing movement to drug test poor people who need government assistance. So on Tuesday, she’s introducing a bill that she says will make things fairer.

Her “Top 1% Accountability Act” would require anyone claiming itemized tax deductions of over $150,000 in a given year to submit a clean drug test. If a filer doesn’t submit a clean test within three months of filing, he won’t be able to take advantage of tax deductions like the mortgage interest deduction or health insurance tax breaks. Instead he would have to make use of the standard deduction.

Her office has calculated that the people impacted will be those who make at least $500,000 a year. “By drug testing those with itemized deductions over $150,000, this bill will level the playing field for drug testing people who are the recipients of social programs,” a memo on her bill notes.

Moore has a personal stake in the fight. “I am a former welfare recipient,” she explained. “I’ve used food stamps, I’ve received Aid for Families with Dependent Children, Medicaid, Head Start for my kids, Title XX daycare [subsidies]. I’m truly grateful for the social safety net.”
It would be fantastic to see the real takers and abusers be held accountable for a change.

Republican Operatives Push To Dump Trump, Walker Wants In

Last week, I pointed out that Scott Walker was starting to waffle on his support for Donald T. Rump, the presumptive Republican nominee. I also pointed out that it seemed that Walker was trying to position himself to be the new nominee if all hell broke loose at the Republican convention.

During the past week, Walker continued to act like he was trying to position himself as a presidential candidate again.

During a vacation, er, trade mission in Mexico, smeared all the remaining candidates, saying that Mexican authorities were equally worried about each of them:
Gov. Scott Walker said Mexican officials have raised concerns with him in recent days about the trade policies Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would adopt as president, but didn't consider any one of them a bigger threat than the others.

"In general, they're concerned about trade, and interestingly they're concerned not just about the presumptive Republican nominee, they were concerned about statements made by both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton about trade as well and what impact it might have," the GOP governor said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.
Yeah, right, sure.

Like the Mexican authorities were just as worried about the Democrats as the guy who called them rapists and drug dealers and wanted to build a wall along the Mexican border and have the Mexicans pay for it.

At the same time, Walker channeled his inner Sarah Palin by blaming the media for his low poll numbers and for the fact that he just sucks:
Gov. Scott Walker says it's the media's fault that people feel bad about the state.

Walker reacted Wednesday to a Marquette University Law School poll showing 50 percent of respondents believe Wisconsin is headed in the wrong direction.

Walker said on a conference call that when he does listening sessions across Wisconsin he hears "good things."

But he says, "headlines are always about negative and bad things so it's no wonder people would feel that way in the polls."

The same poll shows 37 percent think the state budget is in worse shape than a few years ago, while only 31 percent thought it was in better shape. And 29 percent say they think the economy got worse in the past year compared with 25 percent who thought it improved.
To confirm my speculations, a local squawk radio "news" show reported that Walker was now "open" to being named the nominee at the Republican convention if the delegates decide to reject T. Rump, who has been continuously making an ass out of himself, as been sinking in the polls and has been costing the Republican party major corporate sponsors.

On Thursday, CNN reported that there are is a group of Republican sponsors, strategists and operatives looking at the long shot options in trying to dump Trump. What caught my eye is the name of one of the people spearheading this effort:
There is a group of people -- including Eric O'Keefe, a former top fundraiser for Cruz -- that recently formed a group they're calling "Delegates Unbound." They are working on a robust effort to convince delegates that they have the authority and the ability to vote for whomever they want.

A source working with the group told CNN that they are going to try to not only directly communicate with the delegates but also try to raise money to buy TV ads. This source insists the anti-Trump energy is out there among delegates but they just have to coordinate and harness it -- which is no easy task.
Not only is Eric O'Keefe a former top fundraiser for Ted Cruz, but he is the current head of the Koch-funded Wisconsin Club for Growth. O'Keefe is also one of the main subjects in the John Doe investigation between the illegal collaboration between O'Keefe and his group and Scott Walker and his campaign. They already have the emails showing Walker wanting his major donors to send their money to the Wisconsin Club for Growth since there were no limits and they would remain anonymous. WCfG then used that money to help Walker and other Republicans win the recall election.

As CNN reported, it would be extremely unlikely that these operatives would actually be able to oust T. Rump, especially this late in the game. But even if they did, they would be twice-damned fools to replace him with Walker. Walker is such a failure that he barely lasted ten weeks when he was officially running for president. If they tried to pick the popular candidate with this flop, they are just asking for an open rebellion.

Then again, the Republicans have never been known to give a damn about what the voters want.

And if Walker really thinks that he has a chance to win the nomination, much less the presidency, he either crazier and/or dumber than anyone had thought.

On the bright side, we will all be able to laugh at him once again when he fails.

Christine Welcher For Wisconsin (32nd District)

By Jeff Simpson

Now that the spring elections are over and the Presidential Primary is winding down, time to focus on the races that truly matter to our everyday lives!   The local ones - Wisconsin Senate and Assembly!

We will try and bring you information on as many of these as we can and the 32nd is just as good a place as any to start!

Christine Welcher is running against Tyler August!  

Christine was inspired to join the revolution and take back our state by listening to Mike McCabe and his Blue Jeans Nation speech about getting the money out of politics!  

That would go a long way to solving many of our problems, but the ONLY way that can possibly happen is with your help.  If we elect people like Christine who runs on this platform, then hold her accountable when she is in...that's how change happens.   If we you think unlimited dark money is ok, then stick with your normal guy(who you probably would not know his name had I not said so) who likes to fear monger about guns.  

Here is a bit more on Christine!

Local Farmer Wants to Bring True Representation Back to Walworth County 

Walworth County resident, Christine Welcher, said she will seek the 32nd District Assembly seat in the November election. Her goals are to strengthen rural communities, revitalize local economies and return true representation to the people of the 32nd District.

"As a farmer, and former small business owner, I understand the issues and struggles of my neighbors. We are tired of career politicians spending time, and taxpayer money, developing and passing legislation that no one has asked for and that doesn’t benefit the people of this state. It’s time for us to shed our political labels and come together, as the hard working men and women we are, in order to take back our democracy. We need a return to a government for the People, by the People and of the People,” said Christine Welcher about her desire to run for Assembly.

Welcher has already begun visiting with people across the 32nd District, listening to their issues and concerns.

“The hard working people of our district are feeling politically homeless and forgotten,” said Welcher. “It would be my honor to give them a voice again. I want to remind them that their voices, and their votes, do matter. Once elected I will listen to my constituents, not out-of-state, private interests and dark money.”

Prior to farming Christine Welcher was in international travel, specializing in customized tours to Scandinavia, for over 10 years and a supervisor for a national retailer. She is currently the Student Program and Gardens Manager at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, WI, where each summer she teaches students from around the world the benefits of small scale agriculture and the importance of financial sustainability.

Please check out her website (www.WelcherforAssembly.com) and follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/christinewelcherforassembly).

Contact: Christine Welcher Welcher for Assembly 608-279-2733 Christine@WelcherforAssembly.com
www.WelcherforAssembly.com





Thursday, June 16, 2016

Birth, Life and Death of a Bad Idea

“No one had any inkling this was happening,” Michael Blumenfeld told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We are just scratching our heads. Why would you do this?” Mr. Blumenfeld spoke for the Wisconsin Family Care Association in early spring of 2015.
The frail elderly, disabled, and their families learned the governor sought to privatize the successful Family Care and IRIS programs, handing them over to a few large insurance companies.
The birth of this idea happened in secret.
The Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary – charged with shepherding the plan through the legislative process – acknowledged to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “she learned of the proposal only when the governor’s budget was released.” Evidently her staff also knew nothing of the plan.
“None of them knew anything about this,” said Barbara Beckert of Disability Rights Wisconsin. “They are in a state of shock.”
In December 2014, the governor’s office invited advocacy groups to a meeting to discuss what they would like to see happen with the programs. Jason Endres and his spouse Julie of Eau Claire attended that meeting.
“We were never listened to,” Jason said. “The governor did a complete 180 when the budget came out.”
Later an email circulated around the Capitol revealing that the governor’s office directed the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau to write budget language dismantling Family Care and IRIS programs. Governor Walker sidestepped the public agency budget process entirely. He ignored the advocacy/agency councils set up to design changes to long-term care programs.
His proposal would upend a critical safety net for almost 60,000 of our state’s most vulnerable citizens without their consultation.
According to an analysis done by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, “The administration did not solicit the recommendations of the Long-Term Care Advisory Council before or during the development of the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 proposal.”
The Council had requested meetings, but was not granted input.
Days after the budget came out, Jason, Julie along with other IRIS recipients and their families started the Save IRIS citizen advocacy effort to inform people about the proposed changes to their critical programs. Thousands of people from around the state participated in two disability awareness days and a SAVE IRIS rally at the Capitol.
During the spring of 2015, hundreds came to testify during the public budget process. More than 200 statewide and local organizations jointly passed a resolution against the governor’s plan.
Then the Joint Finance Committee met to vote. Jason related what he saw: “During the Executive Session they all talked about it. Talk [for the governor’s proposal] didn’t go all that great as far as getting rid of it. All of a sudden [Assembly Speaker] Robin Vos walked in the room. And the mood changed. The Republicans went into a little meeting room within the Joint Finance Committee room. Then they all came back out and everything had changed. Now they were going to get rid of IRIS. Not five minutes later they voted to get rid of IRIS…I was infuriated.”
For Jason, Julie, and thousands like them, IRIS means a sense of pride about determining for themselves how and whom assists them with daily care most of us can do ourselves. The programs help people stay and function in the community like everybody else.
After the final budget vote, the DHS Secretary scheduled meetings essentially to tell advocates to get on-board. Jason told me about an IRIS recipient who was “ousted from the table” and “read the riot act” because she refused to support the administration’s plan.
Jason then learned of a mysterious meeting in the governor’s office between representatives of big insurance companies expected to benefit from the governor’s plan, DHS officials, and Republican budget committee members. Thursday night DHS Secretary Rhodes withdrew the plan.
“This gave us a huge uplift,” said Jason. Julie added, “This is a major victory!”
For over a year our disabled and elderly struggled with the stress of uncertainty. Home care workers were also affected. Many left for other jobs, which created a huge shortage of workers for the disabled who need help for basic functions.
The unconscionable actions by the governor and his legislative allies caused chaos in so many lives. However, a fighting spirit brought about the death of their very ill-conceived idea.

Madison Senate Office
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
Room 108 South
State Capitol
Madison, WI 53707-7882
Telephone:
608-266-8546
877-763-6636
Fax:608-267-2871

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kremer Owes Barnes - And Wisconsin - A Big Apology

Like everywhere else in the country, the horrible tragedy in Orlando this past weekend has created a lot of passion in Wisconsin. This has led to a shameless display of racism and bigotry by one of Wisconsin's worst lawmakers.

On Sunday, State Representative Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) issued a couple of tweets regarding the shooting:
"How many people have been driven to hate and act violently towards the lgbt community by 'conservative Christian' ideology?" Barnes tweeted Sunday.

"So many terroristic enablers in churches, in Congress, and state houses. Whether by discriminatory policy or the love affair with guns," read another Barnes tweet.
State Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Deep South), who is already infamous for his war on transgender kids and on the poor, wasn't going to let this uppity black man get away with it. So Kremer threw out this rabid press release:
“I am fed up with the disgusting and divisive nature of some of the leaders in our state and nation. The politicization begins with our President, but has reared its ugly head here in our own state.“I am calling out someone who should be a leader, but has instead become a laughing stock. Rep.Mandela Barnes, who is hoping to become a Senator by ousting one of his own for not being radical enough, is blaming Christians for the evil act of war on U.S. soil by an ISIS allegiant this past weekend. This guy, a sitting Wisconsin representative, is an absolute loon of a ‘leader’ doing everything he can to divide and conquer, politicizing a horrific event – the modus operandi of our own President. The Orlando rampage was derived from pure evil and hate – something that Christians and Muslims both denounce.

“Our country has been torn apart by President Obama's divisive racism, hatred of Christianity and lambasting of the military and law enforcement. This terrible belief system has obviously crept into our own statehouse. The division must come to an end, and it should start with leaders like Rep. Barnes.

“The representative resides in a community that is crumbling around him, but doesn't even have the courage and fortitude to address the real problems in his own backyard – an explosion of crime, the breakdown of the family and inner city youth who are thirsting for a strong, honest, father-figure leader with integrity. Rep. Barnes could be that strong, black leader – but that would take hard work and perhaps some criticism by his own colleagues.

“I, for one, have had enough.”
Gee, how nice of this racist, suburban asshole to whitesplain to an African American colleague all that is wrong with his community.

Barnes apparently didn't get the memo that he is supposed to be submissive to his white superior and leveled Kremer with his own press release:
“Jesse Kremer is accusing President Obama of ‘divisive racism,’ ‘hatred of Christianity,’ and is lecturing African Americans on black existence in Milwaukee – this is all you need to know about where his head and his heart are. Rep. Kremer has repeatedly used his position of power as a state legislator to attack poor people, LGBTQ+ people, and people of color. These most recent remarks by the Representative are just the latest in a long line of bizarre ploys, reprehensible comments, and divisive ideology coming from him and his GOP colleagues.

“Insinuating that I have blamed the massacre in Orlando on Christianity is a willful attempt to distract from the real issue at hand by mischaracterizing my sentiments. I have served as the Director for the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), a coalition of faith-based groups advocating for peace and safety in the greater Milwaukee community, and to assert that I cast blame on the religion I practice for the terrible tragedy in Orlando is maliciously false.

“Last summer, it was a black church in Charleston; last fall, it was a Planned Parenthood in Colorado; and last weekend, it was a gay nightclub in Orlando during Pride month. The fact of the matter is that it is far too easy for dangerous people driven by dangerous ideology to get their hands on guns in this country. As we have witnessed time and again, minority groups are significantly more vulnerable to the deadly violence associated with this epidemic. While Rep. Kremer would rather dole out inappropriate, misguided advice in order to distract from what we need to be doing as elected leaders to protect our communities, I will continue to fight to end the scourge of senseless gun violence.”
The thing is, even if Barnes meant his tweets in the sense that Kremer was accusing him of, Barnes would still be correct.

Kremer apparently forgot - or simply ignored - the fact that Ted Cruz, whom Kremer endorsed for president, had been on stage with Pastor Kevin Swanson, right after Swanson called for all gays to be killed.

If the gentle reader feels so compelled, they could reach Kremer at 608-266-9175 or toll free at 888-534-0059 to advise him that he really needs to offer an apology to Representative Barnes, to Milwaukee and to the entire African American community.. He can also be reached via email at Rep.Kremer@legis.wi.gov.

Scott Walker's Flag Day Faux Pas

Scott Walker, who likes to pride himself on having been an Eagle Scout, must not have had gotten his merit badge on the American Flag. On Tuesday, Flag Day, Walker put up this tweet to honor Old Glory:



The problem is the flag has only 48 stars:
All Gov. Scott Walker wanted to do was celebrate Flag Day.

But his first attempt to mark the occasion Tuesday fell flat because the image the Republican posted on Twitter was of an American flag with just 48 stars.

Walker deleted the post within minutes, but screen shots of it circulated across social media.
Maybe Walker has something against Hawaii and Alaska. I could see Hawaii, since that is President Obama's home state, but Alaska? Maybe it reminds him on how Sarah Palin dogged him out and threw her support behind Donald T. Rump.

Sadly, this isn't the Eagle Scout's first flag faux pas either.

Last year, while unofficially campaigning for president, he bragged on how he could fold a flag, just like he learned in the scouts. Except that he was doing it wrong then too.

And this guy wanted to be president? Really?

City Flag Or Beer Label

Some group calling themselves "Greater Together" decided that they were tired of the City of Milwaukee's flag. So they held a contest to design and select a new flag for the city.  On Tuesday, they revealed the winner:


According to Robert Lenz, the person who created this thing:
The design, titled "Sunrise over the Lake," is meant to symbolize a unified future, Lenz said in a May interview.

The three light blue stripes in the sun's reflection represent the city's three rivers and founding towns. The gold background is a nod to the city's wheat growing and brewing history, and the rising sun above the lake represents a city united.
Fortunately, the flag isn't an official replacement of the old one - at least not yet.

But before the city would consider it, they better run it past their corp counsel first.

Something tells me that the Corona beer company might have something to say about it, considering what their logo looks like:


My other question if, God forbid, the city would adapt this thing as the official city flag, would they change the name of the city to the City of Corona, Wisconsin?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Paul Ryan For Unemployment



By Jeff Simpson 

I have written recently that we need all Republicans, Independents and Democrats in the First Congressional District of WI and vote in the August 9th Primary for Paul Nehlen who is challenging incumbent Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.)  

Defeating Paul Ryan is not out of the ordinary, just take a look at NC where incumbent, former tea party darling, Renee Elmers lost in her primary.

  Rep. Renee L. Ellmers (R-N.C.) lost her bid for reelection Tuesday, becoming the first GOP congressional incumbent to lose a seat in 2016.Ellmers, who was elected in 2010 amid the tea party takeover of the House, lost in a special primary election to Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes suburban and rural Raleigh.
Holding won with over 53 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Ellmers was barely clinging to second place ahead of Greg Brannon, edging him by little more than 200 votes.
Ryan recently made headlines for endorsing Donald Trump for President, calling him a racist and then continuing to endorse the Donald.  That upset his fellow Republicans who do not think anything Trump has done is racist.      

Ryan, the Congressman from Janesville, appeared at a closed door fundraiser in New York(FYI:New York is not in his district), where about 300 wealthy donors, who pay good money for access, were disgusted with his support of Trump:

One of the toughest questions for Ryan came from Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and a longtime friend of Romney's who helped bankroll a Republican anti-Trump super PAC this spring. Whitman asked Ryan how he could endorse someone with, in her judgment, such poor character and whose campaign has been based on personal attacks and division. According to two people present, Whitman said Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
Ryan easily explained that away by letting them know he has no character or values, and stands for nothing:

 Ryan explained the difficult political situation he was in, as the leader of House Republicans. While spending a couple of weeks last month deliberating about an endorsement, many of his members increased pressure on him to back Trump. Many of them represent districts where Republican voters are strongly supportive of Trump, Ryan explained.
Realizing that Ryan stood for nothing, greatly appealed to this crowd:

One attendee stood up to plead with Ryan, "Will you please run for president in 2020?" The room erupted in applause. 

Paul Nehlen has a website up where he chronicles some of the biggest failures in Paul's career! 

So do we! 

In the words of Charles Pierce regarding Paul Ryan:  Biggest. Fake. Ever.

Here is his challenger Paul Nehlen's latest ad:



Vote for Paul Nehlen on August 9th!    








Friday, June 10, 2016

An Open Letter To The Super Delegates

By Jeff Simpson

Hello to all of the Super Delegates of the Democratic Party.  I must start out by saying that I feel that Super Delegates are a very bad idea and one that should be abolished.   I also respect that fact that people who are Super Delegates, are people that have a long time established themselves as working within the Democratic Party.   I appreciate that also.

That being said, I am going to make a pitch on why Bernie Sanders is the ONLY choice for you to make at the convention.    I know many will say, you don't like them and now you want them to back your candidate?  The simple answer is YES.   I do not like the new Voter ID law but plan on bringing my ID every time I vote until we can get the law changed.  We are forced in many ways to comply with rules/laws/policies that we disagree with.

I truly believe, like many, that Donald Trump is a disaster waiting to happen.  I believe that the Republican Party managed to find a business person who was actually more incompetent than Carly Fiorina and made him their presumptive nominee.   That takes some doing!  

Since priority number one is to defeat The Donald, we know for a fact that the one person who polls the best and will beat him is Senator Bernie Sanders.   Sure Hillary also out polls Trump and will Probably beat him, but it is a certainty that Bernie would.  Are you willing to make that bet?

We know Hillary has been grooming herself for this for years, and has waited in line and earned her turn.  I appreciate that but this is a new era of politics and lately the next in line succession has not done very well. Especially in Wisconsin, as Governor McCallum and Governor Green will testify too.  Besides, there is very good evidence that it was Bill Clinton who actually talked Donald Trump into running and unleashing the monster.   Maybe being so close to Donald in her personal life somewhat explains her way to cozy relationship with Henry Kissinger.

At the recent Wisconsin Democratic Convention, there was a session on how to engage the youth and get them active and voting.  That answer is right in front of us, if we want to see it:

 

Senator Sanders has been able to draw large crowds of youth, new voters and people who were disenfranchised with politics as usual.   As Matt Taibbi pointed out in Rolling Stone:

 If they had any brains, Beltway Dems and their clucky sycophants like Capeheart would not be celebrating this week. They ought to be horrified to their marrow that the all-powerful Democratic Party ended up having to dig in for a furious rally to stave off a quirky Vermont socialist almost completely lacking big-dollar donors or institutional support.
Thomas Frank, who has made a career  trying to figure out why Democrats continually shoot themselves in the foot every election cycle, had this to say:

The rest of us, meanwhile, will get to pass the remainder of the year under the slowly dawning certainty that nothing is going to change. The policies of the last eight years are to be the policies of the next eight. Minus, of course, the enthusiasm that followed Barack Obama along the campaign trail in 2008. Nobody will be partying in Grant Park on the day Hillary is elected. And nobody will parade triumphantly through the streets of any city other than Washington when the Clinton restoration is complete.
In a Politico piece, Yves Smth believes many of her progressive leaders will vote for Trump.

 The Clintons’ dismal record, which Hillary cannot run away from, speaks for itself. And this is what makes many progressives I know unable to support her, even if she wins the nomination.  
None of the even takes into account the email scandal she has her self embroiled in.  While I personally do not think it will amount to much of anything, but showing Ms. Clintons ignorance of technology, it is never good to have to explain criminal investigations while running.  

There is also a popular myth, that Bernie could not handle the scrutiny of Republicans if he were the nominee, which Josh Atchison disproves in his piece on Commondreams:


There’s two things wrong with this story, however.
First, Sanders has been under a concerted and systematic assault in the mainstream media and from the Democratic Establishment since he began to threaten Hillary’s “inevitable” candidacy, yet his numbers have continued to skyrocket up in the polls. There’s little more the Republicans could do in this regard.  Which brings us to the Establishment’s second error.
Any political consultant will tell you that the two most important numbers in predicting a candidate’s performance are their unfavorability/favorability ratings and how trustworthy voters perceive the candidate to be.  
While I adamantly support Senator Sanders for President and ask that you use your very powerful super delegate vote to also support Senator Sanders.   I understand the courage it would take to do this.  It always takes courage to make history and do the right thing when everyone else expects status quo.   I believe it is quite obvious at this point, that the status quo could be the most toxic campaign issue that we have seen in our lifetime.

The voters are desperate for change and sick of being told how great that our politicians are doing while poverty is the highest it has been in 30 years.  The people see a different America then the politicians tell us is happening in their neighborhood.

Senator Sanders understands this, saw it coming, and has been talking about it for the last thirty years!  He actually has 'street cred" on this issue.

If I still have not convinced you to support Senator Sanders with your Super Delegate vote yet, let me give you maybe the most compelling point!

As of February 2016 there were 191 Bernie Democrats running for office throughout the country.   That number has increased since then, just checking the GAB list of candidates on the ballot this fall, there are numerous Bernie inspired candidates up and down the ballot.

There has been talk for as long as I have paid attention to politics that the Democrats need to build their bench.   No candidate that I have ever seen has inspired so many new people to not only get involved in the process, but to actually do something about it and put their name on the ballot.

That is what happens when someone comes out with a progressive populist ideas and campaign.

People are desperate for change.  People are sick of politicians telling us what we cant do.  In the 60's President Kennedy challenged the country to put a man on the moon and the country accepted the challenge successfully.  

That is what American exceptionalism is all about, when you work with all people towards a common goal.  Not when Wall St., Fossil Fuels and Multi National Corporations get to eat until they are stuffed and the rest of us get the crumbs.

I beg, plead and ask to please use your Super Delegate vote to help put Senator Bernie Sanders in the White House.  It will help down ticket races and inspire a new generation that will see that they too can make a difference without needing to be a multi millionaire.  

Our Country, Our State and our children need your help!

Let's make this a priority:



Not this:






Respectfully

Jeff Simpson


PS:  Martha Laning we are counting on you to keep your promise and vote for the person who handily won the Wisconsin Primary!   The whole state is watching!









Ron Johnson Forgets Six Years

By Jeff Simpson


Ron Johnson is out with his first ad, and I am not sure if he lacked an editor or it was one he forgot to run in 2010.  





Let's take a closer look at his ad:


"Some companies export jobs," Johnson says. "We export our products. Been doing it for decades, helping to create more Wisconsin jobs.   


Captain American Jobs has voted for fast track on TPP and will not take a position either way on the job killing free trade agreement, partly out of fear and partly because he will not take the time to read it - he has other priorities.   


"Career politicians manufacture hogwash," he says while a forklift operates in the background. "I manufacture plastic. And I respect you enough to tell you the truth."

Of course on Politifact, RoJo has been ranked to be lying on 70 % of his statements that they have checked.  I guess he does not respect us that much.  

"And I've stayed put, right here in Oshkosh, for 37 years," he added.  

Or not:
Case in point: Sen. Ron Johnson, who lives in a $1 million house near Capitol Hill.
News of the 2,430-square-foot (three bedrooms, 3.5 bath) home, purchased just a month after Johnson took office in January, didn’t become public untilreported by Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel last month. Technically, he rents the property; it’s owned by the Ronald H. Johnson and Jane K. Johnson Irrevocable Endowment Trust, a family trust.
And he does NOT like "idiot inner city kids" on his lawn! 

“It’s unbelievable to me that liberals, that President Obama, of course he sends his children to private school, as did Al Gore, and Bill Clinton and every other celebrated liberal,” Johnson said Monday on 1310 WIBA–Madison. “They just don’t want to let those idiot inner city kids that they purport to be so supportive of…they don’t want to give them the same opportunity their own kids have. It’s disgraceful.”

No wonder he supports the Donald! 


Also a closer look at this line 

"I manufacture plastic. And I respect you enough to tell you the truth."

Actually, Ron Johnson has been the US Senator from WI for the last 6 years and he does not manufacture plastic and if this ad is any indication, he is leading Washington in manufacturing hogwash!  

The Return of Walker 2016



Well, that escalated quickly.

On Monday, Scott Walker had this to say about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump:
A week after fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump's bid for president, Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he will have no problems supporting the presumptive Republican nominee even though "he wasn't my first choice."

Walker, in the Fox Cities Monday for a listening session, said in an interview with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin that he believes Trump is a better fit for the presidency than the expected Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Walker, a onetime presidential candidate, said he has made it clear since the Aug. 6 Republican presidential debate in Cleveland that he would support his party's nominee, no matter who it is. That includes Trump.

"I said it then, and I'll repeat it now, that I felt like any of the people on that stage were better than Hillary Clinton," Walker said. "He wasn't my first choice. He wasn't my choice in Wisconsin. There are issues, not the least of which lately with his statements about the judge he commented on, which I just fundamentally disagree with him on, so just saying that I'll support him over Hillary Clinton doesn't mean I embrace all the things that he says or all the ways that he says it."

Walker said his support for Trump isn't a matter of party loyalty, but rather that he doesn't trust Clinton.
Not a warm embrace, but definitely supportive.

But by Wednesday, Walker had amped up his criticism of Hair Furor and the racist statements he had made towards U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel:
Gov. Scott Walker blasted presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Wednesday.

“I’m focused on calling out the fact that I believe what he said about the judge is wrong, not as a Republican or Democratic or as a political person but just as an American,” the Republican governor told reporters at the Alliant Energy Center. “In this country, we don’t judge people based upon their race, their sex, their ethnicity, their religious beliefs. That’s just a fundamental principle going back to the founding of our country. “
Obviously, racist statements made by Trump is a bad thing, although he didn't mind it so much within his own campaign and staff.

On the same day, Walker served up some waffles strongly fortified with irony (emphasis mine):
In an interview with Madison, Wisconsin’s WKOW, Walker, who dropped out of the GOP race in September 2015, lamented the general-election matchup between presumptive nominees Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“It’s just sad in America that we have such poor choices right now,” he said.

Walker, who endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Wisconsin primary, had previously pledged to support the Republican nominee “whoever that is,” arguing that any GOP candidate would be preferable to Clinton. On Tuesday, however, the Wisconsin governor seemed less certain of his ability to back Trump, pointing to the candidate’s accusations of bias against a Hispanic federal judge as especially troubling.

He’s not yet the nominee. Officially that won’t happen until the middle of July, and so for me that’s kind of the timeframe,” Walker said. “In particular I want to make sure that he renounces what he says, at least in regards to this judge.”
Whoa! It takes some nerve for a guy that was so quickly and soundly rejected by both the voters and his own backers in his own presidential bid to be calling anyone "a poor choice." And that's not getting into his own underwater approval ratings.

The right wing site Red State started speculating that Walker is considering being the nominee of Trump is finally rejected at the Republican convention:
"He's not the nominee yet" really can only mean one possible thing: Walker is among the people who are at least entertaining the possibility that something might happen to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee in July.
When Jessie Opoien of the Cap Times asked Walker about these rumors, he downplayed them:
Gov. Scott Walker shook his head at rumors floated Wednesday that he is open to accepting the Republican nomination if Donald Trump's candidacy falls apart before the party's convention in July.

"I am completely committed to being governor," Walker told reporters. "If I run another campaign in the future, it’ll be running for re-election for governor in 2018, and I won’t make a decision on that until after the elections and after the budget. But that would be the only campaign I’d consider in the future."

Asked what he would do if the possibility were raised on the convention floor, Walker laughed.

"I think, we could talk about hypotheticals all day long. I don’t think any of those are likely," he said.
It would be easy to believe that Walker is just trying to hype this controversy and is making these speculative statements in order to help him restart his stalled fundraising efforts to pay off the $900,000 he still owes from his spectacularly failed presidential bid.

But the gentle reader should remember that Walker alluded to something like this two months ago. The gentle reader should also remember that the two chairs of the convention, Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, are BFFs with Walker.

And with the way this election season has gone, can we really rule anything out?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Scott Walker's One Liner

By Jeff Simpson

He really did say this with a straight face:

It’s just sad in America that we have such poor choices right now,” Scott Walker said.
 So we’ve got someone who has systematically lied to the American people and in doing so, in some ways has actually put America’s national security at risk,” Walker said. “And someone who at least of late has been saying things that run directly at odds with our core beliefs and principles in this country.

So Scott "college dropout, subject of a recall, owner of a criminal defense fund, whose 6 of his top advisers have been convicted of felonies, who was one of 17 contenders for the GOP nomination and after spending $7 million dollars, and campaigning full time, in 71 days ended up polling 0% in the Republican Primary" Walker is sad that we have poor choices.  


 




RoJo Wants Feingold To Denounce Clinton

Having trailed Russ Feingold by double digits from the time Feingold announced, Ron Johnson is starting to get desperate already.

His latest thing has been to demand that Feingold denounce Hillary Clinton because emails!:
Late Tuesday, the Johnson campaign sought to turn the subject to its favor, questioning why Democrat Russ Feingold hasn't backed off from Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee. A private email server used by Clinton while she was secretary of state has been the subject of a continuing FBI investigation.

"When is Senator Feingold going to withdraw his support for a candidate under investigation by the FBI for email practices that jeopardized our national security?," Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger said in a statement.

"Ron has vowed to hold both candidates accountable when they're wrong, just as he did (Monday) when he took the clear step of calling for a candidate he intends to support to retract his statements. That's something Senator Feingold has shown he won't do," Reisinger added.
At least it's not his usual screaming about Benghazi. But RoJo's problems with this line of attack is threefold.

One, like the whole Benghazi thing, the email schtick is just an unsubstantiated and false witch hunt with the sole purpose of trying to smear Clinton.

Secondly, even though RoJo finally called on Trump to retract his statement about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, calling him biased because he was Mexican, RoJo still is embracing Trump's racism. As Team Feingold put it:
"Sen. Johnson said that if Trump said or did anything that "crossed a line," he'd have to withdraw his support for the Republican nominee," said Feingold campaign spokesman Michael Tyler."It's clear from his response that racist comments from Trump don't rise to that level for Sen. Johnson."
It must also be noted that RoJo hasn't said anything about all of the other racists comments that Trump made, including the "my African American" line or his claims that Mexicans are drug dealers, rapists and murderers.

Thirdly, RoJo is going around the state campaigning with Scott Walker, who has had his own troubles with emails and secret routers. The gentle reader surely remembers that Walker has been the subject of not just one, but two major criminal investigations.

But in RoJo's world, IOKIARDI

Unfortunately, it's only a matter of time before other vulnerable Republicans start up their own nonsense along this line.

RoJo's ouster cannot come soon enough.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trustee Hendricks - Response



By Jeff Simpson 

I sent Beloit College, President Bierman expressing my dismay that Diane Hendricks is a Trustee of Beloil Colleeg and also VP of the Trump Victory Fund.

This is President Bierman's response to me:

Dear Jeff, Thanks very much for your note. I can easily appreciate your perspective. Having said that, I do not agree that the college should be severing relationships with members of the community who support the presumptive republican candidate for president. If I understand your argument, it is that being on a board that supports Beloit College and on a board that supports Mr. Trump constitutes a conflict of principles. In my decades of citizenship, it is likely that nearly every single presidential candidate has said things or done things that can be interpreted as being at odds with key college principles. I think making decisions about what college relationships pass a principles test based on politically charged interpretations is dangerous. Furthermore, I do not see why your argument would only apply to joint “board” membership and not to other joint relationships. I guess there is a “visibility” case you are making about being on two boards (e.g. the alleged damage to the college’s reputation), but that seems thin at best. In my opinion, this makes a principles test even more dangerous. On a different note, it is worth saying, that in the time that Diane Hendricks has served on Beloit’s Board of Trustees she has embraced and supported the college’s mission in every way. There is no exception. It is with great pride that I call Diane a member of the Beloit College family. Thanks again, Jeff, for reaching out. Sincerely,Scott

Dear President Bierman, 

Thank you for replying to my letter stating my concerns with Ms.  Hendricks representing Beloit College as a Trustee.  While I vehemently disagree with Ms. Hendricks politics, this has nothing to do with politics.  You notice I did not send this letter while she was donating millions to our Governor and hundreds of thousands of dollars to his legal defense fund.    She has a right to her opinions and beliefs.  I support that fully and while I will work individually to make sure her candidates lose, I would never seek to deny her any position outside of the political spectrum. 

However, I truly believe that the reason that supporting Donald Trump so publicly is a conflict of interest for Beloit College because the vitriol that Donald Trump brings is almost unprecedented in our history.   I am sure I do not need to rundown his offenses for you but let me just touch on a few.  

Donald Trump started the original "birther movement" where he tried to discredit the first African American President in our History as not being a "Real American."; Has called most Mexicans who have crossed the border, Drug dealers and rapists(although did allow wiggle room by sayings some of them are possibly ok).  has had visions of dating his daughter, has continually shamed women and treated them as second hand citizens, has called for the deportation of all Muslims, has promised to build a wall between the USA and Mexico. derided Senator McCain for getting captured in Vietnam, and mocked a disabled reporter.  

Nothing in that list, is (I hope) partisan at all.  It is about Ignorance and hate not Democrats and Republicans.  

On February 27th of last year, there were racial incidences around Beloit College, where you addressed the problem of racism on campus by starting a campus wide initiatiev initiative of "Inclusive excellence".   


Then you had this to sau in your Spring 2015 Beloit Magazine:

These have been some of the hardest weeks I’ve known in my career. To see students, faculty, and staff I admire stung by overt acts of racism, and then hurt by my own mistakes and shortcomings has been hard.
But, discomfort needs to be converted into thoughtful action and sustained change.
There are many on this campus who feel or have felt embattled, endangered and excluded. Some of them are our people of color. Others have been women (and yes, men) who were sexually assaulted by classmates and friends. Many of these came to Beloit believing this would be the place where they could finally, totally be themselves—only to find that acceptance fleeting or incomplete.
While these kind of incidents have happened all over the country, it has also happened in our own backyard.  Latina members of the Beloit Memorial women's soccer team were greeted with calls of "Donald Trump Build that wall" by the opposing team recently.   

Beloit Memorial girls soccer coach Brian Denu said the Elkhorn students taunted black and Latina girls soccer players with racial slurs and chants like "Donald Trump, build that wall."
"Those are just words you'll never be able to take back from those kids and an experience that you wish you could take back," Denu said. "It was really disturbing for them."
Denu said the chants affected some of his players to the point they had to leave the game.
"They came off the field and weren't able to finish the game because they were too upset and distraught over what happened to them," Denu said. "One of the girls was cradled in the arms of one of our assistant coaches for a good 15 to 20 minutes."
Denu said even though the chants came from a small group of Elkhorn students, their words had a big impact on his players.
"I could just see the hurt and pain on their face and know that this was obviously something that they hadn't seen before," Denu said. "You know, it was from a small pocket of the Elkhorn fans, but those words are things you can't take back."
Denu said he and other coaches consoled players during and after the game.
I would argue that these kind of incidences are worse than racist Graffiti, because now that the GOP nominee for President has made it "OK" to say things like this in public, the racists no longer need the cover of darkness to hide their hate.   

As you know, the Beloit community is very diverse:

The Beloit College community is diverse and noted for its passionate engagement with ideas and the world. Its 1250 students are from nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 40 nations. Twenty-seven percent of its students are domestic minorities or students from countries other than the United States. No more than ten percent of a graduating class is represented in any one of Beloit's majors.
All of this and Mr. Trump seems to be getting more extreme by the day.  The whole world is watching us as a country to see how we treat Mr. Trump.   

The Beloit College community, our children, friends and community members are watching to see if the College makes the right decision here and stands up for our friends and community. who Mr. Trump has decided to attack.  

As you once said:


We owe them better than that.  Beloit can do something. We will do something. Tomorrow can be a great day to be a Beloiter.

Tomorrow is here today!    Let's do something!  

Have a great day,

Jeff