Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Walker Finally Pays Off Presidential Campaign Debt*

Good news!*

Scott Walker has finally, at long last, paid off his presidential campaign debt*. And it only took him sixteen months since he ended his short-lived, Quixotic bid.

Walker tried everything he could think of to raise that money. He begged for it. He sold his unwanted t-shirts and other campaign gear at bargain basement prices. He used every con he could think of. He even had other failed politicians, like Ted Cruz, begging for him.

But none of that worked. So what did Walker do to end his debt?*

He sold out his donors to the highest bidders:
In 2016, Walker brought in more than $823,000 by selling his donor list to other GOP candidates such as U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Ben Carson, the nominee to serve as U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, Federal Elections Commission records show. His massive list of contributors was marketed aggressively for him by Granite Lists of Dublin, N.H.

The firm trumpeted the massive Walker list on its website as a "great test for conservative candidates, organizations, and anti-union causes" — a reference to the governor's signature law repealing most collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin.

"One of the hottest donor lists to hit the market in years, the Walker for President list is made up of current Republican donors who are not content to sit on the sidelines. They are committed, generous, and sick and tired of the status quo. Actively engaged, they are motivated by the Republican principles of limited government and reform. This highly coveted list is as current as it gets," the website says.

In October alone, Walker pulled in more than $220,000 from Granite Lists' sales of his donor database. An employee of Granite Lists said the firm's founder, Stephen Meyers, was traveling and unavailable for comment.

Walker's campaign had no comment on the sales of the donor list or whether the governor had sold his list to President-elect Donald Trump. But the website Politico reported a year ago that some of these list sales were deals in which candidates using Walker's list to raise money were splitting the cash with him.
For the poor saps that gave him money, finding themselves bombarded with fundraising emails by right politicians at all levels and from all corners of the country must've been a rude awakening. No one wants an inbox full of spam.

Ah, but as the gentle reader knows, with all things Walker, there's more. There's always more.

Not only did Walker sell out his donors, he took a page from his buddy, Donald Trump, and shorted a lot of the vendors that were waiting for him to pay his bills:
In all, the 10 vendors were owed $374,100, but accepted payment of $333,500:

* Tusk Productions accepted a $3,800 cut.

* Superior Strategies accepted a $5,100 cut.

* Shirley and Banister Public Affairs accepted a $1,600 cut.

* Sharp Politics accepted a $6,000 cut.

* Prospect Strategic Communications accepted a $3,200 cut.

* Maverick Finance accepted a $1,000 cut.

* Maseng Communications accepted a $2,500 cut.

* Just Win Strategies accepted a $5,000 cut.

* Ground Game Strategies accepted a $2,500 cut.

* Drucker Lawhon accepted a $10,000 cut.
But guess what, there'e even more!

Walker also sold his endorsement for the highly unqualified Betsy DeVos to privatize the nation's schools:
Federal Election Commission records show that last year nine members of the DeVos family gave the maximum $2,700 donation apiece — more than $24,000 in all — to help pay down the campaign debt left over after Walker ended his GOP primary bid for president in September 2015.
For the DeVos family to spend that much money for an endorsement from somebody like Walker really shows how unqualified she is.

Now all Walker has to do his pay off his tens of thousands of dollars of personal debt and resolve the millions the state owes to creditors he's been stiffing.

*No, not really

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scott Walker's Political Fire Sale

By Jeff Simpson

Scott Walker, let everyone know that he finally paid off his campaign debt.  

After spending more than $7 million dollars in about three months, of drinking and spreading falsehoods, Scott Walker packed up his 0.0% support and went back to Wisconsin with his tail between his legs.   The one thing he brought back with him though, (was not his dignity that was long gone) but yet another million plus dollars of debt.  

When your accomplishments are few and far between, and you have massive debt, actually paying a bill is a big deal and worthy of a press release.  

However, like most things Scott Walker, things are not as we are told.  See he did not actually pay down all of his debt, he reneged on his contracts and screwing his vendors out of money they earned(earned being a stretch since they helped him reach an approval rating of 0%).

That, or a group of political consultants have been overcharging everyone else on the campaign trail!

Here is a list of them, with how much they have excused, or been screwed out of, their original bill.  I highly recommend that if anyone in the political world has hired these firms, they are obviously up for renegotiating a lower price or else have massively over billed you.  '
In addition, Walker got a hand out of debt from 10 consultants who wrote off about $40,600 owed by the former presidential candidate.
In a filing with the Federal Elections Commission, Walker's campaign said it had reached settlements with 10 vendors in which they agreed to accept less than the full amount owed to them to ensure they got some payment as soon as possible.
In all, the 10 vendors were owed $374,100, but accepted payment of $333,500:
* Tusk Productions (a fundraising firm that could not raise enough to pay themselves) accepted a $3,800 cut.
Superior Strategies accepted a $5,100 cut.
* Shirley and Banister Public Affairs accepted a $1,600 cut.
* Sharp Politics accepted a $6,000 cut.
* Prospect Strategic Communications accepted a $3,200 cut.
* Maverick Finance (another fundraising firm that failed)accepted a $1,000 cut.
* Maseng Communications accepted a $2,500 cut.
* Just Win Strategies(insert own joke here) accepted a $5,000 cut.
* Ground Game Strategies accepted a $2,500 cut.
* Drucker Lawhon accepted a $10,000 cut. 

What is also interesting, is while firms he worked with had to eat about 41k of unpaid bills, Walker has $59000 in the bank still(you do that math).  

What I find curious is how can you hire ten different firms that all do the same thing, help promote your big and bold reforms, and when you take your show on the road you sink faster than a Wisconsin Cheese log.

What I am not the least bit surprised about, of the $8 Million dollars spent on campaigning in three months, none of it was in Wisconsin.  

As the Wisconsin long term debt account has found out, Mr. Walker has never been very good with numbers.  Unfortunately, our children will find that out the hard way!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Reince Priebus: Two-Faced Packers Fan

After that grueling game in which the Green Bay Packers gave Wisconsin a collective heart attack before kicking a clutch field goal to win the game as time was expiring, Kenosha native Reince Priebus celebrated like any Packer fan:

Well, good for him! Or is it?

This is a picture from a couple of years ago, as that game ended, taken in the skybox of Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys:

We already knew that Chis Christie was a Cowboys fan and cronies with Jones, but why is Priebus looking so maudlin?  Is it because he's a typical two-faced Republican? I think so.

But more to the point, how can anyone believe a word Priebus says if he would lie about something so basic and easily caught like this?

Friday, January 13, 2017

New DNR Report: Who Should Pay to Protect & Encourage Fish & Wildlife

By Kathleen Vinehout 

Wisconsin is number one in hunting! Don’t take it from me. The Department of Natural Resources has studies to back it up.
A new DNR report noted Wisconsin had the number one Boone and Crockett Trophy whitetail entries from 2005-2010 and the number one black beer harvest of all states.
Wisconsinites hunt deer at nearly three times the US rate and fist at twice the US rate. We lead the nation in world record musky caught and are the reigning world record holder of brown trout.
According to the DNR report, which included options to fund wildlife management, Wisconsin is number one in annual revenue from hunting - $2,833 per hunter or $2.5 billion.
Yet funds to manage Wisconsin’s fish, wildlife and habitat have not kept up with needs. In fact, revenue dropped by nearly four million dollars in the past five years. Officials estimate the gap between authorized expenses and revenue is $4 - $6 million a year. Anticipating less revenue, the DNR looked for ways to spend less, which resulted in staff reductions and cuts to programs.
For example, with a 15% vacancy in fisheries management, there are fewer fish surveys and less accurate information for anglers. There was a significant reduction in the stocking of larger walleye.
With a 12% vacancy in wildlife management, there is less assistance provided to landowners for habitat development. The DNR reduced collaboration with conservation groups on habitat development and reduced trout improvement work. Pheasant restocking was cut in half. Two thousand acres of wetland impoundments were left unmanaged.
With 10% fewer conservation wardens, there are fewer patrols and less enforcement of hunting and fishing rules.
Our state leans on hunters and anglers to fund wildlife programs. Wisconsin ranks in the top ten states for tapping license fees to fund wildlife management.
The DNR reports, “Nearly ninety percent of revenue to manage the state’s fish and wildlife resources comes from hunting, fishing and trapping license fees and the federal excise tax on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment including firearms and ammunition and a portion of the gas tax attributable to motor boats and small engines.”
There is no similar fee to protect non-hunted species. The report quotes federal sources describing funds needed to protect the 12,000 or so species in State Wildlife Action Plans that are “in greatest conservation need”.
The heavy reliance on license fees is concerning as the number of hunters and anglers decrease. For instance, gun deer hunting has dropped by 12% from its peak in 1999. Several efforts by lawmakers to increase the number of hunters and anglers failed and left bigger holes in the DNR budget.
For example, in 2011 lawmakers passed a bill that included a reduction in fees for first-time hunting and fishing license purchases. Surveys later found reduced fees had little impact on increasing the number of licenses sold. Eighty percent of first-time-license-buyers did not even know about the discount until they paid for the license and most did not continue buying in successive years.
The DNR report stated the need to sell “four times as many resident first-time-buyer licenses and two times as many nonresident first-time-buyer licenses to break even”.
The report details several options for lawmakers in the upcoming budget debate. Ideas include raising fees, standardizing license discounts, eliminating the failed “first-time-buyer” program. In addition, the report suggests new ways to encourage and better serve hunters and anglers with automatic license renewal, gift cards, loyalty discounts and increased flexibility for combination license buyers.
Does rehabbing a trout stream benefit you if you don’t fish? You bet it does.
The report reviews a great deal of economic data related to our natural resources. The upshot? Businesses locate and new businesses start where people want to live and people value a high level of scenic and natural amenities.
The report documented that people want to share in the protection of our natural resources. Maybe it’s time to spread the cost of protection over more than just the hunters and anglers, as Minnesota did with their legacy fund to benefit natural resources.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Marketplace of One Idea

By Jeff Simpson

By now, most people that follow politics, know that the WISGOP are setting the stage to seriously cut UW System funding, or at the very least make them pay for educating Wisconsinites.

It started a few weeks ago when Sen, nASS complained about a class on the Problem with Whiteness, apparently no one had cleared the syllabus with Big Government Steve.

Then he saw that there was a class on masculinity.   In this current rape culture we have created, and with a testosterone deficiency of his own, nAss through another hissy fit and really let them have it.  While nASS is great for a lunatic quote and good press, most people in Wisconsin tend to just ignore him.

nASS has long been at war with UW System, and higher education.

Then as if trying to control every class on every campus isn't enough, then the Republicans let it be known that if they do not start booking more right wing speakers then they would be punished.

This time, Robin Vos (R-Adulterer) jumped on the crazy train.   

"Perhaps what could be most worrisome about going to college these days is the plague of political correctness that creates an environment that ends up stifling free speech," Vos wrote. "I challenge the UW System this school year to find more ways, beyond a two-page policy statement, to ensure that all perspectives, including conservative ones, are present in the classroom."
Apparently too much beer has went to Robin Vos (R- Birth control is as important as water) head and he forgets that in 2013, Robin Vos did something completely unprecedented.   Robin Vos (R-petty, spiteful, little man), went to the closed Democratic caucus, told them that there was no chance of them getting any budget amendment even heard on the floor so do not even try.  The Democrats then did not offer any amendments, which led to Robin Vos being in complete disbelief.

"I'm disappointed, but I can tell you I'm not surprised," said Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), who says he believes the Democrats strategy will be seen as a failure.
Rep. Vos says he has never seen such a tactic employed during his entire political career, but Democrats say it was Vos who prompted their actions. 

 Like the aronists who burned down his workplace and can't believe that there is no need for him to show up to work the next day, Robin Vos (R- Hingst) now tells us he wants "all perspectives" are present.

Yet nothing in his career, past or present, has shown anything but a lust for power and doing what he is told by the masters at ALEC.  Even now saying he wants to make sure he gets more broad support for bills before he brings them to the floor.

 You will hear lots of faux outrage the next few weeks about the WISGOP wanting a "marketplace of ideas" and yet the reality is they want to make sure you hear their message, and no other.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Paul Ryan Builds A Wall - And We All Pay

By Jeff Simpson

H/T Teen Vogue(seriously):

Paul Ryan, who ducked all debates with his Democratic Opponent Ryan Solen, decided spending millions in his district to get re-elected to his heavily gerrymandered seat, has decided to tell us what he stands for AFTER the election.

Ryan has come out now and said he plans to defund Planned Parenthood.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Republicans would slash federal dollars for Planned Parenthood as part of the GOP effort to repeal the health care law.

Of course the incredible benefits and importance of what Planned Parenthood actually does is another blog altogether.  I want to focus on Paul Ryan's cowardice here.   The guy who would not debate his opponents, or even campaign in his district (because people knew who he was), first order of business (well second, his first order of business was to try and gut the nonpartisan ethics watchdog agency) was to do something he never once campaigned on.  

In our Constitutionally limited representative democracy, how it is supposed to work, is people who want to serve the public good, lay out their positions when they run for office.  Then voters know who each person is and vote according to the people who best represent their views.

In our current version of something we call a democracy, we get inundated with millions of dolalrs of smear ads, poor press and celebrity worshiping and end up with politicians who campaign one way and govern completely opposite.

In our Constitutionally limited representative democracy, when your representatives are not representing you, you organize via getting together with friends or like minded people, and/or starting a petition to get the voice of many people in a short time and/or go speak with your representative and try and reason with them.

Planned Parenthood decided to do the petition and deliver it personally to attempt to reason with Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.)  A few dozen women, armed in pink Planned Parenthood logoed T-shirts, were sure they could visit the Speaker of the House, the third most powerful position in Government, and explain to him that the Government does not actually fund Planned Parenthood(along with delivering their petitions with close to 100,000 signatures).

The thing is, the federal government doesn’t actually “fund” Planned Parenthood. There’s no big check or bag of money that goes to the reproductive and sexual healthcare provider and their affiliate clinics throughout the country each year. Rather, the federal funds that do go to Planned Parenthood all happen in the form of reimbursements for services rendered through Medicaid, the federal and state program that provides health insurance to the working poor, and Title X, the federal family planning program for low-income Americans. Furthermore, because of the Hyde Amendment passed in 1976, no federal funding can in any way go toward abortion services; abortion is the only medical procedure explicitly banned from Medicaid coverage.
Of course  the guy who "opposed" Trump, and is good friends with this guy:

Decided that he was so secure in his argument that the best way to address a few dozen ladies in pink shirts, was to hide.   Not only did he hide, he spent a ton of  taxpayer money to do just that.

These are the women he is scared of:

Paul Ryan built his own wall, but this one was to keep fellow Americans and constituents out.   Paul Ryan called in 6 security officers to guard the doors to his office and shield Congressman Ryan from hearing any information that would not square up with pleasing his corporate masters.  

This is the scene of his office that needed taxpayer funded security called for:

Be prepared on January 29th, we will be part of the proverbial snowball, with you know who steering:

Friday, January 6, 2017

Scott Walker - The End Is Near!

By Jeff Simpson 

Scott Walker, in a recent economic forum speech, put his shades on and gave a speech about the future of Wisconsin.   

MADISON — At a recent state economic summit, Gov. Scott Walker slipped on a pair of sunglasses and quoted the 1980s tune "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades."
"You think about the future of this state, it really is exciting — not just where we’re at now, but where we’re headed," Walker said as the audience chuckled.
it is a sad state of affairs that when the Governor of your state, at an economic summit, says it is exciting where the state is headed and it is a punchline that draws laughter.   

However, what is even more telling is that fact that Scott Walker quoted a song about impending nuclear disaster.  

 Well I'm well aware of the world out there,getting blown all to bits, but what do I care?
Then there is the last verse of the song:

  • Blowin' up the lab,
  • Torn between two evils,
  • I always pick the lesser.

Knowing Walker's feelings toward education, you see how fitting this is, but I digress.   Scott Walker spent lots of time this summer, drinking and not working, with The Donald, so he knows as well as anyone the impending disaster.  

TRUMP: Let me explain. Let me explain.
Somebody hits us within ISIS — you wouldn`t fight back with a nuke?
  MATTHEWS: OK. The trouble is, when you said that, the whole world heard it. David Cameron in Britain heard it. The Japanese, where we bombed them in 45, heard it. They`re hearing a guy running for president of the United States talking of maybe using nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to hear that about an American president.
TRUMP: Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?


As Timbuk3 also points out in the title track of the same album.

 The future's been bright for so long now, it looks like dark to me

Paul Ryan as Number Two

By Jeff Simpson

This is the kind of stuff that justifies Twitter:

To keep the laughs going and lightened up for a bit, here is a video of "Number Two"(father of three and self proclaimed huge football fan) not knowing what Dabbing is,


I know that taking healthcare away from 20 million Americans is time consuming, but as a service here at CogDis, to Pink Slip Paulie, here is what Dabbing is:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nass Feels Manhood Threatened By UW Course On Masculinity

Republican Wisconsin State Representative Steve Nass, aka N. Ass, has a long history of being perpetually offended by the University of Wisconsin and has been a main proponent in slashing its budget over the past several years.

Nass' latest bit of faux outrage stems from feeling his manhood is being threatened by a six-week course on masculinity:
A University of Wisconsin-Madison program that explores masculinity amounts to a declaration of war on men and the university should be punished in upcoming budget deliberations, a Republican legislator said Wednesday.

UW-Madison offers a six-week program for undergraduate and graduate students called the Men's Project. It's open only to students who identify as male. Participants examine their masculinity and how it plays into pop culture, sexuality and "hook up culture," according to the program website.

Sen. Steve Nass, a frequent UW System critic, sent an email to his fellow lawmakers on Wednesday entitled "UW-Madison Declares War on Men and their Masculinity — Not a Joke." The email accuses UW-Madison of being part of a national liberal effort to rid male students of their "toxic masculinity."

The email comes less than three weeks after Nass and Republican Rep. Dave Murphy ripped the school for offering a course entitled "The Problem of Whiteness." They demanded legislators cut the UW System budget if UW-Madison didn't drop the class.

"Our friends at UW-Madison, not happy enough with labeling 'whiteness' as a societal problem, now are attacking another social ill ..., Men and their masculinity," the email says.

"The supposedly underfunded and overworked administrators at our flagship campus have scrapped (sic) together enough dollars to offer a six-week program open only to 'men-identified students," the email goes on. "In short, the highly paid leaders at UW-Madison now believe that Wisconsin mothers and fathers have done a poor job of raising their boys by trying to instill in them the values and characteristics necessary in becoming a Man."
As a result, Nass wants his fellow Republicans to attack the system again through the upcoming state budget. In other words, he wants to hit them with his purse.

The only thing I can't figure out is Nass is upset because his male ego is really just that fragile or if it is an extension of his hatred of anyone smarter than him, which is just about the entire state, with the possible exception of the fools that keep voting for him.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dr. Evers In The Drivers Seat

By Jeff Simpson

Dr. Tony Evers, Superintendent of Public Instruction, term is up in 2017, and he has two challengers. In this officially non partisan position, Dr, Evers is considered too progressive to be allowed anywhere near our Government.  Dr. Evers, while somewhat too timid at times, is a solid supporter of public education.

With the election of the largest majority of Republicans in Madison since the 1950's, and this guy as President.  

With the whitewashing that the WISDEMS took just a couple months ago, the WISGOP smell blood and the WISDEMS have decided to fold em.    They even let the hyper partisan Annette Ziegler go unchallenged.

Apparently the cries of "It's about the Supreme Court" during the Hillary campaign, really meant nothing.

Luckily, Dr. Evers has decided to run for re-election and to try and stay as our last line of defense against American Federation for Children and the private school profiteers.

Formerly convicted felon Scott Jensen was able to find someone to run against Dr. Evers, so let the carousel of cash, start spinning and smearing his good name.

The problem is it will only work if WE LET IT WORK.

We know for a fact that Wisconsin supports public education, with approximately 80% rate.   Wisconsinites are supporting their local schools.

Secondly, we know that currently take about $160 million dollars directly from your child's public school.    The fact that they want to increase this number tremendously, which will also come from your child's/local public school, is a formula that is unsustainable for our state.   A few people will benefit, politicians will get more donations, and the vast majority of our children will suffer in the short and long term.   Try and sell your house when the local school district has to ask for double what they are asking now just for essentials and your kids are in classrooms of 40 students.  

Explain to the potential buyers that it is ok that their children will no longer have art, music or Phy ed. as offerings in their new district.    Should really help the resale value.

But wait there is more.

One things we also know is that it is incredibly hard to beat an incumbent.    Dr. Evers has turned back challengers every time, and has done so handily.

[hide]Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2013
PartyCandidateVote %Votes
    NonpartisanGreen check mark transparent.pngTony Evers Incumbent61.1%487,030
    NonpartisanDon Pridemore38.7%308,050
Total Votes796,511

PartyCandidateVote %Votes
    NonpartisanGreen check mark transparent.pngTony Evers57.1%439,248
    NonpartisanRose Fernandez42.7%328,511
Total Votes768,664

Add on the fact that this will be two years into this guys term, in a Government completely run by extremist right wingers, who are salivating to make their first act to take healthcare away from 20 million Americans.

We know who they are, and we have seen their policies in action before.  

Why anyone would think that after two years of the Grimace's co-worker as President:

A guy who was hawking dollar hamburgers and talking to Grimace, is soon to be leader of the free world.    

Now is NOT the time for the opposition party to fold em and go home with their tails between their legs.   Its inexcusable that there is no competition for Ms. Ziegler but instead of worrying about and discussing Dr. Evers loss, let's start discussing why Dr. Evers will win!

Let's also start discussing picking up more seats and retaking the Senate.  We need to especially start talking about what the new Governor will be doing to move our state Forward when we retire this guy:

Happy New Year, I Think

A couple of days ago, the nation let out a collective sigh of relief as 2016 finally drew to a close.

To say that the year was a shitshow would be an understatement.

Politically, the nation saw the most undemocratic election ever held in the history of the country.  The Republicans were thrown into disarray when Donald Trump sucked all the air from the room and ran roughshod over the party and all of its establishment candidates.  It's not that the Republicans disagreed with Trump's misogyny, his bigotry or racism.  It's that they were taken aback by Trump openly speaking what they were all thinking.

Amazingly, these same people that spent the last eight years ripping into President Barack Obama for not being strong enough against Vladimir Putin and the Russians, chose to elect a man that not only embraces Putin, they don't mind that the Russians actually interfered with our elections.

Meanwhile, the Democrats, who had the presidency and so many other elections laid at their feet by the Republicans, once again turned a deaf ear to the people and chose to run the only person in the country that could have conceivably lost to to Trump, Hillary Clinton.  And not only did the Democrats manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, they manage to screw up almost every down ticket race, such as Russ Feingold or the state legislature.

Socially, way too many people decided that it was suddenly appropriate and acceptable to openly express their hatred to anyone that wasn't a white, wealthy male.  It became all too common to hear or see people openly express their racism, their bigotry and their misogyny to anyone that disagreed with them or was the wrong color, the wrong religion or the wrong gender.

Not even the world of entertainment was spared from 2016.  We saw a seemingly endless announcement as many iconic figures left this plane of existence.  From David Bowie to Prince to Keith Emerson and Greg Lake to George Michael died.  Actors such as Doris Roberts and Abe Vigoda and Carrie Fischer and her mother, Debbie Reynolds all left us.

It wasn't the loss of these entertainers that impacted us as much as that, for many of us, they took our childhoods and our youths with them.  Many of us grew up listening to their music or watching them on the screen.  With their loss, we were forced to face our own mortality.

So yes, we felt some hope that when 2016 ended, so would the shitshow.  Sadly, 2016 was just a precursor of what is yet to come.

While the world might have seen turned upside down by the elections, we still have to contend with the reality of the rise of the Fourth Reich as Trump is sworn in later this month.  The Republicans, who control both houses, couldn't even wait to start on their agenda, and secretly voted to do away with any sense of ethics.

In Wisconsin, Scott Walker, in his perpetual campaign mode, has already kicked off his 2018 gubernatorial reelection campaign and his next failed attempt for a presidential run.  If the gentle reader has learned nothing else in the past six years, it should be that when Walker campaigns, it's always off the backs of the people.  One should fully expect that Walker and his fellow corporate meat puppets will continue to do the bidding of their corporate masters, in order to be able to buy more elections.

With the Republicans controlling everything from all branches of the federal and state government as well as the Milwaukee County Executive's office, even if they only meet half of their bucket list, it will cause decades of damage, if it can be repaired at all.

I would also expect that we will also see an uptick in racial violence and open bigotry.  As people get hurt by their choices for public leaders, they will have to deal with this somehow.  They won't be able to blame the Democrats, who couldn't stop any of this, even if they wanted to.  Instead of admitting they screwed up and chose poorly, they will take their cognitive dissonance out on other victims, such as women, minorities and anyone else different from them.

And, sad to say, expect more icons to pass away.  What we are seeing is the Baby Boomers hitting that age where there will be an increase in deaths.  It's just a sad fact of life that no one can change.  To make things worse, there aren't really any younger celebrities that show any promise of making marks on our society like their older counterparts did.  I mean, really, do you think anyone is going to be influenced by Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton or the Kardashians?

But things don't have to be all doom and gloom.

The people still have the power, if they remember how to use it.  If the Democrats and the unions are smart about, work on changing their messaging and remember what they are supposed to be all about, the people are getting more and more ready to get organized and fight the madness and corruption.

There are glimpses of this starting to happen, such as the DPW hiring Jason Sidener, of AFSCME, to be their political director.  That is a definite change from the kowtowing to the corporate special interests that have become way too commonplace, especially under the leadership of Mike Tate.

I'm not trying to kid the gentle reader.  It's not going to be easy.  Once the special interests get the least bit of control, they are unwilling to cede any of it back to the people.  It will have to be wrested away from them, just as our forefathers had to do.  But since we allowed this circus to go on, we owe it to ourselves - and our children and grandchildren - to end the fiasco and start putting it to rights.  We need to be the change we seek.

So while we of course wish each and every one of our gentle readers (all 4.3 of them) a prosperous, happy and safe new year, we also implore them to make it so.  Let's all work together to get ourselves out of this handbasket before we go any further into this hell.

Walker/Trump: Two Peas In A Pod

By Jeff Simpson

As the WISGOP gets ready to swear in their biggest majority since the 1950's, all the Republican elected's are more empowered than ever.  So empowered that they can not wait to get in front of any camera they can find.   They also know, after the Trump win, that the American people do not care what they say, just that they see them saying it.  

Scott Walker, gave such an interview the other day.  It was almost like Scott Walker was pretending the year long election never happened.  Let us take a quick look.

  "Here`s a guy who actually tells it like it is, and goes out and does it." Scott Walker on the Donald. 


That is the guy Scott Walker looks up too, seems like Billy Bush has Scott's dream Job.

But wait there is more:

I might have a slightly more polished way of doing that, but I do think that has been part of my appeal in the past, and I hope would be, if I choose to run again, part of my appeal going forward, is that I tell it like it is," Walker said.

Yes Scott Walker tells it like it is, except when he tells it like it isn't.  Ouch those pants can get very hot!  

Then of course he told us like it is - that protesters in Madison were just like terrorist group IsIs.

Also "Mr. Tell It Like It Is", let's us know that he thinks we should wall off Canada.  

Yes Scott Walker tells us like it is in his own little world, unfortunately, his perpetual struggle with the truth shows us that how it is in Scott's world has no real resemblance to how it is the real world.   

Friday, December 30, 2016

Right WIsconsin: The Pope Is Going To Die

By Jeff Simpson

To end the year, Charlie Sykes website, Right Wisconsin, always has their recipients of wingnut welfare give their predictions for the coming year.   Many try and be serious, some try and be witty even though creativity and sense of humor is lacking.  One such "contributor" who is the embodiment of this is Kevin Binversie.    Binversie is actually employed by RightWisconsin/Bradley Foundation and his attempt at "looking into the crystal ball" brought us this bit of "wisdom":

Yes, Pope Francis has talked about income inequality being the root of much evil in this world, he is the "de facto leader" of "the left" so he must die.    Binversie also takes the time to point out that Pope Benedict, the Pope who resigned because he was hiding pedophilia and was taking too much heat, is still alive and well.  

Good job Kevin, for showing your true stripes.   I can only imagine the faux outrage if these ridiculous words were written on say CogDis.  

Its nice that a whose who of far right wing bloggers and operatives stand with Mr. Binversie in his despicably "predicting" the Pope's Death.   It is also nice the Charlie Sykes keeps him employed as the face of Right Wisconsin

Welcome to the new right wing voice of reason Charlie Sykes, same as the old extremist arrogant Charlie Sykes, they just changed the packaging.

Peace be with you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Walker's Big And Bold Answer To Climate Change - Ignore It!

Scott Walker, a man of big and bold ideas, has done t again.

He's come up with a big and bold solution to the problem of climate change - ignore it and hope it goes away!

Wisconsin blogger James Rowen writes that Walker has taken the state's webpage dedicated to addressing climate change and had it changed to remove any reference to the word climate. Rowan provides a clear example of just how much Walker mangled the site to make it conform to corporate-driven propaganda:

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The words that show being struck through are the deletions. The words in highlight have been added.

Rowen also shows just how severe the changes were:

This is the text on the page as its freshly updated:
The Great Lakes and a changing world

As it has done throughout the centuries, the earth is going through a change. The reasons for this change at this particular time in the earth’s long history are being debated and researched by academic entities outside the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The effects of such a change are also being debated but whatever the causes and effects, the DNR’s responsibility is to manage our state’s natural resources through whatever event presents itself; flood, drought, tornadoes, ice/snow or severe heat. The DNR staff stands ready to adapt our management strategies in an effort to protect our lakes, waterways, plants, wildlife and people who depend on them.

That is but a fraction of what had been there until earlier today. Gone are references to known “human activities” contributing to a warming planet, warming’s contributions to changes in rainfall and snowfall patterns, extreme weather events, drought, species and economic losses are among other truths whitewashed off this official, taxpayer-financed website.

Chillingly, this entire line – – with its positive message and a call to action – – is now deleted:

The good news is that we can all work to slow climate change and lessen its effects.
Obviously, Walker had to change that page. He could not have simply left it alone when it didn't match up with the corporate talking points he gets paid well to espouse.

Kind of a gutsy move to do, this close to his kicking off another reelection campaign. Then again, maybe not so gutsy, considering that the corporate media isn't even acknowledging the story at all.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Good News! The King Is On His Way!

By Jeff Simpson  

Reince Priebus has been called many things in his career, and now you can add one more - the 13th Apostle.   Today on this Christmas Day 2016, Reince Priebus listened the light and released this press release!

"Just as the three wise men did on that night, the Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.

Either Reince heard the Christmas story for the first time or the new KING we need to celebrate is this guy:

As it says in the Good Book (Matthew 23-26):

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”25 Also make sure and eat tic-tacs before you grab a woman by the pussy, 26 and woman must have my dinner on the table when I am ready for it or I will go through the roof."  

YES!  He has Come!! 

Here I got it all wrong, I always thought we celebrated this guy:

Now I know it was the big orange guy, who brought news of a couple Corinthians, and wants to divide society by religion and ethnicity, whose coming was the one foretold in Revelations!

The seven first plagues are not called the seven "TRUMPets" for no reason.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  May these few days provide everyone peace and love before the craziness really starts!

Thank you for reading our blog throughout the year!  

Caption This - Holiday Edition

A few days ago, The Cap Times published this photo taken by Saiyna Bashir. This picture shows Scott Walker standing in front of a Christmas tree, wistfully looking out a window:

What is Walker thinking? What is he looking at?

Can you thinking of a good caption for this picture?

To help the gentle reader, here is one I keep thinking of:

If the gentle reader doesn't remember what I'm referring to, this should jog their memory.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

David Clarke: Depraved And Deplorable

Much like his hero Donald Trump, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is an attention whore. And just like Trump, Clarke favorite way of seeking that attention is to send out outrageous and vile tweets.

Clarke's latest venture of going beyond the pale came on Thursday, when he sent out this tweet:

Oh boy! Ain't that Clarke a regular cut up?!

But the gentle reader has probably noticed where Clarke crossed the line again. The picture he used of Obama is from when the president was speaking about the epidemic of gun deaths and the need for more sane gun control laws. When he started talking about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary where 20 grade school children and six teachers were murdered in cold blood.

Here is the video of Obama's speech. You can see the moment the screencap is taken at about the 1:05 mark.

For Clarke to exploit the tragedy of Sandy Hook, the fourth year anniversary was just a couple of weeks ago, and the high emotions that almost everyone else felt is beyond the pale and shows just how depraved and deplorable Clarke really is.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Party On Paul

By Jeff Simpson 

The House of Representatives, led by Partying Paul Ryan, adjourned for Holiday recess on December 8th and not due to return anytime soon(they only make $174,000/yr w/Cadillac benefits, we can not expect them to actually work all year!).  

While we have come to being used to our career politicians not working, this instance seem especially egregious as Paul Ryan totally shirked his duties as outlined in the Constitution and fulfilled them well according to his owners on Wall St.  

So when faced with a choice between his duties and obligation to the two different factions, the choice to Paul Ryan was clear!  

House GOP leaders stopped working on an energy reform package this month because they wanted to go to a fundraiser in New York, a Republican Senate chairwoman is charging.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told the Alaska Journal that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) didn’t hold an end-of-session vote on a compromise energy bill because he and other Republicans had to catch a train to the fundraiser.
“The Speaker said ‘We’ve run out of time’ because they wanted to get on the party train,” Murkowski told the newspaper in an interview published late Monday.

Wall St. won, America lost!  

The guy from Janesville who loves spending time with his family, showed us that his true family is anyone who will enrich his bank account.  

In Honor Of His Retirement, Charlie Sykes' Top Five

After 23 years of blowing dog whistles, smearing liberals and bullying Republicans that don't toe the line, Charlie Sykes, the Milwaukee-based radio squawker, is finally hanging up his headphones and turning off his microphone. Monday was Sykes' last day on WTMJ-AM.

Ever since then, the right wingers have been gushing about Sykes, ranging from the maudlin to the nauseous. Even the lunatic fringe had to say something nice about him, even though many of them are still pissed because of his #NeverTrump theatrics. Things went so far as having Scott Walker declare Tuesday to have been Charlie Sykes Day in Wisconsin.

As much as Sykes would surely like not to remember these things, the following are the five things that Sykes would rather not have people focus on as that they encapsulate who Sykes really is.

5) Charlie Sykes meets John Doe

Sykes was neck deep in the illegal politicking that Walker used to propel himself into the governor's seat and then onto the national scene as a presidential wannabe. The emails released from the investigation show Sykes receiving numerous emails from Walker's staff - both his campaign staff and his government staff - feeding him the talking points that they wanted Sykes to run with.

Things go the point where Sykes was about to be subpoenaed to testify about his level involvement in the corruption that has taken over the state.

4) Sykes in bed with dark money groups

For now, let's ignore the fact that Sykes' third wife (more on that later) is the director of communications for the extreme right wing Bradley Foundation and he has had a long and incestuous relationship with them. After all, this is not even his most egregious example of being in bed with the dark money groups.

More outrageous is the menage a trois between Sykes, the Wisconsin Club for Growth and his former employer, Journal Broadcasting to give birth to White Wisconsin, er, Right Wisconsin, their deformed and depraved love child:
But in all the reporting so far, what has not been touched are the 800 pound squawking gorillas in the room - Journal Communications, Charlie Sykes and White Right Wisconsin.

White Wisconsin is the result of the unchecked collaboration and collusion between the dark money groups, the corporate media and WISGOP. It is a website that is hosted by Journal Broadcast Group and sponsored by the Wisconsin Club for Growth and "powered" by Charlie Sykes. It offers a free platform for politicians, political operatives and propagandists to spew their vitriol in an effort to sway low information voters into voting against their own best interest.

To add to it, Journal Broadcast Group also allows Sykes to use the airwaves of WTMJ-AM to continue to spew their propaganda, continue the lies and most significantly, give politicians like Scott Walker free air time to do their campaigning.

Let me re-emphasize this.

White Wisconsin is an aggregate website paid for by Wisconsin Club for Growth, a Koch Brothers front group. The website is hosted by Journal Broadcast Group, which includes WTMJ-AM, the home of Charlie Sykes, who is the "power" behind the website. The goal of the website is to promote the Teapublican agenda. And the most ironic part is that the sheeple that actually believe their noise has to pay for it. Presumably, the bulk of this money is going right back to the Koch group to continue their illegal collaborations with political campaigns.

3) Liz Woodhouse

About ten years ago, Sykes introduced a new guest to his show, a woman named "Liz Woodhouse." Sykes said that she wasn't a political operative or anything like that. He described as just a very intelligent and insightful woman who has important things to say.

Later, it was revealed that Liz Woodhouse was a pseudonym for Janet Riorden, who he described as a local chanteuse. He said that he didn't want to reveal her real name out of fear that it would affect her professional life, which in hindsight is highly ironic.

It turns out that Riorden is really the director of communications for the Bradley Foundation. But Sykes and Riorden have an even closer relationship than that. Sykes cheated on his second wife, Justice Diane Sykes, with Riorden. This all came to light when he and Riorden got busted shooting off fireworks in a park after closing time.

After Riorden broke up his happy family, she and Sykes got married.

2) Sykes vs Miranda's rights

More than ten years ago, Sykes penned a column that ran in the Spanish Journal in which he claimed that Robert Miranda had been "one of the organizers of what became a violent shout-down, during which coins, hard candy and ice cubes were thrown at [conservative radio host Mark Belling] during a Pro-America rally at [the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee]."

Sykes' source for this claim was an email he got from "a listener." Sykes claims that when he found out the allegations were utterly false, he scrubbed the post. However, Miranda sued Sykes and his former employer for libel. Just before the hearing was about to start, Journal Broadcasting settled out of court, agreeing to pay a $5,000 scholarship to a student in Milwaukee's South Division High School who wanted to study who wanted to study journalism.

Sadly, instead of apologizing, Sykes tried to play the victim card, claiming it was all an eeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiil liberal scheme to stifle conservative voices.

Ironically, Sykes also doesn't like to admit that he almost lost his job. The only reason he was allowed to stay on the air was because of the Sykes' union. I still don't understand why Sykes has spent so much time to help in the Republicans' efforts to bust the unions despite one saving his worthless hide.

1) "My evidence...absolutely none."

Like most right wing squawking heads, Sykes is more than willing and able to twist, screw, distort and spin any story to fit their agenda. If that can't be done, he'll gladly conflate it and/or confabulate it. And if that still doesn't work, he'll be more than happy to just make shit up.

In 2010, Sykes accused then Governor Jim Doyle of corruption, claiming that Doyle was using a trip to watch the Badgers play in the Rose Bowl for his political friends and campaign donors. PoliticFact decided to check out the claim and found Sykes' pants to be on fire.

Sykes' response to the reporter who had asked what he based his allegations on was absolutely breathtaking in its arrogance and revealed Sykes' true character:
And Sykes, like his counterpart Mark Belling did awhile back, cheerfully admits he made it up, as though that is perfectly OK:
"My ‘evidence’? Absolutely none."

Sykes went on to label his remark "an off-hand wisecrack" -- "You know, humor, hyperbole, joke."
Hilarious, huh?

Many on the left are celebrating that Sykes is now off the air. I am not.

Sykes was able to leave on his own terms instead of being forced out or shamed into it. Furthermore, he's not done polluting the airwaves with his crap. He has a paid gig as a returning guest at MSNBC.

Lastly, there has been rumors that Sykes is planning on running for public office, including possibly a federal seat. The potential of this alone is cause enough not to celebrate, not quite yet anyway.