Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's Good To Have Options

Once it became clear that the Solyndra fiasco was a mere tempest in a teapot and that Republicn outrage was being manufactured out of the whole cloth
(What was not mentioned was that at least 10 of the 23 Republicans on the
Oversight and Government Reform Committee — including Mr. Issa — have lobbied the Department of Energy to approve green projects in their own districts.)
Republicans in Congress took on a new giant among the windmills; muffins.

And still they claim to be very, very serious people. Very serious.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Office: Scott Walker Style

Call it Dunderheads-Near-Mifflin.
Documents released under the state's open records law Friday also show the office of Gov. Scott Walker - and not the Department of
Children and Families - offered Archer the job at up to 65% more than what the
last person to hold the position made. Children and Families Secretary Eloise
Anderson never interviewed Archer for the nearly $100,000-a-year job, even
though Anderson is responsible for appointing someone to the post.
Just to be clear, the office of Scott Walker did nothing. Someone working in that office jumped channels to make sure Cindy Archer had a soft spot to land. Someone working in that office lied to Eloise Anderson. Someone in that office made the decision to change these positions from Civil Service and responsible to the agencies and taxpayers to being beholden to Scott Walker.

You could see back in February that changing these jobs at the agencies could only turn out badly for taxpayers. You could see that Walker was creating slots to provide so that he could shuffle his minions around in hopes of making them less visible.

Why is half of the Wisconsin electorate willing to play along with this bully and cheat? Have we become so selfish that we'll sell out our history of clean government and progressive programs for the promise of table scraps from WMC? If so, then shame on us.

The office of Scott Walker does nothing. It's the cronies, henchmen and toadies who are willing to hitch themselves to a rancid star that carry out the tawdry business of garroting openness and transparency.

It's not the office of Scott Walker that makes political appointments out of the gaze of any oversight. It's the sycophants and strivers and Randian bloodletters who fancy themselves as Makers. They make, alright. Without a doubt they make foul scandal and fetid stench in the marble and granite halls of the Capitol.

The office of Scott Walker, physical or statutory, is occupied by those who planned, carried out and are covering up this blot on the good name of Wisconsin. The office is tainted, to be certain, but it is not mendacious on its own. It is not given to perfidy by its nature. The office cannot issue basely duplicitous transgression of its own accord.

That all depends on the actions of its leader.

Friday, September 23, 2011

That's Not the Batphone Ringing

It's the BS Detector going off.

Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Walker, [snip] was granted immunity
April 14.

"We don't know what exactly is involved," Walker told the Associated
on Friday [September 16], when asked at an unrelated event in Milwaukee. He also added: "Until we know, obviously it's a concern but again, I don't know any more details than what I've seen reported in the media outlets around the state."

The usual strategy in these investigations is to get the little fish to roll on those higher up to build a case. Werwie is the most recent recipient of immunity out of three noted here, as many as eight if you count the Gardner/Walker improprieties, and is right there at the lectern with the Governor's seal on it. Dieck and Lucht, presumably, pointed investigators toward Werwie and Archer.

How much higher can an investigation go?

Bachmann Plays, "Who's the Genius?"

"I think you earned every dollar, you should get to keep every dollar that you earned,’” Bachmann said. “That’s your money, that’s not the government’s money, that’s the whole point.”

I think when people make money, it’s their money. Obviously we have to
get money back to the government so we can run the government, but we have to
have a completely different mindset, and that mindset is: the American people
are the genius of this economy, it certainly isn’t government that’s the genius,
and that’s the two views."

Let us know when you figure that out, Shelley.

Friday, September 09, 2011

An Open Letter to National Conservative Groups from Wisconsin’s Liberal Bloggers

To: Chris Chocola, Club for Growth
The Honorable Jim DeMint, junior Senator from the Great State of South Carolina

It is with great disappointment that we have learned of the efforts of some conservatives on the national level to try to dictate to Wisconsin conservatives their choice for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Herb Kohl. This is a tremendous opportunity for Wisconsinites to elect a second conservative senator worthy of being able to self-fund a campaign (at least until the unseemly outside contributions can be tallied and repaid) and one that Wisconsin conservatives will take very, very, very, very seriously. This is not only a choice of ideology and of who looks best in a tri-corn hat while eating a cream puff, but one of character, charisma and compassion, and it is our responsibility to bring Mark Neumann’s lack of those attributes to your attention.

We do not question Neumann’s past contributions to conservatism while he was a Congressman. He has been a reliable voice for intemperance, profligacy and sabre-rattling and understands that any notions of good policy making should be flexible depending on the occupancy of the White House. Still his actions during last year’s campaign are completely unbecoming of a conservative candidate. He had the temerity to tell the Badger State the actual truth about his opponent, to expose Scott Walker for a hollow fraud, a charlatan and a corporate shill, the very characteristics that endear him to us all.

We respectfully request the national conservative groups and individuals to take a second look at their endorsement of Neumann and at Tom Coburn’s choice in suits. We ask that, since many of them were so busy at clean-coal seminars, tanning sessions in the Seychelles, Climate Change is Good for Business golf outings and buy-policy-now ALEC fundraisers that, they missed the opportunity to come to Wisconsin during the recent battles over collective bargaining for state employees, the gutting of civil service protections, kowtowing to roadbuilders, polluters and Gadsden Flag sewers and the recall elections, that they buy a freakin’ map and come to Wisconsin now to talk to true Wisconsin conservatives to find out what they think of Neumann before attempting to foist their choice upon Wisconsin. Let our 2012 motto be heard throughout the land, “No foisting without confabulation!”

We do not write this under direction or duress from any candidate, potential candidate, or candidate’s campaign. We write this as a bald-faced attempt to remain relevant in an age of corporate-funded proto-news organizations and under the knowledge that, as the primary for United State Senate commences in earnest, we will likely go our separate ways and support any number of candidates according to fashion, whim, or cosmic message in the entrails of a broken dream. That is our right as Americans, to make sure that the voice of the truly deluded rings free in the hallowed halls of think tanks across the land.

If the past election in Wisconsin has shown national conservatives anything, it is to trust in the faith of Badger State conservative activists. We had the foresight to supply the movement with past and current leaders and rock stars like Robert Welch, Joe McCarthy, Gordon Roseleip, Jeff Wood, Tom Reynolds, Randy Hopper, David Vander Leest, Paul Ryan, Former Reality TeeVee Star Sean Duffy, Recall Target Scott Walker, U.S. Senate Placeholder Ron Johnson, and even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince “Marginally Better than Michael Steele” Priebus. We assure you, there are plenty more where they came from. There is no shortage of candidates of this quality in Wisconsin. By allowing us to commit character assassination for you prior to the primary, there is no limit to the depth of the field of conservatives we might dredge up.

Don’t limit the choice of candidates too early in the game just based on past successes with Neumann. A Fred Thompson might yet emerge for us to find fault with.

Thank you,
(The Undersigned)

Cory Liebmann
Eye on Wisconsin since 2004
Milwaukee, WI

Jim Brooks
Blogger, The Happy Circumstance, since 1776
Evansville, WI, USA

Jay Bullock
folkbum’s rambles and rants
Union Thug since 1997

Bill Christofferson
Uppity Wisconsin
Blogging as Xoff since 2005

Steve Hanson
Uppity Wisconsin
Making Wisconsin safe for moonbats since 2006

Keith Schmitz
On Jay’s Team with Folkbum
People’s Republic of Shorewood

Zach Wisniewski
Blogger, Blogging Blue, since 2007
Cudahy, WI

Chris ‘capper’ Liebenthal
Cognitive Dissidence
4 years
Michael Leon
5767 Monticello Way
Fitchburg, WI 53719

Gregory Humphrey
Caffeinated Politics

Lukas Diaz
Forward Lookout

Jeff Simpson
Blogger, Blogging Blue since 2010
Cottage Grove, WI

blue cheddar
Since 2010
Madison, Wisconsin

Lisa Mux
Waukesha Wonk
6 months in the trenches of Waukesha

Friday, September 02, 2011

Ah, Good Times

Remember when Frank Lasee and Jeff Wood introduced TABOR?

Whatever happened to those guys?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Yeah. That's The Ticket

Tommy Flanagan offers help for Mike/Justice Gableman.

Perhaps WMC will run Morgan Fairchild for SCoW next time. She's as lightweight as Ziegler and doesn't carry the baggage of Randy Koschnick