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An Open Letter To Wisconsin Women

Dear Women Folk

It has been brought to my intention that ultrasound requirements may involve unwanted intrusion into your lady parts.

We have come to a purchasing agreement with General Electric to supply probes to all women in Wisconsin at a reasonable cost of $500 per probe.

So if you have behaved like a slut and stupidly got yourself pregnant and want to murder the fetus that god in all his munificence gave you, you will be required to buy a probe and insert it before the obligatory examination.

This will eliminate any suggestion of non voluntary probing, please also note you may also be asked to move it during the examination. We can then proceed to harangue you in peace.

This will enable me to sleep peacefully knowing that new jobs will be created and when I am elected President all the brides of Satan will have one, so that one day they to will receive enlightenment.


God willing

The Next President of the United States of America

Scott Walker.

PS if you think this will be covered by any form of medical insurance, think again

Reposted from WI Budget Project by ruleoflaw

There’s been a lot of talk in Wisconsin over the last couple of weeks about the need to ensure that tax breaks and loans awarded by Wisconsin’s economic development agency are limited to businesses that are creating jobs and fulfill their job growth commitments.  Yet almost no attention has been paid to the fact that the state’s largest tax credit for corporations is ballooning in cost and is distributed to businesses operating in Wisconsin regardless of whether they are expanding or slashing their workforce in our state.

In the wake of the audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), that privatized agency has gotten well-deserved criticism for failing to demand that jobs be created with each of its contracts, and for failing to ensure that grant and loan recipients hit wage and job targets or at least submit information showing whether jobs were being created or retained.<!--more-->

Those are very important critiques of WEDC because we need to be sure to effectively use state resources, especially during this time of budget cuts.  The same should also be true for the manufacturing and ag tax credit, which has exploded in cost and is now expected to cut taxes for corporations by a whopping $285 million per year once it is fully phased in, an annual price tag $156 million higher than originally expected. It’s an ineffective tax break because any manufacturer that has profits in Wisconsin can qualify for the credit, regardless of whether they are adding jobs or eliminating them.  

Optimally, that credit should be repealed and a portion of the funding should be used for targeted incentives that truly help create jobs, and for job training programs that address a bigger problem for employers – ensuring access to well qualified employees.  Short of repealing and recreating the credit, another good option would be to cap it the 2014 level, which is already approaching the revenue loss anticipated in 2017 once it was fully phased in.

This week the legislature’s budget committee will decide whether to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System, which has long been an engine of innovation and economic growth in our state. Capping the manufacturing and ag tax credit at the 2014 level would free up about $226 million in 2015-17, and that single change would enable state legislators to restore three-fourths of the proposed cuts for the UW System.  (Read more about that option in our alternative budget proposal.)

I have little doubt that the vast majority of Wisconsin employers would far prefer to see the state invest in the higher education system that has been the source of so much growth and pride in our state, rather than in the continued growth of an untargeted and ineffective tax credit.


Reposted from Onomastic by blueyedace2

What Governor Walker and his deviant cohorts across the country are trying to explain away is rape - State Mandated Rape. And there is nothing "cool" about any of it.

In an interview with conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch on Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his anti-choice record, saying that a bill he signed requiring that women seeking an abortion first obtain a medically unnecessary ultrasound merely provided them with access to “a lovely thing” and a “cool thing out there.”

From coast to coast Republican Legislators are attempting to legalize the rape of our daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, and neighbors.

From Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, to Virginia, Republicans have either proposed or passed bills legitimizing state mandated rape.  

Wisconsin Republicans: Forcing Women To Undergo Transvaginal Ultrasounds Is Our ‘Priority’
Lets take away the obfuscating language in that line.
Forcing Women to be raped is our priority.
Rape is defined by the Department of Justice as:
“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Republican laws mandating the insertion of probes into women's bodies without their consent are attempting to legalize rape. No amount of prurient piety is going to change that inescapable fact.
Wisconsin’s current law already requires women to undergo a counseling session with their doctor 24 hours before having an abortion, under the false pretense that the women who seek to terminate a pregnancy must not be confident about their decision. Doctors already provide those women with information about ultrasound services. But under the new forced ultrasound measure, women would be forced to undergo an ultrasound — and potentially a transvaginal probe, depending on how far along in her pregnancy she is — without her consent.
Since penetration of a woman's body without her consent is rape, and since Republican Legislatures are legalizing just that, Republican legislators should be brought up on rape charges. That includes Governor Walker, every Legislator who voted for a state mandated rape law, and every Governor who signed one into law.

Law suits need to be filed by women's groups. The American Medical Association should sign on as co-plaintiffs, refusing to be forced into being accomplices. Individuals subjected to such assaults should file class action suits.

All of us who are appalled at this twisting of our laws in order to hide Republican assaults upon our families, friends, and neighbors need to be raising our voices in righteous outrage.

Silence is not an option. Republican Legislatures are writing their own version of The Handmaid's Tale.

“The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you've been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
There is not a shred of doubt that we are facing the evil of legalized sexual assault. It will only continue if we do not rise up against it.  

Our bodies are not for sacrifice on the Republican altar of narcissistic political piety. Our bodies are not barter for votes. As much as our bodies color Republican's twisted dreams - our bodies, our dreams, our right to self determination, are not theirs to command.

We are not bound over to their deviant version of god, their pretext for absolute control over our bodies and lives. No amount of prurient piety can disguise the harm done to women by Republicans. No amount of wordsmithing can disguise Republican's delight in the subjection, humiliation, and pain they cause our daughters, mothers, sisters, and friends.

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Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D. MN) in support of Russ Feingold's (D. WI) comeback bid against Tea Party U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R. WI):
Wisconsin’s 167th birthday is coming up at the end of the week. What better gift could we give the state than Russ Feingold in the Senate?
Answer: There is no better gift. Because Russ is a tireless fighter for Wisconsin’s families who isn’t afraid to take tough stands to improve people's lives.

Russ just launched his bid for Senate. Can you contribute $5 or $10 to his grassroots campaign?

Russ led the effort to limit special interest spending in our elections, so you can bet he’ll be an outspoken voice against Citizens United in the Senate.

Special interests are going to do everything they can to make sure Russ doesn’t make it to the Senate. He needs us standing with him.

Please help me help wish Wisconsin a happy birthday by helping Russ Feingold’s campaign with $5 right now.

Thank you for all the help.


P.S. Coincidentally, I hear that the traditional 167th birthday gift is, in fact, Russ Feingold. So please, contribute $5 right now.

Click here to contribute to Feingold's campaign:
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis) speaks at a campaign event with first lady Michelle Obama Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Reposted from Readers and Book Lovers by ruleoflaw

Copper, cotton and fool's gold
beaten into mash, shoveled down
maws of metal monkeys,
greater than the sum of
ribs, thumbs, and vertebrae.

Acid leak squeals spray
from split purple lips.
Road shoulder trolls
roll boulders down
on bowed heads of
pilgrim toilers.

There is no word for it,
nothing to spit,
evil beyond mention,
pitiless nonsense from narcissists.
We would not pronounce this word,
not even if it existed.

Doing harm is hardwired.
Teeth are chipped daily
on bones of sad second classes.
Blistered on blacktop,
the feet of the unshod poor
shuffle through showers of moral flint.

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Reposted from Puddytat by Puddytat
No, he has no shame.
Cronies, cronies everywhere is Scott Walkers modus operendi. It used to be confined to government jobs, agency and department heads, or appointments. No more.

These appointments are also so bad, Walker reverted to a tried and true trick: announcing the appointments the Friday before a 3 day holiday week end believing that nobody would notice. I noticed.

Now, it extends to judgeships which are now being filled with political cronies.

Scott Walker has a long history of cronyism. Walker had so many cronies and campaign donors to take care of that he had dozens of civil service jobs changed so that he could take care of his friends and benefactors.

Yesterday, Karoli wrote about one of the most recent and most egregious of these when Walker appointed the son of Michael Grebe, one of Walker's dark money masters, to the Wisconsin University Board of Regents.

And that's not all...

Now that he's been safely re-elected to another 4 year term, Walker is extending his cronyism to open judgeships. He's just appointed Rebecca Bradley (member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and past President of the Milwaukee Federalist Society which you won't read in the linked article by the Walker-loving press because she's trying hard to scrub those connections from her official record) to fill a vacancy on the District 1 Court of Appeals. Insiders say she's being fast-tracked to a seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

So, yes, she's an ideologue, but that's not my real concern here. This is:

It should be noted that Bradley served for only two years at Children's Court and didn't handle all of the duties of that assignment. Obviously, Walker didn't appoint her for her experience.
That's right, folks. Barely any experience as a Judge, she's now got a fat Appeals Court gig.

It's not only Bradley that's a problem, it's also Attorney Jim Troupis, appointed by Walker to fill a Dane County Circuit Court Judgeship after a panel to review and vet 4 applicants for the seat rejected them all.

So, who is this guy?

Troupis was a partner at the Madison law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich before starting his own law firm in 2010. He worked with Republican legislators during their redistricting of the state following the 2010 census and also represented state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in the recount of the 2011 election.
A lot of lawyers left Michael Best & Friedrich after their participation in sleazy schemes was exposed. They were even replaced as the law firm representing Legislative Republicans in Wisconsin as well as Scott Walker. But, by then, they had done their dirty work and Walker just went and hired one of the firms that split off assuming nobody would notice.

And then there's this:

Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of his campaign chairman and president of one of the state’s leading conservative foundations to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.


Michael M. Grebe, son of Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, was appointed Friday to the Board of Regents. Michael W. Grebe served as Walker’s campaign chairman for the 2010 and 2014 elections as well as the 2012 recall election.

Nothing like stacking the deck with your pals and sons of donors regardless of their lack of experience.

This is the same Board of Regents where a student appointee, formerly named, was unceremoniously dumped after Tea Party groups discovered he signed a recall petition. The database that was created has been systematically used to identify "enemies" and has been used to exclude signers from employment opportunities or identify them as extreme partisans.

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A relative of a buried serviceman places flowers at his headstone in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, May 26, 2011. The United States will commemorate Memorial Day this weekend. &nbsp; &nbsp;REUTERS/Jason Reed
This short story was previously published on Monday, May 28, 2012, as "Memorial Day (a Short Story)."

The grizzled old man arrived at his destination, his back hunched over and using a cane. He surveyed the scene before him with what combat veterans describe as the thousand-yard stare, a gaze that looks right through you, a look that says he has seen the horrors of war and that he cannot forget them some sixty years later. A vast sea of white lay before him. It was as if someone had planted the seeds for the garden of stone that was before him, ready for harvest.

“How many?” He asked himself, knowing that while there was no finite answer, the true answer was too many.

He trudged his way across the field of marble, stopping at each headstone to take a flag out of his bag and placing one in front of each marker. He read every name and calculated every age. He was tempted to say that a few were too young to be here; however, he realized that all the men and women that were here were all too young to be here, every soul here was cut down in its prime.

“What a waste,” he exclaimed while shaking his head.

Silent and respectful of the sacrifices of those just below his feet he soldiered on, he was determined to complete his mission before nightfall. Across the field he could hear a lone bugler play "Taps," the mournful sound echoed across the landscape.

The forlorn notes of "Taps" brought back memories of long ago when he was a much younger man. He could still hear their voices, still see their faces as if they were standing next to him. The thoughts of the war came rushing back to him. He remembered each death, he was one of a handful that had survived the entire war.

They were so young then, so full of life and ready to take on the world. Few of them had that chance, many of them were chewed up on foreign soil, never to see home again. They gave their lives for a cause they may not have understood or believed in, but, they knew that their country needed them, so they answered the call. He could see himself as a young man trying to comprehend the savagery around him. Trying to understand why he lived and others died.

Head below the fold for more of this story.

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Flags and roses decorate graves in Section 60, where many members of the military killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
I often struggle to write about Memorial Day. It is about more than barbecues, picnics, and the kick-off to summer. It is not a time to debate whether our country was right or wrong to send our children to war. No, it is a solemn day to reflect upon those who have died in service to our country, for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice four our nation.

I am reminded of my dad and uncles who served in World War II. None of them talked about their war experiences—I am sure that those experiences were horrifying for them as young men. When I knew them they all seemed older than the uncles who had not served. There was something about their eyes that was not present in my other uncles' eyes—that they had seen humanity at its worst, and survived. It was an emptiness, an emptiness that has been called the thousand yard stare. No matter their age, it was still there, maybe not as hard edged as it was when they first came home, but it was with them, in some small way, until the day they died.

My great-grandfather was a soldier during the Civil War, and passed away when my mom was just six years old in 1932, some 35 years before I came into this world. His obituary reads like a history book of Civil War battles:

Mr. [William] Posten an honest upright, conscientious man, a kind and affectionate husband, a kind and loving father, a good neighbor, a true and loyal American citizen. He was a perfect type of American manhood. He leaves to mourn his loss a sorrowing wife, seven living children and a number of grandchildren, also a sister, Mrs. Sarah Jacoby of Millville (Wisconsin) He was member of Co. D., 51st Penn. V.I. He took part in many of the most famous engagements in which the army of the Potomac participated. He enlisted Oct. 13, 1861 and was mustered out July 27, 1865. His services included the disastrous battle of Fredericksburg and the operations of the 9th corps under Brownside in the Shenandoah Valley. He fought with his regiment in the Wilderness at Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor and during the siege of the Petersburg his command formed a part of the troops who charged the Confederate works following the famous mine explosions. Mr. Posten took part in the charge on the Confederates in front of Petersburg on April 2, 1865, which resultd in the capture of the outer works and the rapid flight of Lee's army and Jefferson Davis from Petersburg and Richmond and with his regiment followed Lee to the end at Appomattox.
The horrors he must have seen—just 17 years old at the battle of Fredericksburg, and all of 21 during the final battles of the war. Memorial Day, at that time Decoration Day, grew out of the carnage we know as the Civil War, a war that was anything but civil. New weapons and old tactics made the Civil War a hellish nightmare for the soldiers who fought in it. While the practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom ...
... and soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier's grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there.Though not for Union soldiers, there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers' graves in 1862. In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers' graves on July 4, 1864. As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
Decoration Day was not observed as a national holiday until after World War I, when the South began to celebrate on the same day as the North as the day no longer was just to memorialize Civil War dead. As time went on the name Decoration Day began to fall out of fashion, being replaced by Memorial Day entirely shortly after WWII ended. It did not become an official federal Holiday until 1968 and the passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Today, much of the meaning of Memorial Day is lost, as I'll discuss below. Far too many view it as just the official kick-off to summer.

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Gavel and sold sign
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture of newly RW anointed Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is worth about ten thousand (I'm not sure if it's under copyright so I can't post it here). And then there's the accompanying article describing the chaos that Roggensack has brought with her to her shiny new leadership position.

Checked the picture out? Good. It's a lot more real that the smiling faced version she has on her website and uses in campaigns. But it pretty much says it all about someone that Urban Milwaukee is calling Lady MacBeth.

For more of the backstory on the recent changes in our Wisconsin Supreme Court follow this link. If you've been following the RW takeover or already read that piece, you may now continue to read what's happened since she and her fellow RW justices voted by email to put her in charge.

On April 29, state election authorities certified the referendum vote. Later that day, the conservatives voted by email to make Roggensack the chief justice.
When the RW has the majority of the votes, they wanted to ensure they owned the Chief, as well - impossible under Wisconsin law which established the most senior Justice was to be the Chief when the state was founded over 150 years ago. It took a lot of money and a huge amount of propaganda to fool voters about that change.

There seems to be very little actual patience in Patience Roggensack who has wasted no time in establishing her lock on power. Roggensack didn't even wait, as suggested by fellow RW extremist Justice David (the choker) Prosser, until August 1 when the courts' new term began. Nope. No public ceremony, no meeting, no handover of the gavel. A vote by email was taken and the Iron Fist of Roggensack began to pound out orders.

And the media noticed.

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Reposted from Sue Wilson by Puddytat

Does simply investigating whether a political crime occurred violate the First Amendment rights of the suspect? Presidential hopeful Scott Walker's allies say yes. What will the courts say?

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Reposted from Giles Goat Boy by DownstateDemocrat

The Joint Finance Committee of the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has agreed to a set of changes to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), including a provision to fire its Chairman of the Board - Governor Scott Walker.

The secretive and scandal-plagued WEDC, conceived by Walker as a replacement for the state's commerce department and organized four years ago as a "public/private" corporation, was supposed to be the flagship agency to help Walker fulfill his 2010 campaign promise of 250,000 new, private-sector jobs in his first term.

Not only has Walker failed on his jobs promise (the state only added about 129,000 new jobs during Walker's first term), his pet agency has seen a number of CEO's come and go after a continual lack of results and accountability.

The latest setback for WEDC was the release of a report by the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau that "found WEDC hasn't tracked job creation or complied with state law."

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Thu May 21, 2015 at 05:35 PM PDT

Walker Fired from WEDC!

by MorrellWI1983

Reposted from MorrellWI1983 by ruleoflaw

this came up while scanning the Journal Sentinel

 Walker Appointed himself to run WEDC when he created it in 2011 to replace the old Department of Commerce. To say that WEDC's history is troubled is an understatement. Of the nearly 1 billion dollars in funds it has doled out, almost 60% have  gone to companies or people who have supported Walker. it has failed to comply with state laws, keep track of funds (to the tune of 10s of millions of dollars) and ensure the companies money has bveen given to are qualified for the money.
 MY thoughts below the Rolled up orange-pink slip

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