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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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UPDATED 2/27/2015 with more memes and a sobering video at the end.

Earlier today, when asked about ISIS, presidential hopeful and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that his response to the peaceful labor protests in Madison in 2011 prepared him to stamp out international terrorism. Apparently that means that in case of a terrorist attack he would sneak in and out of the White House via a not-so-secret rat tunnel and consult on the phone with bloggers pretending to be billionaire David Koch.

Even the National Review called his response "awful."

Asked about ISIS, Walker responded, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe.”

That is a terrible response. First, taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups.

Naturally, the "terrorists" in Wisconsin have unleashed a counterattack - in the form of a super-satirical barrage of photo memes.

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At a gathering Sunday of influential Wisconsin workers and political activists, a unanimous decision was made regarding how to respond to news that the Republican majority in the state legislature plans to ram through so-called “right to work” legislation this week.

Wisconsin’s union and non-union workers have apparently had enough and today every person at the gathering voted in favor of calling for a general strike if the legislation is passed.

The attack on families by the legislature comes just a couple weeks after the release of the Wisconsin governor’s proposed biennial budget, which contains cuts of historic proportions to education, health care, state parks - even an attack on the University of Wisconsin where the governor proposed eliminating  “the search for truth” from the University’s mission statement.

The AFL-CIO (which was not represented at the gathering) is sponsoring a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Groups who were represented at today’s gathering plan to use that opportunity to call for the strike, which they are confident will be honored by a wide cross-section of private-sector and public-sector employees, union and non-union workers, and students.  


The following article is reprinted with permission from the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative.

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I could have titled this post "Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a beady-eyed weasel", but that is not news to anyone on Daily Kos, and it's likely that half my posts here could be accurately described as another "Walker is full of crap" story. This one is the crapocolypse, though, so keep reading.

On Tuesday Walker released a proposed budget bill for the next fiscal biennium. He introduced it to the state legislature Tuesday evening in a gathering that was advertised as a budget address but included very few numbers and sounded more like a speech he would deliver at a Tea Party rally in some obscure Iowa county.

Oops, sorry if that is redundant. "...some Iowa county."

By this morning, progressive organizations, bloggers and even a few corporate media journalists had perused the actual document and discovered, hiding among the drastic cuts to programs that improve human lives, this shocking rewrite of the University of Wisconsin's mission statement:

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If there is one thing right-wingers should have learned by now, it's that they are not funny. Charlie Sykes, a rabid talk radio host who makes his living spewing hate to  Milwaukee-area suburbanites as they speed along the expressway, tweeted the following:

If there is a just God, they will Lynch Pete Carroll in Seattle tomorrow
That may not look or sound like a joke, but Sykes's defenders claim that this prayer for God to arrange that a losing football coach be hanged is just that - a joke.

For those who do not follow football, Pete Carroll is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, and he is being criticized by many sports fans for his decision to call for a  pass near the end of yesterday's Super Bowl game. The pass was intercepted and the Seahawks lost the game.

Those same fans have suggested that the coach should have called for a handoff to the Seahawks' star running back, Marshawn Lynch.

So, apparently Mr. Sykes decided that incorporating the words "lynch" into his tweet about Carroll would be both clever and funny. Lynch! Get it? He's got a million of 'em, jokes about slavery and rape and torture. He's a real barrel of laughs.

I'll pump up that deflated orange football while you laugh.

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Get ready, America. If you liked Richard Nixon, you will love Scott Walker.

First, this call to action from a video just released by The People for People People Corporation. The video intersperses clips from Wisconsin Governor (and presumed presidential candidate) Scott Walker's recent state of the state speech with video of Walker's State Capitol Police arresting people for observing other people singing folk songs in the Capitol rotunda:

On January 29, 2015 an appeals court affirmed a Circuit Court ruling that the Walker Administration used unconstitutional rules to arrest peaceful citizens exercising their First Amendment rights. The State has 30 days to appeal. Call Gov. Scott Walker at (608) 266-1212 and tell him to support Free Speech and the First Amendment.

People People are living, breathing human beings, not like Corporate People, as in "Corporations are people, my friend."

From the facebook page of The People for People People Corporation:

The People for People People Corporation is a 501(c)(3), accepting your tax deductible, uncapped, and anonymous contributions to educate the public.
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In a 3-0 ruling, Wisconsin’s Fourth District Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court’s ruling that an administrative rule used to arrest and cite peaceful protesters in the Wisconsin Capitol during the summer of 2013 violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

(image by Leslie Amsterdam)

State Capitol Police issued approximately 400 citations in July, August, and September of 2013 to people who were participating in or observing a weekday singing protest known as the Solidarity Sing Along. Singers have gathered at the state Capitol for a noon-hour sing along every weekday since March 11, 2011. They sing songs supportive of various progressive causes as well as songs that are critical of the current governor, Scott Walker, and the legislature.

One of those arrested and cited was Michael Crute, co-host of a Madison radio talk show known as The Devil’s Advocates. Mr. Crute’s case was dismissed in February, 2014 by Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Markson. The State Attorney General at the time, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, appealed the Crute ruling along with a number of other dismissals. Today’s decision upholds the finding of the lower court.
Capitol Police placed this sign in the rotunda of the Wisconsin Capitol shortly after noon today
Judge Markson was one of 10 Dane County Circuit judges to find the administrative rule unconstitutional. Most of the other cases have been dismissed on similar findings. A few cases were put on hold by some of the judges, as were the dismissals that were appealed, pending today’s decision.  

Mr. Crute, quoted on his radio show’s web site, was understandably delighted with today’s ruling:

“I feel vindicated today, I’m 2-0 against Scott Walker,” Crute said.

“In his State of the State address, Scott Walker said we should stand with the French, stand for freedom of press, stand for free speech. But this Governor would arrest those that protest his policies. He would have arrested the media that tried to to expose those unconstitutional arrests,” Crute continued.

Regular participants of the Solidarity Sing Along are equally pleased with today's ruling. The Sing Along's string of lunch hour protests was not broken during the Walker administration's crackdown despite the arrests and citations. The streak now stands at well over 1,000.

UPDATE: From the comments below, it is clear that some readers are unaware of the back story regarding Scott Walker's habit of blaming staffers for his mistakes, so I have changed the title of this post to avoid hurting the feelings of people who think a title about someone who went to college and learned nothing is an implied insult to people who never went to college. Please enjoy this less offensive reworking of my original post. If it still hits a nerve, please let me know.  

Scott Walker, the recently reelected governor of Wisconsin and proud Marquette University almost-graduate, had his taxpayer-funded staff whip up a nice piece of propaganda to advertise his upcoming inauguration. They unveiled it just a few days before the inauguration ceremony.

I guess they wanted to make sure everything was perfect before they went live...

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John Nichols was on Wisconsin Public Radio this morning as part of the panel on Joy Cardin’s “Week in Review” hour.  He stated that he did not think Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s “Molotov” gaffe was a big deal and that he would rather discuss how wrong Walker is on issues like right to work legislation.

So why is it that the recent revelation of Walker’s embarrassing letter goes viral while getting Wisconsin citizens to pay attention to important issues that will truly affect their day-to-day lives is often so difficult?

I have an answer: It’s because Walker, like many career politicians, is a skilled liar, a practiced poser and a malicious manipulator, and we love catching them in the act of being such. Sure it would great to have honest, open debate about controversial proposals, but trying to publicly engage politicians like Walker on issues like right to work is pointless because, as we saw with Walker's Act 10, they will not reveal their agenda until they have no choice. The only way to gauge their intentions and motivations is to trick them into revealing them, à la Ian Murphy and the fake David Koch phone call, or by digging through thousands of emails and finding a gem like “Thank You and Molotov.”

Making these gaffes go viral is our way of reminding them that we're on to their game.  

“Thank You and Molotov” means I don’t care about you or your culture. I can’t be bothered to proofread a note written by an underling before it is sent.  You are not a person, you are a demographic. You are a box to be checked off. You are not an individual. You are “the Jews.” You are “the Hispanics.” You are “the gays.” You are “the union thugs.”

Check, check, check, check. How’m I doing, Sheldon? CHECK!

“We thought about (planting troublemakers in the peaceful protests)” and “Thank you again and Molotov” go viral because they confirm the truth that Walker tries so hard to conceal: that he has no soul, no desire to engage people as fellow humans unless they can help him climb the ladder, and no capacity for compassion. Those things matter to a great many people.


The Capital Times in Madison reports on a letter from college dropout and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, presumably from when Walker was serving as Milwaukee County Executive:

In an undated letter unearthed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now during the August release of documents from the first of two John Doe investigations related to the governor, Walker responded to a letter from Milwaukee attorney and chairman of the Wisconsin Center District Franklyn Gimbel.

Walker told Gimbel his office would be happy to display a menorah celebrating "The Eight Days of Chanukah" at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and asked Gimbel to have a representative from Lubavitch of Wisconsin contact Walker's secretary, Dorothy Moore, to set it up.

The letter is signed, "Thank you again and Molotov."

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Not that it matters to the brain-dead supporters of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, but I find it very amusing that one of the Walker-ing Dead was ordered outside after openly carrying his gun into a Walker rally at a private business this morning. (Note: All Walker rallies are invitation-only at private mansions and businesses.)

The NRA-backed and self-proclaimed "unintimidated" governor appeared at a Sun Prairie, Wisconsin equipment business early this morning. So did Jay Brendemuehl of Pardeeville, with a pistol strapped to his hip. According to the Associated Press, police escorted Brendemuehl out of the building before Walker arrived. He was allowed in later after locking his gun in his car.

Wisconsin's open-carry law was revised a few years ago to allow one to openly carry a gun nearly everywhere in Wisconsin, including the state Capitol.

Scott Walker gleefully signed a concealed-carry law as well not long ago. Businesses and other establishments open to the public are exempt only if they post signs indicating that weapons are not allowed on their premises (which is why nearly every church in Wisconsin now has an image of a gun with a line through it on its front door. Very welcoming.)

The business that hosted today's event has such a sign posted at its entrance. Brendemuehl claimed that he didn't see it on his way in because someone was standing in front of it. Although he reportedly complied with the police request, the AP quotes him as saying he feels he should be able to protect himself "continuously."

Ok, then.

Walker spends a significant portion of every campaign season courting gun-owners by pretending to be an outdoorsman. Here is a photo he posted of himself a few years ago.

As far as I know, Walker has never posted a photo of anything he actually bagged in the wild, but he recently claimed that he "got the bird" at a recent fund raiser despite injuring his thumb while shooting at a pheasant. Apparently Walker didn't know how to unlock the safety before pulling the trigger. Amateur. Everyone knows that if you are a serious politician at a pheasant hunt, you are supposed to shoot your buddy in the face.

At a fishing event/photo op a few years ago, a number of experienced fishermen pointed out that in the photos, Walker was holding the rod and reel upside down.

But hey, he looks good in his brand new blaze orange hunting outfit every fall. Sometimes it still has the Gander Mountain price tag attached but that doesn't matter to the paranoid righties who feel the need to protect themselves when traveling from bucolic Pardeeville to the very dangerous Sun Prairie.

Gives me chills just to say it out loud. "Sun Prairie." Scary!

(Please jump past the blaze orange doodly-doo for the mandatory "This is not an anti-gun post.")

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