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Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM PST

Letter to Ron Johnson

by Jeff in Milwaukee

Dear Sen. Johnson,

I know that since you’re a drooling idiot, you might not understand what I’m going to tell you.  But since you’ve been fairly persistent in asking this question of everyone including Clint Eastwood’s chair, I’ll try to answer it for you.  Why was the attack on the Benghazi Consulate initially reported as an attack by protesters and not a terrorist attack?  Because at the moment it was happening, protests were erupting all over the Arab world (particularly in Cairo) and the first reports from the scene were that it was a protest turned violent.  At the moment the attack was happening, that was the most likely and plausible explanation.

Remember September 11th, 2001?  The first report given to President George W. Bush was that a twin-engine plane (not a commercial airliner) had crashed into the World Trade Center.  That report came at 8:55 a.m., nearly ten minutes after Flight 11 slammed into the WTC and nearly fifteen minutes after fighters had been scrambled from Otis Air Force Base.  It wouldn’t be for another ten minutes before the President was informed that a second plane hit the WTC and that it was a terrorist attack.  In chaotic and confusing situations like these, even when they’re happening in Lower Manhattan and not half-way across the globe, even the President of the United States can’t get accurate and timely information.

Now you might ask why the White House kept repeating the story that it was a protest turned violent when they knew better.  It’s pretty simple.  For starters, it would be grossly irresponsible for the White House to divulge everything it knew about the incident because there are national security issues to consider.  So while the public has a right to know, it doesn’t have a right to know this very instant.  Moreover, it is a long-used tactic of law enforcement to withhold sensitive crime scene information (and even disseminate false information) to trick the suspect into believing he made a clean getaway.  As long as the terrorists believe that we’re not aware that it was a terrorist attack, they might get careless and do something that will aid us in their capture.  

Why didn’t the Obama Administration make this information available to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?  Because some Senators have a tendency to run for the nearest television camera and make unguarded statements that could jeopardize the investigation.  Some senators are so interested in scoring political points that they would compromise national security in order to have a fresh talking point for their next appearance on Fox News.  Stop me if this sounds familiar to you, Senator.  Simply put, for highly classified information, you and your colleagues have proven time and again that you’re not to be trusted.  So while there will be accountability and oversight, it’s going to happen later, when your babbling to the media can no longer endanger the lives of our foreign service officers.

I hope this helps, and I personally can't WAIT for 2016 when we can send your sorry ass back to Oshkosh.

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Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:55 AM PST

It's the guns...

by Jeff in Milwaukee

It’s the guns.

It’s not that “we’ve banished God from our schools” because I’m pretty sure that God was present in all those parochial schools where young boys were sexually molested for generations. And do we really need to have God in all our hair salons, movie theaters, and shopping malls or wherever else the next lunatic decides to appear? I’m no biblical scholar, but I’m pretty sure that God isn’t made of Kevlar.

It’s the guns.

It’s not the lack of access to mental health services, although our lack of access to mental health services in this country is nothing short of shameful. But the point is that there are crazy people in all corners of the globe, but it seems that only in this particular corner of the globe are crazy people armed to the teeth. You know what you call a crazy person WITHOUT a gun? Randy Quaid.

It’s the guns.

It’s not the exposure to violent images on movies and in video games. Kids in Europe and Asia watch the same movies and play the same video games as American kids. You want sick violence? Watch some Japanese anime (Fair Notice: NSFW doesn’t cover the half of it). You want to be comparatively safe from a mass shooting? Go to Japan. Go figure.

It’s the guns.

You think other weapons are just as lethal, yet aren’t regulated? I’ll tell you what. Let’s get into a war, with your Army getting knives and baseball bats and whatever non-firearm you can lay your hands on, and my Army gets assault rifles. Want to place bets on who’s going to win? There’s a reason why every military on earth arms its soldiers with firearms and not hatchets.

It’s the guns.

I’m not suggesting a solution here. But until we can agree on the cause, it’s not likely that we’re ever going to find one. The NRA and Fox News are going to keep spewing out nonsense (all of the excuses above were inspired by a single episode of “Fox and Friends”) to protect firearms manufacturers from the inevitable regulation that’s coming. Now there’s good regulation and bad regulation, and if we’re going to do it right, we have to start with some reasonable first assumptions, like this one:

It’s the guns.

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OK.  Let's be clear up front that everything I'm about to say will not have even the slightest effect on what passes as "thinking" among the Teabaggers.  These are the people who are still demanding to see Obama's birth certificate after all, so the normal rules of cognition really don't apply.

But you've been hearing a lot about how the Supreme Court has ruled the mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a tax.  And you're probably been hearing about it IN ALL CAPS AND FOLLOWED BY LOTS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Usually followed by a demand to repeal Obamacare.  And then a demand to see Obama's birth certificate.

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I'll be brief....

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Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 10:33 AM PDT

McCain Wins!!!

by Jeff in Milwaukee

At this time three years ago, John McCain was puzzling the pundits by NOT actively campaigning during a period when the Democrats were practicing fratricide over their choice to be the 2008 presidential nominee.  

And then McCain had the brilliant idea of plucking Sarah Palin from her richly-deserved obscurity and launching the most interminable fifteen minutes in human history.

But McCain and his supporters can at least take some comfort in knowing that President Obama has been a reliable steward of moderate Republican ideals. Because let’s face, how much different would America be at this moment if McCain had won the election in 2008?

Faced with a broken healthcare system, Obama responded with a moderate tweak that doesn’t come within shouting distance of solving any of the real problems, and it leaves insurance companies still firmly in control.

Faced with a now-pointless military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has responded by committing our troops to a surge and maintaining troop levels for the foreseeable future.  Remember Obama’s timetable? Don’t feel bad; he doesn’t either.

Nobody on Wall Street has been indicted for the financial crimes and misdemeanors during the Bush Administration, and they never will be.  Tough regulatory oversight?  Not on Obama’s watch.

And Guantanamo Bay is still open for business.

Congratulations, President McCain!

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Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 07:58 AM PDT

Open Letter to an Open Letter

by Jeff in Milwaukee

First of all, let me thank you for your candor and willingness to address a topic that has heretofore only been addressed by every blogger on the internet.  But without your courage in addressing me in the forum of an Open Letter, well, I might not have noticed there was even an issue, much less benefited from your step-by-step instructions on how to resolve it.

By the way, I think that Step #137 might include a typo.  

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At a speech before school choice advocates in Washington D.C. earlier this week, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin unveiled a proposal to expand the Milwaukee School Choice Program to other regions of the state and to remove the income limitations that have restricted the program to only impoverished families in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

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It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about David Prosser and his relationship to the sexual abuse cases that took place involving a priest in the Diocese of Green Bay back in the 1970’s.  A little clarification is necessary because now one of the victims of the abuse has appeared in Pro-Prosser advertisements claiming that Prosser is not to blame for what happened.  I’m not going to speculate as to why this individual (and I’ll not name him, even though he appears on camera and is identified by name) has chosen to make these statements, but here are the facts.

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Republicans worry that we're spending too much on school teachers and snow plow drivers.  If the motion presented today in Madison by J.B. Van Hollen's flunkies is any indication, I worry that we're wasting money on barely-competent lawyers.

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM PST

About last night...

by Jeff in Milwaukee

In an economic system undiluted by government regulation or public decency, the system dreamed of by Ayn Rand, Grover Norquist, and Scott Walker, there is no such thing as a Middle Class.  The Middle Class in the sense that we know it is an economic fiction, one of two that were brought into being and maintained by the power of the government and the belief among certain elites that social and economic justice are in their long-term best interest.

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Scott Walker has a vision to recreate the state bureaucracy in Madison.  Normally I fancy myself a pretty forward-thinking kind of guy who appreciates outside-the-box approaches to government.  But when the guy having the vision is a college drop-out whose spent his entire adult life shilling for this corporate masters, that’s when I start to worry.  Which brings us to Scott Walker’s plans for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

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I've been listening to a number of people who have been expressing seom wildly wrong-headed opinions about the protests in Madison.  As the man says, You're entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.  Here's my attempt to correct some of my fellow citizens.

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