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  •  It was wonderful (13+ / 0-)

    It might be amazing that in Wisconsin (nearly the most obese state around) would have a "fat bully", but I've encountered them all my life so there are plenty of them here and plenty of "targets" for them, as well.  Yes, weight has been a lifelong problem (smoking, too, despite my many attempts to deal with not only it, but the "smoking bullies", too).

    I try to gently remind people to stop pointing to the splinter in another persons eye when they most likely have an entire tree in their own.  

    Sadly, some folks absolutely must assert their own superiority over others by such behavior and hurtful remarks and don't "grow out of it" with age.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 10:03:47 PM PDT

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    •  There seems to be a group of people... (15+ / 0-)

      ...who will bully anybody they perceive as different from them. Even though Lori Compas is roughly 5' 3" and very slender, and would seem to be the type of person who might be subjected to bullying by people alleging that she is anorexic (which she's not), she received a nasty letter from a RWNJ with no return address because she protested one of Scott Walker's events in the Johnson Creek area, and the author of the letter, whose identity is, to this day, still unknown, got an epic response from Compas in the form of this op-ed that was written to the Jefferson County Daily Union:

      Our local newspaper keeps much of its content behind a paywall (for good reason, imho). For those who've asked to read my recent letter to the editor, here it is....

      To the Editor:

      My husband and I received a note in the mail yesterday. It said, "Is following Governor Walker around and protesting the most constructive thing you can do? What a shame! Get over it -- you lost!!!"

      The letter was unsigned, with no return address. Whoever sent this note presumably saw the Daily Union photo of us protesting Governor Walker's recent appearance in Johnson Creek. The irony of an accusation of shameful conduct being sent anonymously was apparently lost on the letter-writer.

      Since I can't respond in any other way, I'd like to respond here:

      I don't "follow Governor Walker around," but if he shows up in Jefferson County, I'm there.

      I'm there because I believe in honoring teachers and police officers and other public workers, not vilifying them.

      I'm there because I believe in protecting our natural resources, not gutting environmental regulations in the name of "streamlining" and efficiency.

      I'm there because I think the wealthy should pay their fair share of taxes, not push a disproportionate burden onto the backs of the middle class and the working poor.

      If you disagree with me, let's talk. I'm a reasonable person -- I'm a small business owner, a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a friend. I love living in Fort Atkinson. I'd like to discuss the issues facing our state and our community in a civil, reasonable way, and I'd like to look for creative solutions.

      And to answer your question: No, protesting isn't the most constructive thing I can do. The most constructive thing I can do is collect signatures to recall Scott Walker, and I look forward to the day we can begin to do that. Until then, if Walker shows up around here I'll be ready to protest his divisive attacks and his destructive policies.

      Unlike you, I'm proud to stand up for what I believe in. And I'm proud to sign my name.

      Sincerely,
      Lori Compas

      Jennifer Livingston's editorial responding to being bullied about being overweight reminded me an awful lot of Lori Compas's op-ed responding to being bullied for protesting Scott Walker's events in Jefferson County. Oh, and by the way, Compas didn't just sign the recall petition against Scott Walker, she got a few of her friends together to get a recall petition on Scott Fitzgerald, and made Fitzgerald work his tail off in order for him to keep his job!

      When Ron Kind either retires or runs for statewide office, I wouldn't be surprised if Livingston were to run for Kind's seat in Congress, and, given that the Wisconsin GOP is full of bullies, she'd probably run as a Democrat. I doubt that Livingston would actually do so, but you never know...

      Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

      by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 11:10:10 PM PDT

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    •  We are the cheese, beer and brat state! (4+ / 0-)
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      Ice Blue, Puddytat, hungrycoyote, mjbleo

      And jerks live everywhere. Ugh.

      Jennifer Livingston is great!

      Now for that other newscaster... our Lt. Governor! Can we get rid of her please?

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