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  •  Just got back from a week in WI (36+ / 0-)

    and what struck me the most was the air of normalcy in the press.  From the Journal-Sentinel to Wisconsin Public Radio (!?) Walker's extremist efforts to turn Wisconsin into Mississippi are presented as just another he said-she said debate, in which both sides deserve their fair hearing in the court of public opinion.

    No.  No, they don't.  Not when one side calls into question the very nature of our social compact it doesn't.  

    People's hair needs to be on fire.  That's how serious the danger is there.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:57:23 AM PST

    •  Please allow me to control my own hair (19+ / 0-)

      You might like to jump straight to outrage but it's my blood pressure that lives here, thank you.  This has been going on for over two years. It will go on until he loses re-election. I'd prefer to not have a stroke, if it's all the same to you. So here's your sterno back. I use homemade bar soap to shampoo my hair.

      Despite holding very few cards we've been making it very hard for Scott Walker to get his plans rubber-stamped. He may have won re-election, but he's lost his mojo.

      As for WI NPR ... it's a very nice network they have up here but they are milquetoasts in the political realm. About a year ago they claimed they were junking the BS policy of politicizing facts, but in practice not one damn thing changed. It's always two guests, one from either side. And the one side always misrepresenting facts w/o even meek challenge.

      I can't listen to WI NPR political programs anymore, so I don't.

      The MJS is a long-time Walker supporter. It owns the radio station which airs Wisconsin's top RW talk blowhards. Only out-of-staters are surprised to see it carrying Walker's water.

      •  I rarely listen to WPR anymore. (11+ / 0-)

        The other day, I happened to land on Ben Marens doing a call-in with some sort of vaguely neutral media analyst. They got a call from some doofus -- but a suspiciously articulate doofus -- who said, "Look, we went from a two billion dollar deficit to a surplus in two years! Somebody had to go in and make the tough decisions, and it's working.!" They thanked him for his call, mumbled a few non-thoughts, and went on to the next thing. Neither bothered to correct his bizarre assertion, which is based entirely on Walker's lies.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:40:47 AM PST

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        •  Waaaaay back I enjoyed Ben Marens but heard (4+ / 0-)

          similar "neutral" crap when I accidentally tuned in after 6+ year hiatus (progressive radio).  His guest was an articulate rightie econ professor and Ben just ate up his utter bullshit.  

          Not to put too fine a point on it, but WI NPR eagerly suckles Gollem's stinky nads...


          The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

          by JVolvo on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 01:31:43 PM PST

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        •  Ben Merens has left WPR (0+ / 0-)

          His last day was February 1. I really did not appreciate his bend-over-backward-to-be-fair, devil's advocate style of broadcasting. Right now they have a host who has been an occasional substitute, and he seems much better from what I've heard. The best host is Kathleen Dunn in the morning. But I still do miss Tom Clark, who left years ago (although he still is on with Zorba Paster on Saturday, but it's not politics).  

          •  Kathleen Dunn is very listenable (0+ / 0-)

            But her morning show format is the one that gets me. I definitely sense (at times) how she really wants to declare a falsehood a falsehood. But she never actually does. It's always a GOP lie machine representative and a progressive representative who never can keep up with the lies. In many cases the progressive representative is less informed than the DKos diarist lineup.

            I did catch that Friday show with a guest host, about 4-5 months ago. It was the only time I recall the GOP representative was straightforward. He was actually witty and interesting. So you can see why it stuck in my memory. But I do not recall who was sitting in for Kathleen Dunn that day,. Perhaps it was this guy you say replaced Ben Marens.

          •  I was listening to Clark while driving my kid to (0+ / 0-)

            kindergarten on the morning of 9/11/2001. He happened to be doing an interview with some artistic type who was calling in from Manhattan. That's how I found out about the attacks -- Clark was struggling to conduct some sort of interview, although they both at that point would have preferred to be doing something else, and they kept referring to whatever it was that was going on that I didn't know about yet.

            To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

            by UntimelyRippd on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:17:22 AM PST

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        •  It was that Friday review show for me (0+ / 0-)

          Maybe a week and a half ago. The GOP guest led off with a couple things I knew to be wrong. The show just kept sailing on. I turned the dial.

          I would not doubt the NPR staff feels like I do, overwhelmed by the tidal wave of intentional bullshit. It's a much smaller organization than the GOP Truthiness Machine. I can understand how it got to be this way but I can't stand listening to it any more.

      •  Walker's lost his mojo? (3+ / 0-)
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        What I see is someone trying to appear less divisive while getting the Koch brothers' agenda successfully enacted.

        •  I didn't say he was out of office (1+ / 0-)
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          I said he's lost his mojo. Everyone knows he's a charltan now. Is he greeted by a cheering crowd in your town? It's been my experience he sneaks into and out of towns these last twenty-two months or so ... when he's even in Wisconsin.

          •  Quantitative data agrees with you (0+ / 0-)

            A new poll by PPP shows that Walker's numbers are dropping: 48% approval, 49% disapproval. That is down from 51-46 in November.

            It also says Russ Feingold would narrowly defeat Walker, but the other possible Democratic opponents they polled (Kind, Barca, Erpenbach, Kagen, and Mahlon Mitchell) would not, although no numbers for them were given. I wish Kathleen Vinehout would run and I think she could win if she had enough backing to introduce herself to the voters. She's smart, perceptive, down-to-earth (that counts for a lot in Wisconsin) and not from Milwaukee or Madison, which would probably also help, just being honest.

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