Defend Wisconsin News Round Up

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Morning News 7-6-13

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:


Scott Walker's Ignorance
http://networkedblogs.com/MTt8p


Wisconsin groups fight back against Gov. Walker’s radical new anti-choice law
http://www.waukeshawonk.com/2013/07/05/wisconsin-groups-fight-back-against-gov-walkers-radical-new-anti-choice-law/


L & M Automotive Performance, North Prairie, Wisconsin. Matthew J Lepperd .
http://dieteascum.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/l-m-automotive-performance-north-prairie-wisconsin-matthew-j-lepperd/


The Ostrich Caucus
http://bloggingblue.com/2013/07/05/the-ostrich-caucus/


Scott Walker — Wisconsin’s Vaginal Commander-In-Chief
http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/scott-walker-wisconsins-vaginal-commander-in-chief/



Friday, July 5, 2013

Afternoon News 7-5-13

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:


Matt Lepperd
http://knotwatch.org/?portfolio=matt-lepperd


Abele Takes Anger Out Against Veterans Memorial Center, Art Museum
http://networkedblogs.com/MRvFa


Pro-mining terrorists attack Harvest Camp in Penokee Hills
http://bloggingblue.com/2013/07/05/pro-mining-terrorists-attack-harvest-camp-in-penokee-hills/


Gov. Walker signs abortion bill
http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Gov-Walker-signs-abortion-bill-214400021.html

Morning News 7-5-13

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:


Foes of Scott Walker and GOP agenda have a friend in Lester Pines
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/foes-of-scott-walker-and-gop-agenda-have-a-friend-in-lester-pines-b9944026z1-214328771.html


How Laws Shouldn’t Be Made
http://expressmilwaukee.com/mobile/articles/articleView/id:21407


Petri, Ribble propose legislation allowing existing trucks to use the future I-41
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20130704/APC0101/306200397/Petri-Ribble-propose-legislation-allowing-existing-trucks-use-future-41


Scott Walker Vs Independence Day
http://networkedblogs.com/MPSeX


Walker OK With Expanding Religious School Vouchers Despite Milwaukee Scandal
http://news.wpr.org/post/walker-ok-expanding-religious-school-vouchers-despite-milwaukee-scandal


Planned Parenthood To Take Walker To Court
http://networkedblogs.com/MQIx7


Sustainable Solidarity: Now Appearing in Wisconsin
http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2013/07/03/sustainable-solidarity-now-appearing-in-wisconsin/comment-page-1/


Knot Their Facebook
http://networkedblogs.com/MR4vD


Kyle Wood's Remorse
http://networkedblogs.com/MReLi





Evening News 7-4-13 Happy 4th of July

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:


35 Founding Father Quotes Conservative Christians Will Hate

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/04/35-founding-father-quotes-conservative-christians-will-hate/#ixzz2Y7sDy5Z5


Legislatively Speaking — Freedom will never be free
http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2013/07/04/legislatively-speaking-freedom-will-never-be-free/


Frederick Douglass: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”
http://zinnedproject.org/materials/frederick-douglass-the-meaning-of-july-fourth-for-the-negro/


For July 4th: Remembering Why The Right Doesn’t Own The Stars and Stripes
http://www.nationalmemo.com/for-july-4th-remembering-why-the-right-doesnt-own-the-stars-and-stripes/


Bizarre, but Telling, 4th of July Facebook Message from Governor
Walker
http://paulsnewsline.blogspot.com/2013/07/bizarre-but-telling-4th-of-july.html



Foes of Scott Walker and GOP agenda have a friend in Lester Pines
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/foes-of-scott-walker-and-gop-agenda-have-a-friend-in-lester-pines-b9944026z1-214328771.html


Scott Walker Vs Independence Day
http://networkedblogs.com/MPSeX


I'm Trying Ringo
http://networkedblogs.com/MPOLa

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Afternoon News 7-4-13 Happy 4th of July

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:


Wisconsin DNR wants more information on mining company's bulk sampling plan
http://www.startribune.com/local/214172171.html


Wisconsin Legislative Memo Hinted At Controversial Clause in Mining Ordinance
http://mediatrackers.org/wisconsin/2013/07/03/wisconsin-legislative-memo-hinted-at-controversial-clause-in-mining-ordinance?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MediaTrackers+%28Media+Trackers%29


In Wisconsin, Life after Collective Bargaining
http://www.alternet.org/wisconsin-life-after-collective-bargaining-0



 Guide to Debating Your Crazy Right-wing Uncle at the July 4th Picnic
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/how-debate-right-wing-relatives-one-percenters?page=0%2C0


Wisconsin Green Party 2013 Summer Gathering elects new officers, sets course for future growth
http://wigp.nationbuilder.com/wisconsin_green_party_2013_summer_gathering_elects_new_officers


Scott Walker Highlights Small Problems To Justify Big Corrupt Solutions
http://www.newwisgov.com/blog/scott-walker-highlights-small-problems-to-justify-big-corrupt-sol



The 21st Century Declaration of Independence
http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/287-124/18246-the-21st-century-declaration-of-independence




Morning News 7-4-13 Happy 4th of July!

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:

Scott Walker says he wants to continue cutting taxes
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-says-he-wants-to-continue-cutting-taxes-b9947339z1-214143311.html


The next time someone tells you Scott Walker balanced the budget…
http://www.forwardlookout.com/2013/07/the-next-time-someone-tells-you-scott-walker-balanced-the-budget/19056


This Independence Day, Thank a Protester
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/7/4/this_independence_day_thank_a_protester


Scott Walker: Future voucher expansion should be based on student performance

Read more: http://host.madison.com/tncms/asset/editorial/79821df8-4197-53b7-b02c-70e25a0c2df6/#ixzz2Y6Sokhtl


July 4th, Diminished

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Evening News 7-3-13

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:

Out-of-state, for-profit firm wins Head Start contract
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/out-of-state-for-profit-firm-wins-head-start-contract-b9946773z1-214054831.html


Gnatsies, Nazis and other scum-presented for your perusal.
http://dieteascum.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/gnatsies-nazis-and-other-scum-presented-for-your-perusal/



Afternoon News 7-3-13

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:

Dear Facebook
http://viviansloveletters.blogspot.com/


Banned from Facebook. The back story.
http://www.discoverjanesville.com/banned-from-facebook/


Researcher: Gov. Scott Walker 'fed us a sedative' when stimulus was needed
Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/mike_ivey/researcher-gov-scott-walker-fed-us-a-sedative-when-stimulus/article_588082f4-e365-11e2-a72d-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2Y1Q2Mxoe


Morning News 7-3-13

Since FB has decided it doesn't like my posts, and has repeatedly sent me to jail, I will be sharing the "News of the Day" using this format.  It will contain links to stories that are circulating the interwebs as I write, and will be published several times daily.  Be sure to stop and read all the best news of the day. And here they are, in no particular order:


Wiggy to The Rescue
http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2013/07/wiggy-to-rescue.html

Scott Walker among signers of Koch-backed 'No Climate Tax Pledge'
http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/steven_elbow/scott-walker-among-signers-of-koch-backed-no-climate-tax/article_6b078010-1304-58a9-8e80-ea384a251c33.html


Oh where oh where is the DPW’s Communications Director?
http://bloggingblue.com/2013/07/02/oh-where-oh-where-is-the-dpws-communications-director/

Milwaukee city council, Barrett authorize lawsuit over ban on residency requirements
http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=300621

State aid to drop in more than half of Wisconsin school districts
http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/state-aid-to-drop-in-more-than-half-of-wisconsin-school-districts-b9945589z1-213909491.html


Rural WI Democrat to DPW Chair Mike Tate: "Get out of your caround!"ushy office and take a look

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/03/1220803/-Rural-WI-Democrat-to-DPW-Chair-Mike-Tate-Get-out-of-your-cushy-office-and-take-a-look-around

Walker's agenda includes private school report cards, regulatory reform
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/walker-s-agends-includes-private-school-report-cards-regulatory-reform/article_797e3e7a-e2ce-11e2-ab74-001a4bcf887a.html

Voting Rights & Wisconsin
http://standupforyourrightswisconsin.org/blog/voting-rights-Wisconsin

Why We Trail America in Jobs Growth
http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/07/02/why-we-trail-america-in-jobs-growth/

Don't exempt UW-Madison from records law
http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/dont-exempt-uw-madison-from-records-law-b9943730z1-213920021.html

Monday, April 8, 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry: Latest Character Assassination Target of the Far Right

Andrew Breitbart and Rush Limbaugh make a terrific living through diversion, demonizing, and the use of techniques with a goal of destroying policy or oftentimes with character assassination.  Their writing and punditry like Glenn Beck and others skilled to excite and influence their loyal legions is most assuredly a template used on every policy or individual attack. 

They do not always use the entire strategy or structure each time but do implement an argument structure designed to persuade using techniques associated with brainwashing.  Dr. Cynthia Boaz is an assistant professor of political science at Sonoma State University. Among her areas of expertise includes political communication and media. From various pundits she has identified fourteen techniques that effectively brainwash their followers.

My experience is that many of my Conservative friends use these argumentative structures oftentimes unknowingly while others seemed to understand them purposely and are in step with the talking points necessary to forward the agenda.  Folks we refer to as trolls often use this very same structure with their arguments. Read a variety of postings and you will observe the bullying technique, character assassination, flipping, and attempts to confuse the issue, policy, or personal attack.

These are similar to those Rovian Techniques devised by Karl Rove and once the target is identified; the techniques listed above are put in motion. They attack the individual or policy and then saturate that message via blogs, Facebook,  Google groups, radio, television, and newspapers. The idea is to divert followers from facts and focus on readers or listeners preconceived notions and fears to perpetuate the attack.

I have identified several "attack" techniques in the past but those who have not read my blogs the following sources will assist you in understanding why Progressives and Liberals need to start not only "Leaning Forward" but getting off their shiny bottoms and start doing something about the arguments and techniques being employed by several far right "journalists", bloggers, pundits and entertainer news anchors like Rush, O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck. If you see similar techniques on the fringe left; call them out too! You can saturate messages of truth as well as fiction!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/08/1141830/-Karl-Rove-s-Handbook
http://www.drw.utexas.edu/roberts-miller/handouts/demagoguery

I have others; but these sources whether you the reader like the sources or not are links to the people who analyzed and wrote them. Everything we do is definable and each of us may not agree with the operational definitions these people identify as the techniques employed to distract and brainwash but it can be observed and the patterns identified.

Why am I bringing this up? One name: Melissa Harris-Perry. She has an MSNBC commercial that the right is demonizing about Children being part of the Community and that we should all be concerned about them; not just the Children's parents. Move a few words around and fail to report the entire sentiment with the purpose of diverting, demonizing, and destroying the character suggesting nonsense of communism, socialism, and fascism. 

Do you really believe your children are only your concern? Do you not want teachers, clergy, police, neighbors, and even strangers to be aware of unsafe situations and step up or step in? They are trying to make this another "you did not build this" attack they used when they diverted, demonized and attempted to destroy President Obama.

How can I prove this? I will provide two links and from these you decide:

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/04/08/how-the-right-is-distorting-melissa-harris-perr/193532

https://www.google.com/webhp?source=search_app#hl=en&gs_rn=8&gs_ri=psy-ab&gs_mss=melissa%20harris%20perry%20MSNBC%20C&tok=oWqmcNVulDbR1YfMw7qfdw&pq=melissa%20harris%20perry&cp=62&gs_id=bo&xhr=t&q=melissa%20harris%20perry%20MSNBC%20Commercial%20Kids%20are%20the%20Communities&es_nrs=true&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=melissa+harris+perry+MSNBC+Commercial+Kids+are+the+Communities&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44990110,bs.1,d.aWM&fp=e9443ae8fe5a8991&biw=1366&bih=643

Remember this....To push forward their right wing character assassination of Melissa Harris-Perry they need to saturate Google Search and they have accomplished this with over 500,000 orchestrated links. The Heritage Foundation has people who use the Google Analytics to post and re-post so the only information is their right wing character assassination of this MSNBC pundit and others. My question is----What are they really concerned about? Her rising popularity?  Perhaps it is that her weekend un-rehearsed shows are analysis and discussion with a variety of viewpoints....Even viewpoints that don't always agree with hers. Imagine what that might look like on the daily rehearsed Bill O'Reilly show!

Melissa Harris-Perry Blog Response: 

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/09/why-caring-for-children-is-not-just-a-parents-job/


Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Race For 44th District Seat, Democrat Primary Heats Up

by Lucy Faraday

With only two weeks to go until the election for the hotly contested 44th District Assembly seat for Wisconsin, the race to the finish line is beginning to heat up.  With four Democrats standing for election against, unopposed Republican Primary Joe Knilans, the result on August 14th, looks like it will be a close thing.  Key issues in the campaign include unemployment, women’s rights and education, all matters close to the hearts of Janesville people and Wisconsin people as a whole.

Candidate Profiles

So who is standing in the 44th District Assembly race and what sets them apart from each other? As with many elections personalities will no doubt play a key role, but it is issues that will probably win the day. This year the Democrats are looking at four candidates to choose from; Yuri Rashkin, Sam Liebert, Kevin Murray and Deb Kolste all hoping to gain the Primary position and then go on to topple Joe Knilans on the 6th of November. Lets take a quick refresh of the candidates and what they aim to achieve.

Yuri Rashkin

Yuri Rashkin, 37 moved to the USA from the Soviet Union in 1988. He previously held a seat on the City Council for the last 4 years from which he stepped down in April 2012 in order to concentrate on his campaign for the District Assembly.

Yuri is a keen follower of women’s rights and the arts. Creatively minded himself, he has pursued a successful music career alongside his political ambitions. Yuri has built his election campaign platform around core ideas such as improving women’s rights, helping small businesses grow and expand, protecting the elderly, the importance of public education, protecting the environment and encouraging more transparency in government. He has gained strong support from women’s, environmental and art based groups and seems to be a strong contender in the primary race.

Sam Liebert

Wisconsin born and bred, Sam Liebert has been living in Janesville since the age of 5 when he moved there with his single mom and younger sister.  Sam has actively worked for several progressive Democratic campaigns locally and nationally including the campaign for President Barak Obama and has a considerable interest in grassroots politics.  He has a clear vision of community improvement and working towards making the Janesville community more prosperous, both economically and spiritually.

Sam believes in working from the bottom in order to achieve true social change and has been famous for campaigning for such issues as women’s rights and a stronger investment in the public school system.  However Sam’s key issue is providing people with jobs; specifically good, well paid, family supporting jobs, and it is around this that he has built his platform for the election on 14th August.

Deb Kolste

Debra (Deb) Kolste is another candidate with a clear community focus. Deb has been working in community-focused roles for the last 18 years and has been a Janesville School Board member for the last 9 years.  Her key focuses for her platform are centred on education, women’s rights, transparency in government, workers rights, job creation and the provision of healthcare to support poorer families in the community.

Kevin Murray

Another born and bred Wisconsin boy, Kevin Murray seems to be particularly focused on getting to know all of his potential constituents and has been focusing on door knocking as a key part of his campaign, so that the people of Janesville can really get to know him and what he is about. He is centred on core issues such as improving public education and transparency in government, but in addition to this Kevin is keenly interested in public services such as the Fire, Hospital and Police departments, in order to make Janesville a safer place to live.

Wisconsin Deserves The Best

All of the Democrat candidates are in agreement that Janesville and Wisconsin deserves better than the current incumbent Joe Knilans, although clearly they all believe that they will be the best replacement for the position on the assembly. It is certainly true that the beautiful city of Janesville with it’s amazing architecture (20 % of our buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places), honest decent people, beautiful parks and access to inspiring scenery and countryside ideal for experience days and family gatherings, definitely deserves to be looked after. The community of Janesville deserves to be heard and it is up to you, on August 14th, to decide who is going to stand against Joe and hopefully make Wisconsin a place to be even more proud of.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Defend Wisconsin News Round Up

by Lucy Faraday

Total Expensive Recall: Walker Recall Cost $81 Million

You read that right. It’s been reported in a number of newspapers that the Wisconsin recall of Governor Scott Walker has so far cost donors a staggering $81 million. To put that in context, it is the most amount of money spent on any election or political campaign in Wisconsin, ever. This is even twice, yes, twice the amount of money spent by Walker and Barrett in their 2010 election duel.

The Poll

The financial survey was conducted by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign group, who are a non-partisan group in the state.  Based in Madison, they crunched the data provided from campaign reports and advertising buys  to see how much each campaign spent. In the end it was determined that Walker spent $58.7 million while Barrett spent $22 million. Walker won the recall election in June by 7 points.

The campaign group revealed a few surprises in terms of Walker’s campaign funding. Naturally, the big hitters were there ploughing money in as is often associated with a Republican financing campaign. For example, Tamko Building Products’ David Humphreys gave $260,000, while ABC Supply’s Dian Hendricks gave half a million. What might surprise is that 77 percent of donations were valued at $50 or less, showing that Walker managed to motivate his grassroots support for the recall election.

At the same time and during the previous year there were 15 recall motions in the state. During these elections the Republican party was able to outspend the Democrats in every contest. Total spending including the non-governor recall elections totaled $137 million. Republicans accounted for $84.5 million, while the Democrats spent $52.6 million. As money seems to determine the outcome of elections (as in who spends the most gets the most votes), perhaps it is not surprising that the Democrats only succeeded in removing three state senators. On the other hand it could be argued that getting three out was a triumph of voter power over finance.

Polling Day Problems

It seems many people were upset with the recall election for more reasons than others. Naturally those being recalled resented the fact they were having to re-justify their elections, but that is just the nature of democracy.  The Wisconsin League of Women Voters complained after the election that many constituents found polling booths confusing and that adequate help was not given at the time. 150 volunteers made observations around the state and 420 polls were conducted at the time and afterwards. The most confusing aspect was documentation, as in what was needed and what was not. As a result, the League called for polling booth staff to be better trained for future elections.

Democrats Breaking Up

The result of the election was a narrow 17-16 majority in the senate for the Democrats. This state of affairs lasted barely a month before Tim Cullen threatened to quit the Democrats and go solo. What was a narrow victory in an overall disappointment for the Democrats was caused by Majority Leader Mark Miller, who apparently only offered Cullen chairmanship of a minor committee and nothing more important. The whole debacle raises questions about the effectiveness of the senate. The only good news for Miller is that Rich Zipperer, a Republican senator, is likely to become Walker’s new Deputy Chief of Staff, removing his vote from the senate until the next election. Still, Cullen now has the ability to use his vote as a weapon against the Democrats unless placated. That is a dangerous game to play.

Campaign Funding

The amount of money spent, the confusion at the polls and the power plays of elected officials makes you wonder about democracy. If the biggest spender always wins, is there really an element of choice and thought in the election? Can freedom of thought be linked to money in that way? After all, in a free economy a person is able to change financial service providers if they so choose. For example, if you can find cheaper mortgage rates abroad, you will go and take them. By the same token, companies and wealthy investors are moving their money to whichever candidate best represents their needs, but what about the needs of the voters?

The individual voted into office should win the argument of what to do about the needs of the people as a whole and also as individuals. These are not just finance. They should not be based on patronage, on deals and favors.  Still, the alternative is to give each candidate equal funding from the state and that will just cost taxpayers even more of their hard earned money.