Article that is subject of MacIver Threats of Libel

Hamlet Act 3, scene 2, 222–230

Madam, how like you this play?

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Taken Down 3 Times

The following article has been removed from three blogs, The Capital Times, Blogging Blue, and Host Madison, after the editors received threats of being sued for libel. The quote from “Hamlet” – “the lady doth protest too much,” almost always means that the lady objects so much as to lose credibility.

Note: The article is now reposted atBlogging Blue

The article is written by Dustin Beilke who is a freelance writer and essayist and has written for dozens of publications throughout the last 25 years.

Beware of the MacIver spin machine
The MacIver Institute is a partisan political operation in a think tank’s clothing
By Dustin Beilke

In the past several months, journalists who ought to know better at the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and dozens of other publications have quoted the staff at the Wisconsin-based John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy on policy issues important to Wisconsin’s future.

If you’re a MacIver staffer looking to spread your ideas to millions of readers without paying the high cost of advertising, that’s pretty nice for you. But for advocates of good journalism – and a public that counts on it to help understand and evaluate ideas – it’s very bad.

That’s because the MacIver Institute isn’t a public policy research “institution’’ by any reasonable definition. MacIver is a political campaign office. It’s that simple.

MacIver is staffed by veteran conservative Republican campaign operatives. It is run by a board that looks like a “Who’s Who’’ of past conservative Republican political campaigns.

MacIver has the right to advocate for any idea it chooses, but it does not have the right to claim to be an honest player in the exchange of public policy ideas.

It is headed by Brett Healy, the former veteran chief of staff (and campaign manager several times over) for former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen – the leader who was charged with several felonies for his role in using taxpayer-funded staff for political campaign operations.

Jensen, who led the GOP takeover of the Assembly in the early 1990s, is now a consultant to the institute. In fact, he’s so involved that, in some cases, he even writes some of its press releases.

MacIver’s communications director, Brian Fraley, is a well-paid national insurance industry lobbyist who was director of the Senate Republican caucus when it was also knee-deep in the illegal use of taxpayer funded employees for campaigns. Fraley has been a campaign manager and consultant for dozens of conservative Republican campaigns.

Some of MacIver’s scholarly contributors are, well, not scholarly at all.

Its most prolific writer these days is James Widgerson, a self-identified right-wing blogger who boasts on his website such non-scholarly credentials as serving as campaign consultant for a host of conservatives, including former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, State Sen. Mary Lazich and former State Sen. George Petak.

One of Widgerson’s “qualifications” is his ongoing effort to assist the Republican get-out-the-vote strategy. As almost anyone in Wisconsin politics knows, what “get out the vote’’ means is a well-funded effort to discourage voting by citizens who might lean Democratic.

MacIver’s ties to the GOP campaign machine go still deeper. Its past and current board members include Mark Block, a GOP operative best known lately for his blundering work managing GOP candidate Herman Cain’s presidential campaign. Arch-conservative radio commentator Charles Sykes appears regularly in both its “issues’’ and “news’’ coverage.

Good journalists usually are careful to avoid phony think tanks. The MacIver Institute might have interesting, even credible ideas, but it doesn’t exist to help us wade through difficult issues and facts. Its job is precisely the opposite – to sway voters by stacking or manipulating facts and data.

The reading public should call upon Wisconsin’s editors, reporters, publishers and station managers to follow their professional standards and use sources that are honestly participating in the marketplace of public policy ideas — and avoid groups like the MacIver Institute whose sole job is to manipulate it for partisan reasons.

Dustin Beilke is a freelance writer and essayist and has written for dozens of publications throughout the last 25 years.

Is the IRS Sleeping?

Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates IRS

The right wing is out of the closet to expose the skeletons of racism, sexism, disregard of the middle class.

Wealth buys power and control of the message

Just such a man is Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, which during the period of 2001 to 2009, doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined. Less than a week after being elected governor, Scott Walker and his wife met privately with Michael Grebe, one of the most powerful philanthropic forces behind America’s conservative movement. The list of major recipients reads like an all-star roster of conservative think tanks: millions of dollars directed to well-known groups such as the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, and the Federalist Society – all trying to put their stamp on three branches of government.

Grebe likened the Bradley Foundation to the 1960s Green Bay Packers, who ruled the football world with a fearsome ground game and a deceptively simple running play, the sweep.

“We’re going to run off tackle, right over there, and we’re telling you we’re going to run there and we’re going to knock you on your butt and carry the ball down the field,” Grebe said during an interview inside the foundation’s headquarters near downtown. “There are no surprises.”

Bradley Foundation jsonline

The Bradley Foundation is a “Philanthropic” Organization

GOP post partum Abortion Clinic

If you want the GOP to care about you – remain a fetus.

The first time I heard this quip, I thought it was funny. Not any more. The Catholic Church and social conservatives defend the life of a fetus with all the self righteous zeal of a mob at the stoning of a prostitute. Strange simile? Think about it. Especially in light of Rush Limbaugh’s remark referring to Sandra Fluke as a slut for defending a woman’s right to insurance coverage for contraception. Where is the disconnect between contraception and the ultimate result of a prevented pregnancy or the prevented birth of a human being – like birth is from Mars, but contraception is from Neptune? Where is the disconnect? Is there an 11th Commandment somewhere – Thou shalt be stupid?

Why are women being thrown into the GOP vilification machine along with unions, teachers, and even government itself? Explain why all the Christian love and caring begins at conception but ends at birth? Really, contraception, conception, birth, and crying and kicking life follow along on obvious straight-line continuum as blatantly obvious as 2 + 2 = 4! What am I missing?

GOP social conservative policies are little more than legislative abortion clinics

If the same piece meal overview were taken to the management of rivers as is applied to the conception/birth continuum, Santorum, Gingrich and Romney would call for pumping water for faster flow at the river’s source, and blow up all the dams along the way to the delta. The myopic hallucination that contraception is disconnected from the ultimate number of births and the care needed for live and kicking life to progress, compares to forcefully pumping water at the source. Removing a woman’s right to plan and chose, aside from her basic right of control over her own body, compares to blowing up all the dams along the way. Yet, social conservatives continue to deny the natural and obvious connection of contraception, development, and birth. They look through the religion tinted classes that cloud the consciousness with the holy will on the contraception and abortion end of the continuum, while ignoring the fact that, just down river, there are children born to poor, single, or unprepared families and mothers. The Bible seems to stop there. Once the fetus is a live and kicking human being, all responsibility for health care and developmental nurturing goes to the new human being and the mother or family, while government washes its hands of responsibility, as family planning and health care options are seen as “entitlements”, which might be perfectly applicable to a fetus, but not a real live and kicking American citizen. What happened to all the good old christian charity of those who erected the “Abortion can stop a beating heart” along the roadway. Where are all the “Health care can revive a slowing heart” road signs?

As this is written the legislature in Wisconsin is meeting to consider cutting 22,000 people from the State Badger Care program. All of them are from the low income end of the wage scale, and many of them are single mothers with real live kicking infant American citizens. Many of them will die. How does the death of a young infant who succumbs from lack of health care differ from a developing fetus to the family or mother who must grieve the death?

We hear the of plans for similar cuts and abandonment of the Affordable Health Care Act daily on the GOP campaign trail. The “I will repeal Obamacare” line is sure to be followed by prolonged applause from social conservatives.

How are GOP polices anything other than Post Natal Legislative Abortion Clinics?

Ear to the rail – The Indictment Train is a'Comin

Ear to the rail

Nearly every child who lived within walking distance of a railroad track, has put their ear to the rail to see if they could hear the train coming. If it was, the vibration could be heard well in advance of the arrival of the approaching train. Now, with ear to the rail, the Walker Indictment train is a’comin.

The Vibrations of Indictment

Last Friday, Walker established a legal defense fund. Of course, those who stand with him, might say that he is just doing the wise thing; like an Eagle Scout, he is just following the motto “Be prepared”. Those million people who signed recall petitions hear a different vibration on the indictment rail, since the rule for establishment of such a fund is quite clear and narrow in specifying the conditions of such a fund defined as the “527 Status”.

But state election law makes clear that a candidate can set up one of these funds in limited circumstances.

“Wisconsin Statutes permit a state government official who is being investigated for or
charged with a violation of campaign finance laws or prohibited election practices to establish a ‘legal defense fund’ for expenditures supporting or defending the candidate while that person is being investigated for, or charged with, or convicted of a violation of those chapters,” says a summary of the statute provided by the Government Accountability Board. No Quarter Blog

Put your ear to the rail…

The Kevin Kennedy Vibration

Just yesterday Kennedy was asked if the Walker campaign had informed the GAB of an investigation against him, given the news that broke last week of the establishment of a legal defense fund for Walker. Kennedy gave a rather surprising answer “the law prohibits” him from answering that question. Wisconsin Media Co Op – Video and story.

The vibration of the rail would suggest the indictment train has made its stop at the Government Accountability Board (GAB) and Director Kennedy is legally bound to the silence that a John Doe inquiry drops, like a mail bag, as it leaves the station.

Put your ear to the rail…

Defendant Kevin Kavanaugh (conveniently) fails to appear in court

Kavanaugh is one of the half dozen former staffers who have been charged in the John Doe investigation. He was finally scheduled to appear at a hearing to face five felony charges accusing him of embezzling about $42,000 in donations intended to help military veterans and their families. At present all the separates the Governor of the State of Wisconsin from complicity in the allegations of his appointees and friends, is the 25 foot distance between his County Executive office door and the secret email network. If just one word of Walker’s knowledge of this network arrives in court, he becomes subject to felony indictment.

But, Kavanaugh failed to appear at the hearing because he was being treated for internal bleeding, a problem that has placed him in intensive care. This according to this lawyer Christopher Hartley.

Put your ear to the rail…

Attorney for Tim Russell Withdraws

Tim Russell was Deputy Chief of Staff under County Executive Walker and is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a veterans fund and illegally campaigning on county time. Just as his roommate Kavanaugh missed his hearing, we learn that Russell’s attorney, Andrew Franklin, told a judge he wanted to withdraw from the case because of a conflict. Attorney Andrew Franklin was granted the withdrawal but the reason will be kept confidential.

Put your ear to the rail…

More than one coincidence is not a coincidence

John Doe defendants are suddenly struck ill, attorney’s are quitting, defense funds are being set, the Director of GAB declines to answer questions for legal reasons – put your ear to the rail. Hear the vibrations?

Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

I bet there’s rich folks eatin’,
In a fancy dining car,
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee,
And smokin’ big cigars,
But I know I had it comin’,
I know I can’t be free,
But those people keep a-movin’,
And that’s what tortures me.

Right op ed reports Obama Narcissism

It’s a LISTENING problem

Jennifer C. Braceras suggests, in an Op Ed in the Boston Herald, that Obama could use a lesson in humility suggesting that he, more than any Republican leader such as George W. Bush, addresses the people with a narcissism suggesting sole ownership all government policy, or as she expresses it a government “of Barack, by Barack and for Barack.”

She brings forward this example:

Here is Dear Leader on the capture of Osama bin Laden: “I directed [the CIA] to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority.” “I met repeatedly with my national security team.” “I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden.”

Compare this to the language used by George W. Bush after the capture of Saddam Hussein: “The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Boston Herald Op Ed

Hear Hear!

Within this microcosm of Ms. Braceras’ observation, lies a universe of denial; a hidden black hole of static that sucks the real kernel of truth out of the story, the picture, and any meaningful link to the larger conversation. Denial, by its very definition, is a truth, obvious to others, that we do not want to hear. In fact, we cannot hear the information because of its deep connection to “who we are”. This hidden connection is an acid meant to burn the core of our very identity. This is a human problem. Not an American Problem, a Republican problem, or a Democratic Problem. We all own this problem with the same equality expressed in the Declaration of Independence. The enemy is here, and it is us.

The larger revolution of behind the “Right/Left/Stand with/Recall/Pro/Con” Conspiracy

In one small instance, in one op ed piece, Ms. Braceras evolves one small criticism, which has no real earth shaking importance other than to illustrate, yet another, preaching to choir article about a dissatisfaction with President of the United States in the election year of 2012. Big deal. If you are a right leaning Republican, you agree. If you are a progressive leaning Democrate, you are incensed. I can point out that she is expression her own arrogant and narcissistic opinion, while defining the arrogance and narcissism of Obama. She is expressing her own, self-held opinion and using words and editorial puzzle pushing to say, “your identity should attach to my identity”, and on it on it has gone, hour by hour, day by day, on radio, TV; and now with the advent of Twitter and Face book the puzzle pushing, people pleasing, narcissistic messages and tweets have grown exponentially in to a tsunami of preaching to the choir that might convert the devil himself. If he were listening. And there is the rub. That is the hidden point that put out the eye of Rush Limbaugh, and brought Wall Street to its knees, and sent Bernie Madoff into a downward spiral.

When were you ever given instruction in “how to listen”.

With all the arrogance and narcissism I can muster, I encourage you to research, examine, and practice the skill of real listening. Not because I have mastered it, but because I have not.

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one’s chosen form.

– Stephen Nachmanovitch

(From “Meet Your Playful Self)
Watching Yourself

You are about to make a discovery. You may think of yourself as a glass-half-full sort of person, and that you react positively in most situations of your life. Now is your chance to put your reactions to a test. Try this little experiment.

Experiment # 1

Watching Yourself Listening

Go over to the radio or TV and switch it on and listen to a news report. As you listen, watch yourself to discover what you are thinking in reaction to the words you hear. Do you find that you take immediate exception to much of what you hear?

After doing this for five or ten minutes, try to evaluate your reactions as positive or negative by percentage. Where they: 50% negative 50% positive? Make your own evaluation.

Now repeat the process, but this time try saying “yes” aloud to everything you hear.

You are not being encouraged to become some dish rag conformist. You are experimenting with watching yourself listen. As you become attentive to your habitual thought process, you can access the difference in the way you feel by agreeing when holding the intention of yes….

As you watched yourself listening, you became aware of all the immediate, split second, judgments and attitudes that arose. Of course this is normal. We all do this. The big difference is, as you are doing it now, you are actively watching, whereas ordinarily the judgments creep in beneath the surface without the slightest notice.

Read the full experiment

The Secret Meeting – What, When, Where?

Living a Mystery

It is one thing to be an avid reader of popular mystery novels, it is quite another to be cast in one. Wisconsin has been pressed between the covers of one of the greatest living mystery stories of the century. The John Doe investigation, being lead by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, has been dubbed “Walkergate” in reflection of the history shaking antics of “the plumbers” and the Watergate break in, that finally led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.

John Chisholm (Chisholm and Grisham have a similar ring) has proven to be a master of the moment of mystery. The technique is to reveal a piece of juicy information and then follow it with pages of narrative before the next kernel of evidence is released, as has been demonstrated throughout the John Doe investigation of our sitting Governor, Scott Walker. The secret meeting that is to occur between John Chisholm and Scott Walker represents just such a masterful mystery novel technique of suspense. The last kernel of note was announced more than a month ago, and since that time, we are tempted to page ahead to the end to find out how the mystery will end.

The problem with a living novel is that is has not been written yet.

The announcement of a secret meeting of Scott Walker with D.A. John Chisholm became public on February 3.

February 3, 2012, 7:38 pm
Wisconsin Governor Is to Meet With Prosecutor

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, will meet with a prosecutor who has been investigating the behavior of workers in his previous public office, at the helm of Milwaukee County, Mr. Walker’s campaign office said Friday.N.Y. Times

All we need is Kinsey Millhone

Kinsey Millhone is a fictional character created by Sue Grafton for her “alphabet mysteries” series of novels that have gone through the 22 letters, one at a time, with titles spanning 30 years. Her last book was “‘V’ is for Vengence”.

“A” Is for Alibi (1982)
“B” Is for Burglar (1985)
“C” Is for Corpse (1986)
“D” Is for Deadbeat (1987)
“E” Is for Evidence (1988)
“F” Is for Fugitive (1989)
“G” Is for Gumshoe (1990)
“H” Is for Homicide (1991)
“I” Is for Innocent (1992)
“J” Is for Judgment (1993)
“K” Is for Killer (1994)
“L” Is for Lawless (1995)
“M” Is for Malice (1996)
“N” Is for Noose (1998)
“O” Is for Outlaw (1999)
“P” Is for Peril (2001)
“Q” Is for Quarry (2002)
“R” Is for Ricochet (2004)
“S” Is for Silence (2005)
“T” Is for Trespass (2007)
“U” Is for Undertow (2009)
“V” Is for Vengeance (2011)

You notice the opportunity? Her last work was the “V” book. And what follows “V”? Yes. “W”!
“W” is for Walker.

How might the book be billed by publicists?

“A chess game or a battle of the brains?”

No. Only one brain would be involved in our story. It is up to you to guess the player with all the brains.

“A cat and mouse maze of intrigue and suspense?”

That might work if the word “mouse” were replaced with weasel.

“The ending has a twist that only increases the reader’s pleasure. This is excellent!”

No doubt. Enjoy the ride!

527 Status – The Scott "Walker Trust" – OXYMORON

Oxymoronic Statement of Considerable Truth

The Walker Trust is an open measure to defend a blameless culprit who is clearly misunderstood as a untargeted victim in the open secret of the John Doe Investigation. Walker has maintained partial silence to clearly indicate he is a misunderstood Governor who maintains that it is a false fact that Walker is not an active target in a victimless crime.

Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday that he has set up a legal defense fund to help pay expenses incurred as a result of the John Doe investigation of activities during his time as county executive.

That is a polite stab of non-partisan journalism to subtly suggest that the resulting determination could well be a suggestion that Walker has been disqualified as a non-target.

But state election law makes clear that a candidate can set up one of these funds in limited circumstances.

“Wisconsin Statutes permit a state government official who is being investigated for or
charged with a violation of campaign finance laws or prohibited election practices to establish a ‘legal defense fund’ for expenditures supporting or defending the candidate while that person is being investigated for, or charged with, or convicted of a violation of those chapters,” says a summary of the statute provided by the Government Accountability Board. No Quarter Blog


This man, is the ring leader of a plot to plant a secret email network in the Milwaukee County Executive’s office to be used for non-official purposes including raising funds for a campaign for governor of the State of Wisconsin. Through the use of illegal tactics he won the election to become governor illegally, only to use his power to dismantle a promising rapid rail plan, curtail collective bargaining for most public workers, introduce vote suppression legislation, and gerrymander the vote district boundaries to disenfranchise voters and throw the 2012 election process into complete disarray.

His actions have cost the taxpayers of the state, millions of dollars.

Charges, and sentencing pending due to grave imbalance in justice system that favors and excludes white collar executives and politicians from the timely and harsh prosecution and sentencing that would befall a common citizen.

Last week, U. S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentenced a 25-year-old Tampa man to 54 months in federal prison. He entered a guilty plea on tax fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Roger Snells, who pleaded guilty on September 2nd, was also ordered to pay mandatory restitution of $26,164.61 to the U. S. Treasury.

Now departing Penokee Hills – ALL ABOARD the Recall Train

Like a child’s train, what goes around comes around.

Walker’s refusal of Federal High Speed Rail funds was “Not only frustrating, it was downright disgusting”. Now, Walker uses the same words regarding the failure of mining bill.

Walker did not mince words over mining Thursday. “It’s not only frustrating, it’s downright disgusting. You had senators who were willing to put politics ahead of jobs,” Walker said. Walker Reacts

Mirror, mirror on the wall..

“If politics is going to play a higher priority than getting people back to work, it’s a sad day,” Walker said.

Who played politics worst of all?

It was Scott Walker who had a King of job creators kneeling at his feet. Talgo, the Spanish train-maker had already opened a plant in Milwaukee and was working on two trainsets for the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha service. Wisconsin was awarded eight hundred and ten million dollars to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin. Walker said “No”. The reason he gave was one of the first in the long litany of lies he would unleash on the people of Wisconsin over the following year.

Why did Walker reject high speed rail?

The job creating potential of Talgo, that was already in place in Milwaukee and looking ahead to years of production, was seen as such an obvious beacon in the dark tunnel of economic woe that Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois immediately laid out a red carpet with a willingness of circus puppy.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn sent Talgo Inc. a letter inviting the company to move to his state and promising to do whatever he could to lure it there. …

“If Wisconsin is losing its enthusiasm for its rail program and others are not, we could go to Illinois and manufacture world-class trains there,” said Nora Friend, Talgo vice president for public affairs and business development. “We certainly appreciate Gov. Quinn reaching out to us. We will consider very seriously states that want to grow their rail program.”

Quinn invites Talgo

Poor leadership, poor strategy, abysmal whining

In case you thought that last Summer’s recall elections where a failure because the Senate remained under GOP control – think again. If not for the shift of two new democratic seats in the Senate, the Penokee Hills would be well on its way to allow become a scar on the earth. Instead, the scar was left on the credibility and political clout of Scott Walker as Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams issued a statement late Tuesday saying the company was leaving the state because the Senate sent a “clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message.” To which a whisper from Mother Earth could be heard traveling off the waves of Lake Superior – “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out”.

A wiser man would not find himself in Walker’s place. People like Walker fail to understand any of the often quoted words of truth – “The chickens come home to roost” – “The arc of moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” – “You can fool some of the people some of the time…”. Only a self possessed man like Scott Walker is doomed to strut and fret his hour on the stage of politics owning the belief that he can impose his self will on people and politics, while defying history by repeating the behavior of fools of the past and expecting different results.

The tracks, leading Walker out of his post, have been bent toward justice through the furnace of protest and unending demands of over a million people.

The train is now departing the Penokee Hills – All aboard the recall train!

Here Lies The Loss

“We were positioned to be not only a center of the line, but to be a manufacturing center as well. Now we are moving from being the leader to the back of the line,” Doyle said. “Eight hundred and ten million dollars that would have gone to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin will now create jobs in other states.”

Nora Friend, a spokeswoman for the train manufacturing company Talgo, called the loss of funds “terrible news” for Wisconsin, for the company and its Milwaukee manufacturing plant, and for vendors and workers throughout the state.

“It sends a terrible message to businesses that are considering coming to Wisconsin,” Friend said.

She added Talgo will close its Milwaukee plant, probably in early 2012, and likely will lay off more than half of the 125 workers it expects to have on its payroll at that time. She said she doesn’t know where the plant will relocate.

Capital Times

Construction employment on the line itself was projected to peak at 4,732 jobs in 2012, with 55 permanent jobs to operate and maintain trains, stations and tracks.
Journal Sentinel

Recall Poker – calling the GOP bluff and raising the stakes

GOP controlled assembly passes bill to limit recall

The bill passed, with the vote stuck in the rut that has deepened with each passing wheel through the partisan convoy of agenda items that have seeped away at the firm base of Wisconsin’s foundation of ethics and fair play – the bill passed along party lines 60-37. Surprise, surprise! The bill seeks to specify new limits on the “types” of behavior an elected official must exhibit, like “malfeasance in office”, before a recall can be initiated.

The definition of the word “malfeasance” suggests that any recall effort would only serve to pour money into the pockets of lawyers in an costly effort to initiate a recall – as GOP legislatures have want to do, judging from the hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into Michael Best Law firm for drawing vote district maps and litigating the voter ID law.

Malfeasance has been defined by appellate courts in other jurisdictions as a wrongful act which the actor has no legal right to do; as any wrongful conduct which affects, interrupts or interferes with the performance of official duty; as an act for which there is no authority or warrant of law; as an act which a person ought not to do; as an act which is wholly wrongful and unlawful; as that which an officer has no authority to do and is positively wrong or unlawful; and as the unjust performance of some act which the party performing it has no right, or has contracted not, to do.

High Stakes Poker Game – Betting Against Trust of the People

What do many of the legislative initiatives of the GOP hold in common? What protections are sought through the voter Id law, limiting collective bargaining, drawing gerrymandered district maps and, now, redefining the recall statutes? Oh, and here is another recent example of the same:

MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsinites will no longer get to see their Supreme Court justices discuss the way they set their policies. The court’s four-member conservative majority voted yesterday to move its public administrative sessions behind closed doors. That’s after the open sessions exposed some of the bitter disagreements the justices have had on various issues in recent years, which culminated in a brief shoving match last summer between justices David Prosser and Ann Walsh Bradley.

The court also rejected Bradley’s request for a public hearing on the change.

The GOP seems to be playing poker with the Wisconsin long held tradition of trusting the voice of the people by limiting access to the polls (voter ID), ending the threat of people joining together to lobby for salary and benefits (Budget Repair Law) shifting vote districts for political advantage (Vote district law), adding a nebulous “malfeasance” requirement to the recall statutes (Recall law), and moving administrative sessions of Supreme Court back into the closet. All this, from a party who is hell bent a eliminating government intervention in matters of individual rights? Yet, every legislative move they make seems to be a direct intervention limiting individual rights, by reducing access to government, denying organized lobbying of workers, limiting transparency in the conduct of the courts, and, now, adding blurry barriers to the recall process.

Time to Call and Up the Stakes

Recall efforts have been myopically focused on the prime targets of the Wisconsin Senate and Governor. The stakes could well be raised to the congressional, and Senate representatives of the State with prime focus on Ron Johnson.

Who Can be Recalled?
Any elected officeholder who has served one year of the term for which he or she was most
recently elected, as of the date the recall petition is offered for filing, can be recalled.
§9.10(2)(s), Wis. Stats.
After one recall petition and recall election, no further recall petition may be filed against the same official during the term for which he or she was elected. §9.1 0(6), Wis. Stats.
If the regular term of an elected officeholder’s position is scheduled for re-election at the fall election to be held within six weeks of the date the recall petition is filed, a recall election may not be held.

Recall of Congressional Officals

You want malfeasance?

Wisconsin has been so focused on its back door step, that little light has been shed on freshman Senator Johnson.

Is it surprising that this tea party favorite has already shown his manipulative, self serving, Ayn Rand, behavior of bending the rules and dumping ethics to further the agenda of the Koch Bros, ALEC, and the greedy money holders?

Senator Ron Johnson gave himself a 10 million dollar loan from his own company, Pacur, shortly after he spent 9 million on his “self financed” 2010 election campaign.
Aside from election law violations, Johnson’s $10 million payday also may violate the Internal Revenue Code’s requirements that any deferred compensation agreement must be in writing – even if it’s between the top executive and the company he owns.

Johnson, who ran on his ability as an accountant and business man, demonstrates how he has mastered the ability to cook the books, manipulate figures, and fool the IRS under a hidden cloak, in a back room tax scam.

Read more about Johnson’s Accounting Tricks

Ron Johnson is an embarrassment as he stands up, again and again, with fringe right wing comments at hearings like the one below.

Take a breath – and recall Johnson


A Tri-fecta of Shame

The GOP scores a perfect tri-fecta of misogyny with Foster Friess, Dave Alba, and Rush Limbaugh coming in one, two, three, crossing the finishing line of a neck and neck race to the bottom of locker room humor.

Foster Friess, (pictured on etch-a-sketch below) the main donor to the Super PAC backing Rick Santorum’s presidential bid, made an embarrassing jab at humor when he unearthed a joke from the Joe McCarthy era, stating that an inexpensive pill for birth control is a Bayer Aspirin, which works when the “gal” holds it between her knees. I mean, where has he been for the past fifty years, watching news reels in his underground bunker.

Next in line, Dave Alba who co- authored a bill in Virginia to require trans-vaginal ultra sound for any woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy. Alba upstaged the tastelessness of Foster Friess when he rose on the floor of the legislature to deliver, what I am sure he thought was, a humorous monologue about he and is wife viewing his face on a big screen TV later that night, with the result of Dave being denied sex.

The winner that takes all for tasteless and despicable comment, came from, who else, but Rush Limbaugh. Sandra Fluke is a law student from Georgetown who was denied testimony before a Senate Committee on the contraceptive mandate, who later was provided a special committee composed of democrats to hear her testimony. Her testimony (which you can watch in full at the bottom of the post) drew harsh reaction from the right wing media, but no one could hope to top Rush Limnbaugh, when he called her a “slut”. His attack drew sharp attack from nearly anyone with a sense of fairness, and has caused him to shed many of the major sponsors to his talk radio show.

Working an etch-a-sketch in an iPhone world.

The comments and attacks carried most people back in time, since they seemed to come from a state of consciousness from the age of the etch-a-sketch, yet were being delivered in a IPhone world. The brand of humor and good-old-boy chicanery harkened memories of a child being introduced by a parent who has had a bit too much to drink, and speaks in slurred words as the son or daughter stands there squirming and red-faced. All three instances of old world misogyny were out of sync with the times, and spoke to the undeniable truth that those who call themselves social conservatives are little more than unsocial archeologists.

Annie Oakley Shot Balls

The uproar caused by the three men and their remarks, that fell so out of touch with the mainstream, brought to mind a strong woman of American History, Annie Oakley. Most know of her from the Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun”, but she demonstrated a strength of character late in her life that many know little of. She was slandered by the Hearst press for having fallen into seedy and drunken behavior in a lead story with a bold headlines that thousands of people read nationwide. It was not true. There was a woman named Annie Oakley who was arrested in such a drunken state, but it was not her. She spent years crossing the country to clear her name, suing individual Hearst newspapers one at a time.

It is the image of spirit of a brave woman, who shot balls out of the air, that lead to the video – “Annie Shoots Balls”

Sandra Fluke testimony at special hearing of democrats