Vote Supression vs. Romney Electrocution

Romney set to electrocute millions

Vote Fraud is not a good thing. Neither is slipping in the bath tub. So, the media is flooded with information about how to avoid slipping in the bath tub, while ignoring the greater big NO NO – slipping in the tub with a hair dryer in your hand – immediate permanent death by electrocution!

Millions of voters have been electrocuted cold by vote machines resulting in the loss of the life of Democracy. Why are voters taking the hair dryer in hand as they step in the tub? Why are the warnings of this danger being drowned out by the lesser evil of the slip up of vote fraud? Ask Bush. Ask Romney. Ask MSNBC, CNN, FOX NEW, ABC, CBS, NBC, because, just as in Ohio in 2004, millions of voters are about to be needlessly electrocuted by Die-A-boldic collaboration between the Romney campaign and a private election vending corporation Hart InterCivic Voting System. Tragically, this same electrocution of the vote has a precedent; the Ohio vote in 2004 when the executioners were Bush and the Diebold Corporation.

The set up of Romney and Hart is “a repeat of the the infamous former CEO of Diebold Wally O’Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines and election management software in the 2004 election.”Free press-Vote counting company tied to Romney

Apparently the electrocuted vote in Ohio was not a conspiracy theory, since it resulted in the departure of the CEO.

Monday December 12, 2005

The chief executive officer of electronic voting company Diebold who once famously declared that he would “deliver” Ohio for President Bush has resigned effective immediately. Raw Story

The 2004 Bush/Diebold electrocution is powered up for 2012
This time it is the Romney/Hart electrocution

“In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existant votes. The EVEREST study, commissioned by the Ohio secretary of state in 2007, found serious security flaws with Hart Intercivic products”Free press-Vote counting company tied to Romney

Source Code Review of the Hart InterCivic Voting System

By Srinivas Inguva, Eric Rescorla, Hovav Shacham, and Dan Wallach.

Part of California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s “Top-to-Bottom” Review of the voting machines used in California, 2007.
Our examination indicates that Hart’s system
Unsecured network interfaces
Network interfaces in the Hart system are not secured against direct attack. Voters can connect to unsecured network links in a polling place to subvert eSlates, as well as to eavesdrop on cast votes and to inject new votes. Top to Bottom Review

Who Owns the Hart System?

Out of 49 partners and directors, 48 are men, and 47 are white. Eleven of these men, including H.I.G. Founder Tony Tamer, were formerly employed at Bain and Company, and two of those men, John P. Bolduc, Douglas Berman, are Romney bundlers along with former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve.(Yep. That is his last name)

Headed for another stolen election by vote machine electrocution

Can an inevitable contentious post election investigation be avoided? Yep.

Will this obvious and well documented relationship between Romney and Hart Vote Systems be brought to attention to avoid the electrocution of millions of votes? Dunno.

Warning: Do not take your hair dryer of Hart Voting System into your slippery tub of the voting booth.

The Evolution of Walkergate – 2 Abandoning Ship!

The Trial of Kelly Rindfeisch October 15

The last of the the long line of obstructions, pleas, and motions to delay the trial of Kelly Rindfeicsh is finally over. Walker is on the list of witnesses.

The John Doe investigation has gone on since he took office over 18 long months ago, and many of the hot new stories that broke over all those months have cooled, so now might be a good time to revisit some of the major breaks in the investigation so as to make clear the whole scope of malfeasance that falls beneath the label of John Doe. This is about a lot more than a secret email network stuck in a closet in the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office.

Yes. This is about much more.

2 Abandoning Ship!

January 2010 – March 2011

The most ineffectual leader in the State’s History

Regardless of the specific legislative actions he has championed, the speeches he has delivered, or the means he has employed to further his fringe conservative agenda – He is not a leader, he is not “Wisconsin”, he has perpetrated a universally destructive psychological civil war that brings out the very worst in all of us. All of us. Republican, Democrat, Tea party, Union – like a debilitating psycho-political cancer he has left no cell of our social identity unscathed.

Like a cancer, the deep consciousness of humanity has been infected so that good cells of all political identities have divided and multiplied to virulently attack one another, to leave the whole state stricken immobile, flat on its back with the IV tube of investigations, partisan law suites, and never ending protests trickling through our veins with hope to keep us alive.

But, the cancer is movement for control “period”. The early signs of infection; the enlarged tumor of massive demonstration, the radiation treatment of recall elections, the on-going exploratory surgery of investigations looking for John Doe – are all causes of the need to gain control the organism with the effect of ending the attack on the human heart and the life of the victim.

The tragedy is that the function of our Democracy – our constitution, courts, and statutes that define our government – is flat on its back, struggling for life. Our government is hospitalized and dysfunctional fighting this internal disease at a time when we need it the most. And we monitor the vital signs, and we call John Doe and say, “You better come”.

We are tired as we sit silent at the bedside, our eyes meet occasionally in glances that say, “We need a miracle”.

May 14 2010
Wink, 59, announces her resignation

Darlene Wink, constituent services coordinator for County Executive Scott Walker.

Using a pseudonym, Wink posts about 70 comments on Journal Sentinel blogs and stories since the previous October – most of them praising her boss, touting his gubernatorial bid or ripping his two opponents, Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett and ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, a Republican.

The vast majority of these are done while she is on the clock for the taxpayers and the county. Wink’s payroll records are requested to determine whether she is doing political work on county time.

Wink, 59, announces her resignation two hours later.

April 11, 2011
William Gardner president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad.

Gardner, a major donor to Gov. Scott Walker is charged with funneling more than $60,000 in illegal campaign contributions through his railroad employees over five years.

William Gardner, Co., pleads guilty to two felony counts
Read story in JS
But Mr. Gardner dose not go unrewarded. Read about the money his railroad receives from the the State Coffers in grants. “Walker Rail $$$$ Whoooooops!”

Aug. 23, 2011
EXIT Tom Nardelli state Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services

Tom Nardelli abruptly quits his state job with Gov. Scott Walker in late July, pulling the plug on his $90,000-a-year position just days after accepting the post.

His resignation ends more than 3½ years of close association with Walker, including three years as his chief of staff when Walker was Milwaukee County executive.

Nardelli speaks of the reason for his resignation by saying he is leaving the post as administrator because he decided it would be unfair to keep the job knowing he planned to resign soon anyway. “I was toying with leaving at the end of September,” he said. He picks the exit date because it is the 100th anniversary of another state division Nardelli led – Safety and Buildings. He held that job for the first six months of Walker’s tenure as governor.

Aug. 28, 2011

EXIT Cindy Archer, 52, leaves her position as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Administration.

After Cindy Archer’s near East side Madison apartment is ransacked by law enforcement including the FBI, she resigns her office.
She had held the job, which paid $124,000 per year, for eight months.
A top official in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration confirms this week she is taking a leave of absence. Read the full story in the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Walker’s long time associates from high paying and powerful positions leave the audience in a hush of suspicion as to their true motives. Their flimsy explanations seem a thin veil for some deeper more pressing cause for abandoning ship.

THREE Separate Investigations On Going in Wisconsin

In any former administration it was news if a single investigation was active to dig at the truth behind suspicious elections, campaigning, or legislative maneuvering. In the Walker administration it is common that two or three such investigations are proceeding at any given time. Below are the investigative activities that were active in his first year of office, and it has not changed.

On going investigation of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was initiated last Spring to question her methods and integrity in tabulating the vote in the Spring Supreme Court Election.

On going investigation by a Milwaukee County prosecutor who is examining allegations that abortion opponents and unions offered rewards for volunteers who signed up sympathetic voters in Wisconsin’s high-stakes Senate recall elections.

On going John Doe investigation since last November examining illegal fund raising, campaigning on the job on taxpayer’s timers, and pay to play rewards to campaign contributors.

What is the common denominator in this cancer of corruption that has sent District Attorneys, lawyers and the FBI crisscrossing the State, raiding homes, and confiscating computer hard drives of the most protected and powerful operatives in our State?

The Evolution of Walkergate will continue with post 3 – The Day of Indictments

WAVE and/or Liberty Tree Secrecy and Incompetance

Four months ago The Wave announced an audit of the June 5 Recall Election

Posted August 16 “The WAVE’s John Doe Investigation of Your Vote”

An organization called The Wave is conducting an audit of the vote count in the June 5 Recall Election – Oh…it is a secret, just like the target of the John Doe investigation. In the case of The Wave audit – the secrecy is self imposed for little good reason other than not allowing details of anomalies to be made public before a time the leaders see fit. The Wave’s self imposed secrecy works to the detriment of the stated goal, since the light at the end of the tunnel of any findings of anomalies is to demonstrate how our current system offers voters no transparency. Yet, the Wave chooses to operate in a veil of secrecy every bit as suspect, closed, and proprietary as the process they hope to defeat!

The Audit is NOT a John Doe Investigation

The target is known; to verify the vote against the certified count. There is no power to grant immunity in the “investigation”. The expectation of accountability for donated funds is just as important in the audit effort as any other publicly supported cause. The decision to frame the “audit” as an “investigation” , and therefore, rationalize holding any results until the “said investigation” is complete, belongs to the operatives of the Wave. By the time the information is gotten together in an appropriate manner for public scrutiny, chances are, no one will care.

Read The WAVE’s John Doe Investigation of Your Vote

Somehow “The Wave” morphed into “The Liberty Tree Foundation”

The new morphed organization sent out an email on September 19

Two months ago Liberty Tree’s Wisconsin Wave project began an historic hand-count of ballots from the June 5th gubernatorial recall election.

What we have found so far includes:
Inconsistent and tamper-prone methods of securing ballot bags
Widespread use of unverifiable touch screen machines in a state where these devices are officially designated as handicap accessible equipment only
And most disturbingly, a number of counties where our hand-counts of paper optiscan ballots often differed from election night totals.

To complete this vital campaign we need your support right now!
(The “Donate” button above has been disabled for good reason)

Adam Porton
National Director

The email goes on to say:

“Finishing up counts in other high priority counties where discrepancies have been found. The bigger our data set, the more complete our picture of these problems will be.
Compiling what percentage of Wisconsin voters used unverifiable touch-screen voting machines. Unbelievably, this information is not compiled by the state election authority, and so normally is not available to the public (or anyone for that matter).”s

After months NOTHING NEW

Thanks, but we knew all of this.

People working outside the Liberty Wave Tree discovered these anomalies, conducted recounts, and painstakingly examined spread sheets, while Liberty Wave Tree would not share a shred of information on the audit or even the logistics; in which county or on what day they were scheduled to count ballots. As a result of the veil of secrecy people have been working at cross purposes.

You will notice that the email is worded with all the finesse of a professional fund raiser and punctuated by the ever present “Donate” button. Yet, the Liberty Wave Tree has never publicly reported how much money was raised or how it was spent. Not a word. Meanwhile other organizations were conducting audits paying for their own gas, and giving of their time with no “Donate” button.

The final blow – rather then help, they have set back Election Integrity by months

The Wave Liberty Tree folks required volunteers to sign confidentiality agreements not to reveal any information gained from audit counts. The reason? To protect County Clerks and in the interest of forming a trustworthy relationship. Well, it seems that backfired as well.

A source outside Wave/Liberty Tree has discovered that incompetence has permanently damaged the relationship of county clerks regarding Open Records requests:

A clerk said that there have been a number of clerks who’ve complained about the fact that the WAVE will actually schedule dates to come in and then they simply do not show up. According to this clerk, they’ve done this in at last three counties that she knows of. And apparently, in a couple of those situations, they’ve called back to reschedule and have then failed to show up for the rescheduled date. In at least one instance, because the County Clerk knew the count was going to be so big and she wanted to prepare for it, she had two of her staffers cancel their vacations, only to have WAVE not show up.

Outagamie County was alleged to have taken over 8 days and the Clerk there indicated that she regretted having cooperated with them.

Stop The Secrecy

It is time for Wave/Liberty Tree to come forth with any findings of anomalies in the June 5 Recall Election and make them public. They owe the hundreds of volunteers who are working outside their veil of secrecy an accounting for their fund raising efforts.

The Evolution of Walkergate – 1 Early Warnings

The Trial of Kelly Rindfeisch October 15

The last of the the long line of obstructions, pleas, and motions to delay the trial of Kelly Rindfeicsh is finally over. Walker is on the list of witnesses.

The John Doe investigation has gone on since he took office over 18 long months ago, and many of the hot new stories that broke over all those months have cooled, so now might be a good time to revisit some of the major breaks in the investigation so as to make clear the whole scope of malfeasance that falls beneath the label of John Doe. This is about a lot more than a secret email network stuck in a closet in the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office.

Yes. This is about much more.

1 Early Warnings

January – March 2011

Gardener of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was caught for the illegal campaign donation to Walker for Governor. Not because the GAB was vigilant or aggressive, but because a disgruntled former girl friend blew the train whistle on him.

The Government Accountability Board on Monday announced that its investigation into illegal campaign contributions made by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company and its owner, William Gardner, have resulted in two felony charges and a record $166,900 forfeiture by the company.Read the story.

Immunity granted to Railroad lobbyist Ken Lucht and Republican operative Rose Ann Dieck.

Lucht is the manager of community development with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad. He received immunity on Jan. 14.

What does Lucht’s involvement with Wisconsin & Southern have to do with a Walkergate investigation? Why would Lucht be granted immunity?

Would you invest $166,000 to get a cool $14 MILLION? That’s what William Gardener did. Oh, and it was your money. William Gardener of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was caught for the illegal campaign donation to Walker for Governor. Not because the GAB was vigilant or aggressive, but because a disgruntled former girl friend blew the train whistle on him.

The Government Accountability Board’s investigation into illegal campaign contributions made by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company and its owner, William Gardner, resulted in two felony charges and a record $166,900 forfeiture by the company.

That’s a lot of cash. But just look at what Gardener’s railroad received as compensation.

Here is a list of grant money awarded to his railroad: Governor Walker announces freight rail awards totaling over $25 million

March 11, 2011

Governor Scott Walker today announced 11 state awards totaling $25,515,123 that will be used to construct freight rail-related facilities, and preserve and upgrade rail infrastructure as part of overall efforts to support job growth and Wisconsin’s economy

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. – (414) 438-8220
5300 N. 33rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a total of $3,647,149 in grant funds to cover 80 percent of costs for emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction work on system bridges in Rock, Dane and Green County.

Madison to Milton Phase II Track Rehabilitation: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive an additional $8,867,515 in grant funds to pay for 80 percent of the total $11,084,393 remaining costs of Phase II rehabilitation work on the Madison to Milton, Wisconsin rail line in Dane and Rock County.

Waukesha Track Rehabilitation: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a grant of $1,454,594 to cover 80 percent of the $1,818,243 total cost of rehabilitate 1.8 miles of rail line in the Waukesha area. DOT Report

Add up the grants. Somewhere around 14 MILLION. Now. that is what I call a sound investment return.

What was Lucht’s involvement with Gardener and the 14 million dollar grant award to his railroad?

Yes, the John Doe investigation is about a lot more than a secret email network.

Rose Ann Dieck is a GOP zealot with a capital “Z”

Dieck is a former teacher who is listed as the chairwoman of the southwest suburban branch of the Milwaukee County Republican Party. Records show she invoked the Fifth Amendment during the John Doe, and the judge issued an order granting her immunity on Dec. 21.
She also provided a helping hand to state Sen. Alberta Darling, a River Hills Republican, during her recall election.

“They’re taking away the rights of those who voted for change,” Dieck said during an interview with WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) during March protests at Stone’s campaign office. “There was an election on Nov. 2. The people in the state of Wisconsin said we need change.”

How did zealots like Rose Ann Dieck overreach to install fringe conservative philosophy into the Wisconsin legislature?

Yes. The John Doe Investigation is about a lot more than a secret email network.

The Evolution of Walkergate will continue with part 2 – Abandon Ship!

The Lord works in mysterious ways….BUT FOOTBALL?

Who would have thought that the Good Lord would call an end around?

Ever since Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public workers (and I don’t know how many times I have typed or quoted that line in the past 19 months) divisiveness and protest have erupted on the streets, in the legislature, in the courts. But, who would have predicted how this war could have spread to the most intentionally apolitical, corporate driven fantasy (they even promote that!) – the Naitional Football League? I mean this is like a scene from the movie “Borat”.

The NFL goes to great lengths to keep politics out of the corporate sponsors free fall of fantasy where men with deep voices give manly accolades to big trucks and where shiny happy people gather around high top tables, laughing and joking under the influence of their favorite beer. Politics would just ruin everything for them. One stance on an issue by the NFL could result in the drop off of sponsorship of corporations who thrive on the fantasy of a world of shiny happy football fans.

Fans go “All Wisconsin” on the NFL

Green Bay loses their game against Seattle because of a series of absolutely ludicrous plays so bad, Seattle should have forfeited out of principle.

Union-Busting GOP Governor Scott Walker Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees

The National Football League’s decision to lock out its unionized officials at the beginning of this season has had serious consequences, as the incompetence of the replacement referees has jeopardized player safety, led to obvious mistakes, and drawn criticism from fans, the media, coaches, and players. And now, elected officials are getting their jabs in too.

After the Green Bay Packers were robbed of a win by an blown call during Monday Night Football, union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) — a Packers fan — took to Twitter this morning to demanded the return of the league’s unionized officials:

Think Progress

Will “Union Busting” break the apolitical bubble of NFL football?

Only some higher power could have orchestrated the mysterious turn of coincidence that has come to haunt the NFL. After an unholy trinity of weeks underscoring the incompetence of the non-union stand-in refs – they seem to have thrown a game against the Packers – the team from the State of Wisconsin, the State of “Union Busting” Scott Walker – the State that is the birthplace of the collective bargaining law! Who could have planned this?

Face book, Twitter, and cyberspace is filled with early rumblings of revolt

Below is a smattering of chat on the morning after the game:

Nick Nice: It would be nice if everyone who’s bitching about the scab refs (& it’s literally my entire feed right now) cared this much about teachers b/c it’s all connected. When you try to break a union like the NFL is attempting to do, this is what happens. And while we’re not there yet the continued attacks on public education are forcing many good teachers to retire or seek other work while the new ones are the equivalent of these scab refs. Get your priorities straight. Football is just a game. Education is our reality & future.
Deb Christianson Don’t think one week will do it. NFL digging their heels in over ref pensions. It’s apparently a right to work sport.
Dean Witman Shred your No. 12 jersey and mail what’s left to Mark Murphy at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. Write Aaron a letter asking him why he is playing with scabs, that is, why HE is a scab.


I just signed a petition to Steve Bornstein, President and CEO of the NFL: The signers of this petition have pledged to boycott watching the NFL until an agreement with the striking referees is met.
Not watching the NFL until the real officials are rehired and their demands are met
Heidi Vote-Obama Waddell Why does this get National Attention while striking workers, occupy movements, solidarity singers and others denied first amendment rights gets none? We obviously need to tie our interest to feed, educate, and provide medical help and homes for those in need to the NFL. Maybe they can also help the veterans.
Kathy Brady George Corneliusson —
NFL SPONSORS: Please contact them and let them know how you feel.
Your Lockout of the NFL Referees and the Negative Impact on Football
Perry Buck Workers who can organize and bargain collectively do the best work. I guess that is why Washington State is the most heavily unionized state in the country and Wisconsin is –Fitzwalkerstan. Just saw what Act 10 did to my wife’s health insurance here and I can’t wait to move back out there. So long, suckers!
All this against the backdrop of the strike-down of the Wisconsin law

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the administration’s request for an appeal on Tuesday this week and asked Judge Colas for a stay on the (unconstitutionality of the) ruling. Van Holen said, “At some point, the litigation over Act 10 will be over and there will be a definitive answer as to whether it meets the requirements of state and federal constitutions. In the meantime, it does not serve the public interest for parts of the law to be invalidated only to have them restored on appeal.”

Watch Van Hollen discusses appeal of Act 10 ruling on PBS. See more from Here and Now.

It all makes for a Political Superbowl

God, grant me the power to change the things I can. (and all your help)

Now that the NFL has caused the fans to go “All Wisconsin” on the lockout of union refs, we have all the makings for a bust in the bubble of the corporate fantasia. Will the union players finally take a stand and support their stripped union brothers? Does this revolt of fans threaten to break the apolitical mission of the NFL. Did the lockout color the collective bargaining court case in favor of the unions?

Stay tuned!

How to survive as an Activist

How easy it is for the glass to appear “half empty”.

I listen to many people who simply admit they cannot talk about politics. I ask them, “Why?”, and I get an answer something like, “I just get too upset and after awhile, I get so angry, I just need to drop it all together”.

If we look at the activists that we listen to and admire, (For me Rachel Maddow comes to mind) we see them day after day. It appears they never need to drop out for long periods of time and they seem to be able to keep an “up” flavor to the never-ending stories and examples of greed, hypocrisy, lies, cheating, injustice, sexism, racism, homophobia, and…and…and…I am hyperventilating here.

So how do some activists do it? How are they able to read, research and report on all the ills of the world the flesh and the devil, day after day, while maintaining a lightness, and even a smile?

It is because they are able to stay in touch with a certain playfulness behind the dark cloud of an insane world. You can bet that this same attitude of playfulness is not only expressed in their moments before the camera or debate, but this same lightness is part of “who they are”. It pervades all the moments of their life.

So, do you have this attitude? How do you deal with the constant negativity that comes with observing lies and injustice? Take the quiz below. It is not the least bit scientific or meant to be taken too awful seriously. Yet, it may give you a glimpse at your own attitude of playfulness in your life.

Try it and see. You can only score “ok” at the very worst. So, take the quiz and enjoy yourself.

Local Farmer Stabs Himself in Foot

Injury occurring on a daily basis

911 operators have reported numerous calls of similar injuries in the past weeks. Many farmers in the 96th District have reportedly stabbed themselves in the foot in placing Lee Nerison for Assembly signs in their yards and pastures!

The boot (pictured right) belongs to Gopy Goflow who lives on a beef farm in Southern Vernon County, and gave this explanation for his recent injury. “It was the strangest thing. I was putting my Nerison yard sign out just like I have for the past 10 years and I drove the right sign wire right through my boot.”

“I can’t explain anything.” Candidate Nerison commented, “The signs were bought and paid for by the same out of state, corporate donors to my campaign as in the last 10 years. Nothing has changed”.

Dr. Bill Mining, who has treated over a dozen of these strange injuries remarked, “Well, you know you it is. People get accustomed to doing the same thing over and over and stop paying attention and accidents happen”.

We contacted a podiatrist, Dr. Long, who is familiar with the area since he proposed drilling an operating a High Capacity Well near Copper Creek in Crawford County and opened the door to grass roots opposition. He was unavailable for comment, but his HiCap well has been put on hold due to the opposition. Here is a brief history:

The only reason the Hi Capacity well site off Hwy 171 in Crawford County is not pumping is due to a regulation that required public notice since the well was to be situated within 50 yards of a class “A” trout stream. Today the project is on hold, due to the outrage and action of hundreds of people who worked to end the threat of the well to the health of the stream and the ground water. If the language in the Mining Bill that Assemblyman Lee Nerison supported were to become law, you can say good by to Copper Creek.

Nerison supported the bill to give a clear pathway and slippery advantage for the development of the Hi Cap well proposed by Dr. Long on Copper Creek in Crawford County. Even though the bill is written in the context of the mining industry, the language regarding wet lands, and ground water pave the way to provide precedent to stack the deck in favor of Dr. Long’s plan to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water within a few feet of a Class A trout stream.

In fact, if Dr. Long (pictured right – lower left) were to describe his venture as a mining operation, he would hold all the cards, and any opposition from the local community, township, or county would be trumped by the long and tedious language that would tie the hands of opposition in the shackles of regulatory language, time lines, and a regulatory soup of obstruction.

Hi Cap Wells and Silica Sand
The recent boom in hydrofracking for natural gas and oil has resulted in a little-reported side boom—a sand-rush in western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota, where we just happen to have the nation’s richest, most accessible supply of the high-quality silica sand required for fracking operations.

The proposals and applications for mines and related infrastructure are coming in so fast (our region has seen dozens just in the past few months), most small towns have been totally overwhelmed. Organizations trying to map and report all the activity literally cannot keep up with the incoming data.

Eco Watch

Full text of Mining Bill

Careful, do not stab yourself in the foot and lose control of your land

Nerison Elected to Assembly 2004; – Long enough.

Lee Nerison either fails to understand the implication of the mining bill or he is deaf to his constituents who cannot be heard over the cash register rings as money from California, Texas, and Wyoming poor into his campaign chest. Ever wonder why these folks across the country are so interested in the workings of Crawford and Vernon Counties?

Because Lee Nerison has demonstrated that he will march in step to pass a Mining Bill

Nerison, Rep. Lee (96th A.Dist.; Rep. pictured below/right)

Lee Nerison is a rubber stamp for interested Millionaires across the land

He voted for the Walker budget, Voter ID Law, the Mining Bill. As a matter of fact he voted for every radical bill passed in the Assembly. Nerison also accepts more privatize school money from such out of state millionaires like Betsy DeVos, Richard Sharpe and the Fisher family than almost anyone else in the Assembly. He says he standsfor main street and mom and pop shops. How can that be when he takes the max. donation allowed under law from the Walton family of Walmart fame. Mr. Nerison does not represent the people of the 96th district he represents his rich out of state donors. Nerison has really fooled the people of the 96th district.

Short List of Nerison Contributers
Look HERE at the long list

11/18/2009 Walton, Alice Millsap, TX Walmart Stores $500.00
10/21/2009 Walton, Christy Jackson, WY Walmart Stores $250.00
12/31/2009 ONeill, Thomas Cedarburg, WI M&I Bank $250.00
11/18/2009 Penner, Carrie Menlo Park, CA Walmart Stores $500.00
11/18/2009 Penner, Gregory Menlo Park, CA Walmart Stores $500.00
12/31/2009 Renard, Paul Menomonee Falls, WI M&I Bank $250.00
12/16/2009 Ribman, Darcy Lynn Dallas, TX Renaissance Asset $500.00

Tom Johnson is you best hope over Dr. Long, Gogebic Taconite, Frac Sand Mining and out of state money

Tom Johnson (D-Viroqua), 42, announced Wednesday, Sept. 7, that he was a candidate for the 96th Assembly District for the November 2012 election.

Vernon County Broadcaster

“Johnson attended college and enlisted in the Air Force, where he was injured and became a amputee – but that does not stop him. Mr. Johnson has been a small business manager and an active political volunteers for years. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Viroqua Area Rotary Club (President Elect), The Viroqua Community Theater and the Eagles Club.”

Tom Johnson
Johnson for Assembly
210 South Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
PHONE. (608) 606-3320

Electrical fire grounds Ann Romney Plane

A Bumpy Few Days for the Romneys.

If I were on a plane forced to land due to a fire on board, I would be trying to get the white out of my knuckles for a week. When Ann Romney’s flight experienced same, it was given just one sentence in Politicus USA:

“Mrs. Romney’s plane made an emergency landing in Denver, Colorado due to an electrical fire, but thankfully all were safe. She landed later in Los Angeles.”Politicus USA

The incident seemed to be a symbolic manifestation of the trajectory of the whole Romney campaign over the past few days; it shows signs of friction and stress that have been freely pointed out by major players in their own party and forced activities to halt, reorganize and check the wiring.

On closer examination the short circuit causing the smoke and friendly fire from within the party, appears to be deep in the metal of the candidate himself. This is the kind of problem that the ground crew cannot fix by securing connections. It is a design problem – a fatal flaw in the circuitry which cannot handle the powerful current of national politics and is hopelessly moving into meltdown mode.

The behavior of the Romneys’ begins to suggest how the “silver spoon” background of their past has ill prepared them for the most stressful job in the world. In recent days, their reactions to basic obstacles and expectations on the campaign trail has taken on the kind of emotional craziness that you might expect on the Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil Shows but not from the potential President or First Lady.

Mitt’s Tantrum
Mitt Romney acts like a child with a tantrum that nearly pulled the plug on town meeting broadcast, when he didn’t get his way.

“While introducing Romney at the top of the broadcast, the co-anchor, Jorge Ramos, noted that the Republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. Ramos then invited the audience to welcome Romney to the stage — but the candidate didn’t materialize.

‘It was a very awkward moment, believe me,’ a co-anchor said.

Apparently, Romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way (with the reference to Obama’s offer of more broadcast time) and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction.

(One Republican present at the taping said Romney “threw a tantrum.”)Politicus USA

Ann’s Meltdown

Ann’s audition for the Springer show occurred before a small group of women in Iowa and was recorded for Radio Iowa:

“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.” Politicus USA

We Know it’s Hard

Yes. We know. The question is do you know, or have you gotten yourself in a situation that has left you guilt tripping party members and the American People for finding yourself in a position that you do not have the emotional strength to handle?

Do we really want a man who has shown not only in the example above, but also in any number of situations, that he is subject to missteps to get that three in the morning call?

The questions surrounding a Romney Presidency; his inability to connect, his offending comments to national leaders, his lack of control of the message, and now, his childish emotional outbursts in the most oddly simple situations – all suggest a meltdown.

Better now than on the phone a three in the morning.

John Doe A Witness for the Prosecution

The Trial of Kelly Reindfeisch October 15

“The Witness for the Prosecution” is a famous short story and play by Agatha Christie. The story was initially published as “Traitor Hands” in Flynn’s Weekly edition of 31 January 1925.

The Reindfeisch trial is scheduled.

Judge Hansher ruled that the 2002 immunity deal didn’t apply “if she committed additional crimes in the future.” He denied an earlier, similar motion by Rindfleisch.

She is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 15. Rindfleish immunity denied

Gov. Scott Walker may be called to testify as a prosecution witness in the trial of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch, a court filing shows.

Rindfleisch faces four felony misconduct charges for doing campaign work while at her job in Milwaukee County as deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, when Walker was county executive and a Republican candidate for governor. WSJ Online Reports

The Agatha Cristie story sits well as an analogous backdrop for the possible twists and turns that can be projected on the big screen of our imagination, especially since Agatha was not happy with the original title “Traitor’s Hands” or the original ending in which the murderer gets off “Scott” free, and she changed both. Yes, this is the fitting mood setter for the upcoming trial; born of a secret investigation of a secret email network in which the ultimate “John Doe” is a secret. This is classic Agatha Christie!

From the play “Witness to the Prosecution” (with names and locations changed)

Scene:The Governor’s Mansion
When the curtain rises, the stage is empty and in darkness. The window curtains are open. Tonette enters immediately and holds the door open. Cullen Werwie, and Scott Walker enter. Werwie carries his brief case.

TONETTE: Good evening, Sir Werwie. It’s a nasty night, sir. (Tonnette exits closing the door behind her)
WERWIE: Damned fog! (He switches on the wall brackets by the switch below the door and crosses to the window).
WALKER: It is a beast of evening. (He removes his hat and overcoat and hangs them up on pets up L.)
WIERIE: Is there not justice? We come out of a Court Room gasping for fresh air, and what do we find. (He switches on the desk lamp) Fog!
WALKER: It is not as thick as the fog we’re in over Miss Reinfliesh’s antics.(He crosses to the desk and places his case on the upper right hand corner)
WIERIE: That damned woman. From the very first moment I clapped eyes on her, I scented trouble.

If little to nothing else – Scott Walker has given us all the makings of a fine piece of drama, complete with treachery, deceit, manipulation and filled with list of possible characters that would leave Agatha in a fit of jealousy.

They include:

Brett Davis, state Medicaid director. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010. The criminal complaint against Rindfleisch says she worked extensively on fundraisers for Davis while at her taxpayer-paid county job.

Michael Huebsch, state administration secretary under Walker and a former Republican state lawmaker. He’s described on the trial witness list as an “event host,” likely a reference to a particular campaign fundraising event.

Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Walker at the Capitol. Werwie was Davis’ campaign manager for his lieutenant governor bid. Werwie has been granted immunity from prosecution in the John Doe probe.

Keith Gilkes, Walker’s 2010 campaign manager and former chief of staff at the Capitol. He left his state job a year ago.

James Villa
. He worked as Walker’s chief of staff at the county and helped on Walker’s county executive campaigns. Villa is also described on the witness list as an event host.

Others on the 35-person witness
list include other campaign event hosts and several Milwaukee County officials with authority over county records

All that is left is to write the ending

I can’t help but feel the frustration of a need to know. The whole John Doe thing seems orchestrated to build the suspense within so many of us, springing from a deep need for justice, to finally be proven right about our pick in this “who done it” case. I look to the first major trial, promising the possible appearance of the witness for the prosecution, with more anticipation than I felt in the long days approaching Christmas and finally opening the packages under the tree. Will I get the Ipad or some cheap knockoff?

Only the “Shadow” knows

Oh what a fine drama you have orchestrated Scot Walker. We will all tune in next month looking for answers to all the questions and teasers offered at the end of an old time serial mystery.


Will Walker be called to testify? Will he plead the 5th Amendment and thus demonstrate to the students he has been teaching, the power of protection of the Constitution for his defense while rebuking same document when it comes to the defense of common workers? Will Kelly Rindfleisch admit that Walker knew about the – or even orchestrated the secret email network that was 25 feet from his office?

Stay tuned for the next thrilling episode of John Doe.

Koch Brothers' Congress goes home Today.

Why is Congress being dismissed?

When the nation is faced with unemployment, sequester threats, and without a farm bill after a Summer of record drought, the GOP controlled Congress is going home.

They are abandoning the American people for the same reason they will fill the airwaves with “pants on fire” political messages over the next weeks. The onslaught of commercials will come like the wicked witch of the West on an F5 tornado to flatten and swirl every progressive and democratic principle, just as it did in the 2010 election to crush Russ Feingold under a house to give us Ron Johnson. It gave us Scott Walker, the Fitzgerald Brothers and turned the control of Congress over to the Koch Brothers.

It happened on the shortest day of the year. The Koch Bros. usurp the power of the House, the Senate, the President and the People of the United States.