“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is a song written, composed and performed by Canadian Gordon Lightfoot to commemorate the sinking of the bulk carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. It was inspired by the Newsweek article on the event, “The Cruelest Month”, which appeared in the issue of November 24, 1975. Lightfoot considers this song to be his finest work.Wiki
The captain wired in he had water comin’ in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when ‘is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald was a tragedy. The wreck of the Walker Fitzgerald is the opposite.
More water comin in the ship of state in Wisconsin
Judge strikes down law giving Walker new powers in setting DPI rules
By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 30, 2012
It was last November 16th, just as the wave of protest was waning in reaction to the Act 10 or the curtailing of collective bargaining, that Walker dropped another power grabbing volley in the form of the first awakenings of what would become Act 21.
The evolution of Act 21
The blatant threat to democracy was born with the passage AB 8 providing that rules regulating your vote, your safety, and your freedom could be changed, altered, and discarded with the stroke of Walker’s pen.
The authority of a state agency to promulgate rules interpreting the provisions of a statute enforced or administered by the agency and to implement or enforce any standard, requirement, or threshold as a term or condition of a license issued by the state agency; gubernatorial approval of proposed administrative rules; economic impact analyses of proposed rules and emergency rules; and venue in a declaratory judgment action seeking judicial review of the validity of an administrative rule and in an action in which the sole defendant is the state.
But that was not quite strong enough for Governor Walker. He issued an executive order to further clarify that he makes the rules.
November 2, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303
The new procedure will ensure that rules are able to be reviewed by the public, the Executive Branch, and the legislature.
Madison –Today Governor Walker signed Executive Order #50 to bring stability and accountability to Wisconsin’s regulatory process.The Governor’s Executive Order creates the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Compliance to help assure timely and proficient review of administrative rules. Under the regulatory procedure agencies must provide a scope statement with a detailed description of a proposed rule and the statutory authority for the rule. They must also detail all of the entities that may be affected by the rule.
So it was that Assembly Bill 8 which began it’s life in a 2011 January Special Session was signed into Act 21 by Walker in May.
Effects and Reaction
This was little more than legislative language giving the Governor full power to change the rules of the legislature, agencies, and well, just about anyone else, and he took full advantage of his power to skirt democracy and issue his kingly orders.
The self-imposed control of rules became the subject of the lawsuit of WEAC filed in June when they sought relief the from the law giving Walker power over DPI rules. WEAC Suite
This self-imposed control of the rules resulted in a sudden change in the language of the legislation know as the “concealed carry law”. After hearings and hours of debate it was decided to impose a four hour training course to carry a concealed weapon. With the stroke of Walker’s pen, it was negated and struck from the law.
The Government Accountability Board issued a rule deciding that a sticker applied to a Student ID would be adequate to use as a valid voter ID. With a stroke of Walker’s pen, it was negated and struck from the law.
As of Oct. 30 the portion of a law giving Gov. Scott Walker veto powers over rules written by the state schools superintendent was struck down by a Dane County Circuit Judge Amy Smith.
The sinking of the Walker Fitzgerald in the sea of justice
The overreach of the Wisconsin GOP Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald and Governor Scott Walker is being bashed by the waves of the justice and the courts and it is listing badly.
The Walker Fitzgerald began to take on water Sept. 14, when Judge Colas ruled that parts of Act 10, the law curtailing collective bargaining rights, were unconstitutional infringements on municipal and school district workers’ right of free speech, freedom of association and equal protection. Attorney General Van Hollen sought a stay to keep the provisions of the law active through an appeals process. The judge said, “No.” On Monday October 22 Judge Colas ruled that he won’t delay enforcement of his September ruling while the state appeals it.Judge declines to stay ruling
Now, the engine room of the ship is threatened with flooding with the Oct. 30 ruling that Act 21 violated the state constitution by giving Walker the power over the state Department of Public Instruction, which is headed by state schools Superintendent Tony Evers. Judge strikes down law
Rough seas ahead for Captain Walker
The Reindfeisch trial was scheduled and Walker ducked out of delivering court ordered testimony when a plea bargain was struck.
Kelly Rindfleisch Trial Oct. 15 Countdown
The focus of Walker’s undoing has fallen under the radar in the midst of the Nov. 6 elections. Yet, he faces being called as a witness in future trials to begin two weeks after the presidential election.
Wink’s sentencing was moved to Nov. 21 by Judge Daniel Konkol at the request of Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf. Wink’s cooperation is needed in the case of Timothy Russell, another former county official, and also in a Waukesha County case, Landgraf said
Wolff said Wink was eager to complete her case. She has continued working with the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, Wolff said.
Darlene Wink Trial Nov. 21 Countdown
Timothy Russell Trial Dec. 3 Countdown
…for no man.