Indict Walker! Tammy calls in the DOJ

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The arrest and cuffing of the Wisconsin State Capital doors really did happen. Walker really did shut down the People’s House in reaction to the massive demonstrations in the early days of his “Act 10” administration. Even U.S. Congressman Dave Obey expressed anger that the Wisconsin State Capitol was closed to demonstrators this week. Obey, who served the state’s 7th District from 1969 until 2011, was himself denied entry.

Remember the Outrage

It just happened again – only worse. No, the physical doors were not locked and cuffed, but last week the doors to the people where locked and shuttered as surely as they were on that cold February day. After years of illegal, back room gerrymandering, stacking the Supreme Court, and buying votes in exchange for handouts of tax credits, real estate, and high paying political appointments – wallker_madoff2the path was cut to slam the doors of the Peoples’ House in a more devastating ploy than the physical cuffing of the entrance years ago. Slam, Bam, Thank-you Mam! Walker and the GOP just succeeded in a play that would have left Bernie Madoff or Al Capone hopping like students of at a “Jump Around” break at a Badgers Game. Yes in a sweeping power grab, that left the concept of democracy searching for new definitions from WIKI, the GOP passed laws to make it next to impossible to be investigated. All this in the same week that thousands of jobs were lost with the closing of Oscar Meyer in Madison and proceeded by other closings in recent months – Spartech of Portage, Eaton of Watertown – and what is the GOP Assembly, Senate, concerned about? Jobs? NO. Crumbling roads? NO. Making certain they cannot be investigated? YES. Jump Around!

So What’s To Do?

So with a sweep of Walkers pen the wrists of democracy are left slashed and bleeding in a State where we cannot investigate the wrong doing of our democratic political leaders. The John Doe investigation, the investigative action that has a longer life than Walker Administration itself, is no longer recognized as a “legitimate” tool for uncovering the corruption that most of the people can plainly see really did happen. Does anyone really believe Walker did not know about the secret emails being spit out like sunflower shells from a toothless lawmaker? No. All old hat. Jump Around!

What About the FBI

When I looked at the FBI web site they say:

It’s our top priority among criminal investigations—and for good reason.

Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads, schools, and other

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And if you follow the link you will see the picture above. The grainy guy in the sport coat reminded me of a pic in my “Walker file”. Yes? No? Is he being investigated? Did they inadvertently pull a picture from an on-going investigation? Probably not.

Best Hope for a Walker Indictment

Thanks to the new legislation, Walker will never face indictment from any investigation within the State of Wisconsin. The only hope for justice must come from the Federal level, and it appears we finally have a representative willing to get the ball rolling. Enter Tammy Baldwin.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Baldwin asks for a review of how three loans by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation were handled. The loans have not been repaid.Call to DOJ

Of course, the three loans are just the tip of cold, blue ice berg of corruption. It is unclear what finally prompted Tammy to take the action, but it may be the last hope for a Walker indictment. A federal investigation would finally spill the Walker’s criminal pay-to-play orgy of naked depravity into the national press; the kind of scrutiny that may well be the real reason he dropped out of the Presidential race.

Here is the link to sign a petition to demand the end of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Here is the address and phone for Tammy Baldwin’s Madison office.
30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 264-5338

The Department of Justice recommends submitting a tip to your local FBI Field office. You will find the contact number on the same FBI page as the shadowy Walker photo:
Springfield, IL: (877) U-TIP-OFF

Walker – He gets things done!

Only in a culture of hyperactive, get rich quick, delusion can the adage “He gets things done” stand alone as an unquestionably desirable character trait for a leader. Yet, if we’ve heard it once as a sound byte to describe Scott Walker’s strong asset as a candidate, we’ve heard it a million times. Along with, “He won three elections in four years” or “He is a ‘doer'”.walkerbrownbackdone Being a “get things done” leader says nothing without further analysis. Stalin “got things done”, Jesus “got things done”, Bin Laden “got things done”, Martin Luther King “got things done”… well you see the point. Yet, you will hear this hollow description of “he gets things done” as one of the shining descriptors of Candidate Walker across the media as though it holds some rich and glorious meaning. He is a “Doer” – “He gets things done”. No analysis, no list, no details, – he just gets things done. Oh boy! That should put him up 7 points in the Iowa polls.

We in Wisconsin hold an entirely different set of images to the adage “He gets things done”, than the rest of the country. We see children whose learning programs are being canceled, we see teachers who are retiring early, we see elderly people being drug tested to get food, we see people suffering and dying for lack of affordable health care, we see our universities shedding talented staff, we see our roads crumbling, we see women’s health programs being cut, – all for what? For something to do? To “get things done”? Please do not tell the people of Wisconsin, “He gets things done” without further qualification. We know. We know it like telling our child that her favorite teacher will not be back next year. Oh yes. Scott Walker has gotten things done in Wisconsin. Oh yes, he has.

But let’s look at a fitting and appropriate example of how Walker’s brand of “he gets things done” is playing out in another state. Let’s look at Kansas. Let’s take a little peek at how Governor Sam Brownback is “getting things done”, because Brownback’s Tea political stance, and legislative initiatives offer a mirror image to those of Candidate Walker. The only difference is time. All that Brownback has “done” in Kansas has begun to play out and fester. Wisconsin is only beginning to feel the very earliest effects of the tax cutting, trickle down, policies that Brownback and Walker share. And, Kansas now offers clear map for what road ahead will offer Wisconsin in months and years to come.

Can you read this Iowa, New Hampshire, MSNBC, CNN, WISCONSIN?

Kansas Republicans Finally Admit That Their Tax Cuts For The Wealthy Have Failed

This isn’t some liberal/progressive warning of sour grapes. This is fact. This is exactly what is about to become an obvious fact in Wisconsin.

Since Kansas embarked on its “tea party experiment,” the state has faced severe budget shortages. They collected nearly $6 million less than expected in tax revenue — stemming mainly from a drop in sales tax revenue — this month adding on to an ongoing shortfall, and the legislature has gone into an extended session trying to figure out how to either cut spending or raise revenue to balance the budget.

Brownback told the legislature that he would unveil a tax plan Friday, but he abruptly canceled his appearance, leaving the legislature to debate the budget into the weekend. Ironically, each additional day they spend in session costs them an additional $40,000.kansas finally considers tax hikes to plug budget hole

Don’t get me wrong. Pleasing the Koch Brothers and Bradley Foundation does work for luring in campaign contributions. You know, big billboards that say things like “Walker gets things done”, however the “trickle down” tax cut experiment did not work under Reagan, does not work in Kansas, and is about to pull Wisconsin further and further into an anemic abyss of loss of opportunity for the next generation.

But you can always say, and we will always remember – Scott Walker gets things done!

Texas swallowing Tea

In early January of 2013 Congress finally approved a $9.7 billion package to pay flood insurance claims from Hurricane Sandy. The measure was supposed to come to a vote earlier in the week, but was tabled by House Speaker John Boehner, drawing much criticism from both Democrats and his fellow Republicans alike.
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The measure passed unanimously through the Senate, but 67 members of the House of Representatives voted “no” to assisting people who were left, at best, powerless or homeless by a hurricane in November. All 67 are Republicans. Republicans who vote “no”


Nine of the “NO” votes came from Texas the names of the Representatives are in bold at the right.

Not one GOP Representative from Wisconsin voted “yes” to Hurricane Sandy aid. Not One. Duffy, Ryan, Lip Sync Sandy Aid ‘NO’ Vote

In the same month more than 100,000 people signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to allow Texas to secede from the United States and create an independent government received an official 476-word response from the White House last week.January 2013 New York Times

The short answer was no.

Ted Cruz voted “NO” to aid for victims of hurricane Sandy saying:

This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington – an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.Cruz demands federal money

In a recent press conference on the deadly flooding in Texas, Cruz said, “The federal government’s role, once the Governor declares a disaster area and makes a request, I am confident that the Texas congressional delegation, Sen. Cornyn and I, and the members of Congress both Republicans and Democrats will stand united as Texans in support of the federal government fulfilling its statutory obligations, and stepping in to respond to this natural disaster.

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Mike Conaway (R-TX)

Bill Flores (R-TX)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Duffy (R-WI)

Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Randy Weber (R-TX)

Roger Williams (R-TX)


The people have no government, but an absurd representation of such

This is not government by the people in the people’s House, this is government by the wealthy few who are writing the lyrics to be performed in a aria designed to preserve and protect their place at the top – while the average worker has seen their own wealth shrink to historical lows. The “Anthem Against Sandy” by Wisconsin House members was not representative of the majority of voters who turn out to help when their fellows when they are devastated by the calamities of tornadoes and floods. Yet, the Wisconsin and Texas Tea Party Caucus has shamed the true character of the Badger State, the Lone Star State, and democracy itself. They said “no” to disaster aid at one place and time, and “yes” in another. They sing the false, pre-written lyrics for all the world to know.

Please end this shameful ballad of partisan demagoguery. Let us not be represented on the national stage as uncaring and hard of heart. This is not Wisconsin or Texas. End the Tea Party sing-a-long once and for all.

Walker and Blatter stage puppet show!

When the leader of Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.(WEDC) and the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFI) team up to make the puppets dance you can be sure the strings of control will be burnished in gold.

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You can see from the graphic above that Scott Walker’s expression is one of an apprentice’s respect for Sepp Blatter who has been manipulating men and boat loads of money through the FIFI for years. Walker’s WEDC has only been at it for a much shorter time, but he has bigger plans when he is president. The WEDC is just a model of plans to eliminate all of the cabinet positions in favor of his own Putin-like control of the United States Government. He will rely on the former Governor and newly indicted, Rick Perry, to make the cuts in five or four major departments of government.

Both puppeteers are masters of deception and can launder money faster than the Pope can forgive sins. Blatter pulls the strings of his Sargent Schultz puppet koch camel2and brings down the house with his German accented phrase, “I am not here. I know nothing. I see nothing.” Hilarious stuff.

Walker follows with with his Koch Bros. marionettes frantically attempting to pass through the eye of needle, while singing the show stopping song, “You’ll never pin it on us”.

The show is slated to open late this Summer and will play in many of the abandoned stadiums built by slave labor throughout the world… IF. If Walker and Stepp can stay our of jail. They both are under scrutiny for lying, cheating, stealing, and being a couple of nefarious thugs. But, they have managed escape from the rule of law many times in the past, and have access to all the money in the world to keep their little show
going. Yes. The show must go on!

Moliere coming to Madison

A playful romp through the life, love and work of MOLIERE.

Because we need to laugh!

Since I first performed Orgon in “Tartuffe” at the American Academy of Arts in NYC in 1974, I wanted to write bio-play about the life and work of Moliere. MolierecovnewsmFinally, in the Summer of 2013 I was researching his life to discover that Moliere was born in a house that was supported by a column carved with monkeys. His home was known as “the house of monkeys”. Yes. Monkeys! What if they came alive to tell the story of his life?

They did come alive as a monkey muse and the project was complete in just four weeks. The result is the play “Moliere – House of Monkeys”.

The ARK Company is planning for opening the world premiere production of “Moliere – House of Monkeys” in February of 2016.

Even if you know little or nothing of the French playwright Moliere, you will be enchanted by the telling of the story by three dancing, singing, and rather puckish monkeys as they come alive to peel at the life of Moliere like the skin from a succulent banana. The trio winds us Monkey cloumnthrough the loves, the controversies and scandals, while offering the funniest scenes of Moliere imagination into the monkey mix. We meet the lovers, Madeleine and Armande, the detractors Montfleury and De Vise, and witness the final scene of Moliere’s life as he plays Argan in the “Imaginary Invalid”.

The monkeys once carved on the front column of Moliere’s birthplace, come alive and take you on a the playful journey to the land of comedy and tragedy while lifting your heart to embrace the greatest comedian of Western Literature. Playful blog – Moliere House of Monkeys

GOP Fails Civic Test

The most glaring “you can’t make this stuff up” moment just shook the Wisconsin Capitol. Sometimes the silly muse of irony creates a “do as I say – not as I do” scene that not even Shakespeare or Moliere could hope to duplicate. A character appears espousing platitudes of the evil of lewd clothing, but when he turns around his bare butt is showing. It was moment like that.

The character is, I kid you not, Jimmy Boy. That is what James Eming (pictured in graphic below) a Republican from Rusk County prefers to be called. Jimmy Boy is the brains behind mandatory civics test to be passed by students in order to graduate.
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Jimmy Boy is speaking at a late night session of Joint Finance Committee at 1:30 a.m. espousing the importance of understanding the workings of democracy. You know, the government of the people who are able to get to meetings as 1:30 in the morning? Yeah that kind of democracy.

“It’s something that I’m just very passionate about, that we as Americans, as part of our heritage, this is who we are,” Edming said.Legislature’s civics graduation requirement fails Civics 101

Yes, Jimmy Boy, it has become part of our heritage in Wisconsin for you and the other “boys” to ram through legislation in the wee hours of the morning. And what about the finer details of civics as pertained to the GOP legislative rule making? Is there a question on test about greasing the skids or confabulation of the process?

According to legislative records, Edming introduced his bill on May 4. Only two days later, it was given a public hearing before the Assembly’s Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations. Democrats asked why it wasn’t before the education committee and the chair, Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), said it was the prerogative of Speaker Robin Vos to decide what committee handled bills.

You may pass the test but you failed the lab. You just shoved through a bill with limited public input because you are so passionate about civics, democracy, and the American way. HA ha ha. Your butt is showing.

Take the Test – 100 Questions of Passionate (early a.m.) Patriotism

Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test

The test is derived from an oral exam administered to applicants for citizenship. The United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) Administrator will ask up to ten questions from the list of 100 and the applicant answers them orally. The test to be administered to students in order to graduate will be formatted in multiple choice and 60 of the 100 must be correct to get a sheep skin.

Just for fun

For the fun of it, lets take a few of the questions and add more truthful and correct answers than the ones provided as politically correct.

1.
What is the supreme law of the land?

the Constitution
New Your Stock exchange

2.
What does the Constitution do?

sets up the government
defines the government
protects basic rights of Americans
allows the wealthy to control government

3.The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

We the People
We the People who attend legislative sessions in the wee hours of the morning

9.
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

subversion to stupidity
life
liberty
pursuit of happiness

14.
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

checks and balances
separation of powers
nothing

You are invited to provide more truthful answers to the questions above, or to any other questions on the pdf page of all 100 questions linked above. You can do this anytime and will not be limited to doing so in the wee hours of the morning. How democratic!

WEDC – Walker Election Donation Chest

Some states elect leaders with college educations and a varied resume of experience across a spectrum of disciplines. Not Wisconsin. They elected a governor with no college diploma, and whose experience was limited to political maneuvering. It was to be a “learn on the job” administration, because people liked the way he sounded and believed in what he said. Walker was a “reformer” and Wisconsin became his “reform school”.

A major reform of Walker was to abolish and transform a major department of government – the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to create the new and reformed Wisconsin Department of Economic Development (WEDC).
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1955 Wisconsin Department of Commerce is created

The Department of Commerce was administered by the Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce, who was appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Wisconsin State Senate.
The department traced its roots to the Division of Industrial Development within the Office of the Governor, as established by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1955.

The the entire Department of Commerce, that functioned without major problems for 35 years, was dismantled, “reformed”, and restructured by Gov. Scott Walker in February 2011. Commerce was replaced with the new and streamlined Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and branded as a public-private agency, to boost job growth. This was the flag ship of “Walker Reform” boasting an $83 million budget. The regulatory, big government, impediments of the Commerce Department would be striped to make room for the Neoconservative efficiency of WEDC – the flagship of the new Walker reform to allow for the lofty goal of creating jobs, jobs, jobs. Thus the Department of Commerce was “reformed” and WEDC was to be the engine that would drive the creation of 250,000 jobs by the end of his term, as Walker promised in his campaign.

So, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) was created in February of 2011 by the state GOP controlled Legislature and Walker. Five months later, on July 1st – the flagship of reform took over the economic development functions of the old and antiquated Department of Commerce.

The initial Promise? “WEDC will create 50,000 jobs by June 2012”

The Old Commerce Department was abolished in favor of WEDC with a single purpose – Walker’s spokesman Cullen Werwie told how the Governor was working closely with the WEDC and was getting regular updates from chief executive officer, Paul Jadin, and it would retain or create 50,000 jobs by June 2012.

Another “Walker reform” was afoot and speeches were made, ribbons were cut, and the new bigger and better, neoconservative job machine was primed and polished for jobs, jobs, jobs!

We all know now the promised jobs never materialized – not by July 2012 or 2013 or 2014 nor will they appear by July 2015. In that time the WEDC has been a study in cut and paste reorganization of top execs and the kind of account management of an embezzler’s dreams. If the WEDC is an example of Walker’s administration skills then the GOP would be better going with Bernie Madoff. Walker’s Reform School

The WEDC has not lived up to its promise for creating jobs, but it certainly has performed well as Walker’s Pay-to-Play- Bank – surely WEDC must be the acronym for Wisconsin Election Donation Chest. That is the function it has performed since its inception. Walker has been granting tax break and cherry job offers to big contributors for over five years – and I think this is illegal. You’d never know it. Even though Bill Gardner (top picture far right) was indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Candidate Walker, it did not stop Bill’s Railroad from receiving 14 Million in grants. Just Walker’s way of saying “Thanks. Sorry for your troubles”. Read Walker Rail Whooops!

Candidate Walker is attracted to the big bucks like a spider to a fly. Is it coincidence that the wealthiest man and woman in the State of Wisconsin were favored with tax breaks and credits for “donating” to his campaigns? Walker refers to such well heeled folk as “stakeholders” , and he gave John Menard a million dollars (pictured far left in top graphic) tax breaks for his lumber/hardware company after John’s campaign contribution. He gave billionaire Diane Hendricks (2nd from right in graphic above) the wish she requested along with her check of $500,000. She asked him if Wisconsin could be a Right to Work State, and just three years later she got her request.

Finally noticed. This might be illegal?

Rewards for campaign support have been dished out right in front of god and everyone, for the past five years. So, it remains a mystery why the media, and political pundits have finally noticed how Walker’s pay-to-play government might just be illegal. As part of Bill Minahan’s quest to secure government funding for Building Committee Inc., he gave Walker’s campaign the max $10,000 and other BCI employees poured tens of thousands of dollars.

The company was able to secure taxpayer funding from only one source: a $500,000 loan from Walker’s flagship job-creation agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The company has not repaid the loan.

Four former employees and two others familiar with the energy retrofit project said another part of Minahan’s strategy involved unspecified help from his long-time friend Gary George, a former Democratic state senator from Milwaukee who spent time in federal prison beginning in 2004 for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. The sources requested anonymity, saying they feared retribution or damaging relationships.Company obtained loan from WEDC – Host Madison

This is the deal that got traction that squealed the tires all the way along Walker’s campaign trail, when it is really just another – “there was a crooked man, who lived in a crooked house”, example of the pay-to-play politics that has been Scott Walker’s MO from the beginning of his political career. So, why now? And, who’s complaining?

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