2014 – Trek vs. Harley

As the Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary celebration kicks off in the days before and during Labor Day Weekend, one man keeping a close eye on everything Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee is Governor Scott Walker.

Gov. Walker says wherever he goes, thoughts of the 110th are never far from his mind.Fox 6 Now

The Capital Times headline was framed as a question – Governor material?

Mary Burke has a track record of executive experience

At Trek, the Waterloo-based company founded by her father in 1976, Burke oversaw the opening of offices in seven European countries and later developed its forecasting and strategic planning department.
Cap Times

The article on the front page of the Sundaymary_bruke_bike paper was not a declaration of the candidacy of Mary Burke, but a tune up or testing of the air pressure in Bontrager Race X Lite Hardcase tires ($49.99 ea.), while Walker is polishing up his Harley Road King in anticipation of “the 110th”.

Before Burke enters the race she must first pass through the grueling qualifying rounds: the Liberal Reliability Trials, Dirt Jumping, and admission to the Union Cycliste Internationale. Why would a person who pulled down $6.8 million from 2008 to 2012 want to exert the effort to bother? Perhaps that is the question writ large.

Liberal Reliability Trials – Game on!

To many Burke arose from nowhere to claim favorite status in the upcoming race, a fact that has lengthened the discussion threads on face book in the wake of the “Governor material?” article hit. Yes, the Liberal Reliability Trials will prove to be competitive and daunting as some see Burke as a untested voice with a flashy bike, and no proven stamina:

* Does she support public education? I honestly do not know. She sounds a little like Rahm on the subject, which is bad.

* As a former Dept of Commerce secretary why doesn’t she speak out on abuses at WEDC? (Allowing she may have and I may have missed it). (Related: Has she ever publicly criticized Walker?)

* Where is she on saving the middle class? Does she support good paying jobs? Does she reject trickle down economic dogma?

* Did she sign the recall petition?

The names of other favorites in the Liberal Reliability Trials crop up in the discussion:

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Other names crop up as trial favorites: Peter W. Barca, Minority Leader Wisconsin State Assembly, Jon Erpenbach, State Senator but from the initial reaction to the Burke candidacy article, the Lib Rel Trial will prove to be a tough, muddy, and up hill climb.

Dirt Jumping & Union Cycliste Internationale

The Dirt Jump and Union Cycliste qualifiers are yet to come when candidates make formal declarations. In terms of Mary Burke, the jury is still out on her ability to master the test. It would help if she were to present a map of the course she intends to follow. As of now:

“Republicans, meanwhile, are preparing to paint Burke as an out-of-touch Madison liberal representing the job creation policies of the Doyle administration.

“As someone who has blatantly supported the failed policies of the past and whose candidacy was completely formed behind closed doors, it’s clear that Mary Burke would have a hard time connecting with Main Street, Wisconsin,” state Republican Party executive director Joe Fadness said.” (From Cap Times article linked above)

Who will take on the Road King?

As the Milwaukee vibrator transverses the nation with long distance ambitions stretching beyond 2014, the opposition presents a group of bike riders still stretching muscles, studying maps, and memorizing the rules of the game.

Please visit my “other blog” for news of my new play “House of Monkeys” – a musical romp through the love, life, and work of Moliere!

John Doe Insists "He is not Scott Walker"

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”

The Shadow is a fictional character appearing in serialized dramas on radio in 1930 and later in pulp magazines beginning in 1931. Eventually the character appeared in a wide variety of other media. Details of the character have varied across various media, but is generally depicted as a crime fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a “wealthy, young man about town”.WIKI

Exclusive Interview

Free Wisconsin corners John Doe

After over two years of tracking John Doe through leads provided by email, phone conversations, and worn shoe leather and NIKI rubber – John Doe was finally located, cornered and interviewed.

So, we sat down with the mysterious, nebulous, almost mythical character in an undisclosed location, which can only be described as…dark. We were ordered to put bags over our head, enter the back seat of a 1938 Ford V8 DeLuxe, and were driven for what seemed like hours. When the bags were pulled from our heads we sat in a pool of dim light with the shadowy figure before us. The man held the aspect of a grainy old film so when he moved, trailers were left in the wake of each gesture, but it was clear that John Doe was seated on a Harley Davidson motor cycle.

The interview transcript

Reporter: Are you Scott Walker?

John: Who wants to know?

Reporter: The people of Wisconsin want to know. Scott Walker insists that he is not you.

John: He says a lot of things, does he not?

Reporter: Then let me ask directly. Are you Scott Walker?

John: That’s for me to know, and for you to find out. Ask some questions. You are the reporter.

Reporter: Where you born on November 2, 1967 making you 45 years old?

John: You got that right.

Reporter: Are you a Republican who is married to a woman named Tonette?

John: You’ve done some research.

Reporter: Why won’t you come forward and identify yourself as Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin?

John: You mere mortals do not understand the realm of the shadows or as you refer to them “smoke and mirrors”. I am not the, Scott Walker, the mere mortal that you may believe me to be, although he is a master of the game of deception and drawing from monied interests to fill the room with smoke to choke out the voices of people of lesser means.

Reporter: Are you telling me that you are not Scott Walker?

John: Please understand. Your question comes to me as a child asking why the sky is blue. I cannot fill in the gaps you lack in consciousness to offer a specific answer, except to say that I am not Scott Walker. I am all humans of his mortal resonance. I am a matrix to truth and justice, for within me lies the mystic swirl. I hold the possibility for correction of a problem which is the cause of all suffering – the problem of the of the human self run rampant.

I will tell you, and this should be obvious to a democratic majority of people under his influence by now, that this Scott Walker with whose identity I am charged – holds a human self run rampant.

Reporter: But will Wisconsin be freed of the “ego run rampant”. Can you tell us?

John: Of course I could tell you. But I will not. I can say that “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”, but the forge and hammer for fashioning the curve is the reason for your existence, not mine.

And with that John Doe disappeared. Our heads were bagged once more, and were transported back to the place we had originated our mysterious interview.