John Doe goes to Washington

“Wisconsin used to be the laboratory of democracy. Now we’re the laboratory of plutocracy.”

The quote above is from Matthew Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director, from an address ““Let’s Give the Pendulum a Shove” on Saturday, April 11, in Milltown, Wisconsin, at the Jefferson-La Follette-Dueholm Dinner.

The laboratory of plutocracy and John Doe

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The last breath of hope to end Scott Walker’s devastating reign on Wisconsin is to reveal the truth behind his rise to power in order to indict him. Oh and how people long for justice to fall on Scott Walker. All is contained within the secret John Doe investigation. So, why is it so difficult to get to the the truth when it is so glaringly obvious – that Scott Walker did know about and had an active hand in the secret email network within a few yards of his Milwaukee Executive office? Because Citizens United has morphed and metastasized into a vertical and horizontal corporate machine – a plutocracy. Not only are unlimited funds being flooded into miscreant election activities, but into new and nefarious activities to control the courts.

At the time of “Wisconsin Uprising” sparked as a reaction to Act 10, progressives held on to hope that the arc of the moral universe would bend toward justice – until it sprung back and hit us in the face causing a concussive injury from which the body politic is still reeling. As you remember, Act 10 survived the injunction on June 14, 2011 by a ruling of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It came like a sting, a slap in the face, to understand that the judicial branch of government was every bit as partisan, biased, and bigoted as the Walker administration, and the legislature.

Citizens United – including the Koch Bros., Bradley Foundation, Club for Growth, Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce were given a seat in the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Actually it was one year before the ruling on Act 10 when the ground work was laid to open the floodgates for money to poor in and corrupt the judicial process.

On July 7, 2010 – Justice Roggensack and the three other conservatives on the bench ruled that, “a judge shall not be required to recuse himself or herself in a proceeding based solely on any endorsement or the judge’s campaign committee’s receipt of a lawful campaign contribution, including a campaign contribution from an individual or entity involved in the proceeding.” The ruling, which was met with an angry dissent from Chief Justice Abrahamson and the other liberal justices, dictates that a justice can rule on a case—or at least cannot be forced to recuse himself—even if one of the parties in the case contributed to that justice’s campaign committee.Daily Beast

Now, the justices were no longer expected or required to recuse themselves from rulings that directly involve individuals or entities who contributed big money to their election campaigns. Little did we know the million dollars contributed to the campaigns of Prosser, Roggensack, Gableman, and Ziegler by Club for Growth would become blood money in the John Doe case. Sweet! Whether the non-recuse ruling back in 2010 was made in anticipation of a future hearing of the John Doe case or it was just another power grab from the tea party right, is of little importance now. It is done and the high court will rule on three separate cases pertaining to John Doe. But before we get into the specifics, let’s look at how the three cases got into the hands of the high court by manipulation of the pultocracy, and specifically the one bombastic ruling of one Federal Judge. (The complete evolution of John Doe 2 through the courts is outlined in the post John (I’m not saying anything) Doe

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa (below)_ RULES!

How does this sound for a Rudolf ruling?

“The Defendants must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, kochrandaand permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation,” U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa wrote at the end of his 26-page decision. “Plaintiffs and others are hereby relieved of any and every duty under Wisconsin law to cooperate further with Defendants‘ investigation.”TPM

Wow. It is almost as if the words were inspired by an angry mom screaming from the back door.”Rudolf get in this house right now! Except it was more like David and Charles Koch (above) doing the yelling “Rudolf, threaten them with the Guillotine and the Gulag!”. Perhaps the screaming parent analogy is a little strong, but not far from the truth. The Koch Brothers bought Randa.

Financial disclosure forms examined by the center show that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa has been a regular attendee at “judicial junkets” organized by George Mason University and financed by groups including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Randa attended the all-expenses-paid judicial seminars in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. The seminars are privately-funded, and the backers also include corporations like BP, Exxon Mobil, and Dow Chemical.

Just another little experiment in the laboratory of plutocracy… aka Wisconsin.

It was the Randa ruling that effectively halted the John Doe investigation. Even though the ruling was overruled on Sept. 24, 2014 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago as an “intrusion”, it didn’t make any difference. By this time the Koch, Club for Growth, Bradley Foundation – well let’s just say plutocracy, had effectively split the case into a litigator’s jig saw puzzle, and finally the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to sort out the mess. But they won’t sort out anything. Nothing. Zilch. Nada.

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear arguments as it decides whether to allow a secret, or “John Doe,” investigation into Gov. Scott Walker and his 2012 recall campaign to continue.

A majority of the court agreed in a three-page order that after considering all of the parties’ positions and “bearing in mind the very unique nature” of the case, that it is “neither legally nor practically reasonable” to hold arguments.Washington Examiner

And then – “The prospect of oral argument creates severe tension between important and conflicting priorities,” the order states.”

What say you? WTF!?

So, what is the purpose of the judiciary? You think that a child custody, police shooting, or any other case brought before any court in the country, or the world for that matter, isn’t fraught with oral arguments which create severe tension between important and conflicting parties? I think that is your job! If we are expected to accept that reasoning for hearing – yes hearing – a case. You had better pack up you robes, and framed law degrees and go home. That is your job! What does it really mean? What are the majority justices really saying:

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In some short span of time on an appropriate news dump day, probably Friday May 22 or the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, the ruling on John Doe will be released. Any guesses? Will the laboratory of plutocracy finally prove full control over all three branches of government in Wisconsin. Happy Memorial Day!

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Wisconsin “Red State” Election April 7


GOP Plans “RED STATE” day celebration

If your common sense suggests that Scott Walker had full knowledge of the secret email network; the network that lead to the indictment of his closest aids and just 30 feet away from his Milwaukee County Executive office – then Tuesday April 7 – IS a Presidential Election. It is a Fighting “Bob” call to action.

If you believe that corporations are not people, and money is not speech – mark the Supreme Court election on April 7 on your calendar. Yes, all of what has come to be called the “John Doe Investigation” and the last breath of hope to bring Scott Walker to justice, may be at stake on April 7. The outcome of the April 7 election could well mark Wisconsin as a “red state” giving the GOP full sway over Executive, Legislative, and after the April 7 election – Judicial branches of Wisconsin government – thus fulfilling the whispered request of billionaire Diane Hendricks to Scott Walker, “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely a red state… and a right to work. What can we to do to help you?”

The request could be fulfilled. Republicans will celebrate depending on the outcome of the April 7 election if they gain “red state” sway over all three branches of government.

Rock County Judge James Daley, the challenger for the Republicans.

The business lobby group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has announced it will back Daley. Previously, WMC and Wisconsin Club for Growth together provided an estimated $8.3 million for “issue ads” helping elect conservative justices Annette Ziegler (below), Michael Gableman (below), David Prosser (below) and Patience Roggensack (below) — well more than the $3.2 million spent by these candidates’ own campaigns.Lueders column

These are the faces of the four Wisconsin Supreme Court Judges that denied collective bargaining rights injunction June 14, 2011. Wait. Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth? (Hold on to that thought).
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They are from left to right David Prosser appointed 1998 current term expires 2021
Pateince Roggensack Her current term expires July 31, 2023.
Justice Michael J. Gableman His current term expires July 31, 2018.
Annette Kingsland Ziegler Her current term expires July 31, 2017.

As you may recall the law to curtail collective bargaining was under an injunction with the argument that the law was passed without legal public notice. The four majority Judges above said that Judge Sumi’s (who had issued the injunction) order meddled in legislative procedure and was not relevant to the constitution.

“As the court has explained when legislation was challenged based on allegations that the legislature did not follow the relevant procedural statutes, “this court will not determine whether internal operating rules or procedural statutes have been complied with by the legislature in the course of its enactments.”

Dissenting Opinion

Two dissenters in favor of the collective bargaining injunction are on the ballot April 7. One directly as a candidate and the other by a referendum that would alter the manner in which a Chief Justice is appointed.

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The Chief Justice (above right) was joined by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley (above left) and Justice N. Patrick Crooks in dissent in part from the order. It is exactly because the issues in the present case are of such constitutional and public policy importance that I do not join the order.

Justice Shirley Abrahamson accuses the majority of 4 of giving case ‘short shrift’

In hastily reaching judgment, Justice Patience D. Roggensack, Justice Annette K. Ziegler, and Justice Michael J. Gableman author an order, joined by Justice David T. Prosser, lacking a reasoned, transparent analysis and incorporating numerous errors of law and fact. This kind of order seems to open the court unnecessarily to the charge that the majority has reached a pre-determined conclusion not based on the facts and the law, which undermines the majority’s ultimate decision.See Prosser and Activist Judges

Read the full court decision

Some weeks later on June 5, 2011 we learned the deliberation over the written opinions did not come without incident… like a physical attack.

Justice Bradley Speaks out

Madison Wisconsin — Justice Ann Walsh Bradley came forth with a statement late Saturday saying that fellow Justice David Prosser choked her and refuting claims that she attacked him first.

“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a choke-hold,” she said. “Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.

“Matters of abusive behavior in the workplace aren’t resolved by competing press releases,” she said.

“I’m confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace.”
Read the full article in Poliscoop

The call was out to demand the resignation of Prosser, but no. The matter was investigated secretly and internally and nary a mention was made in the ensuing weeks, but in case you thought the April 7 election was without drama or consequence, if nothing else it is an opportunity to support a victim of judicial assault – Literally. But we are not done yet. Let’s look at what is at stake with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. She is the subject of the referendum.

GOP “recalling” Abrahamson as Chief Justice

The GOP controls the legislature, and that legislature has passed laws to shore up control over the State Supreme Court by amending the State Constitution to remove Abrahamson as Chief. Of course, it makes no sense that the GOP legistlators would suddenly be so concerned over the administrative structure of the court, unless to exact political revenge on author of the dissenting opinion on the collective bargaining issue – thus snuffing out the last wisp of “liberal control” in the whole of state government. NO no NO.

Referendum on Election of Chief Justice.
Question 1: “Election of chief justice. Shall section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?”

Explanation

The Wisconsin constitution currently provides that the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is its longest-serving member. The proposed constitutional amendment would instead select the chief justice through an election by a majority of the justices then serving on the Court.Government Accountability Board

Groups decry chief justice referendum

John Doe, Union rights, choking, election coming to your town

In case the supporting of choked Justice Bradely, preserving the authority of a defender of union rights, and holding on to the last scrap of administrative power in state government is not enough motive to take the time to vote on Tuesday, April 7. How about the last chance to see presidential hopeful Scott Walker indicted. Motivated now?

The first briefs to begin the latest episode of John Doe are delivered to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. We will see how the case of Oligarchs vs. Wisconsin proceeds. What ever happened to JOHN DOE? Oligarchs vs. Wisconsin

Yes. The initial briefs regarding the illegal campaign activity of Club for Growth during the Senate and Walker recall elections are already delivered to the Supreme Court. Were you able to “hold the thought” from above?

Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth?

Yes. Four of the sitting justices (pictured above) are “sitting” where they are as a result of millions of campaign dollars from … guess who? “Club for Growth” The only reason Bradley’s opponent, Rock County Judge Daley, does not list Club for Growth as a contributor is – they are named in a current case now before the court! Daley’s money came from WMC which I am sure has NO connection with Club for Growth – like Scott Walker has NO connection with the Koch Bros. or ALEC or (fill in the name of any conservative billionaire here)_____________________ .

As it now stands, four of the justices reviewing the “Club for Growth” case were elected with funds from the Club for Growth, do you want to make it five? Do you want to see Abrahamson stripped of power? Want to see Bradley choked by WMC money? Want to see the last chance of connection of John Doe to Scott Walker disappear? Then do not vote on April 7..

Oh, and we do not know if you will need a voter ID or not. Welcome to Fitzwalkerstan!

Update

NO PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR APRIL 7 ELECTION

From the Government Accountability Web Site

Following Monday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of Wisconsin’s voter ID cases, the Government Accountability Board has consulted with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and determined that photo ID will not be required for the April 7 Spring Election. Photo ID will be required for subsequent elections, including any special elections in 2015.

Packer tickets, the Pope, and taxes

Blackout averted as Affluenza reaches pandemic stage

The heartbreak of Affluenza

The first outbreak of Affluenza was documented in a film way back in 1954 when it was a loose term to define wealth in general, in 1997 the term described the overload, debt, and waste involved in the pursuit of wealth. popetaxfootballToday, in the latest ugly outbreak, the virulent strain arrives as an excuse for greed and the promulgation of the belief that profit driven organizations are living and breathing people, sort of like the “living dead”. Symptoms often include some form of fantasy with the most prevalent delusion that all human beings are gifted in exactly the same way at birth. So, it follows that any lacking encountered over the course of life is always the fault of the victim – laziness, irresponsibility, lagging, loafing, lethargic behavior.

Last week the insidious delusional symptoms of Affluenza came to force within the NFL when many were shocked at the sluggish sales of tickets of the Sunday Packer/San Francisco playoff game. The expectation of a quick sellout didn’t materialize, and as is typical Affluenza symptoms, the effect of greed and over reach of the affected “corporate people” involved went unnoticed. Social media was quick to come to the conclusion that people just don’t have the extra $500 cash for transportation, accommodations, and tickets for the game. The Affluenza effected media did not mention the hard strapped status of Wisconsin’s middle class as a factor in the sluggish ticket sales, but pointed to the sub zero cold as the primary reason for slow sales.


By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

With Ice Bowl-like weather coming, Packers get more time to sell seats

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the temperature at game time for the Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, was 13 below zero. More recently, the Jan. 20, 2008, playoff game between the Packers and the New York Giants was 3 below with a wind chill of 24 below.

The face value of the tickets in the seating bowl is between $102 and $125, depending on seat location. The NFL sets the prices. On the secondary ticket market, prices are hovering at face value.

Many Packer fans just don’t have the cash

Walker’s Affulenza

He stands in silence as 26,200 veterans in Wisconsin are faced with losing Foot Stamp (SNAP) benefits.

He is quick to comment on the fate of thecapdoorlock2 Packer’s on face book, but not a word about the 150,000 people and 4,000 kids at risk of losing access to free/reduced meals.

Further, the cuts proposed in the House would trigger the loss of $170 million to the Wisconsin economy next year.

As is so typical of the Affluenza sufferer – No comment from Walker. Not a word.

His failure to accept the Affordable Care Act as law will take 83,000 people off of Medicaid. Why? So he can show the most conservative base of the GOP that he is tough. Tough enough to let thousands of people suffer to prove a political point.

Yet, we see frequent tweets and face book posts from Walker, “How bout those Packers.”, as some strange pretense that all is well beneath the surface.

Walker Tax reform to provide MORE benefits for the wealthy

Oh, Affluenza in its late stages is not a pretty sight. Even as a promise to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his term through cutting taxes for the wealthy, has faltered, fallen, and failed, a sufferer of Afflenza remains out of touch with reality as demonstrated by Walker’s new push to abolish the state income tax.

Shepherd Express Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 By Joel McNally
Scott Walker’s Scariest Tax Plan Yet

An independent study by the Wisconsin Budget Project found that moving all state income tax revenue onto the sales tax would mean the bottom four-fifths of Wisconsin taxpayers would pay hundreds of dollars more in taxes every year while the top 1% would save an average of $44,000 a year.

Affluenza sufferers are very much like the zombies and walking dead in that they hang together in secret. Most of the legislative initiatives of the GOP in Wisconsin have been developed in secret meetings of organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and financed by dark money – it is necessary to hide the true motives of the wealthy “corporate people”. Walker’s tax reform discussions are no different.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is conducting secret meetings where the public and press are not allowed. She explains that, “If you’ve got cameras and reporters with notebooks lining the edges of the room, that amounts to public speaking, and that can make some folks nervous.” – a delusional opinion so typical of the late stages of Affluenza. Sad.

STEVEN VERBURG | Wisconsin State Journal

Video shows businesses lobbying Rebecca Kleefisch for more tax breaks in closed-door meeting

In a closed meeting with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, business operators argued — sometimes forcefully — for lower taxes and more financial incentives for commercial interests.

A recently released video of the Dec. 9 session at Beloit College shows Kleefisch and state Revenue Department Secretary Rick Chandler extolling state efforts to reduce taxes since Republicans took over state government in 2011, and saying they wanted private-sector ideas for another round of cuts.

“We want to know how we can love you more,” Kleefisch told the group of about 30 executives, managers, accountants and others during the 1-hour, 40-minute session

Blackout averted through the grace of “corporate people”

Our TV blackout nightmare is over.

Sunday’s wild-card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers is a sellout, ensuring the game will not be blacked out in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau. The Associated Bank corporate person has come through to save the day for fans, and preserve its bottom line. Like any late stage Affluenza sufferer the Associated corporate person spins the message to stifle any accusations of over reach and greed, and launches its corporate self to become a hero!


By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

“The franchise announced Friday the game had been sold out. The Packers had until 4 p.m. Friday to avoid an NFL-imposed TV blackout in the three local television markets.”

Freedom Works to kill John Doe

A John Doe investigation is a secret inquiry. Just such an investigation has been afoot in Wisconsin since the days when Scott Walker began his campaign to become governor. It continues to this day. The unending, undercover, underground inquisition has rallied at times, and deflated at others; sort of like a death rattle of democracy itself. The invading virus first began to attack transparency and openness and to feed on healthy ideas and human aspirations with a glittery mutation of greed from an Ayn Rand novel. And, what better medium to grow glitter of greed in the eyes of man….than money. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle….” and all that. Ka ching!

The wolf of the John Doe era came hidden the sheep’s clothing of manipulation of language that was generated to sell, sell, sell. When is the last time you saw a “Help Wanted” sign? A new terminology was created to express the power and control of the owner and expressed itself with “Now Hiring”, “Now Renting”. Thus began the language of “branding”. Eventually this phenomenon hit the political scene with terms like “Freedom Works”, “Americans for Prosperity”, “American Legislative Exchange Council” and “Citizens United” who are “Now Hiring”, “Now Renting” and now offering you just a little bit of the vast abundance they claim to possess.

Wolf hidden in the sheep’s clothing of responsible journalism

The cancer of greed riding on a wave of dark money has spread through the body politic along the organs of over 29 organizations (some listed at right), and most recently has spread into an attack of journalism itself.

Risking prosecution for talking about the latest John Doe, which is conducted in front of a judge but under the strictest secrecy rules, Wisconsin Club for Growth board member Eric O’Keefe told the Wall Street Journal that he was subpoenaed in early October, and that some of the targets “had their homes raided at dawn, with law-enforcement officers turning over belongings to seize computers and files.”

Posted by Brendan Fischer on December 19, 2013 – PR Watch

Why Are the Franklin Center’s “Wisconsin Reporter” and “Watchdog.org” Attacking the John Doe?
Thanks to those unnamed sources, Wisconsin Reporter had a new platform, and used it to recast the John Doe investigation as “an abuse of prosecutorial powers” with “the apparent goal of bringing down Gov. Scott Walker.” The Walker campaign and 28 other groups also reportedly received subpoenas.

“This is a taxpayer-funded, opposition-research campaign,” an anonymous source told the Wisconsin Reporter.

Franklin Center’s Wisconsin Reporter has written 16 stories so far that are highly critical of the John Doe probe and prosecutors (calling its series “Wisconsin’s Secret War”), but these latest revelations raise questions about whether the outfit has a conflict of interest in its coverage.

John Doe target groups

A few of the 29 groups targeted
Walker’s campaign

Wisconsin Club for Growth

Republican Governors Association

Republican Party of Wisconsin

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wisconsin Family Action

League of American Voters

The language of dark money has moved trough covert and insidious channels from the corporate sponsored legislation of ALEC, through the fraudulent mailings of Americans for Prosperity and now,wolf_Okeefe into portraying the message of greed as mainstream journalism.

The secret investigation of the hoard of right wing groups in Wisconsin holds national implications for the future of Citizens United and if the secret deluge of dark money that flooded the state over the course of the two recall elections can be made subject to the rule of law.

A central character in the Wisconsin Club for Growth dark money web is John Connors, the Franklin Center’s “Director of Special wolfjohn_connersProjects,” who has close ties to many of the groups receiving funding (9.1 million dollars) from O’Keefe’s Wisconsin Club for Growth.

By the very nature of Capitalism the guy with the capital gets the favor. Never before has so much secret money, and the organizations those funds support, moved into the electoral process as was demonstrated Wisconsin in the past two years. So, the outcome of the on and on going John Doe investigation is really much larger than its parts.

It remains to be seen whether the ailing patient of democracy can survive. So far the dark money has not been successful with its manipulation of the press and filings in the courts to stop the investigation. It has been rather quiet of late.

The secret investigation continues to roll on as it has for over two years while the survival of democracy lies in the balance.

Walker warns of Burke and "Outside Groups"

Paranoia of the preposterous in the land of the nutty

Out of a wacky week of flim flam sign language interpretation at the Mandela memorial service, and Fox News flip outs over black Santa vs white Jesus – comes Scott Walker’s email to his supporters:

Friend,

Only 18 days until our reporting deadline on December 31st!

I’m going to need your help again.

As you know, Mary Burke has jumped in the race. Mary is willing and able to kick in millions of her own money into her campaign – in fact, in her last campaign she outspent her opponent nearly 12-to-1, using only her own cash.

And on top of Burke’s personal fortune, numerous outside groups have promised to spend tens of millions of dollars on her behalf.

Burke will command a truly staggering amount of money to direct to negative TV ads, deceptive mailings and the best team of hired guns – many straight from the Obama machine – that money can buy!

What is your favorite line? How about, “numerous outside groups have promised to spend tens of millions of dollars on her?”. How could anything be so nuts? This is like a warning from Bernie Madoff to his investors to watch out for a scam!

This is an email from Scott Walker, who crisscrossed the country for months before his recall election raising money from any and every “outside group” who would listen to him. Now, he is attempting to strike fear in the hearts of his supporters that Mary Burke is prepared to do exactly what he did? Oh yes, he needs help alright, but perhaps money is not the help he needs.

Running with it

It is very difficult to read the email of Scott Walker seriously; without expecting to see the words “The Onion” at the bottom.interpretwalker But, it has been that kind of week in the news, so all one can do is roll with it and have a bit of fun.

Jantjie is the man who was signing for the hearing impaired at Mandela’a Memorial service, and was discovered to be a fake and a fraud. Jantjie has said he suffers from schizophrenia and was hearing voices when he was on stage. He said that he saw angels, according to the Associated Press, and that he could be violent.

Running with the “crazy” of Scott Walker employing the logic of warning supporters of the danger of “outside groups” to raise money – would Jantjie be a likely candidate for a job?

Meanwhile at Faux News

Last week, Fox News host Megyn Kelly made comment about a story in Slate.

Written by Alex Kuzio December 13th 2013 Newslow

Slate.com article that argued Santa Claus needn’tmegyn-kelly always be portrayed as a white man, since children of color often feel left out. “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said. “But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.”

Shortly after the episode on Fox she was admitted to a psychiatric ward in New York where Doctors who have examined the anchor say that Kelly was suffering from “bizarre delusions” and “obsessiveness.”

The most tasteless reaction to the whole incident came from producers at Fox who said that Kelly’s “insane ideas” were what made her an “effective Fox News host.” “It’ll be tough filling her shoes while she’s gone,” said one producer, “and let’s hope the doctors don’t heal her too well. We’d hate to see her leave cable news for good.”

Welcome to conservative crazy land of Fox News, Scott Walker and the looney logic of crazy cash and money mania.

Walker's Wisconsin – Human needs met with Silence

The most convincing sign of where Walker stands is his silence

He stands in silence as 26,200 veterans in Wisconsin are faced with losing Foot Stamp (SNAP) benefits.

He is quick to comment on the fate of theP1070670 Packer’s on face book, but not a word about the 150,000 people and 4,000 kids at risk of losing access to free/reduced meals.

Further, the cuts proposed in the House would trigger the loss of $170 million to the Wisconsin economy next year.

No comment from Walker. Not a word.

His failure to accept the Affordable Care Act as law will take 83,000 people off of Medicaid. Why? So he can show the most conservative base of the GOP that he is tough. Tough enough to let thousands of people suffer to prove a political point.

Yet all we hear from Walker is, “How bout those Packers.”

What about raising the minimum wage in Wisconsin?

The minimum wage in Wisconsin is exactly the same as dictated by federal law $7.25 per hour. A single person working full time at this wage would barely clear the poverty line and be eligible for food stamps.

But…oh. Food stamps for veterans, children, and most needy are being cut.

And…83,000 people are being denied health care.

What do we hear from Walker, “How about Wisconsin basketball?”

Meanwhile, the income of people like billionaire Diane Hendricksincome-diane is off the charts. Diane Hendricks, who later gave $500,000 to Walker’s campaign, is the one who asked Walker if Wisconsin can “ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right-to-work [state]? What can we do to help you?”

Like all of those in in the top 1% she is making even more money than when she made the statement. In fact, if the $7.25 wage had risen at the same rate as her earnings over the past years, it would now stand at $25.18 per hour.

Here is what Walker has said about raising the minimum wage in Wisconsin:

Not only did Walker have nothing to say, he recently told the Huffington Post back in May the he didn’t recall the specifics of a January 2011 video in which he said he would employ a “divide and conquer” strategy against public employee unions.

What about same sex marriage in Wisconsin?

The governor’s whole plan for the state to come in line with the Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage would fit on a elementary school flash card:

By David Edwards
Sunday, November 24, 2013


Scott Walker: Same sex marriage ban is part of a ‘healthy balance’ of LGBT rights

“We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man, one woman.”

“We’ve had no problems… limited problems with that,” Walker added. “At the same time, we have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.”

Walker’s Wisconsin will not embrace the right of same sex couples to marry, but will continue to discriminate, penalize, and deny them the human right that is supported by the majority of people across the country and ruled as illegal by the Supreme Court. Instead, the Department of Revenue will require people, who have chosen to express their love in a way that GOP legislators find inappropriate, to fill out a “special form” to enable “special discrimination” – the Form S is for “special”, “scandalize”, “sanctimonious” or dare I say, “santorum”?

Walker's impersonal economy and denial of health care

“We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose”

Pope Francis

There comes a time to put aside the roller coaster of politics and look at the tracks. We’ve been through the arguments and analysis of the Affordable Health Care bill and law for years now. Is there anything left to be said, demonstrated, or understood? It is the last few minutes of the final quarter of the game and the ACA is winning over the GOP with a double digit lead. The game is lost. Like it or not, the Affordable Health Care bill is now a law. It will not be repealed.

So, what would a good sportsman do? Accept the loss, let the clock run out, and shower up. But not the red state governors. Not Wisconsin’s Walker. The choice is to bring shame and embarrassment to the spectators of both sides by blaming the refs by throwing a political temper tantrum in the final seconds of the game.

The problem is, of course, that healthcare is not a game. It is a life and death service. Denial of healthcare results in pain and suffering. What is worse, the pain and suffering is totally unnecessary – except to prove a point. The refs made a bad call. The federal government is wrong. Obama and the Democrats are wrong. The GOP is allowing thousands of people in Wisconsin and other states to suffer and die to prove the point.

Walker’s Healthcare shuffle nothing short of cruel

The last ditch, cruel and political decision from Walker is to allow some people to be covered while denying coverage for the poorest and most needy. Remember this is all to prove a point. This is all to delay establishing healthcare exchanges in the state. If he did so, all of the populations could be covered and the federal government would foot the bill. It is that simple.

Instead Walker’s choice is to feed upon the powerless and use the most vulnerable people as pawns in a game of political monopoly. His own stance in the base of the Republican party as a strong opponent of Obama, holds more value to his heart strings than the health and welfare of the people of Wisconsin. It is that cruel.

The Bill

Thursday, December 5, 2013 Beloit Daily News
The bill would delay for three months popewalkerremoving an estimated 72,000 people above the poverty level from the state’s BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program.

The Catch

But to pay for the extension, 83,000 childless adults below poverty won’t get Medicaid until April.

The Reason

“We’re living in the world that was created by the federal government.”

All for a chance to blame Obama

Walker would not miss a chance to play out his power and prove how Obama administration’s health care failures now forced him to take quick action the “healthcare shuffle” bill, and called the Legislature into special session.

The Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday December 4. The Senate will vote on the measure on December 19 – just about a week before Christmas. Happy Holidays for 83,000 Wisconsinites who live below the federal poverty line in the land of Walker’s impersonal economy.