Thursday, November 30, 2017

Milwaukee Common Council Members Disrespecting the Pledge of Allegiance?

One would think that elected officials would not want to make the Pledge of Allegiance a point of contention, AKA the NFL.  In the Milwaukee Common Council that's been the case, but only because of silence. 

When council President Ashanti Hamilton announces that the Common Council will stand for the pledge and a moment of silence, three aldermen do stand, but instead of putting their hand over their heart for the pledge they stand with hands folded at their waist.  President Hamilton and aldermen Russell Stamper and Khalif Rainey assume the controversial position.

This is not a one time occurrence as I visited the City website and looked at the last few Common Council meetings and this is the norm. It does seem that President Hamilton is reciting the pledge but there is no discernible lip movement from Rainey and Stamper.

What also struck me odd while watching the above video is that Alderwoman Milele Coggs can be seen waddling out of the chambers while others are doing the pledge. I thought this was odd but wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt thinking she may have to use the ladies room.  So while I looked at the previous meeting I noticed that her chair, front and center of the chambers is always empty during the pledge and moment of silence. Some would argue it's empty during the rest of the meeting also.

Adding a bit of irony to this situation was item #1 on the days
 agenda, overriding Mayor Barrett's veto of a $500,000 allotment towards a study of a racial disparity study.  Watching Russell Stamper, the lead sponsor, plead his case using Council unity as a main point in his argument was laughable.  If you can't unify behind the flag of our Country and the Republic for which it stands you've already lost any moral ground to use unity as an argument for wasting a half million dollars.

On a positive note, it was one of the few times the talk a lot say little Stamper was quiet.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gwen Moore Poop to Power to Charcoal?

The other day I was talking with a Democratic powerhouse about life in Milwaukee. It was a fun talk as we had only interacted via Facebook in the past and it's always nice to go from Internet buddies to real life buddies.  And yes, Republicans and Democrats can disagree on issues and be civil to one another.  We chatted about issues and circumstances in the city we both love for about 90 minutes after an event we both attended.

I asked this person what has Gwen Moore done for the city of Milwaukee or the 4th Congressional district as far as jobs was concerned and even broadened the parameters to her time in the Wisconsin State House.

They couldn't come up with anything so we found an issue we could agree on.  Gwen Moore's done virtually nothing for the city.

One of Gwen's claim to fame is the embarrassing Poop to Power.

She's also know to take quite a few trips to Africa in the past for reasons unknown.  Well I may have found the reason for her frequent trips.

Now of course I'm making up the supposition here - or am I?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Calling Jason Rae

With the devastating excerpts from Donna Brazile about the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hitting the front pages of most major media, I wonder why none of the local media hasn't approached the Democratic National Committee Secretary, Jason Rae.

Jason is the wonderboy of local democratic politics who is a Senior Associate at Nation Consulting, a major player in liberal Wisconsin politics.  In Feb. of 2017 he was elected  Secretary of the DNC, on a platform which included making the DNC more transparent.

I guess we can thank Mr. Rae for persuading Donna Brazile to write a tell all (except of her shenanigans) book and making the backroom financial probably illegal dealings an open chapter of her book.  It's just a shame that she beat Jason to the punch in the whole transparency thing.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Bryce By Any Other Tweet

Randy Bryce, better known as the mustache who hasn't won a political campaign, attacked President Trumps daughter and son-in-law in a ill advised but telling tweet yesterday.

This tweet is wrong in so many ways, but is very telling about a man who claims to be a man of the people.  What is even more sad is his apology.

Despite attacking women, marriage and common decency his mea culpa stated this, "I'm sorry for my word choice."

It seems that the man behind the mustache has no regrets about the ugly sentiment behind the tweet, but only his choice of words.  I hope that he finds the right words in his concession speech.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ivan Gamboa - Letter to the Editor Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Since the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has decided to stop putting Letters to the Editor on their goofy Website, because you know it's expensive to print things on the internet, I'm putting an excellent letter by Ivan Gamboa, the Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Council of the Republican Party of Wisconsin up here for your pleasure.  It was published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Sorry it's not perfectly clean, but this is what you get when your options are nothing or a scanned copy.

Either way it's a solid piece of truth.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Gerrymander Slant

The US Supreme Court will be hearing the Wisconsin Gerrymander case, Gill v. Whitford, this week.  The push from the liberal media is intriguing and slanted in its presentation, but then I'm repeating myself.

PBS Newshour Weekend ran an episode this weekend concerning the upcoming case. It highlighted one Helen Harris, former MPS Principle who lives in a neighborhood of $300,000 homes on Milwaukee's far north west side who was part of the group who sued the state of Wisconsin concerning the 2010 redistricting.  She was redistricted out of a solidly Democratic district to a Republican one.

What was left out of the reporting is that Mrs. Harris' husband, Curt, is long time democratic operative, including being the Treasurer of Democratic Assemblyman Fred Kessler's election committee.  Kessler, who was also interviewed for the piece and was a neighbor of the Harris's before carpetbagging into a newly drawn district, was the Democratic representative in their former district.

Besides being a current member of the Wisconsin Assembly, Kessler, is also a prominent member of Fair Elections Project, the group behind the lawsuit.  This is the same Fred Kessler, who in a August 9, 2009 Milwaukee Journal opinion piece said,
"I am a partisan, and I know how to draw legislative district lines to the benefit of the Democratic Party. I will do so if I have the opportunity."
This was written during a time when the Democrats controlled the Governor's Office, the State Senate and State Assembly.  If they were truly interested in making changes to the redistricting laws they would have done so then, before the 2010 elections in which they bet they were going to retain their majorities and not get their backsides handed to them.

One of the "statistics" the Democrats toss around is the 2012 election, in which the Democrats received more votes in Assembly races than the Republicans, but won far fewer seats.  What is not mentioned is that the Democrats, still shocked by the 2010 elections ran more candidates in 2012 than the Republicans which accounted for the 151,000 more votes.  If one were to use only Assembly races in which both a Democrat and Republican were on the ballot, the Republicans had 198,000 more votes.

Did you ever wonder why the Democrats and the Fair Elections Project didn't use totals from the 2014 or 2016 races?  The demoralized Dems couldn't come up with enough candidates to stock the voting totals.

Hopefully the US Supreme Court will see past the false outrage of the sinking political left and allow the State of Wisconsin and all other states take responsibility for what the Constitution allows.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Give Me Liberty

Been thinking about the differences between the political parties and their messaging.  In my study of the beginnings of the Republican Party, one word stood out LIBERTY.  Not a new word in the battle for freedom, but an interesting one.

Probably the most famous quote featuring liberty is Patrick Henry's.

Generally speaking, Liberty is considered a personal goal, gift or right, 
freedom seems to be more of a collective term.

Here's a few more quotes concerning Liberty.

The candle on the cake of Liberty comes from the Declaration of Independence,
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Give Me the Money

I can remember sitting at Elmbrook Church quite a few years back and Pastor Stuart Briscoe was preaching about money.  He seldom talked about money but the scripture he was expounding on demanded his attention.  Unfortunately I don't remember the verses the exegesis was concerned with nor his exact terminology which was much more elegant than mine here.

His point was a life long lesson that I've used over the 30 years or so since I heard the message.  He said the two sure fire ways to get people to give money were doom & gloom and health & wealth. 

Any message between the two extremes is far less successful at raising large amounts of funds.  

This truth Pastor Briscoe taught that day expands to non financial matters also.  Look at the news and all the click bait web sites.  Would we respond if they didn't use the extremes to get our attention.

Just something to ponder.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Gerrymander Hand to Face of County Supervisors

Mike Mayo Supervisor 7th District
In what has to be the major hand to face moment of yesterdays MKE County Board meeting (except they went passed noon and no one complained about missing lunch) Supervisor David Sartori introduced an anti gerrmandering resolution and it passed 16-2. Thank you Supervisors Deanna Alexander and Dan Sebring for voting the right way on this.

In the 2011 reshaping of the County Board after the 2010 census, the County Board downsized from 19 to 18 supervisors eliminating one board seat. That of conservative supervisor, Joe Rice. They gerrymandered the board to eliminate on of the three conservative supervisors on the board.  Supervisor Rice sued the County & some supervisors and did win most of his lawsuit against the County, but reshaping the County's voting districts was not won.

In the height of hypocrisy, Supervisors Michael Mayo and Peggy West both asked to be co-sponsors of "non partisan" voting districts proposed by Sartori, yet they were instrumental in the County Board gerrymander of 2011.  To add to the spectacle Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson stands up and thanks ultra liberal labor front group Citizens Action for their "help".  One can be guaranteed they wrote   resolution #17-423.

I will be contacting Supervisor Sartori and asking him if he will be proposing a similar resolution for the County Board as they will be redrawing districts in a few years.  Whether he does it or the board passes it will be a test of their convictions.   I'll keep you updated.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is Paul Ryan a Goner?

This is some sort of crazy.  A fourth person and 3rd Democrat has announced they are running to be the next Congressperson in Wisconsin's 1st District.  And that doesn't include incumbent Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, whom I'm sure will run.

 The media has consistently wrongly predicted the demise of the Speaker since he's accepted the position.  In his House elections he's never received under 54% of the vote and often gets over 60% of the vote.  His campaign has around $25 million in the bank.

Most of all he is totally supported by Republicans in the Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District.

Paul Nehlen has announced he will again primary Ryan, though he's done nothing to garner any support since he amassed 16% of the vote in 2016.

On the Democratic side, David Yankovich who recently moved into the district from Ohio, SEIU candidate Randy Bryce and retired school teacher and current Janesville school board member Cathy Myers have all declared their candidacy.  In a district that over overwhelmingly votes for Ryan, they have a huge uphill battle.

I'm all for political choices but this one is a bit puzzling since the Democrats will have to spend a good chunk of campaign cash just to win the primary and Nehlen proved to be nothing more than press release candidate the last time around, unless of course you count his scam-pac.

Here's the head scratcher, Paul Ryan has 4 challengers and incompetent Gwen Moore has none.  Politics is a funny thing sometimes.