Monday, April 7, 2014

Milwaukee's Black Conservative Coalition

It's the rock in the water and we're looking forward to ripple effect.  A few phone calls and emails and we start with 10.  Ten conservatives wanting to effect the lives of Milwaukee residents in a positive way.

No more being satisfied with #10 worst run city in America. No more being #8 in the 25 worst cities to be young.  No more accepting a  50% black unemployment rate in the City of Milwaukee.

No more hiding thinking you're the only conservative in a sea of progressive liberalism.

These men and women have a vision.  The Republican Party of Milwaukee County and the 4th Congressional District Republicans are thrilled to support the Coalition. Working together we will show Republicans and Conservatives around the country how getting back to the basics of the Republican Party and how outreach is done correctly. 

The first meeting was a month ago with a second one this week. 

Five organizations represented, 3 black conservatives running for office in Milwaukee (looking for more),  and a calendar of events are on the agenda for this new group. 

I'm excited to be a part of this group, I'm honored to be working with these brave and passionate men and women and together we are fired up for the upcoming elections.

Watch the ripple grow.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Good Bye My Dear Friend

A very close friend of mine passed away today.  Rick Kalal took the final step in our time/space dimension and moved into eternity. 

I cried when I read his wife’s Lorraine facebook post.

During my single parent Bible study days a lady friend told me that I should this Pastor and believed we would get along great.  Well one night I stopped by her house and who should be there but Rick.  We got along great and a strong friendship ensued.  He also became my pastor when I joined Eastbrook Church on his invitation.

Some highlights were a very crazy bonding time in Dallas for a Christian Booksellers Association event with Bruce Brunner, going to a Friday evening Rocky Horror Picture Show screening (yes Rick was my pastor at the time), getting together with Rick, Stu and Ray for great talks and lunches, and spending hours just talking, listening and learning.

Rick was one of the smartest men I knew, he earned his Doctorate from Trinity Evangelical in Chicago.  He was my go to guy when I had theological questions, presenting both sides of issues and answering the hard questions I often had.

This was a man who loved the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, his wife and kids and his mom, dad and brother and was free with the God given wisdom and Love bestowed upon him and shared to the many thousands he ministered to.  He had a way of sharing that made you feel complete and wanting more of Jesus.  That’s what “good” Christians do; they point you toward the real Answer in life not themselves.

I had the chance to talk to Rick a few months back.  I’m thankful that I didn’t pass up that opportunity.  I remember telling Rick I loved him and thinking how blessed and lucky I was to have a friend like him.  My heart rejoiced after the conservation and now it’s sad.  It’s a selfish sad because Rick’s’ gain of standing before the Father is my loss.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rep. Kessler Stands Wrongly Alone

There's an old kids song that says one of these things is not like the other in the state legislature that one thing seems to be representative Frederick P. Kessler.  

The Assemblyman who misspeaks for the 12 Assembly District was the only person in the legislature to vote against the state taking over Milwaukee County's mental health system .  The measure passed the State Senate 33-0 and the Assembly 89-1.  It begs the question of how out of touch is the senior representative when even County Executive Chris Abele and a majority of the malfunctioning County Board agreed and this. 
Supervisor Peggy Romo West chimed in with this wisdom, "Obviously, what we are doing is not working," she said. "None of us has expertise in mental health. So, for us to make decisions about how to run the hospital doesn't make much sense."
While Abele said, "We need the procurement of services to be as far away from politics as we can get it,"

Kessler being a statist, voted against the reform because,

Instead of having a the failing health system under the purview of medical professionals Rep. Kessler would rather keep the system in the hands of politicians.  A position that has led to the shaky ground and poor record the mental health is currently on. 

That mistake has been going on too long as has the service of the septuagenarian Representative from the 12th.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Second Chance for County’s Family Care program

Tomorrow the Milwaukee County Board will take up County Executive Chris Abele's veto of the "living wage" ordinance.  It should be a spirited debate, one of which I'm sure Supervisor David Bowen will get the permission of the SEIU to participate in.

The board passed the ordinance at it's last meeting by a 12-6 vote, enough to over ride the Exec's veto.   The big question for tomorrow is if someany  supervisor from the majority will change their vote or to abstain in order to sustain the veto.

At risk in this poorly drafted ordinance is future of the County’s Family Care program.  According to County Comptroller Scott Manske, a result of the living wage ordinance could very well bankrupt program.

Let's hope that the supervisors pull back and make a prudent long term decision when voting on Abele's veto.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sen. Harris' Narrow View of Equal Voting Access

State Senator Nikiya Harris sent out a press release concerning the passage of SB 324.  I can appreciate the Senator's concern for voting rights, but what I don't understand is her somewhat illogical and narrow arguments in her press release.

Argument #1, "Republicans are telling an elderly woman that she may not be able to vote early, even though she normally does to avoid the long lines on Election Day."
Well it seems to me that this elderly woman she speaks of doesn't work and can early vote two weeks prior to the election from 7am - 8pm on weekday.
Argument #2, "They are telling the mother of two that she needs to figure out child care quickly during the weekday if she would like to vote, because she will no longer have the ability to come in on the evening or weekends."
A few points - the voting dates are already set, so unless this person is a low information voter and doesn't know the dates election it seems she would have more then enough time to find babysitters.  If she can't, there is nothing stopping her from bringing the children along.  I work the polls and see quite a few families use this opportunity for a family outing.
Argument #3, " They are telling that low-wage worker, who cannot afford to take an hour off from his job, that his voice does not matter if he cannot make it into the clerk's office during weekday hours."
This person has the ability as do the first two people to ask for a mail in ballot.
Finally I've seen this meme floating around the internet, "However, in 2012, the city of Milwaukee had 35,200 in-person absentee voters and the Village of Big Bend had 114. Assuming 90 hours of in-person absentee voting, the Village of Big Bend would have to process a voter every 48 minutes. For Milwaukee, it would be every nine seconds."
The problem with this discussion is that it presumes that Milwaukee would only have 1 voting station set up.  As someone who's voted in person absentee in the past (because I work the polls) I happen to know that there are more then one voting stations up.  There is nothing stopping the City of Milwaukee from using as many voting stations as they want or need to get the job done.
Sen. Harris should fight for the citizens of the 6th Senate District and those who live in Wisconsin.  The SEIU (see picture above) is not her only constituency and it's time she consider this in her next press release.  Equal access is equal access for all, not just a select few.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sheriff David Clarke at CPAC - A Winner

Sheriff David Clarke was a panelist at CPAC 2014 and was a hit.  I'm not sure if it was the format or what but he quite impressive.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

An Odd Democratic? Ad

I recently saw this ad as part of Democratic event.

It seems to me that the Democrats could at least find six examples of inspiring DEMOCRATS for their events.

Three of those pictured seem to lean more Republican then Democrat.
Harriet Tubman - I don't see her attending any Dem event
Martin Luther King Jr. - arguably a Republican
Frederick Douglass - I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress 

Just a thought.
I am a black, died-in-the-wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
I am a black, died-in-the-wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
I am a black, died-in-the-wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Common Core - Not Good (and I'm being nice here)

Last Tuesday, the Milwaukee North Branch of the RPMC co hosted a Common Core presentation by Dr. Duke Pesta.  I'm still rattled by what I learned.

About 50 people showed up and from what I could tell each of those people felt the same way I did.

Dr. Pesta will be hosting another event in Milwaukee this Saturday at 11:00 am at I.D.C. of One Lost Sheep at 2567 N 8th St.  It's a free event and worth your time.

We will be posting other Common Core events as we become aware of them.

The Kramer Quagmire

I've hesitated to comment on the Bill Kramer news of late, for a couple of reasons.  First of all Rep. Kramer and I have never gotten along and our last discussion didn't enhance our relationship.

Secondly, I'm not a fan of piling on personal problems of people.

I'm not saying I haven't broken that line in the past nor am I promising I won't in the future, it's just that it often makes me uncomfortable.  The more you get involved in any organization or issue the flaws are plentiful and obvious.  Another reason is I've not been perfect in the past nor do I expect my forthcoming travels to be unblemished.  I would hope, though don't expect, to be treated the same.

The Republicans did the right thing in removing Rep. Kramer from his leadership position. As to his future in the legislature, I believe it is up to him to make up his mind if he wants to run for re-election and for his constituents if they want him to represent them.
I am a bit troubled by some of the discussion surrounding the events and would have hoped that people, especially those who claim to be conservatives and Republicans would have exhibited a bit more wisdom.

Two sayings seem to apply here:
1 - those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
2 - there by the Grace of God go I

To Rep. Kramer - get well.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Eye Opening Common Core Presentation

Last evening I attended an event on Common Core.  I knew a little bit about Common Core, like everyone of my conservative friends were strongly against it, but I didn't have any real strong thoughts about it one way or another.

That changed during the presentation by Dr. Duke Pesta. Dr. Pesta is a professor at UW-Oshkosh and the academic director of Freedom Project Education.

His presentation was not a political attack against either the Democrats or Republicans, it was an eye opening 90 minutes of facts about the horrors of what is known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative. 

Take a look at this how this student learned how to add 1,568 and 1,423 and 680.

The good news for Wisconsin residents is that there is hope that we can bring some common sense changes to improve the education of our children.  It's SB 619 and the lead sponsors are State Senators Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow.  This fine bill removes ridiculous national dumbing down standards and will replace them with guidelines to help our youth succeed in life.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative need to be stopped.  If you have the opportunity to see a presentation by Dr. Pesta I'd suggest you invest the time.  Some of the items, especially the National Sex Ed Standards.