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.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Milwaukee - Getting the Least Bang for Its Buck

When politicians keep asking for more money to "get the job done" the answer from many, especially on the political right is how are you spending the taxes you collect from us now.

In an absolutely stunning video Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman seems surprised that additional layers of bureaucracy adds costs to city projects.  It's amazing what a minute can expose.

You heard that right.  Ald. Bauman paid to have his sewer laterals repaired so he and his family would not be affected by lead in his water and it cost him $6,000.  He seems surprised that the City of Milwaukee will be paying $550,000 or $10,500 for the first 50 homes to have the same work done, but that the cost will rise to double the amount Bauman paid because the contractor low balled the first bid so he could get his foot in the door.

So, if the city allowed the free enterprise system to work its magic, they could either pay 1/2 the price per job saving $250,000 or they could double the amount of homes that will have their the lead pipes removed and preserve the lives and health of city taxpayers.

What will be done?  You can bet that not one Alderman will try to move legislation to make the best use of taxpayer money, but they will continue to pile on prohibitions in the form of the bidding process to keep costs at a premium and the rate of return at a minimum for taxpayers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Congrats Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will be taking a position with the Trump Administration as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Partnership and Engagement.

Governor Walker will appoint a replacement for the sheriff and I'm putting money down that it won't be Earnell Lucas or Chris Moews.  A permanent replacement will be elected in November of 2018.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Under Mayor Ashanti Hamilton ...

There is no secret that Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton has in his sights the Mayor's Office.  His ascension to Common Council President derailed the ambitions of former President Michael Murphy.

In case anyone has a question about what kind of mayor Hamilton will be, I think we got a peak this last week with the way he reacted to the revelations of a property owned by slum lord Alderman Russell Stamper II.  Not only was the condition of the rental property reprehensible but so was the reaction of Stamper to the renter.

FoxTV6 did a segment on the disgusting conditions of one of Stamper's rental units.  Holes in the outside wall, no heat in the upstairs, uncovered electrical wiring and RATS were the conditions of the Stamper owned property.  When the tenant could not get satisfaction from her landlord it seems she was going to approach her alderman, who was Russell Stamper II.  Obviously getting Stamper to rectify the situation wasn't going to happen so she went to Department of Neighborhood Services for help.

Stamper's reaction -

That's right, Alderman Stamper took the tenant to court to get her evicted because she had the audacity to want to have a place that was livable and without RATS.

So now to Ashanti Hamilton's reaction.  Hamilton had appointed Stamper to the Special Joint Committee on the Redevelopment of Abandoned and Foreclosed Homes, that was to address the cities problem of slum landlords and home ownership.

Even after the damning evidence and despicable reaction by Stamper, Hamilton said through his spokesman that even this situation did not warrant the removal of Stamper from the committee designed to reign in slum lords and the negative effect they are having on Milwaukee.

What one can conclude is that if there ever is a Mayor Hamilton that he will not have the fortitude to do the right thing and instead play by the status quo rules which have allowed the city to fall into the disarray it finds itself.  Great leadership make the tough decisions.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

this is a repeat post, but it's very relevant, thanks to Chuck Missler.

As a bit of a prophecy buff, Palm Sunday, also known as The Triumphal Entry, holds a special place in my spiritual interests. Often missed in most messages on this day is the background and true significance of what happened.

It starts with the end times prophecy Daniel received from Gabriel described in Daniel 9:24-27. Verse 25 describes and predicts Palm Sunday.

(24) Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
(25) Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
(26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
(27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

I believe the above prophecy is the end time calendar.

Daniel's prophecy was given to him in 538BC and it told the exact date of Palm Sunday or the coming of the Mashiach Nagid (the Messiah the King), on April 6, 32AD.  I'm not totally sold on the exact date according to our calendar, but the events are important.

The commandment to rebuild Jerusalem was issued by Artaxerxes in 445BC (Neh 2:5-8). Without getting over technical here (for space considerations) the 7 weeks + 62 weeks comes to 173,880 days. Jesus knew the importance of this date and he set in motion the fulfillment of this prophecy and his death and subsequent Resurrection. To fulfill  Zechariah 9:9 he told his disciples to get a particular donkey (Luke 19:30). He then rides into Jerusalem on this donkey as the crowd sings Psalm 118:26.

The Pharisees understood this date and the Spiritual importance of what was happening and they freaked. They tell Jesus to stop what was happening. Jesus held them accountable for not accepting this day and its significance.

The rest of the prophecy is currently unfolding. I believe the next major event in prophecy will be the Rapture which will set up vs27 and the final week (7 years) of the prophecy which many people call the Tribulation.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Milwaukee Democratic Assembly Persons Vote to Kill Hope

The Assembly passed AB69 on Tuesday by a vote of 85-13.  The bill goes by the name of Right to Try and allows terminally ill patients the opportunity to try any and all avenues to heal themselves after they have exhausted all traditional treatment options, even if they final cures haven't been approved by the FDA.

In other words it gives hope to someone and their family who is facing death.  As Rep. Joel Kleefisch said during debate talking about his father-in-law, they would have done anything and everything to prolong his life.  One has to question why anyone would vote no on hope.

The 13 no votes was buoyed by a contingent of Milwaukee Democrats.  Has the Progressive Left pressured Reps. Fred Kessler, JoCasta Zamarippa, David Bowen, Jason Fields, Jonathan Brostoff, David Crowley, Daniel Reimer, and Evan Goyke to choose certain death for their terminally ill constituents rather than voting with Republicans and offering a glimmer of hope?

Republicans voted en mass to support this bill and were joined by Milwaukee Democrats Leon Young, Christine Sinicki, and Josh Zepnick.