Thursday, August 25, 2016

Walker's AG Schimel's rigged system, setting Milwaukee up for more Violence.

Ever wonder why Scott Walker keeps bragging endlessly about a specific law that is has yet to proven effective? Yea, there's something going on he's not telling us;
Urban Milwaukee's Bruce Murphy: It was a bipartisan effort by state representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) that created the law passed in April 2014 requiring an outside investigation of any police-involved deaths. The law seems particular far-sighted in the case of Sylville Smith, the man killed by a Milwaukee officer, (resulting in the Sherman Park neighborhood violence).
Yup, it’s another Scott Walker con game, where he brags publicly about a law he knows is just a sham to protect campaign donors; the Milwaukee Police Association.
Gov. Scott Walker has bragged about signing the Taylor-Bies law and emphasized the need for independent investigations: “I’m proud to say I’m the only governor in America… who signed a law that says there needs to be an independent investigation any time there’s a death of someone in police custody,” he told the national media while running for president.
So who did Walker call? His lapdog AG Brad Schimel. You’d think Walker would have done everything he could to impress Wisconsin voters with the most impartial and impressive investigation ever. Nope, he's got an agenda:
The fact the state investigation is using retired Milwaukee police officers in the Smith probe. The AG told the media he doesn’t see a conflict in using MPD officers.
This has the potential to not just look like the system is gamed if the officer is most likely cleared, it’ll destroy the trust anyone had in our system of justice:
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, while stressing that the body camera video suggested the shooting of Smith “certainly appeared to be within lawful bounds.”
 Rep. Chris Taylor: “As one of the authors of the officer-involved shooting legislation that requires outside, independent investigators, I can tell you that allowing former Milwaukee police officers to investigate their former department circumvents the true intention of the bill.” Actually, what Taylor was suggesting was exactly what her Republican co-sponsor and former deputy sheriff Bies had suggested about the Dontre Hamilton investigation.
The AG’s reaction was swift. It didn’t just unfairly criticizing Taylor, but also denounced the Democrats and anyone else in the state who would dare question Brad Schimel’s authority:
His arrogant spokesperson Johnny Koremenos: (It's) a "continued … assault on law enforcement. It should come as no surprise to anybody familiar with Rep. Taylor’s background — an attorney with no experience in the courtroom, either as a prosecutor or criminal defense attorney, and zero experience in any law enforcement capacity — would come up with this meritless idea. To imply that deeply experienced DCI agents are unable to carry out a thorough and thoughtful investigation on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the search for truth is insulting to all those who wear a badge. Furthermore, one can only deduce that by making such a proposal, Rep. Taylor intends to sow doubt in the public’s mind that law enforcement officers in this state lack the integrity and character our citizens have come to expect.”
Schimel isn’t smart enough to do something that would appear to make matters worse in Milwaukee without Walker’s orders:

When Schimel announces the results of his investigation from his office 75 miles away in Madison, any reaction in Milwaukee will be the concern of Flynn, Mayor Tom Barrett and other officials who must weather the potential storm. I hope I’m wrong, but Schimel’s arrogance, his refusal to recognize the importance of conducting an investigation that looks impartial, could end up being destructive to this city. 

Trump's nationalism lapped up by low information conservative voters in Wisconsin.

It's a funny but sad reality; one moment Republicans tell us to hate government, but in another feel outraged when some students refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to that same government.

It's opposite day everyday in Republican world. Perhaps conservatives tack more to the Bizarro World pledge...I mean code, pictured to the right.

Like most rightwing cliched memes on Facebook, another clueless parent is supposedly guiding their children through the maze of life with wisdom gleaned from their own low information experiences:

It took this Facebook comment to bring everyone back to reality:
One commenter wrote. "The very thing that many of you claim ('this is America') is what allows people to opt out. History is a wonderful subject."
In Walker's Wisconsin: The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper asked a few Trump supporters, those we now recognize as "real Americans," about his plans to conduct "extreme vetting" for those coming into the country. Their reactions are typically conservative, everything the pledge request is, and more:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Republicans claim Walker Rigged Elections...big surprise.

Republicans say they're the party that defends against voter fraud. It's all about the integrity of our elections.

But what happens when those same Republicans accuse fellow Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker of cheating, election fraud? Crickets from the "stand with Walker" trolls??
Governor Scott Walker is dismissing a claim that he had a hand in rigging Wisconsin elections. Asked about the column on Thursday, the governor brushed it off, saying only that it’s “apparently that’s what the long term effect is of legalizing marijuana in the District of Columbia.”
Really, a pot joke?
In a column released earlier this week, conservative political consultant Roger Stone said there are strong indications Walker and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus rigged as many as five election in Wisconsin…including the recall election that targeted Walker.

Stone based the claim in part on a study done by a voting statistics expert, which compared actual election results to exit polling.

Walker did not offer any further comment. Stone is a former advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.
 Of course this just might a really sneaky way to try and get Democrats to admit there is such a thing as rigging a presidential election....

Walker takes from UW and Wisconsin's future to Fund Roads.

Republicans will never stopped criticizing former Gov. Jim Doyle for dipping into the transportation fund so he could pay for public education. That's because they believe it should be the other way around.

So now you know how Scott Walker borrowed money for road construction, without increasing our debt. He took money away from the University of Wisconsin for building projects.

If that wasn't bad enough, that little trick will cost the UW $30 million more. Now that "fiscal conservatism."
The state Legislature's nonpartisan budget office says the state could have to spend roughly $30 million more on several University of Wisconsin System building projects that were delayed in the last budget. Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers froze bonding for all but a couple building projects in the last budget. That let them continue to borrow for roads while still keeping overall bonding low.

Oshkosh Democratic state Rep. Gordon Hintz, who asked for the Fiscal Bureau memo, said it shows the folly of delaying these projects in the first place. "It's not any more fiscally responsible to delay doing them only to have to pay more in the future to get the same projects done simply because you can't make good financial decisions," Hintz said. "This was an example of the cost of inaction.”

Bonding will once again be an issue in the next budget as lawmakers and the governor continue to struggle with how to fund transportation ... lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who say current levels of road bonding are unsustainable.
But don't take my word for pointing out Walker's folly and bad budgeting, they're proud of the shell game:
Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said, "The last state budget included the lowest levels of bonding in at least 20 years, and the governor will seek to keep bonding low in the next budget," Evenson said.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Walker blasts Clinton for "inflaming the situation" after she simply asked Milwaukee to "rebuild trust" between community and police.

Well, this Hillary Clinton comment about the unrest in Milwaukee seemed harmless enough...
Clinton said that the shooting and riots in Milwaukee demonstrated that police and communities need to "rebuild trust," so that "everyone has respect for the law and is respected by the law."
And yet Scott Walker - after having once compared Wisconsin protesters with ISIS - thought Clinton's comments just made matters worse? Seeing a chance to exploit a bad situation....Business Insider:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday morning that Hillary Clinton is inflaming tensions in Milwaukee following riots in the city over the death of a black man shot by police last week ... both Clinton and Obama of making the situation in the city worse, though he did not specify how.
"I think comments like that are just inflaming the situation. I think people understand in that neighborhood, in Sherman Park and Milwaukee, they want the law enforcement to step up and protect them. The people who live in that neighborhood want police in Milwaukee and the sheriff's department to step up and protect them. They don't want the criminals who are doing those actions against those businesses to do that. I think statements like that and the lack of leadership we've had from the president on this issue only inflames the situation."
Someone's going to have to explain to me how "rebuild trust," and hope "everyone has respect for the law and is respected by the law" "inflames the situation?"

AG Schimel argues Walker illegal campaign coordination legal now, retroactively, to US Supreme Court.

Nothing says political elite than seeing Scott Walker order his Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to declare his past illegal activity legal. And that's after his march-in-lockstep legislature passed a law allowing campaign coordination with issue advocacy groups, which at the time was illegal.

According to the WSJ story, elites can get off breaking our laws by just changing it later; “Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature have since changed the law making the alleged activity legal.”
Attorney General Brad Schimel asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to reject a review of a halted criminal investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign, Schimel’s filing argues the court should reject the appeal because Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature have since changed the law making the alleged activity legal and prohibiting the use of secret “John Doe” proceedings in investigating campaign finance violations.
Yes, Schimel offered that argument up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wow.  Skip the legalities, right? And how does prohibiting John Doe investigations of campaign violations help his argument? But the following reason was a head spinner: 
“The people of Wisconsin thus made as clear as they possibly could that they wish to put this unfortunate chapter behind them,” Schimel wrote.
The “people?” Oh, he means those highly partisan representatives controlling all branches of government. Got it:
Walker’s 2012 recall campaign violated election laws regulating coordination between campaigns and so-called issue advocacy groups that have backed Republicans and conservative Supreme Court justices. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Charlie Sykes admits doing a remarkable job attacking media, "but perhaps what we did was also to destroy any sense of a standard ... Where do you go to say this is the truth?"

Call me surprised. TMJ's Charlie Sykes admitted on MSNBC's All in with Chris Hayes, that conservative media went to far discrediting every news media source they didn't agree with, and now can't take it back.

Joan Walsh did her best not to say I told you so, agreeing with Sykes' eye opening, right on the mark analysis:

Trump Trolls: Defending insurance companies and telling people with preexisting conditions, it's your problem!!!

There's a reason there are so many stories predicting the end of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. But the real story is not getting media coverage; insurers simply found out they can't compete with each other by lowering their prices, the underlying free market idea that would make Paul Ryan's supposed "patient centered" reform so successful.

So over the weekend, I responded to the story below with a few comments of my own:
Taxpayers on the Hook as Obamacare Exchanges Near the Edge of Collapse: UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of 88 percent of counties it was in, and last weak Aetna strongly suggested it will be exiting, too, unless it gets bribed to stay with a huge, annual infusion of direct corporate bailout payments from taxpayers. Obamacare supporters need to be held accountable for the law’s manifest failures – not permitted to paper them over with billions more of our tax dollars.
Of the two rightwing rants, the last response pretty much encapsulates the survivalist world view of conservative voters everywhere. It's been that one thing that divides us on health care; do we save people or let them die. It's enough to give you a chill:

No one’s talking about the elephant in the room: Insurers are dropping out because they're losing money competing, lowering their prices to gain customers. The marketplaces simply proved insurers can't survive by competing and dropping the sick to boost their bottom lines. Now what, junk policies under the Republican plan that covers fewer medical issues and includes small print exclusions? Yup.

The liberal is pulling out the 'pity, pity, pity' statements and complaining about the 'evil insurance companies'. Same worthless emotional arguments those snivelers always have.
These sniveling liberals could still (plenty of rich ones!) start their own insurance company or mutual company or something to provide health insurance at a ‘‘fair’’ price. Wow, without the obscene profits, they could compete in the open market at a very low price. Obviously, besides serving themselves, they could take all sorts of current customers away from the bad, evil, big insurance companies.
That is, of course, if the liberals are capable of taking real action. Maybe they are only good at whining, sniveling, and wanting their Mommy (government) to fix everything for them.

Who covers and pays for those with preexisting conditions...oops, forgot to think past your ideology.

That's the problem of the person with the pre-existing condition, not some insurance company that you're trying to force to pay for something that's not their responsibility. And the only insurance company that should be covering a pre-existing condition is the insurance company that the person was with BEFORE the condition existed, since for them, it wasn't a pre-existing condition. And if you didn't have insurance before the condition existed, then it's your own responsibility to pay for it, no one else's. This is the problem with you libs. You're always trying to get someone else to pay for things that are YOUR responsibility to pay for. You're all OPM addicts, as in OPM = Other People's Money!!!

Didn't need to "think past" anything on that. The answer was self-evident.

Rep. Duey Stroebel won't raise gas taxes, saying "Wisconsin Drivers are Taxpayers" forgetting about out-of-state drivers!

While Wisconsin drivers personally experience our crumbling roads, unsightly highway medians, and mothballed construction sites and detours, Rep. Duey Stroebel wants you to believe it’s just your imagination. Stroebel’s imagined savings from not increasing the gas tax is wiped out by repair bills:
poor road conditions cost drivers $502 per year on average in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs, according to a report by national transportation research group TRIP.”
Stoebel’s transportation funding “logic” will test your patience, but it will also be a warning;
"Taxing advocates point to the perceived deficit in transportation funding. This projected deficit assumes, in part, continued large future spending on highway expansions."
Wrong. Maintenance is the biggest issue facing the state, and some expansion during fix up is smart and necessary, due to population shifts. Of course Scott Walker and Duey Stroebel’s pirates haven’t done anything about public transportation, so big surprise.

Republican denial is stunning: 
"They dismiss the idea that some expansion projects could be delayed even though traffic counts have remained largely flat statewide."   
You’ll love this total fabrication pushed by Walker:
"I strongly support the governor’s realigned priority of highway safety and maintenance over further expansions."
Love all that safety and maintenance we’re…wait, did I miss that?
"Additionally, conservatives in the Legislature will continue to promote the implementation of efficiencies to solve any DOT budget challenges the same way we have the past few years — bold, courageous reforms." 
The only thing bold and courageous about letting the roads crumble to dust is their steadfast refusal to do anything it.

Lumping Everything Together: Walker and Stroebel want us to look at all state taxes, instead of the actual decline of our gas tax. 
"Even though Wisconsin’s gas tax is among the highest in the nation, those advocating for a tax increase claim that Wisconsin drivers pay less to operate a vehicle than in other states. This statement is true only when ignoring that drivers living here pay other Wisconsin taxes far and above at least 40 other states. Wisconsinites’ tax burdens should be compared in their entirety." 
My favorite line....
"Wisconsin drivers are taxpayers."
But out-of-state drivers aren't taxpayers, and they use out roads too!!!

The biggest flaw in the Republican platform is this...
"We conservatives have always addressed challenges by fixing them, not raising taxes."
Republicans don't fix problems, they run from them, and then look like their doing something by cutting taxes again and again and again. Freeloaders all. It doesn't matter if taxes pay for services, old and new, that's something they want to leave to their kids.

You can't get health care, buy food, replace your central air, furnace, roof, or car by cutting your yearly income. Unless they've found a way to do that too.

Trump's Campaign Chief investigated for looting Ukrainian assets & influencing elections to the tune of $12 million..that's all.

Trump's sleazy campaign manager is part of a corruption investigation that mixed $12 million of business influence into Ukrainian and Russian politics. And coincidentally, there's still the likely Russian hacking of Democratic emails Paul Manafort could have used to try and sway the election here. Weird huh?

This would have, again, destroyed any other candidates campaign, but oddly not Trump? NY Times:

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief: On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party ... government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych.
You can't make this stuff up. Imagine the uproar if the following described Clinton's campaign manager:
" consulting that has been a staple of Mr. Manafort’s business since the 1980s, when he went to work for the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Before joining Mr. Trump’s campaign this spring, Mr. Manafort’s most prominent recent client was Mr. Yanukovych, who — like Mr. Marcos — was deposed in a popular uprising."
I'm typing this at the same time I'm listening radio host Mitch Henck, who's Bizarro World guest is blaming George Soro for the Ukrainian overthrow. While the right wing noise machine is busy at work, just keep this in mind:

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

In addition, criminal prosecutors are investigating a group of offshore shell companies that helped members of Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles, including a palatial presidential residence with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among the hundreds of murky transactions these companies engaged in was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin.

Go Trump? Yes, Manafort is now guiding Trump with everything he's learned, including these coincidental facts:
From Mr. Trump’s favorable statements about Mr. Putin and his annexation of Crimea to the suspected Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails — an examination of Mr. Manafort’s activities offers new details of how he mixed politics and business out of public view and benefited from powerful interests now under scrutiny by the new government in Kiev.

Anti-corruption officials there say the payments earmarked for Mr. Manafort, previously unreported, are a focus of their investigation, though they have yet to determine if he actually received the cash ... his lawyer, Richard A. Hibey, said Mr. Manafort had not received “any such cash payments” described by the anti-corruption officials ... “These are suspicions, and probably heavily politically tinged ones,”

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau, which obtained the ledger, said in a statement that Mr. Manafort’s name appeared 22 times in the documents over five years, with payments totaling $12.7 million. The purpose of the payments is not clear. Nor is the outcome, since the handwritten entries cannot be cross-referenced against banking records.

Wyoming Republicans "No Tax Pledge" doesn't apply to Wind Energy manufacturers and their cunstomers.

So much for the “no tax pledge."

Republicans seem to have no problem raising taxes and killing jobs if it involves an industry challenging the big money special interests in the fossil fuel industries.

Hypocrites? Think they care? Come on folks, their voters feed on having it both ways.

Wyoming Republicans, just like here in Wisconsin, have decided to put up road blocks to kill wind energy. And if that doesn't work, raise taxes to pay down their deficit. LA Times:
Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it … Then, with great efficiency for a conservative state not traditionally tilted toward burdening the energy industry, they did something no other state has done, before or since: They taxed it a state trying to close a budget gap that could reach $500 million.

But now, as one of the world’s largest wind farms is about to begin construction aimed at providing clean electricity to nearly a million homes in California and the Southwest — potentially transforming this fossil fuel state into a major player in renewables — some powerful state lawmakers are looking to raise those taxes.

The company that has spent nine years trying to build the wind project ... “Just about every legislator we’ve met with asks us, ‘You tell us how much we can tax you before we put you out of business,’” said Bill Miller, chief executive of the Power Co. of Wyoming.

In their view, the tax increase is more about politics — Wyoming lashing out at clean energy as payback for federal policy aimed at scaling back the coal industry on which the state has always relied.
Republicans there are also recycling an argument used to oppose the XL Pipeline; not enough jobs: 
Supporters of the tax increase say that it likely will not provide anywhere near the jobs and other benefits fossil fuels have. They also say Wyoming doesn’t necessarily need clean energy.
Odder still, the wind company is a subsidiary of company involved in fossil fuels and is owned by a major Republican donor, Philip Anshutz.
Ray Peterson, a contractor who hopes his rig company will get work with the new wind project, wrote to the revenue committee this month to oppose any move to raise taxes further.

“We expected the Obama Administration to wage war on coal and oil as they promised,” he wrote. “What is most alarming, and completely unexpected, is realizing Wyoming state officials are willing to threaten killing the creation of new business, much needed jobs, a generous amount of tax revenue and diversification of our state’s energy dependent economy to wage war on renewable energy sources.”

Here in Rawlins, the seat of Carbon County, a name that now seems plenty ironic, local leaders support the wind project, but not the idea of taxing it further.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The all Powerful Trump, victimized by media that can't stop talking about him?

While complaining about the press not covering the substance of his speeches, Trump's tweets don't talk about substance either...which true to form, lack substance altogether.

Here's an unedited tweet stream of juvenile whining by our ranting Trumpster, the GOP's actual candidate for president:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hannity stunned by Hillary's bizarre behavior...or playful joking with the press? Hannity says they're "seizuresque."

I couldn't resist this embarrassing performance by Sean Hannity, who tried desperately to get his medical panel of experts to buy into his belief that Hillary was secretly harboring a medical condition, after a comical head bobbing joke she played on the press.

Classic Fox News trash:

Racist Trump might be victim of rigged election in "certain sections of the state," despite voter ID, fewer polling places, limited voting times...etc.

Well, it looks like vote ID isn't enough to stop widespread minority cheating in Democratic areas of our country, wink, wink.

Trump is now directing his pack of fawning low information voters to believe there is an undercurrent of sorcery at play here, that will "rig the election." Voter ID, limited voting times, fewer polling places, required birth certificates...none of that is enough to stop Hillary Clinton from "rigging" the election.

And that's the stunning, almost surreal, underlying message here. Check out the various video clips below. Sadly, it took the bullshit artistry of Trump to force the press to start fact checking and confronting the spread of misinformation like this, to bring them around to doing their job.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Trump would use Gitmo to interrogate Americans.

Getting tired of this? Not Republicans, who probably think this "tell it like it is" idea makes sense too. Republicans own this guy:

Huffington Post: Donald Trump once again threw legality into the wind, suggesting that Americans could be tried at Guantánamo Bay if he’s president. As the Miami Herald points out, that’s against current U.S. law. Trump told the Herald on Thursday that it “would be fine” for military tribunals at the infamous detention center to prosecute U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism. “I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all,” the GOP presidential nominee said.
But some Republicans are already washing their hands of Trump, despite naming him as their presidential candidate...which means, good luck with that:

Trump's ISIS Lie Sarcasm!!?

Trump trolls continue to ignore the blatant lies of their orange leader, their chosen candidate for president no matter how much they deny it, because he "tells it like it is."

Seriously, you can't turn on conservative talk radio without hearing some mindless caller blather on about Trump's "tell it like is is"  honesty. Yet Trump is doing just the opposite, which brings us back to "everyday is opposite day in Republican world."

This is now the big headline this morning, after lying all day about ISIS founding father President Obama...hey, it was all just a joke, like his hilarious rant about shooting President Hillary Clinton over liberal supreme court nominations:

What, the main stream media couldn't tell by the expression on Trump's orange face - like at this recent rally - that he was just kidding?

Or this lighthearted back and forth with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt, where Trump not only doubles down on his claim Obama founded ISIS, but he readily admits that making outrageous comments get more news coverage than telling the boring truth. MSNBC's Steve Kornaki pointed out the slip-up, saying "Donald Trump revealed that making outrageous statements that warrant clarification is part of his strategy:"
Hewitt: "You meant Obama created the vacuum, he lost the peace."

Trump: "No, I mean't he's the founder of ISIS."

I also noticed an odd coincidence regarding the word "founder." In this highly edited clip of PBS's Frontline on the origin of ISIS, the focus is on its "founder," mention within the first 50 seconds. Interesting to note; Dick Cheney is really the person responsible for the development of ISIS, so he could make his case for war with Iraq:

Just for fun, the new Time cover...

Richest "Stand with Walker" Women in Wisconsin now Trump economic advisers, looking out for the little People?

These so called smart business owners are on board with the electing Donald Trump as president. It's nice to know who to blame and who had the worst judgement ever, if the Trump disaster ever came the nations Capitol. They are willing to throw it all away for power:
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has added two of Gov. Scott Walker’s major financial backers to his economic advisory team.

Trump named Diane Hendricks, owner of ABC Supply and one of the wealthiest billionaires in Wisconsin, and Elizabeth Uihlein, co-founder of Uline Corp., to the team along with six other women.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dumb Ron Johnson defends e-cigarettes as life savers, but then said "Let's face it, there's a lot of bad things that unfortunately get in the hands of our children."

Our know-it-all, do-nothing, big-talking gas bag of self-importance Dumb Ron Johnson again wants us all to fully understand the e-cigarette issue, because he assumes we’re just as clueless as he is.

Anyone who is using e-cigarettes has most likely looked into the health implications of the different additives used in vaporizers, except for maybe kids. But more on that later.

For Johnson, it’s an actual revelation to think about researching anything. He assumes we're all like him, not very curious.

Oh, and just like other "small government" Republicans, he will use government to give business an advantage over science and public health.

Dumb Ron Johnson as usual, wants to “understand” why public safety should outweigh business interests and “jobs.”
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson is seeking answers on new regulations for e-cigarettes. “I just want to make sure the FDA really understands what it’s doing, what the impact will be on businesses and jobs, and on those individuals whose lives have potentially been saved because they’ve been able to kick the habit using e-cigarettes.” Johnson said the regulations could cost the industry millions of dollars.
Yea, what’s all this concern about hooking kids...
The new regulations require greater scrutiny of the products and making it more difficult for minors to use them.
Johnson says, that’s life, and besides it’s better than heroin and normal cigarettes:
“Let’s face it, there’s a lot of bad things that unfortunately get in the hands of our children.  If you want to put them on a scale, I guess I’d rather have them using e-cigarettes than smoking normal cigarettes or taking heroin.” 
Okay, instead of heroin and cigarettes, people should ingest the following, according to WebMD (and who knows how the following ingredients might be increased over time):
1. Most contain the chemical nicotine, which is addictive. When you stop using it, you can go into withdrawal and feel depressed and crabby. Nicotine isn't good for people with heart problems. And some initial research shows it may hurt your arteries.

2. Harm the developing brains of kids and could affect memory and attention.

3. Damage unborn babies. Pregnant women shouldn't use anything with nicotine.

4. Some brands contain chemicals including formaldehyde -- often used in building materials -- and another ingredient used in antifreeze that can cause cancer.

5. Flavors in e-cigs also use a buttery-tasting chemical called diacetyl … when it's inhaled, it can be dangerous. "Diacetyl is a well-known harmful chemical, which, among other things, causes a lung disease called 'popcorn lung,'" says the American Lung Association.

6. A 2016 study in the journal Pediatrics found that teens that never smoked but used e-cigs were six times more likely to try cigarettes compared to kids who don't vape. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 found a connection too. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Walker's Wisconsin 49th in internet speed, and moving forward?

Wisconsin media reporting has reached a new ridiculous low with this recent story:
"Wisconsin lags behind other states in internet speeds, a new report shows, although gains have been made..." 
Hey, that's not so bad, right, we're making gains? In the very next sentence, those "gains" don't seem so important:
Wisconsin ranks 49th among states and the District of Columbia in the average download internet speed for a wired connection, according to the report from Speedtest, a Seattle technology firm.
Well thank you Scott Walker, for all that you've done leaving it up to the free market that decided to do nothing without taxpayer handouts.

Instead of seeing this as a job killer, the JS article instead reassured Netflix users they could still watch movies:
The 28.59 megabits per second is still more than adequate for most internet users watching a movie on Netflix or telecommuting.
Way back on August 23, 2015, Walker turned away $23 million from the federal government:
The state is turning down $23 million because state taxpayers would have been on the hook for the entire amount if the state could not meet the grant's precise requirements, Mike Huebsch, secretary of the state Department of Administration, said.
Walker instead took away those consumer/taxpayer safeguards and requirements:
"Broadband Forward! Community certification is a welcome mat for more broadband investment. A streamlined permitting process and reasonable fee structure is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Well, maybe not everyone getting "streamlined" over. So Walker thought he could look like a broadband hero by giving a little over a million bucks to expansion:
In 2015, Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature tripled the amount of funding for broadband expansion grants to $1.5 million annually, with a total of $6 million allocated from the Universal Service Fund cash reserves to fund grants over a four-year period ... the program’s $1.5 million combines with local and private matching funds.
 Putting that $1.5 million in perspective statewide:
Monday, backers of a proposed municipal broadband service in Madison released a report that showed the service could cost more than $200 million. If the plan is successful, Madison would become the largest Wisconsin city to have a municipal broadband service, competing with commercial internet providers.
Minnesota again beat out Wisconsin with an even wiser investment in the future:
Minnesota, by comparison, spent about $20 million on matching grants in 2014 and $10 million last year. Just last month, Gov. Mark Dayton asked lawmakers to approve $100 million of the state’s $1.2 billion surplus for broadband grants during the upcoming legislative session.

Paul Ryan blasts the government & economy his party has controlled for almost 6 years now.

Paul Ryan described perfectly the massive GOP failure for the last 6 years trying to run the country, and the massive frustration and anger of Americans complaining that Washington is just not working.
"That it seems irrevocably broken. The people want to see congress and their elected leaders tackle those tough problems, not duck those tough problems. They're sick of the paralysis and they're hungry for results, and all too often Washington fails to provide those's easy to resort to division, it's simple prey on peoples fears..."
Do I have to go on transcribing Ryan's honest assessment of the last six years of Republican control in Washington? Heck, listen to Ryan's full comment yourself.