Saturday, February 14, 2015

It's not Indoctrination that's bad, it's Liberal Indoctrination that's bad.

Over and over again this same scenario is playing out across the country when it comes to right wing indoctrination;
FDLReporter: Karl McCarty, who teaches history and political science at Oakfield High School, invites politicians to speak ... the class hosted Republican Rep. Thomas Petri (and) Ron Johnson who said any of the GOP candidates would be better than President Barack Obama … jsonline: Call this story Oakfield High School's Excellent Republican Adventure. In a whirlwind trip to Iowa, seven students and two recent graduates of the school, shepherded by teacher Karl McCarty and a father of two in the group, drove six hours from Oakfield to Des Moines, met top GOP candidates.
No tea party complaints over this? Or this attempt to intimidate teachers, change curriculum, and outright deny the ugly side of Republican politics:
A suburban high school government class assignment helped students figure out which beliefs align with certain political ideologies has come under fire. A Nathan Hale High School mother took her concerns public after a teacher graded her son as incorrect for assessing the statement, "We should not help the poor, it's a waste of money," as fascist, instead of what the teacher marked as the correct answer: conservative/Republican. Heather Bronnson (said) "No political party espouses not helping the poor, it's ridiculous. Why can't they just teach the basic political spectrum without lying?" Bronnson's postings elsewhere are critical of unions.  
No tea party complaints over this too? The truth is, liberal indoctrination is bad, conservative indoctrination is not. The best example yet showing the twisted pretzel logic of one party exempt from "the rules,"  is this jaw dropping program of blatant indoctrination:
Raw Story: The recent decision on the part of PTR Industries, a gun manufacturer, to move its headquarters from Connecticut to South Carolina has inspired Republican state Rep. Alan Clemmons to propose what he’s calling the “Second Amendment Education Act.” 

As the name implies, the bill would “provide all public elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools” with “instruction in the Second Amendment” for no fewer than “three consecutive weeks in one grading period in each academic year.” The curriculum would be written by the NRA, of course. 

The bill is an example of the crony capitalism the Tea Party says it hates, with the government aiding a friendly and favored industry — or picking winners and losers, as they like to say. 

The communications director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Ladd Everitt, told Al Jazeera that the possibility of the NRA writing a three-week-long curriculum is “a nightmare,” because the organization “endorses an insurrectionist interpretation of the Second Amendment.” 

As if there wasn’t enough of this in South Carolina already, an NRA-penned review of American history would leave millions of children under the impression that the Framers saw the Constitution much the same as the men behind the Confederate States of America.

Walker says Faith and Science Compatible, maybe even in our classroom.

This is not an innocent Scott Walker tweet, it's dog whistle messaging missed by the media:

Walker is equating faith with science, that they're compatible in some way, "hand in hand" our classrooms. This has been the argument for including intelligent design in our science classes. It presents both theories as equals, when only one can be tested, not just "debated." From the Discovery Institute comes this ridiculous rationalization that tries to get around that with twisted logic that inserts testing and experimentation into intelligent design to simply elicit a broad "God designed it" opinion.

It's no accident vouchers are going mainly to religious schools that can deny evolution completely in classrooms and online. Taxpayer money will eventually fund a much larger part of an American society that thinks men rode on dinosaurs.

You can't test faith either, or it won't anymore, right?

Walker still using GOP Great Recession to bash Democrats and push his failing agenda!

This is getting pathetic, no really, it is.

The "Blame Bush" Hypocrites: For years Republicans have been rolling their eyes when Democrats criticize the Bush and GOP policies, ending in the "free market" deregulation catastrophe; the Great Recession. But when it comes to erroneously blaming Democrats, like former governor Jim Doyle, well, they just can't stop themselves.

The most egregious offender, Scott Walker. Walker won all three elections blaming Jim Doyle for actually causing the Great recession, and in turn, the job and business losses. He's still at it.

Here's the latest con; Doyle and the Democratic legislature had to borrow heavily at the peak of the Great Recession to stimulate job growth and development.

Yet during these times of national growth, and because Walker will never raise taxes, he's decided to "spend & borrow," and minimize the debt by comparing it to Doyle. As PolitiFact points out:
Consider that in 2009, Doyle stood where Walker stood and unveiled a two-year budget with a proposed $1.5 billion in borrowing. That’s actually a bit less than what Walker wants ($1.6 billion).

As is typical later in the budget process, the State Building Commission brought forth a capital budget to borrow for building construction on the University of Wisconsin campuses and elsewhere. It sought another $1.2 billion in new bonding above Doyle’s original proposal. Then the Legislature added in another $900 million and -- in the end -- Doyle signed off.

Walker’s comparing his early-stage proposal to a 2009 final enacted budget after lawmakers and Doyle pumped it up. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Authoritarian takeover almost complete: Senate Filibuster Rules will be eliminated once we have a Republican President!

I've been saying all along Republicans will stop at nothing to push their agenda down the throats of the American public once they take control of the government. They've done it in GOP dominated states. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker viewed the massive statewide protests to bust up the public unions as "left wing intimidation," and not a First Amendment right. 
“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Walker said he would run for president if the senate flipped to Republicans. I wonder why he said that?

Well it’s only February, 2 months in, and the Republican majority is already talking about dumping the filibuster. Total U.S. one party dominance is the name of the game, and then the world (boots on the ground everywhere). Does anyone else feel the same amount of unease about the GOP plans? They haven’t exactly kept their plans a secret? We’re not talking about a piecemeal approach like the one taken by the Democrats over judicial appointments. Democrats would never have done away with the filibuster completely, and that’s my point here. Republicans will. The Hill:
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster: A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Mitch McConnell on Thursday to invoke the "nuclear option" and change the chamber's rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Reps. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said … that the executive actions merited something as dramatic as a change to the Senate's long-standing rules. They argue that spending bills should only need 51 votes, instead of 60. Huelskamp agreed. "I don't think Mitch McConnell should let the Senate rules trump the Constitution," the Kansan said.
Shoes on the other foot, and all they can do now is whine:
"If we're going to allow seven Democratic senators to decide what the agenda is… 
I wrote the above rant this morning. And thanks to Chris Hayes picking up on the same thing tonight, I decided to post this. Leave it to the hypocritical Republicans to articulate the end of the filibuster, when the Democrats couldn't:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Walker's Evolution comment: "Saying I'm going to punt, is like saying I'm evasive and untrustworthy." Thank you!

Chris Hayes says what the press is afraid to say, even when it means putting this guy in the White House:

Walker’s in London! So he can’t even comment on teaching Creationism and Evolution in Wisconsin schools…to Wisconsin reporters?

Scott Walker’s trip to London has become a disaster due to his own bag of media tricks. He’s finding out the press outside the state and outside the country aren't the dupes he’s normally bamboozles in Wisconsin.

The fact that Walker won’t even answer questions from state reporters about our own state schools teaching evolution and creationism tells us two things; he can't think too quickly on his feet, and second, doesn't like questions he hasn't crafted a non-response to. And no ones buying his "promote Wisconsin" tour excuse. 

And far be from me to suggest this preachers son and anti-science/education zealot wouldn't back creationism in our schools, especially the voucher kind. Let's face it, voucher's are the life blood of  religious teaching on the taxpayer dime. jsonline: 
For the second straight day on his London trip, Gov. Scott Walker Thursday focused on Wisconsin exports like Colby cheese and declined to give his views on foreign policy or evolution.

In a conference call from Great Britain with Wisconsin reportersWalker also would not answer whether he thought Wisconsin schools should teach evolution, creationism or both and declined to say whether he would eventually state his views on evolution in his likely presidential campaign.
Our incidental governor doesn't like new questions:
Walker said that he wasn't asked about evolution by reporters in four years as governor and that this showed it wasn't really an important part of his job despite the sudden "fascination with the question." "The media tends to be distracted by issues that aren't really issues of the day," Walker said.
But teaching creationism is important if Walker is going to make education in Wisconsin our own, which could mean anything. Other states have introduced the "science" of creationism. 

Here's the original offending comment from Walker. After watching this, it's even worse than reported:

That's our Walker. He doesn't answer questions, period:
However, in an interview with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Daniel Bice during Walker's 2010 run for governor, the governor was asked about evolution. Walker said then he believed that God had created the world but didn't specify whether that meant evolution was absent from the process or still a part of it.
Here's a recent example showcasing Walker's amazing ability to not answer questions, and the media settling for less eventually.

Like Walker, Brownback and Christie, Jindal's Supply Side failure makes him a perfect pick for President?

The reason Scott Walker is facing a huge projected budget deficit? Supply sides unpaid for tax cuts, the inability to increase any kind of tax due to a think tank pledge, and borrowing. This is getting old.

While Walker blamed others for plagiarizing economic solutions, his own copy of that decade’s old GOP plan is now playing out nationally in Republican states...and failing miserably. It should set off alarms here in Wisconsin. Oddly, each of the Republican governors facing economic failure are promising to bring their plans to the White House.

I've focused in past on Gov. Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Sam Brownback. Today it’s Bobby Jindal’s turn. See if any of the following sounds familiar:
AP: Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property.

Jindal suggested job growth from his economic development wins would replenish those assets once the recession ended. It hasn't — and money from the lucrative oil industry has taken a nose dive with crude prices. Now, the Republican is running out of short-term patches and is struggling to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole just as he tries to build support for a possible 2016 presidential run.
Yes, that's still not enough to kill a presidential run. If that wasn't enough of a carbon copy of Scott Walker’s current problems (reflected in his cuts to the UW and refusal to expand Medicaid), look at what Jindal is doing: 
Funding for higher education and health care services will almost certainly be subject to cuts deeper than what they already have endured in recent years, and Jindal's successor will have to repay a string of debts and IOUs. As for Jindal, he said in a recent interview that the shortfall isn't his fault, and he dodged any talk of his temporary fixes.

"They've used all the smoke that was in the can and all the mirrors that they could buy and now they're out of tricks. Their solution is to gut higher education like a fish," said Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy.
The same old bullshit:
More than $1 billion of the shortfall can be tied to Jindal's refusal to match the state's spending to its yearly revenue over his two terms in office, as he also steadfastly refused to consider tax increases. When Jindal took office in 2008, he decried budget shell games akin to "using your credit card to pay your mortgage." It didn't take long to ditch that rhetoric.
Republicans come to their own rescue…isn't that getting old.
"Our budget has been full of sleights of hand — it's almost a Ponzi scheme of moving moneys around, one-time money around, to serve recurring needs," said Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, one of the Republicans vying to be Louisiana's next governor.
 One solution; cutting jobs?
The governor has successfully trimmed some spending by cutting more than 30,000 full-time state employees. He's reduced the state's vehicle fleet, privatized much of the Medicaid program, turned over the state's charity hospitals to outside managers … Jindal's short-term solutions leave a string of debts for Louisiana's next governor to pay off. Economic development deals will cost the next governor at least $340 million over his first four years.

New money hasn't rolled in. The escalating price tag for tax breaks has only made things worse. Jindal signed off on the largest individual income tax cut in Louisiana history, stripping hundreds of millions from the state treasury at the same time the national recession hit.
The Dumb-ass Supply Side Solution...again: If the tax and spending cuts fail, cut spending and taxes even more? 
"Well, tell me what you want to cut,'" said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Jack Donahue, a Republican. "'Is it higher education? Or is it health care? What university do you want to close?' The truth is, from a political standpoint, that's not possible."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Incidental Governor Walker thinks its impolite to answer foreign policy questions at a foreign policy think tank in London?

Remember when our incidental Gov. Scott Walker uncomfortably dodged the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questions? I wrote this:
It was the Journal Sentinel's gift to Wisconsinites when their editorial board peppered Walker with a string of tough questions he typically steers clear of. In a surreal, almost comedic Q and A, Walker ducks away every time with his word salad non-answers. Seriously, its as slick a con as you'll ever see.
 He's at it again, this time on a national stage. It was amazing.

At a foreign policy think tank, Walker avoided talking about foreign policy. As the Daily Beast wrote in an article titled "Scott Walker Goes for ‘Bland,’ Ends Up ‘Moronic’ on Evolution Softball:"
He was attempting to bolster his foreign policy credentials by saying nothing at all, and during a question and answer session at a foreign policy think tank he refused to be drawn on whether he believed in evolution.

Scott Walker wanted to avoid a Christie-like mistake during his trip to London this week. He failed.
Thankfully, WKOW's Greg Neumann gave us a chance to see the Wisconsin con man in action. The moderator to a shot our incurious governor:
Moderator: "I mean do you have a sense of the outside world, and how you would want to address it?"

Walker: "It both concerns me as governor and a parent, that I think there are very real threats in this world. Not only around the world, but in our own country."
Walker was talking about threats from protesters and those who don't spew racial jokes in their emails:

The Washington Post wrote this about another Walker embarrassment:
During a Wednesday appearance at the Chatham House think tank, he firmly declined to address a multitude of subjects:
*United Kingdom membership in the European Union.*The fight against the Islamic State.*Whether the U.S. should arm Ukraine against Russia-backed rebels.*His general foreign policy vision.*Whether he believes in evolution.
“I’m going to punt on that one as well,” Walker said in response to the latter, much to the incredulity of Justin Webb of BBC Radio 4. “That’s a question that a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or another. I’m not trying to skirt your question,” Walker said at one point, adding that “for me, commenting on foreign policy or economic policy in a country where you’re a visitor is not the polite thing.” 
Who believes that its not polite to answer foreign policy questions at a foreign policy think tank? Anyone?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Conservatives in denial, really don't want to admit they hate wasting money on the poor, attack school.

Republican don't want to waste money helping the poor! That was the answer on an assignment in a West Allis school. Too political? One mom thinks so, and she's getting major national coverage whining about it.

But wait, does anyone remember how a conservative teacher brainwashed his students in 2012?
Democurmudgeon: And how does a teacher rate to bring in dumb Ron Johnson, or Rep. Thomas Petri? How does a teacher plan field trips to GOP presidential debates and the Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum of zealot religious right wingers, with students from his class? 
FDLReporter: Karl McCarty, who teaches history and political science at Oakfield High School, invites politicians to speak with his class as a way to show students that politicians are human. Recently, the class hosted U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri (and) Ron Johnson who said any of the GOP candidates would be better than President Barack Obama … “That (hope and change) was an empty vessel filled by the people that voted for him — their hopes and dreams,” Johnson said. jsonline: Call this story Oakfield High School's Excellent Republican Adventure. In a whirlwind trip to Iowa, seven students and two recent graduates of the school, shepherded by teacher Karl McCarty and a father of two in the group, drove six hours from Oakfield to Des Moines, met top GOP candidates.
Where was the outrage? Republicans were silent back then. But now....
A suburban high school government class assignment aimed at helping students figure out which beliefs align with certain political ideologies has come under fire. A Nathan Hale High School mother took her concerns over a recent class assignment public after a teacher graded her son as incorrect for assessing the statement, "We should not help the poor, it's a waste of money," as fascist, instead of what the teacher marked as the correct answer: conservative/Republican.
It’s true isn't it? Who wants to drug test shiftless freeloaders who don’t show up for work? Who wants to cut the poor off from Medicaid or kill ObamaCare? They care alright. Who didn't want to waste money on food stamps in the farm bill? Who won't want to increase the minimum wage? The correct answer is: Conservative/Republican, and they don’t like the truth.
The issue was brought to light by conservative news outlet and then Fox News. Heather Bronnson posted the EAGNews story on social media Monday, adding the comment, "No political party espouses not helping the poor, it's ridiculous. Why can't they just teach the basic political spectrum without lying?" Bronnson's postings elsewhere are critical of unions.

A West Allis-West Milwaukee School District spokesman said Tuesday the political spectrum assignment was developed by teachers at the high school and has been used for about a decade. 
But West Allis wasn't having any of this phony outrage:
A West Allis-West Milwaukee School District spokesman Brian Vissers said the issue had been fueled by EAG, a media group with an anti-public education agenda.
"There are all types of questions on this assignment ranging from far right to far left," he said. "It seems like the mother in this case just pulled out what her political views are. She didn't have any issues with the articles or questions on the other side of the political spectrum."

DOA's Huebsch on tribe's "Menominee Bucks for Milwaukee Bucks" offer, 'we don't believe you!!!'

Just amazing. The Menominee tribes offer to put up the rest of the money for the Bucks arena, and to cover the Potawatomi's losses and any other costs, exposed Scott Walker's politically convenient decision as just another shrewd calculation on his way to the White House. After all, Iowa conservative warned him not to do it:

Walker isn't even considering the proposal, and no one is buying Mike Huebsch's annoying and disrespectful shrug that the offer isn't believable or that it's a media ploy. Here's WKOW's Greg Neumann's coverage:

jsonline: Just hours after the Menominee tribe floated the idea of paying $220 million to cover the taxpayers' share for a new downtown Milwaukee arena … it would post to cover any potential state losses from the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk casinos … in exchange for approval of its proposed Kenosha casino, Gov. Scott Walker's administration quickly shot down the offer.

No dice, said Mike Huebsch, Walker's administration secretary. "We're finding out through news releases," Huebsch said in Madison. "When you get to the point that you're negotiating by news release, you realize that there isn't any validity to these offers. On looking at it, I don't believe these are genuine offers that they can fulfill."
What, no meetings, no discussions, no negotiations? So what about the jobs and taxpayer money saved? Iowa presidential primary voters said NO:
Iowa  Conservatives there had urged him to reject the project. From the Menominee point of view, the commitment includes the $220 million toward an arena, a $275 million bond to cover losses, plus the estimated $1.2 billion in Kenosha gaming proceeds the tribe has committed to the state. 

Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) said if Walker rejected the latest offer on the casino, it would be difficult for him to support Walker's proposed budget that includes bonding for the Bucks. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Walker Idea....

Couldn't have said it better. From the Wausau Daily Herald editorial:
In his new budget, Gov. Scott Walker envisioned a far more utilitarian role for the
university: "to meet the state's workforce needs." The result, in fewer than half as many words, was a stark, cold vision of the university as a machine, churning out skilled laborers tailored to the needs of industry. 

The Walker Idea is an ideological subversion of the university's ethos, away from service to society and toward service of the interests of the economic elite. These changes shrink the university's boundaries rather than expand them. The soul of the Wisconsin Idea — the search for truth — is jettisoned entirely. The Walker Idea is tantamount to an existential assault on the UW System, reducing it to a mere cog in the machine of unrestrained capitalism. 

Changes in the Hourly Wage lag for poor.

Check out the EPI interactive graph on wages. Low wage workers continue to lose out:

UW President Ray Cross bows, grovels at the feet of Walker Authority.

An amazing thing happened just as PolitiFact gave Scott Walker a "Pants on Fire" rating for saying the changes to the Wisconsin Idea were just a "drafting error."

UW President Ray Cross shamefully said he believed Walker's side of the story. Talk about bad timing.

Republicans have their lackey: In January of 2014, it was no accident Ray Cross was overwhelmingly endorsed by Scott Walker and the Republican legislatures UW attack dogs as the UW president . It seemed odd at the time and a little foreboding:
Within minutes of the announcement that Cross got the job, state lawmakers began issuing statements praising the selection. Gov. Scott Walker said he had enjoyed working with Cross in his chancellor role.

Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), chairman of the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee, said "I trust Ray Cross and believe he offers the right leadership at a critical time in the history of the UW System. 

Last week, GOP leader Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) endorsed Cross stating Cross would "go a long way in restoring trust and communication that has been lost between the state Legislature and the UW System."
On Upfront with Mike Gousha , Cross embarrassingly provided cover for Walker's blatant and constantly shifting lie. See if this doesn't remind you of a hostage video:

Here's PolitiFacts list of reasons and conclusion:
Our rating: Walker said fundamental changes to the language describing the Wisconsin Idea in the University of Wisconsin System's mission statement were the result of a "drafting error" in his state budget proposal.

But Walker’s administration had insisted to UW System officials on making the changes, giving detailed instructions on passages to be removed from state law. And eventually Walker himself acknowledged that the UW System had objected to the changes before his budget was put into final form.

His original claim was not only inaccurate, but ridiculous. Pants on Fire.