Thursday, September 03, 2015
Paul Ryan’s loyal media tool, the Janesville Gazette, did what they do best when they recently published a one-sided rambling article with a bewildering troll-like title, “Janesville is his oxygen. Ryan and city go hand in hand” as one in a series of Gazette stories about people, events or things that helped insert Janesville into the national consciousness.
On one hand, it's completely fair to say Paul Ryan's failed run with Mitt Romney in 2012 for the White House meets the benchmark for their compilation. But the story itself quickly morphs into rewriting Ryan's relationship with his hometown into a lovefest that is quite contrary to the historical facts.
Now, I’m not one to dispute anyone’s personal account of important events in their life because each individual will see and experience things from a unique angle that nobody else has or can relate to in the exact same way. So as the Gazette eagerly writes up Ryan's high praise for his hometown, few would know of Paul Ryan outside of his sphere of family and friends if he weren't a politician and thus, articles like the Gazette's spin-job about him would never be written.
So to that end, it is Ryan's behavior and identity as a politician that best reflects his real view of Janesville because anyone with Ryan's proclaimed love for his hometown (as the story implies) would certainly not let politics get in the way of showing it once in a while.
With that said, history shows Rep. Paul Ryan has done much more for himself than he ever did for Janesville or the district he represents and also fair to say his personal ideology coupled with his ugly divide-and-conquer style of political gamesmanship has actually hurt Janesville. Economically, he's a no-show. Politically, he's hostile.
But the biggest problem with the Gazette article is their attempt to paint Paul Ryan as a little country-bumpkin skipping down the street innocently kicking a can along the curb and whistling sweet nothings about his hometown, and they publish it without any journalistic curiosity towards a record that tells a very different story.
Only that he helped put Janesville into the national consciousness is all that should matter.
In short, how Ryan describes Janesville in the newspaper's article is fairly accurate ...for now. But it doesn't change anything. He will still continue to hold the town and it's diversified political constituency up as a hostage when the need arises to advance himself. It's in his history.
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Posted by Lou Kaye at 10:18 PM
Sunday, August 30, 2015
"It's really ultimately about leadership." -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
JS Online Excerpt:
Greenfield, Iowa — As he continued to call for President Barack Obama to cancel a state visit for China's president, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged Thursday he had not challenged the Communist country's leader when he met with him in 2013.
"Those are things governors should not be involved in," the White House hopeful told reporters at a stop in Greenfield, southwest of Des Moines. "When (Wisconsin state officials) do trips other places, we don't talk about foreign policy.
He's partly right. He wasn't in China to do foreign policy. He was there on behalf of Wisconsin to do trade policy.
But IT IS the governor's place to pause and review a trade mission he embarked on for his own state and say, "You know, in light of China's recent intrusions into the economy, their currency manipulation, human rights abuses, intellectual property theft and cyber attacks on our country, I as the Governor of Wisconsin cannot allow my state to honor their transgressions with any trade. Other American governors can honor them with trade if they so choose, but I won't."
Sure, you might think if he uses his executive state power to cancel those industry trade agreements, Walker would be sending a terribly wrong signal that Wisconsin doesn't honor contract law or business agreements ...lol.
OK, that's being a little facetious. But think about how and why Walker unceremoniously nullified the train contract with the spanish company Talgo. To be quite honest, what wrong did Talgo ever do to Wisconsin or the U.S. to deserve such poor treatment from Walker? Did they steal intellectual property? Practice civil rights abuses? Cyber attack Wisconsin government computers? Nope. Talgo did not do a damn thing wrong.
Still others might think Walker would only be punishing his own people and state economy by cutting off China trade. But so what?
Remember that Walker thought President Reagan's most significant foreign policy statement was his decision to bust a 1981 strike of air traffic controllers, firing some 11,000 American workers. Who in the world would connect that to foreign policy? Well, Walker did.
Walker believes Reagan set the tone not just domestically but around the world by those dramatic punishing actions. Walker claimed that if you're willing to that to your own people on your own soil, it shows allies and adversaries alike that he (Reagan) was someone not to be messed with.
So, Walker is in a similar position to make a defining statement for his presidential campaign to allies and adversaries just like Reagan was in 1981. Instead of just talking or chastising others, Walker, if he has the courage of his convictions, should cancel all state government and B2B import/export trade agreements with China.
Because maybe some presidential candidate forty years from now might say that that was Walker's most significant foreign policy achievement.
Crooks and Liars - Scott Walker Says He Didn't Chastise Chinese President In 2013 Meeting
Posted by Lou Kaye at 11:28 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Organizers of Janesville's LaborFest abruptly announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, all of the events scheduled for this year's festival are canceled, including the popular and well-attended holiday parade.
It is with great regret that Labor∙Fest must announce the cancellation of the 2015 Labor∙Fest events: the festival held on the property of UAW Local 95, scheduled for September 6th, 2015 and the Labor∙Fest Labor Day Parade, held in downtown Janesville, scheduled September 7th, 2015.
Seven years after General Motors pulled out of Janesville, this announcement comes as little surprise particularly more so with the added weight of a heavy-handed redstate government doing everything in its power to crush organized labor.
And right on cue, the folks in Janesville with union derangement syndrome offer their explanation at the Gazette.
Comment posted at the Janesville Gazette:
When I was younger I thought it really was about Labor. But it was pretty evident as I got older it was all about the UAW and unions. Now that GM is gone and UAW has dried up around here it's fitting that it fades to the past like GM and the GM mentality.
Fades? Shouldn't Labor Day be stronger than ever without unions? So, now is your chance, bro'hammer. Show us that Labor Day is about individuality, labor pride and workers and not about unions. Don't be shy. The parade route is all yours.
Comment posted at the Janesville Gazette:
We quit going a few years ago, when the union protesters ruined the event for a lot of people. They seem to think the event belongs only to them. Crowds got smaller each year, and it has turned into a "union only" event, where the republicans participating got shouted down and have signs stuck in their face. It should be no wonder that the children of these protestors, have no ideal what respect is.
Comment posted at the Janesville Gazette:
Obviously by your comments, you've in the past enjoyed, or at least observed, the parade. Instead of shaming (------- favorite word) the organizers, participants, or the event itself, step up and organize a replacement that displays the ideals you so proudly espouse in the work of all Americans at all levels. Seize the moment. It's your time to shine....
So where are the local elites from the Rock County 5.0, Forward Janesville and the Beloit Chamber? Aren't they supposed to show workers how Labor Day is celebrated without unions or organization? After all, it was their race-to-the-bottom legislation and donations to Republicans that turned Wisconsin into a sell-out red state fomenting further attacks on labor with right-to-work and Act 10.
Plus, we shouldn't need a wealthy sponsor or two to fund a simple weekend celebration either since area wage earners now have millions in excess dollars to throw around saved from no longer paying dues.
If the local right-wing redistributionists that brought us all of this prosperity, love and glory really believe themselves, they shouldn't think I'm being snarky here. Just put up and show everyone how Labor Day belongs to all workers and that unions, government or wealthy donors aren't needed for a simple labor festival. One at a time now. Don't trip over yourselves.
Posted by Lou Kaye at 10:42 AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Watch the attack in the video below on a person (checkered shirt) in the front row holding a sign beginning at the 20 sec. and continuing until the end.
Any candidate for public office would have verbally stopped the escalation by saying something like, "whoa, whoa there. I know the enthusiasm among supporters for my election campaign is high, but that's not how we as good citizens engage fellow Americans we might disagree with."
Any decent candidate would.
Watch the confrontation from a different angle below as Walker himself, just a mere few feet away, points out the man being groped by attackers ...and does nothing.
The second video however, also offers some credibility to the gossip that this event was staged by the Walker camp. You'll notice a man with an orange cap trying desperately to prevent (unplanned?) disruption in what could be seen as an effort to isolate the protester one-on-one with Walker for theater that in the end, shows a rejected and defeated opponent.
But staged or not, the fact that Walker pointed out the man, fueled the aggression, failed to de-escalate a potentially dangerous situation and then coldly watched it for his political advantage is absolutely shameful.
Hat Tip to the Democurmudgeon's While Iowa Protester was Attacked, Walker Bragged he wasn't Intimidated!!!
Posted by Lou Kaye at 1:44 PM
Monday, August 17, 2015
Scott Walker's current Twitter profile image (on the left, above), shows him wearing a hairstyle with the part line on his left and a thick mop covering any sign of his receding hairline. It's not a big deal but it is noticeable to those familiar with the balding middle-aged politician.
Of course Walker's new comb-over avi is the result of his image handlers either filling in the blank or flipping the photo horizontally, showing his left side as his right (Freudian Slip?). Or what I call "flipping the flop," in Walker's case.
But in all of its subliminal phoniness, I concede that it's a completely accurate profile pic for Scott Walker.
Posted by Lou Kaye at 12:37 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Currently, the Wisconsin State Senate is comprised of 19 republicans and 14 democrats. The State Assembly is 63 republicans and 36 democrats. The seven member State Supreme Court leans 4 to 3 conservative. Scott Walker is republican and the state's attorney general, Brad Schimel is also a republican. Five republicans and three democrats comprise the state's eight member delegation in the House of Representatives. The state's two seats in the U.S. Senate however are split.
Yet, Scott Walker calls Wisconsin a blue state.
Posted by Lou Kaye at 5:08 PM
Thursday, August 13, 2015
“I’ve cut taxes by $2 billion, and I want to have more money to cut taxes,” Walker said.
In this article, Gov. Walker said giving $250M in public financing to a private-for-profit entity is NOT corporate welfare, implies he knows nothing about the Bucks owners although a stakeholder in the team, Jon Hammes, donated $150K to his super PAC and is now the current co-chair of his presidential fund-raising committee ...but Walker does know one of the Bucks owners is a major bundler of contributions for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that acknowledgment he claims, nullifies any notion that politics or contributions played a role in his decision on the Bucks arena deal. WHEW!
Stop laughing. This is not Fox Cable News or the Onion.
The article is so good, I highly recommend that you read it for yourself and archive it, but don't blame me if your head starts to spin.
Posted by Lou Kaye at 5:24 PM
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Whatever your views are on Donald Trump or Fox Cable News Channel, you've got to watch these two ladies speak their mind about the riff between Trump and Megyn Kelly. One delivers the punch lines while the other smirks and echoes. It is a near perfect piece of spontaneous comedy and reality all wrapped up in one.
NOTE: Retitled from "Popcorn Time! Hilarious Duo Defend Trump VS Megyn Kelly"
Posted by Lou Kaye at 2:02 PM