Scott Walker’s son Matt stretches the truth like a pair of well worn yoga pants • February 20, 2015

Once again Walker is spinning the rightful protest actions of Wisconsinites into a persecution fantasy for himself. This time Matt Walker, his son, has taken part in skewing the picture.

But before we consider that, let us first take in the glory that is citizen action taken to protect the needs of our public.

Below is a brief video of the event as found on facebook

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Strangely in response Matt Walker tweeted that they had been protesting “on my grandparents home”:

 

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Matt Walker’s tweet doesn’t reveal the tidbits that verify that Walker lives there – such as the fact that Scott Walker uses the address as his voting address.

Nor does Matt reveal that in 2014 $978,000 of Wisconsin taxpayer funds went to providing security at the site for Scott Walker.

I got those facts from an ExpressMilwaukee article.

But I didn’t need to read that article to know that Walker lives there. Nobody does. We’ve been reading Walker’s “I’m a regular guy living in Wauwatosa” tweets for years. Most people do not painstakingly record and tweet that they fertilized the grass or washed a sink at their Wauwatosa home. However for an absentee politician like Walker (it takes a lot of time to fly from Palm Beach, New York, and Orange County) it’s a part of the usual image manipulation regimen.
A form of social media hygiene that is just as weird to witness in public as a man flossing during his commute.

Anyway naturally Fox invited their buddy Scott on to chat.

No surprise that Fox is happy to repeat the “parents’ home” line on the screen banner as you can see in the screen capture below from when Walker visited Megyn Kelly the other day:

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In the course of the segment – – a video of which you can see here if you can still stomach this kind of thing – – Walker reveals that he DOES live there – with his parents.

But for most of the FOX show’s teaser and the tweeting and the conservative blogging that spins off etc. the line is that IT IS (OH MY GOODNESS!) HIS PARENTS’ HOME.

I say in reply to all of this hand wringing and pearl clutching the following: Grow up.

If Walker’s parents are grand people they can handle turning their hearing aids up and listening to Walker’s opposition. Who knows. Maybe they can be helpful. Do they understand and know the bad things their boy is doing to the state?

Man thinks Michelle Obama has a “wang” annnnd Milwaukee paper decides it’s legit to consult him on Dem. Burke • October 31, 2014

Sadly, today I do not have the free time to properly rage, rage against the dying of the journalistic light – – so this is only a terse castigation of yet another crime against the 4th estate.

By now perhaps you’ve seen this story. But maybe you haven’t seen the photos. Or the Burke campaign’s response.

Of the Republican sources that M.J.Sentinel chose to consult recently for a story on Mary Burke’s tenure at Trek, Mr. Ellerman is the most obviously skeezy, so I will comment on him – – because you’d think the state’s largest newspaper could have, at minimum, the good sense to omit at least the most blatantly underhanded partisan weasel from what looks to be a thinly veiled smear against the Democratic Party candidate for Governor of Wisconsin.

But no.

From Wisconsin Gazette:

“A source who was quoted this morning [Thursday morning] in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cover story claiming that Democrat Mary Burke was fired from Trek Bicycle has posted bizarre and offensive rants on his Facebook page, including accusations that Barack Obama is a “homo” and First Lady Michelle Obama is a man.”

 

The source most skeezy, Gary Ellerman, was himself fired from Trek, he is the Chair of the Republican Party in Jefferson County and he ran as a fake Democrat against an independent-minded grassroots favorite of 2011 – 2012, Lori Compas, in a Dem primary for the seat held by State Senator Scott Fitzgerald.

Here are a couple photos from his facebook wall because sometimes a facebook photo can convey a thousand words about the man who approvingly shares it:

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Here is an ad against Burke that incorporated the allegations: LINK

 

Below is a statement from the Burke campaign in response to the whole shibang.
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Burke: Former Trek officials had ‘an ax to grind’
10/31/2014

PORT WASHINGTON — Mary Burke on Thursday said she stands by her performance record at Trek Bicycle and called former Trek COO Tom Albers a liar with “an ax to grind.”

Burke linked claims this week by Albers and former Trek employee Gary Ellerman that she had been fired by Trek to what she called Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to attack the Wisconsin bicycle manufacturer founded by Burke’s family.

“These are complete lies, fabrications,” Burke told reporters at a campaign stop at Molded Dimensions manufacturing facility.

“Tom (Albers) has an ax to grind, Gary Ellerman has an ax to grind, and it just shows Scott Walker is not going to stop at anything. He is a career politician who will do anything to win an election, including lies, smears and dragging a great Wisconsin company through the mud.”

Burke said of Albers, “He was asked to leave at one point, and in fact, went to work for one of Trek’s competitors.

“The fact is, my track record is that I created six companies in less than five years,” said Burke. “I grew sales from $3 million to over $50 million, and I did all this before I was 35 years old. Trek’s international operations, its European operations have been a source of strength and I stand by my performance and my success in its operation.”

Burke defended her decision to leave Trek after managing its overseas operations.

“That was a decision on how we could continue to improve operations,” she said. “We didn’t need to have that position; we had two people who then reported directly to the U.S. That’s how companies get better and stay competitive. It was a lot of work to get all those offices — seven offices — up and running in a short period of time. Once they’re up and running and they’re established, certainly there’s different structures that will work better.”

Burke said she suspects the Walker campaign was behind the release of statements by Albers and Ellerman less than a week before the election.

“These are two individuals who have come out of the woodwork, obviously big Republican supporters of Scott Walker’s, this type of lies and allegations, frankly, shouldn’t be part of politics,” Burke said. “To have this come six days before the election is purely intent by Governor Walker to try to take away from the issues and to distract voters.”

“Governor Walker earlier in his campaign chose to drag Trek through the mud, and this is just one more attempt to do that,” Burke added.

Walker’s campaign said it played no role in the story.

“In the final days of the campaign Governor Walker is traveling across the state on his ‘Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback” Bus Tour sharing his second-term plan for Wisconsin,” said campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre. “We’re confident that voters will want to continue moving forward with Governor Walker’s plan and positive vision for the future instead of Mary Burke’s divisive, negative, and aggressive rhetoric and plagiarized jobs plan that would move Wisconsin backward.”

– By Kay Nolan
For WisPolitics.com

Footnote:  Note that MJ Sentinel did this editorial, “OUR VIEW | GOVERNOR’S RACE Attack on Mary Burke: Consider the source” AFTER the newspaper ran this piece by By Jason Stein, Bill Glauber and Daniel Bice: Ex-Trek execs with conservative ties say Mary Burke was forced out  But the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and company deny allegation”

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Milwaukee Fox6 reporter Meghan Dwyer booed off Emmy stage after she yells, “Public schools suck!” by blue cheddar • November 13, 2014

“Fox affiliate TV reporter Meghan Dwyer was booed off the stage when she declared “Public schools suck!” while accepting a Midwest Emmy Nov. 1 for a report on bullying in the Milwaukee Public Schools. That criticism shifted to social media Wednesday after Mediabistro and other blogs picked up the story.
“This is for all the kids that are bullied,” Dwyer said, hoisting her Emmy statuette at an awards ceremony in Chicago. “Seriously, public schools suck. They’re horrible. They need to be held accountable. I tried to do this with Milwaukee Public Schools.”
As boos rose from the audience, the WITI investigative reporter’s tone changed.
“I love public schools,” she said. “My kids will go there. But they’re — they need work. Sorry. That’s the story.””

This is the original FOX 6 story on bullying- LINK.

Incidentally, the FOX 6 channel has a habit of … well… what you might call conveniently being available to help stoke the fires of controversy.    Check out this story  and also this June 21, 2011 post in which, “By sheer coincidence, Zien’s friend (a Milwaukee FOX affiliate) just happened to be there with his camera crew.”

Originally this blog post linked to a WI education blog, Wisconsin Soapbox, which has since gone defunct.

 

 

Glenwood City, WI to protest at city hall TODAY after learning frac sand CEO is a pedophile imprisoned in Texas since June • September 8, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
8/29/14
Glenwood City, WI

For a group of concerned parents and residents who make up the grassroots Glenwood City Citizens for Legal and Ethical Representation it has been two long years of battle for the citizens of Glenwood City, Wis., as they make one final push to prevent an open-air sand frac mine from being built within city limits.

The rally will take place at City Hall (113 West Oak Street) on Monday, September 8 at 5:00 pm.

“This rally will host speakers in an attempt to get City Council and the mayor to explain why they are allowing this mine into a community where it will harm far more than help,” said Julie Augesen of Glenwood City. “We are also demanding they answer concerns about the questionable process that led them to this decision and the recent revelations about Vista Sands Owner Roger Sikes.”

Vista Sands plans to build the mine just a half mile from public schools, and it has caused many parents to worry about their children not only inhaling the silica dust, but also the increased traffic of semi-trucks hauling this sand near the places where many of these children play.

Sportsmen also fear that this mine will ruin the sensitive ecosystem of Tiffany Creek. This creek will be exposed to the silt, sand and chemical runoff which will have a huge impact of this trout stream.

It was recently revealed that Roger Sikes, owner of Vista Sands, has been in prison on charges of child sexual assault and indecency with a child-sexual contact since June 30th. A fact the company did not disclose till it was revealed KWWL TV in Waterloo, Iowa. This has increased concerns about the trustworthiness of Vista Sands, and their commitment to protecting the environment and the health and well-being of the people of Glenwood City.

Glenwood City Citizens for Legal and Ethical Representation is calling all concerned citizens of St. Croix and the surrounding counties to join them for the protest at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 8th, at City Hall (113 West Oak Street).

NOTE: originally added in a comment at the old location for this blog was this video

Photos and video: Protest of Scott Walker at Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin • August 30, 2014

Yesterday about 30 or so protesters greeted Scott Walker backers as they arrived at Madison’s Nakoma Country Club for a $500-a-ticket fundraiser.

These friends of Walker are striving wanna-be-elites unlike the true elite that Walker promised anonymity (and most assuredly MORE to) back in 2011 and 2012 when Wisconsin Club for Growth and Walker ran their donation laundering operation (Totally legit, says Walker. But not in operation NOW, says Walker).

As drivers of BMWs, Mercedes, Cadillacs, Buicks and one (gasp!) Subaru Forester drove into the club lot, We The Non-corporate People greeted them with chants and sarcastic megaphoned remarks such as “Please leave your donations here”. I didn’t stay for the whole thing, but this much I witnessed: Walker snuck into a back entrance, there were no uniformed cops, the only conflict was sneering behind car windows and a man who walked by and said that John Erpenbach’s dad golfs there (Ohmigosh!! #sarcasm).

I have photos at my flickr album.

The nifty video of the event with a Learning Curve soundtrack below the photos is by Rebecca Kemble.

The protest seems to have been organized primarily by People For the American Away (PFAW).

LINK TO VIDEO OF PROTEST  – https://youtu.be/NJjoSMtBpE0

Realtors and manufacturers plan to overhaul Wisconsin’s technical school system

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Dear Readers,

It looks like the Wisconsin technical school system could be next in line for some of Walker’s patented “cares too much” treatment.

A special committee is looking to remove local control of technical schools in favor of state control and more funding from the state, not property taxes. The awkwardly named Study Committee on the Review of Wisconsin Technical
College System Funding and Governance committee meets July 24, 10:00 a.m. at the Capitol in Madison.

Readers will notice a heavy representation of manufacturer types on the committee list (see below). I expect “fix the skills gap!” talk at the upcoming meeting without comparable talk of paying skilled workers a competitive wage.

Readers should also note that Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), Wisconsin Realtors Association, and the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers’ Alliance are given the opportunity to speak at the first meeting.

I seem to remember learning that all documents shared between Eric O’Keefe and WMC (and lots of other groups) got subpoenaed by a certain John Doe prosecutor due to suspected illegal campaign coordination between those groups and Walker’s campaign 2011 – 2012. – source

And I seem to remember Eric O’Keefe whining that conservative “speech” was being taken away.

The John Doe investigations have done nothing to take away WMC’s megaphone. WMC has a special relationship with The Guv. The Guv also has somethin’ goin’ on with Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Something so special that an article on John Doe emails might disappear [as seen here] to be swiftly replaced by an article about Scott’s promise to Wisconsin Realtors Assn. –  a promise to freeze property taxes.

So expect that the goal of freezing and/or cutting property taxes (and the goal of pleasing Wisconsin Realtors Assn.) will be top priority at this meeting as well.

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Please note that this special committee is just one in a slew of special committees looking to “fix” things in Wisconsin. Hamilton Consulting has a list of all of them (and they seem to be especially pleased that a couple of people from Wisconsin Economic Development Association were installed on the committee looking to overhaul TIF).

Committee Mission:
“The Special Committee is directed to review the current governance model of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in the interest of transferring governance responsibilities of local district boards to the state WTCS Board and examine the current funding model for the WTCS with a preference toward reassigning current local property tax revenue to a broader state tax source.”

Here’s the agenda:

“STUDY COMMITTEE ON THE REVIEW OF WISCONSIN TECHNICAL
COLLEGE SYSTEM FUNDING AND GOVERNANCE
Representative John Nygren, Chair; Senator Sheila Harsdorf, Vice-Chair
Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 a.m., Room 411 South, State Capitol
Organizational matters.

Presentations by invited speakers, including the following:
o Morna Foy, President, WTCS, and Andrew Peterson, President, WTCS Board.
o Joe Murray, Wisconsin Realtors Association.
o Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.
o Mike Birkley, Wisconsin Property Taxpayer’s Inc.
o Jim Morgan and Jason Culotta, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
o Member of a technical college district board.
o Josh Dukelow, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. Discussion of committee assignment.”

SOURCE

Members of the committee:

Representative John Nygren (Chair)

Senator Sheila Harsdorf (Vice-Chair)

Bruce Barker – President of Chippewa Valley Technical College

Allen Buechel – serving a sixth term as Fond du Lac County Executive as of April 16, 2013 / On board of FCEDC Board of Directors

Dan Conroy – Vice President of Human Resources Nexen Group, Inc., a manufacturer of precision motion control components, power transmission and web tension control products

David Dull – President and CEO of Allis Roller as of 2009.

Stephen R. Kohler – Director of Human Resources at Pierce Manufacturing Inc. based in Appleton.

Representative Debra Kolste

Representative Cory Mason

Dr. Susan May – President of Fox Valley Technical College

Joseph Sheehan – Superintendent at Sheboygan Area School District

Senator Jennifer Shilling

David Stark – President at Stark Company Realtors

Dennis Treu –
Managing Member at Treu Solutions LLC
Trustee/Board Member/Treasurer at Western Technical College
Member Governance Council at iLEAD Charter School
Advisory Board Member at Juneau County Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club
Adjunct Professor at Viterbo University
Partner/Member at Reliable Title and Abstract Company LLC
Broker/Owner at Century 21 Gold Award Homes – source

Mr. Mark Tyler – Public Member of the Wisconsin Technical College System board and founder and president of OEM Fabricators, Inc., a contract manufacturer in Western Wisconsin

Representative Thomas Weatherston
source

Bonus footnote on Wisconsin Realtors Assn.:

I wanted to emphasize that the Wisconsin Realtors Assn. are not only getting their voice heard when it comes to technical schools, they are also getting heard at the state Supreme Court level and they also, I assume, have a direct line to the U.W. System through top level Friend of Walker, Jim Villa.

Jim “V.I.P.” Villa

Jim Villa was a lobbyist for Wisconsin Realtors Association and he was Governor Walker’s chief of staff during the time he was in the state Assembly and during part of Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive. source

In the midst of a highly scrutinized 2005 real estate bidding process with Milwaukee County’s Department on Aging, Villa returned to work with Scott Walker in his executive office.

Wrote Dan Bice, “Authorities have been looking for signs of bid-rigging or other misconduct as representatives of the privately owned Reuss Federal Plaza vied unsuccessfully in 2010 to keep the county Department of Aging in its office space. The offices had moved in 2005 to the blue tower in a $3 million deal [a deal that has been described as “a rushed five hour bid“].”

“[Andrew P.] Jensen’s firm helped spearhead the Reuss effort to win the lease for the county offices.” – source

In 2008, Villa took the job as President of the Commercial Association of Realtors-Wisconsin (CARW), where he worked with Board Chair Andrew Jensen.

In 2010, Jensen won the “Wisconsin’s Realtor of the Year” award.

There was much in the press and the blogosphere about Jensen not “cooperating with the investigation” when Jensen got detained by authorities for one night in December of 2011. No criminal charges were brought up on Jensen. By April of 2012 Jensen had received a “highly unusual” letter of exoneration from D.A. John Chisholm’s office.

Nonetheless, in 2012, the Wisconsin Democratic Party reminded reporters that Villa’s company Markesan Group lobbied on real estate deals that were connected with suspected bid rigging in Milwaukee County as is documented in this lengthy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.

In May of 2014 Jim Villa began a $178K job as University of Wisconsin System vice president for university relations despite “concerns” raised by two members of the Board of Regents.

Wisconsin State Supreme Court
March 8, 2013:
“The realtors group filed documents with the state in February saying it may spend $206,648 to support incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack, who is considered one of the court’s four conservatives, in her April 2 reelection bid against Ed Fallone, a Marquette Law School professor.

The realtors have not directly spent money on outside electioneering activities in a Supreme Court race until now.”

LA Times published bloggerel in lieu of journalism #HobbyLobby #notmybossbusiness

LA Times did worse than not cover last weekend’s protest of a Hobby Lobby store in their area (a new one in Burbank, CA).

Instead of offering coverage of the protest, it published a blog post by a conservative. To be specific, a D-list conservative who got all her “facts” by skimming a facebook event, presumably from her home in Washington D.C.

The paper featured the work of Charlotte Allen of D.C. (who maintains the “Stupid Girl” blog) and called it good. Allen wrote “Hey liberals, there’s a logistical problem with your Hobby Lobby boycott”.

To be perfectly HIT YOU OVER THE HEAD clear, I am not really angry that LA Times hosted a post that mocks something I care about. I am angry that the newspaper sees her mocking post as a substitute for actual coverage of the protest.

Really and truly that blog post is supposed to suffice. There is no other coverage of the protest at LA Times

If the reader is wondering why the F. this Wisconsin blogger gives a rip about a California newspaper, I would suggest he or she review this 2013 ranking of newspapers in the United States. Los Angeles Times is ranked 4th with a circulation of 653,868 which includes normal print editions, branded print editions, and digital subscriptions. – source

According to Alexa website rankings, LA Times ranks #12 among all news sites**.

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This isn’t just phone-it-in journalism. It’s contempt for the public and specifically for an issue that is rankling women across the USA.*

Is this poor performance just an extension of Tribune Company’s continuing slide into “bankrupt culture”?
(Tribune Co. owns LA Times, in case you’d forgotten)

Media journalist David Carr wrote a scathing (wonderful) piece in 2010 on the chaos and scuz that erupted at Tribune Company after Randy “Tits” Michaels was installed as the company’s top executive.

Mr. Michaels, a former radio executive and disc jockey, had been handpicked by Sam Zell, a billionaire who was the new controlling shareholder, to run much of the media company’s vast collection of properties, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, WGN America and The Chicago Cubs.

After Mr. Michaels arrived, according to two people at the bar that night, he sat down and said, “watch this,” and offered the waitress $100 to show him her breasts. The group sat dumbfounded.

“Here was this guy, who was responsible for all these people, getting drunk in front of senior people and saying this to a waitress who many of us knew,” said one of the Tribune executives present, who declined to be identified because he had left the company and did not want to be quoted criticizing a former employer. “I have never seen anything like it.”

Go to “Journalism’s New Low: LA Times Uses Facebook Trolls for Protest Coverage” to read Lauren Steiner’s piece on the Burbank protest she organized and Los Angeles Times ignored.

Isthmus, Cap Times, and Occupy River West covered the Monona, Wisconsin protest.

*And atheists, and advocates for separation of church and state, and every person who’s aware of what RFRA is, etc. etc. In other words – a lot of people.

** Perhaps “all news sites in English” or “read by Americans”. Because I assume that we’re missing out on Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, etc news sites.

Updated: Oshkosh store wants your help tracking down a puppy dumper

Updating with more info Sat. 7/12 7AM:

There’s a comment on the store’s facebook page that the alleged puppy dumper has been turned in, however I just called the store and the man on staff says no news of that from the Oshkosh Police Department has been received. He told me that the store’s page will be updated accordingly with any news on the suspect.

The Global Conservation Group has put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. – source: examiner.com

WBAY has a story on this.
An excerpt: “Thorp found the puppy in a black bag behind the Dumpster, just minutes before a garbage truck came through.

“It hurt. It was emotional. We all were,” Lamore said. “Somebody that can do that to something so innocent is so wrong.””

If you would like to donate to the care of the puppy, which is now named Hazel, visit the Oshkosh Area Humane Society’s “CUDDLES FUND”. Credit card and paypal donations accepted.

Here’s a video of Hazel that was uploaded yesterday:


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And now for something completely different.

The Planeview Travel Plaza convenience store in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is requesting assistance in locating a man they believe dumped a puppy in a plastic bag at their site.

Here’s a link to their original facebook status update.

Here’s the text as copied and pasted and the accompanying photos are below.
“We Need your Help! This morning around 9:45 the man in the pictures dumped a 2 week old puppy in a black trash bag behind our trash dumpsters. He is driving the truck in the last picture, and when he left our property he was heading north on Hwy 41. Unfortunately we are unable to identify him or his truck. The puppy is being evaluated at the vet. If anyone has any information about the identity of this person or the company he drives for, please let us know.
Thank you and we will keep you updated on the puppy.”

You can go to their facebook page to get updates on the puppy which is getting veterinary care and may need a surgery for what looks to be a broken pelvis.

Planeview Travel Plaza
1500 Planeview Dr
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54904
Always open
Phone (920) 426-2641
Email info@planeview.biz

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Updated: Oshkosh store wants your help tracking down a puppy dumper

Updating with more info Sat. 7/12 7AM:

There’s a comment on the store’s facebook page that the alleged puppy dumper has been turned in, however I just called the store and the man on staff says no news of that from the Oshkosh Police Department has been received. He told me that the store’s page will be updated accordingly with any news on the suspect.

The Global Conservation Group has put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. – source: examiner.com

WBAY has a story on this.
An excerpt: “Thorp found the puppy in a black bag behind the Dumpster, just minutes before a garbage truck came through.

“It hurt. It was emotional. We all were,” Lamore said. “Somebody that can do that to something so innocent is so wrong.””

If you would like to donate to the care of the puppy, which is now named Hazel, visit the Oshkosh Area Humane Society’s “CUDDLES FUND”. Credit card and paypal donations accepted.

Here’s a video of Hazel that was uploaded yesterday:


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And now for something completely different.

The Planeview Travel Plaza convenience store in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is requesting assistance in locating a man they believe dumped a puppy in a plastic bag at their site.

Here’s a link to their original facebook status update.

Here’s the text as copied and pasted and the accompanying photos are below.
“We Need your Help! This morning around 9:45 the man in the pictures dumped a 2 week old puppy in a black trash bag behind our trash dumpsters. He is driving the truck in the last picture, and when he left our property he was heading north on Hwy 41. Unfortunately we are unable to identify him or his truck. The puppy is being evaluated at the vet. If anyone has any information about the identity of this person or the company he drives for, please let us know.
Thank you and we will keep you updated on the puppy.”

You can go to their facebook page to get updates on the puppy which is getting veterinary care and may need a surgery for what looks to be a broken pelvis.

Planeview Travel Plaza
1500 Planeview Dr
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54904
Always open
Phone (920) 426-2641
Email info@planeview.biz

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Scott Walker’s odds just got downgraded by Stu Rothenberg

Political prognosticator and syndicated columnist Stu Rothenberg just downgraded Walker’s chancing of winning in November to “Lean Republican”. Before he had him “favored” to win it.

It’s because “over the past couple of weeks, the campaign fight has been over whether Walker is the subject of a federal investigation into allegations of illegal campaign coordination. The public discussion has given Democrats headlines and local news clips to use in ads against the governor and has put more uncertainty into the race”. –source

As Lincoln might have said if he were alive and blogging today, you can work your mojo on some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not work your mojo on all of the people all of the time (especially if all of the people are figuring out you are a crook).

No backing down: Local UAW branch sets up at VW Chattanooga

Yay!

UAW International President Dennis Williams said Thursday afternoon the new chapter is being created in Chattanooga because “the February vote was a narrow loss — 53 percent to 47 percent — and the result showed strong support among workers, despite heavy opposition from outside groups and Tennessee legislators” and because the UAW already has “signed cards from a majority of the workers prior to the election, saying they favored representation.”

So all eyes will now be on the Tennessee Governor, I assume.

Is he still going to threaten to hold back that $300 million incentive package from VW because of his union hate (or that of his financial backers)? In other words, is he still interested in cutting off Tennessee’s nose to spite its face?

Industriall says this is the first time UAW has set up a local union branch with the purpose of representing workers in a single workplace.

Congrats Local 42!

Read more at The Tennessean or read the UAW’s press release below.

Published on Jul 11, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today announced the formation of UAW Local 42, a new local union providing representation for employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Organized by Volkswagen employees, Local 42 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace through the German automaker’s “works council” approach to employee engagement. Volkswagen’s business model is premised on employee representation, and Local 42 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join.

“Earlier this year, the UAW was gratified to earn the confidence and support of many Volkswagen team members,” said Dennis Williams, president of the UAW. “At that time, we said we would not give up on these committed and hard-working employees. We’re keeping our promise.”

Gary Casteel, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, who previously served as director of UAW Region 8 covering the South, emphasized: “Local 42 will be run by, and for, the employees at Volkswagen.”

“We’ve had ongoing discussions with Volkswagen and have arrived at a consensus with the company,” Casteel said. “Upon Local 42 signing up a meaningful portion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga workforce, we’re confident the company will recognize Local 42 by dealing with it as a members’ union that represents those employees who join the local. As part of this consensus, the UAW is committed to continuing its joint efforts with Volkswagen to ensure the company’s expansion and growth in Chattanooga.”

UAW officials renewed requests for the State of Tennessee to extend the economic incentives necessary for Volkswagen to add a new product line at the Chattanooga plant, and said the union will continue advocating for increased investment. “State officials have assured the public and the Volkswagen workforce that the decision on incentives for Chattanooga is not related to whether workers exercise their right to join a union,” said Ray Curry, the newly elected director of UAW Region 8. “We are gratified by those assurances, and the state was right to give them.”

UAW officials reiterated the reasoning for recently withdrawing objections to the February election at the plant, which was tainted by outside interference. “As Volkswagen’s works council partner, the UAW’s role is to encourage job creation and promote job security so that Volkswagen employees can achieve the American dream and Chattanooga’s economy can prosper,” Casteel said. “We withdrew objections to end the controversy and put the focus where it belongs: obtaining the economic incentives necessary to ensure the growth of Volkswagen in Chattanooga and the addition of a new product line.”

Volkswagen employees formally announced Local 42 at an afternoon news conference, and immediately began communicating with fellow team members and with the plant’s management about next steps in advancing the works council partnership.

“Being part of the creation of an American-style works council is a chance to do something new and different,” said Michael Cantrell, a Volkswagen paint technician. “This is about securing good jobs for the future of the plant and Chattanooga, and building lasting partnerships between management and team members.”

Additionally, Local 42 members pledged to get involved in the community — as UAW members have done in other communities across the country — to support charitable causes, youth programs and other local needs. “I see Local 42 as an opportunity to give back to Chattanooga and southeast Tennessee,” said Myra Montgomery, a quality inspector in the Volkswagen plant. “As our membership grows, people are going to see us very active in this community.”

Local 42 members declared workforce development to be a top priority, and said they would work with Volkswagen and the UAW to organize job-training opportunities so that employees can continually expand their skills as new technologies emerge and manufacturing processes change.

“Having access to the UAW’s expertise and support will keep the plant competitive and will keep our workforce on the cutting edge of productivity and quality,” said Jonathan Walden, who works in the Volkswagen plant’s paint department. “The members of Local 42 are ready to roll up our sleeves and focus on the future.”

United Automobile Workers (UAW) has more than 390,000 members and more than 750 local unions across America. Since its founding in 1935, the UAW has developed partnerships with employers and supported industry-leading wages and benefits for its members.

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Is the female American “an agent of her own ethical choices and preferences”?

Not in the eyes of the Catholic male majority of the Supreme Court she isn’t.

Oh how I do hope I can get you all to read “After Hobby Lobby” by Dahla Lithwick in full.

Here’s an excerpt:

“What is missing from the Hobby Lobby decision altogether—beyond the economic disparity and public health arguments I mention above—is the very notion of the woman herself as moral circuit breaker, as an agent of her own ethical choices and preferences, whose decision to obtain an IUD, or a condom, or a morning-after pill is a fully autonomous moral choice that supplants the spiritual choices of her employer. Again, it’s almost impossible to escape the conclusion that Hobby Lobby, McCullen, and Harris all rest on the idea that women are in effect children with (partial) paychecks, and that their choices are to be second-guessed and gently redirected.”

I’ve been too depressed to write much about this decision because I take it so personally since I am both an Atheist-American and a Female-American.

But I have been reading a good deal about the inception of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I guess its therapeutic to at least understand who set this 21-year-old snare that can be used to bring me down today.

I’ll be coming back to this topic on the blog soon.

100 Central American refugees possibly coming to Milwaukee

About 100 of the refugee children from Central America could come to Milwaukee for shelter, says Georgia Pabst.

 

Do the right wingers in the suburbs surrounding Milwaukee have enough hate to spare for some refugee kids from Central America?

Or will they remember that Jesus was a refugee too?

 

Exhibit A: Comment on Georgia’s post:

“Don’t even send them back to where they came from. Drop them back in the country from which they illegally crossed into the US.

If anybody thinks that’s cold, wait til they see what Mexico does with illegals.”

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