>Kathy’s Computer

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In case you were all wondering what the high tech computer programmer, turned Waukesha County Clerk,  Kathy Nickolaus, was using to keep track of the votes, here it is!

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>Political Lightening Strikes the Democrats, Again

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I really couldn’t say it much better than “Karen from Sheboygan” did on jsonline (Milwaukee/WI newspaper, so here is her post (follow the permalink and give her a ‘thumbs up’):

Karen from SheboyganApr 07, 2011 10:44 PM

The public has no confidence in these results… A known partisan county clerk who was hired by Prosser previously refused to follow recommendations to ensure integrity and security of the vote following an audit that revealed votes could be compromised. A computer programmer, who for some reason has an 11 year old computer (!!), insists on being the only person to have access to the results and everyone has to take her word for it that she has a back-up copy. So, she “forgets” to input or doesn’t notice missing data for the second largest city in her area?! There is a line item for each and every voting area, let alone city. The system would demand totals that match the totals of polling places, towns, etc…And THEN, she comes up with an EXACT number that puts Prosser outside of the automatic recount? This information is first released not through normal media channels, but through right-wing blogs and radio talk shows? This sounds like one of the dirty tricks Scott mentions during his “Call” with Koch. Also, every other time he didn’t get his way, he took some bold, drastic measure. Sounds like he and Kathy had this up their sleeve to use if they needed — hold on to the votes and generate the amount we need. Based on the security breaches of her computer, her history of voting impropriety, in the context of a governor who has no problem with skirting the law and courts, there are serious questions of legitimacy here. There is no confidence left. We might as well be the Ivory Coast.

See past JS articles on her voting improprieties:
http://www­.jsonline.­com/news/w­aukesha/10­0595954.ht­ml
http://www­.jsonline.­com/news/w­aukesha/11­4014589.ht­ml

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>The First Card to Fall

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A relatively unknown, progressive-leaning attorney, who almost no one had ever heard of a few months ago, has beaten a long-time, established republican incumbent WI Supreme Court Judge!  (oh, and she did it with over a million less dollars)  This is the first card to fall in the Walker house of cards.

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>Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Bristol Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work

Well, in case anyone was wondering about her altruistic (ahem) motives, this should give you a better understanding of how she has learned to parlay her so-called celebrity into cash….just like dear ol’ grizzly bear mom (or is that greedy bear?)!  The message to young women:  get knocked up to make money.  Sort of gives the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” a new meaning huh?  Not that I’m against making money, but let’s face the facts here…Do you think that an organization would pay any other tart who happened to get pregnant out of wedlock over a quarter million dollars?  Exactly.  So, despite the holier-than-thou pronouncements of her matriarch, and Bristol’s own pseudo philanthropic “If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment”-nonsense, we see that she’s every bit a Palin…you betcha!

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>Business As Usual

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Transocean gives safety bonuses despite Gulf spill deaths

Good to see the ‘belt-tightening’ is going on from top to bottom!  See, it’s not just the public employees who are being asked to make some sacrifices.

Can you even imagine being a loved one of any of the 11 employees who were killed by the negligence (the euphemism is “money-saving decisions”) of Transocean (and let’s not let BP and…yes, Cheney’s old cronies at Halliburton, off the hook) and then having to see this news?  That Transocean should have the audacity to say in the same breath that they are ‘saddened’ by this tragic loss and that they still deserve a big bonus for being so safe, is beyond imaginable for anyone with a conscience.

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>Breaks for Big Business

>According to a recent NY Times article by David Kocieniewski, General Electric reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, with $5.1 billion of the total coming from its operations in the United States. Their American tax bill?  None.  Yes, that’s right…in fact G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion!   I say, no problem…not to worry.  We can always suck more from those over-paid teachers and other public employees to make up the difference.

I ask, has it really come to this?

How can those supposedly patriotic tea-party types justify how corporate greed is completely taking away individual economic freedoms, enslaving the average person in financial bondage?  And the disingenuous accusatory cries of socialism that are leveled at Democrats are nothing short of preposterous.  If anything, we are truly becoming a reverse-Robin Hood nation, where the wealthy and powerful–through lobbying, buying the political process (e.g., Citizens United), tax loops and creative financing–contribute less and less to this country and the working class is asked to burden more and more.

Don’t believe me?  Chew on this:  the corporate share of the nation’s tax receipts have plummeted from 30 percent of all federal revenue in the mid-1950s to 6.6 percent in 2009.

That seems fair, right?

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>NCLB – And who exactly is surprised that it isn’t working out so swell?

>Click on the post title for referenced article.  The gist is that Pres. Obama is trying to ratchet up some pressure on Congress to revise NCLB…for the obvious reason–because it is an abysmal ponzi scheme that has wrought havoc on the educational system.  Come on now, can you trust a former president who was/is anti-public anything to propose an education bill that actually supports and serves to improve public education?  The scam is a treacherously simple one:  set one-size fits all unattainable standards for all districts, put in lots of testing to give the impression of scientific rigor, and then when schools and districts fail (as many will despite students learning and even progressing by the NCLB standards), guess what?  You claim bad teachers, bad schools, which leads to their intended goal to de-fund and implement vouchers and other privatization tools (in more than one sense of that word). 

Back to my point…man it’s easy to get off track when it comes to NCLB!  Pres. Obama said that four of five public schools could be labeled as “failing” this year under the No Child Left Behind Act if Congress does not take action to rewrite the law.  So, 80%…sounds shocking right?  Well it is, but this silly ‘fact check’ article missed the forest for the trees (but I suppose that was necessary given the narrow purpose of ‘fact checking’); the claim is that this is an over-estimate b/c the word “fail” isn’t actually used in NCLB.  My, my, are we playing semantics or what!?  What’s the difference if you use the word ‘fail’ or the euphemistic, “did not make AYP”?   The answer: nothing!  A rose by any other name….

So, here’s the proverbial kicker.  The article goes on to quote the former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who served under President George W. Bush when the federal law was implemented, who said that she estimated half of schools would fail to meet federal standards this year, and she suggested all the conjecturing was demoralizing to educators.  What?!  What?!  So, 50% of schools FAILING…and yes, she used that word so I did too…is oh so good?  Yep, that’s what she said…she actually tried to put a bow on a turd, and then somehow we are supposed to take with credibility her little jab at Pres. Obama with her holier than thou “demoralizing to educators” comment?  Well, Missy Smartypants Spellings, the only thing that is demoralizing is that beaut of program that you and DUHbya concocted called NCLB!

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>Collective Bargaining – A Right!

>Saw some nitwit on another blog post about how unions/collective bargaining were indefensible, giving an example of bus drivers making $150,000/year.  First of all, bus drivers do not make 150K.  Second, 150K is chicken-feed compared to the corporate filth that supports a-holes like the Fitz bros and Walker.  CB may not be God given, but it was hard-fought/won and now will be again.  When people struggle for a hundred years (in the sweat-shops, coal-mines, etc.) and then achieve some recourse (e.g, Unionization/CB) against the greed that permeates most republicans’ souls, what else would you call it other than a right?  And just exactly who does that poster think he is to decide what is or isn’t a “God given” right?  Typical religious hypocrite!

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>Another Poll

>Seeing the latest poll (click on post title) reinforces even more for me (and I’m assuming the majority of other ordinary netizens) that what Walker is doing is very much akin to the other Walker, as in George W. Bush, when he arrogantly declared following his not so convincing election win that he was given political capital and he was going to spend it!  The problem of course is that in both instances, both Walkers vastly over-estimated the ‘capital’ that they had from the election…which is typical of the hubris we’ve seen so much of in the repugnacan/tea party.  What they attempt to do is essentially take what is often a slight majority or even a plurality (and sometimes a rather meager one in terms of all Americans) and transpose this in their warped and corrupt brains as a clear mandate from the people to rule like tyrants regardless of the impact on the vast majority of American people.  We simply cannot let a temporary plurality completely trample (hey teabaggers – does “Don’t tread on me” sound familiar?!) the hard-fought victories for the vast majority of Americans.

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>Jon Stewart Exposing Fox Anti-teacher Duplicity

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