Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Computer upgrade nightmare continues but ending soon..

Sorry about the long break here, but upgrading entire computer system and software, and some of it didn't go well. Soon...

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Vos-Republicans Exposed: Attack Cities, Kill Businesses and Jobs, Strangle Local Governments limiting Shared Revenue, and Refuse allowing Local Sales Tax!!!

Fairly conservative columnist Tom Still continues to inadvertently criticize the Vos-Republican economic policies for killing jobs and new businesses. From ignoring broadband to defunding the huge economic engine of this state...the University of Wisconsin. 

Republicans Killing Wisconsin Economy and Reason NOT to Live Here #1: Here's what floored me; Republicans decided not fund the UW's Engineering Department. There is no blowback of any kind from capitalist loving conservative voters. Let's start with federal funding:

The federal government is poised to make its biggest investment in research and development since the end of World War II, with 100 billion dollars to improve U.S. competitiveness in a changing world. With one of the nation’s leading research universities, other academic research hubs and a vibrant manufacturing sector, Wisconsin should be positioned to vie for those dollars once approved by Congress and the president.

But absent more state investment in Wisconsin engineering centers at the heart of the federal effort, that might not be the case.

The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act 
would establish partnerships between universities, government and industry, with 10 interdisciplinary research hubs to transfer science and technology into innovative goods and services while boosting metro, state and regional economies.

Wow, what an opportunity wasted. That's right, the Vos-Republican multi-billion dollar tax cut crossed Wisconsin off the list of jobs and business:

The Wisconsin Legislature’s decision not to fund a two-part plan to build the first new engineering complex on campus since 2002 to replace a research and instructional facility that dates to 1930. The state budget proposal didn’t survive the final cut in the Joint Finance Committee. 
Republicans Killing Wisconsin Economy and Reason NOT to Live Here #2: It's now very clear that TAX CUTS have absolutely replaced everything, including investments in education, infrastructure, people, public health, and businesses. They have sold their souls, short changing share revenue to cities, just to turn rural communities against cities filled with liberals. 

Strangling Shared Revenue, It's Killing our State: Here's the whole story, a must see. Here and Now:

Steve O’Malley is the La Crosse County administrator: "For most of the last two decades, we’ve seen little growth in any form of state or federal revenue. And we have the most restrictive levy limits in the nation." O’Malley says state and federal mandates require them to maintain highways, the jails, the courts and provide human services all without additional revenue. "You end up having to cut budgets. You have to cut positions. We’ve steadily decreased the number of full-time employees within La Crosse County, as have most counties across the state." 
Plus...
Roger Stanford is president at Western Technical College, which covers an 11-county area centered in La Crosse. They too had limited authority to raise property taxes wiped out by Governor Walker. "Right now, those limits are going to really strangle us."

Andrew Reschovsky is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. He studies public affairs and one of his studies found only about half of the school levy credit goes to Wisconsin homeowners. The rest of the credits go to the owners of farmland, commercial property, industrial property and out-of-state owners. Most of the credit goes to wealthy property areas.
Janesville tells the same story, from WKOW's Capitol City Sunday


Julie Underwood, former dean of the UW-Madison School of Education and board president for the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools, explains how dramatic it was to see no money for schools:


I recently posted this out of Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett's plea for more shared revenue and an added half cent sales tax:

This is a problem created by Republicans, who have been indirectly defunding the police through reduced shared revenue, and it's no accident. Marketwatch

The state’s revenue had increased 61% over the past two decades, yet Milwaukee would receive $272 million in 2021, less than the $284 million the state shared in 2003, when the city’s general fund was 25% smaller.

As its income dwindles, Milwaukee has lost 160 sworn police officers, or nearly 10% of its force, over the past few years.

That "Defund the Police" outrage just Projection

“Without a doubt, the most effective defunder of the police in Wisconsin is the Republican-led legislature,” Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat in office since 2004, told MarketWatch. “I’ve been arguing for years to give me more resources. They’re essentially trying to strangle local governments.”

This is a National Republican Strategy, Stopping Progressive Future Change from ever Proving it Works

But to Barrett it’s ironic that Wisconsin finished fiscal 2021 with a $2.6 billion surplus, and expects an even larger surplus in 2022, yet legislators can’t find a way to share any of that with locals. And lawmakers don’t seem any more inclined to “review” their restrictive policies than they were before the pandemic. “They have a surplus, and they won’t throw us a bone,” Barrett told MarketWatch. “They’ve won. They strangled us. We don’t have much left.”

Here's more from Marketwatch, exposing how Republicans are purposely making the problem worst:
2018 National League of Cities report noted that state legislatures had used pre-emption: “Recent pre-emption has pitted rural- and suburban-dominated state legislatures against cities with large populations of low wage earners and ethnic minorities.” 

Barrett said, “I think it’s a winning (Republican) political philosophy for the rest of the state to be pitted against Milwaukee and Madison.” 

Matt Fabian, a partner with Municipal Market Analytics said, "In general when cities default it’s less about finances and more about what the state does to not help the city navigate a situation.

Napoleon Wallace and Activest, a research firm he co-founded, said “When state legislatures limit the agency and capacity of local government to meet the demands of their residents, the result is generally a broken fiscal environment that harms communities of color and restricts [cities’] ability to operate in the best interest of their residents.”

“In a lot of areas, the role of state pre-emption and the ability to limit taxing at the local level is a very well-constructed apparatus that allows for gerrymandered state legislatures to impose their will on diverse cities,” he said. When states limit cities’ policy-making abilities, “you make it hard for progressive interests even when they have support among residents. You hamper their ability to finance progress.”

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Evers campaign gears up...

 


Never real, COVID-19 deniers now pulling vaccines, a breathtaking deadly radical turn in Tennessee!

Seriously! 6 months after the insurrection we're seeing an explosion of radicalization, where QAnon Republicans are disintegrating society. I never thought this was possible.

This was the tweet that marked the end for me. There is no coming back from this, and it's not going to end well at all: 


Then...



…and the final nail in the coffin...



Sunday, July 11, 2021

Aaron Rodger, Will he stay or will he go...

 


COVID relief in Wisconsin...

 


WI Republican Starve Shared Revenue to Large Cities, resulting in Defunding the Police!!! Yea, why can't Democrats run anything?

Let's finally open our eyes and wakeup to what Wisconsin Republicans have been doing for years at an insane rate, reducing revenue sharing to major cities because they're Democratic strongholds. 

Republican tried but failed to pass a bill that reduced state funding to cities that "defunded the police" (actually just reformed them), an untrue but viral QAnon talking point. That would have devastated city budgets and public services just to maintain local law enforcement.   

This is a problem created by Republicans, who have been indirectly defunding the police through reduced shared revenue, and it's no accident. Marketwatch

The state’s revenue had increased 61% over the past two decades, yet Milwaukee would receive $272 million in 2021, less than the $284 million the state shared in 2003, when the city’s general fund was 25% smaller.

As its income dwindles, Milwaukee has lost 160 sworn police officers, or nearly 10% of its force, over the past few years.

That "Defund the Police" outrage just Projection

“Without a doubt, the most effective defunder of the police in Wisconsin is the Republican-led legislature,” Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat in office since 2004, told MarketWatch. “I’ve been arguing for years to give me more resources. They’re essentially trying to strangle local governments.”

From WKOW's Capitol City Sunday, host A. J. Bayatpour talked to Democratic State Sen. Kelda Roys about the shared revenue shortfalls:


Democratic Cities are the right wings deadly gun violent Villains: Spoiler alert - it's a gun problem! But not for Republicans, because that would get in the way of turning Wisconsin into an authoritarian police state first. A.J. referenced Republican Rep. Joe Sanfillipo, who believe it or not, actually thought this was a great idea just a month ago:  


Check out Sanfellipo now, demanding more police while shortchanging Milwaukee's share revenue funding. Again, Republicans are "defunding the police," while distracting us from the out of control gun problem they won't do anything about. NOTE: This is also about telling Gov. Evers how to spend the COVID relief funding Evers wouldn't let Republican control. Tantrum much?:
 


This is a National Republican Strategy, Stopping Progressive Future Change from ever Proving it Works

But to Barrett it’s ironic that Wisconsin finished fiscal 2021 with a $2.6 billion surplus, and expects an even larger surplus in 2022, yet legislators can’t find a way to share any of that with locals. And lawmakers don’t seem any more inclined to “review” their restrictive policies than they were before the pandemic. “They have a surplus, and they won’t throw us a bone,” Barrett told MarketWatch. “They’ve won. They strangled us. We don’t have much left.”

Here's more from Marketwatch, exposing how Republicans are purposely making the problem worst:
A 2018 National League of Cities report noted that state legislatures had used pre-emption: “Recent pre-emption has pitted rural- and suburban-dominated state legislatures against cities with large populations of low wage earners and ethnic minorities.” 

Barrett said, “I think it’s a winning (Republican) political philosophy for the rest of the state to be pitted against Milwaukee and Madison.” 

Matt Fabian, a partner with Municipal Market Analytics said, "In general when cities default it’s less about finances and more about what the state does to not help the city navigate a situation.

Napoleon Wallace and Activest, a research firm he co-founded, said “When state legislatures limit the agency and capacity of local government to meet the demands of their residents, the result is generally a broken fiscal environment that harms communities of color and restricts [cities’] ability to operate in the best interest of their residents.”

“In a lot of areas, the role of state pre-emption and the ability to limit taxing at the local level is a very well-constructed apparatus that allows for gerrymandered state legislatures to impose their will on diverse cities,” he said. When states limit cities’ policy-making abilities, “you make it hard for progressive interests even when they have support among residents. You hamper their ability to finance progress.”

The recently passed Vos-Republican budget tantrum focused solidly on blackmailing the governor to spend the COVID relief funding the way they wanted it to be spend, in retaliation for Gov. Evers refusal to give them that power. And it worked.



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

WISGOP Voters believe Vos lie about $300 Bonus Unemployment payment...

Whining and complaining while they can: Vos-Republicans are purposely ignoring the states long standing worker shortage so they can target another punishment, this time at the COVID unemployed, by eliminating the $300 bonus unemployment payment. They say it's keeping lazy Wisconsinites "on the couch," not looking for work. A bit condescending to their voting constituents? 


Yet a number of other bigger factors are having an impact on the worker shortage, and Republicans are not in a big hurry to change those elements, like child care. 
Evers has argued Republicans could help draw more workers to the state if they invested in education, transit, health care or child care.
Two crazy things: Republicans never believed in shutting down businesses during a global pandemic. And second, Republicans see a chance to blame what was a preexisting labor shortage, on statewide restrictions Gov. Evers put in place for the COVID pandemic along with the $300 bonus unemployment benefits he won't repeal.


Here's what Robin Vos' mistake ridden press release said:
“Governor Evers refuses to acknowledge the facts. People will not go back to work when the government continues to pay them to sit on the couch.
#WrongRobin -  Vos uses "alternative" facts based on anecdotal comments from Vos business supporters who won't pay enough to get workers. Also, repealing the $300 bonus takes that money out of the local economy where it would have been spent. States that repealed the $300 bonus didn't see an improvement:

The New York Times reported that in Missouri when federal pay for the unemployed was scrapped, workers still were being choosy. Gov. Mike Parson (R) proudly proclaimed that his state would be among the first to kill unemployment benefits. It still hasn't worked, however.
"Work-force development officials said they had seen virtually no uptick in applicants since the governor's announcement, which ended a $300 weekly supplement to other benefits," said the report. "And the online job site Indeed found that in states that have abandoned the federal benefits, clicks on job postings were below the national average."
A recent labor report begs to differ with Vos too.
Many hard-hit sectors are rebounding faster than anecdotal evidence would suggest. The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector accounting for nearly half of the increase in private payrolls this month. Manufacturing payrolls growth slowed.
We're now seeing major pay increases everywhere, $15 or more an hour...wait, Democrats have been pushing this same increase for years. Guess they were right. 

Low wages just weren't cutting it anymore:
In April, food and accommodation services saw a record 5.6% of workers quit in April up from 5.4% in March. A record high of 4 million people (2.7% rate) quit their jobs in April, with the largest in retail (106,000) and professional business services (94,000).
…even more...

Melissa Swift, global leader of workforce transformation at consulting firm Korn Ferry, tells Axios. "We basically burned out the global workforce over the last year. One of the ways people deal with burnout is switching employers." More than 4 in 10 workers say they're considering leaving their jobs, according to a study by Microsoft, while Pew has found that 66% of unemployed Americans have seriously considered changing their occupation.
CHILDCARE? Hey Vos, why not demand aid for Child care too? If Republicans are so obsessed with repealing the $300 to get people back to work, why don't they help pay for child care? 
Quick take: Analysts at Morgan Stanley wrote in a report this month that supplemental government benefits "are likely no more of a factor than other impediments to workplace re-entry."

The analysts cited the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book (a snapshot of economic conditions in Fed districts), in which child care, transportation, and health care were widely cited in addition to unemployment benefits as holding back potential workers. The extra benefits roll off in September, coinciding with school re-openings, which will help solve serious childcare issues.

NOTE: Vos is also very wrong to withhold food stamps, tying them to work registration requirements: 

“If the goal is to encourage people to work, then this is not a policy that is working as intended,” said Adam Leive, a professor at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, who worked on the study.

And on top of that, work requirements “are indeed a direct cause of many people leaving SNAP,” said Elena Prager, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and another of the researchers. “Almost a quarter of people who are on SNAP end up losing their SNAP benefits as a direct result of work requirement implementation,” she said.

WI Vos-Republicans and Dumb Ron Johnson pass QAnon red meat out to Cultists!

Well, our embarrassing gerrymandered and unaccountable Republican authority is once again thrust into the national spotlight. 

MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes put it all out there, from dumb Ron Johnson's obsession with trying to get us to understand a problem first before ever taking action, to Sen. Chris Kapenga's amazing adoration of Trump:  

Kapenga is just as sociopathic as Johnson, especially for his lack of empathy and Scrooge like drive to put everybody in workhouse or prisons. Here's something from an earlier post about the Republicans lack of pandemic action all year. It's brutal: 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

It's not Critical Race Theory, it's the Rufo Theory of race...

Scary CRT, Critical Race Theory, will get you! From Sharia Law to Critical Race Theory, same old fear mongering, same old scheme, and it works. The QAnon base can't stop themselves from soaking in the hate.  

The Rufo Theory Exposed! Who is Christopher Rufo? He's the guy marketing CRT as the one-size-fits-all brand that encompasses the entire liberal vision of America, turning it he hopes, "toxic."


MSNBC's Joy Reid gave everyone a chance to hear Rufo defend his scheme, but he crashed and burned like the Hindenburg: 

#RacistRebecca building creds in run for Governor: Jumping right into CRT, Rebecca Kleefisch used a random site pushing defunding the police posted and later unposted at UW Riverfalls as an example, blew it out of proportion with no insightful analysis whatsoever, and then solved our racial problems by saying the Constitution protects the rights of everyone. So what was that slavery, racism, Civil War thing all about anyway? 


Oddly, #racistRebecca must have forgotten "academic freedom" of speech on campus? Weren't unpopular or "different" points of view, the kind you are complaining about here, now protected by the UW's rules on campus free speech?

Remember the often forgotten "implied" constitutional right...

Co-Founder of Critical Race Theory...the Truth:

Banning Critical Race Theory Disaster: There is one thing for certain; bashing, defunding, and privatizing education does NOT qualify Republicans to design curriculum. 

This horror story could be playing out in a classroom near you:

...and just for laughs, Sen. Ted Cruz....

One more thing, check out this CRT legislation from Pennsylvania: Here's the most egregious authoritarian Republican censorship:

1. A license to be openly racist:

Penalty prohibited--No employee, contractor, staff member or student in a Commonwealth, county or municipal agency, school district or public postsecondary institution shall face a penalty or adverse treatment due to a refusal to support, believe, endorse, embrace, confess, act upon or otherwise assent to an racist or sexist concept.

The following shall apply: (1) No instructor, teacher or professor at a public school district or public postsecondary institution shall: (i) teach or (ii) penalize or treat adversely a student who refuses to adopt or express any racist or sexist concept.

2. Academic Freedom-Ban Speakers…yes, ban speakers and racist historical literature, the Civil War?:

(2) No public school district or public postsecondary institution shall: (i) host, pay or provide a venue for a speaker who espouses, advocates or promotes any racist or sexist concept; or (ii) require a student to read, view or listen to a book, article, video presentation, digital presentation or other learning material that espouses, advocates or promotes a racist or sexist concept.

3. Get A Reward for Spying on your Neighbor, Teachers, Schools, and Businesses.  

Private cause of action. The following shall apply: (1) A resident of this Commonwealth shall have standing and a private cause of action to file a civil complaint in a court of common pleas against a Commonwealth, county or municipal agency, school district entity or public postsecondary institution claiming that the entity or institution has violated a provision of this act.

The court shall enjoin the violating entity or institution from receiving funding from the Commonwealth in the following fiscal year and shall award costs and attorney fees to the complainant.

Yes, it never ends. Here's today's discovery and helpful poster for those unsure of just how repressive the Republican Party has become. Seriously, "equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, social justice" all bad, must be rejected:

 


Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis, a serious presidential contender, is already creating his vision of America, with the "red scare" formula vilifying "critical race theory" that's only taught in law schools:

DeSantis signed the latest in a series of measures aimed at chilling political conversation on college campuses and crimping what teachers in Florida’s classrooms can say about racism or other troubling aspects of America’s past. The new law mandates that Florida’s public universities conduct an annual survey of students’ views on “viewpoint diversity” — with the governor suggesting that campuses not open to right-wing ideas (like his own) could lose government funding. DeSantis said colleges that appear to be what he called “hotbeds of stale ideology” are “not worth tax dollars and not something we’re going to be supporting moving forward.”

The new law came just days after the Florida Board of Education — at the urging of DeSantis, moved to ban the teaching of what it called “critical race theory.” Educators say the ban will make them fearful of suffering consequences for any teaching around America’s historic racism. Party insiders say hysteria over discussions of race in classrooms among white suburban parents is fast becoming a 2.0 version of the Tea Party revolt that propelled the GOP a decade ago.

Robert Dahlgren — a former Florida academic and teacher who studied that state’s wars over academic freedom from 1945-60 said Florida schoolchildren will likely face mandatory testing on the patriotism-oriented curriculum developed by DeSantis’ allies, and he worries that more extreme measures like loyalty oaths for teachers and professors could come in the near future.

The Pandemic Affect...

 


Will we ever see Governor Evers vision of Wisconsin?


 

Republican Tantrums Rewarded, the Big Lie and Judicial Activism by former WI Justice Gableman.

We don't have a civil society anymore, thanks to a deteriorating Republican philosophy that has morphed into daily manufactured points of outrage that stoke political tantrums that energize their base. They are bullies dead set on testing limits proudly, receiving encouragement from those they've "owned." 

This is what has replaced governing. In fact, their "convictions" are now based on whiny petulance ("the quality of being childishly sulky or bad-tempered")

The "Digging in his Heels" Tantrum: Scott Walker appointed Natural Resources Board member Frederick Prehn is digging in his heels and won't leave his expired seat because newspapers criticized him. Belligerent arrogance was his answer to a problem he created. Here's his response. Keep in mind these are the rantings of  a supposed "adult:" 

"Now I'm choosing to run with my convictions. When I get backed in a corner, I get trenched in. I've listened to a lot of constituents. Many want me gone, but many want me to stick with my convictions. I've had attacks on my personal character. And if the extremists think they'll get their way, they don't know me very well. When you say stuff like this you're singling me out as a second-class citizen. And I am not a second-class citizen. I will vacate that board when I'm ready to, or I've had enough or can't contribute anymore or the Senate confirms someone else. Then Evers can have his board."


Vos Crumbles after Trump Criticism, and How Unbiased are Judicial Activists? Thank you Robin Vos, for showing us what an authoritarian government looks like. Wow. State Journal
A day before Saturday’s Republican state convention, Trump lashed out at Assembly Speaker Robin Vos,; Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu; and Senate President Chris Kapenga, for not conducting a forensic election audit, particularly in Milwaukee. Vos said Trump was “simply misinformed.”
"Misinformed,"
Trump? Love the irony that Trump's bullshit is now raining down on WI Republicans. Welcome to our world.

Lying is what Trump does best! Republicans are now saying what liberals and the press has been saying for 5 years. But also keep in mind that no matter what Vos might say: “Don’t fall for their lies!” Trump said. 
“I think this is one of those cases where the president was just misinformed by his staff or he didn’t see the media reports,” Vos said

LeMahieu said Trump’s statement was “really unfortunate. I don’t know where he got that information from,” he said. “We’re auditing the election results.”
Vos thought this would help convince Trump:
Vos announced that former conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman will serve as the attorney who will oversee the election probe. Gableman was in the majority in a pair of 2014 cases that upheld Wisconsin’s voter ID law.
Exposed! Former WI Supreme Court Justice Gableman another rightwing Judicial Activist: You won't even believe what the former conservative "constitutional originalist" said to the fawning Republican convention crowd. Did you know liberal Democrats are evil?
Gableman: "I'm glad to be here — glad to see so many friends. When I fought evil every
day at the state Supreme Court for 10 years, I fought for you."
Gableman's history is also something you just can't make up:
1. He knew a lot of people at the convention were disappointed with how the presidential election was run. "And you didn't just grumble about it...you recognize that this one is where we draw the line."

2. Gableman attended a Nov. 7, 2020 rally supporting Trump.

3. Gableman was a former chair of the Ashland County Republican Party and relied on GOP support to win his 2008 state Supreme Court race against incumbent Justice Louis Butler. and later went on to uphold major pillars of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker's agenda.

4. Gabelman himself wrote opinions that upheld Walker's Act 10 collective bargaining law and shut down a semi-secret John Doe investigation involving Walker's campaign.

5. Gableman ran a false attack ad against Butler (who is black) during his 2008 campaign that prompted an investigation by the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. While staff at the agency alleged that Gableman ran the ad "with reckless disregard for the truth," Gableman's colleagues on the Supreme Court split 3-3 on whether to pursue the complaint, and it was dropped.

Republican voters did choose another crazy person, bigot, and QAnon poser Rebecca Bradley, so it's still a very activist court. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Cult of Scott Walker...

 


Critical Race Theory pushed out from the shadows growing Racist movement.

I have so had it with the "critical race theory" gaslighting and phony outrage. It's being used as an excuse to violate the First Amendment but also distract. Surprised?
 
I hate to take this much space up to a QAnon created outrage, but here it is.

1. Campus Free Speech/Academic Bill of Rights: How many years did we have to endure poor victimized conservative students whining about being afraid to say anything in class for fear of rejection, or how they were silenced, and how tstudents and teachers penalized them for their crazy opposing views?  

Now, the rightwing is silencing subject matter like racial injustice and equality they don't like in classrooms, by passing state laws banning the topic outright with threats of fines and firings. Where the hell are the lawsuits claiming academic free speech or a violation of the First Amendment? Guess this was always bullshit scheme from the start. But we already knew that.

2. If they get away with this...? By passing CRT through rightwing propaganda machine on maximum overload, will they realize they can do this with anything? Here's a tweet by a Republican operative saying just that:


If that wasn't enough proof (let's face it, MAGAt's probably never took the time to read it), here's an interview with the person who co-created Critical Race Theory, Kimberle Crenshaw, who explains what it is and isn't, and what's really going on. 
“Its connotations are all negative to most middle-class Americans, including racial minorities, who see the world as ‘creative’ rather than ‘critical,’ ‘individual’ rather than ‘racial,’ ‘practical’ rather than ‘theoretical.’ Strung together, the phrase ‘critical race theory’ connotes hostile, academic, divisive, race-obsessed, poisonous, elitist, anti-American.” - Rufo
CRT, taught in colleges, provided a way to question how laws over time have affected racial inequality. Historian and author Kevin Kruse:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) promised to “make sure there’s not a single school board member who supports critical race theory.”

Knowing what CRT really is, this clip of Ted Cruz should now look like a comical exaggeration, absolute buffoonery;  

Charlie Sykes, The Bulwark: "But if we are banning this sort of thing, why stop there? If CRT derives from Marxism, why not ban Marxism too? (Or would that smack too obviously of censorship, cancel culture, and the attack on free speech?)

If critical race theory is beyond the pale, where are the bills banning or restricting all of the other criticals, like critical social theory, critical legal theory, (or anything developed by the Frankfurt School.)

If conservatives really want to take on political correctness in education, why not also ban post-modernism, deconstructionism, moral relativism, and anything written by Jacques Derrida?

And since Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are so concerned about Oppression Studies, where is the legislative push to ban Radical Feminism, including arguments that science is deeply aligned with “sexist, racist, classist, and imperialist social projects.”

 

Friday, June 18, 2021

WILL's Rick Esenberg loses debate over Nonpartisan Redistricting Maps to State Sen. Jeff Smith. It was so easy too.

The Wisconsin "Institute" for Law and Liberty (WILL) brags they have an amazing winning track record of cases in Wisconsin's Supreme Court, only because it's one of the most activist conservative courts in the country. Take a look at our own Margery Taylor Greene of Justices, Rebecca Bradley, offering what no one would seriously called a "legal" opinion about COVID-19's statewide restrictions; 

"(She) referred to the order as “tyranny” and later compared it to the internment of Japanese Americans in camps during World War II."

WILL can only win cases in a overtly biased court, spouting logic that echoes conservative conspiracy theories, resentment, and trash talk.

Democrats to End Gerrymandering : The "Institute" is well represented by word-salad lawyer Rick Esenberg, who in the video clip below, easily loses his argument against a Democratic legislator. It wasn't even close. Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire), who co-authored the bill, effortlessly unraveled Esenberg's down-the-rabbit-hole meanderings. From WKOW's Capitol City Sunday:  




Party of Political Punishers: Republicans replace school funding with...a Tax Cut?/Republican Lock in Police Funding, shred Local Control!

1. The school funding hoax that's really a tax cut scheme by Vos-Republicans deserved some attention today.

After a suffering a year long pandemic, that's all school districts need right now is to work through a punishing defunding scam.

The best and simplest explanation for this insult to every referendum voting parent in their school district was neatly compiled in this string of tweets from Wisconsin Budget Project's Tamarine Cornelius:


2. Punishment Politics, Police Funding-Style: After 11 years of gerrymandered Republican rule, local control is but a fading memory. Disconnecting Police departments from accountability even more than they are now, comes this brutal punishing stranglehold white Republican will have locally. Thanks to Tamarine Cornelius again:

Trump MAGAts get Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse spotlight!

The declining social fabric in Wisconsin will continue as long as the gerrymandered Republican authority governs as if hugely popular policies in poll after poll don't exist. Sure Gov. Evers campaigned on Medicaid expansion, total statewide broadband coverage, fully funding schools and the UW...but despite the popularity of these programs, they're not going to happen.

If the last 5 months since the insurrection is any indication, total Republican decline will be complete by years end, if that long.

The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper interviewed a group of Trump social outcasts cut off from their families at a recent GOP event "The MAGA Frank Rally," in of all places, Wisconsin:

Election Reform via Stacy Abrams and Computers? Mitch McConnell outraged.

Election reform has hopefully moved closer to passing in the Senate after roadblock Joe Manchin offered his own watered down but still important reform points:


I'm bringing this up because two major Republican points gushed from this breaking news, (1) one blatantly racist comment sure to please QAnon cultists, and (2) one BIG lie.

1. Stacy Abrams is black, right? Joe Manchin's list of demands met Stacy Abrams approval, which seemed to muster racial anger in Sen. Mitch McConnell. Roll the video below please:

McConnell: "A revised version produced by one of the Democrats yesterday, which has been endorsed by Stacy Abrams..." 

...because she's black?

“When Stacey Abrams immediately endorsed Sen. Manchin’s proposal, it became the Stacey Abrams substitute, not the Joe Manchin substitute,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

2. You don't want Computers Drawing up Redistricting Maps, do you?: In the video clip above, McConnell actually warned Americans that Democrats want to draw redistricting maps with "computers." 

McConnell: What Democrats want to do is "...remove redistricting from state legislatures and hand it over to computers, equally unacceptable, totally inappropriate, all Republicans would oppose that as well..."

...but that's how its done now. For low information heavy breathing aging MAGA's, who have never accepted the computer age, this is a "big tech" steal. It's also another BIG LIE.

McConnell knows this. Computers have been meticulously slicing and dicing districts for Republican advantage for years. I tracked down just a few "computer" references...:

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: The Republican leadership hired demographic specialists and computer experts to employ the latest mapping technology to create maps that were more rigged than almost any in modern history. 

FiveThirtyEight: We drew six of these sets by hand — Nos. 2-6 and No. 8 — using a tool called Dave’s Redistricting App. The districts for No. 7 were designed by a software engineer named Brian Olson.

Science News: Tests that have emerged over the last few years, known broadly as ensemble methods, rely on computers to generate thousands, or even millions, of possible maps. The programs draw myriad boundary lines around a given district and estimate which party would win that district under each scenario. 

WisconsinExaminer: State Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) in a recent column, said in recent years, partisan gerrymandering has become even more targeted using technology and data on people’s political leanings — a process so partisan it makes the incumbent undefeatable.