Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
I have done little blogging lately, mostly just to keep my sanity and health intact, and because the bigger issues that solve most of our problems are not currently in play.
The Deadly Do-Nothing Vos/Fitzgerald Authority: Republicans are happy to blame Gov. Evers for COVID-19, as it ravages the state, by doing nothing for 7 months:
This is all a setup to challenge Evers in 2022. They will stoop to this, people suffering and dying, to win that election.
But just as I sat down to draw attention to Robin Vos' most recent ridiculous comments suggesting Republicans can only respond to Gov. Evers ideas because they've already done all that they could, I came across the most complete list of Vos failures on Twitter.
This important post from Jules cannot just disappeared into the twitter archives. Here it is for all to see and understand how one party's absolute gerrymandered control can ignore even a dangerous out-of-control, worst in the nation, statewide pandemic that killed 42 Wisconsinites in just one day:
Pro-Life Wisconsin Unmasked: I've always said there is nothing pro-life about any group that doesn't back life saving health care for all, pandemic safety rules, and gun safety regulations that prevents mass killings. Here's the in-your-face proof how empty this radical one agenda organization is about life:
…A Wisconsin appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the restrictions.It's even on YouTube:
A YouTube feed of the “Love for Life” event shows a large crowd gathered in the church with many, if not a majority of attendees, not wearing masks. Apart from the photo with other lawmakers, the feed also shows Skowronski seated in the pews of the event without a mask on.One of the bragging points of this repressive organizations is it's successful opposition to dispensing contraception patches and pills by pharmacists, so Americans, if they want, can prevent unwanted pregnancies. But without unwanted pregnancies, who needs anti-abortion groups that feed off donors and duped victims who keep these sick minds employed. And they donate to Republican politicians.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Republican COVID-19 Deniers intentionally destroying Wisconsin Economy to Blame Evers in 2022? Sure, even if a few hundred have to die.
Question: Could the gerrymandered Republican legislature be planning on destroying the Wisconsin economy just so they can blame Gov. Evers in 2022? I think so:
The 44 Percent Super-Spreaders, Reason 1: Okay, instead of screaming at my TV, I'm going to just ask the question here; why are reporters skipping past the huge number of heavy breathing Wisconsin Trump supporters not wearing masks? Is there a reason why COVID-19 is spiking off the charts in mostly conservative area of the state? Maybe it's those Trump supporters, ya think? 44 percent will vote for Trump, almost half the state:
The 44 Percent Super-Spreaders, Reason 2: Think back on the failed Republican idea to "have a discussion about those statewide high COVID 'pocket's,' and leave the other areas alone." How'd that work out? As you can see conservative area's of the state are exploding, counties that had low infection rates once, while liberal mask wearing counties today...aren't. The last 14 days...:
The 44 Percent Super-Spreaders, Reason 3: So it's pretty clear Republicans are using the mask-free-Trump-induced statewide spread of the virus to claim that wearing a mask doesn't make any difference. And conservative voters will oddly go along with the same list of irresponsible, tired, and ridiculous sounding excuses every time there's a problem Republicans don't want to solve? Here are some:
1. "Let's look at things that we can do to manage that." But Republicans have already said they won't be stepping in to help, so...?
2. "We can have this very detailed discussion...let's step back..." Sure, we've got all the time in the world.
3. "They had people that were in hospice that had days to live, and then they died from what they had, and they got labeled (as COVID)..." Republicans claim a large percentage of the 214,000 COVID deaths were really from other diseases.
4. "The problem here is the legislature isn't at the table, it's not able to get the facts to help make good decisions." Remember when the Republicans took the Governors powers away? So what do they need him for? Or how about the mind-blowing idea the Legislature doesn't have access to the facts?
TOP 4 Republican COVID-19 Deniers, Killing People and the Economy: Wisconsin Republican comments, like State Sen. Chris Kapenga statements below, should be added to the historical record, documenting just how bizarre this do-nothing Trump-cult party prevented government from responding to anything. Here's the answer to Kapenga's false statement about ineffective masks:
Mark Kaufman, a physician and chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Hospital Association, said “No part of the state is untouched. The main reasons are a lack of individual and collective compliance with the public health measures that we know will work to control this pandemic.”
Still embarrassing his district, Sen. Van Wanggaard said the same nonsense most Trump-trash supporters believe now is true. It'll blow your mind again. From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Reporter: "They're the premier health organization (CDC) in the country, why would they want to misrepresent information?"
Wanggaard: "I don't know if it was intentional..."
Reporter: "So the 210,000 people who have died this year..."
Wanggaard: "Could be much fewer than that."
Sen. Duey Stroebel: "I'm not a scientist, I'm not a doctor, I think you can also look at some facts that say the masks haven't been changing anything, but then again..."Interiewer: "But Senator, that's not what your public health officials are saying...."
Economy will not recover until the virus is under control warns Federal Reserve Bank president.
Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said at a webinar held by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s largest business association Wednesday, “This is not about politics — it’s about confidence.”
Kashkari’s overview of what’s ahead was not encouraging, he said people will be wary of going to restaurants, movie theaters and sporting events. “If thousands and thousands of businesses go bankrupt,” Kashkari said, “this recovery is going to be much slower.”
Employment in the manufacturing sector is still down by about 720,000 jobs nationally from February.
Republicans Legislate through the Courts with Lawsuits: With a gerrymandered permanent Republicans majority in control, they've set up a legal arm to take lawsuits to an activist conservative Supreme Court.
But wait, one judge is calling out that scheme:
St. Croix County judge R. Michael Waterman was appointed to the bench in 2015 by then-Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican. He said:
"The legislature can end the state of emergency at any time, but so far, it has declined to do so. As the statewide representative body of the citizens of Wisconsin, the legislature’s inaction is relevant and it weighs against judicial intervention, especially when the requested intervention will have statewide impact," Waterman wrote. The judge agreed with Evers that he can continually issue public health emergencies, which attorneys for the plaintiffs argued Evers could not do legally. Emergencies are limited to 60 days, but the governor can issue new ones after each emergency expires, Waterman said. "Plaintiffs in this case don’t ask to preserve the status quo; they ask to change it," Waterman wrote.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Vos/Fitzgerald continue to ignore COVID-19 pandemic, voters let them, even claim masks don't help, "face masks have become a politicized mental placebo."
With the Covid-19 pandemic in full swing nationwide, with Friday's count at 54,441 positive cases and 906 deaths (just one day), Republicans still won't budge on masks or anything else.
Rightists claim COVID-19 was a hoax and a money making Democratic plot (Breitbart) to shut down the economy blah, blah, blah…why don't the Democrats ever tell me their plans?
Wisconsin Pandemic Spreads to New Levels: In just one day:
Saturday's 2,892 positive cases, 19 more people have died. Wisconsin's outbreak is among the worst in the nation:
With Republicans blaming Democratically run cities for everything, it should be of interest to #TrumpTrash that Republicans controlled Jefferson County, and it's no conservative utopia:
What Wisconsin Republicans didn't expect was an uncontrolled statewide rise that should have forced them into action. But still, they won't budge or change their mindless excuses.
COVID-19 took a back seat to "procedure" and "freedom," as Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Duey Stroebel whine that Gov. Evers didn't go to the legislature first , which didn't matter since a "one-size-fits-all" solution is out of the question. And that's the big reveal here. WKOW's Capitol City Sunday:
"There is a correlation," State Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, said of the rising hospitalizations in Wisconsin. "Precisely the correlation? We don't know. But there's no doubt that things have gotten worse." That day, a hospital in northeastern Wisconsin had to treat people in hallways because it was so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients."Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, said "There is not a scientific consensus that using face coverings have been proven to stop the spread of COVID. In the place of evidence, face masks have become a politicized mental placebo."
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, gave a similar argument against Evers' extension of the mask mandate, saying "statistics show that Wisconsin’s mask mandate has been ineffective in controlling the spread of the virus."
Rep. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, said the same day: "Data is in: masks either hurt or do not seem to make a difference." Allen tested positive for COVID-19 five days later.
According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll. In two separate questions, 72% said that Trump did not take the "risk of contracting the virus seriously enough," nor "the appropriate precautions when it came to his personal health."They're just not Republicans, they're dumbasses too:
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
I rarely do a blog post like this, but what the heck.
Disney+ will be debuting Oct 16 the heartbreaking story young Minnesota singer songwriter Zack Sobiech, who's song Clouds still makes me an emotional basket case to this day.
My sons loved this song as we drove out to Wyoming under blue skies and billowing clouds. I hope this movie finally makes his song a national hit. >Based on a memoir by Zach Sobiech’s mother Laura Sobiech, the Clouds Disney+ movie stars Fin Argus as a high school-aged musician living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. In December 2012, Sobiech and his bandmates released a single about his battle with cancer titled “Clouds,” and the music video immediately went viral. Unfortunately, Sobiech passed away in May 2013.
Here's the song Clouds...
Not surprised! Fitzgerald doing nothing again...to even earn a House seat; no debate, no defense of his "record," no media coverage of Dem candidate Tom Palzewicz?
I've decided to reproduce Tom Palzewicz' campaign response to this ridiculously transparent and very authoritarian campaign by Fitzgerald that the media has deemed "unwinnable" in a more conservative district:
Scott Fitzgerald is setting a dangerous precedent. The Fifth Congressional District seat is
open in this election, but Fitzgerald will not consider a debate with Democrat Tom Palzewicz. He will not return a phone call. Fitzgerald is not interested in the democratic process, he prefers to do nothing as usual.
When Governor Tony Evers called the full-time Wisconsin Legislature back into session, the Republican majority complied in a “session”, as they graveled in and graveled out, doing absolutely nothing. Fitzgerald, along with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, did what they always do—nothing.
Fitzgerald, Vos, has dominated the political landscape in Wisconsin for several years, from pushing through Act 10, to the recent Supreme Court action cutting off the Badger Bounceback Plan and the efforts by Evers to halt the spread of Covid-19. Rather than legislating, Republicans seem to be more comfortable with litigating. Along the way, Fitzgerald and Vos have made Wisconsin one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation.
“Wisconsin has a full-time legislature and they don’t even meet,” said Palzewicz. “There is no democratic process in Wisconsin. It is an authoritarian approach to governing, just ignore the public and do what you want. Fitzgerald has used his power to gerrymander his district to heavily favor his candidacy, he doesn’t go to work, and he won’t debate. He gets paid full time wages for not working.
“He’s counting on his heavily red district to automatically vote Republican, without considering the issues, without any public exchange of ideas or positions. He wants to ride to Washington on the coattails of President Trump, never having to stand up to scrutiny or challenge. He is counting on people not paying attention. Becoming a Congressman is not an entitlement, it’s a privilege. People expect their elected representatives to go to work for the collective good, not just for personal gain or party.”
Fitzgerald’s unwillingness to debate follows the model of the retiring Jim Sensenbrenner, who never debated an opponent. Sensenbrenner would hold town hall meetings, which were not listening sessions, but just personal appearances to advance his opinions. For over 40 years, Sensenbrenner never changed his approach.
“Authoritarianism does not allow for the open exchange of ideas,” said Palzewicz. “Authoritarianism is the antithesis of democracy. Fitzgerald wants to support the current regime in Washington and not allow the Congress to act, the courts to rule. He will not support our institutions, such as the CIA, the FBI, the CDC, because Trump does not believe in them. Trump says that anyone who does not stand with him is anti-American and that he and he alone has all the answers for the country. I will fight for the right of people to be heard and that means listening and really hearing them.
“It’s time for Americans to embrace what democracy is all about and not be fooled by the promises of those who have no intention of keeping them. America is made great by its people being informed, active and not allowing authoritarianism to limit their choices. It’s time to give America back to Americans.”
Palzewicz welcomes any opportunity to debate the issues of the Fifth District.