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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke posted this bizarre essay on the Sheriff’s Facebook page today.  It was taken down shortly thereafter, but can still be found at the link above.  A sample:

Liberals don’t care about curbing violence because if they did they wouldn’t coddle and call for more leniency for criminal perpetrators.  When a hold-up man sticks a gun in someone’s face and takes their money, liberals want to offer job training, they want the criminal to serve their sentence walking round in the community with a monitoring device on. How crazy is that.

All the left is interested in is having the government control every aspect of our lives.  Calling for gun control is just another aspect of furthering their socialist agenda.All of these suggestions about the need for gun control are the mindset of sheep.

Then there’s a lot of really gross stuff about schools being ideal slaughtering places that I can’t even bring myself to quote…followed by:

I have a better idea to all this run and hide advice.  An armed tactical trained officer or security officer in every school and public place (theaters, malls, etc) in America.  How are we going to pay for it?  With all the money we spend on “going green projects and other waste of money social service spending we do.  And spare me the idea of more gun control.  Gun control has never worked and never will.  That’s a sheep mentality.  It’s like saying lets capture all the wolves and then the sheep will be safe.  Yeah right.

The whole essay (essay? I don’t know what to call it) is so repulsive it’s hard for me to post about it, but I think it’s really important for people to know that Sheriff Clarke is behaving this way.

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Governor Walker still hasn’t submitted a plan to implement the Affordable Care Act in the state, and Republican lawmakers now say they want every federal official who tries to implement the law to be arrested.

These are the same people who compared tens of thousands of people protesting union-busting measures to children throwing tantrums when they don’t get their way.

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brooklynmutt:

RNC Attendee Allegedly Threw Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman, Said ‘This Is How We Feed Animals’

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It’s not enough for just some of us to prosper. Alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga: a belief that we’re all connected as one people. If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me — even if it’s not my child. If there’s a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for their prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer — even if it’s not my grandparent. If there’s an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.
Barack Obama, DNC keynote address in 2004 (via wisconsinforward)
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msnbc:

From PoliticsNation:
Breaking news out of Wisconsin this morning, where the Atty Gen. is attempting to bypass the Court of Appeals in order to have the voter ID law reinstated. Read more here:
The law had already been ruled unconstitutional after a 2nd judge decided it created a “substantial impairment of the right to vote.”
With a Wisconsin native on the GOP ticket, and a tight race ahead, every vote will matter in this important swing state.

Wisconsin, my home, is smack in the middle of everything right now. We are, politically speaking, more important than we have ever been. A whole lot of the nation’s eyes are on us. I have been acutely aware of this for a couple of years now, and it makes all of this bs with Walker and Ryan and all the other cronies feel that much more devastating. So if you are in Wisconsin, I implore you to do the following:-Register to vote-VOTE-Talk to people about how important their votes are-Talk with people who disagree with you-Talk with people who say they don’t care about politics-Try to impress upon people what a big fucking deal all of this is! -Keep writing to your legislators—they work for YOU.-Keep showing up at the capitol—it is YOUR house.-Keep Wisconsin on the right side of history. 

msnbc:

From PoliticsNation:

Breaking news out of Wisconsin this morning, where the Atty Gen. is attempting to bypass the Court of Appeals in order to have the voter ID law reinstated. Read more here:

The law had already been ruled unconstitutional after a 2nd judge decided it created a “substantial impairment of the right to vote.”

With a Wisconsin native on the GOP ticket, and a tight race ahead, every vote will matter in this important swing state.

Wisconsin, my home, is smack in the middle of everything right now. We are, politically speaking, more important than we have ever been. A whole lot of the nation’s eyes are on us. I have been acutely aware of this for a couple of years now, and it makes all of this bs with Walker and Ryan and all the other cronies feel that much more devastating. So if you are in Wisconsin, I implore you to do the following:
-Register to vote
-VOTE
-Talk to people about how important their votes are
-Talk with people who disagree with you
-Talk with people who say they don’t care about politics
-Try to impress upon people what a big fucking deal all of this is! 
-Keep writing to your legislators—they work for YOU.
-Keep showing up at the capitol—it is YOUR house.
-Keep Wisconsin on the right side of history. 

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mehreenkasana:

Always good to explore and learn.

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Make no mistake. Recalling Scott Walker is a big honking deal. America is full these days of Republican governors who overreached, and whose political support is trembly at best, whether it’s Snyder in Michigan, or Kasich in Ohio, or Bat Boy down in Florida. Bringing down Walker would bring more heat on all these guys, to say nothing of energizing labor for the campaigns ahead. Anybody who doesn’t recognize the Wisconsin recall as a national event hasn’t been paying attention. Certainly, the Republicans recognize it as such; Walker’s been in Wisconsin less than Ryan Braun has in the past few months.

Charles Pierce, Why the Democrats Lose

Read the whole post; it’s short and sums up the DNC quite well.

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OK, but why should anyone outside of Wisconsin care about this? Here’s why: the voting in Wisconsin this spring “will be the first national test of the possibility of democracy in the Citizens United era,” writes Ruth Conniff of the Madison-based magazine The Progressive, referring to the historic Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited spending on polticial campaigns. If conservatives succeed in breaking public unions in Wisconsin, they will try the same thing everywhere, with mind-blowing seriousness. 

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/why-wisconsins-recall-clusterf-k-matters-20120508#ixzz1uQ0psB9Y

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“The recall will enable the people to dismiss from public service a representative whenever he shall cease to serve the public interest.” - Fighting Bob LaFollette
Vote, Wisconsin!  Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Get out there, folks! Even if you don’t have strong feelings about the candidates in this primary, use this opportunity to show them our numbers. Show them how ready we are to take this clusterfuck into our own hands and turn it back into our Wisconsin.

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“The recall will enable the people to dismiss from public service a representative whenever he shall cease to serve the public interest.” - Fighting Bob LaFollette

Vote, Wisconsin!  Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Get out there, folks! Even if you don’t have strong feelings about the candidates in this primary, use this opportunity to show them our numbers. Show them how ready we are to take this clusterfuck into our own hands and turn it back into our Wisconsin.

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We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.

Thomas Mann, Senior fellow at the Brookings Institute & Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in the Washington Post (via herblondness)
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Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Walker signed 51 bills into law.  Here is what just a few of the new laws will do:

  • Eliminate voter registration from high schools and some tribal schools
  • Prohibit insurance providers from providing coverage for abortion service and require a 24-hour waiting period before a doctor can perform an abortion (to make sure the patient’s choice is “informed”)
  • Require schools that teach sex ed to promote abstinence and inform students of the “benefits of marriage”
  • Prevent people subjected to workforce discrimination from seeking compensatory or punitive damages