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Anybody watching Trump live?

OMG!!!

This man is totally insane!

Downtown Oshkosh...Saturday Afternoon

I don't live in Oshkosh but I like it a lot and hope to live there someday.

I really like Main Street. Even on Saturday afternoon/early evening, the streets are busy and you have to watch closely for pedestrians crossing in the crosswalks. It's a vibrant place.

But....

When we were stopped at a light getting near the convention center, there were two men dressed in some perversion of red,white, and blue, one of whom was waving a large Trump FLAG and the other holding and promoting a Trump 2020 campaign sign. Both were shouting and cheering Trump to catch the attention of the stopped traffic. It sort of ruined the whole enjoyment of the downtown.

I know there is a lot of support for Trump in the Fox Valley in general, but I think what bothered me most was the display of radical support for Trump that goes beyond what I've always considered "normal" politics.

In thinking it over, I conclude that we, in Wisconsin, are in for a bare-knuckled brawl in 2020 and we had better be prepared.

Confusing contacts...why?

I think Iíve been following the Manafort drama very closely but it looks like I missed something. Maybe my friends here on DU can point me in the right direction. Hereís the scenario I think is playing out and the questions.
I think Manafort was placed in the Trump Campaign by either Dirapaska (through his buddy Kilimnik) to make sure that Trump was on-board with release of the Russian sanctions and to secure compliance with Russian policies in Crimea and Ukraine. Why Manafort? Because Manafort owed millions to the Russian Oligarch and I suspect he worked for Trump ďfor freeĒ under orders from that oligarch in an offer he couldnít refuse.

The questions that I canít answer are these: Who recommended Manafort to Trump? Or, how in the hell did Manafort ingratiate himself to Trump enough to take over his campaign? AndÖ.did Manafort know that Trump was dealing through Cohen for a Trump Tower in Moscow?

To make it even more confusing, look at all the attempts to create ďback channelsĒ of communication between Moscow and Trump. There were (as reported) over 100 separate communications between Trump officials and Russian agents or representatives. Why? Why did they need to do this while Manafort was running a Russian operation at the top of the Trump campaign?
The Trump Tower meeting is a mystery also. The Russians already had Manafort on board, why did they need to set up a separate meeting in Trump Tower?

My personal theory is that multiple Russian agencies/oligarchs were playing Trump for different reasons and decided to proceed on multiple fronts to compromise and corrupt the campaign. It appears to be far more DISORGANIZED than a coherent Intelligence agency operation.

Anybody else have a theory on this?

Wisconites...can you proof this for me?

RE: WISCONSINíS LAME DUCK COUP Dí ETAT

Iím sure all my Wisconsin friends, both Republican and Democratic, have heard the details of the proposed lame duck session on Tuesday of next week when the Republican Party Controlled State Legislature will try (and probably successfully) undermine the will of the voters in last Novemberís mid-term elections.

True, thanks to court-challenged and yet to be resolved gerrymandering, Republicans maintained their majority in both houses of the legislature. But it is equally true that they did so on the basis of promises that they agreed with the stated desire of the public that health care exclusion of pre-existing conditions were NOT what they wanted and yet, Fitzgerald and Voss are proposing legislation to prevent the newly elected Attorney General from withdrawing from a law suit that would allow insurance companies to carry on with this practice. Many Republicans ran under the ďcoverĒ of saying they were in favor of prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and now they are proving that their support was just another cheap campaign ploy. They are showing their hypocrisy.

The same hypocrisy holds true for the effort to be taken up in the Lame Duck Session on early voting. Republicans claim loudly and boldly to support voting integrity and yet they will try to limit access to the ballot box by limiting the time in which Wisconsin residents can cast their vote early.

The people of Wisconsin voted decisively that new leadership in Wisconsinís state-wide offices was wanted. This Executive Branch experienced a near-total house cleaning to provide new leadership to the State of Wisconsin and again, in a naked and crass power grab, the Republic-controlled legislature seeks to thwart the will of the voters.

To place a fig leaf over their naked aggression Republicans are using two arguments.

The first is simply that the electors put them back in office; they have the votes, so they can do anything they want. Not true. The people of Wisconsin voted for those state wide offices on the basis of issues and as stated above they spoke loudly and clearly about where they stand on those issues. And, as also stated above, many Republicans running for re-election AGREED with the same issues upon which the Governor and the other members of the executive branch were elected. The actions of the Republican legislature not only reveals the hypocrisy of the those Republicans who were re-elected, but also raises a proverbial middle finger to the will of the voters who entrusted them to carry out their promises.

The other argument I hear from the Republican rank-and-file is ďthis isnít a democracy, itís a Republic and you (insert your choice: liberals, libtards, snowflakes) donít understand this.Ē On the contrary my friends it is you who do not understand that we are a democratic republic. We elect our members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to reflect our will as we have the opportunity to express it.

Without much hope that any of these words will have influence with my Republican friends, I respectfully ask you to reject the proposals put forth in the Lame Duck Session and serve the people of Wisconsin as statesmen with an eye toward respecting the institutions of our State of Wisconsin as opposed to power-hungry politicians.

What's happened to us...??

http://progressive.org/dispatches/the-undoing-of-progressive-wisconsin/?utm_source=THE+PROGRESSIVE+UPDATED+LIST&utm_campaign=762084fb72-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_28_03_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_194f0c7083-762084fb72-186703605&mc_cid=762084fb72&mc_eid=63e03c61b7

This is significant!

http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/news/2018/01/16/wisconsin-voters-chose-legislators-tuesdays-special-elections/1038687001/

A district that was gerrymandered bright red....and...a democrat won a special election....

Head's up 7th CD!

The attached article from TALKING POINTS MEMO shows pictures of Congressmen celebrating the "defeat of Obamacare"...and among them is Sean Duffy..

But the authors have done something great...they have annotated in RED the names of the Congressmen along with the NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THEIR DISTRICT WHO COULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE..

In the 7th CD...57,000.......that's 57,000 people who have a reason to vote against Duffy..

Here's the article.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-trumpcare-butcher-block-celebration-in-photos-annotated

What the hell happened?

I found this old post of mine on facebook..The contrast between what the Republicans did to Health Care last week as well as the B.S. Transportation Proposal the Wisconsin Republicans have used as a vehicle (no pun intended) to push through a FLAT TAX on Wisconsin citizens and what the REPUBLICAN PARTY USED TO STAND FOR is absolutely mind-boggling...

Here's the post:

In defense of once being a card-carrying Republican, another blog found this text of the official Republican Party Platform in 1956...enjoy

"We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs--expansion of social security--broadened coverage in unemployment insurance --improved housing--and better health protection for all our people.

We recognize the need for maintaining isolated wilderness areas.

A continuously vigorous enforcement of anti-trust laws

Legislation to enable closer Federal scrutiny of mergers which have a significant or potential monopolistic connotations;

Procedural changes in the antitrust laws to facilitate their enforcement.

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;

Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;...

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with p
ersistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectivel

Wow! The Guardian isn't pulling their punches

I think they're more upset about the election results than we are.

As to the descent into leftwing in-fighting, so distracting from the task of trenchantly opposing a fascist, it has the same driver: if you are fighting to reach a consensus, however bitterly, you can only do so with people who will move. You cannot discuss climate change with a person who thinks all scientists are crooked; you cannot discuss abortion with people who conceive women as chattel to begin with; itís meritless. And yet to fight with one another is not neutral, it does more than just pass the time. It creates false equivalence or, worse, a hierarchy that has its arse on backwards. If you are talking about Hillary Clintonís corporate cosiness and not Trumpís endorsement by the KKK, you are unavoidably putting one above the other.


edited to provide link:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/15/dangerous-fantasy-donald-trump-normalisation-us-president-elect-barbarism?CMP=fb_gu

Fraternal Order of Police

I ALWAYS make an annual donation to the Fraternal Order of Police. Haven't failed in years...

So when I got the telemarketing solicitation, I cut him off from his spiel about what FOP does and told him just to renew my pledge, same as every other year. Told them to send the package in the mail and I would send check by return mail.

Then......

I find out that the National FOP ENDORSED TRUMP!

Instead of sending back a check, they got all their materials back and I included this:

Gentlemen:

I was solicited for a pledge to your organization via telephone on or about September 19 of this year. Having been a supporter of our local Police Department for years, I agreed to a $25 pledge as I have done in many years past. However, in the intervening time I was informed that the National Organization of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump for President on September 16, 2016.

I consider it inappropriate for a benevolent association to make any political endorsement and I am particularly offended over this endorsement.

For that reason I am rescinding my pledge to your organization. Please remove my name from your list of future solicitations.

Sincerely,


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