Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scott Walker Ad: Anthem

Scott Walker became the governor of Wisconsin in 2011.

Now, in 2014, he's running for governor again - for the THIRD time.

Here's an ad from Walker's campaign:

Wisconsin is moving in the right direction. Walker's success is undeniable.

Tom Barrett: Third Time's the Charm?

Within four days, Tom Barrett's campaign has sent the same fundraising email to supporters three times.

Apparently, it's working; or it's not and Team Barrett thinks it should be.

The email attacks Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke.

Here's the third release, this one sent by Johannah Karstedt,

Subject line: "fwd: ready"


The threat is real. If you missed last week's email from Tom, please take a moment and read it today.

One of Milwaukee's most controversial far right politicians, has set his sights on this race and Mayor Barrett next year. He's even pledging to spend over a quarter of a million dollars to challenge Tom.

Please take a moment, read Tom's note and if you can click here and help us fight back!


Johannah Karstedt
Finance Director
Friends of Tom Barrett

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tom Barrett
Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Subject: ready
To: Johannah Karstedt

Dear Friend,

I wake up every day and work hard to keep Milwaukee moving forward, but apparently there are politicians around town who have too much time on their hands.

This week, one of Milwaukee’s most controversial politicians and darling of the far right, David Clarke, ramped up talk about running against me for Mayor and started his attacks.

Sheriff Clarke has some interesting ideas when it comes to how he does his job and how he would address Milwaukee’s challenges.

For example, he once advocated that Milwaukee County citizens arm rather than rely on law enforcement--and he's the County Sheriff. And then went a step further and touted this dangerous message nationally.

Clarke claims to have balanced every budget put in front of him. But his office is projected to run a $4.6 million deficit this year, and his solution--threaten to sue the county so he can spend more.

And speaking of spending, he has already stated that he is prepared to spend over $350,000 to challenge me.

When he comes after me, I’ll be ready. But I’d love to have your help. Help me build a Rapid Response Fund to help fend off the inevitable political attacks by making a contribution of $25 or whatever you can do today.

We're turning things around here in Milwaukee with more people than ever, especially young talent, moving into the city. We've set major development projects in motion, making our neighborhoods safer and our city more vibrant. And our partnerships with local businesses and organizations continue to foster innovation and grow our workforce.

And I’m not done. I will keep fighting for Milwaukee, but I’m going to need your help fending off the political attacks that are headed my way. Please make a contribution to my Rapid Response Fund today.


I think it's time for some new material from Barrett.

And, it's time for a new mayor.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes U.S. Warship, and Obama

To say Vladimir Putin is getting cocky would be an understatement.

He knows Obama is weak. He can kick Obama around and there are no consequences.

The problem: When Putin kicks Obama, Putin kicks us.

From the Washington Times:

A Russian fighter jet aggressively taunted an American warship in the Black Sea by making “numerous close-range low-altitude passes” and exhibiting what some Pentagon officials described as provocative behavior and unprofessional conduct.

Army Col. Steve Warren said the fighter jet pestered the USS Donald Cook with continuous close fly-bys on Saturday while the destroyer was conducting operations in international waters. The Navy tried to communicate with the Russians, but to no avail, Col. Warren said.

“The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from the Donald Cook,” he said. “The event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes. This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries.”

Pentagon officials said the Russian fighter jet flew within 1,000 yards of the ship at an altitude of about 500 feet.
Humiliating Obama and the U.S. seems to be Putin's favorite pastime.

A Russian fighter taunting an American warship would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, during the George W. Bush administration.

You'd have to go back to the Jimmy Carter years to find this sort of complete disregard for the power of the United States.

It's scary.

What's next?

Please, Barry, grow a pair.


Flashback: Read "No Nobel Results From Obama Foreign Policy," by Charles Krauthammer, October 16, 2009.

Blood Moon, Total Eclipse - Time Zone Timetable

Tonight's total lunar eclipse is the first of four in 2014-2015.

From Sky & Telescope:

North America hasn't had a total eclipse of the Moon since 2011. But this long dry spell will break in the early morning hours of April 15th (beginning late on April 14th for the West Coast), when the full Moon passes through the umbra — the dark inner core of Earth's shadow.

The diagram and timetable below tell what to expect and when if you live in North America. The eclipse will also be visible from Central and South America and much of the Pacific. In eastern Australia the Moon doesn't rise until the total eclipse is already underway on the evening of the 15th.

If it's cloudy from your location in North America, you won't have another long wait for the next total lunar eclipse. The next one comes on the morning of October 8th for the whole continent except the farthest northeast. In fact, April's event is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014–15! Such eclipse tetrads are not common — the last one occurred a decade ago, but the next won't begin until 2032.
There are some clouds here, but the moon is visible.

The moon is illuminating the clouds. Quite lovely.

The total eclipse begins at 2:07 AM.


Perfect viewing so far.

Just beautiful!

Tax Day

One thing is certain: Obama loves taxing the American people.

"Tax Man" Obama Has Sought 442 Tax Hikes

According to a new report, President Obama has sought 442 tax increases since taking office, though most have died because of congressional opposition.

Having included 93 new taxes in his fiscal 2015 budget, the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform reviewed his proposals since his 2009 Inauguration to determine just how tax-friendly the president has been. Their conclusion: He's very friendly.

"History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The group's list of 442 tax proposals notes that he did sign 20 tax increases into Obamacare and a tobacco tax approved soon after he entered office. For the Obamacare taxes, the net tax hike over the next decade is at least $1 trillion, said the group.
Yikes! 442!

Most of Obama's 442 tax hikes died because of congressional opposition.

Thank you, Congress!

Yes, of course, they're racists for standing in opposition to Obama's policies. But they helped tax-paying Americans.

Thank you, Congress!

Remember this tweet from the White House, 2012?

"Happy Tax Day"?

What's happy about it?

The government confiscating my money isn't something I celebrate.