Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
This is the best incentive the Democrats have to get people out to vote?
Defend Obama's legacy?
Obama owns his legacy. He built it. Six years of Obama are already history.
The results of the 2014 election and the last two years of his presidency won't alter the mess he's made. There's no way he can dig out of that hole.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Predictably, whistleblower Michael Lutz has been brutally attacked by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm and his allies for revealing the partisan nature of Chisholm's John Doe investigation targeting Scott Walker. Lutz noted Chisholm's wife, Colleen, as a motivating force driving Chisholm's crusade. The D.A. responded with guns blazing.
Dan Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and mouthpiece for Chisholm and other Wisconsin Democrats, dutifully smeared Lutz with "explosive" allegations.
On Friday, Stuart Taylor, Jr. wrote a follow-up piece to his initial story exposing Chisholm's intent to get Scott Walker. He explains the harassment that Michael Lutz and his family have endured at the hands of Chisholm, Bice, and allies.
After missing a scoop on Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm’s long-running investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writers, along with the district attorney’s staff, hunted down the key source who had asked for anonymity, fearing retaliation.Taylor spells out the smear job on Lutz, providing details on the alleged death threat.
That story, produced by the American Media Institute and published by Legal Newsline last week, said that the district attorney’s wife was a teachers union shop steward, had taken part in demonstrations against the Republican governor’s proposal to curb public employee unions and was repeatedly moved to tears by governor’s legislative crusade.
...AMI’s confidential source was a former prosecutor in Chisholm’s office who feared his reputation and his law practice would suffer if he were unmasked.
The district attorney’s staff launched a Nixon-style “mole hunt” to find the anonymous source, a Journal Sentinel columnist said, and was annoyed that the description of the confidential source wasn’t precise enough to identify him. The staff developed a list of roughly a dozen suspects, the columnist said. The Journal Sentinel never reported this secret search.
The feared retaliation was not long in coming. The Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice, whose “political watchdog” column is titled “No Quarter,” appeared after dark at the source’s home on Sept. 11. Bice’s persistent door-bell ringing and heavy knocks awakened and frightened the source’s sleeping 12-year-old daughter, he said. The noise was so loud that a neighbor came out to investigate the din, he said.
When the source, a decorated and disabled-in-the-line-of-duty police officer, Michael Lutz, came to the door, he opened it a crack to hear Bice demand to know if he was the person quoted in the story. He did not deny it and speaks exclusively on the record in this story for the first time.
...Lutz felt he had a lot to lose if his identity were revealed, which Bice and the Journal Sentinel did on Sept. 12. Lutz felt that if he were exposed as the source, it would be hard to find clients once everyone in the county knew that the district attorney was now his enemy.
Most journalists’ first instinct is to protect the identity of whistleblowers against powerful people likely to retaliate against them. Not columnist Bice or the Journal Sentinel. They have devoted their energy to exposing Lutz’s identity, subjecting him to attacks, and seeking to discredit him.
...In his Journal Sentinel article headlined “Source who accused Chisholm of vendetta has troubled past,” Bice wrote: “But here is the shocker: Lutz issued a death threat, apparently in a drunken rage, against the prosecutor [Chisholm] and his family last year — a charge not in dispute, though it was never prosecuted.”According to Taylor, Lutz says that Chisholm has the recorded messages in his possession.
In reality, Lutz says, here’s what happened: His best friend and former police partner, Jon Osowski (also the brother of Chisholm’s wife) was in trouble and requesting help in alarming phone conversations with Lutz. Urgently, Lutz phoned the Chisholms, leaving messages expressing increasing and agitated concern for his friend, Osowski.
Finally, Lutz says, he succeeded in reaching the district attorney, goading him into action to aid his brother-in-law. Chisholm responded by going out into the night to help Osowski, Lutz says.
Lutz couldn’t go himself because Osowski wouldn’t say where he was, but Lutz was confident that Chisholm knew how to find him. Lutz also knew that the only person that Osowski would listen to in his time of trouble was his sister, Chisholm’s wife.
There was no death threat, Lutz stresses. “Any person who knows anything about the friendly relationship between myself, John Chisholm and Jon Osowski and my intense desire to get some family help for a dear friend knows, in context, what that call truly means. I think it is shameful to distort its intent. I do admit I could have used more tact in spurring the Chisholms to action.”
Lutz also adds that he and Chisholm “laughed about it” the next day and on subsequent occasions.
If he had said anything close to a death threat, Lutz notes, he would surely have been criminally prosecuted. He was not.
Chisholm should release the audio.
That would settle this dispute. Simple. Get that "explosive" stuff out there.
However, if Lutz truly threatened Chisholm and his family with death, why wasn't he prosecuted?
Chisholm looks bad if the death threat allegations are true or not.
Bottom line: It's unethical and unprofessional for Chisholm, via Bice, to smear Lutz and ruin his career, making his children suffer, without providing proof that the accusations are factual.
Friday, September 19, 2014
It's Talk Like A Pirate Day again.
Obviously, Pirates are not a protected class.
It's acceptable for their speech, dress, and behavior to be mocked.
And the term "wench" is not offensive.
Feel free to use with impunity, I guess.
Posted by Mary at 9/19/2014 11:30:00 AM
Democrat Mary Burke is making national news.
She "borrowed" her jobs plan, one her campaign refers to as "uniquely her own."
Andrew Kaczynski, BuzzFeed, writes:
Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan for Wisconsin appear to be copied directly from the plans of three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles.So, Burke's plan is "uniquely her own"?
Burke’s economic plan “Invest for Success” copies nearly-verbatim sections from the jobs plans of Ward Cammack, who ran for Tennessee governor in 2009 before withdrawing from the race, a 2008 plan from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and John Gregg who ran for governor of Indiana in 2012 and lost to Mike Pence.
...A spokesman for the Burke campaign told BuzzFeed News named an “expert” Eric Schnur who also worked on the other campaigns as responsible for the similar text.
“The core strategies outlined by Mary Burke in “Invest for Success” and her vision for how to create jobs and grow our economy are uniquely her own, informed by her time at Harvard Business School, through starting her own small business, serving as a top executive at Trek and leading the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Throughout the development of the plan, Burke discussed her ideas with a variety of experts both in state and nationally. Among those experts was an individual who also worked with the Markel, Cammareck and Gregg campaigns which explains why in a few, isolated instances similar language from those plans is used to describe ideas that are widely accepted as best practices or are ideas which hold promise for Wisconsin.”
Here's just one example of Burke's "uniqueness":
Ward Cammack's Plan:"Expert" Eric Schnur doesn't have the greatest track record.
Requiring our land-grant institutions to make supporting small farms a priority. These institutions can provide a wide range of support to small farmers to help them to improve farm profitability. Research and new technologies have played a significant role to increase yields and reduce costs throughout the agricultural system. Many of these advances can be targeted to help small farmers who could and benefit greatly from having site-specific information to increase yields, and therefore, improve economic performance. We can make new advances in technology – GPS systems to guide farm machinery and reduce overlap, early pest detection, identification of soil nutrient deficiencies, detection of plant stress, use of yield monitoring equipment – all advances that can significantly help the small farmer.Mary Burke's Plan:
These institutions can provide a wide range of support to a new generation of small farmers to help them to improve productivity and profitability. Research and new technologies have played a significant role to increase yields and reduce costs throughout the agricultural system. New technologies – like GPS systems to guide farm machinery and reduce overlap, early pest detection, identification of soil nutrient deficiencies, detection of plant stress, use of yield monitoring equipment – can significantly help farmers be more productive.
Cammack and Gregg both lost with the Schnur plan, the one uniquely Burke's own.
Amazingly, Dan Bice, writing for Mary Burke in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, covers the story.
Mary Burke accused of copying portions of jobs plan from other DemocratsShe's accused?
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is being accused of lifting sections of her jobs plan from three Democratic candidate who ran for governor elsewhere.
BuzzFeed reported late Thursday that Burke's plan, called "Invest for Success," includes nearly verbatim passages from the economic development plans put forward by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, Ward Cammack of Tennessee in 2009 and John Gregg of Indiana in 2012. Cammack and Gregg lost their bids.
The Burke campaign blamed the similarities on a consultant, Eric Schnur, who worked on the other jobs plans.
Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said the campaign fired Schnur effective Thursday evening.
This is black and white.
The headline should be something about portions of Burke's plan being IDENTICAL to three other Democrats, two losers.
Funny that "Expert" Schnur was fired by Burke.
Why should he get canned?
Zepecki's statement doesn't discuss any wrongdoing on the part of "Expert" Schnur. Actually, Joe seems to defend him a bit.
"Among the experts Burke spoke with was an individual who also works with other campaigns, including the Markel, Cammareck and Gregg campaigns for governor, which explains why in a few, isolated instances similar language from those plans is used to describe ideas that are widely accepted as best practices or are ideas which hold promise for Wisconsin."Who is "Cammareck," Joe?
"Isolated instances." "Similar language."
Not good, Joe. Not good.
Burke's campaign is in disarray.
This highlights what a lightweight Burke is. She's an empty pantsuit.
Plagiarism is always bad, but it's especially embarrassing that Burke's "uniquely her own" jobs plan was embraced by losers.