Jul 13, 2018

Wisconsin Dem Guv Candidates Debate — Tony Evers Bashes Students, Stands Alone on Key Campaign Issues

Wisconsin candidates for the Democratic Party
nomination for governor appeared at forum at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on July 12, 2018
Campaign Analysis

Public Schools Chief Takes GOP Positions Far to Right of Democratic Field

Madison, Wisconsin — The eight candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for governor appeared at a forum last night and made news as one candidate backed higher tuition for technical students, said Foxconn is here to stay, days after panning marijuana legalization and opposing mass pardoning of non-violent 'offenders.'

On the campaign trail, seven candidates for the nomination have blasted skyrocketing mass incarceration in Wisconsin and declining state support for college and technical schools.

Tony Evers has defied the field, dismissing calls for free tuition for technical schools and rejecting candidate calls for marijuana legalization and mass gubernatorial pardons, (Keith, Fox6Now-Milwaukee).

At last night's debate held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Evers rejected a popular proposal that technical college students get free tuition for two years, delivering an unexpected slap.

"I think there should be some skin in the game," said Evers, suggesting tech students are not invested in their education and training under the tuition-relief proposal, (Fannon, WKOW-TV-Madison).

Earlier this week, Evers, the Superintendent of the Dept. of Public Instruction, continued his move to the political right on the issues of legalizing marijuana and mass pardoning, a tact garnering derision from candidate Matt Flynn, who called Evers "Republican-lite."

Flynn has repeatedly called for "legalizing marijuana and pardoning people who are locked up for possessing the drug," (Keith, Fox6Now-Milwaukee).

Evers comes from small-town, overwhelmingly white east-central Wisconsin, where he served as superintendent of the Oakfield School district, carrying on the provincial culture of the region, a fact Evers attempts to obscure in his campaign website, (Meet Tony Evers).

Evers also differs from Flynn in particular and rest of field broadly on Foxconn.

Reports WisPoltics from the debate:

Later, Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn pressed Evers on the [Foxconn] package. Declaring he would 'kill the Foxconn deal,' Flynn noted Evers has no experience as a commercial litigator and suggested he was just repeating what he’d heard from others.

Evers countered it was a 'horrible deal' and 'we’re giving them way too much.' He supported reworking the contract.

'The bottom line is we have to have a "plan B",' Evers said. 'I can’t sit up here and tell the people of Wisconsin, by the way, this isn’t going to happen. They’re already there. Since they’re already there, we have to make sure the people of Wisconsin are treated fairly.'

Flynn and the rest of the field's opposition to Foxconn, mass incarceration, and strangling student debt marks a contrast from the white man from Plymouth and Oakfield.

Jul 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Lie, Senate Dems Need to Stop Vote by Any Means

Opponents of Brett Kavanaugh rallied outside the Untied
States Supreme Court last night. "Are you ready for a fight,"
said Bernie Sanders. Yes, America appears ready for a fight
that may dwarf the 1987 Bork nomination by comparison.

Kavanaugh and Bork Are Two of a Kind

"He looked, and talked, like a man who would throw the book at you — maybe like a man who would throw the book at the whole country," said Tom Shales, media critic at the Washington Post, commenting on the Robert Bork confirmation hearings in 1987, cited in the exhilarating book, Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America, (W. W. Norton), by Ethan Bronner. [Pick a copy of Bronner's work if you have even a passing interest in the biggest political event since 2016, stopping the Kavanaugh nomination.]

Bronner chronicled a landmark breaking point in American political history when the people rose and the United States Senate listened, defeating the Bork nomination 58-42. The vote led to the nomination and confirmation of Anthony Kennedy, a corrupt justice responsible for the among worst decisions in American judicial history: Bush. v. Gore (2000), Citizens United (2010) and Shelby County v. Holder (2013), among them.

Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) publicly warned the zombie-like Senate Dems to assume war footing against the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh who is even worse than Kennedy.

Defeating this radical corporatist-statist Kavanaugh presents problems vis a vis the radical corporatist-statist Bork.

First among the challenges is the current composition of the Senate — 51 (R) to 49 (D), (115th Congress).

In 1987, Bork faced a Senate controlled by Democrats 55 (D) to 45 R), (100th Congress).

In 1987, six Republican senators voted against Bork, (Los Angeles Times).

In 2018, only a fool would count on any Republican senators rejecting the Christian fascist nominee.
Bork was a public relations disaster on a superficial visceral level.

Kavanaugh came across as a blend of Jimmy Stewart and Matt Damon, who above all loves his family and likely says nice things about your mother.

Kavanaugh's unmistakably appealing image is a lie. The visible malice of Kavanaugh as a younger man has melted into the kind visage we watched last night.

Kavanaugh comes prevetted by the radical, anti-civil liberties Federalist Society, armed with a jurisprudence that is savage and hateful.
Trump is a malignant clown, but whatever delusions from which Trump suffers, he knows how to unite the right into a fascist, corporate, Christian state that animates the political animal Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh will vote to further degrade civil liberties and target women, minorities, immigrants, gays and elevate corporate power, executive branch power and any level of law enforcement over everyone in the name of god-almighty.

Our rights mean next to nothing.

The Republican Party and Kavanaugh will use the Supreme Court as a means of decimating the rights of the citizenry and any competing political opposition.

Make no mistake Kavanaugh is ambitious, vicious and deceitful. A woman's right to her body is gone with Kavanaugh on the Court.

Plan A should be no hearing, no vote until the Congress convenes in 2019.

Stopping Kavanaugh and Trump is doable.

We have the anti-Trump infrastructure in place, public opinion and mid-term elections. Trump and Republicans in Congress enjoy consistently low levels of approval.

We need determination and political competence.

This is the time of Bernie Sanders and it is the time of us. Our rights depend on what we do in the next six months.

As Stephen Macedo writes in The New Right v. the Constitution:

When conservatives like Bork treat rights as islands surrounded by a sea of government powers, they precisely reverse the view of the Founders as enshrined in the Constitution, wherein government powers are limited and specified and rendered as islands surrounded by a sea of individual rights.

Think of the younger generations, because the country we are leaving them will not be recognizable — a society of diminished rights, and people living as tools to power, tightly constrained, with little legal recourse.

A democracy without rights is tyranny.

Do we trust the future of our democracy to these six senators? Not on our lives:

Jul 6, 2018

Under Trump, DoD Is Abruptly Discharging Immigrants Serving in Army on Scurrilous Grounds

The white supremacist Trump administration has abruptly discharged dozens of immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits, the Associated Press reports.

Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke report:

The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.

'It was my dream to serve in the military,' said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week. 'Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military.'

An Army report obtained by an immigration attorney, featured in an AP video, notes that one servicemember was discharged after Army investigators discovered an American flag on the man's cell phone and an Army bumper sticker on his car, activity that the Army claimed in a report is "suspicious."

This is more purging of American society by the Trump adminstration which has become openly racist and aggressive in the preceding weeks following its targeting of immigrant families and the forced relocation of children into internment centers and cages.

Trump's 'Make America Great Again' Call Is Normalized

DeForest, Wisconsin Police Chief Daniel Furseth is
a racist cop and noted scum-bag who rose through the
ranks of the DeForest Police Dept where racism
opens doors to white cop careers.
Donald Trump's work against American society alarms most everybody outside the Republican Party coalition as this lunatic has united the right under a call for the restoration of America.

The GOP's agitprop operation lends coherence and inspiring myths for generations of American whites who have divined anew the alleged evils of alien forces — the universities, the cities, enclaves of immigrants and Muslims, the lying press-fake news and identifiable blackish folks carrying on in public as they breathe and laugh.

A racist DeForest, Wisconsin, (a few miles north of Madison), Police Chief Daniel Furseth mocked and ridiculed a group of young black folks who simply gathered together to dine at a local Steak ‘N Shake restaurant.

A police intern came in possession of the video, (made in 2007), and bore witness to the vile, casual racism of DeForest, Wisconsin.

The racist cop Furseth spoke in a mocking accent on the video, mimicking the young group in what is supposed to be a faux, black English vernacular:

'Ok, we is out on our dates. We got the bitches, we gonna get them, and we gonna give them food. I got my cane, I’ve gots (sic) my suit,. Oh baby … Ok boys, let’s go in. This is the (fanciest) restaurant we ever been to and it’s called the Steak ‘N Shake.'

'Unbelievable,' Furseth continues, dropping the accent. ...

Furseth is typical of white cops in Wisconsin, and a plurality of white Wisconsinites who voted Trump into office.

Furseth accepted a severance package from DeForest in late June, (Phillips, Wisconsin State Journal), but the racist culture remains. Furseth rose through the ranks of the DeForest Police Dept not in spite of his racism, but because of his racism.

Wonder how a Evangelical troll like Scott Walker gets elected. Walker, like former Gov. Tommy Thompson, appeals to racism and that's an imposing base in Wisconsin.

To Wisconsin whites, the mere sight of black people in public is per force a problem requiring an armed response and constant police vigilance.

Trump's racist tropes trace directly back to the propaganda of 20th-century totalitarian terror states.

  • The Soviet Union, the reactionary dungeon state that targeted, for example, everything from Noam Chomsky's cognitive psychology to anything American or libertarian, including any thinker who dared propose liberty, peace and humanity as the basis for a society vis a vis the USSR, (IndyMedia, CIA)
  • NAZI Germany promising a return to traditional values and law and order against alien influences, (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Trump's Make America Great Again appeals enjoy only a plurality of support among the population.

Ruling with minority support is a strategic project of the Republican Party. There is no apparent bottom to what Trump and the Republican Party will do to destroy political opposition to Trump by the American people.

For starters, the United States Senate should be shut down next week unless Sen. McConnell agrees to deferring the Supreme Court hearing and vote until the next Congress in 2019.

Jul 4, 2018

Independence Day Means Resist, Vote and Fight

Emboldened American racists feel free to act out and display
antipathy towards those with dark complexions. The crowd
at the Make America Great Again rally in Minnesota on
June 22, 2018 joined the president in jeering and outrage.
Photo by Tom Brenner, the New York Times
Madison, Wisconsin — A University of Wisconsin at Madison press release reminds the community that residents can vote absentee now in the coming Aug. 14 state and congressional primary elections.

Gov Scott Walker (R) and legislative Republicans (and only Republicans) passed dozens of voter obstruction laws making voting and registering more difficult.

Communities like UW-Madison are fighting back by helping voters cast ballots.

Wisconsin Republicans realize their only chance of hanging onto to power is to obstruct voters who are likely to vote against Republicans. Voter obstruction is a brazen, partisan project, and like Walker' effort to block elections and close early-voting sites reveals a hostility to democracy and liberty, the foundation of our society.

The sight of black voters casting their Article III right to vote under the Wisconsin Constitution is appalling to Republican white supremacists who dominate the Party. I witness this hostility every Election Day.

Republicans see young, black and brown folks canceling proper, informed white votes as illegitimate. White supremacists on Madison's southwest side and in the city of Fitchburg's City Hall, for example, have worked as enthusiastic partners in the Republican voter-obstruction project.

The Republican strategic war against voting in 2015 (Wisconsin Act 261) outlawed most municipal Special Registration Deputies, (except for care homes), who formerly could resister voters and verify residency and voter identity.

At the annual Wisconsin Republican convention this Spring, Republicans vowed to stop same-day voter registration and out-of-state college voters because of the anti-Republican bent of these two demographics.

The July 3 UW-Madison news release is reproduced below. The release offers a step-by-step guide to absentee voting.
You can vote now in the August primary election

It’s not too early to vote in the Aug. 14 primary election.

Offices on the ballot are governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, odd-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats, and all Wisconsin Assembly seats.

You can request an absentee ballot now using your spring 2018 Madison address, so even if you’re away for the summer (or don’t want to go to the polls), you can still be a Madison voter (If you have graduated and have no plan to return to Madison, you should re-register wherever you are moving).

What to do:

  • Snap your ID: Take a picture of your voter ID (Wisconsin driver’s license, passport, or student voter ID). If you’re using the student voter ID, visit go.wisc.edu/verify and take a screenshot of your enrollment verification.
  • Email your request: Send the pictures to voting@cityofmadison.com. Use the subject line “August Absentee” and include your name, your current Madison address, and “send me a ballot.”
  • Be sure to say if you’re already registered to vote; if not, you can send the registration form in now, too.
  • Finally, give the mailing address or email where you are now. If the delivery address or method changes, just email voting@cityofmadison.com
  • Questions? Email voting@cityofmadison.com

Want to vote in person? Already you can vote in-person absentee at the city clerk’s office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 103, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 10.

Most other in-person absentee voting sites don’t open until late July or early August, including three on campus.