Nov 19, 2018

Emanuel Cleaver Warns Ocasio-Cortez to Be Silent, Stop 'Humiliating' Herself in Stunning On-air Display of Patriarchy and Condescension

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Kansas, MO) appearing
on the Weekends with Alex Witt show, attacked and
condescended the progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
in open display of patriarchy that is at once pathetic and
destructive, (YouTube, 21:40-minute mark).

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can't be silent and just listen to old congressional hands
--- Where is this woman's husband?

National Democratic Party mucks appear primed to listen to their betters — progressives.

But dead-enders remain.

Witness Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Kansas, MO) appearing on the Weekends with Alex Witt show, (MSNBC).

Asked about intentions of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to help with progressive primary challenges against some Democratic incumbents, Cleaver's response is not merely patriarchal and condescending towards Ocasio-Cortez, the 75-year-old Cleaver is pathetic.

Cleaver said Ocasio-Cortez is alone in speaking against corruption and is going to "humiliate" herself, if the youngest member of Congress keeps speaking out against money in politics.

Urging acquiescence to corrupt congressional members, (one of whom Ocasio-Cortez defeated), Cleaver said, "If you've been around Congress for awhile—give advice. If you're just coming to Congress—consider it."

Cleaver is an old man in Congress accruing $six figures annually and building his pension in an attempt to achieve personal financial security while betraying a mobilized base of progressive activists working for change.

Ocasio-Cortez is right on the politics, right on proposed policy of the Justice Democrats, and personally embodies the brilliance, dedication and charisma of a progressive movement during a period of maximum peril.

Cleaver of-course, fawning and long obsequious to corporate power, is a supporter of Hillary Clinton.
This morning, in a profile in The Atlantic, Ocasio-Cortez is paraphrased in the headline: ‘If We Pass Medicare for All, I’m Going to Be Silent as a Lamb.’

Below is a video of Weekends with Alex Witt show.

Cleaver's segment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez begins at the 21:40-second mark. Watch this:

Nov 16, 2018

Wisconsin Vietnam Vet Recalls Roger Staubach, Medal of Freedom Recipient

Roger Staubach - Heisman Trophy winner, Navy officer,
NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback, and 2018 Presidential
Medal of Freedom honoree.
Madison, Wisconsin — President Donald Trump bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven Americans today in the East Room of the White House, (White House).

The recipients include NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback, Roger Staubach.

Staubach is a Heisman Trophy winner (1963), Super Bowl champ and brilliant and resilient quarterback who never gave up on a play, earning him the moniker, 'Roger the Dodger'.

What is perhaps less known is Staubach's patriotism and humanism.

After winning the Heisman Trophy in 1963 as a college junior, Staubach served four years in active-duty service in the Navy, including a year in Vietnam, before beginning his NFL career.

During Staubach's tour in Vietnam, Don Kosterman, a Vietnam Army veteran and retired journalist living in Dane County (Wisconsin), met Staubach at Chu Lai Base Area in 1965.

Kosterman served as a commanding Army officer at the sprawling complex and recalled a long conversation with Staubach at which the Navy man's character became apparent, four years before Staubach returned to civilian life for which he was recognized today.

"I saw this guy tossing some passes to some really good receivers, and someone told me he was Roger Staubach," said Kosterman, serving as an officer in the area. "Later on I was talking to Staubach, and what I remember before talking with Staubach was that he looked very upset. It was visible, something was obviously wrong."

Kosterman said, "Staubach said he had lost some men to enemy mortar fire, and I could tell he was really broken-up by it. He was Roger Staubach, and he was a guy dealing with some bad loss, and that is what more than anything sticks out — the guy really cared about his men."

Guys in a unit getting killed is something that never leaves, veterans will volunteer if you are privileged to win their trust.

In 2016, Staubach said to ESPN writer, Todd Archer: "I appreciated people cared about me and said, 'I’m a big fan of yours.' I’m really appreciative of that because we had some good teams. But I don’t think that’s quite the same feeling that you have as a veteran when somebody comes up and says, 'We appreciate your dedication to our country.'"

Roger Staubach received the Presidential Medal of Freedom today, the nation’s highest civilian commendation, (New York Times).

Don Kosterman will tell you Roger Staubach as a Navy officer was already a man of mettle and exceptional courage back in 1965.

Nov 13, 2018

Republican Party Base Is Racist, Anti-Semitic and Fundamentalist

Baraboo, Wisconsin youth offers display of community pride
Updated: See also Jonah Raskin: A California Jew in a Time of Anti-Semitism, in CounterPunch.

Madison, Wisconsin — News out of Baraboo High School that students gave a NAZI salute posing for a Prom picture should surprise noone.

The same racist minds can be found in DeForest, Wisconsin with a police force stacked with bigots.

Or, in Fitchburg, Wisconsin with City Hall similarly full of white malignant bureaucrats and too-many corrupt, racist cops.

They vote Republican. They're white and proud of it. And racists are everywhere here. See S. Ani Mukherji in the Boston Review.

Small-town Wisconsin and rural USA are the vanguard for the White Party, the Republican Party, and criminal, hateful and violent conduct is given a free pass.

If you are a racist, Christian fundamentalist who works against Jews, Muslims and atheists, Trump and the White Party have a home for you.

You can be attorney general.

Where America is going is unclear:
Time to speak out.

Notes ThinkProgress this morning:

In the United States as in other countries, those old demons include Nazis and other variations of white nationalists, modern iterations of whom strongly support nationalist leaders like Trump and whom Trump has praised in return. When white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville last year, for instance — one of them even murdering a counter-protester by driving into a crowd with his car — Trump insisted there were 'very fine people' on both sides of the demonstration. 

We know where Baraboo, Wisconsin stands, where the Republican Party stands.
A book to read for the Hitler youth of small-town America:

Milton Mayer's They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 (University of Chicago Press. ©1955).

Mayer, an American Jewish writer who had gone to Germany in the 1930s, made friends with 10 people, all of whom were members of the NAZI Party. He found them courteous, funny, genuine human beings whom he called "friends."

They were also fools and certainly were guilty.
From Milton Mayer:

But Then It Was Too Late

"What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

"This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

"You will understand me when I say that my Middle High German was my life. It was all I cared about. I was a scholar, a specialist. Then, suddenly, I was plunged into all the new activity, as the university was drawn into the new situation; meetings, conferences, interviews, ceremonies, and, above all, papers to be filled out, reports, bibliographies, lists, questionnaires. And on top of that were the demands in the community, the things in which one had to, was ‘expected to’ participate that had not been there or had not been important before. It was all rigmarole, of course, but it consumed all one’s energies, coming on top of the work one really wanted to do. You can see how easy it was, then, not to think about fundamental things. One had no time." ...

Nov 7, 2018

Presidential-level Turnout in Wisconsin Cities Drops Gov Scott Walker and AG Brad Schimel

Voters in city of Milwaukee gave Gov-elect Tony
Evers (D) a 125,000-vote winning margin last night.
Updated - Madison, Wisconsin—The nightmare Wisconsin Republicans fear became reality last night — people voted, reclaiming Constitutional liberties after a federal court case found many Republican-enacted voter-obstruction measures unconstitutional, (One Wisconsin Institute v. Thomsen, In These Times).

Republicans view unobstructed voter access as a threat to their power.

In Madison and Milwaukee, 92 and 73 percent of registered voters cast their ballots, (Madison, City of Milwaukee).

The turnouts generated massive winning margins for Democratic Party candidates, (Dane County Clerk, City of Milwaukee).

Scott Walker tweeted a passage from the Bible this morning following his defeat. Walker's Tweet reads: "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

It wasn't God who beat Walker, though, it is Wisconsin voters against whom Republicans may act.

Metro administrations are fearful of more Republican retaliation against local control, a democratic exercise attacked by Republicans the last seven years.
The federal voting rights court case, One Wisconsin Institute v. Thomsen, is now before the full United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, (Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

The Seventh Circuit includes four new judges who were nominated by Donald Trump.

The four judges are expected to be hostile to voting rights, and were nominated because of their rightwing jurisprudence and fidelity to the Republican Party.

The Trump-nominated judges are: Amy C. Barrett, Michael B. Brennan, Michael Y. Scudder, Jr., and Amy J. St. Eve.

Nov 4, 2018

Campaign 2018: Year of Water Is Here

Clean water advocates from across Wisconsin gathered
at the state capitol in Madison to demand clean and
safe water. Image is from a video filmed in November 2015.
(Mal Contends)
Updated - Madison, Wisconsin — The toil of citizens working for clean water appears likely to pay off in the midterm elections statewide.

Massive water condemnation from factory farms enabled by corrupt Republican officeholders and resultant political activity have led to a reckoning — November 6, 2018, Election Day.

Republicans often sound like clean water warriors, adopting the language of the citizens fighting for water in political messaging.

Reports Jack Healy of the New York Times in a dispatch from Armenia in central Wisconsin this morning: "The groundwater that once ran cool and clean from taps in this Midwestern farming town is now laced with contaminants and fear. People refuse to drink it. They won’t brush their teeth with it. They dread taking showers. ... [F]ears and frustration over water quality and contamination have become a potent election-year issue."

Increasing opposition to proposed massive CAFO in central
Wisconsin signals statewide, clean water sentiment.
- Photo by Mary Captain-Braund (creative commons)
Potent is correct.

Wisconsin citizens around the state are working to protect Wisconsin's abundant fresh waters, (Saratoga Concerned, Kewaunee County, U.S. DHS, Mal Contends, In These Times, Water Watch Wisconsin, Kewaunee Cares, Tri-Lakes Management District, Protect Wood County and Its Neighbors, Citizens Concerned about Lake Superior CAFOs, Farms Not Factories).

Republicans are fighting for the polluters.

It's that simple.

Residents in central Wisconsin are fighting a proposed
massive factory farm owned by the infamous
Wysocki corporation, (Saratoga Concerned). State
Rep Scott Krug (R) runs political interference for
polluting industry, and appears poised to pay
the price at the ballot box in the gerrymandered
72nd state assembly district.
Writes the Times Healy

As [Gov Scott Walker (R)] runs for a third term, his Democratic challenger, Tony Evers, has turned polluted wetlands and unsafe water into campaign slogans. In Lodi, north of the state capital, Ann Groves Lloyd is campaigning for the State Assembly with a tongue-in-cheek ad in which she tries to water her cows with plastic bottles and irrigate her fields with a water cooler strapped to a John Deere tractor.

Some voters who say they cannot drink from the taps or water their livestock without worrying about nitrates or E. coli bacteria say the state’s deregulatory spree has gone too far.

'I blame the government,' Jose Rangel said one afternoon as he sat in the living room of his trailer home, reviewing a letter confirming that his 27-foot-deep well had tested at double the federal safety limits for nitrates. 'We can’t do nothing about it. I’ll vote. I want clean water.'
Election Day 2018 will remembered as the day Wisconsin citizens did something about it; they voted out the water polluters' lobby seated in the capitol.