Jul 17, 2019

Wisconsin Republicans Take Water Polluters' Show on the Road

Huge sand deposits in Central Wisconsin guarantee
environmental and health catastrophes if millions of
gallons of liquid and aerial cow manure are to
be dumped into the environment by Big Ag.
Madison, Wisconsin — The Republican Party continues its work this Summer to facilitate factory farms and other big ag operations in their deliberate poisoning and depleting of surface and groundwater.

But a traveling roadshow, the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality, led by State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) claims to be looking for solutions to the same industrial-sized degradation to water quality for which Vos and his Party implement polluter-friendly policy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and state legislature.

Vos' expensive sham is a political necessity for Republican lawmakers working for industrial polluters thanks to the work of citizen groups.

Even in the gerrymandered state districts drawn to elect Republicans, the polluters' lobby in the state legislature is forced to engage in propaganda campaigns claiming Republicans too believe in protecting clean and safe water.

Republicans run political interference for big ag polluters across Wisconsin. Without the gerrymander, the Party would have been run out of office by angry voters.

As the newest water polluters' political campaign, the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality hearings are well-conceived as propaganda campaigns go, including luminaries such as George Kraft and U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Marc Borchardt — academics whose findings on the grave danger big agriculture presents to water and life are ignored by every single Wisconsin Republican officeholder.

Republicans don't care about water quality anymore than they care about women's health.

The next stop on the traveling roadshow is in Tomahawk and Steven Point, July 23, 24. At the Stevens Point public hearing, the polluters' lobby will be met by many central Wisconsin residents whom big ag proposes to run out of their own, multi-generational homes.

Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
12:00 PM
Dreyfus University Center
1015 Reserve St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Laird Room North

A July 16, 2019 email from Saratoga Concerned, a central Wisconsin citizens group fighting for clean water and specifically against a proposed massive [Wyscoki] factory farm, urges residents to speak:

For 7 years our community has fought against the Wysocki's resisting their efforts to establish their toxic CAFO [Confined Agricultural Feeding Operations or factory farms] and polluting business practices within our township. Throughout this fight many of us have become incredibly aware of just how precious our ground and surface water is to us locally and statewide. We have learned the naked truth of how our State Legislature, controlled by deep political donors, continuously allows for the exploitation of our resources and turns a blind eye to water contaminating business practices running rampant in our state. Our beautiful Wisconsin waterways are quickly becoming toxic and our groundwater resources contaminated beyond repair. Wisconsin water resources are too precious and contamination is hitting too close to home for us to sit back and think our fight to preserve our water here in Saratoga is over. Please read the information below, then mark your calendars and plan to attend, or SPEAK, at the upcoming public hearing.
"Water quality has become a buzz phrase in Wisconsin. During his first state of the state report, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2019 'the year of clean drinking water.' Weeks earlier Assembly Speaker Robin Vos began setting up a task force to determine the key sources of water contamination and ways to remedy them," notes WUWM.

The 2020 general election will demonstrate how much damage and degradation big agriculture and its Republican allies can inflict on water before a critical mass of voters overwhelms the gerrymandered legislative maps Republicans drew to protect their party against the will of the Wisconsin people.

Jul 11, 2019

Madison Wright-Designed Usonia 1 House Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Recognition

Above is the interior of the Frank Lloyd
Wright-designed Usonia 1 house in
Madison, Wiscosnin.
Updated - Madison, Wisconsin — A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Madison's Westmorland neighborhood on the near-west side was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List designation last weekend.

The Usonia 1 or Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House is one of eight Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings to newly achieve the Heritage distinction. 

The nomination and designation process was a 15-year effort effort led by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an "international organization dedicated to the preservation of all of Wright’s remaining built works," reports the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

"It is an immense honor to have Frank Lloyd Wright’s work recognized on the world stage among the most vital and important cultural sites on Earth like Taj Mahal in India, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Statue of Liberty in New York," said Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. "To have this unique American legacy placed alongside these precious few sites around the globe is meaningful because it recognizes the profound influence of this American architect and his impact on the whole world. . This designation is a great source of national pride, and while eight buildings are included in the inscription, it recognizes the importance of Wright’s work, embodied in every one of his buildings and designs. These sites are not simply World Heritage monuments because they are beautiful. It’s so much more than that. These are places of profound influence, inspiration, and connection."

James Dennis, emeritus professor of Art History of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lives in the Usonia 1 house.

Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin
is shown on CBS This Morning after achieving a designation
on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Dennis has long championed the social and cultural history of art and architecture.

Professor Dennis "should be pleased that his years of thoughtful stewardship contributed to the Jacobs House being recognized internationally as an important cornerstone to Wright’s work as a mid-20th century architect," said Anne Biebel, an architectural historian based in Cross Plains.

Biebel frequently works on projects with Taliesin Preservation, Inc.

In restoring the Jacobs house as his residence in the 1980s, Dennis involved a number of graduate students including Biebel, who was on-site to photographically document and keep notes on progress.

Said Biebel, "Jim Dennis essentially saved the Jacobs House by implementing much-needed structural repairs and thoughtfully completing the restoration of surfaces, finishes and landscaping. His recognition of the importance of this modest building and years of effort to restore and preserve it are exemplary."

From CBS This Morning, video is below:

Jun 29, 2019

Bernie Sanders Still Towering over Pack in Democratic Pres Campaign

Bernie Sanders won the debate, opine the Wall Street Journal and the progressive The Nation.

It's an assessment secretly shared by the liberal establishment media, and Democratic Party mucks who loathe Bernie, such as CNN. Bernie is setting the agenda and politcal message in 2020.

"Nothing will change unless we have the guts to take on Wall Street, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the military-industrial complex, and the fossil fuel industry," said Bernie Sanders at the debate.

The nerve.

Of course that a few huge interests control Congress and are looking out for themselves has been the overwhelming sentiment of the American people for a long time.

Even the lunatic in the White House knew how to tap into this sentiment, a capacity that eluded Hillary Clinton and her party that can't shoot straight.

No matter that Hillary Clinton screwed up the slam dunk known as the 2016 presidential election that installed Republican Party acolytes for years to come on the Supreme Court, no matter how many times Rachel Maddow whores herself out to the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

Polls still show Bernie would crush Trump in an general election match-up, a fact that must be erased from the political culture, (RealClear Politics).

Don't look for MSNBC to report this fact in the coming months, even when Bernie overtakes Biden in general election match-ups.

The liberal media knows all about Bernie's ascendancy, indicated at RealClear Politics.

To the extent, the Democratic Party continues to feed at the trough of the insurance, pharmaceutical, fossil-fuel, and the military industries' money, expect the stop-Bernie movement to become more hysterical, defamatory and desperate.

And Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd and Sean Hannity can be counted on to do their worst.

Jun 27, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Corrupt Parties a Win on Gerrymandering in a 5-4 Defeat for Voters

Republican justices dismissed the constitutional rights of voters.

No surprise.

Constitutional rights of citizens do not rise to the jurisdiction of federal courts, say Republican justices. That's the implication of the rejection of claims of violations of voters' First and Fourteenth Amendments by mostly the Republican Party.

Jun 26, 2019

Is United States Supreme Court as Corrupt as Wisconsin's — Thursday, June 27 Will Tell

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is a Republican Party operation.

This is a fact not in serious dispute, (Mal Contends, Democurmudgeon).

On Thursday, morning, June 26, the United States Supreme Court will release its rulings on two blockbuster legal-political issues — gerrymandering and a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The rulings will tell us if we still have an independent federal high court.

Both sets of cases are intended by Republicans to degrade the power of minority Americans and protect Republican Party rule.

"The Chief [Justice] just announced that the court will be back tomorrow, and tomorrow will be the last day," reported Amy Howe on SCOTUSBlog at 9:22 AM on Thursday.

The gerrymandering cases are: Lamone v Benisek and Rucho v. Common Cause.

The Census citizen case is Department of Commerce v. New York.

Noone appears to know. Few are optimistic.

Tune into SCOTUSBlog for answers tomorrow morning at 10 Eastern time; 9 Central.