Good Night & Good Grief

Ketterhagen Residence, Veterans Day 2012
Once again, Ketterhagen's got his crazy on. Phil has apparently fallen victim to recent attempts by some rightwing extremists to turn history upside-down by rehabilitating the reputation of Senator Joseph McCarthy -R, WI. you can read about it here in the Burlington Standard Press, with commentary to follow: http://myracinecounty.com/?p=14972

It seems Mr. Ketterhegen objected particularly to the donation of a DVD of the movie Good Night and Good Luck, a movie that recounts how newsman Edward R. Murrow exposed McCarthy for what he was a liar, a bully and threat to American freedoms.

Standard Press Excepts: He (Ketterhagen) said “Good Night, and Good Luck” vilified McCarthy, and didn’t address the historical context of the senator’s behavior. “Correct info should come from the Venona Papers which were released in 1994 from the Russian archives which shows McCarthy was totally correct in his findings,”

Ketterhagen also said at the meeting that he had reviewed teaching materials in the past, and had found a disproportionate amount of communist or socialist authors.


“I’m not going to allow the teaching of a philosophy, or a ‘left’ thing,” Ketterhagen said. He also held up a number of films he personally brought to the meeting, saying that most of the board would consider them too biased toward the “right” for use in the district. When asked, Ketterhagen declined to give the names of the films. End Excerpts
Notice that Ketterhagen not only echos McCarthy with his vague accusations regarding communist/socialist authors and what philosophies he is "going to allow", he also cited the Venona Papers, the very documents used by rightwing revisionists to attempt to justify McCarthy's behavior. Well, below is an article from the Wall Street Journal that demonstrates just how wrong the sort of upside-down thinking Mr. Ketterhagen is swallowingis , but how dangerous it is with regard to our potential to repeat the tragic mistakes of our past. After all, there certainly has been no shortage in the past few years of people of Mr. Ketterhagen's ilk making false and hate-filled accusations at our President of being a communist or a socialist.
Excerpts: "The problem was that McCarthy lied about his information and figures," Lamphere said. "He made charges against people that weren't true. McCarthyism harmed the counterintelligence effort against the Soviet threat because of the revulsion it caused."
During the hearings, McCarthy failed to substantiate his claims that communists had penetrated the Army. He did, however, insinuate that Fred Fischer, a young lawyer at Hale and Dorr, the law firm representing the Army, was a communist sympathizer because he'd been a member of the National Lawyers Guild at Harvard Law School. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg had also been a member of the group, which was alleged to be a communist front.
Upon hearing this accusation, Joseph Welch of Hale and Dorr, responded, "Until this moment, senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or recklessness." When McCarthy continued to hound Fischer, Welch said, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
A Senate committee concluded that McCarthy's behavior as a committee chairman was "inexcusable," "vulgar and insulting." On Dec. 2, 1954, the Senate voted 67-22 to censure him; on May 2, 1957, McCarthy, age 48, died of acute hepatitis, widely believed to be a result of his alcoholism.
As a top Justice Department attorney, John L. Martin prosecuted scores of spies during a long career, and read many of the FBI's most secret raw files on historic espionage cases, including the files on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Judith Coplon, Alger Hiss and Rudolph Abel. "While Venona later confirmed and expanded upon what the FBI knew about Soviet operations in the U.S.," Mr. Martin says, McCarthy used "the umbrella of national security to justify his outrageous practice of besmirching reputations of loyal Americans."
Efforts to vindicate McCarthy overlook the fact that he did not help the cause of dealing with the spy threat. Rather, he gave spy hunting a bad name. In sanctioning McCarthy's intimidating tactics and dishonest charges, revisionists dangerously invite history to be repeated.
Once again we can only conclude that Phil Ketterhagen is not only wrong, he's a nut and an embarrassment to the Burlington Area school District.
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Mary Burke in Kenosha Aug. 2nd

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BAP Presents and Evening with John Nichols!


Save the date! An Evening with author John Nichols. On July 30th, the Burlington Area Progressives will be hosting an evening with John Nichols. We will meet for coffee in the Burlington High School cafeteria at 6:30pm, with John's presentation at 7:00 in the auditorium. Below is his Bio from the Nation magazine:

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.
Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York TimesChicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.
Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.
Nichols is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press); and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: "At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift--a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history--that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country."
With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books) and, most recently, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.
Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest."
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BAP Presents and Evening with John Nichols!


Save the date! An Evening with author John Nichols. On July 30th, the Burlington Area Progressives will be hosting an evening with John Nichols. We will meet for coffee in the Burlington High School cafeteria at 6:30pm, with John's presentation at 7:00 in the auditorium. Below is his Bio from the Nation magazine:

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.
Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York TimesChicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.
Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.
Nichols is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press); and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: "At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift--a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history--that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country."
With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books) and, most recently, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.
Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest."
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Citizen Koch Coming to Burlington

Citizen Koch

Promoted by Burlington Area Progressives


Wednesday, August 13 6:30PM - 8:26PM

448 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, WI, 53105 (map) 
$10.00 General


In this searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award®-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water; co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 & Bowling for Columbine) follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. CITIZEN KOCH investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process, featuring stories of life-long Republicans whose loyalty is tested when their families become collateral damage in the GOP fight to take organized labor out at the knees. Alternately terrifying and funny, CITIZEN KOCH is an essential and powerful portrait of our political times.
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General Regular meeting Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kenosha County Democratic Party
General Regular Meeting
Thursday, August 7, 2014
7:00 p.m.
The Union Club
3030 39th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53144

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Support Jon Richards Candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General

You are invited to join
Democratic Leader Peter Barca
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser
Rep. Cory Mason and Rep. Tod Ohnstad

to support
Jon Richards
Candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General

Tuesday, July 29th
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Baker Street
6208 green Bay Rd
Kenosha, WI 53142

Host: $500
Friend: $250
Sponsor $100
Suggested contribution: $50

Contributions can be made payable to “Citizens for Richards” and sent to:
Citizens for Richards
5027 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
or made online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kreuserkenosha

Authorized and Paid for by Citizens for Richards
Nancy Nusbaum, Treasurer
www.JonForWisconsin.com

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Randy Bryce for 21st State Senate District

Active community member, veteran, and father Randy Bryce announced his candidacy for the 21st State Senate District in Wisconsin. A local ironworker, Randy is running to stop the partisan games, attacks on veterans and job creation failures in Madison.

“I have always put my community first,” said Bryce, “After the partisan games of the last sessions allowed partisan redistricting, attacks on veterans and a job creation failures, I knew I had to stand up for the community that I love.

“It is time to stop the single-party rule in Madison that jammed through countless pieces of harmful legislation without regard for the impacts on our communities. From making it harder for veterans to obtain compensation when dying from service-caused mesothelioma to the failure to keep up with our neighboring states in job creation, our community deserves better. I am running to give the 21st State Senate District the representation it deserves.”

Randy is a born and raised Wisconsinite with deep roots across southwestern Wisconsin. From serving in the US Army to helping homeless veterans find work to building southeastern Wisconsin monuments like Miller Park, Randy has spent his life giving back to his community. Randy is a Caledonia resident, and, has a 7-year-old son, Ben.

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Amar Kaleka for Congress

I began this campaign for Congress against Paul Ryan 9 months ago when the Republicans asked me to run for State Assembly. After I stopped laughing – I realized they were serious. I told them – “Sirs, the values of the Republican party do not speak to me.”

You see – America was the lighthouse that guided my father to safety from a distant farm. Like many pilgrims before them, my parents fled religious persecution. It was here in Wisconsin, on his front lawn, that my father flew the greatest and largest American flag he could find. He earned a penny per gallon on the gas he sold. Mom worked at Eagle knitting Mills. They worked countless hours to build a small business. And with everything they had saved, they started a small temple in Oak Creek.
Sadly – 21 months ago a neglected veteran who fell on hard economic times — opened fire at this temple.

I learned that no ONE man stands alone in their actions – especially actions this heinous. After much inverstigation, I realized what the true problem is: WE are in a RIGGED game.

Our nation has become polarized, frustrated, and armed to the teeth as the wealthy pit the the rest of us against each other, for financial scraps.

Realizing this unlocked inside of me – like never before – a desire to change that game. Had I been in office: I would never have neglected Army veterans.
I would never have fanned the flames of extremist hatred to win partisan points.
I would have done everything in my power to stabilize the economy effectively.
These factors were contributors to my father’s death and the death of the American Dream.
And I can firmly pin that responsibility of the sentiment on the Extremists of our time.

America is not supposed to be a winner-take-all society. The American dream is about hard work, ingenuity, and a fair shake at life. Democracy and justice freedom and equality forgiveness and redemption are NOT just words, they are the finest thing that we can give each other.

I can firmly say – as so can you, that Washington is broken. Underneath Congress – there is a river of dirty money and corporate influence strangling every vote. This past year – only 88 bills were passed – that is the fewest in the history of the United States of America. When Congress continues to cut Veteran’s benefits and care for our grandparents – but fails to tighten Trillion dollar tax loopholes for their friends – we should be alarmed.
When it costs millions of dollars to run for Federal office – and the government, military, and our economy are controlled by a few select wealthy men, that is a mockery of the great American Republic.

This is why we – as Democrats – unite and fight. This is why we rally for a more perfect union — not a career in politics.

We listen to the working class, which forms the foundation of our economy.

We hear the cries of the babies born into poverty.

We listen to the college student, drowning in debt. I hear you.

To the waitress grinding on her second shift, I hear you.

To the veterans waiting on benefits who rightfully feel betrayed, we hear you.

To our metal workers and pipe fitters whose right to assemble is being attacked and infringed, I hear you.

To the men who build our cars and can’t afford to buy them, we hear you.

To those whose lives were cut down by gun violence, I definitely hear you.

When elected, those are the voices I will bring to Washington.

We are our brother’s keeper, that is the core of the great Democratic party, a progressive party the works for and protects and protects the public at all costs. I represent a new generation, a generation that is connected, unified, and forward thinking. A generation that doesn’t see in just black and white. Our future is on the chopping block. I represent the new Riders on the Storm.

“E pluribus unum” – out of the many we are one.

www.votekaleka.org

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Kenosha County Democratic Party – Events for July 2014

  • WE DO NOT HAVE A GENERAL MEETING IN JULY.
  • Sunday, July 27, 2014.
    KCDP Annual Picnic – Washington Park 12:00 noon to 4:00. Bring a dish to pass. Cost $5.00 with a dish, $10.00 without.

City District 8 Residents’ Meetings

  • Kurt Wicklund hosts a District 8 residents meeting on the 4th Saturday of every month, at 9:00 am, located at Andy’s Drive-In at 30th Ave and Roosevelt Road. The meeting covers the past month in city activity plus an opportunity for a question-and-answers session. He tries to have a guest speaker most months. If you are a resident of District 8, please join Kurt.
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