Strangulation of Local Control


PLUTOCTOPUS REX!
First we saw that American Majority, a national group funded by the Koch Bros was training Tea Party candidates for the Burlington School Board.

Then we saw that the fascist American Legislative Exchange Council (fALEC), also a Koch supported group is also going to insert itself into local elected officials across the country.

And now we see that the national group Americans for Plutocracy, also funded by the Koch Bros has injected itself into the Kenosha Unified school board race, because the existing board had not used Gubnah Walker's divide & conquer "Tools" to sufficiently punish the public school teachers.

Just connecting the dots . . . or should I say suction pads?

Americans for Plutocracy, fALEC and Merican Majority, all tentacles of the Koch Bros Plutoctopus and all worming their way to strangle your local control and shroud your democracy in an inky cloud. Because Republicons no longer believe in local control. They only believe in CONTROL! 
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State Senator John Lehman This Thursday!

Mark your Calendars!
Burlington Area Progressives
Are hosting:

State Senator John Lehman

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Thursday April 10 - 7:00 pm
Los Compadres Restaurant
725 Milwaukee Avenue
Burlington
The event is free and open to the public!

John has seen up close the challenges our Badgered State faces due to Political Agendas, Partisan Schemes and Plutocratic Power Grabs that have needlessly divided our state and our citizens. Come and hear how we can restore Wisconsin's reputation for Goodwill, and Clean, Fair, Open and Progressive governance.

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. – Plato

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Short Changed on Freedom of Speech

Short Changed on Your Freedom of Speech

Attention American Consumers!
You are yet permitted to move about the confines of this country consuming. Meanwhile, the Extreme Court anointed $upercitizens will exercise self-determination over their Dominion on behalf of themselves as a service for you all. You're welcome, don't mention it.

Please note that the pasture beneficently afforded you by your Rulers for your consumption, stretches from sea to shining sea and from the Great Lakes to the Rio Grande. Know your place, go forth and shoptill you drop! And if you'd like to exercise your "Freedom speech" in our Fiefdom, rest assured you've been "herd". Resistance is Feudal.

Bow Serf!
Chief Injustice Roberts
Behold the Face of Corruption!

The Fascist Five Judicial Hacktivists on the Extreme Court have now emphatically confirmed what they are.
God Damned TRAITORS!

First there was the over-reach of the Citizens United decision for which Chief Injustice Roberts went beyond what was necessary to simply decide the case at hand and expanded the scope in order to achieve his Plutocratic Political Goals. Not prudent, not Judgely Dude!

That Legislating From the Bench Betrayal of Representative Democracy opened the flood gates of Anonymous Money from Billionaires and Corporate "Persons" to swamp democracy. Although the likely result is that the Stinking Plutocrats probably won't even have to spend all that much of their Precious Money. After making examples of a few of their Wayward Vassals, the mere threat of wielding their Royal Money Scepter as a weapon against our "Representatives" will be more than sufficient to make them hew to the path demanded by their Feudal Lords.

Then came Wednesday's Atrocity against Democracy, the McCutcheon decision which doubled down on the previous Demonstration of Fealty by ensuring that our Rulers will be able to Purchase Politicians in Bulk. After all, Economies of Scale is practically the Capitalist's Prime directive!



The Supreme Court Reactionaries of the United States (SCROTUS) swelled again and over-turned decades of legislative and judicial precedent, removing the limit that can be spent buying politicians by any one individual in each two-year election cycle, ruling such limits unconstitutional. Insulated in their Priestly Robes, they've accepted the Faith that Money is Speech and that the Citizens no longer have the right to limit the ability of a few super-rich individuals to Buy Elections.

Injustice Roberts wrote that; "The government has a strong interest, no less critical to our democratic system, in combating corruption and its appearance. We have, however, held that this interest must be limited to a specific kind of corruption — quid pro quo corruption — in order to ensure that the government's efforts do not have the effect of restricting the First Amendment right of citizens to choose who shall govern them."

On what Roberts inhabited planet does the giving of billions of dollars by a few individuals and corporations (aka the 1%) with the expectation of a Return on Investment NOT create both the Appearance of Corruption, and Actual Corruption? When was the last time a politician wrote a law on Your Behalf? Hell, almost all the laws were already written on behalf of the 1% before this Travesty! When did the First Amendment go beyond the guarantee of freedom of speech and religion to address the choosing of governors? And what about the rights of the 99% to choose not to be Ruled by the 1% and their Government Of the Money, By the Money and For the Money? Didn't we fight a Revolution to throw off the Tyranny of the Wealthy, you know, the King and his Aristocrats? Those ruled by the interests of others are Not Free!

America in the 21st century, where the Power of the Voters must be Suppressed and that of the Money Gods exalted. Praise be to Con!

These are the Names of Traitors to Representative Democracy that will go down in the Anals of History for ensuring that Government of The People, by The People and for the People shall Perish from the Earth by writing its Epitaph: John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito.

Because they were so enraptured by the power of money, that the founder's vision of a nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal was simply beyond their grasp.

Yours in Freedumb,

Sean Cranley
CorpSerf #: IMNFD-1-OURBNFD-2
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BASD – Five Blows in a Row for Rational, Local Control!



Control!

Vote Totals:
Todd Terry 1,983
Rosanne Hahn 1,751
William Cambpell 1,677
Bob Lemken 1,003
Jim Berndt 964
Catherine Thielen 327
PS. I was kind of pulling for Jim Berndt. He told folks at the forum sponsored by the Standard Press that his Daughter had just graduated from an out of state college with a teaching degree. But when he asked her if she was coming home, she said that Wisconsin is no longer a good place to be a teacher. Obviously he raised an intelligent daughter who gets what's going on in the Badgered State!

I was however somewhat put off by the pairing of his signs with Lemken's, one of the WeVoBee candidates. But not as put off as I was but the pairing of Lemken's signs with the "I Stand with @$$#*!% Walker" signs, YIKES!
The other WeVoBee, Thielen dropped out. Pitty. Based on her letters to the editor, hearing her debate would have been worth twice the price of admission!
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BASD – Five Blows in a Row for Rational, Local Control!



Control!

Vote Totals:
Todd Terry 1,983
Rosanne Hahn 1,751
William Cambpell 1,677
Bob Lemken 1,003
Jim Berndt 964
Catherine Thielen 327
PS. I was kind of pulling for Jim Berndt. He told folks at the forum sponsored by the Standard Press that his Daughter had just graduated from an out of state college with a teaching degree. But when he asked her if she was coming home, she said that Wisconsin is no longer a good place to be a teacher. Obviously he raised an intelligent daughter who gets what's going on in the Badgered State!

I was however somewhat put off by the pairing of his signs with Lemken's, one of the WeVoBee candidates. But not as put off as I was but the pairing of Lemken's signs with the "I Stand with @$$#*!% Walker" signs, YIKES!
The other WeVoBee, Thielen dropped out. Pitty. Based on her letters to the editor, hearing her debate would have been worth twice the price of admission!
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VOTE!


It's election day tomorrow, April 1, 2014, please Vote!

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. - Plato
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Climate of Denial, Dishonesty or Pure Stupidity?


As predictable as clock work, my "favorite" Climate Denial and Tea Swilling Troll, Nemo crawled out from his 
bridge to offer his "Thoughts". Is it denial, dishonesty or pure stupidity? You decide.
Blogger Nemo said...
Holding back reality? Have you been outside this year? (sorry, I couldn't resist. We all know that weather does not equal climate unless it confirms the religion of Mann)

Second, you censored someone else? I thought what we had was something special. I'd write something pithy and you would respond in the only way you could given your limited abilities. And now I catch you censoring someone else? It really hurts sean, it really hurts. Heh.
3/20/14, 6:16 PM
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Blogger Nemo said...
And speaking of reality, did ya see that the APS (American Physical Society) is jumping ship on Mann made warming? No? Look here. But what would "a leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity" know about reality, eah? Heh.
3/20/14, 6:30 PM
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Blogger Sean Cranley said...
Well Nemo, I didn't realize that eastern North America constituted the entire globe. Have you looked what the winter has been like in the American West? How about Alaska? Siberia?

Oh and quick click on your link got me: "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."
3/21/14, 2:34 PM
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Blogger Sean Cranley said...
So I did your homework for you, AGAIN. And look what I found, More Nemo-tistical Non-sense, AGAIN!

The APS is NOT jumping ship on anthropogenic climate change. They are in the routine process of reviewing their statement, which they do for ALL their statements every 5 years!

This is yet another example of why you are either STUPID or DISHONEST and such an incredible waste of time! IDIOT!

This is exactly the kind of bullshit I was referring to when I said: "This is the problem I have observed repeatedly with the anti-science folks. They cobble together and misinterpret a series of facts in a vain attempt to stick their finger in the dike holding back reality."

http://www.aps.org/policy/statements/climate-review.cfm

From The APS Website:
The American Physical Society formally reviews its statements every five years. In accordance with that process, the APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) formed a Subcommittee to review its Climate Change Statement. The members of the Subcommittee are: Steven Koonin (chair), Phillip Coyle, Scott Kemp, Tim Meyer, Robert Rosner and Susan Seestrom. The Charge to the Subcommittee was approved by POPA and the APS Executive Board and is included in the Supporting Documents links.
As part of the POPA-approved process, on January 8, 2014 the Subcommittee convened a workshop with six climate experts. The Subcommittee used that meeting to delve more deeply into aspects of the IPCC consensus view of the physical basis of climate science. In doing so, it hoped to illuminate for itself, for the APS membership, and for the broader public both the certainties and boundaries of current climate science understanding. The framing document, expert bios, and the complete transcript for the workshop are included in the Supporting Documents links.
The workshop was the first step in a deliberative process. As a membership organization of over 50,000 physicists, APS adheres to rigorous scientific standards in developing all its statements. If the Subcommittee recommends updating the existing APS Climate Change Statement, then, consistent with APS by-laws, all APS members will be given an opportunity to review the statement and provide input during a comment period.
3/21/14, 2:51 PM
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Climate of Denial, Dishonesty or Pure Stupidity?


As predictable as clock work, my "favorite" Climate Denial and Tea Swilling Troll, Nemo crawled out from his 
bridge to offer his "Thoughts". Is it denial, dishonesty or pure stupidity? You decide.
Blogger Nemo said...
Holding back reality? Have you been outside this year? (sorry, I couldn't resist. We all know that weather does not equal climate unless it confirms the religion of Mann)

Second, you censored someone else? I thought what we had was something special. I'd write something pithy and you would respond in the only way you could given your limited abilities. And now I catch you censoring someone else? It really hurts sean, it really hurts. Heh.
3/20/14, 6:16 PM
 Delete
Blogger Nemo said...
And speaking of reality, did ya see that the APS (American Physical Society) is jumping ship on Mann made warming? No? Look here. But what would "a leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity" know about reality, eah? Heh.
3/20/14, 6:30 PM
 Delete
Blogger Sean Cranley said...
Well Nemo, I didn't realize that eastern North America constituted the entire globe. Have you looked what the winter has been like in the American West? How about Alaska? Siberia?

Oh and quick click on your link got me: "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."
3/21/14, 2:34 PM
 Delete
Blogger Sean Cranley said...
So I did your homework for you, AGAIN. And look what I found, More Nemo-tistical Non-sense, AGAIN!

The APS is NOT jumping ship on anthropogenic climate change. They are in the routine process of reviewing their statement, which they do for ALL their statements every 5 years!

This is yet another example of why you are either STUPID or DISHONEST and such an incredible waste of time! IDIOT!

This is exactly the kind of bullshit I was referring to when I said: "This is the problem I have observed repeatedly with the anti-science folks. They cobble together and misinterpret a series of facts in a vain attempt to stick their finger in the dike holding back reality."

http://www.aps.org/policy/statements/climate-review.cfm

From The APS Website:
The American Physical Society formally reviews its statements every five years. In accordance with that process, the APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) formed a Subcommittee to review its Climate Change Statement. The members of the Subcommittee are: Steven Koonin (chair), Phillip Coyle, Scott Kemp, Tim Meyer, Robert Rosner and Susan Seestrom. The Charge to the Subcommittee was approved by POPA and the APS Executive Board and is included in the Supporting Documents links.
As part of the POPA-approved process, on January 8, 2014 the Subcommittee convened a workshop with six climate experts. The Subcommittee used that meeting to delve more deeply into aspects of the IPCC consensus view of the physical basis of climate science. In doing so, it hoped to illuminate for itself, for the APS membership, and for the broader public both the certainties and boundaries of current climate science understanding. The framing document, expert bios, and the complete transcript for the workshop are included in the Supporting Documents links.
The workshop was the first step in a deliberative process. As a membership organization of over 50,000 physicists, APS adheres to rigorous scientific standards in developing all its statements. If the Subcommittee recommends updating the existing APS Climate Change Statement, then, consistent with APS by-laws, all APS members will be given an opportunity to review the statement and provide input during a comment period.
3/21/14, 2:51 PM
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Climate of Denial

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The above letter to the editor published March 6, 2014 in the Burlington Standard Press is provided with commentary as follows:

In his climate change denial letter in last week’s edition, Aaron Reesman said “Anyone who has studied the geologic history of Wisconsin would tell you that if it wasn’t for climate change, we would be sitting on the bottom of an ancient inland sea.” Well I’m geologist so I guess that means me. And like the rest of his letter Mr. Reesman has misinterpreted the facts, leading to erroneous conclusions. 

Yes Wisconsin was once under a warm shallow sea, but what altered that was hundreds of millions of years of plate tectonics, which lifted Wisconsin up and moved it north, thereby slowly changing the climate, not the other way around. This is the problem I have observed repeatedly with the anti-science folks. They cobble together and misinterpret a series of facts in a vain attempt to stick their finger in the dike holding back reality. 


Briefly, here a few simple facts. Carbon dioxide measurably absorbs more heat from our sun than our natural mix of atmospheric gases, fact. Since the industrial revolution we humans have measurably increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere 30% by extracting over 400 billion of tons of fossil fuels from our ground and putting them into our air, fact. You cannot change the composition of a dynamic system, as we have, without changing the properties of that system and how it behaves, fact. Just because it’s been cold recently in North America, does not mean that's true for the rest of our planet or that the laws of physics have been suspended. Our climate is changing fast, we are responsible for that and we are beginning to pay the price, which for some of us will be very high indeed depending on where we live.

Furthermore, Mr. Reeseman is simply wrong about increasing global temperatures.
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: The year 2013 tied with 2003 as the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The annually-averaged temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average and marks the 37th consecutive year (since 1976) that the annual temperature was above the long-term average. Currently, the warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above average. To date, including 2013, 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occured during the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013. The global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.06°C (0.11°F) per decade since 1880 and at an average rate of 0.16°C (0.28°F) per decade since 1970.

As someone who has formally studied geological history and paleo-climates, I too was once a climate change skeptic. But that is no longer possible with an honest examination of the mountains of evidence from the scientific community supporting the fact that we are changing our climate, and much faster than it has ever changed before on its own. Individual action is a good thing, but we cannot solve this problem individually, only collectively. We’re all in this together, even the deniers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re up to that challenge collectively as a species.
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Climate of Denial

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The above letter to the editor published March 6, 2014 in the Burlington Standard Press is provided with commentary as follows:

In his climate change denial letter in last week’s edition, Aaron Reesman said “Anyone who has studied the geologic history of Wisconsin would tell you that if it wasn’t for climate change, we would be sitting on the bottom of an ancient inland sea.” Well I’m geologist so I guess that means me. And like the rest of his letter Mr. Reesman has misinterpreted the facts, leading to erroneous conclusions. 

Yes Wisconsin was once under a warm shallow sea, but what altered that was hundreds of millions of years of plate tectonics, which lifted Wisconsin up and moved it north, thereby slowly changing the climate, not the other way around. This is the problem I have observed repeatedly with the anti-science folks. They cobble together and misinterpret a series of facts in a vain attempt to stick their finger in the dike holding back reality. 


Briefly, here a few simple facts. Carbon dioxide measurably absorbs more heat from our sun than our natural mix of atmospheric gases, fact. Since the industrial revolution we humans have measurably increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere 30% by extracting over 400 billion of tons of fossil fuels from our ground and putting them into our air, fact. You cannot change the composition of a dynamic system, as we have, without changing the properties of that system and how it behaves, fact. Just because it’s been cold recently in North America, does not mean that's true for the rest of our planet or that the laws of physics have been suspended. Our climate is changing fast, we are responsible for that and we are beginning to pay the price, which for some of us will be very high indeed depending on where we live.

Furthermore, Mr. Reeseman is simply wrong about increasing global temperatures.
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: The year 2013 tied with 2003 as the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The annually-averaged temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average and marks the 37th consecutive year (since 1976) that the annual temperature was above the long-term average. Currently, the warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above average. To date, including 2013, 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occured during the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013. The global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.06°C (0.11°F) per decade since 1880 and at an average rate of 0.16°C (0.28°F) per decade since 1970.

As someone who has formally studied geological history and paleo-climates, I too was once a climate change skeptic. But that is no longer possible with an honest examination of the mountains of evidence from the scientific community supporting the fact that we are changing our climate, and much faster than it has ever changed before on its own. Individual action is a good thing, but we cannot solve this problem individually, only collectively. We’re all in this together, even the deniers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re up to that challenge collectively as a species.
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