On Tuesday President Barack Obama appeared on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with host Zach Galifianakis, and hilarity ensued.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Between Two Ferns is a sort of mock-public access channel show hosted by Zach Galifianakis. It has the look of a public access show too, with very little decoration outside of a plain black backdrop, two stools and, of course, two ferns.
Watch for yourselves:
H/T to Think Progress.
On Tuesday Gov. Scott Walker said he would call a special legislative session if courts this spring do not uphold the state’s voter ID law, a law Republicans love because it will depress Democratic votes in Wisconsin. No doubt Gov. Walker wants to see voter ID enacted into law before this November’s election because it will smooth his path to re-election.
And while Gov. Walker is fixated on “fixing” his re-election changes, yet another company has announced it’s moving jobs out of Wisconsin.
Manitowoc Co. will cut about 150 jobs in Manitowoc as the company moves a production line that builds ice machines to a plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and possibly China.
The job reductions will take place over the next 21 months, the company said Tuesday, and could include about 40% of the production employees who make Indigo ice machines.
And here’s GOP Chairman Reince Priebus admitting the state Republican Party coordinated political efforts with outside groups like Americans for Prosperity, tea party groups, and the Grandsons of Liberty, among others.
[National GOP chair Reince] Priebus made his comments on a Saturday morning CPAC panel addressing how conservatives could fight and defeat organized labor state by state,..
“How did we do it in Wisconsin?” RNC Chair Reince Priebus asked Saturday morning. “The simplest way I can tell you is we had total and complete unity between the state party, quite frankly, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party groups, the Grandsons of Liberty. The [Glenn Beck-instigated] 9/12ers were involved…
Panelist Luke Hilgemann, the current Americans for Prosperity COO who formerly led the Koch-backed group’s Wisconsin efforts, told the crowd that the 2011 victory “started back in 2007 on the shores of Lake Michigan,” at a meeting of fifteen intrepid activists who’d “had enough of government overreach,” including then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP head, credited the ability to pass Walker’s reforms in part to the party and Tea Party activists unifying well before the 2010 primary…
In light of revelations by Reince Priebus of coordination between the Wisconsin GOP and outside groups, James Rowen of The Political Environment has a great question: Who was there at the pivotal meeting disclosed by Reince Priebus at CPAC?
This is absolutely disgraceful.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. recently promoted Nancy Evans to the captain overseeing airport security, even though Clarke’s own internal investigation found she had committed a “clear act” of misconduct in office just 18 months ago.
Prosecutors decided last year not to press charges against Evans because they couldn’t prove she personally benefited when awarding thousands of taxpayer dollars to an account she created for her longtime boyfriend via no-bid contracts.
But a fellow captain who investigated Evans for the agency concluded that she broke county rules in providing contracts to Jevon Terry, a former corrections officer with whom she had an extramarital affair, according to an internal report obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The probe showed Evans created the PayPal account for her boyfriend’s company and produced the invoices for the work, which was considered slipshod and incomplete. Most of the money from the contracts was spent by Terry while he was with Evans at her work-related jail conference in Reno, Nev.
“The investigation revealed that Evans used her position to circumvent the Milwaukee County Procurement and Purchasing process and steer contracts to Terry,” said the internal report written by sheriff’s Capt. Brian Barkow. “The actions by Evans created a dishonest advantage for Terry.”
Before the investigation — and subsequent suspension and demotion — Evans had quickly climbed the ranks during Clarke’s tenure. Her pay is about $80,000 a year, county records show.
Evans is now the focus of a lawsuit by the Milwaukee County deputies union that argues Clarke illegally promoted her to the rank of captain. The lawsuit says that Evans lacked law enforcement certification and that Clarke didn’t follow the proper procedures for filling a vacancy in his agency.
The promotion of Captain Nancy Evans despite her past misconduct is proof of just how dysfunctional the Sheriff’s Office has become under Sheriff David Clarke, and it just underscores why change is so desperately needed.
Last Panel: little kid is a Republican…the janitor a Democrat.
From Go Comics!
What happened when the folks at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference held a panel on minority outreach?
No one attended.
From today’s email swarm:
I am happy to announce that I will be running for reelection this fall. After many busy years it is time to hit the campaign trail once again. Over the past year it has been an honor to serve as Democratic Leader in the state Senate, and I am excited to continue to fight for progressive values in the years ahead.
To kick off the campaign, I’ll be hosting 3 events, in 3 different cities across the district – South Milwaukee, Cudahy and Milwaukee. Below is the information for the South Milwaukee event on March 12th. If you can’t make it, be on the look out for invitations for the next 2 kick off events.
South Milwaukee Campaign Kick Off
Wednesday, March 12th, 5:30-7:30 PM
The Hickory Inn, 2703 S Chicago Ave
Hope to see you soon!
Senate Democratic Leader
This seems to harken back to Ryan’s infamous claim that the safety net is a “hammock” that lulls people into “dependency and complacency.” In this tale, the boy’s mother seems to be the person swaying back and forth in the hammock. The larger idea here has already been addressed by Jonathan Chait and Paul Krugman. Both point out that if anything, the anecdote underscores the need for free lunches; after all, if the boy’s mother isn’t giving him a brown-paper-bag lunch, whatever the reason for that, a school lunch is the next best immediate option.
Now Kessler finds that the anecdote is fiction — the creation of a misstatement by the official who originally offered it.
Two additional points here. While the original purveyor did botch the tale, the failure to vet it before presenting it to a national audience seems like more of the “lazy mendacity” Jonathan Bernstein talks about. Lawmakers get so used to saying whatever they want unchallenged inside the Conservative Media Entertainment Complex that claims go increasingly un-vetted.
The takedown of Paul Ryan by Greg Sargent comes on the heel’s of Ryan’s blatant plagiarism of a 2011 book.
Apparently Paul Ryan isn’t averse to plagiarizing from other people’s works when it suits his own purposes.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Paul Ryan told a touching anecdote of a poor boy who said he didn’t want a free lunch at school, but a brown bag one, because “a kid who had a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him.” Though Ryan presented this as a modern tale of government dependence and family decline — people don’t want “comfort,” Ryan said, but “dignity” — the author of the book the story appears to be cribbed from says she met the kid in 1986.
“You know, this reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson,” Ryan said, referring to a member of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s cabinet. He continued:
“She once met a young boy from a very poor family. And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise, he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid who had a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”
But as a Talking Points Memo commenter noticed, the story appears to be cribbed from a 2011 book called An Invisible Thread. Author Laura Schroff says it’s the story of her friendship with Maurice. Her website says, “We met on 56th street in Manhattan in 1986, when I was a 35-year-old single, successful ad sales executive, and he was an 11-year-old homeless panhandler.”