As I mentioned in a post yesterday, while the House is putting together articles of impeachment against his client, the President of the United States, Rudy Giuliani is running rogue in Ukraine.

Giuliani met on Thursday with a KGB-trained member of Ukraine’s parliament to discuss a possible investigation into Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden.

And even Republican Representative and Trump defender, Matt Gaetz is a bit befuddled:

“I think it’s a little weird that Rudy Giuliani is over in Ukraine right now, and I’m not here to defend Rudy Giuliani,” Gaetz told Cuomo.

“As you point out, there’s some ambiguity about the role that Rudy Giuliani’s playing, and I think it probably would be helpful if Rudy clarified the role that he was playing in these different circumstances, and if he’s acting for other clients or other entities, that would be helpful information to have,” Gaetz said.

sheesh…nothing the president does causes any alarms in the GOP cloakrooms?

Is December 15th…don’t put it off another minute!

Long time readers know that I am losing patience with liberal fund raisers and liberal groups that come at me with negative or misleading email come ons. And this election season is no exception but I have put most of them aside and tried to ignore them.

But today I found one with the header: McConnell CRYING. I mean WTF? Now I don’t trust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as far as I can throw him…but this header is just absurd. This isn’t the high road. Do I want Sen. McConnell sitting at home in his rocking chair after the next election cycle? Damn straight but there is no reason to denigrate him in the meantime.

And those of you familiar with my suggested campaign finance reform stance know that I would like to defund PACs. And here is one reason…this email was from Integrity First PAC. Integrity? Bullshit.

And their disclosure at the bottom of the email:

Integrity First PAC is a Democratic grassroots organization dedicated to defeating Donald Trump an his GOP cronies, and supporting Democratic leaders who put their integrity first.

Paid for by Integrity First PAC, www.integrityfirstpac.com, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Yeah, swell…

There are two pretty damning articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the blatant mishandling of sexual harassment and sexual abuse complaints in the various branches of the Wisconsin National Guard.

Sweeping investigation into sexual misconduct in Wisconsin National Guard could trigger overhaul.

Wisconsin National Guard’s response to sexual-assault allegations an ‘absolute train wreck,’ federal investigator says.

But from the first article, here’s where Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (also candidate for the House of Representatives) steps into it:

In the wake of the report, GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald promised changes and said Evers, a Democrat, must respond to the issue.

emphasis mine

Governor Evers must respond to the issue? He already is on top of the issue and working on solutions…BUT

All of the ‘absolute train wrecks’ discussed in these articles occurred during the administration of former Governor Scott Walker…one of the three Republican horses asses of the Wisconsin Apocalypse. And in case the senator needs a refresher course, he’s one third of the said trio. Time to accept some responsibility and be part of the solution and stuff that finger pointing up your posterior.

Apparently not at US Naval bases IN THE UNITED STATES!

In less than a week, two fatal incidents and unfortunately both shooters are dead. So once again, determining motive is just a guess.

But really…if we can’t be safe on a base full of highly trained and qualified warriors, how are we supposed to feel safe on the street? And how are we supposed to actually believe that armed good Samaritans can solve a situation in civilian life?

And let’s not even get started on the school incidents in Wisconsin this week.

Pensacola Shooting Updates: Gunman Was a Saudi Military Trainee.

Pearl Harbor Shooting Leaves 2 Workers Dead and 1 Injured.

P.S. Flock you Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald!

Now the GOP wants fact witnesses...you know…those guys and gals that were actually in the room. Well, you know, other that than deep stater Colonel Vindman.

It sounds like Republicans will only be satisfied if folks like Mick Mulvaney and Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton and Mike Pompeo testify under oath. These proud American patriots—the president’s chief-of-staff, personal lawyer, former National Security Adviser and current Secretary of State—were direct witnesses to the scheme, which the president’s allies assure us was no big deal. They can clear all this up!

And I am sure that Rep. Adam Schiff would say…bring them on! Except:

Except the White House has blocked all of them from testifying. Which is, of course, the point. The Republicans will only accept evidence from Fact Witnesses, but as soon as you subpoena the Fact Witnesses, they cease to be available as Fact Witnesses.

Whoops…how did that happen?

By the way, apparently Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine again. Is he asking for political asylum?

I am not singling out this video from Twitter but it brought this thought back to mind that I have had many many times before when viewing similar videos…and not only in Washington but Madison as well.

When these policy speeches are being made, are there other legislators actually on the floor? All the empty seats behind the speakers always seems to indicate: damned few.

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I am trying to catch up on my emails and it is getting harder and harder to do as more and more candidates are finding my email address…and as the campaigns efforts to fund raise ramp up as spring elections and primaries get closer and closer. But this one from Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren talks about candidates who have dropped out…and some billionaires who feel no pain:

Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand — two women senators who, together, won more than 11.5 million votes in their last elections — have been forced out of this race, while billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg have been allowed to buy their way in.

Our party and our democracy deserve better.

Our democracy should not be for sale, and yet, billionaires have been able to use their money to try to buy this election outright.

Running for president shouldn’t be a passion project for bored billionaires. Billionaires shouldn’t have the power to recruit their other billionaire friends into this race, or make threats about what they’ll do to the American economy if they don’t get their way.

Elizabeth is running to be the best president that money can’t buy. She doesn’t sell her time to the wealthy, doesn’t hold fancy fundraisers with special access for big donors, and isn’t beholden to corporate interests or their lobbyists. She’s in this fight for working people.

Emphasis is from the original email.

We’re going to root out corruption in Washington right at the source — and level the playing field for working people in this country

I have removed the fundraising details. The emphasis is from the original email.

Thanks for your help,

Team Warren

I have a problem with Mr. Bloomberg’s entry into this race. If he wanted in, he should have gotten in months ago when every one else did. This late entry seems to support Sen. Warren’s position that this is purely an ego stroke. Certainly Mr. Steyer’s presence is as well but he’s been at it the entire time.

There will be more to say about the race…

it’s been like 40 years and The Haskels album is finally available in local record stores on CD and LP…unfortunately the two front men aren’t around anymore to enjoy the event. But here’s a live performance of one of their signature tunes:

 

For those readers who live in Milwaukee County, what questions would you like to see Blogging Blue ask the current candidates?

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