This headline was pulled from a reader comment that came in from our feedback function. Since they did not place it as a comment on the original post: And Who Are the 60 Blood Lust Representatives Who Voted Against the House Resolution on Syria?, I am going to respect their anonymity and not use their name. But I do want to answer their question.

There would not be a shooting war between the invading Turkish army and the Syrian Kurds inside Syria if the American troops were still there as a buffer. For once we were keeping the peace and Turks weren’t dying and Kurds weren’t dying and Syrians weren’t dying and there weren’t another two million refugees fleeing their homes to avoid a war.

Yes, I intentionally wrote an incendiary headline. But to me, any American (and particularly elected members of the House) who doesn’t find the president’s unilateral and chaos inducing troop withdrawal from Syria abhorrent has as much blood on their hands as the president.

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This is probably a new group to you, it is to me. They are a three piece and neighbors from the great city of Chicago. Wanna get started on discovering what they are about?? Start with this tune:

Just to fill in the blanks for you, here’s some info from the band’s pr:

Through a year and a half of local and national grinding, Lollygagger has developed an intense live experience with a focus on fun. The band’s live show includes tight-every-time musicianship, an impeccable stage mix, wide ranging lyrics, custom built lights, ball gags, leather harnesses, and banter that would fit in fine at a comedy club.

While their sound is most often compared to 80’s British powerhouses, the not-so-serious presentation and antiauthoritan
content stinks of the 1990’s American punk revival

Ready for more? This release is just hitting the cloud this morning…so I am scheduling this post so it pops up after the Youtube video release.

and their thoughts on their full album release and the Family Fun Variety Hour:

“LOLLYGAGGER (S/T)” is the band’s first full length release and boasts a full video album accompaniment for every track. The music itself features a mix of influences ranging from Judas Priest, Motörhead, The Dead Kennedys, NOFX, Queen, and Primus. It’s an ecclectic sound that combines with the band’s charisma, sarcasm, and sense of selfawareness
to create a new wave of anti-authoritan but socially conscious rock and roll. While it’s clear the band doesn’t take themselves too seriously, their songs feature deep lyrical content that ranges through metaphysics, oppression, politics, economics, sociology, tour life, queer love and religion. The video album, entitled “The Lollygagger Family
Fun Variety Hour”, is a thirty minute ‘special’ that features videos for each track plus five original comedy skits produced by the band. While the title and tone of the video alludes to the bands sarcastic attitude, the video is immaculately produced in 1080 HD with professional editing, filming, processing, and after-effects.

I hope you enjoy Lollygagger…and the rest of your Thursday!


I don’t think many people saw this coming…

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is not seeking re-election, he announced Wednesday.

That’s a reversal from May, when Abele told the Journal Sentinel he was running again.

He said he first ran because he wanted to make a difference and thinks government is a noble endeavor.

“Nine years later, that hasn’t changed,” Abele told the Journal Sentinel. “What has changed is now I’ve got three young daughters and for anybody who has kids, you know that kids take a lot of time and they deserve a lot of time, and I’ve been conscious of the fact that I want to be able to spend more with them.”

Shortly after County Executive Abele made public his decision not to seek reelection Democratic State Senator Chris Larson announced via Twitter that he had received an outpouring of support and was weighing his options.

It goes without saying Sen. Larson won’t be the only person interested in running for County Executive – I’d expect to see no less than half a dozen candidates seek the office, given the likelihood that whomever wins is likely to hold the office for as long as they choose, given how difficult it’s historically been to unseat incumbent County Executives here in Milwaukee County.

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I am going to try to mine them from here:

the easy part: they are all Republicans

Gosar, Biggs, and Lesko from AZ

McClintock and Hunter from CA

Gaetz, Dunn, Rutherford, Posey, Steube, and Mast from FLA

Loudermilk, Graves, and Allen from GA

Fulcher from ID

Baird, Pence, and Hollingsworth from IN

Marshall, Watkins, and Estes from KS

Comer and Massie from KY

Abraham from LA

Harris from MD

Bergman and Walberg from MI

Kelly, Guest, and Pallazo from MS

Long, Smith and Luetkemeyer from MO

Reed from NY

Murphy and Meadows from NC

Jordan and Davidson from OH

Mullin from OK

Meuser and Joyce from PA

Duncan, Norman, and Rice from SC

Burchett, Fleischmann, DesJarlais, and Rose from TN

Gohmert, Gooden, Weber, Williams, Burgess, Carter, and Babin from TX

Mooney and Miller from WV

I think I got them all….if I missed anyone…I’ll add them later.

and now a special POS award to the chicken shits who voted PRESENT:

JODY HICE of Georgia

JUSTIN AMASH of Michigan


CHIP ROY of Texas

60 NO votes and 4 Present votes? Pack your office, go home, you’re not needed here…

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Given the make up of the Wisconsin representation in Washington, this kinda surprised me…but it’s true:

Wisconsin’s seven U.S. House members joined a lopsided bipartisan majority Wednesday in decrying President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, condemning that decision as beneficial to America’s adversaries.

The resolution passed the House by 354-60, with the support of every Democrat voting and more than two-thirds of Republicans.

Those voting for the measure included Wisconsin’s four House Republicans: Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Mike Gallagher and Bryan Steil.  All three House Democrats from Wisconsin also voted yes: Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan.    (One of Wisconsin’s eight House seats is vacant due to the resignation of Sean Duffy of the 7th District). 

The vote was a rare two-party rebuke of the president and was preceded by widespread expressions of dismay within Trump’s own party over the decision to withdraw troops, seen by critics as opening the door for Turkey to move militarily against the Kurds — a U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State — and potentially helping the Islamic State to reorganize itself and gain new strength.  

Thankfully Wisconsin legislators have a better sense of foreign policy than the president. OTOH: this resolution can’t fix the damage that’s been done or end the conflict the president has created.

I thought this was a hoax…but apparently it isn’t. It is being reported on a number of different media sources. But I am still looking for additional sources for this image…but it matches the news reports:

And I don’t know what’s worse…the president’s illiteracy or the fact that his office let this go out like this.

The impeachment inquiry needs to run concurrently with a 25th Amendment inquiry. And maybe now we know why President Erdogan won’t meet with Vice President Mike Pence…

Is what the president said as he did his best Pontius Pilate impersonation and washed his hands of the Turkish invasion of Syria and the resulting genocide against the Kurds.

And that kind of isolationist thinking got us this:

More than once, Trump suggested the United States has little at stake in the Middle East because it is geographically distant — a notion shared by some prior to Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaida militants used Afghanistan as a base from which to attack the U.S.

“We have a situation where Turkey is taking land from Syria. Syria’s not happy about it. Let them work it out,” Trump said. “They have a problem at a border. It’s not our border. We shouldn’t be losing lives over it.”

The president has once again exhibited his complete and total lack of knowledge of the situation…the global relationships…and the political realities of the situation. This borders on treason.

And not even his biggest defenders are on board this time:

The current withdrawal is the worst decision of Trump’s presidency, said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who meets often with the president and is one of his strongest and most important supporters in Congress.

“To those who think the Mideast doesn’t matter to America, remember 9/11 — we had that same attitude on 9/10 2001.”

We don’t have anymore time to put up with Trump’s shenanigans. He’s going to get us all killed.

And here’s why: from yesterday’s email inbox:

Dear Edward,
I am thrilled to announce my upcoming event in Madison, hosted by Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan! 

When: Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30PM – 7PM
Where: the home of Martha Cranley (4514 Keating Terrace – Madison, WI)

To RSVP, please feel free to click here or send an email to Zach today!
I hope you will be able to join us for a fun evening and great conversation.

– Tom

[unless he decides he wants to be Milwaukee County Executive!]

That turns the whole county government environment totally on its head. “In a reversal, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announces he will not seek re-election

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is not seeking re-election, he announced Wednesday, a reversal from May, when Abele told the Journal Sentinel he was running.

In a statement, Abele said it was a difficult decision not to run again in April.

“I have approached public service just as I have approached every venture I take on — giving it my all every day, all day, leaving everything on the field,” he said. “But I also believe public service is about passing the torch when we have done our best to do what you have elected us to do.”

The position required “significant sacrifice,” he wrote.

“Now — alongside my three incredibly dynamic daughters and a new marriage with a strong woman who brings life and love into every room she walks into — it is time to write our next chapter together,” he wrote.

Who will this pull out of the woodwork to run? Will other candidates change their minds on what office to pursue? Will one or more of the mayoral candidates in Milwaukee change their heading (and yes, I am sure Mayor Barrett is running for re-election)?

Who do you think is a good candidate for Milwaukee County Executive?

(who wants to be on my exploratory committee? [humor])

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

emphasis mine
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