From The Desk Of Stephan nASS(part 2)

Madison Cartoonist Mike Konopacki is at it again:

Local cartoonist Mike Konopacki isn’t intimidated by the criminal complaint Assemblyman Steve Nass (R-La Grange) filed against him Friday. Under investigation for using Nass’s letterhead in a gag press release, Konopacki’s done it again.

This time Konopacki takes aim at Nass’s chief of staff, Mike Mikalsen, who, speaking for Nass, put the kibosh to the University of Wisconsin School for Workers “Art of Protest” show and was involved in filing a felony criminal complaint against Konopacki with the Capitol Police.

Nass apparently was concerned about the timing of the show with recalls pending of Governor Scott Walker, his Lt. Governor, and four other Republicans in the state senate. With the show cancelled, Konopacki, one of the show’s organizers, issued a gag press release using letterhead he found online from Nass’s office.

The second gag press release, above, portrays Mikalsen as Nass’s “Commissar of Culture” waving his shoe and shouting, “We will bury you” in a Cold War reference to antics by Soviet Premiere Nikita Kruschev, a Mikalsen look-alike.

It appears that Mikita Mikalsen has gotten a promotion to Commisar of Culture:

Santorum Equivalency

As a political junkie, I will admit, that I laughed when Rick Santorum entered the Republican presidential race Now, while still a longshot, he really does have a chance to be the republican nominee.

Just a quick refresher course on Rick Santorum.

1. “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” —Rick Santorum , speaking to a reporter in 2003, who said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t think I was going to talk about ‘man on dog’ with a United States senator, it’s sort of freaking me out.”

2. “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” —Rick Santorum, interview with (October 2011)

3. “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” —Rick Santorum, campaigning for president in Iowa (January 2012)

4. “President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob … Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.” –Rick Santorum, speaking to a Tea Party group in Michigan (February 2012)

5. “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up.” –Rick Santorum, on JFK’s 1960 speech about the importance of separation of church and state (October 2011)

6. “The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person — human life is not a person, then — I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, ‘We’re going to decide who are people and who are not people.'” —Rick Santorum, CNS News interview (January 2011)

7. “I think the Democrats are actually worried he (Obama) may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims.” –Rick Santorum, Fox News interview (May 2010)

8. “[Gay marriage] is an issue just like 9-11… We didn’t decide we wanted to fight the war on terrorism because we wanted to. It was brought to us. And if not now, when? When the supreme courts in all the other states have succumbed to the Massachusetts version of the law?” –Rick Santorum, interview with the Allentown Morning Call (February 2004)

9. “Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?” –Rick Santorum, in a Philadelphia Inquirer column (May 2008)

10. “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.” –Rick Santorum, campaigning for president in South Carolina (February 2011)

Bonus quotes:

“The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion.” –Rick Santorum, during a Republican presidential debate (May 2011)

“You can say I’m a hater. But I would argue I’m a lover. I’m a lover of traditional families and of the right of children to have a mother and father… I would argue that the future of America hangs in the balance, because the future of the family hangs in the balance. Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?” –Rick Santorum, quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (July 2004)

“We have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?” —Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), during his losing 2006 re-election bid, urging supporters to put a Rick Santorum bumper sticker on their cars

~Compiled by Daniel Kurtzman

So my question is not how does a party go so far off the rails that they would nominate someone like Santorum to be their nominee. Nor is it how can they live with themselves when they do.

My question is: Who could the democrats nominate from the left that would be the equivalence of the republicans nominating Rick Santorum? I have some ideas but I want to hear yours first.

Gov. Scott Walker: absentee governor

Over at One Wisconsin Now, a crack team of researchers has analyzed Gov. Scott Walker’s schedules from August 2011 through January 2012 and come to a startling conclusion: Scott Walker has taken a hell of a lot of personal time as Governor.

Based on the calendars maintained by Gov. Walker’s office, released under the state open records law, between August 2011 and January 2012 Gov. Walker was scheduled to spend a grand total of just over 44 hours meeting with legislators or his policy staff or working on an a specific policy issue. Meanwhile, over the same time period, a whopping 614-plus hours were blocked off as “personal” time.

Just to recap, from August 2011 until January 2012 Gov. Walker spent barely more than a standard work week meeting with legislators or his policy staff or working on a specific policy issue, while he used the equivalent of 15 work weeks of personal time.

Here’s a graph illustrating just how much personal time Gov. Walker took from August 2011 until January 2012.

Image courtesy One Wisconsin Now

Considering how much personal time Gov. Walker has taken since August 2011, I can’t help but wonder what work he’s done to deserve his taxpayer-funded $144,432 yearly salary.

Republicans vote against train maintenance base, waste $71.8 million

I’m beginning to wonder if Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature have forgotten that they promised to create jobs, not send them fleeing the state…

Over the objections of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, a key legislative committee voted Wednesday against building a new train maintenance base – a decision that officials warned could mean mothballing two brand-new trains and walking away from the $71.8 million already invested in them.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted, 12-4, along party lines not to borrow $2.5 million to continue planning a $55 million to $63 million permanent maintenance base in Milwaukee.

Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature are starting to remind me of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight when it comes to job creation, because they just keep shooting themselves in their collective feet.

A comparison: Jesus vs. Mitt Romney

From Brett Cottrell’s blog comes this absolute gem:

Jesus threw money changers from the temple.
Romney is a money changer who goes to a temple.

On judgment day, Jesus hopes he’s not rich.
On judgment day, Romney hopes he’s not a camel.

Jesus cured the sick, the leprous and the blind.
Romney asks for an insurance card and copay.

Jesus’s friends were fishermen and revolutionaries.
Romney’s friends own NFL and NASCAR teams.

Jesus was concerned about the poor.
Romney is happiest when he can fire them.

Jesus was a carpenter.
Romney might have been to Home Depot.

Jesus kept his word.
Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra.

Jesus hung out with a tax collector.
Romney sets up shell accounts overseas to avoid the tax collector.

Jesus said you cannot serve God and Money.
Romney says Jesus never heard of venture capital.

In all fairness, Romney’s not running for Jesus. Still, a curious observer might think that Romney’s doing all he can to run from him.

Party with Lori Compas this Saturday!

As Zach would say, from the emailbox comes this message:


A St. Patrick’s Day campaign kick -off event is being held for Lori Compas, running for the 13th Senate District Seat, on Saturday, March 17th  from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fireman’s Park Pavilion located at 1049 Park Avenue in Columbus. A night of music, including a performance by folk singer Bill Camplin, speakers, refreshments and a live auction is being planned. For more information on the event please visit


Hope to see you there!

WI GOP Can’t be Trusted

Fresh news from this afternoon.  No, Republicans in Wisconsin can’t be trusted even to live up to a contract.  From the Journal Sentinel:

Over the objections of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, a key legislative committee voted Wednesday against building a new train maintenance base – a decision that officials warned could mean mothballing two brand-new trains and walking away from the $71.8 million already invested in them.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted, 12-4, along party lines not to borrow $2.5 million to continue planning a $55 million to $63 million permanent maintenance base in Milwaukee.

. . .

The committee vote means state officials now must try to renegotiate the deal with Talgo. If they can’t reach agreement, the issue could go to mediation and may eventually end up in court, Democratic legislators warned.

Money already spent wasted.  Jobs lost.  And litigation headed down the rails, which will cost the State of Wisconsin even more money.  All because the Republicans in government in Wisconsin can’t be trusted to uphold a contract.  The ones in charge there at the Joint Finance Committee?  Alberta Darling and Robin Vos.  Send them a note, willya?

If I were Talgo, I would call up some fine lawyers and fight.  As to us voters, it’s time to recall some legislators.

Empty Threat of the Week

This weeks ” Empty Threat of the Week” award goes to Shirl LaBarre, the relentlessly tiresome Hayward, WI TeaSquawker who is once again hollering that if Democratic State Senator Bob Jauch doesn’t vote for the Assembly mining bill she will consider organizing his recall.

LaBarre is most notable for her biennial thrashing at the hands of whichever Democrat runs against her for the 74th Assembly seat, so her latest empty threat is of as much significance as her previous empty threats.

I’ll bet money right now she couldn’t even get the signatures. Any takers?

Controversy over proposed Brookfield, Wisconsin mosque is much ado about nothing

The Islamic Society of Milwaukee wants to build a mosque in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and some area residents are freaking out. Members of the Eagle Forum cite traffic concerns as the central reason they oppose the mosque, but it’s hard to believe that’s the case after reading comments made at their Tuesday night meeting. Of course, the fear and ignorance displayed by a few is not a reflection on the entire community of Brookfield. Hopefully, most residents understand that the addition of the mosque is not a big deal, no matter what Mark Belling says in order to stoke the fires of controversy.

From Brookfield Patch, here are a few of the comments made last night:

“My fear is what is being taught there,” said a woman who did not want to give her name.

“Our God is not your God,” one man said.

“What is it about your religion that draws so much extremism and hatred?” another asked.

And here is the response from Islamic Society of Milwaukee President Ahmad Quereshi:

“You are our brothers and sisters of humanity,” Quereshi said. “We are not the people advocating for hatred and violence. We’re here as American citizens.”

“We are against any kind of extremism,” Quereshi said.

Quereshi welcomes those with concerns to stop by the Islamic Society in Milwaukee, and is happy to hold a forum for residents with additional questions to talk openly about the mosque.

I really hope that locals who are troubled by the addition of this mosque and its implications will take Quereshi up on his offer, ask questions, open their minds, do their research, and educate themselves before the tentatively scheduled public hearing on May 7.

I’m sure residents will find that their fears are unfounded, and that Mark Belling is just riling them up to drive up ratings for his radio show.

Controversy sells, but it tears apart communities.