Something that’s been bugging me

By now I’m sure some of you know about the “difficulties” Lisa and I have had with James Wigderson and Brian Fraley of the right-wing MacIver Institute, and if you haven’t been following, you can get up to speed HERE and HERE.

What’s curious about everything that happened this week is that Lisa and I seem to have been specifically targeted (at least in my opinion) for posting an opinion column which can STILL be found in its entirety on Citizen Action Wisconsin’s “No Sacred Cows” blog, in addition to having been posted in a second location on Citizen Action Wisconsin’s website. It’s worth noting that Lisa posted the opinion column in question here on Blogging Blue a day after the folks at Citizen Action Wisconsin posted it twice on their site, and yet as I write this I’m not aware of any attempts made by Brian Fraley or James Wigderson or anyone else at the MacIver Institute to contact the folks at Citizen Action Wisconsin to demand retractions/corrections to the very same opinion column we posted here. I checked with the folks at Citizen Action Wisconsin, and they hadn’t had any contact with Brian Fraley or James Wigderson, both of whom wasted little time contacting me when Lisa posted the column in question.

It’s curious to me that the folks at the MacIver Institute seem to take umbrage with certain aspects of an opinion column posted here at Blogging Blue, while they seem to have none of the same concerns about an identical opinion column posted for a day longer on the site of a much larger organization than Blogging Blue.

Curious, to say the least!

At any rate, given the volume of emails I’ve received from Brian Fraley and James Wigderson over the past week, as well as the amount of attention they seem to have been paying to Blogging Blue (at least in my opinion), I’d like to thank them both for being such avid readers of Blogging Blue!

Thanks guys….and keep reading!


By now, we all know the tragic story of Trayvon Martin. Steven covered it brilliantly yesterday! There is a part to the story that he didn’t cover. The Geraldo Rivera/Fox News part of it.

Fox News journalist and Bill O’Reillys BFF had a new revelation on the reason that Trayvon was shot. It was not racism, the castle doctrine, too many guns in society, irresponsible gun owners, etc… It was Trayvon’s Hoody!

H/T Huff Post:

Speaking on Friday’s “Fox and Friends,” Rivera said, “”I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”

Martin was unarmed when he was shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman in late February. His death has become a national tragedy, fueled by the police’s controversial handling of the case.

Huge props to Lebron James and the Miami Heat, for stepping up to show how ridiculous this stance is:

But since we all know that republicans are in charge at the moment, maybe we can not change this until the next election. If that is the case and its open season on hoody’s:

jus sayin….

Great read here on the Wisconsin's own version of this controversy!

Asher Heimermann wants your help

I’ll admit…..Asher’s got pluck!

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Randy Hopper asserts conspiracy by the public employee union members, gets acquitted of drunk driving

After asserting in court that he was the victim of a conspiracy by the public employee union members upset over his support of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on public employees through Act 10, former Republican State Sen. (and adulterer) Randy Hopper was found not guilty by a jury Friday on a charge of drunk-driving.

I guess Republicans like Randy Hopper only believe in personal responsibility as a talking point and not an actual way of living life, so the moral of this story seems to be don’t take any personal responsibility when you commit a crime – just blame someone else.

Democrats to replace Sens. Grothman and Zipperer on Joint Finance Committee!

From Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel:

Madison — Democratic Sens. Dave Hansen and Jen Shilling will be joining the powerful Joint Finance Committee.

Hansen, of Green Bay, and Shilling, of La Crosse, will replace GOP Sens. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and Rich Zipperer of the City of Pewaukee because Democrats and Republicans now share power in the Senate.

There are now 16 Republicans and 16 Democrats in the Senate after Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) resigned on Saturday, ending the GOP’s majority.

Republicans had controlled the Joint Finance Committee 12-4, but they will now run it by a narrower 10-6. They still maintain a majority on the committee because it includes members of both the Senate and Assembly, and Republicans still have a majority in the Assembly.

The offices of Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller of Monona and Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald confirmed the changes.

I want to be a fiscal conservative

Because those guys spend money like crazy(on themselves):

Ron Paul, The deficit hawk and republican presidential candidatewho has never seen a spending bill that he liked, UNTIL NOW!

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) emerged this week atop a list of congressional representatives who’ve paid family members fees and salaries from their campaign war chests, congressional offices and political action committees, with one ethics advocacy group highlighting him for paying more of his relatives over the last two election cycles than any other member of the House.

The iconoclastic Texas libertarian has been on the campaign trail almost perpetually since his failed run at the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, taking in more than $34 million in the 2011-12 election cycle alone. While he’s already spent most of that, with just $2.5 million on hand as of his last Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, a total of $304,599 went to six of Paul’s relatives, according to an analysis of public disclosures released Thursday by the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

That dubious distinction means Paul paid more of his family members than any other person in Congress, although other representatives paid fewer relatives even higher dollar amounts.

Ron paul is not alone:

On the list of the highest-paying members, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) earns the top spot, having shelled out an astonishing $622,674 in the last two election cycles to his girlfriend. He’s followed on CREW’s list by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), who paid his wife $512,293; Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who paid her daughter and grandson $495,650; and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), who paid his wife $238,438.

Overall, CREW said that a total of 82 House members paid more than $5.5 million to their family members. Even more than that, 90 representatives contributed to family businesses or the employers of family members, sending those entities a total of $3.1 million.

The issue of unusually high payments to family members is not a partisan one, either: CREW said that 40 Democrats and 42 Republicans shelled out for family through their congressional offices, campaign committees and political action committees.

As is typical in the legislature, Republicans break the rules, the dems do it also, meaning there is no watchdog, and the republicans then take this law breaking into a whole new dimension…

Looks to me like they want to shrink government just enough so that they can fit it in their bank accounts….