Too Bad That What Happens In Reno Doesn’t Stay In Reno.

A scuffle apparently broke out yesterday at a Trump rally in Reno when a self-proclaimed Republican protester tried to wave a “Republicans Against Trump” sign at the rally. Trump supporters reportedly attacked him and tackled him in an attempt to take the sign away from him. Somewhere in the melee a member of the crowd yelled “GUN” and the Secret Service rushed Trump from the stage. But there was no gun, there was no threat, there was just the usual storm around the groundlings at a Trump rally.

But it gets more interesting…the Trump campaign on several counts is calling this an assassination attempt and despite the fact that no weapon was found and no body has been taken into custody…they aren’t backing off of the story. I can’t understand why they can continue to get away with such nonsense.

Shouldn’t the individual who yelled “GUN” be held accountable? Isn’t this akin to the oft quoted yelling “FIRE” in a theater?

But let’s get back to the gun thing for an instant. Isn’t the candidate in full and total support of the 2nd Amendment? So shouldn’t a gun not be an unusual occurrence at a Trump rally? Shouldn’t we be assuming that many of his core supporters are packing? Why would a gun be a big surprise? Oh wait, only good guys with guns count.

And a number of videos are running around of the protester. Here’s an interview with Good Morning America.

Morning Sickness….

I was shocked beyond belief this morning while watching an interview with the author of a new book, The Intimidation Game, Kim Strassel, on Morning Joe.  Joe Scarborough and Nicole Wallace just sat back and let this woman lie like a rug about the “Left’s scare tactics” designed to shut down “free speech.”  Nicole specifically asked about the “the single most terrifying” event….the John Doe investigation in Wisconsin.  According to the author, it was the work of a “Liberal prosecutor” who was unhappy with the works of groups who supported Republicans during the recall effort.  She went on to describe it as if they were jackbooted thugs terrorizing freedom fighters.  She sums it up by saying that the message was that if you were going to “play in politics”—this is what would happen to you.  As if the crap flowing out of her mouth wasn’t bad enough, the entire panel just lapped it up.  One of them, I forget his name, even trotted out the old “it happens on both the left and the right” bullshit.

Seriously, don’t they have fact checkers on a national news program?  Or that matter, the Wall Street Journal where the author works as a reporter?  They left out the best part of the story…who John Doe was and why they were investigating….but I don’t really have to tell you, do I?  How is it even possible that this narrative can continue to be perpetrated, despite all the proof that it is a tissue of lies?  The bigger question is why is Scott Walker not in jail?  And why would anyone seriously consider him Presidential material?  It’s enough to make you want to puke.

You have to see it to believe it:

The problem with Ben Carson’s backstory

Yesterday Scott Eric Kaufman of Salon wrote an informative piece outlining the problem with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s backstory of a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who made good: it’s simply not true.

In preparation for an interview with Ben Carson on “New Day” Friday, CNN investigated claims the retired neurosurgeon made about his upbringing in his 1990 autobiography “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” but was unable to find corroboration for the incidents of violence that are at the core of his story of transformation from an angry young man into the calm, collected GOP hopeful he is today.

Carson claims to have punched a seventh-grade classmate in the head while holding a lock, and attempted to stab a classmate named “Bob” in ninth grade, but CNN spoke to nine people who knew him at the time — two of whom lived next door to the Carsons and knew young Ben well — and not a single one of them could corroborate his stories.

Carson has said that this is because he was ashamed of his temper and hid it from the world, but the incident in seventh grade allegedly happened at school, where one classmate, Gerald Ware, said that if it had happened, “it would have been all over the school.”

Carson wrote in “Gifted Hands” that people who didn’t know him as a yout would “think I’m exaggerating when I say I had a bad temper,” but even the people who did know him believe he’s exaggerating.

“He got through his day trying not to be noticed,” Robert Collier told CNN. “I remember him having a pocket saver. He had thick glasses. He was skinny and unremarkable.”

Dorian Reeves, who attended elementary, middle and high school with Carson, said “I personally do not have knowledge of those incidents.” Upon learning of them in Carson’s book, he said, “I wondered, ‘When did that happen?’”

I’ve heard it mentioned elsewhere, but it bears repeating here: the Republican presidential race really has become more of a reality show than an actual political race.

Cindy Archer’s claims of prosecutor abuse during John Doe search of her residence wildly exaggerated

In June, Cindy Archer, a member of Gov. Scott Walker’s inner circle during Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive, filed a lawsuit against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm alleging prosecutorial abuses during a search of Archer’s residence in 2011 in connection with the John Doe investigation in Walker and many of his closest advisors. Archer’s suit alleged officers threw a search warrant at her without letting her read it, screamed at her, ransacked her house, blocked her from going outside to smoke, and didn’t inform her of her constitutional rights or tell her she could speak with a lawyer.

However, as a new report by Brendan Fischer of PR Watch notes, Archer’s claims aren’t supported by a recently released audio recording of the search of Archer’s residence.

In April, Archer was the star of a National Review article called “Wisconsin’s Shame” that spoke of “armed pre-dawn raids” and screaming police with battering rams ransacking her home. The article sparked a firestorm across right-wing media (including Fox News) and was even cited by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as “proof” that prosecutors used “paramilitary style raids” in conducting their investigations of Walker, even though the searches were not being challenged and hadn’t been addressed before the court.

In June, Archer announced in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that she was filing a civil rights lawsuit against state prosecutors. She alleged prosecutors had a “personal vendetta” against her for helping to craft Walker’s 2011 anti-union Act 10 legislation. Her lawsuit describes a September 2011 search of her home where she claims officers threw a search warrant at her without letting her read it, screamed at her, ransacked her house, blocked her from going outside to smoke, and didn’t inform her of her constitutional rights or tell her she could speak with a lawyer.

Yet Archer’s allegations about overzealous prosecutorial tactics fall apart in a recording of the 2011 search, filed by prosecutors in response to her lawsuit and made public yesterday.

The search, which was led by experienced FBI agents, was taped by Aaron Weiss, an investigator with the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office. Although the first few minutes of the tape are muffled, the three-hour long recording shows that the interaction between Archer and the agents was quiet and cordial. The tapes reveal Archer, her partner, and the agents joking, chatting about dogs and aquariums, and discussing home repairs and coffee-making techniques.

I’d encourage you all to go read the PR Watch report and then listen to the attached audio clips of the search of Cindy Archer’s residence.

Do Wisconsin Republicans want to use state budget to take away weekends for workers?

Back when he was a candidate for governor in 2010, Scott Walker promised to “strip policy and pork projects from the state budget,” but not long after he was elected governor Walker broke that promise in a big way. In fact, every biennial state budget proposed by Gov. Walker and passed into law by his rubber-stamp Republicans in the Legislature have included a raft of policy and pork items, and the current proposed biennial budget is no different.

Among the myriad of policy items contained in Gov. Walker’s proposed state budget is a proposal that would do away with the weekend for some workers in Wisconsin, as Hamilton Nolan of Gawker reported.

Wisconsin state legislators are preparing to vote on a budget, and a controversial package of modifications has already passed the finance committee and will soon be up for a vote by the legislature. This new package of provisions has already drawn criticism for its inclusion of measures that would decimate the state’s open records laws, protect state politicians from media scrutiny, and gut the Wisconsin definition of “living wage.” But one additional measure is worth gaping at, perhaps above all others: section 56, which would take away workers’ right to a weekend—even a one day weekend.

56. One Day of Rest in Seven. Include the provisions of 2015 AB 118 to permit an employee to state in writing that he or she voluntarily chooses to work without one day of rest in seven. Specify the provision first apply to union contracts on the day the collective bargaining agreement expires, or is extended, modified, or renewed, whichever comes first. [Currently every factory or mercantile employer must allow each employee 24 hours of rest in every consecutive seven days, except for certain emergency circumstances. The requirement does not apply to janitors, security staff, bakeries, restaurants, hotels and certain dairy or agricultural plants]

Big fat liar Scott Walker caught telling a big fat lie

It’s no secret to anyone who’s been paying to attention to Gov. Scott Walker’s career spent in politics that Walker is not above telling a lie when it furthers his own ambitions, but rarely does he ever have to answer for those lies.

However, now that he’s running for president, it seems some in the national news media aren’t going to let Scott Walker spoon feed them lies without at least fact-checking those lies. As reported in Time by Zeke Miller, Gov. Walker recently told a doozy of a lie about British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama to a roomful of Republican donors, presumably to win them over with his foreign policy “prowess.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says British Prime Minister David Cameron confided in him that he was concerned about the direction of American leadership. But there’s a problem with the Republican’s tidy critique of President Barack Obama: Cameron doesn’t remember it that way.

Walker, who has taken several trips overseas in recent months to study up on foreign policy in preparation for an all-but-certain presidential bid, told a roomful of Republican donors Friday that world leaders, including Cameron, are worried about the U.S. stepping back in the world. “The Prime Minister did not say that and does not think that,” a Downing Street spokesperson told TIME.

“I heard that from David Cameron back in February earlier when we were over at 10 Downing,” Walker said. “I heard it from other leaders around the world. They’re looking around realizing this lead from behind mentality just doesn’t work. It’s just not working.”

Walker’s campaign has not addressed Gov. Walker seemingly having been caught in a lie about President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, nor do I expect Gov. Walker or his campaign to admit he told a lie.

Republicans unveil their strategy to beat Russ Feingold in 2016: blatantly lie and hope no one notices

In yet another example from the “desperation is a stinky cologne” department, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, specifically mouthpiece Andrea Bozek, alleged former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced his 2016 Senate campaign against incumbent Ron Johnson while Feingold was in California. The only problem? The NRSC’s claim was a blatant lie.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee said that Russ Feingold announced his campaign for Senate while in California.

But tweets and other evidence shows he was in Wisconsin at the time.

We rate the claim Pants on Fire.

What’s telling about the claim made by Andrea Bozek and the NRSC is that they couldn’t even bother to offer up a shred of evidence to prove he was in California at the time of his Senate campaign announcement, instead saying it was his responsibility to prove he was in Wisconsin.

However, what I found most amusing is the fact that Andrea Bozek apparently has never heard of a red eye flight (emphasis added).

NRSC communications director Andrea Bozek for evidence to support the group’s claim that Feingold announced his new campaign from California.

Her response: “If he was at class Wednesday night, how did he get back by 9:15 in the morning” on Thursday for an announcement?

If this is the best Republicans have, it’s going to be a long election for them.

Why did Scott Walker (a preacher’s son) lie about how he came to hold Ronald Reagan’s bible?

Back in 2013, Gov. Scott Walker told a story to fellow conservatives about how he came to hold the family Bible used by President Ronald Reagan when Reagan took the oath of office. At the time, the story seemed to create a powerful connection between Reagan and Walker, who idolizes the former president. However, according to a report in U.S. News & World Report Gov. Walker’s tall tale doesn’t match the memory of the presidential library curator charged with caring for the book.

At a 2013 Reagan Day dinner in Milwaukee, Walker told a Reagan story that he said “gives me a little bit of a shiver.”

He described being invited by Nancy Reagan to give a speech at the Reagan Library near Los Angeles in November 2012, five months after he won a recall election that stemmed from his successful effort to curtail the union rights of public employees in his state. Walker said he met with Nancy Reagan before the speech and told her that he had won the recall on the eighth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s death.

Walker went on to describe how, during a tour of the library before the speech, the library curator “unbeknownst to me” had taken the Reagan family Bible out of its display and readied it for him to look at.

“And they brought over a pair of white gloves to me and they said, ‘No one has touched this since President Reagan. It is his mother’s Bible that he took the oath of office on. Mrs. Reagan would like you to hold it and take a picture with it’,” Walker said in a YouTube video of part of the speech posted by a reporter for the liberal magazine The Progressive.

The only problem with Gov. Walker’s account is that like so much of what he says, it wasn’t exactly true.

But library artifacts curator Jennifer Torres told The Progressive magazine in a series of emails that it was Walker who had asked to view the Bible while at the library.

“We decided to remove the Bible the day Gov. Walker was in town to comply with his request, took the Bible back to collections after the photo and re-installed it on exhibit a few days later,” Torres said in the March 4 email.

Torres also said in the email that Walker’s assertion that he was the first person to touch the Bible since Ronald Reagan was untrue.

The fact that Scott Walker would lie about something like how he came to hold the Bible used when Ronald Reagan was sworn into office speaks volumes about Gov. Walker’s disdain for telling the truth, especially when the truth won’t serve his ambitions.