Where Was Governor Walker On Sunday?

Actually Governor Scott Walker was in Glendale (a Milwaukee suburb just north of the city) on Sunday attending a Support The Blue Day rally. I don’t have an issue with that.

But considering the events in Milwaukee Saturday night and his proximity to Sherman Park what he didn’t do is an issue.

He didn’t meet with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett…although according to the media he did talk to him about activating the National Guard per Sheriff David Clarke’s request…but I have found nothing about an actual meeting.

Likewise the media suggests he talked with the sheriff about the National Guard as well…no meeting.

Nor a meeting with the Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn nor Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton nor any other elected officials or community leaders.

He didn’t visit the Sherman Park neighborhood and observe the devastation nor the people from the neighborhood, city, county and neighboring areas that were cleaning up after the riots and holding person to person dialogues in the streets and parks.

As a man of faith he didn’t stop to join a variety of prayer circles organized by both city and suburban churches.

And he didn’t hear what the people most affected were saying about the events or their hopes or their needs.

He didn’t promise to bring some of his 250,000 jobs to Milwaukee’s northside. He didn’t promise state financial help to a beleaguered city of Milwaukee. He didn’t promise additional state aid for education in Milwaukee. He did not offer to find federal grants or aid to help rebuild Milwaukee’s crumbling inner city.

He didn’t for a single moment display any sense of leadership…

Newt Gingrich Wants to Shred the Bill of Rights:

Earlier this week when it seemed like he was still in the running to be Donald Trump’s vice-presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich decided to shred the Bill of Rights:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday that U.S. citizens “of a Muslim background” should be tested to see if they believe in Sharia law. (emphasis mine)

“And if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported,” he added, speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Gingrich was reacting to the terror attack in Nice, France, that left more than 80 dead, including at least two Americans.

“I think you either kick them out of the country — People tell me, ‘We can’t do that to American citizens.’ We are in a war. We better rethink the rules, or we’re going to lose the war,” Gingrich told Fox host Sean Hannity.

Gingrich appeared to be defining Sharia, or Islamic law, by its strictest interpretation, such as that embraced by the Islamic State terror group in parts of Syria and Iraq. Gingrich pointed to Islamist groups burning women and beheading captives.

The ex-House speaker further called for the U.S. government to aggressively monitor mosques and to “be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are.”

“Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS, or al-Qaida or terrorist groups, that should be a felony. And they should go to jail,” he said.

“Everybody who watches this video: This is the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary and to tell us the truth. And that starts with President Obama,” he soon added.

So let’s see…freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, violation of due process, etc., etc., etc.!

But doesn’t it seem odd that he never once mentioned keeping guns away from them…so once again the second amendment remains sacrosanct and all of the other rights play second fiddle.

Thank goodness that Donald Trump selected someone else! But we still need to defeat Mr. Trump to prevent Mr. Gingrich from showing up elsewhere in a Trump administration!

And to be fair, not unlike Mr. Trump, when the levee broke, Mr. Gingrich tried to walk this back:

Gingrich started to walk back his comments Friday morning, saying on Twitter that the media distorted his views.

Direct quotes? Video? Results in distorted views? WTF?

If This Doesn’t Put Noah In the Classification as Fable:

A gentleman by the name of Ken Ham is having an ark built in Williamstown KY using the proportions and descriptions set down in the Bible. He hopes to bring the Bible story alive but if his efforts using moderns cranes and power tools and $100 million don’t suggest that Noah and his family couldn’t possibly have done this…I don’t know what will:

Ken Ham had the massive ship built to match the dimensions set out in the Bible. The entire project is expected to cost $100 million.

“The message that we have — it’s making the Bible come alive, really. By building Noah’s Ark, we’re saying, ‘This really happened. This is plausible,'” Ham told “Nightline.”

According to Ham, his ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. “It gets bigger and bigger. When you get inside, it gets bigger again,” he said.

And the $$ isn’t just out of Mr. Ham’s pocket…some tax dollars are involved as well:

Ham’s Noah’s Ark project took advantage of $18 million in tax benefits and tourism incentives.

The state of Kentucky attempted to block the project from receiving public funding, but Ham took his case to court and won. “Christians pay taxes in this world. We live in this world. We’re not second-class citizens. The federal judge rule in our favor,” he said.

Needless to say, I am not the only skeptic around:

“There’s a lot of people that scoff,” Ham said. “We get a lot of attacks by some of the aggressive secularists. Sometimes I feel a bit like Noah.”

But as we’ve seen, faith in the Bible doesn’t come cheap…$100 million to build this thing…wonder what that translates into Old Testament dollars? But Mr. Ham hopes to make it back on the wallets of true believers:

Admission to Ark Encounter will be $40 for adults and $28 for children, and Ham said he expects that fascination with Noah and his ark will result in 1 million to 2 million visitors in the first year.

But really, please watch the video. Could one man and his family, no matter how determined, build this with hand tools and their own wherewithal? Of course as Mr. Ham says in the video, we don’t know what Noah had.

Radical Christian Terrorist: A Baptist Minister This Time

This isn’t the only article along these lines that I have encountered the past few days…but this one is the most vile because of its directness and its source.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A few short hours after 49 people were gunned down at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, Pastor Roger Jimenez delivered his sermon from his Sacramento pulpit.

“Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No … I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida’s a little safer tonight,” he said to the crowd of believers in front of him.

“It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man,” he said as he preached for more than an hour.

“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die,” he said.

Nuff said!

Bernie Sanders and the Pope vs. Chris Wiken and the Archbishop

By now most of you know that Bernie Sanders is headed to Vatican City to speak at an event hosted by Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. I am not going to get into the he said/she said/they said conversation around who invited whom or how the whole thing came about. That’s all over the internet and you can read about it here or here.

But I do take objection about using the pope as a political football. And that’s exactly what’s been going on:

Senator Bernie Sanders was excited on Friday to announce that he would travel to Rome this month to give a high-profile speech at the Vatican, but the trip quickly spurred an international dust-up amid confusion about how he got invited and whether he would meet Pope Francis.

Mr. Sanders did not initially correct interviewers who suggested that he would meet with the pope, but he later clarified that he had not confirmed whether the two men would actually meet.

I hope the pope has enough sense to not meet with Senator Sanders and once again insert himself into the American presidential race It is inappropriate and I would question it’s ethics. And considering that within my lifetime President John F Kennedy had to deny that his presidency would be influenced by the Vatican…it just wouldn’t sit right.

And before you get up all in my face on this, keep in mind we were all up in arms just a week ago about aldermanic candidate and carpetbagger Chris Wiken’s use of Archbishop Listecki in his campaign. See Zach’s post here.

And I hope the Sanders campaign disavows nonsense like this:
pope and sanders

Let’s keep ALL religion out of our campaign! nuff said.

Pope Francis on Donald Trump: “This man is not Christian”

On Thursday Pope Francis said Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he intends on building a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border to keep out those wishing to come to the United States.

Trump, a leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate, has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are in the country illegally if elected president. The Pope’s comments en route home from Mexico came hours after he prayed at the Mexico-U.S. border for people who died trying to reach the United States.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said. “This is not in the Gospel.”

Not having heard Trump’s border plans independently, Francis said he’d “give him the benefit of the doubt.” But he added: “I’d just say that this man is not Christian if he said it this way.”

H/T to commenter Duane12 for bringing this to my attention.

New York Daily News: God Isn’t Fixing This

This…..a million times this.

The cold hard reality we’re faced with is that no amount of prayer is going to fix our nation’s epidemic of mass shootings – that’s a problem that can only be fixed when elected officials finally get the courage to stand up to the National Rifle Association, which has become a corrupting influence through campaign contributions for far too many of our nation’s elected officials.

Finding a serious solution to our nation’s epidemic of mass shootings is going to require a measure of courage – and that’s a quality sorely lacking among far too many conservatives who hold office.

Planned Parenthood Shooting: Classic Blame the Victim!

A state lawmaker in Colorado is blaming Planned Parenthood for the terrorist shooting in Colorado Springs: “Rep. JoAnn Windholz wrote in a Facebook posting Monday that Planned Parenthood is “the real culprit” for violence.” Not surprisingly Rep. Windholz is a Republican.

“Violence is never the answer, but we must start pointing out who is the real culprit,” Windholz wrote.

She called Planned Parenthood the “true instigator of this violence” because it provides abortions.

“Violence begets violence,” Windholz wrote, concluding with a plea to pray for women who get abortions and doctors who perform them.

The lawmaker confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the posting is accurate but said she had nothing more to say about it.

No, I am sure that it has nothing to do with the hysterical campaign slogans and speeches and debate points coming out of the GOP presidential race nor the discredited video of a few months back…nothing at all.

And I don’t think those killed were violent individuals who instigated violence…I just don’t.

A View Into Donald Trump’s Amerika:

The linked article relates the Russian crackdown on Muslims in Dagestan, the southernmost republic in Russia. Admittedly the situation there is far more tense than the current atmosphere in the United States…but some of the things that Donald Trump has suggested, alluded to, or not repudiated (from databases to surveillance) sound distressfully like what is happening there:

Komsomolskoye (a town in Dagestan) is one of several places where officials routinely announce “counterterrorist operations” and send SWAT teams to raid houses of suspected militants at dawn. The main road in and out of the village is guarded around the clock by security officers armed with automatic weapons, and hundreds of residents are under surveillance, with their names kept on a so-called Wahhabi list.

Those on the list can expect to get stopped at police checkpoints and sometimes detained for hours. They are visited at home and get phone calls at any time of day from police asking about their plans and whereabouts. They are often required to provide DNA samples and fingerprints.

Magomed Magomedov, deputy editor-in-chief of Dagestan’s respected weekly newspaper Chernovik, said the systematic repression of the ultra-conservative Salafi Islam community is pushing its members to the margins of society.

“If someone goes to the wrong mosque, he knows that when he leaves he could be taken to the police station, where he would be questioned, he would be fingerprinted for the 20th time,” said the editor…

Russian officials have defended the police profiling and raids on the homes of suspected militants, describing them as steps designed to stave off radicalization and deter possible terrorist attacks.

After Friday prayers last week, police rounded up about 50 worshippers at the main Salafi mosque in Dagestan’s capital of Makhachkala. The men were taken to the police station, and some were fingerprinted and asked to give blood samples, according to the Caucasian Knot, a major Russian website that covers the region.

Because of this crackdown on Muslims in Dagestan, the local population is becoming radicalized instead of neutralized…I can’t imagine it would be much different here.

Of course this is assuming that Donald Trump gets elected and is allowed to destroy the Constitution and American Civil Rights and American Civil Liberties. To say it can’t happen here is total denial…as we watch his poll numbers show that he continues to lead in the GOP race and we see his followers assault a protestor at one of his events. This has become the lowest point in American politics in my adult lifetime.