Donald Trump’s New Year’s Message (Tweet):

Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly,
they just don’t know what to do, Love!

[copied from news account not actual twitter feed]

Does that actually sound like a uniter who will be president of all of the people or still an overbearing egotist who will continue to gloat (for how long)?

You won, get over it!

Christian Schneider Proved Gerrymandering Exists in Wisconsin.

Ironically GOP shill and right wing apologist, JSOnline’s Opinion blogger Christian Schneider recently set out to damn the federal court ruling on WI redistricting and prove gerrymandering didn’t exist. When in fact he proved that it does.

In typical Mr. Schneider style book meanderings he starts off with something that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand. And as most of us know, statewide elections whether it be for president or senator or governor hasn’t a thing to do with voting districts. But he digresses with:

It goes without saying that Donald Trump’s victory in Wisconsin nearly two weeks ago was unexpected. But according to a three-judge federal panel who just declared Wisconsin’s legislative maps unconstitutional, Trump’s stunning victory would have been all but impossible.

When you guys figure out what that has to do with the price of corn in Iowa county, let me know.

After throwing out chaff to put everyone off the scent, he got off track and proved the fact he was intent on disproving. And after talking about how assembly districts couldn’t have possibly have been designed to favor republicans, he goes exactly here:

A good number of Democrats win large victories without a Republican challenger, which artificially inflates their share of the statewide vote.

Now the last half is meant to deflate the rational that Democrats get the majority vote in the state but don’t hold the majority assembly seats…but in those districts without a Republican challenger there aren’t ANY Republican votes. Yes, that is all kinda round and roundy logic and you can see it from either perspective you want.

And the big BUT is “A good number of Democrats win large victories without a Republican challenger…”. Why do you suppose that is? No Republican challenger? Because the GOP leaders in Madison did in fact gerrymander all of those pesky Democrat voters into their own little safe blue districts. Far far away from the red districts just so they couldn’t muck up the Republican incumbents.

So yes, the WI redistricting was in fact gerrymandering…and this helps support that…if the other clues in the mass media weren’t already proof enough!

Donald “drain the swamp” Trump to name Wall Street executive to head Treasury Department

Remember during the presidential campaign when president-elect Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C.?

I do, but what I don’t remember is when on the campaign trail he promised to put the foxes in charge of guarding the henhouse, but that’s exactly what he seems poised to do, as multiple reports have Trump naming former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary.

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency that serves as the backbone of the nation’s financial system, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mnuchin joined Trump’s whirlwind campaign in May as finance chairman, despite the fact that he has never worked in politics and that he donated to Democrats in the past. He quickly earned Trump’s trust as he worked closely with the Republican National Committee to raise substantial amounts of money in a short period of time.

Mnuchin is the latest member of Trump’s top advisers to secure a high-level and influential post in the nascent administration, highlighting the importance the president-elect places on loyalty as he builds out his White House team. Last week, officials confirmed that industrialist billionaire Wilbur Ross would be nominated for Treasury secretary.

Mnuchin’s close ties to Wall Street could undermine Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” of special interests. Trump frequently lambasted big banks while on the stump – and Goldman Sachs in particular – and advocated the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall legislation that once separated retail and investment banks. In addition, Mnuchin’s involvement in the purchase in 2009 of a failed bank at the heart of the housing bust could create conflicts of interest down the road.

I hope all those folks who voted for “change” when they voted for Donald Trump are happy, because instead of a change agent they got a man who first and foremost will look out for folks like himself – the rich and entitled.

Speaker Robin Vos is Right, But SO SO Wrong

In light of record numbers of early voters in Wisconsin ahead of the November 8th Presidential Election, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos declared his concerns around fairness in early voting:

“We’re probably going to have to look at it again to make sure that everybody in the state has the same chance to vote,” said Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).

And I’ll agree with him on that. And he voiced concern about making voting consistent around the state:

Wisconsin hit record early voting Friday in the wake of a federal court order allowing expanded absentee balloting, and the GOP leader of the state Assembly called for restricting the practice to make early voting more uniform across rural and urban areas.

Now in one of the articles I read about Speaker Vos’ concern, he mentioned that the start of early voting was inconsistent from one municipality to another. And I can understand this concern…if Milwaukee starts early voting in late September and it’s neighbor, Wauwatosa doesn’t start until a week or ten days later that can cause confusion. So I wouldn’t oppose some rational consistency across the state for how early, early voting can start.

But the problem is Speaker Vos’ history around early voting. He and the WI GOP tried to use uniform early voting laws to restrict the availability of early voting in urban areas like Madison and Milwaukee and the courts found those laws to be unconstitutional. Things like limited hours and only one early polling place per city for instance. An insane idea in a city the size of Milwaukee for instance. Well here, see for yourself:

In July, U.S. District Court Judge James Peterson in Madison struck down a series of voting limits passed by GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers. His decision, which is being appealed, flatly rejected claims by Republicans that they were trying to make early voting hours uniform, saying they were attempting to help themselves at the polls.

In July, Peterson ruled the restrictions on early voting were unconstitutional because they intentionally discriminated against minorities. “I reach this conclusion because I am persuaded that this law was specifically targeted to curtail voting in Milwaukee without any other legitimate purpose,” Peterson wrote. “The Legislature’s immediate goal was to achieve a partisan objective, but the means of achieving that objective was to suppress the reliably Democratic vote of Milwaukee’s African-Americans.”

Republicans put limits on early voting in 2011 and further tightened them in 2014. The restrictions limited early voting to weekdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. — thus ending weekend voting that had long been popular among Latinos and African-Americans.

Peterson also found requiring early voting to occur at only one location was unconstitutional because it put a greater burden on voters in Milwaukee and other large cities, where many minorities live. It is much easier for a small town to accommodate voters with a single location than Milwaukee and other urban centers, he wrote.

So I am not confident that Speaker Vos actually has fairness in mind when he says we should revisit early voting. Alhtough I do agree that equal start times could be appropriate, one polling place per city. Hardly! Something along the lines of liquor licenses might make more sense…one polling place per something thousand population…then a small town like Antigo WI can get by with one polling place while Milwaukee might be allowed a dozen…and of course with daily hours and weekend hours to match the local lifestyles.

So let’s by all means revisit it but be careful about the what or how you try to make it fair!

Welcome to Donald Trump’s AmeriKKKa!

Welcome to Donald Trump’s America, where white supremacy groups are emboldened thanks to his hateful rhetoric.

One of the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the country has announced a parade to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s win.
The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, N.C., says on its website that its parade will take place on Dec. 3.
“TRUMP = TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE,” says the website’s front page.

No time or location for the event is listed, and a phone call to the number on its website was not returned.
The group has between 150 and 200 members and is “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States today,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. Last year, it was part of a South Carolina protest against the Confederate flag’s removal from the state Capitol.

I suspect we’ll see more of these types of activities from hate groups who are now emboldened by Donald Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric, and no doubt hate speech and attacks from those who feel Donald Trump has given a powerful voice to what they’ve been feeling.

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.

Donald Trump shows yet again that he has zero class (VIDEO)

On Thursday night Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump each gave speeches roasting the other at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner to benefit charity, as has been an election year tradition for a number of years.

However, Donald Trump’s remarks about Hillary Clinton were notable in that they seemed to cross the line from roasting to attacking, drawing boos from the crowd in attendance.

Donald Trump was booed Thursday night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner after delivering a series of jabs at his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, including trying to riff on a controversial remark he made at the latest presidential debate about her being a “nasty woman.” Clinton also didn’t play nice, however her jokes appeared to be more well-received by the crowd.

The dinner in New York, to benefit charity, is supposed to be a light-hearted roast where the presidential candidates take jabs at themselves and each other, but the event came just a day after the particularly nasty third presidential debate.

During the debate, the candidates didn’t shake hands or acknowledge each other before or after the forum.

Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as “corrupt.” His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers.

If you’d like to watch for yourselves, here’s full video of Donald Trump’s speech at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, with Trump’s remarks crossing from roast to attack at about the 10:41 mark.

And here’s video of Hillary Clinton’s roast of Donald Trump.

I know it goes without saying, but after watching and re-watching Donald Trump’s speech, it’s clear to me that he’s completely and utterly incapable of being anything other than a small, petty, spiteful man.

Donald Trump’s firsts

Just something I’ve been pondering tonight…

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has set a series of firsts during the 2016 election cycle, and I think those firsts are worth noting.

Donald Trump is….

  • …the first presidential candidate in 40 years not to release his full tax returns.
  • …the first presidential candidate to threaten to jail his opponent if elected.
  • …the first presidential candidate to admit on tape to having engaged in inappropriate and possibly illegal sexual behavior.

The fact that Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s standard bearer doesn’t bode well for the future of that party, to say the least.

Remember that time George W. Bush’s White House lost 22 million emails?

For all the caterwauling by conservatives about the deletion of 33,000 emails off the private server of former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, I don’t remember those same conservatives voicing the same level of outrage about the fact that the administration of Republican president George W. Bush “lost” 22 million emails.

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished.

Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons.