Over the years Zach and I have posted different covers of this tune. It’s time we posted the original!

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Before the brouhaha he created at the G-7 meeting in Canada or taking off for the summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump spent a good deal of time last week boasting about being able to pardon himself! [of course he doesn’t have to because he hasn’t done anything wrong…but he could!]

Some lawyers outside the White House say he can’t. Some lawyers inside the White House say he can. The GOP has been strangely quiet on the issue but two home state representatives suggest he not go that route!

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that President Trump should not pardon himself. “He shouldn’t, and no one is above the law”.

And Representative James Sensenbrenner said “I certainly would advise the president not to do it.” And he suggested that the president would be impeached if he did in fact, pardon himself.

So that’s the line that the president needs to cross for impeachment? What if the Russian issue ends up on the presidents door step? Or Mr. Jared Kushner’s? Or there is enough evidence for an obstruction of justice charge? Or?? Is a self pardon the only overstep that will bring Rep. Sensenbrenner to call for impeachment? I mean, after all, in order to pardon, one needs a crime to be pardoned for, oui?

btw: Rep. Sensenbrenner knows his way around a good impeachment…he was the House prosecutor during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment…way back in the day!

and nothing happens? But any implied violence against the president brings out the Secret Service bigly?

Asking for three hundred million friends…

This was posted this evening on the interwebs. From the Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor, there are two Republican challenges…just two…against Dem candidates (there are ten Democratic candidates for governor). Dana Wachs [response] and Andy Gronik [response]. We’ll have to see what happens next.

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Twenty-nine year old Charisse Daniels appeared to be ready to challenge incumbent Republican Wisconsin Assembly Representative John Jagler in the 37th district. Except she couldn’t get the simplest things right in establishing her campaign.

First she started accepting campaign contributions before she had set up a campaign account. That is a particularly big miss. And it caused the Republicans to file a complaint…which made it a sure thing that they would challenge the signatures turned in later.

And then she turned in 201 signatures on her nomination papers for an office that requires a minimum of 200. Every novice candidate gets it drilled into their head to submit twice the minimum to account for occasional duplicates, the funny guys who sign Mickey Mouse or people who mistakenly sign when they are out of the district. It is usually easy to find a handful of names to challenge or for an election board to declare a few invalid. So 201 is cutting it too close for anyone’s comfort.

But it didn’t stop there. It is alleged that more than a few signatures on her nomination papers were forged. The signatories when asked said they never signed her papers and some said they didn’t even know who she is. And those alleged forgeries were on nomination papers that Ms. Daniels herself had collected.

[For those of you who haven’t solicited nomination papers, besides a signers signature, name, address and date signed, the person circulating the papers has to also date and sign each page they collect. This provides a trail on who is collecting the signatures.]

And although a rookie candidate, Ms. Daniels did complete training via Emerge Wisconsin, a group that trains prospective Democratic women candidates. So Ms. Daniels had the knowledge and tools at her disposal to run an effective campaign, and I imagine a lot of new friends and associates who would have helped with the details and the ground work as needed.

Well, it looks like Ms. Daniels is not going to dispute the issue.

Daniels, a 29-year-old Watertown resident, missed the deadline for responding in writing to a complaint accusing the first-time candidate of submitting dozens of forged signatures on her nomination papers.

“I have no comment,” said Michael Maistelman, attorney for Daniels.

This is too bad on a number of levels. Ms. Daniels probably won’t have another opportunity to run for office. And this assembly district will not have a challenger to the incumbent, essentially handing the district back to the GOP and Rep. Jagler.

No no, they aren’t a match up in the World Cup…but I just want to talk about them in their relationship to US politics.

Before he even gets to a summit meeting that he is ill prepared for, President Donald Trump is talking about bringing North Korean President Kim Jong Un to the US…either the White House or Mar a Lago…or maybe the White House.

And that he’d like to normalize relations with North Korea.

North Korea who we fought a very vicious war against in the early 1950s. North Korea who after decades of trying has acquired nuclear weapons. North Korea that has brutally subjugated its citizens. North Korea that we are technically still at war with since there has never been an actual peace accord negotiated and signed following the war.

The president would like to normalize relations with THAT North Korea. Any objections from the Republican electeds? As they say, crickets.

But just a few years ago, President Barack Obama normalized relations with Cuba.

Cuba that was ruled by a harsh dictator. Cuba that subjugated its population. Cuba that we didn’t actually have a shooting war with. Cuba that does not have nuclear weapons.

President Obama normalized relations with THAT Cuba. Any of objections from the Republican electeds? My goodness, you’d have thought Castor had personally killed Senator Mitch McConnell’s new puppy.

I wonder what the difference might be?

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In this morning’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Molly Beck reports that Citizen Action Wisconsin depicted Governor Scott Walker (who is running for re-election) and State Senator Leah Vukmir (who is running for the US Senate) behind a target graphic. What the fuck was Citizen Action Wisconsin thinking?

There is absolutely no way to defend this. Just because it’s an arrow instead of a bullet hole doesn’t make it right. Even if it was just a plain target it is just completely stupid and rude. Actually the arrow makes it worse. I am livid over this.

As any reader knows this blog is solidly in favor of limits on gun ownership and the types of guns available in the market. I just can’t believe someone from the left did this…shit!

And I don’t have time to look this up but it seems just an election cycle or two ago, the left was all worked up over a similar ad by a GOP candidate with a target on it…maybe it was Colorado or Arizona. I don’t remember. But the left got pretty indignant at the time and rightly so. So I have to call out the hypocrisy of Citizen Action Wisconsin.

I expect an apology to Governor Walker and Senator Vukmir. I don’t think one will be forthcoming given the defense of the ad by Citizen Action Wisconsin’s director Robert Craig.

In a graphic promoting Citizen Action Wisconsin’s latest episode of their podcast titled “Open Political Season,” Walker and Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) appear to be standing behind a bull’s-eye target.

Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action Wisconsin, said the group is simply “using humor to make an analogy between the opening of campaign season in Wisconsin and hunting.”

“I am frankly surprised that anyone would think that this cartoonish image of an arrow hitting a target would be interpreted as promoting violence,” Kraig said. “Of course, in any analogy the comparison is not supposed to be literal or exact, that’s the whole point.”

I don’t think comparing campaign season and hunting season is responsible…I don’t see them as having anything in common…this explanation doesn’t make it sound any better. It is, frankly, a piss poor defense of a stupid stupid ad.

If this is what Mr. Kraig really believes is a justifiable explanation and without an apology to the governor and the senator, he should resign. Implying violence is as bad as advocating it in the current environment.

And Mr. Kraig isn’t the only one who owes the governor and the senator an apology. The podcast being advertised features State Senator Chris Larson (currently running for re-election). I really think he should get in front of this and denounce it and issue his own apology.

[full disclosure: Sen. Larson is my state senator]

Ok, I am done for the moment picking on the left and the Democrats. Here’s a solid stick it up your ass to Walker spokesman Brian Reisinger and Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Why? Well here:

“Liberal groups are always ready to blame violence on conservatives, and it’s outrageous that this far-left group would turn around and do this when Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans have repeatedly faced death threats for standing on principle,” he (Alec Zimmerman) said.

“We would have thought that extreme liberal organizations would have learned from the overreach and death threats Republicans faced in the past,” Walker campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said about the graphic.

Republicans aren’t the exclusive subjects of death threats. To pretend otherwise is totally deceptive and unjustifiable and what incredible arrogance. Just as members of both parties have been victims of direct violence in the very recent past, members of both parties receive death threats. Examples of real violence are Steve Scalise and Gabby Giffords. Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Reisinger…victim-hood is NOT your exclusive domain! So stick it!

Suggested article for Molly Beck: it might be interesting to document who receives death threats and how many such activities occur each year in Wisconsin. And how they are delivered.

In honor of our president’s apparent interest in American history and particularly the War of 1812:

Ignoring potential cooperation with the Russians to subvert the American electoral process or the continued and blatant interference with the American justice system, our president is essentially a traitor.

Why? Because he can’t keep his braggart egotistical mouth shut about American defense secrets. From Politico and shared by the Washington Post: Trump bragged about classified Syria skirmish at fundraiser

The details of the battle remain classified, but speaking to donors in midtown Manhattan last Wednesday, Trump said he was amazed by the performance of American F-18 pilots. He suggested that the strikes may have been as brief as “10 minutes” and taken out 100 to 300 Russians, according to a person briefed on the president’s remarks, which have not previously been reported. [emphasis mine]

Now we all realize that the president constantly exaggerates numbers…no matter what the topic…but the fact he (again) has disclosed classified information to civilians is treasonous. He wasn’t talking to his staff. He wasn’t talking to his security group. He was talking to his joint chiefs. He was talking out in public, to a group of civilians, at a freakin’ fundraiser.

And we’re sure that this isn’t a topic for public discussion? Well even the White House knows that:

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah declined to comment on Trump’s remarks because information about the Syria strikes remains classified.

So the House and Senate are still ok with this? I understand (and don’t agree with) their stance when they look the other way on the president’s racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and utter lack of moral character. They have made their pact with their devil.

But when he puts national security at risk? When he tweaks the beard of a nation standing as one of our major adversaries? (oh wait, Lenin had the beard, not Putin). When is someone in Washington going to actually get concerned here?