The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as been rolling out snippets from both State Senator Leah Vukmir and businessman Kevin Nicholson every day as they continue to snipe at each other and try to gain an edge going into the primary next week. This morning while talking about tariffs…they jumped into immigration as well:

The Republicans also backed Trump on stopping illegal immigration, saying they wanted to build a border wall before talking about changes to the immigration system.

“We need a wall or an obstacle or whatever you want to call it to stop illegal immigration at the southern border,” Nicholson said.

Said Vukmir: “Until we have a commitment that we’re going to secure that border, I think it’s irresponsible to talk about all the other aspects.”

So apparently they can’t do two things at once…something that we kinda expect all of our elected officials to be able to do.

So no changes to immigration policy without a wall. A wall that pretty much seems unlikely to occur. And even if it does get underway, it will take years to complete. So in the meantime we can’t also come up with a 21st century approach to immigration? Really?

If candidates put forth their best ideas during their campaigns…there isn’t anything happening here!

that if we actually rolled back to the original Constitution as our ‘forefathers’ envisioned it, there wouldn’t be a Second Amendment?

The partisan primary in Wisconsin is next Tuesday August 14th…there are a lot of contested seats this year. One of the major ones is the Democratic gubernatorial race…we are blessed or cursed (depending on your point of view) with eight candidates this year…so you need to make your voice heard!!

The rules for the Wisconsin’s primary can be found in this article. And don’t forget your photo ID!

Since 2010, partisan primary elections have attracted 15% to 20% of the state’s voting age population, according to commission records.

This statistic is appalling. This primary will determine who is eligible for your vote come November. Get out and vote on Tuesday (or take advantage of early voting). I am not going to have much patience with those who don’t participate…

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Remember the cold war chant, Better Red Than Dead? Well welcome to the 21st Century version!

from the most recent Trump ‘rallies’:

that if you are attending a public political event and wearing a McCabe for Governor blue t-shirt…you should be required to wear blue jeans? Just sayin’

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Tariffs will be driving up the price of Coca Cola in the United States…do you think that will cause a pause that refreshes in the White House?

James Quincey, the CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, said Wednesday that the company would be raising the prices of its carbonated offerings due to rising freight costs and metal tariffs, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Quincey also said he expect the move to result in bottlers and retailers charging the customer more, to make up for the elevated costs. He did specifically discuss how much the company would be charging for carbonated soda, nor did he indicate how much more consumers can expect to pay per can.

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Remember the long term meme from the National Rifle Association? “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” (well yes…anyone hanging onto an illegal item would be an outlaw by definition…lol)? But the point of their argument is, even if guns were illegal, those intent on doing harm would be able to get a gun.

But now we have plastic guns…guns that anyone can print out on a 3D printer…without a background check…guns that can’t be detected in metal detectors.

The manufacturing of guns undetectable by metal detectors or airport screening has been illegal since 1988, but a recent agreement between the State Department and a 3D-printable gun advocate would have resulted in the online posting of blueprints for such guns Wednesday.

Well, guess what? The NRA says publishing the code to print a plastic gun doesn’t have to be regulated because…it’s illegal to do so. So since plastic guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have plastic guns!

Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, said Tuesday that news reporters and “anti-gun politicians” have “wrongly claimed that 3D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms.”

Cox said regardless of whether blueprints for such guns are posted online, “undetectable plastic guns have been illegal for 30 years,” referring to a 1988 law that bans them and makes it illegal to produce, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive such guns.

This is really rich. Anti-gun politicians “wrongly claimed that 3D printing technology will allow for the production and widespread proliferation of undetectable plastic firearms.” Actually it seems pretty obvious to me that they exactly are right and I bet his membership will be in the forefront of printing them.

And not even the president agrees on this one:

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the selling of such guns “doesn’t seem to make much sense!”

Now on to Wisconsin’s own Attorney General Brad Schimel, who just happens to be up for re-election in 2018. His take?

Attorney General Brad Schimel isn’t saying whether he would seek to stop the manufacturing of plastic firearms imperceptible to metal detectors but suggested the Department of Justice is studying the issue.

(emphasis mine)

Studying the issue? This has been an issue since President Obama’s administration…AG Schimel should have a position by now. No, really he should…just another example of not being up to the job of attorney general.

One take away here…the plans are already in the wild…and ‘gun enthusiast’s are printing plastic guns as I write this. So the next step is to dismantle the TSA stations at all of our airport gates, remove the metal detectors from our schools and businesses, and throw away any hand held wands used for security searches…because as of now they aren’t worth a lick and we are wasting our money.

For months now we’ve all been informed about the refugee crisis at our Mexican border…as our government has intercepted the refugee families…we’ve kidnapped the children and separated them…without rhyme or reason…and without telling the families what was going on. And then apparently forcing unwitting adults to sign paper work giving up their parental rights. Or deporting some 400+ adults to their native country without ever reuniting them with their children…children that we still have incarcerated within our country…and making the job of reuniting families far more complicated that it should ever be.

And our elected officials in Washington are perfectly fine with it. Most of the president’s supporters are perfectly fine with it. If it weren’t for the courts…we wouldn’t be making any serious effort to reunite families. We have harassed and victimized and brutalized innocent children…and their suffering and grieving parents…and the blood is on all of our hands…this is being done in our name.

So no big deal what happens to children, right? Well when the children aren’t refugees…when they aren’t children of color…the sanctity and protection of children in the US goes to the other extreme.

And we’ve all read examples of this over the last few years, kids left in cars, kids allowed to walk to school, kids allowed to use parks:

We now live in a country where it is seen as abnormal, or even criminal, to allow children to be away from direct adult supervision, even for a second.

And so now children do not walk to school or play in a park on their own. They do not wait in cars. They do not take long walks through the woods or ride bikes along paths or build secret forts while we are inside working or cooking or leading our lives.

As one mother put it to me, “I don’t know if I’m afraid for my kids, or if I’m afraid other people will be afraid and will judge me for my lack of fear.” In other words, risk assessment and moral judgment are intertwined.

American parents who have made rational child care decisions are arrested and charged with child abuse and child neglect for…well…parenting while letting kids be kids…and learn through youthful experience. For details scan through the article, there’s a lot there on how cranky crazy we’ve become. And there are lessons to be learned about social support and social harassment in child rearing.

But my main point here is: because refugees aren’t Americans…because they are primarily people of color…because our president has demeaned them as animals…whatever we do to their children…is well…ok. But heaven forbid that an American parent leave a child unattended for just a rational moment…they are neglectful and abusive parents. WTF is wrong with us?

Considering the freedom I had as a child in the 1950s and early 1960s, my mother would still be doing hard time!

An absolutely silly psychedelic era pop song suggested for listening by Todd Rundgren in a recent interview on how he produces records!

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The title is a paraphrase by the Washington Post from one of President Trump’s morning tweets. The president was referring to the Mueller probe, but may I suggest it should actually apply to the president’s tenure in the White House?

As the Manafort corruption trial gets underway the president described it as a ‘hoax’ and that these were ‘old charges’. I am not sure what he meant by either reference but he should butt out and get on with the work of the president and let the justice system take its due course. If he isn’t complicit in obstruction already, he is certainly looking like he’s going in that direction with these tweets.

Now the president did say in one of his tweets:

These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion – a Hoax!

He’s right. The charges against Manafort have nothing to do with collusion. They are all about under reporting income for tax purposes and lying to get loans and they have nothing to do with Russian interference with the 2016 campaign.

But here again the president doth protest too much. The Mueller investigation is looking into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential campaign. And although the word collusion keeps getting bandied about, it seems to be pretty much being mentioned by the president and not anyone connected with the Mueller team. Where there’s smoke there’s fire? Besides as Mr. Giuliani pointed out earlier, even if there was collusion, it isn’t necessarily against the law. Ahem….

So essentially, President Trump can’t separate the various moving pieces of the various investigations. And he doesn’t realize that by continuing to try to put his nose back in joint by putting it in the business of the Department of Justice…it starts to smell like rotting obstruction.

But never fail, he forges right ahead and calls for Attorney Jeff Sessions to call off the Mueller probe…which would require him to end his recusal, or worse yet violate it, two things which seem beyond Mr. Sessions’ sense of propriety. Good for him on this one.

So plan B for President Trump is the old tried and true, distance himself from the ‘bad guy’.

In his tweets, Trump also sought to distance himself from Manafort, saying he “worked for me for a very short time” and had also served Ronald Reagan, Robert Dole and “many other highly prominent and respected political leaders.”

Manafort was hired in late March 2016 as Trump’s campaign chairman and resigned in mid-August of that year — a stretch that included the Republican convention at which Trump was formally nominated.

Yes March to August isn’t that long for a job just looking at a calendar, but on the Trump campaign, or even the Trump White House, that can be construed as an eternity. And Mr. Manafort wasn’t just an apparatchik, he was the campaign chairman for crying out loud…right through the convention.

And then of course the president mused:

Writing on Twitter, Trump…questioned why the government didn’t tell him Manafort was under investigation before he hired him to be part of his 2016 campaign.

How would they know you were going to hire him AND investigations don’t work like that. And once again, as we’ve seen time after time, the president’s campaign team and White House staff seem to have no time or no skill or no interest in vetting those President Trump wants to hire on.

The fallout from this will be interesting to see.

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