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Here's One Dedicated to Scott Walker

This is as good a starting piece as any: "Walker promises pre-emptive strikes to prevent attacks on US", Web Link

Here's the start: "OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is doubling down on his promises of pre-emptive strikes to prevent what he says are certain future attacks on American soil."

"As he prepares for a likely 2016 presidential run, Walker told a multistate Republican gathering in Oklahoma on Thursday that he's convinced "radical Islamic terrorists" are planning to attack the U.S."

"Walker offered no evidence for his claims at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. He also didn't say who most threatens the United States or what military actions he'd authorize in response."

Looks like another hawk talking his idea of foreign Policy. Well, he did just get back from Israel ...

Is this what America wants? Will this rhetoric win the day?


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Chest-beating. All these amateurs are talking tough, but have zero experience in the world theater. Lindsey Graham is the only GOP candidate with any experience and he's a homosexual hawk who hates homosexuals and thinks we should spend ourselves into bankruptcy "spreading democracy". The opposite of fiscal conservatism. In other words, he's mentally ill.

Walker's undoubtedly impressing the teabaggers, though.


"Watching Scotty Blow, Cont'd: Please Call Home Immediately", Web Link

Here's the opening: "There is a possibility that, by the end of his nascent political campaign, Scott Walker might find himself running as the junior senator from Lilliput or the Kapudan Pasha of the Ottoman Empire. This is because, back in the midwest subsidiary of Koch Industries formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, absence is not making hearts much fonder at all."

"First of all, Walker just got fired from the troubled money-pit that is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which Walker created in the first place as something of a laundromat for the people who have financed his various campaigns. At the same time, the Republicans in his pet legislature took one look at Walker's most recent budget and thought, all at the same time, "Holy hell, he's trying to kill Gramps!"

The specifics that apparently generated this piece follow, for those interested.


"Scott Walker Backs Constitutional Amendment Allowing States To Ban Same-Sex Marriage", Web Link

Here's how this one starts out: "WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide."

"The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision this month that could grant, for once and for all, same-sex couples the right to wed across the country. But Walker said on ABC's "This Week" that he would support amending the constitution to protect states that still want to ban same-sex marriage."

"I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. "If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment."

He added that "the decision on defining marriage should be left up to the states."

Give credit where due; he has taken a stand, a clear stand. Agree or disagree, you have to at least give credit to the fact that Walker has taken a position on this matter.

Now let's see how the tides of polls, campaign finance and the rest affect his position to the finish line (if he can make it that far).


Seems Mr Walker has some work to do ... at least he is considering it, anyway: "Gov. Scott Walker Calls Possibility of Taking Online Courses to Finish Degree in WH 'Interesting'", Web Link

"Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor who is considering a bid for the White House, told ABC News that the possibility of taking online courses to finish his college degree -- if he were to win the presidential election and found himself at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in early 2017 -- is "interesting.""

"Walker -- in Iowa to attend GOP Iowa Sen. Jon Ernst's "Roast and Ride" event -- left Marquette University without a degree more than two decades ago. According to Fusion, President Harry Truman was the last U.S. president who did not have a college degree."

Since Harry Truman? Really? And he wants to be our President?

And by most polls, this is the top dog the republicans have to offer? Oh, brother.


George, I think that Walker is a hack and would make a terrible president.

I do think, however, that his willingness to continue his education later in life, and more importantly to make it a public issue, should be praised, not scorned.


Here's another 'flattering' piece on Walker and the repercussions of his actions: "Scott Walker's University Cuts Prompt Faculty Departures", Web Link

Ironic, isn't it? Here we have a gentleman that dropped out of college and has stated that he finds the idea of completing his education through to graduation ... online - should he reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January 2017, "interesting" - while cutting funding for the colleges he is in position to support.

The repercussions of his cuts? See here for yourself: Web Link

You really just can't make this stuff up. And according to most polls, this gentleman is in the lead position amongst republican candidates!

What does that say about the republican party?


In American history have 3 candidates for President been under criminal investigation?

Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and....... darn, I forgot the third one


" ... darn, I forgot the third one". Yeah, and he's hoping it stays that way.

There's a little thing called "the news", however, that might interfere with his hopes. This "news" thing is all over the place - radio / TV / internet / and more; easily accessible and available to all.

That one you forgot is going to have a difficult time, and likely in for some disappointment, with that thing called "news". Hard to avoid, it is.

But hey, we won't let little misunderstandings get in the way of a Presidential run, now will we?


Tough day for Mr Walker: "State Employees Are Having A Hard Time Explaining Scott Walker’s New Voting Restrictions", Web Link

I can see how they are confused. I am, too.

"MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — When Hillary Clinton issued a sweeping call for expanding and protecting voting rights, and called out Wisconsin and other states for passing discriminatory laws, Governor Scott Walker responded by blasting her views as “extreme” and “far outside the mainstream.” He defended his own record of cutting early voting days and implementing a strict voter ID law, saying these changes “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

"Under Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which was blocked by courts until this March, you can vote with an expired military ID, but naturalization papers and student IDs must be current. Students must bring additional proof of enrollment, such as a class schedule. All Wisconsin residents can obtain a free state ID from any DMV, but only if they have no drivers license from any state. For 18-year-olds voting for the first time, a public high school ID counts, but a private one doesn’t. A bank statement can serve as proof of residence, but not a credit card statement."

“There are so many twists and turns. I hate it,” local organizer Denise Brown told ThinkProgress. “The people who passed these laws benefit from sowing confusion. They want people to get discouraged and stay home.”

Sure does look that way, doesn't it.

The only voice most of us have is at the polls. One would think/hope that we incentivize voters to attract a more comprehensive statement from constituents. Placing more restrictions on voting accomplishes the exact opposite.

Maybe that's what republicans want - maybe they think it's great to vote, so long as it is republican - all others not welcome.

That's one way to get what you want. Problem is, it seems to conflict with our Constitution, among other things.


Following-up on the post several up - "Where The Money Scott Walker Is Cutting From Universities Is Going", Web Link

"MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — On Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled the latest plan for building a new $500 million basketball stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks, half of which would be paid for with taxpayer money, and half by the team’s current and former owners. Because stadium projects — including Milwaukee’s own Miller Park — have been known to run significantly over budget, the public contribution would be capped at $250 million."

Well of course ... who needs or wants a good education when there's a Knicks game and beer available? and at tax payer expense? Where do I sign up?


"Scott Walker’s Revolt Back Home

The governor's presidential maneuvering is wearing thin in Wisconsin.",

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"As Walker prepares for a presidential run, he is increasingly speaking to national audience rather than a Wisconsin one. Instead of crisscrossing Wisconsin to get his budget passed, Walker’s calendar is filling up with trips to swing states, like his visit last weekend to Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride,” a motorcycle-themed political fundraiser."

"The tension between Walker and GOP lawmakers this spring hasn’t been limited to his budget. Throughout the 2014 campaign, Walker argued right-to-work was not a priority, predicted it would not reach his desk and urged lawmakers against taking it up, saying it would be a distraction. But once it became clear the bill would pass with or without Walker’s support, he smartly transitioned to publicly backing the bill while pointing out that his personal support for right-to-work legislation, which prohibits businesses and unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of employment, dates back to his days in the state Legislature. He now regularly touts turning Wisconsin into a right-to-work state, normally one of his better applause lines when he travels nationally."

Oh yeah, he's got a shot.


He's got a great shot.


He sure does; a great shot at getting a bionic foot due to all the shots the ones he's got have been taking.

But a shot at President? That, uff, is a completely different story.

I have to say that I always thought once one made a decision to run for an elected position, one would do their level best to win.

It appears like a race to the cellar with this bunch. I've never seen anything like it. It's as if they sign on to lose.

Amazing, but frightening all at the same time. And one of these clowns will be our next President?


"Scott Walker Has Been Telling This Teacher's Story For Years And She Wants Him To Stop", Web Link

"My opinions about the union have changed over the past eight months, and I am hurt that this story is being used to make me the poster child for this political agenda," Sampson said in 2011. "Bottom line: I am trying to do my job and all this attention is interference and stress for me."

Years later, Walker is still telling Sampson's story. And she still wishes he wouldn't.

However, on Wednesday, Sampson told The Associated Press that she does "not enjoy being associated with Walker's political campaign." She said the Wisconsin governor does "not have permission from me to use my story in this manner, and he still does not have my permission."

Spokespeople for Walker did not respond to requests for comment.


For all his lackings, here's one point I can agree with Walker on: "Walker: Republican senators have yet to accomplish anything", Web Link

It's very hard to argue the facts.

When elected put their personal goals and self before their job, this is what one can expect. Makes Laurel and Hardy look like child's play and they just won't stop.

Must hurt ... what with that constant foot shooting.

Since the day Obama was first elected, the republicans have done nothing except conjure up ways to fight him, attack him and do their very best to disrupt the President's efforts on everything.

And that's what they call crossing the aisle? And now the republicans actually think that that type of effort can win them the WH?

Good Luck. How's that working for you so far?


"They really are the party of stupid: The real story behind Scott Walker’s war on higher education"

"The new GOP war on universities is just the next step in an anti-intellectual struggle against critical thinking", Web Link

"On its face, today’s Wisconsin story appears to be about budgets and entitlement. Citing the need to save money, the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature at the end of May voted 12-4 to cut $250 million from the university’s budget and eliminate tenure from state law, enabling the governor-appointed Board of Regents to fire professors whenever they declared it time to “redirect” a program. Opponents are focusing on the end of tenure, but there is a larger story here about money, politics and ownership of the national government."

"Significantly, Walker has referred to the measure as “Act 10 for higher education.” Act 10 was the 2011 Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, passed by the Republican Legislature at Walker’s urging. It was the measure that created such furor in early 2011, as tens of thousands of protesters converged on the Wisconsin Capitol, Democratic senators fled to Illinois to stop a vote on the bill, and Republicans finally found a loophole in the quorum rules that enabled them to pass the measure without their Democratic colleagues."

"At stake in this bitter fight was the nature of American government. Should workers have the right to bargain as a unit, joining together as a political bloc to influence both their contracts and government policies? Or should they be forced to compete for national power as individuals equal to the wealthiest men in America?"

More republican shell games, but then what is one to expect? There's a Presidential election campaign going in full swing.


"Scott Walker learns a lesson", Web Link It's doubtful, but that is the title of this piece.

From the opening: "Scott Walker said Wednesday that he will stop talking about private meetings with world leaders after British Prime Minister David Cameron disputed that he had disparaged President Barack Obama’s leadership in private comments to the Wisconsin governor."

“I’m just not going to comment on individual meetings I had with leaders like that, be it there or anywhere else,” the White House hopeful told reporters when asked about Cameron’s response.

Seems Mr Walker is somewhat confused. British Prime Minister David Cameron seems to recall a conversation with Walker one way and Walker's account is just the opposite. Now I wonder - who are folks to believe; the Prime Minister of England, who has nothing to gain or lose or a dumbass from Wisconsin campaigning for a shot at 1600 PA Ave?

That's a toughie, huh?

This directly follows from the quote above: "Walker on Friday told Republican donors at a Utah gathering that Cameron and other leaders were concerned about Obama’s “lead-from-behind mentality.”

"Cameron’s office responded that the prime minister never expressed concerns about Obama in his February meeting with the governor."

Mr Walker might want to brush up on the rules to the game Before he gets all-in. Fool.


"How Scott Walker dismantled Wisconsin’s environmental legacy", Web Link

This guy's really making a name for himself, isn't he?

From the piece: "It goes beyond his silencing climate scientists. Walker has undermined environmental protections at every turn"

And here's the first paragraph: "This article was originally published by Scientific American."

"Scientific American - When Wisconsin’s new state treasurer Matt Adamczyk took office in January, his first act was to order a highly symbolic change in stationery. Adamczyk, a Republican and one of three members of the board that oversees a small public lands agency, “felt passionately” that Tia Nelson, the agency’s executive secretary, should be struck from the letterhead. As soon became clear, his principal objection to Nelson, daughter of former Wisconsin governor and environmentalist-hero Gaylord Nelson, was that in 2007–08 she had co-chaired a state task force on climate change at the then-governor’s request. Adamczyk insisted that climate change is not germane to the agency’s task of managing timber assets, and that Nelson’s activities thus constituted “time theft.” When he couldn’t convince the two other members of the agency’s board to remove Nelson from the letterhead, he tried to get her fired. When that motion failed, he moved to silence her. In April the board voted 2–1 to ban agency staff from working on or discussing climate change while on the clock. The climate censorship at the public lands agency made national headlines."


Mr Walker sure is a busy bee, appearing to flip and flop all over the place on numerous issues. Seems he spends a lot of time changing his mind.

"Scott Walker Was Against The Confederate Flag, Before He Was OK With It, Before He Was Against It Again", Web Link

At the bottom of that story are these stories (each is a link):

Scott Walker denies ethanol flip-flop - James Hohmann - POLITICO

Scott Walker's discrimination flip-flop: He was against it, now he's all ...

Scott Walker's Spectacular Flip-Flop On Political Contributions From ...

GOP Rivals Pile On Scott Walker's Flip-Flopping

Scott Walker's spineless flip-flop: Why he's proudly declaring, “My ...

Why Scott Walker's Immigration Flip-Flop Could Hurt | TIME

That is a lot of flipping and flopping. So ... how are we to know where he stands on anything? Do we listen every other day? Once a week? What?

And he's a frontrunner? Oh, brother, we're in for it now.


"Gov. Walker ends decades-old waiting period for handguns", Web Link

Does this guy have any tissue between his ears? What can be said; the piece speaks for itself.


Mr Walker is back in the news and it is again not good; "Wisconsin Republicans propose limiting public access to records", Web Link

"Nearly all records created by state and local government officials, including bill drafts and communications with staff, would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans introduced in committee Thursday as an amendment to the state budget."

The old control vs transparency issue. How many times have we seen this, discussed it and fought against interfering with the publics rights to public data? Here we have a governor running for President that wants to back away from transparency and embrace control.

And another one bites the dust; he's done.


Funny George that you're not saying Hillary Clinton is done or railing on BHO for transparency reasons. But then Democrats get a pass more often than Republicans.

CNN on Hillary Clinton - Web Link ..... "When Hillary Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State in 2013, she left an agency that has one of the most "dismal" transparency records in the federal government, according to an independent review released Tuesday that tracks response rates to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Bloomberg on Obama - Web Link ..... “This is the most restrictive and most message-controlling, most manipulative, and often hostile administration that I’ve seen since the Nixon administration,” said Len Downie, former Washington Post executive editor and now a professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.


It's too early in the race for severe presidential candidate critiques to be made. There is so much more to see; like eventual running mates. I am reading and watching all of it.

BTW, Trump is getting all sorts of publicity and barrels of free newspaper ink.


"Scott Walker's statements not always in line with actions", Web Link

"In his first two weeks as a declared presidential candidate, Gov. Scott Walker has touted himself as someone who can unite the country behind conservative reforms that he passed in a blue state."

"It’s an appealing resume in a crowded Republican field from which no one has emerged as a front-runner. It also rings hollow to Walker’s many critics in Wisconsin."

"Walker’s critics say that’s not what he’s offering, pointing to what they call a pattern of reversals and misleading statements. After saying repeatedly during his re-election campaign that a right-to-work bill would be a “distraction” and wouldn’t reach his desk, he quickly signed it once the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it earlier this year — then touted it as part of his presidential campaign."

"In a gubernatorial campaign ad, he emphasized that legislation he signed left the decision to have an abortion between a woman and her doctor. Last week, Walker signed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks."

"And after a federal court overturned Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage last year, Walker said the issue was “over in Wisconsin.” But after a more definitive ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, he endorsed a constitutional amendment that would allow states to reinstate bans."

The piece continues with Walker statements, then fact checks on his actions, but I think my favorite line that sums up Walker is this one; "After Walker’s campaign manager said last week that the governor was “running as a uniter,” Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause Wisconsin, said the assertion was “like calling Donald Trump humble.”

If Walker has a sense of humor, even he'd laugh at that one...but we've not seen anything resembling a sense of humor from the gentleman, yet.


Scott Walker on the Issues; Web Link

Caution: subject to immediate change with no notification, sometimes appearing contradictory - fluid may be a better description.

Walker makes the campaign trail fun, keeping everyone on their toes with every word uttered - as more often than not, his latest words contradict his previous words.

It's not his fault he seems so scattered, appearing to flip-flop on every issue he speaks to. This is a rapidly changing world we live in. Give the guy a break.


"Gov. Scott Walker set to drop out of GOP race", Web Link

As expected by many, we are seeing the casualties from the republican debates. Hard to run for President when you have no money; first Perry (again) and now Walker.

This republican version of musical chairs has plenty to go yet simply because there are so many and there is only room for one in the end.

Meanwhile, the democratic field may be growing.

This is one interesting Presidential race and unlike any I've ever seen.


"In Other News, Scott Walker's Wisconsin Is Still as Crooked as Ever", Web Link

There IS life after dropping out! We're all so happy to hear that Walker is doing well and having fun.

I will give Walker credit for one thing (which happens to be the sub-title to this piece): "Consistency".


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