Posts for June, 2011
After a very heated and partisan race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Justice David Prosser won - again. He won the election fair and square to begin with. He has now won the recount. The votes were all tallied and recorded and certified. When everything was said and done - over $200,000.00 taxpayer dollars later - Prosser was STILL more than 7,000 votes ahead of challenger Joanne Kloppenburg.
This was a big race - with lots of outside interests and backers pouring money and support in for Kloppenburg. Keep in mind this was not because of her abilities (or even acknowledging her lack of), but because she supposedly represented to many a vote against Scott Walker. Twisted logic to say the least. Let's put Kloppenburg on the bench no matter what - no matter her lack of judicial experience - no matter that key figures (including Barack Obama and Jim Doyle) passed her over for judicial appointments. Not once, not twice, but five times in the past years. Yet, for some reason, many of the anti-Walker crowd felt she would have been just fine to serve Wisconsin as a Supreme Court justice.
Finally Kloppy did something right. Rather than continue to prolong the agony and send the results on to the courts, she admitted defeat. Of course this didn't come quite as quickly as her premature victory speech, but what the heck.
So now, after weeks of big news stories and articles about the race and the recount, and with all the voters and candidates have been through over the past months, where does the good 'ole Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel chose to run this important story?
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 - the top two stories - front page above the fold - "Girl Scouts council is one tough cookie" and another of the usual Walker/Republican-bashing articles "Panel votes for corporate tax breaks." Hmmmmm.
Okay. Oh, found it!!! On the bottom of the front page, right-hand side, there is a small write-up "Kloppenburg concedes race" (after 2 paragraphs, the story goes to page 10A). Right next to it, on the left-hand side is the newest focus of the the anti-Walker crowd - "3 GOP senators' recall elections OK'd."
Wonder why the Kloppenburg defeat wasn't a major above-the-fold large headline story? or, for that matter, how about a headline stating a Prosser victory?
First we get protests ala the 1960's, disrupting the legislative process in Madison for days on end.
Then, 14 Democratic Senators, who fled the state rather than doing their jobs, are "honored" by the anti-Walker crowd upon their return to Wisconsin.
Now we get anti-Walker "zombies" blocking the views of Special Olympians while Governor Scott Walker was giving a speech honoring the athletes...
When Governor Jim Doyle and the Democratic majority were running the state into ruin, did Republicans and conservatives erect a "Doyleville" and camp out in tents outside the capitol? Did Republicans and conservatives unhappy with the tax-and-spend M.O. of the Doyle Administration flee the state or disrupt proceedings in the capitol on a daily basis? No. We accepted the fact that elections have consequences and we waited until the next election cycle to change things for the better. And now we have six Republican representatives facing recall elections FOR DOING THEIR JOBS. Many on the left cannot show any respect or a level of decency in regards to the November election results. They are like pouty children. As exhibited by disrupting an event honoring Special Olympians.
What else can one say except Shame! Shame! Shame!
If there ever was a classic example of a liberal judge making the laws up to fit their own political agenda, Wisconsinites were treated to such an instance in the case of Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi and her overreach of her judicial authority in regards to the Budget Repair Bill.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court gave a major smack-down to Sumi's ruling - a ruling which stopped the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law. This was the legislation which was passed by the Republican lawmakers, which Governor Walker had signed months ago. Immediately after this, Democratic lawyers filed court complaints, saying the the meeting in which this legislation was voted upon violated the "open meetings law."
Judge Sumi overstepped her powers not once, but twice. First, she blocked the law with a temporary restraining order. The Walker Administration then took the step of asking a higher court (the Supreme Court) to take over the case. Later on in May, Sumi abused her powers once more by striking down the collective bargaining law as void.
Enter the Supreme Court. The court found yesterday (6/14) that Sumi's rulings was "invalid from the outset." In addition, the Court concluded that Sumi exceeded her jurisdiction, "invaded the Legislature's constitutional powers and erred in halting the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law."
Hmmm. Sounds like Judge Sumi is guilty of "legislating from the bench," doesn't it? Shouldn't there be some kind of reprimand of Judge Sumi? Or should she go back to law school to learn what she can and cannot do as a judge in the Circuit Court setting? How about disbarring her? Sumi clearly made her ruling based on her own pro-liberal biases- from the bench. Wonder if any union reps or other libs were behind her, pulling the strings...
Republican Senator Alberta Darling summed it up best with the following statement: "she (Sumi) did what she wanted to for political reasons. To me, it (Sumi's action) was despicable."
The majority of Wisconsinites are standing behind Governor Walker and the Republicans in office. Already, in a few short months, we have seen things in Wisconsin take a sharp turn away for the dismal Doyle years, towards optimism, prosperity, fiscal responsibility, and common sense. Most voters in our state are ecstatic - Voter ID has become a reality. Concealed carry is next. Joanne "I'm beholden to the Unions" Kloppenburg lost the Supreme Court election. Walkers Budget Bill will pass -enabling the state to be in excellent financial shape in just two short years, with an estimated surplus of $300 million (balancing the states finances for the first time in more than 10 years!), and now the Budget Repair Bill - ending collective bargaining as we know it - will become law. Property taxes are expected to go down - benefiting the middle class. Businesses are coming back to our state, and with that comes jobs. (Not government jobs, either! Private sector jobs (Obama should take note - he could learn a thing or two. That is - if he really WANTS to). All of this, in spite of a few 60's throwbacks camping out, trashing the Capitol, chanting, and beating bongo drums in Madison. Republicans and conservatives ARE winning!
We have a lot to be proud of - and grateful for. Be sure to remind your elected officials that we approve of the job they are doing on our behalf - they need to hear from you.
Thanks to Governor Walker and the Republican lawmakers who were elected to serve the people - and are doing what is expected of them. With all the Republican victories these past few months, one has to wonder where the Republican recalls are headed. We are on a roll - and if the Wisconsin voters (those who continue to be ignored by the media and protesters and unionistas) show up en masse to vote to save the six Repubican representatives, the victories WILL continue and the state of Wisconsin will be in even better shape in the months and years to come.
Thanks to my conservative cousin, a Milwaukee policeman, for e-mailing me the following yard sign he recently came across while surfing the net. Given the wave of optimism sweeping our state with Governor Walker in charge - doing the right things to get our state fiscally sound and back on track - this sign adds a good boost of humor to keep the momentum growing.
Optimism and real "hope" seems to be spreading across the country - especially now that the chance is coming to get even more true conservative Republicans into government at the federal level and a strong conservative President.
As each day passes, it sure is looking like Obama has the potential to become a one-term president. (Keep golfing and tweeting, Barry!) Just continue to ignore the high unemployment rates, and the economy! Keep dissing our allies and kissing up to our enemies! Pay little attention to those pesky wars! And by all means, don't listen to Representative Paul Ryan (it's obvious you don't understand Ryan's common sense solutions to many the fiscal issues Americans are facing anyhow.) Obama's arrogance and narcissism will eventually do him in - if there is any justice. Barry and Michelle better try to squeeze in as many expensive date nights (paid for by the taxpayers, of course) and continue to live the high life they are enjoying, before they get the boot in 2012!
This is even more hilarious! ( Just received the following pic from a fellow blogger: Thanks, Jim Hayett!)
Of course the mainstream media has downplayed this recent gaffe by the "Commander-in Chief," Barry Obama. While in Fort Drum on Thursday, June 23rd, Obama was speaking to the troops and stated:
The mainstream media is all aghast. Supreme Court Justice David Prosser attacked fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and put her in a choke hold! Hold the presses! This story has taken on a life of it's own.
Trouble is, aside from the headlines and spin coming out of the mainstream media, something doesn't seem right...
First of all, this supposed "attack" took place weeks ago. June 13th to be exact. So why is this being "leaked" (by Dems) now? Most know that Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and her liberal co-horts like to make life miserable for those conservatives on the bench. Abrahamson has been known to egg on the other conservative justices and treat them with disrespect. Justice Prosser even stated at one time in his defense: "In the context of this, I said you (Abrahamson) are a total bitch. I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted. They (Abrahamson and Bradley) are masters of deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of a very, very long standing."
During the recent debate over the bill on collective bargaining rights of public employees, emotions were running high on the court. Of course, the liberals wanted to side with the unions and Democrats, never mind the law they were supposed to uphold. And they were angry. Angry that the conservatives on the court have a majority - and the law behind them! Suffice it to say, by all accounts, things got out of hand.
And, very telling, the details about the possibility that Justice Ann Walsh Bradley physically went after Justice David Prosser, are being downplayed. By the media, of course.
Now, David Prosser is not a very physically intimidating figure. A bit over 5' 8" and maybe weighing in at 140 pounds soaking wet. Pushing 70 years old. On the other hand, Ann Walsh Bradley could be compared to Rosie O'Donnell. A large woman - could be a football linebacker if a man. Version one - as put out by the Bradley camp - has poor little Bradley being put in a "choke hold" by David Prosser. Version 2 has Prosser being rushed by Bradley, and putting up his arms to defend himself. Accidentally, Prosser touched Bradley's neck.
As a fellow (unidentified at this point) Justice stated to Bradley: "You were not choked."
So what we've really got is Don Knotts attacking Rosie O'Donnell. Think it happened? The scenario that seems the most logical is that the usual suspects - the minority liberals -were very upset. They were about to lose on the ruling to allow the budget repair bill to go through. Tensions were high. And they cannot stand the conservative justices on the court. The feelings are probably likewise. And Justice Bradley lost control - attacking Justice Prosser - who defended himself. A few weeks have gone by and - lo and behold - all of a sudden Bradley decides she was put in a "choke hold" by Prosser.
OK. Prosser denies everything. And I do believe that Prosser is the one telling the truth. After all, what did Prosser have to gain by attacking Bradley? The liberals on the Supreme Court were going to be on the losing end. Prosser had just won re-election - fair and square - against a totally unqualified challenger - Joanne "bought and paid for by the unions" Kloppenburg. The conservative justices were in the drivers seat.
Abrahamson and the other liberals on the court have been trying for ages to discredit any of the conservative justices. It's a pattern. And most of us do know what is going on. Typical liberal tactics. When they cannot get their way, they try their best to undermine the opposition. That's all they have left. The mainstream media falls in lock step to report with the liberal spin. Prosser ATTACKED Bradley!!! In small print we get: oh, by the way, Bradley may have rushed at Prosser.....
Whatever. What we have here are Supreme Court Justices behaving badly. Both Bradley and Prosser may share the blame, but no one will ever know what really happened on June 13th. The two versions we'll hear about come from conservatives and liberals. However, knowing the liberals do anything to advance their causes - morals be damned - I'd be willing to bet the Prosser didn't do anything but defend himself against an angry liberal who couldn't control herself.
Remember the liberal mantra: "do as we say, not as we do." So when a few wacky Tea Party members compared Barack Obama to Hitler - why, the left and media went nuts! How dare they! The Tea Party members are crazy! Insane! However, witness the "civil" protests in Madison, with liberals calling Scott Walker every nasty name in the book - including Hitler! But, that's OK - cuz it's free speech and, well, Walker IS like Hitler! Taking away those entitlements! Making people actually pay for their own benefits! Egads! How Hitler-esque! A double standard for everything. Only in the liberal world. Everything is upside down and the truth be damned as long as the desired leftie outcome is achieved. Well, most of us are catching on. Bradley attacking Prosser? Prosser attacking Bradley? He said....she said. In this case, I think it is more appropriate to say "he said...she lied."
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