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My fellow Wisconsinites April 5th is coming upon us fast (Tuesday) and we have one really big state election and to my fellow residents of Milwaukee County we have a big one here.

At the state level we have the incumbent, Justice Prosser going up against Joanne Kloppenburg. This is a VERY EXTREMELY important race.  Kloppenburg has spent the last 21 years being the lackey attorney for the DNR, taking cases against ordinary citizens for the most mundane, ridiculous things:

1) As the state’s environmental law enforcer, Kloppenburg represented the DNR and state in cases that angered developers, homeowners, and businesses, and she has argued against more local and legislative control (especially when R…epublican legislators took actions to protect citizens upset over what one labeled DNR “arrogance.”)

“It’s a good example of government gone amok,” said the lawyer for a couple who accused the state of rendering their dream property worthless through bureaucratic bungling and zealousness. In another case, Kloppenburg praised as “wonderful” a court decision where a woman couldn’t build a deck on a lake home she inherited from her grandfather.

One case involving Kloppenburg sparked an upset Wisconsin couple to write the governor , accusing the state of rendering their property worthless through bureaucratic bungling and zealous regulation. “It sure puts a sour note on our life,” said one homeowner of the state action against him.

2) A Forest County man battled state officials to keep his retirement home. He had been ordered to move the $170,000 home because it was 15 feet from a lake. The state Supreme Court overruled the appellate court and said the man didn’t h…ave to move his home. The 74-year-old man told the media he just wanted to retire in peace. ”I’m getting so . . . old. I won’t see the end of the case by the way it’s going,” the man said. ”It’s getting too expensive.” The media said a contractor had erroneously built the man’s home too close to the lake. The elderly man had spent more than $80,000 in legal fees. It would cost $130,000 to move the house. A judge had disagreed with the local county saying it was wrong to make the man move his house. The appeals court overruled the judge. The state Supreme Court was unanimous in its decision siding with the judge and allowing the man to not have to move his house. Although she was not listed on court documents as the attorney of record, and while acknowledging the decision was fair, Kloppenburg was interviewed by the media and praised the case for reinforcing the rights of the state to enforce shoreline zoning codes. She said the case “’reconfirms the paramount interest of the state, of all of us, in the protection of our waters through shore land zoning.” (Wisconsin State Journal, July 2, 1998.) Kloppenburg has also been at the center of opposing state Legislative attempts to rein in the power of the DNR and state Department of Justice when it comes to environmental enforcement (she has supported the DNR’s greater pursuit of power in court). In some of those cases, which reached the state Supreme Court, incumbent Justice David Prosser disagreed with Kloppenburg, who argued for the DNR to have more power, and the Legislature to have less, when it came to disputes between the state and private landowners.

3) Homeowners William and Lynn Gerrits didn’t want to have to move their home near a creek in Kaukauna and they had a variance from the zoning law that said the buildings needed to be 75 feet from the water. It would cost $50,000 to move …their house back 18 feet more, and only parts of the home (the deck, and part of the garage) were within the 75 feet. A local county board granted the couple a variance because it determined that the local government failed to tell the homeowners the house was too close to the creek when issuing a building permit. The board found the home was not contrary to public interests. The attorney for the couple noted in court documents: “In a day when raw sewage is dumped into our lakes by cities after heavy rainstorms; in a day when it is commonplace for beaches to be closed due to unhealthy levels of contaminants, we find the state of Wisconsin bringing its force not to clean our lakes and streams, but to make a homeowner move a deck and garage,” But Kloppenburg, argued for the state that the couple didn’t deserve a variance, “We are not picking fights with anybody,” she said. “We want to make sure statewide everybody is following the same standards. … Studies show indisputably that development within the setbacks does harm water quality over time. The science is very sound.” (AP, Jan. 13, 2004).

Here is a link to the list of endorsements of Justice Prosser: http://www.justiceprosser.com/index.php/endorsements

Now onto Milwaukee County. The position of Milwaukee County Executive is open since our former exec is now our governor (yay Scott!). I hope you all have enough sense on this to vote for Jeff Stone, an experienced member of legislature, here are some highlights:

Representative Stone began elective public service as a member of the Greenfield Common Council in 1994 and served through 1998. During four (4) years as alderman, Stone worked to control taxes, and build a sound fiscal plan. The city debt was nearly eliminated by the plans put in place during Jeff’s tenure as Finance Chair, and the City’s Bond Rating was upgraded.

In April 1998 while finishing a term as President of the Greenfield City Council, Jeff was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a Special Election. He was re-elected in November of that year to a full term, and since has been re-elected four (4) more times.

  • State Representative Jeff Stone was born in Topeka, Kansas January 28, 1961
  • B.A. Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas magna cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi 1983; Political Science and History
  • Graduated West Muskingam High School, Zanesville, Ohio
  • Printing business owner 23 years
  • Member: Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC); Partners of Parks, Greenfield; Greenfield Chamber of Commerce (past secretary); Greendale Lions; Milwaukee County’s Park People

This last session the frustration truly mounted. Several of us on behalf of our Republican colleagues stepped across the partisan aisle in an effort to bridge ideologies and work toward creative solutions as the economy struggled and jobs continued to be lost. Know that your consistent feedback was crucial in giving precision, purpose and motivation to that effort.

As an experienced, fiscally conservative legislator Stone’s top priorities have consistently been:

  • Reducing Government Spending & Tax Reform,
  • Economic Development, Infrastructure and Job Creation,
  • Campaign and Election Reform, and Protecting our Wisconsin Quality of Life.

Now onto Chris Abele, his liberal, thinks he’s above the law opponent with absolutely no experience running anything except away from the law. Some facts about Mr Abele:

  • In July 1996, Abele was arrested in the northern suburb for driving while under the influence. Milwaukee police began pursuing Abele’s green, two-door Mazda after he was clocked driving 65 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. After a short chase, Abele finally pulled over at the intersection of N. Port Washington Rd. and W. Silver Spring Dr. in Glendale.
  • He didn’t address the issue for 7 years! A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2003. He could have served the time or pay the fine, obviously he paid the fine.
  • In 2006 he had an altercation with his neighbor, attorney Michael Hupy. The Altercation ended with Mr Abele shooting a firework at Hupy.

Is this someone we really want running our county? He is 44 years old and acts like a spoiled little rich 18 year old. Vote Jeff Stone for Milwaukee County Executive on April 5th.

 

*Special Thanks to my friend Marty Scheuer for the research on this.

 

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Yes that’s right, the death threats continue. The woman behind the disgusting letters I previously posted was found, arrested, and released. She was determined to not be an actual threat, I wonder how the recipients of those letters feel about that. How is it that the media fails to cover this? Can someone explain this to me? Now I have a letter that was sent to a regular citizen (you’ll have to forgive the quality of it, I had to screen print it and the top part is cut off). The part of the letter that is cut off just states that the writer of the letter is a former gang member and drug addict in Racine, the rest you can read for yourself, but it is a threat to all of us who support governor Walker. Lock and Load my friends, time to protect ourselves.

This week the union thugs are going with a new tactic, boycotting businesses that support Scott Walker. Below is a letter sent to M&I (the other companies got the same letter) regarding said boycott:

March 10, 2011
Mr. Tom Ellis, President
Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
770 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SENT VIA FASCIMILE AND REGULAR MAIL
Dear Mr. Ellis:
As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin. ..
As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not
respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters,
and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the
goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table. Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that
ideal.
In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
James L. Palmer, Executive Director
Wisconsin Professional Police Association
Mahlon Mitchell,President
Professional Fire Fighters
Jim Conway, President
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311
John Matthews, Executive Director
Madison Teachers, Inc.
Keith Patt, Executive Director
Green Bay Education Association
Bob Richardson,  President
Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association
Dan Frei, President
Madison Professional Police Officers Association
Now in reading that letter am I the only one who is feeling like they are saying “support us, or else”? So they are going to boycott them, since the police union is the first one signing the letter does that mean when an M&I bank gets robbed there will be no protection for them, or any of the other boycotted businesses? At the end of this I will post a list of boycotted businesses as there are many of us who are having a buycott, we are going out of our way to support the businesses that have been listed by the thugs. There is also a list of charities as well, many of them children’s charities such as Make a Wish.
I am calling on everyone to take a stand, show the bullies who is really in charge here and support these businesses and charities. We have friends and families who work for these companies and I think what the union thugs are failing to realize is that by boycotting these businesses, they could be putting their own friends and family out of work. That’s the problem with thugs. They act without thinking. So lets do our part and stand up and show them WE ARE IN CHARGE!
List of businesses and charities:

These are the companies that are targeted:

ABC Supply Co

Agrecol Corp

Allen Edmonds Shoes

AMK Concepts & Services

Anew Health Care Services Inc

AO Smith Corp

Apache Stainless Steel

Artisan Partners

Atlantic DQ

Audio Implements/GKC

Badger Meter

Baraboo Growth

Bevco Ergonomic Seating

Blomquist Benefits Consulting

Boerke Co Inc

Bradley Foundation

Brian Retzlaff Trucking

Briggs & Stratton

Burke Properties

Burlington Northern Santa Fe…

Call Solutions

Campbell Wrapper Corp

Carpenter

CD Smith Construction

Chambers & Owen

Charro Restaurante

Charter Manufacturing

Church Mutual Insurance

Cobalt Partners LLC

Commonwealth Development Corp…

Continental Properties Co Inc

County Concrete

Couri Insurance Agency

Custom Pak Products

EBY-Brown Co

Einhorn Associates

Emergency Medicine Specialists

Endeavors Group

Fabco Equipment Inc

Fashion Angels Enterprises

Feather Larson & Synhorst…

Fiduciary Management

First American Funding

Fisher Barton Inc

Glenora Co

GMR Marketing

Gogebic Taconite LLC

Gold Leaf Development

Hal Leonard Publishing

Hammes Co

Harris Associates

Hay Creek Pallett

Heartland Advisors

Hexagon Investments

High Crossing Development Corp

Holton Brothers Construction

Horton Group

Hovde Financial

Hy Cite Corp

I-Robot

Iconica

Inpro Corp

Insight Industries

Irgens Development Partners

Johnson Controls

Johnsonville Foods

JSD Professional Services Inc

Kapur & Associates

KBS Construction

Koss Corp

Krier Foods

Kwik Trip

Lorman Education Services

Lubar & Co

M&I Bank

Meissner, Tierney, et al

Michels Corp

Midwest Neurosurgical

Milksource

MillerCoors

Minnesota Wild

MJ Construction Inc

Morrison Creek Cranberry

Nicholas Company Inc

Nova Surgical LLC

Orthopaedic Associates of…

PACUR

Panduit Corp

Paper Machinery Corp

Payne & Dolan

Pinstripe Inc

Plastic Surgery Group

Prent Corp

Promotions Unlimited

RCI FirstPathway Partners

Reiman Publications

Richardson Industries

Rite Hite Corp

Roehl Transport

Salomon Smith Barney

Sargento Inc

SC Johnson & Sons

Schneider National

School choice

Sendik’s Food Market (Balistreri-owned stores)

Shannon Sales Inc

SIG Financial Holdings

Specialty Underwriters

St John Properties Inc

Standard Process Laboratories

Stark Investments

Super Steel Products

Tamarack Petroleum Co

Tankcraft Corp

ThedaCare

Tries & Rice

Uihlein Wilson Architects

US Counseling Service

US Oil Co

V Duane Rath Foundation

Wausau Homes

Wausau Paper

West Allis Salvage

West Bend Clinic

Zenith Tech

These are the PACs that are targeted:

Concerned Realtors Committee

Realtors PAC

KochPAC Natural Resources

WI Dental PAC (WIDPAC)

People for Rebecca Kleefisch

Building a Better WI/Wisconsin Builders Association

ABCPAC-WIS

Wal-Mart Stores/WAL-PAC

Tavern Industry PAC

Republican Party of Wisconsin

HNTB Holdings Ltd PAC

AT&T Wisconsin Employee PAC (formerly SBC)

Operating Engineers 139 PAC

Republican Party Milwaukee Co

Managed Health Services/Centene PAC

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

TDS Telecom

WI Credit Union League Action Fund (WCULAF)

Deere & Company PAC – WI

FONEPAC Telecommunications & Computers

Friends of Alberta Darling

Eli Lilly and Company PAC

Friends & Neighbors of Robin Vos

WellPAC Wellpoint Inc

WI Insurance Alliance PAC

WI Pipe Trades PAC

Charities affected:

make a wish

juvenile diabestes

DARE

hospice care

operation homefront

united way

boyscouts

girlscouts

jr achievement

habitat for humanity

special olympics

american cancer society

YMCA

CDA

hsipanice scholarship fund

public radio

low income housing grants

dental fund

johns hopkins cancer reserach

mayor

st. judes

kiwanas

boys and girls clubs

crimestoppers

head start

ms foundation

jaycees

2nd harvest

komen for the cure

milwaukee symphony

milwaukee ballet

VFW

milwaukee zoological society

milwaukee latino community center

wisconsin little league

UWM

UW Madison

salvation army

beloit college

second harvest

 

Here is a link to a FB page devoted to the Buycott (added 3/16) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Companies-that-Support-Scott-Walker/208890342458128

A link from MPS union ripping state unions actions, courtesy of Vicki McKenna: http://bit.ly/fgL2bD

This morning I woke up to some disturbing news, that death threats were made against Republican WI senators (I will post the letter released,warning though it is quite vile and disturbing). People, we live in AMERICA. This is a country where we are allowed to disagree with our elected leaders without having to worry about physically retaliation. Just an example of some extremism, last night on Twitter I read a tweet that disturbed and concerned me personally, it stated that “Scott Walker, Karl Rove and ANYONE who shares their beliefs should be shot dead“, well I share their beliefs and I shouldn’t have to be afraid to voice my opinion because it might get me killed. There is not only one side to this.  The tea party is constantly accused of being violent and out of control, I have yet to see that or meet any of those people. But aside from that, if the tea party had made death threats I would be denouncing that too.

It is ok to not agree or to strongly disagree with what is going on in Madison right now (personally, I do agree with what’s going on, the 14 have had multiple opportunities to come home and debate, they chose not to). What however is not okay is to send letters to Senators telling them you are going to kill them and their families. When I read the letter that Senator Fitzgerald released I was sick to my stomach. I am still waiting for our president to denounce this as he was the one who said there needs to be a new tone, yet he remains silent, that disappoints me.  Below is the letter that sent, as I said, it’s quite vile, and I don’t condone this sort of behavior on any side, it’s unnecessary, awful, and sickening, but you can decide for yourself:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in
the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that
support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.

We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a
nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave
it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the
message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single-handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a
demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

Like I said, VILE!

After the tragic shooting of Gabby Giffords in AZ our Fearless (or Fearful) Leader called for a new tone in politics, calling on civility and a change in our mindset. We were asked to be kind and watch what we say, to remove the crosshairs and negativity when discussing our opponents. This is a good idea, we should be civil. We are all people, why shouldn’t we be civilized to each other.  Before I go further, just to get something straight here, when I am discussing this, I am referring to both sides of the aisle. Nobody should be making posters with crosshairs over anyone’s face, or referring to anyone as Hitler. It’s wrong, free speech or not, IT.IS.WRONG.

During this incredibly trying time in Badgerland I have seen all of these things in Madison on signs, in speech. Hate coming (more like spewing) from the liberals. Threats of brutality. True story, when I went to Madison for the tea party, I had a walking cast on and I was actually threatened and mocked by union thugs, including a union nurse, glad those people aren’t my caretakers. Sheesh.

Then to hear this (Confirmed by Charlie Sykes), well, this sickens me:

“Last Friday…. after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, [Oshkosh Democrat State Rep. Gordon] Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are Fucking dead!

Sykes went on to add that he had queried Rep. Litjens about the alleged incident over the weekend, and that Litjens confirmed Hintz’ comment in the exact verbiage.

Someone, please tell me, why are the liberal’s excused from the “New Tone”? People have absolutely no respect for their fellow-man anymore. You can still disagree with someone without hating them, I have proven this in my own family and with my friends. We don’t agree on plenty of things, but we move on push forward. Yes sometimes we fight about it and maybe don’t talk until things are simmered down, but we are CIVIL. I challenge everyone to try it, it’s nice.

BTW: Hat tip to badgerblogger.com for the quote.

Have you seen us, you know, the cowardly 14 Senators who fled the state of Wisconsin because they weren’t going to get their own way? These 14 claim to be representing the taxpayers and protecting us from Governor Walker. What they are really protecting is their own interests and the unions (the minority of the state). If they support this bill they lose union support, and therefore the dirty money the unions give to them and any chance of ever being reelected. They all deserve to be recalled for bailing on this state, but recall laws require 12 months to have passed before this can happen. So in the mean time, look out for them like our Tea Party friends in Rockford and Chicago have been (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!). Haul them back here to do the job they were elected and also are being paid to do.

I’d also like to personally thank the fleebagger Lena Taylor for praying for my soul for she feels I am misguided, HA. I don’t need her prayers, God and I know the difference between right and wrong, and Lena my dear you are WRONG WRONG WRONG and when the time comes you and the rest will all be recalled.

I am posting their pictures just in case you need a reminder of what the fleebaggers look like. Round em up and bring em home.

Have you seen us?