Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Flacks for US Atty

Madison, Wisconsin—The opinion by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that explained the freeing of the innocent state worker Georgia Thompson is being used by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel to provide political cover for US Atty Biskupic. 

The Journal-Sentinel editorial, “Mistakes aren't crimes” (April 24, 2007), seized a slender reed at the end of the 14-page opinion that was also used by Biskupic in his own audacious public relations move after the written opinion was issued April 20.

Reads Biskupic’s statement on the Court’s opinion: “We are studying the decision to determine its impact on other cases. Meanwhile, given the initial rhetoric surrounding the result, we are heartened that the opinion notes the good faith legal difference inherent in the case.”

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Today's Must Read: The entire scheme has been laid out before us. The question now is whether Karl Rove will get away with it.
Days 'til Bush leaves office: 634
"The Bushies create falsehoods to manipulate public opinion and then feeds them to influential 
and prestigious media outlets. Eager to be used, our most prominent journalists then repeat those 
falsehoods mindlessly and uncritically. Worse, when it is revealed that what they were fed was false, 
they say nothing and continue to protect the identity of those responsible, in the hope that their 
"sources" will continue to use them.

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The president has lost his mind Bush: 2006 election was mandate for Baghdad 'surge'.
"Basically, first-term president Bush, you invaded to remove the threat of Saddam Hussein. And you, current president Bush, are there to battle the threat created by the lack of Saddam Hussein." --Jon Stewart
A forgotten soldier. ABC’s Bob Woodruff reported tonight on Army Sgt. James Coons, an Iraq war veteran. Coons developed symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD during combat, apparently triggered by seeing a fellow soldier at a morgue. He was sent to Walter Reed hospital, where he was neglected and eventually hanged himself with a bed sheet in his room. Years later, his parents still can’t get the Army to turn over his medical records and personal belongings. John Aravosis calls it “one of the most sickening, infuriating reports ever on ABC.”

Leading Conservative Talker Dumps Anew On Tommy

Mark Belling, a Wisconsin right-wing talk show host and Waukesha pundit dumps on Tommy Thompson in the wake of Tommy's anti-semitic remarks in Washington, DC.

Turns out that now Tommy is on the national stage, and not just in Wisconsin where he was useful to anti-Democratic rightwingers, our Ex-Gov.'s  political unacceptability goes beyond his being insensitive to Jewish voters.

Robert Jackson Speaks to US Atty Biskupic and DA Blanchard

by MAL Contends

Madison, Wisconsin—The life of Robert Houghwout Jackson (1892-1954) is many things.

[img_assist|nid=1193|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=150|height=193]Scholar and jurist, public servant, humanity’s chief advocate at Nuremberg (1945-46), US Supreme Court Justice (1941–1954), and Brown v. Board of Education’s champion (his Brown opinion drafts were more confrontational and scholarly, reflecting the man’s moral outrage and intellect), Jackson’s like is difficult to locate among contemporary jurists.

As the Bush administration has turned the Department of Justice into a political operation of the White House, and liberal district attorneys around the country (including Wisconsin, see Brian Blanchard, for example) engage in frenzied quests to prove their tough-on-crime bone fides in furtherance of political careers, Jackson, as the US Attorney General (1940-41), speaks to us today with urgency.

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GOP Quotes of the Week:

Alberto Gonzales and the U.S. Attorneys Purge

"He may be an idiot, I don't know."
Rush Limbaugh, on Alberto Gonzales, April 20, 2007.

"He is our No. 1 crime fighter."
Dana Perino, on Alberto Gonzales, April 20, 2007.

"I believe you ought to suffer the consequences that these others have suffered, and I believe the best way to put this behind us is your resignation."
Senator Tom Coburn, (R-OK), April 19, 2007.

"The moment I believe I can no longer be effective, I will resign."
Alberto Gonzales, April 19, 2007.

Young, Liberal, NY, Jewish Blogger Seeks Votes

by MAL Contends 

Please consider taking a second and voting (vote here), for the “I am a Liberal Jew and I am Pissed” site. 

A young, new blogger is hoping to win a contest by garnering votes in an online, NY blog contest. His blog is http://pissedoffliberaljew.blogspot.com/,” and has the passion that is needed today for working towards social justice. 

Camelot, Snakes in Middleton, Wisconsin

Middleton, Wisconsin—Sunday, April 22, 2007. Earth Day.

In high 70-dgree weather, the air is thick, humid and animate; I rush across the beltline highway to Middleton to deliver to my young friend, Genna, a present for her 10th birthday.

Daughter of Mark and Amy, Genna is a sensitive child, blessed with the soul of a poet since she was a tiny baby.

When Genna played competitive soccer for a time as a seven-year-old, she would bore easily.

I remember in the middle of one game, she looked disinterested at the soccer ball and ran off the field and chased a butterfly she saw fly by, to the curiosity of her teammates saying, “Where’s Genna going?”

So, my girlfriend and I picked out from the Net (that my mother was able to find) the perfect present for Genna—the film Camelot (1967, writer - Alan Jay Lerner), that we believed would touch the heart of this natural romantic.

Camelot

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