Step right up, see the Two-Faced Man and more!

Hot off the press, the first issue of ACTION! , a full color tabloid political action publication from the Milwaukee Area Labor Council.

Besides this lovely portrait of Two-Face Walker, done for ACTION by cartoonist and caricaturist Mike Konopacki, it is chock-full of information about the candidates for governor and U.S. Senator, from the keyboard of the indomitable Dom Noth.

The publication is being distributed which we are distributing throughout Milwaukee to the public as well as union members.

It's quite different from the council's regular Labor Press newspaper and hard-hitting with both fresh visuals and investigative reports. It's a pretty detailed catalog of Johnson's real roots and Walker's real history.

Check it out.

Hey, Mr. Fact Checker!

The Journal Sentinel "Fact" check team, in a snit because a Tom Barrett ad rearranged a page in the paper for a TV spot, was so anxious to light Barrett's pants on fire that it skipped right over this little piece of its own reporting:

In the second claim, [in the commercial] the narrator declares: "County debt has skyrocketed 85 percent." ...

On this point, county debt has risen 85 percent under Walker, according to Cynthia Archer, the county’s director of administrative services.

That's especially telling because Scott Walker has been traveling the state, telling people that he reduced the county's debt, as One Wisconsin Now points out, with lots of direct quotes from Walker.

Gee, will the fact checkers ever get to that one?  If anybody's pants are ablaze, it's Scott Walker's.

If the fact checkers think it's more important to check on Mark Belling or see if Russ Feingold is really a lawyer, it says more about the ne

Johnson Can't Release Names of Pedophile Priests Because He Took Diocese Oath of Secrecy

In this campaign, there have been numerous glaring omissions by the media in their introduction of Ron Johnson to Wisconsin voters, but one of the biggest is that Johnson used to serve on the Green Bay Diocese's Finance Council. 

What is a Diocese Finance Council?  It's actually one of the most powerful entities within the Catholic Church:  By Canon Law, every diocese is required to have one, it has full control over the diocese's finances, and has the power to overrule the Diocese's Bishop on all issues related to the Church's finances. 

In recent years, Diocese Finance Councils have been in the news, because dealing with sex abuse lawsuits (as well as other lawsuits) is a financial issue and their responsibility. 

Here in Wisconsin, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) has for years been trying to get the Green Bay Diocese Finance Council to release the names of pedophile priests that the church has acknowledged, via civil lawsuit settlements, are guilty of sexually assaulting children.

Johnson has said that the Diocese Finance Council should release the names, but the obvious question is why doesn't Johnson just release the names himself?  Answer:  He can't, because he took a double-pinky promise oath to the Green Bay Diocese t

Let's Be Careful Out There

“A crop in the field is not a crop in the barn,” I told my non-farmer friend - it was just a day before the most recent storms when my friend marveled at the 7 foot high corn. The corn is now in a flooded field and it may be weeks before it can be harvested. Even non-farmers know the vagaries of weather keep the best of farmers up at night. With so much at stake there is no more stressful time than harvest season. And this season’s stress is compounded with recent storms. Farmers, like their city cousins, should estimate damage caused by the storms. Local city, village and town officials are busy gathering estimates on damage caused to public structures and reporting this information to the county emergency management staff. Famers should also report damage to private property including crops. Farmers with crop insurance should contact their insurance agent. Even if the crops are uninsured a farmer should estimate the damage, the number of acres and the type of crop. Include non traditional crops – market gardens, organic crops and small grains. Make a record that includes past yields, pictures of damaged or flooded fields, buildings, ruined fences or debris that must be removed. Farmers should contact their county agents to report these damages. Most agents I know have already emailed farmers on their list and asked for damage estimates.

Kleefisch disclosure political? Ya think?

A contributor to a UK website, TopNewsUK, goes where no Wisconsin commentators have dared to tread:

Rebecca Kleefisch, a candidate for the post of Lieutenant Governor from the Republican Party, has revealed something that would go, in giving a boost to her political ventures by a long way...

The statement made by Ms. Kleefisch would definitely provide her with the much needed attention, especially during the race for the seat of the Lieutenant Governor. Taking into account the timing of the announcement, the move would lead to deeper political gains for the Republican.

Following the announcement of her previous condition, Ms. Kleefisch set out on a two-day road trip to campaign on the behalf of Scott Walker...

Despite the timing and her condition being a part of the campaign, Ms. Kleefisch has stated that her announcement was never politically motivated and that she just shared what she felt like sharing with the crew of 12 News.

Breaking: Johnson's Daughter's Heart Surgery Took Place In a Gov Hospital By a Gov Surgeon... Who is a FEINGOLD Supporter!!!

Ron Johnson has long-claimed that the reason he entered the U.S. Senate race was to protect the health care system that he felt was being ruined by the current health care bill, which he wrongly believes is a government take-over of our health care system.

Repeatedly Johnson has claimed that any government interferance with medicine would substantially decrease the quality of health care in the United States and has specifically said at nearly every campaign stop that his daughter's life likely would not have been saved if our nation's health care system had been plagued by goverment interferance.  

The Oshkosh Northwestern, however, is reporting today that Johnson had no problem going to a government hospital (the University of Minnesota Medical Center, UMMC) and a seeing life-long goverment doctor, Dr. John Foker when his daughter needed the best health care available:

Health care struck particularly close to home for Johnson based on an experience that happened only a few years after his family moved to Oshkosh in the late 1970s.

Johnson, Kleefisch, Walker: We've got ours, so screw you

There's a common theme among the Republicans at the top of the ticket in Wisconsin on the issue of health care.

Ron Johnson, Scott Walker, and Rebecca Kleefisch all agree that they have good health insurance plans --two of them paid for by taxpayers, the other by Johnson's company.

So why on earth would they give a damn if other people in Wisconsin are uninsured and can't get the same kind of treatment they are so happy about?

Johnson loves to tell the story of his daughter, born with a heart defect, who was able to get the best care from the best doctor he could find, thanks to his health insurance coverage from the business he runs.  Then he makes a giant leap and says he's running to repeal the federal health care bill, because -- hard to say, exactly, but he thinks the new law will lead to something worse and he won't be able to make his own decisions.  

As for the people who aren't lucky enough to have the kind of coverage he has?  Not his problem.  Let 'em eat cake.  Or dog food.  Who cares?

Rebecca Kleefisch, just treated for colon cancer on her husband's taxpayer-paid Cadillac plan (he's a state legislator; she's unemployed), wants to make sure nobody else gets coverage from the gov

Johnson Compares Embyonic Stem Cell Research to Homicide

Yesterday, AP reported that Ron Johnson said that he is not only morally opposed to embryonic stem cell research, but compared it to homicide:

My basic belief is you don't want to get in a situation where you're creating life though destroying it.

You heard that right:  In Johnson's view a microscopic embryo has the same value as an adult human being.  Or, put another way, if Johnson was holding a microscope slide with a microscopic embryo on it in one hand and was trying to save someone falling off a cliff with the other hand, he wouldn't drop the slide with the embryo to save the person falling off the cliff... because that would be "a situation where you're creating life through destroying it."  

Of course, Wisconsin is the world leader in embryonic stem cell research and shutting down such research would not only be a huge blow to scientific research, but also to the states economy:

Wisconsin would be more affected by the loss of federal funding than other states.

WPR's Ben Merens, When Caller Says Ron Johnson Didn't Start Pacur By Himself: "I'm Sorry, I Don't Know, I Can't Answer That"

In an open-call format, where listeners call in to hear Meren's guest comment on the week's news stories, a caller just called in and said that he was shocked to read online that Ron Johnson wasn't a self-made man and that Pacur was actually started by Johnson's wife's family-- pretty basic stuff that we all know.

Merens responded, "I'm sorry,  I don't know, I can't answer that" and then said that when they have Ron Johnson on the show, they will be sure to ask him about it.

Are you fricking kidding me?  This is Merens fricking job! How can Merens not know that Johnson didn't start his company?!? The election is only a month away!

It goes to show you the HUGE knowledge gap in this state about Johnson, not only among voters but among the media.

Johnson's Self-Described "Outdoorsman and an Environmentalist" Label Takes Another Hit, LCV Names Him To "Dirty Dozen"

First, Ron Johnson called himself an "outdoorsman and an avid fisherman,"  then OWN found out that was a crock:  Johnson hasn't had a fishing license in at least five years.

Then, Ron started talking about being a strong supporter of gun and hunters' rights, which was debunked when it was learned that Johnson support requiring hunters to license their guns, the same way they license their cars.

Now, the LCV is not only debunking the "environmentalist" label Johnson has used to describe himself, they have named him to their Hall of Shame, AKA "The Dirty Dozen."

Editor's note -- Watch the Video from LCV -

Flat Earthers: Climate Change Deniers


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