New frontiers in journalism at JS

This from the right-leaning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in a business section story about Kohler Corporation's demand for concessions from its workers:

Kohler Co. has become the latest large Wisconsin manufacturer seeking to establish a two-tier wage system and make extensive use of "flexible" employees working at lower pay and for much of the time without health benefits, an official with the United Auto Workers said Monday...

One of the people quoted is an economist, Michael Rosen, who teaches economics at Milwaukee Area Technical College:

"What we're seeing is companies that don't need to restructure in this manner but are doing so because they can," said Rosen, who leans left politically and is MATC faculty union president.

This from a newspaper that continues to use material from and cite the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a right-wing operation from top to bottom, as some kind of non-partisan policy shop, and refuses to identify it as conservative.

Milwaukee Diocese Records Point to Johnson Writing Checks To Predator Priests Being Hidden Away by Green Bay Diocese

Back in 2002, every diocese in the country did internal reviews of sex abuse cases and then released a report of "substantiated" cases of "sexual abuse of minors" in the last 50 years.  Some dioceses, such as Milwaukee, released the names of the documented pedophiles, while others, such as the Green Bay diocese, chose only to release the number of pedophiles they had found.  

The Miwaukee Diocese had 43 names in their report.  Meanwhile, after eight years, the Green Bay Diocese has still not released the names of the 51 pedophile priests they know to have sexually assaulted a child.

What's amazing is that when you look at the list of Milwaukee predator priests, most are still alive and nine are still working for the diocese.  The diocese assures people that these guys are "fully restricted from priestly ministry," but I guess a "substantiated" assault of a child isn't enough to get you fired from the Milwaukee diocese.

Here's the thing: If most of the Milwaukee predator priests are still alive and 22% are still employed by the Diocese, one would be foolish not to believe that the Green Bay Dioce

Oshkosh NWesern: Johnson Campaign Won't Answer if China Exports are Going to Outsourced China Plants Controlled by Wife's Family

The Oshkosh Northwestern, (the only newsaper that is covering the Senate race), is reporting that the Johnson campaign refused to answer a very simply question:

The company biography says Pacur today also enjoys a healthy export business, especially from sales in China. Johnson’s campaign declined to say how much of that export business are sales to Bemis, which also has operations in China.

This is, of course, alluding to an important issue that progressives have been pushing, which is that Johnson's "we don't export jobs to China, we export plastic" is fundamentally untruthful:  Johnson sells most of its plastic products to Bemis and its subsidiares, which are controlled by his wife's family.  While Johnson's company has not outsourced to China, Bemis has outsourced numerous jobs overseas, including opening up three plants in China.

Oshkosh Northwestern: Ron "Just Wanna Be Left Alone!" Johnson Served On Board of Gov Agency That Helps Businesses

The Oshkosh Northwestern is reporting that Ron Johnson served on the board of directors of Chamco, which they describe as the City Oshkosh's "industrial development arm."

In fact, Johnson not only served on the board of Chamco, his wife's family got considerable help from the government agency in early days when Pacur was being built:

A Feb. 16, 1986, Northwestern company profile indicates the city of Oshkosh and its industrial-development arm, Chamco Inc., lured the company to Oshkosh in 1979 by securing a $75,000 federal grant to build a rail spur and by providing assistance with construction of a 20,000-square-foot factory in the North Industrial Park.

Johnson's Old Company was on Lou Dobb's "Exporting America" List

Although Ron Johnson likes to imply that he's been at the helm of his plastic company for the last 31 years, that's not accurate.

Pacur was started in Oshkosh in 1979 by the Curler family as a captive supplier for a Bemis Plant, which was accross the street and under the authority of Bemis CEO, Howard Curler (Johnson's billionaire father-in-law.)  Johnson started out as an accountant and worked under Pacur President Pat Curler.  In 1986, the Curler family sold Pacur to a company called Bowater.  After the sale, Johnson would stay on at Pacur as President.  In 1997, Johnson bought Pacur from Bowater and since then has owned the company.

So, for nearly eleven years, Johnson worked as an employee of Bowater and Pacur was a subsidiary of Bowater.

Although Bowater has recently merged with Abitibi, before that, they were one of the companies included on Lou Dobb's Exporting America list which they descibe as:

Here is a list of companies we've confirmed are "Exporting America." These are U.S. companies either sending American jobs overseas, or choosing to employ cheap overseas labor, instead of American workers.

On Why Voting Matters, Or, Could You Outrun The Toxic Red Flood?

It is about a week before early voting begins for a bunch of us around the country, and that means this may be one of the last times I have to convince you that, frustrated progressive or not, you better get your butt to a ballot box or a mail-in envelope this November, because it really does matter.

Now I could give you a bunch of “what ifs” to make my point, or I could remind you how we spent all summer watching oil gush into the Gulf, and how that came to be...but, instead, it’s “Even More Current Event Day”, and we’re going to visit Hungary for a extremely real-world reminder of what can go wrong when the environmental cops are considered just too much of a burden by the environmental robbers—and if today’s story doesn’t scare you to death, I don’t know what will.

It ain’t Texas, but we will surely visit a Red River Valley...and you surely won’t like what you’re gonna see.

New Report Reveals More Damning Information in Johnson Sex Abuse Lawsuit Scandal

TPM has done an excellent piece of investigative journalism, looking into Johnson's role in the Green Bay Diocese sex abuse scandal, via his handling of sex abuse law suits on the Finance Council. 

First, they answer the question of why Johnson felt the urge to drive down to Madison to testify against legislation that would have lengthened the time that childhood victims of sexual abuse can take on their abusers in court:

Deacon Tim Reilly, Director of Administration for the Diocese of Green Bay told TPM that the Church played a significant role in getting Johnson to the state capital.

New Video: After Johnson Calls Self-Funded Campaign an "Investment," Calls for "Deficit Spending" on Tax Cuts for the Wealthy!

A few months ago Ron Johnson did an event at the hoity-toity Madison Club in Madison.  What made the news that day was that Ron Johnson referred to free trade agreements, which have costs Wisconsin 165,000 jobs, as a "great success" and that the job losses were simply a byproduct of "creative-destruction." 

However a newly discovered video that someone has posted on Vimeo shows that, at the same event, Johnson also made some other jaw-droppers.

First he says that the millions he is spending to buy Feingolds Senate Seat, is money well spent... an investment:

Questioner: On top of that, you're going to invest 10 million dollars in the race... well.... I don't if 'invest' is the right word, but do your neighbors think you're crazy or what? Johnson: I think 'invest' is the right word and I think that's a valid question-- six months ago I would have thought I was crazy...

Then, moments later, he says that deficit spending is OK if its spent on tax cuts for the wealthy:

Questioner: OK, you didn't like the stimulus plan... what would be your altnerative Johnson: No, no I'm absolutely opposed to that... Questioner: What's your alternative for helping the economy?

WisPolitics Lunch with Ron Johnson, Candidate for US Senate

After Bathtub Accident, O'Donnell Changes Position

Dover, Delaware (FNS)—Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell shocked the crowd at a Delaware political breakfast meeting when she announced that she has changed her thinking about masturbation following a weekend bathtub “incident”.

Spike Fromula, O’Donnell’s press secretary, explained to the press gaggle today that O’Donnell now realizes that it is possible to “masturbate without lust in your heart” after Saturday night’s revelatory event, which Fromula described as a “slip and fall episode”.

“It wasn’t exactly ‘The Passion of the Showerhead’” said Fromula, in a reference to her former work as a marketing consultant to the Mel Gibson movie of a similar name, “but there is no doubt that her thinking on the issue has evolved”.

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