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Bipartisan Report: Johnson Wrong to Blame Obama for Secret Service Woes

Last September, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson faced a tough situation:  Blame President Obama, or blame government in general, for Secret Service agents failing to stop an armed intruder from scaling the fence, running across the front yard, and coming in through the front door of the White House.  

Johnson chose both, saying that this was yet another example of Obama's "inability to manage," and then also blaming the "dysfunctional" Federal Government:  

Saudi si, Cuba no: Scott Walker clears it all up for you

After joining in the all-but universal Republican cacaphony over President Obama's normalizing of diplomatic relations with Cuba, Gov. Scott Walker was asked by reporters whether it isn't inconsistent for the US to continue isolating Cuba while continuing normal relations with Saudi Arabia, a nation that arguably has equal or greater involvement with state-sponsored terrorism and human rights abuses. News reports described Walker as "reluctant" to say much about the Saudis or to declare whether he regards that oil-rich country as a free and open society.

The presidentially minded Walker cleared it all up in his usual, non-incisive, incomprehensible political-speak:

"They’re making a few moves right now, but those are things that could be easily altered, at least in terms of Cuba. In terms of Saudi Arabia ... those are things I guess folks at the federal level would ultimately have to comment on in terms of whether there’s consistency or not. The difference, I think, is Cuba, that’s a policy the U.S. has had for some time, where to change that, I think there has to be substantial change in terms of the positions that the Cuban government has."

Huh? Quick, get an English teacher on the horn to help parse Walker's word salad.

Re the health care reform act, yet another case of conservatives acting like a two-headed monster

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today turned over a sizable chunk of its editorial page to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow at the foundation in charge of health care studies, blasted President Obama for "orchestrating the federal government's 'takeover" of Americans' health care."

Aside from the curiosity that Moffit put "takeover" into quotes when it is his own assertion, the irony of his opinion column is hard to beat. After all, everyone obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces will be signing up for a plan from a private, for-profit health insurer.

MENARDS: Just another "small," "family-owned" business hurt by Obama. Righhhhht.

Save big Bs

Do conservative billionaires like John Menard Jr. ever, ever, ever take personal responsbility for their actions? Menard is Wisconsin's version of Sam Walton, an entrepreneur who built up a small business into a behemoth. He's personally worth $7 billion and is Wisconsin's richest resident. A guy who, like Walton before him, bombs around in his venerable pick-up truck. So far, perhaps, so good.

But then there's more to that Walton comparison.

Koch Brothers Also Violated Wisconsin Law When They Sent Threatening Letter to Wisconsin Workers

Wisconsin Statute 12.07(3), (with a penalty of jail time), clearly states that employers can't distribute printed materials to employees threatening their employment:

No employer or agent of an employer may distribute to any employee printed matter containing any threat, notice or information that if a particular ticket of a political party or organization or candidate is elected or any referendum question is adopted or rejected, work in the employer's place or establishment will cease, in whole or in part, or the place or establishment will be closed, or the salaries or wages of the employees will be reduced, or other threats intended to influence the political opinions or actions of the employees.

BACKHANDING OBAMA'S DEBATE PERFORMANCE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's willful projectionism

The increasingly conservative Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorially stipulated today that Barack Obama won the second presidential debate, but the paper's editorial writers couldn't resist arguing, high up in their commentary, that:

Even so, Obama has yet to lay out a clear agenda for a second term. What does he want to do? What are his goals for the country? We wish we knew.

Five yard penalty on Journal Sentinel for piling on Obama

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board is entitled to its opinions, but not its own set of facts.

In a review of President Obama's nomination acceptance speech Friday, the newspaper's editorial writers had some positive words to offer about Obama but knocked him around a bit on two specific points. Said the Journal Sentinel: "Job growth is picking up though Obama still has the worst record on that score of any president in the post-World War II era."

Walker, Romney and Schneider: Lies, and the lying liars who tell them

[img_assist|nid=129637|title=GOP truthiness|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=142]Republican mendacity is now so casual that party regulars don't even attempt to bother disguising their lies. This curious development is analyzed quite thoroughly by a piece just published at Salon.com (see URL below). The article's examples include lies by Mitt Romney and Scott Walker.

OLD NEWS: Paul Ryan's tired comments on health care reform make for yet another banner headline in Milwaukee

[img_assist|nid=22099|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=254|height=138]When Rep. Paul Ryan says the same thing over and over, it's always brand new and hot news, at least in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which today features on the top of its front page Ryan's by now familiar litanies about health care reform.

The Janesville Republican spoke Friday at a Milwaukee Press Club forum and said, in essence, that health care reform is vital to the country's overall economic health. Gee, guys, that's why Democrats and President Obama worked so very hard for a year bending over backwards to get enough votes to enact ... health care reform! Old news!

SOLAR FLARE: Mark Neumann runs against Obama stimulus while taking stimulus money

[img_assist|nid=76352|title=Neumann|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=155|height=124]Ex-GOP congressman Mark Neumann is running for public office yet again after losing out to Scott Walker in the GOP 2010 gubernatorial primary. This time he's out to replace retiring Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl. But Neumann ought instead to consider taking charge of the US Department of Hypocrisy.

You see, Neumann's yet another conservative politician businessman who says one thing while doing the opposite. Neumann, who owns a construction firm, received solar energy grants of $80,000 and tax credits totaling $750,000 from the 2009 Obama economic stimulus package. You know, the package that tea baggers like Neumann vehemently opposed.

Which suggests a Neumann country-western campaign song in the making: "Baby gimme that terrible money from your bad White House, because together we're makin' music."

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