Burke now says she was downsized by her family-owned Trek Bicycle Corp | Human Events

She be of the Trek bicycle family, allegedly fired, but she says caught in downsizing. Point here, however, is her malapropian way with words:

“Frankly, this is the sort of nonsense, six days before an election, baseless allegations that are deterring frankly from the issues that are really important here,” Burke said on the campaign trail in Green Bay, according to a story from the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Deterring? Girl, look it up, under usage. Detouring is what she wants? Who knows?

She’s running vs. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Best the Dems could get. In a close race, can unfamiliarity with the language make the difference? Who knows?

(For malaprop see here.)

Vote stealing in Wisconsin

Asked commenter Maggie M. to clarify something a while back, and she did so, offering this which stands by itself and explains itself.  Make it by Maggie and me; I couldn’t resist adding here and there:

 I’d like to know what the real election results are minus the fraud that the Democrats have perfected over the decades.

For instance, Bush lost Wisconsin in 2000 by 10,000 votes — they have same-day registration, where you can present any kind of bill for an address and get registered; it was reported that college kids were being bussed around to vote multiple times.  ACORN had been registering phony names, etc. 
 
2008 At least 33,000 ACORN-submitted registrations in Milwaukee have been called into question after it was found that the organizations had been using felons as registration workers, in violation of state election rules. Two people involved in the ongoing Wisconsin voter fraud investigation have been charged with felonies.
 
2004 The district attorney’s office investigated seven voter registration applications Project Vote employees filed in the names of people who said the group never contacted them. Former Project Vote employee Robert Marquise Blakely told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had not met with any of the people whose voter registration applications he signed, “an apparent violation of state law,” according to the paper.
As we heard and read during the recall, the Racine County vote was filled with enormous discrepancies.
 
Wisconsin passed a Voter ID law in 2010 to go into effect for the 2012 election.  A [Democrat-led] Dane County Circuit Court judge has blocked the law and will not bring it up for judicial review until after the Nov. election.  [italics added]
 
So much for knowing the will of the people.
Thank you, Margaret.

Prosser gains 7,500 votes in Waukesha County – JSOnline

Yet more from Wisconsin, where vote-counting has been a challenge to a number of elected officials.

Note: AP had it wrong because it was given it wrong. for instance, the whole town of Brookfield WI had not one of its votes counted at first. Tsk, tsk.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is all over this, of course. This great state to escape to is looking not so sharp at this point. In any case, Prosser’s lead is big enough at this point to require his (losing) opponent to pay for a recount. Stay tuned.

That anti-governor Wis. judge? She’s a union mother!

ABAMarch-SEIU marches across Chicago River
Her son arranges this sort of thing.

Surely, this judge was not about to embarrass or thwart her son:

Maryann Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.

Jacob Jake Sinderbrand, Sumi’s son [see page nine here], runs a company called Left Field Strategies, a firm that works on political campaigns.

Just when you think things are as bad as they will get, they get worse.

Scott Walker to school boards

Great Seal of the state of Wisconsin
This state leads the way

Look, said Gov., it’s gonna work out for you:

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker explained how the savings gained through the collective bargaining changes recently passed by the legislature will more than offset cuts in state aids to most school districts.

That formula is altered, however, if school districts rush to implement new labor agreements before Act 10 goes into effect on March 26th.

You have a money problem in yr district, don’t give in to unions’ rush to money for themselves.

Wis. Dem no-shows have their reasons

Saul Alinsky
His shadow lurks in Madison

WI Republican state senator to Dem, whom he knows as a colleague:

Hopper [the Republican] says he reminded Taylor [the Dem] that Republicans were out of power not too long ago, when Democrats controlled the state Assembly, Senate and governor’s office. “There were bills I was adamantly opposed to,” Hopper says, “and we didn’t run away.”

How you argue against that point, I dunno. The crux of it:

At the heart of all this, Republicans and Democrats are realizing there might be a gap between them that is bigger than they realized. To Republicans, the budget fight has involved the widespread shirking of responsibilities: teachers walking out on students, legislators running away from their offices, even doctors abandoning medical standards to make excuses for perfectly healthy teacher/protesters. To Democrats, the fight has touched a core issue; anything is justified to preserve union benefits.

Or, as Saul Alinsky said, “If the end doesn’t justify the means, what the hell does?” It’s making social concerns trump personal morality.

Light comes to the archbishop

Map of USA with Wisconsin highlighted
Looking for Wisconsin?

On the one hand this, on the other hand that, and why can’t we all just get along?

It is especially in times of crisis that new forms of cooperation and open communication become essential. We request that lawmakers carefully consider the implications of this proposal and evaluate it in terms of its impact on the common good. We also appeal to everyone lawmakers, citizens, workers, and labor unions to move beyond divisive words and actions and work together, so that Wisconsin can recover in a humane way from the current fiscal crisis.

It’s the archbishop of Milwaukee in a valiant attempt to find guidance in encyclicals.

On Wisconsin: Wall St. Jnl vs. Chi Trib

Wisconsin State Capitol 5
Wis. capitol buzzing

Wall St. Journal tells percentage of Wisconsin public employees unionists’ compensation that would go for pensions, vs. “little or nothing” at this point:

Gov. [Scott] Walker first introduced his “budget repair” bill a week ago, setting off the firestorm that has swept the Capitol. Besides limiting collective-bargaining rights for most workersexcepting police, firefighters and others involved in public safetyit would require government workers, who currently contribute little or nothing to their pensions, to contribute 5.8% of their pay to pensions, and pay at least 12.6% of health-care premiums, up from an average of 6%.

Chi Trib does not run the 5.8% of pay to pensions, instead:

Walker’s proposal would . . . require all [non-public
safety] state workers to pay half their pension costs and 12.6% of their healthcare coverage, shaving an estimated $330 million off a $3.6-billion deficit.

Half the cost vs. 5.8% of workers’ pay gives us quite a different number to mull over bkfst coffee.

Trib also cites “conservative analysts” as having “long contended that excessively powerful unions representing teachers, welfare workers and other state and local employees have boosted pay and pensions across the country, laying the groundwork for the nation’s fiscal crisis.”

Correct, but Wall St. Jnl slaps this graph on its page 2:

Source: Labor Dept., as noted, providing ample grist for those conservatives’ mill.