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Ok, I have a confession to make.  For most of my life I admit that I have been mostly apolitical.  I’ve called myself an Independent mostly because I didn’t pay enough attention to politics to actually choose a side.  Pathetic, isn’t it?

Well, a few months ago I started opening my eyes to what’s been going on around me.  I live in Wisconsin, it’s my adopted home state for more than a dozen years now.  For the past few years, in the peripheral, I’ve notice little things about this wonderful state disintegrating; morals, ethics, the hard work ethic, etc.  I’ve seen taxes go up and up and up and seen nothing in return.  Some of the very reasons I moved from the east coast to WI were disintegrating before my very eyes and the more I tried to find out why, the more my research took me in the direction of the politicians, specifically the left leaning politicians of this state.

And The Education Begins…

Last November I decided it was time to stand up and show that I had a voice.  I researched the political candidates; the platforms they were running on, their past records, anything I could find, then I made my decisions using the information I gathered and voted.  I voted based on the principals that I myself practice; fiscal responsibility, don’t spend what you don’t have, smaller govn’t because I have a brain and am a reasonably intelligent person and can make my own decisions in my life. I also admit that I basically voted against most any incumbent on the ticket because obviously they weren’t doing the job for WI, they were only doing the job for themselves or for special interests or they didn’t have a position with enough strength to make any kind of change.  Time to ring in the new.  In the end Wisconsinites seem to be feeling the same way.  Most incumbents out with Conservatives taking control and leading the way.  Now it was time to wait and see what would happen.

It didn’t take long.  Governor Scott Walker took office and hit the ground running! He inherited a state with a $137 million budget deficit with approximately a $3.7 billion shortfall in the 2011-13 budget.  There’s also a $58.7 million payment to the State of Minnesota after the end of a tax-reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and its neighbor; as well as an additional $200 million that the state is under court order to return to a medical malpractice fund.

NOTE – I’m going to try to do a brief overview here, way too much to go into detail on and there are so many details and so much that has happened here in WI since Gov. Walker took office.  I hadn’t planned on even getting into this but day after day and week after week my frustration level has risen to the point that I need to speak out.  The propaganda, misinformation and outright lies that are surrounding this debacle in WI are just mind boggling!  I went into this open-minded and read and researched, talked to people and listened to differing opinions and as someone who has considered their self to be politically Independent,  I have found myself moving further and further to the right!

As for Gov. Walker, one of his promises was to bring/create 250k jobs in WI and in his first step to do this he has implemented measures to make WI business friendly by offering incentives to bring new businesses in.

The first bill would provide a total personal income or corporate tax break for two years for businesses that relocate to Wisconsin. The incentive would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and would lower state revenue by an estimated $1 million over two years. Firms receiving it cannot have done business in the state for at least two years before moving here.

The second bill would add $25 million to the Economic Development Tax Credit program, bringing it to $98.1 million. The credits can go to businesses that locate or retain corporate headquarters in Wisconsin, create jobs, make capital investments or train workers. (JSonline)

Then the left starts throwing out accusations that Gov. Walker basically manufactured the budget deficit and handed out $140 million in tax breaks and spending which was proven to be blatantly false.

The Budget Repair Bill; The War is On!

Knowing that the upcoming budget was going to include massive cuts to balance WI’s budget shortfall, Gov. Walker unveiled his Budget Repair Bill. The idea behind the bill was to “balance the budget and lay the foundation for a long-term sustainable budget through several measures without raising taxes, raiding segregated funds, or using accounting gimmicks.”

The most obviously contentious provision of the bill was it’s aim to reign in the power of the public sector unions by eliminating collective bargaining for all but wages and increase public employees contribution to their health coverage and retirement by 12% and 5.8% respectively.  This included all public sector unions with the exclusion of police officers and firefighters.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has said he excluded the two groups from the bill—which curbs benefits and strips public-employee unions of nearly all collective-bargaining rights—to ensure that their critical public-safety work would continue free of disruptions or delays that such changes could cause. (WJS)

One of the components regarding unions included that no longer would the govn’t collect unions dues.  Public employees would have the option of sending them in or not and you can imagine that this didn’t sit too well with the unions.

Sure, there was a lot more to the Budget Repair Bill but in Gov. Walker’s bid to limit the unions’ power and get their hands out of the pocket of the taxpayer, he had figuratively thrown down the gauntlet and the reaction was as if they, the public workers and unions, had been sentenced to death, and maybe, in a way, they had to a degree.

Let The Protests Begin!

First, 17 hours of hearings and it didn’t take long for the Capitol to be overrun with throngs of people.  And then WI’s “honorable” Democratic Senators, instead of doing their job, decided to flee the state to IL on 2/17, ostensibly to give the public time to learn what was in the Budget Repair Bill. The 61 hours of debate in the Assembly to pass the House since the Senate Dems were holding the state of WI hostage by stalling the Bill in the Senate.

Three weeks later, after our beautiful Capitol had been occupied with people living and sleeping and protesting inside and out, the Democrat Senators were still refusing to return and do their jobs.  During that time, all the while saying they would be willing to give in to the financial concessions, the unions were scurrying around negotiating new contracts and contract extensions (Just a few examples 1, 2, 3 ).  Kind of makes you wonder the real reason the Dems were staying away, doesn’t it?  Oh, and many, if not most of these contracts of course did not include the concessions that the unions said they would be willing to give… surprise, surprise!  Some of them even included raises, even after the 2011-13 Budget was unveiled showing about a billion dollars in cuts!

And as our Capitol was awash in protesters, the MSM continuously portrayed the protests as civil and peaceful.  You didn’t hear them talk about the damage, approximately $350k worth, to the Capitol.  You didn’t hear about them defacing the Civil War Monument, you didn’t see the signs; vile and profane, to put it mildly, and much, much more.

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Meet Nour Hadid, of IL. She stands accused of beating her 2-year-old niece Bhia Hadid to death during the four days Bhia Hadid was at her home on the 9000 block of West 140th Street. Bhia had 55 separate bruises and was beaten “from head to toe,” according to prosecutors, who say Hadid has confessed.

Now for the unbelievable part of the story the accused husband, Alaeddin Hadid is upset, not over the beating death of the child, but rather that his wife’s mug shot was taken without her head and face being covered with a hijab, or headscarf. He alleges that the photo was taken to “insult Islam”. Hadid, of coarse has now threatened to sue, big surprise there!! Seems to me a person practicing the religion of Islam beating a child to death would be more insulting.

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obamasauntZeituni Onyango, aunt to President Barack Obama will be permitted to stay in the United States until at least next year as she awaits a chance to make her case before an immigration judge in her bid for asylum from her native Kenya.

On Wednesday a judge scheduled a hearing for Feb. 4, 2010 to hear Zeituni Onyango’s case.

Onyango did not speak after her initial appearance in U.S. Immigration Court in Boston. At the request of her attorney, the hearing was closed to the media at the request of her attorney.

Onyango, moved to the United States in 2000. Her first attempt at asylum was rejected, and an immigration judge ordered her deported in 2004. She continues to live in public housing in Boston at the tax payer’s expense. One has to assume that this is only one expense that the American public is bearing for this illegal immigrant. After all if she is living in public housing one has to wonder if she is also on food stamps, fuel assistance or Medicare.

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Tiller the Baby Killer

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For years and years pro-choicers have argued that the fetus is not a child. Some have even contended that a fetus is just a mere parasite living off of its mother’s body. What was often called into question was the fetus’ viability or, in other words, the ability to sustain its life outside the womb. Argue what you wish, for or against abortion but when a viable infant is subjected to having surgical scissors stuck into the back of its neck and a suction catheter is inserted to literally suck the infants brain out…….well this writer just has to call it what it is… murder. Sadly, Kansas jurors did not see it that way.

Dr Tiller of Kansas very aproposly named “Tiller the baby killer” has been providing late term abortions in the state of Kansas for virtually any reason… providing his client could pay the required fee of $5,000.00.

On Friday March 26,2009, Dr Tiller was acquitted of 19 misdemeanor charges against him, charges that stemming from abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. The charges alleged that Tiller was violating Kansas law requiring an independent second opinion for the procedure. The keyword being independent. Prosecutors had alleged that a doctor he used for second opinions, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, was essentially an employee of his and not independent as state law requires.

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NC Judge Oversteps His Bounds

A North Carolina judge has over stepped his bounds. Judge Ned Mangum of Wake County, NC has order the three children of Venessa Mills back into the public school system after stating her four years of homeschooling needs to be “challenged.”

Challenged despite that fact that her children’s education has been accelerated by teaching at home, with her children testing two grade levels above and beyond their peers.

“I thought Ms. Mills had done a good job [in homeschooling],” he said. “It was great for them to have that access, and [I had] no problems with homeschooling. I said public schooling would be a good complement.”

The judge said the husband has not been supportive of his wife’s homeschooling, and “it accomplished its purposes. It now was appropriate to have them back in public school.” Mangum said he made the determination on his guiding principle, “What’s in the best interest of the minor children,” and conceded it was putting his judgment in place of the mother’s. And he said that while he expressed his opinion from the bench in the court hearing, the final written order had not yet been signed.

It should also be noted that Judge Mangum is also the judge presiding over Mrs. Mills divorce case. This judge has no right to “put his judgment in place of the mother’s” given that her children are thriving by being home-schooled. This judge is way out of line, just another fine example of the judiciary system run amuck.

A spokesman for the family, Adam Cothes,  said the children routinely had been testing at up to two years above their grade level, were involved in swim team and other activities and events outside their home and had taken leadership roles in history club events. This ruling has not yet been signed but rather was handed down from the bench and it simply can not be allowed to stand.

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It’s Time to File for Divorce

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950′s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them).

We’ll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood ..

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This country is being invaded by illegal immigrants as our government sits idly by. Currently, Atlanta is not yet seeing the same levels of violence that some other major Us cities are, such as Phoniex, AZ, but make no mistake, it is escalating.

How’s this for a plan Uncle Sam, get rid of the pork from the stimulus package and use the funds, currently being earmarked to study manure and tattoo removal, to hire on more law enforcement and DEA agents, prosecutors, correctional officers and contractors and builders to build more prisons to detain the illegal immigrants.

Illegals, I might add,that broke the law to get here and continue to break the law and endanger our citizens once they are within our borders. Funds confiscated from those smuggling other illegals, drugs or other contraban could be used to pay officers and run the prisons. Imagine the jobs created just by enforcing our laws and punishing those who break them, not to mention the by-product of having safer places to live for Americans.

In a city where Coca Cola, United Parcel Service and Home Depot are the titans of industry, there are new powerful forces on Atlanta’s block: Mexican drug cartels.

Their presence and ruthless tactics are largely unknown to most here. Yet, of the 195 U.S. cities where Mexican drug-trafficking organizations are operating, federal law enforcement officials say Atlanta has emerged as the new gateway to the troubled Southwest border.

Rival drug cartels, the same violent groups warring in Mexico for control of routes to lucrative U.S. markets, have established Atlanta as the principal distribution center for the entire eastern U.S., according to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center.

In fiscal year 2008, federal drug authorities seized more drug-related cash in Atlanta — about $70 million — than any other region in the country, Drug Enforcement Administration records show.

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protestGlobal warming activists arrived in Washington on Monday to protest global warming. It was said to be the nation’s largest act of civil disobedience to fight climate change. Protesters arrived only to find DC virtually shut down by this seasons heaviest snowfall of the winter.

Many protesters could not get to DC as dozens of flights in the area were delayed or canceled. Still others couldn’t face the dangerous roads or blustery weather.

Speaker of the House, Nancy “Know-It-All” Pelosi, who called on the architect of the Capitol to stop burning coal at the power plant last week, was forced to canceled her appearance at the rally as her flight to Washington was canceled due to inclement weather.

Organizers of the protest estimate 2,500 people “braved” the blizzard to protest greenhouse gas emissions. Personally I thought they looked extremely foolish. Imagine the sight if you will, 2,500 people standing in snow 6 inches deep, with temperatures in the mid 20′s bundled up in layer upon layer of clothing, carrying signs to protest global warming. Strangely enough the very same thing happened to Al Gore when he gave a speech on global warming in January 2004 in New York.

Maybe, just maybe mother nature is trying to tell you tree huggers something.

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And the Era of Big Governement Has Returned!

You thought it was over but it looks like it’s back and Obama is it’s Champion!

Millions of Americans have viewed “big government” with a sharp, almost visceral skepticism ever since the enactment of LBJ’s Great Society. Disillusioned with welfare programs, chafing under federal civil rights laws and angered by social unrest and rising tax rates, conservative Democrats and Republicans relentlessly decried government as bureaucratic, wasteful and flat-out ineffectual. The ground is beginning to shift beneath our feet, however, as the collapsing national economy slowly upends this long-running theme in America’s political culture. (NY Daily News)

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Sheriff Joe, My Hero!

Sheriff Joe ArpaioSheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona is one of the most controversial law officers in the country but if you ask me, he’s also one of the most effective. He doesn’t take shit, he lays down the law, he make criminals think twice about reoffending and he gets rid of illegals. I don’t see a problem with that. I wish we could clone him and have law officers like him all over the country. Imagine the drop in crime rates if you were a criminal and knew the brand of law you were going to be facing was his?

Go Joe!

You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!

Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour f or working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.

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