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Wisconsin: Van Hollen will still fight for voter ID before election

These assholes must be worried they're going to lose. If nothing else, he's sowing more confusion into the already muddy waters.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will explore alternatives to make sure the state's voter ID law is in place for the November election.

Van Hollen is responding to Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which blocked the law that requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

The A.G. released this statement Thursday night: "I believe the voter ID law is constitutional, and nothing in the Court's order suggests otherwise. Instead, the Court may have been concerned that even with the extraordinary efforts of the clerks, absentee ballots that were distributed before the 7th Circuit declared the law valid might not be counted.

We will be exploring alternatives to address the Court's concern and have voter ID on election day."

President 'unequivocally committed to net neutrality' Obama

(Note: I'm posting this thread at the suggestion of another poster, in response to a reply I made in a different thread.)

Today we learned that the NCTA is behind a group of Lobbyists Pretending To Be Cool Digital Hipsters To Convince Youth That Net Neutrality Is Bad. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association used to be called the National Cable and Television Association (source). They're a lobbying group for the cable industry.

Well, guess who was formerly the President of the NCTA?

Why it was none other than Tom Wheeler (source), the guy President 'unequivocally committed to net neutrality' Obama named to head the FCC.


So if the Prez is so unequivocally committed to net neutrality, why name the former head of a lobbying group working to end net neutrality as head of the FCC?

I'm sure tired of him talking the talk but failing to then walk the walk.

Wisconsin: Dem Leaders Highlight GOP Attorney General Candidate’s Extreme Positions on Women

from my email ...

MADISON – Today, Former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager (D-Fond du Lac), Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) held a press conference highlighting Republican Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel’s troubling positions on issues important to women and families.

Schimel is endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL), a group that has worked for decades to outlaw abortion in almost all circumstances, and make access to birth control more difficult. He also received the highest recommendation from Wisconsin Family Action, a group that has joined WRTL in their opposition to reproductive health care for women and lead the charge to amend the Wisconsin constitution to ban gay marriage, no longer in effect because of recent court decisions.

“Make no mistake about it, Brad Schimel as Attorney General would be extremely harmful for Wisconsin women and families,” said Taylor. “He not only opposes abortion, but believes that employers should be able to deny birth control to their female employees. Every woman and their loved ones should be concerned about Schimel’s extreme positions.”

In response to a Family Action survey, Schimel indicated that he “strong believed” that “human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage. . .” (See ivoterguide.com). He also heralded the recent Hobby Lobby decision, which allows employers to refuse to provide birth control insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

"Young women expect and deserve economic security - that starts with our ability to plan our families," stated Representative Shankland. "Access to birth control is paramount to determine our own futures. That's why Brad Schimel's positions on issues critical to women are so out of step with our lives."

The Attorney General takes an oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions and has the discretion about enforcing unconstitutional laws. Schimel has indicated that he will enforce all laws, regardless of whether provisions violate constitutional rights. Schimel even indicated during an earlier interview that he would have enforced inter-racial marriage bans. He has stated that it is just “representative democracy” to have big campaign donors influence policy.

“The Attorney General has an obligation to uphold the constitution and protect people’s rights,” said former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager. “Sometimes that means standing up to your own political party when they pass laws that overreach and trample on individual rights, including women’s rights to make the most personal and private decisions about their lives without government intrusion. Brad Schimel clearly is not up to fulfilling this important task.”

Wisconsin: Schimel didn't prosecute attorney who removed files in John Doe probe


Madison — The attorney for a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker received a reprimand last year for violating professional conduct rules by removing files from the aide's computer that he knew were relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Attorney Chris Wiesmueller avoided criminal charges under a deal with Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel by agreeing to bring the matter to the attention of the state Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Schimel, a Republican, is now running for attorney general.

Regulators also found Wiesmueller violated rules by trying to negotiate a deal for his client without consulting with her; telling criminal investigators about his client's activities without her knowledge; and implying his client had removed material from her computer when it was Wiesmueller who did that.

A question for the DOJ: When will the RICO investigation begin?

On His Birthday, Top 10 John Lennon Films


“It’s my sodding career, liberating -- all right?” “HOW I WON THE WAR”

The same year Lennon co-made “Magical” he reunited with “A Hard Day’s Night” and 1965’s “Help!” helmer Richard Lester to co-star in 1967’s “How I Won the War.” The almost 109 minute-feature was scripted by Charles Wood, who also wrote 1968’s antiwar “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” “How I won the War” is significant in that it reveals Lennon’s growing political awareness and movement towards a pacifist stance. Set during World War II, Lennon and Lester mock militarism and show the futility of combat. Towards the end, when Lennon’s character Gripweed is grievously wounded, he questions war. One of the soldiers muses that after WWII he’ll move on to Vietnam. (See: .)


Hamburg Days: “BACKBEAT”

Ian Hart reprised his role as Lennon in this biopic that takes place before John’s Barcelona trip with Epstein. 1994’s “Backbeat” finds the pre-Ringo Beatles performing in Hamburg 1960-1962, and the future pacifist Lennon is not so very “peacey lovey” in this early look at the Liverpool Lads. In fact, if not downright unlikable here, John’s a hard edged brawler as he fights to reach “the toppermost of the poppermost!” The biopic suggests that Lennon actually may have killed somebody during a fight. Nevertheless, with its depictions of the so-called “Fifth Beatle” Stu Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), Stu’s German lover Astrid Kerchherr (Sheryl Lee) and drummer Pete Best (Scot Williams) -- all important figures in Fab Four lore -- most Beatle-maniacs will probably dig this pic shot on location in the U.K. and Germany. Especially since “Backbeat” has a great soundtrack, with songs such as “Twist n Shout”; it won a BAFTA Award (the U.K. equivalent of the Oscar) for Film Music and was nominated for Best British Film. (See: .)


Working Class Hero: “THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON”

This superb 2006 documentary revealing the Nixon regime’s not-so-secret war against Lennon is must see viewing -- and helps explain why Tricky Dick beat George McGovern in the landslide election of 1972. As the post-Beatles Lennon sought to relocate to New York, he agreed to join forces with other top pop musicians and antiwar activists to embark on a rock tour that would have rocked America. The plan was brilliantly simple: Lennon and company would perform at concerts across the USA to rally youth and register voters to defeat Nixon and Agnew in the presidential election. Fearful that Lennon’s star power would help topple the Nixon Administration, the dogs of war were sicced on John and Yoko, who were subjected to intense harassment by the FBI and INS. An old U.K. drug charge was used against Lennon, forcing him to divert his attention from the campaign trail to an epic court fight for legal immigration status, which derailed the planned antiwar concert tour. Throughout the ordeal Our Man John kept his sense of humor: After eventually winning, when Nixon, John Mitchell, and others implicated in the Watergate scandal fell from grace, Lennon wittily told a reporter this only proved “time wounds all heels.” Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Carl Bernstein, Tariq Ali, Gore Vidal, etc., appear in the doc. From a political point of view this is the best Lennon documentary. (See: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478049/.)


All We Are Saying is: “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”

Danny “News Dissector” Schechter’s nonfiction film, made with the cooperation of Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon (who appear in it), was an effort to stop Bush’s invasion of Iraq -- that is, Pres. George H.W. Bush’s war back in 1991, when this documentary was made. It features various musicians including Little Richard and Lenny Kravitz, in cameos singing versions of “Give Peace a Chance”, which John composed in 1969 and became the anthem for the anti-Vietnam War movement. Schechter’s hour-long film is little seen because it came out while the media was beating the drums for the Gulf War and posed a counter-narrative to the jingoistic war hysteria. As a Variety headline put it the doc was “Selling Peace At a Time of War.” Ron Kovic, who was depicted by Tom Cruise in Oliver Stone’s 1989 antiwar movie “Born on the Fourth of July”, appears in the film that used Lennon’s lyrical legacy to once again stand up to what Dylan called “The Masters of War.”

Others: "A Hard Day's Night", "Magical Myster Tour", "The Hours and Times", "Nowhere Boy", "LennoNYC", "Across The Universe".

Scott Walker reacts to Supreme Court decision blocking voter ID law


Rand Paul forms Nobel Prize Association, names self winner.

The plaque is on wall by his Ophthalmology certificate.


I find it interesting that discussion of the conspiracy theorist mindset is not allowed in GD.

Apparently even this topic is a conspiracy!!!

The lock suggests the source is unreliable, but the source cites a study published by the US National Library of Medicine, a product of the National Institute of Health.


Wisconsin: ID required to vote November 4th. Here's what's acceptable.

Alaskans got a check for $1884 last week. Sarah Palin said ...

Alaskans got a check for $1884 last week. Sarah Palin said she'll use hers to fight big government programs that send checks to lazy people.

Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage don't apply to South Carolina, who won the right to nullify federal law in the Civil War.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Climate Science Denial goes to Marco Rubio for popularizing the “I’m not a scientist, but...” meme.

Former CEO and GOP Senate candidate David Perdue plans to solve our immigration problem by outsourcing border security to Mexico.

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