State Senator Sheila Harsdorf 4th Republican To Face Recall Election

The Garth Brooks song “The Storm” comes to mind tonight as news reports indicate that enough signatures have been gathered to make the  fourth Republican state senator face the voters this summer in a recall election.

The door it slammed like thunder and the tears they fell like rain
And the warnings from her family whirl like a hurricane
She’s drowning in emotions and she cannot reach the shore
She’s alive but can she survive the storm

The voters will be heard!

West-central Wisconsin Democrats say they have succeeded in gathering more than enough signatures to force a recall election of state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf this summer.

Harsdorf, R-River Falls, is one of eight Republican state senators targeted for their support of what Democrats call Gov. Scott Walker’s radical agenda, including his budget repair bill that curtails collective bargaining rights for most of the state’s roughly 300,000 public workers. 

After holding celebrations across the district Monday evening, recall organizers plan to have a vehicle caravan drive to Madison Tuesday to file the signatures with the state Government Accountability Board, said Bob Salt, chairman of the Dunn County Democratic Party.

The Government Accountability Board has indicated 15,744 signatures – a quarter of the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election – are required to trigger a recall election in Harsdorf’s 10th Senate District, but Salt said organizers collected about 20,000 since March 2 just to be safe.

How About Roy Moore For President?

No, not Roger Moore….Roy Moore!

Dumb-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb

Here’s a little refresher: Moore is the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court perhaps best known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. In Nov. 2003, he was removed from office for his refusing to remove the monument.

The latest: Moore on Monday said he is is forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run.

Former Alabama made the announcement Monday on an Iowa radio station. He said he would immediately begin a weeklong tour of Iowa. January’s Iowa Caucuses will be the first test for 2012 candidates.

In a release that he is concerned about what he called the country’s moral, economic and constitutional crisis.

Donald Trump Is Dangerous, Unstable, Wants To Take Over Middle East Oil Fields With Military Force

If this story does not make you embarrassed to be an American tonight….

I stated last night that Donald Trump is not prepared to be President of the United States.

I offer this as Exhibit 1…2…and 3 to make my case.

I am sure that if we followed the outrageous proposal offered by Donald Trump the nations in question would greet us as liberators…right?!!

Let us understand one thing before we go further.

There is a sick perception within the minds of people like Trump that America somehow is at the center of the world, and whatever is good for us should be fine for everyone else.  Well NUTS to that!

We do not own the oil fields, and if those nations want to ratchet the price up to the heavens, so be it.  That the oil-producing nations have no interest in world-wide economic decline means they also have no desire to make the price of oil beyond the world’s ability to purchase.    OPEC is not crazy, or out-of-line.  They are no different from the corporate types that Republicans love to defend in America. 

America has had more than one chance to make a serious move away from oil but chose each time to duck the hard choices and take the easy route.  Now things are getting more dicey and Trump wants to take over oil field in the Middle East.

Trump tries to somehow make it seem the oil fields would just be in America’s hands by magic.  There is no way the oil fields could be taken and safeguarded without U.S. military force, and Trump knows that. 

There is no way to paint this whole story as anything but a very sick attempt at making a headline for Donald Trump.

I had a feisty 35 minute sit-down with Donald Trump today in which he dug in on the “birther” controversy, answered Club for Growth’s charge that he is a “liberal,” talked about a possible independent run and answered your questions.

But we began with his get tough approach on gas prices:

Trump: Look at what’s going on with your gasoline prices. They’re going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, “Fellas, it’s time.  It’s over.  You’re not going to do it anymore.”  I don’t know if you saw yesterday, Saudi Arabia came out and said very strongly there’s plenty of oil.  “We’re going to cut back.”  You know what cutting back means?  They’re going to drive up the price even further.

Stephanopoulos: So, what would you do to back up that threat?

Trump: Oh, it’s so easy George.  It’s so easy.  It’s all about the messenger.  They wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us.  If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t be there.  These 12 guys sit around a table and they say, “Let’s just screw the United States.”  And frankly, the rest of the world.

Stephanopoulos: And so finish this sentence.  “If you don’t produce more oil…”

Trump: Look. I’m going to look ‘em in the eye and say, “Fellas, you’ve had your fun.  Your fun is over.”


Stephanopoulos: So, you would threaten to take away that [security] protection?

Trump: Oh, absolutely.  Absolutely.  Let’s– let me tell you something.  Oil prices might go down.  Because there’s plenty of oil, all over the world.  Ships at sea.  They don’t know where to dump it.  I saw a report yesterday.  There’s so much oil, all over the world, they don’t know where to dump it.  And Saudi Arabia says, “Oh, there’s too much oil.”  They– they came back yesterday.  Did you see the report?  They want to reduce oil production.  Do you think they’re our friends?  They’re not our friends.

And Trump was even more specific on what he would do with the Iraq oil fields: seize them.

Trump: George, let me explain something to you.  We go into Iraq.  We have spent thus far, $1.5 trillion.  We could have rebuilt half of the United States.  $1.5 trillion.  And we’re going to then leave.  So, in the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils.  You go in.  You win the war and you take it.

Stephanopoulos: It would take hundreds of thousands of troops to secure the oil fields.

Trump: Excuse me.  No, it wouldn’t at all.

Stephanopoulos: So, we steal an oil field?

Trump: Excuse me.  You’re not stealing.  Excuse me.  You’re not stealing anything.  You’re taking– we’re reimbursing ourselves– at least, at a minimum, and I say more.  We’re taking back $1.5 trillion to reimburse ourselves

A Democrat And A Republican

This has been circling the internet for some time…but it strikes my fancy tonight…so here it is.

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

“She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”

Which Taxpayer Wants To Pay For This?

Just asking.

House Speaker John Boehner said he intends to divert funding from the Justice Department to the U.S. House so Congress can defend the federal law that bars recognition of same-sex marriage.

The Ohio Republican disclosed this in a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is strongly opposed to Congress going to court to defend the 1996 law. An estimate on court costs was not given.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Obama administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a Clinton-era law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The law also says that states cannot be forced to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Boehner said he has directed the House’s counsel and the House Administration Committee to ensure that there are “sufficient resources” and expertise to defend the law. Paul Clement, a former solicitor general for President George W. Bush, has been retained by Boehner and the Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

Clement’s hiring has been slammed by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay and lesbian civil rights group.

“Not only are House Republican leaders defending the indefensible, they’ve brought in a high-priced attorney to deny federal recognition to loving, married couples, ” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Solmonese said Boehner is “grasping at straws” in his call to divert funds from the Justice Department for the law’s defense.

State Senator Luther Olsen To Face Angry Voters In Recall Election

This must hurt.

Wisconsin Democrats plan to file recall petitions for a third Republican state senator over his vote to curtail collective bargaining for most public employees. 

Recall organizer Ann Schmidt said she’ll turn in more than the 14,700 signatures needed for a recall of state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon. Democratic organizers have already filed signatures to recall GOP Sens. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Dan Kapanke of La Crosse. Hopper and Kapanke are challenging those petitions. 

Democrats would need to win three seats in order to take control of the Senate.