Wisconsin Democrats Might Force Senator Alberta Darling To Break Sweat In Recall Election

Tough politics being played by Wisconsin Democrats.  The waxen-faced Senator Darling might even perspire before this recall election is over. 

Dems will file a massive amount of signatures tomorrow to trigger a recall election against a fifth Wisconsin GOP state senator, I’m told.Graeme Zielinski, the spokesman for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, confirms to me that Democrats will submit approximately 30,000 signatures for the recall of Alberta Darling — nearly 150 percent of the 20,343 required.

This is the fifth time Dems have collected far more signatures than necessary for a recall — all but ensuring that all five recall elections will actually happen.

Beware of Gov. Walker’s Lingo About Creating Jobs In Wisconsin

Today in the newspaper there was this column with the following points to be made about Wisconsin Governor Walker’s hopes for creating 250,000 jobs in the next four years.

Still, figures released by the Department of Workforce Development last week showed Wisconsin added 9,800 private sector jobs in March, including 2,800 manufacturing jobs.

And of the 9,800 new jobs, more than half were in the “service sector” which tend to be lower-paying than manufacturing or construction. Walker has not talked about wages or incomes in his “Open for Business” campaign, rather just jobs at any pay level.

I think we all agree that while a pay check is important, it must be one that can help lift the economy with sales of new cars, refrigerators, and trips to restaurants.   Meaningful employment is more than just a job, it must be attached to a living wage.

Too often I fear Governor Walker has forgotten that point, and hopes that others will too as time goes on.  While the national economy improves there will be doubtless new jobs created, and Walker may well get some credit for some of the job numbers just because he is the person in the right spot at the right time to claim credit.  But unless the jobs created are high-paying ones they provide less of an impact on the economy, and can not be touted as a success.

So it was interesting to read today that McDonald’s is hiring 50,000 new workers in an attempt to show they are a “decent employer.”

While many may think that a place like McDonald’s is where a teenager can work to gain some spending money while in high school or college the following fact floored me when I read it today.

The average age of a fast-food worker today is 29.5, up from 22 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

That is not a good sign for this nation, or the hope of digging ourself out of the economic stew we are currently in.

I can only imagine what the same statistic for Japan would be….

Nation Can’t Even Name A GOP Presidential Contender

This has to be a bad sign for the Republicans.

Most recent polls suggest that there’s no clear frontrunner in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. A new poll suggests that may have something to do with the fact that most people can’t even name any of the candidates. 

About half of all Americans — 53 percent — could not name anyone when asked which Republican candidate they’ve been hearing the most about, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. 

The lack of knowledge about the several potential Republican candidates could account for Donald Trump’s recent rise in the polls. The business magnate and television personality already benefited from widespread name recognition, and in recent weeks he has dominated news headlines with his presidential flirtation.

Thuy Pham-Remmele Snarky Right Up To The End

This sums it all up.

Pham-Remmele, 20th District, who tangled with the mayor and over four years became isolated in the council, expressed gratitude but declined her ceremonial plaque before leaving, saying, “please keep it. I have no place for it in my life.”

And thankfully no one has a place for Pham-Remmele in Madison’s government.

Pham-Remmele proved to be one of the most cantankerous and difficult members of the Madison City Council.  Most everyone welcomed her decision not to seek reelection.  While the issues Pham-Remmele brought up had merit at times, the manner in how she addressed them, and the way she abused the process made her time on the council a joke far too often.

JoAnne Kloppenburg Correct To Seek Statewide Recount In Supreme Court Race

As it should be.

How dare the David Prosser forces try to force earlier this week Kloppenburg to not seek a recount in the Supreme Court race.  Democracy in Wisconsin needs a fair recount in every corner of this state following the stain placed on the electoral system by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.  For anyone to snicker and state that there is no need for such a recount denigrates the process that rightly allows for a recount.  In addition, anyone who smirks at the recount also takes a slap at the voters who cast a ballot and deserve a fair tally be made of their intentions.

This all should make Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus look bad as she is the reason in large part a recount needs to be made.  Anyone who dare talk about the cost of a recount might suggest that Nickolaus chip in with some wads of Republican cash to help pay for it.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is, after all, why people are having problems with faith in the system today.

Refusing to concede defeat, state Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg asked election officials Wednesday for a statewide recount in her flagging upset bid against Justice David Prosser.

The Government Accountability Board confirmed in a statement Wednesday that it is moving forward with a statewide recount at Kloppenburg’s request.

Prosser’s campaign pressured her not to seek a recount, saying there was no way she would find 7,000 votes and a recount would be costly for taxpayers.

CNN Poll Finds Gay Marriage Has Majority Support

Keep in mind however as you read this latest poll result about gay marriage gaining national support that the House of Representatives, led by Republicans, has agreed to pay a law firm up to $520 per hour to defend the Defense of Marriage Act banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage, according to a contract posted by Politico

The Defense of Marriage Act, the 15-year-old federal law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, is currently facing a legal challenge in New York. Traditionally the federal government defends challenges to federal law, but not in this case – after defending it for two years, the Obama administration announced in February it would no longer defend the law because it believes it is unconstitutional.

I have asked on my blog which taxpayer wants to pay the legal fee for the House of Representatives to act in a homophobic fashion.

It is time to wake up and smell the coffee.  Anti-gay bigotry should no longer be in vogue politically, and there is more and more evidence that the public agrees.

Now to the poll…

”Do you think marriages between gay and lesbian couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?”

Should be recognized as valid: 51%

Should not be recognized as valid: 47%

No opion: 2%

Results of a survey conducted for CNN. The poll was done by phone of 824 adults from April 9-10, 2011. (CNN)

The respondents split along age, gender, income, education and political lines — women, Americans under 50, Democrats, college educated, and those making over $50K per year all supporting gay marriage. Men, older Americans, less educated and lower income earners remained mostly opposed. “White and non-white” responses were nearly the same

NFL, Green Bay Packers Not Family Friendly, Disrespectful Of Christmas

This is just one of those stories that strikes me as something that is wrong with where our country is heading, and the priorities we place on family and traditions.

On Tuesday it was announced that the Green Bay Packers will be the first team in NFL history to play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

I am not sure what type of upbringing the folks who made the decision to play a major football game on Christmas might have had, but it surely was not the type I had.  And I strongly suspect not the type of background that many of my readers experienced.

Christmas is a time of family, friends, home, church, and a dinner around the table with those you care about.  

It should not be a time when we force janitors, TV technicians, food sellers, and ticket booth staff, highway patrolmen, and countless others to forgo their family time so major league football can squeeze in a game.

I have long thought that it was sad when we shafted Thanksgiving with open stores for the start of Christmas shopping.  Too few even blink over the reason we have a national day of thanks anymore.  If that does not strike you as sad then please stop reading now, as you will not understand what I am saying anyway.

With the news yesterday the NFL cheapened Christmas and undermined an international day of religion so the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears can play football!

Guzzling beer and hurling curses at opposing teams might be the way some act almost every other football weekend, but is this truly something anyone should want to promote on Christmas Day?!  How many bars across the state will be open on Christmas night, and how many drunk drivers will venture out to drive home?  Is this really how we want to spend our Christmas?

I have long ago come to the conclusion I am old-fashioned.  Others might call me a curmudgeon.  I am clearly the former,  but no one can honestly claim the latter.

But I stand by my claim that the lowering of values and standards is moving our country and society in a direction that is not making us better, but making us more prone to fall for anything that marketers want to throw at us.

Lots of money will be made from corporate greed as they will sell this game and promote it for all they can make. We are mere pawns to them, and we are allowing these fat-cats to steal a major holiday for their purpose.   Whatever is made on this game for profit will be nothing compared to what we lose as nation when it comes to the undermining of the values that Christmas should promote and mean to all of us.

Doubtless many will cheer the news that a football game is going to be played on Christmas night.  To those folks I have a question. 

I only wonder what is so sad about their home life that a football game would be a better alternative than what surrounds them at the table or the living room?