Madison Mayor Soglin “Citizens Do Not Need To Carry Guns”

From Mayor Paul Soglin’s blog comes common sense in these truly insane times.

Thanks Paul.

It is no secret that this law is bad public policy. Citizens do not need to carry guns. However, the legislature and this Governor disagree, so we need to make sure that city employees and residents can feel safe and comfortable in city buildings. The same restrictions apply to bus shelters, transfer stations and park shelters.

As Madison residents, you too are able to post a sign at your home. Apartment and condo residents need to post for their individual units, but a building owner can post that weapons are prohibited in the common areas. Business owners are also able to post signs.

You can purchase a sign from the City Clerk’s Office, or download it from the city website at . You can also find additional information on the website including Frequently Asked Questions about the new law and how Madison is affected.

Wisconsin Bishops Ask For No Guns In Churches

What does a cafeteria Catholic do?

Wisconsin’s bishops are urging parishioners to keep their concealed weapons out
of church.

The state’s five bishops issued a statement Monday saying they won’t mandate churches prohibit concealed weapons but want parishioners not to carry them into churches as a sign of reverence.

They want local pastors to consider that Catholic teachings stress non-violent conflict
resolution and Catholic churches have a long tradition of serving as sanctuaries
for people fleeing violence as they decide whether to allow concealed weapons or
ban them.


Madison’s B.B. Clarke Park Riprap Project Underway

After many community meetings and several delays the shoreline restoration project has started at B.B. Clarke Beach.  It will be a rather massive project over the next two months that will pay dividends for decades to come.

Riprap is a proven method of dealing with problems being experienced at the beach and shoreline.  Large amounts of rock will be lined along the shoreline to serve as a buffer.  As the waves wash towards land the rocks in large measure absorb and deflect the pressure of the water, and its harmful impact.

A strip of no-mow growth will run along the riprap area onshore to allow for runoff water to be filtered.

Today stone was delivered in the driveway for the large equipment to drive on over the weeks to come.

Stakes show the project work area.

Thanks to all those who made this project possible, including Alderperson Marsha Rummel, who fielded many of my calls over the past two years.  Rummel aided in getting this project to the finish line.  This is a great and needed outcome for this park which serves as an asset to Madison.

Reason Two The 99% Are Ticked Today–Jon Corzine

In case you missed reason one.

Then reason two….

Run a company into bankruptcy—get millions as a reward.

Jon Corzine (D), whose political ambitions ended when he was defeated for re-election as New Jersey governor nearly two years ago, has now run his Wall Street firm into bankruptcy, Deal Book reports.

However, Corzine “is expected to receive a severance payment of nearly $12.1 million.”

One Herman Cain Accuser Received Cash Settlement

This story is set to drive the week.

NBC News has confirmed that one woman received a settlement from the National Restaurant Association after complaining about inappropriate sexual conduct by Herman Cain.

NBC News is not disclosing the name of the woman nor characterizing who she is.

Cain denied the allegations, saying on FOX this morning he was “falsely accused.” “I have never sexually harassed anyone, anyone,” he said, “and absolutely, these are false accusations.”

Despite being the chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, he said he was unaware of any settlement with the accusers, though he didn’t deny it.

“If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it,” he claimed, “and I hope it wasn’t for much. If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers at the restaurant association.”

Large Executive Payday At Nabors Industries Is Another Reason The 99% Are Ticked Off

Front page of the The Wall Street Journal has a shocker of a story.  There is no logical way to explain this story.  None.

It should be noted that for the 99% this is not about jealousy.  It is however about fairness at a time when schools are underfunded, health insurance is not attainable by all, and too many of our fellow citizens are facing another winter being homeless.

Then we read about this…..

In one of the largest executive paydays in recent years, Nabors Industries Ltd. is giving its chairman $100 million in cash in a severance-style deal, even though he isn’t leaving the company.

Eugene M. Isenberg, 81 years old, had been chairman and chief executive of
the oil-drilling company since 1987. Late Friday afternoon, Nabors said it was
promoting his longtime lieutenant, 57-year-old Anthony G. Petrello, to CEO, but
that Mr. Isenberg would keep his job as chairman.

The shift triggered a clause in Mr. Isenberg’s employment contract, entitling
him to a payment of $100 million “as a result of this change in responsibility,”
Nabors said in a regulatory filing.

The payment exceeds the Bermuda-registered company’s third-quarter net
income, which was $74.3 million on revenue of $1.66 billion.

By comparison, the highest-paid executive in the U.S. last year, according to
a Wall Street Journal survey published in May, was Viacom Inc. CEO Philippe P. Dauman, whose 2010 compensation was valued
at around $84.3 million. Of that, Mr. Dauman received $13.9 million in cash;
much of the rest came in one-time stock and option awards tied to a contract

A Nabors spokesman declined to comment beyond Friday’s filing.

A clause in Mr. Isenberg’s contract, which was scaled back in 2009 after
shareholders objected to an even-richer exit deal, called for the $100 million
payout in the event of his death or disability, or under various termination
scenarios, including “constructive termination without cause.” That is defined
as, among other things, his removal as either CEO or chairman.

Video Of Rick Perry Giving a Truly Bizarre Speech

How many cocktails did Rick Perry have before this speech?

Hat Tip To Political Wire.

The last time I saw a speech performance given in this style was when I watched an assembly candidate in southern Wisconsin many years ago flounder in front of an audience.  It was painful to watch,  and not something that I wished to happen to anyone.

The same feeling came over me watching this Rick Perry speech from last Friday in New Hampshire.  This is bizarre, and clearly not presidential material.    Perry is hardly state assembly material given this speech.

Bob Schieffer Tackles Herman Cain Over Smoking Ad “It Sends The Signal That It’s Cool To Smoke”

It was an admirable performance by Bob Schieffer  this morning on “Face The Nation” when the CBS host took off after Herman Cain for one of the most unsettling ads that has been foisted on the American public this election cycle.  Someone needed to confront Herman Cain and tell him that smoking is a dreadful health hazard, costs untold millions of dollars in health care each year, and claims far too many lives due to a whole host of diseases.

I am shocked Cain is not aware of this already.  But from Cain’s campaign ad that was released last week it is clear the candidate needs more information.

Bob Schieffer delivered the news to him this morning.

CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday made no secret of his distaste for the Herman Cain web ad that has gone viral, upbraiding the Republican presidential candidate on “Face the Nation” for celebrating smoking.

Cain refused to take the ad down when Schieffer pressed him, but under pressure from the moderator the former pizza baron encouraged those watching not to smoke.

Schieffer started off the testy exchange by demanding to know the point of the ad.

“One of the things within this campaign is, let Herman be Herman,” Cain said. “Mark Block is a smoker, and we say, let Mark be Mark. He doesn’t deny that he’s a smoker.”

Schieffer asked if Cain smokes.

“No, I’m not a smoker,” he said. But I don’t have a problem if that his choice…This wasn’t intended to send any subliminal signal whatsoever.”

But it does,” Schieffer told him. “It sends the signal that it’s cool to smoke.”

“No, it does not,” Cain shot back. “Mark Block smokes. That’s all that ad says. We weren’t trying to say it’s cool to smoke.”

Cain said he admires Block, who is his campaign chief of staff, for not smoking around him or anyone else in the office. He said he always goes outside to smoke.

“He smokes on television,” Schieffer said, refusing to let up. “Was it meant to be funny?”

“It was meant to be informative,” Cain said.

“Let me just tell you, it’s not funny to me,” Schieffer said, noting that he is a cancer survivor. “I don’t think it serves the country well, and this is an editorial opinion here, to be showing someone smoking a cigarette. You’re the frontrunner now, and it seems to me as frontrunner you would have a responsibility not to take that kind of a tone in this campaign. I would suggest that perhaps as the frontrunner you’d want to raise the level in the campaign.”

“We will do that, Bob, and I do respect your objection to the ad,” Cain said. “Probably about 30 percent of the feedback was very similar to yours. It was not intended to offend anyone. Being a cancer survivor myself, I am sensitive to that sort of thing.”

Schieffer asked Cain if he’s thought about taking the ad down: “Why don’t you take it off the Internet?”

“Once you put it on the Internet, it goes viral,” Cain said. “It’s nearly impossible to erase that ad from the Internet.”

Schieffer asked Cain if he would tell people it is not cool to smoke.

“I will have no problem saying that,” Cain said.

“Well, say it right now,” Schieffer said, pressing him.

Cain looked to the camera.

“Young people of America, all people, do not smoke,” he said. “It is hazardous and it’s dangerous to your health.”

“Don’t smoke. I never smoke, and I have encouraged people not to smoke,” he added.

“And it’s not a cool thing to do,” Schieffer said, prodding him along.

“It is not a cool thing to do,” Cain said. “That’s not what it was trying to say.”