Arrest Made In Governor Scott Walker John Doe Investigation

(Insert Dragnet music)

Scott Walker may be facing a recall at the same time the  long-simmering investigation of his past political machinations come to light.

Interesting.

There are always stories behind the fair-haired ones in politics.  After a win in November 2010, and then a string of highly successful political plays in the Wisconsin State Legislature comes a storm wall for Governor Walker.

Without all the facts, and lots of conjecture there does seem to be something that does not smell right with Walker.  While I stand on my belief that nothing ever good results from political scandals as they undermine the faith of the electorate, I would be less than honest if I did not say this John Doe investigation makes me smile.

The news tonight will have legs.  Added to that are to be doubtless other stories that will carry this story to the recall election.

If anyone deserves to have the smile wiped from his face it is Scott Walker, and I suspect the news this evening might have done that very thing.

Andrew P. Jensen Jr.

Another major shoe has dropped in the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s current and former aides.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested Andrew P. Jensen Jr., a commercial real estate broker with Boerke Co. and a past president of the Commercial Association of REALTORS Wisconsin.

Fran McLaughlin, spokesman for Sheriff David Clarke Jr., confirmed that Jensen was behind bars on Tuesday night. But McLaughlin said no one had filed a criminal complaint against the 50-year-old Milwaukee resident.

The sheriff’s website states that charges are pending against Jensen.

Attempts to reach Jensen or his lawyer were unsuccessful.

Jensen was a minor contributor to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, donating $850 to Walker. Boerke Co. employees gave a total of $12,150.

Insiders told No Quarter that he was arrested for refusing to cooperate with the long-running John Doe investigation by Milwaukee County prosecutors.

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf declined to discuss the matter late Tuesday.

“I have no comment,” Landgraf said.

Liberals Should Be Ashamed Using French Language Ad Against Mitt Romney

I was more than surprised today with the news from CBS about a political ad from a liberal group being used against Mitt Romney.  More to the point, after reading the news report, I was angry.  Pissed off would not be too strong a description either.

A liberal group is launching a campaign ad framing Mitt Romney as a Francophile.

Say what?

The reason for this bile in the guise of politics, according to American LP founder TJ Walker, is that  “this is payback time for the Republicans and the conservatives who mocked Kerry and even produced ads mocking Kerry, showing Kerry speaking French.”

Really?

That is the best Walker can concoct for political strategy?

The ad shows Romney speaking French in a promotional video for the 2002 Winter Olympics, which he ran. As he speaks, the subtitles mistranslate his words.

I am not sure about those who make up American LP, but I have come to expect the lowest common denominators from the conservative side to spread anti-intellectual swill as campaign rhetoric.  Conservatives have derided France for many years, and somehow find it funny.   That they have no sense of French history or culture is most obvious. Frankly, I would be surprised if conservatives did not play at election time as if they lived in the land of troglodytes.

But liberals should know better.

I am appalled that a liberal group made an ad attacking someone for speaking French.  Liberals should respect someone with the skills to speak more than one language, and hold competing ideas side by side at the same time.  At a time when every turn seems to show the dumbing down of America only speeds up, one would think that sneering at language skills would be among the last things being challenged.

Walker and his mental-midget crew at American LP are not only making fun of those who are able to speak more than one language, but also seem to have flawed knowledge of the political landscape of New Hampsire where the ad is slated to run.  New Hampshire, which borders Quebec is where one-quarter of the population is of French and French-Canadian descent. Talking about his French connection is unlikely to damage Romney in New Hampshire, and could help him.

This is one reason why everyone should closely pick and chose where to give money in this election cycle.  I for one give to only those people and organizations that have a track record of making a honest attempt to inform and further highlight policy goals.   If I had been someone lured into giving America LP money I sure as hell would be on the phone demanding a refund.

Might I make a suggestion for the rest who also subscribe to a set of values about the political process and fair play at election time.  Make a comment  to American LP, and demand that this ad be pulled, and no more such theatrics be used at a time in our nation when serious issues abound.

Donald Trump Finds No Credible Candidates Means No Debate

I think most of the Republican candidates for president were just plain fearful of participating in the Donald Trump debate.  They may have reason to fear such a close space with Trump under the hot lights.  Who among us can say with certainty that the thing on Donald Trump’s head would not leap off and go for the jugular of the nearest conservative?

Actually there was no way that any serious candidate for the White House could have allowed themself to be sucked into this most shameful mockery of the presidential season  that was being concocted by Donald Trump.  When all is said and done Donald Trump is just a huckster.  As such there was not anyone on the top staffs of those who have a real chance at winning who advised allowing Trump to mess with the party’s nomination process in the manner he had suggested.

There is a gross quality to Trump that oozes out every time he speaks.  Though I find fault with those seeking the GOP nomination, I must give credit to those who had the backbone to stand up and say no to the sleazy way Trump tried to inject himself into the process.  Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum agreed to Trump’s debate, but since there were no credible candidates the debate was cancelled.

Shouldn’t Trump just stick with what he does best like buying wives and staying inside on windy days?

NTSB Correct–Shut Off The Damn Cell Phones, Stop Texting, And Concentrate On Trying To Drive

Not so many years ago when I would see a car ahead of me weaving and not able to stay in the proper lane, and since this is Wisconsin, I would instantly think that the driver was either drunk or inattentive while driving.  

But over the years I have discovered, as we all have, that there is a growing number of irresponsible drivers who use cell phones and also text while driving.  Can practicing a musical instrument be far away from the new norm of conduct while in a vehicle weighing several thousands pounds and going  60-miles-per-hour?  Laugh if you will but playing a tube makes as much sense as texting while driving.

That none of the folks on the road are White House staffers or a doctor who has a kidney that just arrived for a transplant means that all those I see who are risking the lives of others on the road with their gadgets are just idiots.  There is no way that the vast majority of careful drivers should have to abide the woman who texts her girlfriend about the color of sweater she is wearing to the office, or the guy who needs to confirm his numbers in that week’s football lottery.   Where did all these self-important people spring from who think the roads are an extension of their office space, and the ones around them should just suck it up?

Therefore I am glad to hear the news from the National Transportation Safety Board today about cell phones and texting while driving.   I am also most confident that the vast majority of my fellow drivers and passengers on our nation’s streets and roads will feel the same as I do about the news.

This national discussion has been too muted and diluted over the past years, and needs to be aired at full volume.  Let it begin!

The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving.

The recommendation is the most far-reaching yet by the NTSB, which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the use of portable electronic devices.

If adopted by states, the recommendation would outlaw nonemergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.

Teabagger Senator Ron Johnson Fails At Senate Leadership Vote

Score one for the establishment-wing of the GOP.

From Politico

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a Capitol Hill veteran who rose to House majority whip, defeated tea party Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in a leadership race Tuesday for vice chairman of the Republican Conference. Despite broad backing from grassroots conservative activists, Johnson, a Wisconsin plastics manufacturer and political novice, couldn’t overcome establishment support for Blunt, who benefited from relationships cultivated during his 14 year run in the House.

Giant Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight (Dec. 13th) No Matter Where You Live

From SpaceWeather

If there are clouds—-not so much fun.

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Forecasters expect meteor rates to reach 20-to-40 per hour when the shower peaks in bright moonlight on the night of Dec.13/14. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is between 10 pm local time on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 14th.