Brett Hulsey Shows He Has No Class With KKK Stunt

While I think the Republican Party often has policies that harm minorities, and while I know some members of the Tea Party are racists I do not think it acceptable to label all members of the GOP as anything resembling the Ku Klux Klan.

But that is not the way candidate for governor Brett Hulsey sees it.

Today the state representative showed up at the Capitol press room to announce his intention to attend the Republican State Convention this weekend and hand out KKK hats.   He made one such hat on his daughter’s sewing machine, and apparently will be sewing all night long to get enough ready for the throngs that show up for the convention.

I have heard of stunts–we all have–to garner attention for a campaign that has no where to go except into oblivion.  But I have never heard of a stunt that so cheapens the character of the candidate as much as what Hulsey is doing.

The last thing this state needs is yet another attempt at lowering of the bar for what passes as politics in the state.    There are disagreements among the two political parties–make that severe disagreements.    But on one thing I suspect all are united when we say to Brett Hulsey ‘Sit down, and shut up’!

Brett Hulsey once had a chance to make a difference in politics but for reasons that seem unclear took a different path that has now made him worse than laughable.  He is toxic and no one wants to be associated with him.

It is sad to watch this all play out.  It is even sadder that no one seems able to counsel the man on how to stop imploding.

Why Are Wisconsin Republicans Throwing Good Money After Bad?

We know what happened in Wisconsin regarding the voter ID law.

What started out as a partisan Republican effort to limit voting for certain demographic groups that tend to support Democratic candidates turned into a headline making disaster when a federal judge ruled the law to be unconstitutional.

Still there are those who can not except the fact there are no example of voter-impersonation that could be offered as evidence in the court cases, and still want to market in fear-mongering.

Attorney General Van Hollen wants to take the case to the appellate court.

Many state residents have another idea.

Instead of wasting more money on legal theatrics over a matter that is unconstitutional at its very core why doesn’t the GOP think of better policy ideas that voters want to support at the ballot box?  Instead of working to undermine voters why not create new ideas and programs the people need and will support?

But as we know the Republican Party is hell-bent on using more taxpayer money to seek out lawyers and pay for billable hours as they continue their partisan attack on the voters on this state.

With this in mind I was heartened at least by one thing in the news today.

Attorney General candidate Jon Richards has called for an end to taxpayer expenditures to support a discriminatory and unnecessary Voter ID law.    This is the common-sense thinking that we need in Wisconsin government.

“Reports today indicate that on top of the tens of thousands of dollars spent by the Department of Justice and other state agencies to defend this unjust law, taxpayers may be on the hook for $100,000 or more to pay the plaintiff’s expenses,” said Richards. “What a ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars.”

“The judge correctly noted there isn’t a single recent case of voter fraud that this discriminatory ID law would have prevented,” said Richards. “Why are we throwing good money after bad?”

“Maybe JB Van Hollen, Brad Schimel and Scott Walker in their heart-of-hearts want to subsidize the ACLU, but I think instead of fighting to make it harder to vote, we should turn our attention to increasing voter turnout and participation in our democracy,” said Richards.

Disturbing Glimpse Of Gun Culture

Hat Tip To James

Yesterday I posted my thoughts on one of the latest tragic shootings that took place in Chicago where a 14-year-old teenager killed in violent fashion a fellow teenage girl.  Every aspect to that story is just bizarre, shameful, and sad.

Late yesterday I opened this link, and felt even more dispirited about any hope that this nation can right itself concerning gun violence.

In May last year, a two-year-old girl was shot dead by her five-year-old brother with a small rifle made specifically for children. The accidental shooting happened in Cumberland County, Kentucky, when the boy was playing with a gun purchased from a company in Pennsylvania called Keystone Sporting Arms, which, in 2008, produced around 80,000 rifles for children. The guns, which sell under the model names Cricket and Chipmunk, were originally advertised on a “Kid’s Corner” on the company’s website (it has since been removed), which showed children firing them at rifle ranges and on hunting trips. The guns are produced in bright blue, pink and rainbow colours and marketed like toys, under the tag line “My First Rifle”.

Abby, aged 8, from Louisiana, photographed by   An-Sofie Kesteleyn for her series My Little RifleBenjamin, aged 7, from Louisiana, with his rifle, photo by An-Sofie KesteleynHayley, aged 6, from Louisiana. My Little Rifle by An-Sofie Kesteleyn Tatum, aged 6, from Louisiana. My Little Rifle by An-Sofie Kesteleyn.



How Will You Read “To Kill a Mockingbird”?


Harper Lee’s 88th birthday was celebrated this week and it was announced that her famed book To Kill a Mockingbird will be available for the first time as an eBook.  I am always amused about how people view reading between the printed word in the traditional way versus eBooks.

Lee added to the dialogue this week.

I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

In 2006 she had a more expanded explanation of her thoughts about books.

“Can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up,” she wrote at the time. “Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”

The book continues to sell 1 million copies a year and is a staple in classrooms and reading programs across the country.  Without a doubt this is one of America’s must reads—-and even a repeat read when we are older adults.