What’s an unpopular Strongman to do, when confronted with the prospect of losing his grip on power? Well, for Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker, rigging the rules seems to be the strategy!

Republicans try to rewrite recall rules
The goal: Give Gov. Walker a better chance at keeping his job
Ruth Conniff on Thursday 10/13/2011

Now that state Republicans have weakened Wisconsin’s campaign finance and disclosure rules and made it harder for students, poor people and minorities to vote, they are turning their attention to another urgent matter: getting control over the recall process for Gov. Scott Walker.
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As Sun Prairie Democrat Gary Hebl pointed out during the Thursday hearing, the Republicans are trying to turn the GAB from a watchdog into a lapdog. First, they proposed an “emergency rule change” to address the GAB’s decision. That’s handy for them, because while they can’t reverse GAB decisions, they can kill a rule.

Also handy: They just rejiggered the rule-making process so every administrative rule change has to go through the governor’s office, and the governor has full veto power.

In other words, the governor himself would have final say over the process for recalling him.
(more, here)

Can’t you just see ol’ Milhous Nixon smiling over THAT one??!?

So, why would ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker need to rig the recall rules?

The Walker Recall: By The Numbers
Monday, October 24, 2011

Just weeks before the official kickoff to the Recall Walker movement, things aren’t looking too good for the puppet governor of Corporate America. The Democrats have just released the numbers related to a survey of Wisconsinites regarding Walker and his job performance.

Walker must be reaching for the industrial-sized bottle of antacid whenever he sees these numbers.

(more, at CognitiveDissidence)

And there’s little doubt ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker will – WILL – be recalled; Milwaulkee’s AM620 WTMJ reports Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and former US Rep. David Obey were there and both names are being floated as possible candidates to depose GOPer Strongman Scott Walker – and end their report with this line: “Organizers plan to start heading door to door with recall petitions on November 15th.”

As well they should; GOPer Walker is but one example of why I always say “Republicans run on the platform ‘Government doesn’t work!’ – and once elected, they prove it.”

Oh – and be sure to link here For A Campaign Message From The Governor’s Office.

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Here are the previous Strongman Reports:

(Strongman Report – 11 August 2011)

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

Faux News asked Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker:

Steve Doocy asked the governor if he thought the recall vote was a referendum on him and his policies.

Walker responded saying,

“Well, there is no doubt voters last November wanted us to focus on jobs, and fixing our budget, and we’ve done that.”

He went on to say,

“I think they [voters] affirmed that on Tuesday, and they said along the way, they want us to figure out ways to work together to do even more for jobs because it’s not happening Washington.”

Here’s just one example of Walker’s idea of “focusing on jobs”…

“Senator’s girlfriend had help getting job”
Daniel Bice, Milwaulkee Jorunal-Sentinel, 20 March 2011

Even though the state is supposedly broke, top officials in Gov. Scott Walker’s team were able to scrape together enough money to give a state job to the woman identified as Sen. Randy Hopper’s girlfriend.

Anything for a political ally.

Valerie Cass, a former Republican legislative staffer, was hired Feb. 7 as a communications specialist with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing. She is being paid $20.35 per hour. The job is considered a temporary post.

Cass previously had worked in the state Senate and for the GOP campaign consulting firm Persuasion Partners in Madison. She also was paid for campaign work for the state Republican Party and U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner before that.

(more, here)

The amazing thing, about that girl’s boytoy, GOPer State Senator, Randy Hopper?

GOPers voted for him in droves during last Tuesday’s recall election, and he dam near won.

Which just goes to show, once again: GOPers believe in the sanctity of marriage – by OTHERS.

Here are the previous Strongman Reports…

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

( cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

While even a heart attack and hospitalization can’t keep Egyptian Investigators from looking into Mubarek’s alleged embezzlement of government funds and Nelly Furtado, Beyonce and even the London School of Economics are dumping tainted Gaddafi loot, PR Watch notes that ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker is still hanging on to $7k in tainted money from convicted felonBill Gardner – CEO of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR).

Just a little more than 100 days into office, ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker’s scandals are proving Walker as corrupt a Strongman as, well, let’s just say even Milhous “I am not a crook” Nixon might approve.

Ol’ Baseball Bat’s only “problem” is Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board doesn’t approve of criminal behavior.

And just the other day: Scandal in Fitzwalkerstan: Top Donor Pleads Guilty in Money-Laundering Scheme to Aid Governor Walker.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and ol” Baseball Bat – GOPer Governor Scott Walker demonstrates it: “Republicans run on the platform “Gov’t doesn’t work!” – once elected, they prove it.”

Previous Strongman Reports follow!

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

…”Brownie, You’re Doin’ A Heckuva Job!!!”

Republicans run on the platform “Gov’t doesn’t work!!!” – and once elected, they prove it.

One of the ways they prove it, is by appointing political hacks to jobs eminently unqualified for, such as a former Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horse Association becoming Director of FEMA: Michael “Heckuva job!” Brown (who today, incidentally, is a radio talk show host in Denver).

Reasonable people understand parental patronage by Strongmen like Gaddafi – i.e., cushy jobs for the Dictator’s kids – but were outraged by Boy Blunder’s Plunderers political patronage pick of Brownie (and others like him) and Brownie’s subsequent (lack of) performance after Hurricane Katrina. Reasonable people understand the difference between a dictatorship and a democracy.

So it’s understandable reasonable people are outraged by Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker’s most recent political patronage pick, givin’ a “job” to the kid of a campaign donor. From the Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinel:

No degree, little experience pay off big
April 3, 2011

Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.

Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.

How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team?

It’s all in the family.

His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year’s governor’s race.

The group’s political action committee gave $29,000 to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, last year, making it one of the top five PAC donors to the governor’s successful campaign. Even more impressive, members of the trade group funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker’s campaign over the past two years.

Total donations: $121,652.
(more at JSOnline.com)

This story comes out just a few weeks after the Journal Sentinel reported Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker’s misAdministration gave a cushy state job to GOPer State Senator Randy Hopper’s mistress, Hopper’s wife, presumably, is not amused; she reportedly signed Hopper’s Recall Petition.

Not that Minnesota GOPers are immune from putting political hacks on the public payroll; I suggest (IMNSHO) that the biggest waste of taxpayer dough here on the semi-frozen tundra is GOPer Michael Brodkorb’s salary.

There’s a pattern here, Gentle Readers.

That pattern is Republicans run on the platform “Gov’t doesn’t work!!!” – and once elected, they prove it.

Here’s the list of previous Strongman Reports:

(Strongman Reort – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

… Republicans Believe In The Rule Of Law (except when they don’t)

Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker got spanked in court yesterday, AGAIN.

From the Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinel: Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi – “Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”

Pretty clear, eh? Well, not to GOPers:

But outside the courtroom, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the legislation “absolutely” is still in effect.

Just where do GOPers get that kind of nonsense/legal reasoning?

By channelling the ghost of Milhous Nixon – let’s look!!!

(direct link to YouTube)

Nixon: “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

Well, to be fair, GOPers think that when a GOPer president/governor/etc etc etc does it… that means it’s not illegal.

GOPers believed that then; they believe it now, and tomorrow won’t be any different, because Republicans Believe In The Rule Of Law (except when they don’t).

The first installment of this Strongman Report series was subtitled …Today’s Example of “Republicans run on the platform ‘Government doesn’t work!’ – and once elected, they prove it.”. Graphics and links for previous installments in this series follow.

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

While Gaddafi went on Libya State TV (why not? He owns it) to channel the ghosts of Baghdad Bob and Tom Emmer, ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker chose to go on Faux Noise Fox News (why not? The GOP owns it) to peddle similar camel dung: Sean insHanitty Interviews Walker: Walker Claims Credit for 10,000 New Jobs And Lower Unemployment

Hey – “Baseball Bat” Walker’s makin’ that claim all over! Like, just last week – in Hudson, WI:

MnPP: Walker Claims Credit for 10,000 New Jobs And Lower Unemployment

Speakin’ o’ other claims Ol’ Baseball Bat is makin’ that aren’t true:

Politifact.com: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says out-of-staters account for “almost all” in Madison protests” - FALSE.

Hey – who the (cheney) does Ol’ Baseball Bat think he is – former Gov. “TBag” Pawlenty??!?

TBag’s court cases don’t turn out so swell – for Timmy. Ol’ Baseball Bat’s only been in office for FAR too long since January, and already this:

WSJ: Judge Blocks Union Law

The first installment of this Strongman Report series was subtitled …”Today’s Example of “Republicans run on the platform ‘Government doesn’t work!’ – and once elected, they prove it.”. Graphics and links for previous installments in this series follow!

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

There’s a hashtag RightWingNuts and other odd and assorted defenders of Wisconsin Governor Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker are using on Twitter, #UnionThug.

Do these people not realize that the “Union Thugs” they’re figuratively bashing are their kid’s teachers??!? Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, in a democratically elected union, (and that’s EXACTLY what Teacher’s Unions are), local Union Reps are indeed among the teachers that greet the kids at the schoolhouse door.

I saw the following, and thought it pretty much summed up today’s RightWingNuts:

Perhaps someone can tell me: who is the thug?

(cross posted at MnProgresiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

(cartoon by Mike Tompson; used without permission via “Fair Use” as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.)

From the #YouCantMakeThisStuffUp Dept…. while Gaddafi declared a tax cut

2:41pm Libyan state TV announces wide-ranging tax cuts. It says:

The general public committee has decided to reduce customs on basic commodities to zero per cent and to reduce customs on all other commodities to only five per cent. It also decided to remove all consumption and production taxes.

… Madison.com reports that “Walker’s budget slashes tax credits that aid poor:

Low-income taxpayers in Wisconsin would lose hundreds of dollars in tax credits a year under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget — at the same time the governor wants tax cuts for businesses and investors to boost jobs.

Thanks to the eagle-eyed and dedicated reader that sent that tip in!!!

In other news of note concerning Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker, who dreams of treating the least amongst him worse than Gadaffi:

Walker’s Latest Mea Nota Culpa, via the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Daily Page: “A former GOP aide to Senate Republicans: You can beat Walker”

Via the Green Bay Press-Gazette: “(GOP) Sen. Cowles: Republicans have to be “flexible” on collective bargaining negotiations”

Via DailyKos: “Wisconsin recall update: 15% of signature goal reached”

And finally, Faux Noise’s @MikeTobinFox still hasn’t posted a new tweet, ever since the news came out he’s a KochWhore SpokesTool “typical Fox Reporter”.

Send tips/suggestions for the next “Strongman Report” to: TwoPuttTommy@mnprogressiveproject.com …

(05 March 2011 Strongman Report, here)

(01 March 2011 Strongman Report, here)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

“Mother” Jones (1837-1930) was a tireless union organizer in the Appalachian mining states. For this, that era’s Boardroom Tycoons labeled her “the most dangerous woman in America.” In 1970, in her honor, Mother Jones Magazine was formed. One of their stories that recently caught my eye is about a small union town in West Virginia that today, is really small – and headed for extinction. You can (and should) read about it; it’s called “First Big Coal Broke the Union. Then It Broke This Town.”

Here’s a teaser:

The (town of) Twilight (West Virginia) area’s first coal mine opened in the 1940s. For a while, money from the mines seemed to coat the town as easily as the black dust that blew off the coal trains. Due in part to the efforts of the fiery turn-of-the-century labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, the roughly 1,000 union workers who toiled underground during the height of the mining boom of the late ’70s enjoyed some of the best benefits in the country. At one time, the Twilight area boasted two grocery stores, a company store called the Robin Hood, a movie theater, and a mine-sponsored softball league. That’s all gone now. Lora can’t even buy a loaf of bread in Twilight anymore. (MotherJones.com)

So, you’ve read that whole story, and now you’re asking: “Hey TPT, it looks like you’re rippin’ on “The Koch Whore” (a/k/a Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, R=BoughtAndPaidFor; on twitter, a/k/a #KochWhore) and The Sons Of The John Birch Society, especially David Koch; that story isa bout the notorious Massey Energy – whose blatant disregard for mining safety regulations allegedly led to 31 miners dying at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine.”

That, Gentle Reader, is true; that’s exactly what that story is about. But what’s not mentioned in that story is Koch Industries’ involvement in West Virginia coal production (because that’s not the main thrust of that story). And IMNSHO, the Sons Of The John Birch Society’s involvement in coal production in West Virginia is just as insidious as the Koch Bother’s (especially David Koch) involvement in the attack on union workers in Wisconsin.

From a ThinkProgress.com story, on 27 Sept 2010, entitled Koch-Funded Book Argues Against Mine Safety Laws In West Virginia:

The Koch-funded think tank recently started a phony news service in West Virginia, called the “West Virginia Watchdog.” Americans for Prosperity, the fake grassroots group founded and financed by David Koch, has been running television ads in West Virginia attacking progressive reforms.

TV ads, financed by David Koch, in West Virginia?

Kind of reminiscent, say, of this ThinkProgress.org story, from just the other day: Koch Industries Front Group Americans For Prosperity Launches Ad To Support Walker’s Union Busting:

Today, the Koch group Americans for Prosperity announced that it will air an ad smearing the protesters in Madison and calling on the state to support Walker’s power grab. As we noted on Friday, Koch has demanded that collective bargaining rights be curtailed for both private and public sector unions, a step beyond Walker’s already extreme move. The ad disparages the pro-labor protesters for allegedly bringing in “out of state political protesters.” In fact, the small pro-Walker demonstration orchestrated by Koch operatives last Saturday included a number of out of state conservative activists, including Herman Cain (from Georgia), Jim Hoft (from Missouri), and Phillips (from Virginia). Watch the ad: YouTube

UPDATE It appears the AFP ad has been taken down. The YouTube video now displays only a black screen with words, “This video has been removed by the user,” and the ad is seemingly vanished from AFP’s website. It’s missing from the ad’s announcement as well.

Make no mistake – what’s happening in Wisconsin is NOT about a “budget deficit” – it’s about breaking the state – killing off the unions, and then plundering the people’s property. Except those assets won’t be sold to the highest bidder; they’ll be given away to corporate friends “sold via no-bid contracts” in such a way that might even cause Haliburton to blush.

I often referred to the misAdministration Of Bush The Lesser as Boy Blunder And The Plunderers.

I’m beginning to think those thieves were pikers, compared to what this gang has planned.

Because if they succeed in breaking Wisconsin, which state is next? And just why might they pull it off?

Where, your guess is as good as mine; as for why, here’s what I often say: “Those that forget the lessons of history tend to vote GOP.”

Oh, and where is the John Birch Society’s headquarters, these days?

Appleton, Wisconsin.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)