Gannet Gets It Right!!!

Unfortunately, it isn't the Northwestern....

Doyle right to veto voter IDs

Republican lawmakers promoted the plan as a deterrent to illegal voting, using not-too-subtle scare tactics. Without the law, they said, a convicted felon's vote could cancel out your vote. An undocumented worker - illegal alien in their parlance - could have a say in state government.

It reminded one of the infamous Willie Horton ads used to attack Mike Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election - felons and minorities threatening real Americans.



Hurray for Rep. Stark

A message from Congressman Pete Stark:


WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Representative Pete Stark entered into the record the following statement regarding the Administration’s recent chastising of Newsweek magazine:

Mr. Speaker, the pot is calling the kettle black. The Administration is chastising Newsweek magazine for a story containing a fact that turned out to be false. This is the same Administration that lied to the Congress, the United Nations and the American people by fabricating reasons to send us to war. The same Administration responsible for the death of over 1,500 American servicemen and women and countless Iraqi civilians; the same Administration which shields its highest officials from responsibility for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

Under those circumstances, how can the Bush Administration, with a straight face, denounce a journalist for not checking all the facts before going public with a story?

Of course, Newsweek should have checked the facts more diligently before publishing their article. They made a big mistake. But, Mr. Speaker, we must keep this incident in perspective. Newsweek did make a mistake, but they had the dignity and honor to own up to it.

Unfortunately, I doubt the Bush Administration is capable of displaying such honesty. Instead, the Bush Administration focuses on public relations tactics to divert attention from their own incompetence and fabrications rather than focusing their energies on creating a plan to get our troops out of Iraq.

The hypocrisy of this Administration is astonishing and this most recent episode is, unfortunately, merely one example of many. Just yesterday Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said in reference to the Newsweek article, “People lost their lives. People are dead. People need to be very careful about what they say, just as they need to be very careful about what they do." I couldn’t agree more. People should be very careful about what they say and do; President Bush and his Cabinet, most of all.

Mr. Speaker, accountability and power cannot be separated. If the President accepts the duties and responsibilities of his office he must do exactly what he is asking Newsweek to do: he needs to tell Americans the truth about his own indiscretions in this tragic war.

The Vegitarian Steakhouse.....

Stacie Rosenzweig (of the Vast Dairy State Conspiracy) has a great guestblog on Fighting Bob.

You’ve had a long day at work, so why don’t you and your partner head on over to your favorite neighborhood restaurant for a casual dinner out? How’s a burger, fries, and a bottle of Milwaukee’s finest sound? Oh, but hold on – the line cook has a personal moral objection to preparing animal products, the waiter says he can’t ethically serve someone who appears to be packing a few extra pounds a fatty meal like that, and the bartender reports he has a religious objection to dispensing alcohol. You resign yourself to a salad and water.

Read it all here:



Quote of the day:

"You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing more control. A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function properly because everybody's squabbling, there's corruption."

George Lucas - talking about the new Star Wars.....

Says it all...

about the transportation budget.


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The Rammelt/Wineke debate audio -



Don't Believe the Hype...

American Transmission Company has hired Wood Communications Group in Madison to put together a campaign to sell the public on the benefits of a transmission line that will permanently change the lives of northern Wisconsin residents and their environment. According to CUB, the Wood Communications Group led the failed public relations effort to build support for the Exxon mine on the headwaters of the Wolf River.
"The slick hucksters who failed to sell Wisconsin residents on a mine on the headwaters of the Wolf River have been hired by the American Transmission Company to put a happy face on the Arrowhead Transmission line," noted Hiniker.
The Wood firm put together a biased poll that claims northerners are evenly split on whether they support or oppose the line. According to CUB, the questions were slanted in a way to encourage responses in favor of the transmission line. Further, according to CUB, many of those contacted by the pollster refused to answer poll questions because they thought the questions were biased – affecting the outcome of the poll.
"The ATC poll is worthless for gauging public opinion – its only purpose was to issue a press release to promote the myth that many people in the north support the construction of the line," said Hiniker.

Why do I mention this? Because Wood Communications are the people that recently publiched the poll inticating that 80% of Wisconsinites are for the Voter ID legislation.

Once again, we are being manipulated - learn all the facts before you make a decision.