Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Josh Zepnick's Parents Frightened By Knock At Door

I don't want to make fun of an elderly citizen frightened by someone knocking at the door at 7:00 PM.

Instead, I'll address FOX6 News and Josh Zepnick, the Wisconsin Assemblyman who threatened Dave Sobelman.

Here's the story as reported by FOX6:

A Milwaukee couple says they were unfairly frightened by a canvasser who came to their door, hoping to get their signatures in an ongoing petition drive against the proposed downtown Milwaukee streetcar — and they happen to be parents of state Rep. Josh Zepnick.

Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) says he’s not playing politics. Rather, he says he’s simply protecting his parents.

It was Thursday evening, January 22nd, around 7:00 p.m. when Jeri Zepnick heard a knock at her door.

“I heard this pounding on my front door. I got so scared! I thought somebody was breaking into the house,” Jeri Zepnick said.

Jeri Zepnick and her husband were visited by a petitioner, requesting their signatures on a petition against the proposed downtown Milwaukee streetcar. But that didn’t matter.

“That scared me half to death! I said, ‘don`t you ever come back to this house again pounding on the door like that,'” Jeri Zepnick said.

Jeri Zepnick’s son is Rep. Josh Zepnick. He says during his political career, he’s done plenty of canvassing. What happened to his parents, he says, isn’t the right way to address any issue.

“Respecting peoples` privacy is also a big issue, and it`s one that, you know, supersedes how passionate you are on the debate,” Rep. Zepnick said.

It's flat-out embarrassing that Josh Zepnick would turn a knock at the door into a newsworthy matter. It's embarrassing that he would exploit his mother this way.

Equally embarrassing: FOX6 News spent two minutes of the newscast on an elderly person being frightened by someone knocking at her door.

That's loony.

Politicians do go door to door.

They do knock.

That's not a violation of one's privacy.

It's unfortunate that Jeri Zepnick was terrified, but this story should not have been on the news.

It makes Josh Zepnick look crazy.

And FOX6, what is wrong with you? Sending a reporter out to interview someone scared by a knock at the door?


Obama: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Would Obama have been willing to call the Nazis, our enemy in World War II, extremists?

We know that Obama refuses to speak of Islamic extremists, even though they commit horrific atrocities.

He just can't bring himself to identify the enemy.

Would Obama have a problem with defining the Nazis as the enemy?

I wonder what's going through Obama's head.

Is he thinking that if he had been president at the time, he would have bowed and apologized, and the Nazis would have been so enchanted by him that they would have closed the concentration camps and ended the Holocaust?

Maybe he's thinking about golf.

Xavier Becerra: Unborn Child At 20 Weeks a Human Being?

DEMOCRAT Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, refused to answer a very simple question:

Is a baby 20 weeks into pregnancy a human being?

DEMOCRAT Becerra won't say.

From CNSNews:

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 27, asked the congressman, “Do you think an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being?”

Becerra said, “You know my wife’s an OB/GYN, and I know having watched as we raise our three daughters, there is no one who knows more about what’s in the best interest of a child than the mother -- and I say that as a very proud father and I have total faith when my wife makes a decision. She does it in the best interest of her family and her kids and obviously me as well.”

“So when a woman has to make a decision, I have full faith in what that woman will do because my sense is that, over the millennia, women have had to deal with these issues far more than men,” said Becerra. “And so, when someone says to me that you’re going to put at risk a woman’s health to make a political, social point, it’s just not -- I don’t believe we should be legislating what a woman should do. We got to believe that our mothers and our sisters and our daughters know better than a politician in Washington, D.C.” followed up asking, “But that question aside, just simply, if a child 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being or not?”

Becerra responded, “I think I’ve given you the answer that a woman’s going to make a decision on what to do with her body. I think she knows far better than I do, especially if she’s pregnant and if she’s going to have a baby.”

Good grief.

Ask a simple question, get NO answer.

Actually, Becerra's non-answer actually was a very definitive answer.

The fact that he wouldn't say that of course a child at 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being spoke volumes.

If that unborn baby isn't human, then what is it?

A dog? A cat? A rabbit?

Denying the unborn personhood is something pro-abortion proponents like the Democrats must do.

If they acknowledge that the unborn are human, then permitting them to be slaughtered gets messy.

Becerra should ask a woman who miscarried at 20 weeks if her baby was human.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scott Walker: Our American Revival

Some conservatives are pleased with the revelation that Scott Walker has formed a 2016 presidential committee.

They're excited about Our American Revival.

From the Washington Post:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead.

Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a later appearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers and a stopover in Denver for additional fundraising.

“Our American Revival encompasses the shared values that make our country great; limiting the powers of the federal government to those defined in the Constitution while creating a leaner, more efficient, more effective and more accountable government to the American people,” Walker said in a statement in the release announcing the committee.
"[A]ppearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers" -- Koch brothers, of course. Is it possible for a Leftist media outlet to mention a conservative without mentioning the Koch brothers?

It's so silly, especially since talk about the Koch brothers does nothing to dissuade conservative supporters.

Anyway, Walker has enjoyed some good buzz nationally.

Walker emerged as the star from last weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit.

Read: Why Scott Walker is winning raves for shopping at Kohl's

In addition, Rush Limbaugh has practically endorsed him, which is huge. For a long time, Limbaugh has cited Walker as the blueprint for conservative success. He continues to support Walker.

Many people are happy to see Walker pursuing a presidential run.

As a Wisconsin voter, one of the people responsible for helping Walker to win three gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin, I have mixed feelings.

While I think Walker would make an excellent president and deserves his place in the Republican field of potential nominees, I didn't vote for "Our American Revival."

I voted for "Our Wisconsin Revival."

There is work to be done here at home. I don't want issues important to Wisconsin to become "distractions" to Walker's higher political aspirations.

Granted, if Walker fails to tend to matters in Wisconsin, he hurts his chances to succeed nationally. There is that fail-safe aspect. Walker can't ignore us without putting his presidential hopes at risk.

That's somewhat comforting, but not quite enough.

Although he has been elected governor THREE TIMES, he's only been in office for one term. It's been an incredible, challenging, historic term, but one term, nonetheless.

Without a doubt, Walker is certainly dramatically more qualified to be president than Obama was at the time of his election.

As I said, mixed feelings.

If Americans choose Walker to be the 2016 Republican nominee for president, I will support him wholeheartedly.

I do think Rebecca Kleefisch would make a great governor.

Auschwitz: 70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago today, Auschwitz was liberated.

The 27th of January 2015 will be a very special day. On this date we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The memory of the whole world will focus on the tragedy of the Shoah and the cruel system of terror created by Germans in occupied Europe.

The last of the Survivors who are still alive will be with us on that day. For many of them this seventieth anniversary will be the culmination of their personal victory over despair and oblivion. We would like to spend that day with them.

On this special day we would like to show the Survivors and the world that we – the post-war generation – have matured to take up our own responsibility for remembrance. It will be a sign that we are ready to carry with us the memory of the Holocaust of European Jews, as well as the fate of the Poles, the Roma, the Soviet prisoners of war and many other groups of victims.

The main commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be held in front of the Death Gate of KL Auschwitz II–Birkenau. On this day – which, for ten years now has been commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day – various anniversary events will be held in many countries: conferences, exhibitions, ceremonies, meetings… It will show that the tragedy of Auschwitz and the memory of its victims lies deep in the hearts of people all over the world.

Schedule of commemoration events: 70th anniversary of liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – January 27, 2015

Christopher "Kit" Carson R.I.P.

Christopher "Kit" Carson, AKA H.R., passed away on Monday.

Carson, a Milwaukee native, was Rush Limbaugh's chief of staff.

A Huge Void in Our Hearts

RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, indulge me for just a few minutes here. We all here at the EIB Network are experiencing a huge void in all of our hearts here today because of a death, one of our staff members, the very first staff member to join me 27 years ago in New York. Christopher Carson, "Kit," my trusted chief of staff, aide-de-camp, passed away today at 8 a.m. at his home in New Jersey after what really was a four-year battle, really valiant, never-seen-anything-like-it battle with essentially brain cancer. He thought that it was beaten back two years ago, but it came back again last fall with a vengeance.

To give you an idea, December 19th, staff Christmas party, and he was fine, normal as anybody ever remembered him. Ten days ago I flew to New York to see him in the hospital, and it was the last day that he had any kind of a short-term memory at all. It was a good visit. It was a really good day. For him, too. I've always said that I wanted to be older, and I never factored something in about getting older, and that is people you know getting sick and dying. But Kit was in all ways, every way I can of think of, a special human being and person.

When the program debuted in 1988, nobody had any idea if it was gonna work. And we had made no plans initially for it to get big. It was just a radio show with a guy doing three hours on the radio and the itinerant things that happened. But it took off. It took off faster and bigger than anybody had planned. So the phone started ringing and mail started coming in, and things needed to be dealt with.

We didn't have anybody, and Ed McLaughlin, who was the syndicator of the program at the time and the founding executive of the EIB Network, had just come from ABC and knew countless people at ABC. And in our building where we were at the time, ABC staffed its magazines, such as Prairie Farmer magazine and American Homeowner, Contemporary Homeowner or something. And Ed said, "Look, I got this guy that's gonna come up from the magazine, and he's gonna answer the phones and deal with the mail. He's a good guy. He's here in New York. He's trying to become an actor, and he'll help us out here in a pinch."

I said, "Oh, okay, great, what's his name?"

He said, "Some guy, Kit Carson."

I said, "Kit Carson? Kit Carson, like the cowboy?"

"Yeah, that's what he says, Kit Carson."

Okay. So the next day in walks this guy, cargo shorts, white ankle socks, black Keds, and red hair that looks like it's got yeast in it piled so high on top of his head. I was immediately jealous, I said, "What did you do, put yeast in your hair?" He didn't know what I meant. But I spotted it immediately. He wanted to be an actor, he had a performer's ego, and he thought I was crazy. After one radio show, he thought I was crazy.

He's listening to "homeless updates" and all this stuff and he just thinks that I'm a lunatic. But he's gonna stick with it 'cause it looks like it could be fun for a while. And he said, "What do you want me to do?"

I said, "Well, when it comes to the phones ..." And I did my best to explain who I was, what I did, and what we're all trying to accomplish, and he just said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, the latest to get to New York, gonna hit it big, right, right, okay, got it, got it. What can I do?"

I said, "Well, when you're answering the phones, I want you to really learn how to do something, and I really want you to learn how to do it, and it's say, 'No.' You're gonna have people calling wanting me to do this, do that, requests for all kinds of things, and I don't care what and I don't care who, your first answer is 'no' and then you come tell me and we'll review who called and then we'll decide what to do." It's harder than you think, folks. It's easy to say "yes" to people and make friends, have a good relationship.

Saying "no" to people does not promote good friendships right off the bat. He said "no." He loved saying "no." He said, "Really, I have the power to say "no" to anybody?" I said, "Yes, you do." He started answering mail. Anyway, it just evolved to where he became the resident expert on me and the program. He became its number-one champion, defender, evangelist, and, of course, he ended up doing much more than -- well, he never stopped saying "no." That job remained as important 27 years later as it was that first day. He enjoyed it as much as ever, except the people calling later on were like from the White House and Good Morning America and the Today Show, and he still said "no" and then came and told me about it.

Fifty-eight years old. He arrived around age 30 or 31, grew up in Milwaukee. He was insistent, you know, when he introduced himself to people, "Yeah, I'm Kit Carson," and he assumed everybody thought that meant he'd be related to the famous cowboy character, Kit Carson, so he told everyone, "Yeah, my name is really Kit Carson."

So the first time I had to write him a check, forget what it was for, I made it out to Kit Carson. He brought it back and said, "The bank won't accept it."

I said, "Why?"

He said, "'Cause this isn't my name."

I said, "What, you've been telling me for two years --"

"It's Christopher." Okay. So I rewrote the check, but he always remained "Kit." He was Kit to everybody that knew him. He was Kit to his family. He was Kit, dad to his teenaged sons, Jesse and Jack, wife Theresa. It's such a void because he loved this job. He loved being here. He loved being part of it every day.
God be with Kit's wife and sons, his colleagues, his friends, and his family.

Rest in peace, H.R.

Brewers Barrelman Mascot

Move over, Bernie!

Move over, Sausages!

It's Barrelman!

I had no idea the Brewers planned to unveil another mascot.

Welcome, Barrelman!

It's nice to think about baseball and spring training, anything to distract from the Super Bowl this weekend, the one that SHOULD INCLUDE THE PACKERS.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Obama: Statement on Blizzard

Tammy Baldwin: Tomah VA Scandal

I knew Tammy Baldwin would be a disaster as the junior U.S. senator from Wisconsin. It was a given.

She's worse than I feared.

From WKOW, via WXOW:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) refused an interview with 27 News Monday regarding the growing controversy over the way her office handled reports of the over-prescription of opiates at the VA clinic in Tomah.

Sen. Baldwin responded to our interview request with a statement she had previously sent to several of the state's largest newspapers on Sunday.

"We should have done a better job listening to and communicating with another constituent with whom we were working on problems at the VA," Baldwin wrote in the statement. "I take full responsibility for any mistakes we made because I not only share his belief that the report's conclusion fell short, but I also share his commitment to exposing problems at the VA and working on solutions."

Sen. Baldwin's office received a report on the problems in August from the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general. Sen. Baldwin shared the report with a constituent but didn't publicize it more widely until last week, after a report was published on the death of a Marine Corps veteran being treated at Tomah.

Baldwin then called on the VA secretary to order a comprehensive investigation at the Tomah clinic.

Two Republican state representatives wrote to Baldwin asking her why she didn't do more with the report.

Sen. Baldwin's office is also refusing to comment on or confirm a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that her deputy state director, Marquette Baylor, was fired over the handling of the issue last Thursday.
Baldwin respresents the people of Wisconsin. She must be held accountable for her actions and inactions as a senator.

From AP, via FOX6 News:

Baldwin says she accepts responsibility for mistakes made by her office and believes a 2014 investigation fell short in exposing problems at the medical center.

A 35-year-old former Marine died of an overdose in the center’s inpatient care unit in August.
Just how much "responsibility for mistakes made by her office" is Baldwin willing to take?

A former Marine died related to what was happening at the Tomah facility.

It's not too much to expect Baldwin to do more than issue a statement.

Interviews are in order, but she's denying that access.

Yes, Baldwin is the disaster I expected her to be.

Dropkick Murphys HATE Scott Walker

I've attended performances by Dropkick Murphys in Milwaukee.

Family members are fans of the band.

It's unfortunate that they turned out to be such HATERS.

The other night, I saw on Twitter that Dropkick Murphys requested that Scott Walker stop using their music because they HATE him.

The tweet no longer appears on the band's timeline, but it lingers in cyberspace.

This morning, I'm glad to see that their expression of HATE is getting attention.

I love it when the truth about a HATER is exposed.

From the Washington Times:

Boston-based Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys admonished Scott Walker for using their music for his political purposes, issuing a scathing tweet that they “literally hate” the Wisconsin governor.

The band took exception to Mr. Walker’s blaring of the band’s “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” as he took the stage Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, tweeting to the Republican governor to “please stop using our music in any way … we literally hate you !!!”

The Dropkick Murphys have been at odds with Mr. Walker since 2011, when he introduced and brought to fruition a bill that limited the collective bargaining rights of unions. The band responded by selling pro-union T-shirts on their official website, A.V. Club reported.
My family member fans of the band dismissesd the 2011 stuff, but I'm hoping the "we literally hate you" line moves them to reject listening to these HATERS.

I encourage Scott Walker to use music performed by more civil individuals.

Happy Birthday, Bob Uecker

Today is Bob Uecker's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Bob!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chicago Gun-Sharing Stations

CHICAGO— Touting the program’s convenience and affordability, Chicago officials unveiled Monday the city’s new gun-sharing service, “QuikShot,” which allows individuals to check out a loaded firearm for short periods of time.

The municipal initiative, through which users can rent semiautomatic pistols, shotguns, rifles, and submachine guns at more than 250 self-service kiosks, has reportedly been designed to make firepower easily available to residents and tourists alike nearly everywhere within the city limits.

“QuikShot lets anyone with a credit card walk up to one of our street-side firearm stations, select a gun, and head out into the Windy City fully armed in just a few seconds,” program director Arvind Reynolds told reporters, noting that borrowers can either rent their weapon for increments of 30 minutes or withdraw it for a full 24 hours if they plan on using it throughout the day.

Dean Cain: Michael Moore and Chris Kyle