December 1, 2010
California's prison system, built to hold 80,000 prisoners, is so over-crowded everyone with a conscience (that suggests Thomas, Scalia and Alito are exempt) believes the conditions are so bad that they violate the Constitution. (Naturally, Alito is in doubt. He can't see the link between over-crowding and the Constitution, but then he couldn't see the link between the corrupting influence of corporate money and elections. Perhaps he can't see at all.)
Built for 80,000, the California prison system ranged between 167,000 and 147,000! Counsel for California, while admitting the conditions violated the Constitution, asked for more time to correct the over-crowding. Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out that the first suit was filed in 1990. "Do we wait another 20 years?" she asked. Alito would, I am confident, say, "You bettcha!
Meet Me at Chevy Chase Country Club? Somewhere nice--where we won't see or be seen by unemployed would-be-workers. Don't you hate it when you are ready for the foi gras some damned heckler yells an obscene comment about the rich? "I say--hey buddy---get a job!"
GOP to unemployed while refusing to extend unemployment compensation payments: "Drop dead." UC payments average $302.90 per week as the Christmas season comes along. About the price of one bottle of Beaujolais nouveau at the Club. Shame on these bastards!
Feingold: John McCain praised Russ Feingold as one of the best people he has ever met. He is the best public servant and the role model for senators. "The Senate will be worse without him," McCain said. Nice tribute and it raises a point. In 2012, Herb Kohl will be 76--seems like a nice age to retire, watch the Bucks, do some charity work--then Feingold could return to the Senate where he belongs. Make sense?
Seventy percent, yes, 70 percent of military personnel who responded to a Pentagon survey say repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will have a positive, mixed, or negligible impact on the military. Goodness--they finally caught up with Barry Goldwater!
Give 'em a gun as soon as they can lift one! NRA is upset with Texas. That progressive state says a person must be 21 before concealed carry is legal. Absolutely. Why discriminate? Nothing like a gun fight in junior high school.
$12 per hour: Susan Hagstrom wrote to the Wisconsin State Journal objecting that the paper defines state employees as "haves." With entry-level clerical assistants at $11.98 per hour (roughly $25,000 per year), compared with legisators at $49,000 per year salary, plus $10,000 or so in per diem--the money just to show-up--the legislators are getting about $16,346 per hour. Take a cut, fellows. Take a cut to $12 per hour and see how you like it.
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I am assuming that the country club reference is about Boehner inviting Obungle to come play golf with him and hash a few things out.
I hope Obungle takes him up on his offer. After all, our first Affirmative Action President should be there. Besides, it will erase the last shred out doubt among the Obamapologists that he really is one of THEM instead of one of US. It would just confirm what many of us have known for a long time. That Obungle is just a popped up, over smart Jack and Jill fella who really wants to be part of the insider group. You can take that, and your cancelled unemployment check, to the bank!
-Ziggy Zickenschlager | Sturgeon Bay ,WI | December 1, 2010
Nice to read that McCain holds Feingold in high esteem. Where was McCain and his support when Feingold was fighting to get reelected? Surely McCain doesn't have higher respect for Johnson...
I'm wondering if prisons aren't merely to convince citizens that politicians are doing their job to make the country safer. Prisons don't solve problems. They simply sweep them under the carpet where they lie out of sight. This makes politicians look much, much better.
Are we better off now than we were 4 years ago? Why aren't the Republican'ts asking this one anymore? It's not that they are afraid of our answers; they already know we are not.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Out | December 1, 2010
Some time back, I read Scott Walker's comment about government workers being the haves and the tax paying public being the have nots.
Either a couple days before or a couple days after, I heard Newt say the EXACT SAME WORDS - I think it was on Hannity.
A couple years back it was the gays. More recently illegal immigrants. Now that the public has gotten tired of those tropes, it's the public employees' turn to serve as the wedge issue.
These cats are nothing if not consistent. Pit one group against another - make sure people have somebody to blame. Why not? It sure seems to work.
-JB | Madison, WI | December 1, 2010
Since the rich and powerful will soon control the rest of WI, where do I sign up to be one of their servants? Those will be the only secure jobs left in this economy. As Mr. Dylan wrote "You gotta serve somebody".
-JS Lauver | Clear Lake, WI | December 1, 2010