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  • New deception questions: Obamacare adviser warned of premium increases as Obama vowed savings

    11/25/2014 5:57:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show...... [MIT economist Jonathan] Gruber’s study predicted about 90 percent of individuals without employer-sponsored or public insurance would see their premiums spike by an average of 41 percent. Once tax subsidies were factored in, about 60 percent of those in the individual market were projected to see their premiums go up 31 percent, according to his analysis.......
  • Walker waiting for calling as he mulls 2016 run

    11/18/2014 2:42:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 42 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/18/2014 | SCOTT BAUER ap
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he is seriously considering whether to get into the race for president in 2016, but he hasn't decided yet whether he feels the call to run. "My personal process is I have to feel like it's a calling, particularly for the time and the effort and the impact it has on family and friends," Walker told AP in a telephone interview from Boca Raton, Florida, where he is attending the Republican Governors Association meeting this week. "It's not something you should yearn for..."Walker, who won re-election to a second term...
  • WI: Veteran Day Program Banned from School because of Ceremonial Rifles

    11/12/2014 7:56:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It has long been obvious that the banning of guns from schools has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with the indoctrination of children.   The purpose is to delegitimize the ownership and use of guns.   From weau.com: EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the first year, a local veterans group will not be holding a Veterans Day program at the Eau Claire area school district, the decision was because of a disagreement over firearms. While it is stated that there are more reasons involved, the primary one is that school officials do not want any firearms,...
  • Exclusive -- Jeff Sessions: The GOP Must Back Reince's Promise To Block Obama's Executive Amnesty

    11/10/2014 2:01:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-9-14 | Matthew Boyle
    Incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling on Republicans to follow through on Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus's commitment to do everything possible to block President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty. “Before the election, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said: ‘We can’t allow it to happen and we won’t let it happen… I’m telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will,’” Sessions said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “We must now follow through on that commitment.” Currently, conservatives say congressional Republican leadership is considering breaking the promise Priebus made...
  • Scott Walker Embarrasses Labor Unions…Again

    11/07/2014 2:57:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Politically, are labor unions finished? It appears that might be the case. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker once again humiliated organized labor with his comfortable re-election last Tuesday. While polls showed a close race, Walker beat his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, by a 6-point margin 52/46. Labor unions had put Walker in the cross hairs ever since his 2010 gubernatorial victory, failed to oust him in the 2012 recall (Walker received more votes in this election than in the 2010 race), and came up short again in this contest. Walker is now a definite 2016 contender, with a reputation...
  • I was about to hype up a Scott Walker 2016 run. Then I watched his victory speech.

    11/07/2014 7:23:52 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 86 replies
    Vox ^ | 11/07/2014 | Andrew Prokop
    When it became clear that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had won reelection handily Tuesday night, I was all set to write an article hyping up his prospects to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. It seemed to make total sense — he's been elected three times in a blue state, while fighting hard for conservative priorities in a way that's impressed both the GOP's base and its elites. But then I sat down and watched his victory speech from Tuesday night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wxEfnPakLYM The very beginning is nice, as Walker thanks God for his win and gets some applause. But...
  • Walker Win Should Offer Blueprint for GOP

    11/06/2014 6:27:34 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    Red State ^ | November 5, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Mounting the stage last night at his victory rally in a large pavilion at Wisconsin’s State Fair Park, Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech unlike any other he’s given in a moment of victory. References to Wisconsin were replaced by references to America, comments about state political foes were replaced by references to special interests in Washington, D.C. and aside from a couple of mentions of Wisconsin unity, much was said about the American dream and the national future. If there was any doubt that Walker is looking for national prime time, it was wiped away last night. His resume...
  • Scott Walker's win boosts conservatives --- and his presidential prospects

    11/05/2014 8:46:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/5/2014 | BY PHILIP KLEIN
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election victory in a state that twice voted for President Obama instantly catapults him to the top tier of contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, should he choose to run. But beyond the boost to his political career, his win also represents victory for conservative governance. When Walker took over as governor in 2011 after being elected during a wave election year for the GOP, he could have pursued the easy path, as Republicans often do — passing a few safe, small-bore policies without upsetting established order. Instead, facing gaping budget hole, he attacked the...
  • Burke Concedes 10:30 PM CST - WALKER WINS RE-ELECTION as WI Governor!!!

    11/04/2014 8:31:40 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 53 replies
    WISN TV - LIVE
    Conceding she has lost. Walker remains for a second term! The NUMBER ONE TARGET nationally has screwed the democrat machine. They put the most into getting him defeated.
  • New Trek source: Mary Burke ‘was tossed out’ (WI)

    10/30/2014 4:29:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-30-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Another high-ranking Trek Bicycle Corp. executive on Thursday bolstered claims that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke was fired by the global bicycle firm launched by her father nearly 40 years ago. Until this week, Burke claimed her success at Trek was evidence she ought to unseat Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker in next week’s election. Wisconsin Reporter revealed Tuesday that Burke’s family terminated her in 1993, following her disastrous performance in the company’s European business unit, according to multiple former Trek executives and employees. Burke responded Wednesday to the allegations by clarifying that her position was “eliminated”...
  • AP's Scott Bauer Effectively Admits That Media Didn't Vet Mary Burke

    10/30/2014 6:42:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 10/29/2014 | Tom Blumer
    M.D. Kittle at Watchdog.org's Wisconsin Reporter scooped everyone covering the Badger State Governor's race on Tuesday when he reported that Democratic candidate Mary Burke's resumé is not what her campaign's web site says it is. Burke's campaign bio claims that she "played a central role in Trek’s expansion as the Director of European Operations." Kittle found "multiple former Trek executives" who told him that, in Kittle's words, she "was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff." The real question to me is why it took until a week before...
  • MU poll has Walker leading Burke [w/ likely voters], with turnout still key

    10/30/2014 1:10:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | October 29, 2014 | By Craig Gilbert
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50% to 43% among likely voters in the latest survey by the Marquette University Law School. That represents a change from other Wisconsin surveys in recent weeks — including a Marquette poll two weeks ago — that showed the race essentially tied. The Marquette results released Wednesday underscore just how much turnout matters to the outcome of the contest for governor. Walker's gains were not among the broader population of registered voters, but among those who said they were certain to vote Tuesday. That's the group defined as "likely voters" in...
  • CATHOLIC CAUCUS: ABC's 'Primetime Nightline' to air piece July 13 on Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

    07/09/2011 8:25:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Diocese of Green Bay ^ | GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 5, 2011)
    Spotlight on Shrine ABC's 'Primetime Nightline' to air piece July 13 on Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 5, 2011) -- The ABC News program "Primetime Nightline" featuring the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has been rescheduled to 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 13, on the ABC network, including WBAY, Channel 2.  More on Shrine • Recognition has believers   flocking to Shrine• Shrine Web site• Shrine daily schedule• Events at Shrine• Retreats at Shrine• Chapel Chat newsletter• Apparitions approved The Shrine story is included in the program entitled "The Miracle Mysteries," the second in a five-part summer series called...
  • WI: A Gun at the Wayside Inn

    10/11/2014 6:02:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Wayside Inn is a sports bar in Northern Wisconsin.  It has been around as long as I can remember, and is in the neighborhood where I grew up, on Highway 63 a few miles North of Hayward.   I had dinner there recently with relatives.   They have a traditional fish fry on Friday (it was very good).  While there, I noticed a new semi-automatic shotgun on the wall.   I have often seen wall hangers elsewhere, but there are nearly always non-functioning items of art rather than modern firearms.   I went back to determine what the...
  • Wisconsin Open Carry Road Trip

    10/08/2014 8:39:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference at O'Hare during the last weekend in September.   After the conference, I visited friends and family in Wisconsin.   Wisconsin has always had legal open carry of firearms, but only recently enforced the law against scofflaw governments in Madison and Milwaukee.   I decided to celebrate Wisconsin's return to the rule of law and the enforcement of constitutional rights by openly carrying on my trip through most of the state. At my first stop to fuel, on I-90 between Milwaukee and Madison, I told the clerk what I was doing, and asked him to...
  • Stalking a Trophy Turkey in Wisconsin

    10/04/2014 3:06:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There were no wild turkeys in Wisconsin when I was growing up.   They had been wiped out by the 1920s.   The common wisdom was that they could not handle the winters in Northern Wisconsin, but they might be re-introduced into the Southern half of the State. The "common wisdom" was wrong.   I took the above picture this morning, on the way to my parents former property, which now belongs to my Brother.   He had stalked a trophy tom turkey there just 3 days before.   Even though turkeys have become plentiful in Wisconsin, you are still required to apply for...
  • Wisconsin couple a bit in awe to be invited by pope as synod auditors

    10/04/2014 10:41:11 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 10 replies
    CNS ^ | 10/3/2014 | Denis Downey
    Wisconsin couple a bit in awe to be invited by pope as synod auditors By Denis Downey Catholic News Service MENOMONIE, Wis. (CNS) -- Alice and Jeff Heinzen will not only be serving as auditors for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, they also will make a presentation before the general assembly. In their main role as one of 14 married couples from around the world selected to serve as auditors for the synod, the Heinzens will observe general assembly sessions and participate in group discussions with the English-speaking delegates. "During the general...
  • Encounter at a Central Wisconsin Diner

    10/01/2014 11:21:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Don Hosmer Last year, on the way the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), I had an unexpected encounter at a diner in central Texas.   I rode my motorcycle to that GRPC.   This year I took my truck to the GRPC in Chicago.   I have friends and family in Wisconsin that I wanted to visit, and some items that would have been less comfortable to carry on a motorcycle.    This year the encounter happened after the conference. I was traveling up I-90/94 when I decided to stop for dinner on the northern edge of the Wisconsin Dells.  Last  year I...
  • Wisconsin Man Shoots Robber in Texas

    09/25/2014 10:45:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Map from usacarry.com It was only a couple of decades ago that crossing state lines left most law abiding people effectively disarmed.   That started changing as the "shall issue" concealed carry firearms reform swept through the country.  I particularly remember how criminals were targeting people with rental cars in Florida, because they could be fairly certain that the people were from out of state, and thus effectively disarmed. Florida responded by changing there law to allow for interstate reciprocity, and to allow non-residents to obtain Florida concealed carry permits.   Florida permits are now one of the most popular...
  • Bear Hunt in Northern Wisconsin

    09/22/2014 7:29:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Bears in Northern Wisconsin The gun culture permeated the part of Wisconsin where I grew up.   In that area and time, we did not think of it as a separate culture.   The gun culture and the culture were one and the same.   Guns and hunting were simply integral parts of everyday life.    If a boy was not a hunter, he aspired to be one.  There was considerable game, ruffed grouse, woodcock, rabbits, squirrel, ducks,  geese, deer, mink, muskrats, raccoon, fox and ...bear.   There were not very many bear.   In my first 18 years, with nearly a decade spent wandering...
  • The Lethality of Shootings in Wisconsin

    09/13/2014 5:07:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    How many people who are deliberately shot survive, compared to those who are shot and killed?  Some early work on this subject was done decades ago.    In 1985, Cook found that about 15% of assault linked gunshot victims that were known to police, died.  That would be a ratio of 5.67 to one. A recent study by the Urban Institute(pdf) helps to shed some light on this ratio.  It gives fairly precise figures for firearm assault injuries that are reported by hospitals, for Black males 15-34. By finding the ACS numbers for the population of 15-34 year old...
  • Help needed: Age distribution of Black Population in Wisconsin

    09/07/2014 7:33:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I am working on an article where I need age distribution of Black males in Wisconsin. I need the number of Black males in Wisconsin 15-35 years old in 2010. 2010 is a census year, so you would think it would be easy to find, but I have not found it so far. I have found a reference for the national figures in wikipedia, but not for the state figures. Any help would be appreciated. I would also like the numbers for Hispanics of the same age and sex in 2010 in Wisconsin. I have estimates based on percent of...
  • WI:Armed Citizen Stops Crime Spree

    09/06/2014 12:51:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In and example of armed citizen stopping crime, a 30 year old West Allis man defended himself and others against an attempted armed robbery by a group of four.  He shot and killed one of the suspects, a known gang member with a long criminal history at the age of 15. The police or prosecutor have not said that the armed citizen had a concealed carry permit.   it seems likely, as he was not charged or arrested, at least not yet.  Perhaps he was openly armed, which does not require a permit.  Police have arrested five more people that...
  • Former deputy charged with killing wife, her Lake Elmo sister

    08/30/2014 6:06:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-30-14 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. -- Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death this month. Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Steele, 39, faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo, Minn. He would get two mandatory life sentences if he's convicted. Prosecutors have not offered a motive for the slayings. Steele's lawyer, Jessa Nicholson, said during a court hearing Friday that she plans to investigate Steele's mental stability. She appeared with Steele...
  • Mary Burke won't appear with Obama at holiday rally

    08/29/2014 7:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Scott Bauer
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won't take the stage with President Barack Obama when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, marking the second presidential visit to Wisconsin that will pass without Burke's involvement. Both Burke and Obama will be at the "Laborfest" celebration of organized labor that attracts thousands to the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, but Burke will be meeting privately with the president and not speaking, said her spokesman Joe Zepecki on Thursday. Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker's campaign, said Burke was ducking Obama because his approval ratings have dipped below 50 percent in...
  • WI: Employee Shoots, Kills Attempted Robber at Innovative Optique

    08/17/2014 6:17:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Innovative Optique is a high end eyewear store in a suburb north of Milwaukee.   From the reviews, it appears to cater to those who can afford high quality, customized glasses.    Last year, a thief stole a pair of $2,000 sunglasses.   Last Friday, an employee shot and killed a 22 year old during the  course of an attempted armed robbery.   From channel3000.com: Police said the gunfire occurred during an attempted robbery. They said 22-year-old Joshua Drake of Milwaukee tried to rob the store about noon, and an armed employee shot and killed him. The employee wasn't hurt. Wisconsin has an...
  • Gun fight? National political donors spend hundreds of thousands on local Milwaukee sheriff's race

    08/12/2014 4:46:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | 8-12-14 | Fox
    WASHINGTON – National political donors with deep pockets are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a local Wisconsin sheriff’s race that pits gun control groups against the National Rifle Association. On Tuesday, voters in Milwaukee County, Wis. will decide whether they’ll give controversial Sheriff David Clarke Jr. - a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights known for his outspoken ads -- another term in office or side with his opponent, police lieutenant Chris Moews.
  • WI: Open Carry Activist Gets Law Changed

    08/06/2014 6:32:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The officer on the left pointed his rifle at Mr. Polster, who had broken no laws and had not threatened anyone. Bill Polster is a second amendment advocate and constitutionalist who has been educating people about their rights to openly carry weapons for years. A few weeks ago , Calumet County  Sheriff had said that he would enforce a county ban on guns in county parks, even though the State preemption law invalidated it.   Polster carried in the park, and had a rifle pointed at him by a deputy.   All parties remained calm, and fortunately the deputy did not...
  • Open Carry Activist Charms Media in Wisconsin

    08/03/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    William Polster has been campaigning to educate people about their rights in Wisconsin for years.   He has been consistently open carrying, often handguns, often both handguns and long guns, handing out pocket constitutions, recording his interactions with people, and enduring considerable criticism from some and obtaining kudos from others. He is a big guy, probably 6'5, and muscular.   I met him at the Milwaukee turn in event this year, when he accompanied the Cease Fire walk, with an openly carried Glock 20.   The crowd was friendly and gave him some high fives.  He has had a number of police...
  • 173 unaccompanied immigrant children placed in Minnesota; 50 in Wisconsin

    07/26/2014 6:47:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-24-14 | Administration Propaganda
    The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. The specific locations of the placements were not specified. Fifty have been placed in Wisconsin. Texas, New York, Florida and California are receiving the most unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border, according to the information. Federal and state governments are scrambling to find shelter for the children fleeing...
  • WI: Bats Fail: 70-Year-Old Uses Revolver to stop Pit Bull Attack

    07/24/2014 4:30:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 94 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Dennis Williams, above, did not hesitate to intervene to save a man being attacked by three pit bulls.  The event was reported on July 21, 2014, in Washington County, Wisconsin. Mr Williams is in his 70s.  He heard screams for help outside his house and saw a man on the ground being viciously attacked by three Pit Bulls.   He grabbed two baseball bats from his garage, and started hitting the animals with the bats.  It wasn't enough.   He retrieved a pistol, and started back toward the scene.   The animals started advancing on him.  He shot and killed one dog...
  • Madison (WI) might host undocumented children

    07/15/2014 10:26:28 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 26 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | 7-15-2014
    MADISON, Wis. - The city of Madison may be called on to shelter between 150 to 250 unaccompanied and undocumented children who’ve come into the country through the Mexican border. Mayor Paul Soglin told News 3 the city is working with several community organizations to find a facility to shelter the children. The city is looking for a facility of at least 90,000 square feet, like unused grocery stores. The federal Department of Health and Human Services is asking all cities with more than 200,000 people to consider hosting children. All expenses would be paid by the federal government. Soglin...
  • WI: Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots Accused Robber, Carjacker

    07/13/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Milwaukee, ,a woman with a concealed carry permit shot a would be robber who had been released after being accused of shooting a man in the face during an attempted car-jacking the day before.   The potentially impressive criminal career has probably ended, as the suspect is now paralyzed and in the hospital.   He is 15 years old.   From wisn.com: Police said a woman the 15-year-old tried to rob near 14th and Olive streets the day after the Motley carjacking, pulled a gun on him.Motley and his wife said the victim had a conceal carry permit and shot...
  • Ex-cop charged with hiding corpses, including Farmington woman, in suitcases

    06/27/2014 1:22:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-27-14 | Steve Karnowski and Dinesh Ramde
    WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- A former police officer charged in the deaths of two women -- one from the Twin Cities -- whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and left on a rural Wisconsin highway met his victims online, according to police and a criminal complaint. Steven Zelich, 52, a security officer, was charged Thursday with two counts of hiding a corpse. He was arrested Wednesday, when detectives wearing hazmat suits removed large bags of evidence and a refrigerator from his apartment in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb. Highway workers discovered two suitcases containing female remains June 5 in the...
  • Wisconsin Carry Wins Appeal: Court Orders Return of Gun

    06/26/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On March 13, 2012, Aaron C. Ols went to the park across the street from his house to confront a man, his fiancee, their two children and dog who were in the park after hours.   The park was closed at 8 pm.  Animals were not allowed in the park.    Sunset was at 6:56 PM, so this was after dark. An argument ensued.  Ols retreated to his property, and was followed by the other man.    Ols repeatedly told the man to leave.  The man threatened to kill Ols, who then drew his firearm, pointed it at the ground, and called...
  • Being "offended" does not constitute an "establishment" of religion

    06/25/2014 1:46:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dr. John A. Sparks
    (CNS photo) The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church which offered air conditioning, more space, and greater comfort for attendees. Not surprisingly, the rented sanctuary contained a prominently displayed cross, religious banners, hymnals, and Bibles. Neither the church’s staff nor members of the church’s congregation participated in the graduation. However, some students and parents complained that exposure to the religious symbols and materials was itself offensive...
  • US District Judge strikes down WI constitution’s marriage amendment. Bp. Morlino responds

    06/07/2014 2:46:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 7, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Legislatures don’t make the laws in these USA anymore. Judges nobody elected have taken over. They do whatever the hell they want in this new kritarchy.A case in point. A US District Court, Judge Barbara Crabb, struck down as unconstitutional Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s state constitution, which reads: “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.” The people of Wisconsin voted in a...
  • WI: Dan Sliz Shoots Back

    06/06/2014 1:27:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The man in the dark car watched the house ahead of him.  It was close to the edge of the road, and the open garage door gave him the opportunity he craved.   As usual, he had a buzz on.   Everybody had a few to keep the edge off, didn't they?  And tonight, he needed a bit more.  He came from the bar where he had telegraphed his plans.  He was going to get even with that SOB that had ratted him out for DUI. A light came on in the garage.  He saw the door to the garage from...
  • WI:Open Carry Has Become Acceptable in Milwaukee

    06/06/2014 4:35:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 June,2014 | Dean Weingarten
    William Polster on a Open Carry Walk On 17 May, I attended a gun turn in event in urban Milwaukee.  The neighborhood is known for its high crime rate.   One of the first things that I noticed was a person openly carrying a holstered handgun, who marched with those calling for an end to unjustified shootings. That was a special occasion, and one focused on guns.  A few days later, on Memorial day, I took a picture of a young man openly carrying at a busy McDonald's in Hayward, Wisconsin.   A commenter, "Secret Agent Man" on freerepublic.org, one...
  • WI:Memorial Day Open Carry at McDonalds

    05/28/2014 3:31:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Much of Memorial day weekend was spent in cleaning up my parents estate, now owned by my brother.   After hauling three pickup loads of priceless antiques, or barely valuable used property, depending on your viewpoint, to the Salvation Army; my able partner, driver, and recently married nephew deserved a break. We stopped by Micky D's for some needed refreshment.  As befits a Retired Uncle, I paid.   He is at least a fourth generation member of the American gun culture.    We know one greatgrandfather was in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, or War Between the States, whichever you...
  • WI:Update on Open Carrier Mark Hoffman Trial

    05/24/2014 4:42:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 23 July, 2013, Mark J. Hoffman of Somerset, Wisconsin, was arrested for legally openly carrying firearms. The charges were disorderly conduct (DC) and obstructing an officer.   Originally, Mark was told that he was under arrest for "being heavily armed".   Here is the  Gun Watch article.   The County attorney refused to press charges under Wisconsin statues. Mark Reported to Gun Watch that the charges were indeed dropped.  Then, out of the blue, three weeks later, he was issued two municipal citations from the Somerset Police Department.  Here are Mark's own words:  UPDATEThe St. Croix County DA did not...
  • WI: Private Buyers at Milwaukee Gun Turn In (Buy Back) do Well

    05/22/2014 10:50:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A group of private purchasers at the Milwaukee gun turn in (buy back) As the event in Milwaukee was about to begin, private gun purchasers began to show up.    I counted 10 near the beginning of  the event, but the numbers increased.  The private purchasers spread out along the streets as the lines of vehicles backed up.  There were about 15 to 20 of them at the height of the action. The ones that I talked to repeatedly said that they did not  have a problem with the event, and that by  purchasing the more valuable guns, they helped...
  • Guns Turned in At Milwaukee Event (buy back)

    05/21/2014 3:56:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Turned in at Milwaukee "Buy Back" on 17 May, 2014  I arrived at the turn in event a little after 9 am on the 17th.   The Milwaukee Police Department had already done the set up for the event, and a crowd was listening to speeches.   I counted about 10 officers at the start, with perhaps as many as 15 total.  Several were directing traffic and controlling the area.  It appeared that data were being entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to check to see if any  of the firearms were listed as stolen property.   I...
  • Open Carry on Cease Fire walk in Milwaukee Receives Positive Comments

    05/19/2014 8:47:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
      Mayor Barrett posing for pictures before the walk I arrived at the Milwaukee gun turn in (buy back) event a little after 9 am on Saturday, the 17th of May.   I estimate that more than a hundred had gathered and were listening to speeches.    I was looking to see if there were any people exercising their Second Amendment rights, so I paid attention to the man openly carrying a Glock 21  in a retention holster.  His name is William  Polster, and he had no problem with me taking pictures.  The Glock, openly carried against his dark grey clothing, did...
  • WI Update: Cheap Gun Opportunity This Saturday, 17 May 2014 Milwaukee

    05/15/2014 12:06:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Milwaukee on Saturday, 17 May,  2014.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, 2500 W. Medford Ave.  The jsonline.com article indicates that it is in a high crime neighborhood. The event is scheduled to run from 10 am to 2 pm. People often turn up early at these events. The incentives for the gun turn in are as follows.  From fox6now.com: $53,000 was raised...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Midwest)

    05/09/2014 5:56:10 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 55 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MIDWEST (NORTHEAST and SOUTH is in a separate thread and West coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. West Virginia: ALEX MOONEY, WEST VIRGINIA-2, May 13th .... Open...
  • WI:Second Amendment Supporters Gain Victory in Oconomowoc

    05/09/2014 12:52:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It started when a mother posted a simple picture on Facebook, and asked a simple question: Is openly carrying a gun legal in an Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, park? TMJ4, a Milwaukee based, NBC affiliated television station, asked Oconomowoc officials, who said that they had a local ordinance forbidding the practice, and that it was enforceable.   In the process, they smeared Second Amendment supporters. WisconsinCarry President Nik Clark and other Second Amendment supporters wrote and told TMJ4 that they were wrong, citing the statutes in question.   The TV station went back to the city officials, who doubled down:  Both the city...
  • WI: TMJ4 Reports Oconomowoc Gun Law Legal, Mislead by City Officials

    05/08/2014 8:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry is legal in Wisconsin.  The State has a strong state preemption law forbidding local governments from enacting a patchwork quilt of conflicting ordinances.   A local mother noticed that one of the people using a park, imagination station,  was openly carrying a holstered pistol.   She  posted a picture of it on facebook and wondered if it were legal.    The local Milwaukee television station, TMJ4, affiliated with NBC, saw the discussion of it on Facebook.   Steve Chamraz asked questions of local officials in Oconomowoc, where the park is located.  From TMJ4: While the sign in the park does...
  • WI:Cheap Gun Opportunity Coming in Milwaukee

    04/25/2014 1:05:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Milwaukee on Saturday, 17 May,  2014.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, 2500 W. Medford Ave.  The jsonline.com article indicates that it is in a high crime neighborhood. The event is scheduled to run from 10 am to 2 pm. People often turn up early at these events. The incentives for the gun turn in are unknown at this time.  From jsonline.com: Details...
  • WI: Shooting Range Protection signed by Governor Walker

    04/13/2014 6:20:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    SB527, the Wisconsin range protection legislation, passed the legislature with wide margins,  19 - 13 in the Senate and  65-35 in the House.   It was signed into law by Governor Walker on 9 April, 2014.  The law builds on current law which exempts sport shooting ranges from zoning ordinances related to noise and grandfathers in ranges that legally existed prior to July 16th, 2013. This bill extends immunity from lawsuit to the owners and operators of the shooting ranges, and exempts shooting ranges from state or local zoning conditions or rules related to noise or to nonconforming use, including...