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Wisconsin student sues her college for stopping her from distributing “offensive” Valentine’s day cards with Bible verses

From Daily Mail: A Wisconsin student is suing her college for violating her free speech rights after she was forced to stop handing out religious-themed Valentine’s Day Cards.

The conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Milwaukee on behalf of Polly Olsen, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The lawsuit alleges Olsen, 29, was handing out cards in the Green Bay College’s student center in February when security workers forced her to stop, saying she might offend people.

The Valentine’s Day cards included messages and referenced Bible verses. One valentine said ‘You are special! 1 John 4:11’ and another said ‘Jesus Loves You!’

The lawsuit challenges the college’s policy of restricting public forums to a small section of campus. 

Olsen claims she was not being disruptive, was not a threat, and that the suppression was ‘based, in part, on the religious content of the cards,’ according to the lawsuit. Olsen argued she has been handing out cards on campus for several years, motivated by showing kindness to strangers.

She was told in the past that the public assembly policy would change.

This year, she decided to file a federal lawsuit against the college and a hearing took place on Tuesday. Olsen said she is motivated by ‘showing kindness to strangers’

Olsen told Action 2 News:  ‘I’ve been dealing with this issue for four years and they haven’t changed anything. So it was time to reach out and have something else happen.

‘Because everyone needs freedom, and if we don’t have freedom of speech then truth can’t prevail, and lies can run rampant,’ Olsen added.

Olsen, who comes from Greenbay and is studying to become a paralegal, claimed campus security officials and others there violated her free speech rights by blocking a custom she described as ‘caring for others.’

She added: ‘And so it’s a very important thing for our country to strengthen us, and to really build a unity because if we can’t express our opinions then those underlying emotions can build.

‘I love my school and I hate to do this, but I love my freedom and my country, and God more.’ 

She said her now-deceased mother started a family tradition of sharing religious Valentines while home-schooling her and her siblings.

According to the school’s incident report obtained by FOX 11, NWTC officials told Olsen she was violating the school’s public assembly policy, which sets a designated space for distribution of literature, picketing or displaying protest signs.

Olsen said that she not in that area, according to the report.

Olsen said the security coordinator cited the college’s Public Assembly Policy that designates a public forum outside the main entrance for ‘picketing’ or ‘displaying of signs’ and ‘mass distribution of literature’ – space she says constitutes less than 0.5% of the campus.

Through its policy, the lawsuit states that the NWTC ‘has effectively deemed all remaining indoor and outdoor areas of campus, outside the prescribed Public Assembly Area, as non-public forums off-limits for student speech and expression.’

The college has maintained and enforced a set of policies that restrict expressive activities to a tiny part of campus and requires prior approval ‘even within that tiny area,’ according to the lawsuit.

Karen Smits, NWTC’s vice president of college advancement, said the campus policy on public assembly has been under review since 2017.

Smits said Olsen was invited to participate in the process, but out of respect to student confidentiality, ‘we do not comment on student conduct.’

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is committed to the free exchange of ideas and to maintaining a welcoming and safe environment that promotes student success, Smits said. ‘Free speech is exercised every day in many different contexts all over the NWTC campus,’ she said.

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Wisconsin moves forward with drug testing food stamp recipients

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Governor Scott Walker


From Fox 11: Gov. Scott Walker moved ahead Monday with his plans to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps, a move blocked by the federal government or found to be unconstitutional when other states have tried.
Wisconsin’s plan was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature more than two years ago, but it languished because it conflicts with federal rules prohibiting states from imposing additional eligibility criteria on food stamp recipients.
Florida had a drug test requirement for food stamp recipients that a federal appeals court blocked in 2014, finding it violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. Walker filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 seeking approval to test food stamp applicants, but it was rejected because then-President Barack Obama’s administration had not yet formally rejected the state’s request to do the testing.
Walker asked then-President elect Donald Trump’s administration in December 2016 to make clear that drug screening is permissible, but it has not taken action and now Walker is moving ahead anyway.
Walker approved a rule change to implement the screening and sent it to the Legislature for review Monday. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor believes he has the authority to implement the rule.
The Legislature has four months to review the rule and it could take a year after its approval before the testing would begin. Lawsuits by those who oppose the drug testing are expected once it’s implemented, assuming the federal government doesn’t step in and block it in the meantime.
Under the plan, childless FoodShare participants who fail a drug test would be eligible for state-funded rehabilitation treatment if they don’t have any other way to pay for it. FoodShare is Wisconsin’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Walker administration estimated that a small fraction of the program’s applicants — 220, or 0.3 percent, of the 67,400 applicants a year — would actually test positive for drugs. Walker has touted the drug testing as a way to put more drug-free workers into the workplace.
Opponents say that’s wrongheaded. “The state could do far more to expand the workforce by investing in broader access to effective drug treatment programs, rather than spending scarce state resources on the administration of drug screening and testing requirements,” said Jon Peacock, research director for Kids Forward, which advocates for children and families in Wisconsin.
Peacock said he was certain there would be a legal challenge over the constitutionality of drug screening food stamp recipients as well as whether such a move would be a violation of federal law governing the food stamp program.
Walker has pushed to expand drug testing for public benefit recipients. The budget he signed this year called for drug screening all able-bodied, childless adults applying for state Medicaid BadgerCare health benefits, pending federal approval. The budget also required drug test requirements for food stamp recipients would be expanded to parents of children ages 6 to 18.
Walker and 11 other governors in 2016 asked the federal government for permission to drug test food stamp recipients.
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Illegal alien raped/impregnated 14-year-old stepdaughter for anchor baby

It gets worse: The mother of the stepdaughter knew about the sexual assaults and DID NOTHING.
From Illegal Alien Crime Report: MILWAUKEE, WI (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) – As an undocumented immigrant illegal alien, Horacio Alvarado thought if he could show he was the father of a newborn American citizen, he would be allowed to remain in the United States himself.
But the paternity test ultimately resulted in more severe charges for Alvarado because the mother of the child was only 15 and was his stepdaughter, according to a criminal complaint.
Alvarado, 32, now faces three felonies for what investigators say were several years of sustained sexual assaults, assaults his wife later knew about yet did nothing to prevent, according to the complaint.
Alvarado is charged with first-degree sexual assault, resulting in pregnancy, repeated sexual assault of a child and incest. He pleaded not guilty at a court appearance last week and is being held on $20,000 bail but has a bail hearing next week.
His wife is charged with child neglect, a misdemeanor.
The criminal complaint says the victim came forward last month to report the offenses, which she said began when she was 14 and continued for four years. The assaults took place at the family’s south side home when her mother was at work, or late at night when the mother was asleep.
Other times, the victim told police, Alvarado would take her to a friend’s home or to random parking lots where they’d have sex in his car.
The assaults continued after the victim became pregnant at 15 and later delivered the child, the complaint says.
When she was 17, the victim told police, her mother walked in on Alvarado sexually assaulting her in their home. The mother then sat down and spoke with her husband in Spanish but said nothing to her, and the assaults continued.
The complaint doesn’t indicate when, but at some point, the girl told her mother that Alvarado was the father of her child, and his paternity was established in court in 2015, and there appeared to be a dispute between the victim and Alvarado regarding custody of the child earlier this year.
According to court records, a court commissioner last month entered an interim order that Alvarado should have primary placement and that the child’s mother would have reasonable visitation rights.
Police investigating the sexual assaults retested Alvarado and confirmed his paternity of the child, and that Alvarado was married to her mother during the period the victim said he was regularly having sex with her.
Alvarado apparently believed in the so-called anchor baby myth, that having a child born in the U.S. might protect illegal immigrants from deportation. It does not, even when the birth is not itself the result of a felony sexual assault.
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Hollywood director demeans teenage cancer-survivors’ looks to take shot at Republicans

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You own this piece of scum libtards.
From Washington Times: Hollywood producer-director Joss Whedon judged a group of teenage cancer survivors according to their (lack of) sexual attractiveness in order to take a shot at Republicans.
Mr. Whedon tweeted out a picture of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan meeting some teenagers and said they didn’t measure up in the attractiveness department.
“Tonight on White House Wife Hunt, Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the ‘Not a 10’ card,” tweeted Mr. Whedon, best known as the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly” and other TV shows and as the director of two “Avengers” movies.
According to Mr. Ryan, who had tweeted out the same picture, the girls were Wisconsin teenagers who “shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer.”
Numerous users on Twitter quickly pounced on Mr. Whedon’s remarks about the girls’ looks, calling them cruel, sexist and more. “The epitome of misogyny right here. Take a bow, bro,: said female Twitter user “Grace Under Pressure.”
Read the rest of the story here.
Joss has since deleted the tweet and offered some lame “apology:” “So I tweeted something that inadvertently offended everyone except the people I was trying to offend. I’m sorry. I’ll be quiet for a bit.”
What a deplorable man.
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Wisconsin School District at odds with parents over off-campus 'Jesus Lunch'

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From News800: Middleton-Cross Plains School District officials would like a gathering known as the “Jesus Lunch” held near the high school to stop.
The lunches, held each Tuesday in Fireman’s Park adjacent to Middleton High School, have reportedly been drawing hundreds of students each week to eat food provided by parents and talk about the Christian faith.
“In one year what started out with less than 40 kids has grown into a lunch that serves almost 400 kids or a fourth of Middleton High School,” a video posted online about the event says. “What makes this even more amazing is that while we provide the lunches, it’s the students who bring their friends and discuss a different biblical topic each week among themselves. It is entirely voluntary.”
“What it’s all about is some mothers, they bring a lot of food to the park by the school and then people eat it and they also have bible stuff there as well,” Middleton senior Logan Kossel said.

Administrators Plank and Johnson

Administrators Plank and Johnson


In a letter sent to parents Tuesday, high school Principal Steve Plank (contact Steve here) and District Administrator Don Johnson (contact Don here) said that the city leases the park, making it part of school property and subject to school rules about both parent- and student-organized activities. Plank said the event violates school and district policy because parents are not following food safety standards, are not checking in as visitors to the school, and the event seems to be adult-organized and not initiated by students.
“At some level we want to be very direct and say, ‘This is not approved by the school district,’ and I think right now they are saying, ‘We don’t care and we believe we have the right to come in because it’s a park even though you’ve leased it,” Johnson said.
“The parents contend that it is their First Amendment right to provide free food and hold a religiously oriented event on this property during school hours,” the letter to parents says. “The district believes that we have jurisdiction of this leased property, which is part of our campus. They have a First Amendment right and a right to access facilities after hours. All those are accurate, but we don’t necessarily allow the Hindu community and the Buddhist community and Islamic community and Wiccans and others to come in and proselytize and bring their message to our students” Johnson said.
We believe that religious or political events do not have a place in our school or on our campus, except when sponsored by a student group in accordance with our rules, which require prior approval. In addition, many students have conveyed to us their concern about a group offering free food to incentivize participation in a religious event on campus. The result of which has a divisive impact on our learning community. As such, we will continue to work with the parent group to find an amicable resolution.”
“There are some students that when they know this day is coming, they will leave school early. (We) have some students that staff will find sitting in the hallway crying,” Plank said. “A lot of students feel that it’s not OK to have religious affiliation on school grounds, and other students also think not everyone has to participate in it. They’re not being forced to, so it’s not an issue so there’s kind of a clash there,” Kossel said.
The organizers of the lunch issued a statement to News 3. “We would like to thank you for this opportunity to hear our story, as the Middleton School District has not yet approached us to discuss what we do or how the Jesus Lunch began. We have invited them to attend, but as of date they have declined. The question here is not us being in opposition to the school, but rather that we have a right to be in Fireman’s Park. Although the school district contends that it is school grounds because they have a lease, the public still has a right to use the park during school hours.”
Organizers said the park can be used by the public. “By law, the lease agreement between the city and the School District of Middleton does not privatize the park,” the statement said.
Organizers said the City of Middleton acknowledges their rental agreement for the Fireman’s Park pavilion.
“Our mission statement for Jesus Lunch is ‘food for the body, nutrition for the soul.’ Our goal each week is to share a biblical truth. Students who come to lunch are not required to listen to or participate in the 3-5 minute message,” the statement said.
Organizers said the Jesus Lunch began in the fall of 2014 with a small group of our children and their friends. “Students that attend Jesus Lunch have expressed their desire for Jesus Lunch to continue,” the statement said. “The Jesus Lunch has become the highlight of the week for students and those involved!”
City Administrator Mike Davis

City Administrator Mike Davis


Middleton City Administrator Mike Davis told News 3 Wednesday afternoon that the lease agreement the city has with the district allows “contemporaneous use” by members of the general public “from time to time.”
Davis said the district has the right to enforce its rules in the park, “as long as they don’t conflict with the interests of the general public.” The group has legal representation, and plans to hold the lunch again next week. District officials said they are looking for an amicable solution.
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Dozens of Muslims leave company that limits prayer to scheduled breaks

It’s kind of hard to halt a production line several times a day to accommodate a prayer break. The manufacturing process is sensitive yet apparently the Muslims who work/worked there are more sensitive.
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Dozens of Muslim employees at a Wisconsin manufacturer say they are now out of a job after the company changed its prayer-on-the-job policy.
Fox News reports that Brillion-based Ariens Company changed their policy last Thursday. The policy originally allowed Muslim employees to leave the production line twice a shift to pray two of their five daily required prayers. Workers would pray five minutes at a time, assigning their duties to colleagues while they prayed.
But Ariens is now asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks. A company representative told WBAY-TV the “manufacturing environment does not allow for unscheduled breaks in production.”
The company’s new policy change affects 53 workers. Ten of those employees have indicated they wish to stay in their current positions under the new policy, the company said. Ariens said the company “put a considerable amount of effort into finding a solution that allows for employees of Muslim faith to pray during work hours,” including meeting with members of the company’s Somali employee group and consulting with local Muslim faith representatives.
The company said in a statement, “We are open to any of the employees returning to work under the new policy or will look for openings in shifts that do not coincide with prayer time. We respect their faith, and we respect their decision regardless of their choice to return to work or not.”
Of course, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wasn’t pleased with any of this. They called on Ariens to allow Muslim workers to pray at work using the previous policy until the dispute is resolved. “These types of accommodation disputes can be resolved in a spirit of respect for constitutionally-protected religious rights and for the legitimate needs of both employees and employers,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said in a news release.
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Here We Go Again. White Cop Kills Saintly Black Teen….Well Read On.

Here’s the typical Bullshit.

Wis. police urge restraint after officer kills black teen

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/07/madison-police-19-year-old-dies-after-being-shot-by-officer/24552525/

Protesters march in Wisconsin after black man shot dead by police

http://news.yahoo.com/wisconsin-lawmaker-says-she-saw-events-ahead-fatal-155503665.html

And now for the rest of the story.
Here is one line I took from first link From The Perps,  oops, Victims Mother.
Although the victim was not named by police, WKOW-TV spoke to his mother, Andrea Irwin, who identified the 19-year-old as Tony Robinson.
“My son has never been a violent person,” Irwin said. “And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”
Got That? Good now read this.

Wisconsin Shooting Victim, 19, Was Convicted Last Year For Role In Armed Home Invasion

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/armed-robbery/tony-robinson-shooting-890562
MARCH 7, 2015
The unarmed Wisconsin teenager who was shot to death last night during a confrontation with a Madison cop pleaded guilty last year to armed robbery and recently began serving a three-year probation term for that felony conviction, court records show.
Umm, Armed robbery?
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According to police, an officer responded Friday to a 911 call about a man who had assaulted a victim and was dodging cars in traffic. The cop followed the suspect into a nearby apartment, where the man allegedly struck the officer in the head, knocking him to the ground. During an ensuing struggle, patrolman Matt Kenny fatally shot the suspect.
Family and friends have identified the victim as Anthony “Tony” Robinson, a 19-year-old Madison resident. “The initial finding at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject,” said Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.
Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, said that, “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me
Robinson, pictured above, was arrested last April following an armed home invasion at a Madison residence,
Oh wait that’s armed robbery while doing a home invasion. I see not violent at all.
according to police records. Cops were called to the scene around 6 AM by a neighbor who “spotted several men, one of them armed with a long gun, entering an apartment building,” according to a police report.
Police arrived at the home “just as the armed robbery was ending” and a group of suspects was fleeing “with electronics and other property.” Cops subsequentlyrecovered a shotgun and a facsimile handgun used during the robbery, as well as some of the stolen property.
Rest of Smoking Gun story HERE!!!
OK, you get my point. Sorry the kid is dead, but to say he is non violent has just been disproved and again Rule number 1 When you hit an armed man especially a Policeman you will likely dead.
~Steve~

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“White people did not exist on planet earth until 1681” – Jacqueline Battalora

A MINORITY VIEW

PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHING ‘WHITE PRIVILEGE’ TO YOUR KIDS

Walter E. Williams: ‘Average parent has no idea of indoctrination going on in classrooms’

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What would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you that “white privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily”? You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation.

The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference.

In one of the workshops, “Examining White Privilege and Building Foundations for Social Justice Thinking in the Elementary Classroom,” educators Rosemary Colt and Diana Reeves told how teachers can “insert social justice, anti-racist information” into their lessons that “even little kids” can understand.

Kim Radersma, a former high-school English teacher, hosted a session titled, “Stories from the front lines of education: Confessions of a white, high school English teacher.” She said teaching is a purely political act and that neutral people should “get the f— out of education.”

aa-kill-whitey-t-shirtShe also explained: “Being a white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic. I will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor. I have to every day wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply embedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose every day to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way.”

But the propaganda and lunacy go even deeper. Jacqueline Battalora, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University, informed conference participants that “white people did not exist before 1681. Again, white people did not exist on planet earth until 1681.”

That’s truly incredible. If professor Battalora is correct, how are we to identify William Shakespeare (1564), Sir Isaac Newton (1642), John Locke (1632), Leonardo da Vinci (1452) and especially dear Plato (428 B.C.)? Were these men people of color, or did they not exist?

John A. Powell, a University of California, Berkeley, law professor, told his audience, “And right now, I’m going to suggest to you that race is driving almost everything that’s happening in the country.” He explained the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans by saying, “They took money away from protecting the levees because the levees were protecting black people.”

Stephanie Baran’s message to conference participants was that capitalism is the cause of racism in the world today. This adjunct professor at Kankakee Community College, who calls herself a vulgar Marxist, added that racism was invented in Colonial America by white capitalists as a tool to divide labor and keep the working class in their place.

Educator Paul Kivel explained what he sees as Christian hegemony, saying, “Very simply, I define it as the everyday pervasive, deep-seated and institutionalized dominance of Christian values, Christian institutions, leaders and Christians as a group, primarily for the benefit of Christian ruling elites.”

Speaker Leonard Zeskind – according to the MacIver Institute, which covered the event – explained that “the longer you are in the tea party, the more racist you become.” He added, “Parents put their kids in private schools because they’re racist.”

University of Iowa professor Adrien Wing gave some of her observations about white privilege, asking, “Does having a black president change that? Has it changed that? Unfortunately, it hasn’t. … (President Obama) ends up being the front man for the system. … He works for the master of the system of white privilege.”

I can’t imagine people being stupid enough to believe all that was said at the White Privilege Conference. There’s something else at work. I think it’s white guilt. That’s why, for almost three decades, there has appeared on my website a certificate of amnesty and pardon that I’ve granted to Americans of European ancestry in the hope that they stop feeling guilty and stop acting like fools.

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Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/public-schools-teaching-white-privilege-to-your-kids/#GUCQvjRuqXEzVPeg.99

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Wisconsin Marine Corps Veteran, CCW Holder, Draws Gun Stops Man From Beating Woman To Death.

I’ll put this in the “score one for the good guy’s column

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The Huffington Post | By Andres Jauregui
Posted: 03/16/2013 12:35 pm EDT

A Marine Corps veteran with a concealed carry permit stopped a suspect in a brutal beating in West Allis, Wis., on Tuesday morning when he drew his gun and called the police.

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Marine Corps veteran Charlie Blackmore stopped a beating by drawing his concealed carry weapon on a suspect Tuesday

Charlie Blackmore, Jr. told Wisconsin Fox affiliate WITI that he saw a man kicking a woman in the head and belly at the side of the road as he was driving to work early the morning of March 12. He pulled his car over and told the suspect to stop, but the man came towards him.

That’s when Blackmore, who served in the Marines from 2005 to 2007, decided to draw his weapon, a 9mm handgun. Blackmore told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the suspect, who he estimated stood more than 6 feet tall and weighed about 220 pounds, proceeded to taunt him, reportedly saying “Shoot me, then.”

According to WITI, audio of Blackmore’s 911 call reveals the suspect tried to walk away when confronted.

“There’s a black male that just beat up a female in the street. He’s walking away from me. I told him to stop,” Blackmore said on the call. “If you come at me, I will shoot you,” he told the suspect.

Although Blackmore kept his cool. When police arrived, they forced the suspect to the ground and asked for Blackmore’s concealed carry permit.

“I put my hands up turned around and said ‘you can grab it out of my wallet.’ Checked my permit, gave me my wallet back, and then interviewed me for their paperwork,” Blackmore told WITI.
Blackmore told the Journal Sentinel that the woman said her an attacker was an ex-boyfriend. The veteran said that the victim’s eye had swollen shut from the beating, and that her nose looked broken.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Kenneth Harris, is charged with substantial battery and could face up to three years and a half years in prison if convicted.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., a proponent of the state’s new concealed carry law, who has urged residents to arm themselves and take firearms classes, praised Blackmore in a statement Wednesday. It read in part:

I want to get to a day when acts like this are viewed as a citizen doing their civic duty. Criminals have got to be reassessing things right now. They have to be asking themselves if it is worth it anymore, might they face resistance or be shot? That’s a good thing.
Blackmore told the Journal Sentinel that he owns eight guns and carries one on him regularly, explaining ‘[feels] naked without it.” In an interview with Fox

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law went into effect in November 2011. Some have criticized the law because it does not make applications for permits by convicted criminals and fugitives public information, although it does make that information available to police.

I’m sorry, but the above BOLD seems real dumb to me.

That’s all they have to complain about.  Stupid people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/16/charlie-blackmore-marine-veteran-draws-gun_n_2891176.html?ncid=wsc-dl-cards-readmore

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Sheriff urges you to "learn to use guns"

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Wisconsin sheriff tells residents that calling 911 is ‘no longer your best  option,’ urges them to learn to use guns

NY Post: A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to  handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to  crime.
In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says  personal safety is no longer a spectator sport. “I need you in the game,” he says.
“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no  longer your best option,” he adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent  criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. Consider taking a  certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and  anti-violence advocates. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roy Felber, said it sounds like a call to vigilantism. “That doesn’t sound too smart,” Felber said. “People have the right to defend  themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”
Under Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” someone who uses deadly force against an  unlawful intruder to their home, business or vehicle is presumed to have acted  reasonably. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said that as of  this week, there are about 155,000 concealed carry permits in Wisconsin.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Clarke said he just wants people  to know what their options are. While self-defense isn’t for everyone, some people see personal safety as their own responsibility, he said, and they should  be trained properly. “I’m not telling you to ‘Hey, pick up a gun and blast away.’ People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method — to defend themselves,” he said.
But he also said he wanted to call on residents to be law enforcement “partners.” He said he could either whine about budget cuts that forced him to  lay off 48 deputies last year or he could get creative.
People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of  law enforcement,” Clarke said. “I’m here to do my part, but we have fewer and fewer resources. We’re not omnipresent, and we have to stop giving people that impression.”
“After sitting down and thinking about this, I’m thinking ‘Hey, I’ve got an  untapped reserve over here, and it’s the public,”’ Clarke said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office released a statement criticizing the  ad: “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.” Barrett was beaten up several years ago by someone with a tire iron, and  Clarke said he thought that would make the mayor “a lot more sensitive to people  being able to defend themselves in such instances. A firearm and a plan of  defense would have come in handy for him that day.”
Jeri Bonavia, executive director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, said Clarke took a dangerous position with his ad. She pointed to the case of George  Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot an unarmed  17-year-old following an altercation. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to  second-degree murder, claiming self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
“I feel like this is such an irresponsible thing for our chief public safety officer of a county to do,” Bonavia said. “I think he owes this community an apology. And if he really believes that he’s not capable of providing for our public safety he should get a different job.”

Advocating we become “Dirty Harry”? Didn’t sound like Clarke was suggesting we do that. He was responsible in suggesting you take a certified class to learn to use a weapon.
From my research on the web, police do not have a Constitutional duty to protect you. This was based on the 2005 Supreme Court ruling of the Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Jessica Gonzales. (Please advise if I am incorrect.)
If someone breaks into my home or tries to attack me, I will take the law into my own hands. Because when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
h/t Anon
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