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Sheriff urges you to "learn to use guns"


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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Romney sues Wisconsin about military absentee votes

Already two thousand of our soldiers have died in the war in Afghanistan.

But for the POS in the Oval Office, our soldiers are good enough to die in wars but not good enough to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Although the majority of members of our military –an estimated two-thirds — will need to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming November election, an alarmingly small percentage of military voters are requesting absentee ballots.

This is due to the Pentagon not providing our soldiers with adequate voter-assistance and access. In contrast, civilian voters — including non-English speakers (and many an illegal alien!) — enjoy plentiful voter-assistance through motor-vehicle offices and social-service agencies.

Given the fact that a recent Military Times poll found that members of active and reserve military overwhelmingly favor Romney over Obama 2 to 1 — not because of any particular military issues such as the Afghan war, but because of the economy and the candidates’ character — I don’t doubt that the unusually small number of military absentee ballot requests is due to the deliberate negligence on the part of Pentagon brass who are suck-ups to their disgrace of a Commander In Chief.

(By the way, like active duty military, veterans too favor Romney over Obama by 20% nationwide and especially in the critical battleground states.)

But Mitt Romney is doing something about this, at least in the state of Wisconsin where, according to RealClearPolitics, Obama has a 2.3 point lead. (In 2008, however, Obama won Wisconsin by nearly 14 points, and the momentum in the state is on Romney’s side.)

Tony Lee reports for Breitbart.com, Oct. 15, 2012:

Mitt Romney’s campaign has sued Wisconsin, asking a federal judge for an injunction to extend the deadline for absentee ballots for military personnel and civilians overseas by five days. The Romney campaign alleges Wisconsin election officials were late in sending out absentee ballots to civilians and military voters stationed overseas.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, there are about 6,120 military and overseas voters in Wisconsin.

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board told the Gazette “27 municipalities missed the deadline for various reasons to send ballots to a total of 44 military and overseas voters” and “all 44 ballots were sent to the affected voters within five days of the missed deadline.”

By federal law, absentee ballots must be sent to military and overseas voters by September 22 and those ballots must be returned by November 9.

The lawsuit alleges Wisconsin “failed to ensure that absentee ballots were sent to military and overseas voters who validly requested them” and without the injunction, “it is unlikely that state officials will receive those individuals’ completed absentee ballots in time to be counted” in time.


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Hitler Says “Cancel the Champagne”


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That's Some Cloud!

A roll cloud extends far into the distance as a storm approached in 2007 in Racine, Wisconsin:

Image Credit: Pierre cb, Wikipedia

Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A type of arcus cloud called a roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into a tornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud is completely detached from their parent cumulonimbus cloud.
Source: NASA
H/t Igor!

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A Man (GOP) with a Set Maybe.

Stop the presses. I think we have a Repub with a Spine. . ~Steve~


Freshman Republican Ron Johnson, sent to Washington by the voters of Wisconsin, has issued a threat to Senate Democrats:

Do the job you were sent here to do and present a budget or I’ll use arcane Senate rules to shut the place down.

National Review reviews Johnson’s threat:

America is going bankrupt, and the Senate refuses to pass a budget,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, this has become business as usual in Washington.” If fact, it’s been almost 800 days since the Senate has done so under Democratic leadership.

As a freshman senator, Johnson said he was sent to Washington to reject “business as usual,” and that is exactly what he intends to do. “America is simply too precious to subject out financial future to Washington’s ‘business as usual,’” he said. “So unless we receive some assurance from the Democrat leadership that we will actually start addressing our budget out in the open, in the bright light of day — I will begin to object. I will begin to withhold my consent.”

For The rest of the story Pls go HERE

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UNION DUES: It's All About the Payroll Deduction

If you go on Google News and search “Union Dues” and “Payroll Deduction” you’ll see numerous states with legislation introduced to take government entities out of the dues collection loop for Big Labor.  In addition to Wisconsin;  Florida, Alabama and Tennessee are all in the news today.  
The unions are stirring up their  masses about  “worker’s rights” and “collective bargaining” but, I believe the heart of the matter is dues collection.  They simply do not trust their members to voluntarily pay dues —- to gratefully sit down and write out that check and mail it in month after month.
If the payroll-deducted union dues system is lost, what other payment options do unions have?   One that comes to mind is requiring members to provide their Visa/ bank account information authorizing the union to automatically deduct it from their members’ accounts each month or online dues paying with Visa.    That would be a very interesting scenario!
In my opinion, in this day and age, unions are an unnecessary evil.  The federal government established the  Department of Labor in 1913 to address the issues of workers’ rights.  It’s grown exponentially since that time.  They even do random personnel audits of individual businesses to assure compliance with all the federal labor regulations!   A  Dept of Labor auditor once spent a week at a union business  where I  worked, combing through all the employee and payroll files and doing private interviews with minority employees.  In addition, each state has their own complex regulations and laws to protect workers rights. 




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