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The bad moon rising over Hillary

Hillary Clinton won’t be able to say she didn’t see the bad moon rising. Donald Trump gave her a blistering introduction this week to Presidential Politics 102, which differs in a remarkable way from Politics 101, which she encountered in her first attempt in 2008 and before that as the managing partner in Bubba’s two campaigns.

Whatever she learned from Bubba didn’t take. He was a master at covering his tracks and playing the rube when forced to, with a Huck Finn grin and country charm: “Aw, whatcha gonna do with a good ol’ boy like me?” He got away with murder, and the goobers in the cheap seats loved him for it.

But Hillary is a different kind of Clinton. . . .

Read more by Wesley Pruden at

Anatomy of the Deep State

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

During the last five years, the news media has been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. On one level, the critique is self-evident: In the domain that the public can see, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked in the worst manner since the 1850s, the violently rancorous decade preceding the Civil War.

Read more by Mike Lofgren at

Presidential Nominee Acceptance Speech on Thu July 21

The Republican Women of Greater Milwaukee will be hosting a fun evening of celebration, on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This is the night that the Republican Presidential Nominee will give his acceptance speech.

Republican Women of Greater Milwaukee Invites You To Join Us
Watch Donald Trump
(The Presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate)
Deliver His Nomination Acceptance Speech

Elections are won by votes and getting together with other Republicans. Come watch the Presidential Nominee give his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Also,
let’s watch for the Wisconsin Delegation on TV.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m
Location: Carl’s Catering & Banquet Hall
5100 W. Loomis Road, Greendale, WI
Cost: $10 per person
Emcee: TBA

Watch It on the Big Screen, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction
Cold Plate Dinner served & beverages
Cash Bar
Seating is limited, RSVP Requested
Phone: 414-553-8551 or Email:

How Uncle Sam Became Uncle Tyrant — If Washington Wants To ‘Get’ You, It Now Can

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS understood that tyranny wasn’t likely to come from a foreign invasion but from the step-by-step erosion of our freedoms by an expanding government. This is what we are facing today. Most people have no conception of the slippery slope we’re on.

Two ominous trends threaten us. One is the monstrous growth of the regulatory state, whereby “independent” agencies, such as the EPA and the FCC, are creating countless rules that carry the force of law. These entities, not our increasingly emasculated Congress, are today’s real lawmakers. More and more they conjure up mandates based on whim and fact-free ideology. And often these diktats are written in vague or ambiguous language that gives bureaucrats oppressive discretionary powers.

Traditional Cabinet departments, such as the Treasury, are also engaging in government by decree. The Treasury recently issued a legally dubious rule to stop so-called inversions, whereby a company changes its headquarters’ mailing address to one outside the U.S. to save on taxes. Bureaucrats rightly calculated that companies wouldn’t undergo the years of uncertainty involved in fighting this decree through our oft slow-as-molasses court system.

Read more by Steve Forbes at

Pictures from April 1 Wisconsin Decides 2016 event

See pictures from the most successful Republican Party of Milwaukee County event held on April 1, 2016. At the event we had international and national media in attendance. The Wisconsin Decides 2016 event had 750 people in attendance to hear 4 Governors and 1 Senator.

Here is the link to the gallery for the April 1st event at Serb Hall.

Who Is Ron Johnson, Anyway?

Before 2010, Ron Johnson had no intention of entering politics. A successful businessman with an accounting background, he had spent some 30 years building a custom plastics extrusion business in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The national debate raging over Obamacare woke him up. He became especially incensed over a speech in which Obama vilified physicians, specifically surgeons, alleging that they often performed unnecessary procedures for profit.

Johnson had quite a different experience with surgeons. A daughter was born with a severe heart defect — so serious that the newborn was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, where a pediatric heart surgeon was roused in the wee hours to perform emergency surgery on the tiny heart. He re-routed the blood through the atria and ventricles. In effect, the girl’s heart was fixed to work backwards, but it worked.

The senator is today very proud of the young lady — she works as a nurse at the very hospital where her life was saved.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at

The Efficient Destruction of Flyover Country

–SNIP– Then disaster struck. We were about 25 miles away from Galesburg, Illinois. Galesburg has good interstate-highway access on I-74 and is a major hub for the BNSF. The town of about 12,000 people had Knox College, a large Maytag factory and warehouse facility, and a factory for Butler Buildings. Thanks to NAFTA, GATT, and, to a much lesser extent, labor unions, Maytag closed down. Butler Buildings was bought out by an Australian concern, which announced that, because of productivity issues at the Galesburg plant, it was to be closed. In a short time, 4,500 decent-paying jobs had been lost. Then firms that depended on business from Maytag and Butler Buildings, or from their employees, folded. Gates Rubber also cut back its workforce. Gary Goddard, the Galesburg city manager, watched as his several decades of work to build up his town evaporated. Many people in my town commuted to Galesburg. People would work full-time in Galesburg, and farm full- or part-time. Now, an economist would say this happens because of inefficiency, and the failure of manufacturing is all part of the “creative destruction” that is an essential engine of capitalism. But what I have seen here in the heartland of the United States is only the destruction; the creation takes place offshore. Making a god of efficiency denigrates the much more important goal of effectiveness. Efficiency (as Peter Drucker writes) is doing the thing right, while effectiveness is doing the right thing. Of course, ideologues firmly believe that effectiveness is purely automatic: Progress is inevitable! But that is not the reality I have seen.

Read more by Steve Berg at

Happy Birthday Jim Sensenbrenner!

5th Congressional District - James Sensenbrenner (official)
Jim Sensenbrenner for Congress (campaign)

Google accused of manipulating searches, burying negative stories about Hillary Clinton

An explosive report released Thursday suggests that Google manipulated its search engine to boost Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton by burying unflattering stories about her.

Read more by Valerie Richardson at

Is Trump Foolish To Demand Abolishing NATO?

One of the centerpieces of Donald Trump’s rhetoric is his claim that the United States spends far too much money defending allies who ought to be able to pay for their own defense.

Trump proposes either withdrawing troops from foreign bases or requiring those other countries to pay for their upkeep. As Ben Shapiro has pointed out recently in National Review, this is likely to be something Trump is serious about doing should he be elected. In particular, he has criticized NATO and called for its abolition or radical restructuring.

On the surface, Trump would seem to have a point.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at

I chose other women over Hillary…

…You should too!


Today, June 5, 1933: FDR Ends Gold Standard, Bans Private Ownership of Gold

Prior to the election of America’s longest serving socialist president, our money was backed by gold. Anyone holding our paper currency could demand to exchange it for gold at a set price. In 1913, the gold standard was officially made part of the Federal Reserve and the price of gold was fixed at $20.67 per ounce. The same law mandated that the Federal Reserve kept enough gold on hand to equal 40% of the currency issued at the time.

–SNIP– On this day, June 5, 1933, Roosevelt, with the aid of Congress, finalized his plan to take America completely off the gold standard. No longer was our currency backed by gold. Instead, our currency was basically valued at the value placed on it by the Federal Reserve, which also played an important role in international banking and currency values. All gold coins and bullion was required to be turned over to the Federal Reserve. No private ownership of gold coins or bullion was allowed in the US.


Three-Party Monte

The furor has died down surrounding the Republican nomination for president (though the prospect of fireworks at the GOP convention in Cleveland is anything but dead). Now, attention has shifted to perhaps the bigger story: the Democratic Party is splintering too, and realignment across the spectrum is coming.

Commenting on the chaos at the Nevada State Democratic Convention, CNN political director David Chalian said:

If you call for a revolution, don’t be so surprised when one shows up.

The comment applies to the Trump phenomenon as much as it does to Bernie Sanders. Chalian also noted that there are many similarities between the people voting for Trump and those voting for Sanders. According to exit polls, as many as 40% of Sanders’ voters prefer Trump over Clinton as a second choice.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJ

Obama Media? What Obama Media?

From The People’s Cube

Here’s How the U.S. Government Treats Whistleblowers

What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand?

When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they ignored the oath we’d all taken to protect and defend the Constitution.

All of this happened despite the fact that the torture I helped expose is illegal in the United States. Torture also violates a number of international laws and treaties to which our country is signatory — some of which the United States itself was the driving force in drafting.

Read more by Michael Krieger at

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