Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread

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  1. Kathy Nickolaus County Clerk Press Conference on Supreme Court Vote Results

    • Ametia says:

      What a FILITHY LIAR! It’s the GOP/RE-thug way, you can’t WIN’em, ya STEAL’EM!

      This is a travesty and teh justice dept. needs to investigate this bitch.

      • What a lying liar! Didn’t hit the save button? My ass!Microsoft Access automatica­lly saves your files even when you close the program without saving.

        • Ametia says:

          What’s going down in Wisonsin is VERY TELLING. If the GOP can get Prosser on the bench, then ScottWalker and teh Rethug’s agenda is guranteed to push through slave labor/big corporation agenda. These MOFOs will slam through whatever they can to ROB Americans before they are THROWN out. * see 2008 wall street bailout*



    UPDATE: 10:22 p.m.

    The group Citizen Action of Wisconsin is calling for an immediate federal investigation and impoundment of all computer equipment, ballots, and other relevant evidence needed to verify a fair vote count in Waukesha County.
    “Given the shocking character of this afternoon’s revelations, and its tremendous importance for the perceived integrity of Wisconsin’s governmental institutions, it is absolutely essential that there be a full investigation which is so beyond reproach that all Wisconsin citizens can have faith in the validity of the outcome,” said Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action. “In the current political climate in Wisconsin, only an investigation by a U.S. Attorney can be seen by all citizens of the state as independent and above politics.”

  3. UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. — The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

    In 2001, Nickolaus was granted immunity to testify about her role as a computer analyst for the Assembly Republican Caucus, then under investigation — along with the Senate Republican Caucus and the Democratic caucuses for both houses — for using state resources to secretly run campaigns.
    Nickolaus, a seven-year employee of the ARC, headed up an effort to develop a computer program that averaged the performance of Republicans in statewide races by ward.

  4. UPDATE: 9:49 p.m.– Statement from state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D):

    The way Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus revealed her discovery of 14,300 previously uncounted votes raises disturbing questions, particularly in light of her past partisan history. She has been the subject of multiple complaints from other Waukesha officials on how she handles elections and keeps public information to herself outside the official county system where others can verify it.
    The new Supreme Court race vote totals she “discovered” during canvassing not only swung the election but also put the race just barely past the amount needed to trigger a state-financed recount.

    It is especially troubling that she waited more than 24 hours to report the startling discovery and then did so at a press conference and only after she verified the results. This makes it all the harder to challenge and audit the integrity of the vote.

    The partisan, political history of Ms. Nickolaus and the serious concerns about the quality of her performance found in an audit raises the question of whether an investigation is warranted. The public deserves to know that the votes were counted properly.

  5. David Prosser, JoAnne Kloppenburg Face Unexpected Twist In Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

    WAUKESHA, Wis. — A conservative incumbent surged to a commanding lead in Wisconsin’s hotly contested Supreme Court election Thursday, after a predominantly GOP county’s clerk announced she had incorrectly entered vote totals in the race seen as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive union rights law.

    Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said more than 14,000 votes weren’t reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to “human error.”

    “This is not a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found,” Nickolaus said. “This is human error, which I apologize for.”

    Human error? My ass! I smell fish and it ain’t Friday!

  6. Ametia says:

    Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/07/2011
    What’s really holding up the budget deal
    By Ezra Klein
    The news over the budget negotiations is starting to move very fast, so let’s take a moment to slow down and summarize where we are, and what’s left to do.

    What the White House rejected today wasn’t a deal funding the government through the rest of 2011. It was a deal to fund the government for another week.

    The real problem is that the negotiations to fund the government through 2011 have broken down. Harry Reid says the deal is stuck on measures restricting abortion and environmental protection. John Boehner says it’s fallen apart over unspecified issues beyond, though perhaps including, the abortion and EPA riders.

    Eventually, a deal will be struck. It will either come in the next few hours, or after the federal government shuts down for some period of time. What makes the possibility of a shutdown so baffling is that we not only know what’s going to be in this deal, but approximately what it will look like. Here are the three elements:

    1) the quantity of cuts, which most observers expect to fall between $33 billion and $40 billion when added to the $10 billion in cuts that have already passed;

    2) the location of the cuts, which Republicans hope to concentrate in the 12 percent of the budget known as non-defense discretionary spending (here’s a useful guide to that category of spending), and which Democrats want to spread more widely across the federal budget;

    3) the policy riders House Republicans attached to H.R.1, and in particular, the riders relating to abortion and the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate carbon.

    From talking to people involved in the negotiations, I’d say it’s a safe bet that the final deal will include about $35 billion in total cuts, a lot of which will come from non-defense discretionary spending but a fair amount of which won’t, and some sort of policy rider wherein Planned Parenthood can’t use the federal money it gets for abortions, but it can still receive federal money. This would be similar to the deal we saw on abortion funding in the health-care law.

    To put that prospective package in context, the Republican leadership originally asked for $32 billion in cuts with no policy riders — they only upped their bid after conservatives in the House threatened to revolt. The deal they’re rejecting now far exceeds their opening bid — a very rare outcome in Washington.

    If the deal was just about the policy, however, we’d probably have it done by now. The problem is that there are at least two intangibles that both sides are working to protect:

    1) John Boehner needs to persuade House conservatives that he can effectively represent their interests;

    2) Democrats need to prove that they still control the Senate and the White House and therefore will not be pushed around by House Republicans.

    “That’s what this is all about,” says Robert Reischauer, who directed the Congressional Budget Office between 1989 and 1995, and now leads the Urban Institute. “This is posturing for the next event. How it comes out will be seen as the first indication of what’s possible when the debt ceiling issue comes up.”

    By Ezra Klein | 04:10 PM ET, 04/07/2011

  7. George Allen Irks NBC Reporter With Sports Inquiry

    Former and would-be future Virginia Sen. George Allen, who quarterbacked the University of Virginia for a pair of losing seasons in the 1970s and comes from a proud football family, likes to talk about the “gridiron” and the “pigskin” and “moving the chains,” and whatnot.

    Of course, he also has a history of trouble relating to minorities.

    So what’s to make of this Twitter exchange between Allen and NBC 4 reporter Craig Melvin that the Washington Post’s Tom Jackman highlights today?

    For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me,”what position did you play?” I did not a play a sport.

    Craig Melvin

    .@craigmelvin sorry if I offended, ask people a lot if they played sports Grew up in football family found sports banter good way to connect

    George Allen

    Geez, those darn ole Macaccas are so touchy/snark

  8. Ametia says:

    Bill Cosby On The Today Show: Donald Trump Is ‘Full Of It’
    by Alex Alvarez | 12:45 pm, April 7th, 2011

    As Donald Trump continues to gather media attention with his persistent search for Barack Obama’s birth certificate, one question continues to take up real estate in the public’s mind: What does Bill Cosby have to say about all this? Fortunately for everyone, The Today Show was able to get an answer to that.

    Host Meredith Vieira began segueing into a conversation about the 2012 election when Cosby, who was on the show to discuss children and education, immediately pounced on Trump. “He’s full of it,” Cosby announced. An awkward silence followed until Vieira quietly asked him to clarify. Apparently, Cosby is annoyed with Trump’s hesitation to formally announce his candidacy. “You running? Or shut up.”

    “Well, on that note, Bill Cosby,” replied a mildly to wildly confused Vieira, “We’ll see if he runs…” Cosby didn’t miss a beat: “I don’t care.”

    Watch the video, from NBC:

    • Host Meredith Vieira began segueing into a conversation about the 2012 election when Cosby, who was on the show to discuss children and education, immediately pounced on Trump. “He’s full of it,” Cosby announced. An awkward silence followed until Vieira quietly asked him to clarify.

      Uh huh! Why the hell did Meredith go there? They keep bringing up the same old bs day after day. Enough of the stupid stuff!

  9. Obama Issues Veto Threat

    The White House, in a statement of administration policy issued on Thursday, said that the president would veto the one-week stop-gap measure to prevent a government shut down being pushed by House Republicans. The statement, which adds to the growing speculation that a shutdown will not be averted, comes as House Republicans debate the measure on the floor. The short-term CR would cut $12 billion in spending while funding the Pentagon through the remainder of the fiscal year. The administration’s statement reads as follows:

    The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 1363, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes. As the President stated on April 5, 2011, if negotiations are making significant progress, the Administration would support a short-term, clean Continuing Resolution to allow for enactment of a final bill.

    For the past several weeks, the Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to find common ground on the shared goal of cutting spending. After giving the Congress more time by signing short-term extensions into law, the President believes that we need to put politics aside and work out our differences for a bill that covers the rest of the fiscal year. This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy. The Administration will continue to work with the Congress to arrive at a compromise that will fund the Government for the remainder of the fiscal year in a way that does not undermine future growth and job creation and that averts a costly Government shutdown. It is critical that the Congress send a final bill to the President’s desk that provides certainty to our men and women in military uniform, their families, small businesses, homeowners, taxpayers, and all Americans. H.R. 1363 simply delays that critical final outcome.

    If presented with this bill, the President will veto it.

    • Ametia says:

      VETO IT! And that’s what the RE-THUGS Know the POTUS will DO, VETO THAT FILTHLY NONSENSE. It’s all a game to these MOFOs

      • Veto it, Mr President! Strike that ___ down!

      • Eric Cantor issued this statement on the President’s threat of veto….

        House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) responded to the veto threat with a statement of his own:
        “I’ve just been informed that President Obama has threatened to veto the only bill before us to keep the government functionin­g ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, cut spending and ensure that our troops are paid. To be clear, if the President vetoes this bill and shuts the government down, our men and women in uniform serving in Afghanista­n, Iraq, and around the world will not be paid. Our troops must be paid, our country is broke, and we are committed to fixing that. I urge the President revisit his decision and work with us.”

        Eric Cantor, you’re a punk! You do NOT give a damn about the troops!

    • Vettte says:


      It’s time the Dems stop allowing this Teabagger Bullying. Let the American people decide who is to blame when the government is shut down. Lay the list out their of cuts that the teabaggers want and see who gets the blame. The POTUS needs to hold his course and STAND (sang it Donnie).

  10. Ametia says:

    Inequality Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.

    By Joseph E. Stiglitz•Illustration by Stephen DoyleMay 2011

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  11. WI Election Official: ‘There Will
    Be Changes’ In Vote Numbers

    An important thing to keep in mind for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, in which liberal-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has declared victory with a razor-thin 204-vote lead over incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser in the Associated Press count: It’s not over yet — and in fact, the totals could change as the counties review their numbers.

    Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board — which oversees elections — spoke to reporters Wednesday. The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

    The unofficial totals showing Kloppenburg with a narrow lead are “very good numbers,” Kennedy said, but they will change.

    “There will be changes because this is a very human-driven process,” Kennedy said. “We expect mistakes…Our goal will be to make sure every ballot is counted and every discrepancy on election day is accounted for.”

  12. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits off Japan; tsunami warning issued
    April 7, 2011 10:57:06 AM

    Japan’s northeastern coast has been rattled by a strong aftershock. Japan’s meteorological agency has issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one meter. The warning was issued for a coastal area already ravaged by last month’s tsunami.

    Officials say the quake was a 7.4-magnitude and hit 25 miles under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The quake that preceded last month’s tsunami was a 9.0-magnitude.

  13. Breaking News:

    A 7.5 Earthquake hits northern Japan

    Lord, Have Mercy!

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  15. Ametia says:

    Good News for Dems- A nightmare for Repubs! Thus, the stalling, trickery, lies, and distortions form the Re-THUGS.

    Market pulse
    April 7, 2011, 8:56 a.m. EDT
    Weekly U.S. jobless claims drop 10,000 to 382,000

    By Jeffry Bartash WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch has expected new applications for jobless benefits to drop to 385,000. The average of new claims over the past four weeks, meanwhile, declined by 5,750 to 389,500. The Labor Department also reported that the number of Americans who continue to receive state unemployment checks decreased by 9,000 to 3.72 million in the week of March 26, the lowest level since October 2008. Altogether, 8.52 million people received some kind of state or federal benefit in the week of March 19, down nearly 246,000 from the prior week.

    GOP= We wanna shutdown the government, cause jobs and the economy are at stake, and we don’t want that jobless rate to GO UP!!!

  16. Ametia says:


    Morning Joe has been pushing Trump all morning 4 white guys sitting around a table pushing the ideas of this broken down, rat’s nest headed, ego maniacal maggot. Just disgusting, yet typical for the way white men stuff the sock in the drawers to make it appear bigger than it really is.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011
    Boehner falling out of favor
    It hasn’t taken John Boehner long to fall out of favor with the American public. His national approval rating has dropped a net 18 points already since the beginning of January. At the outset of the year 35% of voters approved of the job he was doing to 28% who disapproved and 37% who were reserving judgment. Now his approval has declined 10 points to 25% and his disapproval has risen 8 points to 36%.

    What’s most interesting about Boehner’s fall is that you can’t pin it to a single voter group- he’s down a good deal with everyone. He is, as has been speculated, having trouble with the base. 56% of Republicans gave him good marks at the start of the year but now less than half of them do at 45%. He was on narrowly positive ground with independents in January at 34/30 but now he’s in negative territory at 21/34, reflective of the national trend back away from the GOP with independents after a good year for Republicans with them in 2010. And where Democrats were willing to give Boehner a chance starting out- only 39% disapproved of him- that number is now up to 53%.

    What might be most remarkable about Boehner’s numbers is that Nancy Pelosi now has a higher approval rating than him- 30% to his 25%. Pelosi’s disapproval is still a whole lot higher too- 53% to Boehner’s 36%- but for as much as Pelosi has been maligned it’s interesting to see that there are more voters who like her than her successor.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Making money the Confederate way…

    by Dennis G.

    There are two main ways to acquire wealth in America.

    One is to create it. The other is to steal it.

    To create wealth one must innovate, invent or invest in new infrastructure. Innovations are ways to get more productivity out of a process and inventions are new products. Both generate wealth, but more times than not both also grew out of investments in infrastructure—physical things like canals, railroads, highways and power grids or research that created entire new industries from plastics to the internets and/or investments in people like education funding and job training. In the history of wealth creation most of these infrastructure investments have been led by Government spending and from that spending billions of dollars of wealth have been created along with millions and millions of jobs. It is a model of creating real wealth that goes back hundreds of years.

    Of course, the other model of generating wealth goes back thousands of years. It has always been easier to steal money from others than it has been to create it through investment, innovation and invention. Stealing is just an easy path to riches.

    150 years ago the Confederacy launched the Civil War to protect an economic systems based on the theft. Slavery was the most obvious example, but the system also exempted the rich from taxes and the burdens of war. It also refused to support innovation, invention or infrastructure as tools to generate wealth. It was a Kleptocracy.

    One of the Confederacy’s biggest gripes against Lincoln was that Old Abe wanted to invest Federal money in Education, railroads, ports, and other physical improvements. Worst from their POV was that Lincoln also wanted to invest in people and protect the rights of workers. Lincoln’s desire to limit the amount of wealth the elites could steal was why the South started the war.

    The right of the elites to make money through theft was what the Confederacy was all about and protecting the rights of elites to steal wealth is still a core belief of the modern Republican Confederate Party.

    Case in point is Paul Ryan’s very “serious” wealth redistribution plan. At its core it is a plan to steal the labor, savings and wealth from most Americans and redistribute it to the elites. It is just another plan—in an endless series of plans—designed to steal money while passing along the cost of social and environmental destruction to others. It is just theft, plain and simple.

    And like the Confederates of old, Ryan and his fellow eunuchs of the the elites are against any Federal involvement in wealth creation through innovation, invention or infrastructure spending. That might create new winners and losers and we can’t have that in their Galtian wonderland.

    Ryan’s plan is distinctly Confederate, but then again that could be said about almost everything offered by the Republican controlled House. All of their policies are an effort to turn the clock back to some time before the Civil War and recreate a distinctly Confederate economy—an economy controlled by an elite handful of old white guys who could steal anything they wanted and below them a mass of poor folks struggling just to survive.

    Ryan has an ambitious vision and it should be fought with all the passion that the Grand Army of the Republic fought the earlier ambitious vision of the Confederates. Both shared a vision that theft was the best way to generate wealth and both were wrong.


  19. rikyrah says:

    For moderates, no more fence-straddling on the budget
    By E.J. Dionne Jr., Wednesday, April 6, 7:36 PM

    Political moderates and on-the-fencers have had it easy up to now on budget issues. They could condemn “both sides” and insist on the need for “courage” in tackling the deficit.

    Thanks to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget and the Republicans’ maximalist stance in negotiations to avert a government shutdown, the days of straddling are over.

    Ryan’s truly outrageous proposal, built on heaping sacrifice onto the poor, slashing scholarship aid to college students and bestowing benefits on the rich, ought to force middle-of-the-roaders to take sides. No one who is even remotely moderate can possibly support what Ryan has in mind.

    And please, let’s dispense with the idea that Ryan is courageous in offering his design. There is nothing courageous about asking for give-backs from the least advantaged and least powerful in our society. It takes no guts to demand a lot from groups that have little to give and tend to vote against your party anyway.

    And there is nothing daring about a conservative Republican delivering yet more benefits to the wealthiest people in our society, the sort who privately finance the big ad campaigns to elect conservatives to Congress.

    Ryan gives the game away by including the repeal of financial reform in his “budget” plan. What does this have to do with fiscal balance? Welcome to the Wall Street Protection Act of 2011.

    Oh, yes, and this budget has nothing to do with deficit reduction. Ryan would hack away at expenditures for the poor. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates he gets about two-thirds of his $4.3 trillion in actual cuts from programs for low- income Americans. Note that this $4.3 trillion almost exactly matches the $4.2 trillion he proposes in tax cuts over a decade. Welcome to the Bah Humbug Act of 2011.

    But you’d expect a progressive to feel this way. What’s striking is that Ryan is pushing moderates to stand up for a government that will have enough money to perform the functions now seen as basic in the 21st century. These notably include helping those who can’t afford health insurance to get decent medical care, a goal Ryan would have the government abandon, slowly but surely.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Wed Apr 06, 2011 at 02:30 PM PDT
    Scott Walker blames Wisconsin Supreme Court Loss on Madison+*

    by Steve Singiser

    A logical man might think that having a Democrat claim your former job in a freaking landslide, and watching David Prosser lose to JoAnne Kloppenburg after holding a 30-point lead just two months ago, might humble a man.

    A logical man, apparently, has no insights into the mind of one Scott Walker:

    Gov. Scott Walker said this afternoon that the spring election results show there are “two very different worlds in this state.”

    “You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else out across the majority of the rest of the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said at a press conference in the Capitol.

    This is a fairly typical, and obnoxious, bit of post-election spin, not unlike the standard right-wing attempt to pacify themselves after a loss by pointing out if it weren’t for those pesky nonwhite voters, all would have been well.

    And, quite frankly, if Walker wants to delude himself into thinking that yesterday’s election results aren’t indicative of a larger movement driven by antipathy towards him, let him. The evidence is pretty obvious:

    * Of the 20 counties in Wisconsin that came the closest to mimicking their 2010 gubernatorial turnout, fourteen of them were carried by Kloppenburg. Conversely, of the 20 counties in the state that saw the biggest dropoff from their 2010 turnout levels, Prosser won 13 of them.
    * Justice Prosser did worse in 51 of the state’s 72 counties, when compared to his performance in the judicial primary elections back on February 15th. In fully twenty of those counties, Prosser slid by more than five points.
    * Looking back just six months ago, Kloppenburg outperformed 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett in all but six counties.

    If Walker had wisdom (I know…I know), he’d realize that he might not only have lost a conservative majority on the court, but he might be on the way towards losing the state Senate, as well.

    Look at some of the places where Prosser took the biggest beating last night. In the district of GOP state Senator Dan Kapanke, where petitions were filed in the past few days, Prosser fell 60-40.

    Meanwhile, Randy Hopper, likely the next recall prospect (with petitions due within the week) watched the most GOP part of his district go from 71% Prosser in February to just 61% last night.

    The sea change in voter preferences was not limited to Democratic recall targets. GOPers are claiming that they are nearing meeting the standard to put a recall of Democratic Sen. Robert Wirch on the ballot. Wirch, however, can be calmed slightly by the fact that his home county (Kenosha), a classic swing county, went from 56% Prosser in the primary to just 47% in his favor last night. It was the 10th biggest swing in the Democrats’ direction last night, and one of the few that wasn’t a GOP stronghold to begin with.

    Walker’s insistence that the people were four-square on his side to this point has been a tremendous boon to Democrats, who now are exceedingly likely to have a majority on the state Supreme Court to show for it. If he wants to insist that Prosser’s defeat had nothing to do with him, Democrats would probably be well served by this reluctance to accept the truth.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Unsung Election Night Victory: Tea Party Birther Mayor Defeated in Champaign, IL+*

    by mille147Follow

    In all the excitement around the battles brewing in Wisconsin last night, many probably missed this:

    After twelve years, Champaign has a new mayor. Don Gerard beat incumbent Mayor Jerry Schweighart in a close race.

    The race was tightly contested throughout the night. Gerard won with 4,317 votes, with 51 percent of the vote, defeating Schweighart, who had 49 percent with 4,087 votes.

    This was the first time Schweighart faced an opponent in the mayoral race since he was first elected to the position in 1999.

    This is a pretty big deal in and of itself. Gerard was a political novice and Schweighart was heavily favored to win re-election. Polls just a few weeks ago had Gerard trailing by double-digits. Gerard is a very strong progressive who will do this city good, and brings with him two progressive city council members. As a college student down at the University of Illinois (which straddles Champaign and neighboring Urbana), I have been following this race pretty closely.

    What makes this even more of a victory for us is the man Gerard beat. Schweigart is a self-avowed conservative teabagger. You may remember last year when Mayor Schweigart, while attending a Champaign Tea Party rally, suggested that the President was not an American.,-IL

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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