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After many months of anticipation or annoyance, depending on who you talk, Wisconsin will finally figure out if the state truly does stand with Walker.  Tonight, for the second time in less than two years, Scott Walker is squaring off against Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett for the governorship for Wisconsin.  I know many of you reading know all the details regarding why this second election has been deemed necessary, but for those of you that don’t, here’s a little background. 

The whole drama began in February 2o11 when Scott Walker backed a bill that would, for all intents and purposes, castrate the public sector unions.  Their rights to collectively bargain pensions and health care would be purged and their current benefits would be cut.  We were told that to do this would save the state about 180 million dollars a year and would be the only alternative to mass layoffs of public sector employees.  Prior to a vote in the state assembly, the democratic senators fled the state to Illinois in protest.  In the days that followed thousands and thousands of people came from all over the state to protest what they felt was an unfair law that Scott Walker had concealed from his election.  It’s no overstatement to say that the eyes of the nation turned to Wisconsin to see how this episode would play out.  After several weeks of protest, on March 9th, 2011, a lone democrat was lured back to the capitol building under the guise of a talk.  As soon as he arrived, roll was called and despite his adamant protest, the bill was voted on and passed.  Shortly their after, the recall petitions for Walker and Republican members of the state senate began being passed around leading to the election tonight. 

Overhead view of hundreds of people wearing red for the Teachers' union, protesting against Walker's bill.

Now there are a number to details about this whole “recall” and all other recent “recalls” that have not quite sat well with me.  The first being is Wisconsin’s case, the one year waiting period before the gubernatorial recall petition can be started.  I don’t understand why, if a politician does anything that his/her constituents deems impeachable, that the entire process can’t start immediately.  In my opinion, this year waiting period has allowed many people to forget the crap that Gov. Walker and his Republican cronies pulled in the winter of 2011.  Remember his taped conversations with the billionaire Koch brothers, discussing whether or not to bring paid thugs to Madison to cause trouble in order to make the protesting lefties look bad?   That year encourages a politician to pull outlandish crap early on in their administration in hopes that later on people will begin to forget when the time comes to sign a petition or vote.

Another aspect of this “recall” that bothers me is that this isn’t a true recall.  I believe a recall should be a yes/no vote.  If the yes’ take the majority, then set up the primaries leading up to a final election where new candidates are involved.  Wisconsin isn’t the only state that gets it wrong when it comes to recall elections.  Let’s look back at California in 2000.  The backward rules in that recall election were that Grey Davis, in siting Governor, had to get 50% of the vote or more in order to remain in office.  If he received less than 50%, the person with the highest remaining percentage would be declared the winner.  Obviously, Mr. Davis didn’t get his 50%.  He did garner 42% of the vote, the highest of all those running.  Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger only received 22%.  So even though Grey Davis got the highest percentage of all those running and would have won if this had been a normal election, he lost because of these ridiculous recall voting laws.

No matter who wins tonight, I think it’s safe to say that Scott Walker has been a disaster as governor.  Things aren’t any closer to being better in Wisconsin then they were in November 2011.  In fact, depending on who you ask they may be worse.  Every day Scott Walker gets closer and closer to fitting the dictionary definition of a fascist.  Look it up, you’ll be surprised how close he fits.  On top of that he’s a liar. I’m sure most of you are familiar with his recent attempt to cover up the fact that Wisconsin is losing jobs, not gaining them in droves like his economic policy was supposed to do.  He’s also apparently an idiot.  By screwing public employees and teachers via his new colletive bargaining law, he was supposed to be saving the state many millions.  This extremely controversial law was supposed to eliminate the need for mass layoffs.  I wonder then, if Mr. Walker could explain why Menomonee Falls Public Works had to fire 8 employees earlier in May, reducing an already record low staff. 

English: Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin

The truth is that this is all part of the plan of Mr. Walker and his lackies in the Republican party.  The aim of the goal is the eventual privatization of almost all public jobs.  What he and his friends don’t tell the public is that privatization in the long run actual costs the taxpayer more money in the long run, but that’s ok for him.  As long as big business is happy and giving to him and his friends campaigns, all is good, the public be damned.  The unfortunate thing about this whole mess is that, for the most part, the public is left unaware.  The mass media is silent.  It’s a shame that you have to stumble upon random blogs from random people in order to catch a glimpse of any honest questions and even the slightest bit of real truth.  Not the manufactured garbage on the local news and the stuff written in the local “liberal” rag.  I don’t think Tom Barrett is the answer, but he is definitely a step in a better direction in this media made event we’re calling a “recall”.

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Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily Pakistan in 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday, May 1st marked the one year anniversary of the murder of Osama bin Laden. That’s right, I said the murder of Osama bin Laden by the hand of a Navy Seal through the direction of our fearless leader Barack Obama. I know what you are saying now, “But Corey, they had to kill him.  Didn’t you see the news??  There was a big gun battle.  The Navy Seals took heavy fire. In fact, wasn’t Osama armed?  They had no choice but to shoot him.”  Your right, that’s exactly what they told us on all the news stations for days and weeks following the US governments killing of Osama bin Laden. However, there have been other events reported in the mass media that, when the spotlight has been shinned a little brighter, have not exactly turned out to be entirely accurate.

I’m sure many of you remember the story of Jessica Lynch.  That poor girl whose convoy was attacked in the dangerous Iraqi city of Fallujah due to military incompetence.  We were told via the mass media that she had been shot, stabbed, and left for dead.  She then fired every last round from her weapon in an attempt to kill every one of those no good Iraqis who had killed her countrymen. These monsters then took her hostage and proceeded to repeatedly rape and torture her. Until nearly a week after her capture, her fellow soldiers mounted a dangerous, some would even call suicidal, rescue mission.  Despite taking heavy fire, these brave soldiers managed to save her from the death grip of the enemy. That was the story that the US government gave to the mass media and that is the story that the mass media spoon fed to the American people, however, it turned out that this tale turned out to be  a fairy tale.

: the award presentation Русский: Джессика Лин...

Jessica Lynch is awarded the Bronze Star, Prisoner of War, and Purple Heart medals

 Jessica Lynch wasn’t tortured.  She wasn’t beaten. She wasn’t raped.  She didn’t even fire her weapon. In fact, she was in little danger at all.  After Jessica Lynch’s broken body was captured by Iraqis, she was taken to the best hospital in Fallujah and given the best care they could possibly give her.  Better than most Iraqis would have gotten.  It came out months after this whole incident had fallen out of the news cycle that after a few days of care at the previously mentioned Fallujah hospital, Lynch’s Iraqi doctors actually tried to turn her over to the nearest American military base.   This extremely gracious move was thwarted by the American guards of this base who found it necessary to open fire on the approaching ambulance that carried Ms. Lynch and her innocent Iraqi medical team forcing the ambulance to retreat back to the Fallujah hospital.  This was a practice most Iraqis grew accustomed to, get too close and Americans will shoot at you.  

After nearly a week in Iraqi possession, the American military finally decided it was worth while to save poor Jessica Lynch, so they planned a daring rescue mission.  They were so worried about Ms. Lynch that the top military brass deemed it necessary to delay the mission a couple of days in order to wait for a military camera crew to tag along and record to whole thing, for obvious propaganda purposes.  The raid finally went down and despite taking heavy fire and much resistance the brave Americans, risking their lives for their fellow soldier, managed to save poor Jessica.  Did I say they took heavy fire and risk their lives? I almost forgot.  That was a lie too.  Apparently there was not a single Republican Guardsman (Iraqi army) inside or outside the hospital.  The only weapons fired were American and the only injuries were innocent Iraqi doctors and nurses.  Does this sort of raid sound familiar??

The story of Pat Tillman marked another instance in which we as a nation were lied to by our government through the mass media.  I’m sure this is a story that most of you are probably familiar with so I will try to be as brief as possible in my description of the events surrounding Mr. Tillman’s untimely death. On April 22nd, 2004 Corporal Patrick Daniel Tillman was apparently killed by Taliban fighters about 25 miles southwest of Khost near the Pakistani border. We were told that Pat was a hero, leading his men to face the enemy head on. He was even awarded the Silver Star for bravery in an expedited process and posthumously promoted to Corporal. The nation mourned the death of a fallen hero while pundits on Fox News and MSNBC  tried to claim him as their own.  I don’t think I need to describe the humor involved with people arguing about the political views of a person they had never even talked to. It wasn’t until months and even years had pasted that the truth about Pat Tillman’s death began to trickle out.

Portrait of the fallen Cpl Patrick Tillman, a ...

Portrait of the fallen Cpl Patrick Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinals linebacker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Based on the slowness of the government to release the truth surrounding Corporal Tillman’s death, it has become apparent (at least to me) that if it were up to them, the original lie that they put forth to the Tillman family and the American people would have survived as gospel.  The government underestimated Pat’s parents, Dannie and Pat, and the alternative press, particularly Michael Ruppert and his website, FromtheWilderness.com, and their will and drive to find the truth.  Through their hard work and dedication the truth began to come out in a trickle.  When it was all said and done, we learned that although Pat was truly a great man, he was no war hero.  The facts show that there was no enemy in the supposed enemy ambush that  took Pat’s life.  It was actually the result of the overzealous and possibly criminal negligence of his fellow soldiers.  Pat’s death was eventually ruled fratricide (friendly fire).  He took 3 bullets to the forehead from a fellow soldier along with other members of his unit being wounded by gunfire from the gun barrels of fellow soldiers.  It was found out that members of the military and high-ranking government officials knew the facts surrounding Pat’s death almost immediately and made the conscious decision to lie and cover-up.  They wanted to use his death as a propaganda tool much like the capture of Jessica Lynch. As it turned out, only low-level Army personnel were punished from what happened to Pat.  The punishments, dishonorable discharges and demotions.  All high-ranking people escaped the military and congressional investigations unscathed. It’s been more than 8 years since Pat’s death and I still don’t think we are anywhere near the truth.

As I am completing the previous paragraph, I have become aware that I am already over 1000 words into this post and I still have quite a bit more I’d like to say about the death of Osama bin Laden and all things related to it.  That being said I feel I should stop here for the moment and pick this post  up again next weekend. It will give those of you who have been interested with what you’ve read so far a bit of a break  and those of you who think I’m full of it and crazy the fair warning that the post Murder Anniversary Part II probably won’t be up your alley. 

For those of you that can’t wait, I recommend a book and a documentary.  The book ,Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer, and the documentary, The Pat Tillman Story, both deal with the life and death of Pat Tillman and the government cover-up surrounding his death.  I hope you find these two sources as interesting as I did.

Cover of "Where Men Win Glory: The Odysse...

Cover via Amazon

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