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Why Mitt Romney Can't Win

This is why Mitt Romney can't win the election:

"We simply can't have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians and then those politicians, when elected, stand across from them at the bargaining table, supposedly to represent the interest of the kids. I think it's a mistake," Romney said during an appearance Tuesday with NBC's Education Nation. "I think we've got to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns. It's the wrong way for us to go." (Mr.Romney, quoted by John Nichols in a column in The Capital Times, September 30, 2012)

Has Mr. Romney not heard about the big business super-PACs? Or, is he pretending not to know?

Nichols goes on in the column to say, "...the Republican nominee's royalist tendencies come to the fore."

Royalist tendencies.

"The people" are onto Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Even though distorted by liberal media, reaction to the "47 percent" remark was right on the money. "The people" know who is on their side and who is on the side of "the aristocracy." In the United States of America, we do not suffer aristocracy lightly, not even to mention royalty. Who do those people think they are?

There is nothing the matter with Kansas anymore. Remember the 2004 book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by historian Thomas Frank? It argues that the GOP tricked ordinary people in staid places like Kansas (and Wisconsin) into voting for them, even though votes for Republicans are votes against ordinary peoples' personal economic interests.

Those of us who remain loyal to the Democratic Party, confident that the Democratic Party centers itself in the interests of the ordinary people -- "the people" -- have worked steadily for years to get "the people" to realize that the Republican Party is there to for elitist business interests; we are pleased to see the fruits of our labor ripening. "The people" for a large part are no longer fooled by the Romneys and the Ryans.

That is why I've changed by predicted margin of victory for the president over his challenger to 52-48 percent of the vote in November, from my original prediction of 50.5%-49.5%. We are winning. "The people" are winning.

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Electric Cars & Travel

The Volt is still ahead of its time. How's the Leaf doing, anyone know? Hybrids seem to have found their niche. Last two tanks of gas I got 29 mpg on my Camaro, up from low 20's before the big 100,000 mile overhaul a couple of months ago: new plugs, wiring, filters, etc. That's GM's classic V-6 engine in my Camaro.

I'd go all-electric in a second , once the infrastructure and all is in place and the price to buy one comes down. I'd like to see a minimum of around 75 miles per charge too; the Volt's 40 or so just seems a bit too low for me. Once they cost people in the low $20,000's for a new one and people get used to the idea, I think we'll see them become a standard of the commuter-type vehicle. In Europe, where they have a different style of driving and all, they are admired greatly as a car engineered for the future. I wonder what we'll be saying about them five years from now. I'd say they are still a bit on the experimental side yet.

Wonder how the Volt might go over in China?

Heard the other day that LA is getting ready to put a huge new public transit system into place in the immediate future. I think my brother said awhile back that Minneapolis' public transit is heavily used now. Lots of heavily driven corridors are gearing up for the short-rail revolution. I think in twenty or thirty years we'll see the fundamentals of efficient high speed rail between large metro areas too, don't you? Gotta take the load off the airports. Lots of folks are rediscovering train travel. It is good to have lots of alternatives.

The times, they indeed re a-changin'. We'll see how it all goes.

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Cops are workiing stiffs too.

Sent this to some friends on the subject of the citations and such at the Capitol Rotunda:
 
Cops are working stiffs too.
 
It's like Keystone Cops, in that they don't (Chief Erwin that is) don't seem to have a handle on what to write people up for.  They (Chief Erwin on orders from his superiors*) want to suppress something, but they don't know what laws or ordinances have been violated, if any.  Haha.  Just like down in Arizona, the regular cop on the street is caught in the middle.
 
*I feel sorry for the ordinary officers.  They have to do as they're told, but they're just working stiffs like everybody else.  I've been suggesting to others in other venues to "recruit" the cops on the floor of the Rotunda, not harass them.  The cops are part of the 99%.  Kinda like the National Guard private on the line in the sixties protests, where that famous picture came from of the demonstrator putting flowers in the muzzles of the rifles.  I remember protesters shouting to the riot polce and the Guardsters on the UW campus, "Join us!  Join us!"  Working stiffs of the world, UNITE!  Cops are working stiffs too.


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"Gasland" - movie showing

Have you wondered what the word "frack" means, as in fracking for natural gas and oil?  It is a combined form of "fracture" and "crack," and it has to do with new technology for drilling for those energy resources.

DeForest Area Progressives (D.A.P.) is hosting a social evening with a screening of a documentary movie titled Gasland.  The event will take place onSaturday, September 22, 2012, from7:00 to8:30 p.m. at the D.A.P. headquarters,6610 Lake Road (Windsor Commons strip mall).  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  There will be a social time from6:30 to7:00.  Discussion about the film will follow the showing.  Snacks will be served.

One of the reviews of Gasland described it like this:  "Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."  Some regard frack drilling as an answer to American energy independence.  Others regard it as a poisonous threat to our future.  Variety magazine has said, "Gasland may become to the dangers of gas drilling what Silent Spring was to DDT."

Whatever your views, come and join in the discussion.

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The American Taliban

"The American Taliban"

From the conclusion of the first season of The Newsroom on HBO last night:

• ideological purity
• compromise as weakness
• a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
• denying science
• unmoved by facts
• undeterred by new information
• a hostile fear of progress
• a demonization of education
• a need to control women’s bodies
• severe xenophobia
• tribal mentality
• intolerance of dissent
• a pathological hatred of the U.S. government

"They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”

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We Welcome You To Blog Here! Add Your Voice!

You may blog here as an individual or as a spokesperson for your Grassroots Group. We welcome any ideas, candidate information, information about your events, your concerns or input! 

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Greetings from Windsor Castle.

You are all so articulate.

Just here exercizing the site.

Oh crap, no spell checker.

I will be brief.

Please excuse the caps, I am shouting for attention.

Just trying to define us here.

We are this, as a movement and as a process we follow.

Here goes, please reply with comments.

REALIZATION, ORGANIZATION, DECENTRALIZATION.

Thanks in advance,

Frank

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REVIEW OF JUNE 23RD STEVENS POINT GRASSROOTS CONFERENCE

REVIEW OF WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS CONFERENCE

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

Yesterday 55 grassroot Leaders from more than 30 community groups around the state convened at a planning and social meeting in Stevens Point, WI. We heard from leaders of various Grassroot Groups about their Successes and where they wish to improve. We set up action priorities, developed by 6 breakout groups, voted on the actions, and created committees to meet via email, in person, and on conference calls to continue to push these goals into real action initiatives to tackle the concerns we share at this moment and for the long term.

 

Once we formed our action groups, set next interest group meeting dates, it was time to walk a few steps to the River Walk Restaurant where we lunched and heard grassroots ideas from Kathleen Vinehout whose success in getting elected to her state Senate  seat twice depended on a full-blown grassroots campaign. Kathleen offered to be our grassroots voice in the State Senate! She said: Put me on speed-dial-- I will not only hear you, make useful suggestions to you, but push your ideas and issues forward in the State Senate with my colleagues! Now that is Democracy at its best! Kathleen will help us transform the way the state Dems, the county Dems, and the Senate hear our opinions, understand our issues, and will work with us to promote the good values we know we need to preserve in Wisconsin!

 

We agreed to meet regionally, in small grassroots group clusters as well as have subsequent broad Grassroot Group meeting in September. We will hold trainings across the state for groups wishing to learn more about the skills and actions they can take to promote progressive politics in their areas.

 

A great deal accomplished in a few hours! We are energized, encouraged and have a vision of how to move forward! Yes We Can!!

 

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We won!

We took back the Wisconsin Senate.  That means that the far right wing of the Republican Party can no longer at-their-will ram through the legislation that is detrimental to the progressive (and Progressive with a capital P) will of Wisconsin.  Good for us!  We should celebrate this victory.  As Marcia has been tryng to teach us, we should assert our values, rather than make excuses for why our opposition has won a few in the past couple of years.  We value a clean and healthy environment.  We value quality, inexpensive education for all.  We value the dignity of wage-earning working people.  We value health care for all.  We value secure and comfortable retirement for all.  Etc., etc., you can add to the list and it is a long list.  And yes, we value business entrepreneurship and a vigorous free market -- FOR ALL.

Thank you, Marcia, Nate, and all the rest of you who fight the good fight.

John Scepanski, DeForest Area Progressives

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WisconsinGrassrootsNetwork WebSite: Offers Indivudual Site + Hub connection fo Wisconsin Groups'

Connecting us all! That is the potential of this new WisconsinGrassrootsNetwork website. Any grassroot group wishing to set up a page under the 'umbrella' of this site may do so. There is a minimal fee involved per month, but has so many services to offer it is almost a freebie. With groups placing their page in the Network, we can all see news and events hosted by all of us, it will be a clearing-house for rapid connection, collaboration, and cooperation. We can learn from one another and quickly apply best practices by one group to our own actions. We will learn of valuable candidates and issue awareness. We can make decisions on where to put our action efforts to be beneficial to promotion of our networked goals and values!  We can be a source of progressive information statewide, all in one place! Soon we will post how to join us as a 'group' with your own official page and URL. YES WE CAN!  Stay tuned for more info on this in a few days!   

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