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Remember when the Left cared about this happening to women in the Arab world?

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Cullen Considering Jump to Milwaukee Co. Board

Well, if true, my condolences to Dan Cody.

Milwaukee – Following the announcement by County Supervisor Lynne DeBruin that she will not see re-election, many people have been urging me to run for the country board sear which she is vacating. I am seriously considering this option.

The 13th Assembly District, which I represent, encompasses most of the newly configured county board district which is currently represented by Supervisor DeBruin. I have deep roots in the district as a life long resident and homeowner. My children and I attended schools in the district. I believe my experiences in Madison and on the local level could be a valuable asset to Milwaukee County as we try to balance the need to maintain vital services with the property taxpayers’ ability to pay.

While I am busy with legislative business as the legislature continues its fall floor period, I will discuss the option with my family and make a final announcement after we conclude our current legislative work.

Dave Cullen has more or less been redistricted out of his current safe Assembly district.  Pretty much it’s this or lose next November.

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AP and WISN Covers WisDems Recall Training / Rally

Uh oh, looks like a certain Communications Director just lost his entire argument for the basis of his actions last week.

Three potential candidates to run against Gov. Scott Walker in a recall fired up Democrats and union members who gathered Tuesday to learn how to collect the signatures necessary to force an election.

Wow.  Training’s right there in the lede!

Former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey of Wausau, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Waunakee and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said the damage Walker has done to the state is so severe, voters have no choice but to attempt a recall.

“What Scott Walker has done to our democracy here in Wisconsin is shameful,” said Erpenbach, one of the 14 Democratic senators who fled to Illinois in February to delay a vote on Walker’s proposal to essentially end collective bargaining for public workers.

Erpenbach and the others spoke to more than 100 volunteers who gathered at a recall training session organized by the Democratic Party. Similar events are planned in Stevens Points, Eau Claire, Appleton and Milwaukee.

Again, a mention of training.

Hell, there’s even video from a Milwaukee TV Station of the event — at AFSCME HQ in Madison!

(The ice just keeps getting thinner.)

Now on to the other mystery connected to last week’s incident I’ve been wondering about, why was Graeme Zielinski willingly leaking private email conversations with reporters to the blog of a noted partisan hack attorney last week?   And how is said attorney’s willful posting of portions of that conversation not a violation of ethics for the State Bar — even if said attorney still has his law license suspended?

And how many other emails which Zielinski has been receiving with reporters whose authors believe are private communications has he been sharing with others?

Oh, and on Zielinski’s little “tiff” is really about the training packet getting out there (This seems to be what really has him and others upset it seems.)  Perhaps he might want to Google “Rove PowerPoint Lafayette” sometime.  There, he’ll find a 2002 story in TIME magazine regarding the “discovery” of a CD-ROM holding a PowerPoint presentation of the GOP’s fall 2002 campaign plan was found in Lafayette Park and reported in the press.

Then again, Zielinksi was at the Post around then if I remember his bio correctly, maybe he recalls it on his own.

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Greenspan: Europe Will Sink Global Economy

From all I’ve read, spoke to among experts, and figured out on my own, I have no reason to disagree with this.  The European Social Welfare state and the continual bailouts of countries like Italy, Greece, Spain, and Portugal by Germany and other northern European nations will lead to the collapse of the Euro-Zone.

After that, it just will get really, really bad.

The European Union is doomed to fail because the divide between the northern and southern countries is just too great, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC in a recent interview.

“At the outset of the creation of the euro in 1999, it was expected that the southern eurozone economies would behave like those in the north; the Italians would behave like Germans. They didn’t,” Greenspan said. “Instead, northern Europe fell into subsidizing southern Europe’s excess consumption, that is, its current account deficits.”

Greenspan predicts that as the south’s fiscal crisis deepens, the flow of goods from the north will stop altogether and southern Europe’s standard of living will go down.

“The effect of the divergent cultures in the eurozone has been grossly underestimated,” he added. “The only way to have several currencies from divergent nations lumped together is if they are culturally close, such as Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. If they aren’t, it simply can’t continue to work.”

Greenspan feels that, to a very large extent, what’s driving the United States at the moment is Europe. “Today, there is one single integrated global stock market,” he said.

He also expects the European crisis, coupled with a failure to address the U.S. budget deficit, may be severe enough to cause a bond market crisis if the market suddenly decides the U.S. is more like Greece than not.

“It is very difficult to predict when a bond crisis could happen,” he said. But getting an agreement on the U.S. budget will be difficult, he added, because Washington is the most polarized he’s seen it in his career.

Greenspan would like to see Congress address the revenue side of the budget problem by eliminating government subsidies through tax breaks, like the deduction for mortgage interest payments.

No politician in America is going to go for a straight deduction of mortgage interest payments.  Too many Americans use it, and politicians of all stripes like it too much.  A streamlined tax code; however, is a good place to start.

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2/3 Oppose Top “Demand” of #OccupyWallStreet

Sorry kiddies, most of America doesn’t want to pay for your “Peace Studies” degree.

One of the loudest demands by the Occupy Wall Street protesters is for forgiveness of the nearly $1 trillion worth of student loans, but Americans strongly oppose forgiving that debt. Even as President Obama talks about easing the burden on those with student loans, in fact, Americans are more inclined to think the government should help those who haven’t gone to college instead.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of American Adults think the federal government should forgive the nearly $1 trillion in loans it made or guaranteed to help students pay for a college education. Sixty-six percent (66%) oppose the forgiveness of all student loans.Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.

In other student loan related news, GOP presidential primary candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul called for the government to get out of the student loan business all-together on Sunday while on Meet the Press on NBC.

The student loan program is not part of those [Trillion dollars in proposed spending] cuts, but Paul said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’d kill the loan program eventually if he were president. That could put him at odds with some of his young followers, many of whom are college students.

Paul blamed government intervention in the economy for rising tuition.

“Just think of all this willingness to want to help every student get a college education,” said Paul, who graduated from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania before earning a medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine. “I went to school when we had none of those. I could work my way through college and medical school because it wasn’t so expensive.”

Annual tuition for Gettysburg College is $42,610 for the 2011-2012 academic year. Annual tuition at Duke’s medical school runs $46,621, according to its web site.

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Sports News I Couldn’t Care Less About

The NBA is set to cancel more of the season.

This reminds me, I really should go to a few Admirals games now that their season has begun.

The NBA plans to cancel two more weeks of its regular season, a source told the New York Daily News.

This would be the third time commissioner David Stern has postponed games as the league’s lockout of the players continues. The NBA had previously canceled the preseason and the first two weeks of its regular season which was set to begin on Nov. 1.

According to the Daily News’ source, this latest cancellation would total at least 102 games and run through Nov. 28.

The source told the Daily News that the NBA will announce the latest cancellation of games on Tuesday.

At present, the league’s annual slate of Christmas Day games remain a possibility, however no new talks between the owners and players union are scheduled.

After three days and 30 hours of meetings with a federal mediator, negotiations fell apart last week when union officials said they were told they must commit to a 50-50 split of revenues before owners would agree to discuss the salary cap system.

“We’ve indicated that we’re ready to sit down and negotiate with [the owners] on a minute’s notice,” players’ association executive director Billy Hunter said Monday on ESPN.com’s B.S. Report with Bill Simmons. “We’ve indicated that we’re prepared to negotiate and continue negotiations but for the fact that the owners told us [their latest offer] was take it or leave it and only unless we agree to the 50-50. But we can’t agree to the 50-50 if we don’t have a system in place.”

With more games possibly being canceled and the two sides not speaking, the question is will there be an NBA season. While neither side has said definitively one way or the other, the combatants both seem prepared in the event the season is canceled.

Just cancel the whole NBA season already.   These two sides hate each other and seem unwilling to find middle ground.

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I Need This Job

Not the “Arm Candy for Clooney” role, but the “I get paid to appear on the red carpet and openings” gig.

Never knew they charged actual appearance fees for crap like that.

Stacy Keibler’s romance with salt-and-pepper stud George Clooney has been nothing if not extravagant, between jaunts to his Italian villa and a birthday trip to Cabo. But the former professional wrestler is trying to translate her high-profile relationship with Clooney into real income on the celebrity junket circuit.

Sources close to the model say Keibler won’t walk a red carpet or ring in a club opening for a dime less than $25,000. Her asking price has more than doubled since her relationship with Clooney began. The liaison has raised her profile well beyond WWF or Dancing With the Stars, where she once placed second.

“Stacy’s fee has gone up dramatically,” a source told the New York Post. “They are higher because they hope George might show up.”

Keibler used to command around $7,500 to $10,000 an appearance for video game launch parties, club openings and other events . She was slated to make a $10,000 appearance at an anniversary party but more than doubled her fee after several red-carpet appearances on Clooney’s arm.

No word yet what Clooney charges Keibler are for being his arm candy.

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