Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Judge Michael Screnock Wins Primary





Screnock campaign: Statement on Primary Election Results
(Lake Delton, Wis.) – Wisconsin State Supreme Court candidate and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock released the following statement Tuesday after his primary election victory:

“Tonight’s results serve as proof that voters across Wisconsin value the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary focused on upholding the rule of law and respecting our Constitution and the separation of powers, regardless of their political affiliation. I am humbled and grateful for the support of so many Wisconsin citizens, and I look forward to continuing my campaign across our great state ahead of the April 3rd general election.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lindsey Vonn - BRONZE

Women's Downhill:

Lindsey Vonn wins BRONZE.

Congratulations!





Russian Facebook Ad Buy in Wisconsin



So Russians managed to swing Wisconsin with only $1979 in Facebook ads, and a measly $54 after Trump was chosen as the Republican nominee?

That's funny.

Vote Judge Michael Screnock

The primary election for Wisconsin Supreme Court is today.

Judge Michael Screnock explains his judicial philosophy:

I believe strongly in the rule of law. The role of a judge or justice is to interpret and apply the law, not rewrite the law. Our system of government has at its foundation three co-equal branches – legislative, executive, and judicial. When the constitutionality of a law is questioned, the judiciary serves an important role as a legal check on the actions of the other two branches, and appropriately declares when they have overstepped their lawful authority. When a court is asked to interpret a law, its role is to declare what the law is, based on what the legislative and executive branches have done, and not what the court thinks it should be. Following these principles, the judiciary should never serve as a political check on the actions of the other two branches. It is not the role of a court to veto, or rewrite, laws that it believes are unwise or imprudent.

It is also important that the judicial branch serve as the stable branch of our government. The legislative and executive branches are by their very nature subject to change based on current or popular thinking. The judicial branch provides the foundational stability our system of government requires. One way courts promote stability is by respecting prior judicial decisions – a doctrine called stare decisis – and changing course from settled law only on rare occasions. Another way is by exercising self-restraint and acting only when it is abundantly clear that the court has the lawful authority to do what it is being asked to do.

During my service as a judge I have worked hard to abide by these principles. I will do the same if afforded the privilege to serve on our state’s highest court.
Vote for Judge Michael Screnock.


Vote for Judge Michael Screnock.

Men's Hockey - Team USA



Woo hoo!

USA! USA! USA!

Brita Sigourney - BRONZE

Women's Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe:

Brita Sigourney wins BRONZE.

Congratulations!





Maia and Alex Shibutani - BRONZE

Figure Skating - Ice Dance:

Maia and Alex Shibutani win BRONZE..

Congratulations!







And congratulations to Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, and Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

Well done!



Monday, February 19, 2018

Federal Holiday Today

Today is Presidents' Day. Some schools were closed. Non-essential federal offices were closed. I hope you didn't check your mailbox. There was no mail delivery by the U.S. Post Office.

So, it's a federal holiday today, but it's not Presidents' Day.

Confused?

We're celebrating George Washington's birthday.


5 U.S. Code § 6103 - Holidays
(a) The following are legal public holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1.

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.

Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February.

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.

Independence Day, July 4.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

Veterans Day, November 11.

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.

Christmas Day, December 25.

No Presidents' Day.

No law has changed the holiday's name from Washington's Birthday to Presidents' Day. There has been no act by Congress to change the observance of Washington's Birthday.

The Uniform Holiday Bill, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in June 1968, provided for Washington's Birthday to be celebrated on the third Monday in February.

The federal holiday today was not a day we honor both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. It was not a day designated to honor all presidents.

We celebrated George Washington.

Honoring Peter Wang





This young man behaved selflessly.

He deserves to be honored for his sacrifice.

Sign the petition.
Peter Wang, 15, was one of the students killed in Florida this past week. He was a Jrotc Cadet who was last seen, in uniform, holding doors open and thus allowing other students, teachers, and staff to flee to safety. Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.

Fergie - National Anthem, NBA All-Star Game



Wow. That was stunningly bad.

Thank you, Fergie, for delivering a performance that united the nation, helping us find common ground.




Cougar in Brookfield



Scary.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

NRA and JROTC



Disgraceful. So misleading.





AP - FAKE NEWS




Nick Goepper - SILVER

Men's Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle:

Nick Goepper wins SILVER.

Congratulations!









John-Henry Krueger - SILVER

Men's Short Track Speed Skating 1000m:

John-Henry Krueger wins SILVER.

Congratulations!








Saturday, February 17, 2018

FBI Failed to Act on Tip, 17 Dead

The FBI received tips about the danger Nikolas Cruz posed.

They didn't follow protocol.

Seventeen people are dead.






Here's the FBI statement:
FBI Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida

On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said:

“We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly.

“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it.”
Wray deeply regrets the "additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy."

Wow.

The FBI did not follow protocol. Sorry about that.

No.

Unacceptable.




Kamala Harris and Slaughtering Babies




Nathan Chen - Quad King







What an incredible free skate!

Adam Rippon Free Skate








Beautiful!

Vincent Zhou - 5 Quads, First Quad Lutz








Amazing!