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    I went to La Crosse for a visit to a manufacturing company. Outside the facility, we were greeted by hundreds of angry protesters, but inside we got an enthusiastic reception from the blue-collar workers. As I recall, they were paying about 25 percent of their health insurance premiums and had to match their employer contributions to their pensions, so they didn’t have a whole lot of sympathy for the folks outside complaining about having to pay 5.6 percent for their pensions and 12.6 percent for their health care. It was a great event.

    As we prepared to leave, the state troopers saw that the protesters had physically blocked the entrance we had used to come onto the property. So they turned the squad car around and headed toward the other exit. We watched in disbelief as the throng of people rushed toward the second exit to block our path. As we tried to pull out, they surrounded the car and began beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle. Just as we extricated ourselves from their grip, a truck pulled up and blocked our path, playing a game of chicken with the troopers. They turned the lights and sirens on and warned him to get out of way. Eventually he backed up, and we sped off.

    It was a lesson in how much our circumstance had changed in a matter of a few days. We were dealing with people who were so blinded by their anger that they were not in the least bit afraid to storm and shake a police car. We had never seen anything like it in Wisconsin before.

    And that was only the beginning. The protests following us around the state grew bigger and louder — and the protesters got more aggressive with each passing day.

    After the La Crosse incident, State Patrol Capt. Dave Erwin took me aside and explained that we needed to increase security — not just for me but also for Tonette and the kids. Dave briefed me about the stream of intelligence he was receiving from the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Our whole family was being watched, followed and tracked, he said.

    Dave was not prone to exaggeration. He is a former marine who had headed former Gov. Jim Doyle’s security detail. He is the consummate professional.

    “Governor, I’ve been at this awhile, and when the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, you have to be concerned,” Dave said. “They know where you go to church; they’ve been to your church. They’re following your children and tracking your children. They know where your children go to school, what time they have class, what time they get out of class. They know when they had football practice. They know where your wife works, they know that she was at the grocery store at this time, they know that she went to visit her father at his residence.”

    [....]

    But one afternoon, as I prepared to go out to the conference room for my daily press briefing, Dave came into my office and shut the door. “Sir, I don’t show you most of these, but I thought you ought to see this one.” He handed me a letter addressed to Tonette that had been picked up by a police officer at the executive residence in Maple Bluff. It read:
    HI TONETTE,
    Has Wisconsin ever had a governor assassinated? Scotts heading that way. Or maybe one of your sons getting killed would hurt him more. I want him to feel the pain. I already follow them when they went to school in Wauwatosa, so it won’t be too hard to find them in Mad. Town. Big change from that house by [BLANK] Ave. to what you got now. Just let him know that it’s not right to [EXPLETIVE] over all those people. Or maybe I could find one of the Tarantinos [Tonette’s parents] back here.
    Lots of choices for me.

    The letter had a Green Bay postmark, but there were no fingerprints or other indications of who had sent it. Dave explained that it raised red flags because, unlike most of the hate mail and death threats we received, it was very specific. The sender talked about following our kids to school, the street where we lived, and threatened not just me but my children and my in-laws.






    Nice. Real nice.
    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
    No one will be denied:
    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
    Are rollin' in their graves
    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

  • #2
    Typical progressive behavior when faced with opposition. It escalates in this manner:

    1. Get people to voluntarily agree with your agenda (doesn't happen that much, really).

    2. Silence dissent by attempting to shame the critics ("Racist!!").

    3. Bribe people to agree with you (Obamaphones, "free" health care).

    4. Unorganized violence (see OP).

    5. Make dissent illegal (not quite there yet).

    6. Government-sanctioned violence (see USSR, Cambodia, China, etc).


    Unchecked, progressivism always ends up in lakes of blood. History is quite clear about this.
    “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
    I aim with my eye.

    "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
    I shoot with my mind.

    "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
    I kill with my heart.”

    The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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    • #3
      They need to do whatever it takes to find those people and throw them so deeply into prison that they have to pipe daylight in to them. Make horrific examples of them.

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      • #4
        I'm so sorry about how the "progressives" treat Gov. Walker and his family. One thing the article points out is that all blue collar workers don't necessarily agree with the unions, and that's correct.

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        • #5
          Obamaphone? We still peddling that tripe?
          "There are four lights!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by daveman View Post
            Unchecked, progressivism always ends up in lakes of blood. History is quite clear about this.
            The mountain of skulls in Finland and Sweden are frightening to behold.

            And of course Denmark is off the edge of civilization.
            "There are four lights!"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
              Obamaphone? We still peddling that tripe?
              He is. I'm thinking about getting my mom one. Maybe she'll use it.
              Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
              Robert Southwell, S.J.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
                He is. I'm thinking about getting my mom one. Maybe she'll use it.
                Save yourself the hassle and just give her $10.
                "There are four lights!"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                  Obamaphone? We still peddling that tripe?
                  Yes, the FCC is just makin' all this up.

                  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...rs_766312.html
                  In a continuing crackdown on the federal government's Lifeline program, sometimes known as "Obama phones," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that fraud and abuse in the program exceeded two million subscribers. New rules were established after it became clear that subscribers and providers were taking advantage of the system:
                  The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has worked aggressively to enforce these new rules since their adoption, taking actions worth over $15 million, in addition to today’s $32.6 million in proposed forfeitures. Numerous additional investigations are ongoing. Moreover, over 2 million duplicate subscriptions have been eliminated, and the FCC’s reforms are on track to save the Fund more $2 billion over three years.

                  The two million is up from a figure of 1.1 million in an FCC press release just a month ago.

                  The Lifeline program was started in 1985 to allow low income household to have basic and emergency phone service, but has grown dramatically since its inception. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that payments ballooned from $819 million in 2008 to more than $2.2 billion in 2012. The Journal investigation also found that the kind of fraud uncovered by the FCC in its current action was rampant:
                  A review of five top recipients of Lifeline support conducted by the FCC for the Journal showed that 41% [almost 2.5 million] of their more than six million subscribers either couldn't demonstrate their eligibility or didn't respond to requests for certification.

                  The purpose of the November 1 press release was to announce that the FCC has proposed fines of $32.6 million against three providers for rules violations. The FCC is accusing Conexions Wireless, i-wireless, and True Wireless of knowingly allowing multiple Lifeline subscriptions from the same household when the limit is one per household. Service providers may request reimbursement from the government under the program on the condition that they have verified eligibility of their subscribers under Lifeline rules. One of the companies, Conexions Wireless, also faces a $300,000 fine for "apparent willful and repeated failure to provide timely and complete responses to the FCC’s requests for information."
                  “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                  I aim with my eye.

                  "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                  I shoot with my mind.

                  "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
                  I kill with my heart.”

                  The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                    The mountain of skulls in Finland and Sweden are frightening to behold.

                    And of course Denmark is off the edge of civilization.
                    Perfect examples of unchecked progressivism.

                    Oh, wait -- no, they're not. But these are:

                    The USSR. Cambodia. Vietnam. China. Cuba.

                    All the Worker's Paradises.
                    “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                    I aim with my eye.

                    "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                    I shoot with my mind.

                    "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
                    I kill with my heart.”

                    The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by daveman View Post
                      Yes, the FCC is just makin' all this up.
                      The FCC calls the Lifeline subsidies Obamaphones?

                      Weird.
                      "There are four lights!"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by daveman View Post
                        Perfect examples of unchecked progressivism.

                        Oh, wait -- no, they're not. But these are:

                        The USSR. Cambodia. Vietnam. China. Cuba.

                        All the Worker's Paradises.
                        You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
                        "There are four lights!"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                          The FCC calls the Lifeline subsidies Obamaphones?

                          Weird.
                          Ahhh. So you object to the semantics -- not the corruption.

                          All righty then.
                          “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                          I aim with my eye.

                          "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                          I shoot with my mind.

                          "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
                          I kill with my heart.”

                          The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                            You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
                            Yes, it does.
                            “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                            I aim with my eye.

                            "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
                            I shoot with my mind.

                            "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
                            I kill with my heart.”

                            The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by daveman View Post
                              Ahhh. So you object to the semantics -- not the corruption.

                              All righty then.
                              The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses' attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision.

                              The whole art consists in doing this so skillfully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real, the process necessary, the necessity correct, etc. But since propaganda is not and cannot be the necessity in itself, since its function, like the poster, consists in attracting the attention of the crowd, and not in educating those who are already educated or who are striving after education and knowledge, its effect for the most part must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect.

                              All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if ... the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be exerted in this direction.

                              The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be. And this is the best proof of the soundness or unsoundness of a propaganda campaign, and not success in pleasing a few scholars or young aesthetes.

                              The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses. The fact that our bright boys do not understand this merely shows how mentally lazy and conceited they are.

                              ...

                              The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.
                              "There are four lights!"

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