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Wisc. Rep. Roger Rivard criticized for 'some girls rape easy' remark

But it’s okay, y’all! It was taken out of context! Seriously:

Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) in December discussed a case with the Chetek Alert newspaper in which a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school’s band room.

The newspaper quoted him as saying his father warned him, “Some girls rape easy” - meaning that after the fact they can change what they say about whether sex was consensual. On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel that the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his father’s exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.

He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously. “He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,’ ” Rivard said. “Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’

Roger Rivard, meet Todd Akin. Todd, meet Roger.

You both can take your victim blaming and go straight to hell. Context doesn’t matter here. In fact, the context in this case makes it even worse. I just don’t even know what to say here…

Filed under Roger Rivard Wisconsin politics sexual assault rape victim blaming sexual violence

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BREAKING: COURT STRIKES DOWN WISCONSIN UNION-BUSTING LAW

Via ThinkProgress:

Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas ruled that Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions was unconstitutional under both the Wisconsin and United States constitutions. The law, which does not save the state any money but crushes the political and economic influence of unions, has been in effect for roughly one year. It is unclear, per ABC’s reporting, whether union restrictions will be suspended immediately pending a likely Walker appeal.

YES! ON WISCONSIN!

Filed under Union There is power in a union Scott Walker politics union busting Wisconsin ON WISCONSIN! Organized labor

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An armored tactical vehicle is now on-scene in Cudahy, Wisc. Residents in the area have also been told to evacuate for an “extended period of time” and that they would be told why soon. 
Jesus. For those still insisting we don’t know if this is terrorism, you’re wrong. A mass shooting and whatever the hell else is causing this evacuation is domestic terrorism. End of story.
Follow live updates here.

An armored tactical vehicle is now on-scene in Cudahy, Wisc. Residents in the area have also been told to evacuate for an “extended period of time” and that they would be told why soon. 

Jesus. For those still insisting we don’t know if this is terrorism, you’re wrong. A mass shooting and whatever the hell else is causing this evacuation is domestic terrorism. End of story.

Follow live updates here.

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I see a reporter here. I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, ‘Oh, the person couldn’t get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.’ You know, I saw something the other day — it’s like, another sob story, and I’m like, ‘But what about what’s happening to the country and the country as a whole?’ That’s going to devastate everybody.

Republican Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde scolding the media at a recent event for writing “sob stories” about Americans affected by the recession.

The issues they should be covering? Hovde says lowering the corporate tax rate and the national deficit are more important than unemployment and poverty. Not surprisingly, he’s also a former hedge fund manager.

Go to hell, Eric Hovde. I hope your family never has to do without for fear you’d be too stubborn to ask for help, thereby jeopardizing their existence.

(h/t ThinkProgress)

Filed under Politics poverty inequality fuck you got mine GOP Election 2012 Wisconsin US Senate Republican Eric Hovde

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ON WISCONSIN!

Remember that one time Scott “Imperial” Walker tried to strip your rights, tens of thousands gathered in Madison, he did it anyway, and y’all vowed to boot his ass?

Yeah.

Here’s your chance. GO VOTE!

Find your polling place here.

From We Are Wisconsin:

You do not need photo ID, but — just in case — you should bring bring a document with your name and voting address. This must be either a university photo ID along with a university fee receipt or list of dorm residents; a driver’s license; a state ID; a recent utility bill (electric, cell, phone, cable, etc.); a lease; a bank statement; a pay check; an employer ID card; or a government document or check.

NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE? If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you reside at your present location and have lived in Wisconsin for 28 days. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:

  • A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
  • A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.

If you have voting questions, or encounter and/or witness problems at the polls, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Visit We Are Wisconsin to volunteer today!

Scotty thinks you won’t show up. Show him he’s wrong.

And just to get you a little more fired up, it’s “There is Power in a Union” by Street Dogs

ON WISCONSIN!

In solidarity,

Meg

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Dropkick Murphys to WI GOP Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald: Using our music as your intro like "a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap"

Wisconsin Republican Jeff Fitzgerald is running against Sen. Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.) for the U.S. Senate. Fitzgerald is BFFs with Gov. Scott Walker and used the Dropkick Murphys song “Shipping Up To Boston" at the GOP Convention this weekend. This is the same band who released "Take ‘Em Down" in support of Wisconsin’s unions and the protesters at the state capital, and have long been friends to organized labor.

Well, they found about Fitzgerald’s musical selection.

Hilarity ensues:

We just got word that Wisconsin State Rep and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used “Shipping Up To Boston” as his walk-on song yesterday at the Wisconsin GOP Convention in Green Bay.

The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate - and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker - using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!

Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can’t even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!!

We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!

–DKM

Today, Fitzgerald replied:

Fitzgerald on Monday said he meant no harm, and has simply always liked the band and that song, which was featured in the Martin Scorcese film, “The Departed.” He said he doesn’t plan to play the song anymore, but doesn’t know what song he will chose next. 

The Departed? Hey, way to burnish your image with a song featured in a movie about the Irish mob… if that’s your reasoning. “Ooh, that one song in that movie I like…”

I challenge Jeff Fitzgerald to name one other song by Dropkick Murphys he likes. 

I’ll bet it’s not “Take ‘Em Down.” Or “Worker’s Song”…

Filed under Dropkick Murphys Wisconsin ON WISCONSIN politics Jeff Fitzgerald are you for real? GOP U.S. Senate Election 2012 Republican Conservative

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From The Ed Schultz Show:

Our staff graphic artist used several techniques to examine this photo and came to the conclusion it does not exhibit the characteristics of a photo altered in Photoshop. This is an actual sign from Wisconsin. GOVERNOR is misspelled.

Right here ^^
This is why you proofread anything distributed publicly. Twice.
Outagamie County Republican Party of Wisconsin, you’ve made my day. Thank you for the lulz.

From The Ed Schultz Show:

Our staff graphic artist used several techniques to examine this photo and came to the conclusion it does not exhibit the characteristics of a photo altered in Photoshop. This is an actual sign from Wisconsin. GOVERNOR is misspelled.

Right here ^^

This is why you proofread anything distributed publicly. Twice.

Outagamie County Republican Party of Wisconsin, you’ve made my day. Thank you for the lulz.

Filed under lulz politics Wisconsin spelling Outagamie County Scott Walker Republican Recall Ed Schultz oops i can haz spels gud governor

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Take a hypothetical husband and wife who are both lawyers. But the husband is working 50 or 60 hours a week, going all out, making 200 grand a year. The woman takes time off, raises kids, is not go go go. Now they’re 50 years old. The husband is making 200 grand a year, the woman is making 40 grand a year. It wasn’t discrimination. There was a different sense of urgency in each person.

You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.

Wisconsin State Senator Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), who led the effort to repeal Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act because of his belief that pay discrimination is a myth driven by liberal women’s groups.

Yep. 

No war on women caterpillars anything at all, folks, nothing to see here, right? Well, there’s this little factoid: “Women make up half of the American workforce, and in two-thirds of American families, the mother is the primary breadwinner or a co-breadwinner. But they make less than their male counterparts in all 50 states, though the size of each state’s wage gap varies. While the gap continues to close in places like Washington, D.C., where women make 91.8 percent of men’s earnings, it is growing in others, like Wyoming, where women’s earnings dropped from 65.5 percent of men’s in 2009 to just 63.8 percent in 2010.”

But it’s all lie, you guys! Made up by those money-grubbing Uteri-Americans who don’t really care about money, just babies! Their fragile ladybrains can’t handle being all go go go go!</sarcasm>

Filed under Glenn Grothman Wisconsin GOP Republican War on women War on caterpillars War on Brains Equal Pay Conservative Scott Walker recall sexism misogynist

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Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women

On Thursday, with little fanfare, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. In doing so, he demonstrated that our political battles over women’s rights aren’t just about sex and reproduction— they extend to every aspect of women’s lives.

What war on women, amirite?!

This is an important point – reproductive rights are only one battle in a massive war.

Filed under Wisconsin politics war on women equal pay Scott Walker recall Republican conservative sexism misogyny

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Milwaukee County District Attorney initiates John Doe meeting with Walker

Uh-oh:

Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged Monday that prosecutors initiated the meeting they will have with him as part of the John Doe investigation about activities that occurred during Walker’s tenure as Milwaukee County executive.

"Up until now, we’ve provided written documentation (from the campaign)," Walker said during a briefing with reporters in Waukesha. "They’d like to talk to us about what they’ve found and what additional help we can provide."

Walker announced last week that he had hired two criminal defense attorneys and would be voluntarily meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm regarding the John Doe investigation.

Prosecutors have charged four former Walker aides and appointees with various crimes, including theft and misconduct in office.

Let’s see how this plays out. Currently, Walker associates are under investigation and several have been arrested for illegal campaign dealings and fraud. View the timeline here. And more on why Scott “Imperial” Walker’s tangled web might be unraveling

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