If the head loon in your lake is easily fooled, make it illegal to trick him!

March 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM (Loon News)

Some of the Legislative Loons in WI want to make prank phone calls illegal.

Oops, sorry, should have warned ya to swallow your sip of tea before I told ya that. Here, let me get you a napkin…

The Badger Hearld has the story of Legislative Loons trying to add yet one more unnecessary government restriction on citizens in their part of the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, roost of stoopid governor. Please note their party affiliation. Guess the Rs only want less government in their lives. They act like they are quite fine with more government in our lives.

http://badgerherald.com/news/2011/02/28/bill_circulating_in_.php

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-Waukesha, and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-Milwaukee, authored a bill that would prohibit tricking the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone they are not for malicious purposes.

The bill language forbids a caller from intentionally providing a false phone number and convincing the person receiving the call that it comes from someone other than the actual caller.

So, will this ensure vigorous investigations and convictions of boiler room callers who tell us they are from XYZ Charity or an independent polling company? Nah, didn’t think so.

This is Legislative Loon stuff, a waste of taxpayer money on the man-hours legislative staff will spend on the bump and grind of pushing this one through the machine.

Legislative Loons need to recognize that time is money and their time needs to be spent addressing the problems of the people, not the gullibility of the governor and his staff.  Aren’t they trying to convince us that hard working WI public employees have to bend over for the good of the budget? Do they really have time/money to burn with this bird crap?

Curious about any WI laws governing taping phone calls without permission of all parties on the call. Anybody know? And how about laws re taping phone calls without consent in the state of who ever calls into WI to play show the fool for what he is? Thinkin in some states, it is OK to tape, but in others, not so much. How do Ms Lazich and Mr Honadel propose to keep it all straight and enforce the loon-acy they purpose?

Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a smarter governor? Or at least a silly one who does a better job of hiring staff bright enough to save him from himself?

Hope the good people of WI can take time out of their very important and impressive support of  their public employees to tell their state reps they can have their Prince Albert in a can cranks calls when they pry their phones  from their cold, dead hands!

Hey, Sen. Mary Lazich and Rep. Mark Honadel, I am General Electric and I am calling to inquire as to whether your refrigerators are running, for governor.  Come and get me.

attila the blond

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Democracy For America Night School

February 28, 2011 at 5:20 PM (Good Resouce For Loon Watchers, Participating is Patriotic)

Democracy For America offers free training for people who would like to take a more active role in being part of the solution.

Classes this March will run on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM, Mountain Time. Limited space so register as soon as you can @http://democracyforamerica.com/nightschool
  • March 2  covers Rallies
    • When are they appropriate/ when not
    • Logistics to help you hit your goal
    • Trainers for session from Common Cause
    • Case Study will be recent rally outside Koch Bros meeting
  • March 9 is on Press Conferences
    • How to get media attention
    • Effective, professional results
  • March 16 is on Petition Drives
    • How to plan and pull off effective drives
    • Empower citizens
    • Get the needed attention from elected officials
  • March 23 is on Constituency Meetings
    • How to set up meetings with officials or staff members
    • How to prepare for effective meetings
    • Setting up meeting agendas

Democracy For America’s previous Night School classes are archived and available from the above link.

Learning on the web is easy, fun, and might just lead to great things for you as you keep an eye on Legislative Loons who are not working in your best interests.

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WI: Staff of absent DEM State Senators locked out of copiers

February 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM (Loon News, Politics)

OK, now some Legislative Loons in WI are taking it out on staff just trying to do their jobs of responding to the public

Per a  motion from WI State Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Chairman, of the WI Committee on Senate Organization, time sheets of staffers of the DEM Senators who left to prevent a quorum now must be reviewed and certified by the majority leader.

Until further notice from the Majority Leader, timesheets of any employee appointed by a Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days shall be reviewed and certified by the Majority Leader rather than the employee’s appointing authority. Until further notice from the Majority Leader, all copy machine access codes shall be deactivated for any Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days. If an office requires assistance in making copies to respond to an open records request, the office may request the assistance of the Sergeant at Arms, who shall ensure that the cost of the copies is charged against the Senator’s office expense account. In addition, the Chief Clerk shall charge the office expense account of each such Senator for the use of the office printers. The amount shall equal the “per click” amount the Legislature is assessed under its printer maintenance contract.*

Ok, I can almost see the point re time sheets, after all, the staffers’ immediate supervisors, the elected officials who blew town to protect public workers’ right to maintain union bargaining power, are not there to keep track.  But face it, this  is really an attempt to bully and intimidate the staffers, using them as whipping posts. It is the sort of intimidation Legislative Loons like to pull to get their way when all logic shows them to be on the wrong side of things.

But copier restrictions? What the duck? Staffers of state senators who flew the coop need special permission and help to make copies? Boy, the loons really want to make it difficult for voters and the staffs of their elected representatives to do the people’s business! Some loons are just plain anti-representative democracy, we reckon. It is more important to the loons to punish and interfere with public employees/public servants who are really trying to take care of constituents than to make sure democracy, that covenant between The People and Their Government works on the day to day basis.

Bad Loons! No fish for you today!

 

attila the blond

* PDF of motion by Legislative Loon here: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/SCAN_01_0.PDF

A tip of the birding binoculars to Huffington Post for helping spot this Legislative Loon-acy!

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No longer among the ranks of Legislative Loons!

February 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM (Good News, Loon News, Politics) (, , , )

Looks like there are breaks in the ranks of the WI Legislature. WI State Senator Dale Schultz will not, repeat, NOT vote for Walker’s bill! Send him some love folks!

Daily Kos: Breaking! Dale Schultz will not vote for Walker’s Union Busting Bill
http://www.dailykos.com
Dale Schultz, Senator from Wisconsin’s 17th Senatorial District will not vote for Gov. Walker’s Union busting Koch Bros. abomination. Not sure how many we need to stop this, but I heard a young lady say “we need two more” on the Qik feed. Cheers were audible as the announcement was made.

attila the blond

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Training for activists in Missoula, MT

February 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM (Good Resouce For Loon Watchers, Participating is Patriotic) (, , , )

Democracy For America is having a training session in Missoula March 26 and 27.

If you are annoyed that MT legislators think it is their business to spend time, and taxpayer money, overruling local Missoula citizen initiatives, might wanna check it out and see how to take action to effectively be a part of the solution.

Legislative Loons only win if we allow their actions to stand! Loon Watchers can stand up to bad legislative actions. It’s patriotic!

http://www.democracyforamerica.com

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Sane people, crazy legislators

February 27, 2011 at 9:36 PM (Participating is Patriotic) (, , , , )

We, the Legislative Loon Watchers, are dedicated to encouraging sane people everywhere to join in exposing Legislative Loons who lay stinky eggs on We The People. If you have a news item showing Legislative Loonery, please bring the link to share. If you find interesting links posted here by your fellow Legislative Loon Watchers, please share it near and far. Face it, fellow sane people, the Legislative Loons all across America are not gonna behave better until WE expose them and force them back into the yoke of actually representing US!”

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