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Posted on on August 11th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

USS Wisconsin (BB-64), “Wisky” or “WisKy”, is an Iowa-class battleship, the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. She was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania and launched on 7 December 1943 (the second anniversary of the Pearl Harbor raid), sponsored by the wife of Governor of WisconsinWalter Goodland.

During her career, Wisconsin served in the Pacific Theater of World War II, where she shelled Japanesefortifications and screened United States aircraft carriers as they conducted air raids against enemy positions. During the Korean WarWisconsin shelled North Korean targets in support of United Nations and South Koreanground operations, after which she was decommissioned into the United States Navy reserve fleets, better known as the “mothball fleet”. She was reactivated 1 August 1986 and modernized as part of the 600-ship Navyplan, and participated in Operation Desert Storm in January and February 1991.

Wisconsin was last decommissioned in September 1991, having earned a total of six battle stars for service in World War II and Korea, as well as a Navy Unit Commendation for service during the January/February 1991Gulf War. She currently functions as a museum ship operated by Nauticus, The National Maritime Center in Norfolk, VirginiaWisconsin was struck from the Naval Vessel Register (NVR) 17 March 2006, and, as of 14 December 2009, has been donated for permanent use as a museum ship. On 15 April 2010, the City of Norfolk officially took over ownership of the ship.[1]

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USS Wisconsin at sea, c. 1990

Wisconsin earned five battle stars for her World War II service, and one for the Korean War. The ship also received the Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation for actions in the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm in 1991. She also received over a dozen more awards for World War II, the Korean War and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.[28]

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And from BLUE AMERICA PAC that is fighting to rid Congress from extremes:

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Blue America PAC

This is a Political Action Committee that purports to speak for the Working Families.

They say “We’d like to put some billboards like this up around the district.” When talking about Paul Ryan.


Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has quietly amassed a very extreme right voting record — far more extreme, in fact, than his moderate southeast Wisconsin district’s residents… and this year, as Ryan has made a play for national prominence, he has tacked even further right, off the cliff in fact, and into territory inhabited by raving fanatics like Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Geoff Davis (R-KY), Jeff Miller (R-FL), Jerry Moran (R-KS). There is a difference though. All those extremists just listed represent extreme right wing districts where McCain did far better than Obama in 2008 and where what Rush Limbaugh says, goes.

WI-01, centered around Kenosha, Janesville and Racine, isn’t like that… not at all. Although the district is overwhelmingly white — blacks and Hispanics make up about 10% of the population combined — it isn’t some kind of Klan bastion like the others mentioned above. Yet, last year, Ryan had an indentical score with those extremist congressmen. He’ became one of the leaders in the House of the die-hard obstructionists, despite the fact that McCain only won 48% of the vote in 2008, not 76% like in Conaway’s backward district or 73% like in Lucas’ hate-filled backwater, or even 64% as in Bishop’s theocratic hellhole. No, voters in WI-01, who gave Bush 54% of their vote in 2004, signaled that they were ready for the change that Obama was promising.

Ryan, a devoted and mindless Ayn Rand acolyte and an ex-aide to bloated GOP hypocrite Bill Bennett, fancies himself a Club For Growth kind of Republican like many on the lunatic fringe right do. For him Bush’s tax cuts for the rich were too small and in Ryan’s pinched, Hobbesian little universe, the biggest problems facing Americans are that capital gains taxes on re-invested distributions aren’t deferred and that prices on imported bows and arrows are too low; I’m not making this up. Between 1970 and 1994 WI-01 was a Democratic district, to be more precise, the formidable Les Aspin’s district (who left the seat to become Secretary of Defense).

In 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 Ryan’s Democratic challenger was Jeffrey Thomas, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Ryan’s hometown of Janesville. Thomas’ only issue for his first three runs was health care and he never quite cracked a third of the vote but in 2006 he ran against Ryan’s shady relationship with Republican corruptionists Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay and went all the way to 37%. In 2006 Ryan raised over $1.6 million and Thomas, who refuses to raise money for campaigns, spent $5,000 of his own. Ryan, meanwhile takes immense amounts of money from the special interests whose priorities he always serves. His biggest financial support comes from the Insurance Industry ($460,901), which appreciates his anti-regulatory fanaticism. Ditto for the Securities and Investments Industries (aka- Wall Street), which shoved $301,949 his way. He got another $226,745 from commercial banks and $209,184 from the Real Estate Industry… and you begin to see how Paul Ryan has been so complicit in the American financial meltdown. It’s no wonder he, along with Wall Street faves Boehner and Cantor, led the charge to persuade reluctant Republicans to vote for the 2008 Bush no-strings-attached Wall Street bailout (TARP).

On July 30th, apparently fed up with Inside-the-Beltway, conventional wisdom– largely pushed by Wall Street and perpetrated by, of all people, Obama– Paul Krugman decided to point out that this particular little emperor-in-the-making doesn’t have a fig leaf to cover his shocking ignorance. In a post titled Don’t Know Much About Economics, Krugman lays it out: “the truth is that he’s stone-cold ignorant… [and] he’s both ignorant and dishonest, which we already knew from the way he tried to deny that privatizing Social Security was actually, um, privatizing Social Security.”

Now, all we have to do is figure out why the DCCC { THAT IS THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE} has decided to protect his ass and make sure he has no viable opposition.

And meanwhile, Matt Taibbi has a great analysis of Ryan’s latest assault on American working families.


Protesting Nuns Stop Outside Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin Office.

from  Phil Haslinger’s Blog

Phil Haslanger

Pastor; Columnist, The (Madison) Capital Times

Main Street in Janesville, Wisconsin was buzzing today as a crowd of a couple of hundred people gathered in front of Rep. Paul Ryan’s home office, waiting for a bus to arrive.

The bus carried four nuns on a tour across the Midwest, challenging both the policy and the theology of Ryan’s budget plan for the U.S.

The crowd and the bus were far different than the scene on Monday in Janesville when Mitt Romney’s bus and its entourage rolled into town as part of the Republican presidential candidates’ sweep across the heartland.

At his appearance in front of an enthusiastic crowd in a textile factory, Romney was joined by Ryan, as well as Gov. Scott Walker. They sketched out a vision for America’s future very different that that offered by the nuns on a bus.

As the nuns’ bus pulled up, the crowd greeted Sr. Simone Campbell and her three colleagues like heroes. “Thank you, thank you,” the group chanted as the nuns worked their way through the throng towards Ryan’s office in a downtown mall building.

Ryan’s constituent services director was there to meet the nuns – a sharp contrast from their experience in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday where Cong. Steve King’s office was dark and locked when they arrived.

Sister Campbell, head of the Catholic social justice organization known as Network, characterized the meeting with Ryan’s staff as very cordial. She emphasized the importance of people with differing viewpoints engaging in conversation over their differences.

The differences between Ryan and the nuns go to the heart of their views of the world, Two signs in the crowd caught the difference well. They also caught the tensions in Ryan’s own formation that includes inspiration both from this Catholic faith and from author Ayn Rand.

Kristie Borgwardt of Janesville held up a sign that said “Paul Ryan worships Ayn Rand, not God,” a reflection of his comments over the years about the profound influence that particular philosopher had on his view of the world. Rand argued strongly for the supremacy of the individual.

Christine Krause of South Beloit, a city just to the south of Janesville, had a sign that said “Solidarity in Community Before Individuality,” a theme that Campbell and the other nuns have been stressing in answer to Ryan’s citation of Catholic teaching in how he approaches the nation’s issues.

Campbell said as the tour began that it was Ryan’s use of his understanding of Catholic teaching on social justice that propelled her and the other nuns out on this tour. Theologians, Catholics activists, even the U.S. Conference of Bishops, have taken issue with Ryan’s interpretation of Catholic theology.

Ryan did not engage the nuns directly about theology on this day. Perhaps he thought that you can’t really win a public religious argument with a nun. He did issue a statement citing high unemployment, persistent poverty, the national debt and said that “Washington owes the American people bold and targeted reforms and real solutions that address today’s most urgent fiscal challenges.”

For the nuns, the tour is about more than debating points. They left Janesville headed for Milwaukee, where they would be at a long-standing meal program run by one of the churches. They know what it’s like to be in the midst of the poor.

They also know churches and other faith communities cannot meet the challenges of poverty alone. As Campbell is fond of reminding crowds, if every church, synagogue and mosque and other faith community in the nation were to try to do what federal programs now do, it would cost them each an additional $50,000 a year for the next 10 years beyond what they are doing now.

The nuns were also conscious of the roiling controversy with the Catholic hierarchy over their public advocacy for the poor while not paying much attention to issues like abortion. Campbell noted pointed that they care about all issues across the spectrum of life but that their focus is on the lives of those in poverty.

And then the bus rolled on. The tour continues, ending in early July in Washington, D.C. with stops along the way in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Oho, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

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