Monthly Archives: May 2012

Poopy Poopy Shit Shit

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So, it was either sleep or blog. Because I am too pissed off and in a vat of self pity to do anything that is actually productive. Thus, I blog.

This morning as I arrived at the Dem office to do some volunteer work (I usually do 1-2 times per week), I received an email asking me if I was interested in staring in a John Lehman ad. I was all excited like I was just asked to the prom or something. Ok…maybe not PROM…but say…a date. Anyway, I got all the details and they were going to come to my home tomorrow morning with a make up person and everything!!

I shouted it out on Facebook because I was all thrilled like. I planned to go buy a new outfit. I contacted Kenzie’s mom to make sure we could have her – I knew she would love to be involved.

Then I remembered the woman from the Walker ads. She is a teacher and said she regretted doing it. People looked up all of her personal info and put it all over the internet. And I realized, it wouldn’t take long for someone to look up CCAP.

If you don’t know about my fear of CCAP – you can READ HERE…it is a long, long story and there were many blogs subsequent to that one. If you want to read more about it – just choose from the Category Menu ‘The Day That Changed My Life‘  Or click HERE (stories are from newest to oldest)

Anyway, I decided to let the producer know of my situation. He wrote back shortly after and said:

 

Heather.

Thanks so much for being pro-active and sharing. I think you are correct that it would be better for you not to be public in this way – primarily because it could dredge up bad things for you. I worry too about the potential impact to the campaign.

Thanks so very much for chatting, and for being so conscientious about this. If you know other mothers in Racine schools let us know.
 
All the best, 
So, needless to say I am pretty disappointed, pretty pissy and really feel like running away.
I just hate that every time I am able to put it all behind me, something else pops up to remind me that this will always be here to fuck up opportunities for me. So…I am just sad right now.
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My Campaign to Get Ed Schultz to Racine

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So you know how I get those OCD bugs up my ass? Well, a few weeks ago I got one of them right up in there.

I was listening to The Ed Show on the radio and he and John Nichols were discussing a trip through Wisconsin the weekend prior to the June Recall Election. Well, it occurred to me that getting Ed to come to Racine would be a great way to motivate voters. And let’s face it…we wouldn’t be in this position if progressive/liberal voters were more motivated to get their asses to the polls.

I wrote about my Get Ed to Racine Campaign for Patch. I will post below…You can read the published article HERE

Last week I was listening to “The Ed Show” as my husband was on the phone – call after call – with union business. Normally his “union business” consists of a monthly meeting. However, as it sometimes happens, the tides have turned and right now they are confronting a possible strike and are currently working without a contract. Needless to say, these are stressful times.

During “The Ed Show,” Ed Schultz and John Nichols were talking about their upcoming visit to Wisconsin. Ed will be in Madison on June 5, the day of the recall election. But he is planning a trip to various cities around the state prior to the election. As they were discussing, I reached for my laptop and contacted Ed via email.  I explained to him why Racine would make the perfect stop because of our high level of volunteers, our manufacturing history, our huge union presence and, of course, kringle!!

Not even five minutes after sending that email, he spoke about it on the air.

“And how can we leave out Racine? And good ole Local 4611 (my husband’s union which I mentioned in the email)?!” Ed said to John.

John agreed and reminded him that he was actually born in Racine.

I started contacting everyone I know (which, admittedly, isn’t a lot). I knew we needed more than little ole me if we really wanted to start this “Get Ed to Racine” campaign.

Yesterday, I made a petition on Change.org to aid in my efforts. In less than 48 hours, I have 86 signatures. Not bad, but not great. I would love to send him an impressive result. But the word is getting out there and I have optimistic hopes.

Ed Schultz is the host of a national radio show and MSNBC’s, The Ed Show. He is a self proclaimed lefty. And he is the biggest voice for progressive politics in America. Many stories ignored by main stream media are covered by Ed. He has reported on the Wisconsin protests from day one. And he has been a strong ally in Wisconsin and has broadcasted from Madison a number of times.

John Nichols is an accomplished author and Washington correspondent who writes for The Nation Magazine. His family still lives in Burlington. He has been reporting on Wisconsin politics throughout the protests and is consistently breaking stories many would never hear without his knowledge, interviews and writing.

Why put the time and energy into this? Couple reasons…

I think an event such as this in Racine would be ideal for motivating people to get to the polls. Voting in this recall election in June is crucial; more so than ever. Many progressives/liberals stayed home for that Fall 2010 election. That is what started this mess. It is imperative that people get to the polls on June 5.

Union solidarity is a concept that has been promoted by Ed from the beginning. Keeping jobs in America and supporting U.S. workers are some of Ed’s top objectives. Sometimes union members and their supporters need reminding and motivation to fight the fight which will have permanent consequences in their lives. If Walker remains, Wisconsin will surely become a Right to Work state. Solidarity is more important now than it has been in decades. An event like this can boost morale in a time when some of our local union men and women are facing a strike.

I also think this could be easily made into a food drive as well. Donations for the Racine County Food Bank would be just another awesome benefit.

I have many great ideas for this event that will no doubt consist of a lot of work and begging. But I am up for it. If you are interested in helping – please contact me. And of course, if you would like to sign and/or share the petition, please do so. You will have my deepest gratitude!!

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So, as of right now, the petition has 119 signatures. But better yet, I received an email from Wendy Schultz, wife and producer for his radio show:

Yes…we are putting our trip together….and Ed tells me we will visit Racine! I will keep you posted.
Thanks Heather!
Wendy
Pretty sweet, eh??
I am anxiously awaiting to hear about a date so we can start planning and begging for all the help I will need. There will be so much to take care of and I want to make this an impressive event. A few of my ideas…
Food (duh), Beer (bigger duh), food drive for Racine County Food Bank, a table with voter info/help including a sample ballot and a computer to look up people’s polling places, a bounce house for kids, local politicians/activists to speak about GOTV (Get Out The Vote) and the importance of recalling Walker, etc.
So, yea…I will need a lot of help, money, donations…all that jazz. But first…I need a date.
I feel positive about all of this, but I am not getting my hopes up. I know all too well how sometimes these things just do not end up turning out…I need to be prepared for that disappointment. But in the meantime…my little brain is workin’ overdrive. Smell the smoke??

Wisconsin Recall Primary…Almost Here!!

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2 days until the recall primaries. OH. MY. FUCKING. POLITICAL. GOD. This could not possibly end soon enough. 15 months of being consumed with matters that rarely even entered my mind for the first 36 years of my life – and I think my brain has had it. Sure, I have always been socially – even politically – aware. But not anything more than a few letters to the editor when something crawled far enough up my ass.

And since I mentioned my letters to the editor – and to be honest, there have been many more than a few – a friend of mine found a super old one from when I was 16.

Gesh. I was such a dork. AND I was a virgin still so not sure why I was so preoccupied with sex education…ANYWAY….yea, I guess I often did have an interest in social issues.

But these past 15 months have been ridicudonk. Protesting? Volunteering?? Filling my yard with signs and wearing candidate buttons??? I never thought I would be one of THOSE people. But alas, I am. I have joined the club, though I still admit I am a pretty lousy activist compared to those I have met this past year.

I volunteer once or twice a week at the Democratic Office. Charlie is doing a lot of work with his union. And there seems to be a different event each week. I’ll tell ya, a big part of me wishes I was like so many others I know…indifferent and apathetic and completely oblivious. I am quite sure, as I have said before, that my happiness level would rise. But I can’t. I am stuck here now in the land of knowledge and discontent. I can no longer be okay with keeping my head in the sand.

So in my district on Tuesday, we will be voting for a Democratic candidate to go up against Walker in the June 5th Recall Election. We also have the recall primary for our state senator, Wanggaard. See the sample ballot below:

Republican GovernorArthur Kohl Riggs is a fascinating choice and if he had time and money on his side, we could have been rid of Walker before the Recall Election even arrived. I have written about him HERE and HERE for Patch.

Democratic Governor – Now here is where it gets tough.

Tom Barrett – It seems to be clear he has the most winning potential against Walker. At least, that is what the polls are saying. And the absolute most important thing is getting Walker OUT in June. Aside from that, I like him. I don’t love him. He is kind of robotic and rehearsed. Some say he panders too much and often crosses the aisle when it benefits him. I don’t know enough about him to say whether or not I think that is true.

Kathleen Falk – Meh. She is endorsed by most of the unions and I am not really sure why. The few times I have heard her speak she was less than impressive. Sorry, just not feelin’ it.

Kathleen Vinehout – She certainly is the most impressive of all the Democratic candidates as far as I am concerned. She is impassioned and she has clear plans and ideas, which seem to be lacking with the other candidates. If I were to vote purely on whom I think would do the best in that office, it would be for Vinehout. But can she beat Walker? I just am not convinced.

Doug LaFollette – Seems like a stellar fella with a shit load of integrity and many, many years of political experience. I agree with most of his ideas (as I do with the others) and I am sure he would do a fine job. But for whatever reason, he doesn’t seem to be able to get people to take him seriously. I dunno. I definitely do not think he could beat Walker.

Gladys Huber – Please know that this candidate is a FAKE DEMOCRAT!!!!!! She even has Walker supporting signs in her yard.

There is also an independent candidate, Hari Trivedi. He is very interesting and seems to focus on the legalization as well as wide spread use of hemp. This is a concept which completely makes sense at about a million different levels. However, sadly, this is a state that voted in a bunch of fascist conservatives merely two years ago. I just don’t think they are ready for him quite yet.

To watch the 2012 Democratic Gubernatorial Debate on Wisconsin Public Television – click HERE

Lieutenant Governor

****Mahlon Mitchell – Clear choice. He is a fighfighter and union official who has become well known since the beginning of the protests in Madison. Here is a picture of Charlie and I with Mahlon and John Nichols from this winter. (I just got out of the car from which I was rushed into early morning…2 hour drive…don’t judge me)

Ira Robins – Interesting guy who I know very little about. We met him and chatted a few minutes prior to the ReFUND Wisconsin Town Hall in Racine last month. He was a private investigator for years and is taking no contributions for his campaign. Other than that, I don’t know much about him and I highly doubt he could beat Rebecca Kleefisch at this time.

Isaac Weix – FAKE DEMOCRAT!!!! He has made no attempts to even appear to be anything other than GOP – you can even see evidence on his Facebook page.

Senate against Van Wanggaard – 

***John Lehman – No brainer. He should have won the first time around with Van. He has been a wonderful asset to our community as a teacher and politician for many, many years. VOTE JOHN LEHMAN!!!

Tamra Varebrook – FAKE FAKE FAKE!!! She is spending money on commercials and fundraisers – yet there is no way she would ever continue on to be in office. She is an admitted GOP and even wears GOP logo clothing in her political ads!!!!!!! Its truly unreal.

So….make sure you vote Tuesday. If you have any questions about fake candidates, where your polling place is located, etc…just let me know!!! Although, if you plan to vote for Walker or one of the fake candidates…just stay home and watch some hillbilly hand fishing show.

My Baby and Her Tonsils

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I am so behind, eh? I speak as though anyone out there really cares about my random blathering updates of my oh so important life. Humor me.

So…Cassidy has an appointment at Children’s this week with a ENT. A few weeks ago she developed scarlett fever…which is a form of strep. It always seems to come back to strep with her illnesses. So, her Dr. suggested that she have a tonsilectomy – thus the ENT appointment. We will see what he as to say. I have been trying to block it out of my mind because the thought of having to make that decision (let alone, her actually having to HAVE an operation) makes me a nervous wreck as I am sure you can imagine.

I think surgery or invasive procedures or serious medications should be a last resort. The thought of her being under freaks me the fuck out. But, she is sick far too often. And it always seems to happen when something is going on in her life…a play, concert, vacation, class party…she misses a lot.

Plus, every time she gets sick, there is a chance of some weird PANDAS symptom reoccuring. So, while I would do pretty much anything to avoid something so severe…I want her to have a healthy, fun childhood. Will a tonsilectomy help make that happen? I don’t know. Hope to have answers after Thursday.

But I’ll tell ya, if I have to watch her roll away into an operating room…I will need heavier medication than she will. UGH…it makes me shudder. My little baby…(sigh).