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My take on the world. My wife often refers to this as the WWW (Weird World of Washburn)

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Location: Germantown, Wisconsin, United States

I am a simple country boy transplanted from the Piehl Township in northern Wisconsin to the Milwaukee metropolitan area who came down "sout" in 1980 for college and have stayed in the area since.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stop Dreamin'

At the 25th reunion of the class of 1980 from Three Lakes, Wisconsin, I was asked to state what my life goal was. Here is what I wrote.

Before I die I hope to live in a free society, but, I am getting older and this is becoming increasingly unlikely. Therefore, I am willing to settle for living in a society with a government which is a Constitutional Republic where the constitution is written in plain language, restrains government power, and fosters human liberty.

For those of you who have the same dream, then Stop Dreaming.

Right on Guns.
Right on Taxes.
Right on the Constitution.
Right on Iraq.
Right on government spending.
Right on inflation.
Right on controlling US borders

What is there not to love? Dr. Paul has demonstrated he has the courage and character of Cincinnatus. He voluntarily relinquished the fasces of power (The gold things on each side of the US flag) and returned for 13 years to ranks of productive society.

Here is the true picture of Presidential. It is a picture of the character needed to be US president. Can you see the media-annoited troika of Rudy McRomney having this much self-control?

I think not.

Say Yes, to "Dr. No".

Monday, June 18, 2007

A Second Felony by Room 501

Kimberly Prude is not the only time the staff of City of Milwaukee Election Commission in Room 501 of City Hall have committed felonies with regard to staffing elections.

On February 15, 2005 (The Spring primary for non-partisan offices) the chief election inspector for City of Milwaukee Ward 13 was Evelyn Triscari. Ms. Triscari took her duties as chief inspector seriously. When she discovered that Carol Tellef, one of the election inspectors under her, did not live in the City of Milwaukee, but in fact lived in the City of South Milwaukee, Ms. Triscari told Ms. Tellef to leave and called down to Room 501 to have a replacement inspector sent to ward 13. Ms Triscari, the chief inspector for the ward was told by the staff in Room 501: "No you may not have a replacement and you must use the illegal poll worker, Ms. Tellef". Ms. Triscari, probably not realizing her authority as chief inspector is broad and supercedes that of Room 501 during polling hours, acceded to this demand and continued the election with the illegal poll worker.

This is felony committed by the staff of the Room 501. WI Stats. 12.13(2)(b) makes clear that it is a felony for the staff in Room 501 to in the course of the person's official duties or on account of the person's official position, intentionally violate or intentionally cause any other person to violate any provision of chs. 5 to 12 for which no other penalty is expressly prescribed.

In this case the City of Milwaukee Election staff in Room 501 in the course of their official duties knowingly instructed Ms. Triscari to violate the requirement that election inspectors live in the City of Milwaukee (WI Stats. 7.30(2)(a)) even after Ms. Triscari informed the staff that using Ms. Tellef was an express violation of the law.

Ms. Triscari did the only thing left to her, she wrote a very detailed account of this in the Election Inspectors' report (form EB-104) which is on file with the City Election Commission.

The usual canard of Room 501 is: "It's not our fault. There was too much votin' goin' on that day". On February 15, 2005 City Ward 13 had 79 voters for the whole 13 hours the polls were open that day. This was not a mistake because of "unusually high voter turnout".

This is about not following the law. Moreover, since it happened in such a low-turnout election, it is more about the habit of not following the law. It is about the habit of staffing polls based on seniority instead of staffing the polls by party nomination as required in WI Stat 7.30(2)(a). BTW, where is are the Democratic and Republican parties of Milwaukee on this? When was the last time the chairmen submitted nominees for poll workers to the City of Milwaukee as Wis 7.30(2)(a) asks them to do?

As can be seen in these two documents, the City Election Commission was very aware of this felony. One, Ms. Triscari told the commission staff by telephone there was a felony in progress. Two, Ms. Triscari wrote down in her official report (form EB-104) that a felony had been committed. Three, I personally informed both Sharon Robinson (Interim Executive Director), and Susan Edman (current Executive Director) of this felony. To the best of my knowledge, neither Ms. Robinson nor Ms Edman have contacted Ms. Triscari, Ms. Tellef, me, or the Milwaukee County DA on this matter.

But, in defense of the two executive directors, since John Chisholm continues the tradition of E. Micheal McCann of keeping Milwaukee County a "prosecution-free" zone for election fraud, why bother? Even if the directors had referred the criminal matter to Chisholm, would the Milwaukee County DA have acted?. Or would Chisholm have acted on the City Election Commission referral as vigorously has he has acted on the criminal referrals from the Wisconsin State Elections Board?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Biskupic: Majoring on the Minors

No Runny Eggs had this little item about the conviction of Kimberly Prude. The conviction for voting as a felon was upheld on appeal.

That is not the interesting part.

The interesting part of the ruling is this excerpt from the summary of the facts of the case: [Ms. Prude] attended a rally at which all persons were encouraged to march to Milwaukee City Hall, register to vote, request an absentee ballot and vote in the 2004 presidential election; Ms. Prude did all of these things with her fellow marchers. [...] Ms. Prude also filled out an application to be officially employed by the Election Commission as a poll worker on Election Day and was hired.

By this admission Ms. Prude committed 2 other felonies.

1) Felony Registration under WI Stats. 12.13(1)(b): "Whoever intentionally falsely procures registration or makes false statements to the municipal clerk, board of election commissioners or any other election official whether or not under oath violates this chapter"

2) Felons can't work the polls:
According to WI Stats. 12.13(2)(b)7 it is a felony for an election official (e.g. poll worker) to in the course of the person's official duties or on account of the person's official position, intentionally violate or intentionally cause any other person to violate any provision of chs. 5 to 12 for which no other penalty is expressly prescribed. In order to work a poll you MUST be an elector of that municipality and further, except for reassignment or canvass adjournment, must be an elector of the ward you are working. This is specified in WI Stats. 7.30(2)(a); ...each election official shall be a qualified elector of the ward or wards, or the election district, for which the polling place is established.
Felons are not legal electors and thus cannot be election inspectors.

Both of the above are felonies under WI Stat. 12.60(1)(a):
Whoever violates s. 12.09, 12.11 or 12.13 (1), (2) (b) 1. to 7. or (3) (a), (e), (f), (j), (k), (L), (m), (y) or (z) is guilty of a Class I felony.

Even more interesting to me is the role of Room 501 in this matter.

Who hired this felon?
Why was Ms. Jude not informed felons can't work the polls?
How many other ineligible election inspectors have been hired by the City of Milwaukee Election Commission?
Has the election Commission been following the requirements of WI Stats 7.30?

Hiring Ms. Jude means some election official at the Election Commission likely committed felonies under the sections of WI Stats. 12.13 cited above. But, if not a felony, then hiring Ms. Jude is certainly misdemeanor for someone in Room 501 under WI Stats. 12.13(2)(a),
The willful neglect or refusal by an election official to perform any of the duties prescribed under chs. 5 to 12 is a violation of this chapter.

Why is the joint task force investigating and prosecuting Ms. Jude, but not investigating or prosecuting the election officials (staff) of the Election Commission in Room 501?

Because the focus is voters not election officials.

Which is more of a threat to elections?

The voting of at most 82 felons within the whole the state, 34 of whom are from the county of Milwaukee.

City of Milwaukee Election Officials stuffing 4600+ extra ballots into the ballot box?

At MSOE I was taught not to major on the minors. If something is more than 2 orders of magnitude smaller, then ignore the smaller and focus on the larger.

Election fraud is no less than 4600 bogus votes in the City of Milwaukee. Voter fraud is at most 34 bogus votes for the City of Milwaukee. By the numbers, election fraud is more than 100 times the problem that voter fraud is.

If Biskupic wanted to be effective he would not major on the minors. He would investigate ELECTION fraud not voter fraud.