Ieshuh Griffin’s campaign slogan for our post-racial America.

Milwaukee’s ‘Happy Days’ are now just a faded memory with only ‘the Fonz’ in bronze standing as a stoic reminder of the good bygone days. The Cunningham’s hardware store is long gone, the Pizza Bowl exists only in our memories and the mammoth Shotz Brewery has been shuttered for decades (there is a rumor that the Shotz name may return as an original formula micro-brew).

Once known as the ‘Beer Capitol of the World’ and the idyllic setting for two classic sit-coms, Milwaukee now vies for the title of ‘Political Shark Jumping Capitol of America.’ Despite stiff competition from San Francisco, Washington D.C. and the People’s Republic of Chicago, Milwaukee continues it’s drive for the title.

Milwaukee’s latest Shark Jumping escapade (also a nominee for the ‘You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up’ award) comes to us courtesy of Ieshuh Griffin an independent candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly. The Journal-Sentinel reports that Ms. Griffin ran afoul of state election officials by attempting to have her campaign slogan “NOT the ‘white man’s bitch'” placed beneath her name on the ballot.

Unlike candidates from the established Democratic and Republican parties, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain to voters what their candidacy is about.

Shane Falk, a staff attorney for the Accountability Board, said that the board had the ability to restrict obscene or derogatory candidate statements from the ballot.

The board ruled that the statement would not be allowed on the ballot, however Falk said that “Griffin was still free to use the phrase in her campaign literature and any ads she might run.” In pleading her case Ms. Griffin insisted that she was “not making a degrading statement toward any ethnic group.”

Thomas Barland (a white man) who was one of the board members who voted in favor of Griffin’s slogan being allowed on the ballot, said “she says a lot in five words.” Barland made a hard left turn away from common sense by pandering to the extreme racist fringe of the black community in stating that he “didn’t interpret it as racial.”

Ieshuh Griffin, a self described “community activist” is seeking to fill the 10th district seat held with dignity for the past 30 years by Annette “Polly” Williams who will be retiring at the end of her current term. Ms. Williams (an African-American woman) responded to Griffin’s slogan by saying “I think most of the people would feel kind of offended by that.”

Donald Downs, a free speech expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said approving the ballot language would have made it difficult to reject a hypothetical case in which a white candidate said he was not beholden to the “black man.” He said that the board was probably within its rights to restrict the speech because the ballot was, in a sense, “providing a platform” for Griffin.

Ms. Griffin has announced that she will appeal the Accountability Board’s decision in federal court. The lovely and eloquent Ms. Griffin is also NOT the “lawyers b***h” as evidenced by her stated intent to represent herself.

If only we could convince Ieshuh to join us for a milk-shake summit at Arnold’s Drive In.

OBAMA’S IDIOTIC DRILLING MORATORIUM

Idiotic? Of course it is! But come on folks, what do you expect from a man with Obama’s impeccable anti-business credentials and complete lack of meaningful experience? Common sense? Haven’t you given up on that yet?

So now we have deep water drilling rigs cruising out of the Gulf of Mexico and heading to friendlier waters off the coast of Africa. These things aren’t like cruise ships … they don’t just turn around and come rushing back. Besides .. why would they? There’s no work to do here. Obama has his drilling moratorium in effect!

Twice the federal courts have slapped down Obama and his attempts to stop all deep water drilling in the Gulf .. and twice The Community Organizer has told the federal courts to shove their rulings where the sun don’t shine. He wants to ban drilling in the gulf for six months … or more … and no federal judge is going to tell The Chosen One what he can and cannot do as long as he is Go …. er … the president.

Reason? The Community Organizer says that drilling should stop until we find out what happened. Really? This has nothing to do with drilling safety. Obama’s actions in shutting down the economy of the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast because of the Deepwater Horizon debacle would be comparable to a decision to shut down all airline travel in the U.S. after one airline crash. It generally takes the National Transportation Safety Board about a year to report on the cause of an airline crash. Perhaps in ObamaWorld we should shut the system down until that report comes!

If you want to know what is really going on .. just check out the people Obama has appointed to top environmental posts. These are people who’s anti-capitalist credentials are every bit as strong as their love for Polar Bears and Gulf shrimp. Obama is taking advice from people who simply don’t like the private sector and will do everything they can at every opportunity that presents itself to denigrate and harm the private economy.

Journolisters offended by Keith Olbermann’s ‘misogynistic,’ ‘predictable,’ and ‘pompous’ show

If you were one of the 400 members of the listserv Journolist, perhaps one of the most vicious insults you could hurl at a colleague is: You’re just like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.

If the reader holds neutral — or even positive — views about the Fox News hosts, the insult may not sting. But in the cloistered world of liberal listserv enclaves, Hannityism is a cardinal sin. After all, Fox is a “dangerous,” “deranged” “cesspool” that, possibly, the FCC should be investigating.

The feelings against MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, then, must run deep.

“He’s become O’Reilly on the left– completely predictable, unfunny, and arrogant,” said Georgetown University Professor Michael Kazin in May 2009. “To my mind, what they do is no different form Hannity and O’Reilly,” said the New America Foundation’s Michael Cohen, “At least Hannity and O’Reilly engage with the other side (if mainly just to yell at them). Olbermann is just an echo chamber.”

(Cohen later elaborated he was arguing that both MSNBC and Fox News play to political extremes).

Read more here.

Less money for dead people: Obama signs waste law

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation intended to slash by $50 billion the taxpayer money improperly paid to dead people, fugitives and those in jail who shouldn’t be getting benefits.

But that goal, if achieved, would not even halve the $110 billion made in such payments last year.

The new law will strengthen the efforts by federal agencies to halt the flow of improper money in a series of ways. Among those steps: requiring more audits of programs and adding penalties for agencies that don’t comply with the law. The legislation also broadens how any recovered money can be used.

Obama chose to sign the bill in front of cameras in the White House’s State Dining Room in hopes of bringing attention to the new law. He announced a goal of reducing improper payments by $50 billion by 2012; the White House says that last year’s total of nearly $110 billion in these payments was the highest ever.

The president said the ultimate to goal is to end all improper payments.

Read more here.