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Scott Walker's Wisconsin: A Fairly Conservative Perspective

How about picking up a great book for the weekend?

I don't do this part very well, folks. I'm great at ripping apart someone's bad idea or managing enough snark to keep you snickering, but today I'm tooting my own horn.

You see, I wrote a book. Scott Walker's Wisconsin: A Fairly Conservative Perspective was a project for last year that I - tada! - actually finished. (Read the thanks at the end and you'll find out how.) It was a great experience to write a project with more than two hundred words. 

And I'm told it's pretty easy to read. The first section of the book examines a lot of what you might not know about Wisconsin's governor. Take a chance by reading the preview of the book provided at the Amazon link. I think you'll find perhaps there's more to his story than you'd expect. 

The second part of the book covers the protests and just how crazy Wisconsin politics became. You'll find some great photos from photographer Nick Schweitzer woven into the story. The last section discusses the recall.

For $5.99 it's a relatively complete accounting of what we endured. And I have to say, that was the most interesting part of writing the story. While many of us kept up with sound bites and talking points, the whole year reviewed in something of a chronological order reminds us there's a reason we were tired at the end.

Right now you can read it on your Kindle or a Kindle app on your computer or iPad. (Where the photos are amazing, I'll add.) A print version with black and white photos should be ready by the end of the month.

Ok, I did it. You have no idea how hard that was for me! I'll finish by thanking you for listening to my pitch.

And go buy that book!

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Bob McBride January 13, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Searching Amazon on "Obama book" nets 10,361 results. He's still, technically, in his first term and I doubt all those were published after Nov of last year. Think all those (or of those who published a glowing account of his life, so far, anyways) people are looking for political appointments, or are they capitalizing on a topic they think people will want to read about?
Bottom Line January 13, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I'd say that I'll buy and read your book, but I have such a list of things I'm going to do that are in the queue. If I do, I'll let you know my impressions. At one time I thought about publishing some of my writing, I've since accepted it is unlikely. However, I have a list of topics I intend to write about ... maybe tomorrow ... I'll give you one, since I would like to see it happen ... "Truth in Sentencing - The Lost Art of Journalistic Integrity". Good Luck with your book.
Cindy Kilkenny January 13, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Actually, I've been sketching out an idea on Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Does that mean I want to be sainted? Scott Walker doesn't even know I exist. So woohoo to your great theory. (And seriously - read the thing and you tell me if it's "glowing." I left a bunch of it out, but there's some less that flattering personal stuff revealed.)
Bottom Line January 13, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I have no problem professing that I am "very" conservative. Further, I would agree with Bren on one issue ... the goalposts have moved. I strongly disagree the direction as I am now outside the stadium. I find it difficult to identify with the Republican Party, they have become entirely too liberal for me, and the Democratic Party insists on transforming us into a socialist Nation. Strange, we have abundant history, quite recent, that the policies pursued by the Dem's have failed everywhere, and yet the majority of voters are still buying the tripe they peddle. As I learned in Psychology, the majority are easily conditioned ... and we've made it easier with the medications we feed them. I am nearing the end of my journey so I expend less energy to correct this equivocation ... I lament the result for future generations, since ours has spent our inheritance, and maxed out their credit cards. I also find there may be hope when some like Governor Walker are elected - being that we are "somewhat" still a Republic. Unfortunately he is limited by the years of built in regressive legislation. I do believe in God, it is my Faith that keeps me from being too depressed about our apparent condition.
Cindy Kilkenny January 13, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I can appreciate your perspective. I'm too libertarian on a number of social issues to consider myself very conservative, but since my placement on the spectrum is entirely dependent upon my own definition of conservative, it's all (obviously) debatable. Walker's election here in WI was a strong statement. That he managed and R/R legislature to go with it? Well either Dems aren't watching or voters are more clever than I thought. It's our urban centers in the US that keep us D nationwide. I suspect that's why the Ds have a genuine dislike for suburbia or rural. When the cities die (and just look at Detroit) it could be a different ending.
$$andSense January 13, 2013 at 06:46 PM
No Bob, he started in his second term with the November 2012 re-election. History takes time to prove itself to whatever end it goes. Just like whether I invest in this or that or you invent something that takes 10, 25 or 50 years to save mankind. Time will be the only factor that decides. Yes, BS does sell as the internet and shrinking newspaper/magazines and other outlets will show. Keep in mind that your favorite sport team may start out strong and still crash at the end of the season. Politics and politicians are far more volatile. I have paid my dues as an adult for over 35 years under the current and past fed,state and local politicians in the form of income, property and sales tax and have not seen a break yet. I cannot crow about any one politician.
Bren January 13, 2013 at 07:13 PM
A "universalist" is an individual who believes that his/her own opinion is shared by all and expresses views within that context. Therefore I interpreted your "people like you" statement as an abstract as you really know nothing about me yet somehow attempt to lump me in with some undefined herd. As I responded, I can only "speak" for myself. "Big Oil" is an established reference to the largest oil companies. I do agree that there is something fascinating about an individual who is compelled to write a book based on very recent events without including data sources and without (apparently) knowledge of current socio-political terminology. ; ) I didn't understand your earlier information request (having considered the issue resolved) and don't understand your comment above about linking. I do seem to recall an earlier discussion about clarity/cogency. Now, were you going to respond to my statements about domestic v. foreign oil, or was I merely helping you write your article? ; )
Bob McBride January 13, 2013 at 07:25 PM
He's sworn in on January 20th for his second term. Regardless, the point is that many people write books about politicians before the summation of their career has been determined. That doesn't make them ass kissers or assassins intent on gaining a political appointment by the subject or his or her opponents as the ultimate return for their efforts. I probably won't read Cindy's book, not because I think there's anything wrong with it. It just doesn't really interest me at this point. I hope others who have an interest do. I applaud anyone that takes the time to write something and publish. That includes you. You tend to have a different take on things around here than most. You could probably write something interesting. If you did, I'd assume you did it for the sake of doing so. Not because of some ulterior motive.
Bob McBride January 13, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Make that January 21st.
$$andSense January 13, 2013 at 07:31 PM
"Scott Walker doesn't even know I exist. So woohoo to your great theory." Cindy Must be a great book that the protagonist hasn't even heard about. Hmmm... this looks familiar. I have rarely read about any politician that wasn’t interested in every shred of public opinion about themselves. Hmmmm... Are you posting the truth Cindy? How many copies were delivered to his office?
Cindy Kilkenny January 13, 2013 at 07:55 PM
The point, Bren, is for someone so overtly pedantic you sure have trouble proving anything.
Cindy Kilkenny January 13, 2013 at 08:06 PM
As far as I know, that's the truth. Several requests were made for his input, but you are correct. I should send over a pdf. I've been in the same room with the Governor once, but we've never been introduced. (Conversely Tom Barrett knows my name well enough that when I introduced myself he said, "Fairly Conservative" before we started chatting about libraries.) The photo the high school let me use was ok'd by the Governor's office, so I know they were aware of the project. The protagonist is Wisconsin. Scott Walker is a supporting character. It's in three sections: Walker, The Protests, The Recall. You could always read the darn thing and then complain. Oh, and if you happen to have first-hand knowledge that he has a clue who I am, then bring it on.
$$andSense January 13, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Cindy Thank your for your honesty. I respect and applaud your effort with your book but find this segment of Wisconsin history (especially the recall) repulsive, so no, I will not be reading your book anytime soon. I have had my fill of it. No need to get offended. I have no desire to “bring it on”. That is an alpha male trait that I see more and more of these days from women as well as men. I just like the unbiased truth, nothing more. Good day!
Cindy Kilkenny January 13, 2013 at 09:38 PM
So you get to play the alpha-male role with your challenge for the truth, but I am not allowed to answer it. Got it.
$$andSense January 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM
The last word woman like my 15 year old daughter. Got it. Lie and half truth until called out on the carpet. Got it. You answered the question and answered truthfully after being challenged. Got it. Yes, I am an alpha male when it comes to the truth from you or my kids. My wife is worse as a relentless attorney that will pin you to wall with the truth, God bless her. You have admitted that you posted half truths and lies on the internet. You have no credibility. My guess is your published dissertation is nothing more as well. Was this some "college" degree requirement that you wrote this piece of paper? Good day!
Luke January 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM
@Sense The first "glowing book" about Obama was written by Obama.
Bren January 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Cindy, again I do not understand your post. I provided precise source information for my comments. Thus I have proven my points. Not to nit-pick, but the adverb "overtly" is unnecessary. I believe we have sufficiently established that our respective facility with the English language places us in different facets of the spectrum. Please let me know if you need any additional assistance with your oil article.
Cindy Kilkenny January 14, 2013 at 01:08 AM
The point remains you fail to prove your allegations from your original comment in a way that satisfies.
Luke January 14, 2013 at 01:45 AM
@Bren, Her use of "overtly" was perfect. Notice that it is preceded by the adverb "so," referring to the degree or manner of being pedantic in public (cf. "trolling"). (Notice, also, the ellipsis of "that is" just prior to "so," which is perfectly allowable in casual conversation. I believe we have sufficiently established that our respective facility with the English language places us in different facets of the spectrum. Please spend more time honing your skills.
Cindy Kilkenny January 14, 2013 at 01:49 AM
@Luke - I was writing of Bren, so would it not be "who is" instead of "that is" which was inferred? ;) (Dude. That rocked. High five!)
Luke January 14, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Cindy, I stand corrected. However, you should hang your head in shame for not pointing out a punctuation error at the VERY end of my first paragraph. I'm now not sure that I can be seen in public with you if we ever meat. And, yes, I am aware that there is a mistake at the end of the paragraph above. Unlike Bren, I make no unintentional mistakes, including the one you pointed out in your post, immediately above.
Cindy Kilkenny January 14, 2013 at 02:07 AM
So, Bren's a that and not a who; you can't be a programmer as you fail to close your parenthetical expressions; if we ever get together, you want steak. Roger that.
Luke January 14, 2013 at 02:21 AM
@Cindy, Bren does not disclose her gender. I, however, address her as a female because she exhibits behaviors typical of a person who has a prefrontal lobe that has developed two standard deviations earlier than the typical male over the age of 18. That would make Bren very likely to be a female, since they are done developing much earlier. You are correct that I selected the wrong pronoun. But as I said, I do not make unintentional mistakes.
Greg January 14, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I pegged Bren as a female due to her schoolgirl crush on Governor Walker, this extensive interest in Cindy had added a special twist.
Greg January 14, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Was that the one with the composite girlfriend?
Jay Sykes January 14, 2013 at 03:09 AM
I'll interrupt, just briefly, to remind everyone that an oxymoron is a 'big dumb guy'. And now back to my dinner of Jumbo Shrimp.
Bob McBride January 14, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I thought the options were hard rubber or inflatable. They're made out of composites now as well?
Luke January 14, 2013 at 03:43 AM
@Greg, Yes. That was the alleged girlfriend that cried because she wished she knew what it was like to be black in America. Alas, she will never really, really, superdeeduperly know.
Greg January 14, 2013 at 04:23 AM
I heard it was actually Chastity Bono.
Luke January 14, 2013 at 04:35 AM
@Greg, That was so unexpected that I sprayed my coffee out of my mouth and all over my computer. Actually, I wasn't drinking coffee at the time that I read your last comment, but I did immediately go to Starbucks after reading it so that I could spray the coffee on my computer. I never drink coffee.

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