Sunday, November 6, 2022

VOTE: While it Still Counts

 From CNN: Will indifference doom democracy?

Opinion: American indifference will be the death blow for democracy

Prosecutors: Attacker woke Pelosi, stood by his bedside
03:07 - Source: CNN
Editor’s Note: Michael Fanone, a former Washington, DC police officer who was injured during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, is the author of a memoir, “Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop’s Battle for America’s Soul.” He is a CNN law enforcement analyst. The opinions expressed here are his own. Read more opinion at CNN.

When I speak privately with fellow officers who defended the US Capitol on January 6, the conversation often turns to why so many Americans remain indifferent about the insurrection. In other words, most Americans just don’t seem to care. An overt attempt to end our democracy? Meh.
That’s when we cops began to discuss the part we’re not supposed to say out loud.

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As one officer recently confided, “Mike, maybe if we hadn’t done such a good job against such overwhelming forces, maybe people would care more. Maybe, if a congressman or a senator had been injured, dragged through the halls to the makeshift gallows or killed, people would give a damn.”Maybe then, people would get it, and would be motivated to vote on Tuesday as if the future of democracy was on the line. Maybe then, they would understand that if we don’t preserve “one-person, one-vote,” we’ll lose all control over every other issue.

To read the entire article, follow the link at the top of the page.

At Least They're Saying it out Loud

Hufffington Post, 11/2/2022:

Wisconsin GOP Gov. Nominee Makes Terrible Promise About 
What Will Happen If He Wins

Tim Michels, the Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin, promised a group of supporters this week that the GOP would seize permanent control of the state if he is elected in next week’s midterms.

Republicans will never lose another election in Wisconsin after I’m elected governor,” the multimillionaire construction executive said during a campaign stop on Monday.

See the video: 


Monday, October 24, 2022

Sunday, July 17, 2022

It's a Book Sale!

Fellow SPARTA members,

In our July newsletter, you were informed that SPARTA will not be moving into the INCLUSA building for book storage and sales. This is a huge disappointment, but we need to move on. 

Because we have more than 200 boxes of books in our storage unit and more than 200 boxes stored by SPARTA and community members, we need to have a sale. We can’t find anything permanent at this time, but are very happy to announce that the Stevens Point Holiday Inn and Convention Center will rent us two rooms in the convention center for a sale. The Holiday Inn staff has been very helpful, and it meets the requirements of parking, tables, carts and a safe, clean space for a community sale.

SPARTA Book Sale Information:

Holiday Inn and Convention Center

1001 Amber Ave. Stevens Point, Wis.

           Wednesday, Aug. 10, noon – 7 p.m.;

           Thursday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. – 7 pm.;

           Friday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and

           Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pre-Sale Activities

Monday, Aug. 8, move boxes from the storage unit and get boxes of books in place.  

Tuesday, Aug. 9, SPARTA and community members who have been storing books for us can bring their boxes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. unless special arrangements are made. If necessary, call me at 715-344-2598.  This is NOT a request to drop off books,  It is only for the members and friends who have been graciously storing our books.


Nancy Mezyk will send out a sign-up sheet for moving the books out of storage, working set up, shifts during the sale, and take down on Saturday afternoon.

Posters – I have blue posters left to distribute for the Eastside, Southside and part of Downtown Stevens Point. Please contact me if you can help so we can get these out as soon as possible.

I am attaching a copy of the Book Sale poster that you can email to groups of friends and family or share with friends on Facebook. I will post in events on Facebook.

We need paper bags for the sale. Call me if you can donate paper bags so we can make arrangements for drop off.

Community members have been waiting for a SPARTA book sale, so let’s work together to make it a fun event!

Nancy Kemmeter and Janeen Kwarciany

Friday, July 8, 2022

Reasons to Drive off a Cliff #45

 I can't create a link to this CNN video, but I'm begging you to go to CNN and track it down.  It's under CNN Politics, Erin Burnett Out Front:

See Woman's response when asked if teachers can say that slavery is bad.

Erin Burnett Out Front

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This is the worst thing I've heard since....well, last week. These women just took my spirit away from me. I've got nothing left.