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Scott Walker: End to NFL Lockout Unites Us All

Governor dismisses any personal responsibility for forcing league's hand, but he's happy it's over and so is all of Wisconsin — red and blue alike.

The final question for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a Thursday media conference on the 2012 presidential race was decidedly non-political — and Walker did turn it into a strong non-partisan message.

How does he feel about the return of professional NFL referees to the game?

The governor, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, reporters and a roomful of supporters in the Wauwatosa GOP Victory Center erupted in laughter. But then Walker got serious — or semi-serious.

Walker said he had been on a broadcast show earlier Thursday morning, "and they said, 'And now, the governor who brought the NFL to their knees.'

"I'd like to claim credit for that, but I think — no," Walker said.

Walker had famously tweeted Tuesday from his @GovWalker account, “After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs.”

"I was with a number of governors on Wednesday morning, and to a person — now, granted, Washington state Gov. (Christine) Gregoire wasn't there — but every other governor said we got robbed.

"Aside from just being a Packers fan, we know it here in Wisconsin, not just in Green Bay but across the state, it's a great part of our state's heritage, it's a big part of our attitude on the day after a game, and it's a big part of our economy.

"So for people to continue to have confidence in the NFL — some people tried to make hay out of the fact that the NFL referees are a union — I don't care whether they're a union or not, I just want them to be back, and I'm glad they're back.

"I just made my opinions very publicly well known, and again, I'm just appreciative that they got a resolution, because I think all of us — that's the one thing that unites Republicans and Democrats in this state is Pack football.'"

Aside from finding some common ground in our politically polarized state, Walker said he thought it would put some more fight in the Packers.

"I'm an optimist," he said. "The one good thing I'd like to see coming out of this is (that) I'd like to see, starting with the Saints on Sunday, the Packers go undefeated all the way through the Super Bowl. Because I think there's nothing more motivating than the feeling that you've been wronged to motivate those players to move forward.

"It's not just in terms of the playoffs, or home field or no home field. In the short term, it's even enthusiasm for when the Packers are winning, just like when the Brewers were on the hunt for a while there for the wild card spot.

"People buy more Packers gear, they're out watching more games together, that helps our restaurants and our bars and our taverns. It's a good thing for our economy.

"If you ask Ron (Sen. Johnson), he's been in manufacturing for years — productivity is higher after a Packers' victory.

"So we like this for all those reasons."

James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
@Lyin' John Wilson - Now your quoting LYIN' Clinton! What is it with you and LIARS?!?! Actually, it's quite ironic really, as Obama promised in 2008 to clean up the mess that Clinton gave us with NAFTA, giving China favored nation trading status, and deregulating banks. Of course, those were all Obama LIES! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF9gpvI2UfU http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Renegotiating-NAFTA-on-hold-Obama-says-3171311.php Instead, Obama entered into even more unfavorable trade agreements since taking office: http://www.americanjobsalliance.com/content/korea-fta-bad-deal-american-farmers-and-workers http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2011/06/20/teamsters-steelworkers-blast-three-pending-ftas/ http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/9034-the-panama-fta-is-unsafe-unequal-and-unfair Obama said that he could clean up the mess in 3 years - remember all those broken promises/LIES that we discussed above? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCN5-ovvFL0 Obama = EPIC FAIL and MEGA LIAR!!!
John Wilson September 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
JRH – WILLARD MITTENS ROMNEY, born March 12, 1947, a 65-year old, and member [former Bishop] of the Mormon cult, was born into a millionaire family and had every socio-economic advantage anyone could possibly have. [Born advantaged, mentored every-step-of-the-way to succeed – started off 1-foot from the end zone] Willard went to Paris as a missionary for his cult – being a Mormon missionary also disqualified him for the draft (nice how that worked out) – during the Vietnam War; however, that did not prevent him from attending protests, promoting the war and sending other people’s children to die and be forever crippled. His fear of drinking, tobacco and ILLEGAL drugs – pharmaceutical drugs are, like Rush Limbaugh’s Oxycodone, OK – is a commandment from his cult, NOT a personal choice. The edict that he contribute 10% of his income to the cult – a tithing – is also dictated, and should NOT be confused with a personal, heartfelt, courageous conviction; it is also a great tax deduction, while simultaneously buying influence and support from the cult and amassing more personal wealth. Succinctly, we have a very tightly wrapped, secretive-to-the-point-of paranoia, vulture capitalist, with absolutely no emotive capacity, who can only meaningfully relate to money and personal power… ROMNEY 2666!
John Wilson September 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
JRH – Lyin' goes to CHARACTER! Ryan told Hugh Hewitt in an August interview that he had run a marathon in “under three, high twos.” Then, after an investigation by Runner’s World, Ryan admitted he had actually run 4:01:25. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/09/paul-ryans-marathon-everyone-else-remembers-his-or-her-time.html#ixzz27nlSXMuW In his double bid to become VP and be reelected to the House, Ryan has lied about Medicare. He has lied about defense spending and he lied about unemployment numbers just this last weekend. Ryan has lied about the closing of the GM plant in Janesville. Ryan lied about the US credit rating and debt commission. Ryan's entire career facade as a 'deficit hawk' is a complete lie. Then, there was the mountain climbing fiasco. A couple of years ago in an interview, Ryan talked at length about his workout routine and his love of P90X. Ryan brags: "I keep my body fat between 6 and 8 percent." That impressive BMI got lots of play when Ryan was tapped to be the VP candidate. People marveled and joked about it and the number was widely repeated - and Ryan never refuted it. None of us schleps stopped to ask if that could possibly be true - is Ryan's body fat somewhere in the 7% range? Well, it turns out it is not - another exaggeration by Mr. Wonderful. What is with this guy? NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS-FAUX! http://rootriversiren.blogspot.com/2012/09/wtf-paul-ryan-lied-about-his-body-fat.html
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
@Lyin' John Wilson - "In his double bid to become VP and be reelected to the House, Ryan has lied about Medicare. He has lied about defense spending and he lied about unemployment numbers just this last weekend." No he didn't. You're the one who's lying about him lying. "Ryan has lied about the closing of the GM plant in Janesville." No he didn't - Hoffa debunked this in detail before. "Ryan lied about the US credit rating and debt commission." No he didn't. Again, you're the one who's lying about him lying. And as far as his athletic abilities are concerned - honestly, who cares?!?!
John Wilson September 29, 2012 at 08:02 PM
JRH – ‘Lyin' goes to CHARACTER!’ Every person in America SHOULD CARE DEEPLY when a candidate for VP/Congress LIES... about ANYTHING... “Ryan's entire career facade as a 'deficit hawk' is a complete lie.” He voted 98% with Bush’s expenditures, and, TARP, Auto-loan, Stimulus… I suspect that you do not understand that, simply having Hoffa say "IT" does NOT make things A FACT... although, in your alternate universe, I'm sure it does... You, my friend, have “debunked” absolutely NOTHING, although you have babbled a lot, engaged in a lot of name calling and ultimately, vomited all over the Patch… “And as far as his athletic abilities are concerned - honestly, who cares?!?!" WE THE PEOPLE CARE… AND WE CARE VERY MUCH! ‘Lyin' goes to CHARACTER!’
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM
@Lyin' John Wilson - Thanks for proving yourself to be the religious bigot we always knew you were! Intolerance is the mantra of the left!!! Can't defend against the FACT that our President is a former junkie, can you, so instead you spew religious hatred and attempt to shift the subject. Typical!
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 08:10 PM
@Lyin' John Wilson - If you care so much, then how come you don't care about any of Obama's LIES???
Keith Best September 29, 2012 at 08:13 PM
John Wilson says "Lyin' goes to character. Is that like: "I sat in Rev. Wright's pews for 20 years but I never really listened." "Bill Ayers, he's just a guy in my neighborhood." "I promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term". "If I can't get this done it will be a one-term proposition". Fast and Furious has to use executive privilege. It's about a video trailer released last July. It's not a coordinated terrorist attack this past Sept 11th. There's alot more from this president but we don't have the room to expand here. Obama is a real character all right.
king Free September 29, 2012 at 08:23 PM
@ Hoffa. I've done my research. I've lived it. So what your saying and I didn't know more care that Romney is Mormon and that aids in my decision not to vote Romney even more. Since Mormons are a bunch of brain washed idiots anyway. So there a lemon you can suck on with you lemming fellow people who are ignorant to truth. So you drones can believe these lies if you want. It still won't change the truth.
king Free September 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
@ Hoffa Where is your proof of these accusations that you are making. Cause it was proven and printed that Bush was a stone cold Junkie. And I am willing to bet your boy Romney is probably filling up on nose candy right now while watching child porn. Since He's a Mormon. Which derived from some guy who was a horn dog and wanted people to believe that it was ok. Lmao! @ Hoffa. What a drone.
king Free September 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
@ Hoffa. You believe what your told and not what you see. Like I said drone. You could never be a leader cause you still a follower. A follower of the wrong kind.
John Wilson September 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
JRH – WILLARD... Had every socio-economic advantage anyone could possibly have Dodged the Vietnam War by going to Paris as a Mormon missionary Protested for the Vietnam War His secretiveness, [Paranoia] regarding EVERYTHING, not only his TAXES Spent 25-years at Bain Capital – refuses to discuss these 25-years; YOU PEOPLE do NOT need to KNOW; perfected outsourcing, offshoring and bankrupting financially frail companies Headed up the 2000 Olympics – refuses to talk about this too, and the many financial contracts he created, endorsed and profited from during this period Governor of MA – refuses to discuss this too, as YOU FOLKS don’t need to KNOW. We do know he created a mandated Healthcare system for the state, the model for the ACA, however, he refuses to talk about that too. When he left office – did not run for a 2nd term – the state of MA was 47th in job creation, several billion dollars in debt, and he purchased and subsequently destroyed all the computer hard drives used by his staff and all digital records. He thinks almost half [47%] of America is in need of his particularily teaching of SELF-RESPONSIBILITY. Even his lovely wife, Ann, is OPENLY, on TV today, questioning his mental stability, should he –think REAL miracle here – be elected… Even the folks who compiled the DSM-IV cannot find an appropriate category for WILLARD, as his psychopathology overlaps into so many areas… I’m happy that he has Hoffa’s support…
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
@king Free - So Mormons are "a bunch of brain washed idiots," but Obama, as a Christian, isn't a "brain washed idiot" for believing that some guy named Jesus walked on water, healed the sick, turned water into wine, etc??? Yeah, you're real consistent all right!
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@king Free - WOW - you're defending a man, Obama, that you apparently know nothing about! In Obama's own self authored book, 'Dreams of My Father,' he admits to abusing drugs up through his mid twenties when ever life got a little too tough for him to handle. Here's a liberal source for you, wherein Michelle is asked to explain her husband's drug habits/abuse: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/05/michelle-obama-on-presidents-drug-use-he-was-like-124781.html So, now Romney's not only a coke head, but he's also a pedophile, eh? Where's your proof? You're nothing but a bigoted HACK!!! Go back to the Daily Kos where you belong!
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Coming from the man who defended Obama while knowing nothing about him and making up libelous LIES about Mitt Romney. Yeah, you're real credible all right - NOT!!! Now be a good little liberal and go back to the Daily Kos where all the other lemmings congregate!
Bewildered September 29, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Now we can add "Mormon cult" to the long list of Wilsonisms: "An “unborn child” is totally disingenuous and an obvious attempt to bestow attributes – typical emotional argument – upon a biological organism that they do not have. Your “unborn child” is, in fact, a fetus" "As I see it, an ovum/fetus has no RIGHT TO LIFE" "the RED, COMMUNIST MOAMMAR WALKER PARTY " "the RED, COMMUNIST REPUBLICAN PARTY" "In today’s America if Slavery was put to a popular vote, it would pass" This guy is an original !
James R Hoffa September 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
@Lyin' John Wilson - Once again, shifting the subject to avoid discussing Obama's prior status as a junkie! Not to mention grossly LYING about Romney. Typical of the left - no one is fooled by your Alinsky tactics!
Lyle Ruble September 29, 2012 at 09:00 PM
@pull my string Keith Best...Do you ever have an original thought that doesn't come out of the GOP/Tea Party talking points? What are you going to say when your candidates don't prevail?
Bewildered September 29, 2012 at 09:12 PM
"Hey Lyle, I counted. That the 63rd time you've used the line "Pull my string". Dontcha think its time to come up with a new witty insult?" Oops, I stand corrected That's now 64 times. Lyle, you're getting so very predictable. Not very original, are ya.
Lyle Ruble September 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
@King Free...I think you have a lot of things wrong about Romney just because he is a Mormon. Being a Mormon is not relevant to whether he is qualified to be elected president. I think how Romney is characterized as a "straight edge" is correct. In my experience of living in Utah amongst Mormons, Romney is consistent with his religion. As far as Obama's drug use, he has freely admitted it and it isn't an issue. Bush's drug and alcohol use is also a matter of public record and it isn't an issue either. Only one thing comes out of a pissin' contest, you get wet!
Bewildered September 29, 2012 at 09:44 PM
While I admire you for calling out Mr Kng Free ( who is this guy?), simple question for you, Lyle. Is there anywhere you haven't lived? Any job you haven't worked? Any subject you don't consider yourself an expert? You're kinda like the guy who's always gotta one up everyone,, always been everywhere and done every thing better, and always knows more than anyone else. This persona you love to portray on Patch is getting old. Do your blogs feed your ego? Does anyone care?
John Wilson September 29, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Lyle Ruble – I'm interested in what YOU mean by "straight edge" as I have a fairly clear idea what I think that is, but we may not be on the same page here. I’m also interested in the many things that King Free has wrong about Romney, as I can’t find any. So, please inform me regarding just what these MANY THINGS are as I am always interested in an increase in FACTS and KNOWLEDGE. I listed many different items regarding WILLARD, including the fact that he was a Mormon [former Bishop] and some of the things his RELIGION is far more responsible for in his PERSONAL BEHAVIOR, rather than any great character or positive social/personality traits. I did NOT attack his religion; I merely mentioned that, along with his wealth, draft dodging, etc. Now, if YOU, like JRH want to read bigot into that, well, that's on you... Further, the Constitution forbids a religious TEST to run for P or VP and other political offices, as well; however, in the real world, that place where we eat, breathe, talk and work, there certainly is a religious TEST! Can you even conceive of an atheist or agnostic becoming P on November 6, 2012? Now, I really don’t care to get wet here, I am merely requesting information, and perhaps, your opinion… Hoffa is the dude addicted to golden showers…
Bewildered September 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Wow, you know little ol' Lyle is having a bad day when even Wilson is going after him. Almost feel sorry for Lyle. Almost
John Wilson September 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Keith Best – “I sat in Rev. Wright’s pews for 20 years but I never really listened.” Did Obama really say that, if so, site your reference? You seem to possess a truly remarkable trait, namely, being able to read Obama’s mind! [I’ve sat through speeches, lectures in school, “listening tours” by Lyin’ Ryan and many a sermon from many different faiths, and, very candidly, NEVER LISTENED.] And, to ascertain just, exactly, the depth and breath of President Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, well, that goes far beyond exceptional, that’s actually GODLIKE… "I promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term". "If I can't get this done it will be a one-term proposition". [A little help from the tea-baggers would have helped.] Please site the source of this quote. Now, even. IF TRUE, this would be something that President Obama WANTED TO DO, and IF you know anything about government, he needs the consensus of the full CONGRESS to do that! He cannot issue an Executive Order on that. Further, on the “one-term proposition” I can clearly see from the polls today that the GOP is well on its way to making President Obama a one term president… Yes, Keith, Rush & I are both doing Oxycodone and LSD… all day long… "Fast & Furious" was started by that great intellectual GOP Bush… you really do NOT want to go there with your GOP barf points… And, the rest is NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES… well beyond your job description.
Craig September 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Right on Lyle! Respect is earned...and you have earned your share many times.
Lyle Ruble September 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM
@John Wilson....Let me clarify something about the faithful LDS; they are inculcated into the belief and cultural system from birth. To observe the "Word of Wisdom" is second nature to them. Some people call it brainwashing, but that is their system. Even so it still takes a conscious choice to observe them. I agree that Mitt was a Mormon Bishop, but he was more; he was also a Stake President and had all of the wards within his stake under his control. I believe that he was the State Mission President. Not only did Mitt avoid the draft while on his mission, but on his return he spent 3 years at BYU and avoided the draft with a school deferment. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and the way has been greased for him. I don't think people outside his family, closet friends and the church leadership know very much about how the man operates. I agree he's highly secretive and if he's elected president we can expect a not very transparent administration.
John Wilson September 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Lyle Ruble - Thank you... I can agree with all of that. There is precious little difference between that Mormon type of upbringing than there is being raised - indoctrinated - into Catholicism, Fundamental Christianity or any other religious cult - for that matter. They catch you when you are a baby and pound this religious rubbish down your throat every day of your entire life - the only real difference between the madrasahs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. is geography. Yet, we somehow claim religious superiority and some strange enlightenment... probably because of the AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM MYTH… Just to make my position on any religion unequivocal, I am an atheist. To me, ALL religions are cults, and the sooner they disappear from the face of the planet, the better off humankind will be, serving the wishes, dreams, hopes, aspirations and growth of man. Anyone may cling to his/her religion and that is none of my business; when you begin to interject your religious dogma into my life or our secular government, then we are going to have some serious problems. I really follow the JFK statement (paraphrase) "an absolute separation of church and state." [We have nothing even approaching that now and haven’t for over a century…] Willard would install elevators in the White House for his many automobiles, start a war with Iran, turn America into a Plutocracy, decimate our economy and inform WE THE PEOPLE of absolutely NOTHING…
Bewildered September 30, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Hey Lyle, in case you haven't figured it out yet, Wilson also considered Judaism a cult that "pounds religious rubbish down your throat" too. But keep defending him. Wilson, when on my knees tonite, I will say a quiet prayer in your behave. Truly. Doesn't matter if you appreciate it or mock it, my God is a forgiving amd loving God. Now feel free to continue your hating. You're very good at it,
Bewildered September 30, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Let us all never forget what type of a man Wilson is. Repeating my post last week citing the following Wison post: "An “unborn child” is totally disingenuous and an obvious attempt to bestow attributes – typical emotional argument – upon a biological organism that they do not have. Your “unborn child” is, in fact, a fetus" for all of us, let's hope this guy isn't a father,
John Wilson September 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Bewildered - Indeed, Bewildered is an extremely appropriate moniker. Most of us were born with some degree of cognitive and analytical prowess… sorry you only got the christian chaos… I hope that you will one day get over your man crush on the great Wilson…

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