Pictorial: Protest Saturday in Wisconsin

posted at 12:00 pm on February 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, our intrepid Wisconsin reader Tim R took his trusty digital camera to the protests in Madison again to capture the flavor of the protests.  If you thought the hyperbolic signage from last week was an anomaly, you’ll be surprised to find out from yesterday’s protest that (a) Scott Walker is still Hitler, (b) he’s “exterminating” union members, and (c) Sarah Palin shot someone’s dog.  This last bit is silly, of course; Palin only shoots what she eats.

Let’s start with an example of the union keeping the issue in perspective:

So the Wisconsin Governor is Osama bin Laden because he fulfilled a campaign promise to cut the cost of government?

Remember, these people are teaching Wisconsin children:

Would that be before or after Scott Walker drove a 747 into the state budget?

Congratulations!  You have now protested more against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than Barack Obama did in the summer of 2009!  Oh, wait, you mean the man your state elected just four months ago as Governor?  Maybe you should peruse a dictionary for the word “dictator” … and take a civics class before teaching one.

Dude, I bet that kid could tell the difference between an elected governor of an American state and the Nazi dictator.  Well, if that kid went to private school, he could.

Help me out, Wisconsin voters.  Exactly what does it take to get a teaching credential in your state?  Apparently there are no requirements for history, civics, or sentient thought.

One has to wonder when the Jewish voters in Wisconsin will get fed up with the budget-cuts-equals-Holocaust rhetoric; this is a particularly egregious example.  No wonder she hid her face when Tim took the picture.

Classy!

For that matter, Jewish voters might not be the only ones offended by this display.  Any Egyptian refugees in Wisconsin?

Let’s see — teachers promoting abortion.  If they succeed, wouldn’t that put them out of a job?

Anyone surprised by this one?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

I agree with the “fascist union” part.  Seems like they have a deep and abiding affinity for fascists, considering the content of their signage, as well as a complete cluelessness about what fascism actually is.   Which is more fascist: holding a vote on a bill introduced through a newly-elected state legislature, or sending thousands of storm troopers to intimidate the elected legislature into abandoning their business?  Oh, let’s not always see the same hands …


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Linked with an epic blog roundup: ‘Wisconsin Protests: ‘A Massive Onslaught Against Democracy’.

Donald Douglas on February 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I’m calling on you intrepid bloggers to do a state-to-state comparison, comparing WI’s “opressed workers” and the state employees on other states.

I’ve noted some the vast difference between WI and NC, but surely there are many other states whose state employees have far fewer benefits than the fat-cats in WI… and like NC, many of them probably have DEM governors.

They want to compare WI with Egypt? Make ‘em compare WI to other states instead.

mankai on February 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Let’s see — teachers promoting abortion. If they succeed, wouldn’t that put them out of a job?

Job–yes. Paycheck–no

cartooner on February 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Your tax dollars at work…

… Happy?

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I especially like that last sign… It is just as subtle and mature as 0bama’s “Just scratching my cheek.” bird flipping.

I thought this was an interesting report

“Just like Egypt”, indeed. unfortunately, not quite in the way that they want you to believe.

LegendHasIt on February 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

So when is Barry going to weigh in about all the ‘heated rhetoric’?

…………crickets chirping……………..

GarandFan on February 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Yeah, wait until some knucklehead shows up at a Tea Party rally with something like those Hitler signs…the pic would be on the newswires in 0.001 seconds.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I agree with the “fascist union” part.

Ed, you could agree with the “Community killer” part too. That’s what they are doing.

To them democracy is only when they win.

What monsters the world gets to see, in plain sunshines. I love what is happening in Wisconsin. It tells who the moochers are. I can’t wait for the next set of votes.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

***

There were lots of college kids “playing revolution” while wearing the latest fashionable sunglasses standing next to old hippies “replaying revolution” while wearing what they wore over 40 years ago and looking rather worse for wear. There were union thugs wearing union jackets and trying to intimidate in the mix, as well.

The only ones I felt were being misled were the college kids and their parents who, if they are from out of state, are paying over $35,000 a year for tuition, room and board to the state of Wisconsin university system to turn their darling little Stefan into another Bill Ayers.

Fallon on February 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The first part of your comment made me spit up. The record-scratching line was excellent.

Beyond that, with regard to the college kids, it reminds me of the jacka**es who graduate and show up to commencement with all kinds of inappropriate nonsense on their mortar boards. A few years ago, some moron fit his mortar board with a condom. He then allowed himself to be interviewed. He was to begin work with a local Fortune 500 company…until the company fired up on his first day.

If I’m a recruiter and I’m looking at UW grad, it goes in the round file. If I interview a UW student, I’m asking about his or her response to this situation and deciding which way to go depending on the answer.

BuckeyeSam on February 20, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Lefty protester tries to disconnect the tea party’s sound system . What a bunch.

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/busted-union-protester-arrested-for-trying-to-sabotage-madison-tea-party-sound-system-video/

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Here is what Missouri public employees have for a pension plan…

Key pension changes for state employees

Old plan:

— Normal retirement: Age 62 with at least five years of service.

— Employee makes no contribution to pension. Funding comes from taxpayers and investment income.

— Employee can retire with full benefits as young as age 48 if age and years of service equal 80.

New plan:

— Normal retirement: Age 67 with at least 10 years of service.

— Employee pays 4 percent of salary toward pension.

— Employee can retire with full benefits at age 55 if age and years of service equal 90.

The new plan applies to state employees hired for the first time on or after Jan. 1, 2011. In both versions, state employees generally must work at least half-time (1,040 hours a year) to be eligible for pensions, though agencies can waive that requirement.

Source: Missouri State Employees Retirement System

Vince on February 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

the pic would be on the newswires in 0.001 seconds.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 20, 2011

Oh quit you dishonest DB

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Oh quit you dishonest DB

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I think you misread his comment.

darwin on February 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

This is what I found for Mo. public school teachers except for St Louis and Kansas City Missouri.

Unveiled at last week’s work session, the draft aims to reduce pensions for teachers hired after June 30, 2013, by roughly 15 to 20 percent, Yoakum said.

For example, after 30 years of service, current teachers draw 75 percent of their compensation, which includes salary and board-paid health insurance, as a pension. Under the proposal, new teachers would draw 60 percent of salary and insurance after 30 years. That would drop the pension for a $60,000-a-year teacher to $36,000 annually, down from $45,000.

Also, the normal retirement age would go to 62 from 60. Provisions that allow teachers to draw full benefits earlier — after they’ve taught at least 30 years or when their age and years of service total 80 — would be eliminated.

Vince on February 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Good going, lefty idiots. You’ve pretty much erased all that carefully cultivated Tea Party= Nazi stuff, as well as reminding the majority of Americans why it is exactly that they despise you. All in one week. Brilliant.

ddrintn on February 20, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Ed, Consider using this link in a future post.

http://www.unionrefund.org/index.asp

artist on February 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM

You thought they were dead?

SEIU in full swing.

I would not be surprised if foreigners are not streaming up through Mexico now, getting driver licenses in NM, going to WI, protesting, then staying in the country and voting illeglly for Obama.

Thank Obama for this mayhem and complete raping of your pockets.

If he doesn’t call this off he should be held fully accountable for it all.

This is a president who hates his country and democracy, the world over, unless his side wins.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

More left wing political bigotry on display.

Expect it to continue so long as the left is never specifically identified as “political bigots” against conservatives and common sense.

Also, pay no heed to the ongoing exposure of Democrat’s plan for a three tiered society of the Privileged (Unions, attorneys, greens and assorted others all of live outside normal market forces), Serfs (private sector workerbee) and Collectors (taxpaying private sector management). Move along … nothing to see here.

It’s been a great system for collecting votes, not so much when it comes to counting money. But then making ends meet is only a problem for those in the private sector actually working to provide the nation’s private sector goods and services. If you have a axpayer credit card for health care, pensions or whatever, keep asking for more and the Democrats will deliver…

drfredc on February 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Oh quit you dishonest DB

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I think you misread his comment.

darwin on February 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Actually no-I just don’t trust him. He is as dishonest as the day is long. I asked him last night if he had a vested interest in unions which he denied only later to admit to being in a union.

CWforFreedom on February 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Now we witness firsthand OBlahBlahs million man civilian army bigger than the U.S. military in action.

The “Cousin Eddie”, endless vacationing, US Precedent, has mobilized his Army against the American People in a way that would make dictators worldwide envious!

IMPEACH the imposter NOW.

Make any teacher not showing up for work Pariahs in their own communities. Ridicule them in their hometown grocery stores, churches, any community associations stand up and confront them or lose our country to the anti-American forces that will enslave We The People!

dhunter on February 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM

SEIU in full swing.
Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Hmm, interesting. I see that they have a form to sign up to go help them protest at all those places.

It sure would be a shame if a bunch of people signed up with false names, false emails and false phone number that wasted their rent-a-thug coordinators time and resources.

LegendHasIt on February 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I see from that laughable Koch poster that the Left is still absolutely obsessed with oral sex.

How infantile of them.

Del Dolemonte on February 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Ummm, sorry, but the Hitler analogy is historically accurate if not very refined. The trade unions in Germany were banned in May of 1933. Everyone knows that. The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union. Ergo, Walker is taking actions similar to Adolf.

Truth. A pesky thing.

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

***

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Private sector unions vs. public-sector unions (no trade)

Apples vs. oranges.

Nice try.

BuckeyeSam on February 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Ummm, sorry, but the Hitler analogy is historically accurate if not very refined.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Similarly, the Nazis had a public health care system. Heil Obama?

ddrintn on February 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Ummm, sorry, but the Hitler analogy is historically accurate if not very refined. The trade unions in Germany were banned in May of 1933. Everyone knows that. The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union. Ergo, Walker is taking actions similar to Adolf.

Truth. A pesky thing.

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Besides, who’s banning the friggin’ union?

ddrintn on February 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

More examples of Union label pride!

chickasaw42 on February 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Ummm, sorry, but the Hitler analogy is historically accurate if not very refined. The trade unions in Germany were banned in May of 1933. Everyone knows that. The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union. Ergo, Walker is taking actions similar to Adolf.

Truth. A pesky thing.

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

FDR didn’t want unions in the public sector.

Truly, he was like Hitler as well.

Good Lt on February 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union. Ergo, Walker is taking actions similar to Adolf.

Wouldn’t apply to policemen and firemen, and doesn’t apply to wages. So, collective bargaining can’t be said to be “banned”.

Truth. A pesky thing.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

It is. Hard for union shills to keep up.

ddrintn on February 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Don’t give us that “Why aren’t Jews outraged against this Hitler stuff…” Give me a break– who is bankrolling the media and their hatred of anything Christian and respectable in this nation?

Nice knowing you fellow HA’s, the obvious truth can get you banned here.

leftnomore on February 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Truth. A pesky thing.
bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

It certainly is.

kingsjester on February 20, 2011 at 2:50 PM

And why can’t our liberal fellow commentator here figure out the DIFFERENCE between PUBLIC unions and private ones? Idiot.

leftnomore on February 20, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Welcome to a progressive protest. This is how these people roll my friends.

Zombietime.com will show you this isn’t a one off sort of thing. This is the rule for a leftward protest, not the exception. This is the seedy underside of the left in all of its anti-semitic, completely insane glory.

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 20, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Don’t give us that “Why aren’t Jews outraged against this Hitler stuff…” Give me a break– who is bankrolling the media and their hatred of anything Christian and respectable in this nation?

Nice knowing you fellow HA’s, the obvious truth can get you banned here.

leftnomore on February 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

So…you believe “the Joooooooos” are financing an anti-Christian propaganda movement? Do I understand you correctly?

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2011 at 2:54 PM

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

wow…you must feel really stupid now! way to be a complete troll and add nothing of worth the the conversation…shall we go into the myraid of things barrack obama has done that are hitler-esque? yet none of us call obama hitler and for good reason

get a life man

dirksilver on February 20, 2011 at 2:54 PM

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

You utter fool. You have your facts all wrong about Walker.

Here’s what WI is all about to you “democracy is only when lefties win”.

Get your brain turned on before you comment.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM

No, see, the protesters are just like the French, see? The media neglected to report that one of the Democratic Senators, just as he was scurrying out the back door of the Capitol the other day, was heard yelling, “Hold the Maginot! Hold the Maginot!” That’s why Walker’s like Hitler.

Apparently there are no requirements for history, civics, or sentient thought.

Cool! I need a job. Perhaps I wood kwaluhfeye.

Classy!

And unique!

CO2 Producer on February 20, 2011 at 2:59 PM

My bet is that guy’s dog shot himself. He just couldn’t lift his leg in public any longer knowing such a moron was his “master.”

bifidis ~ Wisconsin public schools? I’m just guessing here . . .

Adjoran on February 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM

wow, no wonder the docs are giving these pps notes, they are sick, they are freaking insane.

nwpammy on February 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Enough of the ‘Hitler’ analysis

November 2010: 0bama’s ‘Ft. Sumpter’

Wisconsin, February, 2011: 0bama’s First Manassas.

Ironic isn’t it that 0bama is the Commander in Chief of the UNION forces?

LegendHasIt on February 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Teaching is a “trade?” So they no longer go to college, but start as apprentices?

Also, did you ever study verb conjugation?

TugboatPhil on February 20, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Enough of the ‘Hitler’ analysis

November 2010: 0bama’s ‘Ft. Sumpter’

Wisconsin, February, 2011: 0bama’s First Manassas.

Ironic isn’t it that 0bama is the Commander in Chief of the UNION forces?

LegendHasIt on February 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Best comment on topic!

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Don’t give us that “Why aren’t Jews outraged against this Hitler stuff…” Give me a break– who is bankrolling the media and their hatred of anything Christian and respectable in this nation?

Nice knowing you fellow HA’s, the obvious truth can get you banned here.

leftnomore on February 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

You sound like a crazy anti-semite. Crazy anti-semites aren’t welcome amongst normal non-crazy people. Just so as you know.

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Enough of the ‘Hitler’ analysis

November 2010: 0bama’s ‘Ft. Sumpter’

Wisconsin, February, 2011: 0bama’s First Manassas.

Ironic isn’t it that 0bama is the Commander in Chief of the UNION forces?

LegendHasIt on February 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I suspect that’s a little too obscure for the Gwen Ifill crowd.

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

The bill doesn’t “ban collective bargaining” but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good hate, trolls.

Hitler busted private unions because he wanted his government to control all hiring/firing/wages/retirement/healthcare (and he would have busted the protest and sent the ringleaders to Dachau on Thursday, Friday at the latest). Comparing Walker to Hitler is comparing apples to razor blades.

Radish on February 20, 2011 at 3:28 PM

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Gee, generalizing about Jews controlling the media and imagining a secret cabal against Christianity. Why would anyone think there was anything anti-Semitic about that?

mankai on February 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The sign are so shrill and hysterical. Even if I were an opponent of the legislation I would be embarrassed to carry them. They didn’t even mention the legislation or any provision in the legislation.

scrubjay on February 20, 2011 at 3:51 PM

This is for bifidis, who posts nonsense, with no linked sources.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2011 at 3:51 PM

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Dumbass, the state employees in many states don’t have collective bargaining “rights”? Do we all live little Nazi Germanys?

I’d gladly trade my benefits and pay package with the poor, oppressed state workers in WI.

mankai on February 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

It is the general public that should be inflamed. Take the SEIU for example. What part of Service do they not understand. Are they public servants with collective bargaining privileges or are they just collecting tax payer privileges to serve themselves?

fourdeucer on February 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

The protesters standing behind guy Mr Tobin on FNC right now look like a bunch of statues. They’re hardly moving at all, a huge contrast from all the yelling and stomping that they were doing before.

I think they’re starting to figure out how much people despise them.

FloatingRock on February 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

In case you need a reminder link here’s the Thug-In-Chief when he was just giving us a hint of what was to come for us all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eszcEC4sk0o&feature=youtube_gdata_player

PappyD61 on February 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Yes, Madison is a bit off center… nice Billboards

WhoU4 on February 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Heh. On the way to Madison, on I-94, there is a Billboard of Bush and Clinton asking “Voted Obama, embarrassed yet?” I saw it yesterday while driving to the Rally.

DWB on February 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

That kid in picture #4 has an AWESOME hat.

bekarlss on February 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

This is how pathetic these people are. lmao

http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110220113114AAcUwK5

DWB on February 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union. Ergo, Walker is taking actions similar to Adolf.

Truth. A pesky thing.

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Another Sleeper Cell activation?

Del Dolemonte on February 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

. The trade unions in Germany were banned in May of 1933. bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Most of the trade unions of Germany were joined together in two large federations, the “Free Trade Unions” and the “Christian Trade Unions.” …In place of the trade unions the Nazi Government set up a German Labour Front (DAF), controlled by the NSDAP, and which, in practice, all workers in Germany were compelled to join.

So you’re almost partly right. What Hitler did was compel union membership. Hmmm… Who’s hitlerian here?

Akzed on February 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM

The banned of collective bargaining is the banning of a trade union. Ergo, Walker is taking actions similar to Adolf.

Truth. A pesky thing.

Flame away, Hot Airheads.

bifidis on February 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Actually, tardlett, Roosevelt was against government unionization. But then, you’re a product of our Education Colleges, aren’t you…dumb@$$

MNHawk on February 20, 2011 at 5:51 PM

DWB on February 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Excellent…!

WhoU4 on February 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Events have conspired to offer Republicans unprecedented opportunity to expose and crush the Left. Right now. Republicans had nothing to do with effecting this opportunity — the Left have done it to themselves. The failed stimulus, Obamacare, Obama’s contempt of the courts, now the impossibly crude and selfish flailings in Wisconsin. All of this begs for a unified theory of the unfit and destructive Left and the leader to present it.

The viper is under the boot. The spade is in the hand. Where is the the leader to deliver the blow?

rrpjr on February 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Another Sleeper Cell activation?

Del Dolemonte on February 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Thanks for the laugh. Needed it.

jeanie on February 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

rrpjr on February 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM

You’re right. If you stop and think about it, there’s been nothing but trouble and upheaval since Obama took office.

jeanie on February 20, 2011 at 6:13 PM

OT: The idiotic gigolo the Democrats ran for President in 2004 was heckled by Far Leftists during a Town Meeting in Northampton, MA yesterday. They were upset at him for supporting the war in…Afghanistan.

He also had to apologize to an audience member for earlier calling her a “Neanderthal”.

Her “crime”? She told him she didn’t believe in Globull Warming!

NORTHAMPTON — A loud and angry crowd in Northampton confronted Sen. John Kerry over his support for the war in Afghanistan, the government’s response to the recession and other issues.

Anti-war protesters interrupted Kerry numerous times Saturday as he met with constituents. Kerry apologized to a woman who said he called her a Neanderthal for not believing in global warming. The Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential candidate said he was referring generally to those who do not believe in global warming.

Resident Steve Ganzel of Northampton criticized Kerry for failing to stem credit-default swaps, which insure against default of securities tied to mortgages and were blamed for partly causing the collapse of large banks. Kerry said he tried unsuccessfully to gather support for measures that would have imposed regulations.

Yeah, I really believe that last lie.

Del Dolemonte on February 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I’ve never minded living in a state that borders WI — until now. Now I feel I live waaay too close to these insane-asylum escapees. As if living near Chicago weren’t bad enough on its own…

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on February 20, 2011 at 6:40 PM

The saddest part of all of this is that teachers, as I am, are suppose to be role models for our children. Just think, most of these signs are being held by someone entrusted with our children, and we need more money to make education better? Do you really believe that money is the answer after seeing what is happening in Wisconsin and soon to be every where else?

mistert1950 on February 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110220/ap_on_re_us/us_wisconsin_budget_doctor_s_notes_2

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ne of the doctors was Lou Sanner, 59, who practices family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Sanner said he gave out hundreds of notes and that many protesters with whom he spoke seemed to be suffering from stress.

“Some people think it’s a nod-and-a-wink thing but it’s not,” he told The Associated Press on Sunday. “One of the biggest stresses in life is the threat of loss of income, loss of job, loss of health insurance. People have actually been getting ill from this, or they can’t sleep.”

William Amos on February 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

The next time you call your Doc on the phone and complain of various symptoms and he says you must be examined so come in to the office. Remind him that his colleagues in WI only needed the ‘patient’s’ say so.

jeanie on February 20, 2011 at 7:17 PM

William Amos on February 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Read some similar articles on local media sites, hope the Doctors will have to experience some of the “Stress” they are talking about… but knowing the UW system they will just sweep this under the rug.

WhoU4 on February 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM

More proof that there’s more than about 40 miles that separates my city of Beaver Dam, WI from Madison. There’s a whole hell of a lot of reality that separates the two cities, also.

Let’s see…

An elected governor proposes a budget when his past history and rhetoric should clue in anyone what he was thinking of doing is the fascist?

An organization we in Wisconsin are forced to subsidize no matter what, who can walk off their job, get phony doctor’s notes, and even drag students along to their protest (permission from parents? Did they even have it?) are the good guys here?

What nonsense.

Badger State Dave on February 20, 2011 at 8:26 PM


Which is more fascist: holding a vote on a bill introduced through a newly-elected state legislature, or sending thousands of storm troopers to intimidate the elected legislature into abandoning their business?

If we can put a stay on Godwin’s Law for the sake of defense, I think the analogy can go one point farther. Given how the DNC has gotten involved, maybe for the sake of conversation ammend that to “sending thousands of storm troopers, coordinated by a major political party, to intimidate the elected legislature into abandoning their business.”

On the plus side, I think the average person is probably too enlightened about the players for the DNC or someone like them successfully go Reichstag for a moment.

apostic on February 20, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I have been a teacher for 18 years.

My supervising principals have called me a “master teacher”. I teach like fish swim. Teaching feeds me. I adore my students.

For the first time in all these years, I’m ready to quit. I hate watching my profession circle the drain. I hate being associated with such unprofessional, unprincipled “colleagues”.

Thanks, Wisconsin teachers. You shame me.

Grace_is_sufficient on February 20, 2011 at 9:07 PM

That fifth picture kind of looks like a photoshop.

JohnJ on February 20, 2011 at 9:29 PM

“One of the biggest stresses in life is the threat of loss of income, loss of job, loss of health insurance. People have actually been getting ill from this, or they can’t sleep.”

William Amos on February 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

OMG, we’ve got to give those poor people more money immediately! Please, China, we beg you, lend us more of that sweet, sweet money so that we can help these poor deprived souls. (With violin accompaniment.)

FloatingRock on February 20, 2011 at 9:30 PM

That fifth picture kind of looks like a photoshop.

JohnJ on February 20, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Just in case you want to see more photos…

WhoU4 on February 20, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Is that the CIVILITY HITLER I see!?

profitsbeard on February 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Thanks, Wisconsin teachers. You shame me.

Grace_is_sufficient on February 20, 2011 at 9:07 PM

That you are capable of feeling shame over this is, to me, a good reason for you to stay in the profession. We need more like you.

gryphon202 on February 21, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Oh, let’s not always see the same hands …

Why not? They are the smart kids.
Trip #37 to the principals office.

Slowburn on February 21, 2011 at 3:04 AM

Let me see here. It takes a super majority for a bill that spends money but not a normal bill for it to pass the Wisconsin legislature, as I understand it today.

Banning public employee unions entirely or banning negotiating with public employee unions about anything is not directly a spending bill. I suspect Walker and others are well aware of this. I wonder if this whole thing will escalate that far or not.

{^_^}

herself on February 21, 2011 at 3:29 AM

Make that a “super-quorum”. My bad.
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herself on February 21, 2011 at 3:35 AM

We didn’t see all these vulgar signs at the beginning of the protest. When is someone in the MSM going to point out the obvious that it escalated when Obama/OFA sent in their hired punks? One would think that the REAL teachers who are striking would find it offensive–that they still hold a modicum of decency, and would speak out, wouldn’t one?

hoosiermama on February 21, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Teachers promoting abortion? Nothing new here their organizations have always supported the destruction of their future clientele. The only “professionals” in America that can’t understand kindergarten level cause and effect.

What if every kid wore a button to school that said – “You’re only getting paid because my mother didn’t listen to your friends in planned (un)parenthood.”

Don L on February 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM

It’s hard not to suspect that the protesters carrying those signs are mostly “outside agitators” trucked in by some Democrat-affiliated group. I have a friend who’s a middle school teacher in NY, and although he’s always been unsparing in his criticism of lazy colleagues and administrators, he never suggested that they were mindless goons or unscrupulous provocateurs as these appear to be. It looks to me as if Wisconsin teachers have farmed out their First Amendment rights while they call in sick and their union’s legislative hirelings take a powder. Perhaps I’m being too charitable, but I just can’t reconcile my image of public school teachers, coddled though many of them may have been, with what look like institutional inmates let out for a union-sponsored field trip.

Seth Halpern on February 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM

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