Photo of the Day, Wisconsin Edition

Warning: Plug your nose before looking at this one because you can smell him through the computer:


Hallis Mailen sleeps on Sunday in the rotunda of the Wisconsin Capitol as a round-the-clock protest continues over the proposed budget and bargaining rights. (Post-Gazette)

Welcome to the Wisconsin Capitol’s Bed & Extremely High Cholesterol Breakfast.

The union’s Capitol crash-fest is like Woodstock, but a lot fatter and without all that “peace and love” crap.

Update: No wonder Charles Rangel shows such solidarity with the union.

Help Wanted: Non-Union Astroturfers to Fight for the Union

In Indiana, a union is looking to hire some protesters for astroturfing. Don’t look for the union label, though.

It’s safe to assume it’s a non-union gig because it only pays 25 cents more than Indiana’s minimum wage.

Non-union protest labor needs to organize in order to be paid a living wage from the people who claim to be fighting for the working man.

Danny Glover to the Rescue of Indiana Unions


If unions are trying to win sympathy, dragging Marxist, commie-hugging actors into the fray to side with them won’t do much to sway public opinion in their favor:

Actor and activist Danny Glover has urged labor union members protesting at the Indiana Statehouse to stand in solidarity against what he called an organized campaign attacking American workers.

Several hundred union members cheered Monday as the star of the “Lethal Weapon” action movies told the protesters they are part of a nationwide battle to stop a “vicious attack” to take more from the middle class.

Anybody else find it odd that the actor who claims to be fighting for American organized labor has a king-size man crush on Hugo Chavez, the guy who runs a country where union leaders are imprisoned for organizing strikes and the “wrong kind” of union activists somehow manage to turn up dead? Rank-and-file American labor might want to think twice before applauding Danny Glover’s world view and asking for the same thing to be brought to the United States.

And speaking of “taking more from the middle class,” the middle class is invited to see Glover’s latest movie… for $9.50 each and another $25 for popcorn and soda.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

The Civility Keeps on Comin’

HW & Bubba’s National Institute on Civil Discourse is going to be full-up if all the people I keep recommending for an intervention and inpatient treatment program end up going there.

The latest example of the new tone comes from… you guessed it — Wisconsin.

WTMJ Radio:

Last Friday…. after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, [Rep. Gordon] Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are F***king dead!”

These people are starting to make Sarah Palin’s “bullseye” election map look like a Sesame Street poster.

I don’t think it needs to be mentioned, but you’ll notice that the party affiliation of the above legislator who talks like Al Capone threatening Eliot Ness wasn’t listed. It’s become a redundant fact to mention.

Incidentally, Hintz was cited earlier in the month for violating a city sexual misconduct ordinance, but now he’s back to f**king taxpayers, which unfortunately is perfectly legal.

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

Protesters Refuse to Leave Capitol; Police Melt Like Wisconsin Cheddar in a Fondue Pot


If these were Tea Partiers, what do you think the police would do?

Of course, that’s a ridiculous scenario, because the Tea Party is respectful of laws and property while the other side isn’t compelled to play by those rules, and unfortunately they have the blessing of the police:

The occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol by protesters fighting efforts to strip public workers of union bargaining rights carried on Sunday after police decided not to forcibly remove demonstrators and end a nearly two-week-long sit-in.

Roughly three hours after a deadline to vacate the building had passed and as police officers continued to look on quietly, protest coordinator Erika Wolf took to a microphone and announced: “There’s really awesomely good news — that we’re going to be able to stay here tonight.”

A cheer went up from the several hundred protesters who had ignored a request from the state agency that oversees the Capitol to leave by 4 p.m. so that the normally immaculate building could get a thorough cleaning.

Leftists rarely care about anything being clean or respected — not even a war memorial — so no surprise there. But by the police doing nothing they’re inviting more of this behavior. Remember though that the police are also unionized, so the question of whether the cops will ultimately put unions or laws first may have been answered in Wisconsin.

I saw an officer being interviewed this morning, and he said “We’re expecting everyone to act in accordance with the laws, but we’ve made a decision not to force anybody out or make arrests.” When leftist thugs heard that, they heard “anything goes.” Running a city on the left-wing honor system… what could possibly go wrong?

Michelle M. has a picture from the slumber party here. Now the Capitol probably smells like a NYC cab, and it could be coming to a state capitol near you.

(h/t HAP)

Another Campaign Promise Bites the Dust

Obama to unions in 2007: “Understand this, if American workers are being denied their right to collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’m going to put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself — I’ll walk on that picket line with you…”

It’s taking him a long time to find those shoes:

Besides, no comfy shoes necessary. Obama wouldn’t even have to walk. He’d be surveying the picket line from atop a royal litter carried by Chris Matthews, Richard Trumka, and Oprah. So what’s taking him so long to get to Wisconsin?

This is as close as Obama will get to a Wisconsin picket:


If Obama can’t find the comfortable shoes, the dancing shoes he wore last night should work just fine on a picket line too — at least they couldn’t work any worse than they do on the dance floor:

(h/t Anne)

Wisconsin School District Docks Pay for Teachers Who Played Hookie to Protest

Welcome to the real world, Teach!

I take that back — in the real world the lot of ’em probably would have been fired for this stunt, but I do appreciate the irony: teachers skipped school to protest, ostensibly because they didn’t want to lose money… and doing so cost them money:

The Port Washington-Saukville School District will dock the pay of 82 teachers who skipped school last Thursday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill in Madison, Supt. Michael Weber said Tuesday.

The absences, which left the district without about 43% of its teachers, essentially crippled the school system. Administrators were forced to close the high school 1-1/2 hours after students arrived because there weren’t enough teachers to staff classrooms.
The teacher absences shocked school officials and parents, who said they thought the Port Washington-Saukville School District would be the last place to experience a mass exodus of teachers because of the remarkably good relationship between the district and union.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, it’s “whiny liberal roundup time” as state troopers are trying to locate and bring back missing crybaby Democrats who are shirking their responsibilities.

Nice that the police are forced to focus their efforts on finding Fleebaggers instead of, you know, arresting rapists, child molesters and murderers, isn’t it?

‘New Civility’ Update: Dem Rep Urges Unions to ‘Get a Little Bloody’ in the Streets

At what point does this “new tone” start? For the left, never — for the rest of us it was supposed to start weeks ago.

Here’s the latest example of a liberal’s idea of toned-down rhetoric:

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers’ rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going,” Capuano said, according to the Dorchester Reporter. “Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”

It sounds like somebody needs an intervention at HW & Bubba’s National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Update: The civility just keeps on coming!

(h/t Michelle M)