March 3, 2011

100 protesters storm the Wisconsin Capital.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
The protesters have been stopped by [a] phalanx of police on the ground floor of the west wing and prevented from reaching the rotunda and joining the separate group of protesters who have been spending the night in the Capitol.

Both groups of demonstrators are chanting slogans over the police such as “This is what democracy looks like,” “Shame!” and “We want Walker!” Others are making a peace sign with their fingers.
Meanwhile, a Dane County judge is planning to order everyone cleared out of the Capitol:
[Dane County Circuit Court Judge John] Albert indicated he would address the issue of overnight campers....

An estimated 100 people, according to police officials, fall under the category of protesters who have camped overnight in the rotunda and have resisted efforts to leave.

Albert's order is expected within hours and presumably would be implemented as soon as possible. A letter about Albert's order is expected to be handed to each protester. The letter would explain in detail why the protesters have to leave.

53 comments:

Mick said...

Party's over kids. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here!
FIRST!!

kent said...

"This is what Mob Rule looks like!"

mesquito said...

Looks like the anarchist contingent has arrived. Do you see dog-eared copies of Chomskey and Maomi Klein lying around?

rhhardin said...

Release the bedbugs.

galdosiana said...

Oh, here is the info! We were looking for this in another thread. Thanks!

Julius said...

Ohhh... it's a mob vs. a "phalanx"... just like old times!

Too bad it's just a provincial mess and not in the national capitol... Where's Caius Marius when you need him?

Big Mike said...

Not entirely unexpected.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

With all the doors locked, how did they get in? Someone leave a door open just a crack? Or did they break some glass? Or, as people were entering in a orderly manner did they just swarm in suddenly?

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

Ah...

David Noyce of Madison said that he entered the building with the demonstrators after someone let them in and that a policeman flashed him a thumbs up as he entered. The protesters entered just as Gov. Scott Walker was about to start a news conference in a separate room of the building.

Trooper York said...

Send lawyers, guns and kotex.

traditionalguy said...

This is a moment to honor Hans Christion Heg's legacy and stand up against the secessionists trying to tear apart our Constitutional Republic because they cannot stand to live in it according to its laws.

Steven said...

I really don't understand why these people think that "this is what democracy looks like." Do they really believe that "democracy" is a bunch of people chanting and drumming all the time? This makes about as much sense as me punching someone in the face while saying "This is what monogamy looks like!"

Michael said...

Julius: He has run from Sulla as he should have.

Michael K said...

Now is the time when the nuts come out. The molester when that 17 year old was passing out copies of the Constitution. That guy was really into teabagging and wanted to go right there.

Lovely people.

kent said...

Both groups of demonstrators are chanting slogans over the police such as “This is what democracy looks like,”

Silly, stupid moppets. "Democracy" is that thing where we elect represetatives; they gather, at a selected place and an appointed time; they vote; and we all move on from there.

That thing you're doing, by way of contrast? Not so much, no.

Fred4Pres said...

Get Meade out there with his press credentials and his flip camera!

It is epic...like Reds.

Or Dr. Zhivago.

David said...

They are getting the confrontation they want. Take it easy, everyone, please, and don't rise to the bait for violence.

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Jay said...

What are they protesting anyway?

For unsustainable pensions?

They obviously don't live in the real world where:

ob openings remain 30% below their level when the downturn hit in December 2007. Gross hiring is down by 843,000 jobs.

But hey, SOLIDARITY!

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

Don't eat the brown acid man, it's badddd.

shiloh said...

how did they get in?

They beamed in ...

Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life on this planet!

AA, put your phasers on stun, energize the Photon torpedoes, activate the defense shield.

Brace for impact!

>

and yes, Meade is an acceptible AA casualty in his never ending quest for truth, justice and the American way.

deborah said...

Here ya go, Mick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8&feature=related

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

Trooper, Lol!

Jason (the commenter) said...

"Storming the capital"

That sounds nice and non-violent. Not at all like an angry, rabid, mob of anarchists.

“We want Walker!”

To kill? To maim? What a nice touch. Way to keep on-message!

murgatroyd666 said...

Two separate groups of protesters, eh?

One must be the People's Front of Wisconsin and the other the Wisconsin People's Front.

kent said...

Both groups of demonstrators are chanting slogans over the police such as [...] “We want Walker!”

"University of Wisconsin Police Chief Susan Riseling says 41 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition were found Thursday morning scattered at several locations outside the Capitol."

shiloh said...

The Symbionese Liberation Army rises from the ashes ...

edutcher said...

The union morons must have been shown "Seven Days That Changed the World" and, in their delirium, thought they were storming the Winter Palace.

In their case, an unrequited wet dream.

Julius said...

Ohhh... it's a mob vs. a "phalanx"... just like old times!

Too bad it's just a provincial mess and not in the national capitol... Where's Caius Marius when you need him?


Or young Bonaparte?

Jason (the commenter) said...

shiloh: and yes, Meade is an acceptible AA casualty in his never ending quest for truth, justice and the American way.

No he is NOT! Meade does not need to get killed by animals looking for blood.

Emil Blatz said...

Everything must go, even the Kotexes (Kotexi?)

Bruce said...

Democracy is not a small number of politically connected people using force to stop the will of the majority.

shiloh said...

No he is NOT!

ok, he can stay home as retreat can be an acceptable strategic option if your name is General MacArthur er Scott Walker.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

Jeremy Ryan, the Executive Director of Defending Wisconsin PAC has taken note of how ineffective the Capitol Police are at securing the Wisconsin Capitol, so he plots in this video to organize people to “peacefully bum-rush” the entrances to the Capitol, to allow more unauthorized protesters into the building.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

PS - Fuck you, Shiloh. Asking how they got in was a legitimate question you douchecanoe.

Julius said...

Bruce said...

Democracy is not a small number of politically connected people using force to stop the will of the majority.

but Caius Marius said...

"The law speaks too softly to be heard amidst the din of arms."

shoutingthomas said...

Democracy is elections.

Elections were held.

Republicans won.

shiloh said...

PS - Fuck you, Shiloh/douchecanoe.

Lacking a sense of humor duly noted, passive/aggressive expletive post notwithstanding.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

I don't lack a sense of humor - you're just not that funny. Plus, passive aggressive? Nah. I'm pretty direct.

chickelit said...

shiloh said...ok, he can stay home as retreat can be an acceptable strategic option if your name is General MacArthur er Scott Walker.

Funny you should mention MacArthur in that context. A much younger version successfully led the clearing of the US Capitol grounds when the so-called Bonus Marchers occupied the grounds in 1932. He did the same thing later under your hero, FDR.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Lacking a sense of humor duly noted, passive/aggressive expletive post notwithstanding.

Making jokes about people getting killed or maimed. Not funny.

What is it with you 'progressive liberal' types that you think it is hilarious to wish people dead?

Actually, what you do is to really want to kill and maim and when your wishful thinking is caught....you say...."Wut??? It was just a joke....ha ha ha"

You are not fooling anyone.

edutcher said...

People like that often think they're Oscar Wilde; too often it's more like Oscar Mayer.

Martin L. Shoemaker said...

Too often people never consider the meaning of the slogan "By any means necessary." They think it's just a slogan, nothing more.

But to true believers, it means what it says: if you're not getting what you want with your current means, find new means. Keep trying, keep escalating means, until you get what you want. And "any means necessary" puts no limit on your means, no tactic beyond contemplation.

And eventually, a math building gets blown up. But that could never happen in Madison, right?

Protesters need to start thinking rationally about their limits. How far will they go if they lose?

wv: grail. By any means necessary, find the grail.

daubiere said...
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daubiere said...

The protesters are revolting!

chickelit said...

And eventually, a math building gets blown up. But that could never happen in Madison, right?

I know it sounds like a cheap shot but I believe there are a core of people in Madison who never excoriated that event either. So your well-intention warning flies right by them.

Martin L. Shoemaker said...

Exactly, chickelit. Most of the Vietnam era protesters would never have supported the bombing. When the protests started, the organizers would never in their wildest dreams have predicted the bombing. But the conditions evolved until the bombing was possible, and then perhaps inevitable. And a factor in that evolution is the willingness to escalate tactics at every defeat, rather than step back and rethink and find a new approach.

At this point, rational voices on the left -- including most in the comment threads here -- are saying that the protests are ineffective, even counter productive, and that it's time to withdraw. But the protesters are in another place mentally as well as physically.

shiloh said...

AA's self-righteous, hypocritical lemmings are also duly noted.

AA and her flock's smugness are part of its somewhat amusing charm ...

Martin L. Shoemaker said...

Of course, not all commenters from the left here count as "rational voices".

shiloh said...

Again, not all conservatives think the same and not all liberals think the same as much as AA tries to purvey otherwise.

BISkita said...

This *is* what Democracy looks like. However, we don't live in a Democracy. If we did, all of us would go to the statehouse or the federal congress and advance and vote on any motions we cared to address. The result is chaos. we live in a Democratic Republic, so we the "demos" elect officials to represent our interests in our absence.

unfortunately, the demos don't recognize the distinction.

Cindy Martin said...

http://journaltimes.com/polls/

please take the latest poll

It is only being sent to Anti-Walker people.

DO NOT trust any polls.

PASS THIS ON

Revenant said...

Again, not all conservatives think the same and not all liberals think the same as much as AA tries to purvey otherwise.

That would be more convincing coming from someone who had ever uttered an remark that wasn't strictly leftist in its orientation. :)

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