March 5, 2011

Bitterly clinging to unions and — maybe — guns, but not to your dog.

At the Wisconsin Capitol protest today, Meade encounters a man who'd give up his dog, a woman who thinks the police have been "amazing," a woman who's upset about tape on a wooden door, and 2 women from Sheboygan who get Meade to admit he's not one of the protesters.

23 comments:

Ann Althouse said...

I did the editing.

Chad said...

2 women from Sheboygan who get Meade to admit he's not one of the protesters.

I hope it didn't involve the application of electricity in the proper voltage to certain body parts, and that he got through the experience intact. :)

wv: sogytip. Heh.

edutcher said...

First, props to Meade for going out and standing in the cold if he's that sick.

Second, no real American is going to forsake his dog and his firearms in favor of a union.

Guy's a Commie.

Ann Althouse said...

I did the editing.

You've been doing it all along, so we assume the same division of labor as before.

PS Stretch out, you two. Get some rest. Bundle up. A little Nyquil, TheraFlu - whatever your symptom reliever of choice may be.

Give yourselves a chance to get better.

(I don't doubt the exhilaration of being in the forefront of these momentous events puts the bit in your teeth, but you're not kids anymore (even though you act like it sometimes), you don't want to get any sicker)

Chad said...

@edutcher

Agreed. With all of it.

Irene said...

Did you see Michael Moore?

Did you see the Bush/Walker/Chimp sign?

Maguro said...

Jesus, that saxophone or pan flute or whatever was annoying. No wonder these protestors are going bonkers.

vnjagvet said...

Going?

gadfly said...

Going?

gadfly said...

Irene asked:

Did you see the Bush/Walker/Chimp sign?

No but I saw A Cop, Skip and a Chump.

http://tinyurl.com/6dced2o

shiloh said...

vnjagvet said...

Going?

3/5/11 10:38 PM

gadfly said...

Going?

3/5/11 11:07 PM
~~~~~


Gone?

btw, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Windbag said...

The Bart Starr fan club president says: "I'd like openness and a level playing field," and "If we lose unions, it's like stealing the people's power."

Openness and a level playing field? That's what she thinks she wants. She would be very sorry to wake up and find her wish granted.

I thought voting in free elections was the people's power. What do you call consolidating it in the hands of special interests like unions?

The Crack Emcee said...

Nobody from Sheboygan could make me admit to anything.

These ladies nowadays are getting pushy!

Ann Althouse said...

I was reviewing the footage yesterday and said "is that Michael Moore.". Meade was about ten feet from him, but did not realize it at the time. He may even be in the background somewhere in the footage that I did use in" on Wisconsin."

roesch-voltaire said...

Some the people/ stories you will not meet on this blog include the following: the sixty plus father and business man, never been part of a union, who spent several nights in the capitol in support of his son/activist; the husband who is an administrator with the UW Hospital and bargains with the union, while his wife, a nurse, spends her time protesting; the dedicated classified staff person who works more than the required hours, and who finally decided to march yesterday-- In my small investigations, I have found that it is a complicated and diverse group- these protestors.

Paco Wové said...

"If we lose unions, it's like stealing the people's power."

A double category error. Government worker unions != unions. Government worker unions != 'the people'.

BJM said...

@R-V
Do you know what this is: -

(the world's tiniest violin.)

Do you not think there are millions of WI taxpayers who are dedicated to their jobs, work long hours and perform their jobs just as diligently? Why does one group of workers deserve a larger helping of the common pie? Isn't that the exact opposite of the liberal ideal?

btw-WI nurses should take a lesson from CA nurses who priced themselves out of the market and alienated the public by striking. They are being replaced by contract nurses from other countries.

Administrators and Teachers could find themselves in the same position.

Michael said...

RV: You will also not meet the hundreds of thousands of state employees who are not at the protests and who do not like the idea of being represented by those who are. These are the ones who are not thrilled at having their pay garnished by unions that lavish themselves with salaries. The ones who are grateful for their rich pay and count themselves lucky to have jobs in a terrible economy when ten percient of their private sector brethren have lost theirs. These would be those who never left work to protest because they are people who believe in what they do and think it important that they do it as agreed. The people who are planning little leagues at night and choosing teams and picking coaches and raising money. They are the people who are deeply ashamed of those who have trashed their capitol. Don't see them on this blog and they are will always be invisible to academics.

William said...

The woman who Meade chatted with seemed like a very nice person. Her sign was a little flaky but nothing over the top. I never question the sincerity of people who are arguing for their own self interest, but their larger extrapolations I would take with a grain of salt. Anyway, by the evidence submitted by Meade, the people of Wisonsin seem a sturdy, decent sort, and things will work out ok.

Conservatives 4 Better Dental Hygiene said...

Haha. Meade asked if she was a nurse and not a doctor.

I like his "Aww, shucks" response. That was fun. Good times on the Althouse blog. ;-)

Conservatives 4 Better Dental Hygiene said...

Anyway, by the evidence submitted by Meade, the people of Wisonsin seem a sturdy, decent sort,

Don't forget their genetic fitness, William! They exercise good breeding habits and come from strong stock! They have bloodlines as pure as a Holstein's!

lol.

Conservatives 4 Better Dental Hygiene said...

The ones who are grateful for their rich pay and count themselves lucky to have jobs in a terrible economy when ten percient of their private sector brethren have lost theirs.

Er, "private sector brethren?"

That sounds a little dramatic, Michael, wouldn't you say? Especially for you.

Although it is good to see you back here and exercising your strong pimp hand. That part is good.

Phil 3:14 said...

Follow the money

The narrative that won't die.

Phil 3:14 said...

Sheboygan

Why is that name so inherently funny?