March 21, 2011

The image of Wisconsin as a clenched fist.



Lots of Facebook folk actually use this in the spot where most people put a picture of their own faces, so it's not just that the state is turned into a fist. People are willingly replacing their own faces with a fist.

By the way, if Door County were included the fist would have an extended pinky. That would be more polite.

IN THE COMMENTS: Phil 3:14 says:
And appropriately Madison lies over the "capitate" bone.

(And stretching this a bit, and assuming Milwaukee is Democratic, they're "pissed" over the pisiform.)
Paul Zrimsek says:
Alternative caption: BEND OVER, ONTARIO.

65 comments:

Lincolntf said...

I think Kevin Jennings has a similar poster...

Drew said...

By the way, if Door County were included the fist would have an extended pinky. That would be more polite.

Door County's all Chicago tourists anyway, isn't it? Would that pinky have a ring on it?

Trooper York said...

Titus must be really happy now that fisting is the state motto.

Carol_Herman said...

Unfortunately, the "fist" represents homosexual "safe sex." Or does it need a condom on top?

Carol_Herman said...

Without the "visual" people have learned that the unions were thugs. Still stuck on using violence to terrify businesses ... back in the old days.

Could there be a worse symbol picked?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Mmmmmmm--

Knuckle sandwich

TWM said...

That fist is awfully white. Racists!!!

Quayle said...

It isn't a fist. It's a grasping, clutching, wrenching hand.

Paul Zrimsek said...

And if the UP were part of Wisconsin like it should be, the hand would be making a yakkety-yakkety-yak gesture. That would be fitting.

Phil 3:14 said...

And appropriately Madison lies over the "capitate" bone

(And stretching this a bit, and assuming Milwaukee is Democratic, they're "pissed" over the pisiform)

Finally, for Pogo and those wonderful Med School anatomy days:

How Come Takes Tom So Long To Piss

jaed said...

Jokes about skin color and sex aside.., the clenched, upraised fist is a pretty explicit threat. (It is not, of course, a legal threat since here not directed at a particular person.)

But why on earth do government-employee unions choose to use such a brutish image as their symbol? It isn't as though they actually have superior numbers or superior force. Is this just intended to indicate that they will try to harm anyone who opposes them? Can anyone explain the thinking behind this symbol?

PETER V. BELLA said...

Man oh man. When will these people get creative? I thought there were intelligent people living up there.

The 1960s and Black Power are so over. Can't they even come up with a new symbol of their own?

Yep, America is dumbed down.

virgil xenophon said...

I didn't know that Titus was a Board Certified Proctologist!

Phil 3:14 said...

So its a fist, not the scream head?

Strength and power

NOT

Angst and isolation

Paul Zrimsek said...

Alternative caption: BEND OVER, ONTARIO.

Scott M said...

I know this is probably a well-beaten dead equine, but how is an upraised, clenched fist non-violent? If it were truly progressive, it would have a better manicure and the fingers would all be worried about thumb diversity.

galdosiana said...

That fist is awfully white. Racists!!!

Oh, don't worry. A lot of people have another version of this fist: fire-engine red with a black background. I think that one is meant to be taken even *more* seriously.

edutcher said...

If the hand were just outstretched, it would be so much more appropriate.

jaed said...

Jokes about skin color and sex aside.., the clenched, upraised fist is a pretty explicit threat. (It is not, of course, a legal threat since here not directed at a particular person.)

But why on earth do government-employee unions choose to use such a brutish image as their symbol?


It reminds them of the good old days, when they could openly proclaim what a pack of fascists they are.

murgatroyd666 said...

Hmmm ... Isn't Wisconsin famous for its butter?

Why didn't they just go straight to an image of the "goatse" guy? (Chip Ahoy, please don't Photoshop that in!)

Robert G. said...

Here's my twist on this image that I used for the first few weeks of the protests.

damikesc said...

Nothing says "peaceful protest" like a fist.

MayBee said...

“....that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

President Obama does not like a clenched fist

Scott M said...

President Obama does not like a clenched fist

Reserve judgement on that until after we see what the Obamajungen, er, youth conservationist organization's salute looks like.

vbspurs said...

How does a fist represent Solidarity, which is showing support for your neighbour? Wouldn't arms be more apposite -- arms can hug, after all. Or how about a La-Z-Boy? The protesters' dogs must be barking. Here friend, take a load off!

Of course, upraised fists have the requisite amount of Black Power-John Carlos hard coded unto the image, so caucasians can feel less guilty using it to represent their lilly-white membership.

Cheers,
Victoria

Coketown said...

Remember Mimal? The elf made from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana? Illinois kind of looks like his arm, and now Wisconsin can be his fist. He can be the posterchild of Union solidarity. You know, since beastly women who look like Mitch Hedberg aren't quite cutting it.

vbspurs said...

Phil 3:14 wrote:

And appropriately Madison lies over the "capitate" bone

Heh. That's so genius.

Please note that Oshkosh means "claw" in local indian parlance -- and a claw is so much representative of these protesters.

Palladian said...

And all that movement at the Illinois border has caused a hell of a case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Palladian said...

How many tax dollars can fit inside a giant, grabbing hand?

vbspurs said...

How many tax dollars can fit inside a giant, grabbing hand?

Tangentially, the fist gesture can be used when you sniff Koch.

wv: respec (Aretha Franklin's illiterate sister sings this)

A "Shotgun" Gold said...

I think it was designed by Señor Wences for the People's Front of Judea--- or was it for the Judean People's Front?

Pogo said...

So is Wisconsin jerking off Minnesota, or Michigan?

NTTAWWT

Lukedog said...

This just in...

Seniors and retirees are planning to protest on the Square on Monday against Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan that would make major cuts in the state's SeniorCare program.

I think it would be really funny if Meade secretly tripped one of these old fuckers and you guys captured it all on film!!!

I guarantee their signs will say really stupid things like "I need this walker, but I don't need Scott Walker."

There will be plenty to mock, I'm sure it won't disappoint!

Lincolntf said...

"Seniors and retirees are planning to protest on the Square on Monday..."

There's no fool like an old fool.

Scott M said...

I think it was designed by Señor Wences for the People's Front of Judea--- or was it for the Judean People's Front?

...splitters...

vbspurs said...

Pogo wrote:

So is Wisconsin jerking off Minnesota, or Michigan?

That's another thing! It's sexist. Women don't get any consideration from this image. You think Thunder Bay wouldn't like to be fingered? STRETCH OUT THAT FINGER.

Pogo said...

True, Victoria!

Spread the love, Wisconsin; use more inclusive hand positions!

traditionalguy said...

An angry fist striking a stone wall was never a very good move. And there stands Meade's Brigade like a stonewall.

edutcher said...

Lukedog said...

This just in...

Seniors and retirees are planning to protest on the Square on Monday against Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan that would make major cuts in the state's SeniorCare program.


How many will know what they're protesting?

I mean, how many nursing homes are union-staffed?

David said...

The raised pinky is perfect for Door County, which is becoming an enclave for wine and cheese liberals who have more money than sense.

TosaGuy said...

The union fist on the cover of National Review is more accurate...it's holding a wad of cash.

Sofa King said...

Fist post!

David said...

Palladian said...
How many tax dollars can fit inside a giant, grabbing hand?


I can visualize, but not execute, a great graphic. You are the man who can do this Palladian.

Carol_Herman said...

What if you wanted to "tamper" with this artwork, and you stuck the ends of a dollar bill at both ends of the clenched fist?

Okay. Use a bigger denomination. It's the "fist" the unions are making! Obama's not involved. (He's characteristically NOT involved, anyway.) But he is sending in Tomahawks to Libya. What if, ahead, you get "visuals" of Libyans, who were terrified to come out, suddenly discovering they can mingle with each other? What if the troops that come in (even if under the UN umbrella), get the Americans greeted as liberators?

Did you know when Mussolini got taken out, it was the American troops that had all the Italian women coming out and throwing flowers on them. Dancing in the streets!

Those visuals are what's being attempted by the tossing in of Tomahawks. What? You're going to scream "anti-war?" How did the right get to be so nuts?

Lukedog said...

@edutcher,

they won't know what they're protesting...that's what is so great about this.

they are old AND stupid.

I can't wait to see the footage.

gloogle said...

Appropriately, it's a left hand....

Scott M said...

Given the fist, how about an Oroboros-esque concept?

Take the image we're looking at. Zoom out until it's just a fingernail or blemish on a much bigger fist of a fetus (labeled public union) clutching an umbilical cord leading to a mother (labeled Wisconsin taxpayers).

edutcher said...

Lukedog said...
@edutcher,

they won't know what they're protesting...that's what is so great about this.

they are old AND stupid.


Smile when you say that, moron. Those people shouldn't be victimized like that, but it's a perfect example of the great "compassion" your side keeps telling everyone it has a corner on.

vnjagvet said...

Lukedog ignores the obvious. That many of us, including Meadhouse are over 60 -- that is "seniors".

Why doesn't Meadhouse have as much right to be there as any other senior.

Thorley Winston said...

Seniors and retirees are planning to protest on the Square on Monday against Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan that would make major cuts in the state's SeniorCare program.


How many will know what they're protesting?”


A fair question, I once was at a protest where a busload of senior citizens showed up to protest Medicare “cuts” and when I talked to one of the protesters, I learned that she and the others had been offered a free bus ride to one of the casinos at an Indian reservation if they agreed to show up at the protest for 45 minutes.

JohnJ said...

While I find many of the comments humorous, I think portraying Wisconsin in that manner is appalling. Does their cause now supersede all other qualities of the Badger State?

andinista said...

Orwell: If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

Wisconsin, you down with that? Looks like your children are.

Methadras said...

Yes, that's the big fist that public union leftards and their Big Education cohorts have been giving the tax payers of Wisconsin for a long, long time. Paging Titus.

wv = werecow = damn, bovinethropy for the win!!!

Mary Beth said...

How silly it is to make that their Face Book profile picture when everyone knows it's "Firefly" profile photo month.

Michael said...

appropriately, too, that it is a left fist.

iowemysoul said...

I heard on CNN last night that Muammar Gaddafi built a fist statue in Libya after the US bombed him years ago....and apparently the fist statue was destroyed by either British, French or US air strikes this weekend. The fist has a global meaning - I suspect.

photo of the fist: http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2011/02/libya-statue-gold-fist-american-jet.html

iowemysoul said...

Further, when we had a contest in the 1990s (?) for a new license plate slogan for our state, everyone in my family voted for Wisconsin - Shaped like a mitten.

The good old days - sigh.

iowemysoul said...

Top five fist statues:

http://www.everseradio.com/top-five-arm-statues/

The one of Gaddafi standing in front of his statue with a clenched fist crushing an American plane is why I posted this for you all.

vbspurs said...

Iowemysoul wrote:

I heard on CNN last night that Muammar Gaddafi built a fist statue in Libya after the US bombed him years ago....and apparently the fist statue was destroyed by either British, French or US air strikes this weekend.

How fitting. Whilst one cruel dictator's fist is being destroyed, another dictatorial fist is going up in Wisconsin.

wv: buttstwat (what, both?)

iowemysoul said...

Here's the top five 'arm' statues from a blog.......I ask you to look at the one with Gaddafi standing in front of the clenched fist (with an American plane squished in its grip).

http://www.everseradio.com/top-five-arm-statues/

sorry - I don't know how to link to a URL but it's worth it.

Methadras said...

This should be their tag line:

Fisting Wisconsin for socio-economic JUSTICE!!!

Phil 3:14 said...

Victoria wrote:

Please note that Oshkosh means "claw" in local indian parlance -- and a claw is so much representative of these protesters.

The claw you get when the nerve is injured

Phil 3:14 said...

And for those who feel bad about Door County

(Our honeymoon site.)

Strelnikov said...

As an upper Door Co. homeowner let me say, first, that we are more polite and, second, I'm glad we were left out of the fist.

Methadras said...

Phil 3:14 said...

The claw you get when the nerve is injured


Hey, at least Wisconsin is getting the fist, not the Shocker...

foxtrot said...

Looks like the ass crack of the fist lies just west of Madison.

Carol_Herman said:
"Unfortunately, the "fist" represents homosexual "safe sex." Or does it need a condom on top?"

If the fist represents "safe sex", I can't even imagine what unsafe sex would look like.