April 14, 2011

At the Wisconsin Capitol today, pro-Scott Walker chalkings...

... photographed after the anti-Walkerites had modified them:

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AND: Consider this the Walker-Chalker Café, where you can add your own graffiti.

46 comments:

chickelit said...

Chalk it up to immaturity.

wv = "grabics"
As in, "Hey, I think I'll go steal some free grabics for my blog."

edutcher said...

The adults made their feelings known, then the barbarians tried to pee on it.

LordSomber said...

Chalk? How quaint. Better than crayons, I guess.

The Grand Inquisitor said...

Gee, I wonder what the unions would do if they saw me altering their graffiti to reverse their POV?

Geeeeee.

I see no problem with chalk, somber.

It's pretty and it's a valid sign of support. Kids use it because it's easy and pretty, and also because their parents know it doesn't damage anything (much unlike the democrat duct tape and paint).

Yeah, chalk is a good medium.

Trooper York said...

Well at least we know how garage spent his afternoon.

Dose of Sanity said...

Dude, that was totally me york. Can't U tell?

chickelit said...

This is where garage spent his afternoon: fantasyland

LordSomber said...

It's pretty and it's a valid sign of support.

I guess, if you're 9.
A big rule of thumb I have in advertising and persuasion is "Don't insult your customers' intelligence."
Which is why I keep pointing out that puppets, drum circles and chalk don't change minds, but reinforce stereotypes.

The Grand Inquisitor said...

"Which is why I keep pointing out that puppets, drum circles and chalk don't change minds, but reinforce stereotypes."

Hmm, they want to write down some text, but don't want to damage government property, so they pick chalk, which you claim is childish.

I think you're just another blowhard.

Guess what: this is a great show of support for Walker. It's grassroots, too. If you think it's too childish, that's just telling us you're way too insecure about your maturity.

traditionalguy said...

Rose are red, violets are blue, Walker governs like winners do.

m stone said...

The original Walker chalk messages were the most positive I've seen in nearly two months in Madison.

How refreshing not to see Hitler part of the message.

carrie said...

The prounion protesters wrote on the sidewalks around the capitol square with chalk. I think pictures of the prounion chalk artwork was posted on this blog (rmember the outlines of bodies)and I don't recall anyone commenting on the use of chalk when the prounion protesters used it...

Brent said...

As I just wrote on the previous post:

Just wanted to say that I just had the opportunity to speak with Andrew Breitbart after he finished appearing on the Michael Medved Show. Andrew said that he considered Althouse to be the best blog out today, and it's commenters the most balanced and intelligent of any blog.

Cool.

chickelit said...

@Brent: So how come Breitbart didn't give Meade an exclusive when he was in Madison a few weeks ago?

Sigivald said...

Somber has a point, but it is interesting to see "childlike but positive" changed to "childlike and petty".

It still tells us something about the people involved, outside of the medium.

Sigivald said...

Brent said, quoting Breitbart: it's commenters the most balanced and intelligent of any blog.

God help us all.

LordSomber said...

Chalk for support is fine.
Chalking as to not damage property is fine.

My original point still stands.

I try to use methods of persuasion that tend to work in the real world.
If you like pretty colors, that is also fine.

Dose of Sanity said...

I try to use methods of persuasion that tend to work in the real world.

Like posting snide blog comments decrying the quaintness of chalk?

LordSomber said...

Like posting snide blog comments decrying the quaintness of chalk?

Well, ridicule helps too.

Real American said...

why are leftists so vulgar? Can't be as simple as immaturity, can it?

enicar333 said...

"How to Analyze a State Dept. Briefing" - Hillary Clinton gets help in clarifying her message for all to understand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBuMuzhvYeA

ALH said...

Instapundit invites an ALthousian scolding by hawking the clothing for men that should not be worn

Robin said...

Profanity, violence, vandalism. Those are the Left's main talents these days.

J Allen said...

@ Robin: And don’t forget intimidating small business owners, suppressing the speech of others, and encouraging children that they don’t need to follow the law if they don’t agree with it.

Palladian said...

Funny, there was a union protest outside the college where I teach today! Since it's in New York City, space was limited so the union used the sidewalk in front of one of the college buildings. I didn't see what exactly they were protesting, but I assume it had something to do with non-union construction in the building or something. The protesters were all men, the kind of big, aggressive union thugs you'd get from central casting. The all had pre-printed signs and were being intentionally loud and suggestively threatening to anyone who had to go into the building. I work quite a few floors up in the building across the street and yet they were so loud that we had to close all the windows (which didn't really help drown out the noise). They alternated between chants- standard fare, such as "No justice... no peace!" and a call-and-response thing where the leader shouted "We don't go away... we'll be here every day!" and the rest of them shouted a day of the week, followed by the leader shouting "Every day!" and the rest shouting another day of the week- and blowing extremely loud whistles for extended periods of time.

Being union types, they were there for about an hour or two and then they left.

Steven said...

Did they have the giant inflatable rat?

The Grand Inquisitor said...

No, I think chalk is actually better than just OK. It's perfect. It's easy to notice, and easy to apply, and very low cost compared with competing methods.

You can display a 20 foot message that thousands of people will see for a couple of pennies and very little labor.

Only a fool would call that ineffective. What's more efficient than that? It's a great grassroots tool, and it's used by young adults all the time on campuses nationwide because it's better than alternatives.

I notice somber has been unable to suggest a superior option. Posters? Pretty good, but inferior. Of course, the people with the chalk probably did that too. Union printed fliers? Pathetic. TV ads? No one cares.

Maybe a really good blog or youtube spot would work better, if it's authentic and well done, but very few people can pull that off because it takes a lot of effort and some skill.

Naw, I think somber is just a whiner. Only a kid cares about not looking young.

pbAndj said...

"Well at least we know how garage spent his afternoon."

And, we know what Meadehouse was doing before the garage alterations.

I hope Meadehouse got that chaulk from the portal.

Coketown said...

It comes across as bitter and unimaginative. Why deface someone else's project when you could make your own colorful creation beside it?

In other news, here is David Attenborough saying "boo" to a sloth. Did you know sloths descend to the forest floor to defecate? I would do it hanging from a branch. And they only poo once a week! Fascinating stuff. Far more fascinating than boring old Madison, where all the turmoil of months past has ebbed to the point of defacing chalk drawings. I'm nostalgic for war-torn Madison, when people took battering rams to the capitol building.

pbAndj said...

or chalk

Big Mike said...

In the top photo I assume somebody was starting to write "F . . . Unions," but got chased off.

Renee said...

Even Massachusetts is joining in on limiting union benefits. Apparently money that was suppose to go education, kept getting diverted to teacher benefits.

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Carol_Herman said...

So, if you can read the graffiti you should thank a teacher?

Gee, when I was a kid, we used the chalk (probably lifted from a classroom) ... to draw potsy boxes. Then, someone used their house keys, as the object we "tossed."

Palladian said...

"Did they have the giant inflatable rat?"

No, the rat wasn't there... but they did say they'd be back... EVERY DAY! so the rat might appear. The last time I saw the rat somewhere, I noticed that it was attached to a very noisy air compressor. I can't wait for a whole day of that noise on top of the whistles and chanting and horn-honking.

Almost Ali said...

Full. Circle.

It's amazing how Islam is infiltrating American culture, in large part because of the Patriot Act.

Take the 6-year-old girl at the airport. You've seen her, on the net, all over TV, even on talk radio. Because she was told to stand perfectly still while an adult, a total stranger, fondled her.

The scene reminded me of Aisha, Mohammad's favorite wife. Like the girl at the airport Aisha was 6-years old, too.

Almost Ali said...

Meanwhile at the DC Back-Slapper Club, the Dems had to bail out Speaker Boehner since Boehner's own party refused to put his piss-poor, sell-out bill over the top.

I don't think Mr Boehner was particularly worried though, since that was obviously the deal in the first place: You give us (Dems) what we want, we'll vote for it. And we'll tell everyone "you" won.

Ralph L said...

If you like pretty colors, that is also fine
But not very manly, unless you're drawing a portrait of your penis.

Almost Ali said...

More Kid News from Islam:

[BBC] - A Malaysian school teacher has been charged with the murder of a seven-year-old student at a private Islamic school in the northern state of Perlis.

The schoolboy was accused of stealing a couple of dollars from a classmate.

As punishment, the boy was allegedly tied up to a window, caned and beaten for two hours. He fell into a coma and died in hospital three days later. Link.

The Crack Emcee said...

Since it's a cafe', I can say I think I'm done for the day over at my place, and I'm kind of proud of the last one.

Chalk it up to practice.

Clyde said...

What kind of a candy-ass liberal can't even write the whole F-word? I mean, if that's what you want to say, say it! Don't be a pussy!

Beta Rube said...

Sloths must fall way behind on their reading.

carrie said...

My office is on the capitol square in Madison and I watched the people writing the chalk messages. There have been a lot of pro-union chalk messages on the sidewalks aroung the capitol square, but this was the first time that I saw pro-Walker messages. The people writing the pro-Walker messages looked to be high school or college age. They wrote their messages and then left. I thought it was a great and subtle way to express their POV. Much better than the endless drumming and the in-your-face marchers and picketers who have tried to engage me in conversation as I have walked around the capitol square or passed in front of the M & I Bank building during the work day while just trying to get from point A to point B.

Fen said...

What kind of a candy-ass liberal can't even write the whole F-word?

Like Olbermann. He implies that some arch-conservative should have been aborted by Planned Parenthood. When pressed, he claims he only meant the parents should have prevented the birth with family planning from PP.

Little metrosexual libtard. Doesn't have the balls to own his own rhetoric.

Democrats. They suck.

MadisonMan said...

How can you tell what was written first? :)

carrie said...

I saw them writing with the chalk from my office window and I even have a picture showing the people writing with the chalk. The writings were pro-Walker first and then someone added the anti-Walker words.