June 12, 2011

Why isn't anyone protesting this new abomination from the Wisconsin state senate?

It has passed a bill making the cream puff the official state dessert. The cream puff!

"The Senate’s Education Committee recently endorsed the new symbol. It was first suggested by Janine Coley’s fourth-grade class in Mukwonago. Their senator, Republican Mary Lazich, introduced the cream puff bill – but only after the youngsters studied the history of the confection, and had supporters sign petitions on Facebook."

The Education Committee?! School children studied the history of the confection?!

Where does that go on Michelle Obama's "food plate"? Dairy?



ADDED: Here's the "Make cream puffs the official dessert of Wisconsin" Facebook page.

AND: Speaking of Wisconsin's kid-oriented, milk-related politics, with Herb Kohl's impending retirement from the U.S. Senate....
What about the flavored milks at State Fair?!... Relax, Dairylanders. Herb's Superb Milk House will go on, even after the four-term senator turns in his congressional badge.
"It has no expiration date," he said.

ALSO: If the bill passes the Assembly and is signed by the governor, the cream puff will join all the other state symbols, including the state fossil (trilobite), the state soil (Antigo silt loam), the state dance (the polka), and the state animal (guess!).

93 comments:

victoria said...

Does this represent the electorate of Wisconsin or just your new Governor?
From the land of "fruits and nuts" as many people say.


Vicki from Pasadena

Meade said...

And the courageous 14 Democrat senators didn't even run off to Illinois to prevent a quorum? Sweet.

Kylos said...

What do you have against cream puffs?

victoria said...

Nothing, I love cream puffs. What is the quote, "He who runs away lives to fight another day." Sorry, Meade


Vicki from Pasadena

traditionalguy said...

Anything made from cream is good. At the Swan Coach House ( part of the Atlanta history center)they serve a southern favorite which is "Frozen Fruit Salad" made from fresh fruit chunks frozen into heavy cream. It is so good that it rivals their Mint Julips for flavor. We went to their new Civil War exhibit yesterday...and the Wisconsin units were highlighted in all 5 battles in Atlanta from June through August 1864.

Kylos said...

Not you, Vicki. I meant Althouse. How could anyone mock such wonderful treats?

In general, I'd rather have legislative bodies passing such resolutions than meddling in private concerns as they are wont to do.

Meade said...

Whose puff? OUR puff!

Show me what Type 2 Diabetes looks like! THIS is what Type 2 Diabetes looks like!

RE-call... CREAM puffs!

Ann Althouse said...

What's disgusting?/Cream puff frosting.

LarsPorsena said...

"..but only after the youngsters studied the history of the confection..'

Our republic is in good hands as long as our young know the history of confection.

Ann Althouse said...

The cream puffs, united/Will be forever bited.

Michael Haz said...

Desert?

Jess said...

Cream puffs? Well, my mother in law, from Milwaukee, highly approves.

I'm more of an ice cream guy, myself.

edutcher said...

Most states have a list of State things every bit as idiotic.

The Blonde's mother once opined the OH state flower ought to be the orange barrel.

And this was when she had Alzheimer's. And we all thought she had a point!

Ann Althouse said...

The cream puffs, united/Will be forever bited.

Tell me, Madame, do you comment on other blogs as Joan of Arghhh?

Bob Ellison said...

What about the state ambulation-assistance device?

Ann Althouse said...

@Michael Haz Thanks for the spell check.

Stuart said...

Is the state animal the Weasel???

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Antigo silt loam song!

Palladian said...

Whatever the state animal is, I'm sure it's a political animal.

A. Shmendrik said...

Herb Kohl - ay carumba! That guy had the cash to scare off GOP candidates, and he followed the practice of reaching in his pocket and loaning his campaign $7-8M at the outset, and then forgiving the loan after election/re-election.

Instead of being "Nobody's Senator but yours" he was actually "Senator Nobody." He has several nice shiny trophies for his mantleshelf, but the citizens of Wisconsin have had an empty seat in Washngton for 23+ years. Ugh!

Paco Wové said...

the state fossil... the state soil (Antigo silt loam)... the state dance... the state animal...

Signs that your state legislators may have too much time on their hands.

Lem said...

Where does that go on Michelle Obama's "food plate"?

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy And Mase

EDH said...

A "nightmare", not an abomination. But don't let that stop you, Meade, Althouse will come around, all the dames do.

Althouse: "In that thing? You must be kidding."

Tony Meadetana: "What you talking? That's a Cadillac."

Althouse: "I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing."

Tony Meadetana: "Aw, come on, baby. You know, I mean, it's got a few years, but it's a cream puff."

Althouse: "It looks like somebody's nightmare."

BT said...

I would have thought frozen custard would be the state desert which seems to be unique to Wisc.

EDH said...

"What you talking? That's a Cadillac."

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Perhaps the city of Eau Claire could jump on this...eclairs of Eau Claire...

Carol_Herman said...

The chocolate chip cookie was taken?

Wisconsin is influence by the french?

An eclair is just a chocolate dipped cream puff ... using more dough.

Maybe, the senators wanted something lighter than a kloppenhoppen?

Chip Ahoy said...

So do you slice your cream puffs or do you bake a hollow puff ball from pâte à chou and pipe in the filling? My mum did that. My favorite were the ones she filled with chocolate pudding.

Jason (the commenter) said...

and the state animal (guess!)

I'm guessing the sponge, in honor of Wisconsin's state employees.

Dead Julius said...

Titus can be your official state fag.

Crimso said...

"Well, can't you see that you're killing each other's soul
Well, you're both out in the streets and you got no place to go
Your constant battes are getting to be a bore
So go somewhere else and continue your cream puff war" Grateful Dead

Paco Wové said...

Can AlphaLiberal be the offical state douchebag?

garage mahal said...

I'm afraid Walker has state douchebag safely locked up, unfortunately.

AllenS said...

If you don't like the cream puff, you need to leave this country immediately.

PatCA said...

I wonder if the designer who got the $2M contract to design the, er, diet plate was perhaps a Dem donor?

Browndog said...

Damn good idea!

I so look forward to seeing that symbol on the Wisconsin football helmets this fall-

fabulous!

GO BLUE!

Palladian said...

Julia Child's pâte à choux recipe is very good for making profiterol... I mean, cream puffs.

"I'm guessing the sponge, in honor of Wisconsin's state employees."

No, sponges are beautiful and useful, and neither adjective seems generally applicable to Wisconsin state employees, from what I've seen.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

A gazillion years ago, when I was in fifth grade, I led a petition drive to name the Karner Blue Butterfly the New York State Insect. (We lost, as you'll see from Google or Wiki. Curse you, New Hampshire!)

But at least we were fighting for a living thing, not a soil or a fossil or a sweetmeat. Sheesh. Can't we leave stuff like this to, well, fifth-graders, and leave legislators to deal with state conditions that are, shall we say, not really ideal, and could use some adult attention?

wv: witile. It sounds like a certain sort of Brit pol: "utile" without the "ut" bit.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

garage mahal,

I'm afraid Walker has state douchebag safely locked up, unfortunately.

Possibly, but all the homeopathic douchebags are on their way to the Walkerville Medics.

BT said...

Wisconsin is influence by the french?

Ever hear of Marquette?

k*thy said...

BTW, I'm just know learning how hard it is, through diet, to lower your chloresterol in this state. This from someone who couldn't pass up a cream puff at 'Cows on the Oncourse', last weekend.

Dairy products...they're everywhere!

BT said...

I thought this story was funny until I read the text. It is not funny.

Flaming Dessert Injures Four

Mr. D said...

I always assumed the official dessert of Wisconsin is Jagermeister.

Trooper York said...

You would think the state dessert would be the cheese plate.

Trooper York said...

But I do support remaning the football team that resides in Green Bay the Cream Puffs.

Trooper York said...

As Henry Kissenger used to say "It has the added advantage of being true."

James said...

Cream puffs? Well, my mother in law, from Milwaukee, highly approves.

I'm more of an ice cream guy, myself.,


Ice cream....meh.

Get some really good frozen custard instead.

Trooper York said...

Garage what is the offical road kill of Wisconsin?

Possum.
Squirrel.
Feingold.

garage mahal said...

Garage what is the offical road kill of Wisconsin?

6 Republicans senators and 1 Republican governor. Don't let that door slap you on your ass on the way out!

James said...

Now I'm inspired to go to Culver's for dinner. A cheddar Butterburger with bacon and a large Concrete Mixer sound about right.

Brad said...

The state animal would have to be the leeches ... or the tapeworms ... something that pays proper homage to those poor, suffering state union employees ....

Trooper York said...

New York is much cooler.

State snacke food; Weiner...errr.
State dessert: cannoli...errr

I know:

State Fossil: hd house.

What could be cooler?

James said...

I so look forward to seeing that symbol on the Wisconsin football helmets this fall-

fabulous!

GO BLUE!



Only if Brady Hoke found some decent linemen.

Fred4Pres said...

Health Food!

Fred4Pres said...

Your state is so funny Ann.

I would think Green Bay fans alone would be appalled at this desert being the offical desert of Wisconsin.

The proper desert for Wisconsin is of course brats and cheese. With beer.

Phil 3:14 said...

Did anyone else note the second link which went directly to a large image of a cream puff (along with the article) and the ad on the right panel was:

direct cremation
(or is that creamation)

Is that the "secret ingredient" in Wisconsin Cream Puffs?

rhhardin said...

Sponge for state invertebrate.

rhhardin said...

"Their" for state pronoun.

chickenlittle said...

I nominate Althouse as Wisconsin State Blogger & Meade as State Blogger Consort.

foxtrot said...

garage says:

"6 Republicans senators and 1 Republican governor. Don't let that door slap you on your ass on the way out!"

They have to be voted out first, but I guess liberals don't seem to give a shit about what the majority, who voted these people in, think.

What other tactics does the political coup in Madison have up its sleeve?

Busing in the homeless and illegal immigrants to the polls?

Imposing more costly recounts to get whackjobs like Floppenberg in office?

Suing relentlessly when you don't get your way?

Taking your toys out of the sandbox (Fabf*cker 14) when the going gets tough?

Do you really think the majority of voters will put up with all of this bullsh*t when the recalls come around?

Don't Tread 2012 said...

@foxtrot

Garage and the rest of the slugs whining because they now have to pay for more of their own bennies like the rest of us should spend less time constructing straw men and more time 'manning up'.

caradoc said...

Isn't the state animal the runaway ass?

Carol_Herman said...

A kid in 4th grade, I believe, is 10 year old.

So, here, I'm gonna celebrate a child doing a school project. And, passing with flying colors!

How many ten year old's have the sophisticated palate to go through all the pastries, pies, and desserts. And, see a cookie not claimed by any other of the 50 states. (57 is Obama is counting.)

Will this girl grow up to be a chef, or what?

Will she win a prize to go to New York City, and eat Tosi's cookies ... at the Milk Bar?

You think I'm kidding?

She'd learn that you can make cookies, using everything on your shelf, including pretzels and potato chips. As long as you bind it all in with sticks of butter. (A dairy product of real excellence, by whipping around Mother Nature's food for calves.)

But why not honor the child?

Who wouldn't love a kid like this?

Michael said...

This is the wisest thing I have seen out of Wisconsin these last six months and it was the idea of children. As you would expect.

The Madison Cream Puffs. The Green Bay Cream Puffs. Great names. Fitting names.

SunnyJ said...

Have none of you stood in the Cream Puff line at the Wisconsin State Fair? Thousands upon thousands, every day of the state fair. Food is chemestry...period. Food is just fuel, not good or bad. Some chemestry of certain foods works better than others. Cream Puffs are on dopy Michelle O's $2 mill food plate, divided up in several sections. The 4th graders are participating at their level and the senate is respecting that. Usually I enjoy the learned opinion and clever, witty reparte' of the blog owner and posters. Today you sound like insufferably smart ass Jon Stewart or Bill Maher wannabe's. Get over yourselves.

garage mahal said...

Do you really think the majority of voters will put up with all of this bullsh*t when the recalls come around?

No I don't. That's why at least half of these rotten, no good, lying sacks of shit will be successfully recalled. Why would thre average Wisconsinite be for these miscreants?

foxtrot said...

Don't Tread says:

"Garage and the rest of the slugs whining because they now have to pay for more of their own bennies like the rest of us should spend less time constructing straw men and more time 'manning up'."

As a Wisconsin state employee (TA at the University of Wisconsin), even I didn't think what Walker was asking for was unreasonable. It doesn't merit the ridiculous reaction of the left in Madison and other parts of the state.

I was having to pay the union more each month than for my health care? What's wrong with this picture?

David said...

Beer?

Beer is dessert.

Judy said...

Noooooo stop them please!

The ice cream sundae was invented in two rivers Wisconsin.
Cream puff is French

So they pick the cream puff?!

m stone said...

It's never been a reasonable argument, fox. It is always ideology: them against us, no matter how reasonable the majority can be, they have to be wrong.

foxtrot said...

garage says

"No I don't. That's why at least half of these rotten, no good, lying sacks of shit will be successfully recalled. Why would thre average Wisconsinite be for these miscreants?"

Which miscreants and lying sacks of shit are you referring to?

The problem with the left is their mis-estimation of who comprises the average citizen. The liberals of Wisconsin and beyond, which I have come to know very well being in UW academia, seem to think that the majority of the middle class is of union orientation. Not even close to being true.

I think the average citizen is getting fed up with the lunatics in Madison impeding the democratic process at every turn, and I'm not referring to Walker, but rather those who try to overturn elections and legislation like Floppenberg and the 14 fleabaggers, even when won by a solid majority of votes.

At the end of the day, who's actions looked worse over the past 3-4 months? Regardless if you disagree with Walker or not, it is hard not to see how the protesters lost a lot of face during this time period, and quite frankly more credibility than Walker.

Carol_Herman said...

The "recall" expedition hasn't returned home, yet, with the results.

But a missive was received that the donkeys were waylaid. And, their votes don't come up till a week after the republicans get to see if they're "recalled." Or not.

Turnout won't be so large ... that you'll suddenly see BIG GAPS in the results ... where the donkeys try to pump up some results. But not others.

Sure. It's the summer.

Sure. It's gonna happen twice.

Maybe, in the end, when the expedition returns, it will look as stupid as kloppenhoppen's claim to "her" judicial robes. And, her "victor" over Prosser.

Meanwhile, the old bag Abrhamson AGES. Won't live forever. Won't leave much of a legacy.

But you know what? Some day, plastic reindeer displays will signify judges who've served.

Maybe, just cow paddies can fill in?

Here? a kid perhaps not even ten, yet. Makes a class presentation. Gets it into the Capitol Building. And, scores a hit.

Wonder of wonders. What a magnificent kid!

m stone said...

Just don't drink the water in the capitol, kid!

It'll turn you into a raving unionista.

Browndog said...

Coming up on SportsCenter..

See how the Wisconsin Puff-Badgers got creamed...

Big-10 Network: Cream-filled Badgers get puffed in home opener...

College Football Today: Cream Puffs and Badgers;new identity embraced in Wisconsin as Madison turns the page on violent, aggressive football.

Lem said...

Its interesting that no one here (as far as I can tell) has dared to use the word "abomination" in the context of the Weiner..

But a non sequitur like the a vote to name a state dessert gets the "abomination" treatment.

I know Althouse is joking.. I just wish she would courageously use "abomination" in a more.. meaty context.

Lem said...

It looks like Dallas is in control.. don't it?

Lem said...

Dallas wins..

Does that mean Mark Cuban will be allowed back in civilisation?

Freeman Hunt said...

Why the trilobite? Trilobites ruled the entire world for millions of years. Why not a more Wisconsin specific fossil?

Freeman Hunt said...

Having your state fossil be the trilobite is like having your state drink be water.

Meade said...

Water would make a great official state drink.

Being one of only a few states having so much fresh water, Wisconsin should grab water as her state drink before Indiana or Michigan or Minnesota does. After all, someday our water will be worth more than Saudi Arabia's oil.

Titus said...

The cream puff is perfect for Wisconsin. Why not a jelly donut?

The place is packed to the rafters with fatties.

You can't swing a cat without hitting some morbidly obese thing on the street. Just sad. And many of them have kids! Someone fucked them!

MadisonMan said...

Who has cream puffs for desert? It's a snack, not a desert.

I agree that the state desert should be frozen custard.

ET1492 said...

The state dessert is a valuable endorsement opportunity. If your state is having budget woes, don't let them choose something generic like a cream puff.

A "Shotgun" Gold said...

I have protested the cream puff as the official state dessert. I think it should be the Kringle! Why celebrate a messy gob of air that is popular mostly only during the state fair? Kringle has some substance to it. And what other food is shaped like a toilet seat, yet tastes so damn good? Cream puffs are shaped like what falls through a toilet seat.

For years my fantasy football team's name was the "Wisconsin Cream Puffs". and then "Wisconsin Killer Cream Puffs." They never finished above third place. I guess the name did not strike enough fear into my opponents. So I've changed the name to the "Wausau Woosies."

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Wisconsin's State Animal is the most noble and cuddley of all the mustilidedae.

Curious George said...

State Animal: Badger (Taxidea taxus)

Tax idea: Tax us!

Sounds about right

mariner said...

Beer is dessert.

Nonsense.

Beer is the main course.

(Buuurp!)

Superdad said...

State dessert should be a slice of apple pie with cheddar cheese on it. That my friends is Wisconsin.

And, we already have a state drink - its Milk. So apparently the dairy lobby is stronger than the Beer lobby.

Sofa King said...


Nonsense.

Beer is the main course.

(Buuurp!)


Gentlemen, gentlemen! Why can't you both be right?

A pilsner for the appetizer. An ale for the main course. A weiss for dessert.

Prost!

Drew said...

The Education Committee?! School children studied the history of the confection?!

They also have to study how awesome public sector unions are. COINCIDENCE!?!

Drew said...

And what other food is shaped like a toilet seat, yet tastes so damn good? Cream puffs are shaped like what falls through a toilet seat.

I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Drew said...

"Their" for state pronoun.

"You-guys's" for state possessive pronoun.

Or is that only north of Hwy 29?

Methadras said...

Freeman Hunt said...

Why the trilobite? Trilobites ruled the entire world for millions of years. Why not a more Wisconsin specific fossil?


Their state fossil should be the upraised socialist fist drawn that classic soviet style.

Methadras said...

BTW, the girl in the video is hot. Really hot.