July 13, 2011

"Not surprisingly, none of the rally organizers seemed to be bothered by the symbolism of a large balloon representing Justice Prosser hanging in effigy with its neck tied to a lamppost."

Writes Meade, in the comments over at an Isthmus article about the women's rights groups that held a rally against Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser (who has been accused of choking a fellow justice).



UPDATE: "The Seated Lynching Effigies of Madison, Wisconsin."

40 comments:

Chuck66 said...

Hey, remember when that college housing thing from a month ago? Where the residents got in huge trouble for having an inflatable something or another handing from a nouse?

chickenlittle said...

The same people weren't bothered at all by Sarah Palin strung up in effigy for Halloween.

Martin said...

A large, BLACK balloon from the looks of it.

Hey, I bet they're Democrats, lynching is in the Domocratic Party's DNA.

Milwaukee said...

Do they have a point, or do they just like being part of a mob?

Is that balloon suggesting perhaps some sort of hate crime?

These people obviously have way too much time on their hands. They need to park their sorry asses in front of their computers and start reading and commenting on Ann Althouse's blog. That's a great way to keep bored people busy and off the streets and out of trouble. Like me. Got my sorry ass parked right here.

Carol_Herman said...

On the other hand, imagine being there when one of the women was blowing this up?

She could follow that act by blowing into the nozzle of a bicycle tire.

Or better. Asking a passerby to help her reading the "inflate here" instructions.

You don't think they brought this to the site fully inflated do ya?

Anne said...

Are these protests just becoming more and more irrelevant, or it is just me?

traditionalguy said...

What if Prosser had a sex change operation? Would that satisfy the harpies who intend to never let facts interfere with a good story line?

I wonder what they would think if Prosser applies for the new concealed carry permit and produces a U-tube video of himself at a firing range blasting away at an effigy strangely similar to Abrahamson.

No, that would be acting like the Dems.

edutcher said...

You kind of wish John Wayne was there with a Winchester and a couple of his old buds like Ben Johnson and Ward Bond backing him up, saying, "You can't hang this judge just 'cause he's a Republican".

PS You forgot the civility tag.

AlphaLiberal said...

Oh, what bullshit. For the love of beans the crap you guys make up.

It's leaned up against the lamp pole. It's a homemade thing and it probably sprang a leak and doesn't stand up anymore.

When it was 1st unveiled it was of "Prosser" strangling people. Get a sense of humor, Meade.

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/125165739.html

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AlphaLiberal said...

Where is the noose, Meade?

You know it's not hanging, in terms of what "hanging" means, right?

This is like a Far Side hanging, where the lynch mob doesn't get the concept.

Lombardi Chick said...

Get a sense of humor, Meade.

I get it - this is a joke, right? Because it's hilarious when someone who doesn't seem to do anything but harangue others in the most obnoxious way admonishes someone else to "get a sense of humor".

AlphaLiberal said...

Meade, you're ready for your job at Fox News. You can make up shit with the best of them. How are your phone tapping skills?

From the Journal Sentinel article:

The giant balloon was constructed using $10 worth of plastic drop cloths and duct tape, according to protester Miles Kristan, and was inflated using an air compressor. Kristan said it took him two hours to make the balloon.

Think this may have sprung a leak?

Lombardi Chick, never heard of you. Not your place to pass judgment when you don't know the score. Live and learn.

It is telling, however, that you can't deal with the subject and have to all ad hominem from the moment we meet. Whose picture is that?

Mike said...

If Prosser were a black man do you thinkk these nelly numb nuts woulda had the will to hang a black judge in effigy? Even brain dead zombies like these ladies could figure that was a bad idea.

Lamar63 said...

I'm not seeing the hanging in effigy or noose in the photo. Did Meade see it in person?

Lem said...

The inflated garbage bags are just inflated garbage bags.. but the Wisconsin protesters?

I put em IN the Museum ;)

I think Palladian would agree.

The Crack Emcee said...

"Not surprisingly, none of the rally organizers seemed to be bothered by the symbolism of a large balloon representing Justice Prosser hanging in effigy with its neck tied to a lamppost."

Nope, not bothered in the least. Never have been.

Lem said...

Get a sense of humor, Meade.

Sarah Palin said something about targeting electoral districts and she was blamed for the shooting of a member of the House of Representatives..

Remember?

Once again the left exempt themselves from the rules they apply to everybody else.

Nothing new here.

AlphaLiberal said...

Look, rocket scientists. You don't hang someone by lying them on the ground.

See it defeats the purpose of hanging if they are lying on the ground.

Plus, there's no noose. It's tied to a poll because it was falling over.

Anything to hate on the liberals, no matter how contrived, will bring the foam to the lips of the right wingers.

I think the right wing is going through some sort of mass psychosis. I mean, now it's okay for the US to default and a lot of Repubs now say that's not a problem.

Just batshit stuff.

Carol_Herman said...

If someone would trip over the bottom part of "Prosser, the balloon," would the injured party sue the city?

How can you tell that this is a balloon, and not just a blown up big black garbage bag?

Maybe, the whole idea is to block traffic. So all passersby, by definition, are there to see this display?

How come these ladies never heard of helium?

Lem said...

The 'new civility' has been civility BS all along.

Althouse was right.

Could you imagine the outcry if a lefty Supreme was represented this way at a tea party rally?

Say Sotomayor or whats her name? the left wants her to quit so Obama can appoint a young left stalwart..

Yea Ginsburg.

Lem said...

Look, rocket scientists. You don't hang someone by lying them on the ground.

See it defeats the purpose of hanging if they are lying on the ground
.

So you mean they meant to torture Prosser by laying him on the ground tied up in the baking sun?

For people all up in dismayed about the waterboarding of terrorists, you guys sure have a quick change of hart once your guy is in the WH.

North Dallas Thirty said...

Lem, we're talking about Wisconsin Obama supporters like AlphaLiberal. They send death and bomb threats to Republicans, exhort their supporters to punch Republican women, and call for Republican women like Sarah Palin to be raped, shot, and hung.

People like Alpha murder children and demand Federal funding for "clinics" and "doctors" like Kenneth Gosnell that snip the spinal cords of newborn babies as they struggle and cry. They literally have no regard for life whatsoever, and they themselves regard humans as something to be purged from the planet.

jeff said...

If that was a garbage bag with Obama written on it, AL would be singing a different tune. And speaking of idiots, if you want to prop a human figure up, you can tie it off under the arms. Tying it up around its neck looks exactly like someone tied it up around its neck. Go figure.

William said...

Prosser is not an entirely sympathetic character, but, my goodness, the amount of time and trouble the liberals take in heaping hatred and ridicule upon him is absurd. If Prosser is the most despicable man to walk the halls of the capitol, Wisconsin is a true utopia. The proportions of his effigy say something about the ability of his detractors to keep things in proportion. For voodoo hate dolls, smaller is better.

Lem said...

The proportions of his effigy say something about the ability of his detractors to keep things in proportion.

Correcto.. Es descomunal.

wv andess

Minicapt said...

AlphaLiberal, not being a "rocket scientist", is obviously unfamiliar with the 'garrotte'.

Cheers

Amos said...

Meade, you're ready for your job at Fox News. You can make up shit with the best of them. How are your phone tapping skills?

Yeah, Meade. Make up shit like that Fox News = News of the World. Who needs to acknowledge that the management of News of the World is different from the management of Fox News? Just make shit up, Meade. If you don't, you'd have to ask yourself if there's any evidence at all, whatsoever, that Fox News also participated in phone hacking. And who needs that? Not honest Progressives, that's who.

Titus said...

This is outrageous.

Enrage me more NOW!@@

AST said...

So now when they complain about the climate of violence in the public rhetoric, or accuse others of "hate speech," we can feel free to roll our eyes, and ignore them. Right?

Fred4Pres said...

Not surpringly at all.

They a little nazis.

Milwaukee said...

Lombardi Chick said:

"Get a sense of humor, Meade.

I get it - this is a joke, right? Because it's hilarious when someone who doesn't seem to do anything but harangue others in the most obnoxious way admonishes someone else to "get a sense of humor". "


Lombardi Chick: you're making sense to me.

Ren said...

Meade--is this what you do all day? Scour the internet looking for websites to troll?

What a silly question. The answer is, of course, yes. I guess you've already used up the monthly allowance that Althouse gave you.

SunnyJ said...

@Alpha says:" Look, rocket scientists. You don't hang someone by lying them on the ground. "

Really, have you forgotton the phony death by hanging story of the census taker? He was found in the cemetary with a noose around his neck, lying on the ground with letters carved in his chest that appeared to indicate he was targeted by a right wing anti government census taker nut case. Left wing bloggers went crazy with that story, and it was later completely debunked.

PS on Alpha's comment on ad hominem attacks: Ad hominem shmominem...remove the log from your eye before the sliver from your neighbor's eye.

Reminds me of Obama and transparency!

Carol_Herman said...

You know, anybody passing this display could'a said out loud:

Wow, that's the biggest piece of dog poop I've ever seen. I wonder what size the dog was?

Doesn't look like this "puppet" grabbed enough attention. Maybe, it would have worked better if there had been a violinist, playing. With his violin case left open?

If Soros paid for the puppet, so much the better. I'm all for FREE SPEECH!

What if there was a counter-balloon that looked like an orange flame shooting up in the air? Would the cops have come by and arrested anyone? (For silently shouting "fire." It would be a good test of our First Amendment Rights," if you asked me.)

Meade said...

AlphaLiberal said...
Oh, what bullshit. For the love of beans the crap you guys make up.

I can't imagine (particularly ahead of a completed investigation) participating in a rally to demand, say, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley step down from the bench and be prosecuted. Even though she is alleged to have charged, with clenched fists, at her fellow justice.

But if I did participate, and especially if I were one of the rally organizers or speakers, I hope I would have the presence of mind to notice and object to the symbolism of a giant balloon effigy of, say, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley tied to a lamppost. Especially if I were demanding extralegal remedies to the conflict under investigation.

Now is that balloon effigy of David Prosser meant to be humorous? Probably. Is it offensive? You tell me.

But can you deny that there is at least some irony in the dissonant symbolism expressed by the speakers for "women's rights" and by the balloon effigy they literally faced as they decried, with amplified self-righteous indignation, violence and bullying in the workplace.

Strelnikov said...

Hey, the balloon is black, too. Set your irony meters to stun.

Alex said...

Althouse forgot the "civility bullshit" tag.

Joanna said...

Alpha said You know it's not hanging, in terms of what "hanging" means, right?

In that case, I guess Alpha just admitted that Prosser didn't choke Bradley, in terms of what "choking" means.

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