A week ago, blogger David Blaska urged fellow conservatives to take out permits to uproot the Solidarity Sing Along from the state Capitol rotunda.

The singers, a loosely knit protest group that refuses to obtain a permit for its daily noontime gathering, make a point of ceding ground to anyone who does get a permit for the space.

Blaska himself obtained a permit about a month ago to demonstrate how easy the process is. (Here's a short video of Blaska's group performing.) 

In his blog post, "Smokey the Blaska says: Only you can prevent Solidarity Singalongs!" Blaska shares his views on the protesters.

"The singalong is nothing more than low-grade guerrilla warfare against a governor and Legislature they hate, that they could not recall from office, that they could not defeat at the ballot box," he writes. "They are not petitioning their government, they are only irritating it. They are an unattractive nuisance, a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing except petulance, arrogance, and entitlement."

He goes on to provide step-by-step instructions on filling out a permit application, along with suggestions on how to kill time while holding down the fort for an hour.

"You don’t have to sing. Give dramatic readings from Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon. Lecture from Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. Read the Constitution of the United States beatnik-style while banging a bongo drum. I don’t care. But do it soon."

While conservative groups haven't been rushing the Capitol doors, Blaska has caught the ears of at least one group: The Jefferson County Republican Women

On Thursday, the group took the floor to perform patriotic songs in support of Gov. Scott Walker, the main target for ridicule during the Solidarity Sing-Along, and fulminate against the protesters.

(Here's a video of the Republican group singing "God bless our governor." And here's a man with the group calling the Solidarity Sing-Along group cowards.)

The Republican women have also reserved the floor for Sept. 10, Sept. 19 and Sept. 25.

"I feel sorry for the people who have to come here to work," Deb Stein, who obtained the permit, told WKOW TV. "They feel threatened, they don't feel comfortable. It's not a nice situation. I wouldn't want to have to work in that. So we're here to try to make it a little friendlier."

Singers with the Solidarity Sing Along are likely hoping for some good weather in September because they're going to find themselves outside a lot during the month. A group called the Liberty Singers is scheduled for Monday, a wedding is slated for Monday, Sept. 16, and the Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Sept. 3 through Sept. 5.

Maybe that's why someone applied for a permit on behalf of the singers.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Tom Kasper, a retired state section chief, obtained a permit Friday for the "Kapitol Singerz." 

Some protest singers, who have staunchly refused to get a permit on principle, have been less than thankful toward Kasper, which is evident in the WSJ story.

Kasper's application requested the use of the Capitol rotunda "every weekday until notice." But because of conflicts with other requests, the Department of Administration approved the permit for Sept. 9, Sept. 11 and Sept. 12.

Kasper didn't immediately return a call to his home Friday. 

But for the protesters, who have been arrested to the tune of 15 or 20 a day for the past month-and-a-half, being exiled to the Capitol grounds, where they don't need a permit, might be a welcome respite.

Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.

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GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

It's really quite astounding that those Leftys who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, can still contort themselves into actually believing that they're the tolerant ones. They're not.

After witnessing Lefty's attack against people os faith, the many boycotts of Wisconsin businesses, the crude, hateful and divisive rhetoric against those having a different viewpoint, it really shows me. Look at Lefty's censoring of free speech, siccing their PC thought police dawgs on anyone who'd dare to hold another opinion. Look at the limiting of personal freedom. Look at the "gaystoppo style" attacks against anyone who does not just merely tolerate, (those days are long gone), but actively promote homosexual marriage.

It's truly amazing, Grace, how Leftys can shape-shift arguments to rationalize their own intolerance.

fyrgy
fyrgy

Blaska and his GOVERNMENT retirement and inherited family farm. He is the epitome of those who have the most being among the most selfish among us. Shame on you. But then again you and the other Walkerbots have no shame when it comes to screwing the people of this once great state.

WeNeedaDream

I feel sad seeing so much judging and discounting in these comments...
concerned that everyone loses...
while the issues grow.

I'd like We The People of Wisconsin to reach higher...
modeling more life-serving ways to express feelings and resolve conflicts...
e.g. cnvc.org and onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/issues/spring2013/world-peace/

WeNeedaDream

How bout a new sing-along song?

On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin
Reach for higher realms
Find a way to heal the fighting
Save us from more hell

On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin
We can reach such realms
To serve the light and all of life
In ways to make us well

On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin
Help us find the faith
To choose and act in strength and love
And serve all life as well

ArchieBunkersKidBrother
ArchieBunkersKidBrother

Now that the Repubs and Tea Party are applying for permits, it's time to see how serious the DOA is on enforcing damage liability and extra costs associated with more security. Let the games begin!

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bookman21
bookman21

They are in favor of freedom and democracy for rich white men.

1blueheron

Will the Permit Singers please include Ernie Tennessee Ford's classic song "16 Tons" to their repertoire - since "they own their soul to the company store...." 16 tons of fracking sand. Next, 16 tons of iron. Securing the resources.

Norwood44

Union supporters are quick to condemn Walker on all fronts. But consider this....after six months or more of large protests, Walker won the recall. Unionists clearly failed to make their case to the voters. Now, with another run in the offing, Walker arrests a few Singers and BOOM, the unionists are in the headlines again, with little or no argument as to why regular voters should side with them other than the fact that they are self-styled martyrs and contitutional lawyers. Is it possible that the Singers are being played? That by arresting a few of the protesters Walker is reminding the rest of the state that the unionists are tied to the Dems, a party that has yet to develop a message for the 90% of Wisconsin voters who don't work for the government or belong to unions. Instead of being smart, the Singers are playing right into the hands of the Republicans. Such is the price of arrogance.

Nav

What Governor Walker is REALLY reminding the voters of Wisconsin is how he was able to fool them, and intends to fool them again.

The Governor's overall record is quite weak, actually. We will not allow him to play up the unions again!

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Below is an argument as to why all Americans should side with , or at least, support unions, as opposed to the labor destructive views of those like Blaska. Especially on Labor Day. In my view. those who condemn the soldiers fighting for labor rights, reside right down there with the ones who condemned American veterans back in the 70's.

In the definition of the word "UNION", nowhere can be found any resemblance to how anti-union followers describe the word.

Re: UNION def.
1 the action or fact of joining or being joined, esp. in a political context : he was opposed to closer political or economic union with Europe | a currency union between the two countries.
• a state of harmony or agreement : they live in perfect union.
• a marriage : their union had not been blessed with children.
2 an organized association of workers formed to protect and further their rights and interests; a labor union : the National Farmers' Union.
• a club, society, or association formed by people with a common interest or purpose : members of the Students' Union.

• Brit., historical a number of parishes consolidated for the purposes of administering the Poor Laws.
• (also union workhouse or union house) a workhouse set up by such a group of parishes.
• Brit. an association of independent churches for purposes of cooperation.
3 (also Union) a political unit consisting of a number of states or provinces with the same central government, in particular
• the U.S., esp. from its founding by the original thirteen states in 1787–90 to the secession of the Confederate states in 1860–61.
• (also the Federal Union) the northern states of the U.S. that opposed the seceding Confederate states in the Civil War.
4 a building at a college or university used by students for recreation and other nonacademic activities.
5 Mathematics the set that comprises all the elements (and no others) contained in any of two or more given sets.
• the operation of forming such a set.
6 a pipe coupling.
7 a part of a flag with an emblem symbolizing national union, typically occupying the upper corner next to the staff.
8 a fabric made of two or more different yarns, typically cotton and linen or silk.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin unio(n-) ‘unity,’ from Latin unus ‘one.’
Union |ˈyoōnyən| |ˈjunjən|

Norwood44

Cutting and pasting dictionary definitions is not a cogent political argument for the 90% of Wisconsin voters who don't belong to a union and don't like paying higher taxes. Walker is beatable, but the Singers and their supporters aren't going to do it. They are hurting the Dems. The Dems need a post-entitlement argument that is strong on women's rights, enviromental policy, gay rights, smart transportation, closing the achievement gap and other issues. But union rights has already proven to be a non starter.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

The definition was not meant to be a political argument. It was just a fact for those who have been mislead by the anti union bull.

Unions alone may not be the magic bullet to rid of us of Walker. But the unions do deserve to be shown in factual representation. And Walker's slaughter of union rights, does need to be included in the long list of damages that Walker and his bunch are doing to everyone in the middle class.

Norwood44

adios. you would be wise to look at the abuses of the wealthy union lobbies and consider that it is average citizens who deserve to be represented, not the fat lobbies of government workers. For all his flaws, Walker's ACT 10 was a good move for the citizens of the state. Now we need a good model for good state workers. And we need to get money out of our elections, both WEAC and the Kochs. Same coin, different sides.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Norwood, I agree with you 100%, except where you think Act 10 was a good thing for citizens. I have also looked at, and recognized the abuses of the fat lobbies which represent BOTH sides. For many, many years, I have also studied and lived the battle for average citizens to bargain for and receive a living wage that they can live on. Not just merely survive, or worse yet just die, completely worn out and broke.

As far as the unions being the scape goat for the problems of money buying our politicians, it wasn't the unions who started it. Unions were formed and grew in strength, and money, because the average citizen needed something to level the playing field when the robber barons were exploiting them on their way to the modern day position of the "job creators"

The unions kept them in check for quite awhile and Americans, both union and non-union, enjoyed a comfortable life, as was promised them if they worked hard. Since union membership started its decline, corporations have proportionately moved in the direction of the 1800's instead of toward the future. Which coincidently, is contrary to patriotic conservative's claims of wanting a strong America.

There are a few of us yet who refuse to give up and stand by while corporate greed completely tears up the unions and takes full control of our politicians, while we blindly help spew their propaganda and naively think they will throw us more than just a few crumbs when they take over.

Norwood44

adios. the history of unions is an important one. They did correct injustice. But somewhere along the way they started protecting bad performers and diminishing the value of their work while asking for more compensation, thus creating an injustice. They became their own worst enemy. Here's hoping for a better model. As for big corporate political animals, they need to be thrown out of politics too. One should not justify the other. The public unions were the first to feel the sting of rejection because they played a more powerful local game. But the Kochs and ALEC's time will come.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Norwood, your points are well taken. I'll be the first to admit that I get very defensive and stand my ground firmly when supporting unions. But I also know that there are those bad performers you speak of. Believe it or not, I get on their case way harder than those I've argued with who are against unions. I do prefer to keep those discussions in-house between fellow union members though, as I am a firm believer that when you have an undesirable situation within a body. hanging your dirty laundry out in public can have a negative impact on what you are trying to fix.

That being said, I can assure you that the majority of union members feel the same way I do on that issue. And while working at cleaning up your own back yard or weeding out the bad apples, it doesn't take much of an insult from those against unions to cause decent union workers to become defensive and come across as radical unionists.

As I have stated from day one, Act 10 and other similar legislation, and especially with the way these conservatives are going about passing it, is the worst damage I have ever seen inflicted on the working family. If any good at all can comes from it, I know it did get a lot of peoples attention. And just maybe, between union members leaning a little harder on the slackers and the added pressure from the outside, we can get this country back on track before it's too late.

As negative as everything seems these days, I do feel confident that the ordinary people, through good common sense and democracy will come to terms and get the good old USA back up and rolling before the Kochs and ALEC roll us over.

Frank Stoner

"low-grade... irritating... unattractive nuisance, a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing except petulance, arrogance, and entitlement." - Blaska is projecting again.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

His contribution to society is to provide step-by-step instructions on filling out a permit application, along with suggestions on how to kill time (the norm for modern day conservatives) while holding down the fort for an hour.

Why in the world doesn't he acknowledge the TRUE celebration of Labor Day by re-playing the Diane Hendricks / Scott Walker - DIVIDE and CONQUER video so people can remember the facts, instead of being mislead by someone just wasting time.


AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

NO ASSUMPTIONS PLEASE! CAN SOMEONE WITH ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE ANSWER THIS QUESTION!

Did Tom Kasper get the permits for the current group of singers that have been singing all along at the capitol (Solidarity Sing Along) or for a completely separate group of singers?

Again no assumptions please.

S54k

Hi aa, no actual knowledge, but here are my assumptions (isn't the Internet great!). I think walker and the CP were backed into a corner. They tried to quell the singers by intimidating then with arrests (arrests of the least active of the bunch to try to keep them from coming back) and it back fired on them. The more arrests they made, the bigger the crowds got. So in order to stop arresting people and thus showing weakness, defeat and embarrassing walker even more, they found somebody to apply for permits so they could say the protests were now legal and hope less people show up. I still plan on showing when I can, permit or no permit, but I think it'll much more fun on the non-permit days. Thus look for more and more bogus permits being issued so the attention the arrests get just goes away. Just my assumptions. But based on my knowledge of walker's thoughts and actions (considered planting troublemakers, trying to trick dems into coming back from IL, ignoring open meeting requirements, WEDC failures and so on) I think my assumptions are pretty right on target. We'll see, unless walker succeeds in keeping journalists from doing their job.

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

All I can say is...

It appears that F I N A L L Y ! ! ! someone is willing to step up and accept some responsibility for the large group of Solidarity singers and put an end all of this nonsense.

I'd like to shake this man's hand.

davea

I wish you would, then get arrested for watching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

Who are you talking to?

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

I believe the convention is that, when you click "Reply", you're talking to the person you're replying to. Has your experience been otherwise?

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

RichardSRussell,
"I believe the convention is that, when you click "Reply", you're talking to the person you're replying to. Has your experience been otherwise?

Nice Richard, nice.

Now why don't you use some of that vast knowledge of davea's thoughts and write us a short paragraph trying to explain exactly how the comment davea posted in reply to mine made any sense whatsoever in relation to what I said? Richard, you're a smart guy, really think about it!

Stuck In The Middle With You

Blaska always loves to crow about their family farm but how much have we had to pay in taxes to subsidize their operations? Must be nice to rake in all those federal tax subsidies as well as the tax breaks on their property and equipment and hey I would like to only pay $45.00 every two years to register my auto like farmers can do with their pickup trucks.

David Blaska
David Blaska

Now the Left is anti-farmer! Desperate, much?

ArchieBunkersKidBrother
ArchieBunkersKidBrother

But, but, but.....you do get government welfare, no?

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bookman21
bookman21

Corporate Welfare for everyone! Except actual human beings.

blue5641

Minimum Wage is to be the new holiday celebrated in Wisconsin on the first Monday of September. If all accept minimum wages, we would have our 250,000 jobs.

lindawye

My husband and I have made it a point to go sing at the Capitol whenever we happen to be in Madison. It is a joyful and inspiring experience. Who would feel threatened by peaceful, nonviolent people raising their voices in song? C'mon, folks, it's for one hour a day, during the noon hour, when most employees are at lunch. I agree that the crack-down is most likely an attempt to distract us from other, important things.

ButSiriuslyFolks

My father recently told me his political "circle of life" lesson:

If you are 20 and are not a liberal, you have no heart.

If you are 45 and are not a conservative, you have no brain.

If you are 70 and are not a moderate, you have learned nothing.

Argyle
Argyle

Your father has learned nothing.

wisconsineye

Argyle- I hope your are not an English major. Put the pipe down and look at what you might be able to contribute to society.

Arnold Harris

In the last 15 presidential elections, beginning in 1956 when I was 22 years old and thus had passed the age requirement of 21 years that applied to federal elections, I never once voted for a Democrat and never shall I do so. But I had not at that time had the common sense to apply that rigid standard to elections for state as well as federal offices.

But the Solidarity Singalong, with or without permits, following on the heels of the mass demonstrations a couple of years ago that tried crippling the State Capitol building and the business of the State Legislature, have no turned me into a Tea Party activist. Which means that I will work not just to keep the legislature of this state in the hands of Republicans, but I also intend to assist the Tea Party in Republican Party primary elections to get rid of office holders who are prepared to cooperate with Democrats in further overturning the traditional America in which I was born and raised 79 years ago, and for which I served the US Army for three years -- two years active duty and one in the Enlisted Reserves -- during and after the Korean War.

So keep on pushing, liberal and leftists. You will yet succeed in radicalizing scores of millions more of people like me all across this country.

And as for the State Capitol building, I think the time has come for our legislature to research out state constitution and legislative acts to determine what must be done to enable the legislature to move its meetings to any number of locations in this state whose populace is more in turn with the values of Wisconsinites who live outside the orbit of Madison. If the state senate Democrats could set up their own quorum in Northern Illinois in order to stop the full senate from voting on one of the pieces of legislation, Republicans should apply the same standard.

I applaud Dave Blaska for his timely and effective move in co-oping the sing-along space inside the State Capitol building merely by applying for and obtaining permits for their own approved singalong. I don;t know if our guys and girls sing any more in tune than your leftists do, but our team has proved a lot smarter than yours. But on a note of kindness, I hope your singers do not freeze your asses off when you are compelled to confine your singing to the Capitol grounds rather than in the Capitol building itself.

Arnold Harris
Mount Horeb WI

everclear

You applaud Dave Blaska, really he is an idiot, and often makes an ass out of himself on NPR "the Week In Review"

Arnold Harris

Everclear,

I have known David Blaska on and off for a number of years. I had frequent occasion to testify before the Dane County Board of Supervisors on regional land use and related issues, at a time when both David and his brother Michael Blaska were members of the the county board, and Michael was board chairman.

Both Blaskas impressed me as active, intelligent elected officials, even on occasions when I did not necessarily agree fully with county policies which they activiely backed or passively voted for.

I do not listen to radio or view television, so I have no impression of what David Blaska says on National Public Radio. But my general impression is that he no more makes an ass of himself than any other person who has played a role in public affairs. Obviously you do not like him for political reasons, so you sink to the level of personal vilification in what I would consider a pitiable effort to denigrate him.
Most people of my generation and experiences would say your summation sounds immature.

Arnold Harris
Mount Horeb WI

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

Anyone who says "never shall I do so" is painting himself into a corner where actual thinking becomes unnecessary, and mere habitual knee-jerk reflex is seen as a valid substitute for careful analysis.

davea

Arnold, Arbold, Arnold, In 1956 they already had a constitition, too bad you never were smart enough to read and understand it! You have my sympathy, along with anybody who has to exist in your presents.

Norwood44

davea. You insult the intelligence of others while plainly exhibiting your own ignorance and poor spelling. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Arnold Harris

Davea, Among other topics, I studied most of the significant findings of the United States Supreme Court which I was completed my bachelor's degree in communications at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. So I think I know more than a little about our country's highest judiciary level. I also earned a master's degree in urban and regional planning 14 years later from that same campus; irrespective of whatever you imagine about. In addition to the usage of a spelling checker, if you argue frequently on internet blogsites, you might find it useful to learn something about your opponents before trying to belittle them.

Arnold Harris
Mount Horeb WI

Mr_Deeks
Mr_Deeks

You are absolutely correct, Arnold. I applaud you courage for saying it.

Stuck In The Middle With You

Arnold, you fit right in with the Herman Cains, Rick Santorums and Donald Trumps of the World but now you better get on Ted Cruz's bandwagon since he is the latest flavor flav of the Tea Party Twilight Zone. Are you really 79 Arnold? You don't mind if we can see your birth certificate do you?

Arnold Harris

Stuck in the Middle,

1)Yes, I really am 79 years old, having been born in April 1934.

1) I voted for Governor Mitt Romney in the Wisconsin Presidential Primary Election, and of course, in the 2012 General Election.

2) I supported and still support Herman Cain's call for a flat income tax. But what I would like to see above all is a system by which income taxes would be directly collected by the Departments of Revenue of the 50 states, plus Washington DC and various US possessions. Based primarily on population levels and other relevant considerations, a small section of the key Federal budget bureau would collect the Federal share from each of the states. That relatively small budget bureau would, under this plan, constitute a new Internal Revenue Service, greatly reduced in size, function and scope, and much easier for the US Congress to oversee and deal with.

3) I have a great deal of respect for US Senator Cruz, and I find him trustworthy to serve as President of the United States.

4) The Tea Party does not at all consider ourselves as any kind of twilight zone. Actually, most of us regard our work as that which accompanies the dawn of a fine American morning.

5) My father, Max Harris, born in Davenport, Iowa in 1892, served in the US Army that went to France in World War I as the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). He was 42 years old when I was born. When I was a youngster, he counseled me always to do what I knew to be right, irrespective of whether or not that won me any popularity. I have never forgotten him, and I have honored his memory by remaining truthful to the standards he taught me.

Arnold Harris
Mount Horeb WI

JoeBlow
JoeBlow

Arnold!

Here's to you, Bud!... a real American patriot! Thanks for your service!

Cheers! ~ Joe

CaitlinRebecca

AMEN and my family & I Thank you for your service sir!!

augustknight
augustknight

Republicans demonstrate how easy it is to apply for a government permit to exercise 1st Amendment constitutional rights! The Second Amendment shall come next! Just as easy and just as sensible, ya think?

Martin Niemöller, "and then they came for me..."

AndyMatts

"They feel threatened...."

Is there any idiotic claim conservatives won't buy? Well, Deb Stein, hate to break logic and all that out on you, but if having people standing in the rotunda and singing creates such a hostile and threatening environment for people who have to work there, what, exactly, is your group doing and accomplishing?

Priestess

Good for them. Go ahead and let the conservatives get a permit every single day for all I care. Frankly I don't believe they are committed enough to show up every day. They look silly with their group of 9 people struggling to get through the noon hour in song while they go on about how awful the SS are. Why do they need a permit if their group is under 20?

Meanwhile we we still be there...rain or shine.

witness2012

If Walker and his Republican allies were smart, they would recognize that those who take part in the Solidarity singalong are his constituents, too, and represent a sizable portion of the electorate that he also has to listen to and seek to serve.

But, Walker isn't smart. He's only interested in catering to those who can help him directly and he continues to polarize the state into his "friends" and his "enemies"- and make war against his "enemies".

I suspect his calculus is off and so, his enemies are growing and they are motivated to fight to see that he is defeated at the polls and so, he will remain a one term governor.

He may have gotten elected, but he's done a dismal job of governing and the way he has dealt with the solidarity singalong is a case in point.

Nav

The Governor has a LONG list of things he is very vulnerable on! he has cut education. He has FAILED to create the 250,000 jobs THE promised the voters of Wisconsin. He has divided our stated. He has degraded our Environment he has attacked women rights. He has made voting more difficult. The list is long and his opponent will have a field day!

sarge

he used his staff county staff on the county dime to deflect critism and plan his response after the boy was killed by a falling chunk of cement in the parking ramp that walker refused to repair,. This is no small deal. it's a full on felony, there is telephone and email proof that he committed that felony and no one is talking about it.

David Blaska
David Blaska

We've got the Capitol Rotunda for Monday, Labor Day -- all day!

geo_

Will you be celebrating the history and tradition of Labor for which the day is intended, or celebrating the anti - worker, anti labor agenda of our current state government.

David Blaska
David Blaska

You make the mistake of thinking AFSCME speaks for all working people. It don't.

geo_

No, I just think that anyone who has the day off with pay should be honoring organized labor for that benefit, business didn't give days off with pay till organized labor made them

JoeBlow
JoeBlow

@geo - Organized labor has to answer for Detroit before I honor them.

bookman21
bookman21

#Dave Bloviaska You surely don't speak for working people.

GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

@Blaska,

O my gunny sacks! Holy Buckets!

Kicking the unholy unionista thugacracy out of the Holy of Holies of state government on their High Holy Holiday takes big brass ones, my friend.

What's the plan, man? ......... Guaranteed triple time for the Good Capitol Police? Good. They've earned it.

I've got the whole day off. We gonna sing some patriotic songs again.

Keep us posted on this site and as Churchill wrote to end his missive to FDR, .........................................................................................................'KBO'.

GOOD DOG, HAPPY MAN

David Blaska
David Blaska

Keep B-ering On, we shall!

sarge

Thats pretty funny. you being one in the same person and responding to "each other's" posts is almost imaginative. except that you know...out east republican staffers trolling on the public dime in just the same way have seriously gone to jail. it's pretty much in line with bidding up your Ebay sales with false personas

GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

I'll volunteer to read the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or excerpts from Levin's "Liberty Amendments"

You should be scrubbed, too, Lefty! What, was that too much of an incovenient truth?

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

A very considerate move on your part, Brother Blaska — sign up for the one day a year when you know that all the honest working folk will be down Park Street at LaborFest and few would be left to carry on the tradition at the Capitol. Now they won't have to. Thanks for the help.

ButSiriuslyFolks

That's funny.

I thought all Republicans had jobs and didn't have time to fritter away over the noon hour.

I think this is great. It's about time conservatives see activism as more than reading/watching propaganda and writing checks.

CaitlinRebecca

Remember that one time Scott Walker was elected in November 2010, and then won the Recall election that was brought against him?

Nav

I also remember HIM promising that he would create AT LEAST 250,000 jobs!

Stuck In The Middle With You

Yeah that was so cool but ultimately so untrue.

Wis_BlogRider

CaitlinRebecca. Same old Chump line "He was elected twice" . Most of Wisconsin citizens have wised up since those elections and now realize they were Hoodwinkled with Walker's deception as is now being demonstrated by Walker and this legislature's behavior.

bookman21
bookman21

Walker was able to fool some of the people all of the time. It is not likely that he will be able to tool all of the people all of the time.

CaitlinRebecca

LOL..."Same old chump line He was elected twice" Not so much a line is it? More of a fact I'd say!

Nav

Something tells me the more the Republicans try to oust the solidarity singers, the more soild (and larger) they will become as a group.

The Republicans would be better off governing the state. Create the 250,000 jobs the Governor promised. Pass bills that help ordinary Wisconsinites. Carrying brown bag lunch is not going to fool anyone any more.

retired

Does anybody know if these fines r actually paid ? Or ,,, are they just a big news story.

bookman21
bookman21

It is expected that many will be contested in court. I don't think that anyone has any accurate figures. I'm sure that there are many who will be happy to make some facts up.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

I hear the sound of union taxis honking to the beat of "this is how democracy works."

Nav

Republicans HATE IT when people at the capitol protest against them. They thought Northern Wisconsin solidly supported them but now they are finding out that even people up north are learning about what the Republicans are REALLY up to.

I find it odd that no conservative group thought of getting permits to go so something at the Capitol until now!

toobad

The public is now tired of the noontime singalong and all their undeserved publicity.

Wis_BlogRider

Public opinion polls throughout the state are showing the exact opposite and that a majority of voters are tiring of the Walker administration violating constitutional laws.

wisconsineye

Wis_blog- wrong again, unless of course, you can point out those polls 'throughout' the state that back you up. It appears that the circus is in town with this 'singers'.
One of my complaints is the noise pollution under the dome caused by this Blue Fisters. Yes, I live outside the bubble.

bookman21
bookman21

The right wing has yet to show itself to be offended by any kind of pollution.

David Blaska
David Blaska

Name one public opinion poll that shows that.

Nav

The public is actually outraged at how the Walker Administration is dealing with the protestors. I am sure you participated in the poll in Madison.com, did u not?

toobad

And the public is outraged about all this collective bargaining crap that the government unions keep spouting. Negotiating with your supported pol is not an adversarial employer/employee relationship, thus does not meet the definition of collective bargaining. It does meet the definition of racketeering though.

bookman21
bookman21

I, on the other had, am outraged by those who assume that the public shares whatever partisan opinion they happen to have.

ArchieBunkersKidBrother
ArchieBunkersKidBrother

You're talking about ALEC.


RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

Commenters on this thread seem to think that public opinion is important, and in some respects (winning elections being a notable example) it is and will continue to be. However, exercising one's constitutional rights is not dependent upon public opinion. If the entire populace of the State of Wisconsin were solidly convinced that the world was flat, but I wanted to stand up in the Capitol rotunda and proclaim that it's round, it doesn't matter one lick that public opinion is united against me: I still have free speech as an individual.
 
Every great truth began as a radical, heretical thot in the mind of a single individual, which is why the US Constitution speaks so highly of them and protects them against both the might of government and the oppression of majority opinion.

RunningBear

I wonder whether DOA has adequate "rules" in place to determine who gets the permit if multiple people apply for the same day, same time. What if the applications all arrive at the same time? Who decides?

DOA and the Cap Police keep saying "just get a permit, it's free!" I've suspected for some time that should the singers apply for permit after permit, NEW rules would suddenly appear to say that the same function can only get a certain number of permits per month. Again, in addition to the free speech reasons, the singers do not get permits because taking out a permit would restrict others from using the Rotunda.

And regarding "not feeling safe at the Capitol" I have certainly heard GOP lawmakers say they did not feel safe during the protests and perhaps they *still* don't feel safe. I wonder if it's because, deep in their souls, they know full well that they've done A LOT of things to anger the average person - secret meetings, pledges not to disclose information to citizens, Act 10, WEDC, ultrasounds, $500,000 of taxpayer money to dogs that don't hunt. The list goes on and on and keeps growing. Yes, citizens are angry. They have good reason to be.

bookman21
bookman21

The GOP legislators might feel safer at the Capitol if they started working for Wisconsinites instead of themselves. Creating some jobs instead of restricting abortion would be a good start.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Why does Scott Walker want this as headlines in the news?

Because it distracts from this;

Great video of Walker himself making a campaign promise, to bring 10,000 new businesses to Wisconsin and create 250,000 new jobs.

Mike Gousha asks Walker outright "is this a campaign promise, something you want to be held to"

Walker's answer, "Absolutely"

Walker - "250,000 jobs is just a minimum, a base"

November 4th 2014 is the time to hold Walker accountable, just like he himself told us to!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM8uDB1CgS4

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