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Madison Quiet After OFA/Unions Stop $

From a seemingly amazed Associated Press:

Wisconsin Capitol quiet after anti-union vote

By Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Thu Mar 10, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Capitol was eerily quiet Thursday night following three weeks of protests against anti-union legislation that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to Madison. While people had been sleeping in the building for weeks, all eventually left after the Assembly voted to approve a bill eliminating public employee’s collective bargaining rights.

The Senate had passed the bill the day before, and with the Assembly’s action, the bill pushed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker was certain to become law with his signature.

What is the going rate of the rent-a-mobs these days? Last we checked it was about $40 a day and a sack lunch. No overtime. No healthcare. No pension.

Still, it’s good enough to some dope smoking University Of Wisconsin kids, like the ones we saw getting dragged out of the Assembly Chamber by the police.

The demonstrators’ mostly peaceful departure ended a tense day that started with about 50 protesters being hauled from a hallway leading to the Assembly chamber. Police carried them out one at a time, dragging some in a seated position and holding others a few inches off the ground.

The protesters, who didn’t resist, were set down behind a line of officers about 20 yards away. Other protesters walked out voluntarily. No one was arrested.

Danny Spitzberg, 26, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said officers gave protesters vague explanations for why they had to leave. He walked out on his own after being ordered to leave.

"This is grossly undemocratic," he said afterward. "It stinks up the whole process."

Isn’t it amazing how many of these put upon ‘hard working middle class families’ attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison?

A school, by the way, where the teachers only got these God-given ‘rights’ to protest in 2009. And whose teachers now comprise the largest piece of Wisconsin’s public sector union pie.

The protesters had gathered in anticipation of the Assembly’s vote scheduled for 11 a.m. But when Democratic representatives showed up, they found the Assembly’s doors locked and began pounding to be let in. Police had closed down the building while they performed a security check.

Not that even the Democrat representatives act like five year olds.

Republican lawmakers showed up after the doors were opened about a half-hour later. Protesters sat quietly in the gallery as the lawmakers spent several hours debating the bill and then passed it 53-42.

Outside the Assembly, dozens of state troopers, state special agents and local police formed multiple lines to prevent protesters from rushing the room following the vote. No one made a move to do so, but as Republicans left the Assembly under heavy guard, protesters showered them with boos and shouted "Shame!"

Democrats emerged minutes later. Protesters exchanged high-fives with them and chanted "thank you."

Everyone loves a loser.

When the Capitol closed at 6 p.m., most of the more than 100 demonstrators remaining left quietly, although two women were dragged out, Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said. One sang "Solidarity Forever" on her way out. About 100 protesters remained outside the building later in the evening.

‘Solidarity Forever‘ was written by a communistlabor activist’ in 1915, for the ‘industrial workers of the world.’ It is, in effect, the second communist anthem, after the ‘Internationale.’

The women were not arrested, Tubbs said, but a total of 16 people had been arrested since the protests began, the Department of Administration said.

What do you have to do to get arrested in Madison? Be a Tea Party supporter?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Madison Quiet After OFA/Unions Stop $”

  1. proreason says:

    Why it’s almost as if it might not have been a spontaneous outporing of righteous anger at injustice.

    Because if it was, how could the rage have been turned off like a spigot? Surely the begrieved parties would still be in the streets venting their spleens at the horror of it all.

    Maybe their was some factor involved other than poor defensless girl teachers having their livlihoods snatched away from them.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Every petulant child shuts up when Dad gets home and instills some discipline into the situation. It is always the way – the person who pays the bills has to stand up and say Enough – and the person with a backbone and guts to do the Right thing – does it.

    I have a feeling that when the ‘polls’ changed against the ‘protesters’ (maybe it’s the video of getting through the window and enabler opened that did it) – the money behind this ‘spontaneous’ event dried up. So these weren’t people protesting for their ‘rights’ but paid protesters – Who knew?!?

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Pavlov’s dogs.

  4. untrainable says:

    When brats on the playground don’t get their way, they take their ball and go home. Usually with their bottom lip sticking out far enough to trip over. Call the whaaaaaaambulance. I’ll bet they all stomped their feet and slammed doors when they got back to mommy’s house.

  5. canary says:

    “The demonstrators’ mostly peaceful departure ended a tense day that started with about 50 protesters being hauled from a hallway leading to the Assembly chamber. Police carried them out one at a time, dragging some in a seated position and holding others a few inches off the ground.

    I wouldn’t call these video’s peaceful. Police were so reluctant to make them leave. Let’s hope the criminals, robbers, rapists, on the street didn’t take advantage of no police around. Of course incidents of that kind would never get in the media.

    chaos in leaving building

    death threats continue

  6. Mithrandir says:

    It’s painfully clear now, that the police are totally corrupt. (as if there was any doubt)

    How many calls were made to protect the liberal mob?
    1. Calls for off-duty police to sleep among the protestors.
    2. Calls to go lightly on protesters.
    3. VERY few arrests.
    4. The police unions are sending out fliers to businesses demanding they support them and not Scott Walker. Or……who knows what may happen?–wink wink.
    5. Dozens of people were dragged away BUT WERE NOT CHARGED? What is the penalty for disobeying a police order? For the rest of us it’s tazering, beatings, tight handcuffs, and at least a disorderly conduct charge to go with it, court appearances, probation etc.

    ~Destroying the building, bullets found on site, chasing and harassing state senators? What the heck is going on here!

    Had these people been conservatives storming the liberal establishment, the BOOK WOULD HAVE BEEN THROWN at them, with no mercy. An on-site court of law would have been set up to rapidly prosectute offenders.

    Never trust ANY of these unions, even if they are police. They are all on the same team sadly.
    Who is ALWAYS there to ensure that your 2nd amendment rights are strict or taken away at the state captial, when gun bills are being debated? –Cops.

    “To Protect and Defend….themselves”

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