Via Ann Althouse:

Walker opponents take to Wisconsin’s waters with protest flotillas

Wisconsin has a new protest movement, and it’s on the water.

Protesters took advantage of one of the state’s many bodies of water to move their “Recall Walker” message a little closer to the subject of the protest this weekend. After learning that Wisconsin’s first lady Tonette Walker would host a garden party on Saturday, July 2, a group of nearly a dozen people formed a flotilla that set sail to the shore of Lake Mendota off the governor’s Maple Bluff executive residence.

Saturday’s protest was organized very quickly, says Arthur Kohl-Riggs, who organized the event through the “Shit Scott Walker Is Doing To My State” Facebook page he operates. He learned about the party Friday night and created a Facebook event Saturday morning.

Kohl-Riggs was pleasantly surprised that the turnout included people who had not met prior to the protest. The flotilla consisted of two kayaks, two canoes and a paddleboat.

People keep using the terms “thugs” and “goons” to refer to the union protestors. I’d call them “aging hippies trying to relive their youth.”

Watch the video and you’ll laugh at how pathetic they are. If these teachers don’t realize how counter-productive their actions are then I feel sorry for their students.

BTW – You see more boats in McCovey Cove for every SF Giants game.

McCovey Cove

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47 Responses to Asshats

  1. WMCB says:

    Yeah, the whole “rude stalking of politician’s private lives” as a means of protest is not viewed kindly by the country as a whole.

    I still say that the bank protests might have gained some traction if those SEIU idiots had not camped out at the bankers homes and screamed insults at their wives and children. Notice that public opinion lost interest after that? People do not like that crap.

    I predict the same public response to the big new Operation Rude Stalker that the left has planned. The only people who will be cheering them as brave heroes will be their own little short-sighted tribe. They might do some minor damage to a politician or two, but the trade-off will be painting the entire Left in the eyes of the public as ugly, nasty little shits, whom decent people want nothing to do with.

    The response is visceral. They are not even going to stop to consider whether your product is better or not. They are going to decide that you are an asshole and a jerk, and they aren’t buying anything you are selling.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Back in 2003 I attended some anti-war protests. The organizers pleaded with people not to burn flags or do anything illegal.

      You can have thousands of peaceful protesters and one idiot burns a flag – guess who is on the nightly news?

      And yes, they have a 1st Amendment right to burn a flag – but that doesn’t make it a good idea.

      • WMCB says:

        but that doesn’t make it a good idea.


      • DeniseVB says:

        I’ve been to both peace marches and tea parties where professional provocateurs show up for the media and the media bites without knowing they are NOT part of the demonstration. Sad for both sides.

        One such group, LaRouche (?) does the Hitler signs (Bush and Obama). The anarchists show up with the F-word signs, which usually sabatoges any media filming.

        Remember the RNC convention in NYC where tens of thousands peace marchers passed by Madison Sq Garden ….. then OMG, someone set a trashcan on fire, next thing you know …..”they’re destroying the city!!!”. The kid was a local prankster, but that was the film at 11.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Obama’s health-insurance story unraveling a bit?

    Byron York did some digging into one of Barack Obama’s oft-told anecdotes about health insurers — and discovers that the facts differ significantly from Obama’s version.

    I’m shocked!

    • Mary says:

      Wow… the insurance company never contested the actual health insurance…..the paid all claims within the contract.

      What she and Obama wanted was disability to pay for deductible and copays, which CIGNA denied, per original contract.

      The man LIED, if the story is correct. So what’s new?

      • myiq2xu says:

        Did you know his parents met at a march In Selma? And his grandpa freed Auschwitz, and he had to work in the field cutting sugar cane when he was three.

        • WMCB says:

          Don’t forget the evil tonsil bandits.

        • ralphb says:

          Or the Docs who amputate feet only for the large fees

        • Mary says:

          Did you know that Bill Ayres was “just a guy in the neighborhood,” and that he never heard any of Rev. Wright’s sermons? Oh….and he has NO IDEA how he got the second lot as an extension of his own backyard from Rezko.

          Pinky swear. 🙂

        • Karma says:

          Hey that backyard couldn’t be accessed unless Obama let him pay for the honor to mow both yards. Not fair….Rezko didn’t have his own gate. So clearly he had to pay some sort of ‘rent’.

    • WMCB says:

      That’s sleazy. Disability coverage from one’s employer is specifically designed for if one becomes unexpectedly disabled while working. It’s not meant as blanket health insurance for a long term illness you already had. That’s what your MEDICAL insurance is for.

      • Mary says:

        One would think that her “Constitutional lawyer” son, who handled the case for her against CIGNA, would KNOW better, wouldn’t one?

        Or at least be willing to fucking PAY that bill for his dying mother.


  3. votermom says:

    OT: Newsweek photographer talks about photographing Sarah Palin. Apparently Palin was reluctant to do a shoot because of Newsweek’s past covers.

    • myiq2xu says:

      You should do a front page post about it. That article is interesting.

    • Mr. Mike says:

      Speaking of asshats and a classy way to handle them, read the comments section.

      • WMCB says:

        Yeah, that photographer was so polite to the ass that tried to make it political. She seemed to get that whatever her politics, she was photographing a human being, and an interesting one at that.

        Sometimes photographers are more honest journalists than the journalists. Maybe they are not afraid to see what they see, instead of trying to make the image match what they want it to match.

  4. Elliesmom says:

    I was “privileged” to be stuck inside a department store when some people decided they were a “flashmob”. They couldn’t sing, they couldn’t dance, and what they were protesting had nothing to do with the store they were in. The store manager was gracious, but he did ask them which community theater had rejected them. One of the women said his remark “wasn’t fair because they had rehearsed for days”. People shopping in the store were either laughing at them or annoyed because they were blocking the way out. The old geezer who stands on my street corner every Sunday morning holding a “Bring Home the Troops” sign gets a more positive response, and he hasn’t even made a new sign in a couple of years.

    • WMCB says:

      A lot of people get involved in various “protests” because they just want to go be an ass in public, and attaching a political cause to it gives them an excuse to do what would ordinarily be frowned upon.

      One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen was on Penn and Teller’s Bullshit show, when they circulated a petition to ban water (Dihydrogen Monoxide is in all our food products!!!) at some earth festival, and got hundreds and hundreds of signatures.

      • myiq2xu says:

        When PUMA started there were a bunch of weirdos and nutballs that tried to glom on because they had their own agendas or just to be part of something.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I remember watching a TDS clip where they were doing an interview with someone from Code Pink and another pinko disrupted the interview!

      • WMCB says:

        BAN IT!!!

        Dihydrogen monoxide:

        is called “hydroxyl acid”, the substance is the major component of acid rain.
        contributes to the “greenhouse effect”.
        may cause severe burns.
        is fatal if inhaled.
        contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
        accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
        may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
        has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

        Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
        as an industrial solvent and coolant.
        in nuclear power plants.
        in the production of Styrofoam.
        as a fire retardant.
        in many forms of cruel animal research.
        in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
        as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.

    • WMCB says:

      And BTW, I love flash mobs when done well. Great impromptu theater.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    The New Civility: A compilation….remember this came after the Tucson shootings

    BTW, Ann Althouse is my go to blog for all things Wisconsin politics 🙂

  6. yttik says:

    “This is what democracy looks like??”

    Oh crap. We’re in big trouble.

  7. ralphb says:

    Those flotilla people are pathetic. Well actually rude and pathetic. Wonder what the folks who use bullhorns would think if another group decided to scream into bullhorns outside their homes?

    • WMCB says:

      That’s what is may come to, Ralph. Some equivalent asshat on the right will find out where these protestors live, and go disrupt THEIR private lives.

  8. ralphb says:

    Senator Marco Rubio’s Brother in Law: A Convicted Drug Trafficker

    “Quite simply, the pursuit of this story and the targeting of the Senator’s relatives, who are private citizens, is outrageous,” said Alex Burgos in a letter to Univision CEO Randy Falco seeking to kill the story. “They do not hold public office and are unrelated in every way to his service in the United States Senate.”

    Burgos added, “When Senator Rubio’s sister’s husband was a younger man 25 years ago, it is a fact that he made many mistakes. He and his family have paid the price for them…This is not news. This is tabloid journalism.”

    Someone on the other side thinks Rubio would make a good VP candidate.

    • WMCB says:

      Twenty five YEARS ago?? Jeesus, the Dems are getting very scared and desperate.

      Fantastic and dignified response by Rubio, BTW.

      • Karma says:

        I think he had the temerity the other day to suggest that more people working would help bring in more tax revenue….and help the deficit.

        Damn him…doesn’t he know Carney said we don’t care about jobs.

        • WMCB says:

          It’s a dirty little secret that a very broad tax base generally brings in more revenue than merely soaking the rich. Progressive taxation? Absolutely. I’m not into trickle down. But “let the rich bastards pay for it all” is a recipe for failure.

        • Mary says:

          Especially if you define “rich” as anyone over $250,000—and that includes a 2-salary family.

          Don’t believe the “millionaires and billionaires” con.

          He means couples over $250,000.

          Remember the AMT?

    • myiq2xu says:

      I already front-paged it

  9. soupcity says:

    If you do it right you only need one boat. 🙂

  10. imustprotest says:

    Speaking of paying taxes….the guy who caught Jeter’s 3000th hit may have to pay the IRS taxes on the perks he got from the Yankees for giving the ball back to Jeter.

  11. WMCB says:

    Teaparty activists are running their own candidates in the primaries to choose a recall opponent for the sitting R’s who are being challenged with recalls.

    The rules say that not only are those primaries open for candidates, the voting is open as well. So rather than replacing the awful terrible R with a more union-amenable candidate, the left runs the risk of ending up with a teaparty candidate running against the sitting R, and they lose either way.

    What’s that you say? It’s an abuse of the system when the intent of the recall petition is obviously to get rid of the conservative representative, not replace him/her with another conservative? Tough noogies – it’s legal, right?

    And while I don’t like what all this fighting dirty on both sides is doing to our political process, I do indeed find it amusing that the teapartiers are becoming very adept at out-Alinskying the Alinskyites. And they will only get better at it The left over they years has taught them all they need to know about tactics, and those backward rednecks learn really fast.

    • votermom says:

      Karma has a sense of humor.

      • WMCB says:

        The left has never had to face a “fuck the rules, win at all costs” genuine grassroots before. They are accustomed to being the enraged and determined “movement”, not facing it. The professional GOP machine may have fought dirty, but the average conservative voter simply didn’t.

        Not anymore. Karma, indeed.

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