Sunday, February 20, 2011

A view from Wisconsin of what an anti-democracy mob does

Via 620 WTMJ

The tea party plans to rally in support of Governor Walker. I don't know what kind of numbers they can amass, but frankly, I doubt they can come close to busloads of union thugs being shipped in from all over the country. Last night one Senator told me they had been told to clear the Capitol because the new groups coming in overnight are filled with with people "who aren't afraid to be arrested" and the Administration could not guarantee the safety of the legislators and their staffs. In our Capitol.

On Thursday, legislators were advised to return to their offices and lock their doors. Mobs roamed the halls, banging on the glass of the doors, pounding on the walls. No one could move in the halls or enter or leave the building. The glass of the Supreme Court's entrance was broken. Legislators were genuinely afraid. Our elected representatives were afraid. In our Capitol.

A young female reporter trying to get into the Senate chamber struggled to get through the crowd. She arrived disheveled and upset because she had been roughed up as she tried to get through "Bitch-slapped" the mob told her. A senior senator was spat on. A senator and his female staffer struggled to get into the capitol. He was worried about his staffer because the crowd was grabbing at her and pushing her. University Police were two arms lengths away and did nothing. They, of course, are union.

Update: Check Ann Althouse's "So you're really providing real doctor's notes for people that miss work?" The Doc seems to have his affiliation taped over. Gee, wanna make sure your not hiring this MD to do forensic exams, workman comp claims, whatever.

Update: Madison Tea Party rally 2/19/11 Breitbart gets a doctor's note

Update: Berwyn's own Steve Stevlic.


Steve Caldwell said...

Bill - do you have a less biased source to read the news?

Here's what the BBC is saying (and they may be more fair and balanced than a shill like Charlie Sykes who writes for

"Wisconsin budget cuts: Madison rally attracts thousands"

Money quote from the BBC coverage:

"Saturday's rallies were peaceful despite angry chants on both sides."

The BBC slideshow showed one instance of lawbreaking from the union supporters. A man tried to enter the state assembly chambers and was arrested.

That doesn't sound too thuggish.

Perhaps Mr. Sykes should cut back on his hyperbole? And maybe you should look for other sources for your news that are less biased?

Bill Baar said...

NPR said 7000 people are sitting in the Capital bldg impeding the business of the State of Wisconsin and it's elected representatives.

...and Yes, I have many sources in Madison. I know many of these players first hand.