Unreal. The information pouring in is beyond surreal. Liberal media? What in thee fuck is that?! Aside from Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, I do not see any liberal media. I do not even see any FAIR media. NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox (derrr), CNN…all have neglected their journalistic duties and drop half of the population into the gutter. At this point in time, the only way to get REAL information in regards to the Capitol, the protest, the demonstrators is through Twitter. There were 3 live feeds as of yesterday from the Capitol building…all have been dropped when WiFi was cut. Hmm? How did THAT happen?? Korea much?? Right now there are a handful of citizens twittering from the Capitol (holy cell phone bill!!) and that is our only source of real information as to what is happening. Facebook and Twitter updates by Representatives are also proving to be helpful in understanding the absolute criminal behavior happening in Madison as we sleep in our warm beds.
Last evening there were announcements that the Capitol had to be vacated for “cleaning” purposes. Do they have to evacuate hospitals to clean them? The demonstrators have been remarkable about cleaning up and showing respect for the Home of the People. Like I mentioned in another blog, when I was there on Saturday I brought garbage bags so that we could pick up any garbage that we spotted. There was nothing. NOTHING. 100 thousand PLUS demonstrators and the place was pretty much spic and span. Unreal.
The police were sent in to escort the people out of the building. Most refused and were willing to be peacefully arrested. For hours there seemed to be an unspoken standoff and it was clear that the Police had no intention of making arrests. The hundreds which were left (I was told average age was 30 by a 36 year old man who spent the night…NOT kids as reported by Fox) unrolled their blankets and were allowed to stay for the night.
HOWEVER…today the windows were altered to remain shut. This was to prevent food from being passed into the building from the outside. You see, it was made clear that once a protester left, they would NOT be allowed back into the building. Bathrooms are being limited with the threat of no access whatsoever. Even the democrat representatives are being turned away. AND they are no longer allowed to use the office equipment in the Capitol. The staffers of the Dem 14 are being harassed by Walker and Fitzgerald. Their time sheets are being scrutinized and clearly the republicans are trying to do anything they can to force the Democrats to come back to Wisconsin. I mean, I couldn’t make this stuff up!! If Michael Moore doesn’t make this into a film, I will be shocked.
On Saturday, there were well over 100 thousand demonstrators in and around the Capitol in Madison. Just look at my pictures and the photos all over the internet. There are so many great ones. So many. These numbers were misrepresented by Fox News who unfortunately had more coverage on the event than any other news network. Only problem is, it was weaved with some of the more ridiculous misinformation imaginable. They were claiming that there were “a few kids” still protesting. They claimed violence and thug-like behavior. Does THIS look ‘thug-like’ to you:
THIS is what it looks like up there. Kind, generous, caring, passionate people. There is NO violence. Not a single arrest made since the protest began 12 days ago. 100s of thousands and not one arrest-able incident. But that is not how you would view it watching the main stream media. And most people are getting 100% of their information from these outlets. Even the local news channels…WTMJ on TV and WRJN on the radio…all regurgitatingg absolute lies. And this is what the general public will believe.
Tomorrow Governor (shiver) Scott Walker will be giving a speech regarding the budget. It has been made clear that he wants any and all protesters GONE before those cameras arrive. And sadly, he has come close to succeeding. This is what dictators do. They control the media to keep the sheepeople in line and believing what they want them to believe. It is their motive to divide and conquer and steamroll anyone in the way of their own agenda.
There is new information – IMPORTANT information – every few minutes. The more that unfolds, the more scared I become. I feel like I am in some kind of suspense movie. Some kind of Red Dawn experience…only these are not foreign enemies, they are local ones. I feel more threatened and frightened about our freedom and ultimate safety RIGHT NOW than I ever did after 9/11. Someone (nudge nudge Mr. President) needs to take notice and see what is really happening in Wisconsin. We need someone to stand up for us because doing it on our own may prove to be futile.
Follow #wiunion and/or #wearewi on Twitter for real, truthful, up to date information from citizens who are actually there.
This was just sent by the Wisconsin AFSCME:
If you possibly can, please come to the state Capitol at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to stand up for Wisconsin values while the governor makes his budget address at 4 p.m. If you can’t get there at 2 p.m., we still need your presence any time before the budget address begins. We need to make sure he does not try to brush aside our history-making demonstrations and suggest that our movement is losing heart.
I am very sad that I cannot go. I want to do everything I can to help. I call and write to my legislators pretty much daily. I write here when I can. I am driving my Facebook and Twitter friends/followers crazy with links and updates. But they really need people to be there. A high speed rail would be so goddamn helpful right now. (sigh)
One more point that most people do not know…the head of the state patrol is the father of the Republican heads of the state senate and house of representatives, who are brothers. Walker and this family are creating a power seeded in nepatism and obvious corruption and it feels like a fucking takeover. Read more about this. Read more about the Koch Brothers. Do not be fed what they want you to know (or not know). Take it upon yourself to learn the facts – espcially before taking a stand on this issue and DEFINATELY before you EVER vote again in this state.
HERE is a good link to learn the basics of this scandal…but search for yourself if you do not trust my “biased sources”. The facts are the facts and there is no reason to distort them as they speak for themselves.
- Defying Gov. Walker, Wisconsin Protesters Refuse to Leave Capitol Building (democracynow.org)
- Wisconsin State Capitol Protest A Moral Issue (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- “Union Supporters Remain in Wisconsin Capitol” and related posts (afscmeblog.org)
- Wisconsin Capitol illegally closed to newcomers (boingboing.net)