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I hate banks, just can't stand 'em, give me a shovel and man I'll plant 'em ....M&I Bank is Wisconsin’s biggest, and it gave a ton of money to union-busting kochsucker Scott Walker. Now the unions are targeting both M&I and the Canadian banking giant in the process of acquiring it. A couple of firemen stomped in on Saturday and withdrew $192,000 on Saturday, in the branch across from the state capitol, and now the WI unions are deciding how to best leverage the $1 billion in pension funds held by the Walker-lovin’ bank.

The Nation reports:

“It’s good to remind these corporations that there are risks as well as profits involved in supporting right-wing political campaigns,” says Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “Unions must use their economic power to fight for labor rights.”

With over $6 trillion of workers’ money in retirement plans, pension funds, profit-sharing and stock plans and union reserve funds, workers have the ability to reshape the economy and political priorities of the economic elite.

Ha ha, good. [The Nation]

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  • Barbara_i

    Great rally this weekend! Fox News was predicting violence and once again, they were wrong.

    Scott Walker spent the weekend, licking David Koch's car clean. Those spoke wheels can be tricky.

  • nounverb911

    "A couple of firemen stomped in on Saturday and withdrew $192,000 on Saturday"
    Now the Koch Brothers are really going to be jealous, they've always wanted to be firemen but couldn't afford to.

    • Barbara_i

      Their not being able to be firemen hasn't stopped them from trying to hose everyone else.

    • Radiotherapy

      Funny, that is the same amount the banks got as a tax break — for a month — from Walker. Go figure.

    • Not_So_Much

      The Kochs probably prefer the kind of firemen that dance a lot, have killer abs and tear-away pants.

      • tessiee

        Who doesn't?

    • Sue4466

      Now the Koch Brothers are really going to be jealous, they've always wanted to be firemen but couldn't afford to don't care about anyone else and are too gutless.

      All fixed.

  • KnaveOfDiamond

    Capitalism is a fickle bitch, ain't it Walker?

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Attention, all unions. It's time to use this financial leverage (while you still have it.)

      • Jukesgrrl

        Yes, let's hear from the California teacher's union. Don't they own enough stock to crash the market?

      • tessiee

        Can I just butt in here to mention that the teacher's union in NJ discovered that their pension fund is empty — including the part that was a mandatory salary deduction? If you don't hate Chris Christie, I can only guess it's because you haven't heard of him.

        So yeah, unions, carpe diem before you can be the victim of any unpleasant surprises.

    • Rotundo_

      To Quote Nelson Muntz "HA HA". Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of assholes, burn the fuckers that brought Scooter to the dance!

    • Negropolis

      Yeah, I hear she goes both ways.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Alt-text Mojo strikes again!

    Man, I love the smell of schadenfreude.

    • horsedreamer_1

      "Banker in your disfavour…"

  • SexySmurf

    Another example of union thugs screwing over the small banker. I think we should give them another bailout.

    • lulzmonger

      How can we bail them out if nobody will lock them up first?

  • aguacatero

    "Money talks" and Teabaggers don't have quite all of it yet.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Most TeaTards don't have anything but government checks and stupidity to live on.

      The assholes backing them have all the money.

      • aguacatero

        True enough. But it seems fair to confer on the Koch Bros and other funders of the Worlds' Biggest Astroturf Campaign at least honorary teabagger status.

    • [redacted]Crusher

      Tea Baggers don't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.
      That's what makes them so "grassrootie".

    • A CEO, a teabagger, and a union member are all sitting around a table with 12 cookies between them. The CEO takes 11 cookies, then, gesturing to the union member says to the teabagger, "Look, that guy is trying to take part of your cookie."

  • jus_wonderin

    I love this!!! I just really, really love this. Thankeez Ken.

    The pen is mightier than the sword.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      The withdrawal slip has got some grunt, too.

    • Negropolis

      Especially if you stab someone in the neck with a pen. The precision is so much greater with a pen than an unwieldy sword.

      • tessiee

        Don't let the teacher see you doing it, though, or you WILL get detention.

        • Negropolis

          Totally. I remember in second grade, we used to try and flip pencils into the drop-ceilings, and god help you if the teacher caught you trying to do it. Though, by the end of the year, there were enough pencils in the ceiling for a preschool classroom.

  • Walker: Fuck you Unions
    Unions: No, FUCK YOU!!

    Moral of the story, walk softly and carry a multibillion dollar stick.

    • dox[acted]

      Joe Pesci: Fuck me? Fuck me? You motherfucker!

      • babyeinstein

        judd nelson: no dad, FUCK. YOU.

    • Redhead

      I'm sure Faux News will find a way to make this violence against money and the poor, poor bankers who are just trying to do their jobs and how dare the unions stand up for themselves – only teabaggers are allowed that right, etc.

  • horsedreamer_1

    We'll beat ye in H-O-R-S-E, too, fancy-boys. We call… bank.

  • Troubledog

    No need to worry! The Union's pension funds are probably safely invested in so called AAA debt instruments such as bundled mortgages! So hey all your money is safe anyhow because real estate never goes down. They aren't making any more real estate, you know! Heh heh.

  • $192,000!!! Just goes to show how overpaid those firemen really are. Plus they only have to work when there's a fire.

    • PublicLuxury

      Yeah. What the fuck is up with that. I mean, how many fires can there be? Its not like they have to go to Haley's house and carry him out after his heart attacked him.

    • OC_Surf_Serf

      and if the victim didn't pay their fireman-ax- tax, well the fireman get to watch and cook marshmallows and stuff…

    • Izzyfrit

      The $192,000 amount, along with the 6 trillion amount are intentional exagerations, meant to be humorous. In fact it was a lot more than two people who withdrew thier money frm this bank.

      Check out this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-bottari/wi-fir

    • Negropolis

      I really love that shit meme that "teachers only have to work nine months out of the year," as if they are lazy slobs. Most of my high school teachers had to work second night-jobs to pay the bills and part-time during the summer. One of them worked at a minimum wage job at a local convenience store, and they all drove ten-year-old cars.

    • Sparky_McGruff

      Damn thousandaires have too much power in this country.

  • missemish

    Money talks, and we've got a lot to say
    …bitches.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      If there's anything that you want,
      If there's anything that you need,
      There's no need to be evasive,
      Money talks, and it's persuasive

      Elvis Costello, Possession (1980)

      A bit more obscure, but also appropriate for Walker and his overlords, if only for the title: Shot With His Own Gun (1981)

      • onemoretime79

        Last time a politician did the right thing. R Budd Dwyer, "Hey Man, Nice Shot".

        Keep waiting for someone on Wall Street to do the same.
        Ain't holding my breath.

        But I did close out my bank account today.

  • edgydrifter

    How dare these criminal thugs steal their own money. Why, there aught to be a law…

    • Radiotherapy

      Could be the bosses too.

  • chicken[redack]

    Canadians are taking over Amurkin banks?! What, are they getting a free toaster?

    • Troubledog

      They also bought the guy that used to be Jack the DA on Law and Order. Not only that, but their oil reserves are second only to Saudi Arabia. Plus, who do you think is gonna MAKE OUT LIKE GOLD, PONYBOY on this global warming thing? It's like I always said. Look north for our new masters. Also: Justin Bieber.

      • Chicken Beaver

        Between this and Watson ucking the fast lanswer, you may be on to something.

        I, for one, welcome our new power trio overlords.

        • jus_wonderin

          I think there was a hidden clue in the one Watson got wrong. "He" didn't mean that Toronto was in the US. "He" is going to have it moved.

          Computers. You just can' tru……………………………………………..

    • It's because Canada City banks have oodles of money… money because they aren't deregulated because their lobbyists couldn't get the Canada City gubbiment to deregulate them like US America did to theirs in the 1990s/2000s.

    • [redacted]Crusher

      Read this AM on Yahoo, that another organization is going to release the Bank Of America e-mails today, instead of Wikileaks. In the article it said that Bank Of America was selling parts of itself off to an Australian company.

      EDIT: They are out. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110314/wr_nm/us_bank

      • SorosBot

        It's nice to have some proof that the bankers are as big douchebags as we've suspected.

  • walstib

    No worries. Commisar Walker will just take teh monies cause the stoopid union thugs will just spend it on teh ponies, womans and teh drugs.

  • Sophist [teadacted]

    Class warfare! Soshulism! Corrupt caviar eating union bosses! SEIU thugs! Argle bargle fleeeen!!!!
    [falls to ground foaming at the mouth and convulsing]

    I think that more-or-less covers how the repubs will respond.

    • jus_wonderin

      "Argle bargle fleeeen!!!!"
      LOL

      • Lascauxcaveman

        "Argle bargle fleeeen!!!!"

        Should be the new sozchulist rallying cry. The crowds o' Union Thugs™ at the capitol in Madison should be chanting this at high volume for hours on end, just for teh shock and awe of it.

    • pdiddycornchips

      There's been a class war going on since Reagan. We're losing but I sense they've stirred the beast within this time. I suppose we get the government we deserve. We're a nation of morons. Our lives are shit but our heads are full of fantasies that one day, we'll live like Charlie Sheen or Kim Kardashian. Rather than look around at the dwindling, fetid, table scraps the rich leave us to live on and say, "fuck you!, we're not going to take this shit laying down". Instead, we look for scapegoats and the wingnuts keep a steady supply of them front and center. It's the liberals/teachers/unions/PBS/ACLU/ACORN/San Francisco that are to blame, not the rich. Never the rich. Well, I say fuck the rich. Taxes too high? Fuck you. Leave if you don't like it. We know there's no place on earth more friendly to the wealthy than the good 'ol USA. Too much regulation? Fuck you. Leave. Move your factory or your jobs. That just creates a business opportunity for someone else. Why this argument is so radical inside the beltway is beyond me. I

      • Jukesgrrl

        I, myself, would like to live like Lindsay Lohan. Walk in a store and just walk off with whatever you want. Who needs money when you're … blonde and wear hotpants? Freedum!

        • I, myself would like to live in Lindsay Lohan's hotpants.

      • babyeinstein

        oh lord, pdiddy's had some sort of conniption.

        YOU WHAT? YOU WHAT?

      • DustBowlBlues

        The clue the teabaggers are morans? That they're still biting on that old, "But we can't tax the job creators" line. It's like Bret sleeping with the croissant girl because she was leaving for Iraq the next morning. They have an ideology and they filter out anything that doesn't support what they believe.

    • "Go out and get me my old movie stills!
      Go out and get me another roll of pills!
      There I go again shaking, but I ain't got the chills!
      Argle bargle fleeeeen!!!!!"

      • Been listening to this dude named Ike Quebec, man can that cat blow a horn.

    • zhubajie

      Know who else used to roll on the floor foaming at the mouth?

      • GunToting[Redacted]

        Elvis?

      • not that Dewey

        Iggy Pop?

        • Sophist [teadacted]

          Used to?

          • not that Dewey

            I was being kind.

      • HeyZeus?

      • FraAnima

        Jeebus?

      • Cujo?

      • tessiee

        Charlie Sheen?

      • WhatTheHolyHeck

        Old Yeller?

        (OHSHITSPOILER, sorry)

      • Negropolis

        The Oracle at Delphi?

  • An_Outhouse

    Great, march down to Bank of America, withdraw your money put it where, CitiBank?

    • Sophist [teadacted]

      I hear the International Bank of Sealy Serta & Simmons is popular these days.

      • onemoretime79

        I'm not pretending my withdrawal hurt but I'm past the point of caring.

        It's my $129 and the mattress will be silent at the beginning of the month, and it has no power to take away $9 for the priviledge of keeping it there.

        Frankly I'm hoping if I look next month, I'll see $130, because, well. It wouldn't be the first time.

    • Geminisunmars

      Might I suggest your local Credit UNION? Banks hate the credit unions – all the more reason to use them.

      • June_Cleaver2.0

        That's where I have my teacher money!

    • If you can, switch to a credit union. You honestly will not understand why you ever dealt with banks.

      If there's no credit union nearby that you can join, go with an Internet-only bank. They're mostly owned by the same foul banking industry, but they've got almost no fees for anything, and most will pay back your ATM fees.

      • Steverino247

        I've been with credit unions since forever and only used banks when I absolutely had to. If you really want to hate a bank, try having a checking account with American Express Banks in Germany. When the dollar was dropping like a rock, you could buy all the Marks you wanted, but when the Dollar improved, they limited you to 100 dollars worth, so you had to line up your buddies with your paycheck in your hand to get enough Marks to pay your German landlady (who kindly overlooked the fact that we bombed her only son to death after ran out of legitimate targets in Germany). I have hated American Express ever since.

        • jus_wonderin

          Don’t leave home without it.
          Do more.
          My life. My card.

      • Rotundo_

        AMEN to that Ken. I'm surprised CU's haven't been banned by the banksters and their hired representatives in the hallowed halls of Congress yet. I suppose that's next on the agenda.

      • anyone interested can go here http://www.ncua.gov/ to find a credit union in your area. sometimes they have residency requirements so call first.

      • It's got "Union" in the name and bankers hate it. I see another industry in the surveyor's marks of the oligarchs…

      • not that Dewey

        Egg management fee.

      • Meh, I thought I'd just find a nice S&L that a Bush was involved with and put all my munies there.

    • V572625694

      This isn't funny, but believe it or not, the best bank in the country is USAA Bank in San Antonio.

      Let me explain it this way: when it was started (by the United Services Automobile Association, an insurance company started by military service members because no one else would write them auto insurance policies), it's chairman assembled the staff and said, "Don't worry about being profitable. Just provide good service and the profit will come." And it wasn't snark.

      Plus they refund ATM fees from any and all banks. Anybody anywhere in the country can use it. You'd be surprised how quickly you can get used to not having a bank on every corner.

      • HuddledMass

        Yep, this is the way to go. I'm insured by USAA and bank with a credit union, and it's ALL GOOD.

      • not that Dewey

        I assume you don't mean San Antonio, NM.

        …the population of San Antonio is hard to pin down because the area is somewhat ill-defined.

        No, but seriously. I've been at NM Educators' Federal Credit Union for 10 years now. It's awesome. They know me; there's never a line; it's not like a bank at all.

        I was at Wells Fargo for a couple years, until they started stealing my money. I postered all over town with "Wells Fargo is Stealing My Money" (in their corporate font, of course). They weren't happy about that.

      • ShaveTheWhales

        This is true. Also, for forty some years now, if I find myself trapped by a car insurance agent in a social situation, I say "USAA", and he says "Nice party, isn't it?"

    • comrad_darkness

      You can always join the Pentagon Federal Credit Union with a one time donation to the National Military Families Association.

      What? . . . They have great cash back deals on their credit card.

      Hey, I mean really. It's great fun. You walk into some diner with a parking lot full of pickups and hummers looking like a Dead Head and pull out a Pentagon Federal Credit Card to pay? Really messes with their heads.

    • ShaveTheWhales

      I'm not even gonna read the replies, because there is a really easy answer — Credit Union.

  • missemish

    Also this is why all of MY dough is in a credit union.

    • SexySmurf

      Credit union=socialist bank.

      I put all my money in good ol' capitalist 9/11 commemorative gold coins.

  • PublicLuxury

    Fuckin' A. Kick their asses.

    "Yes We Can!"

  • GuanoFaucet

    The invisible hand just gave the Koch brothers the middle finger. Haha.

  • GuyClinch

    Excellent move, unions! Now, I seriously hope they can find a place to park their muneyzz that doesn't already somehow have Koch tentacles attached to it. Any ideas? (They're welcome to use my PayPal account for the time being.)

    • SorosBot

      They can always put there money in a small, local bank; or rather they could if any of those still existed.

      • V572625694

        See above: credit unions, USAA Bank, community banks. All way better than the Wall Street monsters with their 34.99% interest rates usury on credit cards

  • dox[acted]

    Don't the rabble know that only billionaires are allowed to use their money to influence politics?

    Cue conservative whining about limiting the bank's "free speech" in 5…4….3…

    • bikerlaureate

      Bond libel.

  • SorosBot

    Sucks to be you, bankers! No doubt Fox will call them the victims of those evil money-withdrawing unions, while continuing to praise any and all boycotts engaged in by teabaggers and fundamentalists.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Ayn Rand forgot to mention who it was who built Galt's Gulch, didn't she? None of the main characters ruined their manicures, that's for sure.

    • Chicken Beaver

      No, but John just got a lot of help from his deux ex machina. Well fuck, if I had a machine that offered limitless power, I'd probably build my own goddamn power tools!

      • horsedreamer_1

        Billy Corgan built Galt's Gulch?

    • Never read that piece of shit and I never will. There are too many good reads that I will never have time for, because I now will have to work till I fucking die. No SSI no medicare and as Johnny Rotten said No Future.

  • OC_Surf_Serf

    money goes in, money goes out…(and its pretty easy to explain why)

  • emmelemm

    I really, really hope this actually happens.

    And what's with injecting some good news into a Monday? What're ya, goin' soft?

  • RedneckMuslin

    "A couple of firemen stomped in on Saturday and withdrew $192,000 on Saturday"
    But see, the problem here is you have to find another bank to put it in.

    Wait a minute! Credit Union. Win!

  • widestanceroman

    I'm going to print this story out and put it under my pillow tonight and dream of a run on the bank.

    • Screw a run (although the bank did temporarily shut down to prevent one) — if the pension funds pull out we may have a full-blown bank failure (fingers crossed).

    • hagajim

      Maybe all the union folks ought to fill up on prunes tonight and really run on the bank tomorrow.

      • widestanceroman

        I'd prefer the bank have doubled-over, crampy, unproductive runs–like dry heaves, but from the other end.

  • voodooeconomics

    Get ready to pull the plug on some banks in Florida. we have our own Rick "noblink" Scott. No blink because this dude has not blinked his eyes since November 2 2010.
    Our little job governor here is enthusiastically cutting jobs, and feeding the Tea Party Guanos that he is doing something else.

    • Oblios_Cap

      The Lizard King and his cronies are going to make the homeowners situation where nobody can afford it, too.

      also:

      "As Florida Gov. Rick Scott's ownership of Solantic, the urgent care chain, increasingly poses conflict of interest questions."
      In January, Scott transfered his Solantic stock – to his wife.

      They may not succeed if challenged. Scott's health policy adviser Michael Cannon, an economist with the Cato Institute in Washington, favors giving consumers health vouchers that they would use either as cash for direct-pay medical care or to buy insurance. The possible effect on Solantic and similar clinics could be huge, said Rodwin, the legal ethics expert.

      "You have a major owner-operator of a set of clinics on the state level, and a major policy figure on a state level, making major changes that affect whether that kind of business will thrive or not, what their competition will be, and really reforming the whole health sector," Rodwin said. "That's in my view a very dangerous role."

      (From Florida Politics blog)

  • Terry

    If I managed a bank in WI that hadn't contributed a red cent to Walker, I'd be making calls to the heads of the various unions in the State to describe the wonderful opportunities with my institution.

    • jus_wonderin

      I just got this image of Mr. Drysdale from "The Beverly Hillbillies".

  • PartyMarty

    Bad Ass.

  • ghettodiamond

    Hahaha! The Nation article doesn't mention it, but M&I bank had to close for the rest of the business day after that $192K withdrawal to prevent a run on the bank.

  • missemish

    One more thing! (I'm very comment-happy today, but Madison is my hometown) This bank closed early the day the firefighters marched in, in order to prevent a run!
    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-p

    • SorosBot

      Well that's not very Free Market of them.

      • horsedreamer_1

        No, no… No, no. The Invisible Hand swooped in & drew the shutters on the bank.

  • BarackMyWorld

    Shorter conservatism: Anyone but rich people using their money and free speech to promote their own interests is bad.

  • nounverb911

    And coming soon to Wisconsin! Koch Brothers to buy all of the Fire Departments!
    Fees based on how big the fire is.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/08/13

  • BarackMyWorld

    Time 2 privetize teh fire deptments!!!111

  • OneYieldRegular

    It's actually not that difficult to wean oneself from profiteers. Over the past two years, I've withdrawn all my money from a well-known large bank. They did not appear to care – or even, for that matter, notice.

    • jus_wonderin

      I need to make the move. I have thought about it. Was Chase one of the banks that we (all) bailed out?

      • Jukesgrrl

        Yes. When I bailed out of Chase, the local branch manager begged me to stay, even though I had a pathetically small amount of money on deposit. He even offered to remove the fees their national mailings were threatening me with because my direct deposits weren't big enough for their taste. I have a feeling the branches are monitored and get in trouble if they lose too many accounts in a month. I actually felt sorry for the fellow, but it sucks to devote your life to evil.

        So, go for it! And make sure they know why you're doing it.

      • comrad_darkness

        Yup, 25 billion.

        But, I'm sure they are worth it. *cough*

      • ShaveTheWhales

        Based on one kid's experience, Chase is quite obnoxious. Of course, this was the kid I had to hit with a metaphor to use the USAA account I had already opened for him.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Yeah, but how noticeable is $1.42….?

      • OneYieldRegular

        Damn. I was hoping no one would see through to that.

        • why, i believe i'll take my 37 cents elsewhere! good day to you, sir! i said good day!

    • [redacted]Crusher

      They probably won't, until the first year the CEO's wife doesn't find a Lexus under the Xmas tree, then all Hell will break loose.

      • Angry_Marmot

        Then there was that Xmas the CEO found me underneath Alexis…

    • Redhead

      In college, I had all my money in one of the large, well-known banks because my parents had had all THEIR money in that bank for decades.
      At the end of one semester, I had my last money budgeted down to the dime for the last 5 days or so until I got the check for the next semester. I'm talking $10 for gas, $10 for grocery store, $5 at Target, maybe $5 somewhere else – several small charges at different places. This bank randomly charged an overdraft fee on the first item, even though I had money to cover it – but at $50 per overdraft, that put my account in the negative and all the subsequent charges also drew overdraft fees, $50 a piece.

      I didn't have online banking (or they didn't offer it or something), so I went to the bank and asked for a printout of my charges on my bank account. They refused to give it to me or discuss the charges, and wouldn't talk to me about it at all until my mom called, reminded them how much she and my dad had in their bank (several large accounts) and threatened to pull all that. Only then did they discuss it with me and they never refunded all the overdraft fees.

      So about a week later, my parents and I both pulled all our money and put it in a state credit union. They are AWESOME, super friendly, go out of their way to be helpful. A few of the really small credit unions here folded with the economic crash, but the slightly larger ones seem great.

      • ShaveTheWhales

        I'll take a guess — Wells?

    • [redacted]hse

      They'll notice. Wait 'til they add up the lost over-draft fees from your account.

  • The_Great_Gazoo

    I love this story. But it also makes me wish I had money, but I don't. So that makes it a bit of a downer, too.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Solidarity, brother.

  • Buckminster

    Good for the unions. The hell with the Koch brothers.

  • Fuck yeah! America!

  • glamourdammerung

    Wondering when Fitzgerald is going to whine about how they should change the law to stop the little people from displeasing him.

    • elviouslyqueer

      I would laugh, but Bill Haslam (Douchebag-TN) already did this, more or less, to voters in Memphis.

      • glamourdammerung

        Well, they already are mulling over changing the recall laws.

  • owhatever

    Scotty: You thought your state was broke before. Subtract a billion.

    • jus_wonderin

      Shhhh. There is still money to take from babies and poor people.

      • genxr

        yeah but we can only take it from them after we convince everyone that this time we're really really super double broke!

        • Angry_Marmot

          And the babies are greedy ingrates who suck at the taxpayer's tit…

  • Hahaha, Yay! Go unions – move that money!

    if I had any money in a bank I'd move it just for solidarity kicks.

  • MistaEko

    Hey Union Moolah guy: Buy and hold Wisconsin Muni Bonds. Not bond funds, the actual bonds themselves.

    1. Hi Scott, we've decided to buy out your deficit problem tenfold.
    2. If WI does not go bankrupt, you wins cash.
    3. You don't invest in anything looking to dick you over.
    4. Woohoo tax exemptions!
    5. Even if you don't make money, you've just invested $1B worth of money that will indirectly or directly go to keeping you employed.

    Just make sure you don't get frontrun by the hedge funds.

    • GuyClinch

      I'm no finance guy, but at first blush this actually sounds like a very good idea, Mr. Eko

      • MistaEko

        And for the record, neither am I though I know some odds and ends. The first concern would be a significantly smaller rate of returns than investing in stocks. The second would be bonds are since the 80s a trillion dollar industry largely manipulated by large hedge fund players that treat them as tools for arbitrage plays and even sums like a billion could easily be toyed with – though hopefully not if you're intending to just hold onto the bond for its life.

        The thing is that bond buying used to be an old school patriotic duty: loan a set amount, the country gets things done, you get 5% back some years later, and your community is better for it. And that's how they still function.

        I've been yearning for some plutocrat with a heart of gold to do some kind of "I will save my city" campaign by investing his/her entire fortune into a home city's construction bonds, then developing a fund where smaller investors can do the same.

        Right now, the best you can do is invest in NY Muni bond funds which do sell them if market conditions are ripe.

  • problemwithcaring

    HarHar! How you like the free hand of the market, now that it's made a fist and upturned a middle finger at you, rich assholes?

    • packerturner

      You disgusting parasite losers are destroying my home state. The wealth envy is hilarious. Just because you hate your mediocre, moocher lives, we achievers who aren't dependent on extortionist thugs to protect us will laugh as the unions go down in flames! ahahahahahahahahahahhaaaa! LOSERS!!!!

  • V572625694

    Sweet Jebus, the next thing you know they'll start boycotting scab businesses. This thing has possibilities!

  • This is why we have unions. There is power (lotsa money) when people unite.

    • XOhioan

      Union…union…uni..te
      Oh!!!

      No wonder they hate them. Can't have the people doing that. Go back to your consumer segment niche! There's nothing to see here!

  • conkytrevor

    Unions are destroying businesses by…not giving money to them! The bastards!

  • bitchincamaro2

    So, alright already. Free toasters to the first fifty firefighters that don't close their accounts at M & I ! Today only!

    • [redacted]hse

      Throw in an EB?

  • Radiotherapy

    Obama needs to finally step in and stop this right now. That'll show he doesn't side with Union thugs and bosses!

  • DonnyKerabotsos

    Well I hope the bank got their toaster back, at least.

    • XOhioan

      Don't you only get that for turning someone lesbian?

  • neiltheblaze

    Americans fighting back…..who would have thought it possible?

  • mereoblivion

    O/T, but Evan Bayh just got hired by Guess-Whaux News. That didn't take long.

    • horsedreamer_1

      So, he's going to run for President, too?

      Liar!

    • Jukesgrrl

      He and his wife are both money-grubbing sleaze buckets. He should be flogged for ever pretending to be a Democrat.

  • jus_wonderin

    I upfisted you 'cuz it won't be long before your "stalker" takes the points away.

    • Asa_Hawks

      Thanks! So they follow me to take away points? That seems sort of sad and lonely. Poor guy/gal. We should stick together, like some kind of a, I don't know, union?

      • Crank_Tango

        yeah it seems like they all go through and follow everyone, which makes perfect sense, except that it might be easier just to lurk here like a winner and hatefist people all day long, again totally crushing it.

  • This just proves we need to move to an all volunteer govt workforce as fast as possible. We got a All Volunteer Sacred Armed Forces which is the best in the history of the world. We can do the same with an All Volunteer Govt Workforce, and get all those freeloader govt workers off the govt teat before they destroy our banking economy any worse than it is already destroyed!!

    • we already have an all volunteer wonkforce. (except for the paid trolls)

  • fuflans

    Now that war is declared-and battle come down…

  • DashboardBuddha

    Hey! UnionsRStreetGangs…weer in ur bankz takin our moneez

    • Crank_Tango

      n peein on ur carpet.

    • Negropolis

      All your dollarz are belong to uss, durrty baztard.

    • tessiee

      Also I eeted ur luntch.

  • MinAgain

    This touches me deeply in my happy place.

  • hagajim

    Looks like M&I bank just got accidentally Kochblocked.

  • Terry

    Too bad the firefighters didn't demand cash.

    • [redacted]89048

      Or gold, way more teabaggy!

    • Negropolis

      A payout in pennies would have been a sight to see.

  • hagajim

    Ken – did you get permission from M&B to use that nice little picture?

  • [redacted]89048

    I think much of the printing industry has been off-shored, the bastards.

    • Jukesgrrl

      And Old Original Bookbinders restaurant in Philly closed, too. Bankruptcy. Locked the doors without paying employees their final checks. One thing that killed them: electric bills that were twice of what other restaurants of comparable size were paying. And Peco Energy could offer no explanation why and cut them no slack, contributing to their demise. It's not enough that energy companies are killing lobster in situ. They're even killing the people who cook them.

  • Where the hell is Pete Seeger?
    I feel like singing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYiKdJoSsb8

    • Jukesgrrl

      I was thinking that kid's song, This Little Light of Mine (I'm gonna make it shine).

    • tessiee

      Pete Seeger? Where the hell is Jimmy Stewart?

  • onemoretime79

    "unionsarestreetgangs" is now following me.

    Hey there, corporate tool. This ain't the only place I post, go figure.

    (sigh) Probably my batshit crazy step-dad again. Floyd is that you? Obviously, I'm Pink.

    • DustBowlBlues

      I haven't seen this troll's comments anywhere. How do I miss everything?

      • Jukesgrrl

        They never leave comments. They just read ours and downfist. How's that for a hobby?

      • Negropolis

        I feel kind of left out. I haven't checked my profile in, like, ever, but I'm pretty sure I'm not being followed by any trolls. I'll be sure to check.

      • onemoretime79

        You haven't missed much, I'll tell you that. Reason we know he's following is cuz it's in the rules somewhere. They follow, intense debate informs me via email. So it's a kinda cool set up, cuz I can finally say to you w/o being OT, I like your posts man. Always.

        There are more than a few names that never post, only follow. So I was only half-joking when I called out my step-dad. Though how he'd find his way here is a mystery. He'd run screaming from this. Me? I am fucking loving it. Rock on, OK.

  • jus_wonderin

    MAE BEAVERS!!!!!!

    • [redacted]hse

      APRIL SHOWERS!!

      • tessiee

        LEROY JENKINS!!!

  • Rotundo_

    M&I is already teetering, hopefully this wipes the bastards out and turns ownership over to some other conglomerate so we can ignore them too! HA!

  • Tundra Grifter

    And – there's big money (Big Money!) in that banana stand…

    • Crank_Tango

      NO TOUCHING!!!

  • MozakiBlocks

    Somewhat OT but since he's probably reading this thread, I'd like to welcome my new follower.

    I like puppy dogs and long walks on the beach and men who take regular showers and shave.

    I'm pretty easy but you at least have to buy me dinner first.

    I'm so excited to begin our internet stalking…err…courtship.

    • elfgoldsackring

      Hey, that's my stalker too, you know! Sooo… threesome?

    • Don't let that fucker try to take you to Krystal for dinner, neither. Tried that shit on me! You demand McDonald's or no fisting!!1!1

      DO YOU HEAR ME TROLL FUCKER????!!!

  • poor scotty walker can't go anywhere in this damn state:

    "The Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner was open to card-carrying party members only and closed to the media.

    Walker spoke for approximately 20 minutes before driving back to Madison Sunday night.

    Police officials estimated the number of protesters at between 3,000 and 4,000 but about 1,000 were still standing along the Bond Street entrance to the Rock Garden parking lot when Walker arrived at 7:15 p.m."
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110

    • genxr

      "I'll have the Lincoln Regan, medium rare."

      • Jukesgrrl

        And I hope the cooks AND the waiters spit on it. And the bartenders pissed in every drink.

    • Crank_Tango

      OH man, a Lincoln/Reagan is totally a gay sex thing isn't it.

  • owhatever

    Hey! Unionsarestreetgangs! Why aren't you following me, too, you vapid, elitist troll? Maybe when you look up "vapid" you'll respond. I feel left out. Whatigottado to get some troll love?

    • I feel bad for all the great folks on Wonkett who have not been followed and/or troll fisted by UnionsR'US or whatever. Don't worry, owhatever, someday you'll find a stalker just for you.

    • Gunner Asch

      I used to have a troll of my own, but it dropped me. Sniff. I feel so rejected.

  • Fare la Nippon

    Welcome to the Downfisty McTroll club. You're in good company.

    • comrad_darkness

      Too bad the trolls aren't in good company, as in gainfully employed.

    • Asa_Hawks

      upfisties for you. Uh, that sounds gross.

    • Give him a break, it's the only job he's qualified for as Walmart greeter is above his skill level.

      • Fare la Nippon

        In his defense, it's a lot of work reciting, "Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you."

  • petehammer

    "And now to find a bank that loves unions!"

    • onemoretime79

      FTW

    • Jukesgrrl

      Credit UNIONS. You're an owner and can vote if you have a deposit.

      • Crank_Tango

        yeah I think when you have a billion dollars you can be your own fucking bank.

  • Jukesgrrl

    You people are utterly awesome.

  • [redacted]hse

    OT, but: Isn't ANYBODY going to comment on the Palintards they firebombed along the highway over the weekend? I've spotted several burned-out shells of automobiles and Rascals in my area, along with the wheelchair I took out personally. Huzzah!

    • BarackMyWorld

      Boy, that story sure got overshadowed, didn't it?

  • BarackMyWorld
    • DustBowlBlues

      He really is a dick. Faux news says he's important because of all the "important decisions he made" or was that "important decisions he sat in on?" And bailed the minute something might upset his corporate overlords. Plus, he's a boring fuck.

      Last comment of the nite for me, losers. I've got to go beddy-bye. The old man got a big bottle of cough syrup from the doctor and since half of it is already missing, I'm hoping that means he won't cough all night. Yes, even in a separate room, the poor old guy's cough is so bad it keeps me awake.

      And besides Bayh, Obama is a dick for not supporting Wisconsin's brave warriors for freedom. Never thought I'd call him a dick. But he's still not half as bad as Bayh.

      That's it. Honestly. That's it. (I lied. Popped back in for a typo edit. Now I mean it,)

    • ttommyunger

      True, but a very tiny, flaccid one.

  • owhatever

    Wonkezoids! I AM somebody. The Unionsaremeanies troll just sent a message from its undisclosed lair in the slime beneath the bridge. I did not understand its muttering, but I wish it solidarity.

    • [redacted]89048

      I wish it solidarity, too–in the arteries, I mean.

    • Hooray for you, I too send out a peace be upon you to our Libtarded friend.

  • dahboner

    So, what’s the big difference between a Walker lovin’ banker and a Craigs List gambling addict medical student whose hobby is killing whores ?

    Just askin’…

  • philpjfry

    So they are pulling all their money out……..Good

  • Oldskool_

    I hope the firemen threw in a "Suck on that, bitches".

  • Gorillionaire

    The unionsaremeanies troll is just another breitbart fanboy. I actually feel a little empathy for some of those poor assholes because, when I was a young dumbass and hadn't figured out how to get laid yet, I was another wingnut dupe too. I changed, maybe it can happen for one of them too.

    • Gunner Asch

      Yeah, I had about a six week period in my freshman year of college where I thought Ayn Rand was the cat's meow. I still feel guilty, but I can remember that flush of superiority before my brain cells rebooted and flushed out the virus.

      • Jukesgrrl

        I had an English teacher in my senior year in high school who forced the entire class to read Atlas Shrugged. Told us it was one of the most important novels in American literature. It was in Western Pennsylvania so, needless to say, his rantings went unchallenged by everyone except yours truly. In his defense, though, he didn't downgrade me, I think mainly because I was the only one in the class who stayed awake the entire period and probably the only one in the class who actually read the book. He eventually ended his career in a mental hospital after a spectacular in-class meltdown. No shit. So thank Gawd you were re-programmed.

        • I saw a flyer on campus one time for the Objectivists meeting and was going to go, but then I think I got drunk and ended up watching a "Who's the Boss?" marathon at a friend's house, instead. Ayn Rand, meh.

  • Jukesgrrl

    I have four troll-stalkers. I'm hoping against hope that makes me Prom Queen.

    • tessiee

      Not like Carrie, I hope.

  • ShaveTheWhales

    Good on you all, but isn't "afterwards there will be beer and cheese" redundant?

  • karen

    Off-topic, didnt know where to post it. Is anyone paying attention to The Guardian's reporting on the nuclear problem in Japan? They just said small amounts of radiation have been detected in Tokyo. Will Jack be returning to us glowing? Stay safe, gaijin.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/15/japan

  • SistersTalk

    The Facebook page Boycott M&I Bank is up! Please hit the LIKE button and spread the word. http://www.facebook.com/BoycottMIBank

  • Geminisunmars

    And here I thought I was special. I thought that he was admiring my lovely avatar. Once again I'm just another cunt.

  • Negropolis

    Release the Badgers!

    Seriously, you guys are an inspiration. I hope this can be sustained all over the country, a new social great awakening.

  • Negropolis

    OT:

    Oh, Hai Der, u…

    Michigan Capitol braces for protests of Snyder's budget plan
    Karen Bouffard / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

    Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder's budget and tax reform proposal and bills in the Legislature will be the target of protests at the state Capitol building over the next two days.

    AARP Michigan put the Capitol on notice to expect up to 1,000 seniors today to protest Snyder's plan to tax pensions, said Steve Benkovsky, who manages the Capitol operations.

    The next day, the AFL-CIO is expected to rally against what they call "anti-union" bills in the Legislature, including changes to binding arbitration laws. Benkovsky said they expect about 3,000 protesters.

    They're coming…

    • horsedreamer_1

      I thought all the Oldz were Teabaggers.

      But I'm glad they're not.

    • tessiee

      "Michigan Capitol braces for protests of Snyder's budget plan"

      When I read this, I pictured Principal Snyder from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is wrong, but somehow also right.

  • Reader11722

    Teachers and Firefighters withdraw $1 Billion, sounds like they are over-paid. Over-paid useless, dumbed down teachers, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book): http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.asp

  • lulzmonger

    Sounds like Wisconsin is about to UNLEASH TEH FUCKING FURY … Walker fucked the poodle & now he's going to be raising the litter.

    A great white shark may outweigh a school of piranha but if you put them both in a big ol' fish-tank, I know who I'd bet on eating whom.
    Bon appetit, Badgers!

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