Scott Walker is Above the Law

  • People who aren’t billionaires experienced a rare “hopeful” sensation (haha, remember that word, “Hope”? Before it was removed from the Oxford English Dictionary and replaced with “OMG”?) last week, after an activist judge legislating from the bench ruled that Scott Walker’s Gilded Age labor bill was total garbage. Scott Walker’s goon squad just cold-ignored this ruling, of course! And now this same hippie judge has made another Koch-block ruling against Wisconsin’s famous collective bargaining plan. Not a problem, though! Wisconsin’s Assistant Attorney General Steven Means still says “the legislation ‘absolutely’ is still in effect.” See? That’s how Democracy works. [TPM]
  • 55 people were murdered and at least 95 injured in Tikrit, Home of Saddam Hussein. (But at least we are freedom-bombing Libya, amiright?) [McClatchy]
  • Meanwhile, in Japan: The president of TEPCO has been hospitalized with a nasty case of “hypertension.” Hypertension has also seeped into Japan’s water supply, soil, and produce. And with a half-life of approximately 25,000 years, this hypertension is here to stay! Hooray. [AP]
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  • OC_3300X_Serf

    Hypertension will then lead to a 'coma'?

    • ThankYouJeebus

      I lived in Tokyo during their financial crisis in the 90's. A lot of stories back then of shamed executives hanging themselves.

      Any chance Walker, Fitzgerald, et all will follow suit?

      • DaRooster

        To that I would say, "Thank you Jeebus."

      • Terry

        The problem is that GOP'ers like Walker have no shame at all.

      • HistoriCat

        Haha – no. None whatsoever.

      • Ducksworthy

        Nice thought though.

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      It is probably just the first symptom of him turning into Mothra.

  • forgracie

    Judges? We don't need no stinkin' judges!

    • baconzgood

      I was going to say that but you beat me to it so I had to go with a lamer snark.

  • MrsBiggTime

    I wish I had some snark but this just makes me sick. The arrogance is astounding.

    • ThankYouJeebus

      I'm feeling squirmish over the news this morning.

    • comptoneffect

      To borrow a phrase from our Teabagger friends; I want my country back. You know, the one with laws and stuff.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Why shouldn't the Supreme Ruler determine the laws himself? What, you think this is some kind of republic?

  • Eh, justice is for weak, effete liberal types. I mean, come on. It's always wearing a dress! Amirite?

  • freakishlywrong

    Can we haz a "I Shit on Walker" sign?

  • PublicLuxury

    Checks and Balances were good when people had bank accounts. Now they are so, 20th Century.

    Elections have consequences, gawd damnit. He's doing the people's work.

    • Not_So_Much

      Yep, and those 'people' happen to be the Kochs.

      When the judge makes a ruling against them, it's activism. Whey they take Alito, Scalia and Thomas for a week of prawns, uh, "back rubs" and sun so they'll help kill Affordable Health Care, then it's checks and balances.

      • PublicLuxury

        Yell it from every corner. You hit it right on. But, OTOH I could sure use a good backrub.

  • "So…The RAND CORPORATION, are in collusion with the SAUCER PEOPLE and the REVERSE VAMPIRES [sigh] in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of DINNER!"

    We're through the "Looking Glass," here, people.

    • Troubledog

      Frylock: Shake man… I'm tryin' to sleep.
      Master Shake: How can you sleep when Assisted Living Dracula is on? Now I know it seems a litte slow, but when you get into it, I mean when you see it from the beginning..

  • Schmannnity

    Wait until Scalia hears that the doctrine of judicial review has been repealed. Bye Bye Marbury v. Madison.

    • OC_3300X_Serf

      He's first got to answer for the traffic accident he caused yesterday morning!

      • BerkeleyBear

        He will never answer for it. Those park police have been sent to Gitmo already, and won't be able to appear in court.

      • Schmannnity

        He "rear ended" another driver on the George Washington Parkway? Was Larry Craig hurt?

        • PsycWench

          Probably not, isn't that what the wide stance is all about?

        • widestanceroman

          Hurt, but not so good.

    • Ducksworthy

      Gee. Give him a break. Maybe he had a little TIA. I hope it was a TIA. Please Gawd, let it be a TIA and please hurry up with the BIG ONE.

      • Schmannnity

        Maybe he was sexting with Ginnie Thomas. You have to consider all the possibilities.

  • Beside this post I see an add for Where are the corporations willing to sponsor

    • Here on Wonkette.

      • I didn't get my edit done before your reply:

        Duh, that's not an ad, that's Riley's pic. Still, why can't the invisible hand of the marketplace sponsor ads against corporate interests? Why!?

        I misspelled "add" also too.

        • BerkeleyBear

          You plainly don't watch Glenn Beck, or you'd know that every ad you see that isn't flagrantly pro-GOP is actually funded by George Soros as part of a plot to make us all socialist marxist facist Kenyan zombies.

          • socialist marxist facist Kenyan zombies

            Bbear, that has a delightful ring to it. Trick will be getting it on a tee shirt, since if the leftovers from that last lift are any indication Wonketteers are not 'heavy' to XXXL.

        • I've wondered why the script writers installed an edit lock on any post with comments. Could be they kill edits after someone has commented so the first poster can't switch the original to make the second poster look the fool. If that's the reason, then it seems silly to me, but hey with my command of the Queen's English no one is ever going to make me an editor.

          But back to yer wonderful original thread, who else if for sponsoring a deanbooth's idea for a website: ?

      • NorthStarSpanx

        IStandwithWalker sounds very much like IStanbulWalker, he's a haji raghead, get him Morlock!

        • Not_So_Much

          It sounds more like teh oldez who can't stand from their HoveRounds without a walker.

          (p.s. I'm not following you really, I just spazzed on the clickety-clicky. I only mention this because of our unsightly infestation of stalker, downfisting trolls.)

          • SorosBot

            It's easy to do; I'm not following anyone, as I don't want my to get filled with notifications when I only check once a day or so, but have accidentally started to do so many times.

        • mereoblivion

          Not ConstantinopleWalker?!

          • CrankyLttlCamperette

            That's nobody's business but the Young Turks.

    • WhatTheHolyHeck

      If we're really lucky all the excess sodium will give him "hypertension".

  • baconzgood

    "What? Court order…Law…Judge's ruling….What are these things of which you speak?"

    – "Ass"t. Attorney General Steven "Mean"s –

    • NorthStarSpanx

      A real AG stalks gay student leaders or suggest using live ammo against Wisconsin protesters or GTFO.

  • Come here a minute

    Wisconsin is the new Pakistan.

    • Gopherit

      It might just be the opposite. You start letting people "judge" laws rather than a biblical no-interpretation rule, pretty soon you have people thinking, and that's obviously sharia law.

  • Republicans have become very good at this "It's so because we say it's so" thingie. See presidential election, 2000.

    • sezme

      Wait, wasn't that one decided by … judges?

      Kidding. The judges were okey-dokey that time because they served as yer checks und balances on thee will of thee peeples.

  • Rosie_Scenario

    Hypertension is the new hari-kiri.

    • mereoblivion

      Poor Harry C always did sound awfully hypertense calling those Cubs games.

      • SorosBot

        I thought he just sounded hyperdrunk.

        • mereoblivion

          One very cold and windy May afternoon at Wrigley, after he had been off the booze for a while (early 90's?), he actually said: "I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but this hot chocolate tastes pretty good!"

  • PublicLuxury

    Hypertension. Come on. These guys are pussies. They ALL need to man up and eat the hypertensive food and drink the hypertensive water and live the hypertensive good life. Stop whining.

  • Hooray! Riley is here with some good stories. I was worried because Layne had me convinced I was going to die of radiation sickness in a bombed out defunct homeless shelter.

    Oh yeah where's my fucking alt text? Edit: Thank you.

  • DashboardBuddha

    The president of Tepco just wants his life back.

    • CapeClod

      Perhaps a nice yacht race would put him right.

      • These two comments just made my whole week, man. Yes, my life is that lame, so what of it?

    • Gopherit

      Whatever happened to the days of honorable ritual suicide?

      • DashboardBuddha

        Those days are long dead.

      • sezme

        Actually, a Japanese farmer killed himself this week when his newly harvested organic cabbages were found to be radioactive… (link).

  • OC_3300X_Serf

    oh, and now the FDA is thinking all those Bright Food Colouring Chemicals are causing the massive spike in ADHT. Just eat the brown M&Ms. You're welcome.

    • BarryOPotter

      Walking through a Safeway yesterday, I asked myself: "How much of this shit is really not fit for human consumption if a healthy, long life is the goal?" I told myself to shut up when he answered, and then I bought a bottle of water and walked out dejectedly…

  • PublicLuxury

    Why all the whining? Jeebus needs to hurt you to show you how much he loves you, just like your abusive husband. If you would just be good, Jeebus (and your husband) wouldn't have to punish you so much so often and so brutally.

    • BarryOPotter

      Yeah, kind of feels like after being told"Honey, hurting you is the last think I want to do, but it's still on the list," we're getting to the end of the list.

      • V572del c:/*.* y/n?

        This is what Walker is saying to Lady Justice: I'm really sorry but sometimes you simply have to choke a bitch.

        • The Koch brothers don't mean it. It's Our Fault.

    • Rotundo_

      Ah the true beauty of evangelical christianity: If shit happens, Jeebus is testing you. If you have something really wonderful happen, you've been blessed. If you narrowly escape death, angels were looking out for you. If you get run over by a bus, Jeebus called you home. They have all the answers there already, it's like a magic weather rock: If it's wet, it's raining. If it's covered in white stuff, it's snowing. If it's bouncing, it's an earthquake. But it all is the will of an actively involved God. Yep. Uh-huh. Right.

  • Pragmatist2

    Look what happens! We move into Iraq and pretty soon they are getting the same murder rate as our neighbor Mexico. Let's connect the dots, folks!

    • BarryOPotter

      Let's connect the dots, folks!

      Ammo sales are up! Ka-ching! (Pew pew!)

    • Swampgas_Man

      US out of North America!

  • Steverino247

    I think Gauleiter is a more descriptive term for Walker than Governor.

    Soon to be painted on trains in Wisconsin: Scott Walker is der Sieg!

    (I hate Wisconsin Nazis…)

    • Rotundo_

      The nazis would have taken one look at Scooters deformed head (check the locations of the orbits for his eyes on the skull, one is lower by an inch) declared him non-aryan and gassed his sorry ass. Scooter may be a fascist, but not a nazi.

  • memzilla

    Anagrams of Scott Walker include Warlock Test, Total Wrecks, Slack Wet Rot, and Lock Rat Stew. Mmmm, stew…

  • Mumbletypeg

    Does joining "I Stand With Walker" require a walker?

    • smitallica

      I Sit on My Hoveround With Walker? Not as snappy.

    • ThankYouJeebus

      I'll Be There As Soon As I Find My Teeth And Charge Up My Rascal.

  • baconzgood

    We need to get BP on this nuclear plant thing. They were much better covering it up than these Japanese. I mean remember how much we didn't know (and still don't know) that the gulf was (is) totally fucked. Ignorance is bliss sometimes.

    • HistoriCat

      The sea was helping BP cover up what was going on in the gulf; it was in active opposition to the Japanese (that whole tsunami thing). Obviously, the oceans of the world are racist.

      • baconzgood

        "The Indian Ocean doesn't like black people"

        -Kanye West-

  • BerkeleyBear

    This is rather like Andy Jackson defying the Supreme Court. Just in case you don't know, that makes the regular folks of Wisconsin the Cherokees in this analogy. Bad news – they can expect a century of government backed maltreatment that is tantamount to an attempt at genocide. The good news – maybe some day they'll find oil or figure out a loophole allowing gaming so they can be exploited by a whole new group of assclowns.

    If you don't give a shit what the judge says – and Walker plainly doesn't – I have to ask why he even bothers to participate? He could just as easily pull a Dale Dribble and refuse to acknowledge the authority of the court because the flag has yellow fringe.

  • CapeClod

    Judges rulings don't count when you have an unshakable belief in your own misguided self-righteousness.

    • Republican party? Thy name is Hubris. Or Hubrisyouassholemotherfuckershaven'tyoueverreadIcarus?, whichever is longer.

    • Gopherit

      When you know the mind of God, everyone else is just noise. Also, it helps having asshole billionaires like the Kochs covering your ass.

  • the legislation 'absolutely' is still in effect

    If mean AG Means means what he says, if he had a hair he'd run into Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi's court and moon her, thereby removing all doubt of his contempt. Then Judge Sumi could show the meany Means what contempt really means.

  • NorthStarSpanx

    Why is that Happy Man the Chief Executive of Maine? I hope he gets hypertension. And Walker also too.

    "WLBZ in Bangor has this report about the rally to commemorate the Triangle Fire and to support the "History of Labor in Maine" mural. When Gov. Paul LePage was told that "one artist suggested that the group form a human chain to prevent the removal of the mural," Gov. LePage had this response:

    Caroline Cornish: What would you do?

    Gov. LePage: Laugh at `em. I would laugh at `em – the idiots. That's what I would do.

    C'mon – get over yourselves."

  • SorosBot

    Scott Walker's illegally ignoring a court order; well then all he needs to do is commit a little bit of genocide and he should get to be on the $20 bill.

    • horsedreamer_1

      I would suggest we do it like we did Belgrade, for this new tyrant, Escotodan Valkrvich, but my house is kind of close to what would get it.

  • When the inevitable recall happens, will Scott Walker Koch Sucker go quietly or go down in a blaze of glory?

    • At that point it will be incumbent upon all freedom loving peoples in the state of Wisconsin to work toward some sort of final solution to the ongoing problem.

    • Gopherit

      This guy has the crazy and stupid to go all the way. We're talking barricades and tear gas. I hope they send dogs after him, too.

  • freakishlywrong

    Meanwhile, that sniveling little turd want federal monies to enhance the rail, (Amtrak), in his state, after turning down federal monies for new rail in his state. What's next, volcano monitoring? Ha Ha! Tsunami warning alarms?

    Where DO these fuckheads get the balls and why can't we get some for our peeps?

    • horsedreamer_1


  • nedbeaumontjr

    Hypertension, man's invention, is the greatest killer in the world today.

  • metamarcisf

    I've read all of Scott Fitzgerald's e-mails. I'm very well read, it's well known.

    • Come here a minute

      Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Metamarcisf?

      • Mumbletypeg

        Effin' Scott Fitzgerald…

  • PublicLuxury

    Walker and Bush and Palin and basically all republicans are what you get when you believe your actions are God given. They are too ignorant to understand that it isn't God giving them divine orders it is the corporations. Dumb fucks.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Is it bad I read Palin as Putin?

    • Carrabuda

      In their world it's the same damn thing.

  • MozakiBlocks

    So if Walker and his minons are in violation of a court order then they can be arrested correct? Let's perpwalk that SOB right out of the statehouse.

    • PublicLuxury

      Wouldn't that be fun. I can picture it and it is almost better than sex.

    • PsycWench

      Wouldn't we have a field day with THAT post?

  • baconzgood

    So the dude in charge of Tokyo Electric Power Company having a nervous breakdown is a good thing right? Jebus, I really regret making that old underground fallout shelter in my back yard into a swimming pool.

    • Well maybe you can do your part and house some spent fuel in your backyard pool.

      • baconzgood

        It would make a nice hot tub.

        • GE will only charge you $1,000 a month for the privilege, God bless 'em!

  • CrunchyKnee

    Why should I care? I have a basement full of hobo beans and a loaded .22…oh shit, shoot me now.

  • Oblios_Cap

    The only good Walker is a Johnny Walker. Preferably Blue Label.

    • Moonbat

      Jimmie Walker!

    • 教授 Zoom

      I Stagger With Johnny Walker!

  • mavenmaven

    Those activists on the left, with their laws, etc. Don't you realize that the Right knows better what the people need? What they need is a strong leader who will strengthen the role of the military, get the trains running on time, rid the race of undersirable illegals, and onwards for a thousand years…

    • [redacted]hse

      For the Fourth time.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    Wisconsin, Open for Shenanigans.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Next Teatard to say "shenanigans!" is getting pistol-whipped.

  • freakishlywrong

    I read somewhere, someone, referring to our asshole Gangsta as "Felonious Monk"..

  • jonzin

    Ok, Lady Liberty, just show me on this doll where the mean man touched you.

    • horsedreamer_1

      NO Republican would be touching Lady Liberty.

      … Well, Mark Sanford might go for Doncella Libertad, but otherwise, no.

      Twinkerty, though; yeah, they'd love him.

  • ThundercatHo

    So, I get that legislators make laws but, don't they have to be legal laws?

  • PsycWench

    So if for some reason Walker gets a restraining order against any of these pesky union organizers, that doesn't matter and the organizers still get to do whatever. Judicial decisions don't matter if you don't agree with them. Right?

    • 教授 Zoom

      In Walker's defense, when the ruling came down, he DID have his fingers crossed, and he double-dog dared the judge to try and enforce it. Then he called permanent shotgun, so he gets to ride up front in all future motorcades.

  • Instead of a stand (up the kazoo) with Walker, better to have a Saul Alinsky shit-in. To announce we're no longer taking Walker's shit anymore, would it be possible to occupy every public stall in Madison for an hour?

    • horsedreamer_1

      I'll volunteer. I once had a thirty-minutes BM at the George Webb's on 107th & Greenfield.

      True story.

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    New set of torches and pitchforks coming out in Wisconsin in 3…2….

  • Walker et. al. are relying on a provision of the state constitution that says sitting members of the government cannot be jailed except for felony, or treason…

    Members of the legislature shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest; nor shall they be subject to any civil process, during the session of the legislatur e, nor for fifteen days next before the commenceme nt and after the terminatio n of each session. Wis. Const. Art. IV, §15.

    Not sure if the Governor is considered a member of the legislature. Also not sure who would determine "treason," or if the Judge couldn't cold declare the "get out of jail free" provision of Art. IV unconstitutional in and of itself. Probably not I'm thinking.

    Which brings me to my conclusion. Fuck Scott Walker with an Oxford Comma.

    • emmelemm

      Uh, I'd definitely say Scott Kochsucker Walker has been "breaching the peace". (In all seriousness.) Arrest the sumbitch!

  • DahBoner

    Facism always loses in the long run.

    There just ain't that many of 'em.

    The membership fees into the Facism Club are just TOO DARN HIGH!!!!!!!!

  • widestanceroman

    That would depend upon which end goes in first. Start with the handle and wait for the business-end surprise!

  • Troubledog

    If we're going to start ignoring judicial decisions, can we add Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to the stack?

  • Zombie_Reagan

    The rule of law is sooooo last year.

  • horsedreamer_1

    Didn't FDR get smacked down for this same intent?

    … Oh, I forgot: IOKIYAR.

  • Asa_Hawks

    Relax people, we're going to wake up any minute now and find out that it's all been a dream and everything is fine. At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

  • V572del c:/*.* y/n?

    The striking Wisconganders and disappearing Democrats had better hope Walker doesn't start characterizing them as terrorists, like the Seminole Indians of Florida. Because if you're a stone scary terrorist (e.g. Bradley Manning) they can just lock you up and throw away the key. For freedom!

  • DustBowlBlues

    Walker and the other Teabaggers are consistent, at least. Since they have Davy Crockett, the rugged individualist mountain man completely confused with Thomas Jefferson, elitist starry-eyed democrat, it is only fitting that, in keeping with the Jacksonian American theme, they ignore a court order.

    Like Jackson did when the Supremes found in favor of the Creeks but he moved their asses to Oklahoma, anyway. Remember the Alamo!

    • GeneralLerong

      Yeah! Recalling Mark Twain's quote about history, I'm delighted to hear from someone else who's thinks we're repeating the Jackson admin. Followed in a timemachine blink by the Gilded Age of the Robber Barons.

      Nice to have a template, I guess. So if we're in another Great Depression, who's gonna be Roosevelt? Anyone? Anyone?


    Last general strike: Oakland, CA, 1948.

  • littlebigdaddy

    I thought WTF was the new hope. Am I missing something?

  • SorosBot

    It's weird that these islands are disappearing, almost as if the sea were rising, because Glenn Beck proved that the whole global warming thing was just a liberal conspiracy to force communism.

  • hagajim

    And here I thought Squirmish had replaced Hope in the dictionary.

  • Redhead

    "That’s how Democracy works."

    No, that's how Republicans work – ignore the law and do what you want. Ignore the constitution (and common sense) and pass whatever laws you want.

    Did you see this Riley/Ken? Jan Brewer has decided that a majority of abortions in AZ are being performed because the parents just don't like the baby's gender or race, and she needs to stop this.

    I'm not following how so many can be performed because of gender when the majority are done before the baby's gender can be seen on an ultrasound (which is usually at 16-20 weeks, and some places won't do abortions past the first trimester, or about 13-14 weeks) and why the parents would hate their own race so much they'd abort a baby over it… but crazy Brewer's trying to stop this important problem!

    • GregComlish

      The Republicans are so desperate to prove that they aren't racist that they resort to gimmicks like banning abortion on the basis of race, even though this would never ever happen. The entire purpose of the law is to claim that Democrats are in favor of racist abortions.

    • freddymcmurray

      You don't often see any of the pearly white Republicans with brown babies (McCain withstanding). And Lord knows Arizona is full of Republicans. You connect the dots.

      • Redhead

        They only fuck other pearly white Republicans?

  • philpjfry

    Judges????? We don't need no stinkin judges

  • elviouslyqueer

    *sees DashboardBuddah's comment made an hour ago*

    SHIT. Great minds, DB, great minds.

  • emmelemm

    Never a miscommunication!

  • Guppy06

    And yet the people of Wisconsin are getting exactly what they voted for. I have more sympathy for Maine, where at least a clear majority voted against the guy.

  • Gopherit

    Thank you, Scott Walker, for bringing dignity back to elected office by governing by Rules of the Playground. Neener, neener, I made a law and you can't stop me!

  • glamourdammerung

    So is Walker going to need to be frog marched or are we going to have to install democracy in Wisconsin via the normal route (military invasion)?

  • a_pink_poodle

    The sad thing is the more the Reps do stuff like this, the more I look at that "It's not fascism when we do it!" poster and think "Heeeey that poster might have something there."

  • lulzmonger

    The AAG then said the new bill would "secure peace in our time" & jumped into an armored limosine, which was immediately pelted with rotten eggs.

    Stock in gas-masks & flak-jackets has skyrocketed in early trading.

    The Kochs later released a statement announcing that they were very pleased at being able to buy such premium service in Wisconsin for a mere thirty pieces of silver.

    • Rotundo_

      Scooter Iscariot has such a nice ring to it.

  • ttommyunger

    Koch goes in, Unions go out, Koch goes in, Unions go out. Never a mis-communication. Recall, maybe, but never a mis-communication.

  • Negropolis

    Bingo. In most of these states, the wins were the result of turnout, particularly in Ohio and Wisconsin. Here in Michigan, there was no way they were going to elect another Democrat governor after 8 years, particularly with as bad as the economy had been. Still, a higher turnout here could have saved the state house and kept the losses in the senate to a low. We also could have captured the SoS office.

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