THIS IS PRETTY MUCH PERFECT  6:27 pm June 27, 2011

Hero Wisconsin Protesters Succeed At Ruining Scott Walker’s Saturday

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

Here is a group of several dozen Wisconsin hippies doing a little protest performance art on a summer afternoon, “Reminding Scott Walker He Is a Douchesack” in three acts for guest of honor Scott Walker. The scene: an idyllic, sunny lake setting where Walker has arrived to celebrate the Devil’s Lake State Park centennial. The hippies open their show ominously, holding their “Recall Walker” protest signs as they float silently in their protest canoes behind Walker. 

Then, uh oh, they are surrounding the event area. Closing in! They chant at him whenever he stands up. Hey, Scott Walker has a massive bald spot and he is sweaty, and he is probably going more bald just from this event. He wishes the Koch Brothers would just murder all these hippies right now, with poison. Aren’t they doing that anyway? It’s not working fast enough.

Finally, the hippies just cold surround Walker and shove their protest signs in his face while he sweats himself to death. One hero protester manages to say right in his face, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself!” We can’t exactly hear what Walker says in response, but it sounds something possibly like, “That’s just mean-spirited,” or “THE JEWS DID 9/11.” …One of the two, which oh hey ZING, that was apparently the best he had after a couple hours to think of a good retort to the yelling hippies. Oh well, at least the hippies probably got a good tan. [YouTube/]

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CrankyLttlCamperette June 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Still better than Spiderman.

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm
MrFizzy June 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

A dingleberry rally. How inspiring.

BaldarTFlagass June 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Needs more Jaws theme music.

memzilla June 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

There were probably some Cuomosexuals* in the crowd, too.

(Thanks For Teh Ghey Rightz, Governor!)

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I think the PC term is "Cueermoes".

V572 [SSAN] June 28, 2011 at 12:22 am

It's no accident that the Italian word for "man" is "uomo."

the_problem_child June 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Beautiful day, sweet day for a sail or paddle to the park to say howdy to the governor. With your correctly spelled sign.

Jukesgrrl June 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

If you can spell, thank a unionized teacher.

ProudLibunatic June 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Unlike the "We Luv R Gov" sign.

PuckStopsHere June 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Nice post but AVATAR LIBEL!

ProudLibunatic June 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm


weejee June 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Wisconsin should call Fidel. Needs moar B-17 bombers dropping douchesacks poo on Walker's pate.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Really. I have no idea why the protest organizers did not reach out to the United Brotherhood of Poopy Gulls & Venomous Reptiles Local 54 for this event.

Sloppy work you guys, just sloppy .

Numbat_Dundee June 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I'm sure the Australian Council of Trade Unions would have leant them a crocodile if they asked.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Federated Brotherhood of Impaled Reality Animal Show Hosts Local 32 (Irwin) stands in solidarity with our Council brothers. Crikey!

JoshuaNorton June 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

If you consider Scott Walker to be your elected voice of reason and sobriety, you better just have Betty Ford make up a room for you.

BaldarTFlagass June 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

If it had been teabaggers, they'd have all been on jet-skis or in bass boats.

hollywooddood June 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

They have Hoveround jet skis?

Goonemeritus June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

You know teachers weren’t so into free speech when my son was in third grade and started his infamous no Pierogi’s no peace protest in the lunch room.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

A lunchroom, united
will never be defeated!

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

The Whole World is …. uh… sitting on their couch and stuffing their faces. Nevermind.

weejee June 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Pierogis at school lunch? In Wisconsin, way back in the the day, ol' Joltin' Joe McCarthy saw to it we got catloogies – WWII surplus salmon croquettes that were older than the students. Those delights tasted & went down like one might imagine would a hairball left among the dust bunnies by a Wonketteer's cat while it was hiding way, way under the bed.

Terry June 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

But….but…but….pierogies are AWESOME. Potato and cheese filling or sauerkraut and mushroom, then after you boil them to cook the noodle, brown them in butter with carmelized onions. Mmmmmmmmm.

Beowoof June 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

The Perogi Guy in Rochester makes Buffalo chicken wing perogis, they are awesome.

BerkeleyBear June 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

See, I'm partial to the Baltic version, piragi. That's bacon and onions (or ham, or just about anything else) wrapped in delicious, slightly tangy yeast dough and then baked golden brown. Any meal of the day, right there – awesome with eggs for breakfast or beer and mustard for any other time of the day.

Terry June 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

That sounds wonderful!

Half my family are Slavs of various sorts. They can disagree on a lot of things, but if you lay out a table with pierogies, garlicy sausage/kielbassa/klobassy, some kind of cabbage, roast pork, and lots of beer, everyone hugs and sits down to eat. If bacon is involved, you become a cooking legend.

BerkeleyBear June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Basically the only intact part of my father's heritage passed on to me is that dish. And the beer.

Every peasant culture knows – you may hate your neighbor's annoying quirks, you may disagree on everything with your family, but you never turn your back on good food.

petehammer June 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Look, protestors, if you can't figure out at least one arrested development reference, you've lost me.

I'm available for consultation.

PeaceWithHonor June 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

"We won't stop until somebody calls the cops and even then we'll start again and just pretend that nothing ever happened."

gullywompr June 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Back in my hippie days, Republicans used to yell at us. What is the world coming to?

Jukesgrrl June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I got spit on once. So I guess I had a reason to be a "dirty hippie."

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I got gut-screamed at by my student while marching against the first fucking Gulf War…while he was enrolled in my class!

Yup, next Wednesday's night seminar was…awkward.

Jukesgrrl June 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

He liked war so much … did he ever volunteer to fight in one?

Thanks for teaching. You make a difference.

weejee June 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

The R'thugs also sometimes took to tossin' rocks.

natoslug June 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

My parents went to a dirty hippie peace rally and all I got was conceived.

Angry_Marmot June 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

At least somebody got a little– oh, never mind.

gullywompr June 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Those fucking hippies!

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Fucking hippies are the best kind of hippies, dontcha know?

gullywompr June 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

You bet your sweet bippy.

V572 [SSAN] June 28, 2011 at 12:30 am

I'm not a hippie anymore, but, with assistance from Pfizer Corp, I'm still fucking!

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Thongs of protesters…

Oh my!

weejee June 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Tuned in open G (string)?

Barrelhse June 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm


assistantatlas June 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Fuck yeah, protest canoes!

You know, we make fun of hippies a lot because they're annoying and smell bad and always bogart your lighter, but every once in awhile, they do something that's pretty fucking cool. This is one of those times.

Jukesgrrl June 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm

You know a protester is serious when willing to row into a swarm of Wisconsin mosquitoes to make a point.

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

also: patchouli.

natoslug June 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Patchouli clouds are rolling out slightly here –they're all off to the Rainbow Gathering or some such. I guess that means a few days of nobody taking a crap on the sidewalks along the Arcata Plaza. Yay!

Dashboard_Jesus June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

"I LOVE the smell of patchouli in the morning!"

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

"No Justice-choking, No Peace", replied the squiggle-faced Koch-whore.

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Is Justice-chocking anything like a Star Wars Sith choke?

JackObin June 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

It's pretty clear that cheese inhibits cranial developement.

L188188 June 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Au contraire. It apparently gives courage and the fire of righteousness to allow Wisconsinites to keep up the fight for over 4 months, to successfully force 6 recall elections of GOP senators, and to cause a Mr. Burns-like GOP puppet judge to choke one of his liberal court-mates. So watch your mouth there Jackie, smile when you talk about Wisconsin.

JoshuaNorton June 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Needs moar boobs and dragons. Like "Game of Thrones".

gullywompr June 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Pfft! Game of Thrones needs more boobs and dragons.

PuckStopsHere June 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Vox populi! (Needs more overturned, flaming SUV at the end).

Sue4466 June 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Why weren't the Teabaggers there protesting the socialism that is any state park system?

Jukesgrrl June 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Beware Wisconsin: the Koch brothers are embedding poison into their Vanity Fair paper products even as we speak. Remember everyone: No Vanity Fair brand paper napkins at those 4th of July picnics.

Barrelhse June 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

And no Dixie! Solo is cheaper anyway.
They are also responsible for Brawny, Angel Soft, and Great Northern.

Rotundo_ June 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ah Scooter, what a truly loved representative of the people. It was inspiring to feel the love as they were cheering on his governing. If I were this guy I would have a taster, and employ said taster at home, at Mom and Dads' for the holidays. Even if you watch them crack open the bottle and hear the hiss.

tessiee June 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

"If I were this guy I would have a taster"

And make his wife start his car every morning.

DashboardBuddha June 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Holy shit…Scott is seriously monk-dimmin'.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

OMG! US Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-MEME) just tweeted:

Just saw brave Governor Walker encircled and attacked by terrorists. Now I know what it must have been like for Chiang Kai-Shek as Chairman Mao's "Strangle the Cities" campaign reached its endgame.

x111e7thst June 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Pete "Dipshit" Hoekstra can spell Chiang Kai-Shek? Who knew.

PuckStopsHere June 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Brave, brave Sir Robin is more like it:
"When danger reared its ugly head, brave Sir Robin turned tail and fled…"

Radiotherapy® June 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

He can thank a unionized teacher.

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

yes, yes, pete, it's EXACTLY like that.

MissusBarry June 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Terrorists? I do not think it means what you think it means.

mathme June 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

They keep using that word.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

In the event you're not aware of/clinging to old memes of yore:

PuckStopsHere June 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm

NOW I get it! And a hell of a meme it is! I laud you, sir or madam, you user of owls.

Barrelhse June 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

These asswipes are SO fucking relevant.
Eat me, Hoekstra.

Limeylizzie June 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Oh God, I thought that was an owlish form of sarcasm, but then I realised that Hoekstra has done other really fucking stupid things in the past.

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

It was a parody. Pete quit Congress last year.

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Now he knows what the Disappeared felt like in Argentina's "Dirty War."

Limeylizzie June 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

Oh thank God, he is a supremely stupid man. I think the Dutch just don't travel well outside of Holland, after a few generations the retardation is strong…see Trump, Donald .

Negropolis June 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I thought Trump was a Scotsman? Yeah, they really don't travel well. Western Michigan is the American bastion of people who trace their roots back to the Netherlands (many of them still speak Dutch), but there of the crazy Reformed Church variety. Super religious, super insular. Can't tell you how many times I grew up hearing "if you ain't Dutch, you ain't much."

Negropolis June 28, 2011 at 2:26 am

All I can think of when I hear about Hoekstra is…Turtle fence.

zhubajie June 28, 2011 at 5:44 am

Chiang lost because all his generals hated him and switched sides.

rocktonsam June 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

meanwhile in Madison…

conceal carry is made law and the metal detectors are removed from the state capitol.


weejee June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

None moar beer vending machines at the UW Student Union?

rocktonsam June 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm


Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Congratulations, Wisconsin! You are now the Texas of the North. Justice-choking, guns in the capitol, union destruction…but don't you worry your pretty little head. The rest of the Great Lakes save for Illinois are rushing to join you. Race to the bottom, y'all! Yee-Haw! Hold onto your butts!

WriteyWriterton June 28, 2011 at 12:22 am

Yes, I never thought I'd be proud of my idiot-assed, machine-run, Lincoln-memorabilia-flogging home State, but at this moment, surrounded by the TeaOP, I, well, I am. (Sniffs, wipes tears with frayed public-servant cuff.)

zhubajie June 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

Next step, shoot the gov?

powersuit June 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Oh, and the friggin' governor just killed off most of the craft breweries in the state, too, with some dumb-ass provision in the budget written by SAB Miller Molson Coors and the friggin' Tavern League (yes-only in Wisconsin).

This is a man who, when he thinks of beer, thinks "Miller Lite" in a land of Ambergeddon, Yokel, Milk Stout, Autumnal Fire, Knot Stock, Cart Ride to Mexico, etc. etc.

KennyCB June 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Was this a local theater production of an updated version the William Inge classic Picdick?

Trannysurprise June 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Real hippies would have thrown Freedom Turds from their consignment canoes.

Barrelhse June 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Needs more Yippies.

glamourdammerung June 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

If only the protestors had been small enough old women for Prosser to come along and get provoked into choking in self defense.

Doktor Zoom June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

As I mentioned before, This American Life did a pretty good piece on how Scott Walker has made Wisconsin an angry, angry place. It's now online (warning–link plays audio automatically; for a non-autoplaying link to the show summary, go here).

weejee June 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Nice piece Dr. Z.

soojank June 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Planet Money (/it was on This American Life, also, maybe?) also did a podcast a little bit back about how Scott Walker's "job creating" policies haven't really… created jobs.

weejee June 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Well if Dr. Z's piece is on target, so to speak, ERs and the medics/injury transport biz might start adding staff.

Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me.

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm

In Michigan, Snyder's "job creating" business tax cuts are going so well that at a conference the other week, he was caught begging the business communitiy to please use the tax cut to create jobs. lol!

PuckStopsHere June 28, 2011 at 2:02 am

I know, right? Here's the payoff, Michigan! A $700 million dollar tax cut for biz and maybe these bastards will use the money to hire a worker or two, but they don't have to. Maybe they'll just keep it. Their choice. The $300/per pupil cut in our already cut to the bone public schools? No choice. Suck it up. I fucking hate this guy and I fucking hate all the stupid fucks who voted for him.

Negropolis June 28, 2011 at 2:33 am

You signed the recall yet? I haven't been able to make any of the events, but there is still time. Highly unlikely he'll get recalled, but what the hell, I say.

You know what Snyder calls his governing philosophy? "Relentless positive action." I'd laugh if it didn't sound so Orwellian.

BarackMyWorld June 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I'm guessing from the lack of commentary decrying "angry mobs" and bottom-screen headlines with accusatory question-marked statement, this footage didn't come from Fox News.

PuckStopsHere June 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

LaFollette? Marquette? Sounds kind of French to me. Foreign, anyway.

Jukesgrrl June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am

Trappers, no? I won't tell PETA.

voodooeconomics June 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Please post something about Weiner. I miss the guy.

Warpde June 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Not to worry.
I'm sure Weiner will have a strong hard cum back into….Ummmm….
Politics…..yes that's it.

valgal2342 June 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

"The gentleman is correct in sitting"

Tommmcattt June 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Barry should just round up the entire state and disappear them, like J. Edgar Hoover and the Mob did to Jimmy Hoffa.

Problem solved!

zhubajie June 29, 2011 at 3:47 am

Barry O isn't really the Hitler/Stalin type tyrant his enemies say he is! Otherwise, they wouldn't dare to say so. Probably, being authoritarian types, they'd love him!

Warpde June 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Fucking Herpes….??
Oh my, so sorry, wrong article.

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

oh WI progressives you rock on!

IL would have your back, but today, we're all just cold going to jail.

abelilnkinverb June 28, 2011 at 5:17 am

That's ok, just have our back when we need to run to the border/clock tower in Rockford. (Where I now spend my money since they held the WI 14 safe and sound).

TanzbodenKoenig June 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Oh look! A tea bagger circle jerk, I guess walker was the pivot man?

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

also: this reminds me of those dr. who episodes where the evil angels with wings move closer every time you blink.

that was pretty damn cool and pretty damn terrifying and many kudos to WI hippies.

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

a day at devil's lake or day with the devil on the lake?

bflrtsplk June 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Walker responded, "You hippies did 911. Don't forget to say 'Thank you' to the Koch brothers. Oops, forget I said that last part."

flamingpdog June 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

"Finally, the hippies just cold surround Walker and shove their protest signs in his face while he sweats himself to death."

I will not be there at the great white throne to unsoil the governor's breeches!

C_R_Eature June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

You know, I never bought into Christian Hell because, really, what needs to be worse than Khmer Rouge Cambodia, Rwanda, Buchenwald or Seaside Heights NJ in August but I'd like to see a little room in the Twilight Zone where this smug little prick has to watch TV news of smart, rational legislators in a Jeffersonian representative democracy, elected by an educated people, all working towards improving a technologically-sophisticated humanistic moral civilization. Forever.

That's exactly the reverse of the parade of nonsense on my TV. Everyday. Forever.

yyyaz June 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm


Barrelhse June 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm
C_R_Eature June 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Exactly! One actual and 10 ex 23 virtual Upfists for you!My first Zappa album. I think of this song often.

WriteyWriterton June 28, 2011 at 12:24 am


Bigger than Rod June 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Nobody got punched? This must have been staged by the Koch Bros who hired Dems, who hired Tea Bagger plants to act like hippies. It's pretty clear to me. Needs moar Wisconsin palm trees.

Radiotherapy® June 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Needs moar crossed-eyed, college drop-out, "where's our 250,000 jobs?" jokes.

imissopus June 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Or Vancouver.

Texan_Bulldog June 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm

That's the most organized I've seen a group of Dems since 08. The DNC might want to take notes.

iburl June 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Either that or figure out what their party stands for.

HistoriCat June 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

You mean they're supposed to stand for something?

WriteyWriterton June 28, 2011 at 12:25 am

"…since '08." 1808? 1908? I'm not feeling it.

fuflans June 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

speaking of baggers: i like that michele announces her campaign on the day blago gets convicted and gaddafi gets issued an arrest warrant.

i don't know why, i just do.

zhubajie June 28, 2011 at 5:47 am

How long before Bush gets his arrest warrant?

horsedreamer_1 June 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

A diabolical person at Devil's Lake. Spooky.

Rotundo_ June 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Such a beautiful place soiled by Scooters' presence. Sort of like placing a dog turd in a Faberge egg, or spraypainting the hope diamond flat black. I hope the stink of cheap politician bleaches away in sunlight quickly.

Come here a minute June 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Figures the DFH's would take canoes — they won't be taken seriously unless they get some monster polluting outboard motor.

rambone June 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

“That’s just mean-spirited”

As opposed to taking away the pension, pay and healthcare benefits of public employees because they didn't support your campaign . . .

freakishlywrong June 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

And de-funding Planned Parenthood. Yes, he did that as well.

simplyblue7 June 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I luv R Guv too! He hooks it up with the deli meats over at my supermarket.

WilliamHTaft June 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

All this time we've been racking our brains coming up with a way to battle right wing douchebags without violence and the answer's been right under our noses the whole time. Gang, we need to start throwing hippies at Republicans.

Sheesko June 28, 2011 at 12:50 am

Well, it worked for Viet Nam…

An_Outhouse June 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

A soundtrack filled with tweating birds and none of the lazy aviators could make a deposit on that shiny bald spot?

ttommyunger June 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Never knew the Wisconsin Libs had their own Navy. Cool !

Radiotherapy® June 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

They could have been swift boaters.

ttommyunger June 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

Boaters, yes. Swift? Notsomuch.

KenLayIsAlive June 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Any NYC Wonketters interested in this? Scott Walker is coming to Manhattan tomorrow night!

From the Working Families Party:

Spearheaded by our friends at AFSCME, a coalition called "We Are Wisconsin" will be hosting a rally outside of the Republican fundraiser in Midtown Manhattan tomorrow night. If you’re in the city, please stop by:

Tuesday 6/28, 5:00 pm

Grand Army Plaza Park 

5th Avenue btw 58th & 60th

ProudLibunatic June 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm

These guys are AWESOME!!
They helped one of my candidates when they endorsed him, and went door to door in support of his candidacy.
This is grassroots at its best.
I wish I could go!

SaintRond June 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Ha ha… Half of those people voted for that guy… Ha ha…

Then they found out that hateful little pecker snot was coming for them.

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Okay, protest canoes and protests sails? Wisconsin you. are. awesome.

Jerri June 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

It's a frickin' flotilla, ain'a!

mourningnmerica June 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I just want to say that it felt really good watching that. I am, in all sincerity, sending money for the recall.

T-Maw June 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Stop bullying Walker, you hippies!

Negropolis June 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm

WI Dems, be done with this man and release the Kraken! Er…release the protest canoes, post-haste. Also.

sezme June 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm

That video was kind of beautiful. I personally look forward to the day when I can no longer recall Walker.

user-of-owls June 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm

No. In fact he had already been in the military and actually did well in subsequent courses, and in outside venues (i.e., drinking and socializing) we quite ended up bonding. He was military, I was not; conservative, and not; but ultimately to Russell's credit, he was at least able to open his eyes to what genuine social scientific research entails: not opinion, not preconceived conclusions, but an open-ended safari in a hunt for something that maybe, just maybe, could be supported by the evidence! But, most likely, will require a degree of data torture that would shame Dan Mitrione.

V572 [SSAN] June 28, 2011 at 12:29 am

That's nonsense. All the science anyone needs is in Genesis. As Omar the Caliph said before he put the torch to the great Liberry of Alexandria, "Everything in this library either agrees with the Koran, in which case it is superfluous, or disagrees with the Koran, in which case it is wrong."

You know, all the Christards who are worrying about Sharia law and the caliphate ought to ask themselves if that's how they want to be remembered.

zhubajie June 28, 2011 at 5:43 am

The Omar story is quite untrue. It's one of those factoids people repeat because they've heard others repeat them.

The early Arabs were pretty sophisticated international businessmen, not true barbarians like the Franks or the Goths.

V572 [SSAN] June 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

!I remember a physics professor in college relating it. Wonder if he was wrong about F = ma, too.

user-of-owls June 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

You leave my F = ma outta this or bad things will happen, man.

zhubajie June 29, 2011 at 3:40 am

Physics profs are usually crap at history. The library was packed up by Julius Caesar's men, and ready to be shipped to Rome, when a riot broke out and the books were burned in the excitement.

There are too many crocodile tears shed for the library of Alexandria, anyway, and not enough for the libraries of Tyre and Carthage. If we knew a tenth as much about Phoenician literature and science as we do of Greek, we'd understand Greece and the Bible in rather different ways!

tessiee June 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

The story itself is true, but incorrectly attributed.
It wasn't Omar who torched the lieberry, it was Paul Revere.

BerkeleyBear June 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

It was how he warned the British the French were coming in the Napoleonic Wars to take their right to have noses on Sphinxes.

zhubajie June 30, 2011 at 3:51 am


zhubajie June 29, 2011 at 3:35 am

If you've a serious interest, check out F. E. Peters' excellent books, _The Heritage of Hellenism_ and _Allah's Commonwealth_. _Aristotle and the Arabs_ was good too but more technical.

imissopus June 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Poor Scottie, we can't take him anywhere.

DaRooster June 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

How does that douche still go out in public?

DerrickWildcat June 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm

If you don't consider the rampant cannibalism, Wisconsin is a good state.

ifthethunderdontgetya June 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

user-of-owls, I made you a picture.

Jukesgrrl June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am


Jukesgrrl June 28, 2011 at 12:11 am

She had jury duty, didn't she? I think that will quit HER.

not that Dewey June 28, 2011 at 12:39 am

HAHA Totally O/T, but I just did a google search to try to find my googlesites website, and all I got was Wonkette in the returns. HAHAHAHA

WilliamHTaft June 28, 2011 at 12:49 am

It must be terrifying to have to walk amongst the voters of Wisconsin. They're nothing at all like the billionaires at his fundraising parties. I bet the shouting never stops even after he's escorted far away from them. I guarantee you it keeps him awake long into the night.

And he's dumb-looking. I'm sure that sucks, too.

Radiotherapy® June 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

Hey, this anti-crossed-eyed-college-quitter-Kochsucker post is great and all, but the further that clown-serial-killer-garotte depiction gets pushed off the front page the better.

zhubajie June 28, 2011 at 5:49 am

It's interesting that no cops protected the gov from the hippies. Does he no longer trust them? Do they refuse to protect him? It may imply his days are numbered.

LiveToServeYa June 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is pleased with his hippy pirate children.

prommie June 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

The real heroes are the on-duty park rangers, who simply smirked and allowed this to happen, who in fact, clearly had made a decision to allow this to happen.

PuckStopsHere June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

And do you know who the real victim is here? (Hint: She used to ride a bus.)

tessiee June 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

"The best way to ruin a public event in Wisconsin is to invite or allow Scott Walker to attend."

Evidently, it's also the best way to ruin government in Wisconsin.

tessiee June 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Somewhere, Rick Perry is reading this and smirking because the crowd was only hippies, not scary Hispanics.

zhubajie June 29, 2011 at 3:49 am

None of those "Second Amendment Solutions" the 'tards talk about so much, either!

V572 [SSAN] June 29, 2011 at 7:59 am

I’m guessing “Agora” wasn’t quite your cup of tea.

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