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Wonkette Pals Make Milwaukee Occupation More Fun

Hooray for them!Who won the occupation of Milwaukee today? Not Scott Walker, who is probably crying into his Just For Men bucket today as the scary voters/liberals/workers/people once again scare the kleptocrats. The winners of the Milwaukee Occupation are right here! [Thanks to Wonkette commenter YerMa]

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109 comments

    1. finallyhappy

      Milwaukee has a really awesome art museum and good frozen custard- what does Walla Walla have?

      1. 4TheTurnstiles

        Excellent (and hot) red wines. First-rate pizza at the Sweet Basil. The only clean restrooms between Moscow, Idaho and Portland, Oregon. &c. Walla Walla's a nice town all considered.

      2. horsedreamer_1

        I love my Gilles's Frozen Custard, but the co-owners — one dead by suicide back in summer '01 — are politically troglodyte.

    2. Chichikovovich

      Never been to Walla Walla. But it's my fervent hope that they are twin cities with Australia's Wagga Wagga.

  1. bagofmice

    So Seattle is going on? Blocking streets this time. Tourists dismissive ( likely to not be of the city variant ), traffic is pissed, or supportive, as a honk is rather difficult to parse.

    1. nounverb911

      Pike Place market seems to be inundated with people tossing salmon, seems like a nice way to spend the last sunny day until August.

    2. James Michael Curley

      Honk language is easy.
      1 long blast – "Get off the F*cking Road Moron!"
      2 moderate blasts – "The light's green idiot, shove that cell phone up your ass."
      1 blast followed by a quick hit of the brakes – "Back off – get your dick outa my tail pipe."
      3 short beeps when passing a bicyclist of your gender preference – "Nice ass."

  2. YerMa

    Thanks, Ken!! :D

    I will have you know that a lone teabagger tried to start shit with me over this awesome sign.

    1. JustPixelz

      "…a lone teabagger…"

      They all think they're the lone voice crying out in an oppressive wilderness of liberalism. But really they have mighty corporate and media support from Koch and Fox.

      1. YerMa

        I was taking a moment, sitting by (and hugging, natch) a tree watching the hippies bang their drums and the Paultards screaming about the fluoride conspiracy. A tan blazer and its creepy white-haired occupant approached me and asked me why I hate capitalism. I nearly died from the eye rolling event that followed and then laughed. Out loud, even. He told me my sign was offensive and I told him that teabaggers offend me and I'm not interested in discussing anything with him. He mumbled something that included the word "lazy" as he walked away to try to taunt the Che flag the size of Montana kids.

        The end.

        1. Negropolis

          I've noticed the same thing on Facebook. The Paultards are totally trying to latch onto (and takeover) the movement. It's a little insidious post or two, but they are usually shut down pretty quickly. These aren't folks that honestly want to be part of a movement, just looking for another outlet to spam with their crap.

        2. KrayZBaggerLayD

          Good onya, YerMa. Laughter. The best medicine for those shriveled little weeping anal sores.

      2. KrayZBaggerLayD

        They're the 94% of people who claim never to have received any help or a handout from anyone, when they've taken virtually every kind of handout and help known to humanity.

    2. spinozasgod

      Hey girl…my husband and I were there too…loved your sign. Our signs read: "Keep Your Corporate Hands Off My Government"

      WI is a very right-wing state outside of Madison, so it a tought place to live these days. have you seen the "Liberals are the Real Weapons of Mass Distruction: billboard between Madison and Milwaukee?

      1. horsedreamer_1

        No, not Right-wing, just undereducated, outsourced, and white, and they are not cool with Milwaukee's Negritude and all the Hmong in the smaller cities that the Lutherans sponsored after the hostilities ended in Southeast Asia.

        1. Rotundo_

          True about the racist element in the sticks, but it is ever so slowly fading out, rather than growing. Demographics and the fact that most kids are light years ahead of their parents and grandparents are doing their work. It's one of the few things that give me hope.

      2. YerMa

        Neat! Love your sign, too! :D

        Yeah, I've seen that billboard. I am deep in enemy territory – the depths of Lake Country in Waukesha County. It's lovely here if you don't count the people. WI has always been center leaning left until last year. It's a shame that the 2010 elections turned us into the most polarized place in the nation. If you haven't, I highly recommend listening to this episode of TAL from a few months ago: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/ep… – one of the acts focuses on this. Ira Glass rules.

        Go Pack… and Broors!!

      3. KrayZBaggerLayD

        Another WI Wonketteer! Hey, thanks for showing up and waving a sign for those of us who can't go!

    3. Nothingisamiss

      Thank you Wonketteer! You are protesting so that we may get up off our asses and protest too!

  3. ProgressiveInga

    Suds or GTFO!

    Just kiddin', ladies. Way to represent! And don't worry about the T-Baggers talking smack – you both look like you could outrun a hoveround and/or a lil' rascal all day long!

  4. Callyson

    Please tell me there are plans to make bumper stickers. I want the "Separation of Corporation and State" bumpersticker like now…

  5. ThundercatHo

    Way to represent ladies. Great sign.

    We need Wonkette T-shirts! Tie-dyed Wonkette T-shirts!!!

  6. bagofmice

    It's weird going to a protest but hanging out next to the AT&T so you can use the wifi to make a blog post.

    1. flamingpdog

      Barney and Betty first thing in the morning after a hard night of drinking with Fred and Wilma?

      Oh, I thought you said "disorganized Rubbles".

      1. KrayZBaggerLayD

        Did the French really say that? I'll bet they stopped saying it right after Dien Bien Phu. Just starting on Vo Nguyen Giap's classic People's War, People's Army, to be followed shortly by a bracing dose of Wilfred Burchett. Disorganized rabble that beat two of the world's biggest and best equipped military machines, youbetcha.

        1. Chichikovovich

          I don't know if the French actually used the phrase "disorganized rabble" (or "racaille désorganisé") but I think I've read that one of the reasons for putting so many troops in a fort in such an indefensible position as the one in Dien Bien Phu was that they were hoping to goad the Vietnamese into attacking out in the open, rather than exploiting the guerrilla tactics. The assumption being that they could easily defeat the Vietnamese in such a confrontation. (For example, they had no idea that the Vietnamese were capable of ferrying artillery in pieces through the forests and then reassembling them on the hills above the fort. Ooops!) The most catastrophic underestimation of an enemy since the British at Singapore.

          1. KrayZBaggerLayD

            It's been over two decades since I read Jules Roy's classic work on Dien Bien Phu. The French were arrogant, they despised the "little yellow devils," which is why they underestimated them. The history of Vietnam is rife with examples of arrogant foreign invaders being beaten into a new understanding of that tiny nation's fierce determination to remain independent. A thousand years of Chinese rule could not make Viet Nam submit.

            As for the British at Singapore, it's a delight re-reading all the military apologists' whining over the stupidity and incompetence, and, yes, inhumane treacherousness of the British troops in Singapore and Malaysia, both before and after the war. Secretly evacuating only white Englishwomen and children from Penang and leaving their "native" collaborators to face certain death from Japanese bombs and guns, while simultaneously flooding the people with propaganda about the might of the British Empire and their guaranteed safety lying in preserving the property and rights of their colonial masters! The massacre of unarmed women and children who had the gall to strike for better wages and working conditions! Yes, they underestimated the "little yellow devils" who came down the Burma road by bicycle and marched them all at bayonet point into the prisons of the incorrectly-named Fortress Singapore. Of course, Anthony Short's seminal work on the guerilla movement that grew out of the Malayan Anti-Japanese People's Army has been shown to be overly adulatory about the British in Malaya as the recently revealed records of the Foreign Office show.

            Is this field a particular interest of yours, by the bye?

          2. Chichikovovich

            My teenage son has been a big fan of military history so I read a lot of it to keep up with him. Also, as a youngster myself I was a military cadet, and we were taught a bunch then. And I have a special taste for stories of military incompetence and bungling ever since I read Solzhenitsyn's August 1914 as a teenager.

          3. KrayZBaggerLayD

            For an interesting example of post-WWII military incompetence in Malaya, you should look at Ian Ward and Norma Miraflor's Slaughter & Deception at Batang Kali. You might find it enjoyable. And, of course, you should feel free to recommend any reading material you might think might catch my fancy, in turn. My tastes are fairly eclectic.

          4. Chichikovovich

            Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out. Nothing comes to mind right away as a special recommendation, but if I think of something I'll let you know. Military history seems to attract a certain kind of obsessively factual, dedicated no-nonsense storyteller/chronicler. Some have obvious axes to grind, of course (How many books have been written in the last few decades dedicated to the premise that the military "won" in Vietnam but The Cowardly Politicians withdrew anyway?) But a good number just want to get the story straight. So there is a lot of good stuff to choose from.

          5. KrayZBaggerLayD

            "Obsessively factual" is an excellent description, with the emphasis on obsessive, methinks. Just finished another excellent book on military incompetence, MacArthur in his pre-Liberator Of Little Brown Brothers phase. Decision at Buna: MacArthur Strikes Back by Harry Gailey. The way these people play with the lives of the men serving under them is an excellent argument for the abolition of the military. Hurry up and evove, humanity!

            Yes, revisionist history is the scourge of a literate age, I'm afraid. I'm enjoying reading the VietNamese perspective even more. If you can get your hands on it, do try and read A Narrow Strip of Land. The author is a VietNamese journalist who travels back to the South with troops of the North VietNamese Army. It's a poetic memoir of life as it was for the people of VietNam during that horrible war that was never declared.

      1. KrayZBaggerLayD

        I keep hoping the Hamburglar will break into my house and bring me one. With bacon and cheez.

          1. KrayZBaggerLayD

            I think he ran away after all those things I was saying about gleaming nekkie bodies and how edible they might be. You know, bacon IS good, after all, and a tasty little mouthful, too.

  7. Blueb4sunrise

    Hawwwwwwwwwwwwwt!!!!!!!!

    (pssst, DON"T LOOK!, but just behind you is one of those Terminator SkyNet Machines)

  8. FidoMcCokefiend

    A picture of Milwaukee and no drunks white guys in backwards baseball caps? I call shenanigans.

    1. flamingpdog

      "The U.S. Embassy will still have a handful of U.S. Marines for protection and 157 U.S. military personnel in charge of facilitating weapons sales to Iraq."

      But of course.

    2. Negropolis

      A total political calculation, but one we've been calling for, and one I completely support sans qualms.

  9. J Rbt. Oppenheiner

    That said, we should totally have a DC area meetup or something. Hey, just realized, there was no Wonkette Halloween party this year!

  10. KrayZBaggerLayD

    Goddammit, Wonketz, when are you going to CAPITALIZE on this great teeshirt opportunity? We DEMAND TEESHIRTS!

  11. YerMa

    Wonkette did sell shirts with that picture for some time. That's where I got the image for printing. When the protests started in Madison early this year, I emailed Ken and begged him for a high-quality image I could use in KochWalkerstan and he kindly obliged. I added the Wonkette logo because I felt it was the right thing to do. Wonketteers are the coolest, smartest, funniest people in all of internetland.

    The sign's been to a few protests here in WI and I finally got a good picture of us with it so I emailed Ken yesterday and here we are. :)

    1. KrayZBaggerLayD

      I'm SO proud of you, YerMa. But I STILL want a teeshirt of my very own, goddammit.

      Hey, maybe we should have that exact picture up there on the teeshirt. What say?

  12. proudgrampa

    Not good. 10:00 am Eastern, and no new Wonkette. Did Kirsten, Ken and Riley all get arrested over the weekend?

  13. DustBowlBlues

    Well hell, if I knew it was going to be a big deal to show a pic, I would have had a really attractive young woman I saw at the We Are One rally hold a sign: The Wonkeratti Say Remember Tom Joad.

    Then the wonkeratti would be making sexy-time talk about me. And how amazing I look for a woman in her early sixties.

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