More participants at "Walkerville" today, ~ 300

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Collective Bargaining Law
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“My ears are still ringing!”

Yesterday, prior to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s approval of Governor Walker’s collective bargaining law, the unions did muster up a bit more activity in fizzled-out “Walkerville,” attracting about 300 demonstrators, primarily members of various unions.

I visited the Capitol at noon to document events, and was subjected by a liberal enthusiast to an air-horn blowing repeatedly 12 inches from my ear, presumably to punish me for interviewing some Walker supporters, which is what I was doing at the time.

Air Horn

A slide show follows below,  images from  Capitol Square yesterday afternoon.  About 300 demonstrators were there, numerous unions were represented, and there were lots of noisemakers – vuvuzelas, plastic buckets, air horns, and chanting – as soon as members of the press appeared.

My air-horn toting friend retreats

My air-horn toting friend was surprised by my reaction to his air horn; rather than being unpleasant, grabbing his air-horn, or cursing him, this grey old lady picked up my camera and started clicking away at him.  First, he turned his face away from the camera, but continued honking in my ear.  As I continued clicking away with the camera, he eventually backed away and went somewhere else to torture another victim.

His lack of civility was typical of liberal behavior in Madison in recent months.

The Governor Walker supporters pointed out to me that yesterday was Flag Day .  Their sign read “Raise your flag for Gov. Walker,” and they were waving little 12-inch American flags.  The group included a public school teacher who was opposing her union’s actions, a retired nurse, and a retired U.S. Marine.  They had driven in from an outlying town to show some support for Governor Walker.  Theirs were the only flags visible on Flag Day.

Governor Walker supporters- teacher, nurse, Marine

One Walker supporter my age told me that she was approached by a man sputtering at her, informing her that he comes to these events to punch the teeth out of the bodies of fat people like her.  She didn’t even look fat, but looked very pleasant, ladylike and motherly, sitting quietly on the edge of a concrete wall and waving her American flag.  She had come to support Governor Walker, stating that we must first stop the fiscal bleed going on in our State; later there would be time for civil discourse regarding the details of union contracts.

MC: young man in pink

Announcers were on the Capitol steps behind us, calling for people to approach the Capitol doors to demand entrance inside.  I did not see anyone responding.  The announcer was a young man dressed in a filmy pink dress, signifying I have no idea what – Planned Parenthood again? Just looking for attention?  Not sure whether he made a good spokesman for his cause.

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Slide Show of Capitol Square on Flag Day, June 14, 2011:

The Supreme Court upheld limitation of collective bargaining law on the same day.

  • Walkerville from State Street

    Walkerville from State Street

    "Walkerville" from State Street

  • State Street 6-14-11- not too crowded

    State Street 6-14-11- not too crowded

    State Street 6-14-11

  • Walkerville Information tent -6-14-11

    Walkerville Information tent -6-14-11

    "Walkerville" Information tent -6-14-11

  • Walkerville- noon, June 14, 2011 ~ 300 demonstrators

    Walkerville- noon, June 14, 2011 ~ 300 demonstrators

    Walkerville-" noon, June 14, 2011 ~ 300 demonstrators

  • Union members- MTI

    Union members- MTI

    Union members- MTI

  • Governor Walker supporters

    Governor Walker supporters

    Governor Walker supporters

  • Calling a Walker a Nazi?

    Calling a Walker a Nazi?

    Calling a Walker a Nazi?

  • Raise your flag for Governor Walker

    Raise your flag for Governor Walker

    Raise your flag for Governor Walker

  • WSP Local, 3732

    WSP Local, 3732

    WSP Local, 3732

  • Steelworkers Union

    Steelworkers Union

    Steelworkers Union

  • American flags on Flag Day

    American flags on Flag Day

    American flags on Flag Day

  • Reporters arrive, liberal protesters come to life

    Reporters arrive, liberal protesters come to life

    Reporters arrive, liberal protesters come to life

  • My horn-toting friend turns away after I start snapping photos of him

    My horn-toting friend turns away after I start snapping photos of him

    My horn-toting friend turns away

  • Time to go elsewhere

    Time to go elsewhere

    Time to go elsewhere

  • I\'m outta here!  Have to find a different old lady to harrass.

    I'm outta here! Have to find a different old lady to harrass.

    I'm outta here! Have to find a different old lady to harrass!

  • Shouting slogans

    Shouting slogans

    Shouting slogans

  • Pink-enrobed young man - the MC

    Pink-enrobed young man - the MC

    Pink-enrobed young man - the MC

  • MC calling demonstrators to demand entrance to the Capitol

    MC calling demonstrators to demand entrance to the Capitol

    MC calling demonstrators to demand entrance to the Capitol

  • Flag Day at the Capitol, June 14, 2011

    Flag Day at the Capitol, June 14, 2011

    Flag Day at the Capitol, June 14, 2011

  • Walkerville-  Rude signs

    Walkerville- Rude signs

    "Walkerville-" Rude signs

More on Flag Day (June 14, 2011) at Madison’s Capitol Square:

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