Wisconsin Rally for the Middle Class

I think we need a new name for the Wisconsin Rally


The People of Wisconsin standing shoulder to shoulder against an American Dictator, the soon to be former Governor Scott Walker.

There are 300,000 people at the rally today and all they need is 550,000 signatures to Recall him from office. It’s true he has to be in office for a year but next January he will be out.

I’m sure they have people working the crowd to get signatures to Recall those 8 Republican Senators as well!



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  1. @Gbasin: They ran it last night on The UpTake twice.

    Kucinich was on fire. It started to approach one of his campaign speeches but he reeled it in enough to keep it in the moment. I thought he did a much needed job in tying the whole global scheme of perpetual war for rights to fossil fuels and tying it into the financial fairy tale we are living under with a privatized money supply.

    To call this a can o’ worms is a gross understatement. I’m hoping it’s more like a Krakatoa exploding but the good kind. You know what I mean!

    p.s. Hightower’s closer was the best talk I’ve ever heard him give.

  2. @60th Street: @mhappenow: @toniD:

    I shoulda stayed in Madison a bit longer.
    Looks like it was reaching it’s peek just as i was leaving.

    I didn’t know the main rally was at 3pm.
    I thought it was at 1.

    I was parked in the south end of the Capital Square, between E. Main st. and E. Doty st.
    and entered the area from the south. I spent too much time there, thinking that was where everything was to be.
    Only much later did I walk counterclockwise around the Capital Bldng.
    Turns out all the Main action, and much larger crowd , was on the North and West
    sides of the Capital Grounds.

    Dispite the huge crowd, which was a huge pick-me-up, and awe inspiring,
    I felt a very sad that after 200+ years, we have to continually fight these

    Thus the sadness drains me of energy and I become tired.

  3. Obama and his administration really are good people just trying to do the best with the situation they’ve inherited…. reallly…. no seriously, they are… really….

    State Department’s P.J. Crowley stepping down

    (CNN) – P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case, CNN has learned from senior officials familiar with the matter.

  4. pwire Taegan Goddard
    Obama on Boehner: “After seeing how often he tears up, I’ve come to realize: That’s not a tan. That’s rust!” http://pwire.at/hjFRyG

    PurrpleCatMama Renee
    by Proudlib
    RT @muttmutt: German GDP growth: 3%, American: 2.5% Germany has strong unions & all corp boards must have union reps.

    cbellantoni Christina Bellantoni
    So good – TPM superstar @ericlach explains the brothers Fitzgerald in Wisconsin: http://tpm.ly/fpgH8I
    [‘FitzWalkerstan’: The Republican Brothers And The Wisconsin Showdown]

    USRealityCheck US Reality Check
    Karl #Rove’s Secretly-Funded Crossroads GPS Attacks #Unions in Nationwide Ad: Karl Rove’s secr… http://bit.ly/h0yqg9 prwatch.org #P2 #US

    rubberstamprosk Rubber Stamp Roskam
    RT @BlogWood: Move your money: M&I bank does business in 9 states, including #Florida http://bit.ly/hQ1DVb #1u #p2 #pfla #awakefl #youcut

    ggreenwald Glenn Greenwald
    Dennis Kucinich on how the Pentagon refuses to allow him to visit Bradley Manning: http://is.gd/WjLojP

  5. Paul Krugman


    Obviously not up my alley; I’m just watching the images in horror like everyone else. If you haven’t done so already, check out the Times’s awesome and disturbing before-and-after satellite photo multimedia.

    One interesting note: the catastrophe will, of course, require large public spending to aid recovery, even as it depresses Japan’s economy and reduces revenue. And Japan already has a very high debt level. So you might have expected the bond vigilantes to strike, driving bond prices down and interest rates up. You’d be wrong: at least so far, rates are actually down, presumably on the view that monetary policy will remain loose even longer than previously expected.

  6. World to see biggest full moon in two decades

    The world is set to experience the biggest full moon for almost two decades when the satellite reaches its closest point to Earth next weekend.
    On 19 March, the full moon will appear unusually large in the night sky as it reaches a point in its cycle known as ‘lunar perigee’.

    Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular view when the moon approaches Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles in its elliptical orbit – the closest it will have passed to our planet since 1992.

  7. @Jmach1P: Happy belated birthday, Jmach — same as my big bro Greg! Thanks for representing us BlueRooters in Wisconsin! Truly enjoyed your photos.

    Grabbing Ms. toniD and joining with you in a March birthday group hug!

  8. @cent: As a rule I don’t quote David Frum and I don’t tweet and I don’t cut and paste twitter so let’s just say that I stole this from someone on FB.

    Allison Kilkenny
    RT @davidfrum: Crowley firing: one more demonstration of my rule: Republican pols fear their base, Dem pols despise it.

  9. thinkprogress ThinkProgress
    VIDEO: Neo-con Bill Kristol pushes for “more than a no-fly zone” in Lybia, wants U.S. to start bombing http://thkpr.gs/gY6q3v [Neocons never change. Continuous war!]

    BBCWorld BBC Global News
    Kyodo News reports the cooling system pump has stopped at the Tokai nuclear power plant in #Ibaraki, #Japan – Reuters

    crooksandliars Crooks and Liars
    New At C&L: Republicans Think Workers Are Pigs http://gocl.me/hfEcUb

  10. @Jmach1P: happy b’day

    remember there is nothing to worry about
    [just made this -hot off the presses- and I used google translate for the jp part so don’t know how accurate it is…]

  11. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a Senate committee this week that Al Jazeera English is “real news” and now it could be coming to a cable box near you.

    Smiley: The question is whether or not we are ready for a “tell it like it is” network. 

    West: We need to hear the variety of viewpoints that they put forward.
    Find out how you can bring Al Jazeera English to your community at english.aljazeera.net

  12. nicolesandler Nicole Sandler
    RT @ggreenwald: EXACTLY: MT @mattyglesias “Sad statement about US that P.J. Crowley is the one being forced to resign over Bradley Manning.”

    AndrewKroll Andy Kroll
    MT @cjliebmann: Just $12k to go until WI Dems hit $1m raised to recall Scott Walker’s Republican 8. http://bit.ly/fCfiDE #wiunion

    truthout Truthout
    Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group http://bit.ly/fXD4KS #p2 #p2b #p21

    truthout Truthout
    Pennsylvania’s Corbett Expands Conservative War on the Middle Class http://bit.ly/f2juUL #p2 #p2b #p21

  13. Nuke industry spin: Be “reassured” by Japan
    As the crisis unfolds, the Nuclear Energy Institute joins an intense PR battle that has already started

    As Japan struggles to contain a growing nuclear crisis — with more than 200,000 people evacuated, an explosion at one power plant, and possible meltdowns in several reactors — the American nuclear industry faces a different challenge: how to position itself in the intense public-relations battle that has already started.

    This morning I interviewed a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry trade group, to get a sense of the message being pushed by an industry that, with support from President Obama as well as the Republican Party, has been in the early stages of a renaissance.

    The most striking claim made by NEI spokesman Mitchell Singer: Americans should be “reassured” by the crisis unfolding in Japan.

    “There hasn’t been any significant release of radiation. So obviously they must be doing something right at this point,” said Singer. While acknowledging that the crisis is still in early stages, Singer argued in our interview, and earlier to the Wall Street Journal, that Americans should be reassured because the industry will learn from the accidents in Japan, where fail-safe systems have themselves failed.

    “We share what’s known as ‘lessons learned’ from incidents such as this,” he said.

    Read More

    It’s not over yet. And Japan Gov’t is keeping a lid on results.

  14. Hey all ~ sorry I haven’t checked in earlier, I have been sleeping. Just dragging. Here are the pictures from yesterdays protest. I didn’t get to meet up with Jmach1P ….. I was disappointed, but my god there were so many people there. My disappointment was when we got into the Capital Bldg. there was NO one in there. Not like a few weeks ago. You had to go through cops searching you with metal detectors. You had to pull everything out of your pockets & put it into a container (just like at the airport) it was a joke. Then when you got into the bldg. itself it was a real let down. There were NO signs hanging at all. They don’t allow tape of any kind in there any more. So Walker has made it impossible for the people of WI. to protest in the Capital itself. I’m glad I got photos & video of it a few weeks ago ….. because what a change it was. A sad change.
    But there were so many people there AGAIN yesterday …… it was great fun. The sun was out. People brought there dogs, there kids. It was great.!!!


  15. I saw Bill Nye Science Guy on CNN last night – he said in so many words that “it doesn’t look good” in Japan.
    There may be another explosion – @ least that’s what I thought I heard.

  16. matthewstoller Matt Stoller
    The WH thinks governing means a mix of PR and enforcing petty corrupt social norms. That’s it. That’s really it.

    janehamsher Jane Hamsher
    With Crowley Ouster, Obama Fully Owns the Torture of Bradley Manning http://fdl.me/fvsJst

    WestWingReport West Wing Report
    State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley fired. He had publicly criticized the Defense Dept.’s handling of WikiLeaks suspect Manning

    BBCBreaking BBC Breaking News
    Wikileaks row: US official quits

    peterdaou Peter Daou
    Boy, what a roller-coaster ride it’s been for the left with Obama. It was less demoralizing with Bush as the bad guy, since he energized us.

  17. ggreenwald Glenn Greenwald
    Remember how the Bush admin punished Gen. Shinseki for his open dissent on Iraq & all good Dems thought that was awful? http://is.gd/aN2A1B

    ggreenwald Glenn Greenwald
    Remember when Bush fired Larry Lindsey for saying the Iraq War might cost $100 billion, prompting Dem outrage? http://is.gd/WpE8sY

    emptywheel emptywheel
    We had experiment to see whether worse to tell truth about Bradley Manning or tell truth about WOT (Clapper). I guess Manning is worse.

  18. monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
    RT @jonathanshainin More comedy gold from Niall Ferguson: Middle East might see a “restored caliphate” in next decade http://read.bi/dPBLZK [This is where Beck gets his ideas about a Caliphate! Niall Ferguson messes with economy lies too!]

    cliffschecter Cliff Schecter
    Prez Obama finally speaks out on guns. Id like it 2b strongr, but credit whre due..good start http://bit.ly/eEfuYq #p2 #gunsafety #guns

    drjjoyner James Joyner
    by janehamsher
    RT @alexmassie: PJ Crowley fired for telling the truth. That’s the Washington Way. http://bit.ly/ed0Wvj

    lrozen Laura Rozen
    by ggreenwald
    Crowley, who was already leaving, departs with his integrity intact. What does it say abt POTUS to admonish officials who tell the truth?

    theharryshearer Harry Shearer
    Firing Crowley/retaining torturers reminds me of NO flood: no neg conseqcs for Corps, but punishment for truth-tellers/whistleblowers.

    BrandonTXNeely Brandon Neely
    Congressmen Allen West abused a detainee in Iraq plead guilty let his soldiers take the fall and now people want him to run for Pres WOW

    monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
    #US freedom of speech RT @Leoslaire @pdxuser We have learned by @PJCrowley ‘s example, that our assumption was wrong.

    OTOOLEFAN Don Millard
    RT @thehill: Should America ‘put the breaks’ on nuclear power? Lieberman, Markey say yes. http://bit.ly/hR6zqP

  19. @Ramses:
    Glad that you made it there.
    If you were trying to call me, i’m sorry that I mistakenly forgot to turn my phone
    back on after I parked about 12:15pm.

    I prolly wouldn’t have herd it anyway with all the noise.

    plus i was carring a heavy camera bag with many print film lenses and
    an extra jacket under my overcoat.

    Just now i finished viewing sams videos.

    There were plenty of broadcast satallite trucks there, yet from
    what I’ve been reading, there was no coverage in the M$M. As usual 😦

    It’s an Outrage! I tell ya.

  20. Gbasin says:
    March 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    …On 19 March, the full moon will appear unusually large in the night sky as it reaches a point in its cycle known as ‘lunar perigee’.
    Apparently a perigee isn’t the product of a Perro Ratonero Andaluz and a Gerberian Shepsky. Or of a one-eyed Pekepoo and a surprised gerbil. Or of a parakeet and a pigeon.

    1585–95; < French perigée < Neo-Latin perigēum, perigaeum < Greek perígeion ( sēmeîon limit), neuter of perígeios near, of the earth, equivalent to peri- peri- + -geios, adj. derivative of gaîa, gê the earth

  21. @60th Street: So what did you think about his dad and what he said? I’m sure he was told not to say much by the attorney but he did say he didn’t believe Bradley did anything.

  22. feb17voices Feb 17 voices
    by monaeltahawy
    AJA: Committee to Protect Journalists says that 7 reporters are unaccounted for in Libya #libya #feb17

    thinkprogress ThinkProgress
    Mitch McConnell says all 47 GOP Senators will let U.S. default on its debts unless we slash Social Security, Medicaid http://thkpr.gs/emIdzL

    OTOOLEFAN Don Millard
    RT @kjlintner: If #Wikileaks had happened under Bush, it would be a fucking #p2 celebration. But under #Obama, it’s treason. Grow up.

    OTOOLEFAN Don Millard
    RT @thomasmbird: http://bit.ly/gZQ1Z3 Walker shows up in Washburn, greeted by crowd of protestors double the size of Washburn. #wiunion


    WASHBURN — Wisconsin’s protracted family fight over the budget and public employee unions moved to this Bayfield County town Saturday evening, as embattled Gov. Scott Walker spoke at an invitation-only event and was greeted by at least 2,000 angry protesters outside.

    Walker arrived in a convoy of six unmarked police cars that pulled up at 5:45 p.m. to the Steak Pit for a Republican Lincoln Day fundraiser. The large, boisterous crowd, which had been lining the streets leading to the restaurant since 4:30, quickly recognized him and erupted in boos and shouts of “Recall Walker.”

  23. @Gbasin:

    World to see biggest full moon in two decades

    hahaha… figures. Just in time for the Peace Rally/Anti-War Protests in DC next weekend….

    There are going to be a few “civil resistance ” actions in DC and at Quantico too…

    The added Luna Effect should make things interesting…

  24. senatus Josh
    Durbin: “I’m worried that if we don’t use the oil reserves, the economic recovery will stall” – http://bit.ly/h97eSX

    JohnFugelsang John Fugelsang
    An entire generation of Americans is currently learning that ‘Meltdown’ doesn’t only refer to Charlie Sheen.

    digby56 digby
    The SS vultures having it both ways on Social security http://bit.ly/h7kYOS

    DCPlod Danielle Blake
    by Proudlib
    Crowley fired for same reasons as McChrystal, whose firing was applauded. Crowley’s = outrage because he agrees w/left’s cause du jour. #p2

  25. Crowley leaves an enigmatic Hillaryland

    Ben Smith

    P.J. Crowley’s resignation as Assistant Secretary of State was, as he wrote in a resignation statement, determined the moment he agreed to make comments on Bradley Manning detention public, but it also offers a glimpse of the odd internal politics of the Clinton State Department.

    Crowley was never supposed to be the on-camera briefer, people who speak to him have long said. He was supposed to administer the department’s communications, took the job with some reluctance, and has been rumored to be on the way out since the day he started.

    He also never penetrated Clinton’s inner circle. His ill will with her unofficial spokesman and image-keeper, Philippe Reines, spilled out into the open in one Inspector General report, but Reines was never able to actually oust him — until he ousted himself — producing the kind of frozen political division, and endless stasis, familiar to anyone who covered Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    The tensions between Clinton’s inner circle of Reines, counsel Cheryl Mills, and and a few others on one hand and the White House on the other seem largely to have waned since some early turf battles over appointments. But Clinton’s actual role remains a central mystery of the Administration, rooted in whatever influence she’s able to wield in private conversations with the President.

    One recent clue was a Feb. 12 New York Times article, in which anonymous officials followed the time-honored path of shifting blame for a muddled Egypt response away from the President and on to Clinton and the State Department, casting them as sympathizers with a dictator as Obama pulled toward democracy.

    Clinton didn’t really push back the attack at all, a sign to different observers that she’s loyally playing her role in exchange for real influence; or that the White House has her in a real box.

  26. this just came thru as cnn broken news:

    — The IAEA said investigators in Japan found radiation levels have returned to normal at the Onagawa nuclear power plant.

    excuse me if i find this hard to believe. perhaps they are using a new and improved bp dispersant.

  27. @dan: when they, GD, rolled threw McKay stadium 5/7/74 it was thier 1st time in Reno. They were touring with wall of sound, but it was so WINDY that only 1/3 could be erected. Me mates and I had, on the previous night made a stealth rendezvous under the bleachers with a shovel and a gallon of gallo vin rose chalk full of joy! The wind ended up being just right!

  28. Not only are they the least educated, they’re also the least happy…according to Gallop. I’m talking about the south of course.

    (Where I’m livin’ is no bag of giggles either….)

  29. @toniD: It’s nice to see a representative of his family speaking out and someone finally bothering to interview them. But this PBS interviewer was terrible. He devolved into all kinds of nonsense about patriotism, and how little the dad emotes, etc. What a wasted opportunity.

    So, needless to say, the interview pretty much left me with more questions than answers. I mean, the title at the PBS site kinda says it all, “WikiLeaks Suspect’s Dad: Bradley Manning ‘Being Humiliated’ But ‘Looks Good'”

    Manning’s dad is adamant that his son would tell him if anything were wrong, yet admits to only finding out about son’s mistreatment from the defense lawyer’s written statement. And, even then, the father doesn’t indicate at all that he asked his son directly about the lawyer’s statement and the reporter didn’t even bother to ask about any specific discussion he might have had with his son about the matter. So, it would appear they’re sticking to the lawyer’s statement and not offering much else.

    I think the defense is doing their best to build an argument and get the case thrown out on the basis of his treatment while in detainment, which is, of course, their job. I don’t see anything wrong with that or civil libertarian activists siding with Manning. I think the family would assist that cause and do whatever possible to aid their son’s victory in any trial. But, that said, I can’t just take their word for it, nor can I take the word of the administration officials or brig commanders saying that no punitive actions have been taken. Doesn’t seem like that’s the case. Why strip the guy if even the psychiatrists are saying it’s unnecessary? We’ve all seen what goes down in military prisons, but that isn’t to say that this is going down right before our eyes with Manning.

    All of the outrage seems to be based on Manning’s accounts in his lawyer’s statement and David House’s observations, which is interesting, because while the father’s new account supports the argument that Manning is not at risk of injuring himself and appears to be “doing well” and of sound mind and body, he completely contradicts what David House said he observed in his visits:

    …that he had watched Manning change from an intelligent young man to someone who appeared catatonic and had difficulty conducting a conversation

    Manning’s father stated repeatedly that Manning is well which doesn’t make for a very convincing argument that he’s being abused or tortured to the point of catatonia. But that didn’t stop people from running with that without verifying it with anyone else who had spoken with him.

    I’m sure most parents would side with their children in court and even demonstrate denial in the face of the evidence. Manning’s father said what I’d expect any parent to say regarding whether or not he believes his son did anything. I don’t think it has much bearing on the case. It’s important for him to speak out, though considering the controversy and hopefully some objective light will be shed on the whole thing.

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