Scott Walker’s Bunker

It had to happen.

And while we’re in the neighborhood, Sherrod Brown wins this week’s Godwin Award:

“I look back in history, in some of the worst governments that we had, you know the first thing they did, go after unions, Hitler didn’t want unions, Stalin didn’t want unions, Mubarak didn’t want unions, these autocrats don’t want independent unions,” Brown said Thursday during a speech on the floor of the Senate.

Congratulations, Senator! You win a free weekend with Scott Walker!

Sen. Brown: ‘Hitler didn’t want unions’ [CNN; video via TPM]

It never gets old. My sympathies to the makers of this fine film.

you know though the interesting thing about that Brown quote is that its right.

it may not be PC but it dead on right.


The Wisconsin Wobblies
Conservatives in Wisconsin are getting nervous that three Republican state senators may defect on the collective-bargaining reform vote.


These work better when the, uh, author works in a reference to Stalin when Ganz says Stalin’s name. I think the Comic Sans rant did that, something like “why can’t we have good graphics like that asshole Stalin?”

The punchline is a waterpark in Rockford, IL? The Wisconsin Dells (about 40 miles from Madison) bills itself the “Waterpark Capital of the World”! That’s what happens when you allow your Midwestern satire to be created by an ignorant Coaster.

@Dodgerblue: The cheap subtitle fonts version will always be the best of that meme.

@flippin eck:
last week when I told the guy sitting next to me the hotel they were in he said “I know that place, there is a water park right across the street”

@Capt Howdy: Hitler was also a vegetarian.

It may be historically correct that Hitler hated unions, but it’s also irrelevant to the discussion. That’s why Sherrod gets the Godwin.

@flippin eck: Speaking as an Ignorant Coaster, the waterpark gag is what made the video worth running.

@nojo: Hated unions, loved onions – got it.

@nojo: Conservatives love to point to policies endorsed by Democrats and shriek “Hitler!” Sen Brown is merely using words they seem to understand.

@nojo: He was also a poove.

Me? I am a poove and member of 3 unions and one professional guild. Regarding the past, what gives me the warm tinglies is the thought of my great uncle dynamiting the pit-heads in Scotland to cripple the coal mines while my grandfather – a bus driver – pretended to be on the side of the fuzz while passing on troop movements to the miners.

Unions are all we peons have. We should all be in unions. The union which provides my healthcare (via COBRA $9,000 per anum, thank you very much) and pension (got it early to offset some of health insurance cost) , AEA, has done me proud. It costs $118 a year and 1% of any earnings under its aegis. Since I pay agents at least 10% forgive me for thinking that’s a bargain.

ADD. I am also a member of the union that protects O’Reilly and the rest of the clowncart at FOX, their pensions and health insurance: AFTRA.

I don’t use it because I don’t smacht (a derisive term to describe what goes on in The Young and the Restless) in soaps. Not even when I had hair. Though I will admit that the baldness holds me back. I had to join SAG for that.

Why won’t SAG, AFTRA and AEA unite to provide total coverage for actoring types? For the same reason the states won’t get it together to behave like grown ups.

TJ: Amazon threatens to cut off all kick-baque cheques to Stinque because the State of California is demanding that Amazon collect sales tax on orders.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Haha, schmactors! Most of my grad school class fell under that description!

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: Conservatives love to point to policies endorsed by Democrats and shriek “Hitler!”

For which they are roundly criticized.

I understand the Fight Fire impulse. I just don’t think it helps the cause.

@SanFranLefty: Well, darn. Time to set up an Oregon shell company.

@SanFranLefty: I think that’s right. All internet sales should be subject to sales tax. We’ve had it here in NY for some time. Of course I understand that NY is much more advanced than the western states but you could catch up if you tried.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Of course, if Amazon forced states to adopt more equitable tax structures — like Oregon! — I wouldn’t complain.

@nojo: I object, Your Honor!

It’s only a taboo against mentioning You-Know-Who when the comparison is facetious because that trivializes the suffering of the millions of people who died. Like, “you stole my shoes, you Hitler!” or “you democratically enacted some indecipherable, moderate health insurance reform, you Hitler!”

When someone actually is acting like Hitler–ordering wars of aggression that murder hundreds of thousands, ordering torture, using violence and threats of violence to intimidate the public, telling outrageous Big Lies, perverting democratic institutions for personal profit (basically everything that’s happened over the last decade-ish)–then the comparison is fair.

If you think that the Tea Klux Klan and Governor Koch-suckah’s plans end with busting labor unions, then get ready for a Big Surprise!

Nah Ah ain’ sayin’ the Guvnah’s a Koch-suckah…

Oh wait, that’s exactly what Ah’m sayin’.

I want to take the guy in the conservative tee-shirt ad to get his eyebrows threaded and then do him bonobo style. Is that wrong?

@¡Andrew!: If you’d like to point out the comparative transgressions of the Bush Administration and its six-figure death toll — seven, by some estimates — be my guest.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I’m just getting the smarmy looking Hawt for DC dude advertising the masters in political management degree at GW.

@Dodgerblue: If you knew what eyebrow threading meant, it would mean that you had been watching waaaay too much of America’s Next Top Model with the Missus and daughters.

@Dodgerblue: Oh, okay, Mr. Project Runway. Pish.

@SanFranLefty: Oh, he’ll be being fierce in no time flat.

@Dodgerblue: Best seasons had Miss Jay and that crazy Janice Dixon (is that right?) chick. Regular Jay is cool, and The Noted Fashion Photographer Guy is pretty hot.

This is my friend’s daughter. No, not through Ty Ty — those chicks on Top Model are too old and too healthy – based on fucked up industry standards, I’m sorry to say.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: If you convert him, I’m converting you, bonobo-style.

@nojo: Fight Fire With Fire

This song is 28 years old and they nailed the hell out of it.

@redmanlaw: As your wannabe adopted son (cross fingers, please please) I honor the way of RML but… huh? I do not get it. I am weak and effete but whatever. I will come to my father’s homeland and he will show me the way of the mega electric guitar and I will take the plugs out of my ears and say, WTF are the lyrics?

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I appreciate the thought.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Just bought myself a new electric gitar. Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody II, 10 top, piezo pickup in the bridge. Big fun.

It really isn’t good practice to call your opponents Nazzis and “say they started it first.” When it is a debate between old school Buckley Cons and FDR libruls, it makes sense because despite disagreements between the sides. Neither is trying to “destroy” the other.

The problem happens when one side is totally authoritarian or “fucking brats” as a US America friend of mine harshly but I think He’s onto something. This is not the semi clever Buckley crew we’re dealing with anymore. We’re really dealing with little spoiled entitled kids in adult/jumbo sized pants and who will do anything in their power to get what they want despite long term damage. And as many of us know first hand, the spoiled entitled ones are usually the most vicious of the lot because they will be unreasonable (at the least) to get their damn way.

I was once friends with a guy who at could be at times a generous guy. Unfortunately, he is also a homophobic, racist and unsympathetic (I tolerated this more than I should have, looking back) person whose lack of personality got him fired at least 12 times in 17 years. So you would think that someone who had been fired would have a little bit of sympathy for another good friend of mine who quit his job and found himself hard up for another. He wasn’t. He ragged on the unemployed friend for several months and I had to be the UN. It got to the point where I actually warned my former friend that he better back off or there was going to be trouble.

He didn’t listen. One night after some pretty nasty comments my unemployed friend hit back verbally with a rather low blow about a personal failing of his. Set my former friend off and he demanded an apology. My unemployed friend did (reluctantly) and former friend jumped down his throat an hour later. I did nothing as my unemployed friend ripped into former friend and almost made him cry and he left in a big huff.

Yes, former friend was a RWer and a near perfect example of the authoritarian personality. He was given ample warnings to back off yet he continued. Then when confronted with his assholish activity and he basically cried worse than the “stereotypical” little girl. I lost a huge amount of respect for former friend that night.

I was asked once my former friend never went after me. I thought about it and realized that he knew that I wasn’t a “weak” one and that I was more than capable of ripping him apart (verbally and emotionally) so left me alone and I had showed that on several occasions when he tried to get under my skin that I could get under his much much worse.

My point is that guys like Scott Walker aren’t adults even though they are past majority age. I doubt they ever will. I don’t think there is a dignified smart way of dealing with brats. The only way you can is make’em afraid of you, but that’s not easy and especially when they are so contemptuous of us.

It’s why sometimes I get annoyed when Demrats say/act “They’re above it all.” Sometimes (but not OFTEN and not as a first line of action) the “Chicago” Way as exemplified in the Untouchables is the only “reasonable” way to dealing with these idiots.

Having said that, I think that the protesters have done an amazing job of keeping their heads despite what he’s done. The more Walker overreacts (and when Faux did made a big deal about a non existent punch) the more he looks like the Gorgon from Star Trek episode “And the Children Shall Lead.” The uglier his side gets.

@redmanlaw: I’ll see your 28, with this, from the album also known as “Quadrophenia goes thrash”.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Thrash/speed metal = plain old heavy metal (Black Sabbath, etc) + NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal; i.e., Judas Priest, Motorhead, Venom*) + punk and hardcore >>> American thrash bands Metallica, Slayer, JNOV’s boyfriend’s band Megadeth. I was head banging to Sabbath in the 70s, so Metallica is like a natural progression for me. I just like the speed, fear, hate, rage, espair, aggression embodied in thrash.

* considered to be the first “black metal” (evil, satan, etc) band because they put out an album called “Black Metal”

Fight Fire With Fire lyrics

Do unto others as they have done to you
But what the hell is this world coming to?

Blow the universe into nothingness
Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear

We all shall die

Time is like a fuse, short and burning fast
Armageddon is here, like said in the past
[- From: -]

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear

Soon to fill our lungs the hot winds of death
The gods are laughing, so take your last breath

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear

Fight fire with fire

Sort of like War Pigs played at punk rock velocity

@ManchuCandidate: The Taliban wing of the Republican party is out to “‘destroy’ the other.”

Haven’t you been paying attention?

@redmanlaw: You are going to have to take me down and blast me.

@Right Reverend Benedick: You’d be surprised at who appreciates metal. I was sitting around with an actress friend of mine going though a few bottles of wine and my metal cds. “This is brilliant,” she said upon hearing Pantera.

There is a Gaddafi version out there already, sorry for tooting my own horn:
Another Downfall Parody: Gaddafi

@redmanlaw: Brendan Small isn’t aging well.

@redmanlaw: I wuv Mustaine.

Hey — I think I killed my computer. Hooray. Battery slowly dying, and I think there’s a screw floating around in there somewhere. ::sigh:: Jobs probably makes the “fake” parts that eventually fry your stuff, you know, to show you who’s boss such as.

@redmanlaw: Right.

Meantime,@ManchuCandidate: Most thoughtful post ever that does not have to do with dildoes, BJs, spandex, or kimchee. Congrats. Next time you are near such types take a leaf from chainsaw’s book and shit on their face.

@JNOV: We must love Jobs for all he has brung to our life. Like iTunes and iWeb and such as. He knows what we need even if we don’t. Even if noje don’t. Jobs is the sparkly frosting on the christmas tree of hope.

@redmanlaw: Someone stop this man before he mashes up Bowie, Robert Fripp and Lady Gag Gag.

I miss seeing Ewalda’s wonderful stache in the top left corner. Seeing his gravatar made me smile. I’m smiling just thinking about It…

Right you are, Rev. Jobs is a titty twister. Oh. and I found that missing screw.

Sherrod gives his Acceptance Speech for the Godwin Award:

“I am passionate about fighting for the middle class. Ohio’s teachers and nurses and police and firefighters are facing the loss of their collective bargaining rights, and I think that’s wrong,” Brown said. “But in speaking about this, I should not have mentioned the hostility of tyrants, like Hitler, to unions. I don’t want my mistake to distract from the critical debate in Ohio, and I apologize for it.”

Vegetarians are still guilty by association, however.

That’s right. Blame the vegetarians.

@Snorri Haraldsson: The vegans are the jackbooted stormtroopers, but vegetarians are the ground army.

Wegfuckingmans! They even have spotted dick, Snorri!

@Snorri: There oughttabealaw.

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