You Can Actually Pinpoint the Second When Their Hearts Turn Into Charred Husks

Because the now-famous Wisconsin Quorum Rule only applies to budget bills, Cheesehead Republicans have always had the power to bust public unions without the participation of their vacationing Democratic brethren. The only reason they didn’t was the pretense that union-busting was a financial requirement to further enfilth the already filthy-rich Koch Brothers.

So last night’s Stealthcare Bill wasn’t flat-out illegal — the technical dispute is whether under Wisconsin’s open-meeting law, repackaging it required a cooling-off period before taking a vote.

But never mind that. Enjoy instead this delightful example of how America is the Beacon of Democracy to the world.


Grew up in a management home. Dad was anti-union. Not a big fan of it myself till I started working.

Fight the power, unions.

Well, they just stopped pretending that the purpose of governments in the US is something other than the protection of capital.

Checking in from WI: We will be heading to Madison on Saturday. There was already a TRACTORCADE planned by the farmers union for that day. I suspect the streets will be overflowing.

If you want, I can provide pics.

And so begins the final drama
In the streets and in the fields
We stand unbowed before their armour
We defy their guns and shields
When we fight, provoked by their aggression
Let us be inspired by like and love
For though they offer us concessions
Change will not come from above…

the tea baggers and the republicans are going to rue the day they made this shit respectable with their summer of manufactured rage over HCR when they get a taste of real non astro turf rage.

As an Arizonan, I find your outrage quaint. Republicans have been doing this shit for years over here. Moving bills to other committees at the last second, scheduling votes at GOP convenience to avoid debate, cutting off microphones to stop filibusters. All de rigueur in the desert.

People here are so jaded now it surprised exactly no one yesterday that the GOP didn’t remove the senate majority leader after he beat up his girlfriend on the freeway and invoked the legislator immunity clause to get out of going to jail.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Fuck me, you are kidding about that, right? How in a civil society is it even possible to do shit like that?

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: You haven’t been following the budget process here in Cal the last few years. Late at night, the laat night of the legislative session, the vampires and werewolves are out in force.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Which part? The shenanigans or the beating? Both are true, but the latter should really be beyond the pale of even Tea Party society. Especially after the local rag broke the story that the guy so scared his ex-wife, she had police escort her to their hotel room to pick up her things … on their honeymoon.

Here is the story about the mic being cut off during a filibuster.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: You say that like AZ–or the US, for that matter–is a “civil society.”

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I was talking about the beating. Not even a tea party member would stoop so low, that is vile.

@Dodgerblue: Except that those people are just utterly useless and ineffective. They could declare martial law and not get a budget passed on time.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Actors’ Equity stands firm with the protesters in WI. Regional rep marches with AFL CIO. The future is saved.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Could this be the end of musical theater in Milwaukee as we know it?

@Capt Howdy: This is all bullshit. I don’t believe a bit of it until actual video and/or audio footage is coughed up.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Right. The opposing side will crumble before your interpretive dance and improv sketches. FIGHT THE POWER!!!!

@Dodgerblue: The last time I played Ohio (dear god I sound like Carol Channing) was Cleveland. I’ll just wait while we all digest that information. OK? Still there? Moving on. At the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. OK, I’ll wait till you stop laughing. At the Ohio Theater, part of a three theater megaplex with opera house, vaudeville house, and play house, all sharing one vast hideous lobby with neo-Rivera murals that opened in 1929 just in time for the Crash.

Anyhoo, it was a country and western musical and I was awesome and as many of the reviews pointed out I should have been given much more to do because many of the other actors were kinda boring but the stage really took fire when I came on and… Wait. Big breaths (yeth and I’m only thixteen). K.

Whut? Oh right. Point is, when I was there we totally picketed a non-union tour of Susan Stroman’s version of Teh Music Man. IATSE brought an inflatable rat. It was awesome. I gots the tee shirt to prove it. (See what you lawyer-types miss with all your lawyerin and flying hither and yon in 1st class and not tibet and tribal struggles and environment family piddly tosh? FUN – And it rhymes with Gun and it rhymes with Briss.) But. Wait. Tour was using Broadway promos and charging B’way prices for what was essentially an amateur production. Stroman and Dodger Productions (Boooooo!) (It’s alright. You don’t need to recognize the references to be men.) sent out a non-union tour of a B’way smash (Put your hand down in the back. As per Variety a Broadway ‘hit’ is any production that recoups its production costs. A ‘smash’ is… I dunno. You can’t get a ticket for your aunt Mildred for 4 months. Anyway, to return to picketing. You can’t allow amateurs to perform B’way shows. (Hello, Spiderman: 7 Stage Managers Can’t Go Wrong No one can fuck up a show like a buncha union pros. I mean, professionals. Not prostitutes. Though it’s easy to see why some might get confuserated.

Isn’t this great? No rilly. Think how much fun itud be to be on tour with me and come down to the buffet room at this week’s Doubletree to drink some coffee and tamp down the need to vomit forth last night’s margaritas and I’m there waving you over to my table where I’m about to regale you – as Sarah Palin might say – with my thoughts on Tolstoy’s treatment of the gay officer couple glimpsed in Anna Karenina while Jason Vronsky goes to order a can of Diet Coke for his innamorata.

Right. You’d put down the fork and back out of the dining room. And I wouldn’t blame you. On the Bŏring Scale I’m up around 13. Though not so high as some dancer boy sharing with you his hopes about latest BF who likes to slap his big fat Morgan Stanley dick on his forehead as he heads out the door for work.

Meanwhile. Go AFSCME.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Darling. How do we solve a problem like Maria? Does it involve bicycles? And children wearing curtains?

@Right Reverend Benedick: You were in a country/western musical at a Shakespeare festival? MacBeth in cowboy garb? Wait — maybe that’s been done. Interesting story about Stroman, though. Did she learn anything from this experience?

@Dodgerblue: Stroman? No. She allowed Oklahoma to go out as a non-union tour and ruined her reputation. I was in Crazy For You which made her a star.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Merry Wives. I was Dr Cauis in the tightest pants (thank you jane Greenwood you genius!!) ever seen on a human male. They were so tight they split wide open at the tech and had to be replaced. Which was so wrong. Cleveland needed to see me in those pants hired from Western Costume.

Darling, it was all madly butch. With some of the most attractive men stranded from their wives for 4 weeks and just one floor down with a bottle Lemoncella that you might ever care to slam up against a wall like the whore they are meet.

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