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Dear Readers: All American eyes are on Madison, WI today — the site of the Stand with Scott Walker rally today at the east side if the Capitol Building (noon to 3 pm). Tea Party Patriots is promoting the event, so additional details are HERE: SUPPORT WISCONSIN. TPP offers a reminder that bears repeating: BRING YOUR VIDEO CAMERAS, FLIP CAMERAS, and any other portable recording device. As we citizen activists have learned — the Ruling Class media has no interest in reporting something outside of their worldview, and our opponents seem to have a bad case of projection. The master of the video challenge will be at this event — Andrew Breitbart.
GET THERE IF YOU CAN, BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE.
Stop by the Shrine, as I will be posting updates on this event as I get them.
Speaking of Union ORCS, it seems our own Aragorn — Governor Walker — is standing strong against personal threats to his safety. Yesterday, I asked readers to chime in on who they thought was the most apt Lord of the Rings character to portray Obama. Anna Puna and I both agreed that the Lord of the Nazgul was the best match — especially when Anna likened Sarah Palin to the intrepid warrior woman Eowyn, who defeated the dread Ring-Wraith. She created an awesome graphic to suit:
Anna also directed me to a great site: The Eowyn Voters League. From their entry: Eowyn is the niece of a king who’s kingdom is under attack, and she chooses to fight rather than to stay back with the women and children. She fears neither death nor pain and chooses to defy the Nazgul (big scary way-evil thing) which stands between her and her “lord and kin.” You mess with me and the people I love — I take offense to that. You stand aside and let other people mess with me and the people I love — I take offense to that too.
However, other friends of the Shrine make compelling cases for other Obama-based choices. B-Daddy, for instance, concludes: I have to say that I can’t see Obama as Lord of the Nazgul, he lacks the requisite leadership skills. He’s more like Denethor II, last steward of Gondor, whose lack of leadership is due to being put under a sort of hypnosis by the Dark Lord, Sauron. His failure to lead the most important kingdom almost results in calamity for all of Middle Earth.
Several other Shrine friends picked Saruman. Covert Conservative buddy Charbydis said: Definitely Saruman. He casts spells of deception over weak-minded men with a disarming voice. And he sends his cronies into other kingdoms (states) to infiltrate as spies in order to undermine the rule of law. Then, when confronted with force, he hides up in his tower with his whipping boy (press secretary) and throws things at his “merciless aggressors”.
However, everyone agreed on this: GEORGE SOROS WAS SAURON.
Frankly, if I was a fan of Obama, I would be truly concerned. It’s not like anyone gravitated to the cool Elf heroes — Legolas (the Young Prince’s favorite) or Elrond (yes, Dave, you are the Elrond of CC!). Or even the mortal warriors, Boromir or Faramir!
A quote from Aragorn to end the LOTR discussion — rally updates will be posted below as I get them: I do not know what strength is in my blood, but I swear to you I will not let the White City fall, nor our people fail.
UPDATE 1: Friend of the Shrine, Roger Cohen, sends this WSJ link – What’s at Stake in Wisconsin’s Budget Battle -W ho’s in charge of our political system—voters or unions?The money quote, which ties back into California’s own Citizen Power Campaign:
Labor historian Fred Siegel offers further reasons why unions are manning the barricades. Mr. Walker would require that public-employee unions be recertified annually by a majority vote of all their members, not merely by a majority of those that choose to cast ballots. In addition, he would end the government’s practice of automatically deducting union dues from employee paychecks. For Wisconsin teachers, union dues total between $700 and $1,000 a year.
Lorraine Yapps Cohen, one of our blogging team, added this perspective: Entitlement Mindset in Wisconsin. The money quote: That’s what’s happening in Wisconsin right now. The entire country is watching to see what happens, particularly in California, with its powerful unions and uber-left politics. The same thing could easily happen there. .
This, I think, illuminates a reason that Californians are so interested in what is happening in Wisconsin today, despite the fact that some Badger state residents (like Ann Althouse) view the Tea Party event as some sort of “outside interference.”
UPDATE 2: Still awaiting word of the Tea Party rally, though we might have already seen some success: WI Unions are Offering Up Concessions.: Top leaders of two of Wisconsin’s largest public employee unions announced they are willing to accept the financial concessions called for in Walker’s plan, but will not accept the loss of collective bargaining rights.. And to end the union obfuscation of the term, collective bargaining rights, I offer this explanation from Hot Air:
What Walker and the GOP have proposed in the bill is to require all public-sector unions (except police and firefighters) to conduct annual recertification votes, to limit collective bargaining to wages only — not policy and work environment issues — and to end the “closed shop” in the government sector. Union dues would become voluntary, and the unions will have to collect them rather than have the state do it for them. Government employees would still have the right to collectively bargain salaries, and could still choose a union to represent them. Walker’s proposal would set those terms statewide so that each local jurisdiction would operate from the same rules, allowing them more flexibility to trim costs and bring more efficiency to the public sector.
UPDATE 3: IT IS VAST!!!! The first one from Gateway Punit, who is on the scene: Thousands of Walker’s Supporters Are Here!
Thousands of Walker’s supporters. Massive crowd. Chanting “Go Scott Go!” and “Pass The Bill!”
From the look of thing, the mix of pro-Walker and union protesters is making reporting difficult — especially with all the noise.
UPDATE 4: A photo from today, via Instapundit, who notes: There are thousands present — and they weren’t given the day off from work to attend. (MUT’s Sign-of-the-Day:Teach Economics 101).
UPDATE 5: Doctors have set-up booths at the site, to forge medical notes for union protesters. More photos and reports are filtering in (hat-tip, Robert Costa): Thousands gathered outside of the state capitol this afternoon to support Gov. Scott Walker. Teachers and firefighters circled the tea party as it rallied. Gadsden flags clashed with union banners in the cold Wisconsin air. It was a beautiful sight — loud, raucous, animated, and sweaty. …. The biggest chants: “enough is enough!” and “recall them all!” Some signs spotted at the rally:“Stop leeching, start teaching!”; “Walker 2012″;“Obama: Worry about your own deficit”;I went to work yesterday”; “We aren’t hired cronies”
UPDATE 6: From Covert Conservative friend, Charbydis, regarding the doctor’s notes being issued in UPDATE 5 — The McGiver Institute posted a copy of one of the doctor’s notes being handed out like candy. And when requested, they gave him a pre-dated copy for next week! It listed the doctor’s WI license#, so the recipient looked him up and confirmed his name and posted that as well. So I contacted the University of Wisconsin where this doctor works and asked them if they condone or tolerate such malpractice. We’ll see if I hear anything back. These people seem to forget that we live in the information age.
IF YOU CARE TO JOIN HIM, CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REGULATIONS AND LICENSING.
UPDATE 7: Doctor-Gate –– the Union Protest organizers seem to be in panic, as citizen activists are targeting the fake doctor excuses for complaints. K-Man, another Covert Consertative friend, notes: Anyone interested in complaining might want to send an email to Dr. Valerie Gilchrist (email@example.com) who is the chair of Family Medicine where Dr. James H Shropshire MD (one of the medical signators) is employed.
The incomparable Ann Althouse was on-site for the rally today, as has a series of great posts with pics and videos. Check it out.