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The Electric Chair

Very disturbing dream last night. I dreamt I was found guilty of murder and was going to be put to death in the electric chair. It happened all so quickly too, found guilty, sentenced, and then they start preparing me for the electric chair immediately. It didn’t even have time to sink in what had happened until they were telling me to turn my foot over so they could strap it up correctly (weird). I don’t even know who I had supposedly killed! I then start pleading with the women…who were more like nurses preparing me for an operation…to stop, that I was innocent, but obviously, that didn’t change their mind. I think I woke up crying.

After the dream I was in sort of a netherworld where I felt like it was all very reminiscent of something…then I remembered…oh, yeah, when the state republican senators passed the Budget Despair Bill. I felt like they had sentenced Wisconsin to death, and all the pleading the populace did wouldn’t make them change their mind.

Maybe it was because shortly before I went to bed last night I was reading an article at The Progressive about a Wisconsin schoolteacher who was depressed about the Bill passing and killed herself.

Well, yesterday, Wisconsin got a stay of execution as a Dane County judge temporarily blocked the bill from taking effect. But if a few Republicans won’t change their minds, then it’s just prolonging our agony for a short while more.

No protesting for us today…Stan works and then does a lit drop with his Union for Joe Parisi (County Executive) and Joanne Kloppenburg (Wisconsin Supreme Court)…too bad because the forecast is for 52 degrees and sunny. Last Saturday we froze our asses off again. I even wore pajama pant bottoms under my jeans. The chilled wind was just horrendous and we had to spend forever waiting for busses (the one going to the Square was a half hour late!) We might go Monday, but I don’t know. Monday, April 4 will be a big protest rally, so fortunately Stan has that day off. I’m working on more signs, too.

Some of Our Protest Posters

I don’t have a smart phone or an ipod or even a small camera I could take with me to the protests–something like that is beyond my budget, so that is why there are no pictures of the Madison crowds here. All I have is one camera I use for my business–photographing my jewelry, art, beads, Stan’s cactuses, etc., and I’m not big on bringing that to these events. So since I had to get out my camera to shoot some beads this AM, I decided to shoot some of the posters I made that we’ve been bringing these past weeks.

On Saturday, March 12, I carried this one:
Union Pug Says RECALL!
and on the flip side:
Scott Walker : Worse than Palin

and Stan carried this one:
Union Bosston Terrier
and on the flip side:
Scott Walker : Plutocracy in the USA
These are made with black-cartridge laserwriter prints on colored cut paper over cardboard. They’re approx. 16×20 inches.

On Saturday, February 26, I carried this one:
I Heart Wisconsin 14
and on the flip side:
Scott Walker is a Dunce
I sort of had a Scott Walker-moment when I was creating that one because I put the flipside on upside down, so I couldn’t hold the sign up in the air, just against my body to hide the upside down side. I had gotten up really early in the morning, and brain wasn’t engaged fully when assembling it.

I also made another sign, but we left it in the car (we took it on a weekday afternoon) and Stan’s at work right now. I’ll try to shoot it sometime.

Wisconsin: The Movie, and Other Thoughts

I’m having a very hard time getting anything done today. Combination of lack of sleep, media-overload, and worrying about our future.

Here are some recent thoughts:

Watching video last night on the WI senate floor, Stan said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca reminds him of Bill Murray. So I decided to start casting “Wisconsin: The Movie.” Scott Walker to be played by one of the Culkin kids. More inspiration to come in time…maybe Cheech Marin for former Mayor and current Mayoral Candidate Paul Soglin? WI Senator Fred Risser, would be played by JK Simmons (Burn After Reading and more). WI Senator Lena Taylor would be Queen Latifah. OK, gotta think more about this. Need ideas. Gotta get George Clooney in here somehow. Thoughts?

Worked on protest signs yesterday and Tuesday for this Saturday. Used a couple of my Punk Walker images and a couple dog images saying “Bury the Bill”, however that’s a bit outdated now. So instead of “Bury the Bill,” which was rather clever spelled out on a dog bone shape, it’s now just going to say “RECALL.”

Oh yeah, and on a national note, WTF is up with Newt Gingrich saying he worked far too hard and things happened in his life that were not appropriate? Like, he was so passionate about his country that it made him have an affair? His country made him do it? OK, people, if you haven’t gotten it through your heads that these Republicans have inserted their hypocritical heads all the way up to their semi-colons, then there’s no hope for you.

Edited to add: Watching Wisconsin Eye right now. Jeff and “Eff” Scott Fitzgerald Bros are the Deke and Delbert of WI Politics. (obscure Ann and Stan in-joke) Can’t think of any actors white enough to play them.

The Past Several Months: One Big Clusterf***

Greetings from Madison, Where the Palm Trees bloom lush in the warm subtropical sun! (fantasy-world tunnel-vision people are scratching their heads right now…the politically astute know exactly what I am referring to, tongue-in-cheek.)

I keep thinking how the past several months have been One Big Clusterf***. My dog died at the end of May. My eye doctor suspected I have Glaucoma, so I get sent to a specialist who says no, it’s just the scarring (I could’ve told them that…) We find out in August a good friend from college died in June. My computer dies while I’m out of town, and then I get horribly sick while my dead computer is being worked on, still out of town, in August. I get diagnosed with fibroids in the Fall–they’re benign, but they want to check it out further. November brings disastrous election results for Wisconsin–we lose Senator Russ Feingold and gain what will be proven to be the WORST GOVERNOR IN THE WORLD. Our good friend Tim goes into the hospital with a bad infection. Dictator-elect kills high speed rail. I need to be biopsied for uterine cancer. Tim dies on New Year’s Eve. Scott Walker assumes dictatorship. I get biopsied the day before Tim’s funeral. Good news? I don’t have cancer. But the celebration is short-lived: Dictator Walker unveils the Budget Despair Bill which will completely screw us all. One right royal Clusterf***.

Stan and I weren’t able to make it to the protests this weekend, and probably won’t get to do it again until next weekend when he has off. He’s been putting in a lot of extra overtime due to the lack of bodies at his job–they’re having tragedies in their lives too…one co-worker of his lost her husband and her father all within a short time…others have been out on injury leave…it’s a mess…a big clusterf***.

I really wish I could’ve been there to see Michael Moore. I don’t think this protest was as publicized as the one last weeked that we went to, so it was only about 50,000 (ONLY!) at the most compared to about 70-100,000 last week, and Moore’s appearance wasn’t publicized in advance. Also, from what I noticed following the tweets on Google Realtime was that a lot of people were out gathering signatures for Republican recalls, so they weren’t at the big protests.

Even if I can’t go to the protests every day, I’m doing what I can…I’m working on bumperstickers and protest items. I saw one of my bumper stickers on a car parked in our neighborhood the other day…that made me very happy! I noticed my prices are a lot lower than other people’s. I’m keeping the prices down and only using the minimum markup that Zazzle allows…I’m not doing this for profit–the few pennies I make on a sale doesn’t even cover my time–I want the message out, I want our voices to be heard, and I want the bill canned, Walker recalled, and the public all over the country to take notice of what is happening in our state and also in the entire nation. We are being divided and conquered by a despot bought and paid for by corporate interests. The Republican mission is only to promote the interest of corporate profiteering…they use the tea party to advance their own agenda, pitting private worker against public worker, rural against urban. This is the imaginary class war they are fabricating, “the union guy wants part of your cookie” joke. The Corporations want you to think taxes are bad because they don’t want to pay their fair share…they also hold out the wishful motivational, yet unrealistic carrot…some day you too could be rich like them…would you want to pay all that tax? Once the anti-tax working-class tea party types realize it’s not unions that are the enemy, instead it’s the Fat Cats–the ones with all the tax breaks, then we will be united against one common enemy: The Moneyed Elite. But until then, it’s divide and conquer. And one big Clusterf***.

I Heart My “Union Thug” and “Protesting Slob”

It’s bad enough with some extreme right-wingers calling us “Union Thugs,” but now Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman has called the protesters “slobs*.” OK, so take back these words! I’ve designed merchandise like buttons, magnets, stickers, mugs, clothing, etc. to wear and use proudly while protesting, at home, or on your job. (It doesn’t have to be a union job, either…people of all kinds of employment are supporting our efforts to stop the bill.)

See the complete line of my “I Heart…” merchandise at my store.

*He stated this on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell on 3/1/11. I saw it. I have also been to the protests on 3 different occasions so far within the last week. There are no slobs. People pick up after themselves. Grothman also said it smelled in the Capitol. I was in the Capitol Building on Friday 2/25/11. It did not smell. In fact, I was surprised how good it did smell. Trust me. I’m really sensitive to stinky things. And the only thing that smells here are the Republican’s antics.

Give Peace a Chance–In the Mainstream Media!

I have a theory about why the protests in Madison (over 70,000 Saturday) are not being paid attention to by Mainstream Media (MSM).

It’s peaceful. No arrests.

People marching, walking, shouting, singing, standing and carrying signs does not good ratings make.

They want sensationalism. Regardless how important these issues are–and there are even more items in the bill than what we are hearing about regarding unions–MSM won’t report on events without things blowin’ up real good, car chases, or psychotic celebrities.

It’s just too midwest nice. Well, until someone ends up in a woodchipper, people like myself will have to rely on the internet to get my news. Here’s the latest:

Walker is reportedly ordering windows bolted shut on the Capital (If this is in fact true, he is defacing a historical monument). They’re also not letting people back into the capital after they said they would return to regular business hours after it was cleaned last night. And AFSCME is filing Unfair Labor Practices against Walker.

Megalomaniacal yet?

I Wish it was May…

…so I could stay longer at the protest. Or I could come back home and ride back on my bike. Feet hurt too much, legs and face were too cold, so we came home. The bus was PACKED…hardly any standing room left going down there. I was hoping it wouldn’t break down. I sat on Stan’s lap to make room for more people boarding. I felt so energized, I wanted to stay longer. I’ll rest up and we can head back again on some weeknight. Not as big a crowd, but we’ve still got to populate the building and get heard. So many people there…it was massive. Lots of good vibes. I hope Stan can find some old silk long underwear I can wear next time so my thighs don’t freeze. Or maybe I’ll wear some pjs underneath my pants.

Took a sign that said “I ♥ WI 14 like the ones I sell. On the reverse it was a pic of Scotty in a corner with a dunce cap on his head. It said “CORNERED!” on top, thought bubble coming out of scotty’s head saying “Look, ma, no brain!” and a comment on the side saying “Where there’s no sense, there’s no feeling.”

I made another sign that Stan carried like a couple of my recent bumper stickers. I only have two pieces of red clothing, both of which are crew socks, so I wore a pair of those. I need some more red clothing if I’m going to do this more…who knows how long these protests will last.

We picked up stray signs and gave them a good home…a couple AFSCME “It’s about freedom” signs we put outside taped over an old lawn sign.

So good to see all the support for all workers this has garnered across the nation.


I went to the protest yesterday evening. Not much time to write about it, but it is all a very peaceful protest (loud, but peaceful, yes, I know that’s an oxymoron, but it is), thousands of people at least inside the capitol, which does NOT have all the trash lying around like the right wing will have you believe. Actually, it smelled good. I smelled some alcohol, but then I realized what it was…HAND SANITIZER!

Not like the 1960s at all, where the protesters were at odds with the police. Police are UNITED with the protesters. They know that even though they are exempted from the cuts for now, they will be on the chopping block down the road.

Don’t believe any of the negative hype regarding the protesters you hear on the national media, especially FAUX News et al. It is all lies. I know. I was there.

Planning to go back today. Will be a huge crowd, but it will be very cold, so I don’t know how long we can stay. We’re taking the bus this time.