Koch’d up Wisconsin think tank attempts to rewrite history in real time
Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the day the Wisconsin Senate Republicans killed, for the time being, the collective bargaining rights of most public union employees in the state. I was there. I even slept in the Capitol overnight. It was chaotic, immoral, and illegal, too. The 19 Republicans removed the collective bargaining bit from Governer [sic] Scott Walker’s budget “repair” bill, and rushed it through without fair notice, in violation of the open meetings law. It was separated from the bill because budgetary measures require a 20-senator quorum to pass — which is why the then 14 Democratic Senators in exile were able to hold up its passage. Non-budget bills only need a 14-senator quorum. So there’s your Badger history/civics lesson.
Fast-forward a year (and a day), and an estimated 45,000 righteous Wisconsinites (splitting the difference between the Department of Administration’s and the protest organizers’ tallies) descended on the Capitol for the “Reclaim Wisconsin” rally. Check out this picture I saw on Facebook (courtesy of Madison activist Jenna Pope, aka Batman):
Wow. The Koch brothers’ father may have made his fortune refining oil for Stalin, but who’d have thought they’d steal a page from his photo album? There are 45,000 witnesses to call bullshit on this, but they don’t care. The gall is astounding. I shudder to think that some people may actually think this photo is legitimate. But, having some experience with the right-wing echo-chamber, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Horrified, but not surprised.
UPDATE: Here’s a compilation of 4 pics posted by Pope, all taken within a 10 minute period of the original above (which is in the bottom right quadrant):
UPDATE II: For the sake of thoroughness, Pope’s pics were taken at the corner of North Carrol & West Mifflin, and, as labeled, the MacIver shot was taken at North Hamilton & East Mifflin:
So to be fair to the MacIver Insitute, for some goddamn reason, they were shooting a different area. And to be totally fair to the MacIver Institute, they were shooting away from the action on purpose, because they’re corporate propagandists. Perception management: that’s their job.
But to be completely super-fair to the propagandist MacIver Institute, I went to check out their propagandist Livestream account. Their only recorded video starts at, and is titled, “Sat Mar 10 2012 02:36:52 PM”. Here’s a shot of the very beginning:
So there you go. The propagandist MacIver Institute would have you believe there was no one there just 13 minutes earlier. But, I guess, we’ll never know because their video doesn’t show 2:23 pm. We can know, however, from scanning through their 1 hour, 41 minute video (as I did), that at no time is the street as bare as it is in the shot they posted to Facebook.
What a bunch of scumbags.
UPDATE III: Now I want some pints & sausages from The Old Fashioned. It’s right there…in Google Maps street view. Sad emoticon.
Check out more pictures of the rally at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.