This is heartwarming -- BREAKING: Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol:
From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports:Don't tell me we can't win this. Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol.
“Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join up to 600 people who are inside.”
Ryan reported on his Facebook page earlier today:
“Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!’ Unreal.”
UPDATE from John Amato: Looks like Scott Walker was booed out of a restaurant tonight. Digby says it may not be 100%.
Obsidian Wings has a lot of info:
Wisconsin blogger Naomi Houser reports tonight (via Howie Klein on Twitter):Pictures from Ryan Harvey, February 25, Occupied Capitol Building, Madison, WI
The M******t [a restaurant] in Madison, WI confirms that on Friday night, ******* (one of the owners) politely asked Scott Walker to leave the establishment when other customers began booing him. A bartender at The M*****t said that ‘his presence was causing a disturbance to the other customers and management asked him to leave.’
Maybe he should have stayed home and ordered pizza instead? Okay, maybe not; there might be a long wait.
In Illinois, Fraternal Order of Police Expresses Support for Wisconsin Protesters.
Illinois FOP is ready to stand with all Illinois labor organizations in support of unions facing threats similar to those in Wisconsin.Midwestern states are standing together. Indiana Informs Wisconsin’s Push (these are selective quote's; I'm making an argument; for Governor Walker's and Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana's arguments, click through to the article
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Madison police chief troubled by Walker's comments on protesters:
Madison Police Chief Noble Wray said Thursday that he found comments by Gov. Scott Walker made about protesters at the state Capitol during a prank phone call “very unsettling and troubling." [...] “I would like to hear more of an explanation from Governor Walker as to what exactly was being considered, and to what degree it was discussed by his cabinet members. I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers,” the chief said. [...]d-day writes: 100,000-Plus in Madison for Rally for Workers’ Rights
Mike Elk writes in The Atlantic:: The View From Inside the Wisconsin State Capitol
The presence of blue collar workers in the Capitol has made it more difficult for Republican Gov. Scott Walker or Capitol Police to kick protesters out. "Each night one union will take a shift and send down a hundred of its member to sleep in the Capitol. One day the firefighters will come, the next the construction unions," said Sadlowski. "The labor movement understand they have to stand in solidarity with the young people who started this occupation."
=="Right now the only thing we are disrupting is this Capitol," said Sadlowski. "As long as we hold onto this Capitol, we have a chance."Have you checked out the well spelled signs? It might because there are teachers involved.
The funny thing is that all these people look like Real Americans to me. Real Americans protesting outside in a snowstorm. Hello? Anyone care?
I guess not. But then they don't have their own network setting the news agenda for the country. Too bad.
I am glad to report, however, that CNN's repeating their blockbuster interview with Iman so if you are desperate to find out what's happening in the dirty underbelly of the world of super-models, you won't be disappointed.