The Wisconsin Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 2011.

Photos from the Weekend of Friday, February 18, to Sunday, February 20, 2011

On Saturday, I think.
On Saturday, I think. | Source
Sunday, February 20th, 2011.
Sunday, February 20th, 2011. | Source
Solidarity Forever; The Union Keeps Us Strong.
Solidarity Forever; The Union Keeps Us Strong. | Source

Update: Tuesday, March 1 - Walker Defies Judge's Order to Open the Capitol, Then Delivers Address on "Budget Bill"

On Sunday or Monday --- not sure which --- apparently the Wisconsin Department of Administration ---- the department that deals with or oversees the Capitol --- circulated some sort of memo restricting the public's access to the building. The gist of it is that folks can only enter through one of the doors. They have to get a badge issued to them. They have to be doing "official business". They have to be escorted to and fro by either a legislator or a law enforcement professional. They have to relinquish their badge when they leave.

Legislators will each be issued a certain number of badges, which they can use when they want to meet folks at the door and escort them to and fro.

Apparently a local judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Department of Administration, stating it could not keep people out of the Capitol. Apparently the DOA has been ignoring this order.

Well, one good thing: Our Dane County Sheriff, Dave Mahoney, said that he is pulling the Dane County deputies from Capitol duty, because he doesn't want them acting as "palace guards".

Kudos to Sheriff Dave Mahoney. Another hero.

The ACLU drafted a letter to the head of the Department of Administration, stating that it's unconstitutional to keep the public locked out of its own Capitol building.

At 4 pm I watched Walker's address. I was at a local two - year college watching with a bunch of students. The president of the college was also there. She was upset and disturbed. Not that Walker announced anything new.

Everybody already knew the drill --- no money for education, or day care, health care for the poor, Medicaid, teachers, or colleges, or state workers, or recycling ( well, okay, I didn't even know that one ) or railroads.

Another one I didn't know about: cutting the early release program for non-violent offenders. That one is weirdly illogical. It will actually cost the state extra money.

Topped off with a generous helping of decrease in the capital gains tax.

One of my sons sneaked into the Capital and saw all our blankets and things piled up in a huge pile. I have no blankets to sleep with. Fortunately, a friend is loaning us some today.

Thursday, March 10, 2011: To find out what happens next, see my hub entitled, "Niightmare at Capitol Square: Scotty's Revenge".

Update: Monday, February 28, 2011

On Friday evening, they locked the doors of the Capitol at 9 pm, and wouldn't let me in. My blankets and everything were in there, and still are today. My son was too sick to stay at the Capitol. He was getting flu, sore throat, you name it.

There were a bunch of people with sleeping bags set up in the snow at one of the entrances to the Capitol. They said, "We just arrived from Chicago. I guess we'll have to sleep out here on the steps."

I considered spending the night in my car a block from the Capitol, but It started to snow, so I decided to drive to my daughter's house, where my son was staying. Since I had no blanket --- they were all at the Capitol --- I just used some jackets and towels for pillows. My daughter's couch was a lot more comfortable than the cold, hard, marble floor at the Capitol.

Also, my daughter doesn't keep the lights on blaring all night.

And, the members of the Assembly weren't speaking all night long, for two or three nights in a row, at my daughter's house.

This was being piped all over the Capitol with loudspeakers via televeision. I'm thankful to the Assembly members for doing this. It's wonderful, and they're heroes.

But, we weren't really getting good rest for those eight nights we spent sleeping at the Capitol.

We both have had chills and fever, and really bad sore throats --- like a smoker's hacking cough, except we don't smoke.

So, Saturday night, I tried again to get in. They said they closed at 6 pm that night, and I still couldn't get in, and didn't have my blankets and pillows.

I saw some people walking around the Capitol Square. I asked them what was up. They told me the governor hired a non-union cleaning crew for the next day, and we were all getting evicted. I said, "Well, we still have the street, right?"

On Sunday, we saw in the paper that we'd have to have all our blankets and things out by 4 pm, because they were going to clean the Capitol. Apparently the governor had hired a "scab" cleaning company to do this --- even though the regular cleaners were right there. I guess he's trying to show them --- or something. I don't even know anymore.

So, the story was, that we should get our stuff out, and we wouldn't be able to go back anymore.

Well, that's okay. We can still protest in the street. (Plus, I could get my blankies --- I still hoped!)

My son and I showed up before 4 pm, but still couldn't get in to get our stuff. There was a huge line to get in, but they would only let one person in for each two people that came out. There were people protesting outside, though, on the opposite side. I couldn't see them, but they were nice and loud --- as protesters should always be.

A lady who was sitting in her vehicle said, "They might be going through all our stuff in there, while they have us locked out."

I'd never even thought of that.

Well, we couldn't get in to get our stuff, so we had to spend another night at my daughter's without blankets. At least my son had his sleeping bag with him. It was quite cozy, though, in any event. I had the jackets and towels, and warm dry socks.

A nice couch is better than that cold, hard, drafty, marble floor, blinding lights, people walking around and talking all night, legislative debate (which, again, I'm very thankful for --- I don't want to denigrate the Democratic Assembly members --- They stayed awake for three days in a row, I believe).

The big problem is --- what's going on at the Capitol, and our stuff? I'd like to get in to continue protesting, at least as soon as I feel better.

So, yesterday, Sunday --- after we found out we couldn't get our stuff --- I bumped into a man with a teenage son. They had just driven an hour and a half to get to Madison. They couldn't get in, either. The man was a worker for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He said, "I didn't call in sick. This is my actual day off. I'm giving up my day off to be here."

He was referring to the "sick call-in" that some other state workers had staged the week before.

While I was talking to the DOC worker and his son, a 73-year-old lady came over to us. She said, "The media is calling us all thugs. I'm 73 years old, and a retired teacher. I'm a thug!"

Then, she made a sweeping gesture --- indicating the four of us were all included --- and said, "So, we're all thugs here. You're a thug," pointing to the DOC worker. "You're a thug," pointing to the teenage son. "You're a thug," pointing to me. "I'm a thug, too," pointing to herself.

This DOC worker told me something else.

There were law enforcement professionals from all over the state that had been showing up at the Capitol since the beginning. The Capitol police, of course, are the regular law enforcement for the building and grounds. But, for this rally, they had been calling in state troopers, county sheriffs and deputies, and municipal cops, as well ---- from all over the state.

They were all very nice, by the way. Everyone --- law enforcement and protesters --- was peaceful, friendly, kind, and very courteous.

The DOC worker told me that the state had to pay for their overtime and hours when they worked at the rally. Their local jurisdictions wouldn't be paying for that. It makes sense, of course. They weren't working on a case for their local jurisdiction. (Way to save state money, right, Scotty?)

I received a text message at 7:36 last night, Sunday, February 27. It was from the auto-text information service. I don't know which organization runs it. Perhaps AFSCME, but don't quote me on that. Anybody can sign up at 225568.

The message said,"Small victory for the First Amendment in Wisconsin! Protesters held the Capitol despite Governor Walker's orders. Police, Clergy and Fire stand by our side. No arrests tonight."

Earlier, ca. 4:30 pm, I'd received a message from the same texting service that said, "Forward this message and let folks know Wisconsin protest is not unruly. It's everyday Americans coming together for fourteen days to assemble and discuss their state's future."

Later that same day, we heard they were going to be letting people back in. Then, this morning, the New York Times reported this, as well. The cops --- once more --- ignored or disobeyed the governor's order, so we could go back and continue protesting. (Meanwhile, I miss my blankies, too. Not that they had any monetary value.)

But, now, apparently my son's history professor told the class they would NOT be letting people back in. Plus, another son of mine sent me a text asking if I was in the Capitol, and saying "I [meaning he] sneaked in,"

I really don't know what's going on here, so stay tuned for further developments. Being sick doesn't help, either. Hoping to be all the way better really soon. Then I can start raising some true heck again!

Proud to be an American, a Wisconsinite, and a Madisonian.

Madison, Wisconsin -- The Birthplace of AFSCME

AFSCME Local Number One (1) started in Madison, in Dane County.

Madison, Wisconsin, was the birthplace of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Local number One no longer exists, but still --- AFSCME is strong in Dane County, and it's also an important part of the proud Wisconsin progressive tradition.

The Progressive Party started in Madison, Wisconsin. There's no Progressive Party anymore, but there is still the magazine that bears its name, although it's not quite the same as it used to be.

Although --- there was that one article back in 1978, by Howard Morland, wherein the U.S. government claims he published a "recipe" for making an atomic bomb. Morland and the Progressive Magazine eventually won. All his sources were in the public domain --- nothing classified, as the government claimed.


I Took These With My Cell Phone. That's why they're blurry.

North Gallery.
North Gallery. | Source
Friday, February 18, 2011, inside the Capitol.
Friday, February 18, 2011, inside the Capitol. | Source

Books about Progressivism and the Wisconsin Idea

Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit
Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit

According to Amazon's lone review, this book is short and easy to read.

 

The Governor Threatens to Start Laying Off State Workers

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesterday was a "furlough" day for state workers. They already have been forced by budget considerations to take off several days per year without pay. Yesterday was one of those. They normally would not have had the day off, even though it was President's Day.

Today's headlines say that the governor is going to start laying state workers off if there's no vote on his alleged "budget" bill soon. This probably is meant to be a threat to the fourteen missing Democratic state senators. See below.

Protests For Eight Straight Days So Far At the Capitol

WTF = Wisconsin Teachers' Federation, but also What The F___?
WTF = Wisconsin Teachers' Federation, but also What The F___? | Source

No Sticks Inside the Capitol - Ersatz Lobbyists Leave Their Signs In the Snow

Protesters Stayed in the Capitol All Night Long Tuesday and Wednesday Nights. Today is Thursday, February 17. It looks like we're staying there every night until the cops tell us to leave.
Protesters Stayed in the Capitol All Night Long Tuesday and Wednesday Nights. Today is Thursday, February 17. It looks like we're staying there every night until the cops tell us to leave. | Source

An Injury to One Is An Injury to All

But, it wasn't just the state workers' and teachers' unions at the rally. Lots of private sector union folks came to protest, as well. There's a Teamsters rig parked there. I should have taken a tighter shot, though. Sorry :-(
But, it wasn't just the state workers' and teachers' unions at the rally. Lots of private sector union folks came to protest, as well. There's a Teamsters rig parked there. I should have taken a tighter shot, though. Sorry :-( | Source

Walker's Valentine for the Workers of Wisconsin

On Monday, February 14, 2011, Governor Walker sent the official announcement. State workers would be losing most of their collective bargaining rights. Also, they would have to start paying part of their own pension and health care.

It's all part of his "budget repair bill" Walker claims.

Except for one thing: The union workers did offer to make deep cuts in their wages and benefits.

The governor turned down those cuts. If it were really about balancing the budget, why would he have turned down those concessions? This makes a lot of folks think it's really about busting unions, and not about balancing the budget at all.

The Wisconsin State Journal article, "Legislators Mum on Walker proposal as union leaders, protesters rage", says this:

Historical shift

Walker's proposal represents a marked change in the direction for a state that has long been a leader in workers' rights, said Mordecai Lee, UW-Milwaukee political science professor.

AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, started in Madison in 1932. And in 1959, the Legislature passed the Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act, which made Wisconsin the first state to give local government workers and teachers collective bargaining rights. State employees did not win similar rights until the 1970s.

 

Weekend of Friday, February 18 thru Sunday, February 20, 2011

Yeah --- assuming there even IS a deficit. Many commentators question that the deficit is real. Perhaps it's just a ruse? Or, perhaps it's exaggerated?
Yeah --- assuming there even IS a deficit. Many commentators question that the deficit is real. Perhaps it's just a ruse? Or, perhaps it's exaggerated? | Source
Uppity Women Unite !       These gals area always a lot of fun.
Uppity Women Unite ! These gals area always a lot of fun. | Source
About time.
About time. | Source
Marching at dusk in the cold freezjng rain.
Marching at dusk in the cold freezjng rain. | Source

It's Not About Repairing the Budget -- It's About Busting the Unions

The private sector unions have been weakened for a long time. The public sector unions --- like AFSCME and the teachers' unions --- are the only ones left.
The private sector unions have been weakened for a long time. The public sector unions --- like AFSCME and the teachers' unions --- are the only ones left. | Source

Capitol Building

A replica of the National Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
A replica of the National Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. | Source
The dome at night. Taken Friday February 18th.
The dome at night. Taken Friday February 18th. | Source
Weekend of February 18 - 20, 2011.
Weekend of February 18 - 20, 2011. | Source

Scott Walker Elected to Replace Governor Jim Doyle

Scott Walker was elected in November of 2010. Governor James Doyle had been governor of Wisconsin since 2003. Before that, he had been the state attorney general for twelve years. Last year, Governor Doyle annouced he would not be running for another term.

For some reason, the voters of Wisconsin elected Scott Walker, to replace Governor Doyle. It might have had something to do with those campaign ads where Scott Walker claimed he brown-bagged his lunch. Or, perhaps it had something to do with the large corporations funding Walker's campaign --- who told him to say that.

Well, I guess you can brown-bag truffles, champagne and foie gras.

Solidarity

I know this is not an "evergreen" topic, and therefore perhaps won't get me a lot of revenue from Hubpages. But, that's not important with a story like this.

Thanks for reading. As of yesterday [I think "yesterday" here means about Saturday, February 19, but I'm not sure] the protesters had received messages of support from all fifty states and 148 countries around the world. A lot of pizzas, too. Somebody from California called the pizza shop one block from the Capitol and asked for $300 worth of pizzas to be delivered to the protesters at the Capitol.

If you support the protest, please show your support any way you can. It doesn't have to be financial, or pizza-related. Thanks, and God bless.

I don't understand fully about how these Twitter things work, but I found out that you can use "pound sign"killthebill or "pound sign" solidaritywi or "pound sign" wiunion. (You don't write "pound sign" and you don't put quotes around it. Ask your kids or grandkids if you're like me and have trouble understanding these things.) There are a few others, as well, but this will get you started. Also, WORT-FM is a great resource for local news. They have archives on their website. I hope I'm not breaking any Hubpages rules by posting this stuff on here.

More Photos from the Weekend of February 19 - 20

These folks have really been the heart and the heartbeat of the rally and protest ---- a Native American tradition, I think.
These folks have really been the heart and the heartbeat of the rally and protest ---- a Native American tradition, I think. | Source
This must have been Sunday, the 20th, a very cold, nasty, miserable, grey day. Saturday was sunny and clear.
This must have been Sunday, the 20th, a very cold, nasty, miserable, grey day. Saturday was sunny and clear. | Source
Sleeping at the Capitol
Sleeping at the Capitol | Source

An Unexpected --- But Not Surprising --- Connection

The other day, I was reading one of the many informative and interesting informational posters on the wall at the Capitol Building.

There was a list of companies that had contributed $5k or more to Walker's campaign.

If you've read my Hub entitled, "I Was Evicted on the Day Before Thanksgiving" --- well, you'll know that I was evicted the day before Thanksgiving, and have been homeless ever since.

Turns out that the company that evicted me is on that list of campaign supporters for Scott Walker.

Teachers, Social Service Workers, Transportation Workers, Law Enforcement Officers

One of my favorite signs is this one, by a teacher:

"Dear Mother Walker, We would like to ask you to attend a parent-teacher conference. We're afraid to tell you that your son is not paying attention, and has been disrupting our state."

Then, there were those signs saying "Scotty's Report Card: Paying attention --- Needs improvement; Motivation --- Needs Improvement. Scotty does not play well with others."

Rumor has it that the governor ordered the capitol police, the county sheriff and the troopers to get the protesters out of the capitol building. They said okay, maybe later.

They're state workers, too.

They have a representative with signs. "Cops for Labor."

"Detroit is Here With You. Baltimore is Here With You."

Two Strong --- Yet Fallen --- Working Class Cities.
Two Strong --- Yet Fallen --- Working Class Cities.

Friday, February 18, 2011, Inside the Capitol Building - Also check out the video entitled "A Firefighter's View - Taking Over the Capitol"

Great Birthday!

February 18th is my birthday. I loved that party.

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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

A funny thing about Walker's brown bag commercial...

Republican candidates across the nation were using the same pre-written one that came from the Republican Party.

It is a shame that our country is no longer for the people.


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Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

Wow! I really didn't know that. That's creepy.

As Molly Ivins said: "No matter how cynical you get, you still can't keep up."

Thanks for this, Sandy.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I appreciate your pro-union position. Unions were created to protect helpless workers against the mighty power of robber barons. But there is no robber baron in this case. The enemy of the public employee unions is the average American taxpayer.

In traditional America, employees of the government were prohibited from unionizing. Public employees worked for the taxpayers, and generally were paid less than private sector workers, but had better job security and benefits.

The mayor of New York in 1958, Robert Wagner, and a Democrat of course, saw city workers as a large block of voters, and signed an executive order authorizing a union for them. This was done outside of what we call democracy, meaning nobody but the mayor, certainly not the "people," had any say in this decision.

Soon enough, mayors and governors around the country who were Democrats saw the wisdom in this election strategy and followed suit. In 1962, President Kennedy authorized federal employees to unionize, thus creating a huge permanent set of voters Democrats could count on to nearly unanimously vote for them.

Today, employees of the taxpayers make far more than private sector workers and have incredible benefit packages including pensions. A bus driver in Boston makes $70,000 per year and can retire with a full pension at age 41. These public employee unions have poured millions and millions of dollars into the campaigns of Democrat candidates across the country, but the money comes from all taxpayers, including Republicans and Independents. Essentially, we have people of both parties, and no party, financing the election of one party.

Some public employees are now promised retirement pensions of over $100,000 per year. These people could be paid 90 percent of their former exorbitant wages for over fifty years while they go fishing. Some individuals will receive millions of taxpayer dollars before they die. Even worse than the pay, benefits, and pensions, are the union work rules which directly encourage doing as little work as possible, and make it nearly impossible to fire inept or lazy workers.

Public employee unions are bankrupting the United States because of, what was from the beginning and still is today, simply a scheme to garner votes for Democrats. Democrats have obligated trillions of future dollars in pensions to public employees. This has the potential to bankrupt not only the federal government, but countless state and municipal governments are already in trouble because of these pensions. Democrats sold our future down the river for political power. 27 million people have been promised these pensions.

And that is not all. The Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation, a government program, has us taxpayers on the hook to pay for any and all private pension programs if the company goes out of business. This is why taxpayers recently paid $100B into the General Motors pension program. This is unsustainable. These socialist ideas have created major economic problems for the United States that could spell our ruin.

A recent study from the Pew Center on the States found that states are short $1 trillion toward the $3.35 trillion in pension, health care and other retirement benefits that states have promised their current and retired workers. “We have a new privileged class in America,” said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who rescinded state workers' collective bargaining power on his first day in office in 2006, “We used to think of government workers as underpaid public servants. Now they are better paid than the people who pay their salaries.”


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Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

The Pew Center's latest poll says that more side with Wisconsin unions than with governor. people-press dot org slash report slash seven zero nine.

Dear James, I appreciate your long comment. I realize you do a lot of research. I like that. I like to do my own research, as well. But, you don't cite any sources for your information here.

Where have you found this (alleged) information?

One issue I have to point out is this: public servants ARE taxpayers.

I've been seeing this ridiculous assertion in the media a lot --- that the "struggle" is between public workers and taxpayers.

That's a false dichotomy. The fancy folks always want to sit back while we regular folks fight over a tiny crust.

No, that's not the struggle.

The struggle is whether or not money is speech. Billionaires paid for Walker's campaign. He's just a little marionette on a string. He's no politician. He's a pretty-boy with a script.

Another issue is whether or not Walker --- and, yes, I do realize there are several Republican governers doing this (kind of all scripted by the same billionaires) --- and his appointees are really following the true democratic (small 'd') process.

Remember the deocratic process?

Government by the people, of the people and for the people.

I believe it was one of our greatest presidents of all time ---- Republican Abraham Lincoln --- who said that, in the Gettysburg Address?

Three of the greatest presidents we've ever had in this country were all Republicans --- Lincoln, Eisenhower and Nixon, so please don't think I'm on some anti-Republican trip here. If you've seen my profile page, you will know I'm against any kind of bigotry.

Scott Walker is no Republican, believe me. Just a little pretty-boy with a script. He's no politician, either --- not that I really respect politicians, but most of them manage to conjure up a little fake warmth and humor. He can't even do that. (Well, not to use the _ad hominem_ attacks. I apologize. Just blowing off steam.)

There are really only two other main points. I could probably go on forever, as well.

The first main point is that all governments are always running a deficit. So, that can be used to justify anything. It's not a "zero-sum" game.

The other main point is that this "divide and conquer" strategy is how racism itself was invented in the first place. In early U.S., there were white indentured servants, who had come from England with their "masters". When these white indentured servants joined with some darker-skinned indentured servants from Africa, the strategy used to divide them was, "Oh, no, hey, you guys look more like us. We'll give you some benefits and better everything if you join us against those darker folks."

So it always goes.

Just kiss enough you - know - what and someday you'll be manager. Then you can turn around and pretend you never knew these barbarians --- i.e., your (former) fellow workers.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I am quite familiar with the Democratic Process and if you think State Legislators hiding in another state instead of voting on legislation is part of the "democratic process" then you do not even know what the term means. They are SUBVERTING democracy. Period.


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Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

They're not hiding. They are doing the jobs their constituents hired them to do.

No, they're not subverting democracy, but preventing the governor and his puppet-master cronies from subverting it. He's trying to force a vote on something they haven't had a chance to read --- let alone discuss or debate.

Their constituents also have not had a chance to see the bill, read it, think about it, or discuss it with the legislators.

Public and legislative discussion and debate --- THAT is the democratic process.

No need to get personal. Let's keep it respectful, ok? Thanks for your comment.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

This is an excellent article. You filled in all the missing pieces for me. If the demonstrators don't lose momentum, they can change the course of history.

As for the Democrats leaving the state...I judge them no differently than I did a party that sat in Congress for two years and said no to everything and refused to participate in the legislative process. History tells us that Senator Abraham Lincoln once climbed out a window to keep the Senate from having a quorum.

It kills me how people keep saying the people went to the polls and voted in November and now the demonstrators are trying to subvert democracy. President Obama won the election in 2008...did the Tea Party subvert democracy? People say the Republicans are only doing what they said. President Obama talked about healthcare on the campaign trail for two years. It didn't stop any opposition. What's the difference?

up/awesome


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Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

Thanks so much, Fay. I really loved your Hub, as well. (I hope I left a comment today?)

Yes, everything you say here is true. I agree. I didn't know that about Lincoln. Apparently it's nothing new.

I do believe the protesters can and must change the course of history. They have to win back our rights. They will, I know. Otherwise, what kind of future do we face in this country? Or any country? Back to the 19th century, that's about it.

I know what you mean about the "went to the polls and voted" nonsense. First, I voted for the other guy, Tom Barrett. Not a great option, but better than what we've got here.

Second, though: Nobody who voted knew anything about this. Walker said he'd create jobs. He just forgot to mention that he'd destroy ten times more than he'd create --- and that the ones he's creating are all part-time, low-wage jobs. The kind of job where you have to go on food stamps, AND have two or three other part-time jobs, just to stay in your home.

Oh, but wait --- he's cutting out the food stamp program, too. So, that still won't work. It's all about decreasing our options.

Thanks for the vote, Fay. I appreciate that. Let's keep in touch.


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sn53Anon 5 years ago from Huntsville, AL

I cannot wait to find out the end of this gripping tale? Who is the hero? Does the hero get the girl in the end?

I enjoyed your tale. It was well written and engaging. I loved the photos.

Still, I think the best thing for all of us to do is admit that public sector unions, allied, as they are with democratic politicians, are a deadly combinations to many of the states. It is time for them to go. Like the former Soviet Union, they must be relegated to the ash heap of history.


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Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

sn53Anon -- Thanks for the very nice comments. I love good reviews from folks who disagree.

Glad you enjoyed the photos, too. They are great, aren't they? Not because of great photography or anything. Just because of the people themselves, gathering together.

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    Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas

    So did they take your pillows and blankets and those of others too? Is one of the Republican presidential candidates a petty thief in disguise?

    Very interesting and I'm glad you've written about your experience. Of course the thief is a hero to some people who don't know any better -- and those are the people who will support his candidacy in case you wonder who they are.

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    Huntgoddess 16 months ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

    Yes, it seems that way. I never saw my pillows and blankies again.

    :-(( I really loved them, too.

    I have a picture of a red heart-shaped pillow with white hearts on it, in another Hub, about St. Valentine. That is one of the pillows that I had at the Capitol. I really loved it.

    I think we're not allowed to link to other hubs in comments, or I'd link here?

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