Collective ‘Om’ at Wisconsin Capitol on Eve of Historic Walker Recall Election (Video)

Via Revealing Politics:

The night before Wisconsin’s recall election progressive activists gathered around the Capitol to “cleanse it of negative energy” and sing together in solidarity. The evening opened with songs, some of which were written specifically for the events, as lyric sheets were handed out to attendees. Attendees then practiced a meditational “Om” and then all pulled together to circle the Capitol building with their collective energy.

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  • charlieprimero

    oh.

  • Marcel Marcel

    lmao — that’ll play well in Osh Kosh

  • Anarchy Pony

    That little ratfucksonofabitch Walker actually managed to win. I have now lost all the shreds of faith I actually had left in this piece of shit country. I hope its cities burn.

    • Marcel Marcel

      “I hope its cities burn.”

      I’m sure the meditators were thinking the same thing. Maybe why the “cleansing of negative energy” didn’t work. The Lords of Karma aren’t interested in playing fetch to publicity stunts for people filled to the brim with hate.

    • Wisconsinite

      And you wanted Barrett to win!? I lost faith in your sanity… If Madison and Milwaukee weren’t so full of “educated idiots” who are drowning in debt because they thought art degrees were “way cool”, Barrett wouldn’t have even made a blip on the map. Fact is, everything that Walker did was common sense to reduce debt. Now Wisconsin has to worry about paying for this mess that these same idiots created since they couldn’t wait 2 years. As one of the prevailing lawn signs around these parts says: “Recall Santa: I didn’t get what I wanted.” That pretty much summed up the mentality that Wisconsin saw in this entire unfocused effort.

      • Andrew

        Art is more real than debt.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

          Great! Do you think the 10th grade PE teacher will accept a charcoal-on-canvas drawing I made in lieu of my paycheck for her pension? 

          I’d much prefer to give her that if it’s all the same.

          • Andrew

            So I take it by your question you believe you owe her a debt?

          • Scott Arktera

            I do indeed owe her a debt and that debt should be paid, regardless of what a bad idea it was to incur it in the first place. 

            As a responsible manager of my finances, I would now like the option not to incur further reckless debts of that type. 

          • Andrew

            So is it just PE teachers that you feel are a bad idea, or teachers in general?

    • Jingle Bells

      You do realize Walker’s move to revoke collective bargaining only impacted government employee unions? It’s not greedy corporations who will benefit from working teachers and DMV clerks to the bone, it’s the citizens who will benefit from working them to the bone. As a citizen myself, I vote in my own self-interest. Work the fucking teachers to the bone and cut their salaries to the bare minimum. Make them moonlight as fucking 2-dollar hookers in downtown Milwaukee to afford food. I’ve made the choice not to make babies for the sake of my ego so, frankly, I could care less. Your kids end up working in a salt mine because their education sucked? Honestly, I don’t care at all.

      I’d never vote for a politician who voted to derecognize private sector unions but I’ll always vote for a politician who votes to derecognize public sector unions. Barrett banked on Wisconsinites being as dumb as you and not knowing the difference.

      • Raul22

        yeah, by the way, I’m a union member myself (Teamsters) from a union family (LIUNA) – I can’t stand Scott Walker and voted for Barrett in 2010 … but I happily voted to retain Walker this time … I don’t consider SEIU or the IAFF or to be labor brothers; they’re leeches

      • Mr Willow

        Your callous myopia is truly staggering. 

        Honesty is always appreciated, however. 

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

          translation: “duh, i hate the cops but i want want to pay them my own money so they can retire after 20 years in fantastic wealth while I get a $1200 social security check … duhhh” 

          *sigh* … sheeple

          • Mr Willow

            Money is a lie. It is an idea based upon the supposition that an object has value beyond its function or practical usefulness. Rocks that gleam and paper acting as a gallery of deceased men and monuments to their authority—to say nothing of aethereal digits in bank computers—are not nearly as valuable as bread. The fact that you require the former to acquire the latter is the biggest dupe in history, and it’s greatest injustice, for it has been used by the same self-centered sociopaths as the person above to oppress populations since society became anything approaching ‘modern.’

            The notion that you (or Jingle up there) place more importance upon it than the lives, health, well-being, or basic happiness is evidence that you have been duped the same as the poor saps you envy for their pensions (sheep). 

            I hate the equally callous actions of police officers just as much as the next guy, but their actions are performed out of the same idiotic ‘rational self-interest’ as the person above me is espousing. 
            They operate under the pretenses that if they stand with the oppressors they will be spared from their wrath—that to be at the right hand of the devil is better than being in his path, neglecting the fact that they’re still standing in Hell. 

            They become sheep out of fear—or they have a morbid desire to assert their own ‘authority’ over people with little to no chance of their cruelty ever coming back to them. 

            The former believes that if they ‘simply follow orders’ they won’t be subject to the abuses the latter is willing to inflict, so they cower and relent their own sense of honour for their fellow citizens so as not to be labelled a troublemaker, miscreant, deviant, or terrorist. They receive sympathy (mostly pity) from me, but not empathy, for I realise there are far too few that believe in the establishments they protect—half of them are not even aware they are ‘protecting’ anything but simple ‘law and order’ (which is whatever their masters tell them it is)—to protect it without the droves they recruit on the pretense of upholding justice in any sense of the word. If those drones ever realised that all that was needed for subjugation to end is for them to refuse the orders they are given every now and again. 

            The latter are abominable excuses for human beings and should waste away in a cell, for they are of no use to any person or cause worth honouring. 

            As far as pensions go—and disregarding for a moment my thoughts of currency—I agree with Thomas Paine: 

            Having thus in a few words, opened the merits of the case, I shall now proceed to the plan I have to propose, which is, to create a national fund, out of which there should be paid to every person, when arrive at the age of twenty-one years, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling, as a compensation in part, for the loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property: and also, the sum of ten pounds per annum, during life, to every person now living, of the age of fifty years, and to all others as they shall arrive at that age.

            –Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice

          • Vasily343

             tl;dr

  • Raul22

    The Democrats lost so it means the Puppetmasters can order the Blue leaders to start screaming stock operating line #1 (“We would have won if it hadn’t been for the Citizens United ruling!”). Had the Republicans lost the Puppetmasters would have to cue the Red leaders to start screaming stock operating line #2 (“It’s ACORN engineering mass vote fraud!”).

    Whatever it takes to keep everyone at each other’s throats … this whole charade of Barrett vs. Walker was their most masterful theater to-date. Everyone who formerly rejected the U.S.’ one-party state are now invigorated to go cheer dutifully in whichever imaginary corner appeals to them.

    *yawn*

    • ishmael2009

      Best analysis here. This is a circus.

  • Mark

    So wait, they were trying to “cleanse negative energy” with this passive aggressive hatefest against the Wisconsin governor? Cleanse negativity with differently directed negativity? How novel, and what a complete group of ass hats it takes to cook up such a lame idea. 

  • Honu

    A feel good attempt to comfort people with the fact that Scott Walker spent 30 million compared to Barrett’s 4 million.  Not quite democracy in action me thinks. Americans get the goverment they deserve if they can’t see past the money and vote for candidates on their merits.  It’s time for revolutionary change.  It’s coming.  I just don’t know if I want to see the establishment’s pushback.  Things are going to get uglier.

    • Jingle Bells

      nor, indeed, will you want to see the pushback of people who don’t mind laying off 50% of public school teachers if it means saving even just $1/year on my real estate tax (me) … to quote the great Jack London …

      “when you reach up with your vaunted, strong hands to seize what is ours we will show you what true strength is — in roar of shell and shrapnel and whine of machine guns our answer will be couched … we will crush you down under our heel and we will walk upon your faces”

    • Frankins

      Barrett-vs-Walker also resulted in a Barrett loss in 2010 … and then the spending was roughly equal … you people are like the scene in Citizen Kane where Charles Kane has two versions of his newspaper prepped for publication, the second headlined with “Kane Loses – Fraud at Polls”  … there will always be an excuse why people were too dumb, stupid, easily conned to vote who you think was the most “meritorious candidate” – except when that candidate wins then it’s a shining triumph of people’s power

      in your narrow world everyone, at their core, thinks exactly the same way, it’s just advertising has confused some gullible section

      ironically, you probably are a failure in life with an education at a lower-echelon land-grant college (if that) — but still arrogantly assume your intellectual superiority — you’re a kind-of deluded sociopath

      • Honu

        ok Frankindouche, my intellectually superior overlord in all things, tell me with your over inflated ego and deluded sense of omniscient and psychic understanding of my exact way of thinking, how Wisconsin voted to keep a governor that has record numbers of job losses in the state, stripped collective bargaining rights and cut education by 800million and more. 

        And while I don’t feel I owe you jack in regards to sharing anything about my background and educational history, let’s just say that I have a bachelors degree from a very good university and I run my own business and leave it at that.  But I really was entertained about your total projection about who I might be.  Did I have dread locks in that vision?  Was I slack jawed drooling with a bong?   Or maybe you thought I was scarfing large bags of Cheetos hunched over my computer in my parents’ basement.  You know exactly shit about who I am but claim you know everything about the way I think and therefore I’m a deluded sociopath.  I’ll just skip my armchair psychological profile of you and go straight to calling you an asshole. 

        • Frankins

          “stripped collective bargaining rights”

          I stopped reading your speech right there since this is wrong; the product of a land-grant university, nimrod’s understanding of current events spoon-fed from a party boss to his loyal sheeple. 

          - The Machinists Union can still collectively bargain with the Harley-Davidson corporation in Wisconsin as much as they have ever bargained. 

          - However, the Police Guild and the IAFF and the AFT and SEIU cannot collectively bargain with the people of Wisconsin. 

          There’s never been any point in any progressive movement in history where the people have begged for the right to maximize the salaries of state bureaucrats. Not the French Revolution, not the Russian Revolution, never — until the Wisconsin Recall where party bosses tried to convince dolts like you that it was a progressive act for workingmen and workingwomen to work as hard as their tired hands could to guarantee that a fat lard-ass in the DMV enjoyed retirement benefits of which they could only dream. 

          That’s why Barrett barely won even won half the (private sector) union vote in Wisconsin. (Private sector) union plumbers, carpenters and factory workers didn’t buy the line that they should work harder, harder, harder, so a fat cop could get fatter in retirement. 

          • Eric_D_Read

            Check again. Cop’s unions are exempt from Walker’s policies. Hmmm. I wonder why…

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

            ///Alex Jones conspiracy alert – UFOs, Bigfoot, Illuminati, 9/11 Was an Inside Job, Loch Ness Monster, etc.///

            On behalf of America’s sane, rational, educated class, I would like to rebut your wild rants and conspiracy theories with a fact check couched in Voltaire logic.

            The second version of the bill included police and firefighters in CB and pension reform proposals, though you’re correct they’d originally been exempted. Which is great – police and firefighter pension systems are the worst and most corrupt.

            Now don’t you need to get in line for food stamps? Just remember, it’s “teh corporations” fault you’re poor – not the fact you like to sleep-in until noon and watch I Dream of Jeannie reruns while gouging yourself on Doritos and scratching your nutsack.

          • Andrew

             > the fact you like to sleep-in until noon and watch I Dream of Jeannie
            reruns while gouging yourself on Doritos and scratching your nutsack.

            Do you actually believe he does that?

          • Scott Arktera

            I believe there’s a reasonable chance he engages in a pattern of activities of economic equivalence to that. 

          • Andrew

            So you judge his value as a human being by his income?

          • Honu

            Good use of “sheeple” because when it comes to trying to make a cutting remark intended to portray people as lemming followers, using a phrase like ‘Sheeple’ is so original and witty that it makes you stand out as someone who truly thinks for themselves.  I haven’t heard someone use that term in about an hour.

            But about the issues of the election…I understand the difference between the public and private sector when it comes to what’s pissed off the people in Wisconsin.  I’m just not a fan of ripping out the public union’s bargaining so quickly. And reducing education spending by 800 million. I’m from NY and I have family friends who take plenty from the state for their pension as negotiated by the public unions there.  When I compare the sweet deal they get in their retirement versus what I’m getting, yeah, I’m a little upset about it.  I don’t begrudge someone for having that pension and in lean times like this small businesses like me and people who work for busnesses are having it hard.  When you consider that large corporations get to pay reduced taxes (GE paying no taxes for example) and the government throwing billions of dollars away on wars that have muddy if not incoherent purposes, why the fuck should I want to hurt working people whether they’re public workers or private? 

            You seem to want to just destroy government spending at all costs.  How about looking at where its being spent first you ‘tard.  The fight in Wisconsin is a microcosm of the intentions of the far right wing (aka mainstream republicans) and as usual, people like you who swallow this horseshit, hook line and sinker don’t see a bigger picture. 

          • Frankins

            “why the fuck should I want to hurt working people whether they’re public workers or private”

            Every dollar spent on a private sector workingperson – a union carpenter, plumber, electrician – has no impact on me. Use the full power of the state to enrich them and give them a leg up against corporations, I’m all for it. While you’re at it, repeal Taft-Hartley, which neither the GOP or Democrats are willing to do.

            Every dollar spent on a public sector whore – a fat DMV clerk, an overweight cop, a teacher who works 75% of the year – impacts me because I’m paying for them. I’m a workingperson myself. Give me the option to stop paying the whores. If this results in a dilution of government services that has even more serious impacts on me, so be it. Let the mistake be mine to make.

            Public sector unions have created a  caste system in organized labor that can only be undone by smashing them. The union movement was never about organizing bureaucrats and civil servants. This is a perversion and distortion.

          • Andrew

            Why doesn’t working for a private corporation make you a whore too?

          • mannyfurious

            What these people don’t understand is that that relatively harmless sacrifice they’re making from their paychecks pays for civilization. I’d rather give my money to a firefighter, a teacher, a fat dmv clerk, a social worker or a construction worker working on a public road than to some hedge fund manager or taxidermist who really doesn’t contribute to society in any meaningful way.

    • Raul22

      I know, I’m so stupid! I really wanted to transfer more of my pay check to police officers and librarians. But ol’ Scott Walker tricked me into voting to keep my money to spend on food and gas instead of giving it to my local librarian so she could retire after 25 years with a guaranteed-for-life 75% pension!

      I was really hoping to work some overtime this week so I could make sure our librarians were getting 3-times better retirement benefits than I can ever hope to get. But I’m so stupid. Scott Walker tricked me into keeping that money for myself. Stupid rethugs.

    • Wisconsinite

      You do realize that Barrett had *months* to procure his millions as compared to Walker — Walker saw this coming far in advance. You don’t make tough decisions like that and not expect the people mooching off government to not throw up their arms. Blame it on money all you want, but Wisconsin saw the difference between public and private sector unions … even well known Dems throughout history saw the danger in public unions (*cough* FDR *cough*). The revolution is coming, and 60% of Wisconsin saw what side of the figurative line in the sand they want to be on.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Right.  Walker was on the ticket for a year and a half by nature of the race (i.e, “Recall”, genius!), and Barrett was nominated less than two months ago.  So, in your logic, a year and half is longer than 2 months.

        And Walker’s $25 some million is less than Barrett’s $2 some million.

        More proof, as if any more were needed, that the majority of the electorate are illiterate fools.

        Money isn’t to blame here, but stupidity like what you’ve displayed here is.  I’ve been personally on the record as predicting the Dems would defeat themselves by nominating a wishy-washy “centrist”, and I was proven right–even though “wishy washy” will always be preferable to a jail-bound criminal like Walker, in my eyes.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

          The portion of the electorate that dutifully regurgitates “unions had their collective bargaining rights stripped” without qualifying “government bureaucrat unions had their collective bargaining rights stripped” are illiterate fools. 

          Why on earth some morons would fight for their “right” to pay more of their hard-earned money to – as another commenter said – a “fat DMV clerk” is beyond me. 

          This isn’t Corporations vs. The People. 

          This is The People vs. Fat DMV Clerks. 

          AT&T doesn’t pay fat DMV clerks. I pay fat DMV clerks. As the fatties employer I will always vote in a way that gives me an advantage over my employees. 

          • mannyfurious

            If Fat DMV clerks have it so good, why don’t you go become a fat DMV clerk?

          • Scott Arktera

            Personal satisfaction in my life is about more than money. It’s about professional fulfillment. Yelling out waiting list numbers 8 hours per day while stuffing Twinkies down my triple-chinned gullet would not provide life satisfaction for me, even if it meant a Cadillac pension that far eclipses what the people paying for said pension (taxpayers) receive. 

            Thanks for asking. 

          • mannyfurious

            If that were true, if you are really as happy with your life as you insinuate, you wouldn’t be wasting so much time bitching about “fat DMV clerks” on internet message boards.

          • Scott Arktera

            I’m not happy with life. I’m 90% of the way there; having double-chinned, Fat DMV Clerks dip their fingers into my wallet with the assistance of the Law and an armed police force to get me to give them a pension that is 3 times better than I could ever hope for is keeping me from hitting 100%.

            Now that their unions are in the process of disbanding, my satisfaction level is increasing.

          • mannyfurious

            It’s much easier to hate on people when you reduce them to cliches like “double-chinned, fat DMV clerks” instead of mothers and daughters and grandfathers and sons. You know, all the things you are. No more, no less. In your posts you come off as a bitter little creep who would rather blame some vague, faceless, stereotypes for his unhappiness in life than himself. Guess what, life is hard. If you have a problem with how your life has turned out, look in the mirror, not at your local DMV. 

          • Andrew

            No, it’s the few dollars taken from his paycheck by the government that has ruined his life and made him a slave.

          • Andrew

            The vast majority of the human race is far from 90% of the way.  Consider yourself lucky.

          • Liam_McGonagle

            No, AT&T doesn’t pay fat DMV clerks.  They pay one truely disgustingly obese compensation package to an incompetent CEO.

            Wake up and smell the coffee, imbecile.  The puppet masters aren’t the drones at the DMV, they’re the vampires in the boardrooms of transnational corporations who’re are not merely vicious, but also stupid enough to destroy their own customer bases through incessant demands for tax holidays and near monopolies.

          • Vasily343

            Your rant has nothing to do with the issue – stripping collective bargaining rights from the Fat DMV Clerk’s union (SEIU). Tax holidays, monopolies, CEO compensation – none of these things at issue in the Wisconsin vote. Your rant is a bizarre, insane, semi-literate Non Sequitur.

            On this one issue, it’s The People vs. SEIU, not Corporations vs. The People.

            It’s clear you just stumble, drooling, to vote with the crowd, not by a practical assessment of any issue. You’re eagerly played like a glassy-eyed marionette. Any cause can buy you to their side if they scream “teh corporations R cumin fer yer yungins! come scream in our corner!”

            Go, go scream until you’re blue in the face. Go into the corner of the side that wears the colors you find most appealing and scream, scream, scream about the issues you’re told to scream about. That’s what they want.

  • ishmael2009

    That’s the way to convince voters you’re with the sane, sensible and responsible party: collective chanting. Lmao.

  • Lifobryan

    Ohm my. 

  • tooCents

    To everybody that chanted OM, fuck yourselves you fucking idiots.