Remember how I mentioned last night that Fox News, during a segment on Bill O’Reilly’s show about the protests in Wisconsin, had aired footage of violent protests shot elsewhere, giving the impression that the scene in Madison had devolved into violent anarchy? Well, today, the good, creative people of Madison – who, I might add, have been incredibly peaceful throughout the standoff – showed up at their Capitol building with inflatable palm trees, alluding to the fact that palm trees could be seen in the background of the footage that Fox tried to pass off as having been shot in their city. I don’t know that it’ll mean much to folks, but I thought that it was incredibly clever.
Speaking of Wisconsin, it looks as though Governor Walker and the Republicans, have now issued arrest warrants for the 14 Democratic Senators who have fled the state in order to prevent the passage of a bill that would, among other things, strip public unions of their right to bargain collectively. This action, at least according to the Wisconsin State Journal, is in violation of the state constitution, which “prohibits the arrest of legislators while in session unless they’re suspected of committing felonies, treason or breach of the peace.”