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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Walker's Fraudulent Cheerleaders Double As Security Guard?

Boingboing (March 2, 2011) on Walker's budget speech,

Walker entered to thunderous applause, though not from the Democrats, who refused to rise. At least two-thirds of the East audience galley was loudly applauding but they had nothing on the West coast. It was now clear who the men in business attire were. Nearly without exception, the west gallery was all men in black suits and, when the governor said something meaningful, they all rose and applauded, and they did it with verve and volume. I'm not saying these guys were not from Wisconsin, but if you know Wisconsin, you know for a fact that even for most businessmen, black suits are not part of the wardrobe. In general, the only time one will see a large gathering of Wisconsin men in black suits is at a funeral, or, apparently at a Governor Walker budget address.

Reporter Kristin Knutsen found evidence that many of these ringers may have entered through the capitol's access tunnels, noting the presence of the Division of Criminal Investigation--the same officers I saw upstairs outside the Assembly chambers following the address escorting unidentified men.

And then there's a more recent video (below) of a separate incident posted on Youtube March 9th showing dudes in black suits blocking pedestrian passage into the Capitol Building from the parking area.

Cops have to identify themselves, apparently these guys don't. The first guy in the video to confront the girl is wearing a lapel pin she identifies as a "scary eagle." That appears to be a Wakenhut logo. Yet, he's identified himself as a police officer without showing a badge or ID. After trying to use coercive intimidation, watch how he slowly removes himself from the situation. The other guys appear to be wearing a Wisconsin State Patrol lapel pins with the same yellow/orange color scheme. But if the first guy's Wakenhut, he just committed a felony by impersonating an officer.

Who are they? Walker's Republican Guard? Are they the same folks used as applause ringers in the balcony from his budget speech?

Finally, there's Rachel Maddow's story about Walker's long running infatuation with the disgraceful security company that engages in drunken sexually charged hazing activities. In the meantime, Walker and the Republican party endorses this firm giving them contracts worth millions of dollars.

Well, this is one item taxpayers ain't broke enough for - Walker's personal applause team security force.

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