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Madison, Wisconsin.  Fifteen thousand people were expected for Saturday’s march, but official police estimates put the numbers at between 75 and 100,000 citizens, rivalling the crowd sizes from the Act 10 protests in 2011.

Yes, your friend Wabi Sabi was there as well, wearing her pink cap lovingly knitted by a good friend, but not carrying a sign. (I learned during the Act 10/Walker Recall marches that carrying both a camera and a sign is unwieldy and I’ll opt for a camera any day.) The Women’s March, like the 2011 protests, was a happy, polite, helpful and thoroughly civilized gathering, filled with singing, chanting and a great deal of laughter and talk. And, while billed as a Women’s March, there were plenty of men in the crowd as well.




A selection of faces in the crowd:

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Because I am forever in love with rain, wet streets, and gray skies.

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“All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
Same alley, two different views. If you click on the images, you’ll get a more accurate version.

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I think I prefer the first, vertical approach as being more dramatic with the buildings and lit windows fully visible in the background. The second one makes those buildings non-players and focuses attention more clearly on the “stage.”

In either case, the security lighting was so intensely golden bright that I had no choice but to desaturate the colors, reasoning that this wasn’t about the colors anyway but about the scene itself.



One image which needs to be viewed at full size. Seriously.

Downtown Green Bay


There will be a short break from ethanol plants while I let off a little steam of my own.  It’s a gentle rant and don’t worry: I’ll be back to normal tomorrow.

I live in the great state of Wisconsin and our governor, Scott Walker, is making a run at the Republican nomination for President of the United States for 2016.

A few days ago, addressing a national high profile conservative gathering, he explained that he was perfectly prepared to deal with ISIS and other global terrorist threats because he’d stood up to 100,000 protesters in the state capital. Also, citing those same protest marches (there were many) and demonstrations, he explained that he was the right man to go nose to nose with Vladimir Putin. Putin would back down because Walker had proven to be resolute in the face of the protests across the state.

Please, let me show you the faces of some of those hardened terrorists Walker is referring to who exercised their rights to gather and protest the actions of their elected officials. And, yes: your friend, Wabi Sabi, was one of them.

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Wisconsin Terrorists: Even When We’re Angry, We’re Really Nice About It


Finally, a Terrorist Family Portrait:


My eldest son messaged me after hearing Walker’s ISIS/Wisconsin correlation and asked if being the son of Jihadi Patricia was going to land him on a no-fly list.

These pictures were taken in 2011 and 2012 at protest marches in Madison. While I had started out carrying a sign, I soon abandoned that in favor of documenting the events with my camera. Walker quickly walked back that assertion that teachers, librarians and other public sector protesters are the same as international terrorists, though not before hundreds of mocking posts sprang up on the internet.