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Wisconsin’s long, strange trip

Wisconsin’s long, strange trip

Thanks to reader Heather, who writes:

Seen on a parked Prius in Sister Bay, WI

Oh, the comments I could make!

In a follow up e-mail, Heather wrote:

In forgot to tell you; on the other side of the bumper was the obligatory “coexist” bumper sticker!

Comments, why comments about a “long strange trip” bumper sticker in Wisconsin?  Doesn’t every state have:

Police insurrections.  Palace guardsCatch a Senator contests.  Doctors behaving badly.  Massive national solidarity protests which weren’tIdentity theft as political theater.  Shark jumping.  Legislators who run away to other states.  Bus bang bangs.  Protesters locking their heads to metal railings and pretending to walk like EgyptiansBeer attacksCanoe flotillas.  (alleged) Judicial chokeholds.  Tears falling on Che Guevara t-shirts at midnight.  Endless recalls.  And recounts.  Communications Directors making threats.   Judges who think they are legislators  (well, I’ll grant you that one is common).  V-K DayHole-y warriors.  Cities named Speculation and Conjecture.  And the funniest blog headline so far:

First They Came For The Right To Retire After 30 Years On Full Salary With COLAs

Nah, nothing strange about Wisconsin.

Update:  How could I avoid mentioning the Pink Slip?


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The long trip was caused by dims trying to subvert our system of government and ignoring entirely the will of the people.

Wonder what state the car is from? The renewal tag doesn’t look like a normal WI tag (outine of WI and the last two digits of the year of expiration – e.g. “12”).

Prius is the new VW van for Deadheads.

Growing up in the 60’s our bumper sticker was Question Authority, maybe we conservatives should recycle.


It didn’t come out the way i wanted ,liberal should be on the bottom and centered. You get the point

Speaking of education-related shenanigans, this nonsense is now making the rounds on Facebook:

Because some people – college educated people, apparently – actually still believe a debt magically vanishes with the flourish of pen, without any consequences whatsoever. This is what they teach today, that actions have no equal or opposite reactions… when you don’t want there to be.

Bonus points for marching out the “rich get richer/poor get poorer” trope. My father was poor growing up in the 1950s and 60s. Anyone who thinks the poor have it harder now is detached from reality.

I have to agree that “First the came for the right to retire after 30 years with full salary on COLAs” is the best post title ever!

Alan Markus — it looks very similar to an Ohio 2004 issue plate. ( It doesn’t match the style of any plate currently issued by the WI DOT (

Having lived through the ridiculousness that has been Wisconsin over the past 8 months, I can say, without question, that liberals should apply for a new Olympic sport – ‘Mental Acrobatics’. It truly has been a three-ring circus here.

Now where’d the guy selling peanuts to feed the elephants go?

    Yes, that’s an Ohio tag, as best I can tell. We still use the same stickers to update our plates, and that is the color for registrations which expire in 2011.

    The vertical letters on the left of the sticker should include OHIO, but I can’t tell with that photos’ resolution.

I bid on the Pink Slip, but had to stop at $56.00. I love the way this leftist clown keeps (unwillingly, I’m sure) financially supporting his arch enemies. 😀

Professor I looked at that extended paragraph after “Doesn’t every state have…?” and think if he were still with us even William Shakespeare might be a bit jealous of not having that many fiction scenarios and plots from which to choose.

What a long strange trip its been is from lyrics to the Grateful Dead song truckin. I know there are conservative/libertarian heads out there – come on folks…

Come on! Don’t be stereotyping us Prius owners. I didn’t buy mine out of any deep seated need to save the Earth, I bought out of pure economic self-interest. I wouldn’t be caught dead with any of those kind of stickers on my car. In fact, if they made one with a picture of an Abrams tank that said “My other vehicle gets gallons per mile” it would be there!

This is just an updated edition of that strange classic, Wisconsin Death Trip.

It’s doubtful the bearer of the “long strange trip” sticker meant to make a political statement by putting it on his bumper. What a long strange trip it is, is a common refrain spouted by Deadheads. They tend to display such Grateful Dead oriented icons, to signal to other heads who they are. I would imagine only a small percentage of Deadheads self-identify as politically conservative. Conversely, most politically conservative folks, probably don’t readily identify Deadhead icons.

    ernie_oertle in reply to ChasMartel. | September 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

    I still delight in the music, but yeah, I imagine only a small percentage of Deadheads are polit-con. Didn’t always used to be, then OperationIraqi Freedom happened & I witnessed the left’s hypocrisy & it threw me into a massive change. Ex-Dem now too. In addition to being a Viet-vet, am also a veteran of 29 Dead-concerts! Am NOT appreciated on DavidGans’ GD-Hour radio-show website, when he’s gotten off into politics. Have a friend in WI, a great dude, but a nutjob pub-employee union guy also. Class-warfare & all.

Ann Coulter, noted conservative, is also a noted Deadhead. Of course, you might cite her as a Black Swan phenomenon. If you have ever seen the photos in Wisconsin Death Trip, you would take them as a relevant exemplar of the union politics of Robert La Follette’s old stomping grounds. These people are dead, almost certainly not embalmed, and are exuding the foul gases of decomposition. May they rot quickly. Without the “co-exist” sticker, one might have read this as a severe critique of Wisconsin’s recent idiocies, but with it, well . . . .

Without Jerry to keep them apolitical, the surviving members let their leftist leanings show. It is still nothing compared to Springsteen, but still a disappointing transition nonetheless. There are lots of conservative/repub/libertarian deadheads – former MA governor Bill Weld and Tucker Carlson just off the top of my head…

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