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March 14, 2011 / John Sieger

Doubting Thomas

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If there had been a contest for best sign in Madison last Saturday, I think this one might have won. It was close though, we saw countless funny and angry signs held by thousands of reasonable people pushed to the brink (but behaving very nicely) by the new order in this state. We delivered two hundred “Donuts For Democracy” from Cranky Al’s in Wauwatosa and saw Jesse Jackson speak, along with the Fab 14 senators who fled the state and brought national attention to this travesty. If you follow the news (I don’t mean Fox Noise) you’re aware that Wisconsin is now the testing ground for a radical right-wing attack on unions, the middle class and teachers, who they’d like to demonize as overpaid and incompetent. It’s amazing to me that anyone making less than a small fortune can fall for this line, but it is being sold by very some clever salesman. The lead shill in this territory is Scott Walker, who could make turkeys vote for Thanksgiving, which he apparently did last November. Not being a genuine protest singer, I am still drawn to angry topics from time to time. This song is fairly recent and is the first cut I have chosen to share from Semi-Twang’s newest CD, Wages Of Sin. Again, it’s not a specific reaction to these recent doings, but you have to admit there has been a pattern out there, and it comments, however obliquely, on that. The CD is out next Tuesday, with a release party at Shank Hall on Saturday. More info is available at If you can make it, we’d love to see you.

© 2011 John Sieger


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