Sunday, August 18, 2013

CANCELLED: Mad Ripple Hootenanny, MN State Capitol Rotunda, 8/19/13

CANCELLED: Mad Ripple Hootenanny, MN State Capitol Rotunda, 8/19/13
August 18, 2013


I'm cancelling the Hoot at the MN State Capitol Rotunda on Monday, 8/19/13.
When I first heard they were arresting singers in Wisconsin, I was stunned and felt like I wanted to support singers and songs.

Turns out music is not what this is about, but about protesters not obtaining a permit to sing in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda. Everyone is free to sing and protest in Wisconsin, but if they want to do it in the rotunda, they have to schedule it. Seems reasonable.

Anyway, the whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and as much as I believe Scott Walker to be the spawn of Satan and that the Tea Party has hijacked Wisconsin, I can't really muster the necessary hippie outrage or make it into a cause at a time when Egypt and so much of the world is in flames.

The Hoot is about songs and singers and all this talk about politics, permits, and police give me and it the willies.

Pardon my jerking knees. On Wisconsin. As you were.

Jim Walsh

1 comment:

  1. Too bad. Jim has a heart of gold but missed the point here, I think. The WIS singers were singing for TWO FULL years before the permit process was instituted to hassle them and to give a pretext for arrests. Even the cops think this is stupid. MN didn't have this kind of process in place until the Brodkorbs took over a couple years ago. It's not "reasonable." It's a limitation on free speech and it'd be cool is Minnesotans called the bluff. In solidarity with WIS.