Wis. Capitol Worker Charged In Balloon Spat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a state Capitol worker with using a knife to pop a protester’s balloon.

State Department of Administration Assistant Director of Facilities Ron Blair faces a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. Dane County Court Commissioner Ann Sayles on Thursday entered a not guilty plea for Blair and approved a signature bond with the condition he not use knives on the job.

According to a criminal complaint, Blair came up behind a protester in the Capitol on July 25 and used a knife on his multi-tool device to pop her balloon. He told police he just snapped.

Protesters angry over Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive collective bargaining law have been gathering in the Capitol for a thundering sing-along every noon hour for months.

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  • Paul Solinger

    Wow. Wisconsin is truly out of control. You can now be arrested and charged with a crime for popping a balloon. Thank goodness they have all their other serious crimes under control.

    • Iconoclast

      “You can now be arrested and charged with a crime for popping a balloon.”

      False. He was arrested for disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.

      • TCJay

        Iconoclast…no, he was charged with a crime for popping a balloon. The charge applied was disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.

        • Iconoclast

          No spit sherlock. Pretty surprised you were able to pick that up there, genius.

          The dipstick Paul Solinger said “Wisconsin is truly out of control. You can now be arrested and charged with a crime for popping a balloon.”

          How is disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon to be considered as an “out of control” law Wisconsin has?

          Realist = mongoloid

  • TW

    Mommy, the angry man popped my balloon. waaaaaa!! Sorry there sir, they just drew you in and made you their puppet. Next time ignore the protestors and pop balloons at home in the back yard. Dang the balloons.

    • Huxley

      Yeah, the best part is the angry little child cut himself badly while destroying her property. Even if it was just a balloon, he had no right. There is no excuse for his behavior. In the poppers own words, he “snapped”. Nice emotional control this balloon popper has. Unbelievable.

      • Give me liberty

        Glad the line is so easily distinquished for the hypocritical left Huxley.

        Let’s see, it is okay to throw glitter on someone you don’t agree with?

        And okay for the Vice President to call elected officials “terrorists” when the only thing the Tea Party congressmen have done is to try and stand up for what they believe in and put the brakes on runaway spending?

        And for MSNBC to have commentators speculate that Tea Party position will incite violent revolution with no evidence?

        The mob of protestors in Madison broke plenty of laws but I didn’t see any articles on charging them with misdemeanors.

        I guess it is all perspective.

  • Oh, the humanity ...

    The WI protesters have acted like “gangstas” since day one with their intentionally loud, boisterous, disruptive, rude, and occasionally out of control and illegal behavior. It’s no wonder someone finally got their fill of it, lost control, and – gasp – popped a balloon.

    I, for one, would find it much easier to support – or at least respect – people who behave in a civil, polite, calm, and respectful manner. Your behavior speaks far more loudly than your words do.

    • Be real!

      Oh paaaaalease! Let’s not try to interject any intelligence into this.

      • What's next?

        I agree. Next thing you know they’ll be attacking each other with bratwurst stains.

        You have to hand it to those Wisconsin protesters though – they’ve got real class. Just like Shelly Moore with her now infamous Gestapo style 150dB “WE … BREATHE … UNION!”

        Such professionalism. I am in awe.

  • Ronald Raygun

    Maybe our problems would be solved if the idiots on the right would stop snapping.

    • Ronald Raygun

      Maybe our problems would be solved if the idiots on the left would stop snapping.

  • Billy

    You are welcome George. We will keep fighting for your plan for America.

  • yep yep yep

    I just heard Michelle Bachmann’s there and about to take a hard one for her cause ….. she’s on knee’s now …. unbuckeling Walkers belt, unzipping his ,,,,,, ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh no. He’s a limp chap ;-)

    • The Queen of Vacuums

      she is known as Ms Slurpee lol

    • Nellie Bly

      That is totally gross and I rather doubt Michele would know what to do. After all, she is married to Marcus.

      • Marucs Come Out of the Closet

        Yeah you are right, Marcus would be to busy doing the same to his boyfriend.

  • Gee Wally

    Does Wisconsin even qualiify as a state anymore? Doesn’t part of the population have to have an IQ above 70? I think Wisconsin is Minnesota’s mental ward.

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