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By on 2.24.11 | 11:40AM

Madison, Wisconsin -- I snapped some more pictures at the capitol yesterday (apologies that I've only just gotten a chance to upload them).

Dave Weigel has a piece over at Slate examining the odd obsession with the Koch Brothers amongst the protesters, who have dozens of signs referencing them. This one -- a makeshift sign made out of a box from one of the many pizzas that have been delivered to the capitol -- is my favorite, so I'm including it even though the picture is so dark (sorry about that):

The Kochs are "The Boys from Brazil" because Koch Industries has some interests in Brazil, and also because, obviously, they're clones of Hitler.

There are fliers all over the capitol advertising a rally this afternoon (which I'll be sure to check out) at the Koch-backed lobbying firm recently opened in Madison; this one was defaced by someone who obviously has a flair for subtlety:

I should emphasize that there were far fewer Nazi references than you might think, and there are many signs reminding the crowd that this is a peaceful protest and no one should resort to violence. Of course, there's also this sign, which is a variation on a quote from Fight Club, a movie about a madman who founds an anti-consumerist terrorist group:

You may notice at the bottom there is a flier mocking "teabaggers"; there are a few signs along this line (presumably there were more last weekend, when Tea Partiers staged a counter-rally). Here's another one:

That one stings hard because left-wing protestors would never... um...

Hm. Maybe the sign above was instructional rather than mocking.

Now here's a buried lede: Amazingly, someone cares about the answer to this question:

I assume this was made by one of the older protestors; I imagine that many of the college students in the crowd would be more likely to ask "Who's Pete Seeger?"

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