My ex-brother-in-law just emailed me a joke. Normally, I wouldn't even forward one of my ex-brother-in-law's jokes, let alone post it to Slog, in deference to The Stranger's sexual harassment policies. But I'm making an exception for this one, not so much because it is funny, but because like much great humor it provides a peek into the awful truth:

A unionized public employee, a teapartier, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the teapartier and says "Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie!"

As succinct an explanation of what's happening in Wisconsin as you'll ever come across.