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Aug 3, 201501:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Walking back ‘Wisconsin’s shame’ in baby steps; what gasbaggery!

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Some day a historian will query why Wisconsin’s news media — hyper alert to their own First Amendment rights — yawned as armed agents of the state carried battering rams against private homes in pre-dawn raids, warned the stunned citizens inside to remain silent or else, and carried away their correspondence. In Madison and Middleton, not Moscow.

Having failed to prevail at the ballot box, having lost the debate in the public square, the angry Left resorted to the coercive powers of the police state under cloak of secrecy. It is has been called “Wisconsin’s shame.”

It will be recorded that the victims were unsympathetic to the professional journalists in the mainstream news media. The targets were white, educated, reasonably affluent, and — worst of all — politically conservative. Columnist Chris Rickert calls them “whiners.”

On Sunday, the Wisconsin State Journal began to make belated amends by running syndicated columnist Jay Ambrose’s “How to shut up disliked opinions.” “… You will soon enough find public officials in this land whose ideology is progressive, whose regard for free speech is scant, and whose willingness to indulge in tyrannies is plentiful.”

Except for the public officials part, that pretty well describes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The publication has been whoring for district attorney John Chisholm and the GAB in return for being rewarded with selected (and salacious) news leaks. The John Doe witch hunt was secret except when it suited the prosecutors’ interest. Over the weekend, the state’s largest newspaper began walking back, albeit on tip toes, its scurrilous cheerleading on behalf of criminalizing political speech. It did what scoundrels whose fingers are caught in the cookie jar always do; it demanded creation of “a blue ribbon task force … to recommend changes.” It allowed:

Although John Doe proceedings are Wisconsin’s equivalent to a federal grand jury, people involved in grand jury proceedings do not see their First Amendment rights to free speech restricted to the degree they were during the Walker investigations. Gag rules may make sense for a judge to order in certain violent crime cases but likely never should apply to investigations involving political speech. (Full editorial here.)

Baby steps, everyone. (“I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”)

Recuse and excuse

The JS falls back into old habits by disparaging the state Supreme Court, and by implication its 4–2 decision ending this farce. The newspaper repeats the Blue Fisters’ meme that Justices Prosser and Gableman should have recused. Rick Esenberg’s exegesis at RightWisconsin (pay wall) remains persuasive. In summary:

  • If Gableman and Ziegler were required to recuse themselves why wouldn’t Abrahamson, who received substantial union support, be required to do the same?
  • Unlike the Caperton court case cited by the JS, no particular business or financial interest supported Prosser and Gableman, just a broad coalition of citizens united over general principles.
  • “Unlike the expenditures in Caperton, the alleged appearance of a conflict was a product of the constitutionally troubling breadth of the Doe itself. Having attacked almost the entire conservative infrastructure, the prosecutors had the temerity to ask the conservative (but not liberal) justices to step aside. To use their own sin as a sword is a bit like the plea of a defendant who, having killed his parents, seeks clemency because he’s an orphan.”

Bottom line: The JS continues to plump for government regulation of political speech; just that those laws be rewritten.

Folks, we’ve been regulating political speech at least since Watergate and the Democratic National Convention of 1968, for all the good it does. And we’ve come to pre-dawn raids on private homes, Super PACs, and 502(c)3 educational groups.

No matter how you write the speech codes, when government controls speech, the speech police will play.

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Aug 3, 2015 01:36 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

State Rep. André Jacque reached out to me to say: “I heard you on the podcast for WPR's Week-in-Review... a few things to point out. Peg Lautenschlager said, 'Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin does not do abortions. Period. End of story.'

Rep. Jacque continued: "Three of Wisconsin’s 5 abortion clinics are operated by Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood is our state and nation’s largest abortion provider. She also repeated the lie that Planned Parenthood does mammograms, when of course Planned Parenthood has performed a total of 0 mammograms nationwide (no profit margin, so they don't do them as a policy, nor do they even have the imaging equipment at their clinics).”

Aug 3, 2015 02:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska is an expert at "gasbaggery", so it is an absolute hoot to see Dave bring that up in his blog. Guess it takes one to know one......

Aug 3, 2015 02:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The mob mentality of the left precludes them from seeing that they, like the Ferguson mobs, are burning down the 1st amendment rather than protecting it. If it doesn't fit their agenda, destroy it. How sad for them.

Dave, not B

Aug 3, 2015 02:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Didn't Buckley repeatedly call Vidal a "queer" in that thing? What a guy.

Aug 3, 2015 04:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

More Orwellian [Blaskwellian] talk out of Madison re: race.

From Chief Koval's blog post on MPD's Latino and Black Youth Academies:

"While our youth academies strive to break down barriers and to cultivate a better understanding – particularly within communities of color – regarding the role and function of police, they are intended to be inclusive and open to all kids."

SOURCE: http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/chief/blog/?Id=7791

Inclusive and open . . . which is why there is a separate academy for blacks and a separate academy for latinos.

Full speed ahead to segregate every facet of Madison life based on melanin content.

How's your school coming, Dave? Have you solved the "whites only" school problem yet?

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Aug 4, 2015 08:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave:

Did you read the Dan Bice article this AM regarding the audio tape of the Archer search? The audio refutes the allegation Archer makes in her law suit. And they also put you on the wrong side of the "jack-booted thugs" argument.

We are all awaiting your apology......

Aug 4, 2015 10:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

David, Google Madison Radiologists and you will find that St. Mary's/Dean and many rural hospitals and clinics use them to do their mammograms even though they advertise that they do mammograms. This is the exact same situation that Planned Parenthood is doing. Why is it okay for a catholic hospital can go outside their hospital/clinic yet it isn't okay for Planned Parenthood to do the same?

Aug 4, 2015 10:47 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Just about the only valid observation here: Christian Schneider does indeed struggle as a writer.

Aug 4, 2015 11:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/320568172.html

Pre-dawn battering ram raids with calls to lawyers banned? Well, maybe not.

Aug 4, 2015 09:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

David, Google Madison Radiologists and you will find that St. Mary's/Dean and many rural hospitals and clinics use them to do their mammograms even though they advertise that they do mammograms. This is the exact same situation that Planned Parenthood is doing. Why is it okay for a catholic hospital can go outside their hospital/clinic yet it isn't okay for Planned Parenthood to do the same?

This is both silly and ignorant. Madison Radiologists are simply the group of physicians who read the mammograms and other radiology studies. Dean/St.Mary's and all those other clinics have the clinics, equipment, and staff that do the procedures. That's like saying St. Mary's doesn't do bypass surgery or deliver babies... the physicians do.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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