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Nov 27, 201308:17 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Meet John Doe 2: an assault on political speech

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The notion that the government can tell its citizens whom they may not converse with, what they may or may not say, and how much speech they are allowed (think individual campaign contribution limits) X-number of days before an election is repugnant.

One could say that the only permit WMC, et al., need is the First Amendment; unlike the Solidarity Singers, they are not preventing the other side from being heard.

Why do progressive colluders get a pass?

Wisconsin Reporter’s Watchdog has done excellent reporting and commentary.

“Why should we be surprised conservative-funded groups are funding conservative causes?” the reporter asked. Doesn’t the same thing occur on the left?

The answer, according to Center for Media & Democracy executive director Lisa Graves: Yes, but the left is morally superior in its motives.

“The question of conservative funders versus liberal funders ... is a matter of false equivalency,” Graves responded. “Quite frankly a number of these (corporate donors) like Koch Industries … they’re advancing not just an ideological agenda but an agenda that helps advance the bottom line of their corporate interests. That’s quite a distinct difference from some of the funders in the progressive universe.”

There is the political left’s situational ethics. The current John Doe 2 investigation need not result in indictment, much less conviction, to give the First Amendment a thorough, World Wrestling Federation beat-down.

The witch hunt against conservatives and only conservatives has two goals: 1) to preemptively chill their political speech and 2) to create enough smoke to sow doubt among the voting public.

The investigation is succeeding in those goals precisely because of its secrecy. Against its opaque canvas the most partisan conspiracist is free to spray-paint his most lurid fantasies. The grassy knoll crowd can only envy the possibilities. If anyone knows how to defend oneself against a secret investigation, please call Franz Kafka.

Blaska’s bottom line: Why doesn’t Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen or Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel go after liberal collusion? Don’t tell me our progressive acquaintances aren’t singing out of the same Solidarity hymnal!

The Racine Journal-Times is demanding “no more politically motivated John Doe probes.” Who will join them?

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Nov 27, 2013 11:32 am
 Posted by  Leo

Salem, Massachusetts tried the same thing around 1692 and managed,
on mighty thin "evidence', to hang some so-called witches for show. It's much the same thing going on in Milwaukee County right now. But, so far, minus the hangings or burning at the stake. But the zealots know no bounds.

Nov 27, 2013 12:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Apparently D Blaska no longer believes in "law and order."

What a whiney baby! The author of this post, "The victimy victimhood of Scott Walker under John Doe 2.0", nailed it.

"...a rightie gets charged with doing something bad, a leftie does not have to get charged. A John Doe investigation is not a televised debate with each side getting their “turn”."


http://www.bluecheddar.net/?p=36441

Nov 27, 2013 01:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This man is a terrible writer. His arguments remind of recess on the playground in 5th grade. OK, maybe 6th grade.

And all the crying about victimhood is nothing more than a distraction from rampant lawbreaking.

Nov 27, 2013 01:41 pm
 Posted by  uwbiz96

How do you know the probe doesn't also include Democrats? The only reason we know that it's targeting Republicans is because those who shouldn't be talking about it are. Loudly and frequently. The Wall Street Journal opinion page is the only place where any particulars about targets, left or right, are mentioned and that's by someone who has a lot to gain by getting out in front of it.

If you don't like the law, work to overturn it. Don't simply break it.

I fully believe that unions are coordinating with the Dems, just like corporations are coordinating with Republicans and so does everyone else. I thought part of the Tea Party movement was to be opposed to both and all of this special interest skullduggery. Do you not subscribe to that part? Does it have anything to do with your career as a GOP water carrier?

I appreciate the intellectual distance on this particular image, but don't try to make it seem like you actually weighed the arguments. You were root, root, rooting for the home team all along.

Nov 27, 2013 01:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So, the claim is Governor Walker coordinated with third parties, but clearly, Kathleen Falk did not?

Funny how an independent third party organization "Wisconsin for Falk" (not to be confused with her "direct" campaign organization Falk for WI) was able to obtain all of this B-roll footage of the candidate herself walking into the capital, talking to students, etc. without any coordination. How could she know what they were up to?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD28a98bFGo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olBiatbFPAw

Nov 29, 2013 07:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Isn't Blaska the one who always writes dismissively about how our legal system coddles the criminals because they claim they're persecuted, that they're "victims" of their environment or race or whatever? These whiney political "victims" of John Doe 2 seem to have lawyered-up at a national level. I'm guessing our own sleepy-eyed boy governor and his local, state henchmen are not the real targets. They're gunning for the Dark Money purveyors further up the food chain. Oh well, maybe he'll be forced to accept career-ending immunity to testify against the Kochs et al to avoid prison. A boy can always dream.
AnonyBob

Dec 3, 2013 12:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What difference does it make whether this star-chamber probe "includes" Democrats? The process is totalitarian regardless of whom it is directed at. The fact that it is always directed at Republicans has nothing to do with it -- random variation, no doubt. It is puzzling that Republicans waste their time in state courts to obtain relief. The Dane County judiciary is as political as the General Assembly, and it feeds from the same trough as the Act10aniacs. Wisconsin has neither a republican nor a democratic form of government. Instead, it has an unaccountable bureaucracy that is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the "Progressives," whose first idol was Mussolini and whose arguments always amount to, "It should be (is, in Wisconsin) illegal to think/say that"; everyone else needs to shut up, suck on it, and keep sending their money to the Madison Imperium.

Dec 3, 2013 02:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I just plan to open my pocket book and give more to conservative causes and individuals. More investigations = more money donated. Wonder who will win in that round?

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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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