Dec 21, 201508:40 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Closing an ugly chapter in the assault on free speech
So the Government Accountability Board is all boxed up and ready to move out into the dustbin of history. One last detail — settling the lawsuit brought by one of its victims, Eric O’Keefe, who, had he been a transgendered black Muslim instead of a conservative activist, would have been accorded martyr status by a worshipful news media.
We’ll learn more about GAB’s collusion in the John Doe free speech raids when records are released. We do know that “GAB Ethics Division Administrator Jonathan Becker spearheaded and controlled the hiring of John Doe special prosecutor Fran Schmitz, and the GAB paid his bills,” Collin Roth reports at RightWisconsin (pay wall). “Equally troubling, GAB assigned staff to work on the investigation who were biased against the targets and motivated by political animus, said Edward Greim, who along with Todd Graves represented O’Keefe and the Club in the lawsuit.”
Becker is former chairman of the Dane County Board.
To the Wisconsin State Journal account of the story (read the comments), liberals circled the wagons in the responses while Your Humble Squire did his church-required missionary work:
RichardSRussell Dec 17, 2015 2:40pm — Yeah, heaven forfend that a state agency should assist in a criminal prosecution. Why, that could lead to such atrocities as justice, truth, and honesty.
David Blaska Dec 17, 2015 2:52pm — Yeah, the “crime” of one group of American citizens speaking with another group of American citizens on issues of mutual concern. SQUIRREL!
RichardSRussell Dec 17, 2015 4:06pm — Just because conspiracy theorists are often nuts doesn’t mean there are no conspiracies (or, as you phrase it, “one group of citizens speaking with another on issues of mutual concern”). The real question is “What are they talking about?”
David Blaska Dec 17, 2015 5:03pm: — Their governance, Oh Big Brother.
RichardSRussell Dec 17, 2015 11:50pm — Suppose one group of citizens is talking to another, and the essence of their conversation is “you bring the fuses, I’ll bring the dynamite, you light the match, and my buddy here will keep an eye out for the security guards.” Just innocent free speech in your book, right, Mr. Blaska?
David Blaska Dec 18, 2015 10:50am — Walker Derangement Syndrome in full bloom! Equating support for Act 10 government employee reforms to the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks that murdered scores of innocent civilians. Un-BEE-leave-ah-bull!
If it’s anti-Walker it leads
Headline from the leftwing Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: “Former cabinet members: Top Scott Walker aide ordered them to avoid state email, phones.”
Turns out reporter Dee Hall uncovered only two such former cabinet members, one of whom walked back his original assertion. The “top aide” in question is former Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, who firmly asserts that he urged caution and prudence before hitting the “send” button.
“Email is often spur of the moment, sometimes emotion driven communication,” he added. “It can include irony, sarcasm or thoughts intended as jokes that, when taken literally or out of the full context of the conversation can appear to mean something very different, even completely opposite of what was intended.”
But, what the hell, it gets Bill Lueders’ old shop its requisite anti-Walker headline. (Bill is now an editor at The Progressive.) Don’t count on the left-wing Center to print Huebsch’s full response. For that, turn to RightWisconsin’s “Anatomy of a Gotcha Story.” (Pay wall.) Fair usage excerpt:
“Recent experience has made clear to me that it is unnecessary since your article is already written. While you may use a portion of my response to confirm your pre-determined narrative, you will never allow the new set of facts that I may present to alter your opinion or the focus of your story. Your email to me confirms my point.
“… If your premise was accurate, that I directed secretaries to take steps to avoid creating public records, then wouldn’t I insist upon them using the telephone? Since anyone would know that no public record can be created by a telephonic conversation, unless one of the parties is taping.”
Does make one wonder, where was the Center when speech police were loading the battering rams for their pre-dawn raids?
Bonus surplus content
• Teachers union boss John Matthews retires, probably because the automatic dues deductions end at the conclusion of this school year. Worry not, MTI will hire a replacement but s/he’ll work for a lot less money than Matthews’ $200,000-plus salary because dues contributions will be voluntary.
• Irony for you — Now that the former Town of Windsor is incorporated as a village, it is exerting the usual mile and one-half extra-territoriality around its town neighbors, giving it the voice in development on its neighbors’ periphery that it so resented when imposed by the Village of DeForest.
• Voter I.D. overcomes yet another court challenge from the Democrats. This one courtesy of Judge James Peterson, appointed by The Current Occupant.
• Politics is the art of the possible. Anyone can talk tough on a candidate debate stage, actually governing is the test. Paul Ryan is still my man. You want 100% conservative government? Elect a Republican president.
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