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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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Dec 21, 2015 09:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

More bonus surplus content:

Madison's most cherished asset, the young black male, shoots up East Town Mall:

Actually, we don't have a suspect yet, and I suspect we won't for a while. The no-snitch culture in the black community is strong... like the Force is strong with the Jedi (Sith lords?). But I'm assuming based on the photo in the State Journal that the "Justified Anger" types were responsible. Did I say Justified Anger types? I meant white privilege. Yes. White privilege was to blame. Oh, and guns.

Don't worry white people. There's still Amazon Prime. There's no reason to go spend money in your communities and risk your safety. Two day shipping. Stay barricaded in your homes, i.e. the suggested course of action per Madison Police. (

Merry Christmas!

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Dec 21, 2015 11:03 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

For someone who claims to be The Defender of truth, justice and free speech, you are one cranky old guy. Sorry, Richard Russell's points make more sense than yours. Your last retort was a false equivalency heavy on the "bull" alright.

Dec 21, 2015 12:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"You want 100% conservative government? Elect a Republican president."

Couple problems with that closing statement, Dave. First, considering the political divide in this country, it's safe to say at least half of voters don't want a 100% conservative government. At least not the brand of conservatism so popular with the Republican base that will decide the primary.

That brings us to problem #2: The last president with an "R" next to his name was hardly a posterboy for conservatism, what with his spending policies. And the current frontrunner for the GOP nomination is a lot of things, but conservative isn't exactly one of them.

Your President Ryan delusion is cute, but if Ronnie Reagan-Paul Ryan time travel, White House bromance fantasies are what keep you warm at night, then you do you, buddy.

Dec 21, 2015 02:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Come on, Dave! Name names! That old lefty blowhard Paul Jadin is the one who accused Huebsch of bragging about never using email and knowing which records could legally avoid FOIA requests. You know Jadin, the first guy out of WEDC's sinking ship, leader of that socialist collectivist Madison Region Economic Partnership. Former mayor of Marxist Green Bay.

Fact: The Walker administration doesn't want you poking around in its business. My question to you, after you stake out ground as an official apologist for the Current Occupant of the Executive Residence: What does Huebsch have to hide?

Apparently, as long as unemployment goes down along with taxes, there's nothing to see or hear here, right? Those with concerns about how our representatives go about their business are whiners who should "man up"!

Dec 21, 2015 02:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

God bless you, David Blaska. If not you, who will stick up for the wealthy white industrialists, maligned as they are by the transgender black Muslims? Did you get goosebumps when you typed that, old scribe? When you cast O'Keefe as a victim and the transgender black Muslim as the aggressor? Tailgunner Joe would be proud.

Dec 21, 2015 03:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Lord forbid the press from examining the governor's operations!

We know the Democrats aren't up to the task of holding Scott Walker accountable. Thankfully, we still have a free press around here, though it seems clear that Walker's not so much a fan of that.

Dec 22, 2015 12:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Re: "more bonus surplus content" Right on! I suggest that the white folks who've decided not to risk a trip to one of Madison's shopping malls do what I did and send a note of support to State Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger), who had the temerity to speculate about what would have happened at East Towne last Saturday if a responsible armed citizen had ignored the "No guns" posting at the mall's entrances. (Cue uproar from sanctimonious Madison liberals.) A call for vigilante justice? You bet! Or we could go with the standard Madison approach: fund yet another after-school program guaranteed to turn gang-bangers into model citizens overnight--after all, it's worked so well in the past.

Dec 22, 2015 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Elect a 100% conservative president and get a 100% failed country as we have here in Wisconsin.

No0t only is Barack Obama a real cool guy and a real Christian, we've had over six straight years of job growth, something that really hasn't happened here in Wisconsin.

But that is why Walker has to cover his tracks. Who wants to learn the secret sauce for that kind of economic "success" in Wisconsin.

Dec 22, 2015 01:52 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Hey, Dave! Yeah, how about a comment on "Gun 'em Down Gannon?" But let's not focus on the fight by young blacks (I assume) that devolved to gunfire. I want to hear your reaction to an elected public official's call for Wild West vigilante "shoot 'em all, they're scum bags" justice. He is one of you agree with him? I mean, what could go wrong?

Dec 22, 2015 01:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If there is an ugly chapter that needs to be closed it's been the dark ages that has fallen over the state over the past five years, replete with all the aristocratic government and ignorance experienced by pre-Renaissance Europe.

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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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