Jan 22, 201609:54 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Gun control sponsored by gun illiterates from Madison
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Speaking up for free speech
Your Humble Squire was the only citizen to speak up for preserving freedom of speech at a “public telling” at the State Capitol Thursday organized by Matt Rothschild’s Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and the UW campus Ralph Nader affiliate. He was a lone voice among U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, State Reps. Lisa Subeck and Chris Taylor (both former Planned Parenthood lobbyists), among many others.
They wanted to geld the First Amendment, to overturn the Citizens United decision, to put government agents in charge of who may say what and when they may say it.
Thursday was the sixth anniversary of the majority decision that affirmed, “All the provisions of the Bill of Rights set forth the rights of individual men and women — not, for example, of trees or polar bears,” in the words of Justice Scalia.
But the individual person’s right to speak includes the right to speak in association with other individual persons. … The First Amendment is written in terms of ‘speech,’ not speakers. Its text offers no foothold for excluding any category of speaker, from single individuals to partnerships of individuals to …”
Sure enough, your Humble Squire was accused of being on the payroll of the Koch Bros. That’s how these people think.
Odd, that if big money has corrupted our political process, Bernie Sanders leads megabucks-Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Donald Trump leads Republicans even though he has spent virtually no money, either his own or others’.
The Paul Ryan presidential watch — “If Trump continues to steamroll his rivals through the primaries, Ryan may unavoidably become the counter-Trump: the rallying point for Republicans who believe the GOP must organize more around hope than fear.” — Ronald Brownstein in the National Journal, Jan. 13, 2016
For extra credit — “From Whitewater to Benghazi: a Clinton scandal primer.” — The Atlantic, Jan. 18, 2016. “Keeping track of each controversy … is no small task.” Not too big to fail? How about too big to jail?
Amazing how Dane County government is suddenly willing to update its zoning code now that Republicans run state government. Last time was 1938, except for a few minor tweaks. Now that the towns are on the verge of getting zoning home rule, Dane County liberals are willing to talk about local control. Funny how that works.
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