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One evening in March 2011, Wisconsin state representative Corey Mason (D – Racine) gained national fame (via Breitbart.com) as “Wisconsin’s Benedict Arnold,” for his role in opening the locked doors of the state Capitol Building, allowing thousands of protesters angry about Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reforms to illegally occupy it.

Never again — one would think — would a Wisconsin public official dare risk such opprobrium by lawlessly letting an angry mob into a locked government building. But one would think wrong. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce, progressive hero Karl Marx once observed. Elements of both tragedy and farce mark this newest betrayal of public trust in Wisconsin.  (more…)

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Today the New York Times published an editorial attacking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for what he candidly admitted was a drafting error (in his budget proposal) regarding the mission statement for the University of Wisconsin.

The editorial board ought to go a bit easier on the Governor, because it should recognize that even intelligent, reasonably careful people can occasionally commit drafting errors. Witness, for example, the New York Times editorial attacking the Governor, which in its original form repeatedly referred to Scott Walker as “Mr. Scott” (screenshot preserved by @LoganDobson):


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Of course, the New York Times quickly updated its website with a correction noting the error, right?

Wrong. Being a liberal journalist means never having to say you’re sorry — indeed, never having to even acknowledge you’ve made an error.

Unlike Governor Walker, who candidly acknowledged a drafting error made in the preparation of his budget proposal, the New York Times simply corrected its error and pretended it never happened, consigning it to the memory hole.

Fortunately this did not escape the notice of prominent Wisconsin pollster and Marquette University Law School professor Charles Franklin, who tweeted this before-and-after screencap:

MR SCOTT CORRECTED

Hopefully the New York Times will some day stop memory-holing embarrassing errors, and match Governor Walker’s candor in acknowledging errors.

UPDATE (10:55 p.m.):  Comment on Gov. Scott Walker’s “Eureka! moment.”

UPDATE 2 (Feb. 7, 12:30 p.m.): Here is a scan of the hard copy of the finished editorial, published this a.m. (no mention in the hard copy, or online, of the “Mr. Scott” error in the editorial as initially published online):

Feb 7 NYT Walker editorial

UPDATE 3 (Feb. 7, 9 p.m.): And here’s a video answering the NYT’s attack on “Mr. Scott”:

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Happy New Year! For anyone (else) reading blogs on New Year’s Eve, here’s a collection of the best renditions of “Auld Lang Syne” uploaded today on YouTube. (Click here for eight things you ought to know about the song.) (more…)

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At 3 p.m. on Sept. 5, Wisconsin conservative talk-radio pioneer Mark Belling (who regularly guest hosts for Rush Limbaugh), of Milwaukee’s Talk/Radio 1030 WISN, was the first to break the news of something apparently never known to have previously occurred in the annals of street racing.

A group of street racers was bodacious enough to privately commandeer an urban interstate highway (by blocking off entrance traffic) to stage a 150-mph drag race – and then they posted the evidence (an elaborately produced video) on YouTube! (more…)

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Blake Peuse, harmless

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Melissa Horn, guiltless

Superintendent Blake Peuse and Principal Melissa Horn and other Wisconsin school bureaucrats have been bullying an 11-year-old-boy, Matthew, and his parents, by criticizing him for having a tiny picture of a gun on an American flag as his avatar while using his computer at home; by declining to return messages left by his parents, who were worried that Matthew would be expelled from his virtual school due to his use of the avatar; and by announcing they plan to create a new policy specifically designed to ban Matthew (and others) from using an avatar reflecting a belief in the constitutional right to bear arms.

Until recently, Peuse and Horn declined all public comment on the matter. They even refused to return calls from prominent media outlets (in particular, calls from Zach Noble at The Blaze). But facing what they apparently perceive as a barrage of media abuse, somehow they found time to break away from their recreational pursuits and address the matter publicly. (more…)

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Sara Conrad

Sarah Conrad is a Wisconsin conservative who last week memorably sampled the wide variety of scary pictures of guns liberals will need to target (pun intended) as they craft a policy to ban virtual guns in virtual schools. (more…)

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UPDATE: Welcome, Gateway Pundit readers!

UPDATE 2: Welcome, Weasel Zippers readers!

UPDATE 3:  Welcome, Freepers!

UPDATE 4, Welcome, Behind the Black readers!

UPDATE 5:  Welcome, The Blaze readers!

UPDATE 6: Welcome, The Real Revo readers!

UPDATE 7: Welcome, Liberty News readers!

UPDATE 8: Welcome, Reddittors!

UPDATE 9: Welcome, The Truth About Guns readers!

UPDATE 10: Readers interested in how Matthew’s parents — Pam and Brian Schoenecker — see the situation should read the recent posts and comments on Pam’s Facebook page, here.

UPDATE 11: For a video summarizing this story in less than four minutes, illustrated with scary pictures of guns liberals will need to ban, click here, or read the Sept. 3 followup post.  And please RT this tweet on  the four-minute video. The 16-minute video already has 4,500+ views in just two days (as of Sept. 4, 2 p.m.); this very short version should be even more effective in acquainting folks to the gist of the story.

UPDATE 12: It appears the school bureaucrats behind this fiasco are now pursuing a blame-the-victim strategy. Early in the morning on Sept. 4, Vicki McKenna posted on her Facebook page (here) and on her Twitter account (here) an image of a letter sent by the principal and superintendent to all parents of Matthew’s virtual school addressing (rather obliquely) the current controversy. In addition to stating that no one had actually been suspended or threatened with suspension (which Matthew’s parents already knew, and Vicki had reported (here), based on the discussion between Matthew’s mom and the superintendent), the letter appears to place blame on Matthew for supposedly not making “good choices” (para. 2). It also appears to place blame on Matthew’s parents for supposedly not having reached out to school personnel “for clarification” prior to contacting the media (para. 3). In fact, as Vicki discussed on her Aug. 29 afternoon show (30 seconds starting here, and 15 seconds starting here), the parents went to the media only after their efforts to seek clarification from the school went with no response! This blame-the-victims letter, and Vicki’s comments on it on her show(s), will likely be featured in a separate post. [Update: that post is here.]

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Melissa A. Horn

Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home. (more…)

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