February 16, 2012

"[Governor Scott] Walker and his legislative cronies have utterly dishonored the institutions they represent."

Writes Brian Austin — a Dane County police officer and former Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties — in Isthmus, laying out evidence of a "corruption scandal":
By supporting these people, you are losing a part of yourselves that is not easy to reclaim. How do you tell your children that these are the people you want to lead our government? Please, put aside your anger at liberals for a moment and recognize that these people are destroying your party for their own gain. Consider the fact that a small number of people are robbing us all of a real political discourse.

73 comments:

dreams said...

Althouse is buying this BS? Where is the value-added comments.

Jay said...

and is a political and labor activist.

So, a leftist who used to be cop attacks and smears his political opponents.

Jay said...

Yes this is "proof" for a leftist

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker had quite a bit to say about the indictment of Thompson as it related to Gov. Doyle

Um, yeah, because when he said that convicted of corruption and sent to prison.

These people are an embarrassment.

SGT Ted said...

Pretty piss poor second rate "corruption" there. They need to reach out to Democrats and really learn how to do corruption. They've got it down.

Like a slow leak of the investigation being conducted by Obamas FBI to damage Walker's reputation and prep the battle space for the recall election to favor the Dem candidate.

THAT's How you do corruption!

Paul Zrimsek said...

Sometimes (Georgia Thompson), not even a criminal conviction is evidence of wrongdoing. Other times (Cynthia Archer), a mere search warrant is enough.

SGT Ted said...

Oh, it was obvious that he was a labor stooge, him being a former cop and writing what he did. He is declaring Walker guilty before the investigation is over.

Its not about the EVIDENCE, its about the SERIOUSNESS OF THE CHARGE!!

But only when it's a Republican.

Pogo said...

Clearly, lots of Soros and Obama cash flowing in Wisconsin.

Freindly Democrat party prosecutors will destroy you, by any means necessary.

This is the future in America, and a very ugly one.

vet66 said...

I wonder if this yahoo understands RICO? Someone needs to go through his web of contacts and follow the money. Pimping your so-called street creeds for political gain casts a shadow over an already questionable police force.

What does it take to audit the state of Wisconsin? We have been treated to a Supreme Court populated by angry ideologues engaging in physical conflict, law enforcement that selectively interprets which rules to enforce, election committees that make the electoral process toxic, support of anarchists and union thugs that would make Putin proud, and the list goes on.

Pathetic!

Henry said...

If non-sequiturs were a crime Austin would have to turn himself in.

I especially enjoy how an alleged shadow email system in one paragraph turns into an active shadow email system in the next. Is it alleged or is it proven?

Far less funny, but indicative of Austin's mindset is the inclusion of Brian Pierick's criminal solicitation in his grabbag of nefarious conspiracy. And that applies how?

Sad stuff, this.

Matthew said...

Being investigated: dishonoring the institution you represent.

Fleeing the state to avoid a vote: What democracy looks like

Paul Zrimsek said...

Is prosecutorial overreach going to be today's theme?

TMink said...

More fauxrage from the left.

Ho hum.

Trey

Michael said...

Dumb cop

Shawn L. said...

Many of the "charges" I have no opinion on either way. Setting the tone by showing Walker was found unfit to serve in student government for the crime of campaigning door to door (?!) isn't exactly going to inspire confidence that the rest of the charges have merit.

And of course everything else is guilt by association. When the first example has the connection being "a supporter", a pretty thin association, that also reduces confidence in the accusation.

Michael Haz said...

And the guy is a lawyer? What a hack.

Tom Spaulding said...

"Brian Austin and his fellow Democrat law enforcement officer, Bull Connor, ..."

Henry said...

Also -- Are any legislative cronies mentioned in the article?

Jay said...

This is comical:

Actually, we need to start before Walker was elected governor -- specifically 1987, when Walker ran for student body president at Marquette University. During that campaign, he was found to be in violation of the school's campaign rules, including engaging in door-to-door campaigning

The horror! He went and met the potential consituents!!!

traditionalguy said...

Shame, Shame, Shame!

The chant-o-crats resume their croaking from the swamps of Madison.

Calypso Facto said...

During the protests, Austin carried a sign that said "Cops for Labor".

I prefer my cops to be for public protection.

His losing sight of the big picture of public service and trust is reminiscent of the famous quote of self-interest from Teachers Union President Albert Shanker, "When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of schoolchildren."

Petunia said...

The Isthmus is just a rag. They had one good reporter, who left several years ago, and one good columnist, who was turfed out because he's conservative. It's a joke of a paper that could only survive in Madison. Bill Lueders used to run it. Nuff said.

Mike said...

Not much real meat in that baloney sandwich.

SGT Ted said...

Cops for Labor, huh?

How about Cops that Serve the Public and not their Union Masters and the Democrat Party that gives them raises in return for Union cash?

How about Cops that don't violate the Hatch Act by partisan campaigning and one sided support for Union protests while on duty?

How ABout Cops that Are Actual Public Servants that don't stooge themselves out to their union for money?

Ross said...

What an embarrassing article. I could handle only so many forced implications and logical fallacies. Have the institutions been dishonored by Republicans? I seem to recall senators from a certain party neglecting their duty by running away to Illinois.

MadisonMan said...

I think the same can be said of any political party in power.

Curious George said...

Marquette? Really?

Walker had nothing to do with William Gardner. This was confirmed by prosecutors. He was simply an over zealous supporter.

Brian Pierick was part of Walker's inner circle? Laughable.

As for embezzlement, this investigation was started by Walker's administration, a fact left out of this asshats assessment. Wonder why?

The rest? Yawn.

The lefties know that the recall will be another shitburger they have to eat. Gotta do something.

kcom said...

"Please, put aside your anger at liberals for a moment"

Why? Have you decided not to act like dicks any more? Because if you haven't changed, there's no reason to put anything aside.

garage mahal said...

Walker & Co. will destroy their party in this state. I say, good riddance.

edutcher said...

All that's missing is the heavy Albert Gore sigh.

gk1 said...

Althouse is cruel for serving up this thin gruel to her increasingly, demoralized house liberals here. Reminds me of the sad, faded, torn "Impeach!" signs I see abandoned by the hwy.

Darrell said...

Is he one of the cops that beclowned himself for life by not enforcing the law when it was being broken by people sharing his ideology?

Fuck him. He has nothing to say worth hearing.

Ann Althouse said...

Sometimes I just put up quotes with no comment. Don't ascribe a position to me. Just talk about it however you want. Leave me out of it, if you can.

Ann Althouse said...

If it's "thin gruel," express disgust. If someone else is slurping down what you think is thin gruel and pronouncing it yummy, take them on.

MadisonMan said...

If it's "thin gruel," express disgust.

I mistakenly made my oatmeal this morning with 2x the amount of oats but the same amount of liquid.

Not thin at all.

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Walker & Co. will destroy their party in this state. I say, good riddance."

That's it? Making OT comments over and over for months and this is all you have?

Perhaps you simply need time to physically recover from um...you know while reading this article.

Matthew said...

"Consider the fact that a small number of people are robbing us all of a real political discourse."

I agree. Yelling down small children and political opponents makes it very hard to have a real political discourse

Joe Schmoe said...

As an outsider I'm having a hard time getting outraged that a Walker supporter/public employee was campaigning on work time.

It's not right, but that sort of behavior is institutionalized by public employees on the left. Just from reading this blog I know that dozens of teachers left their jobs for days to protest. Also Ann and Meade followed plow/sand trucks around who were also supporting a protest on company time. I suspect that's the tip of the iceberg.

The author only thinks it's dishonorable because a Republican is somehow involved, or at least the recipient of this largesse. That's reserved for the Democrat candidates!

Since I can't seem to read the Captcha words very well, it takes me umpteen times to post something. I'm done posting for the day, thanks to the Captcha bullshit.

garage mahal said...

That's it? Making OT comments over and over for months and this is all you have?

Uh, no. My comments have been in Walker threads. The fact you don't like my comments means nothing to me. Unsurprisingly, you can get away with almost anything, as long as you STICK IT TO THE UINIONS!

SGT Ted said...

Yea when will the Union stooge be denouncing the outright criminal activity of teachers unions members sending in fraudulent sick notes to their supervisors in order to be paid by the tax payers while protesting?

I didn't think so.

bagoh20 said...

These "institutions" are pretty hard to dishonor any more than they were. I would say that this corruption raises them a little.

EDH said...

Joe Schmoe said...
Since I can't seem to read the Captcha words very well, it takes me umpteen times to post something. I'm done posting for the day, thanks to the Captcha bullshit.

It really, really, really is bad. Did Blogger make this change or was it a change in settings? Add this to the messed-up PUBLISH and PREVIEW buttons and I honestly don't have the time for this.

But it does demonstrate nicely the ill effects on effort of "over regulation".

bagoh20 said...

"Walker & Co. will destroy their party in this state. "

Then he can expect your vote, right?

If you believed what you wrote, that would be the logical response, then your party could have free reign to unfix the state.

Captcha has worn me out too, for now

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

The reaction to Act 10 is in direct proportion to the power that these people wielded over the taxpayers of Wisconsin. Any doubt I had over the necessity of Walker's changes have been long ago dismissed by clowns like this.

AJ Lynch said...

This guy sounds like Garbage Mahal.

Rusty said...

garage mahal said...
That's it? Making OT comments over and over for months and this is all you have?

Uh, no. My comments have been in Walker threads. The fact you don't like my comments means nothing to me. Unsurprisingly, you can get away with almost anything, as long as you STICK IT TO THE UINIONS!


But you'd love to stick it to the taxpayers. At least you're finally being honest. You just want to keep your free stuff flowing.
Got it.

Jobs creation. Any luck?

garage mahal said...

Felonies are okay, if you stick it to unions. How unpredictable.

Original Mike said...

"I talked to her at home last night. I feel bad. She feels worse. We cannot afford another story like this one. No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc."

So, efforts by Walker to obey the law (no campaigning on public time/resources) are taken as "evidence" that he's breaking the law. Ridiculous.

Carnifex said...

All I can say is if the "outrage" this stalwart of public service felt about Gov. Walker campaigning door-to-door while at Marquette is honest, President Obama was lucky he got out of the state without being arrested, hogtied, and taken for a "ride" in a squad car.(a common technique for cops to rough someone up without touching them). Thank God for Eric Holder!

Or maybe, just maybe, he's a hack, and a hypocrite.(I can live with a hack)

Matthew said...

You know what also robs people of a real political discourse?

Massive fraud (http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/walker-asks-judge-for-two-more-weeks-to-review-recall-petitions-dm477k5-139372188.html).

Michael said...

Garage. How are the unions faring up there in wakonsin? Are their dues still rolling in from their eager members or has there been a tailing off in collections? Curious since we dont hear much about that facet of the fascist edicts that makes members pay directly.

garage mahal said...

So, efforts by Walker to obey the law (no campaigning on public time/resources) are taken as "evidence" that he's breaking the law. Ridiculous.

Walker already knew they were breaking the law, that's why he sent that email. The email was sent to Tim Russell, who setup the illegal computer network. Russell was not his chief of staff, he didn't even work in the county office at the time. The DA claims to have thousands of emails sent to and from that network. Gulp.

Matthew said...

Thousands of emails, one million signatures.

Just saying a large number of something exists doesn't make it so.

gerry said...

Just saying a large number of something exists doesn't make it so.

Unless you are a straw-grasping, intellectually bankrupt political hack, that is.

garage mahal said...

Garage. How are the unions faring up there

Much better than unions in the dirty south, that is if they are even allowed? Judging from what I've seen in my travels, probably not. Anyhow, they will get their rights restored in the next budget, and I suspect you will never see a Republican willing to stick their dick in that hornets nest again.

President-Mom-Jeans said...

Garbage Mahal said:

"Gulp"


My dearest union stooge, we are well aware of the noise that occurs after you are finished fellating Obama and your beloved public sector moochers. No need to put it into writing.

Jason said...

Anyhow, they will get their rights restored in the next budget, and I suspect you will never see a Republican willing to stick their dick in that hornets nest again.

Yes, Im sure school districts and municipalities all over this state are going to just jump at the opportunity to bust their budgets by re-instituting all of this garbage after getting a taste of being able to actually control their finances. I cant wait for school boards and mayors to explain to taxpayers that their property taxes need to be jacked up so teachers and public employees can have their health care and pensions for free. Im sure it will go over well.

Collective bargaining is done in this state. It will never be enacted again. By any administration.

coolkevs said...

"they will get their rights restored in the next budget"
No, if Kathleen Falk gets in and the Republicans maintain the assembly as they most assuredly will, we are going to be stuck with this particular budget for a long, long, long time - at least until 2015 in my view.

Crunchy Frog said...

Much better than unions in the dirty south, that is if they are even allowed?

The workers themselves seem to be doing fine, however. That's why every time a vote is held to unionize a factory it fails miserably.

Wonder why that is...

garage mahal said...


Yes, Im sure school districts and municipalities all over this state are going to just jump at the opportunity to bust their budgets by re-instituting all of this garbage after getting a taste of being able to actually control their finances.
?

The union stripping provisions was just language inserted into a budget bill, than can easily be re-inserted. Where you get school districts are on board with Walker and his education cuts I'm sure will remain a mystery. Our school district is looking at a 2 million for next year's budget.

Rusty said...

garage mahal said...
Felonies are okay, if you stick it to unions. How unpredictable.


I see. The people voting to limit union influence in their lives is a felony.
you were doing so well....
pity.

Patrick said...

"The DA claims to have thousands of emails sent to and from that network."

The DA has thousands of emails from Walker telling his staff and supporters to not violate the law? Well, that should make him happy.

Meade said...

Here's my comment over there"

"Let me ask you: How many of your close friends have committed felonies on your behalf?"
-Brian Austin

None. That I know of.

But if you have evidence that six of my close friends have committed felonies on my behalf, I hope your investigation is properly bounded by the highest investigatory ethics and that you have not selected your targets politically. If not, your investigation, itself, would be corrupt.

I hope, if you are wielding the power of prosecution, that you are, yourself, politically neutral and that you live up to your commitment to treat your targets with fairness, dignity, and respect. I hope you are seeking and doing impartial justice. I hope, for example, you are not withholding exculpatory evidence while leaking inculpatory evidence to the press as a means of achieving your own partisan political ends. If not, your prosecution, itself, would be corrupt.

And I hope, if you are reporting on a John Doe investigation, that you are following all the rules set forth in the law, that any anonymous sources themselves have clean hands, and that all orders, including gag orders, are being scrupulously followed. If not, your reporting, itself, would be corrupt.

In short, if you are alleging corruption - that six of my close friends are guilty of committing felonies on my behalf - I hope you are not, yourself, corrupt. Corrupt and hypocritical!

I Callahan said...

Allow me to be blunt here. Guys like Garage want to believe this so bad, that it's unconceivable to them that there is no evidence of impropriety.

As for the unions, if Walker succeeds, then other governors will try the same things, and also succeed and weaken the unions. This cannot be allowed to happen, so anything goes. Recalls, phony investigations, left wing ex-cop hacks; it will be non-stop. Eventually, the people of Wisconsin may vote him out just to shut up the discontents. That would be unfortunate to say the least.

The left will hound Walker to the ends of the universe. I think of the unions as Khan, and I think of the governor as Captain Kirk in Star Trek II.

Carnifex said...

@ I Callahan

Up thread I dissed the hack who penned this story. On the other hand, Walker is a politician, and as such deserving of no presumption of innocence. As Groucho used to say, "I wouldn't want to belong to a club that would have me for a member".

garage mahal said...

The left will hound Walker to the ends of the universe. I think of the unions as Khan, and I think of the governor as Captain Kirk in Star Trek II.

This investigation started before Walker was even elected. In fact, his campaign was subpoenaed the day before last November's election. I don't know why you guys take it out on me, read the complaints and offer a criticism.

Sigivald said...

when Walker ran for student body president at Marquette University. During that campaign, he was found to be in violation of the school's campaign rules, including engaging in door-to-door campaigning, which was strictly prohibited

Seriously?

That's his lede?

And he claims to not be preaching to the choir who already hates Walker?

Patrick said...

KHAAAAANN!!!!

dreams said...

I hear ya. I'm more of a reader than a commenter and usually someone else makes my position better than I could. An example would be Meade's comment.

garage mahal said...

The hits keep on coming:

Federal judges slam GOP lawmakers over redistricting secrecy

"Without a doubt, the Legislature made a conscious choice to involve private lawyers in what gives every appearance of an attempt -albeit poorly disguised - to cloak the private machinations of Wisconsin's Republican legislators in the shroud of attorney-client privilege. What could have - indeed should have - been accomplished publicly instead took place in private, in an all but shameful attempt to hide the redistricting process from public scrutiny."

Patrick said...

Garage, are you interested in transparency now? I would guess the President would be interested in knowing.

garage mahal said...

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Rusty said...

Vouchers.
vouchers determine what is necessary and what isn't.

KLDAVIS said...

This post does fit the recent theme of the blog, because the gentleman doth protest too much.