Sunday, July 27, 2008

Blogger On Journal Communications Website Calls Wisconsin DNR "Gestapo-like"

Kevin Fischer, conservative pundit and staff aide to State Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), complains on his blog that when the state Department of Natural Resources enforces regulations covering cranberry growers, its actions are "Gestapo-like."

This is his quote about the DNR's purported anti-business attitude:

"The villain? Take a guess: the Gestapo-like Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that isn’t happy unless it’s ruining someone’s life. Pretty darned stupid, isn’t it? We are our own worst enemy."

This is the professional bio Fischer has posted at the top of his blog on, one of several Journal Communications websites that the multi-media company operates as part of its interactive, online effort, and that replaced a group of community newspapers:

"Kevin Fischer is an award-winning veteran broadcaster who has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for nearly three decades. Kevin, who is a legislative aide to state Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, “INTERchange,” on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10."

Fischer is a former radio reporter, so I will assume he knows that the Gestapo committed assassinations, mass murder and crimes against humanity in Germany before and during World War II, including running Hitler's concentration camps.

Fischer also fills in for righty talker Mark Belling on WISN-AM 1130, a Clear Channel radio station in Milwaukee.

For these outlets, Fischer is the go-to conservative representative or substitute authority.

This isn't a free speech issue: Fischer's choice of language is protected, as it should be, but it's not the first time that he has attacked the DNR in this fashion, having called it earlier this year "the Wisconsin wing of the Nazi party."

In that case, Fischer was mad at the DNR for protecting a portion of the Wisconsin Dells - - land and views that are in the public domain - - from encroachment by a condominium development.

For that, if you work at the DNR, you got called a Nazi.

Now you are like the Gestapo.?

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