The "Anoka City Forum" inbox was abuzz with comments and disbelief over the mayor, Bjorn Skogquist, and his bartender Durkin's idea to pass a resolution against freedom of speech.
Some felt it was par for this course. Others were appalled someone would have the gall to even suggest government censorship in an American city hall.
It was at a meeting with no press, scant minutes, limited attendance - very "back room". It really got around though.
Someone pointed out that if Paul Pierce, Aaron Barr, Mike Gundlach or Dori Schumacher were on the council to back Mr. Skogquist up, it would probably be a done deal by now.
"We the city council pass a resolution against the public's freedom of speech on blogs."
That would be serious. As noted, "Blogs now represent the town square and digital democracy."
"No one is more despised by career politicians than someone who insists on telling the truth and can back it up with good files."
"Always easier to attack messengers than deal with issues." (That's why civilian commenters are not ID'ed on this forum.)
Update: since this was posted the online open comments feature had to be closed. Spam was getting too heavy, too time consuming and too weird.
The position of visibility on opening night of the Car Show was staffed by none other than Mayor Skogquist. Third night was Skogquist political yes-man and Anoka newcomer, Mike Gundlach.
Finally, someone else commented on the irony and similarities of Durkin and Castro's Cuba. Cuba recently expelled two journalists. Durkin was quoted almost verbatim: "they were just too negative and it was hurting business."
Update: And now Bjorn Skogquist wants to be a county commissioner. Oh, Anoka-freedom-of-speech-lover, be afraid, be very afraid.