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Johnson County meets in small room, no questions allowed

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"WE ARE NOT TAKING QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS TONIGHT. IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AND DO, WE'LL ASK YOU TO LEAVE. IF YOU DO NOT WE'LL HAVE YOU ESCORTED OUT." Diane Black, President, Johnson County Public Library Board of Trustees, re-appointed to that board by the Franklin Community Schools Board of Trustees on 3/12/12.

HEIL! That was heard twice at your Library Board of Dictators today. An extremely controlled and orchestrated spectacle which Chinese politicians would envy. But that's not all. At some point late last week, after the election, Kaiser Black und Fuehrer Martin decided to change the scheduled meeting place from the 80-capacity Community Room at the Franklin branch to the board room at the Library "Services" Center downtown - a room which holds their table and chairs plus some cramped space for a few more seats. So, that room was packed with as many people as would fit, seated, and there was a dozen or so spectators in the hallway - including MAYOR MCGUINNESS.

Yes, the Mayor of Franklin was forced to stand in the hall while they talked about how they wanted to hear from Franklin city officials. There were also at least three City Council members jammed in the room, none of whom dared speak lest they be 86'd by the bouncer. Yes, there was an actual bouncer, a beefy janitor or something, stationed in the hall for just such an eventuality. To summarize the above, it was obvious to all the peons in attendance that the room switch had been made specifically to make us all uncomfortable and unwelcome. Der Kaiser's spiels just reinforced that.

I actually phoned the Franklin branch at 3:15 PM today to confirm the meeting location, and was told that it was going to be right there. When I arrived an hour later the Community Room was dark, there was no helpful notice of venue change posted, and there was a schedule on the room's door reserving it for the board meeting. So I got downtown in time to hear the first iteration of Herr Black's declaration of fascism. I videoed the whole meeting, which will be posted online as soon as I can edit it a bit. Stay tuned.

Gary W. Moody

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