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A free speech love letter to Dave Zweifel

Dear Dave Zweifel: I have never properly thanked you for being my editor for much of my time at The Capital Times so many years ago. Dave, you may be the most likable man in Madison (not to mention Monona). You were a very forgiving boss. You had to be, with an employee like David Blaska. But you always championed my writing and you continue to do so, I believe, by linking to my efforts here at the Stately Manor. I thank you for that.

Posted at 11:14 AM | Permalink | Comments: 13


Just like a good neighbor … crime is your fault for not mingling

The Madison Conceit holds that good hearts can overcome the culture of victimhood, and government dependence, all of which erode self-respect, responsibility, and initiative. Show up with your extended family, no job, no housing, and no money and the mayor hisself will come get you and hook you up with all those taxpayer-paid services. (Readers from outside Madison, that actually happened!)

Posted at 09:56 AM | Permalink | Comments: 17


Walking back the Scott Walker story

It’s called “walking back the story.” When yesterday’s news story is conclusively rebutted, the too-clever journalist acknowledges the error without admitting his mistake. In the wake of last week’s John Doe II “document dump” the news media seized on one phrase, “criminal scheme,” ignoring that two judges in separate rulings overruled what was never more than a prosecutorial “theory.”

Posted at 10:22 AM | Permalink | Comments: 6


First Amendment raid at Capital Newspapers exposes ‘criminal scheme’

You may have noticed that there were no local editorials in this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal. There is a reason and it should frighten all those who hold their liberties sacred. Early this morning, just before daybreak, armed sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at 1901 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison. That is the headquarters of Capital Newspapers, Inc. Among its string of daily newspapers, the corporation publishes the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times.

Posted at 11:07 AM | Permalink | Comments: 16


Liberal political ‘collusion’? Hey, John Doe prosecutors: Do we have to draw a map?

C’mon Schmitz, Chisholm, and Landgraf. On Robels! On Nickel! (On Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, and Comet!) To the top of the porch! Pound on the door! Arm the deputies. Shine the floodlights! Wake the neighbors! Make the children cry! Seize the hard drives and the cell phones! Jail random citizens without bringing charges! Ruin their reputations! Free speech is afoot!

Posted at 11:28 AM | Permalink | Comments: 13

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About This Blog

Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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