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06/02/14

LBJ’s Great Society: the gift that keeps on taking

Successful businesses determine what works and what doesn’t; they quit doing the “what doesn’t.” What if government did the same thing? Imagine our political leaders saying something’s not working in Milwaukee’s public schools. That’s what Tommy Thompson did, to the enduring enmity of the teachers union and its political party — both champions of the status quo.

Posted at 09:47 AM | Permalink | Comments: 8

05/30/14

Scott Walker will not deal with the speech nazis

What to make of the seismic Wall Street Journal editorial Wednesday warning (that word is not too strong) Scott Walker not to make a deal with the John Doe II prosecutors? It looks like a shot across the bow. Clearly, someone is talking to the discredited prosecutors, who have been beat down by three different courts: Circuit Judge Gregory A. Peterson, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa (Richard Esenberg’s analysis here) and, indirectly, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 7th District. (Wisconsin Right to Life v. Barland.)

Posted at 09:27 AM | Permalink | Comments: 17

05/27/14

Koch Brothers, beans, Patriots, and a man named Petroleum

Still getting used to the idea of just walking outside without layering up. Good grief, that was a brutal winter! Friday, the indentured servants planted five different varieties of beans: Blue Lake, Golden Sunshine, Kentucky Wonder green, KY Wonder yellow, and Roma II — the only bush. Pole beans make great use of garden space and are easier to harvest.

Posted at 12:46 PM | Permalink | Comments: 5

05/20/14

Reclaim free speech from the regulators

Until last week, if you’d wanted to practice free speech in Wisconsin you would have been well advised to hire a good lawyer. Not a divorce lawyer, not a tax lawyer, nor a real estate lawyer. Not a criminal lawyer — well, maybe a criminal lawyer, too. But you needed to hire a free speech lawyer. Yes, they exist and they charge upwards of $200 an hour.

Posted at 09:22 AM | Permalink | Comments: 22

05/19/14

Boycott Bratfest? Another progressive assault on free speech

Leave it to our liberal/progressive acquaintances (for they ARE ...) to do what they do best — stifle free speech. Supermarket entrepreneur Tim Metcalfe announces that he is going to have one stage for a Christian, pro-life message for his annual Bratfest over the Memorial Day weekend and today the Madison left is organizing a boycott.

Posted at 10:11 AM | Permalink | Comments: 21

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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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