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November 2012

Borrowed Time

12/06/12

Borrowed Time

If Mother had pressed a shiny brass tuba into her firstborn’s hands, your scrivener might today be a world-class concert tuba virtuoso. Well, no use crying over what might have been. Instead, Mom gave her little yard ape a bank savings account passbook. Normal kids converted the windfall cash from birthdays, Christmas, and other milestones into Chicken Dinner candy bars, JuJubes, and jelly beans. My haul got socked away in the big bank on Main Street.

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’Tis the (__?__)mas season; on the Left that means ‘Joy to the Struggle’

11/28/12

’Tis the (__?__)mas season; on the Left that means ‘Joy to the Struggle’

Who needs the Grinch who stole (___?___)mas when we have the guilty liberals of The Nation magazine? A missive from said magazine just landed in my email inbox. To: David Blaska Subject: “We have to have fun.” Message: This holiday season, celebrate the joy of the struggle with our new Molly Ivins tote bags.

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It’s scoundrel time on the Left (or, Twinkies for the Sly-mer, justice for Jesse Jr.)

11/26/12

It’s scoundrel time on the Left (or, Twinkies for the Sly-mer, justice for Jesse Jr.)

I am taking up a Twinkie drive for the Sly-mer. I would publish the man’s home address but that’s the kind of thing the Sly-mer did to Miss Vicki McKenna, his radio rival, in addition to calling her a whore and other vile terms in a 15-year vendetta. Instead, deposit your non-perishable junk food at Mid-West Family Broadcasting, 730 Ray-O-Vac Drive, Madison.

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Say goodbye to the Radio Sly-mer

11/21/12

Say goodbye to the Radio Sly-mer

I am no fan of radio hosts who get mean and personal. So I shed no tears for the Radio Sly-mer, who was this afternoon fired from WTDY-AM 1670 after 15 years. There’s new management at Midwest Radio; the Sly-mer’s longtime protector, Tom Walker, retired a few months ago. Reportedly, the station is going all sports with the CBS sports package, which includes talker Jim Rome.

Posted at 12:37 PM | Permalink | Comments: 12

Jail time for cutie in the Scott Walker non-case

11/20/12

Jail time for cutie in the Scott Walker non-case

Having lost their cases in the court of public opinion and at the ballot box, bitter enders who animate Wisconsin’s Democratic party these days have replaced their Recall Walker signs with Indict Walker prayers.

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Take the road to Hayek for those post-election blues

11/19/12

Take the road to Hayek for those post-election blues

Cannot believe I survived five years of college (“down the drain,” a la Bluto Blutarski) without having read Friedrich A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. The suspicion is that the book is not listed on the typical college curricula. I’m doing my remedial reading now. Hayek is a 1974 Nobel Prize winner; a founder of the Austrian School of Economics, with Joseph Schumpeter and Ludwig von Mises; and the intellectual godfather of Milton Friedman, Maggie Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Paul Ryan, the foil of John Maynard Keynes.

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Madison Chamber lands high draft pick in Zach Brandon

11/16/12

Madison Chamber lands high draft pick in Zach Brandon

The selection of Zach Brandon as president of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is great news. Brandon can change the dynamic of a city that has for the better part of 40 years regarded capitalism as the devil’s spawn, that has punished entrepreneurs with ever-shifting demands, made them jump over newly invented hoops, and given unelected neighborhood associations effective veto power over development

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The Two Americas

11/14/12

The Two Americas

There really are two Americas, as that sleazeball John Edwards used to say. There’s the America of grown-ups: adults who take care of their business and don’t blame others for their failures. They are countered by a group – perhaps not Mitt Romney’s 47% but growing – of permanent takers, not the workers who earned their Social Security payments and veterans benefits but career dependents and their enablers, people who believe that Big Bird will croak without state-coerced taxation of the achieving class.

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Deaf dog blogge

11/12/12

Deaf dog blogge

Our liberal acquaintances (for they ARE ... ) ascribe to us conservatives the auditory powers usually reserved to the canine species. We’re able to hear high-pitched dog whistles that they, supposedly lacking these powers, somehow are able to recognize nonetheless. Strange, that.

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Licking our wounds and counting our losses (including the Dow) the day after

11/07/12

Licking our wounds and counting our losses (including the Dow) the day after

What can I tell you except, “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” How can one explain a state that went deep red in 2010, that, in Ron Johnson, sent the nation’s most conservative senator to Washington, D.C., that just this June re-elected one of the most conservative governors in the nation a second time within two years – how can you explain that same state electing the radically liberal – excuse me! – progressive from the heart of Madison’s isthmus?

Posted at 11:31 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3

Mark your ballots and mark my words!

11/06/12

Mark your ballots and mark my words!

Sing along with that great faux German chanteuse, Lily von Schtupp. “I’m so tired.” Watching President Obama preaching to the choir Monday morning, I was struck by how listless was the audience and wan the speaker. True, CNN’s webcast did not do much panning of the crowd. But the handpicked supporters providing the backdrop between the president and the City-County Building were almost inert.

Posted at 11:38 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

The raging before Tuesday’s electoral storm

11/05/12

The raging before Tuesday’s electoral storm

Much high-quality candy remains in the Halloween trick-or-treat dish as we watched several gaggles of children follow their parents past the Tom My Senator and Romney-Ryan yard signs decorating the Stately Manor in favor of more liberal – but hardly more hospitable – habitations. Thus does Wisconsin’s civil cold war smolder in Madison’s precincts.

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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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