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Nov 26, 201206:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

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

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.

That this man is a hero to many on the Left speaks volumes.

But there it is, in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal: “[the Sly-mer] is a voice for Wisconsin progressivism,” reads the official view of The Capital Times, as transcribed by John Nichols. Or was a voice, until his long-overdue dismissal from WTDY radio Wednesday last.

Comrade John hopes another, “more wisely managed station” will pick up the Sly-mer. (For Progs, it’s always management’s fault!) News flash: The Sly-mer is finished in radio, unless he volunteers at WORT, which pays very few living wages. And outside of Madison, the Sly-mer has no brand.

I save my pity for victims; this guy is a victimizer, a serial misogynist. Mayor Sue Bauman was a “bitch” and a “fat pig.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was an “Aunt Jemima” for not behaving as a black woman should. (Racism + sexism.)

Most infamous was the personal attack he launched on Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Here is a partial transcript (audio here):

(Using high-pitched voice, speaking as Kleefisch)

I’m Rebecca Kleefisch. I performed fellatio on all the talk show hosts in Milwaukee. And they endorsed me and that’s how I became lieutenant governor. And then I got colon cancer and I ran around the state to help people. Even though I have government health care, screw everyone else.

For good measure, the radio Sly-mer even trashed the woman’s young children. Understand that these examples are only the most risible. Unlike so many of my liberal acquaintances, I have no desire to shut down the other side of the political argument. In fact, I welcome the debate.

But imagine if Bill O’Reilly and Charlie Sykes had said anything similar. Does Todd Akin have a future in politics in Missouri or anywhere else? Akin’s take on rape was just as stupid as the Sly-mer’s vile characterizations but not nearly as hateful. Ignorant and foolish, certainly. But not hateful. Furthermore, it was Akin’s one and only example, where the Sly-mer’s slurs are were his stock in trade.

His former station manager enabled that conduct. In the end, he rendered the man unemployable. Do you think Clear Channel would take him after he stalked Vicki McKenna for 15 years?

Here is Deke Rivers (aka Greg Humphrey) at Caffeinated Politics, a Russ Feingold liberal, blogging four years ago:

I flipped on the radio this morning to get a weather report concerning the snow, and heard Madison’s most repulsive radio talk show host, “Sly,” talking about how his bowel movement might look had he ate Mexican food. 

... I gave up listening to Madison’s “[the Sly-mer] In The Morning” on WTDY back when Mayor Sue Bauman was in office. I could not get over how low-brow and mean, and even sexist his comments could be about the Mayor. No matter the issue he seemed to only relish controversy, but never proved much of a lamplighter of ideas for the many hours he was on the air.

... Last week his comments about Patty Lowe were enough to make me turn him off ....

 

Tammy Baldwin boycotted the show

The white lab coats at the Blaska Policy Research Works did an online search of the Sly-mer’s podcasts. Not since September 2011 did Tammy Baldwin appear on his show despite her status as congresswoman from this district and candidate, for all that time, for U.S. Senate. She surely could have used the exposure in a tight contest but not that kind of exposure.

The Sly-mer’s defenders excuse his release by citing low audience ratings (11th out of 13 commercial stations in the Madison market), not his behavior. Really? Let’s think this through; why were the station’s ratings so low? Could it have been (1, 2, 3) THE PROGRAMMING?

Let’s say it: the six other on-air personalities lost their jobs because the Sly-mer degraded the WTDY brand and whatever he took for a cause, including organized labor.

Happy New Year ... IN JAIL!

I’ll dispense with the Reverend Jesse’s boy with more dispatch. If he is truly bipolar he has my sympathy. My sister died from it. But Jesse Jackson Jr.’s sudden mental meltdown seems to have been precipitated by his legal troubles, first with intimations that he was bidding then-Gov. Blagojevich for a U.S. Senate seat (he was never charged) and now with an investigation, ongoing, that he redecorated his crib with campaign funds.

Comrade Nichols (once smitten with John Edwards) laments in The Nation (cue violins) that “Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress with a poignant note of acceptance after a personal journey that took a heartbreaking turn.”

The heartbreak, not of psoriasis but of illegality.

The congressman, who has been receiving inpatient treatment for bipolar disorder, acknowledged not just the health challenges he has faced but a deeply embarrassing federal investigation into the misdirection of campaign funds.

Dandruff is embarrassing, the “misdirection” of campaign funds is criminal.

Nichols actually writes: “Yes, mistakes were made.” The passive tense was used and backward reels the mind.

I blame George W. Bush

Don’t blame business for Madison’s kooky reputation statewide, new Madison Chamber president Zach Brandon tells Mike Ivey of The Capital Times.

" ... When you are upset with what you think is an activist judge, don’t say an ‘activist judge from Madison’ or a ‘liberal judge from Madison.’ ... By using Madison as a descriptor, it really hurts the private sector where in fact the private sector had nothing to do with it."

That really is the problem, isn’t it? The private sector had nothing to do with it. Maybe the private sector should have something to do with it. Instead, business has been AWOL.

Now think of what Zach IS saying: The statewide perception of Madison is a business buzz-kill.

Platinum subscriber bonus dreck: Time to rename the Big Ten conference. I’ve got it: “The Big Twelve and Two Other Schools.”

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Nov 26, 2012 10:15 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Gosh, I've just learned that there ARE no Twinkies, thanks to the Sly-mer's friends in organized labor. Well, it was a thought, anyway. BTW, let new station manager Rick McCoy ( rick.mccoy@mwfbg.net ) know how you feel about bringing adult supervision back to Mid-West Family Broadcasting. rick.mccoy@mwfbg.net

Nov 26, 2012 12:22 pm
 Posted by  patricko

Don't forget that when the Sly-mer trashed Kleefisch, Comrade Nichols leapt to his defense and said that his forced apology was a sure sign that he was a "class act." No, really.

And I think that the Dems kept the Jesse Jackson Jr. federal investigation story under wraps during the election because of how embarrassing it would have been to have the Illinois 5th district re-elect a bi-polar criminal, which is what they would have done. As it was, he won anyway, running a non-campaign from the Mayo clinic.

Nov 28, 2012 05:02 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Bring back CHRIS KROK!!!!

Nov 28, 2012 01:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think it is just fine getting rid of the trash on talk radio. Sly, Vicki, Rush and the whole bunch of them should be replaced with something other than people that spend the whole time ripping on the other party or the other party's beliefs. In fact they should get rid of both parties all together and just have independents that can think for themselves without fear of being voted out of office. It is about time people in this state and country started getting along with each other and come together to work for the people in general. I am sick and tired of politics and the whole stupid bickering going on, along with many of my friends.

Dec 3, 2012 06:52 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

For Sly to call anyone a fat pig (Bauman) is an breathtaking example of hypocracy.

SNAP cards (food stamps) coule never satisfy Sly's emormus ego or waistline.

For him, a starvation diet would be a God send.

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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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