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02/05/14

Our obsession with the homeless

I write this in early January on the coldest day in 18 years, with temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and wind chills that threaten life and limb. As Hyman Roth might have said, this is the climate we have chosen. On balance, we have decided the good outweighs brutally frigid days. But the human species is not always rational. A temple in India is devoted to rats, which have free run of the place. The Bears re-signed Jay Quitler. And many chronically homeless people shun free shelter, even in winter.

Posted at 11:35 AM | Permalink | Comments: 14

02/03/14

Honey, I sorted the leftist news media

First, some Super Bowl chatter: The indentured servants here at the Stately Manor enjoyed the Super Bowl, lopsided as it was. That was the real surprise, that the Seahawks could be so much better than the Broncos. But why so many run plays when you’ve got Peyton Manning, who rarely threw downfield? Good for Radio Shack joshing its behind-the-times image with all those ’80s characters, like Cliff Clavin and Hulk Hogan. Who expected to see Bob Dylan doing a commercial? But it was for a good cause, Detroit.

Posted at 10:07 AM | Permalink | Comments: 12

01/29/14

Gov. Walker: Revoke this teacher’s license!

This is Scott Walker’s equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s “Tear down this wall.” Politically adroit, the governor’s latest challenge to the education establishment is also good policy. The governor is trying to help students and their parents, if they would only realize it. Name another governor (and legislature) who froze UW tuition for two years running.

Posted at 11:29 AM | Permalink | Comments: 25

01/27/14

Want to help? Then quit blaming success

Grit. When’s the last time you heard that word, outside of a John Wayne movie? But two Yale Law School professors use that word in a most remarkable article in the Sunday New York Times titled “What drives success?”

Posted at 08:30 AM | Permalink | Comments: 10

01/24/14

Civility is a one-way street on Madison’s isthmus

Democrats took great glee in marginalizing presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a member of the despised One Percent two years ago. When Republicans returned the favor in the case of the Democrats’ candidate for governor of Wisconsin, the emeritus editor of The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were a person) cried foul.

Posted at 06:13 AM | Permalink | Comments: 9

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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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