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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.

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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

05/16/14

Madison School Board flouts the law in favor of teachers union

Good on Ed Hughes for questioning whether Madison’s public schools should give their unionized teachers — overwhelmingly white — the first crack at any vacancy. Doing so, he avers, hampers efforts to recruit minority teachers. Newcomers would be the first to go if layoffs are needed. Eliminating that unearned perk would be one small but concrete way to improve minority student performance.

Posted at 11:09 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

05/15/14

Run silent, run deep into the woods and fields

What a great product! It’s a wheelchair but it’s not. Instead of wheels it moves on tank-like tracks. That allows it to go where wheelchairs cannot, off the beaten path and into the wild, but silently — unlike the usual all-terrain vehicle. That’s a boon to hunter and birdwatcher alike.

Posted at 12:40 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

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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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