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Apr 19, 201601:23 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Forget open borders; open bathrooms are the new battlefront

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Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and colander-wearing Pastafarians, move over!

We are what we say we are and that is that. Respect me for what I say I am, not what you think I am.

We’re on board. On the next government form to cross the transom here at the Stately Manor, the indentured scriveners will check every box as differently abled, multigendered, transnational, bipartisan, rainbow-raced, eco-sourced specks of stardust.

Madison newspaper legend John Patrick Hunter — pale as a sheet of virgin newsprint — used to say he checked “Negro” on his driver’s license application. Why not?

Truly, we are seeing the triumph of identity politics. (Amnesty for Inky the Octopus and a path to citizenship.)

Forget open borders. The fresh battle for civil rights is the struggle for open bathrooms. Battle site: North Carolina. That state, as ABC News explains:

… directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on their “biological sex” stated on their birth certificate. Transgender people can use the bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity only if they get the biological sex on their birth certificate changed.

The idea, of course, is to prevent peepers and other perverts from claiming transgender status to justify getting their jollies by invading other people’s privacy. (But who am I to be judgmental? Don’t blame the Squire! He is judgmentally disabled. He can’t help it.)

Wisconsin’s legislature whiffed on a bill to do that here. Last October, State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, sponsored a bill “reinforc[ing] the societal norm in our schools that students born biologically male must not be allowed to enter facilities designated for biological females and vice versa. … Options such as single occupancy or faculty facilities can be offered to students who do not identify as their birth gender.”

The bill went nowhere.


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Apr 19, 2016 02:31 pm
 Posted by  mark

Speaking as one who's sister regularly used David's, 'er Men's Rest Rooms when the typical Non-David's, 'er Women's Restrooms were congested, I'd think we can cool down. We can easily share our facilities and, as many have pointed out, if someone's acting lewdly, well it's likely he's a Republican Senator or Representative...

Apr 19, 2016 03:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Smells like money to me.

Apr 19, 2016 06:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I was at Concerts on the Square about 20 years ago. Needing to use the restroom I headed into the capital. Finding the men's room I noticed a line of women waiting outside with men coming and going. The women with young daughters in tow were using the stalls and the men were using the urinals. Everyone was going about their business in plain sight. Nobody seemed to be bothered in the least as nature was dictating the necessity. Of course the politically correct conservatives would be appalled. I just finished my business and thought to myself how much I appreciate this town.

Apr 20, 2016 08:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Obviously Dave hasn't spent much time in Europe. Most restrooms are multi-gender. Germany seems to be doing OK. Daves relatives in eastern Europe share theirs, but he is too americanized to do that over here.

Apr 20, 2016 08:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

How many times have you quotes alleged actor James Wood on this blog? Quick, what was the last movie he made? And why do we care about anything he says? Because he's famous? Because he said something with enough code words in it and with enough of an eyebrow arch to get an unearned laugh?

Apr 20, 2016 09:23 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Think our hyphenated acquaintances would be protesting at the park next to Middleton H.S. if it was a Muhammed Lunch instead of a Jesus Lunch? Discuss.

Apr 20, 2016 10:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

And who brought all this up?

Apr 20, 2016 04:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Ha ha ha remember that one time 40 years ago when a white newspaper writer did something stupid and racist and we all laughed at it? Good times.

Apr 20, 2016 05:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You seem to abhor protests, Dave. Or at least the ones against stuff you like. If it was a Muhammed Lunch, wouldn't you and your friends be out there? With Muhammad cartoons?

Apr 21, 2016 10:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

To be fair, in my place of employment, the women use the men’s room and the men use the women’s rooms when that’s whats available. This has lead to the women making a very valid point when they mention that the men’s room always smells of urine, has scraps of TP al over the floors, often have fried boogers in the sinks, and...poop splashes all over the bottom of the toilet seats. Just something to think I wonder if the bathrooms doors should just be labeled “Pigs” and “Non pigs”

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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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