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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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The perpetually indignant

Opening up the high school girls’ locker room to Dances to His Own Tune gives the nonjudgmental crowd the warm fuzzies. (They’re the same ones who damn parents and students for talking about Jesus in the park over lunch hour.) The open locker room cause promises fresh new markets for the tired old civil rights industry.

Paul Soglin, who identifies as mayor of Madison, bans city employee travel to North Carolina. It is good to be mayor, or to identify as such. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi held a scolding press conference for the civil rights issue of our time. Bruce Springsteen wasn’t “Born to Run” in North Carolina. The Obama Administration threatens to pull $4.5 billion in Title IX funds. The NBA is being pressured to relocate next year’s All-Star Game.

“President Obama has talked on a number of occasions about the important progress that our country has made with regard to civil rights,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “This is a good illustration that the fight for civil rights is not over.”

The ACLU is stirring. Protests are planned. Los Angeles schools are opening gender-neutral bathrooms. (Film at 11.) Can Madison be far behind?

Business fears boycotts

Business, always fearful of boycotts, reacts but does not lead. PayPal canceled a proposed office in the Tar Heel State. Hilton Hotels, Walt Disney Co., American Airlines, Starbucks, and Bank of America all signed a letter in opposition. Lost in all the hoo-ha is that all of them remain free to open their rest rooms and locker rooms to all comers. North Carolina’s legislation applies only to government entities.

“A silent majority of North Carolina businesses may well approve of North Carolina’s new law,” Hans Bader, a lawyer with the anti-regulatory Competitive Enterprise Institute, told U.S. News & World Report. A company “is not going to say so publicly, since that could lead to angry demonstrators picketing or surrounding its headquarters or places of business.” N.C.’s Chamber of Commerce has taken no position.

Blaska’s bottom line — Democratic apologists like Dana Milbank can blame Reince Priebus for the Donald Trump phenomenon, but don’t discount the open bathroom warriors for the revulsion against P.C. They don’t call them wedge issues for nothing.

Quote of the day — “Seven years of Obama, and now no one knows which bathroom to use.” Attributed to actor James Wood.

For extra credit — College kids can’t explain why a short white man isn’t a tall Asian woman, from the Family Policy Institute of Washington.

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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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