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Dec 4, 201501:29 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

What do Packers, San Bernardino, and maternity leave have in common? Climate change!

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You can thank the Squire for my beloved Packers’ amazing comeback Thursday night.

It’s not because your humble bloggeur didn’t have faith. No, it’s not that at all. Honest! He turned off his b&w Philco console at halftime only reluctantly due to the incessant wailing of the sophisticated Dark Matter/Negative Energy Detectors here at the Policy Werkes. The complicated device was sensing bad football juju. Down 17-0 at halftime, the white lab coats determined that a dramatic fix was in order. Technicians initiated an immediate shutdown protocol of the b&w Philco console TV, the Squire retreated to his bedchambers and the season was saved.

You’re welcome, Mike, Aaron, and Packer fans everywhere.

‘But first, the weather’

Now climate change has hit San Bernardino, Calif. Instead of CNN or Fox, the Stately Manor should have been attuned to the Weather Channel. “Cloudy, with a chance of terrorism.”

Got to admit, temperatures in the mid- and upper 40s in December here in Wisconsin have the indentured servants stockpiling ammo at the Stately Manor, as well.

Also checked in on MSNBC, which had dispatched its agents to assess the security of the local abortion mill in San Bernardino. Everyone safe there, it reported. Well, not everyone was safe, but let’s not quibble.

After drawing isotherms in the sand in Paris after the slaughter, the Current Occupant issued this stern warning: “We’re going to have to, I think, search ourselves as a society to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder … for individuals to get access to weapons.” Notice, he didn’t call out terrorists, but … (dramatic ellipses) “individuals.”

Democrats all across the country are recycling the same talking points. Headline from the DailyCaller Wednesday, “With few known details, Martin O’Malley blames NRA for California shooting.”

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, was on the same page. Within hours of the tragedy: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We must forego political rhetoric and act now in order to address the epidemic of gun violence facing our country.” By my slide rule, political rhetoric got foregone oh, by maybe one word — that being the word “and” which was immediately followed by the familiar political rhetoric of disarming good people in reaction to the depredations of bad people.

Facebook meme: “That moment when you realize blaming a white, Christian, NRA member for the San Bernardino killings just isn’t going to cut it.”

Irony: California has the toughest gun control laws in the country.


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Dec 4, 2015 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Until authorities uncover a notebook in which is written in Farook's own hand, "I was radicalized by ISIS and planned for months to take as many innocent American lives as possible," resign yourselves to the spectacle of the mainstream media tying themselves in knots to avoid labeling the massacre in San Bernardino as anything (workplace violence, domestic violence, etc.) but what it is: terrorism carried out by a radicalized American Muslim. Same scenario we were treated to in the immediate aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, but this time around the song and dance is ringing even more hollow. The silver lining: the latest terrorist attack has forced a postponement of the gushing tributes to Obama's star-turn at the climate change conference (the most momentous since Yalta, if media reports are to be believed).

Dec 4, 2015 04:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


There are several states, and the D of C that have gun laws just as strict or more restrictive than CA. Source: NRA.

Dec 4, 2015 05:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The sod-hut-dwellers didn't have maternity leave, so neither should ye!

Here's one for you: Why is it harder to get an abortion than a gun? Aren't both Constitutionally protected rights, despite their politically incorrectness? Don't both tread in the realm of life and death?

Ask your priest.

Dec 5, 2015 08:05 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

As do Chicago and DC. But no one has stiffer gun laws than France so when the "Martyrs backwards R Us" brigades show up, wait for the Gendarmes.
Meanwhile our President swings into action by reducing carbon foot prints and importing Syrians.

Dec 5, 2015 08:30 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Self protection is as basic as feeding ones self. If libs won't allow us to protect ourselves, I wonder if they are willing to pay to have nurses spoon feed us mush every day.

Carrie Wild Mama is not required by law to have a kid. She could forego motherhood if she wanted. It is called a choice. When I still worked, I should have been given off 2 months a year paid to go deer hunting in Texas so I could feed my family. But no employer can afford that. I made a choice to work. The choice wild mama should be making is whether or not she wants to be an adult.

Dec 7, 2015 08:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Irony: Blaska lied to us again.

Dec 7, 2015 10:52 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

This just in:

President Obama gives his weekly address after the worst terrorist attack on the homeland since 9/11.
"More Mush From The Wimp"

Successful Islamic Terrorist attacks in Paris, Bamako, Lake Chad, Soviet airliner downed, 14 dead in San Bernadino. Government response?
"Pentagon OKs Women In Combat"

Seventy two hours after Mr. and Mrs. Mohamed commit terrorism and forty eight hours after CAIR admits "They're Islamic all right" FBI has no clue as to motive.

The ONION goes out of business.

Dec 7, 2015 11:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Liberals have one thing in common with Christian and Muslim fundamentalists: a belief in the coming apocalypse. The only difference is that the liberals' apocalypse is envisioned by scientists rather than by the prophets of the Bible or the Koran. Every day we hear of new disasters to come as the result of climate change (used to be "global warming," but that was too restrictive; change, conveniently, can mean any deviation from the norm). Icecaps melting, seas rising, cities submerged, whole continents turned to dust, etc. etc. (The fact that 30 years ago, as reported in numerous articles in the New York Times, scientists were predicting a new Ice age doesn't bother the true believers; their high priests are never wrong, they just occasionally misinterpret the data.)

I'm old enough to remember when the first nuclear power plants were being built in this country. Wanna guess what scientists were predicting then? Nuclear power would generate so much electricity so cheaply it wouldn't be worth charging people for. Think about that the next time you open your utility bill.

Dec 7, 2015 03:06 pm
 Posted by  JNT

Hey anonymous @ 11:56, I see that you’re a little confused. Let me help you out. First of all, discussion of a possible ice age was in the 1970s, not the 1980s. However, even in the 70s the majority of the published papers were concerned about global warming, not cooling. At the time there was a very good reason why some scientists were in fact concerned about cooling. After WWII the global economy was growing fast and the burning of fossil fuels was increasing rapidly. The mean global temperature actually decreased slightly from 1940 to 1970. Aside from CO2, fossil fuels, especially back then, also produced sulfate aerosols which reflect sunlight and cool the planet. Scientists began asking the question, which would dominate: CO2 or aerosols? One paper in particular by Rasool and Schneider (Science 1971) projected (a projection is not the same as a prediction, as you may know) that if aerosols increased by a factor of 4, the global temperature would drop by 3.5C. Spurred by the massive increase in air pollution many countries began enacting legislation to limit aerosol production, most notably the Clean Air Act in the US. This was an example of a huge success in enacting legislation to deal with a known problem, just like negotiators are trying to do in Paris right now.

As a result of legislation like the Clear Air Act, global warming dominated just as scientists like Wally Broecker had predicted in his 1975 paper, “Climatic Change: Are We On the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming? Which brings us to the next point. The term ‘climate change’ was used way before ‘global warming’ and was always the more popular term. Just remember that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed in 1988 – it never was the IPGW. There was one person who did advocate the use of the term climate change instead of global warming because of political consideration. That person was Frank Luntz.

Dec 7, 2015 04:19 pm
 Posted by  JNT

One more thing anonymous @ 11:56 regarding nuclear power plants. You may be old enough to remember the first one being built, but your memory is playing tricks on you. The person who coined the term “too cheap to meter” was Lewis Strauss, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission. Mr. Strauss was, ahem, a banker, not a scientist. As a little known fact, he was actually talking about nuclear fusion plants, not fission, since Project Sherwood, the early program to develop fusion as an energy source, was just declassified. Most unfortunately, Mr. Strauss was wrong again in that fusion will eventually become a reality, but it won’t necessarily be cheap.

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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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