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Feb 6, 201511:55 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Evil beyond forgiveness

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George W. Bush was correct; there is evil in the world. The worst thing I have seen in my life (thank God — only on a podcast): the ISIS burning death of Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh. He was brave, he did not whimper, he held his head high, but clearly he suffered. He did not die quickly. Beheading is merciful by comparison.

It was traumatizing, as intended. In sore need of a story of courage, fueled by human decency and guided by a true moral compass, Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper was what the doctor ordered. Sure enough, early in the movie, Chris Kyle’s father tells his son (wonderfully played by Bradley Cooper): “Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.”

Our president is a sheep.

Credit: Tim Donovan

Obama does not understand the depths of American animosity toward his toe-dipping in foreign affairs. Always the temporizing relativist, Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday compared ISIS terror attacks to violence committed by Christians in the Crusades. Mr. President, that was 800 years ago! And it supposes that the Muslims had a greater right to convert by the sword. In any case, no Americans were involved, but it’s of a piece with this president’s belief that America is no shining city on a hill but cause for endless apologies.

“When the leaders of the still-reigning world superpower send James freaking Taylor to sing his sappy songs as their response to an out-and-out terrorist attack, it’s obvious that the wolves are winning,” Alternative Right blogs.

Is it too much to ask that our chief executive, as Luca Brasi would say, be a masculine president? Hooray for fighter pilot King Abdullah II of Jordan. At least MSNBC, from what I could see while checking in the past few days, is no longer beating the drums to release the Gitmo terrorists. Michael Moore has shut his pie hole about cowardice. The Nation is indignant that there is (it asserts, tendentiously) “no plan to tackle sexual assault in the military.”


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Feb 6, 2015 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, Governor Psychopath (the preacher's kid with no empathy) is a bald-faced liar who got caught this time. Blaming staff for a drafting error while changing his story several times? You seem to have lost your critical thinking skills. Or, you dissemble.

Feb 6, 2015 02:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you even read the Faux News article you linked they discuss what his prayer breakfast comments as a whole were referencing and the meaning of the speech. And that was from your linked garbage news source. Do 2000 drone strikes against ISIS not count as "action" our President has taken?

What do you propose David? Boots on the ground? More foreign wars for us to pay for and your sons and daughters to die for? And for what, fighting an idea that will not be beaten with bombs and bullets. Typical war hawk conservative response. Maybe they will let you join the military to help fight ISIL!!

Feb 6, 2015 02:35 pm
 Posted by  John

"Stupid, unforced error, Scott Walker. Needlessly distracts from merits of the proposal." My sentiments exactly. At lest it was immediately admitted and reversed. Unlike any of the hundreds of clunkers that have emanated from the White House during this administration.

Feb 7, 2015 09:34 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Amen. Well said.

Feb 8, 2015 09:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, have you thought about asking In Business to quit the comments section like the Capital Times has done? It would make for a more harmonious dissemination of your points of view. It has done wonders for the Capital Times since there is no longer any opposition to the thoughts of Paul Fandlund etal. What is the point to allow untrained readers to render judgments on professional opinion?

Feb 8, 2015 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The question Progressives should ask themselves as they contemplate their navels in the People's Greater Commune of Madison is; If Scott Walker is so out of touch with the citizens, why does he keep winning elections while Democrats keep getting their ass kicked all over Wisconsin?

Scott Walker for President 2016!

Northwoods Patriot

Feb 9, 2015 09:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Kudos for recognizing the error early and correcting course."

Wow... you sort of took that "drafting error" garbage hook, line and sinker, didn't you?

Feb 9, 2015 10:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Striking out the “Wisconsin Idea” language from the UW public authority legislation."

Here is Van Hise's original “Wisconsin Idea” language:

Did drafting errors over the years cause many of the words in Van Hise's language to be dropped?:

"Sane" and "conservative character" of the "Wisconsin movement"
"reconstructed government"

Imagine the fuss from today's "Progressives" had Walker's staff used those parts of Van Hise's language in the process of drafting legislation for the UW public authority.


Feb 9, 2015 12:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Meade, you're not from around here, are you.

Feb 9, 2015 01:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Imagine the fuss. What a great way to classify what would otherwise be known as "opinions with which I disagree."

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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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