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Feb 3, 201512:45 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Let’s hear it for the police, Madison!

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Stupid play? Before Russell Wilson’s last pass, 61 passes were attempted from the 1-yard line this season in the NFL — none were intercepted, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Favorite Super Bowl TV commercial. The choice here at Blaska’s Stately Manor was the spot by Carnival Cruise Lines. Against a simple image of a cruise ship at sea, we heard the unmistakable voice of John F. Kennedy ruminating on the apparent fact that oceangoing is in the blood. He gave that speech at a dinner on Sept. 14, 1962, in Newport, R.I., for America’s Cup crews.

“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”

From a commercial sense, Carnival needed to advertise; cruise ships have had some high-profile disasters and snafus. Using the Kennedy voiceover was a direct appeal to the aging baby boomer generation — the very market for ocean cruises. And it was so unexpected.

JFK, a decorated Navy hero, was a lifelong recreational sailor.  He also appeals to the nostalgia that all aging people seem to relish. Forever young, idealistic; the promise, the tragedy, the eternal “what could have been.” I doubt the millennial generation gets the same visceral jolt from hearing that voice. But millennial Charlie don’t cruise.

“Nothing like making GAB publicize how abusive it is.” “A federal judge on Friday effectively pulled the life support plug on a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups.” — Wisconsin Reporter

•  The story has legs. Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday editorializes: “Tammy Baldwin’s Actions Raise Further Questions.”

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Feb 3, 2015 03:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What has Richard Brown said about gangs?

Feb 4, 2015 09:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"We suspect a lot of our weapons are coming from good citizens who are victims of property crimes." Owning a gun is presented as a solution to crime, which drives up interest in owning a gun, which causes manufacturers to address the demand, which makes those owning guns particularly attractive to criminals who steal their guns and sell them on the streets which leads to gun-related gang violence.

Feb 4, 2015 11:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Getting tied up in traffic makes me angry . . . but is it justified anger?

Feb 5, 2015 08:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Leave it to the upside down Bizarro World logic of a Progressive to blame law abiding gun owners for gun-related gang violence. Because if only government owned guns, we'd be that much closer to the rainbow cloaked unicorn ranch of Progressive Utopia, wouldn't we?

Northwoods Patriot

Feb 5, 2015 08:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


RoJo was also aware of the issues at the VA and did nothing. Call him out as well.

Feb 5, 2015 04:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Good point, from one article I read he was told of the VA issues before Tammy Baldwin and did nothing about them. Causing Tammy to be informed. Either way, I am unsure what everyone expected Tammy to do? She reported the claim which caused the clinic to be investigated by the VA administration and received the results / report. Was she supposed to push the VA to do something? Please explain what the correct response should have been from her office. Does she have power over the operation of the Tomah VA (or any VA office in Wisconsin)?

Feb 8, 2015 11:02 pm
 Posted by  Michael Miller

Once again you have a sports fact incorrect. There were 108 passes attempted from the 1-yard line this season in the NFL, not 61.

Why would you would cite The Wall Street Journal for a sports fact? I wouldn't cite ESPN for a political fact.

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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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