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Jan 22, 201609:54 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Gun control sponsored by gun illiterates from Madison

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Speaking up for free speech

Your Humble Squire was the only citizen to speak up for preserving freedom of speech at a “public telling” at the State Capitol Thursday organized by Matt Rothschild’s Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and the UW campus Ralph Nader affiliate. He was a lone voice among U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, State Reps. Lisa Subeck and Chris Taylor (both former Planned Parenthood lobbyists), among many others.

They wanted to geld the First Amendment, to overturn the Citizens United decision, to put government agents in charge of who may say what and when they may say it.

Thursday was the sixth anniversary of the majority decision that affirmed, “All the provisions of the Bill of Rights set forth the rights of individual men and women — not, for example, of trees or polar bears,” in the words of Justice Scalia. 

But the individual person’s right to speak includes the right to speak in association with other individual persons. … The First Amendment is written in terms of ‘speech,’ not speakers. Its text offers no foothold for excluding any category of speaker, from single individuals to partnerships of individuals to …”

Sure enough, your Humble Squire was accused of being on the payroll of the Koch Bros. That’s how these people think.

Odd, that if big money has corrupted our political process, Bernie Sanders leads megabucks-Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Donald Trump leads Republicans even though he has spent virtually no money, either his own or others’.

The Paul Ryan presidential watch — “If Trump con­tin­ues to steam­roll his rivals through the primar­ies, Ry­an may un­avoid­ably be­come the counter-Trump: the ral­ly­ing point for Re­pub­lic­ans who be­lieve the GOP must or­gan­ize more around hope than fear.” — Ronald Brownstein in the National Journal, Jan. 13, 2016

For extra credit — “From Whitewater to Benghazi: a Clinton scandal primer.” — The Atlantic, Jan. 18, 2016. “Keeping track of each controversy … is no small task.” Not too big to fail? How about too big to jail?

Amazing how Dane County government is suddenly willing to update its zoning code now that Republicans run state government. Last time was 1938, except for a few minor tweaks. Now that the towns are on the verge of getting zoning home rule, Dane County liberals are willing to talk about local control. Funny how that works.

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Jan 22, 2016 12:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As an expert on the exotic--though not, alas, extinct--species known as Liberalus Madisonius (native to a rarified ecosystem in south central Wisconsin), you should know that the anti-gun legislation proposed by Lisa Subeck is pure performance art. For Lisa and the rest of her ilk, doing the right thing (by their lights) is far less important than being SEEN to do the right thing. It's another excuse to hold their snoots a little higher in the air (assuming that's humanly possible). It's why they can be counted on to declare Madison a sanctuary city, to flounce around the State Capitol chanting anti-Walker vitriol, to sponsor job-killing environmental legislation that affects parts of the state they wouldn't dream of setting foot in (i.e., places with bars that serve Pabst and Schlitz, not craft beers), to promote a $15 per hour minimum wage for people with jobs a trained monkey could do. You get the idea.

Jan 22, 2016 03:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This myth that Donald Trump has spent "virtually no money" needs to be debunked right now. How do you suppose he makes it to these events around Iowa? You'd be incorrect if you said anything other than by flying there in his personal jet.

If you can own and fly a personal jet on "virtually no money," then I'm gonna get me one in virtually no time!

Jan 22, 2016 03:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Odd that blaska would condemn anyone for firearms illiteracy. A couple months ago he made an erroneous statement regarding automatic/semi-automatic weapons while chastising some "liberal". But when called on his misstatement he changed the text but never apologized, nor did he give credit for the person that pointed out the error. Whatta guy ...

Jan 22, 2016 04:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dear David "Einstein" Blaska -- If "more guns" really made us safe we would be the safest country on the planet, no? Why don't you acknowledge that the NRA exists to serve its masters -- the gun manufacturers? After all, they cough up more per annum than the dues-paying little people.

Jan 22, 2016 06:42 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

So Dave, you're saying legislators can only propose legislation when they have actual, hands on experience with the subject? Ideally, sure. But because Subek doesn't own a gun or has better things to do than hang with you at a gun range she can't touch the subject and look out for her constituents (which are not Milroy's constituents)? You well know laws come from lawmakers with various levels of experience with the subject. (The most clueless proposals, in my view, come from the self-righteous moralists of the GOP caucus pandering to a clueless yet "primary active" base. In my view.) The legislative process used to be a deliberative, collaborative process wherein proposals were refined, not rammed thru with almost no notice by authoritarian Republican majorities.
According to you, no male leggie could have anything to do with abortion legislation. I could probably go for that one.

Jan 24, 2016 11:14 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska:

Notice the "sound of silence" after your posts lately. Dave, you are last year's news. Why bother?

Same old dribble..................................................boring

Jan 25, 2016 01:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I like to think of myself as a patriotic pragmatist, which of course makes me a liberal in someone like Blaska’s eyes; however I have more guns and know more about guns than Mr. Blaska has, does or ever will. In any case, It would appear that Blaska would like that law changed to read “youth under 21 years of age.” It also sounds like Nick Milroy may not understand the legislative process...

Jan 25, 2016 01:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

“They wanted to geld the First Amendment, to overturn the Citizens United decision, to put government agents in charge of who may say what and when they may say it.”

Blaska...o you ever get tired of making stuff up?

Jan 25, 2016 06:17 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

AnonyBob,

Finally something we both agree upon.
"The most clueless proposals... come from the self righteous moralists... rammed through... by authoritarian majorities..."

A perfect description of the abomination called Obamacare.

Jan 25, 2016 10:57 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

You mean that old GOP proposal that preserved the private insurance industry?
Not what we're talking about here, Expat. Try to stay on subject.

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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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