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Jun 15, 201502:25 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Blaska has been white the last few years

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That doesn’t mean he’s right. But at least he’s honest.

“Tan lines matter.” That’s just one of the irreverent comments on social media over the German-Bohemian woman who has made a career based on the lie that she is African-American. (The cheekiest: White Obama Approves.)

Has identity politics, one of the foundations of the liberal-progressive-socialist experiment, been dealt a fatal blow? Who is the racist now?

Rachel Dolezal’s adopted brother, as quoted by CNN, is pithy and brutal: “She’s only been an African-American the last few years.”

Can Blaska aide de camp Ruben Mamoulian take over for Ms. Dolezal?

Can you blame the woman? Want to get into the business of racial demagoguery? Want to lead the local NAACP? Teach race at a state university? Chair a city police racial watchdog panel? Stand up alongside the Baltimore D.A. prosecuting rogue police officers? Difficult if you’re white, easier if you’re not.

But Dr. Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, and Herman Cain are “not authentically black” because, gosh darn it, they’re conservative. Even Dane County D.A. Ismael Ozanne has put his minority status in jeopardy by refusing to indict the white cop in the black teenager’s death.

Old hands at The Capital Times will recall that legendary reporter and classic liberal John Patrick Hunter listed his race as black on his state driver’s license. His small protest against race-based laws and social biases. Have we gone 180 degrees in the wrong direction?

You were expecting an Obama puff piece?

It’s not the cover of the Rolling Stone but you know Scott Walker is a political rock star when he makes the cover of the New York Times Magazine. “Scott Walker and the fate of the union” is a good read. (Get it? “Fate” of the union, instead of “State of the Union.”)

That cover picture is straight out Bolshevist! The feature article is the McCain-Feingold-exempt product of the corporation that wants to geld the First Amendment for everyone but the favored news organizations. The same publication that revealed Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has three traffic tickets in the last 15 years.

So the author assembles a veritable shooting gallery of easy targets. Let’s recount the 1886 Bay View Massacre, ever-so-delicately suggesting that enacting right-to-work is roughly equivalent. Let’s quote from a rival group to WMC, but not from “conservative” WMC itself. Let’s rely on “analysis” from The Capital Times. Let’s source the Center for Media and Democracy as “a watchdog group based in Madison.” Yeah, the outfit run by the former editor of The Progressive magazine.

Mix in the usual suspects: Koch Brothers, ALEC, and Rush Limbaugh.

The cover story’s protagonist praises his union as “pure democracy” in apparent contrast to the elected state legislature’s lawful action in making Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state. No attempt is made to delve into what happened to employment or wages in the other 24 states, among them Michigan and Indiana.

All that said, the article does give pause that Republicans may be squandering their majority-making inroads to what one union leader describes (I think accurately) as “beer-­drinking, gun-­toting, pickup-­driving rednecks.” Socially and politically conservative. For what political or economic gain?

And Scott Walker did break his promise.


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Jun 15, 2015 04:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I did read the NYT articles as well. I thought is was a good read, too, but probably for reasons differing from Blaska. The takeaway from the story is that: 1) walker will do or say anything, and that there is no remorese on his part, ever; 2) and Operators 139 learned the hard way.

Jun 15, 2015 05:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


why for once, can't you talk about some thing that matters.

like walker lying about what he is told by the head of state of another government.

is he really that delusional?

or just a habitual liar.

let me guess (B) ?

Jun 16, 2015 08:22 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"And Scott Walker did break his promise."

Walker had complete power to keep RTW from reaching his desk. You think his rubber stamp legislature would defy him on something significant? No chance. (Even your St. Tommy kept the crazies of the GOP caucus under control.) Walker didn't just break a promise; he lied. Lied. Right to the face of the union leader whose endorsement he sought. He had previously said, on tape, to the billionaire-ess requesting RTW: divide and conquer, first you start with the public unions.

Walker's arms-length relationship with the truth (to put it kindly) is obvious to all but the most fervid of his supporters. And you're proud of this guy? You think he should be in higher office, much less this one? Calmly, confidently lying to a camera or to your face has always been one of his more impressive skills.


Jun 16, 2015 09:48 am
 Posted by  patricko

Sorry AnonyBob but Walker has never been in the Clinton's league when it comes to lying, not even close. So it rings a bit hollow when you try to disqualify him from the presidency by virtue of his "dishonesty" while admitting that you will be voting for Hillary regardless of what lies she has already been caught telling. And my guess is you are fully prepared to overlook any lies she will soon be caught telling as well. So maybe honesty is not the pivotal issue you want it to be, eh?

Jun 16, 2015 10:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Patricko, you couldn't dispute one thing I said about Walker. Thanks for the affirmation.
(And who said anything about how I'll be voting?)

Jun 16, 2015 10:22 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Calmly confidently lying to a camera or to your face has always been one of his more impressive skills."

Change "his" to "hers" and you have Hilary Clinton.

Anony Bob, you must regularly wear a blindfold and earplugs when you have these feelings about Hilary. You just feel in your bones, she's the "One", right?

Jun 16, 2015 10:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Rachel Dolezal is Madison's future. Scratch that, reality. This is a town that hates itself for being too white. Schools in Madison are too white for even Blaska here. The blacker the better for Blaska's Bring It.

Chuckled to myself when I read Paul Fanlund's piece, handwringing that blacks have gotten all of the attention while the poor Hispanics don't hardly get any.

It will all work out though. The Hispanics just haven't figured out how to properly blame whites. Once that happens, they'll get their own schools and courts too!

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Jun 16, 2015 11:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Fervid, fevered supporters. You guys don't have anything to say, do you. But talk about being obsessed with all sure seem afraid of her.

Jun 16, 2015 11:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Fervid, fevered supporters (of the left). You guys don't have anything to say do you? (Feingold 5% PAC) Talk about being obsessed with Walker... you all sure seem afraid of him.

Jun 16, 2015 12:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The whole Rachel Dolezal story reads like a Saturday Night Live skit though Rachel's latest comment reveals a pretty clever strategy: to "identify" as black--as opposed to actually being of that particular hue. She's lucky that Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner paved the way by recently "identifying" as a woman though (s)he remains a biological male. The next predictable step is sanctimonious affirmation by the liberal media, praising her "courage" and wagging their collective finger at anyone who dares criticize her "choice." Start posing for your Vanity Fair cover, Rachel.

Even though I'm a straight, able-bodied white male, I've lately been experiencing strong urges to "identify" as a black wheelchair-bound lesbian. I wonder how long it would take me to become a tenured professor in the African American Studies department at the UW.

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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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