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May 27, 201412:46 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Koch Brothers, beans, Patriots, and a man named Petroleum

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Concerning the political philosophy that shut down a presentation at Madison’s Brat Fest against teen suicide: P.J. O’Rourke suggests the commencement address he would have given at Rutgers (next year a Big 10 school!) via The Daily Beast, in lieu of Condoleeza Rice, who withdrew over protests.

You might have heard something useful from a person who grew up poor in Jim Crow Alabama. Who lost a friend and playmate in 1963 when white supremacists bombed Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Who became an accomplished concert pianist before she tuned her ear to the more dissonant chords of international relations.

P.J. is the Ambrose Bierce/Petroleum V. Nasby of our times. (Lincoln was a fan of the latter.)

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•  I note the passing of Nancy Harper at age 91. She was a Republican who served 12 years on the Madison School Board. (There was a time.) A great lady of goodwill and common sense who will not be memorialized in Madison’s monochromatic political culture. (Her obituary.)

•  Glad that Madison’s Veterans Administration hospital appears to be exempt from the terrible delays suffered nationwide. A gentle reminder, folks: VA hospitals are government medicine.

•  “Hillary Clinton’s world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats: ‘We need backup.’” So begins the article in Politico.

•  Just for fun — SNL Weekend Update hosts ranked worst to best at Vulture. Pretty much agree. I did like Norm MacDonald; love his Woody Allen joke that never made it on air. (H/T Ann of Althouse.)

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May 27, 2014 03:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Know why Madison's VA hospital operates so much better than those elsewhere? Tammy Baldwin. Ask any local veteran the next time you're revving up your motorbike.

May 28, 2014 08:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


May 28, 2014 08:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If there was a VA bedpan scrubber supreme in the making, my vote would certainly go to Tammy Baldwin.

May 29, 2014 04:15 pm
 Posted by  John

Well Anon @ 3:45, I'm a local veteran, active in veteran's affairs and I would say Tammy B has had NOTHING to do with the quality of care at the Madison VA hospital. That distinction goes to the quality staff at the hospital.

Did she support keeping the hospital here open when the VA reviewed the system? Of course. Can you name any Representative with a VA hospital in their district that didn't do the same?

May 30, 2014 07:38 am
 Posted by  MtKeg

My father spent much time in his final years at the VA hospital. I attribute the high quality of care he received to the VA hospital's affiliation with UW hospitals.

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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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