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Nov 20, 201401:23 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The party of progress overrules the voters

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The President of the United States prepares today to go full Mussolini and impose immigration rules by executive fiat. The Madison Common Council knows what is best, so it is poised to prohibit consenting adults from using a substance that has not been proven harmful to non-users — vaping smokeless e-cigarettes. Rule by self-appointed experts.

Progressives nationwide are joining with professor Jonathan “Hans” Gruber in demeaning those stupid gun- and religion-clinging voters who, once again, proved democracy is not working by voting wrong.

You know it’s bad when even Dana Milbank frets that “Democrats are becoming more willing to purge those who aren’t ideologically pure.”

As the Wall Street Journal editorialized this morning, “Ms. Landrieu is now contemplating the under-side of her party’s bus” after 41 of her fellow Democrats voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Not to be outdone by Your Progressive Voice (yours, not mine). The Corporation that wants the First Amendment for itself is urging Democrats to adhere to the Madison model. Agitate for more abortion, more partisan gridlock, more government spending, more peace at any price, more social issue activism, more curbs on the First Amendment, more government labor unions, more obstruction of domestic energy production, more nanny state, more curbs on law-abiding gun owners, more group grievance, more victimhood, more taxes — in other words, more Mark Pocan!

Or Stu Levitan.

We mention Stu — a great writer — because once again this über-progressive has resorted to the politics of hate by trashing my friend the Venerable Meade and his lovely blog about dogs — who hates dogs? — for no good purpose other than Meade is conservative.

Meade’s missus, Ann of Althouse, plumbs the bile at the scene of the crime, the online Isthmus Forum. There, another bitter-ender joined in the merriment: “Oh hell, there’s nothing wrong with dragging Meade’s corpse around behind a city snowplow every so often.” Coexist, indeed!

This is the same website that three years ago entertained a thread inviting pornographic movie scenarios involving Vicki McKenna.

Whenever the very talented State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands draws his “Madison liberal,” I see Stu Levitan. Separated at birth? (Apologies to the old Esquire magazine feature.)

Phil told Bring It! that “Stu seems to think he was the inspiration, but he wasn’t. His ideas definitely helped define the character, but the Madison Liberal is really a conglomeration of people and ideas, boiled down into stereotype. I have actually drawn Stu into a cartoon.” This one:

The cartoon refers to an ad hoc standard Stu imposed to justify his veto — as chairman of the Madison Landmarks Commission — of a Steve Brown housing project on West Gilman Street back in March. Yeah, he’s the expert. And you wonder why housing is so expensive in Madison?


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Nov 20, 2014 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well, if Obama is Mussolini for using an executive action, what does that make Ronald Reagan, who used it nearly twice as often? Here's the breakdown for frequency of executive actions, by president:

Also, lots of Harley creative is from local marketing firm Planet Propaganda, which also handles Duluth Trading, Trek and many others. Just another group of anti-business liberals on Madison's east side.

If only Madison had a business news outfit more interested in covering the local doers. Maybe amplifying the crass rhetoric of division (Mussolini?!) is better for business.

Nov 20, 2014 02:21 pm
 Posted by  patricko

Since the progressives said that raising the minimum wage was their most important mission during the last election, I'm wondering what they think six million workers becoming eligible to work here (overnight) will do to the minimum wage?

Nov 20, 2014 04:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

PatrickO: How many of those six million workers do you think are working here right now? How many do you come into contact with, directly or indirectly, each day? How many are your customers? What's your plan? Deportation? You, Blaska and Congressional Republicans all have one thing in common: No plan on illegal immigration. If you have one, let's see it. Republicans at the national level are the party of no and as a result, we have an escalating problem for which they have offered zero solutions. They vote to overturn Obamacare every other week but have voted on immigration reform zero times.

Nov 20, 2014 06:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wonder what the Progressive paradise city would do if their citizenry would begin vaping on the marijuana e-cigarettes? Their left-leaning pointy heads would probably explode...

Nov 20, 2014 07:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anonymous 4:09:

The party of "No"? Hmmm...look up that term in the dictionary and the pictures of the Dems fleeing to Illinois are there...saying "Nyet" to a duly elected legislature and state executive passing/signing laws...I'm shocked, shocked!

The second picture is that of dingy Harry Reid refusing to allow few House-passed bills to ever get to the Senate floor for debate.

And just quoting the number of Executive Orders without doing any analysis about what they were for is pure ignorance - we all know about statistics not lying...the big to-do the libs are making about Reagan's EO affecting so many people was in conjunction with previous, legally-passed legislation. But we know the libs never allow the facts to get in their way.

Dave, don't know why you would expect the libs to act any differently than they have in the past.

Nov 20, 2014 07:19 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Wrote that your humble Squire placed the story of Jonathan "Hans" Gruber's claim on $400,000 of Wisconsin taxpayer money, courtesy of Jim Doyle, before the panjandrums of the state's newspaper of record. Received this response late Thursday from editor John Smalley:

On Nov 20, 2014, at 6:04 PM, John Smalley XXX wrote:


Don’t think I saw any story on that one, other than the link you sent. Didn’t really move me, to be honest. Gruber is the boogeyman of the moment, to be sure, but don’t really see a lot purpose in chasing it down further at this point.

-- John

Nov 21, 2014 11:08 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon at 7 pm: Just making sure, but you seem more interested in bashing libs than addressing a problem with a solution. Do I have that right?

Nov 21, 2014 11:52 am
 Posted by  patricko


There were two things that Obama and the Democrats said were at the top of their list policy wise. One was to raise the minimum wage, and the other was to reduce unemployment. Making six million workers legal overnight, hurts both objectives, and not in a small way. But of course, I'm just talking about results instead of intentions, which is what matters most, right?

Nov 21, 2014 12:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Both Reagan and Bush I acted without Congress to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, basically doing what Obama is doing.

Nov 21, 2014 07:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If Obama would act more like Reagan and Bush, he'd be a far better president.

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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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