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Oct 4, 201601:13 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Dropping the big one on the unsuspecting

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Random thoughts while we wait for Mr. Assange to drop the big one. (Any day now, right?)

Did I just hear a radio ad for a seminar on how to get rich quick by flipping houses? Cue the folk tune: When will we ever learn? Obviously, a graduate of Trump U.

A white mother at police chief Mike Koval’s listening session Monday night at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church worried that her black son might meet a grim fate at the hands of police. I wanted to tell her that the greater danger is from other young men, black or white. It wasn’t the police firing 50 rounds from at least two weapons in Arbor Hills — that’s how many shell casings they found of two different calibers. One young man clings to life; six residences were hit, the chief reported. Koval also said Madison has recorded 80 confirmed shooting incidents so far this year.

I did not know that every Madison police officer is tased and pepper sprayed, to give them a taste. Here’s an idea: challenge the alders to subdue an unruly female police officer without using force.

Liberal bells are tolling today over the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to consider reviving the John Doe II persecution of political speech in Wisconsin.

Here’s a disturbing thought. A year from now, when President Hillary Clinton’s nominee has been confirmed, will the court jump at the opportunity to overturn the Citizens United decision? Discuss amongst yourselves.

If politics were about addition rather than subtraction, as The Donald reluctantly conceded, then why would it ever be illegal to “coordinate” your candidacy with other like minds, no matter their organizational structure or financial interest? There’s something in the First Amendment about freedom of assembly, as well as speech.

If I am free to speak my mind but not in concert with others who might amplify that speech so that it can reach others, exactly how free is my speech? Isolating dissidents is a favorite trick of authoritarian regimes. Leftists who want to get the money out of elections, like Matt Rothschild, want to insert government to decide who may speak, what they may say, and when they may say it. The shame is not one of the state’s news media defended free speech like the Wall Street Journal. (Editorial: “Liberal censors lose again.”)

Mr. Trump, you flit about the country in a private jet with your name on it, yet pay no taxes since possibly since 1995?

If that makes you smart, as you boasted at last week’s debate, why didn’t you brag on that from the get go? You may be a smart businessman but you are a stupid candidate. Politics 101: You want to kill a story? Put out a press release. You want the story to have legs like Serena Williams? Wait for it to be leaked.

Has any candidate for public office large or small whined as much as Trump? The system is unfair. The system is rigged. Yes, Donald. The system is unfairly rigged IN YOUR FAVOR!

How does one make America great by debasing its political discourse? The white lab coats here at the Blaska Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon) fed this question into Old Sparky, the Eisenhower-era mainframe. Let’s just say we’re searching the archives to determine if this collection of corrosive scrap still has any warranty left.

That is the Faustian bargain many of us are asked to make, isn’t it? Trade four years of wrack and ruin in the executive branch for the uncertain promise that Trump will appoint us 25 years of conservative hegemony in the courts. Evan McMullin, anyone?


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Oct 5, 2016 09:52 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Very concerned about the ability of enormous corporations to exercise their First Amendment rights be coordinating advertising with political campaigns.

Not so concerned about the obstacles faced by your grandmother in being able to secure the appropriate ID needed to cast a vote in the presidential election.

Oct 5, 2016 12:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Definitely allow coordination, but let's also provide transparency in the political process. That's missing today, and this anonymity seems to be a big selling point for politicians when engaging donors.

Oct 5, 2016 12:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Remember Blaska, Trump is your party and he wants to make America Great again. I think Trump's referring to 1995 when he stopped paying income taxes.

Oct 5, 2016 03:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

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Scott who?

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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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