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Sep 3, 201309:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Singing on a Labor Day of love

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Congratulations to Brent Renteria-Packham for organizing the daylong Liberty Singers event at the Capitol rotunda on Labor Day. The young man, a Marine Corps veteran, was totally unknown to me. A special feature of Monday’s singalong, required Capitol permit in hand, was the singing of the anthems for the four military services. (More photos here.)

Once again, the forces of righteousness brought peace to the State Capitol. No arrests, for which the beleaguered Capitol Police are thankful. “You had an impact,” one of them confided. Haven’t we done more to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize than our belligerent president? WKOW-TV has the story.

We need more patriots to take out permits. (Here’s how.) Once again, we forced the Solidarity Singers outside; they were not pleased. So someone help me out here: What is the mentality of a fellow like the one holding this sign? One cannot agree with Gov. Walker without being a puppet? Lot of puppets in Wisconsin, judging by the last few years of election results.

BTW: Try holding a singalong in the nation’s Capitol, or even holding a sign like this poor soul. Brother Wigderson gives chapter and verse of the rules and regs governing Washington, D.C., as presented by something called the Washington Peace Center: “For protests on or around the Capitol Buildings, you need to apply for a permit with the Capitol Police. They say to apply at least five days in advance ....”

Stray thought: What is it about the S.S. types that assume that if you don’t agree with them you are not or never were a worker? They must know that labor union representation now claims only 12% of the workforce — just 7% of the private sector — don’t they?

This and that

Headline in The Nation magazine: “The tragic murder of Australian student Christopher Lane is being exploited by the right to stoke fears of a race war.” Not that the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin was exploited by the left to stoke fears of a race war. No, they would never do that.

If you have a hard time remembering why a Republican Congress impeached (but did not convict) Bill Clinton, think of baseball player Ryan Braun. Both were liars, but think of the implications of a president as a proven liar.

What’s this? President Obama has found weapons of mass destruction in an Arab country? Guess what country is right next door to Syria. Then speculate on where Syria may have gotten that WMD. Discuss among yourselves.

Does anyone read J.D. Salinger once they’ve left school? Living as a recluse — good career move!

“Only reactionaries harbor ugly thoughts of breaking unions,” asserts the corporation that nonetheless speaks (aka The Capital Times) in its Labor Day editorial. Is the CT — its workers are unrepresented by organized labor — calling its late publisher and editor Miles McMillan a reactionary? An ugly thought-thinker?


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Sep 3, 2013 02:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, didn't you get the memo? The singers weren't singing at the capitol on Labor Day - it is national holiday supporting Laborers, which we question if you understand what a real job is.

I support free speech, and if the republican groups feel that they have to get permission to voice their opinion, well I guess they don't understand that they live in a free country were we can express our freedoms which include if some feel they need to sing at the capitol then, they have the freedom to do so (without a permit).

Sep 3, 2013 02:49 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Then why so many MTI shirts in the rotunda. Why was Arthur Kohl-Riggs taping? Why the protest signs (yes, plural). Why didn't someone tell WKOW-TV 27's news cameras that those were fake Solidarity Singers singing outside? Did you even look at the links I provided? If you really want to demonstrate your First Amendment temper tantrum, try doing your show in the Bob Kastenmeier federal building. Get to meet the nice federal marshals.

Sep 3, 2013 06:28 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

@Anonymous ... where were Solidarity Singers celebrating Labor Day? Bet it wasn't at the Laborfest Parade in Milwaukee since it was canceled by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council AFL-CIO.

Sep 4, 2013 07:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why are you still pissing and moaning about the Solidarity Singers in the rotunda? Tempest in a teapot (ha!, love my own jokes).
More seriously, though, why don't you address the stench rising from the politicized DNR and the fraudulent grant (half a million bucks of OUR taxpayer money!) going to a GOP campaign front group? It appears now United Sportsmen LIED on their application about having non-profit status. And the IRS won't be giving it to them because they endorsed and ran ads for GOP candidates in the elections, big no-no's in the legitimate non-profit world. This STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN! It is blatant graft and corruption by your Gov and the slimey former majority leader of the Assembly, who has since been rewarded with a plum appointment.
Where is your outrage? You should be ashamed of this crew, from Walker to Stepp to Suder on down.

Sep 4, 2013 11:18 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Since we're playing the Why Don't You game again, Why Don't You write about Little Man Tate clearing the decks for Democrat in Name Only Mary Burke as the next sacrificial lamb to Scott Walker?

Sep 4, 2013 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Way to deflect!
Because I'm trying to direct your keen mind and sharp pen toward matters more pressing than a bunch of old hippy singers. Consider it a suggestion. Besides, this is YOUR column, I'm just a nipping-at-your-heels commenter. If YOU want to write about Tate and Burke, I'll be more than happy to tell you why you're wrong!

Sep 4, 2013 02:12 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

I just did. Your turn.

Sep 4, 2013 04:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I do admire your brevity.
Tell you what, I'll defend Tate and the highly qualified Burke (who understandably has you guys' knickers in a twist) when you defend Suder, Stepp, Walker and their lying friends at the fake sportsmen's group. The stench of corruption (not just "pay to play" but out-and-out graft) wafting from this situation makes my eyes water. Your turn.

Sep 4, 2013 06:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sly Steps Up

by Jeff Simpson

Sly feels, and we at CogDis agree that, while we dont mind a little rhetoric at times, violence and attacking a politicians family is completely uncalled for and should be punished.

For those of you who do not know, Scott Walker in his , I really really want to be president tour, spoke at a fundraiser in Alabama, told the Associated Press that his children were spit upon in a grocery store!

Walker described the turmoil during the protests that surrounded the Wisconsin capitol.

He said he received death threats, and his mother and son were shouted at and spit upon during a trip to the grocery store.

Well unfortunately, Scott Walker has put a premium on stopping the singing in the Capitol and not in defending his own family. The "Mad Spitter" is still at large. As is usually the case, when the republicans drop the ball, the progressives have to do the heavy lifting.

John Sylvester is appalled that someone would actually do such a heinous act, so he is putting his money where his mouth is. Sly wants this criminal brought to justice.

Sep 5, 2013 09:07 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Mary Burke
Highly qualified = has a lot of money Dems don't have to raise
ran for a local school district race where maybe 50,000 voted
flushed a million down the toilet for Madison charter school
and will now have to explain that as Capital Times sez
"School vouchers are a scam"

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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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