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Sep 2, 201409:52 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Disagree with this blog? Wave signs and chant mindless slogans!

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Must admit I am in a funk despite the glorious, fall-like weather. Still haven’t recovered from the Badgers blowing a 24-7 lead. Just once wish we could beat an SEC team. Now the Brewers are free-falling — in second place for the first time since early April. Is Ryan Braun withdrawing from the juice? Can anyone get Carlos Gomez under control at the plate? Maybe the Packers will beat Seattle. By golly, I think they will!

Why must our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances play drama queen at every difference of opinion instead of engaging in debate like intelligent people? The folks who protest at the Special Olympics picketed a recent Walker campaign fundraising appearance at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison. (Big news at The Progressive magazine.) Look! A BMW!

Guys, we get that you don’t support Scott Walker. Do we go around picketing Mary Burke? But the visuals are catnip to the liberal news media. “The People” don’t support the governor; those people chanting and waving signs are proof!

The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change announced it would shadow Paul Ryan at each stop on his three-day, nine-city tour in Florida. This is big news at The Capital Times, your progressive vuvuzela.

A group of protesters showed up at a book signing at a Pensacola Barnes & Noble on Friday, with signs that read, “Hands off my Medicare,” “Ryan: Yes to millionaires, no to Medicare” and “Paul, my uterus wants your health insurance.”

Yep, slogans instead of debate or dialogue. Vote Democratic! For extra credit: Who is the liberal-progressive-socialist who is proposing a fix on poverty other than more of the failed same? Take your time.

Progressive law as faith-based sharia

Sometimes, something is wrong only because you say it is wrong. “Walker Solicited Funds for Outside Group to Win Recalls,” trumpets The Progressive magazine. An “outside group”? What is “an outside group”? Would that be like Emily’s List?

The Progressive’s subhead blares, “Specific John Doe Charges Finally Revealed.” Except, there were no charges. No charges were ever brought. The Wisconsin Reporter explains the law:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel … on its front page Tuesday … reported allegations that Gov. Scott Walker’s “campaign crossed a bright legal line by coordinating with independent conservative groups that expressly called for the election of specific candidates in the recall elections for governor and state Senate in 2011 and 2012.”

The Journal Sentinel’s description of the law is simply wrong, and if its reporters had checked the dates of the emails they were reporting on, they’d have noticed a little problem: they date from seven months before the Walker recall campaign existed. Whatever the merits of the legal theories at issue, the reporters ought to admit there’d be certain difficulties in coordinating with non-entities.

The first and lesser error regards that “bright legal line,” and the idea it would preclude Walker from helping candidates for state Senate. The reporters cite no experts or state law in support of their contention, because there are none.

… The recall campaign against Walker didn’t even get started until November 2011, with signature gathering, and wasn’t certified until the following March. Under Wisconsin law, confirmed at the time by the Government Accountability Board, contribution limits don’t apply until the signatures have been certified. If the limits don’t apply to direct contributions, they surely don’t apply to allegedly coordinated indirect contributions to campaigns not yet in existence.


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Sep 2, 2014 12:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


write all you want, but it does not change the fact that walker is unethical. period.

it seems to me there is a lot of bad press, that outweighs the good press.

actually, have we ever seen any good press?

oh sorry, just from you.

seems too me your ethics are in question too.

I'd be proud of that.

Sep 2, 2014 03:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I like this quote from the Progressive about the protests at the country club. "to let Walker and his supporters know what they think of the outsized influence of money in politics"

Will they also picket Mary Burke for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from those "outsized influence" donors known as Unions? I won't hold my breath while I wait for that news story to come.

I love hipocricy

Sep 2, 2014 03:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

who has the biggest war chest,

case dismissed.

Sep 2, 2014 06:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

There's plenty of debate and dialogue. But for you, conservative blogger and talk radio host, it's much easier to ignore those wishing to engage you in debate and instead point at the sign carriers and say, "Look at all those liberals refusing to debate me!"

As for the John Doe charges, if all we got out of that whole thing ends up being the confirmation that Scott Walker asked big money like Gogebic Taconite to divert funds to Club for Growth, well, that's good enough for me. Somebody should be in the business of exposing where these politicians (on both sides!) get their money. It allows us all to look as closely as we need to at the deals that wreck natural resources for generations.

Don't reply to this, Blaska. The solidarity singers are over there begging to be made fun of. And there are a lot less of them than there are of us.

Sep 2, 2014 09:59 pm
 Posted by  redrandall

Mr. Blaska titles his blog, “Disagree with this blog? Wave signs and chant mindless slogans!” What does the ubiquitous Anon (12:58)do? He waves signs –“Walker is unethical. Period.”—and chants mindless slogans—“who has the biggest war chest. Case dismissed.”(3:57) Priceless! Maybe Anon needs a new log-in name. Can I suggest “Pavlov’s dog?”

Sep 2, 2014 11:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The picture is priceless. Perhaps if she spent another $60,000 to get a doctorate she could get a slightly better (or worse) low wage job and have more to whine about.

Sep 3, 2014 09:14 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


truth hurts, doesn't it.

how about them badgers?

Sep 3, 2014 10:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anony 3:35 doesn't seem aware the Koch brothers donated twice as much to political campaigns as all unions combined. The interests of two mega-industrialist brothers vs. the interests of millions of working people; which side is he on? Which side does he think will align with his interests, will make his life better? I'm not holding my breath waiting for 3:35 to get it, or for the corporate-owned media (consrvatives' beloved "lamestream" mainstream media) to cover that story. And what is this "hipocricy" he so loves?
Redrandall doesn't seem aware that "mindless slogans" are in the eye of the beholder. He doesn't get points for originality by parroting mindless talk radio.
Dave doesn't seem aware debate is neither encouraged nor elevated by his patented BlaskaSneeringPropaganda technique.
Self-awareness, people!

Sep 3, 2014 10:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dang! Nothing like making fun of someone's spelling and then misspelling "conservatives.'" Self-awareness!

Sep 3, 2014 12:03 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

BlaskaSneeringPropaganda holds nothing to the sneering over at Left Business Brain.

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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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