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Sep 23, 201409:46 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison genuflects at Tomb of the Unidentified Voter

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Rumor (which I am starting here) is that the Emerald City will erect a new monument to replace Nail’s Tails outside Camp Randall: the Tomb of the Unidentified Voter. Yes, Voter ID still has our (you know what) acquaintances in a paranoid snit.

Now, of course, the ACLU has filed suit (not that there’s anything wrong with filing suit) to overturn the unanimous 7th District Court of Appeals ruling that Voter ID is OK in WI. Dig this headline from the Corporation that Speaks as if it were a Person:

Brief filed in Wisconsin Voter ID case points out limited DMV access

Are you getting this? “Points out!” Not “alleges” or “argues.”

Everyone seems to have a friend who has a wheelchair-bound aunt living in a candlelit shack in the middle of the Chequamegon Forest where the nearest DMV office is 30 miles away by dog sled and open only for a half-hour on Thursdays. None of those … acquaintances are willing, apparently, to get in their Subaru Outback and schlep Aunt Minnie to the state ID store.

So the City of Madison is going to send shuttles scurrying around town searching out Judge Adelman’s imaginary 300,000 stateless, unidentified persons! (Liberal-prog-socialist optics: Syrian refugee camps.)

One wonders how many city taxpayer resources Mayor Paul Soglin can employ to seek out the occasional unidentified voter (more here) before it becomes a partisan get-out-the-vote effort in liberal-progressive-socialist Madison? (Cast votes as an “act of defiance”?)

Prediction: They’ll find seven individuals who don’t have a voter ID and want one. Six of them are camping on Madame Brenda’s porch. None of them will actually vote.

What’s good for the goose. Memo to Scott Walker: Silence the whiners. Open up the DMV offices. Put them on full alert. Pay them overtime. Brew the coffee. Invite the news cameras. Want to bet against me? (Blaska’s optics: the lonely Maytag repairman.)

I’m predicting turnout this Nov. 4 will be greater than the last gubernatorial election’s 49.7% in 2010 but not as high — and closer to — the 57.8% realized during the August 2012 recall. And nowhere near presidential election year participation. In the 2012 presidential election, 70.4% filled out a ballot in November. All those numbers well exceed the 37.8% that turned out for the 1990 general election, where the top of the ticket featured Tommy Thompson running for re-election versus Tom Loftus.

It won’t matter; if Burke loses, it will be ascribed to Voter ID. If she wins, it’s how they overcame Voter ID. Of course, Scott Walker has won twice — each time without the supposed unfair advantage of Voter ID.

Bottom line: There is something paranoid — and racist — about imagining that proving you are who you say you are is somehow a conspiracy against the left. Celebrate the cult of victimhood — the one true Madison religious faith!

Kaleem Caire is an educator

Want another taste of what Madison public schools could have chosen? Instead, they chose John Matthews’ reactionary teachers union. This is Kaleem Caire, proponent of the rejected Madison Prep charter public school, on his Facebook page:

Yesterday, while standing in the check-out line at Copps Grocery store in Fitchburg, I heard three Black male teenagers talking loud and cursing at a machine that was not working for them. There were a lot of people in line to check-out and everyone was looking at them, and they knew it. …

As I always do in situations like this, I slowly walked over towards them and caught their attention. … I looked each of them in the eye with a smile on my face and said, “Young brothers, can you come a little closer, I don’t want anyone to hear what I have to say to you. I’m cool, I just want to talk with you about a couple things.” …

I then said, “You guys are some strong, handsome looking young brothers. Strong, powerful looking and intelligent young men. But you know how people look at us when we act like that. You know what I’m talking about?”

All three of them replied, “Yes Sir, we know; we’re sorry. We’ll quiet down.”

I then said, “Thank you gentlemen. You made me proud. I didn’t even have to raise my voice.” I then said, “Always show people the King in you. Kings act with nobility; they hold their head up and are always patient and thoughtful when others are angry and ready to act a fool or hurt someone. Be the King that you are.”

They smiled again saying “Yes, Sir. Thank you.” We then exchanged hand-shakes and dapped-it-up (shook hands while embracing each other with a hug). I smiled at them as I walked away, and I felt really proud of them. I could tell these young men probably didn’t have a father at home.

… Unfortunately, not enough people will do that for our young men. I wish more would. Everyone else in those check-out lines looked at me in amazement as I walked back towards them to get in line. …

No victims for Mr. Caire — only potential heroes.


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Sep 23, 2014 11:47 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

If I'm remembering correctly, there has already been one election with Voter ID. I don't remember this much outrage then - oh yeah, one of those "unimportant" spring elections where only 20% of the people showed up. If it's really important to you, you go get the ID and vote, but for a large part of the population (43% didn't vote in the recall election???), it doesn't seem that important.

Sep 23, 2014 01:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


In case you forgot, there was a "serious" attempt at joining the northern portion (north of USH 8) of WI and the UP some years ago. Called the State of Superior, proponents made the claim that Madison politicians didn't care about them nor listen to any of the issues in the far north. Yoopers said the same thing about the politicians in far distant Lansing.

With the attitude of todays ruling party in Madison toward the north as one of questionable merit (mining, deer, wolves, environment), maybe it is time to bring back the State of Superior movement, join forces with the UP and move forward. I'll sign the petition, vote for it and run for office. Maybe the Capitol could be in Tipler, Felch, Hurley, or straddle the old line somewhere near Alvin ??

Sep 23, 2014 03:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


slow news day,

Yawn !!

Sep 23, 2014 04:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you're a legal voter, you have the right to vote. As with other rights, the state should not infringe it. You know, like speech and guns.

The grump about the anthem is laugh-out-loud hilarious. He who celebrates freedom of speech, who goes positively ga-ga at the great diversity of a pack of Harley riders (Forgetting, apparently, that they're all riding the same brand and mode of transport and look identical to the the rest of our untrained and apathetic eyes!) believes those who don't stand at attention and salute the flag are "second rate." Maybe we should not be allowed to vote unless we pledge allegiance? Take some kind of loyalty oath? If you're not a patriot, you're not allowed at the symphony now? Let's turn the tables: If a gay man marries the love of his life, the father of his children and fellow homeowner who pays his share of taxes that help support your public pension-fueled lifestyle, does he not deserve to be honored?

How about this deal: You honor other upstanding Americans who add to the vibrancy and economic vitality of the community that directly supports your personal well being and I'll put my hand over my heart for a war poem that is, for some reason, our national anthem.

Sep 24, 2014 08:39 am
 Posted by  RAVENOAKS

Blaska, your skills in working with young, minority youth based on your description are truly impressive!!!

Too bad they were not on display at your local neighborhood "Meet and Greet" early this year for all to see and emulate. Oh, you weren't there.

Or better yet, why not demonstrate them in one of Madison Public School System's classrooms with some times in excess of 30 students?

And with Act 10, don't go crying to a union (God, forbid) if your self description rapport with youth doesn't work out!

Sep 24, 2014 01:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Voter ID causes vote suppression as much as mankind causes climate change. Both are Big Lies that would have Josef Goebbels absolutely giddy with delight.

However, wind turbine and solar farms kill birds by the thousand. This is immutable fact, borne out by those tiny little bodies laying around on the ground. Now who are you going to believe? Hypocrite Al Gore, who jets around with a tremendous carbon footprint? Or your own lying eyes?

Sep 25, 2014 10:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, I am camping in the Northwoods right now. I will get back to you if I run into Aunt Minnie. She probably has wifi and satellite TV and a big screen TV that I can use.

Dave, not B

Sep 25, 2014 10:18 am
 Posted by  JNT

You know what kills birds thousands of times more than windmills? Windows. And Power lines. Communication towers. Pesticides. Automobiles. Don't get me started on those evil cats. They kill tens of thousands more birds than windmills do. I'm sure you've removed all the windows in your home and put your cat down because of your sorrowful mourning over bird genocide.

By the way, you know who has "no doubt" that human activity warms the earth? David Blaska. And those who don't think like he does, he calls "flatearthers". Furthermore, those who express such unexamined certitude like you have done are "Stalinists" to David. Tell me, how do you feel being called a flatearth Stalinist by our gracious host?

Sep 25, 2014 03:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Voting is an in-alienable right, driving (therefore the need for a drivers license) is a choice.

Sep 25, 2014 05:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The right to vote is inalienable, to be sure. Your mere presence at the polls does not verify your citizenship, nor your right to vote.

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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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