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Sep 30, 201504:34 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Going green, but not with Bernie Sanders envy

What a span of beautiful weather!

The indentured servants at the Stately Manor were given leave to observe the super blood moon eclipse Sunday night. A good pair of binoculars really improved the picture. Packers seem to be clicking. (Spare Aaron Rodgers even from taking a knee in the victory formation. Why risk him?) Wood pile is curing in the low humidity. Looking forward to Slimy Crud motorcycles this Sunday morning in Pine Bluff. Great to be alive!

Your humble scribe is at the moment working a plate of blue lake green beans, buttered and salted. Good eating! (But not as good as Roma beans.) Must credit the Doyenne of the Manor, the Lovely Lisa, for putting management here at the Experimental Work Farm and Rehabilitation Center onto a great way to grow climbers like pole beans and cukes — even tomatoes: on a wire mesh vegetable tunnel.

Our field crews can walk erect through the tunnel picking the beans as they hang overhead or at arm’s height.

To build, get 4-gauge hog wire from Farm and Fleet. (Chicken wire is typically 20 gauge. As with shotguns, smaller gauge is thicker.) Comes in 18-foot long sections, 34 inches high. About $24 each. Bought two sections. To anchor your wire tunnels, drive two stakes about 2 feet apart along each of your intended rows. The rows should be about 8 feet apart. Bend hog wire between the two rows of stakes to form an upside-down U. Wire is strong enough to support itself. Can drape chicken wire over it for more tendril support. We happen to have a grass walkway down the middle but you can plant that space, too. Try lettuce or something liking a little bit of shelter from mid-summer sun.

Turkey hunt is bi-partisan

Who says Republicans don’t reach out to the other side (Besides The Voice of Progressivism)?

Rep. Joel Kleefisch (in camo) invited the Taylors (at left) to hunt turkeys on the farm of Matt and Karina Werner (flanking Kleefisch).

State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, invited State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, and her son Isaiah to go on their first-ever turkey hunt with him on the farm of Matt and Karina Werner.

“If anyone challenges our ability to put philosophies aside, let them know Senator Lena Taylor, her son, and I are having an awesome time on their first ever hunt. Turkeys are the species of choice. Toughest part is for us to not talk. What an amazing bi-partisan morning.”

First-time turkey hunters Sen. Lena Taylor and son Isaiah display their prey.

Kleefisch joked that he convinced Lena to vote for Walker's next budget and that Isaiah is starting “a Golda Meir chapter of the young Republicans.”

Politics of resentment

Yes, Trump supporters are angry. So is Trump’s leftward counterpart, Feel the Bernie Sanders.

Townhall explains his politics of “envy, resentment, and hate.”

Leftist rhetoric is designed to encourage people to believe that the reason they are poor is because other people are rich. And this kind of rhetoric is not confined to politicians who know nothing of basic economics. … They invariably imply that “all property is theft,” a staple of barnyard Marxism. Yet, on rigorous examination, this idea is silly. Most of the people on the Forbes 400 list are self-made or next generation of self-made billionaires.

… Take the world’s richest woman, JK Rowling. When she wrote the last Harry Potter book or helped on the last Harry Potter movie was she making anyone worse off? Was she taking food out of the mouths of babes? Or was she bringing entertainment and pleasure to millions of people?

As the Wall Street Journal said in welcoming Pope Francis, “Nobody goes to Cuba to earn money to support relatives in America.”

Platinum subscriber detritus

•  Speaking of … Feel the Bernie spoke at ultra-conservative Liberty College, founded by Jerry Falwell, on September 14 and no one interrupted, attempted to cancel the speech, or needed trigger warnings. Try that at UW–Madison.

•  My lawsuit versus the Madison school district and teachers union for violating Act 10 was dismissed on a technicality this week, specifically for failure to give notice of claim before filing lawsuit and then waiting 120 days for the school board to turn me down. However, a companion lawsuit filed by Norm Sannes of Madison (by the same attorneys) did give that notice of claim and should be good on its merits.

•  A dose of political reality: Scott Walker is underwater with Wisconsin voters right now, like it or not. Why put that onus on Judge Rebecca Bradley, who has announced her candidacy in next spring’s election? To the vacancy left by the late Justice Crooks appoint someone like Jim Troupis, now a conservative judge in Dane County, who — I’m guessing — would not seek election to the post. (Although he’d be good.)

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Sep 30, 2015 10:50 pm
 Posted by  Jeff Simpson

Can we get you to reimburse the taxpayer of the Madison School district for your frivolous lawsuit now? I would hpe you were sufficiently embarrassed to be used as a tool by the Grebe Crew, and I see you are by how little of your column you dedicated to the smackdown.

Oct 1, 2015 09:36 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Dave, you should just refile. Democrats do it all the time. Lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit. They don't care how many children die of starvation or disease, as long as they get their due.

Oct 1, 2015 01:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Did you listen to what Sanders said at Liberty ? He spoke of all of us working together for the overall good of the the nation, even if we didn't agree on individual issues. It made sense, and the audience respected that. If he gave the same speech in Madison , it would be you booing and hissing, trying to outdo Sykes and Walker.

Put your comments in context. Maybe folks will listen to you as well.

Oct 1, 2015 02:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How's that Scott Walker thing working for you?

Oct 1, 2015 03:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, Not B... you mean refile like the GOP (GOofballs and war Profiteers) have done to try and end ObamaCare (aka the Affordable Care Act) about 60 times now? Also, like the GoP has cut budgets to reduce spending for families that live in poverty? You call yourself a Republican that cares about "families" - I call you a hypocrite just like Blaska here. All complaints but no solutions. All complaints but no compromise. Congrats on being part of the shrinking joke party. My prediction, in years to come all Republican presidential candidates will be the only members of the Republican party left.

Oct 2, 2015 09:45 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

No need to refile, folks. A companion lawsuit is proceeding and will win on the merits.

Oct 2, 2015 11:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Lordy me, Dave! Do you read your own stuff? The way you (mis)represent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) above sounds just like the Republican "it's okay to be angry at the union teachers who have it better than you" spiel. Demagoguery, demonization and the politics of envy is well represented on your side of the aisle, professor.

Oct 5, 2015 08:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey lil’ to make a sizable bet that your wrong?

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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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