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Sep 15, 201510:57 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Scott Walker, go to Ferguson!

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But first, what a great post-Labor Day weekend! Packers start out the season with James Jones and a rare opening day win. Badgers right the ship in cool and sunny Madison.

Great meet-up motorcycle ride Saturday through the southern Kettle Moraine led by former circuit judge Mark Frankel. On the way, we encountered a top notch classic car show on the grounds of the Cambridge Fire Department. Hot-rodded Model A Fords, a low-slung 1950 Merc, and a lemon meringue-yellow ’57 Chev were my favorites. The most fun car was the whimsical Crosley, with dragon pipes, a State Journal delivery box for air intake, and a ceramic water faucet for a driver’s door handle.

It wasn’t a planned stop but a good motorcycle ride is about the journey, not the destination.

The day before, I golfed the Tommy G. Thompson Charity Open at Door Creek outside of Cottage Grove. Completing my foursome were radio host Mitch Henck and former Dane County Board colleagues Jim Mohrbacher, now of Okauchee Lake, and Sam Simon of Middleton. Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Robinson accompanied Tommy to greet each foursome on the course. Robinson let me handle his Hall of Fame ring; it is a heavy hunk of gold.

Of course, Friday was the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Tommy was secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington. He recounted how he put the only plane in the air (outside the military) to deliver medical supplies to New York and walked the ash-covered streets of NYC less than 48 hours later. Robinson recounted how, as the first black player to be the No. 1 pick of the Packers, Coach Vince Lombardi integrated Green Bay “in 45 minutes.”

Most local taverns would not serve African Americans. Lombardi called the owners into his office, said he respected their prerogatives and announced that he would exercise his own: all the Packers or none would visit their taverns. Robinson said he took up after-school sports at the insistence of his father, who died soon afterwards, so that his mother would know where he was at all times. Again, a strong father figure makes a difference in a young life.

The football great — a resident of his native New Jersey — said he loved Tommy T. Indeed, my mentor attracts a diverse group. Talked to former ambassador and Sun Prairie boy Tom Loftus, my old boss Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler, former state Rep. Joe Tregoning, Doug Moe and his bride, former TV newsgal Janean Yasiri, Dane County Towns president Jerry Derr, and brother Mike-boy — who played five extra holes to settle a bet. Saw former State Sens. Brian Rude, Tim Cullen, Dale Schultz, and former Madison mayor Joel Skornicka.

Tommy’s golf event raises money for health scholarships to Madison College students.


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Sep 15, 2015 11:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Scott Walker in Ferguson? When do you suppose he was last east of N. 60th Street? My guess is he travels to lakefront fundraisers in Milwaukee via Mequon. Milwaukee is one of the country's most segregated cities and when your governor talks about spending time there, it's rarely outside the white wards.

I'd also probably go with reporter over "newsgal," but that's just me, a realty gal.

Sep 15, 2015 12:35 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Interesting juxtaposition. Coach Lombardi calls a meeting, the people show up, talk and listen and the job is done.
Madison alders put out a document apparently written by a soc/psych major that leaves the desired attendees saying, "What?"

Sep 15, 2015 02:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"We will see how respectful and genuine the Emerald City will be to allow Your Humble Squire to openly express himself."

Dave, your anger is not justified.
They will not listen to you.

Only those serial complainers, namely Kaleem-"accounting irregularities"-Care and Pastor "Justified Anger" have the imprimatur of the liberal intelligentsia to discuss these issues. (White Madison has to shut up and open their wallets.) I know you all are close with your little coffee dates and what not. (See here:

Maybe you bring your issues up with them so they can filter it through their game of "social justice" Mad Libs and submit it to the city.

You missed an opportunity to talk about yet another brutal rape, this time on the bike trail (versus a home-invasion gang rape). A race-less 5'7"-5'9" male did the deed. I'm shocked the Cap City Times hasn't done a little fact checking to determine how tall Scott Walker is. (I don't know how tall he is.... maybe he should be considered a suspect...)

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Sep 15, 2015 02:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The columnist suggest Mr Walker to to Furguson. Here's another idea that could get even more votes: work with his former opponent, Tom Barrett, and work to decrease the violence in Milwaukee. Walker could show he can work well with others, as any president will have to do (Reagan & Clinton did so quite well)--but Walker has never had to do so. Show some leadership and get out of the Capital, get out of the primary states, and work on Wisconsin. Leadership here will make Trump whimper.

Or keep traveling right up until you're out of the running.

Sep 16, 2015 12:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The most telling part of the Caleb Johnson story is that this officer was well known for his participation in "community outreach programs" in the ghetto (sorry, struggling neighborhood) where his life was put in danger by a rampaging mob. Only Madison liberals could convince themselves that youth basketball leagues and bicycle repair clinics can transform dysfunctional places like the Betty's Lane/Hammersley Road area into model communities. Of course, when their Sesame Street view of the world collides with reality, their instinctive reaction is to call for more money for more programs and for meetings where guilty white liberals sit around for a couple of hours wringing their hands and boring one another to tears with the kind of libspeak claptrap that appears in the Phair/McKinney communique.

Sep 17, 2015 11:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Maybe he should move there permanently. What an embarrassment this guy has become....the laughing stock of the GOP debate.Disgraceful!

I guess Bla Bla Blaska needs something to distract his braindead Repub. followers from since Walker is such a loser.

Where have they all gone?

Sep 17, 2015 12:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So what's your solution? Send Walker to Hammersley, too? Wow, wouldn't that be a miraculous turnaround?

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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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