Promoting the partisan pan-DEM-ic

CNN & NY Times promoted Russian collusion hoax;
now they pin hopes on the pandemic.

Very clever, the gnomes at the New York Times. Page One of my Sunday paper is almost all agate typeface text naming almost 100,000 individuals who tied of COVID-19. An impressive job of compiling this data. Worker bees scoured obituaries for telling comments. A sampling:

… Stanley L. Morse, 88, Stark County, Ohio, trombonist who once turned down an offer to join Duke Elllington’s orchestra • Margaret Laughlin, 91, Massachusetts, had a mystic’s direct sense of wonder and oneness • Cynthia Whiting, 66, La Plata, MD., retiree determined to spoil her granddaughter … 

This bit of advocacy journalism is the latest salvo in the NY Times’ stated objective of bringing a President down. Adam Schiff couldn’t do it. Russian collusion proved to be a Hillary Clinton/James Comey hoax. The coronavirus may be the ticket. If only Donald Trump had acted one week sooner! 

The NY Times knew very well that their piece de resistance would be fodder for Trump haters. Sure enough, this doctored piece:

Trump golf NY Times

NY Times almost begged its minions to Photoshop the President onto their Page One political stunt.

While Pelosi played the race card

But while Trump was closing off access to Wuhan province after the Chinese government tried to cover up the origin of the pandemic, Democrats like Nancy Pelosi were busy virtue signaling.

On February 24, KQED radio San Francisco reported:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a walking tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown on Monday as part of an effort to calm fears around the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it has now been named.

Pelosi addressed concerns about tourism and reassured the public that the risk of contracting the coronavirus remains low in the U.S., adding that she thinks the fear is “unwarranted in light of the precautions that are being taken here in the United States.”

Pelosi in Chinatown February 24

No face masks? No social distancing?

“Come to Chinatown,” Pelosi said. “Precautions have been taken by our city, we know that there’s concern about tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come.

Journalism in action! 

This very day (05-26-2020) CNN breathlessly reports: “Trump has spent far more time at golf clubs than Obama had at the same point.” (Also on the CNN website: “Michigan man refuses to wear mask.”)

So,, Donald Trump played golf over the Memorial Day weekend. The President also visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and spoke at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which inspired our national anthem. But somehow he is supposed to do penance for an pandemic that he did not cause.

span style=”background-color: #ffff99;”>There are some small stirrings that the double standard is curdling American politics. This is Van Gordon Sauter, former head of CBS News: 

News organizations that claim to be neutral have long been creeping leftward, and their loathing of Mr. Trump has accelerated the pace. The news media is catching up with the liberalism of the professoriate, the entertainment industry, upscale magazines, and the literary world. Recent arrivals are the late-night TV hosts who have broken the boundaries of what was considered acceptable political humor for networks. …

Much of journalism has become the clarion voice of the “resistance,” dedicated to ousting the president, even though he was legally elected and, according to the polls, enjoys the support of about 44% of likely 2020 voters.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Donald Trump is, in many ways, a thin-skinned narcissist. A junkyard dog in a luxury high-rise apartment. But he did not put COVID-19 patients in senior citizen nursing homes.

What do YOU think?

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No mask, no helmet, no cages

Sons of unmanageability

The Facebook page for Wisconsin Motorcycle Riders is replete this day after Memorial Day (05-26-2020) with photos of motorcycles in sunshine and smiling riders. You can see their smiles because none are wearing COVID-19 face masks.

“Beautiful Saturday out and about in central Wisconsin.”

“It was a rustic road kind of day”

“There was an older gentlemen on a Honda Goldwing … helped me today when I tipped over in a pot hole at Crab ‘n Jacks right after the reservation on 55. Would like to thank him.”

Sunday in Eagle WI

Eagle WI this weekend

Big pig roast Saturday at the Dirty Hoe bar & grill outside of Burlington. Knucklehead’s in Eagle WI was full up, judging by the motorcycles pictured outside. A band called Crazy Frog provided the musical entertainment at the Vietnam War-themed Bunker in Waterford on Memorial Day. Poopy’s was open in Savanna, Illinois a few miles south of Galena. Despite governor’s orders. Held their fifth annual car show Memorial Day. This uneasy rider has ridden to the three last-named places.

They’re called ‘brain buckets’

The motorcycle world is not without controversy, however. Two posts showed “brothers” lying in hospital beds with more bruises and abrasions than the Bayonne Bleeder. Both were pitches for wearing a motorcycle helmet. Both posts got furious blowback from riders indignant that they were being told what to do.

If they won’t wear helmets, they sure as hell aren’t wearing COVID-19 face masks.

Part of the calculus of motorcycling is accepting the trade-off between living life to the fullest or the heightened possibility that you will operate your wheel chair with your tongue. NHTSA reports that motorcyclists have a risk of a fatal accident that is 29 times higher than automobile drivers. Only 20 states require all riders to wear helmets. (Wisconsin requires only riders under age 18 to do so. We do remember the protests against mandatory helmet laws at the Capitol in the late 1970s.) Nationally, one- third of motorcycles let their freak flags fly in the wind. 

(The Squire, on the other hand, has gone from a half-helmet to a full-face job. He wants to protect the intellectual property. Who else will hound Comrade Nichols to his grave! Second reason: Better to hear my tunes through the in-helmet bluetooth speakers.)

A recipe for rebellion

Harley Davidson, in particular, cultivated the weekend outlaw image for affluent (their machines are NOT cheap!) accountants and retired state employees. A satire website alleges the Milwaukee manufacturer is offering counseling to riders who thinking they’re in the Sons of Anarchy.

When we crossed over into Canada a few years back, our delegation had to wear helmets. Also made sure to leave our firearms at home. Canada is not the United States of America, for sure.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: rebelling against a tyrannical government is un-American.


So you got three ingredients going here: 

1) Motorcyclists are risk takers, a bit rebellious and somewhat cantankerous. (We’re just so … unmanageable!) 

2) Suddenly, it is summer. Temperatures this just concluded Memorial Day weekend in the 80s. and 

3) Some of us are just tired of cowering. We’re ready to do our part for herd immunity.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: You can thank us later.

How do YOU ride?

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Enjoy the day

and remember its purpose.

Memorial Day

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Judge hires criminal defense attorney to fight Matthew Flynn’s appeal

A ‘Curiously odd’ decision
in an on-going miscarriage of justice.

Blaska blogs ‘completely by the book’

(Obama appointee Susan Rice’s CYA e-mail)

Judge Emmet Sullivan has hired … well-known Washington DC criminal defense attorney Beth Wilkinson [and wife of CNN’s David Gregory] to “represent” him in connection with the Circuit Court order [that he show cause why he shouldn’t dismissed charges against Matthew Flynn, as demanded by the prosecution].

It remains an open question whether the Circuit Court will accept or hear anything from Wilkinson on Judge Sullivan’s behalf. Their order was specific as to him, he’s not a “party” represented by counsel.

If Judge Sullivan is not capable of answering a question about the application of a Rule of Criminal Procedure, the Appeals Court might want to take up the question of Judge Sullivan’s fitness to serve as a district court judge.

 

Source: “Curiously Odd Decision by Judge Sullivan to Hire Beth Wilkinson.”

Should Judge Sullivan be disbarred?

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We’re planted in low clover

“It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime” — the Jamies, 1958
Just like that, it’s summer in southern Wisconsin this beautiful Sunday, Memorial Day weekend.

A goodly rain Saturday preceded today’s sunshine and temperatures in the 80s F. (05-24-2020)! We thank the WI State Journal for heckling Dane County’s paranoid coronavirus lockdown.

Dane County is now an island of strict regulation. … [It] appears to open the economy slower than what the Democratic governor would have allowed. And it provides less clarity and hope for a return to something approaching normal. … We understand the need for caution to prevent a sharp increase in cases. But that concern must be weighed against the livelihoods of small business people and the larger economy.


⇒ OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The head groundskeeper here at Blaska Policy Werkes hereby declares the Experimental Work Farm (and Penal Colony) open for business! (Face masks optional.)


StatelyMadisonManor 

Back in the fields from their unpaid furlough, quarantine, and lockdown, the unlettered field hands — blinking in the unfamiliar sunlight — worked the verdant lawns surrounding the Stately Manor. As they toiled, the field hands sang their old-timey, call & response hymns (from the Steely Dan catalog):

I’m a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah 🎶
I don’t wanna do your dirty work
No more 🎶
I’m a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah 🎶

They were implementing Blaska’s grand experiment. The chief agronomist is re-introducing white clover to the lawn. (You heard us right!!!) The learned agriculturist was gob-smacked by the natural beauty of the lawn across the street, the small white blossoms poking their heads above the green grass of that home.

Once upon a time (before the music died), all lawn seed contained white clover (Trifolium repens) as a matter of course. The widespread adaptation of selective herbicides in the 1950s doomed clover. Blaska wants it back. White clover is a good symbiotic best buddy to lawn grass.

  • Fixes its own nitrogen and lends some to the Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, and perennial rye.
  • Grows a beautiful dark green with demure white blossoms.
  • Crowds out dandelions, creeping charlie, etc.
  • Deep roots aerate our soggy clay soil.
  • Less subject to drought. 
  • Stands up to foot traffic.
  • Attracts bees (and we need more bees) and allows earthworms to thrive.
MiniClover 05-2020

Shown with already growing, volunteer Dutch white clover

Get small and go green

We’re not Mr. (Totally) Natural, Flakey Foont. We spot-sprayed Bonide Weed Beater Ultra (available at Jung’s) on the mats of invasive chickweed and let it do its grim work. Followed that two days later with an over-seeder rented from Home Depot ($69 for four hours). The gas-powered machine scratches the soil like a de-thatcher but don’t bother using its seed bin. White clover seed is just too tiny. Didn’t work the entire lawn; clover migrates.


“As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.” — Chance the Gardener.


We planted “micro-clover” — said to grow half as high as normal “Dutch” white clover — 2 to 3 inches as opposed to 4 to 6 inches, once it’s “trained” by mowing. But it’s also more expensive. The heartless overseer of the Work Farm procured two one-pound bags of mini-clover (v. Pipolina) via mail order at $26 each (versus $15 for the regular white clover). Comes coated in inoculant to give it a good start. Good luck finding micro-clover in area garden centers. Mail order sources we could find are:  

Needs sunlight

The field hands manually sprinkled the tiny seeds over the worked-over lawn, then allowed Saturday’s heavy rain to implant the seed in the shallow earth. (Can’t be planted more than one-quarter inch deep.) The chief agronomist timed planting just right; spring or early summer around here. Grows in zones 3 to 10 (Madison WI is zone 4). Should germinate in 7 to 15 days if kept moist. Weatherman looks like he’ll help.

Must admit, a similar attempt on the more wooded, north-facing front lawn a few years ago failed. Clover grew but didn’t come back the next year. Clover needs full sun or, at minimum, partial shade.

Because it makes its own, we intend to fertilize with low-nitrogen amendments, probably Milorganite, which adds tilth to the soil, as well. We also keep our lawns at least 2 inches high (no scalping!); shades the roots. Helps lawns survive Wisconsin’s torrid summers. Cool-season grass like ours appreciates cool feet, which is why Ireland is so green.

More knowledgeable sources than than moi:  

Blaska’s Memorial Day weekend Bottom Line: We trace our love of the soil and growing things to father, who survived the Great Depression, fought in the Second World War, farmed the land, served in the state legislature, raised a family and a considerable amount of hell.

What are you growing?

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White man race cards black man

C’mon man!

If we have flogged one issue in this blogge, it is the threat to the Republic posed by identity politics. More so than any virus, novel or not. 

Uncle Joe Biden recently spoke the argot of identity politics when he  responded to a question from an African-American interviewer this way:

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump,
then you ain’t black.” 

Don’t you just love the use of the colloquialism, “ain’t.” Let’s think about that, for a moment. A white man is race carding a black man for being insufficiently … what? Authentically black? Woke? How is that not racist? Class? Buehler?


Sniff hair


In the furor that resulted, Biden did some serious A-kissing to black business leaders, saying he does not take black voters for granted. 

“No one should have to vote for any party based on their race
or religion or background.” 

You ain't black

Now he tells us! Stick that on your Prius bumper, Madison WI!  At least, it’s a start —  the first step in any 12-step program to recovery from the progressivism preoccupation with identity politics. Next step would be to rescind his pledge to name a woman as his vice presidential running mate.

The Left is obsessed with which woman checks how many boxes. Extra points for abundant melanin, non-traditional sexuality, and disability. Notice how no one is talking about political philosophy, geography, or (ahem) leadership.  


THIS JUST IN: Stacey Abrams promises to step down as governor of Georgia if selected as Biden’s vice presidential running mate. — Babylon Bee


Even Kermit says it’s hard to be green

“You ain’t black” is just another price the Left must pay for worshiping at the altar of identity politics.

  • “Believe all women” has been amended with “but strap on the lie detector cables when a liberal is accused.”
  • They Left is pushing back hard on Donald Trump’s demand that churches be opened. (“Thousands of churches are about to defy lockdown orders. It’s about time!“)
  • They’re spinning madly against the emerging truth that Obama/Biden carried on politics by proxy through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s weaponizing of DNC/Hillary’s Russian disinformation. (Kimberley Strassel is, again, a must read.)

It is beginning to dawn, one suspects, that our … acquaintances realize this kind of merde is electing Trump!

The brief against identity politics

Columbia humanities professor Mark Lilla (quoted here) writes that:

Identity politics on the left was at first about large classes of people . . . seeking to redress major historical wrongs by mobilizing and then working through our political institutions to secure their rights.

But by the 1980s, it had given way to a pseudo-politics of self-regard and increasingly narrow, and exclusionary self-definition that is now cultivated in our colleges and universities. The main result has been to turn people back onto themselves, rather than turning them outward towards the wider world they share with others.

It has left them unprepared to think about the common good in non-identity terms and what must be done practically to secure it —especially the hard and unglamorous task of persuading people very different from themselves to join a common effort.

The thing. Do YOU know what it is?

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