The Left prioritizes school troublemakers and crustaceans over workers

The problem with liberals, parts #234 and 234½ 

Big long story in today’s print Capital Times exposes a terrible injustice:

“A student lingers in detention after an unauthorized letter
from his school reaches his court file.”

Mattie Reese wants to make sure what happened to her child never happens to another Madison Metropolitan School District student. 

Say it with me my liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances: NEVER AGAIN! For added punch, the story is illustrated with a bare detention cell. No teddy bear on the steel-frame bed.

Transpires that Ms. Reese’s 16-year-old son is a sophomore at Madison West high school who was already being monitored by juvenile court — so we know this kid is no honors student. The kid runs away from home, which may say something about his home life. Kid’s court-appointed monitor asks the high school dean of students for a report on his school behavior. You know, more information. Get the full picture. That kind of thing. Unsurprisingly:

The letter characterized the student as a troublemaker who was a bad influence on other students.

Where does the Voice of Progressivism place its outrage? Class?

You there, waving your hand like you’re going to pee yourself. That’s right, bad on the dean of students for writing the “unauthorized” letter.

Blah Blah WORDS

No representation that the letter is inaccurate. Just the legalistic hair-splitting that the letter was “unauthorized.” And no foundation for even that. The court monitor is fairly quoted to say “It’s routinely what we do. We get reports on [students’s] behavior and attendance and we do share that and submit that to the court.” One would hope!

Result of the letter is that the kid is kept in juvie detention for three weeks — “much longer than usual,” according to the CT. Usual being about eight days. Oh, the humanity! 

What’s the fallout? Yes, you there with the MAGA cap. Right! The school district is all guilty white-privilege apologies for its subliminal racism. The old “school to prison pipeline” agitprop. Disparate impact. Rinse and repeat.

In a statement to The Capital Times, [the dean of students] said she ‘fell short’ of her duty to advocate for her students.

Some of us would say the dean got it right the first time, that she WAS advocating for her students — all of themThe Capital Times never divulges the havoc this kid caused at troubled West high school. That would spoil the desired narrative.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Heaven forbid that Madison’s public schools should work with duly constituted law enforcement authorities — even those as liberal as Madison’s!

Save the crustaceans; let the man drown

If that isn’t bad enuff, Boris, there is Kathleen Vinehout, one of an undetermined number of Democrats running for governor. The upstate legislator is aggrieved that 10 million gallons of “orange sludge” was released from the Hi-Crush frac sand mine in in Trempealeau County, in the west-central part of the state.

Liberals hate fracking because it makes the U.S. energy-independent and less likely to fill farm fields with solar panels and wind mills and “hi-speed” rail. So Sen. Vinehout conjures the supposed environmental horrors of this “orange sludge” to the receptive Voice of Progressivism:

As one woman wrote to me from Eau Claire: “I watched in horror at the events of the recent Hi-Crush break. It is prime nesting season for waterfall. Once the sediment settles and covers the vegetation on the bottom of the river, … that vegetation will die. The mallards and other bottom-feeding ducks … the fish … frogs and other crustaceans … herons and egrets.”

Oh my! Sen. Vinehout gives short-shrift to the human element, as our environmentally disturbed acquaintances are prone to do. What happened was a bulldozer slid down an embankment into 15 feet of water in the retention pond. Divers, firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement attempt a rescue. Anguished minutes turned into desperate hours; still, rescue divers could not locate the terrified operator in the murky water. The operator is on his cell phone issuing final thoughts to his expected widow as the dark water creeps into his cab.

After 2 ½ hours, the decision is made to breach the retaining dike, exposing the submerged man and machine to life-giving air. “This was an emergency decision made to save Mr. Gunderson’s life,” said a company official quoted by the Eau Claire newspaper.

It should be  noted that news sources describe the “orange sludge” as “mostly water, sand, clay and silt,” plus trace amounts of a flocculant that promotes clumping. 

As of May 25, four days after the accident, U.S. Fish and Wildlife supervisor Sabrina Chandler said her agency is keeping an eye on potential environmental impacts. So far, she said she hasn’t noticed any fish or plants deaths in the refuge.

Decide for yourself how orange is the discharged water. The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes were expecting Carrot Top but looks like any muddy stream.

As for Sen. Vinehout and liberal-progressive-socialist fellow travelers, color them an unattractive shade of green.

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114 Responses to The Left prioritizes school troublemakers and crustaceans over workers

  1. Great blog piece this morning Dave!

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Except he left a lot out. The state approved HiCrush to annex into two cities, Independence and Whitehall. Thus avoiding regulations. 2014 52,500 fine. 2017 8 workers injured. since 2014 18 safety violations. Walker gave them the Green Tier exception; “protection from any civil penalties that the DNR might otherwise impose.” So this whole mess could have been avoided; but NOOOO. They can put workers at risk, screw up the land and water and do it for free. There should have been a holding pond below the one he fell into to trap the released water. Vinehout doesn’t have an issue with pulling this guy out, she does have an issue with HiCrush’s history of worker safety and skirting the law. It didn’t hurt greasing a few palms in Madison either.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        So you CAN make a coherent statement. Who knew?

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      • Finally we get an actual opinion from Richard. Even though most of it is parroted, I do appreciate the fact that he took the effort to put this together.

        I’m no fan of mining and the unintended bi-products of the industry, I really wish they could do it in a more environmentally safe manner. I’m not going to go into that, I’m only going to address one point that Richard made about Vinehout.

        richard lesiak wrote, “Vinehout doesn’t have an issue with pulling this guy out”

        That’s not exactly the impression I got from what Vinehout wrote for the LaCrosse Tribune. The only thing Vinehout wrote about the guy was, “A bulldozer and its operator slid into a deep settling basin at the Hi-Crush mine and sand processing plant in Whitehall. Mine workers, working with emergency responders, dug through an earthen berm and intentionally released the thick, orange sludge.” Notice how she intentionally emphasizes “intentionally released the thick, orange sludge” by putting it at the end of the sentence/paragraph; this is the the only point in the entire paragraph and she is using that as a seed to further her agenda. There wasn’t one word to explain that the release was intentional caused to save the operators life, nope, just that it was an intentional release. She gave absolutely no impression in what she wrote that she didn’t “have an issue with pulling this guy out”, in fact the lack of mentioning anything at all about this guy’s life being in imminent danger was very intentionally done so she could elevate the environment concerns over the value of the mans life therefore diminishing the value of the mans. Vinehout is a morally bankrupt POS for intentionally diminishing the value of this mans life so she could elevate her concerns for the environment.

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  2. It’s obvious that the left is doing everything in their power to twist everything into an attack on anything and everything, they are clearly consumed with their Political Antiology.

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  3. Kevin Wymore says:

    To the Policy Drones at Stately Blaska Manor —

    This post leads with the Madison public schools’ chin, so I will oblige with a left cross. On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page provides a clear alternative to leftist Madtown madness, in the form of an editorial titled “The Catholic School Difference.”

    An academic study cited in the Journal concludes that schools can actually instill self-discipline in its students. “…And that virtue will help them in their studies and later in life.”

    The study actually posits that “if other schools took self-discipline as seriously as Catholic schools do, they wouldn’t have to spend as much time, energy and political capital on penalizing students” for bad behavior.

    Holy Mother Pelosi! Can it be?

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  4. Paula Fitz says:

    Great post, David. The Madison school piece helps illustrates why I’ve moved away from the Democratic party. I see Progressive ideology as poison.

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    • I’m hearing that more and more these days.

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        I have a feeling a lot of moderates are leaving the party.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        you need your hearing checked.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Is that why the repub. running against Feinsein in Calif primary got a whopping 9% of the vote?

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        • madisonexpat says:

          DiFi is rightfully scared of the Left, not any Repub.

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        • madisonexpat wrote, “DiFi is rightfully scared of the Left, not any Repub.”

          Dianne Feinstein isn’t scared of the left; she wallows in the muck with the left.

          What Richard doesn’t bother to take into account with his 9% number is the fact that people are moving out of California in droves to get away from the insanity of the political left out there and the ones that are left are checking out of politics and leaving it to the Progressive extremists.

          I have a close friend that moved back to the mid-west a little more than a decade ago so they could raise their children in school districts that weren’t screwed up by California’s political lunacy. I know a couple that moved into my neighborhood just last year that moved the heck out of California to get away from the political lunacy, this couple is moderate Liberal and they have other friends that are doing the same thing. I have a business that I do some consulting for that moved their family and entire business including a couple of their employees from San Francisco to the mid-west to get away from the political lunacy. As more moderate Liberals and Conservatives move out of California for saner lands in the midwest the foothold of people like Dianne Feinstein will increase unless those that oppose their political lunacy stand up, speak out, and kick the lunatics out of office.

          Richard can troll all he wants to with his “you need your hearing checked” BS, the fact is that I am hearing it but it just might be too little and a little too late to turn around the insanity before it leads to violent civil unrest.

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        • MARTIN NIEMÖLLER said,

          First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.

          Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.

          Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

          Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.

          Mark my words, the same kind of thing will be said about the totalitarian Progressives and their Social Justice Warrior henchmen if the tide doesn’t begin to turn soon.

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        • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

          If there was a Republican running against Feinstein in the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY that would be most unusual. But considering that it was a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, 9% is actually pretty impressive for a Republican don’t you think?

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        • Patrick M O’Loughlin wrote, “If there was a Republican running against Feinstein in the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY that would be most unusual. But considering that it was a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, 9% is actually pretty impressive for a Republican don’t you think?”

          Touché! That’s a GREAT point!

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        • AnonyBob says:

          “Patrick M O’Loughlin wrote, “If there was a Republican running against Feinstein in the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY that would be most unusual. But considering that it was a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, 9% is actually pretty impressive for a Republican don’t you think?”

          Touché! That’s a GREAT point!”

          Touché, that’s a DUMB point. CA doesn’t have a Dem or GOP primary, it has a top two vote getter primary. The Republican came in third and won’t be on the general election ballot. Try to keep up with the news, boys.

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        • AnonyBob wrote, “CA doesn’t have a Dem or GOP primary, it has a top two vote getter primary.”

          If that’s true then it’s proof positive of a rigged system designed to keep the incumbents running the asylum regardless if they’re politically insane or not.

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        • http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/primary-elections-california/

          This took effect January 1, 2011

          I knew they were kinda wacko in California, but this rigged system is proof positive.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          And Squeaks: general civil unrest? Niemoller? Loosen the tin foil and get a grip. The biggest threat to our democracy comes from Herr Trump and the authoritarian right.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        It seems you have been hearing many things that aren’t there lately. I hope those voices aren’t telling you to hurt yourself or someone else.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      As a recovering Lefty (“non-participating,” as we say at the meetings), I din’t leave the Proglibocrat©™® party, the Proglibocrat©™® party left me!

      But like with Scientology, the Unification Church, and Amway, there is help…for those willing to take the 1st step.

      http://forum.isthmus.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=78061

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        If you ever were a “lefty” you would know how the Cali primary is run. Idiot.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “If you ever were a ‘lefty’ you would know how the Cali primary is run.”

          First of all, I always show proper respect by capitalizing L efty; just something to consider.

          Second, and right when I couldn’t fathom your being any less smart; where did I mention the CA primary, or how it was run?

          And those little voices saying so in yer empty brain-pan don’t count.

          ”Idiot.”

          Yup!

          The Gotch

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    What; no spittle-flecked slobbering comment from Alder Amanda “His Needs Weren’t Being Met” Hall on this matter of grave Lefty concern?

    Wait a minute.

    It’s WI Bike To Work Week and today is Madison “Ride Your BIKIE To Work Day” (AKA: En-Mass-Ignore-Traffic-Ordinance Day), am I right?

    Perhaps her BIKIE was somehow unprepared for the unexpected…er…heavy load, and has been compromised; she’ll…um…weigh in as soon as she’s able.

    The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg wrote, “En-Mass-Ignore-Traffic-Ordinance Day”

      You got that right!!! Some of the ignorant and illegal things I’ve been seeing are nearly getting people killed. It’s getting worse and worse out there this spring.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Worser and worser out thar’ in the hinterlands. You know what I’ve never seen. A person on their bike yapping on a cell phone while going through traffic. Never saw a “biker” putting on makeup.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      “Hey you bikes! Get off my lawn!”

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @AnonyBob;

        ” ‘Hey you bikes! Get off my lawn!’ ”

        First off, have some respect; it’s BIKIE(S)!

        Second, I don’t have a lawn, just lush plantings; any BIKIE that rides on that will be field-dressed on a BIKIE rack with his titanium U-Lock shoved up his Spandex and his ‘nads in his helmet.

        Anywho, as I was finishing up my morning run yesterday, I was off-ramping the connector BIKIE Path @Odana Road & Charles Lane.

        There were a couple of BIKIES on the other (north) side of Odana by the golf course. There were cars coming from both sides. One Spandextor just heads into the intersection, and almost gets hit and the approaching car lays on the horn in a ”YOUSE DUMB F**K” manner.

        The other BIKIE starts across at the appropriate time and says to me regarding the Lycra Loon, “Whatta dumb f**k!”

        A sign of the apocalypse, the beeping vehicle was a Toyota Pious.

        Moral of the story? Even fellow BIKIES and EcoBox driving Lefties are fatigued with entitled, coddled BIKIES who can’t be bothered with the everyday mundanity of obeying the law.

        THOSE THAT RIDE…ABIDE!!!!

        VIVA LA SPANDEX!!!

        The Gotch

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg wrote, “I don’t have a lawn, just lush plantings”

          As someone who has seen and toured every corner of his yard, I can state that it’s a professionally manicured Botanical Garden – it’s absolutely beautiful!

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        • richard lesiak says:

          How nice that you have provided “lush plantings” for you and ZS to tip-toe through on a warm moonlit evening.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Dr. Martha Beck had just youse in mind when she posited: “What youse spot is what youse got!”

          The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      And here I thought it was dairy month; silly me. But; then our dairy farmers aren’t too happy with the tariffs that Canada and Mexico are putting on their products. Thanks oh great orange one.

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  6. Paula Fitz says:

    And if I had kids, they’d either be home schooled or put in Catholic school even if I had to work three jobs to pay for it. I’m a product of parochial schools and could attest to its high expectation of self-discipline, service to the community, and academic rigor. Not sure if it’s changed, but troublemakers (which were an extremely rare occurrence) were dealt with, suspended or, expelled – no messing around. We now have a public school system that seems to work overtime to protect non-achievers to the point where it seems to be impacting other kids who do want to learn.

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    • I chose to live in a community that has a good school system, it one of the primary reasons I chose where I live. My children went to our public schools and they did well, then one chose to continue her education in a private college and the other chose the college of hard knocks. Both are well adjusted, self-disciplined, and responsible adults doing an outstanding job raising their own children in the same manner.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @ZoltarSpeaks!;

        Anyone actually being a parent these days and raising their children, instead of trying to be their friend, will enjoy seeing them prosper and get the best out of life as they go out into the world to earn their way.

        Without a whole lot of luck, the “friend” parent will see their children go out into the world thinking it owes them a living, become dependent and end up living on the leave of others.

        Choice, not chance, determines destiny!

        The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Where’s Betsy deVos when you need her? Must be off with Scott Pruitt trying to buy a chicken business.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Yes, parochial school students who chose to be “troublemakers” were punished at school, then they were sent home, where they faced more (and often more severe) punishment–it’s called positive reinforcement. Teachers, administrators, and parents delivered the same message: obey the rules, respect your teachers and classmates, and don’t whine if your behavior gets you in trouble. Of course, this is hopelessly Neanderthal to progressives, who swallow whole every crackpot educational theory as long as it privileges “marginalized” students, especially if they’re the right color or come from sufficiently dysfunctional backgrounds.

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    • Kevin Wymore says:

      Paula…You say “seems to be impacting other kids who do want to learn?” The ruffians can wander from room to room and cause havoc; the teachers are powerless to stop it.

      Meanwhile, the Catholic schools in Madison are taking enrollments for the coming fall.

      FINALLY, even AnonyRobert has nothing to say about the decaying public school discipline in Madison. He knows the decay is happening.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        No need to be so formal, Kevin. Only my AnonyMom called me that.
        I don’t live in Madison, so I have only limited exposure to local media where school issues are covered. I don’t have strong opinions on subjects I have superficial knowledge of, unlike most of the conservative commenters here.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “I don’t have strong opinions on subjects I have superficial knowledge of, unlike most of the conservative commenters here.”

          Was that a shot? That sounded like a shot.

          If it was, we need stronger laws to prevent such opinions getting into the…um…hands of the mentally disturbed…

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Yes indeed, Retch, it was a shot. You’re a bright boy.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “Yes indeed, Retch, it was a shot.”

          See, that 25 years you wasted in the Assembly, showing up once every two weeks to steal your paycheck from taxpayers may have accounted for something of worth to youse; the rest of us? Not so much.

          “You’re a bright boy.”

          Got yer boy swinging’ here, moron.

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          You and Squeaks are great at name calling. Impressive.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          ”You and Squeaks are great at name calling. Impressive.” (bold mine)

          The earring deep, viscid irony through which you had to slog to type that positively buried the needle on the irony meter, yet you remain blissfully clueless?

          Now THAT’S impressive!

          But wholly expected!

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          What, you think my cute little nicknames are the same as calling someone moron? Tsk-tsk. Some people are so thin-skinned.
          What does “earring deep” mean, anyway?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “What does ‘earring deep’ mean, anyway?”

          Kinda refreshing to see someone so comfortable while eagerly displaying their manifest imbecility.

          Anywho, it means “up to youse earlobe,” whereupon an earring(s) is/are affixed.

          Youse wear yers starboard, am I right??

          https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Gay%20Ear

          The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Ah, so you’re a homophobe, too.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Decay. Turning those priests loose with the kids is decay.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “Decay. Turning those priests loose with the kids is decay.”

          Children are FAR safer with Priests than they are with perverted, abusive, Union-Proud/Union-Strong protected teachers (see above).

          Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

          The Gotch

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  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Race, gender, and class–the Holy Trinity of the left.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      White, male, rich. the Holy Trinity of the right.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @richard lesiak;

        ”White, male, rich. the Holy Trinity of the right.”

        By any chance, do any/all of those three describe youse?

        And just out of curiosity, do any of the following names sound familiar, other than being referred to as sellouts, race-traitors, Uncle Toms/Aunt Jemimas, or far worse?

        Dr. Ben Carson, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott, Jason Riley, Michael Powell, Will Hurd, Herman Cain, Allen West, Janice Rogers Brown, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Steele, Antonio Williams, Deroy Murdock, Lynn Swann, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Senator Mia Love, Starr Jones, Ward Connerly, L.L. Cool J, J. C. Watts, etc., etc., etc.

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          WOW; take a pill gotch. Just stay off social media after you do. Don’t want that Barr thing ‘ya know.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “WOW;”

          It’s a gift!

          ”take a pill gotch.’

          Not on any meds, are yours still court-mandated?

          “Just stay off social media after you do.”

          Never have done/never will do social media; that’s for pudding pates, like youse.

          ”Don’t want that Barr thing ‘ya know.”

          That ought be the least of youse concerns! The most? A couple of Righties gave you props for a borderline lucid thought above; kiss THAT sentiment goodbye!

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Cain is a stupid ass-h#@e and carson is drowning in trump’s swamp. Other than that I don’t care about them. Nice name-dropping though. Are you a big fan of L.L. Cool J? You seem more like the L. Welk type to me.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “You seem more like the L. Welk type to me.”

          That’s because youse hail from Moronistan.

          The Gotch

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  8. Turd Ferguson says:

    Former Madisonian, We moved from a pop up Madison neighborhood 6 years ago mainly to get away from Madison’s failing school district. To another South Western District. Boy am I glad I did, I was able to track the wonderful Madison School District continue to pillage it’s tax base because it refused to abide with ACT 10. My taxes would have gone up over 1200.00 over that, that’s keeping with inflation right. Meanwhile my new district saw a raises in my taxes of $15.00 dollars over that same period. Somehow the schools and kids are still flourishing. The teachers lives are now ruined because they get to pay for part of their health insurance and pension plan. Last I checked there is still a waiting list to teach at these schools. Teachers are very important and sometimes a thankless job but being able to retire after 30 years with a fully tax free pension is a perk you find almost no where else. The healthcare plans provided are still the best in the state. We choose Parochial after exhausting research and will keep her there through 8th grade to hopefully keep her away from Libtard indoctrination as long as possible.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Public sector pensions are not tax free. Any other exaggerations or inaccuracies here?

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      • richard lesiak says:

        There are plenty here. All these righties are constantly bitching about everything. Blaska throws them a bone and they run with it. Dave should just put an upside down flag on his blog page because they are in constant distress.

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        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          “All these righties are constantly bitching about everything.” Unlike Madison liberals who spew several gallons of bile every time Scott Walker’s name is mentioned. If you want to see what “constant distress” really looks like, check out any issue of the Cap Times.

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  9. madisonexpat says:

    I hope bulldozer driver is well and used to be a proud Democrat. The election ads should ask Vinehout how many crawdads are worth a Gunderson?

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  10. old baldy says:

    dave:
    Anytime you want to talk about the damages to the private and public interests done by the sludge blow-out, or other discharges of this nature, let me know. Otherwise you should refrain from making a fool of yourself. There is a lot more involved in this situation than you let on, intentional or not.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Don’t stay up late waiting for a reply. As long as he could make Vinehout look bad the other facts mean nothing.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Let’s ask Mr. Gunderson.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      One would do well to heed the protestations of @hankdog/old baldy, @AnonyBob, & @richard lesiak.

      If anyone is intimately familiar with and the beneficiary of a great DEAL of experience regarding regular, discomfiting, and painful discharges, it would be them.

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Here I am, trolling my red, white and blue Rapala through this blog and WHAM….a double hit. Pat M and zs. Blabbing their fake news about the Cali primary. It’s only been in effect for 7 years and is an open primary. Everybody runs, top two go to Nov. Simple. Same as what that fat redneck started in Maine. Top two were Dems and they will fight it out. What does ZS have to say when he’s touche is caught in his butt. THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED!!! Right wing snowflakes are sooooo funny.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        It would be interesting to see who is going to pay all the bills for this mess. Especially this guys medical bills. There’s nothing wrong with this water; it’s like sitting in a spa for 2.5 hours. Exposed to agent orange; nothing to worry about. It’s just a little bit of arsenic; quit being a pussy.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Maybe Pruitt will send you some of that special Ritz Carlton skin lotion crotch. Then you can work on your own discharge.

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  11. madisonexpat says:

    ABob, the worst threat to democracy is the Obama/Swamp slo mo coup d’etat against the president. You know how that turned out with Scott Walker
    Thank goodness Obama is as competent at this effort as he was in say, health insurance reform, managing the economy, persuading us that manufacturing jobs would never return and bolstering the Democrat Party.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Meanwhile, back here on Earth…
      Fevered conspiracist fantasies about a deep state under Obama (a man completely untouched by even a hint of personal financial or moral scandal) allow delusional Trumpsters to ignore the fetid swamp of self-enriching old school corruption by The Orange One and his minions. (Why is Walker inserted there? Firing kind of wildly, Splat.) As health insurance reform benefits millions, GOP resistance is costing them election after election. About time, and it will continue. As Trump continues to benefit from an economy that has been in steady recovery for 50-some months due to Obama, he’s doing his best to screw his supporters that farm, build Harleys or make booze with a Vanity trade war with our closest allies, while HIS closest ally who threw the election to him laughs all the way to his dacha. I don’t know whether Obama bolstered the Dem Party, but Trump DEFINITELY has. Dem candidate recruitment and voter enthusiasm are thru the roof. Thanks, you guys!

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Tony Rezco? Jeremiah Racist Wright?
        Name one thing Obama did to improve the economy. Was it the $9 thousand billion dollars he added to the national debt?
        The Dems are motivated to chew on the carpet and spit on their straight jacket energized.
        All they need is a message.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          You know what? Anti-Trump IS a good message right now.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Take a look at the last budget passed by the conservatives. More debt. More spending. Tax cuts that are going to come back and bite you in the butt. We have a message. TRUMP SUCKS. Lt Col Ralph Peters just quit Faux News because they are full of crap and lying to America. He wrote it all out in the Washington Post and said it in person on CNN. But, you trumpsters buy it all. Asbestos is good, 16,000 people watched Harvey from their boats, trade wars are easy, coal is clean, I’ll never play golf and work my ass off for you, drain the swamp on and on.

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        • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

          There is a difference between cutting the marginal rates, and reducing tax receipts. Four presidents reduced marginal rates and increased tax receipts. It was not magic. It was not voodoo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCk2-QVqCck&t=105s

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        • AnonyBob says:

          The LAFFER CURVE? Long since discredited. It’s never worked.

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        • Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

          Not long since discredited, Proven on four different occasions, under four different presidents. Facts are stubborn things and are not dismissed by socialists wishful thinking about how things ought to work instead of how they actually do work. Or you could explain how marginal rate cuts by Coolidge, JFK, Reagan and George W. Bush produced higher receipts. But I don’ t see that happening. Much easier to just say, “No it doesn’t!”

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        • AnonyBob says:

          The Laffer Curve has never established at what points revenue rises or falls at or at what income levels. At 0% tax rate the govt raises nothing. At 100% the govt raises nothing. Anything in between is just hokum used by the right to justify lowering tax rates, especially for the wealthy. Reagan came in with a $995B deficit and left with a $2.85T deficit. Nice work, Saint Ronnie. No, reducing marginal rates have never produced more revenue without increasing a deficit. See: Brownback’s disasterous Kansas experiment for the most recent failure of supply side economics. These are not “socialist” facts; every economist who is not a right wing hack will agree.

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        • Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

          You don’t seem be aware Bob that deficits are the result of revenues AND spending. The Laffer curve is only concerned with tax receipts, and while the theoretical point at which it peaks is debatable, there is no doubt that it does peak at some point. The true shape of the curve is unknown for a variety of reasons, but not being able to nail down the exact point does not discredit the theory. But you seem to be confused about the difference between tax receipts and deficits. As I said before, the tax receipts under Reagan rose after the marginal rates were cut, just as they did when the others cuts were instituted. (You can look it up.)

          Deficits? Yeah, there’s this other little component to a deficit called “spending,” or as you socialists prefer to dub it, “stimulus.” Did you think nobody would notice that you switched from arguing about tax receipts to talking about deficits? Talk about hokum. FACT: Tax receipts rose after Reagan’s cuts. FACT: The Democrat controlled congress out spent them, by a mile. I’ll admit that the current GOP congress has done the same, but congress has always had a spending problem no matter who is in charge. But when tax receipts increase and you still have a deficit, then I think it’s fair to blame the spending side of the equation.

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      • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

        Yes, after all you can hardly call it a scandal that Obama was trying to circumvent US sanctions so that the Ayatollahs in Iran could access the US banking systems and thereby use that plane load of CASH that he sent them, more effectively. But I think that maybe, just maybe repeatedly lying about it to everyone might be considered just a tad scandalous.

        Interesting that even the two banks he approached in this conspiracy to violate the sanctions, turned him down. Think about that. Even evil, corporate, bottom-line focused capitalists, who we all know would sell their mothers for a buck, wouldn’t even touch it.

        But please, economic recovery due to Obama? Oh, that’s right he “saved” the auto industry, right? Or was it all that government stimulus that was not very stimulating? People like Anonybob, who believe that government spending stimulates the economy, will also believe that you can raise the level in a swimming pool by repeatedly taking buckets of water from the deep end and pouring them into the shallow end.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @AnonyBob;

        “Obama (a man completely untouched by even a hint of personal financial or moral** scandal)”

        You’re shi**ing us, right?

        The Laugher Curve ought be applied to THAT Divine LaLaLoonyLeftyLand Lunacy!!

        Want to get Michelle Obama’s attention?

        Bring up Larry Sinclair.

        The Gotch

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  12. AnonyBob says:

    And Trump and the GOP no longer have a leg to stand on when it comes to squawking about increasing the national debt.

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    • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

      So does that mean you’re against deficits now?

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      • AnonyBob says:

        No, it means y’all are hypocrites and should be ignored on one of your primary issues.

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        • Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

          I don’t like deficits, but I strongly suspect that we disagree about what causes them. I blame profligate spending by politicians of all stripes. But you must be aware that spending hawks only exist on the Republican side, even if there are not enough of them to constitute a majority. Name ONE progressive who wants to cut spending. I’ll wait. And before you cry “TAX CUTS!!” you should understand the difference between cutting marginal tax rates and reducing tax receipts.

          Anonybob, if you are going to insist that every conservative be saddled with every single policy emanating from the GOP swamp, then I think you in particular should be forced to defend every single idiocy that comes out of the mouths of Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and yes, even the Anointed One, Barrack Obama himself.

          When Charlie Gibson asked BHO why he want to raise the capital gains tax rate, considering that history showed that it would actually reduce tax receipts, he replied “out of fairness.” Joe Biden once advised people who felt threatened by somebody knocking at their door, they should just fire their shotgun through the door. Would you like to continue? I haven’t even gotten to Maxine Waters yet! Or are you a hypocrite who should be ignored?

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        • AnonyBob says:

          One can find some statement from any politician to disagree with, no matter how closely aligned you are with them (and there’s a lot of them to disagree with from Maxim Waters – how are you with Iowa’s Steve King?). But all the many deficit scolds of the GOP voting for that crappy “tax reform” laid bare that a fundamental tenet of the Republican Party, of the Tea Party – fiscal responsibilty and deficit reduction – was nothing more than hot air. Hypocritical, empty rhetoric and politics at its worst. Hope you’re proud of them.
          But it’s time to stop talking about the Republican Party. It no longer exists. It’s been swallowed by the Trump Party.

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        • madisonexpat says:

          Y’all? Yee hah, enjoying the South?

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Sometimes a regional colloquialism works, but I’m glad to say I’m moving back to the Midwest shortly. Gonna miss the weather down here, though.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Apparently not if run up by Obama, Krugman and Larry Summers.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          To fix the biggest recession since the Great Depression? Yes. To give huge cuts to the wealthy and business in a strong ecomony (thanks, Obama!) and piddly TEMPORARY tax cuts to the rest of us to add to a deficit that’ll be used as a reason to cut entitlements later that the vast majority of people depend on? No.

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        • Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

          There you go “giving” again. If I choose not to steal your bicycle, would you consider that a gift from me? It’s the same with taxes. Not confiscating one’s wealth does not constitute giving unless you believe that all wealth belongs to the government in the first place,

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        • AnonyBob says:

          No. I believe in the social contract. We all benefit, and we all owe.

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  13. Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

    You mean like we all benefited from the bail out of General Motors? Like we all benefited from Obamacare? I’m still waiting for my $2,500 per year savings that Obama promised. I should be ahead by $15,000 by now. The check probably got lost in the mail.

    ” We all benefit, and we all owe.” Nice platitude, but you’ve already demonstrated that you believe nothing of the sort. You believe that some must benefit more than others, and that some must pay more than others. It’s called socialism. How does it go? “Each according to his needs…..

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  14. madisonexpat says:

    ABob I assume you’re moving to Progressive Illinois right? Deplorable Wisconsin or Indiana or Iowa won’t do politically.
    And no you don’t believe in any voluntary contract. You revel in power and its exercise. ‘Fess up to the fact that politicizing everything from the anthem to coal mining and men in the ladies’ room is so you can ram them down deplorables’ throats.
    Because…………. power.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Ah, conservatives/libertarians/deplorables on the subject of power. It’s called transference – they accuse liberals of doing what THEY’D do with it.
      And you can assume anything you want about my upcoming move. I ain’t giving details here…

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @AnonyBob;

        “And you can assume anything you want about my upcoming move. I ain’t giving details here…”

        I don’t read anyone asking, or caring.

        But the IL (Chicago area/democrat sh**hole) suggestion seems ideal: massive deficits, former democrat Governors & Congressmen still living in government housing (the Crossbar Hotel) teetering on the verge of insolvency, a populace with a certain affinity for aiming guns and pulling triggers, and the hilarious chicago bares.

        The difference between a Cheesehead and a sh**head?

        The IL state line…

        The Gotch

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  15. madisonexpat says:

    No ABob, a conservative or a libertarian says don’t tread on me. A Progressive says, ‘I’m a viper, I must bite somebody.
    Actually ABob, the Progs channeled their inner totalitarians and dictated my income, health care insurance, my light bulbs, my mileage, my carbon output, my wetland, my air quality, my kids’ locker room and bathroom, our policing, our language……. well, you know everything they yearned to control.
    We, the governed became we, the oppressed and withdrew our consent.
    As Charles Krauthammer noted, “The Tea Party was the vanguard of the proletariat. So why couldn’t the Left recognize it?”

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    • AnonyBob says:

      More of that “I’m completely independent, I want the benefits of society without any responsibility or obligation. I’ll only pay taxes I agree with.” BS. No man is an island.

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