Bernie Sanders, clouds, and the lost dogs of Madison

The Squire feels like going feral

The Squire used to believe that when one died, God (or one of his representatives) would whisper a short sentence into your ear that would explain the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life. It would be so head-smackingly simple that you would wonder why it had not occurred to you. (We also once believed that one could be dropped from an airplane and bounce around on top of cumulous clouds. The reason no one did was the danger of falling off down to earth below. Einstein, we were not.)

CloudHumankind is learning that time can stand completely still, that the universe is still expanding, that it began with the Big Bang. (At first there was nothing, then it exploded. WHAT exploded?!!!)

We can trace back to Adam and Eve through DNA and — soon enough — jigger a genome here and there to cure disease. Apropos of almost nothing, the white lab coats at other institutes find that the dogs the First Peoples brought with them across the Bering Strait are no more. For all practical purposes, they died out completely.

The Lost Dogs of the Americas (good name for a music band) tells us that exhaustive DNA studies prove that so-called pre-contact dogs have disappeared to an extent similar to the Neanderthals. … the closest living DNA match to the pre-contact dogs is a strange, but well known cancer, a tumor. A tumor?!

Government journalism = Pravda

Socialist provocateur John Nichols keeps plumping for government-financed everything, including journalism. Thank you to non-government-financed Politico for the antidote. “State-funded reporting won’t save journalism. It’s bound to make it worse.” 

If you thought chronically corrupt New Jersey had enough problems you under-estimate what Democrats are capable of. The state is sprinkling $5 million in tax money (down from the originally sought $100 million) to prop up journalism. Of course, the government money comes with more strings than the Philadelphia Symphony. 

The project [is] barnacled with bureaucracy. According to NJBiz, a staff of four will be hired to oversee the non-profit program while taking direction from a 13-member board of directors chosen by the governor, the legislature, five participating universities and others. Grants will go only to organizations that collaborate with one of the universities, or community, media and technology organizations affiliated with the consortium.

The fact that the consortium’s ruling body is top-heavy with government leaders and employees should give us pause. How can a nonprofit news organization directed by people in the government even pretend to be independent? Will it be able to criticize the governor? The Legislature? 

In any event, do you want Scott Walker, Robin Vos, and Scott Fitzgerald to decide who gets the journalism cash?

Speaking of socialism, California’s likely next governor, Gavin Newsom, is tamping down expectations for single payer health insurance. Just like Vermont’s Democrat(ic) governor did a few years ago.

sanders-1-696x394Speaking of Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist is campaigning for Tammy Baldwin July 14 in Eau Claire. The Onion of the Right Wing Conspiracy, the Babylon Bee, reports that Senator Sanders is asking Americans to please stop sending him books on basic economics. 

Sanders made the request after receiving yet another daily shipment of books from well-meaning Americans who simply assumed that he has never read a book on the subject in his life. “I’m drowning here.” 

Instead, send your Economics for Dummies texts to:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, 30 West Mifflin Street, Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703

The last time we got nasty

A guest here at the Stately Manor asked when the Squire might report on the reunion of the 60s radicals here in Madison. Not invited and never that radical, we answered. In any event, we were hiding our lily white tush under a UW-Oshkosh dormitory bed, not on the Madison campus.

We began to think then that some of my contemporaries’ shenanigans were serving to prolong the Vietnam War. Apropos the previous blogge, “the Gloves Are Off,” David Greenberg reminds Capital Times readers “What Happened the Last Time the Left Got Nasty.” 

… Many of the acts we now celebrate as valorous instances of civil disobedience —the sit-ins to integrate Woolworths and other lunch counters, Freedom Rides to integrate interstate travel — drew fire at the time for their impertinence or incivility. But those protests don’t provide a proper parallel to the hounding of administration officials in public eateries. … In truth, the civil rights movement of the 1960s remains a model today precisely because of its Gandhian philosophy, its devotion to taking the high road, which signaled the nobility of the demonstrators’ motives and the justness of their cause and as a result won over public opinion.

Terrorists like Bernadette Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Bobby Seale, and Angela Davis; groups like Weather Underground, Black Panthers, and UW-Madison’s Army Math bombers won no hearts and minds. 

 

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Seeing and being seen is the key to motorcycle safety

Rewriting history — Open forums are scheduled in the in UW-Madison Memorial Union about re-naming the Porter Butts art gallery and Fredric March theatre: one July 11 at noon, the other on July 12 at 5 pm. This Isthmus cover story remains definitive.

 

Why we can’t warm up to Donald Trump: at a campaign rally in Montana this week he mocked George Bush Sr. Louche.  

“Cheap and ugly.” Wish one of these resided in the Manor’s stable: a 1968 Subaru 360; 25 horsepower two-cylinder engine; 3 feet shorter than a VW Beetle; 45 mph top speed.

 

Coyote sighting — Neighbor spotted a coyote in her back yard on Gilbert Road “with something dark in its mouth.” Fifi? C’mere Fifi! Kitty kitty kitty!

Beautiful day today. Think I’ll join the HOG motorcycle ride to Bunker Hill in Waterford, Robin Vos’s territory. We’ll call ourselves the Lost Dogs of Madison. The Squire feels like going feral.

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37 Responses to Bernie Sanders, clouds, and the lost dogs of Madison

  1. madisonexpat says:

    The guy on the mirrored bike died after a head on collision with a tree.
    As for the Lefty geriatric society meeting they could feature A Mighty Wind singing, “Never Did No Rambling After All.”
    As for all the toothless radicals and pajama boys fantasizing about violence, I have one word.
    Karma.

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  2. steve says:

    is there room in your garage next to your Yugo for the Subaru?

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  3. old baldy says:

    I agree that the terrorists you mention didn’t win any hearts, but other protesters did. I vividly recall the reaction at WSU-SP ( that’s what the official name for UW-Stevens Point was at the time) the day after Kent State. Lee S. Dreyfuss, head honcho there at the time and future governor, came right out and marched with us. Before the semesters end I was on a bus to the induction center on Water St in Milwaukee. Folks like John Kerry, and McCarthy and RFK before him, helped get us out quicker, but surely not soon enough. Damn shame.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @hankdog/old baldy;

      “Folks like John Kerry, and McCarthy and RFK before him, helped get us out quicker, but surely not soon enough”

      The folks that got us in, and in DEEP, (HST, JFK, McNamera, Rusk, & Landslide Lyndon), slip yer feeble mind?

      “Damn shame.”

      Youse mean because yer selective memory lists heavily aport, am I right?

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        I’m more interested in finding out why 8 US Senators went to russia, on gootches tax dollars, to kiss the ass of the commies minister of affairs on the 4 th of July. No media, no press release, nada. Nothing from ROJO and he was there. Maybe they were trying to buy the pee tape for trump.

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      • old baldy says:

        And you forgot Tricky Dick. But I wasn’t talking about who got us in, rather who helped us get out. But far too late for 58000+ and counting. Your comprehension hasn’t improved with age.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old baldy;

          Didn’t forget him, he was a minor player cleaning up yet another democrat war.

          And after all, the democrat Party IS the Party of Slavery, Jim Crow, Eugenics, anti-Voters/Civil Rights, War, and DEATH!

          OWN IT Lefty!

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          La la land.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          Proving yet again that when a fact-based Reality & Lefty are neck-n-neck, it’s the former that must pull over.

          #Sad!

          The Gotch

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  4. richard lesiak says:

    dave…explain the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life? easy. the answer is 42.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      “the answer is 42.”

      Wrong again…or more accurately still!

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Your answer shows a few things about you goutche. You have no sense of humor. Your ignorant of literature. You have no desire to do any research before flapping your yap. DINK.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Here-hee, Retch!

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “Your answer shows a few things about you goutche.”

          True enough, being able to craft a post that’s light on crippling stupidity would be one of ’em.

          “You have no sense of humor.”

          A youtube of the Great One in a seminal scene from a classic flick, replete with scenes shot in Madison, and I’m the one with no sense of humor?

          Got it!

          “Your (sic) ignorant of literature.”

          KEEPER!!!

          “You have no desire to do any research before flapping your yap.”

          No, let the candied keyboard type absurd pomp,. And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee. Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear?

          READ: Homie don’t chase imbecilic foul balls.

          “DINK.”

          Sez the guy hung like a field mouse?

          Priceless!

          @AnonyBob (below);

          Tres cute! Youse & @richard lesiak show signs of being together for a long time; embracing eachother’s laughably bespawling ineptitude…and typos.

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Oh. I guess you still don’t know what he was referring to. Figures, oh Long-Winded-yet-Saying-Nothing One.

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  5. richard lesiak says:

    gootchy…you still have no idea; that’s funny. But; because I feel sorry for you I will explain DINK. It’s an Old English term for a well dressed gentleman. As used in a lawsuit against a Mlps cop who called a guy a dink. The cop won. Go fetch the stick…..who’s a good boy..

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      Welp, I am a well-dressed genteelman and a member of a Double Income No Kids household.

      And Minneapolis hasn’t gone the Community Policing route? Perhaps we could get youse & yer fellow idiots (like perennial loud/potty mouth Brandi Grayson) to go up there to protest that AND ICE, AND slobber vociferously for Restorative Justice, etc.

      C’mon, it’s not like you’s would be missing work or anything, am I right?

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Nice that your wife (or however) makes all the money. Your newspaper route doesn’t get you much.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “Nice that your wife (or however [sic]) makes all the money.’

          Right; I made more on a plant biotech issue last month than you’ll make all year.

          C’mon, youse make donuts…for someone else! If that doesn’t scream pathetic, I don’t know what does.

          And now that the Unionistas can’t force people to pay dues, those fat pricks will be buying fewer donuts to stuff their fat pusses with. What then; out on yer sizable @$$ with no skills and fewer prospects?

          “Your newspaper route doesn’t get you much.”

          Don’t knock newspaper delivery, I had 4 routes til a bike accident and aging out @15 sent me down a different path.

          And like I said, a sad sack donut maker doesn’t have much room to talk.

          The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        where are the babies gootchy?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “where are the babies”

          Good question, let’s toss it over to Attorney R. Andrew Free.

          (bolds/caps mine throughout)
          “Free found himself at a political event where the president was present. Reluctant to disrupt the scene, but unable to let what he had seen go unspoken, Free struck an uneasy compromise with himself. He politely shook hands with the president, then mentioned his visit to the detention centers. Close them, Mr. President, he begged. ‘IT’S WRONG,’ Free said. ‘AND IT’S GOING TO BE A STAIN ON YOUR LEGACY.’

          ”The president was unmoved. ‘I’ll tell you what we CAN’T HAVE,’ he told Free. ‘It’s these parents sending their kids here on a dangerous journey and putting their lives at risk.‘ Then he moved on down the line, shaking hands with his supporters. Admitted Free: ‘I was dumbfounded.’

          ”Free’s poignant tweets, written a couple of weeks ago, stirred a firestorm of thousands of responses — mostly, it appeared, because THE YEAR HE WAS DESCRIBING WAS NOT 2018 BUT 2015, AND THE PRESIDENT HE WAS REPROVING WAS NOT DONALD TRUMP BUT BARACK OBAMA..

          ” ‘A lot of people think that all this started with Trump,’ Free told the Miami Herald last week from his Nashville office. ‘It didn’t…’ ”

          Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

          The Gotch

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  6. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Hey Lefties, you’s catch the Wisconsin State Journal front page article this morning?

    Gun violence in Madison: Behind flashes of violence lie histories of unaddressed trauma

    https://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime/gun-violence-in-madison-behind-flashes-of-violence-lie-histories/article_6c95021f-63a8-537e-be94-d3ae6f8df844.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

    In a despicably stunning departure from convention, there was no mention of Nazis/White Supremacists/White Privilege/President Trump/raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacists as those responsible.

    Missed opportunity? Not really, there was plenty of victimhoodie substance to goose the endorphins of terminal, end-stage White Lefty Guilt sufferers.

    Sez me: unleash the Usual Suspects and let them drool away with spittle-flecked horror, but keep an eye toward safety.

    Turning loose that there feverish hand-wringing, deep furrowing of brows, “Look At Me” bumper stickers, “I’m Dialed In” lapel ribbons, “Gosh I’m Nice” awareness bracelets, and then the Lefty kill shot/coup de grâce: talking about it and thinking about it, is not without peril.

    Slobbering profusely could lead Lefty to pull something.

    And in the case of @richard lesiak, @AnonyBob, et al, we ALL know what that something is, am I right?

    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      After all that yapping you end with “am I right?” Still looking for someone to validate your rantings? That “something” could be 42, but I’ll never tell.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Hey righties; did you catch Bloomberg today. Pompeo spent 2 days with the North Koreans and came away with his tail dragging. Un called the meeting “regretful” and said trump better be ready to pay bigly for them to give up anything. trump has been yapping about a handshake and signing a one page letter of intent which in his mind means he saved the world and should have a golden statue erected for him. And Un says “not so fast bedwetter.”Once again truth and reality never meet in trumpword.

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  7. Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

    I too have thought of sending that magnificent book, Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, to Sanders, and Zweifel, and Nichols, and all the other ignorant lefties who pontificate on a subject about which they know nothing. I once asked Zweifel if he had ever taken a single a course in economics, to which he replied, “What does that have to do with anything?”

    He claimed to be familiar with Sowell, but I’d bet money that to this day, neither he, nor Nichols nor Sanders has actually read the book. For some reason, people seem to think that they understand economics instinctively, which is ludicrous. I once was talking to a lefty with advanced degrees. After telling me that he had a masters degree in biochemistry, I asked, “Did you ever take a single economics class?” To which he responded, “I can do math in my head!”

    “Well, there you go. Never mind.”

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Send a copy to your conservative friends in the WH. Big tax cuts, bigger spending. “Trade wars are good and easy to win.” No farm bill, no infrastructure bill. Plenty of money for phone booths, fountain pens, private prisons.

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      • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

        My conservative friends have likely read it Richard, but I can tell that you have not. I would recommend it to you, but it’s somewhere north of a 12th grade reading level, so I don’t see the point.

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  8. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Can’t remember where I read it, but supposedly the mysteries of the universe will be displayed for all to marvel at after the opening of the Seventh Seal of Revelations, an event followed by a half-hour of stunned silence in Heaven. I’d love to know what theologian came up with a half hour as the exact reaction-time (though oddly enough it seems just right–to me anyway).

    Many thanks for mentioning the open forums on Wednesday & Thursday of next week to discuss/debate the proposed re-naming of the Porter Butts Gallery and Fredric March Theatre in Memorial Union. This time the handful of aggrieved minority students making the demands may have bitten off more than they can chew. The descendents of Porter Butts are alive and well and royally pissed off at the prospect of seeing his name removed from a room in the building where he served as director for over 40 years. I plan to attend, needless to say. One of my questions will be “Can anyone defend the proposition that one youthful indiscretion (even if it smacks of racism) is enough to negate a lifetime of positive achievement and devotion to UW-Madison and Memorial Union?” I’m hoping that an academic crowd will be more polite than the rowdies who subjected our beloved Squire to unspeakable indignities at meetings of the City Council and School Board. Of course, the overpaid, spineless administrators at UW-Madison could just say, “Sorry, those are the names and they’re staying put,” but that would be as realistic as expecting the MSM to call a halt to their marathon circle-jerk over “Russian collusion.”

    Finally, Donald Trump was far from the first person to mock GHW Bush’s murky metaphor “a thousand points of light.” As soon as he uttered those words (I believe in his acceptance speech before the RNC in 1988), Dems in general and the MSM in particular had a field day mocking him for it–the very folk who are now aghast at Trump doing what they did decades ago. There’s no hypocrisy like liberal hypocrisy.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      they get a 1/2 hour for lunch.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        ”they get a 1/2 hour for lunch.”

        What do they serve, free stale donuts that youse stole from yer employer?

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Haters just gotta hate.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Stale donuts. Just like the immigrant enlisted men are getting from your blond boy-friend. Serve and you can be a citizen. Bull Sh@t. Kicked out for no reason given. Their special skills and training mean nothing to trump and people like you. Pull your little flag out of your trumpy bear; then cover your head with it in shame. I’m sure you will write some long-winded deflection that includes insulting liberals ending with some statement about how smart and witty you are. Traitors. That’s what every conservative and bible banger are. Looking the other way, making lame excuses, condoning trump’s actions. Sad.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “Haters just gotta hate.”

          Morons just gotta be moronic!

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Don’t you have a bike lane to protest?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Don’t youse have stale donuts to steal?

          Or do youse specialize in stealing the other kind?

          https://www.orthodyna.com/product/donut-pillow/#iLightbox%5B%5D/0

          The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      fake news

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  9. richard lesiak says:

    No smart-a@@ response to how our military is being treated gutch? You righties are so afraid of anyone who isn’t white I’m surprised you leave your houses.

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