It’s Leah, Tony & Shabnam this Tuesday

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The white lab coats trekked out to the garden shed to attach jumper cables to Ol’ Sparky, the Eisenhower-era mainframe computer here at the Policy Werkes, for some election prognostication duty. Yep, next Tuesday, August 14, is the partisan primary. Place yer bets at the window.

We fed Ol’ Sparky a carton of gluten-free, recycled paper punch cards, then stood well back holding fire extinguishers at the ready. The ancient tabulator shuddered and groaned before putting on a light show rivaling July 4 Rhythm and Booms.

Ol' Sparky

The marquee race on the Democrat(ic) side is for governor.

The clinking, clanking, clattering, collection of caliginous junk spit out a single sheet of dot matrix predictions. Guess what? The polls aren’t lying: Tony Evers will face Scott Walker in November. At the finish line, in order: Evers, Kelda Roys, Mahlon Mitchell, Kathleen Vinehout, Mike McCabe, Matt Flynn, Paul Soglin, and (last and very least) Josh Pade. Unless the track is muddy, then flip Flynn and McCabe. 

On the Republican side for the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin it’s Leah Vukmir 56% to Kevin Nicholson 44% — well beyond the Marquette Law School polling. Everyone at Stately Blaska Manor — the indentured servants, the unlettered field hands, the white lab coats at the Policy Werkes, the Lovely Lisa and the Squire his own self proudly support Leah Vukmir.

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Tuesday, August 14

Which of the four Democrats wins the 77th Assembly District and thus a seat in the Assembly? A few weeks ago we would have said Shelia Stubbs: county board supervisor, African-American, endorsed by scads of office-holders including the incumbent, Terese Berceau, who is retiring. But now Ol Sparky is blinking the name of Shabnam Lofti. (Who? Shabnam. Oh!)

 

Platinum Subscriber Bonus Pick for lieutenant governor: It’s the Democrat(ic) primary, folks. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, over some white guy from Sheboygan.

Quick update on Cops in Schools: That infernal committee concedes that they’re not going to get police out of Madison’s four high schools but they were busy Wednesday evening applying handcuffs, one of which would forbid police from enforcing city ordinances. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

Folks, in most cases, city ordinances mimic statutory criminal misdemeanors with the major difference: fines only, no jail time. Ask yourselves this: Why oh why would a Madison school board want to prohibit city police from enforcing city ordinance? Broken Windows: ignore the small stuff and you will harvest the big stuff soon enough. Mark 6 p.m. Monday, August 27 for the full Madison Board of Education meeting.

Belated congratulations to the WI State Journal for a wonderful series on the Yahara Lakes: Giants Among Us series. Love the photography and the graphics and some of the best writing we’ve seen. Special credit to Steven Verburg. Interesting that Kegonsa holds much more water than Waubesa although the surface area is nearly identical. And the proportion of muck, gravel, sand and stone comprising each lake bed. The sunken treasures, the underground/over ground paths precipitation takes to find the lakes.

Anyone notice how the national news media seized on the shooting at WORT radio last weekend and speculated whether Donald Trump had caused his crazed supporters to fire upon America’s worst enemy, the news media? Notice how quickly they dropped the story when it turned out to be yet another casualty of hip hop “music” and its culture of violence?  

mike-baron-sons-of-ps.pngFormer Madison Isthmus artist Mike Baron is making a name for himself from his aerie in Denver. Frontpage is up with the thought-provoking “Comics, Culture and Conservatives,” an interview with Mr. Baron. Mike Baron is going to be at the Mighty Con show at Monona Terrace from 10 to 5 this Sunday, 8-12-18. 

Blaska’s Bottom LineRemember, you can only vote in one party’s primary. That should limit the mischief, Tuesday. Dammit!

 

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76 Responses to It’s Leah, Tony & Shabnam this Tuesday

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    The talented Ms. Lofti caught the lovely and long suffering Mrs. Gotch off guard the other night.

    Easily visible at the dining room table as she toiled away satisfying BIG GUBMINT medical documentation requirements, she had no choice but to answer the door and give a listen.

    As a career Lefty, she was impressed by Lofti’s passion, though passing on the complimentary yard signage. Good thing, it would have mysteriously disappeared overnight.

    Regrettably, she declined to alert yers truly to the visitor. Not being a math guy, I would have liked to ask her why taxes on my in-laws place in Charlottesville, VA (assessed ~ 40 % higher than ours) are well less than a third of what we pay.

    I’d have also asked her if she was a democrat Socialist, which seems to be the current endorphin-rampin’ vital signs juicin’ Lefty buzz-word.

    Or if my being a Madison minority X 5 (Conservative, Y-Chromosomal, self-employed, property-owner, property tax payer,) would make me eligible for any OPM (Other People’s Money) or for any more, More MORE high quality/quantity free s#!t

    The Gotch

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    • westsidesue says:

      NEVER answer the door to strangers 🙂

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    • richard lesiak says:

      “Toiled away satisfying BIG GUBMINT medical documentation.” That’s long hand for signing up for free stuff. I thought you hated free stuff from your “gubmint”. Or is it just some people you don’t want to see get free stuff. And why is she doing it? You’ve been telling us all how smart you are so step up.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @richard lesiak;

        “That’s long hand for signing up for free stuff.”

        Always wrong but never in doubt; anyone with a higher than shoe-size I.Q. knows it’s called HIPPA compliance.

        Those that occupy a fact-based Universe would be better served if STOOPID registered a physically detectable feeling.

        The Gotch

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      • Richard,
Maybe you are unaware; Mrs Gotch and Mr Gotch are actually two entirely different independent people who make their own life choices, plus Mrs Gotch isn’t exactly a Conservative. So you building this faux strawman to attack Gotch with is about as stupid as any troll can get.

        Go back to your alki-bopping and leave people alone.

        F.O.T.

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  2. coolkevs says:

    Don’t know about ol’ Sparky. Evers mannerisms are just …strange. I won statewide races blah blah blah, but probably his debate for school board whatever was seen by 2 people. Seeing lots of support for Vinehout and McCabe via the yard sign indicator in Madison – could we be looking at an Ocasio-Cortes situation as there were a ton of undecideds in the Marquette poll?? Wife wants to meet and greet Vinehout in Westmorland Park on Saturday – I’ll be walking the dog. Not sure if I will be voting mischief in the Dem primary or casting a more boring Repub ballot. Such are the epic choices of this modern age.

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  3. westsidesue says:

    Superchockablockblogging today, Prof. Blaska. I was in the middle of extolling your praises when my own ol’ sparky went dead because I didn’t feed it the enormous amounts of coal-powered AC electricity it requires to stay fired up…yep it’s pretty old, but not quite as elaborate as your computer, and sometimes doesn’t give me a warning. All that aside. LOVE MIKE BARON! Hope I can catch him on the Terrace. His books are a GREAT read. As for the primary…awww heck! First, thanks for clarifying a lot of the gobbledegook surrounding this election. As commented above, contemplating what kind of mischief to get up to in the SECRET voting booth 🙂 Let’s face it, in Madistan not a lot of choosing as much as hoping the least crazy gets in.

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  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    So all those forward-thinking Wisconsin Democrats will be nominating–Tah-Dah!–an old white guy for governor. No matter, as one of Evers’ fellow candidates observed, Walker will “eat him for lunch.” (Ee-e-e-ww! What must a moldy old progressive taste like?)

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  5. Tom Paine says:

    Two timely questions:
    Why is Nicholson running — and who really believes he is better than Leah?
    Second, does anyone really believe he is no longer a Dimocrat?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Apparently a whole bunch of gop donors are believers.

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    • Sprocket says:

      Vukmir was endorsed by Paul Ryan. That in itself is the kiss of death for me. Combine that with her petty obfuscation regarding what kind of car she drives and unprincipled change of opinion regarding Trump, and I can only believe she is an establishment GOP careerist. Meaning, she is only where she is because she will advance the interests of the GOP leadership and donor class. These are not my interests or the interests of a large portion of the Republican base.

      The WORT shooting gave me a chuckle. When I read about it I knew it was going to be some bullshit hip hop beef.

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  6. Batman says:

    I visited with Ms. Lofti; very personable and smart. If she doesn’t win she’ll do well.
    Immigration issues are her big thing. Anyone know if she supports sanctuary cities? I forgot to ask.

    From the recent Isthmus article on the four 77th District candidates.

    “After President Donald Trump signed his first executive order — the so-called Muslim travel ban — Lotfi started an organization called Immigrants United. Within a week, the group had 10,000 members. The group mobilized opposition against the travel ban and helped connect travelers affected by the ban to ACLU attorneys. In March, Lotfi (on behalf of Immigrants United) sued the Trump Administration in federal court over the implementation of the executive order. She’s expecting a response from the government over the lawsuit soon.”

    https://isthmus.com/news/news/shelia-stubbs-faces-three-opponents-in-dem-primary/

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Batman;

      “Immigration issues are her big thing.”

      Not that there’s any to begin with, but if she’s Abolish ICE/Open Borders, she’ll gain no traction from me.

      It’s abundantly clear that’ll be exponentially offset by the glassy eyin’ lock-steppin’ unquestionin’ support from the @AnonyBob, @richard lesiak, @hankdog/old baldy, et al, contingent.

      Like you say, this IS Madison after all.

      The Gotch

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      • old baldy says:

        soooo sorry gootch, but Lofti isn’t running in my district. But you knew that, or at least did at one time. Your old brain getting even spongier?

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Your right on that one OB. Being in the dells myself. Maybe I’ll just go to Madison, try to vote, make something up and file a provisional ballot. Kind of like in Kansas. The voting laws are so screwed up by the gop they had 8-10,000 provisional ballots that they are now combing over like trump’s hair-do. Almost 10,000 had a problem voting IN A PRIMARY? IN KANSAS?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old baldy;

          Ol’ Lady Minniecheske still want to kick yer fanny?

          @richard lesiak;

          “Maybe I’ll just go to Madison, try to vote, make something up and file a provisional ballot.”

          Don’t forget yer I.D. Hey, think youse could use yer donut maker’s guild card?

          Like Judge Smails said to Danny Noonan: ”Some People Just Don’t Belong.”

          Yer one of ’em! And good thing there ain’t no literacy test in The Dells, am I right?

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          He was just distracted while playing with the de-coder ring that Pence sent him for his 1000 dollar donation. For another 5 grand he can get directions to the secret underground location of space force headquarters.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        You’ll probably fall asleep in your Barco Lounger and miss the whole thing.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Good for her.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @richard lesiak;

        “Good for her.”

        Your support is none too encouraging when youse factor in that youse think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is really something.

        Little compilation on yer new zero, I mean hero, & Lefty’s new Village Idiot.

        All I gotta say is: Brain Trust!

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          you sure are afraid of a woman of color who’s a dem. sounds like RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Between Cortez and Tlaib you must be losing a lot of sleep.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Gee wiz Q-tip; let’s use the Qotch deflection trick and talk about some who isn’t on the ballot. Might as well talk about Collins who just dropped his re-election bid so he can prepare for his trip down prosecution lane. At least he followed the gop blab about family. He took them all down. Wonder if the in-laws will have him over for xmas dinner this year.

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        • richard lesiak qorte, “Gee wiz Q-tip…”, “Qotch”

          This nickname of “Q-Tip” and “Qotch” I assume are some kind of insults towards Gotch drummed up while you’re alki-bopping but I’d like to be in on the secret of what the heck it’s supposed to mean.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Zoltar Speaks!

          “I’d like to be in on the secret of what the heck it’s supposed to mean.”

          Careful what youse ask for, but if youse really want to know, I have one well-intended suggestion:

          Stop expecting @richard lesiak to make sense, his troubling slobberings will then begin to make perfect sense.

          The Gotch

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        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          Of course she’s an idiot, but there are reasons she’s the Dems latest pin-up girl: 1) she’s a woman; 2) she’s Hispanic; 3) she’s about 80 years younger than any of the fossils in the leadership of the Democrat Party; 4) her “socialist” views attract the idiots who support Sanders; 5) Did I mention she’s a woman and Hispanic? This is the product identity politics was designed to deliver.

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  7. East Side Brad says:

    I wrote in Adolf Konkel, self appointed housing czar.

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  8. Dave wrote, “…they were busy Wednesday evening applying handcuffs, one of which would forbid police from enforcing city ordinances.”

    To the best of my knowledge, the school system doesn’t have the right to dictate what ordinances the police can enforce on school grounds in the same way property owners in the city of Madison can’t dictate what city ordinances the city enforces on their property.

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  9. Batman says:

    School Board likely knows this Zoltar and handcuffing the EROs is just a ploy. So when Koval rejects the new contract terms he’ll be portrayed as the villain while the (none too bright) cowardly Board members come off as PC, compassionate, and woke.

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  10. Richard,
    Maybe you are unaware; Mrs Gotch and Mr Gotch are actually two entirely different independent people who make their own life choices, plus Mrs Gotch isn’t exactly a Conservative. So you building this faux strawman to attack Gotch with is about as stupid as any troll can get.

    Go back to your alki-bopping and leave people alone.

    F.O.T.

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  11. Someone asked me yesterday what an Alki-Bopper was, here it is Alki-Bopper.

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  12. richard lesiak says:

    Hey all you harley folks; trump has put out a boycott HarleyDavidson statement. Burn your hogs boys the golden puppet is pi@#ed off. Typical trumpian dumbassedness. Start a trade war, force companies to make desperate business choices then call for a boycott of them. I hope Harley moves every nut and bolt to Asia and Mexico. Screw ’em all.

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    • richard lesiak wrote, “I hope Harley moves every nut and bolt to Asia and Mexico. Screw ’em all.”

      It’s “logic” like that from Progressives that make every damn one of you look like blithering idiots.

      There is not going to be a boycott of Harley-Davidson you idiot. AS old as you are, you should be able a call to boycott as political posturing just like the nonsense political posturing that left does all the time. You all really hate it when Trump uses lefty tactics.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Zoltar Speaks!;

        “It’s “logic” like that from Progressives that make every damn one of you look like blithering idiots.”

        Your completely accurate assessment of @richard lesiak notwithstanding, he doesn’t traffic in a fact-based Universe.

        Heh! He wants less traffic from Mexico & Asia; what a hoot.

        Wait a minute.

        Aren’t Asians supposed to be a protected minority enjoying privileged status?

        Wait another minute.

        Don’t they need to be knocked down a peg because, to, like, you know, like, level the playing field because they’re all too advantaged & s#!t?

        I know a couple of Lefty Institutions Of Higher Indoctrination that believe so.

        Asians are being used to make the case against affirmative action.

        https://www.vox.com/2018/3/28/17031460/affirmative-action-asian-discrimination-admissions

        This is ALL so confusing.

        Perhaps @richard lesiak, @AnonyBob, or @hankdog/old baldy might clear things up?

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          You want me to clear up the disjointed, mind-bending mess of a post you made? How did you get from me mentioning this boycott to knocking Asians and affirmative action?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “You want me to clear up the disjointed, mind-bending mess of a post you made?”

          Not possible, youse have nothing to bend…

          The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        “There is not going to be a boycott of HD.” “you idiot.”??? When the president gets on tv, twitter, faux news, etc and talks boycott it’s not “political posturing.” And you know he will slam them at his next rally. His followers believe that the earth is flat and his poll numbers are higher than George Washington’s, I doubt they are skilled at the art of political posturing. Note to trump: don’t start trade wars.

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        • madisonexpat says:

          poor richard prefers a pre-emptive surrender like Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama/Clinton.
          How’d that work out.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          surrender? to who? Our arch enemy Canada? Maybe trump will find a few billion laying around in a desk drawer to help them out. Find the closest soybean field, drive out there and visit your money.

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        • richard lesiak wrote, “When the president gets on tv, twitter, faux news, etc and talks boycott it’s not “political posturing.” And you know he will slam them at his next rally. His followers believe that the earth is flat and his poll numbers are higher than George Washington’s, I doubt they are skilled at the art of political posturing. Note to trump: don’t start trade wars.”

          Gee wiz what a toothless little attack doggy you are; sit Boo Boo, sit.

          Yes Richard, it’s political posturing. Trump supporters are not going to boycott Harley-Davidson any more than they are going to stop breathing and anyone with an IQ over 60 knows that to be true.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          Hillarity’s followers, what did they get?

          They got their @$$e$ handed to them in the greatest political upset we’ll ever see.

          Why, because the lucid knew that her having a vagina and a ~ 43 year enabling gig for a Serial Sexual Harasser/Abuser/Pervert/Rapist didn’t demonstrate fitness for the job, ergo, it didn’t mean they should vote for her.

          ‘Course that was extra primo good for the shining brilliance of the career “all I need to SEE is a D” Lefty base.

          Anywho, then a non-stop/continuous reel What Happened whiney Blame-a-Thon showing a bitter traitorous, felonious, DeadBrokeAHontas/Faux-Feminista/rape enablin,’ husband accuser destroyin,’ cheatin’ spouse swattin,’ War mongerin,’ Weapons systems approvin,’ valor stealin,’ Nixon supportin,’ American Jobs offshorin,’ Mean YouTube Video denyin,’ NASA Space Program joinin,’ Human Rights violator endorsin,’ Minority Superpredator eliminatin’, Black Children to heel bringin,’ Marine enlistin,’ horrible health hidin,’ declining competence repudiatin,’ records release refusin,’ Four Pinocchio/Pantsuit-on-Fire lyin,’ thievin,’ deceivin,’ criminally insane, incompetent Harpy as the sorest LEEEWWWSER we’ll ever see.

          And what do all the REAL Feministas say about lyin’ thieviin’ deceivin’ Hillarity?

          It ain’t pretty! And the kicker, written by a self-anointed feminista; Jill Filipovic

          What’s With Hillary’s Woman Problem?

          https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/hillary-clinton-feminism-white-house-2016-women-214217

          But wah she waaah won waaaaah the waaaaaaaaaaaah popular waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahvote.

          The Gotch

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        • old baldy says:

          splat:

          Can you provide the historical details of the “surrender” of which you speak. We would all like to hear your fairy tale. Thanks

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old badly;

          “Can you provide the historical details of the “surrender” of which you speak.”

          We’re talking career Lefties here, so the “surrender” would be the wholesale relinquishing of their ‘nads.

          C’mon, it’s the ONLY way to fully submit to White Lefty Guilt and be played like a Stradivarius.

          The Gotch

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  13. madisonexpat says:

    Yes OB, I’ll explain it to you. poor richard answered his own question when he mentioned losing a trade battle with Canada. They put a 240% tariff (tax) on US dairy products which makes Canadians pay 40% more for dairy products than we do. This is because five massive combines of dairy distributors in the Great White North pay lobbyists in Ottawa and DC to rig the market.
    Now look at all the trade imbalances with Mexico, China etc. etc. etc.
    Look what we paid all those years when we had to import oil and natural gas. Massive bucks to Mexico, Nigeria, Venezuela and OPEC.
    And THAT, OB, is how you surrender the output of the free-est, most productive, most inventive market on the entire planet. China bought its way into the WTO (thanks Bill Clinton) and now we are $18 thousand billion dollars in debt, much of it owned by China. In 1990 they were the poorest nation on the planet and last year we had hundreds of millions of dollars in trade imbalance with them.
    And OB you know how to reverse this crisis?
    FoxxConn.
    You’re welcome.

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    • old baldy says:

      splat:
      Well now you proved that you don’t know much about the Canadian dairy business. What is your next fairy tale? How Mexico paid for the wall? Or maybe Manafort paid for it ?

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      • madisonexpat says:

        That’s your best answer? Why did you bother? It refutes nothing. It adds nothing. You say I’m ignorant on Canadian dairy business then go to Mexico and Manafort?
        C’mon OB, try.
        (Pssst, you forgot hacking, attacking interfering and whining.)

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        • old baldy says:

          OK splat, how tell us all about the Canadian dairy business, cuz you whiffed the first time. You probably got nothing right in your jabbering. But nobody is surprised. All the info you need is easy to look up on unbiased site. And we still export a lot of dairy products to the Great White North.

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  14. madisonexpat says:

    Bloomberg reports average Canadian tariffs on dairy products is 218.5%. Why surrender to that? This is just the global Lilliputians tying down the American Gulliver of the markets. Special interests all pay politicians to protect French vintners, Chinese steel, Canadian dairy combines, etc. whoever has the money to pay the lobbyists and legislators to rig the markets.
    President Trump says no.
    I say, “Give ’em hell Trump, you magnificent bastard!
    That’s OK OB. Leave this to the grown ups.
    You’ll still have Stormy, collusion, hacking, attacking, interfering, and so on.
    Maybe poor richard will share his latest ACME Catalog with you.

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    • old baldy says:

      OK splat, it’s bad for Canada to have tariffs on our dairy, but OK for the US to impose tariffs on their steel? And we still export a bunch of dairy to Canada and they still buy the stuff. We are still way ahead in the game, yet it isn’t good enough for you. Wow, hypocrisy AND greed, all in one package. Impressive.

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  15. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    As a former congentially meddlesome DNR (forgive the redundancy) guy, @hankdog/old baldy’d be forced to hang himself up in the permitting process ad nauseum.

    Then he’d drop the shovel…and bring in the backhoe.

    The Gotch

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  16. coolkevs says:

    good on your predictions except for lotfi (she came by our house) – my yard sign indicator must have been malfunctioning due to where i live. but having seen no signs for evers, i have to think his support is like hillary’s – miles wide and 1 inch deep. enthusiasm on republicans side was about 100 K off based on walker’s vote, but the governor’s race was a big deal. on to november!

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  17. Dan B. says:

    This is YOUR SQUIRE, Dan B. You will not be admitted to The Stately Manor if you keep up with your smutty mouth. If we made a mistake in spelling the lady’s name, it was obviously an honest mistake. Shelia, not Sheila. Corrected. — Blaska

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    • Dan B. wrote, “Dear Davyd Ballsack: It’s Shelia Stubbs. E-L-I-A. Not many over the age of 12 take as much delight as you do in making fun of others’ names, so I’m amazed you forgot that. Unless it’s on purpose.”

      WTF?

      What an incredibly petty ad hominem attack about a two letter flip freaking typo and on top of that you’re using a tit-for-tat rationalization by hypocritically spewing that bastardized form of David Blaska’s name. You’re using Animal House School of Thought.

      Have a nice day, dumbass.

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