Blaska’s pronouns are as follows: he, him, his, his lordship. (Well, if Fauxahontas can …)
Madison’s isthmus is without electrical power due to a fire at MG&E’s East Main Street substation. Another fire broke out at a substation on North Park Street near UW-Madison’s Kohl Center. The Department of Health and 1 W. Wilson was shut down. The Capitol is closed. A university residence hall evacuated. Some 12,000 customers were affected. (More here.)
Not a good day to be without air conditioning. The NWS has issued an excessive heat warning for today (07-19-19) and Saturday, with temps expected in the mid-90s.
There’s a chemical leak at the Rock County Courthouse in Janesville and gas leak in Stoughton (and Khruschev’s due at Idlewild, Car 54 …). At least, Sun Prairie hasn’t exploded yet this year.
At Dane County Airport, “staff tweeted that the facility’s WiFi internet and flight arrival/departure information systems are malfunctioning.”
Blaska Policy Werkes has issued an emergency panic warning. It is time to bury your valuables in mason jars in your back yard. (If you have gold or silver, bury it in my back yard.)
Never mind impeachment …
On The View, Joy Behar asked how come President Donald Trump hasn’t been “brought up on charges of hate speech” during Thursday’s edition of “The View.”
If the Joy Behars had their way, “hate speech” would be actionable under criminal law. Why not? It’s how progressives justify shutting down all speech with which they disagree.
“Why can’t he be sued by the ACLU for hate speech?” she asked later. “I don’t get it. How does he get away with this.”
We thank The Blaze website for the following:
Scott Shackford of Reason.com offered an explanation for why the president could not be charged with “hate speech,” and why even if there were such a thing, the ACLU would not be the entity to sue him.
“Hate speech” is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Yelling for Omar to go back to Somalia (or to be forcibly sent to Somalia) is gross, but falls under free speech protections as an opinion.
In the event we did have laws against “hate speech,” they’d be enforced by the government, not by the ACLU. Given that Trump runs the branch of government that would enforce such laws, and that he regularly declares the media to be the “enemy of the people,” we should be reassured, not upset, that there is no law against “hate speech.”
About ‘send them back’ — Sen. Lindsey Graham is right on: “My beef is with policy not personality. All of these Congresswomen [A.O.C. and The SQuad] won their elections. They’re American citizens. This is their home as much as mine. I believe their policies will change America for the worse and that’s the debate for me.”
Make them play by their own rules
A little Saul Alinsky for you. According to The Daily Caller, Bernie Sanders’ campaign staff is agitating for the presidential socialist to make good on paying them $15 minimum wage he promises every American.
Across the pond, over 60 Labour Party members of Britain’s House of Lords have taken out a newspaper advertisement accusing leader Jeremy Corbyn of overseeing a “toxic culture” by allowing anti-Semitism to fester in the party. (More here.)
Blaska: “Labour lords?” Is that not a contradiction in terms? Like giant midgets?
A museum of our own
Over at Isthmus, former mayor Dave Cieslewicz makes a good point. We have no museum of purely Madison history. Sun Prairie has its history museum but not Madison. We have a state military museum and a state history museum, but no local museum. Mayor Dave gets off a good line:
Madison is often a brief stop on a person’s life journey. But there is such a thing as a native Madisonian (you can tell one by their inability to give directions that include street names).
There are, however, three excellent books on Madison’s history. The first David Mollenhoff’s Madison: a history of the formative years, which takes one to 1920. Two written by Stu Levitan are Madison: the illustrated sesquicentennial history and Madison in the ‘60s.
Watching the British Open this morning, veteran Irish golfer Darren Clarke hits his shot within feet of the hole, then returns to his bag for a quick smoke.
The 2020 Corvettes are out and for the first time since the quintessential American marque was introduced in 1953 their engines are placed behind the driver but not at the rear bumper; i.e. they’re rear mid-engined like European exotic cars Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus. No manual tranny. Affordable (relatively) just under $60,000. (More here.)
Ate our first green beans grown here at the Experimental Work Farm Thursday (07-18-19).