Thank you very much

Don’t mind all the cars out front, they’re stolen.

When down in the basement there arose such a clatter, the gray lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes awoke to see what was the matter. What to their wondrous eyes did appear, but Ol’ Sparky, their Eisenhower-era mainframe contraption. It was whirring and blinking, it’s four-cylinder engine a’ smoking. Then with a mighty heave, Sparky spat out this punch card for all to believe:

O.K., so Ol’ Sparky is a little confused. Cut him some slack!

Thanks for reading our short-circuited brain synapses all these years. Our analyst says it is good therapy. The head groundskeeper started this blogge in December 2016. We have inflicted 1,467 posts on an unwary public. (In roughly four years, that comes out to a blog a day!) We’ve been denounced by all the best people.  Our electronic bursts have elicited 27,762 comments (24,096 from Gotch alone). Now, if you don’t mind (or even if you do) the indentured servants have loaded the groaning board with a 12-pound turkey rubbed with herbs and butter, dressing and mountains of mashed taters running with rivulets of volcanic gravy, green bean/mushroom soup casserole (food of the gods!), Wisconsin cranberries on the side — tart as a spinster school marm!

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Yeah, it’s been a rough year but nothing a slice of punkin pie (more Kool Whip, please) and a few glasses of bubbly won’t fix. Number One Son, the Lovely Lisa and your dyspeptic host are still functioning at a fairly high level. Stock market is up, vaccines are on the way, fair judges on the bench, no more wars, socialism at bay.

Thank you all and to all a good night! Now get the hell out of here!

About David Blaska

Madison WI
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39 Responses to Thank you very much

  1. madisonexpat says:

    Thanks Squire!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “24,096 from Gotch alone”

    The Gotch demands a recount (piggyback the cost with that of The Donald),

    The hanging chads on that punch card spell out I Bury Paul

    Happy Thanksgiving all y’all!

    The Gotch

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Marge Bils says:

    Reading your blogs is good therapy ! You mix common sense logic with humor; both sorely needed in this “cancel culture “ world.

    Happy Thanksgiving!🦃🍽🍁

    Liked by 3 people

  4. nemoofthenorth says:

    green bean/mushroom soup casserole: With French’s Crispy Fried Onions (made with real onions!) on top or not?

    Liked by 3 people

    • David Blaska says:

      Good point! For certain the canned, crinkly fried-onion substance on top! In a pinch, potato chips.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      IMO, when you use snappin’ crunchy fresh green beans, folks don’t pay as much attention to the top.

      The lovely and long suffering Mrs. Gotch is throwing one together as we speak.

      The Gotch

      Liked by 3 people

      • David Blaska says:

        Canned, french-cut green beans or see you in court.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “Canned, french-cut green beans”

          Del Monte, Green Giant, or (for the time being) Shurfine from Woodman’s?

          “see you in court.”

          The Gotch has Counselor Sidney Powell, with the White Shoe firm of Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe, on retainer; sure you want to go there…?

          The Gotch

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        • Batman says:

          For someone so discerning, what’s with the Kool Whip??
          I mean, that’s what is served in prison and homeless shelters.

          Batman tried it once and recall it tasting like a failed experiment in chemical synthesis by some kid in H.S.
          Had an indelible chemically toxic aftertaste.

          Liked by 1 person

        • David Blaska says:

          The indentured servants here at the Manor insist they serve Reddi Whip, a real dairy product, not Kool Whip — an engineered substance not found in nature.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        While the lovely and long suffering Mrs. Gotch will quickly accede that there is no accounting for taste, anyone who hasn’t tried fresh green beans in their Green Bean Casserole, should reconsider.

        To wit:

        CHALLENGE: Green Beans CANNED -V- FRESH

        Toasted Panko Bread Crumbs on top are another substitute worthy of mention

        The Gotch

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  5. heyeng1 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving David
    I appreciate your daily musings, sometimes hourly.
    Keep it coming, please.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Fred D says:

    Happy Thanksgiving David! Your blog is an oasis of sanity in the middle of Dane County. Keep up the wit!

    Liked by 5 people

    • Good Dog,Happy Man says:

      Thank God. Dave’s got wit AND wisdom. If it were’t for his wit, he’d be forced to enter the
      “witless protection program.”

      What gives me hope is that there are more people out there that see and understand what is going on, or at the very least know that things are not right. The insane totalitarian overreach of some of our Democrat mayor and governors is only adding fuel to that fire. Something is going to give, regardless of who is sworn in on January 20th, 2021.

      One thing is sure, “Scratch a Lefty and a control freak fascist is just dying to escape.’

      Liked by 4 people

  7. Gg Mo says:

    Thanksgiving /public school related vid. (R, for swear words) And a Happy Thanksgiving to us all !

    Liked by 3 people

    • Amos Roe says:

      This guy is good. Would LOVE to see this thing posted on Medpage and I’d like to see him locked in a room with Fauci for an hr. Thanks a lot for that link. Will definitely check this guy out more. Happy TG.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. US930894 says:


    Thanks for all your hard work. I look forward to reading your posts daily.
    Have good holiday.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Bill says:

    Thank you for what you are doing. It is nice to have a place to converse, and learn a thing or two from others about the events of the day that are not spun by the major media. It is good to be able to comment on the events of the day even though people might disagree with my comments. I value their comments as it makes me think that I might not see things from their perspective.

    (See, I’m one of those people who actually believe that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution means that you get to say whatever you want and as much as I disagree with your statements, I will defend to the death your right to say it.)

    In short, I love the Freedom our way of Liberty gives us, and I do Not want the Socialist, Communist way of life that the elite of society want to impose upon us. Screw them!

    Keep up the good work! You and Miss Vicki and Dan O’Donnell are the voices of sanity here in Wisconsin.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Being denounced by all the best people in Madison may not win your rants a Pulitzer Prize, but, on the other hand, you may be on the right track, David.

    Finding something to scrounge gratitude for in the Year 20 and 20!

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Kooter says:

    Prost David and all!

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Batman says:

    Anyone know why jabbering joe insisted their Thanksgiving turkey wear a mask prior to being brought inside?

    Keep up the good work Squire.
    Doubt you would last six weeks before being ousted or quitting if you wrote for a major publication although you’re not easily intimidated by bullies but would not tolerate being censored by fascist Lefty snowflakes.

    Liked by 3 people

    • georgessson says:

      I remember when Dave wrote a column for “In-Business”, a local print magazine, later digital. Looked FWD/Enjoyed each and every article but as Batty says, the writing was one the wall. Their loss, our gain in 2016 !

      Liked by 2 people

  13. dad29 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family, especially your obviously long-suffering spouse!

    Now to pick on you:

    it’s four-cylinder engine a’ smoking

    Anachonism. Ike-era Univacs would have been powered by an in-line 6 such as the Chevy 230.. They were NOT made overseas by some Kraut or Brit bunch.

    I won’;t mention the horrific grammar error in honor of the holiday.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    I’m thankful for both your blog AND Gotch’s comments.

    In the spirit of thankfulness, I’ll share my family’s stuffing recipe:
    1/2 c. crushed dry bread
    1/2 c. sage
    1/2 c. celery
    1/4 c. onion
    1/2 c. uncooked popcorn
    1 tsp. salt
    5 c. broth

    Mix well. Stuff bird. Cook at 300 degrees for 5 hrs, or until popcorn blows the ass off the turkey.


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  15. Tom Paine says:

    Vinceremos —–

    appreciating that it could be worse

    Liked by 2 people

  16. patrickmoloughlin says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Dave!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Balboa says:

    Happy Slapsgiving Dave. In the land of the blind the one eyed jack is king

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Lynn says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Dave!

    Liked by 2 people

  19. georgessson says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to All. In retrospect we have a lot to be thankful for. The Blaska blog for one, and all those who are still & firmly sane in these crazy times…. And YES, mom always did the canned beans w/ the ubiquitous (for the 50’s) shoestring onions onna top..

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Alfred E Neuman says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL! Yes you brain synapses are most definitely short circuited.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Lars says:

    Thanking and praying for David and his family, as we enter our dystopian future.

    Quote  “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” — Niels Bohr (1885-1962)  Nonsense statement! The illogic has been upon us for centuries, God help us, as HE is the only one who can!

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Amos Roe says:

    First started reading Blaska columns back in the 90’s when I was living out in the hills of Sauk County and he was a member of the Dane Co Board. Although I didn’t agree with some of his politics, it was obvious from day one that this guy could write and was a straight-shooter. No change in that assessment, just reinforced by every single post he makes.
    An honor and pleasure to subscribe to and read this blog on a daily basis.
    Thank you David.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Dejohnaise says:

    Good therapy indeed! Thank you, David. I love checking in every day.


  24. Gary Kriewald says:

    If Andrew Cuomo deserves an Emmy, where’s yours? A day late to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, so guess I’ll have to settle for happy Native Americans Day.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. fritzderkat says:

    Tip of the cap, Dave. You’ve created something here that is vital to the spirit of the city.


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