Feels good to rub elbows again!
Hooray for the Milwaukee Bucks! Not a particular fan of the pro game but happy for Milwaukee and our state! A championship every 50 years isn’t too much to ask. Cannot pronounce his name so we say “The Greek Freak” with awe and respect. 60,000 fans in downtown Milwaukee and 17,000+ inside FiServ Forum! ($1,200 for standing room only?)
Hardly a mask in sight and no overturned police cars! (O.K., there were some shots fired at 12:45 am.)
Giannis Antetokuonmpo is a good, humble fit for Milwaukee. As this tweet from 2018 shows: “Just tried a corndog for the first time. Man, God Bless America!”
This is why sports teams are important. The success may be vicarious but it still feels good — especially for a city and state with a bit of an inferiority complex. The 1971 Bucks lost Kaleem Abdul Jabbar but they’re keeping Giannis A. You can thank Republicans Scott Walker, Robin Vos, and Scott Fitzgerald for keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee. (A little history.) State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milw) voted against it.
Forecast: glorious sunsets
The weather stops at the border, according to most weather maps. But Canada is up there, somewhere, and it’s on fire — like California and Oregon, but without the press clippings. (The what? Oh, never mind.) Specifically, 500,000 acres in the forested borderland between Manitoba and Ontario, well above Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Mostly due to lightning and hot and dry conditions.
Which is why the forecast for Madison WI is smokin‘! Explains the glorious orange sunsets and moons the last couple days. This map forecasts smoke for 2 o’clock this afternoon 07-21-21.
Global climate change alarmists will tell us that lightning, hot and dry conditions are something new under the sun. A big part of why prairies, further south, kept burning. (Also, native Americans cleared land purposely with fire.)
Speaking of masks
Life expectancy fell by 1 ½ years last year, the Wall Street Journal reports. The diggest decline since a little thing called World War 2. Yeah, Covid-19 but also the opioid epidemic and big city gang wars. Speaking of the former, 99% of hospitalizations are non-vaccinated. The irony is Operation Warp Speed may have been Trump’s greatest accomplishment but his RITO supporters are showing their allegiance to Trump by getting sick.
As for the latter, this appeared in the New York Times, via Bret Stephens:
Democrats are again becoming the party of urban misrule, just as they were in the 1970s. In Portland and Seattle, progressive mayors have ceded the public square to anarchists and rioters. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, to homeless encampments [Madison, anyone?] and addicts. In Chicago and Baltimore, to street gangs and gun violence. In New York … 981 people were shot this year as of 07-18-21. That includes two women and a 4-year-old girl hit by stray bullets in May in Times Square, in broad daylight.
Former police captain Eric Adams [likely the city’s next mayor] traces New York’s dystopia to the spectacle — videos went viral two years ago — of uniformed police officers enduring buckets of water thrown on them — and just standing there like mannequins.
“When I saw that I said we’re going to lose the city,” Adams tells Stephens.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Throw water on Blaska and see what happens.