Wanted in Madison: one-half Ukraine’s courage

When have you spoken out under your own name? 

Today marks the first day Dane County is allowing the citizenry to breathe free. Yeah, the mask mandate has been listed. Blaska Stately Manor has been bare faced since Day One!

Except Madison schools. They’ll make a decision in another month and a half — April 15! Los Angeles schools are mask free, but not Madison.

Volodymyr Zelensky with cabinet on streets of Kyiv

Madison found another slave-owner: Thomas Jefferson. We propose renaming that middle school after BLM social justice warrior Brandi Grayson and be done with it. How about Jennifer Cheatham? This remains her Woke school district. It is disheartening that only four candidates declared for three Madison school board seats, hence Blaska’s write-in candidacy. Where is Madison’s courage?

Watching the Badger bucketball boys play Purdue tonight. During time-outs may flip to the show in Washington D.C. Are Republicans divided? Yes, between RITOs and so-called RINOs (but we have bodacious horns!). Democrats are divided, too. Normally, the minority party responds to the President’s State of the Union address. But two Democrats will counter Uncle Joe tonight 03-01-22. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on behalf of the Working Families Party, a far-left socialist party active here in Madison WI. Rep Colin Allred (D-TX) will deliver a response on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Republicans will settle for the one traditional response. It will be delivered by Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa. Erick-Woods Erickson quips: “Like every other person who has delivered a State of the Union response, this will be the end of Gov. Reynolds’ career in politics and we thank her for her service.”

A perspicacious reader notes that Blaska has changed his tune on Ukraine. An heroic stand against tyranny will unclog even the most hardened of arteries. We doubted that Ukraine was a nation. If it wasn’t before, it is making itself into one — as the American Revolution united the disparate colonies. Volodymyr Zelensky is its George Washington.

The grey lab coats at the Werkes watch C-Span to thrill in the uninterrupted give and take of democratic debate. Mitch McConnell besting Chuck Schumer in the U.S. Senate, Question time in the UK’s House of Commons (harrumph!), and Pierre Trudeau digging himself deeper in Canada’s parliament. Last week in the United Nations Security Council, the ambassador from Mexico supported Ukraine. “We know what it’s like to be invaded. We were invaded four times: twice by France and twice by the United States. They took half our territory.” (Sound of serious throat clearing from the American ambassador.)

Got to think that Putin’s attack on Ukraine will convince even Belarus they’re sleeping in the wrong bed. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia know all too well what it’s like to live under repression. Even preternaturally neutral Switzerland is moved to take sides. That takes courage! Ukraine is one more proof that choice in the marketplace of ideas trumps coercion in the long run. (Support school choice!) Russia may yet subjugate Ukraine but it will have won only a festering sore.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Too many here in Madison and elsewhere fear speaking up against the idiocy — Woke racism and Trump’s attempted putsch being only two examples. Our advice, take courage from the heroes of Ukraine. They have already defeated Putin and soon enough, the Russian people will complete the job.

Who has courage in Madison?

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22 Responses to Wanted in Madison: one-half Ukraine’s courage

  1. Pasco says:

    Over here in the suburban school district of Middleton we have three contested school board races!! Strong Academics, safe schools and common sense is the pledge from three challengers.
    Stand up is their pledge! Hopefully this will come to many more districts in Wisconsin.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. real(77)ity says:

    “I would like you to do us a favor though,” said the GOP president (and likely nominee for 2024) to President Zelensky. The GOP fell over themselves in support of Trump’s attempted extortion of brave and savvy Zelensky.

    Nevertheless, Vote Blaska for Madison schools.


  3. AdamC says:

    With the CDC recently disavowing cloth masks as basically useless, and dropping recommendations for mandates because Dem poll numbers are in the toilet and there’s an election, at this point masks are the refuge of brainwashed, fearful, ugly people. (Yes, it’s true…. a recent report actually focused on the advantages for ugly people to wear masks and hide their homely features).

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  4. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Hi, I’m Kevin Wymore. I sued the UW Medical School over a fairly important public records matter in 2016. UW is the largest single employer in Wisconsin. I am not large in anything, except midsection.

    However, with the aid of a capable attorney, the people of Wisconsin, and not UW, did prevail.

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  5. richard lesiak says:

    I wonder what all the RINO’s, RITO’s and all the other R’s are going to say after Gableman gives his bloated report today. Interesting that it goes to Vos before being made public. Betting the black magic markers come out before we see it. Interested to see what that 678 grand bought us. Will we ever see an accounting of how that money was spent? My thought is it went to Gableman and his cronies who then made big donations back to the republicans. Unless Gableman walks in with the Holy Grail we all know that the taxpayers got the shaft AGAIN.


    • richard says:

      A136 page report full of Trump BS for the rock bottom price of $4,235 a page. The taxpayers had their butt-holes greased again.


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Sitting here in Madison Central Library on the day the mask mandate ended. The “Masks Required” sign is down from the front door, but otherwise you’d think we were still in the middle of the pandemic. Of the dozens of patrons I’ve seen here, one or two besides myself are reveling in our state of bare-faced nature. A phrase from William Blake best describes Madison progressives and their fearful clinging to the security blankets on their faces: “mind-forged manacles.” There’s a reason you never see ‘Madison’ and ‘courage’ in the same sentence.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      So you’re upset about the fact that not everyone agrees with YOU about going maskless. Gee…where has all the talk of personal freedom gone.


      • Greg Lerdahl says:

        He didn’t say he was upset. He acknowledged that Madison has quite a few who still don’t feel comfortable without the mask. The difference between Kriewald and you is he doesn’t care if others feel the need to continue covering their faces. He simply made fun of them.


    • A Voice in the Wilderness says:

      Interesting coincidence, Gary. I was in the Central Library at about the same time yesterday seated at one of the white desks along the wall on first floor. I put my mask on when a maskless homeless man lounging in a gray swivel chair a short distance from me had a coughing fit and then passed out. A floorwalker came by and woke the guy up. Didn’t evict him.


      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        I suspect that anyone, especially a member of a ‘marginalized’ group like the homeless, could take a leak in the middle of the MPL and not worry about being expelled.


  7. Scott Martin says:

    I used my smidgen of courage by going into Woodmans maskless YESTERDAY!
    Did you know that Miss Ukraine is sporting an airsoft gun?
    And can we give back California to Mexico?


  8. Mark Lemberger says:

    Perhaps Hillary could use the $149000000 Putin gave her Foundation to fund anti tank missiles for Ukraine. IT might Inspire Biden Inc. to kick in some Burisma cash as well.


  9. Balboa says:

    CDC says now masks can go, its an election year miracle i tell you, a miracle!


  10. Michael Leger says:

    David, I’m not sure which is more fact-free: your assessment of the Ukrainian shituation or PMHDC’s assessment of the utility of masks fighting covid.


  11. Michael Leger says:

    Maybe a quote from fellow journalist H.L. Mencken might induce some perspicacity:

    “Never believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see.”

    In times of war I would reduce the latter by 99%, particularly since we’ve been lied to in every single war in our lifetimes.


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