Trust, but verify

You got to hand it to Madison’s bleeding hearts!

(And if you don’t, they will trash you.)

A trusting, loving bunch eager as beagles to slobber empathy all over the floor. That is what we love about Madison WI progressives, we really do. Willing to help even upon hearing a trivial tale of victimhood too maudlin for a Hallmark Christmas movie. Like this sob story told over a neighborhood on-line network:

Hi neighbors. Can you help me? I’m struggling so much. 

My name is [“Penny”] … I have hit an unexpectedly rough time in my life and I’m struggling to put food on my table. My little kitty cat got sick over the end of December and almost passed away. I didn’t know what to do other than to keep bringing him into the vet.

We saw so many doctors and kept getting turned away. They kept telling me he was fine but I was watching my cat lose weight and wither away right before my eyes. He means absolutely everything to me and I put him before my own needs. Just like a mother would for her child. He’s the best friend I’ve ever had and I love him so much.

If there’s anyone out there who can help me make ends meet so I can keep going for my little guy I would appreciate it more than words could ever express. None of this is for me.

Her appeal (here abbreviated) closes with a link to GoFundMe, wherein “Penny” the cat lady hopes to raise $6,000. Only there does she reveal that four grand of that is for car repair. Probably worn out from all those trips to the vet.

Achy breaky hearts!

Madison erupted with an outpouring of on-line empathy! “My heart aches for this gal,” wept Sherry of Hawks Ridge Estates. “I, too, have a very special kitty, so know how uplifting a pet can be.”

Reams of referrals to Madison’s robust charity network ensued. Gloria of Bay Creek suggested: “Contact St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, you can fill out an order online and have it delivered on Thursday for no cost to you via Door Dash. They may even have cat food, litter, etc. Good luck!”

But out of Orchard Ridge, a hard-hearted curmudgeon named Blaska posted:

Can anyone help me pay off my gambling debts? I’m afraid Big Rocco the Enforcer will pay another visit. Fingers beginning to heal from the last time. Also, what’s the over and under on the Badger game? 

Cue howls of outrage!

Anne of Westhaven Trails was indignant: “Is your goal to hurt someone’s feelings by belittling and dismissing her? Does that bring you joy?”

Bob of Maple Prairie advised fellow cancel culture progressives: “Ignore this fool. He should have been blocked from this and other public forums a long time ago. This is what he does for kicks.”

Calvin of Glendale revealed the fruits of his opposition research: “His website’s slogan: “David Blaska, going out of his way to provoke progressives in Madison WI to make America safe for democracy!” That may give you a hint.”

Provoking caveat emptor

But a lightbulb flickered up in the Indian Springs neighborhood. Taking Blaska’s hint, Joanne asked: “[“Penny”], can you post your veterinarian’s business information so that folks can donate directly to your vet clinic as a credit to your account?”

Would it surprise you, our platinum subscribers, that “Penny” has not responded to that generous offer?

In any event, “Penny” is making out like a Sumo wrestler at the Golden Corral buffet. Her haul at GoFundMe was north of $4,000, last we checked. Back on the neighborhood social network, Joan in Stone Crest Estates lamented: “[“Penny”] has made more in one day than my take home pay for a month. I think I may have to reevaluate my life.”

“Penny” may yet find a cure for kitty cat at Lourdes, but consider how many heifers four grand buys the poor of Namibia. (Answer: 8). Number #1 son’s best friend Dok suffered a life-threatening medical emergency well exceeding insurance coverage. St. Jude’s could use help, too. Or the Shriners. Sick kids or kitty cats?

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Like the stiff-walking characters in AMC’s Walking Dead, Madison’s progressives hunger for victims — the feedstock for their redistributive legislation. Just ask Althea Bernstein! Far as anyone knows, “Penny’s” melodrama is true as the North Star. Blaska’s hard-hearted response is owed to the conviction that “Penny’s” plight is of her own making. She wants to starve herself for kitty cat, that’s her foolishness. Choices, people!

Can you improve on the advice Jacquie on Lacy Road gave to Penny”?

“Hy-Vee is hiring.”

About David Blaska

Madison WI
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44 Responses to Trust, but verify

  1. fungus fred says:

    and at the end of Blaska’s Wizard of Oz woodman impersonation was an ad for toenail fungus. Penny, dear, you don’t know misery until you have toenail fungus, can you please send some of your largess to my go fund it page so I can but some of the remedy for toenail fungus and get on with my life and go back to my traffic island and try to make a living shaking down Madistan progs without having to constantly jump from foot to foot and stomp on one foot then the other because my toes are burning?? Please dear?????

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  2. Kevin S Wymore says:

    David,
    I’m betting you could stop gambling. Please forward this lady’s veterinarian contact info when it comes in…(I’ll wait.)

    We should all commit to passage of universal health care coverage for pets. We could call it “Medicat for All.”

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  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Neighborsnextdoor (They Report/You Decide!) has seen a decided uptick of these weepy gimmee gimmee posts, which can only mean one thing; They’re Working.

    No, not the beggars themselves, you silly goose, rather the weepy gimmee gimmee posts; cyber short cons, if you prefer.

    And (heh!) The Gotch doesn’t know which is funnier, your Rocco comment, or despicable Lefty’s predictably laughable, horrified swooning.

    On the subject of…um…solicitation, will an accounting of the funds donated to your favorite charity be forthcoming?

    If not, we’ll be sending more than JUST ROCCO…?

    The Gotch

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  4. A Party of One says:

    The upside is that every dollar sent to the kitty cat fund is one less dollar that can be sent to a progressive politician in Dane County.

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  5. Bob says:

    I always wondered how many of these Go Fund Me stories are real or scams? It’s like the person standing or sitting by the Dennys and Menards in Monona with a dog and a sign that says” homeless and out of work” next to the “Help Wanted” signs at both businesses.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “I always wondered how many of these Go Fund Me stories are real or scams?”

      The Gotch would venture a guess over half the ones on neighborsnextdoor (They Report/You Decide).

      In addition to the numerous Frequent Flyer serial weepy gimmee gimmee beggars, any number of them have been busted for doing the same thing over several nextdoor accounts.

      One gal had the ‘nads to PM guilt-inundated despicable Lefties (who donated to another gal while posting their virtue, and name, for all the world to see) and told them that the gal they had already…um…funded told her they would help them….too! So if they could just see their way clear…

      The resulting public hissy-fit between the two grifters? Heh! Now
      THAT was entertainment!

      Heck, one local gal (and they all happen to be gals), after posting ~ 6-10 weepy gimmee gimmee requests, actually posts where she goes to get her favorite Crab Legs.

      Crab Legs? Sorry; ordering Champagne while on a Beer budget does less-than-nothing to inspire empathy.

      Teach A Man To Fish? Feed Him For Life. Give A Man SOMEONE ELSE’S Fish? He’ll Vote democrat For Life

      The Gotch

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  6. I just couldn’t help myself, a line from the movie “The Patriot” just popped into my head…

    So, now that we know that “dog is a fine meal”, what we can extrapolate from that brief interlude?

    On a more serious note; anyone that swallowed at face value and donated to Penny’s monetary request because of her outstretched hand to tug on their heart strings via a online forum is terribly gullible. Critical thinking really isn’t (or shouldn’t be) some quaint anecdote of archaic history, it’s something you use every day so you’re not blindly duped into doing foolish things.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “anyone that swallowed at face value and donated to Penny’s monetary request because of her outstretched hand to tug on their heart strings via a online forum is terribly gullible.”

      Yup!

      A Fool And His Money Are Lucky Enough To Get Together In The First Place.–Stanley Weiser/Gordon Gekko

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        like the ones buying tRump (collectable?) cards.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Desperately seeking relevance where nonesuch exists, the pathetic 75 year old shut-in Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot has less-than-nothing to add, yet still posts shockingly unfunny, off-topic, imbecilic, slobbering gibberish?

          Priceless!

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Same old stale rant from a sad, angry old man. Get some new material; you’re getting tedious.

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        • richard lesiak wrote, “like the ones buying tRump (collectable?) cards.”

          Again, Richard the Lesiak spouts a ridiculous trolling deflection, this one about a few suckers that bought Trump “collectable” cards whilst the Democrats have been buying into all things Obama, Hillary, Biden and woke lock, stock and barrel since 2008. How’s that Richard for extrapolating your deflection into nonsensical partisan purchases.

          Wanna make ridiculous comparisons Richard you better be ready to get hammered. Choices have consequences, stop opening your mouth to change your stanky’ole socks.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Despite everyone being painfully aware that the Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot is easily the dumbest @$$ to darken this blogge’s doorstep, he continues to prove it beyond any shadow of a doubt?

          Priceless!

          The Gotch

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  7. One Eye says:

    The real villian is gofundme. They could easily require people to post images of vet bills for an appeal like this but they won’t. Meanwhile they will shut down appeals that don’t mesh with their political beliefs.

    And David you could be nicer. Just tell Penny you gave all your spare cash to the Damar Hamlin gofundme. Virtue signalling at it’s finest!

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  8. Trust: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

    In my opinion “trust, but verify” is not the right way to approach things because it’s a misuse of the word trust as defined above; you literally cannot “trust” if you have to verify. Personally I use “verify then trust” because trust is earned over time by people with integrity.

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  9. David Gerard says:

    Penny is a con. Thank God you were not fooled.

    But you have been fooled to the tune of millions of dollars.

    Kaleem Michael Caire has all of his children on the payroll.

    Foxconn, with its thousands of imaginary jobs, is the largest failed economic development project in history.

    Walker’s presidential campaign staff ripped him off to the tune of six million dollars.

    And that is just the short list.

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    • One Eye says:

      And of course the biggest con of all – fiat money.

      Disturbing if true about Caire. Rather than just “giving him a chance” as another blogger plead, how about a full audit so the public can understand exactly what’s going on?

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    • pANTIFArts says:

      No,

      (1) “Black Lives Matter”

      That’s the short list, (local and state chapters all still waiting for a call-back)

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  10. One Eye says:

    If pretend women are women then pretend people in need are people in need, full stop.

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  11. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Case In Point: “M***** S*** has now deleted her snappy responses to those of us who have asked questions and/or provided suggestions and resources for her.

    “She told me i was judgmental and hostile after my first post which offered a lot of useful information and an explanation that people want and deserve some credibility before donating to a fund requesting $60,000.

    “She said she can’t ‘publicly post’ info due to an ongoing police investigation regarding a traffic accident and that none of the resources are helpful, but told her to post on ND with a Go Fund Me.

    “That’s not how those services operate. Now she’s reposting her plight to many other various groups on ND. Please be aware, folks. Read her posts thoroughly.”

    The Gotch

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    • I haven’t logged on to NextDoor for years. I’ll have to go check it out again. Sounds like “fun”.

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      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        More chaff than Wheat, these days.

        Glass half full?

        You won’t run into abysmally idiotic, half-witted d!p$#!t$ like the Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot!

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          say what pickle boy?

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        • Mordecai The Red says:

          NextDoor, like every other social media platform, quickly degenerated into a cesspool of scammers, “look at me” attention hogs, and political soapbox-hauling loudmouths (usually leftists). My mind has been at greater ease since removing myself from those wastelands.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          neighborsnextdoor has several wonderful vegetable ranching threads to its credit, MTR; it’s easy enough to scroll past the ones which are what you accurately depict.

          Plus, it has a reliable MORON SCREEN, so you won’t run into laughably dim-witted, pitiably pathetic septuagenarian $#!t-fer-brains like the stumbling/mumbling/bumbling Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot.

          Win-win-win, am I right?

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          I see you took my advice and tried to change up your feeble insults that you direct toward me. Keep trying pickle-boy.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          The Gotch

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        • Mordecai The Red says:

          Gotch, perhaps you have tailored NextDoor to your liking—I might give it another try since I like the most basic intent of the platform, but I’m not sure I have that much patience. It wasn’t long before self-important progressive blowhards began using it as a pulpit for their egos even though political discussions are supposed to be off limits. The most annoying one in my area goes by Nura B. and has used it to voice her hatred of the Second Amendment and her love of Drag Queen Story Hour. Others have recently used it to shame healthy people who don’t wear masks in public.

          Is there anything that progressives can’t ruin?

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Completely understand the “patience” thing; life’s too short and time’s too precious to waste chasing Lefty foul balls!

          And it hasn’t been exactly tailored, it’s just when The Gotch sees something veering into LaLaLoopyLoonyLeftyLand, he immediately hides the post so both it and the subsequent thread won’t show up in the queue.

          Heh! Know what you mean about Nura B.

          The ones who took issue with Blaska’s hilarious rejoinder? Some of those Gosh, I’m Nice/Look At Me/I’m Dialed In despicable Lefties take themselves FAR too seriously.

          “Is there anything that progressives can’t ruin?”

          Short Answer: nope
          Long Answer: HELL NO!

          The Gotch

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  12. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    How could Penny have overlooked the one surefire way to get bleeding heart Madison liberals to donate at least tenfold over what she managed to scam them for? Just say that both she and her cat are black.

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    • Mordecai The Red says:

      A way to run a true exposé on the limits of their generosity would be to do what you said, but also have the scammer use a thin blue line flag as an avatar.

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    • One Eye says:

      You ain’t seen nothing yet. ChatGPT is likely already writing very successful gofundmes.

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  13. richard lesiak says:

    You guys seem to be spending a lot of time cruising all these websites. Maybe you and the gop should have verified Santos to the same degree. Since he is now a volleyball champion, I understand why everyone looks the other way.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Santos is overlooking a surefire way to silence the fake outrage of Dems over his record: just pledge to resign from Congress the day after Senator Blumenthal (D-Conn.) resigns from the Senate for falsifying his military record.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      What do you call a 75 year-old, illiterate shut-in Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot who’s only capable of off topic, unfunny, idiotically STOOPID slobbering?

      #PitiablyPathetic!

      The Gotch

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