Who is that tall dark stranger there?

Manchin is the name. Ridin’ the trail to who knows where.
Luck is his companion, reaching across the aisle is his game. 

Do we Republicans suddenly like mavericks? Only when they vote with us, of course. Too many of my rightward friends still pour hate on John McCain’s grave — even to the point of slandering the heroic POW as a traitor. From people for whom a face mask is cruel and unusual punishment.

But we shore do love Joe Manchin these days for a) vowing to vote against the HR 1 pre-emption of state election oversight and b) safeguarding the filibuster. He’s what some would call a moderate Democrat. His party uses words like “Traitor,” proving that Trumpites have no copyright on the term. The left is waving the bloody flag of racism. It’s what you do when you don’t have fact or reason in your data set.

Woke Atlantic magazine journalist Jemele Hill tweeted, “Record number of black voters show up to save this democracy, only for white supremacy to be upheld by a cowardly, power-hungry white dude.” (Standing alone against your party and your President is “cowardly”?)


Knifing Black Americans in the back,” The Nation bleats

“Joe Manchin cares more about ‘bipartisanship’ than fighting Jim Crow.” The senator says he won’t back a crucial voting rights bill because it’s too “partisan.” What he means is that white conservatives don’t like it.

Nor do a growing number of minorities. McAllen Texas, hard on the Rio Grande from Mexico, just elected an hispanic mayor — a  Republican!

The great re-awokening?

There are emanations that some Progs are awakening from their Woke stupor.

White people don’t see themselves as an identity group. Critical theorists on the left say that is a form of privilege. But therein lies a problem for Democrats — the more white people vote as an identity group, the less they’re going to vote for the party that tells them they’re oppressors who must pay reparations.

That’s out of the self-same Nation magazine, wherein David Bromwich warns, “A restrictionist mentality is taking over certain segments of the left,” in a piece titled “When sensitivity becomes censorship.” Like, the Werkes would note, the office staff staging a hissy fit to prevent Mike Pence from publishing his book. (Then again, some consider Pence a traitor for not usurping the Constitution. Funny how that works!) Or Dave Zweifel demanding Defund the Republican Party.

Bromwich asks: “Do you really think the rich suburban secular soccer mom is going to go along with punishing her family and, in particular, her kids because of the color of her skin or because someone she’s not related to did something two hundred years ago?”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: In Madison WI we really think they will.

Have YOU ever gone maverick?

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Air quality alert for SW side of Madison!

Due to mid-course correction on Allis Chalmers G project

Restoration on the Experimental Farm’s 1949 Allis Chalmers model G tractor is underway! It’s a tractor we grew up with as kids 60 years ago. (!) (More here.)

Cute as a lady bug. Hoping to get thumbs up to line up in the Orchard Ridge Independence Day parade. The big attraction is an all lit-up Madison fire truck sounding its sirens, followed by 40 kids wobbling on decorated bikes and parents pushing red, white and blue strollers. Probably ten paraders for every one spectator. One year county board member Blaska and our alder at the time (Cindy Thomas) rode as parade marshals on the rag top bonnet of an open convertible Caddy. (Blaska’s personal Palm Sunday. How soon they turned on him!)

Change of plans! Had intended to bead blast and professionally spray paint but too much dinero and too much running around southern Wisconsin pulling a $96 a day, rented tilt trailer. Not going for trophy show quality, anyway.

Allis G om frpmt lawn
What our G looks like now

Instead, the Head Groundskeeper and #1 son are running sanding sponges and wire brushes over the critter. Already wore out one brush. Then smooth over everything with 400-grit sandpaper (so fine, it hardly seems like anything). Will wash everything down. Degrease the engine but unsure about trying to paint it. The thing runs and we want to keep it that way. Cover up what needs covering up and spray paint ourselves with a $45 spray gun. The thing involves twiddling three knobs;  one for how much paint, another for the wide of the spread, a third for how much air. Keep the gauge at 35 psi.

Attending You Tube University body shop class. We welcome the participation of any sidewalk superintendents.

Gonna do everything outside

No paint booth; spraying only in a light breeze, early in the day. Hoping for low humidy. Got a cheap respirator from Northern Tool just the same. Never done this before. Thoughts and prayers appreciated. Will issue a bulletin to the neighborhood the day of the big spray so that small children and pets can be brought inside. Likely the DNR will issue air quality warnings on the new electronic message boards over the Beltline.

Allis Chalmers model G tractor

What we’re hoping for

Base coat of Omni epoxy primer with hardener. Finish coat with Persian orange #1. NOT Persian orange #2! Oh, no. Allis Chalmers went to Number 2 in 1960; we want to be correct! Spraying 2K single-stage urethane from Nason Ful-Thane. Guess the price of one quart?

One hundred and three dollars! Mix it 8 to one part activator ($52 right there) and two parts reducer ($16). (That’s the stuff that helps the concoction spray through the tiny nozzles.) Steve at Body Supply Shop on Greenway Cross in Madison was very helpful. Everyone says the professional paint will hold up better than rattle can so that’s what we’ll do.

Which means we spent $96 on 16 aerosol cans of Rust-oleum self-etching primer for nothing! (Make an offer.)

Removing the sheet metal covering the rear engine and the fenders. Otherwise, painting everything as is after taping newspaper around tires, steering wheel, etc. Wheel rims will be primed with Rust-Oleum rusty metal primer topped off with its smokey gray enamel. That gets brushed on. May boot black (verb transitive) the tires. Not paying for new rubber! Afraid to replace the straight pipe muffler with the correct pancake muffler we purchased on line; looks pretty rusted on to the manifold.

Already up to $816.62 in restoration costs, including stuff like new battery box, choke rod, and decals. Located serial number (hard to read) now thinking the machine is a 1951.

Blaska’s Bottom LinePretty sure it’s still an Allis Chalmers model G.

See also: “Where are my beans?

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Needed, more profiles in courage

We’re trying to move on, really we are.

•   But when JUST LAST NIGHT (06-05-21) #45 calls the 2020 presidential election “the crime of the century.” 

•   When many of the delegates to the Georgia Republican party convention boo their own governor.

•   When Trump’s chief of staff proposed blaming Italians for the defeat *

•   When the defeated ex-President himself expects to be reinstated in August … well … (as Steve Martin would say)


Fond du Lac County is one of the most vital county Republican parties in Wisconsin. Its chair said a commission should have investigated the (pick one) attempted insurrection, riot, breach of the Capitol on January 6. Rohn Bishop (who named a daughter “Reagan”) tells RightWisconsin he wants answers to these questions:

  1. What was President Donald Trump doing during the riot?
  2. Was it Vice President Mike Pence who called out the National Guard ?
  3. Did the Secret Service have the vice president surrounded with guns drawn?
  4. How close did the mob get to the vice president? Was the Secret Service preparing to open fire?
  5. Did House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) call the president? And what was Trump’s response? Did he really say, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are?”
  6. Did Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) not have enough security on staff? If so, why?
  7. Did the Capitol police let protesters in? If not, please explain the videos that seem to indicate police did? And if they did, why did they?

Blaska would add: How much of it was pre-planned? (A poster promoting the January 6 “rally” — with a figure of Trump facing the Capitol — promised to “pull the whole thing down! It will be biblical!”) How many of the (pick one) insurrectionists, rioters, breachers believed they were doing it at Trump’s orders? Or are the prevalence of Trump battle flags sufficient evidence? Progress is being made. Fewer are blaming Antifa or other false flag operations.

* Trump chief of staff Mark “Meadows asked Jeffrey A. Rosen, then the acting attorney general, to examine …a … theory that people in Italy had used military technology and satellites to remotely tamper with voting machines in the United States and switch votes for Mr. Trump to votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr.” (Source here.)

Investigate itself? 

Whether Congress should have investigated itself is another question. It could have appointed another Warren Commission, for all the good that did. There are still people who believe the Mafia, Big Oil, and LBJ ordered the hit. Some of this will come out in criminal cases now wending their way through the courts. Various news media outlets will compile their own report. But we’re in a place where consumers can pick which news they want to believe like breakfast cereal at the mega warehouse store. As to whether it was an unarmed insurrection, USA Today reports:

“The U.S. Department of Justice has charged at least three people on gun charges stemming from the January 6 riot, including one whom prosecutors said Metro police found carrying a loaded handgun with an extra magazine. …A bomb squad also recovered 11 Molotov cocktails from [one suspect’s] truck, according to the affidavit, and [the suspect] also was carrying two handguns.”

“On January 7, the day after the riot, the FBI investigated a text message that Cleveland Meredith, of Georgia, allegedly sent claiming that he was considering going to Pelosi’s speech “and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.” Meredith told the FBI that he arrived from Colorado in Washington too late for the Capitol riot. FBI agents discovered a pistol, assault rifle “and approximately hundreds of rounds of ammunition” during a search of Meredith’s trailer.”

Unarmed? Republicans?

Seriously, you expect all those Trump supporters to be unarmed? Fact is, for all the criticism, the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was better policed than Madison was last June — or the insurrection would have been much worse.

We do feel that WI Sen. Ron Johnson distanced himself from the nut-cakery quite a bit at the Second District Congressional Caucus in Madison Saturday (06-05-21). (Listen to his speech.) And he is personally close to #45. Delegate Blaska wants to hear one speaker from the podium lead the Republican state convention on June 26: “Repeat after me: the 2020 presidential election was Not stolen.”

Not stolen

Not stolen

Not stolen

Blaska’s Bottom Lines: Someday, one of the national Republican leaders will tell Trump to quit the crazy.

Who will it be?

Someday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin will strike an award for courage in the name of Rohn Bishop.

Would YOU be eligible to receive it?

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Sen. Johnson defies the news media gatekeepers

Wisconsin loves a maverick

Had forgotten how invigorating is Sen. Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican spoke at today’s (06-05-21) Second District Republican Caucus at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. Said he is still undecided about re-election. But did say:

  • He never once disputed that Joe Biden was the duly elected President.
  • Never excused the rioters of January 6 (didn’t call it an insurrection; said they “breached the Capitol”).
  • Called them “idiots and criminals” who did not represent the 75 million who voted Trump in 2020.
  • Voted to object to the Arizona electors in order to open debate on election irregularities.
  • Reminded that Senate Democrats also did the same following Trump’s election four years earlier.

He also called out Critical Race Theory. If there was any common theme at the seven-county caucus — it was that. Saw no face masks — in contrast to half the customers at Home Depot on Verona Road this same morning and at Dorn Tru Value Hardware Friday on Midvale Blvd. Madistan!

This is a rough transcription of his talk, which we pick up at roughly the 4-minute mark. The video is 8 minutes.

Sen. Ron Johnson

“There’s more interesting stuff to talk about than Donald Trump. The day the electoral college met and voted, I acknowledged that Biden was President. I saw no scenario where an elector of Joe Biden was going to be disallowed. … But we’re not the ones trying to impeach Joe Biden. … The other side never recognized the legitimacy of President Trump. That may be some of the reason why have such divisive politics. ….

“When you have courts and unelected election officials usurping the constitutional responsibility of the state legislatures as to time and place and manner of an election. … Or when the Jimmy Carter /Baker Commission said absentee ballots are the #1 way of committing fraud. But we put them in hyper drive while we reduce all the controls over it. I have not dismissed those legitimate concerns. We have to investigate this. …

“Our biggest shortcoming as conservatives, we have stopped gaining control over our own communities so we don’t have to hear about teachers making white boys cry because they are white boys. [As attorney general candidate Ryan Owens said of his 15-year-old son, whom he pulled out of Middleton public schools. As did a caucus attendee from Waunakee.]

“I so value the words of Martin Luther King Jr.  Anyone here not think the Tulsa Massacre was something horrible? But I would not go down there and exploit it to further divide Americans. …I would actually try to heal the nation. I held a hearing on examining the irregularities of the 2020 election — I did that to diffuse the situation, to recognize those concerns — a little bit of a pressure release valve. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls for my expulsion from the U.S. Senate. I did what [former U.S. Sen.] Barbara Boxer [D-CA] did, I supported the objection to the Arizona electors so we could have the debate … because the infamous Ninth Circuit usurped the authority of the Arizona legislature, overturned a 30-year rule on voter registration. We should have that debate.

“Which is why I was not happy with those criminals, those idiots [on January 6] who breached the Capitol.  … There were some really bad people and I want them to pay the price — but the vast majority of the 75 million people who voted Donald Trump … would never even think about breaking the law. Drives them nuts when I say that. …

“President Obama, five days before he was elected, he said he would fundamentally transform this nation. Joe Biden and others have parroted that phrase. We got problems, I’d like to fix them … I don’t think the federal government is in a very good position to do that. But I have to ask, do you even like — if you do not even love something — do you want to fundamentally transform it? Would I say to Jane (his wife) “I love you, but I want to fundamentally transform you”?

The pundits — even Mitch McConnell — counted him out in 2016. (Johnson indicated the two are not best of buddies to this day but said he respected the Republican senate leader for confirming federal court judges.) One poll that election had Johnson down 15 points.

After the election losses of 2018, Johnson initiated the “trickle-up strategy” that produced Republican candidates in 92 of 99 Assembly races in 2020, in contrast to only 70 two years earlier. The theory is that candidates down-ballot push voters to the up-ballot candidates. Winning school boards and courthouses is also key to ending critical race theory, a theme also raised by other candidates who spoke to caucus goers. Ron got a couple standing ovations. He is, de facto et merito, the leader of our party in Wisconsin.

Blaska’s Bottom LineWisconsin loves a plain-talking maverick. As we’ve said before, Ron Johnson asks the tough questions. Just maybe, voters are tired of Sick and Twisted Hit Jobs.

Do YOU think RoJo should run for Senate again?

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Hey nut jobs! Book your Washington D.C. hotel room for August!

Back away from the tin foil — and the bamboo

While Maricopa County ferrets out the imported bamboo ballots that “defeated” Donald Trump (wink! wink!), hope builds among the RITOS (Republicans in Trump Only) that the fake presidency of Uncle Joe Biden will be cast into the furnaces of hell like the anti-Popes of the 15th Century. If Arizona comes up short, Gen. Mike Flynn will lead the “Minny-mar” coup. Either way, the one true President will be reinstated like the Bourbon kings of post-Napoleon France. Mike Pence, you’ve been warned!

Gallows washington D.C. Trump insurrection

No noose is good news

Dang me, dang me. They ought to take a rope and … Pence says he and Trump may never ‘See eye to eye’ on Capitol riot. “As I said that night, January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States of America,” Pence told attendees at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Manchester NH.

According to The Dispatch:

The New York Times reported earlier this week that former President Trump “has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated [to the presidency] by August.”

It isn’t just [the Times] — National Review’s Charlie Cooke is hearing the same thing.

“I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources, that Donald Trump does indeed believe quite genuinely that he  — along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally  —  will be ‘reinstated’ to office this summer after ‘audits’ of the 2020 elections in Arizona, Georgia, and a handful of other states have been completed,” he writes.

“The scale of Trump’s delusion is quite startling. This is not merely an eccentric interpretation of the facts or an interesting foible, nor is it an irrelevant example of anguished post-presidency chatter. It is a rejection of reality, a rejection of law, and, ultimately, a rejection of the entire system of American government. There is no Reinstatement Clause within the United States Constitution. Hell, there is nothing even approximating a Reinstatement Clause within the United States Constitution.”

This is Babylon Bee crazy!

→ Good news, true Patriots. Allen West has resigned as chairman of the Republican party in Texas. The guy calling on Texas to secede from the U.S. (Was tried before, if history serves.) This is a step toward a healthy and vibrant GOP. Baby steps, people.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Can we thank the man for what he’s done (up to January 6) and move the hell on. Kevin? Mitch? Lindsay? Ron? Vicki? We’ll take the party’s temperature at Saturday’s 2nd District caucus in Madison and the state convention June 26 in Wisconsin Dells. As for August, we’re all booked up.

What are YOU doing in August?

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Pushing back against the woke racists

will get you called ‘racist’

We expected getting old would take longer. We remember the 1970s (albeit through a purple haze). “I’m O.K., you’re O.K.” was the social mantra. Then there was that guy that gave everybody hugs. (Keep away from Blaska!) One cartoon had a mafia hitman saying to his capo, “Hey boss, I read this book. Guess what? We’re O.K.!”

Forty years later, you are not O.K. if you are a) white, b) male, c) heterosexual, and d) old. In other words, you are guilty of WHAT you are rather than WHO you are. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “content of your character” turned upside down. Guilt by association. (Today’s McCarthyism).

Do penance. Submit to BLM re-education. (Mandatory for all City of Madison supervisors and at too many private sector companies.) Post that Black Lives Matter yard sign. Venmo the Black Jesus his money. Vote identity, not policy. Debase yourself, former mayor Paul Soglin! Confess, you unknowing racist!

Critical Race Theory objectifies people based on race,” states this valuable resourceNational Review defines it:

Critical Race Theory (CRT), once regarded as a lunatic doctrine propounded by obscure leftists at over-priced northeastern colleges, has proliferated into K–12 classrooms, federal, state, and local government, businesses, and even pre-schools. As such, it’s no longer merely lunatic, but dangerous.”

Parents at a liberal private school in New York City rebelled:

“Every class this year has had an obsessive focus on race and identity, ‘racist cop’ reenactments in science, ‘decentering whiteness’ in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class.” (Source here.)

Madison reading proficiency

7% of black students are proficient or better at reading

Madison WI schools are forcing students of color into honors classes in order to make their numbers look better. One parent told The Werkes:

“As with graduation, the District is redefining honors in a way that lowers pretty much everything in as many ways as they can think of. The result will likely be that the District’s numbers will look good (and appear to be in compliance with the OCR stuff it needs to be in compliance with), but that students will be poorly served.  They will not be prepared for the real world beyond the reality of the MMSD.”

We have come full circle from segregated drinking fountains. “Beloit College creates campus leisure space for ‘Blacks Only’” The mayor of Chicago will only do interviews with black journalists. MMSD is paying social justice warriors to set up blacks-only student clubs.

Republicans to the rescue

So, good on State Sen. André Jacque, R-DePere; and Reps. Rick Gundrum, R-Slinger, and Chuck Wichgers, R-Muskego. They’re putting up legislation to ban Critical Race Theory in our public schools, including the University of Wisconsin sytstem. Sure, it’s veto bait. Gov. Evers can wear those concrete overshoes to his re-election campaign. (More here.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: The devil is in the details. No school district is going to call it by what it is. Enforcement is problematic. Parents, be vigilant. If five progressives live in your town, four of them will be on the school board. School choice is looking better all the time.

When will modern-day Jim Crow get the heave-ho?

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