If it leaks anti-Trump, it leads

We’re self-medicating with the truth

When Blaska represented various state government officials, including WI Gov. Thompson, we would say the best way to spike bad news was to put out a press release. Best way to get headlines, leak the story to a favored reporter. Democrats found Rich Eggleston of the Associated Press a willing conduit to discredit the popular Republican governor.

⇒ Levy the charge first, make the target defend himself later. That is how the game is played.

Resistance journalism

The New York Times has NO Trump defenders on staff. Even its three putative “conservative” columnists are anti-Trump. But its relatively recent hire, NY Times media critic Ben Smith, is committing some journalism.

In a lengthy takedown, Smith concludes that celebrated “#MeToo” reporter Ronan Farrow’s work “reveals the weakness of a kind of resistance journalism that has thrived in the age of Donald Trump.” An example of  Farrow’s work appeared under the headline:

“Missing files motivated the leak
of Michael Cohen’s financial records.”

[Which] suggests something suspicious unfolding inside the Treasury Department: A civil servant had noticed that records about Mr. Cohen, the personal lawyer for President Trump, mysteriously vanished from a government database in the spring of 2018. …

The story set off a frenzied reaction, with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes calling it “an amazing shocking story about a whistle-blower” and his colleague Rachel Maddow describing it as “a meteor strike.” …

Two years after publication, little of Mr. Farrow’s article holds up, according to prosecutors and court documents. The Treasury Department records on Michael Cohen never went “missing.” That was merely the story put forward by the civil servant, an Internal Revenue Service analyst named John Fry, who later pleaded guilty to illegally leaking confidential information. …

brussels leaker

Manneken Pis, Brussels

More leakers

The essential Victor Davis Hanson cites chapter and verse in “The arts of government criminality.”

In the entire 2016–19 efforts to derail the Trump campaign, transition, and presidency, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Steele, and the FBI, Department of Justice, CIA, and other government bureaus have consistently sought to distort reality. Some of our best and brightest have destroyed evidence, altered documents, lied, leaked, and pled amnesia when questioned about their reprehensible conduct. At each stage, they were aided and abetted by a compliant [news] media. 

Of course, most of the news media was/is predisposed to hate on Trump.

Hanson homes in on something the white lab coats at the Werkes observed during Mueller’s televised testimony: that the man was merely the eminence grise at the end of the table. The public face. And that, in any event, he seemed unnaturally incurious about the origins of the hoax that led him on the two-year goose chase, which is now being unraveled, however slowly.

Robert Mueller on 198 occasions told House members while under oath that he could not answer their questions because he didn’t know, he couldn’t remember, he couldn’t speculate, or he couldn’t get into such matters. He seemed oblivious to the role that the Steele dossier and Fusion GPS had played in the entire collusion mythography — as Congress was left to speculate whether Mueller was either lying or non compos mentis, or a figurehead who knew nothing about the basic facts and nomenclature of his own 22-month investigation.  

More cowbell Kayleigh McEnany

Eating their own

Politico reports that “Progressives thought they’d overtaken the Democratic Party. Now they’re in despair. A string of losses this spring, highlighted by Bernie Sanders, has left the movement reeling.”

Blaska’s Bottom LineCan anyone explain the boomlet for Stacey Abrams, whose main claim to fame is she lost the governor’s race in Georgia but won’t concede? We’re beginning to feel sorry for Uncle Joe; if he doesn’t choose Abrams, the Wobblies will push his wheelchair over the cliff.

Leak your thoughts here

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The harsh wages of Madison’s ‘better life’

So many services, such poor results

The “unmet needs” panderers have their work cut out for them. Three case histories:

1) Ten years ago, Diane Gibson escaped Chicago’s mean streets with her two young grandsons for a better life in Madison. She called her brother in Madison. The city was a great place to raise kids, he told her. She and [grandson] Treveon could live with him until they got on her feet.

That is how the Isthmus weekly recounted their story ten years ago. Long story short, grandmother and young Treveon hit the Salvation Army family shelter on E. Washington Ave. A social worker from the Madison Metropolitan School District makes contact. Clothing and school supplies and support for Treveon’s “multiple behavioral disorders.” Not too much later, permanent housing. The Isthmus article concluded:

“He’s a different child,” Gibson says, citing big changes in Treveon’s behavior since [the school social worker] stepped in. 

“I’m grateful to Madison,” she says. “We wouldn’t have this in Chicago.”

Well, not too much different. You may remember the grandson’s name. Treveon Thurman was the poster boy The Wisconsin State Journal’s eye-opening journalism, “Trouble down a one-way street.” 

We wrote here:

Now age 18, Thurman’s record of home invasions and 11 car thefts is impressive. We count 29 criminal charges listed on the State circuit court access site! All since last June! The only reason we know about them is because they’re now in adult court. Juvenile records are confidential, a big secret. Which is part of the problem. 

Not a success story

Mayor and Khari

Khari Sanford, Mayor Rhodes-Conway, and social service activist Katy Farren

2) Or take another case.

Minority kid from Allied Drive given every opportunity, a starring role on the high school football team. Vice president of the West high school Black Student Union. Beneficiary of a City of Madison-funded social outreach program called “The Brotherhood,” providing organized team sports AND social justice training. Internship at city hall. Picture with the mayor. 

Upper middle class white couple provides keys to their car, the car he allegedly drove until  it is charged in criminal court —the point-blank execution-style murder of the doctor and her husband, clothed in their night clothes in the deep woods sometime the night of March 31. 

Truly, it does not get much colder.

A $20.3 million nuisance

3) Finally, “a little more than a year after its opening, a Far East Side Madison low-income housing complex has been declared a chronic nuisance, and its owner could face fines and other charges if it doesn’t make changes to improve quality of life and public safety there.” (Reported here.)

That would be the 94-unit Harmony at Grandview Commons — “noise, disturbances and occasional violence almost since its opening in March 2019,” a 4-year-old shot in the foot, another kid shot in the leg.

Chicago’s Cabrini-Green? Hardly! Harmony at Grandview Commons, partially funded with state taxpayer money, boasts a community clubhouse with a library, computer lab and meeting space, fitness center, playground, picnic area with grill and private garages.

Residents have access to various services and programs such as health and nutrition classes, higher-education courses, financial training and after-school activities, among others.

Yet, still, it’s a nuisance. And we haven’t even mentioned more new construction: the $11.7 million wet drunk refuge at Tree Lane. (Taxpayers are subsidizing Madison’s crime zones.”)

Blaska’s Bottom LineNo, we’re not giving up on anyone. No, we do not expect one hundred percent success. But wouldn’t local leaders like to know what is working and what isn’t? It is time for a performance audit. Who will call for one? City, county, school district?

How much better is YOUR life?

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Progressives champion the police state

To protect fools such as We the People.

America is jailing hairdressers and releasing criminals from prison over the coronavirus panic-demic. (And we remember when sex was dirty and the air was clean.)

COVID-19 has replaced Russian collusion and that Ukrainian telephone call as the fault line for America’s partisan divideAs always, progressives want “science” to rule and people to just shut the hell up and obey, never mind that even Dr. Fauci has been all over the place. Are face masks in or out this week?

China mask

The furloughed white labcoats at the Werkes have observed that ordinary citizens are deciding the issue for themselves — the experts be damned.  Such impertinence outrages progressive like our friend, the usually level-headed Greg Humphrey over at Caffeinated Politics.

Within an hour of the reckless and judicially unmoored ruling by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court drinkers were welded to a barstool and sloshing back beverages .. [a] side of Wisconsin that many in our state would rather not see broadcast to the whole nation.  

Actually, the head groundskeeper at the Werkes takes a perverse pride in upholding Wisconsin’s rascally reputation. We suspect that some of the Stately Manor’s indentured servants occupied some of those barstools. 

Why do social experiments fail?

Humanity may be better off without old John Barleycorn. But we tried that experiment a century ago; made matters worse. The national 55 mph speed limit in the 1970s saved lives and fuel. Drivers voted with their right foot to disobey. Americans make decisions based on their calculus of risk v. reward. It’s why sky diving; it’s why motorcycle riding, it’s why the foolish few wear MAGA hats on Madison’s State Street.

So it is good to see that National Review has come to the same conclusion with the same examples.

For better or worse, the people will ultimately decide how to strike the balance of public safety and convenience.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that the virus will determine the timetable for reopening, but that simply cannot be true. … Amid the most massive job losses since the Great Depression, people sense that some draconian health measures aren’t worth the squeeze.

Trump hatred bleeds over

Progressives hail Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and condemn Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, one of the first to open his state. The first is a Democrat, the second is a Republican. WI Gov. Evers, Democrat; Donald Trump, Republican. That is not happenstance.

“The almost mandatory take of pundits is that any protest of lockdown measures is troglodyte death wish,  writes independent thinker Matt Taibbi.

The after-effects of years of Russiagate/Trump coverage are seen everywhere: press outlets reflexively associate complaints of government overreach with Trump, treason, and racism, and conversely radiate a creepily gleeful tone when describing aggressive [coronavirus] emergency measures.

“Democrats have abandoned civil liberties,” Tabbai concludes.

‘The judge in the Flynn case is the kind of thing one would expect from a judge in Belarus.’

The Left’s embrace of coercion is not all that recent, as witness the campus speech codes of the 1990s and the later John Doe assault on conservative speech in Wisconsin. But it has metastasized in the Trump era. Take the Michael Flynn case — just one aspect of the Left’s Deep-State war of resistance. Taibbi writes:

  • A trio of former law enforcement and judicial officials saluted [Judge] Sullivan in the Washington Post, chirping, “The Flynn case isn’t over until a judge says it’s over.”
  • Yuppie icon Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and the New Yorker, one of the #Resistance crowd’s favored legal authorities, described Sullivan’s appointment of Judge John Gleeson as “brilliant.”
  • MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Americans owe Sullivan a “debt of gratitude.”

One had to search far and wide to find a non-conservative legal analyst willing to say the obvious, i.e. that Sullivan’s decision was the kind of thing one would expect from a judge in Belarus. …

Blaska’s Bottom Line: To that barber in Michigan, the governor didn’t take away your scissors, did she? A little off the sides, please.

What do YOU think (even if you’re not a scientist)?

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If the new Deplorables don’t die, what will progressives do?

Choosing sides in the coronavirus class struggle

Before their unpaid furlough, the white lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes had been studying the disconnect between the rhetoric of progressives like Bernie Sanders, Mark Pocan, John Nichols, and A.O.C. and their actions.

Like Marxists everywhere, they purport to speak for the common man but represent the interests of tenured academics, the governing class, professional grievance peddlers, and other elites. They left “the Deplorables” to Donald Trump.

The farmers, tavern keepers, and hairdressers who protested WI Gov. Tony Evers’ rigid economic paralysis were motivated by “fear,” or “paranoia” or “just plain manipulated for political reasons,” Pocan sniffed. (Recounted here.)

The Progressive Dane mayor of Madison was more succinct: “Idiots!” she called them. Pocan, Mayor Rhodes-Conway, Nichols et al have yet to miss a single paycheck during a lockdown that has idled 33 million proud American workers and made them supplicants for Nancy Pelosi’s charity.

Crowd Shot April 24

April 24 protest at WI Capitol

Why Trump will win

Peggy Noonan gets it. “Since the pandemic began, the overclass has been in charge — scientists, doctors, political figures, consultants—calling the shots for the average people. But personally they have less skin in the game,”  Noonan writes in “Scenes from the class struggle.”

“The National Institutes of Health scientist won’t lose his livelihood over what’s happened. Neither will the midday anchor. …

It’s not that those in red states don’t think there’s a pandemic. … they know they may get sick themselves. But they also figure this way: Hundreds of thousands could die and the American economy taken down, which would mean millions of other casualties, economic ones. …

The working-class people who are pushing back have had harder lives than those now determining their fate. … No one sent them to Yale. … The overclass says, “Wait three months before we’re safe.” They reply, “There’s no such thing as safe.” …

⇒ “Wearing a mask is for smug liberals.”

⇒ “Liberals are more fearful of coronavirus.”

Peggy Noonan’s Bottom Line“Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called anti-lockdown demonstrations ‘racist and misogynistic.’ She might as well have called them ‘deplorables.’

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Please choose Whitmer as your veep, Uncle Joe!

What do YOU think?

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Blaska may be safer at home but he is happier on the road

Wisconsin’s Wild (South)West is wonderful
 and not a bit frightening!

“We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man!” — Peter Fonda

The head groundskeeper at the Policy Werkes made good his pledge to enjoy God’s gift to southern Wisconsin, that being a fine day in May with temperatures of 73 degrees F and abundant sunshine. He would spend it among the greening hillsides of unglaciated southwestern Wisconsin. Blaska fired up his 2016 Softail Slim and pointed it toward freedom — that being out of Dane County and beyond the reach of the Safer at Home scolds. As our Republican legislators say, Yippee yi-yo, ki-yay!

In this noble quest he was joined by Stormin’ Norman Sannes on his Milwaukee Eight 114 full dresser Harley (he took the photos). We were joined by brother Bill Blaska in his outer space-looking Polaris Slingshot and a fellow named Dave on his Honda Gold Wing, who hooked up with us at the Verona park & ride.

Cumo Evers

We were inspired by our Governor, Tony Evers, who proclaimed — after his seaside Safer at Home edict was overturned by the high court — “Wisconsin is the Wild West and it is a frightening place to be.

⇒ Memo to Gov. Evers: Get out of Madison a little bit, as we did Friday 05-15-2020. It’s actually a pretty nice place.

Be Not Afraid!

Our destination was anywhere but Dane County and its county-imposed Safer at Home ukase.

Blanchardville trip

Our original destination was full up

Blanchardville, it is! Only 30 miles southwest of Madison, the village straddles Lafayette and Iowa Counties at the crook of Dane and Green counties. Lafayette — in contrast to Dane and Green — only “strongly encourages” its residents to “voluntarily comply” with social distancing.

This is turkey-hunting farm country; the population of the entire county is equivalent to that of Fitchburg, Madison’s southern suburb. The fire department raises money with gun raffles. Rural homes heated by outdoor wood-burning boilers, those small, green metal sheds a few yards from the house. Some of the farm houses we passed by were elderly stunners; these Italianate and high Victorian masterpieces adorned the countryside like majestic dowagers of past prosperity. 

History and Nature

This is an old part of Wisconsin — older, really, than most of Dane County.  From here to the Mississippi and down to Galena, Illinois was lead and zinc mining country from the 1820s (the original Badgers) to about 1850. (Although the area’s last zinc mine closed in 1979.) 

The flood-prone Pecatonica River flows through Blanchardville, population 825. It is hard to believe that this small village once hosted two hotels, right across from each other. The hotel building now houses several businesses including Rachel & Ray’s Pub, our original destination. We knew we had chosen wisely when we saw about a dozen motorcycles out front. But the leathered-up club riders helpfully informed the four new arrivals that they had just flooded the kitchen with their food orders. So we ventured across the street.

Outside XXX Blanchardville

Blaska looks a little over-fed if you ask me; we blame the quarantine

Brother Bill attested that Lady Dawn’s Sports Bar & Grill served excellent burgers. Lo (and behold!) Lady Dawn was still observing lockdown! So the young waitress ferried our beer and burgers to our outpost under the park shelter next door — site of the old Ryan Hotel (1904) that burned down in December 2009 (then housing the Silver Dollar Saloon), killing four people.

Well, heck, we were social distancing anyway. But it was a great day to be outdoors and watch the passing scene on Main Street, which included one lady walking on the sidewalk across the street covered with a face mask — all by her lonesome. Caution? Sure. Paranoia? Ya’ think? Congratulations, CNN!


Blanchardville WI, looking East

The long and winding road home

The four unmasked banditos left Blanchardville via Highway F west and turned north on Iowa County Hwy K through tiny Hollandale (unfortunately without getting a chance to explore Horseshoe Bend Road). Hwy K took us over four-lane U.S. Hwy 18 & 151 to County ID and past Blue Mound, which is southern Wisconsin’s highest point (at 1,716 feet it is 450’ above the big highway). We saw it looming over the northern horizon on our way to Blanchardville. Blue Mounds is also the eastern terminus of the lead-mining district. 

The small squadron detoured over Mounds Park Road — a delightful trek through nothing but nature, before rejoining K to U.S. Hwy 14 and east through Mazomanie and back to Madison. Funny how a winding road can unwind the human psyche.

For extra credit: Ann of Althouse explores why Republicans are more optimistic about coronavirus than Democrats.

Who amongst you will throw the first road stone?

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Wisconsin is the Wild West! Yippee yi-yo ki-yay!

This Blogge builds antibodies that fight progressivism

Memo to Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald, and Tony Evers: Take your own sweet time in coming up with a statewide plan. The counties will figure it out for themselves or, more exactly, the people in those counties.

Yes, we listen to the scientists. And we flattened the curve.

No, we do not treat the “experts” as if they were the only voice.  We live in a democracy. The people decide and they are deciding — one backyard patio party at a time.

If we listened to the experts, we’d still have Prohibition. After all, we’d all be better off without John Barleycorn. Life is a risk. Or a cabaret. We forget.

“Science, Not Politics” is soft Marxism.

THE PHANTOM CITY, Ken Maynard, 1928

We’re gonna ride!

Weather this fine day in May (05-15-2020) is sunny and temps in the low 70s F. The chief groundskeeper at Blaska Policy Werkes is firing up the Harley Softail Slim for a trip to the Wild West of freedom in Lafayette, Iowa, or Sauk Counties. Might wet his whistle at a neighborly saloon. A little self-medicating. Will keep a barstool’s distance.

Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin is the “wild west” because the WI Supreme Court overturned his statewide Safer In Place quarantine. As if metro Madison and Forest County were twin cities. As a practical matter, the county-by-county call makes much more sense.

We read that the New York Stock Exchange is opening up its trading floor in a few days — an enclosed, sweaty place with shouting people. Surely, unhealthy in the best of times.

Tony Evers — lockdown hero to the progressive Left

The Resistance news media is hyping the “We’re all gonna die” narrative in service of its longterm mission to bring Trump down. Hence the surge in social scolding.

Paul Krugman assures his New York Times cult that “Covid-19 reality has a liberal bias.” Another sufferer of advanced-stage Trumphobia, Michelle Goldberg, echoes “whistle-blower Rick Bright that “The darkest winter in modern history may soon be upon us, while Trumpists are obsessed with a new conspiracy theory.”

The WI Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday, CNN alleges

… further politicized the pandemic response in one of the nation’s most important battlegrounds in the 2020 presidential election. The battle over Evers’ stay-at-home order is also the latest episode in a years-long series of partisan brawls over power in Wisconsin, perhaps the nation’s most politically polarized state and one where most contentious issues wind up in court.

Cumo Evers

So, it is instructive that CNN’s own opinion poll shows Trump leading Uncle Joe Biden “in the critical battleground states that could decide the electoral college, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

Nationwide, Biden leads Trump 51% to 46% among registered voters. But, as we learned four years ago, the nation does not elect its presidents; states do. In 15 battleground states which decided its electors by 8 percentage points or fewer (including Wisconsin), 52% of voters favor Trump to 45% for Biden.

The Marquette Law School poll has Biden 46%, Trump 43%.

Calm down my friends

Some of my conservative friends (for you are my friends) need to get a grip. Because Linday Graham says he will not put Barack Obama on the witness stand does NOT mean the Republican senator is a “traitor.” And thank you National Review for reminding the heavy breathers that “Fauci Is Not the Villain.”

He’s an epidemiologist providing expert opinions. It’s absurd to say he’s manipulating the President. 

Try to remember that Donald Trump cannot be manipulated. Right?

Blaska’s Two Bottom Lines:

  1. Always seek expert advice. Always make your own decisions.
  2. Vroom! Vroom! Potato-potato-potato. VROOM! VROOM!

What do YOU think?

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