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David Blaska

The Road Runner, too. Not legally, but in practice. The State of Wisconsin acknowledges that it does not have the resources to cross check the recall petition signatures for duplicates, made-up names, fake addresses, or ineligible voters. Not even with $650,000 allocated to the Government Accountability Board for the job. GAB just won't be able to data-enter 540,000+ signatures to automate a file-check. more »

Nov 28, 2011 6:15 PM Blaska's Blog

Stately Blaska Manor U.S.A. hosted an international Thanksgiving this year. To a table groaning with bounty from the Blaska Experimental Work Farm, the Squire and his family made welcome a young student from China and a student couple from Saudi Arabia. more »

Nov 27, 2011 3:29 PM Blaska's Blog

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I like a little extra pepper on my T-bird. Ann of Althouse is convinced that Russ Feingold will run for governor should the recall petition drive succeed. The former U.S. senator remains a super hero to the Left: Spiderman with a PAC. But he is still trying to digest the rancid meat of his defeat one year ago. The Squire has tasted defeat himself and it does not come with stuffing and gravy. more »

Nov 23, 2011 6:31 PM Blaska's Blog

The featured book in the Karl Rove Reading Room here at the Stately Manor is Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. Deservedly, it is #1 on the "New York Times" best-seller lists, both in hard-cover and -- fittingly -- its e-book incarnation. It is a chronicle of how one baby boomer "dented the universe" by driving the best and the brightest to "think different." more »

Nov 21, 2011 9:53 PM Blaska's Blog

There is an inverse relationship: the more vituperative the language, the weaker the case. It is no coincidence that the recall movement uses doomsday language to describe what are, at root, merely policy differences. more »

Nov 16, 2011 10:14 PM Blaska's Blog

These are difficult times. The Great Recession is, functionally, in its third year. So, what is the Dane County Board's response? Pay raises all around! Break out the sham-pag-nee! A 32 percent hike for chairman Scott McDonell and 3 percent for the other 36 members! more »

Nov 14, 2011 3:40 PM Blaska's Blog

The Eleventh Hour sometimes means, "at the last minute" or "in the nick of time." But it also has connotations of war and peace. Today is 11/11/11. That is 63 in binary numbering. This morning it was 11:11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11. In binary, that is 4,091. The only thing better was 11:11:11 a.m. (or p.m.) on 11/11/1111 when Henry I, the third of the Norman line, was king of England. more »

Nov 11, 2011 7:49 PM Blaska's Blog

Welcome to this edition of crime stoppers. State Sen. Dale Schultz is the progressives' favorite Republican at the moment, other than long-retired or -- better -- dead Republicans, of course. Schultz takes pride of place for being the lone Republican holdout on Gov. Scott Walker's public employee compensation reforms. more »

Nov 9, 2011 9:07 PM Blaska's Blog

Your über-blogger warned that a new tax could be coming our way, courtesy of the Progressive Dane contingent. It is the Dane County wheel tax. more »

Nov 8, 2011 7:38 PM Blaska's Blog

If you write often enough it will happen to you. The eminent personage you have so faithfully profiled is arrested for window peeping the morning your opus is due on the editor's desk. You rewrite like crazy but there is no time to undo the thrust of the panegyric you spent weeks constructing. Yes, your subject is a window peeper, you concede in a parenthetical note, but other than that, a man for all seasons! more »

Nov 5, 2011 9:35 PM Blaska's Blog

When our liberal you-know-whats cry salty tears over Governor Walker's "war on the middle class," their concern is usually expressed in terms of unionized public sector employees and not so much the Joe Lunch Buckets in the private sector. My thesis was reconfirmed last week when I crossed rhetorical swords with Peg Lautenschlager, the former Democratic state attorney general who was speaking from Fond du Lac, on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Week in Review" program. more »

Nov 3, 2011 9:06 PM Blaska's Blog

If ever a man wanted arresting, it's Matt R. Like many Progressives, he wants to bring the disorder of the Capitol Rotunda this February and March into the legislative chambers themselves. If ever a man wanted arresting, it's Matt R. Like many Progressives, he wants to bring the disorder of the Capitol Rotunda this February and March into the legislative chambers themselves. more »

Nov 2, 2011 8:24 PM Blaska's Blog

Who will be the next Steve Jobs? You simply must read his sister's eulogy, published online in Sunday's "New York Times". (I didn't see it in my print edition.) I want to thank his birth parents for choosing life. more »

Oct 31, 2011 6:27 PM Blaska's Blog

A Dane County prosecutor says she believes Madison Ald. Brian Solomon is guilty of sexually assaulting a city employee who is assigned to work with the common council. But the district attorney's office won't bring him to trial only because, it says, getting a unanimous jury to convict would be chancy. Is the Left calling for Ald. Solomon to resign? Not that I can tell. more »

Oct 26, 2011 5:16 PM Blaska's Blog

Our soap opera heroine may have hit hard times, but hard usually doesn't come with three bedrooms and a fireplace on Cape Cod. The Mitchards will not be living in a van down by the river, however much it may seem that way to the novelist. more »

Oct 24, 2011 9:06 PM Blaska's Blog

I took the training, now all I need is the $50 permit to conceal the handgun, knife, pepper spray, or Taser of my choice on my person or in my automobile. Wisconsin's new concealed carry law goes into effect on Tuesday, November 1, and I intend to be among the first to qualify. The only question is this: How often will I actually use that CC permit? more »

Oct 20, 2011 9:41 PM Blaska's Blog

Even at my advanced age, the Squire of the Stately Manor likes to experience new thrills. Sunday, your intrepid blogmeister accompanied the Divine Miss Vicki, rock star of the airwaves, to the Stoughton Conservation Club to experience our first trap shoot. more »

Oct 18, 2011 7:39 PM Blaska's Blog 1 Comments

Is pessimism a Wisconsin trait, something borne of winter's cold and dark? Or has it been nurtured by too many years of disappointment (and two years of Barack Obama)? more »

Oct 14, 2011 7:30 PM Blaska's Blog

Our liberal-progressive You Know Whats are riding the bomb down to the ground like Slim Pickens in the movie "Dr. Strangelove". The MacIver Institute finds that the core group of the professional protestors who have been intimidating private business, stalking elected officials and disrupting the legislature are cozy with leading Democrats, including Assembly minority leader Peter Barca. more »

Oct 12, 2011 6:16 PM Blaska's Blog

Frank Lasee is a fine looking man approaching age 50, the prime of life. He stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall. That was the first question I asked over lunch at Cooper's on the Square last week: his height. more »

Oct 10, 2011 10:01 PM Blaska's Blog