February 8, 2012

"Back in business — Blaska!"

Announces Meade, telling Isthmus readers to bookmark the new blog, but it's Isthmus, so Meade's immediately smacked down by one commenter who assures everyone that Meade "will be dropping [Blaska's] opinions on [the Isthmus forum] like they are science at every opportunity, so I don't feel the need to bookmark his page." And then everyone switches to talking about some other blogger on the same site, and she's apparently a complete idiot.

Blaska was the conservative blogger at Isthmus not too long ago. But Isthmus lost a couple of its liberal bloggers left — Jack Craver (remember when he trashed me?) and Emily Mills (remember when she trashed me?) — and if they'd kept Blaska, there'd only have been one liberal (Citizen Dave) to offset the one conservative, and that wouldn't make sense in a Madison, Wisconsin "alternative" newspaper now, would it?

53 comments:

Petunia said...

I hope Meade keeps posting there just to amuse himself and annoy the regulars, since he's not going to find intelligent debate there. Just childish insults directed at anyone who disagrees with the Madison/Isthmus/"progressive" dogma.

Scott M said...

We've got the Riverfront Times here in St Louis, a very liberal paper. It's been fun over the past couple of years watching reality hit them squarely between the eyes when positions they have advocated for over years and years end up exactly like their opponents told them they would.

EMD said...

For some reason, I get Rolling Stone delivered to my door.

Even it surprised me as how much of a typical leftist rag it is, even in light that the Obama administration is the "Establishment."

The opinion pieces (even if I agree with any of them) are completely juvenile.

shiloh said...

Well, at least maybe Meade has found an interesting blog to post.

"We" wish him well! :)

Ann Althouse said...

"I hope Meade keeps posting there just to amuse himself and annoy the regulars, since he's not going to find intelligent debate there."

Why is that a good use of Meade's time?

TMink said...

They should hire Meade.

Trey

shiloh said...

"Why is that a good use of Meade's time?"

Well, he also posts here occasionally ~ just sayin'.

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hmm, posting on the net is only useful if it's entertaining, otherwise it's a total waste of time!

Rusty said...

Why is that a good use of Meade's time?



Only Meade can answer that. Of course if there's a leaky skylight, or the oil needs changin' in the bus, then no it isn't the best use of his time.

David Blaska said...

That Isthmus Forum is a snake pit of hate and ignorance. For good reason do its inmates (unlike Meade) choose anonymity.

Ann, thanks for the love.

Curious George said...

"Ann Althouse said...
"I hope Meade keeps posting there just to amuse himself and annoy the regulars, since he's not going to find intelligent debate there."

Why is that a good use of Meade's time?"

Wouldn't this question be best poised to Meade, who has in the past posted there to tweak the lefties?

traditionalguy said...

Whether Blogging is a good use of anyone's time is a question best not asked.

But Meade has a natural talent for Blog interactions.

Methadras said...

Meade posting in a leftard echo chamber has got to be fun for him to do.

wv = excia = o rly?

Petunia said...

By "hope" I meant, "I hope he's enjoying himself by posting there, because he's not going to get any substantive debate, just personal attacks". Guess I didn't phrase it clearly.

But it doesn't matter whether *I* think it's a good use of Meade's time, and I didn't mean to imply that it did. It only matters whether *he* thinks it's a good use of his time.

Petunia said...

In other news that will have the Madison blogosphere all atwitter, Sen. Vinehout has announced her candidacy for the governorship. So there will be a Dem primary.

marylynn said...

If the only choices are Falk or Vinehout, the write in Walker in the Dem primary joke may end up not a joke at all. Both of those women are unqualified and unelectable. The recall temper tantrum should have been better thought out by those fools.

Joe Schmoe said...

Regarding their treatment of Meade (disregarding his opinion simply because of who he is), I'm finding that lately to be very typical of Democrats. I live in a Deep Blue area where there's about 40 flavors of Natl Palestinian Radio and, you guessed it, an Al Jazeera network! (Or at least a station that carries Al Jazeera news coverage.)

When NatlPalRadio or AlJaz are interviewing someone--who's always a lefty--the interviewer will get 'tough' and ask them 'well, so-and-so the Republican said this'. The interviewee always sniffs and says something to the effect that since it was said by a Republican, it's not even worth considering their argument. Interviewer laughs, 'Moh-hoh-hoh!' and then they retreat back into their comfort zones to chuckle about the latest David Sedaris book or some inane social issue.

So I'm troubled by the dismissiveness of differing viewpoints.

Meade said...

Petunia said...
By "hope" I meant, "I hope he's enjoying himself by posting there, because he's not going to get any substantive debate, just personal attacks". Guess I didn't phrase it clearly.

You phrased it fine, P. I admit, posting there is a guilty pleasure. Keeps me off the street.

Vinehout, huh? Ooh - more Forum fodder!

Joe Schmoe said...

Mr. Blaska, good luck. I'll try to remember to check in on your blog. I don't live in Wisconsin, but through Ann's blog here I've become fascinated with all of the stuff going on. Heck, I probably know what's going on in WI better than my own state.

Amartel said...

Only one liberal per conservative? Unfair! There must be at least three liberals per conservative. That's the rule. Because duh balance 'n' diversity 'n' community 'n' stuff.
Lean forward (bend over), bitches!

garage mahal said...

Always amusing what Wisconsin conservatives aren't talking about. And there are a lot of things that must not be talked about right now. Worries not. Just ignore!

ndspinelli said...

Not getting much love here Althouses!

Meade said...

Nick Spinelli, do you want to post comments here?

Toby said...

I had a work project about a decade back that required me to review a handful of back issues from alt weeklies around the country. I'm sure the people that produce these publications consider themselves to be hip and trendy and oh so special, but their products were basically identical in viewpoint and tone and, after an hour or so, extremely boring. They just aren't the precious little snowflakes that they think they are.

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Always amusing what Wisconsin conservatives aren't talking about. And there are a lot of things that must not be talked about right now. Worries not. Just ignore!"

I assume you are referring to the John Doe thing, despite that it continually blows up your face. And despite the fact that every time you bring it up, you are rigorously debated here. So there is no ignoring it. Why Ann hasn't posted about it you will have to ask her. As for "Wisconsin conservaives" well, I guess it's because it's really not a story at all. We yawn.

Roger J. said...

My thought about blog posting: its rather like writing letters to the editor except the editor writes back--great fun, doesnt cost anything and cheaper than playing the ponies.

At the end of the day, no one cares what is posted on a blog--its like farting in a hurricane.

Meade--if you like it, go for it.

shiloh said...

"Only one liberal per conservative? Unfair! There must be at least three liberals per conservative."

Since this blog is about 80/20 in favor of conservatives, Althouse must now close her blog to be fair.

Armatel, thanx for playin'.

Roger J. said...

Shiloh--I think that most people that zero in on a blog tend to participate with people that think like they do--either on the left or right. Nothing wrong with that unless, of course, you assume that contrary opinions might change people's minds. They dont, IMO.

John Stuart Mill never understood that.

Blogs are fun--they are not, for the most part, instruments for enlightenment.

garage mahal said...

I assume you are referring to the John Doe thing, despite that it continually blows up your face.

Walker could be behind bars and you would still be saying the same exact thing. You're too much dude. Althouse won't touch this story with a ten foot pole, and if you're a hyper partisan Walker supporter like her, I probably wouldn't be either. If you just ignore it, it will go away!

Quaestor said...

Ann wrote:
But Isthmus lost a couple of its liberal bloggers left — Jack Craver (remember when he trashed me?) and Emily Mills (remember when she trashed me?) — and if they'd kept Blaska

I'm confused by the syntax here. Do you mean left in a verb or adverbial sense, as in "I had three apples but John took one and now I have two left," or "John left the room." Or do you mean left as a political category?

shiloh said...

Roger J

Was just replying to Amartel's inane hyperbole w/my own sarcasm.

And yes, politics notwithstanding, one of the first things I noticed back in the day was the internet pack mentality, which often times siphoned off into clique mentality, wherein a small group of elite snobs tried to take over a blog or just broke away from said blog to form their own hoity-toity private blog.

ie human nature.

Like Trooper forming his own private blog. Not sayin' he's elitist as I don't know him well, so he's probably just a damn disgruntled fool. :D

Thus ends my class on internet psychology and as always, no charge.

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So please continue w/the daily Althouse conservative whining and attempted ;) sarcasm.

Chip S. said...

Is the "alternative" part of "alternative newspaper" simply shorthand for "alternate-reality"?

Roger J. said...

Shiloh--you are generally correct but I do take issue with your characterization of "elites." the elite to which you refer are nothing more than people who prefer to interact with people who think like they do. Its not elitism--as you say, its just human nature.

Scott M said...

Its not elitism--as you say, its just human nature.

It becomes elitism when ideas or people outside that group are shunned for simply being from outside.

shiloh said...

Roger J

You are more or less correct, because I was thinking of a particular incident when about (20) disgruntled fools who though their shit didn't stink tried to take over a reality blog and when said coup d'├ętat :D didn't work, they broke away and formed their own blog. They made several childish demands er suggestions and when they were laughed off the stage, they took their "balls" and left.

So they were indeed at least, wannabe elitists lol but in general folk like to be around like minded folk.

Whereas I prefer a variety. :)

Amartel said...

Arguing with the terminally stupid.
Isthmus is not an "alternative" newspaper as it purports to be, and is not interested in alternative points of view unless there's a 3:1 ratio in favor of the ruling status quo. Apparently, Citizen Dave is not enough of a heavyweight to do battle with Blaska alone so Blaska must go. Point to Blaska. ??
Althouse is a blog which sometimes blogs about the law and doesn't purport to be anything else.

Roger J. said...

Shiloh--I am glad you prefer a variety of opinion--as do I. And for the most part, the professor permits a variety of opinion.

So lets continue to blog away, and as do you, I do not expect anyone on this blog or any other to subscribe to my opinions. Thats why I like participating on blogs.

go out and do good

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Walker could be behind bars and you would still be saying the same exact thing. You're too much dude. Althouse won't touch this story with a ten foot pole, and if you're a hyper partisan Walker supporter like her, I probably wouldn't be either. If you just ignore it, it will go away!"

Again, Ann can answer why no posts. But there has been no shortage of responses by many here when you bring it up over and over and over. So we are hardly ignoring it. It's a non story. But many are miore than willing to respond to your constant comments, which like this latest one are full of assumptions, if not outright falsehoods. It's just a way for you to cope facing the coming disaster that will be the recall election.

garage mahal said...

It's a non story.

Hehe. You wish.

Fen said...

Garage: Always amusing what Wisconsin conservatives aren't talking about. And there are a lot of things that must not be talked about right now. Worries not. Just ignore!

Garage, we're not going to talk about how "fire can't melt steel!" or "the Joos run the Illuminati!", no matter how many times you link to it.


Shiloh: Since this blog is about 80/20 in favor of conservatives

Only if you count Libertarians as conservatives. Otherwise, its more like 40/20. But I keep forgetting you like to keep things simplistic.

garage mahal said...

Garage, we're not going to talk about how "fire can't melt steel!

Feel free to carry on, it's amusing:

"Those felony indictments are nothing!"

"Walker hired $800 per hour criminal defense lawyers because he just wants to help out with investigators with some paperwork!"

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
It's a non story.

Hehe. You wish."

Actually, it's pretty much a fact.
I think what is telling is how bad you want to make it a story. Anything a story. It started a year ago when you and your ilk made the claim that "Walker called authorized the National Guard to enforce his policies". Not true. Followed up with "Proof that there is no deficit!". Not true.

But keep clinging to straws!

garage mahal said...

I think what is telling is how bad you want to make it a story.

So when voters are again asked to decide a leader for the state, they won't take in account how Walker knowingly lead a county office full of felony indicted staffers that he hired? As they say, good luck with that. Sounds like it's wrapping up soon though. I can't wait to see what's in those thousands of emails they found on private network that was set up to evade the law. Walker emailed to it at least once.

gail said...

I can relate to Mr. Blaska as a recovering liberal. I enjoyed his piece, and am glad he found a place from which to share his opinions.

Here's the Dem Pary of WI website for the Walker investigation.

And in case I didn't make a correct link:
http://www.walkerinvestigation.com/

Maguro said...

Ah, "routergate" churns on. What will be the next blockbuster revelation - Walker tore those damn tags off of his mattress? The world holds its breath.

shiloh said...

"Libertarians"

Keep forgetting lol after (8) years of cheney/bush many Reps suddenly became Libertarian :-P as they were ashamed to call themselves Rep. Go figure!

Of course, my 80/20 is not scientific as the only parameter to go by is when Althouse put's one of her useless anti-Obama/Dems polls up and the final tally is usually around 70/15 anti-Obama.

Just like one of fixednoise political polls ie a self-fulfilling fair and balanced ;) prophecy.

I digress.

garage mahal said...

Ah, "routergate" churns on. What will be the next blockbuster revelation -

Does the FBI typically show up at your front door with a battering ram and seize your mattress over a torn tag?

Fen said...

Shiloh: Keep forgetting lol after (8) years of cheney/bush many Reps suddenly became Libertarian :-P as they were ashamed to call themselves Rep. Go figure!

Nope. I'm a conservative, as are a few others here. But since you are so far out in Left Field as to be in the parking lot, its understandable how you would confuse the Libertarians here as "conservative".

Original Mike said...

"If the only choices are Falk or Vinehout, the write in Walker in the Dem primary joke may end up not a joke at all."

Gee, what if Walker won the primary?

Phil 3:14 said...

that wouldn't make sense in a Madison, Wisconsin "alternative" newspaper

I've stopped trying make sense of anything in Madison.

Fen said...

I hope we're not expected to be sympathetic if, as a "professional courtesty", Meade's comments at Isthmus are deleted so they can misrepresent what he said...

ken in sc said...

My understanding is that Trooper York was unhappy about a particular commenter who was extremely rude and offensive and did not add much to any thread. He thought Ann should do something about it. He left because of that. He had his own blog for a long time before he made it private. Apparently Ann and/or Meade did do something about the rude commenter because I have not seen anything from that person for some time. Why Trooper is not back, I don't know.

AlphaLiberal said...

Everybody gets smacked down at TDP. Don't be a bloody whiner.

AlphaLiberal said...

David Blaska:

That Isthmus Forum is a snake pit of hate and ignorance

Need a hankie?