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Feb 5, 201411:35 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Our obsession with the homeless

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Occupy Madison got tiny-house religion after touring villages of them on the West Coast. Common challenges, Konkel blogged, were governance, alcohol and drug abuse, theft, and smoking.

The mayor and city employees didn’t have to visit the western camps. The squatters came to them after being ousted from the Capitol lunchroom, now padlocked. Municipal employees testified that they endured drunkenness, obscene taunts, and urine in the elevators. City police were issued mug shots of six of the occupiers “for officer safety.” 

Mayor Paul Soglin personally witnessed two women duking it out over a favorite bench. “Frankly, I see no sense in spending public money for buildings, shelter, day centers, or housing for individuals who either refuse to use them or will be banned for behavior reasons,” said the man The New York Times Magazine once described as Madison’s “hippie mayor.” 

Out on the winter streets, a volunteer reported: “We checked on the woman throughout the night. She will not go into the shelter. ... She really just wants to be left alone. I give her survival gear and check on her. That’s the most we can do.”

The mayor proposed involuntary commitment. “When I raise the issue, I’m a heartless sonofabitch.” But then, no one said compassion would be easy — or that we could agree on what constitutes true compassion. 

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Feb 6, 2014 05:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Any homes with traces of Recall Walker signage should be the first to receive these new, colorful, interesting, and diverse neighbors.

Feb 6, 2014 08:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Everytime I think Liberals have out-gfooballed themselves, they come up with something goofballier.

Feb 6, 2014 12:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

King Obama said if you like your homeless, you can keep your homeless.

Feb 6, 2014 03:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'll cut the Madistan lefties a little slack for trying to solve their homeless problem, however, it won't work. Once skid row bums from Chicago and Milwaukee hear about it, they will descend on Madistan in droves. Has Madistan passed a Bill of Rights for bums yet?

Feb 6, 2014 09:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What threatens people so much about a couple that puts in over 800 hours towards earning their own tiny home. I just don't get the conservative backlash against this. No bureaucracy, no government money, no charity.

Bewildering?

Feb 7, 2014 08:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Agreed that it's hard to find common ground on what constitutes true compassion. But it seems that the tonic for David Blaska is to ridicule the other guy's idea. I guess that accomplishes some kind of goal. Not sure what it is, though. Entertainment? Is that IB's mission?

Feb 8, 2014 07:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anonymous 9:04, I don't think people are particularly "threatened" by these little boxes but they are destined to become eyesores as they age and are not maintained. Kind of like the 30 year old rusted and weather-worn manufactured homes in trailer parks. Really, no one wants these things parked on the street or in open lots adjacent to their homes.

This plan could work, if every bleeding heart on the isthmus would let one of these tiny homes locate on their lot. That would distribute the load. Ms. Konkel et al could make this work if they put their money where there mouthes are.

Feb 10, 2014 08:42 am
 Posted by  Brenda Konkel

I count 6 factual errors. And notice, he never actually quotes me, just puts words in my mouth. Please quote me if you're going to attribute words to me and check your facts. I expect more from the editors at In Business. I find it funny he is threatened by what he wants, people pulling themselves up by their boot straps without government assistance. Didn't know that was such a bad thing.

Feb 10, 2014 08:44 am
 Posted by  Brenda Konkel

It's illegal to put them anywhere on private property and let someone sleep in them in the City of Madison. The Zoning Code won't allow it. I know several people who have volunteered to let them be parked in their driveways - but they would get a notice from Zoning within hours.

Feb 10, 2014 10:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not a single police call since the Occupy Madison Build project started over 7 months ago, p.s. loooong before the trip out West. This pile of rubbish is so full factual errors, of straw man assertions, and ad hominem spin-attacks that any self-respecting middle-schooler wouldn't turn it in as an opinion paper. But hey, we've all got our standards I suppose.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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