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June 2016

06/27/16

Blame society, the police, guns — then wonder why some act irresponsibly

We aspiring journalists were taught to avoid clichés like … well, the plague. The liberal handwringers are working the latest bumper sticker sentiment hard. It’s the “We have failed …” trope.

Posted at 02:23 PM | Permalink | Comments: 14

06/24/16

Mayor, D.A., and Common Council kick and spit on Madison police

You don’t have to be The Amazing Criswell to predict that next spring’s elections for Madison Common Council will be hotly contested. Eleven of the 20 alders just doubled down on attracting opponents. It is time to clean house.

Posted at 10:14 AM | Permalink | Comments: 14

06/23/16

Two women resisted arrest Tuesday: only one is a cause célèbre

Wisconsin State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands may be the best journalist in town who doesn’t live in the Stately Manor.

Posted at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments: 11

06/21/16

Release the hounds … I mean, delegates

To all of my conservative friends (for you ARE my friends) who accuse me of putting Angela Davis on the Supreme Court if I don’t back Trump, I have this witty riposte: nyaah, nyaah!

Posted at 10:12 AM | Permalink | Comments: 18

06/20/16

Usual suspects accuse Chief Koval of eye rolling, tyranny, and ‘white privilege’

Warning to Madison police officers and all City of Madison officials. Do not roll your eyes, no matter how much stupid is inflicted upon you. No slapping the desk in frustration. Do not “push back” against anyone you consider “difficult.”

Posted at 09:59 AM | Permalink | Comments: 10

06/14/16

The liberal’s worst fear: being called racist

The tragedy in Orlando has some PC connection with the debate in Madison over race and policing in a civil society. It is why, to this day, President Obama cannot bring himself to utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” (Hillary: “There, I said it.”)

Posted at 01:10 PM | Permalink | Comments: 23

06/13/16

Mayor Soglin: Veto the $400,000 police colonoscopy

Public reaction continues to pillory the 19 Madison aldermen who talk only to themselves and the special pleaders, demagogues, and race baiters. Here, a representative sample, condensed (in most examples).

Posted at 03:47 PM | Permalink | Comments: 4

06/10/16

Memo to the State Journal: Koval finally got your attention

The telegraph operator here at the Stately Manor reached out to a Madison police officer of our acquaintance. On conditions of strictest confidence, we asked what are the rank and file and leadership saying about Chief Mike Koval?

Posted at 10:18 AM | Permalink | Comments: 15

06/09/16

It’s not city council v. Koval, it’s council v. Madison police

Still unpacking Tuesday night’s six-hour Madison Common Council drama.

Posted at 12:26 PM | Permalink | Comments: 10

06/08/16

Scott Walker fighting crime in Madison, while Common Council fights police

Idiot of the day, week, month, and probably year: “Ald. Samba Baldeh said based on the chief’s comments, he did not feel safe with [Police Chief Mike] Koval sitting behind him during the meeting with a gun.” — as quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal story about Tuesday’s Madison Common Council meeting, in which city aldermen which voted to spend a total of $400,000 on studying whether the Madison police department is racist.

Posted at 03:20 PM | Permalink | Comments: 5

06/06/16

Only in Madison: $400,000 to fight crime? No, to study the police!

Our fair city has turned into a shooting gallery over the last month as rival gangs wage their vendettas. True to form, Madison’s leaders are looking through the wrong end of the telescope. They’re focusing, obsessively, on studying the police. Not on fighting crime. Not on improving quality of life issues. Not on improving the schools or demanding greater personal responsibility.

Posted at 04:40 PM | Permalink | Comments: 17

06/03/16

Et tu, Paul Ryan?

My favorite line is from Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 movie To Be or Not to Be: When the Nazi asks Carole Lombard (playing a Polish actress) to join the cause, she responds, “But what will I do about my conscience?”

Posted at 01:34 PM | Permalink | Comments: 14

06/01/16

Orange is the color of Madison’s confusion

We’re supposed to wear orange today, Thursday, fellow Madisonians.

Posted at 05:02 PM | Permalink | Comments: 13

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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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