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Apr 27, 201503:23 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Three cheers for Paul Soglin –– ‘Enough is enough’ is right!

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Hizzoner finally came through with a big and bold declaration of war against the rot of his own liberal-progressive-socialist past.

Madison’s on-and-off mayor these last 42 years finally acknowledged that, “The combination of City and County policies that encourage drifters to come to Madison, and the concerted efforts of others to send them here, has reached an intolerable level.”

It reached the intolerable level long ago but why quibble now? Welcome aboard, brother Soglin. The Big Gummint philosophy of “Come and Get Your Free Stuff” has finally reached terminal velocity. The city is literally being befouled by vagrants’ hypodermic drug needles and fecal matter. And it starts at city hall.

Says the mayor, “We are losing control of our city because of the overly indulgent behaviors tolerated at the City-County Building. Because of those behaviors, the situation is spreading to a wider area. While I have little influence on those who manage and control the City-County Building, I will not abdicate my responsibility and will use the resources available to the city of Madison to bring safety and sanity back to our downtown. I encourage all Madisonians who agree with me to contact their City and County representatives on the Council and County Board and indicate their support.”

When the mayor speaks of “indulgent behaviors tolerated at the City-County Building,” he refers to the stink and mess of the so-called homeless camping out on its doorstep. But take that a few steps inside and up the stairway to where the Common Council and Dane County Board meet. Because the dystopic principles of former Ald. Brenda Konkel and the city’s Progressive Voice (Brenda’s biggest backer) still rule.

Mayor Soglin will close down “all illegal outdoor living and encampments,” crack down on drug use, and ask for a one-hour time limit on street benches –– “they are to be shared and used by everyone.” What do you want to bet the Common Council roll call on that last item will be?

“In the coming weeks I am going to use all of the administrative solutions available to me to force the dangerous behavior to stop,” Soglin said. “I know that in defense of the homeless, some will consider these measures draconian, but enough is enough. The combination of City and County policies that encourage drifters to come to Madison, and the concerted efforts of others to send them here has reached an intolerable level.”

 
   

If it seems that Soglin is merely concentrating the mess to the City-County Building (by funneling all “free food” giveaways there) it is because Dane County –– not the City –– controls the building, mediated by the City-County Liaison Committee, which has been voting against Soglin. This is as much on Joe Parisi and Matt Veldran as anyone. As the mayor memo’d city leaders:

“While I have little influence on those who manage and control the City-County Building, I will not abdicate my responsibility, and will use the resources available to the city of Madison to bring safety and sanity back to our downtown. I encourage all Madisonians who agree with me to contact their City and County representatives on the Council and County Board and indicate their support.

“Again, my apologies, to my co-workers who also have offices at the City-County Building and to the public that uses the building. My efforts to bring some sense of safety have failed. Nevertheless, while the situation deteriorates there, I am not going to stop trying to preserve the health and safety for all of us in Madison.”

Actually, I think the mayor could justify using his city police and health powers, even at the CCB. Send in the garbage trucks!

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Apr 27, 2015 04:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

the first stop for the garbage trucks, blaska,

your house.

Apr 27, 2015 05:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is becoming a foul city to live in. It is time for our elected officials to guarantee the safety and well being of ALL citizens. That includes those who have to work in the City-County Building. May I drop off some fences at your place of work Mr. Anony @ 4:18pm? Please provide an address.

Apr 27, 2015 09:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

YGB member quoted from earlier tonight: "Baltimore needs to stay clear of Al Sharpton." It sure riles up your right-wing buddies when you invoke the Sharpton name (Why do you think Fox pays him such a tidy sum?), but there is no link between that man and what Brandi Grayson is working toward. Not that you care.

Interesting to note, by the way, that while Baltimore burns, your governor is more concerned with gay marriage. Big and bold? Not really.

Apr 27, 2015 10:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Fast forward to the next Vicki McKenna show where she and Blaska will laugh and scoff at the city over its homelessness problem. But neither will offer a serious solution, and why would they? They'll never actually have to propose anything executable. They take their shots, summon up some outrage and chum the waters with the usual raw meat. Madison is awful, but without its problems, neither Dave nor Vicki would be able to do what they do, which is making fun of people. What a country!

Apr 27, 2015 10:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You're right Anon 4:18 pm. The last time I drove past Blaska's house there were garbage bags, sleeping bags, and cardboard boxes piled high up around the front side of the house. I'm sure he has needles strewn around the yard as well although I didn't see them. Probably uses his yard as a toilet as well. It's just common behavior. It's so common that the leaders in this city and county don't seem to mind even when it occurs right outside their domain.

Yes, bring the garbage trucks to the Blaska residence.

Apr 28, 2015 06:17 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

What you subsidize you get more of.
What you tax you get less of.
Madison has more of what? Less of what?

Apr 28, 2015 08:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

It's about time Hizzoner has opened his eyes to see what so many of the rest of us have seen happening to our beloved city over the years. Having lived in Madison 3 times in my life totaling 35 years, starting as a student early-70s, moving back for first major job mid-70s for 12 years, and returning after 4 years near Chicago and 4 years near San Francisco mid-90's, I've seen it change from the beautiful place it once was, to become the trash-pit downtown, fear for your life Meadowood area, poorly managed place that our wonderful Progressives have made it. The city has so much going for it and yet the P-partiers are doing everything they can to make it the ridicule of the rest of the state and soil its life blood. The mantra has been, "Send us your poor, homeless, mentally ill, coke/heroin/meth peddlers, and we shall make them free!"

Apr 28, 2015 09:01 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Entertaining friends from out of town this week. They love coming to Madison and get here every chance they can. Great city. But if your industry is complaint and outrage, that's what you deliver.

Apr 28, 2015 01:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

All my fellow progressives living in la-la land encouraging the rhetoric of Brandi, keep in mind that Baltimore last night looks an awful lot like:

* 'We don't have any desire for order'
* 'We want zero interaction with police'
* 'This city will eff-ing erupt'
* 'The blood will be on your hands'
* 'Let 350 prisoners, but only those of a certain race, out of jail now'

I wonder how many Madison progressives would cheer and egg on a the very real presence of street gangs, flying chunks of concrete, arson, looting, and the wholesale destruction of businesses and community-service organizations in their neighboorhoods.

Would they call the police while Brandi's vision of an order-less society unfolded in their neighborhoods, or would they stand with Brandi's call for 'zero police presence' in their community? Would they sit back and cheer while everything went 'burn baby burn' and the Bloods & Crips asserted their presence?

Baltimore last night is all of that and more, and to all the people in those communities who live there, work there, go to school there, try to raise families there, try to build up a community, try to earn a living and try to run a small business...this isn't abstract sloganeering, it's what they had to live with through yesterday and last night.

Apr 28, 2015 02:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why not send the photo of the pile of trash (the actual trash, not the trash who put the trash there) in front of the City County Building to the mayors of every city, town, and village in Wisconsin along with a note that says, "Got a problem with bums, hobos, druggies, loonies, petty criminals,and general ne'er-do-wells? Send them to Madison, where they'll be given a home on the steps of City Hall." Maybe when the stream of homeless to Madison becomes a flood, even the Brenda Konkels of the world will start to have misgivings about the present policy (or lack thereof) for dealing with them.

Of course, when word gets around (and it does, fast) that Madison cherishes your presence despite a lack of willingness on your part to contribute in any way, it's not just the homeless who show up at out doorstep, hands outstretched. For years, the dregs of the ghettos in Milwaukee, Beloit, and Chicago have made a bee-line for Madison and its cornucopia of social services. Now the lead story on the Monday night local news is the number of weekend shooting throughout the city. Anyone but the pixilated liberals who run this town could have predicted that thug culture transplanted to Madison would thrive here. What a shock that merely breathing the rarified air of the Emerald City didn't transform all those thugs into model citizens!

Finally a note on the events in Baltimore: Cast your mind back six years and recall all that cheerful talk about "post-racial America" as the Great Black Hope spread his beneficent grin over the land. As we witness the highest level of racial discord in this country since the late 60s, it might be worth pondering the immortal words of Sarah Palin: "So how's that hopey-changey thing workin' out for ya?"

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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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