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Aug 12, 201504:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

If big government has failed, would even more government succeed?

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Policing the killing fields

Meanwhile, in Ferguson, Mo., a doff of the blue visor to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. He deployed his troops throughout the hot zones rather than bunching them in a defensive posture at city hall. Each time a protestor left the sidewalk for the street police intervened. They were not going to lose the streets.

Madison, are you listening?

So, it’s time to listen to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat and brother of former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.

The good mayor, who is white, “argues against what he sees as a bien-pensant double standard in mainstream liberal thought: black lives don’t matter only when they’re taken by police officers, he argues — they matter when they’re taken by other blacks, too.

“This particular problem has to do with a lot of things, poor personal responsibility, family structures, a particular culture,” Landrieu tells The Atlantic magazine in a September 2015 article, “A culture of violence.”

From 1980 to 2013, a total of 262,000 black men were killed in America. That compares to 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam. In New Orleans, about 6,000 African-American men have been murdered in that time. “The killers of these men were, in the vast majority of cases, other African-American men.”

“He supplements his arguments about the importance of jobs and education with a critique of what he sees as the quick-trigger culture prevalent in some impoverished African-American communities,” The Atlantic relates.

“We can talk about slavery, we can talk about reparations, we can talk about the need for the nation to atone for its original sin … but reparations are not coming so … I’m going to spend my time fighting for something that has a possibility of happening.”

Quote, unquote

  • “… High-profile U.S. economists like Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jeffrey Sachs … have led the global anti-austerity campaign and have made my country a cause célèbre in that struggle. They …  have provided intellectual cover to radicals who appeared at best to be willing to take a stupendously reckless gamble with Greece’s financial, political, and geopolitical future, and at worst to be planning … a socialist takeover of power.” — Greek journalist Yannis Palaiologos in Politico.
  • Bernie Sanders “may have an affinity for a political ideology that has given the world everything from the Soviet gulag to modern-day Greece, but in this age of Obama, the senator is just another liberal with a statist agenda.” — Jason L. Riley, Wall Street Journal.
  • Memo to the ACLU: If panhandling is free speech, then so is jaywalking, spray-painting graffiti, and writing a ransom note.

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Aug 13, 2015 06:39 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

It is interesting to see Black Lives Matter doing the same thing to Bernie Sanders that the Brown Shirt did to Communist speakers in Germany in the 30's.

Aug 13, 2015 10:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

It is also interesting to see Blaska decry "Big Gummint", while standing silent as the walker administration, assisted by Tiffany, Vos, Fitz, etc., take away local powers at every opportunity.

Aug 13, 2015 12:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Being the target of a guilt trip, assuming it comes from an approved source (e.g., an aggrieved minority) is to liberals what a trip to Disneyland is for the rest of us. It gives them the perfect opportunity to engage in their favorite secular sacrament: confession of sin (and racism, real or perceived, is the Sin of Sins), absolution, and penance (which usually takes the form of more free stuff and/or special privileges for the aggrieved). I would have been amazed if Comrade Bernie had done anything other than prostrate himself before the BLM thugs.

Aug 13, 2015 01:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Come on Blaska. Deep down you are a social justice warrior and a BLM cheerleader.

Is there any other way to explain your support for racially segregated schools that would invariably funnel big government money to organized blackness, like the Urban League and your pal Kaleem "Accounting Irregularities" Caire?

I'm not fooled by this post at all.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

PS - 2.3 million for Paul Heenan's estate . . . without going to trial? Who signed off on that? (Seriously - common council? Soggy? I honestly don't know.) Get ready to see services squeezed and/or taxes raised for Tony Robinsons thug-pay-day. It appears Madison is all to happy to give that money away and reward violent conduct.

Aug 13, 2015 02:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Uhm...wasn’t Mr. Heenan all of 5’,6" and 140 pounds; and didn’t that guy Heimness have sort of a history of inappropriately firing his weapon at a couple’s vehicles, beating a guy severely enough, that despite that guy not being particularly nice, a settlement was still awarded due to the savagery involved? He also a violated work rules 180 times in a surprisingly immature fashion for someone tasked with making decisions about lethal force ( 180 that we know about) and no one bothered to with do anything about it...for years.

Frankly, I think they might have lost the case, if someone pointed out that Heimness could have avoided shooting Heenan simply by walking away; or by pushing him on his butt, or slapping him on the side of the head with his weapon, or maybe bothering to announcing that he was a police officer.

Aug 13, 2015 03:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How Blogs Werk 101: Blaska says liberals shut down the Special Olympics, Liberals say they didn't and it was just a press conference. Repeat ad infinitum, ad nauseum. But mostly nauseum.

Aug 13, 2015 03:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

That's a lot of deaths. Way too many. But why compare to Vietnam? Was Vietnam a 33 year war?

Aug 13, 2015 03:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Graffiti damages property, so that doesn't work. A ransom note isn't anything unless it's accompanied by the crime of kidnapping. And jaywalking? How is that anything like panhandling? Your comparisons stink, blogger!

Aug 13, 2015 05:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 2:06PM:

What will you have to say when the Robinson payoff is 2 or 3 times that of Heenan (which it is likely to be) - after all the city "despite the cries of a grieving community, the authorities...have endorsed defendant Kenny's actions..."?

And the libbies still have not answered the question, What is the difference between a Socialist and a Democrat?

They do seem to be merging into the same entity, now that Hillary is straining herself at stool to emit more giveaways to compete with Bernie...

Aug 13, 2015 07:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Fundamental rule of liberalism: government grows in response to its own failure.

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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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