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Dec 23, 201510:05 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

'No guns' posted at East Towne Mall; where were the trigger warnings?

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Merry Christmas to you, dearest reader. Fear not liberal pilgrim, there is room for you in the Stately Manor. We turn no one away at any time of year.

We are cheered this otherwise dreary year by a most charitable act performed by our Muslim brothers and sisters in faraway Kenya. When the radical Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab attacked a passenger bus seeking out the Christians on board, the Muslim passengers demanded that the haters kill all of them or no one. Their lives were spared.

So rare but too often necessary, such selfless acts of bravery are the shining stars on our Christmas tree. Like the high school athlete who paid with his own life protecting two teenage girls caught in the crossfire of a gang firefight. The WWII prisoner of war who told the Germans the entire platoon was Jewish. Jesus on the cross.

We need more antidotes to despair. America needs the sunny optimism of Ronald Reagan and Tommy Thompson. Leaders who preached the virtues of hard work and personal responsibility, who promised better tomorrows of growth and opportunity.

Instead, the politics of envy, redistribution, identity, grievance mongering, and the cult of victimhood threaten even prosperous Madison.

The shooting last Saturday at East Towne Mall ought to rouse even the most complacent Madison progressive to some small self-examination. On the busiest shopping day of the Christmas season, in a crowded mall full of children and their parents, selfish and narcissistic teenagers settling some petty grievance sullied the holidays and despoiled yet another public space.

Where is the race card when you need it?

Are there not enough neighborhood centers? Potluck suppers? Too much free speech on the UW campus? Quick, more restorative justice! Bernie’s free college! Dane County’s new Office of Equity and Inclusion to the rescue! Blame white privilege and bad cops. Texting Brandi Grayson. Time to shut down East Washington Avenue!

But do not blame 50 years of Great Society entitlement.

And where were the trigger warnings? Literally! Is it false advertising if the shopping mall advertises its premises as a gun-free zone?

One might suggest, if he dare swim upstream, that something is missing where the moral core should be. Yes, the Young Squire was something of a rascal in his teen years. But we weren’t shooting at each other — and not because there weren’t guns in the house. Are you joking! No guns on the farm?

Can we stipulate that those East Towne troublemakers had not been working a shift at the cell phone kiosk for Christmas gift money? That they had not been ringing bells for the Salvation Army? Why give when you can take?

Why talk about the real root causes — things like the degradation of the family, the war on police, and the end of discipline in our schools — when you can glom onto the inevitable overreaction?

State Rep. Bob Gannon, Republican from Slinger, to the rescue. Yes, he called the teen shooters (they’re not cooperating with the police) “scum bags” and “creeps.”

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Dec 23, 2015 07:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

blaska:

You condemn "the politics of envy, redistribution, identity, grievance mongering, and the cult of victimhood", yet fail to mention greed, prevarication and hatred for those with different opinions. Just amazing hypocrisy on your part.

Dec 23, 2015 07:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gannon is an idiot. Most folks with CCWs have had no training in armed conflict, including Blaska. I sure wouldn't feel safer with an armed, angry and scared Gannon (or Blaska) in a confrontation.

Dec 23, 2015 09:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Merry Christmas, Dave. You are a Madison treasure.

Dec 23, 2015 11:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Merry Christmas Squire. As for Madison's liberal elitists, Humbug!

Dec 24, 2015 09:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Merry Christmas, Squire.

Dec 24, 2015 12:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yay for Bob Gannon! Why do something with the office to which you were elected (likely unopposed in a gerrymandered district) when you can talk tough and call names?

Is there any doubt that crime is getting worse? Count me among the doubters! Fact, the U.S. crime rate is half of what it was in 1990 (10 years into 12 straight years of Republican White Houses). Half. Please do the homework you should have done before writing such a thing.

(Some) Americans feel under siege because media pleading for viewers and politicians looking anywhere they can for votes (not hard to see where the most fearful rhetoric is coming from: the party where votes are most scarce and important right now) are lighting the flares. Those of us (and there are many) who try to live interesting lives, travel, meet new people, learn new things and resist locking ourselves indoors and giving into pessimism and fear-based politics. Or you could arm yourself to the teeth and worry over the disintegrating moral core of Mayberry RFD. Whatever floats your boat.

I wonder how much time your Southwest Madison neighbor with the new fence spends watching cable.

Dec 27, 2015 10:31 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey blaska,

why don't you talk about something important, like why a scott jensen is still influencing our assembly and senate when he is a proven liar and farce.

oops. sorry, the same can be said about scott walker.

maybe it is time you wrote abort how people should wake up in Wisconsin.

Dec 29, 2015 12:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Anoy 12:06, please check your facts: violent crime is WAY UP nationally. Please review the recent Wall Street Journal article on the topic (they actually use, you know, facts!), give it some RATIONAL THOUGHT and get back to us! Progressives (or should I say "Regressives"?) are fun to topple over-- just keep asking questions and their feelings-based decision making falls over on itself!

Jan 3, 2016 09:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Anon 12:38...please check YOUR facts-see links below....look, even Fox “news”, Forbes, and The National Review disagree with you. Enjoy the articles.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/28/politics/fbi-crime-statistics-report-2014/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/09/04/the-crime-wave-in-u-s-cities-doesnt-show-up-in-the-data/

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/06/09/there-is-no-nationwide-crime-wave-and-police-killings-are-not-up.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/427758/careful-panic-violent-crime-and-gun-crime-are-both-dropping-charles-c-w-cooke

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/

http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-crime-report-shows-america-is-still-getting-safer-2015-1

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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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