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Dec 7, 201512:42 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Posted: No terrorism on these premises

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Got to think the San Bernardino Health Department posted the usual government signage at every entrance. The ones that read: “No Firearms Allowed On These Premises.”

Maybe the radical Islamic terrorists missed the small print citing the relevant statute. Maybe they didn’t know that carrying firearms was against the law. Not to mention pipe bombs.

One can only marvel at the mindset that feels protected by signage. Or the political philosophy that blames global climate change for every evil. Or the political party that expects good people to give up their means of self-defense when bad people won’t give up their offensive weaponry.

“Two people capable of making or acquiring more than a dozen pipe bombs, which are not sold at Wal-Mart, probably have ways of getting the sort of guns they deem necessary,” perspicacious columnist Steve Chapman observes.

We learn that a police squad car arrived on the scene serendipitously during the shooting, apparently as part of his routine patrol. He waited for backups to arrive. Those good men and women with guns arrived four minutes after the first 9-1-1 calls. Two bad guys with an arsenal can do a lot of damage in four minutes — especially when everyone else in that crowded room has obeyed those “No Firearms” signs.

Current Occupant still lurches from behind

The Current Occupant of the White House attempted damage control on national television Sunday night. He really does take ISIS seriously. If only that damned Congress would cooperate!

The Denier in Chief still cannot bring himself to utter the term “radical Islam.” He did the American people a solid, however, by listing radical Islam’s attacks on America:

  • Fort Hood (13 dead, 32 injured, Nov. 5, 2009)
  • Chattanooga (5 dead, 2 wounded, July 16, 2015)
  • The Boston Marathon (5 dead, 280 injured, April 15, 2013)
  • San Bernardino (14 dead, 21 injured, Dec. 2, 2015)

The president is right about one more thing. It’s up to Congress to declare war. (It can do so unilaterally; Article 1, Section 8.) He is correct that the security of the American people is a president’s primary responsibility. That is why he holds summit meetings with foreign leaders on — climate change! In Paris!

The Current Occupant did not vow to keep Gitmo open for business. He did not defend police or the right of the people to defend themselves. He did not disavow Hillary’s designation of the NRA as Public Enemy #1. Terrorists should know that they wouldn’t get but a few shots off before their intended victims return fire.

Worry not, my liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances. The New York Times is on the job. A rare Page One editorial two days after the terrorist massacre called for … more gun control!

California, as we noted last time, is gun control central, for all the good that did. Anne of Althouse dissects “the awkward pivot from gun control to terrorism”:

In the immediate aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre, and even before the cops killed Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, many commentators and politicos plugged in their usual call for gun control. As the facts about Farook and Malik emerged, the gun control message seemed rote and obtuse (or worse). The awkwardness of the pivot to a more terrorism-appropriate message is on display in this New Yorker piece … called “Domestic Terrorism and America’s Gun Dilemma.”

Some people get it. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio renewed his call on Friday for concealed weapon carriers to “take action … to stop the killing before cops arrive [in order] to save lives.” That’s what Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Detroit Police Chief James Craig have long advised.


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Dec 7, 2015 01:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nobody feels protected by signage. What a preposterous way to label those you don't agree with and don't care to understand. Keep making the argument though, as I'm sure it gets heads nodding among your fellow gun club members.

By the way, I would feel about as protected by an armed Blaska in my midst as I would with that sign. The sorry truth is that as long as gun makers are making more guns each year, we're all less safe, including the proverbial "good guy with a gun."

Dec 7, 2015 01:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Can't you tell when someone is messing with you? If an actual lawyer (at least one not addicted to massive amounts of pain killers or Fox News) tells you they are willing to vote for The Donald you know they are pulling your leg. The longer Trump stays in the forefront the better chance Clinton has. A smart lawyer would know that, as should you.

Dec 7, 2015 01:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Current occupant" is a term used by those who continue to believe that the president was born in Kenya and is not a real citizen. Donald Trump is one of them. They are the reason Republicans can't win the White House in 2016.

Dec 7, 2015 01:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If the Republican nominee for president is Donald Trump, whom you appear to endorse yourself here, the terrorists have certainly one. The Donald, too, is a legacy of right-wing media, consumed with fear and hate and the feeling that we are normal while they are not.

I advise you to see Gangs of New York, a great film about nativism. William Poole (aka Bill the Butcher) is a lot like Donald Trump.

Dec 7, 2015 03:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I know you subscribe to the Reagan instruction to never speak ill of a fellow Republican, but your endorsement of Trump here is taking that a little too far, don't you think?

Dec 7, 2015 04:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blah blah blah . . . not until everyone surrenders their semi-automatic weapons in favor of America's favorite bolt action rifle will be we safe! Turn them in Madisonians! The New York Times even said so!

Hey, speaking of gun-free zones, do you have any details on the piercing of one of our sacred gun-free zones by an "alternative" student at Lapham Elementary?

I got to thinking that if this student was black, maybe we should build your special black school. That way we can keep the guns away from the white children. Which court will this young offender go to - black "restorative justice" court or "rest of us" court?

Matt Kenny for school resource officer!

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Dec 7, 2015 05:07 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Hope and Change!

More speeches.

Change platitudes.


If you Dems thought you were brutalised in the last two mid terms. Stick around.

Unless you're sure we're better off than we were seven years ago.

Dec 7, 2015 08:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

@ 1:31
"JV" , "setback, "contained", "red line", "strategy is working", "most pressing threat to natl security is climate change" , "theyre not radical islamc terrorists", "couldve been my son, "we can adequaltely screen all incoming refugees "etc, etc, etc are terms used by the worst and most damaging president in US history. Good riddance to the "Current Occupant" who is the bastard son of the Chicago Politiclal Machine. See you in 2016!

Dec 7, 2015 10:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Of course Anonymous 1:29pm is correct! In the rarefied air of the elitist progressive utopia that is the unicorn and rainbow land where Koch brothers are rich and evil (because they are conservative) and George Soros (aka George Schwartz) is wonderful, altruistic and benevolent (because he funds unions and it is the evil gun itself that is the cause of all these horrible events. Nevermind that California, New York and Chicago have the most stringent gun laws from coast to coast yet still rival the middle east with shootings. Terrorist acts are actually workplace violence in order to maintain "Dear Leader's" (or current occupant's) legacy. Why not face the facts that posting these signs and labeling these areas as "safe zones" or "gun-free zones" is actually nothing more than a misnomer; if 'truth in advertising' applied they would actually be called killing zones. How many of these type of shootings and terrorist acts happen at police training facilities, military shooting ranges and national guard training grounds? And how many occur in schools, churches and government buildings where these wonderful stickers are posted to protect everyone? I guess in your warped reality, military personnel, police and legally licensed citizens who conceal carry are never ever "good guys with guns." So who are the "good guys with guns" - the radical extremists with phony passports that Obama wants to invade our shores and commit these acts? The time to choose sides is nearing.....which America are you standing with?

Dec 8, 2015 08:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great to see conservatives attacking Donald Trump this morning. Disappointing and noteworthy it's not happening on this blog.

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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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