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Jan 14, 201501:24 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

In progressive Madison, perpetrators are victims, police are enemies

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• The sheriff has already released as many inmates on diversion programs as the safety of the community will permit. At any one time, 110 to 150 convicts are in the community under electronic supervision, and another 150 are in work release in the Huber Center — reducing the jail’s daily population by 50%. I told the committee, “Jail is the answer, not the problem.” Representing the UW-Madison campus, Supervisor Leland Pan wondered, in all tie-dyed naiveté, how the jail population could be increasing while crime decreased. I suggested cause and effect.

• The bad guys are in the jail. Having sat through Public Protection committee discussion, I heard everything about serving jail inmates and nothing about protecting the public. Yes, treat AODA and other mental health problems. But a shot of penicillin won’t cure those chronic — and often intractable — conditions. The success rate is not great. There is one thing imprisonment does very well. It removes the bad actors from fragile communities struggling to do the things necessary to succeed: to go to school, get a job, build a stable family, save for the future in a neighborhood of good role models. Young and Foolish “demands” the City of Madison “expel what we consider an occupying force in our neighborhoods” — namely, the police. “Our people need opportunities for self-determination, not policing.” Actually, “their neighborhoods” have every opportunity to for self-determination. That’s another way of saying:

• People are responsible for the choices they make. For God’s sake, Madison, quit treating perpetrators as victims, the police as enemies, and racial minorities as unable to make better decisions. Stay out of jail. Quit doing crime. Take some pride.

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Jan 14, 2015 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


I agree with most of what yoy said, but do you really have to resort to name calling? It diminishes your argument and certainly lessens the effect among rational folks. Keep to the high road and you may accomplish a little more.

Jan 14, 2015 02:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"That’s Blaska in left foreground"

Check your gifted privilege.

Jan 14, 2015 02:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Young and Foolish" is not name calling. It sounds like an objective and accurate description . . . . .

Jan 14, 2015 03:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Only blacks to be let out of jail?????? Doh, what about equality..I thought it was character not color. Hmmmm, goose and gander

Jan 14, 2015 04:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yo, Blaska- surprised you gave no shout-out to the Cap Times latest bow to the First Amendment: their banning of readers' comments. Worthy of your attention, I think.
Thank goodness for your blog and Chico's Bail Bonds: Let Freedom Ring!

Jan 14, 2015 04:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This broad paint brushing of Madison as monolithic is getting more and more ridiculous the angrier and more put-upon you feel. It's maybe your political instincts to mark your enemy with ridiculous imagery so you come off looking smart by comparison, but I am still waiting for you to argue with reality and take into honest account what those who disagree with you are actually saying.

Keep congratulating yourself for rounding up three white dudes to hold signs, though. That's quite an accomplishment. You guys are destined for great things. Such an example.

Jan 14, 2015 05:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Just now on the radio, Dave Blaska said "in my darker and meaner moments I call them the Young Foolish and Racists."

These are not moments. These are the full-time norm in Blaska's world.

Jan 14, 2015 07:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hello, anonymous at 4:24:

I will attempt to "take into honest account what those who disagree...are actually saying."

As nearly as I can understand Ms. Grayson's demands, she wants no interaction between blacks and the police, and demands that the police to be expelled from high-crime neighborhoods such as mine. I live near the intersection of Theresa Terrace and Hammersley in SW Madison, which is a mixed-racial neighborhood.

So, I utterly fail to understand how a solution to the problem of impoverished black people in our neighborhood is to expel/dismiss/get rid of the police department. The PD's role, after all, is to protect and to serve all people in the area. The mark of a civilized society is adherence to the rule of law. Without the police to enforce the law, just how will that happen?

For example, it's a matter of record that home invasions have taken place nearby. Apart from the sheer terror of such an incident for the homeowner, how are you suggesting that such a crime be resolved in a police-free zone? By talking nicely to the aggressor?

Most people, I believe, strongly support the Police Chief's insistence that they continue to enforce the law for all people. If you see the problem as too many black people with police records, then perhaps we as society need to figure out how to achieve that. Better parenting in black households? A Boy Scout troop in the neighborhood?

So, now it's your turn to tell me -- without equivocating -- how the Young/Black/Gifted demands will succeed in my high-crime neighborhood. Remember, nobody is disputing that serious crime, such as rolling gun battles, burglaries, robberies, etc., have occurred. Thanks...

Respectfully, Kevin Wymore

Jan 14, 2015 08:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

None of this lunacy would be possible without the election of Dear Leader Comrade Obama and the systematic and relentless attacks against the American way of life by his disciples of destruction for the past six years. Obama wanted to turn America into a banana republic with himself as dictator, and he is darn close to accomplishing just that.

Saul Alinsky and Cloward Piven are in play, the gloves come off right now.

Jan 14, 2015 09:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Really Anon? Truth be told, the Young and Foolish are rediculous. Try this - instead of blaming everybody else (police, white privilege, poverty) for your 'predicament', take responsibility for your actions. You aren't owed or entitled to anything more or less than everyone else. And quit crying about not getting yo share when u been sittin on yo poach sippin 40s all day.

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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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