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Jan 26, 201612:10 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Got crime? More studies are the answer!

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Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances here in The Emerald City profess wonderment at the disdain outstate for “Madison values,” as Ted Cruz might put it.

The last installment of your favorite blog detailed how even some Wisconsin Democrats run for the deep woods whenever their Madison counterparts propose anti-gun legislation.

“It seriously pisses me off when my colleagues put bills out like this. Especially when they don't know anything about guns,” said an exasperated State Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range. His district, centered as it is upon Douglas County, is as far away from Madison as it gets in Wisconsin. So his constituents may not get the full flavor of the hold Madison values have on the Democrat(ic) party.

Crime, for instance. 

The dominant political narrative hereabouts is that prison inmates are demographically out of whack to the population at large. The enlightened classes do not contest that those inmates may be exactly proportionate to criminal activity. They’d just rather not think about it.

An Al Sharpton affinity group called Young, Gifted and Black demands the immediate release of some prisoners and the creation of police no-go zones.

The group actually shut down a major city thoroughfare, East Washington Avenue, for eight hours last summer on a busy weekday. They were protesting the killing of an armed robber who attacked a police officer while high on illegal substances. Not one Madison alderman, county supervisor, or state legislator — all liberals, progressives, or socialists — condemned that coercive tactic. The editorialists were likewise silent.

An East side neighborhood experienced another eight-hour shutdown this Sunday when an ex-con sprayed it with shotgun pellets.

It was not the miscreant’s first standoff with police. He took on the Village of Oregon in 2004, again with a shotgun. In 2009, he threatened an officer after a traffic crash. In September he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Some folks wage their war on police with more direct means.

You want gun safety? Quit the catch and release of gun criminals.

It’s not a game?

The City of Milwaukee has been a Democratic satrapy since 1960. It was governed by socialists before that.

In 2015, homicides numbered 144, up from 86 the year before. It is what FBI director James Comey calls “The Ferguson Effect,” the result of the demonization of the police by the Left. Toss in a raft of automobile hijackings, which seem to be peculiar to the city. Saturday, the two trends met in the death of a 16-year-old boy in a stolen Camry. The lad was on probation for six previous arrests, including armed robbery.

The legal system kept letting him go. Sunday afternoon, Mayor Tom Barrett, twice the Democratic candidate for governor, spoke out against the epidemic of car thefts, carjackings, and crashes involving stolen vehicles.

"This is not a game at all,” he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

With apologies, Mayor Barrett, it IS a game. Six previous arrests and he’s out on probation? That is a game called hide and seek, catch and release, rinse and repeat.

When Republican legislators from neighboring suburbs — legislators like Alberta Darling and Dale Kooyenga — propose systemic change, status-quo advocates like Sen. Lena Taylor cry racism most foul.


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Jan 26, 2016 01:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Since you are on a roll today bad mouthing "studies", how about doing a piece on Planned Parenthood. Yup, and include the part about how the hit expose by the far right backfired. A Grand Jury in Texas studied all the facts (something you ought to try) and came up with the conclusion that PP did no wrong, BUT the "investigative reporters" are in legal trouble for violating several Texas laws. So once again all the political hay made by the hypocrites on the right was achieved by telling yet another lies.

Dave, you need to get on this, tell us how outraged you are that politicians are telling us lies and making stuff up for their own personal benefit !!

Jan 26, 2016 02:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Does anyone think $15/hour for entry-level jobs and free college will help?"

I do. Except nowhere do I see anyone offering "free college." All the programs require a 3.0 GPA and enrollment in other programs that train for things like work readiness, personal finance and community service.

I notice that nowhere in the blog above, full as it is of sarcasm and funny (to you) turns of phrase do you offer a single solution yourself. Or are you really suggesting that we lock up juvenile car thieves for life? If not life, how long? And in what overcrowded facilities?

Even Grover Norquist is railing against the warehousing of criminals.

Jan 26, 2016 02:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How's Carly Fiorina working out for you?

Here's a suggestion, rather just complain and complain how about you start present ideas to solve these problems? And I mean ideas other than your obvious "shoot bad people" and "throw them all in prison"? Why do you never address that many of these areas of high crime also have high unemployment directly because of our horrible free trade policies that have removed decent paying manufacturing jobs from these city centers? Why not address how this state government and organizations like WEDC are fleecing the tax payers and giving money away to corporations that only leave the state? Look at what is happening with Johnson Controls (a WEDC contribution receiver). Why would you mention any of this? It may make you realize your "conservative" values are basically putting curtains on a rotten window frame. Well, maybe your intention is to write a worthless blog that really does not contain anything of substance. If that's your intent - Good Job!

Jan 26, 2016 02:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

“As much as it’s fun to see the excitement in the neighborhood, the reality is it’s a lot of research, a lot of meetings and no one in the neighborhood is going to see a tangible result,”

I can only assume that the last part of that quote, the bit about not seeing any tangible results, was intended to mean they won't see any tangible results from the study process itself...or perhaps just maybe he was closer to the truth and actually meant that we'll spend a ton of money on the study, "learn" about what causes crime (obviously we don't already know...), and then see no results anyway because we won't have the guts to do anything about what causes crime.

Breakdown in the family structure is typically one of the big common factors where crime occurs but yet we aren't willing to do anything about that, perish the thought, that might involve morality.

Jan 26, 2016 03:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

To drop gun violence aggressively prosecute and track straw buyers and limit their rights to purchase weapons. Most crime in Milwaukee and Chicago involves guns bought from 4 stores! Bust the stores and you decrease crime. The highest source of guns used in Chicago crime outside of the one store on the Indiana border is Wisconsin in spite of the fact that the state is not near any of the high crime areas. Chicago's other problem is a corrupt police force but that is another whole post and why we are here. There are good reason why a wide range of people not just Blacks do not trust the Chicago cops. Blacks just bear the worst of it

Jan 26, 2016 03:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We need to stop calling these people that commit residential burglaries thieves and instead call them undocumented residents

Jan 27, 2016 08:05 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Rules for Liberals;

Strike poses. See if anyone notices.
Get taxpayer money. Waste it.
Grow bureaucracy rather than anything of value. (Or join a union. Same thing.)
Wring hands while dialoguing about gray areas and nuance.

Jan 27, 2016 08:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The obvious answer is to transfer more money to the black community. Reparations should be a high priority for the next Congress. There is no other way to soothe and salve the hurt and damage done by slavery. White America will have to pay the price one way or the other. If each black person in America could be given a minimum of $500,000 that may be enough for them to get their lives back on track. They could move into comfortable mainstream housing areas. They could start businesses and go to college. After attempting to repair our past with monetary offerings, I think an apology from our elected officials and police leaders would be in order. We may have peace and tranquility after this is done. We need to drastically increase taxation rates for middle and upper classes to accomplish this policy of fairness.

Jan 27, 2016 09:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

blaska and explat two peas in a pod.

never a solution always a complaint.

perfect little conservative followers.

not sure they can think for themselves.


Jan 27, 2016 12:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yes, liberals have a soft spot for (taxpayer funded) studies and (taxpayer funded) programs; my favorites are the after-school basketball tournaments and bicycle-repair clinics designed to turn Madison's gang-bangers into model citizens. Ever notice how no one ever does a follow-up study on the effectiveness of these programs? That's because Madison liberals are more concerned with posturing and preening than with results. What would they do to salve their tender consciences if one of these programs actually worked (i.e., solved the problem it was designed to solve)? Think of the hordes of social workers who would be without jobs! In the meantime, liberals can always be counted on to come up with absurdities like Anon. 02:36, who has apparently discovered that neighborhood crime is caused by U.S. trade policies. Now that's an issue worth studying!

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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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