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Jan 8, 201611:59 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Most Milwaukee homicides in 20 years

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“Progressives and their media allies have launched a campaign to deny the ‘Ferguson effect’ — but it’s real and it’s increasingly deadly for inner cities.”

The indispensable Heather MacDonald exposes those who are “Trying to Hide the Rise of Violent Crime.”

Our (you-know-who) acquaintances will cry bloody murder over these inconvenient facts but won’t disprove them. Homicides in the nation’s 25 largest cities this year have increased 11%. (And no, one robbery does not equal one murder.)

Killings on the mean streets of Milwaukee were up two-thirds from 2014. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Dec. 21, 2015:

The fatal shooting of two men in separate homicides over the weekend has pushed Milwaukee’s homicide total to 144, as the city approaches a level of homicide victimization last seen in the early 1990s.

The spike in killings stands out even more after last year’s relative low of 86 victims, which tracked with earlier lows seen from 2008 to 2012. In the 1990s, the homicide total hovered around 160 victims.

Milwaukee is not the only city seeing an increase this year — Baltimore, St. Louis, and Washington have seen an alarming rise — and the uptick in violence prompted police chiefs from around the country to gather earlier this year to discuss possible causes and solutions.

But what do the heads of the FBI or the Drug Enforcement Administration know? MacDonald writes:

In October, FBI Director James Comey said in a speech: “Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year, and many of them have seen a huge increase.” He noted “a chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year,” and called it “deeply disturbing.”

The next month the acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Chuck Rosenberg, seconded Mr. Comey’s crime analysis and his hypothesis that the demonization of the police was likely responsible for the violent-crime increase.

And yes, homicides are up here in Dane County, as well, as the accompanying chart shows (based on preliminary figures).

One Scot Ross wants clean campaigns?

The State Journal bit hard on One Scot Ross’ attempted smear of current Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Bradley for her refusal years ago to abide by a so-called “clean campaign pledge.” Christian Schneider puts it in perspective:

Restrict the speech of the candidates themselves and you’ll only grant more power to those who don’t have to file any campaign reports and whose donors and spending are secret. … [Like] One Wisconsin Now — a dark-money third party whose mission is to dig up dirt on conservatives with which to smear them. … One Wisconsin Now engages in myriad misinformation campaigns, and, to my knowledge, is not bound by any “clean campaign” pledge.

Madame Brenda, “Local democracy is dead:”

There are 40 seats up for election between the Dane County Board and Madison School Board; only four of the seats are being challenged. Once again, people who have never run for election are walking into seats.

People like Everett Mitchell, enabler of shoplifters, who will assume a judgeship, unchallenged. Where, oh where, is the Chamber of Commerce?


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Jan 8, 2016 03:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Not a fan of Donald Trump, but..."

Can we make that the official subtitle of Blaska's column? "I disagree with the Oregon separatist ranchers, but..."

Mexicans are raping our women... good on the Trump for taking a brave stand there! Join me in making fun of that physically handicapped reporter who dared to ask me a tough question. What a way to cut straight through the bull! Who's the dumbest kid in this 5th grade class? You just keep on telling it like it is, Ben Carson!

Jan 8, 2016 03:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I invite Blaska who seems to boost the Donald daily here to read the latest from Charles Pierce:

Jan 11, 2016 09:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


In case you were sleeping since 2011, the DNR is now the Chamber of Commerce.

Jan 11, 2016 03:35 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

When, O when is Bernie Sanders place the blame for gun violence where it belongs?
Global warming, of course.
Same as it causes gun violence in the Middle East.
But only if you're Islamic, apparently.

Jan 14, 2016 12:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Progressives don't like arguments based on, you know, facts!

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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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