Jan 8, 201611:59 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
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?