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Jul 22, 201312:47 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Phil is flying high, we’re flying low (plus Trayvon and Martin)

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The Stately Manor on Sunday morning echoed with the cries of “PHIL!” Lefty’s surprise win in the (British) Open has lifted spirits here at World Headquarters for the Blaska Policy Research Center and Tanning Booth. The Squire and his doyenne popped champagne corks and granted the indentured servants an extra salt pill in their daily rations. Phil looks like he’s having fun. He plays the game of golf with brio; he fist-bumps his fans, he succors his family.

Tiger, forget your golf swing. Practice that smile! Have some fun!

A liberal website posted the question, what would Martin Luther King Jr. have said about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case? I think he would have said, “Mission accomplished.” We, at last, may have achieved a society where a person is judged by the content of his character, as the civil rights pioneer hoped, and not by the color of his skin.

Shelby Steele of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, in the July 22 Wall Street Journal, seems to agree:

The verdict that declared George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was a traumatic event for America’s civil-rights establishment, and for many black elites across the media, government and academia. ... They weren’t so much outraged at a horrible injustice as they were affronted by the disregard of their own authority. ... Consider the pathos of a leadership that once transformed the nation now lusting for the conviction of the contrite and mortified George Zimmerman, as if a stint in prison for him would somehow assure more peace and security for black teenagers everywhere. This, despite the fact that nearly one black teenager a day is shot dead on the South Side of Chicago — to name only one city — by another black teenager.

This would not be the first time that a movement begun in profound moral clarity, and that achieved greatness, waned away into a parody of itself — not because it was wrong but because it was successful. …

This leadership rather easily tolerates black kids killing other black kids. But it cannot abide a white person (and Mr. Zimmerman, with his Hispanic background, was pushed into a white identity by the media over his objections) getting away with killing a black person without undermining the leadership’s very reason for being.

[For] the purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still ... victimized by white racism.  — “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment.”

George Zimmerman, himself half Hispanic, is not Bull Connor. For those who say a black man can’t catch a break in the courtroom, please explain O.J. Simpson. Of course, the racial arsonists need victims to sustain their big-government project. Speaking volumes is this item from Sunday’s New York Times (July 21, 2013):

Correction: The Public Editor’s column last Sunday misstated the nature of the killing of Trayvon Martin. It should have been referred to as a shooting, not a crime.


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Jul 22, 2013 04:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What? No reaction to the comments on your previous column? Walker's Miracle? Pfft. Your silence is deafening.

Jul 23, 2013 12:12 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

("Davey?") I thought I'd allow the Wisconsin State Journal editor to answer your question. He has.

Jul 23, 2013 01:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The real Trayvon issue is not race but rather the complexities of allowing essentially armed vigilantes free rein in most communities.
What I have found interesting is the reaction of many women I know to the case. Many of them weigh about the same as Trayvon. They are wondering what they can do if they are stalked by a far larger man who has a gun. After all if they fight back and he shoots them - well it is justified.
And many folks don't want guns around their houses . Where I live in Dane county there has been 1 murder in 150 years . In the short time we have lived here there have been more than one accidental shooting death and probably more gun related accidents.
We had to deal with some crime in Chicago but the first place my daughter sat down next to a friend who had the night before watched a kid accidentally take the top of his head off with a gun or had a kid stab another on the bus was rural Dane .
And everyone invovled was white.....

Jul 23, 2013 02:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The editor has not answered my question. I questioned your whole premise that "Walker's economic miracle has begun." I explained why it has not. The editor answered YOUR question about why they didn't make a bigger deal of it and thanked you for not bashing them. You have not responded to my critique, because you can't.

Jul 25, 2013 04:31 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

Has anyone mentioned the Scottish and Irish tax athorities (UK's Inland Revenue) took 61% of Phil's winnings before he left the British Isles so he can pay 62% of the remainder to the IRS and the State of California. Phil gets to have fun, pay his air fair and eat on 14% of his winnings.
How many Progressives, liberals and Democrats (not to mention AnonyBob) would be OK with that if there name was Phil?

Jul 26, 2013 01:56 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

"You have not responded to my critique, because you can't." -- AnonyBob

Your "critique"! LOL! The editor responded that the June job numbers were indeed good and acknowledged that his newspaper underplayed the story because -- like a lot of news outlets -- they tend to emphasize bad news over good. We haven't seen better job numbers than June's in 21 years. Since the glory days of Tommy. If I wanted to play your game, I could start with the pre-Doyle years and, cumulatively, show that we have lost jobs. It is an almost startling jump in job numbers. The other indicators, such as employer sentiment, etc. are also positive. I posit that June is the start of the turn-around. We'll see.

As for the other Anonymous, does it hurt when you try to make sense? You ask (best I can tell) what can women do to protect themselves from harm? They can arm themselves. Thousands are doing so. Half my concealed carry class was female. And please don't lecture me about Dane County. I grew up here. Like virtually everyone who lived in the country, we grew up with guns. I was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun when it was 12.

Jul 26, 2013 06:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, have you seen this video about the Martin/Zimmerman case?

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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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