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Jul 12, 201601:16 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Dallas: fire on the police; Madison: fire the police, steal the yard signs

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This just in: 30 or more of the 45 yard signs declaring “We Support Our Madison Police” were stolen overnight on Redwood Lane in the Meadowood neighborhood. Some people demand the right to be heard — to the point of shutting down vehicular traffic — while denying others with differing viewpoints.

Update: Paula Fitzsimmons will present the petition in support of police (Madison signers only, please) at the beginning of the next Common Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Ald. Paul Skidmore reports, “I have talked to many police officers of all ranks who are energized by this petition, and the people who are behind it. It is making a difference.”

We now have courtroom-admissible evidence that Madison’s perpetually aggrieved will not settle for the results of the $400,000 study of police policy and procedures. The 19 of 20 alders who voted for this insult to the police officers did so on the grounds that it would buy the trust of the city’s minority community. It won’t.

The proof came Monday morning when a gaggle of agitators affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement blocked the doors of the Madison Police Department’s South Carroll Street entrance and closed the street. (Don’t these people have jobs?) Their usual “demands” are constructed so that they cannot be met.

Demand #1: “The police stop killing black people.” Yeah, it’s open season for Madison police hunting down people endowed with a healthy supply of melanin. News to the black police officers I’ve met in the last 10 days.

Who is killing the young black men of Madison? As in cities across the nation, it is other young black men.

Demand #2: “Community control over the police, so that people most impacted by police violence set the policies, practices, and priorities of the police,” including hiring and firing.

“People most impacted by police violence”? Attention Madison’s druggies, gang bangers, wife beaters, and street-corner gibberers! You are now in charge of the police! Oh, happy days! The Revolution is at hand!

Demand #3: Cut the police budget by $6 million and give it to “needed community-based resources” that are “culturally relevant.” Yeah, cut the police by 10% to enrich the coffers of Brandi Grayson and Z! Haukeness, and Matthew Braunginn.

Four days after a Black Lives Matter convert in Dallas, Texas, realizes Brandi Grayson’s promise of blood flowing in the streets and Madison’s loonies are blocking the entrance to the police station!

Of the Dallas shootings, Madison Young, Gifted and Black leader Braunginn told WISC-TV 3, “I’m not going to condone or condemn it, I understand where that anger comes from.”

Where are the alders, the mayor, the Wisconsin State Journal to push back against such nonsense? Their continuing silence amounts to acquiescence. Where is the Chamber of Commerce? Madison Urban League? The NAACP? Rev. Gee? Michael Johnson? Kaleem Caire? The Democrat(ic) Party? Hunkered down, mau-maued into frightened silence? Or secret supporters?


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Jul 12, 2016 02:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The White House was not illuminated purple the night Prince died.

Jul 12, 2016 02:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm sure the same people who stole your yard signs were protesting downtown. The exact same people.

Jul 12, 2016 02:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"The Night Same Sex Marriage"


Jul 12, 2016 03:14 pm
 Posted by  roseGardener

Now many churches are planning sessions to 'educate' people on:
a. The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing;
b. Use of Force standards and practices;
c. Restorative Justice beyond victim/offender conferencing;
d. Models of Community Policing and Community Control of Policing.
e. Educational forums on the findings and recommendations from the Comprehensive Review of the Madison Police Department Policies and Procedures. (this will not help; results will be challenged by all sides)
I'm all for educating people about their rights ("innnocent until guilty etc.") and how to behave and protect themselves around police.
This seems to me that it may be untrained people analyzing police protocal and procedure.
I'm so sick of armchair quarterbacks thinking they know how to handle police work. I was a charge nurse at Detox and the decision to and act of restraining is not as simple as it seems. Restraint is the last choice by the staff because they know they or the person being restrained can be hurt.

Jul 12, 2016 06:52 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Your silly (and inaccurate - don't you vet these things?) little graphic is cut-and-pasted, I'm sure, from some wing nut website. It implies Obama doesn't support police - while the Gov sure does! What words or actions from the President have established that? Has the White House previously been lit in honor of victims from other mass shootings? I don't remember any. Is it lit when he is not in residence? He was abroad when it happened.
Blaska: Propaganda You Can Count On! (All Hail Walker!)

By the way, how about a comment on your Governor Shameless agreeing to speak in support of Trump at the convention. Didn't he have some strong words about Trump when he dropped, humiliated, out of the race and when the GOP machine later carried the state for Cruz? Opportunist-with-no-integrity much?

Jul 12, 2016 09:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So what if I object to heavy handed tactics of the law enforcers at the DNR or the Justice Department Environment Unit. I write a large check and send it to the Walker campaign fund. Then what happens? These laws on the books are no longer enforced. Dave, do you have a sign in your front yard saying I support our Environmental Law Enforcers?
How about our Tax Law enforcers? Next time you hear someone bitching about them, tell them if you don't cheat on your taxes you have nothing to worry about.
Always have supported the Madison Police although I respected Cooper a bit more than I do Koval. Just do not understand how people like you cannot see that there are issues with how law enforcement treats different groups of people. Dave you deserve to get pulled over every day for next 90 days for some incidental reason. Then I would love to hear you say " I deserve it because I am a bonehead.

Jul 12, 2016 10:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are the sophomoric offenses of tittering, whiter-than-white Progressives. They think they own you, and that they have the right to "nudge" you toward the light (that train coming at you); you are mere noodges, while they are the nudgers. Get it.

Feeding the hatred of police is just a side perk form -- it's who they are. Their main interest is letting you know that they hope to oppress you some day much more than they do today.

Jul 13, 2016 09:31 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Some read the opinion page first, some read the news first, some read the sports first and some read the comics first (Ronald Reagan).

Blaska reads the opinion page first. Does he just stop there?

Jul 14, 2016 11:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Words over pictures; must be true!

Jul 14, 2016 01:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Aging wooden churches just catch on fire for no other reason than being old? Nonsense. I suppose all the video, eye witnesses, FBI reports mean nothing. Those gas cans left on the ground was the result of a careless landscaping employee. Blaska; your getting to be a one trick pony. How about doing some real reporting, like WEDC, etc. Cherry picking quotes and your personal opinions are getting really old.

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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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