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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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Who is killing all the young black men?

No doubt that vestigial racism lurks here and there. The case of Philando Castile, shot dead in his automobile outside St. Paul, Minn., is especially egregious. Even there, it appears the police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was motivated more by panic and inexperience than by race. (This story.)

Remember all the rural black churches burning down 20 years ago? Retired football player Reggie White took up the cause. Were the Klansmen night riding again? Turned out that there are thousands of aging wooden churches and, in the law of averages, some of them catch on fire. American police officers are NOT randomly selecting black men for slaughter. Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute reports:

  • 40% of all cop killers over the last decade are black
  • Police shootings account for 12% of all white and Hispanic homicide victims, while 4% of black homicides come at the hands of police.

The nation’s police killed 987 civilians in 2015. Whites accounted for 50% and blacks 26%. “The black violent crime rate would actually predict that more than 26% of police victims would be black.”  — “The danger of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

“Who is killing them?” Mac Donald asks, then answers, “not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. … Black males of all ages commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined.”

A nation searches for healing and leadership

I don’t disagree with The New York Times’ Patrick Healy, who observes that “no moment in the 2016 presidential campaign has cried out more for a unifying candidate. … And no other moment has revealed more starkly how hard it is for Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton to become that candidate.”

Thanks to James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal for directing me back to Ann of Althouse:

Why is racial discord the problem of the summer [of] 2016? If anyone has what it takes to unify the country over race it is Barack Obama, who is president right now and who had been president for 7½ years. If it makes any sense to be deciding the current presidential election on this issue, if this longed-for capacity is something that can possibly exist, then Barack Obama would be doing it now and would have been doing it for years.

Before you push us to judge whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would do better in bringing us together in racial harmony, Mr. Healy, please say a few words about why President Obama has failed.

Who doubts that race relations in 2016 are the worst they have been since 1968?

A close encounter

The Squire is stopped at a traffic light Saturday on Milwaukee Street on Madison’s east side. His truck is decorated with signs that say “We Support Our Madison Police.”

A car pulls up alongside. “[F-bomb] the po-lice,” a voice shouts. It’s a young black man.

He asks if I’ve seen the East Towne Mall video. Have indeed. I respond that the young lady fought like a wildcat, that there is no right to resist arrest, that if it takes two police to subdue then it takes two police to subdue. If it takes three police … I got up to “if it takes eight police” before the light turned green.

The young black man responded, “Well, thank you for your opinion” in an entirely civil tone and we drove off.

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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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