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Jul 27, 201604:09 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

No flags, no police widows at the Democrats’ house of despair

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Peace and order

We’ve put over 2,000 yard signs on Madison lawns saying “We Support Our Madison Police.” We have gained a like number of online petition signers. We are showing that the overwhelming majority of the community supports the police against the charges of institutional racism and thuggery.

Photos of the police presence in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

 

The Blaska Policy Research Werkes made an open records request of the email traffic via the official City of Madison server from Monday, June 6 through noon on Friday, June 10, the week the council voted on the additional $350,000 for the $400,000 study of police practices, etc. Our analysis of those addressed to Ald. Matt Phair, District 20, for instance, shows 65 are opposed to the $400,000 study; only 28 in favor — one of whom is Brandi Grayson.

We are telling the police that we have their back at a time when they were feeling pretty beaten down. We are telling the larger community and especially our elected officials that the majority is silent no longer. 

Our purpose is to change the political culture in our city, a political culture that blames the police for enforcing the law; that blames a police officer for defending his life against attacks from a man crazed by psilocybin and Xanax; that posits that someone who threatens another with a knife is free to leave the scene of the crime if she resists arrest vigorously enough; and that throwing $400,000 of our tax dollars to study police practices and procedures is looking down the wrong end of the telescope.

Another shooting spree Monday night in the 5800 block of Raymond Road! (Police report here.) And city government is studying the police?!

We are trying to correct a political culture that proposes making an official city day of honor to commemorate a drug-using felon. That hears — until we came along — only the shouts of nihilists who demand the immediate release of jail inmates if, and only if, they have the right complexion. A culture where city alders cross examine neighborhood watch citizens Paula and Steve Fitzsimmons as if they were hostile witnesses but let Brandi Grayson and M. Adams spew their hate, unchallenged.

If black lives truly matter, sane voices must intervene. Because their way lies despair and failure, fire and death.

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Jul 27, 2016 10:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you believe, honestly, that your efforts to make everyone feel awful about America in Cleveland is somehow more noble than what's happening in Philadelphia, then how are we supposed to trust your judgment on the color of your own socks? Hashtag delusional.

Sheriff Clarke, D-Cable TV, is not a law man. He's a self aggrandizing bomb thrower, just like your candidate for president. No plans, just jabs. What is one program he has implemented to put away more bad guys?

Jul 27, 2016 10:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Are you really going to strut about being a Republican because your party put Clarke on the stage, even after what your candidate was up to today?

Ronald Reagan called America a shining city on a hill. Donald Trump called it a divided crime scene. It's obvious which narrative you're sticking with on this blog.

Jul 28, 2016 11:54 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Clarke has apparently cleaned up all the crime in Milwaukee County if he had time to glad hand with the goopers in Cleveland. Thank you for your service, sir!

Jul 28, 2016 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well done, David! This is the kind of thing that moves moderates a little bit closer to the right.

Jul 29, 2016 12:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

To Anony's above: Zzzzzzzzz.

Jul 29, 2016 09:01 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Full of despair were the Dems last night as they nominated Hillary. One party is full of happy warriors this year and it's obvious which one. The party of Tommy Thompson and Ronald Reagan has embraced pessimism and causticity.

Maybe it will work, but don't try telling us that the Democrats are full of despair. They celebrated America 10 times more than the GOP did at their convention.

Jul 29, 2016 05:08 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Gee, Dave, I guess you jumped the gun a bit. Last night's final night of the convention made this entire column WRONG.

Aug 1, 2016 09:58 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Thank goodness the Left has recovered from their collective swoon over plagiarism and exploited grieving parents and has moved on to the wrath of Khan.
Dave Barry, my favorite journalist, captured the entire Democrat election strategy,
"Donald Trump, booga, booga, booga."

Aug 1, 2016 10:03 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

On another note, President Obama has become the first president to spend nine trillion borrowed dollars and never get to three percent growth in GDP during his two terms.
Four more years Hillary!

Aug 1, 2016 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What poetic justice and pure karma that Trump is getting filleted by a Muslim immigrant. When you've lost the VFW.........

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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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