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Jun 11, 201511:18 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Pardon me, drunk vagrant, may I use that park bench?

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Q. How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?

A. Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.

Remember the classic wooden benches in the lobby of the City-County Building? A grace note for the tired-of-foot taxpayer?

Gone down the memory hole. Victim of Madison’s dominant political culture, its subservience to the Cult of Victimhood. Madison’s dominant political culture cannot bring itself to evict the vagrants befouling the seat of local government, so it takes dishonest little half-measures, like removing the benches. So it goes at the juncture of State Street and Mifflin Street. The small tree-shaded urban oasis has been taken over by chronic drunks and layabouts.

Susan Schmitz of Downtown Madison can tell you how nearby merchants are suffering. Because customers shun the area. In one of its fabled partial solutions, the city is moving the nearby bus stop. More inconvenience for the law-abiding.

It’s Gresham’s Law of social interaction: bad behavior by a few drives out the good manners of the many.

That’s not how my liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances see it. A cabal of four county supervisors and city aldermen have spurned the mayor’s pleadings to evict the vagrants from the CCB. The mayor has even resorted to taking photographs of the discarded beer cans on the grounds. (Video here.)

Instead, the Common Council wants to enshrine vagrancy (aka “homelessness”) as a protected class under law. What does that even mean? You can’t refuse to rent to a homeless person? You can’t turn them down for a job? As if they would apply for either.

God bless Paul Soglin for his veto. It comes up for an override on Tuesday, June 16.

The Madison liberal’s capacity for self-deception is infinite. The “homeless” are victims of our capitalist system. Blame the Koch brothers, somehow. Police are their lackeys, forces of oppression. “Public order” is right-wing dog whistle for keeping the common man down.

The lib-prog-soc answer is more free stuff. Sure enough, “activist” Miles Kristan (aka “Pink Dress Guy,” the one who threw beer on the Speaker of the Assembly) is among those promoting Madison Free Store at Philosopher’s Grove, which seems to give away used T-shirts. “A great way to talk with our fellow citizens, to listen to their trauma and their triumphs.”

While helping no one.


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Jun 11, 2015 11:46 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I remember when the Marielistas took over Philosophers Park after Jimmy Carter imported these Cuban criminals. Coupla fatal stabbings and they were sent back to Castro.
Maybe that spot on the planet just attracts bad people.

On another note, San Franciso spends over $60,000 per homeless person per year on services. Guess whether there are more or less homeless people there year over year.

Jun 11, 2015 12:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

mark Rubio is an ass.

as for you blaska,

how about inviting all the drunks to your compound.

you all have the same intellect.

maybe you could come to some compromise.

Jun 11, 2015 12:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This liberal hired a homeless guy 16 months ago. He still works for me and now has a studio apartment. I don't know who the mayor tangled with the other day, but you paint with a broad brush when you suggest none of the homeless are interested in working or finding an apartment they would pay in full for. We all know you're just trying to tweak the libs, but my guess is many readers of this site are aware of honest people trying to find a job who are homeless due to plain bad luck. Some are military veterans.

Jun 11, 2015 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

FYI: Liberals are behind the space reclamation projects. Some are probably donors to Bernie Sanders' campaign. Are you supporting them with your presence and dollars? Or is this just a dispatch from your remote bunker?

Jun 11, 2015 01:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, you've got it all wrong.

What we need is a charter city-county building that we can move the black homeless (like the one interviewed) to so we can discipline them differently than the white homeless (who would presumably stay at the regular city-county building although they could legally go to the charter city-county building if they wanted to freely associate there). Just make sure that hand sanitizer is removed from both the regular city-county building and the charter city-county building, as it could be seen as discriminatory if one group gets to catch a buzz and the other doesn't. "Disparate impact," and what not...

That is the only way we are going to get to the bottom of this. You're putting too much credence on abiding by community standards of conduct (fighting, littering, public intoxication... did i see a photo of a condom wrapper?) while not recognizing the structural issues, historical harms, and privilege at play here.

Soggy doing his Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino "Get off my lawn" routine? Man . . . you could charge admission to that, and I would have paid.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Jun 11, 2015 05:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

hey remington dave 700,

do you even know what end of the gun to point?

I'd be surprised if you did.

Jun 11, 2015 06:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Used to enjoy shopping and going down State Street and downtown to grab a meal. Not any more, who needs the harassment, abuse and anti-social behavior? (Yes, drinking yourself stupid, piling up garbage bags of treasures, shouting vulgarities and acting like a jerk are signs of anti-social behavior) One of the 'protected class' was too full of his beverage of choice (by mid-morning) in front of the downtown post office a couple days ago and fell flat on the sidewalk trying to get off a bicycle. Citizen complaints, worker complaints, news articles and local tv coverage have done absolutely nothing to spur the ruling class to change the way things are. It's going to come down to cause and effect; when shoppers stop visiting the stores, and families stop going to farmers markets because of the situation, and shops and businesses close, and the taxes go away and there's nothing left but a blighted downtown with stumbling drunken vagrants maybe then the smartest political party of all will figure out some answers...but I wouldn't bet on it.

Jun 11, 2015 09:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, liberals will never understand human behavior. They can't even understand Act 10.

Dave, not B

Jun 12, 2015 09:19 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

How many Blaskas does it take to fire up an oven?

Jun 12, 2015 11:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

It is time for the city counsel to pass a law that gives people a choice to take a special tax cut, if they house, pay for re-education, medical care, transportation for a homeless person in their main residence until they can get that person back on their feet again.

I wonder how many bleeding hearts would actually use the tax cut or would the elite that make the laws still claim to work for the greater good while turning their backs on the neediest of the populations.

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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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