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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Another such blessed soul addressed the issue on Facebook. “To be #1 best place to live, that must mean we take care of ALL our residents. Especially those who are drinking, fighting, cursing and harassing folks. David, what you just described is also a City Council meeting or a Badger game and we support those, right?”
Wrong, Erika. The Facebook lady went on to accuse Your Humble Squire of “criminalizing poverty.”
What a trite cliché. No one is “criminalizing poverty.” There are many people of limited means who lead honorable lives, who don't spend their time getting stinking drunk by noon. Allowing the mentally ill and chronic alcoholics to stew in their own juices and harass passersby helps no one.
Even the profoundly developmentally disabled find meaning doing useful things in sheltered workshops. Homeless (often by choice), chronically intoxicated, disorderly, vagrant, and (in the case of the CCB) trespassing? That describes Ald. Marsha Rummel?
I served on the County Board health and social services committee a few years ago. I am familiar with the plethora of services available. The problem is getting these folks to help themselves. Just over half — some $272.5 million — of the Dane County budget is spent on human services.
Maybe the state legislature should consider making it easier to take protective custody over chronic vagrants.
Here’s another thought: a detachment of concerned citizens reclaim Philosopher’s Grove and the front porch of the CCB. Erect tents. Calling all Tea Party cadres. Report to your stations.
Which is, essentially, what Downtown Madison is trying to do with a series of markets, music, arts and crafts, and children’s activities — to reclaim the space. (See Top of State.) Which, of course, gets criticized as “one of the most ignorant strategies to address behavior. Poor Madison is still blinded by surface issues, unable to address the root causes — perhaps because they’re too painful.”
You want root causes? Chronic drunkenness cannot be cured without the cooperation of the drunk. No magic potion. The person has to want to change. And yes, doing so is painful.
Look to Baltimore
The liberal-progressive-socialist project is almost complete in Baltimore.
The police are surrendering, they tell CNN.
Forty-two people were killed in Baltimore in May, making it the deadliest month there since 1972.
When asked what's behind that number, a Baltimore police officer gave an alarming answer. Basically, he said, the good guys are letting the bad guys win.
“The criminal element feels as though that we’re not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they’re using this opportunity to settle old beefs, or scores, with people that they have conflict with,” the officer said. “I think the public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less aggressive police department, and we have given them that, and now they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.”
For the record, intensive broken windows policing does work, say residents of poor black neighborhoods.
Did U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan really liken Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio to Ricky Ricardo at last week’s Dem state convo? Roll the videotape. Hey, conservatives can take a joke, Mark. Can you?
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