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Mar 19, 201511:39 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison created a Young & Foolish monster and is now afraid to destroy it

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Madison has been put on notice. It will reap the whirlwind no matter how the Wisconsin Justice Department rules in the shooting death of a troubled, mixed-race 19-year-old by a white police officer.

Brandi Grayson is determined to become the younger, female successor to race huckster Al Sharpton, her mentor. Nothing — not justice, not truth, not fair play — will spoil her main chance for the big payday.

“What will happen after this non-indictment will mimic Ferguson, and that, my dear, will be on your hands.”

She said this in front of the Madison Common Council, Mayor Paul Soglin, and the city cable TV cameras this week. She was speaking directly to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, who visited the grieving mother. Mr. Sensitivity Training himself. (The news story here.)

Soglin, who made his bones protesting government during the Vietnam War, said nothing. The 20 members of the Common Council sat silent. No one defended truth, justice, or fair play.

“Your collective silence is DEAFENING,” Chief Koval emailed the alders the next day, after listening to Grayson and her organization Young, Gifted and Black accuse the police “of everything from being sanctioned murderers to racists.”

“The council has had many opportunities to infuse some level of comfort to [officers] working in very tense situations. At some point, I wonder where the validation for their efforts will begin to resonate.” (More here.)

Did we write that Madison’s leaders were profiles in racial cowardice? Yes, we did.

Where is the mayor — if not to defend his police department then to excoriate the bloodlust of Young and Foolish? Or his opponent in the April 7 election, Ald. Scott Resnick?

Must we wait for Alex Gee, Michael Johnson, Kaleem Caire, and Noble Wray to do some housekeeping?

Where is the Wisconsin State Journal, aside from “the likes of” Chris Rickert doing his infamous balancing act? (Only he can see both sides of perdition.) Joe Parisi, as county exec, you’ve got a stake in this. Surely, State Sen. Fred Risser knows better. Rep. Terese Berceau? If Madison’s elected Democratic machine won’t speak out, can its business leaders? Zach Brandon, use the bully pulpit. Who will lead?


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Mar 19, 2015 02:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Madison's a great city if you're white. Not so much if you're black. Grayson is angry about that. Why should she present her opinion in a manner that the chief of police, let alone a blogger, find acceptable? To her, Koval and you are part of the problem, not the solution.

I'll continue to say it: Brandi Grayson and Dave Blaska are two sides of the same coin. Mix together vitriol, anger and the knack for ticking people off to try and raise an important issue. Her group's continual pushing of the issue is what is allowing Caire to put the Madison Prep idea back on the table.

You have nearly zero political influence in this town, Dave. As a minority conservative, you continually play the victim card on the great right airwaves. As a result, you couldn't get it done. I'd hate to be running for something in this town with your endrsement.

Maybe Brandi, using methods that retired state worker Dave Blaska finds objectionable, actually can.

Mar 19, 2015 03:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"The liberal playbook says racial minorities and women are victims, and victims are the feedstock for the all-wise redistributive state. Nothing a good Madison liberal fears more than being called a racist. He will bow and scrape like the worst house slave, recall that integration rally he attended in his college days, and call you bro’."

Brilliant observation of the Madison left. Conform or be cast out.

Mar 19, 2015 03:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well Anon 2:30 at least Blaska is not calling for blood to be spilled and angry mobs roaming the city. Can't say that for Ms. Grayson. I've never heard Blaska call for mass releases from the county jail or the immediate arrest of the officer who was doing his job. Ms. Grayson is well and truly a disciple of the Rhyming Reverend.

Mar 19, 2015 03:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

That doesn't apply to the right, right? The news that Scott Walker just fired a highly regarded digital advisor because she had the temerity to say some unflattering things about Republicans seems to indicate that both parties are guilty of this practice you think applies only to the left.

Conform or be cast out indeed.

I think it's pretty well understood in 2015 that if you're a political type, you're not really going to ever side with the other guy or say anything critical about your guy.

Mar 19, 2015 04:49 pm
 Posted by  patricko

Activists like Grayson could do themselves a favor by taking a little more time and using a bit more discretion when choosing the cases that they think epitomize racial injustice. Their narratives keep turning out to be untrue. George Zimmerman didn't profile Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown didn't put up his hands and say "Don't shoot," and now it seems Tony Robinson was high on hallucinogenic mushrooms, which explains a lot.

Mar 19, 2015 05:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 03:43: Predicting something will happen is not the same as calling for it to happen.

Ms. Grayson is plenty controversial without you changing what she said.

If I'm correct, Blaska has recently predicted that gang activity is going to ramp up significantly by the summer time. Is he calling for that to happen? Under your logic, isn't he calling for blood to be spilled?

Mar 19, 2015 08:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Of course the liberal Madison Intelligentsia has all the answers...dare to question the unquestionable group-think and it must be the fault of the Koch Brothers, Alec or some other perceived bogeyman. Nevermind the years (if not decades) of liberal leadership, guidance or indoctrination that established this and so many other tragic situations in the Emerald City. Can any of the most learned progressive class bear to ask themselves the painfully obvious question? Would a black MPD officer with the same tenure, training and background as officer Matt Kenny have done anything differently if they were in the same situation?

Mar 19, 2015 08:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How many more black victims will the Brandi Grayson race hustlers claim by enabling criminal activity, drug use and making heroes out of common thugs? To excuse her race baiting and inciting violence is madness. The liberal plantation of LBJ is alive and well, and it takes a great toll on all of society.

Let us hope things settle down and cooler heads prevail.

Northwoods Patriot

Mar 20, 2015 07:03 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Why are liberals so willing to let fools judge, castigate and manipulate them? Why give anyone the power to scare you? If I call you a racist deny it or own it. This Grayson woman is flat wrong. She is uttering threats. She cannot make you cower if you are not a coward.

Mar 20, 2015 07:12 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

And you, Anonymouse 2:30....
You see so many nuances and gray areas from your perch.
Here is your Sensitivity exercise for the day.
Live on Allied Drive, proclaim your solidarity with the masses. Promise to not call the police. Promise not to carry a gun (as if).
It won't take long.
Then come and say whether Blaska and Kowal are good or evil.

To hell with Brandi Grayson. Do not empower racists. She's had her fifteen minutes.

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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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