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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’s liberal elite long ago chose the collective over personal responsibility. It did so again when it favored the actual white privilege of John Matthews and his teachers union over Kaleem Caire’s no-excuses high school.

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’.

Fighting for inequality and network airtime

Was there ever any doubt that Brandi Grayson wants confrontation, not achievement? Did some of us say the woman is a big phony, a race huckster, and a social blackmailer? Joe McCarthy with a bullhorn. (Yes, we did.)

Have she and her ragtag Young, Gifted and Black group encouraged even:

One mother to read to her children?

One teenaged boy to respect women?

One gangbanger to quit banging?

One biological father to support his child, financially and emotionally?

One potential dropout to buckle down and study?

One low achiever to go to night school?

One ex-con to mentor a younger brother?

One lookin’ like a fool to hike his pants up and watch his mouth?

One druggie to go straight? (Was Tony T. Robinson hallucinating? Isthmus says so.)

One young person to grow up to become another Noble Wray, the former police chief? Or Eloise Anderson, state secretary of Family and Children Services?

No, their message is blame someone else. Blame officer Kenny, blame “white privilege” and “institutional racism,” blame other racial minorities, but never take any responsibility for yourselves and your own community.

Silence of the cowed

Where is the profile in courage? So far, I detect only Greg Humphrey, champion of gay marriage and former Democratic legislative staffer, who writes the Caffeinated Politics blog. Greg lives in the Willy Street area. (He takes on his Progressive Dane alder, Marsha Rummell, here.) In a message he authorized for Bring It!, he wrote:

We should ask ourselves when was the last time we had to have police break down our door — or that of our neighbor? What happened recently in this city was not racial that caused police to take action but instead a reaction based on the need for public safety. The silence of too many mature voices — and that includes the city council and other leaders across Madison needs to end concerning this matter.

Well, it’s a start.

Add your voice — Tell the Common Council you are disgusted with their cowardice in the face of threats of violence. (Here is the email form.) Tell Mayor Soglin to grow a spine. Support Chief Koval’s efforts to keep the peace.

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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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