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Mar 30, 201512:52 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison liberals will protest the city they have created and governed

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Who knew? Madison — a city governed by liberals, progressives, and socialists for the past 40 years — does not have enough regulations to contain the bloodlust of its police! At least, so those self-same rulers say.

If you believe that, you are hereby sentenced to read those self-same operating procedures broken down into 37 chapters (including Stop and Frisk, Use of Deadly Force, and Police Weaponry).

Meanwhile, Dane County’s very liberal district attorney is deliberating whether to charge malfeasance in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson by a white Madison police officer. He has time to examine the report assembled by a neutral third party, the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Time that Officer Matt Kenny did not have.

The bet here is that Democratic DA Ismael Ozanne, himself a man of color, will bring no charges — for no crime was committed. However, as a political sop in race-jihadist Dane County, he will call for an exhaustive review of police practices. The City of Madison is headed in the same direction: Form a task force, burden it with paper, hold many listening sessions. Months later, issue a thick report. Call for a tweak here or there, by which time it’s deer-hunting season.

That won’t be enough for Al Sharpton understudy Brandi Grayson or her Young, Gifted and Black revolutionaries.

At the March 17 Madison City Council meeting, Grayson shouted, “We know the facts, and when they come out this city will erupt. This city will effing erupt and the blood and whatever takes place after that is on your hands and the mayor’s hands.” (Some of my more gullible and anonymous critics are wont to call such provocation a “prediction.”)

Brandi and Young and Foolish will take to the streets, joined by County Supervisor Leland Pan, Ald. Marsha Rummel, and other Madison progressives who will protest the city they have created and governed these 40 years. That much we already know. The question is, to what degree will normal commerce be disrupted and property damaged?

We will know a decision is imminent when Madison police, the sheriff’s department, and UW police cancel all leave. Gov. Walker will have the National Guard on standby; my guess is he’ll leave Madison to stew in its own juices.

To say that Young and Foolish is only “predicting” blood in the streets is self-deceiving. Of course, it’s always “one or two” spoilsports who actually take to heart the overheated rhetoric. (“Burn the bitch down,” anyone?)

White police officer is guilty until proven innocent

To this point, the city’s opinion leaders have been profiles in cowardice. Not the newspapers nor the TV talking heads nor our elected officials have urged restraint and respect for the law.

Only one profile in courage. He is Greg Humphrey, gay marriage advocate, former staffer for a Democratic legislator. He resides on the isthmus, only blocks from the incident, in the heart of progressive right thinking, in the belly of the beast. He writes at Caffeinated Politics:

This city is heading towards [spending] tax dollars to fund a new task force on police practices. Perhaps there is room for improvement, but I sense there is more a desire to show the city has heard the loudest voices and wishes to look pro-active in time for the decision that the district attorney will make regarding the shooting. …

There has been a lack of speaking to the role that personal responsibility plays not only in the lives of individuals but how that then impacts the city as a whole. … What we really need is to implement the guidelines of personal responsibility that our grandparents employed. It worked for our parents.

That is not the progressive way. Personal responsibility, according to that creed, is white privilege-speak for “blame the victim.” Individuals are not responsible for their own actions, the Marxist primer states. People are “the masses” subject to large, impersonal forces. Only an all-wise government populated by experts can decide what is in our own best interests.

People like former Ald. Brenda Konkel. The doyenne of Progressive Dane is continuing her vendetta against the police with almost nonstop criticism of Police Chief Mike Koval. It’s the same vendetta that prompted the police union to take out billboards promoting her defeat to Bridget Maniaci six years ago.     


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Mar 30, 2015 01:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What would the mental disease of post modern liberalism be, if it didn't come full circle and protest it's own failures while blaming people who are not in charge of inventing or implementing policy?

Progressives live in the Kingdom of the Absurd and argue accordingly.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has nothing on Madtown.

Northwoods Patriot

Mar 30, 2015 02:33 pm
 Posted by  John

Kind of like the UW being such a racist/sexist institution it apparently needs a full departmental office and a highly-paid Assistant Vice-Provost of Diversity to keep its own professors and administrators in line (or to stir up trouble to justify their own positions).

Mar 30, 2015 03:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Why on earth do you continue to live in a community you hate so much? Wouldn't you feel better and safer in Waukesha, Whitefish Bay, Sandpoint, ID or Waco, TX ? Why do you continue to waste your tax dollar, and your breath complaining about what a terrible place Madison has become? I would wager that the folks in Madison are pretty tolerant, and your new neighbors in any of the above named locales would tire quickly of your incessant whining.

Mar 30, 2015 04:06 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Yeah Dave. As Anonymouse 3:14 demands:


No, wait.

Sorry..... flashback to 1969.

Mar 30, 2015 04:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, the incessant whining of the intolerant left is something that has existed for time immemorial and will continue for all eternity. There is never keeping them happy. Give them an inch, they complain they didn't get the yard they deserve. We've given them trillions of dollars since the sixties and they still want more. And things are only getting worse. This planet has no fix for stupid. Let the liberal enclaves decay and burn like they want them to. Liberalism is not just a mental disorder - it should also be a crime. This country really needs some leaders. Not rabble rousers like 0bama, Grayson and Sharpton. And Soglin.

Dave, not B

Mar 30, 2015 04:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I see Greg Humphrey is really your BFF now Dave. How many posts are you going to make, mentioning the same single post by him?

Mar 30, 2015 04:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A better question, 4:26, would be how many posts is Dave going to write saying basically the same thing? I count 9 now. Well, I guess it lets him off the hook of dealing with statewide issues like that steaming pile of a state budget, feckless GOP legislators, the disgusting antics of Jihn Menard and corrupt Walker's delusional stumbles nationally. Nah, let's keep harping about Madison. Gee Dave, can you point out to me one more time how many years the libruls have run Madison?

Mar 30, 2015 06:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

An even better question, AnoyingBob, would be how many responses are we going to have to read from you basically saying the same thing? I count at least 100 now, at least 50 of which came after you vowed to split and never be heard from again.

Mar 30, 2015 09:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey anonybob, maybe the number of years your libruls have run Madison is equal to the number of bags in the piles of homeless 'keepsakes' piled outside the city-county building. Why don't you ask your librul overseers to stage each and every one of their press conferences in front of the ever-growing mound of treasures? They could look left then right and ask the equally librul press "what homeless problem?" and then retire to their oh so plush executive suites far from the view of the reality they refuse to deal with.

Mar 30, 2015 11:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

AnonyBob, will you please take your stinking sleeping bag that is rolled up in front of the City County building to the laundry? If it wasn't for the free computers and wi-fi at the MPL you'd be hard pressed to comment on Blaska's column.

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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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