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Mar 16, 201511:05 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

We need to tell our stories, if they fit the liberal narrative

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To redeem the March 7 death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who was shot while struggling with a white police officer in Madison, “local peace activist” Bonnie Block prescribes the politics of redistribution, racial preference, and victimhood. In other words: more of the same.

“We need to tell our stories,” says the local peace pest in Friday’s Capital Times. But wait, there’s more. We are assigned to “learn the sobering statistics, and deal with our fears so that we can get over our stupid ‘tough on crime’ mentality, and focus on our responsibility for ending the conditions that cause crime.”

That seems to be the dominant narrative here in the Emerald City. But permit Blaska, local common-sense activist, to suggest that the liberal playbook we’ve been using these last 50 years is part of the problem.

Tell our stories? Here are some stories I hear in the Meadowood neighborhood on Madison’s southwest side: “Did you hear those gunshots?” and “I put in new motion-detector lights.” My old man’s favorite story was shorter than an abridged O. Henry: “No work, no eat.” We did not know that was white privilege.

Sobering statistics? In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that blacks are six times more likely to be victims of murder than whites. At the same time, blacks were murdering eight times more often (34.4 to 4.5 per 100,000). It wasn’t a white cop who killed 17-year-old Karamee Collins Jr. six springs ago in Meadowood. It was other black, teenaged gang bangers.

It is “stupid” to be tough on crime? Consider this: What if Tony Robinson had been sentenced to prison for his armed robbery instead of fitted for an ankle bracelet? Might he be alive today? His possible drug abuse and mental health issues treated? It is instructive that the local Al Sharpton franchise wants the immediate release of only black jail inmates. So much for Dr. King’s content of one’s character. We’ve regressed to “separate but unequal” standards of behavior. We’ve given up on the Constitution.

Bonnie Block says it’s a “crime” that we have so much poverty in our community. There are no opportunities in Madison, Wis.? Bad public schools? Employers are practicing Jim Crow, undetected? It’s the other way around, people: crime causes poverty.

The liberal school board, Common Council, and County Board demand an end to “institutional racism.” If they’re not the institutions in question, who is? Who blocked the Urban League’s proposed Madison Prep charter school, which would have demanded minority achievement? Answer: Mayor Paul Soglin and teachers union boss John Matthews.


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Mar 16, 2015 11:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Mar 16, 2015 12:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If poverty is a crime, I encourage jobless Wisconsinites to peruse the 80,000 jobs available on the Wisconsin jobs website:

It's not a supply problem, it's a demand problem. . . . .

Mar 16, 2015 12:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well said....

Mar 16, 2015 01:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

slow news day blaska,

Mar 16, 2015 02:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

like the government running Wisconsin now is doing a good job?

whet's the job number for walker,and his cronies, at ????

Mar 16, 2015 03:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The liberal playbook is part of the problem: No doubt.

The conservative playbook is part of the problem: No doubt.

You're willing to tell the truth, Dave. But not the whole truth. Conservative demagoguery has done no favors to minorities in this country. This is why the activists say the system (as defined by a two-party antagonistic process which you eagerly engage with) isn't broken, it's FIXED.

You can't say you're about common sense without telling the truth. When will you tell it, Dave?

Mar 16, 2015 05:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska you are right about the Capital Times. They have come to the realization that there can be no dissent from the Isthmus Orthodoxy. The Liberal message must be pure and without question from rouge conservatives.

Mar 16, 2015 05:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Tony Robinson is a beacon for the perpetually aggrieved much like the "Gentle Giant" was. Two thugs with rap sheets and bad attitudes. The perpetually aggrieved should remember the old saying about not messing with the bull or you may get the horn. Of course I always remember my parents telling me that if I was ever confronted by a cop the best thing to do is either try to grab his gun or punch him. Yes, that's the ticket.

Mar 17, 2015 06:51 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Almost all of human history had determinist forces telling the people to know their place and expect no more. We were sinners, slaves, peasants, women.... whatever.
A big part or American Exceptionalism is that, here, you can make your life what YOU choose.
This freedom, this opportunity is still exceedingly rare on our planet. Witness all the people of all colors that risk life and limb to get here.
Every day.

A side note; as a new arrival to S. Carolina from Wisconsin in 1981, I asked an elderly local lady about the state of race relations in the south. She said, "I'll explain the difference in racists. In the South they despise the race but often esteem the individuals. In the North its the other way around."

Mar 17, 2015 10:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave - again, what is your love affair with Alex Gee and Kaleem Caire? Help me understand. Noble Wray at least acknowledged the "Chicago Problem" that Madison has, and tried to do something. I applaud him for that.

Gee and Claire are part of the same Sharpton machine. Entrepreneurs in the Black Grievance (err... Justified Anger) Industry. Claire wants to go back to pre-Brown v. Board of Education, and probably line a few pockets along the way. People like Gee and Claire are why Madison is so aggressively anti-white today.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

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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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