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Mar 2, 201511:40 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Young and Foolish, ‘crimes of poverty,’ and ‘white privilege’ have had their 15 minutes

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Tell us this, Brandi Grayson: Were the three shootings over the weekend on the southwest side and at West Towne Mall “crimes of poverty”? Tell us this, Paul Fanlund: Are police the problem or the solution? Tell us this, County Sup. Leland Pan: Is the county jail an investment in a livable community?

So examine root causes, beat your breast over the ever-elusive “white privilege” (what does that mean, anyway?), but turn the page. Flip the equation.

“While it’s important to examine the root causes of the shootings,” Chief Mike Koval said (as reported in the Wisconsin State Journal), “My gang is going to have to come down, and come down hard, in holding people accountable.” And his “gang” are better shots.

All right, we’ve got a mayoral campaign going on in Madison. Let’s start the timer. Who will be the first to address the gang problem? Mayor Soglin? His challenger, Ald. Resnick? How about Young and Foolish? Ald. Matt Phair? TV bloviator Neil Heinen? The State Journal editorial page? Dave Zweifel? Brenda Konkel? Are you kidding?!

No, we’re too worried about police walking troubled neighborhoods, forgetting that high-crime areas are also high-victim areas. We’re counting the wrong numbers. That the ratio of black inmates in the county jail is upside down from the population in the larger community is meaningless. What matters is the percentage of perpetrators. Better yet, what matters is the behavior, not the skin color.


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Mar 2, 2015 01:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hear, hear, David!

Mar 2, 2015 01:32 pm
 Posted by  John

Wisconsin again ranks highest for the disparity in the racial make-up of its prison population versus general population. Because ... Wisconsin people are racists? Really?? Do you know any racist white people in this state? I don't.

Maybe it's BECAUSE we have such a huge population of white-guilty, bleeding heart, apologists who constantly peddle the soft bigotry of low expectations by telling minorities that anything they do wrong isn't their fault that we end up with such a high percentage of mislead minority youths. Liberal government makes a poor parent, indeed.

Mar 2, 2015 01:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your vacation didn't seem to ease your cranky old white man fear of black on black crime. You're gone for a week and this is what you return to write about? Not a peep on America's Mayor, Rudy Baffooniali? Nothing on your Boy Governor's pratfalls on the national stage (someone forgot to tell him the national press isn't the same as our lapdog state press - must've been another intern oversight) while pandering to the knuckle-dragging whacko right at CPAC and to his bazillionaire bankrollers? (We're confident the ultra-wealthy's concerns are the same as ours.) Nothing on the dreck in the state budget? Nothing on his flip-flopping on RTW, as it zips through the legislature? Of course we all knew, despite his denials, it would happen. I think it's safe to label him Gov. Big Fat Liar for that one.
Come on, Dave! Things are happening! Step up and Bring It! Or is your silence an acknowledgement that all of the above is just too embarrassing, even for Walker-booster like you?
Best regards,

Mar 2, 2015 02:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


We're too busy ducking lethal bullets at West Towne Mall.

Mar 2, 2015 02:37 pm
 Posted by  patricko

It's amazing that people would think that the most important matter in the news today is whether or not Scott Walker thinks Obama loves this country. But it's even more astounding that they would publicly admit it. I think they believe that if they keep talking about it, somebody will care. I think they are wrong.

Mar 2, 2015 03:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sadly, I think it's going to take an imported Epic slave catching a slug before anything happens. Better yet, maybe a young Epic family or apartment of 20-somethings gets the treatment that poor pregnant woman and her husband got about this time last year. (For those that need a reminder:

Only when that cash cow starts to realize that this progressive-subsidized dysfunction is hurting their ability to attract and retain quality people (and more importantly, bill the client), will the Stewards of the Emerald City put down their vuvuzelas and invisible backpacks to tackle this problem.

I've since left Madison. Section 8, dysfunction, crime like this, and more importantly what it does to property values and schools are precisely why. I didn't dare invest money in some of these communities and was priced out of others. The city being so aggressively anti-white with its race-specific courts, it's race-specific schools, a school board president's embarrassing "privilege" self-flaggellation in the local white guilt rag, it's "justified anger," and the Mayor-for-Life's obsession with campaign finance and Uber at the expense of bringing money to the city just made the decision that much easier.

Mar 2, 2015 03:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You forgot to mention the GTac , one of Dave's retirement investments. Now that they have pulled out (mining interuptus?) his portfoilio took a beating.

Mar 2, 2015 03:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Dave


Well said and keep it up. I agree 110% - ya libs, I'm only an engineer and poor at math.


Mar 3, 2015 02:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Seeing that off the charts rant from AnonyBob, one can assume things are not going very well for Dear Leader Comrade Obama and the Progressive movement. A quick check of recent headlines would confirm that.

So boy and girls, today's lesson is: When your enemies are screaming bloody murder, keep doing what you're doing, because it's working!

Northwoods Patriot

Mar 3, 2015 03:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As usual we are caught in a right left extreme dichotomy that frankly doesn't do much to address the core issues. And I am writing this as a person who worked to take out a mob drug dealer next door when we lived in Chicago - no real police there we got our van shot up but finally succeeded when a kid hit man busted on a triple homicide flip him on a plea bargain to some straight cops in another precinct who then shut down the drug house next door. So the idea of having the police leave and we'll solve our problems ourselves is incredibly naive because I have been there only with corrupt as opposed to good cops. Kid street gangs are extensions of organized crime and need to be busted. On the other hand the best drug prevention and gang protection programs are after school activities. And there are a host of poverty related crime unpaid tickets etc. that basically move people into jail and creates criminals. Joe Parisi seems to understand that. Community policing has the chance to address the cultural issues specifically how do you get people who have lived under a police state where cooperation with the police can get you dead or framed for a crime you did not commit- that is Chicago. It also means developing processes for dealing with minor community disputes that does not involve calling the police. I have seen little in the discussions in these pages that address these types of issues and especially what strategies work. Finally the core problem is jobs - people move here for them unfortunately at the low end of the economic spectrum they don't lead to self-sufficiency. And all those national retail chains that lobbying for welfare reform (and Blaska won't tell you- he was there- but the sound bites were that the business community through its jobs were going to end welfare and solve all the poverty problems if we just gave them the subsidies) well all those retail chains are shrinking due to the internet. And the rest of us are left to clean up the problems

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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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