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May 4, 201501:15 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Mob justice at work in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Madison

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After one day of reflection, Baltimore’s district attorney declared she had heard the “voices” of the looters and protestors. She will prosecute –– on a variety of felonies –– the six police officers who arrested the late Freddie Gray.

Some politically incorrect thoughts:

  • Is this mob justice? Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told Neil Cavuto at Fox News, “This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement. [She] …  said, ‘I hear the voices.’ She’s not supposed to hear anything as she reviews this case that is not consistent with the rule of law and our system of justice. …” Clarke likened it to the prosecution of the Duke University lacrosse players, a bogus crime that resulted in the disbarment of the prosecutor. “It’s a miscarriage of justice.”
  • If the police are found guilty, will that solve Baltimore’s problems? No more urgent necessity to burn down the drug store and steal the Stoli? The aggrieved community can now elect an African American as mayor, police commissioner, district attorney? They already what? Oh. …
  • If the police did intentionally give Freddie Gray a “rough ride” in the paddy wagon, was that action more a symptom than a cause? The result of frustration with the lawless urban dystopia overwhelming them?
  • If one day is a rush to judgment, is six weeks dilatory? That’s where we’re at with Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne. The state Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the shooting death of biracial Tony T. Robinson by a white police officer. Its independent investigatory report has been sitting on Ozanne’s desk since March 26. It says here that the man has already made his decision but is afraid of the mob’s reaction. After all, the local Al Sharpton affinity group, experts at false outrage, have already declared the police officer guilty as not charged. But that is why, Mr. Ozanne, you are paid the big bucks. You are on the clock.

You decide: Should they have First Amendment rights?

Speaking of mob justice, don’t forget the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The state’s largest purveyor of news continues its assault on political speech. Again it provides cover to District Attorney John Chisholm and his pre-dawn raids on the homes of private citizens. After all, Chisholm has been feeding the Journal Sentinel tasty news leaks in his supposedly secret John Doe investigation. How else was a Journal Sentinel reporter able to be Johnny-on-the-spot at the supposedly secret early morning raid on Cindy Archer’s home on Madison’s isthmus?

When Gov. Walker called out Chisholm, the DA threatened –– what else –– legal action against the governor for “defamation.” You go to jail for criticizing an elected public official? You do if you dare criticize John Chisholm.

So the Journal Sentinel wants the world to see the fruits of Chisholm’s depredations. “This ‘secret’ investigation is anything but secret at this point. The public would be better served with more information so that citizens can make up their own minds about who did what and whether any of those actions were illegal.” Read the full article.

Now, the contents of the computers and cell phones confiscated from private citizens in pre-dawn raids on their homes must be opened up for public enjoyment. As if a citizen's constitutional rights are subject to a Gallup public opinion poll. And the investigation is not secret because the Journal Sentinel reported it (your circular reasoning, no extra charge) because the newspaper was favored with selective leaks from prosecutors in this supposedly secret investigation. It’s like Sirhan Sirhan telling the parole board Bobby Kennedy would want him freed, if Kennedy had only survived the inmate’s fatal shot.


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May 4, 2015 01:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

was at a presentation by Kaleem Caire this weekend. he truly takes the "personal responsibility" tack to heart and will have a rollout of his and Rev Gee's ideas for the Madison area later this month (along with a Justified Anger name change). i was also surprised to learn that Brandi Grayson is his cousin. although he wants her group to tone down obscenity-laced tirades, he seemed happy that her generation was getting involved because he felt such activism skipped his generation. not the biggest fan of YGB's rhetoric myself, but i can respect that they are bringing attention to issues.

May 4, 2015 03:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told Neil Cavuto at Fox News,"

Doesn't Clarke have better things to do?

May 4, 2015 03:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think it's great that we live in a country where an retired white state worker and ousted county supervisor can call out a black prosecutor as cowardly and inept in the same blog where he pretends to have knowledge of how Baltimore works based on an interview with the Milwaukee sheriff on Fox News.

May 4, 2015 03:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Tell me this: If a Journal Sentinel reporter was at the Archer's house shortly after 9, can it still be considered a "pre-dawn raid"? I know it gets pretty dark around here in winter, but does it get THAT dark?

May 4, 2015 03:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It is disappointing to see the blogger here demanding that we all start calling out bad actors in high-crime neighborhoods. If he ever spent time in a high-crime neighborhood, he might understand the price for doing that and understand that the people who live there believe that nobody has their back, especially not the police he suggests they snitch to. Does Blaska have their backs? Are his boots on the ground in these areas, complete with concealed weapon? Or is he mostly just interested in blustering judgment.

May 4, 2015 03:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


May 4, 2015 03:52 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

03:43 asserts: "If he ever spent time in a high-crime neighborhood, he might understand the price for doing that and understand that the people who live there believe that nobody has their back, especially not the police he suggests they snitch to.?

My question to 03:43: Do YOU have their back? Do YOU support police body cameras to record such "snitches" (as you so infelicitously call them)? And yes, my boots are on the ground nearby; my weapon is concealed.

Now, where you at, 03:43?

May 4, 2015 05:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


If you hate what Madison has become why don't you leave? You can collect your state pension from any zipcode, so go somewhere gated, white and underinformed.

May 4, 2015 06:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Kaleem-"accounting irregularities"-Claire is what is wrong with Madison. Entertaining his Jim Crow-esque fantasies of segregated schools will only accelerate Madison's decline. Anybody know if his kid's bashed-in skull has healed? I'm just curious . . . Justified Anger name change? Lol . . . just how does one rebrand that turd?

I noticed some ... um ... disparities in who was selling drugs and carrying a gun on State Street this past weekend. See here:

But yes, as Tom Barrett reminds us, concealed carry laws are why this young and gifted felon has a gun. Note how aggressive the bystanders apparently were towards the police. I tried to find video but couldn't do it. Anyone else have any luck?

Judge Borowski's article? Good stuff. Share that with your friends. Intolerance towards crime is not racism.

Everybody stocked up on canned food, water and ammunition for the Tony Robinson no-bill?

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

May 5, 2015 07:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

We all feel soooo much safer knowing that Blaska has his boots on the ground and his "weapon" concealed. How is that new trench coat working for ya?

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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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