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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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‘Demand personal responsibility’

The news media and most politicos are fully invested in the macro-sociology of societal blame (“White privilege,” anyone?) instead of demanding individual responsibility. So, huzzah for Milwaukee Circuit Judge David Borowski.

“Stop making excuses for Milwaukee's violence,” he writes.

“Unfortunately, and tragically, the vast majority of homicides in Milwaukee amount to this: one black male killing another black male. It has gone on for years, but the situation is getting worse.

“Sharon Staples, a pregnant mother gunned down in front of her son. Sierra Guyton shot while on a playground. And, most recently Archie Brown, Jr. killed for being a law-abiding decent citizen grieving over an accident. The names and years change, but the devastation of certain neighborhoods continues. Innocent people continue to die.

“But why? In my experience, we as a community must come to grips with the fact that there has been a serious breakdown in the family structure, and a breakdown in values in certain areas. Poor parenting or no parenting. A lack of self-control. A lack of respect for life. A lack of education. All of these problems contribute to our epidemic of violence. …

“Good people in crime-stricken neighborhoods need to stop tolerating crime. Help and cooperate with the police. End the ‘no snitch’ culture. Parent and care for your kids. … Support good schools, whether public or private. Keep an eye on your neighbor's kids too. Demand personal responsibility.” (Full text here.)

What have we been saying here at the Bring It! blog? CNN talks about “‘Lord of the Flies’ comes to Baltimore; Something is missing: older black men.”

“Without the civilizing influence of older men to guide them, young black men never develop an internal moral compass. They become castaways.”

Also true for young Caucasian men, young Hispanic men, young Asian men, young …

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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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