May 21, 201501:02 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Shooting nine politically incorrect questions at troubled neighborhoods near you
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Ed. note: This article has been updated to correct an error from an earlier version.
We welcome the Wisconsin State Journal’s interest in the gun battle raging in the city of Madison — 35 separate incidents since April 1 and the weather has yet to really heat up. Law-abiding residents are hitting the deck to avoid the crossfire — inside their own homes! They’re making plans to send children away for the summer as Londoners did in 1940 when preparing for the Nazi invasion.
Most of the shooting has occurred on the southwest side of town in distinctly troubled neighborhoods — the product of gang warfare. (Story here.)
Allow your politically incorrect squire to pose the questions the State Journal fears asking. Unless otherwise indicated, these questions are directed to Brandi Grayson, M (no punctuation) Adams, and the cadres of Young, Gifted and Black. If you need to route these questions to Al Sharpton first, we’ll understand.
- Do you still want police out of “your” neighborhoods?
- These shootings, are they “crimes of poverty”?
- Would police be justified in returning fire if fired upon?
- Do you still demand police wear body cameras when talking to informants?
- Would releasing 350 jail inmates — black only (as you have demanded) — help or aggravate the shooting?
- If, as you like to say, black lives truly matter — as all lives do — what is Young, Gifted and Black doing to prevent another Karamee Collins Jr. from being gunned down at age 17 by rival gang members?
- This one is for the Rev. Jerry Hancock: Given that the shooters are (by definition) armed, do you still think police should go unarmed?
- To Alders Marsha Rummel of Progressive Dane, and Matt Phair and Maurice Cheeks of the southwest side: Are you going to demand that Meadowood neighborhood activist Dave Glomp be appointed to your police procedures review committee? Or is he the wrong gender, race, politics, and age? Not fit your (ahem) “profile”?
- Essay question: In general, what’s the greater problem — Madison police or Madison crime? Discuss among yourselves.
Please, no more free stuff
I debated John Nichols on Wisconsin Public Radio Wednesday morning, re: the upcoming U.S. Senate race. (Podcast here.) Comrade John says the issue in RoJo v. Feingold, The Rematch will be whether Wall Street controls America. I countered that the issue will be how much more government can America stand. The last six-plus years have seen a quantum growth in government overreach: Obamacare sank the government’s fangs into one-seventh of the nation’s economy, Stimulus #1 and Stimulus #2, Cash for Clunkers, and the automobile bailouts.
Sure enough, John’s next post at The Nation: “Bernie Sanders Has a Plan: Tax Wall Street and Make College Free.” Bernie’s stone even kills a third bird: income inequality. You have too much money, we have too little. We’ll just take some of yours and call it even.
College, free? Whee! But what, exactly, is the value of something that is “free”? As is the custom with our liberal-progressive-socialist friends, no comments allowed! For that reason, I will not link to the piece. You can find it if you want it.
Another odd point: The 600,000 participants (including active employee contributors and pensioners) in the Wisconsin Retirement System want Wall Street to succeed. As does everyone who relies on mutual funds for some part of their retirement income. The WRS sings for its supper in the real world of the economy; the system earns three-quarters of its income from investments in stocks and bonds, aka Wall Street!
John is always … he asked about Number One Son. That is appreciated.