May 19, 201502:15 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Texas’ outlaw motorcycle gangs
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I tell my acquaintances that I’m an antisocial outlaw biker. Gadzooks! What was that in Waco, Texas? Nine dead and 18 injured — some of them from police gunfire; 130 arrested?
Darrell Connors, now at WISC TV-3, asks, via Facebook: “Where were the parents? Where are all the white-on-white crime statistics? Why is the use of the word ‘thug’ absent from every major news outlet covering this story? Where’s the “white” leadership to address the issue of white-on-white crime?”
Well, they do all appear to be either white/and or Hispanic. Let me take a crack at that:
- They didn’t trash their own neighborhoods.
- No “white” leader is alleging police overreaction or selective enforcement.
- No one is claiming victim status for the Cossacks and the Bandidos.
- Who makes a big deal of the race of Baltimore, Ferguson, Staten Island, and Madison shootings? It’s the Al Sharptons, and Young and Foolish cadres.
- Crime is about behavior, not race.
- Officials may not have characterized gang members as thugs but they have used plenty of pejoratives, all richly warranted.
Last year’s Sauk Prairie H.O.G. group attracted thousands of riders for a ride from Sauk City to Loganville (pictured here) to benefit muscular dystrophy treatment.
Motorcycling is my favorite pastime these days, supplanting shooting. I belong to three motorcycle groups. One is a meet-up led by a retired Dane County judge. (A Democrat, at that!) Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney is the safety officer for the Four Lakes H.O.G. group. His ride to benefit Safe Harbor (for abused children) runs July 11.
I’ll grant you one thing: my favorite Milwaukee motorcycle maker incorporates a little bit of the outlaw biker ethos into its marketing. Are we aging boomers no different than the kids emulating prison culture? I know one thing: I am so removing the word “Texas” from my “bottom rocker” (CNN explains that term).
When in trouble, form a committee
In the wake of the Tony Robinson shooting, the City of Madison is about to create a committee to review the police department’s guidelines in the use of deadly force. Leave aside that Madison already has a police and fire commission. Ald. Maurice Cheeks said the new committee will be composed of civilians reflecting “an array of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds,” according to WKOW TV-27.
What do you want to bet those backgrounds don’t include conservative, traditional values? What do you want to bet that the diversity of the committee will only be skin-deep? Indeed, the resolution specifies representation from Madison’s black, Asian, Latino, and LGBTQ communities.
Who, if anyone, will be the token Republican?
TV-27 reports that Police Chief Mike Koval said MPD would not be forced into making any changes to its policies.
“Let’s be clear, we’re not starting from ground zero here. We didn’t start opening up a police department last week,” Koval said. “We’ve been at it for some time. We have a well-rounded, well-educated, thoughtful, and compassionate workforce. We typically resolve most of our encounters with the community with little more than presence and dialogue. … So let’s not try to go on some sort of a Salem witch hunt to assume the Madison people aren’t getting a quality, premium product, because they are getting one.”