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Nov 13, 201510:52 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Dane County gets serious about race: work groups will be facilitated

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Reagan’s admonition, “Don’t just do something, stand there,” has been inscribed into the stone lintel over the entrance to the Stately Manor. Words to live by.

Just once, I would like an elected official or candidate to respond to a news reporter’s inevitable “What are you going to do about (name your subject)” with a purposeful stare into the camera and the clearly enunciated answer: “Not a damned thing.”

Most officeholders are cicadas, hard-wired to rapidly vibrate their drum-like tymbals, producing sound and fury — especially when it symbolizes nothing. Looky here, voters. We’re doing something. We’re doing some thing.”

The 37 members of the Dane County Board are no exceptions.

The news story of the year 2015 is Black Lives Matter. Ferguson burned after a convenience store robber attacked an armed police officer, with predictable results. Madison protested after a hallucinating ex-felon attacked an armed police officer, with predictable results. Today, Missouri’s land grant university is roiled by racial grievance. Wisconsin’s counterpart does Simon Says.

Quick! More diversity programs! As if that was the issue. More outreach, as if human service workers in the Emerald City were on permanent lockdown. Time to confront that ol’ devil — white privilege.

Dane County government is poised to create an Office of Equity and Inclusion, built out of multi-colored LEGO bricks and led by iridescent unicorns. It will hire a race studies graduate and pay him/her $106,000 in annual salary and bennies. It will direct him/her to “facilitate” a work group “to develop an equitable framework to ensure access” to the plethora of existing [jail] diversion programs. As if that was the problem.

The County Board also intends to drill the judiciary on how they determine who gets out on bail, how much bail versus signature bonds, etc. As if judges were at fault.

Equity and Inclusion will also train county employees on “implicit bias, racial justice, and trauma-informed [think police shootings] care.” As if county workers were closet racists.


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Nov 13, 2015 12:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The biggest employer in Dane County and top two or three in Wisconsin is Judith Faulkner at Epic Systems. If Walker would give Steyer a bear hug, what should he give Faulkner, who mints upper bracket tax payers weekly? A handshake? A phone call? An email? Has he ever actually even seen the sprawling Epic campus that keeps construction workers and other development contractors busy 12 months a year? Has he made one gesture in the general direction of Verona to indicate that Epic is a great company we're glad to have and is there anything more he could do to help it expand even bigger?

Nov 13, 2015 12:52 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Dunno but we do know Epic fled Madison.

Nov 13, 2015 02:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You are such an ungracious buffoon. Epic is still in our state spending a lot of money, and folks that work in Verona still may shop, live, or go to entertainment venues in Madison.

And personally, I am grateful that folks like Edison, Salk, Wilbur and Orville, etc. didn't follow your new mantra. The actually did something, as opposed to you and walkers idol, who stand around kicking the dirt.

Nov 13, 2015 04:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Judith Faulkner is no spring chicken, If you think when she starts to get older and it tired of it all, Epic Systems will not be bought out and moved elsewhere. you are kidding yourself..

Nov 13, 2015 05:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dunno if Walker has ever met with Epic. My point exactly. We have a great employer along the lines of the Steyer/Soros you propose. Walker's never met her. Why? Because he doesn't like her politics. Or maybe it's because she can't stand the guy. I could see that, actually. All about business, that Walker.

Nov 13, 2015 06:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We also know Judith is a close Friend Of Kathleen....our lady of the marsh.

Nov 14, 2015 09:37 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Is there an ordinance in Dane Co. that prevents citizens and politicians from practicing pragmatism? Is it written they must engage in being surreal? Or is it in the water? Joseph McCarthy was correct about the communists in this country. They are all over Madistan. Maybe the Flouride Action Network is correct. It appears to have caused brain damage to the sheep in your city. Dave, filter your water!

Nov 16, 2015 09:58 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

AnonyMouse 2:34

Edison, Orville and Wilbur didn't build that.
Did they?

Nov 16, 2015 12:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Ever notice the creepy Orwellian vibe that seems to infuse liberal rhetoric? "The Great Society" (If you don't think it's that great, woe unto you). "Office of Equity and Inclusion" (Don't share our definition of those terms? Woe unto you). Madison liberals take their cue from those noble progressive idealists of the French Revolution who instituted the "Committee for Public Safety," which was in charge of sending thousands of innocent citizens to the guillotine--all in service of the most high-minded abstractions. My favorite is the "Truth and Reconciliation Committee" in South Africa. When a pack of sanctimonious liberals starts imposing their brand of truth, justice, equality, inclusion, and greatness on the rest of us, listen closely--that sound you hear is all the clocks in the city striking thirteen.

Nov 16, 2015 03:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Well maybe in your revisionist history book they didn't. But in the public school I went to they were pretty busy and successful guys. Maybe you should take remedial American history. And review the context of the quote you referenced.

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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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