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Sep 23, 201610:46 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

One Democrat(ic) mayor speaks up for the police and against Marxism, but not Soglin

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“Leftism’s guiding principle is the Marxist concept that people are divided into classes of oppressors and oppressed,” St. Louis University professor Warren Treadgold instructs in the September 19 Weekly Standard magazine

To explain away the failures of the Great Society, to vitiate the black-on-black slaughter in America’s large cities, to feed the cult of victimhood, new oppressors must be identified and excoriated. In Madison as in Baltimore, St. Louis, and Milwaukee, that oppressor has been named: it is the police.

“The anti-cop movement is completely out of control. It’s moved from attacking the police, to attacking the rule of law itself,” writes David French in National Review. In Milwaukee and now in Charlotte, “rioters have struck back after black cops reportedly shot and killed black men who were threatening the cops with guns.”

It is extraordinarily difficult to claim white supremacy and white oppression when black cops are defending themselves from armed black men. This has nothing to do with the false narratives of hands up, don’t shoot” or open season on black men.” These rioters can’t even wait for the most basic of investigations. This is about destruction, about bringing down the established order.

It is about Marxism. Consider the manifesto issued by the local Black Lives Matter affiliate last week:

Our status quo, business-as-usual governmental, economic, and criminal justice systems won’t naturally fix themselves — we must radically change the entire system.

No tweaking for Young, Gifted and Black. No best practices, no revised procedures. Nothing less than “radically chang[ing] the entire system.”

At its meeting last Thursday in the Madison Common Council chambers, your Humble Bloggeur asked the members of the city’s Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policy and Practices if their $400,000 study promised to uproot the Madison Police Department and replace it with something else entirely. Nothing less will satisfy the cadres of Young & Gifted or their political bedfellows, Progressive Dane.

What if the public is afraid to go to market?

Hounding Chief Koval is only the starting point.

  • Progressive Dane and the local Black Lives Matter affiliate have pressed charges against Police Chief Mike Koval at the Police and Fire Commission for “rolling his eyes” at cop haters and calling Sharon Irwin “a raging lunatic.” (To many observers, a fair characterization.)
  • The same cadre filed an equal rights complaint with the U.S. Attorney demanding an end to extra policing in high-crime areas.
  • The School Board (three of seven members are Prog Dane) wants the right to unilaterally kick cops out of its schools. Never mind that one educational resource officer disarmed a student at East High School without incident last week.
  • Mayor Paul Soglin wants a $13 million “public market” instead of the promised Mid-Town police station on Mineral Point Road to relieve the over-taxed West precinct house on McKenna Boulevard.
  • Young, Gifted and Black wants “community control” of police, neighborhood by neighborhood, reminiscent of the old Soviet collectives.


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Sep 23, 2016 11:10 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Catch the Squire on Miss Vicki's show 5 p.m. this afternoon.

Quote from Mayor Emanuel: "We need to strengthen policing, prevention, penalties, and parenting."

Sep 23, 2016 11:53 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Soglin wants a public market for the same reason the loony liberals on the City Council never miss an opportunity to rip into the PD: image. Soglin's push for a public market is one example of Madison's most deep-rooted malady, Portland Envy (or its closely related condition, Seattle Envy). Those cities have pubic markets, so Madison must have one, too. Remember a few years ago when "Mayor Dave" (now styling himself "Citizen Dave") wanted to install a trolley system Downtown? Why? Because then we'd look more like Portland--cooler hipper, right on the cutting edge of urban chic. For Madison's liberal elites, image is everything; doing the right thing takes a distant second to being seen to do the right thing. Support the police? That's something only the deplorables who support Trump would do. Cooing over BLM and their ilk is as trendy as shopping at a public market. Both provide the perfect opportunity for Madison liberals to stick their snoots a little higher in the air (assuming that's humanly possible).

Sep 23, 2016 12:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Thanks for the short description of the walker regime, "the Marxist concept that people are divided into classes of oppressors and oppressed".

Sep 23, 2016 04:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Squire sure likes to write and talk about prescriptions that come from the media. Stuff like "Guess here is she panicked."

I'm enraged reading that. A man has lost his life, and here you are writing hall passes. Have you looked at her record? Let due process run its course. Afford her the justice the man she gunned down in the back with his hands held high never got. Whine about Black Lives Matter's decorum when addressing a police chief who has shown no willingness to listen and discuss the matter publicly (he's a good desk pounder though).

I'm opposed to the public market as well and favor a Midtown Station (stretched cops make for bad cops, not that we have any bad cops in Madison, just underthanked ones, right Dave?). But to actually end this item by asking what one will do?

Guess is you're a little out of your depth when talking about municipal issues.

Sep 24, 2016 10:52 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Dear Mr. President,

Here is your legacy:
Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee,Chicago, Charlotte.
Tune in next week for the next community to get "organized".

Sep 26, 2016 06:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


You forgot the demise of bin Laden, and the economic turn around.

Sep 27, 2016 08:13 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Mouse 6:25

You forgot Benghazi, Iraq, ISIS, Solyndra, nine thousand billions in debt, a weaponized IRS, corrupted DOJ, FBI, VA etc.
But we DO have women in combat and transgender potties so there's that.

Sep 27, 2016 09:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Solyndra was a cheney/bush fiasco, as is ISIS, AND two unfunded wars that we are still paying for. Women in combat were also a cheney/bush mess, just ask the parents of the young lady, a classmate of my son, that died at 19 in Irag long before Obama was elected. IRS has been "weaponized" for decades. Corruption is defined from your political viewpoint. Hoovers FBI was lily-white?

You are entitled to your opinion, but not your own set of facts.

Sep 27, 2016 10:08 am
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Hey 'Splat! As I predicted, your Braggadocious Boy got totally rolled last night by the Hillary. A woman. Hee-hee, great stuff! This is why your Blaskas and Ryans hung their heads when he got the nomination.

Sep 27, 2016 12:13 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Hi Bob

Seen Nate Silver lately?
THAT is how the old girl is rolling.

Oh yeah... Obama's best legacy?
Hopefully it'll be be he that he held Hillary off until she was too old and infirm to win it.

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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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