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It’s not city council v. Koval, it’s council v. Madison police

Still unpacking Tuesday night’s six-hour Madison Common Council drama.

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Scott Walker fighting crime in Madison, while Common Council fights police

Idiot of the day, week, month, and probably year: “Ald. Samba Baldeh said based on the chief’s comments, he did not feel safe with [Police Chief Mike] Koval sitting behind him during the meeting with a gun.” — as quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal story about Tuesday’s Madison Common Council meeting, in which city aldermen which voted to spend a total of $400,000 on studying whether the Madison police department is racist.

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Only in Madison: $400,000 to fight crime? No, to study the police!

Our fair city has turned into a shooting gallery over the last month as rival gangs wage their vendettas. True to form, Madison’s leaders are looking through the wrong end of the telescope. They’re focusing, obsessively, on studying the police. Not on fighting crime. Not on improving quality of life issues. Not on improving the schools or demanding greater personal responsibility.

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Et tu, Paul Ryan?

My favorite line is from Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 movie To Be or Not to Be: When the Nazi asks Carole Lombard (playing a Polish actress) to join the cause, she responds, “But what will I do about my conscience?”

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Orange is the color of Madison’s confusion

We’re supposed to wear orange today, Thursday, fellow Madisonians.

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About This Blog

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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