War on cops succeeds! Crime wins!

Let’s quell this rumor: the Policy Werkes does not pay Annoying Mouse and his friends to lob idiotic softballs to make Your Humble Squire look like a genius. They do it for free and he would without them.

One of the mice exercised its right to self-incrimination on Dec. 24 with this typical inanity:

Yay for [State Rep.] Bob Gannon! Why do something with the office to which you were elected (likely unopposed in a gerrymandered district) when you can talk tough and call names?

Is there any doubt that crime is getting worse? Count me among the doubters! Fact, the U.S. crime rate is half of what it was in 1990 … Please do the homework you should have done before writing such a thing.

Leave aside the imbecilic incredulity that a Republican could get elected in Washington County. (Note to Anonymous: Venture outside Madison’s Isthmus some time!) Our mouse is on message.

Presidential statement after police officer killed in line of duty

The Left is in full-blown denial against mounting evidence that its War on Cops has engendered a surge in crime.

It’s called “The Ferguson Effect” after racial arsonists burned much of the downtown over the “Hands Up/Don’t Shoot” lie. (Michael Brown, fresh off a strong-armed robbery, never raised his hands and tried to wrestle the officer for his gun.) The “Black Lives Matter” protests, the cowardice of elected officials, the battering from the mainstream news media, the open hostility of the Obama administration and his attorneys general are causing police to stand down. Here in Madison, Young, Gifted and Black demanded police vacate “their neighborhoods.”

It also demanded that Madison PD officer Matt Kenny be fired and convicted — well before the officer was cleared after thorough investigations conducted by Democrat(ic) district attorney Ismael Ozanne, himself a person of color.



Ferguson had an effect

The New York Times is heavily invested in Bill de Blasio as its great Progressive hope after he vowed to halt the Broken Windows policing inaugurated under Mayor Rudy Giuliani and continued by Michael Bloomberg. That explains its Dec. 30 headline, “Public anxiety aside, New York City sees a decline in major crime.”

New York is the city where police literally turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio and conducted a work slowdown after the fatal ambush shooting of two of their brother officers a year ago.

The hoi polloi are easily spooked. “Statistics stand in contrast to residents’ feelings about safety,” the Gray Lady chides.

Like other liberal sources, the Times lumps murder in with the always more numerous burglaries and robberies to camouflage the results of its anti-police campaign. Reading the text of Sunday’s article, you would never know that murder in the Big Apple is up almost 6% this year.

Yes, crime, as measured by the FBI’s crime index, is down. But the index measures seven crimes. The index is dominated by the always more numerous property crimes, which in any year outnumber offenses committed against persons by 8 to 1. (One robbery, my liberal acquaintances, is NOT the equivalent of one murder.)

Homicides in the nation’s 25 largest cities this year have increased 11%. Homicides in St. Louis (ground zero for the war on cops) were up 60% by the end of August. In Baltimore, home of Freddie Gray protests, the homicide rate is the highest in that city’s long history. Shootings in Cincinnati, lethal and not, were up 30%. Chicago is up 17%.

The indispensable Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute lays it all out in her Wall Street Journal article, “Trying to Hide the Rise of Violent Crime.”

Words of wisdom: “We are … just waste-producing meat tubes.” John Hodgman on humankind in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.

Even wiser words of wisdom: “Some international physicists are convinced that our spirit has a quantum state and … an existence after death.”  — “Scientists find hints for the immortality of the soul,” Huffington Post.

Apropos The Producers, it’s springtime for the Wisconsin Badgers, winter for the reeling Packers. May your 2016 be a mix of the Stanford Marching Band and TCU five-year backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen, a sudden hero.

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