Mother thanks cop after son’s arrest

The little lights, they are flickering again at the Stately Manor

You would never know it from the headlines, the news footage, or the raucous parade of social justice warriors mau-mauing Madison police at the city council and county board. But Madison’s blue-uniformed quality-of-life guardians get a fair number of kudos, congrats, and atta-boys a) from the people they serve b) from the district attorney’s office and c) from command staff, judging by the fourth-quarter report of the MPD Office of Professional Standards and Internal Affairs.

Alders have been getting these quarterly reports for two full years now, not that they get a lot of mention. Which is a shame. A quick sampling of the latest batch:

A brother of a homicide victim wrote a letter to the detectives who worked his brother’s case. The letter described the detectives as sensitive, compassionate and personal yet extremely professional. The letter continued by stating … the care and concern of the entire investigative team was a bright spot through an extremely difficult time for his family.

A phone call was received from the mother of an arrested subject who wanted to convey her thanks and appreciation to the officer who handled the case. The mother stated the officer was such a caring, nice officer and easy to work with.

An email was sent to show appreciation for officers who responded to a suicidal subject in his building. The email stated that he was inside his apartment and overheard everything the officers and paramedics were doing. She said the officers handled the situation with such amazing calmness given the tense situation.

Chief and kidsThere are more, like the officer who purchased a car child safety seat with his own money. It was for a disadvantaged mother involved in a car crash. Another who stopped by an ailing 4-year-old child’s birthday party because the little fellow was enamored of police. All the officers who manage to gain entry to locked apartments to revive heroin overdoses.

Read them here.

When the CEO of the Blaska Policy Werkes testified before the Common Council last week (01-16-18), he noted that today’s police officers are intake agents for the city and county’s vast array of social services.

Who you gonna call in the following situation Lieutenant Tim Radke described in his report? A social worker? A community organizer? Amelia Royko-Mauer’s Community Response Team? M. Adams’ Freedom Inc.? Progressive Dane?

Officers responded to a call where a subject was suicidal, armed with a knife, was intoxicated and ingested pills. Officers learned while en-route that the subject had cut his throat. Officers arrived on scene and did an excellent job of coordinating the response which included staging fire rescue and getting a separate channel for the call. Officers used good tactics and gained intel about the subject. Attempts were made to locate the subject and clear the residence safely.

The subject came out from the residence and did not want to comply with officers commands. The officers did a great job of giving verbal commands and remained calm even as the subject was approaching them aggressively. The subject was armed with a knife and refused to put it down. When the subject threatened to harm himself with the knife in front of officers, a plan was put into place to take the subject into custody. A less lethal round was used which resulted in the subject falling and dropping the knife which allowed officers to take him into protective custody without any further incident.

The subject remained combative and officers controlled him so they were able to render him aid for his injuries that he had caused to himself. The officers … likely saved his life.

Police saving lives? Who knew? Getting thanked? Heads are exploding!

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WI State Journal stands tall to defend its own free speech, falls short on everyone else’s

Much whining over a little name calling and some bias shaming

After posting his Fake News Awards last week, President Trump is accelerating his war on the news media, the Blaska Policy Werkes has learned.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing pre-dawn raids on news organizations the Trump Administration regards as partisan. Those include the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Hoard’s Dairyman.


You have the right to remain silent about the speech police raids

The Justice Department is said to have secured search warrants from sympathetic, over-worked, inattentive and/or lazy judges. “It’s completely legal,” according to former judge Andrew Napolitano, now an unbiased analyst at Fox News. “But then, so was slavery.”

In newsroom raids across the nation, speech police seized computers, flash drives, smart phones, and unwashed coffee cups as potential evidence of news media collusion with sympathetic Democratic office holders. The latter include the likes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin. All are seeking re-election this year.

“The reason you haven’t heard about these raids is that the victims of these pre-dawn raids are sworn to secrecy under penalty of law,” a confidential source not authorized to speak publicly, told us in a self-serving leak designed to influence future court decisions.

Wisconsin’s John Doe is precedent

The Trump administration leakers cited as precedent Wisconsin’s John Doe raids on Republican citizen-activists said to be “colluding” with Scott Walker and legislative Republicans facing recall elections in 2011-12.

In the latest free speech crackdown, the federal government theorizes that the news media entities, all corporations, are guilty of making unreported, in-kind corporate donations to candidates with whom they share common values. The illegal donations come in the form of favorable “puff pieces” about the candidates’ children, spouses, and nice teeth; hit pieces on their Republican opponents; endorsement editorials, etc. The favorable publicity rendered by this collusion is said to be tens of thousands of dollars in equivalent campaign ad purchases.

Also seized as evidence of the conspiracy is today’s (01-21-18) State Journal editorial praising two out-of-state senators for “stand[ing] tall defending a free press.” The in-kind donation from the State Journal lambasted the duly elected President and “wondered why more members of Congress — including Wisconsin’s delegation — don’t challenge the President more when he strays so far from basic American values, including respect for the First Amendment.”

That the State Journal maintained editorial silence on the John Doe speech raids against Republican activists, prosecutors allege, is further evidence of its collusion with the Democrat(ic) party, the teachers union, and the Mahlon Mitchell campaign to defeat Scott Walker. (See Judge Troupis excoriate GAB for ignoring the supreme court’s order.)

Although Trump has not arrested anyone nor has any news media outlet been shut down, targets of the investigation are “whining” (in the word used by a former State Journal columnist) that their First Amendment free speech rights are being intimidated. Ostensibly referring to Trump’s fake news awards, the Madison WI newspaper on Sunday accused Trump of “cop[ying] oppressive regimes around the globe to suppress dissent and jail journalists.”


I’m with “The Press” so I can collude with anyone I want

Trashing Trump helps Democrats

The State Journal quoted Trump critic John McCain, a wealthy white man with a brain disease: “Journalists play a major role in the promotion and protection of democracy and our inalienable rights.” Except when the free speech rights of Republican activists are being alienated, apparently.

The corporation did not quote any Trump defenders in its unpaid political advertisement, even though there are some.

“Talk about arrogance!” a Trump apologist exclaimed. “Because they are ‘The Press’ (the apologist made air quotes with his fingers) they want special privileges they would deny to ordinary citizens. Like they’re unbiased, non-partisan referees of the political process. Rachel Madcow? John Nichols? Are you kidding?”

A Justice Department official, speaking on the condition his cover not be blown, pointed out that the State Journal is violating the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United:

There is no precedent supporting laws that attempt to distinguish between corporations which are deemed to be exempt as media corporations and those which are not. We have consistently rejected the proposition that the institutional press has any constitutional privilege beyond that of other speakers. 

The Trump storm trooper added, “The State Journal had nothing to say when speech police were tossing the homes of private citizens right under their nose. Now it’s whining because Donald Trump called them names.


Today’s Victim Whose Needs are Not Being Met

14) CENTRAL: Robbery-Armed – 1:34 a.m.  Officers were called to the area of E Washington and N Blount Street for an armed robbery.  A 24 year old WM was approached in the 100 block of N Blount Street by a male with a black handgun.  A second male then took his wallet.  The suspect with the gun was described as an AAM, mid 20’s, wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans. The two suspects were last seen running north on Blount St toward Mifflin St.  Investigation continuing.

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Madison beats back the War on Cops

Official Notice: The Stately Manor will remain open during the federal government shutdown, albeit with candle light. Donations of size D batteries are appreciated, however, in order to keep Ol’ Sparky, our fully amortized mainframe computer, up and running. Also some Sterno.

It was a good week for mental health, or as close as we come to that blessed state here in the Emerald City. No, the War on Cops is not over here in Madison but two huge battles have been won.

Tuesday at the Madison Common Council and Thursday at the Dane County Board, the Usual Suspects tried to make the case that law enforcement is inherently, irredeemably racist. A holdover from slavery.  Indifferent to the mentally ill. Hostile to the poor. Not enough services.

They do so without realizing that Madison Police are intake agents for all of those good services. We are asking police to do things that we never considered 20 years ago. On average, MPD spends 49 hours every day on mental health contacts. Police carry life-saving Narcan injectors in their holsters. Opioid over-doses increased 270% in just one year in Madison.

Remarkably, the Emerald City’s anti-cop, post-Ferguson militancy failed miserably, despite its recourse to race baiting and white shaming. City alders voted 17-2 for more police, however reluctant were many of them. County supes voted 31-4 to borrow $76,000 to build the improved and consolidated jail they had budgeted in November.

They declined to honor the race card. Insufficient funds. Continue reading

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Democrats can’t win if they keep whining

Memo to Democratic boycotters: Rockford is beautiful this time of year

Tenth DistrictThree words for the good-government goo goos who blame crooked maps for Democrats’ inability to win elections in Wisconsin:  Senate District #10.

A Democrat took that northwestern legislative district in Tuesday’s special election to replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who left office after 16 years to become Scott Walker’s ag secretary and a nice bump in pay. A low-profile Democrat defeated a sitting Republican state rep by 11 percentage points. A district that Donald Trump carried by 17 points just over one year ago.

The stunner in the Tenth disproves the Democrats’ whining that the legislative maps drawn after the last Census ensures a Republican majority. Their proposed remedy is a Rube Goldberg formula called the efficiency gap that, roughly speaking, counts “wasted votes” that do not elect a legislator. Either through packing them into one overwhelmingly Democratic district or cracking them among many district in order to create a minority in each. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to render its verdict to their case, Gill v. Whitford, this spring.

The Wall Street Journal today hopes the Justices are paying attention.

Unlike gerrymandering by race, partisanship is neither a defined nor inherited identity. Politics can change on an individual and district-wide level from election to election.

Indeed, Republicans represented the west side of Madison into the 1960s. Unthinkable today.

We’ve said before, in order to rectify the efficiency gap’s “wasted” Democratic votes in, say, the uber-liberal 76th Assembly District on Madison’s isthmus, Gill v. Whitford would spaghettify the district until it reached into Dodge County. A district that would be neither compact nor represent a community of interest. Both — along with contiguity — long the standard for ethical legislative districting. No one “packed” the 76th unless it was Two Men and a Truck.

“Democrats didn’t mind gerrymanders that helped them keep power in the House for 40 years before 1994, but now they want courts to help them overturn maps that help Republicans. “ — “The Wisconsin Gerrymander Lesson

Shutting down government for illegal immigrants

If the federal government does go on holiday this weekend, Democrats may get the blame. The dominant social network meme detected here at the Stately Manor is that Democrats are choosing illegal immigrants (DACA) over the armed services.

Over 2 million soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen would not be paid until the shutdown ends. Training would be stopped and a hundred thousand national guardsmen sent home.

Even Trump-hater David Leonhardt at the NY Times asks if DACA is the hill on which endangered Democrats like Missouri’s Claire McCaskill want to die.

“I understand why Senate Democrats view a potential government shutdown as their best leverage. But Democrats would also be wise to be honest with themselves about the political downsides here,” Leonhardt advises. In other words, do they really want to push immigration front and center?

Bath-time TrumpTrump’s approval rating has bumped up to 40%, according to poll guru Nate Silver, from 36% in mid-December. On the generic-ballot question, Democrats’ lead is down to eight percentage points from 13 points last month.

Republicans talk about jobs, more take-home pay, employee bonuses, factory expansions, a raging stock market and fatter retirement pensions, and corporations repatriating their money from abroad and paying $38 billion in taxes (as Apple did this week).

Republicans talk about defeating ISIS, curbing Kim Jong un, supporting police, and redrawing one-sided trade agreements.

Democrats talk about Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word. Illegal immigrants, Russian collusion, and that bad word.

Today in virtue signaling

Teddy Shibabaw

Teddy Shibabaw of Socialist Alternative

Back in Madison, the Derail the Jail crew took a knee during the pledge of allegiance at Thursday night’s Dane County Board meeting. Literally. Despite still more disruption and a steady stream of the Usual Suspects (including a large contingent of UW sociology grad students) the board authorized a $76 million borrowing package to build a more humane, if smaller, county jail. Once again, of 37 members, only Bayrd, Hendrick, Kilmer, and Wegleitner voted against the jail.

Biggest laugh of the night: Socialist Alternative guy Teddy Shibabaw predicted supes who voted for a better jail will be defeated in the Spring election. “We’re going to make sure your political futures are threatened because all your’e going to respond to is a shift in the power dynamic.”

Problem One: Allowing criminals to roam free? Not popular. Problem Two: only five of the 37 seats are contested in the April election.

Mark Pocan will boycott the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30. Pocan joins U.S. Reps. John Lewis, Maxine Waters, and Frederica “All Hat, No Cattle” Wilson in this futile gesture. THAT will show Trump!

Hey Democrats, we hear Rockford is beautiful this time of year.

Hooray for Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy, who has given his guest ticket to the ‘Deplorable Vet’ who called out Maxine Waters for her boycott.

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Blaska spills his guts

Doing Ms. Vicki McKenna’s show at 4 p.m. Do tune in.

“A lot of people don’t have their needs met.” Could serve as the motto of all cop haters, as spoken by  Garrett Lee at Tuesday’s Madison Common Council meeting. Note that the phrase is rendered, tellingly, in the passive voice.Beirdo and weirdo

Meet My Needs or I Shoot Up the Neighborhood!

Garrett also blamed Scott Walker for his failure to get a Ph D. Found concept of a three-minute limit on testimony elusive. Tried to pick fight with your Humble Squire in the hallway outside council chambers. Is lucky that Ald. Matt Phair pulled him aside. Oddly, he filed to run against Ald. Paul Skidmore in the 2015 aldermanic election but never followed through. Probably Scott Walker’s fault.

Upon further review the past two blogges on getting 8 more police officers on a force of 469 do not adequately capture how reluctant were the votes of at least half of the 17 who voted favor. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming. Brenda Konkel’s blog (amazingly enough) captures their angst. No direct quotes, but her synopsis accurately describes their reluctance to vote for police.

Does Blaska know how to butter up a crowd? Probably not. Your Squire thanked Mayor Soglin for calling him to the  microphone to testify Tuesday before the Common Council, adding, “I hope to be able to call you ‘Mayor Soglin’ for many more years.” Continue reading

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Paul Soglin steps to the plate and puts one in the stands

‘Madison police — that’s who we want responding’

All due credit to Mayor Paul Soglin. He spoke profoundly in support of Madison police before a driftwood city council and the need for 8 more patrol officers, in particular. It was after midnight today (01-17-18), following lengthy alder debate and citizen testimony, when he spoke from the chair. (Beginning at 6:24:12 into this podcast). The Mayor was outstanding.


Soglin Reduce Crime

Soglin began by urging alders to put aside their past battles with Chief Koval (who, over a year ago, had upbraided alders for not backing the police against the outrageous claims of racist murder lodged by Black Lives Matter). Here is Mayor Soglin’s statement, excerpted:

The People we serve are the ones who drive our decision … Prior to August 5, we set a record of 11 homicides. … We’ve now gone five successive months without a homicide. Think about what would have happened if the last 5 months would have been like first five months of the year.

Two things were initiated on August 1: a very intensive police presence dealing with hot individuals in hot spots. It was one that was very taxing on the department and consumed an incredible amount of time. … Because there are situations and circumstances where police officers DO reduce crime.

The second initiative was one that stemmed out of a council decision to begin a program involving interruption and disruption of retaliatory violence. … Police officers do work that does reduce crime. … We have significant initiatives in this city to deal with some of the underlying causes [of violence]. …. We continue to look at violence as a public health problem.  … I think we can do more in that regard … but police officers not only are involved in crime reduction but the real driver here is when crimes are committed, when there is public danger, [of] having significant numbers of officers available.

You saw the video of the 600 block of [University Avenue, near-riots at weekend bar time] … when those incidents occur, the rest of the city is left short-staffed which is why we have to switch to priority calls only. Sometimes, we have to call in other departments. When there are shots fired fired there has to be an immediate response, there has to be an investigation. If it is at night it is very challenging to pursue any suspects, examine the scene, look for shell casings and any evidence that you can’t afford to lose.

… We are trying to break the cycle of violence, to provide alternatives, to reach that 99.9% of the people of this city who are well aligned with shared values in regards to peaceful lives. But there is a small, tiny percent who may account for 80-90% of the violence. No matter what we do in terms of housing programs, health programs, employment and training programs, at least at this point in their lives these individuals are going to chose guns instead of a job. …

If there is an incident … you would rather have a Madison police officer respond than someone from another jurisdiction … whatever faults we have, we are the best around. That’s who we want responding.

Blaska’s Bottom Line — We smack our forehead to be grateful for so anodyne a statement as “Police do reduce crime.” In the Emerald City, that is a rare snippet of common sense.

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