Chicago has gone off the rails but Mayor Lightfoot brings down the hammer!

Caravans of cars loot and shoot downtown Chicago

Mayor Lightfoot: ‘This was an assault on our city!’

She vows: ‘No shelter for the criminals!’

— Over 100 arrested; 13 officers injured —

After Chicago’s downtown Loop, Magnificent Mile, and Gold Coast are looted, Mayor Lori Lightfoot — of all people — gets tough!

“We are coming for you. I don’t care whatever justification was given for this; there is no justification for criminal behavior, ever. You have no right to destroy the property of others. Our people deserve to be safe. Our businesses deserve to be safe. and our police officers deserve to do their jobs without rocks being …. [assaulted].

Mayor Lightfoot says no more Catch and Release:

“I call on our district attorney and our courts to step up, make your best case! They need to be accountable and not cycled through the system. We can’t continue to allow this to keep happening.”

“We are walking up in shock this morning to looting and criminal destruction on the Loop, the Gold Coast, and the Magnificent Mile … and North and Clyuburn. Today, dozens these individuals engaged in what can only be described as brazen and criminal looting and destruction. This had nothing to do with legitimate, First Amendment expression. … These were not poor people trying to feed themselves … This was straight-up felony, criminal conduct.

“We will not let our city be taken over by criminals and vigilantes, no matter who they are and what they’re doing.”

⇒ If only Madison Mayor Satya had her spine!

Looting, shooting, and chaos.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown:

“Many of these criminals are emboldened. The officers are making the arrests. But they get released, many charges are dropped. Not many of those were prosecuted to the fullest extent. There were no consequences.”

Police Supt. Brown tracks the beginning of the mayhem (roughy transcribed):

Sunday afternoon, police responded to a call of a man with a gun. He fled but fired at officers pursuing. Officers returned fire and took the suspect [with a lengthly criminal record] to the hospital where he is expected to survive. After the shooting, a crowd gathered, “fueled my misinformation.” 

Social media encouraged looting downtown. 400 officers were dispatched to downtown. Car caravans headed into the loop. “This was not an organized protest, rather an incident of pure criminality.” As of now Chicago police have made more than 100 arrests for looting. 13 officers injured. 

In last seven days, 9 officers have been shot at. “What we are seeing is violence against police.” A civilian and a store guard were hit by gunfire; they are in critical condition. CPD has recovered 149 guns this weekend. 

As officers arrested a man carrying a cash register he looted from a store, another car drove by and shot at the police. CPD has recovered 6,189 guns. 

Friday through Sunday, there were 31 shootings throughout the city, three of which were murders.

Criminals took to the streets with confidence there would be no consequences for their actions. I refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage. We will not stand by while our beautiful downtown is turned into some place to fear.”

“I pledge to pursue these offenders to the fullest extent. A heavy police presence will in place;” 12-hour shifts and all days off have been cancelled. Curfew downtown access 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“This is a beautiful city, the Chicago Police Department will not allow theses selfish, criminal acts to destroy what generations of hard work have built.”

Mayor Lightfoot gets the last word: “I want give my sincere thanks to our professional police department.”

Blaska gets the Bottom Line: This is the turning point. A black mayor and black police chief decided Chicago would not be guilty white Madison or Portland, Oregon.

Is this the beginning of the end for BLM/Antifa violence?

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We endorse Nada to succeed Fred Risser

Wisconsin Democrats deserve her. 

Black smoke from burning bicycle tires indicates that the board of directors of Blaska Policy Werkes, cloistered this past week in an upper room, have chosen their candidate. The Werkes endorses Nada Elmikashfi for State Senator to succeed Fred Risser, who was once considered a progressive back when there were La Follettes roaming the earth but is now a fossil preserved in a little-visited museum display case (protected by plywood, of course).

As Nada herself says, “There’s a new Squad in town! Vote Nada. Vote Progressive.” She can BEAT Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) like a rented mule. (How dare he propose legislation protecting statues of abolitionists?) (We’re going to need a few more high school counsellors over here!)

Ilhan Omar, member of The Squad. “Some people did some things” on 9/11 in New York City! That is big!

Nada Elmikashfi is mainstream Madison on the issues:

“We must start by acknowledging that our police and criminal justice system are directly tied to the legacy of slavery and slave patrols in our country. It was state-sanctioned violence against Black people then, and it is certainly state-sanctioned violence against Black people now.”

Defund the Police!

No Cops in Schools!

Let imprisoned felons vote!

Endorsed by a veritable Who’s Who of Madison progs:

Planned Parenthood, Madison Teachers Inc., Democratic Socialists, People for Bernie [Sanders], Voces de la Frontera, UW-Madison Teaching Assistants, Madison alders Max Prestigiacomo  and Shiva Bidar (Progressive Dane), Madison school board member Ananda Mirilli, Sabrina (“unmet needs”) Madison, Brandi Grayson, and many more.

Here’s what they’re saying about Nada Elmikashfi:

“Nada comes across as a mean spirited jerk with no real campaign issues except identity politics. She can’t even engage in dialogue or debate with commenters on her social media. Can we please have a different progressive candidate? She is a horrible look for the dems and will only push sane people with progressive leanings in the opposite direction.”

I’m confused as to why Nada Elmikashfi feels the need to run such an ad. Kelda Roys is a well established Democratic lawmaker who’s got to have friends in state government. Angering them by running attack ads shows questionable judgement. Between this and her spat with Senator Carpenter, I worry that were Elmikashfi to be elected she would have few friends and allies in a legislature already controlled by the other party.  It doesn’t bode well for her ability to work together with others and actually achieve her progressive goals.”

Nada’s attacks on first a gay democrat from Milwaukee and now one of the most successful progressive women to run for governor from Madison [Helen Kelda Roys] is going to piss off endless Dems in the state government. She’s quickly turning into another Brenda Konkel, who nobody liked and nobody likes to work with in government.”  —  Sources here.

Blaska’s Bottom LineWhich is why Nada will win. Madison long ago gave up on persuasion and resorted to intimidation. In a seven-candidate field in a district (26th Senate) that includes the UW campus, Madison’s Isthmus and liberal west side, with those endorsements, with her kind of identity politics (immigrant Black, Muslim women) and knee-jerk cop hatred, there’s no way Nada can lose!

What did Marx say about ‘heightening the contradictions’?


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Remember when Americans yearned to breathe free?

People, please! Have some self-respect!

You people who are wearing Covid-19 face masks outdoors, bathed in God’s golden sunshine, bicycling with the lane all to your lonesome, trucking down the sidewalk under a high sky and no one within 20 yards, you 20-something solitary joggers feeling the breeze wafting off Lake Monona … 


Angry face mask

Here’s my face mask!

Quit being such weenies! You look like IDIOTS! Don’t be so PARANOID! You are not going to die! You are watching too much CNN! The contrails from the F-15s buzzing Madison ain’t coronavirus dust! Does the farmer shear you for your wool every spring?

God help us, we’ve seen motorists on Madison’s Beltline in full face mask, windows rolled up. Be careful of such people, they vote Progressive. An Axios poll finds that 78% of Democrats say they wear a mask at all times compared to just 45% of Republicans.

So maybe Covid-19 masks are a political fashion statement. 

Lone walkerMask bicyclist

The political desk at the Werkes is no fan of Tony Evers. The man is weak-kneed. Can’t even defend the State Capitol from the marauders. But even Tony the toothless says only this:

“You need to wear a face covering whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and other people are present in the same room or space.  For example, you must wear a mask while you are shopping in a store or using a taxi.”

Is that so hard to understand? Some pretty intelligent people question the governor’s legal authority to issue such an edict (backed by a $200 fine). And/or question their efficacy. (Our Mizz Vicki demonstrates vaping through a face mask.) But we’ll play along. In a store or riding a taxi. (We pick our fights.)

But OUTDOORS! In the fresh air? (Air Quality Index this morning over Madison WI: Most Excellent!) This ain’t Mumbai or NYC after 9/11, people. Use some common sense.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Prize goes to the motorcyclist wearing a Covid-19 face mask. No helmet, but a face mask. Must have taken one too many tumbles.

When do YOU wear a mask, kemosabe?

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Economics for Democrats 101

As Joe Biden would say: “You know the thing!”

The non-essential gray lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes are engaged in a work action. They refuse to report back to work here on the verdant campus of Blaska Work Farm and Penal Colony, citing fear of the coronavirus. Also something about “slave wages” and a “toxic work environment” (whatever that means), and “gray privilege.” They say they are making more on Nancy Pelosi’s unemployment relief than they can here.

Scientist at printer

In lieu of our customary original research, trenchant commentary, and idle speculation, we fill today’s space with content snagged off the Internet. (So it must be true!)

Sorry, no refunds. All sales are final. Void where prohibited by law. No warranties express or implied. Not valid in California. Do not read while operating heavy machinery. Stop taking if you develop a rash or unusual bleeding, droopy eyelids, cataracts, contacts, or Ex-Lax.


It is a slow day in the small Wisconsin town of North Haybale. The streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and living on credit. 

A tourist drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. 

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. 

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the co-op. 

The guy at the co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her services on credit. 

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner. 

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. 

At that moment, the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. 

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism. 

And that, dear reader, is how a government stimulus package works.

⇒ Ripped from today’s headlines: “Democrats, Republicans, no closer to a deal.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sometimes no deal is better than a bad deal.

What is YOUR stimulus?

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YOU caused the shoot-out at Garner Park!

By allowing poverty to thrive!

Three days after the Big Shoot-out at Garner Park, what’s Madison’s BLM/Antifa/Progressive Dane resistance up to? 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Friday 08-07-2020 in front of the Dane County Courthouse — “Protest/March educating residents about the tragic incarceration rates of Blacks in Dane County. A message to Ismael Ozanne!”

Our guilty white acquaintances at “Allies for Black Lives Madison” have addressed the shoot-out at Garner Park Tuesday (08-04-2020). With over 300 partiers “celebrating the life” of a man shot dead in a rub-out on a Madison street it’s a wonder that only three people were wounded by gunfire (with several more wounded in the ensuing panic) — and no one killed — after the expenditure of 60+ shell casings and several rounds of unspent ammo. 

Guess who Allies for Black Lives Madison blames? Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

White folks!

“It’s interesting to read how folks are shocked about the shootings in Madison. An escalation in shootings — the kind being experienced in Madison “can often be directly linked to systemic racism and allowing poverty to thrive.”

Sabrina Madison

Nada as in Elmikashfi, right, Madison’s next state senator.

More Unmet Needs

So says one Sabrina Madison at the Allies page. “We are here essentially because this community as many others has failed Black folks.” Ms. Madison indicts the following for failing Black folks. Her list:

  • Schools — failed Black folks 
  • Investors — failed Black folks
  • Housing policies — failed Black folks 
  • Elected folks — failed Black folks 
  • Employers — failed Black folks 
  • Transportation— failed Black folks 
  • Community leaders — ailed Black folks 
  • Urban planners — failed Black folks
  • Criminal Justice System — failed Black folks 
  • Healthcare — failed Black folks 
  • [         ] — failed Black folks 

Yes, fill in the  [ blank ]. The gray lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes suggest naming your local alder, state legislator, county board or school board member. They’re all Democrats or Progressive Dane. Not a Republican in the bunch.

Notice what’s NOT on the bill of indictments? Ding! Ding! Ding again! That’s right: Personal responsibility. Common sense. Initiative. Delayed gratification. A decent regard for life, et cetera. Or are those values now too white? What would the Smithsonian say?

Sabrina Madison is not some Mt. Horeb high school counselor. The lady makes a good living guilt-shaming white women. (More at Isthmus.)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The big news today (08-06-2020) at Madison365:
“More ‘Black Lives Matter’ murals defaced in downtown Madison!”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: When it is never your fault there will always be plenty to blame. In addition to Defund the Police and Empty the Jails, Allies for Black Lives Madison also recommends: “Don’t call the police.” But YOU are to blame for the violence.

How did YOU allow poverty to thrive?


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Selling stupid in the better parts of town

‘Something of a backlash may be developing’

Is anyone picking up on this? Dane County public health is gunning for Helbach’s coffee (“cofveve?) shop in Middleton for not enforcing the  Covid-19 face mask edict. May yank their food and beverage license.

But police kept their distance from the “celebration of life” at Madison’s Garner Park Tuesday night (08-04-2020) even though very few of the 300 people gathered there were covering their faces. The gendarmes moved in only when the “community” started shooting each other. 

⇒ Amelia Jones at NBC 15 has video the moment of the shootings (we see one face mask).


Maybe police aren’t the problem, after all?

You want a public health risk?

Dane County has officially declared racism to be a public health risk. Someday soon, one hopes, Dane County will declare gunfire as  another public health risk. At least, no one is accusing the police of racism so far, reverse or otherwise. But give the Progressives time.

“I don’t think it would be a wise decision to force some sort of conflict over a public health order, to be honest with you.” That is Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl. Hard to blame him after Mayor Satya and Ald. Tag Evers criticized police for scooping up Devonere A. Johnson (“the Black Jesus”) for shaking down Downtown Madison eateries. The Progs actually blamed police for the riots that night (June 23-24, 2020). 

Even after the Battle of Garner Park, “there was a fair amount of hostility and lack of cooperation from the group,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Spreading the pain around town

After Maurice R. Bowman Jr. got whacked 07-25-2020 (and a companion shot and injured), police sources predicted retaliation, which explains why Chief Wahl’s forces were standing watch Tuesday night. That and noise complaints from neighbors. It is safe to say there will be an Episode #3. 

Speaking of neighbors, Garner Park sits at the SW corner of the Hill Farms neighborhood, single family homes assessed at a respectable $380,000. One prominent resident, an attorney, told the head groundskeeper of the Werkes, “Now that the Hill Farms neighborhood has been hit with the shooting, people may be willing to take a look at some of these police issues from a different perspective. I sense that something of a backlash may be developing.”

The neighborhood association is meeting with their alder, Arvina Martin, on Saturday. Will they tell Ald. Martin to quit hectoring the police? Will they endorse Recall Mayor Satya 2020 who has told police to stand down during the riots? Today (08-06-2020) she is calling for “common sense gun control” and blames Republicans in the State Legislature for not passing more laws that only law-abiding citizens would obey, anyway. 

Mayor Satya should RECALL that one of the two arrests (so far) from the Battle of Garner Park was for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon? (The answer is: Yes.)

If the police can’t protect us …

Speaking of which, “Americans saw police forces across the country unable to protect their cities against rioting mobs. One result is that gun sales have shot through the roof, with an estimated 40% of purchases this year going to first-time buyers,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Sales in July were up 122% over July 2019. 

“These record sales are best understood as a referendum on the riots, and the growing lack of confidence many Americans have that police will protect them.”

⇒ Last night (08-05-2020) Multiple shots fired in the 1700 block of Park Heights, car screeching away at warp speed.

Blaska’s Bottom Line #1: Good luck selling gun control to the growing population of gun owners. When will we try criminal control, instead?

Blaska’s Bottom Line #2: It is indeed a miracle that only three persons got shot at Garner Park despite 65 spent shell casings. More accuracy and we would be observing many more “celebrations of life.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line #3: If you were any good on public safety, Mayor Satya, then why did the police union vote No Confidence in you?

What are YOU celebrating today?

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