Spring arrived at the Stately Manor on Friday, which explains the slowdown at the Policy Werkes.
The indentured servants installed crash bars to protect the Squire’s Moto Guzzi and its 90-degree, horizontally opposed twin fire pots. Only took all afternoon and several trips to the hardware store to replace lost bits and pieces, one of which is rattling around atop the engine just out of reach.
The Lovely Lisa installed pansies in the entry planter box here at The Stately Manor, so we are ready for state visits.
A public affair WORT
The white lab coats at the Werkes tuned the Atwater Kent into WORT radio at 89.9 FM Tuesday last week. We found County Board Supervisor Carousel Bayrd hosting “A Public Affair.” (We savaged Ms. Bayrd at “Lighten up, guilty white liberal.”)
Her guests were three newly elected supervisors: Kelly Danner, Tanya Buckingham, and Steve Peters. (The latter is a staffer for a Democratic state rep, wouldn’t you know.) All members in good standing of the Madison Hive. (Radio tip to hosts: identify your guests periodically during the show to accommodate late tuners-in, pls.)
“Our show is about hope,” Ms. Bayrd began. But not change, it would appear. “Everyone remember that lovely blue wave we enjoyed?” she crowed, in reference to the April 3 Spring election. Her question of the day was “How can we get more people [like her three guests] to follow in their footsteps?”
Numerically, that would be difficult in Dane County. There is maybe one conservative/moderate on the 20-member Madison Common Council, none on the 7-member school board, and just one out of 37 on the Dane County Board. The county’s 13-member delegation to the state legislature is solid Democrat, except for Keith Ripp who resigned to take a job in Scott Walker’s administration.
“Conservatives have all but vanished from the Dane County Board,” Dylan Brogan writes in the current Isthmus. His article is headlined, “And then there was one.” That being Dave Ripp, who is in his 34th year representing the rural area just west of Middleton. A couple others originally elected as conservatives have sucked the Kool Aid.
When yours truly left the board in 2006, conservatives and moderates won the occasional floor debate and controlled the zoning committee. Just seven years ago, a working minority of 10 conservatives influenced policy.
The Squire’s theory is that Walker’s act 10 — necessary though it was — salted the earth in Dane County, home of the lion’s share of public employees, for a generation. The last two conservatives, other than Ripp, were Ronn Ferrell and Mike Willett and all three were originally elected before 2011.
Tuesday on the radio, Ms. Bayrd hits identity politics harder than Rachel Doleazal on the tanning lotion. Poor Mr. Peters swallows hard and docilely echoes the three women’s desire for more women in politics, too. (Just not in his district, we suppose.)
Never on her program was real diversity — that of thought — broached. But, we live in a democracy. Dane County has elected to spend $76 million, for instance, to build a smaller jail in the state’s fastest-growing county. Police are the problem, not the solution. We’re all closet racists because some demographics under-perform. Change the rules, not the behaviors. Got it?
Back in the day, your Squire used to say that the Dane County Board was the sound democracy made. Issues were debated. The roll was called. The Capital Times (“Your Progressive Voice”) condemned that free speech as being “divisive.”
“2 Madison dealers sent to prison,” reads a headline on Page A-4 of today’s WI State Journal. Darnell Brunt was sentenced to nine years in prison, charged after the death of a man last May who died of an overdose of his heroin, laced with fentanyl. Antonio Golden got seven years from the federal judge for dealing crack cocaine and felonious possession of a firearm. The guy was on probation for a fourth felony OWI, pending adjudication on a fifth offense. And that is no joke, Carousel Bayrd.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: More proof, we suppose, for the social justice warriors to condemn school educational resource officers for feeding the “school to prison pipeline.”