“If bus rapid transit is the biggest winner in Rhodes-Conway’s budget,
public safety may be the biggest loser.” — WI State Journal on the Mayor’s just-released budget proposal
$200,000 for a taxpayer-paid police critic
“Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s proposed budget keeps police staffing flat — a move that former police chief Mike Koval said in July will necessitate moving 12 positions from units focusing on neighborhood policing, gangs and other proactive work to patrol.”
The resignation of Mike Koval as chief of police could very well shake the foundations of progressive hegemony in The Emerald City, where up is down and car jackers, cafeteria brawlers, and drive-by shooters are victims and police are the problem.
Beyond some boilerplate “thanks for your service,” Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway is keeping mum. Progressive Dane is hunkered in the bunker. The Capital Times blames Ron Johnson. Because Mike Koval did not go quietly into that good night. (See the sidebar at right.)
“We have been great advocates for victims and potential victims. That means asking for commitment and asking for prosecution [but] that almost seems counter-intuitive in this community.” — Mike Koval
Once again, Chief Koval has put progressive Madison on notice.
City will police the police
The Progressive Dane mayor will allocate $200,000 in tax dollars for a full-time police critic and support staff but not a single extra beat cop. (“Madison seeks felons, squatters, illegal aliens, and addicts to judge the police.”) Meanwhile in Madtown:
- This morning, drive-by shooters unloaded on a house and an auto on Milwaukee Street.
- Police are seeking two fugitives considered armed and dangerous for a murder on the North side.
- Teens aged 16 and 13 are wanted for a car and home burglary spree in Fitchburg and Verona.
Is it the Stockholm syndrome? Wanting to curry favor with those who have kidnapped the public narrative? Paula Fitzsimmons reminds that Madison’s police union endorsed this mayor! “By attempting to curry favor with Progressive Dane, they solidified your department as one to walk all over, and basically placed “Kick Me” signs on your backs.”
Parents won’t discipline their kids
Which takes us, counter-intuitively, to comedian Bill Maher, quoted in a NY Times interview, “On the Perils of Political Correctness.”
“Parents have been spineless in disciplining their kids. When I was growing up you could never drive a wedge between your parents and the teacher. Now the parents always back their precious darlings, and that’s why you have grade inflation and kids who leave school without knowing anything. … Being brought up this way is going to lead these kids to ruin.”
“You see color, always, so you can register your white privilege. But I grew up in the Martin Luther King era: Judge by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
“The politically correct people are not concerned about social justice. They care about putting scalps on the wall. … Are we at this place where we can’t admit that we’ve ever had bad thoughts and gotten over them and become a better person?”
Maher suggests American progressivism is Stalinism: “We live in an age where people want to cancel other people and disappear them.”
Cry ‘racism’ and you WILL be quoted
Because it fits the news media’s chosen narrative. Which is why Ann of Althouse calls it “the least surprising story of the week.” That 12-year-old girl in Virginia who said three white boys held her down in a school playground during recess, covered her mouth, called her names and cut her hair? She made it all up! Not true. One big lie. A juvenile Jussie Smollet hoax, breathlessly reported.
Which is why Ms. Althouse “said from the start that this story should never have been reported, certainly not with the little girl’s name!”
Sound familiar? Madison’s Whitehorse middle school, anyone?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: To all who say they are tired of Madison’s screwed up priorities, where have you been? Did you run for alder? School board? Show up to testify at a meeting? Write a letter to the editor? How about e-mailing the mayor and the alders? (Do so at the sidebar.) Did you even vote?