Tear gas in Madison WI

Madison is under a coronavirus lockdown AND a curfew.

Hundreds riot?

Did not see THAT coming! Did Madison authorities? Busted windows, looting, a police car torched, rocks thrown, small fires, and overturned planters on State Street, Madison WI. 75 businesses damaged and/or looted. Fireworks hurled at police responding in full riot gear. At least one police officer injured. (More here.)

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photos by Max Blaska who with cousin Olivia
went on clean-up this Sunday morning

That’s a riot, not a demonstration. It was not confined to State Street, either.  They looted East Towne and West Towne malls on the far ends of town. The participants are criminals, not activists. And, no, they are not out of town agitators. Madison grows its own self-righteous social justice warriors. Madison trains agitators. exports provocateurs. The great University of Wisconsin-Madison supplies the intellectual apologia for anarchy.

Like this get-out-of-jail-free card from The Nation“There’s only one Possible Conclusion: White America likes its killer cops.” (Actually, there’s another explanation: The Nation wants a socialist revolution.)

Another liberal city burns

Did anyone see this coming? Perhaps. Police chief Vic Wahl, Sheriff Mahoney, and UW-PD chief Kristen Roman tried to tamp down violence with a sympathetic, we’re-outraged-too Zoom video last week. But “if Madison cannot lead the way in violent protest it will copycat.”  Can’t be outdone by the Twin Cities, which endured its fifth day of violence after George Floyd died after abusive police custody. 

The Policy Werkes stopped by the demonstration — when it was still peaceful —  at 2 Saturday afternoon on the E. Washington Ave. side of the State Capitol. (It began at noon with a march to the site of Tony Robinson Jr.’s death on Willy Street after the 19-year-old resisted police.) 


Before the riots started (at about 5 p.m.) we were prepared to get all indignant about the graffiti done to the statue of Wisconsin’s unknown Norwegian, Col. Hans Christian Heg. We asked folks gathered around whether they knew that this man died to free the slaves. Not that they cared. 

“We subscribe to the broken windows theory of policing; allowing that graffiti (we also saw some on the Capitol itself) begets more lawlessness.” 

Then again, an arrest recorded on a hundred smart phones is just what the professional agitators want. Make no mistake; many are trained for just such a provocation. Freedom Inc., which has shut down local governmental meetings, organized Saturday afternoon’s protest, according to Dylan Brogan at Isthmus. And yes, Brandi Grayson was in force.

The perpetrators of George Floyd’s death are being criminally prosecuted. The weekly slaughter on the streets of Chicago, not so much. 

Statement from interim Police Chief Vic Wahl:

One MPD squad was broken into, driven a short distance and then set on fire.  The vehicle was a complete loss. Two rifles were stolen from the vehicle before it was destroyed. Several other squads sustained damage.

Throughout the night officers were pelted with hard objects, including rocks, bottles and chairs. One officer was injured; many were struck by objects and avoided serious injury due to protective equipment.

The MPD armored rescue vehicle was hit by a bullet. Multiple small fires were set and extinguished in the area. A number of businesses in other parts of the City were also looted, including both East Towne and West Towne malls.

Three arrests were made; MPD will be working to identify, arrest and prosecute others who engaged in acts of violence, property damage, looting or theft.

MPD remains committed to protecting community members’ First Amendment rights.  However, violence and property damage will not be tolerated. 



Various local leaders issued statements

Kaleem Caire: This isn’t a protest. This is unrest. There is absolutely nothing pro-active about what is happening right now. The change makers left downtown before 6 o’clock and their voices still matter. George Floyd deserves better!


Clean-up this Sunday morning 05-31-2020 on lower State Street

Blaska’s Bottom Line: The prize goes to progressive-Madison Rep. Mark Pocan, who said, basically, “You’re making Donald Trump’s day.” Yeah, we forgot. The President is a racist, hates Jews, colluded with Russia, and eats hydroxychloroquine. But remember this: Neither Madison WI, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. or Oakland CA has seen a conservative mayor any time in the last 40 years.

What do YOU think?

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20 Responses to Tear gas in Madison WI

  1. Nothing will change until we the people stop justifying and enabling these violent social justice warrior thugs!

    I am sick and tired of the brazen hypocrisy of the riots across the country. Anytime people right of political center protest the media and the political left immediately label the entire group as racists, white supremacists, haters, murderers, etc, etc, but now that the shoe is on the other foot the media is covering the “protests” in an entirely different light; the protesters are now patriotic, an unheard minority, some of the media are condemning the violence and bring forth the arguments of those that are protesting in a non-violent manner but they are NOT applying the same moral standards to the entirety of the protesters as they do when it’s conservatives protesting. The media’s brazen hypocritical coverage of the “protests” is immoral!

    The media is clearly an enemy of anyone that doesn’t fall inline with the hive mind of the extreme political left, that does make the media an enemy of the people, just happens to be a selective group of people! The anti-conservative leftist media are brazen hypocritical bigots.

    The violent social justice warriors tearing up the streets across the USA are immoral thugs and need to be put in prison! No exceptions.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Dang yer eyes Steve, you beat me to it on the Hawk’s slobbering.

      Were The Gotch their insurance carrier, he’d immediately quintuple their rates, or cancel them out entirely!

      The Gotch

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    • Gregory Humphrey posted this on his Caffeinated Politics Facebook page…

      Humphrey posted that with absolutely no commentary whatsoever.

      I replied and I quote…

      That is a cherry picked statement out of an overall tone of non-violent protesting; the statement itself is an unethical rationalization. Absolutely everything else MLK said in that interview was promoting ethical and non-violent protesting.

      In fact MLK said in the same interview, “I would hope that we can avoid riots because riots are self-defeating and socially destructive.”

      People shouldn’t bastardize MLK’s words to rationalize the violence and robberies that are the results of riots.

      My opinion of Martin Luther King…
      I was a child when Martin Luther King Jr. presented his “I Have A Dream” speech and I vividly remember the years of social turmoil and riots. I remember the firebombing of black churches, one of which was very close to my home in our close-knit poor inner city Highland Park neighborhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Throughout my younger years I grew up seeing open racism towards blacks and I never really understood it or condoned it. I hate to say it but as a youngster I was passive about racism even though I disagreed with it; however, the older I got and the more my character grew, my voice gained its freedom to be heard and I began to speak out against racism when I saw it. As the years went by I began to fully understand what King was talking about, what his dreams consisted of, and my admiration of King’s dreams grew.

      King was an intelligent man and appeared to me to be the epitome of an honorable activist with a just moral cause and he displayed the personal fortitude to push forward against all odds. It’s clear to me that King’s intentions were to help steer the United States of America towards a social change that would shift our society from the brazen inequalities in 1963 to a more moral and ethical society based on the words of the founding fathers of the United States. As I came to understand it, the core of King’s dream was to make the statement inscribed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” more than just a meaningless moral platitude, he wanted it to be part of our core beliefs, an integral part of our everyday life and become an automatic part of our decision making process. King’s dream speech was a courageous public act. King’s public activism was courageous throughout the movement, and King paid the ultimate price for his courage. Regardless of King’s ethical struggles in other areas of his life I believe King’s public activism to be very heroic. King is a true American hero.

      What did Humphrey of Caffeinated Politics do after I posted my comment, he deleted it. I reposted the comment multiple times and each time Humphrey deleted it until he ultimately chose to prevent me from posting any comments on his Caffeinated Politics page.

      Above are the facts and nothing but the facts.

      Here is my opinion based on those facts.
      Ask yourself why would someone like Humphrey delete my three part comment, the first part is 100% fact based comment about the article he linked to, the second part was my opinion of how Martin Luther King’s words are being misused, and the third part was a glowing personal opinion of Martin Luther King? I literally presented additional information, actual facts, from the article that Humphrey linked to that was NOT contained in the headline MLK: A riot is the language of the unheard. My only explanation for Humphrey’s actions is that my comment contradicted the narrative that Humphrey was pushing and that was to rationalize rioting “protesters” across the United States. It appears that the only thing that Humphrey wanted people to see was the headline and anything that contradicted the narrative contained in the rationalizing headline he intentionally prevented the public from seeing by deleting it and preventing the author of the comment to comment on the page.

      This does not reflect the opinion of Blaska Policy Werkes or any other person, I am only speaking for myself. It’s my personal opinion based on my personal observation of Gregory Humphrey of Caffeinated Politics’ actions that Gregory Humphrey is a morally bankrupt political hack that must think that the ends justifies the means.

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    • Here is a followup comment that Hawk’s Bar & Grill posted and my reply to that comment…

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        It’s times like these that The Gotch actually thinks being on FacePlant (to b!tchslap eminently b!tchslappable Lefties) might just be worth it.

        But he’ll content himself to watch Steve eviscerate them with brutal surgical precision.

        The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Ask them how they feel about the novel concept of Community Policing put forth by the FreeDUMB Inc, Derail the Jail, Young, Gifted, and STOOPID slobberers.

      The Gotch

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    • Just to show you how utterly ridiculously partisan and anti-Trump Humphrey can be, get this one; Humphrey posted this on his Caffeinated Politics page on May 31, 2020 at 3:24AM…

      Yes Humphrey who has been smearing anyone that chooses not follow COVID-19 guidelines for safe conduct in the public during the pandemic is actually smearing President Trump for not shaking hands, which would have been a bare hand to bare hand contact, with an Air Force officer. Humphrey has shown me that he’s a brazen hypocrite, a political hack, and a moron.

      Here is a link to a video of the same “Oh The Horror!!!!!!!!” incident.


      Better impeach the President for this one.


      • You better go view that video quickly before they pull it so they can continue to build upon their false narrative smear around the photo of President Trump not shaking hands with an Air Force officer.


    • Sprocket says:

      Some of us are old enough to remember all the way back to a few months ago. Back when a bunch of legally armed citizens peacefully gathering, then picking up their trash and leaving, was labeled a terrorism by the left. Now that leftist groups are burning cities, looting, and attacking law enforcement, apparently the standards are somewhat different.

      The gas-lighting by the media has been stunning to behold. While we’ve seen this before, with the leftist mobs at Republican campaign rallies and university campuses, these riots have raised the bar on narrative framing. Whether reinforcing the trope that blacks are uniquely at risk from police conduct, presenting America as overwhelmingly racist, or standing amidst the destruction and coloring the looting and arson as legitimate political protest, the media have gleefully stoked the violence.

      If you think this round was fun, wait till election season heats up. They have discovered violence is consequence free, and you’re stupid if you think they’re not taking notes.

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  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ANTIFA ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO STREET GANGS. Unless they outnumber you by at least 100 to 1, they are completely non-threatening. One thing Blacks, Whites, women, men, Muslims, atheists, and Christians all have in common? There are YouTube videos of them BEATING THE CRAP OUT OF ANTIFA.

    The average Antifa is a pasty, doughy low-testosterone college-aged male who has never done manual labor or been in a fight, but feels confident that maybe he can at least sucker-punch a girl from behind or hit a guy with a bike lock or something, as long as he’s wearing a mask and in a crowd of at least 50 like-minded dorks.

    Yell ‘boo,’ however, and they all scatter. They generally don’t vote and literally do not know what a ‘fascist’ is or what the word ‘Nazi’ is an abbreviation of.

    These gutless morons have officially passed the pu$$ies from Power Rangers to claim the title of Least Threatening Minions in Ninja Outfits.

    State Street’s Hawk’s Bar-n-Grill is awarded the Gold for virtue-signalling STOOPIDITY on steroids!

    To wit:

    “As a state street business we will say this. We have insurance. While we don’t want to have our place damaged…If burning everything to ground brings proper attention to the disgusting injustice in our country…So be it… Our property is replaceable. Black lives aren’t. (bolds/italics mine)

    If THAT isn’t holding yer hands back, meekly hoisting the White Flag, and begging to get pasted, The Gotch doesn’t know what is!

    On the subject of flags:

    “Every Normal Man Must Be Tempted, At Times, To Spit Upon His Hands, Hoist The Black Flag, And Begin Slitting Throats.” H. L. Mencken

    The Gotch

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  3. Tom Paine says:

    Legacy of my relative, HC Heg, will never die, regardless the graffiti.

    Best line of your post: And, no, they are not out of town agitators. Madison grows its own self-righteous social justice warriors. Madison trains agitators. exports provocateurs. The great University of Wisconsin-Madison supplies the intellectual apologia for anarchy.

    My, what a civil environment. Too bad folks didn’t leave the soviets of Dane and Madison sooner.
    Enjoy the righteous anarchists and their crop of toxic weeds.


  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Fred Mr. Rogers Rogers:

    When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ ”

    The Gotch was heartened to watch the video of all the helpers on State Street this a.m.!

    The Gotch

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  5. John Marx says:

    A minor point: Sue Riesling retired in 2016. The UWPD Chief is Kristen Roman.


  6. Marge Bils says:

    Thanks to all the people who volunteered to help clean up, including your son Max & his cousin. I’m sure business people are grateful for the support.
    Most of us have been isolated for over 2 months (me for 3 since I had eye surgery in February) & wearing masks & social distancing. Will all these people gathering for protests /riots mean a surge in COVID & we’ll be locked down for the rest of the year? Officials did not warn protesters about such large gatherings. Yet Madame Mayor & the Governor scolded gatherings protesting the long lockdown. 🤔


  7. Marge Bils says:

    Thank you to your son Max & his cousin for helping clean up State st. I’m sure business owners are grateful.
    Grateful for our police force who are trying to protect our city. Wish our mayor was more grateful to them.


  8. The violence started in Madison, WI last night and my wife and daughter work in a hospital in Madison. They have to drive straight through the Park St. area of Madison that regularly has criminal violence late at night and if the protests get near to their place of work or in the area they have to drive through during the day and evening hours I’m going to have to personally escort them to and from work.

    Please read the contents of this comment…



  9. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    Apparently some #BlackLivesMatter more than others. The 99% who are murdered by other blacks don’t matter as much as the one “choiced” (H/T: da Gotch), by a corrupt cop.

    As a former card carrying, press pass enabled member of the late great Fourth Estate, I can say that it still holds true, “If it bleeds, … it leads.” The hive-minded Fourth Estate has become more of a Fifth Column, … a domestic enemy within America. They try to keep us divided by political identity; class, sex, color and creed.

    Who knew that all it took to cure the ‘Rona was a race riot?

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  10. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    UPDATE: The Gotch has learned that the Twin Cities Mayors and MN Governor have WALKED BACK their Out-Of-Town-Protesters statements after the Hennepin County Jail blotter found that 38 of the 45 arrested had Minnesota addresses, only 3 outside the Twin Cities area.

    ”(MN Governor) Walz said that officials should be able to get a better idea of which arrested protesters were from out of state after Saturday night.”

    The Gotch

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