Rampant crime? Look over here: Republicans!

EEK! They’re grotesque!

Lawyers will tell you that if their case is strong on the law, they pound on the law. If their case is weak on the law but strong on the facts, they pound on the facts. If their case is weak on both the law and the facts, they pound on the podium. 

That would explain all the pounding deep inside this morning’s sodden wad of newsprint (09-09-2020). It’s the excitable partisans at The Capital Times, voice of overly woke progressivism declaring — no, screeching:

“Vos and Fitzsimmons are grotesque caricatures of legislators.”

(Accessed here.) Why? Because the two Republican leaders declined to rush through Democrat Gov. Evers’ top-heavy package of legislation to “reform” the malfeasants plaguing Wisconsin (Snark Alert!) —  the men and women of law enforcement!

At State and Johnson Streets, the prevailing anti-cop sentiment among Madison progressives. “Break their fingers so they can’t shoot” and “Fk 12” (shorthand for police, in reference to the TV cop show, Adam 12.)

The Werkes doubts that Kenosha police needed to pump seven bullets into the back of Jacob Blake. But let’s get real: would any of Tony’s tonics have prevented their reaction to an armed criminal suspect who clearly was resisting arrest?  (“Fund community organizations that employ violence interruption strategies”? “Share employee records between police agencies”?) 

The corollary to lawyers and pounding on lecterns is Blaska’s Law of Politics #9 (Number 9, Number 9, Number 9 …): The quality of argument is in inverse proportion to the quantity of desperate invective.

The Left’s War on Cops isn’t working!

This morning’s tranche of newsprint also tells of one Myjee T. Sanders, who was but 15 years of age when, it is charged in criminal court, he shot to death a 17-year-old twelve months ago in Fitchburg.

Or the two Black kids who (it is alleged) executed Dr. Beth Potter and Robin Carre, on their knees. Or the three Black kids charged with killing that 11-year-old girl in one of Madison’s car-chase shootouts. Or her mother’s boyfriend who used the girl as a human shield. The whacking of Maurice Bowman on Schroeder Road and the retaliatory attack on several hundred people gathered at Garner Park. Just several of the 176 shots-fired incidents in Madison as of August 31 compared with 99 at this time last year. None of them by police.

Gee, Wally, didn’t we expel Madison police from our public schools? Didn’t Madison alders and Mayor Satya enact a police monitor? (Blaska wants a piece of the action!)

In the one-party Democrat(ic) satrapy of Chicago, 541 human beings have been murdered so far this year; 79% of them were Black, too many of them little children caught in the crossfire. None of them by police.

But the “Cops Out of Schools” Capital Times — like its allies at Freedom Inc., Free the 350 Bail Fund, and Progressive Dane — blames the police rather than poor parenting and the cult of victimhood, which blames “systemic racism” for the failures of wannabe victims like Madison’s own Althea “Smollett” Bernstein.

Blaska’s Bottom LineOne might say blaming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate leader Scott Fitzsimmons for killing Black people is a grotesque caricature of responsible journalism.

What might YOU say?

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33 Responses to Rampant crime? Look over here: Republicans!

  1. Currently residing in the Dane County jail, there are now two 16 year-olds, one 17 year-old, two 18 year-olds (should be 3 for the Arboretum executions) and one 19 year-old, all facing 1st degree intentional homicide charges, in adult court, for four murders. Two of the murders, along with several recent attempted murders, appear to be directly related to dealing marijuana.

    So obviously we need to keep weed illegal, and reform and defund the police.

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    • Alan Potkin says:

      Why the irony about “keeping weed illegal”? No possible connection between the perps’ own stoner mind-alteration and their horrific crimes, right? Everything’s totally groovy in Colorado following dope legalization there, ehhh?? Nothing to see, move right along!

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      • Alan are you of the opinion that the violence perpetrated by prohibition gangsters was due to their drinking demon rum? I don’t think Al Capone’s drinking caused the St. Valentine Day’s massacre. On the other hand, big profits from the sale of prohibited alcohol might have been a factor. Prohibiting a substance creates a tariff that is then collected by criminals. It happened with booze, and it happens with weed. And if there were a connection, as you suggest, between smoking weed and committing horrific crimes because brains were altered, I think we would have seen that by now.

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  2. Liberty says:

    You’re using facts and reason, which is not a liberal strong suit. They base their thoughts and actions on emotions, like children. This also helps explain why the woke are freaking out.

    I think you mean FitzGERALD?

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  3. Karen Emery says:

    Police reform is needed, however, I don’t believe it can be community by community. It would be good to agree on a Federal basis with input from experts all over the country as to what good, safe policing should be and then come out with Federal guidelines. Training is expensive for some smaller communities and I see area Federally run, state of the art training facilities staffed by experts who will train/retrain local police (and perhaps certify them), with police departments paying for some of the training to relieve the Federal cost burden. This is much like Homeland Security does in training its people or Camden, N.J. did on a small scale. The next time someone is shot, we could have better trained police and guidelines which everyone has agreed upon. Many shootings and unfortunate deaths are actually following accepted lawful policy, sometimes differing from state to state; however, the public sees only a video and reacts and condems without the facts. Unfortunately, as we saw the rejection of Tim Scott’s proposals, we often don’t want resolution, but political talking points (true or false) to use against ones opponents.

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    • David Blaska says:

      You want California standards in Wisconsin? Or, for that matter, Mississippi standards?

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      • Karen says:

        I agree that there are different standards across the country and I am usually for states rights to determine their own; however when it comes to criminal justice, couldn’t there be some common standards and training such as when or if to use a headlock or tear gas for example? City councils are deciding these things, hopefully to the dismay of the majority, and it seems before we all bow to the rule of the few, we should find some common, reasonable ground by which to judge our overburdened police? Would California, Mississippi or Wisconsin agree; sadly most likely not and we will continue to see police the victims of riots and harm when they are following what is considered “standard legal practice” in their state. As far as experts, I refer again to Camden N.J. and others who have overcome heavy crime rates successfully. I don’t consider those who are going to be on the Madison police oversight committee experts by any stretch and their decisions will most likely fly in the face of strong law enforcement policies.

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        • dad29 says:

          before we all bow to the rule of the few

          A Federal Commission of 100 in a nation of 330,000,000. ‘Bowing to the rule of the few’, indeed.

          I think you want to re-think. It’s not difficult to notice the difference between Romney and Sensenbrenner, but both are “Republicans.”

          Whether the Ruling Class wants to admit it or not, we DO have both the 9th and 10th Amendments for a reason. It’s called “subsidiarity”, the concept on which Federalism was founded. Let’s not toss it out.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      I agree with your post, but if your waiting for “federal guidelines” don’t hold your breath. Like screaming voter fraud and then telling people to vote twice. Senseless.

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    • Gary Kriewald says:

      “… with input from experts all over the country.” Would those “experts” include someone with an arrest record as is the case with the new police review board in Madison?

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    • Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

      Policing is an art and not a science. Police are the face of civilized society, enforce laws and thereby protect and serve the public. Cooperate with the officers and allow them leeway to do their job as best they can and as becomes necessary. Anyone who violently resists an officer is the author of their own consequences.

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      • pANTIFArts says:

        I’ve said it before, because of this “Police Reform” push in Democrat, Liberal, Progressive fiefdoms, law enforcement will ultimately be rendered impotent. For obvious reasons many people from these cities, and their environs, carry an entitlement that causes them to be more confrontational and combative toward responding Law Enforcement. This renders them incapable of complying with Police commands, and all but ensures “bad outcomes” When Law Enforcement ceases to represent “Authority”, and instead, becomes the “Opponent”, it all becomes a very deadly game for both sides. Every reform measure becomes another “broken window”, heading toward societal collapse.

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    • Paula F says:

      Considering that there are nearly one million law enforcement officers in the country and that tens of millions of encounters end positively, it’s inaccurate to claim that there’s a widespread problem with law enforcement and that sweeping reform is needed.

      (Last year, police officers fatally shot about one thousand people, most of whom were armed or considered dangerous. Black Americans comprised about a quarter of these encounters. These statistics have been relatively steady for at least the past five years.)

      Do we “reform” every single PD in the nation, even those who are already performing above standard? What may be reformative in some little town in the middle of nowhere can actually hinder the ability of cops to do their jobs in say, New York City.

      Moreover, every situation an officer encounter is nuanced, so a generic law of what cops should and shouldn’t do (especially when adrenaline is pumping and they have a split second to make a life-saving decision) can actually be harmful to the officer, the suspect, and the citizenry.

      We can’t rush or base our desire for “reform” on raw emotion and what we see in the news, which is often times based on narrative. These decisions must come from a place of understanding of citizens’ Constitutional rights as well as police science.

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      • Gary Kriewald says:

        “We can’t rush or base our desire for ‘reform’ on raw emotion ….” Unfortunately, the calls for reform–including outright abolishment of police–are indeed based on raw emotion–the kind that comes from adherence to a fanatical ideology espoused by BLM. And these people are not interested in reaching a “place of understanding of citizens’ Constitutional rights as well as police science”; instead, they seek to undermine citizens’ rights and replace them with the authority of the mob. That’s why ordinary citizens can’t enjoy dinner at a restaurant without being confronted by BLM thugs secure in their self-righteousness (and .certain that local officials will not dare criticize their criminal behavior).

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    • Kooter says:

      Police reform is not needed as the facts clearly indicate. When you use the term “experts” do you mean like the covid-19 experts that have been leading us so well these last 4 months? Experts are highly overrated and employed by people unwilling to put in the work themselves or decide for themselves.

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    • -t says:

      The “police reform is needed” premise is faulty and based on the public being shown incomplete information with feigned but contagious outrage stoked by Marx-wannabes looking to incite mob action and enact new rules to detract from effective policing. Wash-rinse-repeat.

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  4. madisonexpat says:

    When you’re fighting Global Climate Crises and reforming police across the nation, you cannot be expected to keep felons off the streets or govern locally.

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  5. Gary Kriewald says:

    I sugget a boycott of the restaurant whose plywood “artwork” advocates violence against the police. Can you imagine what would happen to a business on State Street (or anywhere else in Madison) that sported grafitti reading “Fuck BLM”?

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    • elizdelphi says:

      It is Short Stack Eatery, a pancake/breakfast restaurant. That’s their A-frame sign to the left of the frame saying how to order food. Sign urging violence has been there a while on the side windows of the restaurant and they have done nothing about it. I would never eat there.

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      • Sheppy says:

        The same place that used a go fund me page to raise $45,000 so they could cover their anticipated expenses over the winter season? I hear one of the local SJW organizations donated $10k of it.

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  6. Just a point about a criminal with a knife and shooting them multiple times…

    Point made?

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  7. pANTIFArts says:

    POWERFUL IMAGE, Steve —-One Quick Point— Every article, newscast, or discussion about the incident contains the phrase “shot in the back”, meant to imply an unexpected attack on an unaware person. Of course the truth is, if you turn to reach for a weapon you’ll be “shot in the back”. If you bend over to pick one up you’ll be shot in the butt,…….(etc)

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    • -t says:

      Another detail left out I think is 3 of the 7 shots missed, so he was hit “only” 4 times. That’s what Wikipedia says anyway.

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  8. dad29 says:

    The Werkes doubts that Kenosha police needed to pump seven bullets into the back of Jacob Blake.

    Anent Steve’s comment above, I doubt that The Werkes has any clue about deadly combat decisions. Maybe the officer should have said “PRETTY please” instead of just “Drop the knife”?

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    • dad29 wrote, “I doubt that The Werkes has any clue about deadly combat decisions.”

      Oh I think you’re dead wrong on that point.

      My photo was really not contrary to anything Dave posted in his blog, it was purely informational and I was going to post it a week or so ago but I just remembered it and figured here was as good a spot as any since the blog also covered that shooting.

      If you get into a knife fight everyone is going to get cut (everyone looses in that regard) and someone may be killed. If you get in a knife fight and you have a firearm, the wielder of the knife looses.

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      • dad29 says:

        I think you’re dead wrong on that point.

        You’re telling us that The Werkes’ principal is, indeed, a veteran of edged combat, or gunfights?

        OK. Then tell us the story.

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        • dad29 wrote, “You’re telling us that The Werkes’ principal is, indeed, a veteran of edged combat, or gunfights?”

          That’s NOT what I wrote and it’s also NOT what you wrote and if you’re actually so blindly ignorant to think that’s what you wrote then drag your goat smelling ass back to middle school and redo the comprehension part of all your reading classes.

          Having a clue about deadly combat decisions ≠ a veteran of edged combat, or gunfights. Only a blithering idiot would think those two thing are the same.

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  9. georgessson says:

    Larsen my Man! Kee-rect !

    “Anyone who violently resists an officer is the author of their own consequences.”

    Time tested police policies and experience are what cops rely on. That’s so things don’t escalate. Gettin’ tossed firmly to the ground? Not likin’ a knee on yer back? Don’t resist. Do NOT put a policeman in danger. So let’s NOT deny him all the needed tools to return home after a tough day at work.

    Since the 1930’s police training taught recruits these simple things. That was w-a-a-y before most perps had guns; w-a-a-y before cops were getting shot on a regular basis. It’s a dangerous occupation needing appreciation & support, not degradation.

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  10. dad29 says:

    Well, well, well. Stevie’s (self)-alleged ability to read the entrails of sound-scratches has seriously degraded his ability to read standard English, supposing that he ever had that ability in the first place.

    Incidentally, I wouldn’t let Li’l Stevie get near my ass with his lips, nor any other part of his corpulent body………….

    But that’s OK. Li’l Stevie’s mom still feeds him.

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