Had a great burger and the freshest cole slaw ever at Nick’s, a Madison State Street institution. Place is straight out of the 1940s. Tiny bathrooms downstairs. Hope it survives the plague and BLM. So many will not.
Tommy Bartlett’s 1950s-style water ski show at the Dells succumbed and Wisconsin is the poorer for it. (In fact, it began in 1952.)
Yeah, downtown is still boarded up and four of every five life forms are masked marauders, even those walking solo under a mile-high sky. They’re watching too much CNN.
Went downtown to photo the latest insult to Wisconsin military veterans but the most recent batch of graffiti slathered on the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on the Capital Square had already been painted over this noon (09-17-2020).
One property owner told the Werkes he had to shell out $400 to get a three-quarters inch sheet of plywood over his window and do it NOW before they hit my place! That’s not gouging, that is supply and demand.
One storekeep has a bright idea. Put the plywood on hinges so can lower for business during the day and raise at night.
Shopkeepers are considering getting the pull-down steel mesh grates that one sees in the seedier parts of Karachi, Pakistan. Count on city planning experts to object. The ones that make the great clanking noise.
Law enforcement in for shave & haircut
Budget time is approaching in the Peoples’ Republic. Which alders will move to defund the police? Ol’ Sparky (our Eisenhower-era mainframe computer) predicts Alds. “Mad Max” Prestigiacomo, Tag (You’re it!) Evers, Shiva Bidar, and Rebecca Kemble (Progressive Dane, all) will be front and center. Sparky also spit out the names of Huey Newton and Stokely Carmichael but we attribute that to a short in one of its North Korean budget vacuum tubes.
County Board meets tonight to listen to citizens on next year’s budget, including a $132 million jail rebuild (smaller but more humane). All the usual cop haters will flood the zone. Far as I am concerned, Sheriff Mahoney endorsed the Derail the Jail people. Until he gets off his knees he can live with them.
Indoctrination starts young
This past Sunday (09-13-2020) the Kids March for BLM featured an anti-racist baby reading. S-bomb you not. School board member Ali Muldrow (Progressive Dane/Cops Out of Schools) was a featured speaker. Movement for Black Lives organizer Allison Bell Bern said … kids are like sponges at these events.”
“This intent of this event is to show the city of Madison that defunding the police is an urgent, mainstream issue and to help parents and children begin or continue the process of reimagining what safety means in a world that values community wellbeing over punishment and people over property.” (Quoted at Madison365)
It was sponsored by Allies for Black Lives Matter, where one Phya Nicole pleads:
White people: please stop weaponizing positivity. I don’t choose negativity. White supremacy created Conditions such that joy and autonomy are fleeting or unobtainable.
Your “focus on the positivity” ass argument is truly [f-bombed] up. It exalts your privilege. It dismisses the pain and hurt that come with blackness. Your “choice” is an undesirable privilege. Who chooses to ignore pain, murder hurt? Breonna killers still [F-bomb]-ing free.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Is positive that weaponizing that guy with the baseball bat and bullhorn, blaming the police for criminality, and forcing a run on plywood are making a a once vibrant Downtown fleeting or unobtainable.
Why are YOU so positive?