The cult of victimhood claims 2 lives

While progressives take aim at the police!

Madison WI is suffering another tragedy thanks to the identity politics played by the ruling progressive political class. Two young lives essentially ended on Thursday 09-17-2020 on the city’s fashionable west side. 

Mr. Chung

Anthony Chung, Memorial high school photo

Anthony M. Chung, age 22, a National Merit Scholar, Georgetown University student, and former student rep on the Madison school board was killed on the streets of Madison by another failed experiment in restorative justice.

Turning left from Mineral Point Road onto Grand Canyon Drive, Anthony’s vehicle was T-boned on the passenger’s side by a Jeep hurtling at 91 mph. The vehicle (possibly stolen) was driven by one Maurice M. Chandler, age 18. Maurice’s life is, essentially, over as well for — at long last — he will spend many years (if there is any justice) locked up and kept away from civilized society. His passenger, a young honors student at Madison Memorial and honors graduate of Miami University.

Not that Mr. Chandler hadn’t been given many chances. How is it that this clear and present danger was free to menace the streets of Madison? Eight times he had jumped bail! Ridiculously low, hundred dollar bail! At the time of the accident Chandler (according to the excellent report from Chris Rickert of the WI State Journal) had  seven open felony and misdemeanor cases against him, including stealing cars. And that’s just the adult court stuff we know about.

Chandler alleges he was renting the fatal vehicle — for a week! Was he also renting the “submachine-gun-style firearm” found in the vehicle?


Reverend Alexander Gee, do you mind if we express our own justified anger?


Mr. Chung

Maurice Chandler, jail booking photo

Thing of it is, Maurice Chandler had opportunities, too. He, also, had been a student in Madison’s public schools. Was he denied a National Merit scholarship because of his race or was he too often truant? Did the presence of a police officer in the hallways made him go bad? Did Madison’s supposed systemic racism curdle his soul? Not given enough second-, third- and fourth chances? Was the Derail the Jail movement too late to save him? Could defunding the cops prevent future Maurice Chandlers? 

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Enough snark. Why did Anthony Chung — also a racial minority — succeed while Maurice Chandler failed? Could it be that woke progressivism told Chandler he was a victim while Chung — no excuses! — was expected to succeed?

Police Captain Mike Hanson says the system is not working.
When will Madison listen?

 

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44 Responses to The cult of victimhood claims 2 lives

  1. Robski says:

    Not sure they ever will listen. Maybe if someone like Taggy Evers gets T-boned in his Prius or pancaked on his recumbent bike maybe they’ll start listening. Maybe if that unfit-to-serve pukebag Presitgiacomo was chemically burnt with a bleach bomb or blinded with a laser pointer at a peaceful protest they will take notice. I think it has to get worse before it gets better here. I’m not sure how much worse things can get, my dentist had his SUV stolen the other night with his dog in the vehicle FFS. Keep your heads on a swivel boys and girls. I’m looking for a Volvo station wagon from the ‘80s with a standard trans. Be safe everyone.

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    • Ed says:

      I doubt that T boning the Mayor, Tag, the DA, or even a judge will make a difference. Perhaps Mom Adams and/or Brandi by one of these restoration justice candidates/multiple bail jumpers might do it.

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  2. sentient7 says:

    BLM…..white folks just keep blamin’ poh black folks. ‘Course, white folks can’t understand dat cause they are too fragile and inherently evil. And don’t talk ta me about facts. White is the only fact to know.

    Change is impossible till all white folk leave and return to Australia an Iceland.

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  3. Almostarepublican says:

    The tragedy of it all is mind-numbing.

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  4. WashCoRepub says:

    Ever hear of high-achieving Asians sneered at as being “Uncle Toms?” Culture can serve as the Zeitgeist. It sets expectations, usually high. Getting up before 11 AM isn’t the biggest goal of the day. Awful story, truly heartbreaking.

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    • Gary Kriewald says:

      To add to the heartbreak, you know that Madison liberals will be utterly unmoved by Mr. Chung’s death–their only concern is that it be forgotten as soon as possible so that things can get back to the barely controlled chaos that’s become the “new normal” (how I loathe that phrase).

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  5. wm. tyroler says:

    I’m not sure I share the estimable host’s enthusiasm (“excellent report”) for the WSJ account. In the first instance, it omits the speed, 91 mph, a critical detail. More importantly, it omits details about those 8 open cases. One is battery by a prisoner in Lincoln County, 2019CF000131, filed on Aug. 2, 2019; he’s been bound over for trial and the case is set for status conference next month. You’d want, at a bare minimum to know the details of this nominally serious charge, and why it’s taken so long to accomplish relatively little. He was given a signature bond in that Lincoln County case: because he’d already picked up a still-open armed robbery in Dane County? Wouldn’t hurt for a curious journo to get the complaint and talk to the prosecutor in Lincoln.

    Some details also ought to have been provided about the Dane Co. cases, including that armed robbery, as to which he posted $1,000 cash bond on 8/22/19. He was out of custody for awhile. A bench warrant was issued for an unspecified violation (non-appearance? dirty urine?) on 12/9/19, so that didn’t take long. It appears he was taken into custody 1/27/20. The posted bail most likely was subject to forfeiture but no attempt was made to do so; instead, bail was raised to 2k. But that bail was amended 5/1/20 to $1250 and he was again released on (I think) 5/5/20. If there are further court hearings scheduled, and there must be, I couldn’t tell at a glance.

    With the armed robbery pending, he picked up a theft-type felony (eventually released on $250 cash bail) and a receiving stolen property misdemeanor (released on $100 cash bail). So, yes, there’s very much a story to be had about bail for repeat customers. The obvious guess is that they want to move as many people out of custody as possible because of COVID concerns, but you’d think informed Madisonians might want to know whether maybe someone with this profile should have been given a much closer look. As a non-Madisonian, I have to express curiosity as to why an obvious suicide results in the absurd spectacle of an hours-long Beltline shutdown (https://www.channel3000.com/all-lanes-blocked-on-eastbound-beltline-at-todd-drive-due-to-incident/), while the arguably preventable homicide of a young person generates so little attention. I gather that’s Mr. Blaska’s overarching point as well.

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    • sentient7 says:

      Exactly. The guy is innocent and is being publicly flogged even though innocent of all charges.

      That said — I am over 70 and never have been arrested for anything. Why would brother Chandler get so many arrests before age 25? Moral dyslexia?

      Give him another chance. Teach him to drive Big Rigs.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        “I am over 70 and never have been arrested for anything.”

        90 % of your problem and 90 % of your solution: You hung out with the wrong kind of people…

        ‘Course, that enviably clean record might indicate, to the lucid, that you hung out with the right kind of people.

        The Gotch

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        • Alfred E. Newman says:

          Or we’re smart enough to not get caught, or white.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “Or we’re smart enough to not get caught”

          Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good/smart.

          “or white.”

          YAWN!! The RAYcism behind every corner schtick is getting old AND played.

          The Gotch invites you to note the ratings plummeting amongst the Black Lies Matter core contingency; guilt-suffocated, self-loathing White Lefties like you.

          The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “I’m not sure I share the estimable host’s enthusiasm (‘excellent report’) for the WSJ account. In the first instance, it omits the speed, 91 mph, a critical detail.”

      From the Rickert article: “Information from the vehicle’s onboard computer shows it was going 91 mph just prior to impact, according to the criminal complaint.” (bolds/italics mine)

      The Lincoln County thing was likely at the Lincoln Hills School (WI DoC School System) in Irma, where he was a…um…resident as a minor.

      This now adult has been a miscreant POS THUG for a looooong time, and failure to properly manage his criminal insanity has resulted in the loss of an innocent life.

      When they start allowing wrongful death lawsuits to proceed against negligent DA’s will be when we’ll start seeing more realistic bail requirements.

      The Gotch

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  6. wm. tyroler says:

    Thanks for the correction. I blame insufficient caffeination for my careless reading. And society.

    Yes, incarceration at Lincoln Hills would be the likely bet, maybe the only one. Be curious to see the complaint though. Maybe it was an aggravated offense, maybe it was a zero-tolerance type charge. But that’s the. point: the complaint could well have some information of public interest about his background.

    Wrongful death claims against DAs? Zero chance: they have “quasi-judicial immunity.” Besides, it’s the judges who set bail, and they have what’s known as, well, judicial immunity from lawsuits stemming from their rulings. The only source of accountability is the electorate but, forget it, Jake, it’s Dane County. They seem perfectly fine with mobs shutting down roadways, tearing up State Street and Capitol Square, for that matter firebombing the City-County Building (or whatever it’s called these days). If they care about low bail being set in the interest of “decarceration,” let alone such that judges will feel the pinch, I haven’t seen it.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “the complaint could well have some information of public interest about his background.”

      That it would, but wouldn’t that be sealed with him having been a juvenile at the time?

      The Gotch

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      • wm. tyroler says:

        Good (cough cough) catch. I was being pretty sloppy. You’re right about his juvie background, which we’re unlikely to ever see. I meant that the allegations underpinning this Lincoln County charge — what he did exactly, to whom, and when — will be in the complaint. Whatever the circumstances of the offense, at this point there should be public interest knowing about them. The offense as defined by statute could cover a variety of harmful conduct: “Any prisoner confined to a state prison or other state, county, or municipal detention facility who intentionally causes bodily harm or a soft tissue injury[.]” And “bodily harm” in turn “means physical pain or injury, illness, or any impairment of physical condition,” while “soft tissue injury” is defined as “an injury that requires medical attention[.]” So the conduct could be something violent, or it could be *relatively* innocuous. A good journalist would want to track down that info and break the story, whichever way it goes.

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    • sleeperd says:

      “..tearing up State Street..” For the life of me, I cannot comprehend how the business people of Madison allow this to go on…..
      The most basic contract in government is…. “you.. the citizen pay me… the government.. property taxes in return for which I promise to provide you with police and fire protection..”
      Any mayor who tell police to “stand down” during riots is aiding and abetting… and violating that basic government contract. They should be frogmarched right straight to the nearest jail.

      WHY ARE THERE NO LAWSUITS….!!?????

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  7. AdamC says:

    Asian families have traditional values, 2 parents, expect their children to behave, study, learn, and to show respect for education.

    Black families tolerate gangsta thug criminal culture, 70% of Black children grow up without fathers in the home, and Black culture vilifies education as their sworn enemy while literally deifying criminals.

    Any surprise there are “inequities”?

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  8. Mark 78 says:

    91 MPH on Mineral Point Road does seem excessive but it is a nice straight stretch of pavement. The best I’ve observed on Odana Rd is probably upper 50’s, but there are curves on that portion of the track. North Whitney Way has a fair amount of full throttle uphill accelerations from dead stops and South Midvale is famous for its ability to simulate free fall down.

    Perhaps the City Council should propose putting day glow turtle cutouts at every intersection or perhaps adding rainbow flags where only red ones exist in the crossing bins. It just seems like some type of artistic based gesture should be made by the City to bring awareness of velocity growth on our streets. Perhaps more grade school children with safety vests would help.

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  9. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    From the neighborsnextdoor website (they report/you decide!):

    “The current charges against (Chandler) in this case are: first-degree reckless homicide (Felony B), knowingly operating a motor vehicle while revoked, causing death (Felony H), first-degree reckless injury x2 (Felony D), first degree recklessly endangering safety (Felony F), as well as FIVE counts of felony bail jumping (Felony H) and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping (Misd A). Three others were injured in the crash, ages 22, 20 and 19, all of Madison.

    “In addition to those charges, there are many, many other open cases against Chandler, including Theft-Moveable Property from Person or Corpse (Felony G, St. 943.20(1)(a) (8-2-2019), Misappropriate ID Info to Obtain Money (Felony F, St 943.201(2)(a), Bail Jumping Misdemeanor (Misd A, St 946.49), Receiving or Concealing Stolen Property (Misd A 11-5-2019), Theft of Moveable Property (Misd A, St 943.20, 8-20-2019), Battery of Prisoners, Felony H, St 940.20(1) 8-20-2019, Armed Robbery (Felony C, 8-2-2019), Operating Vehicle w/out Consent (ie stolen car) (Misd A, St 943.23(4m), 2-27-2019).”

    Clearly, Chandler’s needs haven’t been met…

    The Gotch

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    • Liberty says:

      Chandler’s needs. What about Anthony’s right to live?

      Millions of people of all races have been victims of childhood trauma yet never felt compelled to turn to crime.

      Maybe leftism really IS a mental disorder.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        “Maybe leftism really IS a mental disorder.”

        Maybe???

        From the Dr. Lyle Rossiter Jr. seminal tome The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness:

        “The radical left’s efforts to regulate the people from cradle to grave. To rescue us from our troubled lives, the liberal agenda:
        *recommends denial of personal responsibility,
        *encourages self-pity and other-pity,
        *fosters government dependency,
        *promotes sexual indulgence,
        *rationalizes violence,
        *excuses financial obligation,
        *justifies theft,
        *ignores rudeness,
        *prescribes complaining and blaming,
        *denigrates marriage and the family,
        *legalizes all abortion,
        *defies religious and social tradition,
        *declares inequality unjust, and
        *rebels against the duties of citizenship.

        “Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods, services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage, educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions.

        “Radical liberalism thus assaults the foundations of civilized freedom. Given its irrational goals, coercive methods and historical failures, and given its perverse effects on character development, there can be no question of the radical agenda’s madness.

        ONLY AN IRRATIONAL AGENDA WOULD ADVOCATE A SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF THE FOUNDATIONS ON WHICH ORDERED LIBERTY DEPENDS.” (bolds.caps/italics mine)

        The Gotch

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      • Gary Kriewald says:

        It’s the kind of mental disorder generated by membership in a cult–no different than what caused followers of Jim Jones to kill themselves and followers of Charles Manson to kill others. In both cases, the leaders preached peace and love while urging their followers to commit horrific crimes. Sound familiar?

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        • Liberty says:

          Gary, exactly!

          I was pondering this same connection the other day and even mentioned the Tate-LaBianca murders on this very same blog.

          I do indeed see similarities between Manson’s followers and today’s leftist cult. There is no question in my mind.

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  10. One of THOSE says:

    My fantasy is that Jet Li shows up to deliver some ass-whuppin to Madison “progressives” a la “Kiss of the Dragon”.

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  11. Liberty says:

    There is tragedy in both of these stories, but most of my tears are being shed for Anthony Chung tonight, who did absolutely nothing to deserve this. This could have been any one of us or our loved ones on that street at that given time.

    That there is not a scintilla of sadness about this being echoed from Madison’s liberal elite is sickening.

    I’m sorry for young perpetrators who suffer trauma during childhood, but so have millions of others (of all races) who never felt compelled to turn to crime.

    Maurice Chandler fell prey to victimhood mentality, which is promoted and embraced regularly by area politicians, prosecutors, district attorneys, and activists. THEY are culpable in this but will not only not accept any blame, but will likely find a way to blame a “racist” system.

    I did absolutely nothing to contribute to this lawlessness, and refuse to accept any responsibility because I happen to be white.

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  12. Liberty says:

    As for Captain Hanson and Madison PD, they are a HUGE letdown. Their complicity in allowing highways to be shut down by demonstrators, their silence as Madison is under siege by domestic terrorists, and their orders for rank and file to stand down and let known suspects go free, is APPALLING.

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    • sleeperd says:

      They are in violation of their contractual obligations to citizens: we pay property taxes in return for a guarantee of fire and police protection.
      Their inaction is aiding and abetting local terrorists which makes them just as guilty.
      They should be arrested and charged.

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  13. Bill says:

    I have said it before but I think it bears repeating: The oath of office for ANY public official in the State of Wisconsin reads as follows:

    I,_______________having been elected or appointed to the office of ____________________, but have not yet entered upon the duties thereof, swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and will faithfully discharge the duties of said office to the best of my ability.

    So help me God.

    Click to access el_154_official_oath_rev_2018_09_pdf_17615.pdf

    Any judge, any public official who takes that oath has to carry out that oath. Any one that does not, does not deserve our adherence to their wishes, whims or dictates. It is WE THE PEOPLE that they serve, not the other way around.

    Just my opinion but:

    Clearly, the thug, Maurice Chandler was never taught how to behave in a polite society. His way of living was totally for himself. He should have been taught to be a good citizen starting with the good book the Bible. Might have kept him from making the kind of mistakes he has made in his life.

    Humility before God is the first lesson you need to learn.

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    • Alfred E. Newman says:

      Which god(s)?

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      • Liberty says:

        If there is one true Creator, and I strongly believe there is, whichever path you use to get close to Him and His word (whether going to church or self prayer) will suffice. Every religion and every individual is different, and so each will have a different understanding of God.

        Even for people who don’t believe in God, which you apparently don’t, the Bible (or the Torah, etc.) has foundational lessons that if practiced, strengthens humanity. The Catholic nuns, it turns out, were on to something when they lectured us about the seven deadly sins.

        I find that leftists would rather put their faith in government, but government is unreliable.

        I also find that they look down on people who believe in God, treating them as dumb oafs. They arrogantly sling the tired old argument that science created everything in this universe. On the contrary. Understanding that that science can help explain the complexities of the universe, but that it didn’t create it, does indeed take a developed mindset.

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  14. Liberty says:

    If Anthony Chung had been shot by a police officer, the left in this city would be slobbering over themselves, crying foul. Highways would be closed down. Riots would ensue, the city ablaze.

    Since Anthony was killed as a result of bleeding heart policies, I doubt one leftist tear will be shed.

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  15. Sheppy says:

    I’m anxiously awaiting the news story that features Maurice’s graduation picture and his Grandma talking about him just getting his life together, likely in tomorrows WSJ along with the Mayor demanding his quick release.

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  18. sad sack says:

    how can these judges sleep at night, letting this guy out after all these charges? and a beautiful Asian-American life destroyed…………awful, awful.

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