Blaska scorches the airwaves
The head groundskeeper admits: we like Ali Muldrow. She’s a real sweetheart, cute as a button, and very engaging. (Save your Woke cluck clucking for the chicken coop.)
Ms. Muldrow vanquished your (not-so) humble bloggeur in the school board election three years ago. Now she’s president of the Madison Board of Education. Be careful what you wish for.
Ali hosts a noon interview program on WORT-FM radio on alternate Tuesdays; yesterday 11-23-21 Blaska was her interview specimen. To say it was lively is like saying an explosion in a fireworks factory was interesting.
We reproduce the hour-long program here. (If you listen to all of it you need to get a life. Temps predicted for the low 50s today; get out, take a walk.) But we’ll sketch a few highlights.
Madison schools have been roiled by student fights, most spectacularly at East high. Ali asked her heteronormative, aging male guest (pronouns: Sir, Your Lordship, and Squire) if he had never engaged in fights in his high school days. The answer was no, not really. (Popped a smart mouth once, glancingly, to shut him up. That’s about it.)
But we see what she’s trying to do: she’d like us to believe school brawls are the new normal. Kids are going to fight. It’s what they do.
Lover, not a fighter
We do not recall a 19-year-old man coming to school with other adults and whacking a 14-year-old girl with a table leg, as occurred at East high 11-08-21. Not saying it didn’t happen, but we think we’d remember a dozen police squad cars quelling multiple brawls with tear gas.
This is the first in-classroom school year since Ms. Muldrow voted to expel school resource police officers — the latest and greatest of progressive Madison’s retreat from discipline and personal responsibility in the name of “equity.” Her term expires next April.
We referenced “Mr. Rob,” the Whitehorse middle school “positive behavior coach” who was beaten about the face by an unruly student. Mr. Rob was forced out of a job because he is white, the unruly student, black. Ali expressed no regret.
No debate is complete without a mention of Kenosha these days. According to the president of the Madison school board, Kyle Rittenhouse is a “murderer.” Her guest ventured the opinion that an elected official, an educator, should have some respect for a jury trial.
A black man would have been convicted if he had killed two white people, Ali expostulated. Blaska parried: O.J. Simpson.
We have a caller
A listener called in with a big “What About?” What about those school mass shootings? Aren’t they all committed by white boys? Blaska agreed, then noted that all have been convicted. Or shot dead. We asked why the unrelenting drumbeat on race instead of behavior?
Muldrow and Blaska (like Mutt and Jeff) are friendly acquaintances. He congratulated the young lady on the recent birth of her little girl; she asked after #1 Son Max. We admire Ali Muldrow for being willing to engage a known conservative in in dialogue. We suspect she is a little bit intrigued by our exotic (for Madison) views.
He promised to gift her a copy of Prof. John McWhorter’s book, “Woke Racism; How a new religion has betrayed black America.” If she was interested in diverse dialogue could she appoint this Ronald Reagan/Tommy Thompson Republican to her proposed committee on school safety?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Ali Muldrow demurred.