Are we not supposed to fear crime?

Playing the race card didn’t work for Dukakis, either.

Recharged the battery for Blaska’s e-bike last April so maybe this mid-October day, with sunny skies and temps predicted in the upper 60°s F,  it’s time to take it out. Think we’ll start out — wait a second, we’re detecting a dog whistle!  

Yes, definitely, a dog whistle!
Oooh, it’s LOUD!
Legs are twitching, trigger finger getting itchy!
Someone light the tiki torches!

If you hear the same dog whistle, you’re a conservative Republican like the Squire. It’s telling us to be afraid of crime! Not to welcome crime. Not to excuse it away as the natural result of Covid pandemic lockdowns. Or paltry teacher pay hikes. Or the failure of Biden’s original Build Back Better.

Can. Not. Resist. Dog whistle!
Must. Be. Afraid.

Whew! We’re like baseball outfielder Reggie Jackson in Naked Gun. “Must. Kill. The Queen.” (Sorry, someone beat you to it.) (Too soon?) At least, according to a scribbler out of Philly named Will Bunch in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal. 

Want to get published in our favorite Madison WI morning daily newspaper? Write a hit job on Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI. Go ahead, resort to every tired cliché and open-sourced Democrat(ic) party talking point. They’ll print it! Will Bunch even recycles Willy Horton because — demagoguery alert! — RACE CARD!  

Not only is Sen. Johnson Republican, he is also, Bunch reports, lamentably WHITE! Whereas Johnson’s Democrat(ic) challenger is black. Not just black, but “Young, gifted, and Black.” (He capitalizes, we don’t.)

Partisan hackery

Someone dug out a faded, 40-year playbook and found their old box of racist dog whistles. The GOP is partying like it’s 1988 — the year that scary pictures of a felon they called Willy Horton … If you lived through that 1988 presidential race … or just know how the inertia of American white supremacy generally flows, you won’t be surprised to learn the … GOP strategy still works.

— Will Bunch, “GOP parties like it’s 1988

Milwaukee is on track to break last year’s record high for homicides. That the overwhelming number of them are black on black crimes matters not to the progressive hack. That the district attorneys in Milwaukee and Philadelphia follow the Chesa Boudin example of San Francisco — depopulate the prisons. Doesn’t matter. 

“Milwaukee's soaring homicide rate renews debate over cash bail. The city is experiencing the biggest increase in shootings in the country, according to a mid-year analysis of 24 large cities.” — Time magazine.

Johnson Republicans, Bunch bellows, are stoking “a toxic mix of crime, fear, and straight-up racism to scare white middle-class voters about a rival who in this instance happens to be an African American.”

Ilhan Omar is ‘brilliant’

Why else would Republicans picture Barnes with “three women of color,” Bunch asks, who happen to be the far-left progressive darlings, aka “The Squad”? Never mind that Barnes is openly auditioning to join their ranks. (“Barnes reckons with his liberal past.” — Washington Post.) Criticize a black person (we do not capitalize “white,” so why …) and be served the race card.

It just happens to be true. CNN reports: “Mandela Barnes has signaled support for removing police funding and abolishing ICE – despite his ads claiming otherwise.”

Progressives need never contemplate why anyone — even clueless Mike Dukakis — would free convicted murders for a weekend on the town. Not when the Race Card is played face up!

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sorry, Bunch, your race card has been declined for lack of funds. As for the State Journal, please report this as an in-kind campaign contribution to the Mandela Barnes campaign. 

How is it progressives can hear our dog whistles when we can’t?

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43 Responses to Are we not supposed to fear crime?

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    “How is it progressives can hear our dog whistles when we can’t?

    Rhetorical question…?

    Anywho; the person that HEARS the dog whistle IS the dog!

    And crime? What crime?


    “Though the number of homicides and some violent crimes dropped slightly in the first half of 2022 compared to 2021, violence in major American cities still remains dramatically higher than it was before the pandemic.

    “In early December, ABC News reported that a dozen U.S. cities still set homicide records in 2021: Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Austin, Texas; Rochester, New York; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

    Just east of the 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality, Milwaukee’s 2022 homicide rate is up an eye-popping 39%.

    Public Safety and NOT ALL bLack Lives Matter take a back seat to “Birthing Persons”…”pronouns”…”Open Borders” and “57 Genders” in LaLaLoopyLoonyLeftyLand.

    The Gotch

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  2. One Eye says:

    34 years ago it was bobblehead Dukakis playing tank boy. Now it’s Barnes struggling to make a PB&J.

    And the debate around an important issue like social security is:

    RJ: “It’s a Ponzi scheme!”
    MB: “He said it’s a Ponzi scheme!”

    We are all doomed.

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  3. Interesting fact: The Willie Horton “smear” was first unleashed by whom? Al Gore sprung it on Dukakis in the Democrat primary. Nobody complained and nobody cried racism.

    Will Bunch declared the Johnson attack ads as racist, but doesn’t say why. That’s because what makes it a racist attack, is Barnes race. He is black. He is attacked. Ipso facto the attack is racist. It inoculated Obama for 8 years. I would challenge Will Bunch to name a single accomplishment, achievement, character trait or quality attributable to Mandela Barnes, that qualifies him to even RUN for the Senate, much less get elected. He decries all the other millionaires running for office. Well, believe it or not, people make a distinction between a guy like Ron Johnson who is a self made millionaire, who provided thousands of jobs and built a large successful business, and a guy like Alex Lasry who got his from daddy. Barnes on the other hand had a mother who taught school and a father who worked 3rd shift. Great! Good for them. What have YOU done, Barnes? What have you accomplished? Ever held a regular job? What was your first job after you finished college? Ooops, I guess it was Lt. Governor of Wisconsin now wasn’t it? Not a bad internship eh? They even pay you before you graduate!!

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  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    If your job is to make attack ads for a political candidate, you use what works best regardless of whom it might offend. Lee Atwater et al. knew exactly what worked and used it–brilliantly. If anything, the lunatic socialists of the “Squad’ are scarier than Willie Horton ever was. He was just a lone POS criminal; they’re in positions of power that enable them to affect the lives of millions–for the worse, needless to say. The left want us to think that racial minorities are beyond criticism; if you buy into that fallacy, you’re playing their game and you’re bound to lose. As far as I’m concerned, anything goes if it keeps Mandela and his ilk from the corridors of power.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      A bit off-topic but here goes … HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY! Anyone else have to memorize the poem that begins “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” in grade school? A teacher in the MMSD would get scalped (ahem!) for teaching that to kids nowadays.

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      • Mordecai The Red says:

        Renaming it Indigenous People’s Day wasn’t enough. Guilty white wokesters with nothing better to do than assault monuments had to further twist it to Indigenous People’s Day of Rage—simply because they wanted the attention on them while they waged urban terrorism. Find me a single American Indian, I mean indigenous person, in that entire gaggle of misfits.

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      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        Even the reliably despicable Lefty Rag WaPo concedes Columbus never even came near what is now the good ol’ U.S. of A.

        But why let FACTS come in the way of herding monumentally clueless morons when they’ll flock to 57 Genders, Birthing Persons, and bLack LIES Matter like lemmings to the cliffs…?

        The Gotch


      • Since October 11th is the REAL Columbus Day, let’s see how he stacks up with Hispanics.

        Seems they favor him >FOUR (4) TIMES MORE than they do DementiaJoK, and a whopping >SEVEN_TIMES_MORE than JoK‘s box-checking, laughably incoherent sidekick.

        It’s almost too much to take.


        The Gotch


  5. Mordecai The Red says:

    Further proof of my earlier comments that the WSJ is circling the drain. They are apparently desperate for the market of young woke mental midgets and trying to compete with the Cap Times. Reminds me of when 1670 WTDY tried to out-lefty Air America and failed miserably. As I recall their entire staff got the axe and the station was completely reformatted.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “Reminds me of when 1670 WTDY tried to out-lefty Air America and failed miserably.”

      Good catch, MTR; ten years ago next month RAYcist Lefty Sly (forgive the redundancy), et al, were summarily b!tchslapped into oblivion, leaving despicable MadTown Lefties with no one to spoon-feed them their daily dose of Lefty pap.

      Wonder what ever happened to Ruth-n-Willie; opened their veins in a warm tub, or strung from a basement beam?

      Doesn’t matter; some may recall Sly [Slime] in The Morning) received national attention in 2004 when he referred to then SoS Condoleezza Rice (who is reportedly Black) as “Aunt Jemima”

      No charge of sexism because Slime was an equal opportunity racist bigot; in the spirit of fairness, he called Colin Powell an “Uncle Tom.” What a mensch, am I right?

      Anywho, America’s Dairyland offered up some token admonition, but Sly remained gainfully employed. Why? Sly was/is a card-carryin’ Union Proud/Union Strong, Bush bashing, virulently anti-Righty Lefty, ergo, perfectly ideologically certified for the 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality. And FTR, he did apologize…to Aunt Jemima!

      Other than that, The Gotch just can’t seem to put his finger on it, though thoroughly owning the coveted morning drive-time slot may have factored in a skosh.

      ” ‘Mr. Sylvester, who is white, apparently believes that his left-wing political views exempt him from charges of racism. Sylvester’s boss, Tom Walker, general manager for Mid-West Family Broadcast Group, agrees, saying, AS LONG AS HE ISN’T HATEFUL AND AS LONG AS HE ISN’T RACIST, I’M FINE WITH IT.” (bolds/italics/caps mine)

      Roseanne Barr tweets something eminently stupid, despicable Lefty predictably goes ape$#!t, and she loses an 8 figure gig.

      Sly continued to draw a paycheck and the NYT hires Sarah Jeong.

      Hypocrisy; Thy Name Is Lefty!

      The Gotch

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      • Mordecai The Red says:

        Indeed, the double standard is real—if conservatives say things that can even be interpreted as racist, they get cancelled, doxxed, fired, harassed, and worse. Liberals can say things that are blatantly racist with little fear of repercussions, especially if they are directed at black conservatives. Just ask Tim Scott.

        In fairness, while Sly was a mudslinging, loudmouthed, Democrat and union sycophant, I have to give him credit where it’s due—he supported the Second Amendment, abhorred illegal immigration (but mainly because it was a problem for unions), lampooned militant feminists, and outed rape hoaxsters.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        It’s called the 1st amendment dumb-ass. Ask M. Greene, she uses it well.


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        The Blogge Idiot attempting to play laughable Constitutional Scholar like Hopeless Changey?


        After flunking out of Middle School, the terminally imbecilic Blogge Idiot being breathtakingly clueless RE: the none-too-subtle nuances of The First Amendment to The Constitution of The United States of America is a foregone conclusion.

        The Gotch


        • richard lesiak says:

          BLAH BLAH BLAH. A feeble attempt to cancel, dox, harass; everything Red posted. You need some new material Mr. Fakename, your repeated insults are becoming tedious.


        • Mordecai The Red says:

          Those who use monikers here have their reasons. Often it’s because they like their jobs, families, livelihoods, and way of life and don’t want to risk those being taken away by the woke cancel culture Gestapo who are all too willing to take offense to their words and beliefs and screech all over the internet about it. That’s mine, and I’m not apologizing for it. Far fetched you say? Tell it to Amy Cooper who had to flee the country and go into hiding when the woke mob and their big media overlords dragged her through the mud over an incident they blew out of proportion.

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        • David Gerard says:

          Dear Mordecai The Red,

          You missed the obvious answer to the use of monikers.

          Gotch’s use is one more piece of evidence of a severe mental illness. How else do you explain the twisted grammar, the long abscence from the site, the publishing of a prominent Madison writer’s address and telling the world he survives on SSA?

          His use of a moniker is consistent with bipolar behavior or even a dissociative personality disorder. Instead of trying to provide excuses for his inapprpriate behavior, you should be calling for an intervention.


        • David Gerard “…the publishing of a prominent Madison writer’s address and telling the world he survives on SSA”

          You just made a claim that I don’t think you can support with evidence.

          Are you just making up lies to falsely smear the Gotch?

          Do you know what intentional defamation is?

          Provide a link to the comment you are referring to or retract your lie.


        • David Gerard wrote, “How else do you explain the twisted grammar…”

          Gotch’s way with words has been previously described like this…

          Cornelius_Gotchberg is the architect of Shakespearean stylized rhetorical “poetries” endeavoring to school others on topics closely related to current events. Either you get the style of writing or you don’t.

          It’s clear that you don’t get it.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Jeepers li’l DG, it’s (heh!) painfully clear there remains a wild hair dug in FAR up your over-sized @$$. Why? Because The Gotch called you out SEVERAL TIMES for copying-n-pasting, sans citation, in a highfreakin’lariously weak-t!tted effort to juice up a très tortured existence.

          Heck, you could have avoided all that by just playing square; but oh no, juuuuust not yer style, am I right?

          Anywho, doesn’t matter; the rest of your schizoid blather (“the twisted grammar, the long abscence (sic) from the site, the publishing of a prominent Madison writer’s address and telling the world he survives on SSA?”) is the purest, most troubling example of cringe-inducing projection through which he’s has ever had to slog.

          By comparison, you’ve actually made the Blogge Idiot appear sane; no mean feat, that!

          Get help…STAT!

          The Gotch


        • Mordecai The Red says:

          Read comprehensively, Gerard. Lesiak regularly attacks commenters here for not using their real names and I, growing tired of it, provided justification for why I do and why others might. Others might have different reasons than I do, but I’m not going to speculate what those are by individual. Short of openly declaring them, only the individuals know their reasons.

          Just checked the WI DSPS website and there’s no one with your name licensed to practice psychology, medicine, social work, or any other profession that might be involved in diagnosing the disorders you mention. So either you’ve got some expertise in this area we don’t know about or you’re just using mental illness as a perjorative to attack those you disagree with—not a good look for you in the latter case. I have friends and family members with real mental illnesses and using these conditions as argument ammunition is insulting. Not quite to the level as, say, Samantha Bee likening a conservative chemotherapy patient to a neo-Nazi, but in the same ballpark.

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        • David Gerard says:

          Dear Mordecai,

          You accuse me of “using mental illness as a perjorative to attack those you disagree with.” Not really.

          I use it to show how people like Gotch have hijacked conservatism. Politics has now become cut off from anything other than making one’s adherents feel good where grievances multiply like rabbits and cause people to be constantly furious. It celebrates the lowest common denominator everywhere. It gives velocity to appetites and passions that are unnatural. The cost to this cheap speech – a high-velocity lunacy , vituperation and just plain ugliness.

          Conservatism used to have an ideological wing with thinkers like William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman and Russell Kirk. And as the Republican Party became the “party of ideas,” that necessarily put a target on their backs: overturning “the so-called ‘Republican establishment’ meant overturning the bookish side of it, overturning the intellectual side of it. It’s natural, if disreputable, that populism would say, “Enough of these ideas. We want passions.”

          The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said many wise and memorable things, including this: “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society.” Gotch, along with Trump, Guliani, Herscel Walker, et al and hundreds of others, have usurped conservatism and turned it into a sick cult that glorifies the strongman. That’s how I diagnose mental illness.


        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Dear DG;

          One might expect you to be in the queue @Urgent Care to tend the myriad injuries (mostly to a hysterically fragile psyche at the precipice) you’ve sustained from the merciless, yet (heh!) wholly accurate, observations posted by MTR.

          The Gotch has been complicit in hijacking Conservatism? Delusional; get help…STAT 2.0!

          Curious; on the subject of a protracted “abscence (sic) from the site,” what made you decide to ditch the AnonyBob sobriquet and rebrand yourself…?

          Other than the obvious, that is…


          The Gotch


        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          “Provide a link to the comment you are referring to or retract your lie.”

          Steve, in a very troubling and creepy development, AnonyBob/David Gerard’s morbidly cringeworthy fascination with The Gotch has inspired some deeply disturbed snooping…nay stalking, which led him to stumble upon a despicable Lefty fake/bogus Cornelius Gotchberg FacePlant account.

          You’ll find there what he did, which includes, but isn’t limited to, other unauthorized…um…creative license, like a picture of David Blaska cleaning a pistol.

          Anyone wondering why some of us prefer anonymity, wonder no more!

          The Gotch


        • David Gerard says:


          As requested –

          Cornelius_Gotchberg says:
          April 30, 2022 at 1:53 pm
          “Fanlund is a ‘moderate?’”

          You referring to Paulie ”many rich people keep a Faustian bargain with the GOP” Fanlund?

          Get this: the 2022 assessment on his posh digs on Bayfield Terrace is > $725 large.

          Get this 2.0: His assessment didn’t go up one thin dime from 2018 to 2019; can anyone out there say the same?

          Get this 3.0: The ~ 4600 sf shack FMV is well over 25 % higher, and don’t forget the 800 sf in ground pool.

          Paulie’s like a penny, two-faced and worthless, and has some real nerve railing about the well-heeled, which describes 95% of his slobberings; a real Man Of The Common People, he!

          The Gotch


        • David Gerard wrote, “Paulie Fanlund”, “…the 2022 assessment on his posh digs on Bayfield Terrace is…”

          A complete address consists of:
          Street Number & Street Name (Apt # if applicable)
          City, State & Zip Code

          In the information you quoted (where is the link I asked for) Gotch provided two things, a name and a street name and that’s not providing an actual address and you know it. Gotch did not provide the street number, or city, or state, or zip code. I literally cannot walk or drive to the home discussed using the information that Gotch provided.

          David you literally provided evidence that you lied (or you’re dumb as a box of rocks) not evidence that supports your claim.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Paulie’s Lefty hypocrisy is both fair game and eminently deserving of note.

          One more thing.

          His address is a matter of public record.

          Try harder….

          The Gotch


        • David Gerard says:

          Dear Steve,

          Do I have to do all your homework for you? Go to the original posting on April 30. It will give you the link. When you cut and paste on this site, the links disappear. Not a liar – Gotch admits to it on a posting above. He doesn’t explain his motives behind the veiled threat.


        • David Gerard wrote, “Do I have to do all your homework for you?”

          Nope, you only have to do your own homework. It’s your job to support your claims.

          David Gerard wrote, “Go to the original posting on April 30. It will give you the link.”

          Nope, I’m not doing your homework.

          David Gerard wrote, “When you cut and paste on this site, the links disappear.”

          False. When you copy and paste the actual link is doesn’t disappear. You’re doing it incorrectly.

          David Gerard wrote, “Not a liar”

          Yes, you’re a liar. Gotch did not provide an address as you claimed, I’ve proven that, you lied, period.

          David Gerard wrote, “Gotch admits to it on a posting above.”

          Nope, Gotch didn’t admit to providing an address, you’re extrapolating to absurdity and caught in another lie. Liars lie, you’re a liar.

          David Gerard wrote, “He doesn’t explain his motives behind the veiled threat.”

          What veiled threat or are you just making up more lies to deflect more?


        • David Gerard says:

          I guess this means you are going to file that defamation claim on Gotch’s behalf. See you in court.


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        Only mind-numbingly STOOPID people think The First Amendment to The Constitution of The United States of America gives a person carte blanche to say whatever they choose.

        The Blogge Idiot thinks The First Amendment to The Constitution of The United States of America gives a person carte blanche to say whatever they choose.

        Solve for “X

        The Gotch


  6. Landon Perkins says:

    I heard, from a reliable source, Ron Johnson was vehemently against removing the Madison Clubs wallpaper depicting anthropomorphic monkeys.


  7. Bill Cleary says:

    What I think is funny in kind of an off way, is how this race is coming down to a single issue for the demoncrats, and that issue is abortion.

    To hell with inflation, high gas prices, crime, the cost of living in general; the real issue to the demoncrats is preserving the right to abortion to include right up to and even after birth itself.

    To me the rallying cry of the demoncrats this election cycle can be summed up like this.

    “Kill, Kill, we want to Kill. Kill as many womb babies as we can. No abating our thirst and love for their blood.

    Sick demonic people.


  8. Bill Cleary says:


    No I’m not. It’s called a “partial birth abortion” which crosses the line from abortion to infanticide.

    You can read all about it here-

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      While laudable, trying to educate the uneducable is a laughable Fool’s Errand.

      The summarily drummed_from_office FORMER VA Governor Ralph Black Face Northam took PBA a step further:

      THE INFANT WOULD BE DELIVERED. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And THEN A DISCUSSION WOULD ENSUE BETWEEN THE PHYSICIANS AND THE MOTHER.” (bolds/caps/italics mine)

      Despicably murderous Lefties!

      The Gotch

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  9. David asked, “How is it progressives can hear our dog whistles when we can’t?”

    Because “progressives” are literally making up propaganda narrative lies to distribute to their ignorant sheeple so they have mindless talking points.

    The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?

    “Progressives” (that’s an oxymoron, they’re actually regressive hive-minded totalitarians) have shown themselves to be anti-civility, anti-Constitution, anti-American, anti-police, anti-status quo, blatant hypocrites, consumed haters, and bald-faced liars.

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  10. Bill Cleary says:

    As part of the Capitol Times article Barn’s is quoted as saying the following: “Those who question the frustration and anger of communities of color must ask themselves why they are not frustrated, why they are not angered by the injustices carried out in their name.”

    I might ask Mandela the same but in a different way. Those who question the frustration and anger of communities of color must ask themselves why the shootings, the killings, the robberies, the stealing of cars, rapes, physical assaults and so on that happen on a daily basis in communities of color, largely by people of color, never seem to matter?



  11. Mark Lemberger says:

    Gotch. What makes you think David Gerard is our old buddy “sharp elbows” AnonyBob?


    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “What makes you think David Gerard is our old buddy ‘sharp elbows’ AnonyBob?”

      “Sharp-elbows.” Heh! Nice “blast-from-the-past” reference there, ML!

      Anywho, same approach; trying desperately to land a knock-out punch by manufacturing the most cringe-inducing, morbidly obsessive, shockingly amateurish psychologizing.

      And this, despite laughably lacking the ability to slug his way out of sopping wet one-ply @$$wipes.

      Deserving of mention; the same tormented laser-focus on (sigh!) the same target, yet forever falling woefully short of his intentions….kinda like Chief Inspector Charles LaRousse Dreyfus (Herb Lom in The Pink Panther)

      The Gotch


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