Heroes and zeroes of 2022 #2

You mean there’s more?

On the national and worldwide stage, we admire people like the American being held by Russia as a prisoner, Paul Whelan; Sens. Tim Scott, Ben Sasse, and (yes) Mitch McConnell; Richard Fierro (the man who disarmed the shooter in that Colorado Springs nightclub); truth-tellers Eric Herschmann and Cassidy Hutchinson; fearless comedians Dave Chappelle (and, occasionally) Bill Maher; and that nemesis of critical race theory, Christopher Rufo.

All stepped up (as coaches say in their post-game interviews) in the year concluding midnight tonight to fight the good fight. (Hey! Make yer own list!)

Who are Madison’s heroes? Who in Wisconsin deserves our praise? At the other end of The Werkes’ rusty applause meter, who deserves the opprobrium of history? (In addition to the criminally convicted.) In no particular order, the second thrilling installment of Heroes and Zeroes of 2022:


Jennifer Dorrow, the Waukesha County judge who managed her courtroom over the disruptive antics of the ultimately convicted Waukesha Christmas parade murderer. Now running for state supreme court.

Chase Wolf for sticking with the Badgers for five years as a back-up, finally getting his chance to quarterback the team to victory in their bowl game.

Jeffrey Copeland for restoring discipline to a restive Madison middle school and surviving the district pecksniffs.

Madison police officer Edward McKinley, who saved a criminal perp’s life and those of fellow officers by wrestling a firearm from frequent flier Katoine Richardson

State Sen. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, an actual local election official who stood up to the Election Deniers.

Wayne Strong, who died way too young on 06-28-22. Retired Madison police lieutenant who never stopped advocating for kids. Southside Raiders Football and Cheerleading Program began during his time as a neighborhood officer. What began as a coaching job blossomed into a nearly 30-year commitment to bettering the lives of hundreds of young men and women. Too good to be elected to the Madison school board.

Rohn Bishop, Sounding the klaxon on Tr•mp early and often. Still re-elected chairman of the Fond du Lac GOP and, last April, mayor of Waupun. Even advocated for early voting, only belatedly accepted by our party.  

UW athletic director Chris McIntosh, who threw long and picked an outsider, Luke Fickell, as football coach.

Anthony Hamilton, for making the race against the Democrat whom Tony Evers appointed as Dane County sheriff. And all the other Republican candidates for offering voters a choice in Dane County.

Bonnie Roe. Westside Madison citizen actively supports police. (If she were progressive, the news media would call her an “activist.”)

More to come.


Madison Ald. Brian Benford claims to be “a black person who has been marginalized in this city …” despite being twice elected. Wants to create a reparations committee as if identity politics hasn’t done enough harm.  

Pro-abortion vandals who hit Wisconsin Family Action in May just after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson. (O.K. an exception to the no criminals rule.) 

Nada Elmikashfi, chief of staff to State Rep. Francesca Hong, D-Madison: “We must start by acknowledging that our police and criminal justice system are directly tied to the legacy of slavery and slave patrols in our country. It was state-sanctioned violence against black people then, and it is certainly state-sanctioned violence against black people now.”

Elizabeth Beyer. The former WI State Journal education reporter declared, without attribution, that critical race theory is not taught or practiced in any K-12 school.  

State Rep. Lee Snodgrass, D-Appleton, tweeted parents should not “have a say” in their child’s education unless they homeschool their kids or pay for private school tuition out of their “family budget.” (More here.) 

Brandi Grayson parks in no-parking bus stop and then berates the inconvenienced bus rider who complains. (“I just love F-ing white people!”) (Can be taken as an adjective denoting frustration or as a transitive verb.) 

More to come.

Part one of Heroes and Zeroes.

Who is YOUR top hero and bottom zero?

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8 Responses to Heroes and zeroes of 2022 #2

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    HEROES/Local Addition:
    *Ann Althouse, for proving that there ARE some Madison Lefties who DON’T have their heads so far up their @$$e$ that their empty pates tickle their adenoids.
    *Her commentariat for continuing to demonstrate that not all 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality residents are Guilt-Sodden White Lefty Wokerati.
    *Neighborsnextdoor, for kicking Moron Savant Peter L*******-W*****’s whiney Cop-bashing @$$ off their site for good.
    *Second Bonnie Roe, who’s not only a mano-a-mano advocate for sanity in a town which fights it every step of the way, but does it kindly, diplomatically, and a smile on her face.

    She’s also a neighbor, a pal, AND a Gotchberg Organic Gardens And Lefty Conversion Therapy Emporium Tomato-n-Pepper customer!

    The Gotch

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  2. pANTIFArts says:

    I nominate Davidomyr Blaskansky, the guerrilla leader who challenged the President of the Madison School Board (A. Muldrow she/her/hers).

    Not content with merely kicking the hive, he went after the queen, picked up some unexpected endorsements, and turned her assumed triumphant re-coronation into a moment of self-reflection for many.

    (and he did it as a write-in)

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  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    GREAT that Chase Wolf got to do something he’s likely dreamed of since he was a Tween.

    That said, the WESconsin Badger QB room has gotten a whole lot More_Crowded, lately.

    Recent commit Mordecai’s thrown 72 (that’s 72 with a SEVENTY) TD passes over just the last two (2) seasons,

    If nothing changes, there’ll be five (5) in Spring Ball, 4* recruit Breck-Boy/Trevor Lawrence doppelgänger Mabrey Mettauer comes in next year; heck, they may need that many when Phil Longo’s Air Raid Offense comes a’callin’!


    The Gotch


    • David Blaska says:

      No rule against starting 3 QBs at the same time, is there?


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        None, but that lineup deletes two (2) stretch-the-field skill positions.

        A larger concern? Both keeping everyone, and keeping everyone happy.

        Glass half full?

        No shortage of competition at QB; conspicuously absent, and a demonstrable detriment, during the Mertz era.

        IMO, Fickell’s sure hit the ground runnin’!

        ON WISCONSIN!!

        The Gotch


  4. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:


    The Gotch

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  5. One Eye says:

    My hero is “Hard times”

    “Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.”

    The party has gone on for far too long and it’s going to end with a vengeance. Wokeness will die early in the hard times. People will no longer virtue signal when they’re worried about their livelihoods.

    I won’t be around to see it but we’ll be a much stronger country in 30 years if we can survive the economic catastrophe. Fall back plan kiddoes: learn Chinese.


  6. Mordecai The Red says:

    Hero: Bari Weiss, former editorial pariah at the NYT, for spearheading The Free Press, a site that does real investigative journalism, primarily on topics that legacy big media won’t cover out of fear of disrupting their narrative. The work and commentary there is one reason I still have some semblance of hope.

    Zero: Francesca Hong, for bringing political discourse in Madison to new lows with vulgar showmanship and incendiary rhetoric. She and Nada Elmikashfi are human manifestations of snarling junkyard dogs, minus the utility.

    Zero: The Progressive Dane. Need anymore on that?


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