No politics in the state capitol, people!

The end of politics as we know it!

Tony Evers is just good people policy

We seem to recall having practiced the journalism trade in the pre-Facebook era, even before Netscape’s internet browser. (The internet? Netscape?) Before cable news and the 24/7 news cycle. 

Some things, however, never change — that being the dominant culture’s bias against conservatives. Remember how John McCain’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Minneapolis convention was disrupted by protestors? John McCain! Booed! 

Then again, my former employers at The Capital Times never had anything good to say about Tommy Thompson.

Now it is happy days and Joanie loves Chachi that Tony Evers is Wisconsin’s new governor. Because he’s a liberal Democrat and liberal Democrats hate politics like Nicolas Maduro hates profits.  

Isthmus, the liberal-progressive-socialist Madison weekly, is clearly in a celebratory mood. “People before politics,” exults the headline above editor Judith Davidoff’s article. 

general strangelove

Because it is People Before Politics!

One is reminded of President Merkin Muffley’s admonition in Dr. Strangelove: “No fighting in the war room.” 

“No Politics in the Wisconsin state capitol!” 

Never mind Fukuyama’s End of History, it’s the End of Politics.

We reference our history as an ink-stained wretch as credentials to spot a clearly biased “news” story. A most effective technique is the selective quote. Ms. Davidoff chose to lead off her account with a particular lady who found herself blubbering over the end of the eight-year Scott Walker Occupation.

“I’m an economist,” she added. “I think good policy is not a partisan issue.” (As if Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes were on the same textbook page!) Isthmus continues:

She noted that the state needs an educated workforce and that Evers, the state’s former schools superintendent, has worked in a field where “you can’t be partisan… and you have to work with everybody.”

As if there is no difference between Betsy DeVos and Randi Weingarten.) Well, yes you do. Or, at the very least, yes you should say so because, gosh darnnit, it just sounds so kumbaya. (Now Blaska is getting all misty. We are hearing Johnny Mathis.)

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Because it is People Before Politics! 

The more churlish among the white lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes wanted Tony Ever’s inaugural address to be broadcast on tape delay so that Mystery Science Theater’s three characters (including the empty gumball machine) could riff on the speech.

That is no more outlandish that CNN’s execrable Don Lemon calling for Trump’s Oval Office address to be aired on a delay “in case he spews propaganda.” (More here.) You first, Don Lemon tree, very bitter. 

Or The Nation magazine “demanding” that the networks refuse to air the speech at all, on the grounds familiar to all Madison Progs: it is hate speech. https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-hate-speech-violence-against-immigrants/

Time to pop We Are the World into the VCR! I’m going to work with Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump and, and doggone it, I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and people really like me! (Oh, wait … nevermind.)

It’s just good policy

Good policy is not a partisan issue! Like the picture Isthmus runs with “People Before Politics.” Read the photograph’s cutline:

Members and supporters of Voces de la Frontera rallied at the Capitol in support of Gov. Evers’ plan to include the restoration of driver licenses and in-state college tuition for Wisconsin immigrant residents.

Good policy? Paying in-state tuition to Wisconsin immigrant residents (Left-wing dog whistle for “illegal aliens.” Disband I.C.E.! Serenity Now!) Why, of course! Because More Free Stuff is not a partisan issue. Any more than Free College and Medicare For All and a 70% top income tax rate.


Walker claims that Evers supports granting driver’s licenses and in-state tuition for “illegal aliens.” Walker is clearly on point on the driver’s license issue. As for in-state tuition for DACA students, Evers backs that, too. … by definition they are not in the country legally. …  So the statement is accurate, but it requires some clarification and detail on DACA status. That’s our definition of Mostly True.  Politifact 11/02/18

Blaska’s Bottom Line: People Before Politics! If you disagree, why, you’re just playing politics, people. And excercising your First Amendment free speech rights, except when it involves Hate Speech, which is prohibited by those with whom you disagree.

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Those who teach racial bias practice racial bias

It just keeps getting crazier, the idiocies of  identity politics and its attendant race-shaming and victim mongering. 

  • Who knew there was a “disparate impact” in filing nomination papers to get on the ballot in a city election?
  • Who knew the Madison city clerk’s office is choking on hitherto-undetected implicit bias?
  • Leave it to a professional race hustler to call out The Peoples’ Republic for its white privilege. 

5c2e35fd2ff7e.image“I am being told I can’t run for mayor,” Toriana Pettaway complained this week. “Always some White Supremacy BS.”

Ms. Pettaway’s evocation of long-ago Klan night riders was in response to the city clerk’s determination that she had filed 199 valid signatures to get on the ballot as a candidate for mayor when 200 are required. 

That Ms. Pettaway cannot see her own hideous racism is so very Madison these days. The lady is saying, very emphatically, that a black person cannot be expected to count to 200. Ms. Pettaway argues for lower standards — separate but unequal — by complaining that she, as black woman, is forced to collect signatures from actual residents of the City of Madison if one desires to be the mayor of the City of Madison.

Surely, this requirement is the equivalent of George Corley Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door vowing “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever.” A subtle Jim Crow law that, somehow, Mo Cheeks and Raj Shukla were able to overcome.

Ms. Pettaway teaches implicit bias

Most disturbing is that Toriana Pettaway is the city’s racial equity coordinator. The WHAT? Your Squire yields the lectern to Greg Humphrey, a good liberal Democrat, at Caffeinated Politics:

Toriana Pettaway is not only a would-be mayoral candidate but also is currently Madison’s racial equity coordinator.  If her ill-considered words when running afoul of clearly laid out criteria for nomination papers is any indicator of her tone and skill set, then I have to ask what animus she brings to her job?  If she can treat the nomination paper process in such a cavalier manner how does she navigate the work that comes across her desk? 

Got implicit bias?

Of course, Ms. Pettaway teaches a course in “implicit bias.” Yeah, you’re a racist but you just don’t know it. You pass her course if you admit your guilt. Confess, Klansman!

But then, so do Alex Gee and his Nehemiah Center. “Some 650 mostly white Madisonians have gone through the class and learned how to recognize racism on a personal level,” Gee brags.

One of his graduates — twice! — is a Don Thornton. See a group of black kids poking at your parked car? Don’t call the police, he advises readers of the Wisconsin State Journal.  Just turn on a light. Thornton does not say whether calling the cops is permitted if the incipient car thieves are white. Or if flooding the crime scene with light isn’t itself a bit judgmental.

Then again, mowing your lawn is a sign of latent white supremacy, a University of Wisconsin teaching assistant lectures.

Making the numbers work

Which explains right-thinking progressives’ antipathy for keeping police in our troubled high schools. People like school board candidate Ali Muldrow, who wrote the Progressive Dane platform demanding cops out of school.

“There is overwhelming evidence that Obama-era policies … pushed schools to avoid disciplining students who needed to be disciplined. It made avoiding politically incorrect numbers more important than maintaining school safety. (Source here.)

“Put another way,” the Wall Street Journal wrote, “the administration was demanding racial parity in school discipline, regardless of who was being disruptive, which is as silly as demanding racial parity in police arrests, regardless of who’s committing crimes.”

The bigger problem with these anti-suspension crusades is that they ultimately harm the groups they are supposed to help. After New York City made it more difficult to remove troublemakers from the classroom, schools with the highest percentages of minority students were more likely to experience an increase in fighting, gang activity and drug use.

ISO No Cops Pride march

Fewer school suspensions, more chaos

Which is why Madison schools’ 82-page Behavior Education Plan was always about making the numbers work. After four years of the inscrutable BEP and dollar cost of $15 million, Madison’s public school classrooms are more unruly than ever. 

  • Out-of-school suspensions dropped from 2,905 in 2013-14 to 2,521 last school year. 
  • Meanwhile, “Behavior incidents” nearly doubled from 35,460 in the 2013-14 school year — the year before the BEP went into effect — to 69,279 in 2017-18. 

Ya’ think there might be a correlation? Fewer suspensions, more chaos?

Thank Baby Jesus for the Chicago Tribune editorial carried by the WI State Journal this Saturday (01-05-19):

What’s easy to forget in the focus on those who are disciplined is the effect of their conduct on everyone else. In schools that are mostly black, the victims of students who engage in violent or disruptive behavior also are mostly black. When disruptive students of any ethnicity are removed from the classroom, teachers are better able to help kids who want to learn.

By rescinding the old guidance, the Trump administration will empower local school administrators and teachers to craft and enforce discipline policies that are fair to every student. A safe school, after all, should be considered a civil right.

But the New York Times — wedded to identity politics like the Bride of Frankenstein — maintains the “law of disparate impact isn’t broken.”

Maybe not, but it keeps up, it will break America.

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Madison’s racial equity boss can’t run for mayor ‘do’ to ‘Some white supremacy BS’

The czarina of Madison race relations can’t count and can’t spell;

Now she can’t run for Mayor of (obviously) racist Madison

From today’s Wisconsin State Journal:

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Madison mayoral candidate Toriana Pettaway is describing as “some White Supremacy BS” a decision from the city clerk’s office that she fell two signatures short on her nominating petitions and is therefore not eligible to appear on the ballot.

In an email Wednesday night to Pettaway’s campaign, certified municipal clerk Eric Christianson said she collected 198 of the 200 valid signatures she needed.

“I am being told I can’t run for Mayor,” Pettaway, the city’s racial equity coordinator, said in a Thursday email to the clerk’s office and local media.

“Do to being Short two signatures on the Nomination Sheets. I am reviewing them now. Always some White Supremacy BS.”

This is who determines who is a racist and who is not in the People’s Republic of Madison where Identity Politics rules. Continue reading

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Plenty of guilty white stuff hit Madison this new year; Part #3 of 3

Good morning on this snowy, beautiful first day of the Year 2019, anno domini. Twenty-Nineteen. 

Blue spruce 01-01-2019

On the grounds of the Stately Manor today, January 1, 2019

Like they say, I thought getting old would take longer. Yeah, the Stately Manor was buttoned down by 9 p.m. after lobster and California bubbly. The roads they were frightful.

Because the Squire gave the indentured servants the day off, he must remove the snow from the driveway. Surely, Steph, our favorite UW-Madison teaching assistant, would decry this chore as another manifestation of guilty white privilege. But as the previous Squire told his oldest boy, that snow ain’t gonna remove itself. Continue reading

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In Madison, even university professors fear speaking out! Part #2 of 3

Why must Ms. Carusi run for school board against a black man?

Cue the Church Lady: Could it be RACISM!?

Kaleem Caire                      Cris Carusi
Candidates for Seat #3 on the Madison school board

My condolences to Cris Carusi who, as far as the Policy Werkes can determine, is your standard-issue Madison liberal. But the poor lady suffers from insufficient melanin. The woman is white as Wonder Bread. For “Activists shine light on racism,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports this Sunday morning (12-30-18). And the light shines on Ms. Carusi;

Carusi declined to say if the race of other board hopefuls played a role in which of three [ school ] board seats she chose to run for.

Are you getting this? Cris Carusi is guilty of racism most foul unless she can prove otherwise for — according to a race hustler named McNeil who said: Continue reading

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Playing the race card to excuse the failure of others; Part #1 of 3

Excusing irresponsible behavior by blaming The Other is how

Identity politics hurts the most vulnerable

The Lord High Commissioner of Blaska Policy Werkes advised a candidate running against incumbent Alder Mo Cheeks two years ago. We started by bellowing into our candidate’s face: “YOU X#!*X#X RACIST!”

“W-W-WHAT?” the discombobulated candidate yelped.

Get used to it, we counseled. Never mind that you have lived in your neighborhood 30 years. Does not matter that you are vice president of your neighborhood association, etc. You are a white man running against a black man in The Emerald City. That makes you a racist. Sure enough, he was soon played the race card, face up.

As was school board candidate Cris Carusi in today’s Wisconsin State Journal (12-30-18).

Race-shaming is big business in Madison WI. Scam artists have set up shop their race swindles in town, selling white guilt to the easily fooled: Groundwork and Families for Justice.   Continue reading

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