Economics for Democrats 101

As Joe Biden would say: “You know the thing!”

The non-essential gray lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes are engaged in a work action. They refuse to report back to work here on the verdant campus of Blaska Work Farm and Penal Colony, citing fear of the coronavirus. Also something about “slave wages” and a “toxic work environment” (whatever that means), and “gray privilege.” They say they are making more on Nancy Pelosi’s unemployment relief than they can here.

Scientist at printer

In lieu of our customary original research, trenchant commentary, and idle speculation, we fill today’s space with content snagged off the Internet. (So it must be true!)

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It is a slow day in the small Wisconsin town of North Haybale. The streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and living on credit. 

A tourist drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. 

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. 

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the co-op. 

The guy at the co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her services on credit. 

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner. 

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. 

At that moment, the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves. 

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism. 

And that, dear reader, is how a government stimulus package works.

⇒ Ripped from today’s headlines: “Democrats, Republicans, no closer to a deal.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sometimes no deal is better than a bad deal.

What is YOUR stimulus?

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YOU caused the shoot-out at Garner Park!

By allowing poverty to thrive!

Three days after the Big Shoot-out at Garner Park, what’s Madison’s BLM/Antifa/Progressive Dane resistance up to? 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Friday 08-07-2020 in front of the Dane County Courthouse — “Protest/March educating residents about the tragic incarceration rates of Blacks in Dane County. A message to Ismael Ozanne!”

Our guilty white acquaintances at “Allies for Black Lives Madison” have addressed the shoot-out at Garner Park Tuesday (08-04-2020). With over 300 partiers “celebrating the life” of a man shot dead in a rub-out on a Madison street it’s a wonder that only three people were wounded by gunfire (with several more wounded in the ensuing panic) — and no one killed — after the expenditure of 60+ shell casings and several rounds of unspent ammo. 

Guess who Allies for Black Lives Madison blames? Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

White folks!

“It’s interesting to read how folks are shocked about the shootings in Madison. An escalation in shootings — the kind being experienced in Madison “can often be directly linked to systemic racism and allowing poverty to thrive.”

Sabrina Madison

Nada as in Elmikashfi, right, Madison’s next state senator.

More Unmet Needs

So says one Sabrina Madison at the Allies page. “We are here essentially because this community as many others has failed Black folks.” Ms. Madison indicts the following for failing Black folks. Her list:

  • Schools — failed Black folks 
  • Investors — failed Black folks
  • Housing policies — failed Black folks 
  • Elected folks — failed Black folks 
  • Employers — failed Black folks 
  • Transportation— failed Black folks 
  • Community leaders — ailed Black folks 
  • Urban planners — failed Black folks
  • Criminal Justice System — failed Black folks 
  • Healthcare — failed Black folks 
  • [         ] — failed Black folks 

Yes, fill in the  [ blank ]. The gray lab coats at Blaska Policy Werkes suggest naming your local alder, state legislator, county board or school board member. They’re all Democrats or Progressive Dane. Not a Republican in the bunch.

Notice what’s NOT on the bill of indictments? Ding! Ding! Ding again! That’s right: Personal responsibility. Common sense. Initiative. Delayed gratification. A decent regard for life, et cetera. Or are those values now too white? What would the Smithsonian say?

Sabrina Madison is not some Mt. Horeb high school counselor. The lady makes a good living guilt-shaming white women. (More at Isthmus.)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The big news today (08-06-2020) at Madison365:
“More ‘Black Lives Matter’ murals defaced in downtown Madison!”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: When it is never your fault there will always be plenty to blame. In addition to Defund the Police and Empty the Jails, Allies for Black Lives Madison also recommends: “Don’t call the police.” But YOU are to blame for the violence.

How did YOU allow poverty to thrive?


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Selling stupid in the better parts of town

‘Something of a backlash may be developing’

Is anyone picking up on this? Dane County public health is gunning for Helbach’s coffee (“cofveve?) shop in Middleton for not enforcing the  Covid-19 face mask edict. May yank their food and beverage license.

But police kept their distance from the “celebration of life” at Madison’s Garner Park Tuesday night (08-04-2020) even though very few of the 300 people gathered there were covering their faces. The gendarmes moved in only when the “community” started shooting each other. 

⇒ Amelia Jones at NBC 15 has video the moment of the shootings (we see one face mask).


Maybe police aren’t the problem, after all?

You want a public health risk?

Dane County has officially declared racism to be a public health risk. Someday soon, one hopes, Dane County will declare gunfire as  another public health risk. At least, no one is accusing the police of racism so far, reverse or otherwise. But give the Progressives time.

“I don’t think it would be a wise decision to force some sort of conflict over a public health order, to be honest with you.” That is Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl. Hard to blame him after Mayor Satya and Ald. Tag Evers criticized police for scooping up Devonere A. Johnson (“the Black Jesus”) for shaking down Downtown Madison eateries. The Progs actually blamed police for the riots that night (June 23-24, 2020). 

Even after the Battle of Garner Park, “there was a fair amount of hostility and lack of cooperation from the group,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Spreading the pain around town

After Maurice R. Bowman Jr. got whacked 07-25-2020 (and a companion shot and injured), police sources predicted retaliation, which explains why Chief Wahl’s forces were standing watch Tuesday night. That and noise complaints from neighbors. It is safe to say there will be an Episode #3. 

Speaking of neighbors, Garner Park sits at the SW corner of the Hill Farms neighborhood, single family homes assessed at a respectable $380,000. One prominent resident, an attorney, told the head groundskeeper of the Werkes, “Now that the Hill Farms neighborhood has been hit with the shooting, people may be willing to take a look at some of these police issues from a different perspective. I sense that something of a backlash may be developing.”

The neighborhood association is meeting with their alder, Arvina Martin, on Saturday. Will they tell Ald. Martin to quit hectoring the police? Will they endorse Recall Mayor Satya 2020 who has told police to stand down during the riots? Today (08-06-2020) she is calling for “common sense gun control” and blames Republicans in the State Legislature for not passing more laws that only law-abiding citizens would obey, anyway. 

Mayor Satya should RECALL that one of the two arrests (so far) from the Battle of Garner Park was for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon? (The answer is: Yes.)

If the police can’t protect us …

Speaking of which, “Americans saw police forces across the country unable to protect their cities against rioting mobs. One result is that gun sales have shot through the roof, with an estimated 40% of purchases this year going to first-time buyers,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Sales in July were up 122% over July 2019. 

“These record sales are best understood as a referendum on the riots, and the growing lack of confidence many Americans have that police will protect them.”

⇒ Last night (08-05-2020) Multiple shots fired in the 1700 block of Park Heights, car screeching away at warp speed.

Blaska’s Bottom Line #1: Good luck selling gun control to the growing population of gun owners. When will we try criminal control, instead?

Blaska’s Bottom Line #2: It is indeed a miracle that only three persons got shot at Garner Park despite 65 spent shell casings. More accuracy and we would be observing many more “celebrations of life.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line #3: If you were any good on public safety, Mayor Satya, then why did the police union vote No Confidence in you?

What are YOU celebrating today?

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All the news that’s fit to spin

“Most Americans have lost confidence in the media to deliver the news objectively,” said the Knight Foundation chief program officer. “This is corrosive for our democracy.”

Half (49%) of all Americans think the media is very biased.
— an 08-04-2020 Knight Foundation/Gallup poll.

If the New York Times was any more “woke” it would crow like a rooster. The damn thing beats you over the head with its scolding progressivism like a Mt. Horeb guidance counsellor on a state legislator. All race, all COVID-19, Never Trump.

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Take last Sunday’s edition (as Henny Youngman used to say), please!

The Page One top-line headline uncovers another example of far-right extremism — in Germany. One of the “read-outs” on the bottom of the front page starts out: “As America confronts its racism …” No “alleged” for the Times! It’s FACT, not opinion!

Another [snotty quotes] “news” story unveils the racism “that lingers in medical schools.” (When the entirety of the U.S.A. is racist, in the NYTimes’ telling, why should doctor school be different?)

Look, Jane! Look! There’s a photograph of President Trump signing legislation surrounded by applauding witnesses of multiple races. Oh, smack! The deflating headline: “Law to reduce crack cocaine sentences no help for some inmates.” (Once again, the perfect is the enemy of the good — especially when it involves Donald Trump.)

⇒ It could very well be true that a government action does not help everyone; it is argumentative to say that any legislation can and tendentious to draw attention to the defect while downplaying the overwhelming benefit.

No sports, only social justice

The discombobulated gray lab coasts at the Werkes fled the news pages for the oasis of the sports pages. No use! Top line: a professional basketball player is quoted to say: “the better I got in sports, the worse the racism got.”

The Sunday Styles section ignored the world of decadent fashion to bash what it supposes to be white culture. “Rejecting Greek life, groups of fraternity brothers and sorority sisters work to kick their organizations off campus.” (Someone tell Madison’s inflammable prankster, Althea Bernstein.)

In desperation, the labcoats cast their microscopes on the Times’ Arts & Leisure section. Cover story demands that “the Reconciliation must be televised [to] tell the horror story of the system, draw straight lines from slavery to right now and demand the system be reformed.” (Colonel Kurtz, splashing water on his bald head: “The Horror!”)

Not to be outdone, its Sunday magazine quotes Ben & Jerry “on selling ice cream and social change.” Until the ice cream scolds …

“There wasn’t any other business talking about dismantling white supremacy.”

Never Trump infomercial

But the Times’ obsessive compulsive disorder reaches the clinical stage for a full, two-page spread bashing Trump with cutting-edge graphic artistry. Employing quick bites for the attention deficit (“Channel-surfing his way through the presidency.”) A variety of brief sidebars: “The Presidential Ego.” (It’s yuge!) “The president and the truth.” (Not very.) and “Things [John] Bolton claims people said to him.” (Never flattering.)

Of course, this unreported Biden political campaign contribution quotes (multiple times) disgraced former FBI director Jim Comey (still a hero on the Left). One of which equates the President with a Mafia boss. 

That does not even get us to the editorial page where even the token “conservatives” like Bret Stephens are Never Trump. (We do have some sympathy.) 

‘Fawning and feeble’

The distrust in the news media revealed by the public opinion poll with which we began this blogge “seems to shock many observers  in the media but I do not know why,” observes law professor Jonathan Turley.

“Many in the [news] media has spent years in openly shaping the news to resist Donald Trump — just as some in the conservative media have done so in his defense. The New York Times recently to apologize for publishing a dissenting view of the protests by the U.S. Senator.” 

Turley observes that “many news outlets seem to be actively working for the election of Joe Biden. This includes softball interviews that are so fawning and feeble that they are cringeworthy.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: At least no lies about the “peaceful protests” in Portland. This Sunday.

What local newscast, print source do YOU trust?

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Alders bash police while BLM shoots each other

63 shell casings recovered
in Tuesday shoot-out at Garner Park

Leafy green Garner Park sits just north of the University of Wisconsin’s Hill Farms office park, on the northwest corner of Whitney Way and Mineral Point Road on Madison’s near west side. One of many parks, along with the lakes, bike paths, boutiques and coffee shops that make Madison a special place to live. Once upon a time.

Maurice R. Bowman Jr

 the late Maurice Bowman Jr.

Tuesday night 08-04-2020 shortly after 9 p.m. the park was crowded with over 300 people, the parking lot full and cars parked on the grass. They were there to “celebrate the life” of Maurice Bowman Jr., age 24, who was rubbed out in a running car gun battle on Schroeder Road just east of Whitney Way (and south of the Beltline) on July 25.

Those hated police were monitoring the crowd at Garner Park when they heard gunfire near the park pavilion. According to the MPD incident report, “Men, women, and children were seen fleeing from the gunfire.”

⇒ Downtown at roughly the same time, Madison alders again refused to help State Street businesses that were looted and boarded up by race rioters in June — not even $60,000, down from $250,000, which was down from the $500,000 originally proposed. They also introduced (for future action) a resolution creating a Civilian Police Oversight Board to second-guess police officers faced with split-second decisions. To sit in judgement of the police, the proposal requires at least one member have a criminal arrest record. (“Madison takes dead aim at police“)

Some celebration of life!

Three Garner Park celebrants sought treatment at local hospitals for gunshot wounds. Another two were injured by other than gunfire. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

A total of 63 spent shell casings were recovered at the scene. Shell casings included 42 handgun casings of multiple calibers and 21 rifle casings. Two spent bullets were recovered as were several live rounds associated with two firearms. (One of the firearms pictured here.)

Two arrests have been made. Charges include felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, and an outstanding warrant.

UPDATE: ⇒ Police Chief Vic Wahl said this afternoon Madison police have responded to 50 shots fired incidents and recovered 355 shell casings in the last month, which is almost as many recovered during all of 2019. There have been 11 people struck by gunfire in the last month, including Bowman.

“Every metric year to date as of last week in terms of shots fired and gun violence is off the charts,” Wahl said. “It’s really striking.”

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014, or, on the web at

Amelia Jones at NBC 15 has video the moment of the shooting. And the park trashed this morning.

⇒ For your reading pleasure: MPD spokesman Joel Despain on the brazen daytime theft of “Diamond.”

Blaska’s Bottom LineEight homicides so far in Madison compared to four all of last year. Shootings almost doubled. Police didn’t do any of them. Maybe if counsellors from the Mt. Horeb school district had been monitoring Garner Park Tuesday night …?

Should police monitor the Common Council? 

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Sheriff Mahoney opposes Madison tear gas ban

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney issued this statement today:

As the Sheriff of Dane County and as a Madison resident I feel it’s important to point out that should the Madison Common Council pass a misguided ordinance limiting the use of chemical and non-lethal impact munitions, the council will have tied the hands of Madison Police in the use of munitions that are part of a host of de-escalation alternatives to deadly force.

In my 41 years with the Sheriff’s Office and 14 as Dane County Sheriff I have seen and participated in a number of incidents where the deployment of less than lethal munitions resulted in the saving of a life and where without that tool deadly force would have been the only alternative.

I would ask that you and other alders think very hard and seek the insight of Acting Chief Wahl before rushing to pass a feel good ordinance that very well could tie the hands of your very highly trained, educated and competent police force.

The Executive Committee of the Common Council meets this afternoon (08-04-2020) to consider:

Prohibiting the use of tear gas as of November 17, 2020 and requests a study of alternatives by the Madison Police Department (MPD).  

Prohibit MPD from using tear gas, mace and impact projectile devices immediately.

What you want to bet the Committee recommends passage?


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