I am not done with Esty Dinur.
I am still obsessing over the most stupid, forehead-smacking profession of wrong-headedness I have heard in a long time. It is liberalism writ large. This is Esty Dinur in the current print Isthmus:
People don't sell drugs on a street corner because it's fun or because that's what they always wanted to do. They do it out of need and desperation.
The poor dears. Esty Dinur is more than an enabler, she is further evidence that Madison cannot surmount its crime problem until it resolves its Progressive Dane problem.
No choice but to sell drugs? In a city with an unemployment rate of 3.5%? With good or better schools? With a liberal-to-a-fault populace? With hair trigger Geiger counters set to detect the slightest tinge of racism?
Must sell dope? What? Can't open a shop? Offer a service? Wait tables? Learn a trade at MATC?
Repeat after me: crime causes poverty, not the other way around. But then, there is no crime on the north side. Here is the Dinur hitting the fan:
... neighborhood crime -- something I haven't encountered in my three years on Madison's north side.
The very day Dinur shared her ignorance with the world, the State Journal reported:
A 14-year-old boy trick-or-treating on the North Side was jumped by four attackers Wednesday night, Police said. The boy was 'punched to the ground' about 9:50 p.m. near Northport Drive and Sherman Avenue.
Dinur illuminates the cosmos of the Far Left. The predator as victim. No one is accountable, we are not causative agents. Not until macro forces: poverty, racism, the Republican party, Fox News, the Club for Growth, etc. are crushed beneath the righteous boot heel of the proletariat can anyone be expected to succeed. When income is fully redistributed, only then will justice prevail.
Jack Nicholson said it in the movie As Good as it Gets: "Sell stupid somewhere else."
We're proud, we're loud, and we still don't get it!
I never expected the once-proud Dane County Board to go wobblier than John Nichols at Fighting Bob Fest. But where even the Madison City Council refused to bite at the impeachment catnip, the County Board took bait, hook and sinker.
A County Board that substituted "Indigenous Peoples" day for Columbus Day is not only increasingly foolish, it now demands that you recognize it as such. It's Death of a Salesman as played by Jerry Lewis. Attention must be paid, if you don't mind the yuks.
How else to explain the recent manifesto from six supervisors called "City's Priorities on Justice at Odds with County's?"
The city is proposing a great increase in the number of new police officers. … In contrast, when looking at what Dane County is proposing, we see that the two entities are moving in opposite directions.
It's one thing to put electronic bracelets on Huber Law prisoners instead of feeding and bedding them overnight; they are already released into the community to work during the day. It is quite another thing to bring the 200 or so prisoners shipped to out-of-county jails and release them, too. That is what the Dane County Board is poised to do.
It is shocking that one of the six authors is the County Board chairman, Scott McDonell. (The others are Barbara Vedder, John Hendrick, Al Matano, Dorothy Wheeler, and Ashok Kumar.) I could tell you which four of the six are Progressive Dane, but it is immaterial because the other two are cheating PD out of their dues.
McDonell would not be County Board chairman today if he had not made a pact with Progressive Dane, which continues to pull his strings. PD took McDonell to school after the 2004 election by denying him the vote he needed to become chairman, allowing Kevin Kesterson to once again assume the post. Lesson learned.
Dorothy Wheeler is the only signatory who is not downtown or near-East, near-West side. And she isn't running again. The first question is, why didn't more of the majority Left of the 37-member board sign on? Why not, for instance, Paul Rusk on the northeast side or here on the southwest, Matt Veldran (who beat me in the last election)? The bigger question is, why will they vote for this budget anyway?
A shout out
... to Peter Eisch, who responded to a recent Blaska Blog post. He told me off-line that what I am doing here is throwing chum on troubled waters to see what comes out of the briny deep. I'm good with that.
Or, as the inimitable Barry Goldwater once said, I'm throwing a smoke bomb in the Kremlin men's room to see who comes streaming out.