May 5, 2013

"Madison Mayor Paul Soglin walks with his wife, while observing the crowd control at the annual Mifflin Street Block Party in Madison, Wisconsin."

Meade messages me that and says "That's your caption." Here's the photograph.

The local newspaper reports: "Mifflin Street: A peaceful day in the neighborhood."
“Certainly, we’re very pleased with the way things have gone,” [said the spokesman for the police]. “What we’re seeing today is not the Mifflin Street party of two years ago. We worked hard over the last year to get the word out to people as to what our expectations were for this day and, by and large, people have been keeping the peace and policing themselves.”
Of course, if they had failed to do so, there were plenty of Madison police officers and Dane County Sheriff’s deputies around to help them out. Instead, they spent more time posing for photos with students, than arresting them. And by late afternoon, officers were already being sent home, DeSpain said.

Brian Figueroa, a UW-Madison senior from New Richmond, could’ve told them that the show of force at the start of the day wasn’t necessary. “It’s like a wasted resource,” said Figueroa, enjoying his fourth and final Mifflin Street bash. “Just take a look and see how many cops there are for how many students. It’s such a waste. Nothing bad is happening. It’s just a lot of people having fun, drinking and enjoying a sunny day that finally came. It’s good to let loose and have fun. We’re just celebrating a mess of hard work.”
We drove by a couple times in the mid and late afternoon and the place was loaded with police — including police horses. There were lots of students mostly standing around on porches and balconies. Presumably, everyone was drinking beer, but nothing looked rowdy. There wasn't even any audible music. It looked like a beautiful spring Saturday happened and everyone simultaneously came outside, but just outside — young people, like very old people, coming out only as far as needed to be outside. But here is — a much awaited festivity, consisting of the most mundane, low-energy activity: having a drink on the porch. 

18 comments:

Pogo said...

Natural rights are those rights that the Mayor allows you.

Christ in heaven, did no one confront this pig on his stroll through fascist heaven?

Welcome to Madison, where freedom's just another word for no rights left to lose.

Expat(ish) said...

I have to say that if the local cops flooded my street with cars, foot patrols and horses I would hope the press would cover the raw intimidation.

I joke, of course, we have a firmly entrenched Democrat machine in my town, they get a pass for some amazing behavior.... Care to tour our new performing arts center, the one right next to the 8 story city jail?

-XC

edutcher said...

Hitler toured Warsaw and Paris, too.

Jason (the commenter) said...

It would have been a pleasant day, if it weren't for all the cops standing around, waiting to shoot anyone who got out of line.

What a sick city Madison is. Afraid of the very people who live in it!

Hagar said...

Fox Butterfield, is that you?

FedkaTheConvict said...

She's a smoke show.

Sorgin is punching above his weight or outkicking his coverage or whatever other sports metaphor you prefer.

edutcher said...

Jason (the commenter) said...

It would have been a pleasant day, if it weren't for all the cops standing around, waiting to shoot anyone who got out of line.

What a sick city Madison is. Afraid of the very people who live in it!


I think you just described the Lefties' view of people.

rhhardin said...

Enterprising students would have their own horses.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

And nobody got arrested for the red Solo cups? Aren't they considered drug paraphernalia?

ndspinelli said...

Soglin was @ the OTB on Friday, betting the Kentucky Oaks and putting down his Saturday bets. He looks so happy there, he should learn to channel his happy place.

David said...

Grandma Soglin is still cultivating the hippy chick look, and not badly given her advancing age. Grandpa Soglin is a fat old Byrgermeister from Wisconsin.

Original Mike said...

"Brian Figueroa, a UW-Madison senior from New Richmond, could’ve told them that the show of force at the start of the day wasn’t necessary. “It’s like a wasted resource,”"

Yeah, just like having a large army you never have to use is a "wasted" resource.

Original Mike said...

Did the mayor throw any rocks, just for old-times sake?

virgil xenophon said...

First they limit you to your yard; then to your porch or balcony; then to your...

wyo sis said...

When you see local politics at work it gives you an appreciation for how much better or worse national politics must be.
Horrifying.

David Hampton said...

The likely scenario is that his mayorship intuitively understood that all the rabble rousers and anarchists were in Seattle exercising law enforcement. Redfords new homage to those who glorify bombings and murders has perfect timing. They will be back!










MadisonMan said...

Chances that the leftovers from the $190K budgeted will be used to send children to camp: 0.

Kirk Parker said...

Charming example of a traditional Midwestern waferboard house in the background!