Some of us are old enough to remember David Haines, the wacky WOKY newscaster of the 1960's and early 1970's, who dared to teeter on the brink of political correctness with such leads as "from the overnight crook book" and "while you were sleeping and the police were on their coffee break."
Today, it's the news coming from Milwaukee that's racy, not the antics of a disc jockey turned newscaster.
For example, from the overnight crook book comes word that a 16-year-old girl was wounded in her home on the north side of Milwaukee by a stay bullet fired on the street. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel isn't saying whether the police were on their coffee break but the folks who run the city have been for at least a couple of decades.
I don't care how much you dress up the downtown or how expensive or impossible it is to park there, the trendy stuff is irrelevant when children in or at their own homes -- and last night's incident isn't the first -- are innocent victims of a community in a state of insurrection. The frills are like putting a $400 suit on an alcoholic.
The politicians will continue to offer their various butt covering explanations and potential solutions but, at the end of the day, this is war and the history of war is such that politics must be set aside if you want victory.
(Personal note: Bruce "David" Haines died two years ago. At the time he was a newscaster at a suburban Washington, D.C. radio station.)