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Feb 10, 201604:40 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Willy Street Alder fans war on police

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The sad truth is that Tony Robinson was a chronic substance abuser and a convicted felon who physically attacked a uniformed police officer called to exercise his lawful duty.

Now a Madison alderman wants to declare the one-year anniversary of this young man’s death on March 6 to be “Tony Terrell Robinson Day.” Her goal: to address “the national epidemic of police violence against communities of color.”

That’s right; police officers across America are former Klansmen engaged in racial genocide — Madison, not excepted. Truly, Orwellian.

Tony Robinson Day is the handiwork of Ald. Marsha Rummel, a hardcore Progressive Dane partisan who represents the Willy Street neighborhood on Madison’s isthmus.

Ald. Marsha Rummel

Rummel’s resolution bemoans “the harm done to the family, friends, and neighbors of Tony Robinson,” and alleges that “the shock of his death has forever changed the manner in which Madison collectively thinks about race and our city’s place in the national epidemic of police violence against communities of color.”

Tony Robinson was high on a truly heroic dose of magic mushrooms and prescription meds when his roommates, unable to control his violent and erratic behavior, called police in the early evening of March 6, 2015. As the police officer ascended a narrow stairwell, Robinson surprised and attacked the officer, who fired his service weapon in response. An independent investigation led District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (like the victim a person of color) to exonerate the police officer.

The incident and its resolution was almost a carbon copy of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., six months earlier. The subsequent investigation proved that Brown, who (contrary to the narrative) never raised his hands in surrender after a strong-arm robbery, was trying to wrestle away the police officer’s weapon, instead.

Rummel is no outlier. She has served on Madison's City Council since 2007. Endorsed by the Greens and Prog Dane. Endorsed by State Reps. Chris Taylor and Melissa Sargent, and The Capital Times. Which is no surprise, as Marsha is employed by John Nichols’ hard left Liberty Tree Foundation.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders have excoriated police violence but avoided demanding personal responsibility for the murder epidemic in black communities. (“Hillary Clinton: Police Violence ‘Terrorizing’ Some Communities.”) During Super Bowl halftime, entertainer Beyoncé paid tribute to the murderous Black Panther party.


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Feb 10, 2016 06:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It appears by your own info gathering that Rummel stands alone. Why then do you lump all liberals in with her? Other liberals are prominently on record opposing her proposal. Does anyone stand with her?

By the way, note how the guy who murdered that young women on the east side last week before actually shooting at police officers was treated. He quickly and legally bought a gun after being fired for workplace harassment and used it to not just kill the woman who had the audacity to report him to her boss, but then turned it on cops. Unlike Robinson, the guy was armed with a firearm when cops arrested him. Alive. His race? I don't need to actually tell you, do I?

In sparing that guy, the cops just guaranteed Robinson's mother a few more million in her suit against the city. Not surprised that case isn't mentioned in your blog. It doesn't make Republican gun policies or the cops look very good.

Feb 11, 2016 09:19 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

blaska is great at picking and choosing

Feb 11, 2016 10:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Scott Who?


At least Rubio is still in the race. Still dreaming of a Bromance will Paul rRyan as President.

Trump/Kasich 2016

Feb 11, 2016 10:06 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for bringing up the Tony Robinson saga. I'll have to go out and buy more tissues. What a loss for the city. He was a convicted felon who had a bright future in something or other. Could IB run a picture of Tony wearing his green gown and mortarboard? He was such an example to his peers.

And Anon 6:21, Madison police don't really discriminate based upon race. Paul Heenan is a prime example. Paul Heenan and Tony Robinson attempted hand-to-hand combat and may have tried to grab the officers' guns. The dweeb that shot the girl last week shot at a cop and then ran (a moving target). If he would have stood his ground with gun in hand, he would have been dispatched with all appropriate prejudice. Nice try, race baiter.

Feb 11, 2016 11:29 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Wednesday morning Al Sharpton had Breakfast with Feel the Bernie. WashPost columnist Kathleen Parker calls Sharpton "a race baiter" who "infers American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities."

Parker writes: One can argue that [Sharpton] isn’t really taken seriously, but this isn’t so. Protesters take him seriously. The president of the United States takes him seriously ... New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) takes him seriously ..."

Hillary Clinton takes him seriously. She will meet with the race baiter on Tuesday. Sharpton is the progenitor of the Black Lives Matter and Young & Foolish movements, of which Madison Ald. Marsha Rummel is an advocate.

Feb 11, 2016 01:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Whoa! Anon 10:06 appears to actually be dancing on a young man's grave.

Great to see Al Sharpton mentioned so frequently on this blog which is published by a magazine nominally dedicated to BUSINESS in MADISON. The story of that kid killing a woman who reported him to authorities is an interesting issue for business owners and managers in this city and it's being ignored. I know I'm going to think about bringing in police if I'm ever faced with an employee who is mentally unstable and harassing coworkers.

That case was truly an instance where good guys with guns couldn't, and indeed DIDN'T, stop a bad guy with a gun. Too bad.

Feb 11, 2016 02:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yet another distraction from yet great more news on the American economy. Unemployment at 4.9% and job listing at 9 year high not to mention the strongest currency in the world. This is just too much for Blaska to handle I guess! funny how the price of gas is not longer being talked about by the Republicans!

PS - Looks like people are moving to Dane County too! Yippee for us. Too bad the rest of the state is dying!


Feb 11, 2016 02:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So it's OK to kill an unarmed Afro-american boy with some psychological issues?

Feb 11, 2016 05:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why does Bernie Sanders talk about a 9%+ unemployment rate and that economic conditions are crap? Hasn't somebody been president for the last, oh, 7 years!

Feb 11, 2016 05:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So is it OK for any unarmed person to attack a police office in close proximity? The police officer did not target the young adult, as what happens in many other cases but not this one.

The police officer had every right to protect himself against the person who attacked him. A police officer or any first responder learns early on in training that they must choose their life over a person who is attacking them. This is always the case and it holds true for that horrible situation.

He never should be honored for his death, but his family will remember how they want him and that is their prerogative. But the fact remains he was a convicted felon, he was an adult and he attempted harm on others and attacked a police officer. Does not matter about his mental state the office took the appropriate steps to protect anyone else that may have been in the buiding.

Go to a place where real police corruption occurs like any other third world country and see if police act fairly there.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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