Feb 10, 201604:40 PMBlaska's Bring It!
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Willy Street Alder fans war on police
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Who is killing the young black men of America?
Other young black men. Except when 5-year-old girls sitting on their grandfather’s lap get caught in the crossfire. (That tragedy is recounted here.)
In 2013, homicide was the leading cause of death for young black men between the ages of 15 and 34, according to the CDCP. Blacks represented 13% population but 50% all homicide victims, the Violence Policy Center reported in 2014.
The Washington Post found that police across the nation fatally shot 385 victims in the first six months of 2015 — 171 were white, 100 black, 54 Hispanic, six Asian, 34 other or unknown. “The vast majority of victims — more than 80% — were armed with potentially lethal objects, primarily guns …”
Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney
There are signs that Madison’s reverse racism is abating. “I fear that this action by the Council may have an adverse impact that further divides our city,” said Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney.
Ald. Dave Ahrens said, “I will not support this resolution. We establish commemorative holidays after people that are extraordinary or heroic. The death of Robinson was tragic but that does not make it heroic or exemplary. … This resolution could also have an adverse effect on the city’s position in the family's lawsuit.”
Prominent liberal blogger Greg Humphrey lives in Rummel’s aldermanic district. He writes (in Caffeinated Politics),
There is a reason [Rummel] has tried and always failed at leadership in that body. …
Now this district has not only once again been ill-served but also publicly embarrassed by sheer incompetence from our alder. …
Humphrey notes that shortly after the incident a year ago, Rummel approvingly posted on her Facebook page an ultimatum from the Young, Gifted & Black Coalition demanding the police officer be “immediately fired,” that the equivalent of reparations be paid to black “communities,” and that local police “end [the] state violence that they perpetuate.”
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• The Supreme Court Tuesday put on hold Obama’s executive order restricting carbon emissions. A total of 27 states had formally objected, including Wisconsin. Opposition to the rules included a coalition of Democrats — 626 state and local officials from nearly three dozen states.
• Kudos to the Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice for detailing the lonely lives of young Republicans in the Emerald City. Said one Republican, “We’ve always heard that the Democrats are the party of tolerance, (but) you don’t always feel that way when you have a different opinion.” Especially after her correspondent on eHarmony wrote, “All Republicans Must Die.”
• One possible comeback for Marc O’Rubio after his debate brain freeze: “Mr. Christie, do you really think you can revive your flagging campaign by dragging down your opponents?” The answer is no, as Christie is dropping out after placing sixth, behind O’Rubio.
• One commemorative resolution we can all get behind: “Recognizing the creativity and sense of humor on the cultural landscape of Madison by proclaiming February 23 Leon Varjian Day.” No, Ald. Rummel is not among the 19 sponsors.
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