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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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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 …”

The FBI reports that in 2013, 49,851 officers were assaulted. Of the 509 officers feloniously killed (according to this source) in the 10 years prior to 2015, 46% of the perpetrators were black.

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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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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