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Mar 10, 201508:23 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

I was wrong about those 15 minutes ...

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A week ago your humble squire stated, with the self-assurance of an MSNBC talking head, that Young and Foolish had experienced its 15 minutes of fame. The opinion was formed after gang shootings off Raymond Road injured one man and more shots closed down West Towne Mall.

Now, of course, Tony Robinson lies dead, a mixed-race young man shot by a white Madison police officer. There is Young, Gifted and Black’s Brandi Grayson doing the Al Sharpton thing, embracing the grieving mother. Students and other non-workers are marching and Madison is apologizing — even Police Chief Mike Koval, with unseeming haste.

Are we sorry that the 19-year-old is dead? Yes. Do we apologize for the 12-year veteran officer firing his weapon? Not yet. Can we not await the results of the required state Department of Justice investigation?

Are Madison police in the habit of shooting unarmed black people dead? Paul Heenan comes to mind — he was white. For that matter, why not march over the black men shot by other black men in Madison? Perhaps those lives don’t matter as much.

What explains Robinson’s erratic behavior the night he was killed? Was he experiencing a drug reaction? Is it possible his impaired judgment contributed to the tragedy? Was he attempting to strangle someone in the Willy Street location, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asks? I wasn’t there, neither were you. Neither was Brandi Grayson.

I don’t know many young people — he was an adult — who have been convicted of felony armed robbery in a home invasion. Was it a “crime of poverty”? Perhaps, poverty of spirit? Can you make sense of the social media tweets and Facebook posts this website reports? I didn’t know Anthony T. Robinson and neither did you. Neither did Brandi Grayson.


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Mar 10, 2015 08:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


I wish I didn't know you

Mar 10, 2015 10:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Don't usually agree with Blaska, but he hit it here. This whole issue is complicated to a huge degree. I really wish someone would have asked the protestors that gathered hours after the shooting what they were protesting. They had no real information to go on - but they were protesting. They need to pick better representatives of the issue they claim to want to address. A while back all we heard about was Ferguson MO -- a dubious case from the start. Instead of Cleveland where a child was essentially murdered by an officer barely (not even) out of his car. THAT should have gotten more attention. But it didn't. Why? Instead everyone rushed to Ferguson to get on TV as if the people and community leaders in Ferguson were somehow incapable of conducting a protest.

Mar 10, 2015 10:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gun violence is the story. Why did the officer shoot a kid who didn't have a gun? The only reasonable explanation, and it is a reasonable one, is that he felt the kid could have used his own weapon against him. And why do cops carry guns? Because criminals carry them. Why do criminals carry guns? To overpower other criminals who carry guns or prey on innocent people who don't. Where do they get those guns? Overwhelmingly (check me on this, I beg/dare you to) by stealing them from people who have bought them to protect against criminals. This whole chain of gun ownership is not (not one little bit) calmed by the industry that revels in the manufacture of firearms. Instead, it is fueled by that industry which seeks to break records every year. Guns, guns and more guns. America has a relationship with guns that no other country has. Perhaps that's what makes us "exceptional." Blaska, who trades in outrage, criticizes others who trade in the same outrage. You have more in common than you think: You both trade in outrage, not solutions. You favor talking to doing. Political animals. Not leaders, word merchants. Trying to win popularity contests with those who sport the same yard signs as you do, you push rhetoric designed to stimulate. What a great business to be in! The supply is cheap/free (particularly when others are suffering) and the demand appears to be limitless.

Mar 10, 2015 12:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Liberal Logic 101:
Blame the gun. Blame Whitey. Blame the cop.

Blame everyone under the Sun, except the felon on the street who was convicted of an armed home invasion and free to commit another violent crime. And who knows what other crimes he committed where he wasn't caught? Not a word from race hustlers and bed wetting liberals about the true victims of Tony Robinson's violent crimes, past and present. They're too busy trying to lynch a cop for doing his job and the media is bringing the rope.

Northwoods Patriot

Mar 10, 2015 12:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Northwoods, why don't you argue with the point I made rather than the point you hope I made because you're not creative or resourceful enough to argue with my actual point? Where do I blame whitey or the cop?

Here, let me try: You think Tony Robinson deserved to get shot in the chest five times on Friday evening. Why do you think that? Because society's punishment for his other crimes were insufficient in your eyes? That's cool, but as a "Northwoods Patriot," what do your ideas about jurisprudence matter here in south central Wisconsin?

Mar 10, 2015 01:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 12:57:

NP really doesn't live in the "north", but rather in his elderly mothers basement subsisting on HoHo's and Pepsi (Mountain Dew on special occasions). The location of her house is not really relevant as he rarely gets outside anyway. But you really must have touched a nerve as he used "bed wetting liberals" again. He only does that when extremely frustrated.

Keep up the good work.

True Northwoods Patriot

Mar 10, 2015 01:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Let's gather the facts first, people! Amazes me how the protesters undercut their cause by going off half-cocked. I basically dismissed the whole Ferguson thing precisely because the protesters and race hustlers were doing the same thing as the Young and Foolish are doing currently.

Mar 10, 2015 01:49 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

"You favor talking to doing"
Who has been mayor/held city leadership since 1973 off and on? Blaska? Republicans? And look what still happened.
I don't have the facts like everybody else, but this incident feels like Paul Heenan redux to me.
And all this happened on Willy St - the center of social justice and all things anti-Walker.

Mar 10, 2015 02:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

NP makes a great point. What about the victims of Robinson's home invasion and assaults? Are they just so much collateral damage to the bleeding heart libs that cannot coddle a felon fast enough? Nary a syllable of concern from the left about people that had their lives torn apart by a common street thug.

Maybe their skin wasn't the right color for liberals to care. So much for white privilege.

Mar 10, 2015 03:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

DB was probably up all night drooling over his computer in his underwear so excited to criticize liberals yet again. It’s funny how he has nothing positive to say about his own party so he spews negativity against people that rejected him 20 years ago. Obviously just another wounded lonely old man from 20 years ago who still can’t move on and still projects all his obvious insecurities and anger in the blogosphere from the comfort of his own home. What a man - not!

pathetic, really pathetic. I actually feel sorry for this guy. He really give he Republican part a bad name, many of whom are decent people.

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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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