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May 12, 201510:23 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

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Today is the day Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is scheduled to announce whether to prosecute a white Madison police officer in the shooting death of a troubled young black man.

Similar incidents in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, and Baltimore have led to riots, looting, burned-out businesses, and shooting — and drawn attention from the president of the United States.

It is an event that has roiled race relations and rubbed emotions raw in liberal Madison. The police are on alert. Government buildings are preparing contingency plans. The school superintendent is urging students to remain in school. Churches are opening their doors for counseling.

As Madison awaits the district attorney’s decision, what counsel does its daily newspaper have for its readers? How does it use its editorial voice on this most pressing local issue?

Wisconsin State Journal editorial page, May 12, 2015

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May 12, 2015 03:42 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

change through voices and votes
good luck with that madison - 40+ years of liberal rule

May 12, 2015 04:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

More gunk from the driveway blue bag.

May 12, 2015 04:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I wept tears of joy with every bead of sweat running down Ismael Ozanne's face.

What pure terror that must have been that night on Willy St! Did you not get the impression of a Warner Brothers-like Tazmanian Devil named Tony Robison, spinning and swirling, connecting with punches, chasing cars, barreling through doors, etc.?

Shrooms, marijuana and Xanax? Some great parenting, Grandma.

7 shots, 7 hits. We can put the myth of the shot in the back to rest. Nice shooting Officer Kenny!

What's the Madison cop bar? I wonder if I could buy them a keg or two.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

May 13, 2015 08:00 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Citizen Dave's Remington 700: I doubt very much any Madison police officer would accept your offer of a celebratory drink. Shooting another person at such close range is traumatic for the shooter; on top of that this shooting was tragic. One life ended; another's life has been derailed. I doubt Officer Kenny can resume policing in Madison. I do agree that whomever gave the young man those hallucinogens, unsupervised, bears great responsibility. (If it was a family member, don't count on any prosecution.) Part of the problem in Madison, Ferguson, Milwaukee, and Baltimore is the avoidance of personal responsibility. Blaming the other for one's own failure is a loser's game. Your life will always belong to that other.

May 13, 2015 09:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You hit it right on the head Dave. "avoidance of personal responsibility". That is quite possibly the biggest issue facing society today. The Liberal ideology of blaming society, or anyone/thing other than themselves is the ruination of this Country. I'm sick and tired of hearing about poor innocent Tony and what a good child he was. The truth is now out and its time for people to see and admit that the convicted felons rehabilitation wasn't going very well. Case closed. Eric Z

May 13, 2015 10:23 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Ouch. State Journal reports -- note the sources are the residents of the house and his friends:

"A resident of the Williamson Street house told police that Robinson was unemployed and on government assistance. He got a check the day before, on March 5, and wanted drugs. Friends told police that Robinson commonly took street-bought Xanax and also had done mushrooms.

"Previously, taking mushrooms hadn’t affected Robinson much except to produce a lot of giggling and laughing, a friend and sometime roommate told police. But this time was different.

"Robinson was irrational, delusional and occasionally violent, friends said."

May 13, 2015 11:19 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

@ Blaska: yeah, I was more going for buying a drink in gratitude. These are the people that we send into these hellholes to protect us, and indeed it was the police that people in these hellholes called to protect them from their own violent dysfunction.

Officer Kenny has shot someone before (if I'm not mistaken, a suicide by cop), and he rebounded to administer oxygen to kittens and deliver the cake to the gay weddings. I have faith in him. It was either him (and everyone in the immediate vicinity should Tony Robinson have taken his gun) or Tony Robinson. He knows that. Ozanne's sweat drenched face told me he knows that too.

As to whoever gave him the hallucinogens, hilariously, it was us. From the State Journal: "A resident of the Williamson Street house told police that Robinson was unemployed and on government assistance. He got a check the day before, on March 5, and wanted drugs."

Read more:

More handouts supporting a life of dysfunction and violence. You've written about this Dave. Here it is, laid bare for all to see. A violent, troubled [young and gifted] felon, released back into this community to terrorize, and on the dole to boot. A fractured family of dubious characters. (Did I see Grandma is reversing her dreadlocks, perhaps in preparation of a larger social justice campaign or civil suit against the city?) A city incapable of discussing, let alone addressing here issues. That is Madison, 2015.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

May 13, 2015 11:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Blaming the other for one's own failure is a loser's game."

Sort of like how everyone here is blaming the actions of an officer who didn't wait for backup and acted out of fear on the victim of the bullets fired from his gun?

May 13, 2015 12:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Avoidance of personal responsibility" is only part of the problem; the other part is government rushing in to enable that avoidance. It's bad enough when young, able-bodied punks like Robinson decide to live a life of indolence, drug use, and petty (and sometimes not-so-petty) crime, but when they receive "government assistance" to support that lifestyle choice, it's compelling evidence that we as a society are well and truly screwed. There's simply no excuse, especially in a town like Madison with an unemployment rate of 2% and every social service under the sun readily available to anyone who genuinely wishes to improve his lot in life.

May 13, 2015 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

CDR700: accept your slap down from Dave. Your naked racist glee was too much even for him. I used to think you were Meade (due to the Mayor Dave fetish), but your soul is too ugly.

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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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