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May 14, 201511:46 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The Al Sharpton crew has set the terms of the debate and Madison is tongue-tied

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Your humble squire criticized the Wisconsin State Journal for running a canned out-of-town editorial on Tuesday, the day the Dane County district attorney announced his decision on whether to prosecute Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of Tony Robinson. Certainly, the city’s only daily newspaper could have advocated respect for the decision-making process (six weeks after receiving the investigatory report of an independent agency), respect for people and property, kids staying in school, police acting professionally — that kind of thing.

That said, Wednesday’s editorial, “Ozanne made us think as much as listen,” was well reasoned and written (which is the same thing, really).

I, too, was impressed with Ismael Ozanne’s delivery. (Whether the flop sweat was due to the TV lights in a small room or the pressure of the situation, oddly, it worked.) It was important that the man declare his own humanity, which included his racial resemblance to the 19-year-old shooting victim. It was instructive to recount his mother’s history of activism for racial equality at a time and place — the Deep South of the 1960s — when that was an act of courage, not a fashion statement. It was important to note that he is the first and only district attorney of color in the state of Wisconsin.

This is, after all, Madison, Dane County, Wis. — there exists no place more liberal-progressive-socialist. Barack Obama comes here when he wants to get elected.

Which, to the race mongers, makes Ozanne as white as a Klansman’s sheets, according to this frequent contributor to Madame Brenda’s website:

For the literal reader I know the D.A. has colored skin, but when Jim Doyle put the FBI on me as D.O.J. [attorney general at the Department of Justice] I was naïve and couldn’t believe it and I said, “But he adopted two Black kids.” And my mother responded, “And he raised them to be white.” So Doyle picked a tidey didy [original spelling] white person of color, it’s all Doyle knows and it got this dude in the door.

Let us hope that Ozanne’s life story, as much as the facts on Williamson Street and in that staircase the night of March 6, took the edge off the Young and Gifted narrative that a racist justice system is shooting and locking up black people for the crime of poverty. But there’s money for magic mushrooms.


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May 14, 2015 12:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Beware of the argument that everybody's crazy, I'm the only sane one. The above blog comes pretty close to saying that in the final paragraph.

What you will not read is that after the decision to not charge the officer, Young, Gifted and Black demonstrated, marched and spoke out about the decision and there was how much violence? What was that again?

Arrests were made when officers warned protesters to get out of the street and handcuffed those who peacefully stood their ground.

Dave Blaska wondered the other day whether Home Depot had enough plywood for this event. You will not read him back off that ridiculous claim. You will read him bring up Al Sharpton for the umpteenth time. It's the white conservative's favorite subject. It's also irrelevant.

The sound you hear is of cable TV trucks gunning their engines as they speed out of town. Madison will not be the site of any burning cars or broken windows, despite what Blaska was hoping for.

May 14, 2015 03:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Just a few photos/placards - nothing to see here, move along

May 14, 2015 04:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not the F word! I've never seen, heard or spoken such a term in all my days!

Are the senses of those who see, hear, smell and do nothing about police violence against young men of color offended? I believe that's the point.

Sort of like when Blaska predicts violence and looting.

May 14, 2015 04:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yes, I think perhaps Dave did give too much credence to the YG&B leader's comments that this town will "F'n bleed"...the "blood will be on you" Chief Koval.

But, I do offer thanks to Anon 3:56 for clarifying that we should not believe anything that YG&B's leader says. Obviously she is just another bloviator that cannot be trusted to stand by her words (or, perhaps, could not get others to do her dirty work for her...).

May 14, 2015 05:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

12:18 anonymous's humorlessness caused him to misperceive Mr. Blaska's plywood comment as a "claim" and a "hoping for" violence. No wonder that 12:18 is also fence post obtuse to Al Sharpton's umpteenth celebrity race hustle.


May 14, 2015 06:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Holy Shalala Blaska!

Is there an unwritten "speech code" on "Bring It?"

Just what are we allowed to bring and not bring?

- "Cizizen Dave's muzzle obstructed Remington 700"

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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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