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Oct 31, 201603:58 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

What kind of things can Feingold get done? Is the Madison police consultant Latino?

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Does Carlos Danger have an interesting laptop? America wants answers!

Madison’s Common Council convenes at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 1) at the City-County Building to throw $400,000 at a study that will insult the police, infuriate taxpayers, and encourage gangbangers without mollifying Progressive Dane or Black Lives Matter radicals.

Agenda Item #48, the Council’s probe for white privilege hidden in the police department’s “policies, procedures, culture, and training,” comes fairly late on Tuesday’s agenda. Citizens get three minutes to speak. Make them count!

Ald. Paul Skidmore agrees with The Squire that the study is a boondoggle. Ironically, a few alders may join him in voting no, but only because the favored bidder is perceived as being too close to police. Sigh. Which is ironic because two other of the seven original bidders were downgraded for praising Madison police. (What a world we live in!)

Ald. Dave Ahrens says he is quoting the ACLU in calling Michael Gennaco d/b/a as OIR, of Pasadena, Calif., “a flack for the Los Angeles County sheriff.” Your Faithful Bloggeur followed a link Ahrens provided; the word the ACLU lawyer used was “shill,” but we get the point.

“Gennaco and the unit he led, the Office of Independent Review (OIR), was so thoroughly discredited by allegations of favoritism and scandal that is was fired after years of complaints and outcries by the Los Angeles community,” Ahrens charges.

Ahrens disparaged Gennaco’s “less than illustrious professional work history. This process has been deeply flawed since its outset and this is another indication of that result.”

Worse, Ahrens seems to question whether Gennaco is genuinely Latino, as advertised. Ahrens, in an email to his colleagues: “I reviewed all of the scoring sheets of the evaluators and the resolution awarding $400,000  (as well as the email from the Community Response Team assuring us that Mr. Gennaco is Latino) . . .”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: One way or the other, the Madison Common Council is only buying trouble for its $400,000 and an electoral revolt next April.

Get ‘er done, Big Gummint style

“Russ Feingold [is] more likely to get things done,” the Wisconsin State Journal editorialized Sunday. But what kind of things?

The newspaper may well be correct about the Democrat’s ability to “work across party lines.” He did, after all, co-sponsor the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 with Republican John McCain. Most of McCain-Feingold, as it is known, was properly struck down by the Supreme Court in 2010 as an egregious infringement on free speech.

It told corporations and labor unions to shut the heck up 60 days before a general election, precisely when such speech is most valuable. Lawyers told incredulous justices that the government could ban books if they were published by a corporation (as most are) and urged the election or defeat of a candidate on any of its pages.

McCain-Feingold made a generous carve-out for newspapers, which is why every six years Capital Newspapers Incorporated can go all in for Feingold just a week before election day without fear of the speech police conducting one of their pre-dawn raids, battering rams at the ready. Hillary and Russ are now all in on circumscribing the First Amendment for the first time in its history. That raises the question of whether one must own a printing press or TV tower in order to speak politics in America? Or can one rent a press, say page 9 of tomorrow’s Daily Blab?

Inquiring minds want to know why he bad mouths private charities like The Joseph Project, to which Ron Johnson devotes money and his precious time.


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Oct 31, 2016 08:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A re-elected Russ will get more done in a week than Blaska, the perpetual victim, will accomplish in a lifetime.

If I didn't already know too much about RoJo, his involvement in the Joseph Project would have sealed my vote for Russ.

Nov 1, 2016 09:24 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Ho Ho Ho and no, I'm not referring to nasty women.
Just when the Left Wing Hate Machine had Trump demonized, defensive and stuck in a phony bimbo eruption, along comes Wienergate.
Who would've thought that a scandal by this name wouldn't involve Bill?The Onion couldn't make this stuff up.
Thanks Huma.

Nov 1, 2016 12:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Focusing an entire campaign on Clinton's emails has gotten exactly where? Right, her consistent lead in the polls. Hey! I know! October surprise! More emails! Brilliant! It's gonna be different this time!

Nov 1, 2016 12:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Feingold" is the dictionary definition of political hack. During his many years as a "public servant" he accomplished absolutely nothing. But because he's the poster boy for Madison liberals, his birthright is a seat in the Senate.

Dave, you used a phrase guaranteed to set liberals frothing at the mouth: "religious-grounded." Don't you know that government and government alone, through its finely tuned and highly responsive bureaucracy, is qualified to care for its citizens. After all, look at what a splendid job the ACA has done for ... Never mind.

Nov 1, 2016 12:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The question we still don't have answered: Trump wants to drain the swamp in DC. Ron Johnson agrees. The funny part: Ron Johnson doesn't consider himself part of the swamp, even though he's running for reelection. Everybody wants the swamp drained, nobody agrees on what constitutes the swamp. Lyin' Ted or Crooked Hillary?

Those pulling for Trump probably believe all of the above, but most don't know enough about how government works to name names.

Maybe the alternate delegate can do that. Bonus points if he doesn't simply say All Dems.

Nov 1, 2016 02:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


There are numerous state and federal laws prohibiting swamp drainage. Maybe a new phrase could be used. Try "throw the bums out". Start with Johnson and Sennsennbrenner.

Nov 1, 2016 02:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As for the City Council and their $400,000.000 "... Council’s probe for white privilege hidden in the police department’s “policies, procedures, culture, and training..."

OMG here we go again! Remember when NEW parents were told to discuss things with their children, sit down and have a chat about the fire that Young Billy, set in the next door neighbors house??? What ever happened to a good, old fashioned (think covered wagon days), tongue lashing and a possible smack on the behind?

Look what happened to that generation of spare the rod and spoil the child!

Make people be accountable, that means ALL people, not just the "Police People!" ALL PEOPLE. ALL Lives Matter. Not just the Black, Pink, Orange, Blue, Yellow!!

By the way, I love Blaska! He tells it like it is!

Nov 1, 2016 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Looks like Blaska's id got a hold of the keyboard and posted that comment at 2:27 p.m.

Nov 1, 2016 11:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Blaska; why don't you urge Johnson to give up stopping judges from being appointed. Your so worried about law and order, how about getting our courts open for business again; or are you afraid all of Walker's lawsuits will go against him.

Nov 2, 2016 11:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

RoJo at T-Rumps latest Wi appearance. Walker was there as well. Sniff, sniff, sniff, I can smell the pandering from here. Mmmmmm, cabinet position! Yes..... For me! I say Blaska goes all in for T-Rump about 2:30pm next Monday.

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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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