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.