"0ne of those pathetic bloggers who tries to make a living out of attacking other bloggers and media folk in an effort to illicit a reaction and draw traffic to his site." -- Owen Robinson of Boots and Sabers
Charlie Sykes likes to say that liberals think conservatives are evil. But that's not necessarily true! I myself think some -- not all, but quite a few -- conservatives are, in fact, idiots.
Case in point, Chris Kliesmet, president of the Scott Walker bootlicker bund known as the CRG.
Chris was on the Charlie Sykes show last week talking up the CRG's witch hunt against Capper, accusing Milwaukee's leading Scott Walker critic of blogging while on County time (Cap is a social worker). It's an amusing listen (it starts about a minute into this podcast).
He talks officiously about "computer records" (uh, that'd be time stamps, which aren't really computer records) showing that ol Capper may have been blogging during work hours.
"The times and dates speak for themselves!" he told Charlie. Of course the times and dates the CRG has produced were during furlough or vacation days for ol Cap.
Does Kliesmet believe in the case brought by the CRG? One wonders, given in the course of the interview with Sykes he says "if the allegations hold," an odd bit of qualifying language when you're accusing someone of a crime. (He adds that they provided the DA "with what we thought was proof," a not wholehearted endorsement of their vetting).
He also says that the DA, after receiving the "proof," wrote back that they were going to seize the computer. Did the DA in fact say this? If the DA did in fact say this to the CRG does this in anyway cross a line given that the office is extremely closemouthed about investigations when asked about them?
Finally, Kliesmet says whether the mainstream media, which covered the scandalette of a Walker appointee commenting on blogs during work hours, covers the persecution of capper is a litmus test of their fairness. Shouldn't he be caring more about responsible government than about Scott Walker?
Update: Folkbum further highlights the weakness of CRG's publicly presented evidence of capper's alleged nefariousness. As in, Cap was on vaca one of the days he allegedly posted on the taxpayers dime. Again, it remains to be seen what the DA finds, but if it proceeded with an investigation based solely on the CRG's weak-ass "evidence," it has some 'splainin' to do.
Well it seems the Scott Walker sycophants at CRG have accused Capper of blogging during working hours and the Milwaukee County DA is investigating.
Now the Brawler has no idea what the Milwaukee County DA will find in capper's work computer. But he would note that the crg's evidence of malfeasance includes postings from April 15 -- which of course was a furlough day. Cap helps balance the county budget and all he gets is a DA probe!
And what is the threshold for the county DA to launch an investigation anyway?
In a flagrant act of journalism, Journal Sentinel Tom Daykin takes a look at the myths surrounding workforce housing, the sort of affordable housing that's slated for New Berlin's failed City Center. His finding:
But there's scant evidence that such projects in other communities have caused property values to drop, or crime to increase, based on a check of public records and interviews with elected officials and neighborhood residents.
Predictably, Daykin's work triggered howls of outrage from the ignorati who see workforce housing as the second coming of the Cabrini Green towers. Daykin, who shows an admirable willingness to engage readers in comments weighed in:
Finally, the point of the story was to make clear the differences between Section 8 and Section 42 housing, and why most of Section 42 projects [note: the type of project proposed for New Berlin] draw little opposition while a few proposal draw high-profile protests. This is not an attempt to tell you what to think. It's just an attempt to provide some facts about the situation.
While on the air, Neumann mentioned he had sent Charlie an email earlier in the week saying he would be happy to debate the issues with Walker on Charlie's show. He would still be happy to do that. Charlie muttered something to the effect of he'd look into it.
So will Charlie facilitate such a debate? Or does he fear that Walker would founder if he actually had to debate Neumann vs. simply calling in with sputtering points?
No, the federal government can't repair a busted oil well (likely the result of negligence by the driller), it can't bring peace to the Middle East if Israel won't stop building settlements in the West Bank, it can't significantly reduce the unemployment rate if Congressional Republicans believe -- contrary to every serious economist -- that fiscal stimulus can play a role in encouraging economic activity.
Patrick McIlheran is willfully obtuse when it comes to looking at relations between Milwaukee and the suburbs (i.e., it's Milwaukee that's always mean to the suburbs) and the history of race and the suburbs (i.e., there was no such thing as racially motivated white flight to the suburbs, pay no mind to what John Gurda says).
So as one might expect, he has little of value to say in the whole controversy over workforce housing going into the derelict New Berlin City Center.
But let's unpack anyway!
"So who's leaping to such conclusions about New Berlin anyway?" he sprightly asks, one of the conclusions apparently being that New Berlin has its share of bigots who don't want black and brown folks interrupting their "traditional cosmopolitan living" experience. Well, there was the mayor, who suggested his town was full of bigots (before backstepping) and that's the only honest interpretation of some comments following up on various JSOnline stories. And of course the experience of anyone who's lived in Milwaukee in the past 30 years. Apart from that, nothing.
This made me LOL:
So, no, New Berlin isn’t exactly Snobville. It’s got people who seem legitimately ticked off over congestion and parking issues. The workforce housing is “really not the problem,” said Laura Karvala, head of the impromptu Concerned Citizens of New Berlin, when I tried getting her to say it was all about poor people. She wouldn’t -- because, I suspect, for her it isn't.
“It’s the quantity of people moving through here,” she said of the nearby National Ave. and Coffee Road intersection, right by her subdivision. The plan got changed, she said, in a way that adds much more traffic, and it got changed in what she saw as a sneaky way.
OK, let me get this straight: You want galleries, you want restaurants, you want shops. DOn't you think that would involve some fucking traffic? Seriously, think this stuff through. Not everyone is as gullible or as eager to believe you as Patrick McIlheran.
Also amusing is that Patrick McIlheran puts this development, which again is aimed at blue-collar folks, in the same category as Cabrini Green. No fearmongering there. (Did the Brawler ever tell you about the time he waltzed, unharmed, through Cabrini Green at night? It's true?)