Public safety got snookered

No Cops, no glory in Madison WI

Doesn’t anybody here know how to play this game? That’s what the ol’ perfessor, Casey Stengel, said of his woebegone expansion team, the New York Mets.

We say that about the Madison Common Council. Alders were hoodwinked by Progressive Dane on Wednesday 11-11-20. Result: No COPS grant, no four police to make up for the reductions in force strength. A victory for the cop bashers.

PD’s ruse was simple. The $230,538 federal grant was Number #10 in the list of proposed amendments to the budget. By the time the council got to the grant, the running meter of spending showed alders were close to the state-imposed levy limit.

Ald. Zach Henak — of all people — moved to kill the extra-police grant on file “because we’re up against the levy limit.” Ald. Grant Foster (Progressive Dane) was only too happy to second.

The game is afoot

Thank you again, Ald. Paul Skidmore, who pointed out that the running total on the levy limit in no way precluded accepting the grant. Indeed, that number was merely, Skidmore pointed out, “a convenient way not to discuss it.”

The happenstance that the police COPS grant was #10 on the agenda Wednesday night does NOT mean it must yield to the previous agenda items. It is immaterial that the running count on the levy limit had been reached. If alders had accepted the grant and the numbers didn’t add up at the end of the agenda, they could well revisit the remainder of the budget. A budget isn’t final until a vote on the package as a whole.

Nothing stopped the alders from dipping into the $450,000 Civilian Review Board budget. Or the $10,000 search for the damnable C-word. Or $750,000 in “COVID relief” to “prevent evictions.” Or any number of other spending items. A trim here, a trim there. Alders needed only $117,052, the city’s match to the grant, and still had $28,000 to play with.

Only Ald. Skidmore and Ald. Michael Tierney saw through the ruse and voted for the grant. Alders Carter and Martin were absent.

Virtue signaling versus real world legislating

We do have a shout-out to Ald. Barbara McKinney for putting Ald. (Mad) Max Prestigiacomo in his place. Compare the virtue posturing of guilty White kid Mad Max:

I am embarrassed to be part of this council; I’m so sorry to the community organizers. … I’m feeling very complicit in white supremacy. … in favor of this upper class, white narrative that madison police are progressive.

With the been there and done championing of police by Ald. McKinney:

I am not going to apologize. … Obviously I’m a Black woman … and I know what it is to live in a White world … so it does insult me that the insinuation is that I don’t know what it is to matter. … If something happened in my neighborhood, I thought “who would be there?” Public safety is a … responsibility that the city has. …. we made it a Black or white issue, why does it have to be either or? … I am not affluent, I’ve been homeless, I’ve gone to food pantries …

I want to come to a place whether black or white, rich or poor thrive in Madison WI. . … The police have a role in that. …

One bit of good news: Alders defeated 11-6 a proposal to make the police department pay if city employees don’t take enough voluntary, unpaid furlough. Instead, furloughs will be mandatory across the board. Voting for the scheme were Verveer, Evers, Foster, Prestigiacomo, Kemble, and Rummel — all Progressive Dane.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: At least alders defeated the poorly defined, $100,000 “community engagement” initiative. Isn’t that what alders are supposed to do, engage the community?

Will next April’s elections improve this council? 

About David Blaska

Madison WI
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20 Responses to Public safety got snookered

  1. Amy says:

    If Max is so embarrassed to be on the Council, I’d be happy to teach him how to write a letter of resignation. He is probably not learning how to write at the UW.

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    • Gary Kriewald says:

      Or how to think. When someone expresses himself exclusively in tiresome, jargon-laced platitudes, you can be certain that nothing of any consequence is going on in his head. And when it’s a UW-Madison student, you can be sure he’s been brainwashed more thoroughly than any American POW in the Korean War.

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      • Batman says:

        I think we have been over this before Gary but here is another reminder to keep things very very simple for baby-brain Max. You lost him when you mentioned the Korean War because the perpetually upset little feller’s understanding of history doesn’t reach that far back.

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  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Nothing but unqualified respect for Harrington-McKinney; she’s one certifiably straight-shootin’, common sense driven tough broad!

    Reminds The Gotch of former Alder Thuy Pham-Remmele, both of whom he’d STAND_IN_LINE in order to watch either mano-a-mano b!tchslapping some sense into that Lefty POS Prestigiacomo!

    The Gotch

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  3. Larry says:

    David,
    How did you get the City Channel Youtubes for Mad Max and Barb McKinney to start exactly when they started speaking? At first, I guessed you made your own Youtube videos from City Channel’s. But the videos posted are still on the city’s Youtube channel. How’d you do it?

    It’s very effective. I love straight talking Barb McKinney.

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  4. Alberticus says:

    Those ALdermen are Personally responsible for any injuries or crimes that their refusal to provide the Police with adaquet resources bring to pass.
    “protesting VIOLENCE” with VIOLENCE negates your protest.
    The Politicians “held back” the police so they are accomplices and accessories because they ENABLED the thugs so Asset Forfeiture of their personal property to pay damages and then Jail. All other damages to be divided among and paid by the parents of every convicted rioter.
    Every rioter to be barred for life from all Federal Aid and Benefits. EBT cards, loans, etc.
    Where is the concern for the Lives & Businesses destroyed by these street THUGS?
    They have violated their Oath of Office and negated their “governmental immunity”
    If “city government” cannot control sections of the CITY then it is NOT the Government and must step down. You are not “governing” if you cannot control these MOBS.
    Since the government has ceased to provide the services contracted via “The SOCIAL CONTRACT”, taxation, license fee and permits, the private business owners on these out of control areas should continue to collect the taxes from consumers, but stop forwarding to government until they fulfill their contractual agreements.
    This is all under contract law 101.
    The fact that the government has deliberately allowed entire sections of cities to fall into anarchy, rioting and looting shows that all contracts with those government agencies are no longer enforceable.
    Once the cities renege on their contracts, they fall into dishonor and become liable for damages.
    US Constitution Article IV, Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.” How is Washington State guaranteeing a republican form of government? https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-c…-form-of-government

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  5. justme says:

    Mad Max posted a video of an MPD officer on his FB page, under which he wrote ACAB. How proud his mother must be.

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    • Gg Mo says:

      What is “ACAB” ? Sincerely not hep..

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      • pANTIFArts says:

        “All cops are bad”, that’s what it means.

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        • Gg Mo says:

          Speechless, for a moment. But the father-of-lies does want wrathful children (and estrogen-pickled “adults”) to lead the way, (Legions, over the cliff) and absolutely wants to wrest consent, and accountability from Parents of children as young as 11 yrs old, and younger , in THEIR public “school” system.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Gosh Gg Mo, you mean to imply there are OTHER reasons Lefty’s pushing 4th Grade Kindergarten rather than to give that there Future Generation a head start…?

          The Gotch

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      • Liberty says:

        Actually, I think it’s All cops are bas**ds.

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        • pANTIFArts says:

          You’re right, that’s what it has morphed into. I think originally it was the conversational shut – down line for calls to “just weed out the BAD cops”, hence “ALL cops are bad”.

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  6. Robski says:

    Mad Max is an embarrassment to the council and the body needs to treat him as such. These self-loathing caucasians never do seem to resign and go the hell away either. Boy wonder hates the system, yet is part of it and lives by it and seemingly doesn’t have any ideas to improve the alleged racist and broken system. Right, got it, pretty hypocritical on a base level if you ask me. I like how McKinney gave Maxwell a direct hit to his wheelhouse, blowing up his empty virtue-signaling logic with a real, heartfelt and thought-provoking response. Watching her shut him down gives me a ray of hope for the future and reminds me that there are sane and capable people serving on the council. As for the spring elections, hope springs eternal that some level headed moderates? get elected. No dog in fight for me just yet, have to wait 7 years for annexation. I’ve got plenty of time to prepare my candidacy. I also regret to say that things are about to get worse on the crime wave front. Be safe, be fast like a ninja when you are in a grocery store parking lot.

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    • Gary Kriewald says:

      I’m sure Max has no trouble getting laid thanks to his little act (and despite his little d*ck).

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      • Robski says:

        He probably is in the dreaded “friend zone” with would-be conquests. You would think his twerpy, self loathing, guilt ridden personality would be lady repellant!

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “You would think his twerpy, self loathing, guilt ridden personality would be lady repellant!”

          Ya think?

          Combine that smug PUNCHABLE puss with repugnantly pathetic, virtue-signaling, soul-crushing diffidence?

          Light Years removed from pity acknowledgement, let alone pity f*ck, territory!

          The Gotch

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  7. Madtownforsure says:

    Why do they never post how each alder votes on these matters? What are they afraid of? Losing perhaps.

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