That’s Milwaukee punk Irish stalwarts Whiskey Of The Damned, a personal favorite and currently touring the fuck out of the planet, doing something like 200 gigs a year. Their shows are sweaty, fervent, whiskey drenched and nothing but fun. Eoin, the singer, is sone of an Irish musician who decided to move to Milwaukee because it was nicknamed Brew City. Eoin plays in his Da’s band and feels like it is too slow; his Da thinks Eoin plays too loud and too fast and is damaging his listener’s brains. It is also Irish Fest this weekend….
It is always Another Day Dead at the Empire, but here in Milwaukee the Apocalypse was the course of the day as the Vulgar Talking Yam stopped in to dance on the still-smoking embers of a long-festering chancre on the social pact.
I recently saw an analysis that indicates during Turdwaffle’s tenure in public office (nearly all his life!) he has reduced public transportation into and out of Milwaukee, and within Milwaukee, to the extent that Milwaukee residents lost access to 30,000 jobs. Combine that with the Targo debacle, and is there any wonder that the black community is ready to explode? Especially combined with the abuse by the police?
Yeah, yeah, you will hear that the murdered person had a gun and ran from the police. But he hadn’t done anything wrong, and Walker’s ALEC-goons had made carrying a gun a right in almost any venue. Yeah, he had a record. But when black men will be gunned down WHILE SURRENDERING, or killed in custody, how is that even a reasonable indictment?
What you will not hear, is the massive turnout of all Milwaukeeans into the area to help clean up. Heck, a bunch of barbers set up in a park to give free haircuts. Gwen Moore has been walking white politicians and reporters through the area for days, explaining how it is a vibrant part of Milwaukee. Hell, Springsteen’s 1975 Bomb Scare Show was in the neighborhood.
So, Fucking Trump. First of all, let me say that I do not think of Trump as an anomaly. He is the pure, undiluted id of the Republican Party since the Southern Strategy made racism a permanent part of their genetic makeup. He is only surprising to Beltway Pundits who have been pretending for decades that BOTH SIDES.
So of course Hair Furor stopped by to gloat and trot out the Lawn Order speech.
While flanked by Turdwaffle and insane fake-cowboy Milwaukee County Shirriff & Just For Men Beard customer Clarke, he apparently stayed at downtown Pfizer Hotel, but traveled about an hour northwest (at least 40 miles from the areas of actual unrest) to West Bend – a community in which I’ve done work, mind you — (and which you might remember seeing on appliances, back when we actually made things here in America, before people like Trump and Romney sold them off for scrap and/or moved the jobs to third world countries with no labor laws and no environmental safeguards)…
Ahem. Anyway, so he stood up there with two Wisconsin political grandstanding assnuggets, and addressed a completely white crowd (most of which are terrified of actually going to Milwaukee) and took to whitesplaining to black people on why they should vote for him.
It was kind of astonishing in its cluelessness.
The most obvious thing is how he considers African Americans to be completely stupid. They have a very good idea who has their concerns more in mind, and are fully goddam aware that is is not the Republican Party, and even less Donald Trump.
This was a speech directed entirely at suburban white folks.
People who feel uncomfortable with the racist demagoguery on display, and are perfectly comfortable with black folks in service jobs, but feel like saying “I have a black friend” inoculates them. But are still racist as fuck, and when a black family moves int the neighborhood, are alarmed. My own damn parents are this cohort.
But it was intended to make borderline white folks feel more comfortable with TrumpVoting, because “he’s obviously not that racist, remember when he blamed the liberals for black rioting?”
Yes, he is a fucking racist, he learned it from his father. Both of them lost lawsuits for racist rental policies. He is a failure at business; his biggest success has been being able to create a pyramid scheme to keep his lifestyle afloat while his ventures fail one after the other. he hates you and me, he hates good taste, and he hates the people who build his tasteless crap because they can do something he can’t. He is insecure and self-loathing, and he directs that outward. I am coming around to the idea that his head is not so good, as his non-teleprompter shouts are increasingly deranged and disassociated from reality. Of course, as a rich fuck-snorkel, he has been disconnected from reality for his entire life.
Yeah, so no news here. But fuck I hate the fact that he came to Milwaukee (or Milwaukee-adjacent) to try to make hay over the problems we have that have been simmering for decades (and which I have documented, mostly from an architectural / urban planning aspect).
Elect Hillary. Fuck this clown. Fuck the Republican Party, who nominated this clown.