You Tube video embed, blog post by John Hoff
Don Allen was involved with a company that went down in a high-profile Ponzi scheme, he robbed a bedridden military vet and has a criminal record because of that, and while taking cheap shots at our duly-elected Congressman and city officials, Don Allen has loon-wagon politics far outside the mainstream of North Minneapolis--i.e., he has been a guest of the freakin' Tea Party.
Also, how could FOX 9 have forgotten the recent fiasco with the Minneapolis public school system and Allen's $15,000 contract for advertisements that turned out to be riddled with factual errors?
In the course of the bizarre FOX 9 interview, Don Allen took shots at Mayor Rybak, the DFL, and trotted out familiar self-serving complaints about where public money is going, i.e., it's not going to Don Allen.
I have suffered through watching this video and now will respond....
Allen can actually be heard chortling in the background at one point, when he hears himself suggesting individuals should protest in front of Rybak's house.
Right. Like that will ever happen. Like Don Allen suggesting something on television will ever make it happen.
Allen fills the internet with his typo-ridden, self-referential bulls***, but can he make anything HAPPEN? Can Allen actually make an angry crowd materialize at Rybak's house the way actual North Minneapolis movers and shakers can, at the drop of a hat, drum up a crowd in front of a slumlord's house or at a community meeting about Level Three sex offenders?
No. Allen can't do anything along those lines. He stands at the edge of somebody else's crowd, somebody else's success, and starts blowing his own horn. Like the scene in the video where Allen chortles at hearing his own imagined subversive cleverness, the only person who believes in Don Allen is Don Allen and, in this case, some overworked news editor who didn't do enough fact checking before lining up this interview with Allen.
Oh, yeah, I can just about imagine the crowd Don Allen could whip together in front of Mayor Rybak's house:
First, Don Allen himself, with his U of M professor wife Enid Logan Allen nowhere to be seen because while she will marry Don Allen (god only knows why) she would never be seen in public at an Allen-organized fiasco.
Standing right next to Don Allen would be everybody's favorite loon, Mayor of Crazy Town Al Flowers, grinning like he just smoked an entire dime bag. I should mention Al Flowers doesn't live in North Minneapolis, either, but like Allen he often shows up to make noise. (Flowers, I hope one of your literate friends is reading this to you)
Lennie "The Heckler" Chism was expected at Don Allen's hypothetical and imgarinary protest but, well, um...he couldn't get any of his women friends to give him a ride in their car. I should mention that nobody in their right mind actually believes Lennie lives in North Minneapolis, including during that period of time Lennie was running for Fifth Ward City Council and finished behind an ornamental garden gnome who somehow got on the ballot.
The scary-looking pale lady from the Mpls Mirror will be at Don Allen's protest, of course. She appears to have a lot of time on her hands, like mental patients or individuals in rehab.
Here's some free advice, Mirror lady: just because you're the only grassroots media person to show up at a sad little non-event, that DOESN'T make whatever dribble you write an "exclusive."
Sometimes no media showed up because whatever happened just wasn't noteworthy.
And, oh, wait! There's one more person at Don Allen's imaginary protest in front of Mayor Rybak's house.
Is it? Could it be?
Yes, it's Level Three Sex Offender Peter "Spanky Pete" Rickmyer, hovering in the ghastly skinny shadow of the Mirror lady, looking like a stray dog sniffing for an unattended butt hole down low to the ground.
What more needs to be said, here? FOX 9, you're the media. You're supposed to have a grasp of relevant facts. This was not a quality interview with a North Minneapolis expert. This man is a FAKE who isn't from the neighborhood and whose qualifications don't even meet the high standard set by the word "dubious."
Next time, Fox 9, please don't put a microphone on a stinky cow pie and then try to pretend you're serving us filet mignon.
(Blogging from an ice cream parlor in Hattiesburg, Mississipi)