Spingola Files’ Shout Outs

Sometimes, there are people who—for whatever reason—just get it right. They’ve either found a way to communicate a message that clicks with the American public’s 24-hour news cycle attention span or have gone the extra mile to assist those no longer with a voice. To acknowledge their achievements, a new feature—SF Shout Outs—debuts today; whereby, the crew at Spingola Files’ HQ administers a pat on the back to those who’ve managed to see the forest through the trees.

Coming in at #1, WISN and WIBA radio talk-show host Vicki McKenna.

After the Boston bombings, the mainstream media cluttered the airwaves with excuses and over analysis. For years, others in the media have regurgitated the nanny-state, Michael Bloomberg line that, as a nation, Americans needed to let go of  their reasonable expectations of privacy in the name of security. The failure of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification biometric facial recognition software—part of a $1.2 billion initiative—to locate the bombers, both of whom where in the system’s database, as well as the federal government’s inability to link information about one of the bombers provided by Russian and Saudi authorities, is proof that the federal government bureaucracy is broken.

In the days after the blast, Vicki McKenna made the case that high-tech initiatives failed to protect Boston, while noting that our nation has spent $500 billion creating a surveillance state that monitors Americans, 99.999 percent of whom will never commit an act of terror, while ignoring the obvious: radical Islamic Jihadists.

Climbing the charts at #2, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Rarely, in the course of our nation’s history, has a first-term senator impacted the overall psyche of the U.S. Senate in the manner Cruz has.  During a committee hearing, the freshman senator called out and make a fool of Sen. Diane Feinstein, who, absent a coherent reply, did what those without the law or the facts on their side do—she personally attacked her opponent.

This week, Cruz challenged Vice President Joe Biden to an hour long debate on crime control.  “If Vice President Biden really believes that the facts are on his side … then I would think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources, the causes of violent crime, who is carrying it out, and how we can do everything humanly possible to stop it.”  Cruz correctly noted that one of Biden’s ideas on self-defense, discharging a shotgun into the air, “is very useful, if it so happens that you’re being attacked by a flock of geese.”

While advocating a senate filibuster on gun control, Cruz claimed some senior GOP senators communicated their disapproval by shouting at him.  Unfazed, the Texas senator referred to these been-drinking-the-beltway Kool-Aid-too- long politicos as “squishes.”


UPDATE: “I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years,” Democrat Party strategist James Carville, appearing on ABC’s This Week, said about Sen. Ted Cruz.  “Well, there’s one thing this guy is not – he ain’t squishy, not in the least.”

At #3, former South Milwaukee native Kyle Olson.

Working behind the scenes in southern California’s entertainment industry—institutions dominated by celebrities that carry water for high-profile political causes—Kyle Olson is using his talents and abilities to speak for a person no longer with a voice—Milwaukee homicide victim Ashleigh Love, a 19-year-old woman gunned down inside her northwest side home in 2009. Olson has gotten together with the Love family to create “Letters to Ashleigh,” a documentary he hopes will foster a dialog about senseless acts of violence.


Kyle Olson’s efforts are very important, as raising the profile of a criminal investigation can jog the memories of witnesses or, as one’s station in life changes, cause someone with additional details to come forward. Like any other venture, however, the making of this documentary requires financial capital.

In the past, I’ve communicated with the Love family. They are caring parents in search of justice and in need of the inner peace that comes with closure. If you find it in your heart, take that jar full of change to the bank and then make a contribution to this worthy cause by visiting the below link.


Moreover, in an effort to assist this worthwhile cause, I will donate my portion of the proceeds from any sales of Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I & II, purchased from the link below, to Ashleigh’s documentary.



Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at Amazon.com.


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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013

3 Responses

  1. Tammy Love

    I am left speechless at your kind offer and words, thank you so much. The day Ashleigh was murdered changed our world forever, and I often think her very last gift to me was to instill in me the will to fight. It did not come easy, none of this is, but I fight to honor her memory, to be here for her brothers, to show these monsters that they cannot kill and get away with it forever. Ashleigh had no choice, the ones who took her life had all the choices, and up until that very last moment they had the choice to walk away, but they didn’t they choose to kill, and that is not acceptable in any way, shape or form. Through this journey I have found the strength to hope, something in the beginning I never thought I would have again. This documentary is a way to shed light on Ashleigh’s case, honor her memory, while keeping her alive through hope. It also is meant to inspire others who have just begun this terrible journey of losing a loved one to senseless violence. As Kyle says, ” its so much more than a film, its a movement of sorts”. I thank you for your help in getting the word out about this important venture, we are almost half way to our goal, we need to push it a little further and make our project a reality. To anyone considering donating, please do, you may think it can never happen to you, as you watch the television and see murder after murder, you just change the station, ironic as it may seem , I may of been that person before October 6, 2009, but than it did happen to me, and all we did was close our eyes and go to sleep. Now we live it and cannot change the station. I thank you in advance for whatever you can help out with, it will not go unappreciated, it will remain with us forever. Much thanks to Steve, and each of you who are considering giving…..Tammy Love—Ashleigh’s Mom forever…..

    May 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

  2. Eric Donaldson

    I’ve become quite the Ted Cruz fan. He’s smart. He can think and speak intelligently on his feet. He’s conservative. All of which means not even Joe Biden is stupid enough to spar with him.

    May 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

  3. Eric Donaldson

    “All of which means not even Joe Biden is stupid enough to spar with him.”

    But I hope he does.

    May 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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