• James Balcer: intent on kicking the asses of phony veterans

A few minutes before the City Council’s public safety committee met Thursday, James Balcer was explaining why aldermen needed to do something about people who falsely claim to be military heroes.

Balcer, who chairs the committee, recalled the time he came across a guy in the street asking for money to get a bus ticket to Milwaukee. “He claimed he was a former navy SEAL,” Balcer said. “I looked at him and said, ‘Nyooo.'”

The alderman took prompt action. “I said, ‘You’re a fucking liar, big guy.'”