All Americans alive in 1967, of all races, called Detroit’s five day long spasm of violence, arson, and looting in July 1967 a riot. Some labeled it a race riot, others just a riot. Not for long. Within a year, government and media were plying the public with a long list of racial grievances said to be responsible and an even longer list of expensive liberal programs which promised to cure them.
The Detroit riots were deceitfully recast as an insurrection, rebellion, or an uprising to drive those liberal programs, but ultimately this revisionism just glamorized base criminality, Fifty years later, billions have been doled out in Detroit through those liberal programs and Detroit is in even worse shape by every metric.
Let’s start with some definitions from Merriam-Webster:
archaica : profligate behavior : debauchery b : unrestrained revelry c : noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers
a : public violence, tumult, or disorder b : a violent public disorder; specifically : a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent
a random or disorderly profusion the woods were a riot of color
one that is wildly amusing the new comedy is a riot
Kalkaska Mayor demonstrates common sense by not engaging in unwinnable enterprise.
I just love it.
If someone said “hey come on by for a bit, cause we want to humiliate you, kick your grapes, and pour shame syrup all over you,” the usual response from squishy politicos, would be “can I bring the sprinkles?” Tis true. That is essentially what has happened in the past.
It goes like this:
1. Politico or popular figure says or does something considered politically incorrect, or off-colored.
2. Rage from community, usually driven from those who simply don’t like that politico. Because .. words.
3. News outlets, always looking for the next hand out of humble pie pile on with sensationalized reporting, never taking a position, but carefully framing the events.
4. Politico, feeling pressure from all side caves in, and feeds the beast.
Few can take the onslaught of abuse, usually delivered by the crazy left in a way that would make Saul Alinsky proud.
“Humor is essential to a successful tactician, for the most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule.”
We already know the lefties ain’t too humorous up in these here parts. There isn’t really much else for them.
We have all been surprised at times of the change in our elected class when they assume their elected office.
Our opportunity to witness wholesale change of position, opinion, or the art of ‘nuance’ is only eclipsed by the nagging reality that this has happened before. Nearly every time we have voted perhaps?
Politicians generally promise much, but fail on delivery nearly as many times as those promises are made. After an election, our ‘winners’ seem to seek out the losers in some misguided path of reconciliation. Often whole demeanor changes occur, and the strong willed, conservative, charismatic leader we wanted, becomes a pewling little excuse maker who doesn’t want to be hated.
The left doesn’t care about how we feel about them. The second hander who wants their government largess doesn’t give a rats ass about their tone, civility, or abusive language.
Been very busy moving the business operations, and actually enjoying some of the finer aspects of our region.
In the meantime, I am still reading, and watching what is going on. Michiganian Shane Trejo has a fun take on the current administration’s adventures from time to time. From the Liberty Conservative:
This was a week that reminded Trump voters why they pulled the lever for him last November. While Trump voters were welling with pride over his Presidential achievements, his annoying, desperate detractors from the self-serving obsolete “NeverTrump” conservatives to the vicious radicalized America-hating leftists were left with mud on their faces. The buffoon who was supposed to disgrace the United States is doing the exact opposite. Trump is leading with the pro-Western, pro-nationalist message that is desperately needed in a civilization on the brink of destruction. Trump displayed his expertise again yet again, and the unstumpable nature of this leader is something that future generations will marvel upon.
Maybe it does not mean what we had always thought it should mean.
Happy Independence Day.
Celebrate! Take the family out, and have a great time. Wave the flag, blow off some fireworks, But proudly give the finger to big government types everywhere. And don’t limit that last to just a single day in the middle of summer.
Kids in our public schools are not likely taught the truth of the cause of the revolution, but it was not hard to understand, and was spelled out succinctly in the declaration of independence. Colonists had enough. They were done with being pushed around.
The king was a schmuck, the power he claimed over the colonies was not earned, not justified, nor could it be respected. So we flipped him the bird, and wrote him a break up letter.
Michigan's Attorney General joins the pipeline closure drum corps.
You can say one thing about Attorney General Bill Schuette, he has had a lot of different jobs.
The latest is apparently environmental expert and mechanical engineer. Acting like those cats in the disaster movies who always seem to have the correct and dire warnings that “something really bad is about to happen,” Schuette has now called for the end to line five. From the Detroit News:
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday called for the development of a “specific and definite timetable” to close Enbridge Energy Inc.’s Line 5 dual pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac.
Schuette’s comments came as his office, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and Agency for Energy released a long-awaited Line 5 alternatives assessment conducted by an independent contractor.
The 337-page report states the 64-year-old Line 5 could operate indefinitely, but Schuette said he “strongly” disagreed. One viable alternative, he said, would be to construct a tunnel under the straits that could serve a similar function but allow for continuous visual inspection while creating infrastructure and construction jobs.
I suppose we could add “Tunnel Builder” to the resume as well?
As badly as we need this done, do we care why he’s doing it, or even whether he gets the credit?
“If Hitler invaded Hell, I would at least make a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” (Winston Churchill, to his private secretary, Jock Colville, on June 21st, 1941, the evening before Operation Barbarossa)
Churchill was well known for being a consistent and vociferous opponent of communism, and had often spoken quite unfavorably about the Soviet Union, and particularly of Joseph Stalin (who was well-known even then as the brutal monster that honest history records). However, in seeking to stop the menace of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Churchill was willing to adopt an ad hoc “enemy of my enemy” approach, and initiated the Anglo-Soviet Agreement for joint action against Germany.
Given much of the recent hullabaloo regarding a badly-needed grassroots initiative having been likely co-opted, by a moderate opportunist apparently seeking a means to advance his political ambitions, and given that I have personally stood directly in the path of those ambitions at least twice in the past seven years, what I’m about to say is going to sound exceedingly strange, but I’m going to say it anyway.
Davis et al v. Detroit Downtown Development Authority et al;
U.S Eastern District of Michigan Case Number: 2:17-cv-11742
Eastern District of Michigan U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith ruled on June 19th that Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority can issue $34.5 million in bonds to pay for the relocation of the Detroit Pistons basketball team to the new Little Caesar’s Arena. The Judge’s ruling rejected arguments that the eventual use of school tax money to repay these tax increment finance bonds violates Detroit residents’ constitutional and statutory right to vote on a school tax money diversions.
One complication here is that the tax monies being diverted are not those of the current Detroit Community Public School District, but rather those of the legacy Detroit Public School District which was reduced to zombie status last year in the DPS bailout. Is the old DPS really a school district today, or just a financial entity? The Detroit Community Public School District is a near bankrupt ward of the State of Michigan that won’t receive any Detroit property tax revenues until the legacy DPS district debts are paid off. No one alive today will live to see that.
Making The Democratic Process In Michigan Just A Little Bit Less Democratic With A 21st Century Poll Tax
Representatives Steve Marino, Tommy Brann, Julie Calley, Kimberly LaSata, and Jim Lillyhave just introduced six bills, HB 4745 to HB 4750, to increase filing fees for various down ballot political offices across the State of Michigan by 50% to 300%. These are the fees prospective candidates can pay to get on the ballot in lieu of filing nominating petitions.
As you might expect, the highest (300%) filing fee increase proposed applies to candidates for State Representative (and Senator).
The kicker here? The filing fee is also no longer refunded to the runner up. So running for political office in Michigan just became more expensive exclusive.