My City Was Gone

reinventing detroitAfter several years of struggling and trying to rebuild itself after the collapse of the automobile industry, the city of Detroit has filed bankruptcy.  It becomes the largest city in America to do so and sadly, now it will serve a model for many cities that are also perched on the edge of the cliff of financial ruin.

There are many who believe the downfall of America’s auto industry is to blame here, but it’s not.  There have been decades of mismanagement by political leaders.  Kwame Kilpatrick’s mayoral regime weaved a cloaked web of corruption, fraud, racketeering, and extortion.  This jailbird, once seen as a formidable player in America’s black political landscape, is now doing jail time.  He took the people’s trust and faith and knitted an orange prison jumpsuit with it. (more…)

The Woes of Washington

lincoln-memorialThe sequester.  It’s another deadline our government has to face.  It’s another fiscal cliff.  Another do or die.  Another put up or shut up.  Another comeback in the bottom of the ninth.  Another last-ditch effort.  Another

OH CUT THE CRAP IT’S ALL STUPID!!!

It seems the most popular thing in American government today (besides the impossibility of compromise) are the deadlines that keep popping up all over the place.  Every few months we have to listen to the finger-pointing, partisan politics and those in power treating us, the American public, like we’re idiots.  These practices have become the norm and I’ve really noticed it much more in the past few years.  I believe it was Nancy Pelosi who perfected the craft.  It’s a scary thing to see.

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Lemmings Over the Fiscal Cliff

At 12:00am on January 1st we will follow the United States government over the fiscal cliff.  While everyone is partying and celebrating the new year each of us will be moving closer to that cliff, many without even realizing it.  As the party streamers fly and the glass ball drops in Times Square, our government will fail and lead us all over that cliff.  We will have no choice but to follow these leaders that we elected to serve our interests.  We will have no choice but to teeter on the cliff’s edge, then ultimately fall over that precipice, like taking the plunge off the top of a 200 story building.  As we plummet our bodies will twist, turn, contort and spindle out of control.  Some of us will likely pass out from the distance of the fall or from banging off other people on the way down.  It might be just like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.

But fear not for we will all land.  Not necessarily on our feet, but we will land.  And when we do we will survey the new world around us.  Of course, I already know what this new world will be like because I have seen the future.  Trust me, it’s going to be a little different around these parts. (more…)

Playing Cards In The Middle East Sandbox

Crazy BastardI hope you’ve been following the events in Iran and the Strait of Hormuz these past few weeks.  In case you’ve been living under a rock or have been spending all of your free time Tebowing, here’s the deal – Iran is threatening to shut down the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz in the wake of another round of spats with the rest of the normal world.  Without this key point being open, oil from the Persian Gulf won’t be able to utilize its main transportation through fare to the rest of the world.  Choke, choke, cough, gak, caput.

That’s quite a bargaining chip and don’t think for a second the Obama administration believes there’s a possibility that Iran is bluffing.  Check out the prices at your local gas pump – they’re on the rise again and it’s not because Exxon is starving for profits. (more…)

America’s Search For A Lame Duck President

It's True, We're DoomedThe presidential election process always amazes me because it’s that time when you can kick back and watch the nut cases come out of their two-year political hibernation.  Much like how stores bring out their holiday decorations the day after Halloween, the political candidates dust off their rhetoric and start bombarding us with their supposed messages of how they’re going to save us all several months before any of us really give a rat’s ass.

It really is a battle out there on the political landscape.  The candidates, their supporters, the general American public and of course, the people who really hold the reigns to the entire process, the television media experts, analysts and pundits who believe they know all there is to know about everything connected to the election.  Throw in a few hundred televised debates, a town meeting here and there and you’ve got the recipe for a pure baker’s dozen of political crap cookies. (more…)

Freedom Comes With Responsibility

Ok, ok people, I get it – you’re pissed off with our government.  You’re mad because the economy is in the toilet.  You’re unemployed and you’re worried about losing your home.  You looked to President Obama to walk into office and change the way things are done in Washington and you’re realizing it’s just not going to happen.  So you’re mad and you want everyone to know it.  So what do you do?  You go out and legally purchase a 9mm Glock 17 semi automatic weapon and head out to your local meet and greet held by a congresswoman and open fire on a bunch of innocent people.  It just so happens that the suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, had a prior record when he went in to the gun store to buy that gun “legally”.

I think the quote of the day yesterday came from Clarence W. Dupnik, the Pima County, AZ sheriff, when he said, “That’s the sad thing about what’s going on in America: pretty soon we’re not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”  He’s referring to the dangers of today’s political climate in this country. (more…)