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…)

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…)

The Drive To Insanity

Driving in Massachusetts isn’t a whole lot of fun. It’s not quite as bad as being an 11 year-old boy spending the weekend at Neverland Ranch back when the King of Schlop was alive, but it’s remarkably close. The road system is poorly designed and it’s just not built to handle the volume of traffic. The closer you get to Boston the worse it gets. I’m originally from the Detroit area where the entire road system for the city of Detroit and its suburbs is based on a north-south east-west grid. There is no way you can get lost anywhere unless you’re a brain-dead sloth, which, if that were the case, you shouldn’t be driving in the first place. (more…)

Sick People, Get Off My Airplane!

I’m not a big fan of having people invade my personal space, especially people that I don’t know. I’m not a germaphobe by any means but I hate the thought of picking up a sickness that has already been traveling inside someone else’s body. I mean, if I want to get sick, I’d like it to be my own virus that started with me, not some used thing that’s already been through someone else’s private inner workings. Science has come a long way and they have now identified 99 different forms of the common cold. That’s great, that’s fantastic, that really puts me in a partying mood. But that doesn’t mean I want to experience the common cold, so can we please keep sick people off of airplanes? (more…)