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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tennessee in the news

They are getting noticed but they are not (hopefully) making their state proud.

Two Tennesseans are in the news today, both for semi-crazy and fairly stupid crimes.

First, a man is accused of faking his kidnapping, as he tried to get his mother to pony up a $200 ransom. The headline there is she didn't want to pay, believing he was faking. Instead, she called police. It leads to a decent mug shot and a story shared around the nation.

Next, and with another mug shot to attract attention, another wire story from Tennessee is about a young woman arrested on a traffic violation, a minor offense until police found a gun hidden inside her vagina.

Yes, not serious news, but such titillating headlines of the various misadventures people find themselves a part of spread easily via social media. Really, they are just minor cases, except they possibly involve drugs and guns, two issues facing all American society.

The coincidence of both being from one of our Southern states just makes it a little more peculiar, but the reality is this stuff happens all over.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Suburbs versus city

For decades, leaders in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs, particularly Oakland County, enjoyed the back and forth of being adversaries. Often, they were wrapped racial politics. But as one area went from undeveloped to being developed, the other crumbled with shrinking population and failing infrastructures.

I'm late to commenting on this, but the recent profile in the New Yorker of L. Brooks Patterson overshadows his overall success as county executive. As many have noted, he has maintained a watchful eye that has created a healthy economic system in Oakland County.

Patterson's job has been to protect his turf.  It is the job of the governor and state to promote a healthy region. Too bad the local political battles couldn't be managed with more reasonable approaches from the state. But I find no fault with Brooks looking out for us, just as he is doing with our water bills and a Detroit water system that has been neglected.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Will we still have Chris Christie to kick around?

Yes, it is Richard Nixon's birthday today, someone on Twitter pointed out.

Though he denies, it has been deemed that Chris Christies, New Jersey's wildly popular and entertaining governor, a man who decries politics and is celebrated for his ability to get things done and step across the aisle, is the top presidential candidate for the GOP.

He may be, but he is struggling this week as Bridgegate, as Twitter is calling it, explodes, the scandal that he has long denied but appears to have seen his administration punishing a town's residents with a poorly timed traffic study that snarled traffic.

As a commuter, messing with the drive is one grave sin. Not as sexy as an affair, for the media, but for people stuck in traffic, politics wasting our time and productivity is unforgivable.

How Christie handles it is the key. It's not like his weight and eating a donut on late-night TV. Early thoughts are that blaming others and firing them quickly will not do the trick.

The governor's lengthy press conference avoided the usual advice of keep it simple and apologize and then get out of the room. He took the questions, which is good. He rambled on and expressed many emotions, but who knows how people will take that attitude.

Here's what people were saying on Twitter, looking at the Bridgegate hashtag, which is always loads of fun and very insightful:

- Siouxsie Sue ‏@JanisIanCurtis
I had to stop listening to Christie, my quota of male blathering was hit for the day. #bridgegate

- Jennifer Maurer ‏@Maurer_Jen
Can't get the image of Christie in boxers and suspenders in his bedroom, turning red as he read the news on his iPad. Argh!  #bridgegate

- Matt Arco ‏@MatthewArco
Christie #bridgegate press conference approaching 1.5 hours. Press corps laptop batteries beginning to die. This one may be next…

- R.S.S. ‏@_R_S_S_
Why would Kelly lie to Christie about actions that couldn't possibly benefit her personally in the slightest? #bridgegate

- Kellan Martz ‏@KellanMartz
Chris Christie is trying his best but not coming off as fully believable. He had to know about #bridgegate to some degree. embarrassing 4 NJ

- Brian Garcia ‏@CieraRio
Breaking News: Jersey Shore cast hopes people don't judge whole state by actions of Chris Christie. #bridgegate

- Erik Rhine ‏@Erhine1
Chris Christie is taking more heat from the media over #bridgegate than Obama got for the IRS, NSA, Obamacare, national debt, and so on.

- DamienMShirley ‏@DamienMShirley
Chris #Christie isn't a good Gov if he doesn't know what the people in his own office--including close advisors--are doing. #Bridgegate

- Frank Scandale ‏@FScandale
""#bridgegate @PoliticalStile asking the right question: why did your staff think they could do this?

- The Daily Edge ‏@TheDailyEdge
Christie: "I believe the people of New Jersey will forgive me. Especially when they see my sad face" #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/pBhXmj64la

- Kathy Gray ‏@michpoligal
Chris "I am not a bully" Christie presser going on for more than one hour. #bridgegate.

- Sheryl Kaye ‏@sherylkaye
This presser has turned in to self indulgence true to who @GovChristie is. Already over an hour and 15 minutes and counting. #bridgegate

- Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67
Not sure #NJ's @GovChristie is now accomplishing anything more than ensuring there is TONS of video for the 24-hour news cycle. #bridgegate

- April ‏@ReignOfApril
Why wouldn't Christie request the same documents/emails, etc the Bergen newspaper has? That really makes no sense. HUGE problem. #BridgeGate

- Chelle ‏@chellegaylor24
He fired his Deputy Chief of Staff without even talking to her. No surprise there, most bullies are cowards. #bridgegate

- Andrew Jerell Jones ‏@sluggahjells
It's gotten so bad for Christie, Fox News has pulled the plug and left the press conference #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/apWkOTM8i9

- Alex Trillo ‏@atfiles
1 hour and 22 minutes.  An apology has turned into an episode of Biography.  #bridgegate #mediahasnolife

- Robert Mitchell ‏@RLM_3
Chris Christie is picking a fight with a true fighter. Mayor Sokolich will start issuing receipts and I can't wait! #bridgegate

- Midterm Machine ‏@MidtermMachine
Christie can't stop lying or blaming other people! It's pathetic and disgusting. Be a man fess up! #bridgegate #ChrisChristie

- Scott MacNeil ‏@WinnipegFatArse
Chris Christies's body language in this "long march" presser leads me to believe his bravado & confidence is ebbing. #BridgeGate

- kherman ‏@kherman
Christie sending diplomat extraordinaire Dennis Rodman to Fort Lee to smooth things over. #bridgegate

- Sam ‏@ohsam
I wish someone got fired every time there was inexplicable/unnecessary traffic #bridgegate

- Deborah NYC ‏@DebsWorldNY
Funny, never seen Christie be this humble and respectful when at a school meeting w/ general public or teachers. Actual VOTERS.

- Greg Kielec ‏@gkielec
Let me know if Gov. #Christie suddenly sprints across the room and knocks over an elderly lady. #FordChristie #bridgegate

- John M. Becker ‏@freedom2marry
BAHAHA RT @GlennThrush: Having exhausted credentialed press, Christie is now fielding questions from drifters and custodial staff #Bridgegate

- Elsie Snuffin ‏@ElsieSnuffin
It's Richard Nixon's birthday. How's that for timing? I mean, if you're going to jump... #bridgegate pic.twitter.com/AVOBAArhNX h/t @BeschlossDC





Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow-related videos

Wow, what a snow storm, and next comes the cold, a dangerous situation for anyone who ventures outside.

Here are some videos from the staff at TheOaklandPress.com:


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy

Lots of news about Detroit's bankruptcy approval, though to me this is the expected result following the earlier decisions of the governor to install an emergency manager and for them to move into bankruptcy. There was no way they were going to step back from that. The economy and budget have not gotten better. There's still the debt.

If the city had been ruled ineligible, then it would have been a temporary stop on the way into bankruptcy.

The bigger news for the soccer fans in all of us, announced today, are the pots for the World Cup draw, and wondering which 4-nation group the US will fall into. Simulate the effort here. Basically, if we get Brazil or Spain, we are in very poor shape, as there's likelihood that another strong contender could get into the group. Only 2 teams advance to the playoff round.

Read more on it here from Deadspin.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Judge's comments are interesting

It's an old and familiar story: Adult has sex with teenager. Used to be legal at 16 but if one is a coach or a teacher or boss, then the sex is illegal for two more years.

And it is wrong for the representatives of the Macomb coach on his way to jail to blame the girl, who is the victim in the eyes of the court and society, as the 'aggressor.' Yet they do anyway, from the point of view it wasn't a coerced rape. But it's illegal and the adult should know better, prosecutors and judges (and society) agrees.

But the judge says something else, according to the Macomb Daily story:

Judge Mary Chrzanowski agreed with (assistant prosecutor) Blank.
“She was 16. In my eyes, and I’m sure in the eyes of her parents, she’s still a baby,” Chrzanowski said. “She lacks the ability... to know the difference between right and wrong, and he was entrusted with the responsibility to know right from wrong.”


Lacks the ability to know right and wrong? Something was left out of the quote, so I don't want to be too directly questioning.

But 16 year olds do know the difference between right and wrong, and many of them go to prison.

Now, the Supreme Court agrees with the judge, kinda, outlawing mandatory life sentences with no parole for offenders under 18. But they can still get life in prison, it's just not mandatory.

I do think teenagers lack the ability to measure consequences, but my thoughts on this comment, perhaps we need more compassion when teenagers commit crimes. Seems like this judge agrees.

As for this case, the coach is lucky to be going to jail for a few months instead of prison. And it's not the girl's fault. The adult should have known better and did know better.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Post-election

This year's election stories proved a quick hit for news organizations, perhaps readers/viewers don't want to be overwhelmed by what is to come next year, when the election cycle will be much longer.