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Keeping his eye on the news and offering commentaries and insights on what is happening in Oakland County, around the world, on the tube and in the news.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fox and the President

In a story on The Associated Press wire today, the beefing between the Obama  administration and Fox News over coverage of the White House appears to be working towards as a resolution.
However, the most interesting part of the article came near the bottom when referring to a CNN anchor's statement about a question offered to the White House.
If they accuse Fox News of being a right-wing or Republican press machine, then shouldn't the White House also question the journalistic values of the left-leaning MSNBC?
Good question.
If one is too far to one side, shouldn't their loyal opposition also be treated the same way, if what the White House truly wants is only to be treated somewhat fairly?
The White House spokesperson wavered and didn't answer directly.
Too bad.
If you can't complain about both, then you shouldn't complain about one, because one thing I've learned is that complainers always come out looking poorly.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Oh Sunday

The Lions are on the road so they'll be on TV, but unfortunately,
they'll be on TV at the same time as the Giants-Saints game.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ups and downs of a newsday

Today saw some ups and downs as stories crossed the wires from late
morning into the afternoon.
Early on, things look good and when the Dow Jones Industrials passed
briefly above the 10,000-point mark, it made for a great top headline.
But a couple of hours later, the top story had to become the update
of the state's unemployment rate, inching upward to 15.3 percent.
Meanwhile, family affairs also dominated the headlines today.
First, a mother in Huron Township was arraigned on murder charges in
the arson deaths of two of her three children, who perished when her
trailer caught fire and burned. It's not yet clear why she may have
done that but her initial reports that a soon-to-be-ex boyfriend may
have done appears to be a big misdirection. We'll see.
But in Detroit, a mother and son were working together, and according
to the prosecutor in Wayne County, it was on eliminating an enemy or
someone not liked. The mother is accused of driving son to scene
where he got out of car, grabbed a revolver and shot someone to
death. She's now charged with him for being driver and giving the gun.
According to the law, they are both equally responsible, no matter
who pulled the trigger. And if this is true, then they both deserve
to be locked away for life. It is, however, sad to see that the 15-
year-old suspect in that shooting case likely never had a chance at a
good life.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sign of the times

So is Everett Seay still running for mayor in Pontiac, or is the
longtime city councilman slow to take down his signs.
They are very noticeable, particularly on Perry Street, seeing how he
had the biggest signs of the candidates.
While they didn't come with the votes, the signs could be part of a
perpetual campaign, awaiting the next recall and the next race.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rapist freed?

Many expressed anger at a homeless man being released from jail shortly after being accused of raping an 11-year-old.
However, I'm one who thinks maybe justice came slowly for Calvin Bernard Meredith.
The story has nothing to do about the 48-year-old being homeless; rather, it's about evidence being needed for a conviction.
Believe me, a jury does not want to let a man accused of this kind of crime lose.
And prosecutors, I know, do not like letting go of a case without a stiff prison sentence.
But Meredith was tried already and the jury could not decide. It was a hung jury and a mistrial was declared.
Many have questioned the evidence and wonder if maybe he was identified as a suspect because of his situation.
Prosecutors don't easily go from seeking convictions on charges that carry up to life in prison to giving away high misdemeanors with time served sentences.
The fact that this happened and the inability of the first jury to convict points to perhaps Meredith was wrongfully accused.
I don't know; I wasn't there.
He did have a chance at a 5 year minimum sentence, which is pretty good, considering the charges he faced and the decades he was looking at potentially if convicted. He said no.
Maybe, they had the wrong guy. It's happened before.