Touchy Subject: The Unhappy Ending of Otis Mathis…

♦ Apparently some people REALLY enjoy meetings…♦

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

DETROIT — There are situations in life where when you see them or read about them, you honestly think someone is playing games with you. There are people that you think have to be actors getting paid to screw with you because what they do cannot possibly be legit. That’s what living in this city is like these days. Just look at the elected officials and citizens alike. Their stupidity knows no bounds. Their tone deaf ignorance coincides with the collective apathy of the people around them. Toss in a culture of conspiracy theorists, paranoia, enabling and second/third/fifteenth chances and you get such champions as Kwame Kilpatrick, Monica Conyers, Martha Reeves, JoAnn Watson, and the list goes on. However, in March I was introduced to a man that makes the shenanigans and tomfoolery of those people seem well thought out.  It is not often in this day and age that I am literally stunned when I hear something about an elected official in this city. It is even more rare that I am amazed by the same person’s actions twice. Enter: Otis Mathis. Let’s Go. Continue reading Touchy Subject: The Unhappy Ending of Otis Mathis…

Ignorance is Bliss: Detroit’s Acceptance of Being Dumb…

Fat, Drunk, & Stupid is No Way To Go Through Life…

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!”

— Derek Bok, Harvard University President 1971-1990

DETROIT — Detroit is a place that on the surface wants you to strive to be successful. That is, until you actually achieve success. Once that happens, all bets are off. One of the keys to being a success, as I have always been told, is to get a good education and continue to learn even after you get the degree. My mother taught in the Detroit Public Schools for 38 years (1966-2004) and saw some of the most talented people of multiple generations pass through her classrooms. Succeeding in spite of the numerous deficiencies of DPS should be considered a badge of honor. Detroit’s schools, like many other things in this area, are the worst in the United States. Whether it’s the stunning 22% graduation rate, a mind-blowing 77% of 8th graders scoring “below basic” on standardized math test scores, or the widespread and rampant graft and corruption of the school system itself, Detroit isn’t exactly a bastion of higher learning. So when I read in the Detroit News this morning that the current president of the Detroit School Board, Otis Mathis, is essentially a functioning illiterate, I found it equal parts ironic, maddening, and insulting. Let’s Go. Continue reading Ignorance is Bliss: Detroit’s Acceptance of Being Dumb…

Forgetting Sarah Palin: Why Do People Still Care About This Woman…?

Whatever Happened To Bowing Out Gracefully?

“You can’t legislate intelligence and common sense into people”

— Will Rogers

DETROIT — Imagine, if you will, that you were the head coach of a basketball team. You had this unknown point guard suddenly show up on the scene. You signed the kid the day before a big game and you toss him into the lineup when you find your team in a 23-point hole in the 3rd quarter. You figure you have nothing to lose. This PG, gets on the floor with a basic grasp of the offense and runs the plays you feed him to perfection. He’s hitting teammates at the right spots. He’s running the pick-and-roll to perfection. He even made a killer 18-foot jumper off of an iso. Next thing you know, you’ve trimmed the lead to six points with that guard on the floor. Just as it seems like you are ready to make that push in the 4th to try to win the game, that damn point guard decides he’s gonna start running his own plays and goes into business for himself. He’s no longer running the offense through the post. He’s jacking up 28-foot jumpers with 14 seconds left on the shot clock. He’s leaving his man on defense. He’s trying to drive on three guys and gets his shot tossed. Next thing you know, that lead has ballooned to 28. Game over. You Lose the game…and your job. Ladies and gentlemen, this particular point guard’s jersey number was 2. The name on the back: Palin. Let’s get down to business. Continue reading Forgetting Sarah Palin: Why Do People Still Care About This Woman…?

Fear of a Black President: How Health Care and Fear Don’t Mix…

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…

Often fear of one evil leads us into a worse.

—Nicholas Boileau-Despresaux

DETROIT — As I have spent the last couple of weeks being completely mesmerized by the clusterfudge that has become the debate turned debacle associated with the proposed health care bill, I cannot help but find a disturbing amount of humor in this entire thing. Most of you (well, the grown ups anyway) have seen the angry mob-like scenes at town hall meetings the past couple of weeks. Hordes of belligerent, angry White people frantically screaming at the top of their lungs about such big words as “Fascism”, and “Socialism”, and crying about how their rights are “being taken away from them” and my personal favorite: “I Want MY Country Back“. That last little ditty was shrieked at a town hall meeting in Arkansas. My initial response to all this buffoonery was “Are you (blank)ing kiddin’ me!?”

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Killa Season: Detroit’s Murder City Blues

♦ Can Detroit be Number 1 In Something Positive For Once? ♦

“Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.”

— Marvin Gaye

DETROIT — As far back as I can remember, this city has been associated with some of the most negative aspects of American society. Detroit seems to routinely top the list on such wonderful categories as Poverty, Crime, Blight, High School Dropout Rates, Pollution, Obesity, and most recently Unemployment. However, over the last 30 years, if there was one title that this city has held more than “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has been world champion, it’s the title of “Murder Capital” of the United States. Even though there have been points when other cities have held at least a share of the title (Chicago, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, Gary, Indiana, and Flint), more often than not, the leader in the clubhouse of kills is Detroit.
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