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Violent demises in my hometown sadly have come to a point where they are now common – one tale more horrific than the last. On CNN, Saginaw, Mich. made national attention with a video shot by a motorist of the July 1 killing of a homeless man by six officers over an unpaid cup of coffee.
Belle Isle has seen better days, and by that I mean it’s kind of full of garbage. Some people, including Michigan’s government, are trying to fix that. Some people, presumably with brain damage, are opposed to this.
This year in Michigan I’ve noticed a disturbing new trend that I call “bridge bashing,” and it has manifested itself as Proposal 6 on the November ballot. Approval of the proposal by voters would require a public vote on any future bridges to Canada. It would be a crippling blow to Michigan’s ability to change and grow.
I know the Obama administration doesn’t like to kill children, but it has, and it does.
For the first time since 2006, I anticipate the end of this year’s professional baseball season. Why? Because the Detroit Tigers have severely underperformed based on expectations and payroll. There were great expectations for the Tigers’ 2012 season and nobody expected the season to come down to this.
It seems that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cannot get his act together. Prior to Romney’s latest blunder, where he cried out that he isn’t going to focus on the 47 percent of Americans who will probably not choose to vote for him, he levied a decent charge at the president during the crises happening in Libya and in Egypt last week.
Last week, Chicago teachers went back to work. But does anyone know why they were striking? Hint: it wasn’t wages. When offered a 16 percent raise over the next four years, they declined.
For quite a while now, I’ve feared that the general population is relinquishing their ability to think for themselves while handing the privilege over to media corporations and advertisers who use television to decide the viewers thoughts, desires and even how they should look.
It’s been a violent month and there’s more happening than you may realize. A maritime territorial dispute between three of the United States’ most important Asian partners was overshadowed by riots in the Middle East that were caused by an awful video insulting Islam.
The Senkaku Islands, also known in China as the Diaoyu Islands and in Taiwan as the Tiaoyutai Islands, are at the center of this hubbub.
It was the Tea Party that derailed discussions over the U.S. debt ceiling in 2011, and it was Occupy Wall Street that disrupted a few trades on the New York Stock Exchange before it dissipated.
By comparison, 2012 may be the acme of idiot populism. Ballots this election cycle will be littered with anti-tax measures and other anti-stuff initiatives and referendums.
Michigan is a state of dichotomies, if I may use a big word like a drunken literature major. We are a state of automotive industry and sprawling farmland, a state with a hardcore Democratic center and a sea of rural Republicanism. It’s a land where there is little in common amongst its people, except two things: guns and sports.
Have you ever tried enjoying a music show or movie in the theater only to find yourself distracted by the bright lights of people texting? I’ve had enough. Here’s a thought—turn your mobile devices off at venues and just enjoy the show.
Voting is important. We know this. We need only stroll through campus and see the “Rock the Vote” T-shirts and posters to know this is what Eastern Michigan University would have us believe.
The first day of class is usually a colossal bore, filled with little more than syllabus review and discussion of expensive required textbooks. But when a first class includes a breastfeeding professor, people tend to talk about it.
According to the Detroit Free Press, there will be six ballot proposals this November, and five of them are proposed constitutional amendments. It seems like every special interest has proposed an amendment this year, including unions.
Another week, another depiction of the Islamic Prophet Mohammad that infuriated someone enough to cause a deadly protest. It’s difficult to tell which will happen first: Non-Muslims no longer referencing the prophet in films and cartoons, or small Islamic groups no longer perpetuating the stereotype that Muslims are violent and deadly.
Finally, the Democratic and Republican national conventions are over. Mitt Romney, “Grand Duke of Stiff Collars,” has officially been nominated as the candidate of the Republican Party, with running mate Paul, “my ideas don’t even look good on paper,” Ryan.
“The president has proposed raising taxes for job creators,” said Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. “I will cut taxes for job creators.”
Former President Bill Clinton might be the most likable, effective politician of our generation. His speech performance at last week’s Democratic National Convention made President Barack Obama’s seem mediocre.
In 2008 President Barack Obama campaigned on being better than the average politician, changing the culture of Washington D.C. and fixing the economy before the end of his first term.