We used to do journalism, now we do dumb Top 10 lists

I cringed over the weekend when someone linked to MLive’s latest “State’s top XXXXX” effort (yeah, no, I’m not going to link). MLive has been on the “State’s top” beat for awhile now, starting with pizza and tacos and other stuff. That they’re on to Bloody Marys is a sign that they’ve plunked a stool down next to this cow’s …

Today’s lessons in why you should put more care into writing laws

Way back when they first passed the original emergency manager law in 2011, there was a nightmare scenario that I worked out in my mind: Snyder appoints EMs who wind up making decisions beyond their actual areas of competence, no one responsible for overseeing the emergency managers bothers to double check their decisions or second guess them, people wind up …

Hey you bastards, I’m still here

Quick programming note: Usually about this time of year, I do a fund raising drive. I’m going to push that off until the fall. I like to do it at a time when I can devote attention to this here website and that’s not happening any time soon. Last week, I started my second year as in-house gardener for our …

Dennis Lennox shows up in the Virgin Islands, violence ensues

I assume all of you little Turkish Delights are at least up to half-speed on John Yob’s campaign to colonize the Virgin Islands and send himself (and his wife) to Cleveland as convention delegation. It’s been in all the papers. Things this week got turned up to 11 when Dennis Lennox showed up, I’m guessing in his official capacity of …

Tax Day

Our way of doing taxes is insane. I just finished my income tax returns, on paper because I’m not giving Turbotax or anyone else money to file my state return (I have a 1099, so I don’t get to do easy filing). I had three sources of income last year, two of which withheld income. My smallest source of income …

Ahoy! Convention ratfuckery is afoot

Word has leaked out of the secret bunker where all the Romneys are stored until a problem in Republican ranks requires that one be broken out and thrown at it that Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of Willard Mitt “Mittens” Romney, will go to Cleveland a delegate for He, Trump. The expressed reason is party unity. It’s interesting that they’d make …

An administration in denial: Why the governor won’t resign

It’s been established our benevolent overlord Rick Michigan should resign office, not for any broadly partisan reasons but because his governance has created a catastrophic public health crisis and a massive scandal. The standard rebuttal is that we’d just wind up with a Governor Brian Calley, who’d be a step down in general gravitas. Michigan, after all, navigated Detroit through …

Getting rid of the undemocratic emergency manager law

Way back in the day, I thought the beefed up emergency manager powers were probably a necessary evil, given the state of local government. We have too many of them, and too many of them never bothered to change how they did something even as the world around them changed. Part of that was simply because inertia is powerful, part …

Media bias and subjectivity in reporting

There were a couple of interesting developments, media wise, the last few days. The first was the Twitter kerfluffle between Joe. D. and Steve Neavling over a tweet Neavling sent out questioning whether Teh Demas bias makes her a sound political analyst. The second was this post by Detroit News managing editor Gary Miles questioning how far you can trust …

We are the agents of our own doom

One of my unfinished books starts with God doing paperwork at his desk, during which he spills coffee in his lap. While standing in haste because — hot liquid in his holy lap — he backs into a button on the wall that commences the Rapture. The Rapture button is sort of like the nuclear button we’re all so terrified …