What if Miguel del Toral had gotten it wrong?

Bridge Magazine, the primary reading material for Very Serious Persons looking to have their Very Serious outlook on life reaffirmed, put together a Very Serious timeline for the Flint water scandal (let’s stop calling it a crisis, shall we). The best part of the timeline, by the way, is that it blows holes in the recent attempts by the Detroit …

So it begins … D’News says it’s time to gut civil service protections

Walp, it was only a matter of time. Over the years, civil service rules have been blended with labor contracts, so that getting rid of an inept state employee is nearly impossible. Most often, the incompetent are moved into a corner and forgotten until they quit or retire. Saaaaay, I wonder if that’s true in the example they are basing …

The seeds of Flint were sewn by a belief that government is bloated and inefficient

Sequestration was a fun time for America. It was the result of Teabaggers in Congress taking America hostage, again, and threatening to crater it if they didn’t get their way. They got most of their way, which was across-the-board cuts in federal spending. Most of it was senseless, of course, but as everyone knows government is bloated and needs to …

Emails: Snyder’s office knew about Legionnaire’s early last March

This falls under the special category of I Can’t Even. LANSING, Mich. (AP) – High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show. When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires’ cases on Jan. …

Son of Skunk Works appears headed to early grave

If Teh Twitters are to be believed, it appears that our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect is bent on murdering the EAA. Anyone remember that? It was the super-school district that hired as its first chancellor a dude who left the Kansas City schools under a mysterious cloud, and after he left was embroiled in a vendor’s scandal last …

State representative feels permit fees an unfair imposition on 2nd Amendment

This is why I drink. Gun owners in Michigan would be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit under a package of bills introduced this week in  Lansing. Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsor of one of the bills, said the permit requirement and related fees put an undue burden on lawful gun owners who want to conceal …

Congress overlooks Congress’ role in shaping EPA culture through budget cuts

This morning, Curt Guyette posted something to social media about taking the bus back as U.S. Marshals are looking for Darnell Earley, who originally told Congress to take their subpoena — pfft, what’s that? — and cram it with walnuts. And Jason Chaffetz, the House oversight committee chairman, this morning announced that he plans limited hearings into the Clinton email …

Dems to debate in Flint: an actual conversation or exploiting for camera’s sake

So, Hitlery and Old Man Sanders are going to debate in Flint right before our primary election. Great news, because it’s a chance for people not already aware of what happened there to get introduced. Bad news, because it’s a chance for people not already aware of what happened there to get introduced. People need to be made aware of …

A shamefully cynical strategy that our political reporters are all morons

Someone stole a page from the Domino’s pizza company playbook*. The group has been dubbed “Mission Flint” and its members include Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state department heads, including officials from the state police, health and human services, environmental quality, economic development and licensing and regulation. And so, from the ashes of failure under the state’s emergency manager law arises the phoenix …