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The abandoned house of the week…and what’s with all of the crazies in Detroit?

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If you’ve ever been to Michigan and thought everyone sounded angry…well, they are. Just take a look at some comments randomly picked from the websites of the Detroit News and Free Press. If this is what the state’s left with when the young and educated move away,  Michigan is screwed. It would be entertaining to read the bizarre, angry, and erratic rants if it didn’t seem like these were common sentiments among many who live there.

‘Why do the “smoking Nazi’s” out there want to ban cigarette’s you ask? Because of that dreaded fantasy called “2nd hand smoke”. What a bunch of boloney.’  - Maybe you meant ‘baloney’, as in ‘phony baloney‘? And of course that second hand smoke thing is definitely phony baloney…it’s not paranoia if they’re really after you…

‘The new carpeting, paint, the glues in your furniture and new car, all should be banned. MOUTHWASH can cause mouth cancer, are they banning THAT? Politicians that sell their votes or are just stupid, and cause economic depressions that lead to shortened life spans, are they banning THEM!? DEPLETED URANIUM weapons that turn to dust, that is being blown around the world, and back onto US, are they banning them?’ - Damn politicians leading to shortened life spans…

‘Don’t these Socialist Idiot’s in Lansing have bigger things to worry about? They better start taxing and putting bans on fast food. I get sick to my stomach when I see someone inhaling a Bigmac or Whopper in two bites. This same person is wheel chair bound, or riding a “free” scooter because their legs can not support their own weight.’ - Wow…

‘Look out everyone the DO-GOODERS are after us again. Reading some of these comments just makes me wonder if I still live in America. Who cares if someone else is smoking? The argument that it won’t hurt business is bunk! Trust if bars could make more money by becoming non-smoking, they would become non-smoking in a NY minute. This is all part of a plot by the social elitist to DO-GOOD/control the uneducated simpletons. If we would just let the overeducated, civilized elitist who knows best for us to make all the “ Common Good” rules for society imagine how lousy this state will be? Look, only an idiot smokes. But a free Nation is built via all of us putting with each other’s idiotic actions. What will be next to be banned via the DO-GOODERS? A fast food TAX, A big car tax, A tax on adult movies? Maybe then a mandatory re-educational camps for smokers and fat people, political correctness training? The mind boggles. We are in more danger from the DO-GOODERS in this nation then a 100-osama bin ladens. Even if you don’t smoke remember the saga of the old Jewish rabbi who did complain when the Nazi’s took away the gays, handicapped, communist, and other outcasts. When it was time to take the Jews, there was no one left to complain to.’ - Possibly a definition of simpleton? A smoking ban is worse than a terrorist attack?

‘Unbelievable, that Democrats still get elected in Michigan. Of course, when radical-1984Obama gets done tearing up the rest of the country, Michigan will be like everyone else. . . and unemployed socialist utopia where everyone drives 1954 Chevs like Cuba. Free food. Free heallth care. Free of that nasty rich neighbor. Free, and happy at last.’ - I don’t even know where to find a ‘54 Chevy, but I’d like one!

‘Obama = “The Audacity of Hope”
BSDoggy = “Hope is a Bad Strategy”
OBAMA HAS NO STRATEGY!!
Obama = “Change you can Believe in”
BSDoggy = Your change is just what I thought it would be - spend our way into indebted socialism, that way we will alwyas be working for the “state” to keep it from bankruptcy. Thanks Hussein.’
- Yeah, thanks Hussein…I alwyas be working for the state…

‘I HOPE THESE TWO FAT PIGS, GET SOME WEIGHT LOSS PLANS IN THE POKEY!!!’ - ???

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‘Governor Scamholm,with all due respect, shut up. You have become, by the virtue of your lack of action over the past six years, totally irrelevant to the discussion.’ - Yeah…shut up…that’s good.

‘To the Governor. Please send this to the President it is for both of you

For the amount of 4 billion dollars I can solve several financial problems.

First there are about 400,000 tax paying employed workers in the U.S.

Number 1 give each person 1 million dollars tax free.

Each person must:

#1 quit his or her employment immediately, 400,000 new jobs Unemployment solved

#2 Each individual must purchase a new U.S. made vehicle Auto problems solved

#3 each individual mus purchase a home or pay off the mortgage on their existing home.
Home sales solved.

All of this for only 4 billion dollars. As large as this figure is, it is still a pittance of what has been given away to those who will never help the working person. If the Administration wants to help then give the money to us not AIG and the auto companies.’ - According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were approximately 150 million workers in 2008. 150 million x $1 million = $150 trillion. Even using the screwed up numbers above, 400,000 x $1 million = $400 billion, not $4 billion.

Smokers suck

Alright two posts in one day. Why? Because I’m pissed off!

One big difference between Metro Detroit and other areas I like better is the attitude of smokers. Here, it’s a God given right to blow your smoke in others faces. And when you’re done doing that, you can throw your cigarette butt on the ground. Apparently in Metro Detroit a cigarette butt is not garbage. Hey idiots, have you ever heard of an ash tray? They come in every car. No need to throw your butts out the window.

We went to Denver, one of our favorite cities, for vacation, and spent time walking around downtown. The whole day we only came across one smoker. As she walked by she finished up her cigarette. Instead of the usual Detroiter action of throwing the butt on the ground, she bent over (a series of joints that collectively make up the waist that allows this function in advanced human beings) and put her cigarette out on the pavement. Then she stood up straight again, and put the cigarette in the garbage ( which by the way wasn’t overflowing into the street like the ones in Royal Oak usually are)! It was like the clouds broke, heavenly music began playing, and sun beams shown down on us. I couldn’t believe that a smoker could actually act civilized! I’d rarely seen such behavior, and certainly never in Detroit. Next time you stop at a light on Woodward (or any street for that matter), take a look down at the street. Does it look like sh*t? Probably. Do you see thousands of cigarette butts? Probably.

Why don’t people like it here? Yeah, that’s real hard to figure out. Robert Merton wrote about the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy once. Metro Detroiters, by making the area they live in so crappy that no one wants to be here (other than themselves), are creating there own self-fulfilling prophecy where no one wants to live here, and they’ll be able to blame it all on those who have left, while they sit and stew in their burned out shell of a city.

The other night I went for a run. As I ran near Beaumont Hospital, I ran through three clouds of smoke from hospital employees who had to leave the premises to smoke. While I applaud Beaumont’s smoke free policy, I can’t imagine Beaumont putting up with other addictions that interfere with worker productivity. Imagine a sex addict having to take four breaks a day to go have sex for half an hour at a time. The argument that it’s “my right” is complete B.S. There are plenty of things that are your right to do, as long as they don’t interfere with your job, don’t take place during work hours, don’t harm the health of others, and don’t make the employer look bad. Smoking in the surrounding neighborhood does all of these things. If Beaumont’s smokers can’t keep their smoking to before and after work, they should be fired. There are plenty of non-smoking workers who can get more work done in a day, have lower health costs, and need the work just as badly. Hire them. If a smoker wants their job badly, they’ll quit smoking, which Beaumont should be happy to help fund, or they’ll use a nicotine patch during the day, or they’ll manage to make it through a full work day without indulging they’re addiction.

Metro Detroit bars and restaurants are fighting a smoking ban that is already in affect in places such as California, New York, Ireland, and Italy. New York and California, at least, have reported that business is up. As a former smoking relative from California told me, “it allowed non-smokers to actually go to the bar, and enjoy it, and it didn’t stop smokers like myself from going.” Get in the game Detroit. Don’t be an ass backward, backwater, down and out, stick in the mud, ignorant outpost. Please…

VW is leaving Detroit

I heard that on the news last night. I haven’t gone and looked it up yet, because I’m betting that the first report I find about VW leaving, will be followed by loads of angry comments blaming Gov. Granholm for it. Just a moment. I’ll go look now.

Wow, talk about angry rhetoric. Seriously, this is what one comment said:

Michigan is economically dead last.
Extreme liberalism and Bolshevism has failed this state.
Imprison the leaders of the left. Cut all Detroiters off the welfare rolls.
Dismantle the UAW.
RECALL GRANHOLM NOW!”

Thanks, “stinkpig” (yes that’s what he calls himself). So insightful. One blamed Granholm for not regulating the companies enough, though most say Michigan regulates companies too much. What’s so pathetic is those who want to blame one person for all of Michigan’s problems would never blame George Bush for all of the country’s problems. Blaming Jennifer Granholm for all of the area’s problems is not only stupid and wrong, it’s also unhelpful, and probably actually harmful to the area. So what’s the problem? The problem is YOU! Well o.k., not you, you, but the other “yous”, who are probably not even reading this (as if anyone does). The problem is this area sucks, and has sucked for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t suck because of the geography, or even the climate, (though many would argue those two points), it’s the people. Of course it’s not all the people, just the average person who finger point, yet don’t contribute, and don’t want to change (yes, getting a college degree really is a good idea). This area is conservative, and I’m not talking about values. Look up the definition of conservative, and re-read the part about seeking to preserve the status-quo. VW is not the problem. VW is progressive, and progress is not welcome in such a conservative area.

Why does the area suck so much? As I’ve said many times, it’s not the “area”, it’s the people. I just read this on Happynews.com. The writer talks about getting out of your “seat”, in a figurative manner, and trying something new, experiencing something new, meeting new people, and in general seeing things from a new perspective. It reminded me of Detroit. Every time I talk about how great other places I’ve been to or live are, I get someone interjecting how much they love Detroit, and how great it is. “Well, o.k., so the crime’s bad, but you know, there’s good sports teams, and the people are friendly.” What they mean is, “I’m comfortable here, and change scares me. Usually the person saying this is someone who hasn’t had a different job in years, goes on vacation only to places that they know, eat at the same restaurants every time, and have most likely never lived anywhere else. So of course they don’t know what they’re talking about. Here’s a newsflash. People are friendly everywhere! In fact friends from New York asked me why everyone was so unfriendly here. I said people are bitter. They had a good thing going, and they didn’t really have to do anything, and now they’ve had their good thing taken away, and they don’t have a clue as to what to do. They won’t try a new “seat.” The unknown is scarier to them then the shi*ty situation they’re already in.

This is why VW, and anyone who is slightly progressive, is getting the heck out of town. Michigan’s in trouble because we rely on one industry, and three companies to provide the entire economy of the area. Without the Big Three, were would Detroit be? Where are the entrepreneurs? Sure you can find a few, but a thriving area has thousands. And I’m not talking about someone who started a lawn care company, I’m talking about progressive entrepreneurial-ism. We just don’t have it, period. Anyone who feels the way I do is itching to get out. Those who liked Detroit the way it was can stay. They can blame all those who are leaving for there problems, or they can do something about it. My guess is they’ll blame those who leave, and won’t fix it.

Oh yeah, one more thing. It’s not the taxes you idiots! Michigan ranks right in the middle as far as business taxes go, and it ranks pretty darn well as far as individual taxes go. There are two states in particular that have great economies, but rank way below Michigan. They would be New York, and California. If it was taxes, those two states would be in our situation, and they’re not.

News on Detroit

Apparently the only thing that happens in Detroit is that pro sports teams play sports. Or maybe it’s that that’s the only positive thing that happens in Detroit? Or perhaps Detroiter’s feel the need to validate their own lives by associating with highly paid, successful, professional athletes? Who knows, I suppose it’s better to obsess about sports than about some movie stars lives, but…

Well, after searching I found some real news, and of course there wasn’t really much that was good. Former city councilman Bates faces up to 41 months in prison for putting family and friends on the city’s payroll, without actually requiring them to work. Michigan had three cities with some of the highest rates of poverty, including Flint, Saginaw, and of course, Detroit, which has a poverty rate of 32.5%. The state’s poverty, as a whole rate, is higher than the nations. Also, the area’s housing prices declined 11%.

Some good news please…anything?

Newt slams Detroit…

Wow, now I feel vindicated. I always said Detroit sucked, now I know Detroit sucks. Thanks Newt!

Apparently Newt thinks Detroit’s a disaster. Newt should know a thing or two about disasters

Few things anger me more than Detroit’s inability to do anything right, but a self-righteous politician, preaching morality while cheating on his wife would be one of them. Newt should just shut up and go away once and for all…

In other news people died in Detroit again last night while stealing cars, and the Mayor still wants to knock down Tiger Stadium to create a vacant lot…I mean to make way for the wave of new construction about to hit the area…

GM did post it’s second quarterly profit in a row! And, apparently there are a lot of angry people on the left and the right with nothing to do in Metro Detroit. Just read the comments to any story about Michigan or Detroit on the Free Press web site. Everything’s the fault of the Right or the Left, depending on your leaning. Get a life… and maybe a job that keeps you a little busier, or a just a job…