Come Heller high water…
• Flint’s water treatment supervisor told lawmakers Tuesday the state assured him corrosion control chemicals weren’t needed when it started using Flint River water, about which the Detroit News wrote: “The state Department of Environmental Quality offered no contradiction.” So if it wasn’t settled before (which it was) that should settle it once and for all: In this game of Clue the state did it in the water plant with a complete and utter lack of competency, compassion and concern. So can we focus now on actually getting things done? Where’s this been? It’s been months and months since the crime was committed and yet little in the way of real, substantive action has taken place. Most lead pipes haven’t been replaced. People are still living out of water bottles. Kids are still poisoned. There are probably hundreds if not thousands who haven’t gotten, won’t or can’t use bottled water and filters. Those who have filters are still probably forgetting to change them. Flint might have been better off if it had suffered an earthquake, which is a disaster people understand. If we’d had an earthquake and no one had usable water there’d be tanker trucks on every block, plumbers and construction workers everywhere, Red Cross tent cities, National Guard public showers, etc. ad nauseam. Where’s all that — and more to the point where’s the sense of urgency? I just don’t get it. The private sector response has been fantastic. (Witness Tom Gores’ FlintNOW effort, the donations, the telethon …) But the state and feds? Not so much. Someday somebody’s going to study the governmental response to this emergency and find it wasn’t treated like an emergency at all. Maybe that’s what you get when the people responsible for the problem are also the ones supposedly fixing it.
• So there was this in the news: “Michigan set a record for liquor sales in 2015, fueled in part by growth in Detroit as an entertainment destination while the craft cocktail movement takes hold in the state.” Craft cocktail movement, my ass. I say people are drinking more to forget the pervasive economic gloom in this state. The Snyder happy-talkers assure us things are better since the recession, and for them maybe they are. But for most, I submit they’re not better at all. People sense it. Don’t you? Glug, glug, glug.
• Hmm, so after rereading those last two paragraphs, it’s pretty clear I have my Krusty Krab Underoos on today, the ones that are two sizes too small. My apologies. But I shall rebound, you watch.
• British Airways just banned a woman for life for getting up too many times during a flight. That’s pretty tough. Imagine if she’d asked for a free glass of water – they might have taken her first-born. Or worse, taken her to court and had her sentenced to a lifetime of sitting in coach.
• See? That wasn’t crabby. Much.
• I’m going to sign the petition calling for people to open carry guns into the GOP convention this summer. People have to be ready to respond in case some kook with a gun decides to exercise his Second Amendment right to express his inner anguish by efficiently spraying gobs of bullets, right? Plus, I believe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
• OK, but that was. So maybe it’s not a very high rebound, so sue me.
• Burger King is coming out with a red bun, which is completely different than the black bun they put out that turned people’s poop green. This one is far likelier to turn it pretty shades of pink. Why do they think we have an insatiable appetite for crazy amounts of food dye?
• Sen. Lindsey Graham has endorsed his pal and buddy Ted Cruz. And what an endorsement it was. He said: “I don’t dislike Ted. Ted and I have a lot of differences. He’s my 15th choice. What can I say? He’s not completely crazy.” That’s exactly what I said about one of my college girlfriends but I wouldn’t endorse her for president. So why is Graham?
• “The business of life is the acquisitions of memories- that’s all there is.” – Mr. Carson from “Downton Abbey.”
(And no, that’s not me in the photo.)