Come Heller high water …
- Not to go all doom and gloom on you, but the most frightening part of the recent Education Trust-Midwest report showing a steep decline over the past 12 years in the reading performance of the state’s 4th-graders isn’t the decline itself (although it’s certainly not fun to learn Michigan dropped from 28th to 41st among states). It’s this chilling statement in the conclusion of the report about how to fix the problem: “We won’t succeed with the one-off investments that Michigan has long tried. It’s going to take a series of interconnected changes in policy and practice, fueled by strategic investments over multiple years.” Uh-oh. Michigan doesn’t do change or investment very well. We much prefer partisan pandering, inaction and spending as little as possible on public services, including schools (because, ick, some of those greedy, unionized teachers might get some of it.) And as for that sustained effort “over multiple years” part, well, you might as well forget it, chum. Our term-limited state government, by definition, makes any kind of sustained effort difficult if not impossible. Sorry, kiddies.
- No, Bernie Sanders shouldn’t go the third party route. Unless he wants to siphon votes away from Hillary, thereby guaranteeing signs at all the borders declaring us the United States of Trump. C’mon. I felt the Bern. I love the Bern. But it’s over. Let go, Bern. Let go.
- Speaking of the election, I’m getting pretty tired of the Hillary narrative that has emerged – the one that says she’s “unlikeable.” Can we please find another track? Her ability to be warm and fuzzy isn’t the point and probably wouldn’t be the point if she were a man. Besides, if we’re all hung up on likeability, is Trump really any better? Here’s an idea: How about people vote on who would do the most good for the country?
- It doesn’t matter what the jury ultimately decides in Bill Cosby’s upcoming sexual assault trial, the guy is a serial rapist in my book and everybody else’s. Still a conviction would be awful nice. So would a nice, long prison term. I swear the Devil is going to have to invent a new ring of Hell for that guy.
- After weeks of passenger anger over long security lines and missed flights, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fired its head of security. But they’re hoping to reassign him to someplace that can use his “talents.” But who can use someone with a talent for creating needlessly long and frustrating lines that infuriate customers? Grocery stores and Disney are the only places I can think of.
- Microsoft is running ads that say half the world doesn’t have access to the Internet. As my buddy TJ quipped, “Lucky bastards.” How people exist without Facebook posts from people complaining that no one reads their Facebook posts is beyond me. And what’s living if you’ve never seen a cat pretending to play the piano?
- Is “Game of Thrones” in danger of becoming “Lost” in the sense that there are too many storylines where too little happens from week to week? By asking the question I think I answered it.
- This is a bit petty, I know, but oh well. Gov. Snyder – because he’s on top of things like regularly recurring holidays – declared a “state of energy emergency” this week in Michigan so truckers can drive longer hours to deliver gas for the holiday weekend. That’s nice, I suppose, but it’s still odd what strikes the man as an emergency. Poisoned cities, crumbling roads and impoverished schools don’t seem to make the cut. But making sure people have access to enough over-priced gas to get up to their vacation homes? Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!
- By the way, is anyone else shocked – just shocked – that there were refinery and pipeline issues (which prompted the emergency and the zooming prices) juuust before one of the biggest driving holidays? I’m sure it’s a coincidence. That seems to happen every year. Pay it no mind. Or to that man behind the curtain.
- Yeah, so I have a little paranoid streak, so what?
- “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” – Lao Tzu.
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