Come Heller high water …
- Former Detroit Piston Rasheed Wallace’s angry screed about the Flint water crisis in The Players’ Tribune (a new Derek Jeter effort, by the way) should be required reading in Congress and our state Legislature. He writes: “When you woke up this morning, what’s the first thing you did? Took a piss and flushed the toilet? Brushed your teeth? Took a shower? Whatever you did, I’m guessing you used water.What’d you do after that? Made yourself some coffee or tea? Washed the pan you used to cook breakfast? More water. Now, how about when you got to the office? Did you wash your hands? Did you rinse off the apple you ate for a snack? You definitely used some water. That’s all normal, part of our everyday lives. Unless you live in Flint, Michigan. You probably think that, because they’re not all over your TV anymore, the problems of Flint are in the past. Well, I’ve been visiting Flint for the past year, so let me tell you the truth. Some of the folks in Flint can’t take showers because their water is still poisoned with lead. They have to boil water, pour it into the sink and then wash in it. Yeah, a grown-ass man has to take a bird bath. That shit ain’t right. It’s still going on today. And it’s not going away anytime soon.”
- Way to go, ‘Sheed. Well said. Long overdue, too. I’ve been asking for months: Where’s the anger over the slow-roll government response to Flint. More than a year after it was “officially” acknowledged, the problem lingers. That’s unacceptable. A nation’s response to a crisis shouldn’t expire once media interest over it does. This ain’t over and it won’t be over until – as Yogi Berra was said to have said – it’s over.
- Interesting how Creepy Clown sightings have evaporated. Score one for Angry Dads With Baseball Bats.
- CNN uses the term “breaking news” like little kids use ketchup. They slap it on everything. I tuned in the other day and they told me that Bill Clinton getting ready to speak at a campaign rally – more than a year into the campaign – was “breaking news,” which it most assuredly was not.
- Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila this week hinted the Tigers will cut payroll, shy away from big free agent signings and focus more on young players and the farm clubs. Translation: The team’s going to be no damned fun for years to come. Or at least that’s how I read it. Given the new direction, if I’m Avila, I’m trading away Cabrera for a boatload of young pitchers.
- Donald Trump says the election is rigged. My question: Will he still say that if he wins? Answer: Of course not. If he wins he says he overcame the rigging.
- And don’t you find it ironic that the party that actually DID steal a presidential election and the party that consistently creates laws to disenfranchise legitimate voters is the one claiming foul before the election even takes place? This election has made it clear that the Republican Party operates according to Bizarro World principles – up is down, black is white, in is out and what we do is what we say you do.
- I had to explain a Bizarro World reference recently to a millennial. The term comes from the Superman comics. The Bizarro World code is: “Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!” But the term in current culture has come to mean, according to Wikipedia,” a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations.”
- Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is complaining that he’s not included in the White House security briefings along with Trump and Hillary. Why should he be? He’ll get 10 percent of the vote, max. At most he should get 10 percent of a briefing, right? Personally, I don’t think any candidate should get any security briefings until after the election. There’s plenty of time to get up to speed between the election and the inauguration.
- Apropos of nothing: I just realized I don’t know how a mirror works. I may have to reflect on that. (Get it? Reflect? Aw, never mind.)
- “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius
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