Monday, June 14, 2010

Stupidity at the Free Press

Detroit Free Press Editorial Writer Jeff Gerritt recently commented on the possibility of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick having to attend boot camp. The main point of Gerritt's column was about the fact that this was not a case of special treatment, nor should the prosecutor Kym Worthy be involved in his sentencing. Prisoners serving three years or less have the option of attending a military-style bootcamp.

I have no objection to that. What could only be a case of jaw-dropping stupidity was the commentary in the final paragraph where Gerritt said "I’m not happy with how Kilpatrick abused his office and authority, but he doesn't need to be in prison, where he's costing taxpayers $35,000 a year instead of working to pay off his considerable debts to the city."

Kilpatrick after serving 90 days in jail was given a new job with a $300,000+ salary in Texas. He was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to the City of Detroit. Kilpatrick did everything possible and more to avoid making any payment whatsoever; at one point he even claimed he could only pay $6 a month to the city.

After a year's worth of hand-wringing, Judge David Groner finally held Kilpatrick in contempt of court and sentenced him to 1.5 to 5 years in prison. Gerritt's logic is that Kilpatrick can't pay off what he owes the city if he's in jail. Functional logic tells us Detroit is not getting the money back anyway. Once sentenced, Kilpatrick lost his job selling software for Compuware in Texas.

The problem with Kilpatrick is, like current Mayor Dave Bing said, every time he's in the news, it makes it that much harder to move the city forward. He's a distraction. An impediment. Sending him away for five years would do more good for the city than him being out looking for work, finding a job, and repeating the same cycle of hiding assets in court. You're not getting the money back.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Lazy Blogger! Lazy Blogger!

I should have finished a fourth blog on my Lions' draft history, but apparently when it comes to putting on a four-part essay, I turn this thing into work, and it becomes boring and less rewarding.

I also went through and deleted a ton of old posts. Apparently after reading them, I had to cringe. Did I actually write that? I came very close to hitting the 100-post mark, though.

And the more I think about it, the more I realize this is turning into a Lions' blog and less of any other type of blog. Didn't plan on that. But I have a disorganized brain, which helps to explain why I do poorly in job interviews.

Lucky for me, there are some things that I have to get off my chest.

The first is Barack Obama. I didn't vote for him. I'm proud to say I voted for McCain. The more people pile on Obama, the more I like him, though. I think he'll be re-elected. Since Mitt Romney is the likely nominee (I'm calling it now) for the GOP, I'll probably end up voting for Obama. I don't apologize for supporting McCain. But I really never had a party. The Libertarian Party, which I'm most aligned with is filled with fruitcakes and bizarre people. Perhaps I should label myself a "small 'l' libertarian."

I want nothing to do with the "Tea Party" by the way.

I don't want anything to do with the Republican Party. (At least right now)

I'm no Democrat.

Hating both Republicans and Democrats has become very passe. It's easy.

Most people shouldn't vote. They hate parties and politicians. Except for the ones they know. This has been a collective SOP for most voters since the beginning of democracies. The rest are liars and crooks in their view. This is an example of being intellectually lazy because one simply cannot paint all pols with the same brush.

The media is biased towards populism. I had a well-thought out explanation to this a day ago. But it's left me now. It'll come back. I probably won't be anywhere near a computer to type it in, though. And then it'll go away. After writing two sentences in the following paragraph, I think one of the reasons involves the way in which media outlets allow for everyone to voice their opinions on message boards. And then thoughts of Rick Sanchez and Don Lemon from CNN popped into my head. More on this in a later blog.

I can't win arguments because I live in a day and age where everyone is held captive to 30-second soundbites. Sometimes arguing effectively requires you to take a little more than a minute to explain something. Bill O'Reilly once wrote that his father said if you couldn't argue your point in under a minute, you had lost him.

I'll let your imagination run wild with that one.

If you hate O'Reilly and love Keith Olbermann, you're unfit to vote.

MSNBC tried being the anti-Fox. As it turns out, they're Fox's mirror image.

The Stanley Cup Finals are over. The NBA Finals are underway. You know what that means, right? The NFL Preseason's just around the corner!