Detroit politicians: A gift that keeps on giving. Like the gleeful investor collecting high interest from many loan products, a cold virus exchanged between school children, or fits of apoplexy among the Washington Press Corps when small town newspapers scoop them. You can’t surf cable TV without noticing that politicians and the news media have compromised most channels these days. We the People love to hate politicians, the politics, the media, and the ‘stars’ of both industries.
Detroit suffers even as the appearance of positive growth changes the skyline of downtown and the complexion of the blocks of both sides of Woodward Ave. The ‘growth’ is a great thing to see. It leads one to believe that the City is like the suburbs, where we ostensibly enjoy a pragmatic, if somewhat ham handed effort to appease public demands and needs. But the TV cameras eventually get around to the Detroit City Council, and the City’s congressional representation.
According to The Hill. The paper of Congressional Record, Detroit Congressman John Conyers has been using his staff members to tutor and shuttle his kids to a SUBURBAN Private School. According to one complaint filed by a former staffer, Conyers also instructed staff to work on local political campaigns for the Reps wife, leaving Conyers unfettered to dive in White House wastebaskets with Senator Carl Levin. Conyers and Levin both viciously partisan Democrats, indulge the ‘busy work of the busy body’ party. They work different sides of the street trying to find a route to the same goal: obtaining the modern day version of a Zapruder film that implicates the Bush Administration. They zealously search the same empty, dusty closets finding instead: Fahrenheit 911. There’s a conspiracy lurking everywhere according to Levin/Conyers that’s screwing the little guy by shamelessly enriching the President’s friends with the windfall profits of “Big Oil”. These Nancy boys cry wolf over the “Downing Street Memo”, that stupid Plame/Wilson affair, and no Republican conspiracy would be complete without: Halliburton. These ineffectual clods provide a welcome distraction to the lazy ‘old media’ that are themselves outclassed by an information insurgency (see links) by a citizenry tired of the network’s fossilized news format of one-sided projections and editorials. Together they all ’chat’ with each other about non-issues, filling the time between commercials the networks failed to sell to advertisers.
What benefits has Detroit enjoyed from Conyers’ representation? Where’s the beef? He says he champions ‘the little guy’. And the city of Detroit has lots of them. But what’s he done for them lately if EVER? Why does Detroit tolerate such mediocrity? Is it because Conyers is the right color? Or is Republican bashing all that’s required to satisfy the Motor City’s constituency? Levin and Conyers busily look into every crack of the desolate streets they walk. Failing to ever look up and see Michigan’s crumbling roads, the state’s regressing economy, the constricting business regulations, lackluster public schools, and even their loyal voting base: Organized Labor’s faltering membership and relevancy. Let’s be Honest here: The main reason Detroit gleefully suffers these fools is because it angers and frustrates the suburban citizenry to see such mediocrity. It’s the Detroit way of “stickin’ it to” the only “Man” left: The suburbs.
Detroit’s City Council, proving to the public they’re even worse at handling city affairs than the Kilpatrick Administration, finally approved the plan that releases the Zoo from City control and transfers governance to the Zoological Society. The Council, a collection of immature, scowling, insecure malcontents closely resembles the US Senate in personality and style. They all think they could run things better than the Executive, but as a collective left to their own devices, they default into public-school playground pathologies. A collection of tattle-tales that garner not accolades but overt and quiet contempt from the tax-paying public.
We here at the ‘Blog’ are inconclusive regarding the ‘Port Terminal’ deal in which a United Arab Emirates company: Dubai Ports World has negotiated to purchase P & O, the British firm that currently manages the loading and unloading of container freight at six US ports. It’s also no surprise that the ‘old media’ is reporting few, if any salient technical aspects of the deal. They also leave out any history of how these terminals work, or how they came to be British owned. Desperate politicians who are consistently weak on National Security are logging many overtime hours in demagoguery of the issue. The business end of the deal is fairly simple, in and of itself. Troubling is the Emirates spotty history with the flow of cash to terrorists and their advocates. The Emirates relationship with the Taliban ‘government’. The UAE is ever in contempt of Israel, but on the other hand: “An indispensable US Ally”? Strange bedfellows indeed. In the end; it’ll probably go through. But only after another bigger and better story bumps it’s perch from the headlines. Maybe ALGore will shoot somebody plucking fruit form a tree. Like much of the salient news that channel surfing America would watch, it’s the cacophonous grab-bag of gaseous flapdoodle has us constantly clickin’ the remote. The media get to make news for themselves for a couple of extra weeks since another “review period” has been demanded from Congress. D.C. area doughnut shops open early in anticipation of extra orders of more tea & crumpets. The clattering motor tops off its tank, then roars to life and the political/media collective again talk to themselves and pile on additional hours of frustrated taxpayer channel surfing.
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