I’m beginning to think the Republican Clown Car of Candidates is a deliberate campaign strategy that is somehow beyond the comprehension of most regular-thinking mortals.
Keith Owens (AKA Black Liberal Boomer) is a Detroit-based writer who has worked for The Detroit Free Press, Detroit’s alternative newsweekly the Metro Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and other newspapers. He was also a nationally syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate for three years beginning in 1993.
What I don’t understand, however, is why the President, in his comments on Thursday morning, one day after the massacre, didn’t spend more time addressing the glaringly apparent racial aspects of this event that have already been openly acknowledged by authorities.
Ever since the civil unrest occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer who got away with it, there have been anxious questioners wondering where else this type of unrest might catch fire.
Here in Detroit, the worst of what many of us have long suspected about Gov. Snyder’s intentions toward our city and our schools may really be happening, because Snyder doesn’t even need to hide those intentions anymore.
I’m having a rather hard time understanding why it is that the City of Baltimore has apparently made the decision to follow in the footsteps of my adopted hometown Detroit and is shutting off the water in poor peoples’ homes for falling behind on their bills while allowing the larger – and significantly wealthier – corporations and businesses to slide on by.
I suppose I should have felt more outraged or ready to protest or whatever but, quite frankly? Empty. And what worries me about my own reaction is that I’m thinking it’s worse than outrage.
Seems like every time you turn around these days there’s another crazy Republican uncle doing and saying the kind of things crazy Republican uncles do.
Warren is not running. It is not going to happen, and I think it’s time to accept that fact.
Terrorism is something worth fighting against. President Obama knows this, and has been proving it time and time again throughout his presidency. Please don’t forget that this is the man who wiped out Osama bin Laden.
As Detroit continues its comeback struggle, perpetually seeking to redefine and recreate itself as a more updated community, one of the largest potential barriers to the realization of that goal is a sufficiently educated workforce.
In the heated space between two murders, both committed by police officers who were later given a free pass by a grand jury, there were other similar murders, beatings, etc., that were once again recorded by We The People and then circulated for the rest of the world to see.
It’s past time for the issue of gay marriage to be decided at the national, not just the local, level. The progress witnessed by the number of states that have approved same-sex marriage in recent years has been encouraging, but this should never have been a state’s rights sort of issue.
We can’t blame this on Obama. And we can’t blame it on Detroit voters not turning out at the polls either. Despite high turnout in Detroit, Republican Rick Snyder was re-elected as Governor of Michigan.
If the person who you elected to represent you only listens to you when you are saying what he wants to hear, then perhaps it’s time to choose someone else to represent you.
Ever since Gov. Snyder decided last year to save the taxpayers some money by privatizing the food delivery system in Michigan’s Department of Corrections, it’s been a domino effect of catastrophes.
I think this may be a good time to reflect on a rather potent phrase that the late, great House Speaker Tip O’Neill used to say: “All politics is local.”
There are those who find themselves surprised that Democratic challenger Mark Schauer now finds himself with a slim lead over sitting Gov. Rick Snyder in the contest over who will lead Michigan forward for the next term. I’m not one of those people.
Yep, I’d say the best way for Republicans to encourage more black folks to vote their way in November is to tell them how much they don’t know about American history and American racism. That is what Ted Cruz’s dad did not too long ago.
Far too many of the images that we have all seen countless times by now of the atrocity that took place – and continues to take place – in Ferguson, Missouri, are images not at all unfamiliar to African American communities. Black mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and neighbors enraged and in mourning due to Senseless Killing of Black Man Number However-High-You-Can-Count.
After the keynote by Senator Elizabeth Warren, many NN14 attendees prepared to join the over 1,000 protestors at the Detroit Water Rally held outside the Cobo Convention Center at noon.
Saturday, July 19, Day Three of NN14 began with keynote speeches by Democratic candidate for governor of Michigan Mark Schauer, and Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow (who is not up for election this year).
It just goes to show you that sometimes when you fight for what’s right, and you fight hard, then good things begin to happen. In Detroit, there is no more important fight right now than the fight to prevent water shutoffs to poor and working families struggling to get by in a vicious and unforgiving economy.
If Republicans keep this up, Democrats won’t have to work hard to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Obamacare is a winner for Democrats. It’s the biggest winner any true Democrat campaigning for office in 2014 could possibly hope for.
How can a couple be both legally married and yet legally denied the benefits that legally married folks are supposed to get?
No state should have the ability to even present such legislation, and no governor should be given the opportunity to give such offensive legislation any consideration whatsoever.
Certainly there are those who have admired Sen. Cory Booker from afar who are now somewhat flummoxed at his decision not to support President Barack Obama’s historic deal with Iran.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly pointed out that not only is Santa Claus white, but that Jesus was too. Apparently, she is unaware of where Jesus came from or what the Bible says.
If there was ever a man who had justifiable reason to hate, it was Nelson Mandela. He chose not to hate.
It’s hardly a surprise that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes declared on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2013, that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.
In case you hadn’t already heard, it appears that some of the problems with the Obamacare website aren’t exactly due to that incompetence thing that Bob Woodward likes to pin on the Obama administration.
Judging by some of the recent headlines it appears that the big election day story coming out of Detroit is that Detroiters elected a white guy for mayor for the first time in more than 40 years.
Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years for essentially running the city as his own personal piggy bank and playpen.
The Obama administration is making it clear every way they possibly can that they are willing to do whatever they can to help Detroit weather this crisis – except to offer a bailout.
If it happens here, it certainly won’t end here. The threat to Detroit’s democracy is a threat to everyone who values their right to vote.
It’s been a few days since Current TV became Al Jazeera news, and so far no reports of an intifada or domestic terrorist attack
Detroit didn’t need to pay Gov. Snyder appointed EM Kevyn Orr all this money to file bankruptcy.
But it won’t be an angry mob with a rope coming for George Zimmerman. Justice for Trayvon will be coming from the Justice Department.
Detroit’s democracy is being dismantled brick by brick and the people are being muzzled, perhaps in order to force them out of their neighborhoods so the elite can take over.
Being found in possession of even a sliver of conscience and an ounce of common sense is proving to be a serious liability for certain Republican leaders.
Michigan Gov. Snyder’s Education Achievement Authority has been created for the sole purpose of establishing a workable model demonstrating how to destroy the nation’s public education system.
The problem remains that Detroiters are being ignored and held hostage by their own Governor Snyder, who flagrantly violated their voting rights.
Who should we see sitting next to Secretary Duncan, joyfully reading stories to suitably enraptured Detroit school children but Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Detroit Public Schools emergency manager has announced his all-too-welcome decision to GTFO and step down in a couple weeks.
Obama’s best line was when he suggested that if the Republicans were sincere about their new outreach efforts to attract minorities, they might want to do a test run by reaching out to the President.
The fact that polls show the vast majority of Americans want stronger gun laws means absolutely nothing to Republicans, because citizens don’t affect their cash reserves.
The clock is ticking, and Detroit’s new Emergency Manager is listening. June 23 is the 50th anniversary of the date when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his first ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in Detroit.
Rick Snyder’s intention all along has been to hijack democracy in Michigan – and Detroit in particular – and now he officially accomplished exactly that.
According to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, When in doubt and your opponent appears threatening, spread those cheeks and smile until it hurts.
It seems Gov. Rick Snyder is having a bit of difficulty finding anyone who wants the job of becoming the emergency manager for Detroit.
The fight to save public education and retain local control of those schools against hostile takeover attempts has now attracted nationwide attention.
Guns do not kill people. People armed with guns kill people. And people armed with assault rifles have the capability of killing a whole bunch of people in a matter of minutes.
if you want to get an idea of what is written in the post Election 2012 Koch Brothers Playbook (aka ‘How YOU Can Still Strangle Blue States in the Crib’), then you need look no further than Michigan.
Republicans are using Michigan as a grand experiment to see if they can get away with setting fire to democracy in plain sight. They want to see if revenge bears fruit in winter.
It was a great day for the nation when President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term in office, and it was also a good day in Michigan when voters cast their ballots to reject Proposal 1.
The panic of some of the left after the first debate has eased into the realization that President Obama is in a good position to win a second term.
Romney is lying because Romney has to lie. It’s the best card he has to play in a stacked deck, betting on the ignorance and short term memory of the electorate.
The one discussion that has not been receiving quite as much focused attention is the race – and racism – factor in this campaign.
The portrayal of Romney as a well-meaning guy who’s just misguided, misinformed, and in over his head needs to come to an end.
Thanks to the margin of error in polling, the rather surreal scenario suggests that the actual number of black folks who do not want Romney to be president is less than zero.
Republican Governor Rick Snyder and his henchmen continue to do all they can to thwart the will of the people by forcing PA4 (the Emergency Manager law) down their throats.
The president still needs Joe Biden because has that same sort of everyman charm that Obama has never been able to pull off very well but that was Bill Clinton’s specialty.
Gov. Snyder isn’t yet receiving the off-with-his-independent-head kinda threats received by John Roberts after he also made the mistake of deciding to do the right thing rather than the easy thing
When the nuns are pissed off enough to become revolutionaries, you know we’re in for a serious fight folks.
A Ken doll could give more substantive answers to questions, but then maybe that’s Mitt Romney’s intent.
A GOP Super PAC had a genius plan to destroy Obama by connecting him (again) to his once-upon-a-time pastor Jeremiah Wright and accusing him of being a metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.
Some hospitals are now essentially hiring some of Tony Soprano’s relatives and associates to come pay you a bedside visit and, you know, offer ‘words of encouragement.’ to pay your bill.
Republicans decided that the people of Michigan should not be allowed to vote on the Emergency Manager law because the size of the font on the petition. Seriously.
Despite scoring a recent major victory, opponents of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law had their efforts to get a repeal measure on the ballot blocked by Republicans on the Board of State Canvassers.
If Romney wins in November, urban communities around the country will be forced into dependency by hateful Republicans. If Obama loses, Detroit is a preview of things to come.
George Zimmerman has been arrested, but what happens when the next similar miscarriage of justice occurs? Or to the one that’s occurring right now that none of us have heard of and aren’t likely to?
Trumka’s decision to throw the full force of the nation’s largest union behind Obama will go a long way toward providing the margin of victory that Obama and the other Democratic 2012 contenders will need to get the job done.
If Obama wins reelection the GOP will have a choice, either snatch back the reins from the inmates or prepare to spend a long time viewing America from behind the walls of the asylum.