JENNIFER GRANHOLM IS A POLITICAL INVERTEBRATE, QUICKEN STILL REVIEWING HQ SITES, AND FUN CONSPIRACY THEORIESBy
Madame Governor, is there a time that’s more convenient for you?
Jennifer Granholm poked her head out of the governor’s mansion and saw her shadow today. That means we can’t talk about Andy Dillon’s public employee health care re-structuring plan for 76 weeks. Bold ideas, like her shadow, give Jenny such a fright. It’s just not a good time for her to discuss long-term solutions to the state’s structural deficit. She didn’t say it’s a bad idea in so many words. She was more like: I’m really busy papering over the deficit with stimulus money and don’t expect me to walk and chew gum at the same time. Maybe when she’s safely out of office, she’ll have the time consider it. Unless Dillon throws his hat in the ring, now is a good time for a whole lotta people to consider Mike Bouchard and Tom George. (MLive, Freep)
Say what you will about charter schools but Reverend David Murray doesn’t run them
Mike Cox says DPS is no longer a “first class” school district. Wait what? First class, apparently, refers to enrollment size not quality of education. DPS fell below the magic 100,000 student number so community colleges can open charter schools in the city. Rather than stamping his feet and throwing grapes, Robert “Bob” Bobb said something classy about the continued value of traditional public schools and his desire to make Detroit Public Schools competitive with other educational options. That’s going to require spending more money on actual education and less on political graft. The Jacobins just do not care for that kind of maturity and professionalism. (WDIV)
Plucky no-name Charter candidates just like comical baseball movie
Do you realize that it’s been 20 years since Major League hit theatres? Remember the scene when the locals were reviewing the Indians opening day roster and were all like: who are these fucking guys? Well, the Indians went on to win the beat the Yankees! Let’s hope the Regional Chamber’s preferred Charter Commission candidates shock the world and write a pennant winning Charter because seriously…Jonathan Kinloch? Who are these fucking guys? We all know the Chamber is still reeling from the epic Monica Conyers endorsement of 2005 but how about a little explanation or biographical information? We wear caps and sleeves at this level. (Chamber)
Dyspathy considers two sites for new global headquarters
Isn’t this rich? After punting on the whole deTROIT 2.0 headquarters plan and slinking into empty Compuware space, Quicken is again saying they just can’t wait to build a new own headquarters downtown. It’s just, well, it’s just hard to pick between two great sites. Wait, isn’t that what they told us in 2007? Crazy. The Hudson’s site is still in the hunt but Dan Gilbert has elected to leave the Statler Memorial Wetland to nature. His second choice is the Monroe block where that amazing Cadillac Centre is not being built, ever. Give Quicken another year to weigh the pros and cons of two pieces of dirt less than a quarter mile from each other and then they’ll build deTROIT 2.0.1, or is it deTROIT 2.0 with the omnibus security patch Service Pack? (DetNews)
What kind of dull Birchers are running the Grand Rapids Press?
Ok yes, the government is this big giant thing that sometimes does bad things and often tells lies. Our genius Founding Fathers designed a government so cumbersome that they usually get caught. Dick Nixon, convicted felon Kwame Kilpatrick, they all get caught eventually. Except the moon landing. Forty years ago several thousand members of government got together, and plotting with the media, faked this whole moon landing so we could scare the Soviets with some really cool moon rocks and Tang. Sound far fetched? Of course it does but don’t tell that to the Grand Rapids Press because, unlike the MythBusters, they find the faked moon landing plausible. (MLive)
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