A visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and a look back

By John Ruberry Little Marathon Pundit and I were on vacation earlier this month and our travels brought us to Wisconsin and Michigan. On our final day of that trip we visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, just six days prior to the 105th anniversary of the birth of the 38th … Continue reading A visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and a look back

Review of Season One of Flint Town

By John Ruberry Early in Episode One of Flint Town, an eight-entry Netflix series that debuted this month, we discover a murder victim lying in the snow. And we see snowflakes resting unmelted on his hand--the only warmth he will offer can only come from memories from his loved ones. Such is life and death … Continue reading Review of Season One of Flint Town

My return to Detroit

By John Ruberry Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit. It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here. What follows is a … Continue reading My return to Detroit

Detroit 1967: Riot or rebellion?

By John Ruberry Last week the 50th anniversary of the five-day long Detroit Riot passed. Or uprising or rebellion, depending on who you speak with. I'm going with the first one, riot. It started after midnight on July 23, 1967 in the city's Virginia Park neighborhood when an illegal bar, known locally as a "blind … Continue reading Detroit 1967: Riot or rebellion?

About that Detroit comeback

By John Ruberry Type "Detroit revival" or "Detroit comeback" into your Google search box and you'll collect a lot of hits and discover glowing yarns about the turnaround of what was once one of America's greatest cities. Here's one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michigan TV commercial about Detroit. But as John … Continue reading About that Detroit comeback

Flint water crisis shows how the left operates

By John Ruberry The Flint crisis--dangerous levels of lead have been found in its drinking water--is a travesty, but one that the left is using to advance its agenda. Background: Two years ago after telling the the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in a cost-cutting move that it would stop buying its Lake Huron water … Continue reading Flint water crisis shows how the left operates

College football: Bowling for mediocrity

By John Ruberry One has to wonder if college football is headed to an every-participant-gets-a-ribbon level of competition. Not including the NCAA championship face-off, there will be a record 40 college bowl games this season, which means 63 percent of FBS programs will play in a bowl contest. And despite some of these teams fattening … Continue reading College football: Bowling for mediocrity

Since Governors Can’t Stop Resettlement, Here’s What’ll Happen

by baldilocks At least half of the governors in the United States have refused to take the Syrian refugees and “refugees” or called for a halt to the resettlement which the federal government, meaning President Obama, is intent upon seeding in cities all around the nation. But, it appears that these governors have no legal … Continue reading Since Governors Can’t Stop Resettlement, Here’s What’ll Happen

I walked its streets: The tragedy of Detroit

By John Ruberry I spent most of last week slowly driving--to avoid potholes--and walking the streets of Detroit. Yes, I took in some time downtown, but most of my travels were in the forsaken neighborhoods far from the casinos and the sports stadiums. When Detroit celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1951--it enjoyed the highest standard of … Continue reading I walked its streets: The tragedy of Detroit

Blog, online commenters force arrest of alleged child molester

By John Ruberry Online commentators, particularly those on blogs, are known for their vitriol and sometimes cursory devotion to the truth. But the accumulation of comments on a since-pulled online version of an article from a free weekly newspaper and a blog have led to the indictment on child molestation charges of a 94 year-old retired suburban … Continue reading Blog, online commenters force arrest of alleged child molester

The cost of liberalism: Detroit’s water war

By John Ruberry Over the last few days there have been several protests, many of them attended out-of-towners, by leftist groups, such as National Nurses United, against the shut off of water to delinquent waters by city-owned Detroit Water and Sewerage. Last July of course Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Decades of … Continue reading The cost of liberalism: Detroit’s water war

How bad is Detroit? Headliner rapper cancels show after mob confronts him

By John Ruberry. Rap music is a bit--okay, a lot outside of my comfort zone, but last night a story broke in Detroit that as of this writing, among mainstream media sources, only Michigan's Bay City Times has reported on. Rapper Rick Ross, the scheduled headliner at Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz 17 in the one-time … Continue reading How bad is Detroit? Headliner rapper cancels show after mob confronts him

Community rallies around Michigan teacher suspended for showing blackface video

By John Ruberry During a lesson on Jim Crow laws and segregation in his Monroe, Michigan history class,  Allan Barron showed a video of white men performing in blackface. Unfortunately for the 59 year-old instructor, who is retiring at the end of the school year, an assistant principal was sitting in on that lesson. The … Continue reading Community rallies around Michigan teacher suspended for showing blackface video

Answer: Things get violent when the folks Obama Supports get involved

Question: What is similar between the protests in Egypt and the protests in Detroit? Today in Michigan Steven Crowder was assaulted by a crowd of Union Thugs during the "right to work" protests: I predict that this will get the same condemnation and attention from Democrats local and national and the same attention from the … Continue reading Answer: Things get violent when the folks Obama Supports get involved

“Must be the Hat”

I was at an event hosted by Granite Grok's Mike Rogers at CPAC when Robert Stacy McCain (one of the 5 non-pols that Politico says you have to watch) came up to me and thanked me for "forgetting" my hat at CPAC 2010 (Stacy partied till 5 a.m. and I flew out a 7 but … Continue reading “Must be the Hat”

Meanwhile remember those dangerous “Christianists”…

Apparently a federal Judge decided these people were safe enough to let go before trial: "The United States is correct that it need not wait until people are killed before it arrests conspirators," US District Judge Victoria Roberts said in her ruling. "But, the defendants are also correct: Their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous … Continue reading Meanwhile remember those dangerous “Christianists”…