Mugger Ordered the Wrong Man to Empty His Pockets

An armed man comes up behind a customer at the pay window of a Detroit gas station and orders him to empty his pockets. The gas station employee was safely locked behind bulletproof glass. The police were nowhere around.  Even if the gas station attendant called 911, they couldn’t possibly get there in time. And the victim could not know if he was merely going to be robbed or much worse. He was at the mercy of a gunman pointing a weapon at him. He was told to take everything out of his Read more […]

Police Chief: Second Amendment Fights Terrorism

The Detroit News reports, “Police Chief Craig: Armed Detroiters cut terror risk.” The city’s police chief said he believes violent extremists would be reluctant to target Detroit, as they had Paris last month, for fear armed citizens would shoot back. “A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug,” Chief James Craig said. “If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.” Oakland Read more […]

Unfinished Jail Shows Why Local Government Doesn’t Work

If you can’t hold people responsible for the damage they do then local government is a pit of corruption rather than a means of self-government. The bankruptcy of Detroit is already well known, but a recent story demonstrates how much the concept of local government in the nation is a pretense for fraud and corruption. Consider this Fox News headline: “Jailhouse Crock: Unfinished prison costs Detroit area taxpayers $1.2M per month.” A prison in downtown Detroit that was deemed too expensive Read more […]

How Liberalism Ruins Economies: New York State

New York State is a Detroit-like wasteland thanks to Liberal rule. The Deseret News has run an eye-opening story: “How high taxes and regulation are killing one of the most prosperous states in the nation.” Upstate New York is becoming Detroit with grass. Binghamton, New York — once a powerhouse of industry — is now approaching Detroit in many economic measures, according to the U.S. Census. In Binghamton, more than 31 percent of city residents are at or below the federal poverty Read more […]

Need a Ride to Work? Try Your Feet!

When James Robertson needed a ride to work, he gave himself one. Next time you hear about someone who says he can’t get a job, because he has no transportation to get him to work… remember James Robertson. [See also, “What to Do with Free Money? Welfare v. Work Ethic.”] His story came to me through the Detroit Free Press: “Heart and sole: Detroiter walks 21 miles in work commute.” Leaving home in Detroit at 8 a.m., James Robertson doesn’t look like an endurance athlete. Pudgy Read more […]

Teachable Moment: Whole Foods Wants to Sell to Poor People

The fact that Whole Foods wants to expand their market into poorer neighborhoods like Englewood in Chicago should tell you something about how businesses work. There are statements made in this marvelous story in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog that make me uneasy. The shameful presence of food stamps is one thing. I also don’t like the fact that an area with an Aldi in it got labeled a “food desert.” That seems like a snobbish designation more than an identification of a real problem. Read more […]

Amnesty Will Accelerate the Police State

If Barack Obama violates the Constitution by imposing amnesty by executive order, we will see an increase in crime in our Liberal cities. Here’s an excellent piece of analysis from Daniel Greenfield. It starts with gun crime and the impulse to impose gun prohibition. After another bloody weekend in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel branded the shootings unacceptable and the city’s top cop demanded more gun control laws. Chicago’s murder rate has actually dropped since concealed carry became Read more […]

Evidence that Juries Give Us Our Police State

What is amazing about this story of the police state is that a police officer, who shot and killed a sleeping seven-year-old girl as she lay on her sofa, was brought to trial at all. But if you or I had decided to go into a residence in search of an alleged criminal, and had fired shots in a residence with several small children, killing one of them, then we would be in prison today. But the jury ended up deadlocked, resulting in the second mistrial. The prosecutor does not plan to try a third Read more […]

All Michigan Residents Are Being Hit Up for Detroit’s Financial Failure

Detroit had many good years. People found jobs there and wanted to locate there rather than anywhere else in Michigan. Now that is no longer the case. But there was a time when many locations in Michigan could not attract businesses to their areas because they could not offer all that Detroit had to offer. So now these places that lost business to Detroit are going to be forced to help out Detroit. From the Detroit Free Press: “Gov. Rick Snyder ‘looking forward’ to bill signing Friday to Read more […]

Is Puerto Rico the Next Detroit?

I have been waiting for Illinois to be the first state to be forced into bankruptcy, and it may still win that race. But, while watching cities race toward bankruptcy, I had forgotten that there are other entities that are larger than counties but not the same as states—U.S. Territories. From the New York Times Dealbook blog: Puerto Rico’s fiscal agent has hired another well-known restructuring law firm, raising the specter that the financially troubled island is preparing to revamp its finances. The Read more […]

San Jose’s Leech Class: A Picture Of The Nation

Some day Americans (or whatever the people living on this part of the continent are called at that point) are going to understand that the standard of living and the prosperity Americans attributed to the free market in the Post-War era of the second half of the twentieth century was mostly the results of massive debts. It is almost like a science fiction movie. Our leaders figured out a way to take the wealth of the future and bring it to their present to spend. And now that the future is getting Read more […]

New Detroit Police Chief Gets It Right: Widespread Legal Gun Ownership Deters Crime

It is really refreshing that the Detroit Police Chief, James Craig, is on the side of the people. He explained it took some learning. From the Detroit News: “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in Read more […]