Quotes of the day

posted at 8:11 pm on July 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr defended their plan for the beleaguered city’s bankruptcy Friday, reiterating their opposition to a state or federal bailout and resisting pressure to meet bondholders’ demands.

Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, reiterated that general-obligation bondholders will get no new deal, adding that taxes are already at the state limit and won’t grow. …

“The state nor the federal government should just simply write checks to take care of liabilities,” said Mr. Snyder. “I haven’t asked and I don’t intend to ask.”

Mr. Snyder said the plan is intended to prioritize improving basic services in Detroit, where functions like ambulance services and police responses have become slow. Mr. Orr agreed and said he is focused on fixing Detroit, not on the implications the restructuring could have on the broader municipal-bond market.

Hope is not a plan,” said Mr. Orr about making hard choices for Detroit’s future.

***

Detroit’s City Council has come under fire for spending time this week writing, voting and passing a resolution supporting a federal investigation into George Zimmerman instead of focusing on its own financial blunders and ballooning crime rate. …

The unanimous vote by the members of the Detroit council on a crime that took place six states and hundreds of miles away came just two days after the Motor City’s latest gun-related death – its 176th homicide of the year.

Tuesday’s resolution called for a federal investigation to see whether civil rights charges are warranted against Zimmerman.

The measure, sponsored by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, jump-started a discussion in Detroit over what some called the city’s lack of leadership and the need for city officials to first patch up problems in their own backyard.

***

Detroit’s financial crisis hasn’t derailed the city’s plans to spend more than $400 million in Michigan taxpayer funds on a new hockey arena for the Red Wings.

Advocates of the arena say it’s the kind of economic development needed to attract both people and private investment dollars into downtown Detroit. It’s an argument that has convinced Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager he appointed to oversee the city’s finances, to stick with the plan. Orr said Detroit’s bankruptcy filing won’t halt the arena plans.

“I know there’s a lot of emotional concern about should we be spending the money,” said Orr. “But frankly that’s part of the economic development. We need jobs. If it is as productive as it’s supposed to be, that’s going to be a boon to the city.”

***

Free markets and limited government are to blame for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. That is the new meme to explain Detroit’s plight.

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm blames “free trade” for the decline of Detroit’s auto industry and thus the city itself.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggests that “for the most part the city was just an innocent victim of market forces.” …

In many ways, Detroit is a model of tax-and-spend liberalism. The city’s per-capita tax burden is the highest in Michigan. Detroit has the country’s highest property taxes on homes, the top commercial property tax and the second-highest industrial property tax.

***

Bankruptcy, which will radically cut payments to bondholders and retirees, is the only chance to start over. Yet, if a Detroit bankruptcy succeeds, other cities will be tempted to follow suit. Dozens of other large urban areas have similarly massive pension and debt obligations, with commensurately denuded services and exorbitant taxes — leading to a vicious cycle of depopulation that makes everything worse. Detroit has lost more than 60 percent of its population since 1950.

The moral hazard increases if the federal government steps in to help. The Obama administration is therefore firmly opposed to any “bailout,” recognizing both the political toxicity of the word and the fiscal consequences of a Detroit precedent that invites other cities to line up with a tin cup. Washington cannot afford a nationwide federal bailout of insolvent cities.

However, under pressure from the public-sector unions, whose retirees will necessarily be victimized, the administration will likely offer “assistance” — which implies whatever kind of non-cash payments, indirect funds from other ongoing federal programs and enterprise-zone tax subsidies that it can get away with.

***

So Detroit files for bankruptcy. What does this mean? Pay close attention because it may be coming to you soon, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia. In 2011, Moody’s calculated the unfunded liabilities for Illinois’s three largest state-run pension plans to be $133 billion. (It is expected to be even larger this year.) That’s the size of six Detroit bankruptcies — give or take a few hundred million.

Of Detroit’s debt of at least $18 billion, about $7 billion is secured by collateral like casino revenues and utility taxes. That means creditors — read: big banks — will get paid. Of the remaining $11 billion dollars or so in unsecured debt, about $9 billion is owed to retirees and current municipal workers, people like firefighters and police officers. These debts come in the form of promised pension checks and health care benefits, all backed by a false, unsecured promise. These are the people who are likely to lose out.

***

At night, Stockton, Calif., becomes a ghost town. Streets lined with boarded-up buildings and rubbish-strewn parks are mostly empty except for drug dealers and their customers, says Dave Macedo, president of the local firefighters’ union. Even in daylight, shootings break out with regularity, and the city of 300,000 was ranked the 10th most dangerous in the country in 2012. “It’s the wild, wild West out there,” says Macedo. Or rather, the wild, bankrupt West. …

Like California, Michigan’s constitution prohibits changes to pension benefits, which creates complex legal conflicts. On Thursday, just 20 minutes after Detroit filed for bankruptcy, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina found the Chapter 9 filing to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated pension protections included in a state-constitution amendment. That ruling, along with other lawsuits seeking to stop the bankruptcy, was halted by a Michigan Court of Appeals on Tuesday in response to a motion filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette. And on Wednesday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy also froze all state-court lawsuits against the city. But the battle of state constitution vs. federal law still looms.

***

When Greece ran into financial trouble three years ago, the problem soon spread. Many observers were mystified. How could such a little country set off a continental crisis? The Greeks were stereotyped as a nation of tax-dodgers who had been living high on borrowed money for years. The Portuguese, Italians and Spanish insisted that their finances were fundamentally sound. The Germans wondered what it had to do with them at all. But the contagion was powerful, and Europe’s economy has yet to recover.

America seems in a similar state of denial about Detroit filing for bankruptcy. Many people think Motown is such an exceptional case that it holds few lessons for other places. What was once the country’s fourth-most-populous city grew rich thanks largely to a single industry. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler once made nearly all the cars sold in America; now, thanks to competition from foreign brands built in non-union states, they sell less than half. Detroit’s population has fallen by 60% since 1950. The murder rate is 11 times the national average. The previous mayor is in prison. Shrubs, weeds and raccoons have reclaimed empty neighbourhoods. The debts racked up when Detroit was big and rich are unpayable now that it is smaller and poor.

***

The federal government has habitually promised benefits without making adequate provision to honor them. Social Security already pays more in benefits than the payroll tax brings in, and its trustees say its finances will only worsen. Privately, President Obama conceded what researchers at the left-leaning Urban Institute reported: that for every dollar Americans pay into Medicare, they will ultimately receive about $3 in benefits. Obamacare commits us to trillions in additional future spending.

Washington gets away with this because the U.S. Dollar is still the world’s reserve currency and we own the printing press. How long can that last?

The first step in solving any problem is acknowledging you have one, and then accurately defining it. Only then can you start looking for real solutions.


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Evening All! Cherry!

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Been a long day by the looks of it Erika.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Detroit….

…here we come!

PappyD61 on July 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

0′s Detroit

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

0′s Housing.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

0′s Healthcare.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Where’s Allahpundit? Did he go on the cruise?

gh on July 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Maybe Paul Ryan could move his Amnesty illegals here….

The GOP wouldn’t need the Tea Party to sign off on this right Paul?

PappyD61 on July 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

0′s Infrastructure.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

“Detroit City”

predator on July 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

0′s Green Autos.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM

0′s Bio Fuels

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

0′s Wind.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Nice work … you seem to have done a lot of it.

gh on July 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

0′s Coal.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

0′s Employment.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

predator!!!

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

gh on July 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Thank you. I think its important to brand him. Create the imagery of it being his.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

“Hope is not a plan,” said Mr. Orr about making hard choices for Detroit’s future.
===================

And neither is……Deception/Perception/DisTraction

MILLER: Obama’s doomed attempt to save his legacy
The White House adopts a strategy of deception by distraction
Fri July 26 2013
****************

(Exerpts,More…)

The president takes almost as little responsibility for his own actions as Anthony D. Weiner, the disgraced sexting addict and former congressman running for New York City mayor.

“With this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop,” the president said in a 64-minute speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. “Our focus has to be on the basic economic issues that matter most to you, the people we represent.”

The president’s “endless parade of distractions” would also include exposing the National Security Agency’s secret Prism program that has been spying on innocent Americans’ Internet searches, phone calls and emails.
=================================

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/26/obamas-doomed-attempt-to-save-his-legacy/

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr defended their plan for the beleaguered city’s bankruptcy Friday, reiterating their opposition to a state or federal bailout and resisting pressure to meet bondholders’ demands.

Here’s the thing that gets me.

And I speak as somebody who was a MI taxpayer for five of the last ten years.

Why do Snyder and Orr have to defend what is only common sense?

The outrage is all union driven as it was when the thugs showed up to attack MI becoming a right-to-work state.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Detroit should create its own fiat currency — hey, at least its not $200+ trillion in debt yet — perhaps with a picture of Obama The Destroyer gracing it …

ShainS on July 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Give Detroit to Canada and cut our losses…

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

predator!!!

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Hey, Bmore! Looks like you’ve been zeroing in on “Mr. 0″ himself.

Good stuff, podnah!

predator on July 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

If I were of a bent to consider bailing Detroit out, that notion would have been instantly dispelled by their worrying about George Zimmerman instead of the condition of the city. Then again, those in power are partly responsible for it, having perpetuated a situation that was foreseen at least ten years ago.

I wonder how many members of the city council actually live in Detroit instead of one of its suburbs.

Liam on July 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

OC- it does kinda stick
/protrude North like a sore thumb, huh?

wolly4321 on July 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Suppertime! Thankfully not the kind these fine folks enjoy.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Marco Rubio: “Let’s show the world how “likable” RINOS are by declaring Amnesty on all Motor City debt. We can accomplish this through ‘CAT’-a ‘Cracka Amnesty Tax’in all southern states. In this way we can alleviate northern white liberal guilt over 150-year-old slavery by imposing a tax which burdens mainly white conservatives.”

MaiDee on July 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Where’s Allahpundit? Did he go on the cruise?

gh on July 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

If he did, shame on Ed for not plugging that. That cruise would’ve sold out in 24 hours.

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Suppertime! Thankfully not the kind these fine folks enjoy.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

That is every kind of wrong!

But funny as hell!

Liam on July 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

“Hope is not a plan.”

The past five years in five words.

29Victor on July 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Bishop!!!!!!!!!!!!

KCB on July 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Marco Rubio: “Let’s show the world how “likable” RINOS are by declaring Amnesty on all Motor City debt. We can accomplish this through ‘CAT’-a ‘Cracka Amnesty Tax’in all southern states. In this way we can alleviate northern white liberal guilt over 150-year-old slavery by imposing a tax which burdens mainly white conservatives.”

MaiDee on July 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

They would be that open about it if they could. They intend to get their ‘reparations’ one way or other, to the end of time.

Liam on July 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Tuscon has an all D city council, too. If we’re bot on that list of 19 cities, it needs to be a list of 20.

Unfunded pensions and liberal projects and cutouts.

wolly4321 on July 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

0′s Wind.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Bmore:Cool Linkys,..you are OWonderful——————:O

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Detroit went bankrupt because it finally ran out of other people’s money.

And then it ran out of other people.

Socratease on July 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

How the hell is anyone still making an argument that a new hockey arena for the Red Wings will be an economic boon for Detroit. I was in Detroit in 2009 for the Final Four. They’ve ALREADY built new stadiums for the Tigers AND the Lions smack in the middle of the downtown area. And its still a complete PIT. But now a hockey arena will do the trick ?

Nothing like proving the definition of insanity.

deadrody on July 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Labour Pains! Joke Pregnancy Prank Sends Men Running For Cover After Baby Pops Out And Runs After Them!

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

That would freak anyone out. :)

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

‘Sharknado’ set to storm theaters in August

And thanks to the evident fandom for “Sharknado,” there’s now also a sequel on the way, this time set in New York.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Where’s Allahpundit? Did he go on the cruise?

If he did, shame on Ed for not plugging that. That cruise would’ve sold out in 24 hours.

Would he have to wear a mask?

Socratease on July 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The federal government has habitually promised benefits without making adequate provision to honor them. Social Security already pays more in benefits than the payroll tax brings in, and its trustees say its finances will only worsen. Privately, President Obama conceded what researchers at the left-leaning Urban Institute reported: that for every dollar Americans pay into Medicare, they will ultimately receive about $3 in benefits. Obamacare commits us to trillions in additional future spending.

Beginning on 01.01.10 and extending through the end of 2020, 10,000 Americans will become eligible for Social Security (and Medicare, for that matter) every single day.

According to the CBO, baseline SS expenditures are projected to be:

$11 trillion over the next decade.

$20 trillion over the decade after that.

$34 trillion over the third decade.

For a grand total of $65 trillion on Social Security payments alone.

Medicare and Medicaid are even worse and throw Obamacare on top of that! What most people do not realise is that, if we were paying the same interest rate on the national debt that we were during the Clinton Era, debt service alone would eat up every dollar of tax revenue.

Sen Dems: Sure, We’re Open To Reforming The 73,954-Page Tax Code…In Exchange For $1 Trillion In New Taxes

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Bmore.. Thread leader extraordinaire!

bernzright777 on July 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

If he did, shame on Ed for not plugging that. That cruise would’ve sold out in 24 hours.

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I would have forgone prostitutes and liquor in order to save for a ticket.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Where’s Allahpundit? Did he go on the cruise?

gh on July 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

gh:

AllahP is probably building a “Safe Room”,in case his “Kittehs”
go’s on a Murder Spree!!!(Sarc)
================================

Gang of feral cats attacks woman and her dog in France, forcing both to seek medical treatment – @NBCNews

38 mins ago from http://www.nbcnews.com by editor
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http://www.nbcnews.com/science/purrfect-crime-gang-feral-cats-attacks-woman-her-dog-6C10765319

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Remember When Obama Said Detroit Was Coming Back?

But Obama’s 2011 speech described a Detroit that can only be described as a myth wrapped in a wish inside a dream.

“This is a city that’s been to heck and back,” Obama said. “And while there are still a lot of challenges here, I see a city that’s coming back.”

Obama referenced “tough choices” made to bail out GM and Fiat-Chrysler and also hailed the birth of a new wave of high-tech employment.

“We said American workers could manufacture the best products in the world. So we invested in high-tech manufacturing and we invested in clean energy,” he said. “And right now, there’s an advanced-battery industry taking root here in Michigan that barely existed before.”

The biggest factory in this supposed new trend, Massachusetts-based A123 Systems, had plans to employ 5,900 workers nationwide to build lithium-ion batteries. In Detroit, A123 Systems never employed more than 1,000. The Energy Department awarded A123 Systems a $249 million grant to boost production. It filed forbankruptcy in 2012 and was still receiving DOE largesse. A judge approved the bankruptcy in 2013.

In other words, the Detroit-area advanced-battery industry Obama said “barely existed before” his 2011 speech now … barely exists.

Obama also saluted the White House decision to make Detroit one of its six pilot cities in the “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” program.

“We’re teaming up with everybody—mayors, local officials, you name it—boosting economic development, rebuilding your communities the best way,” Obama said. “This is a city where the great American industry has come back to life and the industries of tomorrow are taking root.”

The biggest accomplishment of this program in Detroit is the demolition of a public housing project. There are also hopes, diminished by the bankruptcy proceedings, of building a $100 million light-rail line. Other “accomplishments” include a “text my bus” system “to provide more reliable information on transportation schedules”—this in a city that has lost half its bus service since 2005 and where budget cuts have eliminated overnight service. The “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” program also envisions the possible development of a regional transportation authority for Detroit.

With public housing being demolished, a text system for late or nonexistent bus service, and a federally funded lithium-ion battery factory that never met its hyped employment plans and then fell into bankruptcy, does any of this sound like, as Obama said, the foundations of a “city where people, brave and bold, courageous and clever, are dreaming up ways to prove the skeptics wrong and write the next proud chapter in our history”?

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Kill them damned cats, and I am a cat lover…

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Labour Pains! Joke Pregnancy Prank Sends Men Running For Cover After Baby Pops Out And Runs After Them!

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

That would freak anyone out. :)

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Yep, especially in Egypt.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Labour Pains! Joke Pregnancy Prank Sends Men Running For Cover After Baby Pops Out And Runs After Them!

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Resist We Much:

I wonder if the Doctor would also be running down the street,to ahem,
finish off the abor….,er,the Dirty Deed!:)
(snark)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Every time my heart mourns for Detroit (grew up in MI) I hear this, so I guess I’m actually contributing to the QOTD spinfest … LOL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu-gKijKA9Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

pambi on July 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

OK, tell me whom you first thought was in the photo next to Obama on Drudge.

Me: It wasn’t Putin.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Kill them damned cats, and I am a cat lover…

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

OmahaConservative:Haha,yup,we have three cats as well,

and I’m looking for a cheap Haz-Mat Suit,the Kitteh
box can get awfully dirty!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I’ve recently started to wonder if our inner cities shouldn’t officially be converted into concentration camps for those who choose to go on public assistance.

Count to 10 on July 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Would he have to wear a mask?

Socratease on July 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Hmmm. Probably.

I would have forgone prostitutes and liquor in order to save for a ticket.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Impressive!

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Suppertime! Thankfully not the kind these fine folks enjoy.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Bmore:You is Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad,haha:O

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

and I’m looking for a cheap Haz-Mat Suit,the Kitteh
box can get awfully dirty!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I just let my cousin do the scoopin’
I don’t go into that room…

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

If he did, shame on Ed for not plugging that. That cruise would’ve sold out in 24 hours.

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

My thinking exactly. So I assume not.

gh on July 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/purrfect-crime-gang-feral-cats-attacks-woman-her-dog-6C10765319

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

That’s one for my wife … she loves teh kittez … thought she likes dawgs too.

gh on July 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I would have forgone prostitutes and liquor in order to save for a ticket.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Impressive!

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Seriously. Have you ever seen a man willing to sacrifice so much for another man?

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a cat-loving man lay off laying down with hookers while drunk for a fellow cat-loving man.’

lol

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

<blockquote>Suppertime! Thankfully not the kind these fine folks enjoy.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Can tell you are from the south.
I have been razzed about that phrase many times.

Barred on July 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I just let my cousin do the scoopin’
I don’t go into that room…

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

OmahaConservative:I Do Not Blame You!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

lol

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Axe loves cats too? It must be true, huh?

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Any of you H/A Peeps,heading for the Sodom/Gomorah,er,
SF Bridge?
==========

AP/ July 26, 2013, 8:57 PM
Suspicious device leads to SF Bay Bridge closure
************************************************

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57595784/suspicious-device-leads-to-sf-bay-bridge-closure/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Axe loves cats too? It must be true, huh?

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Axe luvs him sum pu$$y.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

That was a weird page … if you keep scrolling the link changes to this story about the super ‘hero’ shrew, which is also pretty cool.

gh on July 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a cat-loving man lay off laying down with hookers while drunk for a fellow cat-loving man.’

lol

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Resist We Much:Lol,Word MeisterExtraordinaire!—–:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Axe luvs him sum pu$$y.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

I see, means something else since you’re British. :)

Maybe AP’s cats are on the cruise, and he isn’t.

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Detroit’s City Council has come under fire for spending time this week writing, voting and passing a resolution supporting a federal investigation into George Zimmerman instead of focusing on its own financial blunders and ballooning crime rate. …

Like alcoholics, first you have to admit you have a problem. The people of Detroit aren’t there yet, so building a new stadium for the Red Wings, and other such projects is just throwing money away. The problem is still there. After bankruptcy, they will still have tons of city employees, high pensions, high property tax, failed public education and rampant crime.

Dongemaharu on July 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

That was a weird page … if you keep scrolling the link changes to this story about the super ‘hero’ shrew, which is also pretty cool.

gh on July 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

gh: Taming of the Shrew,Lol:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I see, means something else since you’re British. :)

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I’d say ‘muffin,’ but it doesn’t fit in with the feline theme. lol

Maybe AP’s cats are on the cruise, and he isn’t.

If true, AP’s absence is due to Acute Feline Separation Syndrome and he is currently being treated in an undisclosed mental facility.

Resist We Much:Lol,Word MeisterExtraordinaire!—–:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Somehow, I think someone is going to disagree with you on that as far as the cats are concerned. Snicker.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Impressive!

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Well It is AP. :)

Axe luvs him sum pu$$y.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

See? She knows me pretty well. :)

Hey, have you read your mail? Would you PLEASE check that last? So I can relax?

Wait — NVM. I have beer. I forgot. I never have beer. I can relax anyway. –Carry on.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

bbl

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Axe luvs him sum pu$$y.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Who doesn’t?

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I see, means something else since you’re British. :)

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Try: fanny.

gh on July 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Resist We Much:Lol,Word MeisterExtraordinaire!—–:)

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Somehow, I think someone is going to disagree with you on that as far as the cats are concerned. Snicker.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Resist We Much:D*mmitt:O

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Move over Pussy’s,

Set Your Bird Free!
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Turkey frees bird accused of spying for Israel

July 27, 2013 – Updated 539 PKT
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http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-111204-Turkey-frees-bird-accused-of-spying-for-Israel

canopfor on July 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Those are some dangerous thoughts you have there, Erika.

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Liberalism destroys everything… Liberalism combined with parasitic population destroys everything very badly…

mnjg on July 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Axe luvs him sum pu$$y.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Who doesn’t?

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Well, there’s a certain racist troll we all know who comes first to mind.

Liam on July 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Those are some dangerous thoughts you have there, Erika.

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Yep. Time to contact Attack Watch

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM

If Allah tweeted his junk, would anyone hear?

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

HA!

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Axe luvs him sum pu$$y.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Who doesn’t?

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Me. lol

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Erika, HT on the QOTD. Nicely done.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Well, there’s a certain racist troll we all know who comes first to mind.

Liam on July 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

LFoD is a twisted ;;;

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Hey, have you read your mail? Would you PLEASE check that last? So I can relax?

Wait — NVM. I have beer. I forgot. I never have beer. I can relax anyway. –Carry on.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I will, but I thought that you said last night that you don’t like beer???

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Beer is fascist

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Give Detroit to Canada and cut our losses…

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

…I will have to quit saying “Watz-UP?”….and start saying “Hey?”

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

If you haven’t seen…

Pic of the Day: King Long Dong Silver Rides Again!

Riot.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I will, but I thought that you said last night that you don’t like beer???

Resist We Much on July 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

*sip*

That would be a ridiculous thing to say. I don’t remember saying it.

I must have been drunk.

– Although, truthfully, I don’t really like beer. Which fact I shouldn’t mention, since it only adds confusion to a a situation already wide-eyed and running down the street whooping about alien S.asquatch attacks.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

LFoD is a twisted ;;;

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I didn’t see him all week. It was a good week. :)

22044 on July 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Kool, this Detroit thing, it won’t affect the bridge will it?

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

The unanimous vote by the members of the Detroit council on a crime that took place six states and hundreds of miles away came just two days after the Motor City’s latest gun-related death – its 176th homicide of the year.

That’s not what the jury said.

VorDaj on July 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Yes, beer us fascist. That’s why I kill every one I see.

~~~~

Pu$$y lawyer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tVzCGrzFS0&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

;)

wolly4321 on July 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Remember when QOTD was less folksy and rougher, back when Knucklehead, HornetSting, Esthier, jianxidad and others were here?

OmahaConservative on July 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Detroit goes bankrupt declares Chapter 9

^ LOL — Must see Taiwan News TV! Courtesy @zacharyt515

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Ha! I owe that troll dinner. Never showed on that Zimmerman junior thread.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

*is*

My thumb is drunk.

wolly4321 on July 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I see the rabble rousers are all here this evening!! ;D

Howdy folks!

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

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