Category Archives: Politics

Flint’s man-made water crisis: where are the watchdogs?

By Joel Thurtell What a disaster the Flint water crisis has become. There was no need for tens of thousands of people to lose their publicly-provided source of clean drinking and bathing water. But government stupidity, folly, dishonesty made it … Continue reading

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Props 1-6: How I voted

By Joel Thurtell No on Prop. 1 — emergency municipal managers. Michigan has had an emergency financial manager law since 1990 that has returned many local governments to solvency. The constitutional amendment would give managers power to tear up municipal … Continue reading

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Hey, Donald — you are full of what?

By Joel Thurtell Thank God this is not a family newspaper. I can report exactly what Chrysler vice president Ralph Gilles tweeted about Donald Trump. Without resorting to #$&%! Full of shit. That’s what Gilles said. According to the Detroit … Continue reading

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All in the family: Sarah Palin

By Joel Thurtell As soon as John McCain announced Sarah Palin was his running mate in 2008, my sister-in-law, Anne Potter of Dayton, Ohio, started hearing from people who thought she was the spittin’ image of the wannabe VP. So … Continue reading

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Guts on the floor

eviscerate vb 1. (tr) to remove the internal organs of; disembowel 2. (tr) to deprive of meaning or significance 3. (Medicine / Surgery) (tr) Surgery to remove the contents of (the eyeball or other organ) 4. (Medicine / Surgery) (intr) … Continue reading

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‘What Nancy Pelosi knows’

By Joel Thurtell Mitt Romney wants to know ‘what Nancy Pelosi knows’ about ethics violations by Newt Gingirch when he was Speaker of the House. I’d settle for knowing what Nancy knows about her fellow Democrat, John “The Con” Conyers. … Continue reading

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Why Republicans suck

By Joel Thurtell Aren’t there some nice Republicans? Are they all jerks? Have you ever seen a group of people more bent on helping themselves and screwing everyone else? This whole brou-ha-ha about Mitt Romney not releasing his tax returns … Continue reading

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A “progressive” tax

By Rich Sob JOTR Fat Cat I don’t make any excuse. I’ve got lots of money. More than I could possibly spend. And I want more. But know what I REALLY want? Two things: no more class war, and a … Continue reading

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‘Privacy’ for snitches

A clerical error appears to have allowed Mr. Withers’s identity to be divulged: In most cases in the reports, references to Mr. Withers and his informant number, ME 338-R, have been blacked out. But in several locations, the F.B.I. appears … Continue reading

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Turning rain into smoke

By Joel Thurtell Mostly, I let people post comments on JOTR without adding my two cents. Now and then, though, a comment will contain some quality that seems to cry out for my reaction. It may be very interesting, very … Continue reading

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