Friday, August 28, 2015

(Photos) Part two: Abandoned homes in Detroit's Grixdale Farms neighborhood

Once again we return to Detroit's sad Grixdale neighborhood on the city's East Side.

A mulberry tree has taken a liking to this Michigan bungalow on McDougall.

Not too long ago this brick beauty was one of the nicest residences in the neighborhood.

Grixdale Farms, according to Wikipedia, gets its name from the Grix family, who farmed in the area. It also describes the area as "a little known gem of a neighborhood." A gem? For urban explorers it is, yes. But not for anyone else.

Where's Waldo? Where's the house?

Several years ago the History Channel ran a series, Life After People. Just sayin'...

Over on East Davison near Conant--these stores are closed.

And this outlet is shuttered too.

With all of the vacant lots and abandoned buildings--why does Detroit even bother with zoning?

One the right of the Michigan bungalow is a cottage.

Over on Gallagher Street is a home we can walk into.

Yes, that's an automobile bumper on the left. Rubbish in this home was probably illegally dumped in this living room.

There is nowhere to go to the bathroom in this bathroom.

That's the basement. As this was the first abandoned Detroit home I walked into, I was a bit nervous when I snapped these photos.

One last look.

And finally, two Michigan bungalows.

Related post:

(Photos) Part one: Abandoned homes in Detroit's Grixdale Farms neighborhood

Killer of TV reporter and cameraman was a "professional victim"

What a creep...

From the Baltimore Sun:
The man who was news director during Vester Flanagan's rocky tenure at Virginia station WDBJ-TV described him as someone who constantly saw himself being victimized by others.

Dan Dennison described Flanagan, who shot and killed a reporter and a cameraman on live television Wednesday, as a "professional victim" during his time at the station before being fired in 2013.

"He was victimized by everything and everyone and could never quite grasp the fact that he was the common denominator in all of these really sometimes serious interpersonal conflicts that he had with people," Dennison said.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

(Video) Hillary compares GOP to terrorist groups

While defending his indefensible Iran nuclear deal three weeks ago, President Obama compared the GOP to Iranian whack-jobs who chant "Death to America."

Apparently such bizarre pairings are apparently a Democratic theme. This morning in Ohio Hillary Clinton picked up the deflated ball and spiked it.

"Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be president of the United States," said Clinton.

Democrats: This is your party.

(Video) Trump schools Univision's Ramos on immigration law

Univision's Jorge Ramos is as much of a journalist as MSNBC's Al Sharpton. Both networks are owned by NBC--which says a lot about that  organization.

After badgering Donald Trump at a Dubuqe, Iowa press conference two days ago--and not waiting his turn to ask a question, Ramos was escorted out by officials. But Trump let him back in--and the GOP frontrunner wiped the floor with him in what will go down as one of the most memorable political events of our time.

Here's the full video.

Detroit: $1 million US Customs center only being used to store equipment for politically connected catering firm

Detroit River last month
A top-of-the line $1 millions customs facility on the Detroit River sits unused.

From the Detroit News:
Two years after completion, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have never used the 4,000 square feet of offices, holding cells and labs built for the agency inside the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Public Dock and Terminal at Atwater and Bates.

The facility includes a floor designed so that Customs could process cruise ship passengers. The agency says the facility doesn't meet standards; port authority officials say they can't afford $170,000 computer and camera upgrades to make it suitable.

So the waterfront offices, next to the Renaissance Center, are crammed with chairs, linens, tables and signs owned by a catering company that hosts weddings and corporate events on the second floor of the building.
And what about those cruise ships?

One cruise ship has stopped once in Detroit in the past two years, though, and the terminal is used mostly by Continental Services and Catering, a Troy-based company with deep ties to the Democratic Party.
The events held at the facility aren't church-basement style budget affairs. Catered wedding receptions start at $18,500 at this taxpayer paid-for building. As you will see below--the customs cash sinkhole is only the tip of the cruise ship iceberg.

Related post:

$22 million in taxpayer funds flushed away on Detroit cruise ship lure

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tehran to host Occupy Wall Street art show

I'm sure our leftist president is smiling over this story about his pals in Tehran.

From Mehr News:
Abolfazl Aali Art Gallery in Tehran is going to host an 'Occupy Wall Street' poster exhibition on the eve of the 4th anniversary of the protest movement in New York.

The exhibition consists of 36 posters designed by foreign artists who are mostly from the United States. The posters will be showcased in Tehran on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the protest movement dubbed 'Occupy Wall Street' which was against social and economic inequality in the world.

Saeid Khavarinejad, a visual arts researcher in charge of organizing the poster gallery said the decision to hold such an exhibition was a result of one of his researches on the aesthetic aspects of the Occupy movement.
Occupy Wall Street was an extreme left group that has morphed into the disruptive Black Lives Matter group. OWS accomplished nothing.

Chiraq: Man murdered two blocks from Obama's home

It appears that the area around President Obama's Chicago mansion needs a community organizer.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
A man was shot to death in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood Tuesday evening, only about two blocks from President Barack Obama’s home.

Reginald Sanson, 25, was in a vehicle about 6 p.m. when another vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Two TV reporters murdered on air by disgruntled ex-employee

Early this morning in southern Viriginia two WDBJ-TV reporters, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot to death on the air by a disgruntled employee. The suspect is former reporter for the same station, Vester Lee Flanagan, who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams.

I'm watching Fox News' Happening Now and anchor Jon Scott is describing Flanagan's spotty work history--which is filled with lawsuits alleging racism. There are reports Flanagan has committed suicide.

Watch as WDBJ staff discuss the crime.

Wounded in the attack was a woman who was being interviewed  by Parker.

The creep killer has uploaded videos of the crime Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE 11:40am CDT: Apparently the killer survived his suicide attempt--but he's in critical condition.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cairo IL: Housing bureaucrats live well while residents suffer in "third world" conditions

Cairo levee
At the southern tip of Illinois is Cairo--a tiny version of Detroit.

But despite the abject poverty--some government bureaucrats are living well despite overseeing "third world" conditions.

From the Southern Illinoisan:
While some of the state's poorest residents and children have been living in public housing here described as "third world" and unfit for humans, some employees and management of the Alexander County Housing Authority have collectively taken home hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars via questionable payments, bonuses, consultant contracts, retirement incentives and legal settlements in addition to their regular pay, according to federal and agency documents obtained by The Southern Illinoisan.

While denying any wrongdoing, even the agency's former executive director who authorized much of the spending, and much of it for himself, admitted that part of the agency’s financial disaster can be attributed to salaries, benefits and incentives that were "too fat" over the years.

Meanwhile, those who are living in the housing authority’s developments, particularly the two in Cairo designated family developments and that predominantly house African-American adults that are not elderly and dozens of children, have just been barely hanging on as housing conditions deteriorate and violence escalates.

At one family housing development, McBride Place, residents -- at least 97 percent of whom are African-American -- describe serious problems with roaches, rats and, on occasion, bed bugs. They describe calls to the management office to register problems that are not followed through on, or cases where staff are rude when they ask for something as simple as rat poisoning. In a small playground area at the complex sits a rusty jungle gym and a swing-set frame without any swings. Weeds are growing through the cracks of sidewalks, orange concrete barriers are placed at random locations in the parking lot, and low-voltage wiring, presumably for cable and Internet, is strung haphazardly across the exterior of the building.
When he was a candidate for the US Senate in 2004, Barack Obama made a campaign appearance in Cairo--which he recounted in his book The Audacity of Hope. Clearly Obama has forgotten about the people of Cairo.

My 2008 Cairo entries:

Exclusive from Doug Ross: RNC Trump-Cruz Advisory System

Courtesy of Doug Ross' long suffering intern, Biff Spackle--we have a Republican National Committe color coded warning system in regards to the insurgent campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz