So, Detroit.

A dirty place.  Why ever would you want to go there?

detroithighBecause, it was the center of industry for a long time.  And suffers from that legacy to this day.

But it remains a place to visit.

My parents live there, and that is a good reason to go.  In a suburb of Detroit, at least.  That counts, as you have to transition through Detroit Metro Airport.  You are inclined to get in, and get out.  I understand.  But if you go, there are a lot of places in “metro Detroit” that you must visit.

heroes-of-the-sky-henry-ford-museum-dearborn-mi-photographartist-nicholas-grunasTechnically in Dearborn, but still a draw.  Henry Ford Museum.  I cannot say enough.  A late summer walking tour on the grounds is worth taking the family.  And the museum is awesome.  Everything A to Z and a definite entry on your to-do list.  ARL_Tunnel

You cannot get to Boblo island anymore.  But you can hit the Detroit Zoo.  They have a big exhibit on polar bears.

I remember my work there, in the Penobscot building.  Following my sis in the publishing biz.  I did not work there long.  Went to law school.  For that that’s worth.  But that work was wonderful.  And that company was as well.  Many buildings downtown are absolutely awesome.  Lots of good architecture.

PenobscotI remember taking breaks and exploring many off-limits areas of this old gem.

Detroit-Institute-of-the-Arts-New-York-TimesThen there’s the DIA:

As well, I have wandered downtown many post Tiger games – downtown – and its fine.  Very safe.  Well, so long as you have your wits about you.

I went to a few Tigers games at the old park, before it was demolished.  Which, incidentally, is how I ended up on law school.  Another story for another day….. .  And the new park is magnificent.

…not the new. This is the old.

I have taken a wrong turns out there in Detroit.  Once, during an ice-storm, I thought I would take 8 mile home.  That did not go well.  In my 1988 Escort.  Yeah, that, you don’t want to do.  My sister got in an accident many years ago along I-94 and literally had droves of people scaring the crap out of her after that accident, gawking.  That could happen in any big city.

Downtown they have these two establishments.  I have been to both.  They have competed for many years… .

coneyisland01Then there was Greektown.

Detroit-Greektown-at-NightWe did Greektown before that casino, but still a destination.

The Packard Plant ruins, those were hours upon hours of fun and adventure….. .

30detroit.2-650Detroit was many things, yes, long ago.  Its been the focus of a renaissance lately though.  You still have to be on your feet.  That’s the problem:  tourists don’t want to be on their feet as they traipse though vacation dollars.  But its still a great place to go.

And then there’s fishing, hiking, camping, any number of cool hangouts in the suburbs you could find, etc.  You don’t know if you don’t go.  And if you don’t like Detroit, well, go to Windsor.

Go wings.

A Shariah-approved nuclear attack

8_182015_b1-wool-emp-graphic8201_c0-0-2933-1710_s561x327Iranian article on nuclear EMP attack, “Electronics To Determine Fate Of Future Wars” (1998), concludes hopefully (from the Iranian author’s perspective):

“If the world’s industrial countries fail to devise effective ways to defend themselves against dangerous electronic assaults, then they will disintegrate within a few years … . American soldiers would not be able to find food to eat nor would they be able to fire a single shot.

Related, and relevant:

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

qmeme_1429291221766_725-766707(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,

(Emails are documents.)

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(Note well, gross negligence is not specific intent.  Its just negligence.)
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
(I think keeping your private server in some bathroom closet and wiping it clean then….um, that’s removal and destruction… . )
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
She should not be running for office, she should be running from the law!

What Your Reaction to My NRA Sticker Says About You


No original thoughts here lately.  Work.

How does it feel to know that the father, the husband, the son, the friend, the writer in the car behind you is afraid of what you might do because of that NRA decal displayed in the rear window of your car?

Answer – I don’t care.

Not a big fan of the NRA, for a couple of reasons, but they are THE 2a lobby, so that’s a good thing.   I do have an NRA sticker, and used to pay my yearly dues, every year.  I did have a co-worker exclaim with shock once “You’re a member of the NRA?!”  Like it was some bad thing….?

But yeah, some just don’t get it.

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