It hasn't been more than a couple of days since I last said it but I'm finding the need to say it again.... GOD DAMN IT AMERICA! Yes, that's right. I'm doing a February edition of this segment because I really have to say it again! GOD DAMN IT AMERICA!
Detroit is a pretty shitty place. But I didn't think it was as bad as it really is. A place that it takes THREE police calls to get them to come down to find a dead body.
DETROIT - In an abandoned warehouse, the image was stark and shocking: two denim-clad, lifeless legs poking up through trash-choked ice.
Investigators who took three emergency calls over two days before finally going out to retrieve the body will now try to figure out what killed the man, but this much is clear — it's become another symbol of Detroit's decay and indifference.
"Most of us grew up with this," said Mike Corbin, 34, pointing toward the old warehouse and brooding, dilapidated Michigan Central train depot nearby. "It's depressing. Chicago and New York have their own problems, but those are in certain areas. But in Detroit, it's the entire city."
Investigators are looking into reports that a group of urban adventurers who get their kicks exploring Detroit's crumbling buildings and at least one homeless man had seen the man's body, but didn't call police.
Detroit is a tough town, often described as gritty, hard-knuckled, a survivor. Its post-World War II population soared to more than 1.8 million. Many of the 900,000 people who now call it home lived through Detroit's days as the country's "murder capital" when more than 700 people were slain in 1974.
Then again, they are a little busy.
On the radio yesterday there was an interview with the journalist who called this in to the cops. He said he had to call 911 twice before they'd even show, and when he talked to the people who initially found the corpse they told him it had been there for over a month. The reporter wanted to see if he could get the corpse identified and maybe give this guy's family a bit of closure. So it had to be a lot of calls.
How apathetic can you be when you just let a dead body sit there for a month? I've done my fair share of urban exploration but these guys just give us a bad name. You don't steal from the location but you sure as hell report a dead stiff. Have some fucking respect.
Dead by cold is not something fun. And he isn't the only one dying of cold here. A 93 year old in Michigan dies after he can't pay his heat bill.
BAY CITY, Mich. -- Officials in Mid-Michigan said the 93-year-old man who owed more than $1,000 in unpaid electric bills froze to death inside his home -- where the municipal power company had restricted his use of electricity.Neighbors and friends of Schur want answers as to how this could happen.“Now that we do know it was hypothermia, there’s a whole bunch of feelings that I’ve got going through me,” said Jim Herndon, a neighbor of Schur’s. “There’s anger, for the city and the electrical company.”Bay City officials said changes are on the way in an attempt to not let another instance like this happen again.Forget health care.. Well, not forget it. He's a Vet, he could go down to the shitty V.A. but there's no reason why the electric company should be able to cut someone off during the winter. In most places the utility companies are not allowed to cut off service during the winter, no matter how far behind you are. I thought that was the case everywhere. Fucking makes me sick. God damn it America! This is cruel, and reading that his death was severely painful boils me over with rage.
Then we have this Google street view of Rapid City, South Dakota
Stay classy, America. Can someone tell me if this is offensive or not? I don't fucking know anymore.
I know we live in a Capitalistic society and all, but I'm a bit tired of all these Obama related crap being sold. I'm pretty glad that the White House lawyers are starting to go after people selling shit like this.
But it doesn't end there. Seems that you people have pretty much pissed off our first black president with all your over use of his image!
Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama’s popularity makes him a marketer’s dream. Now, the honeymoon may be over for those trying to profit from his appeal.I think he has a reason to be a little peeved by all this. If everyone started making a buck from my likeness and I wasn't getting a plum cent, I'd be pissed also. You people made dolls out of his kids.
White House lawyers want to control the use of the president’s image, recognizing the worldwide fascination about Obama’s election, First Amendment free-speech rights and easy access to videos and photos on the Web.
“Our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
He's the president of the free world, I'm sure he doesn't want dolls of his kids made that come with boobs! Come on, America. Get your shit together.