Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, CommonSense.
Common Sense lived a long life, but died in the United States from heart failure early in the new millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were lost long ago in bureaucratic red tape.
He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, and factories, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense.
He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn't always fair.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids), and it's okay to come in second.
A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language, and "new math."
But his health declined when he became infected with the "If-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus.
In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of well intentioned but overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers.
His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero tolerance policies. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parent when a female student was pregnant or wanted an abortion.
Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from the Boy Scouts to professional sports.
When an individual, too stupid to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, was awarded a huge settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel. As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding questionable regulations such as those for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, stepladders and auto emissions.
Common Sense finally succumbed when, while the United States was fighting a war on terrorism, a federal judge declared the Pledge of Allegiance to be unconstitutional.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepsiblings: My Rights, and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
A recent poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly believe illegal immigration is a "serious problem" (85%), want current levels of legal immigration reduced (76%), want state and local police to help federal authorities enforce immigration law (88%), and want document verification for opening a bank account (75%).
Last Saturday, I was driving westbound on Michigan Ave. at Oakwood when I saw a woman walking in the street. I thought she was "off" until I discovered the cause: the entire sidewalk was blocked off in front of the soon-to-be Chili Bar. This lady had to endanger her own life just to pass the place. I noticed that the other businesses on Michigan Ave. whose facades are undergoing renovation don't have their sidewalks entirely blocked off. I wonder why this business did? Could it be because it's owned by a high-profile celebrity?
Has Disney Corporations CEO Michael Eisner been taking advice from Goofy?
Seems he plans to have Disney fund an anti-President Bush movie by wacky Michigander Michael Moore. Now wacky Mike has the right to make any movie he cares to, but I would think that family-oriented Disney would choose not to fund it. Maybe it's the Dizzy Corporation and not Disney.
By the way, did you know that our own WJR Radio here in Detroit is owned by Disney?
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Watching the New York Times get its comeuppance hasbeen nothing but pleasure for me. As a media teacher,I saw the once great New York paper fall over the past 15 years to nothing but a propaganda shill for the Liberal left and the Democratic party.
And by the way, there is a lot more "dirt" at the NewYork Times than just the African American reporterBlair. Just you wait!
MFT functionary (and lead negotiator for the Dearborn Federation of Teachers) John Schlosser had the following to say after initial talks: "Your Board is one of the most Draconian that I have come across. They are not willing to speak in terms of how much you're going to get, but how much we're going to take away. They are set to get into health care big time... They are not talking about improving your life in the work place-nor even keeping it the same-they are talking about major changes... I will bet we will not come to a swift end of this process. We will be in this for awhile. We better be set to be in this for the long run."
Yet another New York Times reporter is in hot water for fudging his work. Rich Braggs, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is another protege of New York Times editor Howell Rains- You remember Rains. He is the politically correct editor who "helped" Jason Blair, the New York Times reporter who recently got caught fabricating stories. Remember I told you last week that more dirt would come up.
Attorney Roger E. Craig, the pride of the Class of 1951 at good old Fordson High School is now on his second career as a major fiction writer. His third book has just come out and it's a real thriller entitled E.R.G Unit of Power. It's the story of an elite secret military unit that is at the disposal of the President of the United States without the consent of Congress. You can check it out at Amazon Books. Not bad for a kid from East Dearborn.