Loving your oppressor. With chalk.

It’s the liberal way:


Screenshot of sidebar articles from MLive this morning

The order in which those articles were published on MLive was:

#HonkForHappiness. #NoHate. “Have fun, pizza rules.”

On Friday, April 1, Ann Arbor Open students, chalk in hand, spread messages of love, peace and unity—and pizza—on the sidewalks outside of their school, 920 Miller Ave.

The words and peace signs are in response to a chalking on the University of Michigan Diag Wednesday, March 30. Someone had written #StopIslam and Trump 2016, causing a response from university officials and backlash on social media.

“This is an opportunity to spread love and peace, even with small actions like this,” said Open Principal Meg Fenech. “We can combat hate. Even a kindergartner speaking your thoughts of unity and togetherness, that’s important.”

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More liberal incoherence: open carrying and men in the women’s locker room edition.

Liberal moonbats are generally incoherent in what they say are appropriate responses to any given situation.

In this first story, a woman named Yvette Cormier complained to Planet Fitness’s corporate headquarters about a man dressed as a woman who refers to himself as a “transwoman” using the women’s locker room at a Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan. When PF’s corporate headquarters told her this was allowed, Miss Cormier waged a gossip campaign against the man dressed as a woman, complaining to other women when he was present.

In the comments on the MLive story, liberals galore criticize this woman’s response. Fine, no problem. Though I don’t agree with men dressed as women being allowed to use the women’s locker room, neither do I think Miss Cormier should have responded the way she did, by being catty and gossipy and publicly humiliating the man, something he was doing pretty well all by himself. The correct response would have been to write a letter to Planet Fitness’s corporate headquarters explaining why she was cancelling her membership. There are workout facilities that don’t have locker rooms and thus this issue doesn’t come up; Miss Cormier can take her business dollars there, which is what I would have done.

But the very next story on MLive is of a young man who open-carried his pistol to a high school music concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Mr. Wade has a Concealed Carry License, but in pistol-free zones you cannot carry concealed in Michigan; you must open carry there, so he did.

Notice the liberal moonbat response of one Mr. DiBlassio, an adult musician involved with the performance:

In between sets, DiBlassio approached the row Wade was sitting in and attempted to photograph him. Following the concert, he stood at the back of the theater and asked for everyone’s attention before pointing out that Wade had been openly carrying his pistol during the event.

“I told everyone I thought they should be aware that while they were at the concert watching their kids that there was someone with a firearm and ammunition and maybe we want to think about that,” DiBlassio said.

He went on to tell people to look into contacting school board members and state representatives if they also felt uncomfortable.

“I posed the question to them saying ‘don’t we want something like a gun-free campus’ for our schools,” DiBlassio said. “And I said I personally wasn’t comfortable with this.”

As he finished speaking, DiBlassio said told everyone in the audience where Wade had been sitting and that he was wearing a white shirt.

Talk about a campaign of harassment.  Remember, Mr. Wade was following the law to the letter. Personally I think he was purposefully making this into an issue and could have avoided the big fuss, but nevertheless he was within his legal rights, just as Planet Fitness was within theirs to cancel Miss Cormier’s membership. But notice the difference this time; not only did DiBlassio photograph Mr. Wade, he then attempted to incite a mob against him by standing up publicly at the conclusion of the concert and calling attention to Mr. Wade while delivering an anti-gun lecture, which is quite a bit more intimidating than Miss Cormier’s gym gossip. At the end of DiBlassio’s diatribe, one liberal woman even physically attacked Mr. Wade’s family:

Wade said he was able to leave the auditorium without any major incidents. However, he said his father was attacked in the lobby by a woman at the show. He said the family has video of the alleged incident and is considering pressing charges for assault and battery.


The commentary from liberals under this story is very supportive of Mr. DiBlassio’s actions even though they were similar (though much more extreme) in nature to Miss Cormier’s; yet liberals approve of the one and excoriate the other. They all call for Miss Cormier to go elsewhere if she doesn’t like Planet Fitness’s policies of allowing men in the women’s locker room, yet they don’t call for DiBlassio to go elsewhere if he doesn’t like Mr. Wade legally carrying his weapon in a place and manner where he is permitted to do so.

There is no logical coherence to the liberal response; it’s just pure emotionalism all the way.

Ann Arbor will not help Ypsilanti at all by building low-income housing units.


My husband and I always wanted to own land out in the country, right from the beginning of our marriage, but we knew that was a long-term plan. When we decided to get serious about saving money, we moved from Ann Arbor (very expensive) to next-door Ypsilanti (much cheaper) and bought a small cape-cod house in a quiet neighborhood east of Eastern Michigan University. It was one of the best financial decisions we ever made, as it allowed us to save a substantial sum of money over the years (despite having to pay for Christian school tuition, home-school, or utilize National Heritage Academies over the years) and to realize our dream of owning a big chunk of land in an area with good schools.

Being able to move to a cheaper area, fix up a house, and sell it for a reasonable but not excessive profit is a good way for a just-starting-out couple who aren’t earning much money to build financial stability. The other benefit to having a cheap-rent town next to an expensive-rent town is that you allow the working poor to get a foot on the ladder, too. Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsi and Washtenaw Community College, where I used to teach, is right on the border with Ann Arbor just a short bus ride down, so work and schooling opportunities exist for those who are struggling but trying.

That is why I think proposals like this one are foolish:

So, why isn’t Ypsilanti a good long-term solution for Ann Arbor’s affordable housing issues?

“It’s a logical question,” says Rob Krupicka, a Virginia-based consultant hired to study housing affordability in Washtenaw County.

“The challenge is that Ypsilanti is getting close to 30 percent poverty, which puts it in company with some cities that you really don’t want to be in company with,” Krupicka told Ann Arbor officials Monday night. “When you get close to 30 percent or more in poverty, your ability to recover from that becomes almost impossible.”

If low-income people continue to concentrate in Ypsilanti while Ann Arbor grows wealthier, the result is an unhealthy imbalance, essentially socioeconomic segregation, and the region’s affordable housing issues won’t be solved, Krupicka said during a special joint session of the Ann Arbor City Council and Planning Commission.

“If anything, you’re going to create kind of new challenges because your next-door neighbors aren’t going to be economically sustainable,” Krupicka said.

“You would essentially be creating kind of a constant cycle of poverty, which I know is not what anyone around this table wants.”

A new report from Krupicka’s firm, czb LLC, suggests the Ann Arbor area collectively needs to add 3,137 non-student affordable rental units over the next 20 years. That includes 350 in Pittsfield Township and 2,787 in Ann Arbor.

Additionally, the report suggests the Ypsilanti area must grow demand for market-rate units by 4,187 units over the next 20 years.

“They need help growing demand for their community so that they can be a better partner with you in that balance equation,” Krupicka told Ann Arbor officials.

I encourage you to click over and read the whole article right now a moment.

The problem with Ypsilanti is not poverty per se. The problem with Ypsilanti is an increasing rate of violence – and no, those two words are not one and the same.  No one wants to talk about the fact that fifteen years ago, gang violence had been nearly eradicated from Ypsilanti but has begun resurging over the past few years. They can build low-income housing in A2 until the cows come home and it won’t do a darn thing to help the problem. If Ann Arbor wants to help Ypsilanti, both the white and black people there, working class and working poor, they could give Ypsi a hand with aggressively pursuing and eliminating gangs that are beginning to grow again and become increasingly violent. No one will choose to live in Ypsilanti if gang violence is an issue, and the working poor will flee to Ann Arbor if given low-income housing there, which will WORSEN, not improve, the problems with violence and poverty in Ypsilanti as dysfunction becomes even more concentrated.

But eliminate the gang violence with an aggressive policing campaign and the working poor, especially single mothers, will feel safe living in apartments there and taking the bus (AATA buses are pretty decent, thanks to subsidies by A2) to work at EMU and then hopping on the bus to take classes at WCC, which offers some really practical programs. And the just-starting-out folks with college degrees will buy houses there and fix them up so they can save money; as nice neighborhoods thrive, a larger tax base can grow so that poverty doesn’t become excessively concentrated.

The consultant’s recommendations will have the exact opposite effect from what he is saying they will have. The money that Ann Arborites will spend building low-income housing units could be better spent helping Ypsilanti combat gangs.