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09/15/2018 - 11:34am Seriously, love this weather…

Seriously, love this weather coverage!  I don't spend much time around the blog anymore, but this is one of my favorite things on here.  Well done, much appreciated, Go Blue!

07/04/2018 - 10:21am Why bring the safe space…

Why bring the safe space issue into this?  Did jinglebaugh ask for a safe space?  No. He just described Brian's approach to this post, and consequences.  Why add the hyperbole that "get bent" victims need to recover from this horrific crime?  Are you a snowflake who can't handle a policy debate with someone who has a different perspective?

07/03/2018 - 12:53pm How does my description of…

How does my description of Jack behind closed doors not match his public behavior?  I said behind closed doors I've found him to be open to a range of perspectives, as well as being courteous, professional and respectful in his demeanor.  That's exactly how I've seen him behave in public too.  He will listen to your opinion, and respond to it.  He'll do so politely.  Can you cite a time that's not been true?

Beyond that, wha?  "We have almost no evidence that police have any large scale impact on crime?"  Try this: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/02/more-police-managed-more-effectively-really-can-reduce-crime/385390/

which says "Two specific approaches to policing really can bring down crime. First, increasing numbers of police officers can reduce crime."

Or this article by highly respected economists at Berkeley, which says "Our estimates imply that each dollar spent on police is associated with approximately $1.60 in reduced victimization costs, suggesting that U.S. cities employ too few police. The estimates confirm a controversial finding from the previous literature that police reduce violent crime more so than property crime."  See https://eml.berkeley.edu/~jmccrary/chalfin_mccrary2012.pdf.
 

Or this piece, by a researcher at the London School of Economics, which says "Up until the mid-1990s there was very little evidence that increasing the number of police officers might result in a reduction in crime – or that reducing the number of officers might lead to an increase in crime. However more recent studies, using more robust methodologies, have suggested that there is indeed a link between the two."  See: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/media/police-numbers-and-crime-rates-rapid-evidence-review-20110721.pdf

So stop characterizing calls for a reinvestment in the police department as fearmongering.  If anyone is fearmongering, it is you and that kind of argument.  This is a policy issue that is open for debate, analysis and differing viewpoints.  You are trying to shut it down through shaming tactics. Stop it.

 

07/03/2018 - 9:53am Oops, meant to post this…

Oops, meant to post this article:

https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/fewer-cops-abandoned-parks-and-why-more-cities-will-crumble-unless-michigan-changes

(an editing function would help this blog)

 

07/03/2018 - 9:52am No, I'm not arguing the news…

No, I'm not arguing the news source (it's not a paper, it's a local magazine, for the record) misquoted him.  What I'm focused on is the cheap character assassinations, including yours.  I haven't heard Jack's reaction to the issue about the Allmendinger house, and I'd like to hear more.  But other than that, to just dismiss the potential need for more police is questionable, and to paint it as fearmongering is cheap politics.  Yes, crime is down in most places across the nation, but cops don't just respond to immediate crime.  This article provides more balance, notes the 23% reduction in Ann Arbor cops by 2016 forced the elimination of the DARE program in schools and dedicated foot patrols in certain areas, and has cops working 12 hour shifts and even quotes Chief Baird noting that some of the police services have "fallen by the wayside." 

The reason I like Jack is because I've seen how he handles things behind closed doors and I've always found him to be open to a range of perspectives, as well as being courteous, professional and respectful in his demeanor.  I think the character assassinations here are uncalled for and take us in a direction we shouldn't go at the local level.

 

07/03/2018 - 6:18am Fauxggressive who spews…

Fauxggressive who spews nonsense, liar, ludicrous banana.  

There is a style here that works great for sports, but not for politics. Having known Jack for so long, my view is the character assassination of this piece is not only unnecessary, but also wrong.  There has been a machine politics in this city for a long time now, and it runs roughshod over residents when it wants to. Jack saw behind that curtain and thought the little guy was being abused and decided to do something about it.  

07/02/2018 - 11:19pm And there are housing …

And there are housing "crisis" issues in many communities across Michigan.  Part of the problem is a huge reduction in the construction workforce in the state after the Great Recession.  This is not unique to Ann Arbor, despite the quick analysis and strong opinions.

07/02/2018 - 11:00pm And this is just the type of…

And this is just the type of hostile, absolutist reaction that I'd expect Brian's post to generate.  You know what?  So you know Jack Eaton 100%--enough to call him too stupid to realize the issue or callous enough not to care--based off of a brief post online, which quoted a local media source which many in the community have issues with.  But yeah, you obviously are now a well informed citizen and have the green light to shoot from the hip.  Yay for us.

07/02/2018 - 8:28pm I won't argue that you…

I won't argue that you shouldn't post political stuff; it is your blog and you get to do what you want. But I do think your approach is childish.  And, if you post this stuff you should man up and listen to the reactions and let the other people here consider them too (even if it's people saying you shouldn't post political stuff if that's the general rule otherwise).  Here's part of mine:

This is your business.  You should act like an adult here.

This kind of post is the last damn thing we need in Ann Arbor: the petty nasty politics of name calling.  Next up it's "Cryin' Christ Taylor" vs. "Jerk-off Jack Eaton."  Why let D.C. have all the fun, eh?  It's completely unnecessary to bring this kind of political commentary to Ann Arbor, and it does do harm to local democracy.  End of the world?  Of course not.  But harmful nonetheless.

Beyond that, for the record, I've known Jack Eaton for over a decade, and I believe he's a good person.  He's spent his career representing union members against "the man" and he got into local politics when he saw what went on behind the scenes as part of the effort to save Dicken Woods.  It's not all fun and games in the development world ... the property owners and developers often want to squeeze every last cent of possible profit out of their efforts, even if neighbors pay the price in various ways.  And seeing the sausage factory of local political decision-making would open a lot of peoples' eyes.  FWIW, I do think we need more development in town, but not every development plan is a net positive for the community.  Each one should be taken on it's merits.

I hope I don't get banned or bent, but it is what it is.

06/08/2018 - 12:56pm 3.0 is a magic number. …

3.0 is a magic number.  Thanks to the MGoCrew for the hard work and perseverance!

04/02/2018 - 7:27pm Absolutely outstanding, Seth

This is what makes the blog the best.  Go Blue!

03/31/2018 - 8:25pm What a gutsy freaking comeback!

They back down to no one, ever.  Love this team!  Go Blue!

03/29/2018 - 12:32pm Karma

Glad to see it come back to Coach B

03/24/2018 - 11:22pm FINAL FOUR MUPPETS!!!!!!!

UNREAL!!!!

03/19/2018 - 1:13pm Before it is too late, someone from UM Biomedical Engineering

needs to develop a memory+emotion storage and retrieval tech that will allow me to pull back out that experience in future years so I can tap in to the surge of emotion/energy/adrenaline/awesome that burst into being a split second after the buzzer buzzed and the ball dropped.

03/18/2018 - 12:49am Refs were freakin putrid

Even on Poole's final shot, the ref right there didn't even watch to see if Poole was fouled .. he was watching the ball to see if it went in.  FUCK YOU YOU SUCK!

03/04/2018 - 7:10pm We are lucky fans to have Coach B

he's the best possible man for Michigan.  These are the good old days

01/13/2018 - 3:10pm The best of the best

Er, double post, but it feels right

01/13/2018 - 3:09pm The best of the best

Loved listening to him.

01/13/2018 - 3:07pm That late inbounding play

Brilliant coaching

01/10/2018 - 8:42am Don't even know what to say, except I'm sorry

I have no advice.  Just know there are lots of people out here pulling for you.

01/04/2018 - 1:18pm Jesus H, if true, Rich Rod deserves to be ruined by this

I felt bad for how Rich Rod never got a fair shake here, I thought that whole episode was a worse reflection on UM than on Rodriguez.  But Jesus H., if half of this stuff is true, to hell with Rodriguez.  That's as slimy as it gets. 

01/01/2018 - 6:36pm Perhaps only having half a chub

is causing issues for you

01/01/2018 - 6:11pm Your wish has come true

.

11/26/2017 - 8:10pm Thanks for all you did for Michigan, Wilton

You're a credit to the University.  Hope everything works out for you, you deserve it.

11/19/2017 - 7:19pm No, 8-4 was not the worst case scenario

8-4 was about the expectation level of most fans.  A reasonable worst case scenario would have been something like 5-7 or 4-8.

10/26/2017 - 7:00am Peace to you and your wife

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10/24/2017 - 6:22am Oops, never mind

Replied to wrong post.

10/23/2017 - 10:45pm The level of butthurt your reply displays is very revealing

I totally agree that your post and justification are disingenous.  This isn't complicated.

10/23/2017 - 10:19pm As a side note, I'll add this: shove your comment up your ass

That's the reply your post deserves.

10/23/2017 - 10:01pm At this point I'm mostly just pooping out of my ass

a little bit of tooting too, but no talking yet.

10/14/2017 - 8:56pm That's a helluva good opinion

!

10/08/2017 - 8:35am You need to leave the M fanbase

you don't belong

10/08/2017 - 8:34am Jesus dude, take a breath and STFU

Yeah, the O sucked and we lost.  It happens, and except for '97 we lose games every year.  Yes, it was MSU again, take a breath and grow a pair.  There is nothing wrong the OP noting that the crowd was outstanding.  It was outstanding.  We lost.  They're not mutually exclusive and you're not the boss. So STFU and let other M fans note other things.  Or maybe you'd prefer to just keep reading about how bad the offense is.  Whatever.

10/06/2017 - 1:29pm You cover the weather like Woodson covers wideouts ...

total lockdown.  Great analysis, much appreciated.  Go Blue!

03/17/2017 - 8:29pm Those pics are great

this is so damn great to see.

03/17/2017 - 2:54pm Gutty win!

against a tough opponent.  3 point heaven.  WOW!!! 

03/12/2017 - 5:25pm Disappointed in myself, yes I am

I've been a huge Beilein guy since he was announced.  I stopped watching the team this winter, and thought for the first time maybe coach was past his prime.  Didn't want him fired, but thought we'd peaked.  I was disappointed in him and the team.  Never should've doubted.  Holy cow, what a coaching job, and what heart by those kids.  Incredible.  How lucky are we fans to have them to cheer for?  Go Blue!

03/12/2017 - 5:19pm Woo Hoo Muppets!

That was one of the best runs of M sports in ages.  So so so great to see.  Fantastic!  Go Blue!!!

01/10/2017 - 2:58pm Go represent Blue!

Best of luck, and thanks for what you did for Michigan football

 

12/25/2016 - 8:48am A fabulous Blue Christmas to all

We share something very special, we're lucky people. Merry Christmas!

11/27/2016 - 9:50pm That's fucking infuriating

Total BS

11/27/2016 - 9:41pm We will have peace

in our time

11/19/2016 - 8:38pm Gutty win

Gutty, gutty win

11/18/2016 - 9:05pm Ridiculous start

New coaching staff mixing it up good.  Will be easy to cheer for this team.

11/18/2016 - 9:03pm Excellent forecasting!

Thanks so much, totally lets me make a plan!

11/16/2016 - 11:06pm Like it

could will your MGoPoints to particular bloggers

10/28/2016 - 10:39pm Have you read mgoweather's breakdowns?

It's a great part of the blog, just giving her props and letting her know people look forward to her forecast.

10/28/2016 - 9:43pm Outstanding!

Many thanks!

10/21/2016 - 10:36pm Having a blog meteorologist kicks ass

Great stuff, again.  Thanks!