In a chilling flashback to the post-Katrina era, where everyone suddenly became an expert on everything New Orleans, Detroit squirms in the hot seat, while guys with bad accents from other places deliver big lectures on How It Is/What Must Be Done/Must Not Be Done.
While it is tempting to go apoplectic over the whole thing - really, why is someone from a state that depends on foreign companies to balance their budgets allowed to pretend to be on the moral high ground - or you can just move on. Que sera sera; all that mess.
In that spirit, here are some random things for residents of The International Collection to be pleased about this week:
1) Some nice person is giving a big chunk of change to the Riverfront Conservancy. Details tk, later today.
2) Known doofus Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not from Michigan. Let 'em laugh at Illinois for ten minutes.
3) While the breathtakingly awful school board may be doing its best to oust Connie Calloway, this likely means that the state comes down on them even harder. Clearly, the board has never heard the old Japanese saying, that the nail that sticks up will be hammered down.
4) Leonard Slatkin, who famously made the St. Louis Symphony famous years back but later sort of fell down on the job with other orchestras, is learning that in Detroit, it doesn't matter what you've done or where you've come from - folks are just glad you're here. (It's Alaska, but closer to all!) With an official title of Music Director at the DSO, Slatkin picks up the baton this weekend.
5) Everyone warned the photographer who shot Time Magazine's photo essay to be very careful in Detroit, because it was, like, you know, dangerous. The photographer commented: "All of the people we met when we were working were really, really kind." Aww.
6) NPR's cancellation of News & Notes means that WDET can air Democracy Now! at 7 and give Ed Love one of his stolen hours back, at least Mon-Thurs. Right?
7) It's skedded to be 41 degrees on Sunday. Climate change we can believe in!