Some more from Detroit

Here’s some pretty pictures:

bell isle bridgescott fountain

And this is Wally Lynn, who is attending NN:

our walmart

Wally is from Pittsburgh and has a great Pittsburgh accent. He is part of Our Walmart:

We envision a future in which our company treats us, the Associates of Walmart, with respect and dignity. We envision a world where we succeed in our careers, our company succeeds in business, our customers receive great service and value, and Walmart and Associates share all of these goals.

Wally started his own organization for veterans within Our Walmart and that organization is called Our Vets.

I’m just back from Reverend Barber’s speech.

Briefly, he said we have to create a “fusion politics” that is grounded in our values and that we are in the middle of the third progressive uprising of the last 146 years. Obviously, this will have to be fleshed out a bit (he said much more than that) but that’s the general idea.

33 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    What are you doing outside? Shouldn’t you be working?

  2. 2
    The Dangerman says:

    What are you doing outside? Shouldn’t you be in jail? There are Balloon Juice reputations to uphold.

  3. 3
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh please. Everyone’s entitled to a smoke break once or twice a shift.

  4. 4
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @The Dangerman:

    What are you doing with pants on? Shouldn’t you be mopping naked?

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    Baud says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Kay needs to find some stray cats and start shaving their asses. Pronto!

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    The Dangerman says:


    What are you doing with pants on? Shouldn’t you be mopping naked?

    Longtime reader of Balloon-Juice; if it’s one thing I do fully clothed, it’s mopping (or, for that matter, cat ass shaving).

  7. 7
    gbear says:

    Are you going to go explore the ruins of Detroit?

  8. 8
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Our blog-master has taught you well.

    Now about that mustard …

  9. 9
    muddy says:

    @Baud: Be easier to grab a blogger and shave his/her ass *signifying * a cat. Moar meta. More likely to find a subjectvictim, as well as to be able to complete the task.

  10. 10
    Belafon says:

    @The Dangerman: There are some things only the blog owner should do. Like losing mustard.

  11. 11
    gbear says:

    I sense some heavy John withdrawl going on…

    Please, think of the front pagers.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Baud: This is a better level of debauchery.

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    Helen says:

    Where are your pants? Where are your cats? and dogs? And where is Shawn? And that gorgeous student (Christion?) that Lily is so in love with?

    Oh, wait this is Kay – not John.

    Where is John? – Yeah I know – but I miss him more than I thought I would. I considered him the gatekeeper/traffic cop. But he’s kinda the boss. Go figure.

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    Violet says:

    Kay, did you leave your Subaru in a field like a good Balloon-Juice representative? I hope so!

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    gbear says:

    Did Reverend Barber hold back on the religious fervor when talking to the Netroots group? I loved that speech that was posted last weekend because he was using his religious stance to whack & whack & whack conservative christians on the noggin. Does he change his approach much when he’s preaching to the choir?

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    David Koch says:


    Tell us about Biden

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    muddy says:

    @muddy: Bad tags, derp!

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    muddy says:

    @David Koch: Seconded!

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    TooManyJens says:

    @gbear: No, he hit the religious themes pretty good, despite the fact that there were probably more of us godless heathens in the audience than in his usual crowd. Got a great response, too. The refreshing thing was that even though he was a) calling for more moral politics; and b) coming from an explicitly Christian perspective, I never felt like he was saying that morality has to be tied to Christianity. Like, Christianity is the way that he comes to it, and that’s cool, but these are moral values we all share. Things like justice, and caring about the poor.

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    Roger Moore says:


    What are you doing outside?

    Looking for the mustard. SATSQ.

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    gbear says:


    I never felt like he was saying that morality has to be tied to Christianity.

    That’s the impression that I got when listening to him last week.Morality doesn’t have to be religion based, although he knows how to use religion to motoivate.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    There’s no such thing as a great Pittsburgh accent. I love Pittsburgh and spent four years of college there but the accent is horrible. Yinz guys goin’ do da Sahth Side for an Iron ‘nthat? Go Stillers! Maaaarrrrioooo! : ) Hmmmmmm…..Primantis….

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    LT says:

    I was just reading about that fountain! Hilarous story! Do you know it, Kay?

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    Helen says:

    O/T Colbert talking to Steven Wise an animal rights lawyer “If Tommy” – the chimp – “wants human rights he should form his own corporation.”

    Ha ah . No. I’m done.

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    LT says:

    That fountain is the James Scott Memorial:

    Scott was left a sizable fortune by his father who invested in Detroit real estate. According to contemporaries, Scott gambled and told off-color stories. He was described by twentieth-century author W. Hawkins Ferry as vindictive and a misanthrope who attempted to intimidate his business competitors and when this was unsuccessful, he filed suit. Perhaps for these reasons, Scott died in 1910 with no heirs or colleagues and he bequeathed his estate to the City of Detroit with the condition that the fountain include a life-sized statue of him. Some accounts state that the will required that the statue be at the fountain’s pinnacle.[1]

    Several community and religious leaders spoke against accepting the bequest saying that a person with Scott’s reputation should not be immortalized in the city. Mayor Philip Breitmeyer and City Council President David Heineman urged accepting the gift saying that the city shouldn’t insult any of its citizens by refusing such a generous offer.[2]

    While the debate raged, Scott’s fortune continued to grow and by the time construction commenced it topped $1 million.[2] The final design placed Scott’s statue in an inconspicuous spot behind the fountain.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @muddy: Mommy, tell us the story again about the time you met the vice president and he took you for a ride in his fancy car. We love that story!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @David Koch:

    Tell us about Biden

    And Kay, did Biden show you his new ink?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Why do you think she isn’t responding in the comments?

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    Panurge says:

    Hmm, so what were the first two of those “progressive uprisings”?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Panurge: The Populist/Progressive era and the New Deal through Civil Rights era.

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    raven says:


    A famous scene from the 1973 drama Scarecrow, starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino was filmed here. In the scene shortly after learning of the death of his estranged son (though falsified by the mother) Pacino’s character Francis Lionel ‘Lion’ Delbuchi, happily plays with a group of children before, upon uncovering a deep emotional truth, he snatches one of them up and begins to ascend the fountain. He is left catatonic in a hospital following the incident.

    It was a chilling finish to hell of a film.

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    rikyrah says:

    thanks Kay for the updates

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    ASV says:

    I’m surprised they leave all that water lying around where some poor people could come and steal it.

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