cinco de mayo http://michiganradio.org en We've given up doing anything about gun violence in America http://michiganradio.org/post/weve-given-doing-anything-about-gun-violence-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than a week, we’ve all been outraged, or pretended to be, by racist comments made by the 80-year-old owner of a professional basketball team in Los Angeles. We’ve been earnestly discussing this as though it were the biggest problem afflicting mankind.</span></p><p>Almost nobody seems to be bothered that these remarks came in a private argument that may have been secretly recorded by a woman Donald Sterling evidently had a relationship with. So far as I can tell, she seems to have taped what he said and then released it to an Internet site devoted to celebrity gossip.</p><p>Well, once upon a time this would have been seen as a violation of privacy, not journalism.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In any event, I think that we shouldn’t be stunned that an angry old billionaire says nasty old things in private.</span></p><p>However, here’s something that should stun and outrage all of us, but evidently doesn’t. Mon, 05 May 2014 14:09:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17474 at http://michiganradio.org We've given up doing anything about gun violence in America Origins of Cinco de Mayo http://michiganradio.org/post/origins-cinco-de-mayo <p>We were curious in the newsroom this morning, how did we come to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? A little digging gave me the answer...</p><p><em>&quot;I know I owe you money, but you&#39;re going to have to wait.&quot;</em></p><p>Imagine if the U.S. government declared to its debtors that it wasn&#39;t going to pay on its loans for two years.</p><p>Countries like China, Japan, and the United Kingdom probably wouldn&#39;t be too happy - they might even send warships to the U.S. coasts demanding their money.</p><p>O.k., totally far-fetched, I know. But similar events in the 1860s led to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Thu, 05 May 2011 15:02:44 +0000 Mark Brush 2361 at http://michiganradio.org Origins of Cinco de Mayo