Monday, October 15, 2018

John James puts Nazi swastika in new campaign ad

Republican candidate for the United States Senate John James released a new campaign ad this week that is entitled "Ready to Serve." The ad has appeared on television in the Detroit media market and presumably elsewhere in the state. It's also available on YouTube here.

The thing that is profounding troubling is that there is a Nazi swastika hidden in this campaign ad. The Nazi symbol appears 11 seconds into this 30-second video on the bulletin board that appears on the screen.

I have to ask: why in the world would someone like John James - a Republican candidate for the United States Senate - put a Nazi swastika in his campaign ad?

Members of my family served in the 13th and 101st Airborn Divisions of the U.S. Army during World War II. My family fought the Nazis in Europe. They parachuted into Normandy, France on D-Day; survived the Battle of the Bulge and a Nazi prisoner of war camp.

When they defeated Adolf Hitler and Nazis in Europe, they came home to Detroit to raise a family and live the American dream. They never expected to see Nazis show up in Michigan.

They certainly never expected to see a Nazi swastika show up in a campaign ad for a Republican who wants to serve in the United States Senate.

All of this begs the question: why in the world John James and his campaign for the U.S. Senate chose to include a swastika in their commercial?

I reached out to the John James campaign for a comment earlier today. As of posting this, I have not received a response from them.

If and when John James or his campaign reply with an explanation for the Nazi swastika, I will provide it on this blog in a follow-up.

Friends of Rouge Park to meet tomorrow

The Friends of Rouge Park, a nonprofit advocacy group that works for the betterment of the largest park in Detroit, will have a general membership meeting tomorrow evening. The group will meet at 6 pm at the Westside Christian Academy (9540 Bramell St.), which is near West Chicago and Outer Drive. Their meeting is expected to last approximately one hour.

The agenda for this meeting includes board elections for the group as well as:

  • Opening of the Sorensen Interpretive Trail;
  • Goals for 2019; and
  • General updates on Rouge Park.
Anyone who is interested in the preserving and protected Rouge Park in Detroit is welcome to attend this meeting.

Travel tip: Use a resort pass to take a vacation on the cheap

Tropical vacation - Stock photo from Pixabay
Looking to get away at a resort this winter but not break the bank?

Consider using a resort pass for a day from DayCation.  What is a resort pass? It’s a pass that gives you access to a resort or hotel’s amenities for a single day without having to book a stay at full price. This way you can lounge at the pool or go to the spa as if you were a regular guest. offers great deals on resort passes in popular locations such as Miami, New York, and even Nassau, Jamaica.

A resort pass (also known as a day pass) is basically the best way to enjoy a daycation without spending a fortune. For instance, you can stay at a lower tiered hotel but access the facilities of a nearby luxury resort of your choosing. This allows you to save money for other aspects of your trip or vacation. Or, if you live in the local area, a resort pass is a great way for you to take a quick staycation, but still feel like you are getting away from the daily grind.

How does a day pass work? First, you locate the hotel/resort that has the amenities you want and book your ticket.  Second, you check in at the front desk as you would as if you were a normal guest. You will need to bring your ID and show a confirmation e-mail. Third, enjoy the amenities for the rest of the day! It’s that easy.

A resort pass is the most affordable option for travelers on any budget, whether you want to check out a cabana in Miami or go to a spa in a luxurious New York hotel. With a resort pass, you can relax and enjoy a hotel for a day. 

Enjoying a DayCation is your tip of the week for the week of October 15.

These tips are brought to you by the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog as part of our semi-regular Tip of the Week feature. Please check back every Monday for more advice on your home, money, and life.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Gabe Leland indicted on bribery charges

Gabe Leland at a Warrendale Community Organization meeting
Photo by Frank Nemecek
According to a published report in The Detroit News, Gabe Leland has been indicted on bribery charges by a federal grand jury. Leland has represented the Warrendale and surrounding neighborhood as a state legislator and city councilman for more than a decade.

Leland allegedly received more than $15,000 in cash and services in exchange for his help with a real estate deal, according to this indictment. The full story is available here.

On a personal note, I have known, trusted, and supported Gabe Leland since the beginning of his political career. I've always found him to be a hard-working public servant who has done much to help the Warrendale neighborhood. I'm both shocked and disappointed by this news.

I will have more on this story as it continues to develop.