Sandy Baby can retire now; Alito got confirmed, 58-42. He'll be sworn in tomorrow. Four Democrats (Byrd, Conrad, Johnson, and Ben Nelson) crossed over to vote yes, while Lincoln Chafee earned his RINO label once again. Everyone breathe a sigh of relief.
Let's give some muted props to the 16 senators who voted for cloture and against Alito. They didn't like him, but understood that he deserved a vote.
Coretta Scott King passed on. The civil rights folks lost a key icon; it might be tacky to ask whether she was doing more harm than good in her later years, as the movement that her husband led for years seems to have taken on a negative tone.
Some quick thoughts on Detroit being the poorest big city; they're hosting the Super Bowl this weekend. The main reason that Detroit gets that honor is that its better communities are in suburbs, while other big cities have more of their nice areas in the city proper. Metro Detroit's not significantly dingier than metro Chicago or Philly, but the city proper's worse.
Eight Mile's not just Detroit's northern border, it's the border between Detroit's Wayne County and Oakland and Macomb counties to the north; thus, it was natural to have independent suburbs just north of the city, where much of the suburbs lie.