I might pop in later or tomorrow with a post, but let this keep your entertained.
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Just minutes ago, Judge Friedman announced that he will not issue a ruling today on if Michigan’s ban on same-gender marriages violates the US Constitution. He will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the case before issuing his ruling.
That means that there will not be any same-sex marriage licenses issued today in Michigan - and the opportunity to have them has been pushed out at a week. We will be posting information to our Marriage Equality Center as it becomes available.
Based on stuff I saw on the Twitters, the state's concluding argument is that it should be okay to discriminate if lots of people are behind it. Good argument, that.
Sen. Rebekah WARREN (D-Ann Arbor) is ending her one-week exploratory review and will announce today she is a candidate for the U.S. Congress, MIRShas learned.
She will likely face Michigan Democratic Party National Committeewoman Debbie DINGELL, wife of retiring U.S. Rep John DINGELL (D-Dearborn), in the Democratic primary, where the winner is a heavy favorite to win in November. Republican Terry BOWMAN, known for his work with union conservatives, is running in this 66 percent Dem-base district.
Since announcing the exploratory committee last week, Ann Arbor supporters of Debbie Dingell have surfaced in what many saw as an attempt to deter Warren from getting in.
So soon, so soon after we received the political version of a Move to Florida notice.
Update! ... Maybe not (h/t Michael McGuinness comment). The story is worth reading for more than just the stuff about the 12th. It's also got information about the parts that might move around if she gets into the race.
Update2! ... Gongwer.
Sen. Rebekah Warren has just announced she will not run for the U.S. House and will instead run for re-election to the Senate.
In a post on her Facebook page, Ms. Warren (D-Ann Arbor) thanked those who had encouraged her to run for the 12th U.S. House District, but decided another four years in the Senate was the better move.
Alright, this race just got boring. Can I go do my workout now?
With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager.
Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of Peters’s campaign operation. Tencher will replace Julie Petrick, who is stepping aside for personal reasons, Peters said in a statement.
“Paul is a seasoned campaign manager with an impressive record of winning races,” Peters said. “He will work closely with all of our Michigan supporters and allies to build an unprecedented grass-roots campaign that is focused on turning out voters and on the issues that matter most to middle-class families in Michigan.”
Back right before I fled Jackson, the county prosecutor was in the middle of taking a lot of flak for his decision to prosecute someone who'd eaten grapes while grocery shopping and not paid for them. This was an incident I recalled a few years ago, when Isabella County's prosecutor went after a guy for stealing $20 in slot credits from an elderly couple. This was an incident I recalled the other day reading about how Michigan's finest legal mind was defending the state's same sex marriage ban with all the acument and competence of Lionel Hutz. It reminds Jack Lessenberry of a different case.
The county spent thousands bringing in expert witnesses at taxpayers’ expense. Fieger brought in others. Everyone grandstanded. Juries listened, deliberated…and acquitted Kevorkian, every time.
Then, when the next primary election rolled around, Prosecutor Thompson was challenged by a young unknown named Dave Gorcyca. Gorcyca had one simple slogan: If elected, he would stop wasting taxpayer money on the fruitless prosecutions. When the votes were counted, he won easily.
I’ve been thinking about those Kevorkian trials, ever since the current same-sex marriage and adoption trial got underway in federal district court in Detroit. In a time of scarcity, when other prosecutors lack basic resources, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has been mounting a highly-expensive, full-court press in an effort to try and prevent the court from finding two things: That same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children, and marry if they please.
The difference also is that the expert witnesses Bill Schuette has paid a lot of tax dollars to bring in aren't actually experts. One was a philosopher and another is discredited in his own profession. It's a cosmic joke.
The joke is also on you, because you get to pay the tab. How much is it costing you? Good question. Someone should ask.
It's day two of the state's defense of our same sex marriage ban amendment, and day two of the state fielding a joke of a witness.
One of the state’s key experts in Michigan’s same-sex marriage trial has gone on the defense, drawing criticism from an unlikely source: his own employer.
The Sociology Department of the University of Texas issued this statement Monday about sociologist Mark Regnerus, who believes traditional marriage should be upheld in Michigan because, he says, kids thrive best in that setting.
“Dr. Regnerus’ opinions are his own. They do not reflect the views of the Sociology… Nor do they reflect the views of the American Sociological Association, which takes the position that the conclusions he draws from his study of same-sex parenting are fundamentally flawed on conceptual and methodological grounds and that findings from Dr. Regnerus’ work have been cited inappropriately in efforts to diminish the civil rights and legitimacy of LBGT partners and their families. We encourage society as a whole to evaluate his claims.”
On day one, you might remember, we were shocked to learn that the state's first witness wasn't allowed to testify because he didn't in fact know what he was talking about in any real, meaningful sense. Day two, the state's witness has been attacked as unreliable by his own employer.
What happens on Day Three? I can't wait to see, and you shouldn't either ... we're all ultimately paying for this through our tax dollars. Smell the fiscal conservatism!
Now they've done it. The liars at Americans for Prosperity have enraged the centrists at Bridge with their lying ad full of lies about Obamacare and Gary Peters. Won't someone think of the children?
Who: Americans For Prosperity
What: Julie’s Story: It’s Time to Listen
The call: Flagrant Foul
The ad fails to mention, as Boonstra has acknowledged, that her monthly premium costs dropped, from $1,100 a month to $571 a month, after she enrolled in a new Blue Cross Blue Shield plan under Obamacare. Boonstra told the Detroit News the new plan increased certain out-of-pocket costs, such as doctor’s visits, from $20 to $50. But it is unclear how the plan is “unaffordable” compared with her old plan. Under the terms of Obamacare, the out-of-pocket maximum for an individual in 2014 is $6,350. When the difference in premium cost is factored in, her new plan would cost just $2 more in a year even if she incurred no out-of-pocket expenses under her old plan.
Americans for Prosperity did not returns calls from Bridge Magazine seeking comment. Earlier, AFP President Tim Phillips told the Detroit News he stands by the ad’s claim that Boonstra’s new plan is unaffordable. “If you look at the script and she says they’re so high they are unaffordable and we know the out-of-pocket costs are not what they were — by definition they were almost nonexistent in the old policy. We feel very comfortable with that,” Phillips told the News. AFP and Boonstra have also said that, regardless of overall costs, the month-to-month unpredictability of her out-of-pocket costs creates uncertainty.
Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips didn't return Bridge Magazine's phone calls because he knows that their ad lied to the people of Michigan and wants no part of the process of it getting picked apart. This is a very reasonable conclusion to draw, but no one else will articulate it which is very troubling.
While emotionally wrenching, Boonstra’s assertion that the new health care coverage she received under Obamacare jeopardized her health is not sufficiently backed up. The ad offers no evidence Boonstra will not receive medication she needs under her new health plan. Boonstra told the Detroit News that she was able to keep the same University of Michigan cancer specialist under her new health plan and that she was continuing her chemotherapy treatment.
This is a lot of words to come to the very simple, reasonable conclusion that the ad is telling lies.
Those were the words of Milford Republican Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, who was back in town last week to accept an endorsement from the Tea Party Express, a Sacramento-based political action committee.
If Bentovolio loses, who will take the message of the chem trails conspiracy community to Congress?
Did y'all hear about the Pentagon budget? It calls for deep cuts and a reshaping of the nation's military from a 20th century force to one better suited for 21st century battlefields. As such, it is intended to minimize large combat formations (already on their way out) and to de-emphasize weapons systems suitable for the wars of yesterday. Like the Cold War. The one we were going to fight against the Soviets (the real ones, not the ones menacing the Crimean Peninsula). That meant large, World War 2 style tank battles which we ruled through air power. Back then, it was the P-47 and the P51. Back in the Cold War it was the A-10 Warthog, an aircraft built around a 30 mm cannon. We used them in the first Gulf War to great effect.
But no one wants to spend the money building lots and lots of tanks anymore because they're expensive and passe and too easily defeated for the investment (no matter how much we spend, it's still vulnerable at the tracks), that means we don't need to pay millions and millions of dollars to weapon systems that support them. Weapons systems like the A-10, some of which are based at Selfridge Air Force base.
At the same time, the proposed Pentagon budget also unveiled this week, which would eliminate the A-10 aircraft at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, could have been more than offset, from a political standpoint, if the Obama administration had agreed to put the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute and it’s 10,000 new jobs in Macomb County.
Chad Selweski has been all over this the last couple of weeks. We're going to eventually do away with the A-10 for the same reason why the Navy no longer counts in its fleet colliers. We don't need them. They are obsolete and have little utility on today's battlefield.
It's a shame that this is the case, but let's not insist that military procurements are primarily intended to provide job security. Let's insist that military procurements keep us as safe as possible for the investment.
How much did this shrewd legal manuever cost the taxpayers of Michigan, I wonder?
In a bombshell development, a federal judge just threw out the state’s first witness in Michigan’s gay marriage , concluding the Princeton-educated philosophy expert had nothing to offer in this case.
“He’s very eloquent … but right now, all he is offering to us is mainly his opinions,” U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said of the witness. “The court does not believe ... that he should be allowed to testify.”
Why would it be a bombshell that someone who isn't an expert not be allowed to share what are purely personal opinions as a trial witness? And, how much did it cost the taxpayers of Michigan for this guy to be flown to Michigan only to not be allowed to testify because he had nothing of substance to offer?
Meanwhile, the rest of the state's witnesses being called into the courtroom.
He's a great, frugal man, our attorney general.
Update! ... I keep getting drawn back to this paragraph.
The state had planned on having its first witness – Sherif Girgis – on the stand for up to two hours. Prior to getting dismissed, Girgis spent about 20 minutes on the stand listing his credentials, most of which included lecturing and writing academic papers on the philosophical debate surrounding the definition of marriage. He also has written a book, “What is Marriage, Man & Woman in Defense.”
They wanted to tie up two hours' of the court's time with this guy, whose "expertise" is entirely philosophical. In other words, the state wanted testimony based mostly on a thought experiment.
If we had a real media, someone would start asking questions like how much taxpayer dollars are being spent on this. If we had a real media...