MLive’s wrongish piece on redistricting

June 30, 2015 by  
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After the high court ruled the other day that states can change their redistricting through a popular vote, lots of people have talked about doing it here in Michigan. MLive has a piece on it that gets a very important thing wrong. The tenor of the article suggests that to amend the state constitution, that our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect would have to pass bills that would then be put on the ballot. That's kind of akin to how the U.S. Constitution is amended, but it is not fully reflective of how amendments to the state constitution can come into existence. Section 2 of Article XII specifically.

But, after 2012, we all knew this anyway. 


Brandon Dillon writes about his evolution on abortion

June 30, 2015 by  
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If you're a dude, Brandon Dillon's op-ed in MLive today is something you should read. If you wanted to get all deep and shit, it's the story of a man who decides to let go.

I join people across the country who are rethinking the abortion issue and seeing the moral and practical reasons for supporting a woman's ability to choose. In recent weeks, Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democratic congressman from Ohio, announced that he has evolved on the issue and now believes it is better to trust women and their families - not politicians and special interest groups - to make decisions about their own lives.

I think this is a very healthy, good way for men to look at this issue. There's some pressure to see this purely through the prism of womens' rights, and while that is necessary and important, it also misses the point that much of what is about abortion is about whether it is proper for society as a whole to make medical and persoal decisions for anyone ... not just women.

Something that gets overlooked, like always, is that people who have option do a better job once they've made a choice. If those options are not available, if they are forced to act for the sake of conformity, they are not as mentally prepared because they haven't been forced to think anything through. I use myself as an example here. I've been involved in one unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock, have one child, and was better prepared for fatherhood for having discussed every option. 


Some people who’ve gone off their nut since Friday

June 29, 2015 by  
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In the final years of his life, George Wallace came around and begged foregiveness from the people tormented by his bigotry. Will the LGBT version do the same?

Agema, a former West Michigan state representative who is a vocal opponent of gay marriage, wrote in a Facebook post Friday, June 26, that it is "truly sad that 5 men and women in black robes can destroy what our nation has understood since it was founded."

"Now the destruction of the family begins. No nation can long survive when it loses its moral compass," Agema said.

Apparently not.

By the way, Goat Killer apparently needs some help with use of capital letters.

"The court's decision to strike down this law is a new affront to the will of the people of Michigan and other states, as well as the Democratic process through which these laws are passed," Agema wrote.

He continued: "Traditional marriage is a key pillar of the Republican Party platform and we stand behind keeping it that way as opposed to the democrat party. As early as 2013 the RNC confirmed the 5 Core Principles of the party as a resolution and part of that resolution was traditional marriage."

It's good that he reminded everyone that he helped make traditional marriage a critical plank in the Republican Party platform. Without it, people might have been lulled into buying into the rightwing nonsense that it's actually the Democratic Party that is full of bigots because Abe Lincoln was a Republican and Robert Byrd was once a member of the KKK. But, will there be any fallout for an RNC committeeman who can't use proper grammar on Facebook? Magic 8-ball says, "Not bloody likely."

Meanwhile, random holy man Stacy Swimp advises people who aren't Stacy Swimp to quit their jobs rather than perform the duties of their office.

“It would be better to lose your job than to lose your soul,” said Minister Stacy Swimp, a Flint-area pastor and founding member of the National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian Leaders. Swimp also encouraged pastors to join in the boycott to marry same-sex couples. 

Swimp, we can assume, has very safe and secure employment.


How about a little redistricting reform to go along with your same-sex marriages?

June 29, 2015 by  
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Been a rough week to be a conservative. First they lost the Confederate battle flag, then they failed again on Obamacare, then the high court said that the gays can make the foundations of Western Civilization come crashing down. Finally ... this

Opponents of gerrymandering are breathing a sigh of relief today — the Supreme Court has upheld Arizona voters' decision to let an independent commission, rather than their legislature, draw their state's congressional districts.
If I recall, the fact that the Supreme Court was going to rule on this issue was something that was holding back a similar effort in Michigan. That hurdle now cleared, what say we make this a top priority for 2016? And, while we're at it, let's put something before voters that isn't a thinly veiled attempt to tilt the process in favor of Democrats. Let's put something before voters that is party neutral. Doing the other thing, which the Democratic Party seems to have a problem doing, always ends in miserable failure.  

Deer and rabbits and moles … oh my: Open thread

June 27, 2015 by  
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I think I'm up to five times gay married since yesterday morning. The first was right after the announcement came down. I went outside to see if the sun was turning the color of blood yet, and was strapped down to a portable hammock I purchased last week and forcibly gay married. The fifth happened this morning when I went to the community garden to get some garlic chives for my avocado baked egg. I've also been hetero marriage divorced three times since yesterday, which is weird because I'm a lifelong bachelor. Also, pretty sure I've figured out how it is that Knight Rider got canceled all those years ago.

Quick update from the brewpub garden: Snap peas are coming on, and I'll be sending in more lettuce an arugula today. But, golly Miss Molly if this job ain't turning me against my fellow mammals. Did I mention the snapping turtle? That makes me laugh, but the deer that chewed off the end of a lily I stole from my artist feels like it was done out of sheer spite and moles keep burrowing under all the beds, doing damage for some reason. If we could talk, I would say to them, "Friend mole, please stay out of the beds that have taken me long hours to plant and nuture," but I'm not so sure they'd listen because they probably lack the cognitive ability to comprehend the English language in all its nuances. God damn things.

For the rest of you, the thread ... she is open. 


Same sex marriage ban goes down in flames, courtesy SCOTUS

June 26, 2015 by  
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This seems like a fine development

WASHINGTON – Delivering the gay rights movement a seminal victory in its march to equality, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning declared Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, revoking it and others like it across the nation.

Now, instead of being embarassed to live in a country where discrimination is the law of the land, I only have to be embarassed to live in a state whose elected officials fought it to the last.

How much did all this cost the state's taxpayers? Someone might wish to ask. 

 


Some people who are running for office next year: Lon Johnson!

June 25, 2015 by  
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I'm in the car typing this on my phone, so pardon any autocorrect horrors. Lon Johnson is apparently quitting as MDP chairman this morning so he can launch his campaign to unseat America's least popular Congressperson, Dan Benishek.

 Speak amongst yourselves.

P.S. In the original draft autocorrect had it as Long Johnson. Also, snicker amongst yourselves.


This week on Off the Record

June 25, 2015 by  
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I'm getting ready to leave the house and make the trek down to Lansing. Actually, my friend Steve is driving because I own no car (I do have a license, you insinuating pigs). Taping another "Bloggers" edition. It's me and Tony T. and Jake Davison and Kathy Hoekstra.

Dennis Lennox fired from columnist gig

June 24, 2015 by  
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He's been forced from office as drain commissioner of Cheboygen County. He told the media that a little old lady assaulted him after he badgered her with a camera. He lost a libel lawsuit brought by Mark Grebner. He donned an orange ski mask and heckled striking university faculty and would have remained anonymous except that he gave a Tee Vee interview without disguising his voice. He was accused of removing campaign signs in 2012 and of creating horrible hit website during his run for state House. What new low could Dennis Lennox scrape to, you ask?

He's now been let go of his only media job as a columnist at the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun. The reason? An ethical lapse.


Some people who are running for office next year: Lon Johnson?

June 22, 2015 by  
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The buzz this morning.

Washington — The head of the Michigan Democratic Party is exploring a run for Congress against Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek in northern Michigan, say people familiar with his plans.

Lon Johnson, 43, of Kalkaska has chaired the state party since 2013 and has a long history in Democratic politics, working on his first congressional campaign in 1992.

I can understand his reasoning for picking 2016 ... it's a presidential year with higher Democratic turnout. Still, it'd essentially mean leaving the party high and dry as far as someone to implement his strategy to get people out to vote. It also increases the odds that the people within the party who were resistant to his ideas would replace him with someone who wanted to do stuff the way they did for 30 years on the grounds that it wouldn't inconvenience the party insiders.


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