Friday, June 24, 2011

Palin's Weather Connection?


TRENDING: Palin movie to premiere in Iowa next week – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs:

From "Marie MD":

"Iowa better be careful.....she (Palin) came to DC and we had some of the hottest days in recent history in May. She bought a house in AZ and the fires started (/btw mccain – in spite of what you say there's no record of it being started by illegals). She went to Massachusetts and they had a tornado that they hadn't had in decades. She goes back to AK and they have a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The she devil leaves destruction wherever she goes to peddle her wares!"

Whoa! Palin may be a lot of things, but she's no Morgana!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Three Squares--and Free Health Care To Boot!


This article is from CNN's "The Chart"...the link is below the story!

A man walks into a bank and slips a note to the teller.
The note reads: “This is a bank robbery. Please only give me one dollar.”
Then the man tells the bank employees, “I’ll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police."
He perches himself on a chair outside the bank he just robbed and waits for the police to arrive.
That suspect, James Verone, who is from Gaston County, North Carolina, told CNN affiliate WCNC that he robbed a bank for $1 for the sole reason of getting in jail so he could get free health care. He was not armed during the robbery.
Verone, 59, told WCNC he doesn’t have health insurance, but has a host of medical problems: A growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. Without a job and money, he reached the conclusion that going to jail would mean free medical care (although it's not free for taxpayers).
“I wanted to make it known that this wasn't for monetary reasons, but for medical reasons," Verone said. His jailhouse interview with the station is above.
The logic, he told the news station, was to get a three-year sentence so he can get out of jail then collect Social Security and then later live in a Myrtle Beach condo.
Verone told his local paper, The Gaston Gazette that he had worked as a delivery man for Coca-Cola for 17 years. That career ended three years ago, and he couldn’t find steady employment. Then the medical problems began. He lived off his savings and sought a part-time job.
The police charged him with larceny, not bank robbery, because of the $1 amount he demanded at the bank. Verone told his hometown paper if the jail penalty isn’t great enough, the crime will happen again.
Verone told WCNC, "I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."
Is Verone’s story an example of one man gaming the system or a product of a flawed health care in America?
The link to the story is below:

Man says he robbed bank to get health care – The Chart - Blogs

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Referendum To Stop Public Act 4 Debated


The Constitution of the United States of America speaks to the right to one man one vote and taxation with representation.

Public Act 4 strips the people of a right to elect their leaders. Nowhere in the constitution does it reference that the state can strip elected officials of their office for making dumb decisions. That's what elections are throw the bums out if they mismanage the public's assets or abuse the public's trust.

The state has a great many resources at its disposal. It can manipulate fiscal policy through its manipulation of tools such as revenue sharing, educational funding, etc.

Those are acceptable mechanisms for prodding local municipalities to adopt more efficient policies for the good and welfare of the genera public.

But negating the outcome of elections reminds us of old-school Russian tactics. America is better than that.

There is a good reason why referendums exist. Some say the existence of the middle class is under attack.

Whether you agree that unions are the bane of our existence or not, what is indisputable is that the middle class arose from the ministry of the union effort to establish humane working conditions for workers.

Is there a way to separate unions from the discussion regarding America's malaise? Probably not. But to blame unions for the entirety of America's financial morass is akin to saying that what is going on in Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office is attributable to the union workers' control of the the executive branch of government.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Ed Bruley Does It To Minorities Again!


The Macomb County Apportionment Committee meets today, Friday, June 3, 2011, to once again give the shaft to minorities in Macomb County.  Oh, wait, I should clarify that....three of the committee's four Democrats will do today more to keep blacks in their place than any other group in Macomb County ever has.  

The commission is made up of Macomb County Democratic Party chairman Ed Bruley, Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby, Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, and Macomb County Republican Party Chairman Michael Ennis.

Smith, Ennis, and citizen John Cruz have submitted apportionment maps that more properly represent the latest census data in a way that provides for minority enfranchisement through the political process, while Ed Bruley's maps continues his practice of disenfranchising blacks in Macomb County. 

Ed Bruley will have his way. On the commission he controls Wahby and Sabaugh. Remember, Wahby gave Paul Gieleghem a cushy $50,000 job and Sabaugh can be bullied. The three of them could care less about what the census revealed regarding the increasing minority population.

Despite Bruley's history of ignoring opportunities to politically enfranchise Macomb County's minority population, Bruley has found a group of blacks he can control and even tried to hijack the Macomb County Democratic Black Caucus, of which I am chair. Bruley needs a group of blacks that he could pull off the shelf to support his latest act of dis-enfranchisement (he took Bobby Hill's seat. carved Clinton 

Township's 5th and 31th precincts out of Fred Miller's district, and now his latest map will deny blacks a political footprint in Warren and Eastpointe). His ice is always colder...and refreshing because Bruley's blacks bask in the validation and trinkets of acknowledgement that he provides them.

It will take the departure of Bruley, Wahby and Sabaugh for minorities to be properly integrated into the political landscape of Macomb County. John Cruz and Eric Smith tried their best. Their maps, and that of the Republican representative on the apportionment committee, would have more fairly represented the growing diversity of Macomb County. Bruley's map does not, perhaps because he has not yet found the blacks he needs to control in Warren and Eastpointe.

So, it will take another ten years and the departure of Bruley, Wahby, and Sabaugh for minorities to see real political enfranchisement in Macomb County.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Snyder Running Bing's Office?


"The matter has caught the attention of Gov. Rick Snyder, who has offered the mayor management assistance from his team. Business leaders have been meeting with Bing for several weeks to try to help him stabilize his operation"

Now, that quote can mean a great many things, but one interpretation is clear:

It seems that the Bing administration is falling apart at the seams, and Bing's sub-urban benefactors are scrambling to keep the facade from disintegrating altogether.

That Bing needs management assistance is akin to saying that Bing has no clue how to manage his own office, much less his own city (not really his--remember, he was moved into Detroit to barely and technically meet the filing requirements to run for mayor). 

Remember all that hype about how Bing the businessman was not Bing the politician?  His "supporters" got together a top notch public relations team that hijacked local media to shaped an image of Bing as some form of an "altruistic" politician...sort of like a "nerd" of a different color.  Detroit may actually have been a dry run or laboratory for Snyder's gubernatorial campaign theme.  It just sounds all too familiar now.

Well, apparently Detroit's emperor has clothes even the Salvation Army won't accept, no coherent strategy to lead or cohesive leadership team, a bully-like temperament (my way or no way---as evidenced by his negotiating style with the unions and Detroit's City Council), and no inclination to deep-six an aide who most around Bing consider a pretty power hungry poison within his inner circle.

No matter what magic may have befallen a mayor who be be smitten in other respects, the fact that the governor's office is stepping into Bing's office should alarm everyone.

Is it not remarkable that the business community is now prepared to thrown some money on the table to rent Bing expertise his transition team was supposed to already have?  Let's see...where have we seen that before?  Oh, yes, can anyone spell DPS?

There is a difference between keeping your eye on the prize and keeping one eye on your co-workers to make sure you you have a job tomorrow.  Bing's job today is to run the city...not to allow Governor Snyder to execute an administrative drive-by on the city's residents and assets. 

In that context, just what does "home rule" really mean when you need and allow yourself to be propped up by a business community that has successfully framed every working Joe and Jane as greedy, lazy, incompetent and too expensive to pay a decent wage? 

The air is rare on Mackinaw Island this week.  This is a place where Michigan's "royals" meet to determine the fate of  urban commoners.  The real shocker may be that perhaps the hidden agenda of this so-called "Leadership Conference" may be to start the process of selecting Bing's successor.

How many wheels does the bus have, anyway?