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Friday, September 05, 2014

cherries versus blueberries

Jonathan Oosting of MLive broke out with the damnable puns regarding a political food fight.
An unusually fruitful debate unfolded Tuesday in the Michigan Capitol, as middle school students squeezed lawmakers to designate the cherry -- no wait, the blueberry! -- as the official state fruit.
Well at least the writing is good.
The movement began more than three years ago in Ann Arbor, where fourth grade government students at Bach Elementary School noticed that more than 30 other states have official fruits and decided the issue was ripe for further study.
I didn't ask for more puns.
Their research, which they first shared with state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) in 2010, led to a natural conclusion: The cherry should be designated as the official state fruit of Michigan.
The students worked with Warren to introduce a bill, launched a letter writing campaign and, on Tuesday, made their case for legislative action in testimony before the Senate Government Operations Committee.
Does this mean that I can blame the Democrat?
"If it doesn't pass into law, it would be the pits," Zain Smith and Jackson Roberts, now in 7th grade, told lawmakers.
I suppose children are immune to criticism although I demand pun-itive damages at this point.
Michigan is the nation's number one producer of tart cherries, students noted, and is also a leader in sweet cherries. French explorers planted cherry trees when they first arrived in Detroit; Traverse City is now known as the "cherry capital" and hosts a national festival each year.
Blueberries had their backers too, including two large mascots who stalked the hearing room. Students from St. Basil and Baseline middle schools in South Haven argued that the blueberry is big business in West Michigan and backed a state fruit bill introduced by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton).
Michigan has produced more than 490 million pounds of blueberries in a single year, or roughly 32 percent of all those eaten in the United States, they said. And blueberries appear to have a more direct historical connection to Michigan than the cherry.
That argument seemed to hit a sweet spot with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) and Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Grand Rapids)."Blueberries, cranberries and grapes are all native to America and have been producing food for Michigan much longer before cherries," said Baseline student John Ellis, who told lawmakers that his great grandparents invented the blueberry harvester. "Cherries are actually native to China."
"I can tell you have a future in politics," Hildenbrand said with a smile. "We're talking about cherries or blueberries and you find a way to weave in China."
The great fruit debate wasn't the end of the hearing, however. Students from Defer Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Park, joined by state Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit), also asked lawmakers to designate Mackinac Island fudge as the official state sweet. No arguments there.
Educational background is nice. Although this seems like a waste of time. Is this where I officially Demand the Apology?
Richardville walked students through the law-making process and treated it as the civics lesson it was. He didn't hold a vote on any of the bills but said he would consider the testimony. He also suggested students could stop writing letters, noting that he has received more than 100 on the fruit bills alone.
Since the function of these activities is allegedly to teach students about the process of government, governing, governance, and that whole question of "how is a bill made into law", then one see from that angle how this is not a waste of our time, on balance.

The worst part is possibly that this could just be a proxy fight between middle schools.

Our legislators do have a history of wasting time on fluff issues and not a grand track record of laying out laws and plans to fix our shattered roads, without increasing the gasoline taxes.


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"Cherry Stella444" by Benjamint444, edited by Fir0002 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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"Vaccinium fruits". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

2014 Michigan State at Oregon

Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, September 6, 6:30 PM on FOX
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
7Michigan State
Spartans
(1-0)
 
@
Oregon3
Ducks
(1-0)


at Oregon
Day:Saturday
Date:Sept. 6, 2014
Location:Eugene, Ore.
Time:6:30 p.m. ET
No. 7 Spartans Ready to Face No. 3 Oregon in Top-10 Clash


Monday, September 01, 2014

the Labor Movement and Protectionist Racism



by Christopher Chance:
The labor movement has its roots not in worker equality and the improvement of conditions, but in plain old simple protectionist racism - in this case, directed at Chinese labor in the late 1800s.
The Workingmen’s Party of California was popular with whites resentful of that Chinese labor. Their leader, an Irishman named Denis Kearney, played up fears that the Chinese, a filthy rabble of diseased, immoral sub-humans, would drive down wages and steal jobs from respectable working class white men. Although many of the laws and provisions directed at "John Chinaman" that Kearney promoted were opposed by business leaders - and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - his anti-Chinese platform was so well-received in California that his views began to spread across the country, even to areas with little or no Chinese population. Other anti-Chinese union groups were established, such as the Cigar Makers' International Union, who developed the first widespread use of the "Union Label" - in this case, a blue notice affixed to cigar boxes that would assure the buyer that only clean, decent white workers had prepared the cigars, and that they were untouched by filthy Yellow hands. Tailors and laundries followed suit, assuring the consumer of the type of sanitary working conditions that could only be achieved by a lack of Chinese labor.
Kearney, for his own part, saw the anti-Chinese fervor as a unifying crusade that would lead to a powerful labor movement. ”When the Chinese question is settled," he said, "we can discuss whether it would be better to hang, shoot, or cut the capitalists to pieces. In six months we will have 50,000 mean ready to go out. . . and if John don’t leave here, we will drive him and his aborts into the sea… We are ready to do it… If the ballot fails, we are ready to use the bullet.”
The organized labor movement won its first legislative victory on May 6, 1882, when President Chester Arthur signed into law the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first major law restricting immigration into the United States, which was meant to stem the Yellow Horde. Although the law's provisions were only meant to last for ten years, in 1902 the ban on Chinese immigration was made permanent, along with other other protectionist, anti-black, and anti-immigration legislation advocated by labor leaders like the AFL's Samuel Gompers. The ban on Chinese immigration remained intact until 1943, when wartime considerations of the Chinese as an ally led to its repeal.
"Christopher Chance" is a psuedonym but I know his real name so it's fine.... furthermore.... this has the ring of truth.

By and large I am in favor of labor unions in principle and the existence of most of them in specific, regardless of the respective aims, goals, and uses of them throughout history. Everyone makes mistakes.  However, those mistakes should never be swept under the carpet, even if I don't believe that we should carry those errors on giant banners.

teaparty.net complains, whines, moans

Todd Cefaratti says
Our organization THETeaParty .net was the largest national tea party organization targeted and harassed by the IRS for 4 years and to date, the FBI has never contacted us to find out what the IRS did to us.
Apparently the Federal Bureau of Investigation is federally investigating the Fappening. This is unfortunate as I think "famous" people should suffer consequences of foolish behavior without a government safety net declaring things to be okay or bad.  In the meantime I have little sympathy for the Todd Cefaratti or the THEteaparty.net as I find that organization/entity distasteful and take joy in the suffering for any collective that gave me the impression that they were bilking innocent idealists to line the pockets of consultants in a possible fundraising scam.

Let them suffer.


Calvin Coolidge on Labor

I cannot think of anything that represents the American people as a whole so adequately as honest work. We perform different tasks, but the spirit is the same. We are proud of work and ashamed of idleness. With us there is no task which is menial, no service which is degrading. All work is ennobling and all workers are ennobled.
from a Labor Day address by President Coolidge


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ben Carson compares the United States to Nazi Germany, again

via Peter Wehner, in Commentary, in a piece that will surely earn the ire of Mark Levin:
Via Mediaite, Dr. Ben Carson–a best-selling author and Fox News contributor who’s hinting he might run for president in 2016–is once again comparing the United States to Nazi Germany.
Having previously said America is “very much like Nazi Germany,” Dr. Carson was asked about this by the Washington Post. Does he regret the comparison? The answer: No.
“You can’t dance around it,” he told the Post. “If people look at what I said and were not political about it, they’d have to agree. Most people in Germany didn’t agree with what Hitler was doing…. Exactly the same thing can happen in this country if we are not willing to stand up for what we believe in.”
So does Dr. Carson really believe that dispassionate people “have to agree” with him that America today is “very much like Nazi Germany”? This claim, having been stated and re-stated, is what you’d expect from a disoriented mind.
Just for the record, according to the widely respected Freedom House, on a scale of one to seven–with one being the best rating–the U.S. earned the highest rating possible in the three areas Freedom House examines: freedom status, political rights, and civil rights. So far from being very much like one of the most tyrannical and malignant regimes in human history, America is one of the freest nations on earth. Not perfect for sure; but not Nazi Germany, either.
None of this means, of course, that some things President Obama has done aren’t quite problematic. They are; and many of us have written repeatedly about them. Still, Dr. Carson’s rhetoric is unhinged. If he really believes what he says–if he can’t distinguish between Germany under Hitler and America under Obama–he’s not to be taken seriously.
Classic Dr Carson


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Scots and French

"The Scots have raised their threat level from 'Pissed Off' to 'Let's get the Bastards.' They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years."

 "The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its
terror alert level from 'Run' to 'Hide.' The only two higher levels in France are 'Collaborate' and 'Surrender.' The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability. "

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lazy Cookie Cake Cookies

from TodaysMama:
1 box yellow or white cake mix 2 eggs beaten 5 T melted butter 2 C mini chocolate chips Mix together, refrain from eating it raw, put in a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 20 min viaMom's Got Ink 


2014 Michigan State 45 over Jacksonville State 7

Friday, August 29, 7:30 PM
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Jacksonville State
Gamecocks
(0-1)
7 - 45
Final
Michigan State7
Spartans
(1-0)
1234Total
Jacksonville State00707
Michigan State21177045



vs. Jacksonville State
W, 45-7
Day:Friday
Date:Aug. 29, 2014
Location:East Lansing, Mich.
Time:7:30 p.m. ET
Cook Leads Spartans in 45-7 Win Against Jacksonville State