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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Academia’s Top 10 Abuses of 2008 from ACSU

Naturally I am tired and not feeling like too much activity tonight, and I am behind on providing content. Here you go. From Matt Wolking to members of American Conservative Student Union on Facebook.

Fellow conservatives,

Young America's Foundation has compiled the top 10 most egregious violations of academic freedom on college campuses in 2008. Did your campus or alma mater make the list?

Find out, and then check out the powerful documentary Indoctrinate U and request a screening in your area.
http://www.indoctrinate-u.com/pages/welcome.html

The list (http://yaf.org/blog/?p=163):

1. The free speech “zone.” A student at Yuba College in California was sent an ultimatum by the school’s president: discontinue handing out gospel booklets or face disciplinary action and possibly expulsion. That’s right—gospel booklets. Ryan Dozier, the 20-year-old student, had the audacity to distribute Christian literature without a school permit, which restricts free speech to an hour each Tuesday and Thursday. Yuba College even directs students to where on campus they are allowed to exhibit free speech. In this case, it’s the school theater. Campus police threatened to arrest Ryan if he didn’t comply with the “free speech zone,” oblivious to the fact that students don’t need permission to exercise the First Amendment’s free speech and religious clauses.

2. Transgendered activists in, pro-life speakers out. Liberal administrators at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic institution in Minnesota, censored the appearance of prominent pro-life speaker Star Parker because campus officials felt “uncomfortable” and “disturbed” by previous conservative speakers at the school. The University’s mission statement claims it values “the pursuit of truth,” “diversity,” and “meaningful dialogue.” Except, not really—or better yet, as long as the said “pursuit” doesn’t offend leftist predilections. Meanwhile, within the past year, the same school hosted Al Franken, the bombastic liberal comedian, and Debra Davis, a transgendered activist who believes God is a black lesbian. Realizing they had a public relations disaster on their hands, the head honchos at St. Thomas eventually reversed the ban on Star Parker.

3. A new meaning of Duty, Honor, Country. Cadets at West Point, the nation’s foremost military academy, must maintain disciplined, selfless behavior—a precursor to the standards graduates are expected to uphold and reinforce once commissioned as military officers. So how does leftist instructor Judy Rosenstein of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership encourage cadets to appreciate the military’s code of conduct? By hosting a transgendered speaker in class, of course! “Allyson” Robinson, a West Point grad him-, er, herself, switched genders after leaving the Army. Upon returning to West Point as a guest speaker, “Mrs.” Robinson found it “worrisome” that the student composition seemed more socially conservative than when “she” was a student. Perhaps West Point’s leadership should confine speaker invitations to those whose behavior, if emulated, would not get cadets booted from the academy, much less the Army.

4. 2008’s stolen election? Columbia University recently polled students on whether or not they would support the return of the Navy’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to campus after a 40-year absence. Columbia claimed the referendum lost by 39 votes. However, the University inexplicably closed the online poll at different times for different students and discarded more than 1,900 votes out of the 4,905 cast. To boot, the university showcased its “anti-fraud” measures, revealing they caught one person who purportedly voted 276 times! So much for secure, front-end identification control. In the end, 1,502 “valid” NAYs trumped the 1,463 AYEs. Does anyone else smell some anti-military electioneering rats?

5. When English class turns gay. Heads turned when Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois required this book as part of an Advanced Placement English literature course: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. The book is laced with graphic sexual content, much of it too inflammatory to print here—although there are “milder” exchanges fit to report, such as one character pleading with his sexual partner to “infect” and “make [him] bleed.” Supporters of Angels in America say the book is useful because it depicts “forgiveness, kindness, and compassion,” as if HIV-positive sodomy is the best way to promote empathy to minors.

6. You can’t pray here! The First Amendment, is it a bestowed right given from above and protected by our government or a meaningless, antiquated concept to be disposed of? If you’re the folks at the College of Alameda in California, you’d pick the latter. How else do you explain their threatening to expel a student who prayed on campus? It all started when a student, Kandy Kyriacou, visited her professor to give her a Christmas gift. But when Kandy saw that her teacher was ill, she offered to pray for her. The professor agreed. That’s when Derek Piazza, another professor, walked in and freaked out that a prayer—gasp, a prayer—was occurring on college premises. “You can’t be doing that in here,” Piazza purportedly barked. Kandy received a retroactive “intent to suspend” letter from the administration, claiming that she was guilty of “disruptive or insulting behavior” and “persistent abuse of” college employees. Further infractions would result in expulsion, the letter read.

7. Hey, that feather cap is racist. For decades, kindergarten classes in the Claremont district of California have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as Pilgrims and Indians and sharing a feast. Harmless, eh? Apparently not. In a letter to her daughter’s elementary school teacher, Michelle Raheja, an English professor at University of California-Riverside, fumed that such activities are “dehumanizing” and serve as a “racist stereotype.” In fact, Ms. Raheja whined that the Thanksgiving costume party is comparable to parading children around as “slaves” and “Jews.” The school district capitulated, and now the toddlers are prohibited from wearing “their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.”

8. Ho, ho, forgetaboutit! Who’s offended by Christmas decorations? All the white liberals who celebrate Kwanza? Must be. Florida Gulf Coast University’s president, Wilson Bradshaw, sent holiday festivities packing because he didn’t know “how best to observe the season in ways that honor and respect all traditions.” Holiday d├ęcor wasn’t the only thing to go, under Mr. Bradshaw. The school’s greeting card contest got tossed as well. Cheer up, says, the President—Christmas merriment was replaced with an “ugly sweater competition.” Mr. Bradshaw ultimately had a change of heart, after his embarrassing attempt at censorship became public.

9. Leftist factions compete on who is more multicultural. When eco-fanatics at UC-Berkeley illegally saddled themselves in trees on campus and hurled urine and feces to block the construction of a multi-million dollar athletic facility, probably the last thing they expected was to be called racists. Yet the school’s chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, labeled them just that, saying the environmental radicals were impeding the completion of a new athletic facility designed to attract “minority student athletes.” Puzzled that the chancellor played the race card on them, the tree dwellers argued that “three of the final four” protestors were “Latinos” and the very first hijacker was a “Native American.” One of the Berkeley zealots, who goes by the name “Running Wolf,” said that Mr. Birgenaeau attempted “to pit colored against colored.”

10. Who knew? Universal health care is actually a non partisan issue. Administrators at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota—the nation’s largest Catholic women’s college—unexpectedly blocked young conservatives on campus from hosting Bay Buchanan, a popular conservative commentator and U.S. Treasurer under President Reagan. College officials deemed Ms. Buchanan’s remarks on “Feminism and the 2008 Election” too politically charged, citing concerns about the school’s tax status. Those same “concerns,” mind you, didn’t prohibit the school from sponsoring programs that push for universal healthcare and minimum wage increases or hosting Frank Kroncke, an anti-war radical who is reliving the Vietnam days. But Bay Buchanan? Well, she’s partisan, according to St. Catherine’s administration.

What are you doing to combat the spread of "tolerant" Leftist ideology?

Invite your friends to join this group.

Read "The Professors" by David Horowitz.

The conservative movement is counting on you to do something.

Take care,

Matt
president@acstudentunion.com

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page 1923-2008



Bettie Page died yesterday at the age of 85.

click for the eulogy by the Australian Age

Funnily, oddly, Time Magazine's eulogy focuses on bondage of all things. I cannot say if that makes them pervos or not. I suppose it is merely a cheap follow-up to this article about bondage.

Her official website (now a Memorial) is here and its server has probably crashed.





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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eaton County Drain Commissioner results

DETAILED results for Drain Commissioner

To find a particular township quickly

# Reg.
Voters
Poll
Book
% Reg.
Voters
Brady
Harrington
Michael
Atayan
Richard
Wagner
TOTAL -- -- -- 24235 27790 240


Brady Harrington was the Republican incumbent and under suspicion for shady dealings regarding a house/property purchased with his office's money/resources.
Brady Harrington, the Republican drain commissioner in that county who is seeking re-election, has taken heat recently for allowing a public employee to live in a house purchased, renovated and maintained, in part, by the drainage district. Harrington has defended his decision, saying the property needed someone on site for security. The employee lived there for nearly three years rent-free.

"Once the district has made that investment," he said, "it's my responsibility to protect that investment."
I daresay he is corrupt and if not in general, then that particular action is one of corruption. I will assess that later.

Michael Atayan is the victorious Democrat candidate.

Richard Wagner was the challenger in the Republican Primary in August 2008. He obviously lost there and not content with the results (and why should he be) he ran a write-in campaign for November. That Republican lost as well and not unexpectedly.

Ah, Google.

MI House District 021

For the past six years the State Representative has been Phil LaJoy. He, a Republican, has been term-limited out and has been elected the Township Supervisor of/for Canton. The State Representative starting in January 2009 and continuing for two years is Democrat Dian Slavens. She defeated Republican Todd LaJoy, son of Phil LaJoy, for the position.

The 21st District is as follows
Wayne County (part)
-- Belleville city
-- Canton township (part)
-----That portion of the township which lies west of a line beginning at the
township limits of Canton and Haggerty Rd., north on Haggerty Rd. to
Michigan Ave., east on Michigan Ave. to S. Lotz Rd., north on S. Lotz
Rd. to Wiles Drain, west on Wiles Drain to I-275 Expy., north on I-275
Expy. to Tonquish Creek S. Branch, west on Tonquish Creek S. Branch to
Haggerty Rd., north on Haggerty Rd. to Joy Rd. (township limits of
Canton).
-- Van Buren township
The how and why of the change in power in the 2008 is not entirely certain. Leave it up to the Obama Wave? I do not know. I do know that Van Buren TWP and Belleville had more to do with Todd LaJoy's defeat than anything else. He won Canton.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Senator Saxby Chambliss won his run-off election

US Senator Saxby Chambliss (and Republican incumbent) ended his supposed election tie with a run-off election December 2nd. Apparently he blew out Democrat challenger Martin. According to the GA Secretary of State's unofficial and incomplete elections results (the election was certified two days ago regardless),

Chambliss

(R)
1,226,529
Martin

(D)
907,916
Totals


2,134,445

57.5% 42.5% 100.0%


This means that the Democrats will not have a filibuster-proof majority when the US Senate convenes in 2009. Mind you, this does not account for absolutely every event with various crossing of party lines for certain votes and issues, but for the most part it means that nothing can be counted on and the Democrats could not obtain absolute legislative power.

It also means that Democrat comedian Al Franken does not need to work so hard to steal the US Senate election in MN from Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Even if he succeeds (and God and the law willing, he will not) it still will not be able to give the Democrats the invincible procedural majority.

the MiCAUSE post-Election Day letter

The following a letter sent by Chris Gast on November 5, 2008, the day after the election, regarding MI Proposal 2. That was the statewide ballot proposal regarding false science, sanctioning fetal stem cell research and opening the door to government funding.

Hello everyone,

I am sorry to report this, but it appears Proposal 2 will pass by a small margin. All the counties except Wayne have their votes reported. The vote currently stands 1,661,827 yes & 1,665,921 no. Wayne Co. is expected to be decisively in favor of Proposal 2, tipping the balance.

There are several things we can take away from this. First of all, thank you to everyone who joined this group, talked to friends and family about this issue, volunteered with passing out materials, and most of all for your NO vote.

It can be hard to see the positives in defeat; but they are there. First, according to poll data, you helped move at least 300,000 people to vote NO; that is no small feat. Support for this was overwhelming in the summer, and it merely limped across the finish line. Second, this vote doesn't mean the end. I have participated in many contests; I have experienced resounding victories, nail-biting wins, numbing upsets and blowout losses. You will come to realize that in America, no matter how you did there is always another vote. The rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are all argued every day in America, and this will continue today and tomorrow.

The results showed us there are many of our friends and family who need to be better educated on this issue. To those who are concerned over the loss of human life that will result, you must educate people about the dangers of cheapening all human lives to benefit a very few. To those who are concerned of our focus on unsuccessful science in the face of better, ethical alternatives, you must educate people in the complex issue of stem cell research. To those concerned about your tax dollars funding research, you still have a vote and a voice; if your representative supports adding funding to this, tell them you think it's not good for Michigan. To those concerned about bioethical issues like human cloning, that fight is still to come.

Rest assured, the various groups that make up MiCAUSE will continue fighting for these concerns in the coming days, months and years. Please, help them to continue educating people about these important issues. A constitutional amendment is only as permanent as its support from the people of Michigan.

Let us count our losses yesterday, learn from them today, and then continue on fighting for what is right tomorrow.

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Sir Winston Churchill

From everyone in MiCAUSE, thank you for your support the past few months, and everything you have done.

Chris Gast

the horrible election of 2008 should not stop Conservatives, according to Ronal Reagan

Since our last meeting we have been through a disastrous election. It is easy for us to be discouraged, as pundits hail that election as a repudiation of our philosophy and even as a mandate of some kind or other. But the significance of the election was not registered by those who voted, but by those who stayed home. If there was anything like a mandate it will be found among almost two-thirds of the citizens who refused to participate.
- Ronald Reagan
Conservative Political Action Conference, 1975

Planned Parenthood would conceal child abuse and protect rapists



This undercover video, part of Live Action Films' "Mona Lisa Project," exposes the decision by a nurse at Indiana Planned Parenthood to cover up the sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl.

Ilinois Democrat Governor Attempted to Auction off the open Senate seat

He is corrupt. He tried to trade the open seat left by Senator Barack Obama's recent resignation for favors, money, a high-profile job or some other favor.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embarked on "political corruption crime spree" and tried to benefit from his ability to appoint... Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, federal officials said Tuesday.

At a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called it a sad day for the citizens of Illinois and alleged that the governor tried to "auction off" the Senate seat "to the highest bidder".

He said the alleged behavior "would make (Abe) Lincoln roll over in his grave".

I will point point out that Barack Obama has not been elected President until the Electoral College convenes in a couple of days.

Notice that the MSNBC story I pulled this from hesitates to identify the political party of the dastardly criminal, if it ever names the group at all. There is a sick disinclination in some of these left-wing media outlets to associate skulduggery or criminal acts with their favorite political party.

What a disgusting individual. No wonder I do not expect much better from politicians from Illinois, definitely nothing better from Democrats from that state.

Why Akindele IsThe BEST CHOICE for Outreach Chair

The following is a letter sent out by Akindele Akinyemi on November 25, 2008, regarding his intention to become the Outreach Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. He has the endorsement of Christopher J. Arndt.

First let me begin by thanking those who have endorsed me for Outreach Chair. This is not about me but about the future of our party. As a person preparing to work on his second Masters degree in education I am fully committed to working with you all as we move forward.

If there was a time in the world where people needed change that time is right now. As your next Outreach Chair of the Michigan Republican Party I will provide REAL CHANGE that will move our party into the 21st century.


I am running for Outreach because this outreach program must be committed to supporting our common sense approach to public policy and politics: improving public education, expanding economic opportunities to historically disadvantaged sectors in Michigan, vigorously promoting equality for all citizens here in Michigan, protecting the sanctity of human life and restoring moral values and the importance of family in our communities.


I work in educational areas such as Hamtramck, Highland Park and Detroit. I have worked with African American, Arab, Polish, Jewish, African, Hispanic and Asian children on all levels ranging from 4-12 grade. I have toured every single urban center in Michigan and see how these areas have been neglected for quite some time. There is a need for nurturing in these communities.

We have to begin to dismiss the notion that conservative thought is dead. It is not dead. It needs renovation. That is why urban conservatism is necessary in this day and age to bring our platform current, get people interested in urban issues from a conservative perspective and create solutions for a better future.

Let me perfectly honest with you. I am not a radical as many think. I am a strategic thinker, planner and executioner of ideas and agendas. I spoke at Marygrove College last night to a social work policy class. Not one time I told them I was a Republican. I lectured on the importance of changing educational policies in Michigan to make it family friendly. When I was done with my presentation they embraced the urban conservative platform without me ever saying the words "conservative" or "Republican."

Just like many Black Republicans in leadership (both statewide and nationally) I am also from the "hood." I live, pray for, and help our children who are living in poverty, malnourished, mis-educated and come from broken homes. This is what fuels my passion for becoming your next Outreach Chair of the party.

I will help us set an agenda that will help create political diversity in our communities. Adult illiteracy is a crime in the urban communities across Michigan. Over half of the population in Detroit are functionally illiterate. I am already working on solutions for this pandemic. I am also working with policymakers on extending educational choice for our children. As a part of a ad-hoc group on mental health I am quickly learning how we must come up with a solution to the mental health crisis in our communities. The Emerging Leaders Think Tank (a creation of my close friend Kimberly Hill) is tackling strategies to increase civic participation in Detroit through smart public policies. I'm always trying to pick my brother, Ken Harris brain, who is the Chairman/CEO of the International Detroit Black Expo.

And of course, teaching both civic and economic education to our children to help them become better citizens have always been my passion for change. However, if you want to win in liberal areas you have to be able to see and analyze for yourself what is going on TODAY.

Not to mention how several national Republican grassroots advocates are supporting my bid to become the next Outreach Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The reason? They embrace my platform on urban conservatism and my vision on global economic expansion to tie into the urban communities. They like the fact that I am thinking out the box.

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele said it best recently in the Washington Times.

"(GOP) party officials don't give a damn. To them, outreach means let's throw a cocktail party, find some black folks and Hispanics and women, wrap our arms around them -- 'See, look at us.' And then we go back to the same old, same old. The party has simply not understood the importance of having highly visible black Republican operatives, elected officials and political spokespersons working for it on an ongoing basis."

This sounds like us here. However, we can change that perception by adding a little spice and flavor to how we do business.

What attracted me to the GOP in the first place was their position on educational choice. Republicans, in my opinion, take a more aggressive approach to education than Democrats. However, when we get stuck on social conservative issues such as religion, guns and abortion we get sidetracked. That is what happened in this election.

I can testify that being an urban conservative isn't easy. My Black GOP colleagues and I endure endless ridicule and questioning from other African Americans, including close friends and family members who wonder how we can belong to a political party that is so overwhelmingly White, male, Southern, conservative and seemingly closed to ethnic minorities.

On a personal note, race does not bother me. I have friends of every hue under the rainbow. What bothers me is the fact that we are not interested in crashing the party in heavily liberal areas where policies have failed taxpayers. This is called a fear factor. This is why I am here to help.

I want to build a bridge between those who may feel extremely uncomfortable campaigning in hostile areas in the inner cities. At the same time, I want to empower Black Republicans who go home to a hostile environment where we are called Uncle Tom and maligned as a sell-out to the community because of our membership in the Republican Party. It all can be done under one big tent called education.

As your next Outreach Chair my focus is always improving our relationships with the community at-large. Just because I outlined eleven targeted communities does not mean I cannot come into other communities. In fact, I have traveled and campaigned to 126 communities just in Southeastern Michigan alone. While I have endured my fare share of bigotry, racism and mis-understandings I was always able to connect with people on a personal level no matter how much money they had, what school their children went to and what type of home they lived in.

Our party has to become inclusive. We talk about President Abraham Lincoln and how he singed the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves. Well, I want to sign our own 2008 version of the Emancipation Proclamation to help free our children from failing public schools, from crime ridden communities and promote silver rights to educate and empower our families in our communities. Every family needs some empowerment with the economy going through a free fall.

The GOP needs leadership that is genuine, dedicated and serious about the transformation process in Michigan. It is absolutely ridiculous to allow the Democratic Party to come in conservative areas and win elections in Michigan when we are always on the defensive.

However, when I am elected to the Outreach Chair I want those same Black Republicans who I had the pleasure of meeting during the DeVos campaign to stop making excuses about this party and join in the transformation. I am going to need you at the table effecting change in our own local communities. I would like to sit and mentor you to run for local and state party chairmanships because we need to be there when the platforms are being decided, and when candidates are being selected to run for office.

To those GOP leaders in Michigan who need help getting into the inner cities allow me to give you some advice.

Our party must to go to Black churches, colleges and other organizations to make the case for the party as a viable option for African Americans. We should mentor and nurture young Black Republicans on college campuses, teaching them to canvass, providing paid internships and encouraging them to attend party rules and platform meetings, where real political power resides.

We should introduce elected Black state and local officials to the national donor base to help them build their coffers for future elections. We should recruit Blacks straight from the urban districts, utilizing a urban policy plan to rebuild our cities, encourage entrepreneurship and small business start-ups and promote lower taxes for job creation.

Diversity is a good thing. Michigan Republicans have to stop allowing ourselves to be accused of voter suppression in every campaign. And let's grow the vote in nontraditional areas the same way Obama did in rural and suburban white Michigan.

Sounds good? I do not need you to wish me good luck. I need you to say what can I do to help your cause as an Outreach Chair? I will simply say love me, hold me and walk with me to victory. Then I need for you to support this cause by forwarding this message to others. If we all work together we will win in the end.

Justice Alito proves that Barack Obama is merely a politician

The following constitutes Part IV of the series "Back Obama, merely a politician"


At the American Spectator Dinner (December 3, 2008), Justice Samuel Alito made a crack at the mantra of "Hope and Change." He noted Democratic Presidential hopeful Eugene McCarthy used the same slogan in 1967.

#dontgo Launches Social Media Platoon

On Monday, December 8th www.dontgomovement.com will unveil the Tennessee News Platoon. The website, www.Tennessee.NewsPlatoon.
com, will work to promote local government transparency and accountability, provide a news platform for local activism networks, and aggregate the top news stories happening across the state.

State Representative Stacey Campfield (TN-18) states, "I look forward to #dontgo getting together; we'll be able to finally get out our clear concise message that will push for open government and good conservative values. Now more than ever we need people out there rallying conservatives to get more involved and to spread our message. I strongly feel that #dontgo will be able to help in making this happen."

#dontgo originally began as a simple Twitter tag that the founders used to track the energy debate by the US Congress on August 1st. Hundreds of activists, including members of Congress, began using the tag not just to track the energy bill, but to energize supporters and champion fiscal conservative values. Soon thereafter the site www.dontgomovement.com was created and to date has over 30,000 opt-in email subscribers.

The #dontgo Revolution uses web-based strategies and tactics to advance free-market values. Its mission is to develop a fifty state strategy of blogs and internet social networks that would activate more free market conservatives in their communities leading into the 2010 elections.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Larry Pratt talked at William & Mary

The leader of the Gun Owners of America sent this to me:
The student paper, with a few minor errors, had this to report: http://flathatnews.com/content/69630/larry-pratt-defends-second-amendment.

Red Meat Thursday, December 4, 2008



Jim Geraghty and Mark Hemingway discuss the Minnesota Senate race, Chris Matthews's potential candidacy in Pennsylvania,the proposed automaker bailout and more.

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USACAPOC Presents The 10th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop

stuff about a "Clinic Access Bill" in New York City

The following is a reprint from a Facebook event, and is followed by the contents from a Facebook message sent to that whole list.

I invite you to attend a co-sponsored CandleLight Vigil at at NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn's office at 224 West 30th St (between 7th and 8th Ave.) between 5:30PM until 7PM, to rally Against her very unjust and oppressive "Clinic Access Bill" (Intro 826) which is an attack on the Free Speech of pro-life counselors at abortion facilities in NYC. (Our group, EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers engages in this work as a large part of our ministry, which is mostly inside in our 10 NYC crisis pregnancy clinics.)

This vigil is co-sponsored by Advocates for Life, Democrats for Life, and New Yorkers for Parental Rights.

There was a very biased, poorly run public "hearing" about the Bill last Tuesday, November 18th, at City Hall, where over 60 pro-lifers attended, but the 40 or so who testified, with the exception of four individuals, were heard by only 1 council member (out of 51!).

This bill is being pushed through by Quinn without regard for tolerance, understanding, dialogue, or a search for the truth, of whether pro-life sidewalk counselors are truly committing harassment or intimidation.

Many abortion facility owners who piled lies upon lies were permitted testimony, non-stop for 2 and one half hours, before all but one council member stayed to hear our side.

Amazingly, No transcript or video of the unheard testimony will be available before the expected December 9th full council vote on the bill. This is democracy?

If you cannot join us would you please read below and take action during business hours to lobby NYC City Council reps?


Full list of 51 NYC City Council Members http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council, 212-564-7757,http://council.nyc.gov/d3/html/members/home.shtml

New York Pro-Life Advocates: Law Limiting Abortion Protests Hits Free Speech
http://www.lifenews.com/state3500.html

According to Council Speaker Quinn and her 28 lackey co-sponsors, the bill will make it a higher penalty crime subjecting pro-lifers to increased criminal and civil penalties if they "harass" or "intimidate" an abortion mill patient/client within 15 feet of an abortion facility, and without protections from abuse by abortionist's false accusations.

Amazingly, under the bill, the police could arrest us, whether OR NOT a woman believes she was actually harassed, and would permit the abortion facility to file the complaint, without a patient witness or complaint! No proof or client witnesses are required to prove a case.

Int 0826-2008
Prohibition of activities to prevent access to reproductive health care facilities.

Int 0826-2008 text @ http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200826-2008.htm

Main points against the Clinic Access Bill:
1. CHILLS FREE SPEECH: Would strip away the freedom of speech person-to-person at NYC abortion clinics, preventing literature hand outs, and personal communication, stripping a key first amendment right from the people who want to offer help to women in crisis pregnancy.

2. STRIPS CONSTITUTIONAL LEGAL PROTECTIONS: It gives unfair rights to abortion mills to make bogus claims of harassment without proof, or the need for a personal complaint. An abortion mill has a conflict of interest with the truth. They want to crush all protest, and their evidence is always biased, and often bogus.

3.IT'S A PILING ON OF LAWS FOR SHOW: The bill is an unnecessary law because no pattern of harassment is being observed by police currently at abortion clinics, who are frequently present, and laws already exist prohibiting harassment, under NY State criminal law, and three existing Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances laws have already been passed, in NY City, State and under the federal FACE.

4. THE BILL WILL BE OVERTURNED IN COURT: The Bill flies in the face of an over-turned "NYC aggressive panhandling ban" bill, which the NY State courts disallowed because it did not permit up close and personal interaction.

Council EMail list:

addabbo@council.nyc.ny.us,
comrie@council.nyc.ny.us,
fidler@council.nyc.ny.us,
foster@council.nyc.ny.us,
garodnick@council.nyc.ny.us,
gennaro@council.nyc.ny.us,
gerson@council.nyc.ny.us,
gonzalez@council.nyc.ny.us,
jackson@council.nyc.ny.us,
james@council.nyc.ny.us,
lappin@council.nyc.ny.us,
liu@council.nyc.gov,
viverito@council.nyc.ny.us,
martinez@council.nyc.ny.us,
rmendez@council.nyc.gov,
monserrate@council.nyc.ny.us,
nelson@council.nyc.ny.us,
palma@council.nyc.ny.us,
sanders@council.nyc.ny.us,
seabrook@council.nyc.ny.us,
sears@council.nyc.ny.us,
weprin@council.nyc.ny.us,
twhite@council.nyc.gov,
yassky@council.nyc.ny.us,
vann@council.nyc.ny.us,
rivera@council.nyc.ny.us,
recchia@council.nyc.ny.us,
emdilan@council.nyc.ny.us,
deblasio@council.nyc.ny.us,
acomo@council.nyc.gov,
brewer@council.nyc.ny.us,
avella@council.nyc.ny.us,
marroyo@council.nyc.gov,
felder@council.nyc.ny.us,
vgentile@council.nyc.gov,
gioia@council.nyc.ny.us,
Ignizio@council.nyc.ny.us,
katz@council.nyc.ny.us,
mcmahon@council.nyc.ny.us,
darlene.mealy@council.nyc.gov,
marroyo@council.nyc.gov,
baez@council.nyc.ny.us


Event Info
Host:
Type:
Network:
Global
Time and Place
Date:
Monday, November 24, 2008
Time:
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:
City Council President Christine Quinn's office
Street:
224 West 30th St.
City/Town:
New York, NY

Contact Info
Phone:
2126853320
Email:



Friends, tomorrow Tuesday, December 9th, I'm told the NY City Council will take a full Council vote on the dangerous "Clinic Access Bill" #826, and we ask for your prayers to defeat this. Abortion Mayor Mike Bloomberg has said he will sign it into law.

Secondly, please go to http://www.40DaysforLife.com/hope and register for a free online and/or phone teleconference on the future of pro-life outdoor activism and prayer at America's abortion mills.

Listen to leaders from 40 Days for Life talk about plans for the Lenten and fall 2009 campaigns and give result from the 2008 efforts.

The Call takes place from 9 to 10PM EST, tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9th.

May you have a beautiful Advent, and I'm keeping you in mind, Chris

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Buddhabrot


Buddhabrot image made with limit at 8,000 iterations by Evercat on 12:21, 31 Jan 2005 (UTC)

whatever Barack Obama had in common with these Republicans, that's reason enough to boot 'em from our assocation!

The following so-called "Republicans" (RINO'S) supported Barack Hussein Obama Jr. for president. Please join me in excommunicating them from the Republican Party by reposting this list and/or sending it to all your Republican contacts!

Jeffrey Hart, National Review Senior Editor

Christopher Buckley, son of the founder of National Review.

Former Los Angeles Mayor, Richard Riordan.

Former Maryland Congressman, Wayne Gilchrest.

Former Bush Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

Former Bush Press Secretary, Scott McClellan.

Former Reagan White House Chief of Staff, Ken Duberstein.

Former Reagan Solicitor General, Charles Fried

Former Reagan White House Counsel, Douglas Kmiec.

Former Governor Massachusetts, William Weld.

Former Rhode Island Senator, Lincoln Chafee.

Former Governor Minnesota, Arne Carlson.

Former Governor and Senator Connecticut, Lowell Weicker.

Former Governor Virginia, Linwood Holton.

Former Governor Michigan, William Milliken.

Former South Dakota Senator, Larry Pressler.

Former Iowa Congressman, Jim Leach.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

so Barack Obama endorsed the abortion culture, so what?

"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do." -- Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007

The following is the December Prolife Update for the Facebook group Right to Life of Michigan. What are you going to do about it?

President-elect Barack Obama made a promise in the summer of 2007 to Planned Parenthood supporters. The promise highlighted the signing of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). FOCA is a proposed federal law to nullify virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion. President-elect Obama’s statement was more than an empty pledge; he emphasized signing FOCA will be the “first thing” he’ll do as president on the issue. Prolife people have kept the Freedom of Choice Act from reaching any president’s desk in the past. Learn more about FOCA and its history here:
http://www.rtl.org/html/FrontPageMatter/FOCA.htm

Please sign our online petition, adding your voice to the many who believe in defending our commonsense laws designed to protect mothers and unborn children. You can sign the petition here:
http://www.rtl.org/petitions/signatures?pid=6

Right to Life of Michigan
www.rtl.org

So I haven't posted since beforre Thanksgiving

Stuff piles up.


Remember that Ron Weiser is running for Michigan Republican State Chair.

So is Norm Shinkle, Jack Hoogendyk, and Paul Welday.

Running for National Chair for all of those Republicans in the country is Saul Anuzis (they say) and almost US Senator Michael Steele.

There is a point to this.

Friday, November 28, 2008

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080922/NEWS15/80922041

http://www.pbs.org/nbr/site/onair/gharib/081118_gharib/
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1829354,00.html

http://qandablog.typepad.com/

http://www.cslewisclassics.com/

http://ncpoliticalnerd.blogspot.com/

http://www.gunowners.org/ordercs.htm

http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000008766.cfm

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html?_r=3

http://www.google.com/search?num=30&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=Chi&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=Ramos+Compean&spell=1


http://ramos-compean.blogspot.com/

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51417

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51417

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56727

http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/cat_agents_ramos_and_compean.html

http://www.newsmax.com/ruddy/border_agents/2008/01/03/61470.html

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/10/29/ap5621398.html

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/11/26/ap5746619.html

http://news.ino.com/headlines/?newsid=68947777768000

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Barack Obama, merely a politican Part III



This is a compilation of Senator Obama being late to hearings and meetings that he is obligated to attend.

It is, more specifically, a compilation of apologies. I normally demand apologies, but it would be better if this young turk would generate nothing to apologize for; too late! But as it is the young man who spent more time running for himself than serving others in his role in his elected seat has often generated the hubris to do his own thing rather than the country's then show up and inconvenience people. Of course this is the tendency of the politician and no sort of person above that!

wow... almost a perfect series of loses! I hate 2008

The following is removed from my sidebar/template.
Campaigns
Tim Walberg US House
Jack Hoogendyk US Senate
Rick Jones 71st MI House
Joe Knollenberg US House
Nobama
Only Rick Jones won and that's really just an expectation, like gravity.

Sadly Tim Walberg lost.

I never cared about Joe Knollenberg except for the practicality of the matter. John McCain, "Nobama" was merely some weak half-leftist not-quite-my-guy alternative to the liberal fascist and while "voting against" is certainly a choice, it's not a basis for electoral Get-Out-The-Vote efforts, unfortunately. Jack Hoogendyk was 5% short of my hopes but I knew he would not win.

Detroit awarded the statewide elections to the Democrats usually. This year we even saw Eaton County going to Obama, I think. How horrible. Was this a repudiation of the increasingly leftist Republican Party? Or is it merely a bunch of unionists migrating?

Both proposals passed, despite that Proposal 1 was poorly worded and Proposal 2 opens the door to government-funded junk science. Perhaps I should have linked to MiCAUSE but it is so obvious that those stupid links did nothing to create more than a single vote and probably not even that.

I would have voted for Proposal 1 if not for that last paragraph.

Rick Jones' victory proves that the defeat of so many State Representatives or candidates for MI State House is not just a natural result of the Obama Wave, the phenomena of straight-ticket Democrat voting inspired by Democrat Barack Obama, but is in fact their own respective responsibilities. If a Republican lost a race he should have won, he can blame himself and his campaign. John McCain may have sabotaged Michigan's GOTV efforts by pulling out, but it is up to a candidate to win his race where possible, and Rick Jones proved that victory is not an impossibility just because your ticket headliner has lesser popularity.

If you cannot carry your district because you relied on John McCain you are poor and do not deserve your seat unfortunately. I do not apply that to Tim Walberg. Yet ultimately the people of the 7th District slipped up and voted for the Fake Moderate. In the end Mark Schauer really is just another Liberal Fascist.

Now why did Rick Jones win when others had lost? Ask the others why they lost. Rick Jones won by working for his seat.
Could Tim Walberg have done something different and put in more to get a different result? I do not know.

I hope he runs in 2010.

a look at the John McCain Michigan organization, a snapshot of January 2008

This could be educational.
John McCain-Organization, Michigan
updated January 15, 2008

JOHN McCAIN 2008, INC. (March 1, 2007)
JOHN McCAIN 2008 - THE EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE (filed with the FEC to establish on Nov. 16, 2006)
STRAIGHT TALK AMERICA (2006 cycle)

MICHIGAN LEADERSHIP TEAM (announced Sept. 20, 2007)
National Co-Chairman
Ambassador Ronald Weiser

Finance Chairman
Jim Nicholson

State Co-Chairs
Congressman Fred Upton, State Co-Chair
Republican National Committeeman Chuck Yob, State Co-Chair
Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes, State Co-Chair

State Vice Chairs
Senator Wayne Kuipers, State Vice Chair
Senator Randy Richardville, State Vice Chair
Senator John Pappageorge, State Vice Chair
Senator Alan Cropsey, State Vice Chair
Senator Michelle McManus, State Vice Chair
Former Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, State Vice Chair
Representative Kevin Elsenheimer, State Vice Chair
R epresentative Kevin Green, State Vice Chair
Representative Glenn Steil, Jr., State Vice Chair
Representative Brian Calley, State Vice Chair
Representative Judy Emmons, State Vice Chair
Representative Lorence Wenke, State Vice Chair
Representative Ed Gaffney, State Vice Chair
Former Speaker Chuck Perricone, State Vice Chair
Former Speaker Rick Johnson, State Vice Chair
3rd District Chairwoman Kim Yob, State Vice Chair
9th District Chairman Glenn Clark, State Vice Chair
13th District Chairman Ed Joseph, State Vice Chair
14th District Chairman Bill Beddoes, State Vice Chair

West Michigan Team (announced Nov. 8, 2007)
Sheriff Michael Anderson (Kalamazoo County)
Victory Township Supervisor Russell Andersen (Mason County)
Sheriff Paul Bailey (Berrien County)
Commissioner Mary Balkema (City of Kalamazoo)
State Republican Committee Member Dale Blunier
State Representative Brian Calley (R-Portland)
Delores Cook, MSU Board of Trustees
Kent County Republican Party Chairman Dave Dishaw
3rd District Republican Party Treasurer Andrew Emmitt
State Representative Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan)
Commissioner Marve Engle (Muskegon County)
Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner Bill French
Michigan Republican Party Secretary Hank Fuhs
State House of Representatives Minority Whip Kevin Green (R-Wyoming)
JCI President Scott Greenlee
Sheriff Dale Gribler (Van Buren County)
Commissioner M. Jeff Heppler (Kalamazoo County)
Joel Hondorp (Byron Township Clerk)
3rd District Republican Party Vice Chair Richard Houskamp
Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes
State Senator Wayne Kuipers (R-Holland)
Former Ottawa County Republican Party Chair Paul Leidig
Sheriff Matt Lori (St. Joseph County)
Commissioner Gerald Malburg (Oceana County)
Commissioner Ron Pederson (Mason County)
State Representative Glenn Steil Jr. (R-Kentwood)
Congressman Fred Upton (R-Kalamazoo, 6th District)
State Representative Lorence Wenke (R-Richland)
Republican National Committeeman Chuck Yob
3rd District Republican Party Chair Kim Yob
President of Pro-Life Federation of Michigan Jerry Zanstra
(Zanstra, a former member of the Brownback for President National Steering Committee, announced support on Oct. 29, 2007)

More Endorsements
former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken - served from from 1969-82; Lt. Governor from 1963-69 (Jan. 14, 2008)
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts (Jan. 9, 2008)

Also note editorial endorsements:
Kalamazoo Gazette - Jan. 13, 2008
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus - Jan. 13, 2008
Port Huron Times-Herald - Jan. 13, 2008
Jackson Citizen Patriot - Jan. 13, 2008
The Daily Telegram (Adrian) - Jan. 13, 2008
Detroit Free Press - Jan. 6, 2008
The Detroit News - Jan. 3, 2008

>On Sept. 17, 2007 several news outlets reported Cox's imminent resignation from his position as chairman.

BEFORE THE RESTRUCTURING

Chairman Attorney General Mike Cox
(announced Dec. 14, 2006) Re-elected to a second term in 2006; first elected in 2002, the first Republican Attorney General of Michigan in 48 years. Worked in the Wayne County prosecutor's office in Detroit. Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989. Entered the Marines after high school.

State Director John Yob
Partner in Strategic National Consulting, LLC; previously president of Independent Campaign Marketing Inc.. Graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); former chairman of the Michigan College Republicans. Youngest son of Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob.

Field Director Rob Minard
Previously executive director of the Great Lakes Education Project, and before that (2001-02) political director. Field director for the Kids First! Yes! ballot initiative, 2000. B.A. from Michigan State University.

Field Staff
Marla Kloosterhouse

Coalitions Director John Balbach
Worked at Strategic National Consulting. Political staffer to former U.S. Ambassador Ron Weiser.

Online Communications Erica Tibbe

Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager Shana Goetting
Regional director for Outer Oakland County on the DeVos for Governor campaign in 2006.



McCain Michigan Team

Chairman Attorney General Mike Cox
(announced Dec. 14, 2006) Re-elected to a second term in 2006; first elected in 2002, the first Republican Attorney General of Michigan in 48 years. Worked in the Wayne County prosecutor's office in Detroit. Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989. Entered the Marines after high school.

Finance Chairman Jim Nicholson
(announced Sept. 5, 2006) President and CEO of PVS Chemicals, Inc., an international manufacturer and marketer of water treatment and other chemical products, headquartered in Detroit. A Bush Ranger in 2004 and a Bush Pioneer in 2000, Nicholson also served as Finance Chairman for U.S. Senate candidate Keith Butler and has held finance leadership roles for a number of Michigan candidates including gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, former Governor John Engler, Attorney General Mike Cox, and various Supreme Court candidates. He ran for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 1996.
(see finance committtee below)

Co-Chairs
Republican National Committeeman Chuck Yob (announced Jan. 15, 2007)

Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes (announced Jan. 15, 2007)

Keith Butler (announced Jan. 23, 2007; also Co-Chair of Conservatives for McCain)
Founder and senior pastor of the Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield, MI. Sought the 2006 Republican U.S. Senate nomination but lost to Michael Bouchard in the primary. Former Detroit city councilman.

Steering Committee
Congressman Fred Upton (Jan. 31, 2007)

Senator Wayne Kuipers (Jan. 26, 2007; also announced Sept. 7, 2006. 2nd CD chair, also statewide education advisor)

Senator Michelle McManus (Jan. 18, 2007; also announced Sept. 7, 2006; state chairman of Women for McCain)

Senator Randy Richardville (Feb. 13, 2007)

Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson(Jan. 17, 2007)
County Clerk of Oakland County. Lieutenant governor nominee to 2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick Devos.

Former House Speaker Chuck Perricone(Jan. 31, 2007; also announced earlier on Sept. 14, 2006; also member of Michigan Sportsmen for McCain)

Former House Speaker Rick Johnson (Jan. 31, 2007; also member of Michigan Farmers for McCain)

House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer(Feb. 5, 2007; also announced earlier on Aug. 9, 2006)

House Minority Floor Leader Chris Ward (Feb. 5, 2007; also announced earlier on Aug. 9, 2006)

House Minority Whip Kevin Green (Feb. 5, 2007; also announced earlier on Aug. 9, 2006)

Eileen Weiser - Michigan Education Advisor

Dave Dishaw - Michigan Grassroots Chairman
(announced Dec. 19, 2006) Resident of Kent County; licensed Michigan real estate broker, mortgage broker, and title insurance producer. Served as 3rd District GOP chairman; was a candidate for state party chairman but endorsed the incumbent Saul Anuzis in Nov. 2006. Has volunteered and worked for Land for Secretary of State, Cox for Attorney General, Abraham for Senate, Dole for President, Bush for President (HW and W), and hundreds of local campaigns.

Marlene Elwell - Americans of Faith for McCain Chairman

Laura Cox - Wayne County Co-Chair

Torion Bridges - Urban Outreach Co-Chair

Janice Nearon - (Feb. 13, 2007) Macomb County Chair

Endorsement
former Michigan State Senator Glenn Steil (Kent County) (announced July 24, 2007)

More support
(announced Feb. 12, 2007)
Michigan GOP Secretary Hank Fuhs
Michigan GOP 3rd Cong. District Chair Kim Yob
Michigan GOP 5th Cong. District Chair Eric Klammer
Michigan GOP 6th Cong. District Chair Gerry Hildenbrand
Michigan GOP 9th Cong. District Chair Glenn Clark
Michigan GOP 11th Cong. District Chair Shannon Price
Michigan GOP 13th Cong. District Chair Ed Joseph
Michigan GOP 14th Cong. District Chair Bill Beddoes
Michigan GOP Wayne 11 Chair Chris Roosen

(announced Feb. 13, 2007)
Sen. Randy Richardville
Rep. Judy Emmons
Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr.
Rep. Lorence Wenke
Rep. David Law
Michigan Republican Party Ethnic Vice Chair Andrew Wendt
former Macomb County Republican Chairwoman Janice Nearon

(announced Feb. 21, 2007)
Sen. John Pappageorge

(announced March 12, 2007)
Sen. Alan Cropsey (co-chair of the Americans of Faith coalition)

(announced March 13, 2007)
former state Representative Barb Vander Veen (co-chair of the Americans of Faith coalition)

(announced March 29, 2007)
Rep. Brian Calley

(announced April 13, 2007)
Mike Anderson – Kalamazoo County Sheriff
Dale Gribler – Van Buren County Sheriff
Matt Lori – St. Joseph County Sheriff
Bill French – Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner
Jeff Heppler – Kalamazoo County Commissioner

Michigan Veterans Advisory Committee (announced April 24, 2007)
Lieutenant Colonel Hank Fuhs – Chair
31-year veteran of the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force, and Secretary of the Michigan Republican Party.
Colonel Robert Abbott
Michael Bruntjens
Captain Rob Deane
James Duray
General David Hall
Dan Healy
Vicki Healy
Carnie Jackson
Gary Lane
Command Master Chief Claude McManus
Donald Meskill
Thomas Mullaney
Sylvia Nicholas
Louis Oberle
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Odell
Rick Orlowski
State Senator John Pappageorge
Captain Brian Ratzlaff
Major Rocky Roskowski
Ralph Shufeldt
Steve Washington
Sergeant Major Bill Womer

State co-chairs of McCain's coalition of attorneys in the state of Michigan (announced May 31, 2007)
John Smietanka - a former U.S. Attorney and was the Republican nominee for Attorney General in 1994 and 1998. Currently a partner in the firm of Smietanka, Buckleitner, Steffes and Gezon in Grandville, Michigan.

Richard Zuckerman - a former attorney with the U.S Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Currently a partner in the Michigan-based law firm of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP.

Finance Chairman - Jim Nicholson

Michigan Finance Committee Members (announced March 5, 2007)

Margaret Allesee
Eugene Applebaum
J. Christopher Beckering
Curt Benson
Harold Beznos
Keith Brophy
Peter C. Cook
Samuel Cummings
David Dishaw
Kenneth Eisenberg
Harvey Gainey
Frank Hennessey
James Hiller
Thomas Hoeg
Robert Hoffman
Jeffrey A. Ishbia
Jerrold Jung
J. Douglas King
John A. Krasula
State Senator Wayne Kuipers
Alphonse Lucarelli
Habib Mamou
Richard F. Mazur
Claude McManus
State Senator Michelle McManus
George Mickel
Timothy O'Brien
Peter Remington
Shelby Reno
James Saalfeld
Stu Sandler
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz
W. Sidney Smith
Michael Soimar
Derek Stevens
David Stone
Frank Torre
David Trott
Clune Walsh
Todd Wyett
Chuck Yob
Richard Zuckerman

Additionally, Ron Weiser, McKinley Associates CEO, former Ambassador, and longtime Michigan resident, who has served as MRP finance chair, is serving on McCain’s national finance committee.


Independent Site

http://michiganformccain.blogspot.com
First posting Sept. 24, 2006
Authors include Charles J. Szafir.


???State Director, Social Conservatives Glenn Clark
(announced Dec. 20, 2006) Ninth District GOP chairman. Executive director of the Michigan Christian Coalition, 1994-97. Political director of Romney for U.S. Senate in 1994.

Straight Talk America Michigan Legislative Advisory Team.
House Co-Chairs (announced Aug. 9, 2006): Majority Floor Leader Chris Ward, Associate Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Elsenheimer, Rep. Kevin Green, and Rep. Ed Gaffney.

Senate Co-Chairs (announced Sept. 7, 2006): Sen. Jason Allen, Sen. Pattie Birkholtz, Sen. Alan Cropsey, Sen. Tom George, Sen. Mike Goschka, Sen. Wayne Kuipers, Sen. Ron Jelinek, Sen. Michelle McManus, Sen. Laura Toy, and Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom.

Honorary Co-Chairs (announced Sept. 14, 2006): Former Speaker of the House Chuck Perricone, and former Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow.

Straight Talk America Michigan Veterans Organizational Committee
Co-Chairs (announced Sept. 20, 2006): 2002 GOP Senate nominee Andrew Rocky Raczkowski, Allegan County GOP Chairman Gerry Hildenbrand, and Michigan Republican Party Secretary Hank Fuhs.

Straight Talk America Michigan Grassroots Leadership Team
On Oct. 3, 2006 Straight Talk America announced its Michigan Grassroots Leadership Team comprising 24 Republican grassroots leaders including two state GOP vice chairmen, the state GOP secretary, four GOP district chairmen, thirteen county GOP chairmen, and three statewide elected officials.

Michigan Youth Advisory Committee
On October 24, 2006, Straight Talk America announced a Michigan Young Leaders Team comprising 27 young Republican leaders from around the state.

Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action
Most of these folk were along for the ride because there is a certain amount of betting as to who would be the party's ultimate nominee and part of it is just the result of political alliances, or even a simple choice based on preference. I cannot imagine there is something wrong with that. Many were doing it to get it done or to have a place in the world, so to speak. Others were there because of whose posterior they grasped onto and remained onto. Looking at each name individually could yield those sorts of truths. Some I know have moved on and some people are in similar relationships now that they were in when that list was created.

I ripped the list from this URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2008/mccain/mccainorgmi.html

I think it is extraordinarily fair to emphasize that this organization failed to provide positive results, given its only mission in the final race. It is even more fair to suggest that we were all betrayed by the John McCain national campaign, and the state organization took the biggest hit because of the national beast's overly-public withdrawal.

Would anyone debate the fact that in the late spring the Republican National Committee and the John McCain national campaign put their collective iron boot down in Michigan's organizational structure for the 2008 campaign cycle and deliberately (if possibly foolishly) diverted certain amounts of control and power from the state Republican Party (MRP) and placed the resources, money, hiring authority in the paws of the McCain Michigan organization. Essentially they were treated as separate organizations, determined by political alliances and allegiances.

There is no surprise that in the broadest sense those alliances are still alive, that in the broadest sense the McCain organization still exists today in a form similar to this, with membership similar to this, although not wholly identical, regardless of the lack of a Presidential race.

Very simply put the differing alliances that often fell to Romney versus McCain or John Engler versus Chuck Yob still exist. I always suggest at every opportunity that such divisiveness may be destructive.