Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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!
CampaignsOnly Rick Jones won and that's really just an expectation, like gravity.
Tim Walberg US House
Jack Hoogendyk US Senate
Rick Jones 71st MI House
Joe Knollenberg US House
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.
John McCain-Organization, MichiganMost 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.
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)
Ambassador Ronald Weiser
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)
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
(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.
Chairman Attorney General Mike Cox
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.
State Director John Yob
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 Director Rob Minard
Worked at Strategic National Consulting. Political staffer to former U.S. Ambassador Ron Weiser.
Coalitions Director John Balbach
Online Communications Erica Tibbe
Regional director for Outer Oakland County on the DeVos for Governor campaign in 2006.
Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager Shana Goetting
McCain Michigan Team
(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.
Chairman Attorney General Mike Cox
(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.
Finance Chairman Jim Nicholson
(see finance committtee below)
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.
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
former Michigan State Senator Glenn Steil (Kent County) (announced July 24, 2007)
(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
Captain Rob Deane
General David Hall
Command Master Chief Claude McManus
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Odell
State Senator John Pappageorge
Captain Brian Ratzlaff
Major Rocky Roskowski
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)
J. Christopher Beckering
Peter C. Cook
Jeffrey A. Ishbia
J. Douglas King
John A. Krasula
State Senator Wayne Kuipers
Richard F. Mazur
State Senator Michelle McManus
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz
W. Sidney Smith
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.
First posting Sept. 24, 2006
Authors include Charles J. Szafir.
(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.
???State Director, Social Conservatives Glenn Clark
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 TeamMichigan Youth Advisory Committee
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.
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
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.
I wonder if this trailer includes spoilers. If it is true to the characters, however, then there are no spoilers. Manoman I love Star Trek.
The official location for the second trailer is here. The site for the official trailers for the eleventh Star Trek movie is here.
I do not have Quicktime on this computer anymore. I do not have iTunes yet again. I wonder if I should install the current versions. While I appreciate the total access the plugin allows to a multitude of internet media, I also appreciate and do not enjoy the system resources the programs automatically consume and I truly despise how they infest my system and do whatever they were programmed to do regardless of how much I desire they do only what I tell it and nothing further. In too many ways is this software like my government, as its makers think and desire what is best for my system and not leave the decisions to me.
When I was young and able to sort out where my files and applications went quite deliberately with Windows 98 I looked forward to a future where I would have such freedoms without Norton Uninstall. I love Norton Uninstall. Unfortunately in this future I have no such libertarian control of property. I have no freedom to alter my file locations thanks to the even stricter controls of the operating systems of the future.
Such are the steps towards LCARS, I suspect.
That said, I am so attracted to the bright and shininess that is new Star Trek. I merely hope that there is no dark cynicism of the future: that is not becoming to the Wagon Train to the Stars.
But I love the inclusion of that automobile!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Posted by Harvardlawgrad, his description:
Barack Obama by his own words was raised and then received religious instruction in a racist and Marxist environment. Remember Obama was attracted to and joined Trinity United Church of Christ after reading their church bulletin that said, "A Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness." He has been taught his whole life, especially the last 20 years that America is racist and needs to be fundamentally changed. That's why he wouldn't wear the U.S. flag pin on his chest, that's why he wouldn't put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem, and that's why on the campaign trail he talks about fundamental change in this country. He wants to change the U.S. and make it a country compatible to what he learned from Jeremiah Wright, who was taught by Dr. James Cone, most notably in his book "Black Theology & Black Power" which talks of their god as being for blacks and against the white enemy.This is part of who he is; there was hype that he was "post-racial" as a candidate, yet that is hype and as a human being, let alone a politician he was particularly racial.
It's obvious Barack believes in Black Liberation Theology because he called his own grandmother "a typical white person:" Matthew 15:18, "But the things that procees out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man."
Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." That makes sense, if you train someone, especially a child for a long time, that training stays with them for life.
I Corinthians 15:33, "Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals." This also sounds logical. If you surround yourself with bad people, you too will eventually become like them. Notice this verse starts out by saying, "Do not be deceived." Obama and his supporters are always trying to say that Obama is somehow not affected by his associations, throwing out the phrase, "this is guilt by association." However, I chose to believe the Biblical line of thinking; if someone surrounds themselves with racists and Marxists friends and associates, they will eventually become like them.
To help further understand why Barack Obama believes what he believes watch, "Who Is Barack Obama, Part 1 - An Introduction," and "Who is Barack Obama, Part 2 - Connecting The Dots."
I'm not saying that he is simply a "racist" although he may be or may not be. But he is a politician.
The reasons I was eventually right were different than I suspected they would.
All along one must keep in mind preparation of the general election. Barack Obama had taken Michigan in vain in the Primary yet as predicted the greater populations in massive urban counties, as well as unionist and university-populated communities, swarmed to vote Democrat, as is the tradition in this state, rendering any idea that the Primary actions would inspire General reactions meaningless. Barack Obama would call all Michigan Democrats "Dog rapists" in January and the results would have been the same. I am not saying that people are "stupid" or "sheep". Barack Obama merely exists in November as the only viable choice to make a definitive statement against the Republican morass of the past eight years. That is to say when the Democrats will vote for their guy out of allegiance and the Moderates refuse to support even a Moderate Republican out of rebellion against the Republicans, it is unreasonable to assume that who the Democrat is even matters. When the Democrat in question has a historical skin color that compounds the problem.
Anyone who predicted that Barack Obama's skin color would lead to America voting him down, even as an option, is a cynic who should be flogged then exiled, and I extend that prescription to those old farts sitting around Barnes & Noble.
I am going to condemn Michigan Republican organizational problems on a different time, particularly as I learn about them, as doing so benefits me, and more relevantly, how a weekly column here on RightMichigan fits with that theme.
How can we claim that what we do in January contributes to the Presidential election when the victor of the Michigan Presidential Primary ended up not being the Republican nominee; that Republican nominee counted not his time and experience in Michigan as any that developed his image or perception or persona in any amount that contributed to the Presidential race against the Democrat. Casting delegates to a candidate means something when somehow he racks up enough wins, states, that he becomes a nominee. Being a delegates then means something specific only when the Primaries were competitive enough to bring more than one potential candidate to Convention, but I am likely wrong on the point of being a delegate. It looks like fun after all, and that means something too. Fun is so rare in politics.
Yet for all the years that John McCain invested in infrastructure and political alliances in Michigan, none of that stopped John McCain from withdrawing from Michigan in October, removing needed money, nor did that silence the public withdrawal announcements, which crippled our Get Out The Vote efforts, which could only contribute to the defeats of Congressmen Tim Walberg and Joe Knollenberg, as well as lowered the percentages of Jack Hoogendyk in his US Senate race against the Gargoyle Perched Atop the Cathedral of Bureaucracy. Moving the Primary forward to compete with Iowa and New Hampshire highlighted the point that it is stupid that those two states are always first in the Presidential Primary yet all this was an attempt to compete for attention with two older brothers that never lose. The Michigan Republicans lost delegates (I am sure they were restored, not that it was worth anything) and those who wished to ignore Michigan did ignore Michigan. The truth of the matter is that Michigan granted Mitt Romney his needed Primary First Win. New Hampshire gave it to John McCain and Iowa landed in the lap of Mike Huckabee. We could ask the question that if Mitt Romney was the Presidential nominee, or the Vice-Presidential nominee, would Michigan vote Republican on Election Day? If Mitt Romney was the Vice Presidential candidate would Michigan have been abandoned to unionists and Sleeping Judge advertisements? We really will never know.
Part of the problem is that no matter how much of a son of George Romney the Massachusetts Governor was, so was Scott Romney and that did not help him with his smaller statewide race (if you cannot remember what is was or bother to look it up, I won't bother to share).
All the energy of a Romney in Michigan did not matter for Huckabee and Fred Thompson in other states; John McCain eventually wore the Mormon down, caught up, took him out. The standard story is that Mitt Romney's religion was used as a weapon against him, the unpopularity compared to Mike Huckabee's pastoral status, and between Mike Huckabee's religious attacks and John McCain's status as elder statesman... I have spoken to a lot of people assume willful collusion between John McCain and Mike Huckabee against Mitt Romney. I wonder if Senator Sam Brownback's early attacks on Mitt Romney's views on abortion had any negative impact. I doubt anyone will ever know.
I hate state Primaries like that because it seems like a domino effect of neglect and absence. Fred Thompson, for instance, picked to fight in Iowa and South Carolina. That was poor. If Fred Thompson might have made a better candidate for the actual post-Convention race, we will never know because he never tried to make the case with all gusto. Michigan did not contribute to that. A state does not make a difference in the term of all candidates if not all candidates choose to make a case there. That often leads to a bunch of disappointed supporters. Fred Thompson will survive that. Mike Huckabee campaigned here. He benefits too.
Going back to the American Spectator view on our 2008 chances. It was just a January 5th view on a January Primary, but it was so far off it is ridiculous. John McCain won New Hampshire and Mitt Romney carried Michigan. Mitt Romney's name was alive for many weeks, yet he lost after a competitive Primary race. John McCain's name never really became the great champion among the Republican organizations in this state, I reckon, and his institutional supporters did not have enough clout in the national McCain campaign to prevent the organization's cutting and running, and "redeployment" of campaign employees to other states. It is probably just a crackpot conspiracy theory that Mitt Romney's victory in the Michigan Presidential Primary is a root cause of John McCain's withdrawal and eventual defeat for Michigan's Electoral Votes, but that theory is mine nonetheless.
Cross-posted at RightMichigan.com
The frightening thing is that as President-elect there can be no justice either way. Calling him to take responsibility for all of this may damage the country yet letting it be establishes bad precedent.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I found this to be particularly sad.
Remember to vote tomorrow and you haven't finished your roster until you have voted for Doster!
Please remember to vote tomorrow on the non-partisan ballot for Eric Doster, the candidate that is tough enough to protect Michigan families. Doster is a husband and father of three daughters. He is a lawyer with nearly 20 years experience at the largest law firm in the 4th Court of Appeals District.
Even retiring Judge Bill Schuette is supporting Eric Doster!
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Retiring Judge Schuette Gives Support to Doster for Judge
Mason, MI - Court of Appeals candidate Eric Doster released the following statement upon hearing from Judge Bill Schuette on his personal support in this campaign:
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Welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter, the Mike Cox Report.
Attorney General Mike Cox brought charges against an ACORN worker and two others for voter registration fraud, including the registration of a dead man. Following is a sampling of those stories, beginning with General Cox's interview with CNN's Lou Dobbs
Lou Dobbs CNN interview on Voter Fraud and ACORN
Attorney General Mike Cox took action against an ACORN worker and two others for voter registration fraud, including the registration of a dead man. Following is a sampling of those stories, beginning with General Cox's interview with CNN's Lou Dobbs.
- Lou Dobbs
Michigan Attorney General charges ACORN worker with forgery
Michigan Atty. Gen. Mike Cox on Tuesday charged a former ACORN worker with forgery in connection with voter registration applications he submitted in the city of Jackson.
Antonio Johnson, 23, a convicted felon who is currently being held in Jackson County on a parole violation, is charged with six counts of forging a public document and faces up to 14 years on each count, Cox said in a news release.
Voter drive workers charged with using phony names
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
By Nate Reens / The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS -- A Grand Rapids man helping to register minority voters allegedly signed up his dead brother to try to meet a quota mandated by a Massachusetts-based community organizing group, authorities said.
"This kind of criminal activity strikes at the heart of our electoral system," Cox said. "We are acting quickly to assure Michigan voters that they can trust in the integrity of the electoral process when they vote on election day."
Cox said both suspects admitted their fraud to Grand Rapids police investigators. Each said the quotas drove their deceit, he said.
Battling voter fraud protects democracy
Battling voter fraud protects democracy
Every voter in Michigan should be applauding the efforts of state officials to combat the apparent efforts to disenfranchise them in the Nov. 4 elections.
Attorney General Mike Cox this week charged one man with six counts of forgery of a public document after the individual allegedly signed a half-dozen different voter registration forms.
Don't let Blues sneak a bad deal past lawmakers
The election campaigns are almost over. You may be tempted to rejoice and start focusing on the holidays. But this year, what happens after the election in Lansing may be just as important.
The Michigan Legislature is likely to return for a lame duck session, during which deals often are made with the hope that you are too busy to pay attention.
This year, Blue Cross Blue Shield's controversial legislative proposal is on the agenda. The Blues plan will cause dramatic cost increases for health insurance and will end the oversight that helps protect your ability to afford health care.
No wonder they're waiting until after the election.
Taxpayers have extended special privileges to Blue Cross for years. Because of its mission as the "insurer of last resort," Blue Cross is exempt from paying state taxes -- saving the insurer at least $75 million each year. That money, which we could use for schools or road repair, has instead helped Blue Cross increase its surplus to an eye-popping $2.4 billion.
Did your rates go down as a result of this surplus? No, but salaries of top insurance executives at Blue Cross did go up -- an astounding 42% between 2004-06.
Guess who is not doing as well as those executives? You.
A.G. to help pay for special prosecutors
TRAVERSE CITY -- Special state prosecutors will continue to handle local domestic violence cases for at least another year.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said his office will help pay for three special assistant attorney generals who handle nearly all domestic violence cases in nine northern Michigan counties.
"We have a lot of faith in county prosecutor's offices, but anything we can do above and beyond we want to keep going," Cox spokesman John Selleck said. "This was a very important one."
I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Mike Cox Report.
Please feel free to distribute this to your friends and colleagues. Thank you
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Goodbye, Inauguration Day. Hello, Obama Day!
That’s the hope of some Obama supporters in Kansas who are organizing “Yes We Can” rallies to “secure a national holiday in Obama’s honor,” according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal. They also plan to serve “Obama cake” at the local McDonald’s during the swearing-in.
“Obama cake.” Goes great with Kool-Aid.
Barack Obama may be the King of Cool, but his followers are afflicted with brain fever. Fans faint at his campaign events. Harvard academics want George Bush and Dick Cheney to resign immediately. His transition team co-chair told Tom Brokaw she wants President-elect Obama ready “to take power and begin to rule day one” (emphasis added).
Folks, calm down. It’s a presidential election, not a regime change.
Viewed as part of the American story of race relations, I agree that this year’s election is a moment of great history. But as an election, it was, well, just an election.
Around 130 million voters turned out, or 61.2 percent of registered voters - 1 percent higher than 2004, but lower than in ’64 or ’68.
The Republicans lost and the Democrats won. Unusual, yes. But given the terrible economy and an incumbent Republican with poll numbers slightly above Julio Lugo [stats]’s batting average, is anyone surprised?
Meanwhile, Obama could only muster 52.6 percent of the vote, even after the Wall Street meltdown and outspending John McCain by $100 million in the last weeks of the campaign. A solid win, but hardly historic.
We’ve managed to pick 42 presidents before (43 if you count Grover Cleveland twice) without declaring any holidays before they even took office. Let’s calm down.
My mother-in-law, smitten with Obama fever, will have none of it. “This was more than an election,” she told me last weekend. “Obama’s going to change things. Really change things.”
She could be right. Obama could be a transformational figure, a transcendent being, perhaps even (as his most fervent followers believe) a “light-bringer” who will change the entire world. I don’t know.
What I do know is that Obama is a politician. He’s been one since at least 1996, when he knocked his own mentor off the ballot and took her state Senate seat.
He’s a politician who voted “present” 130 times rather than vote “yes” or “no” on tough issues. He’s a politician who made Siamese twins of Bush and McCain, two pols at odds for eight years.
And you know what President-elect Obama is going to do? Act like a politician, of course. And his supporters will be heartbroken.
The “Obama Day” neophytes remind me of the naive dog lovers who voted to shut down greyhound racing here in Massachusetts. Now they’re stunned that the owners are just going to let the dogs race elsewhere.
What did you expect? That the morning after Question 3 passed, dog lovers would descend on Wonderland, fling open the cages and cry “Be free!” as the dogs spent their remaining days frolicking on Revere Beach?
These are elections. They don’t repeal the laws of supply and demand, or change the market values of our homes or - despite what our future first lady might say - heal our souls.
Just ask the voters of Massachusetts who heard Deval Patrick say “Magic can happen here,” and elected him our governor. It’s been two years, and we’re still waiting for that “magic.” What we got instead was 2,000 new government employees, a $500 million tax hike and a busted budget.
Our plans for “Deval Day” are temporarily on hold.Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid=1131476
Obama marks Veterans Day with wreath-laying
Analysis: In the end, Bush the statesman emerges
Naturally this is merely the introdution to my reprinting of this article here: Above all, Obama’s a pol
By Michael Graham | Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Op-Ed
This will not occur in any chronological order as to events or even chronological order for articles published. We hope I maintain the discipline to continue this series on at least a bi-weekly basis.
Makes one hope that Jennifer Lynch finds herself on the wrong side of enemy lines at some point in her life.
This is one of the signature techniques of the left: The co-option of historical memory. You still have the same outward dress - the cenotaph, the dignitaries, the poppies, the old stooped veterans - but the meaning of the event is hijacked and inverted. The contamination of Remembrance Day by this ghastly woman is disgusting even by her standards.She does not even get her own 'human rights' right.
By the way, Canada's pseudo-"human rights" bureaucracies are in sustained systemic breach of key aspects of the UN Declaration, including the right to the presumption of innocence and the right to due process. Having been on the receiving end of Commissioner Lynch's "human rights" for the best part of a year, I regard her as, at best, an ahistorical nitwit unfit for public office.
These warriors and others are such that sacrifice, one way or the other, to maintain and ensure our continued liberty in this country.
Certainly those trained warriors who act not as warriors, are certainly necessary to this same effort. They are not to be taken for granted. When one is taking time away from the life one may have planned, one's home and/or one's family, or just inched themselves closer to death, floating or sitting closer to the enemy than the comfort and security of home.
Of course due to the diligence of some of our armed forces it is not false to say that some of these far-off warlands are likely safer than Washington,DC or Detroit, MI. I blame the gun-control laws. In those places it is sanctioned to be prepared to fight back against savages and sinners.
What is relevant now is that they work and fight to keep us safe, ready, and they are the enablers for what we enjoy now, whether it be decadent or just.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
All benefits and virtues.
(I wish I knew more people I could trust). Oh well.
This song will serve as my Birthday anthem. Forget "Happy Birthday" as a song! Let's go with this!
UPDATE 2011/02/22: The above video does not work.
The same song by TMBG is here with puppet presentation.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
or commit voter fraud http://tinyurl.com/5bryd8
with Bad voter applications in Pontiac.
The majority of the problem applications are coming from the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has a large voter registration program among its many social service programs. ACORN's Michigan branch, based in Detroit, has enrolled 200,000 voters statewide in recent months, mostly with the use of paid, part-time employees.Imagine that.
Mr. Hoogendyk as a legislator has stood for and stood by various principles and policy ideas in a time when Democrats and leftists have the ruling vote in the Legislature and the Last Word in Government. He is a champion of home schools, and education in general and his son is being home-schooled. Jack Hoogendyk puts his money where his mouth is.
The campaign finance laws that the Republican Presidential candidate has put forth in the past has in many ways crippled his quest for the Presidency, but more importantly crippled the campaign of Jack Hoogendyk. So the State Party cannot fight effectively for a Statewide Senate race in the same way it does for local races or a national race. I do not quite understand it myself. What I do understand is that Carl Levin is a Gargoyle on the Cathedral of Bureacracy and should be removed. He has been the US Senator for this state since before I was born, before almost any college student was born, and while he purportedly represents the state he has not had a home in this state for over a decade. In order to see his constituents he literally visits Michigan.
Jack Hoogendyk makes his home in Kalamazoo. He travels to Lansing to do his work and then returns. It is a simple concept but I believe living up to it makes him a man better suited to represent us. Not to mention that for the past eight years we have seen... big government Republicans helping big government Democrats. In this climate we have two Big Government Spend-o-crats as our Senators. Should not one of them be one of half the political sorts in the country? Jack Hoogendyk is a daring character, willing to stand up to giants that people see as unbeatable. He would serve as a fine living counterpoint challenging Harry Reid on the Senate floor.
The biggest reason any Republican or Conservative should have to support Jack Hoogendyk is that the State Party has no real faith in any man challenging Carl Levin. They have given up the ghost, surrendered the race. We need to bely the concerns of mere Party loyalties and Party lines and support a man who would run what is called an impossible race because he has the character to attempt to win, and the drive to come this close. He will bely their expectations so I think we, as voters, need to justify it. That may not sound like a logical, rational answer, but it works on a simple, single level: Jack Hoogendyk has character and the higher the vote count, the more likely this man will stay visible in Michigan Republican politics. If the man loses to the unstoppable juggernaut he needs a great showing, because we need him to be a great leader in the times to come!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Dear Chris,My polling place is not in Potterville. They got it wrong by a great distance. I got a message from another that McCain team told him was his polling place was his old polling place. These sort of Get Out The Vote efforts/operations are a shambles.
Tuesday is the most important day in this campaign - and it's all up to you.
This election is going to be won by the side that turns out the most voters - and that's why we need you to take the time on Tuesday to vote McCain-Palin at your local polling location.
Based on the address we have on file for you, we've identified your polling location in Eaton county as:TOWNSHIP HALL
This location is 7.1 Miles from your location and will take 10 Minutes to drive to.
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So here's what we do. Do your own homework. Leave early to vote, show up early, double check that you are at the right place and leave plenty of time to compensate. If you intend to vote for John McCain (or whomever, really), rely upon yourself and your own will. This is up to you more than any campaign. So vote. Don't rely on a campaign to give you your information. But vote.