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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

the government is closing the noose on your infant child

  • Are two of the characters from Michael Bay's Transformers 2 movie racist stereotypes in nature? The blog post/article does not answer the question very well (and perhaps raises more questions) but the comments will help.
  • I love Roadbuster and am one of the few I really do, I think. Unicron.us has a good page.
  • Here is the Twitter #hashtag sorter for #TCOT
  • NRO on the Honduran counter-coup
  • Victor Davis Hanson tracks the President lying for the American cause.
  • Why the heck is it a big deal that a Governor can vanish for a few days! A state does not really need him if it is organized properly. The government should not rely on a particular individual in just that way especially if it is proper government, that is to say, minimal government. Then again, if the behavior of Senator Ensign and Governor Sanford are replicated across the line of Republicans then we can just sit and wait for government healthcare and a massive reevaluation of the proper relationship between citizen and the government. Mark Steyn makes the same argument but backs it up and actually attacks specific viewpoints.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is a department of the Executive Branch and operates under the command of President Obama. When the actual science as presented by an individual and his report does not fit with his narrative the fool squelches it all so he can pass the largest tax hike in American history and further squelch our liberty. So if global warming or climate change is not what the President of the United States says it is he will not allow you to know the truth, all so he can take your money and make certain elements of enterprise and energy non-viable, destroying industry and smothering prosperity under his black hand of evil darkness.

Botcon 2004 Dan Gilvezan Panel



Dan Gilvezan played Spider-Man in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends as well as Bumblebee on the original first generation Transformers cartoon series.

I really wished and still wish that Mister Gilvezan was cast as Bumblebee in the movies and not Mark Ryan.

Indiana has a right idea for education

Indiana passes new school choice program

Home of Friedman Foundation first new state in 2009 to be added to school choice ranks

Indiana lawmakers today approved a $2.5 million scholarship tax credit program in the home state of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. The new scholarship program was inserted into the state's budget and won approval in the late hours of the special legislative session. The bill, which passed the Senate 34-16 and the House 61-36, now goes to the governor who is anticipated to sign it in the coming days.

"The state of Indiana today joined a growing number of states that are putting the educational needs of children before partisan politics by adopting school choice programs," said Robert Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation. "Indiana's scholarship tax credit program received support from members of both parties as well as strong support from Governor Mitch Daniels, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, and House Republican Leader Brian Bosma. We're grateful that Senate budget negotiator Luke Kenley and the other legislators held firm in budget discussions and worked so hard to provide parents with meaningful options for their children. We'd also like to acknowledge the support of the original authors of Senate Bill 528, Senators Carlin Yoder, Marlin Stutzman and Joe Zakas, Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Lubbers, House Education Committee ranking Republican member Bob Behning, and House Ways and Means Committee ranking Republican member, Jeff Espich," Enlow said.

We would also like to acknowledge the role that our state and local allies in the school choice movement have played in this victory, including School Choice Indiana and their leader Fred Klipsch, as well as the Indiana Non-Public Education Association and the Indiana Catholic Conference.

"We are proud that this year's first new school choice program is located in our home state and that thousands of Hoosier families will now have real options when it comes to finding the school that best fits their child's educational needs," Enlow added.

A similar tax credit proposal passed the Senate with bi-partisan support during the regular legislative session. Governor Daniels kept the measure alive by including it in his budget proposal during the special legislative session, and the senate re-inserted the program in their special session budget proposal. Indiana is the first new state to join the school choice family so far this year.

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Government Motors



Ryan Nichols:
No company is too big to fail. I'm seriously re-thinking my life-long "buy American" pledge given the recent turn of events.
That was written June 8th, 2009 and ripped by me.

The way I hear it the very act of "saving" this company and other automotive companies, as well as other major corporations, has actually damaged these institutions to the point where they respectively are incapable of improving, innovating, growing beyond their peak.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

a note, needing prayer

every time I am closest to final final final victory... I indulge in a long stretch of self-destructive behavior.

Like five steps forwards three steps back.

I can't take it anymore... I want five steps forward. and to finish this life phase. now.

Iran, Michael Jackson, Pelosi-Waxman, and more broken priorities

The ignored horror in Tehran -- a Tienanmen-level even featured here.

Jonah Goldberg reflects on how the public, especially our media, has honored Michael Jackson without meaning to do so and notes that while his life may have been tragic, mourning his death is not about him.
Here was a guy so many of “us” read about in People magazine for so long. His passing, therefore, isn’t a loss in the sorrowful sense of the word, but in the selfish one. It’s a loss of an interesting subject, a creature to gossip about and to fill a few minutes on E! or Entertainment Tonight.
That reflects the bulk of our mourning in celebrity deaths. As it is, and Mr. Goldberg points out, Michael Jackson's death was a death but that in and of itelf is hardly a tragedy; "Michael Jackson’s life, not his death, was tragic. " I say broadly that every person whose time on earth ended without knowing Jesus dies a tragic death, but for Michael Jackson's place in the world, his life brought much more pain to himself and to others compared to his anticlimatic passing from this world.

John Derbyshire reflects in turn that Michael Jackson is a symbol of a point in time, much like Farrah Fawcett.

The manmade global climate impact myth is a political cudgel used to beat people, even as it is most effectively used in lies, notes Victor Davis Hanson. Barack Obama killed over 9,980 fictional people in Kansas to make this point. For this we change our lives?

In response to the fear that our mankind's behaviors are destroying the planet and altering its natural balance and behaviors in catastrophic ways, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that will probably alter the American economy in catastrophic ways. This destruction should hit Michigan in particularly severe way, although given the state of our present economy most people will not notice. This sort of devastation could have been avoided except that eight Republicans, instead of being reasonable, decided to pass it so they could appear environmentally conscious. As a result the governments of China, Russia, Japan, India, and other countries are pursuing thier pre-set courses of action because they do not care about American environmentalist mythology and certainly are unwilling to cripple to their respective economies because some Americans suspect that doing so will save the world. So naturally speaking whatever American pollution is halted has no bearing on the effects of the pollution that other industrialized nations may generate. That is barely touching the edge of the problem.

That bill, however, does not actually exist. So much of what our Democrat partisan-controlled legislature does is legally and ethically inappropriate and a special shame goes to any Republican that endorses the behavior.

Legislative analysts and historians of both the American Left and American Right agree that the Congress exists to be deliberative body and to pass no bill as to become a new law in haste. Yet this so-called legislative process has been overrun and overriden, disregarded, on quite a regular basis these past few years, but quite nastily by these Democrats and their Republican sidekicks. Iain Murray has an idea to stop it. This would make a wonderful Constitutional Amendment! If you cannot and did not read the bill, why allow its results to change the country one way or the other.

Monday, June 22, 2009

even fascists have rights, even in Europe

In European politics if your reasonable and possibly mainstream political ideas are unpopular you are legally lumped in with the political undesirables. Fascism grows that way. If people are thinking reasonable things to the point where they are blocked they turn to the unreasonable items in order to speak out. So the fascists get joiners. So fascism wins either way.

official Star Trek desktop wallpapers


This is why the internet is good.

so if we relase a terrorist, he'll kill innocents?

Why didn't someone tell me that that could happen at an earlier date? Someone should tell the President!

I guess those poor innocent folk at Gitmo aren't that innocent after all, for the most part.

Iran observations

  1. The present government/regime in Iran committed acts of war against the United States of America.
  2. The Mullahs, a body of religious figures, appoint who is in Iranian executive elections.
  3. The Mullhas operate Iran like Vince McMahon and other writers run the World Wrestling Federation and other large professional wrestling outfits
  4. Just like WCW, WWF, WWE, the results of this match is likely pre-determined by the writers.
  5. Considering that the characters (with names) in the story have been written out ahead of time, why should we Americans believe that it makes one bit of difference which of those Iranian politicos is the Iranian President?
  6. If a new individual is the Preisdent of Iran, the old regime in Iran still stands.
  7. That regime committed acts of war against us.
  8. We should retaliate.
  9. We should retaliate while that regime still stands; it should be punished.
  10. The Iranian people, by and large, are innocent.
  11. The Iranian people, spurred by what they purportedly believe to be falsified election results, are rioting, demonstrating, protesting.
  12. The Iranian people do not have the backing of the Iranian military or civilian police authority or armed forces. They are mostly unarmed.
  13. The Iranian government commands the police and military. They are shooting people.
  14. People are getting beaten by government representatives, both official and unofficial.
  15. The government of Iran has blocked most telecommunications transmissions in and out of the State/County/Nation, including e-mail, telephones, popular websites capable of carrying photographic images of the events and the violence.
  16. The exception to the block is http://twitter.com That is correct: Twitter.
  17. That Twitter is now the primary communicative medium of possible revolution means the world is about to end.
  18. I don't know how/why Iran could not block Twitter.
  19. Congressman Peter Hoekstra (Michigan 2nd District) embarrassed himself by comparing the Iranians' use of Twitter to the American Republican House legislators' use of Twitter when the latter group was effectively silenced on a specific political level. The Democrats were not shooting Republicans is the biggest difference, but the difference is great enough.
  20. In response to that rhetorical lack of rhetorical perspective a number of people launched a series of responses to Congressman Hoekstra which consisted primarily of comparisons that are similarly outlandish in nature. Congressman Hoekstra's Twitter error went viral. For example
    had high water pressure in the shower this morning, must be what it's like to get waterboarded
    and
    Put some chicken wire around my garden to keep out rabbits. It was just like when they built the Great Wall of China.
    This one is funny:
    An ambulance just drove by with the siren on. Now I know what it was like to be in London during the Blitz.
    Now for one more sample:
    I just burned my hand with some bacon grease. I feel exactly like that Buddhist monk who set himself on fire
    Honestly there is not enough time in the world to track and reprint all of these things without coding help, and some of them just are not funny/clever enough to mention. Others are not part of the meme but simply preachy idiots who apparently want a politician punished for making an inappropriate comparison.
  21. The best of them can be found here. I will steal them now.

    mike_bosworth @petehoekstra I got a sunburn last weekend. Makes me think of Hiroshima.

    KyleOrl @petehoekstra My softball game was rained out today. Now I know what Hurricane Katrina felt like.

    stealingfrom @petehoekstra Sitting in a chair, feeling a good deal like Stephen Hawking. #GOPfail

    mattortega RT @petehoekstra Walked out onto Constitution Ave in D.C. and was almost hit by a taxi. Reminded me of Tienanmen Square.

    mmnowakjr85 @petehoekstra our office cooler ran out of water. this must be what its like in Sudan.

    curtsmith @petehoekstra, fell off my surfboard in Malibu today, now I know what D-day felt like.

    jwzich @petehoekstra Didn't have breakfast this morning, it was exactly like the Great Potato Famine

    stevensantos @petehoekstra Still haven't got paid for a job I did. Now I know what slavery is like.

    trisloth @petehoekstra Just got into a snowball fight. Reminded me of the Hundred Years' War

    donnahon @petehoekstra Got some sand in my shoe. Now I know what it's like to be on my third deployment in Iraq.

    ceedub7 @petehoekstra I got a splinter in my hand today. Felt just like Jesus getting nailed to the cross.

    netw3rk @petehoekstra Someone walked in on me while I was in the bathroom. Reminded me of Pearl Harbor.

    trisloth @petehoekstra My toilet just overflowed a little. Now I know what it was like for the Indonesian tsunami victims.

    paganmist @petehoekstra Had to move all my stuff to a new office w/o a corner view. Now i know what the Trail of Tears was like. #GOPfail

    benhuh @petehoekstra I had to sit in the last row of our corporate jet this morning. This is what Rosa Parks must have felt like.

    BrianYoung @petehoekstra: Missed lunch today cuz I was late and walking to a meeting. Reminded me of the Bataan Death March.

    Feel better? I believe it was worth it.

  22. This is terrifying. People have way too much time on their hands. This obsessed individual in particular suffers from an intense leftist derangement.
  23. I don't know why the Iranians are rioting. Neither does any other American but I am honest enough to admit it while the others simply go with one common conjecture as fact.
  24. President Obama actually said that the real reason the election was going as it did, back when it was an election, was that he gave a speech in Cairo.
  25. His speech in Cairo had nothing to do with the Iranian President's lack of popularity.
  26. His speech in Cairo had nothing to do with the Iranian elections at all.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day



Darth Vader cut off his son's hand. Then he demanded that he join the forces of evil.

Food for thought.

Summer Solstice

The following is stolen from Wolfram Research's Scienceworld article on the topic and the day. Summer Solstice is a more technical and astronomical term denoting the First Day of Summer © 1996-2007 Eric W. Weisstein




Summer Solstice

In the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year (near June 22) when the Sun is farthest north. In the southern hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged. The summer solstice marks the first day of the season of summer. The declination of the Sun on the (northern) summer solstice is known as the tropic of cancer (23° 27').

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, respectively, in the sense that the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a maximum for the year. Of course, daylight saving time means that the first Sunday in April has 23 hours and the last Sunday in October has 25 hours, but these human meddlings with the calendar and do not correspond to the actual number of daylight hours. In Chicago, there are 15:02 hours of daylight on the summer solstice of June 21, 1999.

The above plots show how the date of the summer solstice shifts through the Gregorian calendar according to the insertion of leap years. The table below gives the universal time of the summer solstice. To convert to U. S. Eastern daylight saving time, subtract 4 hours, so the summer solstice occurs on June 21, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. EDT; June 21, 1999 at 15:47 (3:46 p.m.) EDT; and June 20, 2000 at 21:36 (9:36 p.m.) EDT.

Note that the times below were calculated using SummerSolstice[] in the Mathematica application package Scientific Astronomer, which is accurate to within only an hour or so, and in practice gives times that differ by up to 15 minutes from those computed by the U.S. Naval Observatory (which computes June 21, 1999 at 19:49 UT instead of 19:47 UT and June 21, 2000 at 01:48 UT instead of 01:36).

Date UT Date UT Date UT
06-21-1980 05:37 06-21-1990 15:36 06-21-2000 01:36
06-21-1981 11:25 06-21-1991 21:24 06-21-2001 07:24
06-21-1982 17:13 06-21-1992 03:13 06-21-2002 13:11
06-21-1983 23:00 06-21-1993 09:00 06-21-2003 18:59
06-21-1984 04:49 06-21-1994 14:48 06-21-2004 00:48
06-21-1985 10:37 06-21-1995 20:35 06-21-2005 06:36
06-21-1986 16:24 06-21-1996 02:24 06-21-2006 12:23
06-21-1987 22:12 06-21-1997 08:12 06-21-2007 18:11
06-21-1988 04:01 06-21-1998 14:00 06-21-2008 00:00
06-21-1989 09:48 06-21-1999 19:47 06-21-2009 05:47

Here is a QuickTime movie illustrating the tilt of the Earth's equatorial plane relative to the Sun which is responsible for the seasons. The dates of maximum tilt of the Earth's equator correspond to the summer solstice and winter solstice, and the dates of zero tilt to the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Detroits jerks destroy Detroit Tigers history

Statement of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy regarding the recent demolition of Tiger Stadium

June 19, 2009

We are shocked at the recent demolition of Tiger Stadium. It dishonors the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the Conservancy, the State of Michigan changes to the historic tax credit laws to enhance this project, the federal appropriation granted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Obama, and the thousands of volunteer hours contributed by the Conservancy, its consultants and its supporters in advancing this effort. We believe – and the DEGC has said they agree – that we had made substantial progress toward our redevelopment goal with a strong likelihood of ultimate success in the worst economy in decades. Then out of the blue, we received notice that the DEGC was tearing the stadium down. In answer to misleading statements made to the press and the City Council by the DEGC, we offer the following:

NO EXTENSIONS GIVEN:
The OTSC received no extension of any deadline from the DEGC from the date the city agreed to spare the Navin Field portion of Tiger Stadium in 2008. Prior to that time, extensions were only received following intervention of the City Council. The DEGC never granted any extension of its own accord.

SUBSTANTIAL CASH RAISED:
The OTSC raised more than $600,000 in cash from more than 700 contributors – individuals and entities – and secured the $3.8 million federal appropriation in the past nine months.

TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE:
Experts in tax credits and historic preservation commissioned by the OTSC identified tax credits totaling more than $18 million for which the project was likely eligible. The OTSC made substantial progress in the complicated process to secure these tax credits. Potential buyers for the tax credits had been identified and the sale of the tax credits would have provided $18 million of cash for the project. This is exactly the same financing structure that was used for other projects in the city, including the Book Cadillac Hotel development, so it was not an unfamiliar process to the DEGC.

ESCROW ESTABLISHED:
The OTSC deposited $300,000 in escrow with the DEGC to secure demolition costs and the purchase price of the stadium.

SECURITY / MAINTENANCE – 100% PAID BY CONSERVANCY:
The OTSC paid $93,000 for security and maintenance for the period through June 30, 2009 and was able to pay additional sums required in the future for security and maintenance costs at the Stadium.

DEMOLITION COSTS – RED HERRING:
The “increased demolition costs” cited by the DEGC as a reason for immediate demolition were a function of the current low steel prices, which will likely turn around with the economy and produce lower demolition costs again in the future.

BEST USE OF DEMOLITION FUNDS?
Demolition now will cost our financially stressed city $250,000 more than the funds deposited in escrow by the OTSC. Is this the highest priority of the city to spend taxpayer’s dollars on demolition at this time?

NO MEETING NOTICE / DEFECTIVE MEETING:
We had no notice from the DEGC of any meetings of the City Council or the Economic Development Corporation where the fate of the project was considered. In particular, we had no notice of the EDC meeting of June 2, 2009, which was conducted out of public view, and our first notice of the meeting and the demolition decision was from the press. At that meeting, the EDC members received no explanation of the OTSC’s substantial progress to assist its board in making an informed decision. Moreover, though required under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the EDC Board did not make the determinations and findings required to terminate the MOU and authorize the demolition of the stadium, nor did the Board ratify the action taken unilaterally by the DEGC (in the name of the EDC) when it notified the OTSC a day earlier that the MOU was being terminated.

CURRENT M.O.U <1 YEAR OLD:
We had been working under the current MOU with the DEGC for less than one year, not since 1999, when the Tigers left for Comerica Park, as DEGC representatives have stated publicly. The OTSC was only incorporated in May, 2007, and the current board has only been in place for the last year.

T.R.O. VIOLATED:
We were able to obtain a temporary restraining order on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 5 p.m. in an attempt to avoid significant damage to the stadium. At about the time the TRO was granted, the demolition resumed and later intensified until a supporter jumped the fence and gave the TRO order to the demolition operator at about 6:30 p.m. The demolition seemed to be intended to cause the most damage to disparate parts of the stadium in the shortest time. The demolition sacrifices in excess of $12 million of historic tax-credits to the city.

NO D.E.G.C. SUPPORT OR COOPERATION:
The DEGC provided us no technical, financial or organizational support whatever in our redevelopment efforts, and no other encouragement of any kind. For example, recently, the OTSC’s request to the DEGC for access to the field for press and fundraising purposes was denied.

NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORT:
Though the DEGC has made public statements that neighborhood residents were supportive of demolition, in fact the Corktown neighborhood, the neighborhood that surrounds the stadium, was strongly in support of the efforts of the OTSC. The neighborhood’s own community development organization has two members on the OTSC board, and many residents of the neighborhood contributed both their money and time.

REMAINING STRUCTURE A VIABLE HISTORIC BUILDING:
Despite repeated characterizations by the DEGC and media of the remaining portions of Tiger Stadium as a “stub” or “remnant,” the structure the city is currently demolishing was a viable, historic major league ballpark, circa 1930. It was not an incomplete or unusable remainder.

NO PLANS FOR THE SITE:
Before the demolition began, DEGC intimated that they were in talks with outside developers – developers interested in a cleared and vacant site. Since demolition has begun, the DEGC has acknowledged that there are indeed no serious development proposals for this site.

Not only the city, but the state and the entire country have lost the opportunity to redevelop an historic treasure that would have anchored a significant enhancement of the near west side of Detroit and spurred much-needed economic development in the years ahead. Instead, we will have an empty field at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull to further blight the landscape of our city. This historic “corner” will have a new meaning.

We thank our many supporters for their steadfast support and encouragement, as well as their time, money and passion for this project. You gave us the strength to carry this effort forward and we regret that the DEGC, the EDC and the city did not provide us the continued opportunity to achieve this objective.

The recent actions of the city, the EDC and the DEGC raise questions about the city’s priority regarding demolition and the use of the city’s funds. Why the urgency to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of city money to demolish at this time? Why is the DEGC so quick to demolish the Navin Field portion of Tiger Stadium when there are thousands of vacant and abandoned structures throughout the city that are in need of immediate demolition and are clearly a danger to Detroit’s citizens and firefighters? What are the plans for the site that require immediate demolition? The political leaders of our city need to address these issues and take charge of setting the development priorities of the city.

Senator Levin has informed us that the Conservancy remains entitled to utilize the $3.8 million Federal appropriation that the U.S. Congress so generously provided for economic development in or near the stadium site. In conjunction with the southwest Detroit community, we will determine how the money might best be invested and leveraged to have some good come of Senator Levin’s steadfast effort and support. We hope the city will assist us with these efforts for the good of the city and its citizens.

The failure of the DEGC to support the Conservancy is a tragic loss of a unique opportunity for economic development in the City of Detroit. The larger question the people of Detroit and the entire region should ask is why the DEGC is allowed to heavy-handedly run roughshod over the efforts of the not-for-profit and preservation communities and the thousands of citizens who are supporters of development efforts. The DEGC should be encouraging and assisting these efforts rather than quashing them at every turn.


Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy
June 19, 2009

parade parade parade

DATE LINE-UP TIME PARADE START TIME PURPOSE CITY
6/18/2009 - 6/20/2009 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Yankee Doodle Days Grand Ledge
7/4/2009 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 4th of July Parade Eaton Rapids
7/25/2009 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Olivet Fireman's Parade Olivet
8/15/2009 11:00 AM NOON Sunfield Farmer's Parade Sunfield
8/29/2009 10:30 AM 12:30 P.M. Hastings Summerfest Parade Hastings
9/12/2009 9:30 AM 10:30 AM Middleville Parade Middleville
9/12/2009 By 9:00 AM 10:30 AM Frontier Days Charlotte

Friday, June 19, 2009

This is Michigan...

THIS IS MICHIGAN ...

Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.

Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.

Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.

Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.

Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore..

Colon is home to the world's largest manufacturer of magic supplies..

The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.

Although Michigan is often called the Wolverine State ,
there are no longer any wolverines in Michigan . However, one was spotted in 2007, so there are some.

Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.

The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first
air-conditioned car in 1939.

The oldest county based on date of incorporation is Wayne in 1815..

Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the
third oldest remaining settlement in the United States

In 1817, the University of Michigan was the first university
established by any of the states. It was founded by priests. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit . The name was changed in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.

The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI.

Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture..

The largest village in Michigan is Caro.

Michigan's state stone, the Petoskey, is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan .

The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan . It spans five miles
over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The "Mighty Mac" took three years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.

Gerald R Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States . He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.

The painted turtle is Michigan 's state reptile.

The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan .
Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower.

Vernor's ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States . In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, four years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.

The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.

Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office..

The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.

Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.

Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world

Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska .

The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name, Detroit-Windsor International Bridge , as too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.

Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.

Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Seul Choix Point
Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895.
The working light also functions as a museum, which houses
early 1900's furnishings and maritime artifacts.

Forty of the state's 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes .

Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes .

Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes .

Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area, 1,194 square miles of
Inland waters, and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area.

Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies .

Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.

Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.

Four flags have flown over Michigan - French, English, Spanish and United States .

Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the
United States ...

Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes . Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan 's inland seas.

The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world.

The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York . Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece, they are composed of copper, iron, and pewter..

The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River .

The world's first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron , Michigan , and Sarnia , Ontario , Canada in 1891.

The nation's first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.

In 1879, Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.

In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.

Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo Da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo. It is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere .

The State Motto (written in Latin) translates to: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

Was that interesting or what?

With all of the negativity due to poor economics and housing markets these days, let us try to remember and say something positive about our beautiful and interesting Michigan !! We will strive to thrive once again! It would also be a good thing to keep our Michigan in our prayers and thoughts, too.

Thank you, and may God bless our Michigan and her people.

10 Quirky Economic Indicators from Kiplinger.com

The following was ripped off from Kiplinger.com without permission.

10 Quirky Economic Indicators
These off beat barometers of the economy can give you much needed guidance for your portfolio or simply a good laugh.

Everyone is scrambling to get their fingers on the pulse of the economy. When will it turn around? Have we seen the worst? The answers may not be as elusive as you might think.

SEE OUR SLIDE SHOW: 10 Quirky Economic Indicators

You’ll find all sorts of clues in everyday life to help determine where the economy really stands. The racks of dry cleaners, for instance, may seem a bit more cluttered these days, and it’s true—many people are stalling an extra week before shelling out to pick up their clothes. And to paraphrase a famous quote from other troubled times, don’t shoot back into the market until you see the whites of their eyelids: Eyeliner sales have surged during the recession.

Packed Theaters

When times get tough, people go to the movies. Box-office sales have increased in all of the last five recession years. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, the number of movie tickets sold in the first quarter of 2009 increased more than 9% from last year.

People continue to fill theater seats, NATO says, because movies are one of the least expensive entertainment options out of the house. The average ticket price in 2008 was $7.18. So when the lines get shorter and ticket prices higher, will happy times be here again?

More Green Thumbs

The National Gardening Association finds that the number of households that will grow their own fruits, berries, vegetables and herbs this year is 19% higher than in 2008.

That makes 43 million gardeners in the United States this year. It’s fun and relaxing, no doubt, but 54% of the respondents say the prospect of saving money on groceries motivates them to till the soil.

More First Dates

Misery loves company, eh? Online dating service Match.com notices a pattern in its site activity during tough times. The fourth quarter of 2008 was its busiest in seven years (the site has been around since 1995). Match had a similar surge in late 2001, right after 9/11.

The company believes people are looking for someone with whom they can forget about money troubles—or share the pain. When the Dow Jones industrial average dropped to a five-year low last November, Match.com had its second-busiest weekend of the year.

Romance Novels Are Hot

The economy broke your heart. Time to bury your sorrows in a a romance novel? At least that’s what Harlequin, the giant romance-novel publisher, says is happening. In 2008, Harlequin’s sales were up 32% from the year before. In 2009, its sales are still rising.

The publisher credits the increase to its uplifting stories that offer a haven, and to the low prices of the books relative to other entertainment. Harlequin saw a similar sales increase during the recession of the early '90s. So if these books start piling up unwanted on the discount table at the bookstore, alongside all those mistimed guides to real estate riches, better news might be on the way.

Droopier Eyes I

America is all tuckered out. The 2009 Sleep in America Poll found that nearly one-third of Americans lost sleep because they were worried about their finances. The poll, by the National Sleep Foundation, also found that 10% of those people tossed and turned, specifically worrying about their jobs. That's roughly the same percentage of Americans who are out of work.

Droopier Eyes II

Americans spent $10.3 billion in 2008 to endure 1.7 million cosmetic surgeries, which is 9% less than in 2007. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons cites the bad economy.

Without as much extra cash—and facing depleted retirement funds and much less home equity—fewer people can spend freely on plastic surgery. The number of liposuction procedures was down 19% in 2008 and tummy tucks were down 18%. Sure, you might get an appointment with a top surgeon without much of a wait now. But will you be able to get in so easily next year? Some would say, let's hope not.

Goopier Eyelashes

You’ve got that recession look in your eye. Total eye-makeup sales at supermarkets and drugstores were up 8.5% in the one-year period that ended on March 22. In that period, more than $260 million was spent on eye makeup – in particular, eyeliner was up 9% and mascara almost 13%, the industry says.

The leading lipstick indicator – the past trend that lipstick sales rose in economic downturns as consumers settled for inexpensive luxuries – is not holding up. Lipstick sales are down 11%. But eye makeup has replaced lipstick as the indicator, devotees of this theory say.

Too Many Gators

What do 100,000 alligators have to do with the economy? They're all residents of Savoie’s Alligator Farm, one of the largest in Louisiana. Yet, the farm, which sells gator-skin hides to tanners who in turn sell them to luxury designers like Louis Vuitton, says it hasn't sold a single hide since November.

People just aren't buying alligator skin handbags and luggage. Yes, it's tough on the gator farmers. They're trying to keep the hides they already have in stock from spoiling. But it’s good news for alligators everywhere—if they only knew.

Dry Cleaning Pickups Are Down

The International Drycleaning and Laundry Institute is hearing gripes from many of its 5,000 members. Because of the poor economy, customers are visiting less frequently and leaving clothes longer. Customers who once came weekly now visit every two weeks, monthly customers visit bimonthly, and some people delay their pickups even longer to avoid the bill. This has been a staple indicator of hard times in the past. We're not making these up. People really do look at such trends and patterns.

More Mosquito Bites

In Maricopa County, Ariz., huge numbers of foreclosed or abandoned homes have vacant swimming pools and unattended ponds. The stagnant waters – known as green pools -- are a hotbed for mosquito breeding, say local authorities. Crews have treated more than 4,000 green pools already in 2009. During the same period in 2007, before metropolitan Phoenix’s housing market collapsed, they had treated only 2,500. While most are on vacant properties, some also belong to residents who can't afford to maintain their pools and ponds.

Government Welfare is not Christian

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The 15 Stupidest Ways to Get Fired

by Zac Frank and Tania Khadder

1. Rectal Advertising

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Our first nominees come from Lake Geneva, Wisconson. Local news station WISN says two nurses snapped photos of a patient’s X-ray and, according to their employer, posted them on Facebook. The patient in question allegedly had a sex device lodged in his rectum, hence the keen interest on the part of the nurses.

The accused nurse claims she never actually posted the pictures on Facebook—that they only discussed the incident on her page. Police haven’t been able to locate anyone who has actually seen the photos. Nevertheless, both were dismissed for misconduct.

Moral of the Story

Violating a patient’s privacy is just plain wrong. Violating a patient’s privacy, then advertising it on a social networking site is just plain stupid.

2. Would You Like Boogers with That?

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What’s on your pizza?

Our next contenders are competing in two categories: stupidity and depravity. Dominos workers Michael Setzer and Kristy Hammonds filmed their gross-out kitchen antics, like sneezing on sandwiches or cleaning a pizza pan with a sponge one of them used to wipe his bare bottom just moments before. They posted their video on YouTube, and it quickly became an internet sensation. Both employees were fired and now face criminal charges for tampering with food.

Moral of the Story

You are what you eat? Let’s hope not.

3. Calling Your Boss on His “Self Love”

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Our next nominee proves social-networking stupidity is not just detrimental, it’s universal. A 23-year-old administrative clerk from South Africa called his boss a “serial masturbator” on his Facebook status. A co-worker saw the status, informed the employer and the young man was fired. Oops.

Moral of the Story

It’s a double whammy for this ex-employee. Don’t say anything on Facebook you wouldn’t want your boss, spouse, parents or children to see. Ever. Also, that’s TMI about your boss. None of your friends want to know that.

4. A Wii Bit Stupid

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Sadly, this next nominee is more tragic than dumb. Three radio DJs in Sacramento ran a contest in which listeners were asked to drink as much water as possible without going to the bathroom. The prize? A Nintendo Wii console. The price? Someone’s life.

A 28-year-old contestant was found dead in her home five hours after drinking around two gallons of water. The coroner concluded that the cause of death was “water intoxication”. The DJs, along with seven other morning show employees, were subsequently fired.

Moral of the Story

You can have too much of a good thing.

5. Busted by GPS

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John Haplin worked for the NYC school system for 21 years. He was a carpenter supervisor who, according to his managers , was falsifying time-records. How did they know? They’d been tracking his whereabouts for five months, via the GPS system in his government-issued cell phone. They found that he’d repeatedly accepted payment for times when he was clearly not working. Haplin says it was unfair for his employer to track him without warning. Fair or not, he no longer has to worry about them tracking his location.

Moral of the Story

Disable the GPS tracker on your work phone.

6. Sleeping on the Job

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It wasn’t enough that he’d already missed three appointments. When this Comcast technician finally did show up to repair a faulty cable modem, he fell asleep the customer’s couch. Not surprisingly, he was canned.

Moral of the Story

Napping mid-day is only okay if you’re in one of two places: preschool or Italy. And it’s certainly not okay in a customer’s home.

7. Teacher Sends Nude Photos

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High School teacher, Beth Ann Chester, sent nude photos of herself to a 14-year-old student’s cell phone. Allegedly, the student’s parents later found suggestive text messages in his phone and confronted Chester. Later that day, the 26-year-old physical education teacher resigned from her post (not quite fired, but close enough). Since the photos emerged, Chester has confessed to having a sexual relationship with the aforementioned student and now faces criminal charges including sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors, among others.

Moral of the Story

It better be obvious. Pedophilia is something for a rap sheet, not a resume.

8. The Coffee Cop

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In many parts of the world, police live on bribes and kickbacks. An officer in Daytona Beach, Florida seemed to forget that he was a cop in a country where that doesn’t happen. For about two years, Lieutenant Major Garvin was given free specialty coffee drinks from a local Starbucks. When one day he was refused his drink on the house, the Lieutenant threatened employees with a much slower response time if they “needed a little help.” When investigated, he denied the claim and agreed to a polygraph. He failed.

Moral of the Story

A Triple Chai Latte isn’t that good. And don’t abuse your authority, whether or not you’re a law enforcement officer.

9. Crime Scene Photography

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You hear some weird stories out of New York, but usually not from its smallest borough, Staten Island. Earlier this year, an emergency medical technician (EMT), responding to a murder snapped some photos of the strangled victim. The EMT proceeded to upload the pictures to his Facebook page. (We wonder what he called the album…). A friend who saw the gruesome images contacted his employer, the Richmond University Medical Center, and he was promptly let go.

What’s sadder: the EMT, a former cop, had been a hero before he retired from the force. He saved a man from a burning car, rescued a mother and daughter from a capsized boat, and prevented a homeless man from taking his own life. With a click of the mouse, he ruined his reputation and landed himself unemployed.

Moral of the Story

All employers take privacy rights seriously. Be careful that the photos you’re posting online don’t violate those rights.

Bonus Moral

Your friends don’t want to see gruesome pictures anyway. They’ll probably think you’re creepy.

10. A Bath Isn’t a Job Perk

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After a hard day’s work, what do you do to unwind when your shift ends? Dinner? A long, hot shower? Three now former employees of a KFC decided to take a bath. The only problem? They went for their soak in one of the chicken fryer’s dishwashing sinks. Though the restaurant was closed, one of the trio put some pictures on her public MySpace profile and of course, their manager learned of the incident. Apparently, bathing in the multi-section sink is a violation of KFC’s operating standards. Who knew?

A local health inspector noted that the girls’ actions were also a violation of the state health code because “they are not wearing clean outer clothing.” Would it have been all right if they were? Maybe their path to unemployment was a blessing in disguise. Now they are free to find work at a spa, where after-hours bathing is a career benefit.

Moral of the Story

When you want to relax after work, leave work.

11. We’ll Do it Live

In most jobs, accuracy is a key benchmark for keeping your job. If you are wrong 90% of the time, odds are you will be joining the legions of the unemployed. As we all know, though, there is one profession for which this is not the case: the weatherperson. As far as “sciences” go, meteorology’s closest cousin is astrology (though horoscopes are usually more on point).

But a forecaster is not immune to the chopping block. As this one from upstate New York learned, a meteorologist’s job is really just to smile, stand in front of a map, and not yell a string of profanities.

(Fortunately for Bill O’Reilly, he’s not a weatherman…)

Moral of the Story

If you have to unleash a string of expletives, don’t do it on live TV.

12. Felony Urination

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When April 15 rolls around, urinating on the IRS might be on top of your to do list. But be careful—like audits, the IRS does not take peeing lying down. As first reported by The Smoking Gun, an IRS employee relieved himself in the freight elevator “on numerous occasions.” After the signature scent was noticed, a federal agent installed a surveillance camera and caught the urinator in the act.

Did the culprit have a bladder problem? No, he said he “did this because he felt he could get away with it.” If you think you can get away with something, make sure you actually can. The contract employee not only lost his job but got slapped with a $4,600 cleaning bill and a felony charge for damaging government property that carries a maximum ten year sentence.

Moral of the Story

Use a urinal. (If you work in art, just be careful which one!)

13. That’s Not Mud on My Forehead

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Of all our nominees, this one fell the farthest. Niklaus Leuenberger was the managing director of The Palace, one of New York’s most exclusive and luxurious hotels. On Wednesday, February 25, he spotted an employee with something on his forehead. Rather than try to figure out what it was (or think for a second what the day was), Leuenberger told his employee, “Wipe that f*****g s**t off your face!” The bell captain, a Catholic, had ash smudged on his forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday.

Moral of the Story

Think before you go ballistic… Or at least have some basic knowledge of religious observations, especially if you’re a manager.

14. Fake Celebrities Deserve Privacy Too

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In ages past, celebrities were people who had amazing talent or skill. These days, being a rich alcoholic or accidentally birthing eight children at once seems to count. 15 Kaiser Permanente employees were not immune to the public’s strange fascination with Nadya “Octo-Mom” Suleman. Curious about the medical oddity, the employees rummaged through her medical files looking for clues to the secret of this prolifically fecund beast. All they found was a pink slip. Without even trying to sell or publicize whatever they found, the workers were fired.

Moral of the Story

Some mysteries aren’t worth solving.

15. Conference Call Hang Up

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Several senior employees at a technology retailer were on a conference call with the CEO who was out of the office. When the meeting had ended, one employee said, “If that idiot tells me how to do my job one more time, I’m going to quit.” He didn’t have to. A few seconds later everyone in the room heard an ominous sound coming from the three-footed conference phone, “I’m sorry, what was that?”

She hadn’t hung up. They hadn’t hung up. That “idiot” told him how to do his job one more time: leave it.

Moral of the Story

Don’t shoot your mouth off unless you are 100% certain who’s listening. Hit the button on the conference phone until you hear a new dial tone.

BONUS: You’re No Dumbledore

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The location was Land O’ Lakes, Florida 2008, not Salem, Massachusetts 1692, but a substitute teacher was fired for witchcraft. Jim Piculas, the teacher in question, performed a 30-second magic trick in front of a middle school class where he made a toothpick disappear. Later that day he got a call from the substitute teacher coordinator who told him he could not take any more assignments. “Why?” he asked. For being suspected of “wizardry.”

Moral of the Story

Leave your wand at home. Apparently, witchcraft is still a scourge on local youth. ——


source - SalesHQ

Ten Terrifying Truths About Marriage

by Michael Tobin

1. You can't make anyone love you and nobody can make you happy.

2. Try all you want -- you'll never change your partner. However, if you change yourself, your partner may change.

3. People don't marry people; they marry illusions and fantasies. (What a surprise to discover that your partner is as human as you are.)

4. A real marriage begins just at the point where the illusion ends. The challenge of marriage is to discover who you married.

5. Love is only one of the reasons we choose a partner. (Sometimes, it's not the most important.)

6. Most likely, the qualities that now drive you crazy are the same ones that first attracted you to your partner.

7. It is impossible to go through a relationship without experiencing periods of pain and loneliness.

8. The greatest gift you can give your children is a loving marriage.

9. A marriage succeeds when each of us realizes that our partner's needs are at least as important as our own.

10. Marriage is the best opportunity to grow, overcome selfishness and learn how to love.

Now let your marriage soar!




so the President hurt a fly?

I fail to see why so many news stations cover it....

Monday, June 15, 2009

Being Conservative is Being Mainstream

The results of a national Gallup poll declares that 40% of Americans declare themselves to be "Conservative", or at least "describe their political views as conservative". The rest can be drawn out as
35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal... 9% call themselves "very conservative" and 5% "very liberal."
Leave aside the specifics of how "Conservative" and "Conservatism can be defined, how they are defined and what individuals intend when he or she refers to himself or herself as "conservative" or what political views are considered to be "conservative". I will also set aside the specifics and vagaries of how the results were gathered and how the poll is taken. Obviously polls are intended to be representational and thus it cannot be taken as an absolute that a sample can literally mean that that quantity of individuals or citizens in this country definitely believe a given thing. Especially since statistics never mean that every sampling of individuals will reflect the statistical results of a given sample in a specific instance of research. After all, just because one in every 12 bottles of Mountain Dew has a cap that will give away a free bottle of Mountain Dew as they bottles were manufactured and filled, does not mean that every gathering of 24 bottles of Mountain Dew you will see in a fridge in a gas station has two winning caps (because three winning bottles got purchased already back when there were 36 bottles at the gas station). No! We take all that into consideration and set it aside as irrelevant when I take it as given that 40% of Americans consider their views to be "conservative" or further right than that.

The first point is that different people take diametrically opposing viewpoints of war, abortion, and education as "conservative" and consider the view opposite his or her own as something not conservative. Yet both declare that their views are "conservative". Hence why Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson could declare themselves, present themselves as "Conservative" (not "libertarian") and their arguments/presentations were all equally credible.

The actual point is that John McCain could not credibly argue that he was "conservative" or a "Conservative" and that was the reason why he failed to win the 2008 presidential election. In order to win an election a candidate has to secure a base then expand to other group and blocs of voters. The conservative base includes most Republicans and a number of individual I cheerfully refer to as "Reagan Democrats", as well as quiet, willful non-visible union members, teachers, and auto-workers. Those labeling themselves as "Moderates" generally/usually do not vote for conservatives, but liberals, Democrats, and certain sorts of Republicans. Since Senator McCain failed to secure the Conservatives and only grabbed the most honest of "Moderates" (a cursory examination of self-proclaimed political "Moderates" that I saw on Facebook shows that most of them "supported" "Barack Obama" as a politician instead of his opponent; Barack Obama is an avowed leftist and John McCain certainly is a Moderate). A true Conservative could grab hold of 40% of the electorate, presuming a statistical alignment of stated political beliefs and voting habits among Americans, if that Conservative candidate is unapologetic, and then expand to various single-issue individuals and thoughtful people who are not otherwise stringently tied to left-wing political parties and/or candidates.

Even though George Bush 43 was, in hindsight, clearly a being closer to the political center and socioeconomic left than that of fiscal conservatism (and thus was an activist for government taking an increasingly larger role in the American sociopolitical fabric/continuum) he still held a greater appeal to/for the American right, the so-called 40% than did either of his respective opponents in 2000 and 2004. Frankly his speeches during the 2000 Presidential election hid nothing and it's easy to see or deduce that he is/was not a purist in the philosophical sense for Conservativism and certainly not the standard for the Conservative ideology, as it stands as an ideology.

Now for some Conservatism is a philosophy and not an ideology. For others the distinction does not matter and there clearly it is more of an ideology. That most people are not educated in the history and background of Conservatism in this country is obvious, sad, and borderline irrelevant. To Russell Kirk and his followers this matters and to a great extent the success of political activists is determined by whether they grab hold of Conservatism as a philosophy and not merely an ideology. The simplest distinction is that it is an ideology for those less educated; in terms of victory it might not matter. Yet if more Americans were educated in what it means then they would not have swallowed/accepted/believed so much propaganda from the Left that George Bush 43 was some sort of Conservative ideologue or an "Ultraconservative". Then again, greater and more widespread understanding of what it means to hold "conservative" ideals would mean that less people would believe the standard educational claptrap that "fascism" is a "far right" ideology. Logical people would not readily believe anyway that a facet of political belief could include both a libertarian and totalitarian line of thought without spontaneously destroying itself. That President Bush states that he "abandoned [his] free market principles to save the free market system" rings entirely hollow to me.

Keep in mind that in order to win an election a candidate merely has to achieve 50%+1. That is far less than 51% of the votes and certainly an oversimplification in a system that includes an Electoral College. Which means that in specific states a sorting of votes is required. 50%+1 of all votes must be obtained in patterns of states that would make up that magic number of electoral votes to gain victory. Once you have that, gaining votes from people who declare themselves as "liberal" or "very liberal" is merely frosting on the electoral cake. If a Republican loses an election, assuming an even geographic spread of this 40% (and I will), it was only because his views, presentation, character, and history were not compatible or appealing to those with that 40%, an easy demographic to identify. To this point we should not race to appeal or transform into a Colin Powell or a Michael Steele archetype. The character, presentation, and history of George Bush 43 had a great enough appeal and while it did not quite cut into a certain 21% of Americans as Senator John Kerry and Vice-President Al Gore clearly could, it worked easily enough.

Also with some geographic specifics the demographics necessarily vary, hence Rudolph Giuliani, Sam Brownback, or Tim Pawlenty. New York City elected a man who would turn out to be weak defended the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and be entirely a defender of abortion yet is a "warhawk" regarding terrorists and the state that backs them. Kansas elected Senator Brownback and despite his moralist views on abortion and traditional marriage he is not the most stringent defender of American sovereignty regarding the border or how the wars in the middle east should be executed. Yet despite the contrasting views on war, Mayor Giuliani was secure in his belief that New York City could function well as a Sanctuary City to illegal aliens. Tim Pawlenty seems like a genuine Conservative in so many ways yet his policies regarding the environment are statist and certainly lean towards a greater commonality with Al Gore than to Fred Thompson, Jerry Doyle or Glenn Beck.

This revelation has a great, clear impact on Michigan. One does not have to infiltrate or turn the 40% to win an election but merely take advantage of a "right-wing" candidate failing to engage that 40% sufficiently. Dan Pero (and others) stated that Dick Posthumus failed to secure his base in the 2002 gubernatorial election which is why Attorney General Jennifer Granholm managed to grab hold of sufficient numbers of what voters there were and take victory, become our governor. Now Mister Pero stated also that if the election were held a couple of weeks later then Lt. Governor Posthumus would have won. Elections are races literally in the sense that whoever is in the lead by the finish line is reached, wins. If at the speed of the running the losing competitor was due to catch up at a later point, then he would simply have wished the later point is where the finish line was; if the finish line was further away Jennifer Granholm would have lost. This is only an issue at all because Dick Posthumus could not excite the base and certainly if he could engage a sufficient number of voters he did not do so at the right time.

Dick DeVos lost a gubernatorial challenge against Governor Granholm, and Sheriff Mike Bouchard lost the US Senatorial race against Debbie Stabenow because they disengaged from the interests and enthusiasm of the base (look again at how sizable that base is) when they stood against the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. The MCRI won because right-minded people of that base and additional right-minded people embraced it. Traditionally the opponents of the MCRI were philosophically leftist and so among those expected to oppose it were the Democrats. Yet both the Democrats and the Republican establishment in Michigan campaigned against the MCRI, with the exception of Attorney General Mike Cox. The right-minded people did not see worthy candidates in the Republicans, and the people who were going to vote Democrat voted Democrat as they would anyway. That base is the source of volunteers and activists to help convince people for a candidate and when Mr. DeVos and Sheriff Bouchard (not to mention MIGOP Chair Anuzis) spoke, and even campaigned, against the Civil Rights Initiative it discouraged volunteerism and activism, hurting and perhaps killing the respective Republican campaigns.

This sort of conjecture is fun, although draining. I don't expect anyone to have read this whole thing given that I never read the whole Gallup poll article. Yet we clearly demonstrate right here that we work against ourselves when we don't fight for beliefs that logically would be our own. How can this not make sense? If we had a candidate that was so clearly one of our own instead of an aborted attempt to act as a fusion of "us" and "against-us" (which certainly describes Senator McCain or any Michigan Republican who opposed MCRI) then we would certainly have an easier time and a more substantial foundation to convince a conservative to not vote third party or even to consider a Democrat to be a reasonable choice. When we blur the line between Republican and Democrat why would a Moderate consider a Republican? More importantly a conservative makes a better ideological ambassador to moderates than a moderate makes an ambassador to conservatives. A Conservative Republican has to simply get "Moderates" to vote for them, which is an easier task than getting a Moderate Republican to convince conservatives that he is conservative and then getting those conservatives to vote at all!