Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

Today is the Seventh Day of Christmas.

It is the last day of the year 2010 on the Western/Christian calender.

Many people choose to get inebriated but all I have to say is: stay safe and travel sober.  Stay out of jail.

MSU will stem the Tide!

I believe him!

the Capital One Bowl - Michigan State Spartans versus the Alabama Crimson Tide

Here we go!
Day: Saturday
Date: Jan. 1, 2011
Location: Orlando, Fla.
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Because of forces of destiny the Spartans will stem the Tide! It remains unfortunate that we will be saddled with this exhibition game instead of the Rose Bowl we truly deserve!

It is also deeply unfortunate that we are saddled with a cable game and not the ABC Sports program that will let the show be universally-accessible!  More importantly my sister's cable package does not include ESPN so I will be.... cut off.... as my New Year's, post-political, will be based on family.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010-2011 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
09/04/10 vs. Western Michigan TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 38-14
09/11/10 vs. Florida Atlantic TV Detroit, Mich. W, 30-17
09/18/10 vs. Notre Dame TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 34-31 (OT)
09/25/10 vs. Northern Colorado TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 45-7
10/02/10 vs. Wisconsin * TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 34-24
10/09/10 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. W, 34-17
10/16/10 vs. Illinois (Homecoming) * TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 26-6
10/23/10 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. W, 35-27
10/30/10 at Iowa * TV Iowa City, Iowa L, 37-6
11/06/10 vs. Minnesota * TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 31-8
11/20/10 vs. Purdue * TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 35-31
11/27/10 at Penn State * TV State College, Pa. W, 28-22
01/01/11 vs. Alabama TV Orlando, Fla. 1:00 p.m. ET

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mike Lopresti's Bowl-mas

I think it is from the Associated Press or USAToday and is relevant to me for the Spartan's role in the Capital One Bowl, and the stolen glory inherent in that ignoble stupid assignment.

So it begins Saturday, the 24 Days of Bowl-mas.
On the first day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Remember Frank Solich? Once, he coached Nebraska into the national championship game. Now he's at Ohio. Remember when Ohio last won a bowl? Trick question. The Bobcats never have, but maybe this time against Troy.
On the fourth day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Louisville's 15th-rated scoring defense against Southern Mississippi's 15th-rated scoring offense in the Beef 'O' Brady's. That's a bowl, not an entre.
On the fifth day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Boise State, still wishing that kick had been good at Nevada. Nothing against Utah, but it'd be nice if the Broncos win on a last-second, 50-yard field goal, so the kicker can finally find peace.
On the sixth day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: San Diego State and Navy _ with its large San Diego presence _ playing in San Diego. Attendance shouldn't be a problem.
On the seventh day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Hawaii vs. Tulsa, averaging 79.6 points between them.
On the ninth day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Florida International in its first bowl. That should be a big deal for the Panthers, even if it is in Detroit, against Toledo.
On the 10th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Georgia Tech, Air Force, and a lot of handoffs. The nation's top two rushing teams combined to complete 136 passes all season.
On the 11th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Iowa, hoping to stop a free-fall, against Missouri. The Hawkeyes lost their last three games, suspended their top running back, and had a star receiver charged with operating a drug house. Happy holidays!
On the 12th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Oklahoma State's 27-year-old quarterback, Brandon Weeden, trying to give Arizona a fifth straight loss.
On the 13th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: A bowl game in Yankee Stadium, as Kansas State and Syracuse savor winter in the Bronx. Also, Nebraska _ which beat Washington 56-21 in September _ playing, uh, Washington. The long-awaited sequel. Just like Harry Potter.
On the 14th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Miami against Notre Dame. All those who still have their Catholics vs. Convicts shirts from the 1980s and wear them should get in free.
On the 15th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Jan. 1, otherwise known as New Year's/Big Ten Day. Five of the lodge members play, three against SEC opponents. Plus, Wisconsin will try to spoil TCU's dream trip to Pasadena.
On the 17th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Virginia Tech's 11-game winning streak against Stanford's high SAT scores in the Orange.
On the 18th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Ohio State vs. Arkansas and history in the Sugar. The Buckeyes are 0-9 against the SEC in bowl games. That's not as awful as, say, losing two straight to Michigan, but it's rather embarrassing.
On the 20th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Miami (the one from Ohio) and its 9-4 record (the one that was 1-11 last year) and its coach (Mike Haywood, the one leaving for Pittsburgh) against Middle Tennessee.
On the 21st day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: LSU and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. It'll be a chance for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to inspect the merchandise, since he is talking about buying a college football playoff system as a gift to himself.
On the 22nd day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass. Pitt was so eager to get there, it fired the coach.
On the 23rd day of Bowl-mas my TV gives to me: Boston College vs. Nevada, and I have no idea why they're waiting so long to play the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
On the 24th day of Bowl-mas, my TV gives to me: Oh yeah, the national championship. Auburn will be led by a quarterback coming off of the most awkward Heisman trophy presentation in history. All Oregon wants is a game its new uniforms can be proud of.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No need to stereotype Michigan's new lobbyists

As far as I reckon the Founders of the United States of America, and the scribes of our highest law, the United States Constitution, anticipated lobbyists, "Special Interests" and advocates of certain ideas, businesses, services, and producers, as middle-people and messengers between the government (legislators, the executive branch) and the citizens, including those with fiscal and moral investments in the country. I believe the Constitutional proponents, collectively known as Publius, who wrote the Federalist papers, including that prediction in their articles.

On the other hand, if I read it properly oh so long ago, they never anticipated the existence of political parties and these were created by Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as a course of their conflict. John Adams' Presidency was a victim of that concept execution as he had no second term.

Which is to say that James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton probably would not be opposed to the large number of lobbyists which purportedly will be running abound and operating in Michigan as they attempt to persuade the new Governor Rick Snyder and educate the rookie legislators for various best interests. Kathy Barks Hoffman, on November 15, essentially speculated as to their growth. We don't know that their role will necessarily grow yet although her conclusions are logical.
The sweet rolls and coffee Michigan lawmakers partook in as they met with Gov.-elect Rick Snyder didn't come with a price tag - yet.

The cost of Tuesday's continental breakfast was picked up by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, who have contributed heavily to lawmakers this past year in an attempt to block approval for a competing Detroit-to-Windsor bridge that state and Canadian officials want built.

The Detroit International Bridge Co. wasn't doing anything wrong in feeding the lawmakers, or in having Nora Moroun, wife of bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun, in the room.

But it's a sign of the major role those with business before the Legislature play in Lansing, a role that could grow next year as an especially large class of freshmen lawmakers and a governor with little previous political experience take office.

Michigan lobbyists reported spending $17.8 million on lawmakers' meals, travel, lodging, gifts and tickets to events the first seven months of 2010. Last year, they spent at least $32.1 million, according to figures compiled by the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network. That doesn't include spending that doesn't have to be reported because it's below certain limits.

Snyder pledged during his campaign that he wouldn't be beholden to special interest groups. He didn't accept any campaign money from political action committees, instead relying on individual donors and $6.1 million of his own money.

Many of Snyder's individual donors had ties to businesses that stand to gain from Snyder's plan to cut business taxes, such as Meijer Inc. executive Frederick G. Meijer, Dow Chemical Co. manager Ronald Emmons and Haworth Inc. President and CEO Franco Bianchi.

The Ann Arbor venture capitalist also benefited from more than $3.5 million in campaign ads paid for by the Republican Governors Association with the help of a hefty $5.4 million donation from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

It's not unusual for a pro-business governor to be elected with the help of business supporters. But if Snyder thinks his pledge to lessen lobbyists' mark on his administration means a huge change in Lansing, he needs to think again, said executive director Rich Robinson of the campaign finance network.

"He's not the only person involved in running the government," Robinson said. "There's 148 legislators who may not have his strength in being immune to the influence of lobbyists."

Snyder transition spokesman Bill Nowling, a State House veteran who has worked for Republicans in both the House and Senate, said the governor-elect is fully aware of how lobbyists can hurt - or help - his efforts to reinvent the economically struggling state.

"It's not that he doesn't think special interests have a role in the process. They do," Nowling said Friday. "But he wanted to be able to stand up and say, 'Look, I'm not beholden to anyone except the voters.'"
Bill Nowling is correct. We should especially consider that in many cases a good lobbying firm will have resources, especially for research, that a legislator cannot and will not possess on his own. Typically the media and a particular lobbyists' philosophical or political opponent will slander the whole idea and practice of lobbyists when, and only when, it is politically useful to vilify the use of the First Amendment. Besides, every citizen has an interest in these legislators, regardless of campaign contributions and it is in every citizen's best interest to have a voice to speak in State Representatives' ears.
Michigan had 2,783 registered lobbyists last year, 500 more than in 1999, according to secretary of state figures. That means there are nearly 20 lobbyists for every lawmaker. Lobbyists last year spent nearly $12 million more annually than they did in 2001, a 59 percent increase, according to the campaign finance network.

Some Capitol regulars work for big multi-client lobbying firms such as Karoub Associates, which hosted Tuesday's freshman caucus event with Snyder at its offices a half-block east of the Capitol. Others represent businesses or unions
It's a service and everyone has a right to it.
multi-client firm Governmental Consultant Services Inc.... boasts in its company brochure that its "strong working relationships with all the political powerbrokers in Michigan ... lend you valuable access to the Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader and other such political leaders of our state, which is vital to realizing your legislative goals."

It also boasts it has access to a network of powerful political action committees - ones that can donate campaign cash to friendly lawmakers and top state officials. Especially for House members who must run for re-election every two years, those donations can be critical.

Nell Kuhnmuench, one of GCSI's five directors and a lobbyist for more than 20 years, said hiring a lobbyist is sometimes the only way a business, group or individual can make sure their voice is heard at the Capitol.

"In our world, we have laws and regulations. And every time the Legislature writes a law, every time a regulation is adopted, it impacts some entity or someone, or both," she said. "There are a lot of lobbyists ... because there are a lot of people who are impacted by government decisions, but also because one interest may differ from another.

"Those interests want to make sure they're heard as decisions are being made," she said.

Many lobbyists will play a more prominent role in the months ahead as they work to get new lawmakers up to speed on a dizzying number of issues. Twenty-nine out of 38 senators and more than 50 lawmakers in the 110-member House will be new in 2011. As Tuesday's breakfast showed, lobbyists already are reaching out to them.
Despite that lobbyists are only accountable to those paying them and not to the general public (although some special interests groups are issue advocacy groups and are not working on behalf of private enterprise, so they are answerable only to donors and I suppose a board of directors, depending on circumstance) we should give them some benefit of the doubt as their honor lies in the strength of contracts and frankly presuming that all lobbyists are evil, although many are, is just the height of cynicism.

On the other hand, there are honest advocates who work to further bad ideas and terrible, destructive policy, that they honestly believe is good and beneficial to the country and/or state. These should be thwarted. There are also people lobbying for good things that are doing so using dishonest practices and they should be held accountable.

"Fight As One" lyrics by Guy Erez & David Ari Leon

Song performed by Bad City
Our World's about to break.
Tormenting and Attacked
Lost from when we wake
With no way to go back
I'm Standing on my own.
But now I'm not alone (Avengers Assemble).

Always we will fight as one,
Till the battle's won
with evil on the run
we never come undone

Assembled we are strong
Forever fight as one
Assembled we are strong
Forever fight as one
The intro to Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes:

Friday, December 10, 2010

When Rick Michigan becomes Michigan Governor Snyder his first task is to fulfill the prophecy inherent of economics. He must weigh cost and benefit.  Interestingly the situation and circumstances that define this first task was directly mandated by the Granholm administration,
That very week, 3,500 state employees will have left their jobs after accepting an early retirement incentive package. Their departure will bring the number of state workers accepting the incentive package to 4,755 - including those who already have retired or will do so Dec. 1.
That means Snyder, who campaigned on the need for cost-effective government, will have a head start on achieving that goal.
And because 44 percent more employees took the offer than expected, the state should see more savings in its coffers than the $81 million projected in September.
But it also presents a headache for Snyder and his staff as they decide how many of those vacant positions to replace and minimize the inevitable disruptions caused by the loss of experienced employees. The state now has a total work force of about 53,000.
"There's no doubt it's a brain drain, but it does give the opportunity to hire new people at presumably less money," said Senate Fiscal Director Gary Olson, who is among those taking the retirement incentive after serving 32 years with the state Legislature.
When the administration of Gov. Jennifer Granholm pushed through the early retirement package, it anticipated that many of the vacancies would be filled on a 2-to-3 ratio... "There is always a concern when you have an early out, in terms of the experience drain," said Bill Nowling, spokesman for Snyder. "It's an issue we're aware of, but we really have to get the agency directors in place first. We won't know what the replacement ratio will be until that is done.".. at least one agency - the Department of Human Services - already is taking interviewing applicants to replace the caseworkers who are leaving, said Edward Woods III, the agency's spokesman. Under a federal court order, the state must replace child welfare caseworkers on a 1-to-1 ratio to maintain a certain level of caseworkers. Woods said the goal is to minimize disruptions in the agency of 10,000 employees as it deals with the loss of 1,306 veteran staff members.

Even so, Ray Holman, a former DHS caseworker who now is spokesman for United Auto Workers 6000, which represents 17,000 DHS caseworkers and other state employees, predicted it will be a rough transition for the agency and its clients.
"Those jobs are really complicated," Holman said. "The training period is quite a while. Even if they are replacing them, there is going to be lag time until the (new employees) can take new cases."... it remains unclear how much additional money the added retirements will provide, partly because Snyder's team has not determined how many will be replaced.Officials of both the House and Senate fiscal agencies say they cannot project new budget savings. But the state likely can apply new budget savings toward a projected $1.4 billion shortfall for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2011. (Scott Davis • • November 15, 2010 )
In any case it is all simply projection. You also tend to get what you purchase.  On the other hand we really could discover that we can get by with less people and that all of the jobs do not need quite as much experience to accomplish successfully.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Lansing State Journal wants the old Michigan State Police building issue resolved now

I cannot say that they are incorrect.

LSJ editorial

November 15, 2010 

The state and Michigan State University should split costs to prepare the site of the former Michigan State Police headquarters for another use.

That's the best solution to end the seven-decade relationship in which the university leased property on the west side campus of to MSP for $1 per year. The state covered maintenance costs and made modifications.
But the state approved a new headquarters for the State Police in downtown Lansing. They have now moved in to the $52 million office building, leaving the outdated facilities on campus behind.
If the university chooses to demolish the buildings, it should pay for those costs, estimated at $1.9 million. Since demolition or significant renovation would likely involve asbestos abatement, it seems logical that MSU should foot the estimated $1.5 million in asbestos-related costs as well.
I would disagree with the charge that the old facilities were "outdated" as the old location was equipped for various bits of crimefighting and logistical equipment that the new office building never could be. The reason for that is that the new building is an office building, and not a full headquarters complex. The old one had a helipad for instance.

Aside from that we are saddling the University with the cost of renovation, repair, and/or demolition when we could have merely fixed the old building, which would arguable have been less expensive. I find it ironic that we parsing costs and responsibility among the state government and public university lines, as the public university is something that is paid for in part by state taxes.
costs of removing an incinerator used for evidence destruction and removing underground storage tanks and fuel stations used by MSP should fall to the state.
The state's share of costs, based on estimates in a report MSU submitted last month, should fall below $1 million.
That's a reasonable expense for the value the state gained by its long relationship with the university.
Either way we are paying for it, although I imagine some sort of fiscal assault on tuition and the alumni association(s) will occur because of this. As it is this cost, in the final assessment, should be added to the big tally of rental, construction, and purchase of the giant near-useless office building downtown.
why the state and MSU didn't discuss and agree upon these costs a long time ago?
A committee of lawmakers approved construction of the new MSP building in 2007. If university officials believe the state should help cover some of these costs, they could have done an environmental study well before fall 2010.
Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was a leading critic of the MSP move, criticizing both the downtown Lansing location and cost of the project, which was originally approved as a long-term lease. After loud public outcry, the state opted to purchase the building outright. Even that decision vexed many taxpayers.
But by leaving details such as these final costs to linger, MSU and the state have given another opportunity for Jones to focus voters' ire on the whole affair.
There might have been better sites or cheaper options for locating an MSP headquarters. The entire story of the new MSP headquarters is filled with "shoulda, woulda, coulda."
All of this should have been calculated and placed on the table in public a long tiem ago and the only reason it was not is likely because such increased revelations would have been damaging politically... or a lot of these politicians are incompetent.
The university and state officials should quickly resolve this issue and move on.
To heck with that, some Democrats and University trustees ought to be punished. Too bad those options are not politically viable.

Monday, December 06, 2010

The Light Bulb Will Shatter

Late on the night of Saturday the 4th of December I destroyed a CFL bulb (that is the technical term,  I call it an "Al Gore bulb"; I also refer to incandescent light bulbs as "Edison bulbs"), worked on cleaning it up that evening and briefly recorded my disaster, my behavior, and my derision of the artifact early on Sunday morning.

Now first I'll deride again the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which suggests that if break a bulb over your rug your must cut a large slice of your carpet out to have it taken away by angels in hazmat suits to some indescribable glowing section of heaven, sealed off from the rest of the afterlife.  They also describe the mercury in the spindle bulbs to be such that everything that touched the bulb effectively turns to ash, in other words each item is contaminated beyond human ability to recover.

Second we get to my point tonight, which is that although many light bulbs somehow get through their entire existence from creation and formation to disassembly and dissemination, dissolution, and disintegration (is that even possible?), these things usually end up shattering.  When the light bulb is only the incandescent light bulb all that means is that glass, paint, and metal filaments are the materials that we need be concerned about.  Just the same even as they burn out and become instant waste they shatter afterwords in the trash, in the landfills, and alternatively as functional light bulbs an accident occurs and they shatter becoming waste.  In many cases it is ineivatable although as I postulated the bulb shattering occurs outside a household.

Presuming that bulbs shatter while still in the potential for functionality and not merely after they burn out, (that is, the bulb falls while being changed and before it is inserted firmly in the socket, or the lamp falls and the bulb shatters then, before its life cycle terminates) it is logical that among incandescent bulbs that end like this are the  compact fluorescent bulbs.

In other words, lamps fall and bulbs shatter.  People drop light bulbs and they shatter.  Bulbs burn out and then people drop them and they shatter.

So what is my point?  That some people do not understand that in general these things will shatter.  In the case of CFL bulbs the materials are metal, plastic, glass, mercury, and phosphor.

That, my second point, is derived from the environmental "Green" blog I located when I attmpted to determine possible damage occurring from the relase of mercury into the environment but the breaking of a bulb, and in part just how much material is necessary to poison an individual human; the amount in a shatter CFL bulb will poison a small child or an unborn baby in the womb of a pregnant mother but is insufficient to harm me or most adults. Yet
Angie said,
May 17, 2007 at 4:45 pm
If you read the bulb information, CFL bulbs will last up to five years! Now, personally being a woman and all and having children myself, your unborn child will be in school before the bulb blows. If you’re that concerned over the bulb breaking, put an incadescent back into the socket and replace it later on. The likelihood of a CFL breaking is slim, unless you’re using pliers to get it out of the light socket. Your unborn child will reap the benefits of switching over to a CFL as you will be providing him/her with a cleaner, healthier environment! Still worried, have someone else change the bulbs for you.
Some people will believe that these things will just be safe.

Also, the point of the green blog's article is thus
While there is trace amounts of mercury in CFL bulbs, and I do believe that there needs to be more public education from places that sell the bulbs to avoid them ending up in the garbage – I would like to note that the possible reduction in mercury emmisions from coal fired power plants outweighs the amount used to produce the bulb, over the bulbs lifetime.
Of course ultimately what they do not know is that perhaps there might be accumulative build-up of carcinogens.
What people have not considered is the accumulated time they are exposed to the tiny amount of mercury vapor in the every day use of these CFLs. One might not be able the trace cancer or other chronic diseases to the use of these CFLs yet, 20 years from now it will become a national health issue. And the country will then ban the use of these CFLs like we did for the DDT.
When was the last time you checked if Al Gore actually used these CFL bulbs?
Of course DDT is not carcinogenic and Al Gore is hardly an expert on anything.

In any case we are too trusting that the immediate expenses will mitigate long-term expense or damage when we should just guess, declare that we are guessing and record the results within a pre-set period of time.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

so I shattered a mercury enviro-style Al Gore CFL bulb in the living room

I was afraid I destroyed the room and contaminated the carpet and my physiognomy.  I need not have worried.  Here is what the Environmental Protection Agency says:

Cleanup Steps for Carpeting or Rug

  • Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
  • Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.
The government of Massachusetts told me to cut the carpet to pieces and label it as a Universal Contaminant. They also warned that I would contaminate my vacuum cleaner. Idiots...

Friday, December 03, 2010

local roads are the responsibility of local government

From a letter published in the Lansing State Journal on Monday November 15, 2010
It has been a long time since Holt has had its roads repaved. As of right now, a lot of the roads are in need of repair. All the roads need to be repaved so that they are smooth and easy to drive on. Instead, Holt is re-paving sections of roads.

The worst road is the section of Cedar Street between Holt and Aurelius roads. It's in need of serious repair. My drive on that part of Cedar Street is not smooth. When I'm on the bus, the ride is bumpy and that shows the roads are in terrible condition.

During the winter, the roads are going to get even worse and could be more dangerous due to the ice melting and freezing. This can make the roads crack and be a problem to safely drive on.

In general, Holt needs to save their money for road projects.
In my opinion, the roads are the most important because they are in constant use.
They really need to be fixed soon.

Tori Rueckert
That makes sense to me.  If it is up to Holt to keep its citizens safe and ensure safe travel on these particular surfaces then the city's money should be distributed and spent as such.

A person's water is his own, not the government's water

Public Trust Should Not Be Trusted

When politicians talk about placing natural resources in public trust, landowners should be worried. The right to own and use private property is a bedrock principle of a free people. These rights are threatened by House Bill 5319, which would place groundwater in public trust and require landowners to secure a permit from the state of Michigan in order to use that water. The bill would essentially overturn more than a century of Michigan water law.

A ballot initiative amending the Ohio Constitution and protecting the rights of landowners to use groundwater was approved by an impressive 72 percent of the voters in the November 2008 election.
Property rights are often compared to a bundle of sticks. Philosopher John Locke was an early proponent of this idea, which holds that the sticks that make up the bundle are a compilation of the various rights that come with owning private property, including the rights to live on or bequeath it. Water rights are a significant "stick" in that bundle. With the introduction of House Bill 5319, Michigan property owners are threatened by government action that would steal a stick from that bundle and give it to the state.

Like most states east of the Mississippi River, Michigan is a riparian water-use state. In Michigan, if you own the land, you own the water and have a legal right to use that water as long as you do not interfere with the reasonable use of water by your neighbors. This has been true since the state was first settled.

Riparian water law has worked well in Michigan for the simple reason that Michigan has abundant water. In fact, Michigan groundwater tables are so high that many homeowners have to install sump pumps just to keep water out of their basements.

The proposed public trust legislation treats groundwater as if we lived in an arid Western state, where water tables can be 1,000 feet or more beneath the surface. In many of these states, water is appropriated by the government, leading to endless conflicts and lawsuits. Mark Twain, who spent time in Nevada, famously quipped about the situation: "Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting."

The Michigan Legislature dealt with recent groundwater concerns with the passage of Public Act 33 of 2006. That law requires a landowner to obtain a groundwater permit in certain circumstances, such as proximity to a trout stream. Public Act 33 was a compromise between landowners and business groups that wanted to preserve private property water rights, and environmental groups that believed that all water should belong to the government. That law has already made it more difficult to use water in the state, removing a competitive advantage Michigan once enjoyed and turning it into a minor liability.

Increasing government control of water in the state would not only be a taking of private property, but would be a serious threat to future economic growth. Access to abundant water in the state is a key advantage Michigan has in attracting much-needed jobs in energy, agriculture and manufacturing, including the so-called green jobs Gov. Jennifer Granholm seeks. The state cannot afford to throw that advantage away, especially since Michigan is not threatened by a shortage of water.

Rather than threatening water rights, Michigan needs to follow the example of Ohio. A ballot initiative amending the Ohio Constitution and protecting the rights of landowners to use groundwater was approved by an impressive 72 percent of the voters in the November 2008 election. The constitutional amendment in Ohio merely codified existing riparian water law, which was similar to the kind used successfully in Michigan for the past century.

Many Michigan officials seem more interested in taking away existing rights of property owners rather than protecting them. It may be time to take the critical issue of property rights directly to the voters, bypassing the political class. As the Ohio example shows, residents understand the importance of property rights better than do many politicians.

Russ Harding is senior environmental analyst and director of the Property Rights Network at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly cited.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Barry Goldwater and income tax criminalizing

The income tax        
barry goldwatercreated more
criminals than any
other act of government.           
Barry Goldwater

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Obamessiah IV - the return!

On the eve of the Advent Season, that which is part of the celebration of Christ's birth, we observe how the Leftists and some Democrats in the new secular religious conception still view the 44th President of the United States:

He is unto a god. He is their savior.

Some have shaken themselves of this modern superstition. Others just want too hard I suppose.

Michigan State very much should get a BCS game this year

On November 29 Adam Rittenberg posted an blog entry that I cannot help but agree with, making a case that the Michigan State Spartans really should play a BCS-class bowl game this year.

We share the Big 10 Championship with the Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes and that is indisputable.  One can say that it is unfortunate all three teams played well and the only reason we share is because of our one horrifying defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes.  That said, I think this stuff should measure up a little differently when it comes to how we play out the NCAA football post-season.

The common speculation is that Wisconsin will go to the Rose Bowl.  We likely will head to the Capital One Bowl.  We will likely be assigned a lesser bowl.  This is wrong because we beat Wisconsin!  To the victor go the spoils!  We should be telling them which bowl game that we get to play; which game they get to play; and then we get to date their girlfriends; and that is if all else is equal.

Here is a a more technical summary.
Michigan State's chances of earning the Big Ten's automatic BCS bowl berth are virtually gone after the latest BCS standings. The Spartans moved up to No. 8 but still trail both No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 6 Ohio State by substantial margins.

All three teams tied atop the Big Ten with identical records (11-1 overall, 7-1 in Big Ten play), and because Michigan State and Ohio State don't play, the team ranked highest in the final BCS standings earns the automatic berth. It's an imperfect tiebreaker in a league without a championship game until 2011, and Dantonio saw the potential drawback when the Big Ten coaches voted on the method two springs ago.
At this point determining what bowl game we attend is dependent on votes and people.
The Spartans... are trying to put themselves in the discussion for a BCS at-large berth, which hasn't been easy.

Dantonio acknowledged he's on a "public awareness" campaign this week.

"No disrespect to the other two teams," Dantonio said. "They're great football teams. They deserve to be in the mix, and they are in the mix. I just feel like we're being left out of the mix, and I don't know why.

"We're an interesting story, and I think people like to watch a storybook team."

Let's get on with the story. Michigan State has a good case for BCS selection, and here's why:
  • The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1990 and claimed a team-record 11 victories.
  • Judging by the BCS standings, the Spartans have the best win among the Big Ten leaders, a 34-24 triumph against Wisconsin on Oct. 2.
  • The Spartans are the only team out of the three that hasn't lost to one of the other two.
  • The Spartans have played the nation's 38th toughest schedule based on cumulative opposition. Ohio State's schedule ranks 54th, while Wisconsin's ranks 66th.
  • The Spartans have eight wins against bowl-eligible teams, more than both Ohio State (6) and Wisconsin (4).
  • Michigan State received the highest TV rating among Big Ten teams for games played on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. It's only fair to point out that the Spartans got a major boost from their Sept. 18 double-overtime thriller against Notre Dame, a reliable ratings grabber.
There are also circumstantial factors that add to Michigan State's case... Michigan State also faced a unique challenge after Dantonio suffered a heart attack following the Notre Dame victory. He missed two games, including the Wisconsin victory, and didn't return to the sideline for more than a month.

"When you look.. at coach Dantonio's heart attack, you look at a situation where we've really overcome a lot of adversity both on the field and off the field," Hollis said. "Those are stories that are important to college sports. There are some schools that have had many, many opportunities to participate in BCS games. Michigan State never has.

"Now we're sitting here with an opportunity with the Sugar Bowl, or if it drops to the Orange, for them to select an 11-1 Michigan State with a great story behind it."

Michigan State has come the farthest distance of the three Big Ten champions, which can work both ways.

Ohio State was ranked No. 2 in both preseason polls, while Wisconsin was ranked No. 12 in both polls. Michigan State was unranked, receiving 10 votes in the Coaches' poll and none in the AP.
Then there is the Iowa issue.
Michigan State rose to No. 5 in the BCS standings after beating Northwestern to improve to 8-0. But the next week, the Spartans were crushed 37-6 by Iowa.

"It would have been interesting to see if we would have played Iowa in the fifth week and lost and then played Wisconsin in the ninth week and won, how that would have affected everything," Dantonio said. "If you look at things statistically, Ohio State lost 31-18 to Wisconsin and we beat Wisconsin 34-24. If you were just taking those things into consideration, things ought to weigh more in our favor.

"We didn't play well at Iowa and we lost decisively, I understand that. But Iowa's not in the mix here. It's Wisconsin, Ohio State and us." 
The Iowa defeat destroyed our chances of a clear and away victory and prize: a sole Big Tern Championship and a top-tier Bowl game, the ideal goal is the Rose Bowl.

The biggest issue right now is that despite a possibly superior performance at this point it is no longer about winning games. We never played Ohio State but we can set aside the question of whether or not we played a better season than OSU; we certainly beat Wisconsin. At this stage it is all about branding and brand names.

In the end we need to acknowledge one thing: placements in the BCS and the bowl system is more of a beauty contest then it is about winning football games.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Michigan State battles Penn State in the final game of the 2010 football season

Penn State
Day: Saturday
Date: Nov. 27, 2010
Location: State College, Pa.
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET


Radio:   Spartan Sports Network

the Proper American Reponse to North Korea?

We know from years ago that North Korea is a nuclear-weapon-enabled tyrant nation that outlaws the use of critical electrical energy for its citizens. Despite being a backward country with a starving population North Korea still finds for itself the capability to outsmart the United States national security/foreign policy-makers.
North Korea's artillery bombardment of the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong on Tuesday makes it doubly clear that Pyongyang intends to leverage its new nuclear breakthrough for maximum concessions from the international community.

This nuclear revelation is not an intelligence failure. Over the past decade, intelligence analysts have consistently predicted North Korea's path to nuclear weapons and noted the increasing evidence of its missile and nuclear proliferation. The failure has been that of policy makers and pundits who denigrated the analysis, ignored it, or clung to the fallacy that North Korea would abide by a denuclearization deal.
So what is the proper American response to this new open military aggression? It is not an engagement at the negotiating table to talk. In fact that would play right into the North Koreans' hands.
It should be obvious by now that Pyongyang seeks acknowledgment as a nuclear state and intends to continue leveraging its proliferation threat to enjoy perpetual concessions from the U.S. North Korean officials have told outsiders that if America is concerned about proliferation, we should negotiate an "arms control agreement" with the North as mutual nuclear weapons states.

This would validate Pyongyang's weapons status and leave the door open for repeated escalation of the North's own weapons programs or proliferation, as U.S. credibility and deterrence steadily eroded. The existence of a highly enriched uranium facility makes this dynamic even more dangerous.

The Obama administration has said that the bombardment of Yeonpyeong is not a crisis, which is probably wise if the aim is to avoid granting the North even more leverage. On the other hand, it would be a colossal mistake to return to negotiations as if provocations are merely the price of doing business with Pyongyang. The focus right now should be on containment, interdiction and pressure. The inability to do so on a sustained basis until now was a failure of policy, not intelligence.
On the other hand is the classic solution of Gunboat Diplomacy, which President Obama is apparently not shy in enacting.
the United States is exercising a bit of gunboat diplomacy by sending a remarkably well armed naval task force into the Yellow Sea. The audience here is China, and this move will piss them off big time, thus must be intended to humiliate Chinese leadership. The most likely outcome here is 2 billion pissed off Chinese. That makes our policy an interesting approach, and potentially smarter than it sounds.

In part this is a game of chicken with the childish North Korean leadership that acts out in temper tantrums when they want something - and right now North Korea wants many things. In part though, this is also a game of chicken with daddy. China has repeatedly warned the US of consequences for moving an aircraft carrier into the Yellow sea, and many Generals have made threats including advocacy in editorials that China should strike with military power should the United States move a carrier into the Yellow Sea. It is one thing to play chicken with a spoiled brat, and quite another to play chicken with big daddy.

By making this move, we are changing the issue from one of a skirmish to one of an out of control belligerent state in need of a spanking, and we are focusing the worlds attention towards China demanding they wield the paddle. As a big picture move, which means a policy reaction to the skirmish that also includes the newly disclosed uranium nuclear facility as part of the problem, China is being accused and held accountable for all belligerence activities of North Korea... It is possible the reason the naval exercise were put off until Sunday is to give China time to condemn North Korean aggression, thus take the lead and reduce the need to move the GW into the Yellow Sea. Will China join the international community and condemn North Korea? Unlikely, however I wouldn't rule it out, and I would imagine there must be a block inside Chinese leadership that is advocating this... I tend to think the Obama administration hasn't miscalculated our understanding regarding the size of the Chinese egos involved in this situation, rather I just don't believe President Obama cares anymore if the PRC takes an ego bruise for their position. Said another way, President Obama is thinking China might act responsibly, allowing him to offload some of the worlds concern for responsibility on Chinese leadership. From what I have seen watching China's leadership, I don't see it happening.

Moving the George Washington Carrier Strike Group into the Yellow Sea is bold, and carries a great deal of risk. This move will piss of Chinese leadership, and that will insure plenty of propaganda that enrages China's population. I don't expect China to attack the US Navy, but I do expect China to respond in a serious and potentially harsh way. The US is making a safe bet that nothing will happen and no one will be foolish enough to attack the US and South Korean naval forces. It is a good bet, but it is still a bet - and anyone who bets knows the rule: you can lose any bet.

I also believe we are making a move not unlike March 1996 when then President Clinton ordered the Nimitz and Independence carrier battle groups to sail through the Taiwan Strait. The consequence of that move was a vow by China of "never again," a vow we are actually about to challenge in a different region off China's coast. The unintended consequence of Clinton's policy decision has been the most remarkable modernization in human history of the worlds largest Army, Navy, and Air Force. In less than 14 years, China's military has essentially jumped 2 generations of combat capability. That is a remarkable pace, and highlights how no one can predict what reaction will come from moving the GW into the Yellow Sea... preventing war with an extended show of force is one way Naval power can be used in crisis, and naval power can do many things politically for any nation with a strong Navy.

Most US Presidents have at one point or another found the nation in a situation where the Navy is asked to move well forward, show the flag, and keep the peace. This is a function of naval power that US Navy officers and sailors are trained to do, and a function of military power the US military thinks about all the time, and practices for. Obama has called for a form of gunboat diplomacy to redirect the political focus and walk both sides of the Korean Peninsula back from the brink of war. Gunboat diplomacy takes its form and function unique to its political purpose for the situation. Gunboat diplomacy is always distinct to time and place, and even in the 21st century remains a policy of force intended to deter other nations from exercising the violent use of military power.

Will it work? President Obama is betting it will. The Obama administration policy is to follow South Korea's lead politically but position the US to lead militarily with a show of force. The political signal is to maintain the peace, but respond with strength. That means South Korea will update rules of engagement, reinforce military positions in vulnerable areas, and ask for the US for assistance in pressuring China into reigning in North Korean belligerence.
Naturally a military response is the only appropriate first response. Negotiations can only ensue if the enemy is convinced that we have the advantage and they cannot escape an alternative of sure destruction. On the other hand we cannot be certain if this is the course of action our American policy-makers will pursue. We also have to remember that the course of action is primarily decided by South Korea (and that the last war is technically/legally still in effect). Despite that we have the legal option to obliterate North Korea the question is still in the air as to whether we should pursue full-bore military action considering our heavy presence still in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although to be fair I wish we would pursue the great lethal force against the Islam Somali Terrorist Pirates

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Of Course the TSA admistrator defends TSA Security Theatre

I regret not fulfilling my intention to blog recently about TSA Security Theatre, that which the United States Transportation Security Authority treats innocent Americans worse than how we treat criminals under our own justice system.... however I can certainly expect the government-appointed leader of this program/organization to defend the existence of his group's ill-considered policies, so Chief Idiot John Pistole defends the groping of Americans and their children because it protects us from foreign-born terrorists.

I want Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart

I like Pie and Google provides this
I wrote this recipe for my entertaining series for O, Oprah’s magazine. It was inspired by a pumpkin mousse that my mother had made for years for Thanksgiving. It’s lighter and much more flavorful than that cloying old pumpkin pie. People really do go nuts for it. Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart
I would expect an Oprah snob to decry Pumpkin Pie.

a Thanksgiving tradition - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Barack Obama versus George Washington's Thanksgiving

President Obama lives up to the generic accepted revisionist history of Thanksgiving nad Rush Limbaugh attacks him for it with his retelling of what I'll believe is the real history.

where to find the New Yankee Workshop

Here is where you can find the real-life New Yankee Workshop, from the show of the same name, right in the backyard of television producer and This Old House creator Russell Morash.

Despite implications within the program that is near the home of host Norm Abrams it is actually located in place where Russell Morash can make Norm Abrams' projects his own lawn appliances and furniture.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mike Bishop should be Michigan Republican Party Chair

This is going somewhere.

November 22, 2010
Snyder backs developer Schostak to head Mich. GOP

Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing— Gov.-elect Rick Snyder today endorsed developer Robert Schostak to succeed Ron Weiser as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
"Bobby Schostak is the right person to lead our party as Republicans assume the mantle of leadership and work to reinvent Michigan," Snyder said in a news release.
"Bobby helped lead Michigan Republicans to their most successful election cycle in more than a generation and he will make sure our elected officials and candidates have the resources they need to succeed in 2012."
Schostak is the state party's finance chairman, and he and Weiser are credited with leading a record fundraising effort.
At least three other candidates have expressed interest in the position: Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Grand Rapids businessman and party Vice Chairman Scott Greenlee.
However, all three said they would wait to see what position Snyder took before deciding whether to officially jump into the race.
Weiser, chairman for the last two years, is not seeking another term. The chairman will be chosen at a state party convention in late January or early February.
Bishop today would not rule out a possible candidacy but said, "I have great respect for the governor-elect (and) I think it's incumbent upon all of us to respect his decision to endorse a candidate."
Bishop said he talked to Snyder recently and told him "his decision to endorse a candidate is significant and will play a role in the decision-making process.
"In the end, this is about the grassroots," Bishop said.
He said he didn't want to think about the chairmanship until he has completed his work as Senate majority leader. He said he never put his own name forward but had been encouraged by many others to seek the chairmanship.
Land and Greenlee could not immediately be reached.
Schostak, CEO of the Livonia firm Schostak Bros. & Co., left the firm in the hands of his two brothers so he could raise money for the GOP full-time.
(517) 371-3660

© Copyright 2010 The Detroit News. All rights reserved.
Despite his earlier ambitions I do not believe Scott Greenlee will run and I know Terri Lynn Land will not run for Party Chair. I wish she would run for Congress.

Mister Schostak is incredibly controversial if one were to simply inject facts of his history into the Republican players yet when given in the context of Ron Weiser and Rick Snyder's deliberate narrative he becomes the unity candidate.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Right to Work Legislation can be credible for Michigan

Local Right-to-Work

Yes we can! Well, maybe. If we set it up just right...

State Sen. Nancy Cassis has introduced legislation in Lansing that would allow localities to set up what might be called “right-to-work zones.” The authority of local governments to take this step is dubious — what little legal authority there is on the question is all negative — but while courts have struck down local right-to-work ordinances both times they came up, neither of the two decisions involved a state statute that authorized local right-to-work. This is a question on which legal experts disagree vehemently, but a carefully-written “local option” law passed by the state legislature could work.

Among nearly all private-sector workers, labor relations are governed by federal law: the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA is fairly exhaustive, and the courts have consistently interpreted it as “occupying the field” of private-sector labor relations, leaving very little room for states to act. But there’s one big exception carved out of federal labor law: States can regulate union membership and agency fees. This is where state right-to-work laws come into play.

“Right-to-work” prohibits unions and employers from signing contracts that force workers to join or financially support a union, leaving union membership and support to the conscience of individual workers.

The federal statute authorizing RTW laws covers "state laws" regulating union membership, but doesn't say those laws have to take any specific form:
29 U.S.C. §164(b) -- Agreements requiring union membership in violation of State law
Nothing in this subchapter shall be construed as authorizing the execution or application of agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment in any State or Territory in which such execution or application is prohibited by State or Territorial law.
The key phrases are "such execution or application" and "State or Territorial Law." Let's tackle the second phrase first. Would a local ordinance qualify as a state law? Probably not; again, both courts that have considered this question have said no. (It should be noted that local ordinances have been treated as “state law” in other contexts, but none of those involved labor relations.) To clarify, "Territory" is a very specific legal term referring to U.S. possessions that are not part of a state. Guam is a territory, Kent County is not. The bottom line is the courts are very unlikely to allow a local government to enforce a right-to-work ordinance on its own.

But the other key phrase, "such execution or application," opens the door for the state to authorize local right-to-work. The implication is that a state does not have to prohibit all agency fee clauses or none at all. It can allow some while permitting others. It can place special conditions. Colorado has a "Labor Peace Act" that requires a union get separate authorization in a secret-ballot vote before negotiating an agency fee. It's been on the books for ages and has never been struck down.
Doing so will require careful drafting, but a state statute authorizing local governments to establish right-to-work zones that are recognized and enforced by the state has a decent chance of passing legal scrutiny.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pro-Life legislation mandating proper disposal of dead fetuses (dead babies) is not anti-abortion enough?

Jeff Conklin of Haslett, MI made this argument, printed in the Lansing State Journal on November 15, 2010.
our lawmakers sponsor legislation requiring proper "fetus disposal." Instead, our representatives and every one of us should be doing everything in our power to halt this atrocity, as well as begging God to have mercy on this nation.
Morally speaking he is correct that we should stop the practice of abortion. Part of this crusade, however, needs to be a culture war where he instill the value of these children into the people, the common citizens, and the abortion workers and this is part of it.

Another part of it is that an all-out legislative assault on the horrible practice would fail in the courts.  Part of winning a war is being patient as we pick our battles.

On the other hand his description of the abortion phenomenon seems apt:
A woman is pregnant with a baby boy. Imagine his name is John. Seven weeks go by, and his heart is beating. After three months, his fingers have formed. John has his own heartbeat, fingerprints, and one-of-a-kind DNA! He's developing steadily - a brand new, distinct, unique person. John is safe and warm in his mother's womb. One day, he will be born and feel her loving embrace but, something's wrong.
There is the sound of a vacuum - some machine. Where there should only be peace and safety, something is intruding. John is violently extracted from his mother's womb. He's literally torn apart. "The procedure" is successful.
John is dead. He is thrown out like common garbage.
The mother's "right" to choose death for her child has been upheld.
John's right to life has not.
Technological progressives and various women's groups will not be taking the side of the baby in that scenario.

Friday, November 19, 2010

So I leave for Denver

Young Republican National Federation Fall Board Meeting.

As the Michigan National Committeeman I am obligated to attend.

And miss my birthday party.

they're called lawmakers, not freedom-makers, and that's for a reason

From a letter published in the Lansing State Journal on November 5, 2010
In the future, where have all our freedoms gone? Will we become a country of freedoms rationed out by the liberals?
Freedom of speech seems to only be for the liberals. When our country finally goes to "pot," which the other countries are waiting for, where do we go to find a place to live?
Where do we find the freedoms that we fought for? Are we going to settle for other countries' so-called freedoms?
Ed Mills

Mel Hull knows the Democrats had more to do with the housing bubble bursting

Read how community organizers busted the economy through its own attempts to block redlining.

Now check out this letter to the Lansing State Journal published on November 5, 2010
I wish the liberals who write in spouting the Democrat talking points would do some research before they blame George Bush and the Republicans for the current economic mess.
It was the liberals led by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd who forced mortgage companies, under threat of prosecution, to make loans to people who couldn't pay them back. Look up the "Housing and Development Act of 1977."
The roots of our present crisis go back to the Carter administration. That was when liberal Democrats, egged on by left-wing activists, began accusing lenders of racism and "redlining" because urban blacks were being denied mortgages at a higher rate the suburban whites.
The Bush administration proposed much tighter regulations on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae over five years ago, but the liberals in Congress resisted.
Hundred of thousands of loans went into default and then the bubble burst. Thank you, Democrats!
Mel Hull
These are memes.  There are a whole mixed bag of causes for our economic horrors of late, but the policies are trending left-wing, and it is sick to declare that "deregulation" is just merely a "Conservative" or "libertarian" thing.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

some Venison Tenderloin Steak recipes

Venison Tenderloin Steak Recipe


Venison tenderloin, sliced 1 inch thick

2 lb. mushrooms, sliced

1/2 lb. butter

2 onion, chopped

1 c. dry white wine

1 c. bouillon

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. yellow mustard

1 tsp. minced parsley

1 tsp. thyme
How to make Venison Tenderloin Steak
Stage1-Brown venison slices in butter and set meat aside.

Stage2-Saute mushrooms in butter, turning with a wooden spoon.

Stage3-Add onion, wine and salt and pepper to taste.

Stage4-Add bouillon, mustard and herbs.

Stage5-Bring to a boil and add venison slices.

Stage6-Simmer for 40 minutes.

Venison tenderloin, sliced 1 inch thick
1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1/4 lb. butter
1 onion, chopped
1/2 c. dry white wine
1/2 c. bouillon
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. minced parsley
1/2 tsp. thyme
Brown venison slices in butter and set meat aside. Saute mushrooms in butter, turning with a wooden spoon. Add onion, wine and salt and pepper to taste. Add bouillon, mustard and herbs. Bring to a boil and add venison slices. Simmer for 30 minutes.

It's Not Bad To Be the 'Party of No'

The Left-Wing Democrat meme is that when Republicans vote "no" on various policies then the good intentions behind what would be a destructive policy are then thwarted along with the policy.  This is obviously not the case, as Jon Hulinek notes in a letter published in the Lansing State Journal on October 19, 210.
Do you remember when a no was a no?

When my boys wanted to date at 14, the answer was "no." I told them they could when they were 16, and no whining would help them. The answer from their mother was also "no."

Time are tough, so the tough get creative. You can have two items from the dollar menu, not three.

Let's get creative together and look for new ways a "no" can spark new ideas. You know, sometimes a "no" is the better way in the long run.

Jon Hulinek
Quite often an end result must be achieved but a method towards that end is found faulty or destructive an alternate means to that end is found. Partisan Democrats eitehr refuse to see that or are lying in regards to the concept of Republican "no" votes.

obviously we need more hunters

My suggestion would simply be to either extend the firearm hunting season or create a whole additional firearm deer-hunting season.  After all the drama about measures in the Michigan Legislature and among parents to preserve hunting traditions and expand the number of hunters (and how the season begins when it does to insure the continuance of the local populations of the deer species) we can remember what the Lansing State Journal published even earlier, an editorial noting that the deer herd in Michigan (and apparently they count it as one whole herd) needs thinning, although their prescription is not at all about freedoms for the people and more about government-made, government-executed solutions.

What the LSJ editors said on November 5th, 2010:
Unless major changes are made to state policy handling the deer herd, these urban interactions - which can quickly turn damaging, even tragic to human and deer alike - also will become an unremarkable matter.
And that's something Michigan cannot afford.
Michigan is high in auto-deer collisions, according to State Farm Insurance, which estimates the average cost of such hits at $3,050. And, sadly, auto-deer collisions cause fatalities for humans, as well as for deer.
The problem for Michigan is that the deer herd is increasingly locating itself where most of the people and cars are.
In 1965, Michigan had fewer than 1 million deer, with the overwhelming majority of them concentrated in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Since then, the herd in the southern Lower Peninsula has been on a relentless climb, even as the proportions for the other two regions have shrunk.
As of 2008, the state was estimating about 1 million deer lived in southern Michigan alone, with the herds in the other two regions totalling about 900,000. There are more deer in Michigan and far, far more of them live near Lansing, Grand Rapids., Flint, Saginaw, etc.
In fact, the deer density in the tri-county area actually is higher than the relative densities found near Marquette or on the Keweenaw Peninsula on the northern rim of the U.P.
Deer harvests are about five times higher than what they were in mid-1960s. And, as the state's deer management plan says, "Michigan has more hunters than any other state save Texas, and despite our troubling times, nearly 1 million of us go to the woods and fields every fall to hunt and otherwise experience our abundance of wildlife and open lands." Nevertheless, the deer herd is surging right in the part of the state where it can do the most damage to Michiganians and their commerce.
It's increasingly clear that the state cannot rely on volunteer hunters and its traditional methods to control the herd. Publicly financed hunts and other containment measures should be on the agenda for the Snyder administration come January.
They never actually proved that  traditional methods cannot control "the herd", they simply say that because so far the traditional methods have not controlled the herd under the current circumstances, conditions, and constraints.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Purdue visits MSU for the final home game of the 2010 Spartan football season!

Day: Saturday
Date: Nov. 20, 2010
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Last Event

vs. Minnesota
W, 31-8
Day: Saturday
Date: Nov. 6, 2010
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
No. 16 Michigan State Defeats Minnesota, 31-8

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Star Trek Nemesis versus the Search for Spock

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Some letters to the Lansing State Journal Editor for November 16, 2010

Like I care about copyright; I think fair use is important for criticism and archives are important to that!  Here are some selected letters from the Lansing State Journal, published on November 16, 2010.

For instance, I did not know this about wine or wine distribution.
The Oct. 31 "Other Voices" column on wine distribution from the Traverse City Record Eagle misses the mark.

There is legislation being considered which, among other benefits to the hospitality industry, would streamline and modernize how Michigan distributes wine. As a beer distributor in Mid-Michigan, we follow territorial integrity, and it has benefited craft brewers, local retailers, job creation and consumers.
Territorial integrity encourages competition and growth. As a distributor, I am fully committed to selling and marketing Brand X, while another distributor is doing the same for Brand Y.
Applied to wine distribution, this means more competition in the region and greater opportunities for Michigan wineries to get their products marketed.
Without territorial integrity, distributors have less incentive to compete. This system holds distributors accountable and assures that all retailers will be properly serviced.
It helps track products efficiently so consumers don't get tainted products. Territorial integrity helped make Michigan the Great Beer State, with more than 70 terrific craft brewers and brewpubs. It can do the same for wine and help this sector succeed.

Nick Pavona
M&M Distributors, Inc.
I also have no way of confirming if what he says is true.

Now let's celebrate some soft tyranny in action.

On Nov. 18, the American Cancer Society will celebrate the 35th annual Great American Smokeout.
This year, I will celebrate by visiting one of my local bars or restaurants that I didn't want to go to before May 1, but now that the smoke is finally out of Michigan, I will go.

Last year, our legislators gave workers a great gift making Michigan the 38th state to go smokefree.

Now, workers do not have to choose between their health and their paycheck.

This gift came at a great time in my life as well! I have two beautiful little daughters whom I would not take out to the restaurants in my area because they allowed smoking. Now, I don't have to worry about my family being subjected to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. I feel good about being able to support more of my local establishments, too!

For this year's Great American Smokeout, we really have something to celebrate.

Katie Wilson
Mrs. Wilson does not see the irony that as she celebrates her choice to take her kids to restaurants, as she laments the cause of her earlier choice to not take them to restaurants earlier, she celebrates the loss of freedom of choice of the many private citizens that privately own these private businesses that she chooses to patronize in public.

Now I love the results of the smoking ban and I hate second-hand cigarette smoke almost as much as I hate the first-hand cigarette smoke but what I hate is the obstruction of private property rights so that some busybodies can feel better.

One more letter here as we see that leftism and (I suppose it is tyranny) involves taking people's tax dollars and using it to.... decorate very expensively.
In the Nov. 10 LSJ, there was an article about a plan to spend $194 million to dress up Michigan and Grand River avenues between the Capitol and Meridian Mall.
This sum is about double what it cost to build the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge.
This exorbitant expense will be borne by "federal, state and local coffers," all of which are presently empty.
So, for the sake of improving the appearance of two area thoroughfares - and adding a few more buses to travel along them - we are foolishly going to borrow many millions of dollars from the Chinese.
Where are angry members of the "tea party" when we really need them?
Americans are living far beyond their means, putting things on the public credit card with no concern about the financial consequences.
When, in the not-too-distant future, the chroniclers of world history write the chapter on why the U.S. went bankrupt, this silly proposed project will be one of many submitted as evidence to explain the national downfall.

Le Roy Barnett
Grand Ledge
Well in theory it is our tax money although by the time we pay it back to the foreign people, if we ever do, it will be our money plus the money of our decedents, although I suppose in a meta sense that is "ours".

Have no doubt that Bastiat would not approve.