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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Is right-to-work Pure Michigan? New Pure Michigan ad says so

Disgusting- the State of Michigan is now running a new ad touting the new "right-to-work" law passed and just signed into law.

No- it's not "Pure Michigan", but lots of folks are angry tax-payer dollars are being used to advertise right-to-work.

The state of Michigan wasted no time in touting its upcoming status as a right-to-work state in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The ad declares that Michigan has made history, and goes on to say:

“Michigan is the newest Right-to-Work state. This once-in-a generation transformation has Michigan poised to become a preferred place to do business.”

Although it throws salt into a pretty raw wound, the decision to buy the ad certainly makes sense -- get in front of a global audience making business decisions. The state waves low business taxes, the end of the personal property tax, and its move to neutralize unions in front of CEOs in hopes that they’ll bite. We’re all watching that process closely to see if they do.

And it would have been just fine if the state stopped there. But it placed the “Pure Michigan,” logo at the bottom of the ad, and ends its pitch with this sentiment: “The perfect storm of opportunity, resources and passion is Pure Michigan.”

Pure Michigan highlights many great things about Michigan including our lakes, the Detroit auto show and the tourist destinations across our state. Things we can all agree are good for Michigan. That’s one of the reasons why the campaign is so popular. It has more than 420,000 Facebook fans and more than 43,000 followers on Twitter, where the #puremichigan hashtag, for the most part, is synonymous with beauty.

Right-to-work advocates may argue that the WSJ ad features one positive on top of another. But this issue has divided our state, and by connecting right-to-work to Pure Michigan, it politicizes a distinctly positive, politically neutral campaign that encourages state pride. It’s disappointing that the state decided to tie Pure Michigan to an issue that has torn Michigan apart.

What do you think. Is right-to-work Pure Michigan?

Read the article here:


Or make your OWN FACEBOOK COMMENT On the Pure Michigan facebook page here:


Former Congressman Mark Schauer is pepper-sprayed in Lansing

First- Mark Schauer's comment on being sprayed.

(then: inside shot looking out at the crowd being sprayed)

Lansing Michigan this morning

Just left Lansing. About 6 or 7 thousand milling around the steps of the Capitol right now.

Love the rats.

Homes needed for the homeless!

Can you give them a "forever" home?

Livingston County Animal Control- I walk these dogs a couple times a week. :They really could use a "forever" home.


Confirmed- 124 dead in Wal-Mart supplier factory fire

Source: Addictinginfo.org

Workers Die In Bangladesh Factory While Making Clothes For Walmart And Others
By Lorraine Devon Wilke

Dhaka factory in flames @ IndiaToday.in

In an stunning cultural juxtaposition, Black Friday merchants counted their profits and victory-pumped shoppers celebrated their “scores” in malls throughout the U.S., while factory workers on the other side of the world who made many of the clothing items shoppers bought this weekend jumped from windows of a seven-story factory in the effort to save their lives in a late Saturday inferno. Many of them were not successful; as of the most recent count, 124 of those workers have died, with many more injured.

In the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, a large garment run by Tazreen Fashions, one of the many factories in the area that provide product for American companies including Wal-mart, JC Penney’s, the Gap, Levi Strauss, Kohl’s, Zara, H & M, and others, burst into flames Saturday night in a fire (of currently unknown origin) that started on the bottom floor of the building and quickly rushed up the other floors, trapping workers with no way to descend from the building. As India Today reports:

By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 115 bodies, fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub said. He said another 9 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals.

Mahbub said firefighters recovered 69 bodies from the second floor of the factory alone. He said most of the victims had been trapped inside the factory, located just outside of Dhaka, with no emergency exits leading outside the building.

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/25/workers-die-in-bangladesh-factory-while-making-clothes-for-walmart-and-others/

Imagine 124 workers dying in a major fire, in a factory that supplies the largest corporation in the world.

No, this isn't the New York Triangle Shirtwaiste factory fire of 1911.

It's the Wal-Mart supplier Tazreen Fashions, who's factory burned last night in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Tarzreen Fashions supplied Wal-Mart, JC Penney’s, the Gap, Levi Strauss, Kohl’s, Zara, H & M, and others.

Where your clothes are made...matters.

GOP poll challengers tried to intimidate Genoa voters, clerk says

Source: Livingston County Press

Republican poll challengers attempted to intimidate voters in each of Genoa Township's 12 voting precincts this month, the township's GOP clerk said.

Township Clerk Polly Skolarus said the Republican challengers did not challenge voters' registration, but transmitted their data electronically to state party officials during the Nov. 6 election.

Skolarus said none of the GOP poll challengers arrived with lists of voters they planned to challenge, as is customary.

"There were a lot of people that were not happy that those people were sitting there. They felt it was an invasion of their privacy," she said."The Republican Party making the decision to put them in every precinct did them no favors. I think it made them enemies," Skolarus added.


Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20121120/NEWS01/211200308/GOP-poll-challengers-tried-intimidate-Genoa-voters-clerk-says

Note: THIS is in an area that the township next to the burial place of former Michigan Governor and father of the (R) candidate, George Romney (Brighton, Michigan). It's about as "red" a township as it gets in Michigan. Yet all precincts had voter intimidation republicans on duty, to offend voters going to the polls.

Please feel free to add your own comments over on the newspaper's facebook comment section.

Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?'

Source: The Detroit News

Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?'
By Tom Greenwood and Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Southfield Township — Sometimes dead men really do get to vote.

Ty Houston, 48, a home care registered nurse, was toiling on his absentee ballot Monday afternoon when things got strange at township offices on 13 Mile.

"I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table," said Houston on Tuesday. "His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions but he didn't respond. She screamed for help and I went over to see what I could do."

Houston laid the victim on the floor and went to work.

"He was dead," Houston said. "He had no heartbeat and he wasn't breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife's name."

What happened next astounded Houston and the victim's wife.

"The first question he asked was 'Did I vote?'"

Dumbfounded, the man's wife told him that whether he voted was the least of their concerns.

"She told him 'Your life is my concern,'" Houston said.

According to Houston, the man — who had a tracheotomy in his throat — gulped down a few more breaths and then told her there are only two things that are important to me: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote."

EMS personnel took the pair to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, but only after the couple wrapped Houston in thanks and hugs.

"It was God's divine word that I be there. Originally, I was just going skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day," Houston said.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121106/METRO02/211060410#ixzz2BTbGnnLl

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121106/METRO02/211060410/1409/metro/Southfield-Twp-voter-appears-die-then-asks-Did-vote-

If he wasn't sure, perhaps he needs to cast a ballot again....

Vote early- cause you NEVER KNOW when your time has come.

Michigan troops' ballots spark battle

Source: Livingston County Press

An advocacy group said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson did the "bare minimum" to prevent absentee ballots from being sent late to Michiganders overseas and serving in the U.S. military.

Last week, Johnson and state Attorney General Bill Schuette sued 24 municipalities in county circuit courts seeking extensions for 38 of 8,700 of the absentee ballots to be counted under federal election law. The extensions, if granted, would be for the number of days the ballots were sent late.

The U.S. Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, signed into law in 2009, requires absentee ballots be sent overseas and to military personnel 45 days prior to federal elections in order to counted on Election Day. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election was Sept. 22.

The Michigan Election Coalition accused Johnson of scolding local governments rather than taking action to help them despite a July U.S. Department of Justice complaint against the state for 155 absentee ballots from 70 municipalities sent late for the August primary.

Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20121018/NEWS01/210180318/Michigan-troops-ballots-spark-battle?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

Michigan local governments were late sending out ballots, but the Secretary of State did little or nothing to help. More republican obstructionism of voters.

TREASON is a strong word

And it applies. Why isn't the Justice Department indicting House GOP Congressman Jason Chaffetz?

While attempting to use the death of American government officials in Libya to help Mitt Romney’s election bid, fellow Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, and his House Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, outed a classified CIA operation, on C-SPAN no less, endangering American national security.


Oh but, as the saying goes, it gets better.

Chaffetz and company were using the death of the US ambassador to Libya, and others, to try to smear the President for “security lapses,” and as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank points out in a great scoop, Chaffetz and company managed to create their own massive security lapse.

It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

In a nutshell, the State Department was briefing the congressional Republicans, at an open hearing that the Republicans called, and were showing commercially-available satellite images of the area of the attack. Suddenly, Republican Chaffetz and GOP Committee chair Darrell Issa (another piece of work) both suggested that the images showed classified information that could endanger current ongoing operations in the area. As Milbank points out, this confirmed two things – one, that the picture was apparently of a CIA base, and two, that the base might still be in operation even after the attack that killed our ambassador.


Punished for giving a cold man a blanket

Detroit paramedic: I'm being punished for giving a cold man a blanket

By Charlie LeDuff
FOX 2 News Reporter

DETROIT -- A Detroit paramedic says he is in trouble for breaking the rules. His offense? Giving a cold man a blanket.

Top brass tell us employees must have permission to hand out "department property", but that blanket was one of many donated to the department to help people in need.

Ladies and gentlemen, this might be the most ridiculous and bone-headed Detroit ambulance story yet. It started two weeks ago when a house caught on fire. An old cripple man lived inside. They brought him outside. He was in his underwear. It was cold. He was shivering. You give him a blanket, right? Right. Then guess what happened?

"I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket," said paramedic Jeff Gaglio.

He called in sick Wednesday, sick to his stomach after being punished for giving away city-owned property.

"Yesterday I got notified that I'll be brought up on EMS departmental charges," Gaglio said.

What's that mean?

"I'm being punished. I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket, something that would seem like a common, every day courtesy. Something that any man or woman would do in the City of Detroit, give a freezing man a blanket. I'm being punished for it."

Who's punishing him?

"The chief of EMS Jerald James."

You know what makes this story even more outrageous? The city didn't even pay for the blankets. Matt Cahillane, president of Firefighter Support Services, donated them.

"Anybody who's been displaced by a fire, that's what they're for," he said.

Does he mind people having to keep the blankets?

"I think that's what they're for."



You can send the Paramedic some extra blankets this Christmas-
send blankets to jeff gaglio, c/o detroit fire department headquarters, 250 w. larned, detroit, michigan 48226

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