Mark Halperin calls President Obama a “dick” on national television

Uh, Mark? WHO is the “dick”?

Joe Scarborough: Mark Halperin, What was the president’s strategy? We are coming up on a deadline and the president decided to please his base, push back against the Republicans.I guess the question is, we know a deal has to be done. Is this showmanship? A lot of times you go up there and both sides and they act tough so their base will be appeased, then they quietly work the deal behind the scenes.
Mark Halperin: Are we on the seven second delay?

Mika Brzezinski: Lordy.

Halperin: I wanted to characterize how the president behaved.

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Murdoch’s News Corp. sells MySpace for one-sixteenth of what it paid for it six years ago

Well, here’s some shrewd business management:

News Corp. has sold struggling social networking site MySpace for $35 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal values MySpace at a fraction of what News Corp. paid for the site six years ago.

~SNIP~

News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million in 2005, but users and advertisers have fled the site for other hotter social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

I hope the more than half-billion dollars they lost in six short years ended up in the hands of some good, solid progressive types. Now that would be karmic justice.…

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Wolvernine Power’s coal-fired power plant permit issued today

I have been following the plans by Wolverine Power to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, Michigan pretty closely. In May of last year, I blogged about the denial of their permit by the Granholm administration. Then, in April this year, I wrote about how the zombie power plant had risen from the dead.

Today, the zombie became fully alive. Here’s the email that just hit my inbox:

Dear Interested Party,

On June 29, 2011, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. Permit to Install application for the installation of two 300-megawatt circulating fluidized bed solid fuel-fired boilers and associated equipment in Rogers City, Michigan.

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MI House Spkr Bolger challenges constitutionality of Calhoun Cty Election Comm to derail recall

MI House Spkr Bolger challenges constitutionality of Calhoun Cty Election Comm to derail recall

MI House Spkr Bolger challenges constitutionality of Calhoun Cty Election Comm to derail recall effort
Details are emerging on Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger’s fight to avoid facing a recall. I have written about Autumn Smith’s efforts HERE, HERE and HERE, by way of background.

In one of those posts, I noted this:

I want to clarify Autumn’s situation a bit. The Temporary Restraining Order filed by Bolger’s top-dollar law firm is not against Autumn herself. Rather, it is against the Calhoun County election commission who are enjoined from considering any different petition language submissions from Autumn. However, this is a very slick and backhanded move on their part.…
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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris restricts access to Jean Klock Park

THIS seems rather arbitrary. Which probably means there’s some underlying reason for it that will raise your hackles.

Locals are no longer allowed to take early morning walks in the park under an order issued by Benton Harbor’s Emergency Manager Joe Harris.

Jean Klock Park, the city’s public waterfront which has already been partially privatized as a Jack Nicklaus golf course, will only be open from 10 am to 10 pm between May 1 and Sept. 30, according to a May 4 order from Harris.

Residents claim that the order conflicts with the city’s charter, the deed that granted the park to the city and other legal agreements.

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An eloquent takedown of the Emergency Manager Law from a TEA PARTY candidate

A while back, I wrote a piece for A2Politico.com in which I took the Michigan Democratic Party to task for, among other things, not supporting the efforts stop Public Act 4 (or, as I call it, the “Financial Martial Law Act”). Subsequent to that article, I contacted the Michigan Republican Party and several leaders of tea party groups around the state. Considering their support of smaller government and less government intrusion into the lives of our citizens, the consistent stance from them should have been a wholesale condemnation of P.A. 4.

Not surprisingly, the Michigan Republican Party never responded. I say I’m not surprised because their silence on this issue is nothing short of pure hypocrisy — a position that is hard to defend.…

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Vatican advisor: Andrew Cuomo should be denied communion for supporting same-sex marriage in NY

Well, at least the Catholic church is consistent.

A senior adviser to the Vatican, who is a theology professor in Detroit, is blasting the Catholic governor of New York for his strong backing of same-sex marriage, saying he should be punished for his “brazen” violation of Catholicism by being denied Holy Communion, a key part of the Catholic faith.

Edward Peters, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, also is calling for the Catholic Church to investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo for violating a separate church law that seeks to preserve “good morals.”

~SNIP~

Peters was named last year by Pope Benedict XVI to be an adviser to the Vatican’s highest judicial authority, known as Apostolic Signatura.

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Want to help the organizer for the recall of MI House Spkr Bolger against his cowardly attacks? Here's how.

Want to help the organizer for the recall of MI House Spkr Bolger against his cowardly attacks? Here’s how.

By now, you probably know about Autumn Summer and her effort to get the recall of Michigan House Speaker Bolger on the February 2012 ballot. I have written about how he is using every legal tactic in the book to thwart her efforts and to make it too expensive for her to fight back against his cowardly efforts. I first wrote about it HERE with a follow-up HERE.

I want to clarify Autumn’s situation a bit. The Temporary Restraining Order filed by Bolger’s top-dollar law firm is not against Autumn herself. Rather, it is against the Calhoun County election commission who are enjoined from considering any different petition language submissions from Autumn.…
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Okay, THIS Is freaking me out

I’m generally not an alarmist or cynical kinda dude but THIS is freaking me out:

Today, forest fires forced evacuation of the town of Los Alamos and closure of the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory in New Mexico. With two Nebraska nuclear power plants threatened by Missouri River flooding, and the ongoing emergency at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, U.S. nuclear experts are now monitoring four concurrent nuclear crises. To my knowledge, this is unprecedented in U.S. history and an unanticipated challenge for U.S. nuclear experts and emergency plans.

Seriously. Freaking. Me. Out.…

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Financial Martial Law (P.A. 4) repeal gets a jump start in Ann Arbor

Financial Martial Law (P.A. 4) repeal gets a jump start in Ann Arbor

The effort to repeal Public Act 4, the Financial Martial Law Act, in Michigan got a great jump start yesterday when nearly 100 local activists, concerned citizens and organizers got together for an informational townhall meeting. The event was put on by the Washtenaw Community Action Team, a group that describes itself as “a coalition of local unionists, activists, students, workers and community members working together to defend and advocate for working people at the local, state and national level”. You can visit their Facebook page HERE.

All photos except the last one by Beth Hay. Used with permission.

The event started off with me giving an overview of P.A.…

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More on MI Speaker of the House Jase Bolger’s cowardly attack on constituent Autumn Smith

As I reported two days ago, Autumn Smith, the organizer for the recall effort against Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, is being systematically thwarted at every step by Bolger’s friends and lawyers. I shined a light on her situation with my blog (and by crossposting at Daily Kos, Blogging for Michigan and My.Firedoglake.) I also got in touch with some Democratic friends who are lawyers and posted a link on Tony Trupiano’s Facebook Page. Trupiano is a Detroit-based progressive radio talk show host with a show called First Shift with Tony Trupiano.

I’m pleased to report several things.…

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