Guest photoblog from Anne Savage: Benton Harbor parade protest

Guest photoblog from Anne Savage: Benton Harbor parade protest

This blog entry was written by my wife, Anne. Anne is a fantastic photographer (as I frequently mention) and runs two blogs. Her first is The Savage Feast, a blog about food, gardening, eating & drinking, and enjoying the “foodie” lifestyle. Her most recent project is the Anne Savage Photography Politics in Pictures blog. This is where her political photography finds a home. It’s a new site so there’s lots more to come and I highly encourage you to check it out.

What follows is Anne’s perspective of the Blossomtime parade on Saturday that started in St. Joseph, Michigan and finished in Benton Harbor – a story told less with words than pictures.…

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Eclectablog on the radio

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., I will join Bonnie Bucqueroux from Lansing Online News in the studio of WLNZ 89.7 in Lansing to talk about blogging, Michigan politics and the ongoing situation in Benton Harbor. You can listen to it live HERE and it will be archived HERE, as well.…

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Stand Up For Michigan

A video from yesterday’s protest at the Blossomtime Grand Floral parade as it enters Benton Harbor, created by my friend Extreme Liberal. Watch his webpage over the next few days for more photos and vids.

If you look closely during the first 15 seconds of the video, you’ll see a guy in a yellow ball cap and grey t-shirt. That’s Eclectablog eclectablogging.…

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Benton Harbor Blossomtime Grand Floral parade news round-up

In addition to my blogging, as well as my wife’s, a number of other bloggers were on the scene recording the day’s events at the Blossomtime Grand Floral parade in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Anne will have many more photos up later today or tomorrow so be sure to check out her blog over the next few days (and beyond, of course). One of the interesting things she’ll be showing is how the level of security ramped up as Governor Snyder entered Benton Harbor, particularly as he got into the section beyond the bridge where the mostly-white union protesters were the most-black residents of Benton Harbor lined the road.…

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More photos from the Benton Harbor Blossomtime parade

More photos from the Benton Harbor Blossomtime parade

These photos were taken by Anne C. Savage. Please do not use without permission.

Hotel just over the bridge in Benton Harbor

Heavy police presence in Benton Harbor before (and during) the parade

Light police presence in St. Joseph before (and during) the parade

Synchronized marching by Snyder and his bodyguard in Benton Harbor as protesters turn their
backs — they were practically trotting at this point

Snyder’s police escort closes ranks (completely unnecessarily) in Benton Harbor

More photos HERE.…

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Liveblogging the Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade in Benton Harbor

Liveblogging the Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade in Benton Harbor

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12:35 – Parade begins in 25 minutes. A HUGE police presence along the parade route:

Also a huge union presence:

Two sheriff boats and the Coast Guard in the river between St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. My wife’s comment: “For crying out loud, it’s just the Governor! You’d think it was the President.”

Totally different vibe on the St. Joe side. Many more families but a handful of pockets of protesters:

And far fewer police.

1:02 – Just got shooed off the street. And no wonder here come the “Honorable”Governor in the flesh, surrounded by two body guards.…

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Some thoughts on the Benton Harbor situation

Before we hit the road for Benton Harbor this morning, I thought I’d put down a few thoughts that have been running around my brain for the past week or two regarding the situation in Benton Harbor.

First of all, I wanted to address something that State Representative for the Benton Harbor area, Al Pscholka, said on his Facebook page regarding his reason for pulling out of the parade today. He said this:

“I am a supporter of free speech. I consider it to be among the most essential founding principles of our nation. Though recent protests regarding Michigan’s new Fiscal Accountability Act have been largely spurred by misunderstandings and misinformation, I would be first in line to defend a citizen’s right to invoke his or her constitutional liberties.…
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John Boehner, hypocrite and fraud

The Maddow Blog has a great juxtaposition of the steady increase in the number of private sector jobs since Barack Obama took office and John Boehner’s monthly statement about how bad things are.

It’s pretty clear that Boehner has basically written the entire year’s worth of statements already because they all sound the same and sound as lame. They are all along the lines of, “We welcome any improvement but job growth is just not where it should be due to ‘that one’“.

The hypocrisy of this is that the Republicans have yet to introduce a single jobs creation bill.…

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Eclectablog interviewed

So, if you’ve been just dying to know more about who I am and what motivates me, head over to the most-awesome A2Politico blog where yours truly was recently interviewed.

Please tell me I don’t come across as an egotistical attention whore. That was supposed to be my secret.…

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UPDATED: Rep. Al Pscholka WILL chicken out of Benton Harbor parade

As I have been talking about, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and State Representative Al Pscholka are scheduled to be in tomorrow’s Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade that starts in St. Joseph and ends in Benton Harbor. It turns out, Rep. Pscholka may chicken out.

“We always have a big law enforcement presence at the Blossom parade, up and down the route, the whole way,” Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said. “We always do that.”

Regarding any potential protests, “As long as they do it in a peaceful manner, there won’t be any problems,” Bailey said. “We won’t tolerate anyone disrupting it or stopping the parade.”

Bailey said he recognizes there’s a lot of political controversy but said the parade is intended to celebrate agriculture and youths.

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More photos from the Benton Harbor march & rally

More photos from the Benton Harbor march & rally

My wife, Anne Savage, has started a new blog at her Anne Savage Photography website called Politics in Pictures which features her political photography. She has some amazing photos from last weekend’s march and rally in Benton Harbor.

I won’t spoil the surprise by showing you the best stuff. Instead, I highly commend your attention to her blog HERE.…

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More meta

Three things:

First, I am continuing to get reports of folks’ antivirus programs sounding the alarm from my site. I have been trying out four new ad companies and one of them is the culprit. I have 86ed two of them but the problem may not be resolved yet. If you get any warnings from your antivirus software while you are visiting the site, please email me or tweet me so that I know I’m still having issues. I promise I will correct this as soon as I possibly can and apologize profusely for any inconvenience or hassle this has caused anyone.…

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