Even a blind dog…

Even a blind dog finds a deer femur once in awhile.

Kona. Diabetic. Blind. Mostly deaf. My inspiration.

She found this bone on our walk yesterday. When she got home with it, she completely buried it by digging a hole, putting the bone in it and then covering it back up using her nose.

I’m just sayin’……

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After a hard day’s blogging…

It’s Miller Martini Time…

Also, had an unsuccessful trip hunting for morel mushrooms. Probably a tad too early for that. However, an unsuccessful morel hunt is also called “a walk in the woods”. A that’s never a bad thing.

I’m just sayin’……

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The recall of Mich State Rep. Al Pscholka officially underway

A recall petition against Michigan state Congressman Al Pscholka has been filed. You can view the official letter HERE (pdf).

Here’s the text:

April 28,2011

Representative Al Pscholka
Michigan State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, Ml 48909-7514

Re: Receipt of Recall Wording

Dear Representative Pscholka:

You are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section-168.952 of Public Act 456 of 1982, that presentation of “reasons for recall” from your office of 79th District State Representative was made in this office on this date. The recall wording was filed by Mr. Dennis Knowles and a copy of said wording is attached.

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Liveblogging the Recall Rick protest rally in Ann Arbor

Great turnout at the anti-Snyder Rally at the University of Michigan commencement. Easily 1,000 people and more coming in.

Crowds assemble

The “Koch Brothers” entertain. “Rick Snyder, our #1 purchase!”

Congresswoman Rebekah Warren takes the microphone.

Next up, Lexi Salazar, 5th grader from Murphy School in Haslett, future zoologist. Says she wears red every Tuesday to show support for her teachers.

Matt Schrader from the Ann Arbor firefighters union speaking now. “Why are union members being asked to bear the burden without having a voice in the process?”

UAW President Bob King takes the podium. “THAT’S NOT RIGHT!”

Former Congresswoman Lynn Rivers: “I love the smell of outrage in the morning!”
“Taking away benefits from public employees is not how you build a better state.…

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Benton Harbor coverage by Michigan Public Radio

I’ve been happy to see hear coverage of the takeover of Benton Harbor on Michigan Public Radio over the past three days. They’ve done a three-part story which is pretty balanced, on the whole.

Wednesday, April 27Benton Harbor called “ground zero” in fight over emergency manager powers
Thursday, April 28People in Benton Harbor disagree about what’s best for the city
Friday, April 29What’s next for Benton Harbor and emergency managers?

You can read the transcripts and listen to the audio at the links.

The reporting, as I say, is pretty balanced. I do think they underplayed the anti-democratic nature of the takeover but this quote from Reverend David Bullock addresses the issue very eloquently:

“You do have to keep your financial house in order, but the question is how do you do that?…
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Michigan House Education Committee passes draconian anti-teacher, anti-union bill

Back in March, I wrote about Michigan Republicans’ efforts to further penalize teachers who go on strike in our state. From the article I linked (no longer available):

State Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Genoa Township, on Tuesday introduced legislation creating penalties for public schoolteachers and the Michigan Education Association for inciting or participating in strikes.

House Bill 4466 would fine the Michigan Education Association $5,000 per teacher for each full or partial day public school employees are engaged in a strike or “strike-like activities.”

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, also would require school employees to pay a fine equal to one day of pay for every day or partial day they participate in a strike.

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Wow. Just wow.

Check out this Eclectagoodness from The Rachel Maddow Show last night:

Watch the full piece with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero HERE.

I’m still stunned that most of the Michigan coverage is being done by me (and Rachel Maddow, of course) and that none of the major newspapers in Michigan is following this story.

I’m just sayin’……

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Jesse Jackson writes about rights

Jesse Jackson at the Counterpunch website:

Benton Harbor may become to economic justice what the small town of Selma was to civil rights. For in Benton Harbor, the powers that be now are wreaking the final indignities on the town’s beleaguered residents — stripping them not only of their schools, but of their democracy, taking away not only their jobs, but their public parks.


[T]he new czar’s first act was to take over the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, most likely as a way to proceed with the development and sidestep the lawsuits. Why be suspicious? Because the law that the new czar is operating under was introduced by Republican state Rep.

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