BREAKING – Michigan Forward Stands Up to False Accusations & Misinformation Disseminated in Robocalls

My breaking of the news about the anti-petition signing robocalls has received widespread coverage. In addition to the Rachel Maddow Show, several other news outlets have covered it, including the Herald Palladium, Michigan Messenger and WNDU.

Michigan Forward, the group who is working to put the repeal of the odious Financial Manager law on the ballot, has now issued a response.

You read it here first.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2011
Contact: LaToya Henry (313) 447-6404

Michigan Forward “Stands-Up” to False Accusations and Misinformation Disseminated in Robo Calls

DETROIT – The blatantly false charges being spread in an anonymous robo call to voters in Western Michigan are a desperate attempt to stop the hard work of hundreds of genuine grassroots volunteers collecting signatures to repeal Public Act 4.

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Sorta live-blogging The Most Beautiful Place in America, Day Two – the socialist Nat’l Parks


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As I ramble about this most awesome place with my best friend, soulmate, lover and wife (all the same person, fortunately for me), I’m reminded that this this amazing place belongs to all of us. That’s the beauty and strength of the National Parks — they are owned by all of us collectively, a truly socialist idea.

I’ll post a few pictures throughout the day. Or not. We’re playing it free and easy on this, our seventh anniversary. Seven years ago today we were married on Sunset beach. Tonight we’ll take a bottle of L.…

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Sorta live-blogging The Most Beautiful Place in America

Our first real view of Lake Michigan. Just north of Empire near North Bar Lake.

A view north from the beach:

Adding… Did I mention that they have 3G data coverage throughout the whole park?

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Here’s the (only) sign that marks the trail to this beach:

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North Bar Lake, just one small dune away from Lake Michigan. Click for larger version


Empire Bluffs, south from near North Bar Lake. Click for larger version


Fishtown, Leland, MI. Click for a larger version.


Sun setting on the Sleeping Bear. One of the baby bears (South Manitou Island) to the right. Click for a larger version.

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Our home in The Most Beautiful Place in America

This is our home, smack dab in the middle of The Most Beautiful Place in America for the next five days.

Bliss: found and followed.…

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Michigan GOP sliminess (and Eclectablog) get noticed by Rachel Maddow

Eclectablog got another shout out last night on The Rachel Maddow Show. You can watch it HERE. (It’s the one that mentions the bridge.)

I’m in the northern part of Michigan for the next few days so you won’t see much blogging. Last night I spent the night in this one-room school house, built in 1898 or 1899.

Pretty cool, eh?…

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The magic mushroom of Dexter, Part II: The Fairy Ring

Remember my post about the 12-inch wide, 10-inch tall mushroom in my backyard?

It had babies:

This is known as a fairy ring. The original shroom threw out a bunch of spores around itself. It’s long gone but the spores have taken off.

Too bad we’ll be gone for a few days while they are at their peak. Our housesitter will enjoy them. They aren’t edible, though. I’m pretty sure they are Green-spored Lepiota. Here’s the description from the shroom guide:

A drastic sickener, causing one to two or more days of violent purging.

Nom, nom.

It can kill dogs, too, so I just got rid of ‘em.…

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BREAKING – More Mich GOP freakout: Robocalls warn against identity theft from signing petitions.

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Snyder administration is freaking out over the legal challenge to the Emergency Manager law. On that same day, residents on the west side of the state starting getting these robocalls:


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This is an identity theft alert. Petitions are being circulated door-to-door and at public locations throughout the county that require your name, your address and your signature. The State of Michigan does not require a license or bond for signature gatherers and anyone can collect signatures regardless of their police record.…
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Buyers Remorse Protest at Tim Walberg’s Jackson office a success

Here are a few shots from the Working America protest in front of the office of MI-07 Representative Tim Walberg yesterday. About 20 protesters showed up and they delivered over 400 buyers remorse cards.

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