Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore voted “Most Beautiful Place in America”

I can’t believe they’ve gone and told everyone:

LEELENAU COUNTY — Sleeping Bear Dunes is voted the Most Beautiful Place in America, according to a contest held on Good Morning America, where the winner was announced this morning.

“Tens of thousands of viewers voted online for this Michigan park, which is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets,” GMA said.

“The hidden gem boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name.”

Anne and I were married there eight years ago this Sunday, right on the beach of Lake Michigan at a spot called Sunset Beach.…

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Tim Walberg doesn’t understand what “religious” means. And he’s still a birther.

Oh, for cryin’ out loud. I cannot believe this idiot is my representative in Washington, D.C. He apparently, has no clue what “religious” means and, guess what, he’s still a freaking birther.

Walberg criticized President Obama for his approach to defending Israel, saying Obama, “doesn’t get it.”

Invoking what he called “biblical history and imperative,” Walberg said, “I want God’s blessing on this country and that blessing that’s on Israel as God’s chosen people will be carried out to this country as well. That’s not religious, that’s historical and I will stand with that,” Walberg said.

“That’s not religious”? Eh?…

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More fake “concessions” by Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans

I’ve written in the past (HERE and HERE) about how Rick Snyder uses a tactic of making draconian cuts to specific programs then dials it back a bit (but not all the way, of course) and calls it a “concession”.

Well, he’s doing it again:

As part of his agenda to reinvent Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder reshaped revenue sharing, a pot of money for cities, counties and townships to pay for everything from police and fire service to road repairs. He kept one-third of the pot of money intact and cut $100 million — about one third — to help balance the budget.…
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Repeal of Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) in Michigan in VERY good shape

Just ten short summer weeks after its start, Michigan Forward is reporting some good news. According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Forward is already half-way to having the required signatures to put the repeal of PA 4, the Emergency Financial Manager Law, on the ballot in Michigan.

Organizers of a drive to repeal Michigan’s emergency manager law said Tuesday they have nearly half of their 250,000-signature goal.

They need 161,304 valid signatures to put the issue before voters. Organizers say they have 120,000 signatures, but want to get a cushion to account for invalid ones.

It appears that their goal of getting enough signatures by Labor Day, well in advance of the deadline, is quite achievable.…

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We’ve been here before

Let Donald Duck show you how.

H/T: Larry A.…

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Michiganders Express Buyer’s Remorse, Deliver “Return Ballots” to Rep. Tim Walberg’s Office

From my friends at Working America:

Working America members to hold lawmakers accountable for ignoring jobs crisis.

On Thursday August 18th, Working America members and organizers will gather at a “Buyer’s Remorse” booth in Jackson, MI to accept “return” ballots from Michiganders who are disgusted with the broken promises of Rep. Walberg who told voters that he would focus on creating jobs and strengthening the economy while in office.

The return booth – one of several being installed across the country this month while federal lawmakers are home for an August recess – will provide Michiganders the opportunity to hold Rep.

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Rick Perry repeats an urban legend, is an idiot

Dude, you’re running for president for Godess’s sake. Get your damn facts straight, willya???

I was at the Iowa State Fair today and caught Rick Perry’s speech. He started talking about this stupid new regulation that would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses if they drive their tractors across the road. I remember reading about this very issue … so I yelled “That’s not true” a couple of times … and later asked the Des Moines Register’s political editor to fact check the story.

Dumb ass.…

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The zucchinis are coming! The zucchinis are coming!

Does your fridge look like this these days?

If so, here’s a great way to use up some of those prolific fruits. From my wife’s blog, The Savage Feast:

Stuffed baked zucchini with rice, orzo and cherry tomatoes

Nom, nom, nom……

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