Tornado touches down 6 blocks from my home in Dexter, MI (VIDEO of damage)

A tornado hit the village of Dexter, MI a mere six miles from my house. My wife Anne C. Savage shot this video of some of the damage.

Dexter village is completely shut down. There is a major gas leak that is in risk of exploding. A Huron Valley Hospital mobile unit went by our house just a short time ago, clearly preparing for the worst:

We are safe but many of our neighbors are not.

Anne has some amazing photos but we are without power so she’ll have them up later.

Here’s one. Says it all, actually…

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Terrific Debbie Stabenow campaign video for your viewing pleasure

That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it. Uh-huh.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow released this awesome campaign video at the Michigan Democratic Party Nominating Convention last Saturday and now it’s available for everyone to see.

What I love most about it is that it is POSITIVE. It’s a sharp contrast to Pete Hoekstra (who?) and his racist, xenophobic, lying ad of yestermonth.

You can contribute to Senator Stabenow’s campaign HERE. Her main campaign website is HERE.…

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Blog update

If you’ve reached this page, you’ll notice that we’re back to the blogspot URL. This will change soon as we migrate the blog to WordPress. I’m told it should be an easy transition and we’ll be able to bring all the posts and comments over. If you have any trouble in the next week or two, send me an email at eclectablog @ gmail dot com or a tweet.

The move will end the current email subscriptions so stay tuned on how you can sign up again after the switch.

It’s a bit nerve wracking to make the change but it will allow us to provide you with a better Eclectaexperience in the long run and we want to have the new site set up sooner rather than later as we move into the election season coming up.…

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Birth Control Extremism is a Gift to Women

If women needing birth control to treat endometriosis makes you think about sex, there are medications for that.

There are still at it. They’re still implying Sandra Fluke is a slut. They’re still betraying they have no idea how birth control works. They still think getting a prescription to treat endometriosis is some luxury you’re being “given” at their expense.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently said, “Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn‘t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They all want to control women.”

She seems to be wondering two things:


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The artlessness of the Snyder administration’s approach to imposing Emergency Managers

You don’t have to be a jerk about it

Last spring when I published exclusive audio of Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris talking about crushing the unions, I was shocked at what he said and, more to the point, how he said it:

So, I’ve laid off twenty-five people. I’ve laid off nine police officers. I’ve laid off four fireman. I’ve haven’t’ done that yet but this Friday — after the townhall meeting. Oh, they know it’s comin’! They know it’s comin’! And I’ve laid off four EPW — I had nine major equipment or heavy equipment operators but only five pieces of heavy equipment.
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How to Use Twitter

Please RT!

– @RobDelaney

Apparently I’ve been waiting my whole life for Twitter.

Allen Ginsberg had to roam to streets to see the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness. I do it through a retina display.And politics has been waiting for Twitter, too.

Last year, Politico’s Ben Smith recognized last year that Twitter was draining the life from his blog. “What I’m doing right now is just incredibly old school,” he said. “I might as well have ink all over my fingers and be setting type.”

Since then Smith has joined BuzzFeed, which is attempting to harness the addictive and instantly viral nature of Twitter to cover the 2012 in a way that makes news and breaks news.…

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View the premier of “The Road We’ve Traveled” – the new documentary on President Obama’s first term TOMORROW!

Fired up and ready to go!

As a reminder to all my President Obama-supporting friends, I’m reposting this from a few days ago. You can view the premier of this amazing film TOMORROW (March 15, 2012) at an OFA office near you. Click HERE for details on where you can view it in YOUR area.
Obama for America, President Obama’s reelection campaign, released a trailer this morning for a new 17-minute documentary on the president’s first term. The film, “The Road We’ve Traveled”, is directed by Davis Guggenheim, the creator of the multi-award-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth”, and narrated by Tom Hanks.…

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Negative reactions to the Detroit Consent Agreement come fast and furious

A Consent Agreement by any other name is still an Emergency Manager

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder presented a Consent Agreement to the city of Detroit. You can read the 26-page Consent Agreement HERE (pdf). HuffPo Detroit has a great run-down of the key parts of the Consent Agreement HERE. There’s some surprisingly egregious stuff in there. Whoa.

Here’s the rather straight forward, if not harsh, condemnation of the proposal by Detroit Mayor Bing:

I’m tremendously disappointed that this consent agreement proposed by Governor Snyder does not represent the spirit of partnership needed between the City and the State to resolve the City’s financial challenges.…
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