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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Michele Bachmann thinks Americans are afraid of (Russian) ghosts – the tea party worship of ignorance

Michele Bachmann apparently does not realize there actually is no such thing as the Soviet Union any more. She thinks Americans are afraid of it, though.

I would say it’s a unified message. It really is about jobs and the economy. That doesn’t mean people haven’t [sic] forgotten about protecting life and marriage and the sanctity of the family. People are very concerned about that as well. But what people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.…
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Northville unionized teachers take a huge hit in their latest contract, Detroit union members fight back

Remember me writing about how Northville, Michigan teachers were being threatened by the imposition of an Emergency Manager as they moved into contract talks?

This scenario was entirely predictable.
The latest call for an emergency manager in Metro Detroit is coming from an unlikely place — the affluent Northville Public Schools.

Stalled contract negotiations between administrators and employees have school board members discussing the possibility of seeking an emergency manager, which under state law must be appointed by the governor.

Emergency managers have the power to void union contracts, remove administrators and take all control of the district’s actions.

The two sides have until the second week in August to come to terms on a two-year collective bargaining agreement.

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Snyder administration in freak-out mode over legal challenge to the Emergency Manager law

If there was any doubt about whether or not the Snyder administration was freaking out about lawsuit by Sugar Law Center challenging the constitutionality of the Emergency Manager law (PA 4), this should remove all doubt.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2011
CONTACT: Tova Perlmutter or Frank Joyce 313-993-4505

Snyder Wants High Court To Rule
on Emergency Manager Law

Sugar Law Calls Move To Bypass Other Courts ‘troubling’

DETROIT– The Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, which has filed suit challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law as unconstitutional, said today that they will oppose Gov. Snyder’s request to bypass normal court procedures by having the state Supreme Court take immediate control of the case.

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