Michigan’s 4th District

Or, as Stephen Colbert would say, “the fighting fourth”.
After 23 years of doing nothing for the workers in Michigan’s 4th district, Dave Camp (R) Dow Chemical, has retired. Throughout his career Camp has adhered to the Republican plan of doing nothing while the corporate lobbyists took care of the actual duties of writing bills and pushing for their acceptance by the Senate and the President.
Currently the do nothing party has three candidates vying for this luxurious job. Their names escape me but they consist of a term limited state senator, a millionaire transplant from another district and some guy from the outer reaches of the district.
With the primary just a week away the battle is growing fierce and the dollars spent on advertising could, if used properly, possibly keep another Michigan City from going bankrupt.
Both of the wealthy candidates in this contest are accusing the other of being tax raising “liars”. The third candidate has yet to be heard from.

Latest polls show the rich guy from St. Clair, Mi. in the lead.

Meanwhile the only candidate in the Democratic party, Dr. Jeff Holmes from Alma, Michigan is struggling to be heard in this gerrymandered district. Dr. Holmes is actually the only candidate in this race that would work for the people of the district but, like I said the district is gerrymandered to favor any Republican candidate.
Here is a link to Dr. Holmes bio….
If you are interested in having a representative that will truly represent you, go to this link and offer any help you can. This is needed for the general election in November.
Personally I have been gerrymandered out of the 4th district and have sent my thanks to the Republicans in Lansing for finally providing me with a representative that can hear me. (Representative Dan Kildee (D) Michigan)
A link to his site for any interested folks here…. http://dankildee.house.gov/


Here is a thought

If we (the U.S.) were to spend say fifty percent of the moneys we spend on the WAR machine on renewable energy sources, we could most likely be able to stop sending our young men and women overseas to protect British Petroleum’s investments. (British Petroleum’s investments are called American interests by the main stream media.)
As a bonus we would create a better environment for the world resulting in survival of elephants, rhinos and polar bears.
These animals are close to becoming extinct per this study:
“Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth’s 6th mass extinction event”
Link to full article. ….

When the topic of environment comes up, the typical right wing politician’s reply is: “I am not a scientist so I cannot debate climate change.” What about just using your brain? Use that brain to talk and listen to scientists that can and do know about climate change?
Considering the “not a scientist” refrain, makes one wonder how the same politicians debate and pass laws regarding women’s health care without being a medical doctor.
Wandered a bit here but the spirit moved me.  🙂
In conclusion we must all work to get people elected to public offices that will work on the correct problems facing the world today, WAR and/or violence is not the answer to all problems.

Imaginary Fears!

This thought comes from an incident I experienced last week at the lake.
Asking the group if they wanted to take a cruise around the lake on the pontoon boat brought this response. “How much gas do you have?” I replied “1/2 a tank.”
One member said “What if the gage does not work?”
I said: “What if someone pulls the plug on the lake and it dries up? What if we get a torrential downpour and we have to all get on Noah’s ark?”
I mean come on people, there are enough real problems/fearsome things in this world we live in without making things up.
A pro-gun person of my acquaintance said to me. “What are you going to do if someone breaks into your house, throw a book at him?”
Another imaginary fear. This one most likely created by the NRA in their quest for more profit for the gun industry.
Ask yourself how many times have you or your family and friends been victims of a break in?
Now, those on the right are fueling the fears of the unknowing with suggestions that the children crossing the border seeking safety are anything from infected Trojan horses to terrorists in the making and they are going to take all the good jobs.
Everybody, step back, turn off the tv and think about it. Get real, the aristocrats are feeding your fears on a daily basis to manipulate you into supporting their goals of greed and a never ending accumulation of wealth.
They have done a good job, it is up to us to ignore their propaganda and live our lives as the free fun loving people we used to be.

Yes Men Fix the World

Another reblog while vacationing. I really like satire.


If you haven’t heard of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno , let me introduce you to the “Yes Men”. Bichlbaum and Bonanno are aliases – Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos respectively, fell into the “Yes Men” with their creation of a fake website poking fun at the World Trade Organization. Apparently satire masquerades as truth – they were contacted to speak at a conference in Austria and the Yes Men were born.

Posing as government or corporate spokesmen, satiric political activism began ruffling feathers. One of their first “pranks” was the 2004 “Yes, Bush Can”. Touring the country in a “Bush wrapped” RV, they encouraged supporters to sign the “patriot pledge” – agreeing to keep nuclear waste in their backyards and send their children to war. The duo even appeared at the Republican National Convention. Another petition circulated on the Bush/Cheney campaign trail urged supporters to support global warming because…

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Police under fire in Flint, Michigan?

Two recent events in this city have created a mess in an already stressed area of this state.
First incident occurred when a state trooper in hot pursuit of a person driving at extreme speeds through the streets of the community crashed into a vehicle resulting in the death of a 64-year-old woman.
It wasn’t 24 hours later when a headline seeking attorney declared a $50 million dollar lawsuit against the police and the state. Possibly adding to the anger and suspicions of the citizens of this community.
Next we have a township officer shooting and killing a young man involved in a routine traffic stop.
First reports had witnesses saying the young man was running away and was gunned down by the officer. Later reports suggest the young man was in a car and trying to run down the officer.
In an attempt to still the boiling waters, the police held a meeting with community leaders and religious leaders. The effectiveness of this meeting has yet to be determined.
My thoughts….
In the first incident the police have been trained to make a split second decision as to whether or not to continue pursuing a fleeing suspect in consideration of the conditions. It appears to me this officer made the wrong decision. But a $50 million dollar lawsuit is outlandish. I have no idea what a life should be valued at, I will leave that to the accountants and lawyers to decide, but I do feel the family should be compensated for their loss.
The second incident; and I know only what I see on the local news. And personally do not fully trust what I see on the news from any broadcast station or network. They are all controlled by corporate powers.
Local news is now telling us the officer was under attack via an attempt to run him down with a car. If that proves to be correct, the officer was well within his rights to take the action he took and should be exonerated.
Speaking of looking at news broadcasts with a bit of skepticism I have to say I am also somewhat skeptical of law enforcement in certain aspects. This comes from my knowledge of how law enforcement handled the Occupy Movement versus how they handled the Cliven Bundy incident.
Think about it.

The life we have is the life we created.

Knowing and accepting this simple statement opens an abundance of doors/opportunities for us.
Being the creators of our lives gives us the power to change and enhance our lives.
First step in this effort should be to exclude outside forces, do not let them define us.
As long as we wake up in the morning, we have a chance to enhance ourselves as the person we want to be.
Of course if we don’t wake up, then game over, we have done what we could in this life.  🙂
Going through each day doing no harm to others and even working on bringing a smile to another’s face is an excellent way to enhance our personal lives.
Happy faces   🙂   are indeed contagious.
We can also make an attempt to learn something new every day. This can be accomplished using many methods.
We can start a conversation with a stranger and then listen. The wisdom and insights of others will open our eyes to sights we never thought existed.
We can stop by the local library and pick up a book by an author we have not read before, again a chance to see the world through others eyes.
We can visit the local zoo or playground and just watch the people and their actions, observation of people in their leisure activities can also be enlightening and a learning experience.
This brief note has just listed a couple of things we can all do to enhance our lives, feel free to share your ideas for doing the same, either here or drop me an email.
Now, I have to get rolling, have another good day everyone.

Immigration Crisis hits America, My thoughts

We, as Americans, expect Jordan to set up refugee camps for those fleeing Syria, we expect the Ivory Coast to provide refuge to Africans fleeing death and starvation in their home countries.
Yet many join together to protest the care and handling of children fleeing similar conditions in Central America.
Of the protestors I have seen on the telly, none appear to be Native Americans, they are all immigrants or children of immigrants.
It bothers me to no end to see these people waving American flags, this in not the America that I want to live in, this is an America of greed.
It has been suggested that the root cause of this problem should be addressed. I agree with this, now one has to determine what is the root cause?
Some say it is a result of former President Clinton’s NAFTA agreement. Local farmers could not compete with big agriculture of America.
Some say it is a result of American’s insatiable appetite for drugs, if there were no demand there would be no drug trade and the resulting violence.
My thoughts are, it is a combination of these events and possibly others of which I know nothing about.
A religious person posted on Facebook “send them back, we cannot take care of EVERYONE.” I replied “Your comment brings sadness to my life. WWJD?”
Another comment on Facebook chastised me for pointing out the fact that these children are being processed under a law passed and signed into law by G.W. Bush.
He told me to quit blaming Bush, the blame lies with Obama for signing the Dream Act. I pointed out the fact that the Dream Act has nothing to do with the current situation, the Dream Act deals with children that were brought into this country years ago by their parents.
I have not heard back from this poster since.
Here is a link to an article in the Los Angeles Times. That explains the situation in more detail you may want to check it out.
Carry on my friends, carry on!