Right Michigan http://rightmi.com Part II RightMichigan - The Back Up. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:32:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 They Called Him ‘Biff’ http://rightmi.com/they-called-him-biff/ http://rightmi.com/they-called-him-biff/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:32:18 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16189 ]]> Shuette ads will next hit Jr Agent Calley on his secret decoder ring application.

Its pronounced ‘Haaaavahd’

Not just spending time away from his well compensated position, but also Buffy his ‘gal,’ and those precious (and most certainly precocious) offspring, Brian ‘BIFF’ Calley polished up his business credentials and possibly pushed about in a game of polo.

Splendid.

So do you like game shows?  Family Feud now has a new champion possible, as long as at least one of the topics on the board is “things a rich Harvard douchebag might say”

Like ..

“I don’t take financial advice from a man who uses a pine tree air freshener hanging from the mirror of his Porsche”

Show us “pine tree!”

Ding ding ding

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You do know that whole “The Wall”- thing could’ve stopped all of this (or at the very least significantly reduced it). http://rightmi.com/you-do-know-that-the-wall-couldve-stopped-all-of-this-or-at-the-very-least-significant-reduced-it/ http://rightmi.com/you-do-know-that-the-wall-couldve-stopped-all-of-this-or-at-the-very-least-significant-reduced-it/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:26:20 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16175 ]]> So in the latest distraction in our 24-hour News Cycle World, the latest “outrage” is coming from a surprising source?

And just whom that might be, you may ask yourself?

{Click below to learn the answer}

By now you may have heard that out government is actually doing one of its core duties (for a change) and protecting its citizens by enforcing the law which now includes a “Zero Tolerance” policy towards illegal aliens coming across our border.

Campaign promises…I know right!

As I mentioned earlier, the MSM needs a good distraction to throw as much muck and mud into the mix to cloud the bigger picture.

And what better distraction to use than…wait for it: “The Children”.

Part of this “Zero Tolerance” policy actually has the gall to follow not just a Supreme Court Ruling, but a federal law passed under Pres. Bush (The 2nd).

Hey, waitaminit? If it was passed under Bush, doesn’t that mean that Pres. B.O. had eight years to do away with it?

Anyway, I digress.

Faux “outrage” isn’t only coming from a very predictable source (cough, cough…democrats), but sadly from an unexpected source. A groups of sniveling. spineless jellyfish also know as the Michigan Congressional Republican Delegation.

The four main culprits looking for camera/face-time are making the most noise so far are Larry, Curly, Moe and Shemp, er I mean, US Representatives, Fred Upton, Bill Huzinga, John Moolenaar and not surprisingly Justin Amash.

Collectively quoted in The Detroit News, comments ranged from Rep. Upton’s, “…now is the time for this ugly and inhumane practice to end.” Rep. Huzinga thinks that, “”Such separations are inconsistent with our principles as Americans.” Rep. Moolenaar said through a spokesman that ,”He wants to secure our borders, and he believes that parents who break the law and enter the country illegally should remain with their children while the judicial system works.” And last but not least, Rep. Amash chimmed in by stating,” Such separations are inconsistent with our principles as Americans.”

Um, gentlemen?

Remember the people who actually elected you into office? We’re called American Citizens?

Did that ring a bell, yet?

Obvious security implications aside, this Fab Four appears to have forgotten that not everyone coming across our border is exactly what they claim to be.

Unless they are into that sort of thing (which means that they‘re all sick in the head), EVERY REPUBLICAN  should be at the forefront in supporting exactly what the Border Patrol is doing right now.

Much like other distractions in our 24-hour News Cycle World, I see this story fading out by the end of the week and soon forgotten.

But the reaction from elected officials who should be looking out for those of us already here, is shameful and disappointing.

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Pardon Me? http://rightmi.com/pardon-me/ http://rightmi.com/pardon-me/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:35:14 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16168 ]]> Former Detroit mayor seeks unlikely relief from well earned berth.

Things that make you go hmm..  Many times over.

[Former?] Thugmaster K wants “to go home.”  He says he doesn’t like prison, and is now praying for a pardon from the president. He is a changed man:

Our country has always been the land of 2nd Chances! I am hoping, confidently expecting, that I will have the opportunity to boldly move into the next season of my life; outside of these prison walls. Also, that I will have the opportunity to help someone else get off the floor of despair, failure, brokenness and calamity…then walk courageously, confidently, and powerfully into their own new season, their own destiny.

By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well.

Changed.

“White Jesus” notwithstanding, change carries with it some personal responsibility, yes?  Just a couple months ago, we saw how he is willing to own up to his former life as a corruptotician.  From Click on Detroit

Kilpatrick was also ordered to pay  $1,637,087 in restitution. He told the court in February that he doesn’t believe he should have to pay because it’s impossible to calculate the amount of money he took from taxpayers.

No comment necessary.

Other than even the folks out West aren’t writing scripts as good as this.

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The Michigan Connection http://rightmi.com/the-michigan-connection/ http://rightmi.com/the-michigan-connection/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:38:15 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16162 ]]> Maybe North Korean efforts might have been more difficult if not for a former Detroit athlete?

As you know, these pages have been primarily for Michigan based political discussion and opinion.

I thought this might be an opportune time to offer some credit to an unlikely recipient of praise for anything ‘diplomatic.’ The strange path to regained world prominence continues with a historic effort by Donald Trump’s administration and possibly bolstered by a former Detroit (among others) basketball player.

The effort by our president and his team in Singapore appears to have borne fruit.  Removing the nuclear threat from North Korea is now a very real possibility, and even better, the possibility of continued human rights abuses by that regime will be lessened as economic growth and wealth realization appeals to its leadership.

Kim Jong Un, who came to power following the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011, an heir to a dictatorship has always had a taste for western luxury.  A private yacht akin to a Disney ride, and port turned into a private resort. Former Piston Dennis Rodman described it as a Seven Star Party:

“He’s got 50 to 60 around him all the time – just normal people, drinking cocktails and laughing the whole time. …If you drink a bottle of tequila, it’s the best tequila .. Everything you want, he has the best.”

And Rodman was laughed at by many folks (including myself) for his attempt at personal diplomacy.

Dennis Rodman is a ..freaky guy.  His stunts have earned him a reputation of crazy.  But something most of us have missed, is that sometimes “crazy” works.  But Crazy in this particular case apparently won him a friend.  A friend who likes basketball.  And rodman was invited to be close by for a reason.

And something Trump has repeatedly said is that personal face-to-face meetings are far more effective than a phone call.  Rodman’s visits in the earlier part of this decade might well have opened a way years later when there was a US president who was not afraid to give a photo op to a ‘brutal dictator’ in order to secure the bigger prize of regional, and perhaps forward motion toward worldwide stability.

Western nations may want to hold their collective breath as to the permanence of the summit results, but something is cooking that smells better than Kimchi on the Korean Peninsula.  And the secret ingredient in the recipe may well have been tattoos, basketball and decades of strange antics.

Perhaps as the beauty contest part of the Miss America ‘evolves’ out of existence, Rodman will find new places where he can continue to amuse those who have been trouble for previous administrations.

Maybe Vladmir Putin needs a new friend?

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Sunday Sermon – Not My Fault http://rightmi.com/sunday-sermon-not-my-fault/ http://rightmi.com/sunday-sermon-not-my-fault/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 14:36:39 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16159 ]]> Genesis 3:8-15

The Word of God – through which the Holy Spirit will be guiding our hearts and minds today – is recorded in our reading from Genesis. (3:8-15)

It is a familiar story to all of us, as it speaks to the origin of mankind. In this story, the only fruit in the Garden of Eden that is forbidden is that which hangs from the tree in the midst of the garden, but Adam and Eve eat from it anyway. So, God first approaches man and asks if he has eaten the forbidden fruit and man responds, “well, the woman gave it to me.” In other words, “it’s not my fault.” God then turns to the woman and asks, “what have you done?” And woman responds, “well, the serpent deceived me.” And again she was saying, “it’s not my fault.”

King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes “There is nothing new under the sun,” but many in the modern world may disagree. They consider the modern world more advanced, more sophisticated. We have devices and technology un-imagined years ago. But has the world – or the people in it – really changed? Are people innately different now than years ago? Has human nature fundamentally changed because we have cars and space shuttles, televisions and computers? Have we learned anything about ourselves from those who lived long ago?

Motivational speaker Travis Robertson writes: consider the statements below and see if any of them resonate with you:

  • It’s not my fault that I’m overweight. My parents were overweight and it runs in the family.
  • It’s not my fault that I have anger issues. My dad physically abused me when I was a kid.
  • It’s not my fault that I lie a lot. I had to in order to survive growing up.
  • It’s not my fault that I lost my job. My company was mismanaged and went out of business.
  • It’s not my fault that I’m addicted to pain pills. I am in constant pain after the accident.
  • It’s not my fault that I..

…well you get the idea.

He goes on to say that all of these things may in fact be true. Many things that happen to us may not be our fault. It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where things happen to us that are outside of our control. Kids are abused and abandoned. They grow up in terrible environments with terrible parents. People are permanently injured in accidents that weren’t their fault. Lives are altered sometimes through no fault of our own.

But here’s the reality: just because something isn’t our fault, that doesn’t mean it’s not our responsibility.

We may be overweight and it may run in our family. But it’s our responsibility to manage it.
Through no fault of our own, we may have been abused by someone we trusted. But how we live from today forward is our responsibility.
We may have grown up in a world where we had to lie to survive. But it’s now our responsibility as an adult to live differently.
Our company may have collapsed through no fault of our own. But it’s now our responsibility to provide for our self and our family.
The accident that injured us may not have been our fault. But it’s now our responsibility to seek treatment for our addiction.

There have been times in my life when I wanted to cry out, “It’s not my fault!” In those moments, what I really wanted to do was shift responsibility away from myself.

You see, I knew that something wasn’t my fault and that I had to live with the consequences of another person’s choice – and that angered me. Part of me wanted to be a victim because, as long as I was a victim, I didn’t have to do anything. I could pity myself. I could use my victim status to excuse just about anything. I knew, however, that victims are never happy. They never find joy. They never find peace. They are usually miserable people to be around. They find their identity in being a victim rather than in taking 100% responsibility for their lives and choosing to live differently.

This scenario I just shared with you sounds much like the story from Genesis 3,which teaches us about our fallen nature; something that has apparently not changed in thousands of years. But there is something else the Genesis story teaches. It teaches us about the Lord’s love – his unchanging, constant love. The Lord’s love that was at work to seek and to save Adam and Eve – and is still at work to seek and to save you and me.

But what does the Lord’s love do as he works to seek and to save us sinners? Well, first of all the Lord’s love crushes. Now, crushing isn’t usually considered a loving act. But whether it is loving or not depends on what is being crushed. Crushing a bee in your hand, for instance, before it stings your child – who is deathly allergic to it – is an act of love. Likewise, the Lord’s love crushes our excuses that we use to try and hide our guilt – and the Lord’s love crushes our enemy who wants to destroy us. Sometimes we refer to this love as grace.

Our text actually begins in the middle of the record of how sin came into God’s perfect world. Remember what has happened up until this point? God created a perfect world in six days. On day six he created Adam and Eve from whom we’ve all descended. He created them in His image, that is, they were holy and sinless like God, and He gave them dominion over all that He had created – with one exception.

He gave them the Tree of the Knowledge or Good and Evil and told them not to eat from it. Each day as Adam and Eve gladly obeyed God’s command, they would be worshiping him with thankfulness. So we see the perfect relationship of love, thanks, and joy between God and our first parents – who were living in God’s perfect world. Or was it?

What about Satan? He was originally created as a good angel. But he and his followers rebelled against God and were thrown out of heaven. And as Adam and Eve make the scene, Satan and his minions were already occupying the earth. The word “Satan”, means enemy. He is the Devil, the father of lies.

In this garden story, Satan takes on the image of a snake to speak to Eve. “Did God really say, you must not eat from the tree that is in the midst of the garden,” He slithered. So, here Satan is injecting doubt into God’s Word and his love. Eve said that God commanded them not to eat so that they wouldn’t die.
But the serpent responded, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”.

So, Eve no longer believes God’s Word. Who would? Who wouldn’t want to be like God? So, she turns her back on God’s love. She eats. She gives some to Adam, who had stood there and failed to intervene. He, too, eats. They both lose God’s image. No longer were they holy like God. They were filled with sinful desires. They tried to cover their nakedness – for in their sin they felt shame. Then they heard the Lord God walking in the garden. Fear fills them. They scurry around like cockroaches caught in the light, trying to hide themselves. But hey, it’s not our fault.

We inherited Adam and Eve’s sinful nature. We can’t get away from sin, so why worry about it? Yet, the natural reaction of any sinner is to scurry away and hide before God crushes us like cockroaches.
But it’s impossible to hide from God, isn’t it? Sin makes us think we can get away with it, but we can’t. God – in his holy justice – has every right to crush us because of our sins, just as he had every right to crush Adam and Eve. But the Lord’s love didn’t crush them. Instead, His love crushed the excuses they made to hide their guilt.

The Lord’s love seeks out Adam, calling “Where are you?” The Lord God knows what is happening, but he wants Adam to see that he can not hide. Adam tries to hide behind the excuse that he was afraid because he was naked. “It’s not my fault,” he says. But the Lord’s love crushes this excuse with two more questions. “Who told you that you were naked and have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Adam tries to hide behind other excuses by blaming Eve – and God – who gave Eve to him. “The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it”.

Yet those last words, “I ate it” were a confession. Yes, Adam admits his sinful act; he knows he deserves death and can’t hide from it. But he doesn’t rely on the Lord’s mercy. At this point he can’t, for the Lord hasn’t yet spoken his promise of mercy. Before the Lord comforts sinners with his promise, he must first crush the excuses that blind us sinners so we see how helpless we are because of our sin. But by his questions God’s love has crushed his excuses and now God turns to Eve.

Ever use the excuse, “I can’t help myself,” or “that’s the way I am.” That’s blaming God. After all, He’s the one who made us. “So and so makes me so mad,” is an excuse that blames others. How easy is it for us to fall into that cycle of blaming each other, hiding behind excuses. Yet, with his holy Law the Lord crushes our excuses. He holds you and me accountable. We cannot hide. But thanks be to God that he does do this; otherwise, we would die in our sin, since we would not believe his promise.

We would rely on our excuses instead of trusting in him.

All who keep on hiding and refuse to let their excuses be crushed by God will only hear: “Cursed are you,” as the snake heard. They will eat the dust of hell forever. When you see a snake crawling on its belly, remember the sin that corrupts us; remember the punishment we deserve. But also, when you see the snake’s punishment, remember the victory God gives us over the enemy, who once used a snake to overcome us. For God’s love crushes our excuses so that He can bring us the Good News that his love has crushed our enemy who tried to destroy us.

The Lord’s love does crush our enemy who wants to destroy us. You see, the words God speaks to the snake are not really meant for the snake. They are addressed to Satan. His words to Satan carry a wonderful promise – for Satan, for Adam and Eve, and for you and me. God said to Satan , “I will put enmity between you and the woman.” Satan had gotten Eve to trust him, so that she and Adam turned into God’s enemies. But the Lord God would end that relationship. He would put enmity, that is hatred, between Eve and Satan.

But this promise is not for Eve alone. The Lord continues, “and between your offspring and hers.” Now, the offspring being spoken of here doesn’t refer to her physical offspring, rather her spiritual offspring, for we know that the world has many who follow Satan, that is, those who do not trust in God. So Eve’s offspring referred to the descendants who trust Lord’s promise of the Savior – those who trust in God. And God places enmity between us and Satan’s slaves.

But how would this all be brought about? The Lord makes that clear by speaking to the first promise of a Savior. Referring to the ultimate offspring of the woman, the Lord says to Satan: “he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. So, someone born from a woman would destroy Satan’s power, just like crushing a snake’s head destroys it’s power.
But in so doing this person would be wounded. Through this person the Lord’s love would crush the enemy who wants to destroy us.

And we all know who this person is. He is the eternal, almighty Son of God. He was born of a virgin and through His death and resurrection He crushed Satan’s power. Satan’s power rests in sin and Jesus paid for all sins. He paid the full price of his holy, precious blood to ransom us and set us free from Satan’s power. But in so doing, it cost him the suffering of the god-forsaken cross. It cost him his life, but on the third day He did truly did crush Satan’s head. He destroyed the devil’s power. Jesus descended into hell to show that even in Satan’s domain, Jesus had the conquering power. Jesus’ glorious resurrection appearances prove that he is the Victor. He is the Crusher. And he gives us the victory through faith in his blood. Through faith in Jesus, we can tell Satan to, “Eat dust.”

The Lord made his promise to Adam and Eve. He kept that promise. And as offspring that promise still holds true for us today. Believe it. Trust it. For you see, the Lord will not go back on his promise. He is the Lord. If you have a bible in your lap, notice that the word translated Lord is all upper case letters in these passages. In Hebrew the word translated LORD is the name for the true God, which teaches us that he is the eternal “I AM.” He does not change. He freely makes his promise. He faithfully keeps his promise. He promised that Jesus would crush Satan’s power by his death and resurrection. Believe it. Trust it. The Lord’s love crushes Satan, our enemy.

Adam and Eve trusted that He, the coming Savior, would come and do as the great I AM promised. Jesus came. He is the eternal, almighty Son of God.
He was born of a virgin and as the God-man He crushed Satan’s power.

So yea, some things may have happened to us that we had no control over, and we may have done some things in our lives that we are not too proud of, but from today forward what we choose, what we believe, what we feel, what we do with our life, is our responsibility. We can’t change the past. We can’t change what happened to us. We can’t change how we grew up. We can’t change the fact that we got laid off.

We can, however, choose to live differently in spite of our past. It’s not easy but it is possible. People do it all the time. So, fine, it may not be our fault – but that doesn’t mean it’s not our responsibility.

And besides, we have a Lord and Savior that expresses His love through unending grace.

Amen

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Michigan Right to Life Endorsements http://rightmi.com/michigan-right-to-life-endorsements-2/ http://rightmi.com/michigan-right-to-life-endorsements-2/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2018 09:08:14 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16153 ]]> Michigan Right to Life has just issued its endorsements for the 2018 primary.  RTL swings a significant number of Michigan primary voters, so its endorsements will decide some races.

RTL will recommend all candidates if they are all pro-life, but if there is a serious non-pro-life candidate, they will pick one pro-life candidate to endorse.  Their noteworthy endorsements are listed below.

Governor:  All Republican candidates meet criteria.
US Senate: John James solely endorsed.  Sandy Pensler is not endorsed.

Congress:
All Republican incumbents are endorsed except for Fred Upton.  Notably, Upton was endorsed in 2012, 2014, and 2016 despite a past pro-abortion record.
9. Candius Stearns
11. All five Republican candidates are endorsed.

State Senate: All Republican incumbents are endorsed.
8. Both Lucido and Goike
10. All are endorsed
12. McCready and Tedder are endorsed (not Molnar or Whitney).
14. No endorsement of Ruth Johnson.
15. Jim Runestad solely endorsed.
19. Both Bizon and Callton are endorsed.
21. Both LaSata and Pagel are endorsed.
22. Lana Theis solely endorsed.
24. Both Barrett and Roberts are endorsed.  Roberts has not been endorsed in past cycles.
26. Nesbitt, Genetski, and Wickstra all endorsed.
29. Chris Afendoulis solely endorsed.
30. Victory, Garcia, DeBoer, Haveman all endorsed.
31. Glenn and Daley both endorsed. Luczak (D) solely endorsed.
33. Rick Outman solely endorsed.
34. Bumstead and Hughes both endorsed.
35. Franz, Vanderwall, and Rendon endorsed (not Urka).
38. Carey, McBroom both endorsed.

State House:  All Republican incumbents are endorsed except one.
10. (D) Ronda Barley
36. Karen Lund-Potchynok solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
39. Marsha Kosmatka solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
40. Five endorsed (all but Secrest).
41. Baker and Tietz endorsed (not Dwyer).
43. Andrea Schroeder solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
44. Matt Maddock solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
51. Mike Mueller solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
63. No endorsement for incumbent Dave Maturen or challengers Matt Hall or Paul Foust.
65. Sarah Lightner solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
67. Both endorsed
71. All four endorsed
73. All four endorsed
78. David Mann solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
79. Four endorsed (all but DeMeulenaere).
81. Kenneth Nicholl solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
84. All three endorsed
88. Luke Meerman solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
90. Bradley Slagh endorsed over Orlando Estrada.
91. Greg VanWoerkom endorsed over Alan Jager.
93. All three endorsed
94. Steven Gerhardt solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?
98. Annette Glenn solely endorsed.
101. Both endorsed
110. Kirk Schott solely endorsed.  Who is not pro-life here?

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The MSP has some ‘splaining to do http://rightmi.com/the-msp-has-some-splaining-to-do/ http://rightmi.com/the-msp-has-some-splaining-to-do/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 05:14:29 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16144 ]]> The Backstory

MCL 28.425e(5)(m) mandates that by January 1st of each year, the Michigan State Police must issue a report containing “A list of expenditures made by the department of state police from money received under this act, regardless of purpose.”

Emphasis mine.

Up to this point, the expenditures reported on the annual reports (https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_1591_3503_4654-77621–,00.html) were aggregated into categories. It’s not a list of expenditures, but up until this point, no one has called them on it.

So we (Michigan Open Carry) filed a FOIA request for the list of expenditures for FY16 last fall. One of the key factors is the fact that out of a reported take of $8,020,921 (and this is excluding fingerprinting fees), $5,425,305 was spent on “Support systems utilized by the CPL unit” – or just over 2/3 of their non-fingerprinting CPL revenues.

What?

To make things short, in responding to our request, the MSP basically pointed us towards the FY16 annual report. Clearly not what we wanted.

So we appealed, with a subsequent response of, well, nothing.

Time to initiate a litigatory beatdown.

Lawsuit

In March of this year, we filed suit.

At this point, by way of the discovery process, we can start getting a bit intrusive (read our discovery request here).

When we got our discovery documents (Part 1 and Part 2), we realized something interesting – the revenue numbers they claimed were short of what they would have actually recieved based on the number of applications.

The Shenanigans

And by short, I’m talking millions of dollars.

Even with the most conservative estimate (based strictly on the amount they received prior to PA 3 of 2015 going into effect on December 1st 2015), the MSP is under reporting almost $3.5m of revenue, though we estimate that figure to be closer to $5.3m. Again, keep in mind this isn’t taking into account fingerprinting fees.

But the fun doesn’t stop there.

The discovery we received also seems to indicate their actual expenses were closer to $1.8m, not the $8,020,921 reported (isn’t it magical how their publicly reported expenses match exactly with their publicly reported revenues?).

I certainly can’t think of a reason why these numbers would be mis-reported. When asked (prior to us getting discovery), the MSP punted with a lame response of “The fees are set by the legislature”.

Yeah, good luck weaseling out of this now.

For our most recent release (and it goes into slightly more detail about the revenues and expenses post discovery acquisition), take a look here.

To view all court filings (which also include the actual FOIA request and appeal), follow along here. I update that index as filings come in.

I do highly recommend reading our Response to the Motion for Summary Disposition. It’s a work of art.

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Prevailing Wage Repealed. http://rightmi.com/prevailing-wage-repealed/ http://rightmi.com/prevailing-wage-repealed/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:55:59 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16141 ]]> Michigan's prevailing wage law no longer will hamstring local government construction efforts that use state dollars.

Let this soak in for a few days.

From MLIVE:

LANSING, MI – The Michigan House joined the Senate in voting to repeal prevailing wage Wednesday afternoon, officially unraveling a law that had guaranteed union-level wages on public construction sites for half a century.

And the most ‘progressive left’ Republican governor since Bill Milliken cannot even veto it.

More later.

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Michigan AG: Comparing Leonard and Schuitmaker http://rightmi.com/michigan-ag-comparing-leonard-and-schuitmaker/ http://rightmi.com/michigan-ag-comparing-leonard-and-schuitmaker/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:57:23 +0000 http://rightmi.com/?p=16137 ]]> The race for the Republican nomination for Attorney General will be decided at the Michigan Republican Convention on August 25 in Lansing.  Two candidates are competing for the nomination.  Tom Leonard was a prosecutor who was elected to the Michigan state house in 2012 and became speaker in 2016.  Tonya Schuitmaker is a lawyer, state representative (2004-2010) and state senator (2010-2018).

Republican delegates who want to nominate the right person need to know the records of the two candidates.  Both have voting records, which can be researched at MichiganVotes.org.  The following summarizes their records on issues of importance to conservatives.

Gas Tax Increase  Both Leonard and Tonya opposed Proposal 1, which would have increased taxes by 2 billion dollars to pay for roads and other transportation projects.  Leonard and Tonya both supported a smaller gas tax increase for roads.

Amazon Tax  Leonard opposed the ‘Amazon Tax’ to force consumers to pay sales tax on out-of-state internet purchases.  Tonya supported this tax increase.

Income Tax Cut  Leonard supported and led an effort to cut the state income tax, which narrowly failed in the state house.  The state senate did not vote on the bill.

Medicaid Expansion  Both Leonard and Tonya opposed Medicaid expansion, which was part of the implementation of Obamacare.

Pension Reform  Both Leonard and Tonya supported reforming school employee pensions.  Leonard led the effort to make sure that the bill passed.

Business Subsidies  The Mackinac Center recently released an index to rate how often a legislator has voted to support taxpayer supported business subsidies.  Leonard supported 70.1% of subsidies, while Tonya supported 76.9% of subsidies.

Hollywood Subsidies  Both Leonard and Tonya voted to end subsidies for Hollywood movie studios.

FoxConn Subsidies  Leonard opposed subsidies for FoxConn, a Taiwanese company.  Tonya supported the subsidies.

Electric Choice  Leonard and Tonya both voted for a bill to impose more regulation on electricity generation and limit choice of electricity providers.

Auto Insurance  Leonard supported a bill to reform auto insurance to provide more choices and reduce rates.  The bill failed in the state house and was not taken up in the state senate.

Speed Limits  Both Leonard and Tonya voted for a small increase in freeway speed limits.

Common Core  Leonard opposed the implementation of Common Core education standards.  The state senate passed Common Core with an (unrecorded) voice vote, but Tonya indicated her support for Common Core.  Neither chamber has voted on Common Core repeal legislation this session.

Constitutional Carry  Leonard voted for constitutional carry, and made sure the bill was voted on as speaker.  The state senate has not taken up the bill.

Official English  Leonard supported making English the official language of Michigan.  Tonya was one of only two Republicans to oppose official English in 2006.

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Things that might be said in the near future?

“No officer, I wasn’t stalking the school kids …  It was the bus I really want to be near.”

“Honey try to stay close to that bus till my download is finished”

“Excuse me Mr Johnson? (the bus driver) I missed my stop again.”

“My mom says all I have to do is take this raw egg with me on the bus and I’ll have breakfast by the time we get to school.”

School Bus Internet (the new federal SBI program) coming your way.

 

 

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