The Sons, the Daughters, the Husbands, Wives, Brothers, Sisters ..
““War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
From only a story perhaps, but the words reach out into our reality.
Have we allowed policing powers on some issues to go too far?
What says Memorial day in Michigan, more than an emptied beehive of police cruisers out to sting anyone they can?
Its the annual tradition of seat belt oppression on Michigan roads and highways. With grants providing overtime and special enforcement zones, this weekend’s vacation fun should fatten the local coffers and library penal fund balances right up. Most of our Michigan governments have been asked to accept such funding on behalf of their policing units, so as to enforce more rigorously, a regimen of protecting us from ourselves.
Sadly, the same legislature that allowed the return of helmet less motorcycling, has yet to reverse the 4th amendment violating features of seat belt enforcement. The original law, supposedly a non actionable civil infraction, now enshrines the means for abusive police action.
AFP Grassroots Gear Up to Fight Detroit Bailout Deal
The Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity is launching an effort to contact 90,000 grassroots activists across Michigan and engage them in opposition to the latest iteration of the Detroit bailout deal
The group plans to spend significantly in order to hold state legislators accountable if they choose to support an appropriation of Michigan taxpayer dollars for this deal. Checkout StrongerDetroit.com for more information on the bailout and AFP’s grassroots efforts. Scott Hagerstrom says:
“Detroit receives more of our hard-earned tax dollars than any other municipality in Michigan. It should be clear to all of us that throwing more good money after bad can’t save Detroit from big-government policies that constrict private growth and rob taxpayers of wealth. Allowing the City of Detroit to sit on $3 billion in assets while pensioners see cuts is not acceptable. Lawmakers in Lansing need to know that 90,000 Michigan activists are watching closely as they consider appropriating more money to throw down the drain.”
And we agree.
Detroit tries to have its cake and eat OURS too, and our GOP legislators could very well sell us down that river.
Attempts by the Kalamazoo Gazette to reach Wagner through his union, the Michigan State Police Troopers Association, were unsuccessful. Wagner has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation by MSP that is ongoing. MORE
See what happens when public sector union thugs start believing in their First Responders are Heroes™ crap.
As yet another example of misplaced priorities, and a misunderstanding of the roles they play, the Traverse City Area public School board trustees have approved a ‘settlement’ which involves a payment from the soon-to-retire superintendent Stephen Cousins, and a gift from one of the school’s vendors to make up the difference between the $25,000 owed to the school district by the superintendent and his $14,800 cash reimbursement component.
Senator Carl Levin's involvement In IRS Targeting Was Inappropriate And Repugnant
Its one thing for a US Representative, or US Senator to intervene on behalf of a constituent when government is running amuck, but its quite yet another when a powerful elected member uses the ‘running amuck’ government to stifle free speech.
Michigan Senator Carl Levin took it upon himself to challenge eligibility for non profit status of certain groups. He SPECIFICALLY targeted 4 groups; each of which lean conservative and exercise their first amendment rights as protected by our constitution. A Letter to the IRS by Mr Levin names the following groups response to a certain question to be reexamined:
A resolution to declare May 5-11, 2014, as Screen-Free Week in the state of Michigan.
Whereas, Screen-Free Week is an enjoyable and innovative way to improve children’s well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices, thus offering time for children to go outside, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends; and
Whereas, Preschool children spend an average of 32 hours a week with screen media; and