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By Corinthian Scales, Section Multimedia
Bill's video couldn't be more timely as Karl Rove, declares War on the Tea Party.
By JGillman, Section News
As one of those who think that traditional newspapers still have a place in small towns, from a forum and accountability perspective I have made the offer to salvage one particular fish wrapping.
The Traverse City Record Eagle is one of those papers that persist in perpetuating the belief that the news is slanted, and editorial bias is more important than actual news. The editorial page is even worse with frequent attacks and letter limitations that would make the casual observer think this is a leftist community; a non truth if ever there was one.
One of the results seen in a community that is still conservative, and mostly traditional, is that the profitability of such enterprise can be lessened to a degree which puts it continuing viability in peril. The Record Eagle has become a leftist blog, as partisan and unreasonable as any out there. It is poised to attack opinions as soon as they are uttered, as long as those opinions don't jibe with their ideological perspective.
I am, as always concerned about collateral damage to a community that has such firepower, loose, and uncontrollable. Not from a censorship perspective, but one that recognizes the bullying done, and how it will in the end do a disservice to the community, and the owners who expect profitability from their acquisition.
On January 19th, I offered my services to Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., (CNHI) which owns this paper.
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I suppose we could all plan out our resolutions; eat less, quit a bad habit, exercise more (or some), stay away from politics, ..
No, wait.. Scratch that last one.
As inviting as a life away from political theater might be, its detracting elements are unfortunately the very reason we persist. Common sense often ignored, calls out for correction. Ideological corruption of our traditions and beliefs demands challenge. Transparency and openness requires that we run around, opening windows and letting the sunlight in.
Sleeping on the job is not an option. Never mind that we do tire on occasion. It doesn't matter that we've done our job already. That we have endured the wholesale idiocy promoted by the left, and our sanity firewall is perpetually tested.
I attended the last meeting in my term as a County commissioner tonight.
The interesting thing about serving as a public official is the curious inhibition to controversy one can develop. (unless one is a whacked out lefty - where the more absurd the reasoning the better) Its too easy to start worrying about whether 10% of one constituent group or another will be upset by simple common sense decisions or a reasonable stand on principle. Simple fire resistant pajamas are sufficient for most politicos I think. Instinctual survival techniques, such as not opening ones big fat mouth at an inopportune time suffice quite well.
The new year is coming, and its time to try on a fully flame proof outfit.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
The campus indoctrinated from CMU opines further.
Take Jon Huntsman: the governor of Utah for more than four and a half years. Huntsman also served stints as the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and China in the early 1990s and late 2000s, respectively. Besides being fluent in Mandarin, his governorship saw the highest contemporaneous job growth rate in the country. The man was electable.
Never won a state in the primary. Drops out with placing 3rd in New Hampshire. Not even a noteworthy stalking horse candidate.
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For about the 100th time.
Self described moderates complain after every 'surprising' loss that the conservatives are chasing them out of the party. Often that nonsequitor is used to explain the loss, and make themselves feel better for having no core foundation.
The side bar (hash tag #RightMi) had a real winner link to a story by a recent teenager with all the answers to our current political problems. His premise is essentially, that anything Bill Buckley Jr. has said, is correct, and applicable to our current election results. Specifically noting the "Buckley Rule" of selecting a winnable candidate, thus advancing conservatism in that manner. Inks writes:
"Looking at the past two elections, it seems that the GOP has forgotten the last three words of the Buckley Rule, and it is now costing us elections.SMB
So Much Bloviating.
Inks has adopted the 'loser' posture, where there is nothing to stand for but (what is apparently) the winners position. (even if wrong.) He has twisted a mildly misinterpreted Buckley stance and given new meaning to the word accommodation and capitulation. Mr Inks should remember in the last century the national socialists were elected as well. Yes, the winners can be wrong, and standing for something opposite what those 'winners' stand for is unacceptable to this young man. Buckley's "rule" once again is abused for a squishy position of a milquetoast political wannabe.
Buckley by the way was one of three, including conservative hero Russell Kirk to convince Barry Goldwater to run for president anyhow. What Buckley hadn't seen coming, was the shift in the way media, and the progressive/socialist training farms known as public schools and universities would through relative shifts, change what is a winning candidate. The acceptable forum in fact, for Mr. Ink's article we should note, carries a small irony.
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As true today as ever.
Thanks to Adam for the reminder
God Bless this great land of ours.
"Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."- Ronald Reagan
By JGillman, Section News
We have a good slate for Michigan going forward.
The result of Saturday's Michigan Republican convention was very conservative, and very consistent with tea party and traditional values that have been notably lacking in recent years. Add to this a solid backing (almost purposefully noticeable) of candidate Kerry Bentivolio in the 11th district, and it should be clear that some folks are starting to pay attention to the grassroots. And those grassroots are now becoming more fully vested in the party, and changing from within.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice:
State Board of Education
U of M Regent
Wayne State University Board of Governors
The Michigan Supreme Court pick was an interesting one for a number of reasons. We have seen much of the criticism of either O'Brien or Markey on RightMichigan.com, and frankly it was undeserved. Both candidates represented a conservative rule of law perspective and the nomination of Colleen O'Brien should not disappoint anyone. I tried to refrain from affecting the discussion and was particularly neutral and trying to look at qualifications and overall perspective.
I carried that neutrality into the convention and had no reason to specifically support either candidate, and was not worried about the outcome other than a bit of a nasty back and forth with passed out literature left in the seats for attendees. There were good people I knew supporting either candidate. After listening to both candidates in caucus, re-looking at notes, talking to friends who supported either candidate, reviewing caseload, history, etc., my decision to support a single candidate started to develop. I even spent 20-25 minutes speaking with justice Stephen Markman.
Saturday Morning found me leaning Jane Markey.
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