Tuesday briefing and open thread

Today in talk

  • Tony Trupiano – Tony’s got Elliott Ackerman, Occupy Detroit, Steve Cook, Chris Michalakis. You can live stream Tony’s show, connect with him on the First Shift Facebook page, and pick up the podcasts from his show here. Do visit him on Facebook, even if you just want to say hi; he loves hearing from listeners.
  • News Flash: Tony will be on Ed Schultz again today. Huzzah!!

  • Stephanie Miller – You can stream Steph live from ustream. Her show follows Tony’s on 1310, so you can stream it the same way you stream Tony.  We have some links to the Sexy Liberal Show and some Hal Sparks stand-up .. if you are looking for some lols to get you through the day, these are great!
  • Thom Hartmann – Thom has Russ Russel, Adrian Moore, and David Lockbaum. Looks awesome, I love it when Thom debates conservatives. You can watch Thom on livestream from noon – 3pm EST. It’s replayed 24/7 so now if you miss a radio show you can catch it there. You can also watch Thom on Free Speech TV.
  • Ed Schultz – You can listen to Ed live at www.bigeddieradio.com from noon – 3pm. Also remember if you missed his MSNBC shows, you can watch them online here

    News Flash: Tony Trupiano will be on with Ed Schultz today. Huzzah!!

  • The War Room with Jennifer Granholm is on Current at 9pm.
  • I’m leaving this link in the daily briefings until I put something up in our sidebars. Did you know you could catch Ring of Fire and other great progressive content on You Tube? Well I suppose you probably did, but here’s a link anyway. Go Left TV.

Reading

  • First let me start with our friend Eclectablog, and his piece asking Democratic voters not to vote in the GOP primary:

    Don’t do it. If you don’t have a non-presidential issue or race on your ballot tomorrow, stay home. You’ll have your chance to vote for President Obama at your May caucus when it will actually mean something. If you DO have ballot issues or races to vote on as a Democrat, by all means, get thee to the polls.

    Because THAT is what democracy looks like.

    Chris is very articulate in his reasons against the cross-over, and many people agree with him. In fact if you are still making up your mind at this point, you should head over there and read his posts on it.

    I disagree that an open primary is only for the party members in question to vote for their party candidate. By nature of making it an open primary across the state, they have asked voters across the state to vote. I cannot embrace the concept that it is undemocratic for me to vote my conscience in an election that I am legally qualified to vote in.

    In short, the open primary asks voters in Michigan, which candidate should have the Republican delegates? There is a legal process to restrict that question just to members of the Republican Party, but the Republican Party rejected that option.

    President Obama will be awarded the Democratic delegates in the May caucus; this election is only about the Republican delegates. (Obviously some of you have local candidates and ballot issues you have to take into consideration)

    Personally I’m intending to vote for Santorum today because I don’t have the option of physically kicking Romney in the nuts for his union / Detroit bashing.

  • Speaking of … Mitt Romney says that the auto industry will drive the nation’s recovery

    But the industry must do it without making the mistakes that brought it to the brink of failure, he said, citing the UAW, which he said asked for too much for too many years; auto industry managers who gave away too much, and federal regulators who added too many burdensome rules.

    See what I mean? Screw you.

  • Senator Levin’s Detroit office was swept by the FBI yesterday,

    “This morning, a letter delivered to Sen. Levin’s Detroit office was found to contain a powdery white substance. Staff followed standard emergency procedures, the office was evacuated, and emergency personnel responded,” said Tara Andringa. “The substance was found to be harmless and the office resumed normal operations. Sen. Levin was working in his Washington office at the time.

  • Santorum wants more religion in government.

    Speaking to a suburban Detroit chamber of commerce on the eve of Tuesday’s primary, Santorum says freedom of religion has been “turned on its head.”

    The former Pennsylvania senator told about 300 people in Lavonia: “I’m for separation of church and state. The state has no business telling the church what to do.”

    Good grief. Here’s a good post from DKos on this issue,

    Santorum today:

    The former Pennsylvania senator told about 300 people in Lavonia: “I’m for separation of church and state. The state has no business telling the church what to do.”

    Santorum yesterday:

    I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.

    Earth to Rick Santorum?

    Bah, nobody’s home.

  • Now this irritates me,

    Wyoming Republicans prep for zombie apocalypse

    On Friday, the Wyoming House of Representatives advanced a bill to set up a task force to prepare for the total economic and political collapse of the United States. Per the bill, the panel would investigate things like food storage options and metals-based currencies, to be implemented in the event of a major catastrophe.

    Then it goes three steps further. An amendment by GOP state rep. Kermit Brown*, calls on the task force to examine “Conditions under which the state of Wyoming should implement a draft, raise a standing army, marine corps, navy and air force and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.” As Miller explained to the Casper Star-Tribune, “Things happen quickly sometimes.”

    This irritates me on two levels. First, it is a GOOD idea to encourage self-reliance and redundant systems in food storage, sanitation, safety, first aid, etc., in the event of some kind of collapse. This should a positive and empowering thing for individuals and local communities. So in the event of a Hurricane Katrina or some other catastrophe, the locals are in a better position to care for themselves until they can get help. This ridiculous legislation puts an element of fear into it, which means that it turns off the normal folks who don’t hear the racist dog whistle that this really is.

    Second, IT’S A RACIST DOG WHISTLE. Fear this President. Fear this government. Vote for me.

    Effing nutbags.

    PS: www.zombiehunters.org. Don’t judge me, it’s awesome.

  • Sadness.

    Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain dies

    Jan Berenstain, who with her husband Stan created the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years, has died. She was 88.

    The first Berenstain Bears book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” was published in 1962. More than 300 titles have been released in 23 languages.

    My favorite was when they tried roughing it out in the woods, and Mama Bear finally had to come out with some real food, to save them from Papa Bear’s camp stew. I loved those books when I was little. Thank you Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Census Daily

Profile America — Tuesday, February 28th. The college basketball season is in full swing, and millions of fans are eagerly watching high-scoring games on television. The first player to score 1,000 points in a season was Johnny O’Brien, who scored 1,051 points in the 1951-52 season, playing for Seattle University. His twin brother, Eddie, was on the same team, which had a stunning win over the Harlem Globetrotters that same season. The brothers also played together on the major league baseball Pittsburgh Pirates. Johnny also played with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Braves. Now, men’s college basketball games are watched by nearly 33 million fans each year.

Enjoy your day. :)

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  • Mark Miller

    I am voting for Barack Obama today.

    I am voting for Barack Obama at our caucus on May 5.

    I am voting for Barack Obama every time he is on the ballot.

    I am voting for Barack Obama at every opportunity.

  • http://www.bloggingformichigan.com Christine

    Mark Miller joins us with secret option #3. lol !!!

    :D

  • http://eclectablog.com Chris Savage (aka Eclectablog)

    Pleasepleasepleaseplease, if you get the opportunity to kick Mitt Romney in the nuts, you better freakin’ call me ahead of time so I can LIVEBLOG that shit!!!

  • Snarky Anderson

    Wyoming is drawing up plans to form its own navy, which means that not one inch of the North Platte River will fall to the enemy.

    • http://www.bloggingformichigan.com Christine

      Um … Zombies don’t like water …. it’s like they don’t pay attention at all out there.

  • St. Jimmy

    I got in trouble at school for reading The Berenstain Bears. Not because they were immoral or anything, but when I was in the third grade I was reading at a high-school level and my teacher thought the books were “beneath me”.

    I enjoyed reading them, though. And bragging about my awesome reading skills. ;)