Monday briefing and open thread

Today’s briefing, with a spattering of predictions.

Today in talk.


  • Let’s start with “Wow. Just wow.”

    The bumper sticker reads, “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012.” And in smaller print below, “Stop repeat offenders. Don’t’ reelect Obama!” The sticker also features an image of the Obama campaign logo crossed out.

    And as one astute Facebook reader pointed out, the bumper sticker is not only offensive, it’s pretty dumb. After all, if you take the top message at its literal meaning, to not renege in 2012, would mean to in fact re-elect President Obama.

    It’s too bad that stupid people don’t know they’re stupid. It puts such a burden on the rest of us to point it out.

  • Have you been following the Doonesbury contraception / abortion series? Start here and ‘next’ your way through.
  • Hansen Clarke kicked off his re-election campaign for the new 14th.

    …’ll face a crowded field in the primary, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former state Rep. Mary Waters of Detroit.

    I love me some Hansen Clarke; his passionate telling of his experience in the Detroit riots really expanded my interest in the complex social and economic history of the region. I once met a person who said she majored in “Detroitology” and Hansen Clarke was the reason that I cared about what she was saying.

    And yet. My prediction: a win for my other beloved, Gary Peters.

  • Bing v Snyder: Game on.

    See, this is exactly what those of us with a brain wanted to avoid.

    In Snyder’s vision for Detroit, Bing is on a short leash, answering to a nine-member financial advisory board controlled by the governor, with many of the city’s functions overseen by a team of appointees selected by that board, according to a draft of the state’s consent agreement released last week.

    Bing, for his part, has said that he’s not sure he trusts Snyder and that the governor is staging a takeover of Detroit. Bing vowed to defy the governor, saying he wouldn’t sign a consent agreement proposed by Snyder.

    OMG you can’t talk like that.

    My prediction: Detroit will riot under Snyder.

Oh, and speaking of those dirty Republican crooks (smooth segue), here’s our Census Daily –

Profile America — Friday, March 19th. Banks hadn’t been around too long in young America before someone figured out that robbing one of them would net more money than most people could earn in a lifetime. So, on this day in 1831, Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the U.S. — his target was the City Bank on Wall Street in New York City. He entered the bank after it closed, using a duplicate set of keys, and got away with $245,000 — a huge sum at the time. But he was caught, convicted and spent five years in New York’s Sing Sing prison. Now, across the nation, there are 9,000 bank robberies annually, which works out to 25 each day. The average robber gets away with about $4,200.

Solidarity forever, brothers and sisters!!!

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  1. Great round-up as usual. I wrote about the “Don’t Renig in 2012″ bumpersticker/t-shirt thing last May (HERE) and it has gone crazy viral again this past week with nearly 10,000 views.

    I’m glad you talked about Schuette and his radical agenday. So important.

    When is Tony back, do you know?

    • Tony is back next Monday.

      I didn’t get through even half of my material, and I thought of more questions about Schuette while I was listening to Chris. I’m hoping to do a second part on Schuette my next time on. Tons more research to do on this guy.

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