"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian"
That quote is attributed to Henry Ford. I don’t know if he said it but it’s ridiculously stupid, which makes it a great example of how a modern conservative thinks. And it gives me a reason to show you this:
Although now rusted from years of disuse, they still convey the horror of their brutal purpose, which was to restrain Native children who were being brought to boarding schools.
… Known as the Haskell Institute in its early years, the school opened its doors in 1884. It was originally founded as an instrument of the final solution to this country’s “Indian problem”; Haskell Institute’s mission then was embodied in the now infamous motto of Captain Richard H. Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School: “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” This mind-set led to decades of forced acculturation through brutal military
Just a little light reading to kick off the year.
Gillman thinks that the new recall law will face a legal challenge. It’s an interesting thought; you can read it on Right Michigan here. I can’t say that I care too much about this issue. I have recall fatigue. The recall laws are abused and used as a sword instead of a shield. In Shiawassee County recalls are part of the Republican election strategy. If you need to get rid of someone popular, you don’t run in a primary or a general, you just run a recall when no one is paying attention. (Owosso Township is famous for this bullshit) But this legislation doesn’t just contradict the state constitution; it kicks it in the balls and calls its mother a whore. I can spell it out for you here but Jason does a good job in his post.
A woman who was kept in a Michigan jail for 10 days after cursing in a courthouse has been released after a second judge intervened.
.. She was charged with contempt after a clerk heard Ford use a profanity while trying to take care of an old traffic ticket on Dec. 4.
… She admits cursing but says she said it to herself.
Not a big fan of putting people in jail for their words.
Gov. Snyder signs bill allowing wolf hunting season in Michigan Hey, it’s not like wolves are corporations. This law doesn’t establish a hunting season for wolves; it does establish that wolves are a game animal, which means that the Natural Resources Commission can establish a hunting season. Anti-hunting advocates say that the state’s wolf management plan (pdf) is sufficient to control the wolf population, so there’s no need to hunt the wolves. There are about 700 wolves in the Upper Peninsula, up from about 500 in 2008.
Here’s my new best friend on 5 stupid things about December 31. You’ll like him.
In nine states, the minimum wage increases because it is indexed to inflation, rising with the cost of living. Rhode Island passed a law raising its minimum wage in June, which takes effect Jan. 1. Nine other states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages above the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.
But the poor people don’t get any help in Michigan, because in Michigan we raised their taxes instead! haha joke on you, poor bastards!!
And this ought to cheer you up: Bad news at Fox News? Hannity’s ratings plummet
In the days after, according to Nielsen ratings, Hannity’s nightly audience plummeted to 1.95 million. He lost nearly 50 percent of his viewers, more than 50 percent in the coveted 25-54 age group.
“The O’Reilly Factor” also saw a drop, but not as severe. BillO dropped from 4.135 million nightly viewers to 3.049 million after the election. He’s restarted an old war — the “war on Christmas” — presumably in the hopes of getting them back.
Suck it, nut jobs.
|Census DailyWednesday, January 2nd. On this day in 1900, President William McKinley’s Secretary of State, John Hay, announced the so-called “open door” policy to stimulate trade with China, free of exclusion by imperial European powers scrambling for control of Chinese markets in the era before the income tax. This was significant because a very large portion of federal revenue came from tariffs or customs on imports. In 1900, federal receipts were around $567 million of which 41 percent were from customs duties. As of this past September, our imports from China were valued at nearly $38 billion for the month, while exports to that nation totaled just under $9 billion.
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