Friday briefing and open thread

“Anonymous has no leader, and instead is led by anyone willing to step forward and fight against corruption, greed, and other disgusting ideals. […] You do not need to be a hacker to be Anonymous. You must simply align yourselves with our ideals and move with us towards our goals. – Anonymous

That’s right; Anonymous is recruiting.

The bigots over at CapCon are reporting on the bigot Bill Schuette picking up new bigot pals:

However, on Nov. 15, eight federal judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck the initiative down. In response, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette asked the Supreme Court to reverse that decision. With its amicus brief, the XIV Foundation joined Schuette’s effort.

“Much progress has been made over the past 15 years in challenging the discriminatory policies that are errantly described as ‘affirmative action’ policies,” said Jennifer Gratz, co-founder of the XIV Foundation. “Eight judges put this progress at risk when they decided to overturn MCRI and the will of over 2.1 million Michigan voters who chose equality over discrimination.”

Click thru to see the details on who the bigots are. White Power!!

Freedomworks internal docs were leaked. Read them here.

What the hell? State glitch: Empty bellies or fewer smokes?

Roughly 85,000 Michigan food aid recipients started the New Year with the prospect of empty bellies. … The cynical may argue the error just meant recipients had to wait a day or so longer to buy lottery tickets, liquor and smokes. While that occurs, to be sure, advocates for the poor insist most recipients use the aid for basic sustenance – and survival.

Emphasis mine, because it’s a stupid, mean, and unnecessary thing to say.

State’s losing money again:

Such 2012 tax reforms could collectively reduce state tax revenue by $46 million in 2013 and $34 million in 2014, according to the agency’s report.

Overall, analysts expect the tax changes passed by the Legislature in 2011 and 2012 might lead to a 6.5 percent drop in general fund revenue and a 2 percent drop in School Aid Fund revenue in 2013.

But as the state continues to adjust to tax changes going into 2014 and 2015, estimates show the state should see a rebound in revenue growth, upward of 2 or 3 percent overall, according to the report.

I’m not sure if that’s 2-3% growth after the 6.5% drop or what. I’m sure Snyder & Dillon will work it all out in a way that is good for all of us though.

5 things Snyder will probably talk about at the State of the State. Hey, if he only lies about those 5 things we’ll be in good shape.

Can Jase Bolger keep the Republicans in line? Haha Jase Bolger can’t even keep himself in line!! But Republicans march in lock step, so this shouldn’t be a problem.

President Obama’s year in pictures – A pretty cool slideshow.

And finally, since the rtw freeloader thing has been reminding me of the secessionist freeloader thing, here’s my new best friend:

Census Daily Friday, January 4th. This week in 1790, President George Washington addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver the first State of the Union report, as called for the in the still young Constitution. The requirement didn’t demand a speech, and after delivering just one, President Thomas Jefferson began reporting in writing, feeling a speech was too magisterial. The spoken presentation was revived by Woodrow Wilson. Washington’s address has echoes to this day, as he stated “the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization.” The first U.S. census, taken just months later, counted a population of just over 3.9 million residents.

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  1. Spending tax dollars on a lawsuit? IOKIYAR!

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