Thursday briefing and open thread

Who in their right mind would take a campaign which, for several years, has endeavored to make the world aware of Michigan’s pristine environmental assets, and decide not only to politicize it in this fashion, but to actually incorporate the fact that we’ve begun down the path of environmental deregulation? Who does that? And, more importantly, who uses the phrase “perfect storm” in an ad campaign that’s trying to convey a sense of confidence about a region? ~Mark Maynard

So by now you know that the dipSchmidts over at @onetoughnerd ‘s office have politicized the use of our awesome Pure Michigan brand. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a full page Wall Street Journal ad that looks like this:

Here’s a closer look at the text

There’s some good commentary on this issue:

The @onetoughnerd apologists will say that he didn’t spend any tax dollars on this ad. I don’t know or care if that’s true; my position is and always has been that if you ask a community to help you build a brand, then you have no right to use that brand to piss on that community. If @onetoughnerd or the @migop had built the @puremichigan brand without Michigan’s help, then I wouldn’t care. But that brand is ours. OURS. As in, it belongs to the people. Now it’s become one more piece of the commons that @onetoughnerd has F’d over. One more violation of the people.

Well @speakerbolger is back in town, and he’s begging the violated people of Michigan to just fogettaboutit all that stuff that he pulled in lame duck, and probably that #bolgergate stuff too.

Here’s the most offensive / ironic crap:

“In Capitols from Lansing to Washington people tire of Republicans & Democrats fighting about the past & demand we focus on the future.”

To those who claim bipartisanship cannot exist we must reject their efforts to divide us.”

Those who seek political gain from partisan division do not have the authority to rewrite history.”

To be fair, everyone who is under Grand Jury investigation wants to focus on the future rather than the past.

Bridge Magazine, in one of the few Bridge articles that has actually /said/ something meaningful in the past year, has a good post on what we already know: Right to Work doesn’t do jack.

I can’t remember if I posted this before: Catholic priest: women bring sexual violence on themselves

Is it possible that all of a sudden men have gone mad? We don’t believe it.

The fact is that women are increasingly provocative, they become arrogant, they believe themselves to be self-sufficient and end up exacerbating the situation.

I don’t know whether you’re a queer or not, but what do you feel when you see a naked woman?”

Newsflash to Catholics (and I used to be one, btw): She can be as high risk as she wants to be, and it still doesn’t give you permission to violate her. Same goes for little boys, Father.

And finally, don’t forget to celebrate capitalism AND oppose raw resource sucking greed by picking up your very own Rick Dictator shirt. Made in the USA. Design protected by God and parody law. Buy one. Bye two. Get one for your favorite Republican and call it bipartisanship!

Census Daily Legislation to grant women the vote was first introduced on this date in 1878, when a California senator proposed the necessary constitutional amendment. It was buried in committee for years, and defeated when finally put to a vote in 1887. But some decades later, the matter was settled rather speedily. The 19th Amendment enfranchising women was proposed in Congress in June 1919 and became law in August 1920. In the 2010 election, over 46 percent of female citizens 18 and older reported voting in the congressional election. One percent fewer of their male counterparts cast a ballot. Additionally, 66.6 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote.

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