Monday briefing and open thread

But Mr. Greimel apparently has some work to do with the governor as well. In his first meeting with Mr. Snyder the Democratic leader was, according to one source, overly aggressive, leaving the governor to conclude it was one of the worst meetings he had ever been in. ~Tim Skubick

I’m hoping Rep Greimel was “overly aggressive” in that he was simply not Richard Hammel submissive. Pretty much anyone is overly aggressive compared to that. Don’t get me wrong; I like Rep Hammel and I think he would have made a great majority leader. Unfortunately we’re not the majority until 2014, so we had to put Rep Greimel at the helm.

Guess what else happened the other day:

But first the gov has some catching up to do. … The other day he produced an embarrassing miscue. During a closed-door 15 minute appearance in front of House Democrats, (a good move by the way) he mistakenly called Tim Greimel, “Andy,” not once but twice before someone corrected him.

The fact that Snyder is meeting with a Democrat is significant in itself; I don’t think he’s done that before. But Mr Nerd doesn’t know the name of the Democrat he’s meeting with? Really? I think it’s more likely we’re seeing a game of alpha dog here.

You can read the rest of that article by Tim here.

Governor Snyder seems to have learned one lesson since lame duck, which is that he is so incredibly unpopular that he has to scale back on the initiatives that he planned to put forth in the upcoming State of the State:

Before December’s lame-duck session, Snyder was expected to talk about sweeping and controversial changes to the way Michigan funds K-12 schools, in addition to presenting a contentious plan to raise billions of dollars to fix and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

Now, discussion of the school funding plan — which critics see as a veiled school voucher plan and which was sure to stir more outrage — has been pushed back, and the road funding plan is the only major initiative Snyder is expected to unveil.

“That pivot was very noticeable,” and was likely prompted by the complexity of the school funding issue, in addition to a desire to tone down the level of rancor, said Jeff Williams, chief executive officer of the Lansing think tank Public Sector Consultants.

Rather than stirring more anger, Snyder has “got a little bit of healing or soothing that needs to be applied,” Williams said.

It doesn’t mean he won’t push his voucher plan over the next two years, so much as he won’t wave it in our faces at the State of the State. Still it’s good to see him acknowledging the will of the people.

Speaking of the will of the people, the UAW plans protests at the State of the State this week. While some folks out there thing that the protests are a waste of time, I humbly submit that the protests are very important.

Most people don’t attend a protest because they think they’ll change the outcome of something on that day. So why do they go?

  1. To feel like they’re doing something
  2. To get media attention
  3. To network with like-minded people
  4. To build momentum on an issue

Even if you can’t change the outcome on an issue on the day of the protest, these things are all important for issue advocacy. Unfortunately for me, this probably means I’ll spend the duration of the State of the State locked in the media room again. I miss the days before the dictator.

I’m going to wear my Mark Schauer shirt again, see if I can get pepper sprayed.

More awesomeness over the fold


Speaking of protesting, this guy took to youtube to protest any sort of gun control:

“Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control,” Yeager explained in his video message. “Fuck that.”

“I’m telling you that if that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it. You shouldn’t put up with it. And I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle’s clean, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight.”

The CEO concluded: “I’m not fucking putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people.”

And guess what happened to him? Gun control:

James Yeager, 42, had his permit suspended based on a “material likelihood of risk of harm to the public,” the department said in a statement.

Col. Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Department of Safety said it didn’t take him long to reach a decision after viewing the comments on the Internet.

“I watched it twice to make sure I was hearing what I thought I heard,” Trott said.

“It sounded like it was a veiled threat against the whole public. I believed him. He had a conviction in his voice, and the way he looked into the camera, I believe he’s capable of a violent act,” Trott said.

But he didn’t really mean it, you guys, he was just havin’ a bad day, blah blah wah:

His lawyer is there with him, so they can reasonably discuss what can be done politically to further the cause of the people who want to shoot you when they’re angry.

Another goody from Crooks & Liars:

A federal judge has approved a $1 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during a protest at the University of California, Davis in 2011.

Via:

Under the settlement, UC agreed to pay $30,000 to each of the 21 plaintiffs, $100,000 to be split among 15 other individuals and $250,000 for their attorneys.

One time when I was in college I was playing quarterbounce, right? Well we had to drink whenever we swore too, right? So you get drunk, it’s harder to get the quarter in, and if you miss and you get mad and cuss, then you have to drink twice. Everytime I’d cuss I would cuss again because I knew I had to drink if I cussed. There were a few times when I cussed myself into unconsciousness.

Anyway I wonder if that’s the kind of thing the GOP is going through when they try to figure out how to stop talking about rape.

“This is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop,” said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who was a senior adviser in Mitt Romney’s campaign.

But you can’t stop, because you’re drunk, and you don’t realize you’re doing it until you hear it come out of your mouth. And then when you hear it come out of your mouth, you have to say it again just to make sure. You can’t stop this, it just happens.

Hey Republicans, I understand. I had my drunk undergrad days too.

You know what would have made my drunk undergrad days better? My very own Rick Dictator shirt.

Seriously, doesn’t that shirt make everything better?

Edited to add: And I almost forgot, I have some pictures to share this week. Just for fun. Starting with this one:

Last four couples standing in a Chicago dance marathon. ca. 1930.

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