Wednesday briefing and open thread

“Does the AFLAC duck sell hamburgers on the side? Does Ronald McDonald push mutual funds? “ – Andrew Heller

Heller adds his voice to the many that are questioning the “wisdom” of using Pure Michigan to brag about right to work for less. Full article here.

You’ve probably heard by now that Ruth Johnson played Governor while Dictator-Calley were out of state. She signed a few laws. I bet she enjoyed it just enough that we’ll have to see more of her now. :(

Let’s just vote her out next time. Please?

Michigan keeps making the news, but not in a good way. Another Michigan douchebag is on the Secret Service radar for making threats against the President.

A Comerica Bank employee told local police that he overheard the 57-year-old man tell another customer on Jan. 2 that he wanted the president to be assassinated, reports Clinton Township Patch.

The source also said he heard the man say that he knew of some people willing to drive him to Washington D.C. to “get the job done,” according to a police report cited by Patch. …

Another Michigan man, James Allen Myers of Dearborn Heights, was recently charged for making racially-charged threats against Obama and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The 37-year-old, who is a registered sex offender, made several calls in December to the FCC and the National Geographic Channel. In one, he reportedly said, “I’m gonna hang our. . .president from a tree outside the White House with a burning cross and a swastika on the lawn,” the Detroit News reports.

Holy crap.

But to be fair to these loons, sometimes you just accidentally threaten someone. For example, the other day one of my wild-eyed liberal pals sent me and a bunch of other folks an email about Snyder the Dictator. I replied all with more relevant and salient info about Snyder the Dictator. As you do. One of the guys, I won’t name names because I respect his privacy, replied to me individually and said if I ever used his email address again he would report me as harassing him. I was pretty scared. You can imagine.

GM is adding shifts and jobs. Governor Granholm gets some credit for the jobs, Snyder gets a “wtf???” for rtw.

Here’s a place that charges liberals higher prices than conservatives.

Burnett claims he wants to start a conversation about “the fiscal differences between big government/small government and liberal ways.” The liberal tax is intended to “help make that point.”

One conservative customer went even farther, explaining, “For him to do this kind of puts a face out there on people who are, in my opinion, in the wrong. ‘In the wrong’ being liberals,” Peterson said. “To see them being charged a little bit more, it makes me happy.”

Some day…a business will open in Vernal that will charge conservatives higher prices. Suddenly the conservatives will be screaming that their freedom of speech rights are being violated.

I would totally pay more to shop at a place that did not support conservative crap like the Michigan Chamber legislative priorities, but I would not pay a liberal “tax” to a conservative who wants to screw up my world.

There’s more over the jump, including the reason why marijuana will never be fully decriminalized. (see today’s census daily.)

President Obama presented his gun reform package today. Here are the details from Thing Progress. I think they’re fine, but I’m sure Ted Nugent’s head popped off.

Thom Hartmann: This came out before the President’s announcement today but it’s still worth a look.

Thom gives his take on Walmart’s new jobs program for war veterans. Tonight’s Politics Panel discusses New York’s new gun control law, and what the White House might soon offer in terms of national gun control measures. And why are Republicans still so afraid of Agenda 21? Plus, Florida Representative Ted Deutch drops by to talk about the Buyback Our Safety Act. In tonight’s Daily Take, Thom reveals the GOP’s boldest election-rigging scheme yet.

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Just for fun: The only known photograph of an African American Union soldier with his family. c1863-65

Census Daily There have been 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution over the past 222 years, but that total comes with an asterisk. Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which began its short career this day in 1919. That amendment launched the Prohibition Era, a well intentioned act (of social hygiene) seeking to ban the availability of alcoholic beverages. The unintended consequences, though, were perhaps worse — vast flouting of the law by the public and a boost to organized crime. Prohibition was repealed in December 1933. In the no-longer-dry U.S., there are over 31,000 beer, wine and liquor stores, with annual sales over $36 billion.

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