Thursday briefing and open thread

“You’re the one who wanted a puppy!!” ~me

This puppy is kicking my ass. This site, my job, my life, all of it .. ever since the puppy moved in I’ve been just calling in on all those things. My breeder / trainer friend tells me that this chew-everything-and-pee phase will pass, but I’m not feeling it. I don’t even remember what it was like in the before-times.

On that note, if you’ve contacted me recently and are waiting for a reply, I promise I will get back to you. Feel free to send me a reminder if you like but I’m not blowing anyone off. I’m just chasing the dog around.

And I thought it was bad when the kitten caught her tail on fire and then tried to climb the curtain to get away from it. Sigh.

Ok so for some quick updates.

Don’t forget you can caucus with the Blue Tiger Bloggers at the convention. We’re meeting 10a-12 in W2-67. We’ll be electing officers, discussing priorities, and setting an activism agenda. We already have a couple of specific items decided, so if you would like to learn more about these things either contact me or stop in during the caucus.

I have some technical things going on behind the site, primarily to improve searches, optimize categories & tags, and finish bringing in content from the old soap site. (so many items on my “undone” list) When I work on these things I’ll put out a note on Twitter. Follow us at @bloggingformich for updates and epic smack-downs of right-wing trolls.

So let’s start with the things you already know.

Gretchen Whitmer announced that she will not be running for Governor in 2014. I’m just including this to thank her for getting that out of the way and helping to subdue the self-imposed frenzy over Schauer v Whitmer. (mentioned in this briefing)

Another thing that everyone knows by now is that Snyder and Richardville say that election rigging is not on their agenda right now. So let me just remind everyone that Snyder wants to be re-elected, and if that happens he can then rig elections in 2015, which will still be in time for 2016. If they did it now we could use it against them in 2014 AND fix it before 2016. Assuming we actually win something in 2014.

And finally everyone knows that Mark Brewer faces a credible challenger for MDP Chair. Which means that all of the armchair quarterbacks are coming out to give their oh-so valuable opinions on how the Democratic Party can win elections and blah blah blah. I cannot tell you how much contempt I have for these people who have never been members, brag about never being members, and yet give advice to the rest of us who are. As if they know better than those of us who can be bothered to show up to meetings and pay dues and put up with party apparatus politics and machinations because that’s how much it means to us. And on top of that, they have the nerve to bitch about how the MDP doesn’t raise enough money. Put the two together assholes: no dues = less money. Help or don’t help, but bitching about those of us who try to help while you are refusing to help, makes you Douche of the Year.

And now for some new stuff …


More rumors about Governor Granholm popping up, this time about Transportation Secretary. See here and here. She is also being mentioned as a candidate for Labor Secretary, which is where I would like to see her go if she is asked to serve the President.

Jase Bolger says both sides should slow down on gun control.

I was going to add more to that, but it occurred to me that I can’t take seriously anything that starts with “Jase Bolger says …”

Fermi 2. I am 81 miles from this place. Just 1 mile outside the “safe” (lol) zone. How about you?

ps to that, I <3 nuclear power. Really I do. It makes things possible.

Off topic: Alerted by the smell of a broken bottle of liquor, Federal Agents inspect a "lumber truck". Los Angeles, 1926

Census Daily Thursday, January 31st. In the depths of winter, many Americans find soothing warmth in a cup of hot tea, be it herbal, ginseng, black, green or some exotic specialty blend. Lumped together, this appreciation of the brew underlies January’s National Hot Tea Month. Tea is the only beverage commonly served either hot or iced and in any season. While tea has been consumed for thousands of years, Americans made two important contributions — inventing tea bags and iced tea — both in 1904. There are 360 tea and coffee manufacturing firms in the U.S., employing nearly 13,000 workers, and doing over $7.8 billion of business annually.


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