Allow Me To Vent

Friday, September 28, 2007

I have been away from this blog for about 3 weeks. This is because I have worked 16, 18 and 24-hour days for the last 3 weeks, including Saturday and Sunday. Michigan faces a total government shutdown starting Monday if legislators cannot 1) pass a series of tax increases and department cuts and figure out what Michigan's revenue will be; and 2) pass the budgets, either as continuation budgets or as new budgets.

For some perspective, we have known for more than a year that this was coming; that the final $2 billion break-the-bank deficit was looming and needed to be solved. It's no longer simply that tax revenues are down. It's that Michigan has a structural deficit. This means that in some cases, regardless of how much money we pull in, the money we spend will be more.

There are some economic models for why this is so, including that it would actually be cheaper for Michigan to spend additional money on federal programs with matching funds than the way we do business now. But that's for another post once I have slept for more than 4 hours and can collect my thoughts. But I digress...

We have continued to know about this problem and have done nothing about it since January. And now, here at the 11th hour, now it finally seems to be a big fucking emergency. Well no shit.

For now, I am just bitter. A shutdown seem inevitable (though I remain optimistic they will take it right to Sunday night then figure it out before a shutdown), and legislative leadership on both sides seem completely incapable of striking a deal. This is not a display of the very definitions of the differences between Dems and Republicans when it comes to taxation. No. This is very obviously inexperienced people more willing to hold on to political philosophy as their bargaining method than reality. Term limits, people. Here they are. This is what they give you. I am fucking disgusted.

People speak of how "tough" this vote is. Bullshit. Vote to raise the income tax, and vote in a responsible series of departmental cuts to implement real change at the deaprtment level on how they do business. We need money...and we need to spend money to make money (again...a post for another time). Doing what's right takes balls. I have seen none. Legislators are more worried about protecting vulnerable seats or fragile political ideologies, so what you get is stalemate. DO what's right. Make your party vote the way you need them to in order to move a bill, and then protect them when the time comes. Both sides are bargaining from the position of "I get all the chips and they get none."

And in the midst of it all, I see my son for an hour here, an hour there. My wife even less. He looked at me yesterday and said "daddy, you not go to capitol today." I wanted to cry. But more out of rage for the chickenshits who can't figure it out.

Leon Drolet, a former state rep, is parking a 15-foot-tall pig at the capitol every day, saying to cut the prok and not raise taxes. He, and almost he alone, is holding a democratic majority in the house hostage out of fear. He has formed recall committees in the most vulnerable (meaning it voted a dem into office but its base actually polls republican) districts and that has them afraid to vote. I swear to God if I have to look at the pig one more day I'll flip out. But equally, I swear that if these folks don't man the fuck up, I will equally flip out.

Here's my call to all 12 of my loyal readers: threaten your own recalls. Here's the deal: legislators in Michigan actually only have duty, and that is to pass a budget. They have until September 30 every year. If they can't get it together over this weekend, recall them. They have failed. They are playing chess and the pawns and pieces are foster kids, Medicaid recipients, transprotation for the elderly, higher education, and the paychecks of my wife and our neighbors. Screw Leon and his silly band opf Kool-Aid drinking clowns with their empty threats of recalls over a tax increase. He hasn't the money, the manpower, nor the right candidates. Ignore him. But let them kknow that if they fail in their one job...they're done.

Thanks for allowing me to vent. Word is, I will be here all night tonight, and all weekend again as well. And then on Monday, we'll see if they shut down government and send people like my wife home without a paycheck. I take that shit personally.


Forget Hillary and Obama...Lee Mercer Jr. for Pres!

Friday, September 21, 2007

After all the debates, annoying ads, rhetoric, and, I am announcing my support for Lee Mercer Jr. He is refreshingly truthful in an incoherent way. His webpage lists his beliefs and platforms. His theme is:

The United States Government must regulate government sleepers and government regulations authorized thought, ideas, acts, actions, rights, wrongs, controversies, facts, issues and circumstantial evidence through intelligence research, law research, law enforcement research and criminal law research implementing ROTC communications research innovating education national and international.

Why is Lee running, you ask? What does he want to do? What would he like to accomplish?

To prove I have a United States Government Bid to be President of the United States America in 2008 and there after a United States Government ROTC Compulsory Action bid for the Presidency of the United States Of America through Eye Spy Community-Military Intelligence ( All Three ) / the United States Army Military Intelligence Academy Camp Bullis San Antonio, Texas – The University Of Texas at Austin ROTC – My Home Houston, Texas Old Community Army Base certificate post awarded evidenced by my MERCER FOR PRESIDENT committee members Former U.S. Attorney General Honorable Janet Reno, Former Chief of Staff of the United States Army General Colin Powel and Former Secretary of the United States Army Togo West and if needed others in Eye Spy Community-Military Intelligence ( All Three ) Business and Commerce Intelligence National and International.

To prove I have 1 million U.S. Military Intelligence Negro Female Lawyers and All the Negro Certified Public Accountants in the United States as the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Academy Camp Bullis San Antonio, Texas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Texas To Make up the Administration of Eye Spy Community-Military Intelligence (All Three) United States Amy Military Intelligence Academy Camp Bullis San Antonio, Texas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Texas my home address legalizing Eye Spy Community-Military Intelligence (All Three) to be Government # 1 a Military and Federal Government Law Firm and A Certified Public Account U.S. Government Auditor Firm through Military Intelligence. Also, I have millions of other Federal Police working with me in Business and Commerce Intelligence National and International.

To Prove I have solved every crime in the world as it happens from zero to start to finish for every crime done in Business and Commerce Intelligence National and International.

To Prove Governor William Perry is killing me and my family very seriously said the Texas Congress 3-28-07 10:36 p.m. I have denotate Governor William Perry as a perpetrator into Eye Spy Community-Military Intelligence and Prarie View A& M University for Killing, Espionage, Sabotage and other crimes.

To Prove Jeb Bush is all in my house with disease.

In closing, Lee will:

Once, I am elected to the office of President of the United States of America the thing I am going to do for the people is regulate the office of the President of the United States of America right and not wrong.

What more could you ask for?


Wacky Asians

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Back in the 1980's, I had a Van Halen t-shirt that was pretty cool (in my mind). This shirt was like a lot of other 80's clothes, in that it had Japanese writing on it. I haven't a clue what it said, probably something about having relations with goats, but I didn't care. This fad, thankfully, ended. Apparently, in Asia, they still have a similar fad. Signs with English are very popular, though it is clear that something is lost in the translation.


What a Weekend

Monday, September 10, 2007

Well, Spartan Fans (all....1 or 2 of us on this blog) are thrilled. State's 28-17 win over Bowling Green makes us all feel pretty good about our prospects of going into the Big 10 part of the season with 3 wins under our belts.

Of course, a good Sparty is nervous about the Pitt game next week and remembers what last year's season looked like when we went into the Big 10 season with 3 wins under our belt. That's about all we got.

For the most part, Hoyer was shaky. He blew lots of passes and I think 2 interceptions. He didn't find his mark much. Ringer and Caulcrick, though, each had excellent games, and the Receivers tried hard to make difficult catches. State's defense, primarily their secondary, looked way off in the first half. Bowling Green ran some very basic routes with their recievers and stuck the Spartan defense almost every time with a 1st down. It wasn't until the second half that the Spartan defense figured it out.

A side note: I loved the movie "300." Had a lot of fun watching it. But every time Bowling Green was at a third down...every damn time, they played that brief clip where King Leonidas screams "SPARTANS!!! WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION!!!" followed by a gutteral war chant. Cool in the movie. Very motiovating. Drove home a point. But 900 times in one game at Spartan stadium? Tedious. Done to death. Find a new clip or move on. Like when they start the game, and the team runs onto the field, they should show that clip where King Leonidas screams (notice a pattern) "TONIGHT!! WE DINE IN HELL!!!!" See? Once. At the beginning of the game, when they take the field. I'd be motivated. I digress...

So, a few bugs to work out, especially in the secondary, and the Spartans could actually stare a winning season in the face.

But I am a Spartan fan, so my expectations are lowered.

Speaking of lowered expectations, will one of the Wolverines in the house explain to me what happened? Is it frustration? Injury? I mean, Henne hurt and Hart kinda hurt has to lower the chances for success, but is Oregon better than expected or is U of M just frustrated and over-playing?

Did I conceal my joy well enough?

And finally, the Lions. What?? 36-21! They won! I am thrilled! And now I am in that same place that Lions fans get into every year: this is our year to be good. To have a winning season. To make the playoffs. And that little voice in the back of your head is screaming at you to settle down and wait for the next game.

It started great...a 17-point lead. Then, typically, they blew it to a 1-point deficit. Great. I thought, here it goes again. But then....they got it back! The offense, the new, much-vaunted offense, looked the way it was supposed to look! All these great new picks we got...worked!

Let's not forget that Kitna boasted we'd get 10 wins this year. We'll see. The Lions' D looked like the Sparty D; a little shaky and forcing the offense to score to stay ahead rather than being good enough to just...stay ahead with what you've already got. That worked against an opponent like the Raiders. But will it keep working?

Just like State: the screw-ups are easily overcome by smaller, weaker teams. But come the Big 10, will it stand up?


Hail to the Victors?!?!?

Monday, September 03, 2007

As an MSU alum, I should be gloating. Over the years, my anti-Michigan feelings have mostly gone away and I can enjoy watching Michigan win. This game was just stunning. It was not televised, so I didn't even know they were behind, nor did I even know who they were playing. To be perfectly honest, I didn't have a clue were A-State was located. They are already calling this the biggest upset in college football history, possibly even sports history. There are also calls for Lloyd Carr's resignation. I would think that U of M is considering this and he does bear a significant amount of responsibility. That being said, I think that a team that is this talented bears some of the blame.

I wish I could say that I know what this feels like. After all, MSU lost to CMU in the early 90's and received some well-deserved flak, but this is whole different kind of loss...the only time a I-AA school has beaten a I-A school.



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