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Update 11:30 EST. Two things.
1st: So I wrote this during a bout of insomnia and went to bed, and when I woke up three hours later jeezopete I'm on the Rec list. I've never made the Rec list before, and I am honored. Thank you so much, DKos, for reading and listening and all your support of us here in Michigan. We won't let you down!
2nd: When I mention a Bob Seger concert, I mean a short duration of time, not bad quality. Because Seger is awesome.

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Hi,

I haven't posted a diary in about four years; I do better here when I read and educate myself.

But I'm making an exception now because I see a lot of comments in the Michigan threads going down that echo my personal feelings right now.  People want to leave. People are leaving, or have already left, or are getting ready to leave. After all, this state has been a tough place to live for a long time, and now it's just gone right down the toilet in less time than the duration of a Bob Seger concert. Sometimes, it seems, a lost cause is lost for good.

Sweeping restrictions on abortions and contraception?

A shiny brand-new Emergency Dictator law to replace the one we repealed through months and months of sweat and stress and hard work?

An erosion of public education in the state that gave the country community-based education?

Anti-Sharia legislation in a state that is home to one of America's largest Muslim-American communities?

Right-to-Work-for-Less in the state that birthed the UAW?!?

And half of these despicable laws have been twisted into a shape that cannot be repealed by referendum -- a lame duck legislature terrified of an educated electorate -- and anyway, we're captive to a gerrymandered legislature that only sends a 33% Democratic congressional delegation to Washington, even as we sport two blue senators and a very healthy showing for Barack Obama.

It's time to get out of here!  It's time to leave this place! It's moribund!  It's dead!  There's a shiny city across the lake, where progressives are happy and heard. Let's go there! All of our friends have! So long, Michigan!  Goodbye Coneys and Pasties, Sleeping Bear and Whitefish Bay! As they've been saying for thirty years now, "last one out turn off the lights!"

Fuck that.

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I've been getting progressively more worked up each day the last few weeks and it finally spilled over into this letter I just wrote to my congresswoman and senators.

On consideration, I think the analogies here (trite as they seem) are worth sharing precisely because they are so very obvious and applicable.  At any rate, I'm interested in your thoughts.

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I grew up in Flint, Michigan.  I loved the place.  Even as it was accelerating into its smooth, steady slip toward oblivion, there was a lot that the place offered, and continues to offer.  The Cultural Center, built in the 1950s, was the other side of the cultural hegemony that the Big Three had already represented on a national level.  Today, it is one of the best endowed campuses in the state, with a planetarium, library, institutes of the arts and music, a museum, one childrens' theatre troupe and another that hosts touring productions.  Of course, that was all founded fifty years ago, and that's the last time GM brought unambiguously good fortune to Flint.

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy?

(This is a long diary, and it's about the auto industry, and the economy, and even very briefly about how it sux to be called a troll.)

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We all knew that the New York Times was going to endorse Obama.

They've endorsed Democrats since 1960, including such uphill candidates as Walter Mondale and George McGovern.  And good on them for doing so.  We might even say that the Chicago Trib's Obama endorsement is more significant in the grand scheme of things.  They haven't endorsed a Democrat in their 160 years history, predating the Civil War.

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How do you feel about the New York Times endorsement?

62%33 votes
7%4 votes
0%0 votes
9%5 votes
3%2 votes
16%9 votes

| 53 votes | Vote | Results

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This is, actually, probably the hardest decision for me to make this cycle.

There is little question of the race's outcome, but I need to outline my reasoning, because I vocally supported Schakowsky in 2004.  She has really let me down.

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This is kinda long, so if you support the proposal, want to skip the argument, and want to know how you can help, just scroll to the bottom.

Proposed Legislative Amendment:

A proposal to amend the State Constitution to address human embryo and human embryonic stem cell research in Michigan.  (Proposal provided under an initiative petition filed with the Secretary of State on July 7, 2008.)

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Do you support Michigan's Proposal to amend the state constitution to permit ESC research?

73%54 votes
9%7 votes
13%10 votes
2%2 votes

| 73 votes | Vote | Results

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Proposed Legislative Amendment:

A legislative initiative to permit the use and cultivation of marijuana for specified medical conditions.  (Proposal provided under a legislative initiative petition filed with the Secretary of State on November 20, 2007.)

The following is the language of the legislative amendment as it appeared on the legislative initiative petition.

INITIATION OF LEGISLATION

An initiation of Legislation to allow under state law the medical use of marihuana; to provide protections for the medical use of marihuana; to provide for a system of registry identification cards for qualifying patients and primary caregivers; to impose a fee for registry application and renewal; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to provide for the administration of this act; to provide for enforcement of this act; to provide for affirmative defenses; and to provide for penalties for violations of this act.

Full Text here.

Here is a letter I've written in support of this proposal.

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Do you support Michigan's Proposal 1?

42%60 votes
6%9 votes
50%71 votes
0%1 votes

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"Here's how Gov. Sarah Palin's Clearwater visit unfolded"
"Palin goes on the attack in Clearwater"
"Palin Wows 'Em In Clearwater"
"Palin rally brings 20000 to Clearwater"

I'm starting to feel fearful.

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I wrote this letter to Ms. Schakowsky and then edited as needed to send to both senators for IL, NY, and MI (the three states I have lived in), and Representative Dale Kildee.  Maybe I'll send it into a few papers as well?

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Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 09:20 AM PDT

Palin: Episode II

by blueskiesfalling

I wasn't going to blog at all this week, but the conversation has been too great.  It's wonderful; fresh air and water.  Here's Gemma's most recent post: Palin(g) in Comparison, Part the Second

Here are my thoughts:

Okay, I think that I understand what you're saying a bit better now, and I'm behind now... I'm going to watch these speeches, but I'm going to spend my first vacation since last Christmas watching them!  :)

Anyway, I still am skeptical of Palin's chances to propel McCain to success... as the New York Times pointed out (oops, there go my liberal media tendencies, although the media as a whole has been far from liberal for quite some time) that was a Republican audience and that was a speech that Palin delivered after having been secluded from the press for days.

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Gemma is one of my most trenchant and honest friends, which is why I mix it up with her in detail... I'm posting here a comment in response to Gemma's post Palin(g) in Comparison.  Here's what I said in response:

Hm.  Well, I was evidently off in the last comment that I posted, and I agree with you that we are presented with an opportunity to "appreciate" Palin.  I mean, we can appreciate her place in this election as the first woman on a (Republican) ticket; that is something to be proud of and to acnowledge.  And finally, you did post this on 8/29, and the last 4 days have been extremely eventful.

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