Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

The tough nerd

February 8, 2010

I’ll say something after I read his ten point plan.


The realist real ish

December 1, 2009

Cost-benefit and Afghanistan escalation.

Kicking it old school

October 28, 2009

Ahnuld is a true diplomat.

Just tax the good seats

October 16, 2009

This was probably Kenny’s idea.

October 16, 2009

Voice your opinion about the ticket tax
Voice your opinion about the ticket tax

Dear Tigers fans,

As you may have heard by now, the Governor and the Michigan Legislature are seriously considering charging sports fans a 6-percent luxury tax on all professional and college sports tickets sold in Michigan.

This tax would be applied to tickets for major league and minor league baseball, football, hockey, basketball and auto racing. It would also tax tickets to all college sports including football, hockey and basketball. It would also add a ticket tax to all concerts, shows and could even include movie tickets.

This tax is not on the sports teams – it is on you – the fans. And all of us at the Detroit Tigers organization believe it is wrong to target the working families. Michigan would be the only state in the region to tax families attending movies, sporting events and concerts.

Fans Against the Ticket Tax was started to inform citizens of the potential for this legislation and to fight against this tax. We wanted to make you aware of this proposal and encourage you to speak out to the Governor and your representatives and senators in Lansing.
If you would like to voice your opinion on this issue, you can do the following:

1. Go to to join in the effort and tell the governor and your legislator what you think about the ticket tax. Let them know there should NOT be a luxury tax on taking your family to a baseball game.

2. Send this email to all your friends and encourage them to get involved. Every email or phone call to Lansing will send a clear message that Michigan sports fans do not want the ticket tax.

Thanks for your help.

The Detroit Tigers

Overwhelming change

October 7, 2009

I don’t understand this article too well: “Bing’s team finds savings, but change is a challenge.”

For one, the savings he’s describing seems so minimal. And it’s never really explained why the change is so challenging.

“The biggest problem that we’re going to have, with all the good intentions and the good recommendations that we got from the turnaround team, is that it’s a very hard spin to get city workers and people who live in the city to accept change,” Bing told the Free Press in an exclusive interview this week. “But if we don’t, we die, and I don’t want to be here if, in fact, that is the direction that we’re going in.

What’s the offensive change being offered? Do most Detroiters really care about changes like closing down the local power plant?

The dark machine that controls us

October 5, 2009

Finally, a lengthy profile on the conspiratorial economy blog Zero Hedge.

Sign of the times

September 2, 2009

Via Matt, Michigan is broke:

State Sen. Michelle McManus (R-Lake Leelanau) has canceled her subscription to the Leelanau Enterprise.

The newspaper staff received that word last week from Nikki Bouck, purchasing agent for the Michigan Senate, who sent an email saying that “because of the current State of Michigan budget situation, the Senator does not wish to pay for the subscription at this time.”

Nonetheless, La Duke said, McManus wanted the newspaper staff to know “that she’ll still be reading the paper every (week) at her parents’ house up the road.”

They say life’s ill

July 20, 2009

Former CIGNA flack on how the health care industry tried to discredit Michael Moore’s Sicko:

The only GS I like is Goldenstash

July 17, 2009

Finally some televised outrage over Goldman Sachs:

Via Matt Taibbi.

Protect yoself before you wreck yoself

May 20, 2009

Via Tim Ferriss’ twitter, a blogger’s guide to online defamation law. York’s in trouble.

More joys of twitter, rap style:

Reihan Salam:

@EliLake Me + the mufti kick it Sufi-style/whirl wild like dervishes/+ rap acerbically/perturbing Deobandi jihadis/more neocon than Condi

Eli Lake:

@reihansalam Condi aint a neocon/soft like scowcroft/underboss rick-ross style realist/anti-idealist/freedom lovin neos never feelin it/