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    Tag: City Council

    As If It Never Happened

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:47:32 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Troy, City Council, Free Speech, Open Meetings, Politicians, Commentary, Edited Discourse (all tags)

    Serv-Pro needs to do a clean up of sludge in SE Michigan.

    A flood of stupidity has hit the high water mark in Troy. First the people fall for a particular agenda and screw over one of the most fiscally responsible mayors they have had in recent history because of her opinions on a dangerous lifestyle.  Then the council thinks it can get away with a one year appointed replacement after the recall.  NOW, they have done the unthinkable.

    "The Nov. 26 comments of Charlene Femminineo, 62, and a 26-year resident of the city, were stricken from the city's official minutes and cut from the videotape of the earlier meeting by a vote of the council, officials said"
    They 'deleted' her.

    They took her voice away because they disagreed with it.

    Though not sure how much it means as a legal issue, it reeks of abusive government.  I believe the video below starts where the edit begins. (Or go to 1:20:00)

    I have never seen such a thing.

    If in fact she was abusive, wouldn't that stand on its face to dispute her arguments?  If she hit a nerve of some on the council, then shouldn't they still sit there and take it, or is it OK that they have lessened her ability to speak on par with any other voices in the room? Maybe the easiest path was taken in the face of an inability to answer to whatever it was she might have said? A bad precedent in any event, leading one to wonder how quickly a political scalpel can shape debate in our easily edited community discourse.

    Government doesn't like what you say? You never said it.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    JoAnn Watson: "I want my Obamaphone"..

    By Crippy, Section News
    Posted on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:14:33 AM EST
    Tags: JoAnn Watson, Detroit, City Council, Peggy Joseph (all tags)

    Well, she didn't really say that but that's my translation of the header on Drudge this morning.

    Detroit City Council member, JoAnn Watson is demanding a bailout for the liberal paradise on the Windsor border known as the City of Detroit.

    Courtesy of MyFoxDetroit via Drudge:

    "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"

    Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

    "After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon," said Watson. "That's what you do."

    Young served as Detroit's mayor for 20 years and served as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981.

    The White House has expressed no plans to bailout the cash-crunched city that some experts say could run out of money by the end of the year.

    The  federal government has bailed out cities in the past, however. In 1975, President Gerald Ford extended more than $2 billion in credit to New York City to help it avoid a financial collapse

    (9 comments, 315 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Ann Arbor City Council Email Debacle

    By woosters, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 02:10:13 PM EST
    Tags: Ann Arbor, Democrats, City Council, Twitter (all tags)

    Cross posted at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/

    Recently it came to light that the Ann Arbor City Council members were emailing each other during the meetings. While on the surface that may not surprise you, what they were emailing should.

    (1 comment, 314 words in story) Full Story

    Detroit: Murder City (Again)

    By steve, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 07:52:48 PM EST
    Tags: Detroit, Shreck, City Council, Democrats (all tags)

    Detroit: Murder City (Again)

    (2 comments, 219 words in story) Full Story

    Cast into the morning headlines where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:49:10 AM EST
    Tags: Detroit, Cobo, City Council, 11.6% unemployment, State Fair, Satan, racism (all tags)

    I've started to notice a painful new trend.  Not in the news or in Lansing or Washington, DC but right here, in my own life.

    My morning routine is pretty well established at this point.  About 5:30 I roll out of bed, or off the couch (its comfy and I'm a bachelor, sue me), do the whole wake-up song and dance, brush my teeth, the shower, shave... if I feel like it... spend some time praying and in the Word and then I'll sit down with a bowl of cereal and a glass of OJ and I'll browse the morning's headlines.

    By eight or nine I usually have a splitting headache.  I could never figure it out but I finally caught it.  Lately, when I read the news, I grind my teeth.  I'm not talking a little bit but a full bore, gnashing sort of a grind.  

    I suppose that means that it is officially painful to read the headlines here in Michigan.  Don't know why I didn't notice it before.  Take this morning for example...

    The Detroit News tells us: State jobless rate hits 11.6%

    Only gets worse when you read the article and realize that's the worst its been in twenty-five years and is about 150% higher than even the national average.

    The Lansing State Journal: GM's future in doubt, auditors say

    They're talking bankruptcy here, people.  And yeah, mathematically that might make a lot of sense... heck, that kind of tough medicine might even save ten or twenty-thousand jobs by the time its all said and done but at what price... We're talking surgery without anesthesia type painful.  Yeah, you can do it but boy is it going to hurt.

    Then there's the Macomb Daily which opines: New director hopes to give State Fair a great send-off

    Yes, the State Fair has been eliminated, scratched from the budget.  And yes, apparently it just received a brand spanking new "director" to the tune of $97,000 a year.  

    OK, so that one might be more open-hand-slap-to-forehead than grind-your-teeth but either one will send you screaming for the ibuprofen.  

    None of those are nearly as cringe inducing as the latest act by the Democrats on the Detroit City Council, though.  

    Read on...

    (8 comments, 651 words in story) Full Story

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