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    Tag: Nick DeLeeuw

    Monday Divertere Part II

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:25:32 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Prop 2, CPMC, Nick DeLeeuw, Teachers, PERA, Strikes, Labor (all tags)

    This great video came out Friday.

    Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (CPMC), released the television commercial, titled "Michigan Kids Don't Need Teacher Strikes," educating voters about the deceptive, far-reaching and devastating effects Proposal 2 would have on parents and students across Michigan.

    LOVE the intensity and planet-of-the-apes style of music used for the score.

    The commercial asks parents to vote NO on Proposal 2 to avoid Chicago-style teacher strikes, a possibility under the misleading proposal according to a leaked teachers union memo and Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Steven Cook who recently admitted Prop 2 "would overturn" a 1994 law created to prevent teachers unions from bullying local school districts at the bargaining table into ignoring, vetoing or erasing legal fines and penalties incurred as a result of an illegal teacher strike.

    A bit more below the fold.

    (5 comments, 522 words in story) Full Story

    Are You Freaking Kidding Me?

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:36:15 AM EST
    Tags: "DELE-GATE", Saul Anuzis, Michigan's Republican National Committeeman, MIGOP May 2012 State Convention, Holly Hughes, MIGOP Credentials Committee, Bobby Schostak, Sharon Wise, Eric Doster, Mike Cox, Bill Runco, backroom shenanigans, Michigan Leaders Lining Up For Romney, integrity argument, disingenuous hypocrisy, memory holes, Nick DeLeeuw, John Yob (all tags)

    Just under a month ago, when the Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco was still something of a big deal, one of the founding mothers of the Michigan tea party movement decided to use my current place of employment as an excuse-of-convenience to challenge my credibility, and by extension my integrity.  Because I do not permit such a challenge to go unanswered, I responded directly to her (though it never seems to have cleared the moderator's flag), as well as within Jason's post the following day (as one of the comments):

    I don't know what any of y'all do or don't know about those in the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard), but if you're going to challenge the integrity of such a person, then you'd better have proof-in-hand that the challenge is valid . . . otherwise it gets unpleasant in a hurry.

    That, by the way, applies to veterans of those services as well.  As Nick DeLeeuw pointed out a few years ago, different "go" words apply in different cultures.  I'm a retired sailor, so there're plenty of tags you can legitimately hang on me, many will be accurate, and not all will be kind.  But to accuse a Sailor, Marine, or even a Coastie of being either a "thief" or a "liar" . . .

    (4 comments, 1869 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Can These Clowns Do Anything Right?

    By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 09:23:07 AM EST
    Tags: cars, clunkers, Ivory Tower, Nick DeLeeuw (all tags)

    Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws

    I admit it. I have not paid any attention to the "cash for clunkers" bill winding its way through the geniuses in Congress. Today, however, I caught the story in the Nick DeLeeuw-designated Ivory Tower about this ridiculous proposal.

    Less than a week after it was reported that The One's "economic" program is having the opposite of the intended effect (i.e., instead of rejuvenating the housing market, the massive spending is driving up interest rates and choking off investment), we now have the "cash for clunkers" bill (let's call it CFC), apparently designed to destroy vast segments of the auto market.

    Most people hear about CFC and think it's a simple incentive to buy a new car. Not so fast, sparky. Here's how it works -- you take your qualifying car or truck (one that gets less than an EPA combined mileage rating of 18 mph) and take it your nearest dealer (hurry, before they're all gone). Don't worry about negotiating a trade-in allowance for your vehicle -- there won't be one! Why? Because the car or truck you trade in cannot be resold; under CFC, it must be crushed or recycled. In fact, the car or truck traded in becomes . . . wait for it . . . property of the federal government! Here's the language from the bill itself:

    For each eligible trade-in vehicle surrendered to a dealer under the Program, the dealer shall certify to the Secretary [of Transportation], in such manner as the Secretary shall prescribe by rule, that the dealer--

    (i) will arrange for the vehicle's title to be transferred to the United States and will accept possession of the vehicle on behalf of the United States;
    (ii) has not and will not sell, lease, exchange, or otherwise dispose of the vehicle for use as an automobile in the United States or in any other country; and
    (iii) will transfer, on behalf of the United States, the vehicle (including the engine block) and the vehicle's title, in such manner as the Secretary prescribes, to an entity that will ensure that the vehicle--

    (I) will be crushed or shredded within such period and in such manner as the Secretary prescribes; and
    (II) has not been, and will not be, sold, leased, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of for use as an automobile in the United States or in any other country.

    Fancy that.

    The government incentive is not all it seems to be -- if you have an old car worth $4,500, trade it in on a new car, and get a $4,500 incentive, you are no better off than you were before. If your vehicle is worth more than the incentive, you are worse off, and it makes more sense to keep the vehicle.

    So, the supply of used cars will be strangled. What are teenagers supposed to drive?

    Goodbye, used car market. Goodbye, auto parts stores. Goodbye, after-market parts and accessories manufacturers.

    Goodbye, common sense -- we look forward to your return, but we will continue to suffer through your absence.

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