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    Tag: choice


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 01:09:41 PM EST
    Tags: Right-To-Work, RTW, Michigan, Freedom To Work, FTW, Liberty, Choice, Jobs, Prosperity (all tags)

    Michigan has a future.  

    A future that relies on real individual choice, and freedom of association, as well as protection to make that choice in the workplace.

    As this posting is made, several news conferences will be made throughout Michigan simultaneously, with a couple more following up at 3PM.  The Freedom to work coalition, a grass roots effort to bring liberty back to the workplace is announcing its intent to see Michigan as the first Right-To-Work state in the great lakes basin.  This means JOBS.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Announcing the formation of Michigan Freedom to Work, a statewide coalition to promote passage of a state civil rights law guaranteeing that all employees are free to choose whether to join or financially support a labor union, without facing the threat of being discriminated against or fired based on that choice.

    LANSING / 12:00 NOON
    Room H-65, Ground Floor
    The State Capitol Building
    111 South Capitol Avenue

    Grand Rapids Unemployment Office
    3391A Plainfield Avenue NE
    (north of Lamberton Lake Drive)

    U.S. Post Office
    202 South Union Street

    ESCANABA / 12:00 NOON
    U.S. Post Office
    2525 1st Avenue North

    DETROIT / 3:00 P.M.
    Detroit Unemployment Office
    3024 West Grand Boulevard
    (corner of Grand Boulevard and Woodward Avenue)

    FLINT / 3:00 P.M.
    Flint Unemployment Agency
    711 North Saginaw Street

    Update [2011-6-30 15:33:40 by JGillman]: Pictures added. Also,there were several more news conferences happening that listed here. As I can get the information I will have a more complete list. Its on.

    (9 comments) Comments >>

    Charter Schools For All

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:09:27 PM EST
    Tags: DPS, Detroit, Michigan, Schools, Choice, Charter, Contract Schools, Investment (all tags)

    I mean it.

    Given some recent examples of charter school performance versus public school performance.

    The remainder of the scores are identical.  Follow the image to a more complete representation. (PDF)

    I have suggested before that schools be contracted out for the sake of the children.  Don't teach the kids? Don't get paid.

    "The best way for Detroit to clean up that mess, is to kick ALL the teachers, employees, and management in the Detroit schools to the curb.  Then open contracts and bidding for the purchase or rental of the school buildings and resources."


    Fees for services rendered. How unconventional.

    (2 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Detroit Schools And Illiteracy

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue May 24, 2011 at 10:15:54 PM EST
    Tags: DPS, Detroit, Michigan, Schools, Choice, Charter, Contract Schools, Investment, Throw the baby out (all tags)

    I have a bit of writer's block.

    Its not the lack of material that causes this, but rather a question of "where should I start?"  An article that has been written and re-written by me for the last month is one that addresses the Detroit schools problem.  Namely its inability to educate the kids, and then do so within a particular financial framework.

    Something we outstaters call a budget.

    PJ TV has a video released today worth watching.  from the introduction:

    Detroit has been controlled by liberals for years, but close to half of the people living there are functionally illiterate. Even more surprisingly, Detroit had a Public School Board President who had difficulty writing coherently.

    Otis Mathis.  The guy's name was Otis Mathis, and he was the Detroit School board president.  And if one was to converse with him through the written word, one might find themselves banging a pained noggin on a wall somewhere.  Otis' "issue" was document in March by the Blog Prof who penned a piece worth a second look.

    Of course one might think this is old news as the 'old news' cycle goes.  One might have been banging one's head too long over Otis' written word issues.  Detroit STILL has a failed system.  It has a new emergency manager in who thinks carefully slicing away with a scalpel is the cure for an unbelievably cancerous patient, when all that will be accomplished is a painful biopsy at best.

    More below.

    (19 comments, 800 words in story) Full Story


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 09:32:39 AM EST
    Tags: Public Funding, Cable, choice, DDA, Frivolities, Internet, Michigan, Phone, taxes, Traverse City, TV, WRONG (all tags)

    ~ Cross Posted From MTTM ~

    "Kalkaska did it."  "Empire Did it."

    Two statements of fact made by supporters of  establishing Wi-Fi as a public service in Traverse City.  In fact, this is possibly something that is  being considered by other communities as a 'necessary utility.'  The TC Ticker's closing paragraph on their recent story quotes the Empire planning commissioner Paul Skinner:

    "If you look at the numbers of computer owners now compared  with 10 years ago, I honestly think that having Wi-Fi accessibility will  soon be the equivalent of owning a television. It's an integral part of  today's infrastructure."

    Television is not as free as one might think.  The FCC lotteries and arrangements years ago for particular transmitter frequencies required capital for the start up and licensing.  Cable TV for that matter requires a great deal of infrastructure build up that necessarily involves monopoly or near monopoly agreements according to some arguments.  Phone services have been around as long as anyone alive today, and continue to serve in different ways.

    (9 comments, 441 words in story) Full Story

    A Small Victory

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 10:58:55 PM EST
    Tags: Morality, Choice, Rights, Politics, Michigan, Peninsula, Acme, East Bay, Townships, Traverse City, Garbage, Monopolies, Government (all tags)

    One of the local issues that has continued to make headlines is the single hauler question.  The question being, whether it is appropriate for the local governments to mandate a single hauler for an entire area of private citizens or allow them to continue choosing their own.

    Let that sink in.

    Allowing private citizens to make a decision on what garbage service they might purchase.

    The chilling advocacy of removing the ability of one to contract for themselves, often becomes the result of a perceived problem.  A perceived problem that has likely been amplified by complaints of noise, traffic, and "those ugly ol garbage trucks driving by more than once a week."  Grown out of proportion by elected officials concerned about the financial means of maintaining roadways as their budgets disintegrate around them. Grown, amplified, and thrust forward eagerly by the "gods of the copybook headings."

    A city, and two townships have fallen to this ruse of benefit to the citizenry.   The false promise of saved roads, and less garbage truck traffic blight buying the conservative souls of those who think they are being fiscally responsible negotiating the "best deals" for their constituents.  The false promise and Faustian bargain that takes away the true rights to negotiate for one's own self, and instead, insert a board-knows-best dependency upon the public.

    For a little coin.

    (2 comments, 543 words in story) Full Story

    And just in case..

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Dec 22, 2009 at 09:29:05 PM EST
    Tags: Health care, 10th amendment, choice, Michigan, HJR CC (all tags)

    A resolution to be determined by the people of Michigan is on standby..


    On September 9, 2009, Introduced by Reps. Calley and McMillin and referred to the Committee on Health Policy.

    A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by adding section 28 to article I, to provide a right to independent health care.

    (3 comments, 637 words in story) Full Story

    Urgent Action Alert: Do Dillon and Cherry support Dems' radical ANTI-CHOICE legislation?

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 07:10:22 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, Dillon, Meadows, Warren, 2010, abortion, crisis pregnancy center, pharmacist, choice, life (all tags)

    "We don't think a pharmacist should sit in judgment on a prescription a doctor has prescribed and that is in their patient's best interests," Dem State Representative Rebekah Warren recently told a pro-abortion online resource publication.  

    An early contender for the "most patently ridiculous quote of the year," Warren's embarrassing  attempt at quasi-ethical faux-reason was, apparently, an attempt to rationalize her support for House Bill 5164, legislation that ignores longstanding, bipartisan state and national standards and legally forces pharmacists to fill prescriptions for the "abortion pill" despite personal, moral or religious objections.

    The bill is cosponsored by twenty-three other House Democrats.

    Currently, health care workers, including the good folks who after a badly skinned knee fill the prescription for your child's antibiotics, are legally entitled to refuse to participate in procedures they object to ethically.  Like, say, killing kids.

    That's not sitting "in judgment" of a doctor and a patient.  That's sitting in judgment of one's own conscience and actions, Representative.  

    Unfortunately, that's not even the most insidious legislation just introduced by members of a political Party beholden above everything else to the multi-billion dollar abortion-on-demand industry.

    Warren and twenty other House Democrats have also introduced House Bill 5158, effectively designed to drive crisis pregnancy centers out of business. The legislation creates fresh regulation that mandates each and every non-profit CPC in the state provide, in writing, information about where and how to acquire an abortion, including directions showing pregnant women how to get to the abortion clinic.

    The real irony in all of this is just how patently ANTI-CHOICE each of these bills is.  Eliminating pharmacists' choice on whether or not to physically participate in a procedure they may consider anything from mildly objectionable to a mortal sin, all via government mandate and the threat of force doesn't exactly promote that whole "liberty" concept.

    Meanwhile, the Crisis Pregnancy Center legislation is inarguably designed to force pro-life organizations to permanently close their doors, leaving hurting women with only one option... pro-abortion Planned Parenthood.

    Each of the bills has been referred to the House Judiciary committee, chaired by Democrat Mark Meadows.  Meadows is the primary sponsor on the anti-CPC bill and a co-sponsor on the pharmacists-as-abortionists mandate.  We know where he stands.

    There are two prominent Michigan Democrats whose opinion we still don't know, though.

    House Speaker Andy Dillon, a man who has been endorsed by Michigan Right to Life in cycles past and one who is rumored to be considering a run at the Governor's office next year, has not commented publicly on the bills making their way through his chamber.

    Similarly, Lieutenant Governor and 2010 Gubernatorial candidate John Cherry has been silent on his party's pro-abortion, anti-choice legislation.  

    Michigan voters have a right to know where each of them stand.

    Three listings follow.  No excuses.  Please find five minutes today... right now, on your lunch break, on the road in between meetings... whenever... and drop an email and CALL Mark Meadows, John Cherry and Andy Dillon.

    Tell them what YOU think about the Democrats' anti-choice legislation, ask Meadows and Dillon to stop the insanity before it reaches the House floor and ask Andy Dillon and John Cherry whether or not they support their Party's shockingly anti-choice legislation, HBs 5158 and 5164.

    Then swing back by and let everyone know what they said!

    John Cherry

    Phone: (517) 853-8050

    Email: ltgovcherry@michigan.gov

    Andy Dillon

    Phone: (888) 737-3455

    Email: andydillon@house.mi.gov

    Mark Meadows

    Phone: (517) 373-1786

    Email: markmeadows@house.mi.gov

    (8 comments) Comments >>

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