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Oh, and Michael Moore. On the latest episode of WhiskeyPolitics Podcast  Why would the Michigan State GOP let one of their most valuable and effective leaders go? Because she wouldn’t support Trump. Go behind the scenes and learn what happened which has made news across the country. Preview Open

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On this week’s Money and Politics Podcast with Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty, the two briefly discussed possible picks for a Trump VP. Pawlenty suggested that Trump would be wise to select someone who is a Washington insider with knowledge of the legislative process; someone with national security bona fides; and someone who is from […]

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The Flint Fiasco

 
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National Guard distributes bottled water in downtown Flint, January 23. Linda Parton / Shutterstock.com

The details of the Flint, MI, water scandal are all too well known to require more than a brief summary. For many years, Flint obtained its water service from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, which acquired its supply through both Lake Huron and the Detroit River. But with Flint in receivership since 2011, its city council decided to switch its water service to the Karegnondi Water Authority, which was in the process of constructing a pipeline to carry water to Flint from Lake Huron. Once Detroit realized that it could not keep the Flint account, it terminated its contract with Flint on 12 months notice in April 2014. Unfortunately, the KWA water pipeline was not scheduled for completion until sometime in 2016 and the Flint River was identified as an interim water source. The water from the Flint River contained many more impurities than the Detroit water. These chemicals leached the lead out of aging pipes, which worked itself into the water supply.

The Polygamist King

 

the polygamist king john j millerMy new ebook publishes today: “The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Love, and Exotic Faith in America.”

It’s a work of narrative history, telling the story of James Strang, a religious rebel who tried to build a personal theocracy on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. My main hope is to recount a good story from our past, though the tale also may hold lessons involving religious pluralism, shifting definitions of marriage, and the limits of tolerance. Best of all, it’s just $2.99–cheaper than a trip to Starbucks!

Honor Books

 

HonorBooksExteriorAllen, MI, is the kind of town for which the expression “wide place in the road” was coined. Its “downtown” retail strip is just two shuttered brick buildings with tall Italianate windows that stare vacantly at the barely-slowing traffic of US 12.

Between the buildings is a gap filled by a remarkable oddity: Honor Books. As you can see, it’s a lean-to of discarded two-by-fours, plywood sheets, and barn skylights. There is no door, only a yawning gap. The sign up top has not aged gracefully but still entreats, “Serve Yourself.” The sign out on the sidewalk cheerfully declares, “Yes, We’re Open” as if the not-to-code construction left any doubt. (I have driven by at all hours of day and night and never seen that sign withdrawn.)

Inside, the “customer” finds a few mismatched bookcases displaying perhaps as many as a couple hundred books. There is some evidence the books have been sorted by topic. The uncontrolled environment has allowed mildew to play havoc.

On Becoming a Michigander

 

shutterstock_64887757I left Oklahoma for Michigan in July 2007. Had it not been for a sabbatical a couple of years ago spent at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, this would be my ninth year in the state.

It was not until last night, however, that I finally crossed the threshold and joined the locals.

No, I do not now — nor will I ever — hang a University of Michigan flag outside my home. And, no, I feel no attachment to Michigan State.

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6foot2inhighheels already wrote a couple of dispatches from the Charlevoix Ricochet Meetup and you can see them here and here. Now that the meetup is history and I am at home with an honest-to-God keyboard, I wanted to write my meetup report. This was held the weekend of August 14-16 at 6foot2′s beautiful lake home […]

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Same Song, Second Verse . . .

 
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

If you want to understand why the Republican Party is such a disappointment nationally, you ought to come to Michigan and watch our governor, Rick Snyder, and the Republican regulars in the state senate and the state house who follow his lead. It is almost as if they all came from Central Casting – I mean, the Chamber of Commerce.

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As fun as it is to go to a weekend-long Ricochet Meetup in a big city, 6foot2inhighheels and I thought it would be cool to have a laid-back weekend meetup someplace in lake country.  We are co-hosting a meetup in Charlevoix, Michigan the weekend of August 14-16.  From the piece she wrote on RicochetMeetup.com, the […]

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A Warning to Republicans Nationwide

 

voteOn Tuesday, as I reported, the voters in Michigan went to the polls to vote on a sales tax increase aimed in part – but only in part – at repairing the state’s disintegrating roads. The turnout was far larger than I expected. Something like one voter in four actually showed up – and the results were a sharp rebuke to Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican establishment in Michigan. Although the Republicans scheduled this vote at a time when only those guaranteed to profit from the measure were apt to be paying attention — and although the road-building lobby outspent the opposition by more than twelve-to-one — the voters rejected the initiative four-to-one. This was the most resounding defeat for a ballot initiative since the current Michigan constitution was adopted in 1963. If Snyder and his not-so-merry men were up for reelection tomorrow, they would be voted out in a landslide. That is what happens when a political party betrays its base.

Of course, Republican voters are used to being betrayed. Republican candidates nearly always tout their conservative credentials. They oppose abortion, they criticize tax increases, they whine about government regulation. But when push comes to shove, very few of them ever do anything for their constituents.

The ballot measure we voted on yesterday was a bipartisan measure supported by the establishment in both parties. Its defeat is a rebuke to Rick Snyder and the Republican leaders in the legislature. But it is also a defeat for the Democrats. It is, in fact, a rejection of the politics of compromise – in which the Republicans get a little something for the business community and the Democrats move us further down the road of total government control. The thing to keep in mind is that the hand in your pocket is not just there for money. That money is the means for micro-managing your life. As I have pointed out frequently in the past, the public provision of medical care will bring with it a requirement that Catholic hospitals perform abortions.

Taxing Time

 

shutterstock_216904363Today, the voters in Michigan are going to the polls. A few of them, that is – for no one is on the ballot, and in no one’s front yard will you find a sign. There was no one ahead of me this morning when I stopped by the Hillsdale County Library to cast my ballot, and the parking lot was close to empty. This is, you see, a stealth election – deliberately scheduled at a time when next to no one is paying any attention – and its aim is to raise the sales tax rate throughout the state.

If this were the work of the Democrats, I would not much mind. I do not expect better of them. They are the party of high taxation, of well-funded public-sector unions, and of poor service. Raising taxes and redistributing the fruits of our labors to free-loaders is their raison d’être.

What burns me is that this dirty trick is the work of our Republican Governor Rick Snyder and of the go-along-to-get-along Republicans we elected as state representatives and state senators in 2010 and 2014.

Clear Waters of Lake Michigan Reveal Its Many Shipwrecks

 
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This 133-foot long wooden steamer, the Rising Sun, is in 6 to 12 feet of water just north of Pyramid Point, where she stranded on October 29, 1917. All 32 people on board were saved. (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City )

The ice over Lake Michigan has finally melted, but the water is still very cold. That, along with the good weather conditions, has left the water extremely clear. So clear in fact, that turn-of-the-century shipwrecks are visible from the air:

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Head over to the Detroit News Story HERE, and comment on the visit of Obama stumping for slavishly loyal Gary Peters for Senate.   Include in your comment this Ricochet link to the guerrilla art that greeted them both at Wayne State University on Saturday. Thanks for your help; it’s an easy way to support the artists […]

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I’ve joked about the glass floor before, but now some brave feminists (formerly known as “criminals”) in my home state of Michigan are putting their bodies where their mouths are and getting themselves arrested–at a rate greater than that of men. That’s right: an article by Tim Skubick from AnnArbor.com expresses worry that the state […]

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This past June, at the Mackinac Meetup in northern Michigan, we were lucky to have Steven Crowder stop by and share his insights about the conservative movement.  He was terrific, and his presentation was enjoyed by all.  Astute followers of the news will remember that Steven took blows to the face and body during the […]

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Renewing Detroit, in Fits and Starts

 

“Can Detroit come back?” One can hardly have a conversation about Detroit without that question being asked. No longer a premiere destination, Detroit has come to be associated with blight and ruin. Detroiters, however, love their city, and are working to bringing it back. They are coming up with creative ways to engage members of the community to make a real difference and change lives in different ways with varying degrees of tangible results.

A good indicator of a city’s health is the real estate market and, in that area, things are looking up.  People of a variety of demographics are moving to Detroit and staying there. No longer just a city for young urban professionals, people are choosing to move into the neighborhoods when moving into a single family home rather than heading to the suburbs. Empty nesters are moving in when they’re ready for a change from the suburbs, too. Home values are going up and inventory is going down, leading to bidding wars in some areas of the city. Why is this? According to Austin Black of City Living Detroit, it’s because people are “confident in the city’s direction and want to be part of the revitalization.” This not only comes with living in Detroit, but working to make a real difference in local communities, which comes in many shapes and forms.