Friday, November 21, 2008
Since I had never owned a car, I had no I.D. to get in! I rode my bike on a cold November afternoon to the Secretary of State's office and got a "State I.D". The same thing that many irresponsible voters are too damn lazy to go get for themselves. The MI-Sec-State hooked me up within 20 minutes! And that was in the days of crusty-cantankerous old Richard Austin's management.
Scott Ashton and Scott Morgan (pic by Sue Rynski)
Fred 'Sonic' Smith
Sonic's Rendezvous Band was truly a "had to be there" rock band. But I dug 'em...and I still do. To this guitar player; their attack was ferocious and true. It was a pure masculine blast of unapologetic Motor City Muscle. They were a great band that rocked every show and could make any top billing band sound marginal if Sonic's was the opening act. SRB wasn't just "from Detroit". They sounded like the Motor City. Sonic's Rendezvous Band's old-school rock style defied punk's new-rock rebellion and at the same time, brought the local punker movement into their fold to also enjoy national acclaim. The links below provide more info and yes, there is a recorded legacy. Check Amazon.com.
The fidelity ain't the greatest, but if you turn it up, it's all there.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"...that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington so that we can solve the common and urgent challenges of our time".
The fight continues for a runoff election in Georgia, and (hopefully) an honest recount in Minnesota to limit the destruction of Republican clout in the U.S. Senate. But the Democrats already have a 60 vote majority when one includes the RINO's of Maine (Snowe & Collins), South Carolina (Graham), Pennsylvania (Specter), and McCain himself. The Reagan revolution of 1980 was a long, long time ago. 1994 seems just as far away.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
John Dingell is being shoved out the door as chairman of the ostensibly powerful (at least that's the way reporters have always defined it) House Energy and Commerce Committee. Dingell has been described in the past as the "Dean" of the House of Representatives. When power is on the line, there is no tenure.
Well what's the Michigan delegation gonna do now? What are Michigan voters gonna do now? Pick their teeth up off the floor and pull their pants up. There's an election again in 2 years. The last few have given the state so much pleasure.
Some Good News: There's a print shop somewhere printing more of those "early voting" ballots.
Source: The Detroit News
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth said Wednesday the state has been hurt by the weakening of the national economy. Its work force has fallen by
74,000 people, or 1.5 percent, since October 2007.
2 years ago Michigan residents had the choice to move towards reform and away from this downward spiral which Governor Granholm engineered during her first term. Granholm continues to blame former Governor John Engler to the delight of Democrats and Granholm supporters only. Most Michigan residents are looking for any clearly marked exit.
I'll get the lights.
Source: Detroit News
Friday, November 14, 2008
The word on the Korean and European street is that America is an imperialistic, velvety gloved dictator pushing the little guys around while our GI's drink heavily in the local pubs and harass their womenfolk. This hegemony has resulted in protests here and abroad of U.S. out of: (fill in blank)!
Whittaker Chambers, the author of Witness wrote: "a man has to have something to live for and something to die for". Believing as he did at the time that communism was humanity's answer to the ills of the world. Chambers went all-in with the belief that communism was worth defending with his life. Years later Mark Steyn has written that Europeans are not having enough children to replace their aging populations. 'Mohammad' has become one of the most popular names of British born children. If given the choice today, would Europeans and/or South Koreans citizens be willing to die in defense of their own nation's interests?
When should the American military leave Europe or Japan? Should we also bail on Korea? In a military sense no. Those regions are as good a location as any we may get to project the occasional cruise missile or Stealth fighter against foreign enemies. But when, if ever, will we give military license back to any of these otherwise self-governing political entities? Iraq is well on its way to self governance, what about Japan?
We are scolded from many quarters that America is "not liked" abroad. We hear ad nausea about how any goodwill bestowed from abroad after 9/11 was squandered with our militaristic escapade in Iraq. Squandered because we did not find huge stockpiles of Weapons which ostensibly justified our reasons for going in. As if fighting al Qaeda was merely the equivalent of busting a check forger or the local crack dealer.
Would Europe's birthrates increase if Europeans were faced with having to live and fight for their own sovereignty? Would South Koreans shelve their placards of protest if they had to make the personal choice of what kind of weaponry would best repel the North? Do the people of Japan feel likewise? Dunno. For many decades now, America's electorate has continued to green light the human, emotional and monetary capital to nations abroad to maintain a relatively stable world.
If any of these countries suddenly had the responsibility of self defense thrust upon them, would they find themselves waxing nostalgic for that 'ol American military presence? Would they find in themselves any appreciation for what we as a nation had been doing for them all those years?