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Archive for January, 2008

Rudy can’t fail…not

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

         Rudy can’t fail

         Yeah right.

Arblogger changing name to “Arbama”

Monday, January 28th, 2008

         Well, maybe not.

         Amusing thought, though.

         –Say, did you hear about Obama beating Clinton over 2 to 1 in South Carolina? Maybe Bill Clinton will burn a cross on his lawn now.

Happy MLK Day 2008!

Monday, January 21st, 2008

(Montgomery, Alabama, 1958)

(Somewhere, 1960)

Mary Sue unaware UM kids actually want UM graduation

Friday, January 18th, 2008

         You couldn’t make it up.

         See DetNews, U-M president says graduation site to be reviewed: University promises to make final decision on location within 3 weeks, in La Sue’s own ama-zing words, 

         “…we frankly underestimated students’ desire to graduate on campus,” Coleman said. …” 

         Where did she think they wanted to graduate? In a space station orbiting Neptune?

         How much does she get paid a year again?

Rally for Big House graduation at UM Regents’ meeting today–UPDATE: Rally postponed

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

         As per our earlier post on the graduation venue controversy, see Friendly Student Rally: Thursday 1/17, 2 - 3:15pm on the Michigan Graduation 2008 … Not at the Big House? blog,

         “Greet the Regents: A Friendly Mass Student Rally before the Regent’s meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 17. We will gather by the Cube from 2:00 to 3:15pm, in a peaceful show of solidarity and commitment to finding a solution acceptable to all. This is an excellent issue which the administration and students can work on together and we encourage the administration to define a transparent process and timeline for decision-making, information release, and student involvement.

         Show those Regents!!

         UPDATE: Rally postponed, see Rally Postponed.

“Nobody” challenges Hillary vigorously

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

         See the Nation, Michigan’s Ominous Message for Hillary Clinton, on yesterday’s “primary”,

         “…Clinton was perfectly positioned. She had no serious opposition.  She also had the strong support of top Michigan Democrats such as Governor Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.
         Usually, a prominent presidential contender running a primary campaign without serious opposition and with strong in-state support from party leaders can count on winning 90 percent or more of the vote. …
         A remarkable 40 percent of Michiganders who participated in the primary voted for nobody, marking the “Uncommitted” option on their ballots. …
         Ominously for the Clinton camp, the former First Lady was losing the African-American vote — in Wayne County and statewide — to “Uncommitted.” African-American leaders such as Detroit Congressman John Conyers, who backs Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, had urged an “Uncommitted” vote. …
         It is hard[] to believe that Clinton will get very far claiming Michigan handed her a meaningful victory Tuesday night. When two out of every five voters choose nobody rather than a prominent candidate who is running with little or no opposition, that candidate’s got no reason to celebrate.”

         Word, Nation homies.

Vote today! if you like

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Here’s how to…

Vote in “primary” for “uncommitted” tomorrow

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The Michigan “primary”, with both Michigan Democratic and Republican party organizations violating national party rules, with voter lists going to the heads of those two Michigan parties although the lists could be considered public property, with four Democratic candidates off the ballot (including John Edwards and Barack Obama), etc. is tomorrow the 15th, but feel free to vote in it if you like.

The primary is not irrelevant to Democrats (despite the Democratic National Committee stripping Michigan of all its delegates for violating the February 5th limit), since Edwards and Obama supporters may have their votes counted eventually if they vote for “uncommitted” delegates. And they will be preventing those delegates from supporting Hillary Clinton, at least in the short term, so that Hillary’s campaign will be weakened.

So vote uncommitted, if you want the chance to support a candidate who didn’t vote for us to invade Iraq.

To find your ward or precinct, try the MI Secretary of State voter info page, here. And try WashtenawVotes “to find your polling location, elected officials and even a sample of your ballot.” (!!)

Note the “New Photo Identification Requirement[:] Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must show… picture identification or sign… an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of [such]. ….”

Polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Be timely…
Enjoy voting!

(Here’s a sample ballot, courtesy of Mich Sec o’ State, if you can’t wait to unwrap your present until tomorrow…)

Hillary is dead (Edmund)

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

         See the Guardian, Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Everest, dies at 88,

         “Sir Edmund Hillary, the beekeeper from Auckland who conquered Mount Everest and went on to become one of the greatest adventurers of the 20th century, has died at the age of 88. Hillary, who reached the peak of Everest in 1953, days before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, only admitted being the first man to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain after the death of his climbing companion, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in 1986.
         It was May 29 1953 when he and Norgay scaled the peak. He later told his fellow explorer at base camp, “Well George, we knocked the bastard off.” …
         …Writing of their final push to the summit Hillary wrote: “Another few weary steps and there was nothing above us but the sky. There was no final pinnacle. We looked round in wonder. To our immense satisfaction we realised we had reached the top of the world.”

         RIP [S]EH. (1919-2008)

50 officials beat China blogger to death

Friday, January 11th, 2008

         See CNN, China blogger beaten to death,

         “…Police have detained 24 municipal inspectors and are investigating more than 100 in the death of Wei Wenhua, a 41-year-old construction company executive, Xinhua reported on Friday.
         On Monday Wei happened on a confrontation in the central Chinese province of Hubei between city inspectors and villagers protesting over the dumping of waste near their homes. …              
         When Wei took out his cell phone to record the protest, more than 50 municipal inspectors turned on him, attacking him for five minutes, Xinhua said. Wei was dead on arrival at a Tianmen hospital, the report said. …”

         RIP WW.