Russell Kirk Understood

Russell_KirkMichigan native and renowned conservative Russell Kirk may be gone for the last 20 years, but his wisdom is timeless.

“In any society, order is the first need of all. Liberty and justice may be established only after order is tolerably secure. But the libertarians give primacy to an abstract liberty. Conservatives, knowing that “liberty inheres in some sensible object,” are aware that true freedom can be found only within the framework of a social order, such as the constitutional order of these United States. In exalting an absolute and indefinable “liberty” at the expense of order, the libertarians imperil the very freedoms they praise.”

Libertarian leanings are quite alright in my personal opinion, however there must be norms and clearly defined limits in our behavior so that we might have a conscious expectation when interacting with others.

‘Victimless offenses’ are rarely so. Mere exposure of those offenses to our youth who are not yet prepared for adult decisions, can alter them irreparably.

Self Service & Jerky Knees

Reposted from RightMi.com

cctv-cameraOne would think there is a point where even the most oppressive government knows when to say when.

I sell security cameras, and the related security recorders. There are few people who understand the advantages of having a properly set up security camera system than myself. One light think I would always advocate on behalf of my profession. However, like other mandatory (kaf kaf- Obamacare) ‘solutions,’ forcing a business to buy those systems is just plain wrong. The Detroit news reports that the Detroit city council is doing just that:

“The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to strengthen licensing requirements for self-service gas stations in the city and requires strategically placed indoor and outdoor digital surveillance cameras in the wake of a brutal beating on the city’s east side last week.”

“Licensing Requirements” are being used as an excuse to provide public policing tools (remember, police are there AFTER the events) on the back of the gas station owners.

Patriots Period

Not everyone plays the standard games in politics, and not often have I been able to simply applaud certain influences in our country directly.

Some folks go about their lives, pretty much ignoring the world and politics around them as long as it doesn’t affect them negatively.  Others use all of their waking hours as activists.  And others use considerable resources at their disposal to  drive policy that helps their business model succeed; often using taxpayer resources in a form of corporate welfare.

And then there are the Kochs.

A conclusion I have reached was validated in a recent op-ed in the wall street Journal:

Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.

Koch Industries was the only major producer in the ethanol industry to argue for the demise of the ethanol tax credit in 2011. That government handout (which cost taxpayers billions) needlessly drove up food and fuel prices as well as other costs for consumers—many of whom were poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Now the mandate needs to go, so that consumers and the marketplace are the ones who decide the future of ethanol.

This comes as no surprise to me.

Some of the political operations that the Kochs have supported have been quite set AGAINST the typical public-private partnership model that rewards electoral patronage. I have often seen them engage for free and open markets without the distortions of pay for play like one might find in Michigan’s MEDC, Detroit payoffs to the Illitches, or Medicaid expansion.

Read his op ed, and thank God that we have the Koch brothers at our back as our constitution is challenged in so many ways.

Teachers Hoping Strength From Their Win

From Cap Con:

Teachers Miriam Chanski and Ray Arthur say they hope their victory in getting out of the Michigan Education Association will embolden the 8,000 other teachers who have failed to pay union dues this year.

Chanski and Arthur filed unfair labor practice complaints against the MEA when the union failed to honor their right not to pay dues or fees under Michigan’s right-to-work law. The union claimed the teachers failed to give notice in August as required by union bylaws and because of forms they signed when they were hired as teachers.

..  Read the rest

 

Breaking The Law

With an incredible level of WTF, Ferndale, Michigan Schools have jumped the track.

Michigan Cap con reports:

Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public services on the basis of religion. The state constitution says it, “shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” And the Federal Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on religion.

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The discriminatory provision in the Ferndale teachers union contract

The contract ran from 2011 to 2012 but was extended to 2017. The teachers belong to the Ferndale Education Association, a division of the Michigan Education Association.

Regarding promotion to a vacant position, it states on page 22:

Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.

Well then.

 

More HERE

Let the firings begin.

KrisAnne Hall Constitution Classes In Michigan

Cross posted from RightMi.com

KrisAnneThere is enough going on that should make folks wonder whether our government is operating legally and under the framework it is supposed to be operating under.

To clear things up, KrisAnne Hall is sharing her wealth of knowledge with the curious and concerned in Michigan in a series of can’t miss seminars. (Scheduled appearances to the right and below) There are few people who understand the United States Constitution better than KrisAnne Hall. From her site bio:

KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents.

KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today.

She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty.

One cannot properly understand or interpret the Constitution without a firm grasp of its very foundation.

- See more at: http://krisannehall.com/about-krisanne-hall/#sthash.a6vvX9yd.dpuf

The flyer to the right is about the Traverse City event. The others are below.

There is Still The Fair Tax

From Roger Buchholtz
MI FairTax Association Chair

For over 10 years, the FairTax® campaign has warned about the politicization of the IRS. Events over the past nine months have only served to heighten this concern. Consider the following revelations:

  • The IRS admitted to and apologized for targeting certain conservative leaning groups.
  • The senior IRS official at the center of the targeting, Lois Lerner, pled the 5th during questioning by members of a House Oversight Committee.
  • The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee released an e-mail from another senior IRS official confirming the IRS had been “off-planning” this targeting as early as June 2012.
  • A senior Senator publicly requested the Executive Branch use the IRS and bypass Congress to weaken and curtail funding for certain conservative leaning 501(c)(4)’s.
  • The Chairman of Ways and Means stated the IRS has targeted established conservative 501(c)(4)’s for audits.
  • The IRS proposed new rules that would redefine political activities by 501(c)(4)’s and effectively extinguish their 1st Amendment right to free political speech. Thankfully, opposition has been swift and strong and is coming from the left and the right.

This cascading series of events should strike fear in the heart of every single American citizen.

Today, the IRS may target you for your political beliefs. Tomorrow it could be the color of your skin, your gender or your religious beliefs. Once you begin power sliding down the slippery slope, it’s impossible to predict where you might land.

There is a way out of this increasingly dangerous mess – a way in which citizens do not have to fear their elected officials or their government. It is the FairTax Plan.

The FairTax eliminates the income tax while defunding and disbanding the IRS. The FairTax institutes a progressive, national consumption tax that is simple, fair and ready to implement. It fully funds the federal government, including Social Security and Medicare, while stimulating the economy and generating desperately needed jobs at an unprecedented level!

The American Revolutionary War began because of colonists who were fed up with Britain’s increasing tyranny and taxation. Having had enough, they drew a line in the sand and declared  “no more taxation without representation”.

Line in the sand

When a nation’s elected officials use government agencies for partisan political gain, suppress free political speech and target individual citizens for punitive action, that nation has effectively slid into taxation without representation.

Where is your line in the sand? When do you tell your elected representative, I’ve had enough, I want simple and transparent taxation without interference by special interests and a government that does not engage in punitive, partisan manipulation?

The FairTax Act (HR 25) currently has 74 cosponsors which is 10 times the cosponsors of any other tax reform alternative.  It is the only tax proposal that allows the elimination of the abusive IRS, as a retail sales tax does not require a large, powerful and intrusive bureaucracy to collect it.

Ask your congressman to become a cosponsor today… or to explain why he/she allows the freedom limiting income tax to continue to exist.

And That

Is why we sell this type of Security Camera equipment.

This woman was brave and prepared.  The security camera equipment did a great job in protecting her after-the-fact, by revealing what she faced; violent intruders.

With the video evidence, she doesn’t have to worry about over zealous prosecutors.

Everyone who lives in Detroit should have a Security Camera system, and plenty of firepower.

Drops In The Bucket?

Or simply constituency strengthening?

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams announced the projects awarded funds through the competitive grants for Michigan’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Adams said: