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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In The Same League

Filed under: | SCOTUS and The Law | The Old Digs

Hey folks! Y’all remember Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, right? Great! Well there’s another fellow who is of the same ink…this time for deliberately suppressing the First Amendment when it comes to proselytizing. Especially Christian proselytizing by a guy who used to be Mohammedan…and remember what the penalty is for apostasy. I rest my case:

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2:1 on Thursday May 26, 2011 (in GEORGE SAIEG, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CITY OF DEARBORN; RONALD HADDAD, Dearborn Chief of Police) that Dearborn, and its police department, violated the free-speech rights of a Christian evangelist by barring him from handing out leaflets at an Arab-American street festival last year. The court’s two judge majority opinion concluded,
On the free speech claim, we REVERSE the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendants and its denial of summary judgment to the plaintiffs. We thereby invalidate the leafleting restriction within both the inner and outer perimeters of the Festival.1 The restriction on the sidewalks that are directly adjacent to the Festival attractions does not serve a substantial government interest. The City keeps those same sidewalks open for public traffic and permits sidewalk vendors, whose activity is more obstructive to sidewalk traffic flow than pedestrian leafleting is. Moreover, the prohibition of pedestrian leafleting in the outer perimeter is not narrowly tailored to the goal of isolating inner areas from vehicular traffic. The City can be held liable because the Chief of Police, who instituted the leafleting restriction, created official municipal policy.

Yes, People of Dearbornistan. There are Cops and there are PIGS. Your Chief of Police is a PIG! And I’ll bet he’s also a Demo☪rat to boot!

HAT TIP: lobo91

Monday, June 07, 2010

Please Pray For My Mom

Filed under: | Personal | The Old Digs

At this time, my mother is undergoing open-heart surgery back in Michigan. She’s having a mitral valve replaced with a titanium construction, and also getting a single-bypass done.
Needless to say, I won’t be sleeping well. The good thing about this is: the doctor who’s performing the procedure is the same one who did her last one, 29 years ago.
Any and all prayers for Mom are most appreciated. Thanks!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Your Taxpayer Dollars At Work

Filed under: | Axis of Donks | Sports | The Old Digs

Yeah, I heard about this blown call last night, costing Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a Perfect Game. It sucks. But them’s the breaks in baseball, which is still ruled by umpires who are all too human. The umpire apologized for his error; Galarraga accepted said apology, and the Commissioner of Baseball declined to reverse the call.
NOW we have Congressman John Dingell of Michigan (who is a Demo☭rat) introducing a resolution, urging Bud Selig to reconsider his decision. In addition, the Michigan Legislature, including Governor Jennifer Granholm, is getting in on the same. Don’t these politicians have something better to do…like solve the country’s economic situation?
I guess not.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

RIP Ernie Harwell

Filed under: | Sports | The Old Digs

A legend among sportscasters has finally left us. Ernie Harwell, voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years, from 1960 to 2002, passed away last night at the age of 92, after an extended bout with cancer.
Needless to say, I miss him already…and have done so ever since he retired from broadcasting. I grew up listening to him on the radio, and when I worked at my hometown radio station a long time ago, my love for this man grew even more when he’d pronounce that the Tigers need “instant runs” or when a batter just “...stood there like the house by the side of the road” on a called third strike.
Fare thee and rest well, Ernie. We’ll carry on as best we can.

CROSS POSTED AT: The Blogmocracy

UPDATE (2110 MST): I couldn’t have said it any better…courtesy of Mike Thompson and the Detroit Free Press:

Friday, November 13, 2009

An Old Michigan Icon…Gone

Filed under: | The Old Digs

A couple of days before our wedding, The Mrs. and I (we weren’t married yet, I assure you!) were running a whole bunch of errands getting ready for it. Part of our path took us to an old hangout for many Michiganders, and I definitely went there a lot when I was finishing up college.
She told me about its closing, but nothing prepared me for the silent hulk I saw.
Man, I was so sad to see it. The Studio 28 complex was indeed a part of my life for many, many years, and I miss it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

In Case You’re Wondering…

Filed under: | The Old Digs

Here you go:

I’ll tell you right now, I won’t be used to that kind of weather when I step off that plane on Wednesday.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This One’s For Basil

Filed under: | Sports | The Old Digs | Yum

Courtesy of Fifth Third Park, where the West Michigan Whitecaps play Minor League Baseball:

Wait till you read the nutritional stats on this monstrosity. Even if you divvy it up between four people, it’ll even give the government a frakkin’ heart attack!
Now I dare Basil to bring this to his home town’s ballpark menu. That is, if his home town has a minor league team this year.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Shrillary To Get Wish: Michigan Do-Over

Filed under: | Axis of Donks | The Old Digs

Senator Clinton sure wants those Michigan delegates and superdelegates (which include Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator Carl Levin, and Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the mother of Detroit’s embattled mayor), doesn’t she! Tuesday, June 3, is the target date for the re-vote. There is, however, a small hurdle to cover.
While the funds are being raised by private donors (who can say George Soros first!), the plan still has to be signed off by the divided Michigan Legislature (The House is controlled by the Democrats, while the Senate is in the GOP’s hands). I’ll not question the decision of the lawmakers there…besides, watching Shrillary and Barack Hussein Obama slug it out is getting to be a real hoot to watch! Not only that, Florida is still trying to figure this out. What a bunch of idiots!
Hey, pass that popcorn over here willya!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Son of South Haven

Filed under: | Entertainment | The Old Digs

I was going through some old papers and lo and behold! I had a newspaper clipping from 1990, when I actually did some research for my old hometown paper on the late actor Mark Lenard, who played Sarek of Vulcan, the Romulan Commander, and the first ridged Klingon on Star Trek (spanning both TOS and TNG). Lenard was born in Chicago but grew up in South Haven, Michigan, my old hometown. Not a lot of people in that little burg knew what became of him after he left in 1942.
This article was released about five months after the TNG “Sarek” episode aired, which depicted the Vulcan ambassador as dying….it was a sad episode indeed; Lenard’s final appearance in “Unification” was even sadder. He passed away in 1996, and I wish I could have met the guy.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dr. Death’s Attorney Charged

Filed under: | The Old Digs

I damn near fell out of my chair at work when I learned about this development with the attorney (who defended Dr. Death) and Michigan gubernatorial candidate, Geoffrey Fieger: he’s been charged with illegally contributing $125,000 to the Breck Girl’s campaign coffers back in 2004. That must have been before Senator Kerry chose the South Carolina Senator as his running mate.
One would think Senator Edwards might have been able to do something for Mr. Fieger’s locks? Or perhaps a quid pro quo: give me money and I’ll make sure I’ll pass legislation legalizing doctor-assisted suicide in alll 50 states? I sure hope this publicity isn’t generated to make everyone look one way while Dr. Kevorkian does another back-door “procedure”...if you know what I mean.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Not Much Left

Filed under: | The Old Digs

Well, I have been running around South Haven all week, doing errands for Mom, but she is not feeling well, and so yesterday I took an opportunity to go see some friends in Kalamazoo.
But none of them were available…even though I told them last month that I was coming to Michigan. Seems like they all has bulls**t excuses. In lieu of that, I decided to go around the town a bit. Aside from a new bus station just north of downtown, and a fancy new fascia for the Hyatt, nothing else has changed. Nothing.
But there was still one friend left there who invited me over to dinner with her and her daughter. No, she’s already involved, and no, she’s actually a liberal!...and a professional counselor at that. At least she knows how it is. I give her credit for remaining in Michigan, even though the economy still sucks after three and a half years gone from there. She doesn’t blame me for leaving and especially not for considering going elsewhere if I’m to return back East.
Tomorrow I check in on my flights, and then I fly back on Sunday. Can’t come soon enough.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Taking A Break From All Your Worries

Filed under: | The Old Digs

With all the insane news that’s happening this week…and with all the errands Mom’s been having me run so far…I sure need a few good drinks at Joe’s Bar...but in lieu of that, here are two photos of South Haven’s harbor…populated by many boats from elsewhere. It’s always been a tourist town, where lots of well-to-do people from the Народный Социалистический Город-Государство Чикаго* come to escape from that environment.

* - People’s Socialist City-State of Chicago

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Little Town

Filed under: | The Old Digs

Turns out not much has changed about the town I grew up in. Except that the local library does have a WiFi hotspot, so at least it is now a member of the 21st Century. Good thing too. I’d have gone nuts if it didn’t.
More reports as time passes. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Dr. Death Out of Prison

Filed under: | News | The Old Digs

Thanks to Michigan Justice and time off for good behavior, Jack Kevorkian, a convicted murderer, got out of prison yesterday after serving only eight years. He says he’s going to work to legalize doctor-assisted suicide without getting into trouble again.
I don’t believe him. Someone out there desperate to die but doesn’t have the ‘nads to do it themselves will fork over some serious funds to this guy and he’ll do it again. Only this time, he won’t have to mail the tape to 60 Minutes…he’ll just upload it to YouTube! The Michigan authorities had better watch Kevorkian like a hawk. No one has the right to call their own shots when it comes to dying…that is left solely to the decision of God Almighty.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

But It’s For The Children…

Filed under: | Axis of Donks | Mac Stuff | The Old Digs

Now word comes from Michigan that the state Democratic Party wants to give an iPod to every child there. My first retort to this proposal is: why? Is this a proposal designed to keep families from moving due to the crappy economy? I would certainly think so.
Don’t get me wrong…iPods are great, but I don’t want MY Tax Dollars going to this effort, so kids can have everything given to them. Governor Napolitano better not try this here anytime soon.

HAT TIP: Jonathan



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