Q:Do you think Jews are greedy?
I guess you didn’t read my answer. As stated previously, I believe that all humans are born with greed, selfishness and malice in their heart.
Q:What's your opinion about 9/11?
I believe that inherently, all humans are born with selfish and greedy desires. From a young age we learn how to manipulate and exact power over others. This can be seen in a simple transaction between two toddlers fighting over a toy. I believe that the only thing restraining evil in this world is the acts of righteous men through the grace of God. I believe when a society’s basic moral code is broken down, or replaced with moral relativism, it is much easier for evil and power hungry men to exercise their natural born desires over others. I believe that although government is a necessary evil, it is still an evil. I believe that ultimately, the elites that control government function, are not there to function for my benefit. As seen throughout our american history, in well documented cases, people within government have purposefully created chaos, neglected to act on international and domestic threats, and even lied, cheated, and stole to accomplish their self rewarding interests.
With all of that in mind, I do not know nearly enough about 9/11 to make a statement about what happened on that day with 100% certainty. But looking through the lens of my beliefs stated above, there is not much that I would exclude from the realm of possibility due to the overwhelmingly addictive appetite men have for power over others. I hope that answers your question.
Q:With regards to Michigan's Proposition 1, where do you stand on it (Angela Rigas)? This is Dean G. so you can answer me on FB if you like. Thanks.
Here is the actual text of the proposal:
APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF AMENDATORY ACT TO REDUCE STATE USE TAX AND REPLACE WITH A LOCAL COMMUNITY STABILIZATION SHARE TO MODERNIZE THE TAX SYSTEM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW AND CREATE JOBS
The amendatory act adopted by the Legislature would:
1. Reduce the state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share of the tax for the purpose of modernizing the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Michigan.
2. Require Local Community Stabilization Authority to provide revenue to local governments dedicated for local purposes, including police safety, fire protection, and ambulance emergency services.
3. Increase portion of state use tax dedicated for aid to local school districts.
4. Prohibit Authority from increasing taxes.
5. Prohibit total use tax rate from exceeding existing constitutional 6% limitation.
I have many issues with this proposal. We are phasing out a tax and creating a $500 million dollar budget deficit that has to be filled. This proposal does not state WHERE that is coming from. In my experience, if it is vague, it is bad. I need a very specific location in the tax structure that this money will come from. If we read between the lines, we see that under Public Act 86 (2014) the LCSA has the right to levy and collect tax, as well as make expansion decisions for telecommunication companies in the local areas. Also the LCSA board will be appointed by the governor, and not elected by the local citizens. The board members will directly report to the Dept. of Treasury (“The tax rate of the local community stabilization share would be calculated annually by the Michigan Department of Treasury to equal the rate necessary
to generate specific revenue targets contained in the
legislation.”) Ultimately, there is no guarantee that the state or local bodies will not RAISE tax through this policy shift if need be.
Here is some additional info on the wording of points 4 and 5 that seem to suggest that the tax will never increase:
"Another important element of the plan to reimburse local governments is the creation of a new Local Community Stabilization Authority (LCSA). The authority is established in Public Act 86 of 2014 and is considered a local unit of government, with the act specifically declaring that the authority is “not an agency or instrumentality of state government”.
The LCSA is established under authority granted in Article VII, Section 27 of the Michigan Constitution, which reads in part:
…the legislature may establish in metropolitan areas additional forms of government or authorities with powers, duties and jurisdictions as the
legislature shall provide.
Although defined as a local unit of government established under this constitutional authority, the LCSA will be quite distinct when compared to what an average citizen might consider a local unit of government. Its boundaries will be the same as those of the state as a whole – essentially making the LCSA a statewide local unit of government. As
with other local governments, the LCSA will have a governing body made up of a five-member authority council. However, council members will be appointed by the governor, rather than popularly elected by
voters within its jurisdiction. The LCSA will have taxing authority. However, while most local taxes are expressed as a percentage or millage readily understandable to a taxpayer, the LCSA’s local community stabilization share tax rate, as noted above, is determined through a calculation by the Michigan Department of Treasury in accordance with statutory guidelines.
Finally, the LCSA will exist to fulfill two specific purposes:
(1) to administer the distribution of local community stabilization share tax revenues to local governments; and
(2) to exercise the powers and duties of the former Metropolitan Extension Telecommunications Right-of-Way Oversight Authority, which was established in 2002 to streamline the permitting processes involved with acquiring rights-of-way to facilitate expanded telecommunications services. This latter function was transferred to the
LCSA as part of the PPT legislation.
Despite how it is defined in the legislation, the LCSA may look to an average citizen more like a component of state government that will receive a dedicated portion of state use tax revenues for distribution to
local units of government. The unusual nature of both the LCSA a and the local community stabilization share tax seems to be driven by the need to assure local government officials that promised state reim-
bursement for PPT losses will actually be realized.
Through the creation of a local tax with proceeds distributed by a unique statewide local authority, the legislation provides some limited protections for those concerned that revenues dedicated for
reimbursement will be diverted for other purposes by future legislative action. For instance, revenues from the local share tax would be deposited directly with the LCSA, not with the state. Further, the
revenues would not be subject to the annual state appropriations process because they are local revenues accruing to and distributed by a local authority.
This arrangement does not, however, prevent a future legislature from making changes directly to the authorizing statutes to accomplish this goal, so these protections are not fail-safe.
My endorsements for the Michigan primaries
I’ve had some people from around the state ask me who I would vote for in different districts. My list is below.
Any district or office not mentioned means I have chosen to not endorse either candidate, or I simply do not have enough information on the candidate(s) to make an endorsement.
GOVERNOR: Rick Snyder
UNITED STATES SENATOR IN CONGRESS: Terri Lynn Land
1ST DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Alan Arcand
2ND DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Bill Huizenga
3RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Justin Amash
4TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Peter Konetchy
6TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Jim Bussler
7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Tim Walberg
8TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Tom McMillin
10TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Candice Miller
11TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Dave Trott
12TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: Terry Bowman
1ST DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Barry Berk
2ND DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Mark Price
3RD DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Matt Keller
7TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Patrick Colbeck
8TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Jack Brandenburg
9TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Hawke Fracassa
10TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Troy Rocca
12TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Jim Marleau
13TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Marty Knollenberg
15TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Matt Maddock
16TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Mike Shirkey
17TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Dale Zorn
19TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Mike Nofs
21ST DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Jon Proos
22ND DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Joe Hune
24TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Rick Jones
25TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Phil Pavlov
26TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Tonya Schuitmaker
28TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Peter MacGregor
29TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Dave Hildenbrand
31ST DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Mike Green
32ND DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Ken Horn
33RD DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Judy Emmons
34TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Nick Sundquist
35TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Darwin Booher
36TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Jim Stamas
37TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Greg MacMaster
38TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Tom Casperson
1ST DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: John Hauler
2ND DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Dan Lamar
3RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Dolores Broderson
7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: David Bradley
10TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Matthew X. Hauser
13TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Harry Sawicki
17TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Charles Londo
18TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Roland Fraschetti
20TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Kurt Heise
23RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Pat Somerville
24TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Anthony Forlini
25TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Nick Hawatmeh
30TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Jeff Farrington
32ND DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Andrea LaFontaine
33RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Ken Goike
34TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Bruce Rogers
39TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Deb O’ Hagan
40TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Michael McCready
43RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Jose Alaga
47TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Wendy Day
56TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE: Jason Sheppard
64TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Earl Poleski
65TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: John Calhoun
66TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Aric Nesbitt
73RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: John Decker
76TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Keith Allard
77TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Tom Hooker
84TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Kurt Damrow
86TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Angela Rigas
90TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Geoff Haveman
93RD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Tom Leonard
97TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Joel Johnson
98TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Gary Glenn
102ND DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Phil Potvin
105TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Triston Cole
106TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE: Peter Pettalia
MONROE JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT: Frank Arnold
MONROE JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT: Melissa Matiash
1ST DISTRICT JUDGE OF DISTRICT COURT: Michael Brown
Lt. Governor Brian Calley sends out one of the greatest campaign emails ever
I started in politics as a conservative grassroots Republican like many of you. Early in life I was more concerned with spending time leading songs in my church and starting my young family. But eventually I was fed up with what was happening in Lansing under Democrat leadership and what is now referred to as “The Lost Decade.”
So I got involved with the Ionia County GOP, eventually serving as Chairman and later ran for State Representative. I had the pleasure of serving with conservative champions like Justin Amash in the State Legislature. During that time we worked together with other conservatives to advance the principles of limited government with the Constitution as our road map.
While in the House, I sponsored legislation for a Part Time Legislature, sponsored pro-life bills, and worked hard to move our caucus in a more conservative direction. I have been a conservative voice in state government and I am proud of my conservative record.
That is why Congressman Justin Amash endorsed my renomination as Lt. Governor very early:
“Lt. Governor Brian Calley stood with me from day one when I decided to run for Congress. He’s a great friend and ally, and I’m honored to support him.”
- Congressman Justin Amash
I must admit that I was surprised when Rick Snyder called me four years ago, shortly after he won the GOP nomination, and asked me to run at the convention as nominee for Lt. Governor. He wanted someone who would be a conservative voice in his administration and who had served in the legislature.
I am very proud of our conservative accomplishments, and also the role that I had in helping to move policy and decision-making in a more conservative direction.
We passed Pro-life Omnibus legislation. We passed an important prolife omnibus bill that has made a real difference for life. Also, I was the original sponsor, and personally introduced, the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out bill when it was in the House (HB 6201) during the 2009-10 session. That same legislation recently passed through a citizen referendum. When it comes to Pro-Life issues, I carry a perfect voting record, and I am The Conservative Voice in the Administration.
I have sponsored and co-sponsored many other pro-life pieces of legislation when serving in the House and carried the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan each time I ran for the State Legislature.
In fact, Ed Rivett, Legislative Director of Right to Life of Michigan, recently wrote:
“Brian has always been an unwavering ally of the pro-life cause and has remained so during his term as Lt. Governor. We could not hope for a more committed individual serving in the Lt. Governor’s office.”
I do not support Obamacare. Let me be clear, I do not support Obamacare. I worked hard with the State House to move the Healthy Michigan (Medicaid) bill in a more positive direction. Although it is not a perfect bill, I am confident that my work made this a more conservative option than what otherwise might have passed and been signed into law.
I have always defended our 2nd amendment rights. I am a lifetime member of the NRA and carried their endorsement with an “A Rating” each time I ran for the State Legislature. I have a perfect voting record in upholding the 2nd amendment. As a gun owner, I believe the constitutional protections reserved for and by the people are non-negotiable, a message I carry everyday as The Conservative Voice in the Administration.
I spearheaded the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax (MBT). In 2007, as a freshman State Representative, my work made the Michigan Business Tax more conservative. Even though the Democrats controlled the House and Jennifer Granholm was Governor, I was successful in efforts to include the small business threshold exemption and greatly expanded the Small Business Credit, which saved about 70% of the businesses in Michigan from being hurt by the MBT. As Lt. Governor, working with a Republican Governor and legislature, we finished the job and repealed the MBT making Michigan’s corporate tax code one of the ten best in the nation.
Rob Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO recently said:
“It is disingenuous for people to attack Brian Calley for his involvement with the MBT. They should be thanking him for making it more conservative and for his work that led to the MBT’s eventual repeal.”
We passed historic Right to Work legislation. Together we were able to pass something that just a few short years ago seemed impossible. In fact, Right to Work wasn’t at the top of the Governor’s to do list when he first took office, but it has been a goal of mine right from the beginning. I played a central role behind the scenes to make Right to Work a reality, as The Conservative Voice in the Administration.
In order to move policy in a more conservative direction, the Lt. Governor needs to have access to the Governor, and credibility with the legislature. I am proud that the Governor moved the Lt. Governor’s office from 3 floors away to literally directly next to his. My office is where the Chief of Staff has been in previous administrations. This access allows me to make conservative arguments internally as decisions are being made, rather than trying to work from the outside through the press or other channels.
The bottom line is our Administration has vigorous debates behind the scenes but we come out with united positions. We are not always in 100 percent agreement but my voice is heard and the result of my involvement is more conservative policy.
I hope that you will agree that I am the right person to continue to serve our party and our state as Lt. Governor and that you value having a conservative voice that is heard inside the administration.
I hope I can count on your support at the upcoming State Convention.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Oh, America! What are you doing to yourself? #tcot
Federal Court OKs Police banning applicants whose IQs are TOO HIGH
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
“This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”
He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.
Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.
But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.
Jordan has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.
Geez. So the leader of the Department of Justice, arguably one of the most skilled litigators in the nation, and his argument is: “Ya’ll racist.” Good grief.
This liberal, progressive, Obama supporter and federal employee forced a 6 year old to have sex with pets. She had sex with the pets too, naturally.
Am I making an accusation against ALL liberals, Obama supporters, or federal employees? Of course not. But the growing number of liberal, progressive government workers that are into some REALLY weird stuff is growling exponentially…
A militia has set up a command center south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to protect the United States from the influx of illegal immigrants.
“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel.”
Illegals Continue To Walk All Over Obama, Now With Obama-Themed Shoes
Some of the illegal immigrants surging across the U.S. border from Central America and creating a growing humanitarian crisis may be wearing tennis shoes emblazoned with images in praise of President Barack Obama, according to Dennis Michael Lynch at his website, DLM Daily.
“I’ve received two sets of photos from two contacts at the border,” Lynch explains. “I cannot validate the authenticity of the pictures. But I can say the agents who sent these to me is among a handful of agents who have sent me accurate information over the past few months.”
The agent works at a processing center in South Texas that is managing the massive inflow of illegal immigrants, Lynch says.
“For people who may think this is a fake picture, notice the shoe laces. We make everyone remove their laces,” Lynch’s unidentified contact said.
It’s not clear who would have distributed the shoes.
Whistleblower testifies to Congress that he was punished after alerting White House to VA wrongdoing
Four VA whistleblowers testified before Congress that they faced retaliation after exposing wrongdoing at the agency. This is a big story both because it shows how systemic the corruption is at the Department of Veterans Affairs and, in one case, directly implicates the White House.