Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Cats are Not in Control – I Demand Respect!

Who is in charge, here?

smarty cat

Don’t mind me.  My owner just decided that reading this was worth your time to look at it.

It has been said that Dogs have Masters and Cats have Staff.  I find this preposterous.  Dogs are more physically capable, they can balance on a tightrope The balance dogand stand up on a swaying rope line on their hind legs – I’ve never seen a cat take that leap of faith – and they totally act according to the laws of nature (or natural selection.)  I have decided to take action.

We’ve got a new game in our house called,”Where’s Kitty?”

How's this for intelligent?  A piñata cat.

How’s this for intelligent? A piñata cat.

Basically, this new game was inspired by the constant interference (or interruptions) of our female 2 year old cat that is so darned needy that she seeks human attention about 96.3% of the day.  When she wakes me up to “play” at around 3:30am every morning, I usually give in and “pet” her back to peaceful inactivity.  PhilSpectorBatshitCrazyBut……. this sometimes starts my day too early when I can’t get back to sleep, and that is quite aggravating.

So I am trying to take control back from the cat.  When she wakes me up I sit up in bed, look around in the dark (like always – cats have good night vision), and start wandering the room and hall whispering her name. She quietly meows and expects me to bend over or sit down to pet her – but not this time – I just keep acting like I can’t see her and I keep walking.  She is also sensitive to the ‘worried’ stress sound in my voice as I softly squeal – and I keep doing this while she stands in front of me and becomes more and more frustrated that I am not finding her.  I’ll go out of the room and she’ll follow and race in front continually making a peep-peep sound to tell me that,”Here I am!” – but I keep ignoring her presence.

Cats do not understand invisible.  lasercatI have proven this with the other cat – a big furry male who is bat-crazy for laser pointers on the floor and on the wall.  So the bottom line here is that the female is now little-by-little becoming paranoid and is starting to learn I am not on her volunteer squad of cat loving idiots and beginning to respect humans.  This is something that I figure is a mental process that cats cannot command.

But I’ll bet that balancing dog can.


Illegal Aliens and Ex-Cons Storm the Beach in San Diego, not Children

Aliens Storm Beach north of San Diego

Aliens Storm Beach north of San Diego

I can only shake my head.  If we had simply stuck to the laws as written we would not be having this discussion and opening this huge can or worms now.  How did this become an issue?  Who decided we need to make special immigration laws for certain people?

Is it significant that this occurred during Congressional hiatus?

And consider this – now that we have lowered the requirements for residency what does that say to every one we turned away during the past 10 to 15 years?  Do they have the right to sue the United States now for unequal treatment under the law?  They sure do.

Illegal Aliens Storm the Beach in San Diego, Second Attempt Thwarted | CNS News.

I Stand by Brian Calley – Here is Why

Once Again – How Can a Man Stand By Calmly?

Governor Rick Snyder Endorses Brian Calley

Tom Urich Stumping with Brian Calley

Tom Urich Stumping with Brian Calley for Justin Amash

The election primary for US Representative for the 3rd District had been called “the ugliest” nationally as incumbent Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, successfully won on August 5th the chance for his third consecutive term against Brian Ellis.  Right alongside of him at nearly every turn was Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

 migop Calley’s re-election bid in 2014 depends on the precinct delegates elected during the statewide primary on August 5, 2014.  He faces a challenge from Wes Nakagiri in the August 23rd state Republican convention, and needs enough precinct delegates to hold off the challenge. Gov. Rick Snyder has announced his desire to see Calley join him on the ticket, but party rules dictate that the convention’s delegates will select nominees rather than the general public. 

Now, as if they think nobody will notice, some of the “old” GOP establishment forces who had hoped to tip over the Amash cart appear to be ramping it up against Brian Calley and swarming the media with Wes Nakagiri propaganda.   Even Mr. Nakagiri himself runs a “shell game” in social media and has declared reasons why he chose not to have endorsements.  Huh?!?  That makes sense?  Read it here:


I’ll give credit where credit is due.  Brian Ellis had successfully embarrassed himself right up until election night.  Justin Amash refusing to accept his concession became a weak and short-lived anti-Tea Party cry from the same old rotting wooden teeth.  The duties of the Lieutenant Governor in The State of Michigan are constitutional and not political.   The Michigan GOP and Governor Snyder have turned the state around since 2010.  Why should we mess with that formula?

reinvent-mi Wes Nakagiri is also shooting a series of blanket misinformation ‘shotgun blasts’ in the hopes of attracting the ignorance of state delegates.  One of his “sound bites” is a claim that Brian Calley is a supporter of Obamacare!  On his own website he has said,”

  • The Lieutenant Governor should work with the Governor, not for the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor works for the citizens of Michigan.
  • The Lieutenant Governor as an independent office as described in our Michigan Constitution.  Mr. Calley views the Lieutenant Governor as an office which takes it direction from Governor Snyder.

State Constitutions do not generally prescribe the duties of Lieutenant Governor.  In the U.S. the main duty of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as Governor should the Governor be temporarily absent from the office.  In addition, the Lieutenant Governor succeeds a Governor who dies, resigns, or is removed in trial by the legislative branch. The purpose of the position in those states which elect one is to assume the duties of the Governor, so why would we want to elect a man that the Governor of The State of Michigan has clearly decided NOT TO ENDORSE?

Eleven employees from the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices sought delegate seats in the primary. There was also an influx of money from the Michigan Advocacy Trust, which distributed mailers supporting pro-Calley candidates in Clinton County.

Rick Snyder endorses Brian Calley.  So Do I.


 *This article has been edited for the purposes of statistical testing.  The Title and a line in one of the paragraphs were intentionally misspelled to see just how automated web robots and news aggregators share and handle data.

Urban Living on 2 Wheels – The Motoped

I Could Get Used To This

The Beach Cruiser that wants to be an Urban Cruiser

The Beach Cruiser that wants to be an Urban Cruiser

Helmets are no longer mandatory in Michigan.  There are clearly two sides of this development – I hesitate to call it an Issue – because many people who have never ridden a motorized 2 wheeler should not really be making or influencing laws regulating the activity.  That is like a man saying he knows how to give birth.

Enter:  The Motoped.  It’s not a Moped.  It’s a motorized bicycle.  They are about 1 year old in production and come in kit form (currently) but I foresee a bigger market in areas where you don’t have to shovel snow more than 5 months annually.

This is not an advertisement.  I just happen to appreciate practicality.

I prefer calling the model pictured as a classic urban cruiser, myself.  The rear mono-shock and large tires will make those potholes in Grand Rapids a lot easier to “stomach.”

What do you think?  Send me a comment

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

When You Start Throwing Rocks, Mr. Ellis,

Don’t expect a hug from Amash Supporters

“Change” of Words Is Not Enough

Justin Amash Thanks You!

Justin Amash Thanks You!

To The People – Justin Amash Thanks You!

A lot of staff and volunteers worked very hard in this hotly contested primary, (and will continue on to the general election), and they don’t deserve the kind of rash, rude and ridiculous behavior which Brian Ellis and his staff displayed over the past 10 months.  In the 3rd District you can have differing opinions but it is not a sign of intelligence when you start calling people terrible names thinking it will elevate your image.

It might seem to some that a position of mercy or understanding is more appropriate on the part of the Justin Amash Camp – implying their desires for a classier reaction, but you know – you reap what you sow.   You can’t have it both ways and feel good about yourselves.

We Can Do Better Than Change