Welcome to Michigan, new home for the insane and downright cruel. And some really, really unlucky refs.

I’ve never been to Michigan, except for a few hours spent at the Detroit airport once.
It seems like a lovely place. A world-class university is in Ann Arbor, there’s great culture there, and I’ve got some friends who live there and love it.
But I’ve got two stories to bring to you today, from Michigan, that scare the hell out of me, and really truly make me wonder about the intelligence of state leaders. Michigan just edges out Tennessee in my rankings this week as the most insane state, although Tennessee put up a heck of a fight with this, passing a law that says you can’t use the words “gay” or “homosexual” in school.
But Michigan wins this week with these two stories.

The first came from “The Rachel Maddow Show” last week, and it’s about the shutting down of the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, a school that helps pregnant teenagers complete high school. This school has a 90 percent graduation rate, and 100 percent college acceptance rates for those who do graduate.
This is a wonderful place. And yet, using dictatorial powers and wrestling control away from local government, the state is shutting it down. And arresting the pregnant teens and others who had the temerity to protest.
Seriously, watch this for a few minutes, and be very afraid of a state run by Tea Partiers  that is simply running roughshod, and doing whatever it wants:


Then there was this story. Which frightened me even more.

A plan set forth by state senator Bruce Caswell would require that foster children in the state would use their state-funded clothing allowance only in thrift stores.
Caswell says he wants to make sure that state money set aside to buy clothes for foster children and kids of the working poor  is actually used for that purpose.
He says they should get “gift cards” to be used only at Salvation Army, Goodwill or other thrift stores.
Seriously. This is what the man is worried about. All those foster children running around buying drugs and stereo equipment instead of clothing.

As Rachel Maddow said, “This can’t be real, right? This is cartoon evil.”

But yep, it’s real. In the great state of Michigan.

**Finally today, because people falling down is always funny, a couple of hockey refs who really, really don’t like carpets on the ice:

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3 responses to “Welcome to Michigan, new home for the insane and downright cruel. And some really, really unlucky refs.

  1. Shannon and her family are from Michigan. Interesting stories.

  2. I just returned from a trip to Michigan. My family in Michigan is livid with this Tea-Bagger (I only use this term, because I know how much they hate it!) Governor . These are only two controversial issues of many.
    I have lived in Florida for the past 25 yrs., and we now have Tea-Bagger Governor Rick Scott. who is cut from the same cloth as Michigan’s governor. I would like to see an expose comparing these two Governors. I think people would be amazed at the similarities! Sad thing is that it will take years to undo the damage they, and their Republican majorities, are responsible for. They are Republican/Tea party sponsored DICTATORS!

  3. Diane McWethy

    Hey, the MI gov sounds a lot like what we have in Ohio. And kind of like what I read in the paper about the Wisconsin gov. And how bout those US congress members, heh? more of the same. Politicians=idiots.

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