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Friday, October 16, 2015

Dave Henderson Promises "No Games." Don't Believe Him

In Dave Henderson’s latest post on Facebook, he makes a pitch for, among other things, financial support for his re-election campaign. But if we’re being honest, Henderson needs someone to donate a dictionary to his campaign. Because Dave Henderson has trouble with some common English words. In this case, Dave Henderson doesn’t understand what “non-partisan” means.
City Council seats are, by design, non-partisan. It’s right there in the charter. Section 3.3 of the City Charter states that “members of the Council shall be elected on a non-partisan ballot from the city at large...” Furthermore, Section 7.2 of the Charter states that the “election of all city officers shall be on a non-partisan basis.”
But that doesn’t matter to Dave Henderson. For him, there’s only one important qualification one needs to be on council: Think like Dave Henderson. Never mind that Troy is ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse. The only thing that matters is Dave Henderson’s opinion. Which is why Dave Henderson is supporting overwhelmingly partisan candidates for City Council.
The sad thing is that he should know better. Oh, he’ll pay lip service and acknowledge that “the council is a non partisan position...” But for Dave Henderson, “world view” trumps every other consideration.
And just what world view does Dave Henderson champion? The Tea Party point of view, of course. He’ll no longer call it “Tea Party,” because that would damage his crafted image as a folksy guy who is “upfront about his opinions.”
But let’s not forget that Dave Henderson ran with that Tea Party darling, Janice Daniels. And he thinks that her successful expunging by the people of Troy was an “oddity.” Currently, he supports a candidate that believes UNICEF is a socialist plot.
Also recall that Dave Henderson has played partisan games in the past. Back when Councilman Fleming was elected to the County Commission, Dave Henderson sponsored Paul McCown to be his replacement. When he realized that he didn’t have enough sway to shove his hand-picked candidate down Troy’s throat, Henderson went along with the majority of council and voted to have the non-partisan candidate Steve Gottlieb appointed. We can read that decision as Dave Henderson doing the political thing in order to protect his image.

The ironic thing is that Henderson doesn’t consider himself a politician. Remember, when he first ran for council, he crafted an image for himself as a guy who is “not running again.” But then, as he discovered he liked the power and attention, he started eying the mayor’s chair. Now he’s a full-blown partisan hack plotting to take Troy back to the bad old days of partisan games by running with ideologues.
And here’s the thing about partisan games: They destroy good government and the public trust. Partisan games have frozen Lansing so we can’t get road funding. Partisan games lead to people like Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat being elected, then expelled from the State House, and the promised criminal investigation buried. Partisan games have made Washington D.C. a joke and given us a Congress with a miserable 13% approval rating. And Dave Henderson thinks that’s great because that’s his “world view.”
Right now, we have a non-partisan City Council. Council is working together, setting aside ideological differences, and are striving towards a single goal: Doing what’s best for Troy. That’s solid, non-partisan leadership.
Unfortunately, Dave Henderson doesn’t believe non-partisan leadership is the right thing for Troy. Dave Henderson is trying to bring back divisive partisan games to the council table. If this doesn’t disqualify him from serving on council, I don’t know what does.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dave Henderson Supports Janice Daniels 2.0

Does anybody miss the bad old days when Janice Daniels was Mayor?

Apparently Dave Henderson does, because he's supporting a Janice Daniels clone for City Council.

I speak, of course, of Paul McCown.

Like Janice Daniels, Mr. McCown is an active user of social media. The only difference is that he's attempting to hide his Tea Party opinions. Because if he was honest in his opinions, he would never be elected to hold an office higher than dog catcher, let alone city council.

But before we get accused of making false accusations, let's look at statements Mr. McCown has made on his now-private Twitter account and compare them with Janice Daniels.

First up, both Janice Daniels and Paul McCown share a love of Trevor Louden.

Janice has interviewed Louden on her radio show, while Mr. McCown goes out of his way too see Louden when he makes public appearances. On his now private twitter account, Mr. McCown said this:

If you don't know who Trevor Louden is, the Wikipedia page about him is very revealing. Trevor Louden believes socialism is either a mental illness or character deficiency, communists are responsible for supplying much of the world's illegal drugs, and he follows the “Zenith Applied Philosophy” which is described as a “combination of Scientology, Eastern mysticism and the ideas of the American John Birch Society.”

So Louden's crazy beliefs lead him to hunt for socialists.  But then again, so does Paul McCown. Again, from his Twitter feed:

As you can see, Mr. McCown believes that United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a socialist organization. Yes, The organization that “promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child in 190 countries and territories” is a Socialist plot. That's a big glass of Janice Daniels brand crazy sauce.

And just to round out the similarities between him and Janice, Paul McCown supports candidates the espouse virulent anti-gay opinions:

If you can't recall who Ken Cuccinelli is, he's the former Gubernatorial candidate from Virginia who opined that homosexuality “brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of [the] soul.” Sounds a bit like the unrepentent homophobia of our disgraced former mayor, no?

Clearly, Dave Henderson hasn’t learned the lessons from Troy’s national embarrassment. The only question is whether or not Henderson knew all of this before he gave McCown his support. If Henderson didn’t know, it reveals his underlying incompetence and shatters any trust you should have in him. If Henderson did know, shame on him for supporting someone as divisive as Janice Daniels.

None of this should be a surprise, however. We're talking about Dave Henderson. This is the candidate who suggested we fund the library through the installation of parking meters:

The lesson here is clear: Dave Henderson is still a Tea Party radical, looking to promote other Tea Party members.  We need not return to the bad old days of Janice Daniels just because Dave Henderson wants them.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Martin Howrylak Seeks to End No-Fault Divorce

“Democracy,” quipped H.L. Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Making sure Troy’s residents get it good and hard, Martin Howrylak went before council on Monday night to crow about the single most important issue facing Troy right now: Women having too much control over their lives fireworks.

Yep, this past Monday, our state rep. updated us on his efforts to make sure none of us are bothered by fireworks ever again. This is agenda item number one for the ‘ol bushwah boy scout.
It’s funny, though. Martin is forthcoming when it comes to the problem of fireworks. But when it comes to his stance on women having control over their lives, he’s strangely silent.

You may recall that thanks to Martin Howrylak and his ilk, the women of Troy have to purchase extra insurance should they find themselves pregnant after being raped.
As it turns, out Howrylak was just getting started.

Next on his anti-woman crusade, Howrylak has decided that women can get a divorce much to easily. So he’s seeking the end of no-fault divorce.

House Bill 6083 (2014), introduced by Howrylak, would permit a no-fault divorce only if two conditions are met: 1) if there are no children and; 2) both sides agree. Otherwise, if you want a divorce, you better be able to prove that your spouse committed adultery, abandoned you, been thrown in prison for five years, or has sexually abused you or your child.

And it’s not as if we don’t know who this bill will impact the most, right? Women. We know that nearly two-thirds of divorces — including those that come late in life — are initiated by wives. We also know that when a no-fault (or unilateral) divorce standard is adopted, there’s a 30 percent decline in domestic violence and the suicide rate among wives’ drops between 8 to 16 percent.

None of this matters to Martin Howrylak, it seems. Because facts don’t matter when you’re on a moral crusade to control the lives of women.

Think about it: Under Howrylak’s legislation, it doesn’t matter if your spouse is an unrepentant alcoholic and refuses treatment. You stay married. According to Martin Howrylak, it’s irrelevant if your husband gambled away your kids’ college fund. You better hope your luck changes sometime soon because you’re staying married. And so what if your hubby slapped you around and you’re afraid to go to the police? Unless you can prove the violence, no divorce for you.

Indeed, Martin’s attitude towards divorce has revealed what he is: A paternalistic fool that thinks women shouldn’t be trusted to know when their marriage should end.

Yep, H.L. Mencken was right. The people of Troy wanted Martin Howrylak. And he’s going to give it to them good and hard.