I’ve been working out in the yard a lot these past days. So many things to report!
Other news: One of the bluebird houses is…. occupied by bluebirds! I moved a couple houses around and one of them is off by itself. I couldn’t be any happier to see them. Trillers have bullied them away from a couple of the houses they had been nesting in every year.
I went for a bike ride today, a shorter route than usual, almost 7 miles. One of the main roads had a very wide shoulder put on both sides of it, which means I can use it to ride on. It is a perfect day for a ride. The ditches on my road don’t have nearly the water in them as I saw on other roads. Good thing their ditches are so deep!
On a final note, don’t mean to spoil the garden party, but going through email today I learned that in the past couple of days there was another protest in Lansing, where armed people are getting loud. Some dickhead protestor showed up with a garbage can containing an axe and an American flag on a stick/pole. Attached to the stick pole, was a naked Barbie doll hanging from a noose. Someone in the crowd found it so offensive — which it is — that she attempted to take the stick/pole with the flag and the lynched doll away from him. They tussled. Looks like it was one-on-one. Nobody was arrested.
LANSING, MI — A fight broke out on the steps of the Michigan Capitol Thursday morning during a protest aimed at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the ongoing state of emergency and stay-at-home orders.
J. Scott Park, an MLive photographer, witnessed the fight break out after a man carrying a garbage can filled with a sign, an ax and an American flag removed the flag from the can. Attached to the bottom of the flag was an unclothed doll with brown hair that was hanging from a noose.
Organizers of the protest called the display “hate speech” and when one protester tried to take the doll off the flag a skirmish broke out. The man who brought the flag fled away from the fight and to the lawn of the Capitol where Michigan State Police surrounded him.
The man was taken into the Capitol building following the altercation. Michigan State Police reported there were no injuries and no arrests were made.
MSP public information officer Lt. Brian Oleksyk said the man who brought the flag was interviewed by police and he will be allowed to press charges if he elects to.
“We took his report, we will investigate thoroughly and file our report,” Oleksyk said.
In his report, the victim stated that he and the person he fought with have had issues with one another prior to Thursday’s protest, but details on those incidents could not be shared by police. The man was allowed to leave the Capitol property and did so without further incident, according to Oleksyk.
Following the fight, an unidentified woman who claimed to be the one who grabbed the flag from the man was seen speaking to other protesters.
“I took his flag away, because that’s not what it stands for,” the woman can be heard saying in a video.
The same woman later took the stage to address the crowd and said she would not stand for those actions and would resort to violence if necessary.
“Hate crimes are not tolerated in Michigan, end of story,” she said. “Just so you guys know, I’ll fight that, physically if I have to.”
Jazmine Early, 49, of Sterling Heights attended the protest and said she was aware prior to the event that some people would be attending in hopes of causing problems and drawing attention away from the meaning of the gathering.
“He came with something that he thought would catch attention from the media,” Early said. “They started arguing and he was asked kindly please not do that.
“Yesterday, we were warned that there would be … people coming from the other side to look like they were on our side. And the media, I’m pretty sure, is going to talk only about that.”
Um, right. “The other side” “Only talk about that” Yep. Like it’s some little thing. I don’t believe it was “the other side.” It’s just the type of thing a drumpf-supporting low-life would do.
I wasn’t able to lift the pictures but if you follow the link you can see them.