Maurice Davis used his Facebook Live video to dial up an old friend Saturday night. He instructed wife and co-host Beverly to get Eric Mays on the line, and the 1st Ward city councilman answered the call.
It was obvious Councilman Davis wasn't quite sure what to do once Mays was on live during his nightly "Blues & News" broadcast on Facebook.
I was expecting technical difficulties at any moment as the part-time blues music man, part-time councilman provided some entertaining conversation with Mays. It was somewhat embarrassing, however, for Davis who can't begin to match wits with Mays on local political issues.
My guess is that it was a "botched" setup opportunity to blast the 1st Ward councilman who has often been at odds with Davis over the past year. It started when Davis switched sides on the council and became part of what Mays describes as the "Fab Five" of "rubber stamps for whatever the new mayor wants."
Davis has often gone along with Kate Fields, Eva Worthing, Santino Guerra and Allan Griggs to provide a 5-to-4 majority vote on the city council for whatever items are on Mayor Sheldon Neeley's agenda since Neeley was elected to replace Dr. Karen Weaver in November of 2019.
Prior to that, critics complained that Davis was a "rubber stamp" for whatever Mays wanted in his usual strong support for Weaver's agenda.
As re-election time nears, dialing up Mays to chat like old pals maybe wasn't such a great idea. Mays fired off a series of embarrassing questions in an exchange that Davis obviously didn't run past his campaign manager. If she thought it was a good idea, Raquel Brown should be fired.
Of course, Raquel has been tabbed as "campaign manager" by political opponent Arthur Woodson who has set his sights on taking the 2nd Ward seat from Davis. We're not sure if it's official, or just Woodson's take on her strong support on social media for anything Davis does or says.
Woodson has so far been taking every opportunity during his own Facebook Live videos, Facebook posts and public comments at Flint City Council meetings to remind 2nd Ward voters how Brown and Davis were such strong supporters of Donald Trump's failed re-election campaign.
It's probably a pretty good strategy when considering how Woodson says Davis is "out of touch with residents in his ward" when pointing out more than 90 percent voted against Trump.
We declared Davis' re-election attempt dead in this space shortly after he was on a stage at Bishop Airport during a Trump campaign rally with then-Vice President Mike Pence. Blame Charlie LeDuff, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who hosts Detroit's popular podcast "The No B.S. News Hour." The former Detroit News and Fox 2 Detroit TV investigative reporter gave Davis a forum to his 50,000 weekly listeners, and the story blew up about how the Flint councilman endorsed Trump.
Woodson didn't need a campaign manager after that in a ward that despises Trump.
So maybe a call to Mays by Davis was to pal up a bit, reaching out to the most popular politician on the Flint landscape. Mays was the top vote getter of anybody in all nine wards in his 2017 landslide re-election victory. Nobody has even signed up to run against him in 2021 despite challengers throwing their hat in the ring for what could be a record number of primary candidates in the city's other races.
"I know you won't answer but I'm gonna ask," Mays kept repeating before each of his series of questions for the embattled 2nd Ward councilman who once provided the strongest support on the council for Mays.
Expect Davis to use any opportunity any time soon to strike against Mays in any way possible to discredit the senior councilman. His political future depends on it. Davis tested the waters on getting back in the good graves of Mays by providing the tie-breaker vote to remove Council President Kate Fields from the last city council meeting after Mays pushed the issue, claiming the 4th Ward councilwoman doesn't know the rules and has no business trying to chair meetings.
Now that things didn't go so swell with Mays on his Facebook Live broadcast, look for Davis to be back to opposing anything Mays does or says. And look for an all-out effort to discredit Mays.
He has already become a key face in four races for Flint's 2021 primary in August.
Monica Galloway buried the hatchet long enough to get assistance from Mays during her 2017 re-election bid in the 7th Ward, then went right back to constant verbal tirades against him shortly after the votes had been counted. How strange that she is suddenly now again his biggest supporter on the council as another re-election bid looms. The two 3rd Ward challengers, Rich Jones and WFLT 1420 AM radio show host A.C. Dumas, have tripped over themselves trying to win support from Mays. Community activist Arthur Woodson, once arch enemies with Mays, has given Mays a platform from time to time on his Facebook Live videos with 6th Ward candidate Tonya Burns to boost his chances of unseating Davis in the 2nd Ward race. Burns did community clean-ups with Mays in his 1st Ward last summer and has been an outspoken critic of the mayor while offering strong support for positions taken by Mays.
With all four of the aforementioned seats, Mays could again seize the power on the council. He was a huge factor in Jackie Poplar, Wantwaz Davis and Kerry Nelson being defeated in 2017 when his biggest political enemies often combined with former long-time President Scott Kincaid and Vickie VanBuren to form 5-to-4 votes against resolutions supported by Mays. Before Davis goes back to war with Mays, maybe he should heed his advice of not so long ago when asking, "None of the council members who were constantly trying to make this councilman look bad are on the council anymore, so what does that tell you about the 1st Ward councilman who works hard for the people, doing my job?"
Councilman Davis should use Mays answering his telephone call as a step toward building a bridge to repair their relationship. Otherwise, "Blues & News" will become just the "Blues" for a Flint former politician who will suffer the same fate as the others who tried to tangle with Mays in Flint's political arena.
Mike Killbreath hosts The Morning Gazette Radio Show weekdays from 7 am until 8 am although on hiatus until March 29. He is also soon launching a new statewide syndicated TV show known as The Michigan Crusaders. He also hosts The Daily Gazette Sports Weekend Show every Sunday from 4 pm until 7 pm and regularly appears on Michigan Sports Zone and The Daily Gazette Sports Night Show weekdays from 6-7 pm on MetroFlintNewsTalkRadio.com.
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We have politicians, today, like Ilhan Omar, who don’t know anything, and who, actually, don’t say anything, but when they do say anything, anyway, they say things like, “Somebody did something.”
This is not what you would call rocket science.
Politicians speak this pidgin English gibberish, with such passion, and with such conviction, that voters “be like” saying, “That was deep, that’s one politician who really seems to know what she is talking about, so she has my vote, because the way she said what she said, although I don’t know what she said, it sounds like this is one politician who believes in what she is saying.”
And the band played on.
One wonders, or should wonder, if the American people know what any of these politicians are saying. If they do understand what they are saying, and still vote for them, this problem is even more clinical than I thought. I prefer to believe that most voters don’t know what these crazy politicians are saying, but saying it with such straight faces, and the right tone, the right ring, which seems to be enough for voters to go away with the assumption that these politician can certainly be trusted with our lives, our fortunes, and this country’s sacred honor.
Then, there are the self-assured, clairvoyant, politicians, like Joe Biden, who don't know anything, don't even know that somebody said something, and, in fact, don't know, half the time, that they said something. So, how did Biden know, pray tell, that he was going to win the presidential election, without even campaigning for the presidential office, after the primaries.
Never mind that he ran for the presidential office on two earlier occasions, and was trounced each time, or that he had limped to the nomination of his party, this time, the Communist Party of China, called the Democratic Party of the United States, rather than the more fitting, the Party of the People’s Republic.
Such finesse, of course, is necessary to maintain the illusion of the system’s political integrity, since no crow bars can be used, in public, to go upside somebody’s head, who doesn’t buy the myth, to keep them in line.
Then, there are these politicians of the third kind, who pretend not to speak any evil, see no evil, and could not even define the word, evil, if they had access to the Cambridge Dictionary.
There are a lot of politicians in the “evil category,” almost all of them but the ones that stand out, and take the cake, outside of all of them, are academy award winners, Marlon Brandon Mitt Romney, and Katherine Hepburn Liz Chaney.
These political actors, even more so than the others, claim to be taking the high road, in their decisions, rather than the road that is “paved.”
You put them all together, in this club that is called the federal government, and, then, what do you have; you have a country that is a basket case, which is the country we live in today, created, by and large, by these politicians.
It would be inconceivable that these politicians would consider running again, and again for political office, if the assumption was that we are living in a sane country, today. But we are not; we are living in an insane country, today I know because I asked myself, “Is America a sane country, today?” And I answered, “Well, let me see, let me take a look, let me take a second. The answer is ‘No’.” It only took a second.
This country is insane, being driven out of its mind, by its politicians.
The governors, with only one or two exceptions, are crazy. Members of Congress, with almost no exceptions, are crazy, and Joe Biden is pass crazy, on a whole new level of craziness, a different planet, really, expecting people on earth to call him President, rather than Czar, or Chairman.
Since I had my eyes open during the 2020 election season, rather that having them open, wide shut, at least since March, the month in which the “corona virus” began being treated like the bubonic plague (as the next measure to be used to get President Trump out of office, after the impeachment effort to remove him from office had failed), I only have one question, “When did Joe Biden know he would be President, regardless of whether he campaigned, or not, and when did he know it?” I would request the privilege of asking one follow-up question, “Who told him?”
The American people have been told that Joe Biden, who was not actually hiding in his basement, as was reported, but kept in his basement, away from voters, by willful advisers, received 80 million votes.
Eighty million votes was 11 million more votes than Barack Obama received in 2008, and topped the 11 million additional votes Donald Trump received in his bid for re-election, in 2020, compared to the votes Trump received in the earth-shaking shocker, in 2016, when he came out of nowhere, ok, the Trump Tower, to defeat the Establishment’s presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
It is impossible for me to listen to Joe Biden, whose presidency has made this country a laughingstock around the world. There are no world leaders who think Joe Biden won the presidential election, in 2020, and there are no sane people in this country who think he won.
People on the Left would have me know that they think Biden won the presidential election, in 2020, which makes my point.
Cut out the crap, Czar Biden, and cut to the chase, when did you know you were going to win the presidency, and when did you know it --- and who told you?
George Moss has been appearing "On the Right" to represent conservative viewpoints on "The Morning Gazete Radio Show" since 2012. He was previously featured as a weekly panelist on a political roundtable segment presented on the Tom Sumner program known as "Off the Kuff" which no longer airs on Kettering's air waves. He has also been hosting an internet TV show for more than 10 years. It's now on AllPointsTV.com and on Comcast Xfinity's Channel 17 in Flint.
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It's a battle, Pastor Mike McClure said, that he "never wanted to be in." But it's a battle that God called him to fight — and he knows it. Keeping his church open hasn't been easy, but then being obedient in the face of controversy usually isn't. Still, Pastor Mike pointed out, it's amazing when you do what's right how "the Lord just shows up."
And late Friday, He wasn't the only one. The Supreme Court decided to weigh in too — and the Christians of Santa Clara County couldn't be happier.
It's been more than three weeks since the Supreme Court ripped up Governor Gavin Newsom's (D-Calif.) worship ban. And even then, some liberal officials wouldn't comply. Santa Clara County decided that "indoor gatherings of all kinds remain very risky" and took it upon themselves to keep the churches closed despite what the justices had ordered. If people wanted to visit their churches to pray or take confession, that was one thing — but actual worship services, the county argued, would have to wait.
Fortunately, that all changed this weekend, when six Supreme Court justices directed the last remaining holdout to fall in line. After the ruling in February, the attorneys at Pacific Justice Institute had argued, every house of worship from the Mexican border to Oregon were open at 25 percent capacity — except for Santa Clara County. There, they sit "as an island of tyranny with zero capacity for indoor worship services."
How is that fair, the churches asked?
It isn't, Justices John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and rookie Amy Coney Barrett agreed. In their short, unsigned order, they granted the pastors' requests and pointed out, not so subtly, that the issue should have already been settled. "This outcome is clearly dictated by this court's decision in the South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom," they wrote.
Local pastors celebrated. "My clients — the churches — are grateful to be able to open their doors again this Sunday after having been locked for most of the last 12 months," the Institute's Kevin Snider said with relief. "The Supreme Court has once again held that the right to freely exercise ones religion cannot be suppressed by government officials that care to stamp out religion during a pandemic," FRC's Legal Research Fellow Katherine Beck Johnson cheered.
At least for now, Pastor McClure and others in the county have seen their courageous stand pay off.
As hard as things have been, Mike explained on last week's "Pray, Vote, Stand," by choosing to stay open and fight for others to do the same, he's had the best opportunity ever to share the gospel.
"Many people have been coming to Christ... We've even had some great conversations with the prosecuting attorneys," he said. "We've just seen [God] at work in the midst of all that's going on..."
Even in the midst of the churches' persecution and millions of dollars in fines, he's watched people's lives undergo a miraculous transformation. He told the story of a county official, heading up suicide prevention, who was so depressed and discouraged that he was considering suicide. He wandered into Calvary Chapel San Jose one Sunday and not only received Christ — but brought another friend the following Sunday who became a Christian too!
"He was actually a part of our court brief saying that this is the best thing that ever happened in his life. And so as much as the church is being [oppressed] this is exactly where God wants us to be — defining His love for a hopeless culture."
"I just think everywhere we go, when we open the doors, I see people blessed every week. And I told [the court], 'I can't think of one person who's died coming to church, but I can fill this courtroom 10 times over with personal testimonies of people who said they would be in a desperate place [without it]. The fruit of that, the blessing God has brought is evidence of that.
Every pastor who's opened up can... testify of these exact same things. So, I'm telling you: God's at work — and ... if you open your church like we have, you will see it."
Tony Perkins hosts a daily nationally syndicated radio program known as Washington Watch in addition to his nationally syndicated newspaper column that appears on myAMadvantage.com. His radio program is aired daily on all station affiliates of CCN Radio around the State of Michigan. Check each affiliate for times that his program airs in each particular market.
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