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  • The Problem With That Catcalling Video (Race Card)

    10/30/2014 9:05:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Slate ^ | October 29, 2014 | Hanna Rosin
    <p>On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. More specifically, it’s a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egregious things—like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who follows her down the street too closely for five whole minutes—are not.</p>
  • How the Far-Left Hijacked a Cat-Calling Debate and Started to Eat Itself

    10/31/2014 12:34:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | October 31, 2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    This, however, seems to be too rubish a deduction for its critics. So reflexive has the search for complexity become that even the most straightforward of questions are now twisted and bent into more pleasingly distressing shapes. In her Brooklyn Magazine piece, Iverson argues that “it’s no coincidence that Roberts is presented in the video as being explicitly not responsible for the attacks on her because she’s not wearing ‘provocative’ clothes and she doesn’t respond to any of the verbal assaults thrown at her.” At first blush, one would have imagined this to be a positive thing. Does not the...
  • Why Cat-Calling Really Is a Problem

    10/31/2014 8:19:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 171 replies
    National Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | Christine Sisto
    A new video about street harassment has gone viral and it proves that . . . how do I put this? It proves that I was right. The video, released by the nonprofit anti-street-harassment organization Hollaback, features a moderately attractive woman, Shoshana Roberts, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, walking in silence through Manhattan for ten hours. The trek was recorded on a hidden video camera, carried by Roberts’s boyfriend, who walked in front of her. The camera picked up over 100 instances of street harassment in one day, according to the group, ranging in severity from men shouting “good morning,”...
  • Statement about recent street harassment PSA [Liberals admit to "racial bias" in their video]

    10/31/2014 2:35:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies ^ | October 30, 2014
    When the street harassment video was launched earlier this week, we hoped that it would make an impact but never imagined that it would be viewed more than 15,000,000 times in the first three days. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Many women feel a little less alone and a little more validated in their experiences and we have heard support from our partners, new and old. Rob Bliss Creative donated time and labor to create this video and support our work. We are grateful for his work and the wide reach that his video has achieved but we feel...
  • “Hey, Beautiful”: On the Racist and Classist Implications of the Catcalling Video

    10/31/2014 3:08:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    Brooklyn Magazine ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kristin Iversen
    ... the video chooses to showcase the experience of a white woman experiencing harassment almost exclusively at the hands of black and Latino men... ... the video helps to perpetuate the long-held, erroneous belief that harassment mostly takes the form of white women being bothered by “low class” men of color... Hollaback is soliciting viewers for donations, and is thus counting on the outrage of people with money, i.e. people who have disposable income and a certain place in the pre-existing power structure which has no problem with the ongoing propagation of the myth of the white woman as the...
  • Catcall video reaction: Is 'hello' in the street sexual harassment?

    10/31/2014 5:32:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 30, 2014 | Anne Steele
    Is "hello" harassment? Rob Bliss, creator of the viral video documenting the verbal harassment a woman encountered walking through the streets of Manhattan for a day, says "yes." Some are hailing the video – which claims this woman was catcalled or otherwise harassed 108 times in a 10-hour span – as an exposé on a serious social scourge. But others are criticizing the video's assumptions, such as that a man greeting a woman on the street is harassment. Bliss, who has a video marketing agency, admits that some of the scenes are more mild than others, but that "hello," in...
  • Liberals Cannibalize Each Other Over Supposedly Racist Catcalling Video

    10/31/2014 5:39:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | October 30, 2014 | Michael Luciano
    If you want to know why liberals such as myself are feeling less at home on the Left these days, some of the reaction to this viral video about street harassment with a woman named Shoshana Roberts is a good place to start. Unlike some men, I’m not the least bit surprised at the amount of harassment she was subjected to while walking around New York City. I’ve seen it firsthand many times, and have had plenty of women tell me about the “creepy guy” on the street or the subway that they just had to put up with. It’s...
  • Director of catcalling video responds to race debate [apologizes for "racial bias"]

    10/31/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT · by grundle · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2014
    The director of a video showing a woman being catcalled on the streets of New York has weighed in on the seeming racial disparity of the men featured. Rob Bliss, who posted the video on behalf of the anti-street-harassment group Hollaback!, told CNN that those shown were just a small sample. "First, we regret the unintended racial bias in the editing of the video that over represents men of color," Hollaback! said in a statement released Tuesday. "Although we appreciate Rob's support, we are committed to showing the complete picture. It is our hope and intention that this video will...
  • Release the suppressed footage of white men catcalling Shoshana Roberts [ petition]

    10/31/2014 6:14:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 69 replies
    Full title: Release the suppressed footage of white men catcalling Shoshana Roberts so that Hanna Rosin can re-edit the video. The insensitively-named organization Hollaback!, together with internet marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative, recently released a video of an actress being repeatedly harassed by catcallers as she went about her business in New York City. Unfortunately, as Hanna Rosin has pointed out in her Slate piece entitled "The Problem with that Catcalling Video: The White Guys Were Edited Out," the video was made in a way that reflects the omnipresent implicit racism of our day: it doesn't depict a representative number...
  • West Michigan music program receives $2 million federal grant to enhance teaching,learning

    10/30/2014 4:25:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies ^ | October 30, 2014 | Monica Scott
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The local nonprofit Mind Meets Music Inc. is the recipient of a four-year, $2 million federal grant to enhance teaching and learning through arts education. U.S. Department of Education awarded a total of $13.4 million to 34 organizations. "We are thrilled, honored and humbled," said Monique Salinas, who founded the program six years ago. "We have a wonderful product that's making a difference in children’s lives. "Music helps academic achievement, helping the brain in unique and wonderful ways." The program consists of two 30-minute sessions per class twice a week in 10 schools -- seven that...
  • Pregnant teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated after arranging sex with man online (craigslist)

    07/23/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 62 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | July 21, 2014 | no byline
    A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday. The police chief in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, said that 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was held captive before her death. Her body was found Thursday in the trunk of the suspect's car. She was eight months pregnant. Chief James Carmody says her boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer, 25, was found decapitated in a park a day earlier. His head hasn't been found... Police got a search warrant for (31-year-old Brady) Oestrike's home, and...
  • Details Behind Push For 'Mystery Project' Begin To Surface

    04/17/2014 10:08:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The P20 Pyramid project in Grand Rapids has been characterized as a "mystery project" due to the lack of details about it. But Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township, says the story behind his effort to get state funding for the project is neither unusual nor mysterious. "I saw a project that was very close to my community that had time sensitivity concerning donors' decisions," he said. "I believed and still believe it can be a very important project." On that basis, he sought $5.5 million in state funding for the project as a line item in Senate Bill 608, a...
  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • 'We're not bad people,' say open-carry advocates during march through Grand Rapids

    03/02/2014 4:34:45 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-2-2014 | Garrett Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you were in the vicinity of Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE on Sunday around noon, chances are good you saw lots of people walking down the sidewalk carrying pistols strapped to their hips.That was the point, say a vocal group of gun owners who marched with openly visible pistols though Northeast Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 2, a year after a man who is now suing the city was detained by police for doing something similar.“We’re trying to take concealed weapons out of the closet and into the open,” said Ryan Adams, a regional...
  • MI:Video Released in Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit

    01/10/2014 3:49:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a previous article, the issue of whether Grand Rapids police were harassing a person openly carrying a holstered handgun, or if the police were justified in their actions, was discussed.   Much depended on what was shown in the dashcam video, which at least one city supporter questioned the existence of.  From the article comments: The city supporter wrote: "Umm, no one is taking Tim's comments as to a secret video that only he has seen seriously." From my reading of the comments, Tim Beahan, who used his real name, never said the video was secret or that...
  • MI:Lawsuit says Open Carry is Political Speech, Police Knew Carry was Legal

    12/31/2013 11:12:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carrier in Arizona at Political Rally I have often made the case that openly carrying guns is political speech of the first order.   Criminals almost never openly carry, because they do not want to draw attention to themselves.   Police virtually always know that open carriers are engaged in political activism.  An open carrier who had a loaded gun pointed at him by Grand Rapids Police, when the police knew that he was not breaking any law, has filed a lawsuit charging violation of his rights on first, second,  and fourth amendment grounds.  From the complaint:  38. Plaintiff's act of...
  • MI: Open Carry Lawsuit; Police Report or Dashcam Video?

    12/24/2013 3:15:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carrier With Revolver Johann Deffert is suing the Grand Rapids Police for their treatment when he was stopped while openly carrying a handgun.  Now, two versions of events are being put forward.   In the official police version, as reported in “Deffert was alone, and was loudly talking to himself,” Moe wrote. “Based on the area, and Deffert’s unusual behavior, R/O (responding officer) was concerned Deffert may have mental issues and was about to commit a violent crime. The responding officer then elaborates: He secured Deffert in handcuffs. He then secured a .40- or .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol with...
  • The Democrats’ naked power grab

    11/22/2013 12:47:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    ......Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), one of just three Democrats who opposed his colleagues’ naked power grab, read those words on the Senate floor Thursday after Reid invoked the nuclear option. The rumpled Levin is not known for his oratory. But he is retiring next year and free to speak his mind — and his words were potent. “We need to change the rules, but to change it in the way we changed it today means there are no rules except as the majority wants them,” Levin said. “This precedent is going to be used, I fear, to change the rules...
  • MI:Man with concealed weapons permit shoots, kills robber in double-shooting, Grand Rapids

    11/04/2013 6:37:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 1 November, 2013 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man with a concealed-weapons permit shot and killed an alleged robber in an incident outside of a New York Fried Chicken restaurant that ultimately left two men dead, investigators said Thursday. The two related shootings occurred around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 31 at 734 S. Division Ave. One of the people killed was the robbery suspect, police have said. His name has not been released. Family members have identified Domnick Floyd, 23, of Grand Rapids, as the second victim at the shooting scene. They said that police told them that Floyd was picked out for robbery...
  • Why Grand Rapids Resident Tom Lee Says FBI Owes Him $25 Million for Osama bin Laden's Capture

    11/03/2013 4:23:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | November 03, 2013
    In 2003, eight years before Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs, Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee says he told federal investigators exactly where to find the world’s most wanted terrorist. That should qualify Lee for the $25 million award being offered for the successful capture of bin Laden, according to a letter his lawyers have sent to Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James B. Comey. “It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years,” Lee said...
  • [WATCH] Justice In Action: An Amazing Story Of Personal Responsibility and a Citizen Arrest

    09/21/2013 3:24:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | september 21, 2013 | Corey Pepple
    Three men in Grand Rapids, Michigan, worked as a team to restrain a female purse-snatching suspect while waiting for police to arrive. The men wrestled the suspect to the ground and held her there while good Samaritans comforted the injured victim. In an attempt to free herself, the suspect appears to bite one of the men restraining her, prompting him to hit her. The suspect was stopped by a Jimmy John’s delivery worker, and the men in the video helped detain the suspect. Meanwhile, a group of people came to the aid of the 75-year-old victim, Evelyn Searl, who had...
  • Three Men In Grand Rapids, Mich., Worked Together To Detain A Female Purse-Snatching Suspect....

    09/18/2013 4:15:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    michael berry ^ | michael berry
    FULL TITLE: Three Men In Grand Rapids, Mich., Worked Together To Detain A Female Purse-Snatching Suspect Until Police Could Arrive. video only
  • Purse thief held down, punched in the face for biting during citizens arrest (video)

    09/18/2013 3:21:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    M.Live ^ | M.Live
    Video Linky Here Purse snatcher got more than she bargained for....Happened in Grand Rapids...
  • Bus driver error results in detention of 50 Mexican immigrants at Canadian border

    07/28/2013 3:34:34 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 37 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT — The bus driver made a mistake; there was no turning back. Fifty Mexican immigrants, none of them documented citizens and only three with Green Cards, were on a bus from the Hispanic Center in Grand Rapids destined for the Mexican Consulate in Detroit Thursday when they found themselves unexpectedly under the scrutiny of Canadian border officials. Ariel Moutsatsos, the minister of press for the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C., says the bus driver "made the wrong decision" and inadvertently took the highway onto the the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. Once on the bridge, vehicles...
  • Woman killed, 2 hurt in GR shooting

    07/16/2013 7:19:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    WOOD ^ | July 14, 2013
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman was killed and two others were hospitalized after getting shot in Grand Rapids in the early hours of Sunday. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. outside of a home in the 300 block of Brown Street near Madison Avenue SE, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. Shanetta Latrice Franklin, 26, was shot and killed. Family and friends said she has three children. "Now her kids ain't even got their mama no more, and I ain't even got my twin sister no more," Franklin's sister Lanetta said. "You all killed my sister for...
  • France Says it Owns Legendary Vessel (Court Case Over 17th Century Ship in Lake Michigan)

    02/02/2009 10:57:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 1,597+ views
    The Mining Journal ^ | January 30, 2009 | JOHN FLESHER
    TRAVERSE CITY - The French government says it still owns the Griffin, a 17th century ship built by legendary explorer La Salle that may have been discovered in northern Lake Michigan. France filed a claim to the vessel Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, escalating a legal battle over who owns and has authority to retrieve artifacts from the long-lost vessel. Michigan also is seeking title, although state officials have raised doubts about whether the Griffin's gravesite actually has been found. They say federal law gives the state ownership of abandoned vessels embedded in its Great Lakes bottomlands....
  • Oldest known copy of the Ten Commandments arrives in Alabama for display.

    01/06/2005 8:59:30 AM PST · by missyme · 1 replies · 496+ views
    Religion News ^ | Jan 6th, 2005
    If Alabamians got excited about former Chief Justice Roy Moore's granite monument of the Ten Commandments, imagine how they'll react when the world's oldest known copy of the Ten Commandments arrives in Alabama for display. The parchment from the Dead Sea Scrolls contains a complete handwritten Hebrew text of the commandments dated to within 30 years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It will be part of a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit that starts Jan. 20 and ends April 24 at the Gulf Coast Exploreum in downtown Mobile. The exhibit will feature 12 scrolls from the Israel Antiquities Authority,...
  • IG: Add LG Chem to Obama’s green-tech subsidy flops

    02/14/2013 5:26:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    hot air ^ | february 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administration’s $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall. After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of their batteries installed in a consumer vehicle, the local NBC affiliate produced this report on the way taxpayer money got spent:
  • Hilarious moment cat jumped on TV news reporter during live broadcast

    07/07/2012 10:01:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-7-12 | Christine Snow
    A cat spooked a television reporter when it jumped on the woman's back as she did a live shot in front of a camera for a local newscast. Nicole DiDonato, a morning reporter for Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, did a live report on Thursday about the day's happenings following the Fourth of July when a gray cat sneaked up from behind and jumped on the journalist's shoulder. Ms DiDonato continued to finish her report before she broke out into laughter as the cat remained on her left shoulder the entire time. Video at source. Cat episode starts at...
  • Michigan Republicans welcome state Rep. Roy Schmidt to the GOP after he leaves Democrats

    05/15/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies ^ | 5/15/12 | Nate Reens
    GRAND RAPIDS – Roy Schmidt’s filing deadline switch to the Republican party has been immediately embraced by GOP colleagues who credited the now-former Democrat from Grand Rapids with aligning for the people he represents and not a party platform. Schmidt, who served for 16 years on the nonpartisan Grand Rapids City Commission, said in a statement that his ideals and priorities remain the same. “I am a moderate dedicated as ever to representing the people of Grand Rapids, and will always fight for improving education, public safety and protecting children,” Schmidt said. He was not available for interviews on the...
  • Media censored seven hate crime mob attacks in Grand Rapids

    04/14/2012 1:28:46 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 120 replies
    Charleston Conservative Examiner ^ | April 13, 2012 | Kyle Rogers
    You didn't hear about this is the media, but on the weekend of March 24th and March 25th at least seven white people were brutally beaten by mobs of blacks in Grand Rapids, MI. Five of the victims filed police reports. At least two other victims exist, and there are probably others. The local media has refused to report the cruel attacks and the authorities are resisting any serious charges. I talked with one of the victims, 37 year old Jacob Palasek. He is a full time student and does computer work part time. He was attacked by a wolf...
  • Activists denounce FBI probe revealed by papers

    06/23/2011 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2011 | AMY FORLITI&#8233;
    MINNEAPOLIS – When Meredith Aby met with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2006, she asked what it would take to get them to stop fighting. Jess Sundin did the same during her trip to Colombia 11 years ago. They returned and openly wrote and spoke about their experiences, while criticizing the U.S. government’s involvement in that country. FBI documents recently found by the anti-war activists suggest the trips may have started an investigation into apparent connections between local activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. One document says the probe expanded to include...
  • Westboro Baptist Church...Targets Betty Ford's Funeral (MI)

    07/10/2011 4:17:17 PM PDT · by Kieri · 19 replies
    MLive - Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/10/2011 | Garret Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS -- The Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for twisting scripture to justify persecution of homosexuals and picketing at funerals -- have announced their intent to protest this week's memorial services honoring former first lady Betty Ford in Grand Rapids. On the Topeka, Kansas-based church's website, the fringe group said they will picket services on Thursday because Ford divorced her first husband William Warren prior marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford. In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex." The announcement declares the group's intent to picket...
  • Police: Michigan shootings suspect commits suicide

    07/07/2011 9:10:26 PM PDT · by quantim · 33 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jul 7, 11:51 PM EDT | TOM COYNE
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says the man suspected in seven Michigan shooting deaths has killed himself and two hostages he was holding are safe. Belk said 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler fatally shot himself inside a Grand Rapids home where here had been holding the hostages Thursday night. Dantzler had released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed earlier in the evening. Two other hostages had remained in the home. A manhunt for Dantzler began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Belk says...
  • Photos, video from scenes of mass murder in Northeast Grand Rapids

    07/07/2011 4:24:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 403 replies ^ | Thursday, July 07, 2011 | Grand Rapids Press
    "Police are seeking suspect Rodrick Dantzler, 34, traveling in a tan Lincoln Town Car with license plate number BWK 2308".
  • Michigan's Prop. 2 ruled unconstitutional: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell is thrilled

    07/03/2011 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Lattero · 31 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 7/1/2011 | Jim Harger
    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Friday struck down Michigan's Proposal 2, the ban on the consideration of race and gender when hiring public employees or enrolling students at public colleges. The voter-approved constitutional amendments burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution, the court said in its 2-1 decision. The court said it violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, who had suggested the city challenge the amendment after it was passed, was exultant Friday upon hearing the news of the reversal. “Wow! Wow! Wow!” Heartwell said. “It confirms the belief that many of...
  • Sex Offender Dies in Cold After Being Denied From Shelter

    01/30/2009 5:05:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,579+ views ^ | January 30, 2009 | SCOTT MICHELS
    A homeless man found dead in the cold earlier this week in Michigan had been denied a place to stay in local homeless shelters because he was a sex offender, social workers said. The body of Thomas Pauli, 52, was found in the snow in an auto body salvage shop in Grand Rapids Monday. The results of an autopsy were not yet available. Homeless service staffers who have worked with Pauli said he has been denied a spot at local shelters because of a state law that bars sex offenders from staying within 1,000 feet of a school. It was...
  • The Grand Rapids LipDub (NEW WORLD RECORD)

    06/01/2011 7:18:35 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 26, 2011 | selfic
    Go to the link: Vunderbar!
  • Michigan Man Sentenced 48 Months for Attempting to Spy for the People’s Republic of China

    01/23/2011 4:52:04 AM PST · by Larry381 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | January 21, 2011 | U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON—Glenn Duffie Shriver, 28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady. On Oct. 22, 2010, Shriver pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to communicate national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it. “Mr. Shriver sold out his country...
  • No 'Christian' roommate for churchgoer- Complaint filed with Fair Housing Center

    10/21/2010 6:33:45 PM PDT · by earlJam · 93 replies
    WOOD TV ^ | 10/21/10
    No 'Christian' roommate for churchgoer Complaint filed with Fair Housing Center Updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2010, 5:51 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 21 Oct 2010, 5:51 PM EDT GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan filed a housing discrimination charge against a Grand Rapids woman who advertised for a Christian roommate on her church bulletin board. The 31-year-old woman's attorney, who works for the Alliance Defense Fund , said this is a blatant violation of her First Amendment right to freely associate. But Nancy Haynes of the Fair Housing Center told 24 Hour News 8...
  • Superintendent Wants to Use "EduJobs" Bailout Money for Health Insurance

    09/15/2010 7:31:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/14/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Grand Rapids Public School Superintendent Bernard Taylor wants to use money pitched by the Obama administration to halt teacher layoffs. But Taylor plans to use the cash to pay for health care costs for existing district employees. In August, the U.S. House of Representatives had a special session to approve a $26 billion jobs bill that the politicians said would save teachers from being laid off. At the time, some Republicans said it was a "giveaway to teachers' unions." Taylor said at a recent school board meeting that he would like to use the $3.5 million his district will receive...
  • 'I'd do it again' former President Bush tells Grand Rapids crowd about waterboarding terrorists

    06/03/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 28 replies · 1,317+ views
    M-Live ^ | 6/3/10 | Ted Roleofs
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed -- and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday. "Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror. "I'd do it again to save lives."
  • Grand Rapids all-time great bowler Marion Ladewig leaves behind lasting legacy

    04/17/2010 9:25:42 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies · 231+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | April 16, 2010 | Greg Johnson
    Marion Ladewig's legacy is reflected in yellowed newspaper clippings, record books, multiple halls of fame and in the memories of those who watched her win bowling's biggest national events and then provide color commentary on a popular local bowling television show... Ms. Ladewig, a lifelong Grand Rapids resident regarded internationally as the greatest woman bowler ever, died Friday of heart failure, her daughter LaVonne Vicari said. She was 95...
  • Palin book tour draws massive Michigan crowd

    11/18/2009 12:37:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies · 2,430+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2009 | Andrea Billups
    Talk about a political rock star. A crowd estimated at more than 1,500 already had lined up by mid-morning at a Grand Rapids, Mich., bookstore in advance of a 6 p.m. book signing by 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose book "Going Rogue" has already become a runaway bestseller -- one day after its release. Die-hard fans of the former Alaska governor traveled from all over the state and began setting up outside a Barnes & Noble store in the city's Woodland Mall at around 9 p.m. last night, hunkering down in 30-degree overnight temperatures to camp out...
  • Official Grand Rapids Palin Book Signing Thread

    11/18/2009 4:02:30 AM PST · by taildragger · 70 replies · 3,002+ views
    11/18/2009 | taildragger
    Folks, Post here if you are going, know someone who is going, have reports on the size of the crowds, or interaction with Gov. Palin. WWJ Radio Detroit this morning @ 5:00am noted people were already getting their wrist bands that early for the book signing in the evening.
  • Vigil Held for Sex Offender Who Died of Hypothermia

    03/23/2009 12:59:06 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 58 replies · 1,913+ views
    WWMT.Com ^ | March 22, 2009 - 2:07 PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night to mourn the death of Thomas Pauli.Authorities say he died of hypothermia in January after two downtown shelters wouldn't let him inside. The shelters say they were just abiding by the law.Pauli's past criminal record kept him out, the 52 year old man was a sex offender."The law states they can't reside within 1000 feet of a school," said Rev. Ralph Collins of Mel Trotter Ministries.Marge Palmerlee of Degage Ministries says it's the wording she'd like to see changed."Staying at a mission is not actually residing, it's just...

    12/08/2008 4:48:31 AM PST · by andrew roman · 11 replies · 399+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 8 December 2008 | Andrew Roman
    From the makers of "No More Red Pens in School" and "Don't Call Me Washington - Call Me Slave Owner," comes the newest creation from the fabled partnership of Sensitivity and Esteem (formerly Multiculturalism and McCartney) - the latest feel-good initiative from today's fraternity of whinycrat educators, called "No More Fs."In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new approach to handling failing high school students is being implemented - and even the Teachers union isn't sure about it. It involves the removal of the dreaded "F" grade from report cards in favor of a more accommodating (and less judgmental)"H" grade.School Superintendent Bernard...
  • GRPS gives failing students an H

    12/04/2008 6:13:35 AM PST · by Patrsup · 22 replies · 552+ views
    Wood TV ^ | 03 Dec 2008 | Tony Tagliavia
    When high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools fail a class this fall, they won't get an "F" or an "E" -- they'll get an "H." "An 'H' is a failing grade," district spokesman John Helmholdt told 24 Hour News 8. But that new failing grade comes with second chance -- students who get an "H" will be able to re-take the class or the part of it they failed the next semester.
  • Toys Stolen From Angel Tree Dropoffs

    12/04/2008 4:43:24 AM PST · by MaryFromMichigan · 11 replies · 326+ views
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) ^ | Wednesday, 03 Dec 2008, 11:38 PM EST | Emily Zangaro
    The Salvation Army and police are looking into the thefts of toys for the WOOD TV8/WOTV 4 Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive.(Hope that the Huntington Bank has a good photo of the perp.)

    10/02/2008 10:32:51 AM PDT · by TomasUSMC · 116 replies · 9,085+ views
    Sinclair Crushes Obama Today Barack Obambi rolled up into Grand Rapids speaking and sounding like a lot of hot air. At the same time Larry Sinclair arrived with a megaphone. 80 percent of the crowd were college students with a smattering of folks in suits and some black folk. Well all of a sudden a tall big white kid asks Larry if he would like to give his view out over the airwaves. He hands Larry the cell phone and Larry starts to conduct an interview with the most popular radio station in Grand Rapids. 104.5 WSNX. Then the Grand...