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  • Man killed when firework held to head explodes

    06/29/2015 2:45:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    A Michigan man died when a firework he was holding to his head exploded, police said. The blast of the mortar shell happened Sunday night in front of the family of the 47-year-old man, who was not identified. Walled Lake Police Chief Paul Shakinas told the Free Press that alcohol was a factor in the death. WXYZ in Detroit said the man may not have realized the firework was lit when he put it up to his head.
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Michigan Same-Sex Couples Celebrate As They Wed Among Activists And Lawyers [Dominos Free Pizza!]

    06/27/2015 9:54:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Holpuch and Ryan Felto
    Michigan Same-Sex Couples Celebrate As They Wed Among Activists And Lawyers Amanda Holpuch and Ryan Felton 27 June 2015 Shortly after 10am on Friday, Chris Berghuis was barraged by texts from his partner, Derek Davis, asking: “Are you here yet?” The destination was the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where marriage licenses were being issued to both same-sex and heterosexual couples after the state’s marriage ban had been struck down in a pivotal supreme court ruling that brought marriage equality to the entire United States. Davis filled out the forms while his soon-to-be-husband drove from work, ecstatic...
  • Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson resigning to run for Congress

    06/25/2015 1:17:14 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Mlive ^ | 6-25-2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson is stepping down from his post to run for Congress, setting up a potential showdown with incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Benishek. Johnson, who has submitted a letter of resignation to the MDP effective July 11, is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District this evening in the Upper Peninsula. State Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, is considered a likely candidate to succeed Johnson as party chair when the State Central Committee votes next month. Reports have also placed Oakland County Deputy Clerk Lavora Barnes in the mix....
  • Detroit EMT Fired after Refusing to Help Baby

    06/25/2015 12:39:16 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 78 replies
    JEMS.com ^ | Jun 25, 2015 | Shawn Ley
    DETROIT (WDIV) -- The Detroit fire commissioner has fired an EMT who refused to help a baby when she was just minutes away from the home. Commissioner Edsel Jenkins said Ann Marie Thomas's employment with the Detroit Fire Department has been terminated. "Today, we conducted an appeals hearing, which Ms. Thomas requested. After reviewing all of the facts of this incident, I have determined that the appropriate course of action is to terminate Ms. Thomas' employment with the Detroit Fire Department effective immediately," said Jenkins in a statement released Wednesday. A frantic supervisor ordered the veteran medic to get to...
  • Hope' poster artist Shepard Fairey faces arrest in Detroit

    06/25/2015 9:50:17 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | June 25, 2015 | NICK GASS
    The street artist who created the “Hope” poster that came to symbolize President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign faces felony charges in Detroit for allegedly tagging properties that he did not have permission to graffiti. According to the Detroit Free Press, street artist Shepard Fairey has a warrant out for his arrest on two counts of malicious destruction of property and faces up to five years in jail and possibly more than $10,000 in fines. The warrant for Fairey’s arrest was filed last Friday and first reported on Wednesday.
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • The UN Is Conquering America through the Control of All Water ( Detroit, then .. )

    06/22/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 6-22-2015 | Dave Hodges
    Do you remember when Detroit when bankrupt and resident Obama refused to intervene in order to help Americans in a beleaguered American city? This was both baffling and maddening to the American people. After all, this "hope and change" resident promised to fundamentally transform America. Little did we realize that the Detroit bankruptcy would open the floodgates to the total foreign control of American's most precious resource, namely water, where the UN has gained a significant foothold in Detroit and its influence is spreading across the country. When Obama refused to help Detroit's bankruptcy and its ensuing water crisis, subsequent...
  • Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake named President of US Conference of Mayors

    06/22/2015 7:59:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 22, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The US Conference of Mayors kicked off their 83rd annual meeting this weekend and as part of the proceedings they named their new president for the coming year. The lucky winner was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. No, seriously. I’m not kidding. ... As noted in the local Baltimore coverage, there were some observers who were immediately skeptical regarding this selection. Given all of the recent… activity in Charm City, isn’t she a bit busy? There’s a big trial coming up involving some of her police officers, her State’s Attorney is taking on water like a submarine with a screen door...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago's new transit chief got sweet pension deal

    06/22/2015 5:37:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/20/2015 | Chris Fusco, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth
    When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times .. Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved to Washington, D.C., to take a post as a top lawyer in...
  • Mass Shootings In West Philadelphia and Detroit (Vanity)

    06/20/2015 8:01:22 PM PDT · by windcliff · 16 replies
    Nine shot one dead in Detroit and 7 shot in West Philadelphia. No Confederate Flag in sight.
  • Obama Administration to Impose New MPG Rules on Large Trucks

    06/19/2015 3:25:03 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 38 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 6/19/2015 | Matthew Rocco
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its proposal for new fuel-economy standards that apply to big rigs and other heavy-duty trucks, marking another step in the Obama administration’s push for stricter climate regulations. Based on a draft released Friday, the federal rules will require that tractors use 24% less fuel compared to projected 2018 levels. Heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans must achieve a 16% reduction. The pending rules impact large diesel-powered vehicles like 18-wheelers, buses, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickups. These commercial vehicles account for roughly 7% of all vehicles on U.S. roads but 25% of fuel consumption. Friday’s draft...
  • Trump for President – Sorry, Nope!

    06/19/2015 2:52:27 PM PDT · by VA Voter · 66 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 6/19/2015 | Martin Armstrong
    QUESTION: Do you hear anything that would indicate that Donald Trump would make a positive difference in the “Big Bang” should he become president? He says he will jawbone Ford Motor Co/ to not build a plant in Mexico and that he will use some form of tariff to “fix” the trade balance between China and the U.S. ANSWER: Trade is not our problem, debt is. The Donald knows all about debt since his corporations have filed for bankruptcy twice. Donald Trump has become infamous for his TV show yelling, “You’re fired!” every week on primetime television. Yet, after Trump’s...
  • Living in Detroit Surprisingly expensive

    06/19/2015 2:15:44 AM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    The Economist ^ | 4 Feb 2015 | DK
    DETROIT may be one of the only cities in the rich world where it is possible for someone on a fairly modest income to buy a street. At the edges of Boston-Edison, a historic district of gorgeous old houses built as one of the city’s first wealthy suburbs, so low has the cost of housing fallen that fairly grand houses can be acquired simply for the cost of back property taxes. ..Chief among the costs that are higher in Detroit is transport. One of the reasons people who live in Manhattan don’t mind paying so much for housing is that...
  • Michigan legislature protects adoption agencies

    06/16/2015 8:06:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | Friday, June 12, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    Michigan has moved to protect the religious freedom of adoption agencies. Both houses of the Michigan legislature passed the bill in recent days and Gov. Rick Snyder signed it into law Thursday. Gary Glenn, a state representative and head of the American Family Association of Michigan, says the law protects faith-based adoption agencies so they can continue to provide adoption referral services to the state and to local governments without violating their religious convictions.
  • Florida Police Say Michigan Boys Visiting Grandma Shot Out Woman’s Teeth With BB Gun

    06/16/2015 12:44:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    CBSLocal ^ | 6/16/15
    HOLLY HILL, Fla. (WWJ/AP) – Police in central Florida say two Michigan boys who were spending the summer with their grandmother shot a BB gun at four people who were relaxing by the pool at an apartment complex. Incident happened June 8 at the Blue Tide Apartments in Holly Hill, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. The pellets hit one woman in the shoulder and mouth, breaking two bottom teeth. A man was struck in the lower back and his wife was struck in the chest. Another woman was struck in the shoulder. Police Chief Steve Aldrich says the 12-and...
  • Women, Especially, Are Failing Financial Literacy

    06/16/2015 7:48:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | June 14, 2015 | Simon Constable
    The bad news: Women are falling far behind men in financial literacy. The even worse news: Men apparently don’t know much about the topic in the first place. ... The authors surveyed people in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, asking three multiple-choice questions. In the U.S., only 38% of men got all three questions right. The American women did even worse, with only 22% scoring three out of three. The other countries showed a similar pattern. Here’s one of the questions: “Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After five...
  • Poll: Was it improper for Missouri Gov.Nixon to accept a $50,000 donation from UAW

    06/15/2015 3:03:57 PM PDT · by ncfool · 17 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received a $50,000 donation from the United Auto Workers international headquarters in Detroit days after his June 4 veto of a bill that would stop employers from having workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.
  • Rep. Huizenga | Why I Support TPA

    06/15/2015 9:30:22 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 16 replies
    Huizenga for Congress ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bill Huizenga
    A lot of misinformation is being spread about Trade Promotion Authority or TPA that is currently being debated in Congress. First and foremost I want to tell you why I support TPA and why I think it's an important step forward for not only West Michigan but the entire country. The Constitution lays out specific roles for both the President as well as Congress in terms of trade. The President's role is to negotiate with foreign counties on behalf of the United States, while the role of Congress is to review any potential trade agreement and then vote to either...
  • Michigan Lawmakers Give Religious Adoption Agencies Freedom to Deny Gay Couples

    06/13/2015 6:24:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/12/2015 | Ray Nothstine
    Bucking the trend of states that have caved on religious liberty due to fear of reprisals from gay activists, Michigan passed a law Thursday offering protections to religious adoption agencies from being forced to place children in the homes of same-sex couples. The law had broad support in the Republican controlled legislature and was signed on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. Snyder has voiced opposition to a broader religious liberty bill statewide that mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by former President Bill Clinton. RFRA protections, once non-controversial and bipartisan now face the ire of gay...
  • Michigan Senate gives blessing to religious objection LGBT adoption bills

    06/11/2015 12:08:20 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 20 replies
    MLive ^ | June 10, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Private faith-based adoption agencies that receive state funding but choose to deny service to gay parents on religious grounds have won the blessing of Michigan's Republican-led Legislature. The state Senate, in an unexpected and unannounced move, took up religious objection adoption legislation on Wednesday, approving the three-bill package in a series of 26-12 votes.
  • Detroit woman wounded in shootout with home invaders (she won)

    06/10/2015 2:54:34 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Click on Detroit ^ | 06/10/2015 | Charles Jackson
    A Detroit woman defended herself with gunfire early Tuesday morning when a group of men broke into her home. The woman, .., said she was jolted awake around 2 a.m. when one of the men broke through her bedroom window of her home on Whitehill and pointed a gun in her face. Three or four more men followed behind. “I was able to get to my gun. They didn’t know I had it. By that time, it was just gunfire,
  • Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home ( Suniva & Goldman Sachs )

    06/10/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 10 , 2015 | Nichola Groom
    One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labor. Suniva Inc, a Georgia-based solar cell and panel maker that is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as part of a longstanding government program intended to prepare them for life after prison. Suniva does not actively publicize its work with the prisons, saying it prefers to talk about its in-house factories in Georgia and Michigan, which handle most of its...
  • “YOU MAY HEAR HELICOPTERS, GUNFIRE, & EXPLOSIONS. PLEASE DO NOT BE ALARMED.”

    06/10/2015 7:51:56 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 87 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 6/9/2015 | Melissa Dykes
    When the American flag is flown upside down, if you were not aware, it is a signal of dire distress. Can you imagine what it is like to suddenly have low-flying military helicopters, explosions, and gunfire rocking your home in the middle of the night? This message went out on Facebook around midnight last night from the official Lapeer County Police, EMS, and Fire Facebook page: "ATTENTION VIEWERS: PER FLINT POLICE OPERATIONS (FPO) THE US ARMY IS DOING TRAINING IN FLINT THIS WEEKEND AND YOU MAY HEAR HELCOPTERS, GUNFIRE, & EXPLOSIONS. PLEASE DO NOT BE ALARMED." That message was sent...
  • Groups Host Anti-Islam Conference in Rapid City

    06/06/2015 8:51:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    A conference to discuss and analyze Islam that began Friday continues today in Rapid City. Today's schedule for the Answering Islam Conference begins at 9 a.m. in the Rushmore Room at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center. Topics include "How to Reach Muslims for Christ," "How has Islam infiltrated American Politics" and "How to Refute Islam." Speakers include Shahram Hadian, who is described on a promotional poster as a former Muslim who became a Christian pastor, and Tom Wallace, founder of the "Fortress of Faith" radio show. There is no charge for admission. The event has a number of local...
  • EPA: Uh, Fracking Isn't Bad Afterall

    06/05/2015 1:13:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    After years of unfounded hysteria from so-called environmentalists, the media and Hollywood that fracking causes drinking water contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency just issued a major blow to anti-fracking activists. A new report from the EPA, based on a study sanctioned by Congress, shows drinking water contamination only results if fracking wells aren't built or maintained properly, which is a rarity. "We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States. Of the potential mechanisms identified in this report, we found specific instances where one or more of these mechanisms...
  • Explosions rock Michigan neighborhood as US Army urban military training exercise begins

    06/03/2015 3:48:06 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 107 replies
    Intellihub ^ | 6/3/2015 | Alex Thomas
    (INTELLIHUB) — A ten-day US Army urban military training exercise has begun in Flint, Michigan with explosions rocking neighborhoods and scaring residents who had no idea what was actually happening. With less than three hours between a city press release and the beginning of the exercise, residents were left in the dark about the urban military training until the last possible moment. Most had no idea what was happening as their homes shook from the force of the simulated explosions. “It was like a big huge explosion, it shook my whole house, it shook the ground.” (Watch video at link)...
  • Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appears in Howell

    06/04/2015 3:27:38 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Jun 03, 2015 | Tim Skubick
    HOWELL, Mich. (WJBK) - GOP Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz brought his campaign to Howell tonight where 650 people applauded his conservative Texas principles. The senator spoke about unions, said he did not back federal assistance to keep GM and Chrysler alive and spoke about the right to carry guns on school grounds.He also made a remark about Vice President Joe Biden, which he later apologized for, on Twitter. "Union members are a plus for this country," he said. "It's very interesting, but union members have been left behind. "(President) Barack Obama, (Senate Democratic Leader) Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton have...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz visits mid-Michigan - [Today - 06/03/2015]

    06/03/2015 10:02:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    WLNS.com ^ | June 3, 2015, 12:33 pm
    HOWELL, Mich. (WLNS)—A presidential candidate is making a stop in Michigan Wednesday night.Texas Senator Ted Cruz will travel to Howell for a Lincoln Day Dinner at Crystal Gardens. Ticket prices to the 6 p.m. event ranged from $60 to $500.Stay with 6 News for continuing coverage of Cruz’ visit. WLNS’ Tim Skubick will sit down with the Oval Office contender for an interview airing Wednesday night on 6 News at 11.——-More Information:Livingston County GOP Dinner: http://www.livingstonrepublicans.com/226.html
  • Livingston County GOP Lincoln Dinner with Senator Ted Cruz - [Today - 06/03/2015]

    06/03/2015 8:41:52 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Please Join the Livingston County Republican Partyat their 55th Annual Lincoln Day Dinnerwith Keynote Speaker, Senator Ted Cruz. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6:00pm - 8:30pmVIP Reception at 5:30pmProgram Starts at 6:30pm Crystal Gardens of Howell Dinner $60 person and $100 coupleVIP Reception with ticket $150 individual and $250 coupleTable of 10 $500For sponsorship information,please contact (517)518-1118
  • Video: Robert Spencer vs. imam on Hannity on Sharia and U.S. mosques

    06/03/2015 4:27:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | June 3, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Last night I appeared on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show discussing the prevalence of a preference for Sharia over U.S. law among Muslims in the United States, and what mosques are doing (and not doing) about it. Appearing along with me was the Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. We were discussing the video by Ami Horowitz in which Muslims freely avow their preference for Sharia; Hannity’s overview of that video and interview with Horowitz begin this clip and give the context for my discussion with the imam, which begins at 3:56.
  • Justice Department Studying ‘Far-Right’ Social Media Use

    06/01/2015 5:55:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 91 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism. The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year. “There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series...
  • Academics Fix Another Problem

    06/01/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    How many academics does it take to fix America’s criminal justice system? Twenty. That’s how many participated in a National Research Council (NRC) study of U. S. prisons and their effect on inner cities. They study was conducted under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). “After decades of stability, U.S. federal and state prison populations escalated steadily between 1973 and 2009, growing from about 200,000 people to 1.5 million,” they found. “The increase was driven by changes in policy that imprisoned people for a wider range of offenses and imposed longer sentences.” “Has this greater reliance on...
  • Charged With Domestic Violence And Assault, (Mich RAT) State Senator Virgil Smith Returns To Work

    05/31/2015 11:53:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 5/26/15
    **SNIP** The 35-year-old Smith is charged with felonious assault, felony firearm, domestic violence assault and battery, and malicious destruction of personal property on accusations he fired as many as ten shots at ex-wife’s parked Mercedes-Benz during a domestic dispute early in the morning of Sunday, May 10, outside his Detroit home. While Smith has not been asked to resign, the leader of the Michigan Senate has said he should give “serious consideration” to whether or not he can still serve his constituents. In a statement out May 12, the day charges were filed against Smith, Republican Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • Swiss court approves giving account details to United States in [Idaho-based Saudi] terror case

    10/15/2004 12:18:35 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 5 replies · 386+ views
    AP via Findlaw ^ | 10-15-04 | ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS
    GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland approved on Friday the handover of bank documents to the United States on the source of a donation to a U.S.-based Islamic charity suspected of money laundering and recruiting terrorists over the Internet. The supreme court's decision allows Swiss authorities to override banking secrecy and provide documents, including those for a $300,000 transfer made May 14, 1998, from a Geneva bank to the Michigan-based Islamic Assembly of North America. The decision was in response to a February 2003 U.S. government request for judicial assistance in its investigation of the assembly and its Idaho-based Saudi computer expert...
  • Detroit Police Chief: I Wouldn’t Gas Up in the City Late at Night Unless I Had To

    05/27/2015 9:31:05 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/27/2015 | Jim Hoft
    A man was shot dead at a Detroit gas station late at night on Tuesday. The man was trying to flee a carjacking while he was filling up with gas. Video at https://youtu.be/sjzbu_t89E4Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters Tuesday he wouldn’t gas up in Detroit late at night unless he had to.
  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will appear in Michigan

    05/25/2015 1:33:58 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Oakland Press News ^ | 05/15/15, 6:55 PM EDT
    BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) >> Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be in Michigan in early June. Cruz, a senator from Texas, will be the main attraction at a Livingston County Republican event in Brighton on June 3. He’ll speak at the party’s Lincoln Day dinner. Local party chairman Dan Wholihan tells radio station WHMI it’s exciting to have a presidential candidate as a guest. A dinner ticket costs $60. A ticket for dinner and a reception is $150. Cruz’ campaign in Michigan is being led by Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the state Republican Party.
  • Massive tanker fire out; I-75 remains closed at I-375 (Detroit)

    05/24/2015 7:35:34 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | May 24, 2015
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - A massive tanker fire is finally out, and I-75 remains closed at I-375 in both directions. Drivers heading southbound on I-75 are getting off at Mack, and northbound drivers are being routed off at the I-96 interchange. Related: TRAFFIC: Alternate routes to avoid the I-75 and I-375 closure The truck tipped over on the I-75 overpass. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said there are no injuries in the fire, and they started getting calls about 8:45 a.m. The tanker is carrying 9,000 gallons of unleaded fuel, which is burning, according to Shaw. He also said they...
  • Incoming Boston University professor talks about the time she impersonated another woman online

    05/22/2015 7:41:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 05.21.15 | Charlotte Wilder and Allison Manning
    Incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2008 after she made a fake account for another woman on an adult website. Grundy was a graduate student at the University of Michigan at the time. Grundy first gained widespread attention this month because of tweets in which she called white, college-aged males a “problem population.” She’s most recently been in the news due to comments she posted on a Facebook thread in February, when she argued with a woman who’d been sexually assaulted. ... Grundy was charged with felony counts of identity theft and using...
  • ACLU sues MI over transgender driver’s licenses

    05/21/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    WOODTV - NBC Local ^ | May 21, 2015 | By ED WHITE
    DETROIT — The state of Michigan is being sued over its refusal to change gender identities on driver’s licenses without a new birth certificate. The ACLU says an amended birth certificate in Michigan requires proof of transgender surgery, although most transgender people don’t want surgery. Secretary of State spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says the agency is following state law.
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..‘Un-American’

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment “xenophobic” and “un-American.” That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosi’s comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Let Syrians Settle Detroit (NY Times editorial alert)

    05/18/2015 10:05:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | David D. Laitin and Marc Jahr
    Detroit, a once great city, has become an urban vacuum. Its population has fallen to around 700,000 from nearly 1.9 million in 1950. The city is estimated to have more than 70,000 abandoned buildings and 90,000 vacant lots. Meanwhile, desperate Syrians, victims of an unfathomable civil war, are fleeing to neighboring countries, with some 1.8 million in Turkey and 600,000 in Jordan. Suppose these two social and humanitarian disasters were conjoined to produce something positive. Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, a Republican, has already laid the groundwork. [Snip] Grants from the federal government and from philanthropic foundations would be needed...
  • GOP Presidential hopeful Cruz to visit mid-Michigan

    05/15/2015 7:46:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    WLNS ^ | May 14, 2015, 11:02 am
    LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Michigan is once again in the spotlight as Presidential candidates drum up support for their campaigns.Republican Senator Ted Cruz will visit Livingston County on June 3rd as the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Howell. Senator Cruz is the latest in what is expected to be a number of visits from Republican Presidential candidates looking ahead to the March 8, 2016 party primary. Sen. Ted Cruz was the first Republican to announce a 2016 Presidential run. Known for his conservatism, Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants. Prior to going to Washington...
  • Michigan couple welcomes their 13th son

    05/15/2015 2:51:58 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    cnn ^ | May 14, 2015
    CNN)—They already have enough sons to field a baseball team. And if their streak continues, they'll be able to add a basketball team, too. Kateri and Jay Schwandt, a Michigan couple with 12 sons and no daughters, welcomed their 13th child Wednesday morning.
  • Anuzis cruises into Cruz campaign

    05/14/2015 10:52:19 AM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 49 replies
    WKAR ^ | Wed, May 13 2015 | Kevin Lavery
    Eighteen months away from the 2016 presidential election, two Democrats and six Republicans have formally thrown their hat into the ring. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the first Republican to announce his candidacy. Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants who before his congressional career was the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas history. This week, Cruz began his ground game in Michigan by announcing his new state chairman. Saul Anuzis served as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005 to 2009. Later, he was a candidate for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Now, as part of...
  • Harper announces new Windsor-Detroit bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

    05/14/2015 9:35:59 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 52 replies
    CP24 ^ | May 13, 2014
    WINDSOR, Ont. - A new bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe. Howe, who is now 87, was born in Floral, Sask., and came to be known as "Mr. Hockey." The still-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020. The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial land crossing between the two countries and the border has long been a bottleneck. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement today along with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the river separating Canada and the U.S. Harper praised Howe as a proud...
  • Official Who Opposed Concealed Carry Reform Arrested for Shooting Up His Ex-Wife’s Car

    05/13/2015 12:02:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 May 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On Sunday, Michigan state senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) was taken into custody for allegedly firing a rifle at his ex-wife’s car following an argument earlier that morning. [Editor’s note: contrary to early reports, the official police report states that Smith fired a rifle, not a shotgun, at his ex-wife’s vehicle, not his girlfriend’s. This article has been updated to reflect these changes. Also, the police report alleges that Smith was naked during the incident.]