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  • Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy

    12/18/2014 10:20:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17DEC2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    It was the city on the verge of collapse, perhaps the ultimate example of how a one-time metropolis turned into a sad memory. For the past four decades or so, Detroit, once a mecca for immigrants and the heart of America's industrial revolution, not to mention pop culture, turned into a virtual ghost town. Businesses shut their doors and residents fled by the masses, from a peak of 1.8 million to around 700,000 today. The rapid decline of the auto industry, which the city once so proudly called its lifeline, unearthed a catastrophic failure. One of the nation's major cities...
  • University of Michigan professor: “It’s Okay To Hate Republicans”

    12/18/2014 8:50:33 AM PST · by CSM · 62 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you happen to be a young Republican or conservative of any stripe who is attending the University of Michigan, rest assured that you will receive the same respect and fair treatment as anyone else. Particularly if you happen to wind up taking a class from Professor Susan J. Douglas or any other in the department she chairs. The educator of young minds and prolific writer has penned a thoughtful editorial piece in which she explains that it’s actually okay to hate Republicans because the science supports it. National Review has the details. “I hate Republicans,” communications department chairwoman and...
  • Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

    12/17/2014 9:41:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | December 17, 2013 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol DECEMBER 17, 2014 BILL CHAPPELL During the Christmas season, Michigan's Capitol Building in Lansing will host two holiday displays: a traditional Christian Nativity, and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being canceled. The story drew intense attention after it emerged that there was...
  • St. Joseph County considering tighter restrictions on abortion providers

    12/17/2014 11:17:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WSBT ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Suzanne Spencer
    ST. JOSEPH COUNTY - A proposed ordinance could tighten restrictions on abortion providers in St. Joseph County. The ordinance could require abortion doctors to be able to admit patients to the hospital if there is a procedure complication. State law requires a doctor who performs abortions to have an admitting doctor on his staff; but this ordinance would toughen standards. It requires the doctor who performs the abortion to be able to admit his or her own patients to the hospital. "I think every member of the council should be concerned about patient health," says co-author and councilman Dan Herbster....
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • US Army Will Start Selling Surplus Humvees to the Public Starting Tomorrow

    12/16/2014 10:05:00 PM PST · by Spktyr · 33 replies
    CarBuzz ^ | 16 Dec 2014 | Jay Traugott
    Yes, this is happening. Because the US Army needs a few extra bucks. That’s why. Very soon you will be able to buy a surplus Army-issue Humvee at prices starting around $10,000. Yep, this is the real deal. According to Yahoo News and the Army Times, the US Department of Defense will auction off as many as 4,000 military-spec Humvees, instead of sending them to scrap yards. The first batch of 25 Humvees is heading to the auction block tomorrow. Obviously these retired vehicles aren’t in perfect condition, most having been built between 1987 and 1994. They have anywhere from...
  • Report: Dozens Of Suspected Killers, Rapists Released In Detroit Due To Warrant Backlog

    12/16/2014 11:21:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A published report says dozens of suspected killers, rapists and others who were arrested by Detroit police over the past four years have been released because of a backlog of unsigned warrants. Among the unsigned warrants at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office are 21 for murder, including one going back to 2010, according to a report in the Detroit News. The newspaper says there are 105 for sexual assault and 126 for child abuse. In most cases, police were forced to release the suspects, since the law requires that they can’t be held beyond 72 hours without...
  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/16/2014 5:05:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 79 replies
    Governing ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
    Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. The original 17 states, including Alabama, Kansas and Texas, filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, arguing that Obama overstepped his powers in enacting such changes on his own. "The president's proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of...
  • MI abortionist’s covert abortion clinic exposed for what it is

    12/16/2014 8:46:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    one news now ^ | December 16, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    Even though pro-life counselors have had success in their campaign against a Michigan abortionist the most recent campaign against him has been lengthy and it is likely not over. Michael Arthur Roth has been operating his abortion facility in West Bloomfield, Michigan under a guise for some time. But Operation Rescue President Troy Newman is not fooled by the façade of Roth’s business and is familiar with him. “This is a guy that likes to call his place the Laser and Anesthetic Center, trying to mask off as being, I guess, a plastic surgeon,” Newman informed. “But in reality, all...
  • The Business of Urban Farming Takes Root in Detroit

    12/16/2014 7:02:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Entreprenueur ^ | 02 December 2014
    Greg Willerer may not seem like your average entrepreneur. The once full-time school teacher quit his job to follow his passion for farming in the most unlikely of places. Located not far from Downtown Detroit, Willerer launched his urban farming business on just one acre of land. During his first year, Willerer earned almost the equivalent of his teaching salary. His venture, Brother Nature Produce, sells locally grown produce to restaurants across Detroit. They recently received a $10,000 grant to help grow their business from the New Economy Initiative’s small business challenge, and his farm was among one of five...
  • Why Was a Michigan Abortion Business Evicted for Second Time this Year?

    12/15/2014 12:48:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | December 15, 2014 | Cheryl Sullenger
    West Bloomfield, MI — Michigan abortionist Michael Arthur Roth’s abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was evicted last month from its second office space this year. Currently, his abortion business remains closed. An eviction document provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shows that a court request for eviction from his office at 33200 West 14 Mile in West Bloomfield was filed on October 21, 2014. The eviction was ordered due to Roth’s violation of a provision of his lease. Roth had until November 27, 2014, to vacate the premises. Photos taken through his office...
  • Protests don’t derail Will’s commencement speech

    12/15/2014 5:32:04 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 17 replies
    Will, who once taught political philosophy at Michigan State, said he is “still a Spartan who takes equal pleasure from good MSU football seasons and dismal ones in Ann Arbor,” referring to the University of Michigan. Connie Rzemien, whose daughter, Katie, was among those graduating, told The Detroit News she thought Will was not the right choice. “I believe it is contradictory to what they are doing here to have somebody with such an insensitive view of rape to speak today,” she said. “I think it’s insulting to young women.” The U.S. Education Department this year revealed a list of...
  • Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

    12/13/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2014 | DEB RIECHMANN
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting...
  • Wave Elections: What They Mean

    12/13/2014 3:01:40 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    Imprimis ^ | December 2014 | Larry P. Arnn
    Larry P. Arnn President, Hillsdale College LARRY P. ARNN is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is...
  • Thousands March in Washington to Protest Deaths by Police

    12/13/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    ny times ^ | 12-13-2014 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and ELENA SCHNEIDER
    They came to the nation’s capital on buses and planes and minivans and trains, from Florida, Detroit and Staten Island, led as much by the families, friends and supporters of African-American men and boys killed at the hands of the police as by civil rights leaders. Thousands of people marched along the National Mall on Saturday to protest the deaths, mirroring protests planned around the nation Saturday, ranging from hikes in canyons in the West to marches down the streets of the nation’s urban centers. The demonstrators here — many of them wearing T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” and...
  • Abortion coercion bills clear Michigan Senate

    12/11/2014 7:01:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | DAVID EGGERT
    ANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Pressuring a woman to have an abortion would be a criminal act under legislation approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled Senate, where backers said coerced abortions are a real problem and detractors countered that they already are illegal. The legislation would prohibit threatening, stalking or assaulting a pregnant woman or anyone else with the intent to force an abortion against her wishes. After learning a woman does not want to terminate her pregnancy, a person also could not threaten to cut off legally required financial support or withdraw from a contract. The bills, approved 26-11 almost entirely...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • House Dems block charitable tax bill

    12/11/2014 10:17:59 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 12:56 PM EST | By Bernie Becker and Cristina Marcos
    House Democrats blocked legislation on Thursday that would have permanently extended three tax credits for charitable giving, ending an effort to give nonprofits a last-minute victory. The bill got a strong majority in the House, with 275 members voting for it, including 47 Democrats. But the measure fell eight votes short of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, with 149 Democrats voting against it after House Democratic leaders whipped against it and President Obama threatened a veto. The vote ends a last-ditch effort by the nonprofit sector to get three of its priorities into law for good, after a...
  • Abortion 'coercion' would carry criminal penalties under Michigan proposal

    12/10/2014 2:22:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    M Live ^ | December 09, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Coercing a pregnant woman to have an abortion could result in criminal penalties under Michigan bills debated Tuesday. Supporters say the legislation would add teeth to abortion regulations approved two years ago, but critics argue a “vague” definition of coercion could cause unintended consequences. “This is a very, very important issue to discuss and a very, very important issue to act upon,” Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, who sponsored one of the measures, said during committee testimony on Tuesday. “(There’s) a lot of trauma for individuals who are forced to do anything, but certainly great trauma for someone...
  • Kevyn Orr: Detroit’s financial emergency over

    12/09/2014 4:11:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 6:24 PM EST | Corey Williams
    Kevyn Orr has agreed to step down as Detroit’s emergency manager, saying in a letter released Tuesday that the city will no longer be in a financial emergency once it exits bankruptcy. Orr also told Gov. Rick Snyder in his letter, dated Monday, that he has implemented the city’s two-year budget that reflects the elimination of about $7 billion in debt through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. […] Orr—a turnaround expert who helped steer Chrysler through the automaker’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy—had been the official face of Detroit government since he was appointed in March 2013 by Snyder. …
  • Michigan Woman Wakes Up to Find Mystery Infant in Her Bed

    12/09/2014 8:47:23 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    KTLA 5 News ^ | December 8, 2014 | WXMI, Tribune Broadcasting
    Imagine waking to find a baby in your bed and having no idea where the child came from or whose it was. That’s what happened to a woman in Michigan when her son dropped off the infant before going out for the night and didn’t tell his mother, who was asleep at the time. What’s more, the baby didn’t belong to the woman’s son.
  • GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

    12/08/2014 5:13:11 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    NPR ^ | 08 Dec 2014 | David Schaper
    Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in four years. The price at the pump in many states is almost a full dollar cheaper than it was last spring. So some politicians think this is a good time to raise gasoline taxes. Several states are tired of waiting for Congress to fix the federal highway trust fund, so they're considering raising gas taxes themselves to address their crumbling roads. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to sell that state's legislators — especially those in his own Republican party — on raising the state's motor fuel tax to fund long neglected...
  • Corrections officer gets probation for marijuana butter [distribution, not possession]

    12/08/2014 11:45:28 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 7 replies
    WZZM 13 | December 5, 2014 | Phil Dawson
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  • Rep. Justin Amash says police arresting Eric Garner used 'clearly excessive force'

    12/06/2014 12:55:59 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 55 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | December 04, 2014 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The action taken by a New York City police officer against Eric Garner is "clear," writes U.S. Rep. Justin Amash on Wednesday. Clearly excessive force against #EricGarner. I pray that peace and justice will prevail. The incident was captured on video, showing Garner talking with police as they suspected him of selling tax-free cigarettes. The 43-year-old man then is overcome by officers who take him down to the sidewalk. Garner cried out, "I can't breathe," several times before becoming motionless.
  • Reggie Bush Wears Protest Shirt (I can't breathe)

    12/07/2014 1:01:51 PM PST · by doug from upland · 43 replies
    espn ^ | 12-2014
    DETROIT -- Lions running back Reggie Bush, who has been outspoken about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, continued his outspoken nature Sunday when he wore a shirt reading "I Can't Breathe" during pregame warm-ups Sunday. Bush wrote the message -- in black ink on his blue shirt -- signifying the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died while being placed in a chokehold as he was being arrested. Bush wore the shirt a day after Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt in pregame warm-ups prior to his team's game Saturday night...
  • Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote

    12/05/2014 3:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    mlive ^ | December 04, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Thursday approved a proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which supporters say is intended to limit government laws that may burden an individual's free exercise of religion. The fast-tracked bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jase Bolger, was introduced last month and advanced out of committee earlier Thursday. It now heads the Senate for consideration. The 59-50 party-line House vote occurred just one day after competing proposals to add gay rights protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law stalled in committee due to a dispute over including transgender residents. Bolger, who had indicated he would only support...
  • In Top 10 States With Most Abortions, 60% of Babies Killed Were Black or Hispanic

    12/05/2014 2:32:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | 12/5/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    As LifeNews previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its national abortion report last month and the new statistics show the number of abortions in the United States have declined to a historic low. However, unfortunately, a new analysis reveals that out of the ten states where the most abortions occurred, 60.48% of the babies killed were African American and Hispanic. blackbaby6According to the Census Bureau, Blacks and Hispanics comprise only 13.2% and 17.1% of the population respectively; however they get 37.3% and 22% of all abortions. Additionally, while it definitely isn’t news that Planned Parenthood targets minority...
  • Power restored in Downtown Detroit after major outage

    12/02/2014 3:26:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    cbs ^ | December 2, 2014 5:41 EST
    City officials say power has been fully restored to government buildings, schools and other facilities after a major cable failure caused parts of the city to go dark. The city announced at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday that all customers affected by the outage had their power back.
  • Detroit's Power Grid Is Down And People Are Stuck In Elevators

    12/02/2014 8:54:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | 12-02-2014 | Pamela Engel
    Detroit — A widespread power outage Tuesday has caused evacuations of buildings throughout the downtown, including Joe Louis Arena, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the Detroit Institute of Arts and some buildings at Wayne State University. Most of Detroit's municipal power grid has gone down, cutting electricity to public buildings in the city, officials have said. Police, fire, school, and jail buildings have lost power and traffic lights aren't working, a city spokesperson said. Some people are trapped in elevators throughout Detroit, according to Detroit Fire Chief Jack Wiley, and fire crews are working...
  • Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

    12/01/2014 2:45:14 PM PST · by Raymann · 122 replies
    Counter Current News ^ | November 30, 2014 | Moreh B.D.K.
    The shooting happened just after midnight, back on May 16, 2010. A SWAT team had conducted a raid to search for a murder suspect. Weekly ended up being first through the door. There was even a film crew on hand to film for a reality show about murder investigations. Weekley says that another SWAT member had thrown a flash-bang grenade, which temporarily blinded him. That’s when he fired the shot that killed Aiyana who was asleep on the couch in the front room of the house. Doubling down on this claim, in court he actually testified that Aiyana’s grandmother had...
  • EMAILS: DEM SEN LEVIN PRESSURED IRS TO TARGET CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

    05/14/2014 9:36:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014
    Contrary to the White Houses explanation that a few rogue agents in Cincinnati lead the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS, newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch detail Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) pressuring the IRS to target conservative groups. On March 30, 2012 Levin wrote to then IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman about his concern with the political activity by conservative nonprofits. “Some entities claiming tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations under 26 U.S.C.&501(c)(4) appear to be engaged in political activities more appropriate for political organizations claiming tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C.&527. Because of the urgency of...
  • The IRS scandal’s inconsistencies

    08/06/2013 8:51:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2013 | By Darrell Issa and Dave Camp
    ...Interview after interview of IRS employees by congressional investigators began to expose the inconsistencies in the administration’s narrative. There were no “rogue” agents, only employees who followed the implicit or explicit directions of more senior IRS officials in Washington. When Washington told Cincinnati IRS employees to “hold” other tea party cases while officials in Washington scrutinized early “test cases” concerning the group, they did it. When Washington told them to assign a tea party case coordinator, they obliged. Employees also told investigators that the IRS chief counsel’s office was not, as the American people were first led to believe, merely...
  • Top Republican Confirms: IRS Targeting of Conservatives DID NOT Start in Cincinnati

    06/13/2013 7:45:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters yesterday that investigators have found the IRS targeting scandal did not start in Cincinnati. Cincinnati IRS Agents Say Targeting Orders Came From Washington– (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Hill reported: The IRS’s singling out of conservative groups did not originate in Cincinnati, the House Republican in charge of tax policy said Wednesday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said bipartisan interviews conducted by House investigators had found out that the targeting did not occur in the IRS offices in Ohio that have been at...
  • Live updates: Ferguson protests turn violent; building, cars burn

    11/24/2014 8:45:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 268 replies
    WXYZ Detroit ^ | 10:35 PM, Nov 24, 2014 | Scripps National Desk
    10:30 p.m. Central Time: Fires continue, and while many protestors are still out in Ferguson, Missouri, reporters say the crowds had dwindled a bit. Some protestors are shouting profanity at police and members of the media. One building is engulfed in flames and is destroyed. CNN reports the building is a Little Caesars pizza restaurant.
  • Climate change could shift buckeyes’ habitat to Michigan

    11/24/2014 2:03:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Laura Arenschield
    There is a lot we could lose if we don’t get a handle on climate change. Clean air. Manageable storms. A variety of animals and plants and a few islands. But buckeyes? The state trees of Ohio? To Michigan? “Dread the thought,” said Roger Williams, an associate professor of forest management at Ohio State University. But that could happen if the world keeps warming, Williams said yesterday during a climate-change-oriented tour of the Ohio State University campus. The tour was sponsored by the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center, an environmental advocacy organization.
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Chinese Investors Snap Up Property in Bankrupt Detroit

    11/22/2014 6:01:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/22/2014 | ERIC BACULINAO
    Bankrupt Detroit’s thousands of empty buildings are being flogged at rock-bottom prices — and Chinese investors are answering the siren call of unbeatable deals. With family homes regularly selling for around $10,000, the beleaguered Motor City is now the number-four destination for Chinese housing investors in the U.S. Bigger spenders have already snapped up some of Detroit’s most iconic commercial buildings. “There are factories, commercial real estate and upscale areas around Detroit with proximity to good schools that are worth investing in,” said Wang Ning, deputy manager in charge of international business at China online real estate agency SouFun. The...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • BAMN interrupts U-M Board of Regents meeting with protest that turns physical

    11/20/2014 1:10:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    About 25 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN - broke out with chants of "Minority enrollment's been going down, open it up or we'll shut it down" and "We don't need another committee, open it up to Detroit city," during the University of Michigan's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The chants quickly turned physical as the protester pressed forward toward the regents. Security responded and the group continued to press forward as multiple protesters were forced to the ground after refusing to back down and move their protest out of...
  • Muslim groups seek to co-opt Ferguson protests, says watchdog group

    Muslim groups have stepped up efforts to co-opt protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., with a drive to equate the teen’s death to the death of a radical Islamist shot during an FBI raid in 2009, a Washington-based security watchdog group is warning. Using social media, conference calling and traditional outreach methods, leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are portraying Brown and Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah as African-American victims of police targeting, according to the Washington-based Center for Security Policy (CSP). In a conference call organized by CAIR-linked "Muslims for...
  • Colbeck Unveils Exploit then Repeal HealthCare Reform Strategy @ Nat. Profamily Leg. Conf.

    11/19/2014 4:17:06 AM PST · by taildragger · 6 replies
    insurancenewsnet ^ | 11/17/2014 | Targeted News Service
    LANSING, Mich., Nov. 17 -- The Michigan State Senate Republicans issued the following news on the behalf of Michigan State Sen. Patrick Colbeck: On Saturday, November 15, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, spoke at the national ProFamily Legislators Conference in Dallas on potential health care changes in Michigan that would lower prices, provide better care and reduce bureaucracy.
  • State of Michigan Paid Jonathan Gruber $481,050

    11/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Gantert.
    A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a “lack of transparency” and “stupidity of the American voter” were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state...
  • Chaplain Says Officials Ordered Him To Cover Christian Symbols In VA Chapel

    11/17/2014 6:30:03 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Truth or Fiction ^ | summer of 2014 | Staff
    The Truth: According to the website for the Oscar G Johnson Medical Center Veterans Affairs hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan, the chapel is described as "non-denominational, although weekly Protestant and Catholic services are scheduled there "on a regular basis." The hospital was told that Christian symbols, statues and religious items inside the chapel were no longer permitted. This according to a June 3, 2014, article by Christian Today. The article said that the chapel "was found in non-compliance with a 2008 federal regulation that mandates that the house of worship be nonsectarian." In order to comply with the regulation statues,...
  • Jonathan Gruber Made Over $4 Million Pimping Obamacare & Lying to “Stupid” Americans

    11/14/2014 3:33:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-14-14 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made $4 million pimping Obamacare. ** $400,000 from Health and Human Services ** $1.6 MM from other states, and that’s just four of them. ** Another $2 milion from HHS for other work. It was a nice gig. The dude made millions because of his central role in lying to get health care passed. Video surfaced this week of Jonathan Gruber admitting the Obama administration lied to “stupid” Americans in order to get Obamacare passed. Jonathan Gruber made $400,000 from HHS. He also made an additional $3.6 million for consulting with states. Glenn Kessler at The...
  • 31 House Democrats join GOP in vote to approve Keystone

    11/14/2014 7:13:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Friday, an overwhelming majority of House members passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) which approved construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline. By 252 to 161, the House opted to send the measure to the U.S. Senate, where it will face a vote from the upper chamber next week which could, for the first time, force the president to determine whether to approve or veto the oil transit route. 31 Democratic representatives voted with every Republican member of Congress save Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who voted present, to approve construction of the pipeline. It is an...
  • House to hold two more Ebola hearings

    11/11/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 10, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    House Republicans have scheduled two more hearings on the U.S. response to Ebola, focusing on the health system's readiness for more cases and the development of cures and treatments. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations will host the events on Tuesday and Wednesday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden will appear at one to discuss training for U.S. health workers and other preventative measures against the virus's spread. "The threat of the Ebola outbreak is real and extends beyond its source in West Africa," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred...
  • The Timelessness of Phyllis Schlafly

    11/10/2014 7:29:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 26 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 7, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At 90 and counting, a feminine conservative icon is sharper than feminists who are half her age, particularly the ones who teach in college. ““What they do is make women believe they are victims of the patriarch, and they are trying to abolish the patriarchy,” Schlafly told Anne Reed of the AFA Journal. “That is ridiculous.” As it happens, seven years ago, this writer covered an English professor from Brigham Young University, Valerie Hegstrom, who told an appreciative crowd of her peers from across the country: “When people ask me how I can stand it, I say that I believe...
  • Video: What happens when a reporter tries to out-squat a squatter in Detroit?

    11/07/2014 1:42:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11-7-14 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Here’s Detroit reporter Charlie LeDuff, a truly great writer and character, giving a Detroit squatter a taste of her (his? It’s somewhat in question.) own medicine. A homeowner had allegedly been attacked by the squatter while trying to sell the property, so LeDuff paid a visit: Detroit homeowner Sarah Hamilton wanted to sell her house, but was having some trouble. No, it wasn’t a down seller’s market — it was a squatter. Hamilton had a difficult battle: In the process of trying to get Lynn Williams out her house, WJBK-TV reported Hamilton was threatened with a knife. But things got...
  • Michigan Gov. Snyder says defending gay marriage ban a duty, 'not a matter of personal preference'

    11/06/2014 7:49:50 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 06, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s gay marriage ban remains in place after a federal court ruling on Thursday, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette both made clear they will continue to defend it. “When I became governor, I took an oath to support and defend our state constitution, without exceptions,” Snyder said in a statement, referencing the 2004 voter-approved amendment that defined marriage as between one woman and one man. “My obligation to carry out that oath is not a matter of personal preference. As I have said throughout this process, I will respect the court’s decision...
  • Caller's Great Point: If Voters Wanted Congress to Work with Obama, They Would've Elected Democrats

    11/06/2014 3:49:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is John in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Hey, John, are you still there? CALLER: I am, Rush, and I'm humbled that you're talking about my call before I even get on the air. RUSH: Well, you know, most hosts would have stolen your idea, never mentioned you, and had the screener hang up on you and nobody would have ever known you existed, but I have more integrity than that. CALLER: That's what separates you from the pack. RUSH: I think your thinking on this is simplistically brilliant. It's one of those things I wish I would...