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  • Shirtless Wade McCree May Be Heading To The Supreme Court ( Michigan )

    07/28/2014 12:28:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Above the law ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Joe Patrice
    Judge of the Millennium Wade McCree has a special place in the hearts of ATL’s writers. The former Wayne County circuit judge had a penchant for disrobing for shirtless selfies and sex in his chambers, and was consequently disrobed by the Michigan Supreme Court. On Monday, the Sixth Circuit correctly (if you mean “applying the law as it currently exists,” and “incorrectly” if you mean “adopting the better policy”) held that Judge McCree is immune from a civil suit brought by a man McCree slapped with a tether and high child support payments. The man’s complaint is that while Judge...
  • Michigan Supreme Court bans Detroit Judge Wade McCree Jr. from bench until 2021

    03/26/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/26/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree is barred from presiding over a courtroom until January of 2021. The Michigan Supreme Court enacted a recommendation that the judge, suspended without pay since Feb. 3, 2013, be suspended from holding a judgeship for six years from Jan. 1,2015, should he be re-elected in this year's election. The 57-year-old must also pay $11,645.17 in costs, according to the Supreme Court opinion issued Wednesday.
  • Michael Moore, movie-making critic of capitalism, has nine homes [$50 million net worth]

    07/26/2014 1:44:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Filmmaker Michael Moore, the outspoken political activist whose documentary-style movies frequently condemn capitalism, reportedly owns nine different homes — including a $2 million mansion in Torch Lake, Michigan. The Smoking Gun first reportedMr. Moore’s house collection. Among Mr. Moore’s homes are the 10,000-square-foot lakefront residence in Michigan and a condominium in Manhattan that was once split into three separate condos, the Detroit News reported. He also owns seven other residences at various locations. Mr. Moore’s holdings were revealed in divorce papers from his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn. CelebrityNetWorth.com lists the couple’s collective wealth at $50 million.
  • Judge: Detroit Mob Beating Sentences Will Stand

    07/25/2014 2:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    WLNS.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | WLNS
    A judge is sticking to light sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April. Prosecutors lost their bid Friday to get James Davis and Latrez Cummings sent to prison for the attack on Steve Utash. The suburban tree trimmer was severely beaten when he got out of his pickup truck to help a boy who had darted in front of the vehicle. Utash was in a coma after the beating. Five people pleaded guilty to assault.
  • Is Detroit's New Light Rail Line America's Greatest Boondoggle?

    07/25/2014 10:28:15 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 74 replies
    reason.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jim Epstein
    A $137 million three-mile train is coming to a nearly deserted avenue in a bankrupt city. Growing up in the 1940s, Robert Fogelson remembers banging on the typewriter and peering out the window at his father’s office in a Manhattan skyscraper. Then "[my dad] would take us for lunch to a nearby Schraft’s, a chain of restaurants that was popular with housewives like my mother, who regularly went downtown to shop…to socialize ...or to meet my father for a play or a movie." Fogelson hadn’t decided yet what he would do with his life, "[b]ut I took it for granted,"...
  • Still Fighting: The Delphi Workers Obama Robbed

    07/25/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and "workplace innovation." But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support -- and inching toward justice. It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their...
  • GOP lawmaker returns award to protest Chamber of Commerce’s immigration policy

    07/24/2014 3:47:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) said Thursday that he refused to accept an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of that group’s position on immigration, and called the Chamber the “biggest pro-amnesty group” in the country. “The Chamber of Commerce is beholden to special interests and has long since forgotten the main street businesses that struggle everyday to make payroll and keep their company afloat,” Bentivolio said. “It is with great pride that I reject their award, and call on them to stand on the side of America, instead of on the side of China and corporate interests seeking...
  • Rep. Bentivolio Strikes Out (US Chamber Vanity)

    07/23/2014 10:55:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 29 replies
    US Chamber of Commerce ^ | Sean Hackbarth
    Desperate candidates who are way behind in the polls take big swings hoping to hit political home runs. Take Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, trying to hold onto his Congressional seat in Michigan’s 11th District. Being down 22 points against David Trott, he desperately needs to rally his troops by the August 5th primary. So his campaign e-mailed a fundraising pitch pushing the myth that the U.S. Chamber supports amnesty. Rep. Bentivolio whiffed big time. The U.S. Chamber doesn’t support amnesty and never has. Here is what the U.S. Chamber’ immigration reform priorities are: Strengthening border security. Improving E-Verify system and employment...
  • Opel dropping Ampera, the European Chevy Volt, because of weak sales

    07/23/2014 9:44:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Jul 21st 2014 2:15PM | By Sebastian Blanco
    Sales of the Chevy Volt in the US have been fairly stable for the last few months (between a low of 1,478 and a high of 1,777 since March), but in Europe, the Opel Ampera (sister-vehicle of the Volt) has been trending downwards. The sales decline is prompting discussion that the vehicle will be killed off in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe. The car was a relative hit back in 2012, when it was named the European Car Of The Year and sales topped 5,200 units. Compared to 2012 numbers, which were good, Ampera sales dropped 40 percent to...
  • Congressman Exposes Truth Behind Illegal Kids

    07/22/2014 9:20:23 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    WND ^ | 7/22/14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – As the only member of Congress to serve in both Vietnam and Iraq, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., knows what a dysfunctional country looks like. He has seen his share of suffering and squalor during 27 years of service in the U.S. Army and National Guard, and after evacuating from the surge in Iraq in 2007 with a neck wound. On Monday, Bentivolio had just returned from a three-day fact-finding trip to Central America to see the source of the immigration crisis for himself. The congressman told WND that conditions in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are certainly not...
  • Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

    07/22/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:13 AM EDT
    A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history. Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results filed shortly before midnight Monday. The tally from 60 days of voting gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit’s overall strategy to eliminate or reduce $18 billion in long-term debt is fair and feasible to all creditors. Trial starts...
  • A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill

    07/21/2014 2:29:53 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 75 replies
    City Lab ^ | July 21 2014 | Kriston Capps
    Last week, a bankruptcy judge ordered the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to come up with answers for helping residents pay their overdue water bills, in light of the thousands of shut-off notices the agency has issued across the city. While the water authority must present its alternatives in court today, two resourceful women have already come up with one solution.Turn on Detroit's Water is a website that matches donors with Detroiters who are struggling to pay their water bills. The site invites residents with overdue bills to submit their information. From there, the site—which is the work of Tiffani Ashley Bell and Kristy Tillman—matches...
  • Detroit showing signs of recovery ahead of bankruptcy trial

    07/21/2014 9:48:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/21/2014
    Detroit neighbourhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts. In the little more than a year since the state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, made Detroit the largest US city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes's decisions during next month's bankruptcy trial. A major piece of the bankruptcy puzzle could fall into place on Monday, with the expected release of the results of...
  • Video: Elizabeth Warren Asked Loaded Question, Runs Away

    07/20/2014 4:05:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jul 20, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Asked by Capitol City Project’s Joe Schoffstall on Friday whether or not she had a stated position on Israel's recent foray into Gaza, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) couldn't be reached for comment. Instead, she did exactly what she did two years ago at Netroots Nation when facing tough questions from reporters: she ran away. In a sense, one might call this the Gov. Chris Christie approach. That is, if you're a politician, never answer loaded questions about sensitive political issues unless you absolutely have to (although, in fairness, Gov. Christie doesn't always follow his own advice). Nevertheless, better to be...
  • Progressives Rally in Detroit – Demand Free Water, “Where Do You Expect Us to S***??”

    07/21/2014 3:41:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 73 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-19-2014 | Jim Hoft
    A prominent sign at the Detroit water protest..."Where do you expect us to sh**?"Detroit liberals marched to demand free water on Friday. The leftists don’t believe they should have to pay for it. It’s not their responsibility.Hollywood liberal Mark Ruffalo joined the protesters to demand free water as did many attendees from Netroots Nation. Mark Ruffalo is in Detroit fighting water shutoffs. The Avengers actor leading the march downtown. pic.twitter.com/HRik6VWxdn
  • First Detroit, Now Flint Warns Bankruptcy "Train Is Headed For The Cliff"

    07/20/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 19, 2016
    Flint may be Michigan’s second city to plunge into bankruptcy unless retirees accept cuts in health benefits that threaten to unravel a balanced budget. As Crain's Detroit reports, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley (Flint’s third emergency leader since it was placed under state control in 2011) warned "If we have no ability to mitigate the cost of retiree health care, that’s going to make it very difficult for the city to remain financially stable over the next few years." As Eric Scorsone notes, "Flint's at the forefront, but a lot of cities are on the same train, and that train is...
  • At Detroit Water Rally, Congressman Conyers Tells Water Department To "Keep Your Paws Off The Water"

    07/19/2014 4:11:52 PM PDT · by absentee · 66 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/19/14 | Caleb Howe
    The bankrupt city of Detroit has a water problem. The city is trying to collect over $90 million dollars in unpaid water bills. As part of that effort, thousands of residents have had their service cut off. On Friday, in conjunction with the Netroots Nation conference, a rally and march were held to protest the service interruptions and demand the water be turned back on regardless of any money owed. Congressman John Conyers spoke to the crowd at the march, demanding that corporations pay up what they owe so that residents who owe can have their bills covered.  "We're gonna fight...
  • VIDEO: Run Liz Run (Fauxcahontas Campaign Song)

    07/19/2014 7:50:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 18, 2014 | Ready For Warren
    VIDEO Our campaign to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016 is gaining huge momentum. Warren came to Netroots Nation in Detroit and #ReadyForWarren was there to greet her in style alongside thousands of grassroots progressives. Americans of all stripes are calling for a leader who will fight for an America that works for all of us, not only the wealthy and the well-connected. Join us. http://ready4warren.com. Filmed at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, MI. Song written and performed by Jessie Murphy & friends. Video produced, directed, and edited by The Self Agency.
  • Netroots Nation Serenades Elizabeth Warren With Campaign Song

    07/19/2014 11:09:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Daily Kos has come a long way since the days when  they merely rejoiced in being easily bribed at their YearlyKos conventions (now renamed Netroots Nation) by presidential aspirants such as Mark Warner who plied the Kossacks with free sushi and expensive liquor at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas in 2006. Yes, they have moved up in the world to the point where they perceive themselves as king, or rather queen, makers. Not only have they basically endorsed the presidential candidacy of Elizabeth Warren, they have even provided her with a campaign song, Run Liz Run. Oddly enough, even...
  • Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

    07/19/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    RedState ^ | July 18th, 2014 at 03:37 PM | Dan McLaughlin
    Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week’s Netroots Nation convention believe? Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But there are also some critical differences.Before 2008, the idea of a presidential contest between two first-term Senators in their (by then) fourth year in Washington would have seemed ridiculous; in 1988, Dan Quayle was roundly...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Judge tells young Detroit man he needed a beating

    07/17/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 34 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/17/14 | Ed White (AP)
    DETROIT — A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to "beat the hell" out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday. The stunning remarks by Wayne County Judge James Callahan came as he sentenced Latrez Cummings to six months in jail. In response to the judge's question, Cummings, 19, said his father wasn't around when he was growing up. Callahan said Cummings needed a dad, "someone to discipline you. Someone to beat the hell out of you when you made a...
  • Detroit police chief: Armed citizens cut crime

    07/17/2014 11:52:10 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    Rare ^ | July 16 2014 | Richard Thompson
    Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes that citizens who carry guns are serving as an effective crime deterrent, the Detroit News reports. “Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” Craig said. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed. “I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect.” Craig’s...
  • AR-15-toting Michigan residents rally to halt plans for immigrant depot

    07/17/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    At least 50 people carting weapons, flags and posters expressing anger with the porous border took to Vassar, Mich., streets to rally against a plan to ship some of the illegal minor-aged immigrants to their community. Many in the crowd carried AR-15 rifles and handguns — the latest sign of the growing unrest around the nation that’s marking the federal government’s response to tens of thousands of illegals crossing into U.S. territories in recent months. They also carted “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and a “Second Amendment Revolution” flag, a design that includes the basic Betsy Ross pattern with the...
  • Poll: Democrats Hang On to Slight Leads in Key Senate Races

    07/15/2014 11:02:44 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    Democrats hold single-digit leads in the key Senate contests of Colorado and Michigan, as well as in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, according to new NBC News/Marist polls of these two states. But with less than four months to go until Election Day, Republicans are narrowly
  • Pete Hoekstra backs Brian Ellis over Rep. Justin Amash in primary race (Establishment loser)

    07/15/2014 11:57:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 7/14/14 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has said he'll back U.S. Rep. Justin Amash's opponent in the upcoming August primary. Hoekstra is endorsing local businessman Brian Ellis in the Third District race. Hoekstra, who served in the House from 1993-2011 and was chair of the House Intelligence Committee, in a statement said Ellis will be a "strong partner" with other Michigan Republicans to promote conservative ideas. "Bottom line, I strongly endorse Brian Ellis because he will be an effective conservative voice and a consistent conservative vote for solutions that will help hardworking Michigan taxpayers," Hokestra said. "Brian...
  • MEA Committee Urges Dems to Vote in GOP Primary in Michigan

    07/14/2014 3:37:35 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 29 replies
    A division of the Michigan Education Association's political action committee, which is funded in part by teachers, is urging its members to cast votes in Michigan's 47th House District Republican primary even if they consider themselves to be Democrats. In a letter labeled: "IMPORTANT!," the MEA/Livingston County PAC Screening and Recommending Committee pressed union members to cast votes for Handy Township Supervisor Henry Vaupel, a Fowlerville veterinarian who is one of five candidates on the GOP primary ballot. A designation at the top of the letter reads in bold print: "To: All MEA members residing in House District 47," then...
  • Jennifer Granholm: Not doing what Obama wants is Republicans’ ‘Katrina Moment’ (VIDEO)

    07/13/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 13 2014 | Soopermexican
    Former Michigan Governor Jen Granholm is one of the nuttier of the Democrats, and she didn’t fail to fulfill expectations on Meet the Press, when she claimed that Republicans denying what Obama wants to do is their “Katrina Moment.” (Video @ http://therightscoop.com/jennifer-granholm-not-doing-what-obama-wants-is-the-republicans-katrina-moment/ )
  • Feds Ask Churches To House Migrant Families

    07/12/2014 4:10:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/2014 | Neil Munro
    The Department of Homeland Security has asked Catholic churches in California to temporarily house and feed groups of Central American migrants until 2016, according to an official at the diocese of San Bernardino.But any unpaid cooperation is legally questionable, because it may be intended to bypass Congress’ authority to fund — or to not fund — federal agencies’ new practice of distributing the flood of migrant families to homes across the country.The department “has reached out to the diocese and the bishop, and asked us to shelter families in transition,” Maria Christina Mendez, at the Office of Hispanic Affairs, told...
  • UMich Libertarian Students Prevail in Lawsuit Alleging Political Discrimination

    07/11/2014 10:38:33 PM PDT · by bamahead · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | July 11, 2014 | Robby Soave
    College campuses often seem culturally biased against non-liberals. But in some cases, political bias so deeply and obviously pervades official campus policy that no one can even defend it when challenged. On that front, the Young Americans for Liberty declared victory in their legal battle with the University of Michigan after administrators agreed to pay out $14,000 and revise discriminatory funding policies. Last year, YAL asked the university for $1,000 to bring anti-affirmative action activist Jennifer Gratz to speak on campus. UM collects mandatory fees from all students and uses them to subsidize events hosted by recognized student groups. But...
  • Ice on Lake Superior in July

    07/11/2014 8:41:48 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 39 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 11JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    The mainstream media tries to pretend that ice remained on Lake Superior “only” into June. “How about July?”asks reader E Stephens. “We should name icebergs still floating in Lake Superior in July after infamous AGW scientists. This one is Gavin,” says Tilly LaCampagne via Twitter. See photo dated 11 July 2014:
  • Elderly Rape Victim's Daughter to Criminal: 'I Hope the Same Thing Happens to You'

    07/11/2014 1:34:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | July 02, 2014 | Barton Deiters
    Referring to the man who brutally beat and raped her 77-year-old mother as an “animal,” the victim's daughter said she hopes that 31-year-old Shane Chambers gets the same treatment as he spends the rest of his life in prison. “I hope you get to think about this while someone is raping you,” the victim’s daughter said to Chambers who stood a few feet away during the sentencing hearing Wednesday, July 2, in Kent County Circuit Court. "I hope the same thing happens to you," she said. In May, Chambers was found guilty of first-degree home invasion, assault and criminal sexual...
  • DDOT works to keep buses clear of bedbugs ( Detroit )

    07/10/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | Jul 09 2014 | Lauren Podell
    There's a reason why bedbugs are nicknamed "hitchhikers." But Detroit city bus riders don't want to share a ride with them. "I never ever imagined they would be a problem on buses," said Anthony DeRamus. "It makes me uncomfortable."
  • Republican wins second quarter Michigan cash race

    07/09/2014 2:36:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2014 | Abby Smith
    Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) brought in more than $3.35 million in second quarter fundraising, besting her Senate opponent Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) by more than $1.3 million. ADVERTISEMENT The Republican's numbers came from more than $2.15 million raised and a personal contribution of $1.2 million, her campaign announced Wednesday. At the end of June, Land had more than $5.25 million cash on hand. She has outpaced Peters in donations during every fundraising quarter since entering the race to clinch retiring Rep. Carl Levin's (D-Mich.) seat. Peters' campaign announced Wednesday that the congressman has raised nearly...
  • Prominent Political Consultant Tells Detroit To Shuck Off UAW, Democratic Party

    07/09/2014 1:37:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 9, 2014
    DETROIT (WWJ) Prominent Detroit political consultant Adolph Mongo threw a verbal Molatov cocktail with an open letter in Deadline Detroit today saying it’s time for black people to “tell the UAW and Democratic Party to buzz off.” In a long opinion piece, he wrote the two stalwarts of African American political life haven’t done enough to help black people, and it may be time to embrace Republicans. “Look at our recent history and the best years in Detroit came under a working relationship between a black mayor, Coleman A. Young, and a white Republican governor, William Milliken,” he wrote. He’s...
  • Citizens assemble to voice opinions on housing Central American refugees

    07/09/2014 11:12:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    Tuscola County (MICH) Advertiser ^ | July 9, 2014 | Bill Petzold
    VASSAR — Wolverine Human Services officials say Central American child refugees could arrive here in “a couple weeks,” though protesters didn’t roll out a welcome mat outside Vassar City Hall on Monday night. “I want them to go home where they came from,” said Julie Blossom Hunt, 48, of Vassar, one of several dozen people at a pro- test held by Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, or MICE. “I’m a big believer in going (to their home countries) and ministering to them, and helping improve their quality of life for them and for their future.” Monday night’s gathering featured...
  • Michiganders Protest Immigration Issue

    07/08/2014 8:50:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    wilx.com ^ | July 8, 2014
    More than 150 people in Tuscola Co. protested Monday night after learning the non-profit group Wolverine Human Services offered to house some children who crossed the U.S. border illegally near Saginaw. Wolverine runs a juvenile facility in Vassar. It says it has dozens of empty beds. "We don't have a lot of jobs around here," said Tamyra Murray, of Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, who protested the idea. "The cost to the taxpayer would be tremendous, even though Wolverine said it would be at the expense of the federal government-- that's our money. Eventually it would fall on local...
  • An Earth-sized planet that might hold liquid water

    07/08/2014 4:03:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Apr 27, 2014
    An Earth-sized planet that might hold liquid water by Staff Writers Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Apr 27, 2014 An artist's conception of the newly discovered exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186. The planet is the first Earth-sized world to be found orbiting a star at a distance that would allow it to harbor liquid water, a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. Image courtesy NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle. In a dim and faraway solar system, astronomers have for the first time discovered a rocky, Earth-sized planet that might hold liquid water-a necessary ingredient for life as we know...
  • After Detroit, another city ponders bankruptcy

    07/08/2014 12:24:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/8/14 | Jeff Karoub
    As Detroit works to emerge from bankruptcy following a court-supervised overhaul, another Michigan city with strong auto industry bonds could be on the brink of beginning the same process, the latest sign that the spate of municipal defaults may not have ended. Flint, which was the birthplace of General Motors and once had 200,000 residents, also has suffered a spectacular drop in population and factory jobs and a corresponding rise in property abandonment, much like its insolvent big brother an hour's drive south
  • After Detroit, Another City Ponders Bankruptcy

    07/08/2014 11:01:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | By JEFF KAROUB, AP
    As Detroit works to emerge from bankruptcy following a court-supervised overhaul, another Michigan city with strong auto industry bonds could be on the brink of beginning the same process, the latest sign that the spate of municipal defaults may not have ended. If a judge rules against Flint's effort to cut its retiree health care benefits, the city is expected to join about a dozen cities or counties to seek court relief since the beginning of the recession.
  • School Official Says Illegal Language Should Be Removed From Union Contract ( Michigan )

    07/07/2014 11:45:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 5, 2014 | Tom Gantert
    Monroe Public Schools assistant superintendent quick to acknowledge that changes should be made. Unlike school officials in some other districts, the assistant superintendent of the Monroe Public Schools acknowledges that its union contract for teachers has provisions that are in violation of the state's right-to-work law and says they should be removed. The union contract, which runs from March 1, 2014 to Aug. 15, 2016, states that a teacher must pay union dues or an agency fee as a condition of employment. That is in conflict with the state's right-to-work law that took effect March 28, 2013. Assistant Superintendent Ryan...
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

    07/07/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jack Spencer
    Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible. Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action...
  • 13 shot as holiday weekend begins: 'It's like an everyday normal thing' ( Gun Free Chicago )

    07/05/2014 9:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2014 | Peter Nickeas, Michelle Manchir and Liam Ford
    At least 13 people have been shot in Chicago at the start of the long holiday weekend, including a woman killed as she sat on a porch near Garfield Park and a man slain in front of a hair salon on the South Side, police said. ... The mother of the boy, Andrea Byes, said she is planning to move out of the two-flat where she lives with her children because of the violence, drug sales and loitering on the block. "I'm not surprised something like this happened," said Byes, 40. "It was a matter of time. They're all over...
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • Michigan man kills 2-year-old girl by shooting her execution-style to torture her dad: police

    07/04/2014 5:41:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 7/3/14 | Deborah Hastings
    Michigan man kills 2-year-old girl by shooting her execution-style to torture her dad: policeRaymone Bernard Jackson, 24, walked up to the little girl as she sat on her porch with her dad and then opened fire, police said. Then he shot the child’s dad and a 12-year-old family friend. 'Anybody that feels that they can execute a child in the state of Michigan, we’re going to go after them,’ state police said. A little girl sitting on the porch with her daddy on a beautiful summer day was shot execution-style by a “coward” who wanted the child’s father to watch...
  • Michigan man charged in punching death of soccer referee (Knockout Death)

    07/02/2014 4:20:56 PM PDT · by equalator · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-2-2014 | Zachary Slater
    A Michigan referee of an adult-league soccer match died Tuesday, two days after being punched in the head by a player, authorities said. John Bieniewicz, 44, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital from injuries suffered in what police said was an unprovoked attack. The blow left the victim unconscious and not breathing on the field, Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid said. After the attack, the player fled the field and waved his middle finger at the crowd. Bieniewicz was in critical condition when he reached the hospital and was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.
  • Cops: Killer Wanted Dad to See Girl, 2, Die

    07/04/2014 2:15:49 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 29 replies
    Newser ^ | July 4, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    A Michigan man accused of shooting a 2-year-old girl dead at point-blank range as she sat on a porch with her father has been charged with torture as well as first degree murder. Police say the torture charge is because Raymone Bernard Jackson, 24, wanted to torment Kamiya French's father with his daughter's death, making it the last thing he ever saw, the Detroit Free Press reports. Jackson was in court yesterday and another suspect in the killing in the Detroit suburb of Inkster is being questioned. "The first coward's in custody," a police spokesman says. "Anybody that feels that...
  • Moody's pushes Puerto Rico debt deep into junk status

    07/01/2014 2:58:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 01 July 2014
    Ratings company Moody's on Tuesday slashed Puerto Rico's debt rating by three notches into even deeper junk status after the US territory passed a debt-restructuring law. Moody's Investors Service cut the rating to "B2" from "Ba2" and said the outlook was negative, indicating further downgrades were possible. Now dubbed the "Greece of the Caribbean," the archipelago is, like Greece, reeling under massive debt. Over the past decade, the commonwealth's debt has doubled to nearly $70 billion and investors are growing increasingly worried the government is running out of cash. In a bid for debt relief, the Puerto Rican authorities recently...
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • The 15 Most Annoying Expressions in Politics

    06/28/2014 7:43:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    RCP ^ | 06/28/2014 | Carl M. Cannon
    Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation’s capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete, but entrenched, government programs. This is a call to arms to fight them—but only metaphorically.15: “WAR ON [FILL IN THE BLANK]” Syria’s civil war has produced 2.5 million refugees and a death toll of 160,000, a tragedy that has galvanized neither major political party into action. So next time a Democrat brays about the so-called Republican “war on women” or a Republican trumpets the Obama administration’s “war on coal,” tell them you’ve...