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  • Federal Judge Terrence Berg Shot at Detroit Home (UPDATED)

    03/05/2015 7:10:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 37 replies
    WJBK-TV ^ | Thursday, March 5, 2015
    A federal judge has been shot in the leg at his home in Detroit Thursday night. SNIP Police are looking for two suspects in a black Chrysler 200 or 300 series or a Dodge Charger.
  • Man attempting to walk from Detroit to Toronto rescued while crossing ice on Lake St. Clair

    03/05/2015 5:36:53 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 46 replies
    National Post ^ | March 5, 2015 | Trevor Wilhelm
    The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a freezing man from the middle of Lake St. Clair Thursday morning who was trying to walk across the icebound water into Canada. After he was rescued, the 25-year-old American said his plan was to walk from Detroit to Toronto.
  • U.S. Rep. Candice Miller will not seek reelection in 2016

    03/05/2015 1:40:47 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    WDIV ^ | 3-5-2015
    U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2016. "I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the US House of Representatives," Miller said in a statement. "I pledge to support their choice to the very best of my ability, as I pledge to finish my term with a commitment to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I swore in my oath of office."
  • GOP introduces bill to block Internet rules

    03/05/2015 8:06:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/04/2015 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and 19 other Republicans are backing legislation to block the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules on net neutrality. Blackburn's two-page bill, introduced Tuesday, would make sure that the FCC's regulations approved last week would have "no force of effect." It would also restrict the commission from approving any new regulations that are substantially similar, unless Congress first authorized it. The bill's 19 co-sponsors include most of the Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has jurisdiction over the agency. That includes Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), vice chairman of the subcommittee. "My...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit’s growth (but “recovery”?)

    03/02/2015 7:28:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2015 10:02 AM EST | Corey Williams
    When Alison Norris couldn’t find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that’s 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled. What’s available to those without cars—about 40 percent of Detroit’s population, according to federal figures—often are low-paying retail or sales positions far outside the city. […] The...
  • #ShutDownAIPAC Protesters Raise Hezbollah Flag, Call For End Of Israel

    03/01/2015 5:25:25 PM PST · by absentee · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3/1/15 | Amy Miller
    The nasty weather didn’t stop a group of around 60 anti-Israel activists from storming the steps of the Washington Convention Center and blocking at least one entrance to the conference grounds. Code Pink and other anti-Israeli groups went into a frenzy against AIPAC, the “Israel lobby,” and what they believe is the “Apartheid” State of Israel. I also saw harassment of men, women, and children who had done nothing to deserve it except make the mistake of revealing their conference badge before they reached the door. Those who were obviously religious Jews (based on their head coverings, clothing, and...
  • Republicans seek coveted Benjamin Netanyahu speech tickets from boycotting Democrats

    03/02/2015 4:38:49 AM PST · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, March 1, 2015 | By Jacqueline Klimas
    Some Democrats may be boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday, but tickets for non-members to get in to see the affair are proving to be a very hot item. Each member is allotted a ticket to give out for seating in the viewing galleries, similar to a State of the Union address, and they are so in demand that Republicans have pleaded with boycotting Democratic colleagues to share their extras. “I could scalp that ticket, there are so many people who want it,” said Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan Republican. Support for Israel has become dominant within the GOP,...
  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating (Baa2)

    02/27/2015 5:09:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/27/15 | Heather Gillers, Hal Dardick
    The debt-plagued city of Chicago took another financial blow late Thursday when Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating, citing its overwhelming pension burden. Even if recent state pension changes survive a court challenge, the ratings statement said, "we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations." The drop, to a rating of Baa2, could drive up borrowing costs for the city and cause problems with some of Chicago's current interest-rate swap contracts.
  • Murderer says he killed Saginaw prison cellmate 'because he was a child molester'

    02/27/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    http://www.mlive.com ^ | february 23, 2015 | andy hoag
     When given the chance, a convicted murderer had straightforward explanation for killing his cellmate in October at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. "The reason I killed him was because he was a child molester," Steven D. Sandison said Monday, Feb. 23, in Saginaw County Circuit Court. Speaking during his plea hearing before Chief Circuit Judge Fred L. Borchard, the 51-year-old Sandison was polite, addressing the judge as "sir," in explaining why he killed Theodore Dyer on Oct. 29 at the prison in Freeland. At Borchard's request, Sandison first answered questions from his attorney, James Gust, to establish a "factual basis" for why he...
  • Mississippi officers now required to learn Spanish to better reach the community

    02/27/2015 7:48:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kyle Rothenberg
    Police officers in Jackson, Mississippi are now required to take a Spanish-language class four times a year, according to Jackson Police Department Police Chief Lee Vance. “The purpose of this program is for our officers to learn basic commands,” said Vance. “We’re not looking to make anybody fluent.” Vance also said the Spanish class is a part of a pre-scheduled Jackson Police Department’s in-service training program which included topics like constitutional law and reviewing pursuit policies. Each Spanish class is two-hours long and mandatory for all officers. If an officer refuses to attend the class—which has never happened—he or she...
  • Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions’ Armor

    02/25/2015 7:24:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 20015 | By Mary Williams Walsh
    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that state’s public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers. The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy...
  • FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

    02/25/2015 10:18:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-25-2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.” Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.
  • Mistrial Declared For St. Clair Shores Police Officer In Robbery Case ("stole back" stolen iPhone)

    02/22/2015 10:31:35 AM PST · by Drew68 · 15 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 21 Feb 2015
    <p>DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the case of an off-duty suburban police sergeant accused of robbing three men suspected in the theft of a cellphone belonging to his daughter.</p> <p>Wayne County Circuit Judge Tim Kenny declared a mistrial Friday for Michael Notoriano. The suspended St. Clair Shores officer was charged with armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment stemming from the July 2013 incident.</p>
  • Lesbian Couple Says Michigan Doctor Refused To Treat Their Baby

    02/21/2015 6:59:22 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 107 replies
    TPM Livewire ^ | February 19, 2015 | Tracy Walsh
    Two Michigan parents said that a local doctor recently refused to see their six-day-old child because they are lesbians, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday... Jami and Krista Contreras said they made an appointment with pediatrician Vesna Roi at the advice of their midwife, according to television station WJBK. But when they brought their daughter for an appointment with the pediatrician, they said they were met by another doctor who told them that Roi would not treat a baby with two mothers, according to the Free Press. Roi sent a letter of apology to the parents, later acquired by the...
  • Detroit: Muslim who stabbed non-Muslims after asking if they were Muslim not charged with hate crime

    02/21/2015 5:16:46 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 64 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/20/15 | Robert Spencer
    He is a Muslim. He asked his victims if they were Muslim. Then he stabbed them when they say they weren’t. If this isn’t a hate crime, what is? The fact that Terrence Lavaron Thomas has not been charged with a hate crime shows yet again that hate crime laws are political tools in the hands of the powerful, used to menace the powerless groups they dislike. In the Detroit area, the Muslim community is powerful — so this must not be a hate crime. “Detroit Muslim accused of stabbing victims over religion not charged with hate crime,” by Gus...
  • Great Lakes “likely to have the most ice since records began,” says meteorologist

    02/21/2015 7:27:19 AM PST · by shove_it · 86 replies
    IceAgeNow ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Robert
    “Great Lakes ice is now running ahead of last year and ice will increase with more brutal cold coming,” says meteorologist Joe d’Aleo. “We are likely to have the most ice since records began.” “By the end of February the entire country east of the Rockies will have averaged below normal,” says d’Aleo. “Boston will have either the coldest or second coldest month in their history. It is nearly 13F below normal in Cleveland and all points east for February. Boston has the second most snow for the season and is very likely to be the snowiest ever by the...
  • Record cold continues; next week could be colder

    02/20/2015 9:07:46 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    WoodTV.com (Channel 8; Grand Rapids, MI) ^ | 19FEB2015 | Kyle Underwood
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cold weather records continue to fall across West Michigan and more brutal cold is on the way. Friday morning’s low of -13 degrees in Grand Rapids tied the existing record low set in 1966. Hundreds of schools closed due to the extremely cold temperatures with wind chills colder than -20 degrees. Thursday’s high of 7 degrees in Grand Rapids was a new record for the coldest high temperature for the date, and we’re already on pace for this to be one of the coldest February months ever. We’ll briefly warm to the upper 20s on...
  • Camera records cougar eating a deer in Upper Peninsula

    02/20/2015 4:48:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 33 replies
    WZZM ^ | February 19, 2015 | Christopher Zoladz
    MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says recent video of a cougar is the 28th confirmed sighting in the Upper Peninsula since 2008. The DNR posted a 60 second video Feb. 19 of the cat feeding on a deer carcass in Mackinac County. Two hunters from Remus used a trail camera to capture video of the male cougar repeatedly returning to the deer kill site to eat. The DNR says cougars were originally native to Michigan, but were driven out of the state around 1900. The last known cougar taken in the wild occurred in...
  • The University of Michigan's Tolerance Problem

    02/18/2015 9:53:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    I once asked my late father if he had any experiences with anti-Semitism. There weren't many. Although that was probably in part because of his scoring methodology. The Irish kids who beat up the Jewish kids in his Bronx neighborhood didn't do so because they were anti-Semitic, but because "they had to fight somebody," as my dad put it. Today, such behavior would probably be called a hate crime. So I suppose that's progress. He did tell me that the first time someone said to him "Don't Jew me" was during his freshman year at the University of Michigan. He...
  • Police: Muslim man stabs two after discussion about religious beliefs

    02/17/2015 3:34:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2015 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Terrence Lavaron Thomas faces multiple state charges A Detroit man stabbed two people at a suburban bus stop after asking his victims whether or not they were Muslim, according to police. Federal authorities are now looking at the case as a potential hate crime, police said on Tuesday. Both of the victims were standing at the bus stop outside of Detroit with the suspect on Saturday, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said. Several people there “engaged in conversation” until the suspect, identified by Hawkins as 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas, “asked some of the folks there if they were Muslims.” Two...
  • Muslim man stabbed two others over religious beliefs at a Southfield bus stop, police say

    02/17/2015 3:15:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 40 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 17, 2015 | Ian Thibodeau
    SOUTHFIELD, MI - Southfield police have arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly stabbed two other men multiple times at a bus stop near Northland Mall in Southfield Saturday night. Terrence Lavaron Thomas, of Detroit, will be arraigned on charges of two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and one count of possession of marijuana. Thomas's bail was set at $1 million cash or surety bond. According to police, Thomas attacked the victims, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old man from Detroit, after he "made several comments about his religion and...
  • Top Lawmakers Launch Counterattack on Obama Anti-Israel Campaign

    02/14/2015 7:29:08 AM PST · by kindred · 6 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Republicans voice support for Netanyahu congressional speech Top Republican leaders took to public and private channels Thursday to expose a coordinated campaign by the Obama administration to attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his acceptance of an invitation to speak before Congress, according to conversations with multiple lawmakers and leading pro-Israel insiders. The statements, many of which were obtained by the Washington Free Beacon in conversations with leaders in Congress, come in the aftermath of a widely cited New York Times report in which Obama administration officials accused Netanyahu of breaking diplomatic protocol by agreeing to speak before receiving...
  • Why Did This Republican Vote Against The Keystone Pipeline?

    02/12/2015 9:43:31 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/12/2015 | PG Veer
    Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the sole Republican in the House to vote against the latest version of the bill advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Amash says he supports the construction of the pipeline, but he opposes legislation singling out one company. He has previously voted present on Keystone, but the addition of “new, unrelated sections empowering the EPA and the federal government with respect to local energy efficiency” pushed him to a no. In a statement published on his Facebook page, the tea party favorite said that the bill includes a lot of cronyism. Since 2013 he has argued...
  • GM confirms Bolt 50-state electric car built in Mich. (a new ObamaMobile!)

    02/12/2015 8:04:07 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/12/15
    General Motors Co (GM.N) said Thursday it will build the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at an assembly plant near Detroit, where it will invest $200 million for the project. The compact Bolt, shown as a concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show last month, is designed to have a range of 200 miles, and will cost about $30,000 apiece after tax breaks. GM's announcement confirms a report last week by Reuters that the Bolt would be produced at the under-used Orion assembly plant in Michigan. The only electric car currently available with a 200-mile range is the Tesla Model S,...
  • Rep. Brandon Dillon: Why I'm now pro-choice on abortion

    02/09/2015 7:17:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 49 replies
    mlive.com ^ | February 05, 2015 | guest writer
    Democratic state Rep. Brandon Dillon represents the 75th House District, which includes part of the city of Grand Rapids. He is in his third and final term in the House. Growing up, I always considered myself "pro-life." As someone who was raised in Grand Rapids, went to Catholic school for 13 years, and has been blessed with beautiful (and active!) twin 12-year-old boys of my own, it was just part of who I was and the community I came from. That's why, as an elected official at both the county and state level, I previously sought the endorsement of Right...
  • Democratic state Rep. Gretchen Driskell announces bid for 7th Congressional seat in 2016 (MI)

    02/09/2015 7:00:13 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 5 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-9-2015 | Will Forgrave
    JACKSON, MI - The first female mayor of Saline hopes to keep her streak going and become the first female representative in Michigan's 7th Congressional District, currently held by Republican incumbent Tim Walberg. Driskell, a Democrat in her second term representing the 52nd District in Michigan's House of Representatives, announced her candidacy Monday morning, Feb. 9. "I believe in helping neighbors in my district," the Saline resident said. "I hope to bring their concerns to Washington and work toward a better Michigan. I don't believe they're getting the representation they deserve."
  • Attack at Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven (Michigan)

    02/08/2015 7:19:53 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 62 replies
    Wood TV ^ | February 8, 2015 | By 24 Hour News 8 Web Staff
    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD)– Officers from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety are investigating after a man crashed his truck through the Coast Guard Station Gate and assaulted U.S. Coast Guard personnel. This happened just after 6:00 a.m. Sunday. According to officials, the suspect broke into the station and threatened he had an explosive device in his truck. Authorities say all U.S. Coast Guard personnel are safe. At this time, Harbor Drive and the boardwalk are closed until further notice. Residents of Sand Piper Condos are advised to shelter in place. If you live there, stay in your residence...
  • 1 arrested after crash into Grand Haven Coast Guard Station, personnel assaulted (MI)

    02/08/2015 7:18:28 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    mlive.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Dillon Davis
    GRAND HAVEN, MI - A suspect is in custody this morning after breaking into the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven and assaulting Coast Guard personnel, according to a release by the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. Per the release, the male suspect crashed his truck through the gate of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station, 601 S. Harbor Drive, before breaking into the facility at approximately 6:07 a.m, on Sunday, Feb. 8. The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven is located at 601 S. Harbor Drive. U.S. Coast Guard The suspect, whose name has not yet...
  • GOP strategist Greg McNeilly sees West Michigan's attitude on gay marriage shifting

    02/07/2015 1:54:18 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 23 replies
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | 2/7/2015 | Shandra Martinez
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Greg McNeilly occupies the chasm dividing gay rights activists and conservative Republicans. The GOP strategist unabashedly claims membership in the two groups that have been on opposite sides of the battle over legalizing gay marriage. McNeilly's marriage to Lansing attorney Doug Meeks is one of 300 that will now be recognized by the state following a federal court injunction, and Gov. Rick Snyder's decision not to appeal the decision. Savoring the legal victory is difficult for McNeilly when thousands of same sex couples can not be married or have their marriages recognized in this state. The...
  • After 2 historic months of jobs growth, Illinois still lagging

    02/05/2015 8:17:17 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | February 3 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois still lays claim to the worst recession recovery in the nation. According to the BLS household survey, there are still 216,000 fewer Illinoisans working than when the Great Recession began, the worst of any state and one of only 22 states that still have fewer people working than when the recession started. .... The business-establishment survey for the 2008-2014 period shows 114,000 fewer payroll jobs in Illinois than when the recession began, the second-worst record of any state, and one of only 15 states yet to break even on the recession. Only New Jersey is down more payroll jobs....
  • Federal Court Rules Religious Organizations Can Hire (and Fire) for Religious Reasons

    02/05/2015 12:08:44 PM PST · by aimhigh · 2 replies
    Action Institute Power Blog ^ | 02/05/2015 | Joe Carter
    Earlier today a federal appeals court handed down an important ruling that protects the liberties of religious organizations. . . . . According to the court opinion, Alyce Conlon worked at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (IVCF) in Michigan as a spiritual director, involved in providing religious counsel and prayer. She informed IVCF that she was contemplating divorce, . . . When Conlon’s marital situation continued to worsen despite counseling efforts, IVCF terminated her employment. Although IVCF is not a church, the court recognized that as a Christian organization, whose purpose is to advance the understanding and practice of Christianity in colleges...
  • Workers Try to Boot Union for Fourth Time After ‘Rigged’ Election ( Alabama - UAW )

    02/04/2015 3:26:42 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 4, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Anti-union forces claim UAW ‘stuffed’ ballot box. Workers in Alabama are staging a fourth attempt to kick the United Auto Workers (UAW) out of their plant following claims that stuffed ballot boxes derailed their last vote. Employees at the NTN-Bower Corporation, a ball bearings manufacturer, have unsuccessfully tried to boot the labor giant out of their factory for two years. Workers voted to decertify the UAW in an earlier election, but an Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) panel threw out the election. Another election was held in January of this year. The UAW prevailed, but it was later revealed...
  • Gov. Snyder: Michigan will recognize about 300 gay marriages

    02/04/2015 2:46:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 5:09 PM EST | David Eggert
    Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were quickly performed in the hours before an appeals court blocked a ruling legalizing the unions, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday. The Republican said he wouldn’t appeal a federal court’s ruling last month that required the state to recognize the marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The governor’s decision means the ruling takes effect Thursday and could affect the couples’ health insurance coverage, their ability to jointly adopt children and other state benefits. “The judge has determined that same-sex couples were legally married on that day, and we will follow the...
  • Dems give Israeli ambassador earful over Netanyahu speech

    02/04/2015 11:51:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 2:45 PM EST | Donna Cassata and Charles Babington
    In a sometimes heated meeting with Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., several House Democrats expressed anger Wednesday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of a Republican invitation to address Congress next month. Some of the seven lawmakers—all of whom are Jewish and strong supporters of Israel—urged the prime minister to postpone the speech or hold it somewhere other than Congress, participants said. They told Ambassador Ron Dermer that Netanyahu was unwise to accept a GOP invitation that bypassed President Barack Obama, and to schedule the speech only two weeks before Netanyahu seeks another term in Israel’s elections. The meeting’s purpose...
  • Contractor: Ford Motor fired me because I oppose gay ‘marriage’

    02/04/2015 12:20:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/4/15 | Dustin Siggins
    DETROIT, MI, February 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A former contractor with Ford Motor Company has sued, saying the auto giant and contracting firm RGBSI violated his civil rights when he was fired for his religious opposition to same-sex "marriage."In a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and provided to LifeSiteNews, Thomas Banks said that he was fired after commenting on Ford's policy related to same-sex relationships. According to Banks, Ford invited employees to comment on the policy, which Banks -- who was an employee of RGBSI at the time -- did.Within two weeks, Banks had met with a...
  • 11-year-old packs big surprise for home invaders

    02/04/2015 9:08:38 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    WND.com ^ | 4FEB2015 | Leo Hohman
    Rule number one for any child: Never talk to strangers. But an 11-year-old Lapeer County, Michigan, girl went above and beyond the call of duty, and her heroic actions may have saved her from harm during a home invasion last week by two hardened criminals.
  • Factory worker who can't afford a car walks 21 miles to work and back every day

    02/02/2015 2:25:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 84 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3rd February 2015 | James Gordon
    For ten years James Robertson hasn't missed a single day of work. What's even more remarkable is that Robertson walks a round trip of 21 miles a day just to get there. For five days a week, Robertson, 56, trudges from his home in Detroit to his job at the factory where he works in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He's walked the walk ever since his 1988 Honda Accord quit on him more than 10 years ago. His job pays him $10.55 an hour, which he claims is not enough for him to buy his own car, but that may well...
  • State suspends Lathrup Village abortion clinic license after failed health inspection

    02/02/2015 8:55:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    candgnews.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Kayla Dimick
    LATHRUP VILLAGE — According to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, the state has suspended the license of a local clinic where abortions are performed after authorities discovered several health code violations. On Nov. 21, Women’s Center of Southfield, located at 28505 Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, had its surgical outpatient facility license suspended for violating seven health codes, according to state officials. According to a document sent to the facility by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the center failed to maintain a sterile facility and inform a patient of risks, consent or complications of a procedure. Workers allegedly...
  • Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers

    02/01/2015 6:28:47 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Jack Spencer
    A study paid for by the Michigan Corn Growers Association was recently reported in the news media as though it had been conducted independently. This public relations coup for the ethanol industry was pulled off by touting it as “a Michigan State University study” and omitting the fact that it was done on behalf of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. Reporters then assumed it was an academic study conducted independently of the ethanol industry. On Dec. 17, Michigan Capitol Confidential asked MSU spokesman Jason Cody if the study “Greenhouse Gas Reduction in Michigan Due to Ethanol Fuel Use,” was an...
  • Protestors march through streets of Ann Arbor after decision to not charge officer in fatal shooting

    01/31/2015 8:05:29 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | John Counts
    A group of more than a hundred gathered in front of Ann Arbor's Justice Center and City Hall Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to protest Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie's decision to not charge police officer David Ried in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Aura Rosser. Monique Barker was the first to speak to the crowd through a megaphone outside 310 East Huron Street, which houses City Hall, the 15th District Court and the Ann Arbor Police Department. "You can pretend that she deserved to die or that her life doesn't matter, so long as you're a cop or a racist...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • Snyder’s Road Tax Reforms is a Bad Path for Michigan

    01/30/2015 6:09:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30,2015 | Gannon LeBlanc
    After the 2014 midterm elections, a lame-duck session of lawmakers got together to strike one final blow against the citizens of Michigan who voted them out. They are pushing for a new tax reform that would tie Michigan for having the second-highest state sales tax in the country at 7 percent. The lawmakers claim that the revenue is needed to fund government services like and local schools and roads despite the fact that it would also double Michigan’s fuel tax, making it the highest in the country. For the sake of the Great Lake State’s economy, Michiganders should reject such...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Senior With Cancer-Stricken Wife Shoots And Kills Armed Home Invader In Michigan

    01/30/2015 5:05:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | January 29, 2015 | Bob Owens
    I can’t imagine the terror that must have been running through the mind of the 74-year-old Southgate, Michigan homeowner just before 5:00 AM this morning as a home invader broke in. The homeowner armed himself and stepped outside the bedroom to protect his cancer-stricken wife as she called 911. The homeowner ran into the armed home invader. According to investigators, the home invader raised his weapon, and the homeowner was forced to fire to save his life.
  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases ( Criminal invaders & Amnesty )

    01/29/2015 8:27:37 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    kcrs tv ^ | Jan 29, 2015
    U.S. experienced record number of cases last year. A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. ... 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be linked directly to Disney Parks. The rest are in Michigan, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico. ... The U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases last year, with 644 infections from 27 states despite being largely eliminated in 2000.
  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...