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  • Feds Arrest Nearly 70 Illegal Immigrants in Michigan- 67 were nabbed as part of ICE sting operation

    04/03/2012 3:46:02 AM PDT · by equaviator · 24 replies
    FOX 17 News ^ | April 2, 2012 | Jonathan Seely
    MICHIGAN— Over 3,000 convicted immigration fugitives were arrested as part of a nation-wide sting operation, with nearly 70 of them in Michigan. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led the six day operation, said to be the largest of its kind. In all, it involved 1,900 ICE officers, with assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations. Arrests were made in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, three US territories and Washington DC. Of the 3,100 arrests, 67 were made in Michigan. Twenty-one were arrested in the Detroit area, 19 in the Grand Rapids area and the remainder was arrested around the...
  • "Bankrupting" Public Unions

    04/02/2012 6:22:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 2, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Distressed cities are finally doing what they should have been doing long ago, declaring bankruptcy to force concessions from public unions. Numbers are still a trickle, but at soon as a major city such as Oakland or LA selects that option, we will likely see a torrent of municipal bankruptcies. At a packed, two-day conference on municipal woes sponsored by Michael Stanton, the publisher of The Bond Buyer Distressed Cities Discuss Bold Tactics in a New Fiscal Era. The conference was devoted to a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the more powerful tools being used in many cities...
  • Teacher's aide suspended for refusing to let school look at her Facebook page

    04/02/2012 5:27:43 AM PDT · by rawhide · 55 replies ^ | 4-2-12 | Christine Show
    A teacher's aide was suspended after she refused to let the school district she worked access her Facebook profile. Officials at the Frank Squires Elementary School in Cassopolis, Michigan insisted they check Kimberly Hester's account last year after she posted a picture of a co-worker wearing pants around the ankles and a pair of shoes. The woman is trying to take legal action against the school now that she has been put on unpaid leave. She told WSBT-TV: 'I did nothing wrong. And I would not, still to this day, let them in my Facebook. And I don't think it's...
  • Jesse Jackson Says Tea Party Wants To Sink Ship To ‘Destroy Captain’

    03/29/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | March 29, 2012 | Carol Cain
    DETROIT (CBS 62) Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by the Michigan Matters set to talk with host Carol Cain about developments in the Trayvon Martin murder case and the emergency manager saga playing out in Detroit. Jackson also offered a frank assessment of Gov. Rick Snyder’s dealings with the Motor City financial crisis. “You can’t separate the largest organ in your body from who you are,” he said about the state’s relationship with the city. “Detroit doesn’t have a problem, Michigan has a problem. Why is Detroit in crisis? We bailed out the automotive industry but the city has not been...
  • DNR to Kill Hogs and Small Family Farm Incomes

    03/29/2012 2:26:15 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sherry Tomfeld
    The ISO to be imposed on April 1 considers all but eight breeds of hogs to be feral. Those eight breeds are used in confinement buildings. That means the DNR can drive onto farms and homesteads that raise other breeds of swine and kill them on the spot.
  • Homeowner Shoots At Thief (MI)

    03/28/2012 4:43:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 21 March, 2012 | NA
    A Lansing homeowner shot at a suspected thief after finding the man in his home Tuesday evening. Police say the man returned to his home on the 700 block of Cleveland around 5:25 p.m. and saw a man run from the back of his house. The homeowner went inside and found another man inside. He recognized the second suspect, and fired a shotgun at him. The second suspect was not injured and left the home. When police arrived, he directed officers to the home where the suspect lives; he was taken into custody. That man is expected to be arraigned...
  • Elderly Detroiter Says He Fatally Shot Suspected Teen Burglar

    03/28/2012 2:59:55 PM PDT · by taildragger · 40 replies
    My Fox Detroit ^ | Updated: Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012, 5:42 PM EDT | Alexis Wiley
    DETROIT (WJBK) -- It happened around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. Willie White said he only had one bullet in his gun, but that one bullet was enough to protect himself and his family. "I put one bullet in the gun just in case. I was hoping I wouldn't have to use it," he remarked. However, the 75-year-old was given no other choice. He said he and his wife were in bed when they he heard a banging noise near the side door. He instantly knew what was happening. "Somebody's trying to break-in," he explained.
  • LeDuff to Minister Malik Shabazz: Burn Down Detroit, Are You Out of Your Mind?

    03/28/2012 12:42:59 PM PDT · by bkopto · 58 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | Mar 27, 2012 | Charlie LeDuff
    Minister Malik Shabazz made headlines when he made this impassioned remark at a Detroit financial review meeting on Monday: "This is white supremacy, and we will fight you. Before you can take over our city, we will burn it down first." Shabazz is upset that Governor Rick Snyder will appoint an emergency manager to run the city of Detroit if it cannot find a way to restructure the budget. SNIP "Because -- and when I say white supremacy, that's not an assault on my white brothers and sisters -- I'm talking about institutions, power, financiers, bankers, they willfully, skillfully and...
  • New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz threatens to burn Detroit down

    03/28/2012 7:18:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 165 replies ^ | 03/28/2012 | Joe Newby
    Angry over steps being taken due to a financial emergency in Detroit, New Black Panther Party leader Malik Shabazz declared he would burn the city down. "This is white on black crime," he said during public comment at the two hour meeting held Monday afternoon. "This is white supremacy. Before you can take over our city, we will burn it down," he added. A post at highlights some of the messages sparked by Shabazz's threat: "For Detroit that probably qualifies as Urban Renewal," wrote one person. "What? Theres nothing left to burn," wrote another. Last December, talk show host...
  • Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government

    03/28/2012 2:59:59 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27th 2012 | Associated Press
    DETROIT — A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government’s case against seven members of a Michigan militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the members’ expressed hatred of law enforcement didn’t amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case.
  • EMPLOYERS BEWARE: This is how Muslims deceive you prior to suing you

    03/27/2012 7:37:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Bare Naked islam ^ | 3/26/12 | barenakedislam
    Muslim woman applies for job at McDonald’s wearing no headbag (hijab). She arrives at work the first day wearing a headbag which is prohibited. Soon she will have the litigation jihadists from CAIR filing a lawsuit against McDonalds on her behalf. The Muslim job applicant reported to CAIR-MI that she recently applied for employment at a McDonald’s restaurant in Rochester Hills, Mich. During the interview, she alleges that one of the restaurant managers told her that wearing an Islamic headbag, or hijab, would be a problem. The applicant contacted the manager within a week after the interview to inquire about...
  • Mich. militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against government

    03/27/2012 4:28:51 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2012 | Ed White
    DETROIT — A federal judge dismissed the most serious charges Tuesday against seven members of a Michigan militia who were rounded up as homegrown extremists accused of plotting war against the U.S., saying their expressed hatred of law enforcement didn’t amount to conspiracy against the government. The decision is an embarrassment for the government, which secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia four years ago and claimed members were armed for war in rural southern Michigan.
  • Protesters disrupt financial review board hearing in Detroit

    03/26/2012 8:06:20 PM PDT · by petenmi · 16 replies · 24+ views
    DETROIT - The state-appointed review team tasked with combing through Detroit's money troubles reiterated Monday that the city is facing monumental financial strain and wants Gov. Rick Snyder to continues consent agreement talks with mayor Dave Bing. "We declared that the city of Detroit is under severe financial stress, that there exists within the city a financial emergency," said review team member Conrad Mallett Jr. "We still, I think the majority of the persons on the emergency review board believe that an agreement can be struck between the state treasurer and the mayor that will give the city a go-forward...
  • Property Tax Revolution in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan

    03/26/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 7+ views ^ | March 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The granddaddy of property tax revolts is now underway in North Dakota. The North Dakota group, Empower the Taxpayer writes "On June 12, 2012, the voters of North Dakota will have the opportunity to make North Dakota truly 'Legendary', as the first to pass a state constitutional amendment that will abolish the property tax, prioritize spending by the legislature, and finally give local governments something they never had: true local control over spending." Public unions and proponents of big government are now involved in a major wave of fearmongering because North Dakota counties get about 60 percent of their revenue...
  • Police: Retired Detroit Officer Fataly Shot Armed Robber(MI)

    03/24/2012 6:26:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 23 March, 2012 | RON SAVAGE
    DETROIT (WJBK ) -- It was a slow, sleepy Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Dollar General on East Lafayette in Detroit. Two guys walked into the store. One of them had a gun. They forced a female employee to give them a bag of cash, but the security guard at the store is a retired Detroit police officer. He worked in the homicide division. He said what's the deal. Investigators say one of the bad guys with the gun pointed it at the retired officer, but in one, swift move he pulled his gun and shot the armed...
  • Victim shoots at suspects after attempted Bedford Twp. burglary

    03/24/2012 6:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 March, 2012 | Nick Bade
    BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (WTOL) – Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for three men they say lured a Bedford Township resident out of his home in an attempt to steal from him. Police say one suspect got the homeowner to come into his front yard while two more entered the home through the back door. When the homeowner became suspicious of the suspect, he went back inside and interrupted the attempted burglary in progress. All the suspects fled as the homeowner got a hand gun. As the suspects were fleeing in a minivan the victim fired one shot, hitting the...
  • Cedar Rapids among five cities where anti-Limbaugh ads will run [Huckabee is a rat!]

    03/23/2012 10:02:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 23 March 2012 | AP
    Rush Limbaugh’s opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star’s attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they’re going after bigger game. He’s already fighting back and the group’s stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities....
  • State Demands Child Take Cancer-Causing Drugs

    03/23/2012 6:54:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | March 16, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    In what is being seen as a preview of a fully implemented Obamacare, government officials in Michigan are demanding that a 9-year-old child follow standard procedure and take a dangerous course of cancer medications that can cause additional cancer – even though the boy has had three scans indicating an absence of the disease. The case is being fought on behalf of Ken and Erin Stieler and their son Jacob by attorneys with the Home School Legal Defense Association. The organization concerns itself with home school rights, responsibilities and restrictions but also intercedes in cases that could have a significant...
  • Would-be Robber Taken Out by Store Customer(MI)

    03/23/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Jason Volentine
    A man walked into Spike N' Mike's Party Store around 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, intending to rob the place, according to the store's owner. The suspect, identified by a relative as Robert Slanger, didn't count on a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer stepping in, however. "I look at the cashier, I kind of know him, I come in there every day. I whispered to him, I mouthed to him, 'Are you getting robbed right now?' He said, 'Yeah,' like really scared," said Zack Thome, the GVSU college student who tackled the suspect. The store, located at the busy corner of...
  • 21 Sterling Heights police command officers suspended

    03/23/2012 4:28:10 AM PDT · by equaviator · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Daily Tribune ^ | 3/22/2012 | Gordon Wilczynski
    Twenty-one Sterling Heights police command officers have been suspended 10 to 30 days for the inaccurate submission of time cards. Police Chief Michael Reese could not be reached for comment, but he made his feelings clear at a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. A report, released by Internal Affairs Lt. Luke Riley on Wednesday to The Macomb Daily under the Freedom of Information Act, said the suspensions range from 30 days for lieutenants to 10-day suspensions for sergeants. Riley said the officers violated a department manual of rules that stipulates they are required to submit accurate timecards. The suspensions were...
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).
  • Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

    03/22/2012 7:29:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will...
  • Political leaders fight to prevent Selfridge cuts

    03/21/2012 2:55:39 AM PDT · by equaviator · 12 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 20, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    In an atmosphere more like a pep rally than a press conference, County Executive Mark Hackel told a group of business, community and military leaders today that the widespread regional opposition to cuts proposed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base will pay off. “I would be shocked if those cuts go through, because of the commitment of the people out there in Macomb County and across the region,” said Hackel, addressing a crowd of about 60 people in Chesterfield Township prior to the monthly meeting of the Selfridge Base and Community Council. At the same time, in Washington Sen. Carl...
  • Tornadoes Rip Through Michigan, Destroy or Damage Over 100 Homes

    03/16/2012 9:46:49 AM PDT · by shove_it · 23 replies
    Yahoo via ABC ^ | 16 Mar 2012 | KEVIN DOLAK
    Three reported tornadoes tore through southeastern Michigan Thursday, destroying 13 homes and leaving 105 houses significantly damaged, while downing power lines, sparking fires and flooding streets in Dexter, Mich. Sheriff's spokesman Derrick Jackson said there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities. A tornado touchdown was reported in Dexter and the surrounding area northwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan Thursday night, according to Marc Breckenridge, director of Emergency Management for Washtenaw County. The National Weather Service said a "significant'' tornado touched down in Washtenaw County at about 5:15 p.m., and there were over 200 reports of severe weather Thursday from...
  • Flint Police violated man's rights by kicking him out of meeting, gun-rights adovcates say(MI)

    03/15/2012 6:46:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, Michigan -- A spokesperson for a national organization that supports the open carry of firearms said Flint Police violated the rights of a man who authorities asked to leave the State of the City Address at City Hall because he was wearing a pistol strapped to his side in plain view. Spokespeople from groups that advocate open carry firearm rights said Flint Police violated the rights of an Occupy Flint protestor when they asked him to leave the State of the City Address on Monday at City Hall because he was carrying a firearm. "This is clearly a violation...
  • PHOTOS: Tornado Pics & Damage Images (Dexter, MI)

    WXYZ) - An intense line of storms is bringing tornadoes rain, winds and hail to southeast Michigan.
  • When Is Quoting Van Halen a Crime?(FIRE,gun)

    03/15/2012 2:36:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    This week Gary D. Russi, president of Oakland University in Michigan, rejected a request from the Foundation for Inividual Rights in Education (FIRE) to reconsider the three-semester suspension imposed on a student for commenting on the attractiveness of his creative writing instructor in a journal he maintained as part of the course. The "daybook" was supposed to be "a place for a writer to try out ideas and record impressions and observations," including "freewriting/brainstorming" and "creative entries." The student, Joseph Corlett, says his instructor, Pamela Mitzelfeld, repeatedly assured him that no topic was off limits, which turned out to be...
  • Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Breaks Down

    03/09/2012 7:03:51 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 27 replies
    Consumer Reports, via Yahoo ^ | March 8, 2012 | Consumer Reports Staff
    Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken. We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual...
  • Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]

    03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ben Klayman
    A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image. "It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday. In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to...
  • Karma Comedian: Obama's 'Undriveable' Electric Car

    03/12/2012 6:02:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Industrial Policy: A leading consumer product testing firm takes one of the administration's dream green cars for a spin and had to call a gasoline-powered flatbed truck to tow the lemon away. At least it can go from zero to $529 million in stimulus dollars in nothing flat. When the testers at Consumer Reports took it for a test drive, not only was the $107,850 dream car unable to complete the evaluation, but also it had to be towed away, a visible metaphor for the Obama administration's green energy failures. In a test conducted last Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine,...
  • Live Election Results From Mississippi

    03/13/2012 5:50:30 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2012 | ANON
    Republican Results Mar. 13, 2012| Polls Close: 8:00 pm ET County Results » Exit Poll » 7of 1,889Precincts Reporting | ★ = Projected Winner | Delegates = Estimated Delegate Count Read more:
  • No more iPods or paid parking tickets; DHS updates rules on how it'll help foster kids

    03/13/2012 2:49:37 PM PDT · by Kieri · 7 replies
    MLive/ ^ | 03/13/2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING — Michigan has made several changes to its Foster Youth in Transition Program in light of an audit that found it spent thousands of dollars on iPods, prom dresses, senior trips and a traffic ticket. The audit, released last month, found that the Michigan Department of Human Services did not effectively evaluate and monitor the payments and services it provided to youth transitioning out of foster care. The program is 80 percent funded by federal funds and 20 percent with state general fund dollars. State representatives questioned DHS officials about the audit and changes made during a House committee...
  • Ann Arbor 5th-graders find black doll in tree with chain around neck

    03/13/2012 1:57:41 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 40 replies ^ | 3-13-2012 | Danielle Arndt
    A black doll with a chain around its neck was discovered hanging from a tree on Ann Arbor Public Schools property Tuesday, according to an email from the elementary school’s principal. A group of six to seven fifth-grade girls at Burns Park Elementary found the doll while outside on recess. District Spokeswoman Liz Margolis said the doll was stuck in between two high limbs in a tree on the east side of the school’s property. She said the position of the doll did not resemble a hanging. A few of the girls that discovered the doll were black, Margolis said....
  • Detroit Unveils New 9-1-1 Policy: No Serious Danger? You’ll Get Transferred

    03/13/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The Detroit Police Department unveiled a new 9-1-1 policy recently, and it’s got some people worried. Why? Because unless there seems to be an imminent threat, callers will get transferred to a crime reporting unit. “This is how it works,” WJBK-TV explains. “If you’ve been held up and the gunman is long gone, or you’ve been assaulted but not too badly, or your home has been broken into, that’s not 911 anymore. They’ll transfer you or you can call the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit yourself at 313-267-4600.”
  • Rep. Tim Walberg could face challenge from former Rep. Joe Schwarz, newsletter says

    03/13/2012 6:06:55 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Bob Wheaton | ^ | March 12, 2012 | Bob Wheaton
    Michigan Democrats are trying to convince former Rep. Joe Schwarz to run, Dave Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the newsletter, said on Twitter on Monday evening. He cited unnamed Michigan sources, who said the Democrats are "close" to getting Schwarz to run against Walberg. Walberg, R-Tipton, represents the 7th Congressional District that includes Jackson County. Schwarz, of Battle Creek, lost to Walberg in the 2006 Republican primary. Schwarz lives outside the district now that boundary lines have been redrawn. But U.S. House candidates are not required to live in a district to represent it.
  • Selfridge Air National Guard council blasts Carl Levin on base cuts

    03/13/2012 3:03:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    In a scathing letter from the Selfridge Base Council, the civilians who assist the Air National Guard Base blasted U.S. Sen. Carl Levin for failing to take a firm stand against Pentagon cuts planned for the facility. The letter from the 10-member council questions Levin’s allegiances and claims that the senator’s staff has snubbed them. The Base Council also warns that the plans to eliminate the 24-plane 107th Fighter Squadron would inevitably lead to the closure of the 3,600-acre Harrison Township base. “Your office has led us to believe that you support the president’s budget and we are not satisfied...
  • Jackson County committee OKs policy to allow employees to carry guns at work(MI)

    03/12/2012 10:14:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 12 March, 2012 | Brad Flory
    JACKSON — Jackson County may soon become the first government body in Michigan, as far as it knows, to let employees to carry concealed pistols at work. A revised policy on workplace violence would essentially end a work rule against guns by allowing employees and contractors to carry pistols on county property if they have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Despite disagreement from county department heads, many commissioners appear to believe they should not interfere with employees' rights to carry guns if properly licensed. "I think its a constitutional right," said Commissioner David Elwell, chief of the Columbia...
  • Michigan Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases

    03/11/2012 6:58:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( Recently, state Senator Tom Casperson (R-38) introduced Senate Bill 984, legislation that would allow Michigan residents to purchase long-guns, from any other state as long as they comply with current federal firearms laws. It would also allow non-residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in Michigan. At the moment, SB 984 has been referred to the state Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states. Moreover, such sales could...
  • Lawyers Who Backed Obama Advised on Failed Loan Programs

    03/09/2012 3:59:18 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | March 9, 2012 | Submitted by Paul Chesser
    Last week NLPC reported that an international law firm, whose employees provided significant campaign support for President Obama, was paid $1.8 million from the stimulus to review and conduct “due diligence” for the Department of Energy’s suspended loan to Fisker Automotive, an electric vehicle start-up company. Fisker sent 65 workers to the unemployment lines. Debevoise and Plimpton, which employs top Obama bundler and fundraiser David Rivkin, wasn’t the only largely Democratic law firm to reap such rewards. At least four other major law practices also analyzed DOE’s loan programs and its grantees – three of which gave large sums of...
  • How the Chevy Volt Is Like ObamaCare

    03/10/2012 9:21:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 10, 2012 | Merrill Matthews
    March is an important month in the ongoing saga of President Obama’s abject policy failures. First, Chevrolet announced that it would temporarily cease production of the president’s much-touted car for the green economy, the Chevy Volt. Second, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the state-led challenge to the president’s health care legislation. And while “ObamaCar” and ObamaCare may seem like unrelated topics, in this case they have at least three elements in common. Both were sold as a key to creating jobs and economic growth. Only last year the president predicted that there would be 1 million electric cars on...
  • Haskell seeks Democratic nomination against Walberg

    03/09/2012 1:28:37 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 2 replies
    Jackson Citizen Patriot ^ | 3-8-2011 | Lauren Gentile
    Kurt Haskell, Newport attorney announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 7th District congressional seat currently held by Rep. Tim Waberg according to the Adrian Daily Telegram. Haskell has recently begun to collect signatures for petition to receive the nomination. He told the Adrian Daily Telegram he expects to have enough signatures by next Wednesday.
  • Mitt’s Nomination Manipulation

    03/07/2012 10:16:58 PM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 5th, 2012 | Craig Robinson
    Only twelve states have held primaries or caucuses, and shockingly, many of them have either been scandal ridden, had their dates manipulated in violation of proposed nomination calendar, or broke the delegate distribution rules set by the Republican National Committee. State GOP chairs in Iowa and Nevada have resigned in disgrace, and others have come under heavy scrutiny following the completion of their caucus or primary. The Iowa Caucuses became the butt of too many jokes when Iowa GOP Chairman refused to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the caucuses following the state GOP’s certification process, which clearly showed Santorum...
  • Carl Levin calls for hearing on plans to cut Selfridge personnel by one-third

    03/08/2012 4:27:33 AM PST · by equaviator · 10 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 7 2012 | Chad Selweski
    U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has scheduled a March 20 hearing of his Senate Armed Services Committee to scrutinize Air Force plans to cut Air National Guard troops across the nation, including a one-third reduction of military personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. An Air Force report concludes that eliminating Selfridge’s 24 A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft while adding four KC135 air refueling tankers would cost the Harrison Township base 720 jobs. But the Michigan National Guard said errors in the Air Force count puts the true number at 561, compared to an overall troop force at Selfridge of 1,586. In a...
  • Michigan woman still collecting food stamps after winning $1 million lottery

    03/07/2012 2:28:33 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 3/7/12 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Amanda Clayton (Local4)People love stories about someone winning the lottery and then giving the money away. They're less likely to feel fondly about Amanda Clayton, who won $1 million in the Michigan State Lottery but is still collecting food stamps. "I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought maybe it was OK because I'm not working," Clayton, 24, told Local 4 news in Detroit. Back in December, a woman in Washington State fell under scrutiny when it was revealed she was receiving state economic benefits even though she lives in a $1 million waterfront...
  • Lottery Winner Claims Welfare: 'I'm Struggling,' She Says

    03/07/2012 9:01:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 6, 2012 | Sami K. Martin
    One million dollars may be a lot to most people, but apparently it is not enough for lottery winner Amanda Clayton, who is still receiving welfare assistance. The 24-year-old Michigan native won a $1 million state lottery prize in Sept., but has remained on the state's welfare system. Reports show that Clayton receives over $200 per month in food stamps and other state assistance. "I'm still struggling," she told WDIV, the local TV station. After being tipped off about Clayton's benefits, reporters began following her around and investigating her claim. "I feel that it's okay [to receive welfare] because I...
  • Michigan School's Own Italian Cruise Ship Captain

    03/07/2012 5:42:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 7, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    It is heartbreaking to witness the unfolding scandal at Muskegon Heights [MI] Public Schools. The breathtaking mismanagement has inflicted long-term damage on students, the community and the staff of the school system. More than anything, this sad situation developed due to a lack of leadership in the school district. When it came time to pitch in to help bail water out of the sinking ship, Superintendent Dana Bryant “accidentally” fell into the lifeboat of a taxpayer-funded pension in the middle of the current school year. How much is that pension, you ask? We don’t know. That’s apparently none of the...
  • Air Force looks to cut 652 Mich. Air Guard jobs (out of 986)

    03/06/2012 4:58:28 PM PST · by library user · 13 replies
    Air Force Times | March 6, 2012 | Maureen Groppe
    Source is link only. STORY
  • Consumers Energy looking to recover $32.6 million from electric customers

    03/05/2012 9:41:10 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies / Jackson Citizen Patriot. ^ | March 05, 2012 | Tarryl Jackson/
    JACKSON --Consumers Energy wants to recover $32.6 million from electric customers. The Jackson-based utility filed an application last week with the Michigan Public Service Commission to recover revenue for the period of December 2010 through November 2011 to level out variations in sales. Consumers filed two options to recover this money. The first would refund about $5.2 million to residential customers, charge $6.2 million to those who use lower voltages of power, and charge $31.6 million to higher-voltage customers. The second option would be to charge all customers $28.2 million, charge $4.8 million to lower-voltage customers and refund $396,000 to...
  • Man detained after legally bringing gun to school considers lawsuit, loses job offer (video)(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:38:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 73 replies ^ | 2 March, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman said he was not surprised the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office found he complied with state law while carrying a gun into an elementary school voting precinct this week. He’s disheartened with what he sees as a lack of understanding with open-carry gun laws and has hired an attorney to “explore the possibility” of a lawsuit against local law enforcement authorities. Looman questions whether being “detained” in an office at Aberdeen Elementary School on voting day violated his personal rights. He is upset with how the whole situation was handled. "The prosecutor went out of his...
  • MSP: Law allows some to carry guns in schools(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:15:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1 March, 2012 | Matt Campbell
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police say a man who walked into a Grand Rapids school with a gun was protected by state law. Around noon Tuesday, the man walked into the polling place at Aberdeen Elementary School with a gun clearly visible in his holster. The man told administrators he had a concealed carry permit, and was trying to stand up for his legal right to carry a gun on election day. Previous Coverage - GRPS: Voter may be charged for bringing gun to school School leaders expect the man to face a misdemeanor charge, but that may...