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  • 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
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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...
  • The End Is Near: 'Skim' Stopper Bill Headed To Gov. - State Rep.: Unions 'lying' to stop bill

    03/30/2012 11:43:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/30/2012 | Manny Lopez
    A bill written to end the “home health care dues skim” is headed to the governor. On Wednesday, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 1018 on a 63-46 straight party-line vote, with Republicans voting “yes,” and Democrats voting “no.” It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder. Last week, the legislation was passed by the Senate on a 25-13 vote. Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, was the only GOP lawmaker in either chamber to vote against the bill. “Closing down the dues skim is absolutely the right thing to do,” Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, said. “As follow up, we should work...
  • 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...
  • Populist 'Free Gas' Bill Comes At A High Cost - Dems voucher plan would cost taxpayers $304 million

    03/28/2012 8:35:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2012 | Tom Gantert
    State Representative George Darany would like to give every Michigan resident making $100,000 or less a state subsidy to help cover the cost of gas. Darany, a Democrat from Dearborn, introduced House Bill 5476 in March. According to Michigan Votes, the bill would “give individuals with annual incomes below $50,000 a per-vehicle fuel subsidy of $100, payable in the form of a ‘refundable’ state income tax credit. A $75 per vehicle subsidy could be claimed by those with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000, and a $50 per vehicle subsidy for incomes between $75,000 and $100,000.” Gas paid by their fellow...
  • 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.
  • Some Unions Still Battling Governor's Reforms; Taxpayers Left Holding the Bill

    03/28/2012 6:48:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/27/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The unionized maintenance workers for the Brighton Area Schools pay between $400 to $600 a year for their top-shelf MESSA health insurance plan, far less than what most private sector workers pay. Taxpayers by way of the school district pay $1,411 a month for the unionized maintenance workers' plan and absorb up to 12 percent of the yearly increases, according to the Brighton Educational Support Personnel Association’s contract, which expires in 2013. Brighton privatized its unionized janitorial workers two years ago. The unionized maintenance workers include electricians and plumbers who receive MESSA, which is affiliated with the Michigan Education Assocation...
  • 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...
  • Union Pushes Ballot Proposal To Keep 'Dues Skim' Alive

    03/27/2012 11:48:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/27/2012 | Jack Spencer
    After cashing in on “Home Health Care Dues Skim” to the tune of more than $29 million, the union involved wants to write the “skim” into the state constitution. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is taking initial steps toward putting the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot. To qualify for the ballot the union must collect at least 322,609 valid signatures through a petition drive. This move by the SEIU comes as passage of legislation (House Bill 4003 or Senate Bill 1018), which was drafted to end the “skim,” appears to be nearing passage in the Senate. “Now that...
  • Property Tax Revolution in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan

    03/26/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 7+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • How long will it take for Detroit's City government to make its failures a racial issue?

    03/23/2012 10:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/22/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Remember Clint Eastwood’s insulting Super Bowl commercial about Detroit’s comeback? Using the voice we have come to recognize as a source of “truth justice and the American way” he tried to fool us into believing Detroit was “too tough to die” and all that Democrat wishful thinking. Clearly Dirty Harry didn’t do his homework because Detroit is sinking faster than the Titanic and Democrat fantasies can’t change that reality. The Democrat infected Motor City is more on course to become “Greece” than a new “grease monkey’s” paradise. All of the make believe about Detroit’s recovery will come to a crashing...
  • 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...
  • Would-be Robber Taken Out by Store Customer(MI)

    03/23/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views
    fox17online.com ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • Herman Cain endorses Hoogendyk (MI)

    03/21/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Niles Daily Star ^ | March 16, 2012
    Remember Herman Cain? Well, Jack Hoogendyk certainly does. The Kalamazoo Republican, who is running for Fred Upton’s 6th District Congressional post, has been endorsed by the former presidential candidate. Cain sent out a press release Thursday, welcoming Hoogendyk into the “Army of Davids.” In the release, Cain said Hoogendyk has committed to his so-called “9-9-9 plan,” calling for a 9 percent tax rate on personal income, 9 percent on corporate income and 9 percent on national sales tax. “The current tax code is confusing and counter-productive. It stifles prosperity,” Hoogendyk said in the release. Cain praised Hoogendyk’s limited government conservatism....
  • A City At the End of Its Rope

    03/19/2012 10:27:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/17/2012 | Anne Schieber
    ALLEN PARK — It was an odd fact to come out at a city council meeting, but again, these are not normal times for the city of Allen Park. On Tuesday night, it was revealed that the city is now paying finance charges on a credit card bill from the Home Depot because it can’t pay off the balance of a couple of hundred dollars. Residents have had enough and now they’ve convinced city leaders of the need for help. This week, the Allen Park City Council stated publicly that it needs an emergency manager to be appointed under Michigan...
  • Team Romney Not Blatantly Cheating In Missouri Like They Did In Michigan

    03/18/2012 8:10:38 AM PDT · by jenk · 8 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 3/17/12 | Jen Kuznicki
    Hmm. Maybe 4 delegates from Missouri aren't as important to him as one stinking stolen delegate from Michigan. NYT: BRUNSWICK, Mo. — Mitt Romney and his advisers pride themselves on vigorously pursuing every delegate in every corner of the country in their quest to secure the Republican presidential nomination. If "vigorously pursuing" means changing the rules and cheating, then look no further than Michigan, where Team Romney changed the rules and the RNC's very own Saul Anuzis along with the Chair of the MRP, Bobby Schostak voted against the former AG Cox and the MRP Counsel, to win one for...
  • NCAA 2012 Brackets

    03/16/2012 11:07:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies · 3+ views
    various | Friday, March 16, 2012 | participants
    This is based on a genealogy table I made. Had a bit more trouble than I should have tracking down the first round results, wth.
  • PHOTOS: Tornado Pics & Damage Images (Dexter, MI)

    WXYZ) - An intense line of storms is bringing tornadoes rain, winds and hail to southeast Michigan.
  • Did 100,000 democrats actually cross over 3-1 for Santorum in the Michigan primary? No.

    03/14/2012 9:09:48 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 18 replies
    Republican Michigander ^ | 3-5-2012 | Republican Michigander
    One of the big pushes from Romney surrogates in Michigan is that due to sites like Daily Kos and a Santorum robocall, that 100-120,000 democrats voted in the Michigan primary to create mischief like the case with McCain in 2000. The source that is used is exit polling from CNN. I do not begrudge the surrogates for using exit polling as a source. On a lot of things, it is good. I think the polling was close with a lot of factors. That aspect I am doubting. I also highly suspect that it is being used as quasi-justification for awarding...