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  • Mitt Romney is a Liberal, Part 4: “My views are progressive”

    04/09/2012 3:42:03 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    A few fun videos to go along with our popular “Mitt Romney is a Liberal” series. Via Buzzfeed, here are five instances on film in which Mitt Romney distances himself from either conservatism or the Republican party or both. I’ll embed the first one and link to the others at the bottom. Mitt Romney: My Views Are Progressive •Video 2: “I’m not running as the Republican view or a continuation of Republican values. That’s not what brings me to the race.” •Video 3: “I think it’s very clear to people across the commonwealth my R doesn’t as much stand for...
  • A Friendship Dating to 1976 Resonates in 2012

    04/08/2012 9:57:37 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/7/2012 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    The two young men had woefully little in common: one was a wealthy Mormon from Michigan, the other a middle-class Jew from Israel. But in 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly, in the 16th-floor offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where both had been recruited as corporate advisers. At the most formative time of their careers, they sized each other up during the firm’s weekly brainstorming sessions, absorbing the same profoundly analytical view of the world. That shared experience decades ago led to a warm friendship, little known to outsiders, that is now...
  • Racial slur on hacked Detroit road sign

    04/09/2012 3:28:43 AM PDT · by equaviator · 53 replies
    woodtv.com ^ | April 9, 2012
    Sign targeted 17-year-old Trayvon Martin DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) - A road sign in Detroit displayed a racial slur early Monday morning. According to WDIV , the sign referenced Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, who was killed in February by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Michigan State Police said the sign, along I-94 and Addison, was hacked around 1 a.m. It has been taken down.
  • President Obama’s $1 Million Pizza Party In Detroit!

    President Barack Obama is coming to the Motor City for a $1 million pizza party being thrown for him compliments of Denise Ilitch, daughter of Little Caesars’ founders Mike and Marian Ilitch. Ilitch is opening her home April 18 for the fundraiser where movers and shakers are being asked to pony up thousands to add to his re-election coffer while getting a chance to rub shoulders with the most powerful man on the planet. “I’m honored to have been asked,” by the Obama campaign to host,” Ilitch said of the event she and husband, Jim Scalici, will hold at their...
  • Romney must be stopped...ZOT with Obama???

    04/09/2012 12:30:58 PM PDT · by cocteautwin · 72 replies
    Myself | Today | Me
    Hello Freepers. I am a liberal democrat.. before y'all throw the barn at me because of this fact, I want to make one thing clear, as far as 2012 is concerned we are on the same side. I have been reading this site for about half a year now and even though I don't agree with most of this sites politics I do agree with one point, Romney must not be elected. I understand everyone here thinks the breaks will be cut if Obama is reelected but its also clear to most here that Romney would just be a slower...
  • Pastor Terry Jones Calls Mohammad a “Liar, Pedophile & False Prophet” at Dearborn Protest

    04/07/2012 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 73 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Gateway Pundit
    With the twin spires of the Islamic Center of America in the background, the Rev. Terry Jones praised Christianity and condemned Islam, calling it “of the devil.” “Mohammad was a liar, a pedophile and a false prophet,” Jones said. “I believe that as a Christian. But as an American who believes in the constitution I believe they have the right to practice their beliefs under the freedom of religion.” Jones — who is on his fourth trip to Dearborn to preach about the dangers of Islam and its agenda of imposing Sharia law on America — also called for a...
  • The TSA’s Freudian Craigslist Slip "[b]e part of a imperious security team protecting airports ..."

    04/07/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | April 2, 2012 | Matt Hardigree
    The TSA’s Freudian Craigslist Slip Either someone just attempted the subtlest of jabs at our nation's force of uncomfortably invasive rent-a-cops or the recruiters at the Transportation Security Administration need to invest in a better thesaurus. A job posting on the Ann Arbor, Michigan Craigslist invites would-be screeners to "[b]e part of a imperious security team protecting airports and skies as you proudly establish your future." Imperious, indeed. The Dictionary.com definition of imperious is "domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing." The definition from Google is even better, describing it as "assuming authority without justification." If it was a joke...
  • Neo-Nazis Patrol Where Trayvon Martin Killed

    04/07/2012 1:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    A heavily armed troop of neo-Nazis are goose-stepping around the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was killed. Members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement are patrolling Sanford, proclaiming they are prepared for violence in case of a race riot, its commander Jeff Schoep told the Miami New Times. "We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over," he said. "Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him. We do similar things," he added. "We are a white civil rights organization." He said the patrols will...
  • In Mass., Romney raised taxes, fees

    04/07/2012 11:01:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    UnionLeader.com ^ | Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | DEROY MURDOCK
    Hot on the heels of his eight-vote Iowa-caucus landslide, Willard Mitt Romney is crisscrossing New Hampshire before Tuesday's key primary. Romney is masquerading as a limited-government, free-market executive from next-door Massachusetts. From the Golden Gate to the Granite State, voters should greet Romney's impersonation with a quarry full of skepticism. In fact, Romney increased taxes by $309 million, mainly on corporations. These tax hikes, described by Romney apologists as loophole closures, totaled $128 million in 2003, $95.5 in 2004, and $85 million in 2005. That final year, Romney proposed $170 million in higher business taxes, the Boston Globe reports. However,...
  • On Blacks, Guns and History

    04/04/2012 5:19:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Root ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Steven Gray
    We should remember that African Americans died for the right to bear arms. But it's time to move on. One of the earliest scenes of the Autobiography of Malcolm X takes us to the Lansing, Mich., of 1929. Malcolm's father, Earl Little, a Baptist minister derided as "uppity" for aspiring to own a store and live outside the city's traditional black neighborhoods, shot a pistol one night at a pair of white men who'd apparently set the family's home ablaze. In the following weeks, the police regularly searched the new Little residence, "looking for a gun." The pistol, which officials...
  • Tourism Study Flawed — State Needs To Abandon Subsidy Favors

    04/04/2012 7:20:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/3/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new study claiming that the Pure Michigan advertising campaign funded by taxpayers returns a sizable investment for the state is dubious for several reasons. The projections are based on an online survey from Longwoods International, a travel consulting firm that found that every dollar spent by the state returns $4.90 in tax revenue. This is actually up from their previous 2010 study that found that each dollar returns $2.23. There are multiple problems with this type of analysis. The consulting firm, which has an incentive to find a high return, has apparently never seen a tourism campaign it does...
  • Anti-Vote Fraud Effort in Michigan-Be in Lansing on May 12

    04/03/2012 1:14:37 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 7 replies
    6 Foot 2 In High Heel Shoes ^ | April 3, 2012 | Melissa
    Be in Lansing on May 12 as part of a summit to create a citizen based initiative to ensure election integrity in Michigan. As a highly placed Tea Party leader told me recently, "All our efforts to support Liberty will be lost if the election is stolen." The Great Catherine Englebrecht, founder of True the Vote, will be the keynote speaker, and the event is open to anyone interested in voter fraud problems-you don't even have to be from Michigan. The program organizers have big plans to create a network of citizens to guard against fraud, and make sure election...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    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...
  • High school principle blocks 'respect women' posters, allows 'black power' signs

    03/31/2012 1:09:24 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/31/2012 | Alexandra Myers
    In honor of “Women’s History Month,” Grosse Point North High School student Grant Strobl wanted to place posters throughout the school teaching students to respect women, but was met with defiance from the school principal, calling his actions “vitriolic.”Strobl, the chair of the Young America’s Freedom chapter at his school, recalled his events on the Young America’s for Foundation’s (YAF) website.The posters he created featured women like Sarah Palin — who faced claims from liberal blogs that her mentally challenged baby was not actually hers and another with this statement: “The annual worldwide number of so-called ‘honor-killing’ victims may be...
  • 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...
  • Michigan Public School Employees Pay For One of the Country's Richest Unions

    03/14/2012 12:02:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/14/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association was the fourth wealthiest union among its peers under the National Education Association umbrella and the MEA’s employee payroll was third-highest in the country as of 2009-10, according to a union watchdog organization. Despite a 0.9 percent drop in total income in 2009-10 from the previous year, the MEA still brought in $77.4 million in 2009-10, the fourth-highest in the country among the 53 NEA affiliates. Only California at $186.2 million, New York at $128.8 million, and New Jersey with $120.5 million brought in more money. The MEA brought in $623.90 per member it represents, making...
  • ‘Karma’: $107k plug-in hybrid dies on test track, automaker got $528m US loan guarantee

    03/11/2012 4:13:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-9-12 | David Martosko
    The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid car that seems to have everything the rich and famous — and environmentally correct — look for in a set of wheels. Sleek silhouette? Check. Green cred? Check. Six-figure price tag? Check. Reliable battery? Not so fast. In a test conducted Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine, the niche-market $107,850 sports car conked out completely, after a short ride at 65 miles per hour on a Connecticut test track. “Our Fisker Karma … is super sleek, high-tech — and now it’s broken,” Consumer Reports wrote on its website late Thursday. “We have owned our...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Can Taxpayer-Subsidized Battery Maker A123 Survive?

    03/06/2012 11:41:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 6, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The taxpayer-funded ($279 million) battery supplier that gave big raises and parachutes to its executives shortly after it cut “Green jobs” at its Michigan factories, reported last week it would suffer big losses again for 2011. A123 Systems , whose fortunes were entwined with those of electric vehicle startup manufacturer Fisker Automotive, also announced it would look to China and India in order to survive. A123 also received grants and tax credits from Michigan that could total more than $135 million. The company said it would realize a loss of $257.7 million for last year, compared to the $152.6...
  • After Layoffs, Execs Get Big Raises at Taxpayer-Funded A123 (Makes batteries for Fisker)

    02/16/2012 12:17:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 16, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A taxpayer-funded electric vehicle battery company, that is considered in great danger due to its dependency on troubled EV company Fisker Automotive, has awarded its top executives big salary increases despite a steep downward trajectory in its stock price. Massachusetts-based A123 Systems -- whichreceived $279.1 million instimulus money from the Department of Energy, and up to $135 million in incentives from the State of Michigan -- boosted the base salaries of two vice presidents and its chief financial officer on February 8. Chief Financial Officer David Prystash was bumped 27 percent to $380,000; VP of Energy Solutions Robert Johnson’s...
  • Many Unanswered Questions Surround Fisker Layoffs

    02/09/2012 4:06:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 8, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    This post has been updated below. Among the objections about taxpayer subsidies for the high-profileChevy Volt, manufactured by Government Motors, is that the many grants, loans and tax breaks that lowered the sticker price on the electric hybrid car facilitated its (paltry) sales for the benefit of wealthier individuals who were purchasing it – those with average annual salaries of $170,000 . So can you imagine how happy the affluent customers (like Leonardo DiCaprio) of the heavily subsidized, $102,000 electric Fisker Karma are, to be able to purchase their gimmicky sports sedan at a discount, with a $7,500 tax...
  • 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...
  • Not So Clear: Why the 'Michigan2020' Plan is a Poor Investment

    03/14/2012 6:34:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/14/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    Some Michigan politicians are touting a proposal they call “Michigan2020,” which would make available to all Michigan high school graduates four years of fully subsidized college education. The estimated $1.8 billion needed to pay for the subsidies would apparently come from ending corporate welfare, a reform the Mackinac Center fully endorses. Unfortunately, just pouring additional taxpayer dollars into state universities is more likely to benefit their administrators and other employees than students, and here’s why: According to federal statistics presented by the Chronicle of Higher Education, only 33 percent of students enrolled in Michigan’s public universities graduate in four years....
  • 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...
  • Contracts Show, Manager Law 'Chemo' for Cancerous Fiscal Abuse

    03/13/2012 8:19:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2012 | Jack McHugh
    The details posted nearby of recent union collective bargaining agreements signed by Muskegon Heights and Highland Park, two school districts that now are effectively bankrupt and under state receivership, are shocking and reveal why it was necessary last year for the Legislature to give expanded powers to emergency managers appointed to heal effectively bankrupt cities and school districts. Given the number of these "hit the wall" situations statewide, we can now see that the only alternative would be massive taxpayer bailouts rewarding poor performance, profligacy, short-sightedness and an entitlement mindset. Yet this reform and others is under relentless attack by...
  • The Stealth Election That Led To The Home Health Care 'Dues Skim'

    03/12/2012 10:59:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2012 | Jack Spencer
    More than 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy warned that “secret proceedings” present a danger to a free society. "The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings," he said on April 27, 1961. But in 2005, secrecy is exactly what happened in Michigan in a stealth unionization election that added 43,729 so-called home health care workers to the ranks of the Service Employees International Union. That number has swelled to 56,442, with most of them...
  • 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
    mlive.com ^ | 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 Family Discovers Rarest Football Card Collection in History

    A Michigan family was cleaning out an old farmhouse and accidentally stumbled across a long-sought after collection of football cards worth thousands of dollars and considered perhaps the rarest such collection in history. The set is highlighted by an "anonymous" card of former Harvard football player John Dunlop, which was first issued in 1894. The Dunlop card alone is reportedly worth $10,000, according to Lou Brown, president of Legends Sports and Games. "If it was in the right condition, it could be worth up to $60,000," Brown told Yahoo! News in a phone interview. "We get a lot of calls...
  • 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...