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  • Is this man DB Cooper? Author believes missing Michigan father of four...

    11/25/2015 6:56:18 PM PST · by LucyT · 69 replies UK ^ | 25 November 2015 | Reporter
    Most Americans have heard of the case of DB Cooper, who is accused of pulling off the only plane hijacking in the history of the United States that has never been solved. Now, 44 years after the brazen air heist, a Michigan author has put forward a new theory linking the mystery of DB Cooper to an obscure missing person case involving a married father of four who vanished two years before the skyjacking and was never heard from again. Over the years, the facts of the skyjacking history have become the stuff of legends: on November 24, 1971, a...
  • “Black Lives Matter” shows zero anger toward black student who threatened to shoot other blacks

    11/23/2015 2:09:37 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 23, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    As far as I can tell, “Black Lives Matter” has shown zero anger or protest toward black student who posted “I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning.” Over at Saginaw Valley State University, a 21 year old black student named Emmanuel D. Bowden posted the following message online:“I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning.”He could receive 20 years in prison for this.It’s been six days since this information has been reported by the media, and yet, as far as I have been able to tell, the “Black...
  • Jeremy Clarkson: 10 things we know about new Amazon show [son of Top Gear]

    11/22/2015 7:49:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Week (UK) ^ | 11/22/15
    Motoring presenter Jeremy Clarkson is working on a new show for Amazon Prime, eagerly awaited by his many fans. He's also being sued by the BBC producer he punched earlier this year.The blow Clarkson struck in March led the BBC not to renew his Top Gear contract. Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans will take over the BBC show, while Clarkson works for his new online employer.So what do we know so far about Clarkson's new TV show?The presenters will be the same Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will provide their signature banter as a trio for the new show...
  • “A New Heavy Icebreaker Is Essential” Claim Great Lakes Senators

    11/22/2015 11:55:50 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    gCaptain ^ | November 22, 2015 | John Konrad
    United States Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security calling for robust funding in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation for the U.S. Coast Guard to design and build a new heavy icebreaker for the Great Lakes regio
  • Michael Moore Offers His 700-Sq.-Ft. Apartment to Syrian Refugees -- but Why Not His $5.2M Mansion?

    11/22/2015 10:16:37 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 42 replies ^ | November 20, 2015 | Jennifer Karmon
    Liberal documentarian Michael Moore is apparently putting his home where his mouth is. He posted on Twitter earlier today: “Michigan’s governor says ‘no Syrian refugees.’ I am defying his edict & offering my MI apartment to those brave ppl” Then he linked to his Facebook open letter to the governor, Rick Snyder, which reads in part: “I just wanted to let you know that, contrary to your declaration of denying Syrian refugees a home in our state of Michigan, I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian...
  • In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future

    11/22/2015 7:10:49 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2015 | Sarah Bailey
    HAMTRAMCK, MICH. — Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor about the big political news. Earlier this month, the blue-collar city that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a majority-Muslim council. It’s the second tipping for Hamtramck (pronounced Ham-tram-ik), which in 2013 earned the distinction becoming...
  • Al Sharpton gives himself 71% raise thanks to de Blasio, Obama

    11/22/2015 10:58:23 AM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    It pays to have friends in high places. Al Sharpton gave himself a 71 percent raise last year after his National Action Network group drew a record $6.9 million in donations — as the controversial cleric’s association with Mayor de Blasio and President Obama lent him a newfound air of legitimacy. De Blasio’s election gave Sharpton a seat at City Hall, as the mayor treated him as an adviser and presented him at a press event next to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after the death of Eric Garner. Also in 2014, Obama addressed NAN’s annual convention, bringing along five...
  • Guy Who Threatened To ‘Shoot Every Black’ Kid On Campus… Is Black

    11/21/2015 8:43:57 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies ^ | 11/20/2015 | Eric Owens
    Police on the campus of a taxpayer-funded university in central Michigan have arrested a man for posting a threat against black people on Yik Yak, the anonymous social media app. The threat declared: “I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning.” The man who police arrested, Emmanuel D. Bowden, is black.
  • Black Guilford College Students Demand All Professors Admit they are Racist

    11/19/2015 1:33:31 PM PST · by rightistight · 49 replies
    iOTW Report ^ | 11/19/15 | Aurelius
    In the wake of protests at the University of Missouri, students of color at Guilford College are rallying against perceived racism on their campus. Guilford College is in Greensboro, North Carolina. Like their compatriots in Missouri, the protesting students have released a list of demands. If they are "not met within a week," protesters promise they will rally on campus again. Among other things the students want, they are pushing the college to have professors, administrators, and staff to admit they are racist, that no black people should be in any marketing campaigns for the time being, and an investigation...
  • Black Michigan student charged in threat to ‘shoot every black person I can’

    11/21/2015 5:23:42 PM PST · by grundle · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Police at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan have arrested a black man who allegedly posted on the social media site Yik Yak a threat to “shoot every black person I can on campus.” Emmanuel D. Bowden, a 21-year-old Delta College student living on the SVSU campus, is charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, The Saginaw News reported. Emmanuel D. Bowden
  • Fake Hate: Black Student Arrested for Threatening to Murder All Blacks at Michigan School

    11/21/2015 6:22:26 PM PST · by grundle · 30 replies
    Getaway Pundit ^ | November 21, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Emmanuel D. Bowden was arrested on Friday. Police arrested a man for posting a threat against black people on campus. The threat declared: "I'm going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning."
  • Michael Moore to Michigan Governor: It's "Un-Christian" to Deny Syrian Refugees

    11/21/2015 4:18:41 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 66 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/22/15 | Mia Galuppo
    "I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you've decided to keep out." Filmmaker Michael Moore is speaking out about the Syrian refugee crisis. Moore, a Michigan resident, penned a letter that he posted on Facebook to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, opposing his announcement in regards to a ban on Syrian refugees in the state. In the letter Moore writes, "I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you've decided to keep...
  • Michigan St upsets Ohio State 17-14

    11/21/2015 3:47:55 PM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    Ohio State's 23-game winning streak is over. Ended by a 41 yard field with no time left.
  • Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 8:15 AM EST | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers. The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants. ...
  • Michael Moore: I’ll house Syrian refugees

    11/20/2015 1:27:51 PM PST · by detective · 126 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Liberal director Michael Moore said Friday he is willing to shelter Syrian refugees at his Michigan residence. "I look forward to welcoming Syrians to my home and I wholeheartedly encourage other Americans to do the same," he wrote on his Facebook page.
  • Student who posted ‘I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus’ … is black

    11/19/2015 5:09:20 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | College Fix Staff
    Add another tally mark under the hate-crime hoax scorecard.A student at the Michigan-basedDelta College wasarrested recently after posting on Yik Yak“I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning,” MLive reports."The message triggered an investigation and police security response that led to the arrest of a Delta College student living in SVSU housing,” the news outlet added. “Emmanuel D. Bowden, 21, is charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism."According to thepolice report, after the threat went viral, Bowden posted he was only kidding.Read the full report.
  • Univ. of Michigan adds required diversity courses to business school curriculum

    11/19/2015 10:04:31 PM PST · by matt04 · 27 replies
    The University of Michigan has added a three-year diversity requirement to its Ross School of Business undergraduate curriculum that, among other things, will teach their students how race, gender and sexual orientation “connect to larger systems of power, privilege and oppression.” The classes, which include “Identity 101” and “Entering into, Engaging with and Exiting Communities across Difference”, are mandatory for graduation and emphasize “identity, diversity and experience,” said Lynn Wooten, associate dean for undergraduate programs. ... The three-year program takes place over the sophomore, junior and senior years, focusing on “identity, diversity, and organizations,” in each respective year. The program...
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • Black student accused of making false threat against blacks

    11/18/2015 3:37:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WFQX-TV ^ | November 18, 2015 | The Associated Press
    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A community college student living at Saginaw Valley State University is accused of threatening to shoot blacks on campus. Police reports obtained by The Saginaw News ( ) say Emmanuel Bowden made threats on the social media site Yik Yak last week but subsequently said it was just a joke. The 21-year-old, who is black, attends Delta Community College but lives at Saginaw Valley. He's charged with making a false threat of terrorism....
  • Violent Brawl Breaks Out in Detroit Classroom — Only One of the Fighters Is a Student

    11/18/2015 5:31:51 AM PST · by simpson96 · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/17/2015 | Chris Enloe
    At Detroit's Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School, one science classroom was turned into a wrestling ring. This fight was not the usual fisticuffs between the stereotypical duo of disagreeing teenagers. Instead, this brawl happened between a female student and her teacher.According to WJBK-TV, the teacher, Ms. Burns, got upset because students were throwing paper at her. But when a student allegedly called Burns a "bitch," the teacher lost control.Burns believed that student to be seventh-grader Diamonique Singleton, despite Singleton’s denial that she ever called the teacher any name."That's when she got in front of me, saying I'm a 'b,' and she started...
  • Keeping guns out gets us nowhere in staying safer

    11/17/2015 10:48:27 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 14 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | November 17, 2015 | Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    Suppose a criminal comes upon your home and sees a sign announcing, “Gun Free Zone.” How would he respond? Unless he thinks that the homeowner is playing a joke on him, the sign would put his mind at ease and make him more likely to break in. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy, argued that such signs make us safer, attacking my October testimony before the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Related: ‘Guns everywhere’ bill goes against the facts, by Daniel Webster. Mass public killers want to commit suicide, but they also want to gain media...
  • Worker Bullied as UAW Publicizes His Opt-out

    11/17/2015 10:21:23 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Another Michigan union has used its newsletter to post the names of employees who have chosen to exercise their right to not have to financially support a union as a condition of employment. Workers say the union is bullying them and creating a hostile work environment. This time, it’s UAW Local 600 that’s publishing the names of employees who chose to opt out of belonging and paying dues to the union. Bob Brezovsky, president of the UAW’s Tool & Die Unit, wrote in the union's online publication: “The employees listed below have chosen not to pay union dues any more...
  • Michigan Gets D-Minus Grade for Forfeited Property Profit Mongering

    11/16/2015 11:52:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/14/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Even though Michigan took steps this year to restrict civil asset forfeiture and require more disclosure of the practice, an authority in the field says the state has not gone nearly far enough. The just-released second edition of the "Policing for Profit" report by the Institute for Justice gives Michigan a grade of D- and ranks it 44th in the nation for practices it uses under a state-federal forfeiture program. In Michigan, civil forfeiture laws allow police agencies and sheriffs to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from items their officers seize, one item that contributed to the state's poor...
  • 28 states refuse Syrian refugees - AL, MI, TX, LA, AR, IN, IL, MA, MS, OH, FL, WI, NC, AZ, ME, NH...

    11/16/2015 9:47:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 442 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    "Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values," [Obama] said.Six Republican governors have announced that Syrian refugees won't be allowed to resettle in their states in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued statements Sunday saying that they wanted to prioritize the safety of the residents in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP presidential candidate; Arkansas Gov. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined them on Monday. "Michigan is a welcoming state and we are...
  • Michigan Governor: Snyder halts Syrian refugee efforts following Paris attacks

    11/15/2015 12:11:37 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 37 replies
    Fox17 ^ | 11/15/2015 | JOSH SIDOROWICZ
    Following Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris linked to ISIS, Gov. Rick Snyder said he's made the decision to suspend efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan. While acknowledging the state's "rich history of immigration" Snyder said the first priority needs to be protecting the safety of the state’s residents. "Given the terrible situation in Paris, I've directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures," Snyder said in a statement released to media Sunday.
  • Michigan governor puts refugee acceptance efforts on hold

    11/15/2015 10:47:06 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    AP via ^ | 11/15/2015 | JEFF KAROUB
    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s Republican governor, who has bucked many party leaders by welcoming Syrian refugees, is putting the efforts on hold following the deadly attacks in Paris. Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement Sunday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures. He added that Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration” but that Michigan’s “first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.” “There will be difficult days ahead for the people of France and they remain in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. “It’s...
  • MI developer 'struck oil' with micro-apartments

    11/12/2015 5:44:56 AM PST · by equaviator · 106 replies | November 9, 2015 | Kim Slowey |
    The Grand Rapids, MI, planning commission — which sees small apartments as a way to alleviate the city's affordable housing shortage — is adding the term "micro-unit" to its zoning ordinances and allowing developers to provide less vehicle parking than usually required in exchange for building them. Developers, however, must provide two bicycle parking spaces per unit. Micro-units, the planning commission’s solution for people who make too much money to qualify for subsidized rent yet not enough to afford new, market-rate apartment, must be 475 square feet or smaller and be incorporated into a mixed-use commercial building, according to MLive....
  • Michigan Moves to Ban Red Light Ticket Cameras

    11/11/2015 11:04:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the debate over road funding has been a prominent story in news outlets lately, few people have noticed that cameras on highways and at traffic lights could be a way for governments to take in more money from motorists. While governments may financially benefit from the cameras, the companies that lease them to governments lobby heavily for their use. But now a bill in the Michigan Legislature seeks to clarify the state's position on traffic cameras. Senate Bill 593, introduced by State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, bans the use of unmanned traffic monitoring devices to detect or enforce violations...
  • Police Chief James Craig needs to Protect Detroit Open Carry

    11/09/2015 10:13:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Another case has surfaced where Detroit police officers are charged with falsely arresting a legally armed black man for carrying a concealed weapon. The man was openly carrying. In Detroit open carry is completely legal. The charge is a five year felony in Michigan, so this is no laughing matter.Having worked with a number of police agencies in the early 1970’s and later, and having talked with people inside the police culture of the time in large urban areas, I can report that racism and discrimination against black people in the 70’s was rampant. A lot has changed...
  • Late-game heroics help Huskers upset undefeated Spartans

    11/07/2015 8:54:36 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 21 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2015 | By Jon Nyatawa
    LINCOLN — Finally. It was Nebraska's turn for some late-game heroics. The Huskers stunned undefeated Michigan State and snapped the Spartans' 12-game winning streak Saturday night with an improbable game-winning drive — covering 91 yards in 38 seconds — to earn a 39-38 victory. NU got the ball back without any timeouts trailing by five. And quarterback Tommy Armstrong went to work. He found Jordan Westerkamp for gains of 28 and 33 yards on back-to-back plays.
  • Lame and Lamer: Hillary Lines Up Feminist Senators with Cue Cards

    11/07/2015 6:35:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 7, 2015 | Melissa Mullins
    In a feministic attempt to be hip, the Hillary Clinton campaign decided to do something “fun” and ask Democratic senators – all female of course – to hold up signs with their answers to questions about the Democratic presidential candidate front-runner.  It’s sort of like, remember how Michelle Obama held a sign with the #bringbackourgirls in an effort to “fight back” at the terrorist group Boko Haram that kidnapped hundreds of girls from a Nigerian school? As if that would make any difference at all.  This entire exercise is sort of like that, only much lamer. Besides, what better way...
  • Ben Carson Facebook Post August 13th 2015 (says he was thrilled to get offer from West Point)

    11/06/2015 11:13:07 AM PST · by springwater13 · 135 replies
    The next question is from Bill. He wanted to know if it was true that I was offered a slot at West Point after high school. Bill, that is true. I was the highest student ROTC member in Detroit and was thrilled to get an offer from West Point. But I knew medicine is what I wanted to do. So I applied to only one school. (it was all the money I had). I applied to Yale and thank God they accepted me. I often wonder what might have happened had they said no.
  • Media Silent as Muslim Bakeries Refuse to Bake Cakes for Gay Weddings

    11/05/2015 2:22:40 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 5, 2015 | Staff
    Muslim bakeries in Michigan refused to bake cakes for gay weddings. You would think that would be news like Memories Pizza refusing to cater gay weddings. Nope, Muslims are part of the liberal media protected class. If Muslims want to follow their own religious beliefs and not bake cakes for gay weddings, you don't hear any big outcry of 'homophobia.' Instead, these Muslim bakeries in Michigan are given a pass to practice their religion as they see fit, unlike Christians. Watch the following video from Steven Crowder going into a few Dearboorn Muslim bakeries and asking them to make a...
  • Michigan town features the nation's first Muslim majority city council

    11/05/2015 9:58:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/05/2015 | Rick Moran
    The small town ofHamtramckin Wayne County, Michigan has become the first Muslim majority city council in the nation. Four of the six councilmen are Muslims. The mayor,Karen Majewski, is of Polish descent. Indeed, for most of the 20th century, Poles made up a majority of the population ofHamtramck. But with the decline of the auto industry, the town gradually became a hodgepodge of 18 different ethnicities, including an influx of Muslims from the Middle East, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia. "We are very proud and we are very happy for that achievement, what we have done in this city, for...
  • Hamtramck is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council (Michigan)

    11/04/2015 5:01:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies ^ | november 4, 2015 | will jones
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  • Al Sharpton group wants new Flint court for possible lead poison victims

    11/04/2015 12:33:47 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 15 replies
    mlive ^ | November 2, 2015 | Ron Fonger |
    FLINT, MI -- The Michigan chapter of Al Sharpton's National Action Network says the state needs to set up a special court to hear criminal cases against juveniles who may have been poisoned by lead contaminants in Flint water. "All juvenile offenders arrested, charged or incarcerated in Genesee County that may have consumed Flint water during the period of lead contamination should be tested for lead content in their blood," Sam Riddle, state political director of Michigan NAN, said in a news release.
  • How to Tackle Overcriminalization

    11/04/2015 11:49:57 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/3/2015 | Kahryn Riley
    On Oct. 27, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee met in Lansing for a hearing on two bills that address an aspect of overcriminalization that has been the subject of many Mackinac Center studies and commentaries, namely, the failure of criminal statutes to specify a culpable mental state for the commission of a crime. The bills were Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and House Bill 4713, sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan. In their current versions, SB 20 and HB 4713 take different tacks in reversing the trend of passing criminal laws that remain silent as to...
  • Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy

    11/03/2015 6:11:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/3/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Imagine a city where all the major economic planks of the statist or "progressive" platform have been enacted: A "living wage" ordinance, far above the federal minimum wage, for all public employees and private contractors. A school system that spends significantly more per pupil than the national average. A powerful school employee union that militantly defends the exceptional pay, benefits and job security it has won for its members. Other government employee unions that do the same for their members. A tax system that aggressively redistributes income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and to government bureaucracies. Would...
  • After decades of shipments, last coal ship scheduled to arrive in Muskegon

    11/02/2015 7:17:23 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    MLive ^ | November 01, 2015 | Stephen Kloosterman
    The last shipment of coal to a soon-to-be shuttered Consumers Energy Plant in Muskegon is scheduled to arrive Nov. 8. For more than 25 years, 1,000-foot ships have been regularly rolling into the Port of Muskegon with coal for Consumers' B.C. Cobb energy plant. The last such ship to deliver coal to Consumers in Muskegon will be the James R. Barker, a spokesman wrote in an email. "The Barker is scheduled to be loaded with 58,000 tons of coal in Superior, Wisconsin, on Nov. 5," wrote Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern. "After the ship is loaded and underway, we will have...
  • High school students volunteer as pallbearers for homeless veterans

    11/01/2015 7:31:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | october 31, 2015
    Some Michigan high school students are redefining the term "extracurricular activity." In addition to club meetings, band practices and football games, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy teens are also signing up to serve as pallbearers for homeless veterans. Six students recently volunteered to be pallbearers for three dead homeless veterans. Senior Joshua Gonzales is one of the student leaders who helped develop the program. He said this new opportunity for students is "meant to help dignify and respect the human being." The students' initial plan was to carry the caskets for homeless individuals, said the Rev. Karl...
  • Christian Evangelists Win Michigan Speech Case Over Arab Festival

    10/30/2015 7:47:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/28/15 | Jonathon Stempel
    A federal appeals court said police violated the free speech rights of Christian evangelists by telling them to leave a June 2012 Arab-American festival in Dearborn, Michigan after an angry crowd began pelting them with bottles, eggs and other objects. By an 8-7 vote, the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said Wayne County, Michigan and two deputy police chiefs were civilly liable to members of Bible Believers for violating their First Amendment rights. The case now returns to a federal district judge to award damages and attorney's fees. Bible Believers is known for signs and messages...
  • A Closer Look: Columnist Calls for Shuttering Charter Schools

    10/30/2015 11:44:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Jack Lessenberry, a columnist for Michigan Radio, wrote an Oct. 23 column that called for shutting down all of Michigan’s charter schools. Lessenberry makes a number of demands and assertions that deserve a closer look. Here are some of them. Lessenberry wrote: “That’s right — get rid of them, all of them. Many or most of them don’t work, and all of them are draining resources from our conventional public schools and helping further destabilize education.” A Closer Look: “All of them?” That would include quite a few charter school success stories. For example, in Benton Harbor, parents of about...
  • Michigan Won't Be Blown Away By Renewable Energy Jobs

    10/30/2015 7:49:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Bridge magazine, the online publication of The Center for Michigan, recently posted an article about the law that imposes a renewable energy mandate on electric utilities and their customers: “Since Michigan’s energy law was adopted in 2008, billions of dollars have been spent in the state’s emerging renewable energy industry — building infrastructure, adding jobs and lowering costs.” While “jobs” were mentioned in that first paragraph, a reader only is told 20 paragraphs later how many jobs that billions of dollars in spending — specifically, "nearly $3 billion" — is supposed to have created: 8,200. ForTheRecord says: The utilities’ response...
  • Right-to-Work-for-More: Income is Growing in Michigan

    10/27/2015 1:29:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the personal income of Michigan residents grew 3.7 percent between the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015. Even more impressive, from 2012 through the second quarter of 2015 personal income here has increased by 9.2 percent here (from $382 billion to $417 billion). Nationwide, income growth during this same span was 8.3 percent. Michigan became a right-to-work state in December of 2012. The law became effective in March 2013. ForTheRecord says: When Michigans right-to-work law was enacted at the end of 2012, unions attacked...
  • Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent

    10/27/2015 5:33:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The number of people receiving welfare cash assistance from the state has plummeted since Gov. Rick Snyder took office, partly due to the improved economy but also because the state now enforces a limit on how long beneficiaries could receive cash benefits. There were 227,490 people receiving cash assistance benefits from the state in 2011. As of August 2015, that number was down to 64,492. The state welfare agency's Family Independence Program provides temporary cash assistance to pregnant women and families with children. The program also attempts many interventions to get people employed in long-term jobs. From 2005 to 2011,...
  • Forfeiture: What Next?

    10/26/2015 7:03:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    There has been abundant interest in the topic of civil forfeiture in Michigan recently. The Mackinac Center first published a study on this issue in the late 1990s, but we have highlighted the problems with this policy more in recent years. Last year, Michigan Capitol Confidential broke several stories about state residents who had their property seized for over a year before being charged with a crime. The news service also highlighted stories about people losing their property without law enforcement ever pursuing charges. This year, we talked to legislators, hosted events, debated, teamed up with allies, pointed out polling...
  • United Auto Workers union threatens General Motors strike

    10/24/2015 4:45:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24, 2015 7:30 PM EDT
    The United Auto Workers union says its workers at General Motors will strike if it cant agree on a new contract with the company by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Both sides are still negotiating. The union made a similar threat in recent discussions with FIAT Chrysler before agreeing to a new four-year contract.
  • Why Won't It Die? Media Keeps Pushing School Funding Cuts Myth

    10/22/2015 8:43:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Dearborn Press and Guide has repeated a myth still perpetuated by many in the media when it wrote that state funding has been cut to public schools. A story about Glenn Maleyko, the new superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, stated: Fewer people are going into teaching, which is understandable, he said. The pay scale is lower than what many professionals earn with a bachelors degree, and it takes longer these days for teachers to climb to the top of the pay scale, a change forced on districts by stagnant or reduced state funding. ForTheRecord says: Despite numerous erroneous media...
  • Video: George W Bush: "Arab Americans are racially profiled... we need to do something about that"

    10/20/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/11/2000 | CNN Presidential Debate
    11 Months before September 11: Secondly, there is other forms of racial profiling that goes on in America. Arab-Americans are racially profiled in what is called secret evidence. People are stopped, and we have to do something about that. My friend, Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan, is pushing a law to make sure that Arab-Americans are treated with respect. So racial profiling isnt just an issue at local police forces. Its an issue throughout our society. And as we become a diverse society, were going to have to deal with it more and more. I believe, though I believe,...
  • Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'

    10/20/2015 7:10:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Despite a new attendance policy that could see truant students and their parents actually prosecuted in court, more than two-thirds of the students enrolled in the Detroit school district are still classified as chronically absent. This is defined by the state as missing more than 10 school days in a year. Detroit saw 67.1 percent of its students deemed chronically absent in 2013-14, the latest year data is available. The statewide average is 25.5 percent. Even the troubled Education Achievement Authority, the state office given oversight of Michigans worst-performing individual schools, experienced chronic absence in just 23.7 percent of its...