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  • Jennifer Granholm: Not doing what Obama wants is Republicans’ ‘Katrina Moment’ (VIDEO)

    07/13/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 13 2014 | Soopermexican
    Former Michigan Governor Jen Granholm is one of the nuttier of the Democrats, and she didn’t fail to fulfill expectations on Meet the Press, when she claimed that Republicans denying what Obama wants to do is their “Katrina Moment.” (Video @ http://therightscoop.com/jennifer-granholm-not-doing-what-obama-wants-is-the-republicans-katrina-moment/ )
  • Rogers: Germany throwing ‘political temper tantrum’

    07/12/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Justin Sink
    “political temper tantrum” after ordering the CIA station chief to leave the country over allegations the U.S. had recruited two government officials to spy. “It just doesn't seem like a very adult reaction to expel the CIA chief from Germany,” Rogers said in an interview with CNN. “And it's concerning and it's a political temper tantrum like I've never seen before that I think is not productive, it is jeopardizing both intelligence cooperation and relationships with beyond the intelligence relationship between America and Germany.” Rogers said the expulsion, announced earlier this week, was “a huge deal,” and said he was...
  • Feds Ask Churches To House Migrant Families

    07/12/2014 4:10:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/2014 | Neil Munro
    The Department of Homeland Security has asked Catholic churches in California to temporarily house and feed groups of Central American migrants until 2016, according to an official at the diocese of San Bernardino.But any unpaid cooperation is legally questionable, because it may be intended to bypass Congress’ authority to fund — or to not fund — federal agencies’ new practice of distributing the flood of migrant families to homes across the country.The department “has reached out to the diocese and the bishop, and asked us to shelter families in transition,” Maria Christina Mendez, at the Office of Hispanic Affairs, told...
  • Vintage Car Owners Line Up for Fuel

    07/11/2014 1:17:40 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Wards Auto ^ | 7-11-2014 | Tom Murphy
    If you own a classic car, the place to be Friday morning was the Mobil Gas Station on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, MI. Where else would you find gasoline priced the same as it was when your vintage auto was brand new? For instance, the owner of a ’31 Cord would pay the lowest price, a measly $0.17 per gallon of regular unleaded, while the owner of an ’82 Pontiac Firebird would pay the most – $1.31 per gallon, a princely sum back then. “This is the greatest day ever!” declares Thomas Semaan, whose ’80 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fueled up...
  • Detroit Water Shutoffs: A Human Rights Crisis Turning to Tragedy

    07/07/2014 9:14:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Non-Profit Quarterly ^ | July 7, 2014 | Rick Cohen
    Why spend so much time commenting on Detroit? Because the city of more than 700,000 people is bankrupt, turning the water off on over one hundred thousand water customers, and now axing the contracts of nonprofit human service groups that have been providing safety net services for Detroit’s legions of poor people residing in devastated neighborhoods. Is there any hope? Inell Byrd, a 41-year-old home health aide still living in Detroit’s North End, told New York Times writer James Eligon, “I know the city is coming back.” That was the concluding sentence of Eligon’s moving portrait of residents of the...
  • New warship USS Detroit to be commissioned in ceremony along Detroit River

    07/05/2014 7:18:28 PM PDT · by shove_it · 64 replies
    mlive ^ | 4 Jul 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    A new warship to be named the USS Detroit will be commissioned in a 2016 ceremony along the Detroit River. The 389-foot long, 7.5-million-pound littoral combat ship, shown here in a June 27 photo, is being built in Marinette, Wis. It will sail after the Detroit ceremony to its home port in San Diego. (Lockheed Martin) (more details and a slideshow at link)
  • Michigan man kills 2-year-old girl by shooting her execution-style to torture her dad: police

    07/04/2014 5:41:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 7/3/14 | Deborah Hastings
    Michigan man kills 2-year-old girl by shooting her execution-style to torture her dad: policeRaymone Bernard Jackson, 24, walked up to the little girl as she sat on her porch with her dad and then opened fire, police said. Then he shot the child’s dad and a 12-year-old family friend. 'Anybody that feels that they can execute a child in the state of Michigan, we’re going to go after them,’ state police said. A little girl sitting on the porch with her daddy on a beautiful summer day was shot execution-style by a “coward” who wanted the child’s father to watch...
  • Michigan man charged in punching death of soccer referee (Knockout Death)

    07/02/2014 4:20:56 PM PDT · by equalator · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-2-2014 | Zachary Slater
    A Michigan referee of an adult-league soccer match died Tuesday, two days after being punched in the head by a player, authorities said. John Bieniewicz, 44, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital from injuries suffered in what police said was an unprovoked attack. The blow left the victim unconscious and not breathing on the field, Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid said. After the attack, the player fled the field and waved his middle finger at the crowd. Bieniewicz was in critical condition when he reached the hospital and was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.
  • U.N. to intervene in Detroit water shutoffs: Talks on 'human-rights violations' planned w/Obama

    07/02/2014 11:53:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 30, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Watch out, Detroit. Here comes the United Nations. WND has learned that after issuing a statement last week condemning Detroit’s decision to send water shut-off notices to tens of thousands of customers behind in their payments, the U.N now plans to conduct confidential policy discussions with the Obama administration to be followed by a formal public report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. On Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s office in Geneva confirmed to WND that the U.N. plans to intervene directly in the Detroit water crisis, determined to apply international law to judge the U.S. in violation of...
  • SCOTUS on the Campaign Trail: Dems Want Hobby Lobby to Swing Critical Senate Race

    07/02/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/02/2014 | Rod Kackley
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) attacked both the Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision and Republican Terri Lynn Land over the 5-4 vote that came down in favor of closely held businesses being able to decide whether they would offer contraceptive coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.The Michigan Democratic Party took the opportunity to again blast Land, issuing several press releases July 1 attacking Land for what the state party described as her “radical agenda” on birth control and her initial silence on the Hobby Lobby ruling.“I support access to birth control, but...
  • Referee dies after being punched at soccer match

    07/02/2014 6:13:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2014 | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
    DETROIT (AP) — A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
  • This Woman Wants the UN to Keep Detroit from Shutting Off People's Water (Boo-hoo)

    06/30/2014 10:54:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Vice ^ | June 28, 2014 | Muna Mire
    As Detroit prepares for a sweltering summer, thousands of residents are having their water shut off by the city because they cannot afford it. At a rate of 3,000 households per week since March, Detroit has made the executive decision to shut off the tap of some 150,000 of its residents for as little as being behind by two payments. On the ground, groups like Detroit Water Brigade have popped up with emergency plans to stockpile donated drinkable water, implement affordable rainwater collection systems for potable and sanitary use, and strategies to create networks for distribution. Detroit is a struggling...
  • Majority Of Delinquent Detroit Water Customers In Culture Of: ‘You’re Not Making Me Pay’

    06/30/2014 7:36:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    WWJ-AM Newsradio 950 ^ | June 26, 2014 | Marie Osborne
    Several people protested outside the Detroit Water And Sewerage Department building Thursday, saying customers are having service cut off at an alarming rate and the practice is inhumane. Organizer David Bullock with the Change Agent Consortium says the water department is going after customers that may be as little as $150 delinquent and says the department ignores large corporations which are behind. “People always want to attack the poor … why are we attacking poor people?” he asked. But when asked which large companies are behind in their payments, Bullock would only say that WWJ should research the issue. “I...
  • Cutting off water to Detroit's poor 'an affront to human rights,' says UN

    06/29/2014 1:53:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    RT ^ | June 27, 2014
    Residents of Detroit, Michigan who are $150 or two months past-due on their water bills are having their water shut off by the bankrupt city. Now, even the United Nations has stepped in, saying Detroit is in violation of the human right to water. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is facing $5 billion in bad debt, and is scrambling to recoup its losses. The city, which filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history last year, argues that the financial burden of paying water bills has been put on the back burner by many families who didn’t believe services...
  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/28/2014 5:50:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 163 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Poor News Network
    Every week, as some 3,000 additional families’ water is shut off by their “public” utility, Detroiters protest on Freedom Friday. “We are hiding out in our own house with no water,” Shelah, a 15-year-old youth and poverty skola whispered on the phone to me. She went on to tell me she and her mama and 9-year-old brother were among thousands of poor families who have had their water service cut off in the last few months by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Since spring, up to 3,000 Detroit households per week have been getting their water shut off –...
  • Divers begin Lake Michigan expedition to find fabled Griffin ship

    06/24/2014 4:53:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Associated Press
    ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. – In a remote part of northern Lake Michigan, divers have started looking at an underwater pit, hoping to find the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle.
  • (MI) Governor Snyder made gun ownership records private

    06/27/2014 8:00:05 AM PDT · by holymoly · 15 replies
    Michigan Radio ^ | June 27, 2014 | Jack Lessenberry
    Most of us don’t completely trust the government. We certainly don’t want government to be able to prevent us from getting information we want or need. We are against governments suppressing information…unless it is stuff that we personally want suppressed. Then that’s different, of course. I thought of that this week when Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that prevents the press or public from being able to get gun records. From now on, we will be unable to find out who owns guns, and who has permits and licenses to have them. Well, conservatives and gun lovers are thrilled about...
  • Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

    06/22/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 75 replies
    AlJezeera ^ | June 22, 2014 12:51PM ET | by Peter Moskowitz @ptrmsk
    Detroit has too much of some things – stray dogs, abandoned houses – and not enough of others, such as residents who pay their water bills. The latest sign of Detroit’s decline came from the city’s water department, when it said in March it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes and businesses a week in an attempt to stop the utility from sliding even further into debt. The announcement sparked outrage among activists groups, who say the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is going after the city’s most vulnerable citizens to shore up its bottom...
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a...
  • What a Judge Ordered an Active Duty Sailor to Do or Lose Custody of His Daughter is an Outrage

    06/21/2014 4:11:51 PM PDT · by montag813 · 19 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-21-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe date has been set - in stone. Circuit Court Judge Margaret Noe has ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court on Monday, or risk losing full custody of his daughter. There's one problem -- a big one: Matthew Hindes is a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, and is currently stationed on a submarine deployed in the Pacific Ocean! Yes, the judge is out of her mind, but it is worse than that. Hindes has had full custody of his daughter since 2010. He received full parental rights when his daughter was taken from...
  • Union Sends Credit Agency After Teacher Who Stopped Paying Dues

    06/20/2014 4:43:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is following through with its vow to threaten the credit of employees who don't voluntarily pay dues despite their desire to exercise their right under the law and leave the union. Bangor Public Schools kindergarten teacher Kimberle Byrd received a notice from a collection agency for unpaid dues in the amount of $394.20 with the Michigan Education Association listed as the creditor. Byrd said she thought she was out of the union when her union contract expired in 2013. The notice from the collection agency. A new contract with a tentative agreement for teachers in the...
  • Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

    06/19/2014 4:45:11 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 63 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/19/14 | Jeff Karoub
    DETROIT — The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has taken major steps toward recognizing gay marriage. The General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of redefining Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman." The redefinition will take effect only if most of the 172 regional Presbyteries approve it in voting over the next year.
  • Gary Peters Has Received Thousands From Union Representing IRS Agents

    06/18/2014 2:37:54 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2014 | Bill McMorris
    Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) has received thousands of dollars from the labor union representing IRS agents, leading to strong criticism from Republicans. Peters has collected $8,500 from the National Treasury Employees Union over his career, according the National Republican Senate Committee. The union has spent more than $100,000 so far in the 2014 cycle, including a $2,500 donation to Peters Senate campaign. The NRSC demanded that Democrats benefitting from the largesse of the union return the money, since IRS employees are “stonewalling” a congressional investigation into the agency’s admitted targeting of conservative non-profit organizations. The scandal...
  • Report: gay man in Michigan removed from parish ministry after “commitment ceremony”

    06/18/2014 2:12:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 18, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    This story isn’t that unusual. But the swift response from the bishop is.Details: A gay man in Marquette was told he can no longer have an active role in his Catholic church after he and his longtime partner held a commitment ceremony, according to news reports out of Northern Michigan.Bobby Glenn Brown and his partner ,Don Roberts, held a ceremony celebrating 31 years together among friends and family on Saturday, June 14. The next day, officials at St. Michael Parish said he couldn’t continue his role on the pastoral council or positions of cantor, lector and a member of the...
  • How Politics Prevailed With Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase

    06/17/2014 9:35:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Republican control of Michigan’s government didn’t prevent a minimum wage increase and an increase in taxes may be coming to fix Michigan’s roads. That’s left many wondering whether the GOP got outmaneuvered or was painted into a corner to prevent a minimum wage ballot initiative that would have been worse. It was both, combined with plenty of politics, wrote Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and Michael LaFaive, director of fiscal policy at the Center, in a recent Wall Street Journal column: Careful economic analysis did not lead the Michigan GOP to hike the minimum wage....
  • Deputies still looking for suspects in gay marriage hate crime, searching for leads

    06/13/2014 3:43:09 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    More than two months after a woman reported being called homosexual slurs and beat at an Ypsilanti Township bus stop, investigators report finding no suspects and a slowed investigation. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said Thursday deputies still believe the 28-year-old woman was assaulted because she is a lesbian. The incident, reported on March 31, took place in the 3000 block of Roundtree Boulevard. While a “Wanted” poster was released and tips were called in, Jackson said no suspect information of substance was generated. “It will stay an open investigation for a while, but there’s no real leads...
  • Nascar SCS Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Intl Spdwy Sunday June 15 on TNT at 1:00 PM ET

    06/10/2014 7:03:13 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 185 replies
  • Man severely beaten after crashing vehicle

    06/10/2014 4:09:32 PM PDT · by equaviator · 31 replies
    www,clickondetroit.com ^ | Jun 08 2014 | Hank Winchester
    DETROIT - A man is in the hospital after he got into a car crash, but it wasn't the crash that injured him. Instead, he was severely beaten afterwards on a nearby street corner. Nathanial Szczerbinski admitted to Local 4 he caused the wreck because he was driving the wrong way down an unfamiliar Detroit street. He said he stopped and started to turn around when he was struck by a Chevy van. As Szczerbinski got out, he was confronted by the three guys who were in the van. Police sources told Local 4 the men quickly went on the...
  • Satanists seek religious exemption to pro-life laws, call gay unions their ‘sacrament’

    06/10/2014 10:21:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/10/14 | Ben Johnson
    DETROIT, MI, June 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Whenever the American people try to curtail abortion or maintain marriage laws, the followers of Satan will be there to fight back, promises the national spokesman for the Satanic Temple. “Lucien Greaves” told Detroit's Metro Times that he would like to help women avoid complying with pro-life laws by saying abortion restrictions violate their Satanic religious beliefs. He added that gay “marriage” is a Satanic “sacrament.” He said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican from the party's moderate business wing, “has been trying to make it untenable for women to terminate a pregnancy.”...
  • Bill Would Allow Strip Searches for Misdemeanor Crimes; Probable Cause Not Necessary

    06/10/2014 6:20:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Citing safer jails and a reduction in unnecessary lawsuits, State Sen. Rick Jones introduced legislation that would allow anyone put in jail for a misdemeanor to be strip searched without probable cause. Sen. Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced Senate Bill 958 last week. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Jones said the law would bring Michigan's jails in line with the federal prisons, where he said strip searches are allowed without cause. There have been people with weapons hidden on or inside their bodies, he said. Sen. Jones has a background in public safety and served as a...
  • Florida would ban abortion post-viability, Ohio moves to ban abortion insurance, and more

    06/06/2014 7:10:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    life site news ^ | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the Senate voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new HHS Secretary to oversee the implementation of ObamaCare, states around the country were voting to protect the unborn, fighting for marriage, and wrestling with a wave of transgender “anti-discrimination” proposals that would allow biological men to use women's restroom and shower facilities. Florida The state of Florida is poised to protect children from abortion if they have the capacity to survive outside the womb. H.B. 1047, which would bar abortions after viability, passed the Senate by a party line 24-15 vote....
  • VA Chaplain: Gov’t Made Me Hide Crosses and Pictures of Jesus, Banned Me From Reading Bible Aloud

    06/02/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 46 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | June 2 2014 | Emily Hulsey
    In the wake of the ever-growing VA scandal, actions at the Iron Mountain VA Hospital in Michigan may not have gotten quite as much press as many feel they should. Patsy Norton, when walking into Iron Mountain’s VA chapel, was appalled to find every sign of Christianity hidden from sight. She detailed her shock in this letter, published by Joe For America: May 30, 2014 The Daily News EDITOR: I went to the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain today on business. While there I stopped at the Chapel and found pinky-purple curtains with mesh at the top, covering the altar....
  • Al Barron Reinstated as Monroe Public School Teacher

    06/01/2014 10:14:56 PM PDT · by madison10 · 7 replies
    Monroe Evening News ^ | June 1, 2014 | Ray Kisonas
    Monroe Middle School teacher Al Barron who was suspended while the Monroe district investigated his teaching methods on African American history was reinstated....
  • Homeless woman attacked in Sylvan Lake: Memorial Day beating similar to 'knockout game' (Michigan)

    06/01/2014 4:14:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WDIV-TV ^ | May 29, 2014 | Priya Mann
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) SYLVAN LAKE, Mich. - A homeless woman walking along a road in Sylvan Lake was suddenly and brutally attacked after dark on Memorial Day. Police say the 53-year-old woman was walking in a secluded area near Telegraph Road and James K. Boulevard when two men approached her from behind. She said one man knocked her down and continued beating her while the other man stood by and watched. Sylvan Lake police Sgt. Eric Zuehlk described the beating. "He pulled her to her feet with his left hand, beat her repeatedly with his right hand. After the assault, he just...
  • Detroit Dissolving: "A Hurricane Without Water"

    05/30/2014 1:01:26 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 66 replies
    American Digest ^ | May 30, 2014 | Gerard Vanderleun
    Contrast and compare the years since 2009 in Detroit according to Google and Bing: [Photos]
  • Assailant Dies In Detroit When Accidentally Shot By Pistol-Whipping Accomplice

    05/30/2014 9:51:42 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 49 replies
    Deadline Detroit ^ | 5/29/2014
    "An assailant died this week when his cohort’s gun discharged while the cohort pistol-whipped a man on Detroit's west side, George Hunter reports in the Detroit News...."
  • Mother of slain 7-year-old hopes Attorney General Bill Schuette can help keep killer locked up

    05/30/2014 7:59:22 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | John Agar
    ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI – The 1967 rape and killing of her 7-year-old daughter, Sonya Santa Cruz, is never far from Edith Siordia’s thoughts. Her daughter’s killer, Theodore Glenn Williams, isn’t, either. How can they not be? Williams killed Sonya after he grabbed her while she walked home from Stocking Elementary in Grand Rapids. He raped and killed Laura Jo Sutliffe, 13, of Sparta, the previous year. Every year, Williams, who is held under a defunct criminal-sexual psychopath law, can petition Allegan County Circuit Court for release. His latest request is pending. In response, Siordia fired off a round of letters...
  • Detroit spent big to renovate 30 homes under federal program, got low sale prices ($8.7M)

    05/29/2014 2:49:35 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 5-29-14 | AP Staff
    Detroit spent as much as $537,000 per home renovating 30 houses starting in 2011 under a federal program to fight blight before selling most for less than $100,000 each, according to a newspaper's investigation published on Thursday. The Detroit Land Bank transformed eyesores into gems, with features such as glass-tiled bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, underground sprinkler systems and, in some cases, geothermal heating, The Detroit News reported A goal was to entice middle class families into the East English Village and Boston Edison neighborhoods. Land bank Executive Director Richard Wiener, who took over in January, said officials "are now moving...
  • Supreme Court Says Mich. Can't Block Indian Casino

    05/27/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 60 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | 05/27/2014
    <p>A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Michigan can't block the opening of an American Indian casino because the state's legal challenge is barred by tribal sovereign immunity.</p> <p>In a 5-4 decision, the high court said the state could not shutter the Bay Mills Indian Community's casino about 90 miles south of its Upper Peninsula reservation.</p>
  • Shock: 1 in 3 pregnancies in Detroit ends in abortion; 3 times higher than Michigan rate

    05/26/2014 5:46:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life site news ^ | Ben Johnson
    DETROIT, MI, May 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With its high crime rate, dysfunctional government, and seemingly endless rows of burned out or vacant houses, Detroit has often been compared to a Third World country. But it also shares another characteristic of failed states around the world: a massive abortion rate. According to numbers released by the Michigan Department of Community Health, nearly one in every three pregnancies in Detroit ends in abortion. In all 5,693 of Detroit's 18,360 pregnancies – or 31 percent – ended in abortion in 2012, the last year for which data are available. When you just...
  • It's Memorial Day weekend and there's still ice on Lake Superior, see photos

    05/26/2014 5:17:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 49 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fritz Klug
    MARQUETTE, MI -- Remember how bad the winter was? The polar vortex, inches upon inches of snow. While the season has passed for most of us and Memorial Day weekend is underway, there are reminders in Michigan's Upper Peninsula of the historically cold and snowy winter. There's still ice on Lake Superior. As MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez and I traveled the state looking for Michigan’s Best Taco, we noticed there is still ice cover on Lake Superior. We were just sweating earlier this week in Kalamazoo, not because of the hot sauce but the temperatures. We were surprised there is...
  • One-third of Detroit pregnancies are aborted: report

    05/25/2014 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 102 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/25/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Detroit women are turning to abortion at a staggering rate as poverty and crime grip the city, with more than one-third of pregnancies being terminated. According to 2012 figures, the most recent year for which data are available, 31 percent of pregnancies among Detroit residents ended in abortion — compared to about 14 percent for all of Michigan, The Detroit News reported. (Snip) Dr. Susan Schooley, chairwoman of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, said the statistics make Detroit look “more like some Third-World country than someplace in the United States.”
  • Corker: WH foreign policy talks 'bizarre'

    05/23/2014 1:12:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Top White House officials have reportedly been holding private meetings with lawmakers this week to boost support for the president’s foreign policy strategy, although the outreach effort appears to have left some lawmakers confused and upset. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described a meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice earlier this week as “one of the most bizarre I've attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country.” “I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion,” Corker added, according...
  • Detroit motorists under siege in 'Carjack City'

    05/23/2014 4:33:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    DETROIT (AP) — When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers. The armed auto thieves have become so common here that parts of the bankrupt metropolis are referred to as "Carjack City," and many motorists fear getting out of their vehicles even for a few moments to fill a tank. So gas stations are taking steps to protect customers, and the city has formed a special police team to go after suspects. Convicted carjackers will even get their faces and prison sentences...
  • Detroit Federal Judge OKs Rep. John Conyers For Primary

    05/23/2014 2:05:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 112 replies
    NPR ^ | May 23, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the second-most-senior member of the U.S. House, will appear on the August primary ballot, overturning a decision by Michigan's secretary of state who said the candidacy was invalid.
  • Long-time Dem Rep. Conyers loses appeal to get on ballot

    05/23/2014 11:03:29 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/23/14 | Mike Emanuel
    Michigan Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving Democrats in Congress, lost his appeal Friday to get on the August primary ballot after state officials found problems with his nominating petitions. The decision is a blow for Conyers and fellow Democrats, who are scrambling to find a way to keep the long-time incumbent in the House. One possibility is for Conyers to mount a write-in campaign, which can be an uphill climb. The decision came down Friday from the Secretary of State's office. The office determined that Detroit-area officials were correct in keeping Conyers off the ballot, since he "failed...
  • Detroit Police Chief, Gracing Cover Of NRA Magazine, Defends Stance On Right To Bear Arms

    05/22/2014 4:52:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | May 19, 2014 | CBSdetroit
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s police chief is interviewed in the most recent issue of “America’s First Freedom” — an NRA magazine — voicing his support for the right to bear arms. The article titled, “A Show of Courage In Detroit,” comes following at least five fatal shootings in two months involving homeowners protecting themselves from intruders. The sub-headline reads, “Motor City Police Chief James Craig Encourages Citizens to Arm Themselves.” Craig, whose photo appears on the cover, says being featured in the magazine does not mean he advocates violence; he just strongly believes in the right to protect one’s self....
  • Alleged ‘Transition Costs’ Avoidable In Detroit

    05/22/2014 7:45:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2014 | James Hohman
    State legislators are discussing which strings to attach to a $194 million partial Detroit bailout. One of those strings — a requirement that the city close its pension systems to new members — is being met with opposition over alleged "transition costs" from the move. But these costs are completely optional and easily avoidable, as other governments that have reformed their pension systems show. Transition costs allegedly are mandatory increased up-front cash requirements to catch up on underfunded pensions. Detroit does not have enough money saved in its pension system to pay for the benefits that members have earned. According...
  • Koch Brothers group prepares to fight Detroit deal

    05/20/2014 4:46:09 PM PDT · by shove_it · 21 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 20 May 2014 | DAVID EGGERT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group supported by the Koch brothers, has launched an effort to torpedo a proposed settlement in the Detroit bankruptcy case, potentially complicating chances for completing the deal just as its prospects seemed to be improving. The organization, formed to fight big government and spending, is contacting 90,000 conservatives in Michigan and encouraging them to rally against a plan to provide $195 million in state money to help settle Detroit pension holders' claims in the case, a key element of the deal. The group has threatened to run ads against members...
  • Will He or Won't He? N.J. Magazine Ban Heading to Christie's Desk

    05/18/2014 3:31:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 5-16-2014 | NRA
    Gun control supporters appear poised to force New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, often discussed as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, to show where he stands on the Second Amendment. On Monday, the state's Senate passed A2006, legislation to lower the state's magazine-capacity limit from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, by a vote of 22-17, mostly along party lines. The bill will be sent to Christie for signature or veto after the Assembly, which previously approved it by a vote of 46-31, approves technical changes made to the bill by the Senate. Once the bill reaches Christie's desk, he...