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  • Convicted Eco-Terrorist Leads “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol” in Montana

    09/20/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ron Catlett
    Rod Coronado, a convicted eco-terrorist, is the leader of the controversial “Yellowstone Wolf Patrol,” a new environmental group that plans to shadow legal Montana wolf hunters during the state’s fall and winter wolf season and document the hunts with a video camera. Coronado, a resident of Michigan, is a radical environmentalist who “sank whaling ships nearly 30 years ago in Iceland and later went to prison after torching a Michigan State University lab in 1992 for conducting research for the fur industry” according to The Buffalo News of Buffalo, NY. He also serves as a spokesman for the radical, militant...
  • Four Senate Democratic candidates rake in climate-change cash ( Udall:Co, Shaheen: NH & )

    09/18/2014 1:56:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The one-day GreenStorm campaign blitz raised more than $250,000 for Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, along with Senate hopefuls Bruce Braley of Iowa and Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan. ... The GreenStorm fundraiser was also supported by ProgressivesUnited PAC, the Voices for Progress PAC, the National Resources Defense Fund PAC, and the Population Connection Action Fund..
  • Islamic State attracts female jihadis from U.S. heartland

    09/15/2014 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/15/14 | Alistair Bell
    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement is investigating a new phenomenon of women from the American heartland joining Islamic State as President Barack Obama vows to cut off the militants' recruiting at home. At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. He said that while the reasons for their disappearance were unclear, he had told the families to contact police. In a separate case, a 19-year-old American Somali woman from St. Paul snuck...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Violence erupts at candlelight vigil on Detroit's northwest side

    09/12/2014 9:27:02 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    A violent night on Detroit's northwest side has police investigating two scenes after multiple people were shot at a candlelight vigil. Detroit police confirm two people are dead including 33-year-old Kercilla Reed. "And a total of five others that have been shot are in temp-serious condition," said Assistant Police Chief Steven Dolunt. Full title: Multiple people shot, killed in northwest Detroit Violence erupts at candlelight vigil on Detroit's northwest side 
  • Army officer is told not to enter his daughters high school because he's wearing his uniform

    09/10/2014 5:36:01 AM PDT · by Abathar · 154 replies
    MyfoxDetroit.com ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | Fox 2 News Staff
    ROCHESTER, Mich. (WJBK) - Lieutenant colonel Sherwood Baker was just a father trying to help his daughter find her way at her new high school. Sherwood who has served in the Army for 24 years was told by Rochester Adams high school security that if he wanted to get into the high school with his daughter he was going to have to go home and change his clothes. Baker's wife Rachel Ferhadson says, "before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said sorry you're not allowed in the school. Security told him men and women in uniform...
  • Macomb Community College’s Renewable Energy Program

    09/09/2014 3:04:53 AM PDT · by equaviator · 10 replies
    Macomb Community College ^ | May 31, 2104 | Kiernan Manion
    We would like to take this time to announce the many programs that Macomb Community College has to offer! The idea of providing energy sources outside of electricity, and in the theme of a doomsday, emergency scenario, the many programs, areas of study, and implementation of new technologies at MCC are worth exploring! First and foremost, the Renewable Energy Certificate program and courses available through Macomb Community College are instrumental in building the foundation for a career in the field of Renewable Energy. Within the scope of preparing for natural disasters or widespread electrical failures, renewable and alternative energies are...
  • Mind-Blowing Alfred Fisher Mansion Sells For $1.6M [guess where]

    09/08/2014 2:37:43 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 92 replies
    Curbed ^ | September 4, 2014 | Sarah Cox
    The Alfred Fisher Mansion,the largest residential listing in Detroit, has sold for $1.6 Million in deal that closed in late August. Designed by architect Richard Marr and built in 1926, the mansion contains 15 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a ballroom, sun room, and a billiards room. There is also an indoor pool. These listing photos don't do the interior justice (there's a strange party situation in the basement) but the grounds are looking lovely. When the mansion first came on the market the ask was a mere $1.2M...."
  • Is Durbin in Danger?

    09/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Bruce Walker
    As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting. Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire. Most folks would not have thought that Republican Terri Land had a chance in a blue state like Michigan, but she continues to run close to Peters in the race. Al Franken also cannot pull away in his re-election fight, and all the polls show that race tightening. Surely the trophy in any general election is for one party to knock off a legislative leader of the other party....
  • Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm

    09/07/2014 2:10:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Sptember 6, 2014 | Robert Sorokanich
    Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm Where absent money leaves gaps, ingenuity fills in. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit's fire departments, where, as Detroit Free Press reporter Tresa Baldas shows us, a soda can full of jangling coins and screws alerts the Motor City's long-suffering heroes when there's an emergency. The system is brilliantly simple: A soda can full of rattling metal is balanced on top of the fire department's printer at the end of the tray. When the printer spits out an emergency alert, the paper knocks over the can....
  • The Enterprise Of Maligning Enterprise (And The Clergy Who Make Matters Worse)

    09/06/2014 11:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 7, 2014 | Austin Hill
    "MCDonalds Mcdonalds, can't you see...Seven-forty is not for me..." The chant, recited through a megaphone, was being led by a man identifed as a Christian Pastor ("Reverend Charles" we'll call him), near a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit last week. Dozens of people in the parking lot uttered the chant with him, as the crowd sought to malign McDonalds restaurants while at the same time demanding a $15.00 per hour wage. "They want fifteen, they want a union, they want to be organized" Pastor Charles told the tv news crews. "The McDonalds corporation should allow that to happen immediately." The illogic...
  • Liberal Senator Preparing Report That Dismisses Allegations of IRS’ Tea Party Targeting

    09/05/2014 7:18:12 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 04, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is putting the finishing touches on his supposed “investigation” of the IRS scandal that will, in essence, be a press release for the IRS and the administration, a reliable source tells me. The Michigan Democrat apparently dismisses all of the allegations made over the targeting of tea party and other conservative organizations and instead attacks the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which revealed the scandal when it issued its May 2013 report about the “inappropriate criteria” used to “identify tax-exempt applications for review.”
  • The Myth Of The Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

    09/04/2014 2:23:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 4,2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Over the weekend, former President Jimmy Carter attended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference in Detroit. There, he assured Muslims that the “principles of Allah” were designed to “bring peace and justice to all.” ISNA’s ties to terror-supporters are quite deep.
  • Detroit, Hoping To Leave Bankruptcy, Warns of 'Downward Spiral'

    09/02/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 2, 2014 | ALANA SEMUELS
    Detroit, Hoping To Leave Bankruptcy, Warns of 'Downward Spiral' Detroit's bankruptcy trial begins Protestors, including one wearing a mask depicting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, gather outside a federal courthouse in Detroit to protest the start of a key hearing in the city's bankruptcy trial. By ALANA SEMUELS Detroit attorneys argue that the city will never recover financially if its bankruptcy plan is rejected "I don't like the term death spiral," Detroit attorney says. "But Detroit is in a downward spiral" Lawyers for the city of Detroit began their opening arguments Tuesday in what could be the final stage of the...
  • Teacher’s Union Misses Millions

    09/02/2014 8:38:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 1, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently, some teacher’s union officials have taken too much public school math. michigan outline “On a Saturday in May, members of the Michigan Education Association held a walk in Midland bringing attention to public school funding,” the Michigan-based Mackinac Center reports in the organization’s July/August report. “They claim education funding is down nearly $19 million in the greater Midland area in the last four years.” “MEA president Steve Cook has claimed that Michigan’s public school budget has been cut by $1 billion. The problem is that these claims are not true.” “State spending on public education actually increased $800 million...
  • Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    09/02/2014 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2014 2:05 AM EDT | Corey Williams
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is “more manageable,” according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr. …
  • Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case (Christian Arabs: Qureshi, Rezkalla, Mayel)

    09/01/2014 10:05:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    CBN ^ | September 01, 2014
    A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet. In response, Wayne County authorities threatened to ticket the Christian group if they did not leave. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed county authorities, ruling 2-1 that police were only trying to keep public order. "The video from the 2012 festival demonstrates that (evangelists') speech and conduct intended...
  • Hundreds Of Americans Have ISIS Links –U.S. Sen. Mike Rogers

    09/01/2014 9:06:40 AM PDT · by walford · 13 replies
    ChinaTopix ^ | Sep 01, 2014 | Bianca Ortega
    U.S. Senator Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, said there are hundreds of Americans who have connections with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. Rogers, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, voiced out on Sunday his fear that the Americans with ISIS links could enter the U.S. using their American passports. He also mentioned that some of them trained with the militant group, Albawaba News reported. Like Us on Facebook Senator Rogers said some of those Americans have gone back to the U.S. and some to Europe. He said the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels...
  • Selfridge gears up for 2014 open house, air show

    09/01/2014 7:03:41 AM PDT · by equaviator · 7 replies
    www.voicenews.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Stephen Bitsoli
    Macomb County citizens shouldn't miss the chance to see our military dollars at work during the Open House and Air Show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Sept. 6 and 7. It's an increasingly rare opportunity to examine military vehicles and aircraft up close. "It's been biannual since the 1950s, but now is shifting to every third year," said Maj. Bart Ward, open house director. "This is one of the rare times to get on the base." It also is one of the best opportunities to touch military hardware. The general public is welcome, since the purpose...
  • WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day [Plugs 'n Thugs]

    09/01/2014 7:00:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Fox Detroit ^ | 9/1/14
    .... Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years. Biden is expected to address the crowd at 9:30 this morning during the annual parade.
  • Mowdown in Motown

    09/01/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by Makana · 1 replies
    Wall STreet Journal ^ | August 31, 2014 | Review and Outlook
    Federal Judge Steven Rhodes will begin hearings Tuesday to determine whether Detroit's readjustment plan fulfills the legal and fiscal requirements to exit Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The trial may provide investors a lesson, instructive but painful, in how politics can override law in municipal bankruptcies. Since declaring bankruptcy in July 2013, Detroit has cut deals with nearly all of its major creditors. Workers, retirees and most bondholders this summer voted to accept the plan. Yet Judge Rhodes must still validate that the plan is "fair and equitable" and was proposed in good faith, among other standards of Chapter 9.
  • Rogers: Obama’s inertia on Syria-Islamic State part of foreign policy plan empowering rivals

    08/31/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations. “It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday." “The world sees the United States as withdrawn.” Rogers said the president’s apparent disengagement or slow response is the reason China has engaged U.S. pilots and Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved into eastern Ukraine without fear of consequence. “U.S. foreign policy is...
  • Dem’s Try to Use FCC to Censor Anti-Obamacare Ads

    02/24/2014 7:51:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    What do Democrats do when a hard-hitting anti-Obamacare ad threatens the electoral prospects of a Democrat Congressman? Well… You unleash the lawyers. With any luck, you might even be able to use the weight of the FCC to muscle local stations into denying the ad any air time. Because, obviously, using government regulatory agencies to strong arm broadcasters into censoring political advertisements, is a tactic in total compliance with the intent of the First Amendment. Julia Boonstra is currently suffering from Leukemia. And, until the implementation of Obamacare, she had insurance coverage that provided her with desired benefits. In fact,...
  • Conservative Group Takes Sides in Michigan G.O.P. Primary (Amash)

    02/14/2014 5:58:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | 2/13/14 | Nicholas Confessore
    The country’s biggest conservative political organization announced Wednesday that it was diving into a bitter Republican primary in Michigan, its first such intervention into the broader battle between GOP-leaning business groups and Tea Party conservatives. The group, Americans for Prosperity, will spend about $230,000 on advertisements thanking Representative Justin Amash, for fighting against President Obama’s signature health care law, officials there said — a shot across the bow of establishment donors who are rallying behind his challenger, Brian Ellis. The ads do not attack Mr. Ellis, and officials at Americans for Prosperity said the commercial should not be construed as...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • Judge tosses McDaniel lawsuit over Cochran win

    08/29/2014 4:35:31 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 36 replies
    News Channel 3 Memphis ^ | August 29, 2014 | George Brown
    JACKSON, Miss. — Special Judge Hollis McGehee has dismissed an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel according to WDAM-TV. The decision ends a battle between the two since McDaniel’s June special election loss. Cochran’s attorneys asserted McDaniel should have filed his challenge within 20 days but waited until August 4. McDaniel alleged voter fraud in the election.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Republican Friend in Michigan

    08/25/2014 1:40:20 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 25 August 14 | Unknown
    Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder is slated to speak at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention. Jimmy Carter is delivering the keynote, which should tell us what the tone of the convention will be: http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2014/08/23/President-Jimmy-Carter-to-be-keynote-speaker-at-Muslim-convention.html In 2011, Snyder spoke at an event sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR): http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20110323/POLITICS02/103230392/1022/Census-shows-Michigan-needs-immigrants–Snyder-says Both CAIR and ISNA were unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history, the U.S. v the Holy Land Foundation, in which the defendants were convicted on all counts. Both CAIR and ISNA were identified as Muslim Brotherhood organizations in captured documents...
  • Jimmy Carter To Give Keynote Speech At Muslim Convention In Detroit

    08/25/2014 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 25, 2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, The Toledo Blade reported that former President Jimmy Carter, the same President who accused Israel of practicing apartheid and called for the U.S to "legitimize" Hamas, will be giving the keynote speech at the 51st annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) held in Detroit this Friday, September 1st. The speech will be held at a luncheon August 30th.
  • Convicted Murderers set Free in a City Near You

    08/24/2014 2:44:45 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 19 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 22 August 2014 | Carolyn May
    GROUP IDENTIFIES TOWNS ASSOCIATED WITH RELEASES OF IMMIGRANTS CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE Cities and Towns Associated with Convicted Murderers Freed by ICE in 2013 Alaska (2) Anchorage 2 Arizona (3) Phoenix 1 Buckeye 1 Tucson 1 California (48) Los Angeles 6 Pomona 3 San Jose 3 Glendale 2 Sacramento 2 Beverly Hills 1 Huntington Park 1 San Pedro 1 Montrose 1 Pacoima 1 Reseda 1 Burbank 1 N. Hollywood 1 Chino Hills 1 S. El Monte 1 La Puenta 1 Rosemead 1 Oceanside 1 Vista 1 Adelanto 1 Murrieta 1 Irvine 1 Westminster 1 Anaheim 1 Fullerton 1 Garden Grove 1...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • U.S.: Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters owes $250K for fraud

    08/23/2014 6:46:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Daily News ^ | 21 August 2014
    A cleric in Dearborn well known with supporters of the militant group ISIS owes a quarter of a million dollars in restitution and other charges stemming from his fraud convictions ... Ahmad Jebril, 43, who has gained an international following amongst ISIS fighters and sympathizers, is on probation soon after serving 6˝ years in prison. Just after being released in 2012, he has used social media to turn out to be what authorities say is the most well known religious leader for Islamists from the West fighting for ISIS, also recognized as ISIL or the Islamic State. ... The Centre...
  • Legal battle brewing as Scio Township (MI) passes oil exploration moratorium

    08/21/2014 4:18:45 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Freed
    Scio Township and the West Bay Exploration Company are preparing to wade into uncharted legal waters after the township’s Board of Trustees passed a six-month moratorium banning oil exploration activity and drilling. The board passed the moratorium, along with a plan of action, by a vote of 7-0 at a special meeting Wednesday night at Scio Township Hall. According to the resolution, “during the moratorium period, no drilling operation shall be allowed in the township.” West Bay Exploration began drilling a 5,000-foot exploratory well at the corner of West Delhi Road and Miller Road this week and as of Wednesday...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Senate GOP makes $1.5M Michigan ad buy

    08/13/2014 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee has made a $1.5 million ad buy in Michigan, a strong signal it feels good about former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land's (R) chances against Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). ADVERTISEMENT The NRSC has bought a months' worth of cable and broadcast slots in the Detroit and Grand Rapids media markets running from Aug. 26 through Sept. 22. That it's willing to spend big for Land shows it feels she still has a strong chance of defeating Peters, pushing back on the views of some observers that Peters had reasserted a small lead in...
  • Elected to handle local issues, Bay City Commission thrown into national immigration debate

    08/11/2014 4:03:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    mlive.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Andrew Dodson
    BAY CITY, MI — They ran on issues to improve their community. They wanted blight removed and potholes filled. They wanted to be involved. They wanted to be the voice for Bay City residents in their respective neighborhoods. What they didn't anticipate was being thrown in the middle of a national debate on immigration and border control. "Never in a million years did I think I would be called on from these different sides to make these kinds of decisions," said Bay City Commissioner Kerice Basmadjian, 7th Ward. "But if little cities like us can take the lead on issues...
  • Obama’s Economy In Action! Data Shows Cash For Clunkers Was An Epic Debacle

    08/10/2014 2:43:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-10-14 | Eric Owens
    “Cash for Clunkers,” the 2009 Obama administration stimulus program designed to spend $2.85 billion to jumpstart the auto industry, turned out to be a complete disaster — for the auto industry. In the minds of Obama’s team of advisers and economists, the program made total sense, of course. The plan was to dangle a $4,500 credit to persuade car owners to trade in their older automobiles for new cars with better fuel efficiency. It would stimulate an economy then in the midst of a deep recession. As a bonus, it would mean less oil consumption and cleaner-running cars. The law...
  • Money Hidden in Bra and Girdle Seized by Customs Officers

    08/09/2014 9:52:17 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 28 replies
    ABCNews ^ | August 8, 2014 | Sarah Figalora
    A Florida woman was allegedly caught carrying almost $41,000 through customs, with much of the cash reportedly hidden in her undergarments. Victoria Faren, 78, and her daughter were stopped April 2 while trying to board a flight to the Philippines out of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, federal court records indicate. The court records, filed Friday, recount the strange incident, during which customs agents discovered the elderly woman allegedly attempting to smuggle the cash through airport security. When Faren and her daughter were first asked by officers how much money they were carrying, Faren reportedly said she was carrying $200. Her...
  • New Volt Is Coming, But It's 'Not A Mass-Market' Vehicle Anymore

    08/07/2014 8:59:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-7-14 | Dale Buss
    Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney told the industry seminars in Traverse City, Mich., that General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt at the Detroit auto show in January. But he also told me that GM considers Volt “not a mass-market” vehicle any longer. The next generation of GM’s groundbreaking plug-in hybrid is expected to arrive in showrooms sometime late next year. It will sport a third seat in the rear and feature a downsized 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine compared with the current 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, Automotive News reported. Mahoney promised the industry audience improvements from technology to design. But...
  • 'Porch Shooting' Jury Says Shooter Is Guilty

    08/07/2014 11:56:28 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/07/2014 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB and BARBARA LOWE
    A Detroit jury ruled today that Theodore Wafer was guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Renisha McBride on his porch. The jury, which consists of seven men and five women, began its deliberations on Wednesday after nine days of testimony. Wafer, 55, is charged with second degree murder and manslaughter for shooting and killing McBride, 19, last November when the teenager showed up inebriated on his porch at 4:40 a.m. Wafer said he could only make out a figure around his house, said the person pounded on his door and made him fear for his life.
  • Gathering At Unity Church Supports Marriage Equality For Gays

    08/07/2014 5:55:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    CBS DETROIT ^ | 8/6/14
    There was an interfaith gathering Tuesday evening to support marriage equality in Warren at Renaissance Unity Church. About 80 people were in attendance....
  • Justin Amash Quells an Establishment Revolt: The tea-party incumbent wins handily

    08/06/2014 7:24:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    A libertarian, tea-party congressman just rolled to reelection in a congressional district that is home to some of the wealthiest people in the business wing of the Republican party. Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) was outspent by his opponent, Brian Ellis, who had the support of the Chamber of Commerce and other House Republicans, but it was never even a tight race. “It’s been a pretty significant lead for the congressman throughout,” a Republican consultant and pollster in Michigan unaffiliated with either campaign told National Review Online Monday. As of this writing, Amash enjoys a comfortable double-digit lead, garnering 57...
  • Michigan GOP US House incumbent loses primary

    08/05/2014 10:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 6, 2014 12:58 AM EDT
    Republican U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, considered by some to be an “accidental” congressman, was easily defeated Tuesday in a Michigan district and became the third U.S. House incumbent to lose his seat this year. Lawyer and businessman David Trott, 53, who contributed nearly $2.5 million of his own money to his campaign, will face Democrat Bobby McKenzie, a counterterrorism expert, in the November general election to represent the 11th congressional district covering a swath of Detroit’s western and northern suburbs. …
  • Official Primary Live Thread (KS, MI, MO, WA, TN)

    08/05/2014 3:00:45 PM PDT · by Dacula · 262 replies
    Should be an interesting night.
  • Rep. Ellison Explains Anti-Iron Dome Funding Vote: ‘Because We Need A Cease-fire’ (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates and News ^ | August 3 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Over the weekend, both the Senate and the House approved $225M in funding for the Iron Dome. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and by a 395 to 8 vote. Opposition to the funding of the Iron Dome demonstarted an unfortunate bi-partisan measure – four Democrats and four Republicans voted against it. The four Democrats were Keith Ellison (MN-05), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim Moran (VA-08), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16); The four Republicans were Justin Amash (MI-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01). Rep. Ellison explains vote on “Meet the Press”: “Because a ceasefire...
  • Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

    08/03/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/14 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure. “Because a cease-fire is what we...
  • Single Michigan mom, 24, with two jobs wins $66 MILLION lottery

    08/01/2014 4:52:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/31/14 | Sasha Goldstein
    Kelsey Zachow bought the ticket on Friday the 13th last month, but didn't even know she had the winning slip until 11 days later. The mom of a 7-month-old, Zachow will take home $27 million in the lump sum payment after taxes, and plans to quit her jobs.
  • Mich. (Illegal) couple charged with murder after dogs fatally maul jogger

    08/01/2014 8:51:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 1, 2014
    A couple whose two dogs mauled a jogger on a rural Michigan road have been charged with murder, reports CBS Detroit....In addition to the murder charges, federal authorities said Quagliata and Lucaj are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally. A report in the Detroit Free Press stated they were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack. It is unclear if their citizenship status will affect their trial.Authorities said it was the third attack by the dogs in the past two years. The couple was apparently breeding dogs at their property, officials said.
  • Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016

    07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Week ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now. Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won't run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it's increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I've never been much of a Romney booster. I've also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let's not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture. First, in...
  • Owners of Dogs that Killed Livonia Jogger In the Country Illegally

    07/31/2014 4:46:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Patch.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Beth Dalbey
    The owners of two dogs that mauled and killed jogger from Livonia last week are in the country illegally and have been fighting deportation proceedings for several years, according to media reports. Now, Albania national Valbona Lacaj, 44, and her Italian husband, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, may face involuntary manslaughter charges, the Detroit Free Press reports. Their Cane Corso dogs attacked and killed Craig Sytsma, 46, as he jogged past the couple’s Metamora home on July 23. It was the third attack by the large Italian dogs – mastiff-type dogs the American Kennel Club describes as “noble, majestic and powerful in...
  • Bay City (MI) facility to house Central American children, teen refugees beginning in August

    07/31/2014 4:23:39 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Andrew Dodson
    BAY CITY, MI — Wellspring Lutheran Services has secured a federal contract to provide short-term shelter at its Bay City facility for unauthorized immigrant children and teens from Central America. Wellspring CEO David Gehm said Thursday, July 31, that the nonprofit is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan to provide care and services for the undocumented youths. According to Gehm, 24 boys and girls, ages 6-13, will be housed at Wellspring's Bay City facility at 304 N. Tuscola Road. That facility currently serves as a foster home for teens who are transitioning into independent living. Those youths will be...