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  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • A smarter war against Obamacare (Michigan's medical retainer agreements)

    01/25/2015 6:20:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/24/15 | Judson Phillips
    **SNIP** Gov. Rick Snyder just signed a new law that says medical retainer agreements are not insurance. What does this mean in plain, non-lawyer English? Under the Michigan law, individuals and doctors may enter into retainer agreements. The customer pays the doctor a monthly retainer and in exchange for that, the customer gets access to a menu of routine services at no additional charge. These agreements, under Michigan law, do not constitute insurance therefore are not subject to all of the laws, rules and regulations that apply to insurance. This is a great idea. For starters, it gets the insurance...
  • Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing

    01/22/2015 5:30:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 90 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    A black man who was found guilty of murdering two white teenagers execution-style in a vacant Detroit field defiantly declared “black lives matter” Wednesday before being sentenced to life in prison. Fredrick Young and Felando Hunter were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for robbing, torturing and murdering Jourdan Bobbish and Jacob Kudla, who had met up with them in July 2012 to buy drugs, a local Fox affiliate reported. Young shocked the courtroom when he was given the chance to address the victims’ families, but instead apologized to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
  • Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize

    01/22/2015 10:04:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    According to the press releases issued by the administration of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm five years ago, Michigan's economy was undergoing a transformation. In a June 2010 press release, Granholm declared that the company LG Chem in Holland was making Michigan “a world capital for advanced batteries.” In October of 2010, she said in a press release about a proposed biogas facility in Reed City that the state was being transformed into “the clean energy capital of North America.” Five years later, plans for a biogas facility in Reed City died and LG Chem was made to repay $842,000 from a...
  • Mother of Trayvon: 'The very thing that caused my son to lose his life was the color of his skin'

    01/21/2015 9:14:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | January 19, 2015 | Heidi Fenton
    ALLENDALE, MI -- Trayvon Martin had an average American family upbringing in southern Florida. He had his faults, but was no criminal, his mother said. Still today, Sybrina Fulton tries to reconcile the memories she has of her son with his death by gunfire in a gated community, as he walked to his father's home from a nearby convenience store. Days before his 2012 death she had been horseback riding with him to celebrate both of their February birthdays. "What could have been to cause my son to lose his life," Fulton said to thousands gathered at Grand Valley State...
  • Michael Moore, Michigan Sniper

    01/21/2015 5:44:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | John Ransom
    Michael Moore, a guy who has made his whole career about ambushing people and then cutting the film to make them look silly, mean or evil-- and importantly, unable to reply--suddenly looks silly, mean and evil. I mean sillier, meaner and more evil than he normally looks with his oversized clothes and food stained sweatshirts in the 10,000 square foot mansion and the Manhattan condo he apparently doesn’t even use. Moore was doing his usual sniping on social media, because he believes someone still cares about his opinion. The self-appointed mouthpiece for the 99% with the $50 million bank account...
  • Paul DeWolf homicide: Man pleads guilty to two home invasion charges, jury seated for trial

    01/20/2015 1:39:07 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    MLive Media Group ^ | January 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM | Darcie Moran
    One of the three man accused in the death of University of Michigan medical student Paul DeWolf is on trial for three charges this week in Washtenaw County Trial Court. Joei Jordan, 21, pleaded guilty to first degree home invasion and conspiracy to commit home invasion in the second degree when he appeared in Washtenaw County Trial Court on Tuesday prior to jury selection. The charges were related to a home invasion of 210 N. Ingalls St., the home next to DeWolf's at 220 N. Ingall St. Prosecutors previously said the home invasion at 201 N. Ingalls was committed prior...
  • MI:Open Carrier Accused of Concealed Carry in Detroit: Jury Trial, Not Guilty!

    01/19/2015 5:01:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Several months ago, Elijah Woody was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.   Elijah Woody is an active member of an open carry group, Hells Saints, in Detroit, that was featured in an MSNBC video about open carry.  I wrote about Elijah's arrest and allegations of misconduct by the Detroit police officers, all of whom are black, as is Elijah.  The trial ended yesterday, Friday, the 16th of January, 2015.  I found the story riveting.  It makes you appreciate juries.   This is the sort of story that Eric Holder should be concerned with, but will never be investigated by...
  • Micheal Moore shouted down in Grand Rapids!

    01/31/2004 4:20:51 PM PST · by TomasUSMC · 26 replies · 2,111+ views
    Hi True With Tomas | 30 Jan 04 | Tomas Ojeda
    Today Micheal Moore went to speak in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event was held at the Fountain Street Church. ( In reality it is a sanctuary for druggies, anti- war protesters, America haters etc.) I arrived and there was a crowd gathered around the Osama of the Left. As I approached the target from the high ground, I got flashbacks from my Marine Corp days. Gotta love that high ground, (more about that later). I was armed with not one but two large American Flags. Combat boots for stomping, hard plastic hand wraps for skull collapsing, and other assorted Bushido...
  • UPDATE: 1 dead in mobile home fire following shooting (Michigan, "Doomsday prepper”)

    01/18/2015 5:09:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    WBND-TV ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alexandra Koehn
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Residents in the Riverside Estates Mobile home park described the scene as complete chaos when they said a man started shooting at them, killed himself, and then lit his trailer on fire. One witness said it's a miracle that no one else was killed. Chrissebring said, “My girlfriend told me it was gunshots, so we looked outside, and he was shooting through his door at trailers!” During the fire Christopher Chrissebring said thousands of rounds of ammunition were exploding. Michigan State Police are investigating and they said firefighters had trouble putting out the flames because of the ammunition that was...
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
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  • Fox’s Shep Smith: Same States That Were ‘Fighting Integration’ Are Against Gay Marriage

    01/16/2015 8:05:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 16, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    During his breaking news coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear four different cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in four different states this term — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee — Fox News’ Shepard Smith compared the remaining resistance to marriage equality in this country to those who wanted to keep segregation intact during the Civil Rights Movement. “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well,” Smith said. “Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are...
  • Scott Walker Calls for RNC Member Who Shared a White Supremacist Article on Facebook to Resign

    01/14/2015 1:07:12 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | January 14, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, is calling for a member of the Republican National Committee to step down from his post. A Michigan newspaper, the Morning Sun, is reporting that Walker, a likely 2016 presidential contender, has said Michigan committeeman Dave Agema should resign. “Dave Agema’s abhorrent comments have no place in our party,” said Walker, per the paper. “I join Chairman Priebus and others in calling on him to resign.” Agema, a former member of the Michigan House, has been a headache to national Republicans for years. He’s posted material on social media saying that Muslims don’t...
  • Controversy over 'offensive' Fox News broadcasts at public recreation center in Ann Arbor

    01/14/2015 11:56:44 AM PST · by TopDeadCenter · 95 replies
    MLive ^ | January 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM | Ryan Stanton
    Ypsilanti Township residents Dave and Sue Weber argue a county-run facility is no place to be showing what they consider offensive, right-wing political propaganda. They said they started going to the county's recreation center on Washtenaw Avenue last fall and were dismayed to see Fox News show up on four of the 12 television screens in the cardio area during election season. "In September, when we toured the facility before joining, we didn't notice Fox on at all," Dave Weber said. "But now October comes around, pre-election time, that's when it multiplied onto four screens, four out of the 12...
  • Witness on 'underwear bomber' plane speculates intelligence agencies behind Paris attack

    01/13/2015 3:14:17 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 19 replies
    1776 Channel ^ | January 13, 2015 | Alan Jones
    Retired attorney Kurt Richard Haskell conjectured on the Paris attacks on Sunday during an interview from Costa Rica with 1776 Channel, which can neither confirm nor readily dismiss his theories. “The Muslims being used in these plots are being trained overseas by undercover CIA pretending to be Al Qaeda/ ISIS. I think all of them were trained that way. They think they are in terrorist training camps when they are instead being trained to be patsies.” -Kurt Haskell during interview with 1776 Channel Haskell ran for U.S. Congress in 2012 as a Democrat in Michigan’s 7th District where he received...
  • Planned Parenthood closing Battle Creek clinic at end of January; Obamacare cited as factor

    01/13/2015 8:33:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Mlive ^ | January 13, 2015 | Julie Mack |
    KALAMAZOO, MI -- Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan is closing its Battle Creek clinic, citing "increasing competition and declining patient demand" as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The last day of operation will be Jan. 31. Spokeswoman Desiree Cooper said the need for Planned Parenthood's health-care services has declined because of the ACA, which has greatly improved access to subsidized contraceptives and women's health-care services. The ACA requires insurances plan to provide women with an annual physical and contraceptives without a deductible or co-pay. That means women who formerly were reliant on Planned Parenthood for services and...
  • Frozen House in Detroit freezes cars to the street

    01/13/2015 8:03:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    FOX 28 ^ | January 12, 2015 | Faran Fronczak
    <p>They have the Detroit Auto Show going on, but also in the Motor City now has a frozen house!</p> <p>This 100 year old Detroit home has turned into a gigantic icicle formation --- after all the pipes burst. According to neighbors, when the weather turned cold in November, whoever was staying here left and never told the water company.</p>
  • Ford GT: This Is It

    01/12/2015 7:19:26 AM PST · by taildragger · 104 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 1/12/2015 | Patrick George
    Ford did it. They actually went and did it. It's been rumored about and speculated on for months, but now we know it's real.This is it: the new Ford GT. Ford just dropped a bomb on the rest of the world, and it's got a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, if you can believe it.
  • Stunning pictures of Michigan's St Joseph Lighthouse transformed into giant icicles as arctic blast

    01/10/2015 4:51:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 10 January 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Stunning pictures of Michigan's St Joseph Lighthouse transformed into giant icicles as arctic blast continues to sweep across the US With sub-zero temperatures, severe wind chills and snowfall, millions across the eastern US have been desperately trying to stay warm this week. But one photographer chose to brave the frigid weather for hours on end - to capture these stunning photos of St Joseph Lighthouse in Michigan. Donning sturdy boots and warm clothing, Joshua Nowicki trekked along the icy shore of Lake Michigan on Thursday morning, armed with a camera. He then captured a breathtaking array of photos...
  • Did You Know There Are Muslim ‘No-Go’ Zones In The USA

    01/10/2015 4:22:45 PM PST · by NYer · 104 replies
    Truth Uncensored ^ | June12, 2014 | Lauren Richardson
    Non-Muslim ‘no-entry’ zones have been multiplying all over Europe, and even popping up in cities here in the U.S. This should heighten every American’s awareness of the imminent danger we as a nation face. Once established, they are unsafe, and proving deadly for non-Muslims to inhabit or even to walk through the neighborhood.< These signs are being placed all over the UKParts of the UK have already become ‘no-go’ areas for police because minority communities are operating their own justice systems, according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.Honor killings, domestic violence, sexual abuse of children and female genital mutilations are...
  • MI: Detroit Open Carry, Hip and Cool

    12/05/2014 11:42:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An open carry group in Michigan has done a remarkable thing.  True, they built on the accomplishments of a great many before them.   They have made the open carry of long guns in Detroit cool and hip on an MSNBC video. Here is a link to the video: The video is done by Ronan Farrow, featuring 22 year-old activist James Baker.  He is well spoken, photogenic, and persuasive.  He and a couple of other people formed the group, Hell's Saints, in July of 2014.  He comes across as cool and hip.  He narrates much of the video.   He reminds...
  • Former Mavs star, cautionary tale Roy Tarpley dies at 50

    01/10/2015 7:20:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 9, 2015 | Eric Freeman
    One of the most gifted and ultimately tragic talents in NBA history has died. Former Dallas Mavericks big man Roy Tarpley, a terrific scorer and rebounder whose career was derailed by drug and alcohol abuse, died in a Dallas hospital Friday at 50 years old.
  • At least 1 killed in wreck involving more than 100 vehicle on I-94 (Michigan)

    01/09/2015 10:20:25 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 1/9/15 | Mark Bugnaski
    A crash that has shut down traffic in both directions on I-94 in eastern Kalamazoo County involves a truck hauling fireworks, police say. Lt. Dale Hinz with Michigan State Police said he was informed that the crash is fatal although he hasn't been to the scene to confirm that information. Multiple semi trucks and vehicles are involved and Hinz said motorists should avoid the area
  • HOUSE APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

    01/09/2015 10:59:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-9-15 | Cristina Marcos/ Laura Barron-Lopez
    The House on Friday passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline hours after a Nebraska court ruled in favor of the proposed route. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approves. The White House has warned President Obama would veto the legislation. Passage fell largely along party lines, 266-153, with 28 Democrats joining nearly all Republicans in favor. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted "present." That is short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The vote marked the 10th time the House has voted to authorize the...
  • Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

    01/09/2015 10:21:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district's labor contract. The contract, signed on June 24, 2013, states: “Each bargaining unit member shall, as a condition of employment … join the Association (union) or pay a service fee to the Association.” Under the Michigan right-to-work law enacted in 2012, workers in a unionized workplace can no longer be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Union contracts...
  • Winter storm brings heavy snow, gusty winds & below-zero wind chills

    01/08/2015 6:17:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    Snow will become heavy, dropping visibility to near zero in many areas around rush-hour Thursday making for hazardous travel across the entire area. Gusty winds will also help deteriorate visibility, drop feel-like temperatures below zero and created blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures will remain bitterly cold as overnight low temperatures remain in the single digits, with wind chills remaining well below zero.
  • NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

    12/16/2014 4:22:20 PM PST · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    JPL ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Staff
    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a member of the Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock."
  • The Dark Energy Survey Begins to Reveal Previously Unknown Trans-Neptunian Objects

    01/07/2015 7:35:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 7, 2015 | Tim Reyes
    While asteroids residing in the inner solar system will pass quickly through such small fields, trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) orbit the Sun much more slowly. For example, Pluto, at an approximate distance of 40 A.U. from the Sun, along with the object Eris, presently the largest of the TNOs, has an apparent motion of about 27 arc seconds per day – although for a half year, the Earth’s orbital motion slows and retrogrades Pluto’s apparent motion. The 27 arc seconds is approximately 1/60th the width of a full Moon. So, from one night to the next, TNOs can travel as much...
  • Department Reorganization is New Wine in Old Skin

    01/07/2015 5:11:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    There is nothing new under the public policy sun. Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week a government reorganization that will marry Michigan’s existing “economic growth and job training efforts under one department.” They’ve been married before and didn’t work well then either. The fact is, corporate welfare doesn’t work and no amount of reorganizing will make it so. Michigan had a similar system when economic development efforts and job training efforts were both run out of the Michigan Jobs Commission. Governor Engler split job and talent training up from economic development because he thought it would improve the state’s economic...
  • Justin Amash announces against Boehner

    01/06/2015 5:14:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 1/6/15
    via Jamie Dupree on twitter Rep Justin Amash R-MI says he will not vote for Speaker Boehner
  • Obama plans to talk manufacturing in Detroit ahead of auto show

    01/05/2015 1:19:46 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    mlive.com ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    Obama plans to talk manufacturing in Detroit ahead of auto show By Khalil AlHajal | kalhajal@mlive.com January 05, 2015 at 1:48 PM DETROIT, MI -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in Michigan on Wednesday and is expected talk about manufacturing jobs, according to the Associated Press. The visit will come days ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which begins with press previews Jan. 12. The president is expected to highlight manufacturing jobs and his decision to bail out the auto industry in a Detroit-area visit before heading to Phoenix the next day to focus...
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Chris Christie in hot water with New York football fans after celebrating NFL playoff victory for

    01/05/2015 6:39:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2014 | Thomas Burrows
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie has landed himself in hot water after he was caught enthusiastically celebrating a victory for the Dallas Cowboys. Christie was filmed hugging Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and his son Stephen in a garish orange sweater after Dallas defeated Detroit Lions in a match yesterday. A native of New Jersey, Christie follows the Cowboys despite his team having a long-standing rivalry with the New York Giants in his own state as they play in the same NFL conference every year. He also cheers for the Cowboys ahead of his state's other NFL team, the New York...
  • Why Jim Harbaugh is worth $40 million to the University of Michigan’s football team

    01/03/2015 6:15:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 02, 2015 | John Feinstein
    The University of Michigan’s decision this week to commit at least $40 million to Jim Harbaugh over the next seven years raised quite a few eyebrows. Forty million dollars — $5 million a year to start, along with a $2 million signing bonus — for a football coach? Can jock-Armageddon, when the entire bloated-with-corporate-dollars sports world explodes, be far behind? Actually, Armageddon has already pretty much come and gone in college athletics. The attitude of many players at the most visible schools was summed up by a tweet sent two years ago by Cardale Jones, who will start at quarterback...
  • Meet the ridiculous new pro-abortion argument

    01/03/2015 12:33:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Live Action News ^ | January 3, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    You may remember “can’t say it? don’t legislate it.” For those who need a refresher, abortion advocates made a fuss by falsely claiming that Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown was censured simply for using the word “vagina.” In reality she was censured for violating House decorum and comparing support for pro-life legislation to rape. It is the abortion industry that is obsessed with a woman’s reproductive organs. While a baby does come out of her mother, this is not the only aspect of pregnancy, childbirth, and abortion. Another human being’s life is always at stake, and that life deserves just...
  • Michigan Political Points: Ted Cruz presidential bid pitched by prominent Republican strategist

    01/03/2015 12:12:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI - While Michigan Republicans are still debating when to hold their 2016 presidential primary, some of the party’s top political strategists are making the case for potential candidates. Welcome to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. CRUZ NEWS: Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, now working as a political consultant, penned a column this week making the case for a Ted Cruz presidential nomination in 2016. “He’s the candidate many in the mainstream media and Washington chattering class love to hate,” Anuzis wrote. “He is demonized...
  • Protect your child or go to prison: It’s a choice that no mom should have to make

    01/02/2015 5:01:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    live action news ^ | January 1, 2015 | Adam Peters
    Antonio Pena believed in the right to choose – his own right, anyway. In 1999, Pena chose to drive his fist into Jaclyn Kurr’s abdomen. Kurr reminded her boyfriend that she was pregnant with quadruplets and, after a second punch, warned him not to do it again. He doesn’t seem to have taken her warning too seriously, though. That probably changed when she stabbed him. At her manslaughter trial, Kurr argued that killing Pena was justified by the need to protect their children. The judge didn’t agree. Although Michigan law does permit the use of deadly force to defend the...
  • Pump price plunge hits 99 straight days

    01/02/2015 10:59:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 38 replies
    The average price for a gallon of gas has dropped for 99 days in a row, with six states – Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri – having average prices under $2 for the first time since 2009, according to price surveys Friday. Prices have plummeted about 40 percent since the start of June. Put another way, the Auto Club estimates that Americans are saving $500 million -- per day, each day – compared to the high prices paid last spring, allowing that money to be spent with businesses other than oil companies or just kept in the savings...
  • Detroit and Stockton Are Just the Beginning of an Attack on Public Pensions

    01/02/2015 11:11:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    New Republic ^ | 12/22/14 | Claire Groden
    This year, judges in California and Michigan approved the exit plans of two of the largest municipal bankruptcy filings in the country’s history. In California, Stockton upheld its obligations to the state’s pension system behemoth, Calpers, while paying its other creditors as little as pennies on the dollar. Detroit, meanwhile, was able to restructure its obligations to all of its creditors, including city pensioners. While the exit plans differed, both judges ruled similarly: public pension obligations could be shortchanged like any other debt. Stockton and Detroit aren't alone. Cities and states across America are facing catastrophic budget shortfalls. After decades...
  • 'Banished' words: 'Bae,' 'swag,' 'polar vortex'

    01/01/2015 8:09:19 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 57 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Ben Hooper
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.,- A Michigan university said its 40th annual list of "banished" words includes "bae," "polar vortex," "hack," "skill set," "swag," and "foodie." Lake Superior State University said its annual "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness" was chosen by members of a committee from submissions by the public. Topping the list this year was "bae," a term of endearment that came into common use this year. "Meaning 'before anyone else.' How stupid! Stop calling your boyfriend 'bae,'" Evie Dunagan of Manheim, Pa., wrote in submitting the word for banishment. LSSU...
  • Detroit Lions' Don Carey Talks Balancing Seminary, Leading Ministry Ahead of Playoffs

    01/02/2015 4:25:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/31/14 | Christine Thomasos
    Making it to the big leagues is the dream of countless athletes, but for playoffs-bound Don Carey, being an NFL player does not fulfill his purpose. Carey, the 27-year-old Lions safety, has had to endure the same grueling practice and game schedules as the rest of his peers in the NFL. However, he manages to find the time to pursue a masters degree at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth Township, Michigan, while being a family man to his new wife and soon-to-be newborn son.... "Tomorrow is not promised to any of us," Carey told The Christian Post. "I am more...
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter left impoverished [living on subsidized dime]

    01/01/2015 12:46:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    In 1977, William McPherson earned the top honor in the writing world when he was honored with a Pulitzer Prize.But nearly four decades later, the former Washington Post critic now hovers on the brink of poverty thanks to a failing pension and a bit of bad luck on the stock market.In a heartbreaking essay for The Hedgehog Review, McPherson describes what it's like to become poor in old age-as part of a overlooked group who are neither middle or lower class.Former teachers and even lawyers who can't pay their bills but aren't on the streets begging for change.Surprisingly, he says...
  • Suh Says Feet Too ‘Numb’ to Realize He Stepped on Rodgers; Suspension Lifted

    12/31/2014 11:43:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    The NFL on Monday overturned its one-game suspension imposed on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during Sunday’s game. Suh who has a history of cheap shots and dirty plays was seen on camera stomping on Aaron Rogers previously injured leg. The former Nebraska All-American had appealed the suspension saying that his feet were numb from cold and that he couldn’t tell the difference between Aaron Rodgers’ feet and the ground. Breitbart News reported on Tuesday that Suh’s appeal would be heard by former NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.
  • Ndamukong Suh wins appeal, will play vs. Cowboys

    12/30/2014 2:38:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    NBC sports ^ | December 30, 2014, 5:22 PM EST
    Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is not suspended from Sunday’s playoff game after all. Suh has won the appeal of his one-game suspension and will play on Sunday at Dallas. Instead of getting suspended, Suh will be fined $70,000. That’s actually a more harsh financial penalty than a suspension would have been, as players on wild card teams are paid $22,000 for their first playoff game.
  • Michigan Has More Food Stamp Recipients Than Students

    12/30/2014 12:04:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 29, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Michigan now has more food stamp recipients than it does public school students, an analysis of federal and state statistics by Breitbart News reveals. Michigan, which announced on Friday plans to begin drug testing some welfare recipients, currently has 1,679,421 individuals on food stamps (known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. According to the Michigan Department of Education, the state’s total pupil count for K-12 is 1,564,114....
  • Return to Ann Arbor: Jim Harbaugh explains his move back to Michigan

    12/30/2014 11:54:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    SI ^ | December 30, 2014 | Michael Rosenberg
    On the plane back to Michigan -- a journey that took a few hours or almost three decades, depending on your perspective -- Jim Harbaugh looked at his kids. “They had some stocking caps from my kids from the ‘M Den,’” he told SI.com. “My daughter Addie was wearing a scarf. We had a gift bag of some hats and things. When I saw my kids in the maize and blue, it was a terrific feeling. It took me back to a place … “I remember going to Moe’s Sporting Goods, and I’m looking at my kids with their stuff,...
  • US-Saudi Arabia: Winter Is Coming

    12/23/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Energy Intelligence ^ | December 2014 | Bill Murray
    Republican victories in the US midterm elections in early November and the Saudi Arabia-imposed decision by Opec on Nov. 27 to maintain production at 30 million barrels of oil a day may seem too disconnected and tangential to merit deep consideration of any linkage. But the two political events actually illustrate the slowly diverging paths between the US and Saudi Arabia that could become too entrenched to redirect, and may ultimately destroy or at least permanently alter one of the most important remaining strategic constants in the world since 1945 — America's security guarantee of Saudi Arabia and its energy...
  • NFL suspends Ndamukong Suh for one game

    12/29/2014 12:44:49 PM PST · by Perdogg · 174 replies
    Ndamukong Suh will pay a steep price for his fancy footwork in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. The NFL has suspended the Lions' defensive tackle for one game for stepping on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the league announced Monday. Suh will not be available for Sunday's NFC wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys. "You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and
  • Taxpayer Cost for Road Fix 'Compromise' Went from $0 to $1.9 Billion

    12/29/2014 1:05:38 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Senate’s plan to find more money for road repairs was a $1.2 billion gas and diesel tax increase. The State House’s response was to shift some current state tax revenue to roads, with no net tax increase. Leaders from both sides came up with a "compromise," which was adopted in the predawn hours of Dec. 19: Increase state taxes and spending by $1.9 billion, of which just $1.2 billion goes to fix the roads, and the rest for other areas. “It appears that everyone was at the table negotiating except the taxpayers,” said Leon Drolet, chair of the...
  • Bill Cosby 'is paying private investigators six-figure fees to dig up dirt on rape accusers'

    12/28/2014 8:43:54 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 94 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 December 2014 | By Ashley Collman for MailOnline
    Bill Cosby has refused to address the scores of rape allegations that have been hurled at him in recent months, but that doesn't mean he isn't working to clear his name. The comedian is allegedly paying private investigators six-figure fees to dig up dirt on the more than two dozen women who have come forward to accuse him of rape, according to a report in the New York Post. A source told the paper that Cosby has hired a Glendale, California, firm to discredit his many alleged victims' stories.