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  • 2 arrested in attack on man with bat, pickaxe (GREAT mugshot)

    12/20/2014 5:33:04 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 42 replies
    woodtv channel 8 ^ | 12/19/2014 | News 8 Webstaff
    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Two suspects accused of attacking a 21-year-old Holland Township man with a pickaxe and baseball bat have been arrested. Codi James Antoniello, 19, and a 16-year-old male were arrested Thursday at an apartment complex in Holland Township. Antoniello, who authorities say was trying to shave his head in order to alter his appearance when he was arrested, was arraigned Friday on charges of felonious assault and first-degree home invasion. The 16-year-old suspect will be charged as an adult in the case, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently being held in...
  • Too often, women are pressured to abort. Here’s one way to help them fight back.

    12/19/2014 5:42:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Adam Peters
    It’s been almost twenty years since O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder. In what was called “the trial of the century,” a jury found Simpson not guilty of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. While the football star avoided going to prison, he was later ordered to pay over thirty million dollars in compensation to the victims’ families. This wasn’t the first time that Simpson had faced allegations. In 1989, he pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges after police were called to his home. Other 911 calls were made too, some of which got played...
  • U-M Department Chair: 'It's Okay to Hate Republicans'

    12/19/2014 12:42:16 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Professor Susan J. Douglas, a department chair at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and Arts, wrote a column this week for the liberal website inthesetimes.com entitled, ‘It’s Okay To Hate Republicans.’ Douglas, who is chair of the Communications Studies program, opened her article with the line, “I hate Republicans.” The article includes a photo of three U.S. Senators who are Republicans, with the caption, “It’s okay to despise these men.” Douglas, whose university pay was $178,786 last year, did not respond to a request seeking comment. “We see this as a free speech issue,” said Rick Fitzgerald,...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Likely US presidential candidate: Egyptian option should be examined to solve Israeli-Arab conflict

    12/19/2014 7:47:12 AM PST · by Freeport · 32 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12.19.2014 | N/A
    Ben Carson, on his first visit here, tells ‘Post’ he is not sure that a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria ‘makes sense,’ and that Israeli settlement construction is ‘blown out of proportion.’ Retired neurosurgeon and aspiring US politician Ben Carson could walk down the streets of Jerusalem, shout at the top of his lungs “I am Ben Carson,” and almost no one would know who he is. At least not yet. But that could change very quickly as the 2016 US presidential campaign picks up speed, and Carson gains traction. And if recent polls are any indication, the 63-yearold...
  • Mr Tiger (Al Kaline) is 80 years old today.

    12/19/2014 7:52:36 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 41 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/19/2014 | none
    They just don't make them like this anymore.
  • U Michigan Is A Bastion Of Free Speech, But Only For Liberals

    12/19/2014 5:09:13 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    The University of Michigan is a bastion of free speech, according to its own public affairs department. Freedom of expression is a core value of @UMich. Statement regarding column by Professor Susan Douglas http://t.co/tSouGSRaKI— UM Public Affairs (@UMPublicAffairs) December 18, 2014 But only if you’re a liberal.  One professor is allowed to publish a hate piece about Republicans, but a conservative student is fired for his own article. UMich professor Susan Douglas, chair-liberal of the communications department, wrote a hit piece entitled “It’s okay to hate Republicans”. "I hate Republicans," she wrote to begin her column. "I can't stand the thought of...
  • Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy

    12/18/2014 10:20:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17DEC2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    It was the city on the verge of collapse, perhaps the ultimate example of how a one-time metropolis turned into a sad memory. For the past four decades or so, Detroit, once a mecca for immigrants and the heart of America's industrial revolution, not to mention pop culture, turned into a virtual ghost town. Businesses shut their doors and residents fled by the masses, from a peak of 1.8 million to around 700,000 today. The rapid decline of the auto industry, which the city once so proudly called its lifeline, unearthed a catastrophic failure. One of the nation's major cities...
  • Nativity Scene and the True Meaning of Christmas-Provide a Positive Counterpart to Satanic Display

    12/18/2014 6:01:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Thomas More Society ^ | thomasmoresociety
     Lansing, MI – This Christmas Season, the Michigan Nativity Scene Committee will display a nativity scene in the Michigan Capitol building in honor of the birth of Christ. On Friday, December 19 at 12:00pm, the Michigan Nativity Scene Committee will host a celebration to unveil the Christmas display depicting the newborn Christ Child, lying in the manger.  The nativity scene will be displayed on the lawn outside the Michigan State Capitol building.WHAT: Michigan Nativity Scene Committee to display nativity scene at Michigan State CapitolWHEN: Friday, December 19 at 12:00pm ESTWHERE: Michigan State Capitol – East Lawn Southside, Capitol Avenue at...
  • U-M releases statement after professor pens 'I hate Republicans' article

    12/18/2014 3:26:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Allen, Univ. of Michigan Reporter
    U-M professor Susan Douglas Susan Douglas is a University of Michigan professor and department chair who is not shy about expressing her viewpoints - political or otherwise. Earlier this week Douglas penned a column for the independent nonprofit magazine In These Times titled "It's okay to hate Republicans." "I hate Republicans," she wrote to begin her column. "I can't stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal 'personhood.'" University of Michigan...
  • Huge bid for Jim Harbaugh should boost confidence at Michigan - even if it fails

    12/18/2014 11:40:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 17, 2014 | Eric Adelson
    Offering nearly $50 million for a football coach seems preposterous. The question Michigan must be asking, though, is this: "What's the cost of not making that kind of offer?" The reports Wednesday night that Jim Harbaugh's old school is dangling $48 million over six years for Captain Comeback to come back probably wasn't greeted with shock for Maize and Blue fans as much as relief. Harbaugh is the only hire that could immediately unify a fractious fan base and restore faith in a maligned athletic department. Yes, Harbaugh would be paid more than any other coach in college football, but...
  • Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

    12/17/2014 9:41:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | December 17, 2013 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol DECEMBER 17, 2014 BILL CHAPPELL During the Christmas season, Michigan's Capitol Building in Lansing will host two holiday displays: a traditional Christian Nativity, and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being canceled. The story drew intense attention after it emerged that there was...
  • U Michigan Department Chair: We Should ‘Hate Republicans’ [Soviet Indoctrination Continues!]

    12/17/2014 5:21:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | December 17, 2013 | Katherine Timpf
    DECEMBER 17, 2014 U Michigan Department Chair: We Should ‘Hate Republicans’ A professor explains that studies show the GOP is bad. By Katherine Timpf A University of Michigan department chairwoman has published an article titled, “It’s Okay To Hate Republicans,” which will probably make all of her conservative students feel really comfortable and totally certain that they’re being graded fairly. “I hate Republicans,” communications department chairwoman and professor Susan J. Douglas boldly declares in the opening of the piece. “I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell...
  • St. Joseph County considering tighter restrictions on abortion providers

    12/17/2014 11:17:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WSBT ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Suzanne Spencer
    ST. JOSEPH COUNTY - A proposed ordinance could tighten restrictions on abortion providers in St. Joseph County. The ordinance could require abortion doctors to be able to admit patients to the hospital if there is a procedure complication. State law requires a doctor who performs abortions to have an admitting doctor on his staff; but this ordinance would toughen standards. It requires the doctor who performs the abortion to be able to admit his or her own patients to the hospital. "I think every member of the council should be concerned about patient health," says co-author and councilman Dan Herbster....
  • 'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?

    12/17/2014 11:12:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the end of the legislative year draws near, motorists still wonder: What sort of changes will the Legislature and governor make in the way the state funds its roads and highways? Political observers in Michigan expect some sort of compromise among competing plans passed by the House and Senate, but the specifics are still lacking. According to projections from the state and University of Michigan economists, under the House-passed road plan – which devotes $1 billion more to roads with no tax hike – school funding will increase from $11.5 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2023. With...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • US Army Will Start Selling Surplus Humvees to the Public Starting Tomorrow

    12/16/2014 10:05:00 PM PST · by Spktyr · 33 replies
    CarBuzz ^ | 16 Dec 2014 | Jay Traugott
    Yes, this is happening. Because the US Army needs a few extra bucks. That’s why. Very soon you will be able to buy a surplus Army-issue Humvee at prices starting around $10,000. Yep, this is the real deal. According to Yahoo News and the Army Times, the US Department of Defense will auction off as many as 4,000 military-spec Humvees, instead of sending them to scrap yards. The first batch of 25 Humvees is heading to the auction block tomorrow. Obviously these retired vehicles aren’t in perfect condition, most having been built between 1987 and 1994. They have anywhere from...
  • University Gives President a $330K Raise She Doesn’t Want

    12/17/2014 5:39:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan State University trustees approved a salary increase from $520,000 to $750,000 for President Lou Anna Simon. The 44 percent base income raise, which also includes an annual $100,000 "retention bonus," came over her objections. “This is not what I requested,” Simon said, according to MLive. “Trustee (Joel) Ferguson and other members of the board were very clear that they were my bosses in this regard and this is something that would be done at their request.” ForTheRecord says: Trustees praised Simon for her “leadership and dedication” and said she “continues to excel on the board-established performance criteria (of her...
  • Rev. Pinkney Gets 2.5-10 Yrs. as Cops Wilson, Pantaleo Walk on Mike Brown, Eric Garner Murders

    12/16/2014 6:57:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Voice of Detroit ^ | December 16, 2014 | Diane Bukowski
    Pinkney earlier convicted by all-white jury of five felony counts of “forgery under the Michigan election law” Judge Schrock cites election honesty, while over 51 percent of Michigan’s Black residents have no real election rights. Rev. Edward Pinkney listens as his wife Dorothy Pinkney thanks a crowd in Detroit Nov. 17 for their support of her husband. She told VOD she will not waver in her love and support for him as well. Pro-Pinkney organizer Marcina Cole is at left.Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan – As the world rises up against the acquittal of killer cops Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo...
  • The tiny urban island of downtown Detroit, lost in the wide open spaces of a depopulated city

    12/16/2014 6:27:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    n 1950, Detroit was America's fifth largest city and one of the most prosperous on the back of its booming motor industry. It prompted the construction of skyscrapers on the banks of the river and the development of vast suburban housing projects in the surrounding areas. But almost 55 years on, a dwindling motor industry and a dramatic fall in blue collar jobs has caused people to leave the Michigan city, abandoning their homes and businesses. These aerial photos reveal the tiny urban island that is left - a clutter of high-rises surrounded by empty housing plots now covered in...
  • The Business of Urban Farming Takes Root in Detroit

    12/16/2014 7:02:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Entreprenueur ^ | 02 December 2014
    Greg Willerer may not seem like your average entrepreneur. The once full-time school teacher quit his job to follow his passion for farming in the most unlikely of places. Located not far from Downtown Detroit, Willerer launched his urban farming business on just one acre of land. During his first year, Willerer earned almost the equivalent of his teaching salary. His venture, Brother Nature Produce, sells locally grown produce to restaurants across Detroit. They recently received a $10,000 grant to help grow their business from the New Economy Initiative’s small business challenge, and his farm was among one of five...
  • Report: Dozens Of Suspected Killers, Rapists Released In Detroit Due To Warrant Backlog

    12/16/2014 11:21:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A published report says dozens of suspected killers, rapists and others who were arrested by Detroit police over the past four years have been released because of a backlog of unsigned warrants. Among the unsigned warrants at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office are 21 for murder, including one going back to 2010, according to a report in the Detroit News. The newspaper says there are 105 for sexual assault and 126 for child abuse. In most cases, police were forced to release the suspects, since the law requires that they can’t be held beyond 72 hours without...
  • School Budgets Safe Under ‘No New Taxes’ House Road Funding Package

    12/16/2014 11:14:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When House Republicans passed a version of road funding legislation Dec. 4 that did not include a tax increase, a cry went up that this would jeopardize appropriations for schools and local government revenue sharing. However, regardless of one’s opinion of the overall usefulness of the plan, the plan would not cause school and local government funding cuts. The measure, House Bill 4539, would phase out the 6-percent sales tax on gas and diesel motor fuel sales over a six-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2016. This tax, which is collected at the pump, is used primarily to provide some of...
  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/16/2014 5:05:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 79 replies
    Governing ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
    Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. The original 17 states, including Alabama, Kansas and Texas, filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, arguing that Obama overstepped his powers in enacting such changes on his own. "The president's proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of...
  • MI abortionist’s covert abortion clinic exposed for what it is

    12/16/2014 8:46:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    one news now ^ | December 16, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    Even though pro-life counselors have had success in their campaign against a Michigan abortionist the most recent campaign against him has been lengthy and it is likely not over. Michael Arthur Roth has been operating his abortion facility in West Bloomfield, Michigan under a guise for some time. But Operation Rescue President Troy Newman is not fooled by the façade of Roth’s business and is familiar with him. “This is a guy that likes to call his place the Laser and Anesthetic Center, trying to mask off as being, I guess, a plastic surgeon,” Newman informed. “But in reality, all...
  • It’s Okay To Hate Republicans: In our era of polarization, one party is guiltier than the other

    12/15/2014 9:31:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    In These Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | Professor Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan
    I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.” This loathing is a relatively recent phenomenon. Back
 in the 1970s, I worked for a Republican, Fred Lippitt, the senate minority leader in Rhode Island, and I loved him. He was a brand of Republican now extinct—a “moderate” who was fiscally conservative but progressive about women’s rights, racial justice and environmental preservation. Had he been closer to...
  • Why Was a Michigan Abortion Business Evicted for Second Time this Year?

    12/15/2014 12:48:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | December 15, 2014 | Cheryl Sullenger
    West Bloomfield, MI — Michigan abortionist Michael Arthur Roth’s abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was evicted last month from its second office space this year. Currently, his abortion business remains closed. An eviction document provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shows that a court request for eviction from his office at 33200 West 14 Mile in West Bloomfield was filed on October 21, 2014. The eviction was ordered due to Roth’s violation of a provision of his lease. Roth had until November 27, 2014, to vacate the premises. Photos taken through his office...
  • Protests don’t derail Will’s commencement speech

    12/15/2014 5:32:04 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 17 replies
    Will, who once taught political philosophy at Michigan State, said he is “still a Spartan who takes equal pleasure from good MSU football seasons and dismal ones in Ann Arbor,” referring to the University of Michigan. Connie Rzemien, whose daughter, Katie, was among those graduating, told The Detroit News she thought Will was not the right choice. “I believe it is contradictory to what they are doing here to have somebody with such an insensitive view of rape to speak today,” she said. “I think it’s insulting to young women.” The U.S. Education Department this year revealed a list of...
  • Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

    12/13/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2014 | DEB RIECHMANN
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting...
  • Wave Elections: What They Mean

    12/13/2014 3:01:40 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    Imprimis ^ | December 2014 | Larry P. Arnn
    Larry P. Arnn President, Hillsdale College LARRY P. ARNN is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is...
  • Thousands March in Washington to Protest Deaths by Police

    12/13/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    ny times ^ | 12-13-2014 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and ELENA SCHNEIDER
    They came to the nation’s capital on buses and planes and minivans and trains, from Florida, Detroit and Staten Island, led as much by the families, friends and supporters of African-American men and boys killed at the hands of the police as by civil rights leaders. Thousands of people marched along the National Mall on Saturday to protest the deaths, mirroring protests planned around the nation Saturday, ranging from hikes in canyons in the West to marches down the streets of the nation’s urban centers. The demonstrators here — many of them wearing T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” and...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • One Step Toward 'Reinventing' Michigan

    12/12/2014 10:51:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/11/2014 | Michael Van Beek
    Over the past four years, there’s been a lot of talk about “reinventing” Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder and this Legislature have made significant strides toward that goal by improving the state’s tax structure, modernizing education policies and beginning to revamp the state’s regulatory regime. On that last item there is more to be done. House Bill 5951 would embrace innovative ride-sharing technologies used by companies such as Uber and Lyft. HB 5951, introduced by Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Twp., would create a state-based regulatory framework for these so-called transportation network companies. The version of the bill passed out of a...
  • Abortion coercion bills clear Michigan Senate

    12/11/2014 7:01:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | DAVID EGGERT
    ANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Pressuring a woman to have an abortion would be a criminal act under legislation approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled Senate, where backers said coerced abortions are a real problem and detractors countered that they already are illegal. The legislation would prohibit threatening, stalking or assaulting a pregnant woman or anyone else with the intent to force an abortion against her wishes. After learning a woman does not want to terminate her pregnancy, a person also could not threaten to cut off legally required financial support or withdraw from a contract. The bills, approved 26-11 almost entirely...
  • House Dems block charitable tax bill

    12/11/2014 10:17:59 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 12:56 PM EST | By Bernie Becker and Cristina Marcos
    House Democrats blocked legislation on Thursday that would have permanently extended three tax credits for charitable giving, ending an effort to give nonprofits a last-minute victory. The bill got a strong majority in the House, with 275 members voting for it, including 47 Democrats. But the measure fell eight votes short of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, with 149 Democrats voting against it after House Democratic leaders whipped against it and President Obama threatened a veto. The vote ends a last-ditch effort by the nonprofit sector to get three of its priorities into law for good, after a...
  • Man Who Speaks Out About Police Seizing His Property Without Charges is Arrested Hours Later

    12/11/2014 9:59:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 79 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2014 | Anne Schieber
    A man featured in a Dec. 3 Michigan Capitol Confidential story for being a medical marijuana user and having his property seized and money taken by police without being charged with a crime was arrested at 2 a.m. the next morning by the Michigan State Police within a day after the story was published. Wally Kowalski says he was woken Wednesday to find the police at his door with a felony warrant. He was handcuffed and brought to the Van Buren County Jail where he spent the night in a cold cell without a pillow or blanket. He was arraigned...
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on ‘Cromnibus’

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the “cromnibus” spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on “swaps” transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the “push-out” provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...
  • Abortion 'coercion' would carry criminal penalties under Michigan proposal

    12/10/2014 2:22:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    M Live ^ | December 09, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Coercing a pregnant woman to have an abortion could result in criminal penalties under Michigan bills debated Tuesday. Supporters say the legislation would add teeth to abortion regulations approved two years ago, but critics argue a “vague” definition of coercion could cause unintended consequences. “This is a very, very important issue to discuss and a very, very important issue to act upon,” Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, who sponsored one of the measures, said during committee testimony on Tuesday. “(There’s) a lot of trauma for individuals who are forced to do anything, but certainly great trauma for someone...
  • OH abortionist sued, skips town, practices in MI

    12/10/2014 2:17:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    one news now ^ | December 10, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    A lawsuit against a former Ohio abortionist could reveal violations of the state abortion clinic law, so he set up shop in Michigan while the suit moves forward. A West Virginia woman traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to a clinic owned by Martin Ruddock for a second trimester abortion which didn’t turn out the way she expected. Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue says that the woman later filed suit for a number of reasons. “The patient had undergone part of the abortion — he had actually started it,” Sullenger explained. “She found it too painful and frightening.” The terrified woman then...
  • Michigan Woman Wakes Up to Find Mystery Infant in Her Bed

    12/09/2014 8:47:23 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    KTLA 5 News ^ | December 8, 2014 | WXMI, Tribune Broadcasting
    Imagine waking to find a baby in your bed and having no idea where the child came from or whose it was. That’s what happened to a woman in Michigan when her son dropped off the infant before going out for the night and didn’t tell his mother, who was asleep at the time. What’s more, the baby didn’t belong to the woman’s son.
  • Rep. Justin Amash says police arresting Eric Garner used 'clearly excessive force'

    12/06/2014 12:55:59 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 55 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | December 04, 2014 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The action taken by a New York City police officer against Eric Garner is "clear," writes U.S. Rep. Justin Amash on Wednesday. Clearly excessive force against #EricGarner. I pray that peace and justice will prevail. The incident was captured on video, showing Garner talking with police as they suspected him of selling tax-free cigarettes. The 43-year-old man then is overcome by officers who take him down to the sidewalk. Garner cried out, "I can't breathe," several times before becoming motionless.
  • Reggie Bush Wears Protest Shirt (I can't breathe)

    12/07/2014 1:01:51 PM PST · by doug from upland · 43 replies
    espn ^ | 12-2014
    DETROIT -- Lions running back Reggie Bush, who has been outspoken about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, continued his outspoken nature Sunday when he wore a shirt reading "I Can't Breathe" during pregame warm-ups Sunday. Bush wrote the message -- in black ink on his blue shirt -- signifying the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died while being placed in a chokehold as he was being arrested. Bush wore the shirt a day after Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt in pregame warm-ups prior to his team's game Saturday night...
  • Police say multiple people stabbed on Amtrak train in Niles; 1 arrested

    12/05/2014 6:21:40 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 68 replies
    WSBT TVS 22 CBS ^ | 12/5/2014 | Jessica Schliska
    Police confirm to CBS News multiple people have been stabbed Friday evening on an Amtrak train in Niles. dispatchers say the call came in around 7:00 p.m. for reports of multiple people stabbed at the station near N 6th Street and Pokagon Street in Niles. Police confirm to CBS News one person has been arrested. The conditions of those injured are unknown.
  • Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote

    12/05/2014 3:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    mlive ^ | December 04, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Thursday approved a proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which supporters say is intended to limit government laws that may burden an individual's free exercise of religion. The fast-tracked bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jase Bolger, was introduced last month and advanced out of committee earlier Thursday. It now heads the Senate for consideration. The 59-50 party-line House vote occurred just one day after competing proposals to add gay rights protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law stalled in committee due to a dispute over including transgender residents. Bolger, who had indicated he would only support...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, “there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion.” Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • Resolution Copper shaft is deepest in North America

    12/03/2014 10:11:45 AM PST · by JimSEA · 36 replies
    Arizona Geology ^ | 11/27/2014 | Lee Allison
    Shaft #10 at the Resolution Copper mine in Superior reached its final depth of 6,943 feet (2,116 m). The 28-foot diameter shaft is the deepest single lift shaft in North America, according to the company. [Right top, bottom of shaft #10. Photo credit, Resolution Copper] The Resolution mine would produce an estimated 25% of the nation's copper for the next 40 years once it's completed. [Right bottom, headframe for shaft #10. Photo credit, Nyal Niemuth] "The completion of this 1.3 mile deep vertical shaft is truly unprecedented in North America,” said Tom Goodell, General Manager of Shaft Development for the...
  • Power restored in Downtown Detroit after major outage

    12/02/2014 3:26:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    cbs ^ | December 2, 2014 5:41 EST
    City officials say power has been fully restored to government buildings, schools and other facilities after a major cable failure caused parts of the city to go dark. The city announced at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday that all customers affected by the outage had their power back.
  • Brady Hoke Fired at Michigan

    12/02/2014 12:41:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 2, 2014 | Bruce Feldman
    Brady Hoke has been told he is out as head coach at #Michigan, source just told @FoxSports
  • Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice

    12/01/2014 5:52:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The far left Eclectablog repeats what is becoming a recurring drum beat in public education in Michigan – poor people can’t afford school choice. If Detroit serves as an example, statewide statistics show that not only can poor families afford school choice, they often times prefer it. There are 51,083 students from Detroit attending charter public schools, which exceeds the 49,172 Detroit students who attend Detroit Public Schools. And about 89 percent of Detroit charter school students are eligible for free-or-reduced lunch status compared to 82 percent of DPS students, according to an analysis of data from the Center for...
  • EMAILS: DEM SEN LEVIN PRESSURED IRS TO TARGET CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

    05/14/2014 9:36:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014
    Contrary to the White Houses explanation that a few rogue agents in Cincinnati lead the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS, newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch detail Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) pressuring the IRS to target conservative groups. On March 30, 2012 Levin wrote to then IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman about his concern with the political activity by conservative nonprofits. “Some entities claiming tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations under 26 U.S.C.&501(c)(4) appear to be engaged in political activities more appropriate for political organizations claiming tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C.&527. Because of the urgency of...