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  • 5 donors you've never heard of who could shape the 2016 race

    01/02/2016 10:41:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | January 2, 2016 | Jonathan Swan and Harper Neidig, The Hill
    News articles concerning the most influential political donors in America typically list the same names: The Koch brothers, George Soros, Sheldon Adelson and, lately, Tom Steyer. But as we reach the end of 2015, none of these billionaires has spent big in the 2016 contest, at least not at an individual candidate level. In their absence, a number of lesser known donors are shaping up to be major players in 2016. Here are five to watch: 1. The DeVos Family We're cheating by including a whole family in our list, but there is no way of separating out this high-spending...
  • Ted Nugent Facebook Post Targets Prominent Jews for Supporting Gun Control

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned a Facebook post by rock musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent suggesting that prominent Jewish Americans are behind the advocacy for stronger gun control laws. Earlier today, Nugent shared a graphic titled “So who is really behind gun control?” on his Facebook page. The visual featured thumbnail photos of prominent Jewish Americans, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Chuck Schumer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and several others, with each photo emblazoned with the Israeli flag. The post was accompanied by a written message from Nugent:...
  • Happy Paczki(Poonch-key)Day!

    02/09/2016 11:22:45 AM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 17 replies
    02/09/2016 | Me
    Just a little break from politics....
  • Michael Moore Hospitalized: ‘Things Don’t Look Good'

    02/07/2016 8:16:50 PM PST · by Baynative · 122 replies
    Washington Star ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | News Desk
    Arguably one of the most anti-American filmmakers, Michael Moore is recovering from a days-long stay in the ICU after being diagnosed with pneumonia, even though "things didn't look good" soon after he was admitted. Moore revealed his health struggles, which led to the cancellation of multiple planned public appearances, in a pair of Facebook updates published Friday.
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • Ford to move production to Mexico: Report

    02/07/2016 7:46:41 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 109 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | CNBC via Yahoo News
    Auto giant Ford is planning a new assembly plant south of the U.S. border, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, and will sharply increase factory output from Mexico just months after signing a labor deal. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Journal reported that Ford will add half a million units of annual capacity from Mexico starting in 2018, which is double the amount it built in 2015. The new assembly complex will be based in An Luis Potosi, and Ford will expand an existing facility near Mexico City, the publication added.
  • Michigan: IMP/Target Insyght Poll: Trump Holds 14-Point Lead in GOP Primary After Iowa

    02/07/2016 5:11:58 PM PST · by usafa92 · 30 replies
    IMP/Target Insyght ^ | 2/5/2016 | IMP/Target Insyght Poll
    Donald Trump has a 14-point lead in the eight-way Michigan GOP primary, according to a poll done after the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Trump is at 35%, while Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had 21% apiece in an automated survey for Inside Michigan Politics and Target Insyght. John Kasich had 6% and Ben Carson received 5%. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina each had 3%. And 4% are undecided. Unlike in the Iowa contest, Trump won evangelical voters in the Michigan survey. Trump had 35% to Cruz's 25% and Rubio's 19%. "Rumors of Trump's demise have been greatly exaggerated,"...
  • Ryan, McCarthy again tell Chaffetz to stay away from Clinton

    02/04/2016 11:42:41 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 100 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4,2016 | JAKE SHERMAN and RACHAEL BADE
    Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy met privately with Rep. Jason Chaffetz Wednesday evening to reiterate that he cannot proceed with any investigation that involves Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting. The impetus for the gathering was a POLITICO story where Chaffetz, the chairman, of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was quoted as saying that a pending probe into government record keeping practices would not be "specifically trying to target the secretary, but when she creates her own private email system, she's ensnarled herself.” Presented with the quote before publication, House...
  • Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer

    02/03/2016 1:50:55 PM PST · by redreno · 21 replies
    https://www.yahoo.com ^ | 02/03/2016 | Zak Cheney-Rice,
    In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Judge Vonda Evans of Detroit laid into 47-year-old William Melendez, the former Inkster, Michigan, police officer caught on video beating an unarmed black man in January 2015. Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the attack on Floyd Dent, a 58-year-old black auto worker, that occurred during a late night traffic stop in the struggling Wayne County suburb last winter. "The one image [from this trial] that stood out to the court was looking at Mr. Dent in his cell, shaking his head...
  • Michael Moore on Flint: 'Don't Send Us Bottles of Water'

    02/03/2016 1:33:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 57 replies
    nbc new york ^ | 2-1-2016 | AP
    "The reason you can't help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint," Moore wrote. "The damage is permanent. There is no medicine you can send, no doctor or scientist who has any way to undo the harm done to thousands of babies, toddlers and children (not to mention their parents). They are ruined for life, and someone needs to tell you the truth about that." Moore also called for the removal and arrest of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, urging fans to sign the #ArrestGovSnyder petition, which as of...
  • FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

    02/03/2016 12:21:20 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 2, 2016 | David Shepardson
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention. Federal prosecutors in Michigan were working with an investigative team that included the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said. An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was determining whether federal laws were broken, but declined further comment.
  • It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

    02/03/2016 9:17:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2016 | Michael Reitz
    Mackinac Center Executive Vice President Michael Reitz was featured in Monday’s edition of Stateside on Michigan Radio to discuss the need for more transparency in government in light of what is happening in Flint. “The justification for FOIA unfortunately is very clear and very apparent in situations like the one we have now with the Flint water crisis where decisions were made that will affect people’s lives in horrific ways for years and years to come,” Reitz told host Cynthia Canty. “The people of Flint and the people of Michigan justifiably want to know who made these decisions and how...
  • Kid Rock: Im Digging Donald Trump

    02/01/2016 5:47:45 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/16
    id Rock is backing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for president. In a profanity-laced interview with Rolling Stone, the Detroit rocker said he finds Trump's campaign "entertaining as shit" and he thinks the real estate mogul will win the GOP nomination. "My feeling: Let the motherf***ing business guy run [the country] like a f***ing business," he said. "It's not really working too well running it not like a business. I mean, what business f***ing survives when they're f***ing broke?"
  • Kid Rock Endorses Trump

    02/01/2016 2:03:29 PM PST · by usafa92 · 46 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 2/1/2016 | Brian Hiatt
    Kid Rock, who campaigned with Mitt Romney in 2012 and freestyled the couplet, "They say Obama is lyin'/ That's why I'm voting for Romney and Ryan" in a concert outside that year's Republican convention, has settled on his pick for the 2016 Republican presidential nominee: Donald Trump. Rock is one of the most prominent right-leaning voices in music, but he's also a somewhat irregular Republican: "I don't like the hardcore views on either side and I'm not in bed with anybody," he told Rolling Stone in 2013. "I'd probably be more libertarian, but I'm a firm believer you have to...
  • The Flint water crisis: MI Sen. Stabenow says race factor in Flint response

    02/01/2016 1:02:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 22, 2016 | Bianna Golodryga, Summer Delaney
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan tells Yahoo News that she believes race was a factor in the state's slow response to the Flint water crisis. "The sad, outrageous reality is that people were not paying attention to what the residents were saying because they weren't a priority," Stabenow told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. "[The state] would react differently when their friends that lived in those areas called ... that's just a fact that [Flint was] treated differently than others would be treated." ...
  • Clinton calls for Democratic debate in Flint, Mich.

    02/01/2016 6:09:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | January 30, 2016 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    Hillary Clinton's campaign is calling for an additional Democratic debate to be held in Flint, Michigan, the site of an ongoing water contamination crisis that her campaign has focused on in recent weeks. [Snip] "The water crisis in Flint is unconscionable. It's been going on for years, as the people of Flint repeatedly asked for help and were ignored by state government. As Hillary has said, this would not have happened in a wealthy community."
  • Michigan Bishop Inaugurates Program to Have Chant at All Parishes

    01/31/2016 1:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the Mass. Following up on the work of his predecessor in Marquette, then-Bishop Alexander Sample (who is now Archbishop of Portland, Oregon), Bishop Doerfler has called for the action to carry out the vision of Vatican II, which encouraged the use of Gregorian chant and congregational involvement in the singing. In a pastoral letter released in 2013, Bishop Sample had also called attention to the Council's directives on liturgical music, as...
  • Greens And Unions Worried EPA Isn’t Getting Enough Cash After Flint Scandal

    01/30/2016 6:43:41 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/29/2016 | Andrew Follett
    Environmentalists and public employee unions say a lack of money was behind Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) poor response to lead contamination in the Flint, Mich. water supply. "What most people don't understand is that nearly half of EPA's budget goes to states, tribal authorities, and municipalities, and of the remaining half, almost half of that goes to contractors," John O'Grady, president of the American Federation of Government Employees chapter representing EPA employees involved in Flint, told The Washington Post Thursday. "U.S. EPA does not have the sufficient capacity to assist. So, issues such as the one which occurred in Flint,...
  • Van Jones: The environmental movement is too white

    09/25/2013 2:52:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-25-2013
    Is the green movement too white? According to former Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones, it is. Jones told the news site Grist that the environmental movement has a diversity problem. The mainstream donors and environmental organizations could be strengthened just by recognizing the other environmentalisms that are already existing and flourishing outside their purview, Jones said. Historically, many environmental organizations have been mostly white, and organizations tying environmentalism to social justice received a much smaller amount of funding than mainstream groups. But Jones said that a movement that welcomed more diversity would flourish. If you go to Detroit,...
  • New Michigan Poll – Donald Trump 51%, Ted Cruz 15%, Marco Rubio 12%

    01/29/2016 11:00:31 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 01/29/2016 | sundance
    An independent poll from Michigan – SEE HERE – conducted by Mitchell Research shows candidate Donald J Trump with a commanding lead more than three fold greater than nearest rival, Ted Cruz. The size of Donald Trump’s lead is in direct alignment with the massive rally attendance noted in his last visit to the state.
  • Universities Doing Just Fine

    01/29/2016 10:41:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/26/2016 | James Hohman
    You might get the impression that no one in Michigan values higher education, given the way university funding gets portrayed. A new report from a group called the Young Invincibles gives the state an F for the size of its subsidies to public universities. But the numbers tell a different story. State and local governments spend more on higher education in Michigan than all but three other services according to the U.S. Census Bureau, trailing only K-12 education and public welfare. But higher education is not funded exclusively with tax dollars — it is also funded with tuition, fees, grants...
  • 6 Cities In Michigan Have Even Higher Levels Of Lead Than Flint

    01/29/2016 10:07:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/29/2016 | Submitted by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,
    As the nation rightly focuses on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.The Detroit News reports that “Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it.”Of over 7,000 children tested in the Highland Park...
  • Trump @ 51% in new Michigan Poll

    01/29/2016 6:42:51 AM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 50 replies
    fox2detroit.com ^ | D:JAN 28 2016 06:25PM EST | exclusive Mitchell FOX 2 Detroit Poll of Michigan
    <p>An exclusive Mitchell FOX 2 Detroit Poll of Michigan finds that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold large leads over their nearest GOP and Democratic opponents, respectively.</p> <p>In a head to head matchup, Trump holds a 47 - 43 percent lead over Clinton with 10 percent undecided.</p>
  • Mitchell FOX 2 Michigan Poll finds Trump holds 3-1 lead over closest GOP opponents [TRUMP MAJORITY!]

    01/28/2016 4:48:21 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 13 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 1/28/16 | Mitchell Research
    An exclusive Mitchell FOX 2 Detroit Poll of Michigan finds that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold large leads over their nearest GOP and Democratic opponents, respectively. In a head to head matchup, Trump holds a 47 - 43 percent lead over Clinton with 10 percent undecided. The latest Mitchell poll data has Trump holding a 3-1 lead over his two closest opponents in the Michigan Republican Presidential Primary.
  • ICE raids may have worsened woes for undocumented community in Flint

    01/28/2016 1:34:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | January 28, 2016 | By Rebekah Sager
    The recent raids by immigration agents could be keeping undocumented immigrants in Flint, Michigan from opening their doors to government workers who have been going from home to home to give out bottled water and distribute crucial information. A series of immigration raids on Jan. 2 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, targeted Central Americans who had outstanding deportation orders. Though only 121 mothers and children were targeted in the raids, it caused widespread panic in Latino communities for weeks afterward. Immigration advocacy groups advised people without legal documents not to open their doors to prevent agents from entering...
  • Detroit Driver, Distracted by Cellphone Porn, Crashes & Dies

    01/28/2016 9:42:16 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    TTAC ^ | 01/27/2016 | By Ronnie Schreiber
    Via the Detroit News, the Michigan State Police reported the death of a Detroit motorist early Sunday morning when he lost control of his car on a ramp between two city freeways, apparently distracted by the pornographic movie he was watching on his cellphone. MSP reports that Clifford Ray Jones, age 58, was partially ejected through the sunroof when his 1996 Toyota Corolla overturned. He was wearing neither a seat belt nor his pants at the time of the accident. The single car accident took place around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, on the ramp between the southbound Lodge freeway...
  • Removing Someone Else's Dog Collar Could Mean Jail Time

    01/28/2016 7:54:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/25/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Removing a dog collar from someone else's dog could land you in jail for 90 days and hand you a $1,000 fine if an idea before the Michigan House becomes law. Is this a frivolous piece of legislation? Not at all, according to Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, who is the lead sponsor of House Bill 5215. Speaking about the scope of the law, Cole said, “This can apply to regular pets as well, but what it’s primarily about is hunting dogs out in the forest — bear dogs, coyote dogs and even beagles used for hunting rabbits." He added, “Some...
  • Melissa Gilbert tells Mike Bishop to end Planned Parenthood investigation

    01/27/2016 2:56:59 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 40 replies
    Oakland Press ^ | 01/27/16 | Brian Johnston
    HOWELL Michigan congressional candidate Melissa Gilbert (D, Howell) is calling upon Rep. Mike Bishop (R, Rochester) to end his Planned Parenthood investigation and “apologize to Michigan taxpayers.” Gilbert said in a press release that Bishop is “wasting … time and money investigating Planned Parenthood based on heavily-edited videos.” A Texas grand jury indicted David R. Deleiden and Sandra S. Merritt for tampering with government records, according to the New York Times. The grand jurors said Planned Parenthood was not guilty of any wrongdoing. According to Gilbert, Bishop has voted six times to defund Planned Parenthood. Gilbert, an actress and former...
  • How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered

    01/26/2016 9:46:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In something rarely seen in politics, a public official made a plea in a statewide newspaper hoping to exonerate himself from a growing crisis. In October 2015, Darnell Earley, who had been the emergency manager for Flint from September 2013 until January 2015, made his nearly 600-word plea in The Detroit News. Earley said he wasn’t at fault for the city of Flint’s decision to take water from the Flint River, which wasn't properly treated and was more prone to leach lead from pipes. He pointed the finger instead at the decision by the Detroit Water and Sewer Department in...
  • Obama: ‘I Am Saying Goodbye to the Beast’ (SS limo)

    01/23/2016 6:02:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 22, 2016 | 5:44 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    President Barack Obama jokingly told an audience at the United Autoworkers-General Motors Center for Human Resources in Detroit on Wednesday that next year he must give up "the Beast"--which is the nickname for the $1.5 million limousine the Secret Service chauffeurs the president around in. [...] According to Autoweek, the Beast gets only 3.7 miles to the gallon. ...
  • Deadliest battle ever on Michigan soil happened on this day in 1813 (Jan 22nd)

    01/23/2016 5:02:58 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 33 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 1/22/2016 | Jessica Shepherd
    MONROE, MI — Michigan isn't necessarily known for its war history. That could be the reason why many Michiganders are unaware of the details of the deadliest day of war on Michigan soil. Another possible reason, according to Daniel Downing, is America doesn't love to talk about the times we lose. "It's a great American defeat and we don't like to brag about our defeats," said Downing, who serves as chief of education, interpretation and operation for River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Left without sufficient ammunition, more than 300 Americans were killed Jan. 22, 1813 during the War of 1812's...
  • The Insurgency Has Only Just Begun - We Absorb Vilification and Ridicule As Fuel

    01/23/2016 9:43:02 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 67 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 1-22-2016 | sundance
    January 22, 2016 The Insurgency Has Only Just Begun - We Absorb Vilification and Ridicule As Fuel by sundance "What so frightens the conservative movement about Trump's success is that he reveals just how thin the support for their ideas really is. His campaign is a rebuke to their institutions. It says the Republican Party doesn't need all these think tanks, all this supposed policy expertise. It says look at these people calling themselves libertarians and conservatives, the ones in tassel-loafers and bow ties. Have they made you more free? Have their endless policy papers and studies and books conserved...
  • West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State

    01/21/2016 1:47:23 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/18/2016 | Jason Hart
    CHARLESTON — Thousands of union members crowded the West Virginia Capitol Wednesday night to protest right-to-work and other items on the Legislature’s agenda. In a campaign organized by the West Virginia AFL-CIO, union members were bused to the Capitol to kick off lobbying efforts for the state's 60-day legislative session. The protesters gathered under the Capitol dome and chanted at legislators who were on their way to the governor’s annual state of the state address. Union officials want to prevent any changes to prevailing wage requirements for government-funded construction projects, avoid cuts to government employee health benefits and prevent West...
  • Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    01/22/2016 9:37:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/16/2016 | Anne Schieber
    On the scale of human transgressions, littering probably doesn’t rise much above a white lie. Yes, it creates an eyesore but it seldom actually does any harm, and as such, many communities regard it as a simple civil infraction. But in Michigan, cities and townships can set their own criminal statutes and the result can be a hodgepodge of offenses and punishments. For example, if you miss the trash can in Ann Arbor, you could be guilty of a crime. It could be as unintentional as a plastic bag being blown out of your hand by a strong wind, but...
  • Flint water crisis: Email release do little to ease pressure on Michigan Gov. Snyder

    01/21/2016 5:01:03 AM PST · by DBCJR · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/21/16 | Berlinger
    Saying the people of Flint deserve the truth about the city's water, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has released more than 250 pages of his emails that relate to the crisis. But the document dump Wednesday did little to ease the predicament he finds himself in. With each passing day, the chorus for him to step down has grown louder because the water debacle unfolded under his watch. "So far, all roads lead to Lansing when it comes to accountability," Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents the Flint area, said Wednesday. The emails help show, at least in part, how...
  • Flint water: GOP governor getting the heat, but lots of people failed here

    01/21/2016 7:07:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Except, weirdly enough, those in Detroit city government I've held off on writing about the Flint water disaster here thus far (although I've dealt with it a couple of times in my Detroit News column) because it seems we learn more every day about what happened and why. Sadly but predictably, Michigan media have treated it mainly as a political story, with the early narrative being something along the lines of "Republicans stick Flint with toxic water to save money." That has prompted absurdities like Michael Moore (who grew up in Flint by the way) showing up and demanding that...
  • In His Final Year, Obama Proves He Knows Sh** From Shinola

    01/21/2016 6:25:21 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-21-2016 | MOTUS
    Big Guy visited Detroit yesterday to take another victory lap for having saved GM (and whacking bin Laden). BO visits a Detroit-based Shinola store proving he knows…well, you know.While he was in Motown BHO addressed the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan which is 70 miles northwest of Detroit (not that it matters butt Flint is ranked the 10th most liberal city in America, just behind San Francisco). President Barack Obama, in Detroit on Wednesday for his first visit to the North American International Auto Show, weighed in on the Flint water crisis at the top of his speech to...
  • Lies, deceit and more sniper fire: the obama administration knew about Flint last April

    01/19/2016 10:26:58 AM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-19-16 | DrJohn
    See if you can tell that I'm angry. Sean Penn is the dolt who fancies himself as a journalist while surrendering all editorial control to his subject, a drug lord and murderer. CBS This Morning has decided to enroll in the Sean Penn School of Journalism. The Hillary whores hosts at CBS This Morning spent an entire segment of the show painting Michigan Governor as the bad guy in the Flint Michigan tainted water scandal. They likened it to a "Katrina moment." The segment then turned entirely into a Hillary Clinton campaign commercial. Everything centered around what Hillary had to...
  • EPA Wouldn't Tell Flint Residents About Drinking Water Hazard Cause It Would Curtail EPA Power

    01/14/2016 12:11:48 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Freep | 1/13/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    "You mentioned making the service better for our customers; but the American citizens aren't our customers--about 400 junk mailers are our customers.", said US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Outbox founder Evan Baehr. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) top Midwest official knew about the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis of 2015 months before telling the public, according to a Tuesday report by the The Detroit News. You can't judge the motives of individuals. But these government agencies and pandemic-mega-corporations aren't individuals. Therefore, it's fair to observe, that their behavior reveals their group motives, that "by their fruits you shall know...
  • EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman to resign in wake of the Flint water crisis

  • Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

    01/21/2016 7:38:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    In the Friedrichs case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the core of union-supporters' argument is that government employees should be forced to pay fees to a union because they benefit from union activities. Not paying the union, they say, makes an employee a free rider. Or, as The Atlantic put it recently: “[Rebecca] Friedrichs is not a member of the union, but, like many other public employees, is required to pay a so-called agency fee to cover the costs of collective bargaining and other negotiations with the school district — union activities that all teachers, even nonunion teachers like Friedrichs,...
  • How the WaPo whitewashed the Flint water disaster [What is this “EPA” of which you speak?]

    01/21/2016 7:29:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m one of those masochists who signs up for daily email alerts from several news services just to keep tabs on the stories I might miss on cable news. I get a couple of them from the Washington Post, one of which is the “Five Minute Fix.” These breaking news alerts provide not only a quick glance at the news of the day, but frequently a good look at how reporters at one of the nation’s largest newspapers view the news and choose to project it to the public. Last night’s Fix was a great example of the latter...
  • Flint Is Not a Republican Scandal [High levels of lead in its drinking water]

    01/21/2016 6:43:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2016 | The Editors
    What we learned from Hurricane Katrina: No matter what happens, it's never the governor's fault. What we've learned from the contaminated drinking water in Flint, Mich.: It's always the governor's fault. A bit of background first. Flint has relatively high levels of lead in its drinking water, a cause for legitimate concern. This is a result not so much of the source of its drinking water, the Flint River, as of the city's failure to treat the water, which, without the proper additives, leaches lead and other contaminants from pipes. Prior to and separate from the current water crisis, Flint...
  • Obama Says if He Were a Flint Parent, He’d Be ‘Beside Myself’

    01/20/2016 2:46:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 33 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | NY TIMES
    DETROIT -- Commenting for the first time on the lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Mich., President Obama said Wednesday that he "would be beside myself" if he were a parent in the city. Mr. Obama said that in a White House meeting on Tuesday with Flint's mayor, Karen Weaver, "I told her that we are going to have her back, and all of the people of Flint's back, as they work their way through this terrible tragedy." The long-running crisis, which has poisoned dozens of Flint residents, at least, and left tens of thousands of others unsure...
  • ‘I let you down.’ Michigan governor apologizes for Flint water crisis [TR]

    01/20/2016 2:51:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | MARK BERMAN
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder apologized to the residents of Flint for a water crisis that has prompted outrage, federal scrutiny and lawsuits, vowing to seek long-term assistance for the city’s residents. In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Snyder said he was asking state lawmakers for $28 million to help residents reeling after Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead. He also vowed to release his emails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015.
  • Teacher 'Sickout' Shuts Down Almost All Detroit Schools

    The Detroit Public Schools is seeking a temporary injunction against teachers after sick-outs closed 88 schools in Detroit today - the largest in a string of teacher protests. The district is seeking relief in the Michigan Court of Claims, naming among the 28 defendants Steve Conn, the ousted leader of the teacher's union, interim president Ivy Bailey, and several groups including DPS Teachers Fight Back. Teacher absences forced 88 Detroit schools to close today, the largest sick-out meant to call attention to large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and other problems in Michigan's largest school district. The sick-out idled most of...
  • State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts

    01/19/2016 1:15:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The chair of the State Senate Education Committee said state legislators are looking at how to address the series of sickouts staged by Detroit Public School teachers who are upset about plans by Gov. Rick Snyder to completely revamp the troubled school district. Detroit Public Schools Spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski didn’t respond to questions about how many schools had been closed due to sickouts. The media reported that five schools recently had been closed in one week. The Detroit News reported that Steve Conn, who was the president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers before being removed, was taking credit for...
  • I Don’t Think It Means What You Think It Means.

    01/19/2016 6:13:50 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-19-2016 | MOTUS
    RIP Glen Frey 1948 - 2016 Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back To the place I was before "Relax, " said the night man, "We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave! "Note to Boomers: Apparently you can check out. Plan, and pack, accordingly. And in Martin Luther King Day news: I see the University of Michigan joins with #BLM, race baiters and racists everywhere to mandate classes in White Privilege for their business school students. Because indoctrination does not...
  • Gov. Snyder: Clinton politicizing Flint's water crisis (MI)

    01/18/2016 4:11:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 18, 2016 6:40 PM EST
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responded Monday to criticism from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates for his handling of Flint's water emergency, saying Clinton is making it a political issue. During Sunday's debate, Clinton said "every single American should be outraged" by the water crisis, adding that "if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action." Following a speaking engagement at a Martin Luther King Day event in Flint, the Republican governor said her tactic doesn't help solve the problem. "We're going to...
  • Gas Wars: A Gallon Is Just 46 Cents Here

    01/18/2016 10:50:44 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    CNBC - REUTERS ^ | 1-18-2016 | Katie Little | Steve Kopack
    CNBCJanuary 18, 2016 While gas prices are low nationwide, some stations are slashing the fuel's price to rock-bottom levels to the tune of less than 50 cents a gallon. The drastic price cuts are part of a gas price war at three Houghton Lake, Mich., stations. During the last three days, the prices dropped below a buck per gallon, falling as low as 46 cents at Sunrise Marathon. Meanwhile, the Beacon & Bridge gas station was as low as 47 cents, said employees of each station in interviews with CNBC.(snip)