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  • Judge John McBain explodes at Camia Gamet sentencing: 'I hope you die in prison'

    04/16/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Danielle Salisbury
    JACKSON, MI – As Diana Banks-Joiner stood in a courtroom and spoke of the abuse her nephew Marcel Hill endured at the hands of Camia Gamet, a woman he loved, his killer interrupted. “Is that it?” Gamet said from her seat at the defense table. The statement prompted gasps from the audience and an angry response from Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain, who threatened to duct tape Gamet’s mouth closed.
  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

    04/16/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2014 | By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE
    DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts. Retired police officers and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments but no cut in pension benefits. Retirees and city employees who qualify for a pension will get a ballot in a few weeks.
  • Bacon, Pork Prices Rise As Deadly Diarrhea Virus Wipes Out Michigan Pigs

    04/16/2014 9:49:06 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 39 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 10-16-14
    "said porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is not a human health concern, but is deadly to newborn pigs."
  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 82 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Northern Michigan dam fails, section of U.S. 127 could flood

    04/15/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 27 replies
    mlive ^ | 4-15-2014 | Andrew Krietz
    ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP, MI — Flood water reportedly is moving quickly downstream toward Old 27 and U.S. 127 after a dam failed in the area. A flash flood warning is in effect for southwestern Roscommon County until 6 p.m. Tuesday following the breakage of the Wraco Lodge Dam. Shortly after noon, the National Weather Service reported water was just inches below a U.S. 127 bridge. There is the possibility of water overtopping the highway between mile markers 185 and 186. Motorists are advised to not drive over flooded roads. "The water is about a foot and a half from the top...
  • Mackinac Island ferries delayed because of Great Lake's ice cover

    04/14/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 42 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Jonathan Van Zytveld
    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, MI - At least one ferry service is predicting delayed trips to Mackinac Island due to ice that still covers a portion of the Great Lakes. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry has announced it will be starting its 2014 season later than anticipated after temporarily relocating its ferry starts to St. Ignace, rather than Mackinaw City, as a result of the ice blockages which remain in the Straits of Mackinac. "The straits have completely frozen over, except for a shipping channel," said Misty Martinchek, Shepler's group sales manager, who said all local ferries have been affected by the...
  • Democrat Congressmen Ask Obama to Ban Import of 'Military-Style, Semiautomatic Firearms'

    04/13/2014 8:44:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 12, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On April 9th, a large group of Democrat representatives sent a letter asking President Obama to prohibit the importation of "military style, semiautomatic firearms." Led by Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), the letter was signed by "about 80" Democrats. According to The Washington Times, Conyers and Engel are basing their request on the 1968 Gun Control Act, which they claim gives Obama "broad authority to prohibit guns and ammunition from being imported into the country." The exception would be if the products are "generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." The...
  • Iraq War Veteran Emerges as Republican Frontrunner in Iowa Senate Race

    04/12/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iraq War veteran Joni Ernst emerged as the Republican frontrunner this week in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa). Ernst, who served as a company commander in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and is a mother of three, gained a slight advantage over the other four candidates for the GOP Senate nomination in a Suffolk University poll. Ernst has 25 percent support among likely primary goers, followed closely by wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs with 23 percent. The other three candidates received less than 10 percent, while 40 percent are still undecided for the June 3 primary....
  • Iowa senate candidate vows to shoot off sister's killer's testicles in campaign ad

    04/12/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    A long-shot candidate for the Iowa senate has released a commercial in which he promotes term limits for senators and also threatens to shoot the balls off a "sexual predator" who killed his sister. Bob Quast, unsurprisingly, is a supporter of gun rights. "If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister Lynette and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I'm going to use my Glock - to blow your balls off," he says, smiling. Quast's sister, Lynnette Craft, was killed in June 1999, by her husband, the ABC affiliate reported....
  • President Barack Obama takes jab at Terri Lynn Land over equal pay

    04/12/2014 7:56:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Fritz Klug
    LANSING, MI – The debate on how to make sure men and women are paid the same was highlighted in Michigan this week when President Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land over equal pay and comments used in a web video. The ad Speaking to Reporters in Houston on Thursday, Obama mentioned Land, not by name but as a Republican running for Senate in Michigan. “Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job,” Obama said, according to poll reports. Obama's statements were based on a...
  • Draconian Traffic Fee Law Moving Toward The Chopping Block

    04/11/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A government money grab that's been operating under the guise of public safety might soon be ended. Legislation to scrap Michigan's "driver responsibility fees" has overwhelming support in the Legislature. In 2003, state lawmakers passed a bill that assessed "driver responsibility fees" in an effort to bring in additional revenue. The move was thinly veiled as a measure to ensure drivers were operating vehicles safely. However, the fees often go beyond simply assigning stiffer penalties for unsafe driving practices. In many instances they pile on costs that individuals don't have the ability to pay. What's more, under certain circumstances they...
  • Did Michigan Just Trigger 'Constitutional Convention'? Bid Gains Steam

    04/11/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/2/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though,...
  • Medicaid Expansion Studies Weren't Trustworthy

    04/11/2014 12:25:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2014 | Jack McHugh
    It may be water over the dam, but one report on the potential impact to employers if Michigan did not adopt the Obamacare Medicaid expansion has been exposed as being essentially bunk due to flagrant misuse or misrepresentation of the data it cited. This is worth noting because the claims from Jackson Hewitt were widely cited by Republican lawmakers here who supported the expansion, and probably tilted others into that camp. Its conclusion was that "employers may pay substantially higher federal tax penalties under the ACA (Affordable Care Act) in states that do not expand Medicaid." Jackson Hewitt estimated Michigan...
  • Michigan Miscellany (Rand Paul Polling First In Michigan)

    04/09/2014 1:17:09 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 04-09-2014 | Tom Jensen
    It looks like Michigan will remain solidly in the blue column if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016. She leads her potential Republican opponents in the state by anywhere from 9 to 12 points: it's 46/37 over Chris Christie, 48/39 over Rand Paul, 49/38 over Jeb Bush, and 50/38 over Mike Huckabee. Republicans are split a lot of different ways when it comes to who they'd like as their nominee in 2016. 16% want Rand Paul, 15% each support Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, 11% are for Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush is at 9%, Paul Ryan and Scott Walker...
  • The pistol-toting 'Angel of Mercy' that saved a driver from an angry Detroit mob

    04/09/2014 7:05:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Apr 08, 2014 3:51 PM PDT | Charlie LeDuff
    Deborah Hughes lives across the street. The retired nurse may have saved the life of that driver, Steve Utash. She broke up the angry mob that was beating him. Detroit Police Chief James Craig knocked on the woman's door and personally called her a "Detroit hero." She tells her story in this edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff. Watch the full story in the video player above. Authorities are broadening the spectrum of the investigation, considering charging the suspects with a hate crime.
  • Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers,

    04/09/2014 6:27:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7 Apr 14 | Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%13 Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted. The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and...
  • A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On

    03/28/2014 4:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.) I'd love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi's blink count must be off the charts. I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue's gallery reference list. But let's not be naive. It's clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI's...
  • Michael Moore: General Motors 'criminals' deserve death

    04/01/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/1/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore believes that whoever was responsible at General Motors for failing to recall a faulty ignition switch deserves death. "I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks," he wrote. Moore blamed former President George W. Bush's transportation Department for ignoring the problem in 2007 and praised new GM CEO Mary Barra for telling the truth about the problem.
  • 2 more arrested in Detroit mob beating of driver

    04/08/2014 8:48:01 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    MSN.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jeff Karoub
    Two men were arrested in connection with the severe mob beating of a suburban motorist who had accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy who stepped in front of his truck, police said Monday.Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said a 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday night and a 24-year-old on Monday afternoon. That brings to four the number of people arrested in the assault of 54-year-old Steve Utash after the accident Wednesday.
  • Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat

    04/07/2014 8:05:43 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    WXYZDetroit ^ | Apr 5, 2014 | wxyz.com
    I'm not sure of the copywrite status on this one so its link only. Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat
  • 2 arrests made in Detroit mob attack on driver who accidentally hit boy with pickup

    04/06/2014 8:29:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    foxnews ^ | 4/6/14
    <p>Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck.</p> <p>Investigators believe the 17-year-old and 16-year-old males had a direct role in the beating of Steve Utash, said Sgt. Mike Woody, a Detroit police spokesman.</p>
  • 2 Arrests Made In Detroit Mob Attack On Man

    04/05/2014 5:18:01 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 56 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 05 April 2014 | Ed White
    Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck. Steve Utash remained in critical condition Saturday. Utash is white; Detroit is more than 80 percent black.
  • Muslims Say Easter Egg Hunt Violates the U.S. Constitution

    04/04/2014 9:03:44 PM PDT · by montag813 · 103 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-05-2014 | TRN
    Muslim moms and dads in Dearborn, Mich. are upset after students received flyers promoting an Easter Egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The parents say the egg hunt "violates the U.S. Constitution".The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church’s “Eggstravaganza!” They were also "troubled" by images of a bunny rabbit.
  • Woman sued for $2 million after boyfriend torches squirrel on apartment deck, starts massive fire

    04/04/2014 6:32:26 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 99 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | 4/3/2014 | Heidi Fenton
    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI -- A woman who signed an apartment lease with her boyfriend and allegedly agreed to be liable for any smoke or water damage, faces a $2 million lawsuit after he attempted to cook a squirrel and started a massive fire with a torch. ... Khek Chanthalavong told investigators the blaze started after he had been using a torch on the deck of a unit he shared with Barbara Pellow, to burn the fur off a squirrel he'd captured. Once the fur was removed, he placed the torch in the corner of their deck, next to a plastic...
  • Detroit Police Seek A Dozen Suspects For Beating Man Nearly To Death After His Car Struck Child

    04/04/2014 6:05:39 AM PDT · by lwd · 63 replies
    CBS local ^ | April 3, 2014 2:38 PM | CBS local
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are working to identify 10 or 12 people behind a vigilante mob attack that left a 54-year-old man clinging to life after he allegedly struck a child who had darted into the street. As first reported by WWJ Newsradio 950, an 11-year-old boy suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a pickup truck after he walked into the street near Morang and Cadieux. When the driver got out of his car to check on the boy, about a dozen men on the scene attacked him, beating him unconscious, according to police.
  • Obama's Stand-up Routine is Laughable Indeed

    04/04/2014 4:59:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    resident Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something. They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he's a really funny guy. On Wednesday, he told a crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan that he visited a local deli, Zingerman's. He proceeded to tell a long story about ordering the small Reuben sandwich, which he said was "killer." That description got a good laugh. Then he explained how he thought the sandwich was too big, so he...
  • Obama Talks Minimum Wage Over $13.99 Reuben Sandwich

    Our post-partisan President reached a new low yesterday. Speaking at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan he declared Paul Ryan’s budget a “stinkburger” or “meanwich.” Obama is apparently promoting an increase in the minimum wage. He went to Zingerman’s because they allegedly offer a “fair” wage. The left doesn’t seem to understand that a “fair” wage is whatever an employee agrees to work for. In other words, it isn’t determined by government bureaucrats or academics. That’s beside the point of course, we know Obama believes everything in our lives must be decided in Washington. The problem of course is that Zingerman’s...
  • Poll: Michigan Senate race neck-and-neck

    04/03/2014 8:40:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Michigan's Senate race remains statistically tied, according to a new poll from GOP pollster Marketing Resource Group. ADVERTISEMENT Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) leads Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) by 40 percent to 38 percent, according to the poll. The two have been in a dead heat in nearly every public poll of the race so far. Peters is up with his first ads of the election cycle, while GOP outside groups have hammered him hard on the airwaves. Democrats have begun airing attacks against Land as well. The live-caller poll of 600 likely Michigan voters was...
  • DETROIT POLICE STAND WITH CITIZENS WHO ARE USING GUNS FOR SELF-DEFENSE

    04/02/2014 10:13:50 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    With "fatal self-defense shootings on the rise in Detroit," law-abiding citizens know one thing--Detroit police have their back. According to The Detroit News, "justified" self-defense shootings in Detroit are hovering around 10 since January 1st. This is up considerably from 2013, in which "there were 15 justifiable [self-defense shootings] in the city" during the entire year. And far from criticizing the fact that more and more homeowners are standing up for their lives and property, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he views this rebirth of self-defense as proof that"more and more Detroiters are becoming empowered."
  • Madonna should have kept fantasies to herself

    10/19/2005 6:52:09 AM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Suntimes ^ | 10/19/05 | Rich Roeper
    It took some effort, but I was able to find Sex on a shelf in a storage facility on Tuesday morning. Actually, I didn't find sex -- I found Sex, the 1992 literary and photographic masterpiece from Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. I wrote about the book when it was released, and then I filed it away with hundreds of books, files, notes, tapes, etc. I hope one day to donate all these research materials to the University of Phoenix, perhaps the finest education facility on all the Internet. You might recall that the book was hugely controversial when it was...
  • Senators accuse GM of trying to cover up defective switch tied to 13 deaths

    04/02/2014 3:35:15 PM PDT · by alloysteel · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | AP release
    Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved. Panel members also told Barra that GM should tell owners to stop driving all the 2.6 million cars being recalled for the faulty switch until they are repaired. GM is currently telling owners the cars, mainly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions, are fine to drive as long as nothing is placed on the key chain.
  • Madonna: I was raped at knifepoint - held up at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop

    04/02/2014 4:03:07 PM PDT · by tom h · 67 replies
    Guardian.com ^ | Saturday 5 October 2013 10.02 EDT | Shane Hickey
    Madonna has detailed how she was raped not long after she moved to New York City at the age of 19, in a revealing account of her life to date. In an article for Harper's Bazaar magazine, the singer said she was forced on to the roof of a building at knifepoint and attacked. The first-person account, which accompanied a fashion shoot, spans Madonna's life from growing up in the US midwest and moving away from home, to her marriages and children. "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The...
  • Mark Schauer expected to announce Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as running mate in governor's race

    04/02/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    <p>DETROIT, MI -- Candidate for governor Mark Schauer plans to announce his running mate in a series of news conferences Thursday.</p> <p>Two Lansing-based news services, Gongwer and MIRS, report that Schauer is expected to name Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his candidate for lieutenant governor.</p>
  • Yuk-Yuk… Obama Calls GOP Economic Plan a “Stinkburger” (Video)

    04/02/2014 4:51:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/2/14 | Jim Hoft
    Classy. During a visit to the University of Michigan today, President Obama said that the GOP’s alternative ecoonomic plan was a “Stinkburger”.
  • Deputies release sketch of man who assaulted woman in gay marriage hate crime

    04/02/2014 4:21:16 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies released a sketch of the man believed to have assaulted a woman who he called a gay slur in Ypsilanti Township. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau is now investigating the assault of a woman who was targeted by her assailants because she is a lesbian. Sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson said detectives met the 28-year-old woman again Wednesday to further develop a suspect description. Jackson said the sketch will hopefully help identify the suspect. Snipped Sheriff’s office officials have said they have no reason to doubt the woman’s report and her injuries —...
  • Did Michigan trigger a constitutional convention?

    04/02/2014 11:45:21 AM PDT · by 12th_Monkey · 58 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    We often hear talk about pressing for a constitutional convention as a means to address issues that Congress keeps avoiding, especially on debt and spending levels as well as intrusion on states’ rights. States have that option, as long as two-thirds agree on a demand for such a meeting — which hasn’t taken place since the US Constitution was put forward more than 220 years ago. Did a recent call from Michigan for action on balancing the budget hit the two-thirds mark? A similar issue came up during the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment, which stalled and died in...
  • Compassion: Anti-Obamacare cancer patient smeared by Reid now receiving death wishes from liberals

    04/02/2014 11:27:58 AM PDT · by 12th_Monkey · 28 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Remember Julie Boonstra? She’s the single mother fighting leukemia who appeared in an anti-Obamacare television ad running in Michigan: (see video at link) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assailed Ms. Boonstra, and others like her, in a breathtakingly mean-spirited floor speech — going so far as to say that “all” of their negative experiences were “untrue” and “lies.” Reid now claims he doesn’t remember saying any such thing, but there’s video tape: (see Reid video at link) In his effort to discredit Boonstra, Reid relied on a Washington Post “fact check,” which effectively ruled her story half true. In fact,...
  • Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam

    04/02/2014 12:25:48 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-2-2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding...
  • LeDuff: Don't just blame GM, blame the politicians too

    04/02/2014 8:50:14 AM PDT · by RckyRaCoCo · 7 replies
    myfoxdetroit ^ | 04/01/2014 | Charlie LeDuff
    Government Motors. Remember that one? That's a huge, overlooked detail in this whole GM recall crisis - the federal government's oversight of a company they bought out of bankruptcy four years ago and, under their nose, that same company is hiding its deadly, dirty laundry. Charlie LeDuff caught up with California Democrat Henry Waxman, who was head of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at the time of that purchase.
  • Who Will Replace Rogers at House Intel Committee?

    04/02/2014 6:02:48 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 5 replies
    Defense One ^ | 3/30/2014 | Sara Sorcher
    One of the loudest backers of the government’s spy operations is taking his voice from Congress to the radio waves. And already ambitious colleagues are vying to replace him. Mike Rogers’s surprise announcement early Friday morning that he was not seeking reelection in November—and instead starting a new career as a talk-radio host—left congressional aides scrambling to figure out who might succeed him at the helm of the House Intelligence Committee. The unexpected vacancy already has attracted the attention of at least two other Republicans who may soon jockey for the top slot. All eyes Friday were on Rep. Mac...
  • Racism at the root of Detroit's issues, Michigan Roundtable attendees say

    04/02/2014 2:46:19 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 57 replies
    MLive ^ | 3/31/2014
    Inequity is a problem minorities in Detroit face on several fronts, attendees of the Michigan Roundtable Equity Action Summit Saturday at Detroit's Cobo Center said. The all-day event involved the sharing of stories from people who said they are victims of the unfair systems that punish blacks and other minorities related to public transportation, housing and the criminal justice system. Groups talked about the issues and developed strategies to resolve them. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Baack Obama's Chicago pastor whose known for controversial sermons damning America and saying the government brought 9/11 upon itself, was the keynote speaker. Monica Lewis...
  • Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

    04/02/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 51 replies
    Mail ^ | 04-01-2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin chairs the Senate investigations subcommittee. On Tuesday, Levin grilled Caterpillar executives and their accountants at a hearing on the company's tax strategy. "Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines,"...
  • Dennis Burke Should Be Further Sanctioned, Not Celebrated For Lying to Brian Terry's Family

    04/02/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Arizona Republic editorial board published an opinion piece titled, “Dennis Burke should've been celebrated, not sanctioned.” The board portrays the former U.S. Attorney and Operation Fast and Furious ring-leader as a whistleblower and victim rather than holding him accountable for his extensive and reckless actions during his time in office. Consider the following a direct response. Between 2009 and 2011 when Operation Fast and Furious was active, Dennis Burke and his Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley refused to prosecute nearly every straw purchaser case handed to them citing “no probable cause.” One of those straw purchasers...
  • Midland state senator announces run for U.S. Rep Dave Camp's seat

    04/01/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 4 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-1-2014 | Mark Tower
    MIDLAND, MI — Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, announced he will not seek re-election in November, Midland's state senator announced he will run for Camp's seat. State Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, issued a press release Tuesday afternoon, April 1, stating he will seek election to represent Michigan's 4th Congressional District. "I will be a strong conservative voice for the hard working families of mid and northern Michigan," Moolenaar said. "In Michigan I have fought against overreaching government policies that are killing jobs and overburdening individuals." Camp announced late in the day Monday, March 31, that...
  • Harry Reid dismisses cancer patient Tom Coburn´s Obamacare concern

    04/01/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/1/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is battling cancer and will retire at the end of his term.... When Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed out that the majority of cancer centers in the country aren´t covered under Obamacare while arguing that the law´s problems go beyond early website issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., dismissed the critique as too "in the weeds." Coburn, a medical doctor battling cancer, panned the coverage offered to cancer patients. "Nineteen of the cancer centers in this country, only five are covered under Obamacare," he told the Washington Examiner Tuesday, a data point he
  • ‘Hope cancer kills you soon’: Tolerant Left reaches out to Julie Boonstra

    04/01/2014 2:22:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 31, 2014 11:24 pm | Twitchy Staff
    Michigan mom and leukemia patient Julie Boonstra already had her run-in with the tolerant Left. Boonstra, who filmed an ad about her struggles with Obamacare for Americans for Prosperity, was targeted by Michigan Rep. Gary Peters, who threatened to sue her into silence. That wasn’t the end of the attacks, however. Slade O’Brien, southern regional director for AFP, shared this letter sent anonymously to Boostra. …
  • Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust

    04/01/2014 2:00:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/30/2014 | James Hohman
    In 2011, Michigan changed its open-ended film incentive program to a capped $25 million annual subsidy. Since then, it’s been increased to $50 million. While the executive budget this year calls for another $25 million for this program, it should be eliminated entirely. All told, the state has devoted $444.7 million to film productions from both the tax credits and appropriations, according to the state treasury and budget offices. Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars, the program is not designed to establish a permanent film industry. Approved film productions spend money in the state and leave. The state sends...
  • Democratic Senator Tells GM Car Owners to Stop Driving Immediately

    04/01/2014 1:29:18 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    April 1, 2014 3:54 PM Democratic Senator Tells GM Car Owners to Stop Driving Immediately By Jim Geraghty A reader sends this in and quips, “Blumenthal to Michigan: Drop Dead!” CBS Connecticut: “Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is among those calling for GM to make a stronger statement and tell owners to stop driving their cars immediately. Blumenthal believes GM made a decision to hide the defect of ignition switches.” Considering the risk from the switches, Blumenthal’s advice isn’t the most outlandish conclusion in the world. If an owner of one of the recalled cars wants to drive it at all,...
  • Will Americans Buy Toyota Motor Corporation's Hydrogen Car?

    04/01/2014 10:59:40 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 31, 2014 | John Rosevear
    Hydrogen-powered cars are coming to U.S. dealerships. But will Americans buy them? Toyota (NYSE: TM ) is betting that at least a few Americans will be willing to pay for a car that runs on hydrogen. The company is expected to launch a production version of its FCV Concept vehicle in Japan, the U.S., and Europe next year. The FCV Concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Essentially, it's an electric car that extracts its energy from compressed hydrogen, instead of a battery. Advocates of fuel-cell-powered cars say they're just as clean as battery-electrics -- their only "exhaust" is...