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  • Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter vs. Mets

    10/03/2015 8:42:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | October 3, 2015 | Alec Nathan
    he Washington Nationals have been mired in turmoil over the past week, but Max Scherzer made the pain of dugout brawls and clubhouse chaos disappear Saturday night as he twirled his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. Scherzer's the second pitcher to record two no-hitters in the regular season since 1973. The other, according to B/R Insights, is Nolan Ryan. Washington's ace recorded 17 strikeouts in the win—seven more than he notched in his no-hit effort on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 17 strikeouts also tied Ryan...
  • America's Most Dangerous Cities (Still) Run By Democrats

    In 2012 the Daily Caller Ran this article which showed that 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities in America were run by democrats. (other 2 independents) So I looked into and found the current ten cities with the highest murder rates. And found the results are quite similar with at least 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities (ones with highest murder rates) still being run by democrats. 1 East St. Louis, IL (Emeka-Jackson Hicks,Democrat) 2 Camden, NJ (Donna Red, Democrat) 3 Gary, IN (Karen Freeman Wilson, Democrat) 4 Chester, PA (John A...
  • Farmer digs up woolly mammoth bones in Michigan soy field

    10/03/2015 12:37:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 2015 | Rachel Feltman
    James Bristle of Lima Township was digging in a soybean field Monday when he and his friend pulled up what they first thought was a bent, muddy old fence post. But it was actually the rib bone of an ancient woolly mammoth... University of Michigan professor Daniel Fisher... believes that the mammoth died between 11,000 and 15,000 years ago. Most mammoths were gone by 10,000 years ago... “We get calls once or twice a year about new specimens like this,” Fisher told The Washington Post. But they’re usually mastodons. It’s a bit more unusual to find a mammoth, the group...
  • Anti-Muslim Protests Nationwide:'Global Rally For Humanity' Calls On Demonstrations

    10/01/2015 12:53:55 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 22 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/30/2015 | Michael Kaplan
    An anti-Islam group has called on "patriots" to hold demonstrations in front of mosques across the country in October. Responding to the call, protests organized under the name "Global Rally For Humanity" have already been scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10 in at least 20 locations, including Charleston, South Carolina; Atlanta; Dearborn, Michigan; and Phoenix, Imagine 2050 reported Tuesday. Some of the organizers have encouraged demonstrators to leave their weapons at home, while others have encouraged participants to utilize their right to bear arms, the website said. “As this invasion of Muslim colonization continues unchecked on American soil, we can...
  • Parents Complain Students From Adjacent Districts 'Overcrowding' Their Schools

    10/01/2015 11:50:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/30/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A recent story in the Lansing State Journal on a Michigan public school choice program featured parents from two different school districts complaining that the program is causing overcrowded classrooms in their own districts. But data from the Michigan Department of Education show that the complaints are not supported by the historical record. Enrollment at one of those districts has been in decline for the past eight years, while the other has not experienced any significant enrollment increase. The story focused on how the East Lansing and Holt school districts have benefitted from the schools of choice program begun in...
  • Step Aside Detroit: There Is A New "Worst" City For Housing In The U.S.

    09/30/2015 7:28:21 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 19 replies
    zh ^ | 09/29/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It will come as no surprise that the west, with San Diego, is where the gains are still frothiest: after all the Chinese "hot money" exporters are rushing to park their funds before the exit door slams shut, and are doing so as close to home as possible. What was surprising is the other end of the spectrum, because as Case-Shiller clearly shows, Detroit - after staging a brief dead cat bounce in the aftermath of its bankruptcy and since sliding once again - may no longer be the worst city for home prices in the US. It has now...
  • Man starts gas station blaze trying to kill spider with lighter

    09/29/2015 9:24:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 98 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | September 30, 2015 | Taryn Asher
    CENTER LINE, Mich. - A man tried to kill a spider at a gas station using a lighter causing a dangerous fire. Using a lighter to kill the bug, he started a blaze that quickly engulfed the gas pump.
  • Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details

    09/29/2015 9:52:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/26/2015 | Tom Gantert
    n August, Michigan public school teacher Stephanie Keiles became a folk hero when she went public with her story about why she was quitting her job. Keiles had spent nine years as a teacher in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools when she announced in an online essay that she was leaving the profession. The Michigan Education Association promoted her story as did prominent national websites, including The Washington Post and Huffington Post. A Michigan newspaper columnist recited Keiles' claims as if they were the gospel truth as an example of how teachers are not respected. National public schools advocate Diane Ravitch even...
  • Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz to visit Kalamazoo

    09/28/2015 2:05:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Emily Monacelli
    KALAMAZOO, MI — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate from Texas, will speak at a rally in Kalamazoo. Cruz will visit Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Drive, on Monday, Oct. 5. The doors for the rally open at 8:30, with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Cruz will speak at 9:30 a.m., according to a media advisory. Cruz was in Michigan two weeks ago, speaking at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
  • Former congressman walks to Washington DC for veterans' health (Bentivolio MI)

    09/26/2015 4:39:24 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies ^ | Sep 24 2015 | FOXnewsdetroit
    A former congressman is taking a slow journey back to Washington DC. Not to run for office, but to walk there, raising awareness about the treatment of veterans and their families. Kerry Bentivolio says it is time for lawmakers to do something. The 64-year-old Bentivolio is a veteran of two wars and says the numbers are ridiculous. About 300,000 veterans likely died while waiting for health care and nearly twice as many are still waiting for treatment. The average Vietnam veteran dies in their 60s, while the average World War II vet is living well into their 80s.
  • The Republicans who voted against Boehner for Speaker (Jan. 2015)

    09/25/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 06, 2015, 02:38 pm | Cristina Marcos
    Twenty-five Republicans rebelled against John Boehner (R-Ohio), who won a third term as Speaker on Tuesday. The 25 Republicans, including three freshmen, didn't coalesce around a single alternative candidate. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), whose nomination for Speaker became public just minutes before the vote, attracted the most votes at 12. Meanwhile, the other two long-shot candidates, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) only received three and two votes each. Additionally, freshman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) voted "present" rather than voting for anyone. And two Republican lawmakers voted for people who aren't even members of the House: Rep. Gary...
  • Obama administration: Conservative college isn’t a real school

    09/25/2015 10:49:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 09/25/2015
    Hillsdale College, a 135-year-old liberal arts school in Michigan, eschews federal financial aid and provides students with an education steeped heavily in classical liberalism. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Obama administration found a bogus excuse to omit the institution on its new “College Scorecard.” According to the Department of Education, Hillsdale isn’t listed on its scorecard, touted as a government sponsored effort to help students “identify which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck,” because it hands out too few bachelor’s degrees. “Hillsdale does offer bachelor’s degrees,” DOE spokesman Denise Horn told Hillsdale’s Collegian...
  • University Bans Laying in Hammocks, Cites Tree Damage

    09/25/2015 9:21:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/25/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Slinging a hammock between two trees on campus is a criminal offense at Michigan State University, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine. The school is worried about environmental damage to trees.
  • Union Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights

    09/23/2015 11:49:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    By a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruled that the Michigan Education Association’s attempt to restrict school employees' rights under right-to-work violates state labor law and is an unfair labor practice. The MEA, which exercised the restriction under a so-called August window, is the state’s largest teachers union. It is expected to appeal the decision in the courts. The ruling is the latest development in a 2013 lawsuit brought by four Saginaw public school employees who did not want to be forced to financially support the union as a condition of employment. The August window is...
  • Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work

    09/23/2015 10:07:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    The public school district in Taylor, Michigan is in big trouble financially. It is shedding students and has run significant deficits in recent years due to spending more than it takes in, requiring special oversight from the state. But the district still finds the money to pay four union stewards to do union work on the taxpayer’s dime. More than $108,000 is given up so that the union can enjoy this privilege. The practice is called “release time,” and school districts across the state do it. The arrangement allows union officials, typically the president of the union local, to be...
  • Brady rank Belichick or the Pope higher? 'In Bill we trust!'

    09/23/2015 11:16:45 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 16 replies
    Comcast Sports ^ | 09/23/2015 | Phil Perry
    FOXBORO -- We know Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reveres Bill Belichick, and on Wednesday he put his head coach next to God. Kind of. With Pope Francis stateside, Brady was asked about the Holy Father and laughed when posed the question, "You rank Bill or the Pope higher?" "In Bill we trust! You kidding me?" Brady answered.
  • Hunter stabs black bear in self-defense in Michigan

    09/22/2015 11:23:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    MLive ^ | September 19, 2015 | Brad Devereaux
    GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI — A 46-year-old man was injured in what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suspects was a black bear attack. ... a black bear came from behind, knocked him over and attacked him. "Using his hunting knife, the man stabbed the bear, which scared it off. The bear is thought to be injured," the DNR said in a news release. "The DNR was informed about 45 minutes later." Sgt. Jon Wood spoke with the hunter and advised him to seek medical attention. The DNR's Law Enforcement Division is continuing to investigate the incident. The DNR plans to...
  • Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures

    09/21/2015 11:58:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/20/2015 | Jack Spencer
    A coalition organized to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law achieved a milestone yesterday when it submitted petitions with more than 390,000 signatures to the state elections bureau. If at least 65 percent of those signatures were deemed to be valid signatures of Michigan voters, the question would then go to the Legislature for a quick up or down vote. “Nearly 400,000 voters have signed their names on the dotted line to demand that government spend their tax dollars more wisely,” said Chris Fisher, in a news release. Fisher is vice president of Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, the coalition organizing the...
  • Volkswagen shares crash on emissions cheating scandal

    09/21/2015 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    cnn ^ | 9-21-2015
    Shares in Volkswagen (VLKAF) crashed 20% Monday, wiping 16 billion euros ($18 billion) off the company's value after it was found to have misled U.S. regulators. Federal and state regulators said Friday that the German company cheated on environmental standards by programming some diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested. Volkswagen, recently crowned the world's biggest carmaker by sales, also owns the Audi and Porsche brands. The software is installed in nearly 500,000 cars on U.S. roads, including some of its luxury-brand Audi cars. Regulators have ordered Volkswagen to recall the vehicles. The company said it...
  • VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall

    09/20/2015 2:48:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, September 18, 2015 | Coral Davenport and Jack Ewing
    The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half-million cars, saying the automaker illegally installed software in its diesel-power cars to evade standards for reducing smog. The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker of using software to detect when the car is undergoing its periodic state emissions testing. Only during such tests are the cars’ full emissions control systems turned on. During normal driving situations, the controls are turned off, allowing the cars to spew as much as 40 times as much pollution as allowed under the Clean Air Act, the E.P.A. said. “We expected better...
  • ISIS releases ‘Kill List’ of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released ‘Kill List’, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • Rand Paul wins presidential straw poll at Michigan Republican gathering on Mackinac Island

    09/20/2015 4:54:06 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 39 replies ^ | September 20, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    MACKINAC ISLAND, MI — Rand Paul won the presidential preference straw poll this weekend at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a biennial gather of more than 2,000 Michigan Republicans. With 785 attendees voting, the U.S. Senator from Kentucky received 22 percent of the vote in the MIRS/Detroit News straw poll. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina finished second at 15 percent. Each of the top five vote-getters spoke at the island event, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (13.7 percent), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (13 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (9.7 percent). John Yob, national political director and Michigan...
  • Ted Cruz in Michigan: 'If you see a candidate that Washington embraces, run and hide'

    09/20/2015 8:26:18 AM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    MLive ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    Ted Cruz: 'We're going to win Michigan' (Video at the link) MACKINAC ISLAND, MI — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, speaking Saturday to a crowd of Michigan Republicans that included plenty of "establishment" figures, positioned himself as the grassroots presidential candidate of choice. "If you see a candidate that Washington embraces, run and hide," Cruz said during a keynote address at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. "...If you think things are going great in Washington, if you think we need to continue heading in the same basic direction -- just kind of fiddle around the edges -- then I...
  • Cruz, Kasich on Mackinac Island: Same party, different procedure

    09/19/2015 4:34:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WXMI-TV Fox 17 ^ | September 19, 2015 | Josh Sidorowicz
    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Back-to-back appearances on the main stage for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich during Saturday’s keynote lunch speeches at the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference provided contrast for how the two presidential hopefuls are approaching their races to the White House. Speaking first during the packed Saturday lunch on the island, Cruz told the crowd of about 1,000 that “if you see a candidate that Washington embraces, run and hide.” What followed was an audacious agenda the senator laid out for his very first day in office, including taking direct aim at President Obama...
  • Live Stream: Ted Cruz at Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference around 11 am CT.

    09/19/2015 8:53:16 AM PDT · by Isara · 22 replies
    Michigan Republican Party ^ | September 19, 2015
    12:00PM – 1:30PM Lunch ProgramFeaturing: Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich Live Stream
  • Michigan lawmaker who resigned over sex scandal to seek his old seat

    09/19/2015 8:40:58 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/18/15 | Nick Gass
    A Michigan state lawmaker who resigned from office after admitting an affair with a colleague and then launching a bizarre coverup said Friday that he plans to seek his old seat because voters should be able to decide whether he deserves to be in the legislature, not his fellow legislators. "I think voters should be able to weigh in. It shouldn't be that legislators who have a political axe to grind can get together and decide they want to get rid of a member who's been a problem for them," said former state Rep. Todd Courser in an interview with...
  • Ben Carson, Donald Trump top Michigan poll of Republican presidential candidates

    09/18/2015 11:17:17 PM PDT · by glabbe · 8 replies
    Marketing Resource Group ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — A political outsider leads a new Michigan poll of Republican presidential candidates — but it's not brash businessman Donald Trump. Ben Carson, a Detroit native and retired neurosurgeon, led the field in a poll of 600 likely voters, including 221 who said they would definitely vote in the GOP primary, conducted last week by the Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group ahead of tonight's CNN debate.
  • Ted Nugent: Only Donald Trump Can Save Us!

    09/18/2015 8:58:23 PM PDT · by RC one · 65 replies
    rightwingwatch ^ | Thursday, 9/17/2015 1:05 pm | Brian Tashman
    NRA board member Ted Nugent says that GOP leaders have utterly failed to stop Democrats from carrying out their supposed plan to destroy the country, and now Americans must turn to Donald Trump to save the nation from the brink of destruction.Writing today in WorldNetDaily, Nugent says that Trump alone “is counterpunching effectively” against “the life-threatening dynamic of the Democrat communist battle cry” and accuses Democratic leaders like President Obama and Hillary Clinton of “quoting Marx, Mao, Lenin, Castro and all the other monsters behind tyranny, dictatorships, slavery and the resultant historic ruination of every society this evil scourge has...
  • Gay Michigan Pastor Forced to Resign Shares Story in Bay Area

    09/19/2015 1:15:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/18 | Pete Suratos
    A Methodist pastor who was told to resign from his Michigan church because of his sexuality visited the Bay Area to share his story. Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson spoke to the Twin Towers Methodist Church in Alameda on Friday and discussed the life-changing moment when he was told to resign because he is gay. He said he has decided to take his story on the road and change minds along the way. Hutchinson said he was forced to resign from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after he told the bishop about his gay partner. According to the United Methodist Church's guidelines, that...
  • Obama Administration Slams Conservative School As Not A Real College

    09/18/2015 4:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2015 | Blake Neff, Reporter
    An Obama administration representative took a shot at a well-known conservative college Thursday, saying the school wasn’t included on its much-heralded new “College Scorecard” because it isn’t a real two-to-four year college. Hillsdale College, a 1,500-student liberal arts college in Michigan, is ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as the 67th-best national liberal arts college in the country. The college is well-known for the conservative identity of its student body and its focus on a core curriculum that emphasizes Judeo-Christian tradition and the U.S. Constitution. It’s also known for its refusal to accept any federal funding (including federal student...
  • Volkswagen Accused Of Hacking 482,000 Diesels To Fake U.S. Emissions Tests

    09/18/2015 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Reaganez · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | September 18, 2015 | Justin Hyde
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California officials say some 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi diesels were engineered to falsify their emissions for federal tests—a violation that opens the German automaker to a theoretical fine totaling $18 billion. The EPA and California Air Resources Board say the affected models had software in its computer engine controls that could sense exactly when it was being tested for emissions quality. At all other times, it would run the diesels in a different mode with illegal levels of pollution; for example, spewing up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog,...
  • Rand Paul strategist claims Rubio aide punched him in the face

    09/18/2015 8:07:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 18, 2015 | Nick Gass and Kyle Cheney
    A Michigan political consultant working for Rand Paul says he was punched in the face by Marco Rubio's deputy campaign manager during an alleged incident at a bar in Mackinac Island, where the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference is set to begin Friday. John Yob, who is national political director and chief strategist of Paul's Michigan campaign, wrote that Rubio deputy campaign manager Rich Beeson "literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face." "Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference. I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I...
  • Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?

    09/18/2015 5:14:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Unions are trying to cut a deal with business groups to prevent a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law, according to a news account out of Lansing. The idea is that business groups would use their influence on Republican lawmakers to halt a repeal measure that is likely to succeed in exchange for the unions dropping a proposed ballot initiative to nearly double the state’s main business tax. Michigan 50-year-old prevailing wage law prohibits the state, local governments and public schools from awarding construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless the contractor agrees to pay union-scale wages on the...
  • Michigan's Private Sector Economy Firing on All Cylinders

    09/17/2015 12:24:41 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Since the end of the Great Recession, nearly every sector of Michigan’s economy has seen significant growth, with a total of 360,500 more private sector jobs in 2014 than in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michigan went from having 3.87 million jobs in 2009 to 4.18 million jobs in 2014. In 2005 the state was on a transition from a gradual economic decline into what became a very steep one. Since 2010, both employment and the Michigan economy have been on an upswing. The strongest employment growth has been in the professional and business sector (+117,500...
  • Detroit Police Salaries Modest, But Not Peanuts

    09/17/2015 11:09:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Uniformed rank-and-file officers employed by the Detroit Police Department earned an average of $59,511 in 2014-15, which is more than twice the amount a recent TV report stated as the starting salary for the officers. Detroit Police Chief James Craig recently told WWJ TV that he thinks officers patrolling the city’s streets should be paid more. But the only amount mentioned in the story was a starting salary of $28,000. Michigan Capitol Confidential analyzed Detroit Police pay levels found in salary and contract information received in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The lowest pay levels are in...
  • Brady says he hopes Trump can win presidency

    09/16/2015 10:46:52 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Mining Journal ^ | September 17, 2015
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that he hopes Donald Trump can win the presidency, hours before Trump was set to participate in the second Republican debate. The Super Bowl MVP, whose four-game suspension for using deflated footballs was recently overturned by a judge, grinned broadly as he talked about his golf partner. "I hope so," he said. "It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I'm sure of that." Brady's locker sported a "Make America Great Again" red hat sent to him by Trump. "It was...
  • Tom Brady says he's supporting Trump for president

    09/16/2015 2:25:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 32 replies ^ | 9/16/15 | AP
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw his support behind presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday, hours before the second Republican debate. The Super Bowl MVP, whose four-game suspension for using deflated footballs was recently overturned by a judge, says he thinks his golf partner can win. "I hope so," he said. "It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I can tell you that."
  • Benishek chooses not to run in 2016 (MI 1st district)

    09/15/2015 7:58:23 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    September 15, 2015 ^ | Petoskey News
    Dan Benishek announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2016, stating he will retire at the end of his term. “Serving the 1st district in Congress has been a privilege and an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. I am proud to be able to represent the people of Northern Michigan," Benishek said in a released statement. “Today I’m announcing that I won’t seek re-election next year, which will allow me to focus my time and attention on helping our veterans and working to make things better for the families and workers throughout Northern Michigan, and...
  • UAW Names Fiat Chrysler as Lead Target in Big Three Contract Talks

    09/14/2015 2:09:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 36 replies
    Fox Business ^ | September 14, 2015
    The United Auto Workers union will accelerate its bargaining efforts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile in the hopes of hammering out a template for a new labor contract the other two Detroit auto makers will match. The choice of Fiat Chrysler's FCA US unit as the target company for shaping the new contract, disclosed by the union on Sunday, kicks off an intense negotiating period expected in part to focus on a two-tier wage system that has financially benefited auto makers but rankled workers. The UAW's current contract with Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Ford Motor expires on Monday, but labor...
  • Michigan Town Votes to Deny Building Permit for Mosque. This is How the Crowd Reacted… [VIDEO]

    The planning commission of Sterling Heights, Michigan voted on Thursday to deny a building permit for the construction of a new mosque in the Detroit suburb. When the vote was announced, the reaction of the crowd was unmistakable. As reported by WXYZ in Detroit, city hall was filled to capacity with 240 people anxiously awaiting the results. When the 9-0 vote was announced, the hall erupted in applause, with hundreds more outside chanting “No more mosques” and “God Bless America.” While the fight centered around the size of the planned mosque – 20,500 square feet – and it’s location in...
  • 79-year-old explosive enthusiast's death not likely caused by dynamite on property, police say

    09/12/2015 2:00:10 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies ^ | September 12, 2015 | John Counts
    Though Elwood Hansen's rural property had both ample amounts of fireworks and dynamite on it, authorities don't think the explosives had anything to do with what blew up his solidly built, 140-year-old stone house while he was inside. The 79-year-old Bridgewater Township man was likely asleep in his bedroom when he was killed in the blast around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, said Michigan State Police Sgt. Chuck Bachmeier. At least one of his two dogs also died in the explosion. The other was unaccounted for. No one else was injured, according to Bachmeier. A neighbor told The News Hansen, who...
  • Could ALGAE cure blindness? Transplanting organism into the retina ‘could one day restore sight to…’

    09/12/2015 3:34:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:15 EST, 11 September 2015 | Malden Davies
    An algae found commonly in ponds could provide a cure for blindness, according to one US biotechnology company. Retrosense, a Michigan-based firm, hopes to transplant a light-sensitive protein from a specific type of algae into the eyes of blind people, to restore their sight. The company will soon begin human clinical trials, after the transplanting process was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration last month, WIRED reports. The algae, called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, is a simple single-cell organism that lives in dirt and water. It cannot see, but has a primitive “eye-spot”, allowing it to sense where the sun...
  • Allegan Co. (MI) Tea Party compares Gamrat expulsion to 9/11

    09/11/2015 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — The Allegan County Tea Party has responded to the expulsion of state Rep. Cindy Gamrat by comparing it to Sept. 11. Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat became just the fourth legislator to be kicked out in state history Friday. The expulsion came after Gamrat and Rep. Todd Courser misused state resources to cover up their extramarital affair.
  • Disgraced Michigan lawmaker resigns in sex scandal, another expelled

    09/11/2015 2:41:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | September 11, 2015 | Tom LoBianco,
    The Michigan lawmakers at the center of a sex scandal at the Statehouse were forced out by angry colleagues early Friday morning, following hours of heated debate. Rep. Todd Courser resigned his House seat at 3:12 a.m., according to the Detroit Free-Press, and one hour later Rep. Cindy Gamrat, his colleague with whom he reportedly had an affair, was expelled by the legislature on a 91-12 vote. The moves came just a day after Courser apologized for the affair, as a 90-minute recording was played for lawmakers in which he asked his staffer to concoct a bizarre cover-up story alleging...
  • Raise Taxes? State Budget Already Projected to Get $2.7 Billion Extra in Taxes Over Next Three Years

    09/10/2015 10:01:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/9/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan Democrats and a new ballot initiative campaign are promoting tax hikes to pay for road repairs. The union-funded Citizens for Fair Taxes is collecting signatures to place on the ballot an increase in the state’s corporate income tax from 6 percent to 11 percent. That would reportedly generate an extra $900 million a year, which the measure earmarks to roads. If the campaign gets the required number signatures, the measure would be placed before state legislators, and if they did not pass it (a virtual certainty) it would then go on the 2016 statewide ballot. Democrats are also pitching...
  • Michigan woman finds black widow spider in Walmart grapes

    09/10/2015 4:59:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 97 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    TROY, Mich., - A Michigan woman who bought grapes from a Walmart store said she discovered a venomous black widow spider in the package. Ariel Jackson, 25, said she bought the perforated package of grapes from a Walmart Supercenter in Troy and she discovered the spider when she started washing the fruit. "She was screaming about a huge spider, and everyone was like, 'Calm down, it's probably nothing,'" Jackson's boyfriend, Michal Frank, 26, told ABC News. "But we took a closer look and lo and behold, it's a black widow. It had the red hourglass-shaped spot on its belly." Jackson...
  • Police: Deliberate hit-and-run killed Michigan firefighter (while collecting for MDA)

    09/10/2015 3:00:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    AP ^ | September 10, 2015
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Police in Michigan have arrested the driver of a pickup truck who they believe intentionally struck a firefighter standing in a roadway collecting money for charity, killing him. [Snip] The 35-year-old Rodeman, who also served in the U.S. Marines in Iraq ... [was] participating in an annual fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters, authorities said. [Snip] Rodeman was married two months ago, and he and his wife were expecting their first child, Fire Chief Randy Talifarro said.
  • Ted Nugent Walks Into a Muslim Book Store- You Won't Believe What Happens Next

    09/09/2015 1:23:22 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 44 replies
    Mr. Conservative ^ | 9/5/2015 | Mr. Conservative
    Ted Nugent is a legendary rocker who has developed a reputation for being an unapologetic conservative. Last week, Nugent posted a story on Facebook about visiting a Muslim bookstore recently. According to Young Conservatives, the story has quickly gone viral, and when you read it you’ll know why. Ted Nugent: So, I was walking through Chicago and I saw that there was a "Muslim Book Store". I was wondering what exactly was a Muslim bookstore, so I went in. As I was wandering around taking a look, the clerk stopped me and asked if he could help me. I imagine...
  • Founders Brewing Co. is forced to get rid of the baby on its label

    09/09/2015 11:44:38 AM PDT · by rey · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | 9 Sept. 2015
    Michigan has followed New Hampshire by banning the sale of Founders Brewery’s Oatmeal Breakfast Stout because a baby appears on the label The Grand Rapids-based brewery announced last week it was changing the label after the image was said to promote underage drinking.
  • Man stabbed after finding wife naked in bed with her father

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