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  • School Districts Across the State Violating Michigan Right-to-Work Law

    09/15/2014 6:23:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Twenty-three public school districts that signed their union contracts after right-to-work became law kept language in that told employees they had to financially support a union as a condition of employment, according to a study done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Those 23 districts employed about 2,160 teachers. “There are thousands of teachers in these districts who may be misled into believing they don’t have a choice when it comes to financially supporting a union in order to keep their job,” said Audrey Spalding, director of education policy and author of the study, in a press release. Capitol...
  • Guest column: We need groceries, not guns at Michigan Kroger stores

    09/13/2014 4:09:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 65 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 9-11-2014 | Linda Brundage
    Don’t skateboard at Kroger – it’s against the rules. Bringing food from outside the store is also strictly prohibited. And please don’t think about grocery shopping at one of the 50 or so Kroger grocery stores in Michigan without a shirt: you run the risk of being asked to leave. But, if you’d like to peruse the produce aisles with a semi-automatic rifle slung across your shoulder, go right ahead. Kroger thinks that’s just fine in states where it is legal to openly carry guns, like Michigan. In fact, the grocery store chain has publicly stated that it doesn’t want...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Mind-Blowing Alfred Fisher Mansion Sells For $1.6M [guess where]

    09/08/2014 2:37:43 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 92 replies
    Curbed ^ | September 4, 2014 | Sarah Cox
    The Alfred Fisher Mansion,the largest residential listing in Detroit, has sold for $1.6 Million in deal that closed in late August. Designed by architect Richard Marr and built in 1926, the mansion contains 15 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a ballroom, sun room, and a billiards room. There is also an indoor pool. These listing photos don't do the interior justice (there's a strange party situation in the basement) but the grounds are looking lovely. When the mansion first came on the market the ask was a mere $1.2M...."
  • Cops: Shoplifter Used Walmart Motorized Wheelchair Cart As Her Getaway Vehicle

    09/11/2014 2:40:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    After stealing $600 worth of merchandise from Walmart, a Michigan woman made her getaway on one of the store’s motorized wheelchairs, according to cops who collared her two miles from the retailer.. Shirley Mae Mason, 46, was arresteud Monday night and charged with the theft of the $1200 electric cart and six bags stuffed with clothing. During questioning by police, Mason said that she decided to swipe the motorized cart after failing to secure a car ride from the store. Mason, according to a police report, said she just “didn’t feel like walking.” Mason, seen above, was booked into the...
  • 'Non-partisan' group is totally partisan Democrats

    09/09/2014 1:58:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), which MLive described as “a grassroots organization started by Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers and parents,” was in the news last week for a rally in Ann Arbor seeking more money for public schools. According to MLive, the group is "non-partisan and is not affiliated with a union." The featured politicians on the stage at the rally were all Democrats: Lisa Brown, who is running for Lt. Governor, State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, State Rep. Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline; and State Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor. MLive...
  • 'Great Lakes tidal wave' causes 5-foot immediate rise in water on Lake Superior shoreline

    09/07/2014 7:55:43 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | September 05, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    A seiche, which is the Great Lakes version of a tidal wave, hit the eastern shoreline of Lake Superior near Sault Saint Marie around 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The seiche (pronounced SAYSH) was caused by a dramatic change in wind direction due to severe thunderstorms. The wind was blowing out of the southeast for a long time period, pushing water along the shoreline out into Lake Superior. Then a line of strong thunderstorms moved through, and the accompanying west wind blew the water back into shore. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported a 65-inch change in water...
  • Is Durbin in Danger?

    09/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Bruce Walker
    As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting. Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire. Most folks would not have thought that Republican Terri Land had a chance in a blue state like Michigan, but she continues to run close to Peters in the race. Al Franken also cannot pull away in his re-election fight, and all the polls show that race tightening. Surely the trophy in any general election is for one party to knock off a legislative leader of the other party....
  • The Enterprise Of Maligning Enterprise (And The Clergy Who Make Matters Worse)

    09/06/2014 11:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 7, 2014 | Austin Hill
    "MCDonalds Mcdonalds, can't you see...Seven-forty is not for me..." The chant, recited through a megaphone, was being led by a man identifed as a Christian Pastor ("Reverend Charles" we'll call him), near a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit last week. Dozens of people in the parking lot uttered the chant with him, as the crowd sought to malign McDonalds restaurants while at the same time demanding a $15.00 per hour wage. "They want fifteen, they want a union, they want to be organized" Pastor Charles told the tv news crews. "The McDonalds corporation should allow that to happen immediately." The illogic...
  • Detroit, the showcase of liberal governance where fire stations use soda cans as warning devices

    09/06/2014 10:44:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/6/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The argument against liberals ever being in charge of our lives can be reduced to a single word: Detroit. Detroit has fallen from its position as one of the greatest cities in America at the beginning of the 1950s to a perfect reminder of what liberal Democrats will do when given enough power and enough time to show who they really are. “The Motor City” had an unbroken succession of liberal Democrat mayors for more than 40 years and each of these men has contributed to the steady decline of their city. Acting in concert with greedy unions these mayors...
  • Liberal Senator Preparing Report That Dismisses Allegations of IRS’ Tea Party Targeting

    09/05/2014 7:18:12 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 04, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is putting the finishing touches on his supposed “investigation” of the IRS scandal that will, in essence, be a press release for the IRS and the administration, a reliable source tells me. The Michigan Democrat apparently dismisses all of the allegations made over the targeting of tea party and other conservative organizations and instead attacks the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which revealed the scandal when it issued its May 2013 report about the “inappropriate criteria” used to “identify tax-exempt applications for review.”
  • The Myth Of The Tiny Radical Muslim Minority

    09/04/2014 2:23:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 4,2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Over the weekend, former President Jimmy Carter attended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference in Detroit. There, he assured Muslims that the “principles of Allah” were designed to “bring peace and justice to all.” ISNA’s ties to terror-supporters are quite deep.
  • Judge: Michigan teachers should be able to exit union anytime under right-to-work law

    09/04/2014 2:53:59 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | September 04, 2014 | Dave Eggert
    LANSING — Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state right-to-work law that took effect last year. The administrative law judge, Julia Stern, recommended Tuesday that the Republican-controlled Employment Relations Commission order the Michigan Education Association to no longer limit school employees to leaving the union solely in August of each year. She said the law that took effect last year incorporated a federal law interpreted to give public employees the ability to leave their union anytime.
  • White Detroit Homeowner Sentenced to 17 years in Prison for Shooting Dead Black 19-year old.

    09/03/2014 5:00:22 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 84 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9/03/2014 | AP AND Mailonline
    A white homeowner who gunned down an unarmed 19-year-old black woman on his porch last year has been sentenced to at least 17 years in prison. Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder in August for killing Renisha McBride outside his home in Dearborn Heights in Detroit, Michigan home in the early hours of November 2.
  • GOP's Terri Lynn Land Gains Momentum in Michigan Sen Race with 'Michigan First' Message

    09/03/2014 8:01:32 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A perfect storm is brewing in Michigan that may propel a Republican into the U.S. Senate seat Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), a Democrat, has held since 1979. Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s ex-Secretary of State and a Republican National Committeewoman, is running her U.S. Senate campaign on an aggressive conservative populist message that seems more fit for red state Republicans than a Republican running in a bluish-purple state like Michigan. A national mood against President Barack Obama is hurting Democrats, especially those who don’t have the luxury of incumbency like Land’s opponent Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). Package all that together with...
  • Teacher’s Union Misses Millions

    09/02/2014 8:38:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 1, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently, some teacher’s union officials have taken too much public school math. michigan outline “On a Saturday in May, members of the Michigan Education Association held a walk in Midland bringing attention to public school funding,” the Michigan-based Mackinac Center reports in the organization’s July/August report. “They claim education funding is down nearly $19 million in the greater Midland area in the last four years.” “MEA president Steve Cook has claimed that Michigan’s public school budget has been cut by $1 billion. The problem is that these claims are not true.” “State spending on public education actually increased $800 million...
  • Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case (Christian Arabs: Qureshi, Rezkalla, Mayel)

    09/01/2014 10:05:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    CBN ^ | September 01, 2014
    A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet. In response, Wayne County authorities threatened to ticket the Christian group if they did not leave. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed county authorities, ruling 2-1 that police were only trying to keep public order. "The video from the 2012 festival demonstrates that (evangelists') speech and conduct intended...
  • Rogers: Obama’s inertia on Syria-Islamic State part of foreign policy plan empowering rivals

    08/31/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations. “It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday." “The world sees the United States as withdrawn.” Rogers said the president’s apparent disengagement or slow response is the reason China has engaged U.S. pilots and Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved into eastern Ukraine without fear of consequence. “U.S. foreign policy is...
  • Colbeck ( MI ) offers patient-centered solution in place of Medicaid Expansion

    07/17/2013 4:08:32 PM PDT · by taildragger · 24 replies
    Sen. Patrick Colbeck's Homepage ^ | Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | Colbeck Staff
    LANSING, Mich. – Today Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, introduced the first of two bills to enact a patient-centered healthcare plan to provide a free market alternative that expands access to quality care without expanding government. SB 459 provides the regulatory infrastructure that would enable a low cost, high quality care, free market environment within the confines of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The second bill, which will be introduced shortly, would convert current Medicaid enrollees to low cost, high quality Qualified Health Plans featuring Direct Primary Care Services and High Deductible Health Plans wrapped within a Health Savings Account. The...
  • Justin Amash’s Michigan Primary Battle Is One for the Soul of the GOP

    05/12/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Think of every area where the GOP has strayed from its conservative roots. The bailouts. TARP. Out-of-control government spying. Job-killing corporate cronyism. There is one man in Congress consistently saying “no” to making government bigger and less accountable. His name is Justin Amash, and the establishment has taken notice. Big business wants to ensure voters elect Republicans who will keep the perks flowing -- from taxpayers’ bank accounts and right to their pockets. They’ve even created a feel-good way to describe such a Republican: Pro-business. And that’s exactly the kind of guy they’ve found in Amash’s primary challenger. Amash goes...
  • Governor Palin Lights Up ‘Patriots in the Park’ in Michigan

    07/14/2012 7:52:25 PM PDT · by Bratch · 28 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 14, 2012 | Adrienne Ross
    Governor Palin spoke today in Belleville, Michigan at Americans for Prosperity’s Patriot’s in the Park tea party event. The Detroit News reports , “Sarah Palin brings positive energy, message to tea party faithful”: Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin told an energized crowd of supporters Saturday to keep up hope going into the election season. “I don’t want you to be bummed, I don’t want you to lose courage and I don’t want you to lose hope and faith that things can be turned around, though the challenges do seem daunting,” Palin told a cheering crowd...
  • Dem’s Try to Use FCC to Censor Anti-Obamacare Ads

    02/24/2014 7:51:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    What do Democrats do when a hard-hitting anti-Obamacare ad threatens the electoral prospects of a Democrat Congressman? Well… You unleash the lawyers. With any luck, you might even be able to use the weight of the FCC to muscle local stations into denying the ad any air time. Because, obviously, using government regulatory agencies to strong arm broadcasters into censoring political advertisements, is a tactic in total compliance with the intent of the First Amendment. Julia Boonstra is currently suffering from Leukemia. And, until the implementation of Obamacare, she had insurance coverage that provided her with desired benefits. In fact,...
  • $1.84/gal gas Obama Protest

    10/03/2012 1:20:35 PM PDT · by Rural_Michigan · 20 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 10/3/2012 | Zane McMillin
    BYRON CENTER, MI — Jolene Helms, standing in pajamas and a sweatshirt, was all smiles early Wednesday morning as she filled up her car for $1.84 a gallon. Helms, a 20-year-old from Grand Rapids, rose early with a friend to fill up at the Marathon station at 8391 Byron Center Ave. SW, where the jaw-dropping price was being offered as part of a political stunt highlighting President Barack “Obama’s Failing Agenda.” “I was floored,” Helms said as a volunteer for the anti-Obama group Americans for Prosperity, pumped her gas. “I called my boyfriend and said, ‘I got 10 gallons for...
  • Conservative Group Takes Sides in Michigan G.O.P. Primary (Amash)

    02/14/2014 5:58:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | 2/13/14 | Nicholas Confessore
    The country’s biggest conservative political organization announced Wednesday that it was diving into a bitter Republican primary in Michigan, its first such intervention into the broader battle between GOP-leaning business groups and Tea Party conservatives. The group, Americans for Prosperity, will spend about $230,000 on advertisements thanking Representative Justin Amash, for fighting against President Obama’s signature health care law, officials there said — a shot across the bow of establishment donors who are rallying behind his challenger, Brian Ellis. The ads do not attack Mr. Ellis, and officials at Americans for Prosperity said the commercial should not be construed as...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Republican Friend in Michigan

    08/25/2014 1:40:20 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 25 August 14 | Unknown
    Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder is slated to speak at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention. Jimmy Carter is delivering the keynote, which should tell us what the tone of the convention will be: http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2014/08/23/President-Jimmy-Carter-to-be-keynote-speaker-at-Muslim-convention.html In 2011, Snyder spoke at an event sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR): http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20110323/POLITICS02/103230392/1022/Census-shows-Michigan-needs-immigrants–Snyder-says Both CAIR and ISNA were unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history, the U.S. v the Holy Land Foundation, in which the defendants were convicted on all counts. Both CAIR and ISNA were identified as Muslim Brotherhood organizations in captured documents...
  • The Hardest Place for Us to Take Our Special Needs Child? Our Church

    08/25/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 123 replies
    life news ^ | Jesi Smith
    I am new to this journey. My daughter Faith is only 5 years old. She is mentally and physically disabled, still small enough to carry, quiet . . . mostly, and has not developed the larger, louder, and strange movements and sounds that many older people who are mentally and physically disabled seem to develop as they try to express themselves – yet. We have taken our daughter to concerts, plays, movie theatres, political speeches, pro-life fundraisers and community events, and spend a lot of time in hallways and lobbies when she does get loud. However, we’ve found that the...
  • Convicted Murderers set Free in a City Near You

    08/24/2014 2:44:45 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 19 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 22 August 2014 | Carolyn May
    GROUP IDENTIFIES TOWNS ASSOCIATED WITH RELEASES OF IMMIGRANTS CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE Cities and Towns Associated with Convicted Murderers Freed by ICE in 2013 Alaska (2) Anchorage 2 Arizona (3) Phoenix 1 Buckeye 1 Tucson 1 California (48) Los Angeles 6 Pomona 3 San Jose 3 Glendale 2 Sacramento 2 Beverly Hills 1 Huntington Park 1 San Pedro 1 Montrose 1 Pacoima 1 Reseda 1 Burbank 1 N. Hollywood 1 Chino Hills 1 S. El Monte 1 La Puenta 1 Rosemead 1 Oceanside 1 Vista 1 Adelanto 1 Murrieta 1 Irvine 1 Westminster 1 Anaheim 1 Fullerton 1 Garden Grove 1...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • U.S.: Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters owes $250K for fraud

    08/23/2014 6:46:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Daily News ^ | 21 August 2014
    A cleric in Dearborn well known with supporters of the militant group ISIS owes a quarter of a million dollars in restitution and other charges stemming from his fraud convictions ... Ahmad Jebril, 43, who has gained an international following amongst ISIS fighters and sympathizers, is on probation soon after serving 6˝ years in prison. Just after being released in 2012, he has used social media to turn out to be what authorities say is the most well known religious leader for Islamists from the West fighting for ISIS, also recognized as ISIL or the Islamic State. ... The Centre...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Nascar SCS Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan Intl Speedway Sunday August 17 on ESPN at 1:00 PM ET

    08/13/2014 8:05:35 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 114 replies
  • Obama’s Economy In Action! Data Shows Cash For Clunkers Was An Epic Debacle

    08/10/2014 2:43:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-10-14 | Eric Owens
    “Cash for Clunkers,” the 2009 Obama administration stimulus program designed to spend $2.85 billion to jumpstart the auto industry, turned out to be a complete disaster — for the auto industry. In the minds of Obama’s team of advisers and economists, the program made total sense, of course. The plan was to dangle a $4,500 credit to persuade car owners to trade in their older automobiles for new cars with better fuel efficiency. It would stimulate an economy then in the midst of a deep recession. As a bonus, it would mean less oil consumption and cleaner-running cars. The law...
  • Justin Amash Quells an Establishment Revolt: The tea-party incumbent wins handily

    08/06/2014 7:24:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    A libertarian, tea-party congressman just rolled to reelection in a congressional district that is home to some of the wealthiest people in the business wing of the Republican party. Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) was outspent by his opponent, Brian Ellis, who had the support of the Chamber of Commerce and other House Republicans, but it was never even a tight race. “It’s been a pretty significant lead for the congressman throughout,” a Republican consultant and pollster in Michigan unaffiliated with either campaign told National Review Online Monday. As of this writing, Amash enjoys a comfortable double-digit lead, garnering 57...
  • ‘I Was Not Going to Cower,’ Says Homeowner Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Teen

    08/06/2014 1:08:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 5, 2014 | Caroline Bankoff
    In November 2013, 54-year-old Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm for fatally shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride on the front porch of his suburban Detroit home. McBride, who had been drinking heavily and smoking pot that night, wound up at Wafer's door after wandering away from the scene of a late-night car accident several hours before. (Witnesses said she appeared "disoriented.") Prosecutors and McBride's family say she was clearly looking for help. Wafer said that he acted in self-defense, having taken the noise McBride was making outside for a sign that someone was trying...
  • Meet a Town That's Had Enough of Militarized Policing

    08/05/2014 3:25:31 PM PDT · by bamahead · 56 replies
    Reason ^ | Aug. 5, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    <p>Barry Township, Michigan, with a population of about 4,000, has four full-time police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two armored personnel carriers (free, courtesy of the Defense Department's 1033 program)—and, until recently, about three dozen unpaid but armed and empowered reserve police officers patrolling the streets. All those cops need to find something to do with themselves, and many of the people of Barry Township are more than a bit bent out of shape that they've been on the receiving end of that something.</p>
  • Rep. Ellison Explains Anti-Iron Dome Funding Vote: ‘Because We Need A Cease-fire’ (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates and News ^ | August 3 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Over the weekend, both the Senate and the House approved $225M in funding for the Iron Dome. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and by a 395 to 8 vote. Opposition to the funding of the Iron Dome demonstarted an unfortunate bi-partisan measure – four Democrats and four Republicans voted against it. The four Democrats were Keith Ellison (MN-05), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim Moran (VA-08), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16); The four Republicans were Justin Amash (MI-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01). Rep. Ellison explains vote on “Meet the Press”: “Because a ceasefire...
  • Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

    08/03/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/14 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure. “Because a cease-fire is what we...
  • ‘My Parents Open Carry’ – a 2nd Amendment lesson for kids – has liberal heads exploding

    08/03/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | August 3 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    (See Site for Tweets and Video Book Trailer) A children’s book published by the co-founders of Michigan Open Carry portraying a family day out while the parents sport holstered handguns has liberal tongues wagging all over the Internet. “My Parents Open Carry” was written by Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew to provide an overview of Second Amendment rights and the practice of openly carrying firearms. The book is described this way on its website: “Come join 13-year-old Brenna Strong along with her mom, Bea, and her dad, Richard, as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together....
  • Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., gives speech in front of man whose kilt was a bit too revealing [photo]

    08/03/2014 12:53:38 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 3, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
  • Owners of Dogs that Killed Livonia Jogger In the Country Illegally

    07/31/2014 4:46:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Patch.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Beth Dalbey
    The owners of two dogs that mauled and killed jogger from Livonia last week are in the country illegally and have been fighting deportation proceedings for several years, according to media reports. Now, Albania national Valbona Lacaj, 44, and her Italian husband, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, may face involuntary manslaughter charges, the Detroit Free Press reports. Their Cane Corso dogs attacked and killed Craig Sytsma, 46, as he jogged past the couple’s Metamora home on July 23. It was the third attack by the large Italian dogs – mastiff-type dogs the American Kennel Club describes as “noble, majestic and powerful in...
  • Mich. (Illegal) couple charged with murder after dogs fatally maul jogger

    08/01/2014 8:51:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 1, 2014
    A couple whose two dogs mauled a jogger on a rural Michigan road have been charged with murder, reports CBS Detroit....In addition to the murder charges, federal authorities said Quagliata and Lucaj are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally. A report in the Detroit Free Press stated they were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack. It is unclear if their citizenship status will affect their trial.Authorities said it was the third attack by the dogs in the past two years. The couple was apparently breeding dogs at their property, officials said.
  • Single Michigan mom, 24, with two jobs wins $66 MILLION lottery

    08/01/2014 4:52:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/31/14 | Sasha Goldstein
    Kelsey Zachow bought the ticket on Friday the 13th last month, but didn't even know she had the winning slip until 11 days later. The mom of a 7-month-old, Zachow will take home $27 million in the lump sum payment after taxes, and plans to quit her jobs.
  • Murdered teen April Millsap’s final ominous text ‘OMG I think I’m being kidnapped’

    07/31/2014 10:07:21 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    news.com.au ^ | July 30, 2014 | Fox
    THE family of a teenager murdered while walking her dog on a nature trail believe she may have known her killer. Police said Michigan schoolgirl April Millsap, 14, texted her boyfriend “OMG ... I think I’m being kidnapped” to her boyfriend just before her death. A couple walking the well-known Macomb Nature Trail in Armada, just north of Detroit, found April’s body last Thursday night. Her dog Penny was standing guard. It later emerged the dog had repeatedly approached other hikers before successfully leading the couple to her body.
  • Bay City (MI) facility to house Central American children, teen refugees beginning in August

    07/31/2014 4:23:39 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Andrew Dodson
    BAY CITY, MI — Wellspring Lutheran Services has secured a federal contract to provide short-term shelter at its Bay City facility for unauthorized immigrant children and teens from Central America. Wellspring CEO David Gehm said Thursday, July 31, that the nonprofit is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan to provide care and services for the undocumented youths. According to Gehm, 24 boys and girls, ages 6-13, will be housed at Wellspring's Bay City facility at 304 N. Tuscola Road. That facility currently serves as a foster home for teens who are transitioning into independent living. Those youths will be...
  • Release Your Whys And Let Your ( (( Constant )) ) Abide In Peace

    07/29/2014 2:21:14 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 7-29-14 | Jedediah
    My ways are not your ways , do not the planets hang in their places and move at my very command and will ?! So is your life that revolves around me, so do not fight my will for you for this friction will wear you to dust . "Release" your soul, spirit and life completely into my life and leave ALL your whys to me . I AM your ( (( constant )) ) and eternal and my path for you is irrevocable by the enemy if you remain in My will that is your "True Path" . Fast...
  • Unions weep: After becoming RTW state, Michigan incomes rise

    07/27/2014 4:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 27, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic. “There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes. And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the “little guy” as ruthless bosses would exploit...
  • Michael Moore, movie-making critic of capitalism, has nine homes [$50 million net worth]

    07/26/2014 1:44:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Filmmaker Michael Moore, the outspoken political activist whose documentary-style movies frequently condemn capitalism, reportedly owns nine different homes — including a $2 million mansion in Torch Lake, Michigan. The Smoking Gun first reportedMr. Moore’s house collection. Among Mr. Moore’s homes are the 10,000-square-foot lakefront residence in Michigan and a condominium in Manhattan that was once split into three separate condos, the Detroit News reported. He also owns seven other residences at various locations. Mr. Moore’s holdings were revealed in divorce papers from his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn. CelebrityNetWorth.com lists the couple’s collective wealth at $50 million.
  • Geneticists call for better draft sequences

    10/11/2009 8:13:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Nature News ^ | 8 October 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    Proposed rankings would classify genomes by completeness and quality.Scientists have proposed classifying genome sequences into six groups, based on their quality.A. Sumner / Science Photo Library Researchers who have mapped a species' genome need to be more explicit about the quality of their sequence, says an international team of genome researchers."People generating these sequences should discriminate a bit more between the products that they provide to the rest of the scientific community," says Patrick Chain of the Joint Genome Institute at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico who is first author of a policy paper on genomic standards...