Monday, February 28, 2005

State needs to tell dummies sensible stuff!

Pardon my paranoia, but this editorial from our beloved Chronicle scares the goobers out of me. I've always known that the editorialists were socialist leaners, but "positioning unified government to make the most sensible planning decisions for the greater good of the community" simply means taking away the rights of the citizens of those communities and giving the power to an unelected bureaucratic morass. And this is after those communities have rejected that "sensible" usurpation of their own rights. I guess us locals aren't nuanced or sensible enough to make our own decisions. Jeeze.

State has to take the lead role on consolidation:

"Greater Muskegon community, and to a lesser extent North Ottawa, have in the past tried to move toward consolidation. Why? Because it is perhaps the ultimate step to eliminating bureaucratic overlap, deleting repetitive jobs, enjoying serious cost-savings in purchasing and other combined functions, and positioning
unified government to make the most sensible planning decisions for the greater
good of the community"

The pirates of eminent domain

This has stopped creeping and is beginning to gallup into every community. Scary!

Jeff Jacoby: The pirates of eminent domain:

"Every home, church, or corner store would produce more jobs and tax revenue if it were a Costco or a shopping mall, he says. If state and local governments can force a property owner to surrender his land so it can be given to a new owner who will put it to more lucrative use, no home or shop in America will ever be safe

A must read!

Fascinating view of the new world we must deal with. Read the last 2 sentences.

Book Review: What
Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis
"The Muslim world's stubborn embrace of slavery further eviscerated its
predominance. He explains the religion's duplicitous regulation of the slave
trade. Islamic law stipulates humane treatment of slaves, but not surprisingly,
the policy was only sporadically followed. Mr. Lewis relates how it was Western
pressure that eliminated or at least severely curtailed slavery through Islamic
regions. Realized threats of reduced or cancelled commercial intercourse forced
a discontinuation of the brutal practice, but damage had already been done by
lost trade. The abolishment happened against the will of strict Islamic
adherents because as Mr. Lewis writes, 'From a traditional
Muslim point of view, to abolish slavery would hardly have been possible. To
forbid what God permits is almost as great an offense to permit what God

Social Security idiocy

Thomas Sowell is one of the great thinkers of our day. In three sentences, he destroys the "higher taxes today equals security tomorrow" debate.

Raising Social Security taxes today will not leave a dime more to pay pensions
to future retirees. Right now there is more money coming into the system than is
going out -- and the difference gets spent on other things. Higher taxes now
would mean a bigger excess to be spent on other things, leaving nothing more for
the future.
Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Carmens' lesson?

Take paradise and put up a parking lot? A major reason for the current Muskegon troubles is the policy of getting rid of taxpaying businesses and replacing them with public ownership. Now, and what a surprise, Carmen's is going to move into a building that is tax subsidized. Good luck to Carmen's, but when will someone recognize this self-destructive policy?
Smell of hash browns will fill old building

In October 2003, the popular downtown diner was forced to abandon its long-standing location in the Medical Arts Building at Clay and Second Street, when the building was demolished for added parking for the Muskegon Museum of Art. The new location is two blocks east of the old one.
Smell of hash browns will fill old building

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hillary the Holy Grail?

Does this Democrat/MSM love affair with the Hillary-For-President juggernaut remind anyone of their same infatuation with Teddy Kennedy back in the 60s and 70s?
Both from Democrat "royalty".
Both related to "Camelot" Presidents.
Both with prickly issues in their past.
Both with a compliant MSM tossing softballs so that any tough questions/issues won't be addressed until after the nomination, a la Kerry.
Both so far ahead in the polls that serious candidates dare not stand up to the Royalty.
Both had/have Hollywood frothing with hopeful glee.
Not a whole lot different from the MSM's love affair with the McCain-For-President pipe dream except the GOPers won't bite.
Serious democrats must be getting a serious sense of uncomfortable deja vu.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Another outrage from the French!

Betsy reports the news the MSM ignores. The blogs rule again. Sad that this is how we get the news today.

Andrea Levin in the Jerusalem Post highlights another journalistic
outrage, one that hasn't received the coverage and reaction from the television
network, France 2, that it deserves. Remember those pictures of a Palestinian
boy and his father cowering during a firefight in the Mideast. Remember how the
implication was that the Israeli soldiers had killed the boy.

Fox News Poll!

It's President's Day and FoxNews found this of import during their "News Break": (I'm paraphrasing) "A new poll just out names President Lincoln as America's best President. The poll also shows that if he (Lincoln) were to run against Bush, Lincoln would win by 20%."
Golly, I wonder how Bush would do against Spiderman. The Pope. A really olden times, dead Pope. Which Beatle would do better against Bush?
ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, E, MTV wouldn't surprise. I expect more from FoxNews.


Real specific on where they will spend the new money. Not so specific as to how they spent the old money.

focuses on getting out vote for millage

Sunday, January 11, 2005

ByTeresa Taylor Williams

When Mona Shores Superintendent Terry Babbitt gave an impassioned speech about the need to pass an upcoming millage to the audience at Monday's school board meeting, one would have thought he was preaching to the choir.
After all, the audience was comprised primarily of school district staff.

Chronicle avoids the bull's-eye

Ya gotta "love" how the Chronicle editorial writers waffle between endorsing Bush's actions and just observing. Kind of gutless on their part.

President George W. Bush, in his historic 2002 State of the Union message
that set the tone for U.S. foreign policy in this young decade, singled out an
"Axis of Evil" that included Iraq, Iran and North Korea. He did not mention
Syria, but he might just as well have made it four of a kind....
How will this all play out? Our guess is that Syria is right up there on the Bush hit
role in terror places it right in bull's-eye

Mona Shores measures would go toward school repairs, busing system

This from the Chronicle. All in all, not a terrible article but they just happen (by mistake, of course) not to mention that the total amount per student is up 61%from 10 years ago.
They've taken in an enormous amount of money and it is all gone! Maybe we ought to address the phrase that "none dare speak" ...... What is the total compensation package (salary, benefits, retirement, buy-outs, etc.) that the teachers earn and how has it grown in the last ten years? If everyone is afraid to even address teacher compensation the cost of local education will continue to skyrocket. 61% increase/student in the last 10 years! and they're out of money?

Mona Shores measures would go toward school repairs, busing system
Sunday, February 20, 2005

By Teresa Taylor Williams CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
Seventh-graders Molly Jensen and Jordan Tejchma say they are "embarrassed"
at the condition of their school. When it rains, many students and staff at
Mona Shores Middle School find themselves dodging drips from the ceiling, and
pails on the floors of several classrooms and in hallways. A couple of
ceiling tiles are turning black and moldy, like those in the choir wing and one
in Lauri Williams' eighth-grade English class. Tejchma said two ceiling tiles
fell in from the weight of rainwater in two different classes. "It's bad
because when other people come here, they probably think we can't afford a new
roof," he said. The 20-year-old deteriorating roofs at Mona Shores Middle
and Ross Park Elementary schools, along with new buses, are the big-ticket items
that school officials are asking the community to finance in the district's
millage proposal that will be before voters Tuesday. The middle school roof
alone costs $900,000, and school officials hope to spend $600,000 on new buses
over the next five years. .....
......In the past three years, the school board has slashed $3.2 million from the general fund, including more than 30 staff positions. Cutbacks have been the order of business for most Michigan public schools during the past few years. The last three years, school boards have been promised an increase in state per-pupil funding, but the amount Michigan schools receive from the state has been
. The cost of health-care benefits for staff is rising, and has
become a source of heated contract negotiations in some districts.

MonaShores measures would go toward school repairs, busing system

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tsunami uncovers ancient city!

I wonder what would be uncovered if we had a tsunami on Muskegon Lake.

Tsunami Uncovers Ancient City in India
- AP

MAHABALIPURAM, India - Archaeologists have begun underwater
excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple
uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.


Parents say Y vandalism suspects are 'not bad kids'

Notice that the kids aren't really at fault, the parents aren't really at fault but a government supported "activity center" is the answer.

Evens said the area needs more programs like those at the activity
center "to give kids an opportunity to find out who they are." Children "need a
lot more love and a lot more guidance."
say Y vandalism suspects are 'not bad kids'

Thursday, February 17, 2005

The new Democrat chairman!

Already it begins. This can't be making the rank and file democrat too happy.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Howard Dean, the new chairman of the Democratic National
Committee, requested a media blackout of a debate with top Pentagon adviser
Richard Perle, then quickly changed his mind Wednesday after news agencies

"DNC Chair Howard Dean has declared a news blackout of his
appearance and requested the media not quote, record, and/or paraphrase his
remarks," event coordinator Gabrielle Williams wrote in an e-mail sent to news
agencies Wednesday morning. "We apologize for the late notice, but we were just
informed of this request."

Less than two hours later, Williams called to
say: "We were told just a few minutes ago that it is now open" for media
coverage. The decision to open Thursday's debate came roughly 30 minutes after
an inquiry by The Associated Press.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - U.S. Headlines

Send this to the Chronicle editors!

Susan Estrich blasts the LA Times for their lack of female voices in their editorials/commentaries. Let the war begin!

"I have been trying, quietly, to force the editors there to address it - but
things have gone from bad to worse under the leadership of the new opinion
editor, Michael Kinsley, who replaced an African American woman, and now has
three men in the top jobs, and 90 percent men writing for his section. Need I
add that none of these men are from Southern California; Michael doesn't even
live here.

Washington Examiner: Top News

PM: Debunking The 9/11 Myths - Mar. 2005 Cover Story

This is a great reference to counter the myths of 9-11.
PM: Debunking The 9/11 Myths - Mar. 2005 Cover Story

Michael Jackson?

Does anyone think he'll ever last through a full trial? No way.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Does the Chronicle really care about Norton Shores?

Has the Chronicle ever seen a tax increase they didn't endorse? They've certainly let their readers know they fear any city/township with lower tax rates than Muskegon. Is it their compassion for the undertaxed NSers or would they support anything they thought would reduce the advantage of others over the city of Muskegon?

Second Norton charter try had better be good
Sunday, February 06, 2005
The city of Norton Shores is getting ready for another try at raising its
property tax rate to a level where it can continue to provide basic services.

Although voters rejected charter revision once, and specific millage
proposals twice before that, city officials are planning to go back to the
voters this November for approval of a revised charter and a hike in the city's
8.2-mill property tax rate.

We know that no one really wants to cut
services in Norton Shores any more than they already have, and we commend the
city and charter commission officials for reaching out to the people in ways
that haven't been tried before.
Norton charter try had better be good

Mona Shores Millage vote

The Mona Shores School system has really, really gotten a big increase in revenue in the last 10 years. Where did it all go? I got the numbers from their web site. Please correct me if I'm incorrect anywhere.

1992-1993 2002-2003 Increase
Expenditures $16,705,000 $31,673,000 89.6%
# of students 3558 4193 17.8%
$ per student $4695 $7553 61%

It seems like an accounting would be warrented before the vote passes


The Chronicle implores Norton Shores not kick the City of Muskegon "out of the lifeboat". NS isn't in a lifeboat, Muskegon is. Maybe the Chronicle could advise the real lifeboat residents to cut spending, cut taxes, fire the incompetents who continue to scare business away and scare parents away from their schools.

Legislature is the roadblock to state's economy

"What about other county libraries?

There was some of Greater Muskegon's special brand of provincialism at work in Roosevelt Park's decision last week to opt out of the struggling Muskegon County Library system.

Five of the city council's seven members apparently see better options,
including becoming part of a much smaller library district with Norton Shores,
headquartered in Norton's branch library on Seminole Road.

That might have advantages, financial and otherwise, for the people of Norton Shores and Roosevelt Park, such as "less taxes, better service and total local control," as Norton Shores Councilwoman Vicki Broge says. But it would cripple and maybe kill the rest of the county library system. ...........

We appeal to Norton Shores, one of the county's leading
communities, to recognize that libraries are one of the things that bind our
larger community together, empower its citizens, and better their lives. This is
the time for that city to show leadership, not kick their struggling neighbors
out of the lifeboat."