Saturday, May 31, 2008
"Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has vetoed $250,000 set aside by the City Council to pay for lawyers to try to remove him from office amid a text-messaging sex scandal."
Friday, May 30, 2008
By its past and present actions, by its technological capabilities, by the merciless nature of its regime, Iraq is unique. As a former chief weapons inspector of the U.N. has said, 'The fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime, itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.'"
"None the less I'm a strong supporter of MCain. Despite my very Libertarianish tendencies.
Make it harder for you to vote for McCain? You have no idea how hard it is for me to vote for the crap the GOP serves up to me. But you know there is a fookin' war on and my pet issues can wait until our civilization is properly secured."
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"Conservative grassroots group Grassfire.org wants people to waste as much energy as possible on June 12 by 'hosting a barbecue, going for a drive, watching television, leaving a few lights on, or even smoking a few cigars.'
The point: the group wants to 'help Americans break free from the 'carbon footprint guilt' being imposed by Climate Alarmists.'"
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
When I worked as a leader writer for an American paper I was embarrassed when I was told that it was official policy not to trust any item in any British paper except the FT."
Not quite. Six months later one-third of the expected revenues have vanished as the state's economy continues to struggle. Income tax collections are falling behind estimates, as are property tax receipts and those from the state's transaction tax on home sales.
Michigan is now in the 18th month of a state-wide recession, and the unemployment rate of 6.9% remains far above the national rate of 5%. Ms. Granholm blames the nationwide mortgage meltdown and higher energy prices for the job losses and disappearing revenues, but this Great Lakes state is in its own unique hole. Nearby Illinois (5.4% jobless rate) and even Ohio (5.6%) are doing better.
Leon Drolet, the head of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, complains that 'we are witnessing the Detroit-ification of Michigan.' By that he means that the same high tax and spend policies that have hollowed out the Motor City are now infecting many other areas of the state."
The Democratic-led House passed the ban by a 74-32 vote late Tuesday.
The Republican-controlled Senate has approved similar legislation.
But Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm doesn't support the bill and might veto it because it doesn't include an exception for the health of the mother, setting the scene for a possible override showdown."
"A new report says climate change could worsen a litany of problems plaguing the Great Lakes, from low water levels to depleted fish populations.
The report was released Wednesday by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, which represents more than 100 advocacy groups."
"The two-way immersion program, in which students are taught primarily in Spanish,"
This isn't an "immersion" program , it's teaching kids in Spanish!
And using the poor kids as a reason to hire extra teacher aids.
Classic garbage from a garbage school system.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"Your next president is not a smart man."
Your next president is not a smart man.
Rupert keeps telling me not to be so sure Obama’s going to win in November. I keep telling Rupert he doesn’t read enough conservative blogs and thus doesn’t realize how many conservatives are so tired of getting “poked in the eye” and “stabbed in the back” that they’re gonna take their “principles” all the way to nowhere on Election Day by sitting home or voting third-party rather than voting for McCain, which is the ONLY WAY to keep Obama out of office. But they’re just Na. Ga. Da. (not gonna do it). Because they want to “punish” the Republican party. Teach them a lesson!
Sorry, I know lots of you who feel that way are very wonderful people who I really do respect, but I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: I think your plan is shitty. You’re going to get Obama elected, you realize that right? If you’re cool with that, more power to you, but I for one will NOT welcome my new Dumbass Overlord Obama. There are two new reasons for that today.
First: He has no fuckin’ clue what Memorial Day is for.
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
That’s via Hot Air, where you can also see that when McCain pointed out the error, this was the response:
Obama’s camp declined to hit back, with spokesman Bill Burton saying “Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation’s veterans, not a day for political posturing.”
Jesus on a battlestar. We have a whole holiday to honor veterans; it’s called VETERAN’S DAY. Memorial Day is for the ones who died while serving, and it’s a pretty simple concept, and you’d think presidential candidate would be capable of making that distinction but you’d be so wrong.
Second, via Ace of Spades, on the same venerated day:
…Obama also spoke about his uncle, who was part of the American brigade that helped to liberate Auschwitz…
Oy. I wonder how the Russians feel about that, seeing as how they’re the ones who liberated Auschwitz, not the Americans. Maybe Obama identifies so deeply with the Red Army that he has conflated things in his wee little brain.
This month also is when college admissions officers start sizing up their numbers for the fall. Their hope: that amid a bad economy, they guessed correctly on the number of admitted students who will follow through and enroll."
Interesting that the cost to the student/family/taxpayer isn't even a consideration to thie "journalist".
Not to mention the quality of the "product" as 60% of their students (custoners) don't graduate....... total waste of money and time.
And a dream.... thanks "kollege" lobby...
"There were two obvious problems with the tale: Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Army, and Obama’s American mother was an only child."
"The center's blueprint for saving the polar bear is ambitious and complex. It includes:
● Challenging offshore oil and gas leasing in Alaska within six months.
● Launching a large-scale challenge to the licensing of coal-fired power plants around the country sometime after that.
● Finally, challenging large-scale, local government development plans in major cities.
These efforts would be in the name of reducing greenhouse gases that many scientists are now linked to the breakup of the Arctic-area sea ice on which polar bears live."
Democrats must now choose between high energy prices and new production
By Gretchen RandallDate: May 27, 2008Issue:
U.S. House Republicans last week introduced 15 bills to increase our domestic oil and gas production such as opening the offshore and ANWR, recycling spent nuclear fuel, credits to build coal-to-liquid plants, encourage building new refineries and continuing support for renewables such as wind and solar.
They also roll back the renewable fuel standards or ethanol requirements to the 2005 level instead of the ever increasing amount in the Democrat bill passed in 2007 and reduce the number of boutiques fuels.
Proposed legislation also waives the import tariff on imported sugar-based ethanol, repeals the limitation the Democrats placed on development of oil shale and repeals the ban of the use of tar sands, coal-to-liquid or shale oil by the military that Democrats enacted earlier.
More specifics on each of the bills can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov where most of the bills are now posted.
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
Let's hope that he didn't see any fallen heroes in the audience!
Add, this to the growing list of Obama gaffes."
"The latest carbon credits scheme - published in a parliamentary committee report - is squarely on the side of the believers. The idea is that everyone gets an annual carbon ration to spend on fuel and energy bills and, if you want to overspend, you buy credits from low carbon emitters.
It's just like the medieval trade in indulgences, where remission for sins was granted by the Church once the sinner confessed and received absolution. By the late Middle Ages, the system had grown corrupt, with professional pardoners selling indulgences by the bucketload.
The medieval market in indulgences ended with the Reformation. You can imagine the outcome of this market in modern sin. Oceans of sackcloth-and-ashes piety from those who underspend their carbon credit, and badly informed abuse for people who like flying abroad on holiday."
"I wonder when people last got widely and publicly ridiculed for not believing in God: probably not for several hundred years.
Nowadays, you'd get a slightly odd look for doing the opposite and expressly stating your faith. But, if you really want to know what it's like to be a 16th-century heretic, try saying you're a bit sceptical about man-made global warming.
Temperatures do seem to have gone up a little, even though environmentalists acknowledge that we might be in for a cool spell now. And we've certainly had our fair share of tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons recently. Still, no one has convincingly proved that all this is definitely man's fault. Try saying that in polite circles and it's like saying you're partial to roasted babies."
Here is what John McLean said, “The IPCC would have us believe that its reports are diligently reviewed by many hundreds of scientists and that these reviewers endorse the contents of the report. An analysis of the reviewers’ comments for the scientific assessment report by Working Group I show a very different and very worrying story.”—http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org
I have been unable to determine who chose the reviewers or why they were chosen. We know they were sworn to secrecy during the process and it continued after.
McLean again: The comments for Working Group I are the only set of reviewers’ comments to be made available to the public, and only then thanks to use of US Freedom of Information laws rather than a willingness on the part of the IPCC to allow people to examine the material.
On 60 occasions, promised action is prefaced with the words 'He will...' For example: 'He will...
...make sure homebuyers have honest and complete information about their mortgage options
...give a tax credit to all middle-class homeowners
...improve rural schools and attract more doctors to rural areas
...ban the permanent replacement of striking workers
...improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college
...provide incentives to give teachers paid common planning time so they can collaborate to share best practices
...stop the development of new nuclear weapons.'
The how of what he will do is absent."
"An 11-year-old boy has been injured when an eagle attacked him during a walk through the woods in Manistee County.
Radio station WKLA reports Alex Birch was attacked by the eagle about 9 p.m. Sunday in Copemish. He was treated at a local hospital for numerous cuts and scratches to his back, head and neck."
"The act, for one, requires the department to ensure that 'all actions authorized, funded or carried out' by all federal agencies aren't likely to 'result in the . . . adverse modification of habitat' of listed species.
This was odious enough when the presence of a few worthless snail darters was sufficient to derail massive public-works projects.
But because polar bears are now imperiled by global warming (officially, anyway), any carbon emissions anywhere in the country could conceivably be judged an illegal threat to their habitat."
Monday, May 26, 2008
"And they're trying to get her to cry uncle before the Democratic Party has to decide what to do in Florida and Michigan” – which the party would need to do “unless we want to lose the election. '"
Sunday, May 25, 2008
April 13, 2006
"I drove today to Scappoose Oregon to meet Karla Comfort, the mother of our fallen Hero L/Cpl John M Holmason and photographed the HMVEE she had painted as a tribute to her son and 9 others of his unit that gave their all in Iraq. Below I have included an article from Camp Pendleton CA. It was such an honor to have been able to photograph this work of love and be able to share it with all."
A nice story and a Super Mother. No wonder Karla had such a fine son.
"The public is invited to a 3 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for a monument to Muskegon's most famous air ace, Lt. Ira 'Ike' Kepford.
A three-quarter-scale replica of Kepford's fighter plane will be displayed on a pylon near the bow of LST-393, the World War II-era Navy tank-landing ship of D-Day fame berthed at Muskegon's Mart Dock that is undergoing conversion into a floating military museum."
Tribute to the American Flag & our Sevice Men & Women: "Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
"If you really believe the problem is not only enormous but pressing, you have only two options. One is to cut back emissions by radically reducing your energy use and thereby your economic activity. The other is to adopt nuclear power."
Friday, May 23, 2008
The move comes after a mediation session was held Thursday. School officials say that session was unproductive. The board also took a no-confidence vote in Grand Rapids Education Association president Paul Helder.
The dues are now taken out of teachers' paychecks by the district and forwarded to the union. It amounts to $57,000 every pay period, once every two weeks."
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"Michigan's six House Democrats voted for final passage.
The state's nine Republicans splintered, with seven voting for it and two against it.
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, called the bill a 'great example of bipartisan compromise' that would 'greatly' help sugar beet growers in her district.
In addition to Walberg and Miller, Republicans voting for the bill were Dave Camp of Midland; Fred Upton of St. Joseph; Mike Rogers of Brighton; Thad McCotter of Livonia and Pete Hoekstra of Holland.
In addition to Knollenberg, Republican Vern Ehlers of Grand Rapids voted against it.
Michigan's senators -- Carl Levin, D-Detroit, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing -- support the legislation."
"His name is Matthew, he is 26 years old, and his supporters hope to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights."
Well, liberals and democrats have "human rights". Why not include a smarter species?
"The Interior Department, bound by the Endangered Species Act, has declared polar bears a 'threatened' species because they might be endangered 'in the foreseeable future,' meaning 45 years. (Note: 45 years ago, the now-long-forgotten global cooling menace of 35 years ago was not yet foreseen.)"
"Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people:
'In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.'
The actual death toll: 12."
"In March, the Mona Shores Community Child Care Center ended the month in a $43,500 deficit."
They're broke but can't break the habit of never-ending spending.
We taxpayers must tighten our belts so big education can let theirs out.
"Grand Rapids police say a 34-year-old Kentwood man was killed after he was shot multiple times along a Southeast Side street Wednesday night, the first of two shooting deaths in Grand Rapids overnight."
Isn't it time we considered pulling out of Grand Rapids?
Maybe President Obama will have a nice chat with the murderers and everything will be nice again..... sorta like it is in Chicago......
"“Big” politics can be personal too."
Interesting insight from live dangerously. Everything we do is affected by politics at many levels.
Those who ignore that fact are giving away their own freedom.
Pigs At The Public Trough: So Much Pork Even The Dept. of Agriculture is Against The $300B Farm Bill
"Imagine if Michigan's struggling Big Three automakers suddenly struck this deal with Congress: The U.S. government would buy the Motor City's cars for roughly twice the world market price, then resell them at about an 80% loss."
If Big Oil continues to make statements that are easily proven as lies, things are gonna get worse for everyone.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"On Wednesday’s CBS 'Early Show' co-host Julie Chen took the relatively obscure milestone of Obama winning Tuesday’s Oregon primary, thereby getting the majority of pledged delegates, and declared that it was: 'An enormous day in American politics as Barack Obama inches closer to his dream.'"
Rolling back environmental safeguards and employing new drilling technologies would give energy companies access to 19 billion barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, administration officials said Wednesday."
-'I think most of the press people are in Obama's demographic. ... There have been times when I thought I was literally lost in a fun house.'"
-On accusations that he and Hillary have played the race card: "This was cold-blooded, calculated, manipulated and a revolting strategy
Johnson said he wished the police would be more proactive, such as patrolling when the club is about to close.
'It shouldn't take somebody to get killed, but it probably will to make things change,' he said"
'I was not aware that I had voted no,' he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he 'intended to vote yes"
In 2003, a whistle-blower forced San Diego to reveal that it had been shortchanging its city workers’ pension fund for years, setting off a wave of lawsuits, investigations and eventually criminal indictments.
"The mayor ended up resigning under a cloud. With the city’s books a shambles, San Diego remains barred from raising money by selling bonds. Cut off from a vital source of cash, it has fallen behind on its maintenance of streets, storm drains and public buildings. Potholes are proliferating and beaches are closed because of sewage spills."
But by one estimate, state and local governments owe their current and future retirees roughly $375 billion more than they have committed to their pension funds.
This is Muskegon, folks!
Jeepers.... no talk of adjusting pay and benefits for all those unionized employees.... like every other "business" in the WORLD.
Why are public employees exempt from the facts of life that every American must face?
Are our demo-legislators actually spies from indiana, Ohio and Illinois?
"I think this means he basically has to win either Ohio or Colorado. Not the odds-on bet you would expect in a Democratic year. ... See also Karl Rove's maps. [via RCP] ..."
McGeezer still will most likely find a way to kick out his conservatives but this math is interesting.
The land bank put up a $5,000 bond to stop condemnation on the Washington Street house, then put about $50,000 into improvements.
"In 2007, it purchased 21 properties off the tax reversion list. This year the board still is deciding how many properties in which to invest."
Our totally insolvent county tells us, endlessly, there are no places to cut spending but it somehow finds the money to fund the employees and improvements for their own tax payer funded, non-volunteer "habitat for humanity".
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Of course, the broadcasters have been losing audience share to cable for years -- but this season saw the most troubling year-to-year declines yet."
"For residents tired of that overgrown lot that resembles a minijungle next door, the city wants to help by trying to put high-grass violators behind bars.
City Council wants to beef up its existing high-grass and weeds law by making a second offense a fourth-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail."
"Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisor, is at it again. She is on a mission to save Obama from himself, insisting that he never promised to meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad–and that he never said without preconditions.
The bizarre additional explanation this time is that it was some other unnamed leader of Iran he may have had in mind for a get together. Two problems :1) it is a lie and 2) huh"
"What was missing from Friedman's piece... and amazingly and glaringly so... was the subject of many emails I have received from Jews and Jewish organizations - Jeremiah Wright. Although the fuddy-duddy Friedman titles his op-ed 'Obama and the Jews' there is not one word about the Democratic candidate spending twenty years in the pew of and taking the title of his book from an anti-Semitic admirer (even idolater) of the racist Louis Farrakhan."
The NYT may ignore this evil association, the 527s won't.
"Over the last 400,000 years the natural upper limit of atmospheric CO2 concentrations was about 300 ppm. Today, CO2 concentrations worldwide average about 370 ppm. Humans may be able to take credit for some of these additions, but not all of them. Earth's plant life will respond to soak up these additions with additional biologic activity, but this takes time. Meanwhile perhaps up to 9% of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere today may be attributable to human-related activities like agriculture, industry, and transportation. Compared to former geologic periods, concentrations of CO2 in our atmosphere are still very small and may not have a statistically measurable effect on global temperatures. For example, during the Ordovician Period 460 million years ago CO2 concentrations were 4400 ppm while temperatures then were about the same as they are today."
"In a bombshell announcement that brings the curtain down on one of the most storied careers in Staten Island political history, fifth-term Republican Rep. Vito Fossella will not seek re-election this fall."
Monday, May 19, 2008
"'We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,' Obama said.
'That's not leadership. That's not going to happen,' he added."
"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.
The next big question:
"is 72 degrees too hot or too cold?"
"Tony Kleibecker, the city's public safety director, figures officers can't absorb many more hours, although the tab for special events is paid by event promoters, not taxpayers."
"Adding 262,000 jobs in Texas over the last 12 months is almost like adding an entire new state the size of Wyoming (total state employment of 283,000) to the Texas economy. Even the construction sector in Texas is booming - 3,000 jobs were added in April, for a gain of 23,200 jobs over the year."
Maybe Michigan might ask what they're doin'?
"'We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,' Obama said."
"A newspaper reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's chief executive officer has been earning more than the national average for similar positions in the insurance industry."
I don't know if this guy is paid too much or not but the Freep reports this as if anyone earning more then the "national average" has done something wrong.
Aren't half of ALL executives paid more than "the national average"?
"Congress last year required more ethanol in the nation's fuel supply in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. But in its efforts to solve one problem, lawmakers created another."
And the same democrat liars who brought us the food price explosion tell us they will save the earth as they triple energy costs to us little people.
"Now it turns out that states have been goosing their financing arrangements to maximize their federal payouts and dump more of their costs onto taxpayers nationwide.
The swindle works like this: A state overpays state-run health-care providers, such as county hospitals or nursing homes, for Medicaid benefits far in excess of its typical rates. Then the federal government reimburses the state for 'half' of the inflated bills. Once the state bags the extra matching funds, the hospital is required to rebate the extra money it received at the scam's outset. Cash thus makes a round trip from states to providers and back to the states – all to dupe Washington."
And the democrat politicians want these people want to take over our entire healthcare system?
"The Wall Street Journal recently reported that last summer, Illinois Senator Barack Obama told officials in the Teamsters union that he favored ending the Independent Review Board (IRB) that was created in 1989 by the federal government to rid the union of organized crime. Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama, confirmed the story, saying that the candidate believed that the IRB had 'run its course' because 'organized crime influence in the union has drastically declined.' The Teamsters subsequently endorsed Obama for president, in late February."
"The names of over 31,000 American scientists that reject the theory of anthropogenic global warming are to be revealed on Monday.
Although this will occur at the National Press Club in Washington, DC., it seems a metaphysical certitude media will completely ignore the event."
"Cars promoted as eco-friendly were criticised yesterday for pumping out up to 56 per cent more carbon dioxide than the manufacturers claim.
Three models, including the Honda Civic hybrid, performed so badly in tests that their environmental claims were dismissed as a gimmick."
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Issues are of paramount importance to conservatives.
The political party is of value only as far as it will further the fulfillment of those issues.
The political party, and its leader, is a near "religious" experience for liberals.
Issues will be made more or less important in order to fit into the actions of the party and the behavior of its leaders.
I just watched the end of Indy 500 qualifying on TV.
And it always reminds me of my days as a caddy at Oakland Hill CC in B'Ham as a caddy.
We would listen to the 500 race in the caddy shack.... yup, the caddy shack and take "loops" to carry member's bags around the course.
Double loops meant two bags.... a heavy bitch well worth the money for a 14 year old!
When we waited for loops, we would sit around and shoot the sheet.... I was the youngest, so the 20-somethings were "gods".
Ah, the memories...
and yes, I had that exact same hat!
HS Asst Principal $105,000
Reduction in expenditures $100,000
Privatize Administrators $ 65,000
Tech Services Coord $ 80,000
Privatize Coaches $ 5,000
Reduction in Unemployment $125,000
Food Price Increase $ 95,000
Community Ed $200,000
Maintaince Position $ 51,000
Energy Savings $ 75,000
Supplies for Indiv Printers $15,000
Privatize Security $ 5,000
Privatize Pool Employees $100,000
Cut HS Secretary Position $50,000
Cut In-room suspension aid $30,000
Cut Business Assistant $50,000
Cut 2-hour clerks $30,000
Cut HS Career Resource $40,000
"Teater now works for a company that is working to make cell phones safer and easier to use, including technology that would sense when a phone is in 'driving' mode so a driver won't be distracted while behind the wheel.
Persuading Michigan lawmakers that a new law is needed won't be easy."
"a Geneva-based United Nations human rights investigator plans to come here next week to investigate whether racism plays a role in the presidential campaign, according to a statement released yesterday."
.......all of a sudden I realized: We're out on the goddamn runway," Alderete recalled. "We're in a gassed-up, seven-passenger van, and no one really knows who we are. We have an unobstructed path to the main runways, the commercial gates, the whole place. It was unbelievable."......
"Both the Port of Seattle and the federal Transportation Safety Administration reviewed the incident, including videotapes, and concluded their security system is sound."
And these people tell us the federal government can manage our healthcare?
"Dr. Kyoto, what are carbon offsets?
Carbon offsets allow rich people like movie stars, professional athletes and Al Gore not to change their carbon-intensive lifestyles while lecturing you to simplify yours so as to do your part to fight global warming. Basically, rich people pay someone else not to emit carbon in the future so they can go right on emitting it now. Next question."
"Muskegon Police were dispatched to the Spotlight, 441 W. Western, shortly before 1 a.m. on a shooting call"
What a "wonderful" addition to the rich cultural stew that the downtown leaders and their cronies at The Muskegon Chronicle are serving to the entire county.
"Countywide, there are 1,800 culverts, most of which are made of corrugated metal pipe and were installed in the late 1950s. Repair costs vary from a couple thousand dollars to more than $100,000, and costs typically are shared between the municipality and county, Hulka said. The Syers Road repair cost is estimated at $42,000."
This is BIG!
Our county is broke.
Our roads and culverts are BROKEN!
And our county and city leaders focus on EVERYTHING but the REAL problems of unending spending and a countywide anti-business attitude.
And the spending is almost entirely on over-compensated employees with insane retirement benefits and ever increasing pay and perks.
"As McCain’s inability to make any substantive inroads shows, the GOP’s dismal performance in ongoing SIPP Ratings continues to demonstrates the Party’s failure to grasp command of the Internet, which is taking an ever increasing market share from television, the principal medium for political campaigning."
The GOPers better wise up to this change from TV to Internet as the new medium.
Maybe someone ought to talk to a kid?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
"Now that Hillary is fading fast in Obama's rear view mirror we should take a look at some of his proposals for America. Let's start with health care. Here are his words on the subject from one of his speeches:
“We now face an opportunity — and an obligation — to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates… My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance, you will have it after this plan becomes law. No one will be turned away because of a preexisting condition or illness.”
— Barack Obama, Speech in Iowa City, IA, May 29, 2007"
"For the last 28 years, Democrats in Congress and a few Republicans have again and again opposed our drilling for oil in Alaska's ANWR area when we knew it contained at least 10 billion barrels of oil we could be using now."
Why isn't EVERY republican candidate for election at EVERY level not shouting out this FACT to their voters?
Our gasoline problems are not caused by "evil" oil companies or our own driving around!
Check out how Michigan compares with the rest of our competition (other states) in taxes.
Bummer, Jenny and the dems jest lookin' elsewhere...... bummer Michiganders....
"ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson said it’s “astonishing” that Bush keeps asking Saudi Arabia to pump more oil, rather than working harder for increased oil production at home.
Tillerson called this “terribly upside down,” and went on to say the president should be fighting to open U.S. coastal waters to drilling and production on the outer continental shelf. He correctly wants to end the federal moratorium on such off-shore drilling, where kajillions of barrels of oil and natural gas are being completely ignored."
"Why Is Obama's Foreign Policy Advisor Attempting To Shift Her Candidate's Weak Position On Meeting With Hostile Foreign Leaders?
Click Here To View Obama Versus His Advisor:
Today, Obama Foreign Policy Advisor Susan Rice Claimed That Obama Has Only Committed To Meeting With The 'Appropriate Leaders' Of Hostile Nations, Including Iran, At The 'Appropriate Time':"
"Two substantive political issues are the federal budget deficit and the war in Iraq. Now, if you're electing Democrats to control government spending, then you're marrying Angelina Jolie for her brains.
This leaves the Democrats with one real issue: Iraq. And so far the best that any Democratic presidential candidate has been able to manage with Iraq is to make what I think of as the high school sex promise: I will pull out in time, honest dear.'"
"Phosphorus is being rooted out of the home and garden, and a Michigan-wide ban may be in our future.
And our state is insolvent...... and we pay these bozos every day to come up with bans on lawn fertilizer.... and our state is insolvent...... and our roads are falling apart..... and our "legislators" fill their tiny world with more minutia.....
I'm getting sick and tired of this......
"The script reads something like this: Hollywood producers get a big tax break from Michigan, and the next thing you know they're blocking scenes in places like downtown Grand Rapids.....
But true to Hollywood form, this story takes a sudden and unexpected twist.
Turns out the program, which allows producers to get back up to 42 percent of their production costs, was so popular the cost overruns have state leaders playing the part of angry studio execs.
'It's probably costing more than we thought,' said State Treasurer Robert Klein.
Try millions more.
State budget officials discussed the problem, and other budget issues during Friday's revenue estimating conference. That's where lawmakers got a better look at the overall budget picture.
The bad news is the current budget is short by just under $44 million for the spending year ending in October. Projections for next year's budget put the shortfall at between $170 and $350 million."
Wow, and wait until Jenny and the Dems start REALLY "investing" our road-fix-up money in her eco-business contributors!
Thank "god" that Ted's 16 year, three children marriage to Joan was annulled by the wonderful Catholic Church.
Otherwise, if Teddy took that final Chappaquiddick Plunge he might have to spend eternity in "heck".
"US President George W. Bush said on Saturday that a hike in oil output by Saudi Arabia would not solve American energy problems. ......
'Our problem in America gets solved when we aggressively go for domestic exploration. Our problem in America gets solved if we expand our refining capacity, promote nuclear energy and continue our strategy for the advancing of alternative energies as well as conservation,' he said.
'One interesting thing about American politics these days is those who are screaming the loudest for increased production from Saudi Arabia are the very same people who are fighting the fiercest against domestic exploration, against the development of nuclear power and against expanding refining capacity.'"
That the energy industry and the GOP have failed to explain this simple fact to Americans is astounding!
"Join Congressman Pete Hoekstra and Team Hoekstra on a Tropical Cruise along the Lake Michigan shoreline aboard the grand ship “The S.S. Badger”!
Saturday Evening, June 21
Boarding – 8:00 p.m.
"We will set sail from the Ludington Marina for a Caribbean style cruise
on beautiful Lake Michigan. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts
while you stroll the deck or sit back to take in the sounds
of the steel drum band and other entertainers."
In the firestorm touched off by Barack Obama's comments about those who "cling to" guns and religion out of economic resentment, most analysis missed a crucial point: The "bitterness" felt in the so-called Rust Belt is mainly a product of high-tax, highly unionized states.
While there are pockets of prosperity in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Ohio and Michigan, a good deal of this area is economically depressed. That's not because of Washington's policies (or lack thereof). These policies aren't killing Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Florida.
While southern states do have problems, their governments generally don't smother economic growth by layering on ever-rising taxation, regulation and expenses. They don't permit workers to be forced to join closed-shop unions. No one in D.C. – Obama, Clinton, McCain or Superman – can fix the Rust Belt's self-inflicted wounds.
Western New York offers a prime example. Despite proximity to major markets, a long international border with a major trading partner, a well-developed transport system, untold natural splendors and a well-educated workforce, the Buffalo area's population shrinks every year. Why? High taxes, high government costs and forced unionization are major factors.
New York state is run by and for its public-employee unions, particularly teachers, but several others as well. The unions collect dues and then recycle a significant amount of what they collect into politicians' campaign funds. These contributions (plus state electoral law, which seems designed to protect incumbents and hobble challengers) produce tax-and-expense structures that drive employers away. To varying degrees, the same is true for much of the Rust Belt.
Mr. Obama referred to the ire of poor folks who've been given false promises in the past by national politicians. The real falsehood is the notion that federal programs or subsidies can overcome a state's own ruinous policies.
Mr. Durstewitz, co-author of "Younger Than That Now – A Shared Passage From the Sixties" (Bantam, 2001), lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Friday, May 16, 2008
"The report finds that one in four high school students does not graduate on time, one in four families do not earn enough to provide for their household, and two in three young people and adults lead unhealthy lives, including those who engage in such risky behaviors as drug use, binge drinking and unsafe sex"
Well, isn't that nice.......the United Way is gonna be our own Church Lady.....
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"If girls and young women ruptured their A.C.L.’s at just twice the rate of boys and young men, it would be notable. Three times the rate would be astounding.
But some researchers believe that in sports that both sexes play, and with similar rules — soccer, basketball, volleyball — female athletes rupture their A.C.L.’s at rates as high as five times that of males."
This is a national disgrace!
"5 times the rate of males"!
Where are the feminist organizations? ...... meebeee they're more interested in their quota "equality" than actual little girls?
"Time wonders if John McCain is healthy enough to be president, a question that was never asked of FDR. Meanwhile, a youthful Barack Obama is busily campaigning in each of the 57 states."
Senator "sweetie" ought to go back to his school books?
"Fiscal experts say Michigan could have $434 million less than expected to spend on K-12 schools and other government services in the next budget year.
The financial trouble is here despite last year's increases in the state's personal income and business taxes to balance a budget deficit. Reasons include the national economic slowdown's effect on Michigan's economy and fewer people purchasing cigarettes and buying and selling homes."
"The Muskegon college announced their new culinary arts program facility is called The Culinary Institute of Michigan. Included in the facility will be a new restaurant, Courses, and The Sweet Spot, a pastry-and-coffee shop."
"Democrats call their 'Hire Michigan First' plan an aggressive way to quickly create jobs and make sure that tax dollars used to attract businesses to the state benefit families here, not out-of-state workers or illegal immigrants.
The plan would reward companies with tax breaks if they accept state contracts to hire only Michigan workers. The plan would also make sure companies report on who they hire to ensure those workers are from Michigan.
Town hall meetings are set for later Thursday to address the issues and answer questions. State Rep. Robert Dean (D-Grand Rapids) will host one at 5:30 p.m. at the Teamsters Hall on Eastern. Then, at 7 p.m., State Reps. Mary Valentine (D-Norton Shores) and Doug Bennett (D-Muskegon) will host one at Muskegon Community College."