Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here is an opportunity to click into Muskegophiles with a web-view.
These Muskegon bloggers are trying to get another view out to all of us here in MuskegonLand.
Give 'em a click!
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How 'bout this:
1. Most liberal voting Senator in the Senate.
An even more liberal voting record in the Illinois senate.
2. A promise to increase taxes on every American and company in America by supporting the expiration of the current tax law.
3. Absolutely ZERO foreign policy or managerial experience!
4. His long association with the "Chicago Democratic Machine". The most corrupt political organization in America.
5. His "triple-double-back-flipper-with-reverse-where-am-I" on his plans for our military support in Iraq.
6. His lifelong association with haters of our country, America.
Rev "God Damn America" Wright, the Weather Underground terrorists who bombed and murdered Americans.
And who reiterated their contempt for Americans AFTER 9-11.
7. His promise to expand federal government spending and government control at every level.
8. His visiting "all 57 states". He's just not that smart. folks.....
9. His popularity among the European, Cuban, Venezuelan, Hammas, San Francisco leftist elites.
They don't like America as it is, they want us to be Europe. Do you?
10. His refusal to allow American resources: Nuclear, oil shale, drilling for oil on American soil, coal to "bridge" our energy needs to the next technology.
Folks, windmills and solar don't work yet. We tried wind power on sailing ships and sailors 200 years ago preferred ENGINES.
Vote for Obama and expect to see real change, real big and real soon.
Remember, the Germans voted for change in 1932.
They got change, all right!
"Everything is decided August 5th for the Muskegon Township Trustees, Clerk, and Treasurer.
There are 8 people running for the 4 seats on the Township Board as Trustee."
"Ms Snarky" gives an excellent reason to vote "FOR" a candidate rether than "against".
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"This massive push for no-carbon electricity production would help prevent climate change and cut our dependence on foreign oil. Of course, great-souled visionaries such as Gore do not concern themselves with piddling and mundane issues such as who will pay for this marvelous no-carbon energy future and how much it will cost."
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"'I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,' the Democratic presidential hopeful said.
'I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.'"
"The Los Angeles City Council has approved a one-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in a low-income area of the city.
The moratorium unanimously approved Tuesday is a bid to attract restaurants that offer healthier food choices to residents in a 32-square-mile area of South Los Angeles.
Councilwoman Jan Perry says residents at five public meetings expressed concern with the proliferation of fast-food outlets in the community plagued by above-average rates of obesity."
10 Blooms Hummingbirds Can't Refuse
I love hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds don't love me.
Ms Snarky may help Gordo with his affliction!
"Jennifer Granholm spoke at a church Tuesday morning and visited a development that features a Jack Nicklaus-designed public golf course.
The state promised after the rioting to kick off several new programs to provide area residents with more educational, job and housing opportunities."
No talk of new jobs and the booming downtown?
Give 'em a new golf course and the riots stop?
Maybe the French ought to try this.........?
"For the second straight week, a state audit has been released criticizing Michigan's handling of child care for low-income families.
Auditor General Thomas McTavish said Tuesday the Michigan Department of Human Services potentially made $231 million in improper and in some cases fraudulent payments to day care providers."
So wrong on so many levels.
Why is the state in the daycare business?
It's obvious they can't provide an unecessary service without hundreds of millions of waste and fraud.
What is this program's total cost?
How much more $$$ are we taxpayers gonig to add to this disaster?
"The Fruitport Township clerk told 24 Hour News 8 there was a surprise move at Monday night's meeting to discuss a proposed casino on the property of the former Great Lakes Downs in Muskegon County's Fruitport Township.
A motion was passed to support the Little River Band of Ottawa Indian's proposal without any restrictions.
The meeting was scheduled to be informational but some board members were surprised that a motion was brought up for a vote."
I'm not for or against but ramming this thing through is starting to sound fishy.
"Democrats control Congress, so Americans ought to be asking about their plan to lower gas prices. Let's hope their plan doesn't rest on solar, wind and geothermal, because planes, trains and automobiles don't run on electricity. They run on oil — mostly foreign oil — 97 percent of the time. Let's also hope the Democrats' plan doesn't rest on ethanol to break our dependence on foreign oil, because it can't."
Monday, July 28, 2008
"The City Council is expected to vote Aug. 6 on a proposal to spend $50,000 on the first phase of the campaign, which would include a Web site highlighting local neighborhoods and other benefits of living in the city.
Since the 2000 Census, Holland's population has fallen 3 percent,"
A web site!
I guess taxes, city regulation, the decline of the school system, crime, home values declining, etc. are not the problem...
The problem is the city doesn't have a cool web site!
Meebee the problem is the city has idiots running the city?
"An unemployed man accused of opening fire with a shotgun and killing two people at a Unitarian church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal social policies, police said
Is it time to consider banning "liberal views"?
After all, if it saves just one life.........
"One of the wealthiest counties in America reports crime skyrocketing by 22 percent in the first quarter of 2008, while its neighbor saw crime plummet by 19.3 percent in the same time period – coinciding with a get-tough policy on illegal immigration."
Sunday, July 27, 2008
"The man accused of a mass church shooting this morning was described by his Powell neighbors as a helpful and kind man, but one who had issues with Christianity."
Wonder where that hate came from.......
"Authorities say an 80-year-old New Jersey man died from injuries suffered when his wife hurled a cocktail glass and struck him in the head."
Isn't it time we banned "flying cocktail glasses"?
If it saves just one life.......?
"A 55-year-old Grandville man was killed Sunday morning while riding his bike on the Musketawa Trail."
Isn't it time we considered closing Musketawa Trail?
Or at least making illegal those Rans Recumbent low-riding bicycles?
I mean, if it saves just ONE life............
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel"
"Facing a crippling increase in fuel costs, some rural U.S. schools are mulling a solution born of the '70s oil crisis: a four-day week."
Why not cut back to 1 day a week?
Isn't "mother earth" more important than kids?
"Barack Obama, a child during the ’60s, is imbued nonetheless with that decade’s “hope and change” messianic sermonizing. Now he wants a new mammoth government-funded “civilian national security force,” one “that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the Pentagon."
Read it all.
"Rep. Roy Blunt, the House Republican whip, on July 8 introduced a resolution demanding that the Defense Department better enable U.S. military personnel overseas to vote in the November elections. That act was followed by silence. Democrats normally leap on an opportunity to find fault with the Bush Pentagon. But not a single Democrat joined Blunt as a co-sponsor, and an all-Republican proposal cannot pass in the Democratic-controlled House."
This is disgusting.
This IS the democrat party today.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Robyn Lee, 23, was riding in a car with Shanna Ferguson when she attempted to put a peanut in Ferguson's mouth,"
"President George W. Bush’s federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009 proposed $3.107 trillion in discretionary, entitlement, and interest spending. This was the first-ever $3 trillion budget in the United States. Many other countries’ governments consume more of the national output than the government does, but in absolute terms, ours is the largest government on planet Earth. President Bush was also the first president to deliver a $2 trillion federal budget, as recently as 2002."
No gas-tax cut for "little people".
The political party of "The Queen of Mean", Leona Helmsly!
"According to the board's evaluation, Cousins 'exceeds expectations' in all areas of job performance, including: Fiscal responsibility; leadership; judgment; communications; organizational development; professional development; motivation; decisiveness; and community relations."
Nice for the big teacher union members.Too bad there are no marks for "student education" or "learning" or.... horror, MEAP!!!
Not a word about "student achievement" or "taxpayers".
Same old, same old.....
Will the parents and taxpayers ever realize that the system is rigged totally for the big union and the little things like student scores, parental satisfaction and taxpayers aren't even mentioned?
Employers know the truth.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We'll give you three guesses which political leader said this:
Throughout our history, America's confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world.
Hint: The speaker was born in Hawaii. Thinking that perhaps it was a transcription error, we checked the video, and sure enough, he actually said 'the bomb.' Could our speaker be mixing up Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, or Nagasaki? In any case, it's perhaps the biggest Pearl Harbor goof since Sept. 7, 1988, when George H.W. Bush got the month of the attack wrong."
Here is a case in which police searching for a missing girl were forced to waste precious time because a bureaucrat, acting on her own authority, said 'Show me the paper' instead of 'How can I help?' Judith Flint is no heroine."
"The driver of riding lawnmower was so drunk -- more than five times the legal limit -- that he slumped over the wheel as it circled in an intersection before he fell to the ground and passed out"
I sure hope it wasn't an ozone action day!
By Tom Randall Date: July 21, 2008
Situation: Oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens is touting his grand new plan for energy independence: generate electricity with windmills thereby freeing natural gas to be used in vehicles instead of gasoline.
It is a scam. It would raise gas prices. Currently, when natural gas is used to generate electricity, it is almost exclusively in “peaker” plants — plants of relatively small capacity (usually about 250 megawatts) that can be turned on and off at short notice to boost output during peak demand periods. Baseload plants, which produce most of our electricity, are fired with less costly coal or nuclear energy but they must run almost continuously because they can’t be easily or economically stopped and restarted.
Generating large amounts of electricity with wind also requires natural gas peaker plants to take up the slack when the wind doesn't blow at the required speed to drive a wind turbine.
Therefore, for every 1,000 megawats of wind generation you would need four new natural-gas-fired peaker plants.
Response 1: Pickens, in his commercials and opinion pieces, fails to mention his extensive holdings in wind farms and natural gas. He does say that he has been an “oil man” most of this life. Well, now he’s a wind and gas man…’scuse the pun.
Response 2: The fact is wind and solar are not renewable resources. There is nothing we can do to renew them. They are capricious resources that must be regularly replaced by conventional energy.
Response 3: If Pickens were truly interested in clean abundant energy he would be touting genuinely clean coal-to- liquids technology and absolutely emission-free and nearly limitless recyclable nuclear energy.
Response 4: Pickens could also go back to being an oil man and break the grip of foreign producers by producing oil from shale where we have reserves greater than any country in the world located in just three western states.
Link: Read more about "Pitfalls in Pickens Plan" at: http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2008/07/10/pitfalls-in-the-pickens-plan/
Before going further down that road, it may be useful to look back at what got us into this mess in the first place."
Monday, July 21, 2008
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago."
With credibility gone, the MSM continues its "stay-the-course" plunge into denial.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
"Cut their pay, send them home
4 Facing an unexpectedly strong public outcry, Louisiana’s reformist Gov. Bobby Jindal reversed course and vetoed legislation that would have doubled the pay of Bayou State legislators from $16,800 to $37,500.
Details: “It is clear to me that the legislative pay raise is, in itself, a threat to our reform movement and our progress as a state,” Jindal said. Outraged voters had filed recall petitions against five legislative leaders pushing the raise.
Let people vote on tax hikes
5 A new Scott Rasmussen poll finds that 57 percent of those surveyed believe voters should have a chance to vote a tax hike up or down before it goes into effect.
Details: Nearly the same percentage told Rasmussen that government doesn’t need additional tax revenues to fund essential operations. And 51 percent said they expect Barack Obama to raise taxes if he’s elected president."
The owners filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in the US Western District Court."
'The Supreme Court has recently ruled that a mandatory death penalty for child rape is unconstitutional. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of child rape?'
Here are the results:
Favor: 55 percent
Oppose: 38 percent
DK/No Opinion: 7 percent
This would seem to further undermine Justice Kennedy's claim in Kennedy v. Louisiana that there is a national consensus opposing the death penalty for child rape."
While the mass media continues to feature wars and terrorism, the overall trend continues away from such unpleasantness. Such stories are anathema to the mass media, because they do not attract eyeballs, and revenue. That's the way people are, and the result is a distorted view of trends in global violence.
Worldwide, violence continues to decline, as it has for the last few years. Violence has also greatly diminished, or disappeared completely, in places like Iraq, Nepal, Chechnya, Congo, Indonesia and Burundi. Even Afghanistan, touted as the new war zone, is seeing less violence this year than last.
All this continues a trend that began when the Cold War ended, and the Soviet Union no longer subsidized terrorist and rebel groups everywhere.
Now if we can just get the Saudis and Iranians to stop. Read the whole"
"No news publication has dared to barely scratch the surface like this before,' columnist and campaign reporter Michael King wrote in The Washington Post Tuesday. 'This profile sets a benchmark for mindless filler by which all other features about Sen. Obama will now be judged."
"Longtime Muskegon residents will remember 1133 Third in downtown Muskegon as the site of Big Bob's Restaurant -- Muskegon's bygone 'omelet king.'
But two weeks ago, Jeremy and Jamie Paquin opened Mia & Grace, turning a classic 'greasy spoon' that sat vacant for more than 15 years into a sophisticated eatery that would fit in on a Manhattan street."
Saturday, July 19, 2008
"The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries — $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now it's more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they don't buy extras like ice cream anymore."
And not a minute too soon!
1. It has to be huge (in terms of both energy and power)
2. It has to be reliable (not intermittent or unschedulable)
3. It has to be concentrated (not diffuse)
4. It has to be possible to utilize it efficiently
5. The capital investment and operating cost to utilize it has to be comparable to existing energy sources (per gigawatt, and per terajoule).
If it fails to satisfy any of those, then it can't scale enough to make any difference. Solar power fails #3, and currently it also fails #5. (It also partially fails #2, but there are ways to work around that.)
The only sources of energy available to us now that satisfy all five are petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear."
"Trustee Noreen Myers said many families are struggling financially and will be devastated by a $1,000 hit. A freshman will pay $8,196, up from $7,240. Upperclassmen will pay slightly more.
'I'm really troubled by this increase in light of the troubled economy in Michigan at this time,' Myers said. She and Michael Thomas voted against the hike, a rare dissent on the board."
"In a surprise move, Grand Valley State University trustees on Friday added benefits for unmarried couples to the health insurance they offer employees.
The benefit will apply to gay couples, as well as any other live-in partner or friend who is an unrelated adult and has lived with a faculty member or staff member for 18 months or more."
".--Speaking to a group of General Motors Corp. employees, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) promised to provide a $5,000 tax credit for Americans who buy electric-powered cars such as the future Chevy Volt and 'other automobiles that put us on the path to energy independence,' even as he suggested he might alter his climate plan to aid the auto industry."
Friday, July 18, 2008
"Of course, this spartan existence would be for the masses only. The elites will still be able to live their lives of opulence, just as high-ranking communists in the Soviet Union, the nomenklatura, had private Chaika lanes in Moscow streets that members of the working class — Marx's proletariat — were forbidden to drive on."
"When President Bush lifted the executive order banning exploration and drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, two things happened almost immediately: The world price for oil started to drop and the Democrats panicked. They could no longer hide under the umbrella the order provided.
On Sept. 30, when the Interior Department's 2008 appropriations expire, the Democrats will have to reauthorize the congressional ban and explain to the voters why."
"Texas electric customers will bear the cost of construction over the next several years, paying about $3 or $4 more per month on their bills, according to Tom Smith, state director of the consumer group Public Citizen. But he predicted that increase would easily be offset by lower energy prices."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
"The district will pay Beaudoin $79,050, similar to his annual salary.
Superintendent Dave Sipka said the change will save the district about $36,000 in money it would have spent on health insurance benefits, FICA and annual retirement contributions."
$36,000 in benefits?
That's 46% added to his pay?
I wonder what the benefit package is for the rest of the school employees.
"Shared turbines for residential developments could be 70 to 200 feet tall, according to the draft ordinance."
This is so wrong on so many levels, but 200' tall towers all over Norton Shores?
And have we set aside money for all the PETA lawsuits?
"State film incentives legislation, which offers a 42 percent rebate for filmmakers,"
Apparently, our state "leaders" understand the concept of "reduce taxes, increase employers".
But only for Hollywood style boondoggles.
The headline says it all.
"Universities also are assisting the projects with their own resources, but more cash from foundations and businesses is needed to make the program successful.
'We have a responsibility in the economic development of this state,' Grand Valley State President Thomas J. Haas said"
Businesses, small and big, tell us they're leaving Michigan because of high taxes and onerous regulation.
Our state government and educational leaders tell us that more spending and government subsidized competition are what's needed.
No wonder we have a "single-state recession" that ain't gonna end soon.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Proposed changes in taxes after the 2008 General election:
CAPITAL GAINS TAX
MCCAIN 0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.
OBAMA 28% on profit from ALL home sales How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.
MCCAIN 15% (no change)
OBAMA 39.6% How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.'
MCCAIN (no changes)
Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250
OBAMA (reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!
MCCAIN 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)
OBAMA Restore the inheritance taxMany families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.
NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA
New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet.
New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already)
New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, & electricity)
New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....
New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!
You can verify a lot of the above at the following web sites: http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/election/2008/index.html http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.taxes.html http://elections.foxnews.com/?s=proposed+taxes http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/politics/articles/mccain_obama_offer_different_visions_on_taxes.html http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/barack_obama/ http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/john_mccain/ (and there are many more to choose from, just use your favorite search engine)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
After reading the article in the June 25 Chronicle concerning Norton Shores' proposed road millage, I feel compelled to write. First, I find it disingenuous and misleading that under the title "Road Tax Details," The Chronicle stated that the 1.5 mills would cost a homeowner of a $50,000 house an extra $75 per year. I do not know of many houses in Norton Shores that have a taxable value of $50,000!
Instead, the taxable value of most homes in the city range between $100,000 to $175,000, which for the average taxpayer translates into $150 to $263 more in annual taxes if the millage passes. I urge you not to play fast and loose with your readers, but instead be upfront and give them the facts. I know they would appreciate it.
And, being upfront brings me to my second point. I have been a Norton Shores resident nearly my entire life, and have witnessed our quickly deteriorating roads. While I question whether the city is being overzealous in asking its taxpayers for an extra 1.5 mills in these tough economic times, I know that something needs to be done, and done quickly. However, it appears that the city is once again not being upfront with its citizens.
That is, the city refuses to inform its citizens as to which roads would most likely be improved if the millage passes. It uses excuses such as it being "too difficult at this stage" to create a street improvement list. What are the difficulties? What makes it "too difficult" now in June than in December? The city concedes that it has an inventory of the conditions of the roads, so what else does the city need?
Clearly, the city fears that an informed citizenry will make ill-informed decisions at the voting booth, and thus the city has made a decision to keep them in the dark until after the November vote. I believe it is the obligation of our councilmembers, all of whom are elected officials, to ensure that their constituents, before they pull the lever this November, are well informed and privy to all of the facts surrounding the millage. Norton Shores, be upfront and honest with your citizens.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Yes, there is a difference between the two political parties!
"The University of California's admissions standards would undergo their most far-reaching overhaul in decades under a faculty proposal that would allow students who have not completed the prescribed college-prep courses or earned minimum test scores to have their applications considered.
Starting with the freshmen class of 2012, the revised policy also would promise a spot on one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses for all students who graduate in the top 9 percent of their senior classes, compared with the 4 percent now promised admission.
The changes, scheduled to be discussed by the university's governing board on Wednesday, are designed to ensure the state is making room in its premier public colleges for promising students who are overlooked under current qualification requirements, said Mark Rashid, who chaired the faculty committee that developed the proposal"
Well, stupid students DO add to diversity.....
"Oakridge schools and Egelston Township will receive more compensation for property Muskegon County is buying -- and taking off the tax rolls -- for improvements to the wastewater system.
Payments in lieu of property taxes are included in an amended agreement for township fire coverage at the sprawling Muskegon County Wastewater Management System in Egelston and Moorland townships.
The county has been buying up land in the area"
Ah, those unintended consequences.....no problem, the County has oodles of extra moolah......
"A review of City Council minutes shows council members spent more time worrying about the contract's impact on labor unions, minority contractors and environmental health than on dollars and cents."
SHORT BUT SWEET
Oh, so satisfying! Read this before watching Video...... At least the dog got away!!! Navy video from Iraq, shot at night with Infrared equipment. The narrative below tells the story. BUT...this is testimony to the spectacular accuracy of today's hi-tech weaponry. These guys have just taken action against US troops at night and are casually retreating, totally unaware that their every move is being watched from .87 miles away!!! Yep, .87 miles away and from an aircraft. That same aircraft unleashes their guns, and from .87 miles away they mow down these killers with NO shell being more than a foot or so off the target. I believe they could have landed the shells in the enemy's back pockets. This brief clip tells you how far we've come from the armaments used in WW II. Whew! Thi is a chilling clip. Remember...th ese guys have just finished opening fire on US troops. These are the same people who think it's OK to strap bombs on kids and send them out as suicide bombers. Guess these guys shouldn't have taken the relaxed walk back to the mosque.Video taken on Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor in Iraq. The FLIR Sensor produces a video picture based on heat all objects give off. These terrorists just completed an attack on an American position and had slowed downto a stroll thinking they were home free. WRONG!!!The Chain Gun onboard uses a 30 mm high energy explosive in the bullet. The gun is considered an area weapon, but as you can see it is very accurate; you can see the projectile coming in on these guys. The aircraft was watching them from approximately 1.45 Km or approxim ately 0.87 miles. As you can see, even though the gun is loud, they were far enough away that they don't even hear or know thatthey were being watched. A nasty weapon. As is said, younever hear the bullet that kills you. We also could have used a laser guided missile, but then a cost factor comes in, $122 worth of bullets vs a $60,000 missile with a 100 lb warhead. Tax dollars well spent!
"A nearly $6 million federal grant awarded to Muskegon Public Schools will expand 'Family Resource Centers' that connect families with local agencies.....
Muskegon Public Schools will hire a director for the program, a social worker/counselor and a parent coordinator, Wierenga said.
It sure is great the federal government has SO much "free" money to spend.
But what about the poor workers who will be let go in 4 years.... yeah right!
'It is ironic that the EPA has proposed an even more economically destructive scheme this close to that bill's demise,' Inhofe said."
Sunday, July 13, 2008
"But Chuck Schumer is no FDR.
He doesn’t stop bank runs; he starts them.
Or, at least, has started one.
The collapse of Indymac bank, the second largest bank failure in American history, began with a letter from the office of Senator Charles Schumer on June 27. He questioned the viability of the bank. When a senior senator who is in a number of influential posts regarding oversight of bank regulators directly attacks the confidence of a depository institution, it matters.
Not surprisingly, the director of the Office of Thrift Supervision concluded that the collapse of the bank immediately following the Senator’s comments has not a coincidence.
Director Reich concluded that Senator Schumer had ‘given the bank a heart attack’."
British motorists face £100 fine for failing to wear fluorescent vests when driving in France | Mail Online
"For years they’ve regarded British motorists as a soft target.....
And now French police have another excuse to hammer British holidaymakers – a new law insisting all cars carry a luminous yellow safety vest for the driver to wear in an emergency.
Those caught without a vest face a stinging £100 on-the-spot fine – even though the law has received virtually no publicity on this side of the Channel"
(BHussein should be SO proud of GordoMuskegon)
"Mr. Reid, who was evidently fed up with questions about drilling, suddenly exclaimed: 'Coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick; it's global warming. It's ruining our country, it's ruining the world. We've got to stop using fossil fuel.'
Mr. Reid's rant quickly became the No. 1 video on the Internet, approaching a half-million views. The pollster Rasmussen even took the unusual step of conducting a survey to see how many Americans agreed with the Nevadan's view. Let's just say he didn't win a majority.
But give Mr. Reid marks for honesty. To many liberal Democrats, cheap fossil fuels are the root cause of excessive materialism, suburban sprawl, a despoiled environment – and they've been demanding for decades that government raise the price of energy to discourage Americans from driving big cars and living in large, well-heated homes. Democrats may never have had the political courage to impose such towering European-style gasoline taxes directly, but Mr. Reid's policy diatribe at least explains why Democrats have found it so easy to sit on their hands rather than take steps to increase domestic supply and bring down $4 gasoline."
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Much of the dissatisfaction with Congress is due to its unwillingness to do anything about the soaring price of gasoline. 'Right now, our strategy on gas prices is 'Drive small cars and wait for the wind,'•' a Democratic congressional aide told The Hill newspaper.
'So why are the Republicans running scared, and why aren't they going after the 'new Democratic Congress' hammer and tongs?' wondered Web logger Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.
'Beats me. Because they're idiots, I guess.'
I disagree. Some Republicans in Congress are crooks, and many are cowards. But few are idiots. For idiocy, you have to look to the campaign of Sen. John McCain.
Ouch. But, yeah.
posted at 05:52 PM by Glenn Reynolds"
IndyMac, which once employed 10,000, fell prey to a classic run on the bank, and regulators singled out Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) as having helped to fuel massive withdrawals. On June 26, Schumer said in letters to the FDIC, the OTS and two other federal agencies that IndyMac might have 'serious problems' with its loan holdings."
Senator Schumer caused the run?
The democrat .....?
I'm bettin' ya didn't hear that on your 6:00 news.
Dang, if he'd have been a GOPer they would have had screaming "SPECIAL REPORTS"!
Friday, July 11, 2008
"Antioch College, founded in 1852, doesn't grade classes, encourages students to develop their own study plans and combines academic learning with experience through a co-op program in which students leave campus to work in various fields."
Bad ideas belly-up.
Who'd of guessed?
A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling in an environmentally sensitive area near the Au Sable River in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula."
Two environmental groups, the Sierra Club and Anglers of the Au Sable, sued the government to halt the drilling.
Obama supporters, all!
Okay, toddlers who don't like foreign food are racists.
Non-Muslim kids who won't kneel to Allah are bigots.
Tall shrubs for gay swingers are a civil right.
And Al Qaeda's 'Ambassador in Europe' lives in a million and half dollar house and enjoys nearly $100K in government benefits.
That whirring sound you hear is Winston Churchill in his grave."
"Murtha has a long history of sleaziness as a congressman. The late 1970s FBI Abscan sting operation has a tape of him and FBI agents posing as middle-eastern businessmen discussing a $50,000 bribe for political favors. He said on the tape 'you know we do business for awhile, maybe I'll be interested.'
The Citizens Against Waste voted Murtha as the Top Porker of the Year in 2007.
These shenanigans indicate a less than honorable character but pales in comparison to his besmirching our troops in a time of war."
"On the day the Colombian military freed Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other long-held hostages, the Italian Parliament passed yet another resolution demanding her release. Europe had long ago adopted this French-Colombian politician as a cause celebre. France had made her an honorary citizen of Paris, passed numerous resolutions and held many vigils."
Thursday, July 10, 2008
University of Michigan regents increase tuition 5.6 percent; instate freshmen to pay about $11,000 in tuition & fees
The U-M Board of Regents unanimously approved the university's budget for fiscal year 2009 and the tuition rates for the next academic year at the monthly regents' meeting on Thursday. The 5.6 percent tuition and fee increase applies to both in-state and out-of-state undergraduates."
Daughter of WWII pilot convicted of assault after reprimanding teenager who 'vandalised war memorial'
"The daughter of a Second World War RAF pilot who reprimanded a teenager who she accused of vandalising a war memorial has been convicted of assault
Julie Lake, 50, believed the 15-year-old was one of a number of youths who had damaged the remembrance garden in her village dedicated to those killed fighting for Britain.
Mrs Lake claimed she was performing a 'moral obligation' following months of anti-social behaviour and vandalism at the memorial.
But weeks later she was arrested and yesterday was convicted of assault, criminal damage.......
You go girl!
"Wisconsin law bans sex with dead bodies, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in reinstating charges against three men accused of digging up a corpse to have sex with it."
This is gonna wreck a lot of marriages......
"Nestlé has set up 26 plants in towns across the country, tapping into local springs. Enumclaw was its first shot at a Northwest plant.
It did not go well."
"An environmental group on Wednesday filed a lawsuit intended to stop the expansion of a BP oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana. A shortage of oil refining capacity is often mentioned as one reason for soaring gasoline prices.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is challenging air permits granted to the refinery by the State of Indiana"
These guys are the core of Obama's support.
2 for one. Vote for BHussein, get enviro looneys in the White House.
"Holly Hughes in Muskegon is trying to do that, in her way with an open house at her headquarters on Norton across from Meijers, You’ll see her banner out front today between 5-7pm. See my side bar under “calendar of events” This is what I’d like to talk up with the Muskegon County Republican Party. Perhaps do it on my own some how. I’m thinking a picnic type of thing. If you have any ideas, comment on any of my posts, or come to one of the early morning coffees listed in the side bar under “Calendar of Events”. I realize this is naïve and a bit fanciful, but if others will join me perhaps it will seem a little less naïve and less of a fantasy."
"U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors made 13 visits to Fiji in 2007 for food inspections and no visits at all to China, according to a study released to Congress recently by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)."
"at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times."
How many times do we hear from the liberal MSM that there is no evidence of voter fraud?
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
"U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device.......
This bracelet would:
• take the place of an airline boarding pass
• contain personal information about the traveler
• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage
• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes"
"In the latest development, BankFirst of South Dakota filed a foreclosure lawsuit seeking $18.7 million in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids against the destination resort near Rothbury."
Another "scalp" for Muskegon Summer Celebration?
"Congressman Fred Upton was touting more funding for mass transit,But one suggestion more than others is being heard more often...... politicians are counting on you to cut dependence on oil.
'I tell people, you've got to change your lifestyle,' said state Rep. Gerald Van Woerkom."
Hmmm....the politicians stopped domestic oil exploration, power plant construction, gasoline refinery construction and nuclear power plants....
"PSYCHIATRISTS have detected the first case of 'climate change delusion' ...........say this delusion was a 'previously unreported phenomenon'."
It's at the pandemic level here in the USA!
"Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English -- they'll learn English -- you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish."
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
"Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday challenged the candidates vying for the US presidency to a debate"
Pay per view?
I'd pony up!
Too funny.... but too dang close to the truth!
"Yeah and besides if they did get badges just think how awful the other little darlings would feel.
Imagine if the teachers were given badges, how awful the other 80% of them would feel.
HAVE YOU NO COMPASSION for all the unwashed masses as they cling to their religion and guns?
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"state Superintendent Mike Flanagan said the change will 'help recognize the hard work being done in schools where students may not be reaching the required proficiency levels on our state MEAP and MI-Access tests, but are making significant progress every year.'"
So, little Dullbert and Dumillia don't need no stinkin' badges for reeden, ritten orr rythmytic to proudly display their "tweaked" Michigan High School Diploma?
Their parent(s) must be SOOO proud....
Monday, July 07, 2008
"With the long July Fourth weekend, you might get a chance to see your senator or representative. If so, you should be ready to dispel a few myths politicians now have about drilling for more oil."
• "We can't drill our way out of our energy crisis."
Actually, we can.
• "Oil companies are sitting on 68 million acres of oil leases and refuse to drill."
This is yet another slander of "Big Oil" by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — one that has become a major talking point for Democrats in Congress. It's completely dishonest.
• "Even if drilling works, it'll take a decade or more for the oil to flow."
This is quite an argument coming from the Democratic Party, which has made keeping oil off the market a linchpin of its energy policy for decades.
If President Clinton hadn't vetoed the idea of drilling in ANWR back in 1995, we'd have that oil on the market today. Ditto if Congress had approved ANWR drilling in 2002, when President Bush requested it.
• "Record profits by big oil companies are the reason for soaring prices."
It's true that oil company profits have never been higher. But put into perspective, oil company profits are high because the price is high. As a share of revenue, profits aren't so high.
The average profit, as we've noted before, is around 8 to 9 cents to the dollar. That compares with about 7 cents to the dollar for manufacturers and more than 15 cents to the dollar for computer makers.
In short, oil profits aren't out of whack with the rest of industry.
"even if Fannie and Freddie obtain an exemption from new accounting standards, that doesn't make them adequately capitalized. That just allows them to continue to pretend that they are.
In other news concerning the financial health of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, consider this change proposed by Barack Obama.
In the Boston Globe’s story about Barack Obama’s strong support for funneling government money to real estate developers (who often abandon the properties they build with government money) is this paragraph urging the “siphoning” of profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:
Obama has continued to support increased subsidies as a presidential candidate, calling for the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which could distribute an estimated $500 million a year to developers. The money would be siphoned from the profits of two mortgage companies created and supervised by the federal government, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
Read it all and worry......
"Organizers, who were so eager to talk to the media all last week, were nowhere to be found to answer questions about the deaths.
Results of toxicology reports are still pending."
"The group wants to outlaw vehicles such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs) that may emit excessive quantities of harmful substances, particularly carbon dioxide or fine-particles or those whose size and frame pose an extra danger to pedestrians, cyclists or other road users."
"In order to fulfill the requirements for a major in history at Northwestern University, my daughter took a course called 'The Cold War At Home.' As one might imagine in the hothouse of the college system, left wing views predominate.
The students read Ellen Shrecker, not Ronald Radosh.
Joseph McCarthy has been transmogrified into Adolf Hitler.
And victimology stands as the overarching theme of the course.
Communists in the United States are merely benign civil rights advocates and union supporters.
The word espionage never once crossed the lips of the instructor."
"Writers Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane and Richard Ford are scheduled to take part in a panel discussion and book signing 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The event will be held in the MSU Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre.
"Fruitland Township officials are taking steps to help protect what's been described as the 'single most significant recreational resource in the township.'
Although there are no plans in the works to ever sell Duck Lake State Park, the township's planning commission and master plan are calling for new zoning for the 728-acre site in case it were ever sold to private interests. A three-person subcommittee of planning commission members recently began researching the issue.
Township officials made it clear that they have no reason to believe that the state would ever sell the site that features Lake Michigan shoreline dunes, Duck Lake beach and boat-launch access, picnic areas and trails for exploring the natural, wooded setting. A state official also described the sale of an entire state park as highly unlikely."
The London-based National Children's Bureau released a 366-page guide counseling adults on recognizing racist behavior in young children, The Telegraph reported Monday.
The guide, titled Young Children and Racial Justice, warns adults that babies must also be included in the effort to eliminate racism because they have the ability to 'recognize different people in their lives.'
The bureau says to be aware of children who 'react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuck'.'
'Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships,' the guide says.
Staff members are advised not to ignore racist actions and to condemn them when they occur."
"California is making it mandatory for cars to be labeled with global warming scores, figures that take into account emissions from vehicle use and fuel production.
The law requiring the labels goes into effect at the start of next year for all 2009 model cars, though its expected the labels will be popping up on cars in the coming months."
This is a NEW law from the California folks who are watching their state burn down?
Why this law?