Thursday, January 31, 2008

McCAIN VS. REAGAN | Newsradio 620 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Talk, Sports, Weather | Charlie Sykes#commentform

McCAIN VS. REAGAN Newsradio 620 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Talk, Sports, Weather Charlie Sykes#commentform: "I do think that McCain (unncessarily) did himself some lasting harm with conservatives not only because of his cheap shot about Romney's position on the surge, but even more by his snarky jabs at 'greed' and 'profits.' McCain's attitude was decidedly non-Reaganesque, as Michelle Malkin points out. (Read the whole post.)
Mark Steyn had a similar reaction.
I'm getting a bit tired of Senator McCain's anti-business shtick. The line about serving 'for patriotism, not for profit' is pathetic. America spends more on its military than the next 35-40 biggest military spenders on the planet combined: Where does he think the money for that comes from?
As for his line about 'some greedy people on Wall Street who need to be punished', aside from being almost entirely irrelevant to the subject under discussion (the subprime 'crisis'), it reveals, I think, one of the most unpleasant aspects of McCain. For a so-called 'maverick', he's very comfortable with the application of Big Government power, and the assumption of Big Government virtue. Undoubtedly there are 'greedy people on Wall Street'. Why should he and his chums be the ones who decide whether they need to be 'punished'? If greed is to be punishable, why doesn't he start with a pilot program applied to, say, the United States Senate and report back to us in five years how that's going?"

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008)

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008): "Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate."

Airbus A380 - cockpit | p a n o r e p o r t a g e | g i l l e s v i d a l

Airbus A380 - cockpit p a n o r e p o r t a g e g i l l e s v i d a l

Robert D. Novak - Is McCain a Conservative? - washingtonpost.com

Robert D. Novak - Is McCain a Conservative? - washingtonpost.com: "'Wouldn't it be great if you get a chance to name somebody like Roberts and Alito?' one lawyer commented. McCain replied, 'Well, certainly Roberts.' Jaws were described as dropping. My sources cannot remember exactly what McCain said next, but their recollection is that he described Alito as too conservative."

TCS Daily - Blowin' in the Wind

TCS Daily - Blowin' in the Wind: "Even in Europe's windiest country, the winds are just 'too variable', with most turbines consistently under-performing. Having analysed figures submitted to the UK electricity watchdog Ofgem on every farm's load factor, Engineering Consultant Jim Oswald explained to the BBC, 'It's the power swings that worry us. Over a 20-hour period you can go from almost 100 percent wind output to 20 percent.'"

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton - New York Times

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton - New York Times: "Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.
The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra, analysts said.
Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra’s more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges."

Lucianne.com News Forum

Lucianne.com News Forum: "They may have done nothing illegal, but tha
t does not mean they are not still WRONG. The Airport stated they:

'could not confirm that weapons [on the plane] would be secured and safeguarded in accordance with Department of Defense regulations and that the Marines and soldiers would leave their weapons on board.'

Put a 12 dollar an hour security guard at the planes door, no weapons out no problem for marines to use the can. Frankly why would any american worry about an armed marine anyway? That being said I have travelled on Commercial flights with deploying soldiers and each of those guys (Regular army usually) carried their weapons with them although they were shipped as checked luggage.

SHAME on the airport management for not finding a way to deal with this situation in a manner of respect these young men and women deserved."

My Way News - McCain Changes Story on Tax Cut Stance

My Way News - McCain Changes Story on Tax Cut Stance: "Republican John McCain says he opposed President Bush's tax cuts because they didn't come with spending cuts. That is not what he said at the time.
In a presidential debate on Wednesday, McCain said he voted against the Bush tax cuts because he wanted to rein in spending.
'I disagreed when we had tax cuts without spending restraint,' the Arizona senator said.
The explanation fits with his history of railing against wasteful federal spending. But it does not fit with McCain's comments when he opposed the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.
In 2001, McCain said the tax cuts favored the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. In 2003, he said there should be no tax cuts until the Iraq war costs were known.
His aversion to the Bush tax cuts is just another reason McCain gives heartburn to many in the conservative GOP base. Besides taxes, there is also his more forgiving attitude toward illegal immigration, his effort to limit money in politics and his long-running feuds with leaders of the Christian right.
The debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., came on the heels of Tuesday's Florida primary, when McCain defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, gaining an advantage going into next week's Super Tuesday primary."

Teacher could face firing over giving test answers - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com

Teacher could face firing over giving test answers - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com: "'The guy should resign, retire and leave,' said Bill Bloemendaal, a retired teacher and a 12-year member of the West Ottawa board.
Bloemendaal, however, voted against trying to fire Nadolsky, noting tenure battles are lengthy and that the teacher would be paid during the fight. The board member feels Nadolsky could supervise a study hall or perform another school function."

Brits at their Best

Brits at their Best: "Sun's low magnetic activity may portend an ice age
The Canadian Space Agency’s radio telescope has been reporting Flux Density Values so low they will mean a mini ice age if they continue."

Detroit Mayor Pleads for Forgiveness

Detroit Mayor Pleads for Forgiveness

EU threatens to ban patio heaters - Times Online

EU threatens to ban patio heaters - Times Online: "A vote in Brussels today is expected to call on the European Commission to abolish the heaters to help to tackle climate change. Such a move could cost the pub and catering trade dear"

My Way News - Super Bowl Could Be Heart Health Hazard

My Way News - Super Bowl Could Be Heart Health Hazard

Rivals.com College Football - LSU far from most disputed champion

Rivals.com College Football - LSU far from most disputed champion

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bloomberg.com: Worldwide

Bloomberg.com: Worldwide: "MBIA Inc. and Ambac Financial Group Inc., the two largest bond insurers, may each lose $11.6 billion on guarantees of mortgage-linked debt and other securities, according to hedge fund manager William Ackman.
The losses were calculated using a model supplied by an unnamed investment bank, and the findings were sent in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo. Ackman, a managing partner of Pershing Square Capital Management LP, began questioning MBIA's AAA rating in 2002. He has trades set up that would profit from a decline in the price of the shares and bonds of MBIA and Ambac.
Ackman, 41, stepped up his attack by posting on the Internet a list of asset-backed collateralized debt obligations and other securities guaranteed by MBIA and Ambac that allows others to craft their own loss predictions. Ackman said the unnamed bank provided details on many of the securities, not all of which have been disclosed by the companies.
``Up until this point in time, the market and the regulators have had to rely on the bond insurers and the rating agencies to calculate their own losses in what we deem a self-graded exam,'' Ackman said in a statement preceding release of the letter. ``Now the market will have the opportunity to do its own analysis.''"

Bloomberg.com: Worldwide

Bloomberg.com: Worldwide: "MBIA Inc. and Ambac Financial Group Inc., the two largest bond insurers, may each lose $11.6 billion on guarantees of mortgage-linked debt and other securities, according to hedge fund manager William Ackman.
The losses were calculated using a model supplied by an unnamed investment bank, and the findings were sent in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo. Ackman, a managing partner of Pershing Square Capital Management LP, began questioning MBIA's AAA rating in 2002. He has trades set up that would profit from a decline in the price of the shares and bonds of MBIA and Ambac.
Ackman, 41, stepped up his attack by posting on the Internet a list of asset-backed collateralized debt obligations and other securities guaranteed by MBIA and Ambac that allows others to craft their own loss predictions. Ackman said the unnamed bank provided details on many of the securities, not all of which have been disclosed by the companies.
``Up until this point in time, the market and the regulators have had to rely on the bond insurers and the rating agencies to calculate their own losses in what we deem a self-graded exam,'' Ackman said in a statement preceding release of the letter. ``Now the market will have the opportunity to do its own analysis.''"

My Way News - Planet Mercury Is Shrinking, Volcanic

My Way News - Planet Mercury Is Shrinking, Volcanic: "The first pictures from the unseen side of Mercury reveal the wrinkles of a shrinking, aging planet with scars from volcanic eruptions and a birthmark shaped like a spider."

Ice Chewers Bulletin Board - All about Chewing Ice :: Index

Ice Chewers Bulletin Board - All about Chewing Ice :: Index

My Way News - Forbes: Madonna Richest Woman in Music

My Way News - Forbes: Madonna Richest Woman in Music: "Madonna is the richest woman in music.
The 49-year-old entertainer leads Forbes.com's list of the top 20 'Cash Queens of Music,' earning $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007.
The pop star's 'Confessions' world tour pulled in $260 million, Forbes said. She also made money from album sales, her fashion line with H&M and a deal with NBC to broadcast her concert performance at London's Wembley Stadium.
Forbes.com said it compiled the list by examining concert grosses, merchandising revenue, album sales and other revenue from clothing lines, fragrance deals and endorsements.
Barbra Streisand is No. 2 with $60 million, thanks to her comeback tour of North America and Europe.
Celine Dion ranks third with $45 million, largely from her successful 'A New Day' show in Las Vegas, which she wrapped up in December after a five-year engagement at Caesars Palace.
Shakira is fourth with $38 million, followed by Beyonce ($27 million), Gwen Stefani ($26 million), Christina Aguilera ($20 million), Faith Hill ($19 million), the Dixie Chicks ($18 million) and Mariah Carey ($13 million).
Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne and Martina McBride each banked $12 million.
Britney Spears ranked 14th on the list, earning $8 million from music royalties and sales of her fragrances with Elizabeth Arden.
Spears is followed by Carrie Underwood and Nelly Furtado ($7 million each); Fergie, Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow ($6 million each); and Norah Jones ($5.5 million)."

Wash. to Fix Aerospace Worker Shortage: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Wash. to Fix Aerospace Worker Shortage: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she and state House and Senate leaders will try to add $3 million to this year's budget for aerospace and technology apprenticeship programs.
Speaking at a union hall packed with machinists, Gregoire said that during recent visits to suppliers in Eastern Washington, executives told her they're faced with a troubling shortage of skilled workers."

FOXNews.com - Human Tongue Accidentally Served Up in Hospital - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

FOXNews.com - Human Tongue Accidentally Served Up in Hospital - Health News Current Health News Medical News: "A human tongue has been served up in a hospital canteen's chicken risotto — and bosses reckon it was accidentally dropped into the food by a doctor.
Slovenian officials are investigating after a doctor complained about a strange piece of meat on his plate.
Ananova.com revealed the doctor insisted it was not chicken and after some intense bickering it was sent away for tests — and found to be part of a human tongue.
Inspectors have closed the canteen in Izola, southern Slovenia, to review hygiene standards.
Bosses believe a doctor could have unwittingly dropped the tongue in the food after treating a patient.
A hospital spokesman insisted: 'I can say clearly that we have never used patients' parts in any of our dishes.'"

FOXNews.com - Illinois Bicyclist Tased After Running From Police - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

FOXNews.com - Illinois Bicyclist Tased After Running From Police - Local News News Articles National News US News: "Rivera was charged with resisting arrest, riding a bicycle without proper lighting, riding under the influence of alcohol and use of false citizenship/government documents."

Lou Dobbs alert: Illegal immigrants may get rebates - The Crypt's Blog - Politico.com

Lou Dobbs alert: Illegal immigrants may get rebates - The Crypt's Blog - Politico.com: "In their bipartisan zeal to quickly cut a deal on an economic stimulus bill, GOP lawmakers overlooked something that will certainly inflame the conservative base _ illegal immigrants could receive a tax rebate check from the government."

Left-turn lights will flash yellow soon - Michigan News, Updates, Photos & Video | Detroit, Lansing - MLive.com

Left-turn lights will flash yellow soon - Michigan News, Updates, Photos & Video Detroit, Lansing - MLive.com: "In the name of safety, the federal government has issued a mandate to do away with those familiar blinking reds for left turns and replace them with a four-phase system of left-turn arrows."

reason.tv - Videos > Global Warming: Risks and Consequences

reason.tv - Videos > Global Warming: Risks and Consequences

Extreme Mortman » It All Depends On What The Definition Of Pledge Is - Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Take Politics Seriously Again

Extreme Mortman » It All Depends On What The Definition Of Pledge Is - Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Take Politics Seriously Again: "Clinton coldly and knowingly lied to New Hampshire and Iowa. Her promise was not a vague statement. It was a signed pledge with a clear and unequivocal meaning."

Pajamas Media: Drunkblogging the Florida Primary

Pajamas Media: Drunkblogging the Florida Primary: "Get ready to see a slew of McCain/Giuliani bumper stickers at the Republican convention, if not sooner."

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

MySpaceTV Videos: One Shining Moment by Matthew

MySpaceTV Videos: One Shining Moment by Matthew

TheStar.com | Canada | Bra size at 20 may predict Type 2 diabetes risk: Study

TheStar.com Canada Bra size at 20 may predict Type 2 diabetes risk: Study: "researchers said the figures still show that women who wore B, C and D cups developed the disease at higher rates than women who wore A cup bras."

Houston mom who left kids for Africa trip is now in jail | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Houston mom who left kids for Africa trip is now in jail Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "'The 1-year-old was so malnourished, they could feel his ribs when they picked him up,' Jordan said.
The roaches were only one sign of the squalid conditions in which the children lived, Jordan said.
There were no diapers, baby food or formula for the 1-year-old, no sheets on beds and fruit was rotting in a basket, he said.
Jordan said police went to a fast-food restaurant and bought the children food.
He said the 16-year-old girl didn't live with the family but was at the house when police investigated.
Mosley is being held without bond, Jordan said. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, when an attorney will likely be appointed to represent her.
The family is from New Orleans, but came to Texas originally Port Arthur after Hurricane Katrina.
The children are all in foster homes.
CPS officials said when they took custody of the children that they saw no evidence Mosley was employed.
'We don't know how she was able to make payments on the home or if she has assistance,' CPS spokeswoman Estella Olguin said earlier this month."

ABC News: Rezko Locked Up Until Trial Starts Feb. 25

ABC News: Rezko Locked Up Until Trial Starts Feb. 25: "The money to Rezko came from an Iraqi businessman implicated in the oil-for-food scandal, Nadhmi Auchi, the chairman of General Mediterranean Holding."

Smith to Kennedy: 'Agents of Change End Up Being Targets, As You Well Know' | NewsBusters.org

Smith to Kennedy: 'Agents of Change End Up Being Targets, As You Well Know' NewsBusters.org: "I'm measuring my words carefully. Harry Smith has raised the possibility that Barack Obama's life could be in danger."

Smith to Kennedy: 'Agents of Change End Up Being Targets, As You Well Know' | NewsBusters.org

Smith to Kennedy: 'Agents of Change End Up Being Targets, As You Well Know' NewsBusters.org: "I'm measuring my words carefully. Harry Smith has raised the possibility that Barack Obama's life could be in danger."

www.kansascity.com | 01/29/2008 | Wichita ends busing for integration

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/465522.html: "In a historic vote Monday, the Wichita school board chose to end 37 years of busing black and white students across town for school integration.
Board members shared emotional — and at times tearful — stories of their own experiences with busing before unanimously voting to do away with Wichita’s integration plan"

The American Spectator

The American Spectator: "James R. Clapper Jr. headed the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is now Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and the Director of Defense Intelligence. In October 2003, Clapper told reporters that 'satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material 'unquestionably' had been moved out of Iraq,' as the New York Times reported."

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Volokh Conspiracy - -

The Volokh Conspiracy - -: "Even if you do believe that those defaulting on subprime mortgages are innocent victims, any government bailout for them is likely to create innocent victims of its own: The taxpayers who will be forced to pay for it."

Murderous Hummers?

My Way - Sports News: "Cornelius police said the Mazda that Herbert's children were in attempted to pass a third car when it went out of control and collided with a Hummer."

Muskegon Chronicle advocates 16 year lod drop outs!

mlive.com: "It seems to us that 16 is a reasonable year for youngsters and families to determine whether high school is a continuing good fit."

How Bush Decided on the Surge

How Bush Decided on the Surge: "And the president chose not to deal with his hosts, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a commander in chief would address subordinates. He hadn't come to the military brass's turf simply to order the five chiefs and two combatant commanders to begin a 'surge' of additional troops in Iraq and to pursue a radical change in strategy. For that, he might have summoned them to the Oval Office or the Situation Room in the basement of the White House. He had come to the Pentagon to persuade and cajole, not command."

ooof!

My Way - Sports News: "Playing off Michigan running back Mike Hart referring to Michigan State as a little brother last fall, the Breslin Center crowd chanted, 'Little Sisters! Little Sisters!' toward the end of the game."

Don't tweak the Izzoners.

Football wisdom

Subject: Fw: Football Wisdom !!

At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money and we don't have any." Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.
"Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas." Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.
"After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that."! Bobby Bowden / Florida State
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." Lou Holtz / Arkansas
"When you win, nothing hurts." Joe Namath / Alabama
"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated." Lou Holtz / Arkansas
"If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, "Roll, tide, roll!" Bear Bryant / Alabama
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall." Frank Leahy / Notre Dame
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes / Ohio State
"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation." Bob Devaney / Nebraska
"In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant." Wally Butts / Georgia
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." Paul Dietzel / LSU
When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. "No, but you can see it from here." Lou Holtz / Arkansas
"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game." Bear Bryant / Alabama
"There's one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal line." Matty Bell / SMU
"Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died." Frank Leahy / Notre Dame
"I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms - Truman's and Eisenhower's." Alex Karras / Iowa
"My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor." Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee
"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades." Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
"Always remember..... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David. " Shug Jordan/ Auburn
"They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces." Darrell Royal / Texas
"Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"They whipped us like a tied up goat." Spike Dykes / Texas Tech
"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me and he said: "Well,Walt, we took a look at you and you weren't any good." Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State
"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel." Bobby Bowden / Florida State
"Football is not a contact sport-it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport." Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post-game message to his team: "All those who need showers, take them." John McKay / USC
"If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education." Murray Warmath / Minnesota
"The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"Oh,we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon." Spike Dykes / Texas Tech
"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches." Darrell Royal / Texas
"We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking." John McKay / USC
"Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad. Darrell Royal / University of Texas
"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football" John Heisman

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Lansing State Journal: Among 50 large cities, Detroit ranked worst place to have a baby

Lansing State Journal: Among 50 large cities, Detroit ranked worst place to have a baby: "Motor City moms would be disappointed to find out that a fitness magazine ranked Detroit as the worst place to have a baby out of the 50 largest cities in America.
In its February/March issue, Fit Pregnancy ranked Detroit last based on affordability, birth risks and health factors, breastfeeding, birthing options, stroller friendliness, fertility services, quality of hospitals and doctors, safety and quality of child care."

Free smoke detector giveaway begins

Free smoke detector giveaway begins: "Red Cross volunteers will go door-to-door on four dates over the next two months to check and, if necessary, install free smoke detectors in Grand Rapids neighborhoods.
Saving Lives At The Sound is a program aimed at putting a smoke detector in every home."

Gateway Pundit: 10 Years Young-- The Clinton "Saddam Has Nukes" Speech (Video)

Gateway Pundit: 10 Years Young-- The Clinton "Saddam Has Nukes" Speech (Video): "Together, we must confront the new hazards of chemical and biological weapons and the outlaw states, terrorists, and organized criminals seeking to acquire them. Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade and much of his nation's wealth not on providing for the Iraqi people but on developing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them."

Friday, January 25, 2008

Big belly up?

Economics & Finance business Articles - MLive.com: "The parent company of Old Country Buffet, Fire Mountain and Ryan's Steakhouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Buffet Holdings Inc. said its 626 restaurants, including two in the Grand Rapids area, will remain open as it reorganizes."

Survey: Norton Shores residents want more services, but not at higher cost - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com#more

Survey: Norton Shores residents want more services, but not at higher cost - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com#more

The Corner on National Review Online

The Corner on National Review Online: "Check out the charts on economist Mark Perry’s Carpe Diem blog site. They show that the U.S. share of world GDP and its world stock market capitalization are shrinking. This is not a bad thing. It does not mean that America is heading downwards. On the contrary, it means that newly freed economies are heading up."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ask the pilot, Patrick Smith, Air-traffic crisis | Salon Technology

Ask the pilot, Patrick Smith, Air-traffic crisis Salon Technology: "I woke to the following headline: 'Bush Pressures FAA to Act on Flight Delays.' With the number of commercial flights soaring to an all-time high, congestion at airports has never been worse."

The bravest woman in America

Metro Pulse: "But as the four-engine propellor-driven plane taxied down the tarmac, it skidded off the icy pavement, through a cyclone fence, and into a ditch. The left wing broke, and the plane burst into a gasoline fire.
As the cabin filled with smoke, passengers screamed. Some were on fire themselves.
Frankie Housley was the lone stewardess. She was a striking young woman with dark-brown hair and darker eyes, so dark that some described them as black. The 24-year-old had been a stewardess for only five months, but she took charge of the situation. “Take it easy,” she commanded soldiers."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ankle Biting Pundits » Blog Archive » In Philly, Public Employee Pension And Benefit Costs Bankrupting City

Ankle Biting Pundits » Blog Archive » In Philly, Public Employee Pension And Benefit Costs Bankrupting City: "this depressing report done by the Pew Charitable Trust and Economic League of Philadelphia, which shows that the cost of public employee pensions and health care benefits are crippling the city’s finances."

Tavern owners' objections help sink church's plan - mlive.com

Tavern owners' objections help sink church's plan - mlive.com: "A small local church was denied permission Tuesday to locate in a large, unused building on Sherman Boulevard last occupied by a Tony Betten & Sons Lincoln-Mercury dealership.
The pastor and his flock were barred -- in part -- by two bars.
Muskegon planning commissioners denied the Celebration Community Church's request for a special-use permit on a 5-3 vote.
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Pentagon Heavy Airlift Helicopter Designs - 6 Chinook Replacements for Army in Iraq - Popular Mechanics

Pentagon Heavy Airlift Helicopter Designs - 6 Chinook Replacements for Army in Iraq - Popular Mechanics

The Rainbow Coalition Evaporates by Steven Malanga, City Journal Winter 2008

The Rainbow Coalition Evaporates by Steven Malanga, City Journal Winter 2008: "“Massive illegal immigration has been devastating to my community,” Anderson, a former auto mechanic and longtime South Central Los Angeles resident, tells listeners. “Black Americans are hit the hardest.”"

Good advice

Kudlow's Money Politic$: "The idea is to stay long-term. Younger investors should be 100 percent in stocks. Middle-aged investors should be about 80 percent in stocks. And elderly investors should probably be about 50/50 between stocks and bonds."

WZZM13 - Grand Rapids teachers protest lack of progress in contract talks

WZZM13 - Grand Rapids teachers protest lack of progress in contract talks: "They want safer classrooms, higher pay and they want the district to continue paying 100 percent of their health care premiums."

Judge orders Delphi to slash executive bonuses by 81%

Judge orders Delphi to slash executive bonuses by 81%: "A judge says he would approve Delphi's bankruptcy exit plan once the auto supplier reduces the total payout of cash bonuses to top executives.

The judge told Delphi to slash executive cash bonuses to a total of $16.5 million from a proposed $ 87.9 million - an 81% reduction."

$8.00 an hour?

Fulton to pay students in after-school program ajc.com: "Forty students from Creekside High and Bear Creek Middle schools in Fairburn will be the first to try the 'Learn & Earn' program, where students will get paid to attend after-school tutoring programs."

Hispanics "racists"?

Power Line: At the end of the rainbow coalition?: "The apparent hostility of Hispanic Democrats to Barack Obama on racial grounds seemed to play a prominent role in the Nevada caucuses last week. Obama lost hugely to Clinton in Nevada among Hispanics (23-64 according to Newsday). Why? Last week's New York Times story by Adam Nagourney and on black-Hispanic tensions stays resolutely on the surface. It's a phenomenon that we would be learning much more about if it were occurring within the Republican Party."

My Way News - Study: False Statements Preceded War

My Way News - Study: False Statements Preceded War: "A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks."

Cal Study: Rich Countries Do $1.8 Trillion Damage To Poor Countries - News Story - KNTV | San Francisco

Cal Study: Rich Countries Do $1.8 Trillion Damage To Poor Countries - News Story - KNTV San Francisco

Getting in Shape Reduces Death Risk -- Newsday.com

Getting in Shape Reduces Death Risk -- Newsday.com

Missing Cat Found In Owner's Suitcase , Fla. Woman's 10-Month Old Missing Cat Found In Owner's Lost Suitcase - CBS News

Missing Cat Found In Owner's Suitcase , Fla. Woman's 10-Month Old Missing Cat Found In Owner's Lost Suitcase - CBS News: "The last time cat-owner Kelly Levy saw her tiger-striped feline was before she took her husband to the airport. The 24-year-old came back to her house late Friday to find the bottom step, where Gracie Mae would usually be waiting, empty."

Philly's cold shoulder - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Philly's cold shoulder - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "The youth of Philadelphia are in danger. Nearly 112,000 children — over 30 percent of children in the city — live beneath the poverty line. There are as many as 3,900 homeless families in Philadelphia. Only about half of Philadelphia ninth-graders graduate from high school within four years, and last year's state standardized math and reading tests came back to 11th graders in Philadelphia public schools with 70 percent of scores below proficient. In 2006, 1,030 young Philadelphians between the ages of 7 and 24 were shot; 179 kids were murdered."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scientists: Warm seas may mean fewer hurricanes -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Scientists: Warm seas may mean fewer hurricanes -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com: "Observations from 1854 to 2006 show almost all the world's oceans have warmed, particularly in large areas of the tropical regions of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, the study found. That warming has increased vertical wind shear in the Atlantic and suppressed hurricane activity, the NOAA study found."

The more successful you are, the more you drink, research finds - Independent Online Edition > Health

The more successful you are, the more you drink, research finds - Independent Online Edition > Health: "Chief executives of big companies and public sector organisations are coping with their stressful positions by drinking the equivalent of almost three bottles of wine a week, new research shows."

"everyone into the locker room... naked."

Townhall.com::Learning About the 'Three Sexes'::By Rick Amato: "A new law requiring California public schools to, among other things, allow students to 'choose their own gender' when deciding whether to use the boys or girls restroom and locker room is a glaring example of the cultural assault taking place in America. At stake are the minds, values and ideals of the children who parents send off to school each morning. The law went into effect on Jan. 11."

Michigan Requiem «

Michigan Requiem «

Mona Shores school system has "child care"?

Heavy snow closes West Michigan schools - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com: "Mona Shores Public: Closed Today; Childcare OPEN"

TCS Daily - The Conspiracy to Deny the Poor Mobility—and Opportunity

TCS Daily - The Conspiracy to Deny the Poor Mobility—and Opportunity: "'There is this mad rush towards lowering the prices to achieve mass affordability,' Anumita Roychoudhury of the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi,"

Make a splash in the world's largest swimming pool | the Daily Mail


Tax cuts are the best stimulus - Examiner.com

Tax cuts are the best stimulus - Examiner.com: "If somebody grabbed your wallet and then handed you back a $20 bill, would you be grateful? Realizing the money was yours to begin with, you would probably call the cops rather than thank the thief."

Power Line: How far am I from Canaan?

Power Line: How far am I from Canaan?: "Today is the anniversary of the birth of Sam Cooke. Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on January 22, 1931, grew up a son of the church in Chicago, and died a violent death under tawdry circumstances in Los Angeles on December 11, 1964."

Coal plants cancelled in 2007 - SourceWatch

Coal plants cancelled in 2007 - SourceWatch: "Between 2000 and 2006, over 150 coal plant proposals were fielded by utilities in the United States. By the end of 2007, 10 of those proposed plants had been constructed, and an additional 25 plants were under construction. But during 2007 a large number of proposed plants were cancelled, abandoned, or put on hold: 59 according to the list below."

Ethanol’s indirect emissions greater than fossil fuel emissions…

Ethanol’s indirect emissions greater than fossil fuel emissions…

Unhappy home buyer, feeling misled on price, sues agent

Unhappy home buyer, feeling misled on price, sues agent: "Marty Ummel believes she paid too much for her house. So do millions of other people who bought at the peak of the housing boom.
What makes Ummel different is that she is suing her agent, saying it was all his fault.
Ummel claims that the agent hid the information that similar homes in the neighborhood were selling for less because he feared she would back out and he would lose his $30,000 commission."

Starting today, new drivers must prove legal status

Starting today, new drivers must prove legal status: "Michiganders getting their driver's licenses for the first time will have to prove they are legal, permanent U.S. residents, under requirements that will go into effect today, according to the Michigan Secretary of State's Office."

Superintendent quitting to help district save money

Superintendent quitting to help district save money: "The superintendent of the cash-strapped Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools says he’s stepping down to save the district money — and hopefully save some teachers’ jobs.
Eric Palmu announced Monday he’ll resign later this year from his $93,000-a-year job."

The 5 Most Horrifying Bugs in the World | Cracked.com


FrontPage Magazine

FrontPage Magazine: "If John Kerry had been elected President of the United States in November 2004, especially with the incoming majority Democrat Congress, it is highly likely that Iraq would be in the midst of a civil war, Iran’s regional influence would have increased, Israel would be in more jeopardy than it is now, two Supreme Court seats would be occupied by clones of John Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg instead of by John Roberts and Samuel Alito, judicial decisions would have given even more “rights” to enemy combatants, domestic entitlements and earmarks would have skyrocketed, the Bush tax cuts would be history. And more!"

The Proud. The Morons.

Winds of Change.NET: The Few. The Proud. The Morons.

Cans for grades

ISIL Channels » Blog Archive » Cans for grades: "Later I find out that my daughter’s friend’s math teacher offers extra credit to the math class, also for bringing in cans of food."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Freakonomics - Stephen J. Dubner - Steven D. Levitt - Red-Cockaded Woodpecker - Endangered Species - New York Times

Freakonomics - Stephen J. Dubner - Steven D. Levitt - Red-Cockaded Woodpecker - Endangered Species - New York Times: "But before charging ahead with such plans, the new president might do well to first ask him- or herself the following question: What do a deaf woman in Los Angeles, a first-century Jewish sandal maker and a red-cockaded woodpecker have in common?"

Stock Markets Plunge Worldwide: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Stock Markets Plunge Worldwide: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Stocks fell sharply worldwide Monday following declines on Wall Street last week amid investor pessimism over the U.S. government's stimulus plan to prevent a recession.
U.S. markets were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the downbeat mood from last week's market declines there circled through Europe, Asia and the Americas. Britain's benchmark FTSE-100 slumped 5.5 percent to 5,578.20, France's CAC-40 Index tumbled 6.8 percent to 4,744.15, and Germany's blue-chip DAX 30 plunged 7.2 percent to 6,790.19."

FOXNews.com - Bankers Association Wants 'No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses' Policy - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

FOXNews.com - Bankers Association Wants 'No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses' Policy - Local News News Articles National News US News: "The group rolled out a 'No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses' program, which includes lobby signs asking customers to remove those items before approaching a teller.
Those who refuse would be directed to an area with more security or a more experienced teller.
'Bankers aren't just going to hope robbers won't come,' FBA president Alex Sanchez said. 'The 'No Hats' program is one more layer of protection for banks, employees and bank customers.'"

Is this the same school system that can't teach kids reedin', ritin' or numbrs?

International School's goal: Prepare students for global economy - mlive.com:
"Editor's note: Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Colin Armstrong has proposed turning Steele Middle School into a K-8 charter school managed by the school district tentatively called the International School of Muskegon. An all-day drop-in information session about the proposed school will be Tuesday at Steele, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Based on public input, the school board is expected to decide in February whether to establish the school"

Honor the Fallen

Sgt Hook - This We’ll Defend » Blog Archive » Honor the Fallen: "As most of you know by now, Major Andrew Olmsted, Soldier, Milblogger, Husband, and Patriot was recently killed in action while serving here in Iraq. His family has received numerous offers to honor this fallen hero and the family has repsonded with a dignified, classy request that captures the love and respect shared among those who serve and their families.
Major Olmsted’s family has requested of those who wish to do something in honor of him, they can send donations to a fund that has been set up for the four children of CPT Thomas Casey, who served under Andy and was killed while trying to help him. The address is here:
Capt. Thomas Casey Children’s fund
P.O. Box 1306
Chester, CA 96020
Thank you. Sgt Hook out."

More "leadership" from our State

Michigan may add to regulations for indoor tanning salons:

Certainly, there is nothing more important than expanding our state's control over business.... and adding another "fee" to the goody bag.

"A bill pending in the state House would strengthen existing health code requirements that customers under 18 get a parent's permission to get that manufactured golden glow. All customers regardless of age would have to sign a statement indicating they had read a written health warning upon their first visit and signs noting the potential dangers of ultraviolet radiation would have to be posted.
Tanning parlors aren't now licensed in the state of Michigan. The House proposal would require indoor tanning operations to register with the state at the cost of $150 per year and give the Michigan Department of Community Health some limited oversight."

No mention of Jenny?

WZZM13 - Confidence in West Michigan economy hits lowest level in 13 years:

How can our economy get better if we won't address the problem... miserable "leadership".
Imagine if she was a GOPer.....

Do we really want to pour more money into this money pit?


Ford teachers talk union:


Jeepers, their graduation rate is 11%.
Everyone sure deserves a raise!
http://www.onveon.com/college/graduation-statistics/henry-ford-community-college-48128.htm


"Part-time teachers at Henry Ford Community College hope to form a union this spring in an effort to gain higher wages and better working conditions.
Following a national movement to unionize among part-time faculty who increasingly teach heavier workloads for far less money than full-timers, adjunct professors formed an association last spring to explore unionization. The group is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Political leaders=Quality of our State?

Primary revealed a miserable Michigan: "• ' an economically devastated place.' -- BBC Radio."

Our sad, racist Chronicle columnist "celebrates" MLK Day


Just who achieved his dream? No one yet - Muskegon Chronicle Opinion:

Incredible that GordoM would be forced to defend the evil Hillary.

"It started with Hillary Clinton's assertion that while King articulated the dream for justice and equality, it took President Lyndon Johnson to do the heavy lifting. It was Johnson, she said, who pushed for the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 and signed King's vision into fruition.
In her words, 'it took a president to get it done.'
All over America, people -- especially black people -- rolled their eyes at the suggestion that somehow Johnson did more for civil rights gains than King did."

No, Americans didn't roll their eyes. Only racist demagogues did.

And no, Hill never suggested that Johnson did more than King.

And both conveniently forgot that Eisenhower proposed the 1957 Civil Rights Act which Johnson and the democrats opposed and killed.

What would you do?


Imagine if only "white" boys suffered this fate?





"What changes would you recommend if I told you that African-American children were:

four to eight times as likely to be drugged with Ritalin and other stimulants, which pediatrician Leonard Sax, calls “academic steroids.”

reading much more poorly than are other students.

five times more likely to commit suicide.

two and a half times as likely to drop out of high school.

severely underrepresented in college and even more so among college graduates, thereby locking them out of today’s, let alone tomorrow’s, knowledge economy."

This day in history


1885 The roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson of Coney Island, NY.
Lawyers and loonies rejoice!

1942 Nazi officials held the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.
War is not the answer?

1961 John F. Kennedy is inaugurated for his first -- and tragically only -- term of office as the President of the United States.
Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Mafia girlfriends........

1981 U.S. hostages, held captive in Iran for 444 days, are released just minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the fortieth president of the United States.
Jimmah let 'em get taken. Ronnie got 'em out. Maybe the threat of "war" was the answer?

Native Hawaiians Reclaiming Land


Native Hawaiians Reclaiming Land - TIME:

This is scary! The precedent covers the entire USA.


"More than 200 acres of land that belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii before the United States took control a century ago will be returned to Native Hawaiians, according to terms of a $200 million tentative settlement announced Friday."

Folks getting all the money say everything is "OK".




This is great! The people who are getting all the money assure us that taxes aren't too high and that spending is not out of control.


"The idea that state taxes and spending are out of control is a myth and an impediment to getting Michigan's economy back on track, a group representing universities, cities and nonprofit agencies said Thursday."

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS:Same old, same old


DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS: District spent $1.5 million on trips, catering: "Despite promises to scale back travel and other nonessential expenses, Detroit Public Schools spent more than $1.5 million on hotels, travel and catered meals in the year that ended Sept. 1."

"Till death do us part"

Husband pleads guilty to slaying wife hours after wedding:
"MARQUETTE - A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife hours after the couple were married.

Derek Linklater faces life in prison when he is sentenced May 20 in federal court.

An autopsy had shown that 34-year-old Loretta Wandahsega died of blunt force trauma to her head."

Power Line: Bylines of brutality

Power Line: Bylines of brutality: "Today the New York Times resumes its coverage of our crazed killer vets with Deborah Sontag's 'An Iraq veteran's descent, a prosecutor's choice.' Contrast Sontag's long, long story with the minimalist coverage afforded by the Times to the posthumous Medal of Honor awarded to New York native son Michael Murphy. Clay Waters, among others, noted the Times's reluctance to cover the military heroism of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan."

My Way News - Report: Sears to Reorganize Into Units

Sears to Reorganize Into Units: "Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) plans to reorganize into several companies in another bid to pull the ailing 121-year-old retailer out the doldrums, according to a report published Saturday."

Bush Makes the Best of a Bad Situation

Kudlow's Money Politic$: Bush Makes the Best of a Bad Situation: "President Bush has made the best of a bad situation by applying his so-called tax rebate proposal within the income-tax code, rather than positioning it as new federal spending, like Sen. Hillary Clinton’s $100 billion spending package. He’s going to oppose that. He’s right to oppose that. It’s essential to oppose that."

Dark Roasted Blend: Animals Having Fun, Part 9


Criminal Alien Program still taking illegals arrested for minor offenses | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

Criminal Alien Program still taking illegals arrested for minor offenses :

"TOP OFFENSES Since Sept. 1, 2006, Irving police have used the Criminal Alien Program to refer arrestees whose citizenship cannot be verified to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation. Here are the 15 most common charges against Irving jail detainees believed to be illegal immigrants from the program's start in Irving through Wednesday.
Charge* Total
Local misdemeanor
warrants 1,232
Outside misdemeanor warrants 896
No driver's license 515
Public intoxication 499
Other misdemeanors 410
Driving while intoxicated offenses 352
Driving with invalid license 131
Possession of drug(s) 105
Misdemeanor assault 101
Driving without insurance 99
Outside felony warrants 97
Failure to identify self as fugitive 86
Misdemeanor theft 76
Felony theft 44
Failure to display driver's license 36
Total charges** 5,013
Total people turned
over to ICE 2,172
* These are initial charges at the time of arrest and may be dropped or changed after review. Some individuals face multiple charges.
** 'Total charges' include the 15 categories listed here as well as others.
SOURCE: Irving Police Department"

Coming to a county near you!




Maybe it's time to get a new budget director?


"ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Washtenaw County officials have to act fast to erase a looming budget deficit possibly ranging from $8 million to $10 million.
County Commissioner Leah Gunn, D-Ann Arbor, said the effect on employees and residents won't be known until officials decide on the best way to address the deficit.
The deficit was discovered two months after the 2008 budget was approved in November."

Imagine grades being important?


Proposal: Athletes must have B average
Under Greg Murray's proposal, student-athletes would be required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
The Detroit Free Press reports it's the first attempt to strengthen the state's two-decades-old standards that allow students to play sports with grades as low as four Ds and two Fs

Will "green" signal the "end" of GR?

Mayor's State of the City: new jobs, 100% green:

Don't you love politicians who make expensive, job destroying promises that sound so ............ warm and friendly!

"Heartwell also pledged in the speech that by 2020, the city will get 100% of its energy for municipal use from renewable or 'green' sources.
.
'We are going to survive Michigan's economic tsunami because we have the people,' Heartwell said. 'That's our true wealth.'

But he acknowledged troubles with the Grand Rapids workforce: One in five of the city's adults cannot read. Tests show its children are struggling too.
Better education has been a goal of prior State of the City speeches and now, the mayor is pointing to some progress: higher reading scores for Grand Rapids Public Schools' fourth-graders. Heartwell also referenced a recent study of the city's kids, which concluded those with nothing to do after school cause problems.
'We will have an after-school program in every public school,' the mayor pledged. 'That's my commitment.'"

One of last year's long-term goals was to end homelessness by 2014. After the speech, we pointed out to the mayor that some shelters report seeing more people this year.
"Homelessness is growing in spite of our efforts we've put in place to end homelessness," the mayor acknowledged
.


"To build and to unbuild and to rebuild as we dream," the mayor said, concluding his address.

How long before Grand Rapids is "Detroit West"?

Are teacher sick days taking a bite out of education? - Michigan News, Updates, Photos & Video | Detroit, Lansing - MLive.com




No room to cut the budget and no school choice.


"Area public school teachers took an average of eight days for sick and personal leave last school year — nearly twice the rate for workers in other professions nationally."

"The leadership of Governor Granholm cannot be overstated"?


- mlive.com

The Chronicle editorial board is in love with Jenny!

Who cares about unemployment, U-Hauls going one-way out of town and a bankrupt budget?

The religion of GREEN is paramount!


Regional pact right step for Michigan

The leadership of Gov. Jennifer Granholm on regional issues important to the Great Lakes and our state cannot be overstated. Her hard work on substantive matters that extend beyond Michigan's borders is vital in shaping a better region and world. .....

Granholm joined with others in creating regional pacts to reduce carbon emissions and setting up a "trading system" to meet the new targets, as has been done in other areas of the country by other regional gubernatorial teams. Fresh from her work at the governors' conference, Granholm got to work back home on attaining the proposed goals of reduced greenhouse emissions in this state by creating a 35-member Michigan Climate Action Council to bring a comprehensive climate action plan to the table for consideration.

Farmington Daily Times - Are Navajo Blueeyes seeing red?

Farmington Daily Times - Are Navajo Blueeyes seeing red?: "And there are plenty, Anglo and Navajo, who should share the blame for this disgrace. Sending as many a 400 people to Hawaii for a national conference on education, using precious and limited tribal money and federal funds intended to help Navajo school children, should be illegal.
Perhaps, that is the case. The Department of the Interior confirmed that its Inspector General investigation continues into whether taxpayer money was misused for so many to go so far, and for what?
There were not 400 Navajo representatives at the same conference in the three previous years, including when it was in much closer Phoenix and Denver."

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Country club sets a new course for the future - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com

Country club sets a new course for the future - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com: "One of the options is changing the status of the private club -- long a favorite dining and recreational outlet for Muskegon executives and community leaders -- to semi-private or public."

Muhammad's Tribe

Muhammad's Tribe: "Why did the Muslim Middle East become so violent? Philip Carl Salzman explains how Bedouin politics became embedded in modern Islamic sociology"

Opinion: The fictional horrors of war | war, times, iraq, one, home - OCRegister.com

Opinion: The fictional horrors of war war, times, iraq, one, home - OCRegister.com

Stopping Iran: Why the Case for Military Action Still Stands

Stopping Iran: Why the Case for Military Action Still Stands

Instapundit.com -

auInstapundit.com -: "VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: 'After reading most of the McCain animus on conservative blogs, I’m a little worried that some of it goes over the top. . . . McCain’s past support for the flawed immigration bill, McCain-Feingold, and opposition to tax cuts, as well as temper flare-ups at those who questioned his conservative fides are legitimate concerns. But many believe that the two key issues right now are winning, in conservative fashion, the war in all its theaters, and controlling out-of-control spending. He seems in the forefront there. Moreover it seems odd to fault him for telling the truth—however politically unwise—that all the jobs in the automotive industry simply aren’t coming back as before.'"

Founder of Anti-Gun Group Pleads No Contest to Weapons Charges - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

News Articles National News US News:
"A former gang member who founded an anti-violence group called No Guns has pleaded no contest to federal weapons charges.
Hector 'Big Weasel' Marroquin, 51, and co-defendant Sylvia Arrellano, 25, entered pleas Thursday for three counts of manufacture, distribution and transport for sale of an unlawful assault weapon.
Arrellano also pleaded no contest to machine gun conversion and possessing a silencer and acknowledged that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang."...

....Marroquin founded No Guns in 1996, ostensibly to reduce gang and gun violence. The group received $1.5 million from the city as a subcontractor on anti-gang efforts but its contract was canceled last year after authorities learned that Marroquin had hired relatives, including his son, Hector "Little Weasel" Marroquin.

WOODTV.com & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news, weather, sports and video - Local economic confidence lowest since '95

WOODTV.com & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news, weather, sports and video - Local economic confidence lowest since '95: "Not since 1995 has confidence in the local economy been lower, according to Grand Valley State University economist Dr. Hari Singh."

Smoking foes in huff over GVSU's noncompliance - mlive.com

Smoking foes in huff over GVSU's noncompliance - mlive.com: "The school began taking heat Wednesday after the student newspaper, The Lanthorn, reported GVSU maintained it did not have to follow the county's workplace smoking ban, which took effect Jan. 1.
'I regret that this is the position they're taking,' said Marcia Knol, chairwoman of Smoke Free Ottawa, the coalition that pushed for the smoking ban. 'This is a public health code regulation. They are required to comply with health code regulations.'
The university has continued to allow students to smoke at doorways and places ashtrays there for cigarette disposal, a conflict with the ordinance that requires 25 feet between smokers and any entrances and windows.
Tom Butcher, GVSU's general counsel, said universities have autonomy, but said Wednesday a group will study whether its policy should be updated.
'I think we will look at those as guidance to update our policy,' Butcher said.
GVSU Vice President Matt McLogan said the state constitution grants all 15 universities the power to set their own regulations, and the university already has a smoke-free building policy."

Friday, January 18, 2008

Watch What You Put on Trailer Hitches

Watch What You Put on Trailer Hitches: "It's one thing to dangle fuzzy dice from a rear view mirror, but decorating a trailer hitch with a large pair of rubber testicles might be a bit much in Virginia.
State Del. Lionel Spruill introduced a bill Tuesday to ban displaying replicas of human genitalia on vehicles,"

USATODAY.com

USATODAY.com: "States are trying to disconnect computer-generated political calls that are flooding the nation's households at election time."

Al Dente: Yet Another Reason We Should Be Able to Drink at Work

Al Dente: Yet Another Reason We Should Be Able to Drink at Work: "A recent article reports that German researchers just announced that drinking beer promotes good health. How could this lovely dream be possible? They say that, “preliminary studies indicate xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, inhibits a family of enzymes which trigger cancer, as well as help the body detoxify carcinogens.”"

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Joke leaves 'em gasping : Local News : The Rocky Mountain News

Joke leaves 'em gasping : Local News : The Rocky Mountain News: "A Greeley businessman apologized Wednesday after a joke about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fell flat during the National Western Stock Show's annual Citizen of the West banquet.
William R. Farr was pretending to read telegrams congratulating this year's award recipient, University of Colorado President Hank Brown, when he pulled out a piece of paper and said, 'I have a telegram from the White House.'
Then he added, 'They're going to have to change the name of that building if Obama's elected.'"

Political parties spoiled the party for our primary - mlive.com

Political parties spoiled the party for our primary - mlive.com: "Also, given the way the open primary is structured, a Democrat theoretically could put on a Grand Old Party hat for a day and try to shape that party's presidential field. While our formal position is that such a move is unethical, the reality is, this is a game Michiganders on both sides of the political fence love to play.
And it is allowable -- this goes for Republicans, too. You do not have to be a registered member of any party to vote, nor will requesting a partisan ballot make you a registered Republican or Democrat. While the political parties themselves are allowed to know who is and isn't voting, this information is not available to the general public."

MCC, GVSU study plan to serve North Ottawa - mlive.com

MCC, GVSU study plan to serve North Ottawa - mlive.com: "Muskegon Community College and Grand Valley State University today will announce a joint effort that could provide new educational opportunities for North Ottawa County residents.
The plan would enable North Ottawa residents -- 25 years and older -- to complete their basic college courses at the MCC campus, said MCC President David Rule.
MCC and GVSU officials this afternoon will sign an agreement to conduct 'a feasibility study' of the plan that is expected to be completed by June"

Angry school leader warns of big 'ugly' cuts - mlive.com

Angry school leader warns of big 'ugly' cuts - mlive.com: "Big spending cuts at Muskegon Public Schools are coming next year, and the results could be 'ugly.'
That was the warning Superintendent Colin Armstrong gave school board members Monday as district officials begin preparing a budget for the 2008-09 school year.
Current estimates are that $3 million will have to be slashed from the district's budget -- a proposition that makes Armstrong frustrated and angry at state funding for education."

Court orders state to tighten 'factory farm' regulations - mlive.com

Court orders state to tighten 'factory farm' regulations - mlive.com: "The 200 concentrated animal feeding operations in Michigan, known as CAFOs, collectively generate more than 4 billion pounds of manure annually, according to state data. Nearly all of that manure is spread, untreated, on farm fields. The practice can pollute nearby streams with harmful bacteria.
There are at least 16 CAFOs in West Michigan. Several of the massive livestock operations, including den Dulk Dairy Farms in Ravenna and Ryzebol Dairy in Bailey, have been cited by the state in recent years for pollution violations"

Divided council rejects lake taxing board - mlive.com

Divided council rejects lake taxing board - mlive.com: "A divided Norton Shores City Council rejected creation of a Mona Lake taxing district Wednesday -- shocking supporters who said the health of the lake and the channel to Lake Michigan will suffer without stable funding."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Deal afoot to alter Klamath for users - OregonLive.com

Deal afoot to alter Klamath for users - OregonLive.com: "A unique gathering of government agencies, Native Americans, farmers and fishermen Tuesday proposed removing four dams on the Klamath River, with a cornucopia of benefits running to river users ranging from $80 million to tribes to guaranteed irrigation water for farmers.
Yet the linchpin of the historic deal -- an agreement from Portland-based PacifiCorp to remove its four dams -- is missing.
Also absent are agreements from Oregon, California and Congress to pay nearly $1 billion in costs."

Men's 'sexually harassing' hairy chests get under gals' skin - Mainichi Daily News

Men's 'sexually harassing' hairy chests get under gals' skin - Mainichi Daily News: "Once a symbol of virility, hairy chests now gross out enough Japanese to see their exposure judged as a form of sexual harassment, according to Sunday Mainichi (1/27).
Earlier this month, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) banned the display of a poster advertising the 1,000-year-old Somin Festival because it featured a photo of a loincloth-clad man with a bare but hairy chest.
JR East said it couldn't let festival organizers display the poster because it was sexually harassing in that many women were likely to find it offensive."

Jackson Hole energy pigs report consumption

Jackson Hole energy pigs report consumption: "He and his family talk about the energy question and his teenage son is part of the Jackson Hole Middle School Global Warming Hero League, a group of students raising awareness about climate change and its causes.

He said how energy impacts the environment is “something our family talks about a lot.”

As a member of the generation that helped build the valley economy and as a person who relied on petroleum to power his American Dream, Leeds now feels what some call “carbon guilt.”

“I have quite a bit of guilt as a member of a particular age group that is looking at passing on this sorry situation to these middle schoolers,” Leeds said."

Jackson Hole energy pigs report consumption

Jackson Hole energy pigs report consumption: "Lower Valley customers who don’t buy green power may find it difficult to determine the source of their electrons. The company buys electricity from Bonneville Power Administration, which generates energy with nuclear plants and dams centered around the Snake and Columbia river drainages. In one sense, when valley residents toast bread in the morning they generate nuclear waste and impede salmon runs."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

'just when I had given up'

The Columbus Dispatch : Passer-by rescues motorist 'just when I had given up': "'I've got to turn around and at least go check,' Brown told himself."

Obama-Farrakhan connection?

The Volokh Conspiracy : "Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said 'truly epitomized greatness.' That man is Louis Farrakhan."

"I.D.?" "We don't need no stinkin' ID!"



So much for "photo ID" necessary to vote in the Michigan primary.
I just voted and told the nice octogenarian lady that I had no photo ID.
"No problem, sir. Just fill out this form"
I only had to fill out a small form with "my" name, "my" address and "my" date of birth.
I then signed "my" name attesting that I had was "not in possession of" picture ID.
It was in my car.
"GordoM"-vote-early-and-often

Muskegon Heights endorses taxing board for Mona Lake

Norton Shores is going to get in bed with these same "water crooks" again?

And check out who will sit on the board that will spend the money!

City endorses taxing board for Mona Lake: "The Muskegon Heights City Council Monday voted unanimously to support efforts to create a board that would levy taxes for environmental improvements to Mona Lake.
The council still needs to schedule a public hearing before the new taxing district could be formed. The Norton Shores City Council has also endorsed formation of the lake board and set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Norton Shores Public Library, 705 Seminole."

The Mona Lake Watershed Council and the Mona Lake Improvement Association have been studying the issue for a year. Their proposal would raise about $90,000 annually over five years for weed reduction, dredging and other improvements. Most of the 500 affected property owners and those with lakefront lots would pay $200 annually under the proposal. An estimated 95 property owners with deeded access but no frontage would pay 25 to 50 percent of that.
The new Mona Lake Board would be composed of representatives from Norton Shores, Muskegon Heights, the county drain commissioner's office and the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners, and a resident.

Should Michigan Really Matter to Candidates?

Newsmax.com - Should Michigan Really Matter to Candidates?: "While America mostly prospered from 2000 until 2007, Michigan lost 400,000 jobs and stands to lose another 51,000 in 2008, according to University of Michigan economists.
The reason why Michigan “artificially had a recession,” former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, is “because its government is so bad, its taxes are so high, its unionized work rules are so destructive . . .”"

Michigan can't fix Michigan?

Detroit Free Press tells us it's not our fault, there's nothing we can do to make our state better.


ELECTION 2008: STEPHEN HENDERSON: The next president must pay attention to our problems: "But the payoff for Michigan won't come until there's a president who 'gets it' on the troubles facing U.S. manufacturing in general and the auto industry in particular, and is willing to focus on those issues, something Washington has barely done for eight years."

STEPHEN HENDERSON is the deputy editor of the Free Press editorial page.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Thank God!

Do our children really need another school that denigrates reading, writing and arithmetic?

Please, let us just educate our children!

World school response remains flat - mlive.com: "A lack of public input is threatening plans to establish a bilingual 'International School' in Muskegon that officials believe could give students a competitive advantage."

Dang!


Imagine if this was an "urban" format station?

We'd have national news AND national stars right here in Muskegon!


AM radio station WMHG, 'Timeless Favorites,' silenced - mlive.com: "WMHG was an automated, satellite-feed station. Its music format, from the ABC Radio Network, broadcast a middle-of-the-road oldies format that featured hits of such artists as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The format began as 'Stardust' in 1998 and in 2007 became known as 'Timeless Favorites.'"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hypocrite alert!




Survey shows eco-warriors are worst polluters:
A survey of travel habits has revealed that the most environmentally conscious people are also the biggest polluters.
'Green' consumers have some of the biggest carbon footprints because they are still hooked on flying abroad or driving their cars while their adherence to the green cause is mostly limited to small gestures."

See the GOP candidates!


What, no demos in our state?
MI GOP Presidential Primary Events Calendar: "The Michigan Republican Presidential Primary is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

"Is Sak bored or brain dead?"


Custody fights extend to the family pet - Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com: "Okay, maybe it's just me, but this strikes me as worse than useless and silly,' Plymouth attorney James P. Ryan, former chair of the State Bar's family law section, wrote on an Internet listserv that goes to some 800 lawyers and judges. 'Part-time legislature, anyone? P.S.: Remember to have your clients count all the fish.'"

......the Grand Rapids Democrat introduced a bill dictating how custody of dogs, cats, gerbils and other pets is to be decided.

That touched off a flurry of comments from other family law specialists including this one from Marshall attorney Lisa McNiff: "Is Sak bored or brain dead?"
Disputes over pets arise "very, very rarely," Kent County Circuit Judge Nanaruth Carpenter said, and, when they do, the parties usually work it out.
"I'm not saying pets are unimportant by any means," Kent County Circuit Judge Mark Trusock said, but "the last thing I want to do is take up the court's time for the custody of a dog. We need to make things simpler, not more complex."
Besides, he said, "There are so many issues I think our legislators could be dealing with," such as balancing the state budget and stopping the loss of jobs.
Sak, speaker pro tem of the House, responded: "We have and will continue to address those issues. Maybe we'll revisit the issue of judicial salaries and pensions," he said, then added, "I'm being humorous."
Before introducing the bill, he did not check with lawyers and judges who handle divorces, Sak said, but he added, "I'm going to vet it through our court system," apparently not intending a pun.

Air force Thunder Birds to return to Battle Creek air show


T-Birds to return to Battle Creek air show: "BATTLE CREEK -- A U.S. Air Force flight group will return to Battle Creek this summer.
The Thunderbirds will appear at this year's Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival July 2-6."

WZZM13 - A primary primer

WZZM13 - A primary primer: "You want to vote for Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich."

Geezer blog

The Life of Riley: "OLIVE’S FIFTY FOURTH POST

For those who don’t know our marvelous super-centenarian, Olive Riley,
(a super centenarian is someone over 105. Olive is well her way to 109
)
here is Olive singing her most cheerful song."

NYT lies about our troops AGAIN!


Winds of Change.NET: The Media Does It Again: "Damn, is it that hard for reporters and their editors to provide a little bit of context so we can make sense of the anecdotes? It's not in Part 1 of the article. And I'll bet it won't be in the future articles, either.
Because it's not part of the narrative of how our soldiers are either depraved or damaged."

Capitalism, not government, the real 'agent of change' |

Capitalism, not government, the real 'agent of change' : "In 2006 EMI, the world's fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free.'"

Anti-war Soros funded Iraq study


Anti-war Soros funded Iraq study- Times Online: "A STUDY that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros.
Soros, 77, provided almost half the £50,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead.

Romney leads McCain in Michigan poll

Romney leads McCain in Michigan poll: "Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who badly needs to win Tuesday's Michgian primary, has an 8-point lead over Sen. John McCain of Arizona in a McClatchy/MSNBC poll of Michigan voters to be released Sunday.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

ABC News: The Rezko Connection: Obama's Achilles Heel?


ABC News: The Rezko Connection: Obama's Achilles Heel?: "In sharp contrast to his tough talk about ethics reform in government, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., approached a well-known Illinois political fixer under active federal investigation, Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, for 'advice' as he sought to find a way to buy a house shortly after being elected to the United States Senate."

A Spot Check of Global Warming - TierneyLab - Science - New York Times Blog

A Spot Check of Global Warming - TierneyLab - Science - New York Times Blog: "Dr. Pielke calls it “a feast for cherrypickers.” In the Prometheus blog, where you can read the details of his computations, he writes: “One can arrive at whatever conclusion one wants with respect to the IPCC predictions. Want the temperature record to be consistent with IPCC? OK, then you like NASA. How about inconsistent? Well, then you are a fan of RSS. On the fence? Well, UAH and UKMET serve that purpose pretty well.”"

Sandcastle V.I. - The Fabulous Ventures - Billboard Top Hits

Sandcastle V.I. - The Fabulous Ventures - Billboard Top Hits

Big Sale!

Brooks Brothers?

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Classic Wool Jacket: "Classic Wool Jacket

Strong, closely-woven plain weave fabric, usually made from cotton, linen or hemp. Originally used to make sails.
Boiled wool. Full canvas construction. 3-button, double back vent. Locker loop at back neck. Sterling silver buttons. Fully lined with signature stripe lining. Made in Italy. Dry clean only. Cover all buttons before cleaning.
Reg. $2500.00 Sale: $1250.00"

GordoM-would-get-one-but-it's-dry-clean-only

Progressive Blogmeister To His Troops: Vote for Mitt! | Threat Level from Wired.com

Progressive Blogmeister To His Troops: Vote for Mitt! Threat Level from Wired.com: "Superstar blogger and progressive political activist Markos Moulitsas Zuniga on Thursday urged his netroots compatriots in Michigan to vote for Mitt Romney next Tuesday."

Public channel TV viewers will need to convert - mlive.com

Public channel TV viewers will need to convert - mlive.com: "People have to state they want it for public education/government channels,' she said."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Anti-gay shirt fight continues :: Bolingbrook Sun :: News

Anti-gay shirt fight continues :: Bolingbrook Sun :: News: "This case arose two years ago after Neuqua students' varied recognitions of the annual Day of Silence, during which students are allowed to not talk throughout the school day unless doing so interferes with their grades."

Ms Magazine refused this ad?


The Volokh Conspiracy - -: "Yet this is what the American Jewish Congress reports happened when the ad was submitted to Ms. magazine:
When Director of AJCongress’ Commission for Women’s Empowerment Harriet Kurlander tried to place the ad, she was told that publishing the ad “will set off a firestorm” and that “there are very strong opinions” on the subject -− the subject presumably being whether or not one can say anything positive about Israel. Ms. Magazine publisher Eleanor Smeal failed to respond to a signed-for certified letter with a copy of the ad as well as numerous calls by Mr. Gordon over a period of weeks."

and there is no God?


Biggest black hole in the cosmos discovered - space - 10 January 2008 - New Scientist Space: "The most massive known black hole in the universe has been discovered, weighing in with the mass of 18 billion Suns."

GordoM-doesn't-believe-in-God-but-doesn't-believe-this-stuff-"just-happened"

Why I don't go to Barnes and Noble any more


I've had the same experience too many times before.
Thank god AlGore invented amazon.com!

Instapundit.com -: "just went to the local Barnes & Noble where I found Keith Olberman's 'Truth and Consequences' prominently displayed on a middle of the aisle table - impossible to miss. Curious, I went in search of Jonah Goldberg's book and where did I find it? A single copy languished on the bottom row of the current events rack with just the binding end of the book showing. Coincidence?"

GordoM-always-thought-conservative's-money-was-just-as-good-as-lib's-money

Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > Vaccine-Autism Panic Debunked Yet Again by New Study

Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > Vaccine-Autism Panic Debunked Yet Again by New Study: "For years, the scientific evidence has been accumulating. The latest, published this week, once again showed that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative long used in childhood vaccines, does not cause the neurological disorders associated with the U.S. autism epidemic."

On This Day


On This Day:

1757 American founding father Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies.
His Momma told him to practise his pistol shootin'. He didn't.


1805The Michigan Territory was created.
First evidence of Detroit money pit.


1861Alabama seceded from the Union.
Latent aversion to Michigan finally won over.


1935Aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
Next woman to take that trip was asking "coffee, tea or milk".


1964U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health.
New report says "everything may be hazardous to one's health". Class action lawyers donate another $trillion to democrats.


1977France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
And they are offended that the world calls them "surrender monkeys"?


2003Calling the death penalty process 'arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral,' Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state's death row two days before leaving office."
Gov. Ryan checked into prison shortly after his ruling.
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