Saturday, February 28, 2009
"But what is causing our current ammunition shortages here in 2009?
Much of the demand comes from continued high law enforcement demand, the same demand that led to shortages two years ago.
Police agencies around the nation have become more militarized in recent years and two trends within this militarization have led to greater police ammunition demand.
An increase in the size and number of paramilitary police units"
"Anti-gun lawmakers swore up and down that once the 'assault weapon' ban expired, the murder rate would go through the roof. Well, the ban expired in 2004 and since then, the murder rate has gone down to a 43-year low."
"If you find it hard to keep track of all these evolutions, the president in his address to Congress finally spilled the beans and unveiled our new hero in his final form:
the Incredible Bulk, Statezilla, Governmentuan, a colossus bestriding the land like a, er, colossus. What superpowers does he have? All of them! He can save the economy, he can reform health care, he can prevent foreclosures, he can federalize day care, he can cap the salary of his archenemies the sinister Fat Cats who 'pad their paychecks and buy fancy drapes.' No longer will the citizenry cower in fear of fancy drapes"
Steyn at his best!
As we have often noted before (see the related articles links below), Messrs Obama and Biden fought our winning strategy in Iraq – tooth and nail.
A fact you would never guess from Mr. Obama’s remarks yesterday at Camp Lejeune.
But here is another gentle reminder about their prescience, via YouTube:"
"The Wall Street Journal has reported that taxing the rich at 100% won't pay for Obama's budget. Barack Obama promised not to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000 per year. Where is he going to get the money? The numbers indicate Obama will need to take 100% of the income of everyone making over $75,000."
"Companies are cutting jobs by the tens of thousands.
State and local governments are penny-pinching, too.
So what about Uncle Sam?
Tough times for him as well?
In fact the number of federal workers is on the rise.
That might seem strange to the 11 million people in the U.S. who are out of work - and the millions more who fear they soon will be. Shouldn't Washington pare down too?
But it is unlikely that President Barack Obama will put any of the nearly 2 million federal civil servants out in the street in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. His proposed $800-plus billion economic aid plan, which includes heavy spending on public works, is expected to increase the ranks of federal workers, although mostly at the state and local level."
"Sen. John McCain, who lost his White House bid to Barack Obama last fall, is supporting the president's new plan to pull most U.S. troops out of Iraq by the fall of 2010.
"So how much will President Barack Obama's budget cost us?
The projected 2010 budget of $3.552 trillion can be found on page 114 of the 'New Era of Responsibility' budget here.
......I'm an American taxpayer and the starkest figure is what this could cost me. The latest figure I could find for the number of US taxpayers is 138,893,908 returns in 2007 here.
By my reckoning, that's $25, 573.48 each."
"Her crime? She left three rifle shaped drill team props in the back of her car at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colo. Colorado law mandates expulsion for any student found with a 'dangerous weapon' on school grounds, which includes 'a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm.'
The non-operative rifle props are used during drill routines, where the facsimiles are spun and tossed. The props are made of wood and plastic, are heavily duct‑taped and, of course, cannot function and were never intended to. Morrow had brought them to school because she was preparing for a competition at the Air Force Academy in April and planned to attend a practice right after school."
Police department and Michigan State University Police say there is no reason for students or parents to be alarmed by two recent student deaths, even though they say they're not sure why the men died.
I can tell you that the public is not at risk," MSU Police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said, though she declined to release details in one of the cases."
Hep me here.... they promise there is no danger but they don't know what is killing the kids?
Why should anyone believe these prevaricators?
"The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country's love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners.
Friday, February 27, 2009
"Let me be very clear on the economics of President Obama’s State of the Union speech and his budget.
He is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds."
"Due to circumstances beyond control of the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Money can no longer be redeemed. The provider of Muskegon Money Gift Certificates, Certifichecks, Inc. has abruptly ceased operations.
DO NOT ACCEPT, DEPOSIT OR GIVE ANY MUSKEGON MONEY CERTIFICATES!
* Notify your staff
* Remove all window & door decals
* Place a sign up at your business notifying customers you can no longer accept these certificates.
The Chamber will be contacting participating merchants with more details and information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience."
The good news: They told us ASAP.
The bad news: They told us is was a good deal.
"Stefanie Huffaker of Lansing said she and her 9-year-old daughter Olivia attended because “I want the president and the Congress to know that they’re spending too much money. We don’t have it. It seems like there’s no end.
“They need to slow down. I’m worried about my kids and my grandkids.”"
"SAGINAW, Mich. — A Saginaw County man has pleaded no contest to indecent exposure after police say he was arrested for performing a sex act with a car wash vacuum.
The Saginaw News reports 29-year-old Jason Leroy Savage of Swan Creek Township entered the plea Wednesday in Saginaw County Circuit Court."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have read that you offered a pay cut to columnist Tracy Lorenz and he has chosen to pass on your offer.
I've always enjoyed Tracy's columns but I understand that companies must make tough decisions during hard times if they expect to remain in business.
I've also read that you've imposed significant layoffs of staff, early retirements, cuts in pay and mass firings of school age newspaper delivery kids.
I can only assume that you and the top level staff of The Chronicle have endured similar pay and benefit cuts.
All of us in Muskegon understand (well, most of us) what President Obama and Governor Granholm have warned is to come.
More hard times.
Most of us in the real America are experiencing real pain and making some of the same tough choices that you and your company have made.
But not all of us.
Those on the public payroll.
Education union members, city, county and state union members all seem immune from that disease that plagues the rest of us in the real America.
There really are two Americas.
We who toil in the private sector and those who live off our hard work.
We cut back. They get guaranteed annual step-ups in pay.
We cut back. They get annual cost of living increases.
We see our retirement savings shrink. They see their retirements as guaranteed and larger every year.
We find we must work for more years than we had planned before we can retire. They concoct bogus schemes to increase their retirement income, retire earlier and tell us toilers that it will "increase jobs".
We make tough choices in our life insurance, accident insurance and health insurance plans. They demand guilt edged, low co-pay, low deductible plans that funnel money to their politically connected union bosses.
We see our companies get lean and mean (just like your company, Mr Keep). They tell us if we don't give them more of our money WE will suffer cuts in services like school roof repairs, road repairs and police protection.
If you really do care about our community, please address the widening gap between our two Americas right here in Muskegon!
Our ever-decreasing incomes are stretched to the limit as the public sector demands more and more of our hard earned pay.
Isn't it time that your newspaper exposed the true disparity that is the cancer that may destroy our community?
You have made the tough decisions!
We are making the tough decisions!
Why are education unions and the public employee unions immune from joining us all in fixing our shared challenge.
You and your newspaper are the only voice we, in the other America, have left.
Please help us now.
"UH OH: MIT Study Says Cellulosic Ethanol Could Have “Unintended” Environmental Consequences."
We might as well face it.
The enviro-left just ain't fond of humans.
"Otter People's Money
Here's a story from the Idaho Statesman on how the other half lives:
Idaho's first lady wore the same dress twice--to the gala at Saint Al's Festival of Trees in November, below, and then again Sunday to the White House for a dinner with the nation's governors, the Obamas' first formal soiree, left.
Lori Otter bought the dress--a floor-length black Jovani gown--on sale at the local boutique Karen Louise in Downtown Boise, the governor's office said. The gown retails for about $700, but Otter got it for about $500.
This is news? Out here in the real America, not only do we wear the same clothes--even less expensive items like socks and underwear--dozens of times, but a whole industry has arisen providing equipment, detergents and services for washing clothes between uses. In Idaho, by contrast, apparently most people can afford to spend $500 on a disposable dress."
"The Rocky Mountain News will publish its last edition Friday.
Owner E.W. Scripps Co. announced on the newspaper's Web site Thursday that its search for a buyer for the paper was unsuccessful."
I'm not sure if he is the new Tracy Lorenz or he's had a medical problem.
Either way, he appears to be the "canary" in the Chronicle's cave......
Where are you?
"This is my final column for The Muskegon Chronicle."
It seems that The Chronicle made a list of all the good parts of the paper and decided to dump them all.
The Chronicle has COLOR COMICS!
.... ba bye Chronicle......
Tracy tells MLive that his last column was "tweaked" by the Great Leaders of The (dying) Chronicle:
"I didn't write those words. Send me an email toLorenzatlarge@aol.com and I'll send you what I actually wrote (which isn't even close to what they printed). I'd paste it here but they'd just delete it anyway."
UPDATE #2 "THE TRUTH!":
What they wrote (red)
This is my final column for The Muskegon Chronicle.
I's been a great six years, but they tell me that financial pressures at the newspaper have caused freelance compensation rates to be reduced and I can't live with what they want to pay me.
What I wrote (blue). I didn't bother to read what they wrote after I read their first paragraph. There may have been more changes.
"A month ago I received an email from The Chronicle saying they were going to cut my pay in half.
“Gee,” I thought, “Obama’s in office, I thought big bushel baskets full of money were supposed to fall from the sky!”
Well, apparently they aren’t falling on Muskegon. So when the paper offered me half I said “No.”
I’m not the one who recommended electing a president with ZERO experience and no plan, why should I pay the price?
So unless today's lunch meeting with the publisher turns out differently than I expect, this will be my last column.
I had a good run.
I got to do things I would never have done without the opportunity given to me by the paper. I got to be the hockey mascot Furious Fred, I hung out with rap artists, and played basketball with Nancy Wilson. I partied in Stepenwolf’s tour bus and I got to write columns about the jungles of Belize and the Alps of Switzerland. I judged talent shows, bikini contests, Christmas lights, chili cook offs, and, in one of the odder moments in an already odd life, shaved a woman’s head for charity. I got to speak at schools, speak at service clubs, and emcee events I had no business emceeing. If it wasn’t for this column I never would have luged.
And then there were the letters. Thousands and thousands of letters. Most of them nice, some of them not nice, but I did my best to answer every one. But it wasn’t all a giant candy farm. There were the threats, the calls to my house at two in the morning, there were mad hockey dad’s, mad soccer mom’s, and some really really mad Miss Michigan contestants.
I only had three times I actually thought violence was at hand…union members can get pretty grouchy.
I’d like to thank my friends and family for letting me put parts of their lives in print. I’d like to thank “The Helper Group” for, as a group, helping. And I’d like to thank the proof readers who told me when something was lame so I could punch it up prior to submission.
And let’s not forget the editors. I think I had seven of them over the years; each one had a different way of plucking humor from the written page and dropping it on the cutting room floor like a no-bake cookie.
Then again, I’m still here (for now) and alive (for now) so maybe they knew what they were doing after all.
But there’s one thing I want to make perfectly clear: I love Muskegon and I always will. I get very defensive whenever someone not from here says anything negative about this place. I think it’s a town with self esteem issues but that only adds to the allure.
Anyway, that’s where I sit, not knowing if there’ll be a column next week or not. If you open up the paper a week from today and you see my wretched picture you’ll know things worked out. If not, well, all I can say is the last six years were a very cool time to have happen in my life, and for that I’ll always be grateful."
"How much pain remains?
In the chart below, Salon groups the 50 states loosely by relative levels of distress, and then uses figures from the CBPP and the National Conference of State Legislatures to show the amount of red ink for each state and the amount of stimulus cash expected."
FY2009 shortfall: $672 million
FY2010 shortfall: $1.6 billion
With its rusting industrial economy, Michigan has had budget shortfalls every year since 2001. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who will present her plan for discretionary spending in March, intends to use some stimulus funds to avoid planned cuts of $59 per pupil for public education and 3 percent to the higher education budget. But she may still need to make $670 million in cuts, lay off 1,500 government workers, and raise $230 million in new revenues.
Total projected stimulus funding to state: $7 billionFiscal Stabilization Fund: $1 billionMedicaid funds: $2.2 billion
Michigan is the 8th worst state.
Interesting that this article fails to mention out of control spending and the explosion of public employee pay and benefits.
'The Healthy Penis' is back
Move over Lou Seal, there's a new San Francisco mascot that will be appearing at parades, street fairs and other public events around the city over the coming year. It's the six-foot-fall Healthy Penis."
But a leaked copy of the 92-page document details the full extent of 'corruption, dodgy dealing and poor financial controls' in the European Parliament, according to the Taxpayers' Alliance.
"MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- Canada's youngest multiple killer is said to be responding well to costly therapy -- but she must remain in custody in an Edmonton psychiatric hospital for the time being.
More than a year after she was sentenced for murdering her Medicine Hat parents and brother, the girl, who was 12 at the time, is making progress in her psychiatric treatment, a court heard Wednesday."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
"U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he's scrapping leases on federal land for oil-shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming."
Democrats are against ANY expansion of energy in our country!
"If Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposed cuts to next year's higher education budget pass the state Legislature as is, Michigan State University would have to raise tuition by 8.9 percent or fire 703 employees or find some solution in between, university officials said Friday."
Another threat from the totalitarians in academe.
Let's see... "...raise tuition... fire 703 employees or find some solution in between...".
Why not "outside the box"?
Why not look at the massive bloat of wages, perks, benefits of the faculty?
I guess that's "off the table".
"Granholm issued an executive directive earlier this month, saying utilities needed to prove there aren't any alternatives to coal-fired generation before permits are issued.
State Attorney General Mike Cox issued an opinion last week that Granholm exceeded her authority."
The real truth is that democrats will destroy our power producing abilities.
And companies, EMPLOYERS, will never move to or expand in a state that does not offed adequate electric power.
Republicans will fight to build the power plants necessary to attract jobs.
"Granholm wrote in a letter to Mayor Clarence Phillips dated Feb. 20 that the city has been unable to resolve financial and budget issues on its own. She says Pontiac's cumulative deficit was projected to approach $12 million by the end of the 2008 fiscal year."
And our Great Leader tells us our nation should adopt the same financial controls as Pontiac and Detroit!
"A bankruptcy judge said Delphi Corp. can stop paying for health-care and insurance benefits for its retired salaried workers."
And those same, broke retirees will be forced to pay the bloated pensions of public sector workers.
It's us against them, folks!
"As California's government revenues are falling, its bill for state retiree health and dental benefits is approaching $50 billion, a report released today by state Controller John Chiang states.
The cost for retirees who receive their health and dental coverage through the California Public Employees' Retirement System will be $48.2 billion this year......
"A total of 5,263 ballots were cast out of the district's 18,008 registered voters for a 29.2 percent voter turnout. Mona Shores school officials and bond supporters gathered at Mona Lake Boat Club to wait for results and later celebrate."
18% of registered voters decide that every resident, homeowner and business in Norton Shores dig deeper in debt at the begining of the worst recession in 100 years.
"Barack Obama continues to remind us of the character Chance Garner in the movie (and earlier Jerzy Kosinski novel) Being There. People just project whatever they seek on a blank slate that doesn't get much filling in.
Here is Chance Gardner on health care, from our dear friends at the New York Times:
"Senator Barack Obama of Illinois appeared less conversant with the details of health policy and sometimes found himself on the defensive, trying to explain why he had yet to offer a detailed plan to cover all Americans.
'The most important challenge is to build a political consensus around the need to solve this problem,' Mr. Obama said."
Of course! That will do it. Why didn't anyone else think of this before?"
This from 2007 but more and more, Barry Hussein is looking like Chance the gardner.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"A campaign committee related to U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer has paid a $6,000 fine in a settlement over 2006 state Senate fundraising."
The culture of corruption just doesn't get the liberal MSM uptight when the corruptors are democrats.
"CNBC's Rick Santelli called earlier this week, backed by mortgage traders, for a 'Nationwide Chicago Tea Party' to protest the Obama Administration's Pork Laden Stimulus plan.
The Boston Tea Party was an act of direct protest by American Colonists demanding representation in the British Government.They became known as the original patriots.
As the bailouts spiral out of control, we are forced to fund failed banks. With foreclosures on the rise, we are made the collateral of out-of-control spending . And, when the bills come due, the IRS knocks on the door of self-responsibility.
Join With Thousands of Patriots Across the Country!
As We Declare Our Independence from Big Government Bailouts!
Friday, February 27th
Michigan State Capitol
100 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI"
Our insatiable Mona Shores School board tells us they need another $17,000,000.
But wait, there's more!
They tell us it won't increase our taxes!
Well now.... aside from that audacious and disingenuous lie, there is another, simpler reason to Vote No.
Times are tough!
President Obama tells the world we are in the worst economic times EVER!
Our wonderful Gov. Granholm echoes the same warning.
We're told to tighten our belts, watch our spending, prepare for even worse times ahead!
But the Mona Shores School Board says "no worries. 2+17million=2".
And the big Michigan education union, the MEA, even tried to sneak a giant increase in its pensions while we poor folk were lectured by the Chronicle and millage supporters to stop our selfishness and "just give it up!"
Well, times ARE tough.
And now is the time for all of us to show our responsibility, stop the endless spending and act like adults.
And it's time to show the big education/construction union bosses that We The People have had enough of their childish thuggery.
It's for our children and THEIR financial future!
"It's the SPENDING Stupid!"
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -Patrick Henry, revolutionary (1736-1799)
"Whistler Mountain’s Harmony Express chairlift re-opened on Sunday (Feb. 22) after a single chair fell from the cable and hit the ground in the middle of the night on Wednesday (Feb. 18).
The lift was closed for three days after the accident, in which no one was injured. Whistler Blackcomb (WB) and B.C. Safety Authority (BCSA) officials have determined the mishap was caused by the failure of something called an articulation arm mounting bolt, part of the mechanism that attaches the chair to the overhead cable, officials said in a statement issued on Saturday (Feb. 21)."
We rode that lift yesterday!
And this is after the gondola collapsed 2 months ago!
Pension Risk Matters:
"Adding insult to injury, Fitch relies on Bureau of Labor Statistics data to suggest that a pay gap exists, in favor of public workers. He writes that 'State and local government workers get paid an average of $25.30 an hour, which is 33% higher than the private sector's $19.'"
Monday, February 23, 2009
These are photos of the "A320 SAFETY INFORMATION" card I shot on my NWA A320 flight last week from GRR to MSP.
"Given these dire warnings, you'd expect the stimulus package to focus almost exclusively on reviving the economy.
It doesn't, and for that, Obama bears much of the blame."
And the Obamites in the liberal MSM declare that our new "Emperor's New Clothes" are exquisite....
At first glance it sounds like paradise -- ditching a snowy Michigan winter for a three-night Caribbean cruise to a private tropical island.
But here's the catch: Sunning in the patio chair next to you is none other than your local state lawmaker.
Sure, it's not an overnight stay in the Lincoln Bedroom, but state Rep. Jim Slezak, D-Davison, is hoping his first major fundraiser is seen as refreshingly out of the ordinary. Slezak is soliciting people to go on a cruise with him to the Bahamas.
The trip costs about $660 per person, including a $350 donation to Slezak, and is so unusual the new lawmaker had to check with the Michigan secretary of state's office to make sure it was legal. The charge doesn't include airfare or all the little umbrella-laden beverages you can drink."
Yes, he is a democrook.
Yes, this is sleazy.
Yes, he is appropriately named....
"Ah, let the firestorm begin!
The author had been asked by the membership to act as spokesman as issues reach public awareness, and was thus quoted in the local media explaining the policy preference. The ink was barely dry on the local paper when the telephones (home, office, cell) began to ring"
Sunday, February 22, 2009
"The industry has vigorously opposed efforts to regulate those emissions, asserting that the policy should be set by Congress. Moreover, technology for capturing carbon dioxide emissions is currently expensive and virtually untested."
"Muskegon as an area that has had some difficulty going green,' Howard said. 'My family isn't very green, we're more like fuscia ... but we're trying.'
Reporter Justin Rowlatt, the BBC's so-called 'Ethical Man,' will be the face of the documentary. The BBC last year had Rowlatt's family live a green lifestyle to see how much they could reduce their carbon emissions by not driving or flying on airplanes and reducing their consumption of meat.
Rowlatt's family gave up their car for a year and ate only vegan foods for a month but were only able to reduce their carbon emissions, or carbon footprint, by 20 percent. Some scientists and policymakers have said greenhouse gas emissions worldwide must be slashed by 80 percent to avoid a global climate catastrophe.
Carbon dioxide emissions generated by burning fossil fuels -- coal, oil and gasoline -- is one of the primary causes of global warming. There is now scientific consensus that the planet is warming and that human activities are contributing to the problem.
Readers can track the BBC project on Rowlatt's blog, www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ethicalman."
This is chilling!
"This has been an excellent week for Muslim psychopaths. First, Abu Qatada - “Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe” - has been given leave to stay in Britain by the European Court of Human Rights"
"As California goes, says an old cliché, so goes the nation.
These days, the Golden State leads the nation on economic and fiscal dysfunction, from the empty homes spread across the Central Valley to the highest state budget shortfall in the nation's history.
Meanwhile, its political class pioneers denial in the face of catastrophe"
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The plan involves liquor stores and restaurants selling spirits on Sunday mornings and bar owners buying permits for their establishments to stay open until 4 a.m. The expanded hours for liquor sales would generate an estimated $13.7 million for the state's general fund, the pot over which the governor and lawmakers have spending discretion. Additional revenue would come from the sale of the special permits priced at $1,500 each.
'Clearly, this is an opportunity for revenue enhancement in difficult economic times,' said Megan Brown, spokeswoman for the governor. 'It's also an opportunity for communities to enhance entertainment districts and for businesses to expand profits."
"David Farhat our own newly elected Muskegon County Republican Chairman owns a building in the downtown and he stood up and explained how he only had 3 tenants and his rent was the cheapest in town. He couldn’t attract any more. He couldn’t understand how adding a couple of thousand to his tax bill forcing him out of business or to raise rents would remedy that situation. He also brought up a good point when he wondered why the huge Renovated Amazon building which is mainly made up of condos wasn’t going to be taxed in the plan at least for the condos.
He did give the best line of the night which went something like this at the end of his remarks. “I haven’t heard of a saying that says. Tax it and they will come”. Great line, had everyone snickering if not outright laughing."
"'This winter of our hardship.'
The phrase caught the attention of speechwriting scholars and headline writers alike when President Obama unveiled it in the conclusion of his inaugural speech, then dusted it off this week during his inaugural prime-time press conference."
Spoken with such power by our "Jimma Carter of 2009"
"Katie Couric concluded a Thursday night look at the pros and cons of nationalizing banks by seeing the federal government as a comforting security blanket: 'Nationalization may have a psychological impact as well, and Uncle Sam wrapping his arms around failing banks in this country might provide a big dose of confidence for the American consumer.'"
Another new low in our MSM's personal idiocy.
"All of this raises some fascinating questions, the timeliest of which is:
How does a CEO answer questions about financial accounting when they're asked by dimwits who don't know enough to understand the answers?
Honestly, I don't know what I would do if I were in the CEO punishment seat being thumb-screwed by Barney Frank, or mau-maued by Maxine Waters."
"Last Oct. 13, in trying to explain why the market had sold off 30% in six weeks, we acknowledged that the freeze-up of the financial system was a big concern.
But we cited three other factors as well:
The imminent election of 'the most anti-capitalist politician ever nominated by a major party.'
The possibility of 'a filibuster-proof Congress led by politicians who are almost as liberal.'
A 'media establishment dedicated to the implementation of a liberal agenda, and the smothering of dissent wherever it arises.'
No wonder, we said then, that panic had set in."
"Seattle on Monday. Denver on Tuesday. Mesa AZ on Wednesday. Overland Park, Kansas today. What a week, huh? We got the anti-stimulus, anti-entitlement protest ball rolling — and now the movement, spurred further by CNBC host Rick Santelli’s call for a “Chicago Tea Party,” is really taking off."
"Forbes' Rich Karlgaard says that it's clear that the markets hate Obamanomics and Obeynomics.
Stocks are down 27% since the Nov. 4th election. Stocks have plummeted more than 40% since Obama sewed up the Democratic nomination in June.
Capital is on strike. And why wouldn’t it be?
Private capital has no idea what future holds in terms of taxes, regulation, trade, deficits and the value of the dollar.
"Professor in Speech Class Refuses to Grade Student's Presentation, apparently because of the religious nature of the student's presentation, the student's expression of opposition for same-sex marriage in the presentation, or both.
On top of that, he apparently called the student a 'fascist bastard' in front of the class for having supported the anti-same-sex-marriage Prop. 8, and refused to allow the student to finish the presentation. Lovely."
Friday, February 20, 2009
"The chairman of the City Council's budget and finance committee called Thursday for Stockton to at least consider filing for bankruptcy protection, the council flirting for the first time - though still nowhere near embracing - a drastic measure it once paid no mind."
CARPE DIEM: Start at 18, Retire at 48, Spend More Yrs. Getting Pension, Free Health Care Than Yrs. Working
"In the early 1970s, Detroit agreed to let auto workers retire with full pension and benefits after 30 years on the job, regardless of their age. In practice, that meant a worker could start at age 18, retire at 48, and spend more years collecting a pension and free health care than he or she actually spent working. It wasn't long before even union officials realized they had created a monster."
"Brad Van Pelt, a former two-time All-America football player at Michigan State, was remembered Wednesday by former teammates and coaches as an outstanding person as well as a versatile and gifted athlete."
"In the Middle Ages, when a young prince suddenly and prematurely became king, the royal court, the church leadership and other senior aristocrats would scrutinize his every word and habit for signs of what kind of mind would be deciding their country's fate and their personal prosperity and safety.
Today, around the world, President Barack Obama's every word, every action, every inaction is being likewise scrutinized for similar reasons."
"The city of Muskegon is trying to spur buyers' interest in downtown condominiums by offering to convert one of them into a 'dockominium.'
That's right -- the first person to buy a condo priced at $250,000 or more before Dec. 15 gets a boat slip on Muskegon Lake.
The slip is a 60-footer at Harbour Towne Marina, near the Muskegon Lake Channel. It was acquired by the city from the state of Michigan through tax reversion.
The offer is good for condominium units in WaterMark Place, Vida Nova, Heritage Square Townhomes now under construction, and Highpoint Flats, the eight-story former Comerica Bank building yet to undergo conversion into residences.
The buyer will be required to reimburse the city its $5,000 acquisition costs, and will be subject to all future fees, taxes and assessments on the slips."
I wonder how long this will be available.....
"Michigan has had the coldest winter in decades. Water expands to freeze, and at Macinaw City the water in Lake Huron below the surface ice was supercooled. It expanded to break through the surface ice and froze into this incredible wave.
This wave phenomena is seen in Antarctica, but in Michigan? Yes, it's been quite a winter!"
"It takes a certain amount of nerve to have an event at the National Press Club and then ban the press from covering it.
"It takes another level of chutzpah entirely to admit members of the general public to your event at the National Press Club, recruit a news organization as the co-sponsor and then tell the press they can't cover it.
And Milbank is a major libo-journalista.
Wow! When you piss off the lib journalists this fast, one wonders what the next 4 years will bring.
Mr. Uchitelle says, 'Manufacturing's share of real gross domestic product... has dropped to between 16 and 17 percent, from 18 to 19 percent in the 1950s.... The downward trends are alarming.' Similar statistical exercises recently led to an interesting debate between my old friends Bruce Bartlett and Paul Craig Roberts.
Yet the National Association of Manufacturers' Web site shows that 'manufacturing's share of the U.S. economy, as measured by real GDP, has been stable since the late 1940s.... The overall share remains the same over the business cycle.' "
Isn't it amazing how "good news" is so hurtful to liberals?
"As I’ve said before, an economy in which political payoffs earn a much higher rate of return than real investments is not a healthy thing. But wait, look who figures prominently:"
"The issue of whether Charles Nash can simultaneously serve on the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners and the Muskegon school board will be forwarded to the county prosecutor.
The school board intends to send a letter to Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague requesting that he resolve the issue of Charles Nash serving as vice chairman of the county board as well as a school board trustee.
'We don't want it hanging over our heads,' said the Rev. Charles Poole, president of the Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education.
The school board's letter is in response to a memo board attorney Gary Britton sent to Poole suggesting he send a formal request to Tague to look into the matter."
Ummm, democrat rules on democrat when EVERYONE else has said this is illegal.
"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed."
This new BIGBROTHER idea won't "replace" gasoline taxes it will be a NEW tax!
Our Great Leader must appreciate his comrades in the NEW MEDIA....
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Last season, MSU ranked sixth in the Big Ten in ticket prices behind Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Iowa and Illinois.
Michigan State is now tied with Illinois for fifth (from information provided by MSU):
2009 Big Ten Football Season-Ticket Prices
1 - Ohio State ($63 up from $62 in 2008)
3 - Penn State ($55 up from $52 in 2008)
2 - Michigan ($54)
4 - Iowa ($48)
5 - Illinois ($44)
5 - Michigan State ($44 up from $41 2008)
7 - Wisconsin ($39)
8 - Purdue ($37)
9 - Minnesota ($39 up from $36 2008)
10 - Northwestern ($33)
11 - Indiana ($31)"
"That approaching wave of pension debt is bigger than it looks. The purpose of this site is to provide an overview of the multiple pension crises that are about to drown America's taxpayers."
Excellent reference site for the coming (already here?) pension disaster.
"A tentative plan to overhaul Massachusetts' transportation system by using GPS chips to charge motorists a quarter-cent for every mile behind the wheel has angered some drivers.
'It's outrageous, it's kind of Orwellian, Big Brotherish,'"
"The ECJ decided that, under EU rules, people seeking the right to live in Europe because they fear death at home do not have to prove that they, personally, are under threat of targeted violence, if the country itself is seen as sufficiently dangerous."
Doesn't ANYONE in Europe remember 1937?
"State Rep. Robert Jones has reintroduced a bill that would allow counties to raise real-estate transfer taxes to fund housing projects for the homeless."
Another democrat who will steal our hard earned paychecks for his personal vote-buying scam.
Remember this crook!
"You may have heard that President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic recovery bill today. The recent House and Senate votes were divided almost entirely along party lines, but hey, it passed, and regardless of how you feel about the bill, you can track where all that money gets spent on the new Recovery.gov website."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
'Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,' Holder said."
Well now.... our new AG is gonna make things a whole bunch better with this screed..... ain't he......?
This is "hope"?
It sure sounds like "change".....
"General Motors Corp. will need as much as $16.6 billion in additional federal aid if market conditions worsen but could run out of money next month.
GM needs $2 billion more in aid in March and $2.6 billion in April to stay afloat.
The requests for additional loans is outlined in a restructuring plan submitted today to the U.S. Treasury Department that illustrates how GM will repay $13.4 billion in aid that has kept the automaker operating since it nearly ran out of cash in December. GM plans to begin repaying its loans in 2012."
GM has burned $13.4 BILLION ALREADY??!!!!
AND THEY WANT MORE??????
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
"State Rep. Mary Valentine, D-Norton Shores wants an inquiry into whether the state could have done something to prevent the fatal Fruitport Township fire that killed two children.
Valentine, the chairwoman of the Families and Children's Services Committee, said better communication within the state Department of Human Services might have made a difference."
Talk about pathetic grandstanding.
She's known about these rules for 2 years.
And she's done NOTHING.
Valentine is about Valentine, not those who pay their own gas and electric bills.
And not for those who need help paying.
She's a carbuncle on our body politic!
The White House claims the stimulus bill will generate some 109,000 jobs in the state, including more than 22,000 in West Michigan.
The funds include $13 million for road projects in the Grand Rapids area, $7 million to expand The Rapid operations center and millions of dollars to rebuild Grand Rapids schools.
Millions of more dollars are expected for everything from home weatherization to clean water improvements to law enforcement.
Michigan is slated to get about $7 billion, including $2.3 billion for Medicaid, $845 million for road and bridge work, $1.3 billion for "fiscal stabilization" for education, $500 million for early childhood education, $419 million for special education and $279 million for weatherization.
Let us remember their promises....
"Waxman and his staff are also thinking about creating congressionally mandated advisory boards to police both radio and TV programming:"
These are evil people.
Will we act before they take over?
"Still, you'd think better than a half-a-year employed by one of your major campaign donors as an illegally unregistered lobbyist... advocating a project you made a point of running against during your last statewide election... might raise a red flag or two."
"state and local government workers are getting paid an average of $25.30 an hour which is 33% higher than the private sector’s $19 according to our government’s own labor statistics data.
When you add in pension and other benefits, the gap grows to 42%."
"Robert Costrell and Michael Podgursky find that when measured as a percent of earnings, employer contributions to retirement benefits are substantially higher for public school teachers than for private-sector professionals and that the difference has doubled since March 2004."
"HOUSEHOLDERS would be charged for each flush under a radical new toilet tax designed to help beat the drought."
This is a crappy idea!
"There is nothing more frustrating on this Earth than a slow computer -- especially in these tough economic times, when running out and buying a new high-end PC is not necessarily an option. But here's the good news: There is plenty you can do yourself, right now, that'll speed up your computer. We've compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks you can easily implement on your existing computer."
From my cold dead hands........
Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act 2-16-9
Very Important for you to be aware of a new bill HR 45 introduced into the House.
This is the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009.
We just learned yesterday about this on the Peter Boyles radio program.
Even gun shop owners didn't know about this because it is flying under the radar.
To find out about this - go to any government website and type in HR 45 or Google HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009. You will get all the information.
Basically this would make it illegal to own a firearm - any rifle with a clip or ANY pistol unless:
·It is registered
·You are fingerprinted
·You supply a current Driver's License
·You supply your Social Security #
·You will submit to a physical & mental evaluation at any time of their choosing
·Each update - change or ownership through private or public sale must be reported and costs $25 - Failure to do so you automatically lose the right to own a firearm and are subject up to a year in jail.
·There is a child provision clause on page 16 section 305 stating a child-access provision. Gun must be locked and inaccessible to any child under 18.
They would have the right to come and inspect that you are storing your gun safely away from accessibility to children and fine is punishable for up to 5 yrs. in prison.
If you think this is a joke - go to the website and take your pick of many options to read this. It is long and lengthy. But, more and more people are becoming aware of this. Pass the word along. Any hunters in your family - pass this along.
Peter Boyles is on this and having guests. Listen to him on K.H.O.W. 6:30 a.m. in the morning. He suggests the best way to fight this is to tell all your friends about it and "spring into action". Also he suggests we all join a pro-gun group like the Colorado Rifle Association, hunting associations, gun clubs and especially the NRA.
This is just a "termite" approach to complete confiscation of guns and disarming of our society to the point we have no defense - chip away a little here and there until the goal is accomplished before anyone realizes it.
This is one to act on whether you own a gun or not.
If you take my gun, only the criminal will have one to use against me. HR 45 only makes me/us less safe. After working with convicts for 26 years I know this bill, if passed, would make them happy and in less danger from their victims.
Please.. copy and send this out to EVERYONE in the USA
More On Gun Grab HR 45 Here...
(HT to Rose at http://hellomichigan.blogspot.com/)
"A clever blogger at Texas Rainmaker (hat-tip to Instapundit) reminds us of just how great that distance is by juxtaposing some observations by Reagan with some observations by the current President of the United States."
Monday, February 16, 2009
"You might ask yourself, then, Why on earth did he get invited to speak here tonight?
It seems that I am enjoying my moment in the limelight, because I am one of the very few people who several years ago unequivocally predicted the demise of the United States as a global superpower. The idea that the USA will go the way of the USSR seemed preposterous at the time. It doesn't seem so preposterous any more. I take it some of you are still hedging your bets. How is that hedge fund doing, by the way?"
The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is an 8.9' netbook with a $349 (Linux) or $399 (Windows XP) starting price and some impressive features."
I just bought one at BestBuy for $299.
It is FABULOUS for travel.
Not a replacement for any desktop or laptop but at only 2 pounds it is the perfect travel replacement for the old heavy-lug.