Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Michigan School Databases: detailed reports from the State of Michigan.
Total per pupil expenditure 2008/9
Mona Shores $10,581
N Muskegon $9,986
Muskegon Heights $14,174
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run:
READ IT and UNDERSTAND the IMPORTANCE of the BATTLE in WISCONSIN!
"The Congressional Budget Office has released a report on taxing the number of miles traveled by vehicles to help fund the highway system, as an alternative to raising fuel taxes."
Remember this will be an additional NEW tax, not a replacement for the old tax.
Like you didn't already know that....
"In Detroit, of course, we do not see lives being lost to an angry and capricious Earth.
But the human wreckage is there all the same—the consequence of crime, strangled opportunity, and lives without hope."
"The Prosser–Kloppenburg bout has political implications beyond the fate of Walker’s bill.
Numerous GOP state senators are facing recalls, and Walker himself could face one next year.
If Prosser falls, it will be a heavy blow to Republicans, especially for the backbenchers who stood with Walker, many of whom had hoped to emerge from the fiery budget debate with their careers intact.
....“This is for all the marbles,” says Charlie Sykes, a prominent conservative talk-radio host in Milwaukee."
"Celebrating President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, 250 tea party leaders and conservative activists gathered in Holt, Michigan for the first annual statewide Conservative Political Action Conference on March 26."
In another sign that the U.S. economy has made a full recovery from the 2007-2009 recession, state and local tax collections reached a new record high in the fourth quarter 2010.
Sorta belies their claims of drastic cuts.
"Have we ever seen such a 'green economy'?
Yes we have; in the 13th century.
Renewable energy is quite literally the energy of yesterday."
"Must the show go on? The United Artists Theater in Detroit, derelict and open to the elements."
"Gaping loopholes in the program that covers poor uninsured Bay Staters have cost taxpayers tens of millions in bogus claims from out-of-staters and foreigners —not to mention gynecological bills for men and foot X-rays for headaches, according to the commonwealth’s inspector general.
“We’re finding overpayments, double payments and medically unnecessary payments,”"
Fraud? I'm shocked, shocked to find that fraud is going on here!
"Maryanne Levine is a full-time elementary school teacher with the Chippewa Valley School District who was elected to the Michigan Education Association board of directors.
The district releases her from teaching responsibilities so that she can deal 100 percent with union issues.
But Chippewa Valley still pays for $103,807of Levine’s $145,117 total compensation.
The union pays the remaining $41,310."
So, a teacher who doesn't teach gets paid $145,117 not to teach for the nine month she doesn't teach?
That makes sense, doesn't it?
"Were Mr. Baker et. al. truly concerned about public employees and the solvency of their pension funds they would be calling to infuse more money into the plans instead of seeking to justify the status quo"
"If Muskegon County officials decide to build a new, 376-bed jail — one of the preliminary options on their drawing board — then they would have to find between $1.4 and $1.6 million in their annual budget or convince voters to approve around 0.35 mills to pay for it."
The question might be asked "what are we getting for $1.5 million/year?"
And "isn't that just the starting point, with annual, triple automatic raises for every employee?"
And, maybe "where're gonna get that money?"
"The Florence Crane Correctional Facility in Coldwater will close by June 1"
Yes, this ought to affect the county jail decision.
Monday, March 28, 2011
"Such is the fate today of those uppity souls who choose to challenge the authority and legitimacy of our inexorably growing government plantation."
"Fifty agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, an agency like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, began in October 2010 to question teachers and principals at 58 Atlanta schools where there were statistically significant rates of wrong answers changed to right ones on students' answer sheets."
Overpriced teachers may be the issue now.
But when are we going to focus on this government monopoly's abject failure of delivering "education" to our children?
The following is a presidential address to the nation — to be delivered in March 2026 as our economy collapses from debt
"Michigan universities increased spending on administrators by about 30 percent in the past five years as student enrollment and state funding remained about the same"
So let's increase tuition and give them more government money....right?
ROGER SIMON: The Coming, And Why The Left Doesn’t Understand Iran. “The message of the short film was clear: The current crisis in the Middle East (Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, now Syria… all of it) is a harbinger that the Mahdi (the hidden one, the Twelfth Imam) was coming soon and that, in the ensuing chaos and destruction, Khomeini’s version of Shia Islam would shortly rule over the entire globe.” I think they just can’t wrap their mind around religious apocalypticism that doesn’t come from that old bugbear, the Christians. (Bumped, because this is important).
Here’s a direct link to the Iranian movie in question, with subtitles. No subscription required.
"Now PETA wants some revisions of their own, with “it” when used in reference to an animal also replaced with “he or she.”"
These same loonies want to rename fish as "sea kittens":
"The city of Dearborn is nationally known as the home of Ford Motor Co., the Henry Ford museum and one of the country's most concentrated Middle Eastern communities.
Now it can boast of bucking a trend that saw Detroit and most other surrounding communities lose population."
Visit Dearborn and make up your own mind if this is a good trend.
"From the Orlando Sentinel: “Congress has again failed to rid a temporary spending bill of language forcing NASA to waste $1.4 million a day on its defunct Constellation moon program."
"'I'm currently still in one piece, writing from my room in the Narita crew hotel.
This is my inaugural trans-pacific trip as a brand new, recently checked out, international 767 Captain and it has been interesting, to say the least, so far.
I've crossed the Atlantic three times so far so the ocean crossing procedures were familiar."
"Does job performance play a factor in employee raises and step increases?
Unions defending the General Schedule say yes. But the latest numbers say clearly no.
Only 737 out of more than 1.2 million GS employees — or one in every 1,698 — were denied a regularly scheduled step increase and accompanying raise in 2009 because of poor performance, according to data provided by the Office of Personnel Management at Federal Times' request."
"EVEN the most cavalier passengers knew something was amiss onboard IndiGo airlines' January 11 flight from Goa when it landed with a terrifying, lurching thud - nose wheel first - on the New Delhi tarmac.
The flight's captain, Parminder Kaur Gulati, may have been the only one that day to see nothing awry in the unconventional and perilous landing.
A subsequent investigation determined she had done it 15 times before. More distressing still was the discovery that Ms Gulati, 38, had failed one of her pilot exams and then forged her results to obtain her licence.
'Only a woman could do it,'' read an ensuing headline - one of several predictable joke lines that followed, besmirching women drivers."
"Israel has quietly dropped off Egypt Air’s route map this week."
'Live in the past, borrow from the future' could be the motto for public retirement funds.
Their forecasts are tinted by '90s nostalgia, and they favor short-term politics over the advice of actuaries.
If only we all could make money the Calpers way.
The California Public Employees Retirement System, at $227 billion the nation's biggest public-worker pension fund, gave state and local governments a gift worth several hundred million dollars earlier this month. It did so without writing a check or otherwise spending a penny.
All it did was decide against changing a single, but crucial, number — its expected annual investment return.
By a 10-to-3 vote, the Calpers board on March 16 voted to stick with a forecast of 7.75%. Its chief actuary had recommended taking the number down a notch to 7.5%."
"The Oakland Press reported last week that Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposals regarding school funding would cut $11 million from Rochester Community Schools in 2011-12, citing district figures presented to the board of education.
However, the $11 million in “cuts” included – among other things – a loss of $4.6 million in federal dollars, the loss of $250,000 in rent from a church, and a reduction of $394,000 from a forecasted loss of 63 students.
None of these will be caused by the governor’s plan."
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"'[The aircraft] experienced a landing gear malfunction while taxiing for takeoff at the Jardin Ranch, north of Laredo,' the statement said.
'The aircraft reached the end of the runway where the front landing gear collapsed, causing the right engine to catch fire.'"
Thankfully, all were safe as was the B-25 Mitchell bomber.
Our "Yankee Warrior" has had no such events...lately!
At the end of the UAW's three-day bargaining convention in Detroit, union President Bob King led more than 100 members into the Bank of America branch in downtown Detroit and shut down its operations for about 30 minutes.
That's gonna bring new businesses to Detroit...right....
It's like Detroit is a giant magnet attracting morons, crooks and communists to the once great city.
"'We're succeeding in our mission,' Obama said in a radio and Internet address.
'So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians - innocent men, women and children - have been saved.'"
Is our incursion simply extending the horror of war in Libya?
"State Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague) is hosting 91st District office hours in April at locations in Whitehall and Muskegon to give constituents convenient opportunities to meet with her locally.
Hughes is available to meet with residents on Monday, April 18, in Whitehall and Friday, April 22, in Muskegon at the following times and locations:
• April 18- 10-11 a.m.- Gary’s Restaurant- 906 E. Colby Street, Whitehall.
• April 18- 1:30- 2:30 p.m. - Pekadill’s Lunch- 503 S. Mears Street, Whitehall.
• April 22- 8-9:00 a.m. - Toast n Jam - 3462 Henry Street, Muskegon.
• April 22- 1-2 p.m.- Russ’ Restaurant- 3225 Henry Street, Muskegon"
Better late than never.......
"Their rationale was as dumb as you would expect:
Sally Mason, one of the protesters who occupied the store, said: 'Fortnum & Mason is a symbol of wealth and greed.
It is where the Royal Family and the super-rich do their weekly shop and a picnic hamper costs £25,000.
'This sits in stark contrast to everyone else who is struggling to make ends meet, fill in their tax returns and benefit forms and facing huge student debts, unemployment and the closure or dismantling of local services such as the NHS, libraries and leisure centres.'"
"Down the concourse, Coach Brad Stevens sat inside a windowless office, about the size of a bedroom.
He played basketball at DePauw and slid immediately into a marketing job with Eli Lilly and Company.
About a year into a promising career, Stevens decided to follow his heart toward coaching.
He started as a volunteer in Butler’s basketball offices and was the coordinator of basketball operations under Thad Matta, now the Ohio State coach.
In 2001, he became an assistant the next season under Todd Lickliter, who left in 2007 to take the coaching job at Iowa. (He was fired Monday.)"
"Want to get a check from the government for $50,000?
If you’re black and willing to say you once “attempted to farm,” the money could be yours."
If Earth Hour is indeed a celebration of “ignorance, poverty and backwardness“, then all three made great strides in London today.
The collapse of the Entitlement State is not going to be pretty.
"It’s tax bill for the year? $0.00.
Over the last three years, GE’s effective tax rate — how much it actually pays the feds — is a minuscule 3.6 percent.
By the way, since 2002 the “imagination at work” company has put its thinking cap on and cut 20 percent of its domestic work force, while shipping thousands of jobs overseas"
"The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel."
"So what happened?
Right after that peak in the 1950s liberalism took hold of the city and like a cancer has been metastasizing ever since.
Will the ruling class in Detroit notice?
In short, no.
They are, after all, part of the problem.
Case in point: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing: I'm going to confront reality, and start by challenging census numbers and then counting criminals in jail outside Detroit as Detroit residents to artificially inflate population numbers so we can keep taxes high"
Saturday, March 26, 2011
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"Butler's bulldog will be impounded again next weekend.
School officials say Blue II will not travel to New Orleans, where the men's basketball team faces fourth-seeded Wisconsin in Thursday's regional semifinals.
NCAA officials banned live mascots from this weekend's games, saying there was not enough space and because of the quick turnarounds for other events in those arenas.
The NCAA says it may give Blue II an exemption if Butler makes it back to the Final Four in Houston."
"Welcome to Wal Mart Moment at the White House, where each picture is worth a thousand words, all with a little bit of catty in them..."
Click and browse at the "class" that inhabits the people's house of the greatest nation on earth.
"Apparently Gov. Scott Walker knew exactly what he was doing."
Great article from Muskegon's own Kyle Olson!
This governor's courageous bill will save taxpayer's money, teacher's jobs and keep the same teacher/student ratio.
Why are the big teacher unions fighting it?
"As mentioned, total per-pupil revenue in 2009 was $13,074, well above those “basic” and “maximum” foundation allowances."
"Potential presidential candidate Haley Barbour appears to be staking out a moderate position on global warming
than some of his possible rivals, saying at an event in eastern Iowa on Friday that the country should
“proceed in national policy as if global warming is actually happening.”"
OK, it's over for Haley.
"Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, the House sponsor of the legislation, said this was simply the state's movement to get out of the dues deduction business and let the unions take care of it."
Why the heck is state taxpayer's money used to collect union dues?
Why not have the state collect republican party dues...or even BETTER, Michigan Tea Party dues!
It's still going on in Michigan.
Let's fix this rip off soon!
"Michigan House Fiscal Agency Director Mitch Bean will present Gov. Rick Snyder's 2012 budget at a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Monday at Muskegon Community College."
"Hansen said he introduced the bill on Jan. 19, hoping to revise various provisions of the state concealed pistol permit law to also allow permit holders to keep and bear the stun guns “subject to the same regulations and restrictions as concealed pistols,” according to the bill.
“You would have the same rules in place,” Hansen said."
Good one Goeff!
Keep it up!
"Of the eight tea party candidates to file for office in Oakland County for last November’s election, Bouchard said four of them were faked.
None of the eight ended up on the ballot."
"Soaring food inflation is the result of 'immoral' policies in the US which divert crops for use in the production of biofuels instead of food, according to the chairman of one of the world's largest food companies.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the chairman of Nestlé, lashed out at the Obama administration for promoting the use of ethanol made from corn, at the expense of hundreds of millions of people struggling to afford everyday basics made from the crop."
"According to the Office of Management and Budget, 'human services' — Social Security; Medicare; health-expenditures; education, training, employment, and social services; veterans benefits; and the euphemistically-named 'income security' (i.e., unemployment benefits) — were consuming 4 percent of America's GDP in 1949.
By 1976, this figure had increased to 11.7 percent.
In 2009, it was consuming 15.3 percent of GDP.
Currently, 75 percent of human services spending was on Social Security, Medicare and 'income security' — in short, the core welfare state."
We're gonna run out of other people's money, folks...and soon...then what are we gonna do?
"Even the so-loathed Sen. Joseph McCarthy has been rehabilitated, by M. Stanton Evans in 'Blacklisted by History.'
Evans illustrates, for example, that U.S. Army counsel Joseph Welch's famed 'Have you no decency?' line during McCarthy's televised hearings was actually a melodramatic deceit;
Welch himself had weeks earlier fired the 'young lad' he accused McCarthy of slandering, admitting that he was indeed a member of the National Lawyers Guild Communist front group.
The evidence just keeps coming that most of what those irresponsible 'Red baiters' were saying in the 1950s was right."
"With the United States running a $1.65 trillion budget deficit and getting ready to hit the $14.3 trillion national-debt limit, a strange new mantra has surfaced among advocates of big government:
We're not really facing a budget crisis.
'We're not broke,' writes E. J. Dionne in the Washington Post.
'We're not broke, and Boehner shouldn't say that we are,' echoes the Washington Monthly.
'The nation is not, in fact, broke,' agrees Paul Krugman, obviously having gotten the memo.
"Building a new facility or converting a soon-to-be-vacant state prison are being considered as potential solutions to Muskegon County's concerns about its outdated and overcrowded jail."
Note that privatizing the jail isn't even a discussion point.
These dudes want a new jail building, big time!
Friday, March 25, 2011
"Michigan is the only state that requires all drivers to have unlimited medical coverage for injuries suffered in auto accidents."
Wonder why employers who have drivers won't domicile in Michigan?
Here is some more information on what they are investigating:
The letter from the lottery shows five checks made out to board members for expenses like $1,140 for a holiday party; another $1,781.32 for a trip to a bowl game; and another, worth about $1,200, for the Alamo Bowl.
Perhaps the worst -- a credit card receipt for almost $20,000 in season tickets to MSU athletic events, most of which went to board members.
Another credit card receipt shows more than $3,000 spent on season tickets to the Lansing Lugnuts."
This looks alot like a bunch of crooks stealing money cuz they can.........dang!
"Empowered by last year's elections, Republican leaders in about half the states are pushing to require voters to show photo ID at the polls despite little evidence of fraud and already-substantial punishments for those who vote illegally."
This is a huge difference between the two political parties.
If you want voter fraud, vote democrat.
"Michigan State University has suspended all activities with a football booster club after learning the Michigan Lottery Commission is investigating the organization.
The Downtown Coaches Club is a nonprofit organization that runs raffles at the university's football games, among other activities.
It's independent of the Michigan State Athletics Office."
They'll never take me alive!!!!!!
"Opting to buy a battery-powered, all-electric vehicle not only frees your vehicle of tailpipe emissions.
It also means owners of plug-ins don't have to pay gas taxes, right?
Well, for residents of the states of Washington, Oregon and Texas, that sort of depends on whether or not soon-to-be introduced legislation to establish Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) taxes for electric vehicles gets passed into law."
You don't think this is coming to Michigan too?
And all to pacify the enviro-loonies and their rich green-car owners.
Tax the poor to subsidize the rich....great!
"MySpace lost 10 million unique users between January and February of this year, going form 73 million to 63 million in a matter of four weeks"
"“This is a public health issue. It’s not something we can cure in hospitals or doctor offices or research centers; we don’t have a pill for it.
It’s a behavior thing, and that’s why it’s so hard,” he said."
Wow, this is gonna be great!
I sorta remember that cigarette prices went from 15 cents a pack to today's $4-$10.00/pack price.
So if we simply do the same for food we'll have a bunch of thin, fit Americans?
Only if we really, really spend a lot of money on the government program....right?
"The U.S. Department of Energy, the Michigan Public Service Commission, We Energies of Wisconsin and the Sierra Club provided funding for the project.
In June, the project secured $3.1 million in grants and research funds."
"Johnson's proposal would require disclosure of petition circulation activities as part of the campaign finance process for qualifying a newly created political party."
This is an issue GOPers and democrats ought to embrace.......but why is the left silent?
"Wendy Sampson, spokeswoman for the group, said the ultimate goal is to return letter correspondence to the jail, and the meeting is being held to help determine ideas to make that happen."
This little group sure has tenacity!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
"The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues"
Anyone notice that NO ONE in government even considers reducing spending as an option?
If we let them, they will take all of our hard earned income...and our kid's income...and our grandkid's income...you gettin' the drift here?
"As San Diego State prepared for its first Sweet 16 appearance, Aztecs Coach Steve Fisher walked across a basketball court Wednesday with a familiar, deliberate gait. He shook hands with Bill Frieder."
Kind of amazing the ex-coach of UM is back......he must be doing something right....
Take a look at what teachers really get paid for their less than 180 days/year employment.
If Daniels has any hope of getting the GOP nomination for Prez, he may have lost it on this issue.
Going "wobbly" is hardly a resume enhancement.
"The Teachers' Retirement System, the largest and costliest of Illinois' pension programs, is now almost $40 billion short of what's needed to cover future benefits — the deepest financial hole in 20 years of state records"
"The plan, which allows a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend – and dependents – to obtain state benefits if they live with a state worker, could cost $8 million annually"
And those of us who see and will pay the increased taxes on the horizon and decreased state services get stuck in the wazoo once again!
"The most glaring: The CBO shows that the debt over 10 years will be $1.8 trillion higher than President Obama revealed."
The amazing thing is that NO ONE (other than Obama's paid hacks) left or right, American or foreign, has a clue why we are attacking Libya.
And the normally anti-American/anti-defense MSM is mostly supportive of Col Muammar Gaddafi's bling buddy, Barry O'Carter.
"“It’s unfortunate that The Rapid, which sees fit to spend $250,000 on a piece of art for its headquarters, can’t spend some money to make itself more transparent to the taxpayers who pay the bills.
It’s extremely inexpensive to post information to the Internet these days, but our inclination is that The Rapid does this on purpose.”"
This one has a big, bad stink!
“Government employees have a very different definition,” the president of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance said.
“Government claims to cut its budget every year, but spending never goes down.
Citizens spend less when they cut their own budgets.
This is part of a language gap that exists between government workers and citizens.”"
"Earlier this month, after Wisconsin Republican state senators voted to roll back the power of public-employee unions, a number of them received this anonymous e-mail:
“Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.
Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created.
I hope you have a good time in hell.”"
And the liberal media focuses on the "violent" Tea Party?
"Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.
Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.
Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck."
So, if I get this democrat right, he wants to subsidize the outrageous pay and benefits of city union employees on the backsides of the poor?
"Never before has the U.S. economy staged a recovery while the housing market was in such a deep slump"
"In deciding to keep its assumed investment return rate at 7.75%, the board of the $227 billion fund cited hardships that a lower rate would inflict on local governments.
Calpers also said it thought the return was achievable."
"Police responded, and the boy was examined by Comerica Park medical staff, who found no problems.
The boy was then taken to a hospital, where he had no alcohol in his system.
He was cleared to go home, but instead taken by Wayne County Children's Protective Services, the ACLU said.
CPS would not allow him to go with his mother, Claire, who was not at the game.
“The first night, Leo slept on a couch in the CPS building with his parents waiting outside on the sidewalk.
The next day, he was sent to a foster home,” the ACLU said."
Things are really gonna be great when these folks take over our entire health care system, right?
"For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal, adjusted for the same amount of power produced...
You might very well have excellent reasons to argue for one form over another.
Not the point of this post.
The question is: did you know about this chart?
How does it resonate with you?"
"The exact cost of bad decisions by government bodies, whether they be the U.S. Congress, state legislatures or local city councils, is often hard to quantify.
That wasn’t the case earlier this week in Jersey City, N.J., when officials announced they will need to float a bond this year to cover more than $9 million in payouts to city employees for unused sick days and vacation time."
"What happens when a city buys the liberal dream hook, line and sinker?
Just take a look at the City of Detroit"
"They’d been warned, but the city says the Girl Scouts Abigail and Caitlin Mills continued to sell Girl Scout cookies from a stand in front of their home. A neighbor complained anonymously because of all the people and the traffic and the dogs barking at all the people and the traffic."
"Is this a “little-known story”?
If so, it’s a rather damning indictment of the American media, given its rather splashy initial reporting in December 2003.
As I wrote at the time, Moammar Gaddafi’s decision to voluntarily surrender his nuclear-weapons program made the US significantly safer as a direct result of the Iraq War.
Had we not invaded Iraq in 2003 and captured Saddam Hussein in December of that year, Gaddafi would hardly have felt compelled to protect himself from similar American action at the time."
"Four branches of the military have begun sending training material to 2.2 million active and reserve troops as a prelude to opening the ranks to gays, with instructions on, for example, what to do if an officer sees two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall."
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America
"A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a secret plan to 'destabilize' the country."
"That 713,000 number is very significant.
Because under Michigan law, the City cannot legally collect its own income tax unless the population is 750,000 or more.
From The Detroit Free Press: State law may need to change for Detroit to keep collecting city tax"
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This is really nice.
Remember our betters!
"As always (mostly...) I will be hosting a Muskegon Tea Party chat (open to ALL) at Carmen's Cafe every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-3:20 PM. Just before each Muskegon County commission meeting.
There won't be a county commission meeting"
"MUSKEGON COUNTY —
The Muskegon County Clerk’s office is hosting a Saturday event to give local residents who have a difficult time visiting during regular weekday hours an opportunity to access the office’s many services.
The event, called Full Service Saturday, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the clerk’s temporary office on the second floor in the Central Services Building, 141 E. Apple Ave.
Residents should come prepared with the necessary information by visiting the clerk’s website at www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk or calling the office at 724-6221 prior to the event.
Among the services being provided Saturday will be marriage license applications, concealed weapons applications, birth certificates, passports and business registrations."
A great idea!
Kudos to county clerk Nancy Waters!
"'He takes that shot, and you know if it goes in, you're recording history,' Fishman says.
'If it goes in, it's monumental.'
He remembers a sudden scream in the trailer, an echo of the roar from more than 70,000 fans inside the stadium."
A wonderful recounting of last year's Butler/Duke final moments.
I was there with Bug, Howard, JudgeO and Cheater.
An amazing night...and a heartbreaking missed "shot for the ages" for our Butler Bulldogs.
What a weekend!
And what a great SI story.
"Justice Department lawyers examined the same set of facts and reached a different conclusion: that the school district’s decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan.
They filed an unusual lawsuit, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith."
"By contrast, we prefer to have the wealthiest households in this country pay a share of the tax burden that is one-third greater than their share of the nation's income.'"
"Prison guards at a Western Maryland correctional facility say a union boss berated and tried to intimidate them after they raised questions at a pre-shift meeting about how their fees are spent and the benefits of belonging to a union."
Hello Kitty and pink paintwork: How gun manufacturers are targeting female market with girly 'purse pistols'
"Despite the concerns of anti-gun campaigners, there has been an 83 per cent rise in the number of women buying firearms for personal defence, and handbag-sized models are fast becoming a sought-after accessory across the U.S."
"My 401K is down 40%, my employer just cut the match;
and it looks like I may have work until I'm 70 years old.
I also pay for pensions to public employees who retired in their 50s.
I don't have enough money to go on vacation this year, but I paid my share of the federal government's $2.6 million grant to teach Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.
I pay for bridges to nowhere.
I drive a 1997 Honda Accord, but I had to pay for my neighbor’s $41,000 electric car.
I also bailed out the United Auto Workers."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"Michigan Sen. John Gleason tried to save the credit ratings of cities that are taken over by an emergency financial manager.
Earlier this month, he introduced an amendment that states they “will not have its bond rating downrated.”
That’s not the government’s call, said Jack McHugh, legislative analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
“Municipal bonds’ credit worthiness ratings are provided by independent private agencies over which a state legislature has absolutely no control,” McHugh wrote in an e-mail.
Gleason, D-Flushing, didn’t return a call seeking comment.
His amendment of March 9 to House Bill 4214 failed by a vote of 26-12.
'This appears to be an example of legislative 'magic thinking,' comparable to the king ordering the tides not to rise,” McHugh wrote in an e-mail.
“In this case, the miracle would be for potential lenders looking to put their precious capital at risk — and their agents at independent credit rating agencies — to ignore the messes created by fiscally reckless local government officials now wanting to borrow even more.
There's no magic required if local officials want to protect their credit rating; all they have to do hold current spending and future liabilities — including retirement benefits — below expected current and future revenue.'"
"'I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet,' Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day."
"state Sen. Obama was unpersuaded:
'I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein.
He is a brutal man.
A ruthless man.
A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power.
He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. ...
But ... Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors ...'
As American forces join the war against Moammar Gadhafi, the nation is entitled to an explanation.
How is the case for war against Gadhafi smarter (remember, Obama is only against 'dumb' wars) or less 'ideological' or more prudent than that for war against Saddam Hussein?"
"Saw Jay Leno last night and his attempts at poking fun at Obama were utterly lame as usual.
Almost as if the jokes were designed to fail (just like ObamaCare!).
Ross Bennett explains why successful Obama jokes are a no no:"
"The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a 'tipping point,' a Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday."
"Bill Maher and Sarah Palin. (Reuters)Bill Maher uttered a female vulgarism when referring to former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on his HBO show Friday night.
“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said.
“I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’
Oh speaking of dumb tw**s, did you...”"
Gotta love those "sensitive" libs......
Why does one woman make lib men go insane?
"Although the issuance of capital-improvement bonds seemed the likely financing model, the option of a voter-approved millage was identified during the presentation. County commissioners have been reluctant to seek a millage, fearing voters would reject it."
"Retirees from Milwaukee County's largest union would pay more for their health care, under a series of changes approved by the County Board Thursday that would save taxpayers $5.4 million this year.
The change was adopted on a 14-1 vote, after the board agreed to reconsider its decision earlier in the day to delay the move.
Holding off on the change for a month would have cost the county $400,000."
"One of numerous ways taxpayers are being ripped off by public employees is through phony 'retirement' schemes that enable the employee to collect a fat pension in addition to continuing to work and receive salary and benefits.
The 'retirement' pay becomes, in effect, a huge pay increase, one usually linked to inflation.
This 'double-dipping' is not uncommon when taxpayers are on the hook, but exceedingly rare in the private sector.
Quite clearly, the politicians who sign such contracts are, in collusion with the employees (and their unions), playing the taxpayers for suckers."
"Portugal's government is on the verge of collapse after opposition parties withdrew their support for another round of austerity policies aimed at averting a financial bailout."
The public service unions have killed that country.
Will they do the same to the USA?
"Nuclear Power's Unchanging Plight
Nuclear is the fuel of the future—and always will be"
"'This case,' the judge wrote, 'will proceed under Ecclesiastical Islamic Law.'"
"'Pension costs will crush government.'
'The math doesn't work.'
'The system lacks discipline.'
'The system lacks oversight and accountability.'
These are the words of a bipartisan, standing legislative commission — not a bunch of union-hating, anti-government pension gadflies."
"Yet there is a case to be made for going—to Brazil anyway.
Arguably Santiago and San Salvador could have been postponed.
Chile is already a stable ally and the stop in El Salvador, to mouth platitudes about hemispheric security while Central America is going up in narco-trafficking flames, only highlights the futility of the U.S. war on drugs.
Going to Brasilia to meet with Workers' Party President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday, on the other hand, was important.
Unfortunately, Mr. Obama discredited his trip even before it began by peddling it as a trade mission to create jobs and boost the U.S. economy.
With those goals in mind, he would have been better off staying home and lobbying Congress to drop the 54 cents per gallon tariff on Brazilian sugar ethanol, and to end all U.S. subsidies on cotton, which have been ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization in a case brought by Brazil.
Or he could have sent the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where they would be easily ratified.
Let's face it: Mr. Obama's reputation as a protectionist precedes him.
If he believes otherwise, our silver-tongued president has a tin ear."
"In Flint, which received state approval for an $8 million emergency bond needed to make payroll this month and is seen as a likely target for state intervention, the firefighters union has reportedly issued a list of new concessions including increased health insurance payments and giving up holiday pay and night-shift premiums."
"March 21, 2011
I MENTIONED MARKDOWNS ON WATCHES THE OTHER DAY, and I now wonder if they’re desperate.
Reader Duke DeLand emails:
“April 20th 2009 I removed my wrist watch and it still rests on my bedside table.
With my phone always there I found it less-than necessary.
Many with whom i talk say the same.
Have most of us abandoned watches?”
I still wear a watch.
I have a couple of fancy ones I wear for dress occasions (one was my grandfather’s, the other was an anniversary present).
But I usually wear a Timex Ironman and I still use it pretty regularly — though the thing I really like about it is the night light, which is bright enough to let me navigate in the dark.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 6:37 pm"
I am a watch nerd..but they are increasingly becoming an affectation.... bummer...
Monday, March 21, 2011
" A few minutes later, they return to the dance floor, where they shake everything they've got under the party lights.
But for the most part, there isn't all that much to shake.
This particular group of party-goers consists of 12- and 13-year-old girls"
"Ditto Michigan, where a struggling economy could complicate Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s reelection bid as well as Obama’s path to victory in the state."
Only if we can find and support a true conservative.....an articulate conservative!
Michigan State football concludes its 15 spring practices under fifth-year head coach Mark Dantonio with the Green-White intrasquad game on Saturday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. EDT in Spartan Stadium."
"Here is the link to the Attorney General's appeal of last Friday's ruling by Madison judge Maryann Sumi.
It makes it quite clear that she had no juridiction and that her over-reach violated both the constitutional separation of powers, but also clear and explicit insytructions from the state Supreme Court."
More on the battle in Wisconsin
"Anderson is a 6-4 guard/forward who averaged 20.1 points, 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.9 blocks.
He signed with Michigan State where he'll join the last two winners (Derrick Nix and Keith Appling of Detroit Pershing)."
"So it is not the pension fund itself that is a Ponzi scheme.
It is the plan's accumulation of unfunded liabilities that are not fully prepaid before current workers retire that constitutes a Ponzi account within the pension fund."
"To meet the accountability goal, communities would be required to post their financial data and performance on an online “dashboard” by Oct. 1.
The compensation incentive would require communities to replace defined benefit pensions with 401(k)-style retirement savings programs and require an 20 percent employee match for health care."
A GREAT start!
"If nothing else, Dennis Kucinich is consistent.
He wanted to push articles of impeachment against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney over the Iraq war, which his own party’s leadership squelched in the summer of 2008 — when Bush’s term had all but expired anyway.
Kucinich and John Conyers instead had to settle for “impugnment hearings,” which one witness called “slightly demented.”
Now we have another military action from another president, this one without the cover of a Congressional authorization to use military force, and Kucinich wants to crank up the impeachment process, pun most certainly intended:"