Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Controller: State to run out of cash in March without action

Capitol Alert: Controller: State to run out of cash in March without action
California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing

'Birthday Tax' Unveiled in Lansing

'Birthday Tax' Unveiled in Lansing [Mackinac Center]
Legislation been introduced that reportedly would extract more than $1 billion from motorists through a new state fuel tax and a huge increase in the vehicle registration tax.
The latter, paid each year on a car owner’s birthday, would increase 67 percent on average according to The Detroit News.

» Carbon Nation - Big Government

» Carbon Nation - Big Government
About the movie, "Carbon Nartion", tonight (Tue. Jan. 31 at MCC)-comments from the article:

"Our goal should be to move from a carbon based to a nuclear based with hydrogen gas for all of our other needs. We will not get there by wasting time plugging in our cars or putting up wind mills and solar panels.

They just don't have the stones to do the job.

I've been in some very serious manufacturing plants. Not the cooks tour. The down and dirty kind. It takes raw power to make our factories hum. To tinker with this is suicide. If we want to do it on the margin to make some citizens feel less guilt and they want to pay for it. Fine. But to think we can base our economy on it is nuts.

If we can build a miniaturized nuclear reactor.
Put it to sea.
Have it dive down thousands of feet, and travel 90+ miles per hour, and do so silently.
Don't tell me we can't develop nuclear power on land and use that clean power to make hydrogen gas, and pipe that gas to stations for filling up our cars in the distant future.
The electric car is stupid.
It will end up being an environmental disaster.
Do you have any idea what it takes to manufacture a high capacity battery?
Holy cow!
Talk about environmental suicide.

I wish the Pipedream was true. It's a lie. Brought to you by the same political party that thought the federal government could run a medical insurance system while simultaneously running a pension system. Why would I let these people run a taco stand, even under a close supervision of the biggest mexican SOB I could find to make sure the feds made the taco just right.

They killed the light bulb. Now they are going to kill the country."

Income Inequality Is Lower Now Than It Was Under Clinton

TaxProf Blog: Tax Foundation: Income Inequality Is Lower Now Than It Was Under Clinton
As a result, it is not evident that the Bush tax cuts in either the top marginal rate or capital gains rate had any long-term effect on inequality.
If anything, they appear to have reduced inequality.

Dems' Plan: Scale Back Select Corporate Tax Credits They Already Voted For

Dems' Plan: Scale Back Select Corporate Tax Credits They Already Voted For [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
A new proposal announced state Senate Democrats would use saving generated by eliminating “ineffective tax loopholes” to pay for the college tuition of Michigan students.
However, these same “ineffective tax loopholes” for particular businesses include ones that the Michigan Senate Democrats have overwhelmingly voted for over the past several years.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Investors face more than 70 pct loss in Greek deal

Investors face more than 70 pct loss in Greek deal
BRUSSELS (AP) - Investors participating in a deal to slash Greece's massive debt would face an overall loss on their bond holdings of more than 70 percent, a person involved in with the negotiations said early Tuesday.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

EyeOnMuskegon 1-29-2012

Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)

Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again) Mail Online
The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit.
It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Forget about Economic Recovery: Obama Is Toast

Spengler » Forget about Economic Recovery: Obama Is Toast
The official unemployment rate may have fallen, slightly, but the real unemployment rate — the number of working-age Americans who aren’t working — rose from about 12% before the 2008 crisis, to about 23%, and hasn’t come down.

That includes people who have retired early because they can’t find work, spouses who used to earn a second income but have gone back to homemaking because work isn’t available, self-employed people whose businesses have collapsed, young people who live in their parents’ basement because they can’t afford tuition and can’t find work.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Occupiers vs. The Constitution

Breitbart.tv » Occupiers vs. The Constitution
Can members from Southern Occupy movements answer four basic questions about our Government?

The video that answers the question "are they really that dumb?"

Unemployment rates up in December, down for 2011

Unemployment rates up in December, down for 2011 MLive.com
While not great, the unemployment picture in Muskegon County is improving.
The county had ended 2010 with a 13.4 percent unemployment rate.
However, much of that improvement is due to a reduction in the labor force.

Success hasn't changed Tom Izzo

Andy Katz Blog - ESPN
I've covered the sport since I was in college in the late '80s and there has never been someone who has achieved so much success that defines true character than Izzo.

S/lt Riley's P-38

S/lt Riley's P-38
La Ciotat's P-38 Lightning, Rhône's delta, France
Pilot : second lieutenant James G. Riley Jr.

Rest in peace Uncle Jim

THE YEAR IS YOUNG: Worst News Story of 2012? “

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE YEAR IS YOUNG: Worst News Story of 2012?

THE YEAR IS YOUNG: Worst News Story of 2012?
“That’s right; Reuters wrote that Rubio voted against Obamacare, but, as with Sotomayer’s nomination, he wasn’t in the Senate yet.
This kind of journalistic incompetence is stunning.
How can any reporter–here, David Adams of Reuters–write that Rubio voted a certain way, without even checking to make sure he was in office at the time?
And where did the false idea come from in the first place?”

Um, Media Matters, maybe? Just a wild guess . . . . Of course, calling this “incompetence” is charitable.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:33 pm

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Volokh Conspiracy » Charles Murray on Elite Ignorance of Ordinary Americans

In his new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010, Charles Murray argues that a new elite class has emerged that is much more ignorant about the lives of ordinary Americans than were the elites of earlier generations:

The Ruinous Reign of Race-and-Gender Historians

The Ruinous Reign of Race-and-Gender Historians
In a significant case involving history (the Montana court relied heavily upon the scholarship and words of historians to reach its conclusions), all the books cited were more than 35 years old.
And that wasn't a coincidence: the kind of U.S. history relevant to influencing legal and public policy debates increasingly has been banished from an academy obsessed with scholarship organized around the race/class/gender trinity.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Japan shutting down all nuclear plants

Japan shutting down all nuclear plants News24
Before the disaster, around 30% of Japan's electricity was nuclear generated.

'Look Ma! No cavities!' Wired report examines fluoride effort that started in Grand Rapids

'Look Ma! No cavities!' Wired report examines fluoride effort that started in Grand Rapids MLive.com
Before the fluoridation began, 32,000 city school children, plus control groups of 8,000 kids in Muskegon and Aurora, Ill., were given complete dental examinations.
After eight years, the Grand Rapids kids showed reductions of 50 to 70 percent in tooth decay rates.

11 Incredible Weapons That Only America Has

11 Incredible Weapons That Only America Has

Familiar Rhetoric, Failed Record

New iPads for Fruitport school board members paid for with bond funds

New iPads for Fruitport school board members paid for with bond funds MLive.com
The school district spent $3,000 for iPads for all of the seven board members, said Superintendent Bob Szymoniak.

Gimme a break!

Woman Claims Neighbor’s Energy Efficient Windows Are Melting Her Toyota Prius

Woman Claims Neighbor’s Energy Efficient Windows Are Melting Her Toyota Prius « CBS Los Angeles

2012-1-19 Muskegon county Strategic planning Community developement- Northern Machine Tool

Why the United States Will Never, Ever Build the iPhone

Why the United States Will Never, Ever Build the iPhone - Jordan Weissmann - Business - The Atlantic
Here are four basic lessons that we can learn from Apple's manufacturing:

Muskegon Mayor Steve Warmington asking citizens to be involved in their neighborhoods

Muskegon Mayor Steve Warmington asking citizens to be involved in their neighborhoods MLive.com
“We need to become friendly again,” Warmington told the Nelson association members, in a message he has repeated at seven other neighborhood association meetings.
Warmington has another five neighborhood meetings, concluding March 19 with the Oakview and Sheldon Park association.

President Obama calls for raising dropout age, other reforms adopted or proposed in Michigan

President Obama calls for raising dropout age, other reforms adopted or proposed in Michigan MLive.com
High school students should be forced to stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18, President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address.

Senate Democrats propose free college tuition funded by reducing corporate tax credits

Senate Democrats propose free college tuition funded by reducing corporate tax credits MLive.com
"Free"???????

POGO's Joint Strike Fighter Resource Page

POGO's Joint Strike Fighter Resource Page
More problems threaten to exacerbate the already spiraling costs of the F-35, which has already been set back by years of delays and double digit cost growth.
The F-35 is the world’s most expensive weapons program...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State Dependency on the Federal Government

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/state-dependency-on-the-federal-government
As the following charts shows, total state spending continued to increase during the economic downturn because the federal government picked up the slack.
Note that the federal share of total state spending went from 25.7 percent in 2001 to 34.1 percent in 2011.

George Soros on the Coming U.S. Class War

George Soros on the Coming U.S. Class War - Print View - The Daily Beast
As he sees it, the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of “evil.”
Europe is confronting a descent into chaos and conflict.
In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties.
The global economic system could even collapse altogether

Why the United States Will Never, Ever Build the iPhone

Why the United States Will Never, Ever Build the iPhone - Jordan Weissmann - Business - The Atlantic
The price of labor, though, is just one small piece of what makes China a better place to make an iPhone.
...........................For Mr. Cook, the focus on Asia "came down to two things," said one former high-ranking Apple executive.
Factories in Asia "can scale up and down faster" and "Asian supply chains have surpassed what's in the U.S."
The result is that "we can't compete at this point," the executive said.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lagarde calls for bigger eurozone firewall

Lagarde calls for bigger eurozone firewall - FT.com
In a speech in Berlin, Christine Lagarde, IMF managing director, said that without a larger bail-out fund, fundamentally solvent countries like Italy and Spain could be forced into a financing crisis.

Some Chevy dealers spurn Volt allocation

Some Chevy dealers spurn Volt allocation
GM's "thinking we need six more Volts is just crazy," Hedrick says.
"We've never sold more than two in a month."
Hedrick says he usually takes just about every vehicle that GM allocates to him.

South Carolina's Attorney General detects voter fraud

South Carolina's Attorney General detects voter fraud - WTOC, Savannah, Georgia, news, weather and sports
Wilson says an analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters were people who are listed as dead.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Man Who Gave Us Newt

The Man Who Gave Us Newt - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online
And, when Ron Paul’s going on about “fiat money” and Newt’s brimming with specifics on everything (he was great on the pipeline last night), Mitt’s generalities are awfully condescending:
The finely calibrated inoffensiveness is kind of offensive.

Give Saddam's Buttock Back, Iraq Tells British Ex-Soldier

Give Saddam's Buttock Back, Iraq Tells British Ex-Soldier

Federer rolls into 2012 Australian Open quarterfinals - ESPN

Rafael Nadal rolls into 2012 Australian Open quarterfinals - ESPN
"I thought I played a really good match," said Federer, through to his 31st straight Grand Slam quarterfinal.
"I knew I had to.
Anything else wouldn't have done the job tonight."

suzuki_is_the_man31
"consecutive grand slam quarterfinals is simply amazing.
To put that in perspective.
No other player in the history of tennis even has 31 consecutive 2nd round appearances.
Heck only 23 tennis players have 31 consecutive gland slam appearances."

NYT: Why Apple won't make iPhones in the US

NYT: Why Apple won't make iPhones in the US - Business - US business - The New York Times - msnbc.com
Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.

Frontloading HQ: The 2012 Presidential Primary Calendar (Republican and Democratic)

Frontloading HQ: The 2012 Presidential Primary Calendar (Republican and Democratic)

Electric Car Parking: Perk Or Privilege?

Electric Car Parking: Perk Or Privilege? Fox News
"In fact, the mining, heavy metals, and other side effects of electric car production and operation are likely worse for the environment."

EyeOnMuskegon 1-22-2012

The Great Minnesota Pension Scam

Instapundit » Blog Archive » WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: The Great Minnesota Pension Scam.
“If you are a current or former state employee in the state of Minnesota, watch out.
Your pension depends on hot air, sketchy arithmetic, and the willingness of future taxpayers to make huge sacrifices to cover the deceit, wishful thinking and sketchy math at the heart of your pension system.”
Of course, this problem isn’t limited to Minnesota.
It’s endemic.

Plus this advice:
“Under modern conditions, for younger workers especially plans where you make contributions matched by your employer are safer bets than defined benefit plans. In defined contribution plans, they can’t touch your money to pay pensions for older workers; in other plans they can suck you dry to keep the better connected and better organized geezers happy.
Your union reps and state legislators won’t tell you about this, but it’s true: badly funded defined benefit programs will be looted to pay the oldsters in full as long as possible, and younger workers will be stiffed when the bill finally comes due.”
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:00 am

Saturday, January 21, 2012

MAC Legislative Update - January 20, 2012

MAC Legislative Update - January 20, 2012
Lt. Governor Calley Pushes for Autism Coverage

Lt. Governor Brian Calley (R-Ionia County) indicated that mandatory autism insurance coverage, as promoted by Governor Snyder in his State of the State, could be paid for by offering a tax credit against the new Claims Tax on paid insurance claims.
The tax, after matching federal money, is supposed to provide about $1 billion to fund Medicaid in Michigan.

There is no detail on how much money might be lost to the Medicaid budget to pay for autism insurance coverage.

Another 10 Creative Escalator Ads - Oddee.com

Another 10 Creative Escalator Ads - Oddee.com

America hates Newt Gingrich

America hates Newt Gingrich Campaign 2012 Washington Examiner
Unlike Mitt Romney, who occasionally beats President Obama in general election poll match ups, Newt Gingrich trails far behind President Obama in every survey.
But just how bad are Gingrich's unfavorable among the general public compared to Obama and Romney?

Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery

Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery
Who'd of guessed?

A trillion-dollar missed opportunity – enough to pay U.S. deficit

A trillion-dollar missed opportunity – enough to pay U.S. deficit ExxonMobil's Perspectives Blog
According to a study by ICF International, expanding domestic energy development in America’s offshore areas could alone generate $1.3 trillion in government revenues over the life of the resource – along with major increases in jobs and economic activity that result from offshore development.

To put this figure in perspective, consider the following numbers:
In 2010, the U.S. federal budget deficit was $1.3 trillion.
The total U.S. national debt currently stands at about $13.8 trillion.
The U.S. oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $1 trillion a year to the U.S. economy.

'Speed freak killer' Loren Herzog found hanged

'Speed freak killer' Loren Herzog found hanged
Herzog was convicted in 2001 of the methamphetamine-fueled rape and murder of Vanderheiden and the killings of two other people in the mid-1980s.
His trial and the case against a co-defendant, childhood friend Wesley Shermantine, were moved to Santa Clara County from San Joaquin County because of extensive pretrial publicity over what were dubbed the "speed freak killers."
Herzog was sentenced to 78 years to life, but an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2004, saying investigators had illegally forced a confession from him.

Girl, 9, who faced online taunts in 2010, dies

Girl, 9, who faced online taunts in 2010, dies
A 9-year-old Detroit-area girl whose battle with Huntington's disease drew attention after she was taunted online by a neighbor has died.

Egypt's Islamists secure 75 percent of parliament

Egypt's Islamists secure 75 percent of parliament
Egypt's election commission and political groups say final results from the country's first elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak show Islamist parties winning nearly three-quarters of the seats in parliament.

A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond

A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond - NYTimes.com
The “effective, moving, vitalizing work of the world is done between the ages of 25 and 40 — these 15 golden years of plenty.”
In comparison, he noted, “men above 40 years of age” are useless.
As for those over 60, there would be an “incalculable benefit” in “commercial, political and professional life, if, as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.”

Friday, January 20, 2012

Muskegon County Jail replacement ranked top priority by county leadership

Muskegon County Jail replacement ranked top priority by county leadership MLive.com
“For nine years, the issues of the juvenile center and jail, they are always near the top of the list,” Derezinski said.
“When the heck are we going to get it off the list?”

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Editorial: Obama's call a job killer

Editorial: Obama's call a job killer Editorial Opinion Edmonton Sun
The Republicans aren't telling the whole truth when they say Barack Obama doesn't care about jobs.
The U.S. president is desperately worried about one: his own.
That's the real reason the Obama administration denied a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday,

Why U.S. Gun Sales Are Shooting For The Moon - Forbes

Why U.S. Gun Sales Are Shooting For The Moon - Forbes

Private Elevator Productions Offers Casey Anthony $1 Million

Private Elevator Productions Offers Casey Anthony $1 Million Mediaite
CNN Confirms Casey Anthony ‘Will Get $1 Million’ For Interview

Dems propose 'Reasonable Profits Board' to regulate oil company profits

Dems propose 'Reasonable Profits Board' to regulate oil company profits - The Hill's Floor Action
Six House Democrats, led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), want to set up a "Reasonable Profits Board" to control gas profits.
The Democrats, worried about higher gas prices, want to set up a board that would apply a "windfall profit tax" as high as 100 percent on the sale of oil and gas, according to their legislation.
The bill provides no specific guidance for how the board would determine what constitutes a reasonable profit.

A Lose, Lose, Lose, Lose, Lose Proposition

A Lose, Lose, Lose, Lose, Lose Proposition - By Victor Davis Hanson - The Corner - National Review Online
As he did with his probably illegal “recess” appointments, President Obama picked a politically advantageous time to cancel the Keystone pipeline project — while the media is obsessed with the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich’s second wife, and Mitt Romney’s investments.
Yet it is hard to remember a presidential decision that had as many negatives as this one:

» Rubber Rooms’ Kissing Cousin: New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve Program

» Rubber Rooms’ Kissing Cousin: New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve Program - Big Government
New York City government schools have had some pretty outrageous policies.
Rubber rooms were a great example.
They were special places created for teachers accused of crimes, incompetence and the like.
Due to state tenure laws, it actually cost less to house the failed teachers in a location where they couldn’t inflict more damage on students, than to go through the lengthy and expensive legal process necessary to fire them.
Thanks Big Labor!
Now New York administrators are trying to deep-six a program created a few years ago in the collective bargaining agreement with the United Federation of Teachers: the Absent Teacher Reserve.

NYC Business Bled to Death Over Toy Guns

Moonbattery » NYC Business Bled to Death Over Toy Guns
The owner of a discount store in Brooklyn says the city is holding him up for $30,000 in fines he can’t afford — all because he stocked six toy sheriff sets that included plastic guns.
And now the .44-caliber fines for the orange-tipped, obvious fakes are forcing him to close for good.

After two more fatal shootings, Flint emergency manager says he welcomes more state help with crime

After two more fatal shootings, Flint emergency manager says he welcomes more state help with crime MLive.com

Steve Gunn: Muskegon County made the wrong choice on criminal history in the hiring process

Steve Gunn: Muskegon County made the wrong choice on criminal history in the hiring process MLive.com
But remaining ignorant about the applicant's background until late in the hiring process does nothing to further that cause.
It only enhances the chance of a county official making a terrible mistake and hiring somebody who will make all of us live to regret their decision.
At least with a checked "yes" box, the interviewer will not forget to ask about all the pertinent details and accidently hire a dangerous person for a sensitive job.

State of the State: 7 Detroit highlights from Governor Rick Snyder's address

State of the State: 7 Detroit highlights from Governor Rick Snyder's address MLive.com
What did he say about Michigan’s largest city, Detroit?
Here are some highlights.

Plans halted for wind farm in northwestern Lower Peninsula

Plans halted for wind farm in northwestern Lower Peninsula MLive.com
Milton Howard, vice president of wind development, said the timing was off to sell electricity generated by the project.

Judge tosses suit over Jack Kevorkian artwork

Judge tosses suit over Jack Kevorkian artwork MLive.com
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in suburban Detroit by the estate of Dr. Jack Kevorkian against a Massachusetts museum that refused to return 17 of his paintings.

Rick Santorum's Tragic Yearbook Photo

Rick Santorum's Tragic Yearbook Photo - Joshua Green - Politics - The Atlantic
I suppose it's Santorum's misfortune to have been in high school during this era.
I'm pretty sure that 1976 wasn't too kind to anyone. B
ut still. Wow--he looks like McLovin in polyester.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

13 Politically Incorrect Gun Rules

13 Politically Incorrect Gun Rules « » Print The Daily Caller:
6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

We Don't Want To Alarm Anyone, But... Is Something Bad Happening To The Economy In January?

We Don't Want To Alarm Anyone, But... Is Something Bad Happening To The Economy In January?

New Obama OMB director a Bain alum

New Obama OMB director a Bain alum Campaign 2012 Washington Examiner
Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama's new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president's decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney's career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company

Brewer you've never heard of is No. 1 in US, depending how you count

Bottom Line - Brewer you've never heard of is No. 1 in US, depending how you count
A beer maker many drinkers haven’t heard of has become the top American brewer.
Depending on how you define “American brewer.”
G.G. Yuengling and Son didn’t as much dethrone Budweiser, Miller and Coors as it had to wait for them to get acquired by foreign companies.

As Economy Fails To Ignite, Fed Prepares Next Round Of Quantitative Easing

As Economy Fails To Ignite, Fed Prepares Next Round Of Quantitative Easing - Investors.com:
Boom?
Well, the Fed doesn't see it that way.

Chaos on the Costa Concordia

BobKrumm.com » Chaos on the Costa Concordia
To those who view this weekend’s catastrophe as evidence of the end of civility, I say, cheer up.
Had it been a German or British ship that went down in the North Sea, I submit that the scene would have been far more reminiscent of the Titanic’s “women and children first” rule, than the chaos of the Costa Concordia.

On the other hand, the Concorida gives witness to the unbridgeable divide in Europe.
The Continent is two cultures separated by a common currency.
Economic chaos is the inevitable result.
And women and children may end up being the first thrown overboard.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

CARPE DIEM: Petroleum, Fuel Lead U.S. Exports in November

CARPE DIEM: Petroleum, Fuel Lead U.S. Exports in November

It’s All Fun and Games Until a Fake Penis Gets You Fired

It’s All Fun and Games Until a Fake Penis Gets You Fired « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News, Commentary, and Opinions on Law Firms, Lawyers, Law School, Law Suits, Judges and Courts
Here’s the best part — Davis claims that this was a discriminatory firing because one of her co-workers, a man who wore women’s clothing and prostheses, was neither fired nor disciplined for doing so.
Double standard, much

Battery plant planned for Muskegon Township delayed due to European financial crisis

Battery plant planned for Muskegon Township delayed due to European financial crisis MLive.com
The two-phase development was projected to have created 745 jobs with an overall $670 million investment.
Community leaders, job seekers, contractors and industrial suppliers were thrilled when the Michigan Legislature in December 2009 created a special $135 million battery tax credit for fortu's Muskegon development.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Man on probation, fined for role in tea party scam

Man on probation, fined for role in tea party scam Detroit Free Press freep.com
He and fellow Democratic official Michael McGuinness were indicted by a one-man grand jury in March for attempting to put unknowing residents on the ballot as tea party candidates

Matty Moroun's 'motion for release' denied by Court of Appeals; Moroun and Stamper will spend night in jail

Matty Moroun's 'motion for release' denied by Court of Appeals; Moroun and Stamper will spend night in jail MLive.com:
The Michigan Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, denied Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun’s and Detroit International Bridge Company President Dan Stamper’s motion for release from jail pending the appeal of a Wayne County Circuit Court contempt ruling.

James O’Keefe Video Purports to Show Ease of Voter Fraud in N.H. Primary

James O’Keefe Video Purports to Show Ease of Voter Fraud in N.H. Primary - ABC News
A video posted the day after the New Hampshire Primary from conservative gonzo James O’Keefe either exposes why voting laws are too lax or comes close to itself being voter fraud (or both), by obtaining the ballots of dead Granite Staters on primary day.
The video has already sparked an investigation in the New Hampshire State Attorney General’s office, both because of the weaknesses of the electoral system it seems to demonstrate and the potential legal violations those making the film might have committed, according to N.H. Associate Attorney General Richard Head.

Protest planned for first ship to dock at EGT grain terminal

Protest planned for first ship to dock at EGT grain terminal
The U.S. Coast Guard will escort the first ship coming to the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview this month, and the Occupy movement and local labor groups say they are planning to greet the vessel with a massive protest.

Michigan Supreme Court hears medical pot cases

Michigan Supreme Court hears medical pot cases MLive.com
The Michigan Supreme Court sought Thursday to clarify a murky state law that allows medical marijuana under some circumstances, hearing the appeals of two people charged with drug crimes since voters approved the program in 2008.

Sleeping Bear Dunes gets $1.3M for non-motor trail

Sleeping Bear Dunes gets $1.3M for non-motor trail MLive.com
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has received a $1.3 million federal transportation grant to continue work on a 27-mile hike-and-bike trail.
The Michigan Democrats said Thursday that the money comes from a U.S. Department of Transportation program aimed at reducing vehicle congestion at national parks.

Detroit imposes business hours at police precincts

Detroit imposes business hours at police precincts MLive.com
Fighting crime is a 24-hour job, but Detroit police stations will be sticking to business hours.
The department is rolling out a plan to close precincts and district headquarters to the public after 4 p.m.

Dems want rule change to avoid confusing voters

Dems want rule change to avoid confusing voters MLive.com
Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer on Thursday accused Republicans of trying to create confusion over his party's presidential nominating process by putting President Barack Obama's name on the Feb. 28 primary ballot even though he asked that it be left off.

District Refuses to Sell Unused Building to Public Charter School

District Refuses to Sell Unused Building to Public Charter School — Despite Receiving $250K Asking ... [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
Battle Creek Public Schools pays tens of thousands of dollars per year to maintain empty school

Muskegon County changes job-application process to assist felons

Muskegon County changes job-application process to assist felons MLive.com
A convicted felon will not have to disclose his or her criminal history on a written job application for Muskegon County government, a change designed to level the playing field for formerly convicted offenders.

She baaaack......

The War Room with Jennifer Granholm // Current TV
During two terms as governor, she pioneered the state through an economic storm, strengthening its auto industry, preserving the manufacturing sector, and adding new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy.

I imaging writing that sentence musta be tough.....

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

GM may put brakes on Volt electric vehicle production

GM may put brakes on Volt electric vehicle production (WSJ report) ZDNet
General Motors is closely watching sales of its Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle and will adjust its production of the car accordingly, potentially by June, according to a report Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.
Actually, it sounds like the company’s Volt electric vehicles may be available strictly on a build-to-order basis in the future.

Moving company says after six years of outbound moves, Michigan now has an equal number of inbound and outbound moves

Moving company says after six years of outbound moves, Michigan now has an equal number of inbound and outbound moves MLive.com
Among Midwestern states, there were only two other balanced states: Iowa and South Dakota.
For the sixth year in a row, Washington, D.C. had the highest percentage of inbound moves, while Ohio came out the clear leader in the highest percentage of outbound moves.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TSA defends confiscating a passenger's cupcake

TSA defends confiscating a passenger's cupcake - The Hill's Transportation Report

click the link-there is a difference in this cupcake!

Heights Police Auction To Be Managed By Midwest Liquidators Instead Of Police Force

Heights Police Auction To Be Managed By Midwest Liquidators Instead Of Police Force
Instead of officers being paid overtime to run the event, Midwest Liquidators on Laketon Avenue in Muskegon will auction off items left unclaimed in the police’s property room in the City of Muskegon Heights

Twinkies Maker to File for Bankruptcy Again

Twinkies Maker to File for Bankruptcy Again: Report Fox Business
Hostess Brands Inc, a wholesale baker, is again preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, The Wall Street Journal reported

GOP's Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killers

GOP's Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killers - US news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com
"Serving your sentence at the Governor's Mansion where you pour liquor, cook and clean should not earn a pardon for murder," Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, a Democrat, posted Monday

Illinois Becomes Moody’s Lowest-Rated U.S. State With Debt Downgrade to A2

Illinois Becomes Moody’s Lowest-Rated U.S. State With Debt Downgrade to A2 - Bloomberg
Illinois (STOIL1) had its general-obligation bond rating reduced by Moody’s Investors Service to A2 from A1, making it the company’s lowest-graded U.S. state.
The downgrade to the sixth-highest rating came after a legislative session that “took no steps to implement lasting solutions to its severe pension under-funding or to its chronic bill payment delays,” Moody’s said in a report.
Illinois, it said, has “weak management practices.”

Audit: Muskegon Heights schools 2010-11 budget deficit doubled to $8.5 million

Audit: Muskegon Heights schools 2010-11 budget deficit doubled to $8.5 million MLive.com
The audit, prepared by Brickley DeLong Certified Public Accountants, shows the district ended the 2010-11 school year with an $8.5 million general fund deficit.
The deficit had grown from $4.2 million at the end of the 2009-10.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Advocate names Grand Rapids one of its 'Gayest Cities in America'

Advocate names Grand Rapids one of its 'Gayest Cities in America' MLive.com
This may turn a few heads: Grand Rapids is one of the gayest cities in America, according to Advocate magazine.

January Surprise: Is Obama preparing a trillion-dollar, mass refinancing of mortgages?

January Surprise: Is Obama preparing a trillion-dollar, mass refinancing of mortgages? « The Enterprise Blog
Bottom line: Talk about a political and economic game changer in this presidential election year. Obama could offer a trillion-dollar stimulus — as measured over a decade –that would directly and immediately impact tens of millions of Americans suffering from the housing depression.
Cash in their pockets.
Imagine the electoral impact on key states, such as Florida, suffering from both high unemployment and devastated housing markets.
And the beauty part for Obama?
He wouldn’t need approval from Congress to do it

Indiana Senate Committee Passes Right-to-Work Bill; Unions Protest While Democrats Boycott

Indiana Senate Committee Passes Right-to-Work Bill; Unions Protest While Democrats Boycott [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
After nearly six hours of testimony and debate, the Indiana state Senate Pensions and Labor Committee approved Senate Bill 269 by a 6-to-4 vote.
Commonly referred to as a "right-to-work" law, SB 269 would make it a Class A misdemeanor to require an individual to join or remain in a union or to pay any dues, fees or other charges to that same labor organization.

WOW!!!!
GREAT!!!!!

34 Shocking Facts About U.S. Debt That Should Set America On Fire With Anger

34 Shocking Facts About U.S. Debt That Should Set America On Fire With Anger GoldSilver.com
#1 During fiscal year 2011, the U.S. government spent 3.7 trillion dollars but it only brought in 2.4 trillion dollars.
#2 When Ronald Reagan took office, the U.S. national debt was less than 1 trillion dollars.
Today, the U.S. national debt is over 15.2 trillion dollars.
#3 During 2011, U.S. debt surpassed 100 percent of GDP for the first time ever.

The rest are just as awful......

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Michigan child-care workers lose union lawsuit

Michigan child-care workers lose union lawsuit Lansing State Journal lansingstatejournal.com
Judge Robert Jonker (YONK-er) says there may be child-care providers who had no objection to paying dues.

The 25 Funniest AutoCorrects Of 2011


These are really, really funny!
Enjoy.

N.C.A.A.’s ‘Justice’ System

N.C.A.A.’s ‘Justice’ System - NYTimes.com
In the course of those calls, however, I stumbled on a case so egregious — yet so perfectly illustrative of the N.C.A.A.’s judicial “process” — that I concluded it needed wider exposure.
Last week, I described the N.C.A.A. as a cartel.
Turns out, it’s a Star Chamber, too.

On Those New Jobless Numbers . . .

On Those New Jobless Numbers . . . - By Jim Geraghty - The Campaign Spot - National Review Online
Zero Hedge spotlights the steady increase in the number of Americans not in the labor force; he points out, “the labor force itself declined by 50K from 153,937 to 153,887.
In fact, persons not in the labor force have increased by 7.5 million since January 2007.”

Friday, January 06, 2012

Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring:


This is a GREAT birdfeeder!

Public workers' time-buying costs states

Public workers' time-buying costs states – USATODAY.com
Dan Pellissier, a former adviser to California's previous governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, paid $75,000 in 2004 for five years of work credit.
When he turns 55 in 2015, he will get a California pension of $61,536 a year — nearly $13,000 more than if he hadn't bought air time.
That's $320,000 extra by the time he is 80.
"They give away the store here," says Pellissier, now president of California Pension Reform, which is pushing to cut state retirement costs.

After Receiving Bailout, GM May Move Volt Production to China

After Receiving Bailout, GM May Move Volt Production to China - Yahoo! News
But, as mentioned in the above, what has some people truly upset is the fact that Girsky hinted that the Volt could eventually be built in China.
“If we localize, eventually it won’t have a tariff and it will get the subsidy.
We have made no decision on if, when or where we build Volt in the future,” Girsky said.

Admin. plans change in immigration rule

My Way News - AP source: Admin. plans change in immigration rule
The waiver shift is the latest move by President Barack Obama to make changes to immigration policy without congressional action.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Virginia School Accused Of Making Students Perform Pro-Occupy Song

Virginia School Accused Of Making Students Perform Pro-Occupy Song « CBS Washington
As part of the regular Kid Pan Alley activities, children are asked about the topics of songs they want to write and sing about.
In October, one of the children participating in the activities at Woodbrook Elementary School mentioned that he wanted to write about “having it all and losing it all,”

2011 MichiganVotes.org Roll Call Highlights

2011 MichiganVotes.org Roll Call Highlights [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
MichiganVotes.org sends a weekly report to newspapers and TV stations around the state showing how state legislators in their service area voted on the most important or interesting bills of the past week.
This final report of 2011 instead contains votes on a few of the most impactful laws passed during the year.

Meet the Jihadist War Criminal Obama Plans to Release from Gitmo

Meet the Jihadist War Criminal Obama Plans to Release from Gitmo - By Andrew C. McCarthy - The Corner - National Review Online

Allen West finally sets record straight about National Defense Authoriza...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

"If your average homeless person spent 30 to 40 dollars a month on a gym membership, they could shave and shower..."

Althouse: "If your average homeless person spent 30 to 40 dollars a month on a gym membership, they could shave and shower..."
"If your average homeless person spent 30 to 40 dollars a month on a gym membership, they could shave and shower... keep warm for most of the day, maybe stay fit and like they'd have a good opportunity to look at jobs," said a law student, who chose to go homeless to make life more challenging.

Happy New Year suckers, pay up: Your share of public pension crisis now $424,500

COMMENTARY: Happy New Year suckers, pay up: Your share of public pension crisis now $424,500
Here is a New Year’s resolution every American private sector worker must keep no matter what:
Write a check for $14,150 Jan. 1 to make up for state and municipal pension shortfalls.
Prepare to write one every year for 30 years.
This is on top of all other taxes and fees governments at all levels gouge from us.

Public Pension Term: “Airtime”

Public Pension Term: “Airtime”
This time, let’s look at the popular benefit of “buying airtime”:
Government workers in 21 states are using an obscure perk to retire early or to boost their annual pensions by thousands of dollars, which can cost taxpayers millions more in payments to retirement funds, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The practice, called buying “air time,” lets state, municipal and school employees pay to add up to five years to their work history so they are eligible to retire and collect a lifetime pension.
Workers already eligible for retirement can buy extra years to boost a pension by up to 25%.
It’s called “air time” because workers buy credit for non-existent work, in contrast to policies that let workers buy credit for military service or government jobs in a different state.
This perk is only obscure to the general taxpaying public.
You bet your bippy it is well-known to the public employees in the 21 states that have some form of it.

Why Public Pensions Are So Rich

Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine: Why Public Pensions Are So Rich - WSJ.com
"....the average teacher who retires today after 30 to 34 years of service had final earnings of $84,466 and collects a pension of $60,756 a year, plus annual cost-of-living adjustments, providing an income higher than 95% of retirees in Illinois"

Excellent Video on the Tax-the-Rich Mentality

Chevy Volt misses first-year sales target

Chevy Volt misses first-year sales target Green Tech - CNET News
The company reported today that it sold 7,671 Chevy Volts in 2011

"D'olt!"

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Coming Collapse of China

The Coming Collapse of China: 2012 Edition- By Gordon G. Chang Foreign Policy
Since late September, economic indicators -- electricity consumption, industrial orders, export growth, car sales, property prices, you name it -- are pointing toward either a flatlining or contracting economy.
Money started to leave the country in October, and Beijing's foreign reserves have been shrinking since September

MOMENT OF CLARITY: Downward Wisconsin

MOMENT OF CLARITY: Downward Wisconsin
We used to make things here in Wisconsin.

French honours branded a 'joke' after Sarkozy makes Hollywood actress Salma Hayek a Chevalier

French honours branded a 'joke' after Sarkozy makes Hollywood actress Salma Hayek a Chevalier - Telegraph

A Gathering Storm Over ‘Right to Work’ in Indiana

A Gathering Storm Over ‘Right to Work’ in Indiana - NYTimes.com

Americans Elect: Obama's Third-Party Tar Pit

Articles: Americans Elect: Obama's Third-Party Tar Pit
After qualifying for the ballot in all 50 states, Americans Elect will seek a candidate who will be tasked with grabbing a large portion of the independent, unaffiliated American middle and soft center-right, thereby tossing an otherwise lost cause to Obama.
It is that simple.

"Americans Elect" remember the name and be forewarned!

Rasmussen: Dem party affiliation at all-time low

Rasmussen: Dem party affiliation at all-time low « Hot Air
The real story in this survey, though, is the growing gap between Republicans and Democrats.
The margin in December was 2.7%, the widest margin for all of 2011. Just three years ago, as Barack Obama took office, Democrats had an eight-point edge in affiliation, 41/33.
The new level for Republican affiliation breaks out of the long-held 31-34% range for Republicans.

Not running TO the GOPers.
Running away from Obamanation.

24 Funniest Town Names in America

24 Funniest Town Names in America Reader's Digest

Photos: Boeing 737-7V3 Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

Photos: Boeing 737-7V3 Aircraft Pictures Airliners.net

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Class At Columbia Focuses On Occupy Wall Street

New Class At Columbia Focuses On Occupy Wall Street « CBS New York
Columbia University will offer a new course for upperclassmen and grad students next semester.
An Occupy Wall Street class will send students into the field and will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the Occupy movement.
The course begins next semester and will be divided between class work at Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork that will require students to become involved with the Occupy movement outside of the classroom.
The course will be called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement” it will be run by the anthropology department.

Gullible Americans

"You say, “Come on, Williams, you’re paranoid.
There are already laws against distracted driving, and it would never come to that!”
Let’s look at some other camels' noses into tents."

Lots of noses under lots of our tents.
Stand and be heard or they will take away every right we have.
It's what they do.

Obama Enters The Twilight Zone

Instapundit » Blog Archive » PETER WEHNER: Obama Enters The Twilight Zone.
We are now reaching the point in which the president is running a truly post-modern campaign, in which there is no objective truth but simply narrative.
Obama’s campaign isn’t simply distorting the facts; it is inverting them.
This kind of thing isn’t unusual to find in the academy.
But to see a president and his campaign so thoroughly deconstruct truth in order to maintain power is quite rare.
The sheer audacity of Obama’s cynicism is a wonder of the modern world.”
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 6:24 pm

PETA wants highway memorials to cows killed in wrecks

PETA wants highway memorials to cows killed in wrecks - Chicago Sun-Times
An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle that died when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to buy the markers, one in suburban Hazel Crest and one northwest of Peoria.
PETA’s Dec. 15 request to the Illinois Department of Transportation contends the signs would pay tribute to the more than 20 head of cattle killed as a result of negligent driving in Illinois in 2011.

Europe cannot save the euro, nor save itself from the euro

Europe cannot save the euro, nor save itself from the euro - Telegraph
The deflated apparatchiks of the EU watch powerlessly as a tragedy unfolds.

2011's Best Sports Photos

In a Snap: The Year's Best Photos

Photographer Mark J. Terrill took his shot of the North Carolina-Michigan State basketball game on board USS Carl Vinson

Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas

Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas - Telegraph
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December.
Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.
It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.
On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

When we lose faith in our government........