Saturday, June 30, 2012

WHEN A UNIVERSITY OFFERS A DEGREE IN “POP CULTURE,” is it “perilously close to child abuse?”

WHEN A UNIVERSITY OFFERS A DEGREE IN “POP CULTURE,” is it “perilously close to child abuse?”
"Personally, I don’t think that college students are children.
But if schools were on the hook for student-loan defaults, how many do you think would offer majors like this?"

Muskegon County's rural bus proposal receives $1.35 million federal grant

Muskegon County's rural bus proposal receives $1.35 million federal grant | MLive.com
According to county staff, operation of the expanded public transit services would be eligible for 50 to 80 percent federal and state operating assistance programs.
However, some concerns were raised earlier this year about the additional expense of the expanded service and the possibility of the federal funding help eventually drying up.
Koens has said an analysis would be completed for potential operations along the M-120 corridor, the Whitehall Road corridor and the Heights-Ravenna Road corridor

Guest column: Competition will lower Michigan's prison costs

Guest column: Competition will lower Michigan's prison costs | MLive.com
Bottom line, if we want to lower prison costs, we must find better ways to manage the system.
If not, we will have significantly lower funding for many more worthwhile expenses such as educating our children.
I am much more comfortable having increases in aid to students than increased spending on inmates.
Competition works, we should give it a try.

Michigan School Health Insurance Costs

Michigan School Health Insurance Costs [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
Four days after Gov. Rick Snyder recommended a 2011-2012 budgetthat would reduce state aid for schools by $300 per pupil, the Petoskeyschool board proposed a plan to reduce the district’s teacher andsupport staff health insurance costs. Its timidity reveals why the publicschool establishment finds even the prospect of modest state fundingreductions so traumatic ($300 is just 3 percent of the $9,742Petoskey spent per student in 2009).
The most aggressive part of the Petoskey board’s plan is tocap the district’s future health insurance premium payments at next year’slevel.
But those capped rates would still be significantly out of line withprivate-sector averages.
The Petoskey News reports the district anticipates spending$17,756 for each employee enrolled in a family plan next year.
That’s roughly72 percent more than the private-sector average in Michigan.

Who will suffer most if Muskegon Heights, Norton Shores and Fruitport Township can't make a deal? Readers debate

Who will suffer most if Muskegon Heights, Norton Shores and Fruitport Township can't make a deal? Readers debate | MLive.com
The simple comment that the Heights thinks they can operate the plant with 30 percent of capacity speaks volumes to their misunderstanding or ineptness. Joe Chan could not nor could Mlive nor can any business live when 70 percent of their customers are gone. Get to work, stop talking to the press and make your cities and townships winners rather than winers...

USDA's new tactic to promote food stamps: Party!

USDA's new tactic to promote food stamps: Party! | Fox News
Forget Tupperware bashes and toga soirees -- the latest rage is food stamp parties.
The USDA is encouraging the nation's food stamp program to promote to the elderly using parties and games.
A series of guides currently posted on the USDA website promotes local offices of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or SNAP, but commonly referred to as food stamps -- to entice eligible seniors to enroll in the welfare program.
The promotional campaign has cost between $2.5 million and $3 million.
“Throw a Great Party.
Host social events where people mix and mingle,” the pamphlet encourages in one of the guides.
“Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP.
Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a ‘true/false’ quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.”

Friday, June 29, 2012

Mayor Steve Warmington gives county comissioners 'tough love' message, praises foundation

Mayor Steve Warmington gives county comissioners 'tough love' message, praises foundation | MLive.com#incart_river_default
The “tough love” was left for the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Warmington expressed his frustration and disappointment in what he sees has been a lack of leadership from county commissioners on everything from building a ferry dock for The Lake Express to forging solutions to the difficult consolidation and cooperation issues facing Muskegon County local governments.
........“I challenge the county board to become leaders in Muskegon County,” he said.
“I don’t think we have had one county commissioner who was serving all of the citizens of Muskegon County.
We need to change the attitude of the county commission.”

Michigan officials fight drunk driving with talking urinal cakes

Four hundred of the cakes will be distributed to 200 eateries prior to July Fourth, said Anne Readette, spokeswoman for the Office of Highway Safety Planning, a division of the Michigan State Police.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120629/OPINION03/206290341#ixzz1zCXrUkDY

Does the Taxing Clause Give Congress Unlimited Power?

TaxProf Blog: Jensen: Does the Taxing Clause Give Congress Unlimited Power?

Erik M. Jensen (Case Western), Does the Taxing Clause Give Congress Unlimited Power?, 135 Tax Notes 1515 (June 18, 2012):
The idea has gained currency that the Taxing Clause in the Constitution gives Congress the power to do anything, or almost anything, that would be funded by taxation.
Most recently, that argument has been advanced in connection with the litigation about the individual mandate in the Obamacare legislation — by, among others, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin.
If the penalty for failure to acquire suitable insurance will be a tax, then, it is argued, the requirement to acquire insurance, the mandate, will itself be a valid exercise of the taxing power.
If that’s right, it certainly isn’t obviously so.
Since almost everything the national government does is funded through taxation, that understanding would lead to a conception of congressional power that is effectively unlimited, and the Taxing Clause would trump almost all other grants of congressional power in Article I, section 8.

Roberts Facing Medical Option on 2nd Seizure

Roberts Facing Medical Option on 2nd Seizure - NYTimes.com
The decision will involve weighing the risk of more seizures against the risk of side effects from the drugs.
Major seizures can be a frightening and traumatic experience for patients and family members.
Patients are advised to avoid heights and not to swim alone, and many states bar them from driving until they can provide evidence that the disease is under control.
But the drugs can have troubling side effects, including drowsiness or insomnia, weight loss or weight gain, rashes, irritability, mental slowing and forgetfulness.
Many patients can be treated with minimal side effects, doctors say, but it may take trial and error to find the right drug.

Obama hails ruling as win for 'middle class'; justices hand tax issue to GOP

Obama hails ruling as win for 'middle class'; justices hand tax issue to GOP - Washington Times
The high court’s ruling leaves in place 21 tax increases in the health care law costing more than $675 billion over the next 10 years, according to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Of those, 12 tax hikes would affect families earning less than $250,000 per year, the panel said, including a “Cadillac tax” on high-cost insurance plans, a tax on insurance providers and an excise tax on medical-device manufacturers.

Tax implications of health care reform legislation

Tax implications of health care reform legislation - Managing Your Money
Section 1401 of the Amendment – High cost plan excise tax: Starting in 2018, high cost health insurance plans will be subject to a tax.
Plans for single persons that cost in excess of $10,200 and family plans that cost in excess of $27,500 are in this sections crosshairs.
The excise tax rate on incremental costs will be 40 percent.
In an attempt to appease union dissent, this tax will not be assessed on the individual but will be assessed on the insurance company providing the plan.
Ultimately, the costs will still be burdened by the purchaser.

Holy shiitake!
I just read it!
The property taxes of almost EVERYONE in the country will go up because of Sec. 1401-"High cost plan excise tax".
Most school and municiple unions have forced Cadillac style high-cost plans on the public.
Now we've got to pay a tax on the rip-off they've stuck us with too?!!!!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy website established by charter school operator (UPDATE)

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy website established by charter school operator (UPDATE) | MLive.com
UPDATE: Shortly after this story was published, Mosaica's Muskegon Heights Public School Academy website was taken offline.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- The new charter school system planned for Muskegon Heights will include extended school years and days, before and after school programs and art and music instruction, according to a Muskegon Heights Public School Academy website.

First spray-on battery could change home electronics forever - and might even make solar power work properly

First spray-on battery could change home electronics forever - and might even make solar power work properly | Mail Online
A spray-on battery could revolutionise technology - allowing for slimmer gadgets, and household gizmos with built-in power supplies.
The lithium-ion battery, which can be painted on to virtually every surface, works by 'spraying on' the chemical layers which form a battery

Three Muskegon County high schools with best test scores may come as a surprise (chart)

Three Muskegon County high schools with best test scores may come as a surprise (chart) | MLive.com
They also posted the highest ACT composite scores, topping the state average of 19.6. Mona Shores and North Muskegon's scores both were 21, while Ravenna High's was 20.7.

High schoolReading
MathACT
Statewide55.9
29.119.6
Fruitport55
1618.8
Holton39
917.2
Mona Shores66
3321
Montague44
2518.6
Muskegon33
516.9
Musk. Heights11
314.4
North Muskegon68
3921
Oakridge54
2319.3
Orchard View44
1217.5
Ravenna64
3420.7
Reeths-Puffer56
1818.9
WayPoint29
1016.1
Whitehall54
3520
Grand Haven70
4421.2
Spring Lake84
5422.8

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Harris to MSU x 2!

Harris to MSU | Hey Joe!#more-6355
And that could go double by Wednesday night.

Jay Harris, a receiver from Exton, Pa., continued the commitment train tonight, per Rivals.com and 247Sports. Rivals.com reports offers from Penn State and Pittsburgh.
The 2013 class looks set at RB and WR now.
Meanwhile, Drake Harris, the 2014 two-sport standout from Grand Rapids Christian — offers from Florida and Notre Dame, among others, already — will make his decision Wednesday night.
He reportedly wants to play both sports and is down to MSU, U-M and Notre Dame.

Head spinning yet?
It really is striking how much the recruiting process has sped up, even in just the past couple years.
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Drake Harris, a top 2014 football and basketball prospect from Grand Rapids Christian High, announced at his school tonight that he will play both sports for MSU. He was down to the Spartans, Michigan and Notre Dame, and also had offers from Florida and others. This is what they call a “good get.”
Our Brian Calloway is on the scene and will have a full report later on the 6-4 Harris, who plays receiver and shooting guard. My understanding is that he may have a higher ceiling on the gridiron than on the court. But this is not a Dion Sims situation — a high-major football player and mid-major basketball player. Harris is expected to be very good in both, and Calloway reports he expects to be on a football scholarship.
More later…
UPDATE: Calloway’s Web story on the announcement is up — and he even took a picture. Nice work.

Freshman Rep. Amash takes first place for social media use

Freshman Rep. Amash takes first place for social media use - The Hill's Twitter Room
Freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) took first place for best use of social media among House Republicans, according to challenge organizers on Wednesday.

Karl Rove Protesters Can’t Really Describe Who Karl Rove Is

Karl Rove Protesters Can’t Really Describe Who Karl Rove Is | Video | TheBlaze.com

New Disability Regs Limit Slope of Mini Golf Holes, Require Businesses to Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals

New Disability Regs Limit Slope of Mini Golf Holes, Require Businesses to Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals | CNSNews.com
Although the Justice Department has extended the deadline for America’s hotels to comply with regulations regarding handicap access to swimming pools, new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines are already being applied at miniature golf courses, driving ranges, amusement parks, shooting ranges and saunas.

Muslim Honor Crime: Iranian man cut off wife’s lips and ate them

Muslim Honor Crime: Iranian man cut off wife’s lips and ate them » The Right Scoop -
The professor got the idea that his wife was unfaithful and attacked her with a knife.
He cut off her lips and then ate them up.
And he does not regret it one second, either, according to someone familiar with the matter.
The professor believes his wife has wronged him by the alleged unfaithfulness.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Despite Law, SEIU Gets To Continue Taking Medicaid Check Money

Despite Law, SEIU Gets To Continue Taking Medicaid Check Money [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
A federal court judge ordered the State of Michigan to continue deducting dues from Medicaid checks and send it to the Service Employees International Union, in direct conflict with a state law signed in April by Gov. Rick Snyder.

EyeOnMuskegon 6-24-2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Michigan Turnaround Plan #1 Reponsible Manage Finances

Michigan Turnaround Plan : Michigan Turnaround Plan
#1  Reponsible Manage Finances

Improve revenue forecasting
Multi-year financial & budget plans
Citizen-friendly balance sheet
Zero-based budgeting to increase results
No new programs unless others eliminated or revenues grow
State strategic plan
"Price" the cost of legislation
Memorialize sound fiscal management practices
Reduce debt levels to achieve AAA bond rating

Michigan Turnaround Plan

Michigan Turnaround Plan

Muskegon chamber told to create a 'new Michigan' built on a half dozen state assets

Muskegon chamber told to create a 'new Michigan' built on a half dozen state assets (video) | MLive.com
The President of Business Leaders for Michigan updated local business leaders with the business roundtable’s Michigan Turnaround Plan and offered a vision of a New Michigan.

Muskegon Heights schools' nonhomestead tax proposal pulled from ballot

Muskegon Heights schools' nonhomestead tax proposal pulled from ballot | MLive.com
"The millage election is being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and is to be rescheduled at a later date," Weatherspoon's signed order stated.

Green ‘drivel’ exposed

Green ‘drivel’ exposed | Columnists | Opinion | Toronto Sun
Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.
The implications were extraordinary.

Clark Durant info

- Our first "Rebel With A Cause" TV ad

- "What does it take to defeat Sen. Stabenow?" (includes more info on my background)

- Contribution link to join us at the Beach Boys (even if they can't come - please contribute and we'll give the tickets to volunteers)

Michigan Digital Debate

Michigan Digital Debate
What is the defining issue(s) that separates you from the other candidates in this race?

Muskegon County's rural bus proposal receives $1.35 million federal grant

Muskegon County's rural bus proposal receives $1.35 million federal grant | MLive.com#incart_river_default:
Jim Koens, Transit System manager, said the county still needs to formally apply for the three heavy-duty buses by August and develop an operational plan for the proposed routes to and from the county’s rural areas.
“We will begin immediately in developing a plan” for the operation of the proposed routes, Koens said.

Sizing up Penn State's liability in abuse scandal

Sizing up Penn State's liability in abuse scandal | Reuters
Last week, a jury in Northern California awarded $7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $21 million in punitive damages to a woman who claimed the Jehovah's Witnesses allowed one of its members to sexually abuse her when she was a child.
Lawyers for the plaintiff say they believe the award is the largest ordered in the United States in a religious child abuse case for a single victim.

Muskegon County won't fix Holton road, residents stranded at times

County won't fix road, residents stranded at times | wzzm13.com
Hulka says his department only maintains roads that meet minimum requirements.
"I don't know why you feel the public should have to pay for it," Hulka said in response.
"At some point you made the decision to build a home out here."

Friday, June 22, 2012

Police: Intoxicated Pentwater man drives into huge statue in Muskegon's downtown traffic circle

Police: Intoxicated Pentwater man drives into huge statue in Muskegon's downtown traffic circle | MLive.com
The man had left Club Envy, located just a short distance away, when he drove himself and passengers up over the barrier and into the rocks before striking the sculpture, police said.
The man continued driving with three flat tires until he was pulled over on Terrace Street near the Muskegon Fire Department’s central station, police said.

Passion, not politics, fuels Senate candidate

Passion, not politics, fuels Senate candidate

Detroit
Tramping around a gutted, dusty elementary school on the city's northwest side is an unlikely tactic for winning a U.S. Senate seat, but that doesn't keep Clark Durant from doing it anyway.
Because that's who he is — a 63-year-old conservative Republican who 20 years ago left a lucrative career managing other people's money to become an evangelist for urban education through the New Common School Foundation that Durant heads.
He breaks rules, like the one born of a particularly insidious form of bigotry that says urban kids can't learn. Really? Tell that to graduates of Cornerstone Schools. He ignores skeptics, like the ones who insist "no one" will drive into Detroit to go to school. But they do anyway.
He gladly irritates his campaign staff, who'd prefer he spend an hour earlier this week making fundraising calls to would-be donors instead of touring his latest Detroit school with me and the project's architect, Francis Resendes, managing principal of Resendes Design Group.
That's Durant — part rebel, part dreamer, part doer, part business guy all wrapped up in a blue button-down and khakis. He's vying with former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra for the chance to challenge incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the November election. And, yes, he can muster his standard line that the country is being ruined by the short-sighted leadership of career politicians on both sides of the political aisle.
But passion? It's right here in the hollowed-out hulk of Alex Dow Elementary School, also known as Langston Hughes Academy. Come September, two public charter schools will be operating on the site — Madison Carver Preparatory Academy for kindergarten through eighth grade and Cornerstone Health High School, a 21st-century interpretation of vocational education for jobs in the health care industry.
"The reason I'm doing this is because this is who I am," Durant says, not-so-subtly setting up a campaign riff. "I'm a problem solver. This is a great place. America is a great place. And we're losing that."
In some ways, certainly. But to walk through an old Detroit school in the midst of revival is to see an enduring optimism embedded in America, too, in the economic construct of "creative destruction" adopted for the transformation of education in Detroit.
As union-dominated Detroit Public Schools wither in a bid to stabilize and survive, the independent Cornerstone and public charters associated with Durant continue to grow, add students and produce graduates. Where the old DPS school on McIntyre deployed security guards and cameras to monitor students, the new school will open classrooms, carpet floors and set high expectations.
This new school rising from the abandoned rot of the old may not be popular with the teachers unions and it may not be the scintillating fodder for a Senate campaign, but maybe it should be. It's about leadership defying expectations and cynicism; creating opportunity and offering hope; proving that allegedly lost souls can find their way to productive lives if they're given the chance to learn in dignity and safety.
How many sitting senators could say that and not be laughed out of the room? Durant could, and anyone who doesn't believe it should attend a partner morning at a Cornerstone School or read the testimonial of a graduate now on his way to work on Wall Street.
It would blow your mind — the young human potential in the process of being fulfilled, the repurposing of real estate abandoned by institutions in decline, the realization of a vision fueled by the determination to succeed because of an innately felt moral imperative to do so.
The political pros may be proven right: Maybe a wannabe senator should be spending every waking minute dialing for dollars, sharpening his newest attack, embellishing a façade divorced from reality. But they all do that, and the results speak for themselves.
dchowes@detnews.com


From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120622/OPINION03/206220344#ixzz1yYqSEnEq

Troubled Wayne County pension plan takes $113-million hit

Wayne County's troubled pension plan got more bad news Thursday when an audit analysis showed it lost an additional $113 million last year.
The losses for the year that ended Sept. 30, 2011, continue a downward trend that has shaved more than $300 million off the plan's portfolio since it peaked at about $1 billion in 2007.
The Free Press reported Thursday that the plan is only 60% funded as of its last actuarial evaluation in September 2010, one of the lowest funded of the major pension plans in Michigan.

Study: Obesity Could Lead To Depletion Of Earth’s Resources

Study: Obesity Could Lead To Depletion Of Earth’s Resources « CBS Atlanta
A recent study conducted by scientists in London found that the obese persons of the world are playing an increasingly large role in the rate at which the planet’s finite resources are used.

Wayne County taxpayers on hook for $600M as generous pensions drain fund

Wayne County taxpayers on hook for $600M as generous pensions drain fund | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Wayne County taxpayers face a mounting bill -- now more than $600 million -- to cover the deficits in a county pension plan that was fully funded when County Executive Robert Ficano took office in 2003 but has since taken a steep dive.

Challenge filed to collective bargaining petition

Challenge filed to collective bargaining petition | MLive.com
Opponents say the union-backed petition language doesn't make it clear that up to 80 Michigan laws could be changed if voters approve the measure.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Moroun-backed group collects enough signatures for ballot referendum on new government bridge

Moroun-backed group collects enough signatures for ballot referendum on new government bridge | MLive.com
Even if voters were to approve the referendum, it's not clear whether a constitutional amendment would undo the deal with Canada.
The Snyder administration has said that the agreement, like any other contract, is "intended to be binding and not impaired by other actions."

Un-Fair Campaign Partners With University of Minnesota at Duluth to Spread Stereotypes About ‘White Privilege’

Un-Fair Campaign Partners With University of Minnesota at Duluth to Spread Stereotypes About ‘White Privilege’ | Video | TheBlaze.com
Here’s a pop quiz: What do we usually call unsubstantiated assumptions about someone’s class, or position in life, based upon the color of their skin?
That’s right, racism.
And that appears to be what Campus Reform has uncovered at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which is sponsoring an ad campaign whose core message is very difficult to distinguish from undiluted racism.
Watch the ad below if you don’t believe us, and if that doesn’t convince you, keep reading:

Your tax dollars at work?

Isn't EVERY airport in the country getting the same "free" money?

Stores clearing shelves of 'spice' after governor Snyder signs bill to make synthetic drugs illegal

Stores clearing shelves of 'spice' after governor Snyder signs bill to make synthetic drugs illegal | MLive.com
Another Saginaw County storeowner who did not want to be identified said he had sold spice at his party store for a few months.
Sales started out slow, he said, but once word got out that he was carrying spice, he was making an estimated $300 per day in profit.

WHO PAYS THESE HECKLERS? “But what horrified me as I looked into this is that it turns out that the…

WHO PAYS THESE HECKLERS?
“But what horrified me as I looked into this is that it turns out that the protesters are being paid with my tax dollars.”
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:34 pm

Boeing CEO says U.S. regulatory climate worse than ever

Boeing CEO says U.S. regulatory climate worse than ever - Political Watch - MarketWatch
The 62-year-old McNerney, also chairman of the Business Roundtable, said regulatory agencies have crafted a host of new rules and enforced them more aggressively than prior administrations.
He said regulators often take a hostile approach to business and that the prevailing attitude is companies “are guilty until proven innocent.”

Gallup poll: Confidence in public schools at an all-time low

Gallup poll: Confidence in public schools at an all-time low | MLive.com
The number of people expressing “a great deal” and “quite a lot” of confidence in public education dropped 5 points to 29 percent, according to the poll released Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Muskegon County seeking hefty grant to forge slimmer waistlines, combat obesity

Muskegon County seeking hefty grant to forge slimmer waistlines, combat obesity | MLive.com
Muskegon County is going after a more than $700,000 grant from the federal government as part of a community effort to address the obesity problem.
The County Board of Commissioners, meeting as the Ways and Means Committee, gave its approval Tuesday afternoon to allow staff to apply for a $720,000 grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement evidence- and practice-based wellness strategies.
The goal of the proposed project is to reduce the rate of obesity rate in Muskegon County through a variety of intervention methods during a two-year period.
The county has one of the highest obesity rates in the state.

Michigan gets ready to enforce bigger, broader ban on synthetic drugs such as K2

Michigan gets ready to enforce bigger, broader ban on synthetic drugs such as K2 | MLive.com
Broader state laws aimed at cracking down on synthetic drugs such as K2 and Spice have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, and Michigan law enforcement officials say they will aggressively enforce the ban when it kicks in July 1.
The measures signed Tuesday list broad chemical classifications that will be banned and give law enforcement agencies more power to get the drugs off store shelves.
One measure would allow a state agency to make emergency rules to classify certain substances as controlled substances in certain situations.

Harry Reid Shuts Down Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question Bro’

Harry Reid Shuts Down Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question Bro’ | Politicker
According to USA Today, Mr. Reid’s unusual response was a provoked by a reporter asking him to respond to “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments on the DREAM Act.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Study: State pension shortfall ballooned in 2010

Study: State pension shortfall ballooned in 2010 - Yahoo! News
Recession-plagued states diverted scarce money away from pensions to pay for more immediate concerns, leaving a $757 billion hole in the retirement funds covering millions of public employees, according to a study released Monday.
The Pew Center on the States found 34 states failed to maintain safe levels of money in the pension funds, which most experts agree is about 80 percent of long-term obligations. Four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky and Rhode Island — didn't even have 55 percent of the money they'll need in the long run.

Watchdog News | Washington Examiner

Watchdog News | Washington Examiner

Economic bummer: 6.9 million homes ditch cable TV

Economic bummer: 6.9 million homes ditch cable TV | WashingtonExaminer.com
An ownership survey conducted by GfK Media found that about 6.9 million homes abandoned pay TV last year, a shocking number that industry sources chalk up to the sagging economy

Kan. company suspected of Medicare fraud for penis pumps

Kan. company suspected of Medicare fraud for penis pumps - Washington Times
The Health and Human Services inspector general said it sampled 100 claims made with Pos-T-Vac, the Dodge City-based penis-pump manufacturer, and found improprieties in more than half of payments for what are known as “male vacuum erection systems.”

Obama's Post-Constitutional Wingmen

The American Spectator : Obama's Post-Constitutional Wingmen
You don't interrupt the president.
So goes the media narrative in the wake of the media hysteria surrounding theDaily Caller's Neil Munro and his so-called "heckling" of President Obama.
Yeah, right. This is bunk.

Monday, June 18, 2012

JP Morgan report on pension bomb

JP Morgan report on pension bomb—Charles Gasparino - NYPOST.com
The scandal isn’t simply that most public officials are misleading the public about the enormity of the problem and what steps must be taken to address the matter.
As the Morgan report notes, many of the real liabilities are located “off balance sheet,” hidden from the public’s eye, and lax accounting standards let cities and states minimize their enormity.

IS MERITOCRACY failing America?

Instapundit » Blog Archive » IS MERITOCRACY failing America?
I’m not sure that what we’ve got is a meritocracy.
 Our people seem to be credentialed, more than educated.
But I don’t think that affirmative action and higher taxes are likely to make things better.
I’d say shrink the playground of the “elites” — government — so that they can do less harm.
Notice that that’s never the answer to any of their failings, though?
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:00 am

Sunday, June 17, 2012

EyeOnMuskegon 6-17-2012 David Wells-Judge Wierengo-Sobriety court

Muskegon health care reformers want patients to weigh costs, benefits of care

Muskegon health care reformers want patients to weigh costs, benefits of care | MLive.com
“We don’t penalize you for being unhealthy, we incentivize you to be healthy,” he said.
If most people go over budget, taxes would go up, Rice said. If most people control their expenses, taxes would go down.
The idea is that patients would make the best decisions about their care when they could weigh the benefit of a test or treatment against its price, Rice said.

Rollover accident on Skyline Drive in Muskegon Township injures three

Rollover accident on Skyline Drive in Muskegon Township injures three | MLive.com
By Andrew Krietz | akrietz@mlive.com

Local food truck sites for June 2012 | MLive.com

Local food truck sites for June 2012 | MLive.com

Summer Evening Recreation Program at Muskegon High School gets young people off the streets

Summer Evening Recreation Program at Muskegon High School gets young people off the streets | MLive.com
Nothing might stem incidents of urban violence more than giving young people something positive to do with their time.
That is the goal behind the third year of the Summer Evening Recreation Program at Muskegon High School.
Young people from age 8 to 25 from all over the community are invited to participate in a variety of activities three nights a week all summer long.

Rally held in support of Muskegon middle school employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving student

Rally held in support of Muskegon middle school employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving student | MLive.com
MUSKEGON, MI -- A rally took place Thursday in downtown Muskegon to show support for a Steele Middle School employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a student.

A group of about 30 family members, friends, co-workers and former students gathered to support Thomas Edward Lopez, who was arraigned May 10 on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim at least 13 but younger than 16, a potential life felony, and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

Muskegon County's Brookhaven nursing home: Community need vs. money pit

Muskegon County's Brookhaven nursing home: Community need vs. money pit | MLive.com
The county’s financial data show that more than $2.5 million has been appropriated to Brookhaven over the last five years to balance the nursing home’s budget.
The county’s financial contribution over that period approaches $5 million when the recent $2.325 million loan is added.

What do Muskegon County commissioners think about Brookhaven?

What do Muskegon County commissioners think about Brookhaven? | MLive.com
District 11 from Norton Shores
Bob Scolnik
“I think there is a need for a county-run nursing home,” he said, pointing out that he is convinced that there are not enough beds in the community if Brookhaven closed.
“I have some concerns about Brookhaven long term,” he said, mentioning that hospital referrals are down with Mercy Health Partners having its own nursing homes to recommend. “Just my opinion, I think they are going to have to have some specialized services for the census.”
One of the options he said he thinks is worth looking into is a specialized wing for a specific service, similar to Brookhaven’s dementia unit.

District 5 commissioner from Fruitport Township
Marvin Engle
“I haven’t found an actual tipping point,” he said of the amount when the financial contribution from the general fund may be too much. “It’s going to have to be looked at from time to time.”
He said he is hopeful that the new director’s ideas will help the financial situation and that ultimately the voters may have to make the final decision on whether to support the facility with a millage.

Containers are cool for those supporting the Shoreline Market development proposed for downtown Muskegon

Containers are cool for those supporting the Shoreline Market development proposed for downtown Muskegon | MLive.com
Planning commissioners unanimously recommended approval of the $12 million development at 372 Morris that also includes traditional construction of apartments, townhouses, offices and retail shops.
The proposal by Urban Renaissance Group LLC of Grand Rapids will now go to the Muskegon City Commission’s June 26 meeting for final approval....

...The first-phase marketplace would be constructed through a combination of bank financing and private investors, Dykstra said.
The market already has attracted a number of local and regional artists, food vendors and retailers, Mika said.

Athletics to remain part of Muskegon Heights school tradition under charter system

Athletics to remain part of Muskegon Heights school tradition under charter system | MLive.com
“The community said they want athletics,” Weatherspoon said.
“The new direction is academics. So we’re moving forward with both.”

Governor's staff in Muskegon Monday to gather community input

Governor's staff in Muskegon Monday to gather community input | MLive.com
MUSKEGON, MI – Ryke’s Bakery is the place to be Monday morning if you have a state government question or concern for Gov. Rick Snyder.
You can also grab a doughnut or two.
Representatives from the Governor’s Office are scheduled to meet face-to-face with Muskegon community members from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Ryke’s Bakery, Catering and Café, 1788 Terrace in Muskegon.
The local visit is part of a tour of more than 60 sites in Michigan by the Governor’s Office of Constituent Services.

Keith Guy's move from Muskegon Heights to Muskegon almost a done deal

Keith Guy's move from Muskegon Heights to Muskegon almost a done deal | MLive.com
Guy led the Muskegon Heights Tigers to the boys basketball state semifinals last year and to the state finals the previous year.

Charter school company withdraws interest in Muskegon Heights

Charter school company withdraws interest in Muskegon Heights | MLive.com
New Paradigm, a nonprofit company, operates the Detroit Edison Public School Academy, which has 1,100 students and a staff of 110, as well as the Glazer Academy and Loving Academy, both of which are authorized by Detroit Public Schools.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Four Muskegon County sites to offer free HIV tests June 27

Four Muskegon County sites to offer free HIV tests June 27 | MLive.com
Tests will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Public Health Muskegon County, 209 E. Apple; 9 a.m. to noon at Benson Drug, 961 Spring; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McClee’s Clinic, 1700 Clinton; and 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Hackley Community Care Center, 2700 Baker, Muskegon Heights.

Who will be Muskegon's next mayor? The city commission will begin to decide

Who will be Muskegon's next mayor? The city commission will begin to decide | MLive.com
Even though Warmington announced his intentions at the commission’s May 22 meeting, commissioners said they would not discuss his replacement until the resignation became officiall out of respect for the mayor.

Special education overhaul, closure of schools help Muskegon schools balance budget

Special education overhaul, closure of schools help Muskegon schools balance budget | MLive.com
Special education is a category with one of the biggest spending reductions.
The reductions are expected to come as a result of an overhaul in qualifying students for special education services, said Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Jon Felske.
“We believe there are students who have received services who no longer qualify,” Felske said.

Mark Steyn: Earthly woes mount as Obama's rhetoric soars

Mark Steyn: Earthly woes mount as Obama's rhetoric soars | obama, moon, together - Opinion - The Orange County Register
Round about this time in the election cycle, a presidential challenger finds himself on the stump and posing a simple test to voters: "Ask yourself – are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

International - Robert Wright - Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran

International - Robert Wright - Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran - The Atlantic
The most undercovered story in Washington is how President Obama, under the influence of election-year politics, is letting America drift toward war with Iran.

Five Reasons Why Romney is the Favorite

Five Reasons Why Romney is the Favorite « Commentary Magazine
3. Intellectual exhaustion.
The Obama campaign is out of ideas.
On the economy, Obama has used virtually everything in his progressive toolkit.
Nothing has worked.

Unfunded and Unreported: $900 Billion in States’ Liabilities

Unfunded and Unreported: $900 Billion in States’ Liabilities | Heartlander Magazine
The five “sinkhole states,” along with the amount taxpayers would need to pay are: Connecticut ($49,000), New Jersey ($35,800), Hawaii ($32,700), Illinois ($31,600), and Kentucky ($23,500).
Weinberg says “politicians for years have been saying their budgets are balanced, but that’s because they’re not including these liabilities.”

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

GREENFAIL: Syracuse’s little-used electric car chargers being replaced after just months.

#GREENFAIL: Syracuse’s little-used electric car chargers being replaced after just months.

A Syracuse nonprofit got a $700,000 government grant last year to buy and install 68 electric car charging units around Central New York.

But this week, Synapse Sustainability Trust ripped the last of the chargers out of a downtown Syracuse parking lot.

But reader Kenneth Strumpf writes that this is the key bit:
The goof-up will have little impact on the public. After all, there are only 30 electric or electric hybrid cars in five counties surrounding Syracuse. There are more charging units than there are cars that can use them.
He comments: “I regularly park in a lot containing about a dozen of these charging stations and have never seen a car attached to one.”

Interestingly, the company that got the grant, Synapse Partners, is run by the county Democratic chairwoman.“Fed by government grants, their company and its nonprofit arm also have strong connections to the Democratic Party.”

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson: Calling reforms voter suppression is 'partisan theatrics' or a misunderstanding

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson: Calling reforms voter suppression is 'partisan theatrics' or a misunderstanding | MLive.com
State Rep. Woodrow Stanley, D-Flint, said protests erupted at a committee hearing due to frustration over “a naked assault on that sacred right to vote.”

THE RISE OF NAKED VACATIONS

THE RISE OF NAKED VACATIONS
When the Carnival Freedom sets sail from Florida next February for an eight-day cruise to Panama, it will offer the same amenities as any other Carnival cruise: three pools, a jogging track, a 1970s dance club and a cigar bar.
But there is one stark difference.
Passengers on the white behemoth of a ship, which can carry 2,974 passengers, will enjoy those facilities naked.
Warning: Few, if any, of your fellow passengers will be supermodels.

Gerald O'Driscoll: How the Euro Will End

Gerald O'Driscoll: How the Euro Will End - WSJ.com
For such reasons, when the euro was created in 1999, Milton Friedman famously predicted its demise within a decade. He was wrong about the timing, but he may yet be proven right about the fact.

The Bizarre White House Reaction to Commerce Secretary John Bryson News

The Bizarre White House Reaction to Commerce Secretary John Bryson News
Later in the briefing, Carney said the White House was alerted on Sunday evening and the president was informed on Monday morning. Again, this strikes even the casual observer as odd.
The Commerce Secretary is tenth in the presidential line of succession and there is a government-wide Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that ensures that the executive branch leadership is accounted for and able to serve.
Did the President of the United States really find out at the same time as the general public that 36 hours beforehand his Commerce Secretary had been hospitalized?
And if so, was his first concern the fact that his staff left him in the dark unnecessarily for so many hours?

An open letter to the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, on the subject of his foiled wind farm scheme

An open letter to the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, on the subject of his foiled wind farm scheme – Telegraph Blogs
What surprised me about your letter was that a man intelligent enough to have gained two degrees (one from Cambridge) and canny enough to have risen to the not totally immodest heights of the Bishopric of Exeter should yet be puzzled as to why his flock might object to having a hideous pair of bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes plonked next to their tranquil North Devon villages.

U.S. NEWS: Why The Higher Education Bubble Will Be Worse Than the Housing Bubble.

Instapundit » Blog Archive » U.S. NEWS: Why The Higher Education Bubble Will Be Worse Than the Housing Bubble. 
“Even when homeowners got hopelessly behind on their mortgages, two options helped.
First, they could declare bankruptcy and free themselves of their crippling debt; second, they could sell their houses to pay down most of their loans. Students don’t have either of these options.
It’s illegal to absolve student loan debt through bankruptcy, and you can’t sell back an education.”

Jenna Bush Interviews Former President George H. W. Bush on His 88th Birthday: VIDEO

Jenna Bush Interviews Former President George H. W. Bush on His 88th Birthday: VIDEO

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More nations exempt from Iran sanctions

More nations exempt from Iran sanctions - FT.com
The state department said that Turkey, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa and Sri Lanka had all reduced purchases of Iranian oil by enough to be given a six-month exemption from the sanctions, which come into operation on June 28

Oh, the power of "sanctions"!

EyeOnMuskegon: Important meetings Today, Tue. Jun 12!

EyeOnMuskegon: Important meetings Today, Tue. Jun 12!
Remember, when they operate without any citizen input, they operate for those who already have input and that's why we're broke.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sheila Jackson Lee Declares Rodney King a 'Great Philosopher'

Blog: Sheila Jackson Lee Declares Rodney King a 'Great Philosopher'
On Friday in response to a Fox News reporter's question about Obamacare, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a University of Virginia Law graduate, invoked the name of Rodney King calling him a "great philosopher."
Not since Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) expressed concern that the addition of 8,000 service personnel and their families onto the island of Guam might cause it to tip over have Americans heard such moronic craziness.

Do we really pay the Queen of Racism $174,000 per year?

NYC principal bars students from singing 'God Bless the USA' at graduation

NYC principal bars students from singing 'God Bless the USA' at graduation | Fox News
A New York City principal has pulled the plug on patriotism by preventing students from singing "God Bless the USA" at their graduation.
.....But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.
She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.
"We don't want to offend other cultures," they quoted her as explaining.

Detroit faces a choice between acceptance of reality and suicidal defiance

Stephen Henderson: Detroit faces a choice between acceptance of reality and suicidal defiance | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Swallow your pride -- or choke on it.
That's what Detroit is down to in its operatic arc of financial tragedy: a final choice between acceptance of reality and suicidal defiance.
The city's elected officials can let their rogue corporation counsel, Krystal Crittendon, force payless paydays or worse with her quixotically loopy attempt to undo the consent agreement with the state to better manage Detroit's finances.
Or they can act like grown-ups and accept, with just a modicum of humility, that it is their responsibility to determine Detroit's fate, not Crittendon's.
 They can order her to stand down, so that other agreements between the city and state (including one worth an immediate $80 million to the city) can go forward.

You'd think there would be no question about the right choice.
But this is Detroit.
So there was City Council President Charles Pugh on Friday, saying he's fine with Crittendon going ahead with her challenge to the consent agreement and with waiting until a judge rules.
As for Chief Financial Officer Jack Martin's prognosis that the city could bounce paychecks as early as this week?
Pugh said it's likely a bluff, an overstatement of the city's condition.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Question of the Day: What would make Muskegon a cool city?

Question of the Day: What would make Muskegon a cool city? | MLive.com

Local food truck sites for June 2012

Local food truck sites for June 2012 | MLive.com

Muskegon RockStock gets county's OK to use Heritage Landing

Muskegon RockStock gets county's OK to use Heritage Landing | MLive.com
Muskegon RockStock, which has been held since 2008 as a one-day event in Hackley Park, is scheduled for the night of June 29 and all day June 30 at Heritage Landing.
The ticket price is $5 per day. Tickets will be on sale at all Muskegon-area Pizza Hut restaurants by June 8.
The reservation fee for use of Heritage Landing is $1,000, $500 for each day of the festival. Brandon Baskin, RockStock organizer, also must maintain comprehensive general liability insurance in the minimum amount of $1 million and name the county as additional insured.
In addition, the agreement calls for Baskin to pay the county 5 percent of the total admission ticket charges collected for the event.

Children's Fountain in Alcoa Celebration Square opens for the season

Children's Fountain in Alcoa Celebration Square opens for the season (video) | MLive.com
The children's fountain at the Alcoa Celebration Square in downtown Muskegon opened for season Friday at noon as part of the Love Muskegon Week. 
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County has organized a series of activities to celebrate Love Muskegon Week with the return of national urban promoters Peter Kageyama and Michelle Royal for meetings and workshops.

Fruitport school board rejects privatizing custodians

Fruitport school board rejects privatizing custodians | MLive.com
The board on a 6-1 vote Thursday rejected a proposal from administrators calling for the district to privatize custodial services, which would have saved the district $350,000.
Instead, the board agreed to accept concessions from the custodial group that the superintendent said will save the district $110,000.

Horses take to Muskegon's Pere Marquette Beach for first-ever beach polo match

Horses take to Muskegon's Pere Marquette Beach for first-ever beach polo match | MLive.com
Teams of polo players on horseback took part in Michigan's first-ever beach polo match to raise money for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Musk school board passes sex ed program

Musk school board passes sex ed program | WOOD TV8
But school officials said that the plan was proactive and necessary, citing a 2009 survey done in Muskegon (pdf) that showed 8.4% of students said they had engaged in sexual intercourse before the age of 13.
They also noted the county's pregnancy rate, which is higher than the state's.

No Charges In 7-Eleven Melee Caught On Video

No Charges In 7-Eleven Melee Caught On Video | Baltimore News | WBAL Radio 1090 AM
It was caught on video, but Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has decided not to file charges against any of the 40 teenagers who were seen on video robbing a 7-Eleven and assaulting the store owner.
The incident took place on the afternoon of May 23 at the 7-Eleven on Light Street, when the store was was offering a "Free Slurpee" promotion.
The teens were spotted on surveillance cameras in the store.
Police say the teens were all wearing school uniforms, and were spotted ransacking the store shelves.
The store owner reported the teens took an envelope containing $6,600 in cash.

You’re Not Special

You’re Not Special - BostonHerald.com
afternoon, the venue. Normally, I avoid cliches like the plague, wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole, but here we are on a literal level playing field. That matters. That says something. And your ceremonial costume... shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma... but for your name, exactly the same.
All of this is as it should be, because none of you is special.
You are not special. You are not exceptional.
Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you... you’re nothing special.
Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. Yes, you have. And, certainly, we’ve been to your games, your plays, your recitals, your science fairs. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. Why, maybe you’ve even had your picture in the Townsman! And now you’ve conquered high school... and, indisputably, here we all have gathered for you, the pride and joy of this fine community, the first to emerge from that magnificent new building...
But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.

Detroit boaters left high, dry as Erma Henderson Marina remains closed for foreseeable future

Detroit boaters left high, dry as Erma Henderson Marina remains closed for foreseeable future MLive.com
Council sided with local boaters who have been complaining for months about the process, arguing that the mayor's office hand-selected Hume despite a worthy proposal from a black-owned business group with close ties to the marina, believed to be one the first racially-integrated docks in the nation.

Gov. Snyder 'will stay focused' on his job in light of second failed recall attempt

Gov. Snyder 'will stay focused' on his job in light of second failed recall attempt | MLive.com
Michigan Rising leaders are ending their recall attempt today, saying they fell “well short” of their goal of collecting 200,000 petition signatures by June 1.

Transportation Secretary LaHood releases plan to combat distracted driving 'epidemic'

Transportation Secretary LaHood releases plan to combat distracted driving 'epidemic' | MLive.com
The "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" includes the government investing $2.4 million in pilot projects in California and Delaware to crack down on those who text or use their cell phones while driving and challenges the auto industry to adopt new and future guidelines for technology to reduce the potential for distraction on devices built or brought into vehicles.

"Distracted driving is an epidemic.
While we've made progress in the past three years by raising awareness about this risky behavior, the simple fact is people are continuing to be killed and injured – and we can put an end to it," LaHood said in a release.

Michigan House Republicans expand upon income tax relief plan

Michigan House Republicans expand upon income tax relief plan | MLive.com
A new measure detailed Thursday would provide longer-term income tax relief by dropping the income tax rate to 3.9 percent by 2018.
The legislation would come in addition to a short-term plan already approved by the House and now pending in the Senate, which would speed up an already planned income tax rate reduction from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent late this year.

Detroit councilman: Marijuana decriminalization a 'bad idea' that could hurt job seekers

Detroit councilman: Marijuana decriminalization a 'bad idea' that could hurt job seekers | MLive.com
"I think it's a bad idea," Cockrel said of an expected ballot proposal that would amend city code by allowing anyone over 21 years of age to possess less than an ounce of marijuana on private property.

UR ending free tuition to employees' children

UR ending free tuition to employees' children | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
For the coming school year, tuition at UR will be $42,890, which is a 4.5 percent increase over the past school year.

Video of Volkswagen concept "Hover Car"

Video of Volkswagen concept "Hover Car" - Dash - CBS News

CBO: We’ll Be Maxed Out in Nine Years

PJ Media » CBO: We’ll Be Maxed Out in Nine Years
Shorter-term, the CBO report’s “Extended Alternative Fiscal Scenario” projects that the federal government will hit what many economists consider the danger-zone level of debt — namely the point at which debt held by the public (excluding intergovernmental holdings) reaches 90% of GDP — sometime during fiscal 2021, the same year as its 2011 projection.

That 90% threshold is what I characterized in a column last year as when the country will become “Maxed Out America,” reaching the point where the federal government will likely either have a hard time issuing additional debt, or will have to start paying higher than risk-free rates to do so, starting a vicious cycle which will be hard to stop once started.

Love Muskegon flags, chalk art festival win $500 grants, coming to Muskegon

Love Muskegon flags, chalk art festival win $500 grants, coming to Muskegon | MLive.com
Love Muskegon Week wound up with a competition for two $500 grants from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County for any ideas that would make Muskegon a better and more interesting place.

'A' score for 7 West Michigan hospitals

'A' score for 7 West Michigan hospitals | WOOD TV8
Seven West Michigan hospitals have been honored with a Hospital Safety Score of "A" by The Leapfrog Group -- an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

US Attorney General Eric Holder completely unaware that federal courthouses require visitors to show government-issued photo IDs

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » US Attorney General Eric Holder completely unaware that federal courthouses require visitors to show government-issued photo IDs
“Some federal courts — are you aware that’s required in some federal courts in this land?” Lungren said.
“I don’t know,” Holder replied.

Friday, June 08, 2012

What honor looks like: The flash mob at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport

What honor looks like: The flash mob at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport | MullerOver.com
The first soldier walked through the door.
Old, frail and needing help walking.
And every person I could see in the entire airport stood and applauded.
No – maybe cheered is more like it.

Click to read the rest and see this wonderful video of an amazing event!
Grab a hankie.

You’re Not Special

You’re Not Special - BostonHerald.com
But do not get the idea you’re anything special.
Because you’re not.

Schilling's co. files for bankruptcy; feds probing

My Way News - Schilling's co. files for bankruptcy; feds probing
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's troubled video gaming company, lured to Rhode Island with a $75 million state loan guarantee two years ago, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, and federal authorities have begun an investigation into it.

Muskegon man charged with felony for allegedly sexually assaulting two dogs

Muskegon man charged with felony for allegedly sexually assaulting two dogs | MLive.com
However, Peterson is a fourth-time habitual offender, so he could potentially get life in prison if convicted.

Eye on Muskegon Show 6-3-2012

Thursday, June 07, 2012

What the Media Choose Not to Know about Trayvon

Articles: What the Media Choose Not to Know about Trayvon
6:22
Trayvon, with his hoodie up, grabs two items from the shelves of 7-11.
One is the Skittles.
The other is Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail.
The media avoid the name of the real drink -- possibly because of the racial implications of the word "watermelon," but possibly to avoid probing the real reason for Trayon's trip.
Trayvon, in fact, had become a devotee of the druggy concoction known as "Lean," also known in southern hip-hop culture as "Sizzurp" and "Purple Drank."
Lean consists of three basic ingredients -- codeine, a soft drink, and candy.
If his Facebook postings are to be believed, Trayvon had been using Lean since at least June 2011.

Media Cite False Spending Differential To Explain Walker Win

Media Cite False Spending Differential To Explain Walker Win
Not so fast.
As it turns out, labor unions spent an additional $21 million on the recall election.
When it came to state senate recall elections back in September 2011, Democrats outspent Republicans $23.4 million to $20.5 million.

Anna Wintour Parties with President Obama

The Tyranny of Having Too Many Choices

PJ Media » The Tyranny of Having Too Many Choices

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

FDR's D-Day Prayer

The Most Disappointed Barrett Supporter In Wisconsin

We Are the 119%

We Are the 119% - WSJ.com
Theoretically, Obama was on the side of the government employee unions that were behind the unsuccessful attempt to oust Gov. Scott Walker, who last year signed legislation abolishing most of their corrupt "collective bargaining" arrangements.

"Understand this," the future president declared in 2007:
"If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I'll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America.
Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."

In practice, Obama tweeted "present": "It's Election Day in Wisconsin tomorrow, and I'm standing by Tom Barrett.
He'd make an outstanding governor."
But he was only theoretically present.
Not only was he standing, not walking; he was standing someplace far from Wisconsin.
In fact, for all we know he was sitting at the time.
We can't be sure he was even wearing shoes.

Muskegon Area Transit System trolley catches fire, has to be towed

Muskegon Area Transit System trolley catches fire, has to be towed | MLive.com

D-Day Was Almost a German Holiday

D-Day Was Almost a German Holiday
June 4, 1940: 338,226 British and French troops are evacuated from Dunkirk beach just before the Nazis capture it. Hitler will soon finish off France and Western Europe.
Invasion of Great Britain appears imminent. Winston Churchill vows 'We shall fight on the beaches ... we shall never surrender!' but despite Churchill's brave words, much of Britain's military weaponry was left behind at Dunkirk.
And while Britain frantically tries to train a civilian Horne Guard, the trainees have to practice with canes. umbrellas, spears and pikes.
The British Home Guard has no guns because restrictive gun controls enacted in 1921 have disarmed the public.
The British gun laws were enacted because the government did not trust the people, and was afraid of a Bolshevik revolution.
But the disarmed British people now lack the means to protect their government.

Hitler finds out that Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall election

Scott Walker like George Wallace, Jesse Jackson says

Scott Walker like George Wallace, Jesse Jackson says - POLITICO.com
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Tuesday that Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a historic recall election, is trying to do in Wisconsin what anti-civil rights and segregationist George Wallace tried to do as governor of Alabama.
“Wallace tried to deny the right to vote and Walker’s trying to limit access to voting with the voter ID scheme and the roll purging,” Jackson told POLITICO.
“What happened in the south with Wallace as the governor of Alabama, it symbolized the Southern Manifesto: the resistance to voting and the resistance for workers right to organize. …
What’s happening in Wisconsin is an attempt to revert to that time.”

First Lady Requires Photo ID for Her Book Signings; Voter ID Law-hating Media Fail to Note Obama Hypocrisy

First Lady Requires Photo ID for Her Book Signings; Voter ID Law-hating Media Fail to Note Obama Hypocrisy | NewsBusters.org
The Obama administration has done its best to oppose states from instituting new, stricter voter ID laws, complaining that many minority voters lack photo identification.
But those same folks it wants voting in November are apparently not welcome anywhere near the First Lady's book signings.
Something tells me that the same media outlets comparing voter ID laws to the Jim Crow Laws, however, won't see any hint of hypocrisy here, if they even report the story at all.

Union of Concerned Scientists Cooks the Books, Media Swallow It -

Union of Concerned Scientists Cooks the Books, Media Swallow It - Reason.com
So what vast sums of money did the duplicitous executives atGeneral Electric lavish on the Reason Foundation in 2008 and 2009to support an implied campaign to traduce climate science?
Exactly$325.
How much did GE spend on matching and direct grants on thesix think tanks identified by the UCS as being pro-climateconsensus?
That would be $497,744. At least with regard to GeneralElectric’s contributions, it appears that the Union of ConcernedScientists has salted a follow-the-money trail with pieces offool’s gold, which certain unwary news outlets obligingly picked upand reported as real bullion.

National D-Day Memorial

Home - National D-Day Memorial
Let us never forget.

Schultz On Walker Win: He Could "Be Indicted In The Next Few Days"

Schultz On Walker Win: He Could "Be Indicted In The Next Few Days" | RealClearPolitics
"In many respects it's to be expected, considering how much money was thrown at this race.
You know, NBC is calling it for Walker.
Okay, I think it's awful close and there's a lot of absentee ballots yet that are still out and it's going to be very, very close down to the wire" MSNBC's Schultz said.

Open Job At Boston Law Firm Pays Just $10,000 Per Year

Open Job At Boston Law Firm Pays Just $10,000 Per Year « CBS Boston
The tipster sent screen grabs of a job listing on BC Law’s career site.
The post advertises a full-time associate position at a small Boston law firm, Gilbert & O’Bryan LLP, paying just $10,000 per year. (That’s $10K, it’s not a typo.)

Monday, June 04, 2012

New Fines In Place For Cats And Dogs That Don’t Buckle Up In New Jersey

New Fines In Place For Cats And Dogs That Don’t Buckle Up In New Jersey « CBS Philly
Police and animal control officers are authorized to cite drivers with unrestrained animals in the car.
Yes, that includes the back of a pickup truck too.
Violators can be fined $250 to $1,000 per offense.

Reality: No Match for Television

Reality: No Match for Television | Power Line
My interest here is not the specific topic of homosexuality, but rather the fact that people’s perceptions are so wildly at odds with reality.
How on Earth can the average American believe that one-quarter of the men and women he sees every day are gay?
Does that make any possible sense?
Are one-quarter of your relatives gay, or your co-workers or neighbors?
Of course not

What they make in the Big Ten, from Fick to Strick | Hey Joe!

What they make in the Big Ten, from Fick to Strick | Hey Joe!

Boortz Passes Torch to Friend, Colleague Herman Cain

Boortz Passes Torch to Friend, Colleague Herman Cain
(Atlanta) Businessman and former presidential frontrunner Herman Cain will take full-time command of the Neal Boortz microphone when Boortz officially retires this January.
Boortz announced on his show this morning that he will step down after 42 years on the air, citing a desire to spend time with his family.

Conservatives poke fun at #WIunionDesperation

Conservatives poke fun at #WIunionDesperation | Twitchy
#WIUnionDesperation Scott Walker knocked up Laverne, Shirley, Joanie AND Chachi.

District's Union Contract Ensures Bonus Money For Teachers

District's Union Contract Ensures Bonus Money For Teachers [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
The top of scale for a teacher is $101,409.

Teacher Pension Underfunding Hits $22B

Teacher Pension Underfunding Hits $22B [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
The new actuary report on the school employee pension fund shows that the state has a $22.4 billion gap between what it has saved for school employees’ retirement and what workers and retirees have earned.
That is a $4.8 billion increase from last year.
All told, the costs to catch up on this underfunded system represent nearly $6,000 per Michigan household.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Philadelphia's unusual but effective policy: Police can transport trauma victims

Philadelphia's unusual but effective policy: Police can transport trauma victims
Philadelphia is one of a few cities that use police transports, sometimes called "scoop and runs" by officers, or "cop drops" by doctors.
The department does not keep numbers on it, but some patrol officers estimate that they take as many as a third of the city's shooting victims to hospitals.

EyeOnMuskegon 6-3-2012

Police: Mom leaves baby on top of car, drives off

PHOENIX – A 19-year-old mother is under arrest on child abuse and aggravated DUI charges after police say she left her five-week-old baby strapped in a car seat on top of her car and drove off.

The child is said to be in good condition and now in custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.
At about 1 a.m. Saturday, Phoenix police officers got calls that a baby was in a car seat in the middle of a road.

Detroit will vote on legalizing marijuana after state Supreme Court rejects city's appeal

Detroit will vote on legalizing marijuana after state Supreme Court rejects city's appeal | MLive.com
If the ballot measure passes, people 21 and older could use or possess less than an ounce of pot on private property and not face arrest and prosecution under the city code. However, marijuana use and possession are crimes under state law.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

All-You-Can-Eat News Buffet

All-You-Can-Eat News Buffet - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online
However, it turns out the cannibal/gay story is a different one from the cannibal/alien story. (I wrote about the latter here.)
You wait ages for a Canadian cannibal story, and then they all show up at once.

(If you’re concerned that Americans aren’t pulling weight in this area, don’t worry.)

The No-Jobs Plan

The No-Jobs Plan | Blog | Energy Tomorrow
The May employment numbers are out, and here are the headlines:

CBS News: Rotten May jobs report underscores weak recovery
Maddow Blog: Brutal new jobs report disappoints
Washington Post: The labor market takes a big step backward
CNNMoney: Hiring slows, unemployment rises
New York Times: Weak U.S. Hiring Adds to Global Gloom
But not all is bad news today.
The Economist gives us a bright spot:

“AMERICA’S ’unconventional’ gas boom continues to amaze … America’s gas boom confers a huge economic advantage. It has created hundreds of thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly. And it has rejuvenated several industries, including petrochemicals, where ethane produced from natural gas is a feedstock.”
A bright spot that some want to shut down:

Stunning Democrat Hypocrisy

Blog: Stunning Democrat Hypocrisy
..the party that is horrified at the prospect of American voters being required to show photo identification has included this little gem of a requirement in the program for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention which convenes today:
Registration and Credentials
A PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER
THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

Ecorse Cuts Police OT in Half Once Union Contract’s Restrictive Language Was Removed

Ecorse Cuts Police OT in Half Once Union Contract’s Restrictive Language Was Removed [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

Ecorse Cuts Police OT in Half Once Union Contract’s Restrictive Language Was Removed

'Extreme' language in contract made fiscal responsibility nearly impossible

When Joyce Parker took over as emergency manager for the city of Ecorse in 2009, she was faced with a police union whose five-year contract had been expired for two years.
Faced with $8 million in debt, Parker wasn’t going to be able to save any money in police overtime with more efficient scheduling. That was because the contract wouldn’t allow it.
The provision of the Police Officers Association of Michigan contract read: “The City will not change the work schedule resulting in the loss of overtime.”
“I’ve never seen that in a contract,” Parker said this month. “There is language you will find in those contracts that doesn’t exist in other contracts. It’s a good example of how extreme some of the language is in some of these contracts.”
Eventually, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the city allowing them to alter schedules and reduce overtime.
The city of Ecorse paid $302,796 in police overtime in 2007-08. With one month left in fiscal 2011-12, Ecorse is on track to pay about $147,000 in police overtime, or more than 50 percent less than what was paid four years ago, said Tim McCurley, the city’s contracted controller.
Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said such restrictive language in union contracts creates a “vicious circle.”
“It is politicians who are getting money from unions or bureaucrats who want to keep unions happy,” Vernuccio said. “Before the emergency manager, there was nobody looking out for the taxpayers.”

Made in the USA? It had better be, if it's a flag flown at a Michigan state building

Made in the USA? It had better be, if it's a flag flown at a Michigan state building | MLive.com
American and Michigan flags flown at state buildings would have to be made in the United States under terms of a bill given final legislative approval Thursday in the state Senate.
The measure passed 36-0 and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.

Report: Gov. Rick Snyder has doubts about requiring Consumers Energy, other utilities, to raise renewable-energy standard to 25 percent

Report: Gov. Rick Snyder has doubts about requiring Consumers Energy, other utilities, to raise renewable-energy standard to 25 percent | MLive.com
The state’s 2008 energy-reform law requires that utilities have 10 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015.
Russell said Consumers is on its way to meet that goal and that raising that standard would be costly to customers and the environment.

Right to work: teacher debates Mackinac Center president on collective bargaining ballot initiative

Right to work: teacher debates Mackinac Center president on collective bargaining ballot initiative | MLive.com
"Right to work is not on my agenda and I don't want to see it on my desk," Snyder told MLive at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference on Tuesday....

Groups of unionized workers from throughout the state launched the "Protect Our Jobs" campaign to collect 322,609 signatures needed to get the issue on the ballot.
The proposal would prevent right-to-work legislation that prohibits employers or labor unions from requiring employees to join a union and pay dues.
It also would ban some 80 bills that ballot proposal organizers say would curtail collective bargaining rights.

Michigan university funding plan helps some institutions more than others

Michigan university funding plan helps some institutions more than others | MLive.com

GM to close assembly line, lay off 2,000 workers in Canada

GM to close assembly line, lay off 2,000 workers in Canada | MLive.com
The line currently builds the current generation Chevrolet Impala and overflow of the Chevrolet Equinox.
Production on that assembly line will end in June 2013 when production of the automaker’s next-generation Impala moves to GM’s Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant and production of the Equinox moves to Spring Hill, Tenn.
Last year, GM said it planned to add two shifts and about 2,500 hourly and salaried workers to its Detroit-Hamtramck plant to build the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala.

Michigan getting creative to find financing options for businesses

Michigan getting creative to find financing options for businesses | MLive.com
One program will provide microloans to small business owners looking to get started and grow.
It’s a partnership with Michigan Corps, a nonprofit that leads social change efforts, and Kiva.org, a crowd funding source that pools small (as little as $25) contributions from individual lenders (everyday citizens) in order to make microloans of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
“It’s a great opportunity for folks who are looking for very small loans to get access to capital,” said Michael Finney, MEDC president and CEO....

The MEDC is working with banks and other financial institutions to raise $125 million to $200 million in capital to invest in redevelopment projects. The MEDC will chip in $20 million, representing 10 to 15 percent of the total pool.
“In many cases we find that the collateral is insufficient or the deal doesn’t cash flow properly so those projects weren’t getting the financing needed,” Finney said.

GM to offer lump sums to 42,000 white-collar retirees

GM to offer lump sums to 42,000 white-collar retirees | MLive.com
In February, GM announced it would eliminate traditional pensions for its 26,000 current salaried U.S. workers.
The changes included terminating all traditional pensions and moving to a 401(k)-type retirement fund, an extra week of vacation time and performance-based bonuses instead of "across the board pay raises."

Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium vandalized, 60 fish found dead

Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium vandalized, 60 fish found dead | MLive.com

Thad McCotter ends write-in campaign for Congress

Thad McCotter ends write-in campaign for Congress | MLive.com
"One can't clean up a mess multitasking," he said in a statement released about 5:45 p.m.

MEA president calls Muskegon Heights charter school plan 'ruthless takeover' | MLive.com

MEA president calls Muskegon Heights charter school plan 'ruthless takeover' | MLive.com
The president of the Michigan Education Association says the plan to turn Muskegon Heights' public schools into a charter school system is an “unimaginable attack on democracy and public education.”
MEA President Steven Cook issued a strongly-worded statement opposing the “ruthless takeover” plans of Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency Manager Donald Weatherspoon, whom Cook erroneously refers to as “Don Witherspoon.”
“In one swift secretive move, he’s robbed the community of their neighborhood schools, ended the career of more than 85 staff members, and sold the education of Muskegon Heights students to the lowest bidder,” Cook said.

Stop S.S. Badger coal ash discharges with upgrades to historic ferry, environmentalist says

Stop S.S. Badger coal ash discharges with upgrades to historic ferry, environmentalist says | MLive.com
The environmental group’s leader made it clear in his letter that he supports the continuation of the Badger with all of the employment and economic boost it gives to the tourism industries in Ludington and Manitowoc.
“A company that brings, by its own estimates, $40 million or more in annual economic impact to its port communities should be able to secure financing to keep such a valuable asset running well into the future,” Brammeier concluded.

Muskegon Heights residents react to emergency manager's charter school plan

Muskegon Heights residents react to emergency manager's charter school plan | MLive.com
Chris Thomas, who has two boys who will be in middle school next year, said they are committed to the Heights – at least for next year.
“We’ll be here,” he said.
But once the boys hit high school, sticking around will depend on the sports that are offered, Thomas said.
“If there’s no sports here … we will have to go somewhere else,” he said.

Muskegon High School, Michigan Works offer employment class for at-risk students

Muskegon High School, Michigan Works offer employment class for at-risk students | MLive.com
Michigan Works Director Deborah Groeneveld said the program benefits students and employers. Michigan Works would like to expand it to other school districts next year if they can find additional funding.
Students sometimes have an easier time grasping the importance of employment skills than academic courses, Groeneveld said, and letting them take a class they see as relevant can encourage them to persevere in their other classes.
“The idea is to get them to graduate and then teach them skills to go to college or find a job,” she said. “It makes them want to be here.”

Michigan House says most 4-year-olds not ready for kindergarten

Michigan House says most 4-year-olds not ready for kindergarten | MLive.com
State law allows children to start kindergarten in the fall if they turn 5 by Dec. 1 of that year. The bill gradually pushes the date up to Sept. 1.
The bill was approved 64-43, and comes after the state Senate unanimously approved a similar bill in early May.
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, said after his bill was approved that educators have complained that some 4-year-olds have been allowed to start kindergarten, but just aren’t ready socially, causing disruptions in class and often being held back a year.