Friday, August 31, 2012

Stanford Cooling Glove More Dope than Steroids (video)

Stanford Cooling Glove More Dope than Steroids (video)
Then in the next six weeks he went from doing 180 pull-ups total to over 620,” said Heller.
“That was a rate of physical performance improvement that was just unprecedented.”

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE

Instapundit » Blog Archive » NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE
Caesareans and pain relief for mothers giving birth ‘should be cut to save the NHS money.’
“Family doctors are being told to try to talk women out of having Caesareans and very strong painkillers during birth to save the NHS money.
New guidelines drawn up for GPs urge them to encourage women to have natural labours with as little medical help as possible.
 They also remind doctors to tell women to consider having their babies outside hospital in midwife-run units or in their own homes.”

I don’t remember this from the dancing NHS tribute at the Olympics.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 2:39 am

Thursday, August 30, 2012

When It Comes to ‘Brazen Lies,’ Nobody Excels Joan Walsh

When It Comes to ‘Brazen Lies,’ Nobody Excels Joan Walsh : The Other McCain
UPDATE: Remember when CNN’s Soledad O’Brien was caught reciting liberal blog Talking Points Memo on air?
This is even worse: People who are claim to be professional journalists accused Paul Ryan of lying, based on talking points issued directly from the Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign, which the journalists themselves didn’t bother to verify, and which are provably false.

FACT CHECK: Obama promised and failed to keep Janesville GM plant open

FACT CHECK: Obama promised and failed to keep Janesville GM plant open | WashingtonExaminer.com
The Washington Post, and a host of other liberal media outlets, are calling this passage “misleading” because the Janesville plant “closed before the president was inaugurated.”
The Post is dead wrong.
Here are the facts:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gallup: Americans Rate Public Schools the Worst Place to Educate Children

Gallup: Americans Rate Public Schools the Worst Place to Educate Children | CNSNews.com

HighPoint Flats: Muskegon officials can't wait until downtown apartments are available

HighPoint Flats: Muskegon officials can't wait until downtown apartments are available | MLive.com
With expected approval of a state financial loan and grant package from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. in September, a development agreement with the city calls for construction to begin in the next three months. The HighPoint Flats apartments would take 18 months to construct, developer Jon Rooks has said......The city is assisting HighPoint Flats with a “brownfield” redevelopment incentive, allowing future increases in property taxes on the property to be used to help pay off Parkland’s state loans up to $750,000.
“The sooner we can get those apartments available the better,” said Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce......
“There is a huge market for young professionals looking for upscale residential, but they are not ready to buy a house yet.
They are looking for urban apartments like these.”

And just who will be paying off those "loans", grant packages and "brownfield incentives"?

Burlington, Vermont, restaurants automatically adds tip onto foreigners' bills

Burlington, Vermont, restaurants automatically adds tip onto foreigners' bills | Mail Online
Restaurant owners say it's their solution to an influx of French-speaking Canadians from Quebec who are extraordinarily bad tippers -- sometimes leaving just $1 or a few cents tip on $50 or $100 tabs.

"2016: Obama's America" expanding into 1,800 theaters

"2016: Obama's America" expanding into 1,800 theaters - Yahoo! News Canada
That's up from the 1,091 theaters it played in over the weekend, when it took in $6.2 million between Friday and Sunday for a per-screen average of $5,940 - the best of any film in wide release.
It added another $1.2 million at the box office Monday.

Wayne Co. jail costs run $65M over budget

Wayne Co. jail costs run $65M over budget | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Wayne County officials say a controversial new jail, which has been awash with complaints about favoritism for a year, could cost another $65 million.
Aides to Executive Robert Ficano made the rounds to commissioners in the past week breaking the news: The $300 million jail now could cost about $365 million and grow to 2,300 beds from 2,200.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

TONIGHT! Tea party forum on Islam - Holland, MI

TO DO NEXT WEEK: Tea party forum on Islam - Holland, MI - The Holland Sentinel: 2. This presentation may be seen as controversial, according to Ottawa County Patriots President Jim Chiodo. “Two Islam programs were held last year at Hope College, with a politically correct view of Islam,” he said. “This same presentation, countering

HighPoint Flats project to become a downtown Muskegon apartment development with city, state assistance

HighPoint Flats project to become a downtown Muskegon apartment development with city, state assistance | MLive.com
HighPoint Flats remains in a state low-tax Renaissance Zone, which for the Parkland property has been extended until 2023 with special legislation adopted earlier this year.
Residents in the apartments will not pay state or city income taxes until 2023 and the developer will not pay property taxes until the same date.

Calcium Scan Best Heart Risk Diagnosis Tool: Study

Calcium Scan Best Heart Risk Diagnosis Tool: Study
A new study of six methods of determining a patient's risk for heart disease has shown a CT scan of calcium build-up in the arteries around the heart might be the most accurate test.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Most Americans say the rich don't pay enough taxes

Most Americans say the rich don't pay enough taxes - seattlepi.com

Mitt Romney: What I Learned at Bain Capital

Mitt Romney: What I Learned at Bain Capital - WSJ.com

Muskegon County planning session for jail, juvenile facilities begins Tuesday

Muskegon County planning session for jail, juvenile facilities begins Tuesday | MLive.com
The design, location and potential cost of replacement facilities for the Muskegon County Jail and Juvenile Transition Center will be the focus of a four-day planning event beginning Tuesday.
http://www.co.muskegon.mi.us/boardofcommissioners/agendas/mcj_jtc_charrette_12_08_28.pdf

Tyson Plant Drops Labor Day for Muslim Holiday

Tyson Plant Drops Labor Day for Muslim Holiday | Fox News
Workers at a Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Tennessee have opted to trade a paid Labor Day holiday for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

Muskegon County Jail and Juvenile Transition Center Project Conceptual Planning and Design Charrette

Muskegon County, Michigan
Muskegon County Jail and Juvenile Transition Center Project Conceptual Planning and Design Charrette
When: Tuesday, August 28th - Friday, August 31st
Location: MAREC - 200 Viridian Drive
Agenda available by clicking here (pdf).

Port/Rail/Transportation Committee

Muskegon County, Michigan
Port/Rail/Transportation Committee
When: Monday, August 27th - 3:00 PM
Location: Admin Conference Room - 4th Floor, Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace, Muskegon, MI 49442

RealClearPolitics - 2012 Election Maps - Electoral Map

RealClearPolitics - 2012 Election Maps - Electoral Map

Detroit Housing: Photographs of crumbling houses that litter Detroit's dilapidated neighbourhoods

Detroit Housing: Photographs of crumbling houses that litter Detroit's dilapidated neighbourhoods | Mail Online
An amazing collection of photographs has captured the utter devastation of Detroit -- the once bustling American city that now sits largely derelict.
Perplexed at the state of his hometown, photographer Kevin Bauman began taking pictures of the scores of abandoned homes littering the city in the mid 1990's.

EYE ON MUSKEGON 8-26-12 Video!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jennifer Granholm: God Shut Down Republican Convention

Jennifer Granholm: God Shut Down Republican Convention
This is a real howler coming from a woman replaced by a Republican after her failed policies rained as much misery on the State of Michigan as any hurricane.

But let's talk about the real issue, and that's the media.

If some obscure, no-name Republican City Councilman in some unincorporated small Southern town tweeted these exact words out after President Obama's convention was delayed by a hurricane, right now it would be the lead on Politico, Andrea Mitchell's wig hair would be on fire, Michael Steele and Joe Scarborough would've called a joint press conference to condemn the remarks, and the entire media-collective would be tut-tutting Romney's unwillingness to distance himself from
The RacistHateTheocraticExtemismThatWillSurelyGiveSwingVotersPauseBecauseRomneysTaxReturns.

But Hurricane Granholm --a former freakin' governor and current broadcaster who just today appeared on ABC's "This Week" -- will get a full pass for declaring God is on the side of The State because Obama's media punks know that Democrats like Granholm and Obama never mean what they say about God…

…Because they don’t believe in God.

"Oh, wait," the corrupt media will tell you, "It was just a joke. Lighten up."

You first, Bedwetters For Obama.

Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes

Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes | Fox News
Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey - often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.

21 Club New York: Diners spend $16k on two bottles of wine

21 Club New York: Diners spend $16k on two bottles of wine | Mail Online
The men's check closed at $18,736.18, with a $400 gratuity and two complimentary cookies thrown in on the side.

Famous lost word in Armstrong's 'mankind' quote

News from The Associated Press
Was the walk on the moon one small step for man, or a man?

EyeOnMuskegon 8-26-2012


FCC eyes tax on Internet service

FCC eyes tax on Internet service - The Hill's Hillicon Valley
The FCC issued a request for comments on the proposal in April. Dozens of companies and trade associations have weighed in, but the issue has largely flown under the public's radar.

New York Times editor Jill Abramson rebuts Arthur Brisbane bias charge

New York Times editor Jill Abramson rebuts Arthur Brisbane bias charge - POLITICO.com
The executive editor of the New York Times is disputing an accusation of liberal bias made by her very own public editor, Arthur Brisbane.
In his final column for the Times, Brisbane wrote that his fellow staffers "share a kind of political and cultural progressivism" that "virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times."
Brisbane even argued that Times reporters approached some liberal issues, like gay marriage and the Occupy movement, "more like causes than news subjects."
But Times executive editor Jill Abramson says she disagrees with Brisbane's "sweeping conclusions."
"In our newsroom we are always conscious that the way we view an issue in New York is not necessarily the way it is viewed in the rest of the country or world.
I disagree with Mr. Brisbane's sweeping conclusions," Abramson told POLITICO Saturday night.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Muskegon County commissioners, opposition group skeptical of jail-size recommendation

Muskegon County commissioners, opposition group skeptical of jail-size recommendation | MLive.com
County Commissioner Ken Mahoney said he is interested in seeing the consultant team’s data concerning the jail and future projections during the four-day charrette next week, but he leans more toward a 500-bed facility.

Agema sues Allegan over Saleem shutdown

Agema sues Allegan over Saleem shutdown | WOOD TV8
State Rep. Dave Agema (R-Grandville) has filed a federal lawsuit against nine individuals along with the City of Allegan and the Allegan Public School District in connection to an event shut down at which he and a self-proclaimed former terrorist were scheduled to speak.
The Jan. 26 event was organized by Allegan County Commissioner Bill Sage, who rented out the Allegan High School auditorium to host it.

Could Todd Akin ripple effect influence Michigan's U.S. Senate race?

Could Todd Akin ripple effect influence Michigan's U.S. Senate race? | MLive.com
Democrats are using the issue to campaign against Michigan's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Pete Hoekstra.
They say the former congressman from Holland's opposition to abortion including in cases of rape or incest is extreme, and it will hurt him in the November election.

10 Worst Cars of All Time

10 Worst Cars of All Time - TheStreet

"The Aztec became such a punchline for a bad car that Pontiac was damaged goods.
After the Aztec, GM couldn't save Pontiac no matter what they did."

Reminder: Before Obama ran for president, he falsely claimed to have been born in Kenya

Reminder: Before Obama ran for president, he falsely claimed to have been born in Kenya | The Daily Caller
At some point over the next few days, until the next Election 2012 outrage crops up, a lefty may start shrieking “BIRTHER!!!” at you because Romney made an attempt at humor.
If that happens, all you have to do is show the shrieking lefty this:

This was the author bio Obama provided to his literary agent in 1991, and it was uncovered months ago by our friends at Breitbart.com.
Obama used this bio for over 15 years, and it was revised a number of times.
But he only changed it to indicate his true place of birth, Hawaii, once he decided to run for president.

He has yet to explain why he lied in the first place, but he doesn’t have to. He lied because he’s Barack Obama, and that’s what Barack Obama does.

So just show that to your high-strung lib friend, and watch the cognitive dissonance reduce what’s left of his or her brain to an even less cohesive puddle of mush. Better’n anything on the TV, at least.

Whitehall teachers contract includes 'high deductible' insurance, wage freeze

Whitehall teachers contract includes 'high deductible' insurance, wage freeze | MLive.com
The contract includes a wage freeze and no “step” increases in salary provided for longevity and educational attainment.
Most significantly, according to Superintendent Jerry McDowell, the 114 teachers agreed to a high deductible for their health insurance.
The deductible for individuals is $1,250 and $2,500 for families.

Shelby couple killed when powered parachute crashes into Silver Lake sand dune

Shelby couple killed when powered parachute crashes into Silver Lake sand dune | MLive.com
Henry Austin was well-known around Muskegon for years with his hobby of flying powered parachutes. He trained dozens of people how to fly powered parachutes over the years through Shelby Paraflite School, the business he owned with his wife.

Friday, August 24, 2012

PolitiFact | Viral Internet story says Mitt Romney helped locate missing teen daughter of Bain Capital partner

PolitiFact | Viral Internet story says Mitt Romney helped locate missing teen daughter of Bain Capital partner
"So, here’s my epiphany:
Mitt Romney simply can’t help himself.
He sees a problem, and his mind immediately sets to work solving it, sometimes consciously, and sometimes not-so-consciously.
He doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement or for personal gain.
He does it because that’s just how he’s wired."

Michigan's casino landscape could expand as tribes seek 'off-reservation' gaming operations

Michigan's casino landscape could expand as tribes seek 'off-reservation' gaming operations | MLive.com

Teacher evaluation methods using student exams to be tested in 14 Michigan districts

Teacher evaluation methods using student exams to be tested in 14 Michigan districts | MLive.com
The annual evaluations were included in the law that revamped tenure in Michigan, allowing even veteran teachers to be dismissed after a series of poor reviews.
The council also is expected to come up with potential changes to the state’s teacher certification program.

Land cap author Casperson wants nonprofit land conservancies to pay property taxes

Land cap author Casperson wants nonprofit land conservancies to pay property taxes | MLive.com
A state senator who introduced Michigan’s controversial land cap law now wants nonprofit land conservancies to pay property taxes -- unless they provide unlimited public access and allow motorized vehicles in privately owned nature preserves.

Detroit bus system leader 'reassigned' after it's learned he's also employed in New York

Detroit bus system leader 'reassigned' after it's learned he's also employed in New York | MLive.com: Naomi Patton, a spokeswoman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, said Nojay has been "reassigned" and is no longer the Detroit Department of Transportation chief operating officer.

State elections staff: Anti-bridge, 'two-thirds' tax proposals have enough signatures but challenges to ballot status pending

State elections staff: Anti-bridge, 'two-thirds' tax proposals have enough signatures but challenges to ballot status pending | MLive.com

Guest column: Politicians get big favor with IRS-backed spending accounts

Guest column: Politicians get big favor with IRS-backed spending accounts | MLive.com
I think what's wrong with accounts like the City Administrative Account is that it appears that a lot of the money is being spent on Bernero's personal living expenses, rather than the "ordinary and necessary expenses" of carrying out his mayoral duties.

Four companies receive $2.3 million in Michigan business incentives to add more than 400 jobs

Four companies receive $2.3 million in Michigan business incentives to add more than 400 jobs | MLive.com
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced more than $2.3 million in incentives for four companies that plan to add 415 jobs in Michigan.

GISD administrator accused of misusing public dollars to fund affair with former superintendent

GISD administrator accused of misusing public dollars to fund affair with former superintendent | MLive.com
For nearly a decade, more than $87,000 in taxpayer dollars was misused to facilitate an extramarital affair between a Genesee Intermediate School District administrator and her boss, according to an audit ordered by the ISD.

Michigan Labor Market Information, Mi Fast Facts, Employed/Unemployed

Michigan Labor Market Information, Mi Fast Facts, Employed/Unemployed

Current Michigan Industry Employment

Current Michigan Industry Employment
Muskegon - Norton Shores MSA
Current Employment Statistics
Unadjusted Data
July 2012

Unemployment rate up in most Michigan counties, see who has the highest and lowest jobless figures

Unemployment rate up in most Michigan counties, see who has the highest and lowest jobless figures | MLive.com
Unemployment rates rose in 75 of Michigan’s 83 counties in July, but most counties were better off than July 2011.

All Grand Rapids schools students can eat lunch and breakfast for free, under a new federal pilot program

All Grand Rapids schools students can eat lunch and breakfast for free, under a new federal pilot program | MLive.com
“This pilot acknowledges the important role school meals make in supporting academic achievement. We know that academic performance is tied directly to students being prepared, mentally and physically,” said Baumgartner.
“Breaking down the last remaining barriers to accessing healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school will allow every student in GRPS to fuel their body for a more productive day of learning.”

Under the option, schools utilize preexisting data to determine the amount of reimbursement they can claim from USDA.
According to the department, the determination is primarily based on the percentage of households in that community who are already participating in the Food Stamp Program.
Schools that utilize this option agree to provide meals to all children free of charge, and USDA reimburses them for the appropriate amount based on this preexisting data.

Intensive four-day planning session for Muskegon County Jail, juvenile facilities set for next week

Intensive four-day planning session for Muskegon County Jail, juvenile facilities set for next week |
An intensive four days of discussions, opinions and statistics are planned for Aug. 28 through 31 at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, 200 Viridian in downtown Muskegon.

Former Roundy's, Lift-Tech still potential Muskegon County Jail sites

Former Roundy's, Lift-Tech still potential Muskegon County Jail sites | MLive.com
County officials have said they are considering three basic options for replacing the jail and juvenile facilities:
Building a new facility on vacant land, renovating existing structures to serve as a jail and juvenile center or expanding the jail at its current site adjacent to the Hall of Justice.

BBC Louisiana docking in Muskegon was a sight to behold

BBC Louisiana docking in Muskegon was a sight to behold | MLive.com
Six more ships are expected to deliver the German-made blades in the coming weeks.
A schedule for their arrivals has not been announced publicly.

Odds of Global Recession Are 100%: Marc Faber

Odds of Global Recession Are 100%: Marc Faber - US Business News - CNBC

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Muskegon Retail Incubator focused on downtown redevelopment, new business start-ups

Muskegon Retail Incubator focused on downtown redevelopment, new business start-ups | MLive.com
MRI’s programs are being launched on the strength of a $125,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

Today! Jail & Juvenile Transition Center Citizens Review Committee

Muskegon County, Michigan
Jail & Juvenile Transition Center Citizens Review Committee
When: Thursday, August 23 – 1:30 PM
Location: Board Room - 4th floor, Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace, Muskegon, MI 49442

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CBO warns of deep recession if Congress fails to avert 'fiscal cliff'

CBO warns of deep recession if Congress fails to avert 'fiscal cliff' - The Hill's On The Money
In its most dire warning yet about the fiscal cliff, the CBO said the economy would contract by 0.5 percent in calendar year 2013 if the George W. Bush-era tax rates expire and automatic spending cuts are implemented.

Exposing the Real Barack Obama

Exposing the Real Barack Obama | FrontPage Magazine
It was refreshing to see how addressing adults as adults could be effective, in an age when so many parts of the media address the public as if they were children who need a constant whirlwind of sounds and movements to keep them interested.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Binge Drinking Makes Students Happy

Binge Drinking Makes Students Happy | Inside Higher Ed
Further, "higher status" groups on the campus (wealthy, white, male, heterosexual and Greek students, among others) were more likely than others to binge drink and to be happy about it.

Pennsylvania school board says no more raises until teachers demonstrate their value

Pennsylvania school board says no more raises until teachers demonstrate their value - EAGnews.org :: Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary
“we have the highest paid teachers in Fayette County and we have the worst test scores in the state,” the Herald Standard reports.

Tim Skubick: Michigan ACLU chapter wants citizenship check box off voter registration forms

Tim Skubick: Michigan ACLU chapter wants citizenship check box off voter registration forms | MLive.com

Democrats spent $1.5 mil to help Akin win GOP primary

Democrats spent $1.5 mil to help Akin win GOP primary | WashingtonExaminer.com
The Post notes that these ad buys were actually more that Akin spent on his own campaign:
According to a Republican strategist tracking ad buys in the race, McCaskill’s campaign and [the Democratic-aligned] Majority PAC have each spent about $850,000 on ads during the last two and a half weeks – more than Akin has spent on commercials during the entire campaign.

Oklahoma kindergartner banned from wearing Michigan shirt

Oklahoma kindergartner banned from wearing Michigan shirt
An Oklahoma City kindergartner was forced to turn his University of Michigan shirt inside out last week because it violated a city ban on any apparel not supportive of the state's college teams.

Kelloggs has turned your collegiate logo into a tasty toaster pastry

Kelloggs has turned your collegiate logo into a tasty toaster pastry | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports
Kelloggs announced a deal to make its famous Pop Tarts with five collegiate logos on them — Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina.
I'm sure you can all add in your own jokes about what eating a specific team will do for your day.
Not sure how Kelloggs picked these particular teams, but perhaps the markets were the most ripe for Pop Tarts fans.

US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google

BBC News - US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google
Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka likes to kayak and watch the US television show Glee.
And when time permits, he also likes to do advanced research in one of the most respected cancer laboratories in the world.
Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field.

Listen to radios? Watch TVs? Not for Class of '16

My Way News - Listen to radios? Watch TVs? Not for Class of '16
The Class of 2016 has no need for radios, watches television everywhere except on actual TV sets and is addicted to "electronic narcotics."

All Muskegon Public Schools students to get free lunches and breakfasts

All Muskegon Public Schools students to get free lunches and breakfasts | MLive.com
That means parents have been freed of the chore of making school lunches.
“We’re pretty gosh darn excited about it,” said Colleen Johnson, director of food services for the district, told school board members Monday.

What!!!!!
The kids goin' to bed with no DINNER???!!!!

Gov't Report: Wind Energy Needs Taxpayer Support To Survive

Gov't Report: Wind Energy Needs Taxpayer Support To Survive [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
"Of course it is highly uncertain," he said. "Without government’s help, it would be pretty much extinct.”

woman kills elderly neighbor with her bra

News from The Associated Press
Investigators say the woman was drunk on a July evening when she and her boyfriend called on their 65-year-old neighbor for money to buy drinks.
Angry that he refused to lend them money, the woman punched him in the face and tried to strangle him with her hands, before taking off her bra and strangling him with it, they say.

After Veto, Gov. Snyder's Commitment To Transparency Questioned

After Veto, Gov. Snyder's Commitment To Transparency Questioned [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
Considering Gov. Snyder's commitment to transparency, his veto of House Bill 4116 on June 28 puzzled many.
The legislation, which passed unanimously by the House and the Senate, appears to do little more than assure that the attorney general review memorandums of agreement the governor can make with other nations.
The bill also ensures access to information for the legislature and the public.

The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (original narration by Randall)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Michigan needs to spend unused federal earmarks on transportation projects or else other states will get the money

Michigan needs to spend unused federal earmarks on transportation projects or else other states will get the money | MLive.com

Marriage Drives Women to Drink, Study Suggests

Marriage Drives Women to Drink, Study Suggests - Yahoo! News
Marriage may drive a woman to drink, not because she's unhappy but because she's influenced by her husband's alcohol consumption, new research suggests.
 And men, on average, drink more than women.
Men, on the other hand, spend less time with their drinking buddies and more with their wives after tying the knot.
The result?
Married men down fewer beers than their single counterparts.

A Glass All Empty — Modern Love -

A Glass All Empty — Modern Love - NYTimes.com
WHEN I picture my favorite moments with my husband over our 23 years together, someone is always holding a glass, or a bottle of wine, or a plastic cup — well, except for the last 11 years, since Rob stopped drinking.

General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy -- Again

General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy -- Again - Forbes
GM is unlikely to hit the wall before the election, but, given current trends, the company could easily do so again before the end of a second Obama term.

Illinois' pension math

Illinois Policy Institute - Blog - Illinois' pension math
A democrat-controlled state, with the second-worst funded pension system in the nation, passed a series of reforms that cut the state’s unfunded liabilities by almost 50 percent.
What triggered Rhode Island into action?
The math.

Casino ballot proposal group files election emergency with Supreme Court

Casino ballot proposal group files election emergency with Supreme Court | MLive.com
The proposal would permit casinos at specific sites in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Romulus, Pontiac, DeWitt Township north of Lansing, Birch Run, Clam Lake Township near Cadillac and Clinton Township near Mount Clemens.
It also would raise the casino tax rate.

Lansing police collect 99 firearms during inaugural gun buyback program

Lansing police collect 99 firearms during inaugural gun buyback program | MLive.com
Individuals who turned in weapons were given a $100 Meijer grocery gift card. Those who turned in assault rifles received an additional $50card.
All guns collected will be destroyed per department protocol.

Editorial: Engaging the public means meeting them halfway

Editorial: Engaging the public means meeting them halfway | MLive.com

No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'

No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer' [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has a large debt, rising water prices and inefficient services — using almost twice the number of employees per gallon as other cities like Chicago.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

An Unexpected Ass Kicking | Blog Of Impossible Things

An Unexpected Ass Kicking | Blog Of Impossible Things
The old man turned back at his coffee, took a sip, and then looked back at me.
“In fact, I’ve done lots of things that haven’t been done before”, he said half-smiling.

Not sure if he was simply toying with me or not, my curiousity got the better of me.
Oh really? Like what types of things?, All the while, half-thinking he was going to make up something fairly non-impressive.
I invented the first computer.
Um, Excuse me?
I created the world’s first internally programmable computer. It used to take up a space about as big as this whole room and my wife and I used to walk into it to program it.

Thieving Actuaries and Corrupt Governments

Thieving Actuaries and Corrupt Governments « Burypensions Blog
The big question is, if the actuaries and politicians are so corrupt, why haven’t senior actuaries and politicians been arrested?

Social Security’s long-term funding gap exceeds $30 trillion, dwarfing short-term surplus

Social Security’s long-term funding gap exceeds $30 trillion, dwarfing short-term surplus - The Washington Post
Add up 75 years’ worth of shortfalls and you get an astonishing figure: $134 trillion.
Adjusted for inflation, that’s $30.5 trillion in 2012 dollars, or eight times the size of this year’s entire federal budget.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Union contracts driving pension crisis

Union contracts driving pension crisis | WashingtonExaminer.com
It all stems from an open yet corrupt bargain: Unions spend millions to help elect labor-friendly politicians.
Once in office, the politicians repay them with bountiful benefits for government workers.
Everyone wins except the taxpayer, who is effectively sidelined as the public pie gets carved up between the politicians and unions.

Hermosa Beach meter maids making nearly $100K?

Hermosa Beach meter maids making nearly $100K? - Brian Calle: Uncommon Ground : The Orange County Register

Matty Maroun could foil many politicians' plans for campaign promotion

Tim Skubick: Matty Maroun could foil many politicians' plans for campaign promotion | MLive.com
Here’s the ”X":
What if he continues to gobble up every available minute on the tube?
What happens when less wealthy candidates show up at their favorite TV station wanting to buy some time?

Average Total Compensation for San Jose City Worker is $175,000 Per Year

Average Total Compensation for San Jose City Worker is $175,000 Per Year | Union Watch
Does this seem incredible? Well it isn’t.
It is based on actual payroll records obtained from the city of San Jose for 2011, with just one assumption added – that pension funds will no longer earn 7.5% per year, but instead earn a more realistic 4.5% per year.
If you want to stick with 7.5%, the average is still $150,000 per year.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Crisis? What crisis?

Crisis? What crisis? | UTSanDiego.com
The U.S. Postal Service lost $5.2 billion for the three months that ended June 30. It is now losing $25 million a day.
On Aug. 1, the agency defaulted on a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury for future retirees’ health benefits and said on Monday that it expects to default on an additional $5.5 billion payment next month. And it is predicting that it will “temporarily” run out of cash in October.

What are the top 10 'best-looking' cars of all time?

What are the top 10 'best-looking' cars of all time? | MLive.com
1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

4. 1964 Aston Martin DB5

5. 1965 Jaguar E-Type

6. 1966 Ford GT40

7. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

9. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

10. 1973 Porsche Carrera RS

Sharpie Parties | NBC Southern California

Sharpie Parties | NBC Southern California

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sen. Carl Levin seeks solution to keep the S.S. Badger operating without discharing coal ash into Lake Michigan

Sen. Carl Levin seeks solution to keep the S.S. Badger operating without discharing coal ash into Lake Michigan | MLive.com
“That’s the most likely solution and one that I have asked the EPA to work on with the company,” Levin said.
Lake Michigan Carferry co-owner Robert Manglitz earlier has said storing the hot ash on the ship that sails between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis., doesn’t seem to be a feasible solution.

San Bernardino suspending payouts for vacation, sick time

San Bernardino suspending payouts for vacation, sick time - San Bernardino County Sun
Officials have stopped making those payments until they get control of a cash-flow emergency that has sometimes left the city with as little as $150,000 on hand

Syracuse New York Headed For Bankruptcy, 100% Certain

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Syracuse New York Headed For Bankruptcy, 100% Certain: Without a doubt Syracuse, New York is headed for bankruptcy.
Not only is there an "official denial" but the mayor of Syracuse is seeking legal guidance on municipal bankruptcy.

Bargaining rights proposal blocked as canvassers deadlock

Bargaining rights proposal blocked as canvassers deadlock | Politics/Election 2012 | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
The two Democratic appointees, Chairwoman Julie Matuzak and James Waters, voted to put the question on the Nov. 6 ballot.
 The two Republican appointees, Norman Shinkle and Colleen Pero, voted to reject it.

Editorial: Muskegon residents ready to give a damn

Editorial: Muskegon residents ready to give a damn | MLive.com
Read the comments!

Victims families' mark 25 years after the crash of Flight 255

Victims families' mark 25 years after the crash of Flight 255 | Metro Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Editorial: Muskegon residents ready to give a damn

Editorial: Muskegon residents ready to give a damn | MLive.com
More than 45 citizens, pastors and politicians showed up for MLive Muskegon Chronicle's first Give a Damn meeting, co-hosted by Morning Bear and the Love Community Garden.

Huge public support for voter ID

Eric Holder’s uphill battle: Huge public support for voter ID | WashingtonExaminer.com
In the survey, the Washington Post asked, “In your view, should voters in the United States be required to show official, government-issued photo identification — such as a driver’s license — when they cast ballots on election day, or shouldn’t they have to do this?”
Among all adults, 74 percent said voters should present ID, versus 23 percent who said they should not. Among registered voters, the numbers were 75 percent to 23 percent.

Unions, opponents start ad battle over Protect Our Jobs, other ballot proposals

Unions, opponents start ad battle over Protect Our Jobs, other ballot proposals | MLive.com
Canvassers are scheduled to vote on the proposal on Wednesday morning, with a court challenge expected if the board votes to not put the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Muskegon Heights alumni knocking on doors again to tout benefits of charter schools

Muskegon Heights alumni knocking on doors again to tout benefits of charter schools | MLive.com

Muskegon city commissioners approve 40-year water deal, look forward to consolidate water system

Muskegon city commissioners approve 40-year water deal, look forward to consolidate water system | MLive.com
The consolidated contract is effective through 2052.
It cannot be rescinded unless both the city and its customer communities agree to renegotiate if a regional water agreement is reached.

Candidates file for school board seats, but not enough to fill all openings

Candidates file for school board seats, but not enough to fill all openings | MLive.com
The filing deadline for school board races in November has passed without enough candidates running to fill the available seats in Ravenna and Whitehall.

Muskegon County presents 'forward-thinking' budget with some possible layoffs

Muskegon County presents 'forward-thinking' budget with some possible layoffs | MLive.com
County administration, with the input of department heads, also proposes changes to wages in union contracts as part of a wage reopener.

Muskegon city commissioners unanimously back gay-lesbian rights policy

Muskegon city commissioners unanimously back gay-lesbian rights policy | MLive.com

Muskegon City Commission refuses to change Sappi property zoning, puts issue on Nov. 6 ballot

Muskegon City Commission refuses to change Sappi property zoning, puts issue on Nov. 6 ballot | MLive.com
After a 45-minute closed session with City Attorney John Schrier to discussion attorney-client communications, the Muskegon City Commission ruled on a petition to put the former Sappi property rezoning on the Nov. 6 ballot.

A case of lazyitis? Not bothering to exercise should be treated as a medical condition?

A case of lazyitis? Not bothering to exercise ¿should be treated as a medical condition¿ | Mail Online
Dr Joyner said: 'I would argue that physical inactivity is the root cause of many of the common problems that we have.
'If we were to medicalise it, we could then develop a way, just like we've done for addiction, cigarettes and other things, to give people treatments, and lifelong treatments, that focus on behavioral modifications and physical activity.
'Then we can take public health measures, like we did for smoking, drunken driving and other things, to limit physical inactivity and promote physical activity.'

Jobless mother-of-seven insists her family 'deserve' £1.25MILLION taxpayer-funded home they 'trashed'

Jobless mother-of-seven insists her family 'deserve' £1.25MILLION taxpayer-funded home they 'trashed' | Mail Online
Yesterday Mrs Mahmoud, who came to Britain in 2000 with her husband before they split up, said she was living with six of her children aged between five and 17.
Her 19-year-old son Ossama is in prison for drug dealing.
She added: ‘I am entitled to live in a house like this, even if I don’t pay for it and get benefits.
‘It is fair that the Government houses us.

Michigan Republican governor vetoes broader voter ID law

Michigan Republican governor vetoes broader voter ID law | Reuters
Michigan has an existing voter ID law that is somewhat flexible, permitting a voter to sign an affidavit and vote a regular ballot if they do not have photographic identification with them.
Snyder vetoed a proposal from the Republican-led legislature requiring a photo ID for absentee voting.
Snyder also vetoed proposals that would require voters to affirm their U.S. citizenship before receiving ballots and to require voter registration groups to undergo training by the secretary of state or local clerks.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 8 14 Muskegon county Full board part 2

2012 8 14 Muskegon county Full board part 1

Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk (9781594036187): John Fund, Hans von Spakovsky: Books

Amazon.com: Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk (9781594036187): John Fund, Hans von Spakovsky: Books
But voter fraud is a well-documented reality in American elections.
Just this year, a sheriff and county clerk in West Virginia pleaded guilty to stuffing ballot boxes with fraudulent absentee ballots that changed the outcome of an election.
In 2005, a state senate election in Tennessee was overturned because of voter fraud.
The margin of victory? 13 votes.
In 2008, the Minnesota senate race that provided the 60th vote needed to pass Obamacare was decided by a little over 300 votes.
Almost 200 felons have already been convicted of voting illegally in that election and dozens of other prosecutions are still pending.
Public confidence in the integrity of elections is at an all-time low.
In the Cooperative Congressional Election Study of 2008, 62% of American voters thought that voter fraud was very common or somewhat common.
Fear that elections are being stolen erodes the legitimacy of our government.
That's why the vast majority of Americans support laws like Kansas's Secure and Fair Elections Act. A 2010 Rasmussen poll showed that 82% of Americans support photo ID laws.

Exclusive Breaking: 1,100 Florida Voters Disenfranchised Today

Election Law Center: Exclusive Breaking: 1,100 Florida Voters Disenfranchised Today
The ballots were deposited by Martin and Indian River County election officials with the United States Post Office nearly three weeks ago, but the USPS office in Jacksonville treated the absentee ballot mailings as third class mail.

Report: Auto bailout cost taxpayers $3.4B more than estimated

Report: Auto bailout cost taxpayers $3.4B more than estimated - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Why Ryan Terrifies the Left

The American Spectator : Why Ryan Terrifies the Left
(Kemp) He never hesitated, for example, to challenge the idea that theAmerican Left somehow had a moral claim to leadership in civilrights.
He would remind, as he always called them, "our friends onthe Left" that they had been "mired in Reconstruction mentality,(and had been) implicit defenders of white supremacy, the SolidSouth and the Ku Klux Klan."
In a speech at Harvard he looked hisliberal audience straight in the eye and said of his pro-growth,pro-capitalism policies that they were a "moral obligation" to ourfellow Americans.
A Jack Kemp speech wasn't complete without describing left-wingpolicies as "paternalistic" or "condescending" or "elitist." "Manicegalitarians" as he once called leftists.
He believed passionatelyin free markets and economic growth as a pillar of a moral society.
"You can't enrich poor nations by impoverishing their people," hewould say in a 1990 speech

Jonah Goldberg: Voter apathy isn't a crime

Jonah Goldberg: Voter apathy isn't a crime - latimes.com:
It's a sure sign someone is losing when he demands that the rules be changed.

Latest Ethanol Mandate Raises Ire of Motorcyclists

Latest Ethanol Mandate Raises Ire of Motorcyclists - NYTimes.com
To help keep E15 out of these and other engines, service stations offering E15 and E10 from the same pump station must agree to sell a minimum volume of fuel, four gallons, to the customer.

Lone survivor recalls one of worst US plane crashes

Lone survivor recalls one of worst US plane crashes - TODAY News - TODAY.com

Texas State Representative Mary Gonzalez Becomes First ‘Pansexual’ Rep.

Texas State Representative Mary Gonzalez Becomes First ‘Pansexual’ Rep. | TheBlaze.com
Democrat Mary Gonzalez was the first lesbian to openly serve in the Texas House of Representatives, and now she’s becoming the first “pansexual,” too.
“During the campaign if I had identified as pansexual, I would have overwhelmed everyone…Now that I’m out of the campaign, I’m completely much more able to define it,” she explained.
So what, exactly, is a “pansexual”? And how is it different from “bisexual”?
Though many might describe Gonzalez’s orientation as bisexual, pansexuals don’t believe in a “gender binary,” and hence can be attracted to all gender identities.
Gonzalez specified to the Voice that she doesn’t believe in a gender binary because “gender identity isn’t the defining part of my attraction,” and that she never fully embraced the term “lesbian.”
Although she came out as bisexual at age 21, Gonzalez said she has also dated transgender and “gender-queer” people, in addition to women.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New associate superintendent position created at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

New associate superintendent position created at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District | MLive.com
As director of special education, Fortino earned $109,731. In her new position, she will earn about $4,000 more per year, Sipka said.

Muskegon County plans presentation for proposed budget Tuesday

Muskegon County plans presentation for proposed budget Tuesday | MLive.com
Information about the proposed budget, including a 575-page line-item budget, is available online at http://www.co.muskegon.mi.us/budget/fy2013p.htm.

Feds Conclude Probe Of Polar Bear Scientists

Feds Conclude Probe Of Polar Bear Scientists | New York NOW
But in March 2010, the Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General received what it called "credible allegations" that "acts of scientific misconduct may have been committed by one or more DOI employees."
Federal investigators repeatedly interviewed the researchers.
Many of their questions centered on the observations of the dead bears and how the report was written.

Muslims Own World’s Biggest Condom Maker, Biggest Customer is US Govt; Condom IPO, Condom Consultant

Muslims Own World’s Biggest Condom Maker, Biggest Customer is US Govt; Condom IPO, Condom Consultant
The USAID is Karex’s biggest condom buyer after Congress said condoms bought by U.S. agencies no longer had to be made in the U.S. And USAID buys in bulk from Karex to give these condoms out in the Middle East and Africa.
Yup, we’re getting screwed by them so they can screw each other.

Here's how unethical defrocked judge wins a primary election

Tim Skubick: Here's how unethical defrocked judge wins a primary election | MLive.com
The State’s highest court ruled that Ms. James misused court funds that were intended for crime victims.
She redirected the money, the court contends, into the hands of court employees, which violated the court’s anti-nepotism policy.
 And to add insult to misconduct, she lied during an investigative hearing the Supreme Court concluded.
Certainly that qualifies her to be re-elected.
Doesn’t it make sense to want someone on the bench who has hands-on experience with breaking the law?
After all if you are going to judge others, it’s a plus on your resume to have been judged by your peers and found guilty.
It means if she wins re-election in November, she’ll have more compassion when she rules on crooks coming into her courtroom.
She pulled this off thanks to the crowded field that ran against her as the opponents were confident they could surely beat a former judge who was bounced by the state Supreme Court.
But as is often the case, the incumbent often benefits from so much competition.
It’s a trick they use in legislative races, too.
Pack the field with lots of other folks, and the incumbent’s chances of winning go up. Ms. James benefited from that.
You gotta wonder if she recruited any of those seven other candidates to get in the race?
Naw.
Nobody who misappropriated court funds, would ever pull a stunt like that.

Analysis of Obesity Rates by State

Issue Brief: Analysis of Obesity Rates by State - Trust for America's Health
According to the newly released CDC data, part of the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, the obesity rates by state from highest to lowest were:
1. Mississippi (34.9%); 2. Louisiana (33.4%); 3. West Virginia (32.4%); 4. Alabama (32.0%); 5. Michigan (31.3%);

Muskegon County to take leadership role developing deep-water port

Muskegon County to take leadership role developing deep-water port | MLive.com
Regularly highlighted as one of the community’s top assets, the Muskegon Lake port is being viewed by those in the public and private sectors as a potential economic-development driver in its ability to ship products and goods in and out of West Michigan.

Question of the Day: What are you going to do with your free time now that the Olympics are over?

Question of the Day: What are you going to do with your free time now that the Olympics are over? | MLive.com

Joe Rexrode: So many to thank as I say goodbye

Joe Rexrode: So many to thank as I say goodbye | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com
I start at the Detroit Free Press on Monday.
I will continue to cover Michigan State sports and will continue to live here with my wife and three kids, in a place we’re thrilled to be raising them.

Harbour Towne condo owners pay for the right to have their streets repaved this fall

Harbour Towne condo owners pay for the right to have their streets repaved this fall | MLive.com
The association agreed to pay 20 percent of the cost of the road resurfacing project up to $50,000, according to the agreement unanimously approved by city commissioners.
The total project cost will be more than $225,000 with engineering, design and inspection costs included, city officials said.
“We can justify paving the Harbour Towne streets because we don’t have people knocking down our doors asking to help pay for such projects,” City Manager Bryon Mazade said.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse

Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse | Reuters
U.S. regulators directed five of the country's biggest banks, including Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to develop plans for staving off collapse if they faced serious problems, emphasizing that the banks could not count on government help.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

New B.C. Cobb plant dock could be huge asset for the future of Muskegon's port

New B.C. Cobb plant dock could be huge asset for the future of Muskegon's port | MLive.com
A group of West Michigan companies led by Rockford-Berge and L3 Combat Propulsion Systems in Muskegon – including Consumers Energy -- have formed the Michigan Wind Energy Consortium.
The group is investigating the development of a Michigan Energy and Technology Center somewhere on the Muskegon Lake shoreline.
The B.C. Cobb plant could potentially be the location for the energy and technology center, Garner said.
Muskegon and Kent counties, meanwhile, are in the final stages of creating the West Michigan Economic Development Partnership under the Next Michigan initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Garner said that the B.C. Cobb plant could be a location where specific economic development incentives under the Next Michigan program could assist a specific industrial development.

Two Muskegon County primary races end in ties; Now what?

Two Muskegon County primary races end in ties; Now what? | MLive.com

Muskegon County free food truck sites for August 2012

Muskegon County free food truck sites for August 2012 | MLive.com

Muskegon County ranked 72nd in Michigan for voter turnout in primary

Muskegon County ranked 72nd in Michigan for voter turnout in primary | MLive.com
Based on the unofficial voter turnout statistics released by the Secretary of State’s office, Muskegon County ranked 72nd among the 83 counties with its voter turnout of 16.49 percent.

Water service agreement involving Muskegon, others gains county public works board's approval

Water service agreement involving Muskegon, others gains county public works board's approval | MLive.com
Hailed by some as a step toward a countywide municipal water system and criticized by others for lacking an opt-out clause, the 40-year agreement brings three water-buying municipal entities – the Northside regional water system, Roosevelt Park and North Muskegon – together in buying water from Muskegon’s water filtration plant.

Laketon, North Muskegon produce highest voter turnout rates; Muskegon County relatively low

Laketon, North Muskegon produce highest voter turnout rates; Muskegon County relatively low | MLive.com
The voter turnout breakdown by municipality in Muskegon County was:

CITIES
Montague, 13.04 percent
Muskegon, 13.55 percent
Muskegon Heights, 8.69 percent
North Muskegon, 25.51 percent
Norton Shores, 19.49 percent
Roosevelt Park, 20.73 percent
Whitehall, 13.86 percent
TOWNSHIPS
Blue Lake, 16.7 percent
Casnovia, 17.13 percent
Cedar Creek, 15.84 percent
Dalton, 11.73 percent
Egelston, 21.37 percent
Fruitland, 16.52 percent
Fruitport, 16.06 percent
Holton, 10.89 percent
Laketon, 27.44 percent
Montague, 15.01 percent
Moorland, 15.83 percent
Muskegon, 16.36 percent
Ravenna, 21.3 percent
Sullivan, 20.8 percent
Whitehall, 17.13 percent
White River, 19.36 percent

Editorial: Muskegon County voters missed an important opportunity

Editorial: Muskegon County voters missed an important opportunity | MLive.com
....how to increase voter turnout: have a better history of politicians..and yes district attorneys are included in that...not saying one thing yet doing another.
it makes people not care anymore because they feel it just doesn't matter.
Another thing that may make people feel their vote counts is to acctually count every vote.

What would make Roosevelt Park better? (with poll)

What would make Roosevelt Park better? (with poll) | MLive.com
Resident Eric Grimm, a Muskegon attorney, asked if Roosevelt Park could put its city council packets online, like North Muskegon does.
Chandler said putting them online would tie up his computer for most of the day with uploading because of the city’s older technology, but he could provide hard copies to people who request them.

Join MLive and Muskegon Chronicle at first 'Give a Damn' meeting

Join MLive and Muskegon Chronicle at first 'Give a Damn' meeting | MLive.com
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, we're partnering with Love Community Garden to host the first "Give a Damn" meeting.
You may have seen posters about it around town.
We'll be at the garden near the corner of 8th and Monroe in Muskegon at 6:30 p.m.

Statewide coalition seeks Muskegon's ideas on Michigan future transportation policies | MLive.com

Statewide coalition seeks Muskegon's ideas on Michigan future transportation policies | MLive.com
The series of community-based forums on Michigan's transportation future began in Midland on June 12 and will end in St. Joseph on Sept. 25.
What Muskegon County’s transportation system should look like in the future is the topic of a community forum Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Muskegon’s meeting Wednesday is the seventh of the 17 events.
The transportation forum will be at the United Way of the Lakeshore building, 31 E. Clay.
Those interested in attending are asked to register through Marti Lamphear of Disability Connection of West Michigan at marthal@dcilmi.org or (231) 722-0088.

Hermosa Beach meter maids making nearly $100K?

Hermosa Beach meter maids making nearly $100K? - Brian Calle: Uncommon Ground : The Orange County Register
When contemplating the many reasons cities in California and elsewhere are venturing closer to bankruptcy, look no further than the relatively lucrative and often-unjustifiable salaries bestowed on municipal employees – and the lofty pension benefits attached to the high pay.
One of the latest examples comes from the California coastal city of Hermosa Beach, where some community service staffers who collect money from parking meters and manage their operations – positions once widely known as “meter maids” – are making nearly $100,000 a year in total compensation, according to city documents.

Paul Ryan: Hiding Spending Doesn't Reduce Spending

Why has Betsy DeVos-led education group spent $113,000 supporting Democrats in Wisconsin?

Why has Betsy DeVos-led education group spent $113,000 supporting Democrats in Wisconsin? | MLive.com
“AFC, which typically allies itself with right-wing Tea Party types, is now mailing fliers to voters praising Democratic candidates, but discussing issues besides their support for school choice,” the website reported.
“This support can be attributed to the fact that some pro-voucher Democrats are being challenged in primaries by candidates who oppose AFC’s agenda.”

Friday, August 10, 2012

'Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,' New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges

'Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,' New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
“I think this is a fair ad, and I think Mitt Romney owes an explanation to the American people as to why he murdered JonBenét Ramsey,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, who called the commercial’s black-and-white reenactment of Mitt Romney carrying a kicking and screaming child to her death “accurate.”

School board candidate filing deadline is Tuesday, many openings available

School board candidate filing deadline is Tuesday, many openings available | MLive.com
There are plenty of opportunities to run for a spot on a school board, with all but one Muskegon County school district holding elections in November.
The filing deadline for the election is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Agriculture Department Pays $2 Million for a Single Intern

Agriculture Department Pays $2 Million for a Single Intern
Among the IG’s findings: the USDA spent more than $2 million on an internship program that only hired one full-time intern, $3 million on technology hardware that was never used, and $235,000 on a project that was later canceled due to redundancy.

Can she be THAT stupid?

Bread and circuses

Bread and circuses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bread and Circuses" (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement.
In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.[1] as an offered "palliative."

Juvenal decried it as a simplistic motivation of common people.

The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man.

Manchester United makes disappointing public debut

Manchester United makes disappointing public debut - ESPN
Earlier this month it announced a $559 million, seven-year shirt sponsorship agreement with Chevrolet.

Obama the great disabler

Mark Steyn: Obama the great disabler
Right now, combined total debt in the United States is just shy of $700,000 per family.

Add in the so-called "unfunded liabilities" that a normal American business would have to include in its SEC filings but from which U.S. Government accounting conveniently absolves itself, and you're talking about a debt burden per family of about a million bucks.

Boy Whose Hot Dog Cart Was Shut Down by the City of Holland Now Homeless

Boy Whose Hot Dog Cart Was Shut Down by the City of Holland Now Homeless [Mackinac Center]
“Nate and I are now in a shelter,” Lynette said. “Doug can’t stay with us because he takes prescription narcotics to deal with his pain and the shelter does not allow him with those kinds of drugs.”

Meteor-shower party complete with s'mores planned for Muskegon and Oceana county state parks

Meteor-shower party complete with s'mores planned for Muskegon and Oceana county state parks
MLive.com: Muskegon State Park, 3560 Memorial, is hosting a meteor watching party at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Next from the EPA: Four-Gallon-Minimum Gas Purchases

The PJ Tatler » Next from the EPA: Four-Gallon-Minimum Gas Purchases
Next from the EPA: Four-Gallon-Minimum Gas Purchases
The Environmental Protection Agency is going to require all consumers to buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps after the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend is introduced into the market.

What is tax fairness? The mayor explains

Charlie Leonard: Inalienable Rights | AspenTimes.com
Recently, Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland made a number of public statements about Gov. Mitt Romney's tax returns.
In short, the mayor said the former Massachusetts governor has not released enough of them and based on what he has released, Romney is clearly not paying his fair share of taxes.
To support his point, the mayor said that he paid a higher tax rate than Romney and that was wrong.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare

Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare | The Weekly Standard
"The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs," the Senate Budget Committee notes.
However, the committee states, the figures used in the chart do not include those who are only benefiting from Social Security and/or Medicare.

Amputee, 5, is already a world beater on her bionic blades

Amputee, 5, is already a world beater on her bionic blades | Mail Online

Olympics 2012: U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman reveals her gold medal-winning routine was tribute to 1972 Munch Games massacre

Olympics 2012: U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman reveals her gold medal-winning routine was tribute to 1972 Munch Games massacre | Mail Online
Duringcoverage of this Olympics, U.S. broadcaster NBC has sparked anger in the host countryafter cutting away from the Opening Ceremony when a tribute to the victims of the London 7/7 bombings was shown.
The station said the tribute to the devastating attack - which killed 52 people and left many with life-changing injuries - 'wasn't tailored to a U.S. audience'. It showed an interview with swimmer Michael Phelps instead.

Monday, August 06, 2012

RileyForCommissioner

RileyForCommissioner
· What sets you apart from your opponent?
Almost everything.
Except we both love Muskegon county.
I will demand that every spending item be publicly presented with full cost (including off-book) and plan to fund that spending.
I will not be complicit with illegally covering up debacles like Brookhaven.
I believe the taxpayers, citizens, residents and the media should be fully informed partners in major decisions.
I believe that state and federal money isn't "free money".
We must treat every dollar spent as if it was our own money.

Relatively low voter turnout expected for primary in Muskegon County

Relatively low voter turnout expected for primary in Muskegon County | MLive.com
Waters estimated that voter turnout could be higher in Norton Shores, Muskegon Township and Egelston Township due to “spirited” local races.
In addition, more than 2,000 absentee ballots have been returned in Norton Shores.

That bodes well for Robert-the-RINO....bummer!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

EyeOnMuskegon 8-5-2012 Election predictions!

The Jobs Report Bad News

The Jobs Report Bad News | RealClearPolitics
By the way, the labor force shrunk by 150,000.
The participation rate slipped to 63.7 percent.
And the overall U-6 discouraged-workers unemployment rate increased to 15 percent.

Muskegon County Clerk-ID "required" to vote? NOT!

Muskegon County Clerk
"Voters without picture identification: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification.
Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit."

TV ad about changing Social Security benefits adds to bickering in Thomas-Pestka Congressional race

TV ad about changing Social Security benefits adds to bickering in Thomas-Pestka Congressional race | MLive.com
Trevor Thomas claims Steve Pestka’s new commercial fabricates his position on Social Security and the Congressional candidate said his attorney has sent a letter to television stations asking them to pull it off the air.
Thomas says the ad is an attack that is grounded on distorting his belief that the retirement program needs to be overhauled for people 40 and under.
He has never advocated for benefit changes for people nearing retirement as the commercial says, Thomas said.
The 30-second spot that began airing Friday is Pestka’s second courting of the senior vote, and the former state legislator’s campaign spokesman says they stand behind the commercial.
“They paid into Social Security their whole lives with the promise it would be there for them,” the voiceover in the commercial states.
“But now Trevor Thomas wants to break that promise. He supports raising the Social Security retirement age, forcing seniors to work for years more.
“Steve Pestka knows Social Security is a promise to seniors we can’t break.”
Thomas said the negativity shows a sense of desperation by Pestka, who is presumed to be the favorite in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary with winner advancing to face U.S. Rep. Justin Amash.
“It’s not factual,” Thomas said. “I have been very clear that I would not cut Social Security for seniors and those nearing retirement.

Viewpoint: Want to empty the jail? Change how we handle drug offenses

Viewpoint: Want to empty the jail? Change how we handle drug offenses | MLive.com
According to the March 2012 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal, the No. 1 felony in this state is possession of a controlled substance.
The No. 2 felony is possession with intent to deliver. Drugs-related offenses dominate arrests.
More than assaults, more than shoplifting, more even than drunk driving.
The impact of these arrests is severe, especially for young people of color.
It creates serious barriers to college and future employment.
Such a person’s future may begin to spiral downward.
What may be worse is that the damage to the police and community relations cannot be overstated.
It’s ironic that what these people are arrested for is increasingly socially accepted behavior among the more privileged.
The connected and powerful, including lawmakers and even presidents, have often admitted to smoking marijuana.
But hypocritically they have not become the criminals that we have turned our young and underprivileged into.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

UPDATE 1-New Jersey pension system earns 2.26 percent in 2012

UPDATE 1-New Jersey pension system earns 2.26 percent in 2012 | Reuters
Aug 2 (Reuters) - New Jersey's $69.9 billion public pension system returned 2.26 percent in fiscal year 2012, falling short of its 7.95 percent assumed rate of return, the state said on Thursday.

Blue Marlin: The Giant Ship That Ships Other Ships

Blue Marlin: The Giant Ship That Ships Other Ships
When one needs to transport a large number of ships (perhaps they aren’t ocean-ready), move a gigantic oil rig (like BP’s Thunder Horse PDQ) or perhaps carry a damaged warship home (The USS Cole), the MV Blue Marlin heeds the call.

Rob Bliss explains why a cargo container volleyball court was built in Pere Marquette

Rob Bliss explains why a cargo container volleyball court was built in Pere Marquette | MLive.com
Bliss said he was inspired to try and give Meghan Haan, a15-year-old sophomore and volleyball player at Wellspring Preparatory HighSchool, "the best day of volleyball ever" after hearing how she dealt with osteosarcoma, atype of bone cancer.

Be Thankful And Fearful And Know Your Place, Citizen

Be Thankful And Fearful And Know Your Place, Citizen | Popehat
There's a few problematical trends going on here.
The first is the sick culture of fear, encouraged by the media (because fear is lucrative, and accurate contextual reporting is hard) and by law enforcement and politicians (because fear leads to more power for them).
That culture has led us to accept, uncritically, the existence of an ever-growing level of danger to ourselves and our children, even if actual evidence supports the opposite.

"I Am Pledging To Cut The Deficit We Inherited By Half By The End Of My First Term In Office"

Friday Humor: "I Am Pledging To Cut The Deficit We Inherited By Half By The End Of My First Term In Office" | ZeroHedge
President Obama, February 2009
"We can not and will not sustain deficits like these without end. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Washington these past few years, we can not simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, the next administration or the next generation.
We are paying the price for these deficits right now.
In 2008 alone we paid $250 billion in interest on our debt, that is more than three times what we spent on education that year, more than seven times what we spent on VA healthcare.
So if we confront this crisis without also confronting the deficits that helped cause it, we risk sinking into another crisis down the road as our interest payments rise, our obligations come due, confidence in our economy erodes and our children and grandchildren are unable to pursue their dreams because they are saddled with our debts.
That's why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.
This will not be easy - it will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we have long neglected but i refuse to leave our children with a debt they can not repay.
And that means taking responsibility right now in this administration

List of Muskegon County's countywide races, proposals in Aug. 7 Primary

List of Muskegon County's countywide races, proposals in Aug. 7 Primary | MLive.com
Grant Public Schools
Bond proposal for technology improvement -- $3.7 million(1.3 mills)
Ravenna Public Schools
Operating millage proposal -- 1 mill

Salon writer finds Gabrielle Douglas’ faith ‘unnerving’

Salon writer finds Gabrielle Douglas’ faith ‘unnerving’; followers find her inspiring | Twitchy: Brow@GovKaineBrow
#SALON: Did God help Gabrielle Douglas win? Gold medalist is a teenager of deep faith and gratitude -- and that can be a little unnerving

"The cynics out there already suspected that the Gabrielle Douglas love fest couldn’t last forever.
A gold medalist at 16, she’s amazingly talented, positive, self-confident, All-American and charismatic — the perfect fit for the Corn Flakes box. It’s all too good to be true, though, isn’t it?
There must be some flaw.
Is it her hair?
No, that’s just silly.
Her “outspoken” faith?
Bingo."

Economist Richard Duncan: Civilization May Not Survive 'Death Spiral' -

Economist Richard Duncan: Civilization May Not Survive 'Death Spiral' - Money Morning
Richard Duncan, formerly of the World Bank and chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Mgmt., says America's $16 trillion federal debt has escalated into a "death spiral, "as he told CNBC.
And it could result in a depression so severe that he doesn't "think our civilization could survive it."
And Duncan is not alone in warning that the U.S. economy may go into a "death spiral."

Friday, August 03, 2012

Attorney General Bill Schuette says Protect Our Jobs' pro-union proposal is too sweeping for ballot

Attorney General Bill Schuette says Protect Our Jobs' pro-union proposal is too sweeping for ballot | MLive.com
The union-backed Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal would “eviscerate” Civil Service Commission rules and is too sweeping for a 100-word ballot summary, Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder.
Schuette recommended that the state Board of Canvassers not approve the ballot language or place the proposal on the November ballot.

Pension debt overwhelms bankrupt San Bernardino, California

Pension debt overwhelms bankrupt San Bernardino, California | Reuters:
Patrick J. Morris, San Bernardino's mayor, said in a telephone interview that the bulk of the city's debt was due to "unfunded liabilities related to pension and benefits" for the city's employees, and "obligations to employee groups in labor contracts."

MEDC Programs Consistently Fall Short of Initial Claims

MEDC Programs Consistently Fall Short of Initial Claims [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
The MEDC oversees the 21st Century Jobs Fund. In a 2008 press release, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm said, “The 21st Century Jobs Fund is the cornerstone of the most comprehensive and aggressive strategy in the nation to transform our economy, grow new high-tech companies and create good-paying jobs for our citizens.”
Programs of the 21st Century Jobs Fund have not lived up to this description.

Bentivolio Battling GOP Establishment

Bentivolio Battling GOP Establishment [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
The 11th Congressional District was redrawn in 2010 and covers portions of Western Wayne County and Oakland County.
Thaddeus McCotter would have been the incumbent running for re-election but he botched the required signature gathering requirement and then later resigned from office in early July.

WinFall: Report details how a Michigan retiree legally beat the Massachusetts State Lottery

WinFall: Report details how a Michigan retiree legally beat the Massachusetts State Lottery | MLive.com
By buying in bulk for his G S Invstement Strategies group, Selbee could tap into favorable favorable margins, which he calculated to be between 17 and 21 percent before taxes.

Rob Bliss reveals details about project at Pere Marquette Beach

Rob Bliss reveals details about project at Pere Marquette Beach | MLive.com
He did explain however, why he chose Muskegon's PereMarquette.
He said they considered different beaches in West Michigan, includingGrand Haven and Saugatuck.
The Muskegon CVB was the most helpful, he said, PereMarquette's location was also convenient.
"It's also a beautiful beach," he said.

Two separate Norton Shores neighborhoods start watch groups to curb crime

Two separate Norton Shores neighborhoods start watch groups to curb crime | MLive.com
Any other neighborhood interested in learning more about the program should contact Passchier or Officer James Davis at the Norton Shores Police Department at 733-2691.