Friday, February 29, 2008

Watch the videos: Community College 'drag show' - Muskegon Chronicle -

Watch the videos: Community College 'drag show' - Muskegon Chronicle - "raised $900 for the Muskegon County Health Department. About 150 people attended.
The health department will use the money to provide safe-sex products for free distribution at local bars"

Man Critical After Ricin Find in Vegas

Man Critical After Ricin Find in Vegas: "Police say a man is in critical condition after the deadly toxin ricin was found in his Las Vegas motel room.
Las Vegas police Lt. Lewis Roberts says the man has been in a coma since he was found in his room at the Extended Stay America Motel on Thursday.
He's one of seven people hospitalized after the ricin was discovered. Police have said most were examined as a precaution.
Roberts says police don't think foul play is involved,"

District may seek bond issue for $8.47 million in upgrades -

District may seek bond issue for $8.47 million in upgrades - "The district is finishing up $4.2 million in improvements to security, technology -- including computers, video equipment and a phone system -- and transportation. The improvements are financed by a 0.65-mill, 10-year tax hike approved by voters in 2005.
At that same time, voters approved a 1-mill, 10-year sinking fund for about $10 million in capital improvements, such as roofs, boilers and parking lots.
Babbitt said there are still upgrades and enhancements that are needed. They include safety and security, such as more security cameras and keyless entry doors; buses; technology upgrades; a new performing arts classroom at the middle school; and at the high school, modernizing and expanding the 50-year-old main gymnasium, and installing artificial turf at the stadium.
These improvements could be done without asking voters to approve a bond, but would put immense pressure on the general fund, and couldn't be done without 'dramatic' cuts to programs, he said."

Maybe a "liberal hunt" would work better?

Education likely first step in city 'deer crisis' - "Nancy Nagtzaam, a member of the task force, encourages residents to be patient while officials continue to study the issue.
'We just can't do it over night,' she said."

County still wrestling with road commission issue -

County still wrestling with road commission issue - "the county board has heard complaints about road commission representation and salaries. Along with increasing the size of the road commission, county commissioners also have cut salaries and benefits."

Muskegon Heights "success"

Yeah, right.

9 years of Heights city ownership.

Anyone wonder what this "success" cost during the 9 years?

Anyone wonder if the new owner got "special" funding for their payment?

DDA sells downtown building : "The DDA had owned the Noel Building since 1999."

Excellent reason to cut college spending!

Michigan spending more on prisons than college - "Michigan is one of just four states to spend more money on prisons than higher education, according to a new report.
The study, released Thursday, estimated that Michigan spent $1.19 on corrections for every $1 spent on public universities and community colleges last fiscal year. Only Vermont's ratio was higher. Minnesota had the lowest ratio, spending 17 cents on prisons for every $1 on higher education."

Is the new "N-word" B Hussein's middle name?

RNC denounces using Obama's full name - "Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan Thursday condemned the Tennessee Republican Party's use of Barack Obama's full name in a recent release."

Dave Clark Five singer Smith dies at age 64 | Entertainment | Reuters

Dave Clark Five singer Smith dies at age 64 Entertainment Reuters: "Mike Smith, the lead singer of the 1960s British band the Dave Clark Five, died on Thursday of pneumonia at an English hospital, his U.S. agent said."

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Canadian "Free" healthcare collapses.

Well, duh....

Investor's Business Daily -- Promise Of Choice: "Actually, when 40% of the province's $60 billion budget is spent on health care, or when public health care costs in Canada are growing at twice the rate of the economy as a whole, we'd say the crisis point was reached long ago."

7,700 hours of overtime?

Something is wrong here.

Road commission plans $5.8 million in projects
"Through Monday, the Muskegon County Road Commission has spent $3.4 million in snow plowing, salting and sanding county roads in this winter of heavy snows, Hulka said.
That is $516,725 over budget with several more weeks of potential winter weather ahead. The cost overruns are being inflated by 7,700 hours of overtime for plowing already this winter due to the heavy snows, Hulka said."

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"More Ballots Cast Than Voters Recorded"

"The report indicates 5,300 more ballots were cast than voters recorded, and it cites 1,305 unenterable on-site registration cards in Milwaukee as a possible reason for this voter gap."

Global warming to the rescue!

Snow may boost Lake Michigan by 6 inches
"If winter has you singing the blues, consider this: Above-average snowfall and brutally cold temperatures in recent weeks could keep Lake Michigan's sinking water level from hitting a record low this summer.
Above-average precipitation in January and extensive ice cover on Lake Michigan caused water levels to rise 3 inches last month, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers."

"A religion of peace...."

The Volokh Conspiracy5: "'Hamas Children TV Bunny ... Threatens to Kill Danes over Muhammad Cartoons':"

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age: "China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.
There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses."

His Dad's Flag

WGVU: Flag for a Father (2008-02-26):
Private First Class Jack G. Rasey died from shrapnel wounds sustained in Germany in 1945.
So in remembrance of his father, the younger Rasey recently purchased a 20-by-30-foot U.S. flag for 800 dollars and donated it to Muskegon County's Fruitport Township.
The township which flies it near the busy interchange of Interstate 96 and U.S. Highway 131.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Journalistic malpractice!

Our socialist newspaper treats exploding farm prices/profits as a wondrous event.

As if there were no corresponding increase in what the consumer pays.

Next day they'll bleat about high prices charged by Walmart.

No wonder the "cancel my subscription" calls just roll in every day at The Chronicle.

Winter-wheat plantings rise with price - Muskegon Chronicle - "Michigan corn prices are up 41 percent from January 2007, and soybeans are up 69 percent. So, depending on how the crop weathers the winter, the farmer who planted wheat last fall still 'may change his mind this spring and plow that field up' to make room for summer crops, Springborn said."

Accafellas singing "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

MG from Muskegon sends:

Amazing and these guys are gonna be piloting our jets in the future.

Gotta love America!

YouTube - [A Capella] Accafellas singing "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Listen to the end.

Beer vs Food!

I like food.

I also like beer.

I'm also aware that we have a law in Michigan that required stores to give 10 times the difference of the mispricing.

But when I bought a case of beer at Walmart the price charged was different from the sticker on the case.

When I brought my proof to the supervisor, she told me that alcohol wasn't covered by the law.

Anyone know any different?,1607,7-164--134114--,00.html

Evil pharma?


Sure refutes a lot of what we hear EVERYWHERE.

Why can't we just fund R&D from pharmaceutical advertising budgets?: "People who rail against the pharmaceutical industry are fond of noting that about 20% of industry revenues go to marketing, with the implication that this is all wasted on advertising baldness cures during Golden Girls reruns. But just the top ten firms in the pharmaceutical industry took in about $350 billion in revenue in 2007, 20% of which is $70 billion. The entire US expenditure on advertising by all companies in all media forms totaled something like $150 billion in 2007. I know it seems like every other commercial you see is for Botox, but most advertising is not done by pharmaceutical firms.
In fact, advertising is only a small fraction of that marketing expense. Over half of it expense consists of free samples, the offering of which seems to me like an unalloyed public good."

RINO alert!

No prid quo pro?

GVSU prez: Universities need funding help - Muskegon Chronicle - "Committee member Sen. Bill Hardiman, a Kentwood Republican and GVSU grad, urged legislators to agree to a funding floor for universities."

GVSU! Gimme the facts, I'll give you the money.... maybe...

GVSU prez: Universities need funding help - : "Since the 1982-83 school year, Grand Valley has experienced a steep increase in enrollment but funding increases of only $50 per student, Haas said. Grand Valley now receives $3,172 per student in state aid.(from us Michigan taxpayers)"

Umm, Mr. GVSU prez.
What's your total per student increase including increased fees, tuition, Fed money and other revenue to the school?

Mr. GVSU. How 'bout giving us a nifty spreadsheet of GVSU expenditures and hours worked by teachers at GVSU?

Why do we continue to elect democrat pols?

"relatively restrained"?

We're getting killed in the "tax-out/spending-in war"!

My God. The entire state is becoming Detroit-like in its blind belief that democrats will stop being democrat-like.

Car-eating potholes ahead Detroit Free Press: "Michigan's congressional delegation, as it turns out, is relatively restrained compared to other states: The earmarks they put in the current bill work out to $53 per Michigander, compared to a national average of $86. But add in the fact that Michigan remains a donor state, getting back only 91-92 cents of every dollar that state drivers send to Washington, and it becomes obvious that any distortion in federal financing has a big impact on money available for road maintenance here."

Where is the money going?

Mona Shores to replace 600 computers - Muskegon Chronicle - "The district plans to replace 600 desktop computers in labs districtwide this summer, completing improvements funded with a 0.65-mill, $4.2 million bond issue approved by voters in 2005."

I don't know if they need new computers or not but I do know that I'd like to know where all the money is/has gone.

$4.2 million here, $4.2 million there.....

Don't they really mean "agitators"?

This is why folks are running away from newspapers.
What a vapid headline.
They don't want no stinkin' public at their meeting.
They want the self described "environmentalists"!

Public to have say on Muskegon Lake cleanup - "Muskegon Lake is much cleaner than it was 25 years ago, but serious problems remain,"

What do you bet that those "serious problems" will cost (lot's) and who do you think is gonna pay (us)?

Your tax dollars at work!

Report: Jackson flight school lacked oversight - Latest News - The Grand Rapids Press - "Jackson Community College officials say their internal investigation into an instructor using a plane for personal trips concluded the flight school lacked proper oversight of airplane keys and flight logs.
Keys to aircraft were left out in unsecured areas and flight logs were incomplete or missing, said JCC spokeswoman Cindy Allen.
The former director of the school, John Feldvary, resigned earlier this month in the wake of the probe after then-instructor Jeff Essenmacher flew a college-owned plane to Boyne Mountain on Jan. 18 to go snowboarding."

Sunday, February 24, 2008 - Former TV News Anchor Charged With Theft Found Dead - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - Former TV News Anchor Charged With Theft Found Dead - Local News News Articles National News US News

Supremes thwart Michigan-destroying democrat thugs

The "state lawmakers" who want to open the class action floodgates on businesses who comply with the FDA are democrat, job destroyers.
A redundancy, I'll admit.

High court ruling backs state's drug shield law: "The court this week limited the liability of medical device companies that comply with federal regulations.
State lawmakers should abandon efforts to repeal the Michigan law, which protects drug companies that comply with standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and whose products were tested and approved by the agency."

Michigan's "taxpayer black hole"

"What can the REGION afford.....?"
Well now.
Detroit is bankrupt. Michigan is bankrupt. Just what "region" is he talking about?

Keep the next Cobo proposal simple: "What can the region afford and who's willing to pitch in? Those involved in the Cobo talks say a project in the $400 million to $450 million range -- everything included -- would be saleable."

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Springsteen loonies a bit late?


We won the war!

Springsteen, Young join anti-war soundtrack Entertainment Reuters: "Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Peal Jam have contributed tunes to the anti-war soundtrack"

Friday, February 22, 2008

Obama magic!

Power Line: He's good for what ails you, and Mexico too: "Most magically of all, Obama will fix Mexico's economy even while refusing to trade with Mexico unless it complies with U.S. labor and environmental standards.
I know the competition is fierce, but Obama may turn out to be the most intellectually dishonest Democratic presidential nominee of my lifetime
." | 02/21/2008 | Police concerned about order to stop weapons screening at Obama rally 02/21/2008 Police concerned about order to stop weapons screening at Obama rally: "Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.
The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security."


DELI PIGOUT A CLINTON GUT BU$TER - New York Post: "The campaign didn't confirm what the charges were for, but it bragged just a few days before the new year about a plan to provide deli sandwich platters at caucus sites across the state in order to get Clinton's supporters to come early."

Smoking ban workaround catches on at bars across state

Smoking ban workaround catches on at bars across state: "Dozens of bars are expected to stage 'theater nights'' this weekend in which patrons are dubbed actors. The law, which went into effect in October, permits performers to smoke during a theatrical production."

Business Financial News, Business News Online & Personal Finance News at -

Business Financial News, Business News Online & Personal Finance News at - "Republican Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona has been indicted on charges connected to land deals in Arizona. Full article coming soon."

NYT Suggests Unproven Adultery by McCain -- Unlike Clinton |

NYT Suggests Unproven Adultery by McCain -- Unlike Clinton "So The New York Times has released a story by a four-person investigative team alleging a potentially inappropriate relationship between Sen. John McCain, the apparent GOP nominee for president, and a lobbyist named Vicki Iseman, three decades his junior. There is no proof of an inappropriate romantic or sexual relationship, merely suspicions by staff members now said to be disgruntled. So why is the Times biting on this story? A look back at a few Clinton sex scandals suggests a different standard for Republicans and Democrats."

Power Line

Power Line: "You may have heard about an accident in southwestern Minnesota in which a school bus was rammed from the side by a van, killing four school children. After considerable heming and hawing, it has been confirmed that the woman who was driving the van, Alianiss Morales, is an illegal alien. Morales has been booked on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation."

We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore -- In These Times

We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore -- In These Times: "The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous."

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Barack inspires change in baby names - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Barack inspires change in baby names - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "Barack has been crowned Name of the Year by Laura Wattenberg, creator of Baby Name Wizard, a popular online trend-tracking tool for parents-to-be at, offering instant advice in the crucial baby-name derby."


WHAT ARE THE CLINTONS HIDING? - New York Post: "So it turns out that Bill Clinton's ties to mining mogul Frank Giustra extend far beyond the lucrative contract he won in Kazakhstan after the two of them shared a dinner with that nation's president."

We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore

"The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous."

Nice to see some "love" from Garrison Keillor....... or maybe a look into the mind of liberals and ......Obama?

It's about time!

Steven Pearlstein - Time for Wall Street to Pay - "Wall Street's hypocrisy on this topic is nothing less than breathtaking. When times are good, its champions will claim that their brilliance and hard work account for the spectacular returns. But when markets turn and investors lose their shirts, these same brilliant managers are sent off with golden parachutes and invariably scooped up by rival firms that are only too willing to chalk up their mistakes to bad luck."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

In case you need a refresher.

IMAO: Hippie Punching FAQ: "Unfortunately, American society has gotten lax on hippie punching to the point I thought I should write an FAQ to better explain the issue to those who don't currently engage in the punching of hippies."

Good for them!

I'm not normally fond of more lawsuits but this one so filled with class-actionee goodness that I'll sit back and purr.

Dozens of Unindicted Lacrosse Players File Federal Lawsuit Against Duke: "More than three dozen current and former Duke lacrosse players plan to file a federal lawsuit against the university, the city of Durham and others involved in the case."

Trail project receives $400,000 from coalition - Muskegon Chronicle -

Trail project receives $400,000 from coalition - Muskegon Chronicle - "The project committee will now go ahead and apply for a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation, which could produce anywhere from $200,000 to $400,000, officials said."

Mayor's climate aide gets $160,000 a year

Mayor's climate aide gets $160,000 a year: "Mayor Gavin Newsom recently created a $160,000-a-year job for a senior aide and gave him the ambitious-sounding title of director of climate protection initiatives."

The power of FOXNews?

Google Quietly Reinstates Work of News Organization Critical of U.N.

After years of falling sales, Sharper Image files for bankruptcy

After years of falling sales, Sharper Image files for bankruptcy

Green Party No 'Spoiler' for Obama, McKinney Says -- 02/20/2008

Green Party No 'Spoiler' for Obama, McKinney Says -- 02/20/2008: "Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) said her bid for the White House as a Green Party candidate won't hurt Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton's chances for being the first African-American or woman U.S. president, respectively, because U.S. elections have been corrupted."

Big Retail Chains Dun Mere Suspects in Theft -

Big Retail Chains Dun Mere Suspects in Theft - "After Miami handyman Glenn Rudge was accused of shoplifting an $8 set of drill bits at Home Depot, he thought he'd settled the matter when he showed his receipt to prosecutors and they dropped the charge.
But a few weeks later, a law firm hired by Home Depot began sending him letters demanding first $3,000, then a total of $6,000, implying he'd be sued if he didn't pay it."

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ron Paul soon to be unemployed?

Power Line: Blowing His Cover: "Paul is facing a strong challenge from an accountant and city councilman named Chris Peden, who currently leads Paul by around ten points in the polls."

Are CFLs the new "ASBESTOS"?

for class action lawyers, that is?

What the heck broke, how much deadly stuff snurffed through the Y and how different is that from a CFL break?

Mercury spill closes local YMCA: "A small amount of mercury discharged from a blood pressure monitor forced the Gainey Family YMCA to close on Monday."

Didn't this guy sing "On the road again"?

I never knew he lived in Cuba!

Musta been the tax problems he had.....

It's tough being a democrat party voter

click the link to see the Exit Poll.

Truth will rule!

IMAO: IMAO Exit Poll For Democrats: "We at IMAO strive to provide the most up to date and factual information available anywhere. If you're a Democrat who voted today, please take a moment and fill out our exit poll.
Thank You."

This Kid Deserves An Oscar on Yahoo! Video

WAAAAY Too funny!

This Kid Deserves An Oscar on Yahoo! Video

hat tip to MrD at

Does the UN control GOOGLE?

Banned from Google by the United Nations? - Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google
"It began with an innocuous-sounding yet chilling form letter from Google to Lee, e-mailed on Feb. 8:
'We periodically review news sources, particularly following user complaints, to ensure Google News offers a high quality experience for our users,' it said. 'When we reviewed your site we've found that we can no longer include it in Google News.'"
read it all.

Angry white men

Ummm. Red meat!

Read it all and enjoy!

Aspen Times News for Aspen Colorado - Aspen Times Weekly Opinion: "The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.
His common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard."

The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.


CRACK'D MUSKEGON NEWZ: "Reporting from the Gaza Strip of Muskegon, Michigan. Average income is moot do to lack of empolyment. Population is unknown."

Living Large with Drew Carey

This is the BEST feel-good video I've seen in a while.
Drew Carey on how things really are in our wonderful country. - Videos > Living Large

To hear the Lou Dobbses and Bill O'Reillys of the world--not to mention politicians ranging from Ron Paul to Hillary Clinton--the middle class of America (however you define that term) has never had it so tough. Between credit squeezes, out-of-control immigration, rising costs of education and health care and everything else, it's all darkness out there for those of us who are neither millionaires nor welfare cases, right?
In "Living Large," Drew Carey and examine the plight of the American middle class. What do they find? Click below to find out.

Obama and gun control

Read it all.
It gets worse.

The Volokh Conspiracy - -#1203383023#1203383023#1203383023: "Obama is proposing to make it a felony for a gun owner whose firearm was stolen from his residence which causes harm to another person if that weapon was not securely stored in that home. [!!!]"

This doesn't sound good.

Weblog Politics Blog: "Reuters now has a report from The Financial Times explaining that banks have quietly borrowed roughly $50 billion from the Federal Reserve the past few weeks."

Do you qualify for benefits?

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The Church of Global Climate Change

If "change" is so popular among the Clinton/B Hussein crowd, why is climate change so unpopular?
"A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition". -Jose Bergamin, author (1895-1983)

Terrorists cutting telecom cables?

Weren't we "assured" that this was not possible?

Saboteurs may have cut Mideast telecom cables: UN agency: "There has been speculation that the sheer number of cables being cut over such a short period was too much of a coincidence and that sabotage must have been involved"

Parents fighting back!

Parents Rise Up Against A New Approach to Math: "many parents are lobbying the School Board to kill the program. Opponents have submitted a petition with 1,000 names and started a Web site, . They have been checking out a video called 'Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth.'"

Canadian health care meltdown!

Read the entire article..... and fear for our US healthcare system if the democrats get what they want.

Oh yeah. Fear for your own healthcare too!

In search of Canadian health care: "While waiting for three hours in a walk-in clinic, I finally understood first-hand the plight of our health-care system."

MSM "newspeak" Questions about Shootings at Universities::By Dennis Prager: "Question 1: Why are murderers always counted in the victims tally?"

Monday, February 18, 2008

When Is Participating "Not Participating?"

It's gotta be tough to be a democrat.

So many new definitions of words, every day!

When Is Participating "Not Participating?" - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime: "Hillary Clinton and Obama each spent about $130,000 in Michigan while Obama spent $1.3 million in Florida--more than any other Democratic candidate and more than eight Republican candidates, who were eligible to win delegates from the state."

I just saw on TV McCain standing next to Romney...

... sure Mitt is taller than Johnny McC but why the heck is Mitt's head about twice the size of McCain's?


Beef recall hysteria infects Grand Rapids school Board

Zombies on the GR BOE do what Zombies always do....
Beef recall hits Grand Rapids schools - Michigan Food Stories, Recipes and Reviews - "Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats. No illnesses have been linked to the newly recalled meat, and officials said the health threat was likely small."

In a freezer at the Grand Rapids Public Schools food service facility sits 20,000-pounds of hamburger that will never rest between a bun.
The meat, purchased by the district through a contract with the federal government, is part of a recall of meat by a California meat packer being investigated for abusing its cattle.

Deer dinner tonight!

Amazing what a 40# bag of corn will do.

Just who IS teaching our kids?

Again, the kids aren't even part of the equation.
Teachers 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.........

Schools cut secret deals with abusive teachers - "It would take months for the agency that licenses Oregon teachers to discipline a Salem-area teacher for inappropriately touching at least eight girls.
To get Kenneth John Cushing, then 44, away from Claggett Creek Middle School students immediately, administrators cut him a deal: If Cushing resigned, they would conceal his alleged conduct -- clutching students' waists, touching their buttocks and massaging their shoulders -- from the public.
Cushing signed the pact ... with Salem-Keizer Public Schools in 2004, and officials promised not to reveal the teacher's behavior if potential employers called looking for a reference. They would attribute his departure to 'personal reasons,' the document reads, and make 'no reference to this agreement.'"

Democrat politicians ALWAYS fire cops and cut our military

Lansing State Journal: Short-staffed state police see cases pile up: "The accident occurred in May. Police believe Russell Dunham was drunk and speeding in an Eaton County accident that killed two people.
Dunham was charged in August, but prosecutors didn't get word of the DNA test results on an air bag until late last month - eight months after the accident and barely a week before the case was scheduled for trial."

Blu-ray wins! HD DVD is the new Beta.... bummer dude...

Where are the Congressional hearings?
The consumer don't need no stinkin' hearings.....?
Never mind.
"Sony's Blu-ray technology is emerging as the likely winner in the format battle for the next generation of DVD players after Toshiba appeared ready to ditch its HD DVD business."

These people really are nuts

Olbermann Accuses 'Fascist' Bush of Engaging in 'Terrorism' "Calling the President a 'liar' who was 'slinging crap' and using 'a form of terrorism against his own people' to gain support, Olbermann accused President Bush of fascism: 'If you believe in the seamless mutuality of government and big business, come out and say it! There is a dictionary definition, one word that describes that toxic blend. You're a fascist! Get them to print you a T-shirt with fascist on it! What else is this but fascism?'"

Democrat leaders allied with terrorists! For money?

This is as bad as it gets.
Democrat leaders side with terrorists because their class action lawyer contributors bought the votes.
This is sick......

Robert D. Novak - Why Torts Trumped Terrorism - "The true reason for blocking the bill was Senate-passed retroactive immunity to protect from lawsuits private telecommunications firms asked to eavesdrop by the government. The nation's torts bar, vigorously pursuing such suits, has spent months lobbying hard against immunity."
Of the 29 Democratic senators who voted against the FISA bill last Tuesday, 24 took money from the trial lawyers (as did two absent senators, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama).

Ralph Nader ready to jump in?

I thought he had died.

Apparently not. I just got this E-mail from his campaign.

Warms the cockles of my cold, conservative heart.

Ralph's birthday - February 27 - is less than ten days away.
Ralph will decide soon whether to throw his hat into the ring to challenge the corporate powers that control our political system.
Over the past two weeks, we have been exploring whether or not anyone on the national political landscape is effectively addressing a whole slew of major issues......

GRCC gets tough on grades

A 13% graduation rate without minimum grade requirements?

Yout tax dollars ar work!

GRCC gets tough on grades?:
"Starting this fall, Grand Rapids Community College students will have to work harder if they want to stay in school
Minimum grade-point averages of 1.5 to 2.0 will be imposed for the first time...

Imagine the edjakatin' you get at GRCC with your new higher grade standard of 1.5!
Mom's gonna be SO proud......

Che Guevara and the Obama Campaign - HUMAN EVENTS

As if we really needed more proof.....

More proof of MSM bias- HUMAN EVENTS: "Imagine -- say -- Huckabee campaign volunteers in -- say -- 'Possum Gulch Arkansas, discovered with their offices displaying David Duke (who despite his looney ravings has killed no one, and who -- as far as I know -- has never advocated the nuclear extermination of the U.S. population) posters.
Do you think there might be a media hullabaloo, with the attendant harrumphing and extortion of apologies by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?"

Local stores begin selling artificial hormone free milk

At least, this is consumer preference and not government intrusion.

But there is NO science that suggests that "hormone free" cows produce different milk.

Junk science triumphs again: "The US Food and Drug Administration found no difference in milk from cows that were given r-BST and those that were not.

But, that doesn't convince everyone. Including Meijer customer Charlette Muller, who was shopping for her four children. She says, “I had actually pushed water a little more with all the hormone stuff going on. But, now that they have hormone free milk we will definitely drink more milk. That's a guarantee.'"

Of what? Simple "feel-good" idiocy?

Top shrink concludes liberals are clinically nuts!

That settles that.....
Top shrink concludes liberals are clinically nuts!: "Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.
'Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,' says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, 'The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.' 'Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.'"

Sunday, February 17, 2008

How SubPrime Really Works

click the link and then click the cartoon to start the PowerPoint slide show.
Be patient while it loads.
Worth your time.
The Big Picture How SubPrime Really Works: "This hysterical piece of financial wit -- in Powerpoint no less -- has been circulating round Wall Street trading desks for a few days now."

Kudlow's Money Politic$: No Recession

We probably have dodged the "recession" bullet.
Hill/B Hussein want us back in the crosshairs of a real recession with their the punish-the-rich populism.
Kudlow's Money Politic$: No Recession: "Speaking in Warren, Ohio, this week, Sen. Clinton singled out oil, credit-card, insurance, pharmaceutical, investment, and student-loan firms in a massive attack on business. She’s attacking corporations that employ 23 million people and, by the way, pay higher than average wages. In other words, Clinton is attacking 23 million jobs. This is the forgotten middle-class. And they know that if politicians curb or confiscate the profits of their companies, it is they, the workers, who will be harmed.

This is what Hill-Bama fails to understand. This is why Hill-Bama policy would be so damaging to the economy. Corporations are profitable, sure. But wage earners get 70 percent of the profits; investors share the remaining 30 percent."

"Kathleen Turner saves cash by riding bus"

Meebee Kathy ought to take less bus and a bunch less eating out.

The former beauty could easily double as a Walmart greeter.

The Detroit News Online: "Kathleen Turner eats out less and often takes mass transit now that she's doing stage work instead of films - and she enjoys getting compliments on the bus."
GordoM-remembers-"Body Heat"-ummmm-Body-Heat....long-time-ago......

Dark Roasted Blend: Oops! Weirdest Accidents, Part 3

Oba-manians on endorphins?

How else do we explain the lack of SCREAMING OUTRAGE at Hillary stealing the Michigan delegates?

He played by the rules and she cheated.

ELECTION 2008: Mich. delegates may get seats, though it's unclear how: "Pretty much everyone expects some or all of Michigan's delegates to be seated at this summer's Democratic presidential nominating convention in Denver."


BLACKFIVE: American Alienation

A bit long but WELL worth your time.

Show it to the kids.

BLACKFIVE: American Alienation: "Wow! This is one of the coolest videos I have seen. It does a beautiful job of skewering the weakness of the left's arguments in a stylish and entertaining way. I don't know who Kafir Alalazoo is, but I like what he's doing."

Unofficial Tallies in City Understated Obama Vote - New York Times

Unofficial Tallies in City Understated Obama Vote - New York Times: "The history of New York elections has been punctuated by episodes of confusion, incompetence and even occasional corruption"

"in five years, you're gonna be blown away" Governor Granholm

Seems like Jenny was right.....

Kwame must of not been listening .....

Michigan taxes are killing our state!

When will Jenny start shouting "We're number one!"?

Taxes, rules sink Michigan with CEOs: "in the minds of 605 of the country's chief executives. Michigan was rated the third worst state to do business in behind New York and California, down from fifth worst last year, according to Chief Executive magazine's annual poll of business executives"

Pay equity. Death to Michigan?

Seriously, folks.

This could move the entire economy of Michigan to the level of Detroit.

Core Principles: On today's agenda: "we should let the government, through a commission which is tilted to the left, tell the private sector how much they should pay their employees."

"wear your seatbelt, drink milk and don't run with sissors...."

Our US Marines!

God love and protect them all.
Great, and funny, video of the young men who allow us to live our lives in peace. - A Marine and a Cab Driver in Iraq.

Totally unfair!

But this fake is racing through the blogosphere.

Kinda fun to see the racecard played against the primo racecard players.

Bummer dudes.....

(click the photo to engorge)

Michigan Math. Good news/Bad news?

The good news: The kid (or a kid surrogate) can write a short letter to the editor.
The bad news: He's in a class that "gives.....lots of hope and self-esteem". Proficiency
in math might be the better "gift".

The worse news: Our local paper printed this feel-good pap.
The even worse news: Only 53% of our kids meet or exceed MEAP math standards.... after 13 or MORE years in our public school disaster.

Student gives a big shout-out to math -
"I'd like to give thanks to my 5th-grade teacher Mr. Carter, math teacher of 'Sharks' at Reeths-Puffer Intermediate school. This man has given me lots of hope and self-esteem.
I love his class. I look forward to having his class every day. He is a good friend to everybody. I'm sure everybody loves him. Woo-hoo, let's go to math!
Shyanne Foster"

What, no Communist Party on the ballot?

Since Paul Keep has joined The Muskegon Chronicle, its leftward dive has been breathtaking.

I doubt that the current Democrat Party is left enough for Keep and his comrades.
Maybe that's why Mr Keep didn't vote in the primary?

Chronicle editors beyond left? -
"Letterwriter is right, The Chronicle is 'left'
Mr. Gray's letter published Jan. 17 was right on the money. His letter takes The Chronicle to task for its 'fanatical left-wing opinions.'
To be more specific, he criticizes the newspaper for an editorial that charged that the requirement to provide an approved I.D. to vote was a poll tax. Mr. Gray wrote that this requirement is 'a guarantee that each person gets one and only one vote and that each vote will count.' I agree with Mr. Gray and challenge the newspaper to refute his argument.
I presume the column by the publisher/editor of the paper that appeared on Jan. 20 reinforced Mr. Gray's opinion of The Chronicle. The editor states in his column that he didn't vote in the primary because the Democratic and Republican parties would know which party ballot he chose.
Who is the editor kidding? How naive does he think the readers are? We know the editor is a member of the editorial board that directs the development of the 'left-wing' editorials. I have no question which party the editor supports and votes for. Do you?
Frank Buck
Norton Shores"
Here's Keep's idiotic post on his blog:

My great grandfather's business partner

Tommy Ed!

Taken in 1912 and given to great grampa Bouquardez as a gift.

It's the original and hangs in my Muskey home.

Nifty, eh?

Classical Values :: More felonies, more felons!

It does seem that a whole lot of crimes are being "upgraded".
More felonies, more felons!: "I don't approve of trespassing (especially on occupied residential property), but traditionally it has long been considered a misdemeanor, and it was a bit startling to see evidence that it is becoming a felony.
Walk across a construction site, and lose the right to vote, as well as your Second Amendment rights, for the rest of your life?"

"EcoMoms" preach new nut-zone religion

Is an ignoramuse's mind a terrible thing to waste?

For ‘EcoMoms,’ Saving Earth Begins at Home - New York Times: “I used to feel anxiety,” said Kathy Miller, 49, an alliance member, recalling life before she started investigating weather-sensitive irrigation controls for her garden with nine growing zones. “Now I feel I’m doing something.”.....
“Activism can help counteract depression,” Ms. Buzzell added.
Sticking her nose into someone else's life sure does make some feel better....

Kilpatrick is pure scum!

And the news organizations that state "Kilpatrick, agreed to pay..." are liars!

The City of Detroit lost the suit.

The taxpayers of Michigan will pay it.

Just how stupid are we......?

Kilpatrick asks court to rule on secret documents "A jury ruled against the city in September, and despite vowing to appeal that decision, Kilpatrick agreed to pay $8.4 million to the plaintiffs and a third former officer who filed a separate lawsuit."

Snow days will reduce our children's "education".

But who cares about the kids, anyway....

Any guess as to the ekukatin' thak's gonna happen during the extra minutes of each school day?
Why do we allow this?

Snow days may extend school year: The state requires schools to provide 1,098 hours of instruction, but waives 30 of those hours for bad weather or such unavoidable circumstances as power outages.
Options for the district primarily are extending the length of remaining school days or adding an extra day onto the end of the year, Fazer said. He's hesitant to cut any time off of spring break because many families — and employees — already have made plans.