Detroit’s dog rescue heroes get a welcome gift: $1.5 million for a no-kill shelter

If you followed my writing about Ace the pit bull from Detroit, you know that there are as many as 50,000 stray dogs in Detroit, most of them pit bulls. Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR) puts the number at 50,000-100,000. The Detroit Animal Control Center simply cannot handle even a portion of this number of animals. Dogs that are brought there are held for four days to give the owner a chance to show sufficient proof that the dog is theirs and take it home.

Most dogs go unclaimed and are euthanized, over 90% according to DDR.

This week, dog rescuers in southeastern Michigan got some nearly miraculous news.…

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We haven’t forgotten that the GOP totally caved to Dems, right? RIGHT?!

This is a public service announcement from the Eclectablog Online Media Group (OMG):

A week ago tomorrow, while everyone was getting ready for the holidays and not paying that much attention, THE REPUBLICANS TOTALLY CAVED IN TO THE DEMOCRATS!


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I just wanted to be sure we don’t forget that because it seems to me that we already have. Dave Weigel may have tweeted it best:

So, please, every chance you get, remind your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers that the GOP hostage-takers finally were forced to back down because President Obama and the Democrats in Congress wouldn’t let them take us off a cliff.…

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Germany’s Spiegel op-ed explains the GOP to its readers and it ain’t pretty

I traveled to Europe in the waning days of the 2008 election and, in fact, wrote a piece for Huffington Post about my experience including watching the last presidential debate between at 3:00 a.m in a little hotel in Gemona, Italy.

My [business] trip started in Brussels, Belgium. My first clue that American politics reach firmly across the Atlantic ocean was in the pub where we had dinner. In the corner of dining room, a small television played. There, of course, were images of banks and stock markets and stern-faced commentators clearly discoursing on the collapse of some European bank or another.…
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Congressman Gary Peters to host community forum Thursday, December 29, 2011

From Congressman Gary Peters’ Facebook page:

If you live in or near Pontiac, I hope you can join me tomorrow (12/29/2011) at a community forum from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Bowen Center at 52 Bagley Street. Your thoughts and opinions are very important to me so I’d like to hear what’s on your mindas we move into the New Year.…
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Proof that Michigan’s Emergency Mgrs don’t work: 3 cities that had them in financial trouble again

One of the main points I have raised repeatedly since the passage of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4, is that the imposition of an Emergency Manager (EM) does little, if anything, to solve the underlying problems that bring municipalities and school districts to the crisis point where an EM is deemed necessary.

With Joe Harris set to depart Benton Harbor sometime in the first few months of 2012, for example, what has he done that will prevent that town from simply returning to the same place it was when he entered the scene? The answer is, of course, little to nothing.…

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Don’t expect the UAW to help with the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

In spring of 2012, Michigan Rising (formerly Fire Rick Snyder) will start a second recall attempt against Governor Rick Snyder. The first recall effort was done without the formal help of the unions or the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP). Considering a piece published last week in the Detroit Free Press, I think it’s safe to say that the UAW, at least, won’t be involved this time around, either. And with the direction of the MDP all but controlled by the UAW, the state level Dems will probably sit this one out, too.

A meeting between Gov. Rick Snyder and UAW President Bob King broke an impasse and paved the way to contracts that gave about 34,000 unionized state employees a greater voice in how the government is run, officials confirmed Monday.…
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Governor Rick Snyder appoints review team as latest step toward a Detroit Emergency Manager

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the next step toward placing Michigan’s largest city under the control of an Emergency Manager this afternoon, appointing a review team to go over Detroit’s finances.

A former Detroit police chief and a former Wayne State University president are among the members of a state-appointed team that will review Detroit’s finances under the emergency manager law. [...]

The team has 60 days to report on Detroit’s finances after a preliminary review ordered by Dillon found evidence of financial stress.

The review could lead to appointment of an emergency manager to take control of the city.

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Newt Gingrich to the LGBTQ community: Vote for Obama

Yeah, well, at least Newt is honest about his position on LGBTQ rights:

Republican Presidential contender Newt Gingrich had one message for a gay Iowa man: Don’t bother with me, vote Obama.

Or so says a professor who met Gingrich at the Smokey Row coffee house in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

“I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,” Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University told the paper.

“When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest,” Arnold continued.

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