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Detroit forced to return $9.2 million in unspent federal aid, can’t explain why

For as long as I can remember, Detroit has been a pit of malfeasance, corruption and general ineptitude. When I was a kid, Detroit Public School board members were in the news for taking taxpayer-paid limos to board meetings. Since then it’s been one tale after another of embezzlement, waste, and theft. Closed schools full of computers, science equipment and even student records, left for vandals to abscond with. Employees embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from an already failing school system. Former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his administration made Detroit the laughing stock of the nation with his notorious sexting and corruption.…

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SHOCKER! Goldline indicted for fraud!

SHOCKER! Goldline indicted for fraud!

I travel a fair bit for work and have found that, in the South especially, the only radio stations that come in loud and clear are generally AM talk shows. Which means I dip my toe into the insanity that is Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Glenn Beck from time to time. I look at it like scoping out the enemy but I can only take it for so long.

However, it doesn’t take long, particularly during Beck’s hideous show, to hear an ad for Goldline, a gold peddler. Beck himself flogs them ad nauseum. According to their ads, everything in your life will be better if you invest in gold.…

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Saugatuck Dunes gets a temporary reprieve from developer Aubrey McClendon & his Singapore Dunes development company

Saugatuck Township on the shore of Lake Michigan has been battling against developer and natural gas tycoon Aubrey McClendon for several years to prevent the development of sensitive dune land in the community. They were subject to countless lawsuits, essentially draining the Township coffers until, last summer, they finally capitulated and came to an “agreement” with McClendon’s group, Singapore Dunes.

Well, they didn’t win. They capitulated. This is what “compromise” looks like in Michigan right now:
  • Development in 12 of the 32 acres on the site.
  • Up to 100 units to be built on the shoreline property
  • A 66-slip marina
  • A 25-suite inn
  • A nine-hole golf course

Needless to say, those folks who have been fighting tooth and nail to prevent this devastating outcome are none too happy.

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Occupy Niles – VIDEO from last Saturday’s protest in southwest Michigan

Occupy Niles – VIDEO from last Saturday’s protest in southwest Michigan

Another of Capture Me Films most-excellent videos, this one from the Occupy Niles protest in Niles, Michigan last Saturday. The group Occupy Southwest Michigan is very clearly not a bunch of dissatisfied hippy kids, venting their spleens as is too often portrayed in the media surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement. This is a group of articulate, angry adults, pissed off that corporations have taken over our government.

One of the things mentioned in this video is the Move to Amend (movetoamend.org) initiative. Here’s what they are asking:

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
  • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
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Sub-prime AUTO loan securities? Are these people insane? No. Greedily exploiting the poor.

It was the invention and subsequent abuse of sub-prime mortgage securities that crashed our economy. Now these idiots are trading sub-prime auto loan securities.

Private equity firms are investing in chains of used-car lots, and auto loans are being packaged into securities much like subprime mortgages. They’re attracted by the industry’s average profit of 38% for each car sold. […]

Subprime auto loan issues now represent a larger percentage of all auto-loan securitizations than at any time since 2006, according to Moody’s. […]

The returns on subprime auto-loan securities vary, but one offering sold late last year paid 3.5% annually on A-rated bonds maturing in three years — about six times the yield on comparable U.S.

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The Paul Scott recall effort NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!

The Paul Scott recall effort NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!

Okay, folks, it’s crunch time. The election that may well lead to the expulsion of anti-teacher, anti-union Republican Paul Scott is next week. (Details of his epic struggle to avoid this recall are HERE.) His side of the effort is spending lotsa money on yard signs, robocalls, and deceptive radio ads. Hell, he has the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, is campaigning for him!

Our side just has shoe leather and cell phones to compete. That’s where YOU come in.

Sign up for canvass shifts and phonebanking before Election Day HERE.

Sign up to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) HERE.…

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Ben Nelson, Jon Tester and Mark Pryor are Democrats? Really? On what planet?

At what point do we stop calling these assholes “Democrats”?

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a moderate Democrat who’s facing a tough reelection next year, said he’ll take a look at the latest jobs proposal — a $60 billion package to help rebuild aging infrastructure — but continues to have concerns about the fact that these bills have been funded by raising taxes on the rich. […]

Earlier this month, Nelson and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) joined all Republicans in voting to filibuster President Barack Obama’s sweeping $447 billion jobs package. A week later, Nelson, Lieberman and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) joined Republicans in blocking debate on a $35 billion bill for state aid to pay for teachers, police officers and firefighters — Democrats’ first effort to break the jobs package into individual pieces.

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Pontiac’s Emergency Manager fires several key city department heads, federally-indicted United Water to run public works

In September, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed Lou Schimmel to replace Michael Stampfler as Pontiac’s Emergency Manager. Yesterday, Schimmel fired several key department heads: the city clerk, the city attorney and director of public works.

Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel has fired the city’s clerk, attorney and director of public works in what he says is realignment in City Hall.

City Attorney Mark Hotz, Clerk Yvette Talley and Department of Public Works Director Jarvis Middleton were let go Friday.

The changes are part of what Schimmel said is an effort to put together his own team.

“My qualified team of experts,” he said.

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Protesters meet Eric Cantor in Ann Arbor on Halloween, hold a “Funeral for the Middle Class”

Protesters meet Eric Cantor in Ann Arbor on Halloween, hold a “Funeral for the Middle Class”

On Halloween 2011, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor arrived on the campus of the University of Michigan to deliver a speech that was snowed out in February. When he arrived, roughly 200 protesters were there to greet him.

A large banner reading “Cantor works for the 1%, Who will work for the 99%?” was surrounded by gravestones representing the death of the Middle Class and many of social achievements that Republicans are now trying to do away with.

Protesters chanted and held their signs for the many media folks there along with campus drivers and pedestrians.

Before the speech, “Eric Cantor” delivered at eulogy for the Middle Class.…

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Who said THAT???! – LGBT coolness edition

Who said this?

“For all the girls who think tradition should be continued, go back to the kitchen, stop having sex before you’re married, get out of school and job system, don’t have an opinion, don’t own any property, give up the right to marry who you love, don’t vote, and allow your husband to do whatever he pleases to you. Think about the meaning of tradition when you use it in your argument against us.”

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Answer: Rebeca Arellano.…

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Punkins! Punkins! Punkins! The coolest Punkins evah!

Punkins! Punkins! Punkins! The coolest Punkins evah!

This was VERY popular last year so I’m reposting for your Halloween viewing pleasure.

Enjoy.
I love Halloween but I’m not much of a punkin carver. However, I love looking at them. Here’s a bunch of the coolest punkins I could find on the web.

Well, except this one. It was taken by my wife:

From her Flickr page:

I’m posting this in honor of my father whose favorite holiday was halloween. Every year until I was 18 we carved pumpkins together. They were all night projects carving crazy detailed pumpkins of things like skeletons and wolves.

This photo was taken in college for my senior project of mixed lighting.…

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