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What’s left to take over in Benton Harbor? Oh, yeah. The schools.

Benton Harbor schools are a whisker away from getting a — you guessed it — an Emergency Manager.

The State of Michigan will conduct a preliminary review of the “critical and alarming financial situation” at Benton Harbor Area Schools. This is the first step in a process that would determine if the school district needs a state-appointed emergency manager. It doesn’t mean one would be appointed for certain.

Leonard Seawood has been superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools for a little more than a year. “When you are in a deficit like I inherited…there are no easy answers in terms to digging yourself out of this hole as a district,” Seawood said.

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Detroit News’ Nolan Finley: You can’t even watch a little soft-core porn without an Obama commercial

Detroit News’ blatherer Nolan Finley outdid his normal degree of insipidity today with an editorial piece titled “Hollywood ramps up to help Obama”.

I was watching an episode of “Hung,” the filmed-in-Detroit HBO series about a guy with a super big — well, the story line isn’t important — when all of a sudden an Obama campaign commercial broke out.

Tanya, the hapless female pimp, was telling Ray, the teacher turned prostitute, he’s like “poor people who say they’re Republican and vote against their own self interest.” […]

It’s a sorry state when you can’t even watch a little soft porn on the cable without getting your brain washed.

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Man who shot at the White House charged with attempted assassination

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the dude who took a pot shot at the White House last Friday has been charged with attempted assassination of President Obama.

An Idaho man accused of firing two shots at the White House last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama or his staff.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, made his first court appearance before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh on Thursday, one day after he was arrested at a western Pennsylvania hotel. He will be taken back from a federal court in Pittsburgh to face the charges in Washington, D.C.

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Michigan Messenger is closing

This is depressing:

I am writing today to announce the closure of the Michigan Messenger. After four years of operation in Michigan, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news into a single site, The American Independent at

This is part of a shift in strategy, towards new forms of journalism made available as technology has advanced, and an increasing emphasis on national coverage and issue-based coverage from our network. Over the coming months, AINN will announce a number of new journalism initiatives that will continue to advance our mission of producing impact journalism in the public interest.

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Two Ann Arbor teens help to create legislative change on Michigan’s “License to Bully” bill – UPDATED x2

Last week, I wrote about the so-called “anti”-bullying bill passed by the Michigan Senate a couple of weeks ago that is not only not anti-bullying but, in fact, is generally known as “The License to Bully Bill”. In my article, I mentioned two Ann Arbor teenagers who stepped up to respond in a powerful way.

Two Ann Arbor-area students, Katy Butler and Carson Borbely, created a petition on the online petition website Their petition is currently the most popular on the site and has picked up well over 500 signatures just in the hour or so that it has taken me to write this piece.…
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Obama administration moves to increase fuel efficiency requirements to 54.5 mpg

More We Can’t Wait awesomeness from the Obama White House:

We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Proposes Historic Fuel Economy Standards to Reduce Dependence on Oil, Save Consumers Money at the Pump

Next phase in national program for light-duty vehicles will save consumers thousands of dollars at the pump while saving billions of barrels of oil, curbing pollution, enabling long-term planning for automakers

Building on President Obama’s historic national program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks.

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Update on Super Student Brianna Amat from Pinckney, Michigan

Back in October, I wrote about Brianna Amat from Pinckney, Michigan. In the span of about 30 minutes, Brianna kicked the game-winning field goal at her school’s homecoming game and then was chosen as the Homecoming Queen.

She’s been feted around the country for what she did and has remained remarkably humble about it the entire time. From my piece on her at Angry Black Lady Chronicles:

Naturally humble, according to Pinckney Community High School Principal Jim Darga, Amat ceased giving media interviews Tuesday after spending almost all of Monday on the phone with media outlets.

“She is not doing any more interviews,” said Darga, who has acted as a “buffer” between the blitzing media and his star kicker.

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Michigan Republicans pass bowling safety law – Jobs created: ZERO

No new jobs initiatives from Michigan’s legislature so far but we do have THIS:

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill that provides bowling centers immunity from civil prosecution if patrons wear bowling shoes outside, then slip and fall after returning inside.

I’m glad they’re tending to these critical problems holding Michigan back from recovery. This’ll have a huge impact on our unemployment numbers, I feel certain.


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Bullet hits the White House

In case any of us are laboring under any misconceptions about the fact that our president is basically in mortal danger just doing his job, this news from Associated Press is a wake-up call:

WASHINGTON— The Secret Service says a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass.

An additional round of ammunition was also found on the exterior of the White House. The bullets were found Tuesday.

The discovery follows reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday. Witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area. An AK-47 rifle was also recovered.

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Democratic Congresswoman says GOP colleagues admit to tanking the economy to hurt Obama

We all knew it, right? But it’s especially painful to hear it put so bluntly. Rep. Loretta Sanchez from California:

Interviewer: Harry Reid said yesterday, and frankly we’ve heard this from a lot of Democrats, the Republicans oppose the jobs bill for political reasons, that it helps them if the economy stays in bad shape. But, is that fair?

Sanchez: Well, it certainly is fair. I mean, I’ve heard my own colleagues on the Republican side say, “We just want to make Obama look so bad. We don’t care how bad the economy gets. We can win this election, we want our president –“

Interviewer: You’ve heard them say that?

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As states fail, Republicans still want to dump everything back on the states

Nearly every proposal I hear lately from Republicans in some form or another involves putting it back on states. Health care. Abortion rights (or lack thereof.) Job creation. Social security. Medicaid. Same-sex marriage. Environmental protection.

It’s a nearly endless drumbeat during the Republican debates.

I listen to that and then I look at what’s happening in my state of Michigan. Until 2010, the Congress was so dysfunctional that they couldn’t find a way to balance our budget or make any other major decision. After 2010, Republicans have taken over so completely that they are make radical, sweeping, unprecedented changes, changes that have created a tremendous backlash.…

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