New record being set at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan set a new record this week. And it’s not one I think is particularly pride-worthy, quite frankly.

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke finalized his salary with the university earlier this week when he signed a six-year contract with an average annual compensation of $3.25 million.

Seriously? $3.25 MILLION a freaking YEAR??? All these cries about how cutting the budget of higher education is hurting U of M so bad start to ring a bit false when you learn about something like this, don’t they?

Look, I realize the football program brings in skabillions of dollars but it’s pretty hard to stomach an athletic coach being valued at that level.…

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How to answer easily-Googled questions online

Ever have someone ask you a question online that they could very easily answer for themselves? Ever want to just say, “Dude, Google it your own damn self!”?

Here’s what you can do instead.

Click HERE.

Heh, heh.

I’m just sayin’……

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Conservative think tank Mackinac Center FOIAs labor faculty at 3 major Michigan universities

Talking Points Memo has an exclusive report detailing sweeping Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to three of the biggest universities in Michigan. The universities involved are Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

The Mackinac Center For Public Policy, based in Midland, Mich., submitted the FOIA requests last Friday and Monday to the Labor Studies Center at the University of Michigan and the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University. A third FOIA was directed to Michigan State University, which has a School of Human Resources & Labor Relations.…
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Shared sacrifice in Congress! Deficits must GO!

With all this talk about deficit reduction these day from both sides of the Congressional aisle, I was interested to learn this morning that there is actually a mechanism for members of Congress to return part of their salary ($174,000 per year for non-leadership positions) to be used toward reducing the deficit. Sure, it would be a token effort; symbolic, if you will. But it’s an important symbol these days, one could argue.

It should come as no surprise that Democrats give back OVER FIVE TIMES as much as Republicans.

Let me rephrase that: the one Democrat that participates in this program gave over five times as much as the single Republican that participates.…

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School district in Monroe, Michigan to issue pink slips to every single teacher

Teachers in the city of Monroe, Michigan have been informed that they will all be given pink slips when the school year ends. The school district is forced to do this because they face a $5.6 million budget deficit for the 2011/2012 school year along with imminent cuts of $470 per student coming from the state under Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget.

Thankfully, it appears that not all the teachers are being let go in the long term.

“Certainly we have no intention of letting all of our teachers and administrators go, but contractually certified teachers and administrators must be issued a 60 day layoff notice,” said Randy Monday, superintendent of schools in Monroe.…
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“A full-scale, simultaneous meltdown at three nuclear reactors”

Scariest thing I have read about a real-life incident in maybe my entire life:

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a government spokesman, acknowledged challenges but insisted the situation was stabilizing. Since then, CNN and ABC have reported plutonium found in soil outside the reactors. Physicist Michio Kaku tells ABC the plant may be reaching a “point of no return, where workers must be withdrawn, radiation levels soar, water levels drop and we have a full-scale, simultaneous meltdown at three nuclear reactors.

Japan is smaller than California.

I’m just sayin’……

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Congressman Tim Walberg blacklisting constituents from his email list?

Just after Tim Walberg took office this year, I went to his official Congressional website and signed up to receive his constituent emails. I waited and waited and no emails came. Then, one day recently, a friend of mine forwarded his latest email to me with some comments.

I checked my email folder. No Walberg email.

I checked my spam folder. No Walberg email.

So, I went back to his site and signed up again, thinking that perhaps something had gone wrong and I hadn’t actually signed up after all. Several minutes later I got an email back saying that I was already signed up and didn’t need to sign up again.…

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Some political predictions about the future of Michigan Democrats

For the past 6 months, I’ve been predicting that the east side of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Chelsea, Dexter, Scio Township and tiny bit of Ann Arbor, will get lumped in with Congressman John Dingell‘s 15th District during this year’s redistricting process. The Republicans in Michigan have the keys to pretty much every office involved in redistricting. With Michigan losing a Congressional district and this being a post-Census redistricting year, you can be sure they will work their fannies off to kneecap Democrats as much as possible and this is a pretty easy way of doing that.

In the past two elections, the voters in our part of the 7th District were very supportive of former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer.…

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