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BREAKING: Homeowner charged in Michigan porch shooting

Prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a suburban Detroit homeowner in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on his porch.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride on Nov. 2. She was shot in the face after police say they believe she was involved in a car accident nearby in Detroit and family members say she likely approached Wafer’s home for help.

She said evidence showed McBride knocked on the locked screen door, and that there was no evidence of forced entry.

"These are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense," Worthy said.

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[T]his once-deliberative body has been taken over by knaves and know-nothings, content with putting partisan politics ahead of the American people.

I’ve said before that I believe that this current Congress would be incapable of passing the Ten Commandments or even the Lord’s Prayer, and today’s actions have only further galvanized that belief.
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., in a statement addressing the prospect of a government shutdown. Dingell was first elected in 1955. 

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‘Firearms instructor’ hired as school guard leaves handgun in student bathroom

Seriously:

A prosecutor in Lapeer, Michigan says, “No harm, no foul,” after a charter school took the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) advice and hired a armed security guard who promptly left his handgun unattended in a student bathroom.

Chatfield School co-directors Matt Young and Bill Kraly announced last week that they had hired retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. firearms instructor Clark Arnold as a security guard in response to the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"It’s a tremendous asset to the safety of our students," Young told WNEM in a report that aired on Tuesday.

But by Wednesday, the school had admitted to The Flint Journal that the retired firearms instructor had “made a breach in security protocol and left his unloaded handgun unattended in the school restroom ‘for a few moments.’”

It’s his fault, right? With all those executive orders… or something. It’s not like the instructor should be expected to keep track of his weapon at all times. That’s just placing restrictions on his Second Amendment rights. </sarcasm>

Filed under guns gun control guns in schools politics policy Michigan

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theheritagefoundation:



simple truths.



Oh, you guys wanna play? Let&#8217;s play. 
First off, in right to work states, the median income is $6,690 lower per year than in non-right to work states. That&#8217;s $555.75 a month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers who are members of unions make over one-third more per week than those with no union representation. Workers who are just represented by unions, without formal membership, still make about 30% more than their non-union counterparts. Here&#8217;s an example:



Jim works in the construction industry. He pays union dues and belongs to a union. His weekly salary is approximately $1,017. His co-worker, Mary, chooses not to pay union dues or have formal union membership, but is still covered under the contract her employer has with the union. Her average salary is $1,010. Mary&#8217;s brother, Bob,  has no union representation. His weekly salary, on average, is $647 &#8212; or 64% of Bob&#8217;s salary. 



Or try this one:



Jim works as a groundskeeper and is a member of a union. His weekly pay is, on average, $635. Mary, who is covered under the union contract, but does not pay dues, still makes $626 per week. Bob, who is non-union, makes $431 per week. 



Now, Mary is capitalizing on federal labor law if she pays no fees to be covered by the union. Why? Federal law already guarantees that no one can be forced to be a member of a union, but in a right to work state, workers can freeload. According to the Economic Policy Center:



Right-to-work laws allow some workers to receive a free ride, getting the advantages of a union contract—such as higher wages and benefits and protection against arbitrary discipline—without paying any fee associated with negotiating on these matters.
That’s because the union must represent all workers with the same due diligence regardless of whether they join the union or pay it dues or other fees and a union contract must cover all workers, again regardless of their membership in or financial support for the union. In states without right-to-work laws, workers covered by a union contract can refuse union membership and pay a fee covering only the costs of workplace bargaining rather than the full cost of dues.



There&#8217;s no evidence these laws increase job growth, and studies show that these laws actually decrease workplace safety. Right to work laws also depress wages through declining union membership, meaning small businesses get hurt. In fact, right to work states employ over two-thirds of the nation&#8217;s minimum wage workers and have higher poverty rates, higher usage of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program [SNAP], and a higher gender wage gap. They also employ a higher percentage of part-time versus full-time workers.
Now, you can howl all you like about correlation not equaling causation, and you&#8217;d be right. It doesn&#8217;t.
But then your graphic would be completely wrong. Which it actually is anyhow.
According to the latest numbers from the BLS, unemployment in right to work states is actually 7% and 7.5% in non-right to work states. And of the states that saw a statistically significant decrease in unemployment from Oct. 2011 to Oct. 2012, right to work states saw less of a decrease than non-right to work states (1.2% to 1.4% respectively).
Oops.

theheritagefoundation:

simple truths.

Oh, you guys wanna play? Let’s play. 

First off, in right to work states, the median income is $6,690 lower per year than in non-right to work states. That’s $555.75 a month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers who are members of unions make over one-third more per week than those with no union representation. Workers who are just represented by unions, without formal membership, still make about 30% more than their non-union counterparts. Here’s an example:

Jim works in the construction industry. He pays union dues and belongs to a union. His weekly salary is approximately $1,017. His co-worker, Mary, chooses not to pay union dues or have formal union membership, but is still covered under the contract her employer has with the union. Her average salary is $1,010. Mary’s brother, Bob,  has no union representation. His weekly salary, on average, is $647 — or 64% of Bob’s salary. 

Or try this one:

Jim works as a groundskeeper and is a member of a union. His weekly pay is, on average, $635. Mary, who is covered under the union contract, but does not pay dues, still makes $626 per week. Bob, who is non-union, makes $431 per week. 

Now, Mary is capitalizing on federal labor law if she pays no fees to be covered by the union. Why? Federal law already guarantees that no one can be forced to be a member of a union, but in a right to work state, workers can freeload. According to the Economic Policy Center:

Right-to-work laws allow some workers to receive a free ride, getting the advantages of a union contract—such as higher wages and benefits and protection against arbitrary discipline—without paying any fee associated with negotiating on these matters.

That’s because the union must represent all workers with the same due diligence regardless of whether they join the union or pay it dues or other fees and a union contract must cover all workers, again regardless of their membership in or financial support for the union. In states without right-to-work laws, workers covered by a union contract can refuse union membership and pay a fee covering only the costs of workplace bargaining rather than the full cost of dues.

There’s no evidence these laws increase job growth, and studies show that these laws actually decrease workplace safety. Right to work laws also depress wages through declining union membership, meaning small businesses get hurt. In fact, right to work states employ over two-thirds of the nation’s minimum wage workers and have higher poverty rates, higher usage of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program [SNAP], and a higher gender wage gap. They also employ a higher percentage of part-time versus full-time workers.

Now, you can howl all you like about correlation not equaling causation, and you’d be right. It doesn’t.

But then your graphic would be completely wrong. Which it actually is anyhow.

According to the latest numbers from the BLS, unemployment in right to work states is actually 7% and 7.5% in non-right to work states. And of the states that saw a statistically significant decrease in unemployment from Oct. 2011 to Oct. 2012, right to work states saw less of a decrease than non-right to work states (1.2% to 1.4% respectively).

Oops.

(Source: foundry.org)

Filed under michigan right to work politics Snyder organized labor union There Is Power In a Union

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Michigan women lawmakers to perform ‘Vagina Monologues’ at state capitol

Now you’ve gone and done it, Michigan, because THIS:

Women legislators in Michigan will be joined by author Eve Ensler in a performance of Ensler’s 1996 play, “The Vagina Monologues,” on Monday, June 18, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The event is intended as a public response to Republican legislators, who, on Wednesday, indefinitely banned two Democratic women legislators from speaking in the Capitol. Their offense? Using the word “vagina.”

Filed under vagina Michigan Michigan Republican Party Vagina Monologues politics BAMF

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What she said was offensive. It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.

Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, on Rep. Lisa Brown’s use of the word “vagina” on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.

And yet, you’ll legislate away our bodily autonomy in mixed company…

Filed under Michigan Michigan Republican Party Mike Callton GOP politics reproductive rights abortion gender war on uteri war on women Lisa Brown

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Well, the Michigan Republican Party is scrubbing the shit out of their Facebook page, so if you want to join in the fun&#8230;
EVERYBODY IN THE POOL!
My response to their assertions about vulgarity:

You know what&#8217;s vulgar? Emergency financial managers, silencing of female colleagues, allowing Detroit and Flint to fall to pieces, shuttering schools, food deserts, voter ID laws&#8230; need I continue?
You may scrub the page, but screen shots are forever.
And thanks for the lulziest twitter trend in awhile.
Oh yeah: Vagina.

And this:

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Well, the Michigan Republican Party is scrubbing the shit out of their Facebook page, so if you want to join in the fun…

EVERYBODY IN THE POOL!

My response to their assertions about vulgarity:

You know what’s vulgar? Emergency financial managers, silencing of female colleagues, allowing Detroit and Flint to fall to pieces, shuttering schools, food deserts, voter ID laws… need I continue?

You may scrub the page, but screen shots are forever.

And thanks for the lulziest twitter trend in awhile.

Oh yeah: Vagina.

And this:

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Filed under Michigan GOP Michigan Republican Party politics lulz Vagina reproductive rights anti-choice

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My contribution to the Michigan Republican Party&#8217;s Facebook. I&#8217;m too sick of this shit to come up with something more eloquent. Plus, my sex ed teacher made us repeat the words for reproductive organs so we&#8217;d get comfortable with them &#8212; if it works for junior high students, it should work for Republicans.
In case you haven&#8217;t heard:

A male Republican House leader in Michigan silenced two female Democratic state legislators on Thursday after the pair tried to advance a measure that would have reduced access to vasectomies.
While discussing a bill that would erode the availability of abortion, Reps. Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown introduced an amendment to apply the same regulations to vasectomies that GOP lawmakers wanted to add to abortion services. The debate grew heated, as Republicans sought to gravel down the women. Byrum was not permitted to speak in favor of the measure and Brown was repeatedly interrupted. &#8220;I&#8217;m flattered that you want to get in my vagina, but no means no,&#8221; she said. The next day both were silenced.

As Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) said, the women &#8220;will not be recognized to speak on the House floor today after being gaveled down for their comments and actions yesterday that failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.&#8221;
Well, now the Michigan GOP&#8217;s Facebook page is a thing of beauty. Detractors are definitely not silent. A few of the contributions:


Make your own contribution here. It&#8217;s not just a word, by the way. It&#8217;s another indication that the GOP is unwilling to talk about or name the reality of what they truly wish to legislate. It does not violate decorum to explain what the legislation means.
It&#8217;s honesty.

My contribution to the Michigan Republican Party’s Facebook. I’m too sick of this shit to come up with something more eloquent. Plus, my sex ed teacher made us repeat the words for reproductive organs so we’d get comfortable with them — if it works for junior high students, it should work for Republicans.

In case you haven’t heard:

A male Republican House leader in Michigan silenced two female Democratic state legislators on Thursday after the pair tried to advance a measure that would have reduced access to vasectomies.

While discussing a bill that would erode the availability of abortion, Reps. Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown introduced an amendment to apply the same regulations to vasectomies that GOP lawmakers wanted to add to abortion services. The debate grew heated, as Republicans sought to gravel down the women. Byrum was not permitted to speak in favor of the measure and Brown was repeatedly interrupted. “I’m flattered that you want to get in my vagina, but no means no,” she said. The next day both were silenced.

As Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) said, the women “will not be recognized to speak on the House floor today after being gaveled down for their comments and actions yesterday that failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.”

Well, now the Michigan GOP’s Facebook page is a thing of beauty. Detractors are definitely not silent. A few of the contributions:

Make your own contribution here. It’s not just a word, by the way. It’s another indication that the GOP is unwilling to talk about or name the reality of what they truly wish to legislate. It does not violate decorum to explain what the legislation means.

It’s honesty.

Filed under Michigan anti-choice abortion politics reproductive rights gender women Barb Byrum Lisa Brown Republican GOP Jim Stamas Ari Adler Jase Bolger vagina

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Democrat crossover votes could cost Romney in Michigan

This makes me giggle. Part of it is Rick Santorum’s doing, too. His campaign sent out a robocall to Democrats encouraging them to vote for Santorum because of Mitt Romney’s desire to see Detroit’s auto industry go bankrupt.

This is nothing new for Michigan, as ABC News points out:

Michigan has a long history of crossover voting and other electoral shenanigans because of their open primary where both Republicans and Democrats can participate.

I love open primaries.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Rick Santorum Michigan politics GOP Robocall Republican Republicans lulz Democrats Mitt Romney Mittens Romney

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Lowe’s Home Improvement Store Succumbs To Hate

Have you seen All-American Muslim? Here’s the description:

All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan - home to the largest mosque in the United States - through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.

It’s actually quite a good show. As for the families in the show, they play football, are police officers, raising children, planning weddings, etc. - y’know, doing things just like us, OMG! </sarcasm> In other words, the families in these shows do not fit the stereotypes many Americans hold about Muslims. So where’s the problem?

Well, apparently it’s just that: The Florida Family Association was outraged TLC would portray Muslims in a positive light. They launched an email boycott, supported by other groups, and targeted advertisers on the show. At least one (FFA is claiming nearly sixty) succumbed to the pressure from FFA. In an email, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. In an email to the FFA, Lowe’s said:

"While we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC, there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe’s advertising guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention. Lowe’s will no longer be advertising on that program.

If I (Andrew) can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call 1-866-900-4650, or email execustservice@lowes.com. You may also contact us by mailing your correspondence to Lowe’s Companies, Mail Code CON8, 1605 Curtis Bridge Rd., Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697.”

Well, I suppose I won’t be shopping at Lowe’s because they don’t meet my standards for not supporting bigotry. What do they suggest - we judge Christianity by Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the massacre in Norway? Should we pull shows about families like the Duggars because terrorists have been motivated by Christianity?

Some perspective:

I didn’t hesitate to email Lowe’s. I suggest you do the same. Use the graph above from Osborn Ink - pictures help.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Lowe's Politics protest Muslims Islam Dearborn Michigan bigotry conservatives hatred Islamophobia Florida Family Association Family values

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Benton Harbor emergency manager wants you off the lawn

This is what I thought of when I read the headline. Turns out it’s pretty much the truth:

In Benton Harbor, a mostly black and poor town with an emergency manager, folks are just waking up to an order the manager issued on May 4 that restricts access to the public waterfront park. Jean Klock Park was deeded to Benton Harbor in 1917 “in perpetuity.” Part of it has been turned into a luxury golf resort, with the help of an economic development group that until recently included the sponsor of the emergency manager law on its board of directors.

Under the new order, first reported by the Michigan Messenger, people will only be able to use the park between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. What’s more, emergency manager Joseph Harris has decreed: “The annual season during which Jean Klock Park is open begins on each May 1 and ends on the following September 30, inclusive.” That would appear to mean that “in perpetuity” could stop in the fall and pick up again in the spring.

Friends of Jean Klock Park say it had been open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round. Park advocate Clellen Bury has posted a letter to Mr. Harris suggesting that the park has been closed off because of preparation for upcoming athletic events, including a Senior PGA tournament next year. The new order violates both the deeding of the park and the city’s lease with the golf resort, the advocate writes. The message includes this: “As my tax dollars are being used to pay for your salary, I would appreciate a full and prompt response to the concerns and points I have raised in this letter.”

But Mr. Harris need answer to no one in Benton Harbor. He has stripped the local elected officials of all but their most ceremonial powers. Benton Harbor is now run by one state-appointed person.

This is not a democracy. This is a fiefdom. 

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