Rumors have surfaced that Mayor Elect Collins will not allow Double Dippers in his Administration. He has been a big critic of Double Dipping as a councilman. Since his election team and transition team are full of potential Double Dippers will he change his mind?
The sign reads, "FREE!!! I live in Sylvania and just cleaned out my garage for the holidays."
Sen. Sanders provides history lesson on deficits during budget meeting
Quote from article:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday released his prescription for reducing the deficit and creating jobs. Here are 10 suggestions from his “progressive budget blueprint” for raising revenue and reducing spending:
• Stop corporations from using offshore tax havens to avoid U.S. taxes.
We all know Einstein defined "insanity" as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results--Albert would love Toledo's next mayor, Mike Collins.
Yep, Collins has included Jack Ford and Carty Finkbeiner on his transition team. What--Donna Owens wasn't available too?!
From my viewpoint, during the campaign Collins came across as the clueless old uncle who comes to the family reunions and inquires about long-gone relatives. You know--the kind who still expects a secretary to take dictation. He was an old-school bumbler compared to Bell being an articulate realist. Collins selecting Ford and Finkbeiner as advisors sure supports this stereotype.
So glue down the coffee cups at 1 Government Center, lock-up your deaf relatives, and inflate your bicycle tires--Carty is back! And Jack Ford--what a dynamo he is!
Collins' transition team to include Finkbeiner, Ford
"George Tucker, executive secretary of the Greater Northwest Ohio Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, and Ray Wood, president of United Auto Workers Local 14 who was recently selected president of the local chapter of the NAACP, will also be co-chairmen, Mr. Collins said."
Toledo has a real problem—declining population and rising unemployment have made it difficult to receive the tax income needed to run the City. It’s a domino effect—when people lose their jobs, Toledo doesn’t collect income taxes and people can’t pay their property taxes.
Something happened several years ago that went largely unnoticed by Toledoans. Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz, who is the County’s chief real estate tax collector, decided to sell the tax liens that Toledo had against more than 3,000 delinquent property owners to a private company. The City received $14.7 million from a New Jersey company called Plymouth Park Tax Services.
The motivation for Kapszukiewicz to do this was to bring a huge sum of money into the public coffers, not to mention relieving his office of the duty of collecting the overdue taxes—one of his assigned responsibilities.
The motivation for Plymouth Park was to receive the rights to go after deadbeat property owners and charge up to 18 percent in interest, as well as levy large fees—all while holding over them the threat of foreclosure.
What does all of this mean to the future of the City? Well, instead of owing unpaid taxes to a local government entity that has a vested interest in the future of Toledo, homeowners now owe back taxes to a private enterprise that cares little about the plight of the individual or the impact that empty foreclosed upon houses has on a neighborhood. Heck, you can’t see Toledo from New Jersey.
If we had a U.S. President who actually cared--and possessed one iota of leadership qualities--Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius would be out-of-work today. The disaster of the ObamaCare website rollout should be enough to fire Sebelius. But then that would require Obama to make a decision.
Sebelius was born in Cincinnati and is the daughter of former Ohio governor John Gilligan. As an Ohioan, I feel proud.
What happens when a city runs out of viable political candidates? If you don’t think it can really happen, I have one word for you “Detroit.” Although Kwame Kilpatrick’s illegal, immoral, and unethical behavior has been nationally publicized, it’s just the tip of the political corruption iceberg that has become the norm in Detroit politics.
One of the many scandals that has occurred involves representatives from Synagro Technologies, a recycling company, giving hundreds of thousands of dollars directly to Detroit politicians in order to secure lucrative contracts for the company. Synagro’s Rayford Jackson delivered many of the bribes including buying the vote of former Motown star and City Council member, Martha Reeves. Jackson said that dealing with the totally Democrat controlled City government meant greasing the palms of just about everyone.
It begs the question, why would anyone who has something going for them choose to live in that disastrous city? That leaves undesirables for political candidates.
Toledo is pretty much there. One Party rule; City Council candidates from that Party who don’t meet primary deadlines, but are still allowed to run; a Democrat Councilman convicted of bribery—with many of his fellow Party colleagues knowing about it—and not saying a thing; and a mayoral election system that allows for the top two primary candidates, regardless of Party affiliation, to run against each other. This latter situation assures that there will never be a Republican finalist for mayor (the trend is to label oneself an “Independent”—anything but “Republican”).
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North Carolina GOP official resigns after interview
Representative Michele Bachmann taunted by DC resident at National WWII Memorial
Recently, Mississippi researchers found out why: two nuggets they examined consisted of 50 percent or less chicken muscle tissue, the breast or thigh meat that comes to mind when a customer thinks of "chicken."
The nuggets came from two national fast food chains in Jackson. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.
Arsenic in Rice
The FDA recently tested 1,300 samples of rice and rice products and found a deadly carcinogen. But somehow they concluded that it was okay to continue eating it. Something isn’t adding up.
Their official statement on the findings is that the levels of this poison are so low they don’t present a health danger. “All the data suggest levels that are not high enough to give us cause for concern for immediate or near-term effects,” said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg.1
I was thinking that recently. A president who wasn't on tv 24/7 haranguing us with communist stupidity. A president who understood the constitutional limits on his office. A president who didn't hate Christians. A president who didn't stick his nose into every area of Americans' lives.
So this is just a part of a recent article by Al Martin [you'll have to google him... too tired to do tutorials today]...
But Martin's observations are precisely why those who understand the goofiness going on in D.C. - ARE NOT cringing in a corner, trembling with fear of a "govt shutdown".
A federal judge has ruled Republican Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights is constitutional.
U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision Wednesday comes in a lawsuit Madison and Dane County workers filed in July 2011 alleging the law violated their constitutional right to freely assemble and equal protection because it imposes wage limits on union employees but none on non-union workers.
The following commentary comes from just one of many articles popping up all over Russia and the world especially after Obama drew the “red line,” then another and then another! The following words are from Xavier Lerma:
Even though the US thinks they are in charge of humanity the reality is they are not. In their imaginary world the toothless media supports their spit ball shooting president. They actually think their words are supreme and final. Kerry and McCain keep dancing in a parade trying to influence a congress which is neither conservative nor moral but nevertheless war weary. The once drug addict now US leader cannot fight against Vladimir Putin who brought Russia from poverty in the 90′s to a more stable economy today.
Big labor asswipes finally wake up to the fact that they were played by the Dems in order to get Obama reelected. Now they aren't happy about what's in the Affordable? Healthcare Act that their elected officials refused to read before passing.
Normally Mrignorant would keep us updated on any news from Michigan regarding Gov Snyder. His posts about Snyder failing, poll numbers falling, unions hating him etc etc are scattered throughout SB.
It's possible he missed this story while getting dressed in his pink chiffon for a night out so I thought I'd post it for him.
BOE member Jon Stainbrrok apparently enticed one of his fellow Republicans to file yet a 3rd attempt to cancel the residency of fellow Republican board member Anthony DeGidio. Stainbrook apparently makes enemies of anyone who doesn't agree with him and Degidio has made clear his intentions to stop Stainbrook's abuses at the BOE including support of incompetents and abuse of employees by Stainbrook. DeGidio has indicated his desire to vote to remove Gallagher from the BOE as recommended by the SOS John Husted.
In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation's largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.
Last month Sandra Meeks-Speller was fired by the TPS Board members despite the recommendation of a third party referee that she retain her job. Tuesday I'll look into the story with her advocate Dr. Earl Murry . Earl and I go back a few years and he has asked to come on the show to deal with this firing. He believes this teacher got a raw deal.
Here's the story to refresh your memory-TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
TPS board members voted 4-1 Tuesday to fire Assistant Principal Sandra Meeks-Speller, effective immediately.