Finally, the city of Detroit, Michigan ha been retaken! I never thought I'd see that one.
Note to any person who supports small government and new business development--move out of Toledo as soon as possible (assuming there are still people like that living in the City)!
With the election of D. Michael Collins as the new mayor, Toledo's final decline into a union-controlled, anti-business wasteland has begun. If you live in Toledo but don't belong to a union, your opinions and well-being will be ignored.
If you ever thought of opening a business in Toledo, I have two words for you "Michigan" and "Indiana." I can say this with conviction after hearing Collins this morning on WSPD state that making Ohio a right-to-work state would be a travesty. He added that every Toledoan has an uncle, dad, or grandfather who benefitted from being a member of a union. Yeah--and I have an ancestor who used to make stagecoach wheels--just about as pertinent in today's world as unions.
Michael Collins 56.53%
Mike Bell 43.47%
Larger then expected turnout 25.4% of registered voters.
Other than the Board of Election losing, that is a given with Jon Stainbrook on it, who are your choices for winners and losers today? Sound off here. Any race - city/township/school board.
Tomorrow's Toledo mayoral vote will be interesting--if not predictable.
I heard Collins and Bell interviewed this morning on WSPD and the differences between the two seem so obvious. Collins is the old-school politician who believes that the government can solve everything. Even though I think we're about the same age, he reminds me of the men who used to be at the helm of every business when I was growing up. You know--the ones who used to ask their secretaries, "Honey, could you get me a cup of coffee?" The guys who used to regularly dine at Dyer's (the downtown restaurant that didn't allow women). I mean how many guys do you know who still use the saying "How you be" (as Collins did to one of the radio callers this morning)?
On the other hand, Bell (who also has his flaws) isn't an embarrassment to the City. He has enthusiasm and a clue that Collins is missing.
With all of that said, Collins possesses the one trait that Toledoans continue to cherish (and that has brought it to the decaying City that it is today)--he's a union lackey.
Spreading hate for personal gain. Maybe this baptist minister has a future with the Westboro gang. When he gets out of prison, of course..
... at least that far back. But people (particularly liberal people) were mesmerized into thinking that the AFFORDABLE Care Act was going to either 1) be free for them, or 2) make insurance premiums AFFORDABLE.
Wondered how long it would take the board troll to circumvent your rules against porn & filth. Didn't take long.
For lurkers/readers - quick explanation... the board troll created a new "moniker" to hide behind, found a topic (MG) that would initially/temporarily ingratiate him (or, more accurately, ingratiate his new "moniker") with the board owner, and proceeded to post more porn, as links, that obviously can't be seen at first. I hope several others have flagged this one.
Here is a copy of the police report filed this week against Meghan Gallagher.
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TPS has not learned their lesson yet, they are still spending recklessly. There was a ETJFL championship game at Waite last week, prior to that during the playoffs the transformer burned out. Workers at the IBEW donated their services to fix the transformer for free. Toledo Public School denied the request and paid 18,000 to repair the transformer. These kinds of issues will continue to negatively effect renewal levies for TPS.
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.
I’ve always thought if your first impression of the U.S. came from crossing the border at Detroit, you would marvel at how this Country looks like a set from a science fiction movie. You know--the one where an apocalyptic event has wiped out all forms of intelligent life and destroyed all of the dwellings.
Detroit is a wasteland of clueless, unethical politicians and citizens who are relying on the government to supply them with food, clothing, housing, phones, etc.
Here are some of the recent bizarre “highlights” from this city of doom:
**The lawlessness of the citizens of Detroit has resulted in a two-day ban on filling portable gas containers to prevent Halloween arson. Yes, you read that correctly—Detroiters have to be policed to the point of not being allowed to fill gas cans because they can’t be trusted not to use accelerants for starting abandoned house fires.
**Detroit officials indicate they believe they can stop kids from breaking the Halloween curfew laws by holding parents accountable for their children’s behavior. I guess one has to assume that 1) Detroit parents are aware that their kids are roaming the streets at night and 2) Detroit parents care that their kids are roaming the streets at night. What parallel universe do these Detroit officials live in?
IF you are still feeding your kids (or yourself) tuna fish, you should probably read this article:
The article is actually more readable at henrymakow.com, but the way Dr. Makow rotates his articles, it may not be there tomorrow.
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.
My sources in the BOE tell me that once again Ms Gallagher has lost the plot, and shown her total lack of respect towards her underlings. Ms. Gallagher allegedly verbally and physically abused a fellow colleague today. My sources also tell me that the BOE board members were so incensed with Ms Gallagher's behavior, that they had the yet unnamed employee file a incident report with the police and prosecutor.
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”).
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
North Carolina GOP official resigns after interview
Up for reelection are Haddad and Jennewine. I wrote a warm, sensitive but somewhat lengthy piece on the election and was about to post it, but then I fat fingered the keyboard and lost the whole business. Oh well. Here's the summary:
Penny Levine, D (Moonbat)
I got curious when watching the gal with the weird haircut a the congressional hearings yesterday. First thing I wondered was - how did this organization get this contract, and how long have they been doing govt work... and who exactly is weird haircut woman?