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Robin Williams DEAD

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More to follow. NBC said apparent suicide. Act is apparently result of major depression issues.

Looting In Missouri After Shooting

Looting, vandalism in Missouri following a shooting of a youth, by police, and identified on Saturday. Cop to be identified, possibly within the next 24 hours. Armed business owners guarding property.

http://news.yahoo.com/vandalism-looting-vigil-missouri-man-043816425.html

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/11/when-missouri-looting-broke-o...

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/08/armed-guards-at-strip-mall-save-...

Erin Brockovich talks about Toledo's water issues

Erin Brockovich knows a thing or two about tainted water. The case she helped to build against Pacific Gas and Electric's contamination of the water supply in Hinkley, California was portrayed in a movie that starred Julia Roberts playing Brockovich.

Brockovich has shared her views on Toledo's recent water problems, as well as how Mayor Collins handled it (link on next page).

Not easy being green #453

The Scottish government has commissioned a report into the health effects of wind farms at 10 sites across the country, following concerns that many people may be suffering from the effects of infrasound emitted from the turbines.
The Sunday Express reports that campaigners are concerned that the low frequency sounds produced may be causing people living nearby to suffer headaches, nausea, insomnia, dizziness and raised blood pressure.

When Did Collins Know About Potential Water Problems?

The 13abc I-Team has uncovered a letter from the Ohio EPA showing concerns about the city's water system dated in June.

The letter warns the city about the lack of progress being made to improvements at Toledo's Public Water System, in particular the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

It goes on to say the plant is vulnerable to potential failures that could severely impact the city's ability to provide enough safe water to its citizens.

Public utilities director has questionable past

Prior to last weekend, probably most of us had never seen nor heard of Edward Moore, director of Toledo's Department of Public Utilities.  We found out all too well the important role that this man plays in making our lives comfortable.  We put a lot of trust in the person who holds that position.

Well, there is an interesting story behind Moore.  During the Bell administration, Moore was the director of the City's Department of Public Service.  When Collins became mayor, he replaced Moore with William Franklin.  Replacing Moore, who is African American, added to the heat that Collins took for not appointing enough minorities to high-level positions.  In a December 16, 2013, Blade article, Collins explained that he had nothing against Moore, but he needed to have "people in positions that I have confidence in."

Collins' choice for the director of Public Utilities, Robin Whitney, served for four months before leaving to take a job with ProMedica.

So what does Collins do?  He appoints the person who he previously did not have enough confidence in to retain in the Public Service position, as the new director of Public Utilities.

And there's more.

Right To Work-Fast Track To Disaster

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LANSING, Mich. -- A new federal report says Michigan's economy has continued its steady recovery from the Great Recession, growing 2 percent in 2013 and staging a faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/07/4277216/michigan-economy-grows-2-p...

Editorial

"A Chinamans' Chance"---Title Of New Book

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I think this book might be a Bestseller. I'm looking forward to reading it! I didn't know the Asians are the fastest growing minority population in the Country.

SEIU EIEIO

In Michigan, where the SEIU had dues deducted directly from Medicare checks sent to people cared for in their homes by loved ones, the practice ended when lawmakers passed legislation in 2012 making it a right-to-work state. Membership among those previously classified as home health workers plunged by 80 percent by some estimates, but the SEIU kept people previously classified as union members on its rolls unless they affirmatively opted out during a one-month annual period.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/06/seiu-forced-to-drop-due-skimming-af...

RepubliDems

After initial success in cutting federal spending and reducing deficits, House Republicans have drifted into the red with a series of tax measures and spending bills that are not offset — either adding to the pile of debt or hiding the costs with accounting gimmicks.

More than a dozen bills with costs that are not fully offset elsewhere in the budget have passed the Republican-controlled House and threaten to add nearly $1 trillion to federal debt over the next decade.

Pay cut for pay raises

Here's an example of individual action backing up words, something that I believe Mr. Independent and Fred would agree with. Be nice if it became a trend among the elite salaried types.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2014/08/05/kentucky...

Ebola: The US diagnostic test is a lie

Ebola: The US diagnostic test is utterly unreliable. When researchers and doctors are talking about a germ-caused disease, everything depends on the accuracy of the diagnosis. That's where it all starts.

So here is a blockbuster.
The US diagnostic test for Ebola is utterly unreliable.
Using the test to claim a patient has Ebola or doesn't have Ebola is scientific fraud.
Therefore, any pronouncements made by the Centers for Disease Control, where all the US testing is done, are worthless.

This guy cracks me up

He wants to be Governor but for years was unwilling to follow the very laws of the state. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/08/04/Fitz_driver_lic... Liberal politicians, you gotta love 'em. http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/08/what_we_know_--_and_what...

Good job, Mr. President

I only wish that Obama had held a Rose Garden signing ceremony with leaders of both parties by his side.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/04/obama-si...

Nancy Pelosi goes berserk on house floor

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WATCH FOR PELOSI AT BOTTOM OF SCREEN MARCHING OVER TO THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF HOUSE TO RANT--SHE DOES IT TWICE. ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!

A message from Amjad

You gotta love this guy. He calls the Israeli military response "indiscriminate bombing" and Hamas' terrorism campaigns "occasional flare-ups." I think he's due for another visit to his hometown in Pakistan, where the people are tolerant and cherish peace.

http://www.toledoblade.com/S-Amjad-Hussain/2014/08/04/The-Israel-Palesti...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorist_incidents_in_Pakistan_in_2013

IMO, Water Scare Will Turn Out To Be A HOAX!

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I hope all the test results will be CAREFULLY checked, and published so we can see for ourselves what is going--and NOT let some political hacks explain it for us! Specially the part where huge tax increases will be needed to keep Toledo healthy!

marcy can rest easy--her supporters aren't getting any smarter

There are only two possibilities that Marcy Kaptur will ever be voted out of Congress: 1. If a viable Cleveland-area minority runs against her in the primary or 2. If her constituents would get a clue. After reading the comments on local blogs (including some on this site) and social media, she won't have to worry about the second item happening.

The one constant over the last 30 years in the Toledo-area is Marcy Kaptur. She keeps pointing her finger at Republicans--blaming them for the condition of Lake Erie--and her followers are buying it hook, line, and sinker. The ignorance is overwhelming.

Marcy Kaptur is the ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Energy and Water Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. She sits at the table where budgeting decisions are made concerning Federal spending on bodies of water. On her website she brags about her membership on this committee, which she deems "appropriate given that the Ninth District hugs the Lake Erie coastline from Cleveland to Toledo."

Kasich's illegal appointment to Director of Health

Defend this, conservatives!

On Friday afternoon Kasich released a statement saying he was going to appoint Rick Hodges as Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Hodges, a former lawmaker, currently leads the Ohio Turnpike Commission. Hodges will be replacing Dr. Ted Wymyslo… and that “Dr.” part is kind of important.

According to Ohio Revised Code 121.10:

The director of health shall be either:

(A) A physician holding the degree of doctor of medicine from a medical college approved by the state medical board who, before assuming his duties, has been licensed to practice medicine in the state and who has had experience in pursuing some phase of medical practice;

(B) An individual who has had significant experience in the public health profession.

http://www.plunderbund.com/2014/08/02/kasich-makes-another-illegal-cabin...

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