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Detroit PD Chief: Buy Guns!

Although I don't have a gun, this advice might persuade me to get one!
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/17/police-guns-detroit-crime-r...

chaos at the ferguson press conference

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Toledo is nearing point of no return

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As of 11:45 August 16, the following crimes have been committed in Toledo:

~Anthony Horton was badly beaten on Buckingham Street

~Hakeem Johnson was shot on Nevada Street

~A teenager was shot on Chestnut and Noble Streets

~Tyrell Jones was shot on Franklin Street and Woodruff Avenue

There was a time in the City's history, before undesirables inhabited many of its neighborhoods, that just one of these occurrences in the course of a day would be big news. Now it's met with a yawn.

What happened? In the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Toledo was a manufacturing hub where people were able to get secure factory jobs with just a high school diploma. The City attracted low/no-skill workers from lower-class backgrounds who didn't possess any burning desire to better themselves--just to get a paycheck and head to the bar after work.

Dinner Time!

Here's a good idea! Waste not, want not. Now it's time to reciprocate and feed a few sharks.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LARGE_TEXAS_SHARK?SITE=AP&SECT...

TX Gov Rick Perry Indicted On 2 Felony Corruption Charges

"A Travis County grand jury Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two charges related to his effort last year to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest.

Grand jurors charged Perry, 64, with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. The first charge carries a punishment of 5-99 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The second charge is punishable by 2-10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The indictment stems from Perry’s threat last summer to withhold $7.5 million in state money from Lehmberg’s office unless she step down – a threat he later carried out by vetoing an appropriation in the state budget."

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/rick-perry-indicted-for-lehmberg-veto...

NEW BLACK PANTHERS

New Black Panthers stated "We don't have a problem with Al-Qaida, we don't have a problem with Islam. We have a problem with White People". Well that just about says it all. They, The NEW Black Panthers would probably join ISIS/Al-Qaida anyway, while all the other Christian blacks get slaughtered. And this is the group that Sharpton and a lot of people in black communities rally with. Oh! and one more thing, some were saying they were looting in St Louis on behalf of Michael Brown. Ok, I get it, lets destroy our community because we have what we feel is an excuse now to do it.

Why Does Ferguson Have A White Republican Mayor?

If the ratio of Black residents over White residents in the 60%-30% range, why did the White Republican run UNOPPOSED? Maybe this is why. I was a poll observer in the 2008 general election. What I saw was AMAZING! I saw at least 100 folks(after that I quit watching the phenomenon), of every age and persuasion, asking poll workers how to vote for Obama, and Obama only. When the helpers explained how to do that, they pointed out all the other important issues being presented, many of the voters things like "fcck that B-S, I'm not voting for ANYTHING other than Obama."

Is the president a mau mau? this man seems to think so

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/14/raw-video-new-black-panther-p... i'll have to check with prunefart and others to see if this is in fact racist

Black Man Killed in Los Angeles For Walking Down The Street

A Black Man in LA was shot and killed for walking down the street.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/lapd-shoot-kill-ezell-ford_n_56...

Deadline passes

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Michigan's inept union leadership missed the July 7th deadline to get a referendum on the November ballot to permanently repeal the state's right to work law. You would have thought that with the rep of being home to the unions, and a union state that they could have gotten the required 322,609 signatures but they didn't. They got zero, they rolled over and played dead.

Teacher Fired Over Namecalling Her Students, Might Be Reinstated

I'm betting she will be rehired. I don't have a dog in this fight, but the issue is still, did she REALLY do anything worthy of being fired over? In a union setting, the grievance procedure has to be followed, and one cannot skip steps, which seems to have happened here.
http://www.news4jax.com/news/fired-duval-county-teacher-could-be-reinsta...

Mayor: It's somebody else's fault

The Blade waits until the very last paragraph of this lengthy story to give readers the most jarring remark by Mayor Collins, that directors (he used the plural) of public utilities are "political hacks." He doesn't name names and the editors apparently didn't press him to do so, but it's obvious that Ed Moore, a good and decent man, is being set up as a scapegoat. My guess is that the mayor and the editors are colluding, doing a little set-up work to justify future attacks on selected employees in the water division.

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...

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