Detroit Fress Press: Families fight for their homes
The “free market” is alive and well in Michigan. As global competition and corporate mismanagement worsen the impacts of a state-wide economic downturn in Michigan, people of all income levels are getting a taste of that "free-market" freedom.
As of Sept. 1, 40,110 Michigan families were seriously delinquent on their mortgages or in foreclosure. In metro Detroit alone, nearly 26,000 homes were in foreclosure. The state's 2005 mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates are 50% higher than the national average, a startling statistic that reveals a large number of metro Detroiters are being forced out of their homes and into financial ruin.
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Detroit Fress Press: Families fight for their homes
In a tawdry effort to deceive blog visitors from New Richmond, the ontheborderline.nut crack propaganda
team rapidly deployed it's communications campaign to convince new visitors that their mission is to establish a
utopian capitalist nirvana by blocking any and all efforts
to build a single public school in Western Wisconsin.
Posing as warriors for truth, justice and the American way,
Blog-troopers masquaraded as Star Wars Clones fighting to establish the future state of perpetual prosperity through such tried and true methods as Union busting, worker wage reduction and the ever popular raid on employees pensions. Ever wonder what was behind those bright white suits of shining armour? See Fig. 2 Blog Trooper (Post Labotomy).
The Blog Troopers first excursion into foreign territory was met a response reserved for snakes in the grass,
skunks and other such beloved vermin. Hssssssssssssssssssssssssss. The sound of the all to familiar garden hose with a pinhole leak. The same garden hose used to fill the now infamous blogger hot tubs. Undeterred by the warm welcome and pleas from moderate borderliners to employ diplomacy,the Blog troopers continue to surreptitiously plot their next attack.
at 10/14/2005 Posted by Andy Rand
Fact: State and local spending and total revenue from taxes and fees are only slightly above average in Wisconsin — and these support a much higher quality of government services than in other states.
• Wisconsin taxpayers pay for services not only through taxes but also through fees and charges — university tuition, car registration, hunting and fishing licenses, etc. When state and local taxes and fees are combined, Wisconsin ranks 14th among all states. When state, local, and federal taxes and fees are combined, Wisconsin ranks 20th.
• Even looking simply at state and local taxes (excluding fees), on a per capita basis Wisconsin’s rank fell from 6th to 11th between 1999 and 2002. Furthermore, Wisconsin chose to address budget shortfalls in 2003 and 2004 by cutting spending rather than raising taxes. Thus, the state and local tax rate ranking has likely dropped below 11th since 2002.
• In 2002, Wisconsin ranked 18th in state and local government spending relative to personal income. If measured on a per capita basis, Wisconsin ranked 16th for spending.
• In terms of spending on government employees, Wisconsin ranked 29th among the states in 2001 for percentage of the workforce in government, and 33rd in public sector employment growth from 1979 to 2001.
More Wisconsin tax myths.
"We don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinte succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
from the book "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train"
at 10/13/2005 Posted by JPN
1974: Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union activist Karen Silkwood killed in suspicious car crash on her way to deliver documents to a newspaper reporter during safety investigation of plutonium processing plant, Okla.
2000: Hundreds of San Jose “Mercury News” newspaper carriers end 4-day walkout with victory.
at 10/13/2005 Posted by JPN
This was turned over to us by Barney the OTBL CSI private investigator. He said he found it on the ground outside of an undentified hot tub at an unidentified bloggers house. He said the reason he was anywhere near the hot tub was because he was guarding the outhouse at the OTBL's private compound, Kamp Nudenick.
Yesterday I promised to do a post on How to Encourage "Group Think". (See: Illusion of Intellectuality) Though it may be much too late for this group (See: New Richmond Community School Input Meeting Evacuated After Skunks From Hudson Arrive With Tails Up!). Maybe they can use these the next we demonstrated that nuts like us don't fall far from the fruit cake. Anyway, I got delayed yesterday, because I was having my scent glands recharged. So here they are:
The group should be hidden from the causes and consequences of group think. This allows the idiocy of the head string-pullers to reverberate down to the brainless puppets doing the OTBL clown dance.
The leader is all powerful, makes all the decisions and tells the group what Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises quotes will be allowed in OTBL posts. This practice will be especially effective in encouraging members to wear duct tape over their mouth at school board meetings.
The leader should give high priority to calling anyone who disagrees with him a socialist, collectivist, Marxist punk and should make it known that criticism ain't allowed.
The Admin on the OTBL blog site will regularly make posts welcoming new visitors and telling them what a swell bunch of open-minded intellectuals we are...with appropriately confusing footnotes as to just what the hell he means by "open-minded" and "lewd and vulgar."
Groups should only consider alternatives offered up by the leader who plays the definitive role of the devil's hemorrhoid and directs the trashing of anybody disagreeing with the leader's line of thought. If in doubt, check the John Birch Society web site for further instructions.
It is never useful to divide the group into two separate deliberative bodies. That's why we kicked Dratsum of the blog site.
Ignore all warning signals from rival groups and organizations and continue to expand you clownish image of being an anti-community, anti-education, anti-tax, anti-union, Founding-Father boot licker.
Consensus on a decision is demanded. Any residual doubts should be kept to yourself -- if you know what's good for you.
Outside objective experts should be barred from vital decision making.
Tentative decisions are the stuff of liberals and RINOs like Kitty and Sheila and should be ignored in the decision-making group and never discussed at our blogger hot tub parties.
The organization should routinely follow the administrative practice of doing whatever Dr. Bill says and learn to master the copy-n-paste computer function so they can post the neo-con talking points from other mindless right-wing nut bloggers who also like to call themselves intellectuals.
There you have it. Most of these items here I know the Hudson School Board is too smart to follow. I would bet that New Richmond is the same -- otherwise they would have served Kool-Aid at the Input meeting.
Always remember, when your friends, neighbors and community members tell you that you are up to your ankles in bullshit, quickly blurt out this phrase: "At least I'm in it head first!"
Click here for a satirical version of this post.
It's interesting to hear how the AM talk radio shows spin matters of potential corruption, as in what Republican Representative Tom DeLay is facing. Of course the right-wingers linke Tony Snow, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh are surfing on the vast Democratic/liberal/left-wing conspiracy wave. The lefties on the Air American talk shows are pointing numerous sandburrs stuck to Delay's political tails as evidence of his problems. I think the right-wing talkers figure that all they have to do is keep hammering away with their message of conspiracy and their loyal listeners will swallow their verbal Kool-Aid and parrott their conspiracy spin.
Maybe right-wingers should checkout what serious conservative voices have to say about Delay. The conservative Manchester Union-Leader/New Hampshire Sunday News editorialized today that former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is bad for the Republican party and must leave office. If you are not familiar with the Union-Leader, it has the reputation of being one of the most conservative daily newspaper voices in the nation.
They argue that whether or not the indictment has merit, DeLay's argument that Earle is playing politics simply doesn't pass muster. "If DeLay is right that the indictment was politically motivated, then he has finally received a taste of his own medicine," the editors write. "DeLay has used his position to crush Democrats at every conceivable opportunity, and he has overstepped ethical bounds to do so. DeLay wields power for one purpose: to enrich and empower himself and his allies."
The paper describes DeLay as "an embarassment as Majority Leader," and say that, since House rules have forced the indicted DeLay from leadership, the GOP has a rare opportunity to replace him with someone "more concerned with passing good laws than humiliating his political opponents."
When will Wisconsin's Congressman Mark Green stop the excuses and clean his campaign of dirty DeLay money? Green, who has accepted more than $30,000 from DeLay-controlled committees, has come up with excuse after excuse in his refusal to wash his hands of this dirty money. He's even contributed to DeLay's legal defense fund!
Mark Green's behavior raises serious questions about his ethics. Several Republicans around the country have said they will divest their campaigns of the DeLay money, but it appears that Mark Green is too deep in DeLay's pocket to get out.
Wisconsin deserves better. Write your local newspapers. For more information, see www.DirtyGreen.com
1898: Company guards kill eight miners who are attempting to stop scabs, Virden, Ill.
1902: 14 miners killed, 22 wounded by scabherders at Pana, Ill. - 1902
1933: 2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles
Click here for more on labor.
at 10/11/2005 Posted by JPN
All progressive heroes are not preserved in black-n-white -- some are fighting today in living color. One such hero is Javier Morillo-Alicea. Born "dirt poor," educated at Yale, former college professor. He decided to do more than just talk about it.
Dave Beal did a nice piece on Morillo-Alicea in the 10/9/05 Sunday edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Check comments for full article.
at 10/10/2005 Posted by JPN
My Dear SpiritOfBSocus:
I'm so glad that you are not willing to compromise for, as you say that can only dilute
In your corner of the truth (which can be found at)
One has wonder, why you use an approximation to prove your absolute belief (i.e. article of
faith),in absolutes. I guess that your definition of pi is good enough eh? 3.14159... I guess
being off by a couple million digits just doesn't matter when you're searching for truth.
Your agruement doesn't hold water. BS maybe, but not water.
Here are the first 1000 digits of pi.
As of March 14th, 2005 researchers have found the first 200 million digits of pi.
Since you posess the absolute meaning of truth because it is self evident, please notify the rest of the civilized world when you find that last digit of pi. I'm sure it'll come in handy even if it is a little unweildy.I think that absolute fact will come in handy next time you're going to try to land failing jet aircraft in an emergency.
As they say on the Pi-Search page.
"Where can I get so much Pi? http://www.angio.net/pi/piquery#findn
I'm frequently asked where people can get such a ridiculously large amount of pi. Be warned that 50 million digits of pi takes up 50 megabytes. This can take up to 4 hours to download with a 28.8k modem!"
As we say at Abovetheborderline "Where can you get so much BS? http://www.ontheborderline.net/?p=1840
To paraphrase your mentor..Von Mises "you can never have too much of a BS theory; compromise does not enhance but merely dilutes."
Blog on my psuedo- intellectual "friend". Blog on.
"He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know."
P.S. I'm not a real Doctor either, I just pretend to be one on this blog.
at 10/10/2005 Posted by Andy Rand