Michigan taxpayers educate the country and other Granholm travesties

May 1, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Michigan is like the poor waif looking in at the opulence from a cold frustrating place. The rest of the country is enjoying the feast while Jennifer Granholm is content blaming Bush for our woes and taxing the life out of those of us and businesses struggling to stay.

In a whispy headed attempt to scare tax-payers into “putting out,” she announced yesterday that she would be taking away $125 in funding per public school student and cutting Medicaid funding for hospitals by 6%. Am I shuddering? No, I’m mad!

More news in the past week:

In 2004, 72 percent of Michigan State University’s graduating class secured jobs in Michigan. The following year, that number went down to about 62 percent. In 2006, the percentage of MSU students finding employment within Michigan dipped to about 50 percent, according to Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employer Research Institute at Michigan State University.

In light of this not so new development, perhaps Ms. Granholm should consider cutting the Michigan Promise Scholarship program which gives money to any Michigander high school graduate who merely takes the MEAP or MME standardized test and maintains a measly 2.5 GPA in college, university, technical school, or other approved post high school education.

Students who do not receive qualifying scores on the state assessment test will still receive up to $4,000 after the successful completion of two years of postsecondary education with at least a 2.5 GPA associate’s degree, two-year certificate, vocational education program or 50 percent of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree).

Bolding mine – So they don’t even have to complete the degree requirements.

Oooh, free money:

Scholarship and grant amounts that exceed tuition, fees and books are considered to be taxable income and are to be reported as such on income tax filings. For more information, discuss with a financial advisor.

So Granholm wants to tax Michigan out the whazoo scaring away potential employers and rich elderly tax payers:

Comerica Inc. was founded in 1849 in Detroit and the Detroit Tigers play in Comerica Park, but this week the bank holding company announced it is moving its headquarters to Dallas–where, it said, the bigger growth opportunities are. Consider it one more vote of confidence in the state the national expansion forgot, and especially in Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s economic agenda.

Re-elected last year, Ms. Granholm recently rewarded the voters by announcing some $1 billion in new fees and tax increases. The plan would charge Michigan residents higher levies for almost every activity inside the state with a moving part. She would tax trucking, shopping, smoking, hunting, fishing, drinking beer and liquor, using a cell phone and, yes, even dying.

Her plan does complete the phase-out of the state’s hated “single business tax,” which the Tax Foundation has called one of the most anti-growth business taxes in the nation. She should have stopped right there. Instead the Governor wants to create a new corporate income tax as well as a new 2% excise tax on upwards of 100 business services. The net effect would be to raise Michigan’s overall business tax burden. She’d also impose a 5% death tax on estates valued at more than $2 million–which is a sure way to encourage even more Michigan retirees to relocate to Florida.

Then she subsidizes college educations with our tax money and the graduates are fleeing the state to find jobs. Talk about an absurd investment into Chicago’s future with kisses from Michigan.

Kelley Bishop, executive director of career services at MSU, said a growing number of Michigan students are making a home in Chicago. A survey taken by his office on graduating MSU students found that, in 2003, 6 percent of the student population relocated to Chicago. In 2004, that number grew to 8 percent; 2005, 12 percent; and 2006, 15 percent.

thebobs.jpgBring on the “Bobs” to clean out Michigan Government. They certainly couldn’t hurt it any more than Granholm and her pals already have.

Just wondering Ms. Granholm…where’s all that extra revenue our state was supposed to see from the mandatory delay in the start of the public school year until after Labor Day?

Imagine the NYT soliciting donations on behalf of Mohammed Atta’s family

February 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I read this on Debbie Schlussel’s blog:

Can you imagine The New York Times writing a sympathetic piece about how Mohammed Atta’s family needs money to fly him for burial in Egypt?

It may sound twisted indeed, but not far from what actually appeared in a story about the Trolley Square killer in Salt Lake City’s Desert Morning News:

The family on Wednesday arranged for their son’s body to be picked up at a mortuary. It is to be sent to Bosnia for a funeral. The father will fly back to bury him, and the family is in need of donations.

Okay, if you have trouble with the terrorist parallel; submitted for your approval (or not) from and article by Robert Spencer in FrontPageMag.com:

Talovic joins an unfortunately growing list of Muslims who have committed random acts of violence, only for officials to assure us that their actions have nothing to do with terrorism. Maybe none of them do, but the list is full of troubling details:

  • On January 31, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, 22, stole a car in Minneapolis. He went on a rampage, ramming the stolen car into other cars and then stealing a van and continuing to ram other cars, injuring one person. His father told officials that Mohamed was suffering from mental problems; his mother added he had been depressed and hadn’t been taking his medication. During his rampage, Mohamed repeatedly yelled, “Die, die, die, kill, kill, kill,” and when asked why he did all this, he replied, “Allah made me do it.”
  • Omeed Aziz Popal, a Muslim from Afghanistan, who killed one person and injured fourteen during a murderous drive through San Francisco city streets in August 2006, during which he targeted people on crosswalks and sidewalks, identified himself as a terrorist after his rampage, according to Rob Roth of San Francisco’s KTVU. Later the murders were ascribed to Popal’s mental problems, and to stress arising from his impending arranged marriage.
  • On July 28, 2006, a Muslim named Naveed Afzal Haq forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Once inside, Haq announced, “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel,” and then began shooting, killing one woman and injuring five more. FBI assistant special agent David Gomez stated: “We believe…it’s a lone individual acting out his antagonism. There’s nothing to indicate that it’s terrorism-related. But we’re monitoring the entire situation.”
  • In March 2006, a twenty-two-year-old Iranian student named Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar drove an SUV onto the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, deliberately trying to kill people and succeeding in injuring nine. After the incident, he seemed singularly pleased with himself, smiling and waving to crowds after a court appearance on Monday, at which he explained that he was “thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah.” Officials here again dismissed the possibility of terrorism, even after Taheri-azar wrote a series of letters to the UNC campus newspaper detailing the Qur’anic justification for warfare against unbelievers, and explaining why he believed his attacks were justified from an Islamic perspective.

None of these were terrorist attacks in the sense that they were planned and executed by al-Qaeda agents. And it is possible that all of them were products of nothing more ideologically significant than a disturbed mental state, although it is at least noteworthy that each attacker explained his actions in terms of Islamic terrorism.

Add to this, Michelle Malkin’s Random gallery of “lone” shooters and her addition to it yesterday.

Talovic’s family cries, heartbroken not knowing where he got these ideas or the weapons; insisting there must have been an outside influence.

He repeatedly insisted that he had never seen his son with a gun. He said he did not know where his son got the weapons and ammunition.

“I think somebody’s behind him, somebody’s trailing him,” he said.

Asked to explain what that meant, his sister, Ajka Omerovic, said, “He wants to tell you that he thinks there is somebody who push him to do that.” Does he have any idea who? “No, really, no. We want to find out, just like you guys, all other people,” she said.

“He think that somebody like, I don’t know, behind all of that, set up Sulejman.” This person told him to shoot people, she said, relaying the father’s feeling.

It sounds like Talovic’s own father has suspicions that his son was influenced by someone else. Someone having access to a lot of weapons. Someone who wants to see unsuspecting Americans dead. Was Talovic a lone Jihadist? Who could have influenced him if he was such a loner?

An Islamist extremist Internet site last week published a book that directs terrorists on “how to fight alone.”

Written by Al-Hakaymah, the “Guide for Individual Jihad” suggests ways to kill the enemy when one is fighting alone.

The recommended methods include stabbing, feeding overdoses of cocaine or heroin, injecting air via needles, assassination with guns, burning down homes, putting poisonous snakes in cars, tampering with car brakes, planting explosives in vehicles, running over people, and luring people and then killing them.

The book also highly recommends poisoning targets and includes various methods of preparing and obtaining lethal toxins, including botulism. The book also gives instructions on making improvised explosives.

“These ideas, ways, and methods are subject to development and improvisation,” Al-Hakaymah stated.

Of course, how very politically incorrect and Islamophobic to even suggest that there might be a connection that should at the very least be explored. Debbie Schlussel raised the question; why didn’t anyone take the computers from the Talovic house. If for no other reason (like finding jihadist sites in the history), then just to see where his head was, who was he talking to online, did he warn anyone, did he type up some sort of “Will” or explanation!

We’re not permitted to question why he did it, especially if the questions involve Islam.

The Guardian sneers at LGF, Jihad Watch

In “Playing with fire” in The Guardian, Dan Glaister reduces himself to vilifying Charles Johnson and me for asking politically incorrect questions, and demonstrates the intellectual bankruptcy of his position by offering no arguments against the questions we have raised. Just sneers.

“Salt Lake Jihad?” asks David Horowitz’s conservative Frontpagemag.com. The question refers not to some Latter Day Saints-Osama Bin Laden merger but rather to speculation about the shootings at the Trolley Square shopping mall in Salt Lake City on Monday. While much has emerged about the shootings, and about the shooter’s family background in Bosnia, the conservative blogosphere, such as it is, is awash with suggestions that the mainstream (as in, liberal) media has deliberately suppressed the fact that Sulejman Talovic, the 19-year-old perpetrator, was Muslim.

“Conservative” = evil. “Such as it is” = insignificant — albeit apparently significant enough for a full denunciation in The Guardian. “Suggestions”: i.e., not statements, and in fact just questions, but never mind. They were the wrong questions.

Glaister goes on to denounce Little Green Footballs for noting that the media did not report the Salt Lake killer’s Islamic faith, and parrots many of the charges made in the Deseret Morning News.

I enjoyed reading LGF’s response. Here is a tiny bit:

This is where the media are heading, and the British are getting there first. If you suspect Islamic terrorism when a Muslim commits mass murder, and say so publicly, you’re going to be attacked and derided as a bigot. The fact that Islamists launch mass murder attacks around the world nearly every single day is immaterial; the vital job of journalists is to make sure there is no “backlash,” and they’ll withhold information to prevent it.

Never mind that there has never been such a backlash, not even after September 11. Journalists like Glaister are sure there’s one just waiting to happen, and if it does, it will be the fault of those idiots who think facts and truth are important.

Read the rest here.

Don’t question and don’t satire.

Don’t do anything.

update.png As the commentor below points out – it has been reported that Talovic did not have a computer.  However, Debbie Schlussel is still disputing the possibility that a computer may have existed because of inconsistencies in information from the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Reported by the Balimore Sun:

Armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol, a bandolier of shotgun shells under his trench coat and backpack full of ammunition, Talovic began “shooting anyone and anything he could point his gun at,” Police Chief Chris Burbank said Friday.

It is a question that might never be answered: Why did 18-year-old Talovic shoot nine strangers, killing five, at the upscale mall just east of downtown. His heartless 7-minute rampage ended only when police managed to cut him down in a Pottery Barn Kids store.

He left nothing behind — no notes, no journals, no computer — that might explain his motives, Burbank told The Associated Press.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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heart_20070214072611_74422.jpgA candy heart from Candy Slice. (Idea shamelessly stolen from Michelle Malkin.)

Here’s some info on St. Valentine’s Day; yes, I like to keep the Saint in St. Valentine’s day; sometime just to peeve my kids’ teachers.

Saint Valentine’s Day

The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens. Both the French and English literatures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries contain allusions to the practice. Perhaps the earliest to be found is in the 34th and 35th Ballades of the bilingual poet, John Gower, written in French; but Lydgate and Clauvowe supply other examples. Those who chose each other under these circumstances seem to have been called by each other their Valentines. In the Paston Letters, Dame Elizabeth Brews writes thus about a match she hopes to make for her daughter (we modernize the spelling), addressing the favoured suitor:

And, cousin mine, upon Monday is Saint Valentine’s Day and every bird chooses himself a mate, and if it like you to come on Thursday night, and make provision that you may abide till then, I trust to God that ye shall speak to my husband and I shall pray that we may bring the matter to a conclusion.

Shortly after the young lady herself wrote a letter to the same man addressing it “Unto my rightwell beloved Valentine, John Paston Esquire”. The custom of choosing and sending valentines has of late years fallen into comparative desuetude.

Barbara Curtis at Mommy Life talks about the real St. Valentine’s day and the evolution of the holiday.

Site Glitch

February 7, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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I didn’t realize that this blog was completely glitched out in Internet Explorer until I received an email mentioning something about my content overflowing into my sidbar and my sidebar overflowing into my content.  (I know, sounds like a Reese’s commercial.)   It worked beautifully in Firefox but for some reason, IE was having fits.

Anyways, I realized very quickly that it was because of the WordPress “widgets” plugin which is used for easily setting up sidebars without coding.  I can do the coding, but that widget thing seemed so easy and so tempting.

Hopefully, all is well with the blog again and hey, if you happen to notice it acting squirrely – please let me know.

Candy

Candy's got a Dot Com blog now!

January 31, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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And it looks a bit different from this one. Please join Candy at http://www.CandySliceOfLife.com.  I’d miss you if you didn’t mosey on over.

Where are the pedophiles in your neighborhood…in your neighborhood…

January 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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…they’re in your neighborhood…

There was just a segment on Fox and Friends and they shared this website FamilyWatchdog.us It’s pretty enlightening and frightening at the same time. It points out offenders and the location of schools. The pinpoints on the map are a little off, but the address information was on target.

Seriously – tattoos

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