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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Spending Measure Not a Law, Suit Says: "...last month, Washington threw all that old-fashioned civics stuff into a tizzy, when President Bush signed into law a bill that actually never passed the House. Bill -- in this case, a major budget-cutting measure that will affect millions of Americans -- became a law because it was 'certified' by the leaders of the House and Senate."

Friday, March 24, 2006


Nat Turner by Kyle Baker

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Pushy Politics - DeVos/Granholm Staffers Narrowly Avoid Hair Pulling

The argument, near as could be determined, did not yield any jobs for Michigan, although it did keep sheriff's deputies briefly occupied. Nor did it resolve the question of whether DeVos or Granholm can claim the title of greater job creator, which the two campaigns are likely to bicker about right up to Election Day while thousands of Michigan households worry more about their next pay or pension checks than about who is their governor.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Feingold's Censure Resolution

 An excerpt:

Whereas the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978

permits the Government to initiate wiretapping immediately

in emergencies as long as the Government obtains

approval from the court established under section 103 of

the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50

U.S.C. 1803) within 72 hours of initiating the wiretap;

You can't find time to acquire court approval 72 hours after the fact?  That's just lazy.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Unschooled black men feel growing disconnect - 03/21/06 - The Detroit News: "The share of young black men without jobs has climbed nearly unstopped. In 2000, 65 percent of black male high school dropouts in their 20s were jobless. By 2004 the share had grown to 72 percent, compared with 34 percent of white dropouts and 19 percent of Hispanic dropouts."

CounterPunch: "America's Best Political Newsletter: The Conservative Push for the Right Student

: "Similar to the McCarthy period the right now claims that students are victims of indoctrination. Brainwashing and mind control in classrooms constitute a parent's worst fears. Merely accusing a professor of indoctrination sends shivers throughout public consciousness. It is, without a doubt, the most effective way to cripple the progressive potential of higher ed, because it immediately makes the public suspicious of professors. But let's consider for a moment what such charges presume, especially when they are bundled with the second claim that students need more access to conservative faculty."

NATIONAL   | March 20, 2006
Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn
Poorly educated black men are becoming more disconnected from mainstream society, even as other groups make gains.

I just read this in its entirety.  God this is depressing.  Deep in your gut pull you down depressing.  My brother-in-law is a lawyer in San Antonio.  Does a lot of criminal work.  Knows a whole slew of young men like the ones in this article.
He's given up on them for the most part.
Concentrates his time on adoptions now.  As much of his free time as he can afford.  Figures that if he gets kids placed into good families early on, he won't have to see them in court later.
We've lost a couple of generations folks.  Just lost them.  Think about that for a while.
On the other hand, no mention was made on how these young men compare to the total number of black men in our society.  I'd like to see those numbers.  But even taken in and of themselves, the numbers are obscene.
People tell me sometimes that I'm "exceptional".  I hate it when white people tell me that - when anybody tells me that - but especially white people.  Because I go to work everyday?  Pay my taxes? Take care of my family?  As an acquaintance of mine once said - a black small business owner - when he turned down a well intentioned award from a community organization: "What the hell else am I supposed to do?"

But if these stats are any indication, I may be the exception rather than the rule.
Am I missing something?  Somebody tell me I am. - Barry

Monday, March 20, 2006


Story:Grow Your Own Oil, U.S.

The United States can grow enough fresh biomass -- more than a billion tons each year -- to supplant at least a third of its annual petroleum use, according to an April 2005 study (.pdf) by the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Energy.

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Monday goal is regional cooperation: "The officials are expected to talk about programs to divert mentally ill people from county jails, ways to deal with increased infrastructure costs and how to attract money to fix roads and improve transportation."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Oakland County - Radio system swells water fight

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal - Opinion/Editorial Article: "The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.

Besides freedom, a job and a roof over their heads, they all sought respect. But even after all these years, too many have yet to realize that to get respect, you have to give it."

Sunday, March 12, 2006

LifeStraw™ - Medgadget - "LifeStraw™ is a simple device, still in a prototype phase, designed for those unfortunate people in the third world who do not have access to clean drinking water. The pipe is composed of two textile filters, followed by a chamber with beads impregnated with iodine"

Petosky stones

NASA to cut science education program: "Educators and administrators at local colleges say they've seen NASA headquarters and Langley Research Center funding shrink in the past few years for programs designed to prepare more scientists and engineers, something critics say the United States is failing to do adequately.

'We're not preparing our kids for the jobs of the future,' said Bill Thomas, director of governmental relations for Hampton University."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Update - Council boosts water rates -- but not for city

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"This is an obscene action by the Detroit City Council," said Joe Munem, spokesman for Mayor Mark Steenbergh. "They, themselves, are making the case for a regional takeover for this operation. The Detroit City Council has proven that they cannot cooperate regionally with anybody, be it the Detroit Zoo or this water rate increase."


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Metro area residents whose attention was focused on the zoo issue last week may not have noticed, but the Detroit water department, like the rest of city government, is cruising dangerously close to treacherous financial

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Detroit - Water rate hikes irk residents

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It's a rare moment in metro Detroit when city and suburban residents are on the same side, but the mere mention of yet another yearly water rate hike sends residents on both sides of 8 Mile into fits.


Macomb County - Limit on sex-themed businesses disputed in Warren

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"Here's the council secretary, Queen Latifah, and she doesn't have it on the agenda," Wiecek said Feb. 24 on the city's audio podcast, "Warren Town Talk." "What are her motives? Is she trying to do a friend a favor?"

Wiecek said at the Feb. 28 meeting that he didn't mean anything derogatory by calling Vogt "Queen Latifah" and said "she's a humorous person."


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Bouncing reality check

"Failure to achieve health benefit and pay concessions from the city's unionized workers has caused much of this year's shortfall. That's no surprise since the unions have said all along that there was 'absolutely zero chance' they'd agree to taking pay cuts and picking up a big increase in insurance costs."

Monday, March 06, 2006


Campus clash on cartoon riots simply juvenile

"There is, it seems to me, something self-defeating about allowing oneself to be incited to riot by an arbitrary likeness of a face no living person has ever seen. Take that to its logical conclusion and you can imagine the Middle East exploding because somebody drew a stick figure and labeled it the Prophet Mohammed. It's like giving the entire world permission and means to pull your chain."

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Wayne-County - Coleman Young's son throws hat into political arena

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"Young said he legally changed his name at the request of his father, who died in 1997.

"Wherever I've been I've always been Coleman A. Young Jr.," he said."


Editorials - Patterson serves region well as a human lightning rod

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"His battles with Detroit began with former Mayor Coleman Young, about whom Patterson has mixed recollections.

'His preoccupation with righting (racial) wrongs kept him from some important issues of economic development,' Patterson recalls. But he says 'Coleman's death left a huge leadership void. That council has a cast of characters eating their young, and they're damaging the city and the region.'

Patterson also says Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is beginning to repair the damage.

'He's got untapped potential, and I think he's a different mayor today after he almost lost the election,' Patterson told me. 'Kwame's star is on the ascendancy and someday, he may be recognized as the heir apparent to the rule of Coleman the first.'"

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


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Jack Lessenberry Nicely Ties Up The Detroit Zoo Dust Up
"How we all reacted to the zoo crisis illustrated, more than anything else
in our recent history, what is in our souls, deep down".


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