Tag Archives: Michigan

Michigan governor puts refugee acceptance efforts on hold

Smart move.

Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder

On Sunday,  republican Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder announced that his state would postpone efforts to accept Syrian refugees. He stated he was doing so “until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures.”

And his reasoning? He stated that Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration” but that Michigan’s “first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”

Snyder added, “There will be difficult days ahead for the people of France and they remain in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. “It’s also important to remember that these attacks are the efforts of extremists and do not reflect the peaceful ways of people of Middle Eastern descent here and around the world.”

Mayor Mike Duggan/Photo via WXYZ.com

Mayor Mike Duggan/Photo via WXYZ.com

In early October, Mayor Mike Duggan (democrat) said Detroit was among the cities willing to “step up” as a host for refugees amid the crisis in war-torn Syria. In September, Duggan said he met with President Obama and had been in talks with federal officials for several weeks about the plan and is “very willing” to accept refugees.

This could lead to a showdown between Obama and a republican governor. Despite the Paris terrorist attacks, Obama still plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees.

Course this move by Snyder may be too late to stop whatever potential terrorists may be in Michigan. About 4,000 refugees from countries in the Middle East and Africa resettled in Michigan last year, according to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. Beside Syria, refugees are coming from Iraq and other regions held by Islamic State.

Over at The Detroit News, the majority of comments are positive about this latest move from governor Snyder. Course we did have the standard raaaacist comment: Republicans are racist cowards.



Michigan lawyer wants pig to run for mayor after ballot deadline mix-up

Giggles the Pig

Fox News: A Michigan lawyer wants his pig to enter into the Flint mayoral race after a mix-up threatened to keep candidates’ names off the primary election ballot.

Michael Ewing started the “Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor” effort after learning that the August primary could be skipped unless a judge intervenes and all candidates would have to file as write-ins for the general election in November, The Flint Journal reported.

Giggles the Pig2The pig’s candidacy seeks to draw more attention to the mayoral race, better educate voters about their choices and encourage residents to demand more of elected officials, Ewing said. He plans to take Giggles to meet the residents of Flint.

“I don’t want to turn it into a laughingstock,” Ewing said. “I don’t know how else to get people to pay attention.

State election officials have said that Flint’s clerk accidentally told candidates that nominating petitions were due by April 28, but candidates later were told they missed the actual deadline by a week. State law does not permit a clerk to extend a deadline.

Not everyone has taken Giggles’ candidacy lightly. Mayoral candidates Karen Weaver and Wantwaz Davis both took issue with a pig running for mayor. “I didn’t see any pig walking around getting signatures,” Weaver said. Weaver also called the problem a “mockery of the democratic process.” “Putting a pig in a race is an offense to the character and moral value we’re trying to exemplify in the city,” Davis said.

Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder declared an end to a financial emergency in Flint. The city has been run by four emergency managers since 2011 and control is being returned to local officials, although a five-member transition board will have a significant role.

“If we elect someone who is not up to the challenge, we’ll be right back to the state of Michigan emergency manager again,” Ewing said.

The city is worried about character and moral values? Maybe they should have been concerned with who they voted for, especially after their first financial emergency. Maybe a pig really could do better than the officials they elect. And at least this pig isn’t running for Flint mayor!

'The Wide One'


Tuesday Morning Laugh..





WASHINGTON, DC – Sources close to the White House have learned that Barack Obama is planning to run for the office of Pope when the College of Cardinals convenes to elect a successor to ailing Benedict XVI at the end of this month. Calling on the promise of Equality for All, Obama is said to firmly believe that the time has come for a non-Catholic to occupy the Vatican‘s highest office.

Foreseeing a looming citizenship issue he states that he has discovered an Italian birth certificate that proves he was born in Rome before he was born in Kenya. “That Hawaiian birth certificate never has been worth what I paid for it anyway,” he noted.

Continuing, he concluded, “And there’s no way that a handful of cardinals could be more expensive to buy than 10 million voters in Michigan.” Further questions should be directed to Obama’s Papal Campaign Manager, Abdul Azeem Khan.

~Steve~                         H/T   Miss May         

Michigan’s Right to Work Bill Has Unions All Shook Up

This is Huge!


Son of famous Masters-Johnson sex researchers convicted of public masturbation

I don’t know how to characterize this piece of news. Calling it “ironic” doesn’t fit, so I’ll settle for this being some kind of cosmic joke.

Dr. William H. Masters (1915-2001) and Virginia E. Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, especially sexual arousal and dysfunction. For their research, the couple (whom I’d always thought to be rather creepy) conducted interviews and observed sex acts. They wrote the best-sellers Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy, which have been translated into 30 languages. They founded an independent not-for-profit research institution in 1964, originally called the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation and renamed the Masters & Johnson Institute in 1978.

Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters

Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters

Two days ago, on Dec. 3, 2012, their 60-year-old married son, William Masters II, pled guilty to public lewdness after he was arrested last May for masturbating in New York’s Central Park, just 25 feet away from a public walkway. The Central Park incident is the first of two arrests of Masters for public indecency this year! (The other arrest was in Michigan.)

Mugshots of William Masters II

Mugshots of William Masters II

The Daily Mail reports, Dec. 4, 2012, that a New York police officer reported seeing Masters expose his genitals and masturbate in an area of the park called the Ramble that’s known for homosexual liaisons. The police complaint said: ‘The defendant intentionally exposed the private parts of his body in a lewd manner and committed a lewd act in a public place… with intent that he be so observed.”

Masters also is charged with exposing himself to two female undercover police officers as they passed by his exclusive summer home in Michigan this past September. That case is pending.

A local source described the Michigan locale to the New York Post, as “a very rich, wealthy gated community, with cottages built by families like [tire magnate] Harvey Firestone.”

Masters II was nude on the banks of the Pinnebog River at the Port Crescent State Park area in Hume Township when two female kayakers paddled by. The kayakers were undercover cops in a sting operation because of numerous lewd incidents reported from that area over the years.

The two officers said Masters II “yelled for attention” from his perch on a nearby dune and then proceeded to make “obscene gestures” at the women when they looked his way. The officers beached their kayak and chased after Masters, calling for backup from a Michigan conservation officer to help in their pursuit.

Given Masters’ previous history, officials in Michigan planned to canvass the area surrounding the posh summer homes in the Pointe aux Barques where he was caught, showing local women photographs of him in an attempt to link him to a previous plague of flashing incidents.

Master’s defense lawyer Irwin Rochman tells the New York Post his client is getting counseling.


Uh Oh!

The wedding party fell into Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan after the dock that they were standing on broke while posing for photos.

Strange Underground Noises Heard Across the World

Loud rumbling and groaning sounds are being heard in many locales across the world:

The person who posted this video on YouTube speculates that the sounds may be caused by surreptitious drilling and construction of large underground shelters by governments that are taking the threat of 2012 seriously.

I found some other videos of strange sounds. This one, recorded somewhere in Michigan on August 19, 2011, seems to be from space instead of from beneath the earth:

Here’s one from Homel, Belarus, on August 14, 2011:

As of March 22, 2011, The Big Wobble had compiled a map of reported strange sounds in the United States: