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Dog Swims Over 6 Miles to Reunite With Family After Falling Off Boat in Lake Michigan

Grab a hanky…

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

From ABC News: A dog that recently fell overboard in the middle of Lake Michigan apparently swam over six miles back to shore and walked over 12 miles more to a campground where she was reunited with her family the following day.

Edward Casas, 56, told ABC News today that he had been boating with his wife, 49-year-old Kristin Casas, on Sunday, when they encountered a mechanical problem.

Edward said he believes their son’s 10-month-old puppy, Rylee, must have fallen overboard while he was down in the engine room figuring out the issue and his wife was on top of the boat steering.

“Our hearts just sank,” he said. “We were gone for maybe 10 minutes, and then we couldn’t find her anywhere on the boat and she was nowhere to be seen in the water.” Edward said he immediately made a “‘mayday dog overboard’ call over the radio.”

One of several fishermen who responded to the call connected Edward to his wife, Lynn Fiedor, who runs a volunteer group in the area called the Lost Dog Search Team.

Fiedor told ABC News today that when she learned Rylee was training to be a search-and-rescue dog and that she was a Belgian Malinois — a working breed known for its intelligence and athleticism — she “had no doubt in her mind” the pup would “find her way back to shore.”

“From there, it was just a matter of getting the word out as much as I could so that everyone in the area would be looking for this dog when she got to shore,” Fiedor said. She explained that she called the local sheriff’s office, park rangers, Coast Guard and even posted an alert to her group’s Facebook page.

Though no one had reported seeing Rylee Sunday evening, Fiedor said hope came in the form of a call the following morning.

“A lady said she had seen the dog going into the Platte River Campground,” Fiedor said. “It was amazing. She literally swam over six miles and walked over 12 miles more through the woods.

Fiedor immediately alerted Edward and Kristin about the sighting, and the couple was able to drive to the campground area thanks to a local harbormaster who let them borrow his truck.

Fiedor then explained to the couple the best ways to attract lost dogs and had the couple mark their scent around the truck before lying down with Rylee’s food and toys.

Just a little while after Edward started squeaking one of Rylee’s favorite toys while laying on the ground, the pup emerged from woods and joyfully greeted at them, Fiedor said.

Edward told ABC News there “was a lot of sobbing and a lot of hugging.”

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

Edward and Kristin Casas photo

“Let me tell you, I’m not the kind of guy that cries but oh did this make me cry,” he said. “I am so proud of this dog and so proud of and grateful for Lynn [Fiedor].”

Kristin told ABC News today, “Lynn is truly an angel walking on Earth with us — heart of gold, tenacity, relentless, loving and determined. … Just like Rylee!”

The couple added that their 18-year-old son away at college, Colin Casas, technically owns Rylee and that he was also relieved after hearing the good news.


Surge in Syrian refugees expected in Michigan

They should fit in quite well in Dearbornistan.

michigan muslim sign

From Detroit Free Press: With less than five months to go, the Obama administration remains far behind its target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30, but officials are expecting to draw closer to that goal in the coming months with a spike in resettlements in Michigan and across the U.S.

Officials at refugee-assistance agencies in Michigan and elsewhere say the pace of resettlements has lagged expectations, though Obama administration officials made clear that security concerns raised last November by Gov. Rick Snyder and others after the Paris attacks have not slowed their efforts.

Instead, officials say it took months for the U.S. State Department and Department of Homeland Security to adequately staff interview centers at camps in the Middle East to handle what is no more than a portion of the estimated 4.8 million Syrians displaced by the conflict there and in Iraq.

“The United States remains committed to the president’s plan (to resettle 10,000 Syrians by Sept. 30),” State Department spokeswoman Julia Mason confirmed for the Free Press last week. “We expect Syrian refugee arrivals to the U.S. to increase steadily throughout the fiscal year.”

If a surge is coming, Michigan is likely to be involved: Since the fiscal year began last October, 211 Syrians have been resettled in the state, more than anywhere else in the country — for a total of 386 resettlements between Jan. 1, 2015, and April 30 of this year. And that’s no surprise, considering southeastern Michigan has the largest Arab-American community in the U.S. with cultural and societal ties to the Middle East and deep experience with refugee resettlements.


But the numbers of those coming could dwarf what has been seen to date. According to the State Department, a total of 1,736 Syrians have been resettled in the U.S. since October, meaning it would take on average more than 1,650 resettlements a month through Sept. 30 to hit the 10,000 mark.

If Michigan — which has resettled about 12% of the Syrians accepted into the U.S. since the refugee crisis began last year — continues its trend, the state could welcome hundreds more in the near future, even as questions about immigration lurk as part of a fractious general election debate.

Relatively speaking, the number of Syrian refugees to be settled in Michigan — even after a surge — would be minuscule, considering the state’s population of about 10 million.

And while there have been some notable resettlements — Refaai Hamo, a Syrian refugee who lost much of his family and resettled in Troy won the attention of President Barack Obama after his story was featured on a website — dozens more go unnoticed. In the last five years, more than 11,000 Iraqis have been resettled in Michigan — second only to California — with little notice.

The U.S. commitment to resettle Syrian refugees is also a small one compared with some other nations, like Germany, which has said it would resettle about 800,000 refugees — though the U.S. number could grow in the years to come.

Still, resettlement agencies in Michigan are bracing for the uptick in refugees, not only from Syria but elsewhere, with only about one-quarter of their total approved number of potential refugees — 4,761 — having been processed so far this year.

Read the whole story here.


Convicted murderer set free early for good behavior kills again months after his release

Keep in mind the Mission Statement of the Michigan Department of Corrections: “We create a safer Michigan by holding offenders accountable while promoting their success.”

Convict Malcolm Benson

Convict Malcolm Benson

Via Daily Mail: A convicted murderer who was released early for good behavior has been sentenced to life in prison after killing again months after he was set free.

Malcolm B. Benson, 50, of Wayne County, Michigan, was 29 when he was first charged with first-degree murder in 1995 – but entered a plea deal so he would not spend his whole life behind bars. He was sentenced to between 20 and 40 years in prison for second-degree murder and two more for felony use of a firearm – and served just over 19 years.

If Michigan’s current sentencing rules were in effect, he would have had to serve at least 22 and would not have been free until 2017, according to MLive. But instead, he was freed on parole in January last year.

Victim Stanley Carter

Victim Stanley Carter

On September 23, 2015, he robbed and shot dead 59-year-old Army veteran Stanley Carter at a bus stop in Highland Park, according to CBS Detroit. This week, he was sentenced to life in prison.

A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections said Benson was freed in 2015 because Truth in Sentencing guidelines did not come into effect until 1998. (FYI: The tagline on the Corrections web site states, “Committed to Protect, Dedicated to Success.”)

‘His offense occurred in 1995, when we still allowed disciplinary credits,’ Holly Kramer told MLive. ‘Disciplinary credits allowed for parole eligibility to be accelerated for an indeterminate sentence, like his 20 to 40 years, if a prisoner had good behavior.

‘After Truth in Sentencing, disciplinary credits were eliminated and offenders sentenced after 1998 had to serve at least their entire minimum sentence.’ She added that any accrued good behavior credit was removed if an offense was committed in prison.


Mother and her son are in love, plan to marry and have a baby…

Hey, #loveislove or something like that.

mother in love with son

Via Daily Mail: A mother who was reunited with her son after giving him up for adoption more than 30 years ago says the pair are in love and trying for a baby after he left his wife for her.

British-born Kim West, 51, and her son Ben Ford, 32, who lives in Michigan, have been in a relationship since they met in 2014 and says they have ‘incredible and mind-blowing’ sex.

The pair came back into contact two years ago after Mr. Ford wanted to find out more about his birth parents and got in touch with Miss West. They found themselves sexually attracted to each other and shared their first kiss over a bottle of champagne in a hotel before having sex.

And just three days after they had sex for the first time, Mr. Ford told his wife Victoria, he no longer loved her and would be leaving. He told New Day that he told his wife: ‘Everytime I have had sex with you since I met her, I imagine it’s her I am kissing, otherwise I can’t perform.’


West, who grew up in Islington, London, became pregnant while studying in California and after giving birth to her son aged 19, gave him up for adoption. After Ford was adopted a week after he was born, she came back to the UK but was unable to make a relationship work.

But in December 2013, she received a letter from her son, who was looking to track down his biological parents. And ever since the pair were reunited in January 2014, they realised they were attracted to each other.

Now two years on, he is in a relationship with his mother with the pair living in Michigan in what they describe as ‘Genetic Sexual Attraction’ (GSA). And now they plan to marry and are even trying to have a baby together.

West, who works as an interior designer, told Alley Einstein of New Day: ‘This is not incest, it is GSA. We are like peas in a pod and are meant to be together. I know people will say we’re disgusting, that we should be able to control our feelings, but when you’re hit by a love so consuming you are willing to give up everything for it, you have to fight for it.’

Incest is illegal in the couple’s home state of Michigan and judges in the state are able to give out life sentences to those found guilty of the offence. However, it is unclear if a case against them would be pursued and the couple say they would move if that were the case.

Ford first got in touch with his biological mother in December 2013, while living with his wife in Colorado, as he wanted to know more about his birth parents. They arranged to meet up and the couple grew close, and eventually shared their first kiss.

Soon after, Ford, a freelance computer coder, left his wife after realising he had fallen for his mother and moved to Michigan, where they met with another GSA couple. Now the couple are planning a special wedding and hope to have a baby together. They also say they will consider surrogacy, if they are unable to have a biological child.

Genetic sexual attraction is a seldom-talked about phenomenon that occurs between adoptees and their long-lost parents. It describes feelings of intense intimacy between two relatives who have been separated during the critical years of development and bonding, and then meet for the first time as adults.

When an adult-child and their biological parent finally meet, the brain struggles to associate each other as family. Instead, they become captivated with one another, sharing similar physical features, likes and dislikes, which is coupled with complex feelings of intimacy. This can lead both parties to express their emotions sexually.

The phenomenon was first identified by Barbara Gonyo in the Eighties, after she a wrote book called I’m His Mother, But He’s Not My Son, which recounted her personal story of reuniting with the son she placed for adoption at 16.

Read the whole story here.


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