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Brutal Civil War Rages on Island of Misfit Toys:  Manhattan Infidel was the first respectable news source to cover the shocking events on the Island of Misfit Toys!

For years Santa had stopped at the Island of Misfit Toys.  But no more.

“I wouldn’t go near that place anymore” said Santa.  “It’s more dangerous than Mexico, Afghanistan or Detroit.”

The culprit is politics.  For years the Island of Misfit Toys had been ruled by King Moonracer (pictured here),King Moonracer, who has never read the Federalist Papers an absolute, hereditary monarch.  But not all were happy with his rule.  Chief among them was Charlie-in-the-Box (seen here.) Charlie in the box fights the powerCharlie, who sees himself as the Island’s resident intellectual, had taken to reading the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence.  Dissatisfied with his position as a subject he began to push for more civil rights and liberalization of the Island’s political structure.  As Charlie said in a manifesto he had plastered throughout the Island:

King Moonracer says he is a benevolent king.  But where is our right to vote?  Where is our right to peacefully assemble and redress grievances?  Our taxes are too high.  His Secret Police spy on us. He has an insatiable sexual appetite and uses our Island’s virgins including Dolly for Sue (pictured here)Dolly just wants to be loved for his own pleasure.  And to top it off, he’s a Red Sox fan.  Fight the power!  Up with the Republic!

Needless to say the manifestos did not sit well with King Moonracer.  Unable to arrest Charlie-in-the Box, who had gone into hiding with the I.M.T.R.A (Island of Misfit Toys Republican Army), Moonracer arrested the polka dot spotted elephant (seen here in an undated file photo)The Poka Dot Elephant, an innocent victim of political violence and had him tortured to reveal Charlie’s whereabouts.  As the elephant’s toenails were ripped off, his trunk turned inside out and electrodes attached to his genitalia, his pathetic screams could be heard around the Island.

Reaction from the Republican Army was swift.  Dozens of the King’s Secret Police were shot.  The King, in an incident now known as “Bloody Sunday“, retaliated by having his troops fire on a crowd watching a soccer match.

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As atrocities rage on both sides the fighting shows no signs of letting up, despite offers from the King of a truce, with free bread and posters of David Ortiz to those who accept his pardon.

Currently 60% of the Island is controlled by Republican forces while the other 40% is held by King Moonracer and his loyalists, including Dolly for Sue, who escaped past Republican road blocks to reunite with her lover.

“All I’ve ever wanted is to be loved” Dolly said in a farewell message to Charlie-in-the-Box. “King Moonracer loves me and he is kind to me.”

The I.M.T.R.A. for its part has declared Dolly a traitor and sentenced her to death “In absentia.”

The U.S. State Department has issued an advisory warning its citizens against traveling to the Island of Misfit Toys.

President Obama has called for a “Two state solution” with the Island partitioned into Republican and Loyalist sections.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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Bitter Cold, Snow, and Ice to Impact Northeast and Midwest on Sunday into Monday

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It’s a bit early to be discussing it, but there is a blast of bitter cold, snow, and ice coming to the northeast and Midwest from Sunday into Monday.  Accuweather has more…

The storm will deposit snow or a wintry mix in the Ohio Valley Sunday night through Monday morning, including in the cities of Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Snow will also reach as far north as St. Louis and Detroit.

The storm will mainly be a rain event for the Tennessee Valley, but will end as a bit of snow in Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee.

The storm will swing northeastward moving into the central Appalachians, the mid-Atlantic and New England by Monday.

Enough snow could fall on part of the I-64, I-79, I-80, I-81, I-87 and I-90 corridors to make roads slippery during all or part of the storm.

According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “As cold as it is now in the Interstate-95 swath from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston, it will warm up and rain with the storm on Monday.”

Global Warming, having been missing since 1998, had no comment.

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Michelle Obama Lowers Use of School Lunch Program, Students Refuse to Embrace the Suckage

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In a shocking turn, Michelle Obama, as democratic FLOTUS, has actually caused a decrease in participation in school lunch program!  While decreasing participation in an entitlement is completely antithetical to a democrat, this is really a case of the “law of unintended consequences.” 

But wait, there’s more! The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited the program and found that more than 1 million children abandoned school lunches entirely.

Nationwide, student participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.2 million students (or 3.7 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2012-2013, after having increased steadily for many years… State and local officials reported that the changes to lunch content and nutrition requirements, as well as other factors, influenced student participation.

The GAO also noted that 48 of 50 states faced challenges complying with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules…

The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line…

The new standards are exhaustive, including calorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. White bread will be mostly phased out beginning in 2014 because only “whole grain rich” items will be allowed.

Of course, it would be a great time to invoke Quinn’s Law…

Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of it’s stated intent.

This is why East Germany built a wall.  People, when they are able, always attempt to flee liberalism.   Anyone with talent or a business fled liberal policies in Detroit.  Now, that city is a wasteland.  Other cities are also on that path.  Maryland passed a millionaire tax, so the millionaires left, resulting in a LOSS in tax revenue.   School lunches over over-controlled, unappetizing, and unfilling disasters, so kids flee elsewhere to escape them.  Bill de Blasio is dead set on turning NYC into another rotting mess like Detroit, so people are leaving.

In the end, the only way that liberalism can work is to build walls and make people prisoners.  They’ll have to ban outside foods from school children, and keep them from sneaking out to eat.  Perhaps that will be Michelle Obama’s next move.

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Brutal Civil War Rages on Island of Misfit Toys

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For years Santa had stopped at the Island of Misfit Toys.  But no more.

“I wouldn’t go near that place anymore” said Santa.  “It’s more dangerous than Mexico, Afghanistan or Detroit.”

The culprit is politics.  For years the Island of Misfit Toys had been ruled by King Moonracer (pictured here),King Moonracer, who has never read the Federalist Papers an absolute, hereditary monarch.  But not all were happy with his rule.  Chief among them was Charlie-in-the-Box (seen here.) Charlie in the box fights the powerCharlie, who sees himself as the Island’s resident intellectual, had taken to reading the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence.  Dissatisfied with his position as a subject he began to push for more civil rights and liberalization of the Island’s political structure.  As Charlie said in a manifesto he had plastered throughout the Island:

King Moonracer says he is a benevolent king.  But where is our right to vote?  Where is our right to peacefully assemble and redress grievances?  Our taxes are too high.  His Secret Police spy on us. He has an insatiable sexual appetite and uses our Island’s virgins including Dolly for Sue (pictured here)Dolly just wants to be loved for his own pleasure.  And to top it off, he’s a Red Sox fan.  Fight the power!  Up with the Republic!

Needless to say the manifestos did not sit well with King Moonracer.  Unable to arrest Charlie-in-the Box, who had gone into hiding with the I.M.T.R.A (Island of Misfit Toys Republican Army), Moonracer arrested the polka dot spotted elephant (seen here in an undated file photo)The Poka Dot Elephant, an innocent victim of political violence and had him tortured to reveal Charlie’s whereabouts.  As the elephant’s toenails were ripped off, his trunk turned inside out and electrodes attached to his genitalia, his pathetic screams could be heard around the Island.

Reaction from the Republican Army was swift.  Dozens of the King’s Secret Police were shot.  The King, in an incident now known as “Bloody Sunday“, retaliated by having his troops fire on a crowd watching a soccer match.

As atrocities rage on both sides the fighting shows no signs of letting up, despite offers from the King of a truce, with free bread and posters of David Ortiz to those who accept his pardon.

Currently 60% of the Island is controlled by Republican forces while the other 40% is held by King Moonracer and his loyalists, including Dolly for Sue, who escaped past Republican road blocks to reunite with her lover.

“All I’ve ever wanted is to be loved” Dolly said in a farewell message to Charlie-in-the-Box. “King Moonracer loves me and he is kind to me.”

The I.M.T.R.A. for its part has declared Dolly a traitor and sentenced her to death “In absentia.”

The U.S. State Department has issued an advisory warning its citizens against traveling to the Island of Misfit Toys.

President Obama has called for a “Two state solution” with the Island partitioned into Republican and Loyalist sections.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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This is What Liberalism Does to a City: Abandonded Library in Detroit

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Detroit is the perfect exemplification of long term results of liberalism on a geographical area.  Massive corruption, crime, flight of businesses, fight of productive people, decay, death-it’s all there, for the world to see.  Of course, liberals there follow the classic strategy of making it someone else’s fault, but that fall on deaf ears.  As yet another examples of Detroit’s ruins, here is a link to some images of a public library-long abandoned by the citizenry; of which, nearly half cannot read. 

 

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Parallel Universe Alert: Judge Rules That Detroit Bankruptcy Violates Michigan Constitution, Dishonors Obama

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It looks like Mr. Spock is going to have a busy week at the CH 2.0.

As it was covered extensively late last week, the city of Detroit finally succumbed to decades of liberal policies, and declared bankruptcy.  But, it seems that a judge has intervened with some curious commentary…

On Friday, a Michigan Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ruled Detroit bankruptcy is unconstitutional.

On Friday, a circuit court judge in Ingham County ruled that Detroit’s federal bankruptcy filing violated a part of Michigan’s constitution that protects union pensions. She ordered it withdrawn, a day after Detroit became the largest U.S. city in history to file for chapter nine bankruptcy.

Judge Rosemary Aquilina also said the filing did not honor President Barack Obama’s work for the city, who she said “took [Detroit’s auto companies] out of bankruptcy.” Aquilina said she would send a copy of her order to Obama.

“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

The Detroit News reported “attorneys representing the pension boards hurried into Aquilina’s court to ask for a restraining order” on July 18, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and Detroit’s emergency manager Kevin Orr “beat them by a few minutes” in filing for bankruptcy. The filing did not deter lawyers for union pension boards, who can use “court maneuvers to slow down federal bankruptcy proceedings.”

I get that the judge can rule on the state’s Constitution.  That would be a valid function,  however, what in the you know what does it have to do with the application of the law that the President might look bad?

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Parallel Universe Alert: Melissa Harris-Perry Claims That Detroit was Killed by too Little Government

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Was Detroit bankrupted  by too little government?  Well, if you ask Melissa Harris-Perry, we re living in a parallel universe where human nature and reality itself is the polar opposite of itself, and too little government did bring Detroit to it’s knees.  First, let’s take a look at Harris-Perry’s comments…


Um, not only did she deny reality, but she found a way to bash Republicans, who last ran Detroit in 1961. She also misses the high taxes that scared away businesses, the horrific crime rate that scared away the people that didn’t leave because of the taxes, the abysmal education system that makes sure that the citizens remain low information, , and the unions that scared most of the auto industry away. Obviously, it was big government that killed Detroit.

The sad thing is that there will be people that see this nonsense, and actually believe Melissa Harris-Perry. And, these people vote, probably repeatedly.  The upside, thankfully, is that not many peoiple actually watch MSNBC anyway, so the damage is hopefully minimal.

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Democrats Take Decades, But Finally Bankrupts Detroit

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After decades of Democratic rule, and the taxes, corruption, unions and crime that comes with them, finally pushed Detroit into bankruptcy.  The Chicago Tribune has more…

The future of retiree pension and health benefits for thousands of city workers hangs in the balance.

Anticipating the filing, investors drove prices of Detroit bonds and notes lower, sending their yields to record highs on Thursday.

In a letter accompanying the filing, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said he had approved a request from Orr to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection noting, “Detroit simply cannot raise enough revenue to meet its current obligations, and that is a situation that is only projected to get worse absent a bankruptcy filing.”

Speaking on Channel 4 Detroit after the announcement, Snyder, a Republican, said, “Let’s stop the decline. Let’s get to stability. Let’s get things working in the right direction.”

Snyder named Orr in March to tackle the city’s spiraling long-term debt, which is estimated at $18.5 billion.

A White House spokeswoman said Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama and his senior team were monitoring the situation in Detroit closely.

Now the city’s name has become synonymous with decline, decay and crime. Detroit has seen its population fall to 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million people in 1950. The city’s government has been beset by corruption cases over the years. Waning investment in street lights and emergency services has left it struggling to police the streets.

The city’s murder rate is at its highest in nearly 40 years; only a third of its ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013; and its nearly 78,000 abandoned buildings create “additional public safety problems and reduces the quality of life in the city,” the governor noted in his letter.

Here are some more facts Orr and Snyder cited for leading to the city’s bankruptcy filing:

-City tax rates are at legal limits and expenditures have exceeded revenue for six years. Property taxes were delinquent on 47 percent of the city’s taxable properties in 2011.

-The accumulated budget deficit, which totaled $326.6 million at the end of fiscal 2012, is projected to climb to more than $1.3 billion by fiscal 2017 absent structural changes.

-Detroit has long relied on borrowing and deferred payments to its pension funds to keep afloat.

-The city’s unemployment rate, which stood at 18.3 percent in June 2012, has nearly tripled since 2000.

-Negotiated settlements on city debt are not possible outside of bankruptcy “given the vast and fragmented pool of potential creditors,” Orr’s letter stated. That pool includes city retirees, labor unions, bondholders and bond insurers.

In reality, the city had been propped up for decades, delaying the inevitable.  Of course, Democrats will claim that it’s someone else’s fault, so they can go on doing the same thing.

Unfortunately, the Democrats are still doing all of this to the country as a whole.  I wonder what’s going to happen there?

 

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Education Professor, Thomas Pedroni, Claims That “White Men” out to Destroy Public Education: Too Bad Liberals Already Killed it

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I had to laugh when I read about this.  As it is so very well known, the regressives in  the Democrat party have taken the best educational system in the world, and turned it into a steaming pile of failure in a few short decades.  It consistently fails to educate, and resisted all attempts to be reformed.  At any rate, here is Thomas Pedroni, a professor of Curriculum Studies….

EAG NEWS – Public school apologists gathered at the state capitol last week to once again complain about education reform and Republican legislators.

It’s a broken record, repeated in many states, that has fallen on increasingly deaf ears among citizens who are tired of teachers union whining and excuses.

The protest, called “Save Michigan’s Public Schools,” featured overt hyperpartisan and racial rhetoric.

“You want us to believe that this lying, stinky skunk district is helping the children of Detroit? We’ve all seen this script before and it’s called extracting public wealth from the poor. It’s called naked, self-serving colonialism,” said Thomas Pedroni, a Wayne State University Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies.

He wasn’t done.

“Whether it’s Africa a hundred years ago, or Detroit or Flint or Highland Park today, it’s about greed. It’s about convincing the rest of the world that you go in with the white man’s burden to save savages, when what you’re really there for has nothing to do with salvation or education but only your own enrichment by feasting, cannibalizing the bodies and minds of urban children for the public education money you see in them,” Pedroni said to cheers.

Um, Detroit last had a Republican mayor in the early 60’s.  Since then, liberal policies have systematically destroyed that city

And educationally, they are far more focused on indoctrination rather than education, and nationally, the story is incredibly bad .  I covered this back in 2010…

As for graduation rates…

The national graduation rate for the class of 1998 was 71%. For white students the rate was 78%, while it was 56% for African-American students and 54% for Latino students.

And for illiteracy…

September 2008

Graduation, Dropouts, and Preparedness

  • African American high school students are notably falling behind their white counterparts in graduation rates, dropout rates, literacy rates, and college preparedness rates.

  • In 2005, only 55 percent of all black students graduated from high school on time with a regular diploma, compared to 78 percent of whites.

  • In 2005, the on-time graduation rate for black males was 48 percent nationally; for white males it was 74 percent.

  • Nearly half of the nation’s African American students, but only 11 percent of white students, attend high schools in which graduation is not the norm.

  • In 2002, 23 percent of all black students who started public high school left it prepared for college, compared to 40 percent of whites.

  • On average, African American and Hispanic twelfth-grade students read at approximately the same level as white eighth graders.

  • About half of poor, urban ninth graders read at only a fifth- or sixth-grade level.
  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that 88 percent of African American eighth graders read below grade level, compared to 62 percent of white eighth graders.

So then, professor, how can a bunch of rich white republicans ruin education?  It’s already dead.

And delusional, self serving men like Thomas Pedroni fight hard every day to keep it that way.

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Detroit: A Progessive’s Dream Come True?

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With all the scandals in Washington grabbing the headlines, the announcement that the city of Detroit is planning to default on $2.5 billion of unsecured debt is not getting the attention it should. From Fox News:

 Detroit said Friday it would stop making payments on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and ask creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them in a move to avoid what bankruptcy experts have said would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Detroit is not just some decaying city you are fortunate enough not live in and, therefore shouldn’t care. Detroit is a piece of America and the rot from years of Democratic leadership will soon be seen in other American cities and it affects each and every one of us in one way or another. Michael Snyder in this post at Zero Hedge tells us that “ Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and in 1960 Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.” It is hard to believe that this hell-hole of 700,000 desperate souls was once a shinning city of two million proud Americans. I recommend you all bookmark Mr. Snyder’s article. He has sixteen eye-popping statistics on Detroit and fifty-five similar stats on the nation. Here are just a few regarding Detroit:

  • Over the past 60 years, the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.
  • At this point, approximately 40 percent of all the streetlights in the city don’t work.
  • 210 of the 317 public parks in the city of Detroit have beenpermanently closed down.
  • According to the New York Times, there are nowapproximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.
  • Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.
  • According to one very shocking report, 47 percent of the residents of Detroit are functionally illiterate.
  • Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit.  Today, there are only about 2,500 and another 100 are scheduled to be eliminated from the force soon.
  • The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

All Americans should be saddened by what has happened to Detroit. Detroit is an example of what the Democratic Party’s progressive policies will bring to other American cities in the not to distant future. Already five cities in California have gone bankrupt of which Stockton was the largest city. Talk is that San Bernardino may be next and one has to wonder how far the mega-city of Los Angeles is from being on the ropes?

When people flee a dying city, where do they go? Well, they obviously go where there is hope of finding a job, like Texas. As a result, Texas has the highest number of food stamp recipients, at 4.04 million. And, every working American is paying  for the progressive excesses. Not even the blue states can escape the fall out of the progressive folly elsewhere.

I don’t suppose it was really the dream of progressives  to destroy Detroit. But, what should alarm us is that when faced with the results, as seen in Detroit, they still can’t relate their policies with the results of their policies. Sooner or later there is nothing left for Paul to rob from Peter, is there? How hard is that to see?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post: Asylum Watch

With all the scandals in Washington grabbing the headlines, the announcement that the city of Detroit is planning to default on $2.5 billion of unsecured debt is not getting the attention it should. From Fox News:

 Detroit said Friday it would stop making payments on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and ask creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them in a move to avoid what bankruptcy experts have said would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Detroit is not just some decaying city you are fortunate enough not live in and, therefore shouldn’t care. Detroit is a piece of America and the rot from years of Democratic leadership will soon be seen in other American cities and it affects each and every one of us in one way or another. Michael Snyder in this post at Zero Hedge tells us that “ Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and in 1960 Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.” It is hard to believe that this hell-hole of 700,000 desperate souls was once a shinning city of two million proud Americans. I recommend you all bookmark Mr. Snyder’s article. He has sixteen eye-popping statistics on Detroit and fifty-five similar stats on the nation. Here are just a few regarding Detroit:

  • Over the past 60 years, the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.
  • At this point, approximately 40 percent of all the streetlights in the city don’t work.
  • 210 of the 317 public parks in the city of Detroit have beenpermanently closed down.
  • According to the New York Times, there are nowapproximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.
  • Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.
  • According to one very shocking report, 47 percent of the residents of Detroit are functionally illiterate.
  • Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit.  Today, there are only about 2,500 and another 100 are scheduled to be eliminated from the force soon.
  • The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

All Americans should be saddened by what has happened to Detroit. Detroit is an example of what the Democratic Party’s progressive policies will bring to other American cities in the not to distant future. Already five cities in California have gone bankrupt of which Stockton was the largest city. Talk is that San Bernardino may be next and one has to wonder how far the mega-city of Los Angeles is from being on the ropes?

When people flee a dying city, where do they go? Well, they obviously go where there is hope of finding a job, like Texas. As a result, Texas has the highest number of food stamp recipients, at 4.04 million. And, every working American is paying  for the progressive excesses. Not even the blue states can escape the fall out of the progressive folly elsewhere.

I don’t suppose it was really the dream of progressives  to destroy Detroit. But, what should alarm us is that when faced with the results, as seen in Detroit, they still can’t relate their policies with the results of their policies. Sooner or later there is nothing left for Paul to rob from Peter, is there? How hard is that to see?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Welcome to Soviet America: Detroit’s Curbs Lead the Way to a More Inept Tomorrow!

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That’s right, comrade!   The future is brighter for the disabled people in the People’s Republic of Detroit!

Either that, or Detroit’s curbs should have been curbed in the first place.  Motor City Times has a hilariously typical example of big government at work…

Friend of MCT, T Shelton sent a link to a very interesting post @ Motor City Muckraker.

MCM has a post giving us a small glimpse into the absurdity that is government bureaucracy run wild (at the local and federal level):

Two years after the city dished out the tax dollars to install the ramps, the Motor City Muckraker examined the whereabouts of thousands of the curb cuts. Here’s what we found:

  • Many of the ramps were installed on sidewalks that are impassable because of overgrowth or collapsed homes.
  • Dozens of curb cuts were found on blocks with no occupied houses.
  • Nearly a quarter of the ramps were improperly installed, damaging sidewalks and property.

“No one ever uses these sidewalks,” Aaron Morgan said of the curb cuts near his house that were installed by the abandoned Packard Plant on the city’s east side. “It’s a joke.”

So how’d this happen? A judge ordered Detroit to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing ramps at intersections for people with disabilities in 2005. Prior to that, the city had improperly installed thousands of curb cuts.

That’s right folks the city probably spent a bajillion dollars on these, and likely hired union labor, so a lot of the money would come back to the union bosses, and then to the democratic party, in the form of campaign donations.   And, since there is no actual accountability in socialist Detroit, it never had to be done correctly in the first place, and frankly never will.

Hey though, think of it this way; if we keep on electing democrats, the rest of the country can look like Detroit too!

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Detroit Demands Payback From Obama, In the Form of a Bailout

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If you want to see sense of entitlement, or the mindset that demands something for nothing.  Take a look at the following, as a City Council member from Detroit gives a great exhibition of both…

Fox 2 News Headlines

The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month’s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)

“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”

At one time, this would have been considered shameful. Now, it’s openly discussed in public meetings. But, let’s not call it dependency, right?

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For Once, I Agree with a Union: Detroit Bus Drivers Being Bitten by Bed Bugs!

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Yes, you read that correctly.  One of the original purposes for unions were to protect the safety of the workers.  The  Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 AFL-CIO  are asking their bosses to do something about the bed bugs that are reportedly making their workplace a tad bit unpleasant, if not unsafe.  Frugal Cafe has more…

From WXYZ News, Detroit bus drivers report being bitten by hitchhiking bed bugs:

DETROIT (WXYZ) – They are “notorious little buggers” says Brian Miller, Vice President of the Detroit bus drivers’ union. Miller talked with 7 Action News about the bed bugs that he says have boarded some city buses and bitten about a dozen drivers in the past six months.

The heads of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 AFL-CIO are hoping Detroit City Council and health officials will join them in urging DDOT management to be more proactive in tackling the bed bug issue.

Ron Freeland, CEO of Detroit Department of Transit (DDOT), says while they have detected bed bugs, “We don’t consider it to be a widespread problem. If it becomes a widespread problem, we will deal with it on that basis.”

Freeland says they have treated some buses with heat by running them through the paint booth in hopes of killing any bed bugs.

But some pest control experts doubt the effectiveness of the paint booth as a remedy, questioning the even distribution of heat.

There’s a lot more over at Frugal Cafe Blogger.  Get over there and see how the democrat induced decay might have contributed to the problem.

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Shovel Ready? $11,000,000 Spent-two People Helped!

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For government work, that’s a bargain, apparently.  We said that when the porkulus passed, that there would be tremendous waste and corruption.  So, when the following came to light, I was not surprised.  Michelle Malkin has more on the shenanigans in Detroit.  

Part of an $11 million grant intended to provide business attire to 400 low-income job-seekers instead helped only two people, an audit of the city’s Department of Human Services has found.

The audit, conducted by the city’s auditor general for the period from July 2009 to September 2011, found the department failed to control the operations and finances of a boutique that was to provide the clothes.

The department did not safeguard grant funds or create an inventory for the clothing, the audit found.
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“The DHS was only able to provide the auditors with two referral forms signed by two clients documenting that they received clothing from the boutique,” the audit said. “Eligible Detroiters are not being served with available clothing being stocked in the boutique.”

The department did not give a reason for not reaching the goal of providing 400 people with clothes.

Detroit’s Department of Human Services must be a training ground forDepartment of Energy clean energy loan officers.

As rdbrewer pointed out at Ace of Spades, assuming the entire $11 million was earmarked for the job seeker “service center,” even if they met their goal of helping clothe 400 people in business attire, that would have still worked out to $27,500 per person. Where did they plan on taking these people to shop? Oscar de la Renta?

Yes, there you have it.  $11,000,000 spent to buy clothes for two people!  We probably shouldn’t go looking too hard for where all the money went, though it wouldn’t surprise me if some local Democratic party officials have nice new swimming pools and cars.

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More Evidence that OWS is a Microcosm of Their Future Socialist State

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Redistribution is one of the key foundational concepts of socialism.  People having differing talents & work habits is inherently unfair, so government has to steal from others, and give to others.  Naturally, we have history to teach us that this thinking eventually fails, but reality is an elusive concept to our left, so additional examination is needed.

The latest example comes from OWS, who have been taking over forclosed homes, and kinda-sorta giving them to others.  Let’s see how that has worked out for them.  Hot Air has the details…

The proposal originally attracted the support of Wise Ahadzi, owner of a property in East New York who had been unable to make his mortgage payments and moved his family to a lower rent apartment while he sought to sort things out with the bank. Occupiers proposed that they would fix up the place for Mr. Ahadzi in exchange for taking part, and he agreed. They busted in and soon installed the family of Alfredo Carrasquillo, a homeless man. So popular was the move that a Democratic member of the city council came to pose for a photo op with the new tenant.

So, how did that work out for Wise Ahadzi? The pictures speak for themselves.

Last week,Wise Ahadzi opened the door to the house he still owns, 702 Vermont Street in East New York.

Inside is a war zone. The walls are torn down, the plumbing is ripped out and the carpeting has been plucked from the floor. It’s like walking through a ribcage.

Garbage, open food containers and Ahadzi’s possessions are tossed haphazardly around the house.

“This is where my kitchen was,” Ahadzi says. There is no sink, no refrigerator and no counter space. Instead there are dirty dishes piled high waiting for a dip in three large buckets of putrid water that serve as the dishwashing system.

The house is now in such a condition that the owner sees it as being fit for nothing other than being condemned. Even if he could get the mortgage situation straightened out, he couldn’t move his family back in. The property is destroyed.

So, we see what redistribution (theft) accomplishes.  Let’s look at it this way.  Liberalism and “social justice” in practice has ruined this home.  When you think of it, liberalism did the same thing to a city (Detroit), and an entire state (California).  And, if our leftist friends had their way, they would make the entire country look like Detroit.

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Who Said There Was No Such Thing As A Free Lunch?

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President Obama has asked to address a joint session of Congress to present his new vision for America. But then we are told he will only share half of his vision at this joint session of Congress. Apart from the annual State of the Union address by presidents, calling for a joint session of Congress is generally reserved for those times when the President feels compelled to address some national emergency.  Do you think that President Obama finally recognizes that our country is facing a nation emergency? If he does, why his he only planning to share part of his plan? It sounds like politics as usual to me.

With this president, we have learned all to well not to pay much attention to his words but rather to watch closely his actions. One of Obama’s recent actions answers the above question: No, he does not recognize that our country faces a national emergency. On August 23rd, a writer for American Thinker ran a story that has not received much attention the MSM.

It seems our Nanny Government wants to expand the free lunch program in schools to millions of students don’t qualify and have not asked for this government handout. You see, the Nannies are concerned that students who receive free lunches now are stigmatized for being poor and the Nannies think that is a bad thing. Take a look

Here’s how the program works: if 40% of students at a school qualify for public assistance, then every student in the school will get free food.  That’s free breakfast, lunch, and a snack.  If that sounds like arbitrary welfare waste, it is.  Sixty percent of the student body could be above the poverty line, ineligible for welfare, or even upper-class — it doesn’t matter.  Every student magically becomes entitled.

Let’s see if I understand the Nanny mind-set. If 39%  of the students in a school district are stigmatized because they receive free lunches, that’s okay. But, if 40% of the students suffer the same stigma then we should provide free lunches to all students. You see where this is going, don’t you. 39% won’t be okay for very long. Neither will 20% or 10% or even 1% be okay. Eventually the ever shrinking pool of people who pay taxes will be providing free lunches for all public school children K-12. Don’t you just love all of this “social engineering”?

Clearly, Obama does not recognize that our country is facing an economic crisis. The government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends now. So WHERE IN THE HELL is the money going to come from to pay for this nonsense?

Here are some more snips from the American Thinker article:

This welfare trap is named the Community Eligibility Option, part of President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Three states will be involved in a pilot program starting now, and more states will be phased in over time.  By 2014-15, the option will be available in all states, if this law is kept on the books.

Any student at a school with 40% of the student body on welfare is going to get his free lunch, whether he needs it or not.  That 40% can be made up of students already eligible for programs like Food Stamps or welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).  Interestingly, the category of eligibility also includes “migrant youth.”  So illegals can get in on the boondoggle as well.  If 5% of students are “migrant youth, and an additional 35% of students are on some form of welfare, the remaining 60% are automatically entitled if their school opts in.

Entire school districts, like Detroit’s, will receive free food for every single student in all grades, K-12.  The policy is coming into effect right as we learn that Michigan, for instance, recently kicked thirty thousand college students off food stamps for abusing the system.

Did you catch that? We get to provide free lunches for the children of illegal immigrants too.

The author of the article makes an interesting point. He points out that most if not all the families of the students currently receiving free lunches  are receiving welfare and food stamps. so if they have food at home, why don’t they pack a lunch and take it to school? He assumes that brown bagging it would also cause a stigma. Really? When I was in school, I brown bagged it 75% of the time as did most of my friends. The kids from families that were better off, bought their lunches most of the time. I never felt stigmatized.

There is more in the article that gives reason for thought including a video about a SNAFU in a Georgia community that shows the reaction of some of the dependent class when their payments are interrupted for even a day:

So, I am not very optimistic that President Obama is going to have anything new to say when he addresses the joint session of Congress later this week.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

 Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire
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