Detroit Police at a home on Evergreen with a search warrant.
Officers say they are working hard on tips, while neighbors watched and vented.
"I understand what Detroit 300 is doing, but they are not the police" says a resident of the west side neighborhood where the group, about 80 to 90 people strong, walked the streets, knocked on doors and passed out fliers.
Dawan Thurmond says the group scared a 68-year-old family member when they came knocking, looking to flush out the gang members that may be tied to the drive-by shooting that killed 9-month-old Delrick Miller while he slept on the couch.
Police say almost 40 bullets from a AK-47 were pumped into the home.
"It scared me when they were banging on my door" says 68-year old Zella Caradine who lives on Clayburn Street.
Detroit 300 Co-founder Angelo Henderson tells 7 Action News it is the gang members keeping the community scared, not the effort of the group to help bring justice.
"You would think the community wants us to do this, this is our community too and more people want change and that change is coming" says Henderson. Vigilantism arises when the government does not protect the public from crime, or worse, is in cahoots with the criminals. Throughout most of its growth cycle, vigilantism strives to be non-violent. Only when they are terribly repressed to they lose patience and resort to violence.
The Catholic Church is on a collision course with David Cameron as one of its most senior figures issues an outspoken attack on the Government over its plans to legalise gay marriage.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, says the proposals to allow same-sex unions are "madness" and a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right".
The cardinal's intervention, in an article for The Sunday Telegraph, is the strongest criticism yet from any church figure of the plans, which are due to be unveiled this month by Lynne Featherstone, the equalities minister. He accuses ministers of trying to "redefine reality" and change long-standing laws and traditions "at the behest of a small minority of activists".
The cardinal has added his voice to those of leading figures in the Coalition for Marriage, a group of bishops, politicians and lawyers opposed to the changes. The group's supporters include Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. The group is in outright opposition to Mr Cameron, who hopes to make legislation changing the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, expected by 2015, one of the central achievements of his time in office.
I honestly believed we had them already. Anyway didn't we kick Catholics out 400 years ago, some problems with divorce I believe! :P screw it, we'll make our own religion with gay marriages and strippers and divorce and free loving and call it the Christian brainchild of England!
The recognition of civil marriage *had* the purpose of bestowing public support to couples who intended to reproduce and raise children. However, like anything else it touches, government is now trying to subvert marriage to perverse ends.
So the way religions can get around this is to recreate marriage as a wholly religious thing, as well as to persuade their congregants to shun government marriage. Since governments already expanded privileges of marriage to couples living together, this should be possible.
The next step is made possible by modern technology. It is to make a "Catholic registry of marriage", in which all Catholic marriages are recorded. And since Catholicism does not recognize divorce, only annulment, this acts to enforce Catholic marriage. Eventually while the church has "grandfathered" existing marriages, when they die out, it will not recognize civil marriage among Catholics, only church marriage.
Civil marriage will be the same as living in sin. Acceptable only among non-Catholics.
Doing this will terribly frustrate government efforts to subvert Catholicism, and they will likely eventually refuse to recognize church marriage. And while it will be somewhat oppressive, it will hurt government worse by denying them control of the process.
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By Chris Covert
More than 30 centimeters of snow fell on the Sierra Tarahumara region of western Chihuahua state last week, seemingly to temper somewhat the drought and food crisis that has been termed a structural famine.
The snowfall commenced at 0400 hrs last February 25th and lasted until 2230 hrs that night. Snow began in the Chihuahua municipalities of Guerrero and Bocoyna, and 30 minutes later in Urique, specifically in the communities of San Juanito, Creel and the Areponapuchi Divisadero of Urique. Temperatures plunged to -11C in the village of El Vergel in Ballez municipality.
Despite the needed snowfall, the expected runoff is expected not to impact agriculture in the region, nor in regions in the lower elevations. As bad as the news has been for Mexican farmers and rancher since the drought began 20 months, conditions are expected to intensify the problems in the next six months, the driest in the Mexican growing season cycle.
And aid for the Tarahumara Indians in western Chihuahua continues to pour in from both private and public drives. One example from Sonora state was where an aid drive on the Hermosillo Camara de la Industria de la Radio y la Televisión (CIRT) a television and radio trade group raised MP $44,000 (USD $3,457.92) in cash as well as stores of staples expected to be of use in western Chihuahua such as corn, beans, rice, butter, milk powder and water. The drive lasted two days, February 23rd and 24th, and totalled more than six metric tons of aid.
Production of two main staples in Mexico, beans and corn have fallen dramatically,forcing the federal government to import food stock to at least partially make up the difference. According to a post at AnimalPolitico.com last month, losses in corn amount to about MP $9 billion (USD $705,754,800.00) and beans at MP $6 billion (USD $470,503,200.00).
A total of 100 metric million tons of white corn and another 200,000 tons of beans are due to be imported to be used for food.
To partially compensate for the loss the Mexican federal government has earmarked MP $33.8 billion (USD $2,649,920,000.00) nationwide to address the affects of the drought, which amounts to 45 percent of the projected losses so far. A small part of that budget is expected to be allocated for further developing water resources, the rest for direct aid.
The drought has affected state budgets as well, which rely on agriculture for part of their revenues.
In Tamaulipas state the Secretaria de Desarrollo Rural or Department for Rural Development, Jorge Reyes said this past week that the state had slashed its budget by 60 percent cancelling several infrastructure projects for agriculture, fisheries and cattle. In 2011, the budget was MP $400 million (USD $31,360,000), while this year the budget is MP $220 million (USD $17,248,000). Some support programs shared by both the state and federal governments have been cancelled altogether.
Additionally, three federal programs that divert resources to Tamaulipas for agricultural support have been cancelled as well, totalling MP $472 million (USD $37,004,800). The supports are part of the Mexican federal system in which revenues and costs are shared both ways and in considerable amounts relative to state budgets. The Mexican federal system is much more top-down by comparison to the American federal system.
Because of the drought and the water shortage, as well as grain shortage for cattle feed an additional 250,000 head of cattle nationwide are expected to be slaughtered in 2012. Last year a total of 200,000 head of cattle died from the drought, and this year ranchers are expected to get ahead of the problem with the new program, States most affected by the new policy are Zacatecas, Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi. among the poorest in Mexico.
The drought has brought a new problem for the upper elevations, especially in the sierras: forest fire. According to the Chihuahua state Secretaria de Desarrollo Rural, Octavio Legarreta, a total of 495 hectares, about 2,500 acres have burned since the start of the year. Officials with the federal Comision Nacional Forestal or National Forestry Commission and Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Obras Publica or Department of Communications and Public Works have worked to build 200 kilometers of firebreaks nationwide. Since March and April are expected to be without rain the danger of fire will be especially acute.
Of the MP $33,8 billion expected from the federal government, about MP $900 million (USD $70,560,000) is allocated for developing water wells. That program apparently has problems, though, according to a Milenio news daily column last week by Ismael Aguilar Benitez, a teahcer at Colegio Frontera Norte in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Aguilar Benitez's complaint that current relief efforts at drilling new wells may "overexploit" the aquifer, and could affect future water availability.
For his main concern was left for the specter of corruption as moneys filter down from the federal government to the states.
"It is clear that the problems of water management will not be solved by allocating more money to politicians handle it," writes Aguilar Benitez.
The concern with corruption has been echoed last month by Catholic church leaders in the Sirerra Tarahumara as well as Non Government Organizations in the area. Stories have been retailed about officials withholding aid in exchnage for promises to vote in the upcoming elections, as well as stories about aid workers selling food packages for cash.
That last spells out just how desperate things will get over the next six months.
A story published in El Sol de Mexico news daily Saturday said that because of the lack of food and water, subsistence farmers with health problems in Nayarit are beginning to appear at rural medical clinics. To add to the problem, some clinic in the state suffer from shortages of medicines and from staff shortages.
According to the article, the mayor of El Nayar, Pedro de la Cruz Flores said about 7,000 food packages were allocated recently to about 72 locations so far.
A tearful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won a six-year term as Russia's president in what he described as an "open and honest" election on Sunday. Tears rolled down the former KGB agent's cheeks as he claimed victory at a rally attended by thousands in Moscow.
"I promised you we would win. We have won. Glory to Russia," Mr Putin told the rally just metres from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow.
Mr Putin won 58.3 per cent of the vote, enough to avoid a second-round runoff, an exit poll from the state controlled All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) showed. An different exit poll, from the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), showed Mr Putin won 59.3 per cent of the vote. Official results from most polling stations will be published on Monday.
Election observers and opposition politicians reported widespread legal violations at polling stations across the country as Russians cast their ballots.
Vlad came to power on resentment of NATO encroachment on lands the Ruskies dropped from their empire. What issue does he have now? I believe his own party will dump him after a decent interval. He is yesterday's man.
European leaders are braced for the eurozone's first ever sovereign default this week as Greece's efforts to secure a €206bn (£172bn) "voluntary" bond swap looks increasingly unlikely.
Authorities in Athens are ready to enforce the controversial collective action clauses, or CACs, to impose the restructuring deal on all bondholders as the number of voluntary agreements look set to fall short of the required amount.
Credit rating agencies have warned they will declare Athens to be in default if the CACs are triggered which would be a dramatic culmination to a three-year rollercoaster ride for Athens, the eurozone and global markets.
While the markets have been ready for a Greek default for months, the move could leave Greece and its banks barred from funding from the European Central Bank (ECB). On Monday, Standard & Poor's declared Greece to be in a state of "selective default" which led to the ECB announcing it would no longer accept Greek government bonds as security for new loans.
Why do I get this feeling that its all playing out like those bizarre news stories where grandma died years ago with her remains mummified in the back bedroom while the family doesn't say anything so that the government check keeps showing up every month?
The Greek government is unwilling to take the political heat of doing what is needed so they need to force the external action so they can point the finger at someone external and say "it isn't our fault, they did this".
Ultimately, though, it is the Greek people who refuse to make the required changes. They demand they keep all their freebies even though the country is out of money. This could be settled in a day if the people came to their senses but they are faced with the notion that their social democratic experiment has failed and many simply can not face that fact.
Socialism doesn't work. At least not when there is someplace else to which economic activity can flee.
The Greek people failed to take responsibility for their financial actions.
the EU allowed the Greeks to pile on unsustainable debt. The EU ignored the debt to GDP rules and let this situation fester.
I say culpability is 50-50. Nobody, whether the EU or the Greeks are working to solve the problem.
Come to think about it, neither are we in our own financial mess.........
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
This is a result of the loonacy of the EU. You can't have a government responsible for it's budget and borrowing but have no authority or responbsibility for its money supply. If the Drachma was still around it would have been devalued/inflated to fix the problems (if you notice that's what's happening in the US). Certainly not fun for the populace but at least under their control.
The EU, however, controls the money supply and demands that the Greek politicians toe the line. Guess what the Greek people think? Oh that's right they don't matter any more since the EU is not a democracy.
The Greek people claim to be the cradle of democracy but we all know better. Yes, there was a time when the polis was 'free' -- if you weren't a slave or servant, but even back then most Greek cities had a royalty.
Then came a lot of wars. A number of Greek states, particularly in Asia Minor, sold out to the Persians. Then came the Macedonians. Poof independence. Then more wars. Then the Romans. They morphed to become the Byzantine Empire. Real democracy there, huh?
Then the Turks for 400 more years. Then 'independence', thank you Lord Byron, as a non-democratic state. Then a quasi-fascist state. Then the Nazis. Then the Communists. Then more generals. Now the Socialists.
So if you were a Greek schmoe trying to get ahead, would YOU trust the state? Pay your taxes? Declare your income?
The country has two thousand years experience in tax avoidance. You want to really piss off a Greek shop-keeper? Buy something in his store and ask for a receipt.
Greece is boned because in the end the citizens aren't willing to pay the taxes to support a Greek nation. They want la dolci vita on the cheap and they don't trust the whole idea of 'nation' and 'government' with their bread. They don't see the citizenry as a nation; they see the government as rulers, not administrators.
Greece is boned. Cut them loose from the EU and let them go their own way.
Posted by: Steve White ||
Well said, Dr. Steve!
Posted by: Barbara ||
I suspect if all Greek businesses paid their taxes the economy there would contract greatly; I think they're so far past the laffer optimum point that cheating is the only thing keeping it afloat.
I suspect if all Greek businesses paid their taxes the economy there would contract greatly
The Greek economy already has contracted greatly. According to the Wall Street Journal, the economy has fallen 16% from a 2007 baseline as of mid-February of this year. The real numbers are likely considerably larger, but s nobody keeps records, there's no real way of knowing.
The real numbers are likely considerably larger, but s nobody keeps records, there's no real way of knowing.
Sorta like here with our state apparatchiks putting out numbers like inflation and unemployment. While the pols play games with this, they fail to grasp how destructive the very act is with any integrity to the system they insist they operate. Too late in the process they discover the numbers, which they themselves begin to believe, result in an utterly surprising collapse (see the fall of the Soviets).
Credit rating agencies have warned they will declare Athens to be in default if the CACs are triggered
Perhaps so, but not nearly as important as the International Swaps and Derivative Association declaring that the 70% haircut is NOT a credit event. All those CDS's sitting there and not coming into account!
Hang on, people. We're going to be flying through some rough air.
Cut them loose from the EU and let them go their own way.
The European Union (27 members) is not coextensive with the eurozone (17 members). Yet, Chancellor Merkel has confounded the two also. Apparently she thinks cutting Greece loose would destroy "the idea of Europe" (the EU). But they are governed by different agreements (Maastricht/Lisbon vs. EMU).
So I don't quite understand why she's so adamant about keeping Greece tied down to the euro, since merely cutting Greece loose from EMU would hardly be the end of "Europe." But it tells me she is an incurable, dyed-in-the-wool Eurocrat - which, considering she was a conservative physicist from the DDR and knows all too well the yoke of foreign empire - comes as a disappointing surprise.
I suspect that the greek economy is a lot better than its state stats seem (as it goes further into the black economy), and it's economy was, in reality, a lot worse in the past when it relied on pretend economic activity via increased debt.
At the time of the fall of the Soviet Union, the underground economy was contributing 50% of the GDP.
With Greece, their underground economy will keep them alive, but government infrastructure will suffer, but hey, let them figure it out.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
For those interested in the Gold standard for money, Greece is essentially on one. The Euro is a monetary item whose supply is outside the control of the Greek government. Further, they have no capital controls to prevent the money from walking out of the country.
The only way they can plan for the future under this system is to balance their government budget. That means firing people and cutting programs, just like we see in the U.S. when the States balance their budgets.
There is a question of whether to pay the principle or interest on their existing debts today, tomorrow or never, but that could all be finessed if they had a balanced budget.
What the taxes are and stuff isn't really important. We know how much money the tax man stumped up last year (35% of GDP) and we can be sure that he will stump up at least most of that this year. So, balancing the budget in the euro system is just a matter of cutting public expenses from about 45% of GDP to about 30% of GDP. That is a one third cut.
So, every third government employee needs to go, every third building needs to be decommissioned, and every third program needs to be eliminated. And yes there will be some second order effects that will shrink the economy, but they are second order effects that will abate once the crisis is averted.
Until they do something like this, they will continue to try to borrow more euros to patch hole in their government budget, and as soon as they cannot come up with the cash, things will be much worse than they otherwise would have been.
Bright, yes, there are second order effects to having inefficient taxation schemes. But I argue that arguing about efficiency of the boiler is not important when the ship is going fast enough towards the iceberg. The argument needs to be about the course the ship is on.
I'm still waiting to see if US citizens are willing to pay the taxes necessary to support the USA (and forgo gov't expenditures/bennies they aren't willing to be taxed for). For many years now the USA and many of its citizens have been living 'la dolce vita' on money borrowed from somebody else.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ... said he had fulfilled a promise of holding the Senate elections on time.
While addressing a ceremony after inauguration of a new Air University campus here on Saturday, Gilani said he was going no where and the government would now present its fifth budget in May.
Answering a question on the Pakistain US relations, he said the bi-lateral ties have seen many ups and downs. This one's a down...
He said the government wanted to provide facilities to people according to the available resources.
Gilani stressed the need for all institutions of the state to work within the ambit of the constitution.
"We are passing through a period of evolution and we want to strengthen our state institutions."
The premier said there were no political prisoners in the country and he believes in the policy of reconciliation.
[Dawn] Habiba Memon, an assistant presiding officer, who was slapped by Pakistain People's Party candidate Waheeda Shah Bukhari during recently held by-polls announced to pardon her aggressor, during the recent by-election in Tando Mohammad Khan.
The incident took place last week during by-election at Polling Station No 16, Tando Mohammad Khan.
The Supreme Court on Friday had refused to accept an unconditional apology from Ms Shah while hearing a suo motu ...a legal term, from the Latin. Roughly translated it means I saw what you did, you bastard... notice of the incident.
The court had also criticised the Election Commission and Sindh police for their failure to act promptly against the PPP candidate.
Memon submitted her written statement before the Election Commission here on Saturday, saying she has decided to pardon Ms Shah.
Talking to the media, Memon said the PPP candidate had visited her house to offer an apology, upon which she decided to forgive her.
Memon also said that she was under no pressure to accept the apology and neither was she offered anything in return.