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-Lurid Crime Tales-
2012 was Detroit's most violent in nearly 20 years
[FREEP] As bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat Detroit,
... ruled by Democrats since 1962...
recorded its highest homicide rate in nearly two decades, city and police officials pledged to try to stem the tide of violence.

Authorities recognized the spiraling problem of gun play and homicide in Detroit during a news conference Thursday -- a recognition that comes as the city kicks off the new year with violence.

Already this week, a mother has been charged with fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter,
... which brought joy to Moloch's heart or lack thereof...
and a cab driver was shot to death.

"We've lost respect of each other," Mayor Dave Bing said. "We've lost respect for life."

Detroit officials announced that the city had 386 homicides in 2012, not including 25 killings deemed justifiable. This is the highest number since 2007, when the city logged 392 homicides, according to FBI crime statistics. It's also the highest homicide rate in nearly two decades.
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top||

#1  532 in Chigago in 2012 and we have alredy racked up 8 so far in 2013.
Posted by: Jimp Forkbeard8158 || 01/05/2013 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  "We've lost respect of each other," Mayor Dave Bing said. "We've lost respect for life."

"Lost" assumes some level of prior ownership. I'm not at all certain this is a valid assumption.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 3:18 Comments || Top||

#3  It would seem that Detroit wins the contest with Chicago when population is factored in. It appears the rate in Detroit is higher than in Chicago. Detroit numbers do not include 25 killings deemed justifiable. In Chicago, no killings are deemed justifiable with a firearm even in self-defence.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/05/2013 8:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Our local media are still 'bragging' on New Orleans as the murder capital; must be on per capital basis, but is Detroit still over three times the size of New Orleans?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/05/2013 9:05 Comments || Top||

#5  The bulk of Detroit's killings are the result of gun violence.

Most of the victims were young, black men…

The city's homicide epidemic is tied to drugs…

That area of the city, he said, has more than 2,000 parolees and probationers and was a hotbed for killings in the past year.


The Reverend wants more livable wages. The mayor wants more dialogue with Public Schools. The research associate wants more grant-funded initiatives. The Police Chief wants more help from the 4-P’s. (Press, principals, preachers, parents) And not one mentions of…GANGS. Odd…aint it?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/05/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||

#6  not one mentions of...GANGS

The mayor calls that non mention "constituent service."

The reverend calls that non mention "tending to the flock."

The police chief calls that non mention "not muddling the issue."

The research associate calls that non mention "being down with the cool kids."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2013 11:48 Comments || Top||

#7  The Detroit Free Press calls that non mention "City Promotion and Public Relations”
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/05/2013 12:02 Comments || Top||

#8  I wonder how much History is being lost in Detroit? Must be heaven for metal-detectors and scavengers. If they can avoid the bullets.
Posted by: Charles || 01/05/2013 14:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Most of the victims were young, black men...

...who were killed by young, black men. But you bees raciss to point that out.

Still, it's nice to see Detroit returning to its former glory. And yeah, if you can't tell, that is snarkasm.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2013 14:19 Comments || Top||

#10  not one mentions of...GANGS.

I believe gangs are, for adolescent boys, a natural substitute for family, especially family with a father figure. This is purely conjectural on my part and I would appreciate any 'real' support or rejection of the concept, but it certainly does fit observations.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/05/2013 16:23 Comments || Top||

#11  yes, but also street tribes
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2013 16:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Yes to both. And when gangs are sufficiently entrenched in an area, they come to resemble an urban insurgency as well. C.f. Manwaring's 2005 monograph for the Army War College which I've linked here before. Available for free download and worth pondering.
Posted by: lotp || 01/05/2013 19:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Detroit had over 600 murders as late as the early 1990s. However the population, especially the population of teens and black teens, was greater then.



Posted by: lord garth || 01/05/2013 20:23 Comments || Top||

#14  see also The Wire. One of the best-made series I've seen
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2013 20:27 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Federal judge rules EPA overstepped authority trying to regulate water as pollutant in Virginia
[FOXNEWS] Virginia officials scored a key victory Thursday in their battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over what EPA critics describe as a land takeover.

U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady in Alexandria ruled late Thursday that the EPA exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek as a pollutant. O'Grady sided with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which challenged EPA's stormwater restrictions

"Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it," O'Grady said.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the ruling could ultimately save Virginia taxpayers more than $300 million.

An EPA spokesman could not be reached for comment after business hours.

The EPA, citing an abundance of stormwater runoff, had proposed a plan that Virginia officials said could cost homeowners and businesses their private property.

The EPA contended that water itself can be regulated as a pollutant if there's too much of it. The agency says heavy runoff is having a negative impact on Accotink Creek and that it has the regulatory authority to remedy the situation.

Cuccinelli, a Republican, argued what the EPA has proposed is "illegal," and he's not alone in the fight. He was joined in the lawsuit against the federal agency by the Democratic-controlled Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top||

#1  CO2 has been ruled a pollutant so why shouldn't water be too?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/05/2013 9:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Had the EPA won, they would have had no restraints.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/05/2013 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  They'll keep trying, JQC. Experience teaches they eventually win.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/05/2013 10:09 Comments || Top||

#4  EPA employees exhale CO2, not counting the methane from the other orifice. So, the EPA should be shut down as a polluter or the appropriate orifices capped to prevent further degradation of the environment.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2013 10:59 Comments || Top||

#5  So does this mean I will not be assessed a $73.00 annual "Storm Run-off Control Fee" on my Virginia Property tax bill ?

--- Likey not, once money is demanded and surrendered to the State, it will continue to be demanded by the State, just under a different name.

Care to suggest a new name anyone ?
Posted by: Au Auric || 01/05/2013 11:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Howz about Fair Share?

Something more official:
Free Water Undocumented Emigration Services.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/05/2013 11:37 Comments || Top||

#7  I would like to strangle this particular agency with their own entrails, personally.
Posted by: newc || 01/05/2013 13:15 Comments || Top||

#8  I recall that Urine is "Polluted Water" now do the EPA workers Pee?

If so they're polluting the waters every day.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/05/2013 15:16 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000
[Daily Mail.CO.UK] Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top||

#1  Between higher premiums and higher taxes, I've already seen my check shrink by $250/month. Not exactly small change. Other people/families are going to be seriously hurt by this.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/05/2013 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.

The Obama-Reid Trickle Down Program for Taxes(c). Prop the 1% up as the target, let the remaining 79% take the hit. Suckers. Watch the flow of redistribution into the Beltway.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2013 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh its worse than that. Every place they buy things from is going to bump up prices on account of losing dollar value plus insurance hikes. Does a 10% loss of wealth sound optomistic?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/05/2013 10:33 Comments || Top||

#4  - was a more effective stimulus than income tax cuts were,

The payroll reduction was sold, written, and approved to be a temporary stimulus. And given the state of the economy, the Keynsian argument suggests that congress should have extended it. The fact that it wasn’t further proves that President Obama believes economic growth is secondary to symbolic gestures and political gain. IOW, he’s full of shit.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/05/2013 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Economic growth creates freedom and independence, both of which are the enemy of big government control. The juxtaposition of big government dependency and economic growth is madness. The host will eventually succumb. Article 48 of the Weimer constitution gave the President sole power in ‘times of emergency’ – something he took often; something the Champ seeks with a vengeance.


Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 11:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Anyone who whines about when Social Security will go bankrupt should be glad the SSI withdrawal has been returned to normal. That 2% has been coming directly out of the SSI funding. It was easier for the Democratic controlled Congress to do it this way rather than change the tax code.

Of course the young folks are beginning to realize that SSI probably won't be there for them, no matter how much they put in.
Posted by: tipover || 01/05/2013 12:32 Comments || Top||

#7  I just think of all these people who voted for Obama, and get smile when I know they'll be hit hardest. Eat it suckers.
Posted by: Charles || 01/05/2013 14:04 Comments || Top||

#8  "IOW, he's full of shit."

In any words, he's full of shit, DG. >:-(

Also, what Charles said.
Posted by: Barbara || 01/05/2013 14:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Good news! Only the rich will see their taxes go up.

More good news! You are rich!
Posted by: Slusorong Bonaparte9215 || 01/05/2013 15:37 Comments || Top||

#10  My first check after the new year was $55 less for two weeks. On money I made before the new year???
Govt Employees will see frozen pay and a 10-15% increase in health insurance premiums this year, coupled with a larger pension contribution.
It's a start, they can go after the rest of it later.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 01/05/2013 17:08 Comments || Top||


Conyers Reintroduces Reparations Effort
[PJMEDIA]
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top||

#1  Hasn't this crook and his wife looted the US Treasury enough already?
Perhaps he's forgotten about the hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who died freeing his ancestors.
In my view, thats payment enough.

Perhaps he should focus instead on the modern day slavery of blacks by muslims, which continues & runs rampant in the world today.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 01/05/2013 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  To the victor the spoils.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/05/2013 1:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Here's what President Ricky bin Ricardo would do - tell this scumbag and the rest of the grifting slimebags in the CBC that I'll sign a "reparations" bill on two conditions:

(1) If a person decides to accept a "reparations" payment, they must sign a statement declaring that they and all their immediate family members (defined as spouse and BOTH minor and adult children) are thereby surrendering and renouncing US citizenship; and

(2) the "reparations" check will arrive in an envelope containing one-way tickets for all aforementioned family members to the sub-Saharan pesthole of their choice.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 01/05/2013 2:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Reparations as I understand it, are a one-time payment. Champ's redistribution of wealth, 48 million EBT cards, Section-8 Housing, Earned Income Tax credit programs are perpetual, but I suppose both are the intended goal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 3:05 Comments || Top||

#5  hell black african's went to war with their other tribes/nations of africa for thousands of years before the portugese even sailed by west africa...and what did they do-- they enslaved the the losers....when the freed american slaves established liberia they enslaved the local black populations to work their plantations...frickin hypocrites

when american blacks accept the wrongs of their ancestors i will consider accepting the wrongs of white Americans that happened during my great-great-great-great grandfathers time...even though my family was from the north and paid in blood to free these lazy moochers

blacks are part of the problem of historical slavery and part of the problem today in their silence of what is happening to black christians in africa at the hands of the religion of peace....bunch of idiots
Posted by: dan || 01/05/2013 7:23 Comments || Top||

#6  We continue to celebrate the "Great Emancipator" and lawyer from Illinois in books and media, yet the states remain divided along a line generally as established in 1862. One of the lofty goals of anti-secessionists of that time was to ensure that these states united, would not end up as Europe. With nearly 700,000 dead by recent estimates, the severe cost in blood to keep power in Washington and limit that of the states cannot be disputed. Indisputable as well is the direction toward Europe we appear to be taking yet today. I must go back and dig out "Dixie Victorious" (an alternative history) for a re-read.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 9:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Meanwhile, Champ has gone about implementing reparations through his policies of re-distribution of income and social justice with the aid of his DOJ. He's done this with the aid of his DOJ. He didn't sit in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years for nothing.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/05/2013 9:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Domestic wealth redistribution is bad enough. If we are to discover the Champ has been responsible for redistributing our wealth to the Muslim Brotherhood, well, that is certainly a horse of an entirely different color.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#9  It will never be enough.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/05/2013 9:31 Comments || Top||

#10  one-way tickets for all aforementioned family members to the sub-Saharan pesthole of their choice.

You don't hear much about the Back To Africa movement these days. I wonder why that is?, he asked innocently.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/05/2013 11:02 Comments || Top||

#11  Besoeker: "I must go back and dig out "Dixie Victorious" (an alternative history) for a re-read."

Shelby Foote: "The North would just have brought the other hand out from behind its back."
Posted by: Steve White || 01/05/2013 11:02 Comments || Top||

#12  Yes, Foote was adamant that the "South, never really had a chance" and he was entirely correct. However, the Legio X Fretensis is no encamped on the Masada.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 11:14 Comments || Top||

#13  [no longer encamped....] sorry.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/05/2013 11:15 Comments || Top||

#14  Send the "Blacks" back to Africa(They won;t go) it'l be Justice.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/05/2013 15:20 Comments || Top||

#15  We (America) Badly need a place Like Austrailia, where we can send the Evil and their like.

And PERMANENTLY be rid of them, Perhaps in time, they;ll be respectable, But I don'y count on it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/05/2013 15:56 Comments || Top||

#16  Or send us rednecks to Africa. All of us. With our guns and ammo. And no 'Rules of Engagement.' We'll ship the natives back to you and establish the next world superpower, the United States of Africa.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/05/2013 16:27 Comments || Top||

#17  Interesting idea, Glenmore.

I'm in, as long as we're guaranteed air conditioning. (Call me a weenie all you want, but I've suffered through more than enough hot, humid Southern summers.)
Posted by: Barbara || 01/05/2013 16:42 Comments || Top||

#18  So a few more generations now, can the non-black community demand reparations for all the pain and suffering caused by the disproportionate criminal activity of Mr. Conyers tribe group?

Yes, its just a small portion of the overall population, but so were slave owners. Yes, it (slavery) was condoned though not supported, but then again, the excuse factory for sociopathic behavior also by rationalization on their part condones the destructive behaviors and consequences as well.

So, go ahead and establish a principle that can/will be pushed back as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/05/2013 20:01 Comments || Top||

#19  I am pretty sure none of my ancestors were slaveowners. Does this mean that if I pay reparations that I get to have a slave? No thanks!

Who do we pay reparations to? I am fairly certain Conyers has never been a slave.

Also what about people's who's family members were killed in the Civil War trying to free the slaves? Do they have to may reparations as well as having had made the ultimate sacrifice?

Not all blacks were slaves - some came to the U.S. after and some came to the north and some were actually slave OWNERS. Do we have a way to identify true slave descendants? Will it be like the Pigford settlement where anyone could make a claim?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/05/2013 23:17 Comments || Top||


Welfare recipients 'missing'
[BOSTON HERALD] Red-faced state officials admitted last night they are trying to find as many as 19,000 missing welfare recipients -- after the controversial taxpayer-funded voter registration pitches the state mailed to their addresses last summer were sent back marked "Return to sender, address unknown."

The Department of Transitional Assistance contacted 477,000 welfare recipients who were on their books from June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, after settling a voter-rights lawsuit brought by Democratic-leaning activist groups that demanded an aggressive voter information effort by the state. That $274,000 push by DTA resulted in 31,000 new voter registrations -- but revealed an alarming number of welfare recipients whose residency in Massachusetts can't be confirmed.

"DTA is in the process of contacting those clients for which a forwarding address was prov­ided to verify their addresses, as a change of address might impact their eligibility," a statement from the agency said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top||

#1  ...So, the money kept going to people whose addresses can't be confirmed and (as has been noted)probably voted anyways.

I suppose matching the names to the voting records got swatted down right quickly...

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/05/2013 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, those poor people; not only on welfare but now homeless (or at least address-less) too! We must go find them and make sure they are still getting all their benefits.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/05/2013 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Follow the transactions and you find the culprits. A good chance they are collecting in 2 or more states at the same time. Two Givernment checks are always better than one.
Posted by: airandee || 01/05/2013 11:30 Comments || Top||

#4  So the answer to how many hotel rooms in chief warren's district is: 31,000.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/05/2013 13:02 Comments || Top||


Barney Begs to Be Senator Frank
[WEEKLY STANDARD] Barney Frank admitted this morning on MSNBC that he has asked Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick to pick him to replace John Kerry in the Senate.
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top||

#1  Sit up! Roll over! Beg!

Now play dead!
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/05/2013 5:26 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Kinda makes you wonder if Bwawney didn't run again last year due to some inside knowledge....

Mike

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/05/2013 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Barney wants to enjoy the Senate page perk.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/05/2013 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  EEEeeeewwwww!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/05/2013 10:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Barnie really drinks deeply from the trough of the Democrat Party, using his own drinking vessel with hinged lid; Frank and Stein.

If he gets Deval's nod, the soon to be 73 year old, will be greeted back in Congress with a choirs of "Its Alive, its Alive!"

Please Massachusetts " ... In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst."
Posted by: Au Auric || 01/05/2013 10:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Last chance for Barney's gigantic ego to be sated. Also, I think senators get an extra buck off on top of the senior discount on the Fire Island Ferry...
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/05/2013 10:58 Comments || Top||

#7  How about "Citizen Frank".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/05/2013 15:22 Comments || Top||

#8  He's one of the architects of the financial meltdown.

In a sane world he'd be politically toxic, not on a new career path.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/05/2013 16:10 Comments || Top||

#9  F*ck off, Frank
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2013 16:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Gotta ask, if he gets this job, will he do well in it, or will he still suck just as much?
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/05/2013 19:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Just as Much.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/05/2013 20:30 Comments || Top||


Cruz Sworn In As Texas' First Hispanic US Senator
[HOUSTON.CBSLOCAL] Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.

Cruz is a Cuban-American and former state solicitor general. On Thursday, he became the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the Senate.

He has pledged that his first bill would seek to repeal "every syllable of every word" of the B.O. regime's health care reform law.

Now in office, Cruz said he will keep that promise, even though he knows Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama
They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them...
will ensure his bill won't become law.
Posted by: Fred || 01/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top||

#1  Drudge Report: Cruz says shutting down the Federal government due to over spending may be necessary. As they say in Texas, "nutt cuttin' time". Neuter these stallions. That will calm them down.
Posted by: wr || 01/05/2013 9:00 Comments || Top||

#2  For stallions, castration would probably be more appropriate, including Barney even.
Posted by: wr || 01/05/2013 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Cruz says we should shut down the government if necessary. The political class doesn't like to hear such talk no matter who is saying it.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/05/2013 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  To recover we must be a nation of business. To be a nation of business we must treat our government like a business. Shut it down until the books are in order. And cancel the pay hikes, that is disgusting.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/05/2013 10:40 Comments || Top||



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